Gillespie Life

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Eyes to the sky


KATHY WEAVER demonstrates how to set up an Orion telescope. As a member of Hill Country Astronomers, she is borrowing the club’s eight-inch diameter ’scope for the month and using it to find the Messier Objects. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

New amateur astronomer uses 'traveling telescope' to get acquainted with universe

By Richard Zowie— Kathy Weaver has always enjoyed looking at the night sky, but when she was younger, her hobby in astronomy had to wait due to one particular inconvenience.

Growing up in a city with lights, it became too difficult to view the night sky and see anything in clear enough detail.

Weaver, who has been a member of the Hill Country Astronomers for about three years, now has her chance to better enjoy the night sky.

The club loans out to its members, on a monthly basis, a traveling telescope, specifically, an Orion Skywest Intelliscope with an eight-inch lens, donated to the club by Betty and Ross Murphy.

Ryan Behrends, Weaver’s fellow club member, described the telescope as a reflector that gathers light with a mirror.

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Dec

Deadlines moved up for holiday publications

In a scenario that doesn’t happen but once in every so many years, the Christmas Day holiday this year coincides with the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post’s regular publication day of Wednesday, Dec. 25.

To accommodate the holiday, the newspaper’s advertising and news article deadlines and, subsequently, publication schedules, have been moved up in adjustment.

Next week’s Christmas Day edition will be published on Monday, Dec. 23. Likewise, the following week’s paper will also be published on Monday, Dec. 30, in light of New Year’s Day also falling on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

 

Deadlines pushed

With the earlier publication schedules in store during the coming weeks, deadlines for submitted news articles and photos, as well as advertisements, have also been moved forward.

Advertising deadline

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Zweite Weihnachten to offer Second Christmas goodies Dec. 26

A German tradition of celebrating Zweite Weihnachten (Second Christmas) will continue on Thursday, Dec. 26, from 2-5 p.m. in the Gillespie County Historical Society’s social hall.

Hosted by the Fredericksburg German Club, the gathering will feature fellowship, traditional German baked goods, and the singing of traditional Christmas carols in German. 

Residents and visitors are invited to attend an afternoon of traditional German holiday activities.

Zweite Weihnachten features warm refreshments and traditional baked goods, including such past favorites as Stollen (a pastry) and Glühwein (warmed wine).

During the festivities, all attendees will be invited to join in the singing of traditional Christmas carols in German.

Those attending Zweite Weihnachten on Thursday can use either the Main Street entrance or the San Antonio Street entrance to the grounds.

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FHS-FMS Choirs present "Christmas Gift to Fredericksburg" concert


LENDING their voices to a holiday classic during the Fredericksburg High School and Fredericksburg Middle School choirs’ combined Christmas concert Monday night at First Baptist Church are FHS singers (top left and clockwise) Ian Kendrick, Haley Evans, Brisa Rodriguez and Lauren Nicoson. They were singing under the direction of Michele Stehling. More photos from the concert appear on page A/B17 in today's newspaper. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
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Local youths publish 'Sam Has Ants' book


ILLUSTRATOR Carly McMahon shows off her newly-published book.

With Christmas almost here, a group of young Fredericksburg residents are releasing their award-winning children’s book, “Sam Has Ants.”

Illustrator Carly McMahon will be signing copies at the Old Thyme Fun Shop, 327 1/2 East Main in Fredericksburg, on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers and friends are invited to stop by and meet her. Willow Houseal will be sitting in for her brother and sister, who wrote the book.

The full-color 30-page book is a project that was 20 years in the making. The original story was written in 1991 by Hannah Houseal (then age eight) and Sayer Houseal (then age five). In 1997, the story won Grand Prize in Half Price Books national contest and was included in their collection of stories.

In 2012, then 16-year-old Fredericksburg High School student Carly McMahon created illustrations to accompany the story.

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Harper Livestock Show draws youth exhibitors Saturday to kick off season


HARPER 4-H AND FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW contestant Morgan Baethge works to steer her hog around the show ring in front of a crowd of spectators. Baethge showed one of nearly 150 animals at Saturday’s show, held at the livestock barn behind the Harper ISD building. See champion winners on pages D6-D7 in today's issue. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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Dec

Pecan show winners named; Top growers advancing to state


GILLESPIE COUNTY AgriLife Extension Agent Brad Roeder (left) presents awards to Kermit Crenwelge, who won grand champion in the commercial division at the Gillespie County Pecan Show on Dec. 10. Other grand champions included Austin Nedbalek in the classic and new division, as well as Abbey Nedbalek in the native division. —Standard-Radio Post photo

Three championship honors were awarded at the 2013 Gillespie County Pecan Show held Dec. 10 at the Gillespie County Agricultural Building.

The top winners at the annual show included Austin Nedbalek in the Classic and New Division, Kermit Crenwelge in the Commercial Division and Abbey Nedbalek in the Native Division.

All first-place winners from the county show advanced to the Hill Country Pecan Show held Dec. 14 in Kerrville.

Following are the placings for each of the varieties in the different divisions from the Gillespie County Pecan Show:

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Methodists presenting 'Come, Messiah King' Sunday

The Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present “Come, Messiah King” on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.

The musical is a recently released work that is “a fresh new look at a timeless narrative,” said Don Doss, FUMC director of music ministries. “‘Come, Messiah King’ is a celebration of the birth of Jesus and how his coming to our world 2,000 years ago changes people today.”

The church’s Chancel Choir of 44 voices will lead this musical celebration along with the Praise Team. Accompanying the voices will be a 24-piece orchestra with instrumentalists from the church and community, led by the church accompanist, Judy Hickerson.

There’s a little of every kind of Christmas music in this work, including some Vivaldi and Mozart. Other favorites which will be performed are “Gesu Bambino” and “One Small Child.”

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Bake sale set Saturday by Friends of Gillespie's country schools

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools group will sponsor a bake sale benefit on Saturday, Dec. 21. 

Volunteers will be set up in Fredericksburg from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of JEK’s East at 1110 East Main Street, JEK’s West at 528 West Main Street, and Chase Bank at 150 East Main Street. 

Fresh baked items are donated by members of the community clubs and other supporting organizations who meet at the Cave Creek, Cherry Spring, Crabapple, Lower South Grape Creek, Luckenbach, Meusebach Creek, Nebgen, Pecan Creek, Rheingold, Williams Creek (Albert), Willow City and Wrede former school buildings. 

Proceeds from the bake sale will be used for preservation and improvement work projects on these 12 former country schools. 

Memorabilia gift items, including coffee cups, stationery cards with envelopes, and history books and DVD’s will also be available for donation prices. 

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The weather outside was frighful...


Things got very cold over the weekend when Fredericksburg saw temperatures drop to as low as 21 degrees on Saturday with only .08 inches of precipitation recorded at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Despite the freezing temperatures, this fountain adjacent to Pioneer Memorial Library continued to flow Saturday morning. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

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