Gillespie Life


Local writer Granados inducted into Texas Institute of Letters


Fredericksburg-based writer and instructor Christine Granados was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.

Granados joins about 300 living and late writers in the institute, many of whom have shaped Texas literature, including Larry McMurtry, Stephen Harrigan, Liz Carpenter, Jan Reid, Joe Nick Patoski and former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.

Granados teaches writing at Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg, and is a contributor to Texas Monthly (where she will have an essay in the May issue), and other publications.

She is the author of “Brides and Sinners in El Chuco,” a collection of short stories, is a former magazine editor, and has penned hundreds of pieces for magazines, newspapers and literary journals.

She is married to Standard-Radio Post Publisher Ken Esten Cooke, and the couple has two sons.      


FMS paper beads project to help provide safe water

‘ONLY 19 MORE …’ For every 20 homemade paper beads made, safe, clean drinking water will be provided for one per-son in Tanzania through the Students Rebuild Water Challenge. Joining in the challenge this month are Fredericksburg Middle School Art I students, among them seventh grader Austin West. — Photo courtesy Paige Conn/FMS Art teacher

For Fredericksburg Middle School’s Art I students, paper beads are the same thing as clean drinking water for children in Tanzania.

That’s because they are taking part in the “Students Rebuild Water Challenge,” which matches donated paper beads with funding from the Bezos Family Foundation to provide safe drinking water to schools and villages in Tanzania.

Every 20 homemade paper beads received will help provide clean water for one person in need in that country, with a target goal of 323,460 beads donated to help the 16,173 people through 41 water projects.

“I feel this would be a great cause to have all area schools come together to help others,” said Paige Conn, FMS art teacher, who said she wants to meet a couple of days after school for bead making.

“Some students have said they want to make more with their family or when friends are over to spend the night,” she said.


Easter egg hunts planned in Gillespie County—

• At LBJ State Park and Historic Site, Stonewall:


A chance to celebrate Easter as a traditional German family would have in 1915 will be offered on Saturday, April 19, at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

“Easter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can watch as farm staff demonstrate how eggs were dyed naturally.

A cake baked in the shape of a lamb will be on display.

Those visiting the farm will have the opportunity to make their own grass Easter nest.

The LBJ State Park and Historic Site is located 14 miles west of Johnson City and 13 miles east of Fredericksburg off U.S. Highway 290 at 199 Park Road 52.

For travel directions and other information, call 644-2252.


Batter Up!

ROADRUNNER Audrianna Garcia charges to tag out a runner in the infield during coach-pitch division action in the Fredericksburg Youth Baseball Association Saturday, March 29, at the Old Fair Park fields. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke


Stone carving demonstration set Saturday at InSight Gallery

Oreland C. Joe Sr., known for his stone and bronze sculptures, will be demonstrating his stone carving techniques at InSight Gallery on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 10 a.m.

The demonstration is free and open to the public. 

As a sculptor who works in stone, he was influenced early in his career by European travels, using the opportunity to see and feel the artistic works of the Greek, Roman, renaissance and Baroque periods.

A constant study of the stone sculptures in Italy, France, Japan, England and Egypt continue to enhance his work, explained a spokesman.

Joe’s carvings depict Native American lifestyles, songs and dances of the 1800s-1920s.

He works in Utah alabaster, marble and Arizona limestone, in addition to wood and bronze.   


Heavenly Voice

Brynn Bowyer, who was raised in Fredericksburg, performs a version of “Ave Maria” at Saturday night’s Van der Stucken festival. Bowyer is a veteran of the Fredericksburg Children’s Chorale, the Ambleside School Choir and the Fredericksburg High School Choir. She studied vocal performance at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., and sang with the Austin Civic Chorus while a resident there. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke


‘The Beat Goes On!’ musical benefit to be held at Hondo’s

The 12th annual Relay for Life musical fundraiser, The Beat Goes On!, will be held over two Thursday nights,  tomorrow, April 3, and Thursday, April 17.

“Seasoned” musicians will take the stage tomorrow beginning at 5:30 p.m. with youth performers slated for April 17 at 5:15 p.m.

The event, sponsored by The Zonta Club and the Texas Wild Angels Relay for Life team, will be held at Hondo’s, 312 West Main Street. Hours will be 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, and includes a luminaria and prize drawing ticket.

This year’s event will be held in memory of Pat Hemphill, a founding member of the Texas Wild Angels Relay for Life team and one of the organizers of The Beat Goes On!, who passed away earlier this year.

Greg Stone of Hill Country Ears Sound Company will be the master of ceremonies and provide sound arrangements.

In addition to prize drawings, a silent auction will also be held at The Beat Goes On!


Gillespie EEA to host annual spring luncheon on Thursday

Gillespie County Extension Education Association will host its annual Spring Luncheon tomorrow, Thursday, April 3, in the Fellowship Hall of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets for the luncheon are $7 in advance or $8 at the door.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the Gillespie County Extension Office or from members of the EEA.

In addition to dining in the Fellowship Hall, patrons can also get to-go plates.

This home-cooked food fundraiser helps support scholarships for youth in Gillespie County who are active in the Gillespie County 4-H program.

Recipients of the 2014 Gillespie County Extension Education Association scholarships are Amy Heimann and Mackenzie Spisak.

Other activities during the luncheon include a country store featuring crafts, home-baked goods and miscellaneous items.

There will also be prize drawing items available.


FHS Welding team wins ‘Best of Show’ at state

BEST OF SHOW honors as well as two first-place awards were won by members of the welding team from Fredericksburg High School at the recent State Skills USA Contest, including, from left, Dustin Sweeney, Travis Davis, Rafael Robles and Marcus Robles.

A welding team from Fredericksburg High School won Best of Show Honors at the State Skills USA Contest held recently in Corpus Christi.

Winning honors were Dustin Sweeney, Travis Davis, Rafael Robles and Marcus Robles.

A custom smoker that looked like a little cedar cottage made of steel won Best of Show honors at the state competition.

First-place honors went to a rocking bench with a deer scene and a custom bumper for a Jeep.

The FHS group earned the right to advance to the state contest after winning top honors at the district contest.

This marks the third consecutive year that a Fredericksburg welding team has won Best of Show at the State Skills USA contest, noted Michael Forrester, teacher.

Forrester explained that the students come up with the ideas for their projects at the beginning of the year and then put the ideas on paper and start building.

“I am very proud of these hard-working students,” Forrester said.



City leaf collection to begin April 7

The annual spring leaf collection program by the City of Fredericksburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 7

During this program, residents are encouraged to gather leaves from their property and rake them to the street.

According to the city’s street department, the following guidelines will ensure pick up:

• Rake leaves onto the street, 12 inches from the curb;

• Do not rake limbs, twigs, wire, rocks, bricks or other debris along with the leaves for collection. Any items other than leaves that are picked up will damage the leaf collection equipment and will not be picked up for that reason. Residents who are unable to remove the debris from a leaf pile are asked to call the City of Fredericksburg Street Department to make arrangements for a special pick up using a loader and dump truck. There will be a minimum $100 charge for this service;


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