Gillespie Life


Milestone coming Sunday for St. Paul Lutheran Church

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of its founding with special activities this Sunday, Oct. 13, will be St. Paul Lutheran Church at Cave Creek.

As part of the 10 a.m. worship service, the church’s recently restored stained glass windows will be rededicated.

After that, a barbecue meal will be served at approximately noon. The public is invited to join in both the worship and lunch.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is located approximately 11 miles northeast of Fredericksburg on Ranch Road 1631.


On Nov. 9, 1883, a group of men in the North Grape Creek community (later known as the Cave Creek community) met at Conrad Herbort’s home to discuss organizing a Lutheran congregation.

Most of the men and their families were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, but by horse and buggy or by wagon, found the distance of 10 to 15 miles almost prohibitive. As a result, they were irregular attendees.


Tour of historic country schools set Saturday

Three historic country schools in Gillespie County will be open for tours Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of Gillespie Country Country Schools, is free, although participants are invited to pack a picnic lunch. Refreshments will be available.

Among the schools to be visited are Nebgen, Junction and Williams Creek (Albert).

Docents will narrate what life was like, and visitors will be able to view displays of student desks, old readers and books.

Driving maps are available at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center at 302 East Austin Street.

For more information, visit or call either 830-997-2763 or 830-644-2651.


‘Dialogues & Dances’ due Saturday

“Dialogues and Dances,” an improvised concert sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chorale, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12.

The 7 p.m. performance will be held at the Hill Country University Center, 2818 U.S. Highway 290 East.

Dialogues and Dances concerts are held on the second Saturday of each month and are led by the Fredericksburg Chorale’s director, Mark Hierholzer.

They are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.

The concerts feature instrumental, vocal and choral performances, as well as poetry by area artists. Piano solos, guitar and accordion solo works are featured along with vocal pieces and other instrumental work.

The Dialogues and Dances concerts feature both new works and works of the past. Improvisation is a common feature and the concerts are informal. Those who show up with work to demonstrate are encouraged to do so.


WWII being brought to life with Combat Zone

A living history reenactment of actions in the Pacific Combat Zone during World War II will be held this weekend at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

The events will be Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.

On Saturday, there will also be a 3:30 p.m. reenactment.

The program will use objects from the museum’s education collection as visitors see the demonstration of weapons and hear about the tactics and strategies that won the war.

The Pacific Combat Zone is located two blocks northeast of the museum complex on East Austin Street between Elk and Lee streets.

More information about the museum is available at its website


Ugandan crafts to be featured in weekend sale

“Threads of Blessing” tapestries will be exhibited this weekend at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, located at 601 West Creek Street.

The exhibit will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

These tapestries have been created by village farming women who have been taught the stitches by a team sent to Uganda by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.

Each woman designs and executes her own tapestry and receives 100 percent of the money from its sale.

With the proceeds, the women are able to buy anti-viral medication, seeds for farming, and pay for tuition for a child’s education.

The mission team goes to Uganda each June. For $75 per participant, the team is able to provide bus fare to the workshop site, meals and lodging for three days, and all the supplies that will get the woman started on her own business.  Most of the women are supplied scholarships by the team.



Heupel image wins national award

FREDERICKSBURG nature and wildlife photographer Jim Heupel holds a framed print for which he was recognized by the North American Nature Photography Association.

Jim Heupel, local nature and wildlife photographer, was notified that his image “Stormy Seas, A Mother’s Touch” was selected as a “Showcase” winner in the North American Nature Photography Association’s 2014 juried competition.

The image shows a mother walrus on a rocky island outcrop, surrounded by stormy seas, with her flipper appearing to calm a walrus pup while last year’s pup looks on.

Heupel took the photograph last September, some 600 miles below the North Pole at the northern edge of the Svalbard Archipelago while on an international photo expedition to photograph polar bears.

“I like to show wildlife in action or exhibiting some type of character,” Heupel said. “This image really was touching to me, personally. The photograph was especially difficult to get as the rubber zodiac I was in was bobbing quite a bit in the same heavy seas.”


Schaefer co-authors third book on eating disorders

Jenni Schaefer, daughter of Joe and Susan Schaefer of Doss, has co-written her third book focusing on helping those who suffer from eating disorders.

“Almost Anorexic” was penned by Schaefer and Jennifer J. Thomas, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The 336-page paperback, is published by Hazelden Publishing/Harvard Health Publications and became available in July 2013 for $14.95. A Kindle edition is also available on

“Almost Anorexic — Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem?” reveals why unhealthy relationships with food are much more prevalent than full-blown anorexia and that they can be dangerous as well as emotionally painful.


Ambleside School welcomes York as new principal, eyes expansion

RUSS YORK has taken over as the principal at Ambleside School, and in addition to leading its educational efforts, will also oversee an expansion into the high school grades next year. —Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke— Ambleside School welcomed Russ York to lead its educational efforts in Fredericksburg, and the new principal will oversee an expansion into the high school grades next year.

“I love it here,” York said of the move with his wife, Heather, and three daughters, ages five, three and one. “We grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but have really enjoyed the move to Fredericksburg.”

York said he was attracted to Ambleside for its educational philosophy and methodology.

“Having a founding philosophy as a measuring stick provides a constant guide to all our endeavors,” York said.

York referred to the Charlotte Mason method of teaching, considered one of just a few educational models, along with the Waldorf and Montessori, with a grounded philosophy.


FHS NJROTC cadet among top in nation, receives Legion of Valor Bronze Cross

CADET COMMANDING officer Austin Beals, a senior at Fredericksburg High School, shows his Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, received from retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Don Mason in a ceremony held at the school on Sept. 18. Beals has applied for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie— In his fourth and final year of the Fredericksburg High School Navy JROTC program, Cadet Commanding Officer Austin Beals has received the highest award a cadet can earn from an outside agency — the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement.

The honor was presented to Beals at the FHS gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 18, by retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Don Mason.

“It was great and fantastic to win,” said Beals, whose parents were in the audience. “It began as a smaller event, but other people found out about it, and it turned into big event with a whole bunch of people here.”

Beals began serving as the JROTC’s commanding officer, a year-long position, on May 1.


Goffs make theater a family affair

FOR THE GOFF FAMILY, which is Kerry (left), eight-month-old Logan (center) and Ashleigh, working in theater is a family affair. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie— The day before his freshman year at McMurry University in Abilene, Kerry Goff entered a Starbucks and met a young lady named Ashleigh Chisholm.

Kerry is a fifth-generation Fredericksburg resident while Ashleigh is from Abilene. But, they had one common interest: theater. Ashleigh was working in the MCMU theater department while Kerry was there to earn a degree in directing.

The two became friends, began dating and, shortly after Kerry graduated in 2010, became husband and wife.

And now, for the past three years, the two have worked at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. Kerry is the artistic and technical director while Ashleigh directs the Freddyburg Youth Theater. She currently is directing “The Miracle Worker,” which is in rehearsal.


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