Gillespie Life

Wed
19
Jun

Habitat for Humanity to launch 'Raise the Roof' for next home

Since 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg has helped 14 area families find a new home.

Habitat hopes to add Home #15 to that list of dwellings this year.

A building lot is ready and waiting, however to “raise the roof,” they must first raise the money. 

To that end, Habitat is launching a “Raise the Roof” Fund Drive this summer. 

“Habitat for Humanity is not a hand out, it is a hand up,” explained Melodi Frederick, board president. “Our goal is to help local families in need with clean, decent, safe affordable housing.”

The first Habitat home was constructed in 1996 for $25,000.

Eighteen years later, that price has almost quadrupled. Habitat Home #15 is estimated to cost $90,000, according to Frederick.

“Just as it takes a lot of hands to build a Habitat home, it takes a lot of heart to help fund it,” she said.

Wed
19
Jun

Fun After Five mixer set Thursday by Chamber

The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will host the next Fun After Five mixer at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 20, at Silver Creek Beer Garden and Grille, 310 East Main Street.

The event will take place in the back portion of the restaurant, while the front portion will be open to the public. The mixer will happen in the bar, back patio and upper deck.

“Fun After Five is an excellent opportunity for all Chamber members to network with one another, learn about new businesses and enjoy food, drinks and lots of fun,” said Gesena Houy, Security State Bank and Trust employee and Fun After Five committee member. “Members are always welcome to bring employees and guests who may be interested in joining the Chamber of Commerce.”

Parking will be limited, so people are encouraged to park on adjacent streets or in the Visitor Information Center’s parking lot and enter the mixer through the employee parking lot behind Silver Creek Beer Garden and Grille.

Wed
19
Jun

Harper Library fundraiser slated July 6

The public is invited to take part in the “Saturday in the Park” fundraiser on July 6 in the Harper Community Park.

The event will raise funds to aid the volunteer-operated Harper Library.

The facility began in 2004 as the idea of a group of citizens which blossomed into 4,000 donated books in a small home.

Since then, the Harper Library has gathered enough grant funding from several foundations and support from its local land owners and residents through fund-raising and donations to move into a newly remodeled, 3,800-square-foot building at 23247 West U.S. Highway 290 in downtown Harper.

A full facility now, it houses a collection of 12,500 materials, including books, audio books, videos and DVDs, periodicals and newspapers. A public meeting room is available for local organizations to reserve and use. And, computers and WiFi connectivity is available for public use. Recently, ebooks became available.

Wed
12
Jun

Stone pieces form intricate, natural art


A COWBOY convoy heads up a mountain in "Gray Stone Climb."

By Ken Esten Cooke— Interior designers often talk of “bringing the outdoors inside when choosing colors and textures. Artist Carlos Moseley of Fredericksburg does that quite literally.

Mosley, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, who has lived in Fredericksburg for a decade, uses natural found objects to create unique interpretations of life in the Hill Country and more.

Large pieces of slate rock serve as his canvas, creating a unique backdrop for his subjects, scaled small to emphasize the detail and textures.

“In the slate, I look for shapes that are interesting, and that’s how I start a piece,” Moseley said. “For the subjects, I use flint and chips that are found.”

Moseley has a ready-made art supply in his backyard — he and wife Carol live a few miles outside of town on the banks of the Pedernales River.
 

"I don’t dig for pieces, but I do look after a rain, when lots of good pieces of flint chips are exposed,” he said.

Wed
12
Jun

Stonewall to host Peach JAMboree June 21-22

In less than two weeks on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce will host its 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo.

The two-day celebration includes rodeo performances, nightly dancing, baking contest, queen’s contest, games, auction and more.

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday night, June 21.

Also at that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 40 contestants.

The first heat of mutton busting begins at 7 p.m. with the second heat during the rodeo performance.

Peach Queen contestants will be introduced at 7:45 p.m.

The CPRA Ram Rodeo by DVS Productions gets underway at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Activities include a calf scramble, mutton busting, wild cow milking and a specialty act featuring Leon Coffee.

A dance will follow the rodeo and will feature the music of Jody Nix.

Wed
05
Jun

'Books for Babies' eyes reading readiness


BOOKS FOR BABIES — To help young children develop good building blocks as they grow and learn to read, the Fredericksburg Infant Literacy Project presents literacy packets to parents of newborns at Hill Country Memorial Hospital. Working on the project are, in front from left, Maria Robertson, representing the Friends of the Pioneer Memorial Library and a co-founder of the project; Carole Reed, co-founder and president of the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club when the program started; Kathy Bowen, unit director at HEB, a partner in the project, and (in back) Stephanie Ammons, director of Labor and Delivery at Hill Country Memorial Hospital; Tom Christofferson, chairman of the Books for Babies committee, and Mary Thompson, co-founder and president of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club when the program started. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

Groups mobilize to provide reading materials to new parents

 By Yvonne Hartmann —

It can all start with just a few books.

That’s the idea behind an ongoing Fredericksburg Infant Literacy Project — Books for Babies — to help young children develop good building blocks as they grow and learn to read.

“Literacy begins at birth,” said Tom Christofferson, chairman of the Books for Babies committee. “Talking and reading to children between the ages of zero to three is critical in literacy.”

He added, “The key of developing early building blocks and fostering reading readiness is interaction with adults.”

Christofferson explained that the idea for the Books for Babies program grew out of one of Rotary’s service areas of literacy and a desire to increase literacy awareness.

The idea for the program came about from several different directions in 2008.

Wed
05
Jun

Stonewall Peach JAMboree coming up June 21-22

Directors with the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce are busy making final plans for the 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22.

A variety of activities are again planned for the two-day celebration.

Kicking off the annual Peach JAMboree will be a full rodeo performance on Friday night, June 21, followed by a dance featuring the music of Jodi Nix.

JAMboree activities resume on Saturday, June 22, when entries are taken that morning in the peach pie, peach cobbler, peach preserves and peach salsa contests.

There will also be a slack rodeo performance and cowboy breakfast tacos Saturday morning.

Floats, cars and numerous other entries from throughout Central Texas will line up to take part in the 10 a.m. parade.

After the parade, barbecue by the pound will go on sale.

Wed
05
Jun

Harper community to mark 150th birthday on June 15

By Danny Hirt— With Harper reaching the century and a half mark in age this year, the community located in the western part of Gillespie County has planned a day jam-packed with family-friendly activities on Saturday, June 15.

Things get underway at 8 a.m. with a Cowboy Breakfast in the Harper Community Park. The cost of the meal is by donation.

Next up will be a parade at 10 a.m. led by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Chapter of Fredericksburg Lone Star Rifles Color Guard, in remembrance of Harper having been founded as a Confederate town in 1863. The group will also perform a Civil War cannon salute in the park at 2 p.m.

Events planned throughout the day will include:

Wed
05
Jun

Former Vietnam War POW reunion with fellow soldiers


Meyer

By Austin Eck— Alton Meyer, retired U.S. Air Force, is originally from Fredericksburg, and like many men, he served his country in the Vietnam War.

On April 26, 1967, Meyer was captured, and he became a prisoner of war. During this time he was moved from camp to camp. At one point, he shared a cell with 56 other POWs. On March 4, 1973, 5 years, 10 months and 6 days after he was captured, he was freed.

On May 24, 1973, President Richard Nixon and the First Lady welcomed the recently freed POWs to the White House for dinner and entertainment. With the likes of Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr. and John Wayne attending, the night was joyous despite the heavy rain that forced everyone under tents.

“Quite a moving experience,” Meyers said when reflecting on the night.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the night, the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif. hosted a reunion for the former POWs.

Wed
29
May

Eagle Scout rank award to Stauffer


NEW EAGLE – Celebrating an Eagle Scout promotion for John David Stauffer, center, were, from left, Mary Littman, mother Camille Stauffer, father Jay Stauffer and Scoutmaster Curt Littman.

The highest earned rank in Scouting was awarded last Tuesday to John David Stauffer, a member of Troop 351, in Fredericksburg.

Earning his Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 12, 2012, Stauffer was responsible for the building of the new playground at the Oak Crest Park ball diamond near the fair grounds.

Stauffer originated the idea, received approval from the Boy Scout headquarters and coordinated fund raising efforts with the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department.

Stauffer saw his project officially completed at a dedication ceremony last fall honoring Chris Staats, 32, of Fredericksburg, a 1996 Fredericksburg High School graduate and staff sergeant in the Texas National Guard who was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 16, 2009 while serving as an agricultural advisor to Afghan tribes.

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