Gillespie Life


Hospital launches study to assess community health needs, priorities

Local residents will soon be hearing from a research firm seeking input for a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment for Hill Country Memorial.

The hospital, in collaboration with other local health professionals and stakeholders, is working on a “road map to health” for the people of Gillespie County.

The study will identify public health needs, goals, objectives and priorities, according to Debby Wallace Dooley, HCM Chief Strategy Officer.

“The survey will be looking at what the concerns are as seen through the eyes of the residents of Gillespie County,” Dooley said. “It is part of Hill Country Memorial’s stated vision: Empower Others. Create Healthy. Guided by the results, we can have a more complete understanding of the health needs of this community which will help us focus our resources on how to improve health.”


Woodworker's fan-planes take off

WORKING ON A FAN is Dan Pfeiffer. He is looking at the blade of a fan he hopes will become one of his fan-planes. He has been making the planes for two months and sells them at Vaudeville in Fredericksburg. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

By Austin Eck— In front of Dan Pfeiffer’s shop is a small patch of land that has bicycles, old trees and scrap metal strewn everywhere. It is easy to call the assortment junk, but for Pfeiffer it is his “library.” 

Pfeiffer is more of an artist than a woodworker. He transforms wood into intricate carvings, but what is turning heads is his latest series of creations: antique fans made to look like planes.

One day, he put a sickle blade on top of an antique fan, and the idea clicked. It was an airplane, he said.

He attached a solid fuselage to the back of the fan, the sickle was the wings and the blades of the fan were the propeller blades.

The move to creating pieces with fans from woodwork is a transition for Pfeiffer. 

“Every four or five years, you’ve got to reinvent yourself,” he said.


Blues night next for Roots concert stage

Putting blues music in the spotlight Saturday, July 27, will be the third installment in the 2013 Roots Music Series at Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. will be Bobby Mack, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Omar and the Howlers and then a 9:10 p.m. startup of W.C. Clark at the museum’s outdoor stage.

Music fans are invited to bring their lawn chairs. Access is through a side entrance off South Milam Street. The gate opens at 5 p.m. and cost is $12 per adult. Children under 18 years of age are admitted free. Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Drinks and food are sold on the grounds. No outside coolers, beverages or bottles are allowed.

Bobby Mack, who will take the stage first, got his start at legendary Austin music venues, including the Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, The One Knight and the Split Rail.


Gillespie County Fair Queen applications now available

Applications for the 2014 Gillespie County Fair Queen Pageant are now available from the office at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications are also available online at

Completed applications should be turned in to the Fair Office or brought to a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the fair grounds.

Each applicant must be accompanied to the meeting by at least one parent or guardian.

The queen’s contest is open to all sophomore and junior girls who attended a Gillespie County high school during the 2012-2013 school year and are enrolled in a Gillespie County high school for the 2013-2014 school year.

Winners of the contest must maintain good academic standing throughout their reign.


NIOF to celebrate golden anniversary on July 19-20

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, the 50th anniversary of Night In Old Fredericksburg will be held Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, at Marktplatz. 

NIOF began in 1963 as a one-time fundraiser produced by the chamber to generate funds to send the local high school marching band to an out-of-state competition.

Gates will open Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. with music from The Walburg Boys.  At 9 p.m., The Wagon Aces will take the stage.

The festival will reopen at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 20, with the TubaMeisters and The Polkamatics providing a blend of German polkas, waltzes and ballets.

From 8:30–10 p.m., singer/songwriter Thomas Michael Riley will take the stage.   Headliner Max Stalling will perform from 10:15 p.m. to midnight.

To celebrate the festival’s special anniversary, the chamber has produced a limited edition commemorative pin. The pin will be available as part of a CLUB 50 membership at a cost of $50. 


Ready To Land

Poised over the fountain in front of Pioneer Memorial Library, a White-winged Dove hovers above the precious water momentarily before coming in for a two-point landing and a swallow of cool water. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

WWII living history shows to return this weekend

While many celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, picnics and parades, there’s at least one way in Fredericksburg this weekend for Americans to better learn just how they were provided with their present-day freedoms.

World War II authentically dressed soldiers will take the stage this Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, for five separate  “Pacific Combat Zone” living history shows at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

During each 90-minute performance, reenactors will talk about the tactics and strategies and even fire off some of the weapons that gave the allies the advantage in winning World War II.

With plenty of pyrotechnic explosions, a working flamethrower, a rumbling Stewart tank, U.S. Army Jeeps, rifles, bayonets and more, the show’s conclusion — a Hollywood-style battle reenactment — has made the event a popular attraction for visitors on specially-planned weekends throughout the summer.


Fredericksburg Telephone Company

GAYLE AND NICK LONGLEY’S business, Fredericksburg Telephone Company, could be described as a “mom and pop” operation since they’re the owners and the only employees. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt— Fredericksburg Telephone Company is a different kind of business — it’s not a brick-and-mortar retail store, it’s not a place where you’d go to get a cell phone, it’s not even where you’d go to get hooked up for home phone service.

Instead, it’s a business you’d call on if you’re wanting a multi-phone system and the associated wiring, which includes wiring for computers and other similar services in the interconnect telephone industry.

Nick and Gayle Longley started their business nearly 21 years ago (the anniversary will be in October) at the suggestion of Nick’s father, a retired Southwestern Bell employee at the time.

Since then, Fredericksburg Telephone has been installing and servicing wires in buildings primarily for businesses, as well as taking care of cable and computer hook-up needs. Also, there are residential work needs that come along occasionally.


Harper Library benefit set Saturday in the park

The “Saturday in the Park” fundraising event to benefit the volunteer-operated Harper Library will be held Saturday, July 6 in the Harper Community Park.

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 are available for public use. Recently, ebooks became available.


Some closing doors on July 4

Gillespie County residents will be joining in the commemoration of America’s birthday on Thursday, July 4.

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, city, county, state and federal offices will be closing their doors on Thursday, July 4, along with a large number of businesses.

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will also be closing on Thursday, July 4. And because of the holiday, the newspaper is being published one day this week.


•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices: Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on July 4. The post office windows will be closed and no lockbox service will be provided.


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