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Dodd's Famiy Tree to close shop

JOHN DODDS stands outside his business, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery. Open since 1977, the nursery will close its doors on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Dodds has sold the property and plans to pursue other ventures. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Business a Main Street fixture since opening in 1977

After 37 years in operation, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery and Florist — located at 515 West Main Street — will close its doors effective Wednesday, Nov. 27.

“This business has been nothing but a blessing since we opened in 1977,” owner John Dodds said. “In 37 years, we have had our ups and downs but overall this community has given me and my family more than I could ever give back.”

 “Dodds’ Family Tree was built on the premise that if you sell a quality product and have the expertise to go with it, beautiful, healthy yards, gardens, flowers and plants will be the result,” he added. “For 37 years, we have delivered this quality in landscape, nursery and floral. Beautification has always been our aim.”


Stitching to a niche

SUPER STITCHERS — These members of the Vereins Quilt Guild contributed to a 23-person team quilt that recently won first place in its class at the International Quilt Show in Houston — the “Olympics” of quilting: (front row, from left) Ruth Bruner, Doreen Cardenas, Marilyn Mohr, Ronnie Hanifen, Marla Kelsey and Jane Murrell, and (back row) Deborah Russell, Coleen Zabresnik, Jan Graetzel, Joanie Wyatt, Helen Rode, Ann Armentrout and Kate Hunter. Other contributors to the prize-winning project not pictured are: Stephanie Lescavage, Mary Ruelle, Alice Segner, Diane Kammlah, Susa Glenn, Kerry Fisher, Marilyn Lampman, Linda Miller, Linda Kager and Mary Ann Hildebrand. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Women quilt winning piece to position Fredericksburg on top of art medium

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— In the world of quilting, a win at the International Quilt Association’s annual judged show in Houston is like earning an Olympic gold medal.

A group of Fredericksburg women recently achieved just that — bringing home a first-place prize for their  quilt “Celebration of Feathered Stars and Wildflowers.”

“This is our Olympics,” said Joanie Wyatt, who along with 22 of her fellow Vereins Quilt Guild members put together an artwork quilt that won the top of the group category, while in the process besting second-place Japan, third-place Romania and honorable mention California.

“It’s a big deal to get into this show, let alone win a prize,” Wyatt said.


Fredericksburg man reflects on astronaut grandfather

SHEPARD COLEMAN shows one of his mementos, a model Boeing aircraft that was a gift to his grandfather, Alan Shepard.

By Richard Zowie— When Shepard Coleman was an adolescent attending school in Wimberley, his history textbook’s cover showed one particular iconic American from the 20th century.

Alan Shepard, the famous astronaut who, in 1961, became the first American to travel into space. Ten years later, he would command the Apollo 14 moon mission.

Coleman’s teacher then told the class, “Can anybody name the person on the book—besides Shepard?”

Coleman probably felt like covering his face and sinking in his chair. The teacher had just blown his cover.

“My friends loved it,” recalled Coleman, now in his early thirties and living in Fredericksburg. “They’d go around and say, ‘Hey, guess who Shepard’s grandpa is?’”

He and his sister are among the six grandchildren of Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard Jr., who spent nearly 217 hours in space—of which nine hours and 17 minutes were spent on the moon.


Causing Double Takes —

TRIKING ACROSS TEXAS — Boerne resident Ray McCutcheon is riding from El Paso to Orange to raise awareness for diabetes and funds for a cure. On Thursday, Nov. 14, his trek took him through Fredericksburg that included a stop at Marktplatz. He has raised about $10,000 toward his goal of $100,000. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Cutcheon makes local stop on to McCutcheon makes local stop on tour of Texas to create diabetes awareness 


By Richard Zowie— On Thursday, Nov. 14, a man riding a trike across Texas to raise money for both awareness of diabetes and a cure for the disease passed through Fredericksburg.

Ray McCutcheon, of Boerne, began his trek in El Paso at Mile Marker 0 on Nov. 2 and plans to finish his ride in Orange on Nov. 24.

He is taking side and back roads due to not being able to use I-10. His trip is an estimated 1,027 miles long and should take 22 days. His daughter, Katy, follows him in an RV.

After leaving El Paso, they took I-20 from Balmorhea to Pecos, and then to Monahans, Odessa and Midland before heading down to San Angelo. Prior to arriving in Fredericksburg, they had gone through Eden and then Mason.


A more modern Cotillion

LEARNING TO SPIN, fourth-graders Cora Elliott and Rory Shelton take their turn on the dance floor. — Photo courtesy Elizabeth Harris

Students learn manners, social graces at first locally-held classes

By Ken Esten Cooke— Gone are the white gloves and serious frowns at each minor social faux pas. But a group of nearly 70 local youngsters are learning the timeless manners and interaction skills at Fredericksburg’s cotillion classes.

Meeting every second Tuesday for 10 weeks at St. Mary’s Holy Family Center, 23-year cotillion expert Ward Sear, of Denver, Colo., uses constant reminders to reinforce proper behavior in social situations to children grades four through eight.

“Always keep your mouth clean.”

“Pass things at the table to the right, unless someone is to your immediate left.”

“Always pass the salt and pepper together.”


Antoinette van Heugten's latest thriller just released

AT HOME in Fredericksburg, best-selling author Antoinette van Heugten enjoys walking two of her dogs, Rupert and Phoebe, in the downtown area. Her second book, The Tulip Eaters, is now available. — Photo courtesy James Fox

By Yvonne Hartmann— Just like her first book, Antoinette van Heugten’s latest thriller, The Tulip Eaters, is “near and dear to my heart.”

The Tulip Eaters follows on the heels of van Heugten’s first book, Saving Max, a USA Today bestselling novel based on her real-life experience as a mother of two autistic children.

The former international trial lawyer who now calls Fredericksburg home was inspired to write The Tulip Eaters after doing research on the Dutch resistance movement at the Dutch War Institute.

“Both of my parents were Dutch,” van Heugten said, explaining that they fought in the resistance in the Netherlands during World War II.


When they were GIANTS ('Baby Giants,' that is)

Teammates, now near 80, reminisce over youth team

By Ken Esten Cooke— The joking starts immediately and roughly 70 years melt away. 

Six members of Fredericksburg’s Baby Giants youth baseball team, now at or nearing age 80, got together to reminisce recently with their baseball teammates from 1946.

Laughter ensued.

“Damn, I was ugly,” said George Gold looking at a team photo dating from the mid-1940s.

“You still are,” joked Randall McBride.

The idea for a reunion came from Fredericksburg resident Edgar Schneider, who found a photo of the Baby Giants and contacted those still around about a reunion.

“We played different teams in Fredericksburg and were undefeated,” Schneider said. “We played on the Market Square baseball field. Eventually, we traveled to area towns to play other teams.”


Doodling in the margins

PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES on a new painting, Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta adds a little bit of detail Saturday afternoon during an art demonstration at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery’s Contemporary Masters Invitational. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg native C.J. Latta draws inspiration from hometown

By Matt Ward— Though her pieces can be seen hanging on the walls of the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, C.J. Latta’s art extends to more unlikely places — the pages of medical textbooks and journals.

A fifth generation Fredericksburg resident, Latta spent 13 years working as award-winning medical illustrator and animator for Dr. Denton Cooley in the Houston medical center, diagramming surgical procedures to accent highly technical documents.

Recently, Latta joined 13 fellow artists to participate in the 16th annual Contemporary Masters Invitational at the Fredericksburg Art Gallery, held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, in conjunction with the monthly First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration at 11 local galleries.


Garrison Brothers introduce 'single-barrel straight' bourbon whiskey

Bourbon whiskey makers at Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye announce the first single-barrel straight bourbon whiskey ever made in Texas.

Initially, the Garrison Brothers single barrel bottles will not be available at liquor stores, but only for sale at the distillery. Texas Senate Bill 905, recently passed by the Texas legislature, now makes it possible for craft distilleries to sell what they make.

Visitors can now purchase the single barrel and other Garrison Brothers Texas straight bourbon whiskies at the distillery in Hye.

“For years, bourbon drinkers and collectors have been asking us to release a single barrel, and it’s high time we did,” said proprietor and distiller Dan Garrison. “Senate Bill 905 was a great motivator. Now we have something new to offer both old friends and first time distillery visitors alike. We’re extremely proud of our bourbon, we love showing off what we do, and we’re excited to add this to our stable of bourbons.


Veterans Day Closings

Veterans Day is a national observance that gives Americans a chance to honor those men and women who have given a sacrifice of service to the United States.

And on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, governmental offices will be closing their doors along with some Fredericksburg-area businesses.


•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 Monday.

The post office windows will be closed, and no lockbox service will be provided.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash collection: Regular trash collection schedules will be followed.

•Recycling Center and Landfill: The Recycling Center and Solid Waste Facility will be closed on Monday.


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