Gillespie Life


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.


Newsaper finishes second in state contest sweepstakes

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post finished second in the large weekly division of the Texas Press Association’s statewide Better Newspaper Contest.

The contest was held in conjunction with the TPA 2013 Leadership Retreat at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat, held last weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.

The Standard-Radio Post narrowly missed first place with 425 points, placing second to the Port Aransas South Jetty with 450. (This newspaper narrowly placed ahead of the South Jetty at a recent regional contest.)


Gillespie wineries win big at tasting

Texas wines, including two from Gillespie County establishments, won the top six spots in a blind taste test judged by seven professional sommeliers June 15-16 in Dallas.

Pitting Viognier wines from Texas, California and the modern home of the grape —Condrieu, France — head-to-head in the blind taste test resulted in the first-place being won by the 2012 Pedernales Cellars Reserve.

While the 2011 Brennan Vineyards wine took second, another Gillespie County winery won third place with its 2012 Becker Vineyards wine.

Another 2012 Becker Vineyards wine won sixth place in the contest.

The organizer of the event, Andrew Chalk, editor of “CraveDFW” said, “I put together this tasting because, after four years touring over 80 Texas wineries, I concluded the Viognier was the white grape that was most successful in the state. In fact, I felt it was reaching a level comparable with California Viognier (although maybe not that of France.)”


City water users still in "Stage 4"

By Matt Ward— As the temperature rises for the summer months, Annette Loth’s job gets tougher.

Despite the City of Fredericksburg’s Stage 4 water restrictions being in place for nearly two full years, the city’s lone code enforcement officer said that many residents still do not know what restrictions are in place.

“Things are not good (with residents following water restrictions) and it’s basically because they thought there weren’t any Stage 4 water restrictions,” Loth said. “We haven’t gone out of it.”

Stage 4 restrictions were implemented July 7, 2011 and have yet to be lifted by the city.

“I’m doing mostly notice of violations, rather than issuing citations to residents,” Loth said. “Code enforcement is more compliance than anything else. (Violators) ask me, ‘Who called me in?’ Nobody called them in. It’s part of my job. I drive all over the city.”


Patriotic parade, program set July 4

A parade down Main Street and a patriotic program with music are planned in the downtown area here Thursday, July 4, when Fredericksburg dons its best reds, whites and blues in celebration of Independence Day.

July 4th patriotic parade

Main Street’s storefronts are being urged to put out their best patriotic themed decorations in anticipation of the holiday and the parade, which is expected to again draw thousands of spectators to the 10 a.m. event.

Some 90 entries of people, cars, trailers and anything else that can be decorated patriotically will make this year’s parade as big or bigger than ever, said Daryl Whitworth, organizer.

Entries are still be accepted through Tuesday, July 2, for any businesses, organizations or individuals who would like to be in the parade free of charge and who are willing to meet the requirement of decorating their entry in a patriotic theme.


Fireworks show set

Just after the last measures of patriotic tunes are played, the skies over Fredericksburg will burst into a rainbow of lights as the city hosts its annual fireworks display here Thursday, July 4.

Pre-fireworks concert by USAF’s “Warhawk”

From the well-known United States Air Force Band of the West comes “Warhawk” — a variety music ensemble who will perform a Fourth of July Tribute concert in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

Warhawk is the USAF Band of the West’s response to America’s demand for classic rock ’n roll, traditional country and current pop music heard on the Top 40s stations. They perform a family-friendly show that is open to the public, free of charge and will include songs from artists like Michelle Branch, Brooks & Dunn, Creed and Shania Twain.


Museum to host Wounded Warriors, therapy trained dogs

Dogs are a man’s best friend. Nowhere is that friendship more evident than between a wounded warrior and his service dog.

Area residents can witness that friendship in person at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13 in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom.

Representatives from TADSAW (Train a Dog Save a Warrior), along with their four-legged friends and the warriors they assist, will give a presentation on the importance of the use of dogs for helping wounded warriors and utilizing dogs for animal-assisted therapy.

One of the TADSAW dogs was recently inducted into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame as Hero Dog of the Year.

 Dennis Blocker, USAF (Ret), with his retired war dog “Laky,” will talk about his training, experiences overseas and dealing with dogs with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).


New Peach Queen, Court to be crowned at JAMboree

Seven coeds are vying for the chance to represent the peach industry during the coming year as the Stonewall Peach Queen.

The selection of the new queen and duchesses will be one of the many highlights of this weekend’s 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo.

The JAMboree opens on Friday night and continues on Saturday with a variety of activities.

Contestants and their parents include:

•Rylie Boos, daughter of Dwayn and Kathy Boos.

•Kaylyn Burrow, daughter of Kyle and Sheree Burrow.

•Charissa Cook, daughter of Adrian and Sabrina Cook.

•Julia Garcia, daughter of Jeremy Garcia and Christina Castaneda.

•Madison Haines, daughter of Lee and Stephanie Haines.

•Victoria Klein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Klein.

•Baylie Vogel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jamey Vogel.

Coronation ceremonies are scheduled to begin at about 7:15 p.m. on Saturday night.


Roots concert set June 29

Pioneer Museum will continue its 12th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country, Saturday, June 29, with a “Texas Country Night” lineup of music, food and family fun.

The concert will feature The Rankin Twins at 6:45 p.m. and Gary P. Nunn at 8:10 p.m.

All concerts take place on Saturdays from 6:30-10:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas and water. Parking is free.

Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street with the event entrance on South Milam Street.

Admission is $12. Children under 18 are free. Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.



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.


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