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Harper to celebrate 150th birthday

Harper will celebrate its 150th birthday on Saturday, June 15, with a day-long list of activities for the entire family.

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:

•9 a.m. — Meeting of Dutch Oven cooking contest cooks.

•9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Tour of Harper School, featuring  the PowerPoint presentation, “A Year in the Life of a Harper Student,” produced by members of the school’s Student Council.


Art Guild presents awards in annual juried exhibition

AWARDS were recently handed out in the annual juried art show sponsored by the Fredericksburg Art Guild entitled, “What I Like about Texas.” Participants in the exhibit included, left to right: front row — Melissa Starry; back row — Jan Miller, Fritz Ozona, Anita Smith, juror Kathleen Cook, Suzanne Morhardt, and Lau-rie Mahling. Not pictured are Doreen Shann, Nancy Martin, Deb Mason, Louise Murphy, Marty Dressen and Lynn Hermann.

Winners in the Fredericksburg Art Guild’s 10th annual juried art exhibit, entitled “What I Like about Texas,” were announced during an awards reception held at the guild headquarters on East Austin Street on May 3.

First place winners in the various categories were: Anita Smith (Drawing and Printmaking), Nancy Martin (Painting), Fritz Ozona (Photography), and Laurie Mahling (Sculpture/Mixed Media).

The “Best of Show” honor went to Debbie Luce Minns for her pastel, “Hill Country Bouquet.”

Juror for the show was Kathleen Cook, a member of the Pastel Society of America and Who’s Who in American Art. She was on hand at the awards reception to hand out prizes and ribbons.

Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover opened the ceremonies.

Artwork will be on display at the guild through June 2.


Avid motorcyclist prepares for long journey

NEXT TO HIS BIKE, Rick Soderstrom takes a break from packing and preparing for his trip to the Arctic Circle. Soderstrom will be leaving Sunday, May 26, on a journey that will take about a month. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

By Austin Eck —


A red Harley Davidson motorcycle sits in a garage, the windshield spattered with the remains of bugs, and Rick Soderstrom, owner of the bike, carefully tucks away equipment into compartments that line the side of the motorcycle. However, the motorcycle will not sit still for much longer. 

Soderstrom is not a weekend-warrior motorcyclist who cruises the back roads of the Texas Hill Country. The 71-year-old has ridden on two wheels through every state in the country, parts of Canada, Europe, Australia and Tasmania. He has explored Texas — not only the state — but the Australian town.

Soon he will begin a journey on his motorcycle to the Arctic Circle — for the second time. 

The first time, he traveled from Mason, Texas to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and when he had started home, he was pushed off the road by a truck. 


Cranky Frank's Barbecue company makes Texas Monthly's Top 50 list

IN THE TOP 50 — Cranky Frank’s Barbecue Company owners Dan and Kala Martin serve up meat, beans and all the fixings at their eating establishment. The local restaurant was rated one of the top 50 barbecue eateries in the state by Texas Monthly magazine. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt —

Some people might look at Cranky Frank’s Barbecue Company as just another Texas barbecue restaurant, offering just another menu of Texas barbecue.

But there is, indeed, something special about Cranky Frank’s. Whether it’s the customer service, the attention to detail, or the “secret” recipe for the sauce, there is something special.

That specialness has landed the Fredericksburg eatery on the “top 50” list of best barbecue eateries in the Lone Star State, according to research conducted by Texas Monthly magazine and published in its June 2013 issue.

Every five years or so, since 1997, the publication comes out with its 50-best index. This year, thanks to a panel of the magazine’s experts who came in unannounced for a meal some time back, Cranky Frank’s made the list.


Peach Queen applications available; contest slated June 21-22

Applications from coeds interested in vying for the title of Stonewall Peach Queen are still being accepted.

The new Peach Queen and her court will be chosen during the 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo, June 21-22.

Applications are available in the office at Fredericksburg High School or at the sponsoring Stonewall Chamber of Commerce’s website at

Completed applications must be returned by June 3. Applications postmarked after June 3 will not be accepted.

The completed applications should be returned to the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, Attn. Kelly Schneider, P.O. Box 1, Stonewall, TX 78671.

A photograph for use in the newspaper should accompany each application.


Rules announced for Peach JAMboree baking, preserve contests

With the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo just around the corner on June 21-22, the rules for the 2013 Baking, Preserves and Salsa Contests have been announced.

Sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, the contest includes peach pies, cobblers, preserves and salsas.

Following are the general rules and information for the contests which will be judged on Saturday, June 22.

•All entries are to be brought to the Stonewall Chamber Building, located at 250 Peach Street, between 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22.

Judging begins at 10:45 a.m., and winning entries may be viewed at about 1 p.m. at the Stonewall Chamber Building.

•There is no entry fee.

•No commercial entries will be accepted.

•All entries become the property of the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

•The contest deadline is Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m.


An unexpected miracle — Mother of drowning victim Jacob Krebs shares how he lives on, helps warriors through the ultimate gift of life

'STOMPER' — Krebs, a member of Harper High School's Class of 2013, loved participated as the Longhorns' mascot.

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Jacob Krebs, the 18-year-old who died last month after a drowning incident in Freder-icksburg, lives on.

His last gesture of generosity — his gift of organs and tissues — has saved numerous lives and affected an untold number of people all in the past month.

“God is allowing Jacob to live on in other people and that is our saving grace,” said Mary Krebs, of how she and her husband, William, are coping in these days following the loss of their only son and how they are relying on the strength of their faith to help their 13-year-old daughter, Julie, through their loss.

Jacob, a senior at Harper High School (HHS,) was a child of direction, discipline and devotion.

From the time he was young, Jacob knew he wanted to be a United States Navy SEAL, Mary said. “As soon as he turned 17 and got our permission, we went down and signed the papers,” she said.


'Swinging on the Square' - PCAA to host Marshall Ford Band Sunday

Texas Western swing will rule the airways in and around Marktplatz this Sunday evening, May 19, during the next Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) free, open-air concert.

Performing the second in PCAA’s “Concert in the Park” summer series will be The Marshall Ford Swing Band of Austin.

They will play from 6:30-8 p.m. under the Adelsverein Halle, the largest pavilion on the downtown square.

Listeners are invited to arrive early to claim some of the limited picnic table seating in the pavilion or to bring their own chairs or blankets and find a spot on the grassy area nearby.

Music lovers planning to attend are also urged to not only pack picnic-type refreshments and make an evening excursion out of the event, but to also take their dancing shoes since many couples enjoy twirling around the dance floor as the sun sets.


Community Orchestra slates concert Saturday

Individuals and groups of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras will present their Spring Concert on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

The program is free and open to the public.

Theresa Britt is conductor and director.

The Advanced Youth Ensemble begins the concert with “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.

The FCO String Orchestra will performs four pieces including:

•“Concerto No. 9 in A Minor (Mvmt. I),” by DeBeriot and featuring Mary Beth McQueen on violin.

•“Espana Waltz” by Emil Waldteufel.

•“Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

•“Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The remainder of the program features recital pieces by FCO Suzuki students on violin, cello and viola.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments following the performances.

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra has two other events coming up in June.


Music Club to host Emile Pandolfi for Sunday concert

Fredericksburg Music Club is welcoming back Emile Pandolfi for the final concert of the season on Sunday, May 19.

The concert will be held at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church beginning at 3 p.m.

While there is no charge for the concert, a good-will offering will be accepted.

Seating will be on a first come basis and will open at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday’s concert will consist of music ranging from classical to Broadway show tunes.

Considered one of today’s top pianists with over three million CDs sold, Pandolfi plays “luxurious arrangements” with an “ethereal quality.”

Pandolfi has been a student of “serious” piano since the age of five, with his symphony debut at the age of 14.

Pandolfi received his graduate degree in piano performance. 

He explained that his interests didn’t turn toward popular music until after he had finished his schooling and was out on the road.


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