Gillespie Life


Golden Hub to hose spaghetti dinner Friday

The Golden Hub Community Center’s annual spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 8, beginning with a complimentary wine mixer from 5:30-6 p.m.

Dinner will be served from 6-7:30 p.m.

 Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the door.

The menu will be spaghetti with Italian meat sauce, garden salad with tomato basil vinaigrette, herbed garlic bread, strawberry cheesecake, tea, water and lemonade.

Proceeds benefit the Golden Hub programs and activities.

More information is available from the Hub at 997-7131.


Cook takes return trip to Utopia

THE AUTHOR David Cook in front of the “Buried Lies Cemetery” in Utopia, a metaphor for reaching one’s full potential whether in sport or in life. Cook said more than 10,000 “lies” have been buried on the plot.

By Ken Esten Cooke —


After the success of his first book, “Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia,” author David Cook could live anywhere. But he prefers the solitude of Fredericksburg.

Now the author, whose first book struck a chord with golfers around the globe, returns his main character to the links in “Johnny's U.S. Open: Golf’s Sacred Journey 2.”

The book, and movie that starred A-lister Robert Duvall, left readers and viewers hanging on whether a championship putt was sunk or missed.

They were directed to a website that gave the answer.


Morales receives DPS Life Saving Award

LIFE SAVERS — Local Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman Corporal T. Coy Morales and Harper residents John and Brenda Brown received Texas Department of Public Safety recognition for their efforts in saving the life of a crash victim on May 17 on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper. Front row (from left) Sergeant Todd Jennings, Corporal Morales; Brenda Brown and John Brown, DPS director Steve McCraw; back row, Commissioners Carin Marcie Barth, (chairman); Cynthia Leon and Randy Watson.

Corporal T. Coy Morales, a Texas Department of Public Safety patrolman based in Fredericksburg, received a Life Saving Award at the Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioners meeting held Thursday, Oct. 17, in Austin.

Morales was recognized for his actions in helping to save the life of a motor vehicle crash victim late last spring.

On May 17, Morales arrived at a crash scene on Ranch-to-Market Road 783, south of Harper in Gillespie County, to find the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

The driver’s left arm had been severed, and, according to the trooper, was bleeding profusely.

Passersby John Brown, a DPS custodian in Kerrville, and his wife, Brenda, a registered nurse, who are Harper residents, helped Morales administer first aid, apply a tourniquet and keep the driver stable until an ambulance arrived, ultimately saving his life, Morales noted.


French Bulldog 'Tate' wins Sterling Award

DOG WINS AWARD — Tate, a Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog, received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy at the 2013 French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Awards Banquet in Topeka, Kansas in mid-September. Here, Tate sits with Mary Raleigh. He is the third French Bulldog in the history of the French Bulldog Club of America to be honored with this prestigious award.

A local French bulldog has won an award that has placed him in elite status with other dogs in his breed.

Tate, a Bright and Beautiful Therapy dog owned by Paul and Mary Raleigh of Fredericksburg, received the Sterling Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Therapy at the 2013 French Bulldog Club of America National Specialty Awards Banquet in Topeka, Kansas.

Tate’s AKC registered name is “CH Haloridge I’ve Got It Covered, THD, CGC, ROM Silver”.

The event was held in mid-September.

Of all the dogs in the French Bulldog Club of America, Tate is only the third to receive this award.

In 2010, Tate and Mary became a certified therapy dog team through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. They visit Hill Country Memorial Hospital, nursing homes, retirement homes, children’s reading programs, Boys and Girls Club programs and participate in various community events, including Wounded Warriors picnic and Relay for Life.


'Red, Red, Red, Red, white, white, white, white...'

Little Billies Cheerleaders Dinora Bosquez, Clara Stehling and Mattie Pehl join varsity Fredericksburg High School cheerleaders Meagan Hellums (left) and Emma Hill (right) on the track in performing a cheer for the crowd at Friday night’s FHS win over Boerne, 60-22. The young girls were given a chance to put to use what they had learned in the FISD Community Ed cheerleading course. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Whistle Pik Galleries to host annual Fall Show

Three award-winning national artists will be featured in Whistle Pik Galleries’ annual Fall Show in November and December.

Featured will be oil and water color painter Sonya Terpening, oil painter Robert Peters and bronze sculptor Mick Doellinger.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6-8 p.m., and all three artists will be in attendance.

The following day, “An Afternoon with the Artists” will be held from 2-4 p.m.

Those attending the afternoon event will get the opportunity to visit individually with the artists in the gallery.

The show will hang in the gallery through December and is available for viewing Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 425 East Main Street.  

The public is invited to all events.

To preview the show, visit the events page at


FTC curtain rises on 'Miracle Worker'

TOUGH LESSON — Teacher Anne Sullivan (Christina Fait) holds Helen Keller (Meredith Harper) physically and emotionally accountable for her ill-mannered actions at the breakfast table in FTC’s production of “Miracle Worker” on stage with weekend performances through Oct. 27.

Performances to run through Oct. 27 at Steve W. Shepherd Theater

The first week of the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of The Miracle Worker is now in the books, as the play began on Friday, Oct. 11.

The play will be performed for two more weeks on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and then Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. — all at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on U.S. Highway 87 South.

The final performance will be Sunday, Oct. 27.

The Tony Award-winning play focuses on Helen Keller, who, though born being able to see and hear, loses both of those senses at an early age due to an illness. Left unable to hear, see or even talk, she then receives guidance from her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

FTC executive director Julie Voorhees said that, contrary to what some think, The Miracle Worker is not a sad story.


Mom's pasta sauce earns Non-GMO food seal

FISCHER & WIESER Specialty Foods, Inc. President and CEO Case D. Fischer and Chief Operating Officer Jenny Wieser, Ph.D., hold the first two of their Mom’s Pasta Sauces to receive verification for containing no genetically modified ingredients by the Non-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project verified that Mom’s Organic Traditional Tomato & Basil Spaghetti Sauce and Mom’s Organic Roasted Pepper Spaghetti Sauce, made by Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. in Fredericksburg, are produced to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Fischer & Wieser’s CEO and President Case D. Fischer said the Non-GMO Project verification seal reflects the company’s dedication to creating natural products.

“We produce all-natural products because we believe they are healthier, and we have always believed natural fruits, vegetables and seasonings taste better,” he said.

The Non-GMO Project third-party verification program was launched in 2008 as an initiative to provide consumers with more information regarding the risk of GMO products, and products that are verified are awarded the Non-GMO Project orange, blue and green seal.


Market to offer the 'alternative'

Memorial Presbyterian Church to host annual event Nov. 9 supporting human dignity, social justice more

This year’s Alternative Gift Market at Memorial Presbyterian Church will be held at the church fellowship hall, 601 N. Milam St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9.

The community is invited to attend.

All proceeds from the market will go to support organizations that promote human dignity, social justice and make a difference in individuals’ lives. All undesignated funds go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

“Many of the vendors from previous years will return,”
said a spokesman for the market, “and new ones bring a fresh look to the variety of gifts that please the most discerning shoppers.  There’s something for everyone.”


Big Band Bash slated Nov. 7-9 at Hill Top

Hill Top Productions will host the 16th annual Big Band Bash at the Hill Top Café, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 7-9.

Tickets are $85 per person per night. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m.

Thursday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Cindy Cashdollar, Golden Triangle Swamp Blues and Scrappy Jud Newcomb.

Friday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, The Texas Horns, Al Gomez, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Kaz Kazanof, Danny Levin and the Texas All Stars.

Saturday artists include Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice, Cindy Cashdollar, Floyd Domino and Al Gomez.

Additionally, a different special surprise guest artist will be featured each night.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Fredericksburg Youth Music and Theater Foundation.


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