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Local UT student raising funds for Texas 4000 race

TEXAS 4000 — Fredericksburg’s Drew Herbort is working to raise $4,500 for his Spring 2015 4,500-mile bike ride to Alaska, a Texas 4000 fundraising event for cancer awareness.

By Richard Zowie —

A local bicyclist is raising funds to participate in a 70-day bicycle ride covering about 4,500 miles.

Drew Herbort belongs to a University of Texas organization called Texas 4000, which does a bicycle ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska to spread hope, knowledge and raise awareness about cancer.

Herbort and other bicyclists in the ride are working to each raise $4,500, or about a dollar per mile, as a way of raising funds for the fight against cancer.

“The Texas 4000 is actually not a race,” Herbort noted. “Instead, it is the world’s longest charity bike ride — over twice as long as the Tour de France. We take three different routes and stop in different towns on each route putting on events and things raising the awareness of cancer.”

Their ride is scheduled for Spring 2015.


Austin Baroque Orchestra, Coro Settecento to play here

A concert featuring the music of Joseph Haydn will be presented by the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento in Fredericksburg on Sunday, March 9.

The Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento, a period-instrument orchestra and choir, will present “Haydn-Go-Seek” at 4 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

There is no charge to attend the performance, but donations will be accepted.

Prior to the performance in Fredericksburg, the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Coro Settecento will perform the concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Austin on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Austin performance are available at the door or online through the ensemble’s website at


Theater company to hold auditions for 'Les Miserables' on March 3-5

Fredericksburg Theater Company will hold auditions for “Les Misérables,” at 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, March 3-5, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

All roles are available for audition.

Those auditioning are encouraged to attend Monday’s audition, if at all possible; attendance at all audition nights is not mandatory.

At the audition, a CD player will be available to play the song that each singer has prepared.

The production will run weekends (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.) from June 20 to July 6. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

Attendance at crunch week rehearsals, June 16-19 is also mandatory.

Individuals looking for a leading role are asked to pick up a packet, now available at the FTC office located next to the theater.

Included in the packet is the sheet music and backing track of a major solo the particular character sings in the show.


Mah Jongg Tourney benefits Good Samaritan Center

BEGINNER — Sue Arnecke teaches Good Samaritan Center director John Willome how to play Mah Jongg, a popular Chinese tile game. The recent tournament raised funds for the center. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

The Second Annual Fredericksburg Mah Jongg Tournament took place Thursday, Feb. 20, at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center and raised funds for The Good Samaritan Center.

Event organizer Brenda Newman said that while the receipts weren’t all completely in, she believes they will surpass the $20,000 fundraising goal for the center.

Last year’s fundraiser raised about $20,000 for the St. Joseph’s Halle restoration fund.

“This year’s tournament was a huge, huge success,” Newman said. “It was bigger and better than last year.”

Newman added that one big appeal the tournament has is that with low overhead costs and “tremendous underwriters,” the result is more money for charities.

Mah Jongg is an ancient tile game that originated in China.


Bold Woman award presented to Jeanne Dietrich

NAMED the Bold Woman Award winner by the Bethany Women of the ELCA and honored at a reception on Feb. 15 was Jeanne Dietrich, left. Presenting the award on behalf of the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church was Denise Stehling, president.

Jeanne Dietrich has been presented with the Bold Woman Award by the Women of Bethany Lutheran Church.

A reception honoring Dietrich was held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Hennig House.

Among the guests at the reception were four of Dietrich’s seven daughters. She also has two step-sons. 

The Revs. Casey Zesch, Travis Meier and Elliot Pancoast, along with friends and family, attended the reception.

Dietrich was presented a framed certificate and gift card to honor her as Bethany’s Bold Woman.

This award is presented annually to a woman who has acted boldly in her faith, explained Denise Stehling, president of the Bethany Women of the ELCA.

Her dedication to the quilting ladies of Bethany and their efforts to support Lutheran World Relief is one of the examples of her quiet faith-driven work, Stehling said.


Symphony of the Hills to play concert Thursday

With a musical theme of “storm and stress,” the Symphony of the Hills will present a concert featuring the works of Rossini, Prokofiev and Offenbach tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 27, at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a wine reception at 6:30 p.m.

Pieces were selected for this program that each tell a dramatic story, according to Jay Dunnahoo, conductor and artistic director.

“For example, ‘Peter and Wolf’ is a story of young boy, some animals, a sinister wolf and some hunters,” Dunnahoo said. “There is considerable stress in this tale as the wolf swallows a duck, Peter captures the dangerous wolf and the hunters later assist Peter in taking the wolf to a zoo.”


Homegrown Fredericksburg: Water Works Sprinkler Company

35 YEARS OF BUSINESS -- Water Works Sprinkler Company, owned by Tina and Jeff Landis, offers help to local residents seeking effective irrigation and lighting for the lawns and homes. -- Standard-Radio Post /Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt —

Watering the lawn is always a hot topic in and around Fredericksburg. Residents want to make sure their grass receives enough of the precious liquid to stay green and healthy.

That’s where Tina and Jeff Landis step in with their business, Water Works Sprinkler Company.

While the couple had been installing watering systems for many years (under the name Fredericksburg Landscapes and Sprinklers), the company’s roots go back a total of 35 years when Franklin (Tex) Loth owned it.

The Landises bought the business from Loth in 2002.

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Former NASA director due here for SystemsGo benefit

Tom Moser, former NASA director, lead engineer, and project manager for Apollo, the shuttle program, and the International Space Station, will present a program on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Hill Country University Center.

The event is a fundraiser for SystemsGo, the aeroscience program started at Fredericksburg High School and now used in 50 schools across Texas.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $35 per person and available at The evening begins with a wine and social hour at 5:30 p.m. A seated meal at 6:30 p.m. includes grilled pork chop, grilled veggies, twice-baked potatoes, Mexican cornbread, and dessert. The program starts at 7:15 p.m.

Moser has managed and led aerospace business expansion in the private sector, supported the development of commercial space systems, and managed large complex programs involving advanced technology both domestically and internationally.


Music Club to host Yon, Hester for Sunday concert

Kristen Yon

Fredericksburg Music Club is presenting violinist Kirsten Yon in concert on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Seating will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Yon’s performance will include works by Handel, Ravel and Faure.

She will be accompanied on the piano by Timothy Hester. 

Kirsten Yon is currently in residence at the University of Houston where she is associate professor of violin.

Past engagements include serving as associate professor of violin at Texas Tech University, a position she held for eight years. 

An acclaimed teacher, performer and clinician, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music before pursuing her doctor of musical arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

During her degrees, Yon studied with Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff and Kathleen Winkler.


A ‘Thank You’ in bronze

VIETNAM — The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will be dedicated on March 29, and will contain the dog tags of Texans killed or missing in action in Vietnam. — Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument

Local Vietnam vets reflect on services, unveiling of Texas vietnam War monument

By Richard Zowie— To honor the Texas Vietnam War veterans who went and served, those who didn’t return home and those who remain unaccounted for, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will be dedicated at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 29, on the 41st anniversary of when the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam.

The event in Austin is free and open to the public.

The monument is at the Texas Capitol grounds in the northeast area. The 14-foot-high bronze sculpture depicts an infantry patrol. It is also accompanied by an online “Living Monument” that features stories of Texans affected by the Vietnam War.


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