Gillespie Life

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04
Jun

Columnist releases new advice book


"An Interrupted Conversation" is a collection of nearly 100 pieces of advice that Phil Houseal invites readers to help finish.

Local columnist and author Phil Houseal has released his newest book, “An Interrupted Conversation,” a compilation of advice from one of his mentors, released in advance of graduation and wedding season.

Dick Culbertson, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, had retired to San Antonio in 1976, but continued to be an active leader in many areas and organizations, including the Texas Community Education Association. That was where he became a friend and mentor to the author.

“Dick first cornered me when I became involved in community education at the state level,” Houseal said. “As I explain in the book’s introduction, he literally grabbed me after a session in Austin and pulled me out in the hallway to talk.”

Wed
04
Jun

A FEAST FOR THE EYES


Drawing viewers’ eyes toward her own during the Studio602 Fredericksburg Middle School Art Show last Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28, was eighth grade Art III artist Peyton Cantu (top right.) “Come See What We See” featured numerous pieces in a variety of media in the FMS Gymnasium. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
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04
Jun

FLYING HIGH


Dean Siracusa of Austin takes a “selfie” thanks to a GoPro camera mounted on the wingtip of his 1966 Myers 200D while flying over the Gillespie County countryside recently. Siracusa and other aviators were in Fredericksburg for the Meyers Aircraft Owners Association Fly-In at the Gillespie County Airport, May 27-31. The event drew approximately 20-25 Meyers aircraft, including the classic 200, rare OTW and super rare 145. Siracusa, who is the president and founder of Summer Hawk Optics, Inc. and Flying Eyes Sunglasses, grew up on the family’s ranch on the Tivydale Road. — Photo courtesy Dean Siracusa
Wed
04
Jun

Carla Gale named SMS 'Teacher of the Year'

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Carla Gale has been selected as the Teacher of the Year at St. Mary’s School.

Gale has been teaching for 30 years, and has spent the last 28 years at St. Mary’s.

She is one of the first grade teachers and is also the after-school teacher for the campus Title 1 program.

In her time at St. Mary’s, Gale has taught first and second grade, and for many years she assisted young Catholic students in preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Gale said that she loves teaching first grade and that she really enjoys guiding young students to become independent readers.

“When I started teaching at St. Mary’s, I felt like I had come home,” Gale said. “I had a great peace. I could pray with my students. This joy and peace have been with me all these years.”

Gale was recognized as the school mass on May 29 and was presented an engraved golden apple by Msgr. Enda McKenna and Principal Billy Pahl.

Wed
04
Jun

Rules announced for JAMboree baking contest

With the Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo just around the corner on June 20-21, the rules for the 2014 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 21.

•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 21.

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 21, at 10 a.m.

Wed
04
Jun

Brown named 'Teacher of the Year'


Deanne Heinen Brown, a 1980 graduate of Fredericksburg High School, is the “Teacher of the Year” in Texas high school journalism.

For Texas high school journalism

The Interscholastic League Press Conference presented its annual Max R. Haddick Teacher of the Year award to Westlake High School journalism teacher Deanne Heinen Brown.

Brown is a 1980 graduate of Fredericksburg High School. She is also the daughter of Fredericksburg residents Robert and Barbara Heinen.

Westlake’s yearbook adviser Cindy Todd nominated Brown for the award, which she received during the ILPC’s recent spring convention at the University of Texas’ LBJ Auditorium.

The ILPC gives the award every year to the best high school journalism instructor in Texas.

Wed
28
May

Film fest partners with movie theater for free screening

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote the art of independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series” in Fredericksburg.

The fifth presentation in this collaborative efforts of HCFF and Fritztown Cinema is “Tu Seras Un Homme,” (d. Benoît Cohen, France, 2013).

The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 4 at Fritztown Cinema, 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South in Fredericksburg. The screening is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Hill Country Film Society, which sponsors the annual festival, and Fritztown Cinema.

The film has been screened at more than 20 film festivals throughout the U.S., winning multiple awards, including Best Feature, Best International Film and Audience Choice. The film was the first feature from France to be featured at the festival, which recently completed its fifth year.

Wed
21
May

Hard work, inspiration from others benefit Martinez


Martinez is thankful for opportunities and a work ethic he inherited from his parents.

After earning bachelor's degree, on path to become a doctor

By Ken Esten Cooke— Daniel Martinez Barrera is living the American dream. But he realizes that even the most singular achievements come with lots of help from others.

Martinez received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences on Saturday from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The 2010 Fredericksburg High School graduate now plans to attend the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For a child with humble roots, it has not been an easy path. But good study habits and work-ethic, combined with opportunities and “angels” have set him on the path to medical school.

Wed
21
May

Antiques with 'Q'

Vintage Barbie has marks to distinguish from fakes

Barbara Millicent Roberts, aka “Barbie,” made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York in 1959.

The brainchild of Ruth Handler, inspired by Ruth’s daughter, Barbara, was ultimately patented by her husband’s toy company, Mattel, one of your nation’s most recognized brands. 

Despite Barbie’s clear American bloodline, marginal Japanese and German involvement in the early years of her life, what is truly more notable is that it was an Englishman who paid an arm and a leg for her at Christie’s auction house in London, some years ago. 

She procured the handsome sum of what would have amounted to $17,000.  

Sadly, as a result, a mass of bogus replica Barbies emerged on the market. However, clues do abound as to establishing her authenticity. 

Wed
21
May

Rockets 2014 soars

— Standard-Radio Post Photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter
(Top photo) Jousting?! No, it only looks like it as Fredericksburg High School student Brian Heifner and FHS ex Chelsea Burow move rockets to and from the Rockets 2014 launch towers set up at the Hillview Ranch near Willow City.— Standard-Radio Post Photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter (Bottom left photo) 'We have lift off!' — Fabens High School's rocket embarks on a one-mile journey carrying the most unlikely of space travelers...worms! The invertebrates were recovered as were 72 of the 75 rockets launched by student developers from 35 Texas schools from Thursday through Sunday, May 15-18. Overall, "Rockets 2014" saw a 99 percent success rate when 90 of 91 total rockets successfully tested at the two separate launch sites set up in Fredericksburg and in Houston (Bottom right photo) Original FHS Redbird 1 team member, Robert Deaver, verifies flight avionics on a student-designed and built rocket as a final preparation before its trip through the field to the launchpad. (Bottom right photo) Watching a rocket reach the point of rollover is Brett Williams, the Fredericksburg High School STEM teacher who will retire at the end of May to assume full-time duties as the director of SystemsGo. It was Williams kick start that led to the local high school "rocket science" program that is now being emulated across the state thanks to SystemsGo efforts and some backing by NASA among others.

SystemsGo event sends vehicles skyward as student teams test skills in engineering, math, more

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