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HCM leaders accept Baldrige award in Baltimore


Hill Country Memorial CEO Jayne Pope and Executive Director of Business Intelligence Debbye Dooley accept the 2014 Baldrige Award on behalf of HCM last week in Baltimore. —Submitted photo

The flight to Baltimore took four hours. The shuttle ride to the conference hotel was 30 minutes. The keynote speech, 20 minutes.

But the real trip to Baltimore, Maryland — to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — took years of hard work.

As part of their ongoing efforts related to the Baldrige Award, the nation’s highest honor for performance excellence in both public and private organizations, team members from Hill Country Memorial landed in Baltimore last week to attend the 27th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference and to receive the award.

Hill Country Memorial is one of four recipients in the nation to receive the 2014 Baldrige Award. As a result, HCM CEO Jayne Pope was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Quest Conference from April 12-15.

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Wings Over the Hills nature festival welcomes area residents


John Karger (middle), founder of the “Last Chance Forever” rescued raptor program, talks to a Fredericksburg student about a Golden Eagle (right) during the 2014 Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival. This year’s event will be from Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. — Standard-Radio Post photo

The fifth annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will take flight Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, as nature lovers converge to enjoy the great diversity of wildlife found in the Hill Country.

In addition to the featured area’s natural fliers — birds, bats, butterflies and dragonflies — this year’s festival will also include programs on snakes, spiders and wildflowers.

All activities in the park will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25. Activities on Sunday, April 26 will only be field trips to birding venues.

Featured guest

Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will host Greg Miller, a birder from Ohio, who was one of the birders featured in the book and major movie, “The Big Year.”

Miller will share his experiences in searching for the most birds seen and heard in North America during the year 1998 at a reception on Saturday evening. 

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Apr

Popular Wildflower 5K, 10K returns to streets Saturday

Runners and walkers will converge on Fredericksburg on Saturday for the 21st annual Fredericksburg Wildflower Run/Walk.

“There’s something for just about everyone, no matter if you’re into timed running, walking or strolling leisurely along with children or pets,” said Dawn Bourgeois, director of the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center, one of the event’s sponsors.

The new route will follow a scenic course in and around Fredericksburg, beginning and ending downtown at Marktplatz where parking, restrooms and registration will be available.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Larry Dyer. Dyer served on the Wildflower Run committee until his passing last fall and was instrumental in creating the initial vision for the event and the partnership between the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters and the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center.

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Apr

Spring has sprung

Park ranger Paul Hendrix (second from right) led a guided nature trail walk through blooming bluebonnets on Saturday morning for visitors to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall. Visitors had a chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

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Apr

Style show, garden tour highlight Lenz Fest

Haberdashery owner Jill Elliott flows in a French-style cotton plaid duster, paired with a checked summer dress.

Elliott was modeling her vision for the perfect Haberdashery outfit during the Lenz Fest Fashion Show on April 16 at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

Local clothing stores provided fashions to demonstrate the styles of the season, in support of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Five local gardens were also open for tours as part of the fest.

The event raised funds for the Gillespie County Historical Society and also recognized the many individuals and organizations with the 2015 Pioneer Spirit Award, for their donations enabling the 2008 restoration and preservation of the historic Dambach-Besier House.

 

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Apr

FVFD fish fry this Saturday at Marktplatz

The Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fish fry fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m., this Saturday, April 25 at Marktplatz.

The fried fish dinner with all the fixings is by donation only.

This year, beer will be for sale at the event.

For those on the go, a drive-through line will be available at Security State Bank and Trust Motor Bank, behind the fire station.

Prize drawings will be held throughout the event. Among the prizes donated by local merchants will be guns, knives and compound bows.

There will also be live music performed by the Wagon Aces, and a dance.

The FVFD is at 124 West Main Street. For more information, call 830-997-5603 or email fredericksburg_vfd@yahoo.com.

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Apr

Relay for Life to mark '30 Years of Hope'

Relay For Life Gillespie County will be celebrating “30 years of Hope” on Saturday, April 25.

This year’s event has been moved to the gazebo on the Gillespie County Courthouse Square and will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A survivor and caregiver celebration with dessert and punch will take place from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by the luminaria ceremony starting at 8:30 p.m.

The prize drawing will take place during the event.

Dana Wilson, Relay For Life event chairman, encouraged everyone to bring their lawn chairs and “celebrate our survivors/caregivers.”

She noted that this year, due to unforeseen circumstances, Relay For Life is a smaller-than-usual event.

All events are weather-permitting.

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Apr

Texan Roundup to visit airport this weekend

The annual Texan Roundup will be at the Gillespie County Airport, this Friday through Sunday, hosting more than 20 vintage World War II-era aircraft.

The April 24-26 roundup is a gathering of airplane pilots, and their Texan aircraft, for a weekend of sharpening their formation flying skills, talking airplanes and visiting with friends.

The concept of a formation flying clinic for Texan owners began in 2007. These vintage warbirds are constantly requested to fly at air shows, Memorial and Veterans Day flyovers and special events.

Showing the aircraft includes flying it, specifically, in aircraft formation flights. They stress flying in safe formations.

Gillespie County Airport, on the southwestern edge of town, has a large tarmac to handle many aircraft and a long and wide runway to practice two-ship takeoffs. 

 

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Daily Update for April 22

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      • Fredericksburg Primary School is holding registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for the 2015-2016 school year this week. Parents can register their children from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fredericksburg Primary School, located at 1110 S. Adams Street. 
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Daily Update for April 21

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      • The Fredericksburg City Council approved a request from Security State Bank to renovate the former Beckmann Funeral Home building on San Antonio Street into motor banking services. Additionally, the city received reports on giant cane outgrowth from the Hill Country Alliance and the annual report of the Friends of Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course.

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