‘Little Free Libraries’ installed by Gillespie Democratic Club

Jerry Vaclav poses with the Little Free Library installed at his home on East San Antonio Street. – Submitted photo

The Gillespie County Democratic Association will launch a new community outreach project:  Free Little Library.

So far, the GCDA has constructed and installed two libraries, one at the home of Jerry Vaclav, 701 E. San Antonio Street, and one at the home of Terry and Cathy Collier, 408 Cora Street. 

These little free libraries are stocked with books that neighborhood residents, both adults and children, can peruse and take home with them to read. When finished, readers can either return the book or keep it, and return a different book to add to the library. 

The libraries are maintained by members of the GCDA.

“We are pleased to offer these small libraries to each neighborhood because we think they promote not only the reading habit, but also provide a small place of interest and pride in each neighborhood,” said Vaclav, club president. “It will be fun to see how each library expands and changes.”


Fredericksburg Shines sets Sustainability Home Tour

Fredericksburg Shines will host its second annual Sustainability Home Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 10 locations around Fredericksburg.

The homes will feature some top construction methods and add-on projects such as solar panels and water reclamation, according to John Watson, executive director.

“In this tour, we’ll showcase clean energy, smart water solutions, zero waste applications and electric vehicles,” Watson said. “We hope that you are encouraged and inspired as you visit individual homes and homeowners and some of the installers.”

Homes or features are:

408 N. Pecan – Home of Michael Hurst is a 1920s home with additions and remodels. The Hurst home will feature a solar pool heater, rainwater collection system and electric car charging station.


Nimitz symposium talks to focus on special forces

Tickets remain available for this Saturday’s Admiral Nimitz Foundation annual symposium discussing “In Stealth We Trust: Special Forces and Their Origins in WWII.”

The Sept. 20 symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Maj. Gen. Gary Harrell (U.S. Army, ret.) will be the guest speaker. He was a Delta Force Commander, and his career of almost 35 years took him to every post-Vietnam hot spot, including Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.

Harrell was a commander during the 1993 battle of Mogadishu when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. He also sustained wounds there.

This event is part one of a two-part symposium on Special Forces.

This year’s topics will include:

• 8:05 a.m. — An Historical overview of Special Forces;

• 8:35 a.m. — Underwater Demolition Teams and the Navy SEAL;


LBJ State Park to host annual seed stomp, run

A chance to help scatter wildflower seeds in a designated field will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, by the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

The Seventh Annual Seed Stomp takes place both days from 1:30-3 p.m.

There is no charge and children and their families are invited to help scatter the wildflower seeds provided by the state park.

The park will also be introducing the new Texas State Parks Junior Ranger Program to children during this event. 

Children ages 7-12 can learn about the natural world around them while exploring Texas state parks.

A special “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” 5K fun run/walk and 10K run will be held in conjunction with the event, beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20.


Daily Update for Sept. 17


      • Gillespie County Republican Women will meet today at the Hangar Hotel Officers' Club. The social starts at 11 a.m. followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. A program on "Parliamentary Procedure" will be presented by Texas Federation of Republican Women Parliamentarian Pam Meyercord from Dallas. The public is invited. Membership applications for 2015 are available.

      • Members of the Fredericksburg Ex-Military Flyers Club will meet at 11 a.m. today at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites. The gathering will begin with a catered lunch followed by a program.


Fredericksburg bomb threat suspect arrested

Reuben Byon

Update: (Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.)  Reuben Byon, 17, of Fredericksburg, was arrested last night by the Fredericksburg Police Department on two counts of Terroristic Threats in relation to the bomb the threats to Fredericksburg High School on Tuesday. Byon’s bond was set at $200,000.

Reuben Byon, 17, was arrested last night in connection with bomb threats made to schools in Fredericksburg and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Byon is being held in Gillespie County Jail on a $500,000. He was arrested on a warrant from Alexandria.

The threats to the schools in Alexandria coincide with the threats made to FHS yesterday.

On Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m., a call was made to the FHS, which was answered by office personnel.

According to a statement issued by Fredericksburg Police Department, an unknown male voice said, “There is a bomb in the school, everybody needs to evacuate.”


Annexation plans dropped as council swayed by opposition

By Matt Ward

Overwhelming resistance from property owners swayed the Fredericksburg City Council to abandon annexation plans for a 145-acre area southeast of Fredericksburg along U.S 290 East.

The council voted unanimously to cancel the annexation during a regular meeting Sept. 2, choosing not to move forward with the proposal despite being given the opportunity to restart annexation with properties north of U.S. 290 East being the focal point.

Brian Jordan, city director of development services, offered the council a second proposal, which would move the majority of annexation from the south side of U.S. 290 to the north side, almost entirely agriculture-exempt farm land.

City Manager Kent Myers said the revised proposal would allow the city to keep its primary annexation goal “to protect our gateway into the community.”


Sons of local homebuilder killed in Abilene plane crash

Matthew Taylor Schafer and his brother, Richard Schafer III, died Sunday, Aug. 31, after the small airplane they were flying, crashed in Abilene. Also, injured in the crash were Matthew’s wife, Victoria, and son, Wyatt. — Submitted photo

A former instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base and his brother with local connections died in a Sunday evening, Aug. 31, plane crash in Abilene.

Air Force Maj. Richard (Tracer) Schafer III, 35, of Columbus, Mississippi, and Matthew Taylor Schafer, 28, of Abilene, died when the Foxtrot 4, a small home-built airplane they were flying, crashed.

The brothers were the sons of local homebuilder Rick Schafer and his wife, Beth Schafer.

Matthew’s wife, Victoria Schafer, 31, and their son Wyatt, 2, were also injured in the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident and has released its preliminary report.

According to the report, the airplane, piloted by Richard Schafer, was taking off around 6:34 p.m. to the south and was about 200 feet above the ground when the pilot radioed the tower controller and said he needed to return.


Pro bull riding slated Saturday at fair grounds

Professional bull riders will be featured at the Fredericksburg PBR on Saturday night, Sept. 13, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The bull riding gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Adult general admission is $20, admission for children six to 12 years is $10 and children five and under are free.

Also, admission for active military, law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel and firefighters (ID required) is $10.

Reserved seats are $25 and box seats are $40.

Tickets are available for purchase online at

In addition, general admission tickets can be purchased in advance at the fair grounds, Stroeher and Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store.

Tickets will also be sold at the gate on Saturday night.

Throughout the evening, food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Boxtoberfest Buds

Mitch Leland of Fredericksburg, left, visits with Alan Bambina of Farmers Branch on Saturday at last weekend’s Boxtoberfest.” Both men have owned Porsche automobiles for more than 40 years. The Porsche car enthusiast event brought more than 200 attendees and 110 automobiles to town for the 17th annual event. Organizer Michael Shassere said Fredericksburg is the perfect place to host the event. See page D1 in this week's newspaper for the rest of story and more photos. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

German engineering and German culture are what keep bringing Porsche car enthusiasts back to Fredericksburg.

The 17th Annual Boxtoberfest was held last weekend at the Hangar Hotel, featuring 110 of the sportiest rides on the road.

“The first year, we had six cars,” said Michael Shassere of Cypress, Texas, organizer of the event. “This year, we have 210 people registered and 110 cars. There are Boxters, but we also have Turbos and some GT3s.”

Shassere said the car enthusiasts love the precision quality of the German Porsche automobiles, founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany.

And along with Fredericksburg’s German flavor, the curvy Hill Country roads, are hospitable to the driving fans.

“We love the Hangar Hotel,” Shassere said. “A lot of people get here early and go on wine tours and visit the town.”


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