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Fischer & Wieser soup named silver sofi finalist


Fischer & Wieser Chairman of the Board Mark Wieser (left) and CEO and President Case D. Fischer present their Mom’s Limited Edition Tomato Basil Soup, chosen as a Silver Finalist in the 2014 Specialty Food Association competition.

The Specialty Food Association announced last week that Mom’s Limited Edition Tomato Basil Soup, made by Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. is a Silver sofi Finalist in the Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili category.

As a finalist, it will contend for a sofi Gold trophy to be announced June 30 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

Fischer & Wieser CEO and President Case D. Fischer said the sofi Gold is a premier award that Fischer & Wieser aspires to win when developing products.

It is often equated to the Oscar in the gourmet food industry, according to Fischer.

“We are honored,” he said. “Every time we develop a new flavor profile that makes its way into our line, we are hopeful that it may one day win a sofi, and so this announcement is exciting news and a great achievement for our team.”

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07
May

Brew history on tap for Founders Day

By Yvonne Hartmann —

Founders Day in Fredericksburg will be celebrated on Saturday, May 10, with a variety of special events, activities and programs.

The activities at the Vereins Kirche and at Pioneer Museum allow the community and visitors to Fredericksburg a chance to turn their eyes to the past and reflect on the rich cultural heritage of this area, explained Evelyn Weinheimer, who is in charge of programs and archives at Pioneer Museum.

Fredericksburg was founded on May 8, 1846.

“Once again it is time to honor the founders who overcame the obstacles facing the early immigrants from the provinces of Germany when Texas was a young republic,” Weinheimer said.

Founders Day includes a wreath laying ceremony, living history activities, exhibits, music, tastings, a dinner, program and awards presentation.

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07
May

City-wide cleanup effort planned for Saturday

Officials from the City of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County and Texas Department of Transportation will host a community-wide cleanup day on Saturday, May 10.

Residents are encouraged to do some spring cleaning — whether it is in their yard, along their street or road or at their place of business.

Several area groups have recently adopted highway entrances into Fredericksburg and will be coordinating Adopt-A-Highway cleanup efforts on Saturday morning as well.

“We decided to make this more of a community cleanup effort,” city management intern Matt Townsend said. “I think everyone takes pride in our community and there are different ways that they express that, but I feel that picking up trash is something that everyone can definitely get on board with.”

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07
May

Fredericksburg Chorale to perform Spring Concert

“Prophecy Fulfilled” is the theme for the Fredericksburg Chorale’s Spring Concert on Saturday, May 10, at St. Joseph’s Halle.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Mark Hierholzer, the concert will begin with a new work by Hierholzer, Genesis 5: A Prophecy.

The work presents the names in the genealogy included in Genesis 5 along with their translations from the Hebrew.

“From Adam to Noah a meaning is revealed, telling of a coming savior,” Hierholzer said. “The work is set as 11 short dances and will include with the piano, a small instrumental ensemble, violin, flute, cello and bassoon.”

He explained that “what follows is the fulfillment of the prophecy expressed in Christian liturgical texts, most notably, the mass.”

The chorale will perform Schubert’s Mass in G, a work he wrote when he was only 17 years old.

Wed
30
Apr

TxDOT's bridge closing upsets area resident

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County officials spoke out Monday about unhappiness with the state’s recent closing of the Old San Antonio Road bridge over the Pedernales River.

The crossing, which is in a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plan to replace five bridges, was moved to the front of the construction line because of structural issues putting public safety at risk.

In the meantime, motorists are detoured around the closure via Cain City Road and Luckenbach-Cain City Road.

Three of five piers on the bridge were found to be “undermined” by TxDOT divers who were working with the county to remove debris on its underside on a normal inspection cycle, according to Greg Malatek, district engineer for the Austin region.

At that point, “it was recommended that we close that particular bridge,” Malatek said during the county commissioners’ court meeting Monday at the courthouse.

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30
Apr

Watering restrictions change begins May 1

Outdoor watering restrictions in the City of Fredericksburg will change effective tomorrow, Thursday, May 1.

City Manager Kent Myers announced the institution of “Stage 3” under recently adopted restrictions.

“When I say Stage 3, a lot of residents think that’s twice a week watering. Stage 3 is actually once a week just like our current Stage 4,” Director of Public Works and Utilities Clinton Bailey said.

Watering will be allowed on designated days only between 5-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., though customers may water on any day using a handheld hose with sprayer, bucket or drip irrigation during the designated times.

Weekend car washing in residential driveways will now be permitted, given that water is not wasted and washed down the street.

“That water cannot run down the street more than a certain distance,” Bailey said. “We don’t like it running in the street anyway if there is some way to channel that into your flower bed or yard.”

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30
Apr

Film Fest expands lineup for fifth year

By Matt Ward —

This year’s Hill Country Film Festival will be “bigger and better” with an expanded lineup and two screening venues in its fifth anniversary, according to Chad Mathews, executive director of the sponsoring Hill Country Film Society.

Events kick off this afternoon, Wednesday, April 30, with free screenings at Fritztown Cinema beginning at 3 p.m. and a family-friendly outdoor screening at Marktplatz beginning at 8:30 p.m., presented by the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

The festival continues Thursday through Saturday at both Fritztown Cinema and the Fredericksburg Theater Company with a send-off party slated for noon on Sunday at Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City.

All-access passes are available for $125 each while day passes are available for $40.

‘Bigger and better’

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Apr

Rural rep introduced at local water forum


Doug Shaw, new rural ombudsman for the Texas Water Development Board, was in Fredericksburg last week to answer questions about his new position. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

With about 1,000 people a day moving to Texas, water will remain the state’s most challenging issue in the coming decades.

And many state lawmakers want to make sure the Lone Star State’s rural areas have a seat at the table, as Texas decides what to do with the $2 billion State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) created last November when voters approved a transfer from the state’s rainy day fund.

“I wanted to make sure Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston didn’t dominate the fund,” said Senator Troy Fraser, who ushered through much of the water legislation during the last session. “I want us [the state] to go to Bandera, and ask what does Bandera need in the way of water, and how we can assist you?”

Fraser and members of the Texas Water Development Board were at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg last Wednesday to meet with regional and municipal water planners.

Wed
30
Apr

Galleries to host First Friday Art Walk celebrations

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, May 2.

The participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be offering special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For more information, visit the FFAWF website at www.FFAWF.com.

This month’s schedule of events:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will feature an exhibit of photographic images by John Bennett and live music in the courtyard by Mike Childs.

Patrons are urged to visit the gallery throughout the day on Friday to see original art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and refreshments.

Artisans At Rocky Hill, 234 West Main, will host Kurtis Karr with his media pieces.

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30
Apr

Pasture of posies


Eric and Yolanda Garcia of Amarillo pose in a field of flowers Saturday afternoon at Wildseed Farms, which hosted the fifth annual Hill Country Wine and Music Festival. More coverage of this event can be found on page C1 of the April 30, 2014 edition of the paper. Readers of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post are invited to submit their 2014 wildflower photos (yes, cute kids are allowed) and we’ll post them to our Facebook page. Some of the best pictures might even find their way into print. Send photos at the highest resolution possible as separate .jpg attachments to: [email protected] or drop off a copy at our office, 712 West Main Street. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

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