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Wed
28
May

Jaycees to host truck, tractor pull Saturday

Fredericksburg Jaycees will present their annual truck and tractor pull on Saturday, May 31, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Regular admission tickets and box seats are available for purchase at the gate or can be bought in advance from Kneese Companies at 739 South Washington Street.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for adults, $10 for children seven to 17 years of age and free for children six and under.

At the gate, tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children seven to 17 years of age and free for children six and under.

Box seats are $25 per seat, but the entire box must be purchased.

Pit passes are available for purchase for an additional $10.

The Texas Truck and Tractor Pullers Association travels across Texas with an array of engines with powers ranging from 1,000-plus horsepower fueled engines to alcohol, diesel and smoker tractors and trucks.

Wed
28
May

Free outdoor concert set Sunday

Big Band tunes will emanate above Fredericksburg’s downtown square Sunday evening, June 1, as “Magnificent 7” performs free for those attending the next Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) Concert In The Park.

There is no admission charge to the event, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in the Adelsverein Halle (the largest pavilion) on Marktplatz.

Music fans are invited to enjoy the event by bringing their own lawn chairs or blankets or by grabbing one of the limited number of picnic table seats.

As the band performs for about an hour-and-a half, listeners are invited to let the music move them by “cutting a rug.” When not on the dance floor, attendees are also encouraged to enjoy picnic suppers or refreshments brought from home.

Magnificent 7 is a four-horn group known around the Austin area for its “Super Swing” sound.

Wed
28
May

Grads, public invited to baccalaurate

Members of Fredericksburg High School’s Class of 2014 will be wearing their caps and gowns a week early this Sunday, June 1, as they join together as the guest honorees of a communitywide baccalaureate service.

This year’s version of the annual worship will be held at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street, starting at 6 p.m.

Rev. Travis Meier, pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church, will provide worshippers with a main message, while an assorted variety of pastors and church leaders from local churches will take turns leading various parts of the service.

In addition to the message, the service will also include scripture readings and music.

There will be congregational hymn singing, as well as special music provided by the FHS Choir.

Wed
28
May

Daily Update for May 28

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Wed
21
May

Pacific War Museum to host Memorial Day observance

The National Museum of the Pacific War will host a Memorial Day observance at the Memorial Courtyard at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26.

The event will honor all of those who gave lives serving in the United States armed forces.

Dr. Hans Mark of the University of Texas at Austin will serve as keynote speaker at the event, which will also include patriotic music, presentation of colors and rifle salute.

Mark is a professor in the university’s aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics department, a post he has held since 1988.

Prior to joining the university in September 1984, Mark was the deputy administrator of NASA, having been appointed to that position by President Ronald Reagan in March 1981. During his service, he oversaw the first 14 space shuttle flights and helped to initiate the U.S. space station program.

In April 1979, President Jimmy Carter named Mark Secretary of the Air Force, a post he held until February 1981.

Wed
21
May

Crawfish Festival to host mudbug meals and music

Food, live music, children’s activities and more will be featured at the annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival Friday through Sunday, May 23-25.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees, the three-day event will be held at Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg.

The festival will feature activities for the entire family, including Cajun food, live music, crawfish races, a children’s carnival and a Creole brunch prepared by Chef John Russ of Lüke San Antonio.

Gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday and activities continue until midnight.

Hours on Saturday are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $10 on Saturday.

Children’s (ages six to 12) tickets are $5 per day.

Two-day passes are available for purchase for $12 and three-day passes are $20.

Wed
21
May

Winter slices into golf course revenues


Newly-elected Fredericksburg council members (from left) Jerry Luckenbach, Mayor Linda Langerhans and Bobby Watson were sworn into office by new municipal judge Debbi McCurdy prior to the Fredericksburg City Council meeting Monday evening. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course is expected to fall around 25 percent under its revenue projections for the fiscal year 2014, the Fredericksburg City Council learned Monday evening.

Newly-elected Fredericksburg Mayor Linda Langerhans as well as Councilmen Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson were sworn into office by new municipal judge Debbi McCurdy prior to the council’s regular meeting.

The additional shortfall at the golf course was presented to the new council as part of the city’s mid-year budget review, which uses the first six months of the fiscal year along with prior trends to project year end results.

A transfer from the general fund to cover losses at the course, which was budgeted for $127,100, will likely be increased $310,600 to $437,700 to compensate for the additional deficit.

Wed
21
May

Rocket students launch projects


‘WE HAVE LIFT OFF!’ — Fabens High School’s rocket embarks on a one-mile journey skyward 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 over the weekend at the Hillview Ranch near Willow City. 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 Houston, according to Brett Williams, who will retire at the end of May as Fredericksburg High School’s STEM teacher to assume full-time duties as the SystemsGo director. — Standard-Radio Post Photos/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Rockets carrying payloads of everything from Skittles to earthworms were successfully launched over Gillespie County skies this past weekend in “Rockets 2014.”

This year’s event yielded a 99 percent success rate as  90 of 91 test vehicles actually took flight, according to Brett Williams, Fredericksburg High School’s STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) teacher. Williams is responsible for starting the high school rocket science program, and will retire at the end of this month to become the full-time SystemsGo director.

SystemsGo sponsors the annual rocket launch event in an attempt to encourage more advanced scientific interests among high school-aged students and to foster a new generation of technologically-advanced engineers in America.

Wed
21
May

Stranded at sea


Harold Tatsch

Note: A formatting error resulted in the ommission of a paragraph of this story in the print edition. The story is published here in its entirety.

By Richard Zowie —

When Harold Tatsch exited the ammunition room onto the deck of the Navy destroyer USS Drexler, what he saw on that May 28, 1945 day immediately told him something was wrong.

His fellow sailors were jumping over the side of the ship.

He knew that could mean only one thing: the Drexler, freshly commissioned less than seven months earlier, was sinking.

The destroyer had been assigned to the Battle of Okinawa in the East China Sea to shoot down Japanese aircraft and prevent them from reaching Okinawa. The two-month battle was considered the last chance for Japan to win World War II, since the island was one of the final pieces of real estate to conquer before heading to Japan.

Wed
21
May

Peach season gets into full swing this weekend


Ricky Priess of Gold Orchards checks his crops before summer harvest begins. The area’s peach sales are expected to kick into high gear this Memorial Day weekend. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Despite the unusually-cold winter that saw freezing temperatures and even some snow and ice, and despite the recent hail storm, the peach season is now upon Gillespie County.

“The very first peaches have already been harvested by growers who have some trees under high tunnels,” said James Kamas, Extension specialist. “A few more growers had a limited supply of peaches this last weekend, and most everybody will have fruit in the stands by Memorial Day. We should be strong throughout the summer after that.”

Area peach growers have already started selling peaches, including Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg. Owner Gary Marburger estimated they would begin harvesting and selling their first variety, Regal, around May 24 and continue with 10 varieties of peaches through late July.

Winter, hail, peaches

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