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Wed
09
Apr

Gran Fondo bicycle race


PIT STOP — Jon Pankratz (417, right) of Fredericksburg leads a pack of bicyclists at a break stop at the Hilltop Café during the 65-mile Medio Fondo portion of the April 5 Texas Gran Fondo bicycle race in town and in the Hill Country. The 59-year-old Pankratz finished 27th overall among the 113 bicyclists in that race which included 80 men and 33 women. More pictures of the “Tour de France”-style race can be found on D1 of the April 9, 2014 edition of the paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
09
Apr

Shutterbugs capture wildflowers


‘BUSY AS BEES’ — Shutterbugs have been having a field day this week snapping photos of wildflowers that are now blanketing the undulating hills of Gillespie County in blues, reds, yellows, pinks, whites … well, you get the picture. We are asking readers of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post to submit their best 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 — like this early submission by Tucker Findley, who captured a bluebonnet-hovering bee on Fisher Bonn Road. Send photos at their highest resolution possible as separate .jpg attachments to: [email protected] or drop off a copy at the newspaper office, 712 West Main Street. Be sure to include your name, the names of anyone in the photo (left to right,) where the photo was taken, as well as your address and daytime phone number so we have a way to get in touch.
Wed
09
Apr

Bluebonnet Tractor Ride cranks up this Saturday

Vintage tractors of all sizes will be taking a stroll around Gillespie County Saturday as the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club hosts their annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride.

This year’s route will take the members and other interested parties on a 16-mile loop beginning at the Rheingold Schoolhouse on North Grape Creek Road, with lunch at the Cave Creek Schoolhouse before heading back to Rheingold.

Drivers are asked to be at the Rheingold School by 8 a.m. with a drivers’ meeting at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. ride.

There are no restrictions on the age of tractors participating, although those driving newer models need to understand that the pace of the ride will be geared toward antique models.

Wed
09
Apr

Stonewall VFD to host spring drive-through fish fry Sunday

Fried fish and all the trimmings will be served by the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders on Sunday, April 13, during the Spring Drive-Through Fish Fry.

The menu for the drive-through, carry-out only meal includes fried fish, pinto beans, potato salad, hushpuppies and a dessert.

Serving will be from 11 a.m. until sold out at the Stonewall VFD Fire Station, located at the corner of RR 1623 North and U.S. Highway 290.

The suggested donation is $8 per plate.

Proceeds from the Spring Drive-Through Fish Fry will go toward paying off the building loan.

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Wed
09
Apr

Annual spring plant sale Saturday at Marktplatz

The Fredericksburg Garden Club will host its annual spring plant sale on Saturday in the Kinderhalle at Marktplatz.

The sale begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon, or when all the plants are sold. Payment is only by cash or check.

The local chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) and the Fredericksburg Middle School horticulture classes under teacher Tim Shipman will co-host the event.

A wide assortment of naturally drought-tolerant plants will be offered, including culinary and ornamental herbs; a wide selection of Texas native and adapted perennials, grasses and shrubs; pass-along plants and cuttings from local gardeners; and selected vegetable plants.

In the interest of fairness, no one will be permitted to select or purchase plants before the official 9 a.m. starting time. 

Wed
09
Apr

Daily Update for April 9

News

      • April has been proclaimed as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County by both Mayor Jeryl Hoover and County Judge Mark Stroeher. And today is “Go Blue Day” in the city and county "to show unity to 'Keep Kids Safe'."

      • Fredericksburg Garden Club will meet at 2 p.m. today in the sanctuary of Pioneer Museum. A program on “vermiculture” or “vermicomposting,” the raising and production of earth worms and their products, will be presented by Patty Zolen, president of the Hill Country Master Gardeners. 

Wed
02
Apr

Arrest for pot possession results in felony charges

An ongoing narcotics investigation and a routine traffic stop resulted in the form of a big marijuana bust, according to Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Detective Terry Weed.

The seizure took an estimated $2,500-$3,000 worth of narcotics off the street, Weed said.

FPD Patrolman Cliff Hirl made the traffic stop around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and reported he smelled the odor of marijuana as he approached the car.

The odor gave Hirl probable cause to search the vehicle, and he discovered about 128 grams (a little over 4.5 ounces) of marijuana in packaging in the vehicle, Weed said.

Arrested with a charge of “Possession of Marijuana - over four ounces and under five pounds” — which is a state jail felony — was Saul Johnathan Reza Jr., 27, of 508 Deer Creek in Fredericksburg, Weed said.

Wed
02
Apr

‘Airport Day’ planned here this Saturday

A chance for the public to get up-close looks at a variety of aircraft will be offered Saturday, April 5, during “Airport Day.”

Hosting the free event, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gillespie County Airport, will be the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1088.

Expected to be on hand for the day will be several military-type planes, such as the Bird Dogs, flying in formation. In addition, a recently restored bi-wing Stearman will be on display.

A group of six Bonanzas will fly in formation at the beginning of the event and again around noon. Vintage planes and experimental aircraft will also make fly-overs throughout the day.

All types of general aviation crafts owned by local pilots (including bi-planes, high- and low-wing aircraft, vintage planes and some military vehicles) will available for viewing.

The Civil Air Patrol will have one of its planes on display, as well as provide representatives who will discuss the CAP.

Wed
02
Apr

‘Tour de France’ style bike race saddles up in Fredericksburg


This trio of riders from Austin were some of the more than 1,500 cyclists in Gillespie County last weekend for the LBJ 100, which marked its largest ever field, organizers said. Routes of 10 to 85 miles challenged bicyclists from all over the nation, who cruised in and out of the LBJ National Historical Park, and in front of the “Texas White House,” the late president’s former residence. See more photos on page C1 of the April 2, 2014 issue of the Standard. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

In contrast to the leisurely pace of an estimated 1,500 riders taking part in the LBJ 100 this past weekend, a competitive race will draw nearly 500 cyclists back here this Saturday, April 5, for the “Tour de France”-styled Texas Gran Fondo.

Drawing Category 1 national level cyclists from around the globe for the first race of its kind in the Lone Star State, the event is scheduled to start and finish in front of the Fredericksburg Middle School campus on Travis Street.

Texas Gran Fondo will feature routes of 36 miles (which starts at 8:10 a.m.,) 65 miles (which starts at 8:05 a.m.) and 100 miles (which starts at 8 a.m.) for competing cyclists coming from as far away as Puerto Rico, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy, France and the Ukraine. (For route details and maps, visit www.texasgranfondo.com.)

Wed
02
Apr

Kusenbergers, Herborts honored for agriculture conservation efforts


A PLAQUE was given to Royce and Karen Herbort of Doss for being awarded the Conservation Rancher Award. The award honors those who work with the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to serve as good stewards of their land. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Two longtime ranching families in Gillespie County were honored last Wednesday at the Gillespie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Conservation Awards Program held at the Gillespie County Extension Building.

The Pioneer in Agriculture Award went to Harold and Joanne Kusenberger, lifelong Gillespie County residents.

The couple went to school in Stonewall and grew up as conservationists, as both their fathers served on the Gillespie County Soil and Water Conservation District as directors.

Their conservation practices include deferred grazing, contour farming and pasture and rangeland management. The Kusenbergers’ 1,000-plus-acre ranch is rangeland with some crops of oats, wheat and milo, and they stock sheep, goats and cattle.

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