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Yesteryear's wheels


John Muraglia and friend Rose Hicks took advantage of the recent stellar weather to take a spin in Muraglia’s 1936 Auburn, a boat-tailed speedster. Muraglia purchased the rare car in Denver, and the car has unique details. He said Clark Gable owned the same car during his Hollywood heyday. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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Feb

'Year of the Goat'


Exchanging red cards of good will is a Chinese New Year tradition. Celebrating the Year of the Goat, which starts Thursday, are (from left) Sara Campbell and Kristina Carter, cashiers; Jake Campbell, waiter and Andrew Pai, owner of Panda Chinese Restaurant. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Tomorrow it’s enter goat, exit horse as Thursday marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.

Whereas 2014 was the Year of the Horse, 2015 will be the Year of the Goat.

The animals are part of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, which one local family uses to mark the annual change. Andrew Pai, owner of Panda Chinese Restaurant, and his family don’t adhere to the beliefs taught in the zodiac, but he uses them for tradition.

“Traditions are very important to us,” Pai said.

The system also includes the dragon, dog, rooster, ox and other animals.

The next Year of the Goat will be in 2027.

Actually, among some, there’s debate whether it’s a goat or sheep since the Chinese character, “yang,” is somewhat ambiguous. The questions arise. Is it a sheep, or is it a goat? Or, could it be a ram?

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18
Feb

'Rock Star' Festival will celebrate 'Dark Skies' designation Saturday

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (ERSNA) will hold its first Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival on Saturday, Feb. 21, sponsored by Friends of Enchanted Rock.

The event will take place at the park, 16710 Ranch Road 965, 18 miles north of Fredericksburg.

Regular park admission applies and includes access to all activities, which run the entire day and into the evening, said Melissa Mial, spokesperson.

“This inaugural event is to celebrate Enchanted Rock’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park and Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Dark Sky Initiative and increase awareness of the benefits of dark sky friendly lighting,” Mial said.

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18
Feb

Texas registration, inspection stickers are partnering up in Gillespie County

Gillespie County is gearing up for a new Texas Two Step.

Beginning March 1, the state will no longer issue vehicle inspection stickers and will move to a “Two Steps, One Sticker” program.

Under the new system, Texas vehicle owners will need to pass inspection prior to renewing their registration. The familiar blue-bordered Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) registration sticker will serve as proof of both inspection and registration.

“Gillespie County is prepared to make this transition as smooth as possible for our residents,” said Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer. “During the first year of the program, beginning March 1, 2015, all you will need to do is make sure you already have a valid passing vehicle inspection before you renew your registration in our office, online or by mail.”

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18
Feb

Livestock judging underway in San Angelo, San Antonio

Two major livestock shows are underway in different parts of the state to keep local exhibitors busy.

Judging got underway last week at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and over the weekend at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Both the San Antonio and San Angelo shows continue through March 1.

From there, local exhibitors will head to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 3-22, and the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin, March 14-28.

San Antonio

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo opened on Thursday, Feb. 12, and since then, the junior breeding swine, goats and junior breeding sheep have all been judged.

In all, 140 local youth will be participating in the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, including 72 Gillespie County 4-Hers, 56 Fredericksburg FFA members and 12 Harper FFA members.

Wed
11
Feb

Local school vaccine rates high, but some still opt out

By Richard Zowie

Concerns over an increase in measles outbreaks and parents who choose not to have their children vaccinated has risen to the forefront of national debate.

Most feel vaccinations are imperative to the preservation of public health, while others choose not to vaccinate over concerns about the vaccine itself and its effectiveness.

Here in Gillespie County, the numbers of parents who opt out of vaccinations is low, compared to some parts of the country. And one area school’s policy is simple: all students must be vaccinated, without exception.

Local school rates

Texas law requires full vaccinations, but allows exceptions.

Locally, the number of students with vaccination exemptions is small. In 2013-2014, Calvert Independent School District reported 124 exempted students (73.4 percent of its student body). In Gillespie, the numbers are nowhere near that figure.

Wed
11
Feb

Trustees call for $16 million school bond election

By Richard Zowie

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees voted 7-0 to approve a $16 million bond proposal for a joint election on May 9.

FISD’s proposed total bond cost would be $16,052,900 and would include a “new look” for Fredericksburg High School.

“I’d like to make it perfectly clear that we are not looking to raise the tax rate at all,” said FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright.

Of the total bond, construction, maintenance and materials would cost $13,863,200 while the bond issuance costs (various fees and attorney costs) would be $2,189,700.

At FHS, the proposed bond would include:

• A new high school administration building, to relocate the office for safety and security, and to give FHS a new look. “This would give the high school a face lift,” Wright said.

Wed
11
Feb

Old San Antonio Road bridge reopens


Though motorists can drive on the bridge over the Pedernales River on Old San Antonio Road, construction is not completed. Until then, drivers can expect to see lane closures and delays as work nears completion. — Standard-Radio Post

Motorists in Gillespie County are able to travel over the bridge on Old San Antonio Road after it was closed for repairs in April.

While vehicles are able drive over the bridge, work is not yet complete. Final pavements on the new lanes and striping needs to be finished before the project is done, said Kelli Reyna, Public Information Officer for Texas Department of Transportation.

As work is completed, motorists can expect to see lane closures.

Low temperatures throughout January prevented crews from continuing work.

“Originally, crews were waiting to place the final pavement and perform the striping work, but the decision was made to open the bridge to traffic and re-pave once temperatures allowed,” Reyna said.

While the public can use the bridge, they should expect delays as work is completed, Gillespie County Pct. 3 Commissioner Calvin Ransleben said.

“People still need to be safe because there are people working,” he said.

Wed
11
Feb

SystemsGo students link up with NASA


Fredericksburg High School seniors Bodie Houy (left) and Ethan West take their turn in front of engineers viewing through a “cyber portal” from Johnson Space Center during the Critical Design Review of the rocket that will launch a NASA payload this summer at White Sands Missile Range. The students are part of the SystemsGo program developed by Brett Williams and taught by Andrew Matthes. — Photo by Phil Houseal

Taking a step into the 21st century, students at Fredericksburg High School experimented with “the classroom of the tomorrow” Thursday when they linked up with engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in real time for a review of their payloads to be deployed by student-built vehicles at White Sands Missile Range this summer.

“This ‘cyber classroom’ is something we’ve been working on for years and it was our first time to test it,” said Brett Williams, director and founder of SystemsGo, an innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum based on designing and launching rockets.

Fredericksburg Independent School District IT personnel set up a real time, live video and audio cyber hookup between three sites, originating in the Senior Engineering Design & Problem Solving classroom taught by Andrew Matthes, STEM Academy director.

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11
Feb

'No Room' puts focus on Alzheimer's


Peter Bunther (Bob Straus) protests as Dr. William Fitzgivings (J.D. Cole) continues evaluating his pa-tient’s memory in “No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall,” an award-winning drama written by Fredericksburg Middle School theater director David Remschel. Three more performances will be offered this weekend in the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

“No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall,” an award-winning drama written by Fredericksburg Middle School theater director David Remschel, will be performed here this weekend.

The play, which won the Texas Educational Theater Association’s 2014 playwriting contest, will be presented at the Fredericksburg High School auditorium, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 13-15.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Tickets for the show, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $8 for students with proceeds donated to the HCMH Alzheimer’s Hospice support unit.

Materials from the support unit will be available in the lobby.

“No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall” focuses on a man early in the stages of Alzheimer’s and how he, as well as his loved ones, deals with the disease.

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