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Houston Brass Quintet to perform concert Sunday

A concert featuring the ROCO Brass Quintet will be offered on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

The program of pieces ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington is the seventh installment of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-15 concert series.

The concert is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

Featured will be Houston musicians George Chase (trumpet and flugelhorn), Jason Adams (trumpet and flugelhorn), Gavin Reed (horn), James Lee (tenor trombone) and Will Samson (tuba).

The quintet is part of the 40-piece River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) of Houston which was founded in 2005 by Alecia Lawyer.

A Julliard-trained musician with an eclectic background as a performer, recording artist, adjunct professor and radio host, Lawyer had a vision to redefine the orchestral experience for both audience and musicians, according to a spokesman.

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Daily Update for April 15

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      • Fredericksburg High School Bands are performing in the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Contests today at FHS.

      • Gillespie County Republican Women will meet at the Hangar Hotel Officer’s Club today. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with a social and light refreshments followed at 11:30 a.m. with a short business meeting and program. Guest speaker will be Kent Myers, Fredericksburg city manager since May 2012.

Wed
08
Apr

Water limits to stay in place

By Matt Ward

Outdoor watering restrictions will stay the same for Fredericksburg residents, despite a slight uptick in well levels over the past several months.

City officials announced the decision — made by City Manager Kent Myers in conjunction with city staff — during Monday’s regular meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council.

“It looks like we’re off to a pretty good start with respect to rainfall,” Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, said, noting that the city is on track to return to historical rainfall averages after five years of falling short of 29 inches of rain for the year.

He added that water levels at both the city’s Knauth and Boerner well fields are more than four feet higher than they were in April 2014.

Despite the improvement, much of Gillespie County remains in “exceptional drought” state as defined by the Texas Water Development Board.

Wed
08
Apr

Country school open houses this weekend

Gillespie County Country Schools will host six open houses and an annual barbecue this weekend.

The open houses will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Admission is free, and visitors are encouraged to pack a lunch and have a picnic at one of the schools.

Schools open that day will be Junction, Williams Creek (Albert), Lower South Grape Creek, Luckenbach, Grapetown and Meusebach Creek.

Former school students, teachers and members of the community will be available to discuss the history of the buildings and properties.

Driving maps for the school trail are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 302 East Austin Street.

The annual barbecue will be from 10:30 a.m. until sold out on Sunday, April 12 at the American Legion Hall at 726 South Washington Street.

Annual barbecue

Wed
08
Apr

Open house for new jail slated Friday


Construction is complete on the new 47,650-square-foot Gillespie County Jail located at 104 Industrial Loop behind the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. The public is invited to tour the facility at their own pace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. A brief ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Matt Ward

Gillespie County’s brand-new jail facility will be open for business within the next week, but the general public will get a sneak peek at the lockup, located at 104 Industrial Loop by the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, during an open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday.

A brief ceremony will be held outside the jail at 10 a.m., with remarks from county officials before opening all the doors to the 96-bed facility, which was constructed with a $15 million bond approved by voters in 2012.

“I’m really excited about this thing being open. It really means a lot to me and this whole community,” Sheriff Buddy Mills said. “It seems like we would never get to the end of it (from bond approval to jail construction), but we’re there now and I’m very excited for everybody here in the county. I think they’ll be very pleased when they see it.”

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08
Apr

Gridlock over new lockup


Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills stands in the lobby of the new Gillespie County Jail. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Matt Ward

Gillespie County’s brand-new, 96-bed jail is slated to open next week, with the general public to receive a sneak peek into the facility later this week.

But amid the ribbons that will be cut at 10 a.m. as part of Friday’s open house, layers upon layers of political red tape have yet to be severed as city and county elected officials spar over the logistics of the facility’s opening.

County Sheriff Buddy Mills came under questioning from both Gillespie County Commissioners and the Fredericksburg City Council Monday morning during a joint meeting between the two entities.

Officials before public

Among the major concerns shared by both city and county leaders were the difficulties that county maintenance and IT workers had in being granted unlimited entrance to non-secure areas of the building.

Wed
08
Apr

Lozano experiments with art, science of glass


Nicole Lozano discusses her display of glass art, including glass nests and felt eggs, with David Warren (left) and Manuel Saiz (right) during last Friday’s First Friday Art Walk. Lozano was one of the featured artists at Artisans — A Texas Gallery. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

After working in glass art for 10 years, Nicole Lozano decided to experiment with an approach where two textures switch roles.

Hard becomes soft, and soft becomes hard.

The featured artist at Artisans — A Texas Gallery during last week’s First Friday Art Walk, Lozano’s glass display included felted eggs in nests.

In Lozano’s eggs-in-a-nest exhibits, the egg-shaped objects are felted with wool to make them more durable. The nests are made using strands of interconnected glass.

“What I really wanted was something that would contrast with the very fragile glass,” Lozano said. “I liked the effect it had, the opposite it had. Normally, the nest is very solid and strong and the egg is fragile, and in this case the nest is fragile and the egg is unbreakable.”

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08
Apr

FTC's 'Crimes' will open this weekend

“Crimes of the Heart,” the final production for Season 18 of the Fredericksburg Theater Company, opens this weekend, and tickets for the three-week run are on sale.

“Crimes” will run on weekends from April 10-26. All performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Show times are 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinee performances.

Advance tickets are $29 for adults and $12 for 17 and younger. Tickets at the door are $35.

Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, located next to the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, or by calling 830-997-3588 or 888-669-7114.

Wed
08
Apr

Bluebonnet Tractor Ride to crank up


It’s all uphill as this driver cruises during the 2014 Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club’s annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride. This year’s event will be Saturday, April 11. The 22-mile drive begins at 9 a.m. at the Tivydale Shooting Range. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Members of the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club will be chugging along on Saturday, April 11, for their annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride.

This year’s route will take the members and other interested parties on a 22-mile loop, beginning at the Tivydale Shooting Range at 12872 Tivydale Road, about 13 miles outside town.

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

Lunch will be at a place on White Oak Road with an awards ceremony to follow before the ride resumes.

This year’s ride is dedicated to Dustin Gross, a long time participant in the ride who died during the past year.

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.

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08
Apr

Water conservation expo planned tomorrow night

The City of Fredericksburg Water Conservation Expo will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, April 9 at Marktplatz.

Three major speakers are lined up for the event with Ward Miller of the Texas Native Plant Society’s Fredericksburg chapter discussing native plants at 5:30 p.m.

Miller will be followed by Billy Kniffen, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Water Resource Specialist, who will focus on rainwater catchment education.

Jonathan Garner of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will conclude the program by addressing simple ways to conserve outdoor water consumption.

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