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First Friday Walk to usher in new year's art on Jan. 3

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg will celebrate the new year with a variety of activities on Friday, Jan. 3.

Special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more are planned during gallery hours, which are generally from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

New Art Walk flags will fly at each of the participating galleries.

Visit the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg website, www.FFAWF.com, for the latest news by participating galleries.

This month’s schedule of events includes:

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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Historical Society hosts candlelight tour


GILLESPIE COUNTY Historical Society hosted a candlelight tour at Pioneer Museum on Saturday, drawing around 100 visitors to enjoy the grounds and get a glimpse into the history of the area’s early settlers. In this picture, a couple strolls along the grounds around cans and glass jars that lit the walkways with candlelight. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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New Year's Day means business offices shuttered

Whether it’s a quiet celebration at home or out with friends and family, it’s time to celebrate the end of 2013 and the start of a new year.

And with the arrival of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on Tuesday and Wednesday, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours during the holidays.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the New Year’s holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

Because New Year’s Day falls on Wednesday, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is publishing early this week on Monday, Dec. 30.

After the early publication, the newspaper office will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 31, but will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

For special information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

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Memorial, New Year's walks to step off at St. Joseph's Halle

The Texas Volkssport Association will give walkers a chance to start 2014 on the right foot with two special walks on New Year’s Eve.

The Memorial Walk is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31 and is headquartered at St. Joseph’s Halle, located at 212 W. San Antonio St.

The Memorial Walk provides people with a chance to reflect on friends or family who have died during the past year. Anyone can start the trek between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but all walkers must be finished and off the route by 5 p.m.

There is a 5K and 10K option for walkers. The routes will take volkssporters through residential paved streets, the old peanut factory and a cemetery.

The fee for all participants is $3. Donations to help defray costs are appreciated. IVV credit is available. 

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'First Day Hike' to be held Jan. 1 at Enchanted Rock

State parks in Texas will celebrate First Day Hike, which will be from 9-11 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Leading the charge will be Enchanted Rock. Park authorities are encouraging residents to begin 2014 with “one of the most spectacular views in Texas” at the rock.

Hikers can begin at the gazebo near the trailhead to the summit.

Officials say the hike can be a little challenging, but all are invited to take up the challenge and get in some exercise. They are encouraged to bring water.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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City slates meeting on tax collection

The Fredericksburg City Council will hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 30, at noon at City Hall to discuss options for future collection of property taxes.

At a Dec. 16 council meeting, City Manager Kent Myers briefed councilmen on ongoing discussions over the past two months with other taxing entities in Gillespie County about the potential for finding a new property tax collection service.

Currently, taxing entities use the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office to collect property taxes from county residents.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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Candlelight Tour will light way around Pioneer Museum Dec. 28

This Saturday, Dec. 28, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Pioneer Museum Complex and the Schandua House will host a Candlelight Tour.

The museum is located at 325 West Main Street, and the Schandua House is at 111 East Austin Street.

Tickets to the event are $10 apiece and can only be purchased at Pioneer Museum.

The tour allows participants the opportunity to see some of Fredericksburg’s historic structures decorated for the holiday season with handmade tree ornaments, window and hearth decorations.

The Schandua House was built in the 1880s and is one of few local restorations without electricity or modern plumbing. A docent who is a direct descendant of the Schandua family will tell stories about the home and answer any questions.

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Nighttime shootout leads to man's arrest


AFTER A SHOOTOUT that knocked out the windows of the Valero gas station, but in which no one was injured, Fredericksburg Police Department officers escort a cuffed Victor Valdez, 24, from the store. - Standard-Radio Post photo/Ken Esten Cooke

A three-hour standoff last Wednesday night at the Valero gas station and convenience store culminated with an exchange of multiple gunshots that led to no injuries, but the arrest of the man who started it all.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, remains in jail with bond set at $400,000 on charges of aggravated robbery, confirmed Sheriff Buddy Mills Monday morning.

Additional charges of attempted capital murder are expected to come after a consultation with the district attorney, said Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz.

Armed with a pistol, Valdez reportedly walked into the Valero Corner Store No. 980 around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and ordered two employees to leave the premises immediately, said Wetz.

There were no customers in the building at the time, he said.

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Government offices, newspaper, banks set Yule schedules

Christmas is here, and friends and family are starting to gather to celebrate the season.

And with the arrival of Christmas on Tuesday and Wednesday, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the Christmas holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25.

Because Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Wednesday, the Standard-Radio Post’s usual publication date, the newspaper is being published on Monday, Dec. 23, and again on Monday, Dec. 30.

For special information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

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Christmas Pyramid


TOWERING OVER all that step up to witness its spinning tiers, this 26-foot-tall pyramid draws attention from its spot on Marktplatz downtown. Made specifically for Fredericksburg by craftsmen in Germany, the wooden tower stands near the community’s 30-foot-tall Christmas tree and features scenes of everything from snowmen to shepherds on five levels of rotating vignettes. The pyramid pays homage to this city’s heritage and the German holiday tradition of displaying candle-powered tabletop carousels depicting angels or manger scenes. Other features of Marktplatz include a nativity, a Gingerbread Village and the ice skating rink, Eisbahn, which continues through Jan. 4. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

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