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May

War dead honored at Monday ceremony


Members of the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard posted the colors on Monday morning at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

While welcome rains were falling outside on Monday morning, veterans were joined by their friends, family and others in paying tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

The ceremony was moved indoors to the Nimitz Ballroom where Gen. Mike Hagee, (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, served as master of ceremonies.

Posting the colors was the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard.

Capt. Roger Spencer, (USN, ret.), offered the invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cadet Janna Duecker, a member of the Fredericksburg High School NJROTC.

The Fredericksburg Community Band, under the direction of Dani Rauschuber, played the National Anthem and a medley of service anthems.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Hans M. Mark, a leading expert in the fields of aerospace design and national defense policy.

Wed
28
May

Gillespie gets 'million-dollar' rain storm


Barons Creek at the Bowie Street crossing was flowing heavily Tuesday morning. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Richard Zowie

If April showers bring May flowers, time will tell what the rains of May will bring to Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

From Saturday-Tuesday, the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park collected 4.32 inches of rain.

“We did very well,” said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Brad Roeder of the recent rains. “Everybody was waiting for this one, and it came at a convenient time.”

Roeder reported that grass has been starting to grow and the trees have been trying to suck in water without ground moisture.

“Someone said it was a ‘million-dollar rain’ on Tuesday morning,” he added. “Some were looking to sell cattle, but the rain brought lots of benefits for grazing and the field crops planted for the summer. It’s a good start and helps toward dealing with the long-term drought stress.”

The extension agent added that he heard of no significant damage from the recent storm.

Wed
28
May

Country's 'cool couple' returns at Roots Concert

Pioneer Museum will kick off its 13th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country Saturday, May 31, with a “Texas Country Night” lineup of music, food and family fun.

The concert will feature Mark Powell and Lariat at 6:30 p.m., followed by Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis at 8:10         p.m.

Texas Public Radio members are invited to enjoy a special reception before the concert in the Historical Society Center building from 5-6 p.m. The reception will feature food provided by Cartewheels Catering, beer from Pedernales Brewing Company and wine from 4.0 Cellars.

TPR members can enjoy discounted tickets to the show at the door, or may purchase them online ahead of time.

All concerts take place on Saturdays beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas and water. Parking is free.

Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street, with the event entrance on South Milam Street.

Wed
28
May

Substation, transmission line questionnaire due Friday


A brand-new electric substation is proposed by the Lower Colorado River Authority and Central Texas Electric Cooperative to provide better electric service to southeast Gilles-pie County. Approximately 10-15 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line will be required to connect the project to existing lines in northern Kendall and western Blanco counties. Potential routes and substation locations were presented during an open house on May 15 and project questionnaires are due back by Friday. — Map courtesy LCRA

Affected landowners and other interested parties have through Friday, May 30, to let the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) know how they feel about a proposed electric substation near Blumenthal and approximately 10-15 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line scheduled to be constructed in southeast Gillespie County.

The project questionnaire is available online at www.lcra.org.

Approximately 200 area residents attended an open house on the project proposed by the LCRA Transmission Services Corporation (TSC) and Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC) on Thursday, May 15, at the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce.

The project is designed to increase electric capacity to CTEC’s customers in the growing area east of Fredericksburg and would connect the new substation with an existing 138-kV transmission line that runs through northern Kendall and western Blanco counties.

Wed
28
May

FHS, Harper students write way to state


Lindsey Milner

Competing against some of the best in the state, two Gillespie County students brought home honors from the State University Interscholastic League Academic Meet on May 20 in Austin.

Harper High School senior Lindsey Milner won the gold medal in the Class A division of the Headline Writing Contest.

Fredericksburg High School sophomore Michaela Priess was seventh in the Class 3A Editorial Writing Contest.

Lindsey Milner

Harper’s Lindsey Milner finished first in Headline Writing in the Class A division at the State UIL Academic Meet on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

For the contest, participants were asked to write headlines for six short articles submitted to them. The students were judged on the concepts that a good headline will sell the story, tell the facts, be accurate, be objective, be simple but precise, and make the tone fit the content.

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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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.

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