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Feb

Hoover returns to FTC for 'Fiddler'


Jeryl Hoover as Tevye, the poor Jewish dairyman, sits on his wagon as he talks to God and sings “If I Were a Rich Man,” one of the songs from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tevye tries to balance tra-dition with allowing his five daughters to think for themselves. The Fredericksburg Theater Company production opened last weekend and will be performed for two more weekends. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

For the first time since 2010, when he played Don Quixote in “The Man of La Mancha,” Fredericksburg Theater Company founder Jeryl Hoover was on stage at the theater, playing a character he describes as “a role model for me.”

Last Friday marked the first of nine performances of FTC’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Hoover is playing the lead role of Tevye, the Jewish dairyman of modest means.

Hoover’s return stemmed from “Fiddler” director Kerry Goff inviting him to be in the show.

Wed
25
Feb

City weighing Old Fair Park options


An existing water storage tank serving the South Heights and Goehmann Lane areas was demolished Monday afternoon, paving the way for a new concrete storage tank to be constructed to serve the site, according to Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities. — Submitted photo

 

City officials are still considering all options for the future of Old Fair Park, following lengthy discussion at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council.

The council received a presentation at the meeting from consultant Freese and Nichols about possible future development of the area south of downtown Fredericksburg.

“The purpose of the study was to develop some alternate concepts and redevelopment opportunities for the city-owned Old Fair Park,” Brian Jordan, director of development services said. “The area adjacent to and in close proximity to Old Fair Park is experiencing new development or has plans for expansion. In an effort to assist the city in determining the highest and best use of the land, the three concept plans were developed.”

Wed
25
Feb

Runners compete in Harper 5K


Giovanni Valdez (235) tries to outrace Fredericksburg’s Kolby Fryburger (199) to the finish line of the Second Annual Keith Hagel Moo-Morial 5K Run and Walk last Saturday, outside Fredericksburg. The event raised about $4,000 to help build a school in Zambia, and it provided funds for Hagel’s children’s education. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Eighty-six runners and walkers bundled up against the cold and competed Sunday in the Sixth Annual Harper 5K Run and Walk at the Harper Community Park.

The race benefited the Harper Parent Teacher Organization, raising an estimated $5,000.

Among the male runners, Alain Peralt was the overall winner with a time of 19:32. Mark Ince was the overall master winner (runners 40 and older) with a time of 19:36.

Among the female runners, Claire Lukacs was the overall winner at 20:57 while Michelle Chancellor was the overall master winner at 25:15.

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Wed
25
Feb

Enchanted Rock Star Party

Guided by Hill Country Astronomers member John Watson, an Austin family uses a special telescope to view the sun’s bright features. Ichiro Lin (left) peers into one telescope while his son, also named Ichiro (right), looks into another telescope. Also in the picture is Jean Hung, the elder Ichiro’s wife and junior’s mother. The family was among many visitors to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Saturday for the first Enchanted “Rock Star” Festival. Other celestial sights were Jupiter and its Galilean moons, the moon, Mars, Venus and Sirius. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
25
Feb

Ag building to open Monday

The Fredericksburg Independent School District’s new agriculture building will open Monday, March 2.

The ag building now has a name: FISD Agricultural Science Center.

The center will open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. for an open house. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m..

Kathy Durst, the widow of former FISD trustee Jerry Durst, will cut the ribbon to officially open the building.

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Wed
25
Feb

Empty Bowl fundraiser Friday

Handcrafted bowls will be filled as the Friends of Head Start hosts the Fifth Annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.

The event will be at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion.

Attendees will select a one-of-a-kind bowl, hand-crafted by local artisans.

Then, the bowl can be filled with gourmet soup prepared by local and surrounding area restaurants.

The event allows participants to support education, the local artists, and the many businesses that have contributed to the event.

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Wed
25
Feb

Sausage making program set Saturday

Meat lovers from across the Texas Hill Country can learn about how sausage, bacon and ham were processed over a century ago during a special program Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Re-enactors at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall will demonstrate processing techniques from stuffing to storage before electricity and refrigeration came to the Texas Hill Country.

Additional information is available online at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson.

Wed
25
Feb

Daily Update for Feb. 25

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Wed
18
Feb

HOT funds allocated to historical society, despite unused money

By Matt Ward —

Three local non-profits received hotel occupancy tax (HOT) fund allocations from the City of Fredericksburg during a regular city council meeting on Monday.

Funds were allocated to the Gillespie County Historical Society (GCHS), despite a report from the group that $174,597 in unused HOT funds over the past four years had yet to be spent by the group, which maintains the Pioneer Museum facility as well as the Vereins Kirche on Marktplatz and the Schandua House on East Austin Street.

“My specific concern is when that much money has built up in HOT tax funds and hasn’t been spent,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said. “It’s not the historical society. It’s that concept I believe that goes against what we’re supposed to be doing with the HOT fund.”

Dr. Jim Lindley, representing the historical society, said that GCHS had allocated all funds for various restoration projects at their facilities.

Wed
18
Feb

'Log on" at Marktplatz

Free wireless internet service has been made available to the public at Marktplatz, thanks to a cooperative effort led by the City of Fredericksburg, Hill Country Telephone Cooperative and a number of area organizations.

Officials representing the various sponsoring groups — including the city, HCTC, Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fredericksburg Independent School District, Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance and the Market Square Redevelopment Commission — helped turn on the Wi-Fi during a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

“We could have thrown up Wi-Fi at any time,” Russell Immel, city technology director, said. “To build it to be able to accommodate the kind of huge crowds we have on huge weekends was a bigger undertaking.”

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