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Wed
11
May

Let's leave from Luckenbach, Texas

A group of motorheads cruise out of Luckenbach during the 20th Annual Hill Country Run motorcycle rally on Saturday,
May 7. Motorcyclists were all over Gillespie County roads for the event, which featured food, live music and lots of cruising. The rally is sponsored by the Optimist Club of
Fredericksburg and raises funds for youth projects, including
sponsorship of tee ball. See more photos on page D1. —
Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Wed
11
May

iOpener Showcase

Fredericksburg dancer Bethany Kendrick present an interpretive dance during the Fredericksburg High School Fine Art Showcase on Sunday, May 8 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Wed
11
May

Eighty rockets will launch near town, starting Thursday

Rockets 2016, a four-day event where students from 30 Texas high schools will launch up to 80 rockets they designed and built as part of the SystemsGo science program, will take place from Thursday through Sunday, May 12-15.

The public is invited to attend the event at the Willow City Fire Station and Stewart’s Hillview Ranch, located north of Fredericksburg off the Willow City Loop.

The four-day event is the culmination of the SystemsGo program, now offered in 42 high schools across the state. The student teams design and build eight-foot-tall models that will go up from one of six launch towers. First-year students attempt to send a one-pound payload one mile high. Second-generation projects send rockets past the speed of sound.

About 20 rockets a day are scheduled to launch between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday.

Wed
11
May

Founders Day this Saturday at local museum

The founding of Fredericksburg’s history will be celebrated with a Family Fun Day at Marktplatz and Pioneer Museum on Saturday, May 14.

The celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the laying of a wreath at Marktplatz to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the founding of Fredericksburg by John O. Meusebach and the city’s early settlers. There will be music for this ceremony.

Then, from noon to 3 p.m., activities shift to Pioneer Museum. Families are invited to bring food for a picnic, along with lawn chairs, and join in other activities.

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Sun
08
May

Langerhans, Kiehne, Watson win elections

Linda Langerhans retained her mayor's seat, while newcomer Charlie Kiehne and incumbent Bobby Watson won the two open council seats.

Mayor Linda Langerhans retained her seat with a close win over councilman Graham Pearson, while Charlie Kiehne and Bobby Watson won council seats in the three-person race in Saturday’s City of Fredericksburg Election.

 

Wed
04
May

Firm will begin work for trail, sports complex

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council met Monday and approved consulting services with Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc. for a new sports complex and trails development for the city’s parks.

The future athletic complex will be on land adjacent to Oak Crest Park and the council is awaiting appraisal of that land before continuing the planning process.

Additionally, trails are planned to be developed at Oak Crest, Lady Bird Johnson and Cross Mountain Parks.

The speed of the planning process will depend on how quickly the city can acquire land.

“Approve the contract, but Dennis Sims (principal for Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc.) doesn’t need to lay this out until the property is secure,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “Have Dennis take it slow for the first 30-60 days until we’ve finalized something on the property.”

Wed
04
May

Early voting brisk ahead of city vote this Saturday

By Ken Esten Cooke —

An estimated 460 residents voted early in the Fredericksburg City Council and charter amendment election (with two hours remaining at press time).

Early voting, which ended at 8 p.m. Tuesday and was held at City Hall, averaged about 65 per day in the seven days it was offered. Election Day is Saturday, May 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Middle School cafeteria, 110 W. Travis St.

Up for grabs are two city council seats and the mayoral seat. Incumbent Bobby Watson, council veteran Kathy Sanford and longtime businessman Charlie Kiehne are vying for two seats held by Watson and Jerry Luckenbach, who did not run for re-election.

Incumbent Mayor Linda Langerhans faces current city council member Graham Pearson.

Simple majorities will determine winners and the top two council finishers will win the seats. All positions are voted on “at large.”

Wed
04
May

Getting in Gear

Warming up with fitness professionals from the Hill Country
Memorial Wellness Center prior to running in the 22nd Annual
wildflower 5K and 10K Run/Walk on Saturday morning were
hundreds of participants, including Jessica Carpenter of
Mountain Home (#2318), Jennifer Lingnau of Fredericksburg
(#2368) and Hannah Colbath of Mountain Home (#2324). All
three women ran in the 10K event. Proceeds from the race
benefit the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters. See more
photos on page A/B19. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne
Hartmann

Wed
04
May

Colorful Cap

‘Silly’ props helped the Singing Zoologist, Lucas Miller, teach scientific subjects such as metamorphosis, symbiosis and the balance of nature through stories and songs on Saturday at the Wings Over The Hills Nature Festival held at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. More photos from the event, sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, can be found on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
04
May

All-night event gives perspective on homelessness

Working together, (from left) Ashley Valencia, Elena Walch and Calissa Vollmar hoist a cardboard roof onto their home. The Fredericksburg High School students’ design received the Architecture Award.

By Richard Zowie —

For 13 hours last week, Gillespie County gained a new “town” with an estimated population of 30.

Reminiscent of the “Hooverville” towns during the Great Depression, Fredericksburg High School students set up Cardboard City at the school tennis courts.

The event began at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28 and lasted until 7 a.m. the next morning.

Students fashioned cardboard boxes into makeshift shelters.

Cardboard City might not exist anymore, but it gave its residents a glimpse into a homeless person’s life while raising money for the ShelterBox USA project.

FHS Interact Club sponsored the event to raise awareness for those who’ve lost their homes due to natural or financial disasters.

The high school students even slept in the boxes for a few hours to experience a life where a lack of money means no home, no car and no utilities.

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