Willow City fire, rescue to host benefit Saturday

The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department members will host their annual pork barbecue benefit this Saturday.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will be at the Willow City Fire Station at 2553 Ranch Road 1323.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will help the department continue maintaining and improving the station, trucks and equipment, and for training, insurances and routine operating expenses.

A hoisting of the U.S. and Texas flags will begin the event at 3 p.m. Sol Patch (Bryan Maldonado and Melissa Weatherly) will provide the music.

The Auxiliary’s Country Store will offer a variety of home-baked goods, hand-sewn items and crafts and cookbooks, including “Willow City Recipes and Remembrances,” from 3-5 p.m.

A silent auction will begin at 3 p.m. with bidding closing at 6:30 p.m.

Then, auctioneer Dudley Althaus will lead a live auction from 4-5:30 p.m.


Public a 'no-show' for school bond Q&A Monday night

By Richard Zowie

No parents or community members came Monday night for Supt. Dr. Eric Wright’s community information meeting at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium.

A handful of Fredericksburg Independent School District officials and an FHS teacher were all who showed.

Wright had been prepared to address a crowd regarding the proposed $16.5-million bond and answer any questions.

“I was expecting a few, but I guess we’ve been getting the message out,” Wright said. “I guess they’re satisfied with the information that’s out there.”

Wright has taken his school bond message to each of the FISD campuses and all the departments, as well to local civic groups.

“Everyone has been very positive, and their inclination was as long as we don’t raise taxes, they were in favor of it,” Wright said.


Growers dodge weekend storm damage

By Joshua McKinney

Severe storms brought rain and small hail over the weekend in Gillespie County.

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park received 2.76 inches of rain from Friday through early Sunday morning from the weekend weather system.

Pre-harvest storms are constant threats to local orchards and vineyards but most growers stayed clear of damage from the weekend weather.

 “I don’t know if there was any hail, but rain was well welcomed from farmers and ranchers,” said Brad Roeder, Gillespie County Agrilife Extension agent. “There’s always a chance of hail and high winds with a spring storm like that but the hail mostly missed our area. It would take a lot more than that to do serious damage.”

Jamey Vogel of Vogel Orchard in Stonewall also said he has not heard much in the way of damaged crops.


HCM leaders accept Baldrige award in Baltimore

Hill Country Memorial CEO Jayne Pope and Executive Director of Business Intelligence Debbye Dooley accept the 2014 Baldrige Award on behalf of HCM last week in Baltimore. —Submitted photo

The flight to Baltimore took four hours. The shuttle ride to the conference hotel was 30 minutes. The keynote speech, 20 minutes.

But the real trip to Baltimore, Maryland — to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — took years of hard work.

As part of their ongoing efforts related to the Baldrige Award, the nation’s highest honor for performance excellence in both public and private organizations, team members from Hill Country Memorial landed in Baltimore last week to attend the 27th Annual Quest for Excellence Conference and to receive the award.

Hill Country Memorial is one of four recipients in the nation to receive the 2014 Baldrige Award. As a result, HCM CEO Jayne Pope was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Quest Conference from April 12-15.


Wings Over the Hills nature festival welcomes area residents

John Karger (middle), founder of the “Last Chance Forever” rescued raptor program, talks to a Fredericksburg student about a Golden Eagle (right) during the 2014 Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival. This year’s event will be from Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. — Standard-Radio Post photo

The fifth annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will take flight Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, as nature lovers converge to enjoy the great diversity of wildlife found in the Hill Country.

In addition to the featured area’s natural fliers — birds, bats, butterflies and dragonflies — this year’s festival will also include programs on snakes, spiders and wildflowers.

All activities in the park will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25. Activities on Sunday, April 26 will only be field trips to birding venues.

Featured guest

Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival will host Greg Miller, a birder from Ohio, who was one of the birders featured in the book and major movie, “The Big Year.”

Miller will share his experiences in searching for the most birds seen and heard in North America during the year 1998 at a reception on Saturday evening. 


Popular Wildflower 5K, 10K returns to streets Saturday

Runners and walkers will converge on Fredericksburg on Saturday for the 21st annual Fredericksburg Wildflower Run/Walk.

“There’s something for just about everyone, no matter if you’re into timed running, walking or strolling leisurely along with children or pets,” said Dawn Bourgeois, director of the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center, one of the event’s sponsors.

The new route will follow a scenic course in and around Fredericksburg, beginning and ending downtown at Marktplatz where parking, restrooms and registration will be available.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Larry Dyer. Dyer served on the Wildflower Run committee until his passing last fall and was instrumental in creating the initial vision for the event and the partnership between the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters and the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center.


Spring has sprung

Park ranger Paul Hendrix (second from right) led a guided nature trail walk through blooming bluebonnets on Saturday morning for visitors to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall. Visitors had a chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward


Style show, garden tour highlight Lenz Fest

Haberdashery owner Jill Elliott flows in a French-style cotton plaid duster, paired with a checked summer dress.

Elliott was modeling her vision for the perfect Haberdashery outfit during the Lenz Fest Fashion Show on April 16 at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

Local clothing stores provided fashions to demonstrate the styles of the season, in support of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

Five local gardens were also open for tours as part of the fest.

The event raised funds for the Gillespie County Historical Society and also recognized the many individuals and organizations with the 2015 Pioneer Spirit Award, for their donations enabling the 2008 restoration and preservation of the historic Dambach-Besier House.



FVFD fish fry this Saturday at Marktplatz

The Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fish fry fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m., this Saturday, April 25 at Marktplatz.

The fried fish dinner with all the fixings is by donation only.

This year, beer will be for sale at the event.

For those on the go, a drive-through line will be available at Security State Bank and Trust Motor Bank, behind the fire station.

Prize drawings will be held throughout the event. Among the prizes donated by local merchants will be guns, knives and compound bows.

There will also be live music performed by the Wagon Aces, and a dance.

The FVFD is at 124 West Main Street. For more information, call 830-997-5603 or email


Relay for Life to mark '30 Years of Hope'

Relay For Life Gillespie County will be celebrating “30 years of Hope” on Saturday, April 25.

This year’s event has been moved to the gazebo on the Gillespie County Courthouse Square and will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

A survivor and caregiver celebration with dessert and punch will take place from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by the luminaria ceremony starting at 8:30 p.m.

The prize drawing will take place during the event.

Dana Wilson, Relay For Life event chairman, encouraged everyone to bring their lawn chairs and “celebrate our survivors/caregivers.”

She noted that this year, due to unforeseen circumstances, Relay For Life is a smaller-than-usual event.

All events are weather-permitting.


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