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Mar

HCM again named to nation's top 100 hospitals

Hill Country Memorial last week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for the third consecutive year, putting it in the company of the top one percent of hospitals nationally.

Of more than 2,800 hospitals surveyed, Hill Country Memorial was one of 20 small community hospitals nationwide and one of 11 Texas hospitals that made the list.

For potential patients, this means that the same level of quality care found at some larger institutions can be found in the Hill Country, said HCM Chief Executive Officer Jayne Pope.

“Hill Country Memorial will continue to put quality health care and safety at the forefront every single day,” Pope said. “With every rating, review and quality measure, we strive to better this organization, and once again, our physicians and staff have proven their dedication to the health of this community.”

Wed
12
Mar

Have spatula, will travel


GOOD EATS — Byron (Cooky) Vinyard prepares ’ol fashioned military chow using a mobile military field kitchen that he spent 12 years acquiring the equipment, utensils and other items to build. His kitchen will be at the Pacific Combat Zone until March 16. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Some might mistake Byron Vinyard for Col. Sherman Potter from the long-running CBS Korean War comedy “M*A*S*H.”

But instead of wearing surgical scrubs, “Cooky” Vinyard dons an apron and is a cook on the go.

Cooky, the father of Admiral Nimitz Foundation director of marketing/public relations Brandon Vinyard, is doing a display of his authentic, fully-operational WWII kitchen at the Pacific Combat Zone. His kitchen will be serving chow until March 16.

On Friday, Vinyard cooked and served up “SOS”, a field cuisine best described as seasoned chipped beef and gravy served on toast.

“I was too old to be in the infantry,” joked Vinyard, regarding why he began collecting the tools, equipment and utensils to build this field kitchen. “I’ve always loved to cook, and my sons encouraged me to put together a field kitchen. This is it, 12 years later.”

Wed
12
Mar

Gillespie man recounts growing up in new book


FAMILY CHRONICLES — Former pressman, now author, Warren J. Hahn poses with a copy of his new book.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Warren J. Hahn wasn’t content to do nothing in retirement. So he began collecting stories about his family, whose roots reach back to the area’s early settler days.

Now Hahn has collected those stories and anecdotes into a new book, “The Son Who Never Left Home.”

Hahn will hold a book signing at St. Peter Lutheran Church Parish Hall in Doss from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

Hahn said he inherited his family’s German work ethic and he knows the meaning of grueling farm labor and the endless hours that farm life demands.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes through my life, but at the root of everything are the precious seeds of family and history,” he said.

Hahn’s new book began as “something to leave for the grandkids, but grew into much more.”

Wed
12
Mar

Fort Martin Scott to host Texas History Days, cowboy breakfast

The second annual “Texas History Days” will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 13-16 at Fort Martin Scott, located at 1606 East Main Street.

Texas History Days will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The event will culminate on Sunday with a “cowboy breakfast” available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m., followed by “cowboy church” at 10:30 a.m.

The four-day event, co-produced by the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, will focus on interpretive re-enactments, military drills, re-enactors in period dress from 1830-1900, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, and the Junior Texas Ranger program aimed at the youth, that teaches the five character traits of the Texas Ranger. 

Wed
12
Mar

Design experts, ‘Day Tripper’ here for weekend show

Some of the latest trends and newest products with a Hill Country style will be featured at the Hill Country Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

 More than 50 local, state and national companies will demonstrate their products and services on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and children are free.

Exhibitors include Nature Innovations, Braunbach Granite, Keith Zars Pools, Statewide Remodeling of San Antonio, Timeless Menagerie, Renewal by Anderson and many more.

HGTV design experts Abby Vasek and Bex Hale headline the information/entertainment portion of the show’s program.

Hale and Vasek are best friends and co-owners of Relics Home in Wimberley.

Wed
12
Mar

Whataburger grand opening on March 20

The Fredericksburg Whataburger is currently open for business, and will hold its grand opening from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 20.

Whataburger is at 1301 East Main Street, at the intersection of Highway Street. The Fredericksburg store’s general manager is Cesar Gutierrez.

The hamburger restaurant will also make a $500 donation to the Fredericksburg Food Pantry in celebration of the opening.

Other grand opening festivities include a drawing for free “Whataburger for a Year” along with various giveaways.

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!

Thu
06
Mar

Hickman tops McCurdy in sole county contest

Livestock services entrepreneur J.D. Hickman defeated Debbi McCurdy, deputy attorney for the City of Fredericksburg, in Gillespie County’s only contested race held Tuesday in conjunction with federal and state races.

Running in the Republican primary for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Hickman outpaced McCurdy by 977 votes to 866 as election results came in near 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

McCurdy had a slight lead after early votes were tallied, but strong turnouts for Hickman in Precincts 7 and 8 pushed the vote in his favor.

No other county races were contested, and Gillespie County voters will see incumbent County Judge Mark Stroeher, Commissioners Donnie Schuch and Billy Roeder, and Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1, Carl Schoessow return to office.

No Democrats filed to run against them in the Nov. 4 general election.

Thu
06
Mar

Council dips into reserves to fund park pool overage

By Matt Ward —

While city residents will have the opportunity to take a dip in a newly renovated Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool this summer, Fredericksburg city council members had to take a dip into city reserves Monday evening in order to fund a $578,000 shortfall in the project budget.

The council voted 4-0, with Councilman Gary Neffendorf absent from the regular council meeting, to approve a transfer of $566,601 to cover the additional costs of the city’s contract with Cox Commercial Construction, with an additional $11,399 going to contingency funds.

After voters approved a $1.8-million bond package in May 2012 for Park Pool, the council was forced to consider alternative designs for renovations once the proposed project came back $600,000 over budget in September.

Council members agreed at that time to okay the overage by a 4-1 vote with a decision on financing to come later.

Wed
05
Mar

New book looks at ‘Our Way Of Life’


The late photographer and author Philip O’Bryan Montgomery III profiled Gillespie County’s German families in the 1970s. A soon-to-be-released book is a part of his legacy that gives an intimate look into the culture, ethos and pride of these independent men and women. Pictured in a 1970s photo and story project, Edwin Moellering works on a hoop in his shop.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Philip O’Bryan Montgomery died late last year, but a new book will showcase his legacy and his chronicles of the lives of 1970s German families in Fredericksburg.

Montgomery was a Dallas-area native, businessman and philanthropist, but he always viewed Fredericksburg as his second home. He worked as an intern in the mid-1970s for the Fredericksburg Standard, and it was there that he worked on the project to be unveiled at a March 15 book release party at RS Hanna Gallery, 208 S. Lincoln St.

About three years ago, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he died in October. Fortunately, the book was far along enough in the production process to where the publishers were able to show him a proof on an iPad before he died.

“At such a young age, Philip grew to know and appreciate these people,” said Liz Tynan, a Fredericksburg resident and family friend. “That’s the real magic of the book.”

Wed
05
Mar

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg March 7

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, March 7.

As part of First Friday, galleries will generally be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The participating galleries will be offering special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For more information, visit the FFAWF website, www.FFAWF.com, for the latest news by First Friday Art Walk participating galleries.

This month’s schedule of events:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will be hosting “The Art of Donna Lafferty — Watercolors and Acrylics” featuring paintings of statues Lafferty has encountered at art museums and in gardens.

Fredericksburg scenes,  still life paintings and impressionist florals round out the show’s theme. 

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