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02
Apr

‘Tour de France’ style bike race saddles up in Fredericksburg


This trio of riders from Austin were some of the more than 1,500 cyclists in Gillespie County last weekend for the LBJ 100, which marked its largest ever field, organizers said. Routes of 10 to 85 miles challenged bicyclists from all over the nation, who cruised in and out of the LBJ National Historical Park, and in front of the “Texas White House,” the late president’s former residence. See more photos on page C1 of the April 2, 2014 issue of the Standard. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

In contrast to the leisurely pace of an estimated 1,500 riders taking part in the LBJ 100 this past weekend, a competitive race will draw nearly 500 cyclists back here this Saturday, April 5, for the “Tour de France”-styled Texas Gran Fondo.

Drawing Category 1 national level cyclists from around the globe for the first race of its kind in the Lone Star State, the event is scheduled to start and finish in front of the Fredericksburg Middle School campus on Travis Street.

Texas Gran Fondo will feature routes of 36 miles (which starts at 8:10 a.m.,) 65 miles (which starts at 8:05 a.m.) and 100 miles (which starts at 8 a.m.) for competing cyclists coming from as far away as Puerto Rico, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy, France and the Ukraine. (For route details and maps, visit www.texasgranfondo.com.)

Wed
02
Apr

Kusenbergers, Herborts honored for agriculture conservation efforts


A PLAQUE was given to Royce and Karen Herbort of Doss for being awarded the Conservation Rancher Award. The award honors those who work with the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to serve as good stewards of their land. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Two longtime ranching families in Gillespie County were honored last Wednesday at the Gillespie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Conservation Awards Program held at the Gillespie County Extension Building.

The Pioneer in Agriculture Award went to Harold and Joanne Kusenberger, lifelong Gillespie County residents.

The couple went to school in Stonewall and grew up as conservationists, as both their fathers served on the Gillespie County Soil and Water Conservation District as directors.

Their conservation practices include deferred grazing, contour farming and pasture and rangeland management. The Kusenbergers’ 1,000-plus-acre ranch is rangeland with some crops of oats, wheat and milo, and they stock sheep, goats and cattle.

Wed
02
Apr

First Friday Art Walk to showcase artists with special events

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, April 14.

The participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to host special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet and greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For the latest First Friday Art Walk news, visit  www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags on Friday.

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will be featuring an evening with artist Delia Hunt and “Places You’ve Been,” an exhibit of her oil paintings.

Hunt received degrees in art history and commercial art from Texas Tech University.  She then worked in publishing, advertising and fashion design. 

She has also illustrated two books, He Called Them by Name and Tall Tale.

A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday.

Wed
02
Apr

Senior 4-H team qualifies for State Food Challenge


QUALIFYING for the State Food Challenge was the Gillespie County 4-H senior team of, from left, Dylan Sione, Sara Verstuyft, Amy Heimann and Sean O’Leary. The team finished fourth at the district contest on March 29 to qualify for state.

A senior Gillespie County team has qualified for state competition after a top placing at the District 4-H Food Challenge on March 29 at James Madison High School in San Antonio.

Finishing fourth at the contest was the “Fritztown Foodies” team of Dylan Sione, Sara Verstuyft, Amy Heimann and Sean O’Leary.

The top four teams in the senior category qualified for the State 4-H Roundup in College Station.

Winners at the state level will have an opportunity to compete at the national contest that will be held at the State Fair in Dallas in October.

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Wed
02
Apr

Give us your BEST SHOT!


CALLING ALL WILDFLOWER LOVERS: The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is inviting readers to join it in celebrating the 2014 wildflower season by sharing your best photos from this spring. Got a cute picture of a kid sniffing a buttercup or a photo of a cow grazing in an ocean of Indian Paintbrush or Texas Bluebonnets? Please email photos at their highest resolution possible and as separate .jpg attachments to: fbgnews@fredericksburgstandard.com or drop off a copy at the newspaper office, 712 West Main Street. Be sure to include your name, the names of anyone in the photo (left to right,) where the photo was taken, as well as your address and daytime phone number so we have a way to get in touch. Some of the photos shared with us will be featured online, while others will be selected for publication in a future issue. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
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02
Apr

Country schools tour, barbecue this weekend

The Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools will host a Country Schools and Texas Vineyards Tour, Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6.

The event is a way of combining “scenic driving” with stops along the way to visit historic country schools and Texas wineries. Visitors will see how life was back in the days before modern things like video games and iPods.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, open houses will be held at the Cave Creek, Junction, Nebgen, Rheingold and Willow City schools.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. the next day, Sunday, April 6, a barbecue fundraiser will be held at the American Legion Hall on U.S. Highway 87 South. Barbecue chicken or pork plates with the trimmings will be sold at $9 per plate.

Drive-through and take-out plate sales begin at 10:30 a.m., while dine-in at the hall begins at 11 a.m.

Wed
02
Apr

City of Fredericksburg leaf collection to begin on April 7

The annual spring leaf collection program by the City of Fredericksburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 7.

During this program, residents are encouraged to gather leaves from their property and rake them to the street.

According to the city’s street department, the following guidelines will ensure pick up:

• Rake leaves onto the street, 12 inches from the curb;

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!

Wed
02
Apr

Fredericksburg Chorale to perform in concert Thursday at St. Joseph's

The Fredericksburg Chorale will present “The Romance of Childhood” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street.

Admission is by donation.

The chorale is under the direction of Mark Hierholzer.

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!

Wed
26
Mar

TxDOT outlines highway plans

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County Commissioners were clued in Monday as to what the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to do with local roadways over the next four years, from 2014-2017.

Joe Ramos, a senior director for the Alamo Area Council of Governments and a handful of TxDOT engineers/planners were on hand to discuss scheduled changes and receive input from commissioners on what they feel are high priority areas.

Projects they identified as “let” or completed are to replace bridges and approaches at four different water-crossing areas in Gillespie, including: Kneese Road at Palo Alto Creek (two structures;) Old San Antonio Road at the Pedernales River; Goehmann Lane at Barons Creek, and Boos Lane at the Pedernales River.

Planned projects from 2015-2018, which will be paid for by state funding, according to TxDOT, will include:

Wed
26
Mar

County awards HOT funds to 14 local organizations

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Fourteen local organizations each got served a piece of the funding “pie” Monday, when Gillespie County Commissioners divvied up shares of $120,00 in Hotel Occupany Tax (HOT) funds.

This year’s distribution was a full third larger than the county’s previous $80,000 HOT fund appropriations, but still came up $46,200 short of the $166,200 requested.

“Some may not be real happy with this decision, but some look at it like this — it is kind of gravy anyway ... icing on the cake,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, who annually takes point on the HOT fund project for the commissioners.

The process of deciding who gets what amount is a painstaking one, since every application is examined carefully to make sure it complies with the law’s restrictions when it comes to ear-marking funds, with the promise that they will further promote “heads in beds” in the county’s rural, non-incorporated areas.

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