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Nov

Pretty Pirouette


Princess Ballerina Clara, played by Callie Smedley, pirouettes during the Fredericksburg Dance Company’s holiday rendition of “The Nutcracker” at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on Sunday, Nov. 15. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen
Wed
18
Nov

An Artist's Touch


Die Künstler (the artists) von Fredericksburg secretary Barbara Mauldin paints a cactus during a live demonstration at the organization’s Annual Fine Art Show and Sale, held Friday through Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church fellowship hall. More than 250 original works in acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors, pencil and ink works were on display and offered for sale. Proceeds from the show go to fund art scholarships for high school and college students who plan to study in an art-related field. Works from the more than 40 club artists also will be on sale Dec. 11-20 at Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen
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18
Nov

Veterans Day speaker says thanks


Prior to his keynote speech Nov. 11 at the National Museum of the Pacific War Veterans Day ceremony in the Memorial Courtyard, Brig. Gen. James Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.) shakes World War II Army veteran Leo Itz’s hand. Seated to Itz’s right is Forest Rees, a WWII Navy veteran. In his speech, Bisson singled out World War II and Korean War vets and thanked them for their service. Veterans from various eras of service attended the event. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

American veterans from all branches gathered Nov. 11 at the National Museum of the Pacific War Memorial Courtyard to hear two words — thank you.

“America’s greatest generation, World War II veterans made America the great nation that it is today,” said Brig. Gen. James Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.), who was the keynote speaker at the event. “Thank you for your service.”

Veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War and War on Terror, along with those who served in peacetime and those currently serving, attended the ceremony.

Bisson also recognized a group many consider underappreciated: Korean War veterans.

“They are the forgotten veterans of a forgotten war,” he said. “Thank you Korea veterans for your service to our nation.”

Wed
18
Nov

Night at the Opry


Singer Heidi Eubanks plays with Ben Watson and the Hired Guns during the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Night at the Opry event on Saturday, Nov. 14. Proceeds from the event go toward the cost of running and maintaining the Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen
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18
Nov

Big Band Bash


Guitar legend Jimmie Vaughn plays with trombone player Mike Rinta during a Big Band Bash performance at Hill Top Café. Proceeds from the fundraiser, held Thursday through Saturday, benefits the Fredericksburg Independent School District theater camps and music scholarships as well as Schreiner University’s Writer’s Program. Special guests joined Johnny Nicholas for the performances. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen
Wed
18
Nov

District studies pros, cons of dual language

By Richard Zowie

 

Could a “dual language” program, where elementary school students receive instruction in both English and Spanish, become an option someday for Fredericksburg Independent School District students?

Celina Estrada-Thomas, FISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, discussed a recent field trip to study dual language programs with the trustees during their Nov. 9 regular meeting.

Estrada-Thomas, Supt. Dr. Eric Wright, Fredericksburg Middle School Principal Monica Ward and FISD Director of Special Programs Ronda Tomplait visited Kendall Elementary School in Boerne ISD on Oct. 29 to look at the school’s dual language program.

Offered kindergarten through fifth grade, the program offers classroom instruction in both English and Spanish.

Wed
18
Nov

Hunting fans take aim at Wild Game Dinner

The Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner is back for its ninth year at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be served until 8:30 p.m. 

Advance tickets are available for $20 (same price at the gate) at the following locations: Arrowhead Bank, Stroeher and Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store, and   in Stonewall at Allied Ag Services.

This year’s dinner will feature an enlarged seating area, food court and added tents for exhibits and dining.

“Overflow crowds these last couple of years forced us to get creative with larger accommodations,” said Lester Meier, event chairman. “Of course, when you add more room, it just seems logical to add more prizes, more food, more exhibits and more fun. Our ticket prices haven’t gone up in nine years. We just keep adding great prizes and the word keeps spreading.”

Tue
10
Nov

Commissioners OK 13th hire at dispatch center

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the hiring of a dispatcher for the Gillespie County Communications Center. 

The dispatcher, Rebecca Goff, will start work on Monday, Nov. 23.

“After this new hire, we will have a total of 13 dispatchers,” said Les Metzler, director of dispatch for the communications center. “We plan to hopefully have two more dispatchers soon to bring us to full capacity.”

Metzler said advertisement for the position is on the county’s website, listed under employment opportunities.

Commissioners also approved the nomination of Tony Klein to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. Klein is one of five members on the board, having served for the past six years. Other members are Tim Dooley (chairman), Donald Davis, Wayne Harrell and Jim McAfee.

Purchases for the sheriff’s office

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10
Nov

Whitetail season underway in county

Gillespie County hunters appear to be off and running with the season, which began Saturday, Nov. 7.

“It was a good opening weekend,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Clayton Pipkin. “The overcast weather on opening day enhanced the hunt. It was good and cold and kind of drizzly, so hunters stayed in the stands longer. The deer kept moving.”

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10
Nov

Bisson to lead veterans event


Brig. Gen. James J. Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.) is keynote speaker.

All those who have served or currently serve in the U.S. armed forces will be the guests of honor at the National Museum of the Pacific War on Veterans Day.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, the museum will host a Veterans Day ceremony. Free and open to the public, the ceremony will be in the Memorial Courtyard.

Guest speaker for this year will be Brig. Gen. James J. Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.).

Bisson, who serves as commander of Fredericksburg’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7105, began his military career when he was drafted in February 1967. He served as an infantryman with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam from July 1967 to July 1968.

He entered the Army National Guard in February 1971 and was direct commissioned in Armor as a second lieutenant in November 1971.

Bisson retired from the Army as a brigadier general in April 2005 after more than 35 years of service.

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