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Wed
02
Dec

Local galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Dec. 4, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

Gallery hours will vary. Many have modified their hours this month to accommodate the Light The Night Christmas Parade which also takes place on Friday night.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:

Agave Gallery — Fine Art. Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, will feature jewelry by Connie Stephens, silver buckles and money clips by Clint Orms, a new children’s book by artist Delia Hunt, and more.

Wed
02
Dec

'Light the Night' event Friday

The Light The Night Christmas Parade, presented by H-E-B, will roll rain or shine down Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

Approximately 100 illuminated entries are expected along the route that stretches along Main Street between the intersections of Washington and Edison streets.

For the first time, the first 30 minutes of the parade will be broadcast live on KEYE television, the CBS affiliate in Austin. The remainder of the parade will be live-streamed on the station’s website. KEYE will also broadcast the station’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts live from Marktplatz as part of their coverage.

The Fredericksburg High School Marching Band will lead the parade, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh and accompanied by the Fredericksburg High School Red-Hotts.

Organizations that wish to submit an entry may download the form from the parade website and return it to Segner’s Jewelers at 236 W. Main St.

Wed
02
Dec

Bethany Lutheran to host Christmas Journey Dec. 11-12

Bethany Lutheran Church will host its annual presentation of “A Christmas Journey,” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12, from 6-8:30 p.m.  

The journey will feature nine scenes complete with live actors and animals that tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, a spokesperson said.

Attendees can drive their own vehicles along the lighted path or ride on the Bethany bus or wagons provided by the church.

The wagons will be located at the entrance to the church’s parking lot while the bus will pick up passengers on Main Street in front of Marktplatz.

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ unfolds as visitors move among the nine scenes while listening to music.

Tue
24
Nov

Insurance customers in for changes

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Even as health insurance costs rise with the Affordable Care Act, healthcare options for some local customers are being limited.

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS) discontinued its preferred provider organization (PPO) plan for individuals, claiming they lost more than $400 million in the Texas market last year.

As of Jan. 1, BCBS is transferring its customers to a health maintenance organization, or HMO, plan. But the company did not warn customers in its letter in a July newsletter.

Yet Hill Country Memorial Hospital and many local doctors have historically not accepted HMO plans, citing high costs and low reimbursements.

The BC/BS plan cuts won’t affect everyone though. Grandfathered individual plans issued prior to March 23, 2010 are exempted, as are employer-sponsored group plans or Medicare-supplement plans issued through Blue Cross.

Tue
24
Nov

Commissioners approve new phase at Boot Ranch

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the application by Boot Ranch for their phase one subdivision. 

The re-platting of land will allow for seven lots in the subdivision at Boot Ranch, located just north of Fredericksburg.

Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher reviewed the paperwork prior to the meeting and didn’t have any serious issues with the application.

“The construction cost did match with the bond that Boot Ranch brought in,” Stroeher said.

The only issue brought up with the application was the surveyor needs to sign off on the paperwork and Boot Ranch will need to provide a CD of the re-platting to the county commissioners.

Fredericksburg attorney Gordon Sauer was at the meeting to represent the new owners of Boot Ranch and he said the commissioners’ requests will be resolved immediately. 

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Tue
24
Nov

Bizzell named new fire chief

Lynn Bizzell has been named the fire chief for the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department. He will begin the position on Jan. 11. — Submitted photo

By Scott Allen —

The City of Fredericksburg has hired Lynn Bizzell as its new chief of Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, effective Jan. 11.

“Lynn was the clear consensus from all the Fredericksburg personnel and everyone agreed on him as the top pick,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “His outstanding background and experience will help our department, partially with our training, because Lynn’s a good teacher.”

Bizzell currently serves as program director at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute. He previously served with the Round Rock Fire Department for 26 years, including serving as fire chief for 24 years. He also worked as a firefighter for the College Station Fire Department.

Bizzell is the city’s first paid chief of the FVFD. The city implemented a paid chief position to help response times when firefighters are working their paid jobs.

Tue
24
Nov

Going wild for game

Auctioneer Greg Meier works the crowd during the live auction at the Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Besides exotic wild game, the fundraising event included a silent auction and many prize drawings. More than 40 items were presented at the live auction. For more pictures, go to A14. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Tue
24
Nov

Book signing

San Antonio authors Patricia Hart McMillan and David Strahan signed copies of their new book “Christmas At America’s Landmark Houses,” Nov. 21 at the Pioneer Museum Store. Featured in the book, among 19 historic homes, is the museum’s Fassel-Roeder House, during past years’ Candlelight Tours in the Christmas season. McMillan and Strahan estimated it took a combined two years to produce and publish the book. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Tue
24
Nov

Sentimental Journey Orchestra

Clad in World War II attire, Ted Conerly blows on a trombone and leads the 17-piece Sentimental Journey Orchestra in a rendition of the Glenn Miller hit “In the Mood.” The orchestra performed various “Greatest Generation” hits at Fredericksburg Theater Company over the week-end, Nov. 21-22. For more pictures, go to A16. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Tue
24
Nov

Goff grows 'Mo' beard for cancer awareness

As Kerry Goff’s beard approaches “mountain man” status, he continues to use it to spread the word about Movember and cancer. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Working in theater, sometimes long hair and facial hair are required — especially when playing period piece-characters like Inspector Javert in the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of the Broadway musical “Les Misérables.”

This month, however, Kerry Goff has been looking even more hirsute than usual.

“It’s not ‘mountain man’ big, but it’s close,” Goff said about his beard.

A trimmed beard has often been part of his look this year, and in mid-October he decided to quit trimming it, except for his neck and his cheeks.

“I figured, let’s just grow it and see how far it goes,” said Goff, whose father and uncle also have beards. “It’s been fun, you don’t think about it much. I’ve enjoyed getting the length on it. This year I decided to push through the hard part which is the itchy, not fun part. That didn’t take much time. Now, I’m kind of enjoying it.”

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