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Wed
12
Mar

Chamber lauds top members, leaders


FREDERICKSBURG Cham-ber of Commerce Chairman Mark Peterson, left, congratulates the organization’s award winners at last Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce banquet. From left are Richard Laughlin, Outstanding Chamber Man; Penny McBride, Out-standing Chamber Woman; Jim Lindley, Volunteer of the Year; Brad Hardin, Out-standing Public Servant; David Hardin, Student Community Achievement winner; and Ron Woellhof, Community Achievement award winners. (Jane Woellhof is not pictured.) – Standard-radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

A builder, an organization CEO and several community leaders were honored at the 94th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Ceremony, held Thursday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall.

Richard Laughlin and the chamber’s own Penny McBride were named Outstanding Chamber Man and Woman, respectively.

Laughlin is a contractor who has served in many civic capacities, while McBride found herself surprised by the voting committee’s selection.

Wed
12
Mar

Pioneer Museum welcomes spring breakers


TAKING A BOW after one of his stories about “Larry the Lizard” is storyteller/musician Lee Haile during Pioneer Museum’s Spring Break activities on Saturday, March 8. The museum grounds will be offering families a long list of activities and demonstrations this week through Saturday, March 15 – everything from corn husk doll making to blacksmithing. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

From making rope to hammering at the forge … a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments will continue for the remainder of this Spring Break week at Pioneer Museum.

From today, March 12, through Saturday, March 15, fun for all ages will be featured on the museum’s grounds between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 325 West Main Street.

Planned activities, also the kind to help visitors realize what life was once like for this city’s early settlers, include making corn-husk dolls, quilting, spinning and a quick bite of a biscuit or cobbler from an authentic chuckwagon, folk song sing-alongs, lively storytelling, a one-room schoolhouse and more.

 “Stepping back in time makes history come alive,” said Evelyn Weinheimer, director of archives and programs.

 “There will also be re-enactors on site to help us experience the days of Mountain Men, Buffalo Soldiers, Red Rovers and more,” she said.

Wed
12
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.

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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.

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