Animals to be blessed Sunday at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will host an event in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

The church will bless animals during the event at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 in the courtyard at the church located at 601 W. Creek St. 

All animals are welcome, but they need to be on a leash or in a cage.

Pictures of each animal being blessed will be taken and will be available for pick up (at no cost) in the Parish Hall the following Thursday.

For more information, call the Rev. Jan McGrath at 830-997-7690. 


St. Mary’s to host Alumni Tailgate Party Saturday

St. Mary’s Catholic School is hosting an Alumni Tailgate Party from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

The party will be prior to the Apaches’ homecoming football game against the St. Anthony Saints.

Alumni, parents of St. Mary’s students and friends of St. Mary’s are all invited to the event. Officials encourage alumni — whether high school or eighth grade — to invite classmates to join them.

The event will feature appetizers and heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as beer, wine and tea.

At 4:45 p.m., there will be special recognition given to the St. Mary’s School Benefactors at the event. The benefactors have been longtime financial supporters of various SMS programs.

Besides recognizing the benefactors, former St. Mary’s Coach A.J. Loth will be there to tell about the history of St. Mary’s football. Previous St. Mary’s homecoming queens will be at the event along with the cheerleaders.


Voter registration deadline is Monday ahead of Nov. 4 ballot

Deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is Monday, Oct. 6, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

Early voting will be held Oct. 20-31. A photo ID is currently required for voting in person.

Persons wishing to register to vote may do so at the Gillespie County Clerk’s office. Persons also may download voter registration forms at, though potential voters are advised it may take up to 30 days to register through state channels.


Persons are eligible to register to vote if they are a U.S. citizen, a resident of the county where the application is submitted, at least 18 years old on election day, not a convicted felon and have not been declared mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

A Voter Unique Identifier (VUID) may be obtained in any Department of Public Safety office.


Gillespie County residents to join National Night Out

Residents of Gillespie County will have a chance to show their solidarity against crime on Tuesday, Oct. 7, during National Night Out.

National Night Out is a program designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for local anticrime programs, strengthen the relationship between police and the community and show criminals neighborhoods are organized against crime.

On Tuesday evening, several communities around Gillespie County will be getting together to meet their neighbors and learn about safety. 

In addition to fire departments hosting open houses, apartment complexes will partake in the event.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Last year over 37.8 million people in 16,462 communities across all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide took part in the event.


Oktoberfest to open taps at Marktplatz

Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg will once again feature three days of singing, toasting and dancing, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 3-5.

Sponsored by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, the 34th Oktoberfest takes place on Marktplatz in downtown Fredericksburg.

Oktoberfest hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $7 for adults, $1 for children 7-12, and free for children under six.

Two-day passes are $12, and three-day passes are $16.

Advance ticket sales are available on the website at

Oktoberfest continues to grow and more seating has been added in the Strassen Zelt (Street Tent), located on Adams Street.

This area will include a souvenir booth, photo booth, German beer, bands, a domino tournament and more.


Summit addresses Hill Country issues

Milan J. Michalec, president of the Hill Country Alliance, welcomes the crowd at Thursday’s summit. Michalec’s parents are Fredericksburg residents.

By Ken Esten Cooke and Robert Deming —

Everything from urban development to dance hall preservation was on the agenda at the Hill Country Alliance 2014 Leadership Summit, held Thursday at the Nimitz Hotel Ballroom.

“HCA was created 10 years ago to raise questions, to say things that aren’t being said, and to create a common threat between us,” said HCA Executive Director Christy Muse. “The HCA isn’t here to save the Hill Country. That is a work in progress which depends on educating and providing information for citizens.”

Keynote speaker Chuck Marohn, president of Strong Towns, made a case for changes in the way cities grow and develop. Marohn, an engineer and city planner, said financial burdens await cities who pour large sums of money into projects they hope will lure business and jobs.


14 galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

Fourteen galleries will be participating in First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg on Friday, Oct. 3.

Most galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and will be hosting special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For more information and the latest news for First Friday Art Walk participating galleries, visit,

Each of the participating galleries will be flying their Art Walk flags on Friday.

This month’s schedule of events:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will host Fredericksburg artist Toni Marshall.

Marshall will be exhibiting her original creations of fiber and textile art to wear and to display. 

An artist reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Agave Gallery “Fine Art. Texas Style.” is located one block south of Main Street.


Youngsters 'punt, pass and kick' Sunday at FHS Stadium

Siden Greenfield keeps his focus on the ball while “punting” during the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick compe-tition on Sunday in the Fredericksburg High School Stadium. Hosted by the Optimist Club of Fred-ericksburg, the competition drew 43 boys and girls ages six to 15 years. More photos are on A16 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Forty-three youngsters ages six to 15 years competed in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Sunday in the Fredericksburg High School Stadium.

For the event, hosted by the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg, the participants were divided into five age groups. There were separate divisions for boys and girls.

Local winners received ribbons for first through third place in each age group.

In addition, the first- and second-place winners in each age group will receive a trophy from the Optimist Club at the FHS Battlin’ Billie football game against Canyon Lake on Friday, Oct. 24.

Each of the first-place winners will advance to the sectional competition at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Wheatley Heights Sports Company in San Antonio.

Following are the results for each of the age and gender divisions:

GIRLS 6-7 years

1. Ellie Seracen

2. Jamie Rios

3. Erin Wehmeyer


Harper Longhorn Band wins honors at Hill Country Marching Festival

Fredericksburg High School’s “Pride of the Hill Country” Band marched in exhibition at the Hill Country Marching Festival on Saturday in the FHS Stadium. Theme of this year’s University Interscholastic League Marching Contest show is “Awakenings.” Going through their routine are, in front from left, Tara Youngblood, Nikki Shuman, Jarred Hudson and Ander Castaneda. More photos from the marching festival, that also featured the Harper High School Band, are on D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

William J. Brennan High School from San Antonio won grand champion honors at the Hill Country Marching Festival on Saturday in the Fredericksburg High School Stadium.

The marching festival drew 17 Class-2A to Class-6A bands along with the FHS Band, which marched in exhibition only to open the event.

Among the bands competing on Saturday was the Harper Longhorn Band, which finished fourth overall.

Serving as judges on Saturday were:

•Bob Howard, retired director from Hondo High School;

•Stephen Krupicka, director of bands for Shiner Independent School District;

•Rey Meza, retired director from Marshall High School in San Antonio;

•Stephen Howard, director of bands at Ann Richards High school in Austin ISD, and,

•Manny Maldonado, owner of MJM Works and director of percussion for Bradley Middle School in North East ISD.

Coming up …


Fredericksburg Farmers Market opens tomorrow

The Fredericksburg Farmers Market will begin its fall season tomorrow on the grassy lawn at Pioneer Museum.

Farmers market president Thomas Newman said the markets will run from 4-7 p.m., or, as he put it, “Until it gets dark.”

The fall farmers market will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 20 (the week prior to Thanksgiving).

Whether meat or vegetables, customers won’t lack for items to sample or buy. They’ll once again have local, grass-fed beef, along with pasture-raised chickens that produce organic eggs.

There’s also a local bounty of fall vegetables and fruits, including beets, beans, peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, herbs, butternut squash and much more.

Other items include lamb, Gulf of Mexico seafood, artisan bread, goat cheese, maple syrup, sliders and tacos.

Items also include locally-baked bread and wood-oven pizza. There will also be locally-roasted coffee and other prepared foods.


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