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New book looks at ‘Our Way Of Life’


The late photographer and author Philip O’Bryan Montgomery III profiled Gillespie County’s German families in the 1970s. A soon-to-be-released book is a part of his legacy that gives an intimate look into the culture, ethos and pride of these independent men and women. Pictured in a 1970s photo and story project, Edwin Moellering works on a hoop in his shop.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Philip O’Bryan Montgomery died late last year, but a new book will showcase his legacy and his chronicles of the lives of 1970s German families in Fredericksburg.

Montgomery was a Dallas-area native, businessman and philanthropist, but he always viewed Fredericksburg as his second home. He worked as an intern in the mid-1970s for the Fredericksburg Standard, and it was there that he worked on the project to be unveiled at a March 15 book release party at RS Hanna Gallery, 208 S. Lincoln St.

About three years ago, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and he died in October. Fortunately, the book was far along enough in the production process to where the publishers were able to show him a proof on an iPad before he died.

“At such a young age, Philip grew to know and appreciate these people,” said Liz Tynan, a Fredericksburg resident and family friend. “That’s the real magic of the book.”

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First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg March 7

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, March 7.

As part of First Friday, galleries will generally be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The participating galleries will be offering special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For more information, visit the FFAWF website, www.FFAWF.com, for the latest news by First Friday Art Walk participating galleries.

This month’s schedule of events:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will be hosting “The Art of Donna Lafferty — Watercolors and Acrylics” featuring paintings of statues Lafferty has encountered at art museums and in gardens.

Fredericksburg scenes,  still life paintings and impressionist florals round out the show’s theme. 

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NASA legends speak out for 'SystemsGo'


INTRIGUED by stories from space, a sell-out audience listens Tuesday, Feb. 25, to former NASA director Tom Moser, who spoke along with former astronaut Jack Lousma in support of the SystemsGo aerospace engineering program founded by Fredericksburg High School teacher Brett Williams. More funding is needed to help SystemsGo launch a live-streaming, two-way video learning system. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

With the help of two NASA celebrities — former director  Tom Moser and astronaut Jack Lousma — fund raising to equip the SystemsGo aerospace engineering program with live-streaming video equipment achieved “lift-off.”

Dinner tickets and donations from a Feb. 25 sell-out crowd of 180 at the Hill Country University Center boosted the program’s start by about $10,000.

Yet another $5,000 is needed to launch a video interface system that will allow SystemsGo to interact with a worldwide audience.

“Imagine a classroom that is working on a particular research project, let’s say … paraffin fuels in hybrid rocket motors … with this, they could actually make a connection with a space propulsion group in California that is working on hybrid rocket motors,” explained Fredericksburg High School teacher Brett Williams.

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Welcoming the new superintendent


A RECEPTION to welcome new Fredericksburg Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright and his family to the community was held on Monday afternoon at the FISD Central Administration Office. Joining Wright at the reception were daughters Erica Wright and Ashley Wright and wife Ruth Wright. Hosted by the FISD and the board of trustees, the reception gave community members, faculty and staff a chance to visit with the new superintendent. Wright, who previously served as superintendent for Huntington ISD, replaces Dr. Marc Williamson, who retired after serving as the head of the FISD since 1998. — Standard-Radio Post Photo
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Sanford out, three sign up for city council positions

Major changes in the upcoming Fredericksburg City Council race were announced Friday, the last day for candidates to file for the May 10 election.

Incumbent council member Kathy Sanford, who had previously filed Feb. 6, withdrew her application on Friday, which also saw current council member Tim Dooley file for re-election.

Dooley will be challenged by former council member Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson.

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Cyclists gear up for March 8-15 'Hell Week'

“Texas Hell Week” is expected to draw hundreds of bicyclists here for eight days of riding adventures over Spring Break, from March 8-15.

The annual event is designed for two-wheeled enthusiasts of all skill levels and it offers daily routes of varying distances and difficulties on Gillespie County’s rural roads noted favorably by many in the sport for their smoothness and accompanying scenery.

Now in its 24th year, Texas Hell Week has announced that it will donate $10 of each entry fee to IcanShine.org, a non-profit group that provides learning and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities and focuses on putting kids on bikes.

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'Spring Forward' one hour for DST Sunday morning

This Sunday, March 9, when Daylight Saving Time (DST) requires folks to “spring forward” one hour, there’ll be a trade-off: one extra hour of daylight daily for the next 34 weeks in exchange for one hour less sleep on Saturday night.

That’s because the time officially changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday and most people, in an effort to not be late for any Sunday morning activities, traditionally opt to advance their clocks before turning in to bed on Saturday.

This year, DST will last for a 34-week span before “falling back” one hour to Central Standard Time (CST) on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Most of America follows the time change rules, except for residents in Hawaii and most of Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation, which does adopt the time change.)

Other “home” territories overseas not implementing DST are: Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Burn ban enacted for Gillespie County

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Although some ranchers asked them not to, Gillespie County Commissioners have enacted a “burn ban” to protect against the “bigger picture” of wildfire danger.

“This is probably more proactive than we’ve been in the past, but things are drying out quickly,” county fire marshal Steve Olfers said Monday to commissioners as he made the recommendation on behalf of himself and what he said was a majority of the chiefs from the county’s rural fire departments.

Commissioners opted to agree with the recommendation, voting unanimously (5-0) to put the 90-day, automatic countywide law into place.

That decision, however, knowingly goes against the wishes of several agricultural producers who Commissioners Calvin Ransleben and Donnie Schuch said had phoned them this past week to express their objections to a ban.

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Feb

Control, leadership concerns arise in dispatch discussions

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

While city and county officials seem to agree on combining their dispatch efforts once the new jail is complete, just who will manage the center is still in question.

The sheriff, who currently supervises the county’s dispatch says the system works just fine, so don’t “fix it.”

“We have the ability to take care of everything right now,” he told Gillespie County Commissioners meeting Monday.

Recommended by the 22-member Joint Dispatch Research Committee, however, is that such a dispatch center should be ruled by a board of 11 directors (in an attempt to give all the affected parties — fire, EMS, law enforcement, public utilities — a voice in operations).

Yet county officials also learned from their information technologies employee, John Keller, that even if a board governs the dispatch center, law enforcement still has the final say since, by law, it must be given majority control.

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Peaches sufficiently chilled, but now moisture is needed


SPRING IS ON THE WAY – Extension Agent Jim Kamas said growers are in “hurry up and prune” mode. Manuel Bodello, foreground, and Carlos Rodriguez, worked Monday at Marburger Orchards to get peach trees ready for rapid growth. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

With around 1,200 chill hours for Hill Country peaches recorded, workers are furiously working to prune trees and ready them for spring growth.

If Mother Nature cooperates with more moisture and no late freezes, this year’s crop could be a good one, said Jim Kamas, Texas A&M Extension Agent for Gillespie County.

Peach growers count on “chill hours” or the time below 45 degrees to help the trees have a healthy winter dormancy and condition them for spring. Ideal winter days are between 35 and 40 and drizzly to add a bit of moisture, he said.

“We’re in an 800-hour zone, so we’ve got substantially more than we normally get,” Kamas said. “Now, there’s nothing holding this year’s crop back.

The lowest recorded temperature was 14.9 at the Gillespie County Airport on Jan. 7, he said. The area’s first freeze was recorded Nov. 13.

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