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10
Feb

Daily Update for Feb. 10

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Fri
06
Feb

City health fund receives $100,000 shot in arm

By Matt Ward —

Numerous large claims on the City of Fredericksburg’s self-funded health insurance plan have left the account at risk of deficit, though a report to the Fredericksburg City Council Monday advised that the fund should be in good shape for the next several months.

“Our experience over the past 10-15 years has been positive with this self-insurance fund,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “But here within the last 12 months, we’ve somehow received a total of 12 large catastrophic claims (approaching $70,000).”

Effective March 1, the city will move to a more cost-effective provider network, which will reduce some benefits such as office visit requirements and changes to prescription policy. The move is expected to save the city $163,000 this year.

The current budget includes a 15-percent increase in city funding for health insurance, effective Oct. 1, and a 10-percent increase in dependent insurance, effective April 1.

Fri
06
Feb

Fredericksburg named 'place to retire'

Forbes.com ranked Fredericksburg 14th in its 2014 list of 25 Best Places to Retire.

Fredericksburg was one of four Texas towns on the list.

The website listed Fredericksburg’s pros as warm climate, above-average air quality, cost of living five percent below national average, median home price $138,000, low crime and a high “walkability” rank.

Named after Prince Frederick of Prussia, the city had no listed cons.

Other Lone Star State towns included Abilene (first), Austin (third) and San Angelo (22nd).

Among the other cities making the Forbes.com list were Venice, Florida; Tucson, Arizona; Salt Lake City; Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City.

Fri
06
Feb

Daily Update for Feb. 6 and the Weekend

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Wed
04
Feb

'Bird is the word' at band fundraiser


Sylvia Sanchez (right) serves stuffing during the Fredericksburg Band Booster Turkey Dinner on Sunday. Sanchez along with several volunteers worked together make to-go meals for the drive-thru lane. More coverage can be found on page A/B3 and D3 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck —

The sound of music and the scent of turkey filled the air at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds as thousands of people were served at the Fredericksburg Band Booster’s Turkey Dinner.

Over one ton of turkey was dished out on to 3,000 plates in three hours during the turkey dinner, said Melissa May, FISD Band Booster Club assistant reporter.

In addition to the 2,500 pounds of turkey, 1,100 pounds of dressing, 340 pounds of noodles and 167 gallons of green beans were served, volunteer Ralph Koennecke said. 

The plate seemed to be a crowd pleaser.

“This year’s plate was the best I’ve had in years,” Koennecke said. “The noodle and bean people had it down. Everything went smooth, especially, the noodles. Sometimes they get pasty but they had their timers and everything worked well. Everything seemed to click.”

Wed
04
Feb

Rabies shot clinics to continue Saturday


Missy Kelum took her dog, Jewel, to the City of Fredericksburg’s rabies clinic on Saturday for vaccinations from Dr. Neal Eckert. Citizens were able to take advantage of reduced prices on shots and registration tags. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

The City of Fredericksburg will vaccinate dogs and cats during its second rabies clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. 

Doss, Willow City and Stonewall will host rabies vaccination clinics during February.

The clinics feature rabies vaccinations at a discounted rate, and also offer the opportunity for owners to get their cat and dog caught up on their shots.

The following is a list of the planned clinics in the county:

City of Fredericksburg

The City of Fredericksburg will host its next rabies vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Consolidated Warehouse, which is on Friendship Lane, behind Fredericksburg High School.

Vaccines will be administered by veterinarians, Dr. Travis Halfman and Dr. Neil Eckert. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $8 per dog or cat. Each is sacrificing a portion of their fee.

Wed
04
Feb

First Friday to celebrate 'HeART Walk'

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg is partnering with Hill Country Memorial Hospital to promote “Red in Fred” by doing a heart healthy “HeART Walk” on Friday, Feb. 6

Participants are encouraged to do a self-guided walking tour of all of the participating First Friday Art Walk galleries.

For First Friday Art Walk, most of the participating galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 Individuals may pick up their “HeART Walk” passport at any participating gallery and the goal is to get the passport signed by at least eight of the 12 galleries.

The signed passports should be turned in between 5-9 p.m. at Red, located at 307 East Main Street.

Participants who turn in their passports and complete complimentary health screenings that night will be entered to win a Fitbit fitness activity tracker or other fitness gear.

Look for a fleet of red vehicles provided by Crenwelge Motors parked in front of Red to serve as a landmark.

Wed
04
Feb

Q&A with Jayne Pope


Jayne Pope enters her third year as CEO at Hill Country Memorial Hospital

February is Women’s Heart Health Month, and Hill Country Memorial Hospital will partner with the monthly First Friday Art Walk to offer information about cardiac and health issues.

The following is a Q&A with Jayne Pope, CEO of Hill Country Memorial.

Why do you champion women’s heart health?

As a community member, woman and CEO, I strive to lead by example. By calling attention to heart disease, I hope to not only educate the community, but to empower everyone to take a closer look at their heart health, just as Hill Country Memorial endeavors every day to create a healthier community.

How prevalent is heart disease among women?

Wed
04
Feb

Arrowheads


Sterling Z of Arlington shows customers his supply of arrowhead replicas at the Indian Artifact Show on Saturday. Sterling casts molds from arrowheads to make “museum quality lithic casts.” More coverage can be found on page C1 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck
Wed
04
Feb

Neffendorf files for new council term

Incumbent Gary Neffendorf filed for reelection Jan. 28, the first day to file for two open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council.

Filing will continue through 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

Candidate packets are available at the receptionist desk at City Hall.

Council positions currently held by Neffendorf and Graham Pearson will be up for election, while Mayor Linda Langerhans, Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson still have a year remaining on their two-year terms after being elected last May.

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