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Fredericksburg Chorale to perform Spring Concert

“Prophecy Fulfilled” is the theme for the Fredericksburg Chorale’s Spring Concert on Saturday, May 10, at St. Joseph’s Halle.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Under the direction of Mark Hierholzer, the concert will begin with a new work by Hierholzer, Genesis 5: A Prophecy.

The work presents the names in the genealogy included in Genesis 5 along with their translations from the Hebrew.

“From Adam to Noah a meaning is revealed, telling of a coming savior,” Hierholzer said. “The work is set as 11 short dances and will include with the piano, a small instrumental ensemble, violin, flute, cello and bassoon.”

He explained that “what follows is the fulfillment of the prophecy expressed in Christian liturgical texts, most notably, the mass.”

The chorale will perform Schubert’s Mass in G, a work he wrote when he was only 17 years old.

Wed
30
Apr

TxDOT's bridge closing upsets area resident

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County officials spoke out Monday about unhappiness with the state’s recent closing of the Old San Antonio Road bridge over the Pedernales River.

The crossing, which is in a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plan to replace five bridges, was moved to the front of the construction line because of structural issues putting public safety at risk.

In the meantime, motorists are detoured around the closure via Cain City Road and Luckenbach-Cain City Road.

Three of five piers on the bridge were found to be “undermined” by TxDOT divers who were working with the county to remove debris on its underside on a normal inspection cycle, according to Greg Malatek, district engineer for the Austin region.

At that point, “it was recommended that we close that particular bridge,” Malatek said during the county commissioners’ court meeting Monday at the courthouse.

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30
Apr

Watering restrictions change begins May 1

Outdoor watering restrictions in the City of Fredericksburg will change effective tomorrow, Thursday, May 1.

City Manager Kent Myers announced the institution of “Stage 3” under recently adopted restrictions.

“When I say Stage 3, a lot of residents think that’s twice a week watering. Stage 3 is actually once a week just like our current Stage 4,” Director of Public Works and Utilities Clinton Bailey said.

Watering will be allowed on designated days only between 5-9 a.m. and 7-11 p.m., though customers may water on any day using a handheld hose with sprayer, bucket or drip irrigation during the designated times.

Weekend car washing in residential driveways will now be permitted, given that water is not wasted and washed down the street.

“That water cannot run down the street more than a certain distance,” Bailey said. “We don’t like it running in the street anyway if there is some way to channel that into your flower bed or yard.”

Wed
30
Apr

Film Fest expands lineup for fifth year

By Matt Ward —

This year’s Hill Country Film Festival will be “bigger and better” with an expanded lineup and two screening venues in its fifth anniversary, according to Chad Mathews, executive director of the sponsoring Hill Country Film Society.

Events kick off this afternoon, Wednesday, April 30, with free screenings at Fritztown Cinema beginning at 3 p.m. and a family-friendly outdoor screening at Marktplatz beginning at 8:30 p.m., presented by the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

The festival continues Thursday through Saturday at both Fritztown Cinema and the Fredericksburg Theater Company with a send-off party slated for noon on Sunday at Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City.

All-access passes are available for $125 each while day passes are available for $40.

‘Bigger and better’

Wed
30
Apr

Rural rep introduced at local water forum


Doug Shaw, new rural ombudsman for the Texas Water Development Board, was in Fredericksburg last week to answer questions about his new position. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

With about 1,000 people a day moving to Texas, water will remain the state’s most challenging issue in the coming decades.

And many state lawmakers want to make sure the Lone Star State’s rural areas have a seat at the table, as Texas decides what to do with the $2 billion State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) created last November when voters approved a transfer from the state’s rainy day fund.

“I wanted to make sure Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston didn’t dominate the fund,” said Senator Troy Fraser, who ushered through much of the water legislation during the last session. “I want us [the state] to go to Bandera, and ask what does Bandera need in the way of water, and how we can assist you?”

Fraser and members of the Texas Water Development Board were at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg last Wednesday to meet with regional and municipal water planners.

Wed
30
Apr

Galleries to host First Friday Art Walk celebrations

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, May 2.

The participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 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 at www.FFAWF.com.

This month’s schedule of events:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will feature an exhibit of photographic images by John Bennett and live music in the courtyard by Mike Childs.

Patrons are urged to visit the gallery throughout the day on Friday to see original art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and refreshments.

Artisans At Rocky Hill, 234 West Main, will host Kurtis Karr with his media pieces.

Wed
30
Apr

Pasture of posies


Eric and Yolanda Garcia of Amarillo pose in a field of flowers Saturday afternoon at Wildseed Farms, which hosted the fifth annual Hill Country Wine and Music Festival. More coverage of this event can be found on page C1 of the April 30, 2014 edition of the paper. Readers of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post are invited to submit their 2014 wildflower photos (yes, cute kids are allowed) and we’ll post them to our Facebook page. Some of the best pictures might even find their way into print. Send photos at the highest resolution possible as separate .jpg attachments to: fbgnews@fredericksburgstandard.com or drop off a copy at our office, 712 West Main Street. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward
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30
Apr

100 Club hosts officer appreciation banquet


These officers were honored for their length of service, along with others not pictured. Front row, from left, are FPD Billy Hull, 20 years; Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. James Ahrens, 15 years; Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Walter Todd, 30 years; back row, FPD Sgt. Braxton Roemer, 15 years; Police Chief Steve Wetz, 30 years; Gillespie County Constable Warren Ottmers, 25 years. (See story for those not pictured.) – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Just four days after one of their own was shot during a routine traffic stop, peace officers were honored by the 100 Club of Gillespie County.

The event, held last Wednesday at Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, was somber in the wake of the shooting and two high-profile deaths last year. But the ninth annual banquet provided a chance for lawmen and women and their families to relax in an informal setting.

“We extend our prayers to Fredericksburg Police Department officer Bradley Durst and his family,” said 100 Club President Mike Carnes, “and pray for a speedy recovery.”

The shooting was on everyone’s mind as a reminder of the random violence faced by lawmen.

“We had a ‘come together’ situation last weekend,” Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Todd Jennings told the crowd of 100 Club members and supporters.  “This multi-agency family atmosphere is unbelievable.”

Wed
30
Apr

Early voting under way for city, DCCSD ballots

Early voting in both the City of Fredericksburg and Doss Common Consolidated School District May 10 elections began on Monday and will continue through Tuesday, May 6.

On Monday, 65 Fredericksburg residents voted, while an additional 63 voters cast their ballots as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

In the Doss CCSD election, six voters cast their ballot on Monday and seven residents voted as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Early voting in the city elections continues at City Hall weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, May 5. On Tuesday, May 6, voting will be extended from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Election Day voting will be held at Fredericksburg Middle School from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Doss CCSD early voting continues weekdays through Tuesday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county’s judge’s office in the Gillespie County Courthouse. Election Day voting will be held at the Doss School Cafeteria from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Wed
30
Apr

Urbina Jones to kick off PCAA concert series Sunday

The summer series of free concerts in the park hosted by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) will kick off Sunday, May 4, with the spotlight on Hill Country artist Stephanie Urbina Jones.

She will entertain in a free, open-air Cinco de Mayo-themed performance, starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting until around 8 p.m. under Marktplatz’s largest pavilion, the Adelsverein Halle.

Music lovers are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to stake a claim to the limited picnic table seating.

Picnic suppers are encouraged, as is dancing.

Urbina Jones was born in San Antonio but raised in Fredericksburg. She grew up hearing sounds from both sides of the Texas/Mexico border. She has now created her own unique style, incorporating various sounds from country rock to Latin blues-pop.

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