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'Texas Hell Week' marking 25th year

The eight-day cycling event, “Texas Hell Week,” will celebrate its 25th anniversary of trekking through Gillespie County’s hills from March 14-21.

But, contrary to its name, the event isn’t just for hard-core cyclists. Riders of all skill levels are offered daily routes of varying distances to encourage more participation.

In fact, the philosophy of Hell Week is: “Riding is the first and foremost activity, regardless of one’s speed or endurance on the bike.”

The locally-based event is nicknamed “The Rides of March” and features daily routes of varying lengths for riders of all skill levels.

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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Apollo Chamber Players to perform Sunday

Exploring a blend of Western classical and ethnic folk music will be the program of the Apollo Chamber Players when they perform here Sunday, March 15, in the sixth installment of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-15 Concert Series.

The 3 p.m. appearance by Houston string musicians Matthew Detrick (violin), Anabel Ramirez (violin), Whitney Bullock (viola) and Matthew Dudzik (cello) in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

In addition to helping fulfill the ensemble’s commitment to providing innovative, thematically-programmed concerts and culturally-enriching educational activities, Apollo’s performance is also part of a multi-year commissioning project — 20X20X20 — launched in September with a new work by Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen.

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Austin Baroque Orchestra, Chorus in concert at St. Mary's

“A Cantata By Any Other Name …,” a concert of music for orchestra, choir and soloists will be presented at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday, March 15, by the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus.

There is no charge to attend the 4 p.m. concert although donations will be accepted.

An informal, 20-minute pre-concert talk will begin at 3:30 p.m.

This is the Austin-based ensemble’s second appearance in Fredericksburg.

The Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus was founded in 2011 as Ensemble Settecento, a 10-member chamber ensemble.

The combined orchestra and choir is now made up of some 35 young musicians eager to share their love for music composed before 1800, according to Billy Traylor, the ensemble’s artistic director and a former student at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute where he studied musicology, baroque oboe and harpsichord.

 

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Water supplies healthy, but drought a concern

By Matt Ward

Fredericksburg City Council members heard positive news about ground water supply in Gillespie County during their regular meeting Monday evening.

“It seems like 90 percent of the calls I get through my office are regarding our water supply,” Clinton Bailey, city public works and utilities director, said.
“People are curious about watering restrictions, how much rain we’re getting and what we’re forecasting for the future.”

After several years of particularly arid conditions locally, things seem to be trending back up, Bailey said.

“Our wells are doing fairly well and better than this time last year,” he noted.
Fredericksburg currently operates seven primary ac-tive wells in their Knauth and Boerner well fields. A third well is expected to come online at the Knauth field later this year.

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Pioneer Museum to host Spring Break activities

Spring Break at Pioneer Museum will begin Saturday, March 7, when the museum provides learners of all ages a chance to experience the lives of settlers.

The museum will be closed on Sunday, March 8, before continuing its spring break program until March 14. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Visitors will have a chance to experience a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments.

Planned demonstrations include: rope making, quilting, spinning and hammering at the blacksmith’s forge and a chuck wagon display.

Reenactors will help guests experience the days of the Buffalo Soldiers. Some reenactors will be dressed as “red rovers,” who defended Texas on the frontier, along with a “mountain man” display on March 14. Children will be allowed to participate in the mountain man activities.

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FISD agriculture building opens


Jack Helfrich, a third grader at Fredericksburg Elementary School and a Junior Future Farmers of America member, takes a look at the new stalls at the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Agricultural Science Center. Also looking in the background is Anabelle Cope, a Fredericksburg High School sophomore and FFA member. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Fredericksburg teachers, students and parents gathered Monday for the opening of the Fredericksburg Independent School District Agricultural Science Center.

The ag science center is at the corner of Friendship and Hollmig Lanes.

The event featured both an open house of the facilities and an official ribbon cutting by Kathy Durst, widow of longtime FISD trustee Jerry Durst.

“The grand opening was a great event with a tremendous turnout, especially considering the weather,” said Patrick Padgett, the Fredericksburg Future Farmers of America advisor. “It allowed the FISD students, administration and community to see what the facility contains and see the vision we hold for the future.”

Padgett sees the center as a facility that will allow kids to be successful, take advantage of opportunities they would usually not have without a facility like this.

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Frantzen Park is leadership group's project


Not much attention has been paid to the quiet park off of Orange Street that runs along Barons Creek. Dead trees and a bleak landscape will give way to 20 new trees and more landscaping, plus a crushed granite, 1,200-foot walking trail along the creek. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

An off-the-beaten path park that hasn’t received much attention lately is about to get a bunch of TLC.

Leadership Gillespie County’s Class of 2015 chose Frantzen Park revitalization as its class project. The park, three acres of outdoors located along a quiet block of Orange Street, is spacious, but has few amenities. Two picnic tables sit under large trees, or what is left of the large trees, and a basic swing set offers two spots. Barons Creek, which winds along the park’s eastern edge is choked with cane and small tree overgrowth.

Clinton Bailey, the City of Fredericksburg’s Director of Public Works, is president
of the leadership group which will take on the project.

“We want this to be a demonstration project for future park revitalization efforts,” Bailey said. “Parks are one of the quickest and most effective ways to build a sense of community and improve quality of life.”

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First Friday Art Walk set this weekend

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, March 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

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Gas prices start to creep back up

By Richard Zowie

Over the past year, gasoline prices locally have been experiencing a seesaw effect.

Last summer, Gillespie County residents saw prices at the pump average nearly $3.50 per gallon.

Then, in late 2014, gas stations became popular places to visit as prices dipped to around $1.60 per gallon for the first time in years.

Now the euphoria of cheap gasoline is fading away as the price is slowly climbing and currently averaging around $2.20 per gallon locally.

Where the price will go next and how it dipped so low are topics debated by local gas suppliers and economists.

Gas price changes
Edward Stroeher, petroleum manager at local petroleum business Stroeher and Son, said last year’s low gas prices were due in part to the reduction in oil prices.

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