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Wed
02
Oct

Galleries to open for First Friday Art Walk

Eleven galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, Oct. 4.

During the day-long event, most galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each gallery will observe Art Walk by showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks.

Wines from Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra will be served.

Look for the new logo and new Art Walk flags at each participating gallery.

For more information, visit the FFAWF website, www.FFAWF.com.

Wed
02
Oct

Living with drought as 'the new normal'


LARGE SOLAR PANELS, like the one being examined by Mike Renner of Azle, were among the unique projects on display this weekend at the 13th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair. Over two dozen speakers provided information on a variety of conservation topics during the three-day event on Marktplatz. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Water conservation efforts among topics at annual Renewable Energy Roundup

By Matt Ward— With statewide drought conditions unlikely to change anytime soon, it is high time for Texans to begin taking water conservation more seriously, according to David Foster, one of the dozens of speakers at this weekend’s 13th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair on Marktplatz.

“This drought may be our new normal and that’s bad news,” Foster, who serves as state director for Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund, said. “The most important water conservation tool we have is the one between our ears. It’s really about our practices in everyday life. We need to change the culture toward water conservation and away from water waste.”

Conservation, he added, is the most affordable way for communities to meet future water needs.

 

Water demand on rise

Wed
02
Oct

Fredericksburg VFW 7105 remembers POWs, MIAs


FORMER PRISONER OF WAR Jack Ledford spoke about the harsh conditions he and many others faced during the Korean War. Ledford was the guest speaker at the Fredericksburg VFW Post 7105’s POW/MIA ceremony on Sept. 27. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie— It was a solemn ceremony to remember two types of members of the United States’ armed forces: those who have been prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.

Fredericksburg VFW Post 7105 served as host on Friday, Sept. 27 for this year’s POW/MIA Ceremony.

Serving as guest speaker was Jack Ledford, a U.S. Army veteran who spent a year and a half in the Korean War as a prisoner of war.

Ledford spoke of his experiences and hardships in the Korean War, which included subzero temperatures and scarce food.

The ceremony also featured a table set for one to memorialize those still missing in action. Among the many symbolisms at the table was a slice of lemon to remind of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in foreign lands, and an inverted glass to symbolize their inability to share with stateside Americans in today’s activities.

Wed
02
Oct

Kraut Run/Walk stepping off Saturday

Runners and walkers will be stepping off on Saturday morning as part of the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club’s Fourth Annual Kraut Run/Walk 8K on Saturday, Oct. 5.

All proceeds from the five-mile run/walk will support literacy programs, primarily for the Fredericksburg Independent School District and Books for Babies.

Pre-registration fees are $25 for adults (17 years of age and older) and $15 for those under 17.

On race day, check-in will start at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. at the entrance to the Fredericksburg Middle School on Travis Street.

To ensure a race shirt, runners should register online at www.fbgkrautrun.com (search on Kraut Run).

Registrations are also welcome on race day.

The fees on race day are $30 for adults (17 years of age and older) and $20 for those under 17.

Wed
02
Oct

Shoppers: 'Willkommen'

St. Joseph's Halle sets Saturday show

As Fredericksburg’s population soars this Oktoberfest celebration weekend, ready to welcome them with free admission is the St. Joseph’s Halle Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Setting up shop” in the historic hall just one block off West Main Street at 212 West San Antonio Street will be invited artists and craftsmen from Fredericksburg and the surrounding Hill Country.

Hours for the show will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. when those looking to get a head start on their fall and holiday gift buying will find: mosaic stained glass, spoon handle jewelry, Santa pendants, vintage broken china pendants, hand-painted signs, gourd birdhouses, hand-crafted dolls, hand-knitted sweaters, painted and decoupaged furniture, silver-plated wind chimes, crocheted hats, outdoor furniture, “shabby chic” items and more.

Wed
02
Oct

Main Street paving project to begin Monday

The Texas Department of Transportation has announced plans to resurface Main Street beginning Monday, Oct. 7, according to the City of Fredericksburg.

Contractor Angel Brothers Paving will pave the roadway from the intersection at U.S. Highways 290 and 87 on the west end of Fredericksburg to Barons Creek on U.S. Highway 290 at the east end of town.

All work will be done at night. The contractor will work from early Monday morning through Thursday night each week. No work will be done on weekends.

Construction time for the mill and overlay operations is scheduled from Oct. 7-18. Striping will continue through Oct. 22, which is the target project completion date.

Thu
26
Sep

Daily Update for Tuesday, Oct. 1

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Wed
25
Sep

Bow-hunting season gets under way Saturday

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— Odds are running pretty favorable for hunters ready to get the early jump on bagging big bucks during the archery-only season when it opens at dawn this Saturday, Sept. 28.

“It may be a pretty decent opening weekend what with deer still coming into feeders like they have been,” said Gillespie County’s Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Scott Krueger.

Although last week’s rainfall has led to some sprouting ground vegetation and the acorns have begun to drop all across the county, “deer are pretty much creatures of habit, so they will still be coming around, hitting the feeders for a quick bite of corn before heading on,” Krueger said.

“The weather this weekend should be cool, so there are going to be some good opportunities for an archer to shoot a deer,” he added.

Wed
25
Sep

County burn ban lifted Monday following recent rains

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— Just less than a month after it was enacted, Gillespie County’s “burn ban” was lifted Monday, Sept. 23, making it legal once again for residents to conduct outdoor, open-flame burning.

Acting on the advice of the county’s fire marshal, Steve Olfers, Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher signed the order releasing the burn ban restrictions at 3 p.m., Monday.

“Residents who plan to burn still need to proceed with extreme caution,” Olfers said. “You still have to evaluate your own specific areas and what hazards may exist,” he said, pointing out that, while the rainfall  dousing Gillespie County was “a great event,” not all areas received as much as the eight inches of moisture that was recorded in the Doss area.

Wed
25
Sep

Ground broken for Heritage Center


BREAKING GROUND on the new Texas Rangers Heritage Center with the first shovels full of dirt turned on Tuesday, Sept. 24, were, from left: State Rep. Doug Miller, Governor Rick Perry, Bennie Tahmahkera Jr., Mayor Jeryl Hoover, Joe B. Davis, Milton Wright (behind Davis), Lila Davis, Chris Davis, Lee Spencer White and historian Mike Cox.

Governor attends ceremony for $10 million facility

By Ken Esten Cooke— A project 14 years in the making broke ground on Fredericksburg’s east side Tuesday morning, promising to add another popular attraction for visitors to Fredericksburg.

The Texas Rangers Heritage Center came one step closer to reality with Governor Rick Perry, State Rep. Doug Miller and an overflow crowd of an estimated 350 in attendance.

The center will be built on acreage between Fort Martin Scott and the Hill Country University Center.

“I can’t think of a better location,” said Joe B. Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, and the driving force behind the project. “Fort Martin Scott has a great history here, and it involves the Texas Rangers.”

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