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Breezy activity: LBJ State Park sets annual 'Kite Day'

The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall will offer a chance to build and fly an old-fashioned 1900s-style kite in a free activity Saturday, March 22.

“LBJ Annual Kite Day” will welcome visitors to finish out kites from frames and materials for tails cut by staff and volunteers.

Visitors are welcome to bring kites from home or to purchase kites in the state park gift shop.

After construction, colorful kites will be flown at the state park’s baseball field on Coronet Street from 1-3 p.m.

Participation in the event is free of charge.

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Wed
19
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Indian Artifact Show returns to Pioneer Pavilion Saturday

Returning to Fredericksburg for the second time this year, the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show will display Indian artifacts, jewelry, pottery and related items on Saturday, March 22.

The one-day show will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion, located inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Collectors will be bringing their displays of Native American artifacts from Texas and elsewhere in the United States to share with visitors in a show comprised of as many as 70 tables.

Admission to the show will be $6 for adults, while children aged 14 years and younger will be admitted free.

Door prizes will be given away and refreshments of food, including breakfast and then a barbecue lunch, will also be available for purchase on site.

Wed
12
Mar

Wild dogs prompt citizen to call for rural shelter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Dogs running wild in Gillespie County have prompted one local woman to speak out in favor of a leash law and the establishment of a countywide shelter.

“Each day when I try to walk my dogs, I get attacked by 18 animals — every day,” said Sally Jarnecke on Monday as she approached Gillespie County Commissioners in their regular session at the courthouse.

 “I have to carry a gun to protect myself and my dogs,” she said, claiming that the unrestrained dogs have bitten several children, although those bites have gone unreported to authorities.

“No one knows if they’ve had a rabies shot or not,” she said. “What I’m afraid of is that a kid or an adult is going to get rabies and we are all going to be liable for what happened because that wasn’t enforced.”

“All these animals run loose while their owners are at work,” she added, saying that calls to law enforcement have been ineffective.

Wed
12
Mar

4-Hers shoot for national BB gun contest

A team of Gillespie County 4-Hers is heading to the Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship in Rogers, Ark., this summer after placing second at the state contest on Saturday in Johnson City.

Qualifying for nationals July 5-6 was the Gillespie County #1 team of Jaleigh Brown, Tucker Elliott, Joel Jenschke, Daylon Nebgen, Jaci Spies, Kade Spies and Jacob Brown.

The team earned a total of 2,269 points for the second-place finish behind Lake Houston with a total of 2,278 points.

Gillespie County #2 finished fourth with 2,184 points. Team members included Autumn Adams, Asa Proch, Darien Robles, Jennell Rogers, Charles Schmidt, Carson Sivells and Delaney Whitworth.

Finishing sixth with 2,121 points was Gillespie #3 that included Alaina Atkins, Amy Dittmar, Hunter Frantzen, Cole Jenschke, Kade Jenschke, Amanda Phelps and Jace Williams.

Wed
12
Mar

Chamber lauds top members, leaders


FREDERICKSBURG Cham-ber of Commerce Chairman Mark Peterson, left, congratulates the organization’s award winners at last Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce banquet. From left are Richard Laughlin, Outstanding Chamber Man; Penny McBride, Out-standing Chamber Woman; Jim Lindley, Volunteer of the Year; Brad Hardin, Out-standing Public Servant; David Hardin, Student Community Achievement winner; and Ron Woellhof, Community Achievement award winners. (Jane Woellhof is not pictured.) – Standard-radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

A builder, an organization CEO and several community leaders were honored at the 94th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Ceremony, held Thursday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall.

Richard Laughlin and the chamber’s own Penny McBride were named Outstanding Chamber Man and Woman, respectively.

Laughlin is a contractor who has served in many civic capacities, while McBride found herself surprised by the voting committee’s selection.

Wed
12
Mar

Pioneer Museum welcomes spring breakers


TAKING A BOW after one of his stories about “Larry the Lizard” is storyteller/musician Lee Haile during Pioneer Museum’s Spring Break activities on Saturday, March 8. The museum grounds will be offering families a long list of activities and demonstrations this week through Saturday, March 15 – everything from corn husk doll making to blacksmithing. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

From making rope to hammering at the forge … a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments will continue for the remainder of this Spring Break week at Pioneer Museum.

From today, March 12, through Saturday, March 15, fun for all ages will be featured on the museum’s grounds between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 325 West Main Street.

Planned activities, also the kind to help visitors realize what life was once like for this city’s early settlers, include making corn-husk dolls, quilting, spinning and a quick bite of a biscuit or cobbler from an authentic chuckwagon, folk song sing-alongs, lively storytelling, a one-room schoolhouse and more.

 “Stepping back in time makes history come alive,” said Evelyn Weinheimer, director of archives and programs.

 “There will also be re-enactors on site to help us experience the days of Mountain Men, Buffalo Soldiers, Red Rovers and more,” she said.

Wed
12
Mar

HCM again named to nation's top 100 hospitals

Hill Country Memorial last week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for the third consecutive year, putting it in the company of the top one percent of hospitals nationally.

Of more than 2,800 hospitals surveyed, Hill Country Memorial was one of 20 small community hospitals nationwide and one of 11 Texas hospitals that made the list.

For potential patients, this means that the same level of quality care found at some larger institutions can be found in the Hill Country, said HCM Chief Executive Officer Jayne Pope.

“Hill Country Memorial will continue to put quality health care and safety at the forefront every single day,” Pope said. “With every rating, review and quality measure, we strive to better this organization, and once again, our physicians and staff have proven their dedication to the health of this community.”

Wed
12
Mar

Have spatula, will travel


GOOD EATS — Byron (Cooky) Vinyard prepares ’ol fashioned military chow using a mobile military field kitchen that he spent 12 years acquiring the equipment, utensils and other items to build. His kitchen will be at the Pacific Combat Zone until March 16. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Some might mistake Byron Vinyard for Col. Sherman Potter from the long-running CBS Korean War comedy “M*A*S*H.”

But instead of wearing surgical scrubs, “Cooky” Vinyard dons an apron and is a cook on the go.

Cooky, the father of Admiral Nimitz Foundation director of marketing/public relations Brandon Vinyard, is doing a display of his authentic, fully-operational WWII kitchen at the Pacific Combat Zone. His kitchen will be serving chow until March 16.

On Friday, Vinyard cooked and served up “SOS”, a field cuisine best described as seasoned chipped beef and gravy served on toast.

“I was too old to be in the infantry,” joked Vinyard, regarding why he began collecting the tools, equipment and utensils to build this field kitchen. “I’ve always loved to cook, and my sons encouraged me to put together a field kitchen. This is it, 12 years later.”

Wed
12
Mar

Gillespie man recounts growing up in new book


FAMILY CHRONICLES — Former pressman, now author, Warren J. Hahn poses with a copy of his new book.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Warren J. Hahn wasn’t content to do nothing in retirement. So he began collecting stories about his family, whose roots reach back to the area’s early settler days.

Now Hahn has collected those stories and anecdotes into a new book, “The Son Who Never Left Home.”

Hahn will hold a book signing at St. Peter Lutheran Church Parish Hall in Doss from 2-5 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

Hahn said he inherited his family’s German work ethic and he knows the meaning of grueling farm labor and the endless hours that farm life demands.

“I’ve seen a lot of changes through my life, but at the root of everything are the precious seeds of family and history,” he said.

Hahn’s new book began as “something to leave for the grandkids, but grew into much more.”

Wed
12
Mar

Fort Martin Scott to host Texas History Days, cowboy breakfast

The second annual “Texas History Days” will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 13-16 at Fort Martin Scott, located at 1606 East Main Street.

Texas History Days will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The event will culminate on Sunday with a “cowboy breakfast” available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m., followed by “cowboy church” at 10:30 a.m.

The four-day event, co-produced by the Former Texas Ranger Foundation, will focus on interpretive re-enactments, military drills, re-enactors in period dress from 1830-1900, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, and the Junior Texas Ranger program aimed at the youth, that teaches the five character traits of the Texas Ranger. 

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