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Wed
09
Apr

Bluebonnet Tractor Ride cranks up this Saturday

Vintage tractors of all sizes will be taking a stroll around Gillespie County Saturday as the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club hosts their annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride.

This year’s route will take the members and other interested parties on a 16-mile loop beginning at the Rheingold Schoolhouse on North Grape Creek Road, with lunch at the Cave Creek Schoolhouse before heading back to Rheingold.

Drivers are asked to be at the Rheingold School by 8 a.m. with a drivers’ meeting at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. ride.

There are no restrictions on the age of tractors participating, although those driving newer models need to understand that the pace of the ride will be geared toward antique models.

Wed
09
Apr

Stonewall VFD to host spring drive-through fish fry Sunday

Fried fish and all the trimmings will be served by the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders on Sunday, April 13, during the Spring Drive-Through Fish Fry.

The menu for the drive-through, carry-out only meal includes fried fish, pinto beans, potato salad, hushpuppies and a dessert.

Serving will be from 11 a.m. until sold out at the Stonewall VFD Fire Station, located at the corner of RR 1623 North and U.S. Highway 290.

The suggested donation is $8 per plate.

Proceeds from the Spring Drive-Through Fish Fry will go toward paying off the building loan.

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Wed
09
Apr

Annual spring plant sale Saturday at Marktplatz

The Fredericksburg Garden Club will host its annual spring plant sale on Saturday in the Kinderhalle at Marktplatz.

The sale begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon, or when all the plants are sold. Payment is only by cash or check.

The local chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) and the Fredericksburg Middle School horticulture classes under teacher Tim Shipman will co-host the event.

A wide assortment of naturally drought-tolerant plants will be offered, including culinary and ornamental herbs; a wide selection of Texas native and adapted perennials, grasses and shrubs; pass-along plants and cuttings from local gardeners; and selected vegetable plants.

In the interest of fairness, no one will be permitted to select or purchase plants before the official 9 a.m. starting time. 

Wed
09
Apr

Daily Update for April 9

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      • April has been proclaimed as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County by both Mayor Jeryl Hoover and County Judge Mark Stroeher. And today is “Go Blue Day” in the city and county "to show unity to 'Keep Kids Safe'."

      • Fredericksburg Garden Club will meet at 2 p.m. today in the sanctuary of Pioneer Museum. A program on “vermiculture” or “vermicomposting,” the raising and production of earth worms and their products, will be presented by Patty Zolen, president of the Hill Country Master Gardeners. 

Wed
02
Apr

Arrest for pot possession results in felony charges

An ongoing narcotics investigation and a routine traffic stop resulted in the form of a big marijuana bust, according to Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Detective Terry Weed.

The seizure took an estimated $2,500-$3,000 worth of narcotics off the street, Weed said.

FPD Patrolman Cliff Hirl made the traffic stop around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, and reported he smelled the odor of marijuana as he approached the car.

The odor gave Hirl probable cause to search the vehicle, and he discovered about 128 grams (a little over 4.5 ounces) of marijuana in packaging in the vehicle, Weed said.

Arrested with a charge of “Possession of Marijuana - over four ounces and under five pounds” — which is a state jail felony — was Saul Johnathan Reza Jr., 27, of 508 Deer Creek in Fredericksburg, Weed said.

Wed
02
Apr

‘Airport Day’ planned here this Saturday

A chance for the public to get up-close looks at a variety of aircraft will be offered Saturday, April 5, during “Airport Day.”

Hosting the free event, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Gillespie County Airport, will be the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1088.

Expected to be on hand for the day will be several military-type planes, such as the Bird Dogs, flying in formation. In addition, a recently restored bi-wing Stearman will be on display.

A group of six Bonanzas will fly in formation at the beginning of the event and again around noon. Vintage planes and experimental aircraft will also make fly-overs throughout the day.

All types of general aviation crafts owned by local pilots (including bi-planes, high- and low-wing aircraft, vintage planes and some military vehicles) will available for viewing.

The Civil Air Patrol will have one of its planes on display, as well as provide representatives who will discuss the CAP.

Wed
02
Apr

‘Tour de France’ style bike race saddles up in Fredericksburg


This trio of riders from Austin were some of the more than 1,500 cyclists in Gillespie County last weekend for the LBJ 100, which marked its largest ever field, organizers said. Routes of 10 to 85 miles challenged bicyclists from all over the nation, who cruised in and out of the LBJ National Historical Park, and in front of the “Texas White House,” the late president’s former residence. See more photos on page C1 of the April 2, 2014 issue of the Standard. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

In contrast to the leisurely pace of an estimated 1,500 riders taking part in the LBJ 100 this past weekend, a competitive race will draw nearly 500 cyclists back here this Saturday, April 5, for the “Tour de France”-styled Texas Gran Fondo.

Drawing Category 1 national level cyclists from around the globe for the first race of its kind in the Lone Star State, the event is scheduled to start and finish in front of the Fredericksburg Middle School campus on Travis Street.

Texas Gran Fondo will feature routes of 36 miles (which starts at 8:10 a.m.,) 65 miles (which starts at 8:05 a.m.) and 100 miles (which starts at 8 a.m.) for competing cyclists coming from as far away as Puerto Rico, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Italy, France and the Ukraine. (For route details and maps, visit www.texasgranfondo.com.)

Wed
02
Apr

Kusenbergers, Herborts honored for agriculture conservation efforts


A PLAQUE was given to Royce and Karen Herbort of Doss for being awarded the Conservation Rancher Award. The award honors those who work with the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to serve as good stewards of their land. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Two longtime ranching families in Gillespie County were honored last Wednesday at the Gillespie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Conservation Awards Program held at the Gillespie County Extension Building.

The Pioneer in Agriculture Award went to Harold and Joanne Kusenberger, lifelong Gillespie County residents.

The couple went to school in Stonewall and grew up as conservationists, as both their fathers served on the Gillespie County Soil and Water Conservation District as directors.

Their conservation practices include deferred grazing, contour farming and pasture and rangeland management. The Kusenbergers’ 1,000-plus-acre ranch is rangeland with some crops of oats, wheat and milo, and they stock sheep, goats and cattle.

Wed
02
Apr

First Friday Art Walk to showcase artists with special events

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, April 14.

The participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to host special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet and greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For the latest First Friday Art Walk news, visit  www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags on Friday.

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will be featuring an evening with artist Delia Hunt and “Places You’ve Been,” an exhibit of her oil paintings.

Hunt received degrees in art history and commercial art from Texas Tech University.  She then worked in publishing, advertising and fashion design. 

She has also illustrated two books, He Called Them by Name and Tall Tale.

A reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday.

Wed
02
Apr

Senior 4-H team qualifies for State Food Challenge


QUALIFYING for the State Food Challenge was the Gillespie County 4-H senior team of, from left, Dylan Sione, Sara Verstuyft, Amy Heimann and Sean O’Leary. The team finished fourth at the district contest on March 29 to qualify for state.

A senior Gillespie County team has qualified for state competition after a top placing at the District 4-H Food Challenge on March 29 at James Madison High School in San Antonio.

Finishing fourth at the contest was the “Fritztown Foodies” team of Dylan Sione, Sara Verstuyft, Amy Heimann and Sean O’Leary.

The top four teams in the senior category qualified for the State 4-H Roundup in College Station.

Winners at the state level will have an opportunity to compete at the national contest that will be held at the State Fair in Dallas in October.

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