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Third Dimension Technology


THE THIRD DIMENSION — (From left) Fredericksburg High School students Josh Hampton and Cade Ottmers wait as the FHS vocational program’s 3D printer produces its newest creation. The program uses the printer to help students learn more about technology and manufacturing. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

A tiny octopus, a trumpet mouthpiece, a cell phone casing, a rocket and a key ring holder with the letters FISD stenciled on it in a three-dimensional font.

They’re all red and plastic, but they also have something else in common. All were made using a 3D Machining Printer.

On Monday, Nov. 11, Fredericksburg High School (FHS) students gave a demonstration of the printer to members of the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees.

A design was entered into the AutoCAD (computer-aided design) software program and then the 3D machine processed the digital model and “printed” it into a three-dimensional solid object.

Daniel Nguyen showed the crowd a rocket, about a foot and a half in length, designed and previously printed by fellow FHS Principles of Technology II aerospace engineering student Austin Walter. 

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Johnny Nicholas, Hell Bent and friends rock Hilltop Café


MULTI-TASKING — Johnny Nicholas, performing with Hell Bent, sings and plays harmonica along with a guitar of many knobs and buttons during a Nov. 9 performance at the Hill Top Café. The performance was part of the three-day 16th Annual Big Band Bash. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

It was three days of loud, live music along with good food at the Hill Top Café.

Officials called the 16th Annual Big Band Bash "Three Nights of Musical and Culinary Magic".

The bash took place at the Café Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 7-9.

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City announces curbside fall, winter leaf pickup schedule

The annual fall-winter leaf collection program by the City of Fredericksburg is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 18 and will end on Friday, Jan. 31.

During this program, residents are encouraged to gather leaves from their property and rake them to the street, according to Lea Feuge, city engineering technician.

Residents are reminded of the following guidelines which will ensure pick up:

• Rake leaves onto the street, 12 inches from the curb.

• Do not rake limbs, twigs, wire, rocks, bricks or other debris along with the leaves for collection. Any items other than leaves that are picked up will damage the leaf collection equipment and will not be picked up for that reason. If it is not possible to remove debris from a leaf pile, residents are asked to call the City of Fredericksburg Street Department to make arrangements for a special pick up using a loader and dump truck. There will be a minimum $100 charge for this service.

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Music Club to host guitarists for Sunday afternoon concert

Fredericksburg Music Club is bringing back American guitarist Christopher McGuire for a concert on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

This year, he will be joined by Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic. 

The 3 p.m. concert will feature a varied performance with music composed by Vivaldi and Stephen Foster.

Donations will be accepted to help with the cost of the concert.

The club would also like to acknowledge a grant from the Gillespie County Hotel and Occupancy Tax fund that helps with the costs of this concert.  

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Daily Update for Monday, Nov. 11

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Veterans Day activities plentiful around town

Various area schools and organizations are making plans to celebrate Veterans Day, a day in which America honors all those who have ever served and who are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

Besides regular military service, the day also honors those who serve in the reserves or national guard.

This year’s holiday will be Monday, Nov. 11.

Pacific War Museum

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard, as the Nimitz Museum will host its annual Veterans Day observance.

Serving as this year’s keynote speaker will be Gen. Edward Rice, United States Air Force Commanding Officer of Lackland Air Force Base (ret.).

Rice graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978, and has commanded a squadron, group, wing, the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and a joint command.

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Some closing on Monday to mark Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a national observance that gives Americans a chance to honor those men and women who have given a sacrifice of service to the United States.

And on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, governmental offices will be closing their doors along with some Fredericksburg-area businesses.

Government

•Federal offices: Closed.

•State offices: Closed.

•County offices: Closed.

•City offices:  Closed.

Postal Service

•Closed. There will be no delivery on city, rural or highway contract routes on Monday.

The post office windows will be closed, and no lockbox service will be provided.

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Drought, leaks lead city to re-examine water use policies


DATA COMPILED by the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District in 2009 indicates the percentage of city water used by various entities throughout Fredericksburg. Over 60 percent of usage comes from residential watering.

By Matt Ward —

Updates to the city’s existing Drought Contingency Plan Ordinance and increased water conservation measures may be considered after the Fredericksburg City Council heard a report on the state of the town’s water supply.

At Monday’s regular council meeting, City Public Utilities Director Clinton Bailey and Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District (HCUWCD) General Manager Paul Tybor spoke about the effects statewide drought conditions are having on local residents in both the city and Gillespie County as a whole.

“I hear this recurring theme (from experts) that the drought we’re in may last 50-60 years. This may be the normal,” Bailey said. “Right now, we’re in worse shape than we were in 2011 because we still haven’t caught up to where we were before 2011. Soil moisture was much greater in 2011 than it is today.”

Recent rainfalls have yet to make any significant impact on ground water levels, Tybor said.

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All nine ballot initiatives pass in statewide tally


MICHAEL BURDICK of Fredericksburg exercised his constitutional right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Texans went to the polls to decide the fate of nine different propositions on the ballot. Gillespie County voters in Precincts 5 and 15 also voted on whether or not to allow the sale of beverages with 3.2 percent or higher alcohol content. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County voters mirrored statewide results in eight of the nine ballot items in the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election on Tuesday.

Voters in portions of Precincts 5 and 15 also approved the sale of beer and wine by a 265-59 margin, after a Depression-era vote left a tiny portion of the county “dry.”

A total of 2,732 voters participated in Tuesday’s election, or 15.5 percent of the county’s 17,659 eligible voters. 

Statewide, just 8.5 percent of the Lone Star State’s eligible voters took part, according to the Texas Secretary of State office.

Of Gillespie voters, 1,148 voted early, County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said.

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Keeper of the Dome


NOW LEADING one of Texas Parks and Wildlife De-partment’s top five most visited parks, Doug Cochran sees challenges and oppor tunities in managing Enchanted Rock State Natural Area’s 1,600-plus acres, which includes the iconic, 640-acre granite dome outcropping. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Rainy weekdays at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area allow the staff to catch their breath and catch up on the myriad maintenance and day-to-day duties. New park superintendent Doug Cochran still had a full “to-do” list during Monday’s showers, but took time out to talk about his first four months on the job.

Cochran came to the job after 15 years as the City of Victoria’s parks director. He also had done municipal parks department work in College Station, the home of his alma mater, Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation studies.

“I still can’t believe I’m here,” he said. “I worked 15 years in Victoria, but I wasn’t ready to retire and this job came open. The people in Fredericksburg are so genuine and welcoming.”

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