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06
May

Hill Country Run


It’s an easy ride for these two motorcyclists as they cruise down Ranch Road 1376 to begin their trek in the 19th Annual Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally. The ride, which raised money for the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg, began in Luckenbach and continued along back roads across Gillespie County. For more pictures, see page C1 in this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
06
May

Local residents recycle 15,000 pounds of e-waste


Elliott Meeks, with the help of Ken Meeks, both of Commody Recycling Solutions, unloads a 250-pound container of computers at Saturday’s recycling event. — Standard Radio-Post /Christine Granados

The City of Fredericksburg’s electronics recycling event last Saturday amassed seven and a half tons of household electronics.

“Normally in rural communities like yours, we get a lot of TVs,” said Joan U’ilani Meeks, owner of Commody Recycling Solutions. “Your event had a lot of computers and computer components and periphery like mouse and chargers.”

The Fort Worth-based company was contracted by the city to recycle electronics.

Lynette Baker, who dropped off an old computer and monitor, said, “You don’t know how long I’ve been saving this because I didn’t want to put it in the dump.”

One color monitor alone contains six and one-half pounds of lead and measurable amounts of cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Wed
06
May

Founders Day events kick off with ceremony

A variety of activities are planned for Saturday, May 9, to celebrate the founding of Fredericksburg.

Founders Day will be celebrated with a cemetery tour, wreath-laying ceremony, living history activities, exhibits and book signings.

Founders Day will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a cemetery tour led by Glen Treibs and wreath-laying at Der Stadt Friedhof.

Following the tour, participants will gather with the Meusebach family descendants as well as a Comanche Nation representative at the Vereins Kirche for a wreath-laying ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Living history activities will take place on the grounds of Pioneer Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entrance will be at the Pioneer Museum Store at 325 West Main Street.

The store is open daily expect Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Activities will include rope making, handwork crafts, mountain man adventures and a photo opportunity with a Texas longhorn.

Wed
06
May

'Gran Fondo' saddles up Saturday

Bicyclists will ride in the Second Annual Texas Gran Fondo Bicycle Race in Fredericksburg and around the Hill Country this Saturday.

This is a non-competitive, fully-supported timed ride. Many consider Fredericksburg “The Cycling Capital of Texas.”

The race will begin at 8 a.m. at Marktplatz, at the corner of Adams and Austin streets and will also end at that location.

Gran Fondo consists of three different bicycle races through the Hill Country:

• Gran Fondo, 100 miles;

• Medio Fondo, 65 miles;

• Piccolo Fondo, 36 miles.

All three routes will finish in downtown Fredericksburg on Main Street, where everyone is invited to the post-ride party.

Race registration fees are:

Gran Fondo — $120;

Medio Fondo — $100;

Piccolo Fondo — $90.

Wed
06
May

5K, 10K set at Wildseed Farms

A 5K and 10K run and walk just for women will be held on Saturday, May 9, at Wildseed Farms.

Runners and walkers in the third annual Texas Flower Country Women’s 5K and 10K will be rewarded at the finish line with a champagne brunch, complimentary massages, live music and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Both the 5K and 10K events start at 8:30 a.m.

The course winds through the flat, smooth, unpaved roads and paths of Wildseed Farms, taking runners through the fields and along part of the Pedernales River before returning to the finish line and post-race party.

At the finish line, runners will have a catered champagne brunch, wine and beer tasting, free massages, music and shopping at Wildseed Farms’ Blossoms Boutique and Lantana Nursery.

All entrants also receive a technical race T-shirt.

Participants will see parts of the farm not open to the general public.

Wed
29
Apr

County hears options, costs of GCAD move

By Ken Esten Cooke

An advisor and an architect presented options for the upcoming Gillespie Central Appraisal District move to the Commissioners Court on Monday.

Architect Barry Wagner and Timothy Koock, Courthouse Square Advisory Committee chair, said costs to renovate the Law Enforcement Building (LEB) at 100 South Nimitz Parkway, would likely surpass the estimated $100,000 figured by David Oehler, chief appraiser for the appraisal district.  Yet, costs to potentially demolish and relocate utilities housed in the LEB are also unknown.

Wed
29
Apr

County commissioners seek attorney to recover missing tax funds

Gillespie County Commissioners will hire an accounting-savvy attorney to help them recover around $92,000 in unaccounted-for funds owed by the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

The court hopes the attorney can spur the assessor-collector’s bond company into repaying the funds, which were found lacking once a forensic accountant looked into the office’s bookkeeping files.

“We have filed a claim to retrieve the funds, but it’s been three months and there has been no action taken by the bond company,” said Larry Crump, county auditor. “We’ve provided them a lot of information. It’s like they’re stalling, hoping it will go away.”

The county carries a surety bond on its tax assessor-collector. Each elected official carries either a bond or an insurance policy against personal liability.

Wed
29
Apr

Hill Country Film Festival returns for sixth year

By Matt Ward

“Reel indie” movies will hit local screens this weekend for the sixth annual Hill Country Film Festival, which opens tomorrow and continues through Sunday.

Filmmakers from across the United States are expected to gather at Fritztown Cinema, located at 2254 U.S. 87 South, for four days of screenings and networking.

“Film festivals are always a great opportunity to see up-and-coming talent,” Chad Mathews, executive director of the sponsoring Hill Country Film Society, said. “Being that Fredericksburg is a town that really thrives on artists, I think that supporting the film side of Fredericksburg is really important because these are the people that are going to be making big movies later on and they’re getting their start by submitting shorts or smaller features.”

Wed
29
Apr

Southwest Tandem Bicycle Rally marks 25th anniversary on Gillespie roads


Eighty-nine teams, of 178 total tandem bicycle riders, start out on Saturday morning's tour through western Gillespie County during their 25th Annual Southwest Tandem Rally. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Cyclists teamed up for “two-fer” transit last weekend as the Southwest Tandem Rally marked its 25th year on Gillespie County roads.

The rally brought 90 teams, or 180 cyclists, from around the country to pedal in pairs. While the majority were from Dallas, Houston and Austin, riders registered from Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.

“The front rider is the ‘captain’ and the back rider is the ‘stoker,’” said Becky Reeves, who with husband Hugh, organized the event. The Reeves are avid tandem cyclists and have ridden in locations around the world. “The back rider is usually the wife and the husband rides in front. The back rider doesn’t have any steering control — she basically provides power.”

Hugh Reeves jokingly named the local sponsors the “Fredericksburg Area Riding Tandem Society,” or FARTS.

Wed
29
Apr

100 Club adds members, recognizes officers


Officers were honored at the 10th Annual 100 Club of Gillespie County Officer Appreciation Dinner, April 22. They received outstand-ing dedication or specific year of service plaques. Honorees included, front row, from left, Ed Earp and Ray Tschirhart, outstanding dedication to service; Tex-as Department of Public Safety Sgt. Todd Jennings, Fredericksburg Police De-partment Officer Shirley Jones, FPD Officer Clem Castillo, FPD Sgt. Bryan Philips, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brian Pehl; back row DPS Cpl. Coy Morales, Max Hart-mann, outstanding dedica-tion to service; FPD Officer Trey Schnelle, FPD Officer Mark Ward. Those not pre-sent but receiving service awards were FPD Lt. Terry Weed, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Marcus Davee, and FPD Det. Robert Metzger. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Law enforcement officers, supporters and their families gathered April 22 to welcome new members of the 100 Club of Gillespie County and to recognize officers for their service.

The event was at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Event Center at 237 Equestrian Lane.

Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills recognized a few new faces, including Mike Barr, a special ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Clayton Pipkin, who is replacing Scott Krueger as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden serving Gillespie County.

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