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'Queen of the Silver Jewelry'


SILVER MINE — Carmen Armstrong showcases her collection of silvery jewelry, seen here during the Dec. 6 Art Walk at Whistle Pik Gallery in Fredericksburg. Armstrong works with over 15 silversmiths across Mexico. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

If someone were to wonder Carmen Armstrong’s favorite metal, all they’d have to do is look at her wrist and neck.

Adorning her neck is a cascading silver and turquoise design of hers that was featured in a style sheet a few years ago in Cowboys and Indians magazine.

“It can be worn by somebody in jeans and a T-shirt on the go, or by someone dressing formally,” Armstrong said.

On her right wrist, a bracelet from a Mexican artist from Taxco who combined European and Mexican designs.

And on her left wrist is what Armstrong described as a “classic Mexican design” from the 1940s.

“I wear it every day,” she said. “It’s my signature piece, and it’s held up to a lot of abuse.”

The result is a wide array of silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other pieces of jewelry, on display at Whistle Pik Galleries at 425 East Main Street in Fredericksburg at the Dec. 6 Friday Art Walk.

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Christmas tree lighting set Sunday at LBJ State Park

A Hill Country Christmas tradition started by President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and his family more than four decades ago will continue this Sunday, Dec. 15, in Stonewall.

Johnson’s descendants are expected to join with visitors for the 44th Annual LBJ Christmas Tree Lighting and Evening Tours at the LBJ State Park and Historic Site, off U.S. Highway 290.

Festivities kick off around 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the park’s visitor center, where holiday music will be played by the “Polka Dots” band directed by Ed Creekmore.

At 6 p.m., the program will start with the lighting of lamps in memory of both President and Mrs. Johnson. Performing the honors will be state park superintendent Iris Neffendorf and national park chief of interpretation and resource management Dave Schafer.

Neffendorf will provide the greeting, while Rev. Bob Welch of Stonewall Baptist Church will lead the invocation.

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Bethany Church to host holiday trek drive-thru

Area residents will once again be able to take a 2,000-year trip through time at Bethany Lutheran Church, when it holds its 13th annual presentation of “A Christmas Journey” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, from 6-8:30 p.m.

As they drive in their own vehicles or ride on the Bethany bus or wagons provided by the church, visitors can see the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in nine scenes with live actors and animals.

Those scenes include the prophet foretelling the birth of Christ, the annunciation of the angel to Mary, the decree of Caesar, the journey to Bethlehem, the innkeeper denying lodging, the angels proclaiming His birth to the shepherds, the manger scene, the presentation of the child to Simeon and the journey of the Magi.

Members of the congregation will dress in period costume to depict the nine scenes.

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‘Personal touch’ gift items for sale at St. Joseph’s Halle

A chance to select gifts with a “personal touch” will be offered this Saturday, Dec. 14, to holiday shoppers taking in the 28th Annual St. Joseph’s Halle Fall Craft Show.

Admission will be free to the one-day show hosted in Fredericksburg’s historic limestone St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 West San Antonio Street (just one block south of Main Street next to St. Mary’s Catholic School.)

Hours will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Fredericksburg, St. Mary’s classes starting later Friday

Students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District and St. Mary’s Catholic School will get to sleep in a bit tomorrow morning, Friday, Dec. 6.

Due to the arctic cold front making its way through the county overnight, officials with both school systems have decided to delay the start of classes until 10 a.m., to avoid icy road conditions.

That means that bus schedules will also be running exactly two hours later than their normal times.

Any other changes will be announced by the schools through their automated phone systems and on the radio.

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Car accidentally drives into Dooley's


SHATTERED GLASS fragments are swept up in the aftermath of a car crashing through the front of Dooley’s 5-10 & 25¢ Store, 131 East Main Street, Wednesday, Dec. 4, around 4:42 p.m. A store employee was transported to Hill Country Memorial Hospital for treatment, then later released, while the driver of the 2006 gray Lincoln Zephyr, Joann Carraway McCaleb, 86, of Comfort, was reportedly uninjured in the incident, according to preliminary reports from the Fredericksburg Police Department. More details will be included in next week’s edition. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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Chamber to host parade, 'Afterglow' market Friday

Filling the night sky with holiday cheer, the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Light The Night” lighted Christmas parade and laser light show on Friday, Dec. 6 as well as “Afterglow,” a family celebration.

Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with an approximately 12-minute-long laser light show on Marktplatz, facing the 100 block of West Main Street.

The parade will take place rain or shine, starting at the intersection of Crockett and Main streets. The entire parade route along Main Street between Washington and Bowie streets is available for free seating on a first come-first serve basis.

The reserved bleacher seating located in front of Pioneer Memorial Library is sold out.  Attendees seated in the 100 block of West Main will be able to view the laser light show, choreographed to Christmas music, which serves as the grand opening of the parade.

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Galleries to observe holidays with First Friday Art Walk

Eleven galleries will be celebrating the holidays on Friday, Dec. 6, as part of First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg.

On Friday, Art Walk hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow everyone time to enjoy the Christmas parade with their families.

Several galleries will be offering special events throughout the day.

For more information, visit www.FFAWF.com.

This month’s schedule of events is as follows:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will be presenting  Fredericksburg artist Dalton Fromme from 4-8 p.m. on Friday.

Fromme creates paintings of Texas and the Hill Country, including historical sites in the Fredericksburg area. 

Also on Friday and in time for Christmas, a trunk show of hand-crafted jewelry by Fredericksburg artist Connie Stephens will be offered on from 2-5 p.m.

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Nimitz Museum will hold Pearl Harbor remembrance

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor the veterans who served or gave their lives at Pearl Harbor in a ceremony of remembrance on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 12:25 p.m., in the museum’s Memorial Court Yard.

The time coincides with the Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time of 8:25 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, when the attacks began.

The Japanese air invasion of the headquarters of America’s Pacific Fleet led to the U.S. declaring war on Japan and entering World War II.

Keynote speaker for this year’s event will be U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Alfred A. Valenzuela. The program will include a wreath laying, rifle salute and a flyover by World War II aircraft.

Valenzuela served as the Commander of United States Army South from July 2000 to October 2003. He has served many assignments in three Corps (3rd, 7th and 18th) and four Infantry Divisions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 10th) and also with the 1st Armored Division.

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It's 'full speed ahead' as TxDOT raises limits


QUICK TRIP -- Traversing Gillespie County's major highways will be even faster soon since the state has decided to raise local speed limits on stretches of highway from 70 to 75 miles per hour. -- Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Motorists making their way around Gillespie County will soon be able to really “hit the pedal to the metal.”

All stretches of roads in this county currently limited to 70 miles per hour (mph) will, at some point in December, see all those white-and-black speed limit box signs swapped out to reveal a faster legal limit of 75 mph.

Affected in Gillespie County will be the north and south portions of Texas Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 87, as well as U.S. Highway 290, which spans east and west through Fredericksburg and the entirety of the county.

Change is news

The hike in the speed limit came as news to local law enforcement entities, who will be taxed with enforcing the new speed, as well as the local Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance division, who will be charged with installing and maintaining the signs.

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