Lace up! Eisbahn returns to Marktplatz on Friday

Just as Old Man Winter sent the thermometer dipping this past week, “Eisbahn” will do its part to transform a piece of Marktplatz into a winter wonderland for holiday season ice skating.

Opening day for the ice skating rink will be the day after Thanksgiving, this Friday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m.

After that, the rink will welcome skilled and first-time skaters alike every day (except Christmas Day) through Jan. 4, 2014.

Hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 1-8 p.m. on Sundays and 4-8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 4-10 p.m. on Fridays (before school is dismissed for the Christmas holidays.) Once classes are out for Christmas break, hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

On Christmas Eve, the rink will have shortened hours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The rink will be open as usual on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


Government, businesses to close for Thanksgiving

Friends and family are starting to gather for Thanksgiving, and with that in mind, some businesses and offices in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County are closing or modifying their schedules this week.

Many will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. Meanwhile, some will reopen Friday, and others will remain closed for an extended weekend.

School students will also be getting an extra-long break from the classrooms.

For specific information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.


•Federal offices: Closed Thursday.

•State offices: Most closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

•County offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.

•City offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.


Russian journalists focus on local German culture

RUSSIAN PUBLIC TV reporter Olga Somkina and her cameraman Denis Rusakov visit the Vereins Kirche during their time spent in town learning about German life in Fredericksburg. The two work at a TV station in Vladivostok in southeastern Russia. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

On Thursday, Nov. 21, television journalist Olga Somkina spent time in Fredericksburg exploring the German culture and asking residents questions.

Her cameraman was Denis Rusakov.

And when Somkina or Rusakov needed to ask residents any questions, because neither of them can speak English, Dimitriy Motovilov was there to perevodit’ (to translate).

If the surnames Somkina, Rusakov and Motovilov sound exotic, that’s because the three are from a town over 6,000 miles from Fredericksburg.

Vladivostok, Russia, to be exact.

The three were in town to film interviews and segments for a documentary on various ethnic groups moving to America and how they do at preserving their language, customs, foods and cultures.

They work for OTV-PRIM. A Russian acronym, this translates into English as Public Television of Prim.


Commissioners OK funds for three fire departments

Gillespie County Commissioners approved annual funding for three of its six rural fire departments during its regular session Monday, Nov. 25, at the courthouse.

Reports were accepted from and payments were approved for the following departments: Harper Volunteer Fire Department, which will receive $16,900 from the county for its fire department service, and, Tierra Linda and Doss Volunteer Fire Departments, which will both receive $10,790 each in disbursements from the county. All three departments will also receive payments from the county of $2,750 each for their emergency medical/first responders operations.

In other business, county officials took care of routine business matters, as well as:

• Reappointed Keith Keller and Gary Stehling to three-year terms on the Gillespie County Airport Advisory Board, as well as Tony Klein and Marty Kaderli to two-year terms on the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission Board.


LBJ State Park to host cookie, traditions event

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall will host its annual Cookie Decorating and German Traditions program on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is designed to get participants and their family and friends into the “holiday spirit” as they decorate cookies as it was done in the early 20th century for a German Christmas tree.

Other activities at the event include participating in the German holiday traditions of wreath making, candle making and awaiting the arrival of St. Nicholas. 

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Gobble On! Turkey Trot to step off

A chance to work off Thanksgiving dinner indulgences will be offered this Saturday, Nov. 30, during the Third Annual Hill Country Turkey Trot.

Runners of all ages and skill levels are expected to join from all parts of the country for this family-friendly Thanksgiving Weekend event, which starts and finishes at the Fredericksburg Elementary School (FES) campus, 1608 North Adams Street.

A stretch and pre-warm up is sponsored and led by a fitness professional from the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center at 8 a.m. near the race start. The 5K and 10K races start at 8:30 a.m., while the Fun Run will start at 10 a.m.

Routes will be through Fredericksburg neighborhoods on paved streets.

Online registration has ended, but same-day signup is possible at a cost of $25 per person and which includes a souvenir t-shirt.


Daily Update for Monday, Nov. 25



Council tables action on new parking rules

By Matt Ward —

Amid ongoing concerns about private property rights, the Fredericksburg City Council delayed taking action on a proposed parking ordinance during their regular meeting Monday.

“We’ve got an awful lot of people in the community that are concerned about work vehicles and trailers, people who are concerned about their property rights and what they can or can’t do on their own property,” councilman Tim Dooley said. “I think they have some legitimate concerns. I think we are trying to get to a point where we are trying to legislate common sense.”

Originally proposed in October, a revised version of the ordinance presented to the council on Monday focused primarily on regulating parking on city streets and not on private residences and businesses.

Despite the changes, council members agreed to postpone a vote on the ordinance before holding a public hearing on the matter, tentatively scheduled for January.


Roeder joins incumbents filing for county positions

Precinct 2 incumbent County Commissioner Incumbent Billy Roeder filed on Friday for re-election to run in the Gillespie County political party primaries, set for March 4, 2014.

The primary races will define party candidates ahead of the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.

As of press time Wednesday morning, no contested races have developed.

County posts up for election this year include:

County Judge — Incumbent Mark Stroeher has filed for re-election.

County Clerk — Incumbent Mary Lynn Rusche has filed for re-election.

District Clerk — Incumbent Jan Davis has filed for re-election.

County Treasurer — Laura Lundquist has filed for re-election.

County Surveyor — Carey Bonn has filed for re-election.


Wild Game Dinner promises exotic tastes

TOP PRIZES — This quartet of organizers shows off some of the many prizes that will be given away or awarded to top bidders at the 2013 Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner, set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. From left are Chris Schoessow, Shawn Lehne, Jason Janecka and Lea Penick (of the show “American Hoggers”). Lehne and Janecka hold UT and Texas A&M .308-caliber hunting rifles, which are two of many to be awarded in auctions that evening. Penick holds a 14-carat, white gold Mesa Topaz (3.8-carat) and dia-mond pendant (1.4 carat), designed by Champe Jennings Jewelry. Funds raised benefit adult and youth agricultural education in the Hill Country. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Axis, elk, alligator, and …prizes?!...are all on the menu for the Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner this Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Gillespie County Fair Grounds will open at 5:30 p.m. for a night of exotic tastes, hunters’ exhibits, prize giveaways, auctions and more.

Admission tickets cost $20 per person and may be purchased at Arrowhead Bank, Stroeher & Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store in Fredericksburg, as well as at Allied Ag in Stonewall. Prize drawing tickets are also available for purchase at those locations.

Admission and prize tickets may also be purchased at the door on Saturday night.

This year, organizers have planned for additional seating areas, plus have gathered some 20 percent more prizes for the drawings so that the item giveaway list numbers well over 200 items.

Also featured Saturday night will be a silent auction featuring over 100 items, among them four guns.


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