'Non-conforming businesses' receive relief on expansion

By Matt Ward

Businesses designated as “non-conforming uses” by city zoning codes were given the ability to expand one time by up to 25 percent through action taken by the Fredericksburg City Council on Monday.

The council voted 4-1, with Councilman Bobby Watson opposed, to amend portions of city code to allow non-conforming use properties the ability to expand without a conditional use permit.

Businesses seeking a second expansion or an expansion over 25 percent could still do so with a conditional use permit.

“Having come from P&Z, I think the ordinance as it sits allows businesses to expand and grow,” Watson said. “It’s a process, but I think it allows them to expand.”


Night parade, 'After Glow' kick off Friday

Court Conway and Fredericksburg mayor Linda Langerhans flip the switch to illuminate the community Christmas tree along with every other light on Marktplatz. The tree lighting ceremony was held on Friday night to start the Christmas season. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Downtown Fredericksburg will shine brightly for the Light the Night Christmas Parade and After Glow on Friday, Dec. 5.

The parade, a production of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street with a laser light show. Reserved bleacher seats in the 100 block of West Main Street are available at a cost of $15 and include prime viewing of the light show and dedicated bathroom access. Visit for more details.

In addition to the parade, there will be a variety of free activities from 3-10 p.m. on Marktplatz. Retail vendors will sell an assortment of jewelry, Christmas décor, gingerbread house kits, German items, handmade soaps and lotions, apparel, antiques and specialty foods.


Montabaur student group visits Texas Hill Country

Students from VG Montabaur, Germany, and their Fredericksburg High School German program friends, shared a copy of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post while visiting the Alamo in San Antonio. – Submitted photo

A group of 18 high school students and two teachers from the Mons Tabor Gymnasium in VG Montabaur, Germany visited Fredericksburg and surrounding areas from Oct. 16-Nov. 4.

For many, it was their first trip to the United States, and they expressed amazement about many things.

Students were paired with Fredericksburg High School students in the German program during their visit, and accompanied them during their normal school-day activities during the seven days on which they attended school. They experienced classroom study as well as pep rallies, football and band competition.

The Sister City Verein welcomed the group and their host families at a picnic given in their honor. The verein also arranged a number of outings in and around Fredericksburg.

The students visited the Admiral Nimitz Museum complex, Pioneer Museum, Der Stadt Friedhof, the LBJ Ranch and Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm.


First Friday Art Walk to feature 13 local galleries

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, Dec. 5.

The participating galleries will be hosting special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

First Friday Art Walk generally takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information as well as the latest news and events, visit the FFAWF website,

Each of the participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flag on Friday.


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Holiday Home Tour celebrates 57th anniversary

James and Estela Avery

Six historical homes and a ranch home will be featured during the Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum’s 57th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The Holiday Home Tour on Saturday is part of the “Holiday Happenings” events that will also include the Tannenbaum Ball on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Proceeds from both events will benefit the Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum.

The homes on the tour will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets for the tour are $30 per person.

Home tour tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 830-990-8441.  

Local musicians will be performing at various homes throughout the day.

This is a self-guided tour.

A booklet with the tour map and full description of each home is given to each Holiday Home Tour participant.


Pacific War Museum to remember 'Day of Infamy' on Dec. 7


Dr. Tom Hatfield will be the guest speaker at the National Museum of the Pacific War’s Pearl Harbor Day remembrance ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 7.

The event will be at the Memorial Courtyard at 12:25 p.m., the moment in Central Standard Time when the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941.

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.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the Nimitz Ballroom.

Hatfield is the director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Military History Institute at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

From 2007-2008, Hatfield embarked on an oral histories project to capture the stories of World War II vets. He and his team interviewed 20 men. Hatfield’s hope is to continue this project with Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.


Santa Claus parade set for Saturday

Santa Claus will trade in his reindeer for a fire truck Saturday, Dec. 6, and parade into town to visit with children of the Hill Country.

The Santa Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m., and is sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees, will start where U.S. Highways 87 and 290 split on the west side of town.

Santa and the fire truck provided by the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department will travel east on Main Street and turn around at Washington Street.

The fire truck will turn left on to South Adams Street and end at the Courthouse Square gazebo behind Pioneer Memorial Library.

Santa will be available until noon to take requests from children. There will not be a photographer present, but photographs are encouraged.

Children will also receive a traditional German goodie bag from the Jaycees at the event.

After Santa finishes hearing the wishes from children, he will visit local nursing homes to spread Christmas cheer to residents. 


Chorale to host holiday concert on Saturday

A Christmas concert, “The First Noel,” will be presented by the Fredericksburg Chorale on Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Joseph’s Halle.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The concert is open to the public.

Admission is by donation and the public is encouraged to come early for good seating. 

Under the direction of Mark Hierholzer, the Fredericksburg Chorale will present a wide variety of music both new and old. The concert will include an audience sing-along of traditional carols of the season.

The concerts will begin with works of the Renaissance Masters. “Noe, Noe, noe Psallite” by Jean Mouton followed by two settings of “Ave Maria,” the first by Nicholas Gombert and the second by Josquin de Prez will open the program.



Daily Update for Dec. 3

      • Scott Panetti, who was convicted for the 1992 murders of Joe and Amanda Alvarado, is scheduled to die by lethal injection today after 6 p.m. barring a last minute stay of execution being granted. A full story on Panetti's most recent appeals will be in this week's edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

      • An Issue Identification Forum to help identify critical issues affecting local citizens will be held in Gillespie County to assist local Extension agents and the Texas AgriLife Extension Leadership Advisory Board. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building. Light refreshments will be served.

      •  Ticket sales for the annual New Year’s Eve dance at Turner Hall will begin today at 6-8 p.m. at the hall, located at 103 West Travis Street. Tickets are $20 per person.


Daily Update for Thanksgiving and the Weekend


      • Happy Thanksgiving.

      • City, county, state and federal offices are closed on Thursday and some will remain closed on Friday while others observe a modified schedule on Friday and over the weekend. Regular garbage collection schedules for the City of Fredericksburg will be observed on Thursday and Friday.


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