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Wed
25
Jun

TTU-Fredericksburg opens viticulture certificate program

By Autumn Bernhard —

Making good wine is not as easy as it may seem. That is why Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg will hold another Viticulture Certificate Program at the Hill Country University Center beginning in mid-September.

“This is for people who have already investigated the vineyard business and made the decision to get involved, either as entrepreneurs starting their own vineyard or preparing themselves for employment in a vineyard,” said Ed Hellman, TTU professor of viticulture.

Applications are being accepted now until July 31 and can be downloaded from their website at http://winegrapes.ttu.edu/viticulturecertificate.html.

The program is limited to 40 students and participants must apply for admission and meet prerequisites, including approval from the instructor.

Wed
18
Jun

School tax levy will stay constant for eighth year

By Richard Zowie —

No new taxes.

The Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees voted at their June 16 special meeting to keep the district tax rate where it’s been for the past eight years.

The maintenance tax (for maintenance and operations) will remain at $1.04 per $100 valuation, while the school debt-service tax (to pay bonded indebtedness) will remain at 10.62 cents per $100, for a total of $1.1462 per $100.

“I am pleased that once again we were able to produce a budget that does not require an increase in the tax rate, and at the same time provides the necessary resources to accomplish district goals,” FISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright said.

The trustees also approved amendments to the 2013-2014 FISD budget while also approving the 2014-2015 budget.

The school district’s current fiscal year ends June 30, while the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Wed
18
Jun

Peach season in full swing as JAMboree celebration gears up

By Richard Zowie —

Peach season in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County is underway as local growers are picking and buyers from the area and beyond are in pursuit of tasty deals.

Growers say that recent rains have helped the peaches while the growers expect the upcoming hot summer weather to help bring flavor to the peaches.

Peach progress

Roger Crenwelge, owner of Crenwelge Peaches, described this year’s crop as a good crop despite not being as big as 2010 or 2012.

“Last year we didn’t have anything, so this year it’s 100 percent better,” he said.

Likewise, Randy Pehl, who owns Behrends Orchard, said while this year’s crop so far isn’t the biggest they’ve ever had, it’s also not the smallest one.

“It’s a lot better than last year and the year before,” she added.

Wed
18
Jun

New, 63-room hotel, boutique coming to Main


Architectural plans for the new 63-room hotel and retail boutique include building around the existing heritage oak tree and using limestone, stucco and metal throughout. – Plans by Furman & Kyle Architects

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Plans for a 63-room, full-service hotel with retail spaces, a restaurant and a parking garage, were approved by the city council during regular session Monday.

The new “boutique” hotel which will feature modern design but with Hill Country elements, will be built on 1.63 acres at 406-412 East Main Street (most recently, the site of Valeska’s), where a vacant gasoline station now sits.

The project will stretch from the sidewalks on Main back to near Town Creek and a bridge will be constructed over the creek for rear-site access from Austin Street.

Schaesby Scott is the lead developer and he introduced Phillip Keil from Furman & Keil Architects of Austin, who detailed the plan with a slideshow.

Keil showed plans for a modern structure with limestone, stucco and metal siding, along with deep-set windows to match some existing structures on Main.

Wed
18
Jun

Peach JAMboree blossoms Friday


Stonewall Peach Queen Baylie Vogel is surrounded by peaches at her family’s Vogel Orchard retail outlet at Stonewall in anticipation of the 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21. A special salute to the Peach JAMboree as well as photos of the queen’s contestants can be found in the “Gillespie Life” section. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

There’s plenty of reason to celebrate at this year’s 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.

Unlike last year, peaches are in good supply and Gillespie County growers are in the midst of harvesting the delicious and tasty fruit.

And while the growers are busy in their orchards and marketing their fruit, the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce has planned a two-day celebration that pays tribute to Gillespie County’s most famous crop.

Activities include a parade, two rodeo performances, dancing, baking contests, queen’s pageant, peach show and auction and more.

Activities are designed to entertain both young and old.

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

At that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 50 contestants.

Wed
18
Jun

'Les Misérables' to open with 50-member cast

One of Broadway’s longest running and most famous musicals will be performed locally as the Fredericksburg Theater Company will present “Les Misérables,” which opens Friday evening at 8 p.m.

The musical, which continues weekends through July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Les Misérables’ 20 years ago, I was drawn into the show because of the combination of very personal stories and the theatrical presentation,” director Jim Weisman said. “In our production, we’re adding the close up and personal element that you won’t get in the big touring theaters. We have an amazingly talented cast and I think audiences will be completely entranced.”

Wed
18
Jun

'Charles Beckendorf Day' proclaimed by city, state


Pictured at a Saturday reception were family members of the late Fredericksburg artist Charles Beckendorf, including sons, Joe Beckendorf, left, and Scott Beckendorf, right, and widow Dawn Beckendorf. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Tuesday was “Charles Beckendorf Day” in Fredericksburg, and fans, friends and representatives from local government celebrated the late artist for his iconic Texas art over the past five decades.

“He loved doing his art,” said son Scott Beckendorf at a reception held Saturday ahead of the proclamation day. “When he started doing prints, not that many artists were doing it at the time.”

To see Fredericksburg’s vibrant art scene with more than a dozen local galleries, it is hard to imagine that Beckendorf took a chance to sell his art.

Beckendorf grew up in Mathis, Texas, where he had permission to wander freely on large ranches, observing wildlife, becoming caught up in the flora and fauna of the Lone Star State.

Wed
18
Jun

'First One In'


Alexis Nixon was the first one in on Saturday at the soft opening of the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool. The newly redesigned facility reopened Saturday after an extensive renovation that completed the city’s two-year makeover of both the park and Town Pool locations. The new facility features a shaded tot pool, a sloped wading pool, and competition-length swimming lanes, as well as a diving board. Admission is $2 and hours are 1:30-7 p.m., daily. Lifeguards are on duty at all times. A grand opening and ribbon cutting for Park Pool will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, to which the public is invited to attend. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
18
Jun

Jury indicts suspect in shooting of officer

Robert Adrian Rendon, 31, of San Angelo, has been indicted on  “Attempted Capital Murder-Habitual” charges in the recent shooting of a local policeman.

Rendon is accused of shooting Fredericksburg Police Department Patrolman Bradley Durst twice during a routine traffic stop April 19, beore leading other officers on a chase that ended in more gunshots and a San Antonio crash.

Durst has since returned to office duty. Rendon has been charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and has been  held under a combined bail of $750,000.

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Wed
18
Jun

Three-day Lenz Fest will benefit Pioneer Museum

Lenz Fest — a celebration to mark the spring season in the Texas Hill Country and commemorate the historical significance of the early German pioneers — is planned Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21.

The new three-day springtime festival is sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society.

As part of the commemoration of those early settlers, the museum has decided to honor an individual who has shown the “pioneer spirit” in the community and Gillespie county.

“It is with great pride that the board of GCHS selected the Dian Graves Owen Foundation and Dian Stai as our first-ever honoree,” said Annette Tilley, board member and event co-chairman.

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