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Mar

Full Blooms


A brigade of bluebonnets took over this sidewalk at the corner of Bowie and San Antonio Streets. Ac-cording to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, once the Lupinus texensis (Texas bluebonnet) establishes itself in a certain area, the bluebonnets will reseed and reappear each spring. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
23
Mar

Theater company announces 20th season


Past and present met when FTC founder Jeryl Hoover teamed with Artistic Director Kerry Goff for a run through favorite tunes in FTC’s 20 seasons. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Fredericksburg Theater Company (FTC) last Thursday announced the selection of musicals, plays and special events scheduled for their 20th anniversary season: “Remembering Our Past, Celebrating Our Future.”

Chosen by Artistic Director Kerry Goff are seven main stage productions, including four musicals, a comedy, a holiday production and an award-winning drama.

Also scheduled within Season 20, which begins in June, are seven special events, a collection of live music, guest performers (such as comedy and dance troupes) and classic film screenings, to take place between main stage productions.

“We are very excited about the upcoming season. Kerry Goff has selected titles that are universal crowd pleasers,” Executive Director Steve Reily said. “Season 20 will definitely be the most entertaining and ambitious season in the history of the theater.”

Announcement of Season 20 was made at the group’s annual gala, held last Wednesday evening.

Wed
23
Mar

Parks master plan approved by city

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council members approved the city’s Parks Master Plan during their meeting on Monday night.

“Once this is approved by you, it will be submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to be put on file with them so in case you want to make a grant application, you can do that and it’ll assist you in their scoring criteria,” Director of Parks and Recreation Jimmy Alexander said.

The top five outdoor recreation priorities for the city, based on surveys and studies done, are youth soccer, youth baseball, youth softball, picnic tables/shelter and walking/jogging/biking trails.

Alexander said the city worked with Dennis Sims, a consultant of Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc., to do extensive planning and studying to figure out the city’s needs.

Wed
16
Mar

City water supply comes up clean

By Christine Granados —

While Flint, Michigan’s lead-contaminated drinking water crisis continues, residents of Fredericksburg can rest easy knowing their drinking water is in compliance with drinking water standards, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) report dated March 4, 2016.

The ground water that flows into Frederickburgers’ taps, “is a lot safer to drink than bottled water,” said Kris Kneese, assistant director of public works and utilities for the City of Fredericksburg. “That’s a misconception — that bottled water is safer.”

Director of Public Works for the city, Clinton Bailey added, “We’re confident that our water is of a higher quality than you can buy in a bottle.”

Wed
16
Mar

Commissioners support GCAD's new office plan

By Scott Allen —

A resolution in support of Fredericksburg Independent School District’s proposal to build and lease a structure for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District’s (GCAD) purposes was approved by Gillespie County Commissioners during Monday’s meeting.

The cost of the modular building will be between $650,000 and $800,000, Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher said, and will save the county money since FISD will be paying for the initial costs.

“It will save taxpayers probably about a million dollars on the purchasing and construction of the building,” Stroeher said.

The approval of the project wasn’t needed by the county, Stroeher said, but FISD Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright wanted to make sure all the taxing entities were in agreement with the project.

Wed
16
Mar

Spring afternoon race


Fredericksburg resident Mikyala Fell, 9, enjoys a stick horse race with Pioneer Museum volunteer Allen Mack during the Pioneer Museum Spring Break events on Saturday, March 12. The events at the museum will run every day until Saturday, March 19. See more photos on page C1 in this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
Wed
16
Mar

Optimism for solid season blooms with peach growers


Dianne and Donald Eckhardt are third- and second-generation peach growers at Eckhardt Orchards. The first peach trees on their farm were planted in the 1930s by Dianne’s grandfather. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Sandra Lane —

The weather in Texas is unpredictable, but the forecast for the next several weeks is for moderate weather with no freezes.

This is good news for all the peach growers in this area. As recently as 2013, a late freeze has decimated the peach crop.

Yet growers and experts think this year, Gillespie County peach growers will avoid such a disaster.

Gillespie County produces 40 percent of all the peaches grown in Texas.

Growers in this area began planting peach trees in the 1930s and 1940s, gradually building up a reputation for Fredericksburg peaches.

Most of these orchards were small operations and sold directly to the consumer at roadside stands. They also created a co-op in the 1940s. Eventually, the entire state got a taste of Fredericksburg peaches and came to this area to buy them.

Wed
16
Mar

LBJ Kite Day


Alyssa Foster runs through the field with her kite during the Saturday, March 12 kite day at the LBJ State Park baseball fields. More pictures of the event are on D1 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
Wed
16
Mar

Texas Hell Week


A group of bicycle riders truck up a hill on Ranch Road 1631 during the Texas Hell Week bicycle ride which began on Saturday, March 12. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
Wed
16
Mar

FHS UIL One-Act Play


Baylie Staedtler, playing Miss Willie, shows the Savage brothers, from left, Caleb Tucker and Braise Whitworth the burnt bonds. The brothers are astonished their mother could destroy so much money. This is a scene from “The Curious Savage.” Directed by Randi Minjauw, Fredericksburg High School’s “One Act” class will perform this play March 22 in University In-terscholastic League district competition. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

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