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Wed
07
Aug

Water supplies feel stress


“We all have straws in this glass.” – Clinton Bailey, the city's director of public works, on local water supplies. Photo illustration by Walt Biddle.

By Walt Biddle

Special to the Standard-Radio Post

 

When Clinton Bailey says, “We all have straws in this glass,” he means it. 

Bailey became Fredericksburg’s Director of Public Works three months ago. In that role, his responsibilities touch the lives of residents in a variety of ways, none more than the quality and quantity of water used.

The multi-year drought continues and Fredericksburg remains under Stage 4 water use restrictions. In addition to dealing with the current challenge of providing water to city residents, planning for future needs is a “front burner” item. 

“We are going to have to spend some money on additional water,” Bailey said.

Bailey, who drinks a half-gallon of unfiltered city tap water each day (there is usually a jug sitting by his desk), is serious about water conservation. 

Wed
07
Aug

Frantzen, Marquardt crowned koenige at 118th Schuetzenfest


CROWNED SCHUETZENKOENIG for a sixth time, Dean Marquardt was raised high in the air by fellow competitors after win-ning the rimfire division at the 118th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest Sunday evening. First-time winner Sam Frantzen topped the field in the centerfire division. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

 

A first-time winner and a six-time winner were crowned Sunday afternoon as Sam Frantzen won the centerfire division and Dean Marquardt won the rimfire division to be crowned Schuetzenkoenige at the 118th Annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest at the Bear Creek Shooting Range.

Frantzen won his first centerfire title with a score of 96 as the Hubertus Shooting Club won both Schuetzenkoenige titles at the yearly shooting competition.

In the rimfire division, Marquardt, also from Hubertus, won his sixth individual award with a score of 90.

The centerfire king’s trophy was donated by Stroeher and Son/Stroeher and Olfers, and the revolving trophy was donated by Fritztown Diesel.

In the rimfire division, the king’s trophy was donated by Security State Bank and Trust, and the revolving trophy by Moellering Construction.

Wed
07
Aug

Viticulture, fruit lab will support wine industry


NEWLY RENAMED Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viti-culture and Fruit Lab — for-merly the Texas Pierce’s Dis-ease Research and Extension Program lab — is now part of the Texas A&M University System. The building is lo-cated on Business Court near the Gillespie County Fair Grounds and the airport. – Photo courtesy Jim Kamas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recently received a contribution allowing the purchase of a pre-existing facility in Fredericksburg by the Texas A&M University System that will support the state’s viticulture and fruit industries, according to an agency official.

Originally opened in 2007 as the Texas Pierce’s Disease Research and Extension Program laboratory, the 3,200-square-foot facility is located near the Gillespie County Airport. It includes a main building, three large exterior greenhouses and an adjacent research and demonstration plot.

The facility, which now has been renamed the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab, will provide additional education, outreach and research related to statewide fruit production, said Dr. Doug Steele, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service director.

Wed
07
Aug

Tax-free weekend to help shoppers save

Shoppers will receive a brief respite from the state sales tax on select items this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11.

The sales tax will not be applied to most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100.

During the holiday, shoppers can save about $8 for every $100 they spend.

Shoppers are expect to save an estimated $78.9 million in state and local taxes during the holiday. 

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Wed
07
Aug

Honor Flight fundraising efforts hit halfway point


ENJOYING a good time with WWII veteran Harold (Hoppy) Tatsch, left, were friends Kay Lucas, Tom Bierschwale and Ron Corbyn. Tatsch spent three years in the Navy and was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Drexler in 1945.

An Honor Flight fundraiser last Thursday at Hondo’s raised $19,000 to help send 34 Gillespie County World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial and other memorials, free of cost.

“Although we have not reached our immediate goal to raise the required $42,000 for this community Honor Flight trip, we are over half way there and we’re confident we will be able to raise the entire amount,” said Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer.

King thanked the community for their patriotism and generosity in supporting the WWII veterans.

Three WWII vets, Army veterans Ryland Mazur and Bill Scott, and Navy veteran Harold Tatsch, spoke about their military service.

Also speaking were Mayor Jeryl Hoover, Gillespie County Commissioner Donnie Schuch, Chairman of Honor Flight-Austin Allen Bergeron, and VFW Post 7105 Commander Jim Bisson. 

Wed
07
Aug

Horse racing on tap this weekend

Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the five-eighths mile oval at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet will again see quarter horses and thoroughbreds running at the local Class III facility.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. both days.

Admission to the races is $5 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years and free for children under six.

Box seats are available for $9 each.

The Gillespie County Race Meet is the third of four racing weekends scheduled at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds this summer.

And after this weekend, only two more days remain on the 2013 season on Aug. 24-25 as part of the 125th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 22-25).

Wed
07
Aug

Livestock judging begins Saturday

While the 125th Gillespie County Fair may still be two weeks away, livestock judging gets an early start this weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Three livestock competitions are planned for the Show Barn, including the Meat Goat Futurity on Saturday and a Lamb Futurity along with the Gillespie County Race Day Classic Steer Show on Sunday.

Judging will take place in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Award presentations are scheduled as part of each show.

In addition to the livestock judging this weekend, there will also be live pari-mutuel horse racing on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the Gillespie County Race Meet.

The horse racing and livestock shows are sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

(For more on the horse racing, refer to the separate article found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.

 

Meat Goat Futurity

Wed
07
Aug

Messina Hof to host final summer harvest

To end a summer of harvesting grapes, Messina Hof Wine Cellars will host the final Saturday harvest on Aug. 10.

Saturday’s festival is a first for the Fredericksburg location and the day will feature live music and a $10,000 donation made by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, owners of Messina Hof, to the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts, Inc. (TCWCA).

A portion of the day’s ticket proceeds will be donated to the TCWCA. 

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Thu
01
Aug

Daily Update for Monday, August 5

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Wed
31
Jul

Top marksmen to compete at annual Schuetzenfest

Gillespie County’s top marksmen will gather Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, for the 118th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, hosted this year by the Hubertus Shooting Club at the Bear Creek range.

Shooters can sign up through Wednesday, July 31, at Stroeher and Olfers, Inc. Cost to sign up is $35.

When Fredericksburg was founded in the mid-1840s, inhabitants relied on sharpshooting skills to put food on their tables as well as to insure safety. And, while methods of providing sustenance and common welfare may have modernized over the years that followed, the commitment to expert marksmanship still lives on.

This 170-year-plus tradition is remembered with the scheduling of several events by six groups that make up the Gillespie County Schuetzenbund (Shooting Club). Those clubs are Bear Creek, Tivydale, Hubertus, Grapetown, Barons Creek and Scharfschuetzen. In addition to Bear Creek, the group’s shooting ranges are located at Grapetown and Tivydale.

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