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Wed
30
Oct

Main Street paving project delayed again

The Texas Department of Transportation will not resurface Main Street until spring 2014, according to reports released by the City of Fredericksburg. 

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Wed
30
Oct

German choirs to sing Sunday evening

Fredericksburg’s two German choirs will continue their over-100-year tradition of presenting a Fall Concert (Herbstfest) to the community on Sunday, Nov. 3, at St. Joseph’s Halle.

The Arion Männerchor and the Hermannssöhne Gemischter Chor will open the evening with gemütlichkeit at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

Admission and refreshments are free, and donations are accepted.

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Wed
23
Oct

Residents push back on proposed parking ordinance Monday, Oct. 21

By Matt Ward —

Though the topic was not on Monday’s agenda, local residents spoke out against a proposed ordinance regulating parking of large vehicles in residential and commercial areas during the public comment portion of the Fredericksburg City Council’s regular meeting Monday evening.

According to the proposed ordinance introduced at the council’s Oct. 7 meeting, city-wide parking would be limited to front yards on proper surfaces or in side yards only where the vehicle is screened and on a proper surface.

Loading and unloading, as well as parking for construction projects during daylight hours would be exempted uses.

In residential areas, no tractors, trailers or boats would be allowed unless enclosed or screened or parked for no more than 48 hours for servicing.

The ordinance is currently undergoing revisions by city staff and will be brought back before the council at a future meeting.

Wed
23
Oct

Trustees eye agriculture, stadium projects

By Matt Ward —

Over $2.5 million worth of infrastructure improvements were brought before the public for consideration by the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board of Trustees during a special forum held Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the district’s Central Administration Office.

The two projects under consideration include a $1.6 million agriculture barn facility on Hollmig Lane as well as $1.2 million worth of improvements to the Fredericksburg High School Stadium to put synthetic turf on the game field and add an eighth lane to the track.

The board will formally consider approval of one or both projects at their next regular meeting on Nov. 11.

Bond projects forthcoming

Both projects proposed last week would be financed with money from a special building projects fund that currently holds around $8 million, FISD Superintendent Marc Williamson said.

Wed
23
Oct

Bands receive top marks


KEEPING AN EYE on the next formation just another step or two ahead, this Fredericksburg High School trumpeteer performs with the group during the UIL Region XI Marching Band Competition on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Hondo. Fredericksburg and Harper bands both won first-division ratings. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Both Fredericksburg and Harper high school marching bands earned the highest rating possible at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region XI Marching Competition held Saturday, Oct. 19, in Hondo.

The Harper band will advance further into UIL’s Class 1A competition in the hopes of reaching state, but this is not an advancement year for Class 3A bands, including Fredericksburg.

Harper Band

Harper High School’s Longhorn Band will advance in Class 1A competition to the UIL Area E Marching Competition on Saturday, Oct. 26, in San Antonio.

In a field of nine Class 1A bands, Harper’s student musicians will step off on their contest show at 6:30 p.m. at East Central High School Stadium...

Fredericksburg Band

Dubbed the “Pride of the Texas Hill Country,” the Fredericksburg High School Marching Band worked to earn that title by winning a perfect First Division rating at the region contest in Hondo.

Wed
23
Oct

Fog of Color


‘I BELIEVE...I BELIEVE… I believe that we will win!” is chanted by the “Fred Heads” (a group of spirited Fredericksburg High School sports fans) as they throw pink powder up in honor of breast cancer awareness at the varsity football game at FHS Stadium Friday night, Oct. 18. Some pink accessorized Battlin’ Billies made good on that heartfelt cheer by trouncing the Boerne High School Greyhounds, 60-22, in hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Wed
23
Oct

Crime Stoppers joining schools for Red Ribbon Week

When it comes to helping local kids steer clear of the dangers of drugs, Gillespie County Crime Stoppers is working hard to come up with solutions that appeal to the younger set, according to Joe Folse, coordinator.

The crime-fighting organization is joining Fredericksburg and Harper schools in observing the Oct. 21-29 “Red Ribbon Week” — a nationally observed time when youths speak out against drugs, create awareness about the dangers of illegal substances and offer their personal commitments to living drug-free lives.

“Crime Stoppers is working with the Fredericksburg Independent School District and the Harper Independent School District to encourage kids to use ‘text-a-tip’ to report any unlawful activity on their school campus or in the community,” Folse said.

During Red Ribbon Week, Crime Stoppers will be distributing a flyer to each student on how to text an anonymous tip into the authorities in a timely manner.

Wed
23
Oct

‘The Miracle Worker’ concludes this weekend


TOUGH LESSON — Teacher Anne Sullivan (Christina Fait) holds Helen Keller (Meredith Harper) physically and emotionally accountable for her ill-mannered actions at the breakfast table in FTC’s production of “Miracle Worker” on stage with weekend performances through Oct. 27.

For those who either have yet to see the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of “The Miracle Worker” or who want to see it again will have one more weekend to do so.

The play will be performed at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on U.S. Highway 87 South on Oct. 25-27.

The Friday and Saturday performances will be 7:30 p.m. while the Sunday matinee will be at 2 p.m.

In the FTC’s production of  “The Miracle Worker,” Christina Fait plays Anne Sullivan while Meredith Harper plays Helen Keller.

The Keller family hires Sullivan to teach their daughter, blind and deaf and unable to talk following a childhood illness, how to communicate.

Sullivan’s efforts finally result in success when she teaches Keller how to use sign language to spell “water.” From there, Keller understands and begins learning about the world about her.

Wed
23
Oct

Survivor shares trials in dealing with disease


‘WE HAD MANY FRIENDS…but still felt alone,” said Cavan McMahon, a professional photographer, who took this image of wife, Donna, 41, who survived her battle with aggressive breast cancer.

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

“Cancer has not defined me — it has refined me.”

That is Fredericksburg resident Donna McMahon’s perspective after she fought against breast cancer for 18 months with multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy and is now six-and-a-half-years cancer free.

“The experience has tuned me in to life one more level,” she said.

Her story could have played out very differently and that’s why she reaches out to others now to offer her support, her experience and to help create awareness.

The news that she had “invasive ductal carcinoma” came as something of a shock.

Several years ago, she and her husband, Cavan, had sold their business, bought a sailboat and were destined to sail the Caribbean.

“Since we had good insurance, we had our battery of tests done because we were about to leave the country. Everything was good,” she said.

Wed
23
Oct

Get your pour on at food, wine fest

A chance to celebrate the best of Texas wines, food and entertainment will be offered at the 23rd annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest on Saturday, Oct. 26, on Marktplatz.

The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest opens at noon and continues until 7 p.m.

General admission is $20 for adults, $5 for those under 21 and free for children under 12.

The $20 admission includes one souvenir fest glass, six sampling tickets (which can be used for three two ounce sample pours or one glass of wine), Texas specialty booths, Texas wineries, a silent auction, entertainment, food court and the Great Gargantuan Grape Toss.

An array of food will be available for purchase in the food village.

Additional sampling tickets will also be available for purchase.

Sponsors of the Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest include the City of Fredericksburg, Security State Bank and Trust, Opa’s Smoked Meats, Fischer and Wieser, Atmos and HEB.

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