'Dark sky' lighting rules postponed

By Matt Ward —

Efforts to limit the nighttime glow in and around Fredericksburg will be delayed as the Fredericksburg City Council opted to postpone action on an outdoor lighting ordinance for an additional 30 days.

A vote to pass the ordinance during Monday’s regular meeting failed 3-2 with Mayor Jeryl Hoover and council members Tim Dooley and Graham Pearson opposed.

“This is about getting it better and getting it right and not turning down the issue completely,” Hoover said. “I think it’s a good idea to head toward the ‘Dark Skies Initiative.’ I don’t know enough about the consequences of city action to know whether or not I would be making a good vote tonight on that.”

The council agreed that they would like to reconsider the ordinance once all the proposed changes were written into the document.


Freddyburg Youth Theater on stage for weekend shows

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Freddyburg Youth Theater will perform three one-act plays at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, beginning at 7 p.m.

The theater is located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

The plays to be performed are “Sasha and the Pearl,” “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “Scene!” Each play will be performed by a different age group.

• In Rudy Linke’s “Sasha and the Pearl,” Sasha follows adventure under the sea where she meets several sea creatures in trouble. Sasha learns what is important and how far people must go to help their friends. The Imagineers (grades 3-5) will perform this play, and Bethany Kunz will direct.


TTU recognizes its 25 area graduates

Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis with education graduation Diana Marichalar. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Twenty-five bachelor’s degree recipients of Texas Tech University’s Fredericksburg and Marble Falls campuses were recognized on Saturday at a reception at Hill Country University Center.

The reception brought four of TTU’s top officials to town: President Duane Nellis, Provost Lawrence Schovanec, Vice Provost Melanie Hart and College of Education Dean Scott Ridley.

“My first stop after starting at Texas Tech was here in Fredericksburg,” Nellis told a crowd of graduates’ family and friends. “We are very proud to have our Texas Tech campus here.”

Nellis praised the graduates for the additional work needed to complete their degrees, especially considering family and work commitments by the “non-traditional students.”


Michaela Priess writes way to state UIL competition

Medals were won by Cohen Crenwelge, Michaela Priess and Jennifer O’Neil at the Region IV University Interscholastic League Academic Meet on Saturday in Corpus Christi. Priess placed second and will advance to the state contest on May 20 in Austin. — Photo courtesy FHS Campus Comet

A Fredericksburg High School sophomore will be competing in the State University Interscholastic League Academic Meet after finishing second on Saturday.

Michaela Priess won the silver medal in Editorial Writing at the Region IV UIL Academic Meet at Texas A&M — Corpus Christi.

The state meet will be held May 20 on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Priess was among 13 students from FHS competing in the Region IV UIL Academic Meet.

Jennifer O’Neil placed fourth in News Writing and in Editorial Writing and is an alternate to state in both events.

The Journalism team finished third.

Cohen Crenwelge finished fifth in Current Events and Issues.


Let the music move you

Cynthia Lively of Fredericksburg shows she’s the Lord of the Dance during a musical set performed by Austin’s The Jitterbug Vipers. The band was one of six that performed Sunday, May 4 at Barons CreekSide’s Blankets and Blues concert. Others were Jay Boy Adams & Zenobia, Graham Warwick & the Bona Fide Blues Band, Courtney Reed Band, Quincy Harper and Davey Schrank, ShAnnie, and Snowman and friends. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Fischer & Wieser soup named silver sofi finalist

Fischer & Wieser Chairman of the Board Mark Wieser (left) and CEO and President Case D. Fischer present their Mom’s Limited Edition Tomato Basil Soup, chosen as a Silver Finalist in the 2014 Specialty Food Association competition.

The Specialty Food Association announced last week that Mom’s Limited Edition Tomato Basil Soup, made by Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. is a Silver sofi Finalist in the Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili category.

As a finalist, it will contend for a sofi Gold trophy to be announced June 30 at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

Fischer & Wieser CEO and President Case D. Fischer said the sofi Gold is a premier award that Fischer & Wieser aspires to win when developing products.

It is often equated to the Oscar in the gourmet food industry, according to Fischer.

“We are honored,” he said. “Every time we develop a new flavor profile that makes its way into our line, we are hopeful that it may one day win a sofi, and so this announcement is exciting news and a great achievement for our team.”


Brew history on tap for Founders Day

By Yvonne Hartmann —

Founders Day in Fredericksburg will be celebrated on Saturday, May 10, with a variety of special events, activities and programs.

The activities at the Vereins Kirche and at Pioneer Museum allow the community and visitors to Fredericksburg a chance to turn their eyes to the past and reflect on the rich cultural heritage of this area, explained Evelyn Weinheimer, who is in charge of programs and archives at Pioneer Museum.

Fredericksburg was founded on May 8, 1846.

“Once again it is time to honor the founders who overcame the obstacles facing the early immigrants from the provinces of Germany when Texas was a young republic,” Weinheimer said.

Founders Day includes a wreath laying ceremony, living history activities, exhibits, music, tastings, a dinner, program and awards presentation.


City-wide cleanup effort planned for Saturday

Officials from the City of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County and Texas Department of Transportation will host a community-wide cleanup day on Saturday, May 10.

Residents are encouraged to do some spring cleaning — whether it is in their yard, along their street or road or at their place of business.

Several area groups have recently adopted highway entrances into Fredericksburg and will be coordinating Adopt-A-Highway cleanup efforts on Saturday morning as well.

“We decided to make this more of a community cleanup effort,” city management intern Matt Townsend said. “I think everyone takes pride in our community and there are different ways that they express that, but I feel that picking up trash is something that everyone can definitely get on board with.”


Fredericksburg Chorale to perform Spring Concert

“Prophecy Fulfilled” is the theme for the Fredericksburg Chorale’s Spring Concert on Saturday, May 10, at St. Joseph’s Halle.

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

Under the direction of Mark Hierholzer, the concert will begin with a new work by Hierholzer, Genesis 5: A Prophecy.

The work presents the names in the genealogy included in Genesis 5 along with their translations from the Hebrew.

“From Adam to Noah a meaning is revealed, telling of a coming savior,” Hierholzer said. “The work is set as 11 short dances and will include with the piano, a small instrumental ensemble, violin, flute, cello and bassoon.”

He explained that “what follows is the fulfillment of the prophecy expressed in Christian liturgical texts, most notably, the mass.”

The chorale will perform Schubert’s Mass in G, a work he wrote when he was only 17 years old.


TxDOT's bridge closing upsets area resident

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County officials spoke out Monday about unhappiness with the state’s recent closing of the Old San Antonio Road bridge over the Pedernales River.

The crossing, which is in a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plan to replace five bridges, was moved to the front of the construction line because of structural issues putting public safety at risk.

In the meantime, motorists are detoured around the closure via Cain City Road and Luckenbach-Cain City Road.

Three of five piers on the bridge were found to be “undermined” by TxDOT divers who were working with the county to remove debris on its underside on a normal inspection cycle, according to Greg Malatek, district engineer for the Austin region.

At that point, “it was recommended that we close that particular bridge,” Malatek said during the county commissioners’ court meeting Monday at the courthouse.


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