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Water Expo explores at harvest methods

Ward Miller, an official with the Native Plant Society of Texas — Fredericksburg Chapter, discusses popular native plants and how they can help save water when used in local landscape settings. He was joined by other speakers and exhibitors at Thursday’s City of Fredericksburg Water Conservation Expo. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

 

The importance of taking care of the earth’s water supply was the common theme of the inaugural City of Fredericksburg Water Conservation Expo held Thursday evening at Marktplatz.

One relatively easy way to increase a family’s supply of water is by using a rainwater catchment system, according to event guest speaker Billy Kniffen, of Menard County, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service Water Resource Specialist.

“It can be as simple as you want it to be,” Kniffen said, regarding how sophisticated a rain catchment system needs to be to service a variety of rural/farming activities.

He explained that harvesting rain water was a common practice among early settlers in Texas, but added that much has changed over the past 100 years and more.

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15
Apr

Leaving the farm behind for a day

Foggy weather conditions on Saturday morning didn’t deter riders like C.J. Staudt of Stonewall on his 1961 Allis Chalmers D from taking part in the annual Bluebonnet Tractor Ride. This year’s ride was dedicated to the memory of Dustin Gross. The event started and finished at the Tivydale Shooting Range and included lunch at a place in White Oak.

Wed
15
Apr

City council candidates see common ground

Fredericksburg City Council candidates, from left, Thomas
Sigg and incumbents Graham Pearson and Gary Neffendorf
took part in a forum last Tuesday at the Hill Country University Center. The foum was sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Saying it’s sometimes “refreshing to bring new ideas,” challenger Thomas Sigg took questions along with incumbent city councilmen Graham Pearson and Gary Neffendorf at last week’s Fredericksburg City Council candidate forum.

The event, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, drew around 40 people last Tuesday to Hill Country University Center’s HEB Community Room.

“Growth will be a challenge,” said Sigg, a native of Württemburg, Germany. “The council currently is about as good as it gets, but I can bring different thinking in the way I look at issues.”

Wed
15
Apr

Award presentation, style show to be part of weekend's Lenz Fest

An awards presentation, style show and luncheon and garden tour will highlight the Gillespie County Historical Society’s second annual Lenz Fest, Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18.

The Pioneer Spirit Award will be presented in appreciation of those who enabled the preservation and restoration of the historic Dambach-Besier House, completed in 2008, and which now serves as the main entrance to Pioneer Museum as well as offering space for exhibits, a retail store and administrative offices.

The honorees will be feted for their contributions at a catered cocktail party from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, April 17, at the Mansfeldt Sheep Barn at Cherry Spring.

Tickets are available for purchase for other friends and supporters of the Pioneer Museum to help celebrate the Pioneer Spirit Award winners that evening.

Wed
15
Apr

LBJ State Park to host guided nature awalks

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall will offer a guided nature and wildlife tour and walk, Saturday, April 18, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Visitors are encouraged to plan for the morning outing and to bring the family to experience the Texas Hill Country. Visitors can expect to learn about native insects, plants and the wildflowers admired by Lady Bird Johnson.

“The landscape in the park is changing daily and becoming more colorful each day with an assortment of wildflowers,” said park superintendent Iris Neffendorf. “Those taking the walking tour are sure to see a good variety this spring. It is just amazing what Mother Nature has done this year.”

The park is reporting that some May wildflowers are beginning to pop up all around the park after some of the recent rain showers. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate.

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15
Apr

Houston Brass Quintet to perform concert Sunday

A concert featuring the ROCO Brass Quintet will be offered on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

The program of pieces ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington is the seventh installment of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-15 concert series.

The concert is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

Featured will be Houston musicians George Chase (trumpet and flugelhorn), Jason Adams (trumpet and flugelhorn), Gavin Reed (horn), James Lee (tenor trombone) and Will Samson (tuba).

The quintet is part of the 40-piece River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) of Houston which was founded in 2005 by Alecia Lawyer.

A Julliard-trained musician with an eclectic background as a performer, recording artist, adjunct professor and radio host, Lawyer had a vision to redefine the orchestral experience for both audience and musicians, according to a spokesman.

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Apr

Daily Update for April 15

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      • Fredericksburg High School Bands are performing in the University Interscholastic League Concert and Sight Reading Contests today at FHS.

      • Gillespie County Republican Women will meet at the Hangar Hotel Officer’s Club today. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with a social and light refreshments followed at 11:30 a.m. with a short business meeting and program. Guest speaker will be Kent Myers, Fredericksburg city manager since May 2012.

Wed
08
Apr

Water limits to stay in place

By Matt Ward

Outdoor watering restrictions will stay the same for Fredericksburg residents, despite a slight uptick in well levels over the past several months.

City officials announced the decision — made by City Manager Kent Myers in conjunction with city staff — during Monday’s regular meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council.

“It looks like we’re off to a pretty good start with respect to rainfall,” Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, said, noting that the city is on track to return to historical rainfall averages after five years of falling short of 29 inches of rain for the year.

He added that water levels at both the city’s Knauth and Boerner well fields are more than four feet higher than they were in April 2014.

Despite the improvement, much of Gillespie County remains in “exceptional drought” state as defined by the Texas Water Development Board.

Wed
08
Apr

Country school open houses this weekend

Gillespie County Country Schools will host six open houses and an annual barbecue this weekend.

The open houses will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. Admission is free, and visitors are encouraged to pack a lunch and have a picnic at one of the schools.

Schools open that day will be Junction, Williams Creek (Albert), Lower South Grape Creek, Luckenbach, Grapetown and Meusebach Creek.

Former school students, teachers and members of the community will be available to discuss the history of the buildings and properties.

Driving maps for the school trail are available at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 302 East Austin Street.

The annual barbecue will be from 10:30 a.m. until sold out on Sunday, April 12 at the American Legion Hall at 726 South Washington Street.

Annual barbecue

Wed
08
Apr

Open house for new jail slated Friday

Construction is complete on the new 47,650-square-foot Gillespie County Jail located at 104 Industrial Loop behind the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. The public is invited to tour the facility at their own pace from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. A brief ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Matt Ward

Gillespie County’s brand-new jail facility will be open for business within the next week, but the general public will get a sneak peek at the lockup, located at 104 Industrial Loop by the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, during an open house from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday.

A brief ceremony will be held outside the jail at 10 a.m., with remarks from county officials before opening all the doors to the 96-bed facility, which was constructed with a $15 million bond approved by voters in 2012.

“I’m really excited about this thing being open. It really means a lot to me and this whole community,” Sheriff Buddy Mills said. “It seems like we would never get to the end of it (from bond approval to jail construction), but we’re there now and I’m very excited for everybody here in the county. I think they’ll be very pleased when they see it.”

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