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Council will fund historic church repair


The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church served as the house of worship for Gillespie County’s African-American families. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Matt Ward —

Another piece of Fredericksburg’s history will soon be brought back to life as the city council unanimously approved funding to renovate the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church during their regular meeting, Monday.

Designated as a historic landmark, the church still stands at its original location at 520 East Main Street, where it served as a primary place of worship for Fredericksburg’s African-American families.

In recent years, the building has fallen under major disrepair until recent efforts were taken to begin restoration by the city’s Historic Review Board, along with San Antonio resident Gary Hunter, whose family has strong ties to the church.

Renovating the historic church will help the Hunter family honor the wishes of his late mother, Frances Phillips-Hunter.

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Mar

By any other name


A concert of music for orchestra, choir and soloists was performed on Sunday afternoon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church by the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Titled, “A Cantata By Any Other Name …,” the concert featured music composed before 1800 from well-known composers and those with less familiar names. Players use period-appropriate performance practices and replicas of 17th- and 18th-century instruments while the chorus sings using period diction. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Fredericksburg Community Orchestras (FCO) and Friends of Van Der Stucken will commemorate the life and work of Fredericksburg native Frank Van der Stucken with musical performances at the 2015 Van Der Stucken Festival on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 E. Lower Crabapple Rd.

The concert features soprano Brynn Bowyer singing “Bist du bei mir” by Bach and Vivaldi’s “Domine Deus” with string accompaniment. She will also perform a piece by Frank Van der Stucken.

Soloists Fagner Rocha and Emilee Hall Rocha will present the Bach double concerto with selected members of the FCO.

Dr. Larry Wolz, professor of voice and music history at Hardin Simmons University, and recognized Van der Stucken scholar, returns to sing and speak about the composer. The Arion Mannerchor and the Hermann Sons Mixed Chorus also perform under the direction of Mark Hierholzer.

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Needs Council to christen new digs with open house


Board members and staff admiring Hill Country Community Needs Council’s new facility on Monday were, from left, Troy Sifford, Mac Turner, co-founder Mary Lindig, Trish Torres, Penny Haren, Sandra Brodbeck, Cindy Heifner and Pat McGowan. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A dream to serve the under-served in Gillespie County got bigger on Monday.

Hill Country Community Needs Council opened the doors on its newly renovated building at 1904 N. Llano St.

Sage-green walls offer a welcome to clients in the larger facility. The new building also offers much more than pleasant colors.

“The bigger space also gives us much more privacy for clients,” said Cindy Heifner, HCCNC executive director. “People will feel a lot more comfortable coming here. It makes a huge difference.”

The organization’s former building on South Acorn Street offered a few offices, but little privacy for clients wishing to discuss items such as domestic abuse or financial needs.

But even the Acorn Street building was a step up from its humble origins in 1982, remembered Mary Lindig, one of the HCCNC co-founders, along with Barbara Hayden and Dot Dittmar.

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18
Mar

At the top...of this one


Almost at the top of the in-cline on South Milam near Main Street, this group of riders heads out on the first day of the eight-day cycling event, “Texas Hell Week.” Nicknamed “The Rides of March,” the event is cele-brating its 25th anniversary of trekking through Gilles-pie County. Hundreds of riders of all skill levels are taking part in the event, which features daily rides of varying distances. More photos on D1 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hart-mann
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Lyrics, laughter and life


“It’s a Hard Knock Life!” a group of young ladies sing during a scene from “Annie Jr.” at the March 12 unveiling of Season 19 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. Singing the song are (from left) bottom row, Kaylee Welch, Hailey Knudsen, Audrey Benefield; middle row, Lauren Benefield, Prayer Palau and top row, Jenna Rickerhauser, Josie Ford, Haley Cole, Teya Grace Martin. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Broadway musicals “Evita” and “Into the Woods” will be brought to life in the Texas Hill Country as the Fredericksburg Theater Company announced its 19th season, entitled “Lyrics, Laughter and Life!” during a special event for donors Thursday.

Also on tap for Season 19 are the comedies, “Greater Tuna,” “A Tuna Christmas” and “The Nerd,” the drama, “Our Town” and the Freddyburg Youth Theater production of “Annie Jr.”

“Without a doubt, this is our most ambitious season ever,” said executive director Steve Reily. “Last year for Season 18, we made the bold decision to expand our offerings to seven productions. The result was a resounding success.

“Looking to the future and building upon this achievement, FTC will continue to offer seven productions a season along with eight special events,” he added. “These events will be a collection of music, guest artists and classic cinema. Our goal is to present a wide variety of offerings throughout the year.”

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BB gun team to represent Gillespie at national tourney

Seven Gillespie County 4-H sharpshooters will represent Texas at the Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship in Rogers, Arkansas, this summer after winning a state championship Saturday in Conroe.

Qualifying for nationals, July 4-5, was the Gillespie County #1 team of Darien Robles, Delaney Whitworth, Jacob Brown, Joshua Moore, Charles Schmidt, Joel Jenschke and Reed Spies.

The team earned a total of 2,310 points for the win ahead of runner-up Lake Houston (2,263) and third place Montgomery County (2,246).

Gillespie County #2 finished fourth with 2,226 points. Team members included Macie Rogers, Jace Williams, Kade Jenschke, Amy Dittmar, Autumn Adams, Hunter Frantzen and Tripp Dennis.

Finishing fifth with 2,163 points was Gillespie #3 that included Caleb Welch, Derek Whitworth, Clay Ellebracht, Amanda Phelps, Joey Wendel, Wyatt Turner and Gabe Cross.

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LBJ State Park sets 'Kite Day' this Saturday

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall will host its “Annual Kite Day” on Saturday, March 21.

The free event, which will be from 1-3 p.m., is a chance to turn back the century by building and flying an old-fashioned 1900s-style kite.

“LBJ Annual Kite Day” will welcome visitors to finish out kites from frames and materials for tails cut by staff and volunteers. The visitors may bring kites from home, or they can purchase kites in the state park gift shop.

After construction, the kites will be flown at the state park’s baseball field on Coronet Street.

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Paddy's Party slated Saturday at Pat's hall

Supporters of the Hill Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are invited to Paddy’s Party on Saturday, March 21 at Pat’s Hall, 406 Post Oak Road.

Just as it has since 2006, the event pays tribute to “Paddy,” an abused dog who flourished after her adoption from SPCA.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue to midnight. The benefit will feature a live and silent auction, a meal and dancing to music provided by the Mo-dels. 

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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Daily Update for March 18

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      • Fredericksburg Ex-Military Flyers Club will meet at 11 a.m. today at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites. The gathering will begin with a catered lunch followed by a program.

      • Gillespie County Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting today at the Hangar Hotel Officer’s Club. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with a social followed at 11:30 a.m. with the short business meeting and program. Members and guests are welcome to bring food available at the Airport Diner, located next door. Dr. Eric Wright, superintendent of the Fredericksburg Independent School District, will be the guest speaker.

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‘Ransomware’ hits computer users in wallet

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Technology professionals in the area are warning the public about a new type of computer virus which literally locks up a user’s files until a ransom is paid.

Called “Ransomware,” the new threat has hit several users in Fredericksburg.

“There is already a third version of this Ransomware, and it basically holds your computer hostage,” said Steve OBrien of Quality Computer Repair. “Old ransomware used to block access to computers. The newer version of ransomware, called Cryptowall, takes your data hostage and forces victims to pay the thief a ransom for the decryption key to unlock their data.”

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