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'Golden Ticket' for senior citizens


For those 65 and older, a Gold Card carries the magic phrase, “free admission.” — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

In Major League Baseball, a “gold card” allows a recipient free admission into a game.

Fredericksburg Independent School District now offers a similar perk.

Beginning this school year, area residents age 65 and older can receive the “Gold Card Lifetime,” a pass that will give them free admission into any FISD home sporting event.

The card, which features a gold border and heavy-grade plastic, does not expire.

The pass is free and can be obtained at the FISD central office. It can be used for general admission into University Interscholastic League events, such as football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.

Reserve seats will still cost extra.

Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright offered the pass at previous districts he’s worked in and wanted to offer it to locals.

Wed
20
Aug

Frontera Clinic marks ‘Health Center Week’


The staff at Frontera Health Network Clinic held an open house last Friday in recognition of National Health Center Week. They are, from left: Delia Castruita, receptionist and medical assistant; June Toeppich, client; Carol Freeman, family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife; Palmeira Nery, licensed vocational nurse; Beatris Morales, client services, outreach and enrollment, and Martha Whitson, receptionist. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The staff of Frontera Health Network Clinic, located at 140 Industrial Loop, held an open house Friday as a part of National Health Center Week.

The center offers services for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program clients and offers vaccinations. The center, open just under a year ago, also features an all-bilingual staff and an after-hours nurse.

While some private practices are curtailing federal program recipients, Beatris Morales, client services representative, said they are seeking out Medicaid patients. They have a sliding cost scale for services for uninsured patients.

“We exist to serve low-income patients,” Morales said. “It is difficult to afford health insurance, even if clients are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. Oftentimes, the deductibles are so high, it makes the monthly premium unaffordable.”

Wed
20
Aug

Hill Country Sunset


The setting sun on Friday evening turned the thin clouds into fiery oranges and yellows for another picturesque Hill Country sunset. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
20
Aug

Wage, benefit survey released by Chamber

Average wages in Fredericksburg are on par with state averages, but housing costs eat into employee pay significantly, according to results of a Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce wage and benefits study released Tuesday.

Average hourly wage was $15.23 per hour, with construction trades leading all industries in pay scale at an average $19.05 per hour. Food service and wine-related service jobs were on the low end of the scale of those responding at an average $11.95 per hour.

“I hope this is relevant data so employers can see where they are in comparison to the market,” said Penny C. McBride, executive director and CEO of the chamber. “I’ve spoken with a few employers who have seen it and said it was very useful to them. I’m not sure if that will translate into specific changes.”

Ninety-one Gillespie County business owners or managers took part in the blind survey. Data was collected using an online survey website.

Wed
20
Aug

Back-to-school bells to ring for FISD

By Richard Zowie —

Area students are again eyeing bus rides, quizzes and tests, and homework as another school year dawns.

While area schools’ first days vary, area public schools will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 25.

Fredericksburg ISD

Fredericksburg High School’s anticipated enrollment is 1,003 students. Fredericksburg Middle School estimates 670 students.

About 1,006 students will attend Fredericksburg Elementary School, and the Primary School estimates having 206 kindergarteners and 56 pre-kindergarteners.

Stonewall Elementary School expects 105 students to attend.

Meet the Teacher

FHS will host an open house at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15.

Wed
20
Aug

Almost Patsy Cline Band to stage free PCAA show

The Almost Patsy Cline Band will return to Marktplatz on Sunday, Aug. 24, as the group offers a free open-air concert.

Sunday’s concert is the next-to-last in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) summer “Concert in the Park” series. The performance is set to start at 6:30 p.m. and continue for approximately an hour and a half.

Although widely known for their sound-alike renditions of their band’s famous namesake, the group offers music lovers much more.

Those planning to attend are invited to either bring lawn chairs or blankets to set up on the grassy area around the Adelsverein Halle, or to arrive early to secure some of the limited picnic table seating available on site.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring along their own refreshments or picnic suppers.

Comfortable shoes are also highly recommended since dancing is encouraged on a makeshift dancefloor in front of the band.

Wed
20
Aug

Daily Update for Aug. 20

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— The Gillespie County Republican Women will meet this morning at the Hanger Hotel Officer's Club. A social will begin at 11 a.m. with the meeting to follow at 11:30 a.m. Cheri Creekmore, vice president, campaign activities, Texas Federation of Republican Women, will be the guest speaker.

— 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.

— The Gillespie County Democratic Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the EMS building. Jennie Lou Leeder, Llano County Democratic Party chairperson, will be the guest speaker.

— Exhibitors planning to show a lamb, goat or breeding sheep in the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Youth Livestock Show or a major stock show during the 2015 season are reminded that the deadline to order validation tags is today.

Wed
13
Aug

County cleared in wrongful death lawsuit

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County was cleared of blame in a “wrongful death” lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate who hung himself and died back in 2011.

While most federal civil rights trials typically take at least three to four hours to be decided, the jury in  last week’s three-day trial deliberated for 50 minutes before returning its decision that Gillespie County was not at fault in prisoner Damion Michael Schroeder’s death.

“When the jury looked at all the facts — how we had cared for the inmate,” that’s what helped them reach their decision so quickly, said Charles S. Frigerio, P.C., the attorney and president of the firm that has represented the county for the past 20 years on legal matters concerning law enforcement.

Schroeder’s family had filed the suit claiming the county, its sheriff and deputies didn’t do enough to prevent his suicide, in spite of observing suicidal behavior.

Wed
13
Aug

FISD scores high in STAAR test ratings

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg Independent School District met Texas Education Agency standards in both overall accountability and its Bilingual/English as a Second Language Program.

School trustees heard reports of both results during their Monday, Aug. 11 regular meeting.

Harper ISD overall received a “met standard” rating, although Harper Elementary School received an “improvement required” rating.

Doss Consolidated Common School District also received an overall “met standard” rating.

FISD received 12 campus distinction designation stars but missed by one distinction of receiving postsecondary readiness at the district level.

Of the more than 1,200 Texas school districts tested, 26 of the districts (including Kerrville ISD and Wimberley ISD) achieved this special recognition.

Wed
13
Aug

Preserving the Dark


Austin-based photographer Rob Greebon captured the Milky Way in this time-lapse photograph from his vantage point on Enchanted Rock. © Rob Greebon, www.ImagesFromTexas.com.

Enchanted Rock named 'Dark Sky Park' for efforts

 

By Ken Esten Cooke

The stars at night are, indeed, big and bright and will remain that way at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Enchanted Rock, located about 15 miles north of Fredericksburg, was one of two Texas state parks to be designated International Dark Sky Parks. Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle was the other.

Named for its giant pink granite dome rising from the Llano Uplift, Enchanted Rock park staffers reduced manmade glare, benefiting star parties introduced to park visitors in 2011.

Park Superintendent Doug Cochran said 90 percent of Enchanted Rock’s lighting now complies with International Dark-Sky Alliance (IDA) lighting requirements, “not only saving energy, but also assuring that visitors from the city experience a night sky uninterrupted by bright lights and skyscrapers.”

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