Farm Bureau leery of new EPA water regulations

Austin attorney Bill Knolle speaks to a crowd of 300 about potential Environmental Protection Agency changes that could affect private lands. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke


 “The Texas Supreme Court said water is subject to regulation by somebody. But you sure better be concerned who that somebody is.”

Those were words of concern from Austin attorney Bill Knolle, who spoke at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Sunday.

Knolle addressed the 66th annual meeting of the Gillespie organization’s membership at the Farm Bureau Event Center on Equestrian Lane. He told the packed house — most of whom are landowners — there are two issues on which they should stay focused: state regulation and federal jurisdiction.


Cornyn tours FHS technology, rocket programs

Using an Excel spread sheet, Fredericksburg High School senior Dot Walch explains a hybrid motor burn simulation and flight profile to U.S. Senator John Cornyn and his wife, Sandy. The Texas senator visited FHS on Monday and its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

U.S. Senator John Cornyn visited Fredericksburg High School Monday and spoke with students and teachers in the school’s technology department.

The Texas Republican and his wife, Sandy, observed demonstrations in high school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

FHS senior Dot Walch, who will study engineering at the Colorado School of Mines after graduation, briefed Cornyn on how students use an Excel program to monitor the numbers and physics in a hybrid motor burn simulation and flight profile, a measure of a rocket’s propulsion system.

FHS students and officials also briefed Cornyn on STEM education’s impact on America’s standards of living, national security, global politics and America’s global workforce prowess. They told him of FHS alumni who have gone on to careers in aerospace engineering and other high-tech fields.


20th year of ‘sister city’ partnership celebrated

Members and friends of the Fredericksburg-VG Montabaur Sister City Verein traveled to Montabaur, Germany from Sept. 9-22 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship. Pictured at the farewell “Grillfest” in Germany are Fredericksburg/Gillespie County residents, unless noted otherwise (front row, left to right) Ernie Loeffler, Donnie and Shirley Hormuth (San Antonio), Beth Seelig, Sandra Houy, Karen Loeffler, Ursula Worrell, Barbara Usener, Shirley Adams (Karnes City), Sharon Lux (Boerne), Debbie Green (Longview), Guenther Ottmers, Nelda and George Vogel; back row, Dan and Donna Mittel, Larry and Violet Ottmers, Lenny Wick, son of German host family Volker and Tanja Wick (Lenny was born in Elgin, Texas while his parents lived here and now lives in Niederelbert, Germany), Annabel Wilkinson, Marjorie and Ken Otte, Janis and Ken Friedrich, Gary Green (Longview) and Carolyn Vogel (Austin). Not pictured are Fredericksburg residents Heide and Dieter Kemper and Charles and Loretta Schmidt. – Photo by Guido Feig of Montabaur

Members of the Fredericksburg-VG Montabaur Sister-City Verein returned recently from a two-week stay in Germany.

Leading the group were Annabel Wilkinson, past president of the verein, and Ernie Loeffler, president/CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The group was met in Frankfurt by Montabaur verein president Gerhard Wick and wife, Inge and also vice president, Susanne Kotschwar. The Texans were home-stayed for four nights.  Days were spent touring Koblenz, Braunfels and Dillenburg, birthplace of John O. Meusebach, founder of Fredericksburg. In Dillenburg, the group was hosted for lunch by Ursula and Hans Hatsfeld.

The group attended the 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of the partnership of the two cities. Fredericksburg presented the artwork of the Vereins Kirche, painted by local artist Horst Woitalla, to Edmund Schaaf, the mayor of the Verbandsgemeinde of Montabaur.


FHS, Harper bands take the field at UIL contest

Fredericksburg High School’s Pride of the Texas Hill Country Marching Band performed its show “Awakening” in front of a packed home crowd Friday at FHS Stadium. The band’s show includes lights, backdrops and modern march moves. Pictured above are (front six, from left) Joe Tucker, Skye Strackbein, Nathan Weatherford, Christina Hernandez, Marissa Baker and Kaden Harrell. The music from the show is “Lincolnshire Posy,” by Percy Grainger, and “Appalachian Spring,” by reknowned composer Aaron Copeland. “Awakening” signifies the growth of spring overcoming the dreariness of fall. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Two Gillespie County high school bands will be competing in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) regional marching contest, Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hondo High School.

The Fredericksburg High School Marching Band, also known as “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country,” will perform its show “Awakening” at 8 p.m., Saturday in Division 4-A competition.

“Awakening” features music from Percy Grainger, Aaron Copland and Carol Chambers. The band is under the leadership of Head Drum Major Hannah Cheeseman and Assistant Drum Majors Arabella Garcia and Drew Bonillas.

If FHS receives the highest rating — a “one” — at the regional contest, the band advances to the area contest.

The FHS band has already received awards at its past performances. Since hosting the Hill Country Marching Fest, FHS competed in two contests.


Farm Bureau lauds Roeder, remembers Durst on Sunday

Billy Roeder, left, accepts the 2014 Pioneer Award from Elgin Pape, Gillespie County Farm Bureau president. Roeder has had a lifelong involvement in agriculture and civic service. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Gillespie County Farm Bureau held its 66th Annual Membership Meeting and Barbecue Meal Sunday at the Farm Bureau building on Equestrian Drive.

More than 200 in attendance heard speakers discuss water regulations. (See page A1 for more on the featured speakers.)

Elgin Pape, president of Gillespie County Farm Bureau, presented a memorial award to the family of the late Jerry Durst, who was active in the Farm Bureau and many other agriculture and education-related organizations.

Pape praised Durst, who served with the Farm Bureau for two decades and was instrumental in the construction of the building.

Pape also presented the organization’s 2014 “Pioneer Award” to Billy Roeder. Roeder has worked in agriculture all his life, checking on cattle with his father, and joining FFA and 4-H as a youth, while exhibiting many champion Hereford steers in the state’s major stock shows.


Beer, sausage, polka are recipe for Bestfest

Sausage, beer and polka music will be combined into one celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the annual Bestfest on Marktplatz.

Hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 9765, the fifth annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to about 11 p.m.

“We’re proud to be in our fifth year of producing this event along with three successful Texas sausage makers and some really great craft beers in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere,” according to event chairman John Eilers. 

The entry fee ($10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under) includes all the sausage, sauerkraut and German potatoes individuals can eat. Tea is included with the entry fee.

Other drinks will be available for purchase, including beer, water, soft drinks, Becker wines and margaritas.

A selection of craft and seasonal beers will be available for tasting and purchase, giving those attending the opportunity to find their favorite “pairing” of beer and sausage.


FTC's 'Blithe Spirit' comedy opens Friday

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s latest production, the British comedy “Blithe Spirit,” will premiere Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

Performances, which run weekends through Nov. 2, will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

A special opening night gala will be held Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres and wine as well as a variety of desserts at intermission.

The Noël Coward comedy focuses on novelist Charles Condomine, who invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. 


Property tax bills shipped Tuesday to area residents

Gillespie County taxpayers will receive property tax notices in the mail this week, as they were mailed out Tuesday, Oct. 14 by Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer.

Weinheimer said an estimated 36,742 statements were mailed.

Tax statements are due upon receipt, although taxpayers have until Jan. 31, 2015, to make the payment. Starting on Feb. 1, payments will have added penalties and interest fees.

Though the collection function may change to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District in the future, for now, the tax assessor-collector’s office collects for eight local taxing entities, including:

• The County of Gillespie;

• The City of Fredericksburg;

• Fredericksburg Independent School District;

• Doss Common Consolidated School District;

• Harper Independent School District;

• Stonewall Water Control and Improvement District;


Officials remain silent on amendment lawsuit status

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials declined comment about the status of a pending lawsuit which could overturn portions of the recent charter amendment.

The city council met with attorneys regarding the litigation during an executive session prior to Monday’s regular meeting. No action was taken following the session.

After announcing the suit in late June, the initial two-week projected time frame to file in the Travis County District Court passed, though lawyers at Norton, Rose and Fulbright continue to work on briefs in the case.

Passed by voters in a slim 581-556 decision in May, the amendment regulates the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and requires approval by voters prior to the transfer.


Texas mesquite festival to opens this weekend

The 22nd Annual Texas Mesquite Association Art Festival will run this weekend at Marktplatz, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-12.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The event will feature many participating artists, and this year’s featured guest artist is Roger Ellison. He specializes in fine heirloom furniture.

Al Carr, organizer of the juried show, called this event “the largest mesquite show in the world.”

Featured for sale will be large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs, along with crafted gift items such as turned lamps, scroll work, pen and pencil sets, Christmas tree ornaments, gun stocks and sculpted vases, and much more all crafted of mesquite.

Food and drinks will be sold on the grounds. 


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