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07
Aug

Tax-free weekend to help shoppers save

Shoppers will receive a brief respite from the state sales tax on select items this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11.

The sales tax will not be applied to most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100.

During the holiday, shoppers can save about $8 for every $100 they spend.

Shoppers are expect to save an estimated $78.9 million in state and local taxes during the holiday. 

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Wed
07
Aug

Honor Flight fundraising efforts hit halfway point


ENJOYING a good time with WWII veteran Harold (Hoppy) Tatsch, left, were friends Kay Lucas, Tom Bierschwale and Ron Corbyn. Tatsch spent three years in the Navy and was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Drexler in 1945.

An Honor Flight fundraiser last Thursday at Hondo’s raised $19,000 to help send 34 Gillespie County World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial and other memorials, free of cost.

“Although we have not reached our immediate goal to raise the required $42,000 for this community Honor Flight trip, we are over half way there and we’re confident we will be able to raise the entire amount,” said Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer.

King thanked the community for their patriotism and generosity in supporting the WWII veterans.

Three WWII vets, Army veterans Ryland Mazur and Bill Scott, and Navy veteran Harold Tatsch, spoke about their military service.

Also speaking were Mayor Jeryl Hoover, Gillespie County Commissioner Donnie Schuch, Chairman of Honor Flight-Austin Allen Bergeron, and VFW Post 7105 Commander Jim Bisson. 

Wed
07
Aug

Horse racing on tap this weekend

Live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the five-eighths mile oval at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet will again see quarter horses and thoroughbreds running at the local Class III facility.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m. both days.

Admission to the races is $5 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years and free for children under six.

Box seats are available for $9 each.

The Gillespie County Race Meet is the third of four racing weekends scheduled at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds this summer.

And after this weekend, only two more days remain on the 2013 season on Aug. 24-25 as part of the 125th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 22-25).

Wed
07
Aug

Livestock judging begins Saturday

While the 125th Gillespie County Fair may still be two weeks away, livestock judging gets an early start this weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Three livestock competitions are planned for the Show Barn, including the Meat Goat Futurity on Saturday and a Lamb Futurity along with the Gillespie County Race Day Classic Steer Show on Sunday.

Judging will take place in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Award presentations are scheduled as part of each show.

In addition to the livestock judging this weekend, there will also be live pari-mutuel horse racing on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the Gillespie County Race Meet.

The horse racing and livestock shows are sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

(For more on the horse racing, refer to the separate article found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.

 

Meat Goat Futurity

Wed
07
Aug

Messina Hof to host final summer harvest

To end a summer of harvesting grapes, Messina Hof Wine Cellars will host the final Saturday harvest on Aug. 10.

Saturday’s festival is a first for the Fredericksburg location and the day will feature live music and a $10,000 donation made by Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, owners of Messina Hof, to the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts, Inc. (TCWCA).

A portion of the day’s ticket proceeds will be donated to the TCWCA. 

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01
Aug

Daily Update for Monday, August 5

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Wed
31
Jul

Top marksmen to compete at annual Schuetzenfest

Gillespie County’s top marksmen will gather Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, for the 118th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest, hosted this year by the Hubertus Shooting Club at the Bear Creek range.

Shooters can sign up through Wednesday, July 31, at Stroeher and Olfers, Inc. Cost to sign up is $35.

When Fredericksburg was founded in the mid-1840s, inhabitants relied on sharpshooting skills to put food on their tables as well as to insure safety. And, while methods of providing sustenance and common welfare may have modernized over the years that followed, the commitment to expert marksmanship still lives on.

This 170-year-plus tradition is remembered with the scheduling of several events by six groups that make up the Gillespie County Schuetzenbund (Shooting Club). Those clubs are Bear Creek, Tivydale, Hubertus, Grapetown, Barons Creek and Scharfschuetzen. In addition to Bear Creek, the group’s shooting ranges are located at Grapetown and Tivydale.

Wed
31
Jul

Mision de Candelilla Fiesta fundraiser this Saturday

Fiesta 2013, the sixth annual fund-raiser for Fredericksburg-based Misión de Candelilla, will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center on Tivydale Road beginning with a silent auction at 6 p.m.

Honorary chairmen for the event will be long-time supporters Jim and Estela Avery, with special guest Carol Smith to be honored as one of the founders of the medical missions to Coahuila and Chihuahua in Mexico 27 years ago.

“We designed this event not just to raise funds, but especially to be fun for everyone who attends,” Sara Allerkamp, the organization’s associate director, said. “It’s a celebration of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far, and a promise of accomplishments to come.”

In its 27th year, Misión de Candelilla will conduct 10 missions to 10 different ejidos, or villages, each being visited several times, in the two northern Mexican states.

Wed
31
Jul

Bikers rally for deputy, family


EMOTIONAL APPRECIATION – Sheri Judd, center, wife of injured Gillespie County Chief Deputy Jim Judd, flanked by daughter Linda and son-in-law Mike Goy, thanks a crowd of about 50 riders at Saturday’s benefit motorcycle ride to help the family recover medical expenses after a June 25 auto accident. Jim Judd remains in a quadriplegic state from injuries sustained in the wreck, which also claimed the life of David Charles Meurer, 24, of Fredericksburg. Goy said riders and many others donated to help the Judd family cover medical expenses. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

Motorcycle riders and many others in autos rallied on Saturday to show support for injured Gillespie County Chief Deputy Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri.

About 50 motorcyclists, riding about 30 bikes, took part in a benefit ride on Saturday to help cover medical expenses after the deputy and his wife were severely injured in a June 25 wreck that claimed the life of the driver of the other auto involved. The chief deputy remains in a quadriplegic state and wife Sheri, wearing a neck brace, was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

“The fundraiser was very successful and it’s still bringing in donations, which will help with medical bills,” said Mike Goy, organizer and son-in-law to the Judds. “We are extremely thankful for all the support. This is an awesome community and the Lord really makes it a blessing to live here.”

Wed
31
Jul

Digitization program under way for WWII veteran interviews


TAPES with more than 4,000 interviews of World War II veterans are being digitized in museum archives.

By Austin Eck

In the front lobby of the George H.W Bush Gallery is a door that reads “Staff Only.” Those lucky enough to be granted access behind the door will climb a small staircase to the archives of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

This repository, called the Nimitz Education and Research Center (NERC), is the home of the archives collected for this museum. Like the museum, the NERC is state property under the Texas Historical Commission, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

The museum’s archive personnel began collecting oral histories 30 years ago — cassette tapes, VHS tapes, DVDs and even a couple of Betamax cassettes of interviews with World War II veterans.

In 2000, a group of volunteers were activated to gather as many interviews as quickly as possible. Today, an entire wall of filing cabinets are now filled with about 4,000 interviews.

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