City to put on tree lighting event Friday, Nov. 29

Fredericksburg mayor Jeryl Hoover flips the switch to turn on the community Christmas tree. -- Standard-Radio Post/File photo

Preparations are under way for the City of Fredericksburg’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Marktplatz on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., featuring the 30-foot community Christmas tree and 26-foot German Christmas Pyramid.

The festivities are sponsored by the 2013 Mayor’s Christmas Committee.

Featured items on Marktplatz include a privately donated nativity, 50-foot ‘Merry Christmas’ skylines and a ‘Gingerbread Village’ designed by local artist Margaret Hannum.

The tree will be decorated with ornaments designed by Hill Country artisans.

Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

One child will have a chance to “Flip the Switch” with Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover during the ceremony.


Wild Game Dinner

THROWING DARTS at the “All Buck Bull’s-eye” target, Mark Gibbs of Fredericksburg aims for a chance to enter the prize drawing for a Rossie Circuit Judge .45/.410 stainless steel rifle during Saturday night’s 2013 Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner. The event filled the fair grounds’ exhibition hall with those ready to sample exotic meat dishes and try for prizes either through games, a drawing or auctions. Proceeds raised will benefit scholarships, as well as local programs. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Lace up! Eisbahn returns to Marktplatz on Friday

Just as Old Man Winter sent the thermometer dipping this past week, “Eisbahn” will do its part to transform a piece of Marktplatz into a winter wonderland for holiday season ice skating.

Opening day for the ice skating rink will be the day after Thanksgiving, this Friday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m.

After that, the rink will welcome skilled and first-time skaters alike every day (except Christmas Day) through Jan. 4, 2014.

Hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 1-8 p.m. on Sundays and 4-8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 4-10 p.m. on Fridays (before school is dismissed for the Christmas holidays.) Once classes are out for Christmas break, hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

On Christmas Eve, the rink will have shortened hours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The rink will be open as usual on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


Government, businesses to close for Thanksgiving

Friends and family are starting to gather for Thanksgiving, and with that in mind, some businesses and offices in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County are closing or modifying their schedules this week.

Many will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. Meanwhile, some will reopen Friday, and others will remain closed for an extended weekend.

School students will also be getting an extra-long break from the classrooms.

For specific information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.


•Federal offices: Closed Thursday.

•State offices: Most closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

•County offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.

•City offices: Closed Thursday and Friday.


Russian journalists focus on local German culture

RUSSIAN PUBLIC TV reporter Olga Somkina and her cameraman Denis Rusakov visit the Vereins Kirche during their time spent in town learning about German life in Fredericksburg. The two work at a TV station in Vladivostok in southeastern Russia. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

On Thursday, Nov. 21, television journalist Olga Somkina spent time in Fredericksburg exploring the German culture and asking residents questions.

Her cameraman was Denis Rusakov.

And when Somkina or Rusakov needed to ask residents any questions, because neither of them can speak English, Dimitriy Motovilov was there to perevodit’ (to translate).

If the surnames Somkina, Rusakov and Motovilov sound exotic, that’s because the three are from a town over 6,000 miles from Fredericksburg.

Vladivostok, Russia, to be exact.

The three were in town to film interviews and segments for a documentary on various ethnic groups moving to America and how they do at preserving their language, customs, foods and cultures.

They work for OTV-PRIM. A Russian acronym, this translates into English as Public Television of Prim.


Commissioners OK funds for three fire departments

Gillespie County Commissioners approved annual funding for three of its six rural fire departments during its regular session Monday, Nov. 25, at the courthouse.

Reports were accepted from and payments were approved for the following departments: Harper Volunteer Fire Department, which will receive $16,900 from the county for its fire department service, and, Tierra Linda and Doss Volunteer Fire Departments, which will both receive $10,790 each in disbursements from the county. All three departments will also receive payments from the county of $2,750 each for their emergency medical/first responders operations.

In other business, county officials took care of routine business matters, as well as:

• Reappointed Keith Keller and Gary Stehling to three-year terms on the Gillespie County Airport Advisory Board, as well as Tony Klein and Marty Kaderli to two-year terms on the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission Board.


LBJ State Park to host cookie, traditions event

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall will host its annual Cookie Decorating and German Traditions program on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is designed to get participants and their family and friends into the “holiday spirit” as they decorate cookies as it was done in the early 20th century for a German Christmas tree.

Other activities at the event include participating in the German holiday traditions of wreath making, candle making and awaiting the arrival of St. Nicholas. 

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Gobble On! Turkey Trot to step off

A chance to work off Thanksgiving dinner indulgences will be offered this Saturday, Nov. 30, during the Third Annual Hill Country Turkey Trot.

Runners of all ages and skill levels are expected to join from all parts of the country for this family-friendly Thanksgiving Weekend event, which starts and finishes at the Fredericksburg Elementary School (FES) campus, 1608 North Adams Street.

A stretch and pre-warm up is sponsored and led by a fitness professional from the Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center at 8 a.m. near the race start. The 5K and 10K races start at 8:30 a.m., while the Fun Run will start at 10 a.m.

Routes will be through Fredericksburg neighborhoods on paved streets.

Online registration has ended, but same-day signup is possible at a cost of $25 per person and which includes a souvenir t-shirt.


Daily Update for Monday, Nov. 25



Council tables action on new parking rules

By Matt Ward —

Amid ongoing concerns about private property rights, the Fredericksburg City Council delayed taking action on a proposed parking ordinance during their regular meeting Monday.

“We’ve got an awful lot of people in the community that are concerned about work vehicles and trailers, people who are concerned about their property rights and what they can or can’t do on their own property,” councilman Tim Dooley said. “I think they have some legitimate concerns. I think we are trying to get to a point where we are trying to legislate common sense.”

Originally proposed in October, a revised version of the ordinance presented to the council on Monday focused primarily on regulating parking on city streets and not on private residences and businesses.

Despite the changes, council members agreed to postpone a vote on the ordinance before holding a public hearing on the matter, tentatively scheduled for January.


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