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Los A-T Boyz to perform at PCAA concert

Bringing a variety of rancheras, ballads, country, hip-hop and a range of Tejano/Norteno music to Marktplatz this Sunday, June 23, will be the Los A-T Boyz.

The Austin-based band is the next performer in the “Concert in the Park” summer series, hosted by PCAA — the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance PCAA.

The open-air performance is free and is scheduled to last from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Adelsverein Halle, the largest pavilion on the downtown square.

Those planning to attend Sunday evening’s event are invited to arrive early to claim some of the limited picnic table seating on site or to bring their own chairs and blankets for spectating on the grassy area around the pavilion.

Attendees are also encouraged to pack picnic suppers or snacks, plus their dancing shoes as twirling at sunset to the musical performance is encouraged on a makeshift dancefloor in front of the stage.

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19
Jun

Free document shredding slated for Saturday

There will be an opportunity on Saturday, June 22 for individuals to have unwanted paper documents securely shredded.

Condor Document Services with partners Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and Fredericksburg Printing and Office Supply will host a free community shred day, said Melissa Hughes, Chamber spokesperson.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is full) at St. Joseph’s Halle parking lot, 212 W. San Antonio St.

At this time, Fredericksburg Printing and Office Supply will be accepting donations of used ink and toner cartridges to benefit St. Mary’s Catholic School.

“A limit of three file boxes of paper will be accepted per vehicle and a donation of two non-perishable food items is asked for each box to be shredded,” Hughes said. “All food donations will benefit the Fredericksburg Food Pantry.”

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19
Jun

Tickets currently on sale for Oklahoma!

Tickets are on sale now for the Fredericksburg Theater Company summer musical, “Oklahoma!,” which opens Friday, June 28, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

Performances, which continue through July 14, will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“FTC is proud to finally produce this award winning production. Up until tonight, we have produced three of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musicals, ‘South Pacific,’ ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘The King and I,’” director Kerry Goff said. “It is our pleasure to bring Oklahoma! to life.”

Wed
12
Jun

Commissioners deny developer project over residents' concerns

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Neighbors rising up against their developer to protect the “integrity” of the Live Springs Ranch subdivision won the support of the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court on Monday, June 9.

Officials unanimously denied an application from Texas Diamond Properties, Ltd. (a business reportedly owned by billionaire Red McCombs) to cancel a portion of the Live Springs Ranch subdivision and to vacate the plat as it relates to 11 different lots and portions of two interior roads.

The subdivision spans both Gillespie and Kerr counties on Gillespie’s southwestern side and a half dozen people spoke in a 9 a.m. public hearing on the application.

Protesters said the plan would create “islands” out of certain lots, isolating and devaluing them by surrounding them with a larger parcel of land belonging to one owner.

Wed
12
Jun

Superintendent answers critics over drug policies

By Ken Esten Cooke —

 

Asked to speak on behalf of the board of trustees, Fredericksburg Independent School District Superintendent Marc Williamson left no doubt he believes the district is being proactive with efforts to address drug use by students.

After the recent overdose death of a Fredericksburg High School sophomore, some have questioned if the district’s drug testing and punishment policies were strong enough to deter use. But Williamson maintained that while the board will discuss the issue at its June 18 board retreat, the district has been ahead of the curve with anti-drug efforts.

Wed
12
Jun

Needed repairs coming for wastewater treatment plant


WORN DOWN from over a decade of constant use, aerators at the City of Fredericksburg’s Wastewater Treatment Plant have deteriorated to the point where at least one unit is almost always offline. Replacing the aeration base, which operates 24 hours per day, is estimated to cost around $2 million. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Since 1997, an average of one million gallons of sewage per day has flowed through the City of Fredericksburg’s wastewater treatment plant, located at 1460 East Main Street.

With that amount of waste processed at the plant, the life expectancy of major portions of the plant — usually around 15 years — have come and gone, prompting city staff to take a more proactive approach to keeping things flowing.

“It appears to me that we have been fixing one small issue at a time and more or less putting a band aid on things to where it helps us get through, but we want to take more of an overall systems approach to the problem now,” City Public Works Director Clinton Bailey said.

Wed
12
Jun

Grads urged to go 'all in'


THUMBS UP for graduates Kim Ross Baethge and Eric Balero as they lead the professional line during Friday night graduation ceremonies at FHS Stadium. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

With “a new chapter, yet an uncertain future,” Fredericksburg High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian Seth Studebaker urged classmates to not be afraid to fail, but be defined by their resiliency.

Studebaker led the 227-member class of graduates through commencement at FHS Stadium on Friday evening, a day after school officially dismissed for the summer.

“Years from now, we’ll be disappointed more by the things we didn’t do,” he said, challenging classmates to experience life, yet make good choices and set the best priorities.

Retiring FHS Principal Lynn Blackwell said the number represented the largest-ever class, and an exceptional one where grades were concerned.

Wed
12
Jun

Homegrown Fredericksburg — Amish Market


QUALITY MERCHANDISE is what’s for sale at Amish Market, located at 410 West Main Street. The business sells furniture and other products produced by the Amish and Mennonites. Shown are owners, left to right, Michael and Mary Monahan and Mary’s son, Patrick Affatato. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Within the walls of Amish Market on West Main Street, visitors will find much more than a furniture store that sells a variety of other products.

For example, all of the furniture — including beds, dining tables, dressers, desks, chairs and cabinets — have been painstakingly hand-crafted by the Amish and Mennonites, ensuring a quality that’ll last for many years to come.

This also includes the outdoor furniture they sell, much of which is displayed on the front porch of the business.

It was store owner Michael Monahan’s appreciation of the Amish and Mennonite cultures that prompted him to open the business, selling the well-made products from the highly respected craftspeople.

After living in the Houston area (Cleveland, Texas), then on to the Austin/Elgin vicinity, the Monahans fell in love with the Hill Country.

Wed
12
Jun

Marine Commander talks servant leadership


COMMANDER Donovan Campbell, who has degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, addressed leaders young and old at the Nimitz Ballroom. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

     Donovan Campbell said what moves him to get out and serve others each day is the fact that so many of his friends and fellow Marines no longer have that choice.

   Campbell, a Commander who served three combat deployments in the Middle East, spoke to a crowd of about 120 on Thursday in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom as part of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Leadership Series.

  Campbell was promoting his new book “The Leader’s Code.” Gen. Mike Hagee, Fredericksburg native and 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, called Campbell’s earlier book, “Joker One,” the “best book about being an infantry platoon commander ever written.” Hagee is now the president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Wed
12
Jun

Harper to mark 150 years with birthday bash

A unique event in the history of Harper will be held on Saturday, June 15, when the people there celebrate the town’s 150th birthday with activities for the entire family.

A Cowboy Breakfast in the Harper Community Park gets things going at 8 a.m. The cost of the meal is by donation.

Next up will be a parade at 10 a.m. led by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Chapter of Fredericksburg Lone Star Rifles Color Guard, in remembrance of Harper having been founded as a Confederate town in 1863. The group will also perform a Civil War cannon salute in the park at 2 p.m.

Events planned throughout the day include a tour of the Harper School, music, beard contest, domino tournament, washer pitching, Dutch Oven cooking contest and dance.

Other activities include games for children, vendors, prize drawing and more.

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