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09
Mar

Community orchestra to celebrate 'native son' composer

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra board will name the Van der Stucken composition contest award winner at the 26th Annual Van Der Stucken Music Festival, Saturday, March 12 at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, 107 East Lower Crabapple Road.

The worldwide competition for young composers is part of the celebration of the native composer’s life and works. FCO and Friends of Van Der Stucken host the free event, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s program features local soprano Brynn Bowyer, Brazilian violin soloist Fagner Rocha, Abilene-based Van der Stucken expert Larry Wolz, and the Suzuki Strings of Austin.

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra (FCO), under the direction of Theresa Britt, will present a program that includes Cantabile from Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky; the Holbert Suite, Grieg; and Haydn Concerto in G Major Mvmt. 1 Allegro, with violin soloist Rocha.

Wed
02
Mar

Runoffs result in county races

In a night marred by computer glitches in the Gillespie County Courthouse, results trickled in, staffers hand-tallied spreadsheet votes and two runoffs resulted.

The Gillespie County Precinct 1 Commissioner and Tax Assessor-Collector races will be decided in a runoff on Tuesday, May 24.

The Gillespie County Clerk’s office recorded 892 votes for Charles Olfers, a Fredericksburg businessman, and 584 votes for Dennis Behrends, a Texas Department of Transportation employee. Chris S. Barnett received 273 and Wallace Britton tallied 264, clerk records showed.

County voters will choose between incumbent Marissa Weinheimer and Vicki J. Schmidt, a county clerk’s office employee, in the May runoff for the assessor-collector seat. Weinheimer polled 3,259 to Schmidt’s 2,711, forcing another runoff between the two.

The race mirrors the 2008 runoff election, in which Weinheimer outpolled Schmidt with 64 percent of the vote.

Wed
02
Mar

Miller, Biedermann head to runoff in District 73

Incumbent Doug Miller and challenger Kyle Biedermann will answer the bell for “round two” in the Texas House District 73 race after a close Tuesday night contest which resulted in a runoff.

Miller polled 43.5 percent to Biedermann’s 38.9 percent district-wide.

Both outpolled Comal County attorney Chris Byrd, who took 16.7 percent of the vote district-wide, and had 704 votes in Gillespie County.

Biedermann, a local businessman, beat Miller in Gillespie County by 4,062 to 3,038, county clerk office figures showed. But Miller, a former New Braunfels mayor seeking his fourth term in the state house, just outpaced Biedermann with the help of Comal and Kendall counties.

Biedermann was pleased with the outcome.

“Tonight was just the first step and our movement is surging with support,” he said. “The power brokers said we didn’t have a shot. Tonight we proved them wrong with a positive and conservative victory.”

Wed
02
Mar

Pets barred from Enchanted Rock summit


Stella, a one-year-old Australian Shepherd, admires the views atop Enchanted Rock on Sunday, Feb. 28, one last time before the park’s pet rules begin on March 1. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

By Scott Allen —

Recent explosive growth in visitors to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area has meant forced new rules regarding pets.

As of Tuesday, March 1, pets are no longer allowed to accompany hikers on the Summit Trail that ascends to the top of Enchanted Rock, as well other surrounding rocks, including Little Rock, Turkey Peak, Freshman Mountain, Buzzard’s Roost and Flag Pole.

Pets will only be allowed in camping areas, day-use areas and the Loop Trail, according to Doug Cochran, superintendent at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

This is being done “to protect the sensitive natural habitat atop of the rock and other granite outcroppings, including the vernal pools,” Cochran said.  “It is our responsibility to protect these natural and cultural resources to ensure its longevity for future generations to enjoy.”

Wed
02
Mar

Shooting sports


Kameryn Aguero, age 9, draws a bead on a target during the Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun competition, held Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Twenty-one shooters advanced to regional competition and one local lass won a top shooting award for the third time. See results and photos on page D1 of this week's issue.
Wed
02
Mar

Feather Top


“Rocky Mountain High,” an original oil painting by artist Joyce Malatek, and a custom-made mesquite bench by Ric Smith Custom Woodcraft have been donated to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Greater Texas Hill Country Chapter to be auctioned off on Saturday night, March 5, during the group’s annual banquet. Showing off the two items is Wayne Zimmermann, a member of the committee. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Greater Texas Hill Country Chapter will hold its annual banquet on Saturday, March 5.

The event will be held at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center at 237 Equestrian Drive.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the event which includes a banquet, live and silent auctions and prize drawings.

Tickets are still available by contacting Mike Falk at 210-861-4039 or visiting www.rmef.org and clicking on the “event” tab.

Among the live auction items is “Rocky Mountain High,” a one-of-a-kind oil painting by Hill Country artist Joyce Malatek.

A native Texan, Malatek is president of the Fredericksburg Art Guild.

Malatek and her gallery, Reflections in Nature, donated the painting to the local chapter.

She said that she is an avid hunter and supporter of the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Wed
02
Mar

'Life of Reily'


This bale of turtles (yes, a “bale”) stretched their necks and got some sun near the dam at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on Saturday. Temperatures rose to 69 degrees and clear skies brought out golf and tennis players around the park. Mostly warm temps and early blooms have characterized the 2016 “winter.” – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
02
Mar

Galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk March 4

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg will be celebrated on Friday, March 4, with demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with artists and more.

For more information on First Friday Art Walk and the latest news from participating galleries, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:

 

Agave Gallery — Fine Art, Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, will feature new artworks for spring, including bluebonnets and fresh florals from Sheila Swanson, South Texas imagery in watercolor by John and Edith Maskey, and the newest works by animalier watercolorist Annette Bennett.

Everyone is invited to meet the artists on Friday night from 5-8 p.m.

Wed
02
Mar

Original Texas Star Trail will ride out this Saturday

Riders will be heading out on Saturday morning, March 5, on the Original Texas Star Trail from Fredericksburg.

The week-long 112-mile ride will take participants across 40 cattle guards and through more than 20 Hill Country ranches, including the LBJ Ranch at Stonewall.

More information about registering for the event is available at www.texasstartrail.com.

Participants will gather on Friday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds before starting the first leg of their trip at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

On the first day, the group will travel 17 miles to Luckenbach where they will camp for the night.

Then, on Sunday, the riders will travel 10 miles to Stonewall where they will camp at Burg’s Corner.

The ride continues on Monday, March 7, with a 14-mile ride from Stonewall to Johnson City.

Wed
02
Mar

Top citizens to be feted at Thursday Chamber banquet

A limited number of tickets are still available for the 96th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Program, to be held Thursday, March 3, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Tickets for individual seats or tables may be purchased online, by phone or at the Chamber office, 306 E. Austin Street.

The cost of individual tickets is $60 and a reserved table, seating for eight, is $600.

The ticket price includes a buffet meal provided by Cartewheels Catering, beer and wine.

The evening will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

Prize drawing tickets, including a chance to win at least five major prizes, plus a specialty cocktail glass, are available in advance for $40 and at the event for $50.

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