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Pioneer Museum to host Spring Break activities

Spring Break at Pioneer Museum will begin Saturday, March 7, when the museum provides learners of all ages a chance to experience the lives of settlers.

The museum will be closed on Sunday, March 8, before continuing its spring break program until March 14. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Visitors will have a chance to experience a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments.

Planned demonstrations include: rope making, quilting, spinning and hammering at the blacksmith’s forge and a chuck wagon display.

Reenactors will help guests experience the days of the Buffalo Soldiers. Some reenactors will be dressed as “red rovers,” who defended Texas on the frontier, along with a “mountain man” display on March 14. Children will be allowed to participate in the mountain man activities.

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Mar

FISD agriculture building opens


Jack Helfrich, a third grader at Fredericksburg Elementary School and a Junior Future Farmers of America member, takes a look at the new stalls at the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s Agricultural Science Center. Also looking in the background is Anabelle Cope, a Fredericksburg High School sophomore and FFA member. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Fredericksburg teachers, students and parents gathered Monday for the opening of the Fredericksburg Independent School District Agricultural Science Center.

The ag science center is at the corner of Friendship and Hollmig Lanes.

The event featured both an open house of the facilities and an official ribbon cutting by Kathy Durst, widow of longtime FISD trustee Jerry Durst.

“The grand opening was a great event with a tremendous turnout, especially considering the weather,” said Patrick Padgett, the Fredericksburg Future Farmers of America advisor. “It allowed the FISD students, administration and community to see what the facility contains and see the vision we hold for the future.”

Padgett sees the center as a facility that will allow kids to be successful, take advantage of opportunities they would usually not have without a facility like this.

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Frantzen Park is leadership group's project


Not much attention has been paid to the quiet park off of Orange Street that runs along Barons Creek. Dead trees and a bleak landscape will give way to 20 new trees and more landscaping, plus a crushed granite, 1,200-foot walking trail along the creek. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

An off-the-beaten path park that hasn’t received much attention lately is about to get a bunch of TLC.

Leadership Gillespie County’s Class of 2015 chose Frantzen Park revitalization as its class project. The park, three acres of outdoors located along a quiet block of Orange Street, is spacious, but has few amenities. Two picnic tables sit under large trees, or what is left of the large trees, and a basic swing set offers two spots. Barons Creek, which winds along the park’s eastern edge is choked with cane and small tree overgrowth.

Clinton Bailey, the City of Fredericksburg’s Director of Public Works, is president
of the leadership group which will take on the project.

“We want this to be a demonstration project for future park revitalization efforts,” Bailey said. “Parks are one of the quickest and most effective ways to build a sense of community and improve quality of life.”

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04
Mar

First Friday Art Walk set this weekend

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, March 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

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04
Mar

Gas prices start to creep back up

By Richard Zowie

Over the past year, gasoline prices locally have been experiencing a seesaw effect.

Last summer, Gillespie County residents saw prices at the pump average nearly $3.50 per gallon.

Then, in late 2014, gas stations became popular places to visit as prices dipped to around $1.60 per gallon for the first time in years.

Now the euphoria of cheap gasoline is fading away as the price is slowly climbing and currently averaging around $2.20 per gallon locally.

Where the price will go next and how it dipped so low are topics debated by local gas suppliers and economists.

Gas price changes
Edward Stroeher, petroleum manager at local petroleum business Stroeher and Son, said last year’s low gas prices were due in part to the reduction in oil prices.

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04
Mar

Elk foundation to host banquet


“Wapiti Warrior,” an original oil painting by artist Joyce Malatek has been donated to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Greater Texas Hill Country Chapter/Fredericksburg and Kerrville to be auctioned off on Saturday night, March 7, during the group’s annual banquet. At right is Wayne Zimmermann, a member of the committee. — Standard-Radio Post

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Greater Texas Hill Country Chapter/Fredericksburg and Kerrville will hold its annual banquet on Saturday, March 7.

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 social hour and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

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

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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04
Mar

Trail ride planned for Friday

Riders will be gathering here and saddling up on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, for 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.

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.

While at Luckenbach, the group will have dinner followed by a Wagon Medallion presentation and dance featuring the music of Dusty Britches and the Rhythm Ranch Hands.

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

The group is expected to arrive in Stonewall around 1 p.m. on Sunday where they will have lunch and dinner, cowboy music and a camp-fire.

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04
Mar

Shuttle to Enchanted Rock set for testing

On one of the busiest weeks at “The Rock,” some help is on the way for motorists.
Majesty Tours, in cooperation with Friends of Enchanted Rock and the park staff, will sponsor park-and-ride shuttle service to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area from town.

During the first week of spring break, the 17-mile trip will start at Fredericksburg Elementary School, corner of Adams Street and Lower Crabapple Road, said Kelly and KK Welch, co-owners of Majesty Tours. Those using the shuttles may leave their cars in the school parking lot.

Shuttle parking during the second week of spring break, March 16-22, will be determined next week.

The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the next two Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays from March 7-22. Shuttles will rotate about every hour. The final shuttle will return to the school around 5 p.m.

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04
Mar

Pearson files for reelection

Incumbent Graham Pearson filed for reelection on Wednesday, Feb. 25, joining fellow incumbent Gary Neffendorf and newcomer Thomas Sigg in a three-man race for two open
positions on the Fredericksburg City Council.

Neffendorf filed for reelection on Jan. 28, the first day to file, while Sigg joined the race on Feb. 23. Filing ended on Friday.

Mayor Linda Langerhans, Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson still have a year remaining on their two-year terms after being elected last May.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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Daily Update for March 4

• Hill Country Red Hatters will gather for their next luncheon meeting today at 11:30 a.m. at Andy’s Steak and Seafood Grille.

• Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz will be the first speaker in the Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series which begins tonight at the St. Mary's Holy Family Center.

• A community breakfast to celebrate Texas Public Schools Week will be served by the Fredericksburg Independent School District on Thursday. The menu includes free breakfast tacos and orange juice. In Fredericksburg, the breakfast will be served from 7-8 a.m. at the Security State Bank and Trust Motor Bank at the corner of Crockett and Austin streets. Breakfast tacos will also be served in Stonewall in the parking lot at Weinheimer and Son from 7:30-8 a.m.

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