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Blanco Places 12 Winners in District Band

December 19, 1969

The Texas Music Educators Association sponsored the annual District Bank tryouts last Saturday, Dec 13, in Fredericksburg. The District Band tryouts are the first step in the competition which leads to the All State band. Students from Blanco, Fredericksburg, and Kerrville perform for all those who wish to come and listen.

Turkey Hunting Available

December 21, 1979

Austin – Texas hunters may have their best chance in years to bag a wild turkey for a holiday feast this hunting season.

The fall turkey season coincides with the deer hunting season in most Texas counties; and so far, the turkey harvest has been well above average according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“There are two main reasons for this,” DPW said. “One is an exceptional hatch last spring, which means there are plenty of young gobblers. The other is that conditions have been dry enough this fall to cause the birds to have to move around quite a bit to find food.”

The birds are in good body condition because of generally good acorn crops in most areas.

DPW advised that the use of supplemental feed such as maize in key areas will attract the birds into shotgun range. “Some people don’t like the idea of baiting, but sometimes it’s about the only way to get a turkey within range of a shotgun.” They pointed out that some deer hunters harvest turkeys from stands with rifles, but often the birds are either missed, wounded or the meat is ruined by the rifle shot.

“A good method of harvesting a turkey is to scatter some feed close to a ground-level blind several days in succession, then keep a shotgun handy along with your rifle while deer hunting.

Friendship 42 Club Meets

December 19, 1969

The Friendship 42 Club met in the home of Mrs. Doris O’Dell last week for a Christmas party. All members were present for seven games of progressive 42.

Else Beck, Doris O’Dell and Smitty won the three prizes, with Duana Hensley winning consolation. Gifts were exchanged after the games were played. Next meeting will be on January 14 in the home of Mrs. Toni Moellenberg.

Landfill Praised

December 21, 1979

While other counties are getting penalized for unsanitary or inadequate landfill conditions, Blanco county has drawn nothing but praise from the Texas Health Department.

The county commissioners learned of this at a special court session Tuesday, set due to another inquiry about leasing part of the Courthouse Annex.

Judge Kent Smith displayed a letter from the health Department with high commendations for the excellent facility and for the operator, E.R. Furber.

Library Will Close on Fridays for Christmas Holidays

December 19, 1969

The Blanco Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2. It will be open as usual on Saturday mornings during the holidays.

Chick’s Chatter

December 21, 1979

The Blanco County Community Choir, representing most of the churches in the county, has again delighted county-wide audiences with its performances of another cantata, one entitled “Carols Alive,” arranged by Tom Fettke. One performance was given at Blanco’s United Methodist Church on the 13th and the other at Johnson City’s First Baptist church on the 17th.

“Carol’s Alive” is the nativity story told in words and song, the whole being a tuneful, lilting, happy experience which to this listener conveyed the real message of love and joy and hope brought by the coming of the Christ Child.. Every number, whether it be solo, quartet, or chorus served to lift the spirit.

Beverly Voron was over-all director of the production, and it was she who largely prepared the narration. She had the able assistance of Margaret Israel, who directed the practice of the Blanco contingent and who was pianist accompanying the performance at Blanco. Sandra Danz was piano accompanist for the production at Johnson City. And Troy Israel was narrator for both performances.

Featured singers were tenor Gerald Goldapp; basses David White, Joe Stewart, Sam Smith, and Martin Goodman; sopranos Karen Goodman, Irmgaard Weber, Valerie Goldapp, and Joan White; and altos Eva Nolte and Sandra Danz.

Other singers who “fleshed out” the choruses and who shared the long hours of practice which guaranteed this well-nigh professional performance were: Sopranos Suzanne Wertheim, Peggy Ann Harwell, Kristy Gould Sheila Wolfe, Patty Carpenter, Shirley McKinney Patty Casparis, and Wanda Sanders; Altos Erna Wolf, Jane Mills, Irma Nell Simpson, Dee Dee McKinner, Opal Weirich, Dot Miller, and Leonoa Smylie; Basses Bill Voron, Alex Gould, and Harry Carpenter; and Tenors Raymond Casparis and Troy Israel.

Not to be overlooked were the two choruses “Incarnation” and “Listen to the Story” sung by a youth choir of some 17 voices.

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