2010 Christmas Home Tour and Decorating Contest
Sponsored by CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors
Many people enjoy looking at well decorated homes during the holidays.
CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors would like more families to have the same tradition and are hoping to help with the annual 2010 Christmas Yard Decorating Contest.
Families who enter their home in the contest will be advertised so other residents can travel around Fredericksburg and be sure to see all the best lights.
Fredericksburg residents who want to enter their home in the contest get entry forms from CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors at 408 W. Main St., online at www.Century21SunsetRealtors.com, by email at email@example.com, or look in the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post during November.
All applications are due in the office by noon on December 13th and can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered with your name, address, and category to:
CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors 408 W. Main St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624 830-997-9591 Fax: 830-997-2400
Prizes will be awarded to one home in each of the following 4 catagories: Santa’s Favorite; Christmas Elegance; Best Outdoor Daylight Display; and Best Religious Display.
The Christmas Elegance award will be awarded to the home that has the best evening/night display and the best outdoor daylight award will be given to the home with the best daytime display. The best religious display will be awarded to the home that displays the true religious root of Christmas and must have over 50% religious decorations to qualify. The Santa’s Favorite award will be given to the best home that captures the true spirit of the Christmas holidays.
Winners will be announced December 15th by yard signs, on the radio, on www.Century21SunsetRealtors.com and at the Century 21 ® office located at 408 W. Main St and prizes will be awarded on December 16th. Winning homes will also be published in the Christmas edition of the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post.
The Christmas Home Decorating Contest is limited to residents within the city limits and up to one mile outside the city limits who have entered by 12 noon on Monday, December 13, 2010.
Preliminary judging for all homes will be Dec. 13th from 7:00 pm on. All entered homes will have their displays lighted at this time. Entrants must keep their displays set up and lit each evening until Jan. 1.
“We’d love to get eveyone in our great community involved. We have some great prizes to give away,” said Dwight Oestreich, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Sunset, Realtors.
The Bras & Boxers for Cancer Champions fund-raiser on behalf of the Hill Country Memorial’s Cancer Resource Center is this Thursday, October 21 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Lavender Haus at Becker Vineyards off Hwy 290 E at Jenschke Lane. Enjoy wine tasting, light appetizers, live music by The Raggedy Cats and a bagpipes welcome by Ian Blackie.
A live auction will be held for some elaborately decorated undergarments – suggested minimum donation for entry is $15. This cost entitles you to six wine tasting tickets for select wines and a souvenir glass. Stop by and help a good cause while visiting with friends. There will be a cash bar for wine by the glass or by the bottle. For information, contact Lynn Fleming by calling 830-997-4691 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Tony Stevenson
The DOW closed above 11,000 for the first time since May after reports that the Fed will move to stimulate economic growth after their next meeting in November. The unemployment rate remained the same at 9.6% after numerous economists had predicted an uptick. Private sector jobs were up 64k. Still, these are not the numbers needed for a fast growing economy but, at least they were not in the opposite direction. “Market soars on a report of service industry growth”, was a headline in the San Antonio Express News last Wednesday. The Institute for Supply Management reported that its index of business activity of U.S. service companies expanded again last month at a far faster pace than analysts were expecting. The ISM’s measure of service companies includes a wide range of industries including finance, health care, and trade. Inventory and Sales rose at the wholesale level for August as well. Plus, September Retail Sales rose 2.6% as shoppers opened their wallets unexpectedly. “I think the doom and gloom that many of us anticipated for the quarter were unfounded,” said one analyst. Mike Niemira, another chief economist said he expects holiday sales to rise 3%. Finally, ‘Pending Home Sales’ rose 4.3% for August according to the National Association of Realtors. All positive economic numbers despite what the naysayers are exclaiming!
Join the Admiral Nimitz Foundation in preserving the Legacy of WWII Veterans!
Sons & Daughters of World War II Veterans, a program of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, is a hereditary society opening to membership 1 January 2011. Sixteen million men and women served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII. The service of a family member in World War II, the greatest of all struggles for freedom, is a landmark and legacy for any American family. This genealogical society enables individuals to certify family ancestry and lineage from an American veteran of World War II.
The first step in becoming a member of Sons & Daughters, is to put forth a qualifying veteran – any United States Armed Force member during the parameters of the World War II Service Medal, from 7 December 1941 to 31 December 1946. Proof of this service is mandatory. This proof may be the individual’s Report of Separation (DD-214), or any kind of Veterans Administration paperwork or Pension Records. In lieu of military records, it may be letters home, photographs, newspaper articles, etc.
Applicants will then provide genealogical proof of their direct descent from the veteran, a Lineal Membership, or other familial relationship with the veteran, a Collateral Membership. Genealogically accepted proofs will include birth/adoption records, and marriage certificates, which trace the connection from the name of the veteran to the name of the applicant. An individual or friend, with no claim to ancestry or family relationship, may present a qualifying veteran to be included in the organization’s database, and receive a Memorial Membership.
During the initial decade of the Sons & Daughters organization, 1 January 2011 through 31 December 2020, an applicant may also obtain Charter Member designation with a donation of at least $100 to an interest bearing fund restricted in use to support and sustain the Sons & Daughters organization. Interest from the fund may also be awarded to projects, programs and exhibits that perpetuate the story of the American generation that fought and won World War II.
The Sons & Daughters will maintain a website, where veterans’ service information and photos, and the names of Sons & Daughters members will be listed. The service records presented with the veterans’ inclusion will become a public database held in the archives of the organization and made available for research by future historians, authors and scholars. Other birth/marriage certificates will not be released to anyone without the written authorization of the member. All Social Security numbers and other non-essential information to the genealogical proof necessary may be redacted.
Membership requirements include: a completed application, which will be available on-line; the qualifying veteran’s proof of service and a photo, if available; submission of genealogical proofs tracing your relationship to the veteran; and a one-time certification fee of $125. Additional certificates of lineal descent from the primary applicant will be available for a reduced certification fee of $25. Enrollment in the hereditary society will begin 1 January 2011. Everyone interested is encouraged to begin now to obtain the military service proof of your family’s WWII veteran and to gather the necessary genealogical records to establish you as a Son or Daughter of a World War II veteran.
For assistance in getting started, we suggest you contact your local genealogical society for its help or write us at:
Sons & Daughters ofWorldWar II Veterans
Admiral Nimitz Foundation
328 E. Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
or call (830) 997-8600, Ext. #204.
Woodworkers from across the state will gather in Fredericksburg to present their artistic creations using mesquite wood at the annual Mesquite Art Festival, this weekend at the Marktplatz on the 100 block of W. Main St. This juried event provides the public with the opportunity to view fine craftsmanship, most available for purchase — art pieces, furniture and uniquely designed items. Hours are Friday, October 8 from noon until 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Also included will be clinics demonstrating specific techniques for working with mesquite, safety information and discussion groups — all to foster woodworking skills for generations to come. For more information, contact the Texas Mesquite Association at 830-997-8515 or visit www.texasmesquiteassn.org.
This event was featured in Texas Journey (Sept/Oct 2010). To read the online version of the article, log on to www.texas.aaa.com/tx_journey/2010-sep-oct/Pages/into-the-wood.aspx.