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When the Friday Night Lights come on, Cheerleading Captains Sarah Fox (L) from Samuel Clemens High School and Courtney Van Wert (R) from Steele High School are on the sidelines rooting on their teams and keeping smiles on the faces of spectators. And during their free time, they raise funds to make sure their cheer squads can continue keeping the spirit alive. Find out more on page 32.









Cover photo by Mary Spence.

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Randolph AFB has been a long-time leader in training military aviation crews. And one of the newest such missions is training pilots and sensor operators for remotely controlled aircraft.


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TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY With funds from a 2006 bond, the district has implemented SMART from elementary to high school.



Staff Speakz

10 Talk of the Townz 16 Focuz: Jessica Robinson 17 Visionz: News from the

Chamber of Commerce

26 Government Round-Up 29 City Calendar 33 Sweetheart Spotlight


A COLLECTION OF COLLEGES The Alamo University Center lets students choose which University to attend.



History will be made this fall when students open the doors to the recently completed campus.






Mayor Hal Baldwin City Council Jim Fowler David Scagliola John Trayhan Michael Carpenter Cedric Edwards, Sr. Executive Management Don Taylor, City Manager John Bierschwale, Assistant City Manager David J. Harris, Assistant City Manager

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As one of the fastest-growing school districts in one of the fastest-growing areas of Texas, SCUCISD is getting ready. New schools are being planned, and curriculum and technology are being refined for the influx of families and their children.





As a college student in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I drove all the way to San Marcos for the last two years of college because San Antonio didn’t have a fully functioning four-year public university at the time. Things are different now with UTSA, but the lesson is clear – close-to-home educational opportunities give residents greater opportunity and choice and a community-strong potential for success. And so it is in the Schertz area/Metrocom region. This month, Schertz Magazine looks at some of the newest educational opportunities in our area including the opening of Alamo University Center (five universities under one roof), the first year of Northeast Lakeview College as a complete campus at its Loop 1604 and Kitty Hawk Road site, and technology upgrades at SCUCISD. We also look at three education missions at Randolph AFB and hear from a general and a colonel about how important the community education opportunities in the area are to success at Randolph. There also are many other important educational assets including private and public schools and venerable institutions like Texas Lutheran University that give our region a bright future to educate a workforce and an incentive for employers to move here. Believe me; a fiveminute drive to college beats a 45-minute drive any day.


International Baccalaureate students at Clemens share the same curriculum as students in China, Nigeria, and 137 other countries resulting in a worldwide perspective. But IB also has a local viewpoint in the Creativity Action Service project, or CAS project, which requires students to help people in their community.


Cool created cards for soldiers to write in and send home to their families for her project.


Dahle trained two border collies to help around the home of area resident. AUGUST 2010 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM




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Giving to the Community The Schertz-Cibolo Optimist Club began a program four years ago to recognize students from J. Frank Dobie and Ray D. Corbett Junior High Schools. This honor is awarded as a boost to students whose efforts are apparent both at home and at school. This year, the Schertz-Cibolo Optimist Club awarded seven students $100 savings bonds, donated by Frost Bank, along with a plaque at a banquet held in their honor at Harmon’s BBQ. The Schertz-Cibolo Optimist Club can be contacted at

What a Dayz in Schertz Schertz Market Dayz, held June 26th in Pickrell Park, was the first quarterly arts and crafts show sponsored by the Schertz Area Artz Council and the City of Schertz. The show featured over 30 booths full of handmade creations, including jewelry, pottery, sewn items, bows, crocheted items, cigar box guitars, soap, metal art, embroidered items, crosses, and orchids. Activities included a raffle to raise money for the Schertz Area Artz Council, face painting, and a make-andtake table for children. The next Schertz Market Dayz will be held September 18, 2010 under the large pavilion in Pickrell Park from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For information, please contact Sheree Flood at (210) 651-0503 or






2010 OLPH KNIGHTS The OLPH Blue Knights completed a perfect 12-0 season. The parents and coaches congratulate the team on a great job! HEAD COACH—Raul Santoya; Assistant Coaches—Clyde Marbach, Luis Vargas, and Pete Landsteiner TEAM - Kyle Fey, Tyler Cates, Blaine Snoga, JD Vargas, Joey Jimenez, Palmer Hansen, Jacob Landsteiner, Manny Santoya, Kyle Richie, Cole Marbach, and Cole Landsteiner.

The Arts Came Alive in Marion The arts came alive in Marion, Texas July 9th as dozens of artists from the surrounding areas converged at Ta’s Coffee House for their first ever Greater Marion Art Show. Located at 122 West Seguin St. (just across the railroad tracks from Penshorn’s Meat Market), Ta’s is owned and operated by Marion native Tara Murdoch. Besides coffee, the shop offers a lunch menu that includes sandwiches and soups. It also has pastries, ice cream, and a nice selection of antiques. So, the next time you’re in Marion and need a good cup of Joe, be sure to check out Ta’s.

Canteen Dance Raises Funds for Operation Homefront of Texas

CONGRATULATIONS! Mrs. Grumpy (Tammy Azzoz) presents a gift certificate to Sue & Jonathan Hawkins, winners in the June Find the Hidden ‘Road Sign’ contest in Schertz Tales Magazine. Grumpy’s Mexican Café is located 18817 FM 2252 in Bracken. Enjoy!

Look for this fish in one ad somewhere in this issue of Schertz Tales Magazine. Email by the 16th and be entered in the drawing held on the 19th. Win a Gift Certificate for a two-night stay at Plantation Suites & Conference Center in Port Aransas.

With a little help from new friends, The Schertz Civic Center hosted its first Canteen Dance July 1, 2010. Proceeds from the dance benefited Operation Homefront of Texas. The Kim Allen Band entertained guests with music from the 40’s and 50’s as everyone enjoyed a slideshow that brought back memories of past days. Attendees said the event reminded them of USO events they had seen in movies. Operation Homefront (OHF) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Information can be found at www.operationhomefront. net.


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CONGRATULATIONS to Marcie Casas for winning the Plantation Suites’ Look for this megaphone stamp drawing for in one ad somewhere in this issue of Schertz Magazine. Email the a free location to events@schertz. two-night com by the 16 and be entered in the drawing held stay in on the 19 ! ZES I R P Port 2 BE WILL DED! A Gift Certificate for: R Aransas!! AWA th


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35th Annual Jubilee Ends with a BANG!

CONTINUED Following heavy rain, Mother Nature smiled on the 35th Annual Schertz Jubilee July 3rd and gave better weather for the popular parade and events the rest of the weekend. Concerns about the weather faded fast, and the fireworks and 4th of July celebration brought the crowds out to Pickrell Park. More than 10,000 people showed up for the festivities on Sunday night inside the fence, and another 20,000 watched fireworks outside the gates. “The weather is always a concern, but the Jubilee has been held during rainy weather before. The decision was made to go forward with the Saturday parade and the rest of the Jubilee, even as other Independence Day events were being cancelled around the area. It turns out we made the right call, and thousands of people enjoyed our Jubilee and the entire July 4th weekend,” Schertz Assistant City Manager John Bierschwale said. “We especially want to thank H-E-B for sponsoring the Schertz fireworks show, which is always a crowd favorite,” he continued.



3rd Place BBQ Cook-off Alison Adams - Fork & Bib BBQ

2nd Place BBQ Cook-off Wesley Rumpf Country Boys Gone Bad

Miss Schertz Kailin Windham joins Amanda Micklos, winner of the first Schertz Apple Pie Bake-Off at Jubilee

1st Place BBQ Cook-off Darwin Hoel - Giant

AF Band of the West Dimensions in Blue

Miss Schertz with Deja Heaven Smith at the big pavilion at Pickrell Park





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Jessica Robinson

A woman of many roles… including zombie A master of work and play, Schertz Civic Center manager Jessica Robinson has recently added another title to her repertoire: professional actress. Robinson has transformed her hobby of acting to a blossoming second career with the opening of her first film, The Killing Strain. Robinson, a transplanted Floridian, has been with the City of Schertz for four years. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 2004, she married Bret Robinson and joined him in Texas where he is currently stationed at Randolph AFB. In 2006, she began managing the newly built Schertz Civic Center, a facility that houses a variety of business and social events.

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About a year after joining the city staff, Robinson decided to follow her lifetime love of theater. Having starred in various school and church performances in her youth, Robinson decided to try acting professionally by taking classes from LA Performing Arts in San Antonio—it didn’t take long for her to get signed on by a local talent agent. “Two years ago, I got a tax refund and my husband and I each took $100 to do whatever we wanted with. I looked online for acting classes and found one called LA Performing Arts off of Stone Oak Parkway. I emailed the company saying that I didn’t have any professional acting experience, but that this would


be fun and a good outlet for me. I started taking classes and it opened up a whole new world for me. It was just something I was really passionate about,” said Robinson. Her passion has paid off by landing her a role in the recently released Texas-style zombie thriller, The Killing Strain. While having appeared in several commercials, theater productions, and industrial videos, this role was Robinson’s first big-screen appearance. This independent film was shot entirely in the San Antonio area. Production began in August 2009, and the film premiered at the Palladium on Friday, June 19th to a sell-out theatre.


g n i n e pp a H What’s . . . r e b m a h C r u at Yo At our second Quarterly Mixer on June 30th, we presented a new member plaque to Bob Catalano at Northcliffe Golf Course. Members enjoyed networking with one another and also had the opportunity to win Texas Shine car wash packages and restaurant coupons by practicing their putting skills or by guessing “How Many Tees in the Jar?” Our next Quarterly Mixer will be in September. Stay tuned for more information.

Schertz Chamber Luncheon

Tuesday, August 17th 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Schertz Civic Center 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg #5, Schertz Guest Speaker: Jonathan Bean, Advanced Planning Director, TXDOT San Antonio District, will discuss current and future traffic conditions of Schertz and nearby areas.

August 2010 Five-Year Anniversary Celebration Thank you to all who attended our June Luncheon, sponsored by Frost Bank, Today’s Promos, Bud & Bloom Flowers, and A Moment in Time, to celebrate five years of being your Chamber. Over 100 guests, which included current Members, founding Members, and other businesses, enjoyed themselves as we played our version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”. Prizes from Texas Shine Car Wash, H.E.B., Weight Control of Texas, Wal-Mart, and Jason’s Deli were given to our winners. Black Tie Affairs Catering served a delightful meal, and a cake created in the likeness of the Kramer House was made by Jenni cakes.

All area businesses are welcome to attend. You MUST RSVP by Tuesday, August 10th. Cost is $15 Schertz Chamber Members / $20 Non-members

Why should my business become a Chamber Member?

The Chamber is the first point of contact for marketing visitors to the community. You will be able to market your business 24/7 through our Chamber website, Member Directory, Newsletter, and more! Download an application from our website, or stop by our office and find out other ways your business will benefit by being a Chamber Member.

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The Schertz Chamber of Commerce welcomed Martha’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 6032 FM 3009 Suite 100, in Schertz. Hours of operation are Monday – Sunday, 7 AM – 9 PM. Phone 210-276-0066.

Save the Date!

Schertz Chamber Golf Classic Register your team for the Schertz Chamber Golf Classic Tournament, October 15th at Northcliffe Golf Course. For sponsorship opportunities or registration forms, call or email the Chamber office.

Come On In! We invite you to stop by our Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center located at 1730 Schertz Parkway in Schertz. Our office is currently open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Keep us posted on what’s happening with your business by sending us a message to Nancy at or calling 210-566-9000. Visit our website at www. for daily updates, calendar announcements, job openings, and any business-related news. AUGUST 2010 17 AUGUST 2010 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


Air Force Brass Salutes Educational Opportunities

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Randolph AFB has a long tradition as one of the premier educational facilities in the U.S. military. Since its establishment in 1930, Randolph has been a leader in educating the military’s aviation crews. Now, the growing educational opportunities in our region fit right in with Randolph and its many education missions, according to Brig. Gen. Len Patrick, Joint Base San Antonio Commander, and Col. Richard Murphy, 12th Flying Training Wing Commander at Randolph. Gen. Patrick said the educational opportunities in the Schertz area and Metrocom region are very important to Randolph and enhance the base’s many missions. “We encourage new members of the Air Force to complete their first two years of college usually through the community college of the Air

Force and then go for their bachelor’s degree and higher - that is why higher education opportunities around a base like Randolph are very important,” said Patrick, whose command covers logistics for Randolph, Lackland AFB, and Fort Sam Houston. Col. Murphy agrees. “Increased higher education opportunities like the Alamo University Center and Northeast Lakeview College give the people who work at Randolph increased access to college to better themselves, and that makes Randolph better,” Col. Murphy said. “The Air Force is the most educated branch of the U.S. military, and we are a highly technical force that requires continuing education. The great educational opportunities in the community around Randolph complement what we do on base in many ways,” Col. Murphy said.

Among the missions at Randolph are three that represent the past, present, and future. One mission (training combat systems officers—formerly known as navigators) is winding down at the base while another mission (training pilot trainers) is a long-running one, and the third mission (training pilots and sensor operators for remotely piloted aircraft) is relatively new. Lt. Col. Peter Deitschel runs the Combat Systems Officer training at Randolph which will be deactivated and moved to Pensacola, Fla. this fall after 16 years at Randolph. “We supply combat systems officers for heavy aircraft like the C-130. It is 10½ months of school with a lot of training in planes and on simulators,” he said. Col. Murphy said one of Randolph’s best-

known missions is training pilot instructors – like a teaching college training teachers. “We teach the pilot instructors how to instruct in the airplane to talk the student pilot through various situations. The airplane is their classroom, and they need to know how to teach there,” he said. Lt. Col. Bryan Runkle operates the almost-new Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) undergraduate pilot and sensor-operating training. “Due to the high demand for RPA operators, the Air Force created courses to train RPA pilots and sensor operators. In August last year, we started teaching the undergraduate part of the program, and our students go on to more training at other bases,” Runkle said, adding that the demand for RPA operators will just keep increasing.

“The airplane is their classroom, and they need to know how to teach there...”

Brig. Gen. Len Patrick Col. Richard Murphy

Lt. Col. Peter Deischel Lt. Col. Bryan Runkle



SCUCISD Teaching with Technology District embraces SMART Boards and other upgrades in the classroom

Over the last four years, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District (SCUCISD) has added some of the latest teaching technology to all 16 of its campuses, from pre-K to high school. Using 2006 bond package funds, the district has spent approximately $1 million on technology upgrades. Along with new computers and security cameras, a major portion of the funds went toward educational tools purchased from SMART Technologies, including the SMART Board interactive whiteboard, which has taken the place of the traditional chalkboard. “This type of technology makes learning fun,” said Stan Hall, SCUCISD technology director. “We want to provide tools to make curriculum easy to learn and teach.” In 2009, SMART Technologies sold a record of more than 360,000 SMART Board interactive whiteboards worldwide. So, what exactly can it do? “We would be here all day if we showed you everything the SMART Board could do,” quipped Lana Pratt, SCUCISD instructional technology specialist. But, in fact, it’s probably true. Here are just a few features that make the SMART Board live up to its name: • Teachers and students can “write” on the boards with sensory pens or their fingers • Entire lessons can be saved, replayed, and printed out for students • Different software programs are available for all subjects, including core curriculum and electives like music and art • Document cameras, which integrate with the boards, take the place of old-fashioned overhead projectors and transparencies and allow teachers and students to display everything from the inside of textbooks to the dissection of a mealworm for the entire class to view • Teachers can stream video from educational websites • Handwritten notes on the board can be converted into type text • SMART Response interactive response systems, which integrate with the boards, allow teachers to instantly track quiz results and lesson comprehension  

Candee Mills, SCUCISD Technology Integration Administrator, demonstrates one of the many functions of a SMART board.

Lista Schwarz, math teacher at Clemens High School, has been using SMART technology since it was first implemented at SCUCISD in 2006. Not only does she say it engages students, it also helps her prepare her lessons for the different math classes she teaches, from algebra to calculus. “It is so much more accessible and allows the students to get involved,” said Schwarz. “These students are from a techno-generation, so they all can do this. It doesn’t matter if they are a struggling math student or if they are very confident in their abilities. There are endless possibilities.” For Tammy Hoegenauer, a kindergarten teacher at Green Valley Elementary who has been an educator for 17 years, implementing whiteboards in the classroom has kept the district up-to-date with what kids are learning these days. Hoegenauer says even her five-year-old students know what an iTouch is. “It’s natural for them,” Hoegenauer said. “It’s not intimidating. As adults we’re sometimes scared of technology and might be a bit reluctant to use it, but they’re always ready to use it. As teachers, it’s important for us to develop with the technology and learn about it because the kids already know what’s out there.”

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Alamo University Center A collection of colleges This fall, five new universities will open within minutes of Schertz residents—all under one roof. August 23rd marks the grand opening of the Alamo University Center (AUC), an alliance of the Alamo Colleges and five local schools: St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M-San Antonio, Texas State University, University of the Incarnate Word, and Wayland Baptist University. The AUC bridges the distance between these universities and residents living in the Northeast San Antonio area. This innovative structure is one of a kind in San Antonio, a model of similar setups in Houston and Round Rock. The facility is programdriven and builds upon the traditional “2+2” method—two years of community college paired with two

years of a four-year university—allowing students to earn their bachelor’s degree in one convenient location. Other schools are looking into becoming a part of this novel concept including Our Lady of the Lake University and Sam Houston State University. “This is of greater benefit to the students because it helps them narrow down their career path up front so that they’re not wasting money on classes they don’t need and they’re not wasting time so they can finish on time,” says Belkiss Rodriguez, professional development coordinator for Alamo Colleges. A wide variety of career paths are available with degree options ranging from Business Administration to Kinesiology. The AUC also offers master’s degrees and special programs designed specifically for the campus, such as Wayland Baptist’s nursing program, which will soon be offered exclusively by the AUC.

“For us it was a win-win because of the demand and the need in the health industry, so as a result of that, we’re now relocating our local nursing director… which will just facilitate that collaboration to create the pipeline for the health industry,” said Rodriguez. Other advantages of the AUC include more personal attention and guidance than at larger counterparts with a class size of about 20-25 students per class and two advisors. “I think that probably the largest advantage is that at this facility you have both advisors. You have both the community college advisor and the university advisor at the same place at the same time,” Rodriguez said. The Alamo University Center is located at 8300 Pat Booker Road in Live Oak, Texas. Visit Ucenter/ for more information.

“For us it was a win-win...”






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The Schertz Family YMCA Splash Pad is now open and is the coolest spot in town! All ages are welcome, children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. YMCA staff will be monitoring the Splash Pad during open hours. Enjoy the shade under our umbrellas with tables and chairs. No food or glass containers are allowed and don’t forget your towel!

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Northeast Lakeview Leader in Area Education Opportunities

With a three-story library building, fully-loaded gym, and bustling student center, Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) exceeds the expectations of your typical community college. Its red brick buildings, low student-teacher ratio, and round-table style classrooms convey the distinct personality of a small liberal arts university. The variety of resources gives students of all ages and interests a common ground to learn and thrive in their own backyard.

“We’re the newest comprehensive community college in the nation—and we’re building a culture. We don’t want to do things because they’ve always been done that way,” said Northeast Lakeview College President Dr. Eric Reno. The reach of this unique new campus is wide with summer students from schools such as UT Austin, Texas A&M, and Purdue. This fall marks a new beginning for Northeast Lakeview as the school starts it first semester as a complete campus. “This is going to be our base year because it’s going to the first year we’ll all be on our permanent campus at the same time and everything will be open. Last year, we were moving in furniture to our Phase II buildings as students were showing up, so we didn’t have too many programs, and we hadn’t hired faculty yet for those programs,” Reno said. Northeast Lakeview College was officially

established in January 2007 as the newest institution of the Alamo Community College District. However, its origins trace back to 1996 when it was the Northeast Learning Center

Northeast Lakeview College President Dr. Eric Reno points out features of the spacious campus

on Toepperwein Road. Since then, the campus relocated to other temporary homes before finding its permanent site on 245 acres at the corner of Loop 1604 and Kitty Hawk Rd. In

fall 2008, the first phase of the new Northeast Lakeview College launched, and in fall 2009, the campus became fully operational, housing nine buildings. “The unique thing about this college construction project is that it was built mostly all at the same time. The usual thing is to build a building and then fill it up. Then they’ll build you another one and you renovate the first one, and so on. To have the money to have a full-blown college where everything is built at the same time is an once-ina-lifetime opportunity. Even before the current economic status, it was a rarity,” Reno said. Visit the new campus at 1201 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX 78148 or the website at Call 210-486-5000 for more information.

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ROUND-UP Get Tagged with an Invisible Bracelet At the 7th annual EMS Extravaganza in May 2010, Schertz EMS debuted a new product called Invisible Bracelet (iB) that will make their jobs easier and keep our community safer. Invisible Bracelet is an online medical health registry that has been adopted by the American Ambulance Association as the new national standard in emergency response. Schertz EMS is one of the first Texas EMS providers to become licensed and trained on iB. Memberships can be purchased online for five dollars a year. Members fill out an online account that includes their name, medications, allergies, medical conditions and In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts. They are then mailed iB identifiers which include membership card, keychain fobs, and stickers, all marked with a unique 8-digit PIN associated with their online account.

During an emergency, Schertz medics will be able to recognize iB identifiers and enter the patient’s 8-digit PIN into their iB search registry. If medical transport is needed, EMS can instantly notify up to ten of the patient’s ICE contacts via email, text message or automated phone call. Toni Bradford of Schertz EMS says, “Invisible Bracelet is a great asset to our community. The faster and more accurate information we receive, the better care we can give the patient.” Bradford is one of the key organizers of the annual EMS Extravaganza which recently featured an Invisible Bracelet booth staffed by iB Regional Medic Manager, Stacy Morton. Only licensed and trained medics, such as Schertz EMS, can access the read-only iB database. To learn more, visit

Hurricane Season is underway…are you ready? Although Schertz is not directly impacted by hurricanes, we may be in line for strong winds, lightning dangers, and severe flooding. Being prepared is the key to staying safe and surviving the aftermath of storms. Learn more about hurricane preparedness at

Pictured: Schertz City Councilman Cedric Edwards Sr. is sworn in as new mayor pro tem by Mayor Hal Baldwin.

Edwards sworn in as Schertz Mayor Pro Tem Place 4 Schertz City Councilmember Cedric Edwards Sr. was sworn in as Schertz Mayor Pro Tem by Mayor Hal Baldwin on July 13. Edwards replaces former Place 3 Councilmember John Trayhan who resigned from council on July 6. Mr. Trayhan and his family will be moving from Schertz to Garden Ridge. Elected in May 2010, Edwards resides, relaxes, and spends his time in Schertz. He enjoys the outdoors, watching youth sports, reading John Grisham, John Maxwell, Max Lucado, Jim Collins, Dale Carnegie, Randy Frazee, and traveling. Edwards has been employed by Edward Jones Investments since 2000. Prior to joining the firm, he spent numerous years in many operational aspects of the FedEx and also is a licensed real estate professional. And, Edwards is securities and insurance licensed. He is currently president of the Schertz/Cibolo Lions Club, and is the Co-Chair of The SCUCISD Education Foundation. Mayor Pro Tem Edwards’ motto is: “Find a great place you want to live with a sense of community pride and with great people that value your advice and personal commitment and you’ll find happiness.”

A New Era of Service ~ CAD System Result of Regional Partnerships After years of planning and implementation, the City of Schertz on July 13, 2010, switched to a $14.7 million dollar Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) system will be officially operational. The CAD system, which was developed through a regional partnership that includes Schertz, Bexar County, (continued on page 29)



The Schertz Public Library, located at 798 Schertz Pkwy, will celebrate its one-year anniversary in August. The 31,000-square-foot facility has been selected as a Building of America Award project and will be featured on the homepage of that magazine at

Schertz Helps Laredo Weather the Storm By Brad E. Bailey with Chuck McCollough

Drenching rain and torrential storms slammed into South Texas in early July and caused reservoirs along the U.S.-Mexico border to rise to their highest levels in decades. Residents along the Gulf Coast and Rio Grande River, including Laredo, witnessed devastating weather along the border that left behind a pathway of destruction that some folks compared to the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. The damage resulted as two tropical systems hit the Texas coast and unloaded buckets of rain throughout South Texas and the region over a two-week period. Even the massive Falcon International Reservoir bounded by Hidalgo, Starr and Zapata counties on the Texas side of the international border, and the municipality and city of Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, on the Tamaulipas side of the border, has surpassed capacity levels not conceived when it was constructed in 1953 during the Eisenhower Administration. Schertz, Texas, located more than 160 miles from Laredo, emerged moreor-less unscathed from the storms. But, according to Schertz Emergency Medical Services Director Dudley Wait, “being passed over by the storms did not mean we weathered it.” Along with emergency responders from across Texas, including four ambulances from the San Antonio area (Medina County, Bulverde-Spring Branch and New Braunfels Fire/EMS), Schertz EMS dispatched an ambulance and team of technicians to Laredo July 8th. Responding to a direct request for aid from the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Schertz contingency consisted of Supervisor Toni Bradford and paramedics Chris Foerster and Jeff Pickrine. When the Schertz personnel reached Laredo, they witnessed first hand how destructive Mother Nature could

be. Houses and whole communities resembled a war zone with everybody still trying to assess the damage wrought by the Rio after it jumped its banks. “The river didn’t look anything like the lazy waterway that we are used to seeing,” said Bradford. “It was an amazing site.” Bradford, a Schertz EMS shift supervisor for the past two years, was assigned to oversee an Ambulance Strike Team consisting of five ambulances and crews. She and her team were tasked with responding as needed for the Laredo Fire Department and other agencies in charge on the scene. According to Bradford, she gained valuable experience being a strike team leader and was proud to have represented Schertz EMS, the City of Schertz, and the region. “We had a strong showing from our area, including ambulances and crews from New Braunfels, one from the Bulverde-Spring Branch Fire Department, and two from Medina County.” Ultimately the situation was brought under control and Bradford’s Ambulance Strike Team was released from their duties. The Schertz unit and three of the ambulance crews under her command were later assigned to public shelters to provide acute care and to transport evacuees as necessary. When the Schertz crew arrived home on July 10th, Bradford reflected on the experience. “It felt good to help out at such a crucial stage in the operation, and I am glad we have a community that is ready, willing, and able to serve our neighbors. I feel like I am a better supervisor and our crew is more experienced from our time being deployed to Laredo. And hopefully that experience will come in handy in future flooding situations in our region.”

The Building of America Network showcases the most innovative, unique, and challenging new projects — projects that are particularly noteworthy and/or give back to their respective communities. Since 1996, Construction Communications and the Building of America Network have featured the country’s top projects as determined by their editorial board. The architectural firm of Kell Munoz was selected to design the new Schertz Public Library in 2006. After a lengthy public input process, it was decided the new facility should include design elements that acknowledge the area’s connection to military aviation and Randolph Air Force Base. In order to adhere to that goal, the building was constructed of native limestone, cypress, and metal. Schertz and area residents can be proud of their library. As one of the biggest and most innovative facilities of its kind in South Texas, it is the gem of Schertz and and a symbol of learning and education for everyone. Congratulations to Kell Munoz and those who helped make the Schertz Public Library a reality!


Schertz Library Recognized as Top Design Project

Pictured is the Emergency Services Strike Team sent to Laredo to support recovery efforts after the area was flooded in early July.




Officials examine the map feature of the new Computer Assisted Dispatching (CAD) system during a demonstration at the Schertz Police Department on July 13th. This Google Earth view allows dispatchers to better monitor the status of active units.

A New Era of Service ~ CAD System (cont’d from pg 27)

SAWS Hooking Up with Schertz-Seguin The cities of Schertz and Seguin were hailed July 14th for their regional water leadership by San Antonio Water System which hopes to save $128 million by using a water transmission pipeline owned by the two cities. Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin and Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies said they look forward to working with SAWS now that the utility has obtained a permit to pump water from the Carrizo Aquifer where the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp gets its water. At a press conference at SAWS headquarters, Chairman Alex Briesno praised Schertz and Seguin for creating the SSLGC and said working with the two cities will be a “win, win, win” situation. Other officials lauding Schertz and Seguin included Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio City Council members John Clamp and Reed Williams. On July 13th, SAWS obtained a longsought permit to pump water from the Carrizo Aquifer that could supply up to 40,000 houses. However, getting water



from that well site to a SAWS pump station would require building a nearly $260 million water pipeline unless SAWS uses the existing SSLGC transmission system. “It will still costs us about $131 million to build pipelines to tie in with the SchertzSeguin pipeline but we will save $128 million,” Briesno said, adding he hopes negotiations on use of the pipeline are concluded as soon as possible. Briseno said if an agreement with SSLCG is reached for use of its pipeline, it will still be about two years before Carrizo water makes it to SAWS customers. Mayor Baldwin said: “The message I would like everyone to get from this press conference is the strong spirit of cooperation among Schertz, Seguin, San Antonio and SAWS. By combining the money and talents of our different communities we can build a water program to serve South Texas and get water for everyone.”

San Antonio and Bexar Metro 9-1-1 will be a quantum leap forward in emergency (police, fire and EMS) response for Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe counties and represents the next generation of computer-aided dispatching. Computer Assisted Dispatch is a method of emergency services assisted by computer. The central idea is that persons in a dispatch center are able to easily view and understand the status of all units being dispatched. CAD provides displays and tools so that the dispatcher has an opportunity to handle calls-forservice as efficiently as possible. The CAD system that is being implemented in the San Antonio region and includes emergency services that cover all or parts of Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe counties, is being jointly funded by Bexar Metro 911 ($6 million); a federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant ($6 million); the City of San Antonio (approximately $2.5 million); and Bexar County (approximately $350,000). Schertz served as the beta for the CAD project. Schertz, a long-time proponent of regional cooperation is partnering with Bexar County and San Antonio on the project because it is uniquely situated in Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe counties along both IH-10 and IH-35. Additionally, Schertz EMS provides emergency medical services to a substantial area (over 220 sq. miles) between San Antonio, New Braunfels and Seguin that includes eight Metrocom cities located in the tricounty area.

(To the Left) Officials from Schertz, Seguin, San Antonio, Bexar County, and SAWS pose at a water supply press conference Wednesday, July 14th, at SAWS HQ. Schertz and Seguin were praised as regional leaders by officials from the other jurisdictions. From left are: San Antonio City Council members John Clamp and Reed Williams; Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin, Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies, SAWS president/CEO Robert Puente, SSLGC General Manager Alan Cockerell, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Schertz City Manager Don Taylor and SAWS Chairman Alex Briseno.



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“A DOCTOR’S CONFESSION TO THE CITY OF SCHERTZ…” Dear friend, I want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding, Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Martin. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and the two cute kids.” Well, I’m the guy in the middle. Years ago I was a college baseball player, but I developed a painful neck, shoulder and arm condition. In my case it came on suddenly. The pain in my hands was so intense that I couldn’t raise my arm above my head or even throw a baseball. I was afraid that I would lose my scholarship if it continued. I went to my trainer and medical doctor and was given anti-inflammatories. The problem with those medications is that they just mask the symptoms and in my case did not help. Finally, after steroid injections I decided against it. But, there’s more…A family member of mine convinces me to give their doctor a try. This new doctor did an exam, took some films, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I got relief, and I could use my arm again. Oh, did I mention that this doctor is a chiropractor. It worked so well that I went to chiropractic school myself. Now for McKenna and Cooper, who are the cute kids in the picture. They get adjusted regularly and are some of the healthiest kids you will know. Their mom is also problem-free even with all the bending and lifting a busy mom of two does. It might seem

like a small thing, but it makes a big difference to her. It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their neck, arm and shoulder problems. Also they come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “I have not had a headache in months”- (Mary J.) “Mood and attitude have improved” – (Lisa A.) Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s a simple as that! Forty-eight million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits are reduced. That’s where my I come in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. A whole week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You Benefit from an Amazing Offer- Look, you are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article, you will receive my entire new patient exam for $17. That’s with an evaluation and X-Rays….the whole ball of wax. But, please call right away because this offer expires on August 31, 2010, and I don’t want you to miss out.

By the way, further care is very affordable and you’ll be happy to know that I have affordable plans. You see I’m not trying to seduce you to come see me with this low start up fee, then to only make it up with high fees after that. Further care is very important to consider when making your choice of doctor. High costs can add up very quickly. Great care at a great fee…Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a lower fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications…I’m a Magna cum Laude graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I’ve been entrusted to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes that you may know. After practicing for four years in San Antonio I moved my practice to Schertz. I just have a low exam fee to help more people who need care. My Associate, Dr. Kyle Stringer, brings over five years of experience to our practice with the latest in pain-free techniques. My assistant is Jill, and she is really a great person. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. Our office is called Schertz Chiropractic and it is at 17323 IH 35 North Ste 106, (we are between 3009 and Schertz Parkway on the 35 South Access Road). Our phone number is 210-6466000. Call Jill or me today for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. -Patrick W. Martin, D.C. P.S. When accompanied by the first, I am also offering the second family member this same examination for only $10. P.S.S. Your time is just as valuable as ours, that’s why we will be with you promptly at your appointment.

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Library Advisory Board Meeting, 7:00 PM, Library


City Council Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers



City Council Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers


Schertz Historical Preservation Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM, Bob Andrews Conference Room

Transportation Safety Advisory Council, 5:30 PM, Council Chambers Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting, 5:30 PM, Citizens Police Academy Bob Andrews Room Alumni, 7 PM – Police Dept Board of Adjustments Meeting, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers Buffalo Valley Youth



Association, 6:00 PM, 401 Oak St


City Council Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers

WEDNESDAY, 11 Planning & Zoning Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers


Schertz Economic Development Corporation Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers


City Council Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers

WEDNESDAY, 25 Planning & Zoning Meeting, 6:30 PM, Council Chambers

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PHONE NUMBERS City of Schertz Elected Officials Mayor: Hal Baldwin 210-658-6466 Council Members: Cedric Edwards, Sr. 210-566-4540 Michael Carpenter 210-619-1045 Jim Fowler 210-658-1442 David Scagliola 830-606-1130 City Departments: City of Schertz 210-619-1000 Animal Control 210-619-1550 Business/Utilities 210-619-1100 City Manager 210-619-1000 City Secretary 210-619-1030 Civic Center 210-619-1600 Customer Care/311 210-619-1000 Economic Development 210-619-1070 EMS (non-emergency) 210-619-1400 Fire (non-emergency) 210-619-1300 Human Resources 210-619-1150 Information Technology 210-619-1180 Inspections 210-619-1750 Municipal Court Clerks 210-619-1500 Parks & Recreation 210-619-1850 Planning & Zoning 210-619-1780 Police (non-emergency) 210-619-1200 Public Affairs 210-619-1630 Public Library 210-619-1700 Public Works 210-619-1800 Records 210-619-1000 Website:



Julianne Royce Miss FriendlyCity


My name is Julianne Royce. I’m a 2010 graduate of Steele High School and looking forward to my freshman year at Angelo State— Go Rams!! I am currently Miss Friendly City for the City of Schertz Sweetheart Court. This is my third year on the court, and my experiences have been amazing. I am truly going to miss it next year. In high school, I was very active in the Cibolo Creek FFA Chapter. I held multiple officer positions in FFA and showed 1 heifer, 10 steers, 15 hogs, and 4 sheep throughout my high school years. I was also on the livestock judging team, which qualified for state three years in a row! I am a recipient of a $10,000 dollar scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for livestock judging by out-judging 812 other students from across the state. I enjoy helping junior FFA members showing animals and working with them. In my free time, I like to hunt, fish, and spend time with my family and friends. This past summer, you could find me working at Natural Bridge Caverns, hanging out by the pool, or listening to Texas Country Music. I am very sad to see this chapter of my life come to an end, but am excited to start writing a new one. I would like to just thank everyone that supported me through the years and was there for me every step of the way.

Area Cheerleaders Seek Support from the Community When the first game was played, a cheerleader was there to root the players on! Centuries later, there is rarely a sport played that doesn’t have some sort of cheerleader on the sidelines pumping up the spectators. The SchertzCibolo-Universal City school district (SCUCISD) is fortunate to have two schools that field great athletes and cheerleading squads to remind everyone what school spirit is all about. Steele Cheerleading Coach Kristy Lovett and Clemens Coach Rebecca Rios will tell you their cheerleaders aren’t just in a social club, they are athletes that practice hard to make the routines look easy. Cheerleading is a sport which includes all the art and talent of dance, tumbling, cheer, jumps and stunting. Being a cheerleader take a lot of practice and dedication. Cheerleaders learn basic hand movements and jumps; they work on and maintain their dance and voice skills. Additionally, a cheerleader has to be talented, have an energetic personality, and the

ability to bring smiles to the spectators of the events. And because members of the squad have to develop and perform routines, a squad is only as good as its weakest member, so it benefits everyone to raise the level of cheerleading throughout the whole team. Cheerleading is not limited to football these days. Now cheerleading squads perform at basketball games, softball games, and many other school activities and civic events. And because most cheerleading squads are not funded by schools, team members spend their free time fundraising to be able to perform at school events. According to Steele senior and Cheerleading Squad Captain Courtney Van Wert, Steele’s fundraisers include selling raffle tickets for the booster club (for competition), and selling their ‘Battle of 3009’ t-shirts. “It’s a lot of work, but we have fun,” says Courtney. Sarah Fox, Clemens’ Cheerleading Captain, says

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they, too, spend a lot of time raising funds for the squads activities. Clemens fundraisers include a cheer clinic, parents’ night out, and a summer camp for Corbett Jr. High. Fox says of her experiences fundraising and cheering, “It’s been really fun and I’m looking forward to hopefully doing it in college”

It’s tough being a cheerleader, and it’s even tougher when hard-working kids have to pay for nearly everything themselves - they deserve someone working on their behalf to raise funds also. The next time you cheer on your Buffaloes or your Knights, remember the cheerleaders are giving it all for you! If you would like to help the cheer programs at Samuel Clemens or Steele High Schools, contact:

Samuel Clemens Coach, Rebecca Rios 1001 Elbel Rd, Schertz, TX 78154 (210) 748-5898 Steele Coach, Kristy Lovett 1300 FM 1103 Cibolo, TX 78108 (210) 619-4000

Special thanks to Sarah and Courtney for being the cover models for this month’s edition of Schertz Tales!

Erin Harvey Miss Tri-County


Hi! My name is Erin. I’m a senior at Steele High School and represent the City as Miss Tri-County. I love the Texas sky. It’s so limitless and beautiful. I’m still a Girl Scout – I cherish the leadership and service opportunities I find through this organization. I attend Schertz United Methodist Church where I attend youth group, stock the soda machine, sing in the youth choir, and co-teach a Sunday school class. Between school, work, Girl Scouts, and church, I stay pretty busy. When I find free time (which is rare) I like to write. I’m working on a novel. Its working title is Tad the Unenlightened, but don’t expect it to hit the shelves of bookstores anytime soon – it’s very much a work in progress. I’m passionate about science and drawing my own lines. I figure it’s okay to color inside the lines – so long as the colors are bright and the lines are my own. I will attend the University of North Texas in the fall where I will study biochemistry and hope to pursue a career in medicine. I’m not sure exactly what the future holds (ESP isn’t one of my talents…), but I’m sure it holds something great.




Zumba at 6:00PM and 7:00PM

August 17

Schertz Chamber Luncheon 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Schertz Civic Center 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Bldg #5

(210) 619-1611

August 21-22

Alamo Expo: Puppies!! 10:00AM - 6:00PM




August 2010  

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