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A Community that Cares is Prepared

I love the cover photo by JB Williamson that he named ‘just fishing.’ Clearly (pun intended) on a winter-ish day, Texas-style, I can almost feel the day’s cool, crisp temperature. Worth a special mention is the clarity of the shallow water in the center of the photo – the water chilly enough so too many waders haven’t made it murky; the fisherman similarly clears his mind of cluttered thoughts, captivated with catching fish in the quiet of the day. How lucky (or wise) we are to live in the Hill Country... and Money Magazine agrees. In their search for the “Best Places to Live,” Canyon Lake came in 2nd in a list of 50 of their ‘Least Crowded Towns” – towns with lots of room to breath, that are experiencing population growth, thriving economically with median family income above the state average, with “all you could want to raise a family.” Aside from the water activities, bonuses include “home prices at a steal for under $150K,”and a “sense of community”... with traditions like Christmastime’s boat parade and the “annual kids fishing derby that bring businesses and residents together.” Canyon Lake stands above the rest in so many ways. Two genius ideas promoted locally just for kids beat any I’ve seen anywhere: (1) buying bicycles for top readers – the Pilot Club’s contribution to TPML’s Summer Reading program, and (2) WORD’s FunFish for Kids that coincides with the state’s trout restocking. While not officially part of the 4th Annual Troutfest at Rio Raft (unique in its own right) that’s held the same weekend, FunFish is a fitting finale that you can’t find anywhere else – all homegrown by folks you can’t find anywhere else. Our Canyon Lake Community profile this month is Jane Bowen, the President-elect of the Canyon Lake Rotary – the group that’s small in numbers but huge in impact with their arms reaching many kids in all kinds of meaningful ways. As a new CASA, Jane is making a difference in the life of an indivdual child as well. With Crisis Planning one of her specialties – and preparedness one of Canyon Lake’s too, Jane fits well in a community that cares. The book, “The Windows to Heaven” is featured in the popular Library program, Canyon Lake Reads. Everyone reads it at the same time; discussions about the 1900 Hurricane in Galveston will include what we have learned (or not) about being prepared. Individuals who care to Make A Difference make Canyon Lake stand out; and a community that cares is prepared.

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Not all elections are decided in November: Vote March 4th!

by Jen Crownover The first Tuesday in November is commonly referred to as “Elec- common sense and conservative values to tion Day,” but this is not entirely true. Municipal and other special make sure Comal County stays strong and elections are usually in May, and the Republican & Democratic Pri- safe. Because growth is inevitable, smart, maries are in the early spring–generally in March. This year it is strategic planning is imperative to maintain balance for our county, our resources, and scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The difference in turnout in Primary elections vs. the General our citizens. Backed by a degree in business, elections is astounding, especially when the differences in the out- experience as a small business owner, and comes are no less important. In Precinct 4 of Comal County alone, years of volunteer service to our community, I am prepared to lead there are roughly 20,000 registered voters. The historical turnout for Comal County for your benefit. I would appreciate your vote. Please call me anytime you have a Precinct 4 for the past few elections is illustrated below: question or concern at 830-515-8610 or Mar 2010 Primary 4,707

Nov 2010 Primary 10,598

May 2012 Primary 4,077

July 2012 Runoff 3,703

Nov 2012 General 14,280

Nov 2013 CISD Bond 3,920

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Locally speaking, we have a big Primary slated for March 4. Consider this: out of the three national, 16 state, three district and 12 local elections, ten are decided already by default (they drew no competition), and nine will be decided solely in the primary (unless there is a runoff) because there is no Democrat in the race for November, including my own bid for County Commissioner, Pct 4. I know Comal County residents take their responsibility to vote seriously. Local elections can (and have been) decided by votes you can count on one hand. Let’s blow these statistics out of the water and rock the vote in March! Like you, I want to see the excellent leadership we have cometo appreciate continue in our county. I have the education, energy,

Jen Crownover, Republican candidate for County Commissioner, Pct. 4, is active in Canyon Lake Youth Football, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Comal County Parks Development Committee, the Joint Sports Fundraising Coalition, the Groundwater Conservation District Stakeholders Group, CRRC and numerous other community initiatives. Her husband, Mike, and their two sons are also active volunteers.

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The hard work of relaxing.... Retirement’ is defined online as “leaving one’s job and ceasing to work.” That is, unless you’re Jane Bowen. She and her husband, Alan, moved to Canyon Lake full time in 2009 “when she retired.” But ‘ceasing to work’ was the challenge she chose to avoid. Jane and Alan met early in her career when they both worked at Rohm and Haas in Houston; she was conducting a training session; he was a Production Supervisor. They have four adult kids between them: Jessica, Jeremy, Alan Jr., and Ashley. This year, Jane decided to give up working as much during her retirement. At her slowed pace, she is the President-elect of the Canyon Lake Rotary; she just completed training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and is eager to meet the kids. She is a new board member for both EMS and the Canyon Lake Area Chamber, in addition to her continued service (that isn’t new) for the New Braunfels Chamber and the San Marcos Chamber. Jane’s idea of a slower pace was a surprise, but so was her career. Jane was a Plant Manager for Rohm and Haas at three different chemical plants. Far from the stereotype my memories form, Jane is too young, too pretty, too feminine, and too warm and friendly – quite different from any plant managers I’ve met. Jane grew up with three brothers and three sisters in “middle America” in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Married soon after high school, she had two small children while she earned her degree in Chemical Engineering (and later her MBA). Rohm and Haas was her first and only employer. She started in process research and later worked in manufacturing and development in her 11 years at the Houston plant. As a young woman chemical engineer, Jane said she never resisted crawling around hot pipes or climbing the ladders as any man would in the same 24/7 job. She never considered it as any grand achievement – rather just part of the job. Soon she was a Production Manager over a couple of hundred employees – about a third of the plant before becoming Plant Manager. Next she was Plant Manager over a “small plant in Illinois” with three reactors producing latex emulsions; she managed capital projects and supervised about 500 employees. Did she encounter pockets of rebellious male workers? Surely there were some ingrained with the sexism that was more prevalent 30 years ago. She paused briefly to consider what appeared to be for the first time, and said almost bewildered, “if there was any resent-

ment or resistance [to a woman in charge], I never saw any of it.” She recalled, however, that there were no women’s restrooms out in the plants then. The sign said Men’s Room and on the back of it, it said Women’s, requiring she flip the sign when she entered. Jane was also Plant Manager in Kentucky at a site that basically had three plants within one to make acrylic emulsions, plastic additives, and solvent based emulsions. Her assignment was to project the profitability of plant. When she determined it should close, she and Alan decided to retire to Canyon Lake. Accustomed to 60-70 hour workweeks, Jane found too much relaxation in Texas was, well, “boring.” When she and some of her former co-workers realized that together, they had a powerhouse of knowledge and experience, they became management consultants for special industry projects. They could steer capital projects, or expansions and waltz in often knowing the area as well as the people. Jane was also an interim plant manager once. She now assists local business owners with strategic planning and operational effectiveness and often handling tasks that might get shelved for lack of manpower or a rainy day project – until a big event, like West, gravely reminds them that up-to-date crisis planning is critical. How old is your list of employees?.. and their current station? ..and the ability to communicate if power is down? Who will secure the scene if an investigation is needed? Frequent mandatory drills were credited on 9/11 with dramatically lower death tolls. It’s known as ‘preparedness’ and it’s appreciated most when you least expect it. So as Jane would fly out as a consultant for a couple of months, she would return for a few weeks and realized she knew almost no one. She also knew the easiest way to meet people is to get involved in your community. And she jumped right in for her favorite causes. Jane was a girl scout leader when her girls were young but she was generally too busy at work to volunteer much. As part of the plant’s community outreach, she was a Kiwanas and a Rotarian in a club of about 400 people. She was surprised the local Canyon Lake Rotary produces so much with less than 15 members! The talents Jane once offered nationally are now directed locally. Planning skills offered to the corporate world are refocused to apply to smaller businesses. Smaller makes it simpler, and yes, it is a slower pace. With her few commitments, Jane can relax, stay busy and meet new people all at the same time.

The Rotary Club was one of 52 clubs (out of 34,000 worldwide) honored in 2012 by Rotary International, with the ”Significant Achievement” award, for its literacy program that helped 1st graders in Canyon Lake elementary schools learn to and love to read. Handmade bookcases, adopted by many Romantic Rendezvous attendees last year, were awarded to students achieving their grade level in reading. The club continues to focus on education, providing needy, worthy students with scholarship funding during each of their college semesters for four years. This helps students know they have regular money to rely upon, instead of taking out more loans or dropping out of school due to expenses. The Rotary Club supports the CRRC Food Pantry with turkeys at Thanksgiving, and serves in volunteer positions at the annual North Pole Village community event. Members also help with fundraising for the Salvation Army each December, and donate time to assist Operation: Float a Soldier’s fun day on the lake for wounded warriors. ~ Maureen Schein, publicity. Jane can be reached through the Rotary Club at 830-964-4744 or ~ C A N YO N L A K E V I E W S ~ F E B RUA RY 2 0 1 4 ~

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I would like to share some important information illustrating a serious and consequential problem that you may not be aware of. For years we have been informed by stock brokers, investment and retirement planners that we could safely withdraw 4% out of a sound investment/savings portfolio as retirement income without the risk of running out of money through retirement. This 4% rule became the guiding standard for the past several decades. A research study in 2008 by Nobel Laureate William Sharp revealed that the 4% guideline was not completely safe. Look at these new Life Expectancy During Retirement mortality statistics published by the Society of Actuaries, which show the “Probability of Living from 65 to Various Ages,” not life expectancy at birth. Age 65 to age: Male: Female: Survivor:

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This actuarial mortality table indicates an average female (age 65) has a 21% probability of 30 years in retirement, and married couples have a 31% of a surviving spouse living 30 years in retirement! We are faced with the formidable procedure of creating income for a very long time. A Society of Actuaries report shows increasing longevity as a major retirement risk. Four in ten retirees and pre-retirees underestimate their longevity by five or more years. Studies in 2013 by Dr. Wade Pfau (doctorate in economics from Princeton University and professor of retirement income at The American College), and Dr. David Blanchett, established that using the economic climate of the 21st Century for analysis, the historic 4% rule would have an average failure rate of over 50%! This means that you would run out of money before the end of retirement.  Dr. Pfau’s 2013 study; “Extending the Efficient Frontier for Retirement Income,” plotted 1,001 different financial allocations to identify the most efficient mixes of investment products, especially its ability to produce 25 to 30 years of retiree income. What allocation preformed best in the study? The combination of stocks and a SPIA (single premium immediate annuity). Many professional retirement income specialists suggest designating a portion of savings/investments to a SPIA, enough to cover basic monthly expenses. The insurance company is on the hook for this responsibility for your entire life, regardless of how the stock market performs. Depending primarily on age and gender, the SPIA could generate an annual payout rate of 6% to 7% – a successful way to help solve our longevity retirement risk, vs. bonds, CDs, or under-performing market assets. Should an SPIA, or a Joint and Survivor annuity, be included in your retirement income? Perhaps so. It’s never to late to add some stability to retirement income. I’m pleased to receive my guaranteed life-time SPIA check each month.    The information provided is not meant to give legal, tax or financial advice.

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When is a real estate agent a REALTOR®? by Betty Giannone

A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when he or she becomes a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), The Voice for Real Estate®, the world’s largest professional association. The term “REALTOR®” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and abides by its strict Code of Ethics. The most respected of Real Estate brokerages will only have certified realtors representing them in their offices. A national company will also ensure that training and updated guidelines are adhered to. Founded in 1908, NAR has grown from its original nucleus of 120 members to more than 1 million today. NAR is composed of REALTORS® who are involved in residential and commercial real estate as brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors and others who are engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. Members belong to one or more of 1,700 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of REALTORS® and can join one of our many institutes, societies, and councils. Additionally, NAR offers members the opportunity to be active in our appraisal and international real estate specialty sections. REALTORS® are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. In our area, there are three multiple listing services (MLS): San Antonio, Central Texas and the Austin MLS. All three need to be used to get the maximum exposure of the property you are wanting to sell, or are seeking to purchase. Working for America’s property owners, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research, and exchange of information among its members. Betty Giannone and her husband, Steve, have lived in the Hill Country and worked in the real estate industry for over 25 years. They specialize in marketing and transaction management for both the seller and buyer. For more information, feel free to call or email them. Prudential Don Johnson Co. RealtoRS®

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by Terry Schroller

Alright, listen up all you river dwellers and loose soil kind of people! Along with being plagued with spiders, squirrels, big roaches, lizards and obnoxious tubers, here’s one more ya’ll can add to the list: Atta Texana. Sounds like the name of a guerilla leader, does it not? Commonly referred to as the cut ant, parasol or umbrella ant, those little (insert your pet name here) can quickly strip the flora from your personal greenbelt posthaste. FYI, these industrious little buggers take what was your formerly flourishing favorite bushie thing down into their lair and grow fungus on the cuttings to feed the colony. What!? That’s right, they are farmers! They are extremely efficient at it to boot. Colonies are established slightly above an underground water source. Temperatures and humidity are kept at optimum levels by opening or closing holes at ground entrances. A starter colony can be a single mound. An established commune can cover an entire acre with over 2 million inhabitants. The nests average about 25 feet in depth with forage trails extending out to 600 feet in any direction. The ants vary in size from 1/16” to 1/2”. The big girls guard the nest while medium girls forage and construct tunnels. The small girls maintain the fungal gardens and care for the brood ants. The lowly males are bred only for mating and die shortly thereafter. I mean, who wants to live with 2 million females anyway!? There’s probably mass rioting and intense negotiations every 28 days! The estrogen level alone would kill you! Activity above ground depends on temperature. In the summer, they usually forage at night. Wintertime, they will forage in daytime and during the spring, both day and night. Control options are few and they have few natural enemies. At the present time, there is only one bait available labeled for cut ant control and you’ll have to make multiple applications. Almost any insecticide will stop the foragers, but if you’re not willing to go on night patrol, that lovely garden may look like a stick farm in one evening! Terry and Valerie Schroller, owners of Alternative Pest Control, have been in the pest control business since 1976. Their license categories include General Pests, Termites, Weeds and Lawn and Ornamentals. For more information, call 830-899-5400, email Val at or contact them through their website.


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An important responsibility of homeownership is regular maintenance and small repairs. Even renters are often expected to handle small repairs for out of town landlords. This month we are going to focus on taking care of those little things around the house that are weighing on you and taking up your valuable brain space. Like many others, as the new year began, you may have written a new list of needed repairs but haven’t checked many items off. This month, let’s get back on track. I’ve mentioned it here before; and many of my customers have said that it helped them take better care of their home; so let me reiterate... make yourself a repair list. On the list, you should decide which items are urgent and which can be placed further down the list. If you need help deciding the urgency, a handy professional with a wide range of knowledge is available to advise you. No matter where the item is numerically on the list, however, remember that they are all important and need to be completed. You know what needs to be done around your home. You also know that all you need to do is take care of it, so it doesn’t continue weighing on your mind. Even worse, some could be allowing damage to occur – like possible water damage from cracking caulk. Remember how good it felt the last time you checked a nagging item off your list and you said to yourself, “Wow, that was easy; I should have done that a long time ago!” We wish all repairs were quick and easy. It’s important to accurately estimate how long a task will take. Sometimes homeowners begin a project that they think will take two hours, but four hours later they realize it’s really a two day project. Don’t despair; you’ve started and it will take a little longer than planned. Be patient. You’ll feel great about finishing what you started and that item will no longer be on your mind. Run out of time? Call your handy professional to finish it for you. No matter how hard you try, some jobs are just going to be too much for a homeowner to tackle. That’s when you should contact a professional first. Regardless of who completes the task, the task gets completed and you can check it off your list. Depending on what they are, he might can take care of more than one in one trip. Remember, don’t let small things become big issues. Try to tackle some items as they arise and your new list might not be as big next year. 

Mark “Hank” Hannah, a Canyon Lake area resident for over 12 years, is the owner/operator of Handy Hank, a professional handyman service who is on time and offers a straight price – your satisfaction is his main concern. Services include pressure washing, painting, general home maintenance and repairs, and more. Call 830-899-5199 to schedule an appointment.

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by Staci Peterson Multi-Vitamin. It used to be that 100% of the calories in our diet came from the nutrient rich tissues of plants and animals. Today about 2/3 of the calories in our standard American diet come from the following four food groups: sugar, fats and oils, processed grains and alcohol. The act of processing depletes the food of nearly all B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, E and many of the minerals. Factory farming has also changed the way our food is grown and distributed. The food supply industry adds to the nutrient depleting problem by using chemical fertilizers, which rely on nitrogen, and phosphorus and ignores the importance of trace minerals. Added to this problem is the use of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides that kill soil bacteria which decreases nutrient absorption. Our foods are also harvested before they have become ripe – to prepare for shipment all over the world – thus limiting their enzyme and nutrient values. My favorite choice in a multi-vitamin will be in a whole food form that has no fillers or anything artificial added. Omega 3 Fish Oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are key for normal development and growth. Lack of dietary intake of omega-3s and too much intake of omega-6 fatty acids is believed to be a significant contributing factor to many diseases. The human body doesn’t make omega-3s, we have to get them from our diet or supplements. Studies show strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. There’s good evidence that diets high in omega-3 fatty acids help with rheumatoid arthritis. Past evidence pointed to omega-3s reducing risk of heart attacks, strokes and death from heart disease. They have also been linked to asthma, cancer, depression, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Always look for molecularly distilled fish oil to make sure it is free of mercury and PCB contamination. Probiotics. What are probiotics? Specifically, a probiotic is a live microorganism that is beneficial to the host organism, in this case, you! The usefulness of taking probiotics has been well established. Studies from Harvard show they can help us far beyond our digestive wellness. A high quality probiotic supplement can enhance our immune system, promote feminine hygiene, strengthen urinary tract health, and even promote good dental health. If you need antibiotic therapy, it is essential to put the good bacteria back in your system. The best ones for general health will have the bacteria L. casei, L. Planatarum, L. Rhamnosus Where included with the acidophilus. Servuce Makes a Difference Staci Peterson is the Wellness Specialist at Wimberley Pharmacy and BJ’s Pharmacy in San Marcos. For information, call 512-847-2288.

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February is National Veterinary Dental Month! by Ryan Bullock, DVM

Because this month is “National Dental Month,” I figured it would be a great time to review why dental cleanings are so important in pets and to help you determine if your pet may be in need of one.                Have you ever flipped your pet’s lip up to look at their teeth? If you see a noticeable line of yellow tartar on the gum line, reddened gums, and some smelly breath, then it’s probably time take him/ her to see your vet to see if they need a dental cleaning. Pets don’t brush their teeth two to three times a day like we do, so they are bound to get tartar buildup… which leads to gingivitis… and so on.  A dental cleaning is not just brushing the teeth, it’s cleaning the tartar off the teeth with an ultrasonic scaler similar to what is used during a human dental cleaning. The teeth are then polished, normally with some type of sealant to help prevent tartar buildup from reoccurring as quickly. In more severe cases, tooth extractions might be indicated to prevent further infection. Dogs require anesthesia for this procedure, so it is normally an all day affair in which you drop them off at the clinic in the morning, and then take them home that afternoon. The reason why this is so important is that bacteria grow under the line of tartar in pet’s mouths. This bacteria cause damage to the tooth enamel, gingival recession, bad breath, and discomfort with eating and drinking. The bacterial infection can also lead to tooth root abscesses and get into the blood stream and cause infections of the heart valves, liver, and kidneys. Generally speaking, small breed dogs will have dental disease earlier and more often than large breed dogs. Brushing, dental chews, and dental diets are the best ways to prevent tartar buildup. But, once the tartar is present, a professional dental cleaning is the most effective way to clean if off. Most of our clients are impressed with how much better their pet seems to feel with their new healthy mouths, especially those that had more serious dental disease.  If you have been putting off getting your pet’s teeth cleaned, this month may be a great time to do it as many hospitals (including ours) offer significant discounts all month to encourage pet owners to give their pets a healthy mouth! Ryan Bullock, DVM and Keith Leakey, DVM, are the owners of Canyon Animal Clinic and Canyon City Animal Hospital, full service primary care veterinary hospitals. Jeff Quinn, DVM, and Stephanie Horstmann, DVM, complete the veterinarian staff. For information, call 830-964-3696 at 1834 FM 2673 in Sattler, 830-964-3551 at 13755 FM 306 in Canyon City or visit Grooming by Sabrina Mon & Wed, Tanner on Fridays at FM 306 Serving Canyon Lake for nearly 40 years

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by Jim Dannehy A lot of folks already know the basic look they want for their flooring when they start their spring remodeling project. For others, the choice is wide open. There are many options to choose from these days; looking over the selection might be a good way to pass some time when you’re hunkered down on one rainy day. To get started, you will need to consider the room size, traffic patterns (its function), color, light sources, design and style along with existing furniture and accessories just to name a few. If your room is small, select a lighter color to make the room look larger. Rich darker colors create a warmer more intimate environment in a larger room. In small rooms, a narrow board or small patterns will work when the pattern is visually interrupted by an island or furniture. However, a large pattern or wider plank, or larger tile can visually expand a small room. Choose your floor to coordinate with the style you like. Whether your home is traditional, country or contemporary, your floor can make a statement. For traditional or country/contemporary decors, a random wood plank or rustic ceramic is appropriate. Single width planks and crisp geometrics are more likely to be used in a contemporary setting. Polished marble and ancient stones with inset designs have a beautiful look for traditional homes. Choose a color to either coordinate or contrast with your current furniture and cabinetry. To coordinate with a resilient floor, your tones need to work well together; the floor color will serve to pull the furniture and decorative pieces together visually. For wood and laminate, if your cabinets are brown tones, stay with the brown tones rather than flooring with red or gray tones. For contrast, white or almond cabinets look great with any floor. Darker wood tones usually have a more formal or more traditional look while lighter tones lend themselves to more casual styles. Today’s floor coverings are available in an array of the latest color trends for home designs. Select one that adds interest, design and excitement to your room. You may select a color family which coordinates with your countertop, wallpaper, or dinnerware you expect to use in your room. If your goal is to add character and interest in your room, consider the rich rare species of laminate or exotic hardwood that create drama in any room. Likewise, the visual depth of rustic slate, ancient stones, or porcelain tiles lend character to any setting. Relax, have fun, take samples home, place them in your room, and take your time, because your floor is an investment in your home and a reflection of your lifestyle. Jim and Joyce Dannehy are 25-year residents of Canyon Lake and owners of Comal Floors & Interiors. For 30 years, Jim wholesaled major manufacturer products to retail floor covering stores and knows them all. For more information, call Jim at 830-964-2407.


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by Randy Lawrence

Occasionally homeowners in our area are targeted by well placed advertising campaigns designed to perpetuate myths about traditional methods of softening water, and to appeal to the growing desire to use “ecofriendly” technologies in our homes. With rare exceptions like technology developed in Germany, it’s important to note that most alternative products have existed for decades, like magnets, catalytic stabilizers, or electrostatic precipitation. 8th page @ $125/mo Those units are routinely sold by marketing companies via telephone or websites, and usually require installation by a third party, such as a plumber. The results of these systems are non-quantifiable. In other words, their performance cannot be tested. This means the results are completely subjective, and often a “placebo effect” can give the homeowner a false sense of security. The commercials and print ads frequently feature misleading language to intentionally reinforce commonly held misconceptions about water softeners, while offering little or no information to support their claims about the miracle cure they are asking you to pay for. Understandably, what they won’t tell you is that water treatment equipment manufacturers have also spent their time learning from the problems of the past, and developing systems that are far more efficient and user-friendly than ever. It’s often said that there are only two universal constants: death and taxes. At the risk of sounding cliché, there are some things we all heard grandpa say that seem to apply in most cases. First, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Sometimes it’s difficult to see through the smoke and mirrors when you truly want to believe what you’re seeing. As common as it is, it still hurts to realize that some people will tell you anything you want to hear in order to get into your wallet. Consider this, “If it really worked, wouldn’t everybody have one?” I know it sounds corny, but the reality is that water treatment is not a “one size fits all” business, despite the way some are sold. A licensed, reputable water treatment installer can compile the required information needed to design and recommend a low maintenance, long-term solution to your family’s unique water concerns. An installer who is required to recommend only the brand he works on will find his service limited.17

Randy Lawrence is the owner of ProQuality Water Systems, a full service water treatment company with 15 years experience. He is one of only five Class III Certified Water Treatment Specialists in Hays County (LIC# WT0002693). For more information, call Randy at 512-618-1334 or 830-822-3533, or email him at “When you want quality, call a pro.”

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roud Chamber Members

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16th Annual

BBQ Cook-Off

If you ask someone about Canyon Lake and what happens the fourth Saturday in April, then there is only one thing that comes to mind.... sitting on the banks of Canyon Lake eating some delicious smoked brisket, pork spare ribs and chicken. The Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their 16th Annual BBQ Cook-off and you can almost smell that BBQ cooking already. This year we have added some things to kick it up a notch or two. In addition to the fabulous auction items, BBQ and beer, this year we have added a 5K run to benefit Operation Float A Soldier and a live performance of the Canyon Lake High School Band to kick off this event. The annual BBQ is returning to Jacob’s Creek Park off of FM 306 with over 20+ BBQ Teams (as of today)! The proceeds from this event will help fund the Chamber’s promotion of Canyon Lake nationwide and also Operation Float A Soldier. This year the Cook Teams will be competing for best brisket, chicken, ribs, unique pit, showmanship, and overall winner. If you would like to find out more about entering a Cook Team, please contact the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The people at Operation Float A Soldier (OFAS) will hold a 5K run before the cook-off to start of the day’s events. OFAS is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization who helps military members that have been wounded in service for our country. It’s their goal to give these brave men and women the opportunity to take a break from grueling rehab at the hospital by providing outdoor recreational activities and fellowship for them and their families. For more information, please contact Ernie Dominguez, Director of Development, We are also proud to have our very own Canyon Lake High School Band performing during this day’s event. The Canyon Lake High School Band has really come into their own over that last couple of years after being recognized and winning awards at several different events. This year is going to be one to remember and you won’t want to miss out. So mark on your calendar – CANYON LAKE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BBQ Cook-off to be held at San Antonio Joint Base, 698 Jacobs Creek Park Road on April 26th! Richard Ferrell is the Executive Director of the Canyon Lake Area Chamber located at 3934 FM 2673. For more information, call 830964-2223 or toll free 800-528-2104 or visit

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roud Chamber Members


Ad Sponsors

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hanks to Our January Renewing Members!


You make us strong!

Gonzalez - Friend of the Chamber A & E Air-conditioning and Heating Hill Country Resorts AG Hill Country Lake Properties/ Home Focus Real Estate Guide Armando Garcia AirCare/Canyon Lake Air Conditioning K & S Inspections Lazy L & L Campground Canyon Animal Clinic, Inc. Lowes Market/Startzville #108 Canyon Lake Art Guild New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Canyon Lake Cottages North Shore United Methodist Church Canyon Lake Gorge Canyon Lake Village Civic Association Paradise River Retreat Rio Guadalupe Resort Comal I.S.D. Rustic Ridge Bed & Breakfast Comaltex Insurance Agency, Inc. Community Resource & Recreation Ctr Silver Sage Grille Tye Preston Memorial Library & Cooking It Up With The Carles Friends Gennaro’s Trattoria Wells Fargo Bank - Sattler Goin’ Postal

The Chamber appreciates VFW Post 8573’s donation

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The Chamber is very grateful to VFW Post 8573 in Sattler for their generous donation toward our mission to spruce up the communities’ Christmas decor. Their donation allowed us to purchase much-needed supplies. We’d like for them to know that their thoughtfulness is truly making a difference in our communities. [Publisher Note: The Canyon Lake Views is very grateful to Chamber members for voting us the 2013 Business of the Year!! We are absolutely delighted and soooooo proud. Thanks!] 1st Monthly Chamber Mixer of 2014

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Vital Issues & Christian Belief Sundays at 10:30 AM

God’s Answers for Today’s Issues FeBruAry 16: Does the Soul Survive Death? FeBruAry 23: The Sin God Cannot Forgive MArCh 2: The Sin That Brings Death MArCh 9: Women in the Pulpit?

A good conversation is very enjoyable to me. I like to visit with people, sometimes total strangers, about the really important issues. By “important” I don’t mean “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” or the score of the latest Spurs game or the latest episode of “Duck Dynasty,” I couldn’t care less (although it is neat when the Spurs win!). I like to talk about such things like where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going, and in most of my conversations, I talk about God and Jesus Christ.  I’ve met some fascinating and intelligent conversationalists at several of my regular haunts around the Lake, especially Cheri’s Old Tyme Barber Shop in Sattler, Express-Lube in Sattler, Hancock Mini-Mart, and Subway. When they discover what I do, pastor of Hill Country Bible Church, many of them say something like, “You’re that guy who writes in the View!” And some of them say they enjoy the columns and that they are planning to visit the church.  So, I address this column to all the great people I’ve met and talked with and issue a personal invitation to you – join us this Sunday morning to continue our conversations.  We have begun the new year at Hill Country Bible Church with a series of sermons about the Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and SelfControl. We are also studying Bible prophecy and the Book Of Revelation in Adult Sunday School. We have great music – both traditional and contemporary, and a newly formed youth group with dynamic leaders. We hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Dr. Franklin Watts Dr. Franklin Watts, Pastor, is also a social work consultant for nine nursing homes. Hill Country Bible Church is located at 20885 FM306. Sunday School is held at 9:30am; Worship Service at 10:30am with Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study at 7pm. Call him at the church office at 830-935-2945 or 210-415-2365 (cell) or stop by 20885 FM306 @ Tamarack Drive.

Hill Country Bible Church Sunday School 9:30 am – Worship 10:30 am Hwy 306 @ Tamarack Shores

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by Charles Sullivan Many prescription drugs are highly regulated; everyone should know it is the job for your doctor to prescribe medicine. Just as I would not act as my own plumber, nor advise someone to be their own lawyer, I must tell you to not exchange prescription drugs with others. It’s not legal – period, and the penalties step up the more dangerous the prescription drug. Doctors and Pharmacists are professionals that should know all of your prescriptions as well as non-prescription drug usage. Many medications do not work well together and can be very dangerous in the wrong combinations; there are contra-indicated drugs that should never be used together period. Read labels and pay attention to warnings on all prescription and non-prescription drugs. Now that I have given my two cents on the usage side, let me tell you about the legal side. The range of punishment for crimes involving prescription drug misuse ranges from a relatively minor misdemeanor all the way to a felony. Depending on the drug, some 1/8are 2010 VGuide @ $130 -cgGaramond Bold is font substances. assigned to different penalty groups of controlled When you start talking about dangerous drugs that contain amphetamines, or synthetic opiates, it can be a felony. Anti-depressants are Y heavily Both the A Tand T tranquilizers O R N E S regulated A T as Lwell. AW 1/12 forand CLViews Column April10it giver and receiver can be charged, if money is involved, Ofc: 830-899-3259 becomes more serious, particularly for the seller.8115 FM 2673 Cell: 210-863-6340 Lake There are defenses, and police must followCanyon the appropriate procedures, but please avoid swapping or purchasing/selling any prescription drug. The penalties are serious and, much like DWIs, it is expensive. If you need a prescription, see your doctor as it will provide protection for your health as well as save you legal expenses and complications. This is a huge problem in our community – and all communities. Charles Sullivan is the founder of Sullivan & Associates, PLLC. His practice is primarily in business, personal injury, real estate litigation, family, criminal and specializing in probates, wills, and trusts. For more information, he can be reached at 830-899-3259.

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JUST for Kids&the Community

Annual Pilot Club

Style Show & Luncheon • March 20th

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The annual Pilot Club Style Show and Luncheon fundraiser directly benefits the Summer Reading Program at Tye Preston Memorial Library The Pilot Club’s donation to TPML purchases the bicycles awarded to the readers that have read the most minutes and for other expenses of the reading program. The Pilot Club is dedicated to supporting the children in our area by supporting TPML, providing Bike Rodeos to teach our children bike safely and presenting Brainminder Puppet Shows to teach brain safety at our three elementary schools.  The Style Show & Luncheon will be held Thursday, March 20th at GVTC Auditorium. A group of 20 students from Smithson Valley High School Choir will be the entertainment. Doors open at 11am with the program beginning at 11:30am. Tickets at $15 each are available at TPML, the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce or from any Pilot member. For more information, see the Community Calendar or call 830-899-2444.



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The 4th Annual GRTU Troutfest, one of the largest outdoor fly fishing events in Texas is held at RioRaft Resort February 21-23. It begins on Friday evening with the usually sold out Fly-Fishing Banquet. Dave Whitlock, internationally known for his innovative fly-tying design will be featured with his wife, conservationist Emily Whitlock. Demonstrations, lectures and talented fly-tyers vary instruction from basic to master level. Saturday night, GRTU presents the widely popular International Fly Fishing Festival film on the shores of the Guadalupe at Rio Raft Resort; bring lawnchairs and blankets. The event generates funds used by GRTU to conserve and restore the cold tailwater fishery below the Canyon Dam. Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a chapter of Trout Unlimited, a Michigan 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation; consult your tax advisor for deductability of donations.

Online news stories at report that 24 Canyon Lake High students made the All Region Band in competitions against “25 other schools and more than 600 students at the Region 12 Association of Small School Bands contest on Dec 2, 2013," Congratulations to those students: Jared Bruckman, Troy Braden, Jordan Richie, Christian Duarte, Jarrett Sczech, Dexx Moore, Josh White, Jeremy Reinert, Marshall Haight, Leland Ott, Chris Moffitt, Mikaela Rigal, Veronica Martinez, Dustin Gonzales, Samantha Pippin, Erin Olsen, Cody Hauschild, Raceria Brietzke, Brittany Trevino, Alia Allen, Maraleigh Haight, Zachary Bailey, Brady Preiss, and Treven Martinez. (Source: Comal ISD website)

Canyon Lake High Student Makes All-State Band

Canyon Lake High junior Dustin Gonzales was recently named to the Class 3A All-State Band. Gonzales, who plays the clarinet, is one of about 100 Class 3A AllRegistration 11:30, Fishing Noon-3:30, Awards 3:45 Fun Fish, WORD’s 18th annual FREE kids fishing event for State Band members. The competition started at the district level all kids ages 3-16 is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, at Camp with more than 12,000 Class 3A band members statewide. “Making the All-State band is very difficult to do,” said Mark Huaco Springs at 4150 River Road (Rocking R). Coinciding with one of Texas Park & Wildlife’s annual trout stocking, the event’s Watley, Canyon Lake High band director. “We’re very proud of popularity has skyrocketed. There are cash prizes for certain tags Dustin. I know he will represent our school and our district very (no fish dinners). The ongoing event is a blast for kids but parents well.” Gonzales will perform with fellow Texas All-State Band who accompany them enjoy it too. Limited loaner poles are avail- members in San Antonio in February at the Henry B. Gonzalez able on a first come first served basis; it is recommended that you Convention Center, as part of the Texas Music Educators Associabring your own gear. For more information, visit tion (TMEA) Convention. (Source: Comal ISD website) or call 830-907-2300. Canyon Lake Views Page 20 February 2014

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Canyon Lake Reads: Edition II

Canyon Lake READS March Events

Together we read. Together we grow.

by Mary Alice Bethancourt

Important to continuing a successful tradition of Canyon Lake READS is its theme: “Together we read. Together we grow.” One begins to wonder, “What if everyone in our community read the same book... at the same time? What an experience!” Participants in the first Canyon Lake READS last year thought it so enjoyable and worthwhile, that the Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library will sponsor the second Canyon Lake READS to be held this March 2014. Planned as a month-long celebration, Canyon Lake READS - Edition II is designed to unite our community through the power of reading. This year’s book choice is “The Windows of Heaven” by prizewinning Texas author Ron Rozelle. Written as a novel, it gives an excellent portrayal of the devastating hurricane to hit Galveston in 1900. Still considered the worst natural disaster in US history, the storm killed between 6,000 and 8,000 people out of a population of only 37,000. It is part, not only of US, but also of our Texas history. Mr. Rozelle tells a very gripping story of people who faced a storm unlike any they had ever experienced. Many of the characters are based on real people who lived in the area, and some are of his own invention. While staying true to the actual timeline of weather events as they happened, the author tells a very human story. In addition to encouraging everyone to read the same book, numerous activities planned during the event are designed to support the themes of the book and to bring the community together. A grand kickoff to introduce the book opens the first week of the month-long celebration. Mr. Rozelle will be here during the second week to talk about writing the book and why he felt compelled to do so.  A special picture taken just three days before the storm that hangs above his desk may represent one of the reasons. It’s a photo of the children and nuns, soon to lose their lives, standing in front of the orphanage. A member of the same Order of Sisters of Charity who ran the orphanage will be here to tell how the Order still commemorates that tragic day.  Programs in the third week center on the weather and how we prepare for emergencies today. The week’s presentations include differences between hurricane tracking by the weather service currently and in 1900, a workshop on how our local agencies have prepared in Canyon Lake and Comal County to deal with flood and fire notification and recovery, and water usage plans to meet the future needs of the community.  Two musical performances are planned during the month, as well as a dramatic representation of scenes from the book. In the last week, a grand finale dinner allows Canyon Lake readers to celebrate their exploration of one of the most memorable events in Texas history.

“The Windows of Heaven” is available now at the Tye Preston MARCH 2014 Memorial Library sponsored by Friend’s Bookstore. Friends oF TPML Canyon Lake Views

Tye Preston Memorial Library (TPML) is located below the dam across from CRRC’s Rec Center at 16311 South Access Rd.

Thurs, March 6 @ 6:30pm Grand Kickoff - Book Review    Tues, March 11 @ 1:00pm • “Galveston Stories,” a film   Narrated by Linda Macdonald & Ron Rozelle  Wednesday, March 12 @ Noon • Presentation by Sister Mary Patricia Driscoll of the  Order of the Sisters of the Charity of the Incarnate Word Friday, March 14 • Time with the Author, Ron Rozelle: 

Morning Coffee @ 10:30am ~ Doing Research @ 2:00pm Trip Back to 1900 @ 6:00pm 

Wed, March 19 @ Noon • Cooking Presentation Gaido’s Famous Tiger Shrimp Thurs, March 20 @ 6:30pm Panel Discussion: Is Comal County prepared for a natural disaster? What are plans for future needs? March 23 @ 6:00pm  • Free Concert by Texas singer/songwriter, Brian Burns March 26 @ Noon, Saved by Forecasting: Hurricanes in South Texas Join speaker Paul Yura, Meteorologist, with the National Weather Service March 27 • Grand Finale Dinner ~ “Date Night in 1900” March 29 @ 1:00pm • Canyon Lake Gorge Guided Tour     Start reading early so you are ready for the events! Books are on sale now at the Friends of the Library Bookstore for $10 plus tax. Copies are also available at the library for checkout.        

Astronomy Night • February 22, 7pm-9pm

Observing the planets and the stars with New Braunfels Astronomy Club and Ravenstar Outdoor Education Bring the entire family ~ All ages will enjoy! If the sky is too cloudy, astronomical presentations will be held inside. For more information, call the Library at 830-964-7774.

TPML’s Online Impact Evaluated

From February 3 to February 28, use the library’s technology to provide feedback on the value to the community each resource and service offers. The Impact Survey is anonymous (in English and Spanish) and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential and does not collect any personally identifiable information. Visit the library website at, click on the survey logo to complete it, access it from one of the library’s public access computers, or pick up a paper copy to complete at the help desk. The Impact Survey is a project of the University of Washington Information School. For more information about the Impact Survey, inquire at the library information desk or visit

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by Bobby Beddoe, MS Way back there when I was a senior Stephen F. Austin State University student while earning my BS, there have been few things in my life as rewarding as spending an evening sitting around a campfire listening to “The Dean of Texas Archaeology, Dr. Dee Ann (Shum) Story talk archaeology. In this short column, as I mention a few of Dee Ann Story’s accomplishments in her chosen vocation, it will no doubt seem like a sidebar to a lengthy magazine article focusing on her life – to those who knew and loved her; this being the case, I render the following brief sketch: Upon receiving a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1953 and her Master’s in 1956, she received her PhD in 1963 from the University of California in LA, she then made her way into a male-dominated field, becoming the state’s first professional female archaeologist. Later she became an Anthropology Professor at the University of Texas; she also conducted major excavations at two of the Caddoan Indian site mounds. There, she found evidence indicating that the sites had been occupied by the Caddo Indians and placed the date from A.D. 780-1260. When Dr. Story, an honorary member of the Caddo Tribe, hosted my professor, Dr. James E. Corbin’s Anthropology class at her Caddo mounds’ campsite near Alto in the Deep East Texas piney woods, sitting around her campfire, she passed along to us her world-wide experiences as an archaeologist. Dr. Story had an exceptional ability to listen and show genuine interest in each member of our croup by giving us the opportunity to talk about our individual aspirations and ambitions and by responding thoughtfully to our questions which, for the most part, were aimed at wanting to know more about the science and also about her own adventures and achievements – such an exchange you just don’t get from textbooks. After extensive travel, visiting archaeological sites here in the U.S. and assisting in some cases in archaeological world sites, she retired to her Wimberley home with her husband Hal. Dr. Dee Ann passed away on December 26, 2010. Bobby Beddoe holds a Master of Technology Degree from the University of Houston and a BS from Stephen F. Austin, including an area of professional development in Applied Anthropology. He is a recently appointed member to the Board of Directors at the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country. For more information, he can be reached at 830-899-4542.

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Eating veggies is a brainy move! by VJ Tiller

I think most of us know others of our family or our friends who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimers. I feel that many of the diseases prevalent in our society of today could possibly be delayed or lessened by what we put into our bodies. Ronald Kotulak, in his study, suggests this, “They can slow senior mental decline.” He found that eating two or more servings of vegetables a day may slow a person’s mental decline by about 40% compared with a person who consumes few vegetables, according to a six-year study of nearly 4,000 Chicago residents age 65 or older. The slowdown in the rate of cognitive decline experienced by people who ate 2.8 or more servings of vegetables a day is “equivalent to about five years of younger age” compared with people who ate less than one serving. (The Scientific Journal of the American Academy of Neurology) The study also suggested it may never be too late to reap the benefits of vegetable consumption. Older people who started eating more than two servings a day still showed significant delay in mental decline. One serving of a vegetable is generally equal to a cup. Vegetables, especially those in the green leafy category, are brimming with antioxidant compounds like vitamin E, flavonoids and carotenoids that help snuff out cell-damaging free radicals. Research suggests strongly that green leafy vegetables such as kale and collard greens had the greatest benefit, followed by carrots, squash and other yellow vegetables, and then cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. The results of these studies are encouraging. Remember: Cover half your plate with vegetables or fruits. A Vitabot Nutritional Meal Planning program is now offered online and on smart phones so that you can journal and have a personal plan to correct deficiencies in your diet. Set and track your goals. Build your favorite meals in a way that supports meeting your goals. If you need access codes or more information, contact your local Wellness Center. Villa Jean Tiller has a BS in Behavioral Science and a Masters of Divinity Degree. She practices whole body health daily combining socialization, exercise, good nutrition, environment, and spirituality and will help you with a suitable exercise program, good nutrition plan and a healthy outlook. For information, stop by or call 830-964-6046.

Visit to link into online nutrition planning. Also, visit to learn more about a great and easy way you can increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. VJ’s Fitness express Wellness CenterCenter VJ’s Fitness express Reflexology $30 by appointment •Wellness Gift certificates available

Need a “Computer Tutor”?

Computer Tutor sessions at TPML are designed for anyone needing to brush up on their computer and internet skills, but are unsure how and where to start. The class uses online tutorials and resources along with an instructor.  For information, call the Library at 830-964-7774.

CRRC’s FEBRUARY Adult Programs Community Bldg • 125 Mabel Jones, off S. Access Rd • All are Welcome! • Every Mon, 10 am - Walking Club (walk the dam)                          11 am - Crafts 12 noon - Bring a dish for lunch • Mon, Feb 3  1 pm - bingo • Mon, Feb 10 1 pm - wii bowling • Mon, Feb 17 1 pm - Monday Matinee,  “42” • Wed, Feb 19 11am - Lunch Bunch (call for location) • Mon, Feb 24 1 pm - Mexican  Bingo                            • Every Thur, 11-3pm, Dam Seniors meet for pot luck lunch, games & visiting

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Take Back Canyon Lake!

Canyon Lake residents enjoy feeling safe and don’t intend to give that up without a fight – a fight against crime in the form of community-wide neighborhood watch efforts. Several incidents of crime recently led Debbie England to start a Facebook page so the community could join together to be proactive in crime prevention. Within a few days, 1200 had signed up. Their first meeting to coordinate efforts with law enforcement, packed the Rec Center January 30th with hundreds of concerned citizens ready to participate. Sheriff Bob Holder was invited as the guest speaker; he and his staff fielded questions and provided safety advice. Residents are encouraged to be alert, watch out for each other, and report suspicious activity. [Communicating irregularities promptly via a Facebook page could assist law enforcement investigations if similarities were found.] Visit Take Back Canyon Lake’s facebook page to get in the loop of what’s being planned – and help keep Canyon Lake safe.

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Interesting software. Useful software. by Gary Poss

Rather than get technical, I have had quite a few requests asking what can one do with a computer besides email, facebook, and surfing the web. What follows is an assortment of software for various purposes. • Audacity – A basic audio recording, mixing, and editing application using microphone, line, and/or streaming inputs. It is available for PC, MAC, and Linux. Get it at audacity. • MyPaint – Be creative and “paint” on your computer. It is therapeutic, fun and allows you to express your artistic expression. You can get it at for the PC and Linux. • Recuva – Recover accidentally erased files from your PC or flash drive. Download it from • Big Five Glories – Watch free old movies (all the way back to 1910) from the five major studios. Settle down with your popcorn at • World Wide Telescope – Travel around the universe with this free planetarium program from Microsoft. Beam yourself up here at following their instructions. • The Word – This is an on line free Bible and study application that’s as close to your old leather-bound one without the feel, smell, or scrawled notes in the margins. It is very versatile and customizable from here: • IKEA Kitchen Planner – Design your idea kitchen (and more) on-line for free. It costs nothing to dream – more to implement. Start here: • VLC Player – This free open source media player will play almost any audio and video format in existence, including CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, and mobile devices. It is available for the PC, MAC, Linux, and Unix platforms from here: • iSpy – Provides free open-source motion detection software turning any video source into a motion alarm. Home surveillance is now affordable and easy using multiple webcams, for example. It is quite versatile allowing you to utilize floor plans, microphones, and even control your system with your smart phone or tablet. It is for Windows only and available here at: • Fotor – Allows on-line photo editing with a surprising number of tools and functions. You can even assemble HDR (High Dynamic Range) images, collages, and photo cards. It may be used here: Let me know what interesting software you like. Gary Poss, owner of Creative Consulting, provides PC and Macintosh hardware, software, and service support. For more information, call Gary at 830-708-9866. You can also email him at


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Temperatures may feel a bit too chilly to be thinking about gardens, but February is a good time start. Prepare the planting areas for your spring garden now and get ready to enjoy your own homegrown fresh veggies soon. The first step in all gardening is proper soil preparation. No matter what else you use, a garden needs a good soil conditioner consisting of decayed organic matter; it will hold moisture and nutrients close to the roots. Sphagnum peat moss is especially useful at filling this need. This peat moss is high in the organic matter needed by soil to hold moisture and store plant food for gradual root feeding. It’s the remains of a spongy type of northern moss called sphagnum. It’s available in compressed bales from six cubic feet down to one cubic foot. Also available are small case-goods for flower pots and planter boxes; soak before using. Mulch is a ground cover that protects the plantings, helps control the ground temperature, reduces evaporation, prevents erosion, controls weeds and enriches the soil. Several kinds of mulch are available at your local hardware store, each with different characteristics that must be suited to the particular application. Some of the general types of mulch are: Organic (such as peat, cedar, hardwood, etc. Keeps soil surface as much as 10º cooler than exposed soil. A thick application will halt weeds, but it needs to be refreshed each year. Clear plastic. Heat to the soil; keeps moisture from evaporating; stimulates early plant growth but may also stimulate weed growth. Black plastic. Warms the soil; protects fruit of vines from rot; can increase yield of many vegetable crops. If you’re interested in plastic mulch, there are a few more facts you should know. First, soil must be damp when plastic is applied and it will require subsequent waterings. Also, plastics may concentrate enough heat during a sudden hot day that plantings underneath will die, so keep an eye on the temperatures as we get closer to summer. One major advantage of all commercial mulches, regardless of composition, is their ability to keep weed seeds away from desirable plants. Steve Sherman is Store Manager at Canyon Lake ACE Hardware. For more information, call 830-964-2797. Congratulations on the re-opening of Wimberley Ace in their beautiful new building at the Y of RR 2325 & RR 12 (that replaced the old one that burned down)! Their service and expertise has been missed.

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“It is time once again to mark your calendar for the 2014 season of Great Decisions. The group meets every Tuesday from March 11 to April 29. Discussions that begin at 6:30 follow a 6pm 30-minute PBS companion program and usually runs until 8. Participants are welcome to drop into any program. No registration is required. Choose which programs to attend based on your schedule and interests. March 11            Defense Technology March 18            Israel and the US March 25            Turkey's Challenges April 1                Islamic Awakening April 8                Energy Independence April 15              Food and Climate April 22              China's Foreign Policy April 29              US Trade Policy   A copy of the briefing book is available for use in the library.  Ask at the Library’s Help Desk or visit the Great Decisions bookstore to purchase the book. The cost is $20 plus shipping. If this is the first time you have heard of Great Decisions, here’s the background. Great Decisions was begun by the Foreign Policy Association in 1954 and is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.   This is a discussion program – not a debate. Attendees learn from each other and are exposed to differing points of view. Though attendees often have strong opinions, everyone strives to practice civility, as defined by the Institute for Civility in Government.” If you have questions, please call the library at 830-964-3744 and ask for Roxanna.                                

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For patrons that use TPML’s DVD selection, it’s growing. Thanks to some very generous donors they are now adding 300-400 movies to their collection. From the DVD Catalog page at, continue clicking the “What’s Hot” button to see new titles. For documentary fans, they have the new Gasland Part 2; Bidder 70; A Fierce Green Fire; and Inequality for All. Each have a great story that needs telling. Need exercise? To get you moving, try one of the new Virtual Walking/Jogging DVDs. Your walk becomes a journey along tropical beaches or Italy’s mountains with actual location sounds. Try Walk to the Hits Radio Remixes for a high energy fitness walk or Timeless Collection DVD for a power weight loss walk. For stress relief, try one of the new Yoga or meditation videos. Others have easy to follow routines to invigorate and tone your body, like there’s a new instructor to guide you but in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes all we need is just a little push in the right direction.

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February 2014

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• Every Sun, 10:30am. Sunday Sermon Series at Hill Country Bible Church, 830-935-2945. • Every 1st & 3rd Mon, 6:33pm. Optimist Club meets. TPMLibrary. 830-935-2578. • Every Mon, 10am. CRRC crafts, jewelry. 830-964-2937. • Every 1st Mon, 10:30am. Pilot Club meets. TPMLibrary. 830-832-0340. • Every 1st Mon, 1pm. BINGO CRRC Adult program, 830-964-2937 or • Every 3rd MON, 1PM. Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library meet. 830-899-4015. • Every 4th Mon, 6pm. St.Thomas Cancer Support Group, Ed. Bldg. 210-382-5889. • Every 1st Tues, 6:30 dinner, 7:30 meeting. CL Order of the Eastern Star No.1103 meets at the Masonic Lodge 1425 at 187 Madrona. 830-708-7095. • Every 1st & 3rd Tue, 4:30-6:30pm. CLArea Writers Group meets at TPML. 830-964-3744. • Every 3rd Tues, 7pm. Native Plant Society, Lindheimer Chap meets. GVTC. 935-4699. • Every 3rd Tues, 7:30-10pm, doors 6pm. NB KofC Comal Country Music Show, 111 Landa St., NB. Classic country music. No smoke/alcohol. Refreshments. 830-625-5563 / 830-609-2958. • Every 3rd & 4th Tues, 7pm. Wii Bowling, VFW Post 8800, Startzville. 830-899-7774 after 2. • Every Tues & Wed, Noon to 1pm. Solutions Group of AA at First Bapt.Church, 830-388-6084. • Every Wed, 7:30pm. Dart Tournament, Sattler’s VFW 8573. Public welcome. 964-3334. • Every 1st Wed, Noon-1pm, Voices Tour, CASA’s NB office. Lunch incl. 830-626-2272. • Every 2nd Wed, Noon-1pm, Voices Tour, CASA’s SMarcos office w/lunch. 512-392-3578. • Every 3rd Wed, 10am. CL Republican Women meet at TPMLibrary. 830-899-7555. • Every Thur, 7-9pm. Celebrate Recovery; pizza at 6:30. Cowboys for Jesus 830-832-8302. • Every Thur, Noon-1pm. CLRotary meets at TPML. Lunch included ($12). 830-935-2728. • Every Thur, 7-11pm. Steak Night, Midnight Express. 830-964-3700. (Karaoke Friday) • Every Thur, 7:30pm. BINGO, VFW Post/Startzville. Kitchen opens 6pm. 830-899-7774. • Every Thur,11-3. Dam Seniors pot luck lunch, games. Everyone’s welcome! 830-964-2937. • Every 1st & 3rd Thur, Noon. CLNoon Lions Club at Lakeside Golf Club, 830-899-4406. • Every 3rd Thur, 7pm. Texas Master Naturalists/Lindheimer meets. Agri-Life Bldg, 325 Resource behind Moe Schwab Recycle Center. 830-620-3440. • Every last Thur, Noon-1pm. Learn about New Life Children’s Center. RSVP 964-4390. • Every Fri, 5pm-830pm. Burger Night at VFW Post 8800/Startzville. 830-899-7774. • Every 2nd Fri, 10am. Democratic Women of Comal County meet at TPML. 830-832-4957. • Every Sat, 9-5. Jackson Market, open air pavilion RR 32 (1+mile E of CLHS) 830-935-2781. • Every 4th Fri, Moonlite Dance Club dance to recorded music to practice skills. Per person fee at door. Canyon Lake Event Center near Kathy’s, 1273 FM 2673. 830-964-6400.


SAVE THESE APRIL DATES! • Sun, Apr 6, noon-5. Dinosaur Day at the Heritage Museum with Dinosaur George & many activities including Rock Identification! 4831 FM 2673, 830-899-4542. • Mon, Apr 14. VFW Post 2873’s Golf Tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors & Fisher House (BAMC). 830-964-3334. • Sat, April 26 5:30 FSSCC Fischer Follies Join us at Cowboys for Jesus for dinner and talent presented by the community. Not to be missed! Reservations a Must! Call Judy 830-9352568 or

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Canyon Lake READS Kickoff - Book Review March 6th • 6:30pm • The Windows of Heaven 1900 Galveston Hurricane The kickoff to the popular Canyon Lake READS program starts with a book review of the historical novel by Ron Rozelle, The Windows of Heaven. Activities are scheduled throughout the month to delve into the tragic hurricane in Galveston in 1900 that claimed thousands of lives because residents were uninformed and therefore unprepared. Call 830-964-3744.

VOTE March 4th!

This Primary Election may decide Canyon Lake’s Count Commissioner.

• Tue, Mar 4. VOTE in Primary Elections that will determine 9 office holders (unless there is a runoff) because there is no Democratic candidate. One vote can make or break a runoff.

Event Details • Thurs, Mar 20, Doors 11am. The Pilot’s Club Style Show & Luncheon menu includes a salad trio of creamy ham and pasta, Waldorf salad, and mixed spring greens with mandarin oranges, dessert and drink. Entertainment will be provided by 20 students from the Smithson Valley High School Choir with fashions from The Crossing and Belk’s at Creekside. This fundraiser is popular. Call now, 830-899-2444 • Sat, Mar 8. Canyon Lake’s Annual Crop Hunger Walk will be held at the Dam. Last year over $20,000 was pledged to provide food for people throughout the world with 25% of the money raised staying locally with food pantries at CRRC, Smithson Valley and Bulverde/Spring Branch. 830-964-2223.

• Sat, Mar 1. Bugs & Bikes For Zebras Open Car / Bike Show & Cancer Benefit at Dam Red Barn. For Sponsorship information, contact Angela at or 830-899-5998. • Sat, Mar 1, 6pm-Midnight. Mardi Gras Celebration at Pioneer Town on Wayside Drive @ River Rd in Wimberley. Music, food, drinks, parade, King & Queen, costume contest, gumbo cook-off, lots of fun for 21 and older. Call 512-788-1143 or • Tue, Mar 4. VOTE in Primary Elections that will determine 9 office holders (unless there is a runoff) because there is no Democratic candidate. This Primary Election will decide Canyon Lake’s Count Commissioner. One vote can make or break a runoff. • Tue, Mar 4. FAT TUESDAY (translated to French as “Mardi Gras”) is on Tuesday and is the last night to indulge in rich fatty foods before the fasting of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Celebrate at the Reel Restaurant in Spring Branch at 17130 Hwy 46, southeast of Hwy 281. 830-885-7352. • Thur, Mar 6, 6:30. TPML’s kickoff event for CanyonLakeREADS. 830-964-3744. • Sat, Mar 8, 8am. Canyon Lake CROP Hunger Walk meets at 8am for quick registration at St. Thomas Catholic Church just below the dam on South Access Road (25% of funds go to local food pantries!)  830-964-2223. • Thur, Mar 20, Doors 11am. Pilot’s Club Style Show & Luncheon will be held at GVTC Auditorium. $15 tickets are available at TPML, the Chamber or from any Pilot member. 830-899-2444. • Sun, Mar 30, 4pm. Mid-Texas Symphony performance, Suite Dreams, is held at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. 830-372-8089 or at

Sign up for the tri-county system now in place to alert you of local emergency situations and possibly vital information by sending a message to any “standard voice or text communication device” (phone, cell, email, etc) that you register.” If there’s a man-made or natural disaster in the area, local officials can send emergency messages via a ‘Reverse 911’ emergency call-out system. It’s easy; you can finish in minutes. To begin receiving alerts, you must register by typing http://www. in your URL space (or visit to use their link), click where it says ‘Register Here with the Regional Emergency Notification Service.’ Don’t forget to log in to the email used during the registration process to activate your account.” If you visit WORD’s informative site, check out the alternate routes into the area that avoid holiday traffic that may serve you in reverse and traffic flow if an evacuation notice were issued for emergency reasons.

• Sunday, Apr 6, Noon-5pm. Dinosaur Day at the Heritage Museum with Dinosaur George is held from noon to 5pm! The antics of celebrity guest, Dinosaur George (Blasing), will delight and educate adults and children alike with his presentations at 1, 2, 3, and 4pm. He is the writer, co-creator and host of JURASSIC FIGHT CLUB on the History Channel. Other activities include food, children’s activities, dinosaur track tours, fossil and the popular rock identification so you can learn if that rock you’ve kept for years is as special as you think. Visit for info on George and his traveling show that includes presentations for special needs kids. Go George! Call 830-899-4542 for info.

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February 2014

Two CASA advocates pass away

CASA of Central Texas advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers from all walks of life in all shapes and sizes. More advocates are needed. There are still children who have no one while the Court is in the process of removing them from their home. Every child deserves a voice – a CASA provides that voice. Short training sessions and Continuing Ed opportunities are held throughout the year. (courtesy CASA eNewsletter)

In remembrance....

CASA of Central Texas will miss two advocates who passed way this month. They were invaluable assets to our program, the community and the children they served.

Jerry McHugh   Jerry was sworn in on December 8, 2011 and accepted his first case with three young children in January 2012. The case closed in April 2013 with one of the largest adoption consummation ceremonies this CASA supervisor has ever been privileged to attend. Jerry was an extraordinary advocate and looked very forward to working his second case. He was sensitive to the family's needs, particularly the great grandmother, while taking special care of his three little CASA girls at every turn. He was a pleasure and privilege to work with, an exceptional man and advocate for children. I looked forward to working another case with Jerry. ~ Lonnette LaBorde, CASA Casework Supervisor [Publisher note: Jerry was one of our first columnists seven years ago and we too were saddened and send our condolences to Marcy and his family.]

Ann Tubbs

Ann served as a CASA with her husband Charles, and they made a great team. They attended training in March 2008, and began serving cases soon afterwards. They served 3 cases with a total of five children. Ann brought a wealth of experience having taught nursing courses for many years. She advocated for her CASA children, all of whom were reunited with one or both of their parents, by going well beyond expectations. Ann and Charles worked with extended family in each of their cases, building support for reunification in all of the situations. They forged relationships with people from all backgrounds, and were extremely sensitive to the children’s needs...Ann was not a person to talk about herself and all her accomplishments, but she made a huge contribution during her career life. We were very fortunate to have her volunteer at CASA, and it was always a pleasure to work with her. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and a very kind heart.  ~ Carolyn Massey, CASA Casework Supervisor

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child in your community, please contact the CASA office at 830-626-2272.

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Mardi Gras • Sat, March 1st, 6pm to Midnight Few venues capture the mood of true Mardi Gras celebrations, but the 1800’s Pioneer Town setting in Wimberley replicates the aura of the Carnival celebrations quite well. The celebration was first held in the New World in Alabama in 1703 and in New Orleans since 1856. Oozing with ambiance under the razzle dazzle that evening lights add to the old time look, the venue offers a gumbo cook-off, Cajun cuisine, a parade, King & Queen, a costume contest, and lots of fun for ages 21 and older. Located on River Road at Wayside Drive, the country drive is easily accessed just off John Knox Road from RR32, before reaching the village's center. Tickets for $10 Advance ($15 at the Gate) are on sale now at Ino'z Restaurant, Wimberley Chamber Visitor's Center, or online. Call 512-788-1143,

CASA of Central Texas Continuing Ed

Writing Effective Court Reports - Keys To a Successful Report Presented by Layla Coleman, CASA Casework Supervisor • February 24, 5:30pm-7:30pm, San Marcos, Location TBA • March 6, 2pm-4pm, New Braunfels, Location TBA

Volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education annually.

Please call 830-626-2272 for more information or to RSVP.

You have 24 hours to give • SAVE the DATE Amplify Austin is a community-wide day of online philanthropy striving to surpass last year’s $2.8 million raised in 24 hours. CASA of Central Texas raised nearly $7,000 last year and will again be a part. Beginning at 6pm on March 20, anyone anywhere can log on to to select from a list of over 300 local nonprofits (including CASA of Central Texas) and show the world just how charitable Central Texas can be.

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Mid-Texas Symphony & Comal ISD partner to support symphony music for kids!

The Mid-Texas Symphony and Comal ISD are working together to launch the district’s new strings program. This is first time in decades that the area has had a strings program within the public school system, and it is Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim’s vision to have an established children’s orchestra in the district within a few years. Charles Yang, one of the most accomplished young violinists in the US, visited two Comal ISD elementary schools last fall as part of the district’s partnership with the Mid-Texas Symphony. The Mid-Texas Symphony arranged for CISD students to attend the symphony’s rehearsals, offering its guest artists the opportunity to meet with music classes and offered a variety of other musical experiences to students in the program. CISD hosted the fourth concert of the Symphony’s 36th season this month a their state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, located at Canyon High School in New Braunfel. The Center offers excellent acoustics, an expansive seating capacity, and is conveniently located off IH-35 North.* Their next concert, “Suite Dreams,” is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, at 4pm at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. David Mair is Music Director. Tickets are available online at www.mtsymphony. org or at 830-372-8089. Group purchases should also call for rates. Visit for more information about the district’s new strings program. For more information about Mid-Texas Symphony, visit or their Facebook page. (*courtesy website)

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For information, call Angela at To help her with travel expenses, a Car & Bike Show 830-899-5998. fundraiser is being held on March 1st at The Dam Red Barn below Canyon Dam on South Access Rd.

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Holidays of great passions by Linda Allen

I always love it when great passions merge, when the concept of “timing is everything” thrusts two great energies in each other’s path and demands that they walk arm in arm through the caliche. So we have it in February. You may be sated with revelry by January. You may be ready for the bonfires to bank into embers, for the firework stands to close. You may not want to see Christmas cookies for at least 12 months, not another sliver of turkey or ham. And you drank all the champagne, so we won’t even talk about that. But after a while, quiet begins to resonate into a virtual din, and the heart grows restless in its hibernation. St. Valentine knew this when he joined Roman lovers in secret marriage ceremonies after Claudius outlawed marriage as an incentive for an unpopular military draft. When Claudius beheaded Valentine on February 14 around 270 AD, the Catholic Church decided to adorn the day in religious finery in an attempt to outshine the pagan festival of LuB.Y.O.B. percalia (scheduled for February 15). That’s where socially prominent young men raced through the streets of Rome dressed in goat skin girdles, thwacking young women with goat skin thongs in an attempt to purify them and enhance their abilities to procreate. To celebrate, vestal virgins baked salt mealcakes and offered them to the gods. It was a riotously fine end to winter, a time to stimulate all kinds of fertility, from crops to wealth to babies. Fast forward several thousand years. Valentine’s Day has kept its name, if not its holiness, and Lupercania has morphed into Mardi Gras, brought to the shores near New Orleans in 1699 by d’Iberville, the French explorer. Solid tapestries hanging on the rod of pagan longing and Christian yearning, the two holy days are grounded in love and frenzy and are wrapped in the arms of some of the world’s most romantic and delicious foods. Could St. Valentine in his passion to facilitate true love ever have imagined the succulence of lobster and drawn butter by candlelight? Could the vestal virgins have offered to Pan the gift of crawfish pies and shrimp and grits to the zany dance of Zydeco music? Did they know how much better salt mealcakes would have tasted accompanied by the presence roses? Would the goat girdled adolescents have considered offering chocolate to their ladies bedecked in feathers and the glittering masks of carnival? Of mardi gras? For the pagans, it was a celebration of the end of winter’s gloom. For the Christians, it was revelry before the fast. For all of us in this age of uncertainty and hope, it is a declaration of the spirit—be it love, be it music, be it food. Linda Allen is the owner of Linda Allen Catering and Linda’s Fine Foods Restaurant offering a wide selection of take out items as well as dining in; she also entertains special orders. Linda Allen Catering has offered full service catering to the Canyon Lake area as well as Wimberley for almost 20 years. The restaurant is located at 500 FM 2325 across from KAPS School – almost across from the Lions’Market Day field. For more information, Linda may be reached at 512-847-5464.


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