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Recurring Community Events as well as details on Special Events at Tye Preston Memorial Library (TPML) and The CRRC Senior Center can be found on our community pages. • Thur, Mar 1, 6-8pm. Kickoff Reception. Will’s War Book Review & signing at 7pm. Refreshments, exhibits, background music from the early-20th Century. Books $10 at the Friends Bookstore or for check-out in the Library. See TPML. 830-964-3744 x18. • Fri, Mar 2. TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY, celebration of Texas Declaration of Independence adoption in 1836. • Sun, Mar 4, 2-3 pm. CL High School drama class performance. See TPML. 830-964-3744 x18. • Mon, Mar 5. Special Presentation - Neurobics: Exercise for the Brain with complimentary lunch. Call to reserve space. CRRC Senior Center. 830-964-3003. • Wed, Mar 7, Noon. Lunch & Learn: Cooking a German Meal. See TPML. 830-964-3744 x18. • Wed, Mar 7, Noon-1pm. CASA Voices Tour. New Braunfels CASA office. 830-626-2272. • Sun, Mar 11, 4-5:30pm. Mid-Texas Symphony String Quintet Concert. See TPML. 830964-3744 x18. • Wed, Mar 14, Noon-1pm. CASA Voices Tour. San Marcos CASA office. 830-626-2272. • Wed, Mar 14, 7pm. “My Water, Your Water, Our Water: Protecting the Trinity Aquifer.” Learn about Groundwater Conservation District issues in Comal County. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Comal Area. NB Public Library, 700 E Common, NB. 830-935-3360. • Thur, Mar 15, 6:30-8pm. Family Memories Workshop. See TPML. 830-964-3744 x18. • Fri, Mar 16, 11am-Noon. German Women Presentation. See TPML. 830-964-3744 x18. • Fri, Mar 16, 7-9pm. Live Music at Startz Cafe featuring Jack Ryan. 830-899-7752. • Sat, Mar 17, 6-8pm. Brian Burns Concert, “Once Upon a Time in Texas” at TPML. 964-3744 • Sat, Mar 17, 6-8pm. ‘Round the World” Smorgasbord & Farkle party. Bring international dishes & desserts. What a Blast! Fischer Store School Community Center. All invited. 830-935-2328. • Sat, March 17. Starlite Ballroom Dance Club presents it’s St. Patrick’s Day dance at Eagles Hall, 257 E South St, NB. Rhumba lesson 6pm, dancing 7pm-1030. Music by the Little Fisherman Band. $25 per couple, informal (no jeans). Info & reservations: 210-658-7667. • Wed, Mar 21, 11:30am. Pilot Club Style Show & Luncheon featuring fashions from The Crossing, Dress Barn, and Naps & Nights. Proceeds benefit the local community (TPML, CRRC, Blue Star Mothers, Hope Hospice Children’s Grief Program, New Life Treatment Center, Threads of Love and more). GVTC Auditorium. 830-935-3360. • Wed, Mar 21, Noon. Lunch & Learn with the author Windle. See TPML. 830-964-3744 x18. • Thur, Mar 22, 6:30-8pm. Civility in Government Roundtable. See TPML. 830-964-3744 x18. • Fri, Mar 23, 10am-4:30pm. Workshop. See TPML. Advance Signup rqrd. 830-964-3744 x18. • Sat, Mar 24, 9am. Octagon Club Adopt-a-Highway quarterly clean up.

• Tues, Mar 27, 9:30am. Canyon Lake Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association (CLRTA) meets at TPMLibrary. Presentation, “Canyon Lake Area Writers,” by Rebecca Felan, Leave message at 830-899-4454. • Thur, Mar 29, 6-8pm. Grand Finale Dinner. See TPML. $12/person. Advance Signup rqrd. 830-964-3744 x18. • Sat, Mar 31, 9am-4 pm. Bus Tour. See TPML. Advance Signup rqrd. $30/pp. 830-964-3744. • Sun, Apr 1, 4pm. Mid-Texas Symphony performs with guest, Daniel Anastasio, winner of the Young Artist Competition. Jackson Auditorium, Seguin TLU campus. Tickets 830-372-8089. • Sat, Apr 14. CRRC Spring Market Day. Vendors needed! Space limited. 830-964-3003. Recurring Community Events as well as details on Special Events at Tye Preston Memorial Library (TPML) and The CRRC Senior Center can be found on our community pages. All phones are 830 area code unless otherwise shown.

Walk the talk

I find it amazing when people say something and do something else. Do they think no one notices? One group that literally ‘walks the talk’ is the Cropwalk Against Hunger on March 10, sponsored by area churches. Call the Community Resource Center (CRRC) to find out how to sign up to get a sponsor so your walk will count as a donation – a portion returns to the community food bank. Want to fight hunger? Then join in and really walk the talk. Tye Preston Memorial Library (TPML), deservingly the 2011 Business of the Year, is one organization whose mission speaks of serving the community and consistently walks the talk. They repeatedly surface with programs designed with the community in mind. During March that celebrates both Texas History and Women’s History, I counted 13 activities that TPML is presenting throughout the month as part of their program, Canyon Lake Reads. They are based on the book, “Will’s War” about a true story of the author’s grandfather at the start of World War I. The theme emphasizes current issues like free speech and immigration and was written by the best selling author, Janice Windle Woods – one of her books was published in eight different languages. To participate, read the book. To “become a part of the story,” join in. Our Canyon Lake Community Profile this month is Cassie Lathe. She served on the original board of the Pilot Club and was a part of the Pilot Club Community Library, the precursor to TPML. She’s a remarkable 94 years old – both bright and beautiful – whose story tells of new beginnings when you least expect them: her marriage at 53 to the late Grant Lathe, an accomplished artist, lasted 35 years. It is befitting for the month of March when the first day of spring sprouts forth with new beginnings, but it would have fit February if I had known before I finished how the story would unfold. Cassie’s story is a love story – of the love of her life and his love of creating art, and her love of family and God that brought her to where she is now. Cassie walks the talk and is proof that giving back produces a happy fulfilling life. In her 30 years in Canyon Lake, she has served on the board of so many nonprofits that there isn’t enough space to list them all, nor is there enough space to cover 94 years but the result is a love story that continues. To hear it, read on. To learn something new, all you have to do is just read. Call your local library and they will help you find what you need. ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’ ~ Dr. Seuss

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www.Can www.Ca www Vie V mercial art, he pursued his dream fulltime – to become widely recognized for his fine art. A three-inch tall scrapbook full of widespread news coverage is testament he succeeded. He was selected as State Artist in 1979 by the Texas Commission of the Arts, was a finalist in the national Federation of Duck Stamp art competition, and chosen as one of the “Artists of the Decade” at Kerrville’s renowned Fine Art Show to name a few. His work hangs in the Texas State Capitol, in galleries across the state, and in private collections from California to Florida, with one purchase by then President Bush. He was selected for the cover of Canyon Lake’s phonebook twice, and helped form and was the first President of the Canyon Lake Art Guild. When not playing organ for their Church in The Valley, Grant was also busy accompanying Cassie to Pilot Club events. They performed in 18 plays written by Polly Saunders as Pilot fundraisers that drew audiences in the hundreds; they are being reworked and performed now. In the past, she headed up a major fundraiser, the annual Style Show and Luncheon, that is scheduled for March 21, 2012 at GVTC Auditorium. Cassie is an Emeritus Pilot and served as Club President in 1976-77 and 1983-84. She is one of nine initial Board of Directors on the Club’s Articles of Incorporation, filed November 1975, with the Texas Secretary of State. Jean Patty, President of the Pilot Club at that time, wanted to establish a local library for the kids at school. With Bea Martin who was instrumental in starting the Pilot Club, Margaret Snow and others, they started the Pilot Club Community Library, until it was reformed when Harry Preston donated land. She remembers collecting books and stacking them at the feed store because they had no building yet. Cassie and Grant traveled much of the world together. As long as their health allowed, they would take walks in the evening holding hands all the way. After Grant’s retirement, they spent every day together doing things at home and for the community. Grant and Cassie always had big plans on Valentine’s Day, making it a special holiday of their own until he passed away in 2004. Grant’s upstairs studio was emptied to make an apartment for daughter, Cassandra, who helps care for her mother. As Cassandra was emptying a desk to be given away, one drawer stuck. She pulled out a just-in-case love letter that Grant had written to Cassie in 1977, as assurance in an unpredictable world that he would express his love and happiness and say goodbye. Cassandra concealed it and left it for her mother on that next Valentines Day. As I am writing this story of love, it’s Valentine’s Day and I wonder why I’m writing about Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day. I’ve decided it’s a Valentine’s message for Cassie from Grant. Unwilling to talk much about herself, Cassie wanted to ensure that Grant gets credit due him for all that he did in the community. I think Grant saw it another way.

So Much Life After 50

by Sue Sweat Born on October 6, 1917 as the ninth and last child of a successful farmer in King George County in Virginia, Cassie Henderson Lathe missed the hunger and despair of the Great Depression that deeply affected the lives of so many. They had fresh vegetables they grew and animals from the farm for food – a sharp contrast to her late husband’s story of buying a dog bone to make soup during that time. The first in her family to graduate High School, Cassie was also Miss King George County and Bathing Suit contest winner. Cassie was blessed with her daughter, Cassandra, during her first marriage that ended in divorce after 24 years but the life she had made in Cocoa Beach, Florida kept her life full of family, church and her work. She and Cassandra traveled. Cassie had begun professional modeling part time and writing as a Contributing Columnist for Stuart News, and, in 1967, opened her own successful business, Cassie’s Merle Norman Studio. She sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher and served on the building committee for the proposed new sanctuary. After divorce, she was busy but lonely. Many years earlier, Cassie and her husband had met an artist named Grant Lathe and his wife through business. Six years had passed since seeing them when she heard that Grant’s wife had passed away. Cassie sent Grant a sympathy note and several months later, he called from his home in St. Cloud to acknowledge it. Many months passed again. But as Cassie says, “God works miracles where there seem to be none.” As plans for building the church’s new sanctuary continued, Cassie’s pastor asked her to visit a church 150 miles away that used the same building plans they liked – a church in St. Cloud. She called Grant for directions to the church; he invited her to lunch that was her first “date” since the divorce. The phone rang continuously as the long distance friendship grew into courtship. “Meetings at the halfway point were great fun,” Cassie says, and then became “wonderful dates of dinner or the movies.” When Grant was offered a job as Art Director at Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City, things changed. Unwilling to move so far away from Cassie, Grant asked her to marry him. On September 5, 1970 at 53, Cassie started anew and married the love of her life – unaware how much deeper that love could grow over the 35 year span of their marriage or how much bonding would take place. Cassie and Grant lived in San Antonio while they sold their homes in coastal Florida. Determined to find water property in Texas, they heard of little known Canyon Lake that had just filled a few years earlier. With few highways complete, they winded through the hills, on dirt roads and waded through tall weeds to find the site of their dream home – with Grant’s studio on top to have a full panoramic view of the expanse of Canyon Lake. In 1972, they moved in. When Grant retired after 30 years of government service in com-

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Cassie was Preceptor President of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Woman of the Year, on the Board of Friendship Bible School, Village West Civic Association, Wildflower Garden Club, Church in The Valley and of Canyon Lake Republican Women; and also Delegate to the State Convention, Coordinator for the State’s District Pilot Club; New Braunfels Community Fund Director and active with many other nonprofits. She still plays Bridge every Tuesday at CRRC’s Senior Center. In addition to Grant, Cassie said, “My greatest joy is a lifetime love of God, my beautiful daughter, Cassandra who cares for me, and the love of my three Grandkids and three Great Grandchildren. I am blessed.” MARCH 2012

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To sell or not to sell ~ that’s a good question by Carlos Collazo

With the metals market reflecting the uncertainty in the world, people are wondering whether to sell their precious metal or hold on to it. Well, since we buy gold, you would probably think I would recommend it. Sometimes it’s a good idea – and sometimes not. If you still think of yourself as a jewelry wearer, why would you not transform your gold into something else rather than sell it? Cutting out the price for precious metals holds down the cost of new jewelry considerably. However, if you’re in dire need for money to pay the mortgage or to help you through some tough times, then it’s a good idea to sell it. You can also do some of both. You can actually sell your gold to remake some of your pieces so that no money is spent out of pocket. When do I sell it? Gold prices usually go up when news on the economy is bad. For example, when Greece was about to default on its loans, the gold price went up. A few days later, when they were able to get help, gold prices went down. It’s not as simplistic as that, but almost. The weakening of the US dollar has a lot to do with gold price fluctuation, as does the strengthening of the dollar. Where do I sell it? Sell it to those you trust and know, but be careful. Understand that people are in business when buying gold to make money, not to exchange it as currency. You can get full value for your precious metals if a store will accept it as currency (don’t try that at the grocery store). Don’t be afraid to ask the gold buyer how they buy (especially on gold coins). On the other hand, if you

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The truth about ethanol (Excerpts taken from article by Garrett McKinnon, Staff Writer for Vehicle MD)

by Bill Goetz Ethanol makes for great politics, but ethanol-blended fuels like E10, E15 and E85 are not without their problems. Yes, this industry has more of it’s own “Solyndras” than Liz Taylor had wedding dresses. However, it is important to understand its impact on your vehicle.   You see the sign at the pump that says, “this product may contain up to 10% ethanol by volume.” Ethanol is a byproduct of corn, a renewable source that is used as an additive or replacement in petroleum-based fuels. Federal law (of course) mandates that oil companies must blend at least 5.9% ethanol with gasoline. However, since the government is also paying them to grow more corn and produce more ethanol, most blend in 10% or more. Recently, our government expanded the allowable mixture to 15%, a product called E15, but cautions that vehicles manufactured before 2007 should not use E15. Some vehicles, known as “flex fuel” are specifically built to use this mixture. Ethanol is much more caustic than gasoline and thus harmful to certain engine seals and hoses. Ethanol, unlike gasoline, also attracts water from the atmosphere and can cause rust and corrosion in fuel systems, which can rob your car of needed power. So only those “flex-fuel” vehicles should use a mixture above E10 or E15.   So now you know why our corn tortillas, corn-fed beef, corn on the cob, etc. ...  and yes, our gasoline, all cost more. To add fuel to the fire (no pun intended), oil companies must make different blends according to the standards of each state since there is no national standard. You may ask why there is no standard, but the real question is “Why do we need ethanol blends at all?”  It’s great politics.  Tips for using ethanol 1.  Fill up often. If you plan on storing your vehicle for more than 90 days, use a fuel stabilizer. 2. Top off your tank. Don’t let your fuel level fall below a quarter of a tank. 3. Change your oil. Most manufacturers recommend that “flexfuel” users of E85 fuel experience shorter-than-average oil change and service intervals.  4.  Read your owner’s manual.  Determine if your vehicle is compatible with ethanol enriched fuels. Bill  and Jan Goetz are owners of Shell Rapid Lube in Sattler, a full

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The Gift of Texas Wildflowers

by Bobby Barclay Springtime in the Texas Hill Country is like no other place on Earth. Don’t we all drive around eagerly seeking the first sign of color that turns a dreary, dormant landscape into Eden? The redbuds and fruit trees announce that flowers are coming. We hold our breaths until the mesquite trees emerge from sleep saying there will be no more frost and heralding the true start of South Texas spring. The beauty and grace that unfolds in this chain of events is truly a gift from God. Sadly in 2011, we had drought conditions in the fall and winter that denied us this celebration of color. Good news! The wet, mild winter we have just experienced with its December rains have created the perfect conditions for a bountiful wildflower season in 2012. Reports from throughout the region are that wildflowers have been spotted over-wintering in record numbers. Our wildflowers are naturally engineered to survive the harshest winters, but they thrive under these conditions. Because of the mild winter and early, but welcome spring, our timing for planting seeds for flowers and vegetables has moved up considerably. While the best time for planting wildflowers is in November for the following spring season, one can seed them successfully now, too. Native grasses may also be successfully seeded now. You must be patient for results, however, as they will not germinate until next season. The benefit is that it is a gift that keeps on giving year after year. Best of all, it isn’t illegal to pick your own bluebonnets! Wildflowers are annuals. They perform their show, and then go to seed. Some, like our Texas state flower the bluebonnet, explode

their seed pods to distribute seeds widely. It is their offspring you will meet next year. That is, if it rains in December. Otherwise, thankfully, they will lay quietly until the right conditions exist for them to turn on and show their stuff. With the evils of cold winter days in our rear view mirror, flowers bloom, gardens grow, love blossoms, and even teenagers smile (a little, when no one is looking). Keep your eyes open and cameras ready for the (insert Ed Sullivan voiceover) BIG SHOOOOW.

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While flipping through the Senior Directory for the San Antonio Area, I found this information by Gary Carlson, Field Manager for Healthway’s Silver Sneakers Fitness Program of which we are a participating provider. The key to keeping older adults behind the wheel just may be regular exercise, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine. This is no news to most of you, but a reminder that the ability to drive as we age is important as we strive for the quality of life that allows us to be independent and minimize the need to rely on others. Another benefit of driving well into our golden years is that it enables us to stay connected to our social circle and participate in activities outside the home. The ability to drive is extremely necessary living in the Lone Star State. Gary Carlson reminds us, “Driving is critical in Texas where we have a lot of wide open spaces.” The Yale study evaluated a small group of individuals 70 and older (in New Haven, Conn.) who drove a minimum of one day a week. Study participants were evaluated on their driving performance in urban, residential and highway traffic settings with researchers looking at driving maneuvers, traffic situations and critical errors. The participants were evaluated at the beginning of the test period and then reassessed after three months. The study revealed that those who regularly engaged in exercises focusing on improving flexibility, hand and leg coordination and speed of movement made fewer “critical driving errors” than those drivers not engaged in a regular exercise routine. (Study taken from the “Journal of General Internal Medicine,” May 2007). “While regular physical activity is proven to help in the fight against chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and heart disease, its ability to improve flexibility and range of movement in older adults might be the ticket to helping them retain the skill that is most associated with their independence – the ability to drive.” (Gary Carlson, Field Manager, Healthway’s SilverSneakers Fitness Program) Quality of life is the important thing for all of us as we age. Regular exercise can be the key that helps you stay in the driver’s seat! Happy Driving!

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Many people who own highly appreciated properties such as real estate or other investments are reluctant to sell these assets during their lifetimes. The reason of course is the onerous income tax system. So, they could be in a situation where they need retirement income, but they have these valuable assets that are non-income producing, and in some cases represent a financial burden to maintain. If you or someone you care about is in that situation, there is a great solution. It is called the Charitable Remainder Trust. Simply put, you establish a trust (with the help of your attorney) that qualifies as a tax-exempt charity. You donate the appreciated property to the trust. The trustee sells the property and pays no capital gains tax. The proceeds are invested by the trustee in income-producing investments. The trust is structured to pay you an income stream for a specified number of years or for life. At the end of the time period (or life), anything remaining in the trust would go to the qualified charity(ies) that you specify. Let us examine the benefits and drawbacks of this strategy: • Upon donating the property to the trust, you receive a nice charitable tax deduction; • The property is sold (by the trust) with no tax liabilities; • The full amount of the sale proceeds is invested in incomeproducing assets; • You receive an income stream for life; • Your favorite charity will receive the remaining trust assets upon your death to use for their worthy charitable purposes. That sounds like a win-win proposition. There are however a couple of things to consider: • Your heirs will not receive any inheritance from this property; • Your charity may wish you an early demise! One solution to the first problem is to use part of the income stream to purchase life insurance naming your heirs as beneficiaries. Of course this would only be viable if you are healthy enough to obtain insurance at a reasonable cost. As to the second problem, you can employ another kind of charitable trust, known as the Charitable Lead Trust. This one pays the charity the income stream first. At the end of the specified period, the remainder goes to you (if you are alive) or to your heirs. So, if the property in question is large enough, it may be split between the two trusts and you end up with a win-win-win strategy. Please consult with your attorney and tax advisor to determine if these ideas are suitable for your particular situation. Max El Tawil, CFP®, ChFC, is a Fee-Based Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner. Max is a resident of Canyon Lake and a Member of the Canyon Lake Rotary Club. He authored many articles on Estate Planning in Physician’s Money Digest. Max invites your questions and comments at 830-935-3496 or . Registered Representative. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. A Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc. a Registered Investment Advisor.

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Cash mobs, not flash mobs by Richard Ferrell

You’ve heard about flash mobs – It’s a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform a generally harmless but unusual act for a brief time and then disperse. But what about cash mobs? 830-964-3600 • 12381 FM306 • Canyon Lake • It’s a simple idea – meet up with your friends, organization, church group, etc. and spend $20 each at a local, independent busi114372 3x3 bw 1/28/08 9:23 AM Page 1 ness. This new movement has been gathering steam from San Diego ridget c ougall to Philadelphia. The “cash mob” movement is great because there R.E. Broker, GRI, SRC, MRA are no middle men. No one takes a percentage of any money, it all 114372 PRofESSIonAl SERvICES 114372 3x3 bw 1/28/08 REAl 9:23 AM EStAtE Page 1 goes right to our friends and neighbors who own and operate shops 114372 3x3 bw 1/28/08 9:23 AM Page 1 here at Canyon Lake. This gives a much needed boost to our local 3x3 businesses until the summer season starts. Canyon Lake • 830-964-2265 114372 3x3 bw 1/28/08 830-305-1079 9:23 AM Page 1 9:23 AM Page 1 114372114372 3x3 bw 1/28/08 830.964.3127 One of the issues here at Canyon Lake is so many of the business bw Serving Canyon Lake & New Braunfels 114372 struggle so much during the off season that it is the middle or even Downtown Sattler••Next Next to to Super Lake Downtown Sattler SuperSS• •Canyon Canyon Lake 3x3 sometimes the end of the summer season before they actually recover 1295 Sattler Road • New Braunfels 78132 114372 1295 Sattler Road • New Braunfels 78132 114372 3x3 bw Talk with a Wells Fargo 114372 3x3 1/28/08 9:23 AM Page 1 financially. This gives them no real chance to make it through the bw 3x3 3x3 winter months. On January 21st, a local hardware store in Ohio that banker and get bw bw Talk with a Wells Fargo first opened in 1857 had a friendly cash mob turn out to support them. just what you need. bw Talk with a Wells Fargo banker and get This family-owned business was feeling the squeeze from “big box” 114372 Talkjust with aWells Wells Fargo banker and get Talk with a Fargo stores and getting ready to close. Because of this cash mob, they were what you need. Whybanker wait forand someday? Talk with your local get banker and get just what you need. saved and their business is not in the whole for the summer season. 3x3 Wellsjust whatbanker, you need. Fargo callyour today. Why wait for someday? Talkneed. with local just what you There are no statistics on how many people have participated in wait for someday? Talk with your localcash mobs, but wonderful stories about how local business are saved Wells banker, callWhy today. Why waitFargo for someday? Talk with your local Canyon Lake • 830-964-2265 bw Why wait for someday? TalkWells with your local Fargo banker, call today. Wells Fargo banker, call today. by these cash mobs just giving them a little boost. While national Canyon Lake • 830-964-2265 Wells Fargo banker, call today. Canyon Lake • 830-964-2265 Canyon Lake • 830-964-2265 Talk with a Wells Fargo retail sales are up, a significant number of small-business owners Canyon Lake • 830-964-2265 aren’t sharing in the success of major mall stores. In a recent survey, © 2008 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. banker and get © 2008 WellsAll Fargo Bank, N.A. one in four independent business owners said that weak sales were rights reserved. Member FDIC. All rights FDIC. © 2008 Wells reserved. Fargo Bank,Member N.A. just you need. © 2008 Wells Fargo what Bank, N.A. ©All 2008 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. FDIC. their No. 1 business problem, according to the National Federation rights reserved. Member All rights reserved. Member FDIC. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. of Independent Business. Why wait for someday? Talk with your local I would personally like to challenge each and everyone who reads Wells Fargo banker, call today. this story to organize your own cash mob. Spread the word at your local club, organization, group of friends, it doesn’t matter. Join Canyon LakeBulverde • 830-964-2265 Startzville together, pick a local business and really do something that could make all the difference to our friends and neighbors in need. 830-899-6771 830-438-3457 7842 FM 2673, Canyon Lake 30070 Hwy 281N, Bulverde, #220 Richard Ferrell is the Executive Director at the Canyon Lake © 2008 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Chamber. For more information, call 830-964-2223 or stop by. Next Day Service All rights reserved. Member FDIC. • We will Wash & Fold your Laundry!! • Dry Clean 830-964-2223 • • Press Pants & Shirts ROTC Uniforms • • Wedding Gowns • • Bedspreads




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As discussed over the last few articles, mouth breathers breathe too fast and too shallowly; they blow off excessive carbon dioxide (CO2). Alkalinity from low CO2 levels causes nerve and muscle excitability. Muscle tension and ADHD misdiagnosis can result. Low CO2 levels also constrict arteries, especially in the brain, resulting in headaches and poor concentration. Every 1mm Hg drop of arterial CO2 causes a 2% drop in blood flow to the brain. Constricted arteries and poor oxygenation make the heart, colon, spleen, liver, kidneys, and other organs function sub-optimally. (Think: ED/performance.) When arteries constrict in the extremities, people experience cold hands and feet. CO2 prevents smooth muscle spasms. Low carbon dioxide blood levels are important reasons mouth breathers suffer gastric reflux, circulatory problems, disturbed sleep, bed-wetting, and asthma. As a Buteyko breathing expert once wrote, “Unless you make the switch to nasal breathing, you will never solve your asthma.” (To review, Buteyko exercises help reset the brain to a healthier breathing rate.) To test the hypothesis of poor airways causing bed-wetting, a dentist rapidly expanded the upper jaws of ten mouth breathers who were also bed-wetters. He knew an expanded arch would reduce nasal constriction so they could begin to breath through their noses. Bed-wetting stopped within a few months for all ten children. Additionally, compared to nasal breathers, mouth breathers have to process dry, cool air, process twice the air, about 180% more allergens, function with at least 10% less oxygen and less brain power, suffer more cases of gastric reflux, asthma, circulatory problems, disturbed sleep including apnea, extended bed-wetting, and ADHD symptoms and suffer more postural problems. Worse, they suffer more diseases and ill health because of an inability to buffer body systems well. Again, the inability to buffer body systems well is often noticed as bad acne, tooth decay and gum disease.

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Letting go and saying goodbye by Keith Leakey, DVM

This article is therapy for me and lets me, in a way, show respect to our little baby girls that my wife and I raised and loved the best we knew how. Chewy and Badra were our two labs. As much as I believe we found them, they found us, too. We recently moved here in April of 2011 and brought all five of our furry family members. This was a new adventure and we were afraid that the move would be hard on them. They rolled with it better than we did and taught us that change happens and as long as we have each other nothing else matters. Chewy was the most beautiful flower girl in our wedding, with us everywhere we went and greeted everyone with a smile. She was a true friend and understood me without words. Badra’s role in life was to help people. She was placed with a disabled girl in Dallas and later put up for adoption. Megan and I were lucky enough to adopt her. She was the 85-pound dog that thought she was ten pounds and found her way into your lap! They both had the softest ears and sweetest kisses. The idea of making the decision to let your little girls or boys go is not normal. We focus so much on the little puppy or kitty that we brought home, that even 13 years later we look at them no differently than the first time we fell in love. The hardest part about being a daddy for me was making the decision to take them from this place. Understanding that I could not take the pain away but not wanting to give up is hard. I truly believe that to be a good parent, to your pet, you have to love them while they are here and part of that love involves letting them go when the time comes. I know I have not had the opportunity to meet a lot of our clients but I want you to know that I understand the decisions you make are very difficult regarding this topic. I love all my girls and am confident that my decision to let them go was for the best, but that does not make it any easier. I am blessed to have had them in my life and it is because of them that I strive to be the best veterinarian that I can. Thanks Chew and B for always taking care of us.

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Spring is the time of the year when new growth emerges, full of new life and new beginnings! Nature has its way of shedding the old layers and showing off a new glowing vibrant look. We see it in the plant life and the wildlife – but do you see it in yourself? Do you have the lingering winter ‘blahs’? Spring is a time for us to shake off those winter ‘blahs’ and revitalize ourselves. One way to accomplish this is to find a detox plan that will fit your needs. A plan that will purge your body of impurities and super charge your health. A good detox plan could last up to three weeks and should focus on your physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Detox plans are not a new fad; they go way back into the Biblical days of Daniel. You can read in the Old Testament, the Book of Daniel, and his fasting for physical and spiritual strength. At first, your detox plan should focus on getting back to the basics of eating – lots of fresh fruits and veggies while avoiding processed foods, dairy products, alcohol and sugary foods. Then you will incorporate whole, nutrient rich foods. Finally adding in high quality protein foods into your eating plan. By now all that effort so far is noticeable in how you look and feel. Your new way of eating is less of a challenge and more of a lifestyle change! There are some important things to remember when considering a detox plan. First and foremost, consult your physician before you begin and advise them of your plan. Be sure to drink plenty of water and to spend some time doing stretches and light calisthenics – both assist the body in flushing out the system. Avoid strenuous workouts for the time being, as the body needs the energy to heal itself, from the inside out. Spend some quiet time, spiritually each day. Finally, studies show that massage therapy helps the lymphatic system move toxins – so consider scheduling massages more frequently during your detox plan. So get going – Spring forward with a new look and well being!

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When you can’t get to a gym...

by Barbara Rosen Many of us are looking for ways to increase strength and stamina.  For those that are unable to get to a gym, one solution is to purchase elastic bands. Using a band will increase your coordination and your balance, reducing the risk of falls.  According to Physical Therapists Phil Page and Todd Ellenbecker, (Strength Band Training), strength training is an important component of any well-rounded exercise program. It is recommended that muscle strengthening exercises be performed at least 2 days a week, using all major muscle groups.   Elastic resistance bands are inexpensive, convenient, and effective for adding resistance exercises to any workout. Many exercises can be performed with a single band or tube and the resistance can easily be increased by moving to the next higher color or tube. Different colors represent increasing thickness of the band which increases the force. They are easy to pack in a suitcase, easily stored and the exercises can be performed outdoors on beautiful days, or while watching your favorite televison programs! Bands offer variety because you can create resistance in all directions. Also, since there are different tension levels based on the color band you use, you can easily alter the difficulty level. Use a higher tension band for an easier exercise like bicep curls or a lower tension band for more difficult exercises like overhead shoulder press. Resistance bands can make all strength training exercises more challenging. Try using one with basic moves like pushups and squats. Consult and follow the advice of your physician, physical therapist, chiropractor or healthcare provider prior to including resistance training into your daily routine. Bands and tubing can be found at Target or Academy.

Websites for band and tubing exercises: Wimberley Home Health has serviced the healthcare needs of Wimberley and outlying communities since 1997. They care for those who choose to obtain medical care and attention necessary to remain healthy at home. The highly experienced staff tailors services to meet the specific needs of their patients. Barbara Rosen is a nurse at Wimberley Home Health. Call 512-847-7080 for information or visit www.WimberleyHome



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Ask yourself something. Do you leave your doors open day and night for whoever to come and go? Of course not. Let’s call whoever “aliens” and we’ll call their entrances “portals to paradise.” Aliens can be cleverly disguised as anything resembling a bug or rodent that wants to gain entrance to paradise which happens to be your crib. Aliens think it’s paradise because to them it is a universe of plenty--food, moisture, harborage and consistent climate year round. Kind of like Hawaii for us but way cheaper. Portals? Thanks to the expertise of homebuilders and quality construction there is no shortage of portals no matter what the price. You know when you do that all encompassing final walk through--think 10 minutes before closing-everything at eyelevel looks pretty good. Get a ladder, knee pads, flashlight, mirror and a thick pad of little red sticky dots and look again. OMG!! Saved a little time and money there did ya Mr. Builder? Areas we can’t easily see like the attic, eaves and roof line, woah! I’d sure like to be there when Mr. Builder gets to that big gated community in the sky. I know! Tell St. Peter you left all of those holes, cracks and cut rate doors in your houses because you wanted them to breathe. See if that excuse works. Here are your orders people. Seal your portals from the alien invasion before it’s too late. When the cold wind blows feel around your doors, windows, electrical outlets and bathroom vents for drafts. Get on your knees and check doors and thresholds for gaps or sunlight. Stick your head in the attic and look for light coming in where there are no vents. Go outside with a mirror and check where the siding meets the foundation. Pay special attention to the corners. Look for cracks in mortar, around windows and exterior siding. Initiate your line of defense against aliens, high utility costs and crummy construction now! Your arsenal should include weather stripping, caulk, wire mesh or hardware cloth, expandable foam, plumber’s putty, etc. Let the healing of sealing begin! 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 or email them through their new website. They want you to see it!

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Not all laminates are equal

by Jim Dannehy With 30 years in the flooring business, I’ve heard about every question. One customer who asked about Prego flooring was, of course, asking about Pergo, which many people think is its own type of flooring. Let me try to clear up this and many other myths about laminate floors. Not all laminates are created equal. Armed with some basic truths about them can ensure you make the right choice. This category of flooring came into the US market in the early 1990s. Because Pergo was the first company to cross the Atlantic, people naturally think it’s a special floor. Pergo is simply one of many companies currently manufacturing laminate. As with any other type of flooring, consumers must wade through the mine field of misinformation to make an informed buying decision.   Regardless of brand or price, you need to understand the two most critical components that make a quality laminate perform and maintain a high appearance level for many years. The first component is the core or body of a laminate – it must be dimensionally stable and have a low swell rate. This ensures the floor will remain flat and have relatively little movement after it is installed. About 70% of the manufacturing cost is in the production of the core.  Consequently, it is also the way manufacturers can lower their cost by making the core to a lower standard.  The second component critical to a high quality laminate is the locking system; remember these floors float so this is the part that holds it all together. I remember when the first laminates came into our market – they required glue to hold the floor together and they were certainly more difficult to install. Our industry now offers locking systems that are literally milled to aircraft manufacturing standards. These locking systems are capable of lifting 1,000 pounds of weight for every lineal meter of engagement. Simply put, that technical jargon means the market is producing some tremendous laminates.  Once you’ve found a brand that meets these standards, you’re free to address the look and texture of laminates. The vast majority of laminate mimics wood flooring but tile and stone looks are also available. Hopefully this makes laminate easier to understand and gives you the information you need to make an informed decision. If you have more questions, ask an experienced independent who knows the good and bad about all flooring choices.

Jim and Joyce Dannehy are 25-year residents of Canyon Lake and owners of Comal Floors & Interiors. With 30 years in the floor covering industry, Jim has represented major manufacturers during the last ten years wholesaling their products to retail floor covering stores and providing the retail staff with product information. With that background and experience, Comal Floors & Interiors can help you make the correct flooring covering choices.


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Hard Water 101 by Randy Lawrence

I was asked by my seventh grader to help him come up with an idea for a science fair project. We were brainstorming when my lovely wife pointed out that she’s heard me babble on about work enough to know that there’s probably some science involved. Shortly thereafter, I came up with the brilliant idea to explore hardness minerals in our water supplies, and their effects on households and industry alike.  It seems logical to start with where our water comes from. Most of us on public and private water systems get our water from area lakes, rivers, or from underground water formations known as aquifers. Water is a universal solvent, so it tends to pick up varying amounts of the sediment and minerals it contacts prior to being collected for use. Surface water tends to be slightly lower in overall mineral content than ground water.  Hardness minerals, like calcium and magnesium, are dissolved and remain in the water as ions, or charged particles, until they eventually precipitate and attach to downstream surfaces. It is this characteristic which causes these minerals to be so detrimental to plumbing systems. For instance, in a home you might notice dense white buildup around the base, handle, or strainer on your faucets. You would likely see very cloudy or spotty dishes, and a similar accumulation on shower doors, countertops, and other smooth surfaces. This is only the surface buildup, and is an indicator of the type of damage occurring inside the plumbing system. A common symptom is water heater elements becoming coated in calcium, causing them to overheat and fail. In industrial settings, these minerals wreak havoc on delicate equipment and instruments. Because these minerals are in suspension, the most efficient treatment method is a water softener, otherwise known as an ion exchange unit. Using sodium ions dissolved in a saltwater solution, a softener will effectively remove hardness minerals.  The results can be seen within a few days of installation, and will continue to reduce overall maintenance costs associated with plumbing and appliance repairs. With a simple onsite test, a licensed technician can recommend the appropriate system for your home.   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

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Prepare for spring!

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by Steve Sherman

The first step in all gardening is proper soil preparation. No matter what else is used, a garden needs a good soil conditioner consisting of decayed organic matter. Organic matter will improve many problem soils. It will loosen clay soils to improve drainage and airflow and it will hold moisture and nutrients close to roots in sandy soils. Especially useful in filling this need is sphagnum peat moss. Peat moss is high in the organic matter needed by the soil to hold moisture and store plant food for gradual root feeding. Sphagnum peat moss is 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 use in flower pots and planter boxes. It must be soaked 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. Among the general types of mulch are: • Organic (such as peat, cedar, hardwood, etc.) - keeps soil surface as much as 10 degrees 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 is the store manager at Canyon Lake ACE Hardware. Your local Ace Hardware is routinely a knowledgeable source of information on a wide variety of subjects that pertain to all the products they offer that can be great help on Do-It-Yourself projects you undertake. For more information, call 830-964-2797.

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The key

by Becky Jordan

Years ago I was away on a spiritual retreat in the mountains of Colorado. While there, I began to read a book that changed my life. It is titled, The Key – And the Name of the Key Is Willingness, by Cheri Huber. This book is an easy read, based on Zen teachings and I highly recommend it. Below are writings from the book and I will share as much as this column space will allow. Enjoy. “We’re going so fast all the time. So much to do, so little time. It never occurs to us that what we need to do is stop. Stop believing that the treadmill leads anywhere. No one, no thing, can take your peace, your joy, your adequacy, away from you. You have to give it up voluntarily. When you’re trying to get what you want out of life, life can be very hard. When you learn to want what you get in your life, life can become very easy. It’s much easier to want what you get than to get what you want.” “The four causes of suffering are: 1) not getting what you want; 2) getting what you want and not being satisfied with it; 3) being separated from those or that which you love; and 4) having to endure the company of those or that which you do not love. Wanting only results in more wanting. Until we learn to accept we cling to things being the way they have been, or we wish they were, want or hope them to be. We tense up all our muscles, dig in our heels and resist. Then we realize the energy we put into resisting change is maintaining status quo. We actually begin to believe we are holding things together. When we learn to accept everything that comes into our lives, we are free from the pain of resistance.” “When you can let it be the way it is and not how you’ve decided it should be, you can begin to see that the only thing making you unhappy is your idea about how it should be. There is nothing to hold onto.” “ Might as well relax. Might as well let go. Nothing will be any worse and it might just be a whole lot better!”

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Becky Jordan, E-RYT 500, a certified yoga teacher since 1995, is registered as an Experienced Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level with the nationally recognized Yoga Alliance. She is the owner of Heart of Texas Yoga and co-founder of Sacred Art Yoga of Wimberley and Houston, a national yoga teacher training program. If you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher, her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training begins in March; visit for details. For more information, Becky may pm ... all levels! $5-$10 suggested be reached at 512-663-4278. Becky Jordan, E-RYT 500



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by Chuck Ferguson Have you ever wanted to record more paper back book, it lets you watch TV in another room. The Joey than one or two shows and your DVR wasn’t offers the ability to view your DVR recording in any room you up to it? Well now you can, a whole home have a Joey; it also allows multi room viewing. The Joey offers the DVR called the Hopper (like a kangaroo) same exact interface as the Hopper with the exception of picture is debuting in March. The Hopper is a new in picture feature. There are many more features and Apps on this new Hopper multi tuner HD DVR from Dish that features a blazing fast 750 mgh processor and a massive 2 terabyte hard drive. This makes it system, so what more could you really ask for in TV service? They the fastest HD DVR on the market to date. This allows you to fly listened to viewers needs and the Hopper is the answer! through the guide in the blink of an eye. The guide features have been revamped for more personalized and more organized ease of Chuck Ferguson is CEO of Mainstream Home Theater LLC. Chuck use. The Hopper also offers picture and picture capability as well. has been in the residential and commercial audio video industry Lets get into this Hopper, it has three satellite tuners for over 25 years. He holds certifications for sales, service, design inside this main box which allows you to record three channels at and installation of audio video systems and solar and wind power once, pair this with Dish’s new Prime Time Anytime service it lets systems. For more information, call Chuck at 964-6040 or email you record six TV channels at once during Prime Time viewing him at hours. What is Prime Time you ask? Prime Time anytime is a new service from Dish, when enabled it records the local ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX channels in HD from 7pm to 11 pm Monday through Friday. It will store this information for eight days that way you will never miss a show because you forgot to record it. Your Local Expert Since 2001 The Hopper also has remote locator, if you misplace your (830) 964-6040 remote you can now press a button on the front of the Hopper and your remote will start beeping, allowing you to find your remote. 1457 FM 2673 • Canyon Lake Also making debuting in March from Dish is the Joey WWW.MAINSTREAMHOME.COM (like a baby kangaroo). The Joey is a satellite box the size of a Canyon Lake Views Page 16 October 2010


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Which web browser


by Gary Poss

There are many browsers to choose from – including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. They have to be fast, easy to use, and secure. Here is a glimpse of the popular ones. The latest version for Windows 7 and Vista is Internet Explorer 9 which works quite well and is relatively secure. Make certain you install all Windows updates as they become available because many are security patches. Unfortunately XP users are left in the dust with Internet Explorer 8 which is slower and a security nightmare. If you are still using XP, start utilizing one of the other browsers mentioned here, rather than Internet Explorer 8. Mozilla’s Firefox ( version 10 is quick, stable, and secure – arguably better than Internet Explorer 9. Firefox has many useful features that go beyond other browsers. Be certain to view the tutorials and add-ons. For fun, consider using Personas and Themes which are add-ons that allow you to customize the look and feel of Firefox. Google’s Chrome ( version 17 is probably the best overall browser in terms of speed, stability, and security. At hacking competitions, Chrome usually leads the pack as a more secure browser. Like Firefox, Chrome has many addons (extensions) for your consideration. In addition, there is the Chrome Web Store that allows you to download apps including entertainment, shopping, productivity, and education that run in Chrome. Apple’s Safari ( is very well suited for the Macintosh environment, particularly running OS X Lion. I would not consider using Safari on a Windows machine as all other browsers work much better. Firefox, Chrome, and Opera have versions available that run under OS X and Linux which are well worth installing and utilizing. Opera ( version 11 is one of the least known browsers yet one of the most robust, fast, and secure. It ranks extremely well with Firefox and Chrome, making a choice between the three more of a personal one involving function, feel, and style rather than technical. Try each one, perhaps utilizing Firefox for tab management, Chrome for the apps, and Opera for its full features. Gary Poss is the owner of Local Tech Service, providing PC and Macintosh hardware, software, and service support as well as web design services. For more information, call Gary at 830-708-9866 or visit

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Canyon Lake Optimists will close registration for their 7on7 flag football on Wednesday, March 6th at Goin’ Postal on Hwy 306 (call 830-935-2578). The Optimists are expecting an even bigger turn-out this year! The league is open to boys AND girls ages 7-12 and is designed to be a FUN sports experience for the KIDS. Saturday games will be held in April/May and volunteer coaches and referees are also needed. Come out and help the Optimists in “Bringing Out the Best in KIDS.” Registration will also be available at CRRC from 2-5 pm on Saturdays thru March 3rd. For further information, contact Jeff Drucker at 830-935-2578 or call Jemmie Rowe at 210-394-6018.

CLHS Octagon Club Adopt-a-Highway Clean-Up March 24

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The Octagon Club has an Adopt-a-Highway clean-up on March 24th, a quarterly activity. Kudos for these kids interested in community service. Volunteers are always welcome. Meet at Goin’ Postal at 9am for the safety video. Call at 830-935-2578 for info.

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With the music coming from the restored 1925 Steinway piano, the Mid-Texas Symphony conducted its 29th annual competition for young adult musicians whose education has prepared them for professional performance. Playing a concerto by Beethoven, the 1st place winner was pianist Daniel Anastasio. A San Antonio native studying at Juilliard School of Music in New York, Mr. Anastasio will perform with the Symphony April 1st. The Young Artist Competition is designed to recognize and encourage talented musicians who are preparing for careers in classical music. "This year's young artists were some of the most talented young people we have had the pleasure of hearing in the competition," according to Jack Linden, Vice President for Education of the Symphony." I am sure that we have not heard the last of several of the young artists ... they are enthusiastic about their love of music and desire to play it for the world. The surrounding area will certainly enjoy a great opportunity to hear a future star in Daniel Anastasio."

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Friends of the Library

Become a member of Friends of the Library – it offers many opportunities to support our community in a variety of ways and costs only $12 per year! Working in the Friends Store at the library is a great place to volunteer and support the library and there is training provided. Bunnies and other stuffed animals are on sale now. At only $1.50 each, they can be great Easter, birthday or ‘just because’ gifts. There are also souvenirs of Canyon Lake your guest will enjoy and other items for sale. There are many activities and opportunities so be sure to sign up at to receive the library’s monthly e-newsletter. Submitted by Member of Friends, Sheryl Murrah

Pilot Club’s Style Show & Luncheon scheduled for March 21 at GVTC

The next fundraiser for the Pilot Club is the March 21st Style Show and Luncheon, 11:30am at GVTC Auditorium, featuring fashions from The Crossing, Dress Barn, and Naps and Nights. Proceeds benefit the local community (TPML, CRRC, Blue Star Mothers, Hope Hospice Children's Grief Program, New Life Treatment Center, Threads of Love, and more). Their annual donation to the library goes toward the purchase of bikes and helmets for the popular summer reading program for kids. The Pilot Club also sponsors bicycle rodeos and Brainminder Puppet shows in the Canyon Lake elementary schools. 

ATTN Vendors: April Market Day Sign Up NOW CRRC has only two MarketDays per year, making it popular with shoppers in search of unique items. Shoppers know there’s no putting it off until tomorrow – better get in and get it while they’re there! There are usually 100 vendors for the one-day event. Because it has indoor as well as outdoor booths, it’s a Rain or Shine event. So, be one of the special 100 and get signed up now for the Spring CRRC MarketDay on April 14. In its eight years in existence, CRRC has worked hard to upgrade this event and has unusual vendors, from exotic birds to homemade furniture. Your wares will probably just fit right in! Call 830-964-3003.

Evergreen Community Calendar (entries that don’t change)

• Feb 1- April 15 (Tues & Sat). AARP Tax Aide (any age or income Ok) at the Rec Center Tues 1-4 & Sat 9-Noon. 830-885-2247. • Every Sun, 10:30am. Sunday Sermon Series at Hill Country Church 20885 FM 306 at Tamarack Drive. 830-935-2945. • Every 1st & 3rd Mon, 6:33pm. Optimist Club meets at TPMLibrary. 830-935-2578. • Every 1st Mon, 10:30am. Pilot Club meets at TPMLibrary. 830-832-0340. • Every 4th Mon, 6pm. St.Thomas Cancer Support Group, Ed. Bldg. 210-382-5889. • Every 3rd Tues, 7pm. Native Plant Society, Lindheimer Chap meets. GVTC. 935-4699. • Every Tue & Thur, 10-Noon. Join the CL Celtic Dancers at CRRC, dancing for health benefits and friendship, $1 CRRC Donation. 830-964-3630. • Every 1st* & 2nd Wed, Noon-1pm, 1-hour “virtual” Tour. Learn about CASA at their NBraunfels office (1st*) & SMarcos (2nd). Lunch incl. by Panhandler Pizza. 830-626-2272. • Every Wed, 10am. Storytime & Baby Lap Sit! TPMLibrary, 830-964-3744. • Every 3rd Wed, 10am. CL Republican Women meet at TPMLibrary. 830-899-7555. • Every Thurs, Noon-1pm. CLRotary meets at speakers on local to international subjects at TPMLibrary. Public welcome. Lunch included ($12). 830-935-2728. • Every Thurs, 7-11pm. Great Steak Night, Midnight Express. 964-3700. (Karaoke Fri) • Every Thurs, 7:30pm. Bingo at VFW Post 8800. Call 830-899-7774 after 2pm. • Every 1st & 3rd Thurs, Noon. CLNoon Lions Club at CLGolf Club, 830-899-4406. • Every 3rd Thurs, 10am. Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library meets. 830-899-4015. • Every 3rd Thurs, 7pm. Texas Master Naturalists/Lindheimer meets. Agri-Life Bldg, 325 Resource behind Moe Schwab Recycle Center. 830-620-3440. • Every last Thurs, Noon-1pm. Learn about New Life Children’s Center. RSVP 964-4390. • Every Fri, Noon. Food distribution by Habitat for Safe Seniors for qualified, registered Comal Co. residents needing food or other services. 830-899-2256 (cell 210-347-8207). • Every 2nd Fri, 11:30am. Democratic Women of Comal County meet for a potluck luncheon, alternately at TPMLibrary & in Bulverde/Spring Branch. 830-832-4957. • Every 1st Sat, 10am. Blue Star Mothers meet at St Andrews Lutheran Church in Startzville. Membership open to all. 512-213-8166. • Every 2nd & 4th Sat, 11am. “Books with Bailey” at TPML. Visit 964-3744.

34th Season, “America The Beautiful,” Music Director, David Mairs

Senior Center Now OPEN on Mondays for Scheduled Activities & Thursdays, 11-3 for Potluck Socials Enjoy a pot luck lunch every Thursday, 11am to 3pm along with board games and dominoes or visiting. Special activities scheduled this month are shown below – some require registering. Great day trips are usually scheduled monthly. • Every Mon, 10am - Beading Class, • Every Mon, 11am - Tai Chi, • Every Mon, Noon - Healthy Living. • Every 2nd Mon, 1pm. Cooking on a Dime - Winter Salad & Bananas Foster. • Every 3rd Mon, 1pm. Monday Matinee - A Dolphin Tail. • Every Thurs, 11-3pm, Potluck Lunch, games, visiting. • Mon, Mar 5. Special Presentation - Neurobics: Exercise for the Brain with complimentary lunch. Call to reserve space.

a salute to America and its composers

“Compare & Contrast” Sunday • April 1, 2012 • 4 pm Jackson Auditorium, Seguin Amanda Grooms, Soprano Daniel Anastasio, Young Artist Competition Winner, Piano

Amanda Grooms, Soprano

Mahler: “Adagietto” from Symphony No. 5 R. Strauss: Serenade in E-flat major Beethoven: Piano Concerto in C minor, 1st mvt Ives: The Unanswered Question R. Strauss: Four Last Songs

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Tickets ~ Reserved: $25 • General Admission: Adult $20 • Senior (62+) / college The CRRC Senior Center is inside the Community Building student / military $15 • Student (18 and under) $5. adjacent to the Rec Center at 125 Mabel Jones below the dam. Call Call for prices for groups of 12 and more. Tickets also available at the door. 964-3003 for information. Canyon Lake Views Page 27 March 2012

The History of the Canyon Lake Pilot Club

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How many of you are aware of the fascinating history of the Canyon Lake Pilot Club? I had an opportunity to learn the story of the founding and chartering of our Club by reading a four-page, single-spaced typewritten narration recently presented to the Club by Emeritus Member Cassandra Lathe. Cassandra served as president during 1976-1977 and 1983-1984. She brought this fragile, carbon-paper document to a Luncheon and Style Show and presented it to President Dianne Morgan.  One of the influential founding members, Bea Martin was determined to establish a Club at Canyon Lake but first she had to convince the “parent” San Antonio Pilot Club to ask Pilot International to conduct a feasibility study of the area. As the result, PI chartered the Pilot Club of Comal County on April 16, 1970 with 25 members. It wasn’t until several years later that PI approved the name change to Pilot Club of Canyon Lake.  Early Pilot Club activities included making and selling sandwiches at public parks around the lake to make money to send the club president to the PI convention in Miami, FL. In the spirit of helping the community, Pilots came to the aid of San Marcos families whose belongings were lost in a devastating flood.  Pilots funded the utility bills for a local family whose breadwinner was hit by illness and unable to work. It was during these early years that the tradition of an annual style show fundraiser was established.  In the fall of 1971, the seed of an idea was planted to establish a local community library. With their usual enthusiasm, Pilots took this idea and soon had temporary use of a small building donated by the Sparkman family. When they lost use of this building, Mr. Harry Preston graciously donated land in memory of his mother and thus the genesis of Tye Preston Memorial Library.  It’s impossible to capture all the details of Cassandra’s narration in this Newsletter. For nearly 40 years, Pilots have been an integral part of the history of Canyon Lake, with their amazing record of selfless service and support to the community. I believe the following excerpt from this early narration is still true today, “The Pilot Club of Canyon Lake has truely (sic) grown and has received acceptance of the community to the point where it is an Submitted by Diane Schaule honor to be invited to join.” 

Janice Woods Windle, The Author

Janice Woods Windle a Texas author, was born in Seguin and currently lives in El Paso. Windle's first two novels, True Women and Hill Country and her first published, non-fiction work, the True Women Cookbook, all became best sellers and are based on extensive research into Windle's ancestors, who were German immigrants. True Women has been published in eight different languages and became the basis for a CBS miniseries starring Angelina Jolie, Dana Delaney, and Annabeth Gish. Windle’s latest novel, Will’s War, is based on a true story that took place when her grandfather, Will, was accused of threatening to kill Woodrow Your Friendly Neighborhood Shipping Center Wilson and went to trial. Windle attended the University of Texas where she was a memInternet Cafe ber of Alpha Phi women's fraternity. She has earned many acaOn Site Computer Rentals • WiFi • Mailbox Rentals • Fax • Copies demic honors including Mortar Board and the American AssociaNotary • Stamps • Printer Ink • USPS • FedEx • UPS • Shipping tion of University Women's "Woman of the Year." She is also a More Office Supplies • More Services Father of Texas Awards recipient and the Texas Legislature passed 830-935-2578 More Office Supplies • More Services a bill commending her on her superb contributions to the citizens Fax (830) 935-2598 • 18382 FM 306, Suite 103 • Canyon Lake TX 78133 of Texas. Source: Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library broNext to Italian Garden Restaurant at the Blue Sky Propane Strip Center chure and Canyon Lake Views Page 28 March 2012

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Texas, Women & Books

What would happen if all of Canyon Lake read the same book ~ At the same time? “Canyon Lake READS” is planned as a monthlong celebration for March, which is also Texas History Month and Women’s History Month. In addition to encouraging everyone to read the same book, numerous activities are planned to support the themes of the book and to bring the community together. Registration forms are online at or come in to Tye Preston Memorial Library for the brochure and registration form. Sponsored by The Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library. Will’s War is a novel based on a true story that took place in Seguin at the beginning of World War I. The book is written by Will’s granddaughter, author Janice Woods Windle, who is a Seguin native and friend of the Canyon Lake community.

Schedule of March Events at Tye Preston Memorial Library • Thur, 3/1, 6-8pm (Book Review at 7pm) ~ KICKOFF RECEPTION. Book signing with author Janice Woods Windle: review of Will’s War by local author, Michael Varhola; refreshments; exhibits; background music from the early-20th Century. (Books $10 at the Friends Bookstore or check-out in the Library.) • Sun, 3/4, 2-3pm ~ PERFORMANCE. Canyon Lake High School drama class will dramatize various scenes from the book. • Wed, 3/7 @ Noon ~ LUNCH & LEARN. Cooking a German Meal with Hannah Matthes for company…Rouladen and Spaetzle. • Sun, 3/11, 4-5:30pm ~ CONCERT. Mid-Texas Symphony String Quintet •Thur, 3/15, 6:30-8pm ~ WORKSHOP: “WRITING OUR FAMILY MEMORIES”. Presented by Jackie DeHon. • Fri, 3/16, 11am-Noon – PRESENTATION “A GLIMPSE INTO THE LIVES OF GERMAN WOMEN PIONEERS” Presented by Jackie DeHon. • Sat, 3/17, 6-8pm ~ CONCERT by Texas singer/songwriter Brian Burns: “Once Upon a Time in Texas” • Wed, 3/21 at Noon ~ LUNCH & LEARN with JANICE WOODS WINDLE. Meet the author, hear her speak about writing Will’s War, followed by book signing. • Thurs, 3/22, 6:30-8pm ~ ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON CIVILITY. Led by Cassandra Dahnke and Tomas Spath from the Institute for Civility in Government, Rev. Dr. Doug Daglish, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church and Rev. Paul Miller, St. Andrew Lutheran Church. • Fri, 3/23, 10am-4:30pm ~ ALL DAY WORKSHOP. Led by Cassandra Dahnke and Tomas Spath ~ “Reclaiming Civility in the Public Square–10 Rules that Work”. This workshop explores what civility is and why it’s important. Learn what civility makes possible and what incivility prevents. Four 90-minute sessions. Lunch Provided. ADVANCE SIGN-UP REQUIRED: LIMITED TO 30. • Thur, 3/29, 6-8pm ~ GRAND FINALE DINNER with Janice Woods Windle as speaker, catered German meal, and live German music. ADVANCE SIGN-UP REQUIRED; LIMITED TO 140 – ($12/PERSON). • Sat, 3/31, 9am-4pm ~ CHARTERED BUS TOUR of Seguin and Bergfeld family properties, including lunch at a Seguin B&B with a Windle family member as tour guide. Bus leaves TPML parking lot at 9am. ADVANCE SIGN-UP REQUIRED: LIMITED TO 56 – ($30/PERSON).

Tye Preston Memorial Library is located at 16311 South Access Road in Canyon Lake, across from the CRRC sports fields. For more information, call 830-964-3744.

The Friends’ store is located inside Tye Preston Memorial Library and is staffed by volunteers, selling gently used books and items from the community as well as souvenirs of Canyon Lake.


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