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• Every Mon & Fri, 1pm - Play Bingo at 1pm, Habitat for Safe Seniors Center, 2174 Old Sattler Road (Startzville), “A pessimist, they say, sees next to Canyon Lake Animal Shelter. 830-899-2256. a glass of water as being • Every Tues, 7:30-8:30pm. Boy Scout Troop 222 meets. Call Rusty at 830-964-5107 or 830-305-4043. half empty; an optimist sees • Every 2nd Tue, 7:30pm - CL Bike Club meets at Lucky Sailors. Call 830-935-4588 for information. the same glass as half full. • Every 3rd Tue, 7pm - Native Plant Society of Texas, Lindheimer Chapter meets in the GVTC Auditorium, But a giving person sees a 36101 FM 3159 (Smithson Valley), New Braunfels. glass of water and starts • Every 4th Tues from Sept to May, 9:30am - Canyon Lake Assoc. of Retired Teachers & School Personnel looking for someone who meets at Rio Raft Rec Bldg, River Road (Sattler). Call 830-899-4454 for more information. might be thirsty.” • Every 1st & 3rd Thurs at noon - The Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club meets at the Canyon Lake Golf Club. ~G. Donald Gale Visitors are welcome. For information, call 830-899-4406. The incredible Canyon Lake community never • Every Thur, Noon-1pm - CL Rotary hosts outstanding speakers on local to international subjects. Anchors stops amazing me. It’s such an impressive group Landing on Startz Rd (Startzville). Public welcome. Lunch included ($12). Call 830-899-3205. • Every Thur, 7pm-11pm - Great Steak Night & Karaoke at Midnight Express. Call 830-964-3700. of giving folks. Fundraisers are so prevalent that • Every 3rd Thur, 10am – “The Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library” meet at the library, 1321 FM 2673 it’s basically the social fabric of the community. in Sattler. Be a part of your library. Call 830-899-4015. Seems most are planning one or attending one • Every 4th Thur, 10am - The Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country meets monthly at TPMLibrary. Join just about all the time – but everyone gets to see in celebrating the heritage of our local area. Show & tells are encouraged. Call 830-899-4542. each other while it’s all underway. Great system. • Every Fri, 6-9pm - Parents Night Out at Cranes Mill Baptist Church. Dinner served. Preregister before that Our Canyon Lake Community Profile this night. Call 830-899-7936. month is a good example. Wayne Ellington has • Every 3rd Fri, 1pm - Habitat for Safe Seniors at 2174 Old Sattler Road (Startzville) hosts Birthday Bingo been giving back to this community for many celebrating birthdays for that month. Call 899-2256. • Every Sat, 2pm - Shuffleboard Tournament at VFW Post 8573 in Sattler. Open to the Public. Beginners years. It doesn’t absorb him, it’s just what he does on a regular basis. If you don’t know the Fire welcome. Call 830-964-4568. • Every 1st Sat, 10am - Crusaders for Christ, the Canyon Lake Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists As- Marshall, you haven’t been here long enough. sociation meets at Startz Cafe, 10350 FM 2673. Call 210-213-7412. The Thanksgiving cover this month is a good • Every 3rd Sat, 9am-3pm, thru Dec 19 - The new “Country Market and Fair” at the Hill Country Bible Church reminder of the many folks who give back. (across FM 306 from the Windmill Restaurant). Vendor spaces available. Call 210-771-9220. VFW Post 8573 in Sattler is hosting its 18th • Thur, Oct 29, 6 pm - Coffee with the Author at TPMLibrary. Bert Wall introduces his new book Seminole Bill, Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Post. It’s Black Texas Cowboy. For more information, call 830-964-3744. free for seniors but all are welcome. Donations • Sat, Oct 31, 5pm-8pm - HALLOWEENFEST in Downtown Sattler. Safe and fun! Call 830-964-2223. are accepted. The Startz Memorial VFW Post • Sun, Nov 1 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ENDS. Fall forward. • Wed, Nov 4, Noon-4 - Habitat for Safe Seniors Food Fair open to all lower income Comal County residents. 8800 picks up the remaining need with their Thanksgiving meals delivered to those who can’t For infomation, call 830-899-2256 or stop by 2174 Old Sattler Road in Startzville. Preregister. • Tues, Nov 3 - 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Canyon Lake Golf Club hosted by the Fraternal Order of make it in. The Canyon Lake Masons cook and Canyon Men. Registration 10am. 11am tee time. For more information, call 830-515-8230. Sign up. Habitat for Safe Seniors makes the deliveries with Sat. Nov 7, 9am-5pm - “Arts & Crafts In The Hills” at Canyon Lake Hills Civic Club, 1700 Oblate Drive. help from many volunteers (you?). Participate. Extraordinary gifts. Free admission and parking. 830-899-2388 for info. It’s part of living here. • Sat, Nov 7, 9-3 - St. Andrew Lutheran Church Country Bazaar & Auction on FM 2673, just east of Super S Community events for the holidays are being in Startzville. Holiday gifts, handmade crafts, second hand store, and baked items. Call 830-899-2273. announced inside, so start making your plans to • Wed, Nov 11, Noon - Book Signing by author, Jackie de Hon at TPMLibrary. Call 830-964-3744. take part now and be thankful you have something • Wed, Nov 11, 11am - VETERANS DAY Flag Ceremony at VFW Post 8573 in Sattler. Flag retirement follows. Call 830-964-3334 for information. • VETERANS DAY Ceremony at VFW Post 8800 in Startzville at 11am. to give. All you need is you. Social w/refreshments follows. Public is invited. For information, call 830-899-7774. • Thur, Nov 26 - THANKSGIVING. VFW Post 8573’s 18th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner in Sattler, Noon-4pm. Free for seniors. Donations accepted. Call 830-964-3334. • Startz Memorial VFW Post 8800 Thanksgiving “Whatever you spend is gone. What you keep, dinner delivery by Habitat for Safe Seniors to seniors without family nearby. Call 830-899-2256. someone else gets. What you give is yours • Tues, Nov 24 - Chamber’s Business After Hours Mixer at Super S Foods in Startzville. For information, call forever.” ~ Dr. Wil Rose 830-964-2223. C O V E R P H O T O by D O R I S C A I N . C O M

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by Sue Sweat Wayne Ellington, Comal County Fire Marshall, moved to Canyon Lake with his family 36 years ago. His parents, Bobbie and Hugh Ellington, didn’t want their three boys growing up in the big city of San Antonio. They moved when Wayne was just entering his freshman year. When Bobbie and Hugh arrived, they saw that help was needed in the community and became charter members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #406 in Sattler – so Wayne was introduced to “people helping people� at a young age. By the time he was in his early 20s, Wayne was a member of the Eagles; he also became a member of the Elks Lodge in New Braunfels like his older brother. Those experiences set him on the path of volunteering that he continues today. After graduating from Canyon High School, Wayne worked a variety of construction jobs. He married and soon daughter, Abbie (Trim), was born. In 186 during the economic downturn, Wayne joined the Coast Guard, which he says, “was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me.� The Coast Guard was the only branch of service involved in search and rescue and law enforcement, and it was there he discovered the roots of his career. While he learned to love the duties involved, Wayne also learned about sea sickness and the limitations of medications offered. Although he was raised on the waters of Canyon Lake, the high seas were different. In 10, Wayne left the Coast Guard and returned home. Within a month of leaving the Coast Guard, the Comal County Sheriff’s Department offered to sponsor him through the police academy; the Hazel Act, enacted to improve veteran’s education opportunities, paid for the schooling. In 11, Wayne was hired as a deputy sheriff, he explained, “just working the road, but it was great being back in law enforcement with its challenges and rewards. Being involved in a rescue is a great feeling; that’s when helping people� really hits home – “there’s nothing like it.� Then the sheriff volunteered

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him to become an undercover officer in San Antonio. Viewed as “just a country boy going into the big city,� Wayne was involved in four or five search warrants daily for a couple of years. As dangerous as that sounds, Wayne explains he “felt safer there than at a random road stop – so much intelligence and research takes place before anyone is sent in.� When the ‘new’ Sheriff, Bob Holder, was elected, he hired a new Fire Marshall and created the position of Deputy Fire Marshall – Wayne was hired. Since that time, there have been changes. The county adopted the international fire code. Wayne, now as Fire Marshall, is responsible for code enforcement reviewing public and commercial building plans to yearly inspections, fire investigations of potential arson cases, fire prevention, life safety and fire hazard issues, and more. The Fire Marshall, no longer under the Sheriff’s Department, has its own budget and staff and answers directly to County Commissioners. But Wayne’s concern for public needs extends beyond those duties and into his personal time. He is currently a member of four organizations helping those in need. He is a past worthy president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #406, a Mason – the group best known for assisting burn victims, a charter board member of the Men’s Auxiliary of the VFW in Sattler, and a past worthy president of the Fraternal Order of Canyon Men (FOCM). Each organization hosts fundraisers throughout the year for their special community projects. The Eagles have Steak Night every Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 in Sattler. The VFW holds several events to raise money for scholarships and assists when needed in the community – several benefit the Wounded Warriors fund. The Masonic Lodge hosts a barbecue plate dinner every summer, and on and on. Wayne says he chooses the organizations where he feels he “fits in and can adapt, participate, and be helpful to others.� That might just describe his entire life quite well.

The Fraternal Order of Canyon Men hosts annual recreational events – the Scholarship Dance at Fischer Hall the third weekend of March and the Chili Cookoff the third Saturday in October. They currently are breaking ground for a Golf Tournament planned for Tuesday, November 3rd at Canyon Lake Golf Club. With community support, these events enable them to give ten to fifteen $500 scholarships annually from what has now become 35 to 40 applicants; the need is great – as Wayne and friend, Mike Marks, discussed years ago. In the 16 years since FOCM was organized, over $117,000 has been given back to the community, including 109 scholarships. For more information on the Golf Tournament fundraiser or FOCM, call Bill Cox at 830-515-8230.

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Preserving your vision

by Dr. Justin Kim Take this quiz to see if you might have the long run. Prescription medication is often prescribed for moderate eye allergies. to severe allergy symptoms. It is best to consult with your eye doctor • Do allergies run in your family? for prescription and non-prescription eye drops. • Do your eyes often itch, particularly For Contact Lens wearers during pollen seasons? Even if you are generally a successful contact lens wearer, allergy • Have you ever been diagnosed with season can make your contacts uncomfortable. Airborne allergens "pink eye" (conjunctivitis)? can get on your lenses, causing discomfort. • Are you allergic to certain animals such as cats? I always recommend hydrogen peroxide based contact lens clean• Do you often need oral medications to control sneezing, cough- ing solution (e.g. Sauflon 1-step or ClearCare) for all my soft contact ing and congestion? lens wearers. In the Air Force, pilots who wear contact lenses are • Do you wear contact lenses? required to use this type of solutions because they are healthier for • Lastly – do you live in Texas Hill Country area? the eyes. If you answered "yes" to two or more of these questions, then you Another alternative is daily disposable contact lenses, which are may have eye allergies. discarded nightly. With daily replacement, it is unlikely to develop irGeneral Eye Allergy Treatment ritating deposits that lead to inflammations or infections in the eye. Diagnosis. There are other eye problems that have similar symp- Justin Kim, O.D., has opened a second location in Bulverde near toms with allergies, such as dry eye syndrome and blepharitis (in- the HEB off US 281 and TX 46, following the success of his first flamed eyelids). It is important to accurately diagnose the problems location in Boerne. Formerly an Air Force eye doctor, Dr. Kim in order to treat the condition. Topic of dry eyes will be covered in provided USAF pilots with vision care exclusively in their laser my future articles. surgery program. Dr. Kim was raised in California and earned his Avoidance. The most common “treatment” is to avoid what’s B.S. in Molecular Biology from Univ. of California at Berkeley, causing your eye allergy. Keep your home free of pet dander and Doctor of Optometry 2002 from Southern California College of dust, and change air conditioner filter regularly. Make sure you wear Optometry, and is certified by the National Board of Examiners in wraparound sunglasses to help shield your eyes from allergens. Optometry. He was Staff Optometrist at Lackland AFB, Chief of Medications. Artificial tears help moisturize the eyes and wash Optometry, at the Brooks City-Base, and Chief of Laser Refractive away the allergens that accumulate in the eyes. Avoid using vaso- Surgery Registry for USAF pilots. To schedule an appointment, constrictors (e.g. Visine) everyday. They can worsen the red eyes in call 830-438-2727.

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If you ever rode a bike as a child, you’ll remember the pure joy that went through your body the first time your mom or dad let go of the back of the seat of your bike and you were off! You’re free, able to cruise the nieghborhood at will. The next thing you know you’ve planned to meet some of your buddies to ride to school or the corner store for a soda and it didn’t cost a thing to get there. Then you started growing up, getting involved in other activities, driving, then working and that joy of riding a bike fades into just a memory. Well there are number of folks who live at and use Canyon Lake that refuse to let that memory go. Cycling enthusiasts in search of a little company need look no further than the newly organized Canyon Lake Bike Club. Formed due to the increased number of cyclists living in and visiting the Canyon Lake area, the club provides a great opportunity for riders of all styles and levels to participate in funcentered group rides or make contacts to find a riding partner for their own ride. The club already has members representing a wide range of interests, from mountain bike to road to the casual neighborhood cruise. The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm at the Lucky Sailor restaurant. Currently, the club sponsors a weekly Sunday road ride to Wimberley that leaves from the Canyon Lake Bicycle Shop at 8:30am and monthly mountain bike excursions to nearby epic trails like Flat Rock Ranch, Rocky Hill Ranch and Government Canyon. Members of the Canyon Lake Bike Club have also been and will be represented by members entered in various charity and competitive rides like the MS 150, Tour De Gruene and the Huntsville Hammer Adventure Race. If you don’t own a bike right now or maybe you just want to test ride one you might want, contact your local bicycle shop about rentals. It’s an inexpensive option that allows you to participate now and it will remind you how much you miss the ride. Andy Zinn, a Canyon Lake resident, is a native of Gunnison, Colorado who grew up riding the big trails. He hopes to bring a little bit of his home state to Texas as owner of the Canyon Lake Bicycle Shop. For more information about the Canyon Lake Bike Club, contact the Canyon Lake Bicycle Shop at 830-935-4588 or email with


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Breathe better, feel better

by Becky Jordan Cultivating a fuller, deeper breath is one of the many wonderful benefits of yoga. Short, shallow breathing is very common and plays a part in depression, anxiety, fatigue, digestive disorders, insomnia, low libido and more. Knowing how to breathe effectively can dramatically change not only your life but the lives of those around you. The quality of our breath is a direct reflection of the state of our mind. Have you ever been told “calm down and take a breath?” When we are anxious, upset, nervous, angry or fearful, our breath can become short and rapid or we may stop breathing altogether. Yoga postures help to open the body to receive a fuller, deeper breath. A conscious inhalation and exhalation allow life to flow through you without clinging or resistance. Yoga teaches us that breathing fully and completely is an indicator of embracing life and letting go of stress. Spend a few minutes answering the questions below. You may gain a better understanding of your breath and what aspects of your breath need more attention. Begin by sitting with both feet flat on the floor, sitting as tall as you can with your palms resting in your lap. Relax. 1) Where do you feel the movement of the breath? Chest? Belly? Both? 2) Is your breath fast or slow? Which is longer, the inhalation or the exhalation? 3) Is your breath shallow and rough or full, deep and easy? What three adjectives describe your breath?

4) Gradually allow the inhalation and exhalations to be of equal length. Stay relaxed, no forcing of the breath. As you relax more and more, can you feel the breath in the belly, chest, side ribs and back body? Be open to receive the breath, full and easy. 5) Notice how you feel. Are you more relaxed and at ease? Did this exercise make a difference in the way you feel? If so, strive to bring your awareness back to your breath throughout your day. A relaxed breath makes for a relaxed mind. Full, deep rhythmic breathing can help to change your life! Becky Jordan created Heart of Texas Yoga in 2001. She has been a student of yoga for over 21 years and has been a certified yoga teacher since 1995. Becky is registered as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Yoga Teacher, 500 Hour Level) with the nationally recognized Yoga Alliance. Becky also co-founded Sacred Art Yoga, a national yoga teacher training program. For more information, call 512-663-4278.

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After all, it’s just flour, sugar, and eggs right? Wrong! There is more that goes into a custom cake than ingredients. Cake artists spend thousands of dollars on equipment to make your masterpiece. Large pans are necessary, as is an oven large enough to accommodate them. Add the expense of tools such as piping tips, pastry bags, paper goods, boxes, and support systems to make sure your creation doesn’t collapse – the list goes on. Cake artists need to be licensed, and work from a commercial kitchen. It is illegal in Texas to produce food from one’s home for the general public. License fees range from $104-$750 depending on the volume produced. The expense of building a commercial kitchen starts at $20,000 – then you have the added overhead of rent and utilities. If he or she rents time at a commercial kitchen, the fee averages $25 per hour. It takes 20+ hours to produce a basic wedding cake. The more elaborate the cake, the more time necessary. Insurance is needed, which is expensive for the food industry. Advertising is a must, as is a vehicle large enough to deliver your cake. Cake artists must learn how to create these beautiful works of art. It costs thousands of dollars taking classes, and attending seminars. The average cost of a class with an expert is $250 for a one to three hour class. It takes more than one class to hone one’s art, and the inexpensive Wilton classes only scratch the surface of cake decorating. Cakes are a specialized field. If a cake artist puts a minimal price of $15 per hour for their time; 20 hours is $300. Now about those ingredients. Premium ingredients cost a premium price, and most cake artists don’t produce enough volume Canyon Lake Views

to purchase wholesale like Wal-Mart or a grocery store. The ingredients for a cake serving 150 can climb to $250-$300. The fondant for a cake this size costs $165. It takes several pounds of flour, sugar, premium butter, dozens of eggs, and other necessary ingredients to produce an amazing tasting cake. Then add the cost of the buttercream, fillings, and fondant. So you see, it isn’t just flour, sugar, and eggs going into your custom designed cake. It’s much more. Angela Wright Pineda is Owner of Cakes Divine, LLC and The Cookery: A Rent-A-Kitchen. For more information, call Angela at 830-515-2518.

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needs, but your swallowing and cognitive needs as well. They may retrain you and set up cues or strategies (memory aides) to allow you to be able to manage and follow through with your day’s activities. A Rehabilitation Team consists of many people but you are the most important remember. We strive to help you return to being you and getting you back “home” to enjoy your life and family.

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Legal residential evictions

by Charles Sullivan, Attorney at Law Many property owners have opted to earn extra income by renting out property they own. Some may rent out space in the homes they live in, some rent additional dwellings on their property, or in many cases, individuals have purchased second homes as an investment with the intention of renting them. The success of such an endeavor rests on the landlord’s ability to collect a steady stream of rent. When a tenant does not pay rent on time, or if the tenant defaults in other aspects, it is not the landlord’s automatic right to take possession of the property. Moreover, a landlord may be faced with extreme penalties, which include the cost of attorney’s fees incurred by the tenant, if the landlord fails to follow the proper procedure in an eviction. Generally, the most important step is proper notice; all landlords should be aware of this initial requirement and how they vary depending on the type of tenancy. If a tenant occupies a premises under either a written or oral agreement, the landlord must give notice in person (either themselves or another adult) which should be witnessed, or by posting the notice on the outside of the door of the leased premises (good idea to have a witness and take a picture). The notice must clearly indicate that the parties have three days to make payment, or the landlord will file a “forcible detainer” suit. Specific language is required. This notice is commonly misunderstood by landlords, and does not mean they may take possession of the property at the expiration of the three day period. The notice merely means that the parties have three days to make payment. Failure to do so subjects the tenant to a lawsuit to vacate, back rent, and paying the landlord’s attorney’s fees. A hearing before the Justice of the Peace is re-

quired. Judgment in the landlord’s favor gives them the legal right to possession. The best way to take possession is to contact the local constable’s office. They are quite familiar with the legal procedure, and this helps to avoid confrontations between unhappy landlords and tenants. The best rule of thumb for all landlords and tenants is to know and adhere to the Texas Property Code. The Code provides for remedies to deal with a breaching party, and as always, when in doubt, contact an attorney. Charles Sullivan is the founder of Sullivan & Associates, PLLC. His practice is primarily in business, personal injury, and real estate litigation. He never has and never will represent an insurance company. He has offices in Canyon Lake, Georgetown and Austin and can be reached locally at (830) 899-3259 for more information.

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As the holiday season approaches, perhaps it is appropriate to review some of the strategies and techniques of lifetime gifting to family members and other non-charitable causes. Lifetime gift giving is a very viable approach to reducing your estate for estate tax purposes while preserving family wealth. Before undertaking any kind of gifting program, however, it is critically important to be absolutely positive that you will never need those assets for your own lifetime care, no matter how long you live and under the most pessimistic projection. The Annual Exclusion. Current tax law allows individuals to make annual gifts of $13,000 (in 200) per donee without incurring any gift tax liability. For example, if you have three married children and six grandchildren, you can gift up to $156,000 ($13,000 for each child, child’s spouse and grandchild) without even filing a gift tax return. If you are married, your spouse can give another $156,000 in the same year. The Unified Credit. In addition to the $13,000 annual exclusion, the current tax code gives every individual a one-time exclusion of $1 million (for all donees, not per donee). The reason it is called the Unified Credit is because the lifetime gift exclusion is part of the estate tax exclusion, which currently stands at $3.5 million. The Generation-Skipping Exemption. The tax code provides for the payment of a Transfer Tax (gift or estate) every time wealth is transferred from one generation to the next. So, if you make a gift (lifetime) or bequest (at death) to a grandchild, you are said to have skipped a generation (your own children). Transfers to grandchildren will trigger a second layer of taxation known as the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax (GSTT). Luckily, there is a one-time exemption from the GSTT that should be taken into consideration in any gifting program and, indeed, in any estate plan design. Gifts for Education and Medical Care. An important, yet often overlooked, exclusion from gift and generation skipping taxes is a gift made on behalf of a donee for educational or medical expenses. The only condition is that the payment must be made directly to the educational institution or health care facility. Gifts in Trust. There are circumstances that would make it unwise to make outright gifts to family members. Making gifts in trust is a handy planning tool that can achieve many of your objectives without the drawbacks of direct gifting. This subject will be discussed in detail next month. I sincerely wish all my readers a Holiday season filled with health, happiness and prosperity. 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 maxeltawil@

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How about a White Christmas from the Tooth Fairy?

by Dr. Charles Warlick Have you every noticed how many available that offer quick, sensitivity-free results in only one appointwhitening toothpastes are available now? ment. Customized home whitening systems are also available â&#x20AC;&#x201C; only It is difficult to find plain toothpaste any- three minutes a day for 14 days for a smile seven shades whiter! more. Advertisements for teeth whitening Note: If your front teeth have leaky tooth-colored fillings, old/ or bleaching are everywhere. Seems more discolored crowns, or white spots, you may not be a good candidate people are interested in having a beautiful for most tooth whitening. However, there may be a terrific cosmetic smile these days. Perhaps it could be because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a second solution for you that is painless, provides permanent whitening and chance to make a first impression or because brighter, lighter teeth is a pain-free alternative to traditional veneers. LumineersÂŽ offer can help make a person look younger. a beautiful smile to those who have permanently stained, chipped, Whether you may be applying for a job, meeting someone for the misaligned teeth and even revitalizes old crowns and bridgework. first time, going to a high school reunion, getting your photo done, Ask your dentist how you can enjoy the benefits of a whiter smile or maybe you just want to enjoy a more attractive smile yourself, for your holidays this year. Maybe the Tooth Fairy will bring you a you now have more options than ever. White Christmas! There are basically two kinds of teeth whiteners: Over the counter Dr. Warlick has been practicing dentistry in Wimberley since 1979 home-use products; and dentist-supervised tooth whitening systems and provides full service biological dentistry for adults and chiland/or products. dren. Family Dental Center, located at 14305 N Ranch Road 12 (at Although the OTC home-use products are fairly easy to use, less the Y of Ranch Road 2325) in Wimberley, offers full service dental Dr. Warlick, /XPLQHHUV&HUWLÂżHG expensive and may be effective, it can take four to six weeks to see care and cosmetic dentistry. For more information, call 512-847can make results. You are on your own if problems arise such as tooth sensitivity 3556 or 800-560-1436. EvEryonEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smilE morE bEautiFul or gum irritation. Many OTC products do not list their concentration and can contain alternative chemical agents which may only remove Family Dental Center surface stains instead of changing the color of your teeth. Some Â&#x2021;*HQHUDO'HQWDO6HUYLFHV tray-types or strips may not cover all the tooth structure adequately Â&#x2021;'HQWXUHVÂ&#x2021;%ULGJHVÂ&#x2021;&URZQV Â&#x2021;%OHHGLQJ3DLQIXO*XPV which can compromise your results. The dentist-supervised systems have an important advantage. At a :HFDWHUWRFRZDUGV /80,1((56%<&(5,1$7(LVDQHDV\ SHUPDQHQWFRVPHWLFVROXWLRQIRUVWDLQHG short evaluation appointment, the dentist will determine if whitening 512-847-3556 or 800-560-1436 FKLSSHGGLVFRORUHGRUPLVDOLJQHGWHHWK might be effective for you and then will customize optimal whitening 14305 N Ranch Road &OLQLFDOO\ 12 â&#x20AC;˘ Wimberley â&#x20AC;˘ Across the parking lot from Ace Hardware SURYHQ WR ODVW PRUH WKDQ  options for you. New in-office professional whitening systems are

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On the road again: Traveling with your furry friends

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Riding in a vehicle can be stressful for many pets, whether they are going a short distance or on a trip lasting hours to days. For cats, their anxiety may begin as soon as they see the carrier. The ensuing experiences of being caught, placed in the carrier, and riding in a car can cause anxiety to escalate to the point where they will meow constantly or urinate/defecate in the carrier. Dogs may demonstrate travel-related anxiety with vocalization, pacing, panting, and excess salivation. Here are some techniques that owners can use to help make any car ride more positive. Baby steps are very important, and your pet should be comfortable with one step before moving onto the next step. Cats: Always transport in a carrier for the safety of the cat and the people in the car. 1) Make the carrier a positive place. Place the carrier in the living or bedroom days before your trip. Place a soft cat bed in the carrier, along with toys and some treats, and leave the door open. Allow your cat to explore the carrier at their own pace. When you observe your cat resting in the carrier, pet them and give them a special treat. Eventually, you can feed your cat their meals inside the carrier. Practice closing the door during meals. 2) Make sitting in the car a positive experience. Place the carrier in your car and give your cat treats intermittently. Wait a short time, then bring your cat back to the house. Repeat, gradually lengthening the amount of time spent in the car. 3) Make riding the car a positive experience. Buckle the seat belt over the cat carrier to prevent excess motion. Practice driving short distances, giving treats and attention when able. Repeat, gradually lengthening the distance driven. Dogs: Dogs should not be allowed to roam freely in the front, where they may cause a dangerous distraction to the driver. If they are riding in a truck, they should be in the cab. Many dogs suffer serious injuries every year when they jump out of the back of a moving truck. 1) Make approaching the car a positive experience. With your dog on a leash, walk up to the car. Praise them and give them a treat, then walk them back to your house. Repeat as needed. 2) Make sitting in the car a positive experience. Place a cushy blanket or dog bed in the back seat of the car. This can be a blanket or bed that your dog uses regularly at home, so it will already be familiar. Place treats and a special toy on the bed, and praise them for relaxing. Gradually lengthen the amount of time spent in the car. 3) Make riding in the car a positive experience. Practice driving short distances, giving treats and attention when able. Gradually lengthen the distance driven. These tips are intended for pets that suffer mild to moderate travelrelated anxiety. If you have tried these techniques without success or believe that your pet suffers from motion sickness, please make an appointment to see your veterinarian.

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Craniosacral therapy

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Craniosacral “balancing” or “unwinding” was popularized by Osteopath, Dr. John E. Upledger in the 170s. He studied the work of Dr. W. G. Sutherland who founded Cranial Osteopathy and he then went on to do further research to learn how Dr. Sutherland’s theories actually worked. Dr. Sutherland tapped into the relationship between the central nervous system and the cerebrospinal fluid. He referred to the cerebrospinal fluid as the physical manifestation of our spirit. The central nervous system communicates with the cerebrospinal fluid and our cerebrospinal fluid in turn communicates with the tapestry of connective tissue that runs throughout our entire body. When we experience stress, trauma (emotional or physical) or injury to the body it disrupts the metabolism of the tissues ultimately causing structural and energetic imbalance. Stress can be traced back to almost all ailments and tensions that exist in our body. Craniosacral balancing allows the innate wisdom that rests within the cerebrospinal fluid to do what it needs to balance and restore health to the body. Therefore, Craniosacral sessions may affect the body and mind in a very profound way. When you receive a Craniosacral treatment, you remain clothed and lie on a massage table. Similar to Reiki, the practitioner places their hands on the body with a very light touch. The practitioner is “listening” to the respiration and tides of the cerebrospinal fluid in the tissues. By doing so, this allows the patient to go into a very deeply relaxed state and the body will begin to adjust and naturally restore balance to the tissues. The practitioner is in essence a par-

ticipant in the healing by creating a place where the body and spirit can feel safe and protected in order to do this deep work. Whenever you pursue holistic methods of healing, you need to consider that each session you have is like taking a dose of medicine. You can’t expect to be completely healed in one session. It takes years for the body to experience the effects of stress, so it may take several sessions to reach your goals. Donna Aloia is a Licensed Massage Therapist with 17 years experience and owner of Waters Edge Conservatory for Healing Arts. A master in the healing arts, she offers an array of services from various massages; MonaVie, the nutritional beverage; and equipment to aid in these detox treatments. Call Donna at 830-935-4677.

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A recent review article published by researchers from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing stated that adequate intake of vitamin D may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and reduce complications for those who have already been diagnosed. These findings appeared in the latest issue of Diabetes Educator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vitamin D has widespread benefits for our health and certain chronic diseases in particular,â&#x20AC;? said Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., R.N., study co-author and professor, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This article further substantiates the role of this nutrient in the prevention and management of glucose intolerance and diabetes.â&#x20AC;? Many of the 23 million Americans with diabetes have low vitamin D levels. Evidence suggests that vitamin D plays a role in insulin sensitivity and secretion. Vitamin D deficiency results in part from poor nutrition, which is one of the most challenging issues for people with diabetes. Another culprit is reduced exposure to sunlight, which is common during cold weather months when days are shorter and more time is spent indoors. One study examined for this review article evaluated 3,000 people with type 1 diabetes and found a decreased risk in disease for people who took vitamin D supplements. Studies of people with type 2 diabetes also revealed that supplementation may be important in the prevention of this disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Management of vitamin D deficiency may be a simple and cost-effective method to improve blood sugar control and prevent the serious complications associated with diabetes,â&#x20AC;? said Joanne Kouba, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., study co-author and clinical assistant professor of dietetics, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Always consult with your physician prior to altering your diet or adding any supplements to your daily regime.

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Last year, at this time, the Chamber looked back over the year and reflected on the many things for which our Chamber and our community had to be thankful. Coming into November, we can’t help but to look back at what was a wonderful year, in spite of many circumstances that might have dictated otherwise. Thinking back to the beginning of the year, we honored some of our favorite businesses and people at our annual banquet, and the Chamber is thankful to have the support of Canyon Lake Ace Hardware, the new beauty of First State Bank, and the hard work and community spirit of Linda Epley. Following that, the Chamber hosted a door-busting 11th Annual Winter Texan Reception with more than 400 people in attendance, and the Chamber is thankful for those Winter visitors to help sustain the long winter months. In April, as with every April, we held our 11th Annual BBQ Cook Off at our new venue, Mountain Breeze Camp on River Road, with wild success. In spite of the recession, we had a successful fundraiser, a record-breaking crowd, and the best weather we think the Cook Off has ever seen. For that, we couldn’t be any more thankful. In July, we kicked off our Serve & Protect Campaign to benefit the Sheriff’s Office, holding an auction at the Dry Comal Creek Vineyards. Our members literally knocked our socks off with their generosity, raising more than we ever have, over $7,000 for the Sheriff’s Office. Thankfulness abounds at the Chamber for the awesome support of its members, and for a wonderful Sheriff, and the great organization he’s running to protect the County. More recently, we held the Hill Country Business Expo in the GVTC Auditorium, with a great turn out of business members showing up to show off what they do. The Chamber is thankful to have such an active and thriving business community, especially after the year we have weathered, both literally and economically. It’s the support of our members that keeps us walking through our front door each day, and for you, we are thankful. Mandy Stewart is the President of the Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization located between Sattler and Startzville. Bonnie Hopper is Administrative Director. For more information, call 830-964-2223 or 800-528-2104.

CHAMBER BUSINESS AFTER-HOURS MIXER Enjoy food, drinks and door prizes while catching up with business acquaintances and friends. Bring business cards!

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TUESDAY, OCT 27 • Canyon City Animal Hospital • 13755 FM 306 TUESDAY • NOV 24 • Super S Foods • Startzville 18125 FM 306 • Across from Hancock Plaza

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UPCOMING EVENTS NOVEMBER 1, SUNDAY 26th Annual Tour De Gruene Bicycle Classic Gruene Historic District ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends ~ NOVEMBER 7, SATURDAY Country Bazaar & Auction • St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Texas Hill Custom Designs & Blinds Pro Active Health Club / Canyon Lake Nutrition San Antonio Opera – Hill Country Opera League Lady Dye’s Salon Family Massage Therapy Eden Home, Inc. Goin’ Postal Helmer Hageman Larry Wayne Perkins

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Aqua-Man Water Conditioning Blue Water Real Estate, Inc. Bob Holder C4 Real Estate of Texas, LLC Canyon Lake Assn of Retired Teachers & School Personnel Canyon Lake Cabins & Cottages Carver RV Repair & Service Cross Lutheran Church & School Glasshoppers Auto Glass GVTC Habitat for Safe Seniors K. Charles & Co. Kight Home Inspection Lakehouse Bed and Breakfast Las Brisas @ Ensenada Shores Live Oak Ministries (dba Live Oak Ranch) Mary Kay Cosmetics – Susan Johnson Massage by Anna Parziale’s Pizzeria Robert & Lynda McNab Schertz Bank & Trust Slix Southwest Metal Roofing Systems St. Andrew Lutheran Church Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer Chapter, Inc. Vacation Canyon Lake Waters Edge Conservatory for Healing Arts – Donna Aloia

Canyon Lake the Guadalupe River

NOVEMBER 8, SUNDAY & Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist • Gruene Hall NOVEMBER 10, TUESDAY Wineless Cheese Play • Roman Scandals GVTC Auditorium NOVEMBER 11, WEDNESDAY VETERAN’S DAY

Please remember our Troops, and those who came before them on this day. NOVEMBER 21 & 22, SATURDAY & SUNDAY Holidays in Gruene • Gruene Historic District NOVEMBER 26, THURSDAY THANKSGIVING DAY

NOVEMBER 24, TUESDAY Business After Hours Mixer Super S Foods Startzville November 28,29, Saturday & Sunday Holidays in Gruene • Gruene Historic District

Check out the online calendar of events for these and other events at • 3934 FM 2673 • 830-964-2223 or 800-528-2104

Hitching Post Enterprises 1711 FM2673 at River Rd • Sattler WE CARRY ORGANIC PRODUCTS! Ernie Pavlock, Owner 830-964-3010 Unique Dog & Cat Gift Baskets

PRECISE FOUNDATION DOGFOOD ~ No corn, wheat or soy ~ $31.99 (44-LB) UNIQUE DOG & CAT GIFT BASKETS • DIAMOND LAMB & RICE ~ $28.99 (40-LB BAG) Lawn & Garden • Softener Salt • Gourmet Coffee • Deer Corn • Bird Seed • Feed • Pet Supplies • Chain Sharpening Canyon Lake Views

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What is a Short Sale?

by AJ Harwood A short sale can be an excellent solution for homeowners who need to sell, and who owe more on their homes than they are worth. In the past, it was rare for a bank or lender to accept a short sale. Today, however, due to overwhelming market changes, banks and lenders have become much more negotiable when it comes to these transactions. Recent changes in corporate policy and the Obama administration have also improved the chances of getting a short sale approved. But to be technical, here’s a more official definition: • A homeowner is 'short' when the amount owed on his/her property is higher than current market value. • A short sale occurs when a negotiation is entered into with the homeowner's mortgage company (or companies) to accept less than the full balance of the loan at closing. A buyer closes on the property, and the property is then 'sold short' of the total value of the mortgage. For homeowners to qualify for a short sale, they must fall into all of the following circumstances: 1) Financial hardship – There is a situation causing you to have trouble affording your mortgage. 2) Monthly income shortfall – In other words: “You have more month than money.” A lender will want to see that you cannot afford, or soon will not be able to afford your mortgage. 3) Insolvency – The lender will want to see that you do not have significant liquid assets that would allow you to pay down your mortgage. This seems simple enough, but it is a complicated process that takes the expertise of experienced professionals. A Certified Dis-


tressed Property Expert® is a real estate professional with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry, and the foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing hardships in today’s market, specifically “Short “Sales”. The prospect of foreclosure can be financially and emotionally devastating, and often homeowners proceed without guidance of any kind. The developers of the CDPE Designation believe that the best course of action for a homeowner in distress is to speak with a well-informed, licensed real estate professional. Often, when other options have been exhausted, CDPEs can help homeowners avoid foreclosure through the efficient execution of a short sale. AJ is the Owner/Broker of RE/MAX Wimberley, REALTORS and offers extensive knowledge in Marketing, Contract Negotiations and Real Estate Law. AJ and Marti Eveleigh have recently earned the prestigious designation (CDPE) Certified Distressed Property Expert. The CDPE is the premier designation for REALTORS® helping homeowners in distress and handling short sales.

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Grow your home

“[The Canyon Lake Views] is the best advertising we’ve ever done.” Val Schroller, Alternative Pest Control

by Greg Jordan Real estate prices in our beautiful Hill Country have skyrocketed in recent years. Many people who live in our area would love to sell their home or property, cashing in on the appreciation that has occurred since they first purchased. But then what? It would difficult to buy anything for less than what you sold your place for, and the availability of affordable housing in the Hill Country area is nearly nonexistent. What do you do if your family expands or the walls of your house seem to be closing in on you. The answer is simple: grow your home. There are many home owners who are doing just that, growing their home. They realize that moving into a larger house is going to be astronomically expensive, considering the price of real estate and new housing costs in our area. Many families feel comfortable in their neighborhood, they are friends with their neighbors, their children’s friends live within a couple of blocks of their home. They have spent the last several years of their life grooming their slice of the American dream; the cedars are gone, the oaks are thriving. Starting all over is such a daunting task. It makes sense to add a new bedroom and bathroom for that soon to arrive baby boy or girl, or perhaps a playroom for your children’s ever growing collection of “stuff”. Maybe you need a little more room for yourself, somewhere to put your new flat panel LCD television with deluxe surround sound. Perhaps include a wet bar for those special occasions when you entertain. For those who love the outdoors, build an outside kitchen/entertainment area, next to the place you want your swimming pool. The possibilities are endless, only your imagination can limit you. The next time your significant other wants to drive over to the fancy neighborhood to look at the expensive new houses being built, take a look at how nice your oaks are growing in the front yard. Admire the new color you just painted your home. Look at how much fun your kids are having with their friends and ask yourself, wouldn’t it be better to grow the home I’m in? Greg Jordan is the owner of OMountain Homes and has been building and remodeling homes since 1986. OMountain Homes can be reached by calling 512-557-4790 or you can visit them at

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Preparing your yard for winter?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canyon Lake Views has really boosted our business! The best advertising dollars we have spent. Thank you.â&#x20AC;? Priscilla Ferguson ~ Take It Away

by Keith Obeck

Now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve finally gotten some rain, everything is looking better! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll HEALING ARTS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER bet you thought it would never come. I know this summer I was very doubtful OF BLANCO & CANYON LAKE we would ever get any, but once again Traditional Western Medicine, including urgent care Mother Nature has come to the rescue. Herbal & Nutritional Therapies â&#x20AC;˘ Aromatherapy Better late than never. Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture â&#x20AC;˘ Reiki â&#x20AC;˘ Massage While we will still be cutting grass tuntil Thanksgiving, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start 830-833-0510 thinking about what to do the next couple of months to help â&#x20AC;˘ 4520 Hwy 281â&#x20AC;˘ Blanco â&#x20AC;˘ Just past Hwy 473 from FM 306 your yard this spring. A small list would include winterizing (fertilizer), aerating, top dressing the yard with compost, filling in the low spots of your yard with sandy loam or a top dressing mix, trimming all the suckers of your trees, plant the new trees you want to get established before spring, mulch all your beds, 6OLUME)SSUE #ANYON,AKE 4EXAS add winter pre-emergent to prevent winter weeds, clean and 6OLUME)SSUE $ECEMBER*ANUARY #ANYON,AKE 4EXAS prepare your equipment and tools for winter storage. I could NEW ADVERTISER $ECEMBER*ANUARY go on and on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the list doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end. SPECIAL I think the absolute best thing you can do to help your yard is adding compost to it. Put it on only a half inch thick, and be Now reaching 9,500+ addresses by sure that it makes contact with the soil. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only place DIRECT MAIL for ONLY $60* it can do any good. Make sure the top of the grass blades are * Full Color â&#x20AC;˘ Limited Time Special still visible, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to smother the grass. You will â&#x20AC;˘ 3 month commitment, payable monthly also find that if you compost your yard, it will take less water to keep it green. This is a win-win situation for both you and Call 512-644-2093 your yard. Want spring wild flowers? Put the seeds out in the first two weeks of November. Make sure the seeds make contact with the soil; keep them moist for about two weeks, and you will enjoy them in the spring. Did I mention mulch? Now is a great time to check your Views you can use today beds. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have three to six inches in them, add some Views you can use today more over the winter. It helps add nutrients as it decomposes and you will see less weeds coming up. Called, Committed, Caring Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not get lazy this winter, there is plenty to do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you want a bigger list or more detail, just call me.

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Dawn and Keith Obeck own Local Boys Lawn Care at Canyon Lake. Keith completed the Master Gardeners course and has been a Canyon Lake resident for ten years. Active in the community and Chamber, they believe in supporting our local businesses. For more information, call Keith at 830-964-5684 or email

In the Word 7:00 pm Youth Service 7:00 pm Bible Quiz 7:00 pm

Local Boys Lawn Care


FM 2673 @ Oaks subdivision entrance

Royal Rangers 7:00 pm Missionettes 7:00 pm

Spanish Bible Study 7:00 pm

and Pressure Washing


Keith Obeck, Owner


Pastor John Massey Member Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce

Email: or Canyon Lake Views

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Do It Yourself?

Saturday • Nov 7 • 9am-5pm

Arts & Crafts

by Terry Schroller

In today’s economy the ‘Do-ItYourselfer’ is becoming a viable option, or is it? No matter what form of self-help you are going to pursue, you must ask yourself a few questions. Unless you’re a male, of course, in which case just do as always and dive head first into uncharted and unexplored waters. Questions: Am I actually capable of accomplishing the task at hand? Well, of course! The guy on TV said I can. How much money will it save me? The self help program said tons will be realized. How long will it take to do it? Well, since you’re not waiting for a scheduled professional, it should take much less time – that is unless you consider the lack-of-knowingwhat-you’re-doing factor. Do I have the necessary equipment? No, but that’s never stopped me before. Oh yeah, what about the money saved again? Are the products you can purchase comparable to what the pros use? Sometimes, yes, but in pest control, the answer is definitely, “No.” Geez guys, pest management professionals don’t go through all of the training, testing, licensing, not to mention application techniques and required continuing education just so we can go to Wal-Mart and buy the same stuff you do to drench your bugs with. Licensed Pest Control Technicians or Certified Applicators (please, we are way past being exterminators) use specific products to control your pest problems as determined by your particular area. The products we use have gone through rigorous tests, evaluations, not to mention EPA requirements for application rates, safety, environmental impact and on and on and on. It is not the old farmers adage “If some is good, more is better,” anymore. In conclusion, your last questions should be: Do I really want to risk possible injury, damage to my property, and in the end spending as much or more with no guarantee of results? Here’s the big one...”Man, I wonder if my insurance covers this?” I hope I made that last installment payment. Protect yourself and your family, call a professional.

in The Hills 830-899-2388


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Terry and Valerie Schroller own Alternative Pest Control at Canyon Lake. Terry has been a Certified Applicator for 33 years, Valerie for 11. They specialize in scorpion control programs and their licenses include General Pest, Termite, Weed and Lawn. For more information call 830-899-5400 or email

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Dining, Dancing & Drink’n FOOD • POOL • DARTS

• Mon - DART Tournament • Wed FREE POOL & TX HOLD’EM • Thur 7:30-11pm Steak Night w/Karaoke


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Email your questions and concerns to This information is for you. Canyon Lake Views

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Website typography

“I have been really pleased with the response from the ad ... it’s working for us.” Gail Dalton ~ Skylark Cleaning

Ken Raba and The


FRIDAY • NOV 6TH • 7PM Texas Pride Barbeque • San Antonio Tx SATURDAY • NOV 14TH • 7PM Oma Gruene’s Secret Garden • Gruene Tx • 512-557-560

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Hours: Thursday & Friday 9am-4pm & Saturday 10am-4pm All proceeds directly benefit our Senior Citizens of Canyon Lake and Comal County

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by Cindy Rosenbusch Typography is the balance and action of fonts on the page, playing a dual role as both verbal and visual communication. When readers scan a page they are subconsciously surveying the graphic patterns of the page, assembling the overall image and reading. Good typography establishes a visual structure that provides punctuation and graphic accents that help readers understand relations between text, pictures, headlines, and following blocks of text. To quote Robert Bringhurst (author of The Elements of Typographic Style) – “Typography exists to honor content.” In other words, good typography adds class and elegance to website design. The rules of typography are about the same for web pages and print documents, but on-screen fonts and type printed on paper are very different. The computer screen displays typefaces at a much lower resolution than is found in printed media. Most magazine and book typography is printed at 1200 dots per inch (dpi) or greater, whereas computer screens typically show about 72 dpi. Windows and Macintosh operating systems use anti-aliased fonts to increase the apparent resolution of type on the computer screen. Anti-aliasing works by smoothing the edges around fonts, so at normal screen reading distances the type looks similar to printed type. However, one must use proven time-tested fonts that support effective anti-aliasing or the content will be harder to read, causing eye fatigue and subtle discomfort. Forty years ago, the originators of web pages were scientists who wanted a standard method to share physics documents. Web pages were designed to enforce a clean separation of structural and visual design. In the 10s, the intent was to create a “World Wide Web” of pages that would display on every system and browser available, including browsers that “read” content to visually impaired users. This division between structural and visual design is properly blended through the utilization of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Style sheets provide control over the exact visual style of headers, paragraphs, lists, and other page elements. The CSS design element is just one of the many tools that can make the difference between an amateur and a website with class and elegance. Cindy Rosenbusch provides web design and computer services for Local Tech Service. For more information, contact Cindy by email at or call 830-708-5247.

LOCAL TECH SERVICE Web Design & Computer Services

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by Gary Poss


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Get an Owner, not just an employee! coMMercial / reSidential pest, termite & lawn

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rodent trapping / excluSion Service / terMiteS

roacheS / FleaS & More

There are quite a number of programs that will help you help you block websites and protect your children while online. Here are a few of the better ones. SafeEyes from runs on both Windows and Mac, costing $50 per year. It filters websites, email, and instant messaging while keeping logs, detailed reports, and setting time limits. It can be customized for different ages and is recommended by Dave Ramsey. CyberPatrol from or Net Nanny from also filter websites and set time limits for your children to use the computer each day. In addition, they can be used to block file-sharing and chat programs. Each one sells for about $40. If you are on AOL, Earthlink, or MSN, please know that filtering software is included in the package. Spector Professional or e-Blaster (from at $ each) will actually take snapshots of your computer’s screen, including emails, chats, instant messages, browser windows, etc. These snapshots are stored for private review later. The program also records visited sites, chat logs, emails, and even keystrokes. In addition, e-Blaster will send all results to your email address. There are search engines specifically designed for kids. Here are a few of the easier ones to use:,, and Check them out and make one of them the browser home page for your children with others being ‘favorites’ or ‘bookmarks’. For email safe programs, I prefer ones that allow for approved lists. You and your children list the addresses for acceptable email addresses. Simply, collect the email addresses of your children’s friends, including family and teachers. Once an approved list is set up, emails not on the list will be routed to a junk folder. You can go through that occasionally, ensuring important emails are not being missed. Yahoo, Gmail, and Live Mail all have excellent ‘safe features’. Encourage your children to sign Kim Komando’s 10 Commandments for Kids Online at This will be a written agreement between you and your children, setting protection limits for online computer usage. Leave it by the computer as a gentle reminder.

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Closed Mondays

Glenn’s Barber Shop an Old Fashioned Barber Shop (no styling) Serving Canyon Lake since 1965 Now with two barbers!


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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So you’re selling your house……

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Just as the director carefully sets the stage for a successful production, you can do the same for your home with home staging, one of the hottest trends in real estate today. It is the secret weapon of real estates and their savvy clients. What is home staging? It is preparing a home before placing on the market. The goal of staging is to sell a home quickly, and for the highest dollar amount possible. Home staging focuses on improving a property to make it appeal to the largest number of buyers by transforming it into a welcoming and attractive product for sale. The good news is that staging your home will not cost a lot of money, but can pay big rewards. It will be the little things you do that will make the magic happen. The process known as ‘staging’ involves everything from sprucing up the yard and exterior to cleaning and de-cluttering the interior. First impression counts and staging begins at the curb. The decision to go into the home will be made right at the curb. A well kept front yard, and smart entry with freshly painted front door is important. Opinions are being formed before the front door is even opened concerning the condition of your home. Inside, clean open spaces make your home look bigger, so now is the time to clear out the clutter. Remember, you are selling square footage, not the furniture and accessories. Go through every room with the approach that ‘less is more’. Your home is now a sales project. Buyers strongest reaction is to the kitchen, baths and closets, so pay special attention to these areas. You want the house to sparkle. Remove all personal items from the countertops and vanities. Hang new towels for display, and keep the ones you use every day out of view. Clean out closets so that they appear more spacious. Pack away out of season clothing. It’s time to start packing; this house is going to sell soon! Sandra Steinke is the Principal Interiorscaper of Designed to Move – a service that will help you sell your home faster, at the best price, with little or no additional investment. Whether moving out or in, Sandra, an experienced decorating professional, can help with all phases of interior design in existing or new construction, and has access to Dallas’s prestigious “Market” at the World Trade Center. For more information, call Sandie with questions at 830-660-5555 or email for a consultation.

Betty Coleman, Broker

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Decisions, decisions, decisions! by Mike Jones

In the preliminary process of homebuilding, there are literally thousands of decisions to be made. Many families decide to build custom rather than buying an existing home because they can build the style and size home they want, where they want it. If there was a word of advice I could give folks ready to take that step, I would say “Be prepared to make decisions.” There is nothing more difficult (and expensive) than building for folks that don’t know what they want or that change their mind in mid-stream. I suggest you start a notebook and include pictures, drawings, preferences and colors – just to name a few. If you’re not sure what you want, this process will show you. Do this long enough and you will see that your preferences will be duplicated over and over. The structural choices may be the easiest to start with, two story versus a single level home – propane as opposed to electric – stucco or rock – how high do you want your ceilings – composition shingles or metal roof – split bedrooms – square footage – two or three car garage…..all the way to – will I need an elevator or would I like to have a cupola and weathervane? Floorplans can then be drawn or selected keeping your list of preferences in mind. The inside finish out choices can be overwhelming because you are choosing everything from flooring material to the kitchen sink. Your builder can help with forms, and suggest vendors for you to shop and make selections from that will show you some beautiful and functional products that will fit in your budget.

Buy while the rates are low!

Wall colors, light fixtures and cabinets help to define the space as the customers’ own and the house starts to take on a personality. Be sure to include an outdoor covered space for late summer dinners or Sunday breakfast with the newspaper. When the project ends, you will have a Mike and Jan Jones, a husband and wife team who live in Wimberley, have owned and operated AmeriTex Builders, Inc. since 2001. Mike has 30 years of hands-on experience in various phases of home construction and oversees every stage to ensure excellence in craftsmanship. Theys just opened a Canyon Lake office in Sattler. For more information, call Mike toll free at 1-866-847-6800 or visit

AmeriTex Builders, Inc. Quality Construction at Affordable Prices 830-964-6363 • 512-847-6800 2010 FM 2673, Ste. 4, Sattler • 310 Ranch Road 3237, Wimberley • TRCC #1597


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Jump in your golf cart right in your own garage for a very short ride to the Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club course. Very easy access to the course. Included with your lot purchase is full membership with use of all facilities. All with financing available on a private road in an area of very fine homes.


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Halloween Activities • October 31 • Halloweenfest on FM 2673 in Downtown Sattler from 5pm-8pm. Canyon Lake area businesses pass out treats for all the kids. • October 31 • Mountain Valley Middle School Fall Festival in conjunction with Halloweenfest. Stop by the school for fun and games.

Teachers & Students!

Canyon Lake Christmas Parade

Planning a fundraiser? For any civic, non-profit or academic organization that would like to host a fundraiser at Lucky Sailor’s Oyster Bar, a portion of their overall sales will be donated toward your organization. Lucky Sailor is also honoring a 10% DISCOUNT to all teachers and faculty EVERY DAY that they’re open (excludes alcohol and gratuity)! PERFECT ATTENDANCE STUDENTS and those that bring in a REPORT CARD with As and Bs will receive a FREE MEAL with an adult meal purchase. For more information, call Rai at 83035-3122 or visit

December 12, 2009 • 11am Sattler Join Us!

Participants apply online or call 830-964-2461

Sponsored by CL Noon Lions Club

North Pole Village


North Pole Village plans begin

During the holidays, the Rec Center is transformed by CRRC into the North Pole Village, but volunteers are needed for the prep work beginning November 21st, as well as to host the booths as house parents. CRRC is looking for seniors who like to work with kids. The senior has so much fun and the kids benefit from working with these happy folks. The North Pole Village is open Thursday through Saturday, December 10, 11, and 12 and again December 17, 18, and 1. To take part in this magical event, call CRRC at 64-2324.

New Life Children’s Center Christmas Fundraiser Begins The group of women in businesses at Canyon Lake are beginning their annual Christmas fundraiser for the girls at the New Life Children’s Center. The center retains funding for housing and basic needs of these neglected, abused or troubled girls, but there is little for anything extra. Each girl makes a Christmas wish list of her favorite color and size, and perhaps the name of a book they may want. Volunteers may choose a girl’s name to ‘adopt’ for the Christmas event and then shop for gifts – or a cash donation may be made toward these purchases. About $50 is spent on each girl. Santa is there to give them their gifts. They enjoy a complete holiday dinner homecooked by the group whose backgrounds range from orphanages to career women, shop owners and hair dressers. The full Christmas dinner includes turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, with homemade pies and rolls for a formal dinner with tablecloths and all the works. All year, this group of women also treats the girls to a homecooked meal on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, while demonstrating to the girls how varied their success might be when the girls enter adulthood. Join and help – you can cook, serve or mentor. In order to participate or contribute, stop by the little blue real estate office next to Super S in Sattler or call 964-3127 for information. Help save a child today.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Texas, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,

Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a Special Child

To volunteer,visit or call

512-32-3578 or 830-626-2272

CRRC is a non-profit Comal County United Way Agency.

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VFW Veterans Day & Thanksgiving

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There will be a Veterans Day Flag Ceremony November 11 at 11am at the flagpole at Sattler’s VFW Post 8573. Flag retirement follows. The Post is also hosting its 18th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner from Noon to 4pm. FREE to Seniors. Donations accepted. For more information, call 830-64-3334. VFW Post 8800 in Startzville is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at 11am at the Post. Social with refreshments follows. Public is invited. There will also be a Thanksgiving Dinner cooked for delivery to seniors without families. Habitat for Safe Seniors needs volunteers to help with deliveries. For information, call the Post at 830-8-7774 or call Habitat for Safe Seniors at 830-8-2256.

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Christmas Angel Tree for Seniors

Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety and Social Phobia by Jeanne Pricer

Habitat for Safe Seniors will sponsor an Angel Tree for our Seniors who do not have family nearby and will possibly spend Christmas alone. The Angel Tree will be in the Thrift Store beginning November 5. Stop by, take one Angel, and provide a gift for that Senior. Habitat for Safe Seniors would appreciate the gift to be about $10. Bring your unwrapped gift along with your Angel back to the Thrift Store by December 14. They will wrap it and deliver it to your Senior. If you would like, you can add a personal note and they will deliver it along with the gift from you. Our Seniors need you! For more information, call them at 830-8-2256 or visit www.

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Christmas Parade Deadline Nears Entries for the 31st Annual Christmas Parade must sign up by November 13th to compete for ribbons. There is no fee to enter. Visit for an application. The parade begins at 11am on Saturday, December 12th.

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GVTC Foundation Launches Food Drive The GVTC Foundation has launched a six-week food drive benefitting Canyon Lake-based Habitat for Safe Seniors. The GVTC Foundation, the charitable arm of GVTC Communications, is gathering non-perishable food items for Habitat for Safe Seniors through Nov. 13. Habitat provides nutrition, home safety repairs, environmental improvement and companionship to seniors in the Canyon Lake/Comal County area. Demands on the group’s food bank have grown during the economic downturn. A public collection box is located in the lobby of GVTC’s Smithson Valley headquarters. The following businesses and organizations also are participating: The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce; First State Bank, Canyon Lake; Church in the Wildwood, Canyon Lake; Bulverde Nutrition, Bulverde; Security State Bank & Trust, Canyon Lake; Kiddie Kollege Daycare, Startzville; Wells Fargo Bank, Canyon Lake; and Startz Café, Startzville. The GVTC Foundation will deliver donation boxes to area organizations and pick up food at the end of the drive. Area organizations that want to participate in the current food drive should contact foundation board member Manny Canales at manny.canales@ or 830-885-8265.

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Jeff Quinn, DVM • Currier von Trapp, DVM 1834 FM 2673 • 1 Block West of River Road • Canyon Lake

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Shedding new light on the holidays

by Steve Sherman Like a herd of wild fire ants and just as quietly, the holidays are rapidly approaching. (What the hey? He’s comparing the holidays to fire ants? This is WAY out of my comfort zone…) Before you climb into the attic to retrieve your mound, wad, tangled mass or neatly rolled Christmas lights from last year, let me reiterate the advantages of getting some new LED lights. The first advantage that I can see to picking up a few strings, is that I personally will not have to spend hours untangling last year’s lights. Yes, every year I neatly roll up last year’s lights and put them away, but I guess that after a few months in storage, they get antsy or bored and decide to get themselves scrambled. It’s uncanny. I may have to sit in the attic and research this. But I’m getting off topic here. Unlike antiquated, old-fashioned incandescent lighting, LED string lighting, available at your local hardware store, is very durable and rarely fails. This is because LED lighting is constructed of solid state components which are not easily damaged by external shock. In fact, LED string lamps are encased in a nearly indestructible epoxy shell which has proven to withstand the weight of a tractortrailer. (Much like fire ants…) Incandescent bulbs can be damaged or broken if simply dropped on the ground. Yes, LEDs are more expensive than incandescent lights, but consider the following: There’s the added safety factor. LED lamps

always remain cool to the touch. Because holiday lighting is often used in close proximately to combustible materials (dry evergreen trees), this feature can greatly reduce the risk of holiday fires. LEDs have solid-state reliability. With LEDs, you no longer need to worry about one burned-out bulb ruining the whole strand. LED lamps are rated for 50,000 hours of use or more, while standard incandescent lights typically last for only 2,000 hours, if you’re lucky. And, yes, I’ve been having some issues with fire ants, but there are products to take care of them available at my local hardware store. Steve is the Store Manager at Canyon Lake ACE Hardware. If you have questions, stop by or call 830-964-2797 for more information.

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Celebrating home health

by Karen Rust November is National Home Health and Hospice month, and Wimberley residents have a lot to celebrate. Rarely does such a small rural village have so many local services available to help elders stay in their homes with great care delivered to their doorsteps. Our area is served by three local hospice companies (CTMC, Vistacare, and Hope) who assist families with the transitional end-of-life care. Their services can only be fully appreciated when you and your family have been through this difficult experience of letting go of a loved one. You could not do it without them! Home-bound elders who have had a recent health crisis (fall, surgery, hospitalization, etc) are familiar with home health services. Skill nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and aides help you through the road to recovery in the comfort of

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your home paid for by Medicare. Elders needing non-medical assistance have the locally owned and operated Angels For Elders to help them stay comfortable in their homes with an extra hand whenever needed. The Canyon Lake area elderly are assisted by the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) as well, who also provides Meals on Wheels for the home-bound. CRRC also sponsors activities for seniors at the Rec Center. Habitat for Safe Seniors assists with safety repairs for elderly homes, wheel chair ramps, as well as senior activities and basic meal services. They distribute an impressive quantity of food and meal around the lake area on a monthy basis. These organizations make a dramatic difference in the lives of the elderly and it is this month that we celebrate their contribution. Karen Rust is the owner and administrator of Angels For Elders, based in Wimberley and serving Hays, Comal, and surrounding counties since 1999. For more information call tollfree at 1-866247-0183.

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