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I’ve heard that solar storms — from eruptions on the sun — are predicted to be the worst this year in either 11 years – or 26,000. Still deciding which is more relevant, as it may be that neither is. I do remember forecasts of the worst Hurricane Season ever to just dwindle with virtually no severe weather at all. There is a wide range of theories on the horizon (no pun intended) about the future. Since no one can know what the future holds, at least we know that the ones who speak with confidence that they do know can’t beLake right. Canyon Right? No one can know. That’s good, because their message is not good. The theme that there will only be Good after the soltice is the message I prefer – we can dream. We’ll wait and see what the solstice brings. We do know that December brings a lot more to Canyon Lake than just the Winter Solstice. December is busy with holiday activities and the 8th is hard to beat. It starts with the Canyon Lake Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club – one of the oldest and most active nonprofits in the area. Following the parade are photos with Santa at the VFW Post in Startzville. Then enjoy the Parade of Lights that the Hill Country Yacht Club organizes on the lake – such a unique treat! And of course stop in at the unmatchable North Pole Village for its first Saturday night and truly a holiday delight. It’s an impressive production that takes almost a village of volunteers to build and man. In keeping with the Christmas Season, we chose Sol Fuss as our Canyon Lake Community Profile this month. You may know him as Santa in the Christmas Parades since 2006. This year, he has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the Parade to honor his dedicated contribution all these years. And it moves him from the end of the parade to the lead. As every year, there is excitement in the air as we lead up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – and then the year ends rather quickly. So as the month of December rolls by, this is the perfect time to reflect on the valuables in your life. And that isn’t a reference to gold. In this tough economic time, maybe it’s a sign that we should be spending time with friends and family rather than spending more dollars. That’s where the true value is. Be generous with your praises and hugs. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

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Canyon Lake Community PROFILE

solomon “sol” fuss

from the Star of the Parade to its Leader – not bad...

by Sue Sweat You might know Sol Fuss — his last name is a German name (pronounced kinda like ‘fuse’ if the S is an S and not a Z sound.) As long as you know it has nothing to do with fussy. Stubborn and headstrong, he agrees will fit. So does “lucky.” Lucky he is stubborn and determined, at least, because that’s what likely saved his life. That and being in the right place just in time. Sol has been the Santa for the Canyon Lake Christmas Parade since 2006. The Parade Committee is honoring his contribution this year by naming him Grand Marshall of the 2012 parade – an honor he now shares with veterinarian Dr. Quinn, Sheriff Holder, CLHS Coach Monzingo and SSgt. Juan Amaris, a wounded warrior, to name a few. Sol has been active in a number of civic organizations locally. He is still an active Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club member and past Board member of the Fischer Store School Community Center; he is still a member. They are an active Board that plans numerous social activities and events like brunches and movies at the Community Center to get to know neighbors and well, socialize. He was a member of the Heritage Museum until recently and is a member of the Church of Faith in New Braunfels. Sol and Jim Feibelman, a dedicated regular Chamber volunteer and Lions member, worked together several times a year on Noon Lions Club projects like the Shrimp Fry or Fish Fry. Sol always had a beard but a trimmed one. When the Chamber needed a Santa Claus – Sol fit the bill. To prepare for his holiday role, Sol would begin to grow his beard toward the end of each year – as he did last Christmas – the year Santa rode in a convertible instead of on top of the traditional Wells Fargo stagecoach. Sol wasn’t feeling well and was too weak to climb. Barely a month later he was hospitalized with pneumonia. Pneumonia is the fourth leading cause of death among folks his age. Typically the patient is weakened by bronchitis or the flu that develops into pneumonia. If the pneumonia doesn’t drain all of your strength, laying in bed recuperating for six months will. The vast majority never return home — either they pass away or transition into a Nursing Home & Rehab Center. If you rehab, you leave. If you don’t, long term care in the nursing home is usually where you stay. Sol was not improving in one rehab center and was moved to Kirkwood Manor. Yes, Sol is lucky! That move was the turning point of his recovery. He soon started an exercise routine as encouraged and his determination and perseverance to keep at it got him well. No one expected it to ever happen but after six months, he was finally released in July! By that time, Santa’s replacement was surely a concern. Sol was more worried about surviving than Santa and he was glad to be home! Sol’s log home off Devil’s Backbone is clean and neat like the few acres that surround it, with a view from him windows and porch of the entire Wimberley Valley – that could only be described as “righteous.”

It’s the home he shared with his wife, Tina, before she passed away in 2003. Together their three children have produced six granddaughters, one grandson and four great grandsons. Sol and Tina cleared the property together themselves while living in the motor home they also used to travel the United States. They moved into their log home in 1988 unfinished – Sol did all the finish work inside himself, after he was shown how. It was on one of their RV vacations from Nebraska that they discovered Canyon Lake.– a vacation all the way from Nebraska. That’s where Sol grew up. Sol had five siblings growing up: three brothers and two sisters. He and one sister, Lydia, who is 95 are the only ones still living. In 1919 – before there were vehicles – their dad found a needed service he could perform and make money. Back then, six or eight story apartment buildings were heated by a huge incinerator in the basement that also burned their trash. His dad bought a horse and wagon to haul the leftover ash from incinerators. Soon he was hauling trash too. Sol and his brothers were put to work, grew up in the business, and each ultimately had their own business in a their own specified areas. His stint as a mail clerk in the Marine Corp in Korea was about his only break. It’s one of those jobs my dad used to always say that society couldn’t do without. Sol knows that it was hard but honest work and he sold the business for enough that, amongst other retirement funds, allowed he and Tina to buy the land in Fischer and build their retirement home. He retired here at the young age of 55. Sol Fuss – mispronouncing it might indicate he’s cantankerous — or that maybe he fusses a lot but that’s not true. His voice does have a tendency to growl some if you don’t speak up so he can hear you, but he’s not a complainer as the spelling of his name implies. He may be stubborn or firm at times, that’s strong minded too. He’s also steadfast, tough to keep down, pretty even-keeled and far from weak of spirit. He hasn’t fully recovered from his setback last year, and sounds frustrated at his shortness of breath. Sol should be quite proud, however. He has acheived what a lot have not. He ‘rehabbed’ and he made it home! I think he already misses being Santa. My guess is he’ll start growing his beard longer next fall -- perhaps out of habit -- perhaps with hidden motives. Someone will recognize the uncanny resemblance and soon he’ll be Santa again. But this time, I suspect he’ll be sitting in the big regal chair where Santas usually sit – with his yellow lab at his side. He’s Lucky, too. Lucky is a good dog ... and he never talks back.

The Canyon Lake Noon Lion’s Club sponsors the Canyon Lake Parade and helps with planning to Santa Claus (Sol), handing out candy canes, driving dignitaries, marching in the parade, providing street security and judging parade entries, and they paid for the Hill Country REACT team’s parade staging that volunteers depend on. Sol is proud of his and Tina’s children. His son David is an NCAA Assistant Coach who has been named to the Gymnastics Hall of Fame after coaching 44 All Americans to 169 All American Awards. Katherine Agular will accompany the Grand Marshal during the parade. Mark your calendar for December 8th. For more information, call the

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by Randall Watt That’s the question I hear most often. While I answer it, I can offer an inside glimpse of what a storage auction does from the perspective of both the tenant and the owner. First and foremost, from a humanitarian perspective, it’s not pleasant to sell off someone’s belongings, nor is it profitable. Reasons vary but most often, a good person has had ton of trouble fall into their life, so compassion is needed, felt and paramount. After months of working with the tenant and exhausting all options to avoid the auctioneer’s gavel, an auction is held about every three months. The process you see on TV is the same as ours with a few details exaggerated quite a bit and uninteresting sales obviously edited out. Yes, a real auctioneer comes out and, since the advent of Storage Wars, we also have a crowd of 20 to 50 in attendance. Texas law allows us to cut the lock ahead of time and inventory the belongings. This doesn’t mean we go through everything and pull out anything of value, but I do stand outside the unit to snap a picture for the tenant’s file for future reference. That keeps me from holding a unit for auction that’s filled with nothing but trash. Yes, just like on TV, the auctioneer sets the terms of sale and how the facility will dispose of the unit. Then all attendees have the opportunity to inspect the unit from the outside only, so a flashlight is necessary. The process is pretty quick once the bidding starts. I’ve seen units go for as little as $2 or as much as $1,150 – that was for a 10x20 unit stacked to the ceiling from front to rear with a high-priced antique sitting covered upfront. The value of the treasures hidden inside has been the rage in recent months. In my experience, there are very few treasures and the films appear scripted with a lot of hype. Very occasionally, someone runs across something of great value, but that’s really extremely rare. Buyers of the units are required to pay the bid price (cash), leave a refundable cleaning deposit, and remove everything within 48 hours. We ask that anything of a personal nature like photos, financial documents and such be left with the manager so they can be returned to the tenant. Any funds received above the price that’s owed are sent to the tenant also but that’s pretty rare. The storage facility gets no more out of an auction than what’s honestly owed – many times far less. The auction gives the facility the legal framework to vacate a delinquent unit so it can again be put back on the market. It’s a necessary part of business. Have a wonder-filled holiday season! Randall Watts is the Resident Manager for Great Value Storage located at 13825 FM 306 in Canyon City. For more information or to inquire about their current specials, call Randall at 830-964-3797. Regular hours are 8am-8pm but feel free to call as needed to schedule an after hours appointment if it’s more convenient for you. • Electronic Gate • Fenced & Lighted • Resident Manager • Boat/RV Storage

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by Katherine Long

Many clients ask me frequently if it is true that you have to cut your hair regularly to make it grow faster. Some clients believe if you cut it on the full moon that it grows faster as well. Some beliefs are folk tales based in superstition and some are based on facts. Clients who want their hair to grow really want to know. How much you cut is also important to the growth process, but the most important is how healthy you are. The cell reproduction and circulation in your body plays a large part in your hair growth, condition and appearance. Hair is mostly made of keratin which is a protein, so it’s most important to eat a healthy diet consisting of protein and vegetables to maintain healthy hair follicles which will assist the growth process. A good multi-vitamin can also help the hair grow faster. Most clients notice their hair usually grows faster in the summer time because typically we are more active, improving circulation, and outdoors – the sun increases hair growth. The average hair growth is a half-inch every month. Cutting your hair on a regular basis is the key, in my experience, because breakage stops growth. There’s no proof that the full moon makes it grow faster, but what can it hurt to schedule it with the moon cycle? Hair is like grass or your plants; the more you cut it within reason, the faster it grows. It is important to keep the dry, split ends trimmed off because they will continue to split up the hair shaft. This will eventually cause breakage ending the growth process. Stress can stunt hair growth as well. Regular hair cuts or trims not only maintain healthier looking hair and your style, but it’s relaxing and refreshing to have your hair shampooed, cut, trimmed or even styled. Lastly, how you manage your hair hygiene is very important in the growth process. Using the correct shampoo for your hair type and treating your scalp condition (if needed) are essential for healthy hair of all types. Wash and condition your hair on a regular basis using a product designed for your specific hair needs. Your hair doesn’t start at your scalp. A healthy diet promotes growth and reducing breakage with proper care adds length. If you are not sure what kind of product is best for your hair type, your hair stylist should offer free consultations. The holidays are a busy time. Schedule your consultation or appointment early.

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by Keith Leakey, DVM Many of us spend the holidays consuming all kinds of seasonal goodies from cookies, chocolates, and the occasional “whatchamacallit” that no one really knows what it is but has no problem licking their bowls clean – like our furry family members – which brings me to the point of this. This time of year we see many patients for the consumption of all kinds things that can cause problems from vomiting and loose stools to organ system failure. There are a number of holiday goodies that can trigger serious toxic reactions in our pets. Here’s a list of a few in hopes that you will not give in to those sweet little sad eyes looking up at you from the cold floor saying “Please, just a little taste to tide me over until my next meal...” 1. Milk: Animals lose the enzyme lactase that helps break down lactose. This can lead to digestive issues in many patients. 2. Raw meat and bones: Raw meat can harbor salmonella and e-coli. Bones can splinter and cause choking, intestinal blockage or tears in your pets digestive system 3. Onions/garlic: These can cause severe red blood cell damage and liver issues if consumed in large quantities. 4. Alcohol: Okay, I know this is obvious, but to the owner of a precious weenie dog that called me at 3am in the morning last year because he had drank her glass of chocolate wine – it happens. 5. Chocolate: Rule of thumb is the darker the chocolate, the worse the gastrointestinal symptoms observed. As for the foil, it will pass. 6. Grapes and raisins: The actual toxic element is not known but can cause severe vomiting, depression and kidney failure. 7. Macadamia nuts: Consumption of as few as six nuts is enough to initiate a reaction, which includes vomiting, tremors, and depression. Symptoms usually start within 12 hours after ingestion. 8. Xylitol: This is an artificial sweetener found in gum and candy. This causes release of insulin in animals, causing low blood sugar. Signs include vomiting, coordination problems and lethargy. These can lead into seizures and liver value within a couple of days These are just a few items to consider this holiday season – when in doubt, don’t. If your pet sneaks a bite, please do not hesitate to call your veterinarian with any questions or concerns. Ryan Bullock, DVM and Keith Leakey, DVM are the owners of Canyon Animal Clinic and Canyon City Animal Hospital; Julie Liu, DVM and Jeff Quinn, DVM complete the veterinarian staff at Canyon Animal Clinic, a full service primary care veterinary hospitals. For more information, call 830-964-3696 in Sattler, 830964-3551 in Canyon City or visit Open Late! The Canyon City location is open Tuesdays till 7 with Sattler open till 7pm on Thursdays Serving Canyon Lake for nearly 40 years

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Gift giving 2012

by Theresa Castaneda, LMT There’s a saying that says, ‘When the times get tough, the tough get going!’ Times are tough today, and with the 2012 Christmas season here, gift giving might be harder for some this year. Some have thought deeper to consider, not only what to give, but about giving in general. This is where the tough get going, because they think outside of the box! No pun intended there, but an envelope will do! Instead of a trinket no one needs, consider a gift that will help in other ways. There are many ways to reduce the stress and financial burden of giving this year. With genuine concern for other Americans, a gift that’s produced here in our own community can supports small service businesses – personal services are used daily by many. A gift certificate can save money for the recipient who routinely uses the service or give others the luxury to learn why others use those services daily. Massage therapy is just one example. The website of the respected Mayo Clinic says studies show massage helps with stress release, anxiety and depression management, relief of pain and stiffness, blood pressure control and boosts immunity among others; it can treat injuries and improves circulation. A gift certificate for massage is a healthy choice. Massage therapy is not just for the rich and famous. Everyone is encouraged and entitled to receive massages on a regular schedule because of its health benefits. especially when scheduled monthly. Massage therapy is great for the young and elderly, for the weak and the strong. It’s great for the hairdresser that stands all day

long with arms elevated at shoulder height or for the stay-at-home moms that juggle childcare, housekeeping and after-school activity schedules. It’s just what the secretary sitting at the computer desk dealing with timelines and deadlines would love occasionally. Teachers often dream to have a massage to start their weekend right. From the nurse at the hospital or the caregiver at home, the list of who could use a massage can go on and on. Nix the outdated box of candy idea that no one needs. Consider purchasing a package of Massage Therapy Gift Certificates Massage Therapy & personal Training to tackle the endless list of names on your gift giving list this year. Licensed Massage Therapist #033592 Double up on those who need them mostCertified and make sure you keep Personal Trainer one for yourself! 830-522-0797 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Theresa Castanada is owner of Back N Shape, located at 18200 FM 306 ( location of the Bicycle Shop). As a Certified Personal • Trainer Massage Therapist, she offers the two complementary 18200 FMand 306, Suite 180 at Canyon Park Rd • Canyon Lake • Former Location of Bicycle Shop services under one roof. For more information, call 830-522-0797.


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Candied fruit (and a German taste to Christmas…)

by Tony Dunn In the 40’s (my childhood), the quintessential “American ChristOf course, no Christmas goody pile is commas” looked (The Christmas Carol) and sounded (God Rest Ye plete without a few real sugar cookies (I mean Merry Gentlemen) British but smelled and tasted German. Today with real butter and real sugar) to add color there are other ethnic influences, “Ahhh, but the old days”! Here are and a kiddies magnet. Find the recipe on-line some wonderful things that always served to foster the warmth and at this link: magic of Christmas for both me and my family. recipes/sugar-cookies/90993177-b5fe-4cc7-a6b6-8f58913d36e8) The Christmas stollen bread is a traditional German bread – a For the adults, try figgy cookies.  Think Fig Newton but with marvelously rich and tender pastry heavily-garnished inside and a great buttery tasting outside and a luscious puréed, cooked date out with small, candied, fruit peels. Do not mistake this for your filling with a dash of lemon juice to add sparkle. Find the recipe onAunt’s much and justly maligned fruitcake. You don’t like candied line at this link: ( Try a Christmas stollen and you will never say that again! cookies.html) By the way, this stollen MUST be buttered before being eaten. Tony Dunn is the warm, tender-hearted baker slaving to make tasty To eat it unbuttered would be as silly as having strawberry short- luscious pastries, cakes and pies while his wife and owner (DeeDee) cake without whipped cream. Our first stollen is always on Christ- flits about making delicious omelets, crepes and blintzes – or amazing mas morning. Yeah, they are great all the way through New Year’s Eggs Benedict! Breakfast is served all day; lunch is 11-2, Wed-Sun. Day. Kept unrefrigerated, tightly-wrapped, and out of the sun, they To order fresh homemade bread or baked goods, call 830-964-3033. get better and better – and will easily last two weeks (if kept hidden). Open 7:30am til 2pm, Find out more about it on-line at Wednesday thru Sunday stollenbread/faq.html with the recipe at extraordinary Breakfasts recipe/15607/traditional-german-stollen.aspx. Served All Day • Lunch at 11 Another stollen designed by the old German housewife to be Full Service Restaurant • Sandwiches • Gourmet Salads baked before Advent and be eaten throughout the Christmas season Delicious Baked Goods, Fresh Homemade Breads, and the Best Hand-Breaded Chicken Fried Steak at the Lake! is the apricot stollen. This stollen lasts forever; properly-wrapped 830 964-3033 and stored – I’ve enjoyed them over a month after I baked them. • 2000 FM2673 near River Rd/S. Access • Canyon Lake Remember, never, never refrigerate any yeast-based bread; freeze – yes, refrigerate – no.

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The Art of Shopping

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“You get what you pay for” is a cliche that has been around a long time. However, wise shoppers know that it is not true. In a perfect world, everyone would be honest and people would not overprice items. Unfortunately, that is not true. Dealers and retailers generally price items at what buyers or consumers are willing to pay and consumers are continually paying too much. Take for example, the price of a watch battery, which is more of a service than selling an actual battery. The malls in San Antonio and some jewelry stores charge anywhere from $14.99 to $25 for a simple service of replacing a battery. This isn’t true of all jewelry stores. In the jewelry business, customers are awed by a piece of jewelry and don’t know when they buy that the same piece of jewelry can have many prices. By the time the customers realize they have been mislead, they learn that the store has a “no return policy” or a policy very disadvantageous to the consumer. The new consumer is learning to price and compare. Yes, there are prices that are “too good to be true,” and the customer is usually being mislead in some form or fashion. To prevent that from happening, the customer should simply ask about the return policy before the purchase. In the same way, all of us have fallen victim to the unquoted repair price at some point – and hopefully learned. The wise consumer asks for an estimate up front, and the wise storekeeper does not shock a costumer with a price they were not expecting. Canyon Lake needs a lot of new businesses to keep up with the growing population. Residents are pleased when services and shops open locally – then return to city sources, either through habit, or mistakenly thinking prices will be better. With a little help from consumers, local shops succeed and everyone prospers. “You get what you pay for,” incorrectly implies that the highest priced product has the best value. It fails to consider the method of pricing and markup determined by individual merchants – who do indeed differ. The best deal happens when both the buyer and seller walk away as winners and that deal is called fair. Doing for others as we would like to be treated is still the best policy. It’s called the Golden Rule and it can be applied to retail. That principal will get you a high quality gift at the value you deserve. Carlos Collazo and Eduardo Covarrubias are co-owners of Jewelry by Eduardo. Carlos is a UT graduate with 36 years experience in the jewelry business. He conducts business by the Golden Rule. Carlos and his wife, Sanjui, have one son; Eduardo and Melissa have a son and daughter who attend high school here. For more information, call 830-964-8039.

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Here’s how the conversation starts. “What do ya’ll use? Is your stuff all organic or what? What’s the ‘alternative’?” “Cash, check or credit card is the alternative,” we answer. Sometimes we even get a laugh. Let me ask you a question or three. Ladies, when you go to the hair salon, do you ask the stylist what’s in the permanent wave solution or hair color that’s about to be applied as close to your brain as possible? Makes my eyes water just thinking about it. Do you pump your own gas, clean your own toilet, mow your own weeds? The real answer is, “We use the least toxic product to do the job.” There’s that evil word that sends everybody into fits – toxic! The point is, almost every substance is toxic. The difference is in the quantity (dose) that produces the toxic effect. Yes, that means that drinking too much water can kill you. I’m not trying to downplay the dangers of pesticides, but I assure you none of us in the business of pest control are trying to endanger you, your pets or ourselves. Pesticides, any product used to control pests, are second only to pharmaceuticals in government testing. So, they are not cheap and education for applicators is ongoing and required. There are oils, soaps, dusts, botanicals, baits, gels, gases and all kind of things that are considered pesticides. The tricky part of true organics is effectiveness vs. longevity vs. cost. This is where technology becomes extremely important. Chemists combine the least toxic (there’s that word again) organic or nonorganic substances and microencapsulate them or use other methods for timed-release to produce a product that has long residual with different modes of action. Most of what was considered bad stuff, i.e. carbamates and organophosphates, are no longer legal for use. There was sound reasoning behind this. It cost millions of dollars to bring a new product to market and the Big Boys (Dow, Dupont, Bayer, etc.) have done a remarkable job of producing pest control products that have no odor, do not stain, have good knockdown, long residual and guess what, extremely low toxicity! When you’re out there in the world of toxins, follow past president Clinton’s example and don’t inhale. Happy Holidays from all of us at Alternative Pest Control! 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 830-8995400 or email them through their website. They want you to see it.


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Ceiling fans in cooler months by Mark Hannah

We have already discussed pressure-washing the exterior and painting the interior of your home to keep it looking great. Now let’s talk about an upgrade to your home interior that will save you money over time.  Utilizing ceiling fans yearround can increase your comfort while decreasing your heating and cooling costs.  There is a small switch on most ceiling fans can be changed seasonally. When the weather begins to cool, you should flip the blade direction switch to the “reverse” position which causes the blades to spin clockwise. Hot air rises and this blade direction causes heated air to circulate back down into the room.  The result is that you feel warmer.    When the weather warms up again, just move the blade direction switch back to the “forward” position. The blades will then spin counter clockwise which causes air to be forced directly downward by the blades. This creates the breeze that everyone expects and makes the room feel cooler.  You may want to consider adding ceiling fans to each room that you spend a considerable amount of time in. Whether you install new fans or replace existing ones, there are several factors to consider. Ceiling fans will vary greatly in price depending on the quality, brand, and options you choose. Consider if you want it to have options like lights or a remote control. Quality is important, so don’t just focus on a low price. Remember that when a fan breaks, the manufacturer may replace it but you will still have to pay to have it reinstalled. Higher quality fans are also more likely to spin smoothly, without making noise and wobbling. There is nothing more annoying than a squeaky fan as you try to sleep.  All in all, a high quality ceiling fan can add character to a room and it’s a great investment. If you won’t be installing them yourself, be sure to hire someone who has the knowledge and experience to install them properly. A job done right the first time is what you are looking for. Mark “Hank” Hannah has been a local resident for over 12 years and is the owner/operator of Handy Hank, a professional handyman service located in Canyon Lake. He gives a straight price, arrives punctually for appointments, and your satisfaction is his main concern. His services include painting, pressure washing, installation and replacement of light fixtures, doors, door/cabinet knobs, faucets, toilets, minor plumbing repairs, drywall patches, and more. Please call 830-899-5199 to schedule an appointment.

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pooing, bonnet cleaning or dry extractions just to name a few. The most common method of cleaning is often called hot water extraction, sometimes called steam cleaning, which is the method recommended by most major carpet manufacturers. The disadvantages of steam cleaning are longer drying times, and the equipment used must be properly maintained with skilled operators. Stains sometimes wick back and reappear after carpet is dry. The carpet shampoo theory is to generate a lot of foam in the carpet, allow the foam to dry and absorb soil, then vacuum up the residue and soil. Because shampoos are poor detergents, they simply bury the dirt and dry to a sticky residue causing resoiling. The rotary shampoo method uses an ordinary rotary floor machine with a brush that whips the detergent into a foam. Most carpet mills discourage the use of flat rotary brushes on carpets because damage can occur. An effective carpet cleaning method using absorbent cleaners is often called dry cleaning since virtually no water is used. In this method a dry absorbent compound containing small amounts of water solvent and detergent is sprinkled over the carpet and worked on by hand or machine. The cleaning compound attracts and absorbs the dislodged soil and is vacuumed away. This dry cleaning system has the advantages of no drying time, no sticky residual left in the carpet to cause re-soiling. No high pressure water driving the stains to the bottom of the carpet only to wick back. Because it’s a dry method, carpets can be cleaned more often to maintain a better appearance. Some products that fall into this category are Host, Capture, Love My Carpet and Arm & Hammer. The choice of a proper cleaning system is extremely important. Methods that leave residues and promote re-soiling defeat the purpose of cleaning. Inadequate extraction may leave the carpet too wet which can cause the carpet to need re-stretching. In summary steam cleaning is okay – if it’s professionally done with the proper equipment. As long as soil is not allowed to accumulate, regular vacuuming and dry cleaning with products like Host can be used by the homeowner with good results to keep the carpet dry with little worry of damage to your carpet. You can rest easy knowing your holiday guests will see your carpet in good shape.


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by Paul Hensley Scuba diving in the Canyon Lake area has and Girl Scouts a chance to earn their Scuba Merit Badges. Scouts, just taken a real turn for the better. For the first check with your leaders to see if they have signed up for your Merit time in Canyon Lake’s history, Canyon Lake Badge courses. Scouting programs are available year round. Divers brings top quality PADI Youth diving Youth leaders, Canyon Lake Divers also offers Children’s Proprograms to our area. grams for your Church or youth organization. Group rates save Youth programs are designed to give your your kids parents a lot of money. During December, you can orgayoung person the opportunity to learn some- nize a youth “Learn to Dive” program with as few as 8 members! thing they will cherish for their whole lives. They start with Bubble For you certified divers and diving families, you might want to Maker Day Camps for 8-12 year olds, following up with PADI Seal consider one of our 2013 Dive Trips. Fiji from $1,499 includes Team Camps for 10-14 year olds and then Jr Open Water full certi- 15 dives, food, drinks, accommodations and more. Mexico in fication courses for well developed 10-14 year olds. March $1,199 includes RT air, accommodations, diving and more. Both boys and girls benefit from these single day and multi See more Canyon Lake Diver’s scheduled exotic dive trips at http:// day Scuba Camps. They learn basic scuba diving, play underwa- ter games, develop social interaction with other children their age Christmas Gear Specials for that special diver. Everything in and explore the underwater world in a very safe controlled envi- the dive center is on sale for Christmas with discounts of 30-50% ronment. Enroll your child today for one of the Youth Scuba Day off MSRP prices. Come by and see us and get that special someone Camps at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park this month, brought to you by a very special gift. Gift Certificates are also available if you are Canyon Lake Divers and Jellystone Park. Dates are December 19 unsure what your diver may want. Canyon Lake Divers ... the best and 21 during Christmas break. The heated pool and warm pavilion in diving from your PADI Dive Center. Dive the World. keeps your children out of the cold this winter. Paul and Jennifer Hensley are the owner/operators of Canyon Enrollment is limited to only eight camp members per day. More Lake Divers at 1482 FM 2673 in Sattler at Canyon Lake – the information is available at ONLY PADI dive center near the lake. Call 830-964-3075 or visit YoungDivers/youngdivers.html. All children get special recogni- 830-964-3075 ive The World tion upon completion of any of our Youth Programs. Completion Paul Hensley, MSDT # 83655 OFF of the one day camp can be credited towards skill sets for the or sequent level Scuba Camp. They can advance very rapidly, giving C hristmas 830-964-3075 ive The 1482 FM Wor 2673 •ld Canyon Lake, TX 78133 your children a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Paul Hensley, MSDT # 83655 Canyon Lake Divers is also offering Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts or

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I would be willing to bet that if you are not already on Facebook for your business, you have thought about it at least once. Facebook is an excellent tool to add to your business marketing plan. According to Facebook, there are currently over half a billion Facebook users. So as you can see, Facebook is quite possibly the best place to get started for social media advertising. Starting a Facebook Page for Business. This is relatively simple and all it involves is visiting Facebook, creating a “Fan” page, and putting up some information about your business. You can add things such as images, press releases, videos, blog posts, and other information. You will also need accurate contact and website information. Start Interacting. Once your page is up, the next thing to do is start encouraging your Facebook friends to “like” your new “Fan” page and to share your page with their friends. If people leave comments on your Facebook page, always reply back. Visit your customers’ Facebook walls and leave comments there also. Create open, back and forth, communication with your customers and prospects, and allow their Facebook friends to interact and experience your customer service also. Promote Your Facebook Page. If you have a brick and mortar business you may want to hang up a sign asking customers to visit you on Facebook. Add a link to your Facebook page in your email or on your website is also a great idea. Here is a little more help promoting your business. Go to the Chambers Facebook page, we are listed as “Canyon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce & the Guadalupe River” and “Like” our page. Then post a logo/picture of your business and tell us a little bit about what you do. This information will be shared with our entire group of friends who follow the Chamber’s page. Facebook is a valuable tool to add to your business marketing arsenal. If you’re looking for information on how to setup and promote your Facebook page, the Chamber will be holding a class in cooperation with the Tye Preston Memorial Library at the beginning of the year. Please contact the Chamber for more details. Richard Ferrell is the Executive Director of the Canyon Lake Area Chamber located inside the Visitors Center at 3934 FM 2673, Canyon Lake. For more information or to volunteer, call 830-964-2223 or toll free at 800-528-2104 or visit

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Healthy holiday eating: Using all five senses by VJ Tiller

You can use all five senses to learn to love healthy foods according to Barb Stuckey, author of Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good (Free Press, 2012). You may think that your love or hate of certain healthy foods is hardwired in your tastebuds, but it turns out that a lot of our taste for foods can be learned and relearned – even as adults. She points out that “Eating is a multi-sensory experience with many opportunities to intervene.” Although there are only five tastes that we can detect such as sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory or meaty, there are many factors that impact flavors. A food’s texture, how it sounds, how appetizing it looks and how it smells, all play a role in flavor perception. Researchers at Oregon State University recently looked at how aroma can play mind games with our taste buds. They examined retronasal olfaction, or how we smell food through our mouths. When you chew, the aromas from the food get released and sucked up through your nose as you breath. Desserts are hard to resist but it’s a little easier when the smell is intense. We take smaller bites. According to a recent study in the journal Flavour, it’s thought that there’s some sort of feedback loop happening in our brains when a strong complimentary smell is present, and we reduce our food intake so we are not overtaken with flavor. Next time you serve a sweet treat at a holiday dinner party, think about lighting a vanilla-scented candle. When cooking healthy cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, the smell makes some of us turn up our noses thinking they just taste bitter. Data suggests that the aroma is a big part that we are reacting to. They contain smelly, sulfurous compounds, which are there in part to protect them from animals and insects.  Stuckey suggests roasting them in the oven. This cooking process enhances the natural sugars in the plants and can counterbalance the aroma. I roast these vegetables with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil, sprinkled with a little lemon pepper. They taste quite good! Enjoy your healthy holiday time around the dinner table.  God bless you and your family and friends with good health, good sharing and a Joyous and Thankful Holiday Season. Villa Jean Tiller has a BS in Behavioral Science and a Masters of Divinity Degree. She practices whole body health daily combining socialization, exercise, good nutrition, environment, and spirituality and will help you with a suitable exercise program, good nutrition plan and a healthy outlook. For information, call 830-964-6046.

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With so many different water treatment systems on the market, determining the right answer for your water problems can quickly become overwhelming to a homeowner. Largely designed for areas with minimal calcium levels, salt-free technologies have shown to be virtually ineffective for most in the hill country. Marketers of these alternatives make carefully worded claims that are not supportable, and are often designed to mislead the consumer. In use for over 100 years, water softeners are proven to eliminate scale. While there have been some promising recent developments in salt-free alternatives, many current marketing campaigns seek to capitalize on the increasing green movement. They perpetuate myths surrounding salt based softening by misrepresenting facts or reporting skewed statistics. Many of these products are being repeatedly re-introduced, and marketed heavily under catchy new names. One major concern with these alternatives is that, because calcium is not physically removed, their results cannot be measured by any test. Most consumers are unaware that recent advances in the industry have resulted in softening systems which are far more saltefficient and user-friendly than ever. Water softener pricing and quality can vary greatly. Softeners are available from $500 all the way up to $5000. How are you to know what’s best for you and your family? FYI: The lowest priced units usually require installation by a professional, which affects the final cost. There’s also the question of who you can call for needed repairs. On the other hand, the highest priced units are often so proprietary that parts and service come at a premium. The goal is to find a reliable treatment system that can last for many years without paying too much. Unless you are a serious do-it-yourselfer, it’s in your best interest to purchase a unit from a certified water treatment professional. They can work with you, or your builder, to design a treatment system that suits your needs. They should provide a licensed and knowledgeable technician, and should remain available after installation to make necessary settings adjustments. A quick water analysis, and a few well-aimed questions, will determine the proper solution for your water problems. 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 randy@

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We hang Christmas Lights & Decorations

Shedding light on the holidays

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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 would 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 tractor-trailer. (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 proximity 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 deal with them available at my local hardware store.  Enjoy the holidays! 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. Canyon Lake Ace

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Unwittingly driving with invalid Driver’s License


by Charles Sullivan


Points and surcharges are something Texas driver’s must deal with (I think it’s legislated double jeopardy). Although the Texas Department of Public Safety sends notices of the surcharges and points, for some reason many times the licensee never gets the notice. If you fail to pay the surcharge, they then classify your license as invalid. All you have to do is go to Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 on License Suspension Day and you will see what I mean. Once a month, there’s a courtroom full of people who had their licenses suspended and didn’t know the reason why. The DPS supposedly mails them 1st class, but somehow all these people are not notified of the surcharge. That can lead to you being late on the payments, resulting in a suspension of your driver’s license. Then if you are not notified, you will unwittingly be driving with a suspended license. This is serious as it is a class “A” misdemeanor. In most instances, you will be arrested. The Texas Department of Public Safety may also extend the period of time that your license is suspended. Furthermore, the DPS will continue to add more and more surcharge fines as long as you have an outstanding balance. 1/8 2010 VGuide @ $130 -- cgGaramond Bold is font By simply maintaining a copy of your driver’s license, and the audit number available, you can check your record, avoid being charged with a crime and the associated costly If you been theW past, A Tfines. TO R have NE Yticketed S Aanytime T Lin A it would be a good idea to1/12 log on check your status. forand CLViews Column April10 log on to or txdps.state. Ofc: Simply 830-899-3259 8115 FM 2673 and enter the information. If you’re locked out, you Cell: 210-863-6340 Canyon Lake can open with the audit number to learn where you stand so you can take proactive action. I wrote about this concern in a column earlier this year but chose to repeat it now because notices go out the first of the year. Everyone should keep a copy of their driver’s license to make checking the status easy, and take a gander at their record in late January so as not to be surprised. Put it on your calendar so you can start your new year right.

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Charles Sullivan is the founder of Sullivan & Associates, PLLC. His practice is primarily in business, personal ry, real estate litigation, family, criminal and specializing in probates, wills, and trusts. For more information, he can be reached at 830-899-3259.

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&C Community & T Community & Th e



Front row: Optimists installation of CLHS Octagon Club officers; Books with Bailey at TPML; Top: Teens Read Summer Program at TPML.

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New Life Community Christmas The first New Life Community Christmas is planned for the 80 girls in early December, a community service the Women in Business have provided in the past. Lisa Brown, Director of Volunteer Services, has Wish List from each girl (her blouse size and favorite color, etc.) with simple gift suggestions like snacks and stretchy bracelets from a prescreened list they provide for safety purposes. Volunteers willing to shop for a name or two are asked to spend about $50 for each girl; some shoppers may solicit donations from their church or school to fund gifts for several. Monetary donations are strongly encouraged to assist shoppers who contribute time but can’t financially cover multiple $50 purchases. If you need a cause that helps a fragile young life that one would never choose or deserve, now is the time to act. Show what a community can pull off when it pulls together, and show off what Canyon Lake does so well. Call now. The New Life Children’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 650 Scarborough Road below the Dam. More than 2,000 young women, ages 11-17, have been cared for since the facility opened in Canyon Lake in 1993. To commit your help to ensure the success of the first New Life Community Christmas, contact Lisa Brown, Director of Volunteer Service, at 830-9644390 or

Holiday Toy & Gift Drive for CASA Kids

NEW OWNER Poppy Thompson

CASA of Central Texas is again asking individuals and local organizations who have collected holiday gifts for CASA kids to please call so arrrangements can be made for collection. If your organization has collected gifts for the CASA kids, the staff will collect them in early December so volunteers can distribute them to the children. If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please contact Eloise at 830-626-2272. Recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system

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If your electronic or digital gifts need installing, call us!

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Parade of Lights On Saturday, December 8 at 6pm until around 9:30, watch the Parade of Lights on Canyon Lake. It is sponsored by the Hill Country Yacht Club (HCYC) but that doesn’t exclude non-member boaters who should contact HCYC, if interested in participating. Boats leave the marina at 5:30 which is fun to watch in itself. Parade begins at 6pm. Boats circle outside the marina as the event ends around 9:30. Outlook Park below the dam (or above it as may be the case) offers a distant view for the general public but good enough that the park fills early. This is weather permitting (that can include strong winds without rain) but no inclement weather is expected anywhere near us. For information, call the Club Administrator (Carol) at 210-3441081. The Clubhouse is open weekends at 830-935-4435.

Christmas Concert at Chapel in the Cove On Sunday, December 16th at 3:30pm, the Christmas Concert at the Chapel in the Cove features the Main Post Chapel Choirs of Fort Sam Houston. The special Christmas musical program includes the performances by the Adult Choir and the Handbell Choir. This Advent Program is open to the public with refreshments to follow at the Chapel, located off Hwy 306 (West of Mystic Shores, exit on Eagle Rock Road) at 3674 Tanglewood Trail. (For gps users, this is a Spring Branch address.) 830-885-4063.

34th Annual Christmas Parade December 8, 11am

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Chapel In The Cove

“.. to prepare God’s people in works of service that the body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:12

Chapel In The Cove – The Body of Christ

In Spring Branch • An inter-denominational fellowship Sunday 8:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School & Youth in Christ 10:00 a.m. Worship Service & Children’s Church

After the parade

Church Phone

Santa Claus lands in Startzville Noon - 2pm

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Santa with Cookies, Hot Chocolate & Pictures,


Startz Memorial VFW Post 8800 in Startzville 7755 FM 2673 • Across from Subway behind Hillside Auto Canyon Lake Views •


Pastor Douglas J. Groen

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“God in human flesh? You must be kidding!” by Dr. Franklin D. Watts, Pastor

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Sermon SerIeS

Vital Issues and Christian Belief Sundays at 10:30 AM

God’s Answers for Today’s Issues • Dec 2 ~ The Deity of christ, Part I • Dec 9 ~ The Deity of christ, Part II • Dec 16 ~ The Man Who Was God • Dec 23 ~ Implications of the Incarnation • Dec 30 ~ Dreams & Visions for the Future

Hill Country Bible Church 20885 FM 306 at TaMarack Drive canyon Lake

830-935-2945 Canyon Lake Views

The title of this article is one person’s reply after hearing Who I believe Jesus Christ to be. This is the unaltered version of the original apostolic Christian message (as opposed to the teaching of the liberal apostate denominations of today). Admittedly, it is a radical claim, however, radical claims can be true. If Jesus Christ really was God in human flesh, then lines of truth flow out of that reality: 1) It indicates our understanding of what God is like must be set in Christological categories. In other words, God is just like Jesus! 2) It follows that Jesus Christ was the most unusual man who ever lived, and so He was! Even His enemies took note of His uniqueness, they said, “We never said it like this before, ‘Never did a man speak as this man spoke,’” etc. They were amazed, astonished, and dumbfounded by His wisdom – and they were moved by the power of His love. 3) It would follow that His departure from this life be unique and it was. The cross of Jesus became the juncture of eternity and time, heaven and earth, justice and mercy. Death did not take Him – He gave Himself to die. New life flows out of His incarnation, death and resurrection.  Come to hear more about Him. Our services are filled with the overwhelming and electrifying presence of God and we welcome you, believer and non-believer alike, to experience Him with us! Sunday School 9:30am • Worship Service 10:30am Children’s Church during 10:30 service  Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study 7:00pm First Sundays Potluck Fellowship Lunch  Hill Country Bible Church Hwy 306 @ Tamarack Shores  across from Papa Gallo’s  Dr. Franklin D. Watts, pastor

Dr. Franklin Watts, Pastor of Hill Country Bible Church, received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He is also a social work consultant for nine nursing homes. Contact him at the church office 830-935-2945 or by cell 210-415-2365.

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

across from Papa Gallo’s formerly Old Windmill Restaurant

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Windows8 introduction and tips

by Gary Poss

Windows 8 is here and it’s the most significant change to the UI (User Interface) since Windows 95. The biggest change: The Start Menu (Microsoft Flag) is gone! The Desktop still exists and will work with a standard keyboard and mouse, but it’s been pushed aside by the bold Modern UI, a touch-capable, tile-based UI that offers a uniform experience on Windows 8 based computers, tablets and, smart phones. If you upgrade to Windows 8, you can experience the world of touch, taps, swipes, and gestures by getting a new touch mouse, track pad, and/or display. You can still run programs written for previous versions of Windows on the new Windows 8 Desktop, but the Modern UI uses apps (applications), just like a mobile device – smart phone, tablet, etc. As Microsoft and third party developers create more apps, they’ll be offered in the new Windows Store, which is similar to Apple’s App Store, and Google Play. When you boot Windows 8 for the first time, the Lock screen displays basic information such as time and date, Wi-Fi connectivity, and battery power. To enter the Log-in screen, just tap any key (or swipe upwards on a touch screen). If you created a Windows Live ID and password when you installed Windows 8, go ahead and enter that password. An advantage of a Windows Live account is that it will sync your preferences between all the Windows 8 machines you use. Once past the lock screen, you’re greeted by the Modern UI - a collection of colorful tiles (unfortunately, you can’t boot straight to the Desktop). These are the new Modern apps which provide

a quick way to access email, calendar, websites, photos, music, and more. Some tiles, such as Finance and Weather, will go live once you start using them, constantly updating with current information. Microsoft helpfully made a tile for the Desktop; it’s in the lower left corner. You can switch to the traditional Desktop at anytime by clicking or tapping that tile or using the keyboard shortcut “Windows Key + D”. Use the Help and Support section and Google for tutorials. Enjoy and explore!

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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OFAS 7th Season Ends With Marked Growth


As small grass-roots organization with humble beginnings, I’m always in awe when I look back at the end of each season and sum the impact we are having upon our Wounded Warriors, and how much this ministry is blessed. This year end is no different. Allow me to elaborate … In 2012, OFAS was able to increase the activities offered to our recovering heroes. We added tours on yachts, Downrig fishing technique, a helicopter ride, door prizes and introduced sailing.

OFAS was gifted a 14’ smoker (enough to cook 15 briskets at once), a large mesh canopy for the beach area, and a commercial misting system for the pavilion. OFAS also purchased an inexpensive used Cargo trailer. Other blessings include being the recipients of a fund raiser held by Kent Power Sports and having two mechanics donate their time for equipment repair. OFAS assists other non-profits by lending the smoker (when not in use by OFAS), to local churches and our own CLHS-AJROTC. Another local non-profit we’ve been able to help is New Life Children’s Center who are, at times, recipients of any leftover BBQ. And, last but not least, what has really impressed me this year are the volunteers. Not because of the volume, but because of their skills talent that are truly caring of our great country and the men/women who have served. Thank you OFAS volunteers and constituents for a wonderful season and genuine concern. I’ve seen some vast!

Operation Float A Soldier (OFAS) is a ministry orchestrated to express gratitude and encouragement to American Soldiers injured in the line of duty. PO Box 2687 • Canyon Lake, TX 78133 • • 501(c)(3) organization Canyon Lake Views

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Church in the W ildwood Assembly of God Called, Committed, Caring

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Sunday School 9:30 am Worship Service 10:30 am Children’s Church 11:15 am Spanish Worship 4:00 pm

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

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Royal Rangers 7:00 pm Missionettes 7:00 pm

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Spanish Bible Study 7:00 pm

Pastor John Massey •


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On the Wings of Hope

by Kristi Broadway On the Wings of Hope. What could be more appropriate for our 2012 Angel Hope Hospice tree lighting? Every year since 2002, we have had an angel theme for two reasons. First, because of the angels we are honoring, and secondly, for all the angels that have helped us throughout the years. I thought that I might actually make it a through a whole year and not have anyone to honor – but God had different plans. This year, we will be honoring some very special angels: Herb Harper, beloved husband of Ronnie Harper for 39 wonderful years. Herb loved life and lived it to the fullest. He believed life was a journey and thanked God every day for the adventure. The Harper family thanks Hope Hospice for the wonderful care Herb received while he spent his last days at home surrounded by his family and friends. Ronnie, as a friend, I would like to personally thank you! Through it all, you served on the CRRC board, helped our seniors, and did anything else we needed – always with a smile and a hug. You are the true angel! CRRC’s dear, sweet Rose Williams lost her husband of 52 years – Ed Williams. Those that were honored enough to know Ed will remember his laughter and smile. Hati and I were tickled that we finally got Ed to come to exercise classes. We bribed him with hugs – and he didn’t miss many classes after that! Rose got up and was getting ready for Zumba, went to wake Ed, and he had passed in his sleep. God took this hard working angel home with him. Ed…we all promise to take good care of Rose for you! I would also like to take this opportunity to honor Bert Graham, beloved father of Bret Graham. I never had the opportunity to meet Bert, but if he was Bret’s Dad, he must have been a wonderful man! Bret is one of my finest angels. God blessed him with a beautiful voice, a great sense of humor, and a heart of gold. Bret has graced us every year with his talent for our Hope Hospice tree lighting! I would like to now thank Cindy Avery, our best angel. Cindy came to me in 2002 and asked if I would help with a Hope Hospice tree lighting. Little did we know how much this would touch us and Canyon Lake! We proudly honor our previous angels: Joetta Woolford (Chuck’s wife), Jan Dresher (Cindy’s precious mom), Fran Johnson (my beloved mom), my wonderful Esther, Gerry VanHorn (mayor of Gruene Hall), Ken Sparkman (husband, father, and grandfather to the Sparkman clan), and lastly, Ray Dresher (Cindy’s Dad). I’m saying my prayers and shedding tears as I type this letter. Cindy brought Dad home to be with family and friends as Hope Hospice cares for him. See folks? This is what’s it’s all about – being able to die at home with dignity. Won’t you please help one more time to give to this wonderful non-profit organization? What Hope Hospice provides really can’t be said in words. Thanks for letting me try. All my love, Kristi Kristi

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Chronic & Acute Conditions • Preventative Exams Labs & Xrays • Extended Hours

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(Across from SV Middle School)

• •

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(Between South Access & 2673) Canyon Lake Views

On The Wings Of Hope Dinner

Wednesday • December 5 • 6pm On the Wings of Hope Dinner to Held at CRRC’s North Pole Village Tickets available for $25 per person (Maximum seating 100) or as always you can purchase an angel or many for $10 each at CRRC Call Kristi at 830-964-3003 The Rec Center • 126 Mabel Jones • Below the Dam Page 26

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Living kindness

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At the end of every yoga class, I have my students repeat to themselves, to the world or to someone else these words: “May you be filled with loving kindness. May you be peaceful and at ease.” These words are part of an ancient practice called metta. The Pali word metta translates to mean lovingkindness, friendship, and goodwill. Metta meditation has been practiced by millions of people all over the planet. This practice helps to cultivate love and compassion within the practitioner and also sends blessings towards whom the meditation is directed. According to a recent New York Times article, there is a new area of psychological research called self-compassion, meaning how kindly people view themselves. The study shows that people who are often compassionate towards others are surprisingly hard on themselves and rank low on self-compassion tests. After having taught metta for sixteen years, I don’t find this study surprising at all. Metta meditation begins by focusing love and compassion towards yourself. The words that I have used are these: May I be filled with lovingkindness. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy. These words are repeated, silently or aloud to oneself as a mantra. This practice often brings up emotions, feeling of inadequacy and countless other responses that show us how hard we are on ourselves. Recent research shows that people who have greater self-compassion are happier, healthier, more optimistic and have less anxiety. According to a professor at the University of Texas at Austin a big reason why people aren’t more compassionate towards themselves is that they are afraid of becoming self-indulgent. Unfortunately, our culture encourages us to be hard on ourselves and it is difficult to unlearn habits of a lifetime. Metta teaches us that in order to be more compassionate and loving towards others, we must first cultivate love for ourselves. From there, we spread greater love and compassion throughout the world. Traditionally metta practice evolves from sending the mantra to ourselves to sending it to a neutral person, to a person with whom we are having difficulty, and to all beings. Sending love and compassion to all beings…not always easy, but what a beautiful thing! 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 in March; visit for details. For 0pm ... all levels! $5-$10begins suggested more information, Becky may be reached at 512-663-4278.

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CRRC's magical North Pole Village December 6, 7, 8 & December 13, 14, 15 Every year on the second and third Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December, the Canyon Lake area is treated to a magical Christmas experience in a winter wonderland of lights filled with fun activities and a delight for kids. With the help of many volunteer elves, CRRC’s Rec Center is transformed into a pint-sized village for children. Everyone over 18 months of age pays the child's admission price of $3. You will find lots of fun activities for young and old alike. A few activities have an additional fee. At the North Pole Library every child may select a book of their choice to take home and keep that is included with the purchase of an entrance ticket. You may pay to have a picture taken with Santa for $5 per photo. You can mail a letter to Santa, decorate a cookie and so much more. The North Pole Village has been sponsored by CRRC since 1996.

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On December 8, Santa Claus will make his appearance at the VFW Post 8800 in Startzville from 12 noon to 2pm. Children can meet Santa, and have pictures taken of this memorable occasion. Call 830 899-7774 after 2 for information.

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The very popular Mid-Texas Symphony Concert, Sleigh Bells Ring! is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th, at 4pm at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. David Mairs is Music Director. The performance includes the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus, TLU/MTS Community Music Academy Youth Choir. Tickets range from $5 to $30. Ticket sales generally break 500 and the Christmas concert often sells out. Jackson Auditorium is located at SH46 and Court St., Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. Call for information and availability of tickets at 830-372-8089. If you are interested in singing with the Chorus, call for details.

Canyon Lake Tour of Homes On Saturday, December 15th, the Canyon Lake Republican Women sponsor the Canyon Lake Tour of Homes. Receive a VIP tour of six elegantly decorated homes from 10am-4pm here in Canyon Lake. You are also invited to the CLRW Christmas Party from 1pm-4pm at the CRRC.  For tickets & information, visit

December CRRC’s Senior Programs • Every Thurs, 11-3 PM. Pot luck lunch, games. • Mon,  Dec 3, 1 PM. Bingo. • Mon,  Dec 10, 1 PM. Cooking on a Dime, Pumpkin rolls • Mon,  Dec 17, 1 PM. Movie Matinee, Miracle on 34th Street • Mon,  Dec 24, 1 PM. We will deliver our Christmas goodies to veterans   

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• Every Sun, 10:30am. Sunday Sermon Series at Hill Country Bible Church, 20885 FM 306 at Tamarack Drive. 830-935-2945. • Every 1st Sun. Canyon Lake Trade Day at The Canyon Lake Event Center. 1273 FM 2673 next to Kathi’s, Sattler. 830-964-6400. • Every 1st & 3rd Mon, 6:33pm. Optimist Club meets. TPMLibrary. 830-935-2578. • Every 1st Mon, 10:30am. Pilot Club meets. TPMLibrary. 830-832-0340. • Every 4th Mon, 6pm. St.Thomas Cancer Support Group, Ed. Bldg. 210-382-5889. • Every 1st & 3rd Tue, 4:30-6:30pm. CLArea Writers Group (CLAW) meets at TPML. • Every 3rd Tues, 7pm. Native Plant Society, Lindheimer Chap meets. GVTC. 935-4699. • Every 3rd & 4th Tues, 7pm. Wii Bowling, Post 8800, Startzville. 830-899-7774 after 2pm. • Every Tue & Thur, 10-Noon. CL Celtic Dancers, $1 for CRRC. 964-3630. • Every Tues & Wed, Noon to 1pm.  The Solutions Group of AA meets at the First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, 13085 FM 306, For info, call Stan at 830-388-6084. • Every 1st & 3rd Wed, 7-8:30pm. Contagious Conversation. Spiritually-based support group for women of all ages. Sometimes we need a place to go to unwind during the holidays. Call Carole Kennedy  830-865-3866. • Every 1st Wed, Noon-1pm, Voices Tour, CASA’s NB office. Lunch incl. 830-626-2272. • Every 2nd Wed, Noon-1pm, Voices Tour, CASA’s SMarcos office w/lunch. 512-392-3578. • Every 3rd Wed, 10am. CLRepublican Women meet. TPMLibrary. 830-899-7555.

•• •••Every Wed, 7:30pm. Dart Tournament, Sattler’s VFW 8573. Public welcome. 964-3334. • Every Wed, 6-8pm. Family Dinner Night w/different specials weekly. $5/plate + Karaoke at VFW Post 8800/Startzville. 7755 FM 2673, 830-899-7774 after 2pm. • Every Wed, 10am. Storytime & Baby Lap Sit! TPMLibrary, 830-964-3744. • Every Thurs, 11-3. “Dam Seniors” meet for pot luck lunch, games, and visiting. CRRC Seniors Programs at the Community Bldg. next to Rec Center. 830-964-2937. • Every 1st & 3rd Thurs, Noon. CLNoon Lions Club at CLGolf Club, 830-899-4406. • Every 3rd Thur, 10am. Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library meet. 830-899-4015. • Every 3rd Thur, 7pm. Texas Master Naturalists/Lindheimer meets. Agri-Life Bldg, 325 Resource behind Moe Schwab Recycle Center. 830-620-3440. • Every last Thur, Noon-1pm. Learn about New Life Children’s Center. RSVP 964-4390. • Every Thur, 7-9pm. Celebrate Recovery (ALL Hurts, Habits, and Hangups). Pizza at 6:30. Cowboys for Jesus Christian Fellowship, 8400 FM 32, Fischer. 830-830-8302. • Every Thur, Noon-1pm. CLRotary meets at speakers on local to international subjects. TPMLibrary. Public welcome. Lunch included ($12). 830-935-2728. • Every Thur, 7-11pm. Great Steak Night, Midnight Express. 830-964-3700. (Karaoke Fri) • Every Thur, 7:30pm. BINGO, VFW Post/Startzville. Kitchen opens 6pm. 830-899-7774. • Every Thur, Ladie’s Night & Karaoke. Dam Red Barn. 830-964-2420. • Every 2nd Fri, 10am. Democratic Women of Comal County meet alternately at TPMLibrary & in Bulverde/Spring Branch. Lunch off site after meeting optional. 830-832-4957. • Every Fri, 5pm-830pm. Burger Night at VFW Post 8800/Startzville. 830-899-7774.

December • Wed, Dec 5, 6pm. Tree of Lights dinner to benefit Hope Hospice is held at CRRC’s North Pole Village at the Rec Center with music by local artist Bret Graham. Tickets for dinner & entertainment $25 each. 125 Mabel Jones off South Access Rd. Call Kristi at 830-964-3003. • Thu/Fri/Sat, Dec 6, 7, 8 & 13, 14, 15. From 6pm to 9pm, CRRC’s North Pole Village is transformed by the community into a pint-sized village for children. $3 fee for all over 18 months includes most activities. CRRC is a 501c 3 organization. 125 Mabel Jones, below the dam. 830-964-2223. • Fri, Dec 7, 6pm-7:30pm. TPML’s annual children’s Christmas Party will be held at the library. Everyone is encouraged to wear their fuzzy pajamas and enjoy hot chocolate, a craft, some entertainment and a visit from Santa!  830-964-3744. • Sat, Dec 8. Coffee and snacks 9:30-10am before Aglow International meets from 10Noon at the Canyon Lake Clubhouse, 1191 Skyline Drive. December’s guest speaker is Ms. Marilyn Springer. 830-226-7073. • Sat, Dec 8, 11am. Canyon Lake Christmas Parade sponsored by the CL Noon Lions Club in downtown Sattler, FM 2673. Arrive early for the Best Christmas Parade in Comal County! 830-964-2223. • Sat, Dec 8, Noon-2pm. After the parade, pictures with Santa at VFW Post 8800, Startzville. • Sat, Dec 8, 6pm-9:30 appx. Hill Country Yacht Club’s PARADE OF LIGHTS leave Canyon Lake Marina at 6pm and return to circle outside the marina as the event ends around 9:30. Weather & wind permitting. or Club Administrator (Carol) 210-344-108, Clubhouse (open weekends) 830-935-4435. •Sat, Dec 8. BSB-CoC Denim & Diamonds Gala at Knibbe Ranch, 10006 Spring Branch Rd, to benefit Bulverde Spring Branch EMS. 830-438-4285. • Sun, Dec 9, 4pm. MidTexas Symphony’s popular Christmas Concert is held at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin, often to a sold out crowd of several hundred who have made the event a tradition each year. Call 830-372-8089 for ticket availability. • Mon, Dec 10, 6-9pm. Stocking Stuffer Night with 100’s of Items under $10 (cute stuff!), drinks & food at Bad Girlz, FM2673 @ River Rd. 830-964-4499. • Thu/Fri/Sat, Dec 13,14 & 15, 6-9pm. Last weekend for the 2012 season of CRRC’s

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Christmas Parade 2009 North Pole Village located inside the Rec Center below the dam. This is a magical event your kids or grandkids will thoroughly enjoy. Don’t let them miss it. $3 fee for all over 18 months includes most activities. 830-964-2223. • Sat, Dec 15, 7-10:30pm. Starlite Ballroom Dance Club presents its Holiday Dance at the Eagles Hall, 257 E. South St in NB. Formal dress. Bar/grill available. $30 per couple at the door. Couples’ reservations at 210-658-7667.  • Sat, Dec 15, 10am-3pm, Canyon Lake Republican Women Tour of Homes.  Receive a VIP tour of six elegantly decorated homes around the Lake. For more info: call 830963-3117 or visit • Sun, Dec 16. Cranes Mill Baptist Church Choir Christmas Presentation, 10215 FM 2673 on the southwest side of the Lake, 2 miles west of Startzville. 830-899-7936. • Sun, Dec 16, 3:30pm. Christmas Concert at the Chapel in the Cove features the Main Post Chapel Choirs of Fort Sam Houston. Public welcome. Refreshments follow at the Chapel located off Hwy 306 (West of Mystic Shores, exit on Eagle Rock Rd) at 3674 Tanglewood Trail (SB), 830-885-4063. • Fri, Dec 21. Habitat for Safe Seniors hosts the Food Fair SA FoodBank for distribution of produce and dry goods throughout Comal County to about 300 families and needs 30-40 volunteers to serve disabled, elderly and others with minimal sustainable income. Short preregistration form required.

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Thanks to all the Volunteers at Habitat for Safe Seniors

Awesome job was pulled off at the Frozen Food distribution on November 13th. Habitat for Safe Seniors volunteers arrived at 8am in cold weather and proceeded to get organized for distribution. The semi-truck arrived at 9am and was unloaded inside 30 minutes. That's when the work really started. Food items were sorted and counted so all families got an equal share. There were approximately 20 volunteers that started loading vehicles as soon as the gates opened. Each family received cases of iced coffee, cheese cake bites, cinnamon bread, sliced breads and mixed pastries, cream cheese glaze and other products to stock up for their family. Volunteers worked through over 188 families inside two hours and didn't stop until the job was done. Tired, wore out and cold, they knew it had to be done, and they did a great job. Habitat for Safe Seniors would like to THANK each and every one of them. Charity and the love of others, comes from the heart.  Thank you all for making the difference in the lives of those families who received the food.



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For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the Secret Millionaire revisited Habitat for Safe Seniors in their new warehouse. You can search it on You Tube and should! Local help is routinely provided by good able bodied people although at times those in line filter back through and donate some time or a few dollars too as they can. There is no volunteer coordinator, although one would be welcomed with open arms, along with any assistance with social media, grant writing, lawnmowing, packing food stuffs and so on and on. Business contributions have dropped due to the tough economic times but individuals are stepping up to help. Donations of food are always appreciated. Founder Rondah Savage is grateful for the awareness the TV show has produced. Rondah explained, “There’s a lot of people in need out there… the need is increasing throughout the whole country.” A cell number is available on their website 24-7 for emergencies.

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Thank You.... Ruby & Ralph Kadelbach, Yolanda & Mike Schuller, Mary Croy-Madden, Penny Brown, Bobbi DeLa Rosa, Sonja Krohn, Krizan Byxbee, Terri & Richard Nunley, Bubba Hinze, Ginger Wilson, Jeff Vanderberg, Amber, Dennis, Mike Senesac, Ruth Mims, Julie Rushing, Lyn Mills, and all those that may have been missed. Another thank you goes out to Bill and Peggy Murphy who have sponsored yet another year of food for Thanksgiving to the senior citizens of this community. Bill and Peggy stepped up to the plate and went to bat where needed most. Habitat for Safe Seniors’ staff, volunteers and clients thank you. You guys hit the home run.

Habitat for Safe Seniors is looking for volunteers. Opportunities are in Food Distribution and our Thrift Store. Please contact us or come by our Thrift Store any Thursday, Friday or Saturday 9-4. Call the Office at 830-899-2256 or Thrift Store at 830-899-2208

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