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Businesswoman Heather Peal launched her campaign for Williamson County Precinct 4 Commissioner in the 2018 Republican Primary election. “My message is simple,” said Peal. “I will be an advocate for all of Precinct 4. For too long, there has been a reactive versus proactive approach east of Hwy 130. We are facing an ‘If you build it, they will come; if you don’t build it they will come anyway’ reality with no real plan for the future. We must recruit new businesses, which will mean great-paying jobs, develop a comprehensive plan on mobility and improve our infrastructure. At the same time, we must expand the economy in Pct. 4 responsibly while lowering taxes and debt; that is why I am running for Pct. 4 Commissioner.” Peal continued, “The Commissioners Court is the governing and management body of Williamson County, responsible for the administration of all County business, all budgetary decisions and setting the tax rate each year. My experience in the private sector—signing the front of the paycheck as a Managing Partner for one of the fastest growing Engineering Design Build firms in Texas—provides the knowledge needed in government. It’s time we start running Williamson County as if it were a successful private sector business, placing the taxpayers first.” After graduating from Stoney Point High School, Peal attended Mary Hardin Baylor where she studied Nursing and Psychology. Currently, she is a Managing Partner of Peal & Associates, headquartered in Round Rock. Peal is a member of the Williamson County Republican Women, Georgetown Area Republican Women, Round Rock Momentum Chamber Group, Hutto Chamber, Taylor Chamber and Georgetown Chamber. Peal and her family attend Celebration Church in Georgetown. Heather is married to Jake and they have two children, Jax, 5, and their latest addition, Ryker. Peal said, “As a mom, public safety is one of my top priorities. Williamson County has a long-standing reputation of being one of the safest counties in the nation for families to raise children. Every election has meant listening to campaign promises using our first responders as political props. It is imperative those unfulfilled pledges stop and we provide our Law Enforcement, EMS and Fire Fighters the tools and training necessary to keep us safe.” Peal concluded, “Precinct 4 is my home. I will work every day to put the interests of our taxpayers first. I look forward to serving you and ask for your support and vote in the 2018 Republican Primary.”

Georgetown ISD officially kicked off its 100-Year Celebration February 27 at the historic courthouse on the Square. A crowd of about 150 supporters, teachers, former students, and elected officials sang "Happy Birthday", heard achievements and future plans from Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent and enjoyed musical performances from East View and Georgetown High School choir and orchestra. School Board Trustee Ben Stewart said before the ceremony; "One hundred years is an amazing thing for a public education system. You don't hear that every day and just think about what this will mean for our kids. Looking at what it does for our youth; without it kids wind up going down a different path and we're going to spend money on kids one way or another. Putting that money into education is the best thing we can do. I think we're on the right track here and I just hope people will come see the schools, see what we're doing and enjoy the successes that we have here." Representative Wilson's greetings included; "House Resolution 549 acknowledges not only he success of the past 100 years but blessings for the future of the Georgetown ISD and the community that continues to inspire children." Dr. Brent began with the vision for GISD as the most inspired students educated by the most empowered leaders. "Our mission really does drive what we do in the District. Today we are not only celebrating a milestone but as public education in general as a cornerstone of our community and our democracy. It is only fitting that this week, districts across Texas are celebrating Public Schools Week. Every day, real life engagement and profound learning occurs; something our teachers and students know well.

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^^Annie Purl Milestones students read 1840: Southwestern University charmilestones tered. Created a culture where school was highly valued in Georgetown. << EVHS 1854: The Common School law funded choir National the first state public schools in Texas Anthem 1894: (January) Georgetown voted for the city to assume control of the public You have been given a rare gift and built school system. something special and I encourage you to 1894: Southwestern University sold hold on to it, tightly and grow the gift." land to the city upon which Annie Purl Dr. Brent listed the milestones in GISD Elementary was built. since 1840 (right) and honored Annie 1901: Annie Purl matriculated as a Purl as the valedictorian of the first gradmember of the first graduating class uating class of GHS. He quoted Ms. Purl, of Georgetown High School. She "We might find something each child can taught in Georgetown until 1950. (Her do well for his own sake. You can not 49 years are only surpassed by Paula predict by any stated scale that a child Doerfler's 50 years as an educator at will be a failure so we must find where McCoy Elementary—1966-2016) 1916: Southwestern University sold a each child needs help and nurture that." building to the city to use as GeorgeGISD has many events planned over town High School. The building is the next year. They are currently collectnow Williams Elementary ing memorabilia from the past century for 1917: February 27, Texas Senate Bill display and historical record. During the 225 formally created Georgetown month of March, students can compete in Independent School District after a t-shirt contest and there will be special Georgetown residents voted to assume events during the Red Poppyfest in April. control over the public schools. In May, the district will celebrated the 1918: GISD boasted 729 students en100th graduating class, and the last cererolled. Students were in class 80 days mony at Williams Elementary. of the year. Six men and ten women The new Annie Purl Elementary will graduated from Georgetown High open in August of this year for new School. students and next year's football season 2016-17: GISD has over 11,500 stuwill include a grand celebration of the dents, and last year graduated 767 Centennial. seniors.

GISD Rezoning Welcome Nights

We know that transitioning between schools is never easy, and GISD wants to make the transition as smooth as possible. We are doing our best to ensure that families in the changing attendance zones are notified, and we hope you will help us spread the word to your neighbors and friends regarding the upcoming meetings and encourage everyone to attend a Rezoning Welcome Night at their new school. • Mitchell Elementary When: March 7 and March 9 Time: 6 p.m.

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The Georgetown Fire/Medical Department is providing two new tools that you can use to help save lives. I encourage you to use both of them since each of us in Georgetown has a role to play in making our community a safer place to live. I’ve learned from our Fire and EMS professionals that when someone experiences cardiac arrest, performing CPR in the first few minutes can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. These two new tools, PulsePoint and Smart911, will increase the odds of help arriving quickly where and when it’s needed.

PulsePoint

PulsePoint is a new life-saving app for your smartphone that will help in a cardiac emergency situation. The PulsePoint app is integrated in the 911 system and alerts CPR-trained bystanders in the immediate vicinity of a cardiac emergency. Once alerted, they can start CPR in the critical minutes before emergency medical services arrives. PulsePoint also shows someone where the nearest AED is located. More than half of U.S. adults say they have had CPR training. And most are willing to use CPR or an AED to save a stranger’s life. PulsePoint empowers these trained adults to help reduce the deaths we see each year from sudden cardiac arrest. The app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. Look for the PulsePoint app on your smartphone or go to fire.georgetown.org to learn more and download the app.

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uals and families to provide key information to 911 call-takers. With Smart911, citizens can link mobile phone numbers to home and work addresses, which can be passed on to responders in the field for a more rapid response. A safety profile for your home automatically populates for 911 operators when they receive a call from you or your family member. By creating a safety profile, you can provide information to 911 about members of your household including names, physical descriptions, and photos. This will help responders if a child or adult goes missing or help identify individuals in an emergency. The profile also can include information on medications as well as medical conditions of family members such as asthma, heart conditions, epilepsy, or allergies. Address and location information in the profile can include information like gate codes, hidden driveways, locations of utility shutoffs, and a house floor plan, including bedroom locations. All information in the safety profile is optional. Residents also have the option to include additional information includ-

ing pets in the home, vehicle details, and emergency contacts. The information you provide in your safety profile is securely stored and only available to 911 call-takers if you call 911. Learn more about Smart911 and fill out your safety profile by going to the Georgetown Fire/Medical Department website at fire.georgetown.org. These new tools can help get aid to you and your family more quickly and help first responders know how to help you once they arrive. I hope you’ll take advantage of both of them.

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Georgetown Bridal Show Bigger Than Ever

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Hewlett Supports Rotary of Georgetown At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick presented the Club with a check for $25,000 to support programming that will in turn raise even more money to support the community of Georgetown. Don Ross Hewlett said, “If we are going to do something, we are going to do it BIG…and we are excited to support and be part of the Rotary Club of Georgetown in this big way.” The generous gift will support the upcoming Ben-

efit Gala “The Spy Who Lived Rotary” on Friday, March 31 at the Sun City Ballroom and this Fall’s exciting new event, “Field of Honor”; details to come. “Every morning I wake up an feel blessed to be in Georgetown, Texas,” says Don Hewlett, Sr., “It is a blessing to give to a community that is so wonderful.” For more information about the Rotary Club of Georgetown and its events, visit GeorgetownRotary. org.

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce held the 7th Annual Bridal Show at the Sheraton February 26. Vendors and Chamber members were thrilled to be at the new venue, which lent a new air of sophistication and luxury to the event. Special Events Coordinator Allison McKee explains; "The event is a fundraiser but it is also a great way to showcase all the great businesses in Georgetown. We have over 70 vendors but this show is smaller than the one in Austin so it's a great way for brides to really engage with the owners and service providers. We've had a steady stream of visitor

Left: Daniela Westbrook demonstrating lash extensions at Pink Lady Lash booth. • Right: Bride Taylor Westbrook (in white) is getting married March 24, 2018. She is with (L-R) Jai Girard, Mallori Westbrook, and April Craig.

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Opening Night for "Poppies and Progress"

Top: Mural artists Violet Nicklen, Janet Fulk, Darrell Hutchinson and their artwork (above). • Clare Easley remembering her father Sam, an Army soldier in World War I • Curator Ann Evans, Curatorial Assistant Elissa Graham and Education coordinator Danelle Houck, dressed in period costume for the grand opening.

and it's a wonderful step up from a school cafeteria." Chamber President Karen Sheldon is also thrilled to be at the Sheraton. "The first show was in the meeting room at the Chamber building and now we've grown to be here, in a glamorous place where people actually will aspire to have a reception." Arthur Murray owner Carlos was an emcee; "This Cake with edible sugar "rhinestones" by Sweeten Up Bake Shop show is great. Lots of great in Leander. • Wedding attire by Austin Fairy Godmother. vendors and opportunities surrounding. Taylor Westone has time to talk to me for people to come see brook brought her friends and I feel like at a bigger what Georgetown is really all the way from San show, I might not get the all about. This is a great Marcos; "I saw the show on same attention." They also turnout!" enjoyed sampling everysocial media and followed Many guests attended thing from chocolate to it and I am loving it. I love the show despite having how interactive it is, every- photo booths. ceremonies in Austin and

The Williamson Museum held the opening night reveal of its latest exhibit "Poppies & Progress: 1917-1923" on March 2 for members of the Board and museum. "The exhibit is perfect for those curious about life one hundred years ago in Williamson County," says Executive Director Mickie Ross. The exhibit examines the effects of the Spanish Flu and social changes throughout the area during the war, as well as the work of local men, women and children dedicated to the war effort. Interesting details from the exhibit include the first Texan killed in the war and the story of Texas A & M's Aggie War Hymn, penned by Pinky Wilson during the Battle of Argonne. Both men were from Williamson County. Other famous soldiers with Williamson County connections include Dan Moody, Admiral William Mann and J. Frank Dobie. The exhibit also highlights the fight for women's suffrage and prohibition. Ross also shared that the museum had its best attendance ever in 2016 and gave credit to her staff for their limitless energy. "I've never been more proud of my staff and this museum. Special thanks to Education Director Danelle Houck who contributed to the museum's outreach to more than 12,000 students last year—580 just today!" Curator Ann Evans added, "The best part is finding the stories and making the displays unique to our county and our residents." The Williamson Museum, located at 716 S. Austin Avenue on the historic square is open from noon to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday, and 10 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Visit WilliamsonMuseum.org for more information.

The San Gabriel District Scouts held their 11th annual fundraising breakfast March 7 at First United Methodist Church. As in years past, the event was standing room only and included business leaders, elected officials and many of the district's 400 volunteers. Pledges at the breakfast totaled just over $40,000. "Before today we were at about $56,000;" said Breakfast Chair Ron Garland. "Last year we raised $83,000 and we bumped our goal to $105,000 this year." When pledge cards were collected, and the screen displayed the new total, John Ross of Hewlett Chevrolet stepped forward to provide the remaining money needed to reach $100,000 because, as he put it, "I like round numbers." The San Gabriel District are excellent stewards of their funds, having won the "Gold" District award in 2016 for quality programs. They are also one of the few programs, nationally, to report an increase in membership; there are 1214 youth and adult members in 32 scout units. Other 2016 achievements

include promoting 18 new Eagle Scouts including Shelby Brianard and Cohen Ward. Brainard shared his appreciation for the values he learned from scouts that have nothing to do with camping, and many of the qualities he believes helped earn his acceptance to Princeton University. Garland also introduced a panel of expert youth advocates; Child Advocacy Center board member Marlene McMichael, Family Court Judge Betsy Lambeth and CASA Director Marissa Austin. The panel discussed the services they provide for all children and related the help they provide to the benefits Top-Bottom: San Gabriel Scout leader Ron Garland • Eagle Scout Shelby and values of the Brainard • Marlene McMichael, Judge scouting program. Scout staff member Betsy Lambeth, Marissa Austin Jon Yates also providin 20 years we will see a ed an update on the forest there again." acreage recovering from If you'd like to contribthe 2011 Bastrop fires. ute, donations are still Scouts have planted more being accepted at BSAthan 1.3 million seedlings. CAC.org. "Scouts are the reason that

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A Little Help for "Read Across America" at Frost Elementary

The Sun City Pet Club pays frequent visits to Frost Elementary School to share stories and affection with the students. On March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday, they were joined by community leaders as part of the 20th annual "Read Across America" program. The National Education Association celebration is about discovering the joys of reading and cultivating good reading habits that will last kids a lifetime. Aligning with Dr. Seuss, they say, "builds a nation of readers never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child.” At Frost, Librarian Denise Mozingo invited the Sun City Pets to encourage the children to read for themselves as well. "Dogs just listen and they don't mind if a person reads slowly or with mistakes,"

says member Tom Olsen. "It builds their confidence to practice without performance anxiety." The nine canine therapy dogs are frequent visitors to schools, hospitals, hospice and courtrooms to provide touch therapy in stressful situations. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and

District Judge Rick Kennon read to the 5th grade classrooms. They both read favorites picked out by the students and spent even more time answering questions about their jobs as judge and sheriff from curious kids who were excited to have unique visitors in the classroom.

Photo above: Students and pets prepare for the read event in the Frost library. • Above: Husky Skye and Bulldog Breezy • Bottom: Judge Rick Kennon in Kelsea Thomas' class and Sheriff Robert Chody in Leslie Walker's 5th grade class.

GISD Out to Chase the Chief 2017

Above: Assistant Chief Cory Tchida and Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent after the Fun Run • Right: Carver 5th grader Emma Johnson conquered the rock wall • Top R: Chief Wayne Nero at the starting line for the 5K • Bottom L-R: Carver student Imani (9) visited the response team and tested the heft of the door ram • Bella (7), Santos (9) and Camila (5) in the driver's seat of the city's armored vehicle on display at the race. The 2017 "Chase the Chief" community event took place March 5 at Georgetown High School sports complex. The annual fitness challenge was a huge success with an even greater turnout than expected. Chase the Chief is a joint fitness initiative of the Georgetown Police Department and the Georgetown ISD Council of PTA. In 2014 the partners added the

"Chase the Chief" brand, which has tripled participation. Police Chief Wayne Nero says the popularity of the Georgetown event has even led to other cities to adopt the same theme. Participants in both events “Chased” Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero, in the 5k race, and Assistant Police Chief Cory Tchida, in the Fun Run event. This event focuses on

raising awareness about the devastating health, social, and economic impact of childhood obesity, encouraging behavior change among children and families to combat obesity, and exposing community members to fun physical activity, including a GPD obstacle course, free rock wall, fitness fair, and healthy snacks provided by Sodexo. Assistant Chief Cory Tchida, after being

"chased" in the Fun Run said "This is such a great turnout. It's so much fun to run with the kids, it's great to see all these families out here and we're so glad that we moved the date to have such a perfect day. I am happy to see all these kids outside for fitness." Officer Delta Jolly was on hand with her trademark morale to assist in the Fun Run and even rescued a few runners on the route. GISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent says, "What I love about this event is that our elementary teachers have really been working

on these fitness games and activities in their P.E. classes. Officer Jolly has been visiting all the schools to encourage them and help them with their activities. I am encouraged to see so many people out for the Fun Run and the 5K. I'm very proud of our teachers for pushing the healthy lifestyles for our kids." Georgetown PD reports

at least 1800 participants and the funds raised will be used to purchase new fitness equipment for GISD schools. "This is a huge success for them and the PTA," Dr. Brent continued. "From here we can only hope to make it even it better next year. The PD and the teachers and the PTA are great people for putting all of this together."

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The last two weeks of the legislative session saw the first bills voted on by the House of Representatives, passing changes to help the overturned Child Protective Services system for Texas, my first committee meetings, and my first meeting as a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition. The Texas Conservative Coalition, or TCC for short, is a group of 73 House members, and 16 Senators, who have a shared set of values they pledge to put at the center of all their decision making as legislators. Protect Constitutional Rights Advance economic freedom by reducing barriers for first-time employers and job seekers Promote government reform, accountability, and fiscal responsibility Encourage job creation through tax reform, reduction, and elimination Improve education Work to strengthen border security and stem illegal immigration It is an honor to be able to work with and alongside such a great team of legislators, who all share the same set of core beliefs. We may disagree at times about the best way to go about achieving those principled ends, but we know that when we meet as a coalition every Sunday evening, we will be all working towards the same ultimate goals. Monday, March 6th 2017 marked the first full hearing of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, and my first opportunity to hear bills in a committee setting. Over the last two weeks your HD20 staff has reviewed around 100 pieces of filed legislation regarding the Criminal Justice System in Texas, getting ready for this first committee hearing, and the many that will follow for the remainder of the session. In my last two reports I informed you of the happenings in the Capitol, but now

I want to hear from you; so, in this edition of Sit-Rep, let’s look at a few of the major bills that will I will be authoring this session, and I’d like for you to either call my office at (512)463-0309 or email me at terry.wilson@house.texas.gov and let me and my staff know your thoughts. If you would like to view any of these bills in more depth, or to see the other bills I have authored or co-authored, you can go to www.capitol.state.tx.us and search for my name to see everything I have filed. Bills Filed – This first group of bills resulted from my work with our Justices of the Peace, Judge Gravel from Williamson County, and Judges Roxanne Nelson and Lisa Whitehead of Burnet County. HB 1574 – Law enforcement currently submits an affidavit for arrest before a person appears in front of a magistrate. This bill just takes that from a “best practices” standard to a statutory requirement, ensuring that all Texans receive due process when being arrested. HB 1575 – When property is stolen, the only court that can currently hear the request to return it to the proper owner is the one with jurisdiction over the area where the property was found and recovered. This can sometimes be hundreds of miles away from where it was stolen. This bill allows the venue to be moved to the jurisdiction where the property was stolen, saving the victim of theft an additional expense and headache. In the weeks following the election in November and before the start of session, I met with every school district superintendent in HD20, hearing their concerns and goals for the next two years. A universal message from them was concern for how the new A-F school rating system would operate. We took those concerns to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, and, working with both our school districts and the commissioner, wrote HB 2782. HB 2782 – Gives clear guidelines to the Texas Education Agency on the A-F rating system, specifically requiring that the rating system be designed in such a way that all schools have the possibility of receiving an A rating, should they all meet those standards. In the next few Sit-Rep articles, I will go into more depth about the issues that will be coming before both the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and the House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs, on which I am also honored to serve, and the House Floor. We will look at one issue per article, overview the facts and figures of the issue, give you an idea of your current representation, and provide ways for you to provide the feedback I need to make the right decision on your behalf. I’m in the district more often than not, mostly in the early mornings or in the evenings after the House has concluded business for the day. If you’d like to set up a time to meet with me personally, please don’t hesitate to call and ask to set up a time especially if for groups of ten or more. The more we know what you think, the better we can represent House District 20.

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Williamson County Commissioners and County Judge Dan Gattis appointed attorney Scott Heselmeyer to fill the remainder of County Treasurer Jerri Jones' term of office. Heselmeyer was sworn in March 1 immediately following Jones' oath as auditor. Jones was selected by District Judges to succeed retiring Williamson County Auditor David Flores, who retired after 28 years on the job. Heselmeyer was a real estate attorney in Round Rock prior to his appointment. He has been a practicing attorney in the county for the past 13 years. He also serves on the board of the Williamson County Livestock Association, the CHASCO Family YMCA Board, and is general counsel for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Heselmeyer is a graduate of Texas A&M University and attended law school at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Kirsten and Preston, and are members of the Hill Country Bible church in Georgetown. "The most important part of being here today is the time I spent with my wife, Amanda, in prayer before we began this endeavor in public service," Heselmey-

Top: New Treasurer Scott Heselmeyer • Jerri Jones sworn in as Auditor with husband Bob. er said. "To the voters, I will work hard to show that you can place your trust in me as we move forward in the term."

Heselmeyer will be on the ballot in the 2018 Republican Primary and General Election as Jones's term expired next year as well.

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St. David’s Medical Center Among Best in Nation—Again

St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—was recently recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for the third consecutive year. The distinction places St. David’s Medical Center—including Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—among the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. From 2013-2015, if all hospitals collectively performed at the level of hospitals achieving Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award, on average, 179,438 lives could potentially have been saved. Similarly, patients treated in hospitals achieving Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures where mortality is the outcome.* The 100 recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ stand out among

the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2017 study period (2013-2015), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures—as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, visit Healthgrades.com/quality.

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With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 employees. St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management

company and two local non-profits— St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $379 million have been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of people in Central Texas.

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OP-EDS Congressman Carter on the Issues Obamacare

Yes and No— The One Place We Can Still Agree by Mike Payne

If there ever was a reason, or a time, to live in Texas, it is now. Even if I didn’t write another sentence, I believe that most readers would understand exactly what I am talking about. In this discussion let’s not talk about Democrats and Republicans; instead, let’s talk ab

Obamacare is a flawed and failed policy that has increased premiums, raised taxes, and cut the incomes of millions of Americans. It forces Americans into ineffective insurance plans, rather than real health care coverage. After voting more than 60 times to repeal and replace Obamacare, I am proud that House Republican have introduced an innovative plan to replace this disastrous law. The American Health Care Act preserves vital patient protections including protecting those with pre-existing conditions, lifting lifetime caps on medical care, and allowing dependents to stay on their parent’s plan until they are 26 years old. We are providing a more consumer focused marketplace, not a government mandate with burdensome taxes. My colleagues and I are working to provide all Americans the ability to actually receive the health care they deserve, not just have a meaningless insurance policy that is too expensive to use. For more information on the American Health Care Act, please visit: www. readthebill.gop

Immigration

As Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, I know firsthand the challenges that our customs and intelligence personnel face when attempting to vet applicants from countries

with little to no record keeping. I support President Trump's efforts to increase security measures and vetting processes on people seeking visas to our country, and those refugees seeking asylum. I am committed to keeping Texans safe and I will continue to support all efforts to put our national security first. I stand against any polices that open the door to radical extremists manipulating our immigration policies and infiltrating our homeland. We must ensure we have the best practices in place to deny entry to those wishing us harm while allowing peaceful, freedom loving people access to our great nation.

Trump's Joint Address

President Trump tonight delivered a very positive address outlining his vision for our great nation, one that includes bringing America together as we work to increase security across our communities, reduce regulations to create

job growth, and renew investment in our middle class.” I’m glad the President shares my commitment to rebuilding our military. After eight years of gutting our armed forces, we must commit the resources needed to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools necessary to succeed, and that we have the military strength to protect our great nation. President Trump also discussed the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. The House is hard at work putting together legislation that will allow more choices, increases access to cutting-edge health care, and lower costs. We want to create a system that puts patients, not the government, first! I look forward to working with my colleagues and the President to support our military, provide safe and prosperous communities for all Americans, and foster better healthcare choices by repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

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gel for fine arts in Georgetown. As the founder of Angel Fountain Educational Endowment, Inc., she is currently staging and planning her second "On Broadway" show at the Klett Performing Arts Center. The show is April 7, 8 and 9 and tickets are on sale now. The show includes music her four Broadway actors are currently performing, songs she says attendees will recognize and enjoy. Baker’s career was nothing like what she is doing in her retirement. As the owner of the first paralegal freelance service in Texas, she also nurtured a lifelong love of musical theater, something she was able to enjoy to the fullest, in part, thanks to her high school BFF Raymond Jaramillo McLeod. You may not recognize his face but McLeod is one of the best baritones ever to be on the Broadway stage and you know his voice. He is a favorite Disney voiceover artist and among his credits are Aladdin, Pocahontas and the singing voice of Sebastian the crab in The Little Mermaid. Baker moved to Georgetown in 2012 and has been

producing similar revues since 2008. "I decided to build something around Ray (McLeod) in our hometown to showcase his amazing talent. We've been doing shows around the country every year since and I am focusing on Georgetown right now. GISD has an amazing fine arts program and they really appreciate the program we bring here. The Endowment gives back 60 percent of the proceeds from the Broadway show to the GISD Fine Arts program." The mission of Angel Fountain is to provide small or underserved public school districts with a quality educational experience and support in musical theater and the arts via master classes and financial endowments. Baker says, "Bringing Broadway stars direct to Georgetown to teach the students brings a whole new universe to the kids. Broadway performers are not household names like movie actors but they are megastars none the less. Being able to work with people like Raymond, or Carter Calvert shows these young people that there are limitless possibilities for a fulfilling career in the arts."

A large part of the Angel Fountain experience is the Master Class program taught by McLeod. Baker says McLeod has no trouble having one to hundreds of students in the palm of his hand when he teaches. "It's not just about music, it's about confidence, projection; even how to prepare and nail an audition. He donates his time completely and makes each person feel valued." For his part, McLeod

says the best part of teaching is "seeing that brightness in the students' eyes when they finally understand what I'm trying to bring them to." A star in his own right, McLeod got his first role on Broadway by auditioning in four languages and later in his career realized

he had an ability to help people solve voice or projection problems that were holding them back. "I started talking and teaching fellow singers and I loved being able to recognize and help them. When I'm not on stage, I'm in my studio teaching the next generations and I love both equally." McLeod's Master Classes are free to students and include projection, acting techniques and audition focus. "It doesn't matter if they want to make it a career, I want to help them with presence and even how to take rejection because that's a big part of the lifestyle." Baker is thrilled to have her teachers and performers come

direct from New York City to teach and perform this class. "Our performers this year are outstanding. Carter Calvert singing Memory from Cats is worth the price of admission. Jennifer Hope Wills has been acting since she was one year old and Oliver has an award-winning one man show." The theme of the show will be all the breakthrough roles for the actors and Baker says "It is a lot of hard work but unlike a lot of jobs, this is joyous work. When the kids are on the stage singing the encore song, you will see me in tears watching their dreams beginning to come true." See page A5 or visit AngelFountain.org for information about the show.

Top: McLeod sings Disney favorites to the students at Mitchell Elementary. • Carter Calvert on Broadway as Evita Peron • Calvert, McLeod and Brooke Shields on Broadway. • Above: McLeod working with East View choir. • Bottom row: On Broadway cast 2017 L-R: Master educator Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Georgetown student Bryce Keesee-Lourigan, Actor T. Oliver Reed, East View student Casey Raleigh, Actor Jennifer Hope Wells, East View student Aodhán Brazil, Actor Carter Calvert, and Georgetown student Sydney Enos.

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MARCH 16: The Williamson Museum is sponsoring a memoir writing course. The instructor is Beverly Scott and she has been teaching memoir classes for 21 years. The class is engaging, fun and has a supportive environment. Participants learn how to get started, how to organize your writing and how to prompt your memories. “People often think their life has just been ordinary and nothing anyone would be interested in reading, but think for a moment,” Scott says, “wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to talk with parents and grandparents again who are now gone about experiences in their lives. This is why putting your life stories down on paper for your family’s future generations is so important. Don’t let them be lost.” No prior writing experience is needed as the course does not focus on writing technique but on one’s life experiences and stories. Participants are amazed at how memories begin to surface. The course makes a terrific gift for someone you want to preserve their life stories. The six-week course: March 16-April 20 and classes will meet Thursday mornings 10-12 Noon. Cost is $105 for Williamson Museum Members and $125 for Non-Members. You must be pre-registered by March 14. Contact the Williamson Museum.

Vendor Fair

MARCH 17, 9am: Free event at the Sun City Social Center Ballroom and Social Center Parking Lot. New food vendors and local businesses ready to help with that next project, trip or service. Come visit with your friends and neighbors and check out

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Spring Plant Sale

MARCH 25, 9am: The Sun City Horticulture Club’s spring plant sale will be at the Horticulture Gardens, 141 Sun City Boulevard. There will be outstanding selections of central Texas native plants, bedding plants, iris, herbs and vegetables. Herbs and vegetables have been grown in the onsite green house from non GMO seeds. Compost and compost tea will also be available for purchase. Come early for best selections. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.

Women's Event

MARCH 25, 12-4pm: "Full Circle: Women Inspiring Women" at the Georgetown Library. The event includes a moderated panel, conversation circles, social and sharing time with notable local speakers; Marsha Farney, Rachael Jonrowe, Jerri Jones and others. There will also be musical performances from GHS and EVHS at 6pm. Donations will be accepted for Hope Alliance; supporting Williamson County survivors of family and sexual violence. Donations may be dropped before the event at the Georgetown Library (e.g., hygiene items, body wash, deodorant, reuseable bags) Email FullCircle8@ suddenlink.net

An Evening in Paris

APRIL 8, 6-8pm: The Georgetown Public Library and Assistance League of Georgetown will host its first “An Evening in Paris” fundraiser at the library. The event will feature live music by jazz quartet Art & Candy as well as raffle items, including an oil

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APRIL 29, 8am: Join Georgetown’s American Legion Post 174 in their pancake fund raising event at Applebee’s, 350 South IH-35. Funds raised are used to support various local community events. The cost is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Be sure to visit The American Legion’s and The American Legion Auxiliary’s booth at the Red Poppy Festival from Friday, April 28th thru Sunday, April 30th."

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Bridgette is a great example of living the Georgetown dream; a vision, a creative gift, some courage and a lot of hard work and she is making a small business work for herself and her family. As the owner and baker at Cake Slice, she turned her lifelong love of baking and cooking into a home-based business and now has her own shop on N. Austin Avenue. “I was a stay-at-home mom and it all started when I was looking for a cake for my son’s first birthday and I didn’t find anything I liked. So I decided to take lessons so I could do some cute things for my kids. Over the years I honed my skills and my creativity and I think I have something really special here.” She started out doing

cakes for friends and family as gifts and guests would ask for cakes of their own and pretty soon she was baking all the time. When her youngest got to the fifth grade, she decided to go back to work and quickly realized how much she did not enjoy being in a cubicle so she turned her attention and efforts to marketing her baking business. Her business snowballed, she joined the Chamber of Commerce and over the next three years, slowly grew to the point that her home kitchen just wasn’t enough. “I realized at that point I had a big decision to make. I had a partner who helped get me started but it was a big leap of faith. I decided this opportunity might not come around again and I didn’t want to regret not taking advantage of it. From there things happened quickly.” She opened Cake Slice in December 2015 and bakes every day, usually from 7am to about 9pm. Her store is open Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 and while most of her work is

custom cakes and baking, she always has a selection of treats for the front of the store. “Every day is something different. Whatever kind of whim I have in the morning when I get here or if someone makes a special request, I work on those flavors every day.” The best part of the job, she says, is meeting with and getting to know the clients. “When people come in for a cake, it’s almost always a celebration of some kind and I love being a part of someone’s happiest days. It’s great when you make someone a wedding cake and then later I get to do their baby shower and then a birthday. I have some regulars who come in to my shop; kids who get a treat after school and they bring me gifts of a rock or a feather they found. It’s a wonderful people business.” She recommends plenty of lead time for custom cakes, and she also will recommend other bakers if a client wants something she doesn’t feel is in her wheelhouse. “It’s all about the client’s special day and I really just want them to have the best they can get, even if that’s not me.” Customers can come in with a particular vision, or sometimes she works from a color or a theme but it’s always original and her finished products are impressive, to say the least. She has also become expert at time management and knows how much time each cake will need, and although she works hard, “It’s just really really fun and I love that I go home sometimes with frosting in my hair or glitter on my face... it’s not a job, it’s just fun.” Call Cake Slice with plenty of lead time but Bridgette says call anyway because in a slow time, she may be able to produce on a few days’ notice.

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From Eagle to Blue Angel 2010 GHS graduate a member of elite US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron

Hunter Wollaston recently earned his crest as a Blue Angel and works for the Blue Angels Maintenance Control Department. He is looking forward to his first Home Show, the Wings Over South Texas Airshow in Corpus Christi April 1. The Blue Angels team travels the nation and the world to showcase the pride of the United States, Navy and Marine Corps at air shows and special events. In addition to impossible aeronautic feats, they have been providing outreach and inspiration to generations since 1946. In his new role, Wollaston tracks and organizes maintenance for the famous F-18s. "My job is to direct, coordinate, and manage all maintenance to be performed on our aircraft. Essentially, for optimum jet performance and the safety of the pilots—when any maintenance or inspections need to be done—it's my job to see that they are." Wollaston has been in the Navy since 2011 and says "It is the dream of so many to be in Naval Aviation and

mine started when I was in the ROTC program in high school. I knew I wanted to be in the military and see the world on my own. Even then I loved the structure of the military and in just five years I've already seen so many countries. "Being with the Blue Angels, I am looking forward to traveling across my home country and interacting with the people here; schools, hospitals, veterans and more." Wollaston admits getting there was challenging; a week-long interview process and 90 very tough days of the Cresting Program come before the ceremony. "Those days are hard but at the end you know you've really earned your place. Fewer than 3600 people have ever worn this uniform, and it's not just about excellence in flight. There are many traditions with the squadron and we are in the spotlight wherever we go. I feel so proud to sign an autograph for a young person and feel like I am a good influence. It is a dream come true."

Hunter's Georgetown family is thrilled. Mom Deanna Cornelius says, "I am so grateful that he has found his way in the Navy. He tested very well for the program in high school and he is destined for a great lifelong career in the service." Dad Chris Wollaston is the owner of Georgetown Woodworks and is also very proud. "We knew this was a path that would make him the great man that he has become." The Blue Angels are just part of Hunter's extraordinary year. Just last summer he became half of a newlywed power couple. Wife Laurel is a clinical research coordinator, finishing her Master's degree in Exercise Science and planning to become a Physician's Assistant. Wollaston will be with the squadron for the next three years and hopes he will be able to visit Georgetown to share his experiences and achievements with the next generation. "I love interacting with people. You get three years

Blue Angel Commander Ryan Bernacchi's official welcome to PO2 Hunter Wollaston to do your best and, while I wasn't the best kid growing up—now representing the pride of the Navy—I love talking to young people about moving beyond mistakes and realizing even the greatest dreams. From here my new goal is to become and officer and an F-18 pilot myself. I've worked with them for some time and I would love to fly them." A gentleman as well,

Wollaston gives as much credit to his family for his achievement; "Part of the creed of the squadron is that we never forget where we came from and I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my mom and dad. They and my wife, my rock, helped me through those 90 days of the cresting program and I'm so thankful they were there to be there for me through it all."

If you would like to see Wollaston's work and the best in aviation, the Wings Over South Texas Airshow is free and open to the public at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. Visit WingsOverSouthTexas.com. If you happen to see him April 1, wish him a Happy Birthday.

Celebrating Advocate Citizen of the Year Carolyn Holloway

Above: Carolyn and her children, Valerie Holloway Skinner and Scott Holloway at the Williamson Museum. • Top right: Broadway star Raymond McLeod serenaded Carolyn to the delight of the guests. He sang "'Til there was you" from The Music Man. McLeod is in Georgetown for a workshop and "Live on Broadway" at Georgetown High School in April • Bottom right: Advocate editor Cathy Payne presents the award to Carolyn as publisher Mike Payne speaks to Carolyn's many contributions and achievements.


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ADVO-CATIE For a few days I thought I was just sore from yard work, which I've already paid to have done for me. I have the only house in the neighborhood with trees (seriously) and I got a nastygram from the HOA nazis about my messy yard. So at first it was just my specialized raking muscles. Now I realize there are hoards of Visigoth white cells raking every joint in my body at an early Cinco de Mayo party. Yes, I know I mixed my cultural metaphors. I feel that bad. I even considered turning in my Martyr card and having Son's father come get him for a few days. Nothing I hate more than admitting to him that I can't keep my Perfect-Mommy title. And nothing better than getting up after a painful night awake and having a fight about getting dressed for school. Let's see, we've had 120 days of school so I've had... 120 arguments this year. Advo-Catie has one article to write very two weeks and here we are on the last day before deadline with a fever, ice cube hands and

Worst. Column. Ever. I am officially old. I've been old a while but having the flu so bad that you call in sick—and your 'office' is six feet from your bed—is the sign that you've arrived at your AARP years. Oddly enough, Son and I are on opposite ends of the highrisk flu years but he popped through his 6-year-old fever in 48 hours. I remember when I used to get a sore throat and look forward to the sinus problems because at least blowing my nose didn't hurt. Is this my future? Grenades going off in my throat, waking myself up at 3am every time I swallow? If one more person tells me I should have gotten a flu shot I am going to start whipping slimy Kleenexes at them like Germ-a-boo, the sadistic plague clown.

ASK THE CHIEF no ideas. Did Sweetheart really just tell me he hopes I'm better before the weekend? Ah, if he had only stopped three words short of that period I wouldn't have to guilt-torture him. This column is really for all you moms and grandmoms and teachers and small business owners who have felt as bad as I do right now and still have to keep going. Maybe you're sick right now. But I'm here to tell you that crying into a sweatshirt in the middle of the day and craving ramen because it's warm and salty is perfectly okay. We all know it's hard when the nurturer is the sick one. Son is going to come home and ask where his dinner is. Dog is still going to need a visit outside. Newspaper is still going to be printed tomorrow. Go, Super-moms! When this hits the street, if anyone wants to bring me some chicken soup, or a masseuse, or a blankie... or a priest, you'll probably find me on the couch still in my damp sweatshirt ruining the weekend.

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"Ask the Chief" is an opportunity for our readers to reach out to Chief Wayne Nero and Assistant Chief Cory Tchida of the Georgetown Police Department, Please send your questions to info@fpgtx.com with the subject "Ask the Chief" Are you always in shape or did you train specially for the Chase the Chief event? ~Fitness Buff I don’t know that I can in good conscience claim that I am always in shape! Over the last year, Chief Nero and I have made a commitment to increase our fitness levels. I personally run five times a week and lift weights three times a

Can you tell me about a tough situation you encountered in your job and what you learned from it? ~Wondering I have unfortunately had more tough situations than I care to remember. My toughest are when bad things happen to children because it just seems so unfair. What I have learned from that is that as a profession and a society we have to do everything we can to help and protect our children. I try to put my money where my mouth is so in addition to being a police officer, I also serve on the board of CASA of Williamson County. What do your family members / friends think of you being a police officer? ~Future Cop? My father is a retired police officer and my wife

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ness or injury, it can seem particularly overwhelming or unmanageable. Fortunately, there are a number of companies that provides traveling companion/escort services to help older adults with the rigors of travel. Whether it’s seniors going on vacation or grandparents wanting to join their far-off families for weddings and graduations, travel companions help clients who need help moving through airports, managing luggage, navigating busy terminals and hotel lobbies and much more. Some companion services even provide personal care like medication reminders, dressing, bathing and feeding. And for those with specific medical needs, traveling nurse services are available too. But be aware that these services aren’t cheap. You will pay for the travel companion’s tickets, the companion’s hotel room if necessary, meals, incidentals and fees for the service. The price to accompany

a client on a plane trip within the United States – including the companion fees and travel costs for all parties – can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 or more for coach airfare. Business or first class would cost more. To locate a travel companion service in your area, search online for “senior travel companion” or “senior travel escort,” followed by your mom’s city or state. Or use an experienced national service like Flying Companions (FlyingCompanions.com) or FirstLight Home Care (FirstLightHomeCare. com), which has a national network of franchises that provides in-home care for seniors, and offers travel companion programs in about one-third of its 130 franchises. Or, for medical travel companions do a search for “traveling nurse escort” or “medical travel companion," or checkout Travel Care & Logistics (YourFlightNurse. com), which

provides registered nurses as escorts. If, however, your mom doesn’t require a lot of assistance, or if you can’t afford a travel escort, consider asking a trusted family member or friend that has some air travel experience.

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If you’re interested in hiring a travel companion service to help your mom, there are a number of things you need to check into to ensure you get the right escort. First, if you mom re-

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