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Rep. Carter Delivers Memorial Day Address United States Congress-
man John Carter spoke of pride and patriotism during his keynote speech at Georgetown & Williamson County Veterans Plaza in Sun City. The annual service to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country is presented by the Sun City Community Association, and music was provided by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard. The program began with a presentation by color guards from East View and Georgetown high schools, the Georgetown Fire Department, and the Williamson County EMS. The ceremony also included singing of the national anthem, presentation of wreaths at both Memorial Walls, and sounding of Taps. To conclude the ceremony Sergeant Bonnie Rosensteel led the crowd singing "God Bless America" together. Rep. Carter, who was recently elected to his eighth term of office is currently the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. Yet, after 15 years in Congress, he is still affectionately referred to in Williamson County as "Judge", having served as 277th District Judge for 20 years. Following are excerpts from his speech: This may be the biggest gathering of patriots in the entire state, maybe the whole country. The patriotism of Sun City is unbelievable.
This is a hard day for a lot of people. Today I was watching television and I saw a young man who is going around the country interviewing WWII veterans. He just decided to do it on his own and he said one of the things that really touched his heart is that— almost to the person—the strongest memory they all had was of someone they lost side by side in battle. I realize that feeling probably exists in this gathering today. There is nothing more tragic than to lose a young American in battle. One of the things that always comes to mind when I think about the wars and I watch it on television; the actors are always way older than they should have been. We don't realize that our young go to war. When I visit Iraq, one of the things they do is gather people from my district to come have lunch. There was a young man who looked like he was about 16. While we were talking I asked him, "Have any of y'all ever been in bad fights?" He said, "Yes sir, we had one yesterday." "We were on convoy duty to Kuwait and they attacked us. You know, when they actually stand and fight, that's the dumbest thing they can possibly do because we wipe them out. Now, the only way they are
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killing us over here is blowing us up, because if they stand and fight they lose to the American Soldier and Marine; you can count on it." I asked myself—where do we get these kids? He didn't stand 5'6" and looked like about 130 pounds, but he was a warrior. There's something very special about Ameri-
cans when they respond. So as we gather here today, I know many of you has someone in your heart. I know you're thinking about someone you lost or some of the tragedy you had to deal with. We as Americans have a duty and responsibility to those who have passed to honor and respect their service. We have a duty
and responsibility to put the best possible Soldiers and Sailors and Airmen and Marines in harm's way. And they need to be the best supplied in the entire world. Who we put in the war matters. How they are trained and how they are supplied matters. We win because we are the best trained, best armed, best
supplied Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines in the world. That's why that little kid was a fierce warrior— because he'd been trained. There are also many veterans here who, when the North Koreans came sweeping down from the north, we were occupation troops. We were supposed to be running Japan and Continued A4
Above: Rep Carter talks with Retired Army Veteran, Tim Sellers of Sun City (L). • Mayor Dale Ross and Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Wood place a wreath for the City of Georgetown. • Bottom: Commissioner Valerie Covey and son Josh. • Rep Carter and World War II Veteran Weldon Whitten • World War II Veterans Ken and Irene Gormley with Judge Bill Gravell • Williamson County EMS Honor Guard
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Summer Watering Days
The City's current watering schedule includes a threeday-per-week maximum. For irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers, landscape irrigation will be limited to a schedule based on the last digit of your address number: • No Irrigation allowed on Mondays • Odd addresses may irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday • Even addresses may irrigate on Wednesday, Friday, and/or Sunday Watering with a handheld hose or bucket can be done any day, as well as other outdoor uses such as washing a vehicle or filling a swimming pool. Violations of the of the above irrigation schedule may result in fines.
GPD Free Self-defense
The Georgetown Police Department will host a free self-defense class June 10. The class will be 8 a.m.5 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, located at 3500 D.B. Wood Road, and will be instructed by GPD and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. All instructors are certified. During the hands-on class, attendees will learn striking techniques as well as ground and choke defense. The class is open to women ages 16-55. Because of a limited class size interested individuals must register at pdtraining. georgetown.org/non-tcole.
For more information, contact Officer Shane Rogers at selfdefense@ georgetown.org.
GHS Band/ Guard Reunion
In honor of GISD’s 100year anniversary, the GHS Band is trying to reach as many alumni as possible. All GHS Band/Guard alumni are invited to attend an event with the current band during Friday’s game on September 29 and a Saturday luncheon and social. Alumni who donate for a commemorative shirt will join the band on the field at halftime. Details and registration form will be announced soon under alumni tab http://www. georgetowneagleband.org/ gb/ . Update your contact information by sending an email to email@example.com and join the new Facebook page GHS Eagle Band Alum.
observe proceedings. The Master Plan update will provide a blueprint for future operations and development of the Airport in our growing city. For more information about the update, visit airport.georgetown.org.
Annie Purl Souvenir Bricks
With the closing of the old Annie Purl Elementary and the opening of the new campus in the fall of 2018, GISD is making available souvenir bricks from the original building. Bricks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning the 3rd week of June until all bricks have been claimed. Bricks can be picked up in the grassy area off Laurel Street and there is no limit on the number of bricks you can take home. Make sure to pick up your piece of GISD history today!
June 6 Airport Master Plan Correction Some information about workshop The Caring Place "Second The City is currently conducting an update of the Master Plan for the Georgetown Municipal Airport and will host a public workshop for public input. The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Georgetown Communications and Technology Building, 510 W. Ninth St. There will be a brief presentation at 5:45 p.m. There also is a Planning Advisory Committee meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 6 in the same location that is open to the public to
Helping" was incorrect in our JUNE 1th issue. The employees' were given a preview and tour of the store prior to opening. Currently, the store does not have plans to open the second floor of the building for shopping. Donations to The Caring Place provide support for local programs; they are not distributed directly to clients.
Chasing Greater Success Every Year
Georgetown's Chase the Chief Annual 5K event, started out as a PTA partnership to promote youth health. In just five years, the field day has grown from 350 runners and a few thousand dollars, to more than 2000 participants and over $19,000 raised, which will go back to GISD for programs. Police Chief Wayne Nero announced each school campus will receive a check to P.E. teachers for approximately $650 and they will also disburse $9000 for specific grants. The department also presented peer-selected Core Value Award to Lt. Renee Koog for her hard work managing the massive event and reflecting a positive image to the community, and a several other officers and PTA coordinators who were responsible for sponsor participation and smooth and safe operations during the event. This program is free for all children 18 years of age and under at the following Georgetown sites: • Mitchell Elementary at 1601 Rockride Lane: Program will run May 30 to August 4, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Program is closed July 3-4. • Carver Elementary at 4901 Scenic Lake Drive: Program will run May 30 to August 4, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Program is closed July 3-4. • Georgetown East View High School, 4490 East University Avenue: Program will run May 30 to August 4, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Program is closed July 3-4. • Clements Boys & Girls Club, 1200 West
17th Street: Program will run June 5 to August 4, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Program will be closed July 3 and 4. • YMCA at Ford Elementary, 210 Woodlake: Program will run May 30 to August 4, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served 7:30 to 8 a.m. and lunch 11 to 11:30 a.m. Program is closed July 4. • Georgetown Square Apartments, 214 Royal Drive: Program will run May 30 to August 4, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served 8 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Tippit Middle School Gymnasium, 19601 Leander Road: Program will run June 12 to July 26, Monday through Thursday. Breakfast will be served 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and lunch 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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GISD Aerospace Unveils First Plane
Students from Georgetown High School and East View High School built a fully functional airplane as part of Georgetown ISD's Aerospace Engineering course. The plane, named "The Spirit of Georgetown" was unveiled in a ceremony at Georgetown airport May 25. This is the first completed plane for the course and although the day was too windy to have a flight, Superintendent Dr. Fred Brent took the first taxi ride with East View teacher and pilot Dan Weyant. Brent quite simply said, "This aircraft is amazing! I just want you to remember that in February 1917 the City of
Georgetown created Georgetown ISD and it's funny that 100 years later, we have students who built an airplane." Weyant announced, "According to the FAA, our plane is officially airworthy." Weyant assured the crowd that all of the students would get a ride and several of them will be ready to solo-pilot the plane before next year. The Aerospace Engineering class is a dual college and high school credit course first offered for the 2016-2017 school year by Georgetown Independent School District. Funding for the project was seeded
by a donation from the Sun City Rotary Club and the students did a lot of the fundraising themselves. Weyant leads the class of 24 students, 12 from each school and announced next year's class is already preparing. About 200 people from all walks of Georgetown turned out to see the aircraft, but the project has
5th-Fastest-Growing City in U.S.
A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau released yesterday shows that Georgetown is ranked fifth on the list of fastest growing cities in the country with a population of more than 50,000. Georgetown’s growth rate was 5.5 percent from July 1, 2015 through July 1, 2016, resulting in a population estimate of 67,140. Georgetown was the fastest-growing city in the U.S. on the list released last year by the census for the period from July 1, 2014 through July 1, 2015. Georgetown was the second-fastest growing city in the U.S. in the prior year. Georgetown’s population was 47,400 in the 2010 decennial census. According to today’s estimate, Georgetown added 19,740 residents with a growth rate of 42 percent from 2010 to 2016. “It’s not surprising that Georgetown continues to be one of the fastest-growing
cities in the country,” says Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross. “Georgetown has what many are looking for—beautiful parks and trails, great schools, and a gorgeous historic downtown with one-of-a-kind shops. We are one of the safest towns in the state and we’ve been recognized internationally for moving to 100 percent wind and solar energy next year. We also have quality city staff and an outstanding city council who, with the support of our residents, have made investments in facilities and roads to ensure that we can support quality growth while preserving our unique charm.”
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Top: Teacher Dan Weyant taxiing to the press conference. • Victoria Kainer • Botgained attom: Sun City Rotary's Sam Smith, Mayor Dale Ross • Aerospace class prepares to tention from cut the ribbon colleges and international really difficult, but it was The two seater airplane was companies. tedious and painful. Evbuilt using kits purchased French aircraft manufacturerything on the plane had through Van's Aircraft, an er Airbus, took note of the to be de-burred. We had to aviation company in Auroprogram and is providing remove all the sharp edges ra, Oregon. funding for the students to of the metal and all 15,000 A local group of 30+ adattend technical summer rivets to keep the metal visors from the community camps. from wearing. There were helped guide students as The program goal is to more than a few band-aids. they built the aircraft. The be self-sustaining. Weyant It became a running joke advisors have a wide range plans to have a plane while but we knew we had to do of aeronautical experience fundraising and building it." and come from varied a plane next year so they Victoria will be attending backgrounds. Advisors can eventually sell the first Renssalaer Polytechnic include former military one. Then build a third, Institute in Albany NY. She pilots, commercial pilots, sell the second and so on would like to learn to fly at local business owners, and to cut down on the need for some point but right now involved parents. Advisors fundraising. if focusing on upcoming provided help in the classVictoria Kainer, this tuition. room, as well as help in the year's female student, says The aircraft is a partactual construction of the she has always been internership between GISD, aircraft. ested in math and science Project Lead the Way Links to the class website and this class was a great and the local Georgetown can be found at Georgeopportunity. "The most non-profit TangoFlight and townISD.org. challenging part wasn't the City of Georgetown.
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Creamistry: Where Science Meets Dessert
It may not sound appetizing to
use liquid nitrogen to make food, but Creamistry ice cream does just that and they recently opened a third franchise in Central Texas right in our backyard. Begun in California in 2013, Creamistry serves ice cream made right before your eyes using a rapid freezing process. Liquid nitrogen is stable at a cool -321 degrees and when released into the air it quickly becomes a gas. The nitrogen liquid-to-gas is pumped into special
mixers with base ingredients. When the gas comes into contact with the food, the milk freezes right away, which means almost no ice crystals will form and you get a rich and creamy texture. The new Round Rock store is operated by Minar Cash, who says, "We wanted to open a business here and we found we always wanted ice cream in the evening but there were no ice cream shops open late. So we opened our own and we are definitely open late."
Creamistry uses high quality, premium ingredients including all natural and organic ingredients with over 70 flavors and toppings. Customers start by choosing an ice cream base; premium milk, an organic milk, a water-based sorbet, and a nondairy coconut. Co-owner Dash Patel says "The sorbet base is our most popular product and our coconut base is great for those who can't have dairy or prefer vegan options." Then choose an ice cream flavor and any of their 30 toppings. There are dozens of ice cream flavors, classic vanilla and chocolate or exotics like Thai tea and espresso. They make everything from scratch except brand name toppings like Cap'n Crunch and Cocoa Puffs. You can also upgrade to a homemade waffle, brownie cone or an edible chocolate bowl. Then the fun begins. They mix your base in a large bowl, then add the nitrogen, (briefly turning the store into a music video set; left photo), dip the bowl in water, then add flavor and mix again. "It is a process," Cash says, "But it
doesn't get any fresher than that and it's worth it." We chose blood orange sorbet, which had all the real tartness of a smoothie with the creaminess of a frozen mousse. Our coconut base and coconut ice cream smelled and tasted like the best day on the beach and the chocolate was just as divine. Cash says, "I just always wanted to make people smile when they walk in to my store. When they try this ice cream we want them to say 'wow'." Creamistry is open for business and will have a grand opening celebration June 7. There will be free Co-owner Dash Patel (back ) and manager Minar Cash (right) with staff on opening day. ice cream 5-8pm and live music The store is at 201 University 6-9pm. Prices start at about $5.00 Oaks Blvd in Round Rock. before add-ons and the store will Mon Thurs: 12pm - 10pm be open for extended hours in the Fri: 12pm - 11pm summertime. They also create Sat: 11am - 11pm pints to-go. Sun: 11am - 10pm
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the soldiers we had in that theater were all occupation troops. They were going out and training; they were learning how to make Japan work. All of a sudden we had to have American soldiers in the line to try to stop the North Koreans. It was
called the Smith Expedition. They pulled out approximately 200,000 troops who happened to have gone through one exercise since going to Japan, and they sent them to Korea. It was probably the closet thing to the Alamo since the Alamo. Those guys stood in a
line with a million soldiers and held the line until only 600 were left. But they slowed them down until we could get resources there, and the rest is history. Today, we have been fighting an insurgent war for 15 years and we have to be ready to fight tonight. So as you think about those you've lost—think about those young men and women who we're sending today. I promise you, my life is dedicated to providing the funds to make us the best in the world so we will never lose a battle. People [here] come from everywhere; not just Texas. So they've got congress members back home. Write a letter and tell them to finance our military. It's the most important thing we can do as Americans, and I promise you that is my goal.
Join us, so we have less to mourn on Memorial Day. It's a sad time, but it's also a proud time. Join me in remembering those with a heavy heart
and thinking about your young people, so we can sit here and freely enjoy each other's company. We are a truly blessed nation by those who serve. God bless
you, He has, and He will. God bless the great state of Texas and God bless the United States of America.
Georgetown's American Legion Post 174 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8587 placed U.S. flags near headstones of all veterans buried at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in preparation for Memorial Day. Both organizations plan to return on Saturday, June 10, 2017 to retrieve the flags. Above, American Legion Post Commander Freddy Lau and a VFW Member complete the task.
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From Top, L-R: East View High School Commencement, May 26, 4pm • Georgetown High School Commencement May 26, 8pm • EVHS Special Ed Teacher / NHS Stephanie Fischer and Senior Tara Abraham. • Richarte Top-ten Daisy Brown • Georgetown Salutatorian Augustus Helpert • HEB Arena during GHS • EVHS Top-ten students; Shelby Brainard and Erika Young • Richarte Valedictorian, Christina Gantz • EV Senior Sophie Molnar • Georgetown Senior Colton Knutson • Georgetown Valedictorian Thomas Janes • Richarte senior Joseph Blake Henry Crane • GHS Valedictorian, Erika Young • Richarte senior Courtney Grady, welcome. • Georgetown violinist Collins McLaughlin • EVHS Jumbotron • Sydney Enos getting some love from her grandmother. Sydney was recognized as a 4th generation student at Georgetown High school. More than a dozen students stood out as 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation. • The Simon Family; Noah, Kelly, Charles, Andre Graduating, Emily and Chris • H-E-B center gift shop • EVHS honor graduates • Georgetown Senior Keeli Escovar • Georgetown Honor Graduates • Richarte Senior Alejandro Aguado • GHS Honor Graduate Preston Cummings • Sydney Cust, Jed Daniel, Megan Darville.
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End of Session
In the last days of the 85th Texas Legislative Session, the House and Senate were tasked with coming to an agreement on two “must pass” pieces of legislation: sunset bills reauthorizing the existence of state agencies, and the state budget for the 2018-2019 biennium. How these two issues were handled demonstrates the best, and the worst, traits of the Legislature. Over the next two articles, I want to take a look at The Good (the budget agreement), The Bad (how Sunset bills became bargaining chips), and The Ugly (how close we are coming to Washington-style politics in Texas). Let’s start on an up note with The Good. As I said in previous articles, I was none too thrilled with either of the budgets passed by the House and Senate separately. Neither version used budget cuts to address the lower than hoped for revenue estimate; instead, they both chose less conservative methods of handling the shortfall. The House version took money from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “Rainy Day Fund” to cover ongoing expenses, a dangerous precedent that could lead to irresponsible use of the state’s savings account in the future if allowed to continue. The Senate, on the other hand, tried to bypass constitutionally mandated investments in transportation infrastructure. This maneuver would have reset the payments so they would all be pushed back a few years, effectively deferring this year’s payment until the end of the payment schedule in 16 years. I made clear that I did not like either of these options. Even though I voted with the use of ESF funds, as it was the more transparent of the two options,
neither of the budgets were worth the paper they were written on. Once the House and Senate came together to negotiate, however, significant improvements were made all around. Instead of using the Economic Stabilization Fund for continuing expenses, the Senate insisted that ESF funds only go towards one-time expenses, like repairing state buildings, or building hospitals. Instead of deferring the first investment in transportation by 16 years, the House insisted that it only be deferred two years, and be made in the supplemental budget next biennium, in order to give the primary budget a little breathing room. This compromise demonstrates just what can happen when legislators come together under the common motivation of getting things done for the people they serve. The worst parts of each plan were eliminated, the sensible parts were kept, and the budget was still able to come in right at the conservative self-imposed spending increase limit, which, when obeyed, doesn’t allow the budget to increase by more than the level of population growth and the level of inflation. When you combine the $216.75 Billion base budget with the $1.8 Billion planned supplemental, it still comes in under the $218.5 Billion spending limit, especially after Governor Abbott exercises his right to veto any spending line item he chooses. This will be the second budget in a row to hold to this standard, one that makes sure that the footprint of government does not increase as a percentage of our economy. A growing state, like a growing family, will always see an increase in spending, and it will see more in revenue. There are simply more people producing and consuming in Texas, so the economy and the budget grow accordingly. The problem comes when government spending expands faster than the economy, encroaching on the private sector, rather than simply adjusting to provide the same services to a larger group of people. Keeping government from growing wasn’t the only promising outcome
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of the budget agreement; the House and Senate were also able to find a way to properly fund the vital functions of our state government in ways that will help solve long-standing issues that matter to Texans across the state. Here are just a few: • $80m in funds to the Dept of Family and Protective Services to hire 598 new case workers, decreasing the caseload of our state social workers to 17:1, a workload that fits within reasonable levels, and fits the mandate set by the courts. • $40.9m to help foster families provide for the children in their care • $12.3m to fund alternatives to abortion, and authorizing the Health and Human Services Commission to spend up to $38.3m more if they see the need • $0 in tax money for Planned Parenthood • $30.4m increase for women’s health care, along with a matching federal contribution. And 314 new employees for TxDoT, to help rebuild and maintain our vital infrastructure. When the House and Senate chose to actually work together for the good of Texans, we produced a budget that not only brought together the fractured Republican Caucus to vote unanimously for it, but brought a majority of the Democrats along as well. We found solutions to our problems, and set aside our differences to find a way to ensure that Texas didn’t face a state government shutdown. However, the spirit of compromise and statesmanship did not extend to all issues this session. Next time, let’s look at the darker side of the session, and how a lack of that spirit brought a great deal of good, needed, legislation to a halt.
Senate Bill 4 on sanctuary cities
This new ban on sanctuary cities would levy fines up to $25,500 a day for local entities that violate the law. Sheriffs and police chiefs can be charged with misdemeanors for refusing to comply with federal detainer requests. Elected and appointed officials can be removed from office for violations of the law. Supporters of this ban on sanctuary cities, including Governor Abbott, explains the new law is "keeping dangerous criminals off our streets." The ACLU says the law gives "a green light to police officers in the state to investigate a person's immigration status during a routine traffic stop, leading to widespread racial profiling, baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike presumed to be 'foreign' based on how they look or sound." Outcome: Signed into law
House Bill 3859 on adoptions and religion
The Texas House approved a bill that would
provide legal cover to adoption and foster care agencies that turn away prospective parents or refuse certain services based on the agencies' religious beliefs. Democrats and groups advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights said it amounted to state-sanctioned discrimination. Republicans heralded the bill’s passage as a step forward in addressing the state’s foster care crisis. “This is a defensive bill. It allows everyone to participate,” said bill author Rep. James Frank, R-Wichita Falls. “It requires [Child Protective Services] to maintain a diverse network of homes and provides reasonable accommodations to those who are helping solve our foster care capacity crisis.” Outcome: House and Senate approved the bill, which has been sent to the governor.
Senate Bill 8: Abortion restrictions
The bill requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated and bans donations of fetal tissue to medical research. It also prohibits certain types of abortions in the second trimester of
pregnancy. Democrats in the House tried to add exceptions for pregnancies resulting in rape, incest or life-threatening emergencies. CNN affiliate KEYE reported that those proposed amendments failed. The controversial bill prompted protesters to take to the Capitol dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" earlier this month. Outcome: Passed House and Senate, sent to governor.
Senate Bill 6: 'Bathroom bill'
This bill would require public high school students to use restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates. A similar, but broader bathroom bill became law in North Carolina last year and brought condemnation from business leaders and athletic organizations. After numerous entertainers and sports associations canceled major events in the state, North Carolina lawmakers repealed the bill in March. Outcome: Passed Senate, but stalled. Source: CNN
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OP-ED: REP. JOHN CARTER TX-31
What a Father Taught a Son About Memorial Day
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By: Mike Payne My father was a quiet man; contemplative, somewhat shy, and always reluctant to talk about himself. When I was a child, he owned a grocery store. Like others who were successful in that business, Dad worked about 90 hours a week, morning until night, seven days a week. From the time I was about six, our once a year vacation was traveling from our home in Maryland to the mountains of southwest Virginia where my granny and grampaw lived. We went every summer; and every summer we’d stop on the way at the same gas station in Berryville, Virginia. Dad would pull in, and the tall, skinny station-owner would come running out and give my father a big hug, picking him up and swinging him around in a circle like kids do. They’d talk for an hour or so, and we’d all have “Nabs” (as Peanut Butter Crackers were known in the south) and a Dr. Pepper (which was hard to come by in the north). As a child, all I knew about the man was that his last name was “Shanks.” At the time, I couldn’t appreciate what would make two grown men who only saw each other an hour a year so happy to see one another. One summer we stopped at the station, but Shanks didn’t come out. Dad, a bit confused, in-
ED PAYNE quired about him, and was told that he had died the previous winter. After finding out where he was buried, we drove up the hill to the cemetery to pay our respects. Dad stopped the car, got out and spent a few minutes looking for and then kneeling at the marker. He got back in the car and we drove off. Of course, my dad didn’t say much, and I didn’t ask. When I got older, I finally asked Dad how he knew the man at the gas station. He told me that they
were in the war together. I vaguely remembered him telling me that when I was little, but back then, war was a world away from what concerned little boys. Now a man, I asked him if they were good friends during the war. He said they took basic training together, sailed to Europe together, and fought together in France and in Germany to protect the freedom that we enjoy today. He went on to say, “we saw a lot of good men die fighting, and we made a promise when we were on our way to war that we’d always have each other’s backs, and we did. He saved my life for sure, and he swears I saved his, although I didn’t see it quite like he did...” I’ve never forgotten this story; and if I live to be a hundred, I never will. Now I know what makes two grown men pick each other up and spin around in circles like little boys when they hug. Please tell me that, somewhere, grown men are still doing that!
The President’s FY18 request includes $668 billion for national defense, $54 billion above the budget cap in current law, fully offsetting this increase with non-defense reductions. It also includes $44.1 billion for Homeland Security and $27.7 billion for the Justice department. This includes $2.6 billion in border security infrastructure and technology, $300 million for additional Border Patrol agents and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) law enforcement personnel, and $1.5 billion for expanded detention and removal of illegal immigrants. “I have long been a fierce supporter of our military, our veterans, and those who secure our borders and protect our communities. I’m grateful to finally have a President committed to rebuilding our military, defending our borders and securing our great nation.” “While it is ultimately Congress’ job to pass a budget and fund the government, what the President has set forth is a good framework for us to build on, that seeks to balance the budget and reduce our debt, while making no cuts to Social Security or Medicare. Through his budget proposal released today, President Trump is pursuing priorities we both share: rebuilding our military, supporting our soldiers and their families, securing our border, taking care of our veterans, and supporting those who work day in and day out to keep our communities safe.”
Rep. Carter also joined 140 of his colleagues in signing a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for legislation to end sequestration for national defense. Rep. Carter has long supported the end of this Obama-era policy, and believes without this repeal, our ability to defend our great nation will continue to diminish. “Pulling national defense from sequestration parameters will allow us to increase funding where our priorities should be focused, keeping America safe and secure,” said Rep. Carter. “While I have long called for our national defense programs to not be subject to sequestration, the past Administration did not and launched an all out assault on our military readiness. We must reverse course and boost funding to provide for the men and women of our military and their families, and deliver the tools they need to be successful in their mission.” “Along this line, I have introduced legislation that instructs the Secretary of the Army to report to Congress a strategy to
update our ground combat systems. We must increase funding to address modernization challenges facing our Army. Our ground combat vehicles are overmatched today, and the longer we wait the longer our soldiers cannot provide adequate deterrence in one the of most threatening national security environments our nation has ever faced. Rogue nations threatening our security have modernized their ground forces, and the tactical over-match that our ground forces have enjoyed for decades is now gone.” “We must give our Soldiers the capabilities they will need to dominate in future wars and repealing sequestration on national defense is a step in the right direction. Recently I supported a bill to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year in which we increased defense funding by $20 billion. This was a great first step, but without lifting the threat of sequestration, we will not be able to fully fund our military and provide for our national security. I look forward to working with the Speaker, my House colleagues, and President Trump to ensure we provide the men and women of our military the tools necessary to keep us safe.” Rep. Carter represents Texas District 31, which includes Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored military installation in the free world.
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TBCH: A Place to Call Home If you've ever driven Route 79 in Round Rock, you can't have missed this very large, pastoral campus and perhaps wondered what it's all about. Here are 112 acres, donated in 1950 by Louis & Billie Sue Henna of Round Rock to the Baptist General Convention of Texas, for the purpose of establishing Texas Baptist Children’s Home (TBCH). TBCH provides quality Christian care for abused and neglected children and single mothers in Central Texas. What began as a archetypal orphanage has become a modern organization of programs that engage and support to make a difference in the lives of those who need a hand up. TBCH still provides homes and house parents for children, but they also have family housing for single mothers who are working hard to transition or return to independence. In January of this year, Executive Director Debbie Rippstein opened the doors of TBCH to the public for tours; "We have found a lot of people in the community who know about us, but they may not know, accurately, everything that we do here so we're sharing that story." The goal was to educate 200 people this year on the mission and vision. They surpassed that goal in early April and are on track for 1000 or more. Rippstein has been involved with TBCH for more than 30 years. She felt God calling her to use her home for Him and she became a TBCH staff member, mentor and coach to the single mothers and children who lived in her onsite cottage. TBCH’s mission is to embrace children and families in need in order to empower and equip them for a promising future. They incorporate a
trauma-informed model of care that promotes healing by discovering and treating the root of the problem. There are 145 children and single moms who live on the campus, and there is a long waiting list for these comfortable cottages and layered services. Director of Development Amanda Keeter says, "Being in a home with a kitchen and your own bathroom helps brings normalcy and dignity to the struggle, and people feel valued when we mind those details." TBCH is not an emergency shelter, but it does help women get out of difficult situations and once there, they receive counseling and are able to share their experiences with other moms to help them move forward. At the end of the tour, Suzy, a resident, shared her story and her extreme gratitude for having found such a place. Afraid to leave an abusive marriage for fear of not being able to support her children, she was finally inspired by her son and a passage in the book of Luke to pack her car and drive three hours from south Texas to TBCH. After finding support and solace there, she says, "As far back as I can remember, my family was full of dysfunction and abuse, and all I wanted to do was break the chain. "That turned out to be more difficult than I thought. I wasn't able to do it by myself. I was at a loss. Here, I have wise counsel and mentors and the change in my life and in my kids' lives has been exponential. I am now nearly finished with my Accounting degree and am pursuing becoming a CPA. My children are
planning to go to college. I know now that nothing is impossible." Residents of all ages have a personalized plan of service and goals while they are there. Keeter adds, "I hear often from our moms and kids that this is the first time they are being asked to dream. What do they want for their future? TBCH empowers and equips our families in the areas of counseling, financial literacy, life skills and relational development, and even the ability to pursue education through scholarships to trade schools or college. So depending on those goals our moms are often able to get back on their feet and be productive in our communities in 9 to 18 months, depending often on their educational track." There are also group houses with a house mom and house dad to provide a normal family environment for children who need a home. This may be a temporary placement or they may grow up there. Top reasons why kids may come to TBCH could be grandparents who are unable to provide for grandchildren they have been given custody of or the result of an unsuccessful match in an adoptive home. TBCH has many community partners and receives funding from a variety of sources, but they still
raise more than 50 percent of their operating budget annually. More than 80 percent of their revenue goes directly to life on campus and family care, and they are hoping to host their first community fundraiser in the Fall of 2017. Keeter says, "Volunteers and donors are always welcome. Many find they become part of the TBCH family. Our volunteers do everything from drives for everyday household items, deliver meals to cottages, and can even be birthday or Christmas sponsors. We equip our volunteers by posting a live feed of volunteer activities right on our website so they can give in ways that mean a
great fit for them and their families.” "The biggest way people can help us right now is to come to a tour, learn what we do, and then be an Ambassador for our kids and moms by hosting a tour and spreading our message of hope." TBCH is seeking volunteers with special skills to share; photography, car-
pentry or familiarity with computers and more. They are also planning to expand extracurricular activities to include STEM enrichment and career skills. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit TBCH.org, and contact Amanda Keeter at (512)246-4286 or Amanda. Keeter@TBCH.org.
From top, L-R: TBCH campus • The commissary on campus where moms and house-moms can pick up food and supplies that are donated for meals and household needs. • Director of Development Amanda Keeter with resident and CPA student Suzy. • The Boutique is a full-service shop with donated clothing and shoes for moms and kids of all sizes. TBCH renovated it so residents enjoy the feel and confidence of shopping for their own clothing. • Donated furniture and decor. • Above: newly renovated group home. • Amanda shows off the new shared kitchen. • Family residential apartment.
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Festival of the Arts Fireworks and Concert in the Park JUNE 3, 8-9:30pm; 445 E Morrow St. Georgetown. The concert will be followed by a display of fireworks.
JUNE 3, 10-11:30am:Jones Theater at Southwestern University, 1001 E University Ave. Great Britons: A Festival of Music by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Britten.
Pre-Concert Lecture JUNE 4, 3:15pm-4: Lois Perkins Chapel at Southwestern University.
June 9: Roland Waits & The Wayward Travelers June 16: Jeremy McBee June 23: Tomzap Band June 30: Woundloose July 14: Danny Santos July 21: Strangedazs July 28: Adan Davila Aug. 11: Folkwine Band Aug. 18: Mike Elliott, Elvis Tribute Aug. 25: Mike Hamilton Concerts are sponsored by the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Williamson Museum. During the Music on the Square concerts, public restrooms are available inside the Williamson County Courthouse.
JUNE 4, 4pm-5:30: Lois Perkins Chapel at Southwestern University, 1001 E University Ave. For complete festival schedule of events and details, please go to: GtownFestival.org
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JUNE 9, 6:30pm: The Music on the Square summer concerts start on Friday, June 9 on the Courthouse lawn. These free concerts each Friday, with the exception of First Fridays, in June, July and August start at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab dinner-to-go from a local restaurant, and enjoy an evening of great live music.
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JUNE 10: The Georgetown Police Department will host a free self-defense class 8 am-5pm at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, located at 3500 D.B. Wood Road, and will be instructed by GPD and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. All instructors are certified. During the hands-on class, attendees will learn striking techniques as well as ground and choke defense. The class is open to women ages 16-55. Because of a limited class size interested individuals must register at pdtraining. georgetown.org/non-tcole. For more information, contact Officer Shane Rogers at selfdefense@ georgetown.org.
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JUNE 17, 7:30pm: GISD and Georgetown Parks and Recreation will be celebrating 100 years of education in the Georgetown community with a showing of Shark Tale (PG) at Williams Drive Pool. Regular pool fees apply. Please bring your own flotation device (must be translucent and smaller than 4 ft.). Please plan to arrive early and bring small bills only. The pool will open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will be shown at sunset.
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Georgetown's Summer Swimmin' Holes
Summer is still (technically) three weeks away but in Texas that just means it’s been hot for a month already. We have put together a list of some of the best places to cool off in Georgetown and towns around. Whether natural or made to look that way, no one does swimmin’ holes better. Here are ten places you can try and since we don’t want to tell you what your favorites are, they are ranked by distance.
1. Blue Hole Park
Managed by Georgetown Parks and Recreation, Blue Hole is a scenic lagoon that has been enhanced by some man made dams and amenities like restrooms and ramps. This is moving water so safety precautions are important but there’s nothing better than letting the weight of the waterfall on your back or walking over the large rocks with water flowing around you. The water levels and flow rate are mild unless we’ve had a big rain. The entrance to the park is at 2nd Street behind El Monumento but you can also park on San Gabriel street near Hat Creek and walk down the
ramp. Pets and grills are welcome but remember, jumping off the cliffs will get you a citation from our friendly neighborhood police department.
2. San Jose Park
This is a public splash pad near the intersection of Maple and 15th Streets downtown. It open to the public during daylight hours and is free to use. With more than a dozen fountain and spray features, this cozy little park has a picnic pavilion, restrooms and a large playscape if you want to take a break from the water. Water is recirculated, filtered and re-chlorinated in underground tanks. It is a on a timer since the
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park is not monitored but kids love pushing the start button when the water slows down. There are also basketball courts, picnic tables, grills, shade awnings and drinking fountains. Everything you need for a day out with the kids.
3. Recreation Center Outdoor play pool
This is a nice mix of swimming pool and splash pad. The pool has two water slides and several fountain and bucket features for kids of all sizes. There are lifeguards on duty and plenty of tables and umbrellas for picnic times.
4. Lake Georgetown
There are three parks around the lake for swimming and other water activities. Russell Park on the north shore is a great spot for swimming but also camping, grilling, hiking and more. The beach area is washed pebble and perfect for wading although there are no lifeguards are on duty so the city recommends everyone wear lifevests. There are restrooms; shelters available on a firstcome, first-served basis and the park is open through Sept 30 from 6am to sunset. The overlook near Cedar Breaks is a popular spot with young people for sunning and diving and you can take your dog in the water around the shores outside Russell Park. For more fun, visit GTpaddle.com to reserve kayaks or paddleboards by the hour. This great locally-owned business brings the boats and life vests to you at the ramp. There is a small fee to park in the ramp parks.
5. Downtown Splash Pad If you're meandering through the Square and want to cool off, there is a free public splash pad at 822 Main Street next to the art center. The cozy brick courtyard is a great spot to just get your feet wet or take a break with the
little ones who are "toooo hooooot".
6. Quarry Splash Pad
If you want to really wow the kids with unique splash pad day, take a short drive to Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. Built in 2011 in a former quarry, this splash zone park includes natural rock that provides a really unique, pretty atmosphere. There are fountains and sprinklers of all shapes and sizes as well as water cannons, a waterfall, a little slide, a mini climbing wall, a sandbox and plenty of picnic tables, too. There is a $2 fee for all day use and summer is a busy time so get there early to get a good parking spot and claim a nice shady spot under one of their many awnings.
7. Sendero Springs Pool
Located at 4203 Pasada Lane in Round Rock, this pool is not just a summer spot but year-round. The water is heated to 84 degrees in cooler months and there is free wi-fi so you can keep busy while the kiddies play. It has lap lanes and an open recreation area with a floating crab slide and a basketball hoop. A large shade-covered baby pool with zero depth entry is available seasonally. They also have vending and picnic areas.
8. Rock 'N River Water Park
This massive park went through a multi-million dollar renovation in 2016 and doubled in size. Located in Old Settlers Park at 3300 Palm Valley
Blvd. Visit Splashville, the Watering Hole, lazy river, tall slides, toddler swim, the Quarry or rent a family cabana for the day. There is also onsite food, a food truck circle or you can enjoy swim-up concessions in the pool. Children $8 and Adults $10. Season passes are available.
9. Volente Beach Water Park
Shore Club Volente Beach offers a wide-range of exciting rides the whole family will enjoy. The Pirate Ship is pirate themed play area where children can roam and explore. There is even a slide included on the ship. Gator’s Crossing offers a unique challenge where children must leap from one float to the next. For those who want to relax and soak up the sun, then the Lazy Lagoon is the perfect spot. The Lazy Lagoon features a waterfall fountain in the middle of the lagoon where guests can cool off if they get too hot. The Sidewinder is a fast-paced ride that is sure to give guests thrills. Located at 16107 FM 2769 in Leander.
10. Typhoon Texas Previously Hawaiian Falls in Pflugerville, this is a dream play land for children with 7 different
slides, more than 100 spray areas, splash pad playground and a massive, 800-gallon water bucket that douses the entire play area. Typhoon Texas is also adding a stimulating interactive splash play pad attraction that is sure to ensure a safe, kid friendly family water play experience. There is a wave pool and "snake pit" with three high-rise winding slides. There are also adventure and fitness activities if you prefer to stay dry as well as eight options for dining and snacks. Located at 18500 TX-130 North Service Road in Pflugerville.
11. Summer Fun Water Park
If you prefer to drive north, away from traffic, visit this 7-acre amusement spot at 1410 Waco Rd in Belton. (photo top) Enjoy a 900-ft. slide, a lazy river, pools, snacks and pavilions. Children under 3 years old are only allowed in the kiddie pool so maybe not the place if you want to take baby on a ride with you. There are concessions on site but you can bring your own coolers and eats. Child $12.50, adults $15.50 and they have reduced late-day pricing.
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For the past week I have been hearing and overhearing grownups talk about the looming loss of freedom that annually accompanies the end of the school year. I feel that a bit, although it's kinda sad since when we were young the last day of school was pure joy. Because my little family doesn't do after-school care, we were not able to get into any summer day care programs so the summer will be a coordinated effort to find interesting things to do, kids to play with and anything that avoids Son waking up in
August realizing he spent the whole summer watching his old mom work. Snore. Oh yeah cause mom doesn't get summer break... the news still has to go out on time. But on the flip side, we have been counting down sleeps to the last day of school—I think since around 65-to-go. I have enjoyed the countdown and still feel a little of that anticipation that Son feels knowing for the next 12 weeks there doesn't have to be an alarm clock. We can have hamburgers for breakfast or waffles for dinner. And swimming. Lots of swimming. I remember endless summer days in my school years, with nothing mandatory other than the chores my mom assigned so we wouldn't be complete layabouts. Riding bikes around the neighborhood in ever-widening circles as we got older. Just come home when the streetlights come on. Lazy mornings were standard. Wake up whenever you feel like it, the 9-11am lineup; I Love
Lucy, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Andy Griffith. Then The Price is Right to end the day because at noon it was nothing but news and soap operas for four hours. Snore. Everyone knew everyone in the neighborhood, so random packs of kids and teenagers could play at whatever seemed like fun in the moment. Evenings were baseball and softball games that were just plain fun. There was no yearround club play or select travel teams to stress us out; just summer time, friends and playtime on the ball fields. I'm sure in reality it wasn't always a series of Norman Rockwell days that seem to dominate my memory, but I still feel compelled to find a way to make summer fun this year. Back in the present, I
have decided this will be The Summer of Son and Mom. I am going to do something completely out of character and actually make a schedule for us that includes picnics, parks and field-trip Thursdays. I may even actually plan outings ahead of time so I don't wake up every morning and waste half the day trying to
think of something to do. I figure maybe at age 7, this might be the last time we get to do this. He's not going off to college any time soon, but next year is a big foggy blob in the future that might mean a different job, different school or a great YMCA group that he can't live without. Or he may realize that staying home with mom is the worst way to spend a summer and he'll soon be too cool for me. Still, since I haven't had a *summer* since he was born, and now he's old enough to go to water parks and trampoline parks and amusement parks—things grownups enjoy!—it will be a good excuse to have a summer for myself too. I remember the first year out of college. Realizing that for the next 50 years there would be no three weeks at Christmas and two months of summer. Just two weeks of PTO annually. Snore. It seemed like an awful prospect at the time. So attitude adjusted and instead of fretting over 12 weeks of child care, I am excited about turning my days a little upside-down to be a child of summer again and work the midnight hours. He still has to sleep after all. People say all the time to just be grateful for what you have so I thought I'd go crazy and give it a try. I have the opportunity to spend 12 weeks playing and swimming and only doing the chores that keep me from being completely lazy. Not such a bad turn of fortune.
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Do you think some laws are unfair? How do you handle that on the bench? Yes, some laws aren't fair. I was required to grant a mortgage company the right to foreclose the house of an elderly lady who had gone through cancer and unable to keep up with the payments. I had to explain to her the reason I was required to do so even though I didn't like it. She was very nice and said she understood. She also said she would rather have cancer again than deal with the mortgage company that was foreclosing on her. When elected as a judge, I took an oath to follow the law. The oath doesn't allow me to ignore the law judge because I don't like it or don't think it is fair. How do you decide a sentence that is shorter or longer than standard ranges? Most sentences are determined by the jury after a trial or by agreement between the prosecutor and the defendant and his/ her attorney. Occasionally, someone will go to the Court for sentencing without an agreement. When that happens, the full range of punishment is available to the Court. There really isn't a "standard range".
As a judge, we look to the community to see what juries do in cases when determining sentences after a jury trial. That really determines the standard in the community. All we can do when making that decision is to listen to the evidence and arguments from both the prosecutor and the defense attorney and what we believe is appropriate under that specific set of facts and for that specific individual on trial. What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting justice? Criminals. That is the short version. The long answer goes to the ageold question of whether a sentence is for punishment or rehabilitation. There will never be a consensus on that answer. There are some crimes that just require prison sentence and there are others that require probation with the hope of rehabilitation. Sometimes individuals don't want to be rehabilitated and will continue to commit crimes no matter how may opportunities they may have been given on probation. Others have drug addictions that cannot be conquered even when going through programs that are available while on probation and so they continue to commit crimes to satisfy the addiction. I had a law professor once who said that prison is never a deterrence because when most individuals are committing a crime, they don't think they will get caught and therefore, never
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think of the consequences. I don't agree with this. With all the forensic evidence that can now be collected by law enforcement, it is very difficult to get away with a heinous crime. Have you ever made a mistake on the bench? Are there any do-over options? Everyone makes mistakes. As judges, we rule on objections to evidence in every trial and have to do so within seconds. It is virtually impossible to get everything correct. Usually the small issues aren't going to make a difference in a lengthy trial. If a mistake is made that is critical to the outcome of a trial, it can be remedied by a motion for new trial that can be granted by the Judge if the attorney can show that an error was made and it was a cause of an incorrect outcome. What happens if you preside over a case and you realize the lawyer just doesn't know what he or she is doing? This happens more often than you might think. If the case is civil, there really isn't much you can do. Each party has a right to hire the attorney of his/her choice. In a criminal case, we can appoint another attorney with more experience to help with the case. The reason for this is that we have to make sure that a Criminal Defendant gets a fair trial and adequate representation. If not, the case can be reversed by the appellate court and will have to be retried for "ineffective assistance of counsel". This is true even if the attorney is the attorney of choice hired by a Defendant. Judge Rick Kennon has presided in the 368th District Court since 2013. Send questions to info@ fpgtx.com
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Do you ever feel like you "read" people before you pass sentence and it can affect the severity of the punishment? Part of the job as a judge is to read people. It is no different than what a jury does. If a case is tried to the bench (no jury), the Judge has to read every witness to determine if that person is telling the truth. If a Defendant testifies, we have to read everything about him/her to determine if he/ she is guilty or not and if so, would he/she be a good candidate for probation or if a prison sentence would be more appropriate.
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This year's graduating class, the class of 2017, experienced a wide range of emotions as they approached the ceremony they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. As the final weeks dawned on the anticipating seniors, they completed their last high school assignments, tests, and memories. Expectations were set high, as the seats within the Cedar Park Center were set up in preparation for the upcoming event. “It was honestly very stressful and nerve wracking but I was fully ready to get it done and move on to the real world. I couldn’t sleep that night before graduation; kept tossing and turning and it was sinking in that this really was it. No more walking the halls of Georgetown High or seeing my friends as often. The day it happened and the moment my name was called and I was walking the stage, every word and feeling I had leading up to it disappeared and it
felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders,” said Jacob Sandoval, GHS graduate. The atmosphere of the new venue came as a comforting surprise to the graduating class due to the inclement weather at the 2016 graduation ceremony, held at the GHS stadium. It was decided that this year’s ceremony should be held indoor at the HEB Center in Cedar Park instead, to prevent any outdoor catastrophes. “It was a whole different atmosphere than we all really expected. To come out of the hallway and into the heart of the HEB center to see all of the parents loading up the area, and hear them cheer us on was incredible,” continued Sandoval. As these former high school students wave goodbye to their old friends and teachers, they welcome college and fulltime careers, “I move into Sam Houston on July 5th and I’m taking a summer class and playing soccer,” said Baylee Ford, GHS graduate. The real world is now waiting for them with open arms. The Millennial View is a regular feature giving readers a look at what the younger generation thinks about current topics. Haley and Julianna are students at Georgetown High School.
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