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Carving Out Some

Above: Volunteers and Scouts unload the 2018 crop • Left: Ginger Mann and Cub Scout Pack 2338 • Below: photos from 2017 Family Fun Day

San Gabriel Presbyterian

Church received, quite literally, a truckload of 2240 pumpkins last week and they are hoping everyone in Georgetown will stop in for a visit before Halloween. They are also inviting everyone in Texas to their open house Family Fun Day on October 15. Last year, more than 1500 visitors enjoyed games, tractor rides, face painting, photos,


and plenty of food. Church elder Phil Lacey says, “The pumpkin patch and family day is our anchor event for community outreach and we build our visibility on it. It is an opportunity to meet the greater Georgetown community. It is free and we’re right here in town. We love to show folks who we are and if they decide to come back on a Sunday, we are

thrilled to have them.” Pumpkins are managed through Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers and are grown on the Navajo Reservation in Farmington, TX. “It is close to home and we love to support their business. The money we raise pays the Navajo nation and profit is split between local Scout programs and our children and youth ministries.” Church volunteers and Cub Scouts were on hand to meet the truck and lay out all 2240 pumpkins on the church grounds on Williams

Drive between Sun City and Randall's center. Lacey adds that nothing goes to waste. The church has events for every age group throughout October; kids’ story time in the patch to batting practice for teens when the fruit gets soft. Anything left over is given to local farmers to feed livestock. Lacey adds, “The pumpkin patch is very family oriented and we have many families with kids. Being so close to Sun City we enjoy seeing congregates bring their grandchildren to services as well. We have such a friendly group and our people are outgoing. It is our hope that as Georgetown continues to grow,

we will welcome young families looking for a great church for fellowship and service.” The pumpkin sales tent is open every day from 10am-7pm and after church on Sundays. “Pumpkins are great for holiday décor, tabletops, porches and they are extremely good for your health. Forget about the canned stuff with extra sugars or syrup; just pop them in the oven and cook them whole. If you don’t cut them, they stay fresh for eating for about two months.” Lacey adds, “We are eager to be a community partner. You don’t just open your doors Sunday morning and have people walk in.

We invite folks to come and enjoy a great day and a good experience, and when they look for a church or have a spiritual need, they remember where they felt welcome.” Family Fun Day in the Pumpkin Patch is Monday, October 15 from 10am2pm. Free activities include hayrides, face painting, storytime, archery, horse rides, pumpkin painting and more. There will also be food and beverages for those hard at play. Proceeds from pumpkin sales benefit the Navajo Nation, Boy Scouts and the church's Family Outreach programs. Visit for more information. 15


Thrive: Not Just Georgetown Mortgage's New Name Georgetown Mortgage is now "Thrive"

Mortgage, and owners Roy and Barbara Jones are delighted with what it means for the company and represents for clients. "We are always willing to go into uncharted territory and innovate for the customers' best experience," Roy says. "We are not just punching the clock and hoping for the best. We, and all our employees, want to grab on and live a life of significance." The company celebrated 17 years in business in 2018 and they are proud to be part of the growing Georgetown business community. Roy says, "Our company has grown and prospered all over Texas, so we wanted our name to reflect our mission more so than a geographical area. We are so proud to represent Georgetown all over the country." Thrive employs over 350 people and has grown to more than 50 branches in 24 states. The company provides a full spectrum of mortgage loans, and in 2012 widened their scope of services by establishing a separate Reverse Mortgage division based in Denver, CO. They are now the top provider in Texas. “There are a lot of myths about reverse mortgages,” Roy says. “Basically, if you have 50 percent or greater equity in a home you can continue to live there without a mortgage payment. This frees up a large amount of liquidity to purchase groceries or prescriptions or other needs that would normally be tied up in the value of your home. So, even with reduced income, homeowners can maintain their lifestyle and continue to live independently with dignity.” Their son, Michael, is the CFO, which makes Thrive a true family-owned business. Michael has recently adapted electronic closings, which allows borrowers to close electronically and/or remotely via online platforms. "No one else is doing this; we are the first in Texas to do remote notarization, allowing a client to close the deal from Virginia and save the expense of a second trip before moving. Realtors and borrowers love it because the transaction can be quickly funded and owners can have keys in-hand within minutes." Roy adds, "Digital platforms are where we are unique. For instance, we have been pioneers in Construction-to-Permanent

financing. We provide up to 95 percent of the loan during a custom home build, and we allow the buyer to lock in their loan rate before they shop for a property, or they can 'float down'. Customers are protected today and if rates drop, they're even better." Thrive has also rolled out a new manufactured housing product that only a few lenders are using. "Housing is rapidly becoming unaffordable," Roy says. "Millennials starting families would like to have homes and even here in Georgetown, the average price is about $330,000. But manufactured homes have come a long way in construction and cost about $175,000. The market grew by 20 percent last year and we believe it is under-served. These homes are nicely appointed and even come with real estate. The walls are stronger and so are we." Thrive also recently hired Randall Gillespie as National Sales Manager. Of his first week of work Gillespie says, "I have been in the business 26 years and I love how

big-thinking Thrive is while still having a small company feel. I love helping people and getting paid for it." Gillespie says he appreciates the company's ability to incorporate expert technology services without losing the personal touch. "Your home is a wealth-builder and biggest asset. You have to be able to trust the people helping you acquire it." Thrive Mortgage supports a wide variety of charitable causes and strongly encourages branch locations to give back to their communities as well – whether through charitable fundraising or volunteering. Although Roy and Barbara are actively involved in the day-to-day operations, they give the credit to their wonderful, dedicated employees, often commenting that “…our employees have built this company – they don’t work for us, they work with us.” Their faith-based philosophy of treating people fairly, being personally involved with their employees and providing a fun, motivating workplace is what drives

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by Mayor Dale Ross

How are we doing?

That’s the gist of the Citizen Survey conducted by the City of Georgetown every two years. The results of the most recent survey completed this summer are encouraging, but they do point to areas where we need to continue to focus our efforts today and in the future. As we did in 2016, the City hired the Texas State University Center for Public Policy, Research, and Training to conduct the anonymous poll. The survey is intended to measure the perceptions of residents. It was mailed to 2,300 households in Georgetown and 469 residents responded. The margin of error was 4 percent.

So what are the key findings? This year, 81 percent of residents polled said the value of city services for taxes paid was good or excellent. And 98 percent of respondents rate the overall quality of life in Georgetown as good or excellent. The common benchmark for city surveys is to have 80 percent or more of respondents indicated that a service is good or excellent. The city met or exceeded that benchmark on 82 percent of cases (32 of 39 indicators). Since 2016, perceptions of the quality of street repair, city beautification, the City as a place to work, and emergency preparedness are all up.

Below are some more results from the survey. For emergency services, including fire, police, and EMS, 96 percent of respondents gave a rating of good or excellent. And 93 percent rated emergency services as good or excellent. Ninety-five percent of respondents rated city parks as good or excellent and 98 percent rated the public library services as good or excellent. For utility services, 92 percent rated electric services as good or excellent and 90 percent said that water services are good or excellent. We know that safety is an important concern, so it’s good news that 90 percent

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of respondents rated neighborhood safety at night as good or excellent and 88 percent rated safety in city parks as good or excellent. When asked about interactions with City employees, 54 percent had contact with a city employee in the last year and 91 percent rated the service provided by the employee as good or excellent overall. Overall, these results are encouraging.

Traffic and growth-related pressures were the top concern on this survey and in past surveys. We asked residents about the top priorities for Georgetown. The top three cited were: 1. Traffic, 2. Infrastructure and roads, and 3. Managing growth. Not surprisingly in our growing city, the rating for traffic flow on major streets decreased by 16 percent. And the percentage who rated traffic flow as poor increased from 18 percent to 28 percent from 2016. This result of our fast-growing city is one of the main reasons that voters approved $105 million in

new transportation projects in 2015. We continue to direct significant resources to mobility through these city bond projects and we are working with Williamson County and state and federal transportation agencies for other regional transportation projects. We think it’s important to find out how we are doing, and these results are encouraging in many ways. They also point to areas like new roads and mobility where we should continue to focus our efforts. If you want to read the complete survey results, look for the Citizen Survey 2018 Report link on the City homepage at

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"Lionheart" Childcare Coming to Georgetown by Ann Marie Ludlow


Stan Dobbs recovered from a serious illness, he realized God had placed on his heart a mission to put a lot of underutilized church space to good use. What he created is a successful and growing childcare program called Lionheart Children's Academy. So named by the employees who felt it reflected the spirit of the children they care for, his centers are open in eight Texas churches—putting worship space to good use the other six days of the week. Lionheart is already scheduling tours and accepting applications for its newest center at Celebration Church in Georgetown, set to open in January. Marketing Director Kim Brown says, "Lionheart is a non-profit Christian childcare organization and we are licensed by the state. We are not affiliated with any denomination but we are open to people of all faiths, and we are pleased to share the Gospel and reach children for Christ for families who need care Monday through Friday." Dobbs' purpose includes providing a revenue source to support each church's


programs and outreach. "We have a proven model and you can't help but look at a thriving church like Celebration and hope to be a resource for the congregation and the community."

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Dobbs explains, "Research shows if we don’t reach people for Christ by the time they reach age 13, we lose the opportunity for about three-quarters of them until they become parents themselves. When folks have children, often their hearts are opened again to build a foundation for their families. That is our target; people who may be in a 'wobbly' time of life. We are here to help them build spiritual champions in a safe and affordable environment." Brown adds, "With 75 percent of women working outside the home, there are too many troubling stories about daycare. We assure our families that their kids are going to get the best care and be loved. We set our own standards even higher than those of the state. We are not just representing ourselves; we are representing the Lord." She says the Academy is also open to special needs accommodation on a case by case basis. "We always want to ensure that our academy is a good fit for each child and will provide a good experience." She was drawn to Lionheart for the mission. "I was blessed to work from home and understand the value of wholesome child care. I'm so impressed with the dayto-day work and what Lionheart provides.

They truly want to excel in what they do." Parents are welcome to tour the facility at Celebration and Lionheart is able to work with families to seek supplemental assistance if there is a need. Staff are all Christian and have adapted the HIGH SCOPE curriculum components. They do employ several degreed teachers as well, Brown says. "Some of our educators have been in schools before but they feel like this environment is a better fit. We bring opportunities for high quality education, good outcomes and operational safety. We're marrying the heart of a church with the focus of a great child care organization."

The Academy

Lionheart is open to children 6 weeks old through pre-school for full-day care. They have before- and after-school care for K through 12th grade and a summer program.

They also have their own buses to transport students to and from area schools. Children will also be provided healthy meals and snacks.


Stan Dobbs has given the bulk of his life to service since 2000. He attended seminary and when he completed treatment for lymphoma, began his journey to have a positive spiritual impact in the lives of children. "I was led to an industry that is largely secular," he says. "Some children spend most of their waking hours in child care away from the home. I want to empower churches to operate full-time Christ-centered alternatives for their families." For information or to enroll, call 512.887.8882, email or visit




Historic Downtown One of 5 Great Places The American Planning Association (APA) has named Historic Downtown Georgetown in Georgetown, Texas, as one of five Great Neighborhoods on APA’s annual Great Places in America list. APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2018 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices. “The neighborhoods recognized this year demonstrate the importance of planning in creating vibrant, equitable, healthy neigh-

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AROUND TOWN • Georgetown's K-9 Pool Paw-ty Doggie pool parties are

not just for Hollywood any more. Georgetown has a regular member of the fashionable list of cities hosting canine residents for a community event celebrating a real dog day of summer. City pools closed for the season and the event was initially postponed due to stormy weather but on September 22 dog owners brought their best friends to the Georgetown Community Center for one last day of splash pool fun. Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly Garrett says "The Mayor gave us the thumbs up to move forward with it last year after seeing the success of

the parties on Facebook,” Garrett says. “We have several active dog parks in Georgetown so we know this is going to be a big party and a lot of fun. Many communities do this after the municipal (human) swim season is over to give dogs a chance for some social time with a splash. We chose the rec center pool because it has a sloped entrance that enables the dogs to walk in and out.” Garrett also assures that there is no need for concern about the animals’ use of the facility. All of the Georgetown swim facilities begin a scheduled deep clean and servicing after Labor Day in any case.

Dogs paid admission and owners were invited free to watch the water play from the sidelines. Despite a cool and cloudy start to the morning, more than 100 dogs brought their families to the pool. Fortunately, the pool water was still warm enough for the VIPs' humans to join in, even after the rains of the week prior. With support from animal control and several vendors who provide pet products and services, the event was a huge hit and by all accounts was “the happiest

place on Earth this side of Disneyworld.” Organizers hope the success will continue and even more dogs will bring their people again next year. See a highlight video on YouTube

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celebrated their second anniversary in Georgetown and staff are eager to thank customers and the business community for all the support they have received at their happy, family-owned business. Owner Russ Kriewald is pleased to continue providing quality, affordable chiropractic care without insurance or even appointments. "We make a point to listen to our patients and adjust according to how they feel when they come in." Russ, opened the center in Summer 2016, and his daughter Dr. Kelsi Kriewald provides clinical care for wellness maintenance, spine alignment and acute pain management. They are also pleased to have grown to the point of adding two new doctors; Dr. Ed Collazo and Dr. Barry Smith.

Dr. Collazo was born in Wurzburg, Germany but was raised in central Texas. He went to the University of Arkansas Little Rock for his undergraduate degree and Cleveland Chiropractic College. He and his wife, Donna enjoy spending time with family, volunteering, playing tennis and doing most outdoor activities. Dr. Smith graduated from Parker Chiropractic in 2015 and enjoys being outdoors and leading a healthy lifestyle, especially with his dog, Nash. He has been with The Joint corporation for almost three years and loves the business model. He incorporates his vast knowledge and multiple techniques of Diversified, Thompson, Activator and Active Release Technique to educate and treat his patients to help them on their wellness journey. Mom, Darlene works up front to support the doctors. "I am thrilled to be here watching how great my daughter is with patients and helping build our family business together. Our office is open seven days a week, but we have support on the weekends so we still have good life balance at home." Kelsi says working with mom and dad is a great change. "I prefer it because the dynamic is much more comfortable and when we are happy, our patients are part of that interaction and they become more relaxed and comfortable." And, it seems to be working. Kelsi says, "We are serving patients nearly back-toback. (Pun sort-of intended.) Chiropractic care is growing because wellness is always easier and cheaper than illness." The Georgetown office is open for adjustments seven days a week and after hours to help with wellness maintenance, adjustments and acute pain management. Visit or call 512-379-6439 for information or to make an appointment.





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