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DOG DAYS

CELEBR ATING SUMMER IN GEORGE TOWN SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY AFFORDABLE HIGHER EDUCATION IN GEORGETOWN

RICHARTE HIGH SCHOOL THE POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE CHANGING LIVES

COURTHOUSE CANINES THERAPY DOGS TAKE THE STAND


contents FEATURES COURTHOUSE CANINES | 26 Therapy Dogs Take the Stand

SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY | 30 Making Higher Education Practical & Affordable

GEORGETOWN’S SECOND HIGH SCHOOL | 36

Richarte High School’s Formula For Success Isn’t A Formula At All

DOUBLE TROUBLE | 42

Generating Love For Local Businesses

DEPARTMENTS PANORAMAS EXPERIENCE GEORGETOWN | 6 3 rd Annual K-9 Kerplunk

HOME & GARDEN | 8

Dorm Decor: Maximize Your Space

PEOPLE | 12

Georgetown ISD Athletic Director Off The Field In A New Role

WELL-BEING | 16

Summer Health & Safety for Dogs

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FIVE QUESTIONS SPORTCLIPS CEO | 20 Gordon Logan

WORTH THE DRIVE PLAYGROUNDS WITH WATER | 44

Sugar Bear attended the 2018 party with her owner Herb Martin. She took a little encouragement, but became a big fan of the slide.

Staying Cool In & Around Town

Mark your calendars for the 3 rd Annual K-9 Kerplunk at the Georgetown Community Center Pool on Saturday, September 7 from 10amNoon.

GOLF CHECK YOUR GRIPS | 49

SAVE THE PLANET OXYGEN RICH PLANTS | 47

Improve Your Air Quality

Tips From Bill Easterly

POPPY TALKS JUST THE RIGHT WORDS | 50

The Exclusionary Details of Dinner

See page 6 for details.

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Less expensive than local community colleges, Southeastern University offers on-campus and online degree programs. SEU at Celebration begins it’s “Sophomore” year in Georgetown this month.

FOOD CATFISH MONTH & HOME MADE DOG TREATS | 52 PARTING SHOT GEORGETOWN’S BARK PARK | 56

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first look ANN MARIE KENNON EDITOR’S NOTE The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the

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hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it is the

EDITOR Ann Marie Ludlow Kennon annmarie@gtownview.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tracie Jack • Greta Bauer Megan Freedman CREATIVE Buz21 Media CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Rudy Ximenez • David Valdez Reagan Zaragosa • Emma Jack PRODUCTION MANAGER Donna Sypion PRE-PRESS Renee Blue CONSULTANT Ben Daniel ADVERTISING Mark Elliott ads@gtownview.com 512-240-2267 • 512-598-3500

brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Okay, that’s enough astronomy for the day because, I suppose, while July 12 to August 20 may have been a thing in ye olde Roman empire, in Texas, we know the hottest days are... all of them... from April to October. Taking that cue, our theme this month has a blended focus on summer, back to school and—because we know Georgetown is a dog-loving town—man’s best friends. I enjoyed seeking out the different flavors of how our canine companions please, entertain, and even serve us, but also how we can help and care for them as their stewards in this earthly plane. But, when you decide to leave your furry friends at home, there is plenty to do and think about in this back-to-school time of year. There are still a few weeks to find new spots and splash pads to cool off; and when you check the calendar again, we’ve done our best to find fresh tips, hacks, and stories to get you in the mood for school. Speaking of school, I hope when you read my interview with Rob Dyer, you will, like me, want to write letters to the Texas legislature and insist that all ISDs have a school like Richarte. We’ve also added a new feature called “Five Questions”,

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which will give readers a new perspective on some of the

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you might like to know but didn’t get to ask.

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best-known (or should-be-known) folks in Georgetown; things Grab a Popsicle, or some sweet tea (is there another kind?) and put your feet up in a cool spot for some warm stories.

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City pools close for the season September 2, so on September 7, dog owners can bring their best friends to the Community Center for one last day of splash pool fun 10am-noon. Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly Garrett says this annual event has grown in attendance and popularity since Mayor Ross gave it a thumbs up in 2017.

In 2018, more than 100 dogs brought their families to the party because even in late September, the water is warm enough for humans who wish to wade in with their fur-babies... up to your knees at most is recommended for everyone’s safety. “We have several active dog parks in Georgetown, so we know we have a lot of dog lovers who enjoy getting together in a safe and happy environment,” Garrett says. “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.” Still, you can see in the photos, some dogs are quite fearless about their entry into the water. It is pure joy to see how happy they are in the swim park; on the slides, yapping at the waterfalls, and enjoying social time while staying cool. Garrett also assures that there is no need for concern about the animals’ use of the facility. All Georgetown swim facilities begin a scheduled deep clean and servicing after Labor Day in any case. The City invites local organizations and businesses to contribute with food, beverages, and a lot of pet-friendly booths. With support from animal control and several vendors who provide pet products and services, the event is become a regular hit and by all accounts, is close to “the happiest place on Earth this side of Disney World.”

Canine admission is $5.00 Humans free admission Visit Georgetown.org for rules and waivers you can fill out ahead of time.

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Panor a ma HOME & GARDEN

Tracie Jack • Tracie@gtownview.com

very new adventure comes with a little stress, and higher education has its own special challenges. When choosing how to decorate your dorm room, keep two important things in mind: one, that you have next to no floor space, and two, you are not alone. Because your success and well-being is important to us, here are some ideas to help keep your environment as stress-free as possible.

Everyone knows how to conserve space in a small, shared environment by using cube shelves or milk crates under loft beds, or under-the-bed totes with lids (a must for dust); so we asked local design expert, Jessa Carreon of 7Threads, to give our readers some fresh, inspiring ideas on college room décor.

DÉCOR  A colorful or textured rug in the center anchors the room.  Removable wallpaper, contact paper, or washi tape can transform the front of an armoire, flat panel doors, or dorm appliances (fridge only - not stove/oven). Cut the wallpaper pieces into squares or

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triangles or strips to make geometric patterns on the wall.  Cover bathroom countertops in need of a makeover with contact paper.  Hang dry erase surfaces or cork board in frames over the door for organizing/ schedules/calendar/pics.

LIGHT  Rearrange the furniture to create an open space in the center of the room.  Clip lights to top of shelves.  Run remote control, dimmable LED string lights around the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling (use small, removable hooks).


 If your view is less than inspiring, use removable frosted window film to block the unwanted sight but still allow light through (contact paper may work if not in direct sun).  Place an over-the-door hanging mirror opposite window to bounce light around.

WINDOWS  Use scarves, twin sheets, or colorful tablecloths as curtains. If you get a new set of sheets for the bed, put the fitted one on the bed, and use the flat sheet for a curtain panel.  To hang the curtains, use removable hooks and a dowel rod (found at a hardware store). For the tieback, pair a hook with a necklace, ribbon, or leather string to make a creative yet functional accessory.

STORAGE  Stack decorative bins on shelves.  Anchor a small bookshelf to the top of your desk for more shelf space.  Conserve closet space with over the door hooks for towels/robe/jackets.  Instead of a comforter, use soft blankets that are easily washed with sheets - NOT bulky. Bonus: If you get cozy fleece blankets, don’t use fabric softener on them; it makes them pill up and

lose their softness. Add baking soda to the wash water instead.  Keep cosmetics/bathroom supplies in the travel bags you use to carry them in—closed and controlled when not in use so they don’t take over the bathroom (easier to clean the bathroom that way, too).

MAKE IT YOUR SPACE  Get stuff off the floor - hang a laundry bag on the back the of the bathroom door.  Bring items you love from home, but nothing precious. Shop at a thrift store for an extra chair or fun/funky plates/dishes/cups in your colors.  Use color AND texture, 2-4 colors, and textures you actually enjoy touching (nothing harsh or fake). And use them everywhere. Just refrain from getting so much STUFF that you fill every nook and cranny. Consider including soft, comfortable pillows, preferably with removable covers that can be cleaned.   If you can keep it alive, add an oxygen-boosting plant or two (small). No fake plants—they just collect dust.

And there you have it! Some simple ways to add a touch of hominess and a splash of modern while freeing up a little more space for your new environment. As you move forward in this next adventure, stay centered, stay true, stay focused.

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New School Year, New Place off the Field, New Outlook

JASON DEAN GEORGETOWN ISD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Fro m 2 0 0 9 -2 01 9 , Ja s o n wa s t he h e a d f o o tb a ll co a c h a t G e o rg e tow n H ig h S ch o o l. H e l e d hi s te a m s to 1 1 p la yo f f w in s, a nd p l a ye d i n t he S t a te Ch a mp io n s h ip g a m e i n 2 0 1 2 . Ann Marie Kennon • AnnMarie@gtownview.com

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hen GISD opens its doors August 15, Coach Dean will have already been hard at work for athletes for many months. But, no longer drawing plays on a white board for a football team, he is at the Hammerlun Center having an impact on the high school experience for hundreds of students and coaches across the district.

What prompted you to make this change? I was responsible for one program and wanted it to be the best it could be, but it did have challenges. Now I’m a part of the decisions made on coaches’ behalf and I can share with them, from a new perspective, how all the pieces go together and what the ripple effects will be. I’m also excited that the decrease of Team time means an increase in Dad time.

What were some of the challenges of moving from coaching to leadership? I loved working with kids every day. I will miss that kind of contact in a few years when kids I’ve coached move on to college... but in this job I get to enjoy the success of every team in the district. The biggest adjustment was the change in responsibility; being the administrator for 120 full-time personnel in multiple schools. I am excited that I can have a wider impact, and it gives me a chance to provide broad leadership.

What changes we can look forward to in 2019-2020? I’m very pleased to say that we are going to add turf to our four middle school playing fields, 12

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which is a huge improvement athletically. As well, parents will be able to watch the right players because jerseys will stay clean for the duration of the games.

What do you say to potential coaches to encourage them to share their talents with GISD? I tell them we have two big 5A high schools here, but we also have a small-town feel they won’t get anywhere else. Plus, we are a great public school system that advocates for kids regardless of what they want to do; auto tech, culinary arts, or one of our great Ag groups. Georgetown has always been very inclusive and we encourage kids to choose any activity that will provide them a positive high school experience.

What message comes to mind, with all your experience as an educator and coach? I hope students will get involved in whatever makes them happy in school. I realize some work hard for their families, but I say, “Don’t get a job just to buy a car. Enjoy being in high school on the softball team or in the theater department. Once you graduate, those won’t be easy options any more.” I want parents to know that coaches realize most days you pull up and drop your most prized possessions in our care. We never take that for granted. We want to partner with you to raise up the very best young man or woman who might also happen to be an athlete.


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ets are known to lower blood pressure and benefit us emotionally. However, summer can be deadly for them. Most people already know it is unsafe—not to mention illegal—to leave an animal in a car in hot weather. The inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if parked in the shade. We spoke with Dr. Nathan Carlton, DVM and he shared some things you may not be aware of that can affect furry friends.

HEAT Brachycephalic dogs are dogs with squashed-in noses—think Boxers, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. These dogs have a compromised airway from birth, and a combination of genetic problems can cause sudden death from heat stroke. The best advice for these breeds is to keep them indoors during hot summer days; let them out for elimination purposes and bring them right back inside, and be sure they have access to plenty of fresh water.

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PARASITES “One reason I love Central Texas is the abundance of wildlife we have here,” he says. “I love seeing possums, squirrels, deer and of course, the armadillos that live here. One thing I don’t enjoy as much are the bugs.” Dr. Carlton says the number of dogs and cats in vets’ offices with ticks this year is significant, so you’re not alone if you’re battling these little freeloaders. He even has clients whose horses are suffering with ticks in their ears; one suffered the death of a mature adult cow from a disease transmitted by ticks. While most people typically think of ticks as huge, blood-engorged things that are easily visible, and there are plenty fitting that description, we do have some that are so much smaller. The Blacklegged Tick can transmit Lyme Disease and is actually found in Central Texas. These guys are tiny; Dr. Carlton found four of them in a single cat’s ear earlier this month. The larval stage is only as long as the width of the “D” in an American dime. There are new flea and tick preventives that help keep away ticks, so talk to your own vet about what is recommended. Most people are aware of intestinal parasites that infect dogs and cats, but few are aware of another parasite called giardia.

This little guy is spread through fecal contamination of water or food. There are a lot of monthly flea and heartworm preventives available for dogs and cats, and some prevent certain types of worms, however, there are no monthly preventives that keep your dog or cat from contracting giardia. If your dog suddenly has severe diarrhea be sure to take her in to the vet. Giardia can be cleared with a short course of anti-parasitic and de-worming medications.

BIGGER THREATS Even a veterinarian has animals he is not fond of... rattlesnakes for one. Dr. Carlton says their bite can be fatal to pets if the animal is small, or the bite occurs in the face. Swelling

HUMAN CONCERNS The doc says along with ticks, we have kissing bugs, so named because these blood-feeding insects enjoying sucking blood from around our mouths (they are actually attracted to the CO2 we exhale). After feeding, the bug leaves a parasite that can migrate into a person’s blood stream. The same problem occurs in dogs. Some people and pets will clear the infection without any issues, while others can develop serious heart, liver, and colon problems. The best way to prevent the problem is to keep kissing bugs out of your house. Turn lights off at night as they are attracted to light, and hire a good exterminator.

caused by their bite can occlude the airway, and snakes’ mouths are full of bacteria that can lead to infections. Plus, the pain caused by a bite is truly excruciating. Unlike people, most animals are bitten in the face when they investigate the snake. However, if your pet is bitten on an appendage, do not apply a tourniquet to a bite area. Tourniquets trap the toxins and can cause major problems when they are removed. There is a vaccine that will help reduce the affects of an envenomation. “I have seen dogs bitten without this vaccine, and with the vaccine. My opinion is that this shot does reduce morbidity in the vaccinated dogs, however the dogs still require antivenin. There are also snake avoidance classes out there that I highly encourage pet owners to seek out.” Dr. Carlton recommends identifying an after-hours veterinary clinic in your area you can take your pet to in the event of an emergency.

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What do you like to do for fun? I have always been a car enthusiast. One of my first jobs was at a filling station, and I built a stock car and raced it. I still have the 1969 Jaguar XKE I bought after college and even found and restored a 1928 Packard my father owned and had sold. We restore and show many types of cars all over Texas and the U.S. and also enjoy driving tours. (Editor’s note: Mr. Logan’s office is awash in trophies, ribbons and medals for ‘Best in Show’ and other wins.)

What did you want to do when you were young? I wanted to be an engineer and build race cars. I got an engineering degree and eventually became an Air Force pilot. But even as a kid I was entrepreneurial; recycling, mowing lawns, selling Christmas cards. I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a hair care franchise in 1978 and opened my first shop in Austin in 1979.

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GORDON LOGAN SPORTCLIPS CEO What is one secret to SportClips’ success?

The service we provide will never be outsourced to or done more cheaply in another country; it can’t be moved to an online space and people will always need to have their hair cut.

You could run SportClips from anywhere... what is special about Georgetown? People don’t put on airs here. We had salons in Austin, Temple and Waco and since my wife and I grew up in small towns, we wanted to raise our family in one. I liked having to make extra time to go to the bank because I’d inevitably see people I know and stop to talk to them. Plus, people like living here so it’s easy to attract good talent to the company.

What is your best advice for entrepreneurs? Try to work with people and maintain a culture; it is worth the effort. Gradually, people will buy into your values based on how you do business and they will stay. I follow the Lou Holtz model, “Do the right thing. Do your best. Treat people how you want to be treated.”

On July 11, the City of Georgetown officially changed the name of Briarwood Drive to SportClips Way. Not one of the original five questions, Mr. Logan offered a bonus answer on his thoughts concerning the event: “It is only one block, but we appreciate that our buildings will be easy to locate and it is a nice gesture by the city. I wouldn’t have wanted anything bigger... like changing Williams Drive.”

The Georgetown View will feature Mr. Logan in November to highlight how fortunate we are to have him in our community. Both SportClips, and Mr. Logan personally, support many non-profits helping children and Veterans in Georgetown and all over Central Texas.


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Therapy Dogs Take The Stand Ann Marie Kennon • AnnMarie@gtownview.com

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ertified therapy dogs have proven their worth providing comfort to nearly anyone with a special need. Dogs have been helping the blind for generations, but now they also provide comfort to individuals with serious or terminal illness, help children learning to read, and military personnel with PTSD, just to name a few. More recently they have also ventured into the courtroom to help crime and trauma victims or anxious defendants cope with the prospect of giving testimony. Twenty-six states now have programs in which therapy dogs are working in the judicial system. Like their counterparts in hospitals and nursing homes, courtroom therapy-dog handlers undergo training, and their handler-companions are certified in pet-assisted therapy programs offered through national service-dog organizations. Sometimes dubbed “courthouse facility dogs,” these canines may lie quietly in the witness box, or, as in the case of our JP3 court, they sit with their handlers in the gallery to offer a supportive presence and help defendants compose themselves before talking to the Judge. Williamson County’s JP3 Court has been enlisting therapy dogs since 2015 when then-Judge Bill Gravell introduced Lady (right, center) to his courtroom to help his defendants and families. Pictured at right in the new JP3 courtroom are Lexi and Tessa, members of Bow Wow Therapy Dogs and also part of Jerry and Marlene Coffman’s family. During a recent day in court, a defendant’s mother shared that she didn’t expect to see dogs in the courtroom, but she had heard about the programs and was pleased to see them. Her son, who was appearing before Judge Evelyn McLean, said Lexi (top) made him feel much better because sometimes it causes anxiety just to be in the room. “It helps to see animals here and realize all those authority figures—judges and bailiffs—are people too, who like animals just like me. It makes a difference.” 26

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Marlene says therapy dogs behave much like other working dogs. They are affectionate and loving at home; the playful pets owners fell in love with right away. “When they put on the vest, dogs know it’s time to go to work and they assume the role with exaggerated calm. They are trained in a variety of scenarios; people in wheelchairs, sudden loud noises, large groups, or people yelling, to familiarize them with what they may experience and can adapt without reacting.” Jerry and Marlene have been working in courtrooms, pediatric hospitals, nursing homes and schools for 2-1/2 years. Therapy dogs must be at least one year old and be in the home at least six months to establish a bond with their owners. They complete basic obedience training, then begin therapy classes. There are several levels of training, depending on the need for calm; a courthouse is less strict than being able to lay on a hospital bed for a patient to talk to or touch.

Typically, while they do not require much control, court dogs remain in their handlers’ hands to avoid feeling any anxiety of their own in a strange environment. Jerry adds, however, “Sometimes you learn what the dog can handle and even enjoy; Lexi really loves kids so when we’re not in a school, she is eager to please younger family members we come across in a courtroom.” Canine therapy requires no special skills, other than training for certification, and owners can work as often and wherever they prefer. “There is no recipe as long as the animals have the right temperament,” Jerry adds. “Our group has Great Danes and Chihuahuas, even rabbits and guinea pigs. You just need a desire to help and love of animals.” There are several therapy dog trainers in Georgetown and many more that serve the city around Williamson County. Most not only provide training, but will also assist humans in choosing the right dog with the right temperament to make a great partner.

Angela Hardin and Wolf, who is just one of the increasingly useful tools in the box for better emotional health in our Juvenile Services Center. Juvenile Therapy Dog programs take advantage of the natural bond that forms when humans and animals spend time together and feel responsible for each other. Companionship, play, and even simple petting can relieve anxiety and provide comfort to youths who perhaps are acting out because of fear or victimization. The State also pairs shelter dogs with youths in a 12-week program of training. Kids live with, groom, feed, and train their dogs. The training connects kids with positive social forces and assets, drawing on community resources to engage them in pro-social activities and opportunities.

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Southeastern University:

A New Paradigm In Higher Education Tracie Jack • Tracie@gtownview.com

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igher education, delivered by Southeastern University, arrived in Georgetown in 2018 and broke historical records for the Lakeland, Florida-based institution. This Fall begins the second year for the extension site located at Celebration Church on Westinghouse Road. Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning that offers online and traditional classes. Its mis-

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sion is to equip the next generation to be influential leaders in their careers and communities. Already in 29 states, the university partners with churches and organizations to bring unrestricted, accredited higher education to students from all walks and seasons of life, whether seated in a classroom under the instruction of a professor or settled in a home office with a laptop.

SEU at Celebration also offers student-focused education and mentoring through high-caliber career practitioners who teach what they practice in their respective fields. Students directly benefit from successful career professionals­— several of whom hold multiple degrees—sharing the most relevant, hands-on education, experience, and expertise. Not incidentally, the tuition at SEU is also less than Austin Community College.


Georgetown View sat down with Southeastern University at Celebration Church Site Director, Scott Bolin, to find out how SEU fits into the future of students in Georgetown and the surrounding communities.

DISCOVER YOUR CALLING Bolin explained Celebration Church’s founding pastors, Joe and Lori Champion, have always envisioned a school as part of the church and Celebration’s partnership became the largest launch in the university’s history. Although on the Celebration Church campus, SEU is not just for those seeking a degree in ministry. This affordable, student-focused university offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 20 graduate and doctoral degrees in business, education, behavioral sciences, arts, healthcare, ministry, and much more. Bolin’s passion is to help each student find what he or she is passionate about and attend to that calling with a sense of direction. Perhaps as a response to what he calls the “purpose epidemic,” younger generations assert that money alone fails as an appropriate motivator for a career choice. Still, many find themselves choosing education toward a career based on the promise of financial success.

DEGREE PROGRAMS Bolin tells prospective students SEU offers an Associate of General Education classes; “Plant yourself here for the first two years,” Many go straight into a four-year degree without really knowing why. “The first two years here, students are going to get some hands-on experiences in different departments around the church, they’re going to get some great mentorship, they are going to expose themselves to some great things that are really going to help them ask the question: What is it that I’m really called to? What is it God has put in me?”

THE “CAMPUS” The atmosphere at the Georgetown extension site of SEU is a blended and diverse culture that fosters genuine friendships and meaningful connection. Smaller classrooms facilitate discussion between classmates and affords greater personal interaction with professors for all students. “No matter how big we get, we’re never going to lose that relationship aspect,” said Bolin. “Anyone who comes in here, they’re going to have personal relationships, friendships; they’re not going to fall

Bolin says, “We don’t select what God puts in us; we identify it and steward it. We’re trying to connect people to what they are called to do so they can go out and do it to the best of their ability.” One of the ways this plays out at SEU is through practicum credits; i.e., students receive college credit for hands-on experience. “We’re training students to be leaders of self, team leaders, leaders of leaders and, eventually, ministry leaders.” This path is forged via various labs and hands-on opportunities within the program. AU G U S T 2 0 1 9  G E O R G E TO W N VI EW

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Meet SEU at Celebration’s New Site Director Scott Bolin came to the Lone Star State and SEU at Celebration with credentials and experience that impress. After graduating from Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia with an Advanced Diploma in Ministry, Bolin returned to the United States. He received his bachelor’s degree in Christian studies and business administration and a Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University where he simultaneously served on staff. From there, he worked for the University of New Mexico overseeing admissions while working out of Forth Worth. When asked how he came to SEU at Celebration, Bolin smiled. “It’s funny, it’s one of those things: I didn’t know why I was in education this whole time. I just thought, ‘God, I wanna work in the church, what are you doing?’ And I just kept staying in education for whatever reason, and then the timing was just incredible—when I started talking with Celebration, there was a transition happening, and it just lined up to fit my experience and mission perfectly.” Despite Bolin’s new status on staff, the young site director carries his experience and expertise with a quiet, almost disarming confidence. A confidence tempered with humility and a contagious love for his job. “I just love that I get to use education to build the local church,” Bolin explained. “That’s something I’m really excited about. But also, I believe as education is really taking a turn that we haven’t seen before, I think the church has a unique opportunity to really be at the forefront of that and say, ‘Hey, we have an option!’”

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through the cracks. We’re going to [be involved], making sure students are not just taking classes just to get a piece of paper; that they are actually building toward something that’s in their heart. So when they leave here, they’re going to have a community of people championing them on. SEU and Celebration Church also subscribe to the idea that a person doesn’t have to have a degree to be successful, but if that is something he or she feels will support the calling, they are ready to help. “We’re here to help in the best way possible and students will leave with the least amount of debt.”

COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE, RIGHT? Many approach the idea of college with a dread of the looming debt crisis it represents. National student debt currently sits at a staggering $1.6 trillion, representing close to 45 million borrowers. Unfortunately, loan forgiveness is almost nonexistent. According to Forbes, 99 percent of borrowers were rejected for student loan forgiveness*. However, Bolin was optimistic for the future. “Essentially, we’re in a unique place in education where people ask ‘What is there?’ and I can confidently say, SEU!” According to its website, SEU ranks in the top five percent of the fastest growing private universities in the nation and the top 25 percent of universities in affordability. In closing, Bolin ended with this: “We’re building something here. If anyone feels like they have a part to play, please let us know.” For more information on how to connect with SEU, either as a student starting a degree or transferring to finish a degree; as a volunteer or to offer your expertise for an exciting student opportunity, contact Scott Bolin at 817201-8947 wsbolin@seu.edu and partners.seu.edu/celebrationtx *Freidman, Z. (2019, May, 1). “99% of borrowers rejected again for student loan forgiveness.”

What’s New For SEU’s “Sophomore” Year? While the norm for SEU’s extension launches has been about a dozen online students, the Celebration Church campus registered 28 students in the first semester and 26 deferred for the Spring. In the Spring semester, the student body grew to 68 students accepted and 37 registered for classes, which elevated the church to Regional Campus status faster than other SEU extension sites to date. As they prepare for the Fall 2019 semester, the numbers continue to grow, and Southeastern University at Celebration is adding a degree in Music Ministry.


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GEORGETOWN’S SECOND HIGH SCHOOL Ann Marie Kennon • AnnMarie@gtownview.com

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elieve it or not, East View is the third high school in GISD. Richarte High School is an alternative educational choice located next door to Georgetown High School. While “alternative” in education sometimes has an associated negative overtone, Richarte is not a placement program for disruptive students. To the contrary, students with individual or unique needs apply for admittance and work through a process of qualification and interviews to ensure the school can be part of their success—and there is a waiting list. The attraction for and benefit to these students includes flexible schedules and programs to accommodate those who will benefit from smaller class sizes, atypical credit accumulation and self-directed learning.

THE DIFFERENCE Principal Rob Dyer (below) says most people in Georgetown are not even aware there is another high school and some who are, may have misconceptions of its purpose and methods. “We are more like a charter school. With small classes, we have the flexibility to provide a custom experience and amplify a student’s talents. We advocate for whatever it takes to make each a success and being non-traditional gives us the freedom to fix whatever may have caused a student to have fallen through the cracks.” With fewer than 100 students in 10 th through 12 th grade-equivalent levels, Richarte is able to “case manage” each person’s circumstance and adapt the learning over time.

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Students apply for acceptance for various reasons—early graduation, credit recovery from failed classes or missed time, teen parenting, dual college credits, etc. Each is able to graduate with a state-accredited diploma (not a G.E.D.) that is no different from those at any other ISD high school. Not surprisingly, GreatSchools.com shows five-star ratings across the board and glowing reviews from former students and their parents.

THE METHOD Any student is welcome to apply for admission; preference is given to individuals within the GISD boundaries. Every applicant goes through a selection and interview process during which the staff determines if the school will be the best solution to accommodate the individual’s needs. Students need to be at least 16 years old and have freshman credits out of the way; attendance and discipline history are considered but the priority is their desire to graduate. “We are here because we recognize there is no one-size-fits-all in education,” Dyer says. “There are many reasons a student may be at-risk; falling behind, returning dropouts, or socio-economic factors. Some simply need a smaller environment to avoid social or emotional anxiety. But we have the same education and credit requirements as other schools. The difference is we have the flexibility to offer atypical means to achieve them.”


I F N OT F O R T H I S S C H O O L , I W O U L D N OT H AV E G R A D UAT E D AT A L L . T H E Y A L S O H E L P E D M E I N L I F E S K I L L S . T H I S S C H O O L I S A M A Z I N G . ~ onl i ne re v i e w Dyer says case management methodology is a lot of effort, but the community has invested well in the school and the District is committed to providing resources and staff to make it work. As a result, their graduation rate is just about 100 percent. “We don’t constrain anyone to a time table; students graduate any time based on their need.” Another success benefit is that while Richarte is not a special education program, they have found the small space, just a handful of rooms and self-directed planning is helpful for students who are high functioning, but find the traditional school model does not allow them to thrive. As such, the interview process is a get-to-know-you method to determine if the school can meet specific needs— like enabling focus on learning rather than adapting—and avoid losing more time in the search for the right answer.

IN THE CLASSROOM Richarte has nine teachers and only as many staff as it takes to keep everyone covered. But, community members are welcome and encouraged to volunteer as mentors or subject matter experts to help with some of those custom experiences. Custom experiences are achieved through creative scheduling—which is done by hand—smaller classes and paths designed to achieve goals in specific circumstances. For instance, if a student completes the requirements for a year-long geometry course in one semester, he or she can take the grade and move on to Algebra II in the second semester. Or a semester elective course may be completed in one

nine-week period. The work is complete, the grade is earned, and the student can move on to new topics and more credits. “I love that we are able to be innovative with our solutions.” Dyer adds with emphasis, “In a perfect world, I think our education system would be flipped upside-down. Imagine the benefits if we had huge elementary schools where children learn the basics, have high-school volumes of resources to explore their likes and special abilities, then have small high schools where we can really guide them, one-on-one, for the reality of transitioning to adulthood.”

Richarte opened its doors 27 years ago and is aptly named for Sipriana “Chip” Richarte, who worked tirelessly for students in GISD as an educator and nurse for 11 years. She focused great effort on at-risk students to identify their challenges and needs, then worked to find solutions and resources to help them stay in school. As such, Richarte is an upper level secondary school that provides learning experiences that are as custom and individual as the students who walk through its doors.

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE While there are no football games or wrestling matches, Richarte has a prom every year, and a graduation ceremony with a valedictorian and salutatorian. Electives are real world and business minded; e.g., photojournalism, sociology, money matters, yoga, and special instruction on things like how to change a tire. There is even a “School of Rock” style music program that not only teaches music, but prepares students for careers as performers. Graduating classes generally earn $30-40,000 in scholarships, and all students have the option to connect with JR-ROTC and similar programs at other schools. They also have found tremendous support from and success with the Kiwanis and in-school Key Club service projects. “They do so much for us, and I love that our students choose service as an extracurricular activity. We see great success from kids who felt like they were the square pegs and the individual attention they get here lets them know they can do great things.” But don’t be fooled; this “customized” school is actually harder than traditional programs because the model allows for accelerated learning and independent study. Dyer assures his students do better because they have made the choice to be there. “They are predisposed to be responsible and self-motivated. We are not holding their hands; just giving them the tools to be successful on their own.”

Principal Rob Dyer has been at Richarte since 2017. Prior to that, he taught myriad subjects at every level and was an elementary and middle school principal over a 15-year career. His enthusiasm for his mission is as apparent as it is contagious, and his philosophies on learning are maybe even a bit ahead of our time. He says many in the community encouraged him to take the job, and he knew it was the right place for him when he went to his first graduation ceremony. “I was at a point in my career where I wanted to focus on people who needed me the most. You sometimes hear about some impact you had on a student, but I knew I could really make a difference in an environment of innovation, and I could be the right thing at the right time in a kid’s life.”

THE ENVIRONMENT Richarte has a definite “adult” feel to it. Most students are career-focused and eager to get that diploma to move on to the next step. In light of those goals, students are able to schedule classes around lifestyle needs as well. There are three class sessions (morning, afternoon and evening) to allow them to work part- or full-time jobs and still attend school consistently. As they complete their studies, they can narrow their focus and become part-time students.

THE FUTURE Dyer says he is hopeful future school bonds will allow the District to build a career center and perhaps even new facilities. “We want to provide this unique program to more kids, but at the same time, we never want to lose the ‘vibe’ and the family-like experience. I think we will know when we reach the tipping point; growing too big to the point that we’d need a second school just to keep things small.”

Visit GeorgetownISD.org for more information or to fill out an application.

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HERE COMES TROUBLE and Georgetown is loving it

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ocal social media mavens Christine Tomaszewski and Shelley Rodocker have teamed up with Rachel Hancock of Something Social Texas to create their very own version of a Good Housekeeping seal. About once a month, these BFFs premiere a mini-documentary on social media that showcases and highlights one of the many quality retailers and service providers we have right here at home. Both women have been connected to and working for the Georgetown business community for many years. Now, in their spare time, they script and appear in one- to two-minute promotional videos they then deliver to local business clients for distribution and sharing via multiple channels to promote their offerings. “We are professionals ourselves so we know what it’s like for our clients trying to generate buzz,” Christine says. “When we make a new video, the goal is to walk in their shoes in their own environment, and get a genuine feel for each one. But it’s also important to add a little comedic touch here and there to make it fun to watch.” Shelley adds, “That’s where the name comes from. We did one of our early videos to show people how hard our Georgetown firefighters work and we put it out there that we were looking for a name. Lt. Jonathan Gilliam suggested Double Trouble because nearly every time one or both of us walked into a room, someone would say, ‘Here comes trouble.’” Incidentally, Shelley and Christine take no money for this creative effort, and Rachel assures prospective clients that a Double Trouble production is affordable; non-profits get a discounted $100 rate.

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#GTXDoubleTrouble Christine Tomaszewski and Shelley Rodocker teamed up with Rachel Hancock to generate some love for local businesses.

HOW IT STARTED Christine and Shelley have been networking and going to events together for some time and always together. Last year, they had the idea to create some outreach for a particular boutique and someone suggested they make a video that could go viral. They have since created six more episodes about everything from the fire department to Simply Kids and their Facebook feed is full of eager fans practically demanding to know when they will premiere the next one.


T H E “A L L T H I N G S K I D S” E P I S O D E F E AT U R E D A N I N T E R E S T I N G ‘ R E V E A L’ — T H I S P O P U L A R TOY S TO R E & I C E C R E A M S H O P D O E S N ’ T H AV E A S I N G L E E L E C T R O N I C D E V I C E , O R A N Y TOY S T H AT R E Q U I R E B AT T E R I E S ...

Shelley says she enjoys their partnership as a creative outlet away from her job as a mortgage lender; “My job can be quite intense, but this is so much fun, and it’s all about introducing new people to Georgetown or telling everyone else something new.” Christine is not in the workforce at the moment, but is never at rest, thanks to the many community and advisory boards she volunteers for; “I wanted to shine a light on new businesses, and fortunately, the feedback is exactly what we’d hoped—people are excited to learn new things about the city.” Rachel is in full agreement with their method and mission. “I’m doing what I love and building my own business by helping others grow theirs.” After the first video went live, they began getting calls right away to book other businesses. The process includes a visit the business to familiarize themselves with the product or service, build a very intentional script, and talk to the owner about what he or she needs and expects for the story. They do a dry run and then film. The whole process takes about a month because this is all done on personal time. Filming takes a day or two, then Rachel spends about two weeks polishing and perfecting the final cut. All three enjoy a sense of pride that comes with helping Georgetown and they stand behind the #GreatestCityOnPlanetEarth because they love their “21st-century Mayberry”.

THE RESULTS The perfect outcome for Christine and Shelley— and their clients—is bringing new visibility, recognition, and, of course, revenue for local businesses. They know it is working because Double Trouble has a waiting list so they encourage potential businesses to be patient...they plan to keep this going for a long time. “Any kind of business is welcome as long as there is something we can promote,” Christine says. “We just need to agree that the event or update will justify the not-insignificant effort we put into every episode.” They have already been asked to expand their brand to other cities and properties, but, rest

Some video grabs from Simply Social Texas...

assured, they are pleased to report there is plenty to be done in Georgetown and that is where their hearts are. “It’s not about money or Likes for us. It’s a love and a joy and we don’t want whatever this is to grow so big that it is no longer fun. That’s a big part of the brand.” Videos can be viewed at Facebook.com/somethingsocial.tx, and Double Trouble just asks people to promote and patronize the businesses that keep Georgetown the kind of prosperous Mayberry that we live in and love.

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worth the drive

Playgrounds with water!

By the third day of May, its hot enough to seek relief from the slow boil of summer. Texans are always looking for ways to keep cool, and hanging out in perpetual A/C means missing out on some of the fun to be had on summer days. But we all know playing outdoors in triple-digit heat really needs to involve some water too! Here are some great places to cool off... PA R K San Jose Park (pictured) Rabbit Hill Splash Pad

LO C AT I O N 1707 San Jose St. Georgetown

HOURS 8am-9pm

1109 Blue Ridge Drive, Teravista

FEES

PICNIC

RESTROOMS

PA R K I N G

FREE

tables, shaded playscape

yes

street

FREE

tables shaded

yes

street

Georgetown Art Center Splash Pad

Corner of 9th and Main St.

9am-8pm

FREE

no

no

street

Quarry Splash Pad SW Wilco Regional Park

3005 Co Rd 175 Leander

10am-7pm

$2/ person

pavilions tables

yes

FREE

6450 RM 2243 Georgetown

8am-8pm

$2/ person

tables, shaded playscape

yes

$5

3300 Brushy Creek Rd Cedar Park

9am-7pm

FREE

tables, shaded playscape

yes

FREE

1003 N Austin Avenue

10am-8pm

depending on age

$0-3

tables covered

yes

FREE

3830 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park

7:30am10pm Fri-Sun

FREE

pavilions, grills, fishing areas, dinosaur digs

yes

FREE

Garey Park Splash Pad Water Playscape at Brushy Creek Georgetown Community Center Champion Park Splash Pad

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save the planet OXYGEN RICH PLANTS In the high heat of summer, when a passing breeze feels more like a giant hair dryer, we spend a lot of time indoors to avoid the heat. But that doesn’t negate our need for fresh air. So, while our HVAC systems have fancy filters to improve our air quality, there are a number of plants you can add to your home or office to enrich your air quality. Not all plants are made equal when it comes to their ability to improve your air. Some convert CO 2 to oxygen only during the day, when they get sunlight. The plants on our list produce oxygen day and night because plant’s pores retain the sun’s energy and continuously produce oxygen.  Boston Ferns: Ferns add a lot of green to any room. This fern improves the air beyond simply enriching it with oxygen. It is the most effective plant at removing formaldehyde from the air.  Snake Plant: Goes by many names, including mother-in-law’s tongue and viper’s bowstring hemp. There are many varieties combining dark greens and yellows into a beautiful canvas. NASA says it removes formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air, which can accumulate in enclosed buildings. Bonus: They are easy to care for and can be ignored for weeks without even drooping. They prefer dry soil and infrequent water.

 Money Plant: Another NASA favorite,renowned for its ability to remove chemicals and other pollutants from the air, specifically benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. Caution: this plant is toxic to cats, dogs and small children if its leaves are ingested.  If you want a little color, Gerber daisies are more than just pretty flowers. The right variety can easily be found to accent any room and they are great at producing oxygen and cleaning the air. A Gerber daisy can also remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your house.

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golf

Check Your Grips

BY BILL EASTERLY With 30 years experience in golfing, Bill Easterly has spent 17 years as a pro player from the United States to Australia, winning the Gulf Coast Invitational twice and three times on the Senior Circuit. Bill has spent ten years helping others enjoy the sport. Here, he gives you priceless tips—free, every month—to improve your game. One of the things that I am seeing is that many people who play golf do not pay attention to the grips on their clubs. I have had people come in with their grips worn badly or starting to get very hard and slick. They will then tell me they seem to be hitting the ball all over the place and cannot understand why. Let me explain. If your grip is slick, then you will feel it turn in your hand at impact causing the club face to open or close. If your grips are worn at the spot where you place your fingers on the club, then you will have a feeling that you have to squeeze your club tighter to control it. That can cause all sorts of problems. Remember you need to maintain a nice soft grip and not squeeze it tight in your hands.  Next, check your grip size. Make sure you are not using a grip that is too small and will make you feel like you are pushing your fingers into the palm of your hand. Also, make sure your grip is not too big. This will cause you to lose control of the club at impact.  Lastly, even if you put new grips on last year, and have not played much, they can still become hard preventing you from keeping a nice soft grip. Some grips will not wear as well as others. This is why you may see a club that looks new but the grip feels hard and the club will actually move around in your hand at contact. This is your sign that it is time for a change.

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poppy talks

The Exclusionary Details of Dinner I had occasion to think about

when he tried to convince ev-

he says, “Your honor, I’m sor-

how much we get away with

eryone what happened with his

ry for what I did; I know it was

in life if we just say the right

intern didn’t constitute cheating

wrong.” I may believe him. If he

words. The *exact* right words.

on Hillary. Brings to mind that

says, “Your honor, I’m sorry for

not-awkward-at-all conversation

what I did; I know I broke the

we have in relationships when

law,” I’m voting for the max.

one person says, “So... what do

‘Wrong’ vs. ‘against the law’ are

*you* consider cheating?”

two very different things. In my

Having dinner out recently was pleasant and my food was good. But not everyone at the table enjoyed the meal. Fortunately for the restaurant, and perhaps de-

Incidentally, the answer to that

liberately, the manager came by

question is, “If you wouldn’t do

and asked, “Was everything pre-

it in front of me, you’re cheat-

pared correctly?” We answered

ing.”

yes rather quickly. But I thought it was an unusual question; most of the time it’s, “How is everything?” Had she asked that standard question, it would have been an entirely different conversation that might have ended with a comped meal or at least a free dessert. Nothing wrong with what she did, but I couldn’t help thinking how people can expertly tiptoe around the truth sometimes. George Orwell called it lies of omission. Will Farrell— mocking President George W.—

Even Opie got away with it on Andy Griffith. Andy’s girlfriend called and asked Aunt Bea to tell Andy where to pick her up. Andy later asked Opie, “Did Peggy call?” Opie (who didn’t like Peggy) replied, “I didn’t talk to her Pa.” He’s only 6 and he knows how to use strategery. This manipulation may be no more critical than in a courtroom. If I am ever on a jury, I am going to pay close attention to what the defendant says. If

called it “strategery.” Consider this response, which should need no explanation... “No, those pants don’t make you look fat”—the “but your big butt does” is silent. In the outloud response, no one’s feelings are hurt and no one is sleeping in the doghouse. Another former President oh-so-famously got away with it when he said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” How glad is he today that there was no Twitter-verse 50

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mind, he was just sorry he got caught. But it would help his getting out of prison before he’s using a walker if he could make me believe he *now* believes his crime was not just wrong, but stupendously inexcusable. I’m not really complaining about people avoiding a harsh truth or an unkind word. Everyone from my 9-year-old to a Presidential candidate has reasons to be cleverly rhetorical from time to time, but I don’t want to miss out on the truth because it was excluded. Just reminding myself that it sometimes pays to not just listen, but to hear.


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In the culinary world, August is

Catfish Month Catfish is low in mercury and high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Easily accessible, affordable and quick-cooking. That means you can prepare a seafood feast for your family in less than 20 minutes — from start to finish!

BEST BAKED CATFISH INGREDIENTS 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 tbsp. Cajun seasoning Freshly ground black pepper Lemon wedges, for serving

1 c. cornmeal 4 catfish fillets Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 425° and drizzle 2 tablespoons oil on a large baking sheet. On a large plate, combine cornmeal and Cajun seasoning. Season catfish with salt and pepper, then dredge fish in seasoned cornmeal, press to coat. Place fish on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Bake until golden and fish flakes easily with a fork, 15 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

SOUTHERN-FRIED CATFISH INGREDIENTS 1/2 c. buttermilk 1/2 c. water 1 pound catfish fillets, cut in strips salt and pepper, to taste 1 1/2 c. fine cornmeal 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 t. seafood seasoning we like Old Bay TM 1 Qt vegetable oil for deep frying In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, water, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture into a flat pan large enough to hold the fillets. Spread fish in a layer over bottom of pan, turning to coat each side, and set aside to marinate. In a 2-gallon re-sealable plastic bag, combine cornmeal, flour, and seasoning. Add fillets to mixture, a few at a time; tumble gently to coat evenly. Heat oil in deep fryer to 365 degrees F. Deep fry fillets until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Avoid overcrowding so fillets have room to brown properly. Fish should be slightly crisp outside, and moist and flaky inside. Drain on paper towels.

HUSHPUPPIES During the Dog Days, don’t forget the Hushpuppies!

INGREDIENTS 1 c. yellow cornmeal 1-1/2 t baking powder 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 t salt 3/4 c. whole milk Oil for deep-fat frying

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk the egg, milk and onion; add to dry ingredients just until combined. In a large cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 365°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm. Deep frying is a quick process, so make sure you don’t overcook or burn your hush puppies by leaving them under for too long.


A n d, ju st be c a u s e y ou r pu p d es er v es s o m e ho m e b a k ed g o o d i e s t o o !

PEANUT BUTTER & BACON DOG TREATS Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes, plus cooling 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter 3/4 cup nonfat milk 1 large egg or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 T baking powder 1/3 cup oats (whole-rolled or quick) 2-3 strips cooked bacon, chopped Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. In a large bowl, gently mix the peanut butter, milk, and egg together with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour and baking powder. You may need to turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and use your hands to work in the flour. Mix in the oats and bacon. The dough is extremely thick and heavy. Using a floured rolling pin, cut into shapes using cookie cutters or a knife. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the bottom. Remove from the oven, and flip the treats to bake the other side for 10-12 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving to your pup. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to one week. —OR— Since pups can’t eat the whole batch in a week, they will freeze well up to two months.

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SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND? CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS! GEORGETOWN 808 Martin Luther King, Jr., St. Georgetown ,TX 78626 •512.930.6351 Mayor • Dale Ross • mayor@georgetown.org District 1 • Anna Eby • district1@georgetown.org District 2 • Valerie Nicholson • district2@georgetown.org District 3 • Mike Triggs • district3@georgetown.org District 4 • Steve Fought • district4@georgetown.org District 5 • Kevin Pitts • district5@georgetown.org District 6 • Rachel Jonrowe • district6@georgetown.org District 7 • Tommy Gonzalez • district7@georgetown.org

Governor Greg Abbott P.O. Box 12428 Austin, TX 78711 512.463.2000

County Commissioner Precinct #3 • Valerie Covey 3010 Williams Dr. Suite 153 Georgetown, TX 78628 512.943.3370 • comm3@wilco.org

Senator Ted Cruz 512.916.5834 300 E 8th St. Austin 78701

County Judge • Bill Gravell, Jr. 710 S. Main Street, Ste. 101 Georgetown, TX 78626 512.943.1550 • bgravell@wilco.org

Senator John Cornyn 512.469.6034 221 West Sixth St. #1530 Austin 78701

Sheriff • Robert Chody 508 S. Rock St. Georgetown, TX 78626 512.943.1300 • rchody@wilco.org State Representative District 20 • Colonel Terry Wilson 710 Main St Suite 242 Georgetown, TX 78626 512.463.0309 • terry.wilson@house.texas.gov State Representative District 52 • James Talarico 710 Main St Suite 242 Georgetown, TX 78626 512.463.0670 • james.talarico@house.texas.gov

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Senator, Texas District 5 • Dr. Charles Schwertner 117 W. 7th St Suite 5 Georgetown, TX 78626 512.863.8456

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Congressman John Carter 512.246.1600 • 1717 N IH-35 #303 Round Rock 78664


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Bonnie, a Vizsla from Round Rock, checking for squirrels during a Vizsla Meetup

Georgetown Bark Park W

ith approximately six acres of grassy play area, Georgetown boasts one of the largest off-leash dog parks in Central Texas. It is always a pleasure to see fur babies wearing themselves out; running, wrestling, getting muddy, and making new friends in a well-shaded safe place just for them. It’s also a popular meet-up for humans who have breeds in common and it’s safer than walking on busy streets. Regular visitors to the park come from all over Georgetown, around Williamson County, Austin, and even as far as Salado to enjoy the social time and a peaceful spot in the middle of the city. Just arrive on a leash, then ditch the leash—the city provides drinking water from fountains and small buckets, and even some large troughs that often double as wading pools for cooling off. There are also bags and trash cans available to keep human shoes clean. There is parking available, plenty of shaded benches, and agility equipment if your athletes want to show off their freestyle. There is a separate entrance for dogs over/under 30 pounds. Little dogs are welcome in the big dog enclosure if they’re up for it, but the big boys should keep to the over-30 side. Any vet will tell you... when your best friend gets the physical and mental exercise they need, they are happier, less destructive, and not as anxious to be alone because... a tired dog is a happy dog!

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