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Dead bat gives Steiner families rabies scare Three boys getting vaccinated By LYNETTE HAALAND Four Points News A dead bat has led to a rabies scare in one Steiner Ranch neighborhood. Three little boys are going through the rounds of vaccination treatments as a precaution to the potentially fatal rabies virus. “I didn’t know rabies was fatal in humans. The only frame of reference I had was Old Yeller,” said Julie Bradley. Her son Jack, along with fellow kindergartener Andres Fernandez and preschooler Ian Witt, were playing after school on Fri. April 20. They spotted a dead bat on one of their driveways. It likely was hit and fell off of a vehicle that was parked there earlier that day. The boys studied it a bit before moving it to another part of the driveway with a stick, they said. When Ian’s mom, Anne Witt, noticed what they were doing she asked if any of them had touched the bat, not seeing that

for herself. She let them know how dangerous it can be if they touched the bat. It was concluded that the bat was touched. Jack’s dad Jason Bradley, an emergency room doctor, was alarmed when he heard about the bat and 311, the non-emergency number, was called within minutes. Because of the urgency that rabies puts on a case, less than two hours later Animal Control came out to pick up the bat. “Animal Control came out to retrieve the bat and sent it in for testing,” said Julie Bradley, Jack’s mom. Andres’ mom, Adriana Fernandez, said she had no idea of the risk of touching a dead bad. “When I was first told I was not scared or shocked,” Fernandez said. “I think Animal Control scared everyone even more.” There was not enough fluid or material to test the bat so the results came back inconclusive, and therefore assumed positive. Additionally fluids can still transmit the rabies virus even if it was on a stick, and the boys touched the stick, Witt said. RABIES, 6

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Sheriff ’s office seeking Steiner Liquors suspects On April 19, three suspects entered Steiner Ranch Liquors, at 2900 Quinlan Park Rd. It is believed that while the female suspect distracted the clerk, the two males took several bottles of liquor and other alcoholic beverages. The total value of the items taken is believed to be

about $3000. The suspects were possibly driving a red van. It is unknown if it was a minivan or a full size van. If you have any information about this case or the above individuals please call Sheriff ’s Detective William Gonzalez, at 512-854-2204.

Andres Fernandez and Jack Bradley, Steiner Ranch Elementary kindergarteners, and Ian Witt, preschooler, are standing in front of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas after their first round of rabies vaccination. They discovered a bat in their Steiner Ranch neighborhood which led to the rounds of shots.

Vandegrift Valor Day honors school’s namesake Vandegrift High School hosted its 3rd annual presentation of the tradition called Vandegrift Valor Day on April 20. The annual assembly honors the school’s namesake, Lt. Matthew Ryan Vandegrift, for his service and sacrifice to our country. Students were asked to walk in silence and reflection when dismissed to go to the assembly. Matthew’s brother, Capt. Barrett Vandegrift and Matthews mother and father were in attendance and family friend, Pat Perry spoke. Capt. Barrett Vandegrift is a Cedar Park High School graduate and is currently a United States Air Force helicopter pilot stationed at F. E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. VHS is named in honor of Lt. Vandegrift, a Leander High School honors graduate (Class of 1999) and athlete VALOR DAY, 7

Promesa hosts Chamber Ribbon Cutting By LYNETTE HAALAND Four Points News Forestar Group Inc. celebrated the grand opening of Promesa, Austin’s newest apartment community, with a Four Points Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday. As part of its ongoing focus on environmental stewardship, Forestar (NYSE: FOR) donated $5,000 to The Nature Conservancy in support of the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan, which includes the nature preserve that sits adjacent to Promesa. A commemorative oak tree also was planted at Promesa located at 9415 McNeil Dr., across from Vandegrift High School. The oak highlights Forestar’s sustainability and natural beauty focuses. “Promesa is one of only a handful of apartment communities to

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Steiner Ranch vs. River Place - Nature Trails and the BCP By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News With River Place’s nature trail

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encroaching illegally on to the bordering Balcones Canyonland Preserve, Steiner Ranch appears to be ‘in the clear’ when it comes to the layout of its extensive trail system. Prior to construction of the Steiner Ranch master planned community, developers negotiated with original BCP owner, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Travis County representatives, to determine a plan to lessen the impact of the slated trails on endangered species of animals residing

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constructed, enabled the community and its trails to receive an easement which allowed the devlopement to be built upon the scenic grounds. “It’s a very different situation than River Place,” said Rose Farmer, Travis County Natural Resources Manager. “Steiner Ranch developers originally wanted to put in three times the amount of trails (than exist today) but asked, ‘Where can we put the trails to do the least Lynette Haaland

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in the woods. Under the terms of its conservation easement agreement, Steiner Ranch developers set aside 819 of the community’s acres to be managed by Travis County as preserve land but which would remain owned by the Steiner Ranch HOA. Furthermore, the developers agreed to pay additional money in the millions of dollars to the BCP to purchase more preserve land to replace the acreage taken by the new community. This agreement, in place before the first Steiner house was ever

visits the club for this same talk each year, usually after spring scrimmages are complete. “This year’s key objective is to develop better depth at all positions,” he told the fans on April 25. With more good players at each position the team will be able to rebound quickly from injuries. While several good defenders have graduated, the team is

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not losing many seniors over the next two years, and this fact is key to building a strong team, Brown said. The other objective which coaches are measuring are explosive plays: Coach wants greater than eight explosive plays per game, defined as a play with greater than 16 yards passing, or greater than 12 yards running, or both. Brown is very proud of the team’s 71 percent graduation rate, the highest in school history. Recruiting is going very well and “we just got the best 12 new players I’ve seen in a long time,” he said. Brown tells his quarterbacks the only thing that matters is winning games. He told that

to Vince Young and “after that Vince never lost another game. I know, I know, we should have told him earlier!” the coach quipped. He expects David Ash and Case McCoy to both be more comfortable this year at quarterback. Brown took a lot of questions at the club. When asked how he motivates the team when things are not going well, Brown said that team chemistry and leadership are things the coaches build on every day and teach every day. Teaching students that they don’t get to change their circumstances, only their reaction to them, is an important life lesson. Brown indicated that they never give up on a player because “Maybe the worst attitude on your team is

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Vandegrift High School students are asking one another to prom in extravagant and original ways. “Promposals” are all the rage. Senior Tyler Handrick wanted to ask his girlfriend, senior Lauren Smith, in a unique, public way. “I’m a hopeless romantic,” Handrick said. “So I figure every girl wants to be asked in a big and cute way.” Handrick’s friends made Smith follow a trail of rose petals that led to a wall outside of Building 2 where students were gathered around. There on the wall, “PROM?” was spelled out in rose petal held up by doublesided tape. Handrick stood there PROMPOSALS, 10

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LISD counselors help students through losses, tough situations Last week was one of the toughest we’ve experienced in Leander ISD. The tragic and untimely deaths of two students at Cedar Park and Vista Ridge High Schools shook our tightknit community to its core. The absences created with their passing have left holes within us that are still resonating. And although words fail us in difficult times like these, it is with all sincerity that our thoughts and prayers go to their families and friends during this sad and difficult time. When our campuses experience such challenging situations, support personnel, including

teams of counselors, school psychologists and the LISD Family Services Team are sent to the school to help students and staff begin the healing process. Today I would like to briefly expound on the roles that school counselors play in supporting student success. Most commonly, school counselors are known to help students with their personal and social development. They aid students in learning to respect themselves and others by focusing on interpersonal skills and decision-making skills, and help students practice setting goals and how to take action to

achieve these goals. They assist students in investi Many are not aware that gating the real world to make school district informed decounseling sercisions about vices extend their future beyond these career goals, important roles while attainto help suping positive atport students’ titudes towards academic and themselves, career developBRET CHAMPION their family ment. These asand their comsets are not mutually exclusive. munity. School counselors are For example, school counselors professional educators with a help students understand the re- mental health perspective who lationships between and among understand and respond to the academics, work, family, com- challenges presented by today’s munity life, personal qualities, diverse student population. They education, training and work. do not work in isolation; rather,

they are integral to the total educational program. Counselors and guidance professionals in LISD work to collaborate with students, parents, teachers and administrators to identify barriers that may impede a student’s achievement, knowing that everyone is unique. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize their full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. To learn more about our counseling

program, please visit www.leanderisd.org and select the Parents and Students tab. The staff of LISD never take for granted what a blessing it is to teach your children. They are precious gifts. The safety and well-being of our students are our top priorities at all times. We are committed to continuing every effort in maintaining a safe and healthy school community for all students. Again, on behalf of LISD, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those we lost last week.

LISD’s 4th annual Connecting U hit hot topics By LESLEE BASSMAN Four Points News

After three years of experimenting with a format which provides essential district information as well as educational philosophy, LISD succeeded in producing their most successful Connecting U program to-date. The schedule for the April 20 conference held at Hill Country Bible Church featured diverse topics and additional sessions in contrast to previous programs. “People have a lot more (sessions) to choose from this year,” said Lauren Bingham, LISD Community Relations Coordinator. “We reached out to our stakeholders and we’ve touched on what parents are looking for.” Hot headlines at the 2012 conference included a talk about attention deficit disorder and the steps parents can take to help their child succeed by Dr. Brent Cardwell of Cedar Park Pediatrics and Family Medicine as well as Registered Nurse Mary Ann Kluga’s tips for “bully proofing” students and Rachel Turner’s “How to help with homework”. LISD Director of Information Technology Systems Sarah Martinez led a very timely discussion on the new STAAR testing system. Turner found that her audience, with the majority comprised of elementary school parents, was most concerned about finding the resources to help their children once they get home from school. Turner responded with tips for a no power-struggle resolution of the problem and recommended parents seek help from their child’s classroom teacher, instructional coach on campus and district videos available online. “It helps to hear that other parents have the same issue,” said Mary McKelvy, mother of Grandview Hills Elementary School third-grader, Melissa, and first-grader, Sarah. “They learn differently now and it’s helpful for me to know the methodology (of teaching) because it’s changing and I need to change with it.” With its annual spring date, college-readiness is on the minds of many LISD parents and the district’s Director of College and Career-Readiness Lisa Brittain tackled the topic along with Leander High School Lead Counselor/IB Coordinator Julie Cooper and Cedar Park High School Transition Coordinator Mitzi Powell. Concordia University Texas Provost Alan Runge added his thoughts on the key components necessary for LISD students to transition from high school to the college community

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Top left: Vista Ridge parent Tina Sutton (left) and Vandegrift parent Katherine Eckenrod (right) discuss college readiness with Concordia University Texas Provost Alan Runge during last week’s Connecting U program. Bottom left: LISD ROPES course instructor Greg Glover hosts a spirited session on communication at the district’s fourth annual Connecting U program held at Hill Country Bible Church. Bottom right: LISD’s Rachael Turner, senior coordinator of Title I and Response to Intervention, addresses concerns of district parents following her session at the recent Connecting U program.

and Primerica Financial Services’ Jim Cooper and Frank Firestone offered invaluable insight on how parents can pay for their child’s university experience. “College-readiness is big for me,” said Katherine Eckenrod, mother of a Vandegrift High School freshman. “I had questions about AP courses and dual credit.” Runge found that parents needed clarification about the differences in PSAT, SAT and ACT testing programs, whether or not students would benefit from retaking the tests and what type of kids should sign up for Advanced Placement courses. Of course, hundreds of LISD parents and caretakers scurried from topic to topic during the day-long event; however, the uniqueness of the program attracted the attention of nearby

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Lake Travis and Westwood High School parents. “We attended (Connecting U) two years ago,” said Round Rock ISD parent Linda Victor. “There’s nothing like this in our district, nothing this big with breakout rooms and topics for all ages.” Parents enjoying LISD ROPES Facilitator Greg Glover’s session on “Leadership 101” got quite a workout with his high energy and interactive games, such as a modified ‘Simon Says’. “My session is all about being a better leader, listening to your kids, building on their strengths instead of just telling them what to do,” Glover said. “Talk about their day, let them lead you in their discussion and follow their lead. Spend time with your children and find out what makes their hearts tick.”

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Publisher’s Point of View Keep VHS’s first Prom safe without underage drinking Vandegrift High School will host its first Junior-Senior Prom on Saturday at Austin Country Club. Organizations warn that underage drinking is an issue in communities nationwide during prom. “This is a time for celebration. (But) unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking which can result in tragedy,” said Susan Molinari, Chairman of The Century Council, a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking. “It is no secret that children under 21 years old are drinking. It is therefore critical that parents keep the lines of communication open when it comes to talking to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving,” Molinari said. Statistics show that Prom-Graduation season - the months of April, May and June - is the most dangerous time for teens. One-third of the alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens each year occur during those months. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that hundreds of students each year under the age of 21 are killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes in April, May and June. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is trying to do its part. It is reminding retailers that it is against the law to sell or serve alcoholic beverages to minors. “Checking IDs is the most important step retailers can take to ensure the safety of our young people and our communities,” said Mindy Carroll, Director of Education and Prevention for TABC. Retailers are urged to reduce sales to persons under 21 is to demand identification from young-looking customers consistently and con-

scientiously. Selling and/or serving alcoholic beverages to a minor is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a $4,000.00 fine and/or up to one year jail. One of the reasons Alcohol Awareness Month is held in April is to warn of the dangers of underage drinking. Across the country, many communities conduct anti-drinking campaigns this time of year aimed at curtailing alcohol use before, during and after the special events. Consequently, prior to prom, many schools plan programs aimed at educating kids against the dangers of drinking. These programs feature special speakers, presentations and even displays of crashed vehicles to emphasize the danger. The Shattered Dreams program at Vandegrift in March was an example of this where simulated alcohol-related crash involving minors showed the consequences of bad choices. Some schools and groups utilize some form of a “sober contract,” a promise that students sign agreeing to remain alcohol and drug free during the prom and graduation season. At proms events, many schools across the nation have begun using breathalyzers to test the blood alcohol content of prom-goers and turning away at the door those who have been drinking. Another way Vandegrift is promoting a safe Prom and Graduation season is through Project Graduation set for June 3 at Dave & Buster’s in Northwest Austin. It is a national program started to provide graduating seniors with a fun, safe place to celebrate in a drug and alcohol free party. Good ideas all around to keep our Viper students safe.

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Letter of Commendation The residents of McNelly Trail in Steiner Ranch who back up to Bear Creek Trail want to salute organizers Amanda Marks and Natasha Collman (FireWise Committee Chairman) for their outstanding forethought and effort to accomplish a massive removal of "fire fuel"! We would also like to thank each volunteer, including the high school and middle school students, who spent hours of very rough work filling six huge dumpsters with dead wood and other brush that could have fed another destructive blaze. The volunteers from River Place and those VERY special neighbors who live across from Bear Creek Trail, we would like to give extra thanks for working all day to move the project to a hugely successful

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conclusion! Thanks also goes to H.E.B grocery store for providing lunch for the workers. Gene Arant and Stoneway Builders also helped on Medina River Way during the greenbelt fuel reduction two weekends ago. Indeed this project was so outstanding from start to finish that other neighborhoods should consider planning a day to remove "fire fuel." The weather even blessed the workers with a cool, sunny day! Thank You Betsy O'Neil Nancy Allen AND all of McNelly Trail residents.

sitting next to a 15-year old with a learner’s permit. I quickly realized that now I’ve got another set of eyes, eagle eyes, watching my maneuvers, spotting if my hands slip on the steering wheel from the 10:00 and 2:00 position to, say, 9:00 and 3:00 as I drive to 5:30 a.m. swim practice in Bee Cave. Although my husband of 20+ years will be the first to admit that I’m not a perfect driver, I’m confident that, with Sammi’s driving education program, we’ll both be going down the straight and narrow path from now on.

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pretentious but I’ll bet you don’t crack a smile when ordering a PuPu platter at Hula Hut or the Trashy Trailer Park Taco at Torchy’s. ---Darn it, Why do all the movies that we want to see start at 7:30 PM? Can’t they stagger the start times? The lines are so long. I hate it when, after standing in line for quite some time, the person in front of me cannot remember what movie she wants to see. Oh, snap, that was me! Darn it, that makes me mad! Signed, At a Loss

Darn it, I get so frustrated when the lines are long at the local Four Points coffee shop and the person in front of me doesn’t speak fluent “Starbucks.” Hey you idiot, I’ve seen you before, you always order a grande latte. Can’t you get it through your head that grande = medium? Darn it, that makes me mad! Signed, That makes A Higher State Of Bean Dear Bean, Seriously? If this is what your morning venti caffeine does to you, you’re not enjoying the ride. Coffee shops are about the experience. Smell the smells, feel the warmth, meet someone new, and enjoy temporary hearing loss from the grinders and steamers. In short, not everybody takes Starbucks as seriously as you. Yeah, sure, the names are

Dear Loss, Do we actually share the road with you on the way to the theater? You are likely that person who is staring at the snack bar menu, trying to combine portions and sizes to save 23 cents. And the movies don’t all start at 7:30, there are lots of start times to choose from. Just get there early. Concentrate. And breathe. On second thought, maybe you should wait for the DVD.

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Setting the example for a new driver When my youngest daughter received her driver learner’s permit a few months ago, I wondered if I’d have the patience required to be her passenger, let alone teacher. Whether she or I care to admit it, we are very much alike which makes for some interesting and challenging moments for both of us. However, what I didn’t expect while pushing down on my imaginary brake or unnecessarily gripping the door handle during a turn, was that as Sammi learned to navigate a car and RR 620, I, as the example, would be forced to become a better driver. “You didn’t use your signal, mom,”

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Fire Fuel Reduction Workday filled six dumpsters Dear Community The Plateau Subdivision of Steiner Ranch would like to thank all the volunteers that helped clean dead brush during our Greenbelt Fuel Reduction Workday. The McNelly Trail Neighbors had 16 homes involved in the project, had over 50 volunteers assisting and were sponsored by Chris Pena, Realtor, while HEB provided lunch. The Medina River Way Neighbors had 8 homes involved in their project, had dozens of volunteers and Lakeside Pizza provided lunch. We appreciate the guidance and support of the Firewise Committee and the Steiner Ranch HOA for providing the dumpsters.

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May 5 LISD’s Annual District-Wide Art Show Artwork displayed at Vandegrift High School from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Vandegrift High School Band Booster’s 4th Annual Garage Sale is Sat., May 5 at 8 a.m. to noon at River Place Elementary School 6500 Sitio Del Rio Boulevard. Still seeking donations of gently used/sellable items including clothing, appliances, sporting goods, furniture, jewelry and other household items. Collection and transport of larger items is available. Drop off sites include: VHS Band Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also other drop off sites at the VHS Band trailer, Uncle Bob’s Storage on 2222 across from 3M, and sites in Steiner Ranch, River Place and Grandview Hills. Contact vhsbandgaragesale@gmail. com for more information or text 504-442-2544.

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TCSO to offer free car seat Bush’s Cultural Local Fair, fundraiser inspections in Four Points Diversity May 18 to help foster On Tuesday, May 15, the Travis County Sheriff ’s Office in con Laura W. Bush Elementary will junction with Austin-Travis County EMS and Texans in Motion host their 3rd Annual Cultural kids, May 20 at Scott & White, will conduct free child passenger safety seat Diversity Fair on May 18th. inspections at the Lake Travis Fire Rescue Station #605 located at 3028 Steiner Ranch Blvd, Austin, Texas. This event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the last appointment taken at 12:30 p.m. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, child restraint systems are the most effective way to protect young children involved in motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death among children ages three to 14. As motorists prepare for summer travel, the increase in motorists on roadways also increases the opportunity for motor vehicle collisions. Learning the best practices for installing child passenger seats will help keep your family safe. Inspections will be conducted by appointment only. Please call Deputy Kimberly Orts at (512) 854-3248 or email kimberly.orts@ co.travis.tx.us to schedule an appointment.

Fifteen countries will be represented in this all-day event. Parents from each country will introduce their customs and cultures to the students. A Bagpiper will greet the students as they arrive at school. Shortly thereafter, they will get to experience The Flying Balalaika Brothers, a Russian instrumental group. Then it’s off to visit the various countries. To end the day, dancers from the local Irish Dance Center will perform traditional Irish Dances.

River Place honors Shakespeare’s 448th birthday In honor of Shakespeare's 448th birthday, 20 students from River Place Elementary recently performed at the Curtain Theatre stage in Austin, a replica of the Globe Theatre where most of Shakespeare's plays were first performed.

Local non-profit , Kids in a New Groove, is hoping to hit a ‘high note’ with the Four Points community during its May 20 fundraiser at Carlos n’ Charlie’s from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A total of five ”kid” bands will be performing including Four Points area regulars, En Fuego and Taco & the Enchiladas. All of the event proceeds will go directly to Kids in a New Groove, which provides private music instruction to kids in the foster care system. Their vision is to enrich and enhance the lives of foster children by nurturing their hearts and minds through music.

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The Four Points Foodie, Stacey Rider, addressed the current cupcake craze recently with a tasting demo packed full of so many delicious cupcake bases, fillings and toppings that no fan’s sweet tooth went unsatisfied. Over 100 eager participants created their own signature cupcakes using Rider’s cookedfrom-scratch components in an assembly-style fashion. The free demo in April at Faraday’s Kitchen Store enabled local foodies to choose from four difLeslee Bassman ferent cupcake recipes, add one of four unique fillings and then top it all off with one of four delicious frostings and embellishments. Four Points area residents flocked to Faraday’s Kitchen Store last month to “It’s cyclical,” said Rider of the try their hand at creating scrumptious cupcakes, a fad which has swept the current cupcake fad. “It started nation. Four Points Foodie Stacey Rider led the cooking demonstration. a couple of years ago and now CUPCAKE, 6

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Page 6 • Four Points News, Thursday, May 3, 2012 RABIES, FROM 1 “Symptoms don’t show up for a month, once symptoms show up, there is nothing you can do,” Witt said. If not treated, the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. All of the families felt pretty certain their children did not get rabies from touching the bat or bat fluids on the stick, but there was still a very slim chance. “We were not willing on taking that chance,” Fernandez said. The three families followed the entire protocol for exposure to a potentially rabid bat. A Department of Health case is opened for every rabies exposure and the case manager nurse explained to the families the treatment and plan of action which includes rounds of shots There is a short window of several days when to start the treatments. The three boys started getting shots They called many minor ER and pediatrician offices but no one in town carries the vaccine. They were told to go to Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. After a three hour wait, that was expedited by Jason Bradley calling ahead, they got their first injections. A total of three shots: two immune Globulin and Rabies Vaccine, one on each leg and one on the arm. “Andres had a hard time with the injections. I've seen him cry with shots before, but nothing

like this,” Fernandez said. “It took a few minutes to catch his breath to scream out. It hurt!” Her husband Jim Fernandez, is also a doctor and is allowed to administer the next three vaccines. After the first round of shots, they have to get the vaccine three more times, within a two week span. Each family is having to deal with their own insurance companies as well. “We will have to petition them to cover the cost of the ER and Vaccine. As of now we paid $200 for ER copay, $300 for each dose of vaccine (four total),” Fernandez said. “In the end, it’s been an expensive lesson but worth the piece of mind that they are OK,” she said. The entire experience is helping to increase awareness about the hazards of touching dead wild animals like bats, which have been connected to rabies cases but are still rare. Most cases of rabies come from dog bites. Dogs and cats are vaccinated for rabies, which cuts down on those cases. Still the Bradley, Witt and Fernandez families are using their experience to share with others what not to do. “We need to educate our children. Because Austin has a high bat population, it is important if anyone encounters a bat what to do and what not to do,” Bradley said.

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Concordia University Texas hosted “Ben and I Play for Peace,” an instrumental concert in the classical and jazz styles featuring guest musician Ben Werdegar, a 14-year-old guitar prodigy from San Francisco. Werdegar is raising money to provide wheelchairs to disabled and injured children in Iraq through CNN Hero and Texan Brad Blauser’s organization, “Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids” and the "Warrior Project." Joining Werdegar in concert on April 22 was Concordia Adjunct Music Professor Kim Perlak, and her colleagues on the Concordia instrumental performance faculty. The Concordia concert was 'sold out' to a completely full chapel of approximately 250 people. Donations from the concert helped to raise $7,300. Last year’s concert events funded 15 wheelchairs. It’s estimated that this year’s concert will provide an equal number of wheelchairs in addition to equally funding the Wounded Warrior Project. CUPCAKES, FROM 5 we have designer cupcakes and cupcake boutiques. Who doesn’t love a cupcake? It’s just a five bite cake in a paper shell.” Rider knows her stuff since getting her start early in life with an Easy Bake Oven she received at Christmas. Now, as a working mom, the Steiner Ranch resident blogs about her passion for cooking at www.fourpointsfoodie.com. “With five children, I’m always making up recipes,” Rider said. “I’m a realtor too. If my clients can trust me with recipes, they’ll trust me with their house.” Perhaps Rider’s baking skills are genetic. Her grandfather used to get up at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. on three mornings a week to bake pies for the family, earning him the nickname, ‘The Pieman’. Rider sponsors complimentary demos monthly at Faraday’s in Lakeway.

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Four Points Middle School Theatre Department presents Grease at Vandegrift High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. There will be 7 p.m. performances May 4 and 5, and 2 p.m. performances on May 5 and 6. Photos by Michelle Michel

waiting for Smith’s answer with a bouquet of roses. She of course, said yes. “I thought it was adorable,” Smith said. “I jumped up and give him such a big hug. I was shocked at how much thought and effort was put into it.” Senior JR Hardy and senior Gretta Smith have been running cross country together for years. Their friendship has only grown over the years and have made many lasting memories, one of which Hardy incorporated into asking Smith to prom. “I thought it was really creative and I liked that he did something that actually had meaning behind it,” Smith said. “It wasn’t one of the stereotypical ways people get asked.” This summer Hardy and Smith found a Barbie doll outside and it became an inside joke between them and their friend group to pass it around and hide it in each other’s cars. Hardy sent a Barbie doll to Smith in class with a note attached to it telling her to check her car. On the front window of her car was “PROM” spelled in Barbies. “I was so surprised,” Smith said. “I didn’t expect it at all.” Senior Cody Witt had just the right trick up his sleeve to win junior Abby Flickinger over as his date. Witt took Flickinger out on a wave runner to a cove on Lake Travis where a buoy that said “Abby… Prom?” awaited her answer. To top it all off, he had flowers awaiting her once they got back to the dock. “It was so cute and it made

me feel really special,” Flickinger said. “After talking about how adorable it was for way too long, I finally realized I had been asked and a question and said yes, of course.” Senior Samuel Pair ventured all over Austin from the 360 bridge all the way downtown just to make his plan to take senior Moriah Gonzalez to prom, a success. Pair used an iPhone photography app called Diptic to make a collage of pictures as his tool to make the perfect “promposal.” “He introduced me to the Diptic app and jokes with me about my creativity skills when it comes to making them [picture collages],” Gonzalez said. “We have jokingly been sending them back and forth. He couldn’t have asked me in a wittier and better way.” Pair had his friend take a picture of him holding up a sign with a letter in each location that eventually spelled out “PROM”. The final picture was of Pair holding a sign with a question mark on it, behind his back waiting at Gonzalez’s front door step. He combined all the pictures into one using Diptic, then sent the photo in a text to Gonzalez and waited for her outside her house. “I was definitely excited and gave him props for his charm and creativity, but it was my mom that actually ran to the door and started screaming at the top of her lungs,” Gonzalez said “I’m surprised he still wants to go with me after her hysteric reaction.”

Junior Christian Reed not only had to jump through hoops to ask junior Julie Latimer to prom, but state border lines. Reed went to Canyon Ridge Middle School and grew up with Latimer and the rest of the 2013 class, but later moved to Mississippi. “He wanted to come down from Mississippi to experience our first year of prom with all of his close friends,” Latimer said. “He comes to visit every once in a while so for him to be able to fly down for our prom is really exciting.”

Reed sent 40 balloons to one of Julie’s friend’s house along with a huge stuffed animal with “You and me, Prom?” embroidered on one ear, and “Christian” on the other. Latimer received it at lunch in front of the entire cafeteria. “I was so surprised. I could not believe that he went through all of the effort to send things to me,” Latimer said. “I am so excited for Christian to come and spend the weekend with all of us. It will be a really great way to end our junior year.”

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