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225 new apartment units being considered in Steiner Storage facility contract cancelled By LYNETTE HAALAND

One 298-unit apartment project in Steiner Ranch will break ground soon while another complex is being considered between the former Welcome Center and Quinlan Crossing.

A potential developer is exploring the details to build between 225 and 250 apartment units on the north side of the hill on the down slope side toward Lake Travis and Quinlan Crossing. On the community map, it is a portion of MU1B located between Vista Ridge shopping center and near the Steiner entrance. “It is under contract for an inspection period. They could call me next week and say, ‘never mind, we changed our minds,’” said Adib Khoury, Vice Presi-

dent Land Resources Taylor Woodrow Communities/Steiner Ranch LLC. Taylor Woodrow owns the acreage. Khoury did not disclose the name of the party considering the parcel. Meanwhile the formerly announced Greystone Development apartment project will “break ground very soon,” Khoury said. Pending approvals, Greystone plans to build 26 apartment buildings with 298 units on a portion of the 52 acres at 4800

An unlikely match By LISA OLSEN It was August 2002 and I was divorced with two young daughters. I loved my job and finally felt content in my life. Marriage was the last thing on my mind. One day, there was a problem at work and I needed to get some information. I was directed to a guy I hadn’t noticed before, a guy named Martin. I could see that he was on the phone, but when I got closer, it looked like he was on hold. I bent down to ask him a question and he “shushed” me, finger and all. I couldn’t believe it! I thought, who is this guy and who does he think he is? He definitely wasn’t my usual

type. He was blonde, a little arrogant and a lot younger than me. But, something sparked and we caught each other’s attention. He was from Denmark and on his way back to Europe after spending two years working in Singapore. A few days later, he was transferred to Germany, but we continued talking over the next three months. We had our first date in December a decade ago and it was amazing. Our relationship was consistent, but the excitement was still there. I didn’t have to wonder about anything. It just felt “right”. I would fly to Germany for the weekend and then the next weekend, he would fly here. This continued for four months

and I felt like a princess. He briefly met my girls during these trips, so in April 2003, all four of us went on a week-long vacation. The day before we left, he proposed. He didn’t care that I had two daughters. He told me that he already loved them both, even before he met them, because they were part of me. We were married in August 2003 and soon after he adopted my two girls. It’s been almost 9 years since then and I still feel like we’re dating. We’ve created a wonderful life together and have three beautiful daughters. He is an amazing husband and a wonderful father. For me, anything better just doesn’t exist.

Steiner Ranch Blvd., down the hill from Steiner Ranch Steakhouse. This project, its official name has not been announced, continues to go through the approval processes, Khoury said. In a separate project, Taylor Woodrow cancelled the contract that was pending for a new 100,000-square-foot storage facility to be built on a lot at 4807 N. Quinlan Park Rd., near the entrance of Steiner across from Quinlan Crossing. “We are re-evaluating the

potential uses of that piece,” Khoury said. “There are no contracts on that parcel (81 acres) for any uses at this time.” A Steiner Ranch residents panel has been meeting with Taylor Woodrow about every month or so for the past couple of months. The three or four residents who go to the meetings, including one of the organizers of the newly formed Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association, hear feedback on development plans for the community. As the community is building

its last 200 homes out of 4,100, developers made the decision to close the Welcome Center on Dec. 31. Although there will still be building for the next two or three years, “Steiner is winding down. We’re getting toward the final stage... the need for it is not what it once was,” Khoury said. The Welcome Center was open a decade and now Taylor Woodrow would like to see it become a re-sale office for a real estate broker.

Six Viper seniors sign to play sports at colleges On Feb. 1, six Vandegrift High School seniors signed to play sports at colleges, some have full rides and some are preferred walk ons. “This is a proud moment in Viper history to see these kids move on like this,” said Drew Sanders, Vandegrift Athletic Coordinator. He said these seniors and the two others who signed a few months ago to play sports at various colleges, “are the first seniors to estab-

lish a tradition to be continued.” Preferred walk on means they already have a spot on the roster and a locker in the locker room. They get the first shot at scholarship money if there is some available. “Anytime a young person commits to play a college sport, it’s impressive. It’s a huge commitment to attend college, even more so now adding practice schedules and the pressure to perform,” Sanders said.

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Nearly 1,000 community residents took a survey late last year and results show demand for more restaurants in the Quinlan Crossing development and the greater Four Points area. This survey was completed by 974 respondents (one per IP address) living in the Steiner Ranch area, which represents approximately one quarter of respondents in the area. “I was exceptionally pleased with the response to the survey,” said Paul O’Brien, Founder of GroupCharger. com and creator of the Steiner Post. He funded and developed the survey. The idea to conduct a survey came

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out of a meeting with a handful of residents and Randalls’ broker for Quinlan Crossing, Gail Whitfield. The goal of the survey was to learn more about the interests and dining habits of the local area. News of the survey spread via Facebook, the Steiner Ranch Post, email groups and Four Points News. Survey results show 77.7% of the respondents reported they eat out for dinner two or more times each week. Respondents eat out on a regular basis and currently travel 10 to 15 miles or more to dine out for lunch and dinner. They indicate they would frequent closer restaurants if they were desired restaurants. Notably, 792 respondents indicated a desire for an additional pizza

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Grandview Hills Elementary first LISD IB World School Grandview Hills Elementary was officially named last week as an International Baccalaureate school and the first elementary in the district. Grandview Hills Elementary has been authorized to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and now is an IB World School. The authori-

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In an unlikely path, Tessa Strader has opened a studio offering classical apparatus Pilates training at Four Points Pilates. “I discovered Pilates in my mid-30's and became addicted. It changed my life so much that I quit my job as an auditor and began my journey towards becoming a certified Pilates trainer. I wanted to learn why this exercise system worked, and I wanted to share its benefits with as many

others as I could,” said Strader, who lives in Cedar Park and has three children in Leander ISD schools, one at Cedar Park High School. With a degree in communications and a Master’s degree in accounting and business from University of Texas, Strader worked as an auditor for a small consulting firm. Along the way Strader taught step aerobics part time and worked full time as a television producer and voice over artist. But in 2007, she quit her job and began her journey

as a Pilates trainer in earnest. Strader began teaching in 2008, and in 2010 she earned the Peak Pilates Professional Trainer Certification. Four Points is not Strader’s first studio. She began in 2008 by renting out a small studio in Volente by the hour. But since most of her clients drove in from Steiner Ranch and River Place, she decided to open her own studio closer to her clients. Seeing the new building at 6911 RR 620 N in Four Points behind Walgreen’s, she fell in love with it

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Preparing students for life after LISD with COOL Week Last week, on the heels of Leander ISD’s Continuous Improvement Conference, I had the privilege of sitting in on students’ COOL (Career Opportunities on Location) Week internships at SHW Architects, along with KVUE and the Texas Film Commission, where I too got an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to have a career in journalism, radio, TV and film. Not only did I have a lot of fun talking with students about their experiences, but I also saw firsthand how beneficial it is for LISD students to work alongside professionals to better understand the school-tocareer connection. COOL Week lets students “try on� a potential career for five days in February. All last week you could find LISD students job-shadowing professionals here in our local community, to as far away as the Houston area, doing

everything from planning special events, writing computer programs and even caring for exotic wildlife. During COOL Week, students experience how specific occupations are preformed and see what types of skills, education and training are required to be successful in professions that interest them. After it is over, students often decide whether that particular career aligns with their personal goals. COOL Week is a truly great experience for our students, and LISD is very thankful to the many business leaders who make this program a reality for our students. In LISD we want our students to graduate high school college- and career-ready, meaning we must empower our students with the resources necessary to plan for their post-secondary opportunities. One of the most important resources students

need for post-secondary success perience isn’t just for high school is an understanding of financial students. In fact, the University of aid options. LISD, like most area Texas at Austin is hosting Explore districts, is hosting free Finan- UT, an annual free open house for cial Aid Saturdays, presented by students of all ages and their famthe Austin Chamber of Com- ilies on Saturday, March 3 from merce, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 No registrap.m. at each of tion is required our high school to participate. campuses to Even if your colhelp students legiate loyalties and their parlie outside of ents navigate Longhorn counBRET CHAMPION try, you might the complicated application process. Upcoming consider going to Explore UT locations and dates for Finan- just to expose your children to cial Aid Saturdays include Cedar its hundreds of innovative learnPark High School on February ing activities and exciting college 11, Vista Ridge High School on atmosphere. Having a top-tier February 18, Rouse High School university right in our backyard on February 25 and Vandegrift is one of the greatest advantages High School on March 3. Stu- to living in the LISD community, dents and parents may attend any so don’t miss out on this great opevent. portunity. Gearing up for the college ex- Our college- and career-

readiness culture is pervasive throughout the district. All of our elementary schools are committed to seeing that all students graduate with every option open. Even our youngest students have opportunities to grow the skills necessary to be successful after high school. As part of that collective effort, Grandview Hills and Mason elementary schools have been working toward becoming International Baccalaureate schools. After an extensive application process, LISD is very proud to announce that Grandview Hills Elementary was notified that it is now officially an IB World School. As an IB World School, Grandview Hills Elementary is globally recognized for offering instruction that challenges our elementary students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. We applaud the motivated students and dedi-

Two students set goal of $600 for March of Dimes

cated staff at Grandview Hills Elementary for all of the hard work they’ve poured into earning this prestigious distinction. Whether a student pursues education at a two-year college, a trade school, a four-year university or a career in the armed services, LISD is giving our students the tools and resources necessary for success. Achieving a satisfying career takes years of education, planning, studying, training, hard work and, we believe, access to opportunities that include COOL Week, Financial Aid Saturdays, Explore UT and the rigorous LISD curriculum. If you are interested in learning more about these programs and opportunities, please visit Have a great week!

Matthew Szostak placed 12th chair out of the entire state of Texas at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio recently. This places him in the Top band out of multiple bands.

Two 6th grade students at Canyon Ridge Middle School have a big goal. They are on a mission to raise $600 for the March of Dimes. Clayton Sander and Ben Cross have raised money by seeking donations by going door to door for their cause. Recently they held a bake sale at CRMS to continue their fund raising efforts. They have raised $478.23 so far to benefit the March of Dimes March for Babies. In the photo, left to right, Alex Stadthaus, Clayton Sander and Ben Cross.

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Sweetheart contest shows Four Points is filled with Love Our Sweetheart Contest was a big hit. going down to the field to play the “dizzy We asked Four Points readers to share a bat race”. brief story about why the love of And Martin and Lisa their life is so amazing. Olsen who experienced an inter Stories came in sharing sweet, national courtship even after he defining moments. “shushed” her, wagging his finger Like Bill Dixon who waited at and all, during their first meeting. the bottom of the escalator with a All of these stories of bouquet of yellow roses when he happy couples are just a tip of the actually met for the first time the iceberg in Four Points. Strong love of his life, Loyce. marriages are a part of the fabric LYNETTE of our community. Or the Kemmerer story which tells of a freak accident that HAALAND There is another comcaused his wedding band to have munity, not so close by, that is to come off - something neither Susan or knit together by decades and decades of Joel had ever done. Their rings had been on love. In Elk River, MN there are six couples since their wedding day. who live on the same block at Holt Avenue Susan Bernius and Wayne Marmon’s and 5th Street Northwest who have been fishing date set their love reeling. married for a combined total of 350 years. Ray and Robin Wolf ’s lives together “All six couples on the block stuck to started on a flight to California and it truly their promise for better or worse,” the story was “Love at first flight”. says. “Newlyweds are welcome, in fact a Gene and Amy McDonald have shared house sits empty on the block with a ‘for two decades of a blissful marriage after ex- sale’ sign on the lawn.” periencing love at first sight at college. To see the full story please go to the Four Mollie Hejl and Jaakko Talvitie were Points News Facebook Page. (You will need married on Valentine’s Day 20 years ago a tissue.) (mostly because it was cheaper to get mar- Back in our community, thank you to ried on a Fri. afternoon!) In sickness and in those who shared your stories which help health has defined their marriage. us all appreciate our loved ones more in And Ray or Rose Deragon have success- this Valentine’s week. fully managed through the years by merg- And congratulations to Ray and Rose ing her occasional hot temper and tenacity Deragon from River Place for being our with his mellow and sunny disposition. She Sweetheart Contest winners and getting describes him as steadfast. a Steiner Ranch Steakhouse gift certifi Unforgettable is Jeremy Clouse’s pro- cate. We randomly selected a number and posal to Heather on their one year anni- matched that with our fourth entry to deversary at Dell Diamond during a Round termine the winner. Rock Express game. She thought they were

No love for the G-Men in the Super Bowl By MARIE McGRATH Guest Contributor Football is big in Texas, really big, I get it. In the fall every house in my subdivision proudly displays the owner’s collegiate football flag. Attending my first Vipers football game this fall was an event unlike any high school sporting event that I ever attended, and I was on the kick line. So why was it that you wouldn’t even have known there was a Super Bowl this year? Ok, in full disclosure I am not a native Texan, I grew up on Long Island, NY. However, I have lived in Texas for 11 years, albeit in Houston for the vast majority of it, but I was recently graced with the life I now have here in Austin. And in further disclosure, my husband is from New Jersey. And yes, he did have season tickets when he lived there 18 years ago and he does idolize Bill Parcells, LT and Phil Simms but I have to say he had a valid point this week when he commented on the lack of love for the Super Bowl just because the Giants were playing. It was so bad that even I noticed it. I also understand that to really be a hardcore fan here you have to bleed orange or maroon. But not one ounce of excitement could be garnered for the Super Bowl not for lack of interest in the teams but BE-

CAUSE the Giants were playing. Okay so the Cowgirls (sorry), I meant the Cowboys and the Giants, or as I have heard them called here the Midgets, are arch enemies, rivals, hate each other’s guts kind of rivals - you at least have to show respect for them as a team. Now this is where I would go into stats about their performance if I really paid attention but I don’t. All I do know is that over the latter part of the season Eli Manning had created absolute magic on the field at the end of every game. That is when I started paying attention. So I say thank god for NBC! We had at least 48 hours that week of pregame, postgame analysis, and game time coverage. Most of the coverage made an attempt to be neutral but it really wasn’t possible. NBC is based in NY so you really can’t blame them for being pro G-men. It also helped that even Indianapolis was on our side. You know, with Payton Manning’s brother in the Super Bowl – the unmentionable one. So what if only two of the estimated 111 million people who watched the Super Bowl were in my neighborhood? I should just thank god I am alive, because if you walked into a bar in Newark cheering for the Cowboys you probably wouldn’t walk out alive. Marie McGrath is a local attorney who lives in Steiner Ranch with her husband.

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I’d like to see closer athletic fields. We drive for miles to go to fields. I think it would be super to have a big facility here.

We need traffic relief. We need to connect Steiner Ranch with River Place by Quinlan Park Road. We need another access to (Vandegrift High School) campus.

More lanes on 620 and 2222.

Biking lanes within Steiner down Quinlan Park Rd. and also a sidewalk on the side of Quinlan that doesn’t have one.

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Dear Editor Sitting in Breckenridge watching the snow fall and listening to our children as they report their ski and snowboard conquests of the day, I read an editorial that was distasteful and unfounded. Parents who show responsibility and appropriate inculcation spend time with their kids. This may include everyday time or special family vacation time. Public school funding in Texas is a pathological issue currently under review by the state supreme court. Discussions about this issue should involve all taxpayers. The manpower required to calculate per diem compensation based on daily attendance is wasteful. Most states establish a baseline census on a fixed date each year and never count again for funding purposes. Our "exemplary" local schools have few issues with chronic truancy and enjoy incredible parental involvement. Therein lies my disagreement with the editorial printed last week. Regarding parenting: Core values such as competing priorities, goal setting and lifetime learning are all a major components of travel. How many children have seen an American mink, fox, raccoon and moose in the wild this year? How many kids pushed themselves athletically to new heights? Enough for now, see y'all back in the Ranch, on Monday. R. Naples Steiner Ranch

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My yellow rose of Texas By WILLIAM DIXON Who would have thought it; me, meeting the love of my life in my mid-fifties? Loyce and I first connected through a blogging situation and then exchanged emails. On about my third email I said that I preferred direct communication and gave her my phone number. She emailed back saying that she was old- fashioned and that girls shouldn’t call boys. I reminded her (again by email) that this was the 21st century and it was alright for her to call me. She emailed back, “You Tarzan, me Jane.” She had my attention. Since she was living in the Fresno, CA area and I was living in the Austin area, we had the opportunity of spending many hours on the phone getting to know each other without the scheduling issues (or tension) of trying to get to know a stranger face to face. Since she had been considering a move to Texas anyway, this courageous lady flew to Austin so we could meet for the first time. I was waiting at the bottom of the escalator at Austin-Bergstrom airport with a dozen yellow roses for my Texas Rose. Then, at last, she drifted down from above, like a beautiful angel. She looked down and saw me looking up at her, then she gave a little curtsey and waved from the hip. I helped her off the escalator, then took her in my arms and kissed her. We had just laid eyes on each other for the first time. Well, long story short, she’s a Texas lady now, and after a year and a half, things just keep getting better all the time. We’re planning a June wedding somewhere in the Caribbean. God reached into the haystack of humanity and joined two beloveds together, one from California and the other from Texas. A little bit of Heaven drifted down from above, a handful of happiness, a heart full of love.

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Do you believe in love at first sight? Well, I do! Who was this amazing guy? My heart began to pound as I saw a handsome young guy standing in the lobby of my dorm. I was on my way to class and the only thing keeping me from him was a three hour lab class. I could not wait to get back to the dorm and find out who he was. After class I went directly back to the dorm asking anyone and everyone about that amazing guy. To my surprise their reply was, his name is Gene and that’s funny he was asking questions about you! The next week we went on our first date and our life together began from that moment! We dated for five years. Then, imagine, New Orleans, the love of your life, the Riverwalk, you turn around and he is down on one knee…will you marry me? He knew I would say yes and eight months later we were married! Two years later we had a son, Gene V and then three years later we had a daughter named Macy. Gene’s number one priority in life is to make sure that I am truly happy! Each and every day of my life I get to live on the pedestal he keeps me on. This year we celebrate twenty years of marriage! Twenty years! How many people can say that? Luckily, for us we can. Gene is the best friend, husband, father, son, brother, uncle and son-in-law ever created! Gene is a true blessing! I am so grateful Gene was made for me as my soul mate! Marriage is a full time commitment and I could not have picked a better person to work with my entire life! Gene, my sweetheart, will forever and always not only be my husband, but my best friend!

More than a wedding band By SUSAN KEMMERER

When my husband called me Jan. 6, from my son’s basketball practice, he said, “I need to go the emergency room – I think I broke my hand.” I had so many questions…“What now…, how exactly...,” etc. But, when I picked him up and saw a hand hanging at an unnatural angle, I knew. There was definitely a break. The kids were “distributed,” and we were on our way. “It won’t be that bad,” I thought. In the ER we laughed and joked. “…can you believe this; what are the odds…we need a better tale to tell...” We quickly came to the conclusion that a 42-year old who runs full-steam and accidentally meets a cement wall, head and hands first, was not good. But, it would be fine. It is what it is – a freak accident. When the ER x-rays revealed not one, but TWO fractured wrist AND a cracked C6 vertebrae, I still tried to keep it in perspective. “We can do this. We’re fine. Time, patience, casts, and a sense of humor. We’ll be good.” When the doctor said that the neck brace was staying on and that he would need to take of his wedding band so she could re-set the hand…that’s when I cracked…or rather, cried a bit. You see, neither he nor I have ever taken off our wedding bands since that great May day in 1998 when we slipped them on each others fingers. It wasn’t really a tradition we had in mind, however I was familiar with it. My mom hasn’t had her wedding band off for over 45 years: through births, surgeries, etc. We simply never saw the need to take them off – and then it became “our thing.” Through births, remodeling, painting, surgeries, etc…they remained in place. So, while the thought of bone breaking or the around-the-clock care I would be providing didn’t make me cringe, removing his ring did. I told the doctor that it had never been off, and she said it was remove now or cut it off later, swelling and such…so off it came with a pull from me. However, I have realized over the course of these two arm casts and the temporary neck brace, that our marriage is more than a wedding band. It’s truly for better or worse, in sickness or in health. It’s caring for your best friend from head to toe – from contact lens removal and feeding to help with socks and shoes and everything in between. It certainly hasn’t been all roses, but it has brought us closer than gold bands ever could. Happy Valentine’s Day - my “patient” Joel.

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Opposites attract By ROSE DERAGON It was love at first sight, well for me anyway. A very cautious and calculating guy, my husband, Ray, of 15 years wasn’t so quick to admit his eternal love for moi. He came around, though, and finally proposed. Knowing that his “love clock” only had so much time on it, he arranged an incredibly sweet and romantic proposal on South Padre Island complete with limousine, flowers, champagne, a full moon (which I’m sure he arranged) and a fireworks show. Our lives since then have been full of love! Blessed with 3 children, we now have to try HARD to keep that love fresh and interesting. We manage to do it by sneaking in a lunch here and there, an afternoon movie once in awhile, and a real “date” now and then. One of the problems we’ve faced is simply having enough energy to devote to each other once we’re done taking care of everybody else! Add to that the time it takes each of us to keep friendships and other relationships alive….whew! It’s like a juggling act that never ends! The rough spots in our lives have not only made us better people, but have made us a better couple. The years have changed each of us in different ways, but our path together continues with more strength, understanding and resolve, realizing that we have helped shape each other. Admittedly, it is my occasional hot temper and tenacity that have led us into arguments and disagreements, but to an end result. (Friends will tell you I never let anything go that can be resolved!) On the other hand, it is my husband’s mellow and very sunny disposition that has taken so much of the drama out of our relationship. His focus is steadfast: take care of the family! He will do just about anything to achieve that, including working out things that, to me, are huge but to him are not. Through rough financial times and many personal crises, he is a rock in the stormy sea of life. What’s the payoff? A love that’s stronger than ever! I love you, honey. I look forward to the rest of our lives together!

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Love at first flight By RAY & ROBIN WOLF Almost 5 years ago, Ray “Mr. First Class” Wolf met Robin “Miss Coach” Holden at a baggage carousel. They were on the “nerd bird” direct flight from Austin to San Jose, CA. Sipping on his coffee at 6 a.m. in the first class section, Ray noticed Robin as she walked pass him to the coach section. Mr. First Class never had a need to check a bag due to his apartment in San Jose. However, on this day of destiny, he was waiting for his bag when he saw Robin at the baggage carousel. Assuming only professionals would be on a direct flight to San Jose, Ray approached Robin and asked for her business card after briefly introducing himself. On the next day, Robin received a text from Ray asking her to go to dinner. Several hours later, she realized that the person who sent the text was, “Mr. First Class” from the airport. Robin replied that she was busy on the day that he requested, but she could go to dinner on another night. On the night that worked for Robin, Ray had people in town from all over the world to attend one of his executive meetings. Ray ditched his very important meeting to take Robin to dinner. Ray and Robin enjoyed a delicious dinner, wonderful conversation, and went dancing at a place called, “Straights” on Santana Row. The next night Ray joined Robin and a friend for dinner. While Ray was in the restroom, Robin’s friend mentioned, “Maybe this is love at first flight?” Robin was surprised by this comment, but her friend at the wedding delighted in saying, “I predicted it!” Ray upgraded Robin to first class on the flight home to Austin, and Ray has proven to be first class husband, father and provider. Robin continues to reap the benefits as they share their lives together raising their 5 children and living happily in Steiner.

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Jaakko Talvitie and I met by the pool for our townhomes in Spring, TX. Several months later, I became a “damsel in distress” by locking myself out, so I knocked on Jaakko’s door. We dated and decided to marry a year later. Justice of the Peace wanted $75 to marry us on Saturday, but less Friday afternoon (Valentine’s Day, 1992) . His family couldn’t come from Finland, so we didn’t invite my family in Austin. Jaakko still carries the one photo taken by the JP in his wallet. A lady I knew worked at a one-hour photo place, so she took our “wedding photos” in the small studio.

On Aug. 5, 2010 my construction company owner (my father) and I went to the Dell Diamond in Round Rock to watch a RR Express baseball game in our company suite/box and invited a girl that we knew to meet us up there to talk about a commercial patio we were building because she does stone and rock work. I coached her son in baseball who was on the same team as my little brother. She asked if she could bring a friend, so she did. I asked very anxiously who her friend was and she said it was her best friend since high school. She is ten years older than me so I figured I had no chance so I was no longer nervous said hello and left it at that. We didn't talk at all that evening after meeting but she managed to get my phone number from my dad. The next day we went back to the same place for a date and have been together ever since. I proposed to her on our 1 year anniversary on Aug. 5, 2011 on the field of the Dell Diamond during a game. I told her we were going to go on the field blindfolded to do the "dizzy bat race" but when she took off her blindfold I got down on one knee right there with the whole crowd cheering and she said yes! I also had gave tickets to the game to her out-of-town family so they could surprise her. The video is on YouTube " Jeremy Proposes To Heather ". Our 10 year age difference doesn't matter to us. I am 23 and she is 33. We both enjoy going camping, spending time with family, our pets, and she attends ALL of my baseball games! This girl is a trooper and gives me motivation to do great things in life. I tell her every day how much she means to me and the first and last thing that I tell her every day and night is that I love her. Heather, I hope you are reading this in the paper right now and I want to let you know that I can't wait to marry the most beautiful girl in the world. You are the love of my life and my best friend.

We had a nice dinner and spent the night in the Woodlands, TX. Next day, we drove to Austin for a “celebration dinner” at my grandmother’s house in Travis Heights. In May 1992, I had hysterectomy tto remove five-pound fibroid tumor. In September, we learned I had metastatic breast cancer! During the window of time between chemotherapy treatments and bone marrow transplant in 1993, we took a trip to Hawaii (no hair, sun, or alcohol and daily shots). Without Jaakko, I don’t know how I could have made it through all this. Breast cancer recently returned, but in my breastbone. We will be married 20 years this Valentine’s Day. Our anniversary plans, a trip to Panama, are now delayed due to daily radiation treatments. “In sickness and in health” definitely describes our marriage!

Reeling in love By SUSAN BERNIUS Jim and I met in a corporate work situation where it was not appropriate to have a personal relationship in Southern California. He came to the company in a sales position. I gave him the technical training he needed to sell our data storage products. The moment our eyes met, I knew I was in trouble. With me as his technical advisor and assistant, we traveled many successful miles together. After taking separate jobs and many years apart, he returned from Europe. We had no contact during his time away. I had taken a job that relocated me to Northern California. To this day, I have no idea how he found me, but he did. He invited me to dinner. We met. Sitting outdoors in the autumn sun, he said “I know this is really fast, but when you get ready, pick me”. I picked him and had nine lovely, exciting years with him. We moved to Austin. Had a house built. Our dream house. We had a goal. We had a phrase that we repeated to each other, ”My Lover , My Partner, My Friend,” Jim passed away within two months of our move from California to Austin. I thought my life was over. My friends and family encouraged me to date. I tried a

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Area Toastmasters speech contest The Lake Travis Toastmasters will host the Toastmasters Area J61 International Speech and Evaluation Contest on March 19 at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek in Lakeway at 6:30 p.m. Join the Area J61 Toastmaster Clubs: Cirrus Logic Toastmasters, Intel Austin Toastmasters, Dripping Springs Toastmasters, Westlake Toastmasters and Lake Travis Toastmasters with Area Governor Marben Bland. The evening's program will present an array of interesting and entertaining speeches, plus the evaluation of a guest speaker's speech by one member of each club, great food and meeting new friends. Visit the Lake Travis Toastmasters website "” to learn more. Regular meetings are on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of every month.

Sponsored by Regions Bank. March 1 – Leadership and Ethics: Lessons learned from the Enron Crisis Speaker: Steve Furbacher is the former COO of Dynegy Corporation. Furbacher will describe his experiences of watching his competitor “down the street” implode in what has been called the greatest business collapse in history, and what he learned through the process. April 5 – From Pilot to President: A Leadership Journey Speaker: Dr. Tom Cedel is president of Concordia.

Over the past decade, Cedel has taken Concordia from a small college on I-35 to a university that has an impact throughout the region and state. Listen in as he describes the joys and struggles of the journey. Speaker series events will be held in the Concordia Auditorium (11400 Concordia University Dr. in Four Points) in Building A. Discussions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 12:30 p.m. For more information, please visit

Math Club students competed in a Math League competition Math Club students from Canyon Ridge Middle School competed in a Math League competition on Jan. 21 at Grisham Middle School, competing against students from Austin and Houston. Pictured (left to right) Yilong Peng, Joseph Dean, Brendan Hollaway, Samiksha Mulpuri, and Austin Jiang. Samiksha placed 5th of all 6th grade students that competed. Yilong received 4th place of all 7th grade students. The 8th grade students performed well and Joseph placed 5th, Brendan placed 8th, and Austin placed 9th. The students said they had fun at the competition and are looking forward to the next one.

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The boys of Cub Scout Pack 1776, which is chartered by the Vipers Lacrosse Club and meets at Grandview Hills Elementary School, collected more than 400 pounds of food for the Capital Area Food Bank in February 2012. The boys conducted the collection as part of their pack's service project to help the local food bank. The boys pictured are Webelos Scout Duncan Alvarez and Wolf Scout Walker Wardrop (in uniform).

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Local Young Men’s Service Ash Wednesday at LT United Methodist League forming at ACF On Feb. 20, there will be an informational meeting to introduce mothers of 8th and 9th grade boys to a new organization that is starting in the Four Points area. Young Men’s Service League is a non-profit organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community and provides an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships.

Please join the members of Lake Travis United Methodist Church on Feb. 22 for our observance of Ash Wednesday. Supper will be served at 5:45pm followed by the worship service at 6:30pm in the Ministry Activities Center. The Praise Team will lead music with a special hand bell chorus provided by our youth. The service will conclude with the Imposition of Ashes. Supper costs $6.00 for Adults and Youth; Children are $3.00. Please make reservations for the supper through the church office, 266-9877; reservations for the service are not necessary. Childcare is available.

YMSL was founded by Pam and Julie Rosener who envisioned an organization that would allow mothers and their high school aged sons to work together in support of those in need within the community. For more information, please contact Ashley Goolsby at 512-576-7787 or plan to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. at Austin Christian Fellowship Church on River Place Blvd in the upstairs Starlight Room.

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Cattiva Cosmetics celebrated launch party at Hue Salon

Canyon Ridge Middle School Talking About Tough Issues with Naomi Drew speaker 6:30 pm

Feb. 17 Four Points Chamber of Commerce Whataburger Ribbon Cutting at 10am

Cattiva Cosmetics held its launch party at Salon Hue in Steiner Ranch recently and then last week the Ladies Night at River Place Country Club. Owned by local resident Joelle Maryn, Cattiva is an anti-aging line of cosmetics that is mineral based and made with antioxidant-rich formulas.

Feb. 18 Peace Lutheran Church Mardi Gras Celebration will have dinner & music: The Blues Specialists from 5:30-9pm

Feb. 20 Young Men’s Service League Informational meeting at 7pm Austin Christian Fellowship

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Four Points Whataburger celebrated their Grand Opening Whataburger Restaurants hosted their grand opening celebration on Feb. 8 at its newest Austin location at 8300 N. FM 620 Road. This is Whataburger’s second new restaurant opening of 2012 and Whataburger’s 18th location in Austin. “Whataburger may have grown to 730 locations since our beginning in 1950, but we still think of ourselves as the hometown burger joint,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Jeff North. “We’ve been in Austin for the past 58 years and feel very fortunate to have such loyal customers in this community. Our team looks forward to serving them at our newest Four Points location.” Headquartered in San Antonio, Whataburger has successfully expanded from a single burger stand in 1950 to a family of restaurants across 10 states. In addition to lunch and dinner, the 24-hour restaurants are a popular destination for late night dining and breakfast.

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Dance Institute dominates Westwood Dance Classic Dance Institute Performance Academy continued there winning ways this past weekend at the Westwood Dance Classic where 56 dancers competed at Westwood High School. The top soloist of the weekend was

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"We are off to a great start for our competition season," said Linda Holland, DI founder and owner. DIPA will travel to Dallas this weekend for LA Dance Magic Convention and Competition.


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Girls Falcon B-team - District Champions Four Points Middle School Bteam went 9-0 in district, making the team District Champions. They also won First Place in the Canyon Ridge Tournament. FPMS A-team went 7-2 in district and won Second Place in District and Second Place in Canyon Ridge Tournament. When playing against Forbes Middle School recently in Georgetown, the Falcons were down by 26 points but came up to tie the game and lost at the very last minutes. "This was an awesome year for the seventh grade girls basketball team. They showed up early in the morning for practice and always gave 110% effort! These girls worked extremely hard and played with a ton of heart during the entire season," said Coach Rochelle Vance.

The Vandegrift High School Tennis Team won the Lake Travis Tournament on Feb. 10. 1st place winners: Girls Doubles (B draw): Loryn Johnston/ McKenna Shuster VHS (Final score 6-2, 7-5 vs. Burros/Hospeti, Clear Brook) Mixed Doubles: Maria Giral/Chris Pleshek VHS (Final score 6-3, 6-0 ) Runners-up: Boys Doubles (A Draw): John Jacob/Josh Minor VHS (Final score 7-5, 1-6, 6-10 vs. Laudon/Seifert, Lake Travis) Boys Doubles (B Draw): Raventh Madina/ Johnny Zhang VHS (Final score 2-6, 2-6) Boys Singles (B draw): Barrett Launius VHS (final score 4-6, 6-0, 9-11)

Adrian Barraza, freshman, placed 1st at Regionals and will be competing at State in two weeks at the Delco Center. Barraza wrestled four matches and had two wins by pin, one major decision and one minor decision.

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Brandon Brown

Zack Brown

Brandon Brown signs to be a preferred walk-on to play football for Baylor University.

Zack Brown baseball signs to go to Grayson Community College on a scholarship.

Viper Soccer starts district matches

J.R. Hardy

J.R. Hardy signs to go to Baylor University for track as a preferred walk-on.

Brandon Keys

Gretta Smith

Vandegrift Boys Soccer won its 1st district game at home on Feb. 10 vs. Marble Falls, 2-0. Lady Vipers played at Marble Falls on Feb. 10 with a 4-0 win.

Brandon Keys signs to go to University of Memphis on a full scholarship for track.

Gretta Smith signs to go to Baylor University for track as a preferred walk-on.

Mike Batek

Montessori An “education for life”… starts at School in the Hills

Join Us for an Open House Saturday, February 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

No Season has to be Allergy Season Visit your local Allergist today!

Greater Austin Allergy Asthma and Immunology

Join the Quest! All children ages 3 years old through 4th grade are welcome. School in the Hills will spend the summer observing, investigating and experimenting in a fun environment. Enroll your child in Discovery in the Hills for a single camp, several weeks or all summer.   Primary Camps for children ages 3 – 6.  Leadership Camps for children currently in 1st – 4th grade. Visit for more information.  

Dr. Henry Legere Dr. Seth Hollander

Dr. Eric Schultz Dr. Ron Cox

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Four Points News February 16, 2012 Issue

February 16, 2012  

Four Points News February 16, 2012 Issue