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Volume 6, Issue 12: June 2014


Mague’s Cafe

Celebrates 30 Years!



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publisher's note As someone who has been born and raised in Boerne, this month’s cover feature, Mague’s Cafe, has been a staple for most of my life. I began eating there as a kid and now my daughter loves to go there. It seems we eat at Mague’s Cafe several times a week for breakfast, lunch, and of course our regular Thursday night out with the in-laws. Mague’s is a special place to us. It’s one of those rare local restaurants that just feels like home. We couldn’t be happier to share the exciting news of their 30 years in business! Congratulations! Also in this issue, Boerne Mayor Mike Schultz fills us in with what’s going on in the City, we have lots of local business news to share, and Dr. Bob Bower even fills us in on cervical and lumbar radiculopathies. Not sure what radiculopathies are? Turn to page 13 to find out! Summer will officially arrive this month on June 21st. If you are thinking about loading up the family and heading out on a road trip, make sure you read the article on page 22. Our favorite local car dealership, Jennings Anderson Ford, shares some vehicle maintenance tips you should know before you hit the road. I hope you all have a fantastic summer. Enjoy as much fun in the sun as you can this year! Please enjoy the latest issue of Boerne Business Monthly,

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contents 08: from the mayor 09: higher education

Wayland Baptist University Brings Higher Education to Boerne

10: giving back

GVTC’s Charitable Golf Classic

11: 12: boerne history calendar

Historic Landmark Commission Honors Phillip Manor Owner

13: wellbeing

Cervical & Lumber Radiculopathies by Bob Bower MD

14: cover feature

Mague’s Cafe Celebrates 30 Years by Lauren Stumberg

17: banking

Centennial Bank Opens New Banking Center

14 your SPACE 26: art

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from the mayor

Thankful for the Rain, Let’s Hope for more!


Recent heavy rains have proven to be a much needed blessing, helping to fill our once parched creeks, ponds and lakes. Let’s hope the rain doesn’t stop now though, we need it to keep coming for the hot summer ahead. I want to take the opportunity here to thank Boerne City Councilmember J. Kuper for his service to our community. During these last four years, J. has actively represented the members of his district and provided valuable insights from his business experience. We know J. will continue to be an important leader in our community. The new District 3 councilmember, Charlie Boyd, was sworn in last month. One of the most frequent questions I get when I am out in the community is “When will the City do something to improve School Street between IH10 and W. San Antonio?” I am delighted to report that the city council recently approved a contract with Civil Engineering Consultants to provide us with recommendations and cost estimates for pavement improvements. We all know that School Street has more traffic on it than ever before, so until there is enough money to actually widen the roadway, we will at least make the necessary repairs to the pavement and the shoulders to handle the increased traffic. You have probably noticed that Veterans Park on S. Main Street is a complete mess. The contractor began work on this City funded renovation project a few weeks ago and completion is expected next fall. Among the many new features, the park is getting new walkways, which will include special pavers that can be purchased to honor someone special. New landscaping will be installed and seating will be added. The Veterans Memorial is also getting some tender loving care as part of the restoration process – it will be returned to the center of the plaza at the completion of the project. A rededication ceremony for this important public space is being planned for Veterans Day, November 11. Those of you that read my column frequently know that I like to brag about our city employees. These folks not only provide for our basic city services, they also give back by supporting the Boerne community through annual fundraisers. Just last month, a team made up of city employees, friends, and family raised $5,172 for the American Cancer Relay for Life. Not to be out done, the team also won the “Most Spirited” award during the relay event at Champion High School. Carol asked me to also remind you that the season tickets are now available for the 2015 Boerne Performing Arts series which includes performances by The Canadian Brass, the Shanghai Circus, and Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway. If interested go to to see a preview of the shows and to place your ticket order. We look forward to seeing you there. Happy Father’s Day to all of our Hill Country Dads!

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This past February, Wayland Baptist University offered for the first time a handful of classes to the residents of Boerne and the surrounding areas. “We are bringing the core values of Wayland Baptist University to the Boerne market and are pleased with the results. The first quarter exceeded our expectations as we had four very robust classes with excellent feedback on the student experience,” said Dr. James Todd, Director of Operations for Wayland Baptist University – San Antonio. “We offer highly qualified faculty, most of which are subject area specialists, that are providing our students with personal, professional and spiritual guidance,” Dr. Todd added. Classes offered by WBU in Boerne are taught at the Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Development Center, located at 1221 S. Main Street, and are held at night, with the exception of of a Saturday morning class. The second quarter of classes offered in Boerne began on May 26, 2014 and is offering students an entirely different set of classes than what was offered during the previous quarter. According to Dr. Todd, “The classes we offer are on a rotation. We are very in-tune with our students and their needs. We aim to offer the classes they are looking to take. This quarter we have available courses in business ethics, the American legal system, United States History to 1877, Andragogy, which is theories and approaches to teaching and learning in adults, and even research methods.” Wayland Baptist University is primarily focused on the adult learner. By offering low tuition, the absence of parking and sportsrelated fees, small class size and flexible evening, weekend and online DR. JAMES TODD classes, WBU’s non-traditional approach is attractive to working Director of Operations for WBU – adults. School credit is also given for work experience. However, San Antonio


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that’s not to say that a more traditional student couldn’t take advantage of the classes offered here in Boerne by WBU. “We have our first high school graduate that will be attending WBU classes in Boerne this summer! Basics are basics in Texas, and this individual wants to take advantage of these courses being offered so close to home and get a few hours under his belt before heading off to college in the fall,” Dr. Todd stated. Looking ahead to the future, BISD and Geneva School of Boerne are both looking into the possibility of duel-credit courses to be offered within their curriculum for high school students. The Wayland Baptist University system includes not only a home campus in Plainview, Texas, but also 12 external campuses and an operation in Nairobi, Kenya. One of their external campuses includes their San Antonio location, which opened in 1984. WBU exists to educate students in an academically challenging, learning focused and distinctively Christian environment for professional success and service to God and humankind. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. If you would like additional information on the Boerne program, contact Wayland Baptist University – San Antonio Campus at 210-826-7595 or visit BBM

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GVTCʼs Charitable Golf Classic is an Ace for the Community


The GVTC Foundation once again benefited from a generous round of golf. The 10th Annual GVTC Charitable Golf Classic rraised aised more than $117,000 ffor or the Foundation. This iiss the highest net amount in the history of the event. It took place on May 5, 2014 at the Resort at Tapatio Springs near Boerne. This year’s tournament was a sellout with 36 teams involving 144 golfers. The Golf Classic is the primary fundraiser for the Foundation, generating hundreds of thousands in donations for char-

ity over the past decade. The Foundation uses the money to support scores of nonprofit organizations throughout GVTC’s service area. Country music star George Strait, co-owner of Tapatio Springs, donated an autographed guitar and CD, which was raffled to the golfers and raised more than $3,000 for the Foundation. The tournament is organized and operated by GVTC employees who volunteer many hours of their time.BBM


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VENTOSO WINDS 7:30pm | Cave Without A Name 325 Kreutzberg Rd. – Boerne JUNE 8 BATTLE OF WALKER’S CREEK 10:00am to 5:00pm | 1210 Sisterdale Rd. – Sisterdale Celebrate the turning point of the Texas Comanche Wars! Free family fun, lunch, sweets & refreshments available. National, regional & local authors along with book signings. Meet former Texas Rangers. Weapons & historical exhibits and more! JUNE 10 CITY COUNCIL MEETING 6:00pm to 8:00pm | City Council Chambers 124 Old San Antonio Road – Boerne JUNE 12 GREATER BOERNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS MIXER SPONSORED BY THE KENDALL COUNTY WOMEN'S SHELTER 5:00pm to 7:00pm | 930 North School St. – Boerne JUNE 13-15 BOERNE BERGES FEST All Weekend | Downtown Boerne A 3-day family friendly German heritage festival that commandeers Boerne’s Main Street on Father’s Day weekend, Boerne Berges Fest is one of the City of Boerne’s biggest festivals. Attracting people from all

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What started out as a simple family home grew over the years into a highly successful hotel enterprise and important social center. Predating the railroad, the hotel was a two-day stagecoach ride from San Antonio. One of the oldest buildings in Boerne, the Phillip Manor has been modified many times during the last 150 years. The Historic Landmark Commission recently presented the 2014 Historic Boerne Landmark Award to Ms. Debra Gracy for her preservation and restoration of the Phillip Manor building in historic downtown Boerne. The Historic Boerne Landmark Award recognizes individuals, organizations, or businesses that display a commitment to historic Pictured L-R: Paul Barwick, special projects director for the city of Boerne; Ben of the Historic Landmark Commission; Debra Gracy, owner of or cultural preservation. Recipients are recognized for their assis- Adam, chairmanPhillip Manor; and city councilman Jeff Haberstroh. tance to the Historic Landmark Commission in their efforts to raise public awareness and appreciation of the community’s treasured “completed”; it is an ongoing process of work and evolution.” cultural resources. “Our intent was to highlight the historic saloon and hotel era, Historic Landmark Commission chairman, Ben Adam, high- working within the existing footprint of the building,” she added. lighted some of the significant details of this historic building and the extensive restoration work undertaken by Ms. Gracy to bring the Significant restoration work included: • Dismantling of the entire building interior Phillip Manor back to its former elegance. • Salvaging and reusing over 90% of the original wood, materials, and fixtures Phillip Manor Building • All sixty-seven of the original windows were restored to • Originally constructed in the mid-1800s; it is one of six original operation, with ropes and pulls. Window glass was Victorian-era hotels built in Boerne • Over its long history many businesses and community orga- replaced with energy efficient rated glass and the original glass nizations have operated in this location – most notably a hotel and planes were repurposed in kitchen cabinets and closet doors • Four suites in the hotel were redesigned and named saloon. Others include the Boerne Turnverein, Polo Club, meeting hall, dance hall, theatre and the Schuetzen Verein, where Adolph to celebrate the historic explorers from the “Golden Age of Exploration”; including a suite named after Teddy Roosevelt “Ad” Toepperwein honed his sharpshooting skills at a young age • The arrival of the railroad and Boerne’s growing reputation as since local legend says he held a cotillion at Phillip Manor while a health resort brought more travelers to the hotel in the late 1800’s recruiting for the Rough Riders. “After a long decline dating back to the 1950s, the Gracy purchased the Phillip Manor building in December, 2005 to establish a boutique hotel in the Boerne Historic District. property’s legacy has been restored by Gracy’s mindful Restoration work began in March, 2008 and the hotel reopened last stewardship and vision, along with the expertise from several December. According to Ms. Gracy, “The building will never be gifted local craftsmen,” notes Adam. BBM


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nerve root compression varies; and for this reason the treatment must vary. There is not adequate space in this forum to comprehensively discuss the appropriate treatments for each particular radiculopathy presentation. Therefore, general treatments will be discussed in a nonspecific manner. Each patient is unique and should be treated based on the presentation of signs and symptoms, aided in many cases by MRI. It is a general rule to provide symptom relief for the patient in a noninvasive manner. This rule is violated when the physician feels the patient is in imminent danger of muscle loss or functional decline. Conservative treatments could range from simple stretching exercises to formal physical therapy or chiropractic treatments. Oral steroids can provide improvement in symptoms through a reduction in pressure on the nerve root. Epidural steroid injections do provide some patients symptomatic relief despite weak support for their use in recent literature. Surgery does have a place in the treatment armamentarium. Patients with intractable pain and/or muscle loss may require prompt surgical evaluation. Patients with severe compression of nerve root identified on MRI may opt for surgery when they are predisposed, based on occupation or lifestyle, for injury. BBM


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Radiculopathies sound ridiculous, but really hurt. What this medical term refers to are impinged nerve roots coming off the spinal cord and descending toward our arms or legs. If you have never experienced this syndrome yourself, you probably know someone who has suffered with this condition. This condition can affect any age group, but like many disease states, is certainly more common with aging. Symptoms can come on gradually but also can be an unpleasant surprise when we awaken or bend over to pick something off the floor. Trauma, sports activities, heavy lifting, family history and arthritis all predispose to the development of this condition. Symptoms may include neck or back pain often combined with arm or leg numbness or tingling or burning. The sensory change in the extremity may extend partially or fully down the entire extremity. Symptoms can be severe when lying down, sitting or with motion. Patient’s suffering this type of pain will often tell the physician that they have never felt an intense or gnawing pain comparable to what they are experiencing. Other symptoms can include muscle twitching, cramping, atrophy and weakness. Evaluation must be prompt in these patients to prevent muscle loss and to provide symptom relief. A detailed neurologic exam evaluating for reflex changes, sensory loss and motor weakness is critical in the initial physical exam. EMG/NCV (electromyographic/nerve conduction velocity) testing can pinpoint the nerve root in question and assess the severity of nerve compromise during this outpatient neurology test. This in-office machine permits the neurologist to assess nerve and muscle health. MRI is frequently utilized to assess these conditions due to it’s superiority in visualizing nerve roots and disc material adjacent to vertebral bone. Narcotics and other pain relievers, while often used, do not treat the underlying condition. Treatment focused on decreasing pressure on the nerve root, will be most helpful for prevention of weakness and pain resolution. Every cervical or lumbar radiculopathy is not the same. The mechanism of nerve root compression and degree of

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Mague’s Cafe

Celebrates 30 Years!


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For 30 years people have been flocking to Mague’s Cafe, filling the restaurant (and the parking lot) to overflowing when that lunch whistle blows. With a constant stream of people dining in and grabing to-go orders throughout the day it is easy to see how this local hot spot has managed to become Boerne’s oldest Mexican restaurant. Inside you will find people from all walks of life. Tables of high school students and construction workers, families and white collar types, Mague’s customers are as diverse as the decorations lining the walls and hanging from their ceiling. Though vastly different, once these diners walk through the door to the restaurant they all become part of the Mague’s family. “We love our customers, they’re like a big family! It seems like everybody knows everybody and they are always stopping at each others tables, talking and having a good time,” said Claudia Arrona, one of Mague’s five children that assist Mague with running the family business. “We even have large tables that customers sometimes have to share. Some people come in and sit at the big tables on purpose because they like getting to sit with and meet new people,” Claudia added. Mague’s has its fair share of “regulars” and one such diner is local realtor, Jan Speaker. “My husband and I are there every morning for breakfast. We have our group that meets at the same table every day. It’s nice to have a place to go where you don’t even have to order, they just know what you want and bring it to you! We love both the pictured (left to right): Margarita Salas, Brenda Mar tinez, Claudia Arrona & Carina Arrona


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food and the camaraderie that we experience at Mague’s,” said Speaker. Another Mague’s regular customer is Sherri Yates who shares Speaker’s fondness for the local eaterie, “We not only enjoy gathering and visiting while eating great food, but Mague and her girls have become our friends over the years. It’s just a great place to go,” said Yates. According to Claudia, “We are really popular with the high school kids. We have watched a lot of them grow up. That is one of the benefits of being in business for so long I guess. We have customers who buy tacos to freeze and send off to their kids at college. For many kids, we are their first stop in Boerne on their way home from college. They stop to get tacos and sweet tea even before they go home!” Many of the Mague’s customers have grown up on their food and are now bringing their kids. According to Sarah Kokernot, “My whole family eats at Mague’s on a regular basis. I’ve eaten here almost my entire life and now my kids love it too! They know that they always get to eat at Mague’s on Tuesday nights and can’t wait for ‘Taco Tuesday’ as they like to call it.” For Mague, or Margarita Salas, owner of Mague’s Café the success is a dream come true. Mague came from Durango, Mexico to Texas and has been cooking for as long as she can remember. “Our Mom is always cooking,” said Brenda Martinez, another of Mague’s daughters. “Whether it’s at the restaurants or at home, it doesn’t matter. She loves to cook.” In fact, Mague still does all the cooking herself. “Mom, tried to teach Brenda how to cook the food at the restaurant, but she measures all the ingredients with her hands, and Brenda’s hands were too small! The food just wasn’t coming out right,” Claudia said with a smile. Mague opened the doors to her first restaurant in San Antonio in 1984. It wasn’t until five years later, when daughter Claudia moved to Boerne, that the family went for a drive and fell in love with the area. They decided it was the perfect place for their restaurant and the rest is history. According to Mague, “My first restaurant only had six tables. I went to get some business cards printed up and the lady designed the cards with the logo of the Mexican dancers. I loved it so much that the logo has remained the same all these years.” Once Mague’s Cafe moved to Boerne, they had more space and more room to grow! “We were very nervous about moving the restaurant to Boerne, we had no idea what to expect,” said Claudia. As it turns out they had nothing to be nervous about at all. “Our first day we had people lined up outside before we even opened the door!” Another great accomplishment for Mague was opening a second location in Bulverde. “I had always dreamed of opening a second location, so when the opportunity arose in 2008 I jumped at the chance,” Mague said. “We also remodeled the exterior of the Boerne

location a few years back. I had always wanted to have beautiful rock arches, so being able to add that to the front of the building was something that really made me happy.” The family members all pitch in and rotate between both the Boerne and Bulverde location. Carina Arrona, another of Mague’s daughters said “We work really hard to make both restaurants consistent. Our brother Pablo Arrona works at the Bulverde location full time and the rest of us float between locations. It is great to get to work together as a family. We all have our continued on page 16


even vacation together. According to Carina, “Every two years, we all take a big vacation. We shut down the restaurants and go as a family.” Mague is very proud of her large family, which includes 18 grandchildren. Her restaurants are truly a family business, and now several of the grandchildren are working in the restaurants as well. “We’ve got three generations working in the family business,” added Carina. “It’s something we’re really proud to be a part of and build together.” It seems that Mague’s great food, great prices and family atmosphere are truly a recipe for success! Here’s to another 30 years! BBM

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niche, the things we are good at, and we work together to make the restaurants thrive.” Though Mague’s children work hard, there is no question as to who is the boss! They all unanimously agree that Mague has the final say on everything. “Mom always has the last word, she is definitely the top dog,” added Claudia. “Mom knows that she can count on her kids though. Whatever needs to get done will. We’re a very close family that is always there for one another.” So close in fact that the family does everything together! “These restaurants are our lives,” said Claudia. “For us girls, working at the restaurant has been our first and only job. We’re always on call and it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it.” Mague and her family

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stated Bank Chairman and CEO J. David Williams. “We recognize the opportunity for growth in a market that has been very good to us already and we are excited to expand our relationships in this region.” Centennial BANK first opened a loan production office in Boerne in December 2011 under the leadership of Regional President Gregg Appel and Brett McDowell, who was recently promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer. McDowell’s engagement in the Boerne community was important to the Bank’s successful growth and market development. The success of the loan production office prompted the Bank to break ground on the new banking center in June of 2013. Kevin Thompson, Senior Vice President and Boerne Market Manager, whose leadership has been key in expanding Centennial Bank’s presence in the Hill Country as well, serves as the senior officer at the new banking center. Members of the Bank’s Executive Management, Board of Directors and City and Chamber officials were present for the Grand Opening event. The $690 million community bank operates 14 full-service banking centers across four key regions of Texas – the Hill Country, Lubbock, the Panhandle and the South Plains. BBM

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boerne Mayor Proclaimed month of May as Better Hearing Month Mayor Mike Schultz presented a proclamation to Lorrie Baggs, lead audiologist at the Estes Audiology Boerne location, recognizing May as Better Hearing Month in Boerne. Estes Audiology, a Boerne Chamber of Commerce member business, is working to bring awareness of the importance of hearing healthcare and efforts to prevent hearing loss. Pictured L-R: Crisanne Zamponi, Boerne Chamber of Commerce President; Mayor Schultz; Lorrie Baggs; Jennica Falcon, Audiology Assistant; and Lisa Cronen, Director of Membership Development at the Chamber.

MRI Now Receives MRI Accreditation by the IAC Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an extremely useful diagnostic imaging tool, performed an estimated 28 million times annually in the United States, enabling interpreting physicians to visualize the structure and function of the body. As it is provides detailed images of the soft tissue of the body, magnetic resonance is especially helpful in diagnosing issues related to neurological (brain), musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and oncological (cancer-related) conditions. Early detection of life threatening conditions and other diseases is possible through the use of MRI procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on MRI testing. The skill of the MRI technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing. MRI Now located in Boerne, Texas has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in MRI in the areas of Body MRI, Musculoskeletal MRI, Neurological MRI, MRA by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that MRI Now has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of MRI. When scheduled for a MRI procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to MRI, which include physicians, technologists and physicists. MRI accreditation is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in some cases by private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their MRI procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for some facilities it remains a voluntary process.


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Texas economy continued to outpace the nation’s, gaining 356,200 nonagricultural jobs from April 2013 to April 2014. The state’s 3.2 percent annual growth rate compared with 1.7 percent for the United States. According to the Real Estate Center’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, the state’s nongovernment sector added 330,600 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.6 percent compared with 2.1 percent for the nation’s private sector. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in April 2014 from 6.4 percent in April 2013. The nation’s rate decreased from 7.5 to 6.3 percent. All Texas industries had more jobs in April 2014 than in April 2013. The state’s mining and logging industry ranked first in job creation followed by the transportation, warehousing and utilities industry, construction, and leisure and hospitality. All Texas metro areas except Wichita Falls and Amarillo had more jobs in April 2014 than in April 2013. College Station ranked first in job creation, followed by Midland, Dallas-PlanoIrving, Victoria and AustinRound Rock-San Marcos. The state’s actual unemployment rate in April was 4.7 percent. Midland had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Odessa, Amarillo, Lubbock, College Station-Bryan and San Angelo. courtesy of Real Estate Center Online News

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BANDERA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE Board Approves $1.8M Returned In Capital Credits

$10,000 Ola Armstrong Scholarship awarded to student from Boerne A Samuel V. Champion High School student, with a passion for public service, is The GVTC Foundation’s 2014 Ola Armstrong Scholarship recipient. Boerne’s Madison Albrecht receives $10,000 from the Foundation for her college education. The Armstrong Scholarship is awarded to the graduating high school student that best exemplifies characteristics of community involvement by volunteerism. Over the past six years, Madison has logged more than 1,600 service hours, with much of her community involvement through the Girl Scouts. She earned their coveted Gold Award for her “Operation Boerne” project, where she led a military appreciation campaign throughout Boerne I.S.D. schools. Madison’s efforts generated more than 3,200 letters of support to military men and women. In addition, more than 10,000 care packages were sent to the troops overseas. For her “Cookies for Soldiers” project, Madison collected over $30,000 to purchase nearly 6,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to send to soldiers worldwide. She is also an Ex Officio board member for the Girl Scouts, representing more than 23,000 girls in 21 countries. Academically, she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society and serves with several other organizations at Champion High School. Madison accepted her Armstrong Scholarship at GVTC’s Boerne Store. Her parents, younger sister, Boerne I.S.D. Superintendent David Stelmazewski, Champion H.S. principal, Dr. Jodi Spoor, and representatives of the Girls Scouts attended the ceremony. Madison said she was very appreciative to The GVTC Foundation and Scholarship Committee for the honor. She also thanked her family, educators, Girl Scout mentors and friends for their support. Madison will attend the University of Texas at Austin as an honors student. She will focus her studies on public policy, government and economics. She said one of her career goals is to serve as a member of Congress.

At the March board meeting, Bandera Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors voted to return $1,816,468 in capital credits to members who received electric service from the cooperative in 1985, 1986, 1987 and/or 2013. This brings the total of capital credits returned to BEC members since inception to more than $17 million. The amount that each member received in capital credits was in direct proportion with the amount they paid on their electric bill for the allotted time period. All checks and bill credits were distributed in April. As a not-for-profit cooperative, when BEC generates more funds than are needed to operate they are returned to member-owners in the form of capital credits. Each year the board reviews the financial stability of the cooperative to determine if capital credits can be returned. If retired capital credits remain unclaimed for three years, they are escheated to the State of Texas. The state can then decide to allocate a portion of that money back to BEC. Any money allocated back is used for energyefficiency programs, economic development and scholarships that benefit our members and their communities. Members can view a list of current unclaimed capital credits at www.

Pictured in the photo are L-R: Arley Sueltenfuss, GVTC board of director, District III; Sonia Aguillon, GVTC Foundation vice president; Scott Enderlin, GVTC Foundation board of director; Paula White, GVTC Foundation president; Madison Albrecht, Jeanie Hake, GVTC Foundation treasurer; Rick Cheshier, GVTC Foundation board of director; Roger Lewis, GVTC; and GVTC CEO, Ritchie Sorrells.

BISD Principal Headed to Harvard Boerne Middle School South principal Susan Cleveland has been selected to participate in a prestigious summer leadership program at Harvard University. Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit advocacy organization working to support and strengthen public education, is sponsoring Cleveland’s participation in the summer program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. More than 80 principals were selected from an applicant pool of almost 200 Texas principals. “We are proud that Susan was selected for this program,” said Boerne ISD superintendent David Stelmazewski. “Other leaders in our district have participated in the program and it is a true benefit to students and campuses. Susan will gain a great deal of insight through the Harvard program and build on her already solid leadership foundation.” With this year’s group, Raise Your Hand Texas will have sponsored around 700 principals to attend Harvard in the seven years of the program. Raise Your Hand covers all expenses for those selected, including program fees, travel, hotel and other discretionary funding – about $6,000 per attendee, for a total of almost $500,000 in sponsorships for 2014, and $4.2 million since the program’s inception.


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Boerne ISD: BEC’s Brandi Rincon met with Boerne ISD Superintendent David Stelmazewski and Bruce Revell, assistant superintendent of finance to present the capital credit check to Boerne ISD.

Comfort ISD: Missy Vadnais, of the BEC Comfort office, presents a capital credit check to Interim Superintendent Bill Graves.

Bandera ISD : Member Relations Manager Debbie Anderson (right) of BEC presents a capital credit check to Superintendent Regina Howell and Business Manager Tish Grill of Bandera ISD.

Pyles naMed school bisd board President Ernie Pyles has been named president of the board for the coming year. He succeeds Alan Rich, who Tuesday completed a one-year term as president but retains a seat on the board.

Joining Pyles in service as board officers are Susie Allen, vice president, and Dale Adams, secretary. Officers are selected by the board to serve one-year terms. Rich presented this slate of officers, who were elected unanimously. Pyles, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, has been an active BISD volunteer since moving to the community in 2004. He was elected to the Boerne ISD Board of Trustees in 2012 and is past chair of the instructional goals committee. He is also a past member of the calendar subcommittee, the Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School advisory team and the district’s gifted and talented advisory committee. Pyles is also active with the Boerne Champion High School Band Boosters. Pyles retired from the Air Force after more than 20 years of service and today works for Camber Corporation at Randolph Air Force Base. He and his wife have two children who attend Boerne schools.

area students receive scholarshiP froM bandera electric cooPerative Ten area students will each receive a $2500 scholarship from Bandera Electric Cooperative for the 2014-2015 school year.

This year’s graduating seniors who won scholarships are Jonathon Skipper of Bandera High, Tiffani Beck and Ian Schellhorn of Comfort High, Sydney Auld of Leakey High, Dylan Campbell of Medina High, Sarah Muehlstein and Vanessa Alba of Tivey High, and Elizabeth Espey of Utopia High School. We also had two college students receiving scholarships: Samantha Meyer of Schreiner University and Van Heye of Hardin-Simmons University. Winners were chosen based on financial need, community and school involvement, and the strength of the essay submitted with their application. This year the scholarship that each winner receives was raised from $1,000 to $2,500. Information on the scholarship program can be found at This scholarship program was established in 1998 by Bandera Electric Cooperative to encourage and assist in the educational pursuits of its members and their immediate families. Texas House Bill 3203, which was passed September 1997, permits nonprofit electric cooperatives to retain unclaimed capital credit payments for scholarships. The number of scholarships and the amount awarded annually varies based on the unclaimed capital credit payments for that year. To date, Bandera Electric has awarded $185,000 in scholarships to members, their immediate family members, and applicants who reside in the service area and can present written verification from the member-owner of the account.

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Summertime is No Time for Vehicle Maintenance


The days are getting longer and the temperature is rising, summertime has arrived in South Texas. That means bar-b-que, fishing, and golf and road trips. That’s right many of us will be cruising down to the coast or heading for the hill country. Either way keeping your vehicle in top shape is always important but maybe never has much as during the hot smoldering days of a South Texas summer. Of course you’ll want the air conditioning system to be in tip-top shape but don’t forget your cars cooling system. Over heating your engine is pretty easy when it’s over 100º and an overheated engine can be expensive. Keeping your cars coolant at the proper level and making sure your hoses are in good shape is all it takes. With the rising temperature outside your vehicles engine is likely to run hotter than ever so keeping up with those oil changes has never been more important. Higher temperatures cause the oil to break down faster. Check your owner’s manual for when you should get your oil change and stick to the schedule. One area that some people don’t think about is your paint, that’s right the summertime has special challenges when it comes to your paints finish. Keeping it clean and with a good wax on it will help cut down on the dull faded look that can sometimes happen when the sun has just been beating down on your vehicles paint. Clean and wax, clean and wax. Just think about the karate kid and you’ll remember your cars paint. Tires and their pressure are very, very important to keep track of during the hot month. The heat can cause tire pressure to vary so checking it weekly is a good idea. An underinflated tire can cause a blowout; bad handling and other driving hazards so keep them pumped up all summer long. Your battery is something may never think about until your car won’t start however, it’s a good idea to have it tested before you head out on that road trip. The heat can affect the life of a battery nearly as much as age. So check the charge and make sure your good to go. So, before you head out, head over to Jennings Anderson Ford. They service any make or model no matter where you bought it. Let the service team at Jennings Anderson Ford give you vehicle a summertime check-up just to make sure your road trip is as much fun as you’re hoping it will be. Happy driving. BBM


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Home Instead Senior Care is under new ownership. Ken Preslar just recently purchased the Boerne office which is located at 121 Lohmann Street. Since 1994, the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network has been devoted to providing the highest-quality senior home care. No matter where a senior lives, in their home, in an assisted living facility or even a nursing home, Home Instead Senior Care is currently providing millions of hours of senior services annually through a network of 900 franchise offices throughout the world. You can contact Ken and his staff at (830) 249-4988 and visit their website at

Puresol Salt Cave Spa’s mission is to be successful providing the highest level of client care and contribution to the wellness of our guests. Their vision is to be the true leader in health and wellness within the marketplace by educating and assisting all of their guests while delivering World Class service. Owner Alice Duran and her team have extensive tenure in the Spa and Beauty industry and they continuously attend training courses on new technology and continuing education to remain aware of the newest innovations within their industry. You can find the Puresol Salt Cave Spa at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa, 1 Resort Way, in Boerne, Texas. You can call Alice and her staff for reservations or more information at (830) 537-4611 and visit their website for information on their spa and skin products available for sale at

Centennial Bank in Boerne celebrated their grand opening in style with a ribbon cutting attended by many of their various bank officers as well as Boerne’s community civic and business leaders. Senior Vice President Kevin Thompson and his staff were most gracious hosts. Since 1934, Centennial Bank has been building and believing in relationships with one goal in mind -- bringing their customers the best community banking has to offer. Centennial Bank remains at the forefront, bringing innovative and real solutions in the professional, customer-focused environment. Centennial Bank’s motto – “Your true community bank for the generations”. Please stop by and see their new bank location at 1689 River Road in Boerne. You can also call them at (830) 816-5199 and visit their website at

There is a new Edward Jones office in Boerne. Financial Advisor Rebeca Short has joined this leader in the financial services industry. She takes the personal approach to business. Beca, like Edward Jones, takes an approach that starts with face-to-face meeting as a financial advisor and her customer. Building long-term relationship with their clients is key to serving their needs. You can find Rebeca Short of Edward Jones’ office at 104 Medical Drive in Boerne. Feel free to give her and Jennifer a call at (830) 249-4630 to make an appointment and visit her website at fa/index.html&CIRN=527686 for more information.

Hawgs Biergarten is now open under the trees in historic downtown Boerne. Formerly The Purple Iguana, Hawgs Biergarten will continue the live music with beer, wine and their new specialty drink, the Swinearita. Owners/ Partners Luke Kersh and Lee Chapman have extended the hours for the summer months. The Biergarten is located at 265 South Main Street in Boerne. You can call Hawgs Biergarten at (830) 755-6449 and visit their webpage at for their music schedule.

All That Sass Boutique likes to get personal, with custom children’s apparel and accessories that is! Owner Lindsey Hebert has made it easy to shop, you can find the online boutique at the website, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. You can also sign up for the All that Sass Boutique’s newsletter online. Various credit cards are accepted for purchase.

If you’re looking for a handyman in Boerne, you’re in luck! Handyman Matters NW San Antonio and Boerne has opened and office at 28720 IH 10 W., Suite 420. Owner Doug Knell and his staff are ready to help any way they can. When you choose Handyman Matters, rest assured that the workers completing your project are professional, experienced craftsmen. They’re so confident that they can deliver satisfactory results that they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. This promise, combined with the fact that they have 15 years of experience performing home repairs, is just what you need to set your mind at ease. Call Doug and his staff at Handyman Matters NW San Antonio and Boerne at (210) 802-4111 and visit their website at northwest-san-antonio/.

Janet Baker of Merle Norman Cosmetics and Spa is celebrating their 5th Year in Business! Janet owns and operates this Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio independently and it is located at 412 River Road, Suite 101 in Boerne. Janet is a 21 year veteran of the cosmetic industry. Her long-term commitment to personalized service and a unique philosophy of “Try Before You Buy” for your assurance of satisfaction, has made her Studio the best choice for quality skin and beauty care in the Texas Hill Country! Please call Janet to find out about all the different services her studio provides at (830) 331-8445. You can also visit the Merle Norman Cosmetics and Spa’s website at for more information. Congratulations Janet!

Cathy’s Fine Chocolates is just opened in Boerne! CEO and custom chocolatier Catherine Locke opened her shop in Old Towne, 233 S. Main Street, Suite K and her motto is “World Class Chocolate from the Heart of Texas”. She has been making unique, Belgian chocolate since 2009. When Cathy and her small staff aren’t making delectable chocolate truffles and other culinary wonders in her kitchen, they are delivering custom chocolate truffles to various Texas wineries, selling gift boxes to wine club members, or preparing delectable treats for a special event such as a wedding, tasting or conference. You can contact Cathy at Cathy’s Fine Chocolates’ at (210) 383-2923 and visit her website at


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Strawberry–Pretzel Ice Box Pie this refreshing treat has summer written all over it! ice box pies are a fabulous way to beat the heat, and this one is sure to be a hit all summer long at any picnic or barbeque. Ingredients 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 5 tablespoons strawberry gelatin

2 cups finely crushed pretzels 3/4 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 cups whipping cream, divided 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together pretzel sticks, melted butter and brown sugar; firmly press on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool completely. 2. Process strawberries in a food processor until finely chopped. 3. Beat condensed milk, cream cheese and strawberry gelatin at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. 4. Add strawberries; beat at low speed just until blended. Transfer to a large bowl. 5. Beat 3/4 cup whipping cream at high speed until soft peaks form; gently fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture. Spoon into prepared crust. Cover and freeze 8 to 12 hours or until firm. 6. Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups whipping cream at high speed until foamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spread over pie. Freeze 1 hour or until whipped cream is firm. BBM


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Adult Tree Houses: Create the Ultimate Hideaway in Your Own Backyard

T by Taylor Davis

Think tree houses are just for kids? Well, why not take the outdoor room trend up a notch (literally) and create an adult retreat up in the trees? Tree houses can make the ideal place to get away and create a quiet spot perfect for use as a reading nook, potting shed, studio, office or even man cave. Here are a few tips to creating a tree house that is sure to be a hit: MAKE IT FUNCTIONAL: Think about what it is you would like to use your tree house for and then plan accordingly. Do you want to simply use the space to curl up and read a good book? Then don’t forget the comfy couch, blankets and throw pillows. Maybe you’re looking for a spot to hold your weekly poker night? Make sure you have enough room for your poker table and you might even want a small kitchenette to hold your snacks and beverages. Planning is key to creating a usable space. GIVE IT SOME CHARACTER: If the space is boring you probably won’t find yourself venturing up to hang out in it. Make your tree house enticing by adding elements that are interesting and enchanting. A blank, empty space is much less likely to be used than a decorated one. When it comes to creating a tree house, the sky is the limit! Think outside of the traditional tree house “box” and do something that really sets the space apart.

ADD HIGH-TECH FEATURES: Consider adding some all-weather technology elements to your tree house to make it feel a bit more like home. Add a television and maybe a speaker system so you can relax and watch TV or listen to some music while enjoying your new outdoor space. Really make it a space that is comfortable and that you want to be in. A tree house, whether over-the-top or extremely simple, can offer a secret getaway right in your own back yard. Let your inner child take over and create that perfect outdoor escape.

Safety First

Are you sold on creating your very own adult tree house? Well, before you grab the hammer and nails consider these things to ensure you’ll have a tree house built to last. CHECK YOUR TREE: Having a good, sturdy tree is an important part of a successful tree house. Consider hiring an arborist to check out the health of the tree and fill you in on any pests associated with it. You’ll also want to know how much weight your tree can handle to know if your structure will need additional support.


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MAINTAIN STABILITY: Build the platform as close to the trunk as possible and add diagonal bracing for extra support. Make sure to put the main load on the base of the tree rather than one side. For larger, or more complex tree houses, consider spreading the weight across multiple trees. DON’T RESTRICT TREE GROWTH: Allow for tree growth and movement by creating gaps around any branches or trunks that penetrate the tree house. Try not to constrict branches with ropes or wires, which

can strangle the tree. Also, make sure to use the correct hardware, such as floating brackets and tree house fasteners, that will do minimal damage to the trees as well as allow for flexible support. RULES AND REGULATIONS: Do you need a building permit for your tree house? This of course will depend on local laws and the nature of your tree house. You should also check with your homeowners association and of course your neighbors. BBM

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RARE OPPORTUNITY – HISTORIC, CIRCA 1800 “JAMES HOUSE” zoned B-1 Office/Commercial. Located just off Main St. on .4298 ac. with room for expansion. Registered with the Texas Historical Commission. Updated electrical and A/C. Interior can be updated for commercial offices. Two story with side entrance. Original long-leaf pine floors. Garage with storage room. This is one of the few historical buildings remaining in Boerne. Great investment! $475,000

2.99 ACRE LOT – 1025 BLANCO RD. is ready for mixed-use development. Located at 1025 Blanco Rd., property is complimented by mature trees and ideal location for commercial development opportunity (zoned B-1) and residential development with access from Dawnridge Street (zoned R-1). TxDOT estimates appx. 7000/ day traffic count. House to be removed, does not convey. Call for details. $595,000


COMING SOON! INDUSTRIAL/TECHNOLOGY/BUSINESS PARK: This 28.4 acre property is available for development. Recently annexed with Industrial zoning (I) pending, this property is ready for a professional developer to work with the City of Boerne for a most-needed industrial park. City water available. City sewer service in progress. Approx. 1400 feet of frontage on Shooting Club Road with additional access on Hwy 87 (Main Street). The property is under Ag-Exemption. 39 horse stalls, office and apartment to be removed. Contact listing agent for full details. $3.35/Sq.Ft.

34± ACRES: This property at 7 Becker Ln is offered for potential development. Located behind Ingram Readymix, with50 ft. easement fronting on IH-10 access road.There are two family homes and various out-buildings on the property with two wells and three septic systems. The 34+/- acres is not in the City limits but is in the ETJ. Ideal for light, industrial development. Electricity is available from Bandera Elect. Co-Op. Water and sewer service available from Kendall Utility. Survey, plat and aerials are available. Call for details. $2.00/Sq. Ft.



Boerne Business Monthly – June 2014  
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