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Without a doubt, Helotes is growing! Growth is inevitable. Growth is a good thing as long as we continue to maintain our character as a small town. Helotes has been growing, sometimes slowly and sometimes in spurts, since it was incorporated as a Type A General Law City in late 1981. Back then, the total area of the City was 2.8 square miles and our population was approximately 2,500. Today, we have an area of just under seven square miles and a population of 8,500, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau. In those early years, our pace was a lot slower, the City’s budget was a lot smaller, and money to provide basic services was scarce. As a result, the City depended on folks to volunteer to help with things that were necessary to operate as a city. I remember meeting early on several Saturday mornings each year with other volunteers ready to get to work. We would head out in small work crews with our chain saws, shovels, rakes, tampers, and whatever others tools were necessary to fill potholes, fix signs, cut brush, and complete many other projects normally completed by a public works department. It was hard work, but it was a great time as we came together to work at building our community, meeting people, and making new friendships, many of which we hold dear today.

In this issue, you will learn a little of the history of our Band and meet our first Band Director, Charlie Kuentz, now our Director Emeritus. We also highlight our current Director, Charlie’s son Chuck Kuentz. It’s a great story of success in bringing people together with a vision to share the gift of music. The Band also serves as our ambassadors, whether performing concerts locally or as far away as the rotunda of the State Capitol in Austin. You will also read about the Marketplace at Old Town Helotes, which has grown into a major shopping venue for those who enjoy outdoor markets. There are plenty of arts and crafts to choose from and a variety of food booths to please any palate. With hunting season just around the corner, we have highlighted three local taxidermy studios so that you can meet the owners and see some of their art. Taxidermy can be traced back many centuries. In the early 20th century, taxidermy began to be seen as a respected art form and, since then, the industry has made great strides and developed new techniques that allow the wildlife artists to portray animals with lifelike accuracy. As you read through the magazine, be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend some or all of our upcoming fall events. Help us honor our veterans by attending our Veterans Day concert in November. Join us as we ring in the holiday season with our Christmas concerts and Lighting of the Lights ceremony with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Details about all of these events, including dates and times, are in this issue. Our advertisers make it possible for us to bring you this magazine so be sure to give them your business and let them know how much you appreciate them choosing Helotes to provide us with their goods and services. We have a lot to be proud of and grateful for as citizens of Helotes. As we look forward to fall and cool weather, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas, and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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Contributing Writers Claudia Alarcon Rudy Arispe Cynthia Leal Massey Bob McCullough Angela Rabke Tom Schoolcraft Rick A. Schroder Helotes City Staff

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Nature Becomes Art: by Rudy Arispe

Taxidermy in Helotes

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s the fall hunting season is about to begin, Steven Spengler of Spengler’s Taxidermy is gearing up for a steady stream of business as area hunters – and even some who reside far outside the United States – drop off their wild game animals for mounting. Among the animals Spengler is expecting to mount are axis deer, black buck, mouflon ram sheep, and wild boar, to name a few. “We’ll do just about anything that someone brings in as long as it is legal,” he said. “We don’t want to break the law.”

In addition to his Helotes showroom, his mounted works are on display at a number of Walmart stores throughout San Antonio in the Sports & Outdoors Department. “I have a friend who works there, so he told them about me,” he said. “They asked me if I would be interested in setting up some of my mounts.”

“A few years back, a guy asked me to mount kudu (antelope) horns on a wild boar head,” he said. “People dream up some pretty crazy things now and then.”

Spengler started his taxidermy service, located at 13010 FM 1560 in Helotes, in 1982. He learned the trade while at Marshall High School, when he did an apprenticeship at Nester’s Taxidermy Studio. However, his interest began as a teen when he hunted and fished with his family. Initially, he purchased mail-order, correspondent courses when he was 14 to learn more about taxidermy before deciding he wanted to make a living as a taxidermist.

Taxidermy, he adds, has evolved from the early 1980s to today. “It changes all the time,” Spengler said. “Back then, we had to wrap the hide on mannequins made from excelsior wood (which is basically wood straw shavings) that we had to make. It wasn’t easy. Now, you can purchase Styrofoam mannequins that are pre-shaped. If it’s too big, you can shave it down. We also use more Bondo (body filler) than lead. Taxidermy has gotten a lot more efficient.”

Not only does he provide services for local hunters, but even for those who live in Canada, Mexico and Australia. “Those have all been by word-of-mouth,” Spengler explained. “I’ll do something for a

Schott’s Meat Processing customer, who likes my work, and they’ll tell some of their hunting buddies, who happen to be in town for the hunting season.” And speaking of wild game animals, Spengler occasionally gets some “wild” mounting requests. “A few years back, a guy asked me to mount kudu (antelope) horns on a wild boar head,” he said. “People dream up some pretty crazy things now and then.” Spengler also offers his customers deer processing services to have sausage made, including Polish, jalapeño cheese, summer, breakfast, German-style, and onion sausage, as well as snack sticks and beef jerky. Spengler’s Taxidermy is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more information, call (210) 695-3614. Photography by Jack Smith.

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“During the summer when it’s not hunting season, we do exotics like axis deer or fallow deer and a lot of wild hogs,” Schott said. “During deer season, we process a lot of white-tails.” The annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo proves to be a busy time for Schott’s when many students from local schools take their animals to be processed. “When kids are done

The annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo proves to be a busy time for Schott’s when many students from local schools take their animals to be processed. “When kids are done showing their animals, we process their calves and pigs,” Schott said. showing their animals, we process their calves and pigs,” Schott said. The store also offers a full retail meat market and sells beef, pork, chicken, and all types of sausage, as well as some specialty meats, including bacon, shrimp and quail. Hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During hunting season, Schott’s is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call (210) 695-5411 or visit www.schottsmeatprocessing.com.

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oxanne Forrest has been single-handedly operating Circle S Taxidermy for the past 18 years. She started in the business by helping a friend, who was the previous owner of Circle S, with flushing, mounting and anything else she could assist with. “I learned everything through hands-on training,” Forrest said. It’s the creativity aspect of taxidermy that Forrest finds satisfying. “Taxidermy is the art of deception,” she said. “You make people think something is alive or real.”

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orth of Helotes on Bandera Road just past Park Road 37, the family-owned Schott’s Meat Processing is happy to prepare wild game animals from the field to your table. Established in 2001, Schott’s began as something they did solely for family and friends, explains manager Beau Schott, who together with his dad, Mike, and brother, Buck, operate the brick-andmortar building at 19405 Bandera Road after beginning and running the business out of their home. That was, until demand led them to expand.

to the shop. “There was no two-headed calf mold that I could order,” Forrest said. “It took hours of alterations with the mold I used.” Learning animal anatomy is also an important part of the job, so Forrest is keen on searching the internet and studying pictures. “If an animal is jumping, then you have to know how the ears would look, for instance,” she said.

The list of animals, birds and reptiles she has mounted include black bears, deer, sheep, pheasant, bobcats and rattlesnakes. “They give me the heebie jeebies,” she said of snakes. “I don’t like skinning them when I’m by myself.”

As a “one-woman show,” Forrest does everything by herself, and, despite having no hired hands to help, it is her goal, she said, to get all animals that are brought to her mounted within six months. “That’s not always easy to do,” she said. “I work around the clock during deer season.”

She recalled one of the more difficult taxidermy projects involved mounting a two-headed calf that a rancher brought

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It’s the creativity aspect of taxidermy that Forrest finds satisfying. “Taxidermy is the art of deception,” she said. “You make people think something is alive or real.”

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Commerce was localized in downtown Helotes until the 1950s when farmers began to sell their properties along Bandera Road. Toepperwein’s, a sporting goods store, gas station, and icehouse, shown in this 1970s-era photograph, was the first business visitors saw as they approached Helotes after driving several miles through open countryside.

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Max C. Toepperwein Jr., an avid hunter, ran Toepperwein’s— one of the longest running stores in Helotes—from 1951 until his death in 1975. The family sold the property at the corner of Bandera and Leslie Road in 2001, and the building was torn down to make room for Broadway Bank and Starbucks.

Herman W. Toepperwein, had purchased the property in the nineteenth century. Herman was the youngest son of a family that came to Texas from Germany in 1851, originally settling in Fredericksburg.

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eeing Helotes today, it’s hard to envision that less than seventy years ago, the area was primarily countryside. To give some perspective, Helotes Park Estates, one of our older subdivisions on the east side of Bandera Road, was yet to be developed. Helotes was, and still is, the Gateway to the Hill Country, where sportsmen traveled to Medina Lake to fish, or to expansive ranches and leases to hunt. When Max C. Toepperwein Jr. was looking for a new place to put down roots and start a business in the early 1950s, he saw the potential along Bandera Road, then a two-lane road. Toepperwein purchased a 250-acre dairy farm near Loop 1604 and Leslie Road. An avid hunter, Max also purchased a five-acre tract on the southwest corner of Bandera and Leslie Roads, where he built a store he called “Toepperwein’s,” a family-owned and operated sporting goods store, gas station, and ice house. Today, Broadway Bank and Starbucks occupy the property. The Toepperwein family, which included Max, his wife Lottie, their six children– Joanne, Max III “Butch,” Charles, William, Hugh and Harry–and Max’s parents, Max Sr. and Clara, moved to Helotes from Leon Springs in 1950. The Toepperwein’s had owned a portion of a 400-acre ranch that had been in the family for many years. That property now comprises the Dominion subdivision. Max’s grandfather,

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Opened in 1951, Toepperwein’s was the first business people saw as they approached Helotes after driving several miles through open countryside. A popular stop along the way to other hill country attractions, the store carried ammunition, ice, drinks, groceries, gas, hunting and fishing licenses, provided game storage, and supplied fishing tackle. The children helped their parents at the store, which was open six days a week and closed on Wednesdays. “We were always working when we weren’t in school,” said William. “In those days, you serviced cars, pumped the 25¢ gas, got the bait, crushed ice. It was not a one-man operation.” Another Toepperwein’s sporting goods store was located in San Antonio. Owned by brothers Ferdinand (1879-1970) and Adolph (1869-1962) Toepperwein, first cousins of Max Toepperwein Sr. (18751951), the store had been in operation in downtown San Antonio since 1912. Ferdinand managed the day-to-day operations, while Adolph made a name for himself as a noted marksman. Adolph and wife Elizabeth, nicknamed “Plinky,” traveled all over the United States giving shooting exhibitions and breaking world shooting records. They were billed as “The Famous Topperweins” (the “Americanized” spelling of their surname) and their fame contributed to the success of the San Antonio store. After Adolph retired in 1951, he conducted shooting camps in Leon Springs. The family sold the San Antonio Toepperwein Sporting Goods Company in 1974 to a couple of lawyers who managed it for several years. The store is no longer in business.

Toepperwein’s in Helotes became well known throughout South Texas as a sportsman’s headquarters and was one of the longest running stores in town, operating from 1951 until 1977. Max Jr. passed away in 1975 at age 58. His wife and children operated the store for another year and a half and then leased the property for several years, finally selling it in 2001 after Lottie died. Today, mega sports stores have replaced such family-owned businesses as Toepperwein’s. While megastores provide a myriad of options for the sportsman that smaller stores cannot, they can’t replace the personalized service that family-run operations provide. As Helotes resident Jim Benke, who frequented Toepperwein’s recalls, “There was always a group of people who showed up to throw the bull around.” The latest hunting expeditions and outlandish “fish stories” were a staple.

When Max C. Toepperwein Jr., was looking for a new place to put down roots and start a business in the early 1950s, he saw the potential along Bandera Road, then a two-lane road. Joanne Harris, Max’s daughter, says that Toepperwein’s had several tables in the back of the store and “old dairymen” would come by during the day and some evenings and play Pitch, a trick-taking card game. Although coffee was available, beer was the beverage of choice, no doubt contributing to raucous card games. Toepperwein’s is long gone, but the spirit of the place lingers on. Think on that as you sip your Starbucks coffee or linger in the Broadway Bank lobby.

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Little Caesars Pizza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12800 Bandera Rd. Marco’s Pizza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9708 Business Pkwy. 3 Oolong Chinese Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12411 Bandera Rd. 55 Pete’s Place Spirits & More. . . . . . . . . . 14743 Old Bandera Rd. #9 85 Pinot’s Palette. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9708 Business Pkwy. 21 PHO AN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12916 Bandera Rd. 17 Pizza Hut. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12730 Bandera Rd. 4 Rome’s Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12411 Bandera Rd. 12 Slim Chickens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12530 Bandera Rd. 2 Sonic Drive-In. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12405 Bandera Rd. 8 Starbucks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12577 Bandera Rd. 26 Subway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12952 Bandera Rd. 10 Taco Bell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9708 Business Pkwy. 52 The Cracked Mug. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14743 Old Bandera Rd. #1 51 Wine 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14743 Old Bandera Rd. 84 Yogi’s Frozen Yogurt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12411 Bandera Rd. 22 Advance Auto Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12929 Bandera Rd. 16 AutoZone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12733 Bandera Rd. 5 Bricks and Minifigs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12415 Bandera Rd. #212 80 Cheetahlish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14837 Old Bandera Rd. 36 Country Elegance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14391 Old Bandera Rd. 28 CVS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12980 Bandera Rd. 23 Dollar Tree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12928 Bandera Rd. 54 E’s Bees and Creations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14743 Old Bandera Rd. 47 Elf Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14546 Old Bandera Rd. 31 Europa Imports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13439 Bandera Rd. 25 Finck’s Cigar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12950 Bandera Rd. 42 GG’s House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14433 Old Bandera Rd. 86 Gun Shack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15241 Bandera Rd. 41 Harvest Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14398 Old Bandera Rd. 45 Helotes Bicycle Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14436 Old Bandera Rd. 95 Helotes Pits and Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18593 Bandera Rd. 48 Helotes Tactical Firearms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14398 Old Bandera Rd. 32 Jupe Mills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14096 Bandera Rd. 44 Melanie’s Rusted Nail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14436 Old Bandera Rd. 56 MimiDae Market. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14743 Old Bandera Rd. 39 Old Town Depot Antiques. . . . . . . . . . . . . 14392 Old Bandera Rd. 20 One Vapor Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12908 Bandera Rd. 1 Pipe’s Dreams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12340 Bandera Rd. 53 Simply Raw Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14743 Old Bandera Rd. 34 Simply Yours Gifts & More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14357 Riggs Rd. 9

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Rhonda’s Coffee House & Helotes Creek Bed & Breakfast. . . . . . . 14359 Old Bandera Rd. 38 Three Sisters Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14391 Old Bandera Rd. 11 Tractor Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11946 Leslie Rd. 7 Walmart & Subway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12550 Bandera Rd. 49 Wilson Landscape Nursery & Florist. . 14650 Old Bandera Rd. 33 City Public Parking Lot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14399 Riggs Rd. 40 City Public Parking Lot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14392 Bandera Rd. 57 City Public Parking Lot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14889 Old Bandera Rd. 29 Disc Golf Course / Fitness Park . . . . . . . . . . . 10505 Parrigin Rd. 59 Helotes City Park & Playground . . . . . . . . . . . 12951 Bandera Rd. 71 Alamo Karate Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12540 Bandera Rd. #210 68 Amor Nails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12415 Bandera Rd. #214 73 Ann Nails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9708 Business Pkwy. #108 90 Apple Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17317 Bandera Rd. 99 Carlos Miranda – St. Farm Ins. Agent. . 12415 Bandera Rd.#108 66 Cindy’s Nail Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12411 Bandera Rd. #101 91 College Nannies and Tutors. . . . 9110 North Loop 1604 W #110 62 Curves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12274 Bandera Rd. #101 67 D’Anthony Salon & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12415 Bandera Rd. #104 100 Dermatology San Antonio. . . . . . . . . . . . 12415 Bandera Rd. #114 74 Ella’s Barber & Beauty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12914 Bandera Rd. 64 Evolution Hair Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12340 Bandera Rd. #106 92 Frost Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11555 Bandera Rd. 70 Gals Nails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12540 Bandera Rd. 79 Gardens at Old Town Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15060 Antonio Dr. 72 Great Clips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9708 Business Pkwy. #106 63 Helotes Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12274 Bandera Rd. 93 Helotes Collission Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11634 Rainbow Ridge 60 Helotes Crossfit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12266 Bandera Rd. #301 94 Helotes Hill Country Ziplines . . . . . . . . . 18026 Frank Madla Rd. 65 Helotes Nails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12340 Bandera Rd. # 107 77 J Gibson Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14359 Old Bandera Rd. #2 83 Josabi’s Event Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17200 Bandera Rd. 97 Kathleen Cassidy Goodman, PLLC . . . 12274 Bandera Rd. #222 96 Kinard Family Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12740 Bandera Rd. 75 Maid Affordable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12274 Bandera Rd. 75 Marr’s Traditional Tae Kwon-Do Academy. 12918 Bandera Rd. 89 Momentum Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . 12952 Bandera Rd. #107 88 NSSA – National Sporting Clays Association . . . 5931 Roft Rd. 87 Pope Cleaners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12682 FM Rd. 1560 #104 82 Robin Jansky Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17200 Bandera Rd. 78 Rosie’s Hill Country Beauty & Barber. . 14743 Old Bandera Rd. 69 Southtown Yoga Loft. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12540 Bandera Rd. 61 UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12266 Bandera Rd. #302 76 Your Destination Fit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12682 FM Rd. 1560 #204

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Picosos Nuts by Claudia Alarcon

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icosos Peanut Company is known for its famous “Hot Chile” Spanish peanuts, which are available throughout the country and even internationally. But did you know that the company has its roots in Helotes? Picosos was founded in 1966 by the Ybarra family and acquired in 1977 by their relatives Jimmie and Alice Gennero when he retired from the U.S. Army after serving 26 years active duty. “The Ybarras are our relatives on my mother’s side,” says daughter Sylvana Gennero-Mery, general manager of the company. “At the time, it was a small company whose only product was a 1.25 oz. package of the signature spicy peanuts. Now, we have expanded to include 12 oz. cans, 10 lbs. bags and gallon cans of peanuts for Riverwalk restaurants, plus a wide variety of nuts, and many other items.” The family has, as Sylvana puts it, “a very colorful history. Our ancestors came from the Canary Islands to San Antonio in 1731 to build San Fernando Cathedral and start the first civil government. My mother is a direct descendant from the first 16 families that came here. Her grandfather started the first school in Helotes on this property by Los Reyes Creek. When they built the current elementary school, they named it after his.” The Picosos property sits on real estate that was part of the original Texas

Land Grant from the early 1800s. Jimmie Gennero’s roots are in Moliterno, a mountain town in the southern Italian region of Basilicata known for its Pecorino di Moliterno, a coveted sheep’s milk cheese. Aside from their regular offerings, which include peanuts and almost every nut imaginable, they can custom-roast according to the dietary needs of customers. They can accommodate low-sodium diets, gluten-free diets, and people’s individual tastes. Most items can be purchased raw, roasted in 100% pure coconut oil, unsalted, and salted or spiced to taste. Picosos sources from around the world to ensure the highest product quality and also supports Texas growers as an official Taste of Texas company, certified by the US Department of Agriculture. By 1984 Picosos had grown to the point where the original manufacturing plant was no longer enough to meet the high demand, so they built the current facility that year, and in May of 2011 they opened a retail peanut store with an adjacent liquor store in front of the plant. Dino & Gino Liquors is named after Sylvana’s two brothers, who run and operate the business. These outlets, Sylvana explains, were born upon customer request. “Many of our customers on their way to the lake

or home would say ‘I sure wish I had a beer to go with these [nuts]’, so we thought this would be a good way to satisfy their needs.” At the peanut store, they also carry a full line of dried fruits, party mixes, candies, chocolate covered nuts, and other specialty items like goji berries and chia seeds, both superfoods loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and protein. The store has recently added dark chocolate-coated wasabi-flavored peas. “You’d think it doesn’t sound good, but they are really delicious”, says Sylvana. “We are always looking to add something new for our customers.” Next door at Dino & Gino you can find wine, beer, premium spirits, setups, cigars, and more. Both stores are highly specialized and will find any product at a customer’s request. They also feature make-your-own gift baskets for holidays, birthdays, and special occasions, and history buffs can find autographed copies of Death of a Texas Ranger: A True Story of Murder and Vengeance on the Texas Frontier by Cynthia Leal Massey, a book about

“Many of our customers on their way to the lake or home would say ‘I sure wish I had a beer to go with these [nuts]’, so we thought this would be a good way to satisfy their needs.”

Cesario Menchaca, a famed Texas Ranger of Mexican descent who was Alice Gennero’s great grandfather. “When I say we carry specialty items, we mean it,” says Sylvana. “We really have a onestop shop for many things.” The Picosos property is also home to Toni Jo’s Food Truck Park of Helotes, a lively, family-friendly venue that opened in 2013 and is named after sister-in-law Toni Jo Gennero. The ample space hosts a rotating cast of food trucks on weekends, offering something for everyone

with regular options like seafood-centric Cousin’s Maine Lobster, fresh fare from It’s a Wrap, comfort food from around the world dished by Benjie’s Munch Truck, and of course, something Italian from G-Bros Pizza. During business hours, Toni Jo’s also features live music with a roster of bands in a variety of styles. Picosos Peanut Store is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For Toni Jo’s hours, scheduled food trucks, and music calendar, call (210) 695-8727.

Photography by Jack Smith

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The MarketPlace @

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Old Town Helotes

by Rick A. Schroder, Helotes City Administrator

ld Town Helotes provides visitors insight into Helotes’ origin as a small farming and ranching community at the gateway to the Texas Hill Country. Unique shops, charming eateries, and Tex-centric music venues flank Helotes Creek and provide a picturesque backdrop for monthly events scattered throughout Old Town. The MarketPlace @ Old Town Helotes started as the Helotes Live Music Marketplace in 2007. Under the direction of Innovation Event Management, the firm successfully operated the event until August 2008 when the City of Helotes renamed it and assumed event operations. Spearheaded by Mayor Tom Schoolcraft and City Council, local entrepreneur Ken Dempsey, Economic Development Corporation President Ardie Garner, and Simply Yours Gifts & More proprietor Madeleine Stalls, the MarketPlace was envisioned as a monthly community event that would reintroduce Old Town Helotes to area residents and reinvigorate the local economy. As one business owner joked, “I frequently pay my entire month’s rent from one MarketPlace!” In its early years, City Staff worked with area volunteers to promote the event to the arts and craft community and increase vendor attendance from 30 to 50 vendors to well over 230 vendors each month. Wet behind the ears, volunteers laugh when recalling how vendors were originally invited to the MarketPlace. “We had business cards made,” one volunteer kidded, “and we would attend competing events throughout the Hill Country. When we saw a vendor we liked, we would hand them a card and encourage them to contact us – all the while making sure that the event organizers didn’t see us distributing cards. That’s a no-no!” The MarketPlace takes place around the traffic circle and down Old Bandera Road on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We frequently receive

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questions about MarketPlace operations in the winter. Winter, rain, summer, or snow,” laughs Rick Schroder, “we operate like the post office. The only time we may cancel or close the event is when lightning or some other natural hazard is prevalent.” “If it is just rain or cold,” he quips, “we will be there!” Old Town shop owners open their doors during MarketPlace and welcome Helotes residents and tourists alike to the area. Visitors stroll in and around existing shops and eateries and visit with retail, arts and crafts, food, and other vendors from around the State of Texas. “The MarketPlace hosts some unique vendors and entertainers,” Public Relations Specialist Andrea Wazir explains. “From liquor bottles upcycled into wind chimes to locally-produced cheeses, jams, jellies, and hot sauces, the MarketPlace boasts a myriad of goods for sale. The kiddos can participate in activities at the Kid’s Tent and slide down inflatable slides, and the young-at-heart can sit and listen to all sorts of musical genres – from Tejano to Rock’n Roll to Country & Western.”

Simply Yours Gifts & More Proprietor Madeleine Stalls

The MarketPlace allows local nonprofits to raise awareness on social issues within the community, as well. Animal lovers appreciate the Helotes Humane Society’s mission, frequent events, and adoptable animals. Bike MS Team Wingman frequently distributes water to event patrons and teaches the public about Multiple Sclerosis research and progress. And Casa Helotes Senior Citizens Center routinely cooks some of the largest turkey legs this side of the Mississippi! In all, the MarketPlace has played host to numerous nonprofit organizations since its remake in 2008. Interested vendors, patrons, and performers can visit www.helotesmarketplace.com to rent a booth or contact MarketPlace organizers. Booth spaces are $40 per event and electricity is included in the fee. Nonprofit organizations are limited to one complimentary booth space per month. Come out and see us! Look for event staff in the teal shirts and red lanyards. We are here to help and answer any questions that you may have.

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elotes holds a special place in the heart of its many visitors. Between John T. Floore’s Country Store, the Helotes Creek Winery, and the many experiences of charming Old Town Helotes, visitors from near and far embrace the history and culture of our busy town. With the addition of the newly opened Helotes Creek Bed and Breakfast, located at 14359 Old Bandera Road #3, visitors can extend their Hill Country stay in a lovingly-renovated and historic home. The owner and proprietor, Colleen Miller, is a longtime Helotes resident.

“I have loved this area since I was a child, and the people who live here and make it their home. Opening a bed and breakfast provided a new, untapped resource for our community,” she shared. Colleen, who already owns and runs the Helotes Creek Winery, is familiar with what it takes to run a successful business, and is excited about the growth that is occurring all around San Antonio. “The small towns around San Antonio have all become very popular, and I feel like Helotes is on the front end of something that will be bigger.”

Colleen, who already owns and runs the Helotes Creek Winery, is familiar with what it takes to run a successful business, and is excited about the growth that is occurring all around San Antonio. “The small towns around San Antonio have all become very popular, and I feel like Helotes is on the front end of something that will be bigger.” 24

The addition of the Helotes Creek Bed and Breakfast doesn’t try to change the fabric of Helotes. Rather, it celebrates the rich history of the area. Each room is a delightful step back in history. Built in 1912, the building originally served as a boarding house for cowboys traveling from Bandera to San Antonio and was completely moved from one side of the lot to another at one point. Ms. Miller endeavored to bring back its rich history in perfect detail. She stepped back in history, imagining what it might have been like for visitors back then. All of the furnishings are antiques that she painstakingly collected from the 1900’s, and entertainment options are available in the form of classic games from the same period, books, and the close proximity of nature. You won’t find a TV, an intentional choice that adds to the authenticity of the experience and encourages guests to unplug, unwind, and enjoy the surrounding area. The Victorian-era themed rooms are well-appointed, comfortable, and completely authentic to the era that Miller worked to replicate. Guests will also be able to select from different packages built around various experiences in town, whether it be a wine tasting, live music, or shopping. Delicious and simple fare is available for overnight guests at breakfast time, when they can either enjoy a continental breakfast at the residence or pick up something at Rhonda’s Coffee House downstairs, another family business that is owned and operated by Colleen’s sister.

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The Music Men

by Bob McCullough

n the iconic stage and movie production “The Music Man,” “Professor” Harold Hill falls in love with librarian Marian Paroo and, long story short, ultimately establishes a community band in River City, Iowa. Helotes boasts its own group of music-makers, the Helotes Area Community Band, with not one but two celebrated “Music Men” – Charlie L. Kuentz Jr. and son Chuck Kuentz – leading the way.

Charlie brought impressive credentials to the new band. He grew up in a musical family in San Antonio and graduated from Texas Lutheran College. There, he met his wife Judy, a fellow musician and future music teacher. Charlie was studying to become a minister until his college band director suggested he think

No, the Helotes band doesn’t have 76 trombonists, but it does have approximately 60 gifted musicians ranging from teens to octogenarians like Charlie who assemble regularly for the joy of harmonizing together and sharing their blended talents with others. “In 2008, Mayor Tom Schoolcraft put a notice in the local newspaper that the City was interested in forming a band,” Charlie recalls. “I answered the call, thinking it would give me the opportunity to start playing my trumpet again. I believe we had only seven people at the first meeting, some of whom are still with the band.”

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about a career in music. He switched majors and graduated in 1958 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in music. His career as a band director began in Rocksprings, TX the same year. Two years later he moved to Charlotte, TX and three years later to Three Rivers, TX.

He returned to San Antonio five years later as band director at Page Middle School. After additional director posts at Jefferson High School, his alma mater, and Hobby Middle School, Charlie became head band director of John Marshall High School In 1975. He revolutionized the Ram Band in showmanship, choreography and music. The band marched in the 1977 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and to raise money for that trip, the students held a “band-a-thon” for 52 hours to break the Guinness World Record for longest, continuously playing band. Overall, Charlie estimates that he taught as many as 6,000 students during his thirty-two year career as a high school bandmaster.

by being designated the namesake of the Charles L. Kuentz, Jr. Elementary School in Helotes. On December 17, 2010, Charlie received a Proclamation from the City of Helotes for his designation as the Helotes Volunteer of the Year. On July 22, 2012 Charlie was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame, Class of 2012, sponsored by the Alpha Chapter, Phi Beta Mu, a very distinct honor. And on December 11, 2013, Charlie was honored as the Alamo Area Council of Governments’ (AACOG) 2013 Regional Citizen of the Year.

“When Mayor Schoolcraft found out that I was a long-time retired band director, he asked if I would take on the responsibilities of leading the Helotes Area Community Band,” Charlie says. “His vision was a couple of fiddle players, a guitar or two, and a drummer. I made it clear that if I were to become the leader of the

Because of his rich history of service to his family, students, and community, and being known as the type of person who does not hesitate to step forward when something needs to be done, Charlie has been recognized and honored for these attributes. On November 11, 2009, Charlie was honored by the Northside Independent School District

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band, I would strive to have a full concert band of 30 to 50 musicians. He said that would be great and that he would help me to reach that goal. Today, we average 60 musicians in the band.” Charlie’s vision of building a full concert band to represent the Helotes community has been fulfilled beyond all expectations and he now serves as Director Emeritus. Son Chuck, 59, joined the band soon after retirement in 2010 after 19 years as director of bands at Clark High School in San Antonio. His principal instrument is the trombone, but he also plays baritone and tuba. In a career spanning 40 years, he’s performed with notable musicians, including The Four Tops and Tito Puente Jr. “I originally joined the Helotes band as a player,” he says. “It was a thrill to be in the same band where my father was conductor. I eventually began to make more music as a conductor and less as a player. By 2015, I was assuming conducting duties full-time.” It’s also a thrill for Chuck to have his mother in the band, along with his wife Sue, sister Jennifer and brother Gary. Like a family gathering every week for a reunion, the Helotes band meets at 6:30 Monday evenings in Henley Hall at the First Baptist Church of Helotes to prepare for concerts year-round – a spring

performance with a “something-foreveryone” musical menu, summer “Movie Nights” featuring movie themes and other pop tunes, patriotic favorites on Independence Day, marches and military-oriented music during a Veterans’ Day salute in November and holiday tunes at the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in December, to name a few. Information about upcoming concerts can be found at www.helotescommunityband.webs.com. In their role as Helotes ambassadors, band members have been invited to perform joint concerts with the Trinity University Wind Ensemble and the San Antonio Wind Symphony. In 2015, the band played a concert in the rotunda of the state capitol in Austin. The “Music Men of Helotes” – Charlie and Chuck – take great pride in the accomplishments of the Helotes Area Community Band, especially the high level of musical performance. “One of the greatest satisfactions is the feeling of appreciation I get from our members,” Chuck adds. “It’s humbling, yet a huge sense of responsibility for the members of the band to put their trust in what I present musically to them from the podium.” The harmonies that result from camaraderie, professionalism and practice are the proverbial beautiful music to Helotes residents’ ears.

The “Music Men of Helotes” – Charlie and Chuck – take great pride in the accomplishments of the Helotes Area Community Band, especially the high level of musical performance. “One of the greatest satisfactions is the feeling of appreciation I get from our members,” Chuck adds. “It’s humbling, yet a huge sense of responsibility for the members of the band to put their trust in what I present musically to them from the podium.” 28

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he City of Helotes will host its annual Lighting of the Lights ceremony on Friday, December 1 at City Hall, 12951 Bandera Road. This free event is perfect for the whole family. Witness the City’s tree ablaze with twinkling lights as we kick off the merriment of the season. The Helotes Area Community Band will spark your holiday spirit with a live concert featuring festive tunes, and local elementary school choirs will share holiday-inspired performances. You won’t want to miss our special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be available for photos!

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he annual City of Helotes Lighted Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in Old Town Helotes. This special event is a Helotes favorite for families! It’s free and features dozens of floats and vehicles outfitted with their best holiday lights for an evening of fun. While he is very busy getting ready for the big day, Santa is sure to make time for a special visit! Join us as we ring in the holidays at this delightful community event. To learn more about the parade or for participant information, call us at (210) 695-5916 or visit the website at www.visithelotes.com.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall. For additional information, go to www.visithelotes.com.

October 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MarketPlace @ Old Town Helotes Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. helotesmarketplace.com October 7, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Helotes Humane Society’s A Night for Rescues Comm. Event | 12132 Leslie Rd. hhsanimals.org October 9 | City Offices Closed Columbus Day

Mon. – Fri. | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Casa Helotes Senior Citizens Center Congregate Meals & Activities 12070 Leslie Rd. | casahelotes.com

4th Tuesday | 7 p.m. Helotes Humane Society Board Meeting | 10672 Shaenfield Rd. hhsanimals.org

3rd Thursday | 7 p.m. Helotes Masonic Lodge General Meeting | 11740 F.M. 1560 helotesmasonicfamily.org

Every Monday | 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Area Community Band Rehearsal | 14889 Old Bandera Rd. helotesareacommunityband.com

1st Wednesday | 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus General Meeting | 13715 Riggs Rd. kofcknights.org

1st Sunday | 2 p.m. Helotes Lions Club Bingo | 14690 Bandera Rd.

1st Monday | 7 p.m. Helotes Festival Association General Meeting | 14690 Bandera Rd. cornyval.org

2nd Wednesday | 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes The Bluffs at OTH | 14391 Riggs Rd. visithelotes.com

3rd Monday | 7 p.m. Helotes Ag Booster Club General Meeting | 12132 Leslie Rd. helotes4h.org

3rd Wednesday | 7 p.m. Helotes Economic Development Corp. Regular Meeting | 12951 Bandera Rd. visithelotes.com

1st Tuesday | 7 p.m. Helotes Planning & Zoning Comm. Regular Meeting | 12951 Bandera Rd. visithelotes.com

2nd & 4th Thursday | 7 p.m. Helotes City Council Regular Meeting | 12951 Bandera Rd. visithelotes.com

1st Saturday | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MarketPlace @ Old Town Helotes Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. helotesmarketplace.com

November 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Family Game Night Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. November 12, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Helotes Area Community Band Veterans Day Concert 12951 Bandera Rd. | visithelotes.com

October 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes Comm. Event | 14391 Riggs Rd.

November 18, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Art Walk Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. helotesartwalk.com

October 14, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Family Game Night Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd.

November 18, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Banquet | 13715 FM 1560 N. heloteschamber.com

October 20-21, 6 p.m. Bull Blow Out & Salute to the Military Rodeo, Dancing & Music 12210 Leslie Rd. | cornyval.org

Nov. 22 - 24 | City Offices Closed Thanksgiving Break

October 21, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Art Walk Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. helotesartwalk.com

RECURRING EVENTS

November 8, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes Comm. Event | 14391 Riggs Rd.

October 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Helotes Area Chamber Workshop | 13715 FM 1560 N. heloteschamber.com November 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MarketPlace @ Old Town Helotes Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. helotesmarketplace.com November 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Helotes Area Chamber Workshop | 13715 FM 1560 N. heloteschamber.com

December 11, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Helotes Area Community Band Northminster Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert | 6800 Tezel Rd. helotescommunityband.webs.com December 13, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes Community Event | 14391 Riggs Rd. December 16, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Art Walk Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. helotesartwalk.com December 16, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Helotes Area Community Band Forest Hills Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert | 13200 Bandera Rd. helotescommunityband.webs.com Dec. 25 - 26 | City Offices Closed Christmas Day Break

Dec. 1, 6 p.m. | Lighting of the Lights & Helotes Area Community Band Concert City Hall | 12951 Bandera Rd. visithelotes.com December 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The MarketPlace @ OTH Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. helotesmarketplace.com December 9, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade City Parade | 14391 Riggs Rd. visithelotes.com December 9, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Family Game Night Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd.

2nd Saturday | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Family Game Night Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. 3rd Saturday | 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Art Walk Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. helotesartwalk.com

1st Tuesday | 7 p.m. Helotes Lions Club General Meeting | 14690 Bandera Rd.

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What’s With All The Dust? An Update on Construction in Helotes – City Staff

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n overview of all major projects scheduled for construction in Helotes was included in our Spring 2017 issue. Since then, a tremendous amount of work has begun, and we are excited to bring you the most up-to-date information on these and other projects around town.

The French Creek Flood Control Project is well underway near the Helotes Park Estates, Evans Valley, and Cedar Springs Subdivisions. A larger, defined channel and expanded culverts will improve storm drainage, accessibility, and remove many homes from the 100-year FEMA floodplain. Most major excavation work has been completed. Currently, an undersized pipe culvert on Circle S Drive has been completely removed and construction on the new culvert has begun. This natural waterway conveyance structure will mimic natural stream flows when completed. The project is expected to be completed on time during the fall 2018. The Farm-to-Market 1560 Bridge Project began in April 2017. It will replace the undersized pipe culvert under Farm-to-Market 1560 between Alta Loma and Saltillo Flat with a bridge designed to allow more storm water to travel under the roadway during inclement weather. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the project is 35% complete. Existing culverts have been removed and the bridge skeleton is taking shape. Grading and roadwork on the north and southbound bridge approaches are in progress. The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.

The Farm-to-Market 1560 Realignment Project near the intersection of Farm-to-Market 1560 and Riggs Road is actively progressing, and the project is expected to work in concert with the Farm-to-Market 1560 Bridge Project. Crews have completed initial clearing and grading, and they are currently constructing retaining walls for the new roadway. Once completed, Farmto-Market 1560 will dead-end into Bandera Road. Expanded

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The Hausman Road Expansion Project will expand the roadway from two to four lanes from Loop 1604 to Bandera Road. All underground utility relocations have been completed, and right of way clearing and vegetative removal continues. Bids will be accepted for this project in April 2018. Once construction begins, we will be able to provide an accurate estimated completion date. The Bandera Road Water and Sewer Line Construction Project includes the installation of a 12-inch water main and an 8-inch sewer main along Bandera Road between Circle A Trail and Scenic Loop Road. In coordination with TxDOT on the Farm-to-Market 1560 Realignment Project, E-Z Bel Construction started work in July 2017 near the Bandera Road and Circle A Trail intersection. Work on the utilities has steadily moved north along Bandera Road, and another crew has already begun to bore under Bandera Road near Floore Drive. The project should be completed in February 2018.

The Public Works Department has completed all 2017 Street Maintenance Projects for the current budget cycle. The Department utilized the Street Maintenance Sales and Use Tax revenue to crack fill over 100,000 linear feet of cracks on Municipal streets, and it performed a one course surface treatment on over 2.5 miles of roads in the Helotes Park Estates Subdivision. The Department performed other road maintenance activities, such as pothole repairs and asphalt inlays, throughout the year. Currently, the City is developing the subsequent fiscal year’s street maintenance plan, which will be presented to City Council for review and approval by the end of the year.

A new Pedestrian Bridge will soon connect north and south ends of the Old Town Helotes Special District. In August 2017, the City of Helotes Economic Development Corporation (EDC) selected Wheeler Lumber, LLC to fabricate and Hill Country Bridge to install a 165-foot pratt truss steel bridge across Helotes Creek adjacent to the existing vehicular bridge. Design of the bridge has already started and the bridge should be manufactured and delivered in three to four months. Upon delivery, Hill Country Bridge will install the bridge on concrete abutments and connect it to existing sidewalks on either side of Helotes Creek. Please visit the City’s website, www.helotes-tx.gov, for more information.

turn lanes on Bandera Road are expected to reduce vehicular wait times by as much as 50%. TxDOT has installed concrete barricades in the work zone along Bandera Road for crew safety, so please drive slowly and attentively in the area. This project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2018. Next door, the much anticipated Shell Station and Burger King restaurant are under construction. Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country – Fall 2017

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