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Getting Fit in Helotes in 2018 by HPD Officer Steven Ortiz

The Real Housewives of Helotes: Community Service with Heart by Beth Gr aham

Helotes Celebrates San Antonio’s Tricentennial by Cynthia Leal Massey

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ow that we have stepped into a brand new year, we can look back with pride on what was a very productive 2017 for the City of Helotes. Never in our history have we seen so many major street and highway projects designed to improve our streets and alleviate traffic congestion underway at the same time. In addition, we also saw the start of two major flood control projects that, combined, will remove an estimated 50 homes from their respective 100-year flood plains. All of the aforementioned projects are being handled by either TxDOT or the Bexar County Flood Control Program and are scheduled to be completed in early to mid-2018. The water and sewer project under construction on the East side of Bandera Road is a City project and is scheduled to be completed in February. When completed, we will have installed a 12-inch water main and an 8-inch sewer main from Circle A Trail to just North of Scenic Loop Road. The sewer main required boring under Bandera Road at Floore Drive and was connected to the existing sewer main on Old Bandera Road. TxDOT is scheduled to “let” the widening of Hausman Road from Bandera Road to Loop 1604 in August, with construction to start before the end of the year. That project will improve Hausman Road from the existing two lanes to a four-lane roadway with a continuous left turn lane in the middle, bike accommodations, curbs and sidewalks. Once completed, this will be a much safer and less stressful route to travel for everyone who uses it, especially the residents along its length. The old saying “no pain, no gain” comes to mind when looking at all of the construction in Helotes. We understand that, occasionally, traffic flow has been delayed and, at times, many of us have been inconvenienced because of the construction, especially the FM 1560 realignment project at Circle A Trail and Bandera Road. Big trucks, heavy equipment, concrete barricades, and dust have been a part of our daily lives for

several months. TxDOT estimates the realignment project and reconfiguration of Bandera Road will be completed in July, while the other projects should be completed by the end of February. The completion of these projects will make the “pain” worth the “gain” by decreasing traffic congestion along Bandera Road and reducing flooding in several areas around the City. All of our 26 City-sponsored community events, including the MarketPlace in Old Town Helotes the first Saturday of each month and our Movie Nights at the Park each month, May through September, continue to thrive. We saw an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 visitors at these combined events in 2017. Our Helotes Area Community Band completed another very successful year entertaining more than 5,000 citizens and visitors at their combined 10 concerts. These events, along with the continuing improvements to our park system and the overall operation of the City, solidify our reputation as an outstanding “small town” in Texas. They also confirm why Bloomberg Businessweek selected Helotes as the “Best Small Town in Texas to Raise Kids” in 2013. We work very hard to keep our unique character and personality, both of which continue to set us apart not only as a special place to live, work and play, but also, as a place where visitors can stop to enjoy our amenities, shop at our local businesses, or enjoy a meal at one or more of our fine restaurants. As we enter the new year, many resolutions have very likely been made to lose weight, eat better and maintain a healthier lifestyle. In this issue, you will find several of our local and area workout centers highlighted, including Destination Fit, Camp Gladiator, and 9Round Kickboxing. If you are a coffee connoisseur, stop in and have a good cup of coffee at the Cracked Mug or Rhonda’s Coffee House in Old Town or Hinee Coffee and Starbucks on Bandera Road. If a wedding is in your future this year, read about local wedding venues, including the Gardens at Old Town Helotes, Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch, and The Oaks at Heavenly. Check out the advertisers and be sure to visit their businesses to shop for the services and products they provide. Good luck with any resolutions you may have made as we look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2018 in Helotes!

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Table of Contents Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country

Howdy Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Getting Fit in Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Helotes Celebrates San Antonio’s Tricentennial . 18 Helotes Points of Interest . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Coffee Houses in Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 RHOH: Community Service with Heart . . . . 24 E’s Bees & Helotes Honey . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Historically Unique: The Marnoch Homestead . 28 Gettin’ Hitched in Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Passing the Baton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Advertiser Coupons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Advertiser Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR

CYNTHIA LEAL MASSEY Learn about the history of our unique town in three thoroughly researched and fascinating accounts of a town populated by hardworking pioneers, renegade Indians, elusive bandits, stalwart lawmen, and impassioned citizens. Will Rogers Silver Medallion Award Winner for Western Nonfiction

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Dan Goddard Beth Graham Cynthia Leal Massey Steven Ortiz Tom Schoolcraft Helotes City Staff

Contributing Photographers Dave Scepanski Jack Smith Tony Wazir

Editorial Committee Members Ken Dempsey Louis Doucette Glenn Goolsby Cynthia Leal Massey Janet Sandbach Tom Schoolcraft Rick Schroder Andrea Wazir

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Mayor Tom Schoolcraft Mayor Pro Tem Bert Buys Councilmember Alex Blue Councilmember Paul Friedrichs Councilmember Cynthia Leal Massey Councilmember Ed Villanueva Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country magazine is published by Traveling Blender, LLC (Publisher) on behalf of the City of Helotes. Reproduction in any manner, in whole or in part, is prohibited without the express written consent of the City of Helotes. Editorial and advertising material contained herein does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the City of Helotes, elected and appointed officials, or its staff. Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country magazine, the Publisher, and the City of Helotes reserve the right to edit all material for clarity and space and assume no responsibility for accuracy, errors, or omissions. Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertisements or editorial, nor does the Publisher or the City of Helotes assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear in the magazine. Articles and photos are welcome and may be submitted to our office to be used in the magazine, subject to the discretion and review of the Publisher, Editor, or the City of Helotes. All submissions become the property of Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country magazine and the City of Helotes, and the submitter confirms that all submissions, including photography, is either the submitter’s own work or the writer / photographer has provided permission to the submitter to use the content within the magazine. All Real Estate advertising is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make such a preference limitation or discrimination.”

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By HPD Officer Steven Ortiz

inging “Auld Lang Syne” and toasting bubbly beverages brings forth one inevitable thought – our waistlines. It is no surprise that Nielsen’s consumer research indicates that the top new year’s resolutions are staying fit and healthy and losing weight, but it is bewildering to think, as described in the Huffington Post, that only 8 percent of the country follows through on their goals. “Enthusiasm,” American Author Adora Svitak writes, “just creates bubbles; it doesn’t keep them from popping.” Perhaps a few local gyms can spur your excitement and keep those proverbial bubbles from bursting! 9ROUND 30 Minutes Kickbox Fitness is located at 11851 Bandera Road in the Silverado 16 Shopping Center. The gym features a 30 minute fast, effective, and fun full-body workout with no class times. Workouts change every day, and trainers are available on the floor to help you meet your fitness goals at every round. 9ROUND incorporates functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens into the 30 minute workout, and its wearable heart rate technology, 9ROUND PULSE, allows you to view your effort level, calories burned, and individual heart rate on an in-club display. Three of the gym’s trainers are Master Trainer Certified after completing a series of courses offered by the 9ROUND CEO in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Born Ready CrossFit is located at 13302 Western Oak, just off Hausman Road. Once known as Bandera Road CrossFit in Old Town Helotes, the gym unfortunately caught fire March 14, 2017. Owners, Damon and AJ, didn’t give up, and Born Ready CrossFit is now one of the largest CrossFit gyms in the Helotes area at 13,000 square feet. The CrossFit Certified coaching staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and they always greet you with a smile! The gym boasts new Rogue fitness equipment, assault bikes, 24 different calorie stations, a 30 yard indoor turf area, a free weight and machine lifting area, 50 yard sprinting lanes, a 100 meter outdoor track, and an adjoining yoga studio. Born Ready even provides CrossFit classes, or Kidsfit, for the kiddos three times per week.

Camp Gladiator is a life-changing fitness movement in America. Camp Gladiator was founded in 2008 by CEO Ally Davidson after winning American Gladiator. She took her winnings and started a world class outdoor fitness program geared toward supporting all in their journey to achieve their fitness goals. Camp Gladiator launched in Dallas, Texas in a parking lot with a stack of cones and about 40 campers. Since then, Camp Gladiator has grown to partner with local parks, churches and other community businesses to provide convenient and accessible fitness to all community members. Camp Gladiator is currently located in six states across the country, with several cities in Texas. Camp Gladiator prides itself on offering a fitness program that is applicable for all fitness levels and backgrounds. Their allstar trainers are Certified Personal Trainers and provide full body, challenging and fun, but progressive, workouts. The “camp” experience (the workout) is a welcoming environment where each “camper” is greeted by their trainer and a number of fellow campers’ high fives. San Antonio and the surrounding areas, including Helotes, have over 200 locations for all campers to enjoy throughout the week. These convenient times include as early as before the sun comes up and as late as after sunset. Contact your local Helotes trainers through the gym’s Facebook page for more information.

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Your Destination Fit, located next to City Hall at 12682 F.M. 1560, is owned by fitness coach April Leal and brings an outstanding fitness regimen for all fitness levels. The gym features group classes, nutritional guidance, private one-on-one sessions, yoga and 24 hour access. Free weights, Olympic bars, dumbbells, kettle bells, medicine balls, ropes, and pull up bars are plentiful! The gym’s group fitness programs are based on high intensity interval training or HIIT, which was specifically developed to burn fat. Get your heart racing and your muscles burning with Your Destination Fit’s unique training program that’s different every day! The first class is free.

Helotes CrossFit is located at 12266 Bandera Road in the Hill Country Crossing Shopping Center. One of the first CrossFit gyms in Helotes, the gym was founded 10 years ago on the premise of reaching every client on an individual basis and helping them achieve their goals no matter where they are in their fitness journey. Helotes CrossFit’s motto is to “be all things to all people,” and it strives to get a great “sweat in,” demonstrate the foundations of being fit, have fun, and incorporate fitness into people’s daily lives. The coaching staff ensures that clients move safely by teaching individuals the proper mechanics to create a solid foundation and prevent injuries, and the gym’s Elements Course teaches clients the foundations of CrossFit. Helotes CrossFit offers a free trial workout, and look for its six-week Helotes CrossFit “New Year, New You” Challenge coming mid-January!

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American athlete William Thomas once quipped that “it wouldn’t be new year’s if I didn’t have regrets.” Have a few more spoonfuls of black-eyed peas and some cheesecake, but plan on wiping one regret off your list in 2018. Looking forward to seeing you in the gym! Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country – Winter 2018


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hen Spanish explorers, led by the first governor of the region and a Catholic priest, arrived at what is now the San Antonio River in the early summer of 1691, they encountered Payaya Indians, a Coahuiltecan-speaking tribe. The day the explorers arrived was the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, so they gave the area the Spanish name, “San Antonio de Padua.” Twenty-seven years later, on May 1, 1718, Martín de Alarcón, governor of Coahuila y Tejas, and Father Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares established Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as the Alamo). Four days later, the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar, a garrison to protect the new mission, was founded. A few civilian settlers and families of the soldiers moved to the new town, Villa de Béjar. The City of San Antonio is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year, based on its establishment in 1718. The town grew as missions were established nearby and with the arrival of 55 Canary Islanders on March 9, 1731. The King of Spain issued an order stating that San Antonio was officially and legally declared a municipality known as Villa de San Fernando de Béjar. By 1773, San Antonio was the capital of Spanish Texas. In the years that followed, settlers streamed into San Antonio. After Mexico won its freedom from Spain in 1821, and attempted

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to solidify its hold on Texas, many in this northern province, unhappy with Mexico’s governance, demanded independence. The Texas Revolution began in 1835, leading to the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. After the defeat of Mexican forces at San Jacinto, the new Republic of Texas established Bexar County in December of 1836 and a month later, San Antonio was chartered as the county seat. After a period of independence, Texas became the 28th state to enter the Union, on December 29, 1845. In the 1860s, the state partitioned Bexar County into 128 separate counties, including present-day Bexar County. After Texas became part of the United States, pioneers began to venture into San Antonio’s surrounding countryside. Before that, hostile Indian tribes had prevented settlement. While Indian raids would continue for the next couple of decades, a stronger presence of U.S. military and Texas Ranger troops provided a measure of security for intrepid pioneers eager to establish farms and ranches. Many were attracted to the Helotes area because of its beautiful hill country landscape and flowing streams and creeks. The first settlers in Helotes that arrived in the 1850s were descendants of Canary Islanders and Mexican and European immigrants. Many received free land grants or purchased those of others. By 1860,

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when the first census for the area was taken, about 22 families (95 people) lived in the Helotes settlement on large ranches and farms. Shelly Augustine “Gus” Lee, the namesake son of an early Helotes pioneer, wrote: “The country was all open country then, with here and there, small patches of ten or twenty acres fenced with stone or log fences. These patches were planted in corn, wheat, cotton, beans, pumpkins, melons and potatoes.” He wrote of “plenty of wild game and other animals. Wild geese, ducks, turkeys, deer, bear, javelina hogs, squirrels, rabbits, mountain lions, Mexican lions, catamounts, panthers, wild cats, bob cats, grey fox, yellow fox, lobo wolves, black wolves, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, weasels, minx, badgers, civet cats, pole cats, skunks and … poisonous reptiles.” Lee, who was born in 1860, also mentioned “wild Comanche Indians” who were “constantly making raids against the settlers.” By 1873, Helotes had a post office, which put the town on the county map. In 1881, a mercantile area with a blacksmith shop and general store (what is now Old Town Helotes) was established after the Marnoch family sold Arnold Gugger 110 acres of ranchland at the Bandera Road-Helotes Creek Crossing.

Commemorative Week Activities

May 1: Day of Reflection will engage the community and set the tone for Commemorative Week and the next 300 years with a community candlelight vigil and interfaith services emanating from the heart of San Antonio’s historic Main Plaza.

May 2: History & Education initiatives activated with public and private schools, parochial, and home-school students, throughout the academic year, will culminate with special exhibits on display at libraries, schools, college campuses and museums. • A Tree-centennial program from the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department will launch this date with tree plantings at various higher education institutions. A total of 300 trees will be planted for the Tricentennial by the end of 2018. • The Goliad Trail Ride will be recreated beginning at Mission Espada with stops at each of the Missions and ending at Alamo Plaza.

One hundred years later, in 1981, Helotes incorporated as a City, but our beginnings can be traced back to those early pioneers in the mid-nineteenth century who saw potential here. We may be much younger in the official sense than San Antonio, but our history is as rich and varied, and our connection to the big metropolis is historic and enduring.

May 3: Founders Day will celebrate San Antonio’s shared, multinational culture and history at a Founders Ball and with five concurrent events across San Antonio. All six locations will be connected to each other via simulcast to enjoy the various speakers and performances.

Helotes, one of twenty-eight cities in historic Bexar County that includes San Antonio, will be celebrating San Antonio’s Tricentennial with participation in educational and informational activities on Bexar County Legacy Day, Saturday, May 5, at the plaza in front of the Bexar County Courthouse.

May 4: Arts for All celebrates this community’s

The history of Helotes in pictures and text can be found at the BiblioBoard Bexar County Tricentennial Digital Archives at https://library.biblioboard.com/module/bexar-countytricentennial-digital-archives.

distinctive culture, heritage and diversity through the arts. Museums, art venues, theatres, etc. will offer a complimentary day, open to the public. Shows, concerts, dance and art with Tricentennialcentric programming premier on this day. • In coordination with Bexar County, five miles of musical entertainment, health and fitness opportunities, historical facts and tours all culminating in fireworks over the Mission Reach.

May 5: Legacy Day will hhonor the contributions of the missions in San Antonio: Alamo, Espada, San Jose, Concepcion, and San Juan as a World Heritage site. • Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority will dedicate the transformation of San Pedro Creek as a cultural park and unveil a public art piece, Plethora.

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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. 102 Casa Helotes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12415 Bandera Rd.#108 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

of businesses in Helotes, visit www.shophelotes.com.

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Coffee Houses in Helotes

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By Dan R. Goddard

ozy, locally-owned coffee houses in Helotes are giving the national brands a run for their brew by going beyond lattes and muffins to offer a wider variety of menu choices, exotic teas, fruit smoothies, homemade pastries, vegetarian-options, books, Sunday brunch, games and community. But not to worry, coffees and espressos are what make customers come back for more.

Hinee Gourmet Coffee Owner Jeff Marsh said he opened Hinee Coffee with his wife, Mary, on Halloween in 2011 after retiring from a 30-year sales and management career in “corporate America.” Located in a strip center along Bandera Road just north of Loop 1604, Hinee has built a loyal following by focusing on first-class customer service. “We are located between a Shipley’s Do-Nuts and a Matadors Men’s Grooming Salon, and we don’t have much ‘front presence’ so we had to come up with ways to be more visible,” Marsh said. “We had to develop outstanding products and customer service second to none to be able to compete in what has become a very hot and fast growing industry in San Antonio over the years.” A sense of humor helps. Hinee’s slogan is “Funny Name, Serious Coffee, No ‘Butts’ About It.”

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“We wanted to find a name for our business that would be fun and a bit nontraditional,” Marsh said. “I recalled a series of radio vignettes centered on a fictitious winery called Hiney wine. The radio vignettes always made me smile, and I always remembered the name. So we decided we would go with the same name but change the spelling to Hinee. We have found that we chose a great name because the one thing people remember about us is the name. We’ve had a lot of fun with it.” With a wooden floor and paneling, Hinee’s has conversation-friendly wood tables and chairs with cushions made out of burlap bags that once contained coffee beans. The walls are decorated with large-scale, mouth-watering photographs of coffee beans and pieces of metal art, including a sunburst and iguana, along with other homey touches. Newspapers are stacked by the front door and the hallway leading to the “reading rooms” has a fully-stocked bookshelf. For the print-challenged, there’s free Wi-Fi.

include Masala Chai, Gold, Black and Brazilian Fruit. There is also a large selection of sugar-free fruit smoothies, which includes the popular peach, pear, apricot combination. Enjoy the spiced Mexican hot chocolate. Besides muffins, cookies and pastries, the Hinee menu features breakfast sandwiches, wraps and grilled Panini sandwiches.

“Our customers’ two biggest food favorites are our spicy sausage, egg and cheese breakfast croissant or biscuit and, for lunch, our E-6 Turkey Panini sandwich,” Marsh said. “But what sets us apart is what keeps customers coming back – our attention to the details of customer service. Our goal is to make sure that every customer who comes into Hinee’s leaves having had a fun, positive experience.” Find more information about Hinee Coffee at www.hineegourmetcoffee.com or call (210) 695-2000.

Hinee offers three types of flavor drip coffees and two flavors of drip coffee every day. Flavors change each week and are unusual, such as jalapeno coconut, chocolate whiskey, maple bacon and Mississippi Mud Pie. Frappes are a big hit, along with three specially-brewed cold coffees: Brazilian, Mexican Chocolate and Texas Pecan. And don’t overlook the Red Velvet latte.

The Cracked Mug Coffee House occupies a small rock house on the north side of Old Town Helotes at 14743 Old Bandera Road. Owners Donna and Duane Wells took over the well-established coffee house in April 2017 after retiring, mainly because it gave them a chance to be near family. Their daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Christopher Wood, create E’s Bees local honey and are the young parents of two daughters, Eli and Ever. They partner with Chris’ father, David Wood, at the Ever So Sweet candy, ice cream and bake shop, all located around an outdoor patio dining area.

“We use two high-quality local roasters and two high-quality, out-of-state roasters,” Marsh said. “We have used the same roasters from our inception and they work with us constantly to bring new, exciting and unique offerings to our customers.”

“The Cracked Mug just kind of fell into our lap,” Donna Wells said. “We didn’t know a whole lot about running a coffee house, but the business wasn’t struggling and all the workers stayed. So they trained us.”

But wait, there’s more, lots more. Thirty-five loose-leaf teas, served hot or cold,

Mismatched coffee cups are a trademark of the Cracked Mug. The front parlor has

“Our shop is long and narrow with high ceilings so we had to create an inviting and warm atmosphere,” Marsh said.

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outdoor Jenga. Also, live music is often provided by Karen Wells and South River. “We wanted to come up with something that would bring folks in and Game Night has really taken off,” Wells said. “We love running the Cracked Mug even though it’s been a lot of hard work. But it keeps us busy and we get to see the grandkids a lot more.”

The Cracked Mug a fireplace, sofa, comfy chairs, book-lined shelves and a kid’s table with games and toys. Customers are encouraged to “takeone, bring-one” if they want to read one of the books. Free Wi-Fi too! But lots of customers prefer to take a seat outdoors on the patio under the spreading oak trees. The Cracked Mug serves San Antonio-roasted Brown Coffee, whose founder, Aaron Blanco, travels the world to find the best coffee beans. “A lot of people come here for the Brown Coffee and say they’re glad they don’t have to drive downtown for it,” Wells said. During the holidays, you could choose a gingerbread, candy cane or eggnog latte. Rounding out the drink menu are hot and cold teas and sparkling Izze sodas.

The Cracked Mug Coffee House can be found on Facebook by searching @ thecrackedmugcoffeehouse or call (210) 635-0829. Rhonda Kimmich opened the area’s newest coffee shop in a building built in 1912 at 14359 Old Bandera Road on the southern end of Old Town Helotes. “My sister convinced me to do it, so I moved to San Antonio from St. Louis and got right to work transforming the building from an empty space into a dining facility,” Kimmich said. “This part of Old Town Helotes didn’t have a place where people could stop and have something to drink and a snack or eat lunch while shopping at the local shops. I wanted to embrace the old building’s charm and make a homey atmosphere for my guests.”

“All of our food is made from scratch in our kitchen, except for the waffles,” Wells said. “We like to try different things for our lunch specials. Sometimes we do pulled pork sandwiches, but, generally, we have ham and turkey.” The Breakfast Bowl is made with hash browns, bacon, egg and cheese topped with sausage and gravy. Breakfast tacos include bacon, egg, potato, bean and cheese. Homemade muffins vary by season, such as lemon, blueberry, peppermint, butter pecan and pumpkin spice. Or try a vegan or gluten-free muffin, as well as a yogurt parfait and fruit cups.

Rhonda’s Coffee House

The Cracked Mug’s Game Night on the second Saturday of each month has become popular with families. You can play board games, Twister, UNO, Skip-Bo, Corn Hole, Connect Four and an oversized, Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country – Winter 2018

Rhonda’s Coffee House has two dining rooms and a patio. She keeps the menu simple, preparing a daily meal special, which she posts on Facebook each morning with pictures of the home-style comfort food, which might be chicken potpie, chicken spaghetti or meatloaf. Besides the special, she offers ham or turkey sandwiches. “I make flavored coffees -- both hot and iced -- cinnamon, caramel, hazelnut, mocha, vanilla or black,” Kimmich said. “I also have a variety of teas and hot chocolate. If someone wants a snack, there are blueberry muffins, cookies and my best-selling brownies. And I have ice cream, which sells a lot at the MarketPlace.” Her latest offering is a Sunday Brunch, served buffet style with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, eggs benedict, potatoes, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, toast and fresh fruit. She also has dinner specials for Ladies Night Out on the second Wednesday of each month. Learn more about Rhonda’s Coffee House at www.rhondascoffeehouse.com or call (210) 688-4140. Starbucks in Helotes is located in an upscale shopping center next to the Broadway Bank at 12577 Bandera Road and Leslie Road. Featuring a drive-thru and open until 10 p.m. every day except Sunday (when it closes at 9:30 p.m.), this Starbucks has all your favorite roasts, plus an extensive menu including breakfast, featuring a bacon and Gouda breakfast sandwich, and lunch, such as a roasted tomato and mozzarella Panini, or a bistro box with a Southwest-style steak wrap. You’ll also find vegetarian options and various snacks, such as cake pops and banana nut bread, as well as tea, lemonade, frappuccino and other iced favorites. And, of course, there’s free Wi-fi. “Staff here is always attentive and professional,” local guide Patti Walters wrote in her Google review. “Guaranteed to be handed a carefully-crafted drink, and they take the time to sleeve up the cup instead of expecting you to do it, unlike all other places in the area. Quiet, and calm, lovely place to enjoy a drink of coffee and relax.”

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Community Service with Heart

By Beth Gr aham

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ver the years, fans of the hit reality show “Real Housewives of…” have grown accustomed to dramatic cat fights, backbiting, bling, and lavish life stylings of affluent women. Here in Helotes, there is another group of girls who are far less feisty, temperamental, or self-absorbed. TV cameras do not follow them around, and they strive for a much different stereotype. These women are motivated to help each other and the community, while making time to enjoy an occasional indulgence or two. No one knows for sure when the Real Housewives of Helotes (RHOH) was founded, but the current group of five is still going strong after several years and has big plans in 2018 to continue to make a difference in their community. Adrianne Salinas, Tami Zuniga, Ann Gonzalez, Cori Pake, and Sarah Miller have lived in Helotes a combined total of more than 50 years and make up the 501 (c)(3) that was formed by Salinas in 2015. Tami remembers, “We talked about it and realized that, if we organized, we might be able to help more people. The name was a joke. We started calling ourselves that when we just got together to volunteer and kept it when we became a formal organization.” The families all have children that attend Beard Elementary, Garcia Middle School and Brandeis High School, and they maintain other jobs, in addition to their respective households. Tami runs her own embroidery business out of her home. Adrianne is the vice president of a local electrical company. Sarah is an account manager for a clinical lab. Cori, a Michigan native and the newest member of the group, is a real estate agent. Ann is a stay-at-home mom and is the group’s unofficial event planner. She also keeps the group on time. “We couldn’t do it without Ann,” says Tami. “She keeps our calendar. We all call her when we find an event we think we ought to support and get her to add it to the list.” The RHOH families were just recently together on a Saturday morning in December to, once again, help wrap more than 60,000 plush toys for the Children’s Hunger Fund. Ann’s family hosted airmen from Lackland Air Force Base for a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day. Several weeks ago, the group scrambled to put together

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dozens of hygiene packs and hundreds of plates of barbecue and hand delivered them to Hurricane Harvey victims in Tami’s hometown of Victoria.

to the Helotes Humane Society to honor Adrianne’s beloved dog Sasha, who had just passed away.

For information about the group and to order the 2018 RHOH Fiesta medal, find the Real Housewives of Helotes on Facebook.

“We’re like a family,” says Tami. Cori agrees: “It’s a cliché but it’s true. I think the world has forgotten how to love. We’re trying to show them how again.” Right now the group is hard at work gearing up for their next big project, their one and only fundraiser of the year: the annual RHOH Fiesta medal. The custom designed 2018 creation will, again, feature the group’s signature flamingo mascot and all proceeds will go to benefit the 100 Club of San Antonio, supporting the children of fallen first responders in Bexar County. This decision was made after Helotes-area resident and San Antonio firefighter Brad Phipps was badly injured in the deadly Ingram Square fire that killed firefighter Scott Deem. Previous RHOH medals have generated between $1,500 and $2,000 in revenue each year for the David Molak Foundation for anti-bullying efforts and Susan G. Komen to help fight breast cancer. The 2017 medal proceeds were given Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country – Winter 2018

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E’s Bees & Helotes Honey

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hristopher Wood thought he had a swell idea for a family business that would encourage his young daughter, Eli, to learn about nature. Something he had enjoyed as a child doing with his father – beekeeping. But his wife, Robin, wasn’t too keen on the scheme. “I said, ‘No way are you putting beehives in our backyard,’ ” Robin said. “I was a little scared. I tried to talk him out of it. But he persisted and then I started researching all the products you can make with honey and how bees help the environment. Gradually, I became less afraid of bees.”

Cracked Mug Coffee Shop located in Old Town Helotes, and the couple teamed up with his father, David Wood, to run the next door Ever So Sweet candy, ice cream and bake shop. Robin uses the Ever So Sweet kitchen to make her honey products. Many of their products are available for purchase at the Cracked Mug Coffee House. Christopher harvests honey and beeswax from more than 120 hives he tends in about a dozen different locations, including six hives in the Wood’s backyard. Ten-year-old Eli often tends the shop and helps dad with packaging the products. And she has a younger sister, Ever, who has beekeeping in her future.

“What we make from beekeeping, we’re putting in a college fund for our daughters,” Christopher said. Christopher said that, like a lot of people, he had romantic notions about beekeeping that reality soon dispelled. After serving in the Marines, including a tour of Afghanistan, he earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Currently, he’s a staff engineer for Manhard Consulting. “I had this presumption that bees took care of themselves,” Christopher said. “But then I realized, I was taking them out of their natural habitat and putting them in a man-made house. That made me responsible. I had to make sure they

Eight years later, the family has E’s Bees and Helotes Honey, which, besides raw and unheated Helotes Honey, features a wide variety of honey-based products that Robin mostly makes by hand, including an orange and honey sugar scrub and a honey and lavender hand salve. The products can be purchased in their online store at www.eshoneybees.com/ shop. “We decided early on that I would be responsible for the products and Christopher would take care of the bees,” Robin said. Her parents, Donna and Duane Wells, operate the

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had everything they needed to live and thrive, but bees are susceptible to various predators and diseases and, of course, there’s Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which is devastating. There was a pretty steep learning curve. I spent a lot of time reading books and watching internet videos.” Ancient Egyptians may have been the original beekeepers, but modern beekeeping dates from the mid-19th century when American beekeeper Lorenzo Langstroth, author of the classic “The Hive and the Honey Bee,” patented his “movable frame” wooden-box beehive design, still known as “Langstroth boxes.” His perfectly proportioned frames are just right for the extremely particular bees, making it possible for beekeepers to inspect a hive frame by frame without doing damage to the honeycomb or the bees. “The main tools I use are gloves, a helmet and mesh veil, a smoker used to calm the bees and a hive tool for opening the hives,” Christopher said. “By now, I’ve been stung so many times that I’ve built up resistance, so they don’t bother me so much. Generally, though, bees won’t

sting unless they think their hive is threatened.” One way he raised money to get his business off the ground was extracting unwanted swarms of bees when people called 911 for help. You can watch videos of Christopher working with bees on the E’s Bees Boutique Facebook page. “Without insulation, the spaces between studs in a wall are perfect for bees,” Christopher said. “That’s why swarms of bees like uninsulated garages. They’re looking for places that are cold and dark. That’s also why they like water meters and oak trees, which have cool interiors.” Along with pollination, a major incentive for landowners to have bee hives on their property is qualifying for a Texas Agricultural exemption, which provides substantial property tax savings after the hives have been in place for five years. The property must be between 5 and 20 acres. “Most of the people who want my hives live on the edge of town,” Christopher said. “They pay me to take care of the hives, but it costs a lot less than what they can save in property taxes.”

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Christopher said his main challenges are dealing with a lack of food sources and Varroa or “vampire” mites that can cause CCD. Since South Texas doesn’t have as many flowering plants as other parts of the country, he sometimes has to supplement with sugar water. When he sees evidence of mites, he treats the hive with vaporized oxalic acid. To make it easier to apply, he’s invented the Mite-E-Vap, which has a patent pending. “When bees get sick, they fly away from the hive to die alone,” Christopher said. “When it’s only one, 10 or 100 bees, it’s not a big problem. But if it’s 10,000 bees, that can lead to a colony collapse. Oxalic acid is fast acting and totally organic so it doesn’t harm the bees. My device is much cheaper and more efficient than other methods on the market. Someone told me it’s a million dollar idea. I certainly hope so, but meanwhile, I just try to enjoy the beekeeping. It’s rewarding and makes you feel much more in tune with the rhythms of nature.” The E’s Bees and Helotes Honey online store is always open. For more information, call (210) 328-3322 or visit eshoneybees.com.

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Historically Unique:

The Marnoch Homestead

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he historic Marnoch Homestead on Scenic Loop Road, a half mile north of the road’s intersection with Bandera Road, is the oldest residence in the town of Helotes. Built in 1859, the unique Anglo-American Georgian style, two-story box house with halfoctagon bay towers, was built as a residence for Helotes’s founding family and has also served as an early school, post office, and offices for the Helotes Echo. Originally the main house of a 1,500-acre ranch commissioned by Dr. George Frederick Marnoch for his family, the homestead now sits on an almost three-acre tract in Helotes Park Estates. In 1993, Carolyn and Frank Kennedy, the current owners of the limestone home, received a San Antonio Conservation Society award for their work on the exterior restoration, and in 2010, the house received Texas Historic Landmark designation. A subject of awe and curiosity for almost 160 years, only a few people outside of its owners and their families have seen the interior of this private residence. The Kennedys recently allowed photographer Jack Smith and myself inside for a photo shoot and we are pleased to give the public a first-time peek of the interior of this unique house. Some of the descriptions I use in this article are from Helotes architect Guy Burnett, who provided the architectural analysis for the narrative history I authored for the Texas Historic Landmark application. According to Burnett, the Marnoch House is “simple

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in plan, but unique in character,” and that encapsulates perfectly the appeal of the homestead, built of eighteeninch thick, roughly coursed rubble-limestone blocks. There are several unique features in this 19th century Texas homestead. One is the stairwell inside the house. During the time the Marnoch homestead was built, most Texas houses that had a second story had a stairwell on the outside, often landing on an exterior sleeping porch for the hot summers. Dr. Marnoch, who was from Scotland, was likely thinking of the cold and damp environment from where he came when he opted for interior stairs and fireplaces, another unusual feature. Most fireplaces were built on outside interior walls, but the ones in the Marnoch homestead are inside interior walls adjacent to the entry hall. Not unusual for the time was the original kitchen, which was built some twenty-five feet from the house to prevent house fires. In 1914, however, the separate kitchen was dismantled and reconstructed adjacent to the rear north wing of the house, using the original materials and adding a stone floor. The new owners installed a rustic wood plank ceiling. When you open the massive wooden front door, you walk immediately into a central entry hall. The first floor stairwell is on the left and does a U-turn to the second floor, which has an identical entry hall. The stair treads and risers are painted wood, and the handrail, turned balusters, and newel posts are mahogany. The door and stairway railing are not original. During a time when the house was vacant, the door and the railing were vandalized. A subsequent owner installed a door taken from an historic house in San Antonio, and the spindles and railing from an historic inn were used during a restoration of the interior. The flooring is pine board on wood framing. The upstairs and attic floors are thought to be original, while the downstairs framing and long leaf pine flooring is recent. A new ship’s style ladder on the second floor landing provides access to an attic ceiling hatch, installed by the current owners. Originally, there was simply an opening with no door to the attic, which was not energy efficient, nor aesthetically pleasing. The entry halls are flanked on either side with a 15 x 20-foot room. On either end of each room is a half-octagon bay tower extending the building’s full height with windows at the end of each bay. The bay on the lower floor dining room side is now used as a restroom, while Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country – Winter 2018

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the bay on the parlor side is a sitting area. Located on the two interior stone walls in each room opposite the bays are double stone fireplaces with simple stone hearths. The two bedrooms upstairs mimic their downstairs counterparts, including the fireplaces. The dining room ceiling is beaded board, not original, and the parlor and its bay ceiling are embossed tin (which has been painted several times and may be original). Early descriptions of the interior mention embossed ceiling tin. Stone lintels over the doors and windows provide another unique feature in this house. Stone lintels over the first floor windows in the main rooms have radial patterned stones in an arch, while the second story window lintels are large rectangular stones. Doublehung windows are located symmetrically and centered in each room along the front and rear walls and in each bay tower providing natural light and air from three directions in every room.

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Today, the 2,668-square-foot house has central heat and air conditioning, and interior bathrooms. It has stood the test of time. Not only is the house a testament to its original owners, Dr. Marnoch, a physician and licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland, and his son, frontier naturalist Gabriel Wilson Marnoch, it is also a tribute to its subsequent owners, and most especially the Kennedys, who are conscientious stewards of the historic homestead. For more information on the Marnoch family and homestead, see Cynthia Leal Massey’s history books on Helotes, including her award-winning book, Death of a Texas Ranger. You may also visit the Texas Historic Sites Atlas at https://atlas.thc.state.tx.us for information on the Marnoch Homestead historical marker. Photography is by Jack Smith of Smith’s Uncommon Images, except where noted. Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country – Winter 2018

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Gettin’ Hitched in Helotes By Beth Graham

The romance of the Texas Hill Country - ancient live oaks shading rugged terrain, gentle breezes, and friendly folks - can all be yours when you plan your wedding in Helotes. Located about 30 minutes from the San Antonio Airport, Helotes offers country charm and modern amenities, with venues ranging from basic to all-inclusive services.

The Gardens at Old Town Helotes In business for eight years, the staff at the Gardens at Old Town Helotes pride themselves on specializing in weddings. Management emphasizes that the entire 6.5 acres of the property nestled in historic Old Town Helotes is available for the bride and her guests. The grounds include a renovated house; three scenic water features, perfect for romantic photos; and a terrace with outdoor dance floor and room for tables and chairs. The ceremony can take place in a gazebo or on the lawn near a creek; more intimate ceremonies could be staged on the terrace. The house can also be used as the ceremony site in case of inclement weather. If an outdoor ceremony is planned, the terrace and house can be the location for the cocktail hour and reception. The Gardens at Old Town makes its’ facilities available to brides as early as noon on the date of the ceremony. A luxurious on-site suite is reserved for the bride and her attendants for dressing, makeup, and relaxation before the big moment. Capacity: 200 inside; up to 350 outside. Amenities: Bride’s suite; chairs for ceremony; tables and chairs for reception; and on-site parking. Bridal party responsible for arranging flowers, linens, catering, bar services, etc. Venue can provide listing of suggested vendors. Reserve: A year in advance. For more information: Vicki Perkins The Gardens at Old Town 15060 Antonio Drive Helotes, Texas 78023 (210) 695-4777 info@gardensatoldtown.com www.gardensatoldtown.com

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The Oaks at Heavenly North of Helotes, the Oaks at Heavenly offers a dramatic hillside location. Your ceremony can take place in a wrought-iron bridal arbor or, in the case of uncooperative weather, inside the event hall. Following the ceremony, guests can mingle in the courtyard for cocktail hour before moving to the event hall for the reception. With the comfort of the bridal party in mind, The Oaks at Heavenly offers suites for both the bride and groom. In addition to lighted makeup mirrors, luxurious furnishings and a full shower, the bride’s suite provides a closed-circuit TV so that the bride and her attendants can watch the guests arriving. The groom’s suite offers masculine furnishings and a flat-screen monitor with video games so that the groom and his attendants can work off their nerves before the ceremony. Capacity: Ceremony space 200; reception hall 250. Amenities: Bride’s suite; groom’s suite; chairs for ceremony; tables, chairs and linens for reception; on-site parking; parking attendant with golf cart. Bridal party responsible for arranging flowers, catering, etc. Check with venue for catering suggestions. Reserve: Six months to a year in advance. For more information: Loretta Ortiz The Oaks at Heavenly 18826 Bandera Road Helotes, Texas 78023 (210) 988-3334 info@oaksatheavenly.com www.oaksatheavenly.com

Helotes City Hall Gazebo Planning an intimate ceremony with a friendly, informal feel? Check out the Gazebo at Helotes City Hall. Down a winding, xeriscaped path in the shadow of that symbol of Texas ranching, a windmill, the Gazebo is the perfect place to gather with family and close friends as you share vows. A nearby park can be the setting for your outdoor reception, or check out one of Helotes’ many restaurants. One plus: the Gazebo can generally be reserved on short notice. The Gazebo also serves as the perfect location for engagement and wedding photos! Capacity: Gazebo and lawn, 25-50; park, up to 100. Amenities: Bridal party responsible for all arrangements. Reserve: Check availability with Helotes City Hall. For more information: Andrea Wazir Helotes City Hall 12951 Bandera Road Helotes, Texas 78023 (210) 695-5916 awazir@helotes-tx.gov www.visithelotes.com Helotes: Gateway to the Texas Hill Country – Winter 2018

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Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch has been in business for 45 years and offers a one-stop shop for guests planning weddings. Pedrotti’s desires to make everything as easy as possible, from the time the date is selected until the bride and groom leave for the honeymoon. Pedrotti’s can provide rustic Western or more traditional settings, including indoor and outdoor venues. The newly-renovated Brokemill Hall boasts a fountain, gazebo and landscaped grounds, which are great for romantic photos. They also offer catering, beverage and bartending services, a bride’s suite, and DJ services. While most brides prefer to make their own arrangements for flowers, cakes and photos, Pedrotti’s wedding staff can provide information on suggested vendors. Whether you’re hosting an intimate group of close family and friends or a blow-out wedding party of several hundred, Pedrotti’s can accommodate your needs. They can even host a rodeo for your guests! Capacity: Brokemill Hall, up to 400; other facilities, up to 900. Amenities: Bride’s suite; up to 100 ceremony chairs included, with more available at additional cost; draped and skirted bride’s book table and gift cart; tables, chairs and linens for reception; on-site parking. Bridal party is responsible for arranging for flowers, cake and photographer. The venue is happy to provide vendor suggestions. Reserve: A year in advance. For more information: Norma Diaz Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch 13715 FM 1560 North Helotes, Texas 78023 (210) 695-3533 norma@pedrottis.com www.pedrottis.com

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Events

January, February & March Events January 1, 2018 | City Offices Closed New Years Day January 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The MarketPlace @ OTH Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. helotesmarketplace.com January 10, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes Community Event | 14391 Riggs Rd. January 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Family Game Night @ Cracked Mug Community Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. January 15 | City Offices Closed Martin Luther King Day January 19, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Casa Helotes Food Truck Friday Community Event | 12070 Leslie Rd. casahelotes.com

February 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The MarketPlace @ OTH Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. helotesmarketplace.com

February 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family Game Night @ Cracked Mug Community Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. The MarketPlace @ OTH Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. February 13, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. helotesmarketplace.com Casa Helotes Senior Center March 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Family Game Night @ Cracked Mug Community Event | 12070 Leslie Rd. Community Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. casahelotes.com February 14, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes Community Event | 14391 Riggs Rd.

March 14, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes Community Event | 14391 Riggs Rd.

February 16, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Casa Helotes Food Truck Friday Community Event | 12070 Leslie Rd. casahelotes.com

March 16, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Casa Helotes Food Truck Friday Community Event | 12070 Leslie Rd. casahelotes.com

January 20, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. February 17, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Art Walk Helotes Art Walk Community Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. Community Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. helotesartwalk.com helotesartwalk.com January 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. February 19 | City Offices Closed Helotes Area Chamber of Commerce President’s Day Dream Big in 2018 Power Lunch heloteschamber.com

Recurring Events

Mon. – Fri. | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Casa Helotes Senior Citizens Center Congregate Meals & Activities 12070 Leslie Rd. | casahelotes.com Every Monday | 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Area Community Band Rehearsal | 14889 Old Bandera Rd. helotesareacommunityband.com 1st Monday | 7 p.m. Helotes Festival Association General Meeting | 14690 Bandera Rd. cornyval.org 3rd Monday | 7 p.m. Helotes Ag Booster Club General Meeting | 12132 Leslie Rd. helotes4h.org 1st Tuesday | 7 p.m. Helotes Planning & Zoning Comm. Regular Meeting | 12951 Bandera Rd. visithelotes.com

February 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Helotes Area Chamber of Commerce State of the City Power Lunch 14492 Old Bandera Rd. heloteschamber.com

1st Tuesday | 7 p.m. Helotes Lions Club General Meeting | 14690 Bandera Rd. 4th Tuesday | 7 p.m. Helotes Humane Society Board Meeting | 10672 Shaenfield Rd. hhsanimals.org 1st Wednesday | 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus General Meeting | 13715 Riggs Rd. kofcknights.org 2nd Wednesday | 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night Out in Old Town Helotes Community Event | 14391 Riggs Rd. visithelotes.com

March 17, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Art Walk Community Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. helotesartwalk.com March 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Helotes Area Chamber of Commerce Margaritas & Medals | 14492 Old Bandera Rd. heloteschamber.com 3rd Thursday | 7 p.m. Helotes Masonic Lodge General Meeting | 11740 F.M. 1560 helotesmasonicfamily.org 3rd Friday | 6 p.m. Casa Helotes Senior Center Food Truck Friday | 12070 Leslie Rd. casahelotes.com 1st Saturday | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MarketPlace @ Old Town Helotes Arts & Crafts Fair | 14391 Riggs Rd. helotesmarketplace.com 2nd Saturday | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Family Game Night @ Cracked Mug Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd.

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

3rd Saturday | 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Helotes Art Walk Comm. Event | 14743 Old Bandera Rd. helotesartwalk.com

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

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

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Passing the Baton:

Fire Chief Walton Daugherty Leaves Big Shoes to Fill

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By City Staff

n December 8, 2017, longtime Fire Chief Walton Daugherty retired from the Helotes Fire Department after 14 years of faithful service. In 2003, Chief Daugherty was appointed by the Helotes City Council as the Department’s first full-time Chief. Charged with transitioning the Department from a volunteer-run to a professional firefighting organization, Chief Daugherty embodied American businessman Max De Pree’s notion of servant leadership – “the first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” Chief Daugherty served the Leon Valley Fire Department for 31 years before moving to Helotes, 10 years of which he served as Leon Valley’s Fire Chief. In Leon Valley, Chief Daugherty created and implemented standard operating procedures, fire prevention and inspection programs, and fire education programs for the community and area youth. In 1989, then-Assistant Chief Daugherty led the implementation of Leon Valley’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS).

Protection Plan to address Helotes’ wildfire risk and mitigation activities. In 2017, Chief Daugherty was awarded the Wildfire Mitigation Award by the National Fire Protection Association for innovation and leadership in wildfire mitigation. Chief Daugherty’s command was passed to Fire Chief Richard Moreland on December 14, 2017. Chief Moreland worked for the Corpus Christi Fire Department for 32 years, most recently serving as a captain. He served as Corpus Christi’s EMS education coordinator from 1993 to 1996, and he was selected as the Corpus Christi Fire Department’s evolution “Firefighter of the Year” in 1993.

The positive evolution and development of the Helotes Fire Department “The positive is primarily and development Chief Moreland worked in the private credited to of the Helotes sector for 10 years at Driscoll Children’s Chief Daugherty’s Fire Department is Hospital. There, he served as its Operations stewardship. The primarily credited Chief researched, to Chief Daugherty’s Coordinator and created the hospital’s first Ambulance Transport Department. applied for, stewardship.” Supervising over 40 staff members, Chief and secured Moreland was responsible for a $4.5 million annual operating numerous grants to assist the growing budget. While at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Chief Moreland Department, and he collaborated with also worked as the hospital’s EMS education coordinator from fellow administrators on State and local 1996 to 2006, and he taught at Del Mar College as an adjunct committees dedicated to fire and emergency EMS instructor from 1991 to 1998. medical services. Under his tenure, Helotes lowered its Insurance Services Office (ISO) Chief Moreland is certified by the Texas Commission on Fire rating and commercial and residential Protection as a Master Firefighter and Instructor II. He is also a homeowners’ insurance rates citywide, and registered paramedic with the Texas Department of State Health he created the Community Wildfire Services.

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