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Residential Growth in Williamson County WRITTEN BY: MARJORIE L. PHILLIPS, RCE

There is no doubt that Williamson County has experienced some exponential growth in the past years. In fact, the population of Williamson County (or WC as I like to call it) increased 22.7% from 2010 – 2015; that’s 53 people per day moving to our county! According to the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, by 2050 the total population of WC is expected to be teetering on almost 2 million residents! This demand has created numerous infrastructure and other growth issues, as well as the expansion of new businesses, shopping and recreational activities. With this growth and development the home selling and buying market should be a win – win for everyone. But as we drill down into this issue we are discovering that there are some other issues that are occurring. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), there are approximately six major issues facing (potential) home buyers in today’s real estate market: • Affordability • Student Loan Debt • Unrealistic information about down payments • High number of investors entering the market • Property taxes • Millennials In January 2017, NAR released their annual REALTORS® Affordability Distribution Curve & Score. This report measures housing affordability at different income percentiles for all active inventory on the market. In this report, Texas was ranked as the 38th most affordable state; Indiana, Ohio, and Iowa topped the list of affordability and, as no surprise, California ranked last. This demonstrates the fact that affordability is definitely an issue across the country. What has caused this event, you may ask? As with most issues, there’s really no single answer, which makes it difficult to solve. Here in Georgetown, we can see that prices have risen sharply over the last couple of years. However, the influx of new residents has also been increasing. The lack of available housing for this growth has helped to spur this increase. Residential homes on the market still have not recovered from the 2007 downturn. Reasons this could occur include job uncertainty, low interest loans that people do not wish to lose, the financial cost to move or purchase a different home, and the fear of investing coming from Millennials. For this reason, a majority of the home sales are in the new home category and this is where we are seeing the greatest price increase. The cost of a new home in Georgetown 6 Shot of Texas Magazine™

is now over $300,000.00 in most communities and could increase depending on amenities. Therefore, the current range is out of reach for many first-time home buyers and move up sales are not happening as we have discussed. However, the flexible down payment programs in existence now, are helping many firsttime home buyers. The issue is that many are not aware of these programs, which highlights the fact that they need to be communicated more effectively to first-time home buyers. The National Association of REALTORS® tells us that 87% of non-homeowners indicated that a down payment of 10% or more is necessary. When in actuality, for some first-time home buyers, there are many other options available for much less of a down payment. Many of the Millennials are also struggling with student loan debt. The amount of debt carried by many in this group is keeping them from qualifying for a loan. In addition, many do not feel the need for home ownership. They enjoy the freedom to change location and experience different cities every few years. They do not want to take care of a yard; they want to be free to move around and enjoy all aspects of an active lifestyle. This demographic has also impacted resales as typically these would be firsttime home buyers who would be looking at the affordability of a resale home over new homes. When we look at the Georgetown market statistics for July 2017, we see a drop in sales due to the lack of affordable homes. Homes prices under $200,000.00 would be the most active price point for buyers; however, there are currently only 7 homes priced under $200,000.00 in Georgetown. Within all of Williamson County there are only currently 103 homes in this price range. This downward market has also seen a decrease in available homes within the $200 –

300,000.00 price point. Georgetown’s market has decreased to a level of only 171 homes at this price point out of a total of 1025 homes in all of Williamson County for sale in this range. Another large majority of Georgetown’s listings are over 300,000.00, which explains somewhat the drop in home sales in this market area. Where we are seeing a lot of market activity is in the outlying areas of Taylor, North of Jarrell, and out towards Liberty Hill. These areas are seeing a lot of activity, due to considerably lower home prices than what is being seen in Round Rock, Leander, and Georgetown. As pricing goes up in the populated areas, people move to the fringe, the next frontier, where high prices have yet to reach. In addition, property taxes in many parts of the county play a role as well. Where the growth is the greatest and prices are soaring, so also are the property taxes due to increased property values. Cities need to fund the infrastructure to support all the new residents. This includes police, fire, EMS, teachers, and numerous other positions as well as city and county payrolls. When will it stop? The outlook doesn’t appear to say any time soon. What about pricing? That would be hard to say and we all know that’s dependent on a number of things: national economy, number of people moving to the county, and ability of new home builders to build affordable homes. There are currently a number of ideas being discussed within each of the local cities and municipalities. Affordable apartments are being built, the idea of tiny homes, and numerous other conversations are happening about how to address all these issues and more. Want to have a voice? Get on a committee, join planning and zoning in your local area, run for a city position, get active and be involved. And most of all ENJOY the ride, the times are changing here in the WC!


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HURRICANE HARVEY‌

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fter the original landfall of Hurricane Harvey in Rockport (or just north/east of Corpus Christi, as the newscasters labeled them,) on August 25th, the media quickly moved on to stories from Houston and now are migrating to Florida and Hurricane Irma; and rightly so. The natural disasters befalling us are almost biblical and becoming hard to keep up with: hurricanes, wildfires, and now an earthquake in Mexico.

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But I have a very good friend, Rachel, who retired and moved to Rockport a few year ago, so this is where my concern lies. She bought a small house with a separate guest house, so very good friends could come visit. At the time, I told her that I was jealous because she was living my dream: retiring and moving to the coast. That is no longer the case. Before Harvey hit, Rachel packed up her dogs, cats and favorite chickens and took refuge from the storm in Sealy, TX. She ventured back home four days later. The condition of Rockport, at that time, could only be described as “devastation.” Rachel was actually luckier than most. Her property was flooded, in fact still is, but the water did not get in either house, although the standing water isn’t going anywhere, and is a breeding ground for mosquitos and the like. There was roof damage, almost all her trees were down, but the cats and chickens she could not take with her all survived. I talked to her through text and a very scratchy connection on the Saturday before Labor Day, and was headed to Rockport on Labor Day.

THE TRIP DOWN My husband (Shane) and I, loaded with what we considered necessities, took separate vehicles and headed for Rockport around noon. My jeep was loaded with bottled water, Dr. Pepper, wet wipes, mosquito spray, a battery operated radio/battery charger, a box fan, a lifetime supply of cliff bars (her

request,) a quart of milk (also her request) and some nice steaks and salad makings. Shane pulled a small trailer with a 250 gallon tank of good, clean Jarrell water and a really big ice chest with ice (and cold beer,) a portable air conditioner, and a small generator. We first started seeing real signs of Harvey’s strength a couple of hours down the road in Cuero, 90-plus miles inland: trees and branches piled up at the street and

some buildings were still down, but for the most part, cleanup was well underway. Refugio, about 40 miles from Rockport, is where the damage was still very apparent and cleanup had only just started. We were detoured down several side streets to avoid road closures and got turned around a couple of times before coming out the other side. Driving into Rockport was like driving into a war zone, complete with military personnel and vehicles (the National Guard.) Buildings were down all over town, and you could hardly see the houses in residential areas for all the trees, limbs and debris piled at the curb, waiting for pickups that were not even yet available. We spent a couple of hours driving around, because we couldn’t find the house: the internet was down, so we could not check google maps, and phone and text A Shot of Texas Magazine™ 11


services were “iffy.” Also, there were no street signs, and many roads were closed. We were fairly certain we were in the right area, so we just drove up and down every street until we found the house. Luckily, Rachel was outside. The four hour trip took about 6 hours.

THE CURRENT SITUATION Here was the situation 11 days in: No Electricity Water only between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm; non-potable, so no use, without boiling, if you had a way to boil it. Sewer plant still down. City requested that you do not use toilets, even when water is on, but everyone does. Bottled water readily available for pickup. Millions of mosquitos, the size of a small bird. Free mosquito spray available. City spraying for mosquitos nightly. Ice available, but harder to find, because it goes so fast. Cooked meals available, but you have to stand in line. Fresh fruit also available, but hard to find. Nightly curfew from 10:00 pm through 6:00 am Tetanus shots strongly suggested and available free of charge at several locations. The transfer station is open for drop off of brush and debris. There is supposedly regular garbage pickup, but I never see a truck and Rachel’s garbage is not picked up. 12 Shot of Texas Magazine™

FEMA has a big presence, as does the National Guard, Samaritans Purse (international cleanup help,) Churches Unlimited (local organization,) Board of Insurance, several local churches, and HEB. Red Cross, not so much.

A DAY IN THE LIFE The day starts early, the neighborhood vibrating with the roar of generators, then slowly shutting off, one after another, as neighbors emerge from their homes. Air conditioners and fans are only run at night, so you can sleep. There is a burn ban in effect because of the lack of water to fire hydrants, but the acrid smell of burning garbage still

fills the air, then fades away when the sun comes up. The first job each day is to check and maintain the generator, which currently is the lifeline to a semi-normal life. Check the oil, top off the gas tank (if you still have gas in your gas cans,) and move it back into the garage and cover it up, because the bright yellow or red of the generators is like a beacon, if no one is home. Check to see how much ice you have left from the day before. If you are lucky, all your ice chests were not blown away by Harvey, or you were able to get one or two or three from stores or friends…good ones that have a good seal and keep the ice frozen, at


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least overnight. While this is going on, I take my toothbrush, toothpaste and a bottle of water to the front porch of the guest house to brush my teeth. Rinsing my mouth and spitting into the standing water around the porch. Wait for 8:00 when the water comes on: flush the toilets from the night before, take a quick shower without getting water in your mouth or eyes (I don’t shower, because it doesn’t seem safe, or I just don’t feel dirty enough, yet, to chance it.) Fill the kitchen sink with water and add bleach to it so you can soak dishes. Take an inventory of what you need for the day: gas, ice, food, dog food/cat food. The chickens are the lucky ones. They get whatever food is left over from the day before, but shouldn’t be eaten by people (like old smooshy grapes.) Head to town: First stop is the Donut Shop, whose parking lot is packed. It just opened a day or two before using a big honkin’ generator. We get donuts and coffee…a luxury. No fountain drinks, though, because of the water situation. We start looking for gas and ice first. That means gas stations with lines and no yellow bags over the pump handles. The prices are not a problem, here in

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Rockport. There is no price gouging that I can see. It is $2.39 pretty much everywhere, which is cheaper than what I paid in Georgetown before we left. HEB is out of gas, but we find it at Valero. Ice is a little harder. The National Guard distributes water and ice daily, from their make shift station (a 10 x 10 beach canopy with a folding table, and supplies in the back of a military truck,) but by 9:30 am, they have a big sheet of plywood with NO ICE written on it in black paint. They still have water. There are limits per car, but I am not sure what the limit is. It must be per person, because Rachel tells them that I do not live there. No one that I met was out to get whatever they could, or even more than they needed. We finally buy ice

out of the back of a big truck. Pay for the ice, show the receipt to the “truck guy,” he rolls up the back door of the truck, goes inside and comes out with ice. Then he rolls the door back down and waits for the next person. Now we look for pet food. Not for Rachel’s animals, but for a friend that is running an animal rescue. She has heard that there is a location out by the transfer station that has dog food. We get there and they have some, but not much. We only get a couple of big bags. Rachel will look for more later. Clothes are in huge piles in many parking lots in town. So many contributions, but no one to sort or distribute. They are just piled outside the locations, and people come in and sort through them, until they find what they need. These clothes distribution areas are not packed with people, but there are always several people or families sifting through them. Rachel heard that HEB was open for business, so we head in that direction again, checking out the store, not just the gas pumps. They are open, using what I am told is a “power plant;” a really, really big generator. Inside the air conditioning is cold, although the shelves are


empty by normal standards. But in Rockport, it looks like heaven. Lots of water, of course, plus soda, boxed and canned foods, some fresh meat, bread, veggies and fruit. The workers are friendly and helpful and enthusiastic. It is now after noon, and we head home. We hook up the small generator (it uses less gas, not nearly as loud and can be easily moved around) to run a load of clothes through the washing machine. It is not strong enough to run the dryer, though. I spend the rest of the day trying to get online (I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t) or at least send emails or texts. I have received a few texts from the day before, but sending and receiving can take hours or days. I decide it is not worth the effort and give up. At about 4:30, everyone is racing to take a shower before the water goes off at 5:00, except for me. I am still leery of the water. That night we have a nice dinner of the steak and salad, prepared in the dark, spray down with mosquito spray, decide it is not worth the effort, either, and go to bed early. The next morning, it all starts over again. The only difference is that I decide it is worth the effort to take a shower and this, also, is like heaven.

The most amazing part of this story that seems so horrible to me, is the way that Rachel and everyone else I talked to just take this in stride, still have a sense of humor, and enjoy each other and help each other. Even when I got there to help, more than anything, Rachel just wanted to talk. By Kathy Ragsdale

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FISHING in September

We are coming into one of my favorite months to fish, September. Most of the month will be like August, hot, muggy and hopefully some rainfall. Fishing patterns will remain constant, walking many of the same areas we have all summer long, oyster shell and grassy shorelines. But, on the other hand some early cool fronts can start to make their way down. This change in weather can trigger some big bites and will send fish into a big feeding frenzy. Now these fronts are usually pretty weak, but just a slight drop in water temperature can trigger these predator fish. 16 Shot of Texas Magazineâ&#x201E;˘

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nother factor that can change our strategy is the big tides we can see in September. I always remember these because it made it tough to work on duck blinds. These higher tides can push fish back into our marsh lakes. Mainly just the reds at first, but if a few fronts stack up, you can find a handful of trout mixed in the lakes. I will not completely concentrate on the lakes this month, but will spot check them from time to time because they do offer some good protection as a front is rolling

through. If our water is high at times, the shorelines we have walked the last couple months will change. Instead of walking out on the sandbars, I will concentrate tighter to the bank, spreading customers out over the grass. The baitfish will seek refuge in this grass, and predator fish will lay in wait around the sand pockets. Out comes the favorite bait to trick these fish into striking, the Corky Softdine. Suspended baits other than topwaters work great over some of this thicker grass and flutter perfectly across sand pockets.


Our oyster shell in San Antonio Bay will continue to hold fish, but on some of the cooler days you may need to get out towards the drop of the reef a little more. I don’t mind walking shell, and if you find the right reef the trout can be solid fish, but you will still find yourself weeding through a bunch of smalls to get them. Back to our potential push of tides we can see this month, our sight casting scene will explode. Every year it seems like these redfish ride this tidal surge into our bay. Trolling the small ponds in the back marsh staring at 100’s of redfish sometimes you can’t decide which one to throw at. It will most definitely be an action packed day of sight casting. As these redfish flood our bays, it also marks the start of the bull red run through the jetties in Port O’Connor. Mid-September these bulls come in from the gulf and can be caught with the right tidal movement all the way through November. It is always exciting to take a group out there and watch

their faces light up when the bull they have been fighting surfaces. I tell all my customers, it is definitely something you have to try a least once, but many can’t get enough and return year after year to hang on these big bull redfish. September to me, always marks the start of fall on our bays, because the entire system can start to transform. There will be many places that hold fish this time of year, but adjustments will need to be made if Mother Nature shows up. Always

locate the bait in the area you are going to fish, you may find it has moved off completely or has relocated due to tides or temps. Stay in the bait and the predator fish will be found. Whatever outdoor activity draws you in during the winter months, N&M Sportsman’s Adventures has something for every enthusiast. I have dedicated myself to running a full time guiding operation since 2007, and will do my best to meet the needs and standards of any customer. Much of this wouldn’t be possible without

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A Texan’s Guide to AUTISM

Written by J. David Hall, M.Div. (July 2017) for Shot of Texas Magazine ©

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t would be hard to turn on our televisions, radio, pick up a newspaper or magazine today without seeing something about autism – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) crossing our eye’s path. It seems to be the hot ticket item at the moment, for Hollywood to either have an actor play an autistic person or make them the main character in a show.

Today, T d mostt everybody b d has a child, friend or knows of somebody somewhere with autism. Over the last fifteen years, our diagnostics have been steadily improving, and our understanding of the “disability” has become clearer, giving us all better insight to the unique neurological arrangement of the autistic mind. Now, I’m a fifth-generation native Texan, and I know some of you reading this can trace your Texas blood back to the Alamo, and before. We’re mavericks, we are. A bunch of brash, loud, adventurers, a people who go where others will not, a bold people who will stay for trouble while others run for cover. Our autistic Texans, quirky as they may be, are cut from the same rough cloth as you and I. They all have a story to tell, and I’m here to tell it. Who are these autistic people, 20 Shot of Texas Magazine™

and how should we relate to them? Alright friends, hand on tight for a quick ride through down the autism trail. Where did autism come from? Did we get tangled up in some barbed wire of the brain somewhere over the last few generations? Nope, I believe we’ve had autistic people in our midst the whole time. Who do you think built our roads, bridges, buildings, wrote music, painted pictures, and figured out all the hard angles of life for us over the last – well, since we’ve been Texans? I’m willing to bet there were autistic Texans shoring up the engineering, the defenses of the Alamo. So, here’s a personal story for you. Leslie Fawcett. He was my Great Uncle. His Dad was a pioneering businessman in San Antonio, back when downtown was all paved in dirt. All my life, I knew Uncle Leslie as a very quiet, kind old fellow who lived his

whole life in the back room of my Great Grandmothers house on the South side of San Antonio. An odd duck, a confirmed bachelor, he wore his britches high on his chest, spent his days caring for “Momma” and did math problems for fun. Leslie was also the go-to corporate CPA in San Antonio for decades.


One day, in the sun drenched, quiet front room of my Great Grandmother’s house, I asked my Uncle Leslie what he did in World War II. All my other relatives were bomber pilots, infantryman, charging the Germans with all guns blazing. Uncle Leslie was a quiet mystery to me – to many. When I asked him, he shrugged, looked at the floor – he didn’t make much eye contact with people, and told me he spent the whole war in England. In fact, four weeks after the war ended, they made him go to Paris. Gave him money, told him to go have fun. He was there a few days, bought a silk scarf for his Momma and headed back home to Texas. Now he really had my interest. He mentioned spending years in a bunker deep underground. Sort of an armadillo in World War II? No, he mentioned a place named called Bletchley Park and suddenly I knew. He was a quiet genius – a mathematician, he was a code breaker. He was a Texan who went to war with his mind, and he and his fellow warriors of the mind ended World War II for all of us an estimated two to three years early. A call had gone out in 1941 to find mathematicians, professors and brainy types. Somehow, someone found my Uncle Leslie in San Antonio, living in a world that didn’t understand his gifts, talents and took him to England for a spell. His love of math, solving problems saved untold numbers of human lives. Although he was shy of a few decades for being diagnosed as autistic, I hang my hat on believing my Great Uncle Leslie was autistic. Einstein, many more folks – brilliant, quirky, hard to understand and we couldn’t live without them. As Dad to three autistic persons, I can tell you stories on end about the minds, the traits of these quirky, bril-

liant Texans. But the most important things are – first, they are not to be feared, avoided. They are to be honored, appreciated. As Dr. Temple Grandin, the ultimate autistic spokesperson in the United States, likes to say, without them, we’d be sitting around jabbering in caves while nothing gets done. Be that as it may, here’s a few helpful tips for my fellow Texans on encountering autistic folks in the wild.

Quirky? Oh hell, aren’t we all? Autistic persons will talk about their favorite topics non-stop. They’ll cut you off and will think nothing of it. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are experts in things they love and will not back down on sharing their minds on those things. I tell people, nonautistic folks do conversations like stop lights, autistic people do conversations like bumper cars. Red lights don’t mean a whole lot to them. Brains over brawn and beauty? Yes, indeed. Most autistic folks don’t give a flip

over how they look. Hey Einstein, who does your hair? There are fellow Texans who suffer from weakness in body – but whose minds are powerlifters. They don’t care about looks and will often wear things that the culture would never be caught dead wearing. They don’t care – and neither should you. My oldest, Asher, couldn’t out armwrestle an armadillo, but he can give you a detailed analysis of the chemical physics of rocket engines. We’ll be on the planet Mars soon because of Texans like him. Autistic persons are the brains, while many of us are the brawn of Texas. Hey, it takes all types, right? We’ll string the fence while they’ll figure out why the cows want to get out in the first place. So, they’re odd ducks. They’re also bully magnets. Recently, my oldest had a bully call on him, and fortunately he had a Texas lawman, Sheriff Robert Chody stepped into the gap for him. The story of their accidental friendship is well known, but what of others? As Texans, we ought to all step into the gap – it’s the stuff we’re made of. Also, while some folks like to say autistic people are “high functioning” or “low functioning”, the simple matter is they all function differently. Our job as fellow human beings is to discover their frequency – how they function. I know of a non-verbal, “low functioning” young woman who is now an incredibly gifted writer, all because someone discovered her frequency of communication with the rest of the world. Do you know someone with autism? Whether diagnosed or not, these folks have incredible gifts to offer. We need to all find a way to open the gate to knowing them, find a way to get to know some of the most unique fellow Texans we’ll ever meet. J. David Hall, M.Div. is the Founder and Chief Guide of Life Guides for Autism, a Texas LLC., a unique social enterprise venture providing service to autistic individuals and their families, with life and job skills coaching for autistic persons done on an individual basis. www.lifeguidesforautism.com A Shot of Texas Magazine™ 21


Woodpeckers Question: What’s a woodpecker’s favorite joke? Answer: A knock, knock joke.

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he dog days of summer bring a need for a little humor and an abundance of bugs. Who’s the remedy for both problems? The mighty woodpecker!! Texas is home to several species of woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and the Red-headed Woodpecker. Woodpecker’s are the carpenters of the bird world, carrying around their own tools. Their strong beak acts as a jack-hammer, chisel and crowbar. They tap on, dig and remove bark from trees to find hiding insects. The woodpecker has an extremely long tongue with a glue-like substance on the tip that sticks to unsuspecting insects. Woodpeckers have two sharply clawed toes pointing frontwards and backwards to help them grasp trees and balance while they hammer. Many woodpecker species also have stiffened tail feathers, which they press against a tree surface for stability. Woodpeckers live in wooded areas to find insects living in crevices in the bark and also to excavate nest cavities. Some species of woodpeckers drum on trees to communicate or as a part of their courtship.

Male and female woodpeckers work together to create a nest cavity in a tree. Both male and female incubate the eggs for about two weeks; the male usually takes the night shift. When a woodpecker hatches, it is blind and featherless. One parent brings food to the nest while the other parent stays with the young. The young generally leave the nest after 25 - 30 days. Woodpeckers eat insects, along with fruit, acorns and nuts. They will come to feeders and eat suet, nuts, peanut butter, and Black Oil Sunflower seeds. Woodpeckers generally do not drum holes in your house unless there are bugs to be found. If you find a woodpecker attacking your house it might be a good time to get a pest control inspection. Enjoy the beauty that flies around us! The Bird Ladies

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BASEBALL… BASEBALL HAS BEEN THE SPORT OF CHOICE IN THE TOMASZEWSKI HOUSEHOLD FOR OVER 19 YEARS.

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averick’s older brother played from tee ball through a College baseball club. Maverick grew up playing in the stands waiting for his older brothers’ games to end. Following in his older brother’s footsteps he wanted to play baseball as well. His parents signed him up at 4 years old at the YMCA and from there went on to play with the local Little League back in the Midwest. When they moved to Texas in 2011 he went straight to the Georgetown Youth Baseball Association and was chosen for the All-Star team. He was then asked to join a select team playing in several positions as Pitcher, Second base and Third base. Then came High School and Maverick wanted desperately to make the freshman team. He was signed up to play in the summer league before his freshman year with the Georgetown High

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School student-coach team. Every one of Maverick’s coaches from little league to the summer High School team put him on the “bump”, that would be the pitcher’s mound to the rest of us folks. Maverick was confident on the pitcher’s mound which made the coaches confident as well. First day of freshman year arrives and Maverick already had his baseball class on his schedule. He went through the tryouts but unfortunately got cut from the class. They were only allowing 10 freshmen in the class and Maverick just missed the cut. Now, this didn’t mean he couldn’t try out for the team for the spring season, but it hurt Maverick so bad he decided to not re-engage in baseball for the time

being. He thought taking a year off from playing baseball may be the best thing for him. His mother approached him when he came home that day from school to see what happened and he couldn’t muster up the words to talk about it. She gave him a few days and then approached him again, this time asking, “What would you like to try next?” Just a shrug of his shoulders, he gave. Mom said he had to try something because he wasn’t going to sit around doing nothing. Several months went by and she asked again, “What do you want to try next?” Maverick said, “I just don’t know, Mom.” December of 2016 rolls around and Maverick’s parents told him to get in

the car, they were giving him an early Christmas present. They pulled up to Pilot’s Choice Aviation at the Georgetown Airport. He asked his Mom, “What are we doing at the airport?” She said, “You are going to co-pilot a plane today.” With a vigorous shaking of his head he said, “Um, NO!” His parents said in unison, “Oh, yes you are!” About an hour later, after the pilot landed and was taxiing back to the hanger, Maverick was waving back to his parents with a big smile on his face. They knew right then that Maverick has found his calling. Evidently, he found enjoyment in his new “hobby” so he was enrolled in Ground School to get started on his private pi-

lot license. Maverick was the only 15-year-old in the entire class and, of course, the only one being dropped off by his parents. He ended up graduating tops in his class with A’s on all tests and a 100% on the final exam. Even though Maverick has a driving permit he still has no desire to get his driver’s license any time soon. His parents can only assume he feels more comfortable in the air than behind the wheel of a car. At the rate he is going, with almost 14 hours of flight time under his belt, he will have his Pilot’s License before his driver’s license. Noone knows where this will lead to, but for right now Maverick is going to enjoy what not many other 15 year olds enjoy...Flying.

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The Italian word ”Paisano” means fellow countryman or a friend from the same region or village.

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That is very fitting for Paisano’s Trattoria & Pizzeria in Georgetown, Texas. Established over 21 years ago, it is nestled quite unpretentiously in the 1,000 Oaks Center at 1211 Leander Road, across the street from Leander Road neighborhoods, and more reminiscent of a local Italian café than the big, crowded Italian restaurants you may see up and down IH-35. The restaurant itself is small and cozy, with seating at tables draped with white table cloths and topped with flowers and candle light. The word ambiance comes to mind. The menu, on the other hand, is bursting with vibrant and rich Italian cuisine; hand-rolled dough made fresh daily, salads of colorful, fresh produce and made to order, stone fired pizza oven, and authentic Italian dishes made with the same herbs and spices that have been used for hundreds of years. Chef Karim Aliani spent several years studying as an apprentice to master chefs in Verona, Italy. Karim decided to settle in his favorite small town to share his love of Italian cooking with Georgetown. Still, he uses influences from all parts of Italy, as each region has its own spe-

cialties, based on the crops and meats most prevalent in each area. Northern Italian cuisine tends to emphasis butter and creams, like alfredos, while Southern Italy is more motivated by the tomatoes, olives and fish of the Mediterranean.

Paisano’s also runs specials on new items, requested items and sometimes on new recipes that just inspire them, like those of their gluten-free menu. Co-owner Jeana Aliani’s gluten intolerance was the inspiration for the development of this particular menu to help others with similar dietary issues enjoy amazing Italian food. Paisano’s gluten-free pizza is a favorite for everyone, whether or not gluten-free is a dietary requirement. Or if you are just too tired to leave home, try Paisano’s Waiter on Wheels. That’s right. Now you can get Paisano’s authentic Italian cuisine delivered hot and fresh to your home, anywhere in Georgetown. And for bigger groups, Paisano’s also offers catering of authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine to match any budget and any sized event throughout the Georgetown area. Their experienced staff will work closely with you to create a memorable event for you and your guests. Be it weddings, corporate meetings or conferences or social events, just contact Paisano’s and ask for the Catering Manager to help you to create your menu.

So, whether you are looking for something different, such as Paisano’s Sangria Sunday or Wine Down Wednesday or just looking for the best Italian food around, make sure to make it to Paisano’s.

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