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November 14, 2013 Volume 18, No. 22 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

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OHAN works to keep Oak Hill District intact by Bobbie Jean Sawyer OAK HILL - The daunting task of drawing single-member city council districts is winding down and the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) is taking steps to ensure the Oak Hill community remains intact. The Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission (ICRC), which is charged with drawing ten city council districts in an effort to ensure more accurate and fair representation throughout the city, will hold its final meeting on Nov. 14 at 6:30 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex at 1156 Hargrave St. On Nov. 6, the ICRC voted unanimously to adopt the Proposed Final Plan. The commission is set to take final action the week of Nov. 18, just

a couple of weeks before its Dec. 1 deadline. The most recent ICRC map keeps all of Oak Hill together in District 8, which also encompasses Zilker Park and a neighborhood off of Stratford Drive. At its November monthly meeting, OHAN developed a proposal in support of District 8’s current boundaries in the ICRC’s final draft, requesting that OHAN neighborhoods remain together in the final version. OHAN has developed its preferred District 8 map, which includes all OHAN member association neighborhoods and leaves room for the Lost Creek neighborhood when it’s annexed into the city next year. OHAN secretary Rick Perkins said See OHAN on page 26

Rally planned to save the ‘Taco Bell’ oak tree by Bobbie Jean Sawyer

Darius Williams hands over his hard saved cash and piggybank to Oak Hill Baseball Commissioner Jeff Hodges to help rebuild the baseball diamonds where he plays ball with his teammates.

The Horn is a big hit: $35k raised story and photos by Travis Atkins

OAK HILL - He may not have been the biggest donor—standing less than five feet tall—but Darius Williams definitely stood out at ESPN Austin’s all day live fundraising broadcast from the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association (OHYSA) baseball fields on

Friday, November 1st. Williams, who’s in the Coach Pitch division (seven and eight year-olds) and wants to be a Major League Baseball player when he grows up, handed over a plastic bag filled with cash and his Crayola Crayon piggy bank to Oak Hill Baseball Commissioner Jeff Hodges. His money was part of an estimated $35,000

raised on the day, according to the station. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the station—known as 104.9 The Horn—featured their normal lineup of shows as people came by to donate cash and old metals, electronics and batteries for the cause. Rudy’s Barbeque, Golden See THE HORN on page 27

OAK HILL - Supporters of the historic “Taco Bell” oak tree at the intersection of Hwy. 290 and William Cannon will hold a rally from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, to help save the landmark heritage oak. The tree, which stands in the way of TxDOT’s street renovations at William Cannon, was temporarily saved by an outpouring of public support. The community was given until Dec. 31 to relocate the tree, if possible. Andrea Street, an Oak Hill resident who’s been a champion for the tree ever since learning of its shaky fate, is an organizer for the event. Street said volunteers would be handing out flyers, carrying signs and collect-

A rally is planned for Sunday, noon to 3pm. at the ‘Taco Bell’ tree at William Cannon and Hwy. 290. ing donations for a $3,000 feasibility study to determine whether the tree is able to be transplanted. Street said the goal of the event is to inform Oak Hill residents that the tree is in danger. See RALLY on page 26


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OBITUARY

Audra Varnagy

born 11/24/1928 in Pecs Hungary as Adrienne Maria Rajcsanyia

She was a REMARKABLE lady! At 2 1/2 , soon after her sister was born, her father abandoned the family. Her mother, who had rheumatic fever and a crippled hand, was left to support 2 little girls, and Audra became the caregiver for her sister. Incredibly, her mother made and sold handcrafted items, and taught languages, but she was a very harsh taskmaster, occasionally beating the girls. Times were tough in Hungary, but Audra succeeded as a dancer and actress and radio performer. Her mother remarried, but her stepfather overlooked how the girls were treated. After high school she married a military man 8 years her senior. It was a wonderful marriage, and he helped her grow up. And they had a beautiful daughter, Audrey. Then came the communists! Everything changed. Incompetence everywhere, but total control. Husband Tibor, as a military officer, was a marked man. When they came to seize him he had the foresight and warning to be elsewhere. Immediately, during the uprising in 1956, he and Audra and Audrey and many others crossed the border

into Austria. It was very dangerous, and they had to skirt Russian tanks many times. Many of them made it to Canada, including Tibor and Audra and Audrey and sister Clarrise and her husband, and later mother and stepfather. They had a good life in Montreal. Starting with nothing, with Audra’s entrepreneurial upbringing she built a successful beauty salon, then a very successful pet boutique. Then a terrible thing happened. Tibor had throat cancer. Then it spread to his lungs. After 4 years of pain, during which his will to support the family kept him alive, he died. Audra was alone. Her mother had perished in a house fire several years before, and her stepfather had remarried but was in a hospital near death. Audra sold the boutique, went back to college, and tried dating. Then she met Jim, who was on a long term contract with a Hungarian-owned company but lived in Kansas City, Kansas. From the first meeting they connected. Jim had lost his wife to ovarian and breast cancer, had a house in Kansas and 3 teenage daughters, and a few months later, on March 27, 1982, they married and Audra moved to Kansas and adopted the girls. A few more months and in the summer of 1982 they all moved to San Francisco, starting all over again. Jim got work in the infant PC software industry. Then in November (Veterans Day) 1984 Jim had a near fatal accident, 5 days in a coma, almost 2 years in therapy, another start. Audra to the rescue, provided support and encouragement, and got Jim back on track to success. Audra became a successful realtor. Then in 1992 an earthquake hit the Bay area. All 3 girls had fin-

ished college, and Jim and Audra relocated to Corpus Christi. Audra changed profession to securities and Jim did software contracts and training. At Audra’s urging, he completed a PhD and began teaching. But Corpus did not prove to provide sufficient challenge and employment. In 1996 they relocated to Austin. Audra continued in securities and Jim did contracting and teaching. In 2002 Jim joined Audra in securities and continued teaching. In 2008 both retired from securities and Jim continued teaching, and is still active. In 2000 Audrey joined them in Austin. In 2010 Audra had her first stroke, and never fully recovered. Despite a heroic effort, and much therapy and several more ministrokes, she had a fall and hit her head. A few weeks later, on Friday 10/18/2013, she lost feeling in part of her body. A CAT scan found bleeding in the head. The accompanying swelling caused an arterial hematoma, which proved fatal. She kept her positive attitude almost to the end. But finally she was ready to go. She died October 24th, 2013. Her fierce independence did not want her to be a dependent. She could not and would not. That, and her constant humor, and always seeing the good in everything, is what we all loved. She will be missed! Audra is survived by Jim Turney, her husband, and 4 daughters; Audrey Sulpizio, Austin, TX., Jennifer Stanton, Rochester, NY., Jill Koncse, Belmont, CA, Joy Laughlin, Santa Clara, CA., four grandsons and one greatgrand daughter. Donations to the American Cancer Society and Austin Meals On Wheels.

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Doyle Keith Tuck

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James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble ends a winning season by Ann Fowler In three marching band competitions during the 2013 season, the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble took first place in two. Out of 64 competing bands in the Bands of America (BOA) Super Regional competition in San Antonio, Bowie placed third. Bowie’s 2013 show is called, “To B or Not to Bee,” with music by Benjamin Britten, Bela Bartok, Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven and The Beatles, music arrangements by Ryan George. The drill was designed by Jeremy Hunt. A bee hive—a metal dome on wheels—was designed and constructed by Jeff Hurr. Bowie placed first in the BOA Austin competition in early October. The Westlake Marching Festival was held October 12—the weekend of historic rainfall in Austin. During Bowie’s evening performance in Finals, a heavy rain began to fall but the young musicians played on. They received a standing ovation—and first place—for their performance. Freshman baritone player Nathan Rannefeld shouted, “The rain can’t drown these bees!” after the show.

“In the middle of our show when it started to rain, from all the way on the back sideline I could hear the roar of applause from our parents, fans—and even the other bands. Hearing all the cheering and clapping through the rain brought on a new energy that drove us as we finished...” - Summer Stark, snare drummer Veronica Flores described her son, Manny, as “walking through the rain with a smile on his face” when she picked him up after the competition. He told her, “Mom, it was so cool that the rain started in the middle of our performance and we never stopped or missed any of it. All the people were jumping up and down and cheering.” Junior snare drummer Summer Stark, said, “In the middle of our

show when it started to rain, from all the way on the back sideline I could hear the roar of applause from our parents, fans—and even the other bands. Hearing all the cheering and clapping through the rain brought on a new energy that drove us as we finished our performance. We just wanted to give it our all, and it showed as we came off the field buzzing with excitement.” Continued on page 23

Doyle Keith Tuck, 52, the beloved former softball coach of the Dripping Springs High School Lady Tigers, suffered a fatal heart attack on November 7. Tuck had retired from high school coaching just months earlier to spend more time with his family, but was currently coaching the Lady Tigers softball team in fall ball, which cannot be coached by school staff. He coached a double header November 4. Coach Wade Womack, hired upon Coach Tuck’s retirement, told the Gazette, “He was good for the game, but even more so, he made a tremendous impact on this school and community. Coach Tuck had a presence about him and a way of comforting and supporting his student athletes. He was someone that I looked up to and someone that I am proud to call my friend. Words cannot begin to describe the impact that he has had on all of us.” Tuck began his career in 1985 coaching football at Atascocita, followed by coaching stints at Humble, Cold Springs and Lake Travis. His daughter Brittany’s interest in softball led Coach Tuck into a new sport. He designed the softball fields at Lake Travis and Dayton. His final coaching job was in Dripping Springs. He was one of the most successful high school softball coaches in Texas, amassing a record of 462 wins to 115 losses. The 2011 Lady Tigers were one of three teams he coached to the UIL state tournament. His teams won nine district championships. Coach Tuck was honored as the 2013 Sectional Coach of the Year in an area covering Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas. In 2006 he was named the Austin American Statesman Coach of the Year. When Brittany died in a traffic accident in 2003, Coach Tuck and his wife Sandra turned the tragedy into an opportunity to raise scholarship funds for local student athletes, raising more than $140,000

for college-bound students in Dripping Springs, Lake Travis and Dayton. Said Coach Womack, “Coach Tuck and his wife Sandra are selfless people and always put the needs of others ahead of their own needs. Their love for student athletes and their love for their own children is apparent in their willingness to offer multiple scholarships every year to Dripping Springs, Dayton and Lake Travis in loving memory of their precious daughter, Brittany Tuck.” The popularity of Coach Tuck was such that his memorial service was, fittingly, held at Tiger Stadium in Dripping Springs. His sister Trisha remarked that only “Keithy” could fill a stadium from heaven. While some mourners lamented that Coach Tuck had little time to enjoy his retirement, longtime friend and coach Cami Jenschke told the gathering that his retirement party in July gave past and present players the opportunity to give verbal and written tributes to Coach Tuck. Ann Poehl told the Gazette, “He was one of the most amazing people I have every met. I am very blessed to have known him and will miss him more than words can say.  When you knew Coach Tuck, you just wanted to be better. He was a life coach as much as a softball coach and he was an individual coach as much as a team coach.  He knew what made each girl tick and he knew how to get the very best out of them.” She added, “Personally, Coach Tuck helped me raise my girls to become the wonderful young women they are today.  What we, as parent, couldn’t get out of them, he did.  I have never met anyone here on earth that had that much power over them.” Coach Tuck is survived by his wife Sandra, son Jeff, daughter Megan Campbell and husband Douglas, and grandson Max Campbell. An account has been set up for those wishing to donate in Coach Tuck’s memory: Prosperity Bank “Coach Tuck” Memorial Fund 721 West Highway 290 Suite 100 Dripping Springs, TX 78620


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If you ain’t from around these parts, pardner, let me tell ya something about the statue of the late rock/blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan that stands near the shore of Austin’s Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake or Vince Young Lake or whatever lake they currently call the river that runs through town): Stevie’s clad in poncho and boots not for protection from the elements. No. That was just his style. But given the weather around here lately, SRV’s garb is more than appropriate. In fact, city officials are mulling over the notion of retooling Stevie’s boots into hip-length waders. Translation: Enough with the dang rain already. Photographic proof of the Noah-like blessings we’ve been receiving recently showed poor Stevie up to mid-poncho in floodwater. Down here in the southwest part of town, it was even worse. Our community statue of Junior Samples was inundated up past his belly—and it’s a big belly, people. You couldn’t even read the BR-549 sign for

days because of all the dang and tomatoes and arugula with rain. OK, I’m kidding. We don’t human waste. This got me thinkhave a statue of Junior Samples. ing: How nasty must the human I think. Anyway, it’s been bad. body be if we can freely fertilize You know it’s bad when you sit our cabbages and kumquats with on your back porch cow patties, but we run and watch your neighthe risk of plague-like bors waving back at death if we use our you—as they float by own, uh, by-products? on their back porches. Regardless, the warnThe tiny whisper of a ing has been issued creek that runs beby the community hind our home, norbraintrust: harvest at mally coyote-bone your own risk! Poo dry, has resembled may be present. something flowing So the wife and I, through the Amazon who have a plot in the Basin of late. Critters neighborhood garden of both the hairy and about the size of a car Roger White slimy phylum have battery, now watch skittered and slithered wistfully as our little in and out of our little squashes and lettuces domicile seeking refuge. The cat’s and tomatoes and strawberries about to have a coronary. grow and blossom. Do we dare And sadly, one of the casualties eat them? What if we soaked our of all this weather has been our harvest in bleach and then ran it community garden. It seems the all through the washer and drysmall sewage facility that butts er? What is that on our Chinese up (no pun intended) against cabbage plant?! Oh, wait, it’s only our neighborhood garden got so dirt. Just forget it, I can’t eat any swamped from the deluge that of this now. it befouled all of our lovingly Oh, well, on the bright side, tended plots of lettuces and kale I was getting a little tired of homegrown cherry tomatoes and squash. That’s the thing about growing your own that nobody tells you about: When the harvest comes in, boy, does it come in. We had so many cherry tomatoes there for a while, I was eating them with lunch, breakfast, midnight snacks, on my corn flakes. I love cherry tomatoes, but please. Kindly remove those cherry tomatoes from my rocky road ice cream. And now. Well, they’re tainted. It’s all tainted. In fact, when next I visit our little garden, I’m thinking I’ll wear gloves—and a poncho and hip-length waders. I’m with ya, Stevie. Dang rain. Roger White is a freelance writer living in Oak Hill with his lovely wife, two precocious daughters, a very fat dachshund, and a self-absorbed cat. For further adventures, visit oldspouse.wordpress.com.


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The Word from Oak Hill Mike Jasper The word from Oak Hill is... bummer. Went to the polling place to vote ten days ago. It didn’t go well. Anytime I have to show my driver’s license, things don’t go so well. Because I look like a serial killer. At least in that photo I do. The polling place girl asked for my voting card and driver’s license. I complied. “This says Mike McGillicuddy on your voting card,” she said. “But on your license it says Michael T. McGuillicuddy.” Keep in mind, neither of these are the name Mike Jasper. Jasper is my pen name. I got it when I was locked up in the state pen. Can I get a rim shot please? “Yes, well, the T. is for Thomas,” I reassured poll girl. “But what if there is another Michael McGuillicuddy using your name?” And living at my house? And fondling my women? And drinking my beer? Drinking my beer? Holy hell. I didn’t see that coming. Rick Perry, you’re a genius. An evil, paranoid genius. Just kidding. The truth? I didn’t see anything at all. Except red. “Look. I’ll fill out your damn form, but this law sucks. Who knows if I’m Michael McGuillicuddy. After all, I look like Charles Manson.” “No,” she said sweetly, clearly try-

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ing to humor me. “I’m pretty sure polling place.” It was a collection of cards that had Manson has longer hair.” fallen out of my wallet. All but one I was not mollified. “Look, as you can see, I’m not black. of them read, “Mike Jasper.” See? I may be a big fat phony, but So everything should be I’m still not committing fine.” There was a black voter fraud. woman in the first vot••• ing booth, but we both If you read Ann Fowler’s pretended the other one article in the Gazette a few didn’t exist. weeks back, you know my The poll girl replied, bedroom was flooded. “Yes, you’re the perfect Since that writing, it was voter.” flooded again. Okay, okay. I knew poll Mike Jasper The second time was girl wasn’t that racist. In worse, psychologically. fact, she didn’t strike me as racist at all, maybe even quietly Not actually, since the furniture had sympathetic to my cause. But she been moved out, the carpet had been was definitely trying to humor me, ripped up, and all that was left was and I finally comprehended that I a concrete slab. But seeing three inches of water might be scaring her. After all, they only check for IDs when you vote, over concrete bummed me out. Couldn’t really see the water when not guns. So I backed off. “I’m sure you didn’t write the the carpet was there. Just heard the squish, squish, squish. law,” I said. Yep, I was depressed all right. I voted and left. But not before they put an “I Voted” sticker on Should I call in flooded or go to me. Somewhat embarrassed by my work? Going to work clearly seemed outburst, I went along with it. They like the easier option, so I took it. After the first flood hit, I called could have written a black cross on my forehead and called it Ash up Servpro. They wanted $2300 Wednesday for all I knew. I was in to fix everything, but I didn’t want everything fixed. All I wanted was a daze. I got over it. I left, went to Thai the furniture moved to the hallway Taste for some supper, then home. and the carpet ripped out and hauled About 8 o’clock, my doorbell went away. I’m sure ServePro is a great off. I answered the door and a tall company and do a great job, but I white Aryan-looking guy said, “My could take care of everything else wife found this. You left it at the Continued on p. 22

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CTRMA hosts Open House for kick-off of the Mopac South Project by Bobbie Jean Sawyer The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) hosted the first open house for the Mopac South project, an attempt to address congestion on the high-volume stretch of Mopac south of Lady Bird Lake from Cesar Chavez Street to Slaughter Lane, last Thursday at Bowie High School. Launched in April, the Mopac South environmental study will seek sustainable solutions to improve mobility and safety and decrease south Austin congestion. Similar to the Oak Hill Parkway project, the Oak Hill and south Austin community will be asked to assess each possible alternative based on criteria, such as the purpose and need of improvements to Mopac, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, corridor aesthetics, neighborhood accessibility and environmental considerations. Rick L’Amie, manager of communications for the CTRMA, said while the Mopac South study is separate from the potential project to expand SH 45 Southwest, it’s part of a cohesive study to improve overall mobility in the area. “All the projects that are under our

study will contribute to overall mobility improvement in the region. Say it’s the Bergstrom Expressway project or this project or 45 Southwest, they all together enhance mobility in the region,” L’Amie said. “ They’re all connected as part of a system.” As with any potential infrastructure renovation, the Mopac South study will assess the impact on wildlife, trees, traffic noise, socio-economic resources and water quality. Michael Barrett, a University of Texas research professor and engineer specializing in environmental and water resources engineering, said the project could provide an opportunity to improve outdated water quality controls along Mopac. “One of the advantages of this project in a build alternative is that you have all that existing land there, and some portions of Mopac have no water quality controls at all. The parts that do, many of those controls are undersized compared to current regulations and have been modified over the years so they’re not even the original design,” Barrett said. “The pollutant removal process doesn’t even comply with the current requirements either, so there’s that opportunity to at least partially offset

any new construction by fixing the existing parts of Mopac out there that really have inadequate controls.” Janet Naumann, a resident of Shady Hollow, said adding new lanes to eliminate bottlenecked traffic on Slaughter Lane is a necessity. “If you’re not going to build (SH) 45 that means everybody’s going to Slaughter Lane,” Naumann said. Ann Derrick, who lives just off Brodie Lane, said the region’s traffic problem stems from the combination of over-development and an insufficient infrastructure. “They’re not pacing the development with the infrastructure,” Derrick said. “It’s not so much a question of growth; it’s a question of development—not doing quite so much of that until more of the infrastructure is in place to handle it.” Derrick said extending the right hand turn lane onto Slaughter from southbound Mopac and adding an underpass under La Crosse Avenue and Slaughter Lane would do a great deal to offset congestion. The La Crosse and Slaughter Lane intersections are currently being addressed in a separate Mobility Authority Mopac study. Karen Mulholland, a resident of

“All the projects that are under our study will contribute to overall mobility improvement in the region. Say it’s the Bergstrom Expressway project or this project or 45 Southwest, they all together enhance mobility in the region,” — Rick L’Amie, CTRMA northern Hays County, said on a typical day it takes her over an hour to make the 28 mile trek from her home to her office on Loop 360. “I’ve been using Mopac since it was open and it has never been good,” Mulholland said. “Every year it’s a little bit different and every year it’s a little bit worse and every year I have to get up and get on the road a little bit earlier.” Mulholland said she’d like to see better and more accessible public transportation in south Austin. “In the 30 years I have lived

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Precinct 3

Revisiting SH45 SW once more by Gerald Daugherty, Precinct 3 Commissioner

talked about it long enough. It’s time to get work started on this road and As part of my efforts to keep the give those neighbors some relief.” Most of my talks about the need momentum in getting SH 45 SW built, I sponsored the following for this road begin by referencing item on the October 22nd Commis- the 1997 bond election…this was sioners Court agenda: APPROVE a stand-alone Bond Proposition RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF for right-of-way purchase that was BUILDING STATE HIGHWAY 45 overwhelmingly approved by 59.7% SOUTHWEST. I’m happy to inform of Travis County voters. But were you that it passed unanimously you aware that the history of this road dates back to at least (with Commissioner the early 1980s? Way Davis absent). I did this back then planners were to once again reassure already forecasting the those calling for this need for more roads and road to be built that the talking about the need for Commissioners Court a major highway around IS SUPPORTIVE of SH Austin. 45 SW. SH 45 SW was just a The Austin American small portion of Segment Statesman agrees. An 3 of a proposed 84-mile October 24th editorial controlled access State concluded with these Gerald Daugherty Highway 45 to be called words, and I quote: “… the argument over whether Texas the Austin Outer Parkway. Popula45 Southwest should be built should tion forecasts in 1989 state that the have been settled when election re- Austin metropolitan area populasults were announced in 1997. We’ve tion was projected to be 1,452,000 in

2010. According to the Texas State Data Center the 2010 census count was 1,716,289… approximately 264,000 more than projected way back in the 1980s. So we’ve needed even more new roads than projected! In response to requests by officials from Travis and Williamson Counties, the Texas Transportation Commission issued Minute Order 83158 in May of 1985 designating the Outer Parkway as a State Highway and to proceed with project planning…including route studies, environmental reports, public meetings, right-of-way requirements (provided that the counties agreed to provide right-of-way). Shortly thereafter, Travis County Commissioners accepted that Minute Order and the process began to make the Outer Parkway a reality. But that reality got sidetracked. And now we have gridlocked traffic in many areas because we haven’t built a comprehensive roadway system to handle the growth that HAS happened despite the “don’t-build-

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“...the argument over whether Texas 45 Southwest should be built should have been settled when election results were announced in 1997. We’ve talked about it long enough. It’s time to get work started on this road and give those neighbors some relief.” — Austin American Statesman editorial it-and-they-won’t-come” attitude of some in our community. In preparing to build this roadway, the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation began an environmental assessment in 1986. A final report was issued as the August 1989 Final Environmental Impact Statement for Segment 3 only, which totaled 12.4 miles from IH 35 south of Austin to US 290 west of Austin. Let that last sentence sink in—we’ve already had a required Environmental Impact Statement (completed in 1989!) for even more than our present 3.6 mile SH 45 SW portion. In that report we can read: “The public has expressed concern

that Segment 3 may cause harm to the Edwards Aquifer, caves, and fauna. This document has addressed all of the public’s concerns and demonstrated that the proposed alignment has eliminated and/or minimized harm through proper location and/or commitment to design and construction measures”. (That assessment would be even truer today. Road engineering and construction techniques have advanced enormously since 1989, so that today we can build a road that protects sensitive environmental features.) Despite the 1989 final report, a lawsuit was filed by Save Barton Creek Association and Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District in an attempt to stop the roadway. The conclusion to the lawsuit was a 1990 Consent Decree by the U.S. District Court for the Western District that allowed for construction of the road with specific environmental constraints. It’s a shame that despite the Consent Decree (and as badly as this road is needed), today we still have the same faces with the same arguments constantly pushing opposition to this road. Even though we have that 1989 final report, we’re required to go through another environmental impact study for the much shorter 3.6 mile portion now known as SH 45 SW. The new study began in June of this year, is expected to be completed in 2015, and my goal is to see construction on SH 45 SW start in 2015.

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Arts & Entertainment Ongoing Events

in a round robin, open mic atmosphere following the featured preSundays sentation. On the third Thursday of every month. Free. Food pantry doLive Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. nations are welcomed. 7pm at New Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog W., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttyPond Lane in Dripping Springs. For brown.com. more info call 858-2024. Tessy Lou Williams & The Shotgun Stars- 3pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.

Mondays Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces- 6:30pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586. Texas Songwriters Showcase - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.

Tuesdays Kem Watts - 4pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183 Brennen Leigh - 7pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586.

Wednesdays No Bad Days Open Mic - 7pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood.

www.texasperformingarts.org, (512) 477-6060 November 20 - November 24

A Christmas Affair, Winter Wonderland - This year’s four-day holiday market will highlight the elegance and beauty of winter and Third Thursday at The Blanton- celebrate the wonder of the impact free evening of art and activities. that The Junior League of Austin 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos is able to make in our community and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. through programs such as Coats blantonmuseum.org/. for Kids and Food In Tummies. Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Fridays Springs Rd. 512.404.4500 Friday night Dance Club- w/ Thurs.,Nov 21 & Fri., Nov 22 Western bands and a Pot Luck break. 7:30pm-10pm at South Austin Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca RD, Austin. $4.50.

Saturdays

New Events November 7 - November 16 Alamo Aftermath: A Texas Revolution Operetta - 8pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday for two weeks) Inspired by letters and memoirs from the Texas Revolution. City Theater 3823 Airport Blvd. www.texshows. com or call 512/569.6155

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 7pm The Austin Ukulele Society will perform lobby from 6:15-7pm prior to the Friday, November 22nd performance UT McCullough Theatre 2375 Robert Deadman Dr. TexasPerformingArts.org 512.471.0632 Thursday, November 21

November 14 - November 17

Austin Fan Fest - Get in on the Grand Prix fun at this FREE, fourday festival held in the heart of the Warehouse and 2nd Street Districts downtown. Austin Fan Fest will feature 12 activity zones spread across 12 square blocks, with live The Peacemakers- 10pm at Evanmusic on six stages. Go to www. geline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. austinfanfest for linup and more 282-2586. info. Open Mic Night- at Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. Thursdays KGSR Unplugged At The Grove -every Thursday evening through Sept 6th. Join KGSR every Thursday for 23 consecutive weeks at Shady Grove on Barton Springs Road for one of Austin’s longest running free concert series. Karaoke- at Boomerz Nightclub, 6148 Hwy 290 W.. 892-3373. Tony Harrisson / Dance Lessons / Jesse Dayton- 6pm - 9:15pm / 9:15pm at the Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar. 442-6189. Open Mic with your host, Garett Endres. Starts at 9pm every Thursday 290 West Club 12013 W Hwy 290 “Thirsty Thursday” gatheringPoems and songs will be shared

November 14 - November 24

Ongoing Events South Austin Mystery Book Club - 7:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Sunset Valley Barnes & Noble on Brodie Ln. Our April 16th book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. If you have questions please email dschieck@yahoo.com. Conversation Cafe - Drop in for open, public dialogue on a variety of topics. Every third Saturday from 10:30am-11:30am at the Hampton Branch of the Austin Public Library at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.. Free and open to the public. 512974-9900 / cityofaustin.org/library. Classes and meditation - with Western Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Ingchug. Every Sunday at 9:30am at Chittamani Buddhist Center, 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745. Everyone welcome. Spiritual counselling by appointment. Call for free brochure. 916-4444. meditationinaustin.org. Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter - Meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road,. www. hotxsinc.org. VFW Post 4443 meeting - Meets on first Tues. of month from 7-8:30pm at 7614 Thomas Springs Road in Oak Hill. Members and potential members are encouraged to be there around 6pm to gather for dinner. There is no cost.

50+ Singles Dance- 7:30-9:45 Live Music. Senior Activity Center 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. www.fiftyplusdanceaustin.com Trivia Night - Wednesdays at Waterloo Ice House, Southpark Meadows, 9600 South I-35 Service Rd. SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007. waterlooicehouse.com.

Community Clubs & Events

Dwight Yoakam - doors @6:30 show @8pm Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater 310 Willie Nelson Blvd Venue: (512) 225-7999 Tickets: (877) 435-9849 acl-live.com November 22 - November 24

2013 Wizard World Austin Comic Con - Nov. 22, 3-8 p.m.; Nov. 23, Blood Wedding - Thur – Sat eve- 10am - 7pm; Nov. 24, 10am - 5 nings at 7:30pm., Sundays at 2 pm. pm Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, By Federico Garcia Lorca Directed WWE® Superstar John Cena®, by Robert Tolaro Mary Moody William Shatner and Scott Bakula Northen Theatre St Edward’s Uni- are among the hundreds of celebversity 3001 South Congress Ave. rities you can see. Austin Conven512-448-8487www.stedwards. tion Center 500 East Cesar Chavez edu/theatre. 212-209-3879 wizardworld.com November 15 - November 24

Friday, November 22

Fall For Dance - 15th, 21-23 at 8pm & the17th, 23-24 at 2pm Presented by The UT Department of Theatre and Dance at the B. Iden Payne Theatre 300 E. 23rd Street

Michael Grimm - 8pm Season Five of NBC’s popular America’s Got Talent. One World Theater 7701 Bee Caves Road 888.616.0522 BoxOffice@OneWorldTheatre.org

The Oak Hill Rotary Club -Meets at noon on the first three Mondays of the month at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon. More info at 288-8487 See www. oakhillrotary.org for other activities and events. Circle C Area Democrats - 6:308:30pm at Santa Rita in the Escarpment Village. Meets on second Mondays of month. For infor mation:circlecareademocrats.org. Toastmasters Groups - Build leadership and communication skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Visitors welcome. Tejas Toastmasters: 288-7808/ tejastoastmasters.org. Meets every Mon. at 6 pm at IHOP, 1101 S. Mopac. South Austin Toastmasters: meets first and third Tuesday at noon at ACC South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane. Phone 443-7110 or 288-7808. Oak Hill Toastmasters: meet every Thursday from 6:45-8pm at Western Hills Church of Christ, 6211 Parkwood Drive. Open to ages 18 & up. 956-494-4809 / oakhill.freetoasthost.biz for more info. Alzheimer’s Caregiver SupporGroup - 2nd Wednesday of the

month at noon at Arveda Alzheimer’s Family Care, 11013 Signal Hill Drive, 78737. Anyone caring for a loved-one with dementia and needing support is invited. RSVP to 512-637-5400 and feel free to bring your own lunch. www.arvedacare.com. Senior Luncheon Program - Seniors (over 60) meet at 8656 Hwy. 71 W, Bldg A, next to JP bldg every Tues, Wed and Thurs from 10am2pm. Transportation available. Call 512-854-2138 for more info. Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Contact Team - Meets fourth Wednesday of the month at the ACC Pinnacle Campus, 10th Floor Board Room. www.ohnpct.org. MOMS Club of Austin - Southwest Oaks - Social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Meet new friends, and enjoy a guest speaker. Monthly meeting at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W Hwy 290. 10am on the first Thursday of every month. For more info, email momsclubswoaks@gmail.com. Southwest Networking Group (SWING) - meets for breakfast at Waterloo Ice House, Slaughter Ln. & Escarpment Blvd., 9600 Escarpment Blvd.. 8-9:30am. Bring business cards. For more info call 482-9026 or 921-4901. Thursdays. South Austin AARP Chapter 2426 - Tom Bauer will talk about leadership styles and best practices, 1pm - 4pm at South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd. Free. Meets on third Wednesday of the month. For more info call Mary at 280-8661. www.southaustinaarp.org. OHBPA Meeting - (Oak Hill Business Professionals Association). Meets every first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon $15. ohbpa.org.

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New Events October 10 - November 21 A Matter of Balance - Thursdays 10am - 12pm A program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Seton Southwest Medical Center 7900 RM 1826 Call 512324-9000 ext. 89109 to register. Sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area FREE November 14 - November 16 Bowie High School’s Starlight Theatre Program’s annual Children’s Shows - Thurs Nov 14th at 6pm ,Fri Nov 15th 6pm &Sat Nov 16th at 2pm Shows are directed by Bowie HS seniors & geared toward children of all ages. For more information go to bowietheatre.org $5 November 16 & November 17 Take Care of Your Eyes: Natural Vision Improvement Class - 10am - 5pm Learn techniques to develop healthy eye-use habits, compensate for modern visual stressors, and improve eyesight. People’s Pharmacy South Lamar, 3801 S. Lamar 650-218-9887 takecareofyoureyes@gmail.com Saturday, November 23 Holiday Crafts Bazaar - 9am 4pm Thousands of gifts and home decor. Free entry and door prizes. Bargain breakfast, lunch, desserts. Westoak Woods Baptist Church, 2900 Slaughter Lane. Proceeds will send medical team to upper Amazon. 512/291-1601 Whataburger 17th Annual Bikes for Kids fundraiser - 8am All you can eat pancake breakfast. All proceeds go to JB & Sandy’s Bike for Kids Program. 1908 W. Ben White $3 per ticket Sunday, November 24

Retired Austin Travelers - a group for people who love to travel. Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM,in the Oak Hill Library at 5124 Convict Hill Road.. ratsonline.org. Creative Arts Society - Meets on first Wed. of month (except Jan.,July, Aug.) at ACC Pinnacle, 10th floor, faculty lounge. 6pm networking. 7pm program. All artists and art enthusiasts are welcome. creativeartssociety.org 288-0574. South Austin Lions Club -Meets every second and fourth Thursday 6pm – 7pm Premier High School at Travis 1211 E. Oltorf On the campus of Travis High School, follow Premier sign as you enter driveway, veer right. http://www.e-

Austin Empty Bowl Project 11am - 3pm Fight Hunger, select your favorite from thousands of locally crafted ceramic bowls, have it filled with gourmet soup and bread and listen to live music while enjoying your lunch. Your $20 donation goes to Kids Cafe, a program of the Capital Area Food Bank, and Meals for Kids, a & More. Marchesa Hall, (In Lincoln Village accross from Highland Mall) 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd.


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Outdoors & Fitness Ongoing Events Farmer’s Market at Sunset Valley - Locally grown fresh produce at Tony Burger Center, 3200 Jones Rd. Saturdays from 9am-1pm. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org. Free Introduction to Dance Class - for adults and teens. Every Saturday at 11am at Tapestry Dance Company & Academy, Western Trails Blvd., Austin. www. tapestry.org. Docent Tours of AMOA - Each Saturday and Sunday 1pm Docent-led tours of the recently restored 1916 Driscoll Villa, the intimate art exhibition Laguna Gloria Grounded and the historic gardens overlooking Lake Austin. at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. 512-495-9224 www.amoa.org. Texas Outdoor Women’s Network - Open to women of all ages interested in outdoor activities. fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and more! No experience required. Free monthly meetings on fourth Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the LCRA Red Bud Complex, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. . www.townaustin.org. Hill Country Outdoors- “Austin’s Most Active Outdoor, Sport and

Social Club” Specializing in adventure with outdoor events such as hiking, camping, biking, road trips and rafting. www.hillcountryoutdoors.com. Westcave Preserve public weekend tours- Sats. and Sundays, 10am., noon, 2pm & 4, $5 adult/$2 child/$15 family. One mile hike into the canyon & back. Kids welcome w/ adult. No pets. For more info call (830)825-3442 westcave.org . Guided Hike - Second Saturday & second Sunday of each month at 9am at Bright Leaf Natural Area, 4400 Crestway Dr., Austin. Hikes are usually 4 miles long and last about 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your own water. www. brightleaf.org

the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month starting at 10am from the Smith Visitors Center. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and bring water. Hikes last approximately 1.5 hours. Info contact: jeanneffia@ gmail.com

Formula 1 US Gand Prix - Enjoy a weekend of 147 screaming decibels from the most impressive racing machines in the world as they accelerate from zero to 100mph and back down to zero in five seconds flat. Free concerts and great Austin food! 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd 512.301.6600 circuitoftheamericas.com Saturday, November 16 Run For Vets Hill Country Charity Bike Run - 11am - 3pm Bikers, that is! After the Hill Country Ride, enjoy some great music from Mike Beck and his band. Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 www.poodies.net

Nature Hike at McKinney State Falls - Free interpretive hikes to discover the diverse range of flora and fauna that can be seen at McKinney Falls. Hikes are offered

Walk for Nature - 9am Camp Fire’s fundraising event to raise awareness of water conservation for wildlife. Mueller Hangar Everyone is welcome!

cluded with regular Zoo admission. Tuesday, November 19 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin 78736. For additional information, call 512288-1490 or visit www.austinzoo. org.

Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Hampton Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Toddler at 10:15 am, Preschool (ages 3-5) at 11am. 892-6680. wiredforyouth.co Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary - Join us in making Animal Enrichment (toys for animals) every Monday and Wednesday at 11:30am in the Picnic Grove and Story Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15am and 1:15pm in the Peacock Barn. Both activities are in-

Thursday, November 14

November 15 - November 17

Boot Camp Workout - At 9am every Saturday, our expert coaches will lead you through a muscle toning, fat burning, FREE 45 minute boot camp class! Bring your ten closest friends and jump start your weekend. Mills Elementary School 1-877-801-8171, extension 710

Second Saturdays are for Families - $7 per family; $5 Member families. Noon-4pm at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. Please RSVP to akichorowsky@ New Events amoa.org to give an idea of materiNovember 1 - November 24 als needed. 512-495-9224 / www. amoa.org. Into the Woods - Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday At Austin Children’s Museum: afternoons at 2:00 Into the Woods Community Night - Come out and weaves together characters from play EVERY Wednesday night at several familiar fairy tales. What 5pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime begins a lively irreverent fantasy and a variety of hands-on activities. becomes a moving lesson about Themed stories, songs,d activities. community responsibility and the Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, 1pm & stories we tell our children. The 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Every Mon.. EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens 1101 For kids 3 & under & their caregivFM 2325 in Wimberley. Tickets are ers. Storytimes 9:30 & 11am; Singavailable at www.emilyann.org. a-long 10:30am at Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.. 472Saturday, November 16 2499 / ausinkids.org.

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Kids Calendar Ongoing Events

Arts & Entertainment cont.

Danny Britt - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 512. 282. 2586 evangelinecafe.com Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - 9:15pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Silo Road - 7pm Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 hillscafe.com Kevin Ahart - Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 2889994 satellitebistroandbar.com Parker McCollum - 6:30pm Amber Lucille - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Friday, November 15 Mike Barfield - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 512. 2822586 evangelinecafe.com Dale Watson - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Texas Skyz - 7pm Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 hillscafe.com Annie & Katie - 7pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 (512) 2880437 info@senorbuddys.com

Pajama Storytime @ Westbank Library - 6:30 - 7:30pm Kids of all ages, get comfy in your favorite pajamas, grab your sleepy toy and come for the best bedtime stories ever. The milk and snacks FREE Westbank Library, 1309 Westbank Dr. westbanklibrary.com/event/pajama-storytime-westbank-1 Friday, November 22 Turkeys! Art Storytime - 10:45am 11:45am Reading and singing about turkeys. Storytime will start with a turkey handprint craft and end with painting the cutest turkey figurines. The Art Garage 11190 Circle Dr. 512.852-9900 $12

Carl Hutchens - 8pm The Texas KGB - 11pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 $7 Mente Clara - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Pauline Reese - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com $8 Saturday, November 16

Saturday, November 23

Jungle Jill and The Jaybirds 10am - 11am Environmentally l learning and sing along songs for kids! Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca 512-828-7636 strangebrew.com

Extreme Mammals Opening Day Family Activities - Noon - 3pm Mammal Trivia, Animal Olympics, Design-a-Mammal, and Exploration Stations with touchable mammal specimens. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress

The Derailers - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com

Tony Harrison - 6pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com

Jimmy LaFave - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com $20

Parker McCollum - 6:30pm Amber Lucille - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

After Midnight - 9pm $10 Colton Cerny and the Trespassers 11:30 pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Soul Wagon - 6:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 512 - 288-9994 Friday, November 22

T Jarrod Bonta Trio - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 512.288-9994 Lost & Nameless Orchestra 6:30pm Central Market 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-899-4300 Free Sunday, November 17 Gospel Brunch w/ The Purgatory Players - 11am Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-8287636 strangebrewloungeside.com Dan Tedesco - 10:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Amber Digby & Justin Trevino - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Lainey Balagia & Brant Croucher - 7pm Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 Jennifer Jackson - 7pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 (512) 2880437 info@senorbuddys.com Trio Landa - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Monday, November 18 Texas Music Showcase George Ensle hosts Bill Lewis - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W Spicewood. 264-03183 Tuesday, November 19 Twilight Trio - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 512. 282. 2586 evangelinecafe.com Amanda - 6m - 8pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Kem Watts - 6pm Tommy Elskes - 8:30pm Whisky Root - 11:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Wednesday, November 20 Floyd Domino & Redd Volkaert 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 512. 282-2586 evangelinecafe.com No Bad Days - Open Mic hosted by Andrea Marie - 4pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Happy Hour with My Buddy Todd - 5:30 Chisos Grill 12921 Hill Country Blvd. 512-263-7353 chisosgrill.com Van Wilkes - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 strangebrewloungeside.com $5 Thursday, November 21

Susan Arbuckle - 7pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 (512) 2880437 info@senorbuddys.com $5

Alen Haynes - 10pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 512. 2822586 evangelinecafe.com

Paul Glasse - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 512. 2822586 evangelinecafe.com

Double R Nothin - 8pm $7 Will Sexton - 10:30 $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183 Saturday, November 23 Dale Watson - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 brokenspokeaustintx.com Brian Turner Band - 7pm Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 hillscafe.com Dickie Lee Erwin - 9pm $7 Brady Beal - 11:15pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Kevin Ahart - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Marc Eric - 7:30pm at the Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Sunday, November 24 Gospel Brunch w/ The Silvertones - 11am Come Dance and Dine at Maria’s Taco XPress 2529 S. Lamar 512-444-0262 tacoxpress.com


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November 14-November 25, 2013

Car Review

2013 Nissan Sentra SL By T. Q. Jones

Not long ago we checked out a Buick LaCrosse equipped with most of the new high-tech gadgets to help the driver out; that is, warnings for lane changes, cars ahead slowing quickly and so on. Of course, it also had all of the near luxury equipment. Here we have the new (and newly redesigned) Nissan Sentra SL, rather the other end of the spectrum, so to speak.  It was equipped with all of the required safety equipment; air bags, anti-lock brakes (next to safety harnesses, the most-needed safety item) and the like. But it also came with a number of other pieces of equipment, such as front and rear stabilizer bars, dynamic vehicle control, electronic brake force distribution and tire pressure monitoring (which you would think isn’t necessary to mention, but the driver evidently needs to be reminded). Naturally, all the really necessary and wanted bells and whistles are

on the Sentra SL at a list price of $21,370. That includes, for example, no heated seats, but heated outside rear view mirrors, a six way adjustable drivers seat , (apparently manually operated)], a navigation system, a rear-view monitor (which probably should be standard equipment on all vehicles), cruise control and audio system with illuminated controls; plus Nissan voice recognition for audio and navigation systems. Some things that most people probably don’t think of as safety equipment clearly are, such as those stabilizer bars that help keep the tires in contact with the road instead of allowing the tire to “roll” sideways and end up with the sidewalls of the tire contacting the road and not the tread. Most of the “mechanical” safety equipment, such as the stabilizer bars, do help the car “handle” but work better with a skilled driver at the wheel, while most of the modern safety gear is meant to make up for the driver’s relative lack of skill behind

the wheel. Fortunately, most of them do a very good job in that regard, but it’s a good idea to remember that the better the car handles, the faster you are going T. Q. Jones when you lose control… For most of the last forty-plus years we have been trying (without much success) to improve both the safety and the fuel economy of American cars (the Europeans and the Asians don’t need our help). The “why” of that is a tale for another time, but the advent of the “sports sedan” in America has led to some interesting changes.  For example, more horsepower is no longer frowned upon, except by the safety lobby, and manufacturers including those in the U.S. are doing some interesting things.  (Check out what Cadillac and the aforemen-

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In the new Nissan Sentra is all the equipment for safety, for comfort, and for economy at a price of $21,370. tioned Buick are up to these days.) Power wise, our best friend Don has always maintained that a 1.6-liter engine is all the power you need in the average passenger car, and the trends in some ways are proving him right. The new Sentra is a case in point, as it has a 1.8-liter four-banger under the hood, and that’s to pull a four-door sedan that seats five in a squeeze while delivering right at 40 miles per gallon on the highway; numbers that wouldn’t embarrass a hybrid. Choose the right small sedan (Mazda2, Chevy Sonic, Honda Fit and others) and a 1.6 -liter engine makes it a pocket rocket, particularly if you get a turbo.  And there was a time when

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Council’s goal of Zero Waste by 2040 or sooner, which means keeping at least 90 percent of discarded materials out of landfills. Austin Resource Recovery is currently working toward a 2015 milestone, which is to keep 50 percent of materials out of the landfill, and collecting more recyclables at the curb is a key factor in reaching that goal. As of September 2013, the City’s residential diversion rate is about 40 percent. From October 2012 through September 2013, the City of Austin collected about 53,700 tons of recyclables at the curb. Comparatively, the City collected about 124,180 tons of trash at the curb during this same time period, which is more than double the amount of recycling collected.  For a list of community events, recycling resources, or to take the pledge online, visit austinrecycles. com.

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Gazette Sports: Austin • Bowie • Crockett Bowie heads into playoffs with win by Patrick Olson

The Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a convincing 45-7 win at Del Valle Friday evening. Bowie (9-1, 5-1) now ventures north to take on Cedar Ridge (7-3, 4-2) in the first round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Kelly Reeves Stadium off Parmer Lane. Del Valle (2-8, 1-5) concludes the 2012 campaign with a single 21-0 district win over Anderson in October.

Bowie Bulldogs 45, Del Valle Vipers 7 Quarterback Austin Eschenburg opened scoring for Bowie with a 9-yard touchdown jaunt, before Connor Flanigan converted the extra point. Speedy running back Steve Johnson scored on a 67-yard sprint and Preston Oliver added a defensive touchdown on a 51-yard dash after recovering a fumble. Del Valle responded with a long pass play to cut the Bowie lead to 21-7.

Zach Velasquez proceeded to score again for the Bulldog defense on a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Eschenburg located Mac McGarah for a 30-yard touchdown pass play in the third period. Continuing to display courage for receptions over the middle of the field, Ben Setterquist took a pass from Eschenburg and cruised over the goal line for anContinued on page 17

Student Athlete Spotlight sponsored by Oak Hill Body & Paint Jordyn Holmes by Patrick Olson After considering Washington, Stephen F. Austin, TCU and Memphis, Crockett girls basketball player Jordyn Holmes signed a letter of intent to enroll at Tulsa this fall. “We are extremely proud of her and excited for her that her hard work, sacrifice, and focus have paid off,” Lady Cougar coach Jennifer Shuttlesworth said. “The University of Tulsa is getting a great player and a quality person.” Born in Los Angeles, Holmes arrived at Crockett after a brief stint at Westlake. She runs track and competes in the 100-meter Continued on page 17

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Maroons turn over a loss to Chaps by Patrick Olson Turnovers doomed the Maroons Friday night, as Westlake defeated Austin High 42-0. Both teams played their final regular season game, with coach Mike Rosenthal preparing Austin High (3-7, 2-4) for the future, as the coach played many sophomores this year—including quarterback Beau Kalbacher, running back Marcello Mendoza, and linebacker Tondre King. Westlake moved into Maroons territory on their first possession

with a wide reciever screen play terminated only when Josh Christman made a touchdown-saving tackle. Alex Chavez then smashed through the Austin High defense to cross the goal line and give the Chaps an early advantage. On the Maroons’ first drive, Casey Schwertfeger made a pair of fine catches to move the chains, before Tate Shaw picked off a Kalbacher throw into the end zone. The Chaps quickly added another score, before Austin High attempted to initiate a ground assualt, with

Trey Blake rushing behind blocks by linemen Daniel Laden, Nick Grubbs, Grayson Olguin and Dorrien Claybon. A Maroons fumble gave the ball back to the home team and Westlake added another touchdown on a run by Chavez. Shortly afterward, Austin High fumbled again and the Chaps proceeed to score and take a 28-0 lead. Christman and fellow defensive linemen Wyatt Simmons and Robert Navejas tried to pressure Jordan Continued on next page

by Patrick Olson Having recently returned from competing at the regional cross-country meet for a third straight year, Michael Orlando will now begin to focus on soccer before competing on the Bowie track team this spring. “He’s a true student athlete,” Bowie cross-country coach Rita Gonazles said. “He’s in the top of his class and he’s a very smart individual.” A native of Austin, Michael attended Kiker Elementary before moving up to Bailey Middle School and Gorzycki Middle Continued on page 17

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Crockett 49, Reagan 28 by Patrick Olson

Led by 271 yards of rushing and five touchdowns from Justin Miller, Crockett crushed Reagan 49-28 and now enters the postseason with momentum from three consecutive victories. The Cougars host Vandegrift (8-2, 5-1) Thursday at Burger Stadium in the first round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Crockett (4-5, 4-1) begins the playoffs fresh off a bye week, while the Vipers slipped past Rouse last Friday, 14-9. Miller’s 39-yard scoring sprint and subsequent extra point by Adrian Herrera tied the game 7-7 before the junior running back broke free on an 80-yard touchdown run. Reagan returned a kickoff for a score, but Miller crossed the goal line again to preserve the 20-14 Cougar lead at intermission. Miller added another touchdown run in the third quarter, before Sebastian Amador recorded a defensive touchdown for the brown

and gold on a fumble recovery dash into the end zone. Niko Tamez, who snagged four receptions for 128 yards on the night, grabbed a 75-yard scoring reception from quarterback Zach Ochoa early in the fourth quarter. Ochoa completed five of nine throws for 128 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Darius Jones had six tackles including two for a loss, and DJ Wilhite registered four tackles with a pair for a loss. Crockett now faces a Vandegrift club that finished second in District 25-5A. Jamie Hudson paces the Vipers in passing and constitutes a significant threat rushing the ball. Travis Brannan leads Vandegrift running backs and Luke Peterman ranks as the primary Viper receiver. Vandegrift has only lost to defending Class 4A champion Cedar Park and possibly the strongest 5A club in Central Texas in Pflugerville Hendrickson.

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Broadway hit Chicago returns Continued from p. 9

Murder. Greed. Corruption. Violence. Exploitation. Adultery. Treachery. Jazz hands. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

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Student Athlete Spotlight St. Michael’s wins District title Jordyn Holmes Continued from p. 14 hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, shot put and discus in the spring. Last Tuesday, her 17 points, 21 rebounds, eleven steals and six assists helped the brown and gold hoops contingent open the 2012-13 campaign with a 47-39 victory over Bastrop. AP English IV instructor Ms. Gannaway is Holmes’ favorite teacher at Crockett. “She works well with the individual students,� the 5’11 ž� guard stated. “She’s there for you.� Holmes’ favorite athletic mo-

Michael Orlando Continued from p. 14

School during its first year of existence. The younger of two children born to Mike and Kim Orlando, Michael plays left fullback for the Bowie soccer club. His sister Chelsea performed in the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble. Chemistry instructor Mrs. Nguyen is Michael’s favorite teacher at Bowie. “She teaches my Science Research and Design class and is the driving force behind that,� he noted. “She’s making it fun for everyone in the class.� Orlando is a member of the

ment occurred last year following a victory at McCallum. “We won by two points and (point guard) Darcy Lof tackled,� she recalled. “We were really happy and crying.� Having lost only a pair of seniors to graduation, Holmes competes on a veteran team aiming to capture the district championship. “Winning district is our number one goal,� Holmes added. “Our communication is better this year. We’ve gotten more aggressive and we’ve tried to work on not fouling as much.� Crockett hosts Cedar Creek on Friday with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.

National Honor Society and aims to earn a degree in chemistry before ultimately studying to become a doctor. “I’ve always been interested in going to medical school,� he added. With soccer becoming a class this year at Bowie, Michael hopes to help guide the Bulldogs back to the playoffs. “We’ll need better communication,� he said. Orlando has important advice for younger pupils aspiring to play varsity sports at the high school level. “Keep working,� he advised. “A lot of gains can be made over the summer. Take that time and use it to your advantage.�

In dramatic style, the St. Michael’s Catholic Academy Crusaders earned a huge comefrom-behind victory Friday at Crusader Field, over previously undefeated district opponent Antonian Prep of San Antonio. This win in the regular season finale again clinched a Division 1, District 2 championship for the Crusaders. Division 1 is the largest division within TAPPS and SMCA is the only member school in the Austin area. St. Michael’s has now won an impressive 6 straight District Championships – 2008 through 2013. Building upon the theme for the week . . . “Tradition Never Graduates�, the Crusaders would not be denied, despite facing a 14 point deficit in the second half. The defense forced two key 4th quarter stops, the offense produced multiple timely big plays, and the special teams unit punctuated the comeback with a 65-yard punt return for a TD by Jameson Houston. This

other Bowie touchdown. Flanigan’s 19-yard field goal late in the contest completed the offensive production for the visitors. Johnson and McGarah sustained injuries in the game and are listed as questionable for Friday’s postseason showdown. If both of the stellar Bulldog playmakers are unable to play, Setterquist and Jake Walton will contribute on the perimeter at receiver, and running backs Marsallis Carrington and Brandon Anderson will complement the power rushing of Cole Myers.

Cedar Ridge, in their second year of varsity 5A competition, made the playoffs for the first time, and is led by quarterback Michael McCann and receiver Charles Porter. “They throw the ball quite a bit,� Bowie coach Jeff Ables noted. “They have the leading passer and leading receiver in Central Texas. It’s going to be a big challenge.� With an improved defense for 2013 and a secondary armed with the ball skills of Velasquez, Walker, Oliver and Pedro Martinez, Bowie appears ready for the test.

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late in the game, but the Crusaders did not; in part because they had been tested throughout their non-conference slate against tough competition. The defense came up with two game-saving stops. The first drive-killer culminated in a fantastic sack by senior defensive end Sam Mancill on a third and long passing down. This tackle triggered a huge momentum swing. The ensuing 4th down punt was returned by junior burner Jameson Houston down the SMCA home sideline for a 70-yard TD. The second defensive stop resulted in a missed field goal by the Apaches on a 4th and 5 play from the Crusader’s 11 yard line. This turn of events was particularly devastating to the Apaches because only seconds before they had been very close to scoring the go-ahead TD, but jumped offsides on a 4th and inches play as the Crusader defense stiffened. The Crusaders will host John Paul II out of Plano on Saturday, November 16, at 2:00 PM for the first round of playoffs. - Submitted

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early 4th quarter touchdown gave the Crusaders their first lead and while almost 11 minutes were still left in the game, SMCA did not relinquish another point to the Antonian Apaches. The Crusader offense was again guided by its senior QB, Reed Carlton, who passed for 198 yards and rushed for another 140 yards. Senior receiver John Schneider was Carlton’s favorite target as he caught an eye-popping 11 passes; two of which kept critical drives alive. Sophomore Marcus Whipper hauled in a key 40 yard reception on a deft Carlton scramble. Ironically, perhaps the most important offensive accomplishment on the evening was a drive that resulted in NO points because instead of scoring the Crusaders gained first downs to burn off the last three and half minutes of the clock. On the defensive side of the ball, the Crusaders faced a punishing “old-school� ground game from the Antonian Apaches. Lesser teams would have tired and weakened

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ANGLICAN St. Philip’s Anglican Church 1408 W. 9th St, Austin. 78703 Fr. Gary Francis, Vicar Holy Communion 1928 Book of Common Prayer Sunday 11:00 am gkfrancis@suddenlink.net Traditional Anglican Worship

ASSEMBLY OF GOD New Life Assembly of God 7612 Cooper Lane, Austin. 78745 (Between Wm. Cannon and Dittmar) Call: 445-5433 Pastor: Charlie Hilburn Sunday Services: Sunday School 9:30am; Worship & Children’s Church 10:30am; Prayer and Worship Service 6pm Wednesday Services: 7:00pm Kidtastic! * Missio Dei Youth Ministry * Adult Class newlifeaustin@agchurches.org www.newlifeaustin.org connecting...growing...reaching

BAPTIST Bee Cave Baptist Church 13222 Hwy. 71W (at Hwy. 620) 263-5058 Pastor: Rev. Jim Roquemore Services: Sun. 10:45am & 6:30pm, Sunday School 9:30am Children’s church available Sun. am Wed. Prayer & Bible Study 7 pm First Baptist Church of Oak Hill 6907 Convict Hill Rd 78749 288-7570 Pastor: Rob Satterfield Services: Sun. 10:50am & 6:00pm Bible Study Sun. 9:30am Wednesday Prayer 6:45pm www.fbcoakhill.org Oak Hill Primitive Baptist Church 11408 Camp Ben McCulloch Rd. Pastor: Elder Richard Halbgewachs Church: 288-4994 Pastor: 894-4105 Services: Every Sun. 10:30am

BUDDHIST Chittamani Buddhist Center Without Inner Peace, Outer Peace is Impossible. Classes and meditation currently on the 4 Noble Truths. Every Sunday 9:30am -11 am Everyone welcome www.MeditationInAustin.org 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745 (off Manchaca) 512-916-4444 Sitagu Buddha Vihara 9001 Honeycomb Dr. 78737 (4 miles west of the “Y”). We are a monastery, meditation center, community center, education center

and home of a beautiful Burmese pagoda. Daily activities. sitagu.org/austin/, (512)301-3968 sitaguvihara@yahoo.com.

CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena 4800 Convict Hill Rd. 78749 892-2420 Pastor Rev. Patrick Coakley Weekend Masses: Sat. 5pm, Sun 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:15pm, 5pm Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri. 12noon, Sat. 9am, Tues & 1st Fri 7pm

CHURCH OF CHRIST Western Hills Church of Christ 6211 Parkwood Drive 892-3532 www.westernhillscoc.com whcc@westernhillscoc.com Sunday Services:9am Bible Classes (all ages),10am Worship (with Children’s Church) Evening - groups & worship alternat-ing weeks Wednesday: 7pm Worship, classes for all ages, 6pm Meal together We have an inspiring and Bibli-cally rich worship service, a very active Youth Ministry and a growing Children’s Ministry! “We are... a place to believe, a place to belong, a place to call home”

COWBOY CHURCH Cowboy Church of the Hill Country 8305 Sharl Cove (slightly south of intersection of Loop 45 and Camp Ben McCulloch Road) 587-2242 Pastor: Jerry Kelley pastor@cowboychurchhc.com Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.cowboychurchhc.org facebook.com/Cowboy ChurchHC info@cowboychurchhc.org We do things the Cowboy way!

EPISCOPALIAN St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 11819 So. IH-35 (exit #223, FM 1327; take north access road 1.1 mile) 282-5631 www.stalbansaustin.org Seeking the transformation of lives through sharing God’s love and grace Rector: The Rev. Margaret Waters Services: 9 a.m. Come & See! (Blended worship w/ sermon & Holy Eucharist) 10:00 a.m. Coffee Hour 10:15 a.m. Christian Formation for All Ages (Please go to the website for more details) 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II 12:45 p.m. Coffee Hour Children’s Chapel at both services, and professional nursery from 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Youth Group, Sundays 4-6 p.m. Bible Study, Thursdays 9:30-11 a.m.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 8724 Travis Hills Dr. 78735 (between Southwest Parkway and Old Bee Caves Road) 288-0128 www.stchristopher.net Rector: The Rev. Bo Townsend Services: Holy Communion at 10am Sundays; Children’s Chapel at 10 am Christian Ed. 9am (Sept. 10-May 20) Seeking God’s Truth, Sharing God’s Love

HINDU TEMPLE Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Road, Austin, Texas 78737 (FM 1826, 7 miles from 290 W) 288-7180 Sunday Services: 11:00am- 12:30pm; 7:30-9:30pm Visiting hours: 8:1510am & 3-5pm daily

ISLAM Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center Religious Services/Youth & Children Activities 1701 W Ben White Blvd. Bldg. #3 512-693-2924 Friday Sermon @ 1:00 PM Mosque open 7 days for 5 daily prayers Check Mosque website for prayer timings and weekend programs www.masjidibrahim.org Email: admin@masjidibrahim.org

LUTHERAN Abiding Love Lutheran Church 7210 Brush Country, 78749 892-4040 Sr. Pastor:Lynnae Sorensen Assoc. Pastor: Brad Highum Sunday Services: 8:30am and 11am Sunday School 9:45 am Children’s Center 892-2777 M-F, 7:00am-6:00pm Food Pantry-Monday, 1:30-3:30pm info@abidinglove.org www.abidinglove.org Bethany Lutheran Church “Where Jesus Meets His Friends” 3701 West Slaughter Lane (next to Bowie High School) 292-8778 email: info@blcms.org Pastor: Rev. William B. Knippa Assoc. Pastor: Rev. Kevin D. Lentz Sun. Worship Services: 8am (Trad.) 9:30 & 11:00 am (Blended Traditional & Contemporary Music) 6:00 p.m. (Contemporary Praise) Sunday School & Bible Study: 9:30am Nursery During Services Bethany Preschool, Mon & Wed program, Tues & Thur program www.blcms.org Holy Cross Lutheran Church 4622 S. Lamar 892-0516 Rev. Magdalene Holm-Roesler, Pastor Services: 10:00 am Sunday Study Hour: 9:00 am Sunday

Fellowship & Coffee after services Adult and Children’s Sun. School hclcaustin.org You’re always welcome here. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 10408 Hwy 290 West (4 miles from the “Y” in Oak Hill) 512-288-2370 info@ConnectwithJesus.org www.Mt.OliveAustin.org Pastors: Paul Meyer and Ben Braun Services: 8 am traditional and 10:30 am contemporary. Education Hour: 9:15-10:15 am Preschool: 18 months to Pre-K, Preschool Phone: 512-288-2330 Full and part-time hours. Risen Savior Lutheran Church-WELS 2811 Aftonshire Way 78748 280-8282 Rev. Paul Kuehn, pastor Services: Sunday Worship— 9:30am Sunday School/Bible Classes for all ages, Sunday— 11:00am; Thursday Night Worship— 7:00 pm www.risensavioraustin.net

METHODIST Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 Hwy. 290 W. 78736 288-3836 Rev. Jim Roberts, Rev. Pam Sheffield, and Rev. Stella Burkhalter Services: Sunday 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at 11:15 service) Wednesday ReCharge service 6:15pm Sunday School: 10 & 11:15am Children’s Sunday School: 8:45, 10 & 11:15am Youth group: 5pm www.oakhillumc.org open hearts, open minds, open doors! Manchaca United Methodist Church Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors! 1011 FM 1626 (SE corner of FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd) www.ManchacaUMC.org; office@ ManchacaUMC.org; 512.282.7274 Pastors: Rev. Laura Adam, Rev. Tracey Beadle Sunday Schedule: 8:30 am – Traditional Worship with Communion in the Sanctuary. 9:45 am - Sunday School; adult, youth and children. 11:00 am - Traditional Worship and Hymns in the Sanctuary. 11 am - Life on the Road - Casual Praise Service in the Family Life Center 4 pm - High school & Middle school youth programs including tutoring Wednesday Worship: 6:00 am Individual Prayer and Meditation with Communion

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ORTHODOX St. Sophia Orthodox Church 225 Rose Dr. in Dripping Springs Fr. Peter Smith, Pastor 512) 638-0721 / pcmsmith@hotmail. com (Fr. Peter’s email) www.stsophiachurch.us Services: Sundays- 8:45 a.m. Orthros (Matins) & 10:00 a.m. Divine LiturgyWednesdays- 7:00 p.m. Daily Vespers or other special services according to the season Saturdays- 5:45 pm. Ninth Hour & 6:00 pm Great Vespers and Confession Special feast day services as announced All services are in English and visitors are always welcome. The Orthodox Church is the original, historic, pre-denominational Church of the New Testament. Please join us for worship soon!

PRESBYTERIAN Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church 5226 W William Cannon 78749 Pastor Larry W. Coulter; Assoc. Pastors Michael Killeen, Britta Dukes Worship Schedule: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Shepherd of the Hills Brodie Campus at the corner of Brodie Ln. & Hewitt Ln. 12420 Hewitt Lane 78748 Ted Thulin, Campus Pastor Worship Schedule: 11:00 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Web site: www.shpc.org


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Onion Creek, where the real flood survivors lived. I’d still be on the clock, still get paid, I’d just be doing a different job. I said sure. Of course. When we arrived, Onion Creek looked like a war zone. My house got three inches of water, tops, but these people got three feet. Maybe more. I saw a car smashed into the side of the wall of a house. I saw drywall ripped out and piled on the streets. And I smelled a death-like stench I had never smelled before. We helped people get their homes ready for the rebuild. Pulled nails out of wood where the drywall once was placed, moved debris to the sidewalk, and scraped vinyl flooring off the concrete (not easy). When I got home, I realized it was time to make sure I never got flooded again. After all, my calamity was a nuisance, not a disaster. These people in Onion Creek had to move out of their homes, I only had to move into my living room. I called up Aqua Systems—a local company, a Gazette advertiser—on a tip from my editor. I talked to Cody, one of the principals. He assured me they would get my drainage right. “We did some volunteer work at Onion Creek,” he told me, before I told him about my own experience there. That’s really all I needed to hear. I’ll let you know how it goes. Next time it rains. ••• Want your neighborhood association highlighted? Have a story you need to tell? Email me at mail@ mikejasper.com.

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distribution is roughly $1.8 million. • Members with 1984 allocations on record will receive a partial distribution this year, totaling about $4.4 million. The approximately $3.6 million that will remain on record for 1984 is expected to be disbursed in December 2014. • Members with 2012 allocations on record will receive a distribution at a discounted rate. The total distribution will be approximately $6.2 million. Members will have the opportunity to opt out of the discounted distribution if they prefer to receive 100 percent of their 2012 capital credits in future year(s). • In addition, the estates of deceased members have received an estimated total distribution of $240,000 during 2013.

Current members are scheduled to receive their distributions as credits on their December bills. Former members with capital credits distributions totaling more than $10 will receive a check. A check will be issued for any distribution under $10 only upon request, or when accumulated unpaid distributions exceed $10, or when a distribution is the final distribution from an account. All former members are encouraged to contact PEC to ensure their current address is on file. Members will receive more information about capital credits with their December bills, including the process for requesting the opt-out option. More information is available at www.pec.coop/capitalcredits.

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the addition of Lost Creek should keep District 8’s population within the required range. “When Lost Creek comes in, they have about 3800 people in there. They would bump us up about 1500 over the average which is still acceptable,” Perkins said. OHAN is just one of several groups to make a case for their respective communities of interest, but its district map has been invaluable in advocating to keep Oak Hill communities together in one district. Perkins said the map was created at Austinites for Geographic Representation (AGR) leader Peck Young’s behest. “This was on the recommendation of Peck Young. He said ‘What you guys need to do is make a map as soon as possible and get your map in before anybody else,’” Perkins said. “We were the first ones to get a map in and so far our map has pretty much stuck it out.” To make comments on the Proposed Final Plan, send an email to Craig Tounget at icrc-craig. tounget@austintexas.gov. For more information on the ICRC and the redistricting process, visit www. austinredistricting.org.

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“If people don’t want to donate they’re going to get a flyer to help get the word out,” Street said. Austin Heritage Tree Foundation received a $59,000 grant from the city to relocate the historic tree, leaving the community with roughly $30,000 to raise. Austin Heritage Tree Foundation director Michael Fossum said the foundation has received about $1,000 toward the $3,000 needed to cover the feasibility study. The foundation has also received a donation in-kind from organic gardener and owner of the Natural Gardener, John Dromgoole, who’s agreed to supply mulch and other supplies needed for the tree’s aftercare. Fossum said he’s already conducted an excavation of the root crown, the knobby roots located around the trunk of the tree that help maintain a tree’s sturdiness. Fossum said the root crown contains some fill-in material that was likely used by a previous developer.

“A lot of times the developers or the engineers will go in and put fill-in over dirt, or rocks and debris, in order to build the ground up to the height they need for the road or building,” Fossum said. “We have to do some more investigation to verify that the tree is indeed transplantable. But what we’ve found so far doesn’t rule that out.” Fossum said the foundation’s goal is to have the feasibility study completed by the end of this week. It’s still unclear where the tree would be placed if relocated. Clint Small Middle School has requested to have the tree placed on its campus, where it would be cared for as part of curriculum for Green Tech Academy, environmental courses designed to help students develop a connection with nature through hands-on learning. But Fossum said moving the tree 1.8 miles to the middle school could prove to be too great a challenge. “There are some physical limitations that may preclude that,” said

Fossum, referring in part to the power lines and streetlights that make it difficult for the tree to pass under. Fossum said a more viable location for the tree might be the area near the Shell station on Hwy. 290, just across the highway from where it’s currently located. To donate to the fund to save the Taco Bell tree: Send a check to the Austin Parks Foundation at 507 Calles Street, Ste. 116 Austin, TX 78702 (Write Austin Heritage Tree Foundation—Taco Bell Tree on the memo line.) Donate by phone by calling 512477-1566 (ext. 1) (Specify that the donation is for the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation—Taco Bell tree, and email Michael Fossum at mfossum@austin.rr.com with the name of the donor and amount of the donation). Donate online at austinparks.org/ adopter-donations.html. Click on the Austin Heritage Tree Foundaiton box and emailmfossum@austin. rr.com with the name of donor and amount of the donation. For more information on local heritage trees visit austinheritagetreefoundation.com.


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The Horn is a big hit Continued from p. 1

Chick and Austin Pizza Garden donated food. “After the flood two weeks ago, we had all sorts of people reaching out to us to help in any way they could,” Hodges said. “One of them was the radio station. They heard about our predicament and wanted to help.” Under the oak trees by the stands of the PONY field on a mild sunny day, the station set up shop as more and more people dropped by as the day went on. Bucky Godbolt and Erin Hogan closed things out from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hogan, the station’s programming director, got the ball rolling on the event. “I saw the news story. My kids play little league baseball and we had been out here for a couple of games this summer with my son’s select team,” Hogan told the Gazette. “When I saw the footage, it just hit home. I had been around little league baseball, knowing the upkeep of these fields, and I know how hard that is and how expensive that can be.

“I knew it was going to be an uphill battle to get these fields back, so having the radio station as a tool, I reached out to (OHYSA President) Steven Bega and said, ‘what can we do?’ That led to this. Our goal is we work with them all winter and hopefully we’re back out here in the spring for opening day,” Hogan said. The crowds started picking up when former University of Texas Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams joined the show. Kids lined up to get pictures and autographs with Williams, who also played baseball growing up and had a brief stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, before playing in the NFL. Godbolt was Williams’ running backs coach when he played at UT. The two have stayed friends over the years. Williams has even been out to the Oak Hill fields before to watch Godbolt’s son play. “Little league was everything to me growing up,” Williams said. “It was the reason I woke up in the morning. I can remember that was the first love of my life. The friends

I made and lessons I learned on the little league field are invaluable.” The fields have been a staple of Oak Hill since 1967. Many on hand wanted to stress that the cause goes beyond repairing damage to baseball Continued on next page Right: Live from Oak Hill— it’s 11/12/2013 the BuckyDiamonds_Ad_111213.ai and Erin show,1 with Ricky Williams, on ESPN Austin.

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fields—it’s also about re-instating a safe haven for youths to learn life lessons, develop friendships and make memories. “When my son was playing on the Mustang field, he had two strikes on him and had not looked good,” Hodges said. “I remember I called a timeout and talked to him, and on the next pitch, he hit a home run into the oak trees. After the game, some of the other dads on the team

said ‘Jeff, whatever you said to Josh, tell that to my kid.’” The backdrop and shade of oak tree groves and Williamson Creek winding through are part of the charm of the fields, but the people involved are what set Oak Hill apart, according to Hodges. “I think what makes the Oak Hill fields unique to other fields is the amount of parental volunteerism—from coaches, to field work to concession stands,” Hodges said. “Nobody gets paid except for the umpires, and a lot of our umpires are kids. The other thing is, we’ve been here since 1967; it’s an institution in Model Trains Radio Control & More 512-271-8266

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