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November 15, 2012 Volume 17, No. 48 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

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Oak Hill group still believes in Parkway by Bobbie Jean Sawyer

OAK HILL - With the launch of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority-directed Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Impact Study last month, one local group feels it has a new opportunity to have its voices heard. The original Oak Hill Parkway people—the members of Fix 290, a grassroots community organization dedicated to developing an environmentally friendly, non-tolled parkway in Oak Hill—have waited over two decades for traffic relief at the ‘Y’, and they’re willing to wait a little longer for what they hope is a job done right. The group was formed in 2005 in response to TxDOT’s original plan for a 50-foot elevated, 12-lane toll road at the ‘Y’.

“We’re not just naysayers who say ‘don’t build the road’”, said Carol Cespedes, a founding member of Fix 290. “We just want to do it better.” Steve Beers, also a founding member of Fix 290 and member of the Save Barton Creek Association, said he believes TxDOT’s original plan would have had a negative impact on Oak Hill’s unique environmental characteristics as well as the local economy and way of life. “I think once a person has paid a toll, is on a road, and is elevated above everything, they’ll just keep driving. They won’t exit and patronize businesses at the Y,” Beers said. “So I think there’s this angst, like, yeah, we want a bigger road but at this price? A lot of people are sort of riding the fence. We thought instead See PARKWAY on page 26

Election highlights by Ann Fowler OAK HILL - About 67 percent of Oak Hill registered voters cast ballots in last week’s election. Thirteen of the 18 Oak Hill area precincts chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, giving the president 53 percent of the vote. Huber/Daugherty – SH 45 SW The election was less clear-cut in the Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner race. Some in the area, and many in Shady Hollow, blamed Commissioner Karen Huber for delaying construction of State Highway 45 Southwest (SH 45 SW), a 3-mile connector between Mopac and FM 1626, which would theoreti-

Members of the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble perform at the AISD State of the District Gazette: Ingrid Morton Showcase held Tuesday at Burger Stadium.

cally allow Hays County commuters a faster commute downtown by bypassing (and thus unclogging) Brodie Lane. Eleven Oak Hill precincts and 47 percent of voters gave the nod to Huber, with another 43 percent backing Daugherty. In Shady Hollow, 57 percent of Shady Hollow voters chose the Republican Daugherty, even though that same group gave a slight edge to Obama (49 percent over Romney’s 47 percent). South Windmill Run resident Tom Thayer said, “I don’t necessarily agree that Daugherty was elected on traffic concerns (unless someone See ELECTION on page 22

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Bowie Band ends season on a high note by Ann Fowler right now: James Bowie will medal It was a busy week for the James tonight”), but he was dead-on about Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensem- Grand Nationals: “They will be top ble. On November 6 they traveled to six at Grand Nationals.” San Antonio for the biennial 5A state Two Texas bands were among marching competition. The next day the nearly 90 bands competing in they boarded a plane to Indianapolis, Indiana—Bowie and San Antonio’s where they performed three more Ronald Reagan High School. In the times in a two-day span at the Bands preliminary competition on Friday, of America Grand Nationals. some said Bowie suffered from preThis year’s show is called Stel- lims jitters, but scored well enough lae Errantes—The to make it to Wandering Stars. semi-finals the The 250-member following day, band is under the as did a third of direction of Kim the preliminary Shuttlesworth, with bands—includassistance from ing Reagan. Amy Suggs, Ryan Daniel SanThomas and Stechez wrote of phen Howard. their semi-final At state competip e r for manc e, tion, Bowie was in “Great run, Bowsixth place after its ie! They have preliminary persuch a huge, rich, formance out of 38 deep sound that competing bands. just hits you and The band tied for fills you. And third after finals. It this drill is Fast! is the second time This show hits in a row that Bowie on every level Bowie Band Director tied for third, but and has musical Kim Shuttlesworth had the tie-breaker content that tops drop it to fourth place (again, that’s almost anyone else here. Undoubtout of 38 bands). edly, Texas has the top two music Daniel Valdez of txbands.org, performance scores so far today. blogged each performance. Many Solid Finalist! Oh, and I forgot to parents and band afficianados flock mention that the guard is Stellar!” to this website to hear about the As in state competition, bands are marching bands in competition. He divided by size. After the semi-final described Bowie: “James Freakin’ competition, Bowie earned third Bowie. Brass is about as powerful place in Class AAAA—its first and as controlled as possible. FLY placement ever at Grand NationDAMN YOU FLY!!!!!! Closing als. The evening performance saw moves of the opener are sickness!!! Bowie take its highest place ever in Half time marching in the middle Grand Nationals finals: sixth place. of the field can make or break a (Bowie placed 12th in 2006, then program’s score. They pulled it off 10th in 2009.) well. They are achieving the drill all Assistant band director Stephen while sounding like they are sitting Howard said of the band, “Bowie’s firmly in their seats. Passing brass season has been nothing short of attacks were awesome.” incredible. Between the overwhelmFellow blogger Daniel Sanchez ing support of the community and wrote: “Bowie—the opening mu- the high level of dedication and sical section knocks you over with hard work ethic of our students, we the power!!! They played the Mars could not ask for more. This year impacts during that insane drill has been a rewarding journey both section????? I didn’t type much more on and off the field. Each time the during the show because I was so students took the field we saw them enthralled and wrapped up in it. The gain strength, confidence, and unity. woodwinds are so rich but OMG the Each performance brought them brass! And they march EXTREME- closer together as a team and as a LY well! They have everything!” family. We are extremely pleased Valdez was close in his State with all of the results. Being ranked Finals prediction (“I am calling it consistently in the Top 4 in the State

of Texas and now in the Top 6 in the U.S. is an enormous honor.” Even those who no longer have students in the Bowie band still follow them. Crystal Fite told the

Gazette, “I no longer have a musician in the Bowie Band, as my two have graduated, but I can tell you after spending six years with the band, I kept up with the last couple of weeks

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So I was chauffeuring my younger daughter home from her latest must-attend gathering of friends and frenemies du jour, daydreaming of the day when my offspring have cars and licenses and gas money of their own, when we stopped for said gas. It was evening, and as I pulled in under the station’s fluorescent-lit awning, daughter Jamie began screaming at the top of her lungs and leapt out of the car as if it were on fire. “What? What?” I hollered. “Ants!” “Ants?” Sure enough. Ants. All over my car’s dashboard, big nasty red ants were scurrying around like something out of a Stephen King novel. I shooed as many of the critters as I could out of the car, and when we got home, I investigated. I must admit, I’ve never suffered from vehicular ants, so I was flummoxed. Where did they come from? How did they get in? Are they nesting in the inner workings of my little car? What will the neighbors think? I pictured myself driving down


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No place pornography at work by Leslie Tourish Dear Leslie, I don’t know who to talk to about this because, no matter what I do, I’m afraid someone will get into trouble. Three times I’ve walked into my boss’ office to find him watching porn on his computer! The last time was just a few days ago and all he did was stand up and try to block the screen behind him. I was embarrassed beyond belief to be talking to this middle-aged guy for five minutes about a contract, all the while both of us knowing he was using his rear-end to cover up some disgusting pornography. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude, but there are times and places for such activities. Ten a.m. on a Tuesday morning at work ain’t one of them. We have a small office, mostly women, and many of us have had similar “run-ins� with him. Usually we are too mortified to say anything, so we pretend nothing is wrong and exit as fast as we can. As

weird as that sounds, he’s usually ing the basic rules of decency of peoa really nice guy. He has a sweet ple around you, especially if you’re wife, a couple of kids, all the boss! Obviously of whom would be hurt your boss finds his if this came to light. The “quality time� to view boss is one of two owners porn when his partner of the business, and the is away on the road. If other boss, who is rarely the partner walked in in the office due to his on your boss staring at travel schedule, probably a triple XXX honey, is clueless to his partner’s then I doubt your little hobby. boss’ attempt of trying It feels weird to be to cover up being an around someone engaged ass, with his rear-end, in porn surfing at work, would be tolerated. but I’m afraid it will open This is sexual harassLeslie Tourish a can of worms if I were ment and your boss to bust him. Plus I’m afraid it would knows it’s wrong due to his feeble be devastating to his family. What attempts at hiding the evidence. do I do? While it probably would be embarSigned, rassing and upsetting to his family Weirded Out @ Work if his exploits were brought to light, he’s the one who should be dealing Dear WO@W, with the negative consequences he’s Yow – talk about a double serving squarely brought onto himself. Also, of chutzpah from this man! There is if other co-workers have gotten an nothing more vulgar than disregardContinued on page 7

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whatever I do, he stressed, don’t bug bomb the car. The smell never, ever leaves, and it becomes “this vile, mut-ANT odor.� I wrote back the only way I could. “That’s brilli-ANT. Pursu-ANT to your suggestions, I will undertake this regimen of repell-ANTs. I shall write you again if my car becomes infested with ANT-elopes, ANT-

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helping us save their lives.” 1st Year Statistics: Pet adoptions=7,541 Pet transfers to rescue groups=6,327 Cat/Dog Spay/Neuter surgeries at Austin Animal Center=5,440 Pets in Foster care=2,611 Foster care families=1,003 Volunteer Hours=43,785 About Austin Animal Services Office Austin Animal Center, the largest municipal animal shelter in Central Texas, provides shelter to more than 20,000 animals annually and services to Austin/Travis County. This facility accepts stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species or breed. The goal is to place all adoptable animals in forever homes through adoptions, foster care or rescue partner groups. Animal Services has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community and in your home. The Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information go to www.austinanimalcenter.org,.

Continued from p. 5 eyeful of his porn, then maybe he wants to get caught. What would Freud say? That this may be his cry for help. One of the fastest growing addictions in our country is to pornography, due in large part to how assessable it is on the internet. It’s been estimated that 20% of men, and 13% of women, watch porn at work. For some people a curiosity to visit pornography sites can turn into more compulsive desires to satiate the pleasure-seeking parts of the brain with even more pornography. This new compulsion for pornography can drive a person to seek out more graphic porn, and in your boss’ case, in riskier settings. Sadly, this may add to the thrill-factor for him. However, let your boss know, in no uncertain terms, if you’re subjected

to this type of harassment again then you will alert his partner to his behaviors. And if that won’t stop him cold in his tracks, your co-workers may also add their two cents worth of what they’ve been exposed to. You have a right to be treated with dignity, but sometimes it’s up to you to train people how to treat you. If you were in a larger company, Human Resources would be the department to turn to report this problem. A helpful website to educate yourself about porn addiction is www.pornographyaddiction.com. Leslie Tourish is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Dripping Springs, Texas. Please send questions and comments to leslie@leslietourish.com or visit at www.leslietourish.com. Phone: (512) 695-1660.

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The Word from Oak Hill by Mike Jasper The word from Oak Hill is... Petition. After reading about the plight of Doug and Janice Todd in the Oak Hill Gazette’s last issue, Scenic Brook neighbor Joe Bateman decided to do something about it. “Because not doing something about it is almost as wrong as what FEMA did,� Bateman said. The Todds owe FEMA $30,000 plus change in a grant they received from the federal agency after their house was destroyed in the Great Oak Hill Fire of April 17, 2011. Turns out FEMA wasn’t supposed to give them any money at all, and now they want it back. It was FEMA’s mistake, but the Todds must pay. Bateman doesn’t agree, so he created an online petition to protest what he sees as unfair treatment of the Todds. The petition reads, “Lloyd Doggett, US Congressman: Work with FEMA to help correct the issue that Doug Todd is battling.� And although everybody in the Scenic Brook area recently voted in the Congressional race that saw Lamar Smith defeat Candace Duval, Doggett is still your Congressman until the new term starts in January. At least according to the Find Your Representative website http://www. house.gov/representatives/find/. Which reminds me, anybody who wants to sign the petition to ask Congressman Doggett to help out the Todds should point their browser to http://tinyurl.com/toddpetition. It takes a while to load, but it’s worth it. ttt My truck broke down in front of

The truck still wouldn’t start. I paid Planet Fitness. The engine refused to kick over, even though the battery him the twenty bucks he charged and starter seemed fine, so I had it for replacing the coil I clearly didn’t need, and he went off on his bicytowed home. cle. I spent $45 and my truck still It gets worse. Bob the mechanic, who lives a doesn’t work. “I’ll call you tomorrow after I do few blocks from me, told me he was no longer available to make house some research,� he said. As of this calls as he had taken a new job in writing, Tuesday night, I haven’t heard a word. Georgetown. He’s not a bad kid. So I decided, what Just completely and the hell, I’ll hit Craig’s thoroughly unprofesList and see what I sional. That said, he can find. I’ve gotta only charges $20 for an tell you. They’ve got oil change—and damn a truckload of moif I don’t believe he can bile mechanics out pull that off—so I might there. I even found hire him again. one in the Scenic Monday I called up Brook area, Eric the another guy from Craig’s mechanic. Mike Jasper List. His name was Mike He told me he’d come by around 4 or 4:30. When I the mechanic. “I just got home and I didn’t hear from him at 5, I called have to put away some tools, so I’ll him up. “Yeah, I’m still coming call you in an hour.� Two hours later, I called back and home from work. I’ll drop by after got his answering machine. “Hi,� I get home.� He came by at 5:30 on a bicycle, I said. “Still got that truck I’d like no tools whatsoever. Great. But he you to fix.� Haven’t heard from him yet either. took a look at it, borrowed a couple So later that Monday night, I of my tools, ran a couple of tests and came to the conclusion it was a called up yet another guy, Dickie broken coil. He told me he’d replace the mechanic in Buda. He actually the coil tomorrow, and we agreed to made it to the house in a car filled with tools. He’s working on my truck meet at 10 a.m. When I didn’t hear from him at right now as I write. I’ll let you know how it works out, 10:30 a.m., I gave him a call. “Sorry, I had a game,� he said. So but so far I’m thinking Coleman, do I, I thought. Texas vs. Iowa State Klingemann, Read’s and Hohmann’s in 30 minutes, now get your butt need not lose any sleep over the mobile mechanics from Craig’s List. over here. ttt He came over on his bicycle again, The Scenic Brook Neighborhood and we drove to the auto parts store. I bought the coil for 25 bucks, came Association elected its officers last back to the truck and Eric installed Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. The new the coil. Continued on page 17

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Turn of the Wheel

Formula 1 and NASCAR: Styles and Similarities By T. Q. Jones As the first Formula 1 race approaches (some might say looms) most people are A) comparing F1 and NASCAR and B) talking about how different they are. In reality, they have more similarities than differences; the problem is that they look different. NASCAR is considered “low tech” compared to the exotic Formula1cars, while the reality is that both are trying to solve the same puzzles, using the same tools, but are built to contrasting rules. Those differing rules mean that Formula 1 cars are necessarily fragile, while NASCAR “stock” cars are necessarily not fragile. During the race, the Formula 1 cars avoid contact if they can, while their assets of incredibly high speed and cornering ability put the drivers’ skills on display. The NASCAR version can’t avoid contact on the mostly oval tracks

used for the series, though the teams (and roughly 30 engineers per team) not only work to design (within the rules, of course) the most aerodynamic T. Q. Jones bodies they can and then hope they won’t have too much contact with other cars. They then spend thousands of dollars per car for specialists to put the bodies on perfectly to reduce as much as possible the aerodynamic drag. When contact occurs during the race, NASCAR teams scramble to make what repairs they can during pit stops and try to make the car as aerodynamic as possible for the circumstances. Formula1 teams can only replace the damaged part and, if it’s too damaged, they are done for the day.   As all of the drivers in Formula1

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Arts & Entertainment Ongoing Events

and November 18 & December 2 at 2 p.m Adapted for the stage by Sundays emerging playwright Sarah Saltwick, this world premiere brings Live Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tragic love Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 Third Thursday at The Blanton- story to life. B. Iden Payne Theatre W., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttyfree evening of art and activities. 300 E. 23rd St. on the UT campus. brown.com. 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos 477-6060 and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tessy Lou Williams & The Shotgun blantonmuseum.org/. Friday, November 16 Stars- 3pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Fridays Spicewood. No cover. Friday night Dance Club- w/ Mondays Western bands and a Pot Luck break. 7:30pm-10pm at South Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Activity Center, 3911 Austin Cajun Aces- 6:30pm at Manchaca RD, Austin. $4.50. Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586. Saturdays Texas Songwriters Showcase - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.

Tuesdays Brennen Leigh -7pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586. Open Mic Night with Jon Burkland- 6-9pm at Hill’s Cafe, 4700 S. Congress, 78745. 8519300.

nations are welcomed. 7pm at New Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog Pond Lane in Dripping Springs. For more info call 858-2024.

Arena Rock Sing A-long - 10pm The screenings on August 16th and 23rd will feature a special pre-show performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody by Ruby Rico Productions. at the Alamo Draft House on Slaughter Lane

New Events October 17 - November 18

Wednesdays No Bad Days Open Mic - 7pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 50+ Singles Dance- 7:30-9:45 Live Music. Senior Activity Center 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. Ragtime - Sets a new standard for musicals in ourupported by a www.fiftyplusdanceaustin.com glorious orchestra, tell the story of Trivia Night - Wednesdays at how we forged a nation that city, Waterloo Ice House, Southpark so intimate and immediate, that our Meadows, 9600 South I-35 Service discerning patrons will rejoice at Rd. SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007. the power of the experience. Topfer Theatre 1510 Toomey Road 476waterlooicehouse.com. 0541 The Peacemakers- 10pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. November 3 - 18 282-2586. William Shakespeare’s CorioOpen Mic Night- at Nutty Brown lanus - Fri & Sat, 7:30 pm Sun, Cafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. 2:30 pm In this season of political warfare and warring politics, expeThursdays rience Trinity Street Players’ proKGSR Unplugged At The Grove duction at the Blackbox Theatre at -every Thursday evening through Ninth and Trinity in downtown AusSept 6th. Join KGSR every Thurs- tin. FREE day for 23 consecutive weeks at Shady Grove on Barton Springs November 8 - 18 Road for one of Austin’s longest Bus Stop - Thursday – Saturday running free concert series. evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sundays Karaoke- at Boomerz Nightclub, at 2 p.m Added performance on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 6148 Hwy 290 W.. 892-3373. p.m. Featuring guest artists Sarah Tony Harrisson / Dance Lessons Gay, David Jones and David Stahl. / Jesse Dayton- 6pm / 9:15pm / Mary Moody Northen Theatre St 9:15pm at the Broken Spoke, 3201 Edward’s University 3001 South Congress 448.8484 online at www. S. Lamar. 442-6189. stedwards.edu/theatre Open Mic with your host, Garett Endres. Starts at 9pm every Thurs- Thursday, November 15 day 290 West Club 12013 W Hwy Chucho Valdés Quintet - 8pm 290 Bass Concert Hall E. 23rd St. and “Thirsty Thursday” gathering- Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060 Poems and songs will be shared in a round robin, open mic atmo- November 16 - December 7 sphere following the featured presentation. On the third Thursday of The Scarlet Letter - Nov. 16, 17, every month. Free. Food pantry do- 29, 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6 & 7 at 8 p.m.

Dave Foley - 7pm Of “Kids in the Hall” fame. Stateside at the Paramount 713 Congress Avenue 472.5470 info@austintheatre.org November 17 - 18 & December 1 Fall For Dance - A collection of works by nationally acclaimed choreographers Robert Battle, David Parsons, Charles O. Anderson, and Andy Noble. McCullough Theatre 2375 Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060 www.TexasPerformingArts.org, Saturday, November 17 David Ramirez & Noah Gundersen - doors @7pm Stateside at the Paramount 713 Congress Avenue 472.5470 info@austintheatre.org Friday, November 23

Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller 8pm Bass Concert Hall E. 23rd St. and Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060 Wednesday, November 28 Last Call at the Oasis - doors @ 6:30pm This documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives. Robert Glennon will be speaking at this event. The Paramount 713 Congress Avenue 472.5470 info@austintheatre.org Thursday, November 29 L I M A Q - 8pm A drum kit opera written by American composer John Luther Adams for percussionist Glenn Kotche, drummer of the alternative rock band Wilco. McCullough Theatre 2375 Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060 www.TexasPerformingArts.org

Community Clubs & Events Ongoing Events Sahaja Yoga Meditation- Free and open to all. Ongoing programs every Saturday. Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd. For information call 828.0129 or visit austinsahajayoga.org. 11am-12pm. 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. The Oak Hill Rotary Club- meets every Thurs. at noon at Cannoli Joe’s, 4715 Hwy. 290 Wes. More info at 288-8487/ oakhillrotary.org. Circle C Area Democrats- 6:308:30pm at Santa Rita in the Escarpment Village. Meets on second Mondays of month. For inform ation: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. 956-4944809 / oakhill.freetoasthost.biz for more info. Steeped in Books- Informal talk and tea every Tuesday through May 25 from 2-3:30pm at the Hampton Branch of the Austin Public Library at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.. Free and open to public. 512-892-6680 / www.cityofaustin. org/library. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group- 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. The South Austin Christian Women’s Club- sponsors a luncheon with an entertaining program every second Wednesday of the month from 11:30-1pm at Onion Creek Club. For info / reservations and free child care please call 288-4033. 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 last 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 4829026 or 921-4901. Thursdays. South Austin AARP Chapter 2426- Tom Bauer will talk about leadership styles and best practices, 9:30-11:30am at South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd. Free. Meets on third Thursdays of the month. For more info call Mary at 280-8661. www. southaustinaarp.org. OHPEN Meeting- (Oak Hill Planning and Environmental Network). 7pm at ACC Pinnacle, 10th floor boardroom. All welcome. Every month on second Thursday. For more info call Beki at 658-2599.. OHBPA Meeting- (Oak Hill Business Professionals Association). Meets every first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at Jack Allen’s Kitchen, 7720 US Hwy 71 West, Austin. $15. ohbpa.org. 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. www.creativeartssociety.org 288-0574.

New Events November 1 - November 30 Wildflower Center’s Photo Contest Winners - Enjoy a multi-media exhibit in tribute to the work of Mrs. Johnson and others such as Ann and Roy Butler did to beautify the banks of the former Town Lake. The exhibit highlights the years Lady Bird was involved in developing the trail, and will include Lady Bird memorabilia such as her personal wildflower book with hand-written notes. McDermott Learning Center LBJ Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Avenue 232.0100 November 14 - 18 37th Annual A Christmas Affair! - This year’s four-day holiday market inspires us to reflect on how The Twelve Days of Christmas will impact our community by sustaining 12 months of community impact by The Junior League of Austin through programs such as Coats for Kids and FIT (Food In Tummies), along with other selected community projects for 2012-2013. Palmer Events Center Tickets: 467-8982, ext. 272 Email: acareservations@ jlaustin.org Saturday, November 17 Huge Crafts Bazaar - 9am - 4pm 2800 Slaughter Lane in Austin. Westoak Woods Baptist Church. Free entry, art, jewelry, gifts, fashion, food, prizes. Follow the signs. Westoak.org Monday, November 19

Thanksgiving Feast - 5:30 7:30pm Jack Allen’s Kitchen is teaming up with friends at Mobile Loaves & Fishes for the second year in a row to provide warm, wholesome Thanksgiving meals to Austin’s homeless. The First Baptist Church of Austin 901 Trinity Thursday, November 29 Silver Thistle Pipes & Drums St. Andrews Day - 7 - 9pm Celebrate Scotland’s national day with an evening of Scottish music, song and malts. Admission is $10. Dinner and single malts are available. There will also be a bonnie knees contest! Opal Divine’s Penn Field, 3601 S. Congress


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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 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 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 the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month starting at 10am from the Smith Visitors Center. Wear com-

fortable shoes, a hat, and bring water. Hikes last approximately 1.5 hours. Info contact: jeanneffia@ gmail.com

Arts & Entertainment cont. New Events Thursday, November 15

Saturday, November 17

Mills Elementary & Neighborhood Beautification - 1 - 4pm Mills was recently awarded a grant from Keep Austin Beautiful to begin restoration on an eroded hill on Davis Lane, and to create an outdoor reading area at the front of the school. The projects will involve planting native trees, shrubs, plants, grasses, and wildflowers. 6201 Davis Lane Thursday, November 22 Thunder Cloud Subs’ 2012 Turkey Trot - 7:30 - 9am Trot, run, or volunteer Proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, a non-profit organization that helps the homeless, the working poor and documented refugees in Travis County. Meet at The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr Ticket info: www. thundercloud.com

New Events

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@ amoa.org to give an idea of materials needed. 512-495-9224 / www. amoa.org.

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Santa’s On His Way - Meet Santa and take your own pictures for free! Come by on the 15th from 6 - 9pm for the Annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival with lots of other festivities. Hill Country Galleria info@ hillcountrygalleria.com 12700 Hill At Austin Children’s Museum: Country Blvd. 263-0001 Community Night - Come out and play EVERY Wednesday night at Friday November 16 5pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime and a variety of hands-on activities. Kidz Blitz Live! - 7pm A high-enerThemed stories, songs, and ac- gy way to remind families that worktivities. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, ing together and being a team can 1pm & 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Ev- be fun! Watch your kids light up with ery Mon.. For kids 3 & under & excitement as they participate and their caregivers. Storytimes 9:30 & watch you participate in wild games 11am; Sing-a-long 10:30am at Aus- and challenges. Get Tickets: http:// tin Children’s Museum, 201 Colo- www.fefc.org/whats-happening/ rado St.. 472-2499 / ausinkids.org. kidz-blitz-live FAMILY TICKETS: Online Presale: $20 (families of 5 or Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednes- less), $25 (families of 6 or more) At days at the Hampton Library, 5125 the Door: $30 First Evangelical Free Convict Hill Rd. Toddler at 10:15 Church 4220 Monterey Oaks Bouleam, Preschool (ages 3-5) at 11am. vard 891-1600. 892-6680. wiredforyouth.co Saturday, November 17 Alamo Kids Club - 10:45am On the last Saturday of the month, the Fourth Annual Gingerbread Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the House Raising - 11am For kids Austin Chronicle, Ain’t It Cool News ages 6 – 11. Pre-assembled ginand Big Brothers Big Sisters put on gerbread houses will be provided, free screenings for children and Toy ready for decorating. Neill-Cochran Joy provides super fun prizes! 1120 House Museum 2310 San Gabriel, South Lamar 478-2335 $10

Tommy Elskes - 7pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Jon Napier - 6:30pm Charlie Stout 8:30pm Wink Keziah 10pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 T Jarrod Bonta Trio - 6:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 The Kim Kafka Trio - 6:308:30pm Mimi’s Cafe 12613 Galleria Circle Bee Cave 263-9731

Friday, November 23 Day of Giving and Thanks 9:30am - 2pm Teens from all over the city gather to do various community service project after they finish the come back together to have a Thanksgiving Lunch. FREE. Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center 2608 Gonzales St Thursday, November 29

The Elves and the Shoemaker 9:15am Manchaca Branch Library 5500 Manchaca Road

Saturday, November 24 Dale Watson - 9:30pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

TX Songwriters Showcase George Ensle hosts Brennan Leigh & Noel McKay - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 West 264-0318 Austin Cajun Aces - 6:30pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Tuesday, November 20 Brennan Leigh - 7pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Weldon Henson - 8pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

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Switchblade - 10pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Two Tons of Steel - 9pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

King Courderoy - 6:30pm Erik Larson and Peacemaker 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71W 264-0318 Wednesday, November 21 Floyd Domina & Redd Volkaert - 7pm The Peacemakers - 10pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Chaparral w/ Jeff Hughes - 9pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Coke Hendry - 6pm No Bad Days Open Mic hosted by Andrea Marie - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Rich Harney - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Carl Hutchins - 6pm Colton Moore - 8pm $7 The Possum Posse - 10:30pm - $5 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Saturday, November 17 The Derailers - 9:30pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

Ava Arenella - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 The Bare Feet - Benefit Concert for NASARU. Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 3014648 $5 Admission Fee

Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces - 6:30pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Texas Songwriters Showcase WC Jameson hosts Woodie Eastman - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W 264-0318 Tuesday, November 27 Brennan Leigh - 7pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Deuce Coupe - 8pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Mayeux and Broussard - 6:30pm Erik Larson and Peacemaker - 8:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71W 264-0318 Wednesday, November 28

Corrina Rachel - Live at the Trails - 6pm Arbor Trails Cafe at Whole Foods 4301 W. William CannonBldg B, Ste 800 358.2460 Thursday, November 22 James Bullard - 4pm Jon Napier - 6:30pm Estelline - 8pm Jerry Kirk - 10pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Friday, November 23

Greg Reichel - 8pm $7 Jake Kellen - 11pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

W.C. Clark - 9pm - $10 Mason Ruffner - 11:30pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 $7

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Jackie & Andrew Venson - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Sunday, November 18

Bracken Hale - 9pm $7 Tejas Brothers - 11pm $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Monday, November 26

Friday, November 16

Xplor Fall Family Festival - 1 4pm Hay ride, games, crafts, music, food, chili cook-off, and silent auction all benefiting the Austin Children’s Shelter Xplore Today Child Care Center, 5915 La Crosse Ave. 288-0061 Jamie Doesn’t Want to Take a Bath - Noon Designed for students ages 2-4 years old, this play engages young children and their caregivers in a playful story about a familiar event. ZACH Kleberg Stage 1510 Toomey Road www.sparktheatre. net FREE

Gary P Nunn - 9:15pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

Monday, November 19

Kids Calendar Ongoing Events

Bracken Hale - 7:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Timbre Top Trio - Sunday Brunch at the Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

New Events 13th annual Walk to Defeat ALS - 11am The walk is open to the public and all funds raised will be donated to the ALS Association Texas Chapter. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd www.alsa-texas.org

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Redd Volkaert - 10pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 2822586

Rick McRae - 7pm The Peacemakers - 10pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Coke Hendry - 4pm No Bad Days Open Mic hosted by BB Morse - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318


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Gazette Sports: AVTUJOtBPXJFtCrockett Gazette Student Athlete Spotlight sponsored by Oak Hill Body & Paint Keely Penn

by Patrick Olson Having recently recorded a personal best time of 19:39 in a three-mile race at the Class 5A Region II cross country meet in Arlington, Keely Penn continues to add athletic accomplishments to her high school resume. “She is young and already shows talent,” Bowie cross-country coach Rita Gonzales said. “I can’t wait for the next two years to see her potential.” Born in Ames, Iowa, Keely moved to Austin at an early age, and attended Baranoff Elementary before advancing to Bailey Middle School, where she also played volleyball and ran track. Upon arriving at Bowie, she played freshman volleyball, ran varsity

Keely Penn, Bowie cross-country in the fall, and track in the spring. She earned a spot on the varsity volleyball team this year as a sophomore, and played Continued on next page

Daniel Laden

Photo: Mike Ferris

Bowie put together an early nine-play drive that included runs by Steve Johnson (above #2).

Bowie edges Del Valle—4 in a row by Patrick Olson Austin Eschenburg threw for 163 yards and ran for 138 yards as Bowie defeated Del Valle 23-21 to earn a fourth straight win entering the playoffs. “The O (offensive) line came out and got some good push, and the defense got some stops for us to score,” said the junior quarterback. “Everyone did a great job.” Bowie (6-4, 4-2) hosts Round Rock (4-6, 3-3) in a rematch with the Bulldog’s third non-district opponent. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Burger Stadium Friday night. The Cardinals built an early advantage with a physical defensive front, and the shifty rushing ability of Josh Cleveland. Del Valle (4-6, 3-3) scored first on a long touchdown

sprint from Cleveland, then receiver Chris Campbell glided into the corner of the end zone after snagging a pass from quarterback Denzel Feaster. Bowie then embarked on a nine-play drive that included runs by Steve Johnson, and a reception by John Subia that set up the home team first and goal at the 5-yard line. Eschenburg then darted for the goal line, but the Cardinals forced a fumble that Del Valle recovered in the end zone. Feaster proceeded to find a receiver deep in the middle of the field, but Dontae Harris popped the ball out and Bowie recovered to take over at their own 20-yard line. Alexander Curtis forced a Del Valle punt on the next Cardinal possession with a stout play at the line on

a third down quarterback sneak. Finding limited success with runs on the perimeter by Johnson, Bowie then hammered up the middle with the relentless rushing of Cole Myers. “He’s a very strong kid and he likes to hit people,” the signal caller added. “That’s what he does. He goes north and south and gets yards as fast as he can.” Bulldog offensive linemen Dominic Arocha, Jacob McAngus, Keith McAlonan, Clayton Law and Andrew Alvarado opened holes, and Myers burst through them with only the Cardinal secondary remaining to make tackles. Bowie sliced the Del Valle lead in half with a touchdown toss from Eschenburg to Jake Walton, and Continued on back page

by Patrick Olson Holding down the important left tackle position for the Austin High football team, Daniel Laden proved extremely valuable, starting all ten games despite suffering a sprained ankle at Del Valle. The 6’7” 250 lb. lineman is now dedicated to preparing for the 2013 season with a returning quarterback, two additional veteran offensive linemen and a pair of talented running backs. Laden attended Casis Elementary and O’Henry Middle School where he also played basketball. After arriving at Austin High, he played freshman hoops, but decided to concentrate exclusively on football as a sophomore. A victory over Anderson last year remains his favorite athletic experience as a Maroon. “We were down big at halftime,” he recalled. “We were able to come all the way back and

Daniel Laden, Austin win in the final seconds and make the playoffs.” Continued on next page


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Crockett crushes Reagan and earns playoff spot by Patrick Olson Justin Miller scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and quarterback Nicholas Azurdia threw for two more scores as Crockett crushed Reagan 44-7 to earn a playoff spot in District 26-4A. The Cougars venture north Thursday to face Cedar Park in the first round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Gupton Stadium, off Vista Ridge Boulevard near Ranch Road 1431 and Parmer Lane. After Miller scored the game’s first touchdown on a 31-yard run, Reagan (2-7, 1-4) responded with a

long scoring run to tie the contest. Harvey Aviles proceeded to connect on two field goals and Crockett led 13-7 at intermission. Crockett (3-6, 2-3) erupted for four touchdowns in the second half, highlighted by two interception returns for scores by Michael Rodriguez. Defensively, Marcellus Henderson recorded thirteen tackles and had an interception for Crockett. Zach Rodriguez caused a fumble, recorded a sack, and registered six tackles, including one for a loss. Seth Riojas had five tackles and DJ Wilhite registered four stops. Miller ran for

Keely Penn - from p. 12 in virtually every game as an outside hitter. Competing in both sports this semester proved to be “pretty tiring” Penn admitted, after getting caught up on rest, sleeping till noon on the recent Veteran’s Day holiday. Biology instructor Mr. James Dammann is Keely’s favorite teacher at Bowie. “He was very straight forward with the lessons and he was funny,” the runner noted. Earning high marks on a recent exam is Penn’s favorite academic accomplishment. “I was struggling in U.S. History and got a 97 on a test,” she fondly recalled.

Penn and teammates Victoria Saenz, Alisa Hoban, Marissa Flournoy and Taylor Stone helped lead the Bowie girls’ cross-country contingent to a second place finish in district behind Westlake. The crew got off to a good start with Keely finishing first on a two-mile run at a meet in Pflugerville. Bowie finished first as a team at Pflugerville, and Penn finished seventh at the district meet at Decker Lake. This spring, Keely will compete on the varsity track team, running the mile, 800 and the high jump.

Daniel Laden - from p. 12 Earning the top academic spot in his class as a freshman is the fondest academic memory for Laden. “I didn’t know I could do that well in the classroom,” he admitted. English instructor Ms. Kelley is Daniel’s favorite teacher at Austin High. “She’s always fun to be around,” Laden added. “Her brother played left tackle for UT, and we talk football.”

Coach Mike Rosenthal has been a positive influence for Laden. “He motivates me to do my best in everything on and off the field. He’s helped me in all aspects of life.” said Laden. “We’re focused on working hard in the off-season. My goal is to step up and be a leader that our team really needs.”

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163 yards on 23 carries, and now has 1,028 yards and eight rushing scores on the season. Azurdia completed the regular season having thrown for 1,851 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Cougars now face a Cedar Park (8-2, 6-0) team with playoff

experience. The Timberwolves are led by quarterback Nate Grimm and running backs Chris Hutchings and Mikal Wilson. After falling to 5A squads Westlake and Abilene Cooper, Cedar Park won their last eight consecutive games and held

their final four foes to less than eleven points per game. The brown and gold will counter with an opportunistic defense and an offensive attack featuring the talented Miller and the improving Azurdia.

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school senior with a second degree black belt (not a bad thing to put on college applications.) “His basketball coach asked him where his stamina and core strength came from and when he told him he also did martial arts, he understood,” said Weiss, who also started training with her boys, and is now a black belt instructor. Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill has just moved to a new location on William Cannon near Escarpment. The new space is almost double the size of the old one and has a more open layout in addition to very thickly padded carpeting. Owner and head instructor Tim King has owned the business since 2008, but he has been involved in Kuk Sool Won™ for over twenty years. Next year he will travel to Korea and join an elite group of practitioners when he gets his 5th level black belt and becomes a “Master”. “They actually will give me a white belt,” said King. “It signifies beginning a new, more internal journey,” he explained. Kuk Sool Won™ began in Korea in 1958 when three separate branches of traditional Korean arts were brought together under a single system by the Grand Master In Hyuk Suh, who still leads the worldwide association and has lived in the Houston area since the 1970s. He

also still visits every school once a year. King explains that there are a lot more aspects to Kuk Sool Won™ than with other martial arts. In addition to punching and kicking techniques, there is grappling and weapons. Different moves are learned at each belt level and it takes decades to learn the whole system. KSW of Oak Hill has eight instructors teaching a total of 30 classes. Some of the classes are open with all ages and level, from beginner white belts up to black belts. The youngest group is the Tiny Tigers, three to five year olds who have their own class. “They learn balance and coordination and how to wait their turn,” said Weiss. “What they learn here transfers to all aspects of life,” said King of his students, “ you learn to motivate yourself from within and how to pace yourself.” At the last world tournament in Houston, Kuk Sool Won of Oak Hill came in 5th out of more than a hundred schools, but King emphasizes that “the most important thing is to have fun.” KSW of Oak Hill is currently running a special through December for new students of unlimited classes for $75 a month. More information can be found at kswoakhill.com.

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Oak Hill Gazette’s

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Wine made easy for your Thanksgiving feast By David White Thanksgiving strikes fear in just about every host. Preparing a giant bird is a herculean task. Cooking gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce is always more complicated than expected. Then there’s the anxiety of any family gathering -- will politics or off-color jokes derail the dinner? Add wine to the list of things to worry about, and it’s no wonder why so many wonderful at-home chefs dread the holiday. Keep calm. With wine, at least, there’s no need to stress. First, buy American. While I typically avoid jingoism, purchasing a foreign wine on Thanksgiving just doesn’t seem right. So when you head to the store, embrace your patriotism and pick up something domestic. And don’t hesitate to buy local. The Pilgrims didn’t import their turkey from a faraway land. Second, follow the strategy of San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon BonnÊ, who advises his readers to select a roster of three wines -- one white, one red, and one sparkling. Anything beyond three wines creates needless confusion. Thanksgiving already causes enough headaches -- the last thing you need is a guest asking which red matches the stuffing or which white goes

A simple Pinot Grigio, for example, isn’t a powerful wine -- so won’t stand up to mashed potatoes and gravy. Equally important, an inyour-face Cabernet Sauvignon lacks finesse, so will smother your food. Look for refreshing wines with body. For the sparkler, this means avoiding bottles that are too sweet -- look for “brut� or “extra brut� on the label.

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Texas tops in turkey fires According to State FarmŽ claims data, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year and Texas leads the nation for Thanksgiving Day cooking-related claims. In fact, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.  With the popularity of turkey frying, people are at risk for fryer related fires and injuries. U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year and hot oil splatter can cause serious burns to an adult or life threatening injuries to a child.  In 2011, State Farm teamed up with William Shatner to produce a short video dramatizing an actual accident where the celebrity was burned in a turkey fryer mishap on Thanksgiving.  The docudrama, “Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Tale�, warns people about the dangers of

improper turkey frying.  As a result of the video and safety campaign last year, State Farm grease & cooking related fire claims occurring on Thanksgiving Day were carved in half and the daily average for the entire month reached a seven year low. It seems that William Shatner really DID help save the world from exploding turkeys. “I love to fry turkey and have been doing it for years but I am not immune to frying accidents,� says Shatner. “People need to remember that hot oil and turkey can be a dangerous combination.� Most turkey fryer fires are preventable. Recognizing common mistakes is a critical step in reducing your risk of a fire or potentially fatal burns. t .PSF UIBO POFUIJSE PG GJSFT involving a fryer start in a garage or patio. Cook outdoors at a safe distance from any buildings or trees and keep the fryer off any wooden structures, such as a deck or patio. t"WPJEBIPUPJMTQJMMPWFSCZĕSTU filling the pot with cold oil and then lower the thawed turkey into the pot

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look for body. Bold Chardonnays work well with turkey and can cut through just about every component of your meal -- from sweet flavors like cinnamon to the bitterness of green vegetables. If you’re looking for something a bit unusual, consider a Riesling, either dry or slightly sweet. New York has been producing high quality Riesling for more than 30 years, ever since German immigrant Hermann Weimer “discovered that the cool climate and gravelly soils of the Finger Lakes were similar to his family’s vineyards in the Mosel Valley.� Producers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Michigan are also making some stunning Riesling. White wines inspired by France’s Rhone Valley also make for a good match on Thanksgiving. Look for Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, or a blend with those grapes. With reds, think refreshment. This means avoiding wines with lots of tannin, so steer clear of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec. t also means finding a wine with vibrant acidity, so avoid anything described as heavy or full-bodied. Pinot Noir is the most popular

choice on Thanksgiving, but it’s difficult to find good one for less than $20. That’s why cool-climate Syrah or Grenache is a better bet. Both are fruity enough to satisfy the guests who like big reds, and elegant enough to handle the cornucopia of Thanksgiving. Just be sure to find one from a cool-climate region like Washington or California’s coastal regions. Anything from a warm climate could overpower your food. If you’re looking for something a bit unusual, consider a Blaufrankisch, Austria’s signature red wine. It’s similar in profile to Pinot Noir, but generally a darker and spicier. New York’s Red Tail Ridge makes one that’s worth finding. Gamay Noir, the grape of Beaujolais, is also a good match. A few producers in Oregon, California, and New York are making delightful wines from this grape. Finally, and most importantly, have lots of wine on hand! David White, a wine writer, is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com. His columns are housed at Wines. com, the fastest growing wine portal on the Internet.

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Veterans Post by Mike Jordan

Veteran’s Day has just past. I, and other veterans, was surprised about the many generous offers for meals, social activities, and just a friendly “Thanks for serving� from so many people. Maybe like Christmas should be, it would be nice to remember the folks who served our country in times of strife and also during peace, and not just only or two days each year. Perhaps just having these extraordinary people on hand does help keep the peace. Women Marines traveling history The Women Marines group from Oak Hill VFW are involved in a traveling history of women in the Marine Corps. The “Women of the Corps Collection� Traveling Display is now opened to the public in Kerrville, TX at the Schriener Mansion Museum - located on Garrett Street across the courtyard from the New Kerrville City Hall. The display includes photos, videos and artifacts from the years of service by women in the Marines. Public parking is located in the same courtyard. Exhibit dates are: November 9th until December 8th. Meet Smokey Greene Have you met Smokey (Melvin) Greene? Smokey is a WW II vet who belongs to the Oak Hill VFW Post 4443. Smokey’s story sounds like an adventure movie. Prior to the war he was a smoke jumper in Montana and Washington State. For those unfamiliar with the term, “Smoke Jumpers� are fire fighters who jump into forest

news for Vets fires to fight the fires from within. When the war broke out, Smokey volunteered and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and was eventually assigned as an engineer on a B-29 in the Pacific. During one bombing run in 1945, his plane was rammed by a Japanese fighter and Smokey had to bail out over Japan. Since the plane was on fire when he jumped, he was burned and cut and then captured by the Japanese. All bomber crews were considered war criminals by the Japanese and Smokey was held in Solitary in Orori prison camp which was later defined as the most “Blackest hell-hole� of any prison during the war. During his time in the camp, Smokey lost almost 50 percent of his weight and suffered from neglect of his burns and injuries. However Smokey survived and eventually retired as a Colonel in the Air Force. He held, among other citations, The Air Medal, The Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and other commendation medals. Smokey is a regular attendee at the Oak Hill VFW post and enjoys a refreshing libation and has a whole bunch of good stories. Thought for the day I was watching the Today show when the host was reporting on the scandal involving General Petraeas., the head of the CIA. The host finished the story with the thought “I guess spying and sex just don’t mix. Next now, we have an interview with the star of the latest “James Bond� movie.

The Word from Oak Hill Continued from p. 8 president is Joe Bateman, the new secretary is Taki Pappas, the co-treasurers are Desiree Whitely and Millie Andersen, and the re-elected VP is yours truly. Because I’m the most Joe Bidenish guy in the group. ttt Lately we’ve been hearing about cat-killing coyotes in the wilds of Oak Hill, but did you know the neighborhoods of southwest Austin

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also hold host to flocks of roadrunners? What does this mean exactly? And does it explain all the Acme anvils we’ve seen recently at local garage sales? ttt (Want your neighborhood association highlighted? Have a story you need to tell? Would you like to rat out a neighbor? If so, be sure to email me at mail@mikejasper.com and get the word out.)

About the writer Mike Jordan served in the Marine Corps and has written for Florida Today as well as The Gazette. This column is a collection of local news information both for and about military veterans’ activities and items of interest. Material comes from veterans themselves, local VFW Posts, American Legion Posts and information submitted from various sources. To supply information for this column or for any questions, send an email to mjordan@prismnet.com.

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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, Austin 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.

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. 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 Christian Ed. 9am (Sept. 10-May 20)

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512-288-2370 www.connectwithjesus.org Pastor: Paul Meyer Services: Sunday 8 & 10:30am Bible Study at 9:15am Pre-School: 6Wks to Pre-K Full and Part-time hours Call 288-2330 for more information 2811 Aftonshire Way 78748 280-8282 or 280-8283 Rev. Paul Kuehn, pastor Services: Sunday Worship— 9:30am Sunday School/Bible Classes for all ages, Sunday— 11:00am; All facilities handicapped accessible. www.risensavior.cjb.net

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5501Hwy 290 West, 78735 (512) 892-3000 unity@unitychurchaustin.org Rev. Analea Rawson Service 11:00 pm www.unitychurchaustin.org

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 M-F, 7:00am-6:00pm Food Pantry-Monday, 1:30-3:30pm info@abidinglove.org www.abidinglove.org

METHODIST 2407 Berkeley Ave. (1 block north of W. Cannon between Westgate & Manchaca Rd.) 447-6633 www.berkeleyumc.org Rev. Jeanne Devine Services: 8:30am, 10:50am Sunday School: 9:40am (classes from nursery to retirees) Child Care Center 443-3509 Infants, toddlers, preschool and afterschool care hrs: 7am to 6pm 7815 Hwy. 290 W. 78736 288-3836 Rev. Jim Roberts, Rev. and Rev. Stella Burkhalter, Services: 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at 11:15 service) Sunday School: 10 & 11:15am Ch 11:15am Youth group: 5pm www.oakhillumc.org

ORTHODOX S Orthodox Church 225 Rose Dr. in Dripping Springs Fr. Peter Smith, Pastor 512) 638-0721 / pcmsmith@hotmail. 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 p.m. Ninth Hour & 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers and Confession Special feast day services as announced All services are in English and visitors are always welcome.

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Bethany Lutheran Church 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 e. Mount Olive Lutheran Church 10408 Hwy 290W (4 miles from the “Y” in Oak Hill)

NON - DENOMINATIONAL Cowboy Church of the Hill Country 8305 Sharl Cove (slightly south of intersection of Loop 45 and Camp Ben McCulloch Road) 587-2242 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.cowboychurchhc.org facebook.com/Cowboy ChurchHC info@cowboychurchhc.org

5226 W. William Cannon 78749 Pastor Larry W. Coulter, Assoc. Pastors Michael Killeen, Britta Dukes, and Ted Thulin Worship Schedule: 9:30 & 11am Sunday School : 9:30am & 11:00am For Information Call 512-892-3580 Web site: www.shpc.org

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A Unitarian Universalist Congregation Sunday Worship Services: 11:30 am 1314 E. Oltorf St., Austin 78704 Groups & classes for Adults & Children

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In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Oak Hill-based Landscape Architecture firm Coleman & Associates thanked the Austin Real Estate Industry for its many years of success by sponsoring the Real Estate Council of Austin’s luncheon on November 14 and—in the spirit of the season—donated a canned food item to the Capital Area Food Bank on behalf of each luncheon attendee. “Coleman & Associates wishes to extend a heart-felt thanks to the Real Estate community for all their support these past 25 years, and we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season,” says Aan Coleman, President of Coleman & Associates.

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has exit polls that showed this). I think a large part was due to the precinct being redrawn to be more Republican, especially considering the narrow margins of the 2008 and 2012 races.” Carol Cespedes of South Windmill Run agreed, saying, “Our section of Oak Hill was divided and gerrymandered into congressional and legislative districts that were safe for the party in power. Even the boundaries of Travis County precincts were adjusted to make it even more difficult for a Democrat to win. Let’s hope that a more equitable job is done in defining Austin City Council Districts under Proposition 3. The provision for an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission gives me hope, but does not reduce the need to pay attention to how the lines are being drawn.” While others agree that last year’s redistricting played some part in the Huber/Daugherty outcome, others firmly believe that SH 45 SW was the key issue. In 2008, Shady Hollow voters liked Huber, giving her 660 more votes than Daugherty. This time around they chose Daugherty with 1383 more votes than Huber, who lost the election by a mere 2395 votes. Shady Hollow’s Vikki Goodwin was so determined to oust Huber that she risked her position as a Democratic Precinct Chair to support Daugherty. She said the Travis County Democratic Party (TCDP) asked her to resign her position because she supported a Republican. She would neither resign nor sign a pledge to not support a Republican for any office. She said, “I was not willing to sign the pledge. Since then I have not had any contact from the TCDP, so I assume I am still the Precinct Chair, but it’s clear I am unwelcome at TCDP meetings.” She added, “Daugherty in office as the Commissioner for Precinct 3 will have a positive effect on getting SH 45 SW built. He is for building the road and improving regional mobility and has worked with a number of groups to find solutions. There are still a lot of decisions to be made— whether it will be a county road vs. a state/federal highway, whether it will be free vs. tolled, whether it will follow the design of the Green Mobility Challenge, etc. Regardless, Daugherty understands the need is there, and now we need to work on developing the best solution.” Shady Hollow Democrat Pam Baggett considered running against Huber, but found insurmountable

odds in running against an incumbent Democrat. She also supported Daugherty. She said, “I frankly think he will do a good job for us, even us Democrats.” Rick Perkins of Granada Hills said, “The election of Gerald Daugherty was a direct result of Commissioner Huber’s support of the ‘don’t build it and they won’t come’ mentality which for many decades has gotten us into this big problem in Southwest Travis County with the lack of infrastructure.” Perkins said Daugherty’s plan is to have Travis and Hays counties merge funds to build the road. Shady Hollow resident Bill Aleshire said, “I have no doubt that Gerald Daugherty will pursue a reasonable way to connect Mopac and FM 1626, something Huber proudly refused to do, although she started waffling on that when she realized the political pothole her position represented. This traffic link is a critical part of the metropolitan transportation plan. That project will not put more traffic on Mopac; it will change the route that traffic is using through my Shady Hollow neighborhood to get on Mopac.” But Scenic Brook resident Beki Halpin sides with Huber’s plan to delay construction of SH 45 SW. She said, “SH 45 SW if built will cross a very critical and porous water catchment area for the aquifer that over 10,000 central Texans get their drinking water from. The benefits that the road will bring as far as congestion relief are arguable and undetermined. They will fall largely to Hays County commuters, who I have nothing against, but I don’t think building the highway is worth risking pollution of the aquifer. When we make decisions going forward, I think we should give considerations regarding water much more weight for the good of our whole region.” Cespedes is one of those who are unhappy to lose Huber. She said, “I am extremely disappointed to see our Precinct 3 Commissioner Karen Huber leave office. She was an effective force for solutions to some of the most critical problems here in Oak Hill—land use, water quality, fire prevention and transportation. Karen was in favor of affordable, common sense solutions, and I hope that the momentum achieved during her term will keep us moving toward positive results.” Single Member Districts Some of those we spoke to felt that single-member districts would

be good for Oak Hill. Others were not so sure. Baggett is not technically a city resident (although the Shady Hollow MUD is currently negotiating with the city of Austin regarding annexation). She said, “It does appear that Central Austin still controls most of Travis County, and that is not good for Oak Hill or Shady Hollow. Nor is it good for our relationships with our surrounding counties. Not everyone can afford to live in Central Austin and not everyone wants to. I’m eager to see the 10-1 plan go into effect and enable us to have more control of our own homes.” Perkins said, “The city’s Proposition 3 to create a 10-1 system will help Oak Hill and other suburbs around the city to share in common goals. You’ll see votes of Suburbia vs. Downtown, possibly, but I don’t think you’ll see too many fights between separate districts. It’s going to be awesome for the City to have equal representation!” Cespedes was less certain of the benefits. She said, “I supported Proposition 3, but I do have some reservations. When I visited City Hall, I felt empowered to have six council members to talk to. Now we are reduced to one, and neighborhood activists will have to put more energy into alliances beyond their own council district to avoid fragmentation and isolation. It will become even more important to keep the entire city within our field of vision.” Thayer warned that the devil is in the details. He said single-member district success could rest on where the boundaries are drawn. He said, “I think single member districts will be good in that we will have a

representative for Southwest Austin on Council (hopefully). However, we don’t know what the districts look like. I saw one potential Council district plan some time ago that lumped Oak Hill with Northwest Austin in one big west Austin district—in that case we would not be guaranteed a local councilmember. Another reservation is that if we can’t get help from our district’s Councilmember, we have fewer options, as other Councilmembers outside our district don’t have an incentive to help us. At least currently, there are several different Councilmembers one can turn to.” Goodwin believes the single-member districts will be good for the area. She said, “I definitely think having single-member districts will help Oak Hill. I don’t feel the majority of the Councilmembers have a good understanding of the needs of residents of Oak Hill or Southwest Austin. Many of them probably can’t tell you exactly where SH 45 SW is on the map. I often see in the papers that it will connect 1826 to MoPac, which is not the case. What they mean is 1626, but because they don’t come out to Southwest Austin, most Councilmembers and writers don’t have a good understanding of how this road will help the mobility in Southwest Austin.” Early Voting Many Oak Hill residents—64 percent of those voting—took advantage of early voting, although many still had to suffer long lines to

do so. Terry Barhorst waited an hour. Perkins waited 30 minutes; Thayer 20. But Baggett and Goodwin said they had no line when they went to vote. Halpin said she tried to vote the last day of early voting but the line was too long. She went back on Election Day and waited 20 minutes before voting. Daloma Armentrout was turned away the opening day of early voting because the line was so long at the end of the day. But she said she accidentally discovered local mobile voting locations, which she called “stealth polling places” Oak Hill’s Seton Southwest Hospital and the Pinnacle Campus hosted voting on a single day. She said, “Very few voters took advantage of these polling locations.” Crystal Fite said, “I was hoping with all the hype I was hearing on Facebook and the news during early voting there wouldn’t be long lines on Election Day. I was wrong. I went to my polling place around 9:30 a.m. because I thought I would have time before my job started at 10:30 a.m. Not so. Lines were out the door and into the parking lot. I went back to my polling place after work around noon and surprisingly it wasn’t as bad … but still out the door. It was then I learned that you could vote at any polling place in the county. My husband voted after work near 4 p.m. He had the shortest line of all. I have never done early voting before but I may consider it next time.”

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STATE OF NEW MEXICO COUNTY OF BERNALILLO SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT No. D-202-CV-2012-01354 THE VILLAS ASSOCIATION, INC. , a New Mexico nonprofit corporation, Plaintiff, vs. PATRICK MICHAEL SMITH; and BAC HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP fka COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS SERVICING, LP, a California Limited Partnership, Defendants. NOTICE OF SUIT THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANT PATRICK MICHAEL SMITH GREETINGS: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the above-named Defendant, The Villas Association., has filed a Cross-Claim for Debt and Money Due in the above action in which you are named as a defendant in the above-entitled court and cause. The general object of the action is to obtain a judgment on debt and money due Vista West Homeowners Association, Inc. Unless you enter your appearance in this action on or before the 3rd day of December, 2012, Judgment by Default will be entered against you. Name and address of Defendant, The Villas Association, Inc.’s, attorney: Scott E. Turner, Esq., and Jake A. Garrison, Esq. the Turner Law Firm, LLC, 500 Marquette Ave., N.W., Suite 1480, Albuquerque, NM 87102-5325; Telephone: (505) 242-1300. WITNESS the Honorable Beatrice Brickhouse, District Court Judge of the Second Judicial District Court of Bernalillo County, this 17th day of October, 2012. GREGORY T. IRELAND CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT /s/______________________________ Deputy

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Parkway idea alive and well with Fix 290 group Continued from p. 1

of being choice takers for whatever the government wants, why not be choice makers?” Fix 290, made up of residents, business owners and concerned citizens from all walks of life, got to work developing their own concept for a 6-lane, non-tolled parkway. “We developed it as a concept to try to come up with something that would move the projected traffic but would not have this very large, very damaging footprint,” Beers said. In addition to developing the parkway concept, Fix 290 rallied local citizens against the proposed plan,

spreading anti-toll flyers around the neighborhood, gathering signatures and writing letters to TxDOT and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. “They suddenly realized this isn’t just a shoo-in,” Cespedes said. “The community is raising a fuss.” Fix 290 member Beki Halpin, a 20-year resident of Oak Hill and member of the Scenic Brook Neighborhood Association, said the group’s parkway plan is a more accurate representation of Oak Hill’s true character. “We feel like this area is the gateway into Oak Hill. It has the oaks,

which Oak Hill is named for, and we wanted to preserve that if we could,” Halpin said. “So we still had some character in our neighborhood that we all moved out here for. We were looking for a way that everybody could get what they wanted as much as possible without going with just whatever the engineers said they wanted to do because it makes sense to them as engineers.” Halpin said she’s hopeful that the community-selected moniker Oak Hill Parkway will be indicative of the direction the community wants to go with the project. “It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re

going to build a ground level parkway,” Halpin said. “What it means is a majority of people out here value the attributes of a parkway, which is that it doesn’t just come in and raise a massive cement behemoth that destroys the aesthetics of the area and it still allows people to come and go freely. It relieves congestion as well.” Steve Pustelnyk, director of communications for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, said that while the term “parkway” is open ended, it does reflect a more environmentally-conscious, less intrusive roadway. “That’s one of the reasons why Oak Hill Parkway is viewed as an acceptable name for this study because it does not pre-suppose a specific design for the roadway but it does suggest that aesthetics and the environment are going to be an important part of the project and of the process,” Pustelnyk said. Pustelnyk said while he’s not sure all of Fix 290’s concepts would be feasible, he has started a dialogue with the group, which he hopes to continue throughout the process. “We’ve heard the message of Fix 290—we know that some of their concerns are about elevated structures and large interchanges. I’m sure as we approach this process we will look at ways we can minimize, for example, elevated structures,” Pustelnyk said. “This is not going to be a cookie cutter, jam-it-downyour-throats approach to this process. It will be a process that engages the community and tries to incorporate as much reasonable public input into the process and

the outcome as possible.” Cespedes said while Fix 290’s protest of the original TxDOT plan, which was tabled due to an outdated Environmental Impact Study, has earned them some criticism among some in the community, she believes a slower approach will ensure the project is in the community’s best interest. “People have accused us of causing a delay. We just kind of slowed down and ensured that they did the right thing and that’s still our plan,” Cespedes said. “We need to be alert and make sure that they include community input and look at alternatives—do all these things that they are required to do and not just try to steamroll a toll road.” Beers said scrapping the old plan and starting anew will also save money in the long run. “People who say ‘build it now’ are naive because the bigger it is and the costlier it is, the longer it will take and the more pain it will cause to do it. That’s where I think we can save time and money by doing it right, by doing the planning right,” Beers said. “Impatience has a price.” Bruce Melton, a volunteer engineer with Fix 290, said he views Fix 290’s branding of the parkway concept as the group’s crowning achievement. “Through our outreach I think both of these things—the name awareness and the concept awareness—have allowed this brand to become acknowledged as a leading brand, as what the community wants to see,” Melton said. “We’ve made the community aware that there is an alternative.”

Members of Fix 290 are hopeful that the community-selected moniker Oak Hill Parkway (CTRMA logo above) will be indicative of the direction the community wants to go with the project.


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November 15-November 28, 2012... 27

Bowie Band ends season on a high note Continued from p. 3

Marching Band at Texas State) and was blown away. I regret I never saw Bowie live this year, but I was able to find the show on YouTube at least last night.â&#x20AC;? Fite added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bowie Band will always be some part of our lives. Both of my boys wrote their college acceptance letters on [the late band director Bruce] Dinkins and my youngest did an Eagle Project at the school of a brick sitting wall dedicated to Mr. Dinkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; memory. My oldest was in Indy when Bowie made their first showing at Grand Nationals and earned 12th place. My youngest marched the next time when Bowie made 10th place. Now the band made it all the way to 6th place! The Bowie awesome tradition continues!â&#x20AC;? Shawnda Hoppnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Kyle plays tuba in the band. She said parents paid $1250 for each band memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Indy experience, which included some sightseeing in Indianapolis. Hoppner has a younger son who participates in Star Center Boys Gymnastics, making it impossible for her to afford the parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; package to Indy. She watched the Bands of America webcast. She said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saving up for Bowieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next Grand Nationals appearance in 2014 when her younger son will continue the marching tradition. Hoppner says of Kyle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My son

loves marching band and band as a whole.â&#x20AC;? But she says that was not always the case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When he was in 5th grade I had to drag him to Covington Middle School to try out instruments. He went in with a frown on his face and came out with a huge smile. I asked him what he chose and he said tubaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of course the largest non percussion instrument that you could choose.â&#x20AC;? Added Hoppner, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kyle is now going to the University of Nebraska Lincoln in the fall, majoring in Chemical Engineering, with a minor in Music. He wants to march, including concert and pep band. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even thinking about double majoring. For the past two years he has submitted an audition tape and has been accepted to the UNL Winter Festival High School Honor Band for sophomores, juniors and seniors. He just submitted his audition material this past week, and we will know around Thanksgiving if he gets in again. He also applied to audition for a band scholarship and wind ensemble placement for next fall. He will do this when he goes for the Winter Festival in January. I have a good feeling he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any problemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially coming from the great background of Bowie High School.â&#x20AC;? And, she adds, a scholarship wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt. Band Director Kim Shuttlesworth told the Gazette, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This season was

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Bowie edges Del Valle for 4th straight heading to playoffs Continued from p. 12

subsequent extra point by Caleb Garza. The Cardinals led 14-7 at the half, but Bowie added a field goal by Garza and a 1-yard scoring run by Harris in the third period, to move in front 17-14. Cleveland tallied another rushing score with a productive jaunt up the middle early in the fourth quarter. Bowie then added a field goal by Garza to make in 21-20 with just over five minutes remaining. The Cardinals returned the ensuing

kickoff into Bowie territory, but fine plays by defenders Jason Disney and Logan Martin terminated the Cardinal drive. Eschenburg then found Subia for two first down catches, and a determined Myers barreled through the interior of the Del Valle defense to set the stage for Garza’s game-winning 27-yard field goal with six seconds left on the clock. The Bulldogs now face a Round Rock Dragon club they defeated 20-19 on September 14th. “It’s going to take execution,” Eschenburg

replied when asked what it will take for another Bowie victory. “The coaches do a great job with the game plan.” Bowie should take confidence from containing Cleveland into the

bi-district matchup with a Round Rock team led by running back Deandre Story, who scored three touchdowns in an emotional 30-29 regular season ending victory over

Stony Point. Echenburg represents a dual threat running and throwing, and Myers will bring an intense style of rushing into the first round postseason contest.

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