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November 1 , 2012 Volume 17, No. 47 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

FEMA wants its money back from fire victims story and photos by Joanne Foote OAK HILL - A year and five months after the Oak Hill fire, one couple is still feeling the lasting effects from that devastating day. Janice and Doug Todd, who lost their home in the fire on April 17, 2011, lacked homeowner’s insurance, and were unable to rebuild right away. Initially they had to sort out title issues on their home, which took a year to clear up. During that time, they were told they could apply for funding from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). They were approved, and things began looking up. By last July, they were

finally able to begin the rebuilding process. Then, the other shoe dropped. Just as the Todd’s were beginning the move back into their home in early October, they received a letter that sent them into a new tailspin. “I received a letter from FEMA, saying they did an audit, which indicated we were not available for the grant—the grant we had been approved for over a year ago and for which we had already received, and used the monies to help in our rebuilding process. The grant was for a little over $30,000,” stated Doug Todd. See FEMA on page 16

Doug Todd sits in his wingback chair, one of only a handful of things that was able to be saved after the Oak Hill fire.

Bowie Band marching to Finals Oak Hill resident Tracy Stewart with orphans in Uganda.

Dream of 30 dresses by Tony Tucci

“30 dresses” — the words popped into her mind as she was using a leaf blower in her backyard in the Windmill Run neighborhood in Oak Hill one day. They came again as she was sleeping that night. By morning, Tracy Stewart, 41 year-old wife and mother of five school-age children, knew what she must do. She was to make 30 dresses and deliver them to

orphaned girls in Africa. “I got some butcher paper and started to sketch some designs.” She told her husband, “This is what the Lord has directed me to do.” She and her husband Dave both work at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church. She is office manager and he is youth director. Stewart said she designed a See DRESSES on page 27

The Bowie Band earned a spot in the November 6 State 5A Marching Band competition in San Antonio. by Ann Fowler OAK HILL - The James Bowie High School marching band, formally known as the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble (JBOPE), earned a spot in the November 6 State 5A Marching Band competition when it resoundingly

took the top spot at UIL Area D competition on October 27. This year’s show is called Stellae Errantes, or Wandering Stars, the name given to planets circling around the sun. The routine features the music of Gustav Holst. More than 250 students are featured in

the band and color guard. The band director is Kim Shuttlesworth; assistant band directors include Ryan Thomas, Stephen Howard and Amy Suggs. The music was arranged by Ryan George, the See BOWIE on page 26

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AISD explores closing Covington by Bobbie Jean Sawyer A group of Covington Middle School teachers, parents and students attended a community forum hosted by the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Saturday morning at Crocket High School to voice concern over the possibility of closing down Covington and turning it into a single-sex school for young men. The School for Young Men is a proposed single-sex college and career preparatory academy. Covington Middle School—on Convict Hill Road near Brodie Lane in Southwest Austin—is listed among six under-enrolled schools as a possible location for the all-boys school. If approved, the School for Young Men will house grades 6 through 12 and focus on developing a community of leadership and character-building among young men. Similar to the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, the School for Young Men would be open for application to all boys in the AISD. If approved, the school, which has been awarded $4.6 million by the Moody Foundation to fund operations, is in consideration to open in time for the 2013-14 school year. Concerns and comments expressed during the meeting will be received by the AISD Board of Trustees, which may take action on Dec. 17. Stacy Sakoulas, a member of the School for Young Men planning committee, discussed the arguments for and against single-sex schools in the opening presentation. Proponents of establishing the School for Young Men say in addition to encouraging more academic involvement and stronger peer relationships, single-sex schools provide more opportunities for extra-curricular activities, such as theater and art, because students feel less pressure to succumb to gender stereotypes. Opponents of single-sex schools say separating boys and girls actually leads to an increase in gender stereotypes. AISD performance data shows girls outperforming boys in reading and writing, and a higher dropout rate among boys. Sakoulas said she got involved in advocacy for single-sex schools after


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Dear Leslie, One year ago I can’t believe how upset I’d get over small things, which at the time seemed huge to me. All those little problems are nothing compared to the loss of my brother in a car accident last year. We weren’t that close in the past five years because as he got busy with his career, and I with my new family, I always felt there would be enough time to reconnect when our lives were less busy. He will always be my big brother, but now I am feeling so depressed that I didn’t take more time to be his caring younger sister. How do I find meaning in this loss? Signed, Lost Little Sister Dear Sister, First, my deepest condolences in the sudden passing of your beloved brother. While we all know that we’re

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can chat with sculptor artist Cliff Garten, enjoy music from our TheSundays atre for Youth production of Mariachi Girl and a free reading of Steven Live Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. Dietz’s Mad Beat Hip and Gone, Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 Third Thursday at The Blanton- which will make its World Premiere W., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttyfree evening of art and activities. at ZACH in Spring of 2013. We’ll 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos have food, beverages and the and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. typical ZACH flair that always make Tessy Lou Williams & The Shotgun these events special. 1510 Toomey Stars- 3pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Road - Austin, TX 78704 476-0541 Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Fridays x1 FREE Spicewood. No cover. Friday night Dance Club- w/ Mondays Western bands and a Pot Luck Monday, November 5 break. 7:30pm-10pm at South Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Activity Center, 3911 Regina Spektor - with special Austin Cajun Aces- 6:30pm at guest Only Son 7:30pm Bass ConManchaca RD, Austin. $4.50. Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie cert Hall E. 23rd St. and Robert Lane. 282-2586. Dedman Dr. 477-6060 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.

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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 Ragtime - Sets a new standard Live Music. Senior Activity Center for musicals in ourupported by a 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. glorious orchestra, tell the story of how we forged a nation that city, so intimate and immediate, that our Trivia Night - Wednesdays at discerning patrons will rejoice at Waterloo Ice House, Southpark the power of the experience. Topfer Meadows, 9600 South I-35 Service Theatre 1510 Toomey Road 476Rd. SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007. 0541 Thursday, November 1 The Peacemakers- 10pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. Leonard Cohen in Concert - 8pm Bass Concert Hall E. 23rd St. and 282-2586. Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060 Open Mic Night- at Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. Friday, November 2 Thursdays Cameron Carpenter - 8pm “The KGSR Unplugged At The Grove most controversial organist alive” -every Thursday evening through (Dallas Morning News). CarpenSept 6th. Join KGSR every Thurs- ter’s flamboyant style, dazzling day for 23 consecutive weeks at performances, and profound muShady Grove on Barton Springs sical intelligence have completely Road for one of Austin’s longest changed the game of his instrument. Bates Recital Hall 2420 Robrunning free concert series. ert Dedman Dr 477-6060 Karaoke- at Boomerz Nightclub, November 3 - 18 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 in a round robin, open mic atmosphere following the featured presentation. On the third Thursday of every month. Free. Food pantry do-

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William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus - Fri & Sat, 7:30 pm Sun, 2:30 pm In this season of political warfare and warring politics, experience Trinity Street Players’ production at the Blackbox Theatre at Ninth and Trinity in downtown Austin. FREE Saturday, November 3 ZACH’s Community-Wide Open House - 10am - 3pm Following a formal dedication ceremony of the Topfer Theatre, we’ll give tours of the new theatre and grounds, you

Primus in 3D - 8pm Features the band performing two sets in a unique 3D staging. Being that this is the first-ever traveling 3D enhanced live musical performance, this groundbreaking tour provides a one-of-a-kind psychedelic experience, further enhanced by the fact that every show will also feature Quad Surround Sound. Bass Concert Hall E. 23rd St. and Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060 November 8 - 18

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 11am12pm. 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 / 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. 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. 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.

Bus Stop - Thursday – Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m Added performance on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. Featuring guest artists Sarah Gay, David Jones and David Stahl. Mary Moody Northen Theatre St Edward’s University 3001 South Congress 448.8484 online at www.

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Toastmasters Groups- Build leadership and communication skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Visitors welcome. Tejas Toastmasters: 288-7808/ 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 / for more info.

An Evening With Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz - 8pm ‘State of the Union’ conversation with two of America’s most respected writers and social commentators. Bass Concert Hall E. 23rd St. and Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060 Thursday, November 15 Chucho Valdés Quintet - 8pm Hailed as “the dean of Latin jazz” and “one of the world’s great virtuosic pianists”, multi-Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdés brings an all-new band to deliver his distinct Afro-Cuban jazz sound on the Bass Concert Hall stage. E. 23rd St. and Robert Dedman Dr. 477-6060

Circle C Area Democrats- 6:308:30pm at Santa Rita in the Escarpment Village. Meets on second Mondays of month. For infor

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 / 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. 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. 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 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, 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. 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. 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.. 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. 288-0574.

New Events Friday, Nov 2 - Sunday, Nov 4 37th Annual Settlement Home Charity Garage Sale - 10am - 5 pm Admission: $5 on Friday and FREE on the weekend. All proceeds support The Settlement Home for Children, an Austin nonprofit that provides residential treatment and services to abused and neglected children. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road info at or 512-836-2150 Saturday, November 3 “Operation Chili Challenge” Cook Off 11am - 2 pm The event will benefit Heroes Night Out—a resource center exclusively for military veterans. CORT’s Rental Showroom and Clearance Center located at 9821-A IH 35 N. More info: 470.9442 Drew.Leonovich@ Tuesday, November 6 Herb-centric Holiday Wreaths & Arrangements - 9:30am Holiday décor with beautiful and fragrant “herb-centric” wreaths and table arrangements demonstrated by floral and interior design specialist and educator Pat Shirley Becker at the Austin Herb Society at Zilker Garden Center. Friday, Nov 9 - Saturday, Nov 10 Grey Rock Holiday Market - Fri. 4pm-9pm Sat 9am-3pm Come kick off your holiday shopping and enjoy food, music, beverages and holiday cocktails…Pictures with Santa available for printing as holiday cards! Free Admission (Please consider bringing a canned food item for donation to the Capital Area Food Bank) Grey Rock Golf Club 7401 Highway 45 Saturday, November 10 Barkitecture 2012! - 12 - 4pm Raise funds via silent auction of unique, one of a kind doghouses created by Austin’s best architects, designers, and builders.  Held in the 2nd Street District. For more info: Sat. Nov 10 - Sunday, Nov 11 37th Annual Craft Show - Sat 9am – 4pm Sunday 9am – 1pm All Crafts Handmade – no outside vendors. Soup, Sandwiches and Baked Goods (Sat. Only)Manchaca United Methodist Church in Family Life Center FM 1626 at Manchaca Road Preview some items at www. Show will be outdoors with no admission fee.

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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. Free Introduction to Dance Class - for adults and teens. Every Saturday at 11am at Tapestry Dance Company & Academy, Western Trails Blvd., Austin. 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 / 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. . 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. 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 . 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. 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@

New Events Saturday, November 3 Backwoods Scavenger Dash 11am This event, a combination of an adventure race, scavenger hunt and trail running course. Raise money for local charity. Pace Bend Park 2805 Pace Bend Rd., Spicewood. Registration online or at Backwoods’ Austin store, at 12921 Hill Country Blvd. in the Hill Country Galleria. Saturday, November 10 “Dance to Stop Diabetes” Zumba-thon - 10am - 1pm Fun, nonstop, high tempo Zumba instruction. free health screenings RSVP by Nov 7th at skrebber@diabetes. org Corazon Latino Dance Studio, 500 W William Cannon Dr Suite 400 Sunday, November 11 Veterans’ Day Parade - 9am rom the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and travels up to the Texas State Capitol Building. A special flyover is scheduled for the start of the Memorial Ceremony, at 11 AM, performed by the Commemorative Air Force from San Marcos

Arts & Entertainment cont. New Events

Sunday, November 4

Thursday, November 1

Jim Foster Trio - Sunday Brunch at the Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Liz Morphis - 7pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Jon Napier - 6pm Brandon Bentley/Hillbilly Picnic 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Matt Ferrell - 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 Gary P. Nunn w/ Tessy Lou Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300

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

October 6 - November 7

At Austin Children’s Museum: Community Night - Come out and play EVERY Wednesday night at 5pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime and a variety of hands-on activities. Themed stories, songs, and activities. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Every Mon.. For kids 3 & under & their caregivers. Storytimes 9:30 & 11am; Sing-a-long 10:30am at Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado St.. 472-2499 /

Mariachi Girl - Friday: October 5 at 7 p.m. Saturdays: October 6, 20, 27 @ 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bilingual Spanish/English musical for children and family audiences! Zach Theater Wisenhunt Stage 1510 Toomey Road Phone (512) 476-0541 Saturday, November 3

Austin Pow Wow American Indian Heritage Festival - 9am - 10pm Indian dancers, drummers, color guard and a market. Grand entry at 1pm and 6pm Free for spectators. Toney Burger Center 3200 Jones Road

Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Hampton Library, 5125 Convict Hill Rd. Toddler at 10:15 am, Preschool (ages 3-5) at 11am. 892-6680. 6th Annual Acton Children’s Business Fair - 10am – 1pm MarAlamo Kids Club - 10:45am On ketplace for young entrepreneurs, the last Saturday of the month, the ages 6-14, to showcase the busiAlamo Drafthouse Cinema, the nesses they have built. On the lawn Austin Chronicle, Ain’t It Cool News of the Pease Mansion in Central and Big Brothers Big Sisters put on Austin free screenings for children and Toy Joy provides super fun prizes! 1120 Wednesday, November 7 South Lamar

Austin Cajun Aces - 6:30pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Tuesday, November 6 King Courderoy - 4pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71W 264-0318

Manzy Lowry - Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300

Eleven Hundred Springs 9:15pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints - 11pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 $7 cover Dr. James Polk - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994

Wednesday, November 7

Sarah Temple Duo - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Mike and the Moonpies - 9pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Rick McRae Trio - 7pm The Peacemakers - 10pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 Ulrich Ellison - 4pm No Bad Days Open Mic hosted by BB Morse - 8pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Saturday, November 10

Saturday, November 3

Ballet Austin’s Family Dance Workshop: The Nutcracker - 2:30 - 4pm See excerpts from the Golden Anniversary Production of Austin’s Holiday Tradition, The Nutcracker, and be a part of the magic while dancing the choreography with the help of Ballet Austin dancers. Recommended for children ages 3 to 12 years old and their family members. Austin Ventures StudioTheater, 501 W. 3rd St. Ballet Austin 476.9151, ext. 101

Saturday, November 10

Larry Lange’s Lonely Knights 10pm Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586

The Blues Posse - 7 -10pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 West 288-0437 $2 cover

Sunday, November 11

TX Songwriters Showcase George Ensle hosts Tommy Elskes - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 West 264-0318

The Blues Posse - 7 -10pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 West 288-0437 $2 cover

Friday, November 2

AISD Academic Magnet High School to Host Open House - 6 - 8pm Showcase is LASA’s open house for prospective students and their parents to learn more about AISD’s only advanced academic magnet high school. 7309 Lazy Creek Drive in Northeast Austin. Applications are available online at and are due January 26, 2013. For more information, call 414-LASA.

Carnival O Pizza - Noon - 7pm A veritable smorgasbord of pizza zaniness to raise money the Austin Bat Cave on the Home Slice “campus” aka the parking lot between Original and More Home Slice (1415 South Congress)

Monday, November 5

Cade Baccus- Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300

Alvin Crow - 9:30pm Come out and celebrate the 48th Birthday Bash of the Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

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Shad Blair - Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300

Cornell Hurde - 9:30pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189 Leland Williams - 11:30pm $7 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Belltower Trio - Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 2889994 The Juan a bs - 7 -10pm Senor Buddy’s 8600 Hwy 290 West 2880437 $2 cover Angelina’s Hope - 1pm - 10pm Fund raiser concert featuring Tex Maniacs Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 301-4648 3 Chord Rodeo - Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300

Thursday, November 8 Jon Napier - 6pm 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

Swinging Fore The Fences Benefit Concert to benefit special needs children and at-risk youth in the Central Texas Region. Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 301-4648 $10 cover Sunday, November 11 Sunday Brunch with Hot Club Soda - 6:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 2889994 Monday, November 12 Texas Songwriters Showcase WC Jameson hosts Charlie Stout - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W est 264-0318 Wednesday, November 14

KOKE Free Music Series Doug Moreland, Monte Warden, Jason Allen , Sunny Leigh Shipley & Members of The Trisha’s Hill’s Cafe 4700 South Congress 851.9300 Friday, November 9 Hillbilly Picnic/Brandon Bentley - 11pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 $7 Ava Arenella - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Dale Watson - 9pm Broken Spoke, 3201 S. Lamar 442-6189

Ulrich Ellison - 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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Car Review

’13 Chevy Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab LTZ By T. Q. Jones

Among the wide variety of pickup trucks on the market are pure trucks, work trucks, truck “sedans,” sport trucks, family trucks and “office” trucks; that is, trucks that are used as mobile offices by people who need a truck for business but not for hauling. The designers who came up with the first “cars with truck beds in back,” (first Ford’s Ranchero and then Chevy’s El Camino) must be shaking their heads at the variety of offerings now on the market to meet the needs of people who use trucks as “not trucks.” All that’s left out of the current market offerings is a real choice in a smaller truck, something like the original Datsun and Toyota minitrucks, but they may well be on the drawing board for production in the near future. In the meantime, our only option in looking for better fuel economy in pickups is to buy what’s on the

market and be smart about not only which ones we buy, but what options to choose That doesn’t mean to skimp on options we really want and need, or go for the hybrid systems on trucks which will get 20-plus miles per gallon on the highway, but at a jump in cost and complexity. It may mean really looking at your needs and realizing you don’t need as much power as you need in a truck, even if you do use it for work. The last big powerful pickup we drove had a turbo diesel, all-wheel drive and all the towing hardware plus a list price of over $58,000, not at all unreasonable for that kind of truck, particularly as well as almost everything is built to last now in ways we didn’t dream of ten or fifteen years ago.  Of course, they didn’t mention fuel mileage; if you buy one of those, you know pretty well how much diesel it’s going to need and how much work you’ll be able to get out of it at that rate. This week’s offering falls into

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Religious Services ASSEMBLY OF GOD



New Life Assembly of God 7612 Cooper Lane, Austin. 78745 (Between Wm. Cannon and Dittmar) Call: 445-5433 Pastor: Charlie Hilburn Services: Sundays - Sunday School

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

Shoreline West Full services for adults, children and youth Service: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Campus Directors: David and Amy

Church 10:30am; Prayer and Worship Service 6:00pm Services: Wednesday 7:00pm

BAPTIST 13222 Hwy. 71W (at Hwy. 620) 263-5058 Pastor: Rev. Jim Roquemore Services: Sun. 10:45am & 6:30pm, Sunday School 9:30am

CHURCH OF CHRIST Western Hills Church of Christ 6211 Parkwood Drive 892-3532 Sunday Services:9am Bible Classes (all ages),10am Worship (with Evening - groups & worship alternating weeks Wednesday: 7pm Worship, classes for all ages, 6pm Meal together We have an inspiring and Biblically rich worship service, a very active Youth Ministry and a growing

Wed. Prayer & Bible Study 7 pm 6907 Convict Hill Rd 78749 288-7570 Services: Sun. 10:50am & 6:00pm Bible Study Sun. 9:30am Wednesday Prayer 6:45pm

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w/ sermon and 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

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 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., (512) 301-3968,

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 Rector: The Rev. Bo Townsend Services: Holy Communion at 10am Christian Ed. 9am (Sept. 10-May 20)

HINDU TEMPLE S Radha Madhav Dham, 400 Barsana Road, Austin, Texas 78737 288-7180 (FM 1826, 7 miles from 290 W) Sunday Services: 11:00am- 12:30pm; 7:30-9:30pm Visiting hours: 8:15-10am & 3-5pm daily

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512-288-2370 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.

Services: 9:30 and 11:00 am CRAVE Ministry: Middle/High School 6 pm

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

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 Email:

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

METHODIST 2407 Berkeley Ave. (1 block north of W. Cannon between Westgate & Manchaca Rd.) 447-6633 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

ORTHODOX S Orthodox Church 225 Rose Dr. in Dripping Springs Fr. Peter Smith, Pastor 512) 638-0721 / pcmsmith@hotmail. 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.


Bethany Lutheran Church 3701 West Slaughter Lane (next to Bowie High School) 292-8778 email: 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 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. ChurchHC

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:

UNITARIAN romiseLand West Pastor Randy Phillips Westlake Performing Arts Center 4100 Westbank Drive Service: Sunday 10:30am Sunday school available 2yrs- 6th grade 512-220-6383 . Southwest Hills Community Church 7416 Hwy 71 W, 78735 288-8000

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Weeds out of control along local streets by Tony Tucci OAK HILL - Weeds are growing out of control on some streets and sidewalks in Austin and Travis County, prompting one Oak Hill resident to launch a campaign for better maintenance. The problem is area-wide, but Angela Street notices it in the places she frequents in Oak Hill and surrounding areas. “These common areas are not being properly maintained and only attract more blight,” said Street. “If the city, county and state neglect these areas, you can expect the citizens to do the same; hence more graffiti and trash.” Street sent an e-mail describing the situation to city and county officials, but she said only one of them, Councilmember Bill Spellman, offered to help. “One of them told me to call 311,” she said. “It seems that in the past year they’ve stopped weed-eating and mowing,” she said. “Taxes keep going up, but services keep going down.” Street lives in the Windmill Run neighborhood, and said she is familiar only with the streets she travels. Some of the streets where there are overgrown weeds are Brodie Lane north of Slaughter, Old Fredericksburg Road near the Oak Hill Post Office, I-35 at Ben White Boulevard, Southwest Parkway, and U.S. Highway 183 near Burnet Road.

“The interchange along (U.S. Highway) 183 and Burnet Road is one of the worst unkept places in town, with debris, trash and overgrown weeds on the medians and access roads,” said Street. “Southwest Parkway all the way to AMD is littered with trash on both sides of the road. Ben White Boulevard has weeds growing along the highway, and I have never seen the vegetation at I-35 and Ben White tended to in years.” Street also noted weeds covering the sidewalks along Brodie Lane and the median area along 290 West by the Oak Hill Post Office. She said Lake Austin Boulevard and MoPac has weeds covering the road and sidewalk area along with trash. Travis County’s road maintenance division reported that the county mows its rights of way three times a year, following a schedule divided by districts. “We do our first mowing in the spring, right after the bluebonnet season,” said David Greear, a traffic project manager with the division. He said in addition to mowing, the county sprays herbicides to control the weeds. Greear said the strip of Lost Oasis Hollow near Bailey Middle School— an area mentioned to him by the Gazette—could have been missed since it is not on a major roadway, but he said he would send a crew

True to his word. David Greear of TravisCounty’s road maintenance department sent a crew to cut the grass along Lost Oasis Hollow within a few days after the problem was reported to him by the Gazette. The response from the city was not as prompt. Gazette: Tony Tucci out as soon as possible. True to his word, the tall grass was cut within a few days He said other areas mentioned by Street apparently are in the city of Austin’s jurisdiction. Anyone who wants to report a county right of way that needs mowing should call (512) 854-9433. If the property is within the city’s jurisdiction, persons should call 311. Within the city, property owners are responsible for the area between the property line and the curb, after which the city’s Street and Bridge Division takes over. Major highways are the responsibility of the Texas Department of Transportation

(TxDOT). Sara Hartley, spokesperson for the city’s Public Works Department, said the city has a program to cut grass in rights of way, and it’s on schedule. She said anyone who wants to complain about a specific site should call 311. At the request of Councilmember Spelman, Street received a letter from Carl Smart, director of the city’s Code Compliance Department, who said only two of the areas mentioned by Street are in the city’s jurisdiction. “A compliance case was generated and the area by the Oak Hill Post Office was being mowed on Oct. 12,” Smart said.

Smart reported that vegetation in the medians dividing Brodie Lane is the city’s responsibility and was being mowed the week of November 17-21. Vegetation along the sidewalks along Brodie is the responsibility of the adjacent property owners. Smart said the city filed an online complaint with TxDOT regarding the other properties Street mentioned. Street said she would continue to pursue the matter with TxDOT. “I’m going to keep complaining until somebody does something about it,” Street said.

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The Word from Oak Hill by Mike Jasper The word from Oak Hill is... Smoke. As in Kelly’s Up In Smoke, which in fact is gone with the wind. The place closed down about two weeks ago. Bar owners Kelly and Brent told their customers one night it would be their last and partied right up until the end. According to an eyewitness in attendance (someone who asked to remain anonymous for fear of her life‌ shoot, I think I just gave away Trisha’s gender) some customers pretty much looted the bar during that last night. Nothing big, mind you, just trinkets such as beers, mugs and stripper poles. Allegedly. For more than 20 years the bar had been known as the Circle Country Club, located on the corner of Thomas Springs Road and Circle Dr. It became Kelly’s Up In Smoke and reopened late in 2010 after extensive remodeling. Property owner Steve Hall already has a “for leaseâ€? sign up at the property. It’ll no doubt be under new management soon. t‍ڀ‏t‍ڀ‏t Speaking of Kelly’s, I recently discovered a singer-songwriter who used to play there on Sunday nights. His name is Jeff Gallagher and he’s touted by his agent (and wife) as the second coming of Townes Van Zandt. He used to have a steady Sunday night gig at Kelly’s Up In Smoke, along with singer-songwriter and former UT basketball player Luke Axtell. With the closing of Kelly’s, the pair of enterprising musicians plans to take their act up the road to Faron Young’s 290 West.

Gallagher got his start at the now-defunct Oak Hill Grill back in the day. Tattooed bartender Vegas, who many will remember fondly, gave him his first gigs there. Gallagher’s been playing established places such as Threadgill’s and the Saxon Pub ever since. He’s also on the verge of putting out an album called On The Outskirts of Redemption, which is scheduled to drop this spring. Violinist extraordinaire Warren Hood was featured on the album, but when the Jeff Gallagher Band debuts this spring it’ll be with a lineup of two guitars, bass and drums. Although he’s been recovering from throat surgery, his wife Trisha Gallagher says he’s healed, rested and ready to start hitting the clubs again. Ironically, the Gallagher’s recently moved into a trailer located next to Kelly’s Up In Smoke Bar. Guess they just didn’t drink enough to keep the business open. t‍ڀ‏t‍ڀ‏t You know, when the sub shop at the Planet Fitness shopping center switched from Delaware Subs to Tucci’s years ago, I never really gave Tucci’s a fair shot. I wasn’t much of a fan of the Delaware joint, except for the Philly Cheesesteaks. When the place switched to Tucci’s Italian Subs, I continued to order the cheesesteaks, out of habit I guess. Last weekend, I decided to eat at Tucci’s again and looked up the menu online to see if there was something besides cheesesteaks I might like to try, since I’m trying to cut down on red meat. What caught my eye was an item ca l le d t he It a lian Gourmet— prosciutto, capicollo,

black pepper ham, Genoa salami, my choice of veggies (lettuce, tomato and onions) on my choice of bun (wheat). I know, I know. More red meat, but it was amazingly good. Next time I’ll try the hot Portobello mushroom sub sandwich. t‍ڀ‏t‍ڀ‏t Looks like The Scenic Brook Neighborhood Association (SBNA) finally figured out what to do with the pool property over on Oak Meadow Drive. They’re going to turn it into a community garden. Patti McCabe has been the driving force behind the effort, hammering out a partnership with the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) and the SBNA. The SFC will provide liability insurance and oversee utility invoices, as well as any grants should they arise. The SFC will even provide up to one hour per week of technical assistance. In other words, they’ll show you how to hoe, bro. Each paid member of the SBNA will be able to participate in the garden for a small additional fee, and people outside the neighborhood association—such as Windmill Run residents—will also be allowed to participate, but pay a higher fee than SBNA members. These fees are yet to be determined. Groundbreaking for the new garden is also yet to be determined. I’ll report new details as they emerge. How about that? I sneaked a news story into the works. (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.)

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Covington Continued from p. 3 under-enrolled school and eventually relocate the existing students within the attendance area as the boys school grows. The School for Young Men would start with 6th and 7th grade, adding one grade level per year with 115 students in each grade. But many students, parents and faculty say Covington Middle School has no place on the list of possible locations for the School For Young Men. Ruth Lim, a band director at Covington Middle School, said the school offers a quality, diverse learning environment with a top-notch fine arts program. “We house a big population of Special Education and English language-learners and kids from our neighborhood,” Lim said. “We offer an extremely comprehensive fine arts program from band, choir, orchestra, theatre arts, media productions, steel drums and jazz band—and we’re one of the few schools that offers that year round.”

Lim said while Covington looks under-enrolled on paper, it’s not a reflection of the school’s quality or parents’ desire to send their children there. “In the past couple of years, I have parents who come to (band) auditions or parents at open houses that come and say ‘I’m waiting on my transfer to Covington’ and I’ve heard more recently from parents that some of those have been denied,” Lim said. “So not only are kids being allowed to transfer out, some of them are being denied to transfer in and we don’t know why.” Laurie Hunter, an academic intervention tutor whose three children graduated from Covington, said she’s witnessed firsthand the positive impact the school’s diverse population of students from “different backgrounds, experiences, academic levels and abilities and beliefs” has had on her children. “That’s an amazing thing, to have my three children experience that kind of learning environment at that time in their educational career,” Hunter said. “I think they were blessed to have been a part of that. They can communicate with any

person from any kind of background because of that.” Hunter referred to the 2011 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Report Card for Covington, which shows Covington rates higher than the district average in subjects such as reading in 7th and 8th grade. The school’s scores also fared better than the district average among genders, races, economic background and ability. “We’re talking about meeting educational gaps in the male population, but when I look here, I’m noticing something very wrong with the district averages for economically disadvantaged, limited English proficient and Special Education,” Hunter said. “We’re able to meet their needs but the district as a whole is not.” An AISD parent survey completed by 89 Covington parents showed that in response to the statement “The educational experience at my child’s school is just as good as or better than that at any other school in the district” 100 percent of respondents agreed. “If you’re going to close a school, let’s look at some data like this,”

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Hunter said. “Let’s hear from the parents.” Brett Finch, the father of a Covington 7th grader, said he fears closing down the school would damage not only the Covington population, but also the schools that would take in the reassigned students. “What that means is that all the kids that would typically be going to Covington would then be reassigned to the schools in the area that are shooting at 125 percent capacity right now,” Finch said. “It’s going to force those schools to become even more overcrowded than they originally were.” Finch said shutting down the school would also have a detrimental effect on morale. “Closing down a school is going to basically kill school spirit,” Finch said. “Who wants to sit there working a job that they know is going to be ending in three years?” Another option is to house the School For Young Men in a renovated AISD facility, such as the Alternative Learning Center. Proponents of this option say it would be the least disruptive to students and faculty. However, funding to renovate the facility would be an

additional expense. Dr. Paul Cruz, AISD Chief Schools Officer, said it’s too early to say which option the district will favor if the school is approved. “Every time we come to a group it just seems that group at that time is leaning one way or another; but then we meet with another constituency and they come back with a different approach,” Cruz said. “Right now the district does not have one model or one site that we’re moving toward.” Cruz said one thing he’s sure of is that if it’s built, the School for Young Men will provide transportation for all AISD students accepted to the school. “We will provide transportation for students to the school. We also do that for the Ann Richards school. It would run very similar,” Cruz said. “Some of the offerings for classes would be very similar. Some of the electives would be very different because of course we’d be designing a school for young men based on their interests.” Citizens will have another chance to address the AISD on November 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Delco Center.



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Automotive shop resets clocks,benefits charity Plumeria offers unique setting for positive change

One local Oak Hill business has decided to organize a charity fundraiser around the task of setting our clocks back when Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. “This Saturday, we are all supposed to set our clocks back one hour before we go to sleep,” says Alan Corsentino, owner of Read’s Automotive on Highway 290 West. “While I am excited about that extra hour of sleep, I hate having to reset all those clocks, and the most complicated one of all is usually the one in my car.” This got Corsentino thinking that he could help others and set a goal of resetting 1000 car clocks through the month of November. If he meets that goal he will donate $1000 to the

Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation. “Women are a large part of our customer base and we had been reading that donations were down lately for this organization, so we chose them as our charity this year.” There is no charge for the clock re-setting service, but Corsentino does ask that you bring in you vehicle owners manual to assist his staff in figuring out the task. To kick off the event, Read’s will be open the Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to reset clocks, but anyone who stops by during the month of November can get this service and help Read’s Automotive

Agenda, from p. 2 tion and conservation of rainwater for non-potable and potable uses. This movie presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Rainwater specialists will be available after the screening to answer questions about how rainwater harvesting is one of the solutions to this crisis. To reserve tickets go to the events calendar at

Open House on Oak Hill mobility issues Thurs., Nov. 15 6 p.m. — 8 p.m. Small Middle School Cafeteria, 4801 Monterey Oaks Boulevard The Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are hosting this open house to gather feedback on mobility issues in Oak Hill. This is part of the Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Study which

reach their goal. “People can help spread the word by liking our Facebook page and reposting the information,” says Corsentino. Read’s Automotive has been serving the Oak Hill area since 1979 with all your automotive needs. They are located at 8844 Highway 290 West.

will consider long term mobility improvements that could be made to US 290 and SH 71 in Oak Hill. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Study, to ask questions and submit official comments. No formal presentation will be given. Attendees are invited to come and go at their convenience. Visit to sign up for regular project updates.

Plumeria Counseling Center celebrated its third anniversary this October. Located in the Stonegate Office Park on William Cannon, the center’s mission is to offer quality counseling at affordable rates.   Counseling is something many people would like to have, but often think they can’t afford. Plumeria is unique in its ability to offer many different types of therapists with a wide range of approaches, backgrounds, and fee structures. A sliding scale is available for those without insurance.   When owner and clinical director Jason Fischer created Plumeria, his vision was to offer the community a beautiful, comfortable setting where people could pursue healing and personal growth.  He cares deeply that no one should be turned away due to financial constraints.  At the same time, Plumeria is a place where a variety of therapists can pursue their practices according to their individual passions. Fischer has worked to craft a talented, committed group of professionals.   “I’m proud of what we’ve created at Plumeria,” says Fischer, “and I can confidently say there’s no counseling

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news for Vets homeless veterans who are trying to get settled. The program, which started in September, is working with AmeriCorps/VetCorps, Veterans Administration, and the Texas Vietnam Veterans Association. Mayor Leffingwell stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will assist veterans in receiving health care, supportive services, education and job placement without having to worry about acquiring furniture for the housing units into which they are moving.â&#x20AC;? The city welcomes donations of home furnishings, from silverware and lamps to bedroom or kitchen sets, as long as they are in good condition. Anyone wishing to donate, or who needs assistance, can contact Tina Lee at or call (512) 974-3306. For vets seeking various assistance,

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Maroons win a shoot-out by Patrick Olson

Consistently breaking tackles, Maroon running backs Quincy Reese and Quinta Goode helped Austin High defeat Anderson 56-42 Thursday evening at House Park. Reese ran for 204 yards and five touchdowns, while Goode contributed 91 yards and a pair of scores. Austin High (3-5, 2-2) now ventures south to face a formidable foe in Del Valle (3-5, 2-2) while Anderson (0-8, 0-4) hosts Bowie (4-4, 2-2) Thursday night at House Park. Talented playmaker Daryl Bunton scored the first of his five touchdowns for the Trojans just over two minutes into the game. After a fine kick return by Reese, Austin High embarked on a seven-play drive featuring multiple runs by Goode behind effective blocking from linemen Jeremy Pavia, Alberto Amesquita, Daniel Laden and Grayson Olguin. Goode then cruised over the goal line on a 2-yard run and Drew Schimberg kicked the extra point to tie the game 7-7. Following a Bunton two-yard scoring dash, Goode took off on a dazzling 88-yard sprint, and Bunton complimented the attack with an 84-yard scoring reception down the sideline. At the end of the first quarter, Anderson led 21-14. Continued on next page

Austin High 56, Anderson 42

The Bulldogs threw only ten passes and ran for 287 yards and four touchdowns as Bowie annihilated Akins 40-0 Friday night at Burger Stadium. “It was a good team effort. Both sides of the ball played well,” coach Jeff Ables said. “We also were able to get everyone some playing time.” Quarterback Austin Eschenburg connected on six of nine throws and added a pair of rushing touchdowns while Steven Johnson ran ten times for 104 yards and a touchdown. A field goal by Caleb Garza initiated

Caitlin Rendon by Patrick Olson

After missing every district game last year while recovering from an elbow injury, Caitlin Rendon eagerly awaits Thursday’s season opener for the Austin High girls’ basketball team. “Caitlin has been on the varsity since the middle of her sophomore year,” coach Tricia Johnson said of her 6’0” center. “She is a hard worker on and off the court. She listens, executes, is a leader by her example.” Born in Austin, Caitlin attended Patton Elementary before advancing to Small Middle School, where she also played volleyball. Upon arriving at Austin High, Rendon played volleyball as a freshman before focusing exclusively on basketball. Her first varsity game remains her favorite Continued on next page

Marcellus Henderson by Patrick Olson

Maroon running backs Quincy Reese and Quinta Goode helped Austin High defeat Anderson 56-42 Thursday evening at House Park.

Bowie destroys Akins 40 to 0 by Patrick Olson

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scoring in the game. Johnson then added a short scoring run before Eschenburg closed out the second quarter with two running scores giving Bowie (4-4, 2-2) a 30-0 lead at intermission. John Subia grabbed his lone reception of the game in third quarter catching a 22-yard touchdown toss from Eschenburg. Jacob Willard, who finished with 21-yards on four carries, crossed the goal line in the fourth quarter and Garza capped the offensive output with a 38-yard field goal. Defensively, both Dontae Harris and Dillon Rodriguez intercepted the Akins

(1-8, 0-5) quarterback. Bowie completes the regular season with district encounters at House Park versus Anderson (0-8, 0-4) on Thursday and home against Del Valle (3-5, 2-2) at Burger on November 8th. If the Bulldogs capture wins in both games, Bowie will enter the Class 5A playoffs in Division I to face an opponent from District 16-5A. Ables remains entirely focused on the Trojans. “We finish up with two tough opponents,” the coach added. “We take them one game at a time.”

Wreaking havoc for the Cougar defense, Marcellus Henderson brings his A game every week for the Crockett football team. “Marcellus is an outstanding athlete who has dedicated himself to getting better every day,” coach John Waugh said. “He takes that same attitude into the classroom and has excelled scholastically as well.” A native of Austin, Marcellus attended Barton Hills Elementary before moving up to Cov-

ington Middle School, where he also played basketball and ran track. After competing at the Texas Relays last April, he is focused on earning a trip to the state track meet next spring as a discus thrower. “I want to earn a scholarship either playing football or throwing the discus,” he added. “I want to pursue a degree in sports medicine. I would like to stay around sports the rest of my life.” English instructor Ms. Bernard is Henderson’s favorite teacher at Crockett. “She has helped me since my freshman year,” he noted. Earning all A’s in a six weeks Continued on next page



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Quarterback John Albert Mansour guided Austinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next possession with timely throws to Charles Schneider and Reese for first down receptions. Reese completed the drive with a one-yard jaunt into the end zone. The Trojans recorded a defensive tally on a 35-yard fumble recovery and touchdown by Will Griffin. Mansour then tossed a scoring strike to Isaiah Jones with ten seconds remaining in the second quarter. With Schneider snapping and Casey Schwertfeger holding, Schimberg split the uprights, but Anderson took a 35-28 advantage into the half. Goode aggressively darted through Anderson defenders en route to a 32-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Bunton raced past the Maroons for a 75-yard scoring sprint, but the home team responded with a successful drive that included a Mansour scramble into the Trojan red zone. Three straight running plays inside the Anderson 20 yard-line resulted in a three-yard scoring play by Goode. The point after touchdown from Schimberg knotted the contest 42-42. With eight minutes left in the game, Reese ran 33 yards into the end zone to give the Maroons a touchdown lead. Pressure on the Anderson quarterback by Brandon Ybarra forced the Trojans to punt on their next possession. Unable to move the chains and facing fourth down, the Maroons then faked a punt as Alek McCracken ran for a first down. Another touchdown from Goode and an interception by Mason Choate sealed the homecoming triumph for the Maroons.

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Student Athlete Spotlight Continued from p. 14

Caitlin Rendon athletic experience at Austin High. Rendon hopes to return to the high level of play she displayed during the 2010-11 campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can feel myself trusting myself and trusting my teammates,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really worked hard on my recovery and am excited for the season.â&#x20AC;? Rendon honed her hoops skills in the off-season playing on the road in Frisco and San Antonio

for the select team The Next Level Cats with teammates Macy Lozen and Lexi Evans. The youngest of three girls born to Michael and Tracie Rendon, Caitlin says her mother is her most positive influence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She goes to almost every one of my games,â&#x20AC;&#x153; the senior post stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always there for me.â&#x20AC;? Caitlin also has important advice for younger pupils aspiring to play varsity basketball at the high school level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Work hard on your fundamentals,â&#x20AC;? she noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to dribble and shoot well really helps you excel in the future.â&#x20AC;?

Marcellus Henderson period ranks as Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite academic moment. Marcellusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fondest athletic memory is, when as a sophomore, he made the second team all-district as a punter and a linebacker. Marcellus will lead the brown and gold into battle Friday night at Nelson Field versus Reagan with kick off set for 7:30 p.m.


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FEMA wants money back from fire victims Continued from p. 1

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A year ago, September 2011, we applied for assistance under FEMA, after being advised to do so. When we applied over the phone, I told them the incident date of the Oak Hill Fire, which was April 17, 2011. I asked them â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are you sure we are covered under the Disaster Declaration, because we lost our house

on April 17, 2011?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The FEMA representative told me â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes, you are covered,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? stated Todd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soon after, they sent out an inspector to look at our house. When the inspector read the report, it had Aug. 30, 2011 as the incident date. I told them â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right, our incident date is April 17, 2011.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And they said, and I quote: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry

about it, the disaster declaration will cover you.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Upon the inspection, the property was declared a total loss and we received a check from FEMA, with portions of money to cover both temporary housing and for rebuilding,â&#x20AC;? Todd explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A week later, we had a call for re-inspection. When she came out, I asked what is the purpose of the

re-inspection. And the inspector said it was because they had seen some walls standing in the photographs that the first inspector took. Again I asked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are we due this?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; She said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The disaster declaration covers it. I will file my report that it is a total loss even though there is a wall standing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We waited a week or so and then we officially put that

money into a building account at the bank, which was set aside strictly for the rebuilding processâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we wanted to track the money,â&#x20AC;? said Todd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This news has been devastating to us, both physically and mentallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; just frazzled us. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know of any other way to put it, but we feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been violated one more time, Continued on next page

Above left: The fire at the Toddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home started under the rooftop between the front porch and their bedroom and burned up under the metal roof, throughout the attic and then down inside the house, causing the the home to be a total loss. Above right: the house as it appears today, thanks in part to FEMA funds.

The following is information related to Travis County Healthcare District, dba Central Health, Proposition 1 on the upcoming November 6, 2012 Travis County Ballot. The proposition for this Tax Ratification Election will appear on the ballot with the following language:


Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $0.129 per $100 valuation in Central Health, also known as the Travis County Healthcare District, for the 2013 tax year, a rate that exceeds the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rollback tax rate. The proposed ad valorem tax rate exceeds the ad valorem tax rate most recently adopted by the district by $0.05 per $100 valuation; funds will be used for improved healthcare in Travis County, including support for a new medical school consistent with the mission of Central Health, a site for a new teaching hospital, trauma services, specialty medicine such as cancer care, community-wide health clinics, training for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, primary care, behavioral and mental healthcare, prevention and wellness programs, and/or to obtain federal matching funds for healthcare services.

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A continuaciĂłn se encuentra informaciĂłn relacionada con la Propuesta 1 del Distrito de Salud del Condado de Travis, cuya razĂłn social es Central Health, con respecto a la votaciĂłn del Condado de Travis del 6 de noviembre de 2012. La propuesta para la votaciĂłn para la ratificaciĂłn del impuesto aparecerĂĄ en la papeleta de la siguiente manera: Aprobar la tasa del impuesto ad valoren de $0.129 por cada $100 de valuaciĂłn fiscal en Central Health, tambiĂŠn conocido como Travis County Healthcare District, para el aĂąo fiscal 2013, dicha tasa excede la tasa mĂĄxima fiscal del distrito. La tasa del impuesto ad valoren propuesta excede por $0.05 en $100 de valuaciĂłn fiscal a la tasa de impuesto ad valoren mĂĄs reciente que el distrito adoptĂł; los fondos se usarĂĄn para mejorar los servicios de salud en el Condado de Travis, incluyendo apoyo para una nueva escuela de medicina de acuerdo con la misiĂłn de Central Health, un sitio para un nuevo hospital de educaciĂłn mĂŠdica, servicios de traumas, de especialidades mĂŠdicas tales como atenciĂłn mĂŠdica para el cĂĄncer, clĂ­nicas de salud en la comunidad entera; capacitaciĂłn para mĂŠdicos, enfermeras, y otros profesionales de servicios de la salud, atenciĂłn mĂŠdica primaria, servicios de salud mental y para trastornos de la conducta, programas de prevenciĂłn y bienestar fĂ­sico, y/o para obtener fondos federales igualados para servicios de salud.

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FEMA wants money back from fire victims Continued from p. 16

if that makes sense. First the fire and loss of property, then the year-long legal battle over the title and now this, just when we are moving in and thinking we can finally put this all behind us,” Todd said. The Todds filed an appeal, which has been verbally denied, but they are waiting for an official letter to come in the mail for confirmation. “I made my appeal in person. I felt like if they knew who they were talking to, what kind of person I am, that it might make a difference. But it didn’t seem to matter. My question to FEMA is this: ‘If this had been your mother or father, would their response have been the same?’ We both know the answer to that question,” Todd said. “In the letter, it says they can garnish my wages, Social Security, go after us anyway, in any possible way once this is turned over to IRS, to recoup their money,” said Todd. Todd contacted the office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett for further assistance. “According to Lloyd Doggett’s office, FEMA has made these kind of mistakes many times before. Doggett’s office did not promise anything, but they did say they would look into the situation. I spoke with him directly and Mr. Doggett said he would contact the Washington office and personally look into it and see if it can be forgiven. I don’t anticipate that though. I just wonder if there will be a way of finding out how many mistakes FEMA has made,” Todd added. In addition to contacting Doggett’s office, Todd also emailed Governor Perry’s office, but hasn’t heard any response. Doggett’s office was unavailable to respond to requests for more information due to closures in Washington, D.C. from Hurricane Sandy. “I don’t want anything that we are not due. I just feel like by asking and asking and asking FEMA representatives ‘Are you sure that we qualify?’ and pointing out to the inspectors that the date on their paperwork was wrong, that I did my part. If they had come back within 30, 60 or 90 days and said, ‘Hey wait a minute, there is something wrong with this,’ that would have been reasonable, but for a year to have passed, and now tell us is like a kick in the gut,” said Todd. “All they had to do was go on the Internet and look up my house with the dates and see when the incident happened, and yet it takes them one year and one week to make this decision? We never tried to hide

anything,” he added. “I don’t happen to have $30,000 laying around to pay them back. If I did, then I wouldn’t have applied for the grant. They want it all back at once, or will charge interest. If I wanted to make arrangements to pay it out, I would have to share with them my bank account, 401K, any property I own, and our other obligations and they would tell us how much our payments would be based on my age. However, I don’t feel comfortable giving them all my information. How do I know that they will be using if for that purpose, especially since they didn’t get the first part of this right?” said Todd, skeptically. The cost for the Todd’s to rebuild was approximately $70,000. The house was an empty shell after the fire. New roof trusses, framing, plumbing and wiring had to be installed, much of which brings the house up to current code. The home was originally built in the early 1970’s. “I have kept all the receipts and we had a separate bank account so that we could track the expenses. Some of that money came from the Oak Hill fundraisers, some from a trust fund my brother started, some from our own money.” The Todd’s also received assistance through Home Depot, where he is employed. “We received help through the Homer Fund from Home Depot. It is set up to help employees in disasters. It actually comes in the form of purchases, such as the cabinets in our new kitchen,” he added. Todd has kept all the receipts, should FEMA or anyone else wanted to see how the money was spent. Some changes were made to the floor plan from the original. Previously, the Todds’ home was configured with four small bedrooms. However, since the burned out studs and roof had to be replaced, the Todds had an opportunity to make some changes in the plan, making the home three bedrooms. “We made some changes now that it is just the two of us, including features which will accommodate our current and possible future needs, including walk-in showers and 36” wide doorways, should my wife or I have a change in our health that requires a wheelchair,” said Todd. It took a little over 90 days to rebuild the home. A general contractor was hired to help streamline the process, and keep things within budget. The rebuild work began July 5, 2012. “Our contractor, Mark Maroney, is a cowboy angel as far

Janice and Doug Todd stand in the burned out shell of their home before restoration began. as I am concerned. He helped us immensely with lining up help for the rebuilding process and also with keeping within our budget. Things like the drywall were supplied at no charge, which made the money we had go further. In addition, our kitchen appliances came from a gentleman near Lake Travis who was remodeling his home with new appliances, so he donated the second-hand appliances to us—refrigerator, oven/stove, dishwasher, microwave. The appliances were still quite good and were going to be donated to Goodwill or some similar organization,” said Todd. “Of course, my wife shopped garage sales, and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, for fixtures. She was very careful about how to stretch that dollar. Much of the furniture we now have was either donated or found at yard sales and Goodwill,” Todd explained. “We have a used bed, but it is new to us. We found a dresser at a yard sale and refinished it. All

the donations we received from all over really helped us out,” he added. The Todds’ church also proved to be a great resource as well as other community churches. “Our church, Life Austin, helped us tremendously. The church community has helped support us, not just with resources, but with emotional support as well,” Todd said. “It’s been difficult, because I have found myself at times in total tears. I know I shouldn’t feel that way, but this one has been a tough one for me after everything else,” said Todd. The Todds were one of two fire victims in the Oak Hill fire whose homes were not covered by homeowners insurance. The two homes, both of which were badly damaged in the fire, were paid for in full and insurance is not required in those circumstances. Todd confirmed that his home is now properly insured. The Todds are in the midst of sorting through boxes of the few salvageable things, which had been

hurriedly packed up right after the fire. “We have found some photos, but some are damaged from the water, stuck together.” He said only a few pieces of furniture survived: the television, a small bed and two wingback chairs, which the Todds had purchased shortly before the fire. “The chairs were almost brand new—the first bit of furniture we had bought new in many, many years. The rest of the furniture was so damaged from smoke and water it was unsalvageable. That is physically about all we were able to save,” stated Todd. The FEMA media office for the Texas region was contacted, but due to confidentiality, is only able to supply this general statement regarding coverage for the Oak Hill fire: “Travis County was not included in the major disaster declaration for Continued on page 22

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FEMA wants money back Continued from p. 17

DR-1999, which was declared for Public Assistance only. The incident period for DR-1999 was April 6, 2011, to Monday, August 29, 2011. (writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Public Assistance refers to help with Public Structures, such as schools.)  FEMA did approve a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) for the Pinnacle Fire in Travis County. The incident period for the FMAG was Sunday, April 17, 2011, to Tuesday, April 19, 2011. However, a FMAG covers 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs (see attached fact sheet), but does not include Individual Assistance.   The incident period for DR4029â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the second major disaster declaration for wildfires in Texas in 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D;was Tuesday, August 30, 2011, to Saturday, December 31, 2011. Travis County was eventually added to DR-4029, which did include Individual Assistance.   However, because the fire in the Oak hill neighborhood took place before August 30, by law, the damages generally are not eligible for federal assistance. Following a disaster during which disaster applicants receive federal assistance from the government, a small percentage of disaster applicants may receive overpayments and payments improperly paid due to human error or other problems. Federal agencies are required by federal laws, including the Debt Collection Improvement Act

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Janice and I have been hoping for the best, but planning for the worst and I know in our case, we are simply ready to go on with our lives not being stressed out. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Doug Todd of 1996 and the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010, to take action to identify and recover any improper payments. This process is an important part of our obligation and commitment to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars and to guarantee proper safeguards are in place to ensure that federal dollars are correctly spent. The process of auditing applications and payments take time to complete due to the volume of applicants from across the country. Any resident who received a letter from FEMA telling them that they owe the government money, can: t"TLGPSBQBZNFOUQMBO t"TLGPSBDPNQSPNJTFPGUIFEFCU t'JMFBOBQQFBMPS t1BZUIFBNPVOUEVFJOGVMM  For residents who file an appeal, the agency will consider the facts and circumstances of the case.â&#x20AC;?  Todd, who will be 70 at the end of November, explained it like this, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m of an age that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be worried about how to pay for my

house. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any bills, aside from things like utilities and general living expenses.â&#x20AC;? Todd works 40 hours a week at Home Depot, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was planning on slowing down now that we are back in the house, but with this latest news, now I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to. The only way I can come up with that money is to dilute my 401K, which I had set aside to take care of my wife and myself. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a lot of money, and taxes will have to be paid on it when I pull it out. My advice to anyone ever dealing with FEMA or any other government agency, get a copy of everything they do in writing or a video or voice recording. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Janice and I have been hoping for the best, but planning for the worst and I know in our case, we are simply ready to go on with our lives not being stressed out. All I want is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair. I want a decision and somehow, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take care of it. How, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know yet. The silver lining is that we are back in our house, sleep in our own bedroom, and are getting back to our routines. We survived and our three cats survived.â&#x20AC;?

This Old Spouse Continued from p.4

Houston Homegrown, Beaumont Budsâ&#x20AC;Śyou get the idea. Naah. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it happening. That sort of thing is viewed as just too dangerous here in the big state. Besides, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be no room for dispensaries amid the gun shops and liquor stores.

but I bet weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d see a reduction in violent crime and speeding offenses. In fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d predict a spike in tickets and warnings issued for driving too far under the speed limit. And I imagine thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a quantum leap in late-night sales of Doritos and caramel corn. Texas being Texas, of course, we could put our own brand on the business. The possibilities would be practically endless: Texas Tea, Lone Star Lids, Dallas Dimebag, Galveston Ganja,

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

Leslie Answers Continued from p.5 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the burden of today that drives men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less. Life must be lived as we go

along. The station will come soon enough.â&#x20AC;? While your brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life ended far too soon, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to you to live your life as fully as possible. The yin and the yang of life is everything we gather together, at some point, we must let go. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the dance in the middle as we live each day as fully as possible that matters the most. End (Word Count 586) Leslie Tourish is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Dripping Springs, Texas. Please send questions and comments to or visit at Phone: (512) 695-1660.

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Bowie Band will march on to State Finals Continued from p. 1

drill was designed by Jeremy Hunt and the Color Guard was designed by Joey Powell. Saturday’s competition involved 34 5-A high schools and was held at Round Rock Kelly Reeves Stadium. After preliminary competition, all five judges gave Bowie a first place rating. The top ten bands advanced to finals: Bowie, C.T. Johnson, Westlake, Ronald Reagan, Hendrickson, Westwood, Lake Travis, Judson, Churchill and Cedar Ridge. A different panel of judges stepped up to score the finals performances. The temperature was about 68 degrees when Bowie performed in preliminaries at 3:45 p.m.; it dropped 20 degrees by the time Bowie took the field for finals at 10:15 p.m. When the dust of thousands of marching feet had settled, Bowie had earned first place in the Area D finals contest. For every five bands that compete at Area level, one band goes on to state competition. Area D is sending six marching bands to State Finals at the San Antonio Alamodome. Also advancing to the state competition are C.T. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Westlake, Lake Travis and Hendrickson. Westwood is the first alternate, with Cedar Ridge listed as second alternate. Bowie’s band directors were clearly proud of the performances on Saturday. Shuttlesworth said, “I thought

that the program did a really great job with both performances. They felt confident in warm up and had two great runs.” Added Howard, “They really were astonishing on Saturday. I knew after their prelims run that they were ready to advance, but after finals, I knew they had done something special.” A total of 38 5A marching bands from across Texas will converge on San Antonio on November 6 to determine the state champion. Howard knows it is always tough to make it into the evening finals performance. He said, “I think advancing to state finals is something that they will have to earn in San Antonio on November 6. Each performance earns the right to the next. We have some work to do between now and then, but I know they will rise to the challenge.” In 2010, Bowie took fourth place at State finals. The competition is held in even-numbered years for 3A and 5A, and in odd-numbered years for 1A, 2A and 4A. Shuttlesworth believes the band is ready to face the best bands in Texas. She said, “We think about giving really great performances each time we are out. If we do that, then the results will be there. This band has been building for an opportunity like this for years, and we are excited about their upcoming

The marching season will not end for Bowie after the November 6 contest. They will travel to Indianapolis for a November 8 preliminary performance in the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition

performances.” A person using the name “faceinthecrowd” watched Bowie in Area competition and commented on “… no one came close to Bowie — musically in a class of their own. They don’t sound like high schoolers, the drill doesn’t stop moving.” The marching season will not end for Bowie after the November 6 contest. They will travel to Indianapolis for a November 8 preliminary performance in the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition. Bow-

ie will compete against 87 marching bands from across the nation. Bowie took second place at the Bands of America regional competition in Denton on September 29. The final scores were based on preliminary performances; finals competition was cancelled due to the weather conditions. Howard told the Gazette, “Grand Nationals will be a whole different ball game with a whole new set of competitors. The students are ready for another performance on the national level. I’m excited to see what

they will do in Indy.” Shuttlesworth pointed out that Bowie has done well in its two previous appearances in Indianapolis. She said, “Grand Nationals will be a very competitive contest. We have in the past, in 2006 and 2009, made the final night show, but we want to concentrate on giving great performances in prelims and the semifinals. We are in a good place with the show and keep pushing forward to really have the best performances possible.”

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Oak Hillians consider new Cap Metro app

Combat Vets Motorcycle Association (CVMA). This is a motorcycle club composed of veterans of all services. They meet once a month, usually at various VFWs or American Legions around the city. Their mission is as a support group for all veterans. They work closely with the VA and other support organizations. They also are up for partying. For more information, call Sean Hanna at 784-5154. Thought for the day: Serve your country again —Vote

OAK HILL - Capital Metro is launching a new app to be tested through the Formula 1 weekend. Any Apple or Android smart phone can be used to purchase a transit pass. The free app, Austin Capital Metro, is available now at the App Store and Google Play for use on iPhones, iPads and Android phones. The app can be used to purchase 1-Day or 7-Day local, regional and reduced fare passes from November 10 through 24. “Capital Metro will be the first transit agency in the nation to offer this type of mobile payment and ticketing solution across both our bus and rail services,” says Capital Metro President/ CEO Linda S. Watson. “Through an innovative partnership, we’re able to test drive this new technology at no cost to Capital Metro, allowing our riders to

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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. To supply information for this column or for any questions, send an email to

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have the option to conveniently and securely purchase fares through their mobile devices, with no added fees. This is just another example of Capital Metro’s leadership and financial stewardship.” Capital Metro will study the results from the testing period to decide whether to continue with plans for a permanent mobile payment system for its customers. The app will not be used beyond November 24; no refunds will be given. Oak Hill Flyer riders have mixed reactions to the app. Tom Thayer said, “I don’t have a smart phone. I guess it sounds like a good idea for those that have such devices. I do think it would be nice to have kiosks at some locations to purchase fares or some kind of card that can be ‘refilled’ with money like the London Oyster Card.” Linda Bryant thought the concept sounded interesting and said she

The free app, Austin Capital Metro, is available now at the App Store and Google Play for use on iPhones, iPads and Android phones. might try it. Janine Lyckman told the Gazette, “I will try it … sounds like a great


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dress with ties at the top so it could be adjusted to fit any size. The skirts were cut at different lengths so they would fit girls of all sizes. It seemed like an impossible task, but Stewart said she kept getting assurances from her inner voice that said that things would fall into place. And they did. One man donated an airline ticket. Several women church members volunteered to help with the sewing. The church’s mission coordinator, Chris Jackson, made contact with several orphanages in Uganda; and the Wesley Foundation at the University of Texas agreed to provide tie-dyed t-shirts for the boys. “It’s just been amazing,” Stewart said. And so, when Stewart boarded a plane for Uganda last October, she had not just 30 dresses, but 119, plus 100 tie-dyed t-shirts. Stewart saw the need in Africa, and promises to return this year with 1,000 dresses. Her plane leaves for Uganda Nov. 20. She’ll need help, of course, but that doesn’t discourage her. She believes she is following the Lord’s direction. And, as her inner voice keeps telling her, she can succeed. People or groups that want to join the effort can phone her at (806) 433-2788.

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