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THE HORIZON January 2013 Volume 2, Issue 1

The Official Newsletter for the residents of Prairie On The Creek

Travel the World Without Leaving Your Hometown Host a Foreign Exchange Student By Vicki Odom Who hasn't dreamed about walking among the Egyptian pyramids, or soaking in the sun on a beach in Spain, or wandering along the Great Wall of China? Every parent wants to give their children a taste of the world, but the economic reality of international air travel for a family, not to mention hotels, passports and food, makes it tough for most of us to consider except in our daydreams. There is a way to give your children the world - without leaving your living room. How? Host a foreign exchange student from a country you've always admired! Fascinated by France? Curious about China? Intrigued by India? By welcoming an international student from one of these countries into your home, you instantly open a portal to a far off land. Foreign exchange students come from all over the world. Ayusa matches host families with students from more than 60 different countries including Argentina, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey. All high school foreign exchange students are fully insured, bring their own spending money, and are proficient in English - and all high school exchange programs are regulated by the U.S. Department of State. "We welcome host families of all shapes and sizes - families with young children, families with no children, empty nesters whose children have left home, single parents and non-traditional families," says Heather Wells, Regional Director of Ayusa, a non-profit that promoting global learning and leadership through foreign exchange and study abroad opportunities for high school students. "The key requirements for a host family are to provide a safe and nurturing home environment, genuinely love children, and have a desire to learn more about a different culture." Volunteer host families provide foreign exchange students a nurturing environment, three meals a day and a bedroom (either private or shared with a host sibling of the same gender). Each host family and student is supported by a professionally trained community representative who works with the family and student for the entire program. All interested host families must pass a criminal background check and a home visit by an exchange organization. Copyright Š 2013 Peel, Inc.

Interested host families are required to fill out an application, pass a background check and interview with a local exchange program representative in their homes. Once accepted to a program, host families can view profiles of students to find the right match for their family. "Hosting an exchange student is a life-changing experience - for the student, the host family, and the host community," says Wells. "There is no better way to teach your children about the world around them than through welcoming an international high school student into your home." Ayusa is currently accepting applications for families to host an exchange student for the 2013 - 2014 school year. For more information about hosting a high school foreign exchange student, please contact Ayusa at 1.888.552.9872 or by visiting the website at www.ayusa.org.

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THE HORIZON IMPORTANT NUMBERS EMERGENCY NUMBERS

EMERGENCY.................................................................911 FIRE.................................................................................911 Kyle Police Dept. (non-emergency).........512-268-3232 (24 hrs.) Kyle Animal Control...................................... 512-268-8800 Seton Medical Center Hays............................ 512-504-5000 SCHOOLS - HAYS CISD

Susie Fuentes Elementary School................... 512-268-7827 Chapa Middle School..................................... 512-268-8500 Lehman High School...................................... 512-268-8454 Hays CISD...................................................... 512-268-2141 UTILITIES

City of Kyle (water, sewer, refuse).................. 512-262-1010 CenterPoint Energy (gas)............................1-800-427-7142 To report gas leaks........................................1-888-876-5786 Pedernales Electric Cooperative..................1-888-554-4732

POSITION OPEN FOR BOARD OF DIRECTOR There is an open seat available. If you have the time and care about the appearance and safety of your neighborhood, come join our team. If you have further questions about the duties of a Board of Director, please contact Rachel Facundo, property manager with Alliance Association, at (512) 328-6100. Ms. Facundo can also receive you information or you can present your nomination at our next regular board meeting, Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

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OTHER NUMBERS

Kyle Library.................................................... 512-268-7411 Kyle Post Office.............................................. 512-268-5541 Kyle Municipal Court..................................... 512-262-3994 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tawana Henderson................................................. President Amy Hunter.....................................................Vice President John Nice.................................................................Secretary Greg Swarny.............................................................Treasurer COMMITTEES

Angelica Covington........................ Social Committee Chair Kevin Covington.. Architectural Review Committee member Carolyn Harkins... Architectural Review Committee member HOA MANAGEMENT

Alliance Association Management 512-328-6100 www.allianceonline.net Rachel Facundo.........................................Property Manager For questions or concerns in your neighborhood contact our Property Manager at info@allianceonline.net.

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THE HORIZON HOA BOARD MEETING Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Kyle Public Library, 550 Scott St., Kyle, TX If you have an item you would like discussed, please contact Alliance Association Management, Inc. at (512) 328-6100, by Friday, January 4, 2013.

Keep Your CodeRed Emergency Alert Information Up To Date The City of Kyle utilizes the Code Red Emergency Alert System to send important messages to virtually every phone in Kyle. The system can be used to deliver emergency messages to Kyle residents or, in some cases, other important information. Visit www.cityofkyle.com and click on the CodeRed icon for more information.

YAHOO GROUP LIST

We encourage all neighbors to join our POTC Yahoo Group List. This is a great way for our neighborhood to communicate, where everyone knows what’s going on!! It gives you instant access to shared message archives, photos, group event calendars, member polls, shared links, and much more. To join today, simply send your e-mail address to potc.henderson@ yahoo.com or go to the link: http:// groups.yahoo.com/group/potc_hoa and click join the group in the top right corner. Please include your name and address in the e-mail. Please note, if you need to contact the Board, do not use the Yahoo Group List, please contact Alliance Association at (512) 328-6100 or info@ allianceonline.net

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STRUCTURAL REPORTS Structural reports can be furnished in any of the following areas: • Structural design of houses and apartments including superstructure, foundation and drainage. • Structural inspections of houses and apartments including drainage, foundation, superstructure, as well as decks, pools and other structures. • Identification of problems • Recommended Solutions • Estimated Costs • Inspection and Certification for structural repairs Our reports are concise, easy to read. We keep your information confidential. Fees for services are based on the type of structure to be inspected and where it is located Jeffrey L. Tucker, P.E., a registered professional engineer in Texas, has been involved in structural design, inspection and repair of houses and apartments since 1965. He is uniquely qualified to perform structural analyses of wood frame structures and slab foundations; to inspect and offer assurance of structural integrity and/or repair recommendations and details. Prairie On The Creek - January 2013

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THE HORIZON 2013 Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show The 2013 Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show will feature hundreds of watercraft and travel trailers from top Central Texas boat and RV dealers. Guests are invited to get a firsthand look at the many water craft and travel trailers on display, including wakeboard boats, cruisers, pontoons and fishing boats for water fun, and fifth wheels, truck campers and toy haulers for your travel needs. Other highlights include Bubble Runners, Kid’s Catfish Tank, Army Bass Anglers and new seminars regarding boat handling under power and using marine GPS. Dates/Time: Thur., Jan. 17 – 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18 – 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat., Jan. 19 – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: Adults - $8 Seniors Over 60 - $4 Children 7-12 - $4 Children 6 and Under – Free Location: Austin Convention Center 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701 (512-404-4000) For more information visit www.AustinBoatShow. com or contact Jennifer McKinney at 512-494-1128 or Jennifer.mckinney@austinboatshow.com.

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Southbound I-35 Construction

Construction crews have started the process of completing the new access roads on the southbound side of I35. When the project is completed motorist will be able to bypass the four-way stop at Center Street and Old Highway 81 in favor of the completed intersection at I35 and Center Street. The new access road will also feature new entrance and exit ramps which will improve access to the western portion of Kyle, reduce congestion at the Kyle Parkway and I35 intersection, and increase driver safety with the conversion of the road to one-way. This work is funded by a bond package which was passed by Hays County voters in 2008 which includes work already completed north of Kyle Parkway including expansion of the Kyle Crossing bridge and new one-way access roads between Kyle Crossing and Kyle Parkway. Work on the southbound access road between Kyle Parkway and Center Street is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013.

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THE HORIZON Hays County Sheriff ’s Office Crime Prevention Tip What is the best crime prevention device ever invented? A GOOD NEIGHBOR! • Law enforcement officers can’t be everywhere at once, but you and your neighbors can. You’re the ones who really know what’s going on in the neighborhood. Take time to talk to your neighbors. • Put that neighborhood know-how to work. It’s simple: just use your eyes and ears (be alert at all times) and then your telephone. If you spot something suspicious, call 911 or our non-emergency line 512-393-7896. • Remember to keep everything locked up tight and out of sight of potential burglars. Keep your residence and vehicles lockedeven when you are home and keep your garage doors closed at all times (don’t advertise). Remove anything of value from your vehicles. Don’t make life easy for a thief!!!! • Take Photo’s, Video’s and make a complete log of your valuables.  Keep this information in a safe place and not on your computer. • Don’t try to stop a criminal yourself - it can be dangerous. Get as much information as safely possible and call 911. • Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement make one of the best crime fighting teams around.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Social Committee needs your help. To make the most of our neighborhood, we need your participation. Come give a little of your time to volunteer and assist with coordination of events throughout the year. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Angelica Covington, POTC Socia

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THE HORIZON HOA BOARD MEETINGS

There has been a change in the regular board meetings. Beginning next month, the regular meetings will be held quarterly, on the 2nd Tuesday of that month. As the date draws nearer and the venue is secured, details will be provided on our POTC Yahoo Group list and signage next to the mailboxes. SAVE THE DATES January 8, 2013 HOA Regular Board Meeting February 23, 2013 Plum Creek Watershed Clean-up March 15, 2013 Spring Break Movie in the Park March 23, 2013 2013 Spring Bass Fishing Tournament CITY OF KYLE EVENTS December 5, 2012 Santa visits the Kyle library December 13, 2012 Kyle Public Library Board Meeting Dec. 24 & 25, 2012 Library closed January 1, 2013 Polar Bear Splash

TURKEY STROLL

The Social Committee held their 2nd annual Turkey Stroll on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. Social Committee chair, Angelica Covington, with the help of her son and nephew, and Board Director, Tawana Henderson went through the neighborhood and collected non-perishable food items to donated to the Hays County Food Bank in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday! Hip hip hooray to the wonderful POTC neighbors for donating a total of 84 pounds!

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