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Elections will be held May 6 in San Antonio, among other cities, and one of the top considerations is the mayoral race. Candidates so far include incumbent Ivy Taylor and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg. Meanwhile, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier and District 10’s Mike Gallagher are not seeking re-election. In addition, city officials are putting an $850 million bond on the ballot. It pushes for upgrades and new construction for streets, bridges, sidewalks, facilities, parks and recreation, drainage and flood control, and neighborhood redevelopment. At the state level, conservative politicians in Austin are considering limiting the annexation powers of cities and taking another look at school vouchers. These races and issues could have an impact on your neighborhoods, taxes and even where you decide to live. Speak out by contacting your elected officials. Beware of so-called fake news and rely on credible media outlets and other trusted sources, such as official town-hall meetings and public forums. Only then can you make informed decisions to better your community.
THOMAS EDWARDS EXECUTIVE EDITOR ON THE COVER The North East School of the Arts is a magnet program on the Lee High School campus, considered by many to have the top creative courses in the area. Students can take part in everything from musical theater and dance to writing. Here, they are rehearsing for ‘Aida.’ See story on page 19. Photo by Collette Orquiz
Taking stock at the rodeo by SUSAN YERKES
As San Antonio counts down to the citywide tricentennial celebration next year, there’s a lot of excitement about history and heritage. A big part of the legacy comes alive every February at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. The nearly monthlong festivities offer a living look at many of the traditions that shaped Texas and its people. The show started Feb. 4, when the Western Heritage Parade & Cattle Drive drew thousands to see a herd of
Texas longhorns move down Houston Street to the Alamo, accompanied by the Fort Hood 1st Cavalry Division and the Fort Sam Houston Caisson. Staged in the urban heart of a booming 21st century city, it’s a memorable juxtaposition of old and new. The same can be said for the entire Stock Show & Rodeo, opening at Freeman Coliseum and the AT&T Center Feb. 9 and running through Feb. 26. Founded in 1949, the Stock Show & Rodeo, or SALE (San Antonio Livestock Exposition Inc.), originally celebrated the time-honored traditions of farming and ranching, which attracted settlers to the state in the first place. Land drove the economy. In much of Texas, it still does. With nearly 250,000 farms and ranches covering more than 130 million acres, the Lone Star State leads the nation in producing cattle, cotton, hay, sheep, goats and mohair, which adds up to an economic impact of more than $100 billion a year, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. Living in the city, it’s easy to
forget such facts. These days, the closest many folks get to a pasture is pasteurized milk, and cowboy culture is all hats and boots, but no cattle. It’s actually pretty easy to enjoy the glitz and fanfare of the rodeo and bigname band concerts without giving much thought to the future of agriculture. You can spend a weekend sampling corn dogs, funnel cakes, chili and a chuck wagon’s worth of chow, or shop till you drop in the sprawling market hall without ever seeing the inside of an animal barn. It’s all a lot of fun, but behind it is the real reason the Stock Show & Rodeo exists – the young people who represent tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers. Modern agriculture is big business. Yet, family farms and ranches still survive, and many Texas children and teens are carrying on old customs and creating new ones. While a lot of San Antonio-area kids have never been to a dairy farm or ridden a horse, there are still 50 active 4-H clubs in Bexar County, in addition to FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) groups.
More than 12,500 young exhibitors, and the cattle, horses, goats, sheep, pigs and poultry they raised, participated in competitions and auctions at the stock show last year, and received a record $12.5 million in scholarships, prizes and financial support. The grand champion steer alone sold for $105,000 at auction. Over the years, SALE has given more than $170 million to help educate the future leaders of agriculture. These are hard-working youngsters, often from families who have farmed, ranched or volunteered at the Stock Show & Rodeo for generations. Today, their education is much more complex, ranging from engineering and agrobotics to agricultural science and aquaculture. If you’re attending this year, take a little time to visit the livestock barns or see an auction (for a schedule, go to sarodeo.com). That’s where you’ll find an important part of Texas’ heritage — and Texas’ future. email@example.com
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DOG-EARED BOOKS Come to 10, 17, 24 Brook Hollow Branch Library, 530 Heimer Road, at 3 p.m. and read to a dog. Bring your favorite animal story or choose one off the shelves. Even kids not yet reading can narrate a wordless book. Recommended for ages 3 and up. For more, call 207-9030.
I’M ALL EARS For once, it’ll be OK to make noise in the 11 library when a San Antonio Symphony musician visits Brook Hollow Branch Library, 530 Heimer Road, from 2-3 p.m. to share classical selections. The program is intended for children of all ages. For more, call 207-9030.
REMEMBER THE RIVER Come to the Salado Creek 11 classroom through the eastern entrance of Hardberger Park, 13203 Blanco Road, from 9-11 a.m., to learn about keeping rivers clean. For more, call 492-7472 or visit www.philhardbergerpark.org.
RODFEI SHOLOM FUNDRAISER The Jewish congregation’s 12 annual gala takes place at Rodfei Sholom, 3003 Sholom Drive, with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and 7:15 p.m. program. The keynote speaker
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HOLLYWOOD PARK CLEANUP Brush Week starts at 7 a.m. 13 when the town begins collecting residents’ felled trees. If they are not picked up by week’s end, call City Hall at 494-2023. For more, visit www.hollywoodpark-tx.gov.
CASTLE HILLS City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 209 Lemonwood Drive,
on the second Tuesday of the month. For more and to confirm dates and times, visit http://www.cityofcastlehills.com/. DROP-IN MAHJONG The Senior Center in 15 Barshop Jewish Community Center is home to mahjong on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Coffee is served. Everyone may play. The JCC is on the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, 12500 N.W. Military Highway. For more, call Cathy Pottorf at 302-6870.
CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUP 15 Meetings are 4-6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Baptist HealthLink, 288 W. Bitters Road. One main topic per hour is covered in group discussions, which may be large or small. Find a syllabus and more at http:// chronicpainsupportsa.wix.com/cpsgsa.
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LOCALCOMMUNITYNEWS.COM HAPPENING continues from pg. 06 RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING The North San Antonio Retired 15 Teachers Association meets at 9:45 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month (September through May) at San Pedro Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall, 14900 U.S. 281 North. Attendees are updated with information useful to former educators. For more, contact Peggy Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 373-3961.
BEXAR COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS The monthly 16 board of directors meeting is 3:30-6 p.m. at 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 208; members are welcome to attend. Before the session, from 1-3 p.m., there will be a free seminar on roses by Ed Bradley. For more, visit http://www.bexarmg.org or call 631-0400 or contact President Jack Downey at email@example.com.
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HOLLYWOOD PARK City Council meets at 7 p.m. in 21 City Hall, 2 Mecca Drive. For more and to confirm exact dates and times, visit hollywoodpark-tx.gov.
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HAPPENING continues from pg. 07 GARDENING CLASSES FOR FEB. 21 KIDS Historic Voelcker Homestead on the eastern edge of Hardberger Park will host Tuesday seminars Feb. 21 through June 6, from 9 a.m. to noon, for youngsters 7-14 wanting to get their hands dirty. Enter at 13203 Blanco Road. Bexar County Master Gardener volunteers will help conduct the spring 2017 Children’s Vegetable Garden program. Cost is $75 per family. Required registration is underway. For directions to the Voelcker Homestead and to sign up, call 492-7472 or visit www.philhardbergerpark.org.
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NATURE WALK: SUNRISE BIRD WALK Area birders 25 Alan and Patsy Kuentz and Lora Reynolds will lead an 8-10 a.m. tutorial from Hardberger Park’s Urban Ecology Center, 8400 N.W. Military Highway (western entrance), to identify birds common to the region. For more, call 492-7472.
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DISTRICT 9 NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE Meetings are 22 usually held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Stone Oak Methodist Hospital, 1139 E. Sonterra Blvd., Classroom No. 1 and No. 2. The hospital is just off U.S. 281 North. For more, call Art Downey, alliance president, at 497-8873.
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Interstate 10 West, Suite 403, features made-to-order sandwiches with fresh meats and all the trimmings in an atmosphere billed as feeling like home. The menu also includes soups, salads and shakes. The restaurant features live music during the week. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more, call 318-2819 or visit www.potbelly.com. (See story on page 22)
2. LITTLE SURPRISES, 11745 Interstate 10 West, Suite 118, is a gift shop carrying a plethora of creative and unique items for all ages and all occasions. The shop specializes in handmade and customized gifts. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m.
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want to make sure that we have done everything we can so that the next member’s transition will be as smooth as possible,” Gallagher added. The council tapped Krier, a noted business and civic leader, in November 2013 to fill the remainder of Elisa Chan’s term in District 9. Chan made an unsuccessful bid for the state Senate during the Republican primary. Krier then was elected to the council in May 2014, collecting nearly 57 percent of the vote against four other candidates. Meanwhile, Gallagher, a retired
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In post-council life, Krier looks forward to doing things he’s put off, but also will be available to offer the city help. As for Gallagher, he’ll remain on the city’s Charter Commission, which is looking at a possible revision election in the near future. “However, my main focus is to spend more time visiting my very large family and, of course, to keep up my work within the community,” he added. Feb. 17 is the filing deadline for mayoral and council candidates, and the final day an election can be called for May 6.
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HAVANO PARK — Repairs to the Trinity well could have the system back to normal by February after a lightning strike last summer took it out of operation.
The well is one of several supplying water to the city, through the damage July 25 did not affect service from other wells, officials said. The total cost is still being assessed, though the city’s insurance covered replacing the well’s pump and motor. “I voted in favor of the monies to repair the Trinity well,” said Alderman Mike Simpson. “If this repair fixes what is wrong, then I’m happy. If not, then perhaps it might be time to discuss capping our losses. I hope the repairs work and that can be the end of the discussion.” Overhauls related to piping and water filtering are still being examined, according to officials. “The repairs have been completed, and we are now in the testing phase,” said Mayor Robert Werner. “I am very impressed with the combined efforts of our director of public works, Brandon Peterson, and our Water Advisory Committee. Together, they have charted a very understandable plan
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Randy Tomasini, who is from San Antonio, was appointed in October to the part-time, seasonal position. Working with the city’s Deer Committee, he is charged with protecting the deer and monitoring the population. “We have a system for counting deer that we use that’s pretty unique and
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NESA continues from pg. 19 “Phantom of the Opera” earlier this year. “There’s always something being created at NESA. The arts remind us of what it is to be human,” said David Connelly, who teaches the musical-theater program and directs most of the stage productions. Connelly said the teamwork also builds students’ character. “On a dollars-and-cents level, our theater students become great collaborators and communicators. Those are powerful skills to take into just about any field these days,” the educator added. Students said the creativity allows them to grow. “I went to NESA because of the community here,” said senior Simone Jones, who has the lead female role of Aida in the upcoming play. “We have people that really want to study the arts. We have people that are really serious about (their) art but don’t take themselves too seriously.” Jones believes the arts are very
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