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Chuck McCollough, Editor

FEATUREZ Jubilee As a journalist since I was the age of my youngest kid (19), I have seen a lot of “newsworthy” places - locations that generate a ton of media coverage. Then there is the City of Schertz. For a municipality of around 35,000 folks, Schertz produces media attention far beyond its size. Most of that has to do with large companies or projects deciding to locate here - like Sysco and Caterpillar. Amazon.com is the latest example of intense news coverage this August as the giant company nears completion of its massive building. As mainstream media gins up coverage of the hiring of employees for the facility, this month’s issue of Schertz Magazine talks with the person mainly responsible for overseeing construction of the 1.3 million-square-foot structure. Mike Schroeder talks about how the City and Amazon.com worked together on the herculian effort to get it built in half the normal time. Be prepared to be impressed.

Also look for an update on the much-anticipated Crossvine project. It too is keeping the press busy reporting on the 504-acre, mixed-use master-planned community in South Schertz, the next projected hot spot for development in our area. Read the poignant story about local folks who came together to remember former students and faculty in SCUC who have passed on. “Gone Too Soon” captures the spirit of community family that is legendary in these parts. Also visit with Dean Wiertz as he travels to Europe and the ancestral home of the founders of Schertz. Dean is chairperson of the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee and visited Riedisheim, France.

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You will feel like you’re hitting the mat when reading about the almost-new wrestling program in SCUC and then you will feel relieved after seeing how the Guadalupe County SWAT team perfected its tactics while training at Clemens High School.

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All that and more in Your Hometown Magazine - Schertz Magazine.

Amazon Building and Mike Schroeder

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City Council Michael Carpenter Mayor Jim Fowler Councilmember David Scagliola Councilmember George Antuna, Jr. Councilmember Cedric Edwards, Sr. Councilmember Sydney H. Verinder Councilmember

Executive Team John Kessel City Manager John Bierschwale Executive Director David J. Harris Executive Director Brian James Executive Director PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY Public Affairs Department David J. Harris Interim Director Linda Klepper Business Manager Chuck McCollough Editor Alexis Souza Art Director & Design Chris Matzenbacher Sales Director Lucille Sims Thomas Copy Editor Brittany Losey Senior Writer Contributing Staffers Erin Matlock Client Affairs Specialist Mary Spence Events Coordinator Contributing Writers Chuck McCollough, Lucille Sims Thomas, Andrea Allinger, Kari Bridges, Kiko Martinez, Ashley Festa, Rudy Arispe, Jim Webb, Hillory Halbardier, Tom Lovett, Teresa H. Kelley

Contributing Photographers Chuck McCollough, Mary Spence, Mike Harris, Marc Bane, Michael Carpenter, Bryan Nguyen, Joe Herczeg, Diana Webb, Ross Dye,Andrea Allinger, Kari Bridges, Beverly McCollough, Catherine White, Elizabeth Leland, Rudy Ornelas, Stock Photography: fontsandphotos.com

Schertz Magazine is published monthly by the Public Affairs Department of the City of Schertz. Our mailing address is 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz, Texas 78154. The official publication of the City of Schertz promotes city, community, and business activities associated with the City. Š City of Schertz, Texas The editorial office of Schertz Magazine is at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz, Texas 78154. Call (210) 619-1630. Fax (210) 619-1619. Website is schertz.com and schertzmagazine.com


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The Crossvine In South Schertz Moving Forward The Crossvine’s first phase will include 121 single-family homes on 50, 60 and 70-foot lots and the heart of the parks and trail system that will connect the entire 504acre project. Chris Price, President of Schertz 1518, Ltd., said that David Weekley Homes and Ryland Homes will begin building houses in the neighborhood in the first quarter of 2014. The Crossvine is the first mixeduse master-planned community in Schertz and is the result of intense planning collaboration between the developer and the City of Schertz. The development is located near the intersection of FM 1518 and Lower Seguin Road.

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Jubilee The annual 4th of July Jubilee event is the city’s largest celebration dating back to 1975. This year, the city paid tribute to First Responders…the men and women who answer a call for help 24/7/365.

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Live, local entertainment; a carnival; a Ribs BBQ Cook-Off; a 5K run/walk, a parade and food, food and more food culminated with a spectacular fireworks display! Event sponsors Walker Partners (BBQ) and HEB (fireworks), along with the City of Schertz and the Schertz Parks & Recreation Foundation, are proud to make this community event available for residents and visitors, alike. Thank you to the many volunteers, both private and business, who help coordinate, plan and stage this celebration of our nation’s independence!

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Some highlights of the event: •

5K Run/Walk, with more than 200 participants, took place before the parade. The proceeds will benefit the Schertz Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, currently under construction on Schertz Parkway.

90 entries participated in the Jubilee parade, much to the delight of the thousands who lined Schertz Parkway, Main St. and Oak St. to wave, cheer and honor our First Responders!

47 teams battled for a chance to have their name listed as Grand Champion on the Wall of Flame trailer.

Food items (new this year) included deep-fried oreos and snickers; philly cheese steaks, mac-n-cheese bites, and deep-fried kool-aid. Crowd favorites kettle corn; hamburgers, shaved ice, fajitas, funnel cakes and ice cream were in great demand!

Local entertainers the Duffek Brothers, Southern Strangers, Top Flight-Joint Base San Antonio Band of the West and headliner Chilton Vance provided toetapping and boot-scooting music.

The 20-plus minute fireworks display rounded out the 4th with a special twoheart ending – honor the Baldwin Family – the former first family of Schertz.

Did you attend the Jubilee? Share your comments, thoughts, suggestions and concerns through email with our Event Services Team: festivals@schertz.com.

A list of contest winners and a photo slideshow of the event is at www.visitschertz.com.

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Big Check Boost to Veterans Memorial Plaza The Schertz Veterans Memorial Plaza project got a big push when Eric White presented a $25,000 check to Ruth Tienor with the Veterans Memorial Plaza committee. It was the second large donation in less than three months. On May 8, GVEC presented the committee with a check for $20,000. The gift from Eric White, founder of Garden Ridge Pottery, on June 25 brings donations to about $150,000 of the project’s estimated cost of $220,000. Steve White, another member of the Veterans Memorial Plaza committee, said the project’s estimated completion is early to mid 2014.

Schertz Senior Center Fundraiser August 16 The Schertz Senior Center will hold a Dinner & Dance Gala Event on Friday, August 16, from 6:00-11:00 PM at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway Bldg. No. 5. The “Oh So Good Band” will play and the evening also includes silent and live auctions and raffles. Dinner is catered by Abel’s Diner. Tickets are $40 per person (which includes dinner and all the dancing you can do) or $25 for seniors. Call 210619-1970 for more information.


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Schertz Magazine in the Bahamas Terry Aikman, a retired member of Schertz Fire Rescue, holds a copy of Schertz Magazine while in Nassau for a cruise. Take a copy of Schertz Magazine with you on vacation or an excursion and take a photo of the publication with an iconic background and we may just use it. Send to events@schertz.com.

Biz Journal: Cal-Tex One of “Best Places To Work” Schertz-based Cal-Tex Protective Coatings Inc. has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the San Antonio Business Journal for the fourth year in a row. Cal-Tex - a maker of protective coating materials for automobiles -- has a family culture that includes “care teams”

comprised of volunteers who support employee owners who may be experiencing difficult times or celebrating a personal milestone, plus they manage the “Buddy Program” for new hires. Other cool perks have included sports tickets, a Valentine’s Day pancake breakfast and

great door prizes at the annual Christmas party. The company is 97-percent employee owned, the San Antonio Business Journal noted. Cal-Tex was ranked No. 13 among medium size companies and has 95 local full-time employees, the publication said.

Posters at Cal-Tex remind employees of various committees that work to make them happy.

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Several business owners in Schertz gathered for the quarterly Small Business Forum, hosted by the Schertz Chamber. Designed to create an open and continuing dialogue between the City of Schertz and business owners, topics ranged from parking and storage issues to signage on buildings and possible UDC Code updates . City Manager John Kessel, EDC Director David Gwin, Executive Director of Development Brian James and Director of Development Michelle Sanchez were present.

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BEST IN THE METROCOM Schertz Chamber was voted the Best Civic Club by readers of the Northeast Herald. Editor Jeff Flinn presented the certificate to President Maggie Titterington at the June Chamber luncheon. Thank you Members of the Chamber and Northeast Herald Readers!

Does your business need unique networking opportunities, education, local and state advocacy and more business? Join the Schertz Chamber of Commerce! Call us at 210-566-9000 or come by and visit at 1730 Schertz Parkway in Schertz. Help us in “Building a Better Tomorrow.”


WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ YOUR CHAMBER AT WORK FOR YOU!

SCHERTZ CHAMBER MAKES THE LIST IN THE SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS JOURNAL The San Antonio Business Journal placed the Schertz Chamber on their list of Largest Chambers of Commerce for 2013. Appearing in the June 21st issue, and for the first time, we send out our appreciation and thanks to our wonderful Member businesses who made this possible. Thank you for your continued support!

AUGUST CHAMBER EVENTS

August 17th Schertz Idol Finale @ River City Community Church Auditorium from 6-9 pm.

August 20th Chamber Luncheon

@ Schertz Civic Center @11:30am – 1pm. RSVP by August 13th.

August 22nd Ribbon Cutting - @ Doss Audiology and EVERY Tuesday and Thursday

Get Fit with SCOC! For Chamber Members 5:30-6:30pm. Call for more information.

EVERY Monday evening and open to ALL Schertz Chamber Toastmasters Contact David Smith, 210-551-7656 or Jan King 210-846-9061 for info.

Hearing Center, 5000 Schertz Parkway, Suite 3000 @ 4:00 pm.

August 29th Chamber Mixer Hosted by Schertz Art Council @ Schertz Civic Center – 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

August 28th Biz Ed

7:30am – 9am @ Chamber/Visitor Center offices. Breakfast sponsored by RBFCU. Topic: “Search Engine Optimization and Your Business - 5 FREE Tricks to Help You Succeed Today!” presented by Cartwheel Communications. Free to Chamber members, Non Members $10.


SEEKING NOMINATIONS STEVE SIMONSON COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD The Steve Simonson Community Service Award is presented annually to the Schertz citizen who during the eligibility year exhibits selfless commitment to his or her community via volunteer efforts that made a difference in others’ lives. The award recognizes people who voluntarily offer their time and talent to improve the community in such areas as (but not limited to): *health care *social services *youth or senior activities *the arts *education *justice *housing *nutrition *community growth and development The Volunteer of the Year and two Distinguished Volunteers will be recognized at a dinner in their honor on October 17, 2013.

Do you know of a deserving honoree? The nomination form can be found at schertz.com under the Events category. You may also pick up a packet at the Schertz Civic Center/Public Affairs Office Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Nomination packages will be accepted through September 13, 2013.


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Fairfield Inn in Schertz Tops in Customer Service It’s thumbs up from four staff members of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Schertz after receiving an award for customer service. Celebrating are (from left): Norma Ramon. Sales Manager; Virginia Porcell, Breakfast Attendant; Karen Zandi, Front Desk Agent; John

Corona, General Manager; and Kevin Bell Chief Engineer. “We received the award for being on the top 15 percent for the best guest services scores compared to 700 Fairfield Inn & Suites for 2013,” Ramon said.

As for 2012, the hotel was also on the top 20% compared to the 690 Fairfield Inn & Suites, she added. “This is phenomenal! This is based upon surveys from our guests and feedback that is given about their stay. We

are very proud of our accomplishments and looking to continue to provide the great service for our clients at all times,” Ramon said.

Band of the West The Schertz Civic Center was host to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s Air Force Band of the West Concert Band Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The 34 member band, led by Captain Michael Hoerber, entertained the 350 attendees with selections Paying tribute to our Past, Honoring our Present, Celebrating our Future. The USAF Band of the West travels more than 125,000 miles annually and provides hundreds of performances to military and civilian audiences throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

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The extended Family of Schertz-Cibolo High School and Samuel Clemens High School gathered recently to celebrate and remember classmates and faculty who have passed away. THE

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Friday, June 7, at First Baptist Church in Schertz included tears of sadness and laughter and stories of those who touched each others’ lives in ways small and large but are now “Gone Too Soon.”

The program began with opening remarks and a prayer by First Baptist Pastor Dr. Kyle Cox. Introductions and school history were given by Clemens graduate Pam Sinclair (1975), one of the organizers of the event. She shared photos of

the first schools that led to Clemens High School. According to the SchertzCibolo-Universal City School District website: In 1917, a new Schertz School, a two-story brick construction, was built at 301 Main St., on land donated by Adolph Schertz. Grades one through 12 attended this school. Sometime before 1948, the name of the school became Schertz-Cibolo High School. In 1953, construction of a new Schertz-Cibolo High School


A slideshow of each person was viewed as the names were read by former and present faculty members.

at 301 Main in Schertz began. This new school was built next to the 1917 structure. During the nearly 60-year history of this school, renovations and additions brought it through many incarnations.

Then a bell was rung 21 times by Alexandra Martinez (Class of 2016) in memory of those who have passed away. This bell was built from a shell from the Korean War, owned by DC Morgan of Schertz.

In 1967, (the year Clemens opened) the old SchertzCibolo High School became O’Henry Junior High School and in 1984 was renamed Corbett Junior High School.

After the bell was rung, Mrs. Moad led everyone in singing of the school song. She then played piano while everyone sang the hymn “It is Well With My Soul.”

In 2009, Corbett Junior High School moved to a replacement campus. In 2010, Allison L. Steele Enhanced Learning Center took up occupancy in the part of the site at 204 Wright Avenue. During the “Gone Too Soon” ceremony approximately 480 classmates and 60 faculty members names were read by former principals and teachers. Reading the names were: Charles Rouse, principal at Clemens from 1964-1979, Al Rath, teacher and coach at Clemens from 1972-1974 and in administration from 19761981; Mrs. Elizabeth Moad, taught choir at Clemens and was the music teacher for Schertz, Northview, Rose Garden and Wiederstein Elementary Schools, and O’Henry Middle School in the 1960’s and 1970’s; Mary Brown Peveto, graduated from Clemens in 1969, taught at Clemens from 1975-1981, vice-principal at Ray Corbett M.S. and principal and Byron P Steele until her retirement; Coach Robert Lehnhoff, teacher and coach at Clemens from 1974-2012 and was the athletic director

until his retirement in 2012; Lu Pochelski, principal at Clemens from 1995-2003; and Melissa Sosa, current principal at Clemens (2012-present). The idea for the memorial service came from Jessica McNamara, a 2004 Clemens graduate who wanted to honor the memory of her former classmate and best friend Samantha Stritmatter. Stritmatter died June 7, 2003, after being hit by a drunk driver while walking with McNamara and several other friends along the Guadalupe River. The “Gone Too Soon” memorial was held on the tenth anniversary of Stritmatter’s passing. Other former Clemens classmates who assisted Sinclair include Lorelei Schufletowski (’82), Dianna Fowler (’79), Lorraine Ackermann Swinney (‘77), Janice Ackermann (‘80),

as well as retired Coach Robert Lehnhoff. They spent many, many hours researching to find names, photos and dates of passing for every classmate since the school’s inception. Pastor Cox and the church staff provided candles, printed the memorial program, and assisted during the event. A song written by Gerald Brooks and sung by Clemens graduate Mary de Montreve Brooks, entitled “Before You Go,” was played. Mary sang this song at her sister’s funeral, Katherine “Winkie” Smith (’83), who passed away Febraury 22, 2002. Unfortunately, Mary could not make it down for this memorial, so the song was played in honor of all those who have passed away. Sinclair stated that she didn’t think there was a dry eye in the house after it played!

The service concluded with a lighting of candles. Former classmates and faculty met at the high school for a group photo and to reminisce in the hallways of their former school. Pam Sinclair said that approximately 400 people attended this event including the parents of Avron Adams (2013), who drowned in Cibolo Creek on May 26. The Adams family said they were thankful that this event took place to remember Avron and all the others who passed away. Sinclair compiled a DVD of the event that can be ordered by contacting her at psinclair1957@yahoo.com. Also, donations were taken for a tree to be planted at Samuel Clemens in memory of all those who have passed. Anyone wishing to make donations can contact Pam at the same address.

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Building Amazon.com Tall Job in a Short Time By Lucille Sims Thomas with Chuck McCollough

In the ancient world, mega construction projects like the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China literally took generations to finish. In modern day Schertz, things move a whole lot faster. The gigantic Amazon.com Fulfillment Center - a 1.3 million square foot building - is taking just under a year to complete. 22

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“BUILDINGS THIS SIZE used to take two years to complete,” said Mike Schroeder project superintendent for the Conlan Company, a national general contracting firm building the massive center. Strategically located near IH35 and Schertz Parkway, construction of the facility started in early November last year and has since continued almost non stop with two shifts of workers starting at 1 a.m. and continuing until 9 p.m. Thankfully most of the outside work on the 96-acre project was done before the blistering summer heat started. These days exterior landscaping, irrigation and parking lot striping are being completed. While on the inside things such as painting, framing, installing glass and other such tasks are being done. At the project’s peak around 350 employees were working to raise the mammoth structure. About 300 employees now are working to get the center up and running by its start date. The two-story facility is 2,175 feet long — a little short of a half mile — and will be Amazon.com’s 43rd fulfillment center and one of the first to have a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar inventory management system that can handle the huge number of orders received. When completed, the center will be the largest building in Guadalupe County and one of the largest in the greater San Antonio area. In fact, there are few small things about this project. Take the placement of air conditioning units on the roof for example.

Pictured left: A helicopter lifts a large AC unit to the roof of the Amazon.com building in Schertz. Pictured above: Schroeder touches a schematic of the fulfillment center’s interior.

On Saturday, June 8, more than 100 large AC units were lifted to the roof by a helicopter in about four hours or about one unit every two minutes. The precision of the helicopter pilot and the load and unload teams on the ground and the rooftop was something to behold. Schroeder understands why visitors are jaw-dropping impressed with the huge project’s statistics but for him and the Conlan Company - it is what they do for a living. “This is my third one and for our company — this is our seventh one for Amazon. com. And the City of Schertz has been great to work with throughout the process.” According to its website, Conlan, which was founded in 1987, has successfully completed more than 90 millionsquare feet of warehouse/ distribution space across the country.

Schroeder said most people can’t possibly imagine a building as large as the Schertz Amazon.com fulfillment center being built in such a short time frame, but his company specializes in aggressive schedules. “We spend a lot of time with the developer. We know what everybody’s expectations are upfront, and everything is in phases,” Schroeder said. One of unique things about the building will be the amount of robotics utilized. About 240 free-range robots will aid the more than 350 full-time employees who will work at the center. The robots will move about while filling customer orders. The mammoth Amazon.com building will use the Kiva Mobile-robotic Fulfillment System, which according to its website, is a “goods-toman order picking and fulfillment system,” where the employees stand still while

the products come to them. Pallets, cases, and orders are stored on mobile inventory shelves that are picked up and moved by a fleet of robotic drive units,” the website states. The robots deliver shelves to ergonomic work stations that are fitted with technology, fixtures and other tools. To view an informative video about the Kiva system, visit kivasystems. com. The Amazon.com center will be shipping products soon and will fill orders for products that are 40 pounds or larger. Schroeder said Amazon.com’s goal is for orders received by 10:30 a.m. to arrive at their destinations by the same afternoon for local customers. Four shipping companies will be used to keep things moving. Amazon.com joins other Fortune 100 companies such as Sysco and Caterpillar that have recently made multi-million dollar investments in Schertz.

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Wrestling Takes Hold At SCUC THE ORIGINS OF THE CURRENT wrestling teams at Clemens and Steele high schools began in the fall of 2010 when a joint club team was formed. At that time, several students who moved here from other parts of the country and had wrestling experience were looking to compete at the high school level. A Steele teacher volunteered to start and operate the program and within a few months, students from both high schools were competing in local tournaments against established University Interscholastic League (UIL) wrestling programs in the area. The Schertz-Cibolo area wrestling club had immediate success with several wrestlers garnering wins. Unfortunately, because the club was not an UIL-recognized organization, they were not permitted to compete postseason or letter at their respective schools. The club operated under the same conditions during the 2011-12 school year, but by that time the club’s success circulated on both campuses and the number of participants increased. S-C area club wrestlers were still competing against the same schools as the

year before and with experience, finished stronger with more placing in both the boys and girls divisions. Several of the wrestlers had victories against other wrestlers who qualified for UIL Regionals. The club wrestlers were once again not allowed to compete postseason. During the summer of 2012, a decision was made by the SCUCISD athletic department to officially add Clemens boys and Steele boys and girls wrestling to the UIL and allow both high schools to compete individually. In the fall of 2012, Steele and Clemens entered eight tournaments in the local area including one in Austin and another in Bryan, Texas. As the season progressed, both schools made an immediate impact in district duals and invitational tournaments. Entering the postseason for the first time, Steele wrestling was represented well with seven Lady Knight wrestlers competing in the District Tournament and five advanced to Regionals. Of the seven, only one had wrestling experience from the year before.

At Regionals, two finished fifth and were named as State alternates from Region 4. The Steele boys had eight wrestler compete at Districts and three advanced to Regionals. At Regionals, one of the wrestlers withdrew because of an injury. The other two placed second and fifth in their respective weight classes and advanced to the State Tournament in Austin. One of the wrestlers then placed at State with a sixth place finish. In review of their inaugural seasons, both schools performed above expectations. The core of both schools return next season and the publicity has attracted new members. “I’m extremely proud of the our teams,” said Wrestling Coach Tom Lovett. “Having two state qualifiers and first-year wrestlers finishing the season placing at District and Regional in our first official season is nothing short of remarkable. We are eager to build on our early success and this team can’t wait to see what they can do in the upcoming season,” Coach Lovett said. For more information call the SCUC Athletic Department at (210) 945-6493..

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PROFILE

Braie Speed

A Life of Tumbles and Twists By Brittany Losey

SCHERTZ GYMNAST BRAIE SPEED has been keeping busy since her last interview with Schertz Magazine four years ago. Since then she has competed and succeeded in many competitions, set her sights on college, and recently even had a skill named after her.

to go on the Olympic route,” said Braie’s mom, Jamie Speed. “It’s just two different worlds. Elite it’s all about the individual gymnast; JO is more about having fun, working with your team. JO goes to college while, though counterintuitive, elites go on to the Olympics.”

the extremely high quality pool of gymnasts from which Region 3 draws.

Time has shown that this now 16-yearold powerhouse can achieve just about anything she sets her mind to.

As an elite, Braie has been faced with many options such as whether to pursue Olympic dreams or compete in college gymnastics. The journey for Braie has been full of both challenges and victories. Her most recent success story was the 2013 JO National competition.

Braie has been all over the United States for gymnastics. A few years ago, Braie made the decision to keep her competition here in the U.S. rather than follow the Olympic track.

“My regional team advanced to nationals,” Braie said. “And I just had a skill named after me. It’s a one-legged side aerial and I do it on the beam. It’s called the Speed. Those were my two goals going in and I accomplished them both.” Driven and focused, Braie knows what it takes to be successful. As one of only about 50 other elites in the country, Braie has been competing at an extremely high level before even reaching her teenage years. In competitive gymnastics, there are two main tracks that gymnasts follow – the elites and Junior Olympics (JO). “There are only 50 elites in the country, and you have to qualify for that in order 26

This was Braie’s second time in three years competing at nationals. She competed at the regional competition in Kansas to qualify for nationals, vying for one of 7 spots on the Region 3 team, which consists of gymnasts from Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Braie took 4th place at the competition overall, winning bars and securing her place at nationals. The Region 3 team won the Junior Olympics Nationals for the third time in four years. Speed attributes the win to

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“Of our seven-person team, six were elites,” Braie noted. “Everyone was calling us the ‘dream team.’ We didn’t even have a very good meet and we still won.”

“She had to re-evaluate,” Jamie said. “If the journey’s not worth it, what’s the point? It’s just really hard. You don’t realize what they sacrifice – the entire family, too.” Braie knew that she wanted to pursue a college career in gymnastics – but she likely wouldn’t be able to do that if she had chased Olympic goals. Typically, those gymnasts will face too many injuries, wearing out before they reach college. But Braie is no stranger to injuries – she has nursed pulled ligaments, dislocations, broken ankles, and more. She has even competed on a freshly fractured wrist.


school for four hours,” Braie said. “Then I go to rehab for injuries, then the gym from 4-8pm, come home, eat, and do it all again.” Braie currently trains at Aerial Athletics under Heather Schnelzer in San Antonio. Aerial Athletics recently opened a satellite gym in Schertz. Braie credits Coach Schnelzer with renewing her love for the sport. Schnelzer teaches the hard skills that high-level gymnastics requires, but more than that, she teaches teamwork, community service, grace, and has made the team Braie’s second family. Her decision to pursue competitive gymnastics was not a deciBraie says she has learned a lot from these experiences, from all of the different people she has worked with. “I think the biggest lesson I’ve gotten from gymnastics is that it’s taught me how to deal with teammates. It’s definitely has taught me what I’ll have to deal with in life, and I appreciate that.” Jamie describes the deeply significant impact competitive gymnastics has had on her daughter. “Everything in gymnastics is a life lesson. She has to learn about winning, about being one of the best in the country, but also not being the best. It’s molded everything about her, the kind of woman she’ll be.” Her intense training schedule has given her a sense of discipline well beyond her years. “Typically, I wake up at about 7am to do

sion at all, but rather a natural evolution of a young love of the gym. Her mother Jamie worked at a gym (the Speeds currently own a local gym, though not the one Braie trains at) where she put Braie in “Mommy and Me” classes at 18 months. She was always ahead of the group and always loved the sport. “It was not a conscious decision,” Jamie said. “She never took her leotard off.” “Yeah, I would sleep in it,” Braie added. Braie is enthusiastic about keeping her passion alive at the University of Arkansas where committed to the compete in the 2014-15 school year. “It was a perfect fit,” Jamie and Braie both said. “It’s close to home, the church there is really good, the coach is really good, she’s got an old teammate going there as well. She just said she felt like she was home,” Jamie said. Braie is excited about the opportunity to focus on team competition. “I’m just really excited about the team, how much fun it’s going to be competing for a team national title.” For more information visit Braie’s website: www.chalkbowl.com/Braie/. And for videos of Braie go to www.YouTube. com/braiesmom

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store an old vehicle don’t consider armor plating or machine gun mounts in their plans. Schertz resident Jim Silvers had to deal with those items as well as tank treads for his restoration project, a M2A1 halftrack built by White Trucks in 1943. Jim’s passion for all things pertaining to World War II started back in the 1970’s when he attended a Confederate Air Show in Hondo (west of San Antonio). Soon afterward he purchased a Willys jeep for use in parades. Jim confirmed the adage that Jeep is an acronym for Just Empty Every Pocket! Several years later he acquired a WC-6 Dodge Command Car. It looks like a cross between a truck and a jeep.

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In the late 1980s, a friend told Jim that a World War II halftrack was for sale in the Dallas area “Auto Trader” for $5,500. Jim made a few calls to some military friends, one of whom sent his brother to check out the half-track. After a positive report was given, Jim and four others went in together and bought it. It was shipped to a farm near Georgetown where the restoration proceeded slowly since Jim could only work on it on weekends. After several years, Jim bought out two of the other shareholders and then moved the half-track to his home in Schertz, making the restoration much easier. The half-track was designed as an all-purpose vehicle able to


travel through mud, snow, and sand whether in the heat of the Pacific or the frozen snows of northern Europe. Its original design was to replace the M3 Scout car, which was a fourwheel vehicle used in the 1930s. By adding tank tracks to the rear axle, traction was greatly improved, but it still drove like a truck using a steering wheel and pedals. The first model, the M2, later improved and designated M2A1 by the addition of an elevated, armored gun ring had a crew of ten men and mounted two .30 cal. 1919A4 machine guns and one .50 cal. M2HB machine gun as the anti-aircraft defense. The M2A1 was used as a reconnaissance vehicle. Fortunately, there’s a large group of businesses that provide parts and other items needed to restore military vehicles. The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA.org) is an international organization that also provides resources for collectors. Gradually the half-track came to be called “almost restored.” As with any labor of love there’s always “one more thing” needed to make it perfect. However, the half-track has already served in parades, military tattoos, re-enactments and various displays. Several years ago the coordinator of a change of command ceremony for the 36th Division, Texas National Guard at Camp Mabry in Austin asked if they could use the half-track. For that occasion Jim disassembled the 1/4” thick steel armor plates that make up the body and then he had to remove the old (1/16-1/8” thick) paint be-

fore repainting the vehicle. “That was a job I don’t intend to do again any time soon!” Jim said. Each year on the first Saturday of April, Jim drives the halftrack for its longest trip of 40plus miles to the Frank Tejeda Middle School “History Faire.” From 10AM to 4PM the football field is a collection of historical displays from ancient Rome up to modern day. Jim’s half-track is one of several displays honoring and

explaining the significance of the “Greatest Generation” during World War II. The history faire celebrated its 12th year in 2013 and has become a very popular event for students and parents alike.

As with all military vehicles it was designed for its mission, not for occupant comfort. Driving down FM 78 at its top speed of 45 miles per hour making 2 mpg, we became the center of attention quickly.

I had an opportunity to ride in Jim’s half-track a few years ago. The front windshield is removable and can be replaced with a steel plate that has narrow viewing slits. Jim had the windscreen open to allow for a nice breeze in our faces.

When we reached Jim’s house a friend asked me what I thought of the ride. I said, “It was hot (the engine heat came through the gaps in the floor), it was smelly (motor oil and old canvas) and it was noisy … and I loved every minute of it!” I tried to imagine being 18 or 19 years old and part of a crew driving across the French or Belgian countryside during World War II. My appreciation for those young men increased even more. I asked Jim how much it cost him to restore the half-track and he just laughed and said, “I don’t want to say because my wife would find out!” His “one more item to make it perfect” would be a SCR 508 radio, which he will install as soon a few more floor pieces are fabricated. Asked if he regretted buying the half-track he said, “Are you kidding! It has tracks and was in World War II! Every kid ought to have one!” Are there any more restoration projects on the horizon? “No this is my last project … however…. if I won the lottery I might talk myself into buying a DUKW (the amphibious 2 ½ ton vehicle known as a Duck). But whatever you do, don’t tell my wife!,” Jim said with a grin.

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City Council Election Information Regular voting for Schertz City Council places 3, 4 and 5 will be on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting and regular voting locations will be announced later. The term of office for these three positions is two years and is from November 2013 to November 2015. Candidate packets are available on the City of Schertz website, www.schertz.com, and also can be picked up at the City Secretary’s Office, Bldg. No. 2, in the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex, 1400 Schertz Parkway.

IMPORTANT DATES First day to file is Monday, July 29, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Last day to file is Monday, August 26, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Important to note that Senate Bill 14 created a new requirement for voters to show photo identification when voting in person. Voters can no longer just present their voter registration certificate, or other previously acceptable forms of identification that only showed name/address of the voter.

Applications must be filed with the City Secretary, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Build #2, Schertz Texas

HERE IS A LIST OF THE NEW IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail is Friday, September 6, 2013

1 . Texas Driver’s License issued by the Department of Public Safety (“DPS”)

Last Day to apply for ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 29, 2013 (Received – not postmarked)

2. Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS,

Last day to register to vote is Monday, October 7, 2013

3. Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS, 4. Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS,

First Day of Early Voting is Monday, October 21, 2013

5. United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph,

Last Day of Early Voting is Friday, November 1, 2013

6. United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph, or

Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail is November 5, 2013 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. (Unless overseas deadline applies) The City will post on the website the early voting locations and times as well as Election Day precinct locations.

7. United States Passport With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

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Past Remembered

A Visit to Schertz’ Ancestral Roots By Jim Webb IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, Dean Weirtz, chairperson of the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee, visited Riedisheim, France. The Schertz family was living in that area in the 1800’s when certain of its members decided to travel to the United States and some founded the city that bears their name.

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This was Dean’s third visit to Riedisheim. His first visit came while he was visiting a French cousin. Dean mentioned to her that the original settlers in his Texas town of Schertz came from Riedisheim, and asked if they might be able to visit it during his stay.

him there. When they arrived in Riedisheim there was an historical event going on. Dean met the president of the Riedisheim Historical Committee, Georges Meyer, and they talked about the Schertz family and its origins in Riedisheim.

She replied that she had grown up in Riedisheim and would be delighted to take

The two men agreed to maintain communication to explore the connections between the

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two towns. When Dean returned home, he told thenMayor Harold Baldwin of his Riedisheim visit and experiences. Mayor Baldwin suggested Dean become a member of the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee. Dean did just that and, a few months later, was elected committee chairperson. Early in his tenure, the


cooperation between the two cities was highlighted by issuing a Proclamation of Common Friendship signed by the Schertz Mayor and committee members.

Schertz residents better understand our city’s heritage. Dean also received paintings of the Riedisheim area done by one of the committee members, an accomplished artist.

Dean’s second Riedisheim visit in 2009 was intentional and pre-planned. He received the red carpet treatment. Present at this second meeting were the Mayor, City Council members, and local press representatives. Among the items given to Dean during this visit was a copy of the marriage certificate of Joseph and Anna Maria Schertz, the first of the family to settle in this general area.

In return, Dean presented the Riedisheim committee with a booklet he had compiled on the history of the Schertz area since the 1700’s, when Native Americans and buffalo roamed the area. It includes written history, photos and sketches.

Since their first meeting in 2007, Meyer had been working on documenting the Schertz family heritage in France. In each of the Riedisheim historical committee’s annual publication, The Bulletin, since 2008 there has been information related to the Schertz family and to our town of Schertz. The 2012 Bulletin contained articles and photographs on the Schertz committee’s historical designation projects. Dean’s third and most recent sojourn, like his second, was planned and coordinated in advance. Again, he and his cousins were warmly welcomed by the city and its historical committee. At the lunch meeting in Dean’s honor, Richard Kleinheny, the current Riedisheim committee president, presented Dean with a very special gift – the genealogy of the Schertz family in France in the 1700’s. The committee paid a professional researcher to search for and gather this information. It is an invaluable addition to helping current and future

Dean acknowledges that he does not speak French. When he meets with folks in Riedisheim, many of them speak English. In fact, one of their committee members is a professor of English! For this project, Dean prepared the publication in English, and then translated it into French using a computer translation program, crossing his fingers that the end result would be readable by its French recipients. Members of the Riedisheim committee told Dean they hope to make a visit to Schertz in the near future. Dean also hopes that he might lead a group of local committee members and other interested citizens on a visit to Riedisheim and the surrounding area. In addition to being the Schertz family’s ancestral home, the area is very scenic and is of historical interest. In nearby Colmar, Frederick Bartholdi sculpted the Statue of Liberty, and his model is on display there. The Vosges Mountains, a natural boundary between France and Germany, were the sites of several battles in both World Wars. The area boasts many vineyards and

tourists enjoy driving the wine trail for both the scenery and the wine tasting. Dean was accompanied on this third trip by a cousin from Ohio, who had never been to Europe. Before getting to Riedisheim, they traveled to sites in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. They had an interesting adventure while visiting Florence, Italy. Dean wanted to show his cousin the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, popularly known as the “Duomo.” His cousin is unable to walk long distances, so Dean was attempting to locate a parking space sufficiently close to the cathedral. This required driving on crowded city streets, and getting into traffic circles (roundabouts as they are now called) from which it seemed impossible to exit. After what seemed like hours, they had made several trips around the Duomo area but to no avail. So they returned to their hotel. The next morning, they once again attempted to locate a convenient parking space but with no better luck than the day before. So, they departed Florence and headed to their next destination having to content themselves with long-distance views of the famed cathedral. One of Dean’s and the Historical Preservation Committee’s ongoing projects is to compile a photo book on Schertz’ history. This would be of value to local citizens and it could be the next gift he would present to the Riedisheim committee. If you have any photos or documents relevant to the area’s history and settlers, contact Dean at weirtz1@yahoo.com or call (512) 497-1621 .


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On Saturday, June 22, nearly 50 people, including 36 out-of-town young people, built a wire barrier against off-road traffic in Crescent Bend Nature Park. The young people, staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites and Fairfield Inn and Suites in Schertz - were from the Texas State Youth Conference (TSYC) being held in the area.

Young Volunteers Help Protect Crescent Bend Nature Park TSYC Conference Coordinator Michael Young said they wanted to do a community service project in the city where they were staying and he contacted the City of Schertz. The project involved the young people, aged 18 to 25, helping carry and place 320 bollards (posts) and string 1,500 linear feet of cable through holes in the bollards along roads in Crescent Bend. Five Parks and Recreation Depart-

ment employees, two local civilian volunteers, and five TSYC chaperons also worked on the project. The barrier is to help stop people from taking off road vehicles to natural areas and destroying them. The Parks and Recreation Department estimated the volunteers saved the City almost $4,100 in labor costs.

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SWAT Team Perfects Skills in Clemens Drill By Officer Hillory Halbardier

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Editor’s Note: Officer Halbardier is with the School Resource Division of the Schertz Police Department

terials that are available for the SWAT team upon response to an incident at any of the schools.

As parents pulled onto Buffalo Drive in the rear of Clemens High School to drop off their children at summer school, they might be alarmed to see a large group of Guadalupe County SWAT team members standing in the parking lot.

After the briefing, the team proceeded to Clemens and was presented with different “active shooter” scenarios to respond to.

What could be even more alarming to them might is the numerous police patrol vehicles, and a large military looking vehicle marked “SWAT” on campus. A feeling of relief calms their heart and mind as they drive past the sign displayed “POLICE TRAINING IN PROGRESS”. During the month of June, the Schertz Police Department School Resource Division hosted a day-long training for the Guadalupe County SWAT Team. The Guadalupe County SWAT Team is a collective team involving four different police agencies. Representatives from Cibolo, Schertz, and Seguin Police Department were there, along with several Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department Deputies. The training started at the Schertz Police Department with a briefing that included the history of the Schertz-CiboloUniversal City Independent School district, general layouts of the schools located within The City of Schertz, and orientation to the current emergency response ma-

According to the Department of Homeland Security, an active shooter is “is an armed individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” Before the SWAT team’s “response” - utilizing technology provided by the SCUCISD, along with the current emergency response materials - the team was able to plan a proper tactical entry into the building to respond to and eliminate the “active shooter”. After the threat was eliminated, the team continued to ensure the area was safe and secure while the SWAT medics tended to the “injured” role players. The SWAT team, as well as the role players inside the building were all armed with training rifles and training handguns that fire simunition rounds. The simunition rounds fire at approximately 600 feet per second and leave a colored paint mark upon impact. Although 600 feet per second is much slower than an ordinary bullet travels, it still can cause pain and injury if not utilized properly.

Having access to these training weapons and training rounds adds a more real life element to the training. It also increases the adrenaline in the team, which also makes the scenario more realistic. After the SWAT team ran through more than a half dozen scenarios, the team was escorted through various school campuses to become more familiar with the layouts. The training concluded for the day with a debriefing, and a plan to prepare additional training on the other school campuses in SCUCISD. Overall, the SWAT team enjoyed the training and felt that it will allow them to have a more prepared response should the need arise. It also gave the Schertz Police Department School Resource Division input and information to add to the emergency response material to ensure an educated and informed response. Although these emergency types of scenarios are few and far between, the safety of our students and community relies on prompt response from emergency personnel. We look forward to hosting many more trainings like these, and thank everyone and especially SCUCISD for their willingness to participate.

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Donation Makes Famous-Named Puppy Happy The Schertz Animal Services Department received a helpful donation of items from Christ The King Lutheran Church’s Outreach program Wednesday, June 26, including a rubber hamburger toy that drew the attention of a puppy with a familiar name. Ginobili, a pup dropped off with a sibling named Duncan, posed with Animal

Shelter Manager Shanna Roman (right) and Marilyn Paliani with the church, which is located in Universal City. The items include large carriers, food, cat litter, pet toys, and cleaning materials. Roman said this and any donation to Animal Services is always needed and appreciated.

Animal Adoption Center Construction Picks Up In this photo taken in mid-July, work crews have poured the concrete slab and and begun putting up steel framing for the City of Schertz’s $1 .96 million Animal Adoption Center. The voter-approved bond project, located on Community Circle Drive at the back of the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex, is slated to be finished next spring and give the Schertz area a state-of-the art adoption facility.

Thar’s Gold In Them Thar Feet At the June 18 City Council Meeting, Mayor Michael Carpenter congratulates Schertz Police Department Cpl. Steve Rolison for winning four gold medals in the Texas Police Games recently. Rolison ran five races in the Masters Division, winning for his age group and overall. He won gold medals in the 10K and the 5K races, first place honors in

the Masters Division in the 5K, 10K, 1500-meter, and the 800-meter races and a bronze in the mile-relay. Rolison, who was an accomplished runner in high school and college, has captured more than a dozen medals in the Texas Police Games over the past three years – most of them gold medals

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AUGUST EVENTS Civic Center:

Aug. 8 – Vendor/Craft Show Aug. 16 - Senior Center Gala Fundraiser Aug. 20 – Schertz Chamber Luncheon Aug. 23-24 – Hill Country Doll Show and Sale Aug. 29 – Schertz/Randolph Metrocom Chambers Mixer and Schertz Area Artz Council Art Display

1400 Schertz Pkwy, Bldg. #5

(210) 619-1600

Community Center:

Aug. 11, 18, 25 – BVYA Fall Ball Registration M-F, various times - Jazzercise M, W, Th 6pm - Zumba


Tuesday, 6

Thursday, 22

City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chamber

Economic Development Corporation, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

Tuesday, 13

City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

Monday, 26

Board of Adjustments, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

Wednesday, 14

Planning & Zoning, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

Monday, 19

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 5:30 PM – Bob Andrews Room

Tuesday, 20

City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

The City of Schertz will hold two Community Budget Meetings on the proposed FY 2013-14 City Budget. The meetings will go over the proposed budget and gather input from the public.

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The first meeting will be on Thursday, August 15, from 6-8 PM at Schertz First United Methodist Church, 3560 Roy Richard Drive (FM 3009).

City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

Wednesday, 28

Planning & Zoning, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

***Meeting locations may change, please visit schertz. com for confirmation.***

The second meeting will be Wednesday, August 21, from 6-8 PM at the Schertz City Council Chambers, 1400 Schertz Parkway. For more information call 311 .

CITY CALENDARZ

August 2013

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#info City of Schertz Elected Officials Mayor: Michael Carpenter

Council Members:

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Jim Fowler David Scagliola George Antuna, Jr. Cedric Edwards, Sr. Sydney H. Verinder

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