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City Council Michael Carpenter Mayor Mark Davis Councilmember Ralph Gutierrez Councilmember Scott Larson Councilmember Cedric Edwards Councilmember Robin Thompson Councilmember Angela Kiser Councilmember Bert Crawford Councilmember

Executive Team John Kessel City Manager Brian James Executive Director Dudley Wait Executive Director Kyle Kinateder Executive Director Sarah Gonzalez Assistant to the City Manager

VOLUME 32 ISSUE 12 32 Years and counting...!

PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY Public Affairs Department Linda Klepper Public Affairs Director Chuck McCollough Editor Melissa Geedman Marketing & Communications Specialist Alexis Souza Graphic Design Contributing Staffers Erin Matlock Office Manager Mary Spence Events Manager

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By Chuck McCollough, Editor


he December issue of Schertz Magazine has a variety of stories and photos to help readers enjoy the holiday season, bringing a special spirit of appreciation for many things like family, friends and helping others. Start with a profile of former City Councilmember Jim Fowler who recently finished serving more than 10 years on Council. A soft-spoken person whose positive actions resonate loudly, Fowler helped guide the City to its premier position.

Speaking of Jim Fowler, read the heartwarming Love Where You Live story about how the Schertz community responded to a neighborhood where many residents needed help with yard and home maintenance. An army of volunteers spent an autumn day doing repairs for the grateful residents who could not do it themselves. Also demonstrating the neighborly spirit of our community is a story about the Steve Simonson Community Volunteer event. Two longtime community service veterans - Ken



Mia Marco’s Pizza’s Lands National Award


Steele High School Snare Line All Female


Fowler's Community Service Ends One Chapter, Starts Another


Lou Cade Still Shooting Straight at 95


Then find the story of Lou Cade, a 95 year old man who doesn’t let his age slow him down. Lou is an avid archer who found a personal trainer at the YMCA who incorporated his archery skill into a wellness and fitness program. His energy and enthusiasm for life is symbolic of many seniors in the Schertz area.

all female this year. For the first time in school history, the snare line consists of five young women who both play and march to the beat of their own drums. Also look for stories about the City Council election, a biography of Miss Schertz, Trunk Or Treat, the Baldwin Golf Tournament, a local pizza business with a national ranking and much more. All that and more in Your Source For Hometown News - Schertz Magazine.

For a really upbeat story, read about the Steele High School Snare Line that happens to be

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Miss Schertz Sydney Fischer wishes everyone happy holidays. DECE






Greenwald and Jim Webb - were honored. Read about their contributions and their tradition of volunteering.

TALK OF THE TOWNZ Updatez Visionz / Chamber


Spring 2017 registration for all students ends January 8

The Alamo Colleges are an EOE. For any special accommodations issues or an alternate format, contact the Title IX Coordinator, (210) 485-0200.

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Veterans Day Remembrance Schertz and surrounding communities honored all veterans who have served in our nation’s military service at the 3rd annual Veterans Day Memorial ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on Friday November 11. Veterans Day marks the end of WW I at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 – and is especially important to the Schertz community and its large and longtime community of veterans. This year’s event brought out even more community involvement, stated coordinator, Ivory Freeman of The Chamber Military Affairs Committee (MAC). MAC is extremely proud to assist the City of Schertz in the planning and execution of this event and Mr. Freeman was elated at the amount of support that was offered to him in the preparation for the ceremony. Among the community support was the involvement of the student choir

from Founders Classical Academy, who performed the Star Spangled Banner; VFW Post 8315 who provided service representatives to receive the ceremonial wreaths; the Clemens AFJROTC Cadets and Mighty Buffalo Band, and master of ceremonies Tim Brown, USAF (Ret) owner of RE/MAX Corridor. Special thanks to: Commander, Louis Cartier USN, Retired Henry Conway USA, Narcisco Pulido USMC; Joe Brown USAF, Active Duty Shaw McCann, Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, guest speaker, Col. Michael Snell, Vice Commander 12th Flying Training Wing, JBSARandolph, Kathleen Shortland, Chamber MAC Chair Elect, volunteers from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Schertz Police Department and Citizens on Patrol and the Knights of Columbus in Schertz.



SZ Trunk or Treat Kicks Off Halloween Right By Emily Wallen

Schertz Fire Rescue kicked off Halloween early on October 29 by inviting the City of Schertz and its neighbors to come out to Pickrell Park for their annual Trunk or Treat fun. Adding new elements to this community favorite, this event promised all of the fun of normal trick-or-treating in a safe environment, allowing local businesses and organizations to get involved as well. The event provided a variety of entertaining Halloween themed activities for the family such as Trunk-or-Treating, a hay maze, games, a costume contest, a spooky hay ride, and ending the night with a Movie in the Park featuring Halloween favorite, "Hocus Pocus." Trunk or Treat collaborated with the Schertz YMCA this year-along with receiving generous volunteerism from local businesses- to deliver a larger community event, greatly enjoyed by all. Samuel Clemens National Honor Society members were also involved in the fun to fulfill their service hour requirements in a way that they enjoy and a way that creates lasting memories for their fellow community members. This event, just like many other family events hosted in Schertz, provided an enjoyable community outing that created memories that will be sure to last forever. The event was made possible by sponsors such as the City of Schertz, the Schertz Family YMCA, and many other local businesses. The Movie in the Park section of the event was hosted by Schertz Parks & Recreation.







Proclaiming the Gospel, Embracing the Doctrines of Grace

Proclaiming the Gospel, Embracing the Doctrines of Grace

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Currently Meeting at the Schertz Civic Center: 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Building #5 Schertz, TX 78154 210-858-8503 | A reformed church and member of the SBC.

SZ Schertz Magazine All Over The Map The map to the left shows just some of the places Schertz Magazine has traveled! Take your copy of Schertz Magazine when you travel and take a highresolution photo of the mag and you in front of a recognizable place and send to You might just make it into the magazine.

Underwater in Cozumel, Mexico

Hannah Borland brought a copy of the Schertz Magazine into the deep while visiting Cozumel Mexico.

Sedona, Arizona

Cynthia and Albert PeĂąa took Schertz Magazine with them to Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Arizona.


Jason Powasnik took Schertz Magazine to the Broncos vs. Falcons football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.


Princeton University, New Jersey

Sharon and Janet Young took Schertz Magazine to Princeton University on a trip to New Jersey.

CMSgt Brian Martin (left) and CMSgt (Ret) Mark Davis hold an issue of Schertz Magazine while conducting a site visit to the USAF’s Maui Space Surveillance System, located at the 10,000 foot summit of the Haleakala volcano in Maui,Hawaii.




Schertz YMCA Winter Break Camp The Schertz Family YMCA will be offering a Winter Break Camp for children ages 5 -12. There will be camp songs, games, crafts, movies, and a whole lot of holiday fun. This camp provides the opportunity for children to make new friends, stay active, and enjoy their holiday vacation in a fun, safe environment. Winter Camp Dates: December 19-23 & December 26-30. Cost is $75 (per week) for non-members and $55 (per week) for members. Winter Break Camp will run from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Y will provide one snack each day. Each camper will be responsible for bringing their own lunch daily. All activities will take place at the Schertz Family YMCA, Â 621 Westchester Drive. For more information, please contact Curt Jaeger at or call the YMCA at 210-619-1900.



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The Chamber Calendar December 15th After-Hours Mixer Hosted by: Texas State Optical Join us at Texas State Optical in Schertz (17460 IH 35 N, Suite 412) for The Chamber's December Mixer. This is a great opportunity to network, mingle with other Chamber Members and a chance to win Chamber cash. This event is FREE for Chamber Members and only $10 general admission; 5:30-7:00 pm.

SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual Baptist Emergency Hospital/Chamber Health & Wholeness Fair January 28, 2017 The Annual Health & Wholeness Fair will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Schertz Civic Center from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Sponsored by Baptist Emergency Hospital and presented by Schertz Cibolo Emergency Clinic and Northeast Methodist Hospital. Come out for free vision, hearing & health screenings, free flu shots, and a chance to visit with over 70 vendors. Start the new year off correctly and support local commerce! FREE admission and parking. For a complete listing of community events, visit:

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Baldwin Tourney Draws Big Crowd A beautiful day greeted the 90+ golfers taking part in the 6th Annual Hal Baldwin Scholarship Golf Tournament. Congratulations to teams Bluebonnet Palace, 1st Place; Schertz Bank & Trust, 2nd Place; and McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C, 3rd Place. To date, more than $20,000 has been awarded to Schertz seniors for their higher education needs. Thank you to our sponsors: Metro Ambulance B-COMM Constructors Frost Bank Ford Engineering Rep. John Kuempel C&W Properties SAMCO Inc Bexar Waste Tex-Star Bank RBFCU Abel’s Diner

Client Centric Wealth Management Dante’s Banquet Bert Crawford Don & Shirley Taylor Elkay Manufacturing Grumpy’s Café Richard Heller Homes Upstream Benefits Weisinger Law

The 7th Annual tournament will be held at Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center Friday, November 3, 2017.


December Library Events Gingerbread Party

The Sweetheart Court invites you to a Gingerbread Party at the Schertz Public Library. Join us for crafts, activities, and sweet treats. Friday, December 9 at 4:30 PM in the Children’s Program Room.

Cocoa and Carols

Join the Schertz Public Library for an evening of merry caroling, scrumptious cocoa and delicious treats. All ages welcome. Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 PM in the Children’s Program Room.

Polar Express

All aboard the Polar Express! Wear your pajamas and join us for this classic holiday movie including snacks and a craft. Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 PM in the Children’s Program Room.

Noon Year’s Eve

It’s the last day of 2016, and we’re hosting a special celebration for anyone who can’t stay awake until midnight. We’ll countdown to noon with our party hats and confetti. Join us Saturday, December 31 from 11:00 AM-12:15 PM in the Children’s Program Room.

Holiday Poetry Open Mic

Join us Saturday December 10 from 12:00 PM-2:30 PM for a special holiday poetry open mic program. Teresa Brown will be the featured poet at this event.

Make it-Take it Holiday Craft Night for Adults: Join us Thursday, December 15 at 6:00 PM in Library Meeting Room 1 for an exciting evening of making a few simple Pinterest inspired crafts. Please register for this event

online, by phone, or in person at the information desk. Please note: Children are more than welcome to accompany adults to the program, but the crafts are intended for adults ages 18+. Pre-registration is required for this program, as spaces are limited!

Basic Machine Sewing Classes

Have a sewing machine, but aren’t sure where to start? Join us this January for our new Basic Sewing Machine course with Patti Burditt. This program will be twice a month, the first Tuesday January 3 from 12:00 PM-2:00 PM and the third Thursday January 19 from 6:00 PM8:00 PM. Space is limited, please visit for registration and the course supply list. Contact the library at (210) 619-1700 for more information.




Love Where You Live Improves Mobile Villa Estates By Chuck McCollough The second Love Where You Live Community Cleanup Day took place October 22 at Mobile Villa Estates and left volunteers and those they help full of joy. “What we saw was a smaller operation than the first one in Aviation Heights, but we had more volunteers for this second cleanup,” said then City Councilmember Jim Fowler, one of the project’s key players. City Environmental Health Manager Jesse Hamilton also had a major role in making the cleanup project at Mobile Villa Estates, located near the Lowe’s store, a rousing success. “From my perspective this was an enjoyable challenge. It was exciting to see all of the hard work that everyone put in come together for a successful accomplishment. Many families’ lives were positively



impacted by the efforts of all the great volunteers and business sponsors. I look forward to seeing this and other community engagement efforts grow and evolve to meet the needs of our community,” he said.   Hamilton, whose division is part of the City Marshal’s Office, said roughly 150 to 160 volunteers worked to complete the neighborhood revitalization. The cleanup project worked on more than a dozen mobile home locations and included a lot of yard work: brush clearing, tree limb cutting, and other yard maintenance. There was also interior work done to some homes. Fowler said there were several large organizations, like Lowe’s and GE, that wanted to participate, bringing over a dozen volunteers. Churches and service groups

with multiple volunteers, individuals and families also wanted to contribute and help Mobile Villa residents improve their lives. Judy James has lived in Mobile Villa Estates since 1990 and was thrilled when so many volunteers came to her neighborhood for the giant cleanup. “This means the world to me, I am so excited and grateful,” she said with tears in her eyes and a big smile. “Look at all the bushes being trimmed and tree limbs being cut,” she said as dozens of volunteers removed overgrowth and weeds from properties. James had the happy expression of a child on Christmas morning as she once again saw her yard as it is suppose to be. “Look at that!” she said as a wood chipper reduced tree limbs and stumps to wood chips.

Mario Juarez, his wife MariaGill Juarez and their two sons couldn’t believe what volunteers did for their mobile home and yard area. “The volunteers are installing a shower kit,” Maria said. “They are also doing electrical, carpentry and other plumbing work. It is so wonderful,” she said. Fowler said not everyone who volunteered had a craft or specialty but they all made a contribution that brought renewed hope for a better life to residents and made the neighborhood look significantly better. After seeing major success with the two Love Where You Live projects, the City plans to continue having events where neighbors can help neighbors in need, Fowler said.


Miss Schertz I am Sydney Fischer and I am proud to serve as your 20162017 Miss Schertz. I am a 4-year member of the Sweetheart Court. I love staying active in my school. As a senior at Samuel Clemens, I am President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Varsity Swim Captain, and an active member of HOSA and Meet in the Middle. I also serve as 2017 Class Parliamentarian and as Secretary for my second year in National Honor Society. Outside of school, I spend as much time as I can volunteering. I have coached the BVYA Stingrays swim team since 2012, and enjoy working at the Schertz Library and Northeast Methodist Hospital as a lab intern. Academics are my highest priority; rigorous work in school has put me in the top 3% of my class. This year I have been awarded AP Scholar with Distinction and Academic All-State in swimming. I hope to continue my education at Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology to then go on to medical school. The Open Hearts program is a service project I initiated through the Sweetheart Court in 2015. This mentorship provides companionship and comradery for junior high girls through emphasis of volunteerism. I am very pleased with our influence as a group and proud to have expanded the program this year to a second school, now encompassing Ray D. Corbett and J. Frank Dobie Middle Schools. Sweethearts has shaped me into who I am in my most defining years and has made me proud to call Schertz, Texas my home.


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Sippel Reading And Leading Night Rocks By Sherrl Lynn Rodriguez, Special Education Teacher The synergy between Steele High School volunteers and Sippel Elementary School students was strong this year at the third Annual Reading and Leading Night held at Sippel. Nearly 100 Steele studentswearing their football, dance, cheerleading and ROTC uniforms- volunteered to help Sippel Elementary students lead their families through fun activities based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits. The book’s “seven habits” are part of the Sipple’s character building program, including

“The Leader in Me,” which teaches students to become proactive problem-solvers and goal-setting leaders. The “reading” part of the event, the school’s book fair, was enhanced by Steele volunteers assisting students with selecting books and reading their favorite books to small groups of children in the library. The culminating activity, a touchdown dance celebration, featured Habit 7, “Sharpen the Saw.” The celebration included

interactive entertainment and exercise led by the Steele Drum Line, Dance Team, and Cheerleaders -including Steele’s mascot, Knightro. The event was catered by the McDonald’s in Cibolo where General Manager William Standifer and his crew served over 350 meals to the families and volunteers. Some of the crew even “served up” a few dance moves at the end of the celebration.   In Covey’s terms, the event was a “win-win” situation for both Sippel Elementary and Steele High students. Students who

participated were introduced to future extracurricular opportunities, and those who volunteered at the event are enthusiastic about serving the community again in the future. Sippel Elementary Reading and Leading Night was a successful community event highlighting collaboration and leadership between SCUCISD students, faculty, schools and community.



Mia Marco’s Pizza Lands National Award


ike a surfer looking for the perfect wave, Derek Sanchez is continually looking for the perfect pizza and took 12th Place at the World’s Best Traditional Pizza in Las Vegas this year. “I’ve always been a pizza guy,” says Derek with a shrug. “As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the taste of pizza.” Wherever he would travel he asked the locals where to find the best pizza. His passion did not stop at eating and tastinghe wanted to know how it was made. Derek’s friendly and outgoing personality caused restaurant owners to invite him into the kitchen. “New York pizzaioli (pizza makers) are very secretive about their recipes”, said Derek, “yet they invited me in to see how real New York pizza is made.”

By Stan Leland Derek’s dad, an Army engineer and WW2, Korea and Vietnam vet, filled him with a passion for excellence. “’Do it right or don’t mess with it’ was one of Dad’s life lessons,“said Derek. No detail is too small to consider. Derek examines his yeast with a microscope to make sure it is healthy and doing its job in the dough. Though his Dad passed away when he was only 12, he had already made a deep impact on the trajectory of Derek’s life. “My Dad was my hero. He inspired a love of math and science that continues today in my Physical therapy practice and in my pizza business,“said Derek. At both Biomotion Physical Therapy and at Mia Marco’s Pizza, Derek strives for 100% excellence with every detail,every treatment, and every pizza! continued on page 28



FEATUREZ Mia Marco's Pizaa Lands National Award cont’d from page 27

For years Derek would make pizza at his house and invite friends and neighbors. “Having 30 people in the house was common”, remembers Derek. “I was continually experimenting and trying out new combinations.” Since his mother was born in Italy, he has gone back to visit family in Italy. While there Derek explored Italian pizza shops and learned the secrets of generations of pizzaioli. Always on the search for the best ingredients, he tried over 300 cheeses before deciding on the ones he uses now. His sausage comes from a New

York sausage maker who has been making sausage for 50 years and he gets herbs from an organic farm in Marion. “We start our dough on Tuesday morning at 5:30 am to be ready for cooking on Thursday night,” said Derek. “The slow leavening gives a better flavor and texture to the pizza”. His homemade pizzas became popular and before long he was getting calls from people he’d never met asking for pizza. He began catering for friends and it became necessary to move out of the house. Investing in a food trailer, Derek created

I’ve always been a pizza guy... Mia Marco’s Pizza, named after his two children. The portable restaurant and the partnership with his friend, Joey Hernandez, allows him to maintain his two very busy careers as a physical therapist and pizzaiolo. His search for the secrets of great pizza has taken him to New York, Chicago and Italy. Along the way he has met some of the masters of the pizza art and been blessed with becoming friends and “pizza” brothers with many driven by pizza perfection. One man, John Arena, of Metro Pizza in Las Vegas, has become a mentor for Derek. John Arena’s 35 years in the business has introduced him to the larger world of international pizza makers. Derek said, “I

have been to many pizzerias and met many pizza guys and ladies, but to me, there are none even close to John”. Derek will boldly tell you that this “pizza thing” has certainly been a gift from God and has been used to touch people. We do it to bless folks with really great pizza!     Two years ago, John invited Derek to attend the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. This expo is the largest gathering of pizzaioli in the world. With an exhibit hall the size of 6 football fields, it attracts attendees from all over the world. Each year the Expo holds the International Pizza Contest (IPC). Hundreds of the finest pizzaioli in the world from over 20 different countries compete in five different categories; Traditional, non-traditional, Pan, Pizza Napolitana, and Gluten free. The winners get $5-10,000 cash and legitimate bragging rights. The traditional category is a three ingredient pizza; crust, sauce and cheese, cooked on a 12 inch pan. “The simplest is the hardest,” remarked Derek. After the contest had ended, Derek was in the kitchen

area with John talking to the judges. Somebody made a comment about Derek’s talent and the challenge was given, “OK kid, let’s see what you can do.” Using what was left in the kitchen Derek made his pizza. The judges gathered around and sampled the pie. One by one they expressed amazement at the flavor. They admitted to Derek that he would have won the world championship if he had entered.

this year in March 2017 we will be ready!”

Encouraged, Derek and Joey went back last year as an official entrant. Derek placed 12th out of 60 entries in the finals of the traditional category. “Last year was a learning experience,” said Derek, “When the IPC is held

“Most people only get to do one thing they like in life while the Lord has blessed me with two things I love!"

In the meantime Derek and Joey’s “passion for perfection” can be tasted every Thursday night at Old Main Ice House in Cibolo and in the parking lot of Total Primary Health Care (South of Gillman Honda on 1518) on Friday and Saturday night. “I feel blessed by God”, said Derek. “I’m a doctor of P.T. and a Pizza guy!”



Steele High School Snare Line All Female By Lucille Sims Thomas


irl power with a boom. That’s the name of the game these days for the Steele High School Marching Band snare line. For the first time in school history, the snare line consists of five young women who both play and march to the beat of their own drums. “We have five females and it’s pretty rare – especially at the 6A level where you typically have more people playing snare drum,” said Steele percussion instructor Bryan Fenzl. “I’ve been teaching for 13 years and I’ve seen it only one other time in my career. And we do a lot of traveling here at Steele High School – our football team is pretty good so we play a lot of football and go deep into the playoffs –  so we see a lot of opposing bands!” The snare drum is a percussion instrument that produces a sharp staccato sound when struck. In addition to being used in marching bands, it’s also used in orchestras, concert bands and parades. The snare line is part of the battery, which is marching percussion. In marching band, there is the battery percussion with drums that actually go out onto the field with the band, and then there’s the front ensemble that’s made up of

FEATUREZ Senior Monah Valentine,17, is the Steele Band snare line captain. This is her first year on the snare line, although she has been playing the instrument since she was in sixth grade. “All my family members were in band and one of my older brothers played percussion. He convinced me that percussion was the best instrument and he was right,” said Valentine, who is starting the audition process to play snare drum at the college she hopes to attend.

instruments that aren’t carried onto the field. The young women in the Steele Band snare line come from different grade levels with one senior, three juniors and a sophomore. Fenzl has known some of them since they were in fifth, sixth and seventh grade because he used to be an instructor at an intermediate school that feeds into Steele. They’ve all been percussionists since they first decided to be in band and they all auditioned and won their places on the Steele snare line this year.

Lauren May,16, has been on the snare line for two years and said she always wanted to play the instrument. The Steele junior has been a percussionist for five years. Her interest in the snare drum was piqued after she saw someone walking with one. “I used to go watch the Steele

drum line when I was in middle school and I always knew I wanted to do that,” May said. Vanessa Rodriguez has been on the snare line at Steele for two years and is in 11th grade. The 16-year-old remembers being recruited for band in elementary school and gravitated to the snare drum after watching half-time shows at football games. “I’m not from Texas – I’m from California and in California there wasn’t really a big band interest. I guess when I moved to Texas, like football is really big and band too, and I wanted to be a part of it,” Rodriguez said. Brianna Martin,16, started playing the instrument back in fifth grade and has been on the Steele snare line for two years. The Steele junior started playing the instrument

because she had some physical limitations that had to be considered when she chose her instrument. “Mine was more about physical ability. I love music and my uncle is actually a percussionist. I have asthma so it’s hard for me to breathe –  I can’t breathe into an instrument, so I had to go into something where I don’t have to breathe,” Martin said. Martin said she likes the camaraderie the five girls have as the Steele snare line. “I think that this year has been really fun because we’re all girls and we can kind of understand each other and what we’re going through. We’re about the same age and we’ve bonded really well, so we can play really well together. That’s really helped us grow as percussionists to make the experience better,” she said. Fifteen-year-old Brigid Krbec continued on page 32

“Snare drum is really difficult to make – really all of the battery instruments are pretty tough to make. There’s a lot of competition – a lot of people want to do it. So it was neat that this happened this way, and it was one of those coincidences that happened,” Fenzl said.



FEATUREZ Steele High School Snare Line All Female cont’d from page 31 started play the snare drum in fourth grade with a percussion ensemble group. “My brother was in high school when I was in beginning band and I would go to his rehearsals and watch sometimes. I saw snare and it interested me,” the Steele sophomore said. Krbec also likes the camaraderie of the all-female snare line. “Playing snare kinda feels like one family this year. It’s like a second family to your actual family,” she said Krbec said. Steven Deater, head band director of the 225-member Steele High School marching band, is glad to see young

women rising to the occasion to fill what has traditionally been male positions in high school marching bands. “It’s nice to see the girls stepping up and filling in those shoes. They’re kind of breaking the mold of the old attitude that only boys play drums – it’s kind of neat to see that happen – where the girls are able to hang with the boys,” he said. Clearly, gender stereotypes are fading away as far as what instruments students play these day and percussionist instructor Fenzl said, “That’s great to see.”


Fowler’s Community Service Ends One Chapter, Starts Another By Chuck McCollough


ormer City Councilmember Jim Fowler has a good amount of paradox in his life.

Fowler is a soft-spoken person whose positive actions resonate loudly; he’s a former warrior who has spent many years making the world a more peaceful place - one person at a time. After more than 10 years on the Schertz City Council - where robust debate helps that body make thoughtful decisions - Fowler’s future will include a quiet but strong drive to improve the lives of less fortunate neighbors. Mayor Michael Carpenter has served 10 years on City Council with Fowler and said he is an amazing person. “Jim Fowler has been the constant gentleman on the City Council since the day he first sat in the Place 1 chair. No other councilmember, continued on page 34



FEATUREZ Fowler's Community Service Ends One Chapter, Starts Another cont’d from page 31

in my estimation, has, as consistently as Jim has, shown a measured, consistent and clear sense of reason, respect and fair play during his tenure of service,” Carpenter said. “His gentle, fatherly way has been a gift given to the City Council, staff, and the people of Schertz - a gift given freely and one that has been indispensable in maintaining a collegial atmosphere on Council even during the most aggressive debates” the mayor said. Carpenter went on to say, “Personally, I owe Jim a debt

of gratitude - his gentleness and genuine love for his fellow man has inspired and instructed me in my role as mayor and a person. City Manager John Kessel has worked closely with Fowler for more than five years and said his advice has been very helpful in making the City a better place for all. “Mr. Fowler is a rare combination of mind and heart, with separate degrees in electrical engineering, biblical theology, as well as an MBA. Each of these disciplines has shaped

his approach as a City Councilmember, an approach that balances equal parts attention to detail and compassion.” Kessel said Fowler has been a strong leader on the City Council, particularly in the second half of his decade of service, a time marked by transition and change due to the passing of long-time Mayor Hal Baldwin in 2012. “Jim used his position on City Council to help navigate the inevitable transition time with the aplomb as only comes with experience and clear vision.”



“For me, Mr. Fowler was a mentor and I will miss our discussions. We often talked through significant issues in one-on-one meetings that involved truth seeking most of all. I found Jim to always seek what was best for the whole community, the long term success of the organization, and the effectiveness of the Council as a body, rather than seeking even the hint of selfaggrandizement or power. “I believe Mr. Fowler’s greatest achievements have always been for others, not himself, and he is an inspiration to me in living out one’s values and faith,” the City Manager said.

His gentle, fatherly way has been a gift given to the City Council, staff, and the people of Schertz...

for Aerodynamics testing. On December 31, 1980 he retired from the Air Force and the next day went to work for Pan Am World Services (which later became Johnson Controls World Services) as a civilian doing the same job he did with the Air Force. Johnson Controls World Services then moved Jim and wife Pat Fowler and their children to Houston where he worked from 1985-1997 as a government contractor at the Johnson Space Center.

Fowler joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957 and served as an enlisted man for 11.5 years before the service gave him a chance to become an officer through the Air Education and Commissioning Program. “I attended the University of Wyoming and got a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering and became a lieutenant,” he said. Fowler’s next assignment was at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, California. and he was assigned as the Chief of all electronic in a nuclear lab. During that Cold War era Fowler had two missions. “We collected nuclear air samples

from nuclear air blasts and the second mission was taking the samples back for analysis,” he said. From there Fowler moved to Los Angeles where he worked for the Space and Missile System organization to work on creation of a tactical weather satellite system that could be used by all branches of the U.S. military. “The system would be able to see the weather over an area we wanted to see every 120 minutes,” he said. In 1979 the Air Force moved Fowler to Tennessee and the National Research Center

“When Johnson Controls lost their contract at NASA I was reassigned to BAMC in San Antonio as an Environmental, Safety and Quality Control Manager for Johnson Controls contract from 1997-to June 2001.” “Days later on July 4, 2001 I was on a plane to China doing missionary work in Inner Mongolia teaching conversational English for 40 days,” Fowler said with a slight laugh and the fast pace of his life at that time. His involvement with China during the Cold War and years later as a missionary symbolizes the paradoxical occurrences in his life.

By 2006 the Fowlers had moved to Schertz and were active in their church. Wendy Swan, a member of their church, said she thought some local Christian men should run for City Council. Both Jim and Pat Fowler thought he should give it a try and he was elected and served for the last decade. “When I first started on City Council I was struck by the fact members were respectful of each other and could disagree on topics and subjects but once a vote was taken that issue was settled and we moved on to other city business.” Even while he was on City Council, Fowler continued to reach out and improve skills and share those with others. “I volunteered at the Hispanic Baptist Theological School for nine years and earned a BA in Biblical Theology,” he said. Fowler has left City Council but his efforts to improve the Schertz area community goes on. He has been part of two Love Where You Live cleanups (see related story) and plans to help put on similar events in the future.




Lou Cade

Still Shooting Straight At 95 By Shelby Adelsen


hey say that age is just a number, and here in Schertz, no one is proving that to be more true than 95 year-old Lou Cady. A competitive archer for over 50 years, Lou competes with his recurve bow in up to six different tournaments around



the state of Texas every year. Active in his youth as a fisherman, member of the Air Force, and in his free time a glider pilot as well as an archer, Lou recognizes the importance of staying healthy and strong at his

age, especially if he wants to keep competing. And he does, with the guidance of his personal trainer and friend, Joy Graham.

license so that she is better able to assist elderly members, who make up about half of her clients, to the best of her ability.

Joy is a personal trainer at the YMCA and has gotten her senior citizens’ training

Lou first shot a bow and arrow in the 60’s which he continued on and off until 2000, when he

really got invested in the sport. Since then, he has competed in indoor tournaments across the state. Austin, Canyon Lake, and Georgetown are just a few that he has attended. Lou uses a recurve bow (the type of bow used in the Olympics) and shoots 60 arrows at a target during each round. As he has gotten older, his love for indoor archery has grown and knows he has to stay strong in order to continue competing. Last November, Lou said he was milling around the YMCA, “not doing too much”, when he and Joy met. He had thought of getting a personal trainer before he met Joy, but she took him on and went above and beyond in his training. Meeting twice a week for a half hour, Joy has Lou focus on exercises that improve his balance, strengthen his legs and back, and keep him fit to shoot.

learns from Lou every day. “He’s a good client,” she said. “He’s his own man and always pushes himself. When I say do 12 reps he tries to sneak in 15, even 20 sometimes.” Lou’s motivation to stay strong and push himself is fueled not only by his love of archery, but also his passion for everyday life. Lou lives by himself and is immeasurably grateful for how training with Joy has not only helped his archery, but also improved his life and kept him safe at home. He loves having a personal trainer because they can focus on his exact needs at the gym and said his archery program goes right along with the exercise program.

Joy has since gone the extra mile for someone as extraordinary as Lou. He brought her a book titled The Fundamentals of Target Archery, which Joy then read cover-to-cover so she could adapt the movements into specific exercises, and even took pictures while he shot so they could study and improve his posture.

Simple things like balance and basic leg strength are often taken for granted, but as Lou gets older are invaluable to him. He recalled a time when he had to sit down to put his trousers on, but has worked on his balance and can once again do it standing up. He also fell outside his home and credits his training and exercise for his ability to get back up on his own. Lou encourages other senior citizens to get a personal trainer and exercise as well, with particular emphasis on balance training.

“She doesn’t coddle me, and that’s the key,” said Lou. “She’s the best trainer they’ve got, no doubt about it.”

“For elderly people, the exercise helps them live better,” said Lou. “And that’s all there is to it.”

But Lou Cady isn’t the only one benefitting from this experience. Just as Lou learns from her, Joy said that she also

Lou gives all the credit of his continued success and health to Joy, and through his strength of mind and

determination they improve and learn from each other every week. Lou said he will keep shooting and competing until he physically can’t, but it doesn’t look like that day is coming any time soon. He wants to share his message, success story, and partnership with Joy with others, especially senior citizens, who he urges to stay as active as possible.

“Any time I can convince a senior citizen to shoot a bow and arrow, I’ll do it,” said Lou. “Because it’s a good, easy exercise and it exercises your whole body.” He also hopes that his story might inspire others to pick up a bow and arrow and share in his love for the sport so they can all live longer, happier, and healthier.



Greenwald and Webb Honored At Simonson Volunteer Event


Ken Greenwald (center) holds his Simonson Volunteer of the Year Award Two pillars of the community were honored for their many years of service during the 2016 Steve Simonson Volunteer of the Year Service Award event held October 20. Ken Greenwald and Jim Webb were recognized for their selfless devotion to improving the quality of our area. They were honored along with other community volunteers. Greenwald was named 2016 Steve Simonson Community Service Award Volunteer Of the Year and Webb was named the Distinguished Volunteer. Greenwald came to the San Antonio/Schertz area during his 24-year career in the U.S military service and then worked as a civilian contractor for a time; he retired in 2006.

His strong sense of volunteering includes many years with the Buffalo Valley Youth Association (BVYA) and serving on a number of governmental bodies including the Schertz City Council, the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation (SSLGC), and the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority.


Webb has served on several community and regional groups that have had a significant impact on Schertz youth and adult community education programs. He is a contributing writer for Schertz Magazine specializing on stories about local history. The event also honored the many residents who serve on City boards and commissions that help City Council make thoughtful decisions about many topics.

Jim Webb (center) holds his Distinguished Volunteer Award




GVEC Presents City of Schertz $20,000 Grant The City of Schertz was recently awarded a $20,000 POWER UP Grant courtesy of Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC). Funds received from the POWER UP Grant will help the City install public restrooms at the Community Playscape. The Community Playscape, constructed in 2013, has quickly become a favorite in the community. Its size, number of unique play features, and proximity to the Library and Recreation Center has made it one of the busiest and well-liked parks in the community. The park is not only a local draw, but a regional draw too, attracting community members to visit on a regular basis.

As visitation has increased, the need for restroom facilities has increased as well. Visitors currently are guided to use restroom facilities at the Library or Recreation Center, visiting hours altering the accessibility to use restrooms. The lack of a park restroom is a detriment to the overall park experience and poses an inconvenience for visitors. “Facilities such as this are so important to providing a great overall experience for the visitors of the Playscape area. On behalf of the members of GVEC, we are proud to support this project and look forward to it serving the families of Schertz for generations to come,” said Tammy Thompson,

Communications and PR Manager for GVEC. City staff determined that a restroom facility at the Community Playscape should be a priority and incorporated the project into the FY 2016-17 Budget. Staff research showed that a prefabricated restroom building would be the best fit for the Playscape and the most economical choice. “The City of Schertz Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department sought an alternative source of funding for construction/ installation of a new outdoor restroom at the Community Playscape,” said Chuck Van Zandt, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services

Department Director. “We applied for a GVEC POWER UP grant and were successful in that effort.” The restroom installment is projected to open to the public by summer 2017 with a grand opening celebration scheduled in spring 2017. The completion of the restroom building at the Community Playscape will complete the vision for the complex and provide a much-needed amenity for this important community feature. GVEC has previously awarded the City grants for other projects, including the $20,000 POWER UP Grant in May 2013 for the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Schertz.

City Council Unofficial Election Results (as of press time)

Here are the unofficial Schertz City Council election results from the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Election: MAYOR Michael R. Carpenter

PLACE 2 Ralph Gutierrez

Place 1 Mark Davis

Place 6 Angelina Kiser

Place 7 Bert Crawford


Volunteers Needed for City Boards and Commissions Joining one of the City of Schertz Boards or Commissions is a great way to influence the future of Schertz. Come be a part of ‘your’ growing community. Be active! Serve now! Applicants must be a resident of the City of Schertz, Texas, unless the authorized

ordinance or law creating the Board or Commission specifically states otherwise. For more information on City of Schertz volunteer boards, or to apply for a vacancy, visit the City website at www. to download an application or call the City Secretary’s Office at 210-6191030.

Current Vacancies: •

Board of Adjustments (BOA) – Alternate member #2,

Economic Development Corporation (EDC) -Regular Member,

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – Regular Member, Regular Member,

Alternate #1, Alternate #2,

Schertz Historical Preservation Committee – Regular Member,

Transportation Safety Advisory Commission (TSAC) – Regular Member,

Alternate #1, Alternate #2,

Planning & Zoning Commission – Regular Member




Proclamation Salutes Municipal Court Week In the photo to the left, Mayor Michael Carpenter holds up a proclamation passed by City Council declaring November 7-11 Municipal Court Week in Schertz. Helping the mayor are ( from left) Angela Green, Sr. Deputy Court Clerk; and Patti Veliz, Court Director.. The Council proclamation was passed “in recognition of the fair and impartial justice offered to our citizens by the Municipal Court of Schertz.”

Young Boy Becomes Youngest SPD “Officer” The Schertz Police Department held a swearingin ceremony November 1 for its youngest officer, a 3-year-old boy battling leukemia who wishes of becoming a police officer. Little Eli Hoag was all smiles as Schertz PD Sgt. John Eisen and Officer Helen Lafitte paid visit to his house. Officer Lafitte decided to make this happen after seeing a Facebook post asking if an officer could visit Eli. Little Hoag was full of surprises as his wish was finally coming true, several special gifts given to him as well. She arranged to present Eli with the same sleeve patch SPD officers wear on their uniforms. Eli was full of excitement as he saw the inside of the police car and was sworn in with the same oath Schertz officers take. Eli is now an official Schertz Junior Police Officer and part of the SPD family. The visit gave Eli wonderful memories and left his family and SPD officers with big smiles.



Public Gets Sneak Peek At Natatorium Curious members of the community got a sneak peek of the Schertz Natatorium on Thursday, November 3. The open house format let visitors come and go at their leisure after viewing the interior work progress. Among those taking tours of the inside of the facility were City Council members, Senior City Staff and members of the Clemens swim team and their families. For many months people have watched the Natatorium construction site go from two large holes to a building that will be ready in a few months. The aquatic center is located near the Schertz Family YMCA, Schertz Area Senior Center, Schertz Public Library and the Community Playscape. Schertz voters approved the Natatorium as part of a 2010 bond project. The City of Schertz partnered with the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal School District and the YMCA to construct an aquatic center that could meet the needs of as many of members of the public as possible. Construction of the Natatorium, officially known as the Schertz Aquatic Center, is slated for completion around year’s end and scheduled to be in use in the first quarter of 2017.




SFR Fire Prevention Week Posters Winners To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Schertz Fire Rescue in 2016, the department hosted a Fire Prevention Week poster contest at area schools. The winning posters and artists were presented to City Council on October 25. The winners were: K-4TH GRADE 1st place – Deyton Boney 2nd grade – Rose Garden Elementary. 2nd Place – Deja Smith   4th grade – Schertz Elementary 3rd place – Daniella Anderson 2nd Grade – Rose Garden Elementary. 3rd place – Brady Morrison 4th Grade – Sippel Elementary. 5TH-8TH GRADE 1st place – Trace Furlong 5th grade – Wilder Intermediate. MAYOR’S CHOICE Samantha Swift 3rd grade Cibolo Valley Elementary.

Sewer Averaging Will Affect Residents 2016-2017 Bills 44


Sewer average for the winter months begins on October 24, 2016 and continues through March 6, 2017 for cycle billing. Meter readings taken over this period determine your sewer average for the next billing year, which begins April 1. The readings will be averaged and the average will be multiplied by $3.79. That total will be added to the base rate of $11.16 for residents with an

average below 12,000 gallons. For residents with usage greater than 12,001 gallons, that portion of the average will be multiplied by $8.34 and that total will be added to the rate of $11.16 for residential use. The resulting average will be your sewer charge for the next 12 months. For more information, visit or call 210-619-1100.

CIVIC NEWZ Looking Back


Quote of Note

“What is the fire in your belly but the eternal flame of a thousand ancestors” Robert Brault

Local History

On December 9,1933, Randolph Masonic Lodge #1268 was formed with 65 charter members. Several distinguished Schertz citizens have served as Lodge Master to include: Henry P. Veder, Fido F. Dietz, Glen W. Jarrett, Woodie D. English, George Pickrell, and Dr. Roy Richard.

Texas History On December 15, 1855, troopers of the elite Second United States Cavalry Regiment entered Texas for the purpose of protecting the Texas frontier. The regiment was known as “Jeff Davis’s Own” as its officers had been handpicked by then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. The Second eventually supplied one-half of the general officers of the Confederate Army. During its stay in Texas the companies of the regiment were involved in forty engagements along the western and northern frontier.

Presented by the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee in the interest of historical perspective and community awareness of local historical legacies.

Senior Line Dancers Every Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM at Community Center



#info December 2016 Tuesday, 6

Annual Events:

City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers


City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

Festival of Angels December 2 Movie In The Park December 10


Selma-Schertz- 5K Run January 21


Wilenchik Walk For Life March 4 Music In The Park TBD

Be sure to check out for more event info!

Tuesday, 13

Wednesday, 14

Planning & Zoning, 6:00 PM Council Chambers

Tuesday, 20

City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chamber

Monday, 26

Christmas (City Offices Closed)

Meeting locations may change, please visit the calendar at for more information.

Schertz City Council Mayor: Michael Carpenter

(210) 619-1045

Council Members:

Mark Davis (210) 376-9141 Ralph Gutierrez (210) 376-9231 Scott Larson (210) 376-9835 Cedric Edwards, Sr. (210) 566-4540 Robin Thompson (210) 204-8649 Angelia Kiser (210) 376-9579 Bert Crawford (210) 376-9780

City Departments:

City of Schertz (210) 619-1000 Animal Control (210) 619-1550 Business/Utilities (210) 619-1100 City Manager (210) 619-1000 City Secretary (210) 619-1030 Civic Center (210) 619-1600 Customer Care/311 (210) 619-1000 Economic Development (210) 619-1070 EMS (non-emergency) (210) 619-1400 Fire (non-emergency) (210) 619-1300 Human Resources (210) 619-1150 Information Technology (210) 619-1180 Inspections (210) 619-1750 Marshal Services (210) 619-1650 Municipal Court (210) 619-1500 Parks & Recreation (210) 619-1850 Planning & Zoning (210) 619-1780 Police (non-emergency) (210) 619-1200 Public Affairs (210) 619-1630 Public Library (210) 619-1700 Public Works (210) 619-1800 Records (210) 619-1030 Website



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