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PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY THE Schertz Public Affairs Office B. E. Bailey Director, Public Affairs, Publisher Chuck McCollough Editor Alexis Souza Creative Director Chris Matzenbacher Sales Director Mary Spence Business Manager Linda Ervin Administrative Assistant Shelby Oâ€™Neill Copy Editor Brittany Losey Senior Writer Diana Webb Cover Photographer
Contributing Writers B.E. Bailey, Chuck McCollough, Mary Spence, Brittany Losey, Julie Cooper, Gabby Ford, Taylor Tompkins, Rick Smith, Lucille Sims Thomas, Andrea Allinger, Carolyn Angello, Elise Baker, Kari Bridges Photographers B.E. Bailey, Chuck McCollough, Mary Spence, Mike Harris, Bryan Nguyen, Joe Herczeg, C.A. Mallard, Diana Webb, Julie Cooper, Lucille Sims Thomas, Chris Matzenbacher, Andrea Allinger, Kari Bridges, Ralph Notaro, David J.Harris, shutterstock.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. ÂŠ 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.
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What do a library, medical office and bird sanctuary have in common? In Schertz, the answer is sun power at work.
What a kick! Brazilian soccer coming
This should help the Gold Cup Withdrawal Effect
Training camp from Soccer Superpower a dream for kids, parents
Helping Those Who Help Preserve Our Freedom
Community Rallies Around Wounded Vet and Family Country Music Star and others bring smiles to LaDuke family with an apartment do-over
Webb Wows Viewers With Nature Shots
Hobby Offers Whole New View of Life
Picking up a camera has transported one local woman to a new world of wonder. And she is having a blast!
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Schertz is “Where the Sun Shines Brighter” and the July cover reflects that.stellar spotlight as well as the new city logo: Community. Service.Opportunity. Maybe we should call Schertz “Sun City.”
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19 Entertainment Extraz 24 Teens Seek Summer Fun 26 St. Joseph’s Chapel 29 Local Talent Headed to NFL 31 Robert Keeps Customers Rolling 37 Kitchen Kudos: Encanto Grill 38 Profilez: C.A. Mallard 40 Focuz: Cousins Call Schertz Home 44 Fitnezz: Senior Makes a Comeback 45 My Take: Summer in Schertz 47 Government Round-Up & Calendar
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By Chuck McCollough, Editor
I started covering Schertz in 1995 as an Express-News reporter and continue that enjoyable job into the present as editor of this magazine. In that 16-year period, I’ve been impressed time and again at the innovation, imagination and determination of this city and its residents to be at the head of the pack on good ideas and good policy. Examples abound and include future planning for water supply and infrastructure (roads, drainage, etc.) and quality of life issues - the library, recreation center and senior center.
In the July issue, we look at another area where Schertz is ahead of the crowd – solar energy. We spotlight three examples of sun power use in our area even as San Antonio is making a major solar energy push that includes three more solar panel farms in the area selling the power to CPS Energy. Schertz Magazine also looks at how teens and other youngsters are having fun in the sun this summer, how the local community is helping a wounded veteran and how two photographers are capturing the natural beauty of our area. You will find all that and more in this month’s issue.
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Lions Sponsor Free Early Childhood Vision Screening The Schertz-Cibolo Lions Club is sponsoring a free early childhood vision screening on Saturday, July 23, between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM at the Schertz Pubic Library, located at 798 Schertz Parkway. The screening will take place in Meeting Room No. 2 in the children’s library area. Screenings are for children ages one to four years old and designed to identify and hopefully address vision abnormalities in young children before they start school. For more information, call the Schertz-Cibolo Lions Club at (210) 566-4540.
Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza Phase 2 Starting Soon SPV Ventures, LLC, announced June 17 that it had closed on a $3.8 million construction loan with Frost National Bank of San Antonio to immediately commence construction on the second phase of its planned approximately 56,000 square foot medical/ professional office complex known as Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza at 5000 Schertz Parkway and IH-35. The first phase, completed in October 2010 and comprised of 18,000 square feet in two
adjacent buildings, houses medical offices for Northeast OB/GYN Associates, Northeast Pediatric Associates and Northeast Endocrinology. Construction on the second phase is scheduled to begin immediately and it will house tenants including Northeast Children’s Dentistry and the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. Barring any weather delays, SPV expects to complete construction in January 2012.
Artists Crossing Ahead: ARTZ ‘11 Shows Up July 21 The Schertz Artz Council presents Artz ‘11, a 1950s art movement, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on July 21 in the Schertz Civic Center, located in building five of 1400 Schertz Parkway.
Admission is free for guests, and artists pay $5 to have their artwork displayed. The event will have food and music. For more information, visit schertzareaartzcouncil.org.
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SCHERTZ Businesses On The Move Fancy Faces Dog Grooming and Boarding, 1420 Schertz Parkway Suite 150. Owners Danish Manasiya and Zara Zulfiqar have been in their location about three months and said they are getting a warm welcome from the community. Call (210) 566-6623 for more information. Pastry Bliss Bakery, 1420 Schertz Parkway, Suite 270, has been open about three months. The bakery has cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes, muffins, scones and a variety of decorated cakes, from birthday to baby shower to wedding cakes. Call ( 210) 386-2428. Impressions Family Hair Studio moved June 1 to 1208 FM 78, Suite C (near intersection of FM 3009). Owner Rosie Bocanegra said she wanted to move the seven-year-old hair salon to a better location. Call (210) 566-0803 for more information.
Schertz Public Library Fills its Piggy Banks Schertz Public Library Director Gail Douglas, left, and Carolyn White look at a blue fundraising pig and a book at the library. Blue piggy banks were donated by Capital One Bank to the library as a fundraising project for patrons who adopted the pigs and returned them to the library when the pigs were full. “Eric and Carolyn White donated $1 million toward the construction of the stateof-the-art public library and then another $100,000 to help purchase books and computers, but Mr. White could not fill up his pig,” Douglas said. “He reported that he just never had any change. Mrs. White heard that her husband failed to fill up his pig and vowed
to adopt one of her own and fill it up herself. She proudly presented it to the library with the help of her niece, Pamela Warnken, from Memphis, Tenn., who had also adopted a pig. Her full piggy bank made the trip from Memphis back home to the Schertz Library.”
UC Dog Park Creates Wagging Tails Area canine lovers got a new place to let their pooches play when the Universal City Dog Park opened June 4. The dog park is located near the Universal City Animal Care and Control facility on Athenian Drive. Two- and fourlegged visitors are welcome. JuLY 2011 schertzmagazine.com
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EMS Extravaganza Attracts Thousands of Visitors On May 21 at the Forum Shopping Center, Schertz EMS held its ninth annual EMS Extravaganza to showcase emergency response and care in the region. Pre-hospital healthcare organizations, hospitals and regional resources all converged to show the public the capabilities that exist to help people
when they have a medical emergency or traumatic injury. Multiple demonstrations were held during the event, including rope rescue techniques, auto extrication and helicopter fly-ins from both San Antonio AirLife and Methodist AirCare. More than 2,000 people walked
through the various booths and static displays that were available during the six-hour event. “EMS is one of those things that most people don’t think about until they are dialing the second 1 of 911,” said Schertz EMS Director Dudley Wait. “This gives the public a chance
to become more familiar with the capabilities of Schertz EMS and its First Responders in a relaxed environment. This is one of the best things we do to connect with the public and we often learn as much if not more than the citizens that stop by to look at what we do.”
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Members of the Schertz Police Academy Alumni Association attend a recent City Council meeting.
Green Fundraiser Raises Green for Police Academy Alumni Association The Schertz Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is holding a green fundraiser on Saturday, July 16, by collecting and recycling used consumer electronics including cell phones, laptops and desktop comput-
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Giving the Gift of Life in Schertz Schertz Fire Department Lt. Carl Berghofer prepares to donate blood June 14 during a blood drive in front of city hall organized by the Schertz EMS Department in conjunction with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.
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Welcome New Chamber Members: Manco Structures, Advocare-Laurie Crites and Jones Communications to the Schertz Chamber of Commerce!
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As the world searches for renewable energy sources, solar power stands out as a growing and popular choice. According to edf.org, “Every hour, the sun delivers as much energy to the Earth as all of humanity uses in a year.” And Schertz is more and more becoming a Sun City.
“This is a good expenditure and investment of funds because part of the City of Schertz’s future strategic plan is to look for and become the vision for ecology and green leadership in our area,” said George Logan, the city’s director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.
The City of Schertz applied for and received a $490,000 grant from the Texas Comptroller’s Distributed Renewable Energy Program. Schertz Public Library will have solar photovaltic panels installed starting in June/July in a move designed to save the city more than $7,500 per year. The grant will pay for the installation of the panels with the city kicking in $98,000 as part of a 20 percent matching funds requirement. After an estimated $10,000 rebate from the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, the city’s final out-of-pocket cost will be around $88,000.
Logan, who was involved in the grant application process, said the library is an ideal place to put the panels because it gets a lot of use and will be seen by many Schertz residents. A solar energy display in the library will let visitors learn more about the alternative energy source. Library Manager Melissa Uhlhorn said: “The library’s solar panel project provides the perfect opportunity for public education about alternative energy sources, especially for the children of our city. The project’s interactive monitoring
panel will be easily accessible to them in the children’s library where at any time they will be able to see how much energy is being used or fed back into the electrical grid. How cool, or I guess in this case, how hot is that!” The installation of the solar panels, which will be done by McKinstry Company, is slated to be completed by September. McKinstry was selected after a competitive bidding process. “McKinstry is passionate about creating renewable, sustainable energy solutions for our customers,” said Regional Director Michael Flores, who also shared that over the past nine years, McKinstry’s projects have eliminated nearly 355,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary between Schertz and Cibolo installed solar panels late last year,
and owner/operator Don Schaezler said they are very pleased with their decision. “We installed the panels to be good citizens with respect to conservation of natural resources and to protect against loss of power from atypical interruptions,” Schaezler said. “We also believed the expected payback was acceptable and might improve as energy prices increase.” The panels cost about $25,000 to install, and the familyowned sanctuary received an $8,000 rebate from the GVEC. They also got a $5,284 federal tax credit and expect to save about $600 per year. Schaezler said visitors have been impressed by the panels and the family’s commitment to conservation. Also jumping on the solar panels bandwagon is Schertz’s Northeast OB-GYN Associates. The medical practice had them installed in
“The future for the City of Schertz and the State of Texas is bright!” Flores said. “Energy-related jobs will continue to expand and offer great future careers to the students of today.” JuLY 2011 schertzmagazine.com
Pictured left: Workers like the one shown here installed solar panels on Northeast OB-GYN building roof months ago allowing the medical office to lower its energy bill.
On More Solar Energy Use in Schertz Editor’s Note: Carey Birmingham is the managing director of SPV Ventures, developer of Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza, which includes Northeast OB-GYN, a company that has solar energy panels on its roof. He also is vice president and CFO of SEV Inc., a local firm that specializes in designing and installing solar projects for commercial facilities, including BIPV (building integrated photovoltaic) panels.
Question - What is the significance of having at least three solar projects in the Schertz area?
January after researching the cost and potential savings. Administrator Michele Mitchell said, “It just seemed like a win-win decision. It saves the practice money while lowering our energy requirements, thereby being environmentally friendly.” Mitchell noticed that the Schertz practice’s March electricity bill went down while all of their other locations saw an increase because of the warm weather. According to McKinstry Co.’s Flores, it’s safe to assume that our energy needs will continue to grow, and alternative methods will continue to emerge to fulfill those needs. He believes solar energy will play a central role in that process.
Pictured above: Two large platforms with solar panels generate electricity for the Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary near Schertz. Standing in front of the platforms are, from left, are Blake Beavers with GVEC and Bob Schaezler, Donald Schaezler and Susan Schaezler with Warbler Woods. Pictured below: Sun rays stream down on Schertz Public Library generating electrical power for the library in this interpretive photo. The solar panels are expected to begin cranking out electricity later this summer.
Birmingham - The emergence of multiple solar projects in and around Schertz demonstrates a slow but significant acceptance of this new clean technology into the public’s conscience and pocketbook. Too often in today’s solar photovoltaic arena, individuals and companies arrive kicking and screaming toward a new technology, particularly one that requires significant capital and longer-term payouts. The companies and public spaces that take this plunge are to be complimented, and, speaking about SEV Inc.’s installation of BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) panels on a commercial building, that client has seen the payback far worth the investment. Question - Is it noteworthy that the three solar energy users are so diverse -- a public building (library), a private sector medical office and a residential/bird sanctuary? Birmingham - Again, to get individuals and, moreover, businesses to see the benefit of solar, a diversity of users is absolutely needed. This shows how solar can be economic, clean and relatively easy to maintain given a wide range of applications. Question - What is the significance for Schertz? Birmingham - I have seen firsthand how Schertz is leading the way with many paths toward growth and innovation. The city’s commitment in solar is another indication of this. Question - Is there a possibility of more solar energy use in Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza now that one building has it? Birmingham - As we develop additional buildings in SPPP, we plan on introducing solar, and specifically BIPV, to prospective tenants/owners. We will submit a proposal to a new tenant for solar energy for their building on which construction starts soon. Question - Any other thoughts about solar energy and the Schertz area? Birmingham - I see the market for an increase in low-profile, unobtrusive solar panels such as we installed on Northeast OB/GYN as these panels begin to lower in price. They have a long life and are easy to maintain and efficient.
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Teens Seek Summer Fun & Sun...
Photo 1 -- Summer means teens looking for jobs at places like Sonic Photo 2-- Teens and others enjoy the city pool in Northcliffe on a hot summer day Photo 3 -- Joshua Kiolbassa, 18, (foreground) and Ryan Vrana, 17, check their golf clubs before a round at Northcliffe Country Club. Photo 4 -- Teens also can enjoy skateboarding in summer at Flipâ€™s Skate Shop and other places
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During the summer, Schertzarea students find activities outside of school to keep them occupied. Students work to earn money, practice their favorite activity or find somewhere to relax and hang out with their friends. One place students can go to relax and hear live music is Harmony Sweet in New Braunfels. Students come for the all-ages-welcome atmosphere and stay to hear their friends and classmates play instruments and original songs. Students like Horace Hamby, a recent Clemens High School
grad, go to play songs and let their creativity flow. “It is really comfortable,” Hamby said. “Everyone is really friendly. It’s really a fun place to be.” Other activities available to students are various camps. Clemens and Steele high schools will each be hosting various camps for sports such as football, volleyball, basketball, a combined tennis camp and Knight Camp and Pride camp, both of which include work on strength and conditioning. Camps in which sports are the main focus aim to help improve students’ abilities in each sport
whether it is offense, defense, shooting, passing or spiking. “We break down each aspect of the game of volleyball,” said Catherine Glunt, head volleyball coach of Steele High school. “They will be working on each individual skill such as setting, passing, hitting, serving, defense, offense and more, which will help improve their volleyball skills and knowledge.” Other options for passing June, July and August, although not entirely fun, include summer jobs. Schlitterbahn and Fiesta Texas both hire all throughout the summer season.
“I work as a cashier at carts and grills throughout the park,” said Kayla Zetti, a Clemens high school student. “I’m working at Schlitterbahn the entire season to save up money for college. It’s a lot of fun, and the people I work with there are amazing and so helpful. You meet so many awesome people, and we’re like a great big family.”
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St. Joseph Chapel
St. Joseph Chapel History Celebrated It was a gathering 106 years in the making. On May 25, a small but beautiful chapel marked its designation as a historic landmark and its anniversary with descendants from this area’s founding families and Schertz city officials on hand to celebrate.
man can offer greater praise than that title,” said Schertz Historical Preservation Committee Chairman Dean Weirtz at the dedication ceremony. The chapel started its life adja-
pel as a historic site,” said Barbara Wenzel Boydston, whose great-grandfather, Ignaz Wenzel, donated the property for the school and chapel. “It was slow in coming, but it’s a great day.”
St. Joseph’s Chapel, built in 1905, sits along FM 482 (also known as Kings Highway or Old Austin Highway) on a spot that was recently annexed by the City of Schertz. Celebrating a special Mass to mark the occasion were many familiar names including the Schwabs, the Wenzels, the Friesenhahns, the Hubertuses and other families with roads and facilities in this area named in their honor.
“It’s really nice to have Schertz recognize the cha-
Norbert Schwab, 88, said his mother, a Friesenhahn, attended the church and that he once attended a cousin’s wedding there. His dad helped haul rocks out of the hills with wagons and mules when the chapel was under construction. According to Schwab, the neighbors around the area built the church, and his uncle, Gregory Friesenhahn, was the contractor. He said the parishioners built the altar and pews, and without paid laborers, the
“Naturally I am quite happy (about the historic designation) because this area means something special to me and to all of these people,” Monsignor Hubertus said. He said at one time some people had given thought to selling the chapel and land. But when the chapel became dilapidated, people with ancestral ties gave money to put on a new roof and get it restored. The chapel’s interior was restored last year, and it found new life as students from nearby John Paul II High School now hold weekly services in it. “I was one of 10 children, and I am the only one left, and I am so proud of what my ancestors did for the community and the foresight they had,” Bill Wenzel said of the Wenzel family’s involvement in the church’s history.
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Pictured left: A historical plaque tells the story of St. Joseph Chapel.
Pictured above: Taking part in the ceremony were (from left) Rev. Anthony Pesek, Monsignor Albert Hubertus, Mayor Hal Baldwin, City Council members Michael Carpenter and David Scagliola and Schertz Historical Preservation Committee Chairman Dean Wiertz. The ceremony was sponsored by Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, John Paul II Catholic High School, and the Historical Preservation Committee.
cent to a school that was built on donated land in 1881. The public school became private in 1903 and was staffed by the Sisters of Divine Providence. The chapel was built as a mission church to serve the Catholic population of Comal, Texas. It once was the center of religious devotion, social encounters and charitable activity for the Catholic community.
Monsignor Albert Hubertus, who led the special Mass, attended school on the grounds. He recalled that by the time he attended there were very few students because people could not make a living anymore in the area. His father also attended the school, but at a time when the area was prosperous and there were a lot more students.
A metal plaque that reads “Schertz Historical Site - Saint Joseph Chapel” with wording about the history of the church was unveiled at the ceremony. “We mark this site with a material possession called a historical plaque, but in truth, this place is permanently marked as the House of God, and no
only expense was for lumber.
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Brazilian Soccer Coming
This summer, kids living around the Schertz/ Metrocom area will have the opportunity to experience the unique Brazilian style of soccer training that has made Brazil the most successful soccer nation in the world.
Some of the aspects that will be covered during the week will be Brazilian warm-ups, fast footwork, combination plays, Brazilian moves, one-on-one attacking, speed training and crossing, finishing and shooting techniques.
The Lions Futbol Club (Lions FC), located at the Schertz Soccer Complex, will host the TetraBrazil Soccer Camp, which will combine a week of top-class training with learning Brazilian techniques, footwork and moves.
“Cristiano Drager wants to bring that Brazilian style, or flair, to the United States,” said Peter Moore, owner and executive director of coaching for the Lions FC. “It’s a great opportunity for him to come here and see local talent. They might see a special player out there whom they can help develop and take him to the next level.”
Special guest Cristiano Drager, Brazilian U17 National Men’s Team Staff Coach, will be bringing a team of expert Brazilian soccer coaches from the TetraBrazil Soccer Academy that will offer a unique program of technical development that challenges each player to raise their game to new heights. The curriculum they will be using has been designed by professional coaches to provide teams, coaches and players with the same expert level of training received by the top youth players in Brazil.
The camp will be held from July 11-15 and is the first time that the Brazilian team, which is managed by Challenger Sports Corporation, has been invited to the Lions Soccer Club. It will be the only soccer camp with this type of training being offered in the state of Texas and will have both half-day and full-day sessions available to kids ages 6 -18.
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“Hosting this camp is something that the Lions Futball Soccer Club would like to do every year for the kids so they can have fun on the soccer field,” said Karl Moore, assistant director of coaching for the Lions FC. “We are expecting local club coaches to come out to watch drills and pick up new ideas too.” For more information, go to www.challengersports.com or call 1-800-432-8060. To find out more about the upcoming 2011 Soccer Tryouts for kids of all ages, tournaments or the Lions College Showcase, go to www.lionsfc.org.
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Local Talent Headed to The NFL
Robert Housler received two phone calls this summer that changed his life forever.
Howard Schnellenberger. “He’s as good or better than any tight end I’ve ever had.”
The first was on Friday, April 29, when he received a phone call from the Arizona Cardinals, telling him that he was going to be drafted as their next pick in the NFL Draft.
Those words carry a big impact coming from a coach who is credited with reviving the University of Miami football program, with which he won a National Championship, and the University of Louisville program.
The second call came a few weeks later from Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who invited Housler to join the team for workouts. “It’s not exactly an everyday thing,” said Housler, who was drafted fifth in the third round and pick No. 69 overall. “It’s priceless.” Housler graduated from Judson High School and attended Florida Atlantic University, a university located in the paradise of Boca Raton, Florida, only two miles from the beach. At the time of his commitment to FAU, the school had no on-campus stadium, but visions of having one in the near future. This year, FAU will open their on-campus stadium. “FAU was just starting out, and it was a great opportunity,” said Housler of committing to the team, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year and has won two bowl games, the 2007 New Orleans Bowl and the 2008 Motor City Bowl, in its short career. “Rob is one of the best athletes we’ve ever recruited,” said Florida Atlantic University Head Coach
Housler made the unselfish choice of redshirting his senior season in 2009 to allow his team to be in a more competitive position. “He had enough courage to sit out his senior year to put the football team in a better position personnel-wise and improve himself,” said Schnellenberger. And it looks like Housler made the correct decision. After posting the faster 40-yard-dash time (4.55 seconds) among all tight ends at the NFL scouting combine, he became only the second player ever drafted from FAU, following quarterback Rusty Smith, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans two years ago. In this year’s draft, Housler was the highest draft from the Sun Belt Conference. FAU’s offensive style has prepared Housler for a career in the NFL. The Pro Style offense used by FAU is uncommon among college teams, but very common among NFL teams. “He became proficient in reading defenses,” said Schnellenberger.
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Editor’s Note: Full disclosure - Writer Rick Smith graduated from Florida Atlantic University.
“It’s a combination of relief because it’s a long time waiting and sheer joy because you are given an opportunity,” said Housler of being drafted. “It’s a dream I had. Nothing is a guarantee in life, and for someone to take a chance on me is great.”
(Photo by Ralph
Local football player Rob Housler, headed to the NFL, is shown while playing for Florida Atlantic University.
Housler finished his 2010 campaign with 49 receptions, 629 yards and four touchdowns, including two touchdowns in a match-up against the University of Texas.
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Roberts Keeps Customers Rolling Schertz Auto Service owner Mark Roberts (center) monitors repair work on a customer’s car with technicians Cody Warner (wearing hat) and David Bacek.
From the minute you walk into Schertz Auto Service, you’re greeted with a sincere “Welcome to Schertz Auto Service. How many I help you?”, followed by an offer for a soft drink from their refrigerator. It’s exactly the kind of homey feel that owner Mark Roberts shoots for. “We treat all of our customers like they’re our neighbors,” he said. And in his case, they very well could be. Roberts grew up, went to school and has worked in Schertz his entire life
and said he doesn’t see himself leaving anytime soon. His passion for helping people goes beyond fixing their vehicles; he is also active in his church, a member of several boards around the city and a philanthropist, often giving gifts to causes he believes in. In 1995, he started a company specializing in airbags and electrical work before opening collision repair company Schertz Auto Service in 2001. In fact, he told a story of when he used to sit in the reception area waiting for customers.
“We opened shortly before September 11, and I remember looking out of the doors and wondering if anyone was ever going to stop in,” he said. “But since then, we have steadily increased our business.” Roberts’ business is booming, and he said the advantage is in the service provided. “We don’t hard sell anyone,” he explained. “We tell our customers exactly what they need. We treat everyone like our neighbor.” cont’d on page 32 JuLY 2011 schertzmagazine.com
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For someone who is very active in the community where his family lives, Roberts takes pride in being able to walk around the city and hold his head high knowing he hasn’t taken advantage of a customer. AAA recently awarded his company with a 100-percent Evaluation Score for Overall Customer Satisfaction. Roberts said this award stems from AAA cold-calling his customer base and asking a series of questions about the service they received. When opening the business and still to this day, Roberts holds true to a promise he made to himself: “Don’t miss my kids growing up.” He is open on Saturdays for appointments only and is closed on Sundays, allowing him to participate in his son and daughter’s activities, which include baseball, dance, music and modeling. His daughter, now a sophomore at Texas A&M University, worked for him in high school and was seen scrubbing the floor, cleaning cars and compacting trash.
“I’m always learning,” he said, referring to his practice of regularly taking courses about management and leadership and attending seminars. Schertz Auto Repair Service and Roberts do more than fix vehicles that may have been damaged. They show care and professionalism in every bolt they tighten, every dent they fix and every tire they inflate. Schertz Auto Service is located at 1205 Borgfeld Road. For more information, call (210) 566-1767.
“We joked about her going from the runway to the trash barrel,” he said. Roberts’ son, wife, father and brother have also worked for him, and they, along with his 10 employees, have helped grow the company to the auto repair shop that Schertz Auto is today.
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Jared LaDuke and wife Jaida and son Talon in redecorated apartment.
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Tim McGraw & Community
Rally Around Wounded Vet and Family The LaDuke family has put down roots in Selma thanks to a couple of ladies from Schertz, a surprise visit by a famous country singer and a nearly new apartment full of furnishings.
bedroom apartments in three buildings in San Antonio. Palmer said they help pay rents and deposits and teach families how to live on the reduced income they are receiving.
The young military family that includes Army Specialist E4 Jared LaDuke, his wife, Jaida, and their son, Talon, have made their home near Retama Park since February when Operation Homefront did a special reveal on their new apartment.
Designer Kidder donated her services, Star Furniture donated the living/dining room furniture, Operation Home-
Jaida LaDuke, 24, loves the way her apartment turned out. She laughingly said she has no taste and could never have put such a stamp on the two-bedroom apartment. Her favorite room is the living/dining room, though she does love her bedroom, which is where the purple accents can be found.
to meet 300 military men and women at the National Guard Armory. He teamed up with his tour sponsor Outback Steakhouse, who donated $1 million to Operation Homefront. At the LaDuke home, McGraw took time to visit with the family and checked out Talon’s new room. Now that they are settled in,
The surprise included singer/ actor Tim McGraw and an interior decorated by Jan Kidder of “Design on a Dime” fame. Jared LaDuke, 29, was wounded 10 ½ months into his deployment in Iraq when an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) struck his vehicle in January 2009. At that time, Jaida and their baby son were living in Wisconsin but arrived in San Antonio to be with Jared, who was at Brooke Army Medical Center. The family lived in the Fisher House before moving into transitional housing operated by Operation Homefront. Today, Jaida is a leasing agent at the Lookout Hollow Apartments, and Talon is a ball of energy rearranging the dining room chairs to make a train.
“The only thing I know about the LaDukes is that Jaida liked purple,” Kidder said. And then there is Talon’s fondness for trains, which translated into a Thomas the Tank Engine theme for his bedroom.
Jared LaDuke is planning to go to college once he is discharged. And Jaida won’t be far behind. Jared hasn’t decided between San Antonio College or UT-San Antonio. And he doesn’t know what he wants to pursue in college. But the LaDukes are sure they want to make their home here.
Jaida smiled, remembering how McGraw introduced himself. “He said, ‘I was in the neighborhood and wondered if I could use your bathroom.’”
For more information about Operation Homefront, visit www. operationhomefront.net, or call (210) 451-5588. The group will be taking donations for a back-to-school drive for school supplies and backpacks.
McGraw was in San Antonio
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Kidder, who primarily works as a stager with local Realtors, whipped up a fully furnished and decorated apartment in 10 days. She calls it traditional contemporary in style.
Many of the LaDukes’ own furnishings, mostly hand-me-downs, are still in storage in Wisconsin. And then there were the surprises. “We thought we were coming to sign the lease, and we came in and it was crowded with people and cameras,” Jared said.
“Our focus is on families of deployed servicemen,” Palmer said. They offer housing in the form of 28 two- and three-
front provided $5,000 and the apartment managers gave the family a washer/dryer set.
Amy Palmer is chief operating officer of Operation Homefront, which began in California in 2002. The nonprofit provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. A former Air Force member, Palmer assumed her current position with the organization in 2004. Her husband Joseph is currently stationed at Lackland AFB.
Talon LaDuke meets Tim McGraw
Encanto’s Mexican Grill Sizzling Delight Spicing up Schertz in a new way, Encanto Mexican Grill offers an interesting fusion that Executive Chef George Ojeda calls Mediterranean Mexican. A New Jersey native, Ojeda pulls from his culinary experiences in French and Italian cuisine to create deliciously unique dishes for Schertz clientele. His creative culinary blends ensure Encanto’s menu can please everyone. Owner Elia Rosetta originally envisioned good Mexican food that was unlike anything else in the area, and he explained that “no concept like this was anywhere” in town. The restaurant has been in Rosetta’s capable hands since January 2011, and he’s taken it in a freshly bold direction through the redecoration of the interior into a comfortable yet modern feel. Outside seating is abundant and includes plush patio furniture and heat-relieving canopies. Friday and Saturday nights the patio offers live music starting at 8:00 PM, with a new
artist each week. The food is unlike anything in the region, with menu standouts such as Amber jack fish with chile rojo and a fresh cherries glaze, swordfish with chef’s special tropical sauce and smoked oysters with pico de gallo and a chipotle sauce. Of course, the restaurant also has a full bar. Rosetta’s menu is set up to accommodate everybody, with a number of options for each dish that can be tailored to suit your taste. Drink specials change on a daily basis, offering specialties such as Martini Monday and Tecate Tuesday. Encanto Mexican Grill now offers a traditional Mexican breakfast on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Sundays from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Until July 31, 2011, bring in your copy of this article and receive 10 percent off of your meal at Encanto Mexican Grill. For more information on menu items, location or hours, visit www.encantogrill.com.
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Northeast OB/GYN Associates, a division of Consultants in Womenâ€™s Health, is happy to welcome our newest associates, Jean-Anthony Do, M.D. and Marianna Law, M.D. Dr. Do graduated from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond and completed his OB/GYN residency in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Do is fluent in both English and Vietnamese. Dr. Law graduated from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and completed her OB/GYN residency at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.
Dr. Do will be seeing patients at our Schertz and Village Dr. office locations and Dr. Law will be seeing patients at our Schertz and Stone Oak locations. Both physicians will be available to new patients on August 1, 2011.
C.A. Mallard uses a telescopic lens to photograph birds and other wildlife in Crescent Bend Nature Park
Mallard Captures Cresent Bend’s Bird Paradise
Nestled charmingly in a residential area, Crescent Bend Nature Park has a quiet bliss comparable to a baby sleeping silently in their bed with the occasional deep breath to let listeners know the baby is dreaming. And in the case of the park, the wind slightly rustles the leaves and birds chirp, letting you know the park is alive and well. In some cases, Ann Mallard can identify which bird is making the noise, an impressive skill that she has acquired only after a year of taking up birdwatching as a hobby. “Shhh,” she said, interrupting a conversation. “That’s a red-tailed hawk.” The red-tailed hawk is one of over 160 species of birds that Mallard was able to have documented that call the 175-acre park home. She went on to explain that she named one of those birds “Lucy,” because the bird has Leucism, an abnormal conditional caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment from coloring the bird’s feathers, causing white patches. “I have a passion for nature and photography,” said the former IT specialist, who worked for 25 years in the industry. Her passion and amazing photography led her to publish two photo-books of the park’s birds, trees, flowers and fish. Her work has spawned interest from other amateurs around the city. One man pulled up to her in a green pickup truck and said through the window, “Look! I’ve got a good camera now,” as he showed off a professional camera. “You inspired me.” Mallard later said, “I like to think the park inspired him, not me.” The park, created out of a bit of a tragedy in the form of two floods in 1997 and 1998, made the area where the park now sits unlivable. Now the park, a joint City of Schertz/ Bexar County facility, has picnic tables, a walking/running trail and a creek. Recently, Mallard presented her findings at a City Council meeting and donated the information she gathered for a future project that will allow visitors of the park to stop at an informational sign, scan a QR code (similar to a barcode) with a “smart” cell phone and be taken to an Internet site that describes exactly what the inquiring mind is looking at.
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For more information on her photos or books, go to http://camallard.zenfolio.com.
Mallard has photographed a great variety of the birds in Crescent Bend, which is getting a reputation for its outstanding bird watching opportunities.
To many people that go to the park, a bird chirping is simply that, a winged creature making noise to let listeners know the bird is alive. But to Mallard, the sound of a bird means one thing--grab her camera.
Mallard’s next adventure is Project 300, an ambitious undertaking of photographing and documenting 300 species of birds at various parks in Bexar County.
Cousins Call Schertz Home Away From Home
Cousins Cindy Raleigh and Nancy Kotzur grew up living near each other in the Rio Grande Valley and now work near each other in Schertz. Raleigh is City of Schertz Deputy City Secretary, and Kotzur is Schertz Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant. Their mothers are sisters, and Raleigh and Kotzur were raised in the Polish-American community of McCook. “We both lived on farms not far from each other, and our town is so small we had to ride a school bus for 45 minutes because the school was in another city,” Raleigh recalled.
The cousins enjoy spending time together, especially when they go water skiing at a nearby lake or offshore fishing or bay fishing at the Gulf Coast. “If an activity has anything to do with water, we are so there,” Kotzur said as Raleigh nodded.
But their road to being “more than cousins” was a long and winding one, both said in an interview in which their closeness was evident. One would finish a sentence of the other, and a quick glance from one to the other set off a round of laughter.
“I know her background because it is the same as mine,” Kotzur added.
While the cousins – who call themselves farm girls -- live and work closely today, that situation took a while. Raleigh (whose maiden name is Pawelek) met her future husband, Justin, in 1997 and later followed him to San
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Cindy Pawelek became Cindy Raleigh when she and Justin married in March 2000, with Kotzur serving as maid of honor. A year later, Kotzur moved to San Antonio and then worked for a time at a Seguin plant, where Raleigh also worked. Raleigh went to work for the City of Schertz in January 2002 while Kotzur worked at several other places, including a local school, before going to work for the Schertz chamber in February 2010.
After high school, the cousins enrolled at the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg and then transferred to Texas A&M University - Kingsville. Kotzur went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-San Antonio while Raleigh garnered a bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts in Science from Lamar University and then got her Certified Public Management (CPM) designation in June.
“There is a strange bond between us; even our moms don’t understand it,” Raleigh said. “Nancy is the first person I think of when I want to share something, in good times and bad.”
Antonio, where he had moved for a new job. About the same time, Kotzur resettled in Beaumont in East Texas after helping a friend move there.
“We are anchors for each other” Raleigh said. “When I am stressed about something, I can call Nancy because she knows everything about me.”
She enjoys being an aunt to Raleigh’s three children, especially when she gets to see the kids at a a barbecue at the Raleigh house. “No one understands our relationship,” Raleigh said. “When we are together, we feed off each other’s energy, and we are so comfortable with each other.” “We were tight in college and had a lot of fun, and we are closer now than ever before,” Kotzur said as cousin Cindy gave a knowing smile. When she’s not being Raleigh’s “best cuz,” Kotzur likes to sing in a band and play the violin.
Cousins Nancy Kotzur (left) and Cindy Raleigh point on a Texas map to their home town of McCook in the Rio Grande Valley.
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Webb Wows Viewers with Nature Shots Diana Webb’s new hobby of photography started in a somewhat unconventional way -- with another hobby. While on a trip to the west coast of California in 2005, she took pictures using a Kodak Easy Share camera, a digital camera that is often referred to by amateurs as a point-and-shoot. When she returned from her vacation, Webb enjoyed reliving her trip through her photos. That prompted her to take more photos and to take the photos from different angles. That’s how Webb began what has turned into a wonderful new hobby for the Cibolo retiree. “It’s a thrill to be able to see more,” Webb said in reference to taking pictures versus looking at nature with the naked eye. “I like close-ups, and I can see things I wouldn’t normally see.” Webb’s photos have garnered some awards and even national attention, as some of them appear on a National Geographic website of stock photos. Her majestic wildflower photos appearing in Schertz Magazine have drawn many “oohs” and “ahhhs” from readers. Her photographic magic can even be seen on the cover of this month’s magazine. Most of Webb’s photos come from trips she takes with her husband, Jim, through their joint hobby of an RV club. They’ve been to Colorado Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National park and many other picturesque destinations. She will soon be taking her camera to Orlando when she visits family there. When Webb goes on these trips, she said she is “always thinking about what would be a good shot.” Additionally, she has sold some of her trip pictures as postcards to fellow RV-ers. “I don’t want to take the joy out of photography,” she said about turning her hobby into a source of steady income. “I’m enjoying it. You succeed when you are having fun.” Her contact information card has the same theme as her mindset: the background is a close-up photo of a yellow rose and has the line “lose yourself in nature and find peace” beneath her name. For more information on Webb contact her at email@example.com
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SCHERTZ FITNEZZ Senior Joseph Brigman Makes A Comeback In 2009, Joseph Brigman, a retired U.S. military and law enforcement officer had hip replacement surgery that really slowed him down. After physical therapy, Joe came home and said, “I got lazy sitting around, and I knew I had to make a change.” I met Joe in 2010 and started a training program for him of three days a week of stability exercises, including 30 minutes of cardio to build up strength and endurance. After just one year, Joe looks and feels much better. “Carolyn customized a training program that included nutrition guidelines,” he said. “At that time, I had a sedentary life style, little energy, was overweight, had an unsteady gait, walked with a limp and used a walking cane.
“At this time my strength is greater, I have more energy, walk with a sense of surety, and I do not use a walking cane,” he continued. “I thank Carolyn for setting me on the right path and giving me the required training to restore my independent lifestyle that includes spending quality time with my grandchildren.”
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My Take By Elise Baker
Summer in Schertz Orbit. Orbit. There are little people in my orbit … 24/7! School is out, which means my few hours of me time are gone, and everywhere I turn there is someone three-feet-tall-ish. Get out the craft supplies! Get out the Disney classics! And in our case, get the lemonade stand ready! I know I won’t be able to finish a book in its entirety, and I know I won’t be able to exercise regularly, and early bedtimes will be out the window, but it is SUMMER! Bring it on! School’s out, and there’s not a dry eye in the house. Or elbow, or knee, or neck, or back … When you’re a kid, getting wet is a staple of summer. In our household, every day brings a new water game, a new pool meet-up with friends or good oldfashioned fun in the sprinkler. We have been known to turn our jungle gym in the backyard into a mini Schlitterbahn with water and kids streaming down the slide. Our retired neighbors sit on their decks and smile listening to the shrieks and giggles. We find all kinds of ways to get wet. We take advantage of the lifeguard-protected and family-friendly Schertz pools, both for fun and for swimming lessons. An important part of the fun (and for Mommy’s sanity!) is the kids’ proficiency in the water. Be sure to bring loose change for popsicles. Buying icy treats at the Schertz pool has become a rite of passage for my kids. Ah...summer memories. Another summer favorite of ours is camping. No, not the type of camping you’re thinking of. Nope, no tents or mosquitoes for us. Instead, we enjoy weeklong day camps of all sorts. This year, we are soccer camping, music camping, art camping and theater camping. There will be no s’mores or campfire songs, but instead I will be treated to a fridge covered in artwork, a musical showcase, a theater production and watching the fastest five-year-old in shin guards. It’s a Schertz summer, and I couldn’t be happier that my orbit will be controlled by the under-eight crowd for the next few months!
“A Doctor’s Confession to the City of Schertz…”
Dear Friend, I want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding, Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Martin. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and the two cute kids.” Well, I’m the guy in the middle. Years ago I was a college baseball player, but I developed a painful neck, shoulder and arm condition. In my case it came on suddenly. The pain in my hands was so intense that I couldn’t raise my arm above my head or even throw a baseball. I was afraid that I would lose my scholarship if it continued. I went to my trainer and medical doctor and was given anti-inflammatories. The problem with those medications is that they just mask the symptoms and in my case did not help. Finally, after steroid injections I decided against it. But, there’s more…A family member of mine convinces me to give their doctor a try. This new doctor did an exam, took some films, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment didn’t hurt, it actually felt good. I got relief, and I could use my arm again. Oh, did I mention that this doctor is a chiropractor. It worked so well that I went to chiropractic school myself. Now for McKenna and Cooper, who are the cute kids in the picture. They get adjusted regularly and are some of the healthiest kids you will know. Their mom is also problem-free even with all the bending and lifting a busy mom of two does. It might seem like a small
thing, but it makes a big difference to her. It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their neck, arm and shoulder problems. Also they come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “I have not had a headache in months”- (Mary J.) “Mood and attitude have improved” – (Lisa A.) Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s a simple as that! Forty-eight million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits are reduced. That’s where my I come in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. A whole week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You Benefit from an Amazing Offer- Look, you are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article, you will receive my entire new patient exam for $17. That’s with an evaluation and X-Rays….the whole ball of wax. But, please call right away because this offer expires on July 31, 2011, and I don’t want you to miss out.
By the way, further care is very affordable and you’ll be happy to know that I have affordable plans. You see I’m not trying to seduce you to come see me with this low start up fee, then to only make it up with high fees after that. Further care is very important to consider when making your choice of doctor. High costs can add up very quickly. Great care at a great fee…Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a lower fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications…I’m a Magna cum Laude graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I’ve been entrusted to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes that you may know. After practicing for four years in San Antonio I moved my practice to Schertz. I just have a low exam fee to help more people who need care. My Associate, Dr. Kyle Stringer, brings over five years of experience to our practice with the latest in pain-free techniques. My assistant is Melissa, and she is really a great person. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. Our office is called Schertz Chiropractic and it is at 17323 IH 35 North Ste 106, (we are between 3009 and Schertz Parkway on the 35 South Access Road). Our phone number is 210-6466000. Call Melissa or me today for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. -Patrick W. Martin, D.C. P.S. When accompanied by the first, I am also offering the second family member this same examination for only $10. P.S.S. Your time is just as valuable as ours, that’s why we will be with you promptly at your appointment.
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“HR 771 will designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1081 Elbel Road in Schertz, as the Schertz Veterans Post Office to honor those who served our country and commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Nearly 2 million veterans, almost 10 percent
nationwide, call Texas home and this legislation will name a landmark to serve as a reminder to appreciate veterans at home and abroad,” the news release stated. “The Schertz Veterans Post Office is located in the City of Schertz, which is connected
with the military presence at nearby Randolph Air Force Base. Guadalupe County, where Schertz is located, has the second highest concentration of veterans in Congressman Cuellar’s districtbetween 25,000 to 50,000, the news release said.
Mayor Pro Tem Fowler Receives Degree on May 14 Mayor Pro Tem Jim Fowler received a bachelor of arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Baptist University of the Americas on May 14, graduating magna cum laude. The 72-year-old councilman already has a master’s degree with a double major and a bachelor’s degree. When asked why he earned a theology degree at his age, Fowler answered, “Why not?” In 1969, during his U.S. Air Force career, Fowler earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming. Ten years later, he earned a master’s in business administration with a double major in project management and production systems from West Coast University in California. After retiring from Johnson Controls at BAMC in 2001, he headed to Inner Mongolia, where he spent three weeks teaching middle school and high school teachers conversational English. That experience whetted his appreciation for cross-cultural education so he decided to volunteer at Baptist University of the Americas.
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Little Firefighter Event Big Success in Raising $15,000 On June 4, the Schertz Professional Firefighters Association Local-4083 sponsored the first annual barbecue and concert for the Little Fighter Foundation. “The firefighters, with the generosity and support of the City of Schertz, Mayor Hal Baldwin, city staff, and the countless people who came out to help and support were able to raise approximately $15,000 for the foundation,” said Leon A. Sposari, President of Local-4083. “We are grateful and would like to thank the many supporters who took the time to come support this great cause.”
The Little Fighter Foundation was formed after a fundraiser the firefighters sponsored last June for Reid Smith, a little boy who was diagnosed with a stage 3 tumor. The foundation was founded to create public awareness of childhood cancer and advocate finding a cure as well as providing emotional and financial support to families with children diagnosed with any type of internal childhood cancer. For more in formation on the foundation, visit www. littlefighterfoundation.com.
City Council Awards Checks to Baldwin Scholarship Winners Mayor Hal Baldwin presents oversized checks for $1,000 each to Chelsey Evans and Lauren Durnford as winners of the Hal Baldwin Scholarship that encourages careers in public service. Both girls are Steele High School graduates. Evans will attend Texas A&M University, and Durnford will go to Brigham Young University.
Are you Sleepy or Dopey? Be Happy! See page 15
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Being Water Wise: The Smart Choice in Summer Drought Since March 2003, the city has received its water from the Carrizo Aquifer. Unlike other cities in the area that rely on the Edwards Aquifer, Schertz customers have high-quality water with limited-use restrictions. Schertz encourages good stewardship of our water resource and promotes a yearround water conservation plan. The rules are simple to follow: *Year-round outdoor sprinkler
watering is prohibited between 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. The use of a handheld hose or other handheld watering device or a drip irrigation system can be used at any time. *It shall be a violation if a person or customer allows water to run off into a nonpervious ditch or fails to repair a controllable leak. *Re-use water usage is exempt from the water conservation plan.
*Customers using water from a private water well must comply with all requirements of the water conservation plan. *All persons are urged to be good water stewards. While not anticipated, the City reserves the right to impose further water use restrictions in emergency situations. In
this event, more information will be posted on the city website. Automatic sprinkler users are encouraged to water only three times a week and not on weekends.
Two Schertz Officials Receive CPM Designation Schertz Officials Receive CPM designation from Texas State Pictured: City of Schertz employees Cynthia Raleigh and Bob Cantu (foreground) show their Certified Public Management (CPM) designations from Texas State University. Raleigh is Deputy City Secretary, and Cantu is Assistant to the the City Manager. Behind them are, from left, Mayor Hal Baldwin, Assistant City Managers John Bierschwale and David J. Harris and City Manager John Kessel.
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Phone Numbers City of Schertz Elected Officials Mayor: Hal Baldwin
Council Members: Michael Carpenter Cedric Edwards, Sr. Jim Fowler David Scagliola George Antuna, Jr.
(210) 619-1045 (210) 566-4540 (210) 658-1442 (830) 606-1130 (210) 467-7914
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) 619-1666 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 schertz.com
Monday, 4 JULY 4th
CITY OFFICES CLOSED
City Council, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
Thursday, 14 Economic Development Corporation, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
City Council, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
Transportation Safety Advisory Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, 5:30 PM, Board, 5:30 PM, Council Chambers Bob Andrews Room
Buffalo Valley Youth Association, 6:00 PM, 401 Oak St
City Council, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
Planning & Zoning, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
Board of Adjustments, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
City Council, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
Planning & Zoning, 6:00 PM, Council Chambers
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