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“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 antiinflammatories. 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 longterm 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 March 30, 2012, 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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Editor’z Letter


Chuck McCollough, Editor

City Council

WATCH OUT! DON’T BURN YOUR FINGERS. This is the hottest issue we’ve had in a long time... in fact, it has some scorching stories. First, read about a city department that does a WHOLE LOT MORE than most people realize. Schertz Fire & Rescue personnel are ready for any emergency imaginable and train, train, train to keep at peak performance and keep residents safe. Assistant Fire Marshal John Perry talks about how the office he works for (which is part of SF&R) labors to prevent fires from occurring especially by stressing fire safety to youngsters. And while SF&R put out fires, Adam McDonald and his fire-breathing brethren treat the hot stuff way different. Keep a glass of water nearby when you read their story... just in case.


B. E. Bailey Director, Public Affairs, Publisher Chuck McCollough Editor Alexis Souza Creative Director Chris Matzenbacher Sales Director Erin Matlock Client Affairs Specialist Mary Spence Events Coordinator Linda Ervin Business Manager Shelby O’Neill Copy Editor

Then read how longtime resident Ken Greenwald keeps his hat in the ring of fire (so to speak) by driving a fire truck on special occasions. He let me sit behind the wheel of the truck but wisely didn’t let me drive it. As you move past the smoking stories above, be ready to howl with delight about canine movie stars in our city. Boy, are those dogs smart. Law Enforcement in two forms shows up in this month’s magazine. Learn how students at Clemens and Steele high schools are learning law enforcement lessons and Lt. John Correu at the Schertz Police Department gives an inside look at SPD. Also look for a story on sibling sales guys, Justin and Kevin O’Donnell, and a “blooming” business on Main Street. All of that and more in this month’s issue of your Schertz Magazine. 8



Brittany Losey Senior Writer Contributing Writers B.E. Bailey, Chuck McCollough, Mary Spence, Lucille Sims Thomas, Andrea Allinger, Kari Bridges, Kiko Martinez, Denise Marcos, Jasmyne Douglas, Elsie Baker, Ashley Festa, Tabitha Joseph, Emily Poole Photographers B.E. Bailey, Chuck McCollough, Mary Spence, Robert Burton, Mike Harris, Bryan Nguyen, Joe Herczeg, Diana Webb, Andrea Allinger, Kari Bridges, Zachary Carter, Ross Dye, Curtis LaBlanc. 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. © 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 and

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13 Kitchen Kudoz 15 Sweetheartz 17 Momz

22 Schertz Going HollyWOOF 25 Hottest Guys in Schertz 30 Tongue of Fire

Executive Management John Kessel, City Manager John Bierschwale, Assistant City Manager David J. Harris, Assistant City Manager

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33 Law Enforcement: The Next Generation

Schertz Firefighters strike a stark pose in their traditional role as the enemy of flame. But they have many other important roles as well.

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Mayor Hal Baldwin, left, presents a plaque to Kerr Kountry Trail Riders trail boss Davide Wiedenfeld on February 9 in Pickrell Park. Schertz Bank and Trust President Melvin Golla watches the ceremony.

Talk ofthe Townz March 2012

TRAIL RIDERS GET STEWED IN SCHERTZ Members of the Greater Randolph Trail Riders and Kerr Kountry Trail Riders stopped at Pickrell Park Thursday, February 9, on their way to the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. Dozens of trail riders had a hearty stew lunch prepared by a group of volunteers spearheaded by Schertz Bank and Trust. The annual event in Pickrell Park is sponsored by the bank, the City of Schertz and the Schertz Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Hal Baldwin presented appreciation plaques to GRATrails trail boss Brian Sullivan and Kerr Kountry trail boss David Wiedenfeld. The GRA-Trails Trail Riders stopped at the Bluebonnet Palace February 8 to camp and have a dance and meet the public. The next morning they had a breakfast event with the public and moved on.

MAKE THE PARK SPARKLE ON APRIL 14 City parks will get a face lift on Saturday, April 14, during a community service day in Schertz. Sign-in will be at 701 Oak Street at the big pavilion in Pickrell Park, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM with service taking place from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Event organizers are coordinating with the Parks and Recreation Department for this effort to beautify city parks. Service will include trash pickup, painting and planting. There will be refreshments and a raffle for volunteers that participate. This is an opportunity to let the big and little members of your families shine. For more information, please contact Brenda Ott at bjcrs05@ 10


EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT SPRUCES UP PARK Jordan Aguilera developed, organized and supervised an Eagle Scout project at Pickrell Park that included replacing planking on picnic tables and replenishing the safety surface of seven play apparatus in the park. The City of Schertz purchased the safety surface equipment. Parks Manager Chuck Van Zandt said Pickrell is the heaviest used park in the city and the project will “benefit park users for years to come.”

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MAKE VETERANS PLAZA DONATION Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus, Council 6358, made a $2,000 donation to the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Schertz. The donation was made in the names of the deceased members of Council 6358 who were military veterans. Taking part in the check presentation (above, from left) are Dan Stift, Ruth Tienor, Ed Higgs and Earl Sawyer.

OAK WILT ALERT Young’s Tree Service owner Jim Young said property owners need to be aware of the danger of Oak Wilt in our region. “Oak Wilt gained media attention 12 to 15 years ago when a heritage Live Oak, more than 250 years old, died in Austin,” he said. Young said the disease can spread from contaminated cutting tools, diseased trees nearby and even sap-feeding insects that transmit the disease from infected trees. Oak Wilt has impacted areas of trees along US 281 around Marble Falls and along IH-10 from Boerne to Junction. Trenching to four feet deep is necessary to control many spreads. Contact a reputable tree service or call your county extension agent’s office for more information.

LIONS SPONSOR FIESTA CASINO PARTY The Schertz-Cibolo Lions Club Third Annual Noche de Fiesta en Schertz will be held from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Friday, April 20, at the Schertz Civic Center, which is located at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. 5. The evening will feature casino games, food and music. The cost is $40 per person, and prizes include a trip to Las Vegas, a personal 3-hour casino night party and much more. There also will be a raffle with great prizes, including an Amazon Kindle Fire, a 42inch HDTV and a $500 gift card. Proceeds will benefit youth and senior programs in the Schertz area. For more information, call (210) 7106558 or (210) 332-2255. MARCH 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


Talk ofthe Townz

Kitchen Kudoz

Ciao down at Figlio’s

March 2012



This dinner/dance, which was sold out, is one of the largest fundraisers the Senior Center has had to date. Thanks to a record number of area businesses who sponsored this dinner/dance, more than $8,000 was raised to help fund the day-to-day operations of the Senior Center. The center thanks its many sponsors. The Senior Center is growing every day, and now has more than 380 members. For more information, visit schertzseniors. org. 12


By Andrea M. Allinger

The Lion & Rose is helping Schertz become O’Schertz on St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone is Irish.

Combine great music, delicious food, a romantic atmosphere, a room full of gifts and door prizes, dozens of area sponsors and 180 seniors, and what do you get? You have the Valentine’s Dinner Dance held at the Schertz Area Senior Center on Saturday, February 4! The evening began with a wonderful dinner provided by Abel’s Diner, a diamond-level sponsors. After the meal, Big Daddy Dean, a nationally recognized performer, led the crowd in more than two hours of dance music featuring some of the best known songs from the last 40 years. The seniors present enthusiastically responded by crowding the dance floor and dancing the night away until the last possible moment. And to the delight of many, Councilman Cedric Edwards and Peyton Aldridge of Well-Med attended the dinner/dance and spent the evening dancing with many of our single ladies.


The restaurant, located at The Forum Shops at 8211 Agora Pkwy., Ste. 112, will help celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, Marh 17th, so you can spend the entire day having fun. The Lion & Rose will be featuring a special menu of traditional Irish favorites, including the classic dish of corned beef and cabbage.

LOCAL SELF STORAGE HOSTS PET ADOPTION EVENT 3009 Self Storage will host a Homes for Pets Pet Adoption event on March 3 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Free food and drinks will be served. Several dogs will be available for potential pet owners to interact with while visitors can also see photos of other animals who can be adopted. For more information, call (210) 656-3009. The business is located at 17305 IH-35 North near FM 3009.

PLAY BALL! All are invited to attend as Buffalo Valley Youth Association celebrates the kickoff of baseball and softball season with the Opening Day Parade and Carnival on March 31. Parade goers will line the route along Elbel Road and Schertz Parkway between the Clemens football field and Schertz Ballpark to cheer for the procession of teams, which will begin at 9:00 AM. The carnival will be open from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM and will feature rides, inflatables, games, vendor booths, food and fun! Contact Wendy at (210) 658.7431 for vendor booth information and availability. *We kindly request that Opening Day attendees not park in the Schertz Civic Center or Community Center lots due to previously scheduled events.

You can hear live Celtic music by The Foxes from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This trio has played traditional Irish music all over the world and creates music that’s fun for the whole family. Singing along is encouraged. You’ll step out of Schertz and into a traditional Irish pub! The Lion & Rose will be selling tickets to join the San Antonio Pipes & Drums for a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl of double-decker proportions! Take a ride on The Lion & Rose’s 1962 Bristol open-top doubledecker bus along with the bagpipe and drum group.

IN 2005, BROTHERS Carlos and Jorge Coronado bought a house in Bracken and converted it to what is now Figlio’s Pizzeria and Italian Ristorante. With just a few structural additions and some deliciously crisp pizza crust, the Coronados have put Figlio’s on the map.

In Italian, figlio translates as “sons,” which is fitting since the Coronado brothers gained experience and respect for the business from their father, who worked his way up the ranks. Today, Carlos ensures that the restaurant maintains, according to him, “ a very cozy, homey, and friendly feel,” and because each plate is “sending a piece of myself out to somebody’s table,” the food remains fresh and homemade. In a business that is extremely personal, Coronado works side by side with his brother, Jorge. “Sometimes working with family can get a little hec-

tic, but I like working with Jorge because he understands me,” Coronado said. The understanding between the brothers helps the restaurant run smoothly and efficiently. Filgio’s Pizzeria offers a comprehensive menu of 15 varieties of specialty pizzas, including a classic Italian Margarita pizza of fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella with optional tomato sauce. This variety of pizza originated in 1889 with Queen Margherita of Italy’s visit to Naples when a pizza was created using the colors of the basil, tomato and mozzarella to resemble the Italian flag. The handtossed crust and perfect ratio of ingredients makes this classic pizza a modern must-have. Coronado recommends the lunchtime special of pizza by the slice, available in cheese or pepperoni. Your slice of pizza will be wellcomplemented by the daily chicken special, which is always served up with pasta,

such as the Chicken Francaise, lightly battered and sauteed with spinach in a lemon-butter sauce. Or try one of the deliciously melted sandwiches, like the Chicken Parmigiana, which includes a beautifully breaded chicken cutlet, cooked until golden brown and topped with homemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. Make sure to ask about dessert, so you can try out Filgio’s rich and creamy cheesecake. Figlio’s Pizzeria is located in Bracken at 18816 FM 2252 (Old Nacogdoches Rd) in the Over Yonder shop-

ping center. Restaurant hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM (closed on Sundays), with lunch hours of 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Check out Figlio’s comprehensive website at www. for a full menu, hours and detailed location information. For the month of March, bring in your copy of Schertz Magazine for two free garden salads with the purchase of any large pizza. Offer expires March 31, 2012. MARCH 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


Talk ofthe Townz March 2012

LIBRARY LEAPS INTO SPRING WITH MARCH EVENTS Adult Computer Courses: Schertz Public Library offers free computer courses each week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Each month, we discuss different topics, including word processing, social networking and introductory courses for those just getting acquainted with the computer. Registration is required for the computer classes and may be completed online, in person or over the phone by calling (210) 619-1700.

RED CANVAS AFFAIR Attendees at the Red Canvas Affair art show search for answers in the hopes of winning several art pieces donated by members of the Schertz Area Artz Council. The event was held February 9 at the Schertz Civic Center. Keep up to date with SAAC news at


CHAMBER EVENTS After-Hours Mixer

Allstate Insurance – Visente Trevino & Associates, 17331 IH-35 N, Suite 108 Thursday, March 29, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Great food, fun, door prizes and more! Chamber ca$h drawing (must be present to win)

Chamber Luncheon

Tuesday, March 20, at 11:30 AM at the Schertz Civic Center Guest Speaker: Special Agent Joe Martinez with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cost: $18 Schertz Chamber Members/$28 (pre-paid) nonmembers

RSVP by Tuesday, March 13

Please visit our Chamber website for luncheon policy.

Educate your Business Cents!

Attend our Biz Ed classes every fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:30 AM to 9 AM. Next class is March 28. Call for more information.

What’s Happening at Your Chamber?

We strive to provide for all your business needs. Stop by our office at 1730 Schertz Parkway. Contact us at 210-566-9000, email us at nkotzur@, or visit our website at

Quilter’s Bee: This group is perfect for both experienced and beginning quilters. The group will meet twice in March with meetings on Tuesday March 6, and Saturday March 17, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM both days. Come share your knowledge, or learn something new! Pre-registration is not required for this program. Wii Gaming for Senior Citizens: Seniors can join us Tuesday, March 20, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the library in Meeting Room 2 for a couple of entertaining and exciting hours playing Wii games. You will exercise both your body and mind playing sports, game shows and brain games. Be prepared to have a lot of fun! Camp Read S’more: Monday March 12, and Tuesday, March 13, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Library Program Room: A specially designed spring break program to get kids connected with the outdoors. Program appropriate for third through fifth graders. Preregistration is required and available online beginning February 27. You may register for one or both days. Teen Hunger Games Challenge: Tuesday, March 20, 4:30 PM, Meeting Room 1. Can you match the skill of Katniss? Find out in the library’s Hunger Games Challenge. Be prepared for the cornucopia, trivia and lots of fun. Mother Goose on the Loose: Saturday, March 24, 2:00 PM, Library Program Room. A story time for preschool and kindergarten children and their families. Join us as we make math and science come alive with books, hands-on activities and lots of fun! This month, we will be focusing on size comparisons and learning a little bit more about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Schertz Sweetheart Court

Miss Friendly City 2011-2012 By Emily Poole

HELLO, SCHERTZ! MY name is Emily Poole, and I am your 2011-2012 Miss Friendly City on your Schertz Sweetheart Court. Having this opportunity has been so amazing, and I recommend it for everyone eligible to compete. It has been an honor meeting many different people and putting smiles on all the kids’ faces. I am currently a freshman at Randolph High School taking some sophomore classes and honors for the other classes. I am very involved in the marching, jazz and concert bands playing flute and piccolo. I also enjoy being a part of the golf team. I plan on attending college in Texas to pursue a career in physical therapy. Helping people is important to me, so this would be the perfect profession. The road for me has been very challenging due to a traumatic brain injury when I was nine; I have been recovering ever since.

Due to the extent of the injury, doctors told my family I shouldn’t attend school because I wouldn’t succeed, but through my personal beliefs, awesome teachers and the support of my friends and family, I have been able to overcome most challenges. It is important that people know to follow their hearts and don’t accept the answer “you can’t” if you know you can. In my free time, I enjoy participating in my church and the youth group in the afternoons. We perform community service such as Elf Louise, food drives and fundraisers for the homeless children in the area. Involvement in the community is very important to me. I am so grateful that Schertz has made the Schertz Sweethearts open to young ladies. The experience has been awesome. Being in a military family means moving often, but of all the places I have lived, Schertz is the friendliest city!




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Momz: My Take

The Magic Comes From Within

I MUST ADMIT THAT I LIFTED THE title of this month’s column from a short story my fourth-grade daughter wrote. She sometimes disappears for hours, and I finally figured out what she is doing. She is writing! She has a binder full of essays, short stories, poems and musings. Of course, as a writer myself, I am tickled. But as a mom, I am just straight-up proud. Her narrative titled “The Magic Comes From Within” was about a kid who was unsure of herself on the basketball court, but I realized after reading it that the moral of her story could be applied across life.

By Elise Baker

Certainly being a stay-at-home mom is not always magical. In fact, one of my favorite bloggers describes parenthood as “brutiful,” a combination of brutal and beautiful. Being a mom has taught me to look for the magical moments in life. Have you ever experienced a moment when time seems to stand still and you wish desperately that you

had a camera in your forehead so you could snap a photo? Those moments are what make it all worth it. This is the time of year when I usually receive my Social Security statement of earnings for the prior year. You know, the one that says I’ve earned zero dollars. I always pause for a few minutes after opening it, staring at that computer-generated sum of my worth. It gives me great pleasure to slowly rip it up while mentally calculating what it would cost to hire someone to do everything I do to keep our household running and to raise our children. I don’t need a piece of paper to tell me what I’m worth. My children’s smiles and hugs, their stellar report cards, their creativity, their kind hearts, their free spirits, their adaptability, their concern for the environment and their limitless dreams are what measure my worth as a mom. A mom’s magic comes from within!


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Talk ofthe Townz March 2012


OPEN FOR BUSINESS Welcome! Christian Brothers Automotive is open at 205 FM 3009 (near FM 78). Mark and Kathy Moody invite you to visit and learn how great customer service and honest, genuine auto repair service can be. Find the shop online at ChristianBrothersAuto. com, or call 210.658.1717 to schedule a complimentary

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Treasurer Fredy Degollado and President Maggie Titterington informed members about the state of the Chamber, which included new programs for 2012. Membership 101 involves helping new members become acquainted with all the Chamber has to offer marketing-wise while Biz Buds offers a personal one-to-one contact with a Chamber mentor. Thank you, Signature Catering, formerly O’Neill’s, for catering our meal, Sandra’s Creations for donating our linens, A Moment in Time for donating the centerpieces and the Schertz Civic Center for hosting the event.


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THE DAHLE FAMILY BRINGS national attention to Schertz, from their youngest daughter earning a national championship for an agility competition to their oldest daughter training the star dog for a film distributed around the world. Both the Dahle dogs and the Dahle daughters prove that working hard reaps big rewards. As Karen and Michael Dahle settled into marriage more than 20 years ago, a canine Valentine’s present proved to pave the way for a successful and active future for their growing family. Michael remembers purchasing a Yorkshire Terrier for his wife to keep her company when he wasn’t home, and the little Yorkie soon got Karen involved with conformation and agility dog shows.

Schertz Becoming Hollywoof THE DAHLE FAMILY HAS GONE TO THE DOGS -- AND WON By Andrea M. Allinger



Karen began looking for familyfriendly dogs after her daughter, Aubrie, was born in 1991. She stumbled upon an Australian Shepherd breeder in Colorado and spoke to her for two hours, after which she said, “I was sold.” The Dahle’s first Australian Shepherd was solid red and named Falcor, who went on to win countless championships and recognitions alongside Karen and her daughters until his passing last year. According to Karen, the atmosphere at dog competitions is perfect for kids. “The agility community across the world is supportive and amazing,” she said. “Just because you are competing against someone doesn’t mean they hate you and doesn’t mean we can’t be best friends. This is part of the reason that agility is good for kids.” Aubrie Dahle has been involved in the agility training arena since showing her first dog at age three. Throughout her childhood, Aubrie

has been actively involved with training and caring for the family’s dogs and those that are fostered in their home.

course twice. With a perfect score of 200, Taufie and Anneka were named the AKC Junior National Champions.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Aubrie’s life in the dog world took a turn for the red carpet, when she became the lead dog trainer for Tommy, the Border Collie starring in Robin Nations’ film Cooper. The film was shot primarily in Schertz and covered in the June 2011 issue of Schertz Magazine. Aubrie trained Tommy alongside her mother, preparing the dog for the demands of the big screen while beginning her freshman year at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Karen explains that her daughter was born into the agility world. When Karen was eight months pregnant with Anneka, she was running through obstacle courses and winning championships with the late Falcor. Anneka began in the showing ring when she was two and hasn’t stopped since.

After completing the movie, Aubrie said she realized that was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. The film Cooper was later renamed Angel Dog for distribution in the U.S. and can be found on Netflix and at most Redbox locations. Aubrie currently studies at Texas State University with a major in Theatre Arts Performance Production and a minor in Animal Science, with plans to begin another movie with Nations this spring. The Dahle’s youngest daughter, Anneka, became one of seven youths to be recognized as an AKC Junior Agility Invitational Champion on December 16, 2011. At 11 years old, Anneka vies against competitors up to age 18 in an agility contest consisting of one dog with their trainer running through a timed obstacle course while striving for a perfect score of 100. Anneka took three dogs to the competition—Tucker, a black tri Australian Shepherd; Vapor, a blue merle Australian Shepherd; and Taufie, a tri Shetland Sheepdog— and ran each through the obstacle

On an average day, Anneka spends four to five hours caring for her dogs, not to mention travelling to competitions as far away as Florida and Nevada. Anneka describes her love for working with dogs as a deep connection and calls them her teammates. She cherishes the friendships she forms with her competitors, explaining that she helps the other players, giving them advice, and ends up making friends. “Working with dogs gets addictive, but I like it because it involves a lot of math and science,” Anneka said. “ You have to figure angles and use geometry.” In the future, Anneka plans to become an animal trainer, a photographer and/or a farmer— and take over the Dahle family farm. The Dahles’ commitment to the sport is family-wide. The outstanding support for Anneka and Aubrie in their endeavors clearly makes way for their successes. Although Michael Dahle does not personally participate in the sport, he has made adjustments to accommodate the growing continued on page 24 MARCH 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


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demand for agility training in the household. Michael has built a complete agility course in the family’s backyard over the years, spends time maintaining the course annually, and jokingly calls himself “an agility widow—I stay home and work to support the habit.” Michael owns and operates Mission All Star Vending and is involved with Schertz through his volunteering with the Schertz Planning and Zoning Commission. As the newest member of the commission, he said he enjoys working with Schertz zoning because he feels someone has to speak up for the citizens. Karen works as the outdoor physical education coach at Paschal Elementary and returns home each day to a house that is a testament to the family’s love of their dogs, with wall-to-wall championship photos, ribbons and medals. She beams as she talks about her daughters competing with various dogs, and she exclaims, “I couldn’t imagine my life without dogs!” “Winning isn’t about earning money,” Aubrey said. “You shell out hundreds of dollars for 30 to 45 seconds in the ring. It is about the prestige of winning.” The Dahles have brought that prestige of winning to Schertz and continue to pursue greatness both on and off the agility course.




SCHERTZ FIRE DEPARTMENT IS TOO small a name for such a big operation. Even the official moniker – Schertz Fire and Rescue Department – doesn’t do it justice.

It really should be called (take a deep breath)... The Building-Vehicle-Brush-Grass-Wildland FiresHazmat-Severe-Weather-High-Water-ConfinedSpace-Special-Rescue-Vehicle-Home-BusinessIndustry-Medical-Injury-Call-Fire-EducationPrevention-Inspection Department (exhale). Try fitting that on a business card. Schertz Fire Chief David Covington has been a “smoke eater” (an old but colorful firefighter nickname) for more than 35 years. “Fire departments have evolved incredibly since the 1970s, when we were all volunteer and our primary business was fighting fires,” he said. “Now, fire fighting is in a minority category.” In fact, the 137 fire calls in 2011 were less than 10 percent of the Schertz Fire Department’s 1,048 emergency calls and an even smaller percentage of the 1,778 total calls. The other calls included 114 false alarms and 337 “good intention” calls, like visiting elementary schools during Fire Prevention Week, unlocking a car door or just checking the fire safety of a residence when asked.

As equipment like the Jaws of Life tool (used to cut vehicles open to free trapped people) became available, it was given to fire departments to use since they already would be headed to the worst car accidents. “That added the rescue component to fire departments and many changed their names to fire and rescue,” the fire chief said. As the production of hazardous material grew, hazmat emergencies involving trucks and trains migrated to fire departments because they were the one local governmental entity that had resources (fire stations and equipment) spread over a wide area, Covington noted. While SFR is not unique in its ability to respond to multiple emergency scenarios, its geographic location and reputation for innovation and imagination make it special to local, state and federal agencies. In recent times, Schertz firefighters have worked shoulderto-shoulder with San Antonio Fire Department and suburban fire departments in battling blazes in the IH-35 and Loop 1604 area including major truck collisions and wildfires. “We have been a regional fire department for a while now because none of the Metrocom cities have enough

equipment themselves to handle really big fires,” Covington said. “All of the departments routinely assist each other on structure fires and brush fires, including having our fire trucks in another city to back them up and having their trucks in our fire stations for the same reason.” At the state level, the Schertz Fire Rescue is part of the Alamo Area Wildland Strike Team that battled blazes in Bastrop as well as in North and West Texas. The entire strike team is made up of departments from Schertz, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Spring Branch, Helotes, District 7 (NW San Antonio), Bulverde and Canyon Lake. Chief Covington is the Regional Coordinator for the State’s Intrastate Mutual Aid System, which deploys regional resources in state emergencies. “Being part of the Wildland Strike Team has been good for our department because our team members get good experience, which they bring back and share, making our department better able to handle wildfires,” the chief said. “And our department has a good reputation with state and federal emergency officials who have seen our guys and our strike force in action.” continued on page 28

While fighting fires no longer is the department’s main category, it remains one of the most important because it is the most perilous. “Fighting fewer fires has a downside because the firefighters don’t get as much practice time, so training is very important,” Covington said. “Fighting fires in neighboring cities (through mutual aid agreements) helps all the surrounding communities and gives the firefighters more chances to hone their skills.” Covington came to Schertz Fire Rescue (SFR) four years ago after working at the San Antonio Fire Department since 1976. “The additional responsibility SFR has today compared to when it was all volunteer is remarkable,” he said. “And the change was happening at fire departments across the county, including The San Antonio Fire Department. In the late 1970s, we made a few medical runs just to back up EMS because firefighters knew first aid. That medical component just kept growing.” 26




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Also on the federal level, SFR is working with the National Highway Administration to improve safety along our expressways and roadways. One project will help establish a traffic incident (accident) management area for IH-35 from San Antonio to Austin. “A big accident in Schertz impacts traffic all along IH-35 from SA to Austin,” Covington said. “And the same with any accident in that corridor.” Covington made a trip to Washington, DC, in December to serve on a panel reviewing the issue and is slated to return in the near future. With the city’s second fire station (also housing EMS) on IH-35, Schertz brings life-saving assets to the corridor. “The ultimate goal is to restore traffic to normal flows as quickly as possible while providing safety to responders working the accident,” the fire chief said. Back in Schertz, Covington points to the five-story training tower next to the fire station as an example of how energetic, innovative and dedicated the SFR firefighters are. The training tower is being built largely with donated or greatly discounted material and with the labor and building expertise supplied by the firefighters themselves. “Battalion Chief Harry Hewlett is the brains behind the project and has worked hard with all our private partners to get this project up and running,” Covington said. While such a tower would typically cost between $70,000 and $100,000, this tower is costing only about $20,000.



“It is a work in progress and is evolving in scope and application,” the fire chief said. “Our firefighters use it for high-angle (the side of a cliff) and low-angle (over the side of an overpass) rescues. We also extend the ladder truck to the top for training exercises. It has a lot of uses, and the guys have poured their hearts and souls into building it.” Another component of SFR is the Fire Marshal’s office, which works with the city’s Development Services Department to inspect and work with businesses and multi-family complexes to have adequate fire protection. The department staff, comprised of Fire Marshal Glen Outlaw and Deputy Fire Marshal John Perry, also are responsible for fire education, fire prevention and investigating fires to determine if they are accidental or arson. “The best fire is the one that never happens, and that is what we work for,” Covington said. “We have pre-fire plans for hundreds of businesses in Schertz. The plans are on the computer, and when we roll up to a fire call at a business, the fire commander can pull up that plan and know where all the exits are located, cut off for the electrical and water and other vital information needed to safely fight the fire.” And that is how SFR operates in the 21st century -- not only fighting fires but fighting for the safety of everyone in the region and beyond. For more information visit www.

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Tongues of Fire ADAM MCDONALD PLAYS WITH FIRE --AND WINS By Lucille Sims Thomas


IT’S USUALLY NOT A GOOD IDEA to play with fire. As the saying goes, if you play with fire, you will get burned.

But playing with fire is exactly what Adam McDonald, pictured left, loves to do to entertain others. He spent 13 years performing with a circus while honing his skills as an entertainer, and fire-eating is just one of his many talents. He can also juggle fire, fly off teetertotters and tumble in addition to a number of other big-top talents. And though he doesn’t perform regularly anymore, at Halloween, he is easily the coolest guy in his neighborhood as he thrills both kids and adults with his fire-eating skills. So how did a guy who now earns his living as an IT analyst for DPT Laboratories get into such a hot and dangerous profession? It’s in his genes. His father was a gymnast and daredevil who liked to skydive, so McDonald was always comfortable doing thrilling things that might frighten most people. He wanted to be on his high school gymnastics team his freshmen year, but illness prevented him from trying out. According to McDonald, it was a very competitive team, so if you did not get on right away, you probably were not going to make it. His family moved and he entered another high school for his senior year, and while he was doing some gymnastic moves for fun and to stay in shape, he attracted enough attention to get an invitation to hang out with that school’s gymnastics team. Later in his senior year, he made the team. He attended Northeast Illinois University and then Illinois State University. While at Illinois State, he got permission to work out in the same room as the school’s circus on some leftover gymnastics equipment. Some of the circus performers noticed his tumbling skills and strength and asked



him to try something. They strapped him into a spotting belt and put him on one end of a teeter-totter and had some guys jump down onto the other end. He went flying. “I was hooked,” McDonald said. “It’s one of those rare experiences where you could join the circus without running away from home.” He began to learn all the different aspects of it and got involved with several acts. The circus performed at Illinois State and did shows at corporate events, malls, schools and smaller exhibitions. The shows featured tightrope walkers, jugglers, trapeze artists, teeter-board flyers, tumblers, fire breathers and fire jugglers. A few years later, he discovered some of his circus friends had joined a small circus based out of Triton College in the Chicago area. They convinced him to join them. “It was a great way to stay in shape, still perform and improve my circus skills without having to run away and live the circus life, which is not as glamorous as most people would think,” he said. “You get the fun without the down flavor of traveling, living out of a camper or suitcase for nine months of the year.” While performing three or four shows a year, he continued his education and eventually earned a liberal arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University. This fire-eating Illinois native ended up in Schertz the old-fashioned way. His wife, Belia, a marathon runner who joined him in his circus adventures for nine years, is from San Antonio and eventually wanted to move closer to her family. The 41-year-old father of two sons, both under age three, mostly juggles diapers these days but practices once a month with the Brothers of the Flame, a group of circus-style entertainers who regularly perform at continued on page 32 MARCH 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


The Next Generation

Clemens sponsor Lisa Reid said. “The goal is to enhance the students’ knowledge of law enforcement and provide them an opportunity to experience real life situations.”


The clubs are headed by Mike Tokarski, the Criminal Justice teacher at Steele and a parttime officer for the Kirby Police Department, and Reid, the Criminal Justice teacher at Clemens and presently a reserve officer at the Bexar County Constable Pct. 3 office.

By Jasmyne Douglas Steele High School Writer

S Tongues of Fire CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 local events such as Lumanaria, Schertzfest, the Fiesta Flambeau Parade, the Alamodome’s Monster Jam and the Schertz Jubilee. The group’s founder, Manuel “Manny” Castillo (pictured above), 36, is a Clemens High School graduate who said he just kind of fell into the fire-eating, fire juggling and fire knives by accident. He had a friend who he hung out with a 32


lot who was into fire-eating and the friend would challenge him. While trying to outdo the friend with his own skills, he realized he was really obsessed with it. He learned that there is a cultural side to entertaining with fire and that the Hawaiian people once used it to tell stories and improve handeye coordination. He started Brothers of the Flame in 2001, and the group now consists of 10 performers who mostly have not quit their day jobs, but love to play with fire. “My group does stuff from a little more traditional to a little more MTV,” Castillo said. “When I ask a client what kind of show they want, we tailor the show to what the client wishes.”

The group does themes that range from Renaissance to pirate shows and may do a birthday party for a 6-year-old as the Mario brothers and perform later that night at a bar or restaurant. McDonald, who’s also is a skydiver, does not entertain regularly with the Brothers of the Flame, but they occasionally ask him if he’d like to join them for a performance, particularly at Halloween when the group entertains at the Nightmare on Grayson event. And even though he tries to keep balance in his life these days, he looks forward to those invitations - if only for a brief break from juggling those diapers.

SIRENS BLARED. THE WORNout tires of the black and white Ford “This club means a lot to me,” Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Tokarski said. “You have to be screeched on the asphalt-paved highway. The officer, like the trained professional that he is, weaved in and out of traffic, tracking down the speeding vehicle, a green 2003 Nissan Altima. The car pulled over to the side of the road. The door of the car opened, and the driver spilled out, trying to get away on foot. Quick to react, the officer jumped out of his vehicle and pursued the suspect. Warnings for the driver to stop went unheeded. The officer caught up to the unruly delinquent and tackled him to the ground. The metallic handcuffs gleamed in the hot Texas sun as the officer secured them around the driver’s wrists. He read him his Miranda Rights and swiftly placed him in the back of the patrol car. This was the type of scenario that students in the law enforcement clubs at Steele and Clemens high schools learn to deal with on a daily basis. “The club is based through the Career and Technology curriculum and all CTE programs have some form of club for the students,”

dedicated. You have to be willing to sacrifice the stuff that is cool to do the stuff that is right.” Most of the students join because they have a lifelong ambition of being in the criminal justice field. “Ever since I was 5 years old, I’ve wanted to be a police officer,” Steele senior Justin Richardson said. “My

dad was in law enforcement for 10 years, and he was really happy that I joined.” “I joined my freshman year when I was taking a criminal justice class because I was always interested in a career in law enforcement, and I went to the meeting and enjoyed it,” senior and president of the law enforcement club at Clemens Cyndi Tusko said. “I either plan to be a lawyer or an FBI profiler.” “It’s great working with the students from Steele,” Reid said. “I knew Mr. Tokarski before he was their instructor, thus it was easy to form a relationship.” While the law enforcement clubs compete in events like Criminal Justice and Crime Scene Investigation, the events available through the SkillsUSA competitions are varied and are geared toward different career fields such as nursing, cosmetology, culinary arts, carpentry and advertising. “My favorite part is the competitions,” Clemens sophomore Nicole Eberhardt said. “We practice for a couple of events, and then we go to compete and we get to meet kids from all different schools and show how good Clemens is because we usually beat them. It feels good.” Although it is intended to enrich the students in the law enforcement environment, the community as well as the sponsors of the club reap its benefits too. “I really enjoy watching the students get interested in a career they enjoy and helping them open their eyes to all the career opportunities it possesses,” Reid said. “It’s truly one of my most favorite parts of my job.”




John Perry FIREMAN, EMT AND LAWMAN By Chuck McCollough


Perry is a firefighter, EMT and lawman all wrapped up in one. The easygoing 37-year-old Clemens High School graduate of the class of 1992 sums up the triple-threat nature of his job in one phrase: “The uniform never comes off.” Perry has spent his entire adult life in the Schertz Fire Rescue Department, joining at age 20, just



a few years out of high school. Like many young men who played sports growing up (he was a lineman on the Clemens football team), Perry found being a firefighter attractive because it is exciting and involves a lot of physical activity. “Being a member of the fire department is definitely a rush for me and especially was when I was younger,” Perry said. “But more importantly, it is something very useful and helpful to the community.” Perry’s journey to becoming a Schertz firefighter followed the course of many before him - a buddy suggested it. “Several of my

Before he started taking classes for his associate’s degree, Perry earned his peace officer’s certification as part of the requirements for being a fire marshal.

John and Alexis Perry have an 11-year-old son, Xander, and the family spends as much time together as possible. “First and foremost, we work at being friends, enjoying each other’s company,” Perry said of his son. “We are always mom and dad, but we feel it is really important to do things with Xander that he likes, one-onone or all three together.”

Since joining the Schertz Fire Department, Perry has tried continuously to improve himself and to be able to help people in more ways. Working with Fire Marshal/ Assistant Fire Chief Glen Outlaw, Perry’s focus is on preventing fires and determining the cause of ones that have already happened.

thing with all the places we visit.” According to Perry, people sometimes call him an arson investigator, but he is actually a fire investigator. “We look for the cause of fires, and sometimes it is arson and then we have a crime,” he said. Another way Perry relaxes is working on his yard. He used to operate a sizeable landscaping operation, but that has gotten smaller over time. “Working in a

Perry and his son like to go fishing and recently have taken up golf. “He is learning and I am relearning golf, and it is fun,” he said. “We also play some of the games on his X-Box and then go outside for some chores. We like outdoor stuff, and it’s quality time together. On the other hand, Alexis is very artistic, and she and Xander like to do those kinds of things together.”


WHEN JOHN PERRY LOOKS in the mirror, he sees three occupations looking back. The Assistant Fire Marshal can put out a person’s fire, treat injuries sustained during the fire and then arrest them for starting the fire in the first place.

“Later we got back together and married in February 1998. I have worked for the fire department for 15 years and been married for 14 years.”

friends were planning to join the volunteer fire department, and so I thought about it,” he said. “It was something different, and I signed up.” He graduated from EMT school in 1994 and the fire academy at the end of 1995. Perry continued on that career track in 1997 by becoming a paid firefighter. As his professional life started moving in a particular direction, Perry’s private life took a bit of a turn when he started dating future wife Alexis. “We dated in high school and then went our separate ways,” he said.

Spending more time with his wife and son is very important and one of the reasons Perry was interested in the assistant fire marshal position. It offers more traditional work hours than the 24-hours-on, 48-hours-off schedule of firefighters. And while the fire marshal’s office staff works weekends and nights when needed, the scheduled regular hours have allowed Perry to do something else he wanted – return to school. Perry is currently taking online classes toward an associate’s degree in fire science. That puts him in the interesting position of being a student just like his son. “Xander at first told me school was for young people, based on what he sees on TV,” Perry said. “Now we can be studying at the same, and it gives us something in common.”

From left, Development Services Chief Inspector Ken Anderson, Assistant Fire Marshall John Perry and Merritt Lake Senior Village Project Superintendent Raymond Armstrong inspect wiring at the project.

“We emphasize public education and fire prevention,” Perry said. “Those two areas include checking smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and fire suppression systems in buildings and houses under construction or already existing. It also involves going to day cares, elementary schools, charter schools and other places and teaching fire safety and fire prevention. In October, we observe Fire Prevention Week, but it becomes an almost month-long

yard or landscaping your property is a great way to refocus and recharge yourself,” he said. “It lets you concentrate on making something look nice and forget about all the other distractions. At least for a while.”








inside Schertz history books just yet, but longtime resident, retired Air Force veteran and civil contractor Kenneth Greenwald has built a legacy that will span many generations to come. In fact, Greenwald, now 70 years old, has had his hands in a little bit of everything since moving to Schertz in August 1972 following service in Vietnam. After 24 years in the military, Greenwald worked for aviation contract company Lear Siegler Incorporated (now URS Corporation) for more than 27 years. He also served as a Schertz City Councilman for 21 years and as a member of the Schertz Planning and Zoning Commission and the Coalition of Associations of Schertz Homeowners. “I felt like I owed this community something if I want to stay here,” Greenwald said. “I figure I could be at least a small influence in the city.” Currently Greenwald is president of the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp. (SSLGC) and an elected board member of the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority, which provides regional wastewater services for the area.

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A well-respected community leader, Greenwald, originally from New Jersey, said he remembers back in the early 1970s when the City of Schertz was nothing but a wooded area with a little two-lane dirt road that would lead you to a small furniture shop and a car wash. “When we moved to Schertz, the population was only about 8,000 people,” said Greenwald, who can be seen driving the old fire engine during the Fourth of July Jubilee parade and Festival of Angels parade for Christmas. “Now the population is almost 38,000. It’s unbelievable!” “My involvement driving the 1956 Fire Truck had nothing to do with the original volunteer fire department. I was not a member but I was a supporter and had many friends who were active members. I asked to be allowed to drive the old fire truck in the Fourth of July parade to carry Steve Simonson, our City Manager at the time, who was in the very early stages of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, because he was having trouble walking. City Council agreed it would be easier for Steve to participate in the parade,” Greenwald said. In the past 40 years, Greenwald

has helped Schertz become what it is today. Part of this includes the work he did on planning and zoning issues. It’s a process Greenwald said was both challenging and rewarding. “Zoning helps a city grow in the right way,” Greenwald said. “We wanted residents to have decent housing and not have to worry that someone was going to build a pig farm next door to them because there were no laws to stop them. Controlling any haphazard growth was extremely important to me.” His proudest moments working with the city have included his time spent searching for a secondary water source for Schertz, which ultimately became the city’s primary water source, through the SSLGC. “If it wasn’t for the process we went through to get water, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Greenwald said, adding that a number of people contributed to the effort to get a new source, including Assistant City Manager John Bierschwale and former City Manager Kerry Sweatt. “It took some convincing, but we got the job done.” continued on page 38





“My concerns for water go back to my original interview for the City Council seat when I was asked what I thought was the most important issue for the City to be concerned about. My answer was a sole source of drinking water. Even in the mid-’80s there was discussion about growth and over pumping the Edwards Aquifer,” Greenwald said, adding his job as an aircraft mechanic gave him an appreciation for the dual systems on planes and said the same principal applied to a municipal water source. Today, Greenwald has no intention of slowing down. He looks forward to focusing more on zoning and 38


planning in Schertz in 2012, especially with new developments coming soon to the area. “I enjoy life,” Greenwald said. “I don’t know how I’ve had time to do all this stuff, but I’ve done it. It keeps my mind active and keep me going. It gives me something to get up every day and do.” Greenwald lives in Schertz with his wife, Thelma. The couple, who have two children and two grandsons, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in December.



IN THE LARGE BACK ROOM OF the Main Plaza Building, a former warehouse and hardware store dating back to the 1880s, you can find Donna Epley, owner of Bud- N-Bloom Flowers, working to make a difference in the lives of the people of Schertz. Epley recently moved her seven-yearold small business from its Schertz Parkway location to the Main Street Building because the newly renovated location allows her more working space and the opportunity to become an involved member in the revitalizing of the historic downtown area. Epley’s love for flower arranging began nine years ago when she started volunteering at a San Antonio-area flower shop and learned how to make flower arrangements. Today, she continues to increase her knowledge of floral design through research in books, magazines and online. “There is always something new out there to learn about flowers,” she explained. “A lot of it now is modern, free-flowing arrangements.” All the flowers used in her shop are purchased from local wholesalers to ensure the freshest flowers. In addition to creating arrangements for everyday occasions, Epley can create one-of-a-kind arrangements 40


for customers who like to include personal items in the design. She explains the importance of building a relationship with customers by learning the types of flowers, colors, special activities or interests that are important to them and incorporating those particular elements into the design of the arrangement. Epley can easily visualize the final design of an arrangement and assemble it quickly. “I like taking something and putting it together in a way that would make somebody happy,” she said. “It’s your arrangement, and if it means something to you, it can be put together.” Family and the children of the Schertz community are two topics that are very dear to Epley’s heart. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 46 years and have lived in the area for 28 years. They have three children, three grandchildren and one greatgranddaughter who live nearby, and Epley is very involved and proud of the success of each of them. She is the youngest of four children and grew up on a farm in Maceo, Ky., where her family raised tobacco, soybeans and corn. As a child growing up on a farm, she quickly learned at a young age how to drive a truck and tractor. Her family also canned their own vegetables and produced their own meat and poultry right on the farm. “It was a good life,” she recalled. “You worked hard, but we learned what it is to work. Tobacco is a yearround thing, and there was always something for the kids to do.”

She and Michael moved from Kentucky after they married when she was 18. He had previously enlisted in the Air Force, was selected for Air Defense and was first stationed at Gunter Air Force Base, which is presently Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, in Montgomery, Ala. She and her husband moved to Louisville, Ky., and later relocated to the San Antonio area after his stint with the Air Force ended following four years of service. He was employed as a computer specialist for Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures safety, security and energy technology. When her children were growing up, Epley was a stay-at-home mom who volunteered at her children’s school and was active in the PTA. Her love for teaching and helping the children in the community was fulfilled when she accepted a position working with children in physical education, health and special education in grades 4 through 6 at Crestview Elementary. She remembers the challenges of teaching children with special needs. “I would be hands down on the floor working with the kids,” she said. “We got out and learned by doing. With special education, you have to do that. You were tired at the end of the day, but it was a good feeling. When you made a connection with the kids. that’s what made it all worth it.”

her working in computer layout design for a publishing company that produced curriculum books for teachers called Gourmet Curriculum Press. “I’ve always been able to visualize the final design of something,” she said. “People don’t realize what they can do until they try it. They say they can’t do something, but how do they know if they don’t try?” Epley continues on with her creative journey while still working to renovate the flower shop as she builds beautiful flower arrangements to brighten people’s lives. She fulfills her interest in helping children in our community by contributing toward Steele High School’s Project Graduation, which raises money to benefit teenagers to ensure they stay safe and off the streets. Part of the proceeds for each school year’s homecoming mums, prom corsages and boutonnieres are donated by Epley toward this worthwhile cause. With the additional space Epley now enjoys at the new location, she hopes to expand the flowers to include readymade floral gift baskets that would be appropriate for multiple occasions and could easily and quickly be purchased. She realizes the difficulty in this economy and encourages people to shop locally. “I think it will be good for the city if people would try to shop locally first,” she said. “That’s why we invite people to come in and sit down.”

Her teaching experience and knowledge with computers led to






YOU CAN REST ASSURED there is no sibling rivalry brewing at the Tri-County Shopping Center.

For the past two years, Schertz businesses EmbroidMe and SignA-Rama have been owned and managed by brothers Justin and Kevin O’Donnell. The two businesses have separate production rooms but share an adjoining showroom off FM 3009 near Wal-Mart. Together, the O’Donnell brothers work to bring professional, highquality products and services for a one-stop advertising shop. “Our job is to provide any type of

By Kari Bridges business with specialty advertising that allows them to promote their business, so they can increase their sales volume through advertising,” Kevin said.

stockings. There is no limit to what can be embroidered, and customers can bring in their own items to have names or logos embroidered on them, adding just the right touch.

Both businesses are run independently but have international franchise affiliations with the United Franchise Group (UFG), based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. EmbroidMe offers customers everything from top-quality designer products to private-label apparel such as caps, polo shirts, T-shirts, business wear, athletic wear, industrial wear, school uniforms, casual wear, aprons, bags and seasonal items like Christmas

In the production room of EmbroidMe stand two professional, top-ofthe-line Tajima computerized embroidery machines. Each machine has a row of 15 specialty embroidery needles that are intricately threaded with Super Brite Polyester Thread and take approximately 10 minutes to thread each individual needle. An embroidery software program is used to create the embroidery decontinued on page 44 43


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sign and sews the proper color sequence of the pattern onto an item. Variable factors like how intricate the design is and how many different colors of thread are used determines how much time it will take.

In addition to embroidery, EmbroidMe offers screenprinting, which uses a heat press to transfer designs onto the fabric. It heats up to between 320 to 325 degrees in 15 seconds and gives larger transfer designs a higher quality image.

Three years ago, Justin was looking to relocate and begin a new business. With the economy hit hard in many locations around the country, he was looking for a fresh start in a community that was still strong.

“A standard design fits about 8,000 to 15,000 stitches and takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on the stitch count,” said Justin. “It is different from a home sewing machine because it can give you a higher quality product.”

Sign-A-Rama has become the world leader in the full-service, computer-generated sign industry by offering small businesses many unique ways of increasing their consumer awareness. Sign-A-Rama has the ability to create 24 different types of signs constructed from any type of material but specializes in vinyl decals and banners.

“I moved to Schertz because it offered a business opportunity with a good location and good economic area, and it seemed a promising geographical location to start a business,” he said.

“My goal is to learn how the Chamber works and to help businesses in the area succeed...”

Sign-A-Rama signs can be spotted all over Schertz on store fronts, vehicle and fleet graphics, vinyl signs, outdoor signs, digital imaging on automobiles, banners and channel letters on buildings. The graphic design production area consists of two computers that design and create custom logos and signs from scratch. Together, the businesses employee two full-time individuals who assist with taking orders, customer service and production. SignA-Rama employees an additional part-time employee who helps install signs. Amy Perez grew up in Schertz and has worked full-time for the O’Donnell brothers for more than two years. She began as a receptionist, worked her way up in the business to production specialist and now can operate all of the machinery. “It’s fun working here and is definitely a creative working environment with never a dull moment,” said Perez.



The brothers grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as best friends who shared everything. They continue their close relationship today and enjoy participating in many different types of sports, watching movies and spending time with their dogs. Justin also enjoys cooking and follows the New Mexican tradition of cooking with both green and red chilies. They grew up in a family of five children and enjoy spending as much time as they can with their immediate family. The brothers O’Donnell recently returned from skiing trip to Colorado.

Kevin was recently selected as one of five new Schertz Chamber of Commerce board members. The new officers were announced at the end of November during a chamber luncheon. “My goal is to learn how the Chamber works to help businesses in the area succeed and to be a voice for the small businesses in the Chamber,” said Kevin.

elor of science degree in finance and then earned his MBA in 2005. While attending college, Kevin worked part-time at the NASA White Sands Test Facility Shuttle Support Program in the administration offices. He then spent several years working at State National Bank in both Las Cruces and El Paso before moving to Schertz in January 2010.

Kevin graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where he first attained his bach-

“I moved to Schertz because it offered a business opportunity with a good location and good economic area...”

In addition to being local business owners, Justin and Kevin O’Donnell are active members of the Schertz Chamber of Commerce. They joined the young professionals group known as hYPer – Helping Young Professional Entrepreneurs Resource last February when the group was first created because they wanted to connect with other young professionals in the area. “This group gives us the opportunity to trade ideas and network with the same age generation of business professionals,” said Kevin. “Ultimately, we will all succeed and grow together.”



Civic Newz March 2012

Annual Spring Clean-up SET FOR MARCH 3-18

Roll up those sleeves! It’s time to clean out the garage, attic and closets. The Annual Spring Cleanup will run March 3-18 with hazardous material dropoff on the weekends of March 10-11 and March 17-18 only. During this time, residents may drop off items not covered under normal collection services. Tree limbs may be dropped off free of charge at 2221 FM 3009 (near Schertz Funeral Home).

A maximum of three pickuptruck loads per household or a maximum of two trailer loads per household are permitted. Trailers cannot exceed 16 feet long by 4 feet high. There also is a combined limit of 20 gallons for paints/stains and a combined limit of 20 gallons for automotive/cooking oils. A current water bill or tax statement and proper identification

Historic Landmark Designation are required when making a dropoff. Schertz Public Works provides yearround curbside chipping service for brush and tree limbs on Fridays for a fee of $25 per half-hour. To make an appointment for this service, call (210) 619-1800. For more information, contact Bexar Waste at (210) 566-5454 or visit


Mayor Pro Tem David Scagliloa, right, presents a historical landmark plaque to (center left) Arthur Hillert Jr. and his brother (center right) Conrad Hillert during the February 7 City Council meeting. Dean Weirtz with the Schertz Historical Commission is at left. The plaque is for a house at 11975 Lower Seguin Road built by their grandfather, John Hillert, in the mid-1800s. Arthur lives in the house, and Conrad is the house owner.

BEE Alert!

DON’T BEE STUNG! Bees must be taken seriously because stings can be life threatening. If you or your family members are stung, call poison control at 1-800222-1222 or call 911 to determine whether the sting can be taken care of at home or if it needs medical attention. The City of Schertz does not handle bee removal. Residents can contact Biz-zz Bee Farms for removal/extermination at (210) 655-6028.





Schertz General Election MAY 12

Residents will head to the polls May 12 to elect mayor and City Council members in Places 1 and 2 and the Mayor’s position. Place 1 is currently held by Jim Fowler, Place 2 by David Scagliola and the Mayor’s position by Hal Baldwin. Filing for a place on the ballot opens February 4 and closes March 5 in the City Secretary’s Office located at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building No. 2. The last day to file as a write-in candidate is March 5. To be eligible as a candidate for public elective office, a person must: •

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Have resided continuously in the City of Schertz for the six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot; Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of term to be filled; Be a registered voter at the time of filing; Not have an obligation past due to the City, provided, however, that a person may be elected and hold office if such obligation is being actively contested in an appropriate forum.

Submit your voter registration application by April 12 to vote in the Schertz general election. Voter registration cards can be picked up the Schertz Library, City Hall and county offices. Early voting runs from April 30 to May 8 at the Guadalupe County Office Building at 1101 Elbel Road in Schertz. Hours of voting will be 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4, and from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Monday, May 7, through Tuesday, May 8. Voting on Election Day, Saturday, May 12, will be from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Schertz Community Center at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. No. 3. For more information, call the City Secretary’s office at (210) 619-1030 or (210) 619-1031, or visit

Sewer Averaging Will Affect Residents’ 2012-2013 Sewer Bills Sewer averaging for the winter months began on October 24, 2011, and continues through March 6, 2012. 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 that average will be multiplied by $2.65 for residents with an average below 12,000 gallons. For residents with averages greater than 12,001 gallons, the average will be multiplied by $2.84. That total will be added to the base rate of $3.75 for residential use. The resulting average will be your sewer charge for the next 12 months. For more information, visit schertz. com, or call (210) 619-1100.

THE SCHERTZ POLICE DEPARTMENT (SPD) has undergone numerous changes over the years. One of the those was the appointment of Don Taylor as the Chief of Police. The police department is in a constant state of evolution, always adapting to the new techniques employed to commit crime. An ever-increasing demand on available resources has caused many public safety agencies to explore methods of increasing efficiency. The Schertz Police Department is no different, but with one exception--it has always stayed true to its core values. It is often argued that law enforcement needs to get back to the basics of policing, but the Schertz Police Department has never strayed. SPD serves one purpose and that is to serve its citizens. A law enforcement agency can easily focus too much on shifting into a more technologically advanced organization, thus driving themselves farther from the community they serve. It can be asserted that technology will play a key role in the future of every business and organization, and law enforcement is no exception, but this should never occur at the expense of the community.

Serving & Protecting By Lt. John C. Correau

Our police department has balanced the need to explore technological advancements with serving the community. The department prides itself on providing programs like the citizen police academy, residential security inspections for homeowners insurance and, most recently, our addition of the school resource program, all of which are designed to provide a meaningful impact on the citizens of Schertz. Lacking vision or a sense of public service poses the greatest threat to law enforcement. SFD is dedicated to providing the best possible service, the most professional and highly trained personnel and working collectively with the citizens of Schertz to improve the quality of life for all who inhabit and travel through this great city.







March 2012 Thursday, 1 Transportation Safety Advisory Commission 5:30 PM- Council Chambers Monday, 5 Library Advisory Board 7:00 PM - Schertz Public Library Tuesday, 6 City Council 6:00 PM—Council Chambers


Monday, 12 Buffalo Valley Youth Association 6:00 PM - 401 Oak St. Tuesday, 13 City Council 6:00 PM—Council Chambers Wednesday, 14 Planning & Zoning 6:00 PM - Council Chambers Tuesday, 20 City Council 6:00 PM—Council Chambers Thursday, 22 Economic Development Corporation 6:00 PM - Council Chambers Monday, 26 Parks & Recreation Advisory Board 5:30 PM – Bob Andrews Room Board of Adjustments 6:00 PM – Council Chambers Tuesday, 27 City Council 6:00 PM-Council Chambers Wednesday, 28 Planning & Zoning 6:00 PM - Council Chambers ***Meeting locations may change, please visit the calendar at for confirmation.*** 50


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

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