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Editor’z Letter


Chuck McCollough, Editor

City Council I first met Mayor Hal Baldwin in late 1995 when I started covering the Northeast San Antonio quadrant for the Express-News. As I reflected on the mayor’s passing April 6, it occurred to me that our first meeting was the start of my telling the Hal Baldwin story. I continued telling his story in article after article about his actions for the next 16 years and thought the tribute article in this month’s Schertz Magazine would be the last chapter in my telling his saga. I was wrong.


B. E. Bailey Director, Public Affairs, Publisher Chuck McCollough Editor

Anytime I write about anything good in Schertz and our region I will continue telling the story of Hal Baldwin. That is his legacy, his story: all the lives he touched and improved; all the selfless acts; examples of courage under fire; just caring about and sharing himself with others -- all that and more is his never-ending story. That’s the best kind of story. Also in the May issue read about six sets of twins in the Samuel Clemens senior class, including the valedictorian and salutatorian. The group of twins adds a sense of fun to the already exciting time for the class of 2012. Also check out the Schertz Public Library’s big summer program for patrons of all ages, especially the young ones. There are a lot of exciting things at the library including its new cool, interactive web site. Heck, you will feel more knowledgeable every time you visit. And learn about the Public Works Department which keeps the city operating by maintaining infrastructure like roads, water and drainage ways. And they also keep everyone safe.

Alexis Souza Art Director Chris Matzenbacher Sales Director Mary Spence Events Coordinator Linda Ervin Business Manager Brittany Losey Senior Writer Contributing Writers B.E. Bailey, Chuck McCollough, Mary Spence, Lucille Sims Thomas, Melissa Uhlhorn, Andrea Allinger, Kari Bridges, Kiko Martinez, Denise Marcos, Jasmyne Douglas, Elsie Baker, Ashley Festa Photographers B.E. Bailey, Chuck McCollough, Mary Spence, Mike Harris, Bryan Nguyen,.Diana Webb, Andrea Allinger, Kari Bridges, Zachary Carter, Ross Dye


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16 Momz

22 A Twin Win for Clemens 26 Mayor Hal Baldwin

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Talk ofthe Townz


The San Antonio Art League & Museum has selected Schertz artist Billy Keen as its 2012 Julian Onderdonk Memorial Purchase Prize winner in the 82nd annual Artists Exhibition. Keen, known locally as ‘The Santa Painter’, presented his Acrylic on Wood ‘Remains to be Seen’ for the competition. Chosen from among more than 300 entries, Juror Peter Trippi commented that the variety of entries reflect the city’s renowned openmindedness in the world of art. The winning piece, along with other entries, are on exhibit through May 26 at SAAL, 130 King William Street, 78204.


2012 Julian Onderdonk Memorial Purchase Prize winner, Billy Keen’s ‘Remains to be Seen’.



Boys completing Kindergarten through 3rd grade in May/June 2012 are eligible to join Cub Scout Pack 51 and have fun galore. Sign ups will be conducted at 6:30 PM on May 8 and May 15 at Schertz United Methodist Church, 3460 Roy Richard Dr. (FM 3009) in Schertz. For more information visit or email Pack51@

Walter Eusan and Everett Turner visit Wilder Elementary School

WILDER STUDENTS SEE PERSONAL SIDE OF HISTORY The sixth grade Social Studies classes at Wilder Intermediate have been studying about World War II and Black History Month. On February 24, students were able to bring some of that history to life by enjoying presentations by a surviving member of the Tuskegee Airmen and two surviving members of the Negro American Baseball League. The presentation began with Boy Scouts from Wilder

Intermediate assisting the Honor Guard from Randolph AFB with the Posting of Colors; concluding with a rendition of the National Anthem performed by a student from Wilder. Warren Eusan, 90, recent recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, discussed his time in the 1940’s as a Tuskegee Airman. He was an instructor pilot during WWII and later became an instrument flying instructor

at Tuskegee University. Eusan shared many racial prejudices that he and other members of the Tuskegee Airmen had to overcome to be aviators in WWII. Everett Turner, 77, and Mr. Cleveland Grant, 87, shared some of their experiences while members of the Negro American Baseball League in the 1940’s through the 1950’s. They too had to overcome racial adversity.

SCHERTZ MAGAZINE GOES OUT WEST Brandi Berger, a junior at John Paul II Catholic High School, shows off her copy of Schertz Magazine on a visit to Hoover Dam during Spring Break 2012. MAY 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


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Visitors look over activities at the 2011 EMS Extravaganza

DID YOU KNOW FROGS SMILE? REALLY! Nearly 10,000 Smiling Frogs will be floating on the Comal River through Landa Park in New Braunfels May 18 for the 6th Annual Floating Frog Race and Family Festival.

Sponsored by the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Foundation the fun event lets participants “adopt” a fake floating frog for $5 with a chance to win prizes. The foundation, which operates the Schertz

Area Senior Center, also is looking for sponsors for the popular event. For more information call (830) 629-4547 or visit

HERE COMES THE 11TH ANNUAL DOGGIE DASH! The 2012 Homes for Pets Wilenchik Memorial Doggie Dash at Schertz will be held Saturday, May 19, in Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St. The first 400 entries are guaranteed a T-shirt. Sign up begins at 6:30 AM and the first event (a 3K walk) begins at 8:00 AM.

SCHERTZ TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL EMS WEEK National EMS Week will be held May 20-26, and Schertz EMS will celebrate with everything from a golf tournament to an extravaganza. The special week helps Americans remember their local Emergency Medical Services providers.

The EMS Week local celebration ends May 26 with a free EMS Extravaganza at the Forum at Olympia Parkway parking lot. The event includes a large health and safety fair with participation from area healthcare providers. Other activities during the EMS Week include: May 21-May 25: • Schertz EMS will visit area elementary schools to tell students about safety and show them EMS ambulances. May 22: • Schertz H-E-B Night Out from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the supermarket. Schertz EMS partners with H-E-B to show kids and adults the inside of an ambulance, and EMS personnel will conduct free blood pressure and glucose tests. May 23-25: • A free lunch is provided to EMS crews on each shift to say thanks for a great job. Sponsors for the free lunch are welcome. 12 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM MAY 2012


Participants who run or walk with a dog must have their dog on a leash at all times.


MAY 20-26

On May 20, the Schertz EMS Golf Tournament will be held at Olympia Hills Golf and Conference Center at 12900 Mount Olympus in Universal City. The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Player fees are $60 per person or $240 for team of 4. Money raised helps fund community outreach programs and the Bobbie Dilworth Scholarship fund.

The Doggie Dash, which benefits the Schertz Humane Society, includes a 5K Fun Run and the 3K event.

CHAMBER EVENTS After-Hours Mixer

For more information, call Schertz EMS at (210) 619-1400.

Shops at Main Plaza, 509 Main Street (Schertz) Thursday, May 10th, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Great food, fun, door prizes and more! Chamber ca$h drawing – Must be present to win.

Chamber Luncheon

Tuesday, May 15th @ 11:30 AM at the Schertz Civic Center Topic: “Do you have good customer service?” with guest speaker Carter Crews of SBA/SCORE Cost: $18 Schertz Chamber Members/ $28 (pre-paid) Non-Members RSVP by Tuesday May 15th

Please visit our Chamber website for luncheon policy.

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Attend our Biz Ed classes every fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:30 AM to 9 AM. Next class is May 23, 2012. Call for more information.

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Talk ofthe Townz May 2012

Schertz Sweetheart Court

Sweetheart Court Visits Royalty Members of the Schertz Sweetheart Court represented the City during the Miss Fiesta and Queen of Soul pageants held in March. The pageants are two of many Fiesta events held in preparation for the annual event.



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Popular Speed Networking Event is back again!

May 2012

The Schertz Shoot-out sponsored by Interstate All-Battery Center & RBFCU is happening on Thursday, May 17th at the Schertz Civic Center from 5:30-7:30pm. Meet up to 100 businesses in one evening in a unique and fun environment! Food, refreshments, door prizes and more! FREE to SCOC Members and non-members are $20. Call 210-5669000 to reserve your spot.

Momz: My Take

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The Ending to This Story

Mark your calendars and save the date!

By Elise Baker

Little inspirational sayings and quotes seem to be popping up everywhere I turn lately. Facebook is full of them, Twitter is abuzz with them, Pinterest is overwhelmed by them. They’re on blogs, in magazines, in songs. I can’t seem to escape the trite and -- to be honest -- sometimes preachy one-liners! They all seem a bit contrived or canned. Yesterday, though, I stopped in my tracks when I came across this little gem: At any given moment, you have the power to say, “No, this is NOT how my story is going to end.” Wow, I really took a moment to let that sink in. Just that morning, I had dropped off my 4th grade daughter at school after having a rough start to the day. She had been surly about something that morning (her clothes? her hair? me in general?), as was per the usual. I had gotten tired of her attitude and tossed her out of the car in the drive-through without saying goodbye. I had been dealing with a nagging sadness all day since, and when I read that quote, a light bulb went off in my head. Just because the day had started badly didn’t mean it had to end that way! I drove to school and surprised her with lunch. Now, with a tween girl, we all know that Mom’s “surprises” can be socially devastating. But I rolled the dice that she wouldn’t be embarrassed, because I was determined to control the outcome of the day. Luckily, she lit up when she saw me (or was it the Taco Cabana I had brought?), and we hugged and had a lovely chat over lunch. It is so powerful to realize that there is a “reset button” in life, and that I am in control of when and how to push it! My story will end the way I want it to!



DOES YOUR BUSINESS NEED RESOURCES, NETWORKING, ADVOCACY AND GROWTH? For more information about how to become a member of the Schertz Chamber of Commerce, call us at 210-566-9000 or email us at president@ Schertz Chamber of Commerce: Helping your business build a better tomorrow!

HEB Schertz presents the 3rd Annual Taste of the Town. Our theme this year is: “The Taste: Around the World”. Sample cuisines from Mexico, Italy, England and more on Thursday July 26th from 5-8pm at the Schertz Civic Center. Tickets go on sale June 1st at the Chamber offices.



Schertz Bank and Trust hosts our annual Schertz Chamber Golf Classic to benefit the DECA programs at Steele and Clemens High Schools on Friday, October 19th at Northcliffe Golf Course. Sponsorships still available but going fast! Call the Chamber for more information and registration.

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Public Works = Public Safety By Chuck McCollough


THE SCHERTZ PUBLIC Works Department never stops working. Or so it seems. In a 33-square mile city with 33,000 residents there is always some municipal component that needs attention. From asphalting a street to zeroing in on underground water main breaks, PW crews seem to be all over the place fixing, repairing and building the City of Schertz. In reality, Public Works is a public safety department like police, fire and EMS. From roads people drive on, to the water they drink, to the drainage system that keeps them safe in a super heavy rain, Public Works touches their lives everyday in almost every way. PW Director Sam Willoughby and Assistant Director Jimmy Hooks have been with Public

Works for more than 20 years. They said two of the department’s biggest challenges are state and federal regulations and delivering the same top quality level of service residents received when the city was smaller and demand was less. “There are a lot more regulations now than in the 1980s, for instance,” Willoughby said. “Back then the city only had to take 10 water samples a month (to monitor for safety). Now we do 40 a month. The bigger a city gets the stricter the rules and regulations it has to follow.” Hooks said Public Works’ core job of keeping city infrastructure working and improving pays off in more than just high quality city services. “Having a really good water pressure (important for fire fighting) is important because it is used as

measurement for setting the city’s excellent bond rate,” he said. The better the bond rate the better the interest rate a city gets, based on measurements like water pressure. Today, the Public Works Department is responsible for 130 miles of paved streets, 192 miles of water main lines, 84 miles of sewer main lines, 10 miles of underground storm sewer lines , 27 miles of right of way mowing and 141 miles of drainage ditch mowing. But things were a lot different just a couple of decades ago. “When I started here in 1987 the population was about 10,000,” Willoughby said. “Now it is three times that and there are more roads, more water lines, more drainage area, more sidewalks, more of

everything.” Hooks was hired by the City in 1989 when there wasn’t a Public Works Department by that name. “The water and wastewater (sewer) was under one department and streets and parks operations under another. Later we had water, sewer, streets, parks and animal control all under Public Works,” he said. And still later, parks and animal control were broken out from Public Works and the modern era of PW in Schertz was off and running and hasn’t slowed down yet. Public Works works in concert with other city departments like Development Services and Parks and Recreation to deliver the best city services possible. Hooks routinely sits in meetings with Development Servic-

es staff as they visit with homebuilders and subdivision developers. “Jimmy reviews every plat construction plan looking at their plans for streets, water and sewer to make sure they meet city specs,” Willoughby said. PW often coordinates with the Marshal’s Office to remove debris from condemned or abandoned properties and also on water conservation matters. PW is also guardian of the city’s most important infrastructure, streets. The department prevents utilities - like cable, power or communication companies - from making helter skelter street cuts to repair their equipment and then sloppily patch the cut in a way that allows water seepage and road degradation. “We require the utilities to use proper fill material on the street cut and then pave five feet in both directions from the street cut for best integrity of the repair,” Hooks said. City streets are PW’s meat and potatoes item and for good reason. “Where there is a street there also is a water line and possibly a drainage area. All those things are interconnected and affect each other if there is a problem one. We are responsible for keeping them working right so the city can keep on the move,” Willoughby said. Speaking of moving, PW’s fleet division works on more than 130 city vehicles with license plates (including fire trucks and ambulances) and scores more off road vehicles like backhoes and tractors.


PW also has two meter readers who handle 12,000 water accounts. They used to read the meters by hand but new technology continues to speed up the readings and their accuracy. SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM MAY 2012

And the PW crews can even be seen after big city events like parades and the Wilenchik Walk for Life and Doggie Dash. They clean up after the parades and walks and have the streets looking normal in short order. And they spring into action with Parks and Recreation staff after big events like Jubilee in summer and Festival of Angles in winter to put the parks back to normal in no time. Here is a list of some of the many PW duties: Water Department: 1. Repairs water service and main breaks 2. Installs new service for new customers. 3. Takes monthly Bacteriological samples 4. Flushes dead-in mains and fire hydrants monthly 5. Maintains fire hydrants in working conditions for use by fire department.l 6. Installs water mains for small projects 7. Maintains booster pumps at pump stations 8. Complies with all state regulations regarding potable drinking water 9. Assists customers with water questions

Wastewater Department:

1. Maintains the city’s sewer collection system to be free flowing. 2. Remove obstructions in the collection system when found 3. Maintains 14 sewer lift stations. 4. Repairs sewer breaks. 5. Installs new sewer services. 6. Assist customers with sewer issues.

Street & Sign Department: 1. Maintains the city’s street and sign division 2. Repairs failing streets by overlaying or total reconstruction 3. Repairs potholes and street cracking by patching and crack sealing 4. Repairs failing sidewalks. 5. Operates street sweeping program 6. Constructs and installs all traffic control signage on city streets. 7. Operates and maintains the traffic control lights on Schertz Parkway 8. Operates and maintains the school zone flashing signal lights 9. Traffic count surveys

Fleet Maintenance: 1. Maintains and repairs all City owned vehicles including: a. Police Cars b. Fire Apparatuses c. EMS Vehicles d. Public Works Trucks e. Parks Trucks f. City Administration Vehicles g. All backhoes and Loaders h. All Tractors used for mowing i. All lawn maintenance equipment (weed eaters, chain saws etc..) j. Street maintenance equipment k. State inspections l. Flats and new tire change outs m. Installs emergency lighting, and equipment

Drainage Department: 1. Mows City ROW’s for undeveloped land (roadways) 2. Mows drainage ditches 3. Maintains drainage channels to be free of obstructions that might cause flooding, silt removal, erosion control 4. Mows alleyways 5. Trims trees within the City ROW and drainage channels 6. Repairs drainage structures 7. Ensures that Storm Water ordinance is followed

Public Works Infrastructure Inspection Department: 1. Monitors all construction involving Public Infrastructure on City and Private subdivision development projects to include: a. Water lines b. Wastewater lines c. Streets & Curbs d. Street Signage e. Drainage system 2. Requires testing on all aspects of construction such as: a. Density testing for street construction b. Water samples for new water mains c. Hydrostat testing new water mains d. Sewer testing to include mandrel, air pressure test and vacuum testing of manholes

Water Utility Billing and Meter Reading Department: 1. Reads all 12,000 plus water meters with radio read system 2. Assist customers with billing and meter questions 3. Bills for water, sewer, drainage and garbage for all customers 4. Takes payments 5. Turn-off and turn-ons residents moving in and out 6. Calculate Sewer Averaging 7. Takes in payments for other city departments MAY 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


A Twin Win for Clemens Class 2012 DOUBLE VISION AT SAMUEL CLEMENS By Andrea M. Allinger


THIS JUNE, THE SAMUEL Clemens High School graduation ceremony will be topped off by a twin brother valedictorian and salutatorian pair, Andrew and Anthony ElHabr. Along with the top of the class, 5 sets of twins will walk the stage at this year’s ceremony. The six set twin graduation may not be a world record (held by Pomperaug High School in Connecticut and set in 2010 with 13 sets of graduating twins) but it will take the cake as a Schertz Magazine record at the very least. Even this year’s principal, Missy Sosa, is a twin. In her first year as Clemens principal, Sosa was surprised to hear the 12 twins in the senior class this year. She commented, “I thought it was awesome, being a twin myself,” and was utterly “shocked and amazed,” to hear about such an anomaly. Sosa has been in education for eight years and has seen, on average, about two to three sets of twins throughout the entire school each year. As her first year wraps up, Sosa explains her job lovingly by saying, “being around kids keeps me young.” Sosa’s twin sister, Clare Flores, is a high school principal in Laredo, and Sosa said that Flores “encouraged” her to get into education. Sosa describes her older sister— by six minutes—as her “mentor, confidant, and best friend.” Nearly all of the twins describe their sibling as a best friend, and Andrew, the oldest of the ElHabr twins and this year’s valedictorian, thinks that the best part about having a twin is the “honest relationship” he has with his brother—“we are not go-



ing to lie to each other about anything”. He expounds, “it is easier to do things as two... we always have companionship.” Anthony describes his brother as, “witty, satirical, and charismatic,” and Andrew thinks of his brother as “intelligent, cunning, and opportunistic.” The pair plan on attending college at University of Texas or Georgia Tech to pursue degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, because, as Andrew relates, “it would just be weird if we had the same major.” California natives Marc and Matthew Slater are one of two sets of identical twins at Clemens, and will be graduating at the top of their class in the 7th and 8th percentiles respectively. The Slater twins both plan on pursuing aerospace engineering in college next fall, in memory of their late father, David Slater, who was an astrophysicist with Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio until his untimely death last May. Marc plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and Matthew has yet to decide which college to attend. The possibility of living apart is a strange idea for the Slater twins, who would often help each other with homework when they were not participating in track or theater together. Autumn and Ambre Maurer, the other set of identical twins at Clemens, have a unique twin twist: they have different birthdays. Born an hour and twenty-two minutes apart, the Maurer girls have just become accustomed to celebrating their birthday on the same day—although they relate that only their closest

friends will wish them happy birthday on separate days. The girls describe themselves as “best friends” who “do everything together,” which includes finishing each other’s sentences and their after school jobs at HEB. The Maurer girls even plan on attending college together next fall at Northeast Lakeview College. The Sisk twins, Elizabeth and Angel, may be fraternal and easy to tell apart, but the girls are inseparable and say they “get along most of the time.” Elizabeth describes her sister as “creative and obnoxious” with an “active sense of humor,” while Angel laughs that her sister is “artistic, blunt, and generous.” Both girls plan on attending a local college next fall to begin their education—while staying together. Elizabeth plans on studying art, while Angel hopes to enter the medical field. Two of the twin sets are opposite gendered, and have a slightly different relationship as a result. Ashley and William Teifer, as well as Isaac and Zoe Reyna are not joined at the hip like the other twin sets, but have a normal brother/sister bond along with the constant companionship of having a twin. Zoe describes her brother Isaac as “sweet,” (albeit not to her), and as “the man of the house,” and she comments that she knows her brother will always be there for her. Isaac describes his sister as “funny, devoted and caring,” and can always count on her “to help with shopping.” Both of the Reyna twins involved themselves with youth education programs at Sam-

uel Clemens. Zoe enjoyed her participation in PALs—Peer Assistance and Leadership— which allowed her to mentor and tutor local elementary and middle school students, even naming the experience as her best memory of high school. Isaac took part in TAFE—Texas Association of Future Educators—an organization that gives students the chance to explore the teaching profession. Isaac remembers his best moment of high school as playing baseball sophomore year. The Reyna twins plan to begin their education locally at Northeast Lakeview College this fall, where Zoe will begin a course of study involving social work and Isaac hopes to study law enforcement and possibly join the Navy. Although the Teifer twins don’t hang out, Ashley comments that she’s grateful for her brother because “not everyone has someone.” Ashley describes her brother William as “weird, introverted, and athletic,” and William thinks of Ashley as “cool, funny, and smart.” After high school, William looks forward to furthering his hockey career—he is currently on a team with the Northwoods League, where, Ashley laughs, “he is the youngest player.” Ashely looks forward to “figuring out what I want,” after high school, which in reality, is what all of the twins are going to be doing. The Samuel Clemens High School commencement ceremony on June 2, 2012 will mark a beginning for the ElHabr, Slater, Maurer, Sisk, Teifer, and Reyna twins, as well as the other 370 seniors in the class of 2012.



Dearest city manager, council, staff, friends, neighbors, and community partners: On behalf of my family and myself I want to extend my sincerest gratitude and most heartfelt appreciation for the immediate and ongoing outpouring of love, support, and concern following the passing of my beloved husband, our family member, our friend, and our Mayor, Hal Baldwin. Hal loved this great city and as a result of this loving devotion, we have long thought of Schertz and its citizens as part of our family; and in our time of need, it has become obvious that the love and sense of family is mutual. We’ve received warm embraces, loving phone calls, correspondence expressing sincere concern and words of encouragement, an abundance of food, regular visits, beautiful floral arrangements, lawn care, and very generous contributions to the scholarship in Hal’s name. The ongoing love and support from each and every one of you has helped me as well as my family immensely in this tragic time of our lives. We are and forever will be grateful for your many offerings. There is no doubt in my mind that Hal would be honored by the way we have all come together to celebrate his life. This city has done Hal proud. From my family to you and yours, I thank you all and wish you all the blessings God has to offer. Our devoted love and appreciation,

Barbara Baldwin and Family





Mayor Hal Baldwin

Mayor Hal Baldwin A CARING HEART, A SHARING NATURE By Chuck McCollough


MAYOR HAL BALDWIN was a steady, guiding force in Schertz for nearly 40 years. And he was comfortable talking with everyone - from a resident sitting on their porch to a congressman working on Schertzrelated federal legislation.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar was greatly saddened to hear about Mayor Baldwin. “I had the privilege of working with Mayor Baldwin on a wide range of issues during his long career of service, most recently in our successful efforts to provide Schertz residents with a state-of-the-art post office. The Mayor was a true public servant who will be greatly missed, and I intend to honor his many contributions to the community he loved on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. My condolences and prayers are with Barbara and the Baldwin family.”

After working for the City of Schertz and then the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, Baldwin was appointed to City Council in

1983 and elected mayor in 1994. That made him one of the longest continuously serving members of a City Council (29 years) in Texas and a long-time mayor at 18 years. His hands-on experience with the most important issues and decisions in that time was unparalleled among local and regional leaders. Baldwin oversaw a fourdecade period of thoughtful, managed, smart growth that earned the city national praise as one of the best communities to live and work. In fact, Baldwin’s ringside seat in the governing bodies of the City and School District gave him insight and experience that came into play hundreds of times over the years.

Bexar County and County Judge Nelson Wolff said the longtime Schertz leader was a man ahead of his time. “In Bexar County we have tried to make economic development a priority in the past ten years or so and we always found an enthusiastic supporter in Mayor Baldwin when it came to promoting the region. Mayor Baldwin’s strong ties to the Northeast sector of Bexar County made it easy to attract business and residents to Schertz and surrounding areas. As all good leaders do, I have no doubt that he left behind a strong legacy on which the next generation of leaders can build.” Some of the ground-breaking partnerships include:

Under his leadership, Schertz looked beyond its borders to develop alliances and partnerships with neighboring communities that provide greater benefits to the region and set an example for other local governments.

The Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp. – A joint venture that helped both cities not be dependent solely on the Edwards Aquifer and provided a reliable source of water to attract new employers and residents.

One of those partners is

The Northeast Partner-

ship for Economic Development (NEP) – An alliance of Northeast suburban cities that leveraged their assets like population and political clout to attract business and industry. Crescent Bend Nature Park – A collaboration of Schertz and Bexar County to transform a flood-prone subdivision into a quiet, peaceful place of flora and fauna. IH-10 Annexation – San Antonio released thousands of acres and prized interstate frontage to Schertz after realizing it could not develop the area the right way anytime soon, but Schertz would. And our region’s top leaders point time and again at Hal Baldwin as the visionary official from the can-do City of Schertz who showed everyone the way to the future. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro said: “Our region lost a great public servant with the passing of Mayor Hal Baldwin. In a career that spanned more than three continued on page 28





Mayor Hal Baldwin A CARING HEART, A SHARING NATURE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 decades, Mayor Baldwin made an impact in the military, in our region’s schools and in the City of Schertz. We are all beneficiaries of his leadership. “

not only improve the present but also the future. The Schertz Seguin Local Government Corporation, formed to ensure an adequate water supply for our

divided City Council, Mayor Baldwin told me I had a lot of work to do then gave me his phone numbers and said to call. That meant so much to me and Hal became a mentor to me and other new mayors,” Suarez said. The Converse mayor is also chairman of the Greater Bexar County Council of Cities, which includes about 25 area suburban cities. Mayor Baldwin served as treasurer for the group and shared his vast experience with them. “A number of those suburban cities lowered their flags to half staff after hearing about Mayor Baldwin. He was the dean of mayors in this area and was very

State Rep. John Kuempel said Baldwin was a larger than life figure.“I knew Hal Baldwin as mayor and through his work with my father (the late State Rep. Edmund Kuempel) and them being such good friends for so long”.

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Bexar County Commissioner Pct. 4 Tommy Adkisson worked with the mayor on Crescent Bend Nature Park and other joint projects. “In my forty three-years of involvement in governmental, political and civic affairs of our community and state, I can honestly say that I would have to look long and far to find as fine a gentleman and public servant as our Late Mayor Hal Baldwin. He was the epitome of the Jeffersonian definition of the “aristocracy among men” that has as its basis, virtue and talent. May our memory of him extend across time and his spirit live on in each of us forever!” he said. And the Schertz mayor helped turn once feuding neighbors into economic development partners. Such was the case with our northern neighbor.

“I cherish the time I had after my father passed to get the know Hal even better. He was like a father figure, taking time to talk to me and visit and coach me through some of the hard decisions I had to make. I knew I could always get an honest opinion from him. He was a mentor to me and a great role model for elected officials”, Kuempel said. Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies lamented the passing of her dear friend but said his work goes on. “With the passing of Mayor Hal Baldwin, not only has Schertz lost its long tenured mayor, the entire region has lost an exemplary leader. It has been a privilege for Seguin to work with him in mutual projects”.

negatives and turning them into victories for all. Such was the case with floodland turned into parkland at Crescent Bend.

New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil paid tribute to her neighboring mayor and said his focus on the region was an inspiration for others..

communities, will always be one of his greatest legacies.” Converse Mayor Al Suarez is NEP chairman and a recipient of sage advice from Baldwin. “When I was first elected and working with a

well respected by those cities and their officials. Hal is going to be missed a lot,” Suarez said. It was on Baldwin’s long watch that the city got better and better at taking

“I was truly saddened to learn of Hal’s passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know Hal a little while serving on City Council from 2003-2009 and as Mayor for the last year. I will miss seeing his always cheerful face and receiving his sage advice. My sincerest condolences to Hal’s family and to the City of Schertz for the loss of a true public servant.” Universal City Mayor John Williams goes way back with Hal Baldwin and became one of his closest friends. “If you could clone the ideal public servant you need go

no further than Hal Baldwin. He served his country with distinction and his constituents to perfection and I was proud to call him friend. Hal was one of the visionary mayors in the Metrocom who realized the potential of having a Northeast Partnership in the mid90’s.” “He saw that by sharing economic development challenges among fellow mayors, each of us could maximize the impact of bringing in new business. I never hesitated to call Hal on matters of mutual interest because I knew I could count on an honest, straight-forward answer. The Metrocom region has lost an icon. He will be sorely missed by all of us in public service. It was a pleasure and honor to know and work with such a fine gentleman,” Williams said. Garden Ridge Mayor Jay

Feibelman also credits Baldwin with helping build NEP. “I met Hal Baldwin when I started attending the Northeast Partnership meetings in 1997. We served together as Chair and Vice Chair of the partnership from 19992001 and had many dealings throughout the years. He always had a good word and a smile on his face. He will be missed by many.” Guadalupe County Commissioner Jim Wolverton represents the western side of the county including Schertz and knew the Mayor for many years. “Hal was a natural leader and bridge builder; he left a mighty big pair of shoes to fill.” Baldwin’s bridge-building efforts also reached out to other entities like the YMCA and the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation resulting in the largest facility the Y operates in this area and a dedicated senior cen-

ter in Schertz offering hot meals and medical services five days a week. The exact opposite of a loud-talking, pushy Boss Hogg style mayor, Baldwin was a soft-spoken, consensus building individual who always had the welfare of residents in mind. The Wichita, Kansas native moved to Schertz in 1967 as he was finishing a 20-year enlisted career in the Air Force with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. While on active duty, Baldwin served with the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing, Naha Air Force Base, Okinawa, during the latter months of the Korean War. He also served at Headquarters, 7th Air Force, Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the Vietnam War. He finished his military career at Randolph AFB, where he served as the noncommissioned of-

ficer in charge of the Command Graphics Branch, Presentations Division, Headquarters, Air Training Command. A self described “Army Brat” because his dad served in the Army, Baldwin and his family moved around a lot. While the family was stationed in England, Baldwin graduated from high school in 1953. He later joined the Air Force with a plan to start pilot training, which required applicants not be married. Having recently met future wife Barbara, Baldwin chose her over flying thus creating a partnership that would endure through many changes over the years. As the Vietnam War era was winding down and his career in the Air Force was continued on page 30 MAY 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


Mayor Hal Baldwin A CARING HEART, A SHARING NATURE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 winding down, the U.S. military offered education help for its members to transition back to civilian life. Baldwin was able to get some college credit based on an evaluation of his Air Force career and what he had learned in that time. Another program offered him money for books and tuition. A family man at heart, Baldwin selected to retire in 1974 rather than take another assign-



ment. His family was settled into the Schertz community and he didn’t want to uproot them again. He went to San Antonio College for his first two years of education then switched to night classes at Southwest Texas State University. One of Baldwin’s first efforts at improving his community was helping develop a volunteer ambulance ser-

vice. And he kept working to make his hometown a better place.

and stayed there until I retired in 1998,” the mayor said.

“In the early 1970s I got involved with the Citizens Advisory Committee that advised City Council on matters. It was my very first contact with city government,” the mayor said in an earlier interview. “In 1974, I took part in an Air Force program called ‘Project Transition’ that let retiring members work half a day in a civilian job for a period of time until they retired and could work full time in that job,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin’s political career began in 1983 when he was appointed to finish the term of a City Council member who passed away. In 1994, he ran for mayor and has served in that position since. Baldwin said the city’s efforts to expand its ETJ and city limits to IH-35 and then annex seven miles of frontage on the highway opened a modern era for the city to emerge as an economic power.

His half day civilian job was as tax-assessor collector for the City of Schertz (later he also served as assistant city manager). “For the next six years I learned a lot about city government and community issues. In 1980, I took a job as business manager for the school district

“I believe the key to our success has been following our plan to separate industrial and commercial from residential areas. That helped our city have a very good layout and adds to quality of life,” he said. “Another good thing we did continued on page 35



David J. Harris said Mayor Baldwin had a very special gift. “He could bring out the best in everyone. The Mayor was himself and that made him a very effective leader,” said the Schertz Executive Director of Support.

Council, Colleagues, Citizens Agree: Baldwin the Best

Harris was working for Bexar County more than 12 years ago when he met Hal Baldwin. They developed a special friendship as Harris advanced in his career. “The Mayor was one of these few people you meet who can be a friend, mentor and father figure. He was one of a handful of people who really helped mold and shape my life by providing outstanding direction. He was the best,” Harris said.

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Mayor Hal Baldwin met a lot of people in his nearly half century serving Schertz. A lot of people! Not surprising, he made the same impression on ones he met recently as the ones he’d known since moving here in 1967. And that impression was “Wow-what a guy!” Here are some comments from some of the many touched by His Honor.

was an easy going gentleman, he could be a tough mayor when needed, Carpenter noted. “He had such courage in his role as Mayor, pushing when the council was sometimes shy about acting. Mayor Baldwin showed leadership especially on key issues and would show strength without being heavy handed. He encouraged and inspired other council members.”

became mayor and those councils remained collegial and professional. The one constant during that time was Hal Baldwin and his steady influence.” City Councilman Cedric Edwards said meeting Mayor Baldwin was a memorable experience.

The councilman said Mayor Baldwin told him to always keep in mind the things voters elected him to do, the things they wanted accomplished. “Now we on council are charged with moving forward the dreams and the agenda the mayor supported for our city. We are a cohesive council and know others are watching us and we need to be a stabilizing force in this region,” Edwards said.

Schertz Mayor Pro-tempore David Scagliola said: “Mayor Baldwin left some mighty big shoes to fill! If the burden was on my shoulders alone it would be a daunting task but that is not the case. I do not need to fill his shoes; I simply need to follow in his footsteps on a path that he clearly marked. I am confident in that regard, because I know the City Council is united in support and focus. In addition, the City Manager, senior staff and employees understand the strategic and tactical plans; they know the mission and it will be accomplished. I believe Hal would have wanted it that way, in fact, I am positive he would have expected nothing less,” Scagliola said. City Councilman Michael Carpenter served on council with Mayor Baldwin since being elected in 2005. “He was same guy in council chambers as he was on the golf course, at the poker table or anywhere else. Hal was Hal and that was such an incredible strength of his. There was no facade, he was genuine.” While Baldwin 32


my kids. They cried when they heard he passed away,” Edwards said.

City Councilman Jim Fowler is of the same generation as the mayor yet looked up to him as a role model. “When I got on council I looked at the way Mayor Baldwin handled people, accepted them for who they are and always talked from his heart. I patterned myself after him.”

Carpenter said one of the great things about Baldwin’s time on council was how he helped the councils remain effective and cohesive. There had to be at least 20 different people who came and went on councils since he

“I have always been involved in my community wherever we lived . When I got involved with a local bond issue, Hal encouraged me and became a mentor. And even more he was a close family friend and like a grandfather to

Fowler said the Mayor had a real insight into the city and residents of all ages and circumstances. “He looked at all council members as equals and that added cohesion to council and a sense of duty, to do the best we can for residents after a good discussion of any issue.”

“We played golf together and had fun and our families are close. After his family, the Mayor’s greatest love was his community and its residents,” the councilman said. City Council George Antuna knew the mayor in a special way. “I had a unique perspective as a former staffer ( Schertz Economic Development Director) and then as a councilman. And I got to sit next to the mayor for the last year and a half and literally watched up close and personal how he operated and led the city. I was always amazed at how much respect he commanded and how much respect he gave to everyone. We didn’t always agree on issues but we worked together. He was my mentor and I learned so much from him. More than I can say,” the councilman shared. Schertz City Manager John Kessel said of the Mayor: “He leaves a legacy of public service spanning almost 30 years on City Council with 18 years as Mayor. His 40-plus years with the City of Schertz and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District are a testament to his love for this Community.”

Former Schertz City Manager and Police Chief Don Taylor worked with Mayor Baldwin in various capacities for nearly 15 years. “Hal was one of kind. He dedicated his life to his family, his friends, and his community. We are all the better for having known him.” “Hal cared so much for people he would call when someone got a citation or other problem and say: ‘Don is there anything we can do for them.’” Taylor said “Hal Baldwin set the bar so high for caring about our residents that you had no choice but to live up to that challenge. We played golf once a week and now my friend is gone. There is a void in my life. I don’t know what I am going to do,” Taylor said with a deep sigh. Live Oak City Mayor Mary Dennis knew Mayor Baldwin 10 years and remembers him “as a wonderful man who had the natural ability to make others feel at ease because of his warm personality.” Dennis said she will always remember the encouraging words he gave her when she became mayor. “It takes a person of vision to be able to see where Schertz is now. What you are doing in Schertz is outside the box and that was Mayor Baldwin’s style,” Mayor Dennis said. Ken Greenwald remembers when he first met and began working with Mayor Baldwin in continued on page 34 MAY 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


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the early 1980s. They were both serving on the Schertz City Board Capital Improvements Committee to form a partnership between the Cities of Schertz and Seguin that would develop a local water supply collaboration known as the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer Project. Greenwald attributed the success of this project largely due to Mayor Baldwin’s vision and dedication for the future of Schertz. “He instilled a great concern for the city and how it was going to grow. We all saw the potential it had to grow during a time when 10,000 people lived here. We shared a lot of the same ideas on zoning, annexation and things to do to improve the city,” said Greenwald.

the Schertz residential areas talking with residents and gaining support for a petition to build a local library when she knocked on his front door. “He was in favor of a library in Schertz and was instrumental in getting the old City Hall Building for the library which was on the corner of 1st and Main Street,” she explained.

Live Oak Assistant City Manager, Scott Wayman, knew Mayor Baldwin for 18 years and remembers him as always being a very pleasant person. He spoke of the impression the Mayor had on Wayman’s 17-yearold daughter who met him on several occasions while attending various Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce Events. “What most stood out to me about Mayor Baldwin was the way that he always went out of his way to make people feel special and the way he treated my daughter. She was not a constituent, or a voter, but he still reached out to her,” said Wayman.

Tienor remembers when Mayor Baldwin attended the dedication ceremony for the original library when he was then acting Assistant City Manager. She explains that a train traveled noisily through town during the dedication and interrupted the ceremony. His comments about that were recorded in the Herald Newspaper, dated September 8, 1984, and show the mayor’s sense of humor. “The train was the best we could do, we couldn’t afford a fly over,” said Mayor Baldwin.

Schertz resident, Ruth Tienor, has been involved with the Schertz Library for over 30 years and is Chairman of the Schertz Veterans Plaza Board. She met Mayor Baldwin in 1977, while walking door-to-door in

Selma City Administrator, Ken Roberts, knew Mayor Baldwin for 15 years and described him as a real gentleman of total integrity. “No

was say no to some development we felt didn’t fit the dream we had for the city,” Baldwin added. The mayor said formation of the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp. was “the premier event, the biggest decision Schertz has made in all my years here.” Baldwin said two other watershed events he has seen during his tenure include the development of Schertz Parkway as the signature entryway to the city and the building, burning down and rebuilding of Garden Ridge Pottery in the 1970s. “When Garden Ridge Pottery burned down I thought the city would be really hard hit because that was our largest sales tax revenue source. Eric White rebuilt it bigger and kept adding on. It became so popular bus tours from around the state would come to Garden Ridge Pottery,” he said. In more recent times, Mayor Baldwin

worked with others to raise awareness of historical places in Schertz and help preserve them. “We have lost a lot of that history over the years. No one had the foresight to try and save that history, but we are working on it now,” he said. Among those efforts have been the placing of historical markers and heritage markers at such venerable buildings as the former hospital on Main Street and a number of century old and nearly century old homes in Schertz. The mayor and his wife, Barbara, were married for 55 years, they have five children, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, all of whom reside in the Schertz area. Mayor Baldwin is a Charter Member of the Schertz Area Facility for Emergency Services (S.A.F.E.S), past president of the Schertz-Cibolo Valley Lions Club, a life-member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8315 and 2nd and 1st De-

gree Member of Council No. 6358, Knights of Columbus. Mayor Hal Baldwin’s love for the Schertz community can be measured by one simple fact – he spent half his life in public service to that community.

matter where he was, or what he said, you may not have enjoyed the answer but you knew it was honest and for the better of all involved,” said Roberts. Harry Richburg first met Mayor Baldwin in 1977. Through the years, Richburg and the Mayor served together on city boards. They eventually became what Richburg describes as very good friends, sharing memories of birthday parties and anniversary celebrations with the Baldwin Family. “Hal and his family started the first volunteer Emergency Medical Service in the 1970s and worked together to create the volunteer Fire Department,” explained Richburg. “He’s been very active, and doing an outstanding job doing so much for the city itself, the growth of the city and the people of Schertz. If anything took place in the City of Schertz, Hal was always there. At Christmas, you could find him giving out gifts to the seniors at the senior center.” Another long-time friend, Steve White, first met Mayor Baldwin when they were both serving in the Air Force and stationed at Randolph AFB. Their paths separated for about 10 years when White relocated elsewhere. They reconnected upon White’s return to Schertz years later. Their renewed friendship gave way

to their involvement in various city projects. “Hal was a leader, the glue that held us all together,” White said. “He was involved with all the operations of the city and never gave anything a second chance. He wanted it done right the first time and we all worked to strive to get it done correct the first time because he was such a great leader.” “He was the person who started the growth of the city with his ideas for development of the IH-35 corridor and who had the foresight with what to do with the seven-mile stretch of the highway that was in our city limits.” Dave Richmond, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, worked side-by-side with Mayor Baldwin for many years focusing on various planning and development projects and zoning issues . “We were volunteers serving on the commission for the city, appointed by the council, and we served at their discretion. Because of that we were very much in tune with the direction of the council. The greatest asset Hal brought to the mayor’s chair was vision and understanding of what the city needed to move into the future, and what would be best for the city’s residents,” Richmond said.






the ball rolling on that impressive project include Sharon Pennington, Pat True, Anita Clark, Mark Roberts and Shirley Bennett. They had a big kickoff event in 2005 with True serving as the first chair and Davenport as the first chair-elect and then chair from 2006 until last year. Born in Corpus Christi 47 years ago, Davenport’s family moved to Seguin when she was a child, and she graduated from high school there before earning her degree from Texas Lutheran University. “I am a true Texan,” she said. “I bleed Texan.”

even though she usually works way more than 40 hours because there is so much to get done. Married for 16 years to the man she calls her best friend, John, Davenport lives in McQueeney, is an avid runner and likes to work out at least three or four times a week. Her husband is operations manager for Green Valley SUD, which is the water district in Marion. Being past chair of the Schertz Chamber of Commerce keeps her pretty busy, but she finds time to

She stumbled into the insurance business almost by accident at 18 when a friend of a friend told her about a guy that needed some help at his insurance office. That guy was David D. Mueller, who is now her business partner and the person she credits with being her mentor in both her professional and personal life. “Without David I would not be where I am today.”

Davenport is excited about two new programs she helped as start as part of her work with the Schertz Chamber of Commerce. One is called the Biz Bud program and is designed to assist new people who come to a chamber luncheon by setting them up with a veteran member who greets them at the door and stays with them to make sure their visit is a pleasant one and they aren’t left sitting alone during the luncheon. The other is the Welcome Bag program that targets nonchamber businesses by sending board members and ambassadors to them with a bag of goodies. The bag will contain marketing items from charter members and a gift. Davenport said she is still surprised by the number of businesses that don’t know Schertz even has a chamber of commerce.

“He’s just kind of taken me under his wing,” Davenport said. “He’s been my mentor from age 18 to age 47, my business mentor and pretty much my life mentor. He’s just been a huge part of my professional career.”


It’s the place behind the Sonic. That’s what leads people to Jewell Davenport’s business, KDJ Insurance Agency. “They are going to put that on my tombstone — she was in back of Sonic!” Davenport said with a hearty laugh. Not likely. Her giving spirit and community involvement are way too impressive for that.



Davenport’s real claim to local fame is how much she believes in helping her community. She is past chair of the Schertz Chamber of Commerce and was one of its founding members. When she and her partner opened their second office in Schertz back in 2000, the only business group was the Schertz Business Association, which

had 29 members. The group was a start, but Davenport believed more business support was needed. So she got together with some other business owners and they decided the city needed a chamber of commerce to promote area businesses. Some of those Davenport worked with to get

She started with Mueller and worked her way up as she earned a degree in accounting. After graduating college, she tried working as an auditor for an accounting firm but quickly discovered that it just did not fit her personality. To her, being an auditor meant she had to dwell on negative stuff too much and tell people what they had done wrong. “I’d rather tell people what they have done right,” Davenport said while also crediting that first job as a great learning experience. “I like the insurance business because I like dealing with people and it is never boring. You’re always learning something new. I like being a principal in something that I helped develop. So I take a lot of pride in my ownership. We get to do a lot of stuff for the community, and it gives me that leeway to do that.” Davenport likes that she can set her own hours

finance for the organization. When asked about her plans for the future, Davenport said she definitely plans to continue to be active in the community. “I think you should always give back to the community you live in,” she said. The biggest change she hopes to make is to not be on as many boards so she can spend more time doing work at places like senior centers, where she said she gets to see first-hand who she is helping. Davenport said there are a lot of formalities and a lot of procedures that take place with work on a board, and sometimes you don’t get to see who you help directly.

work with the Family Violence Shelter for Guadalupe County in Seguin. During the Christmas season, she and a couple of other women bought gifts for the kids and women in the shelter. They also went Christmas caroling at the assisted living homes in Schertz and bought cookies for the residents. She serves lunch at senior centers and during the holidays was instrumental in getting 100 throw blankets given away to them. “So you see my trend: I’m getting used to my fears,” she said with a smile. She’s been active with the Schertz/Cibolo Education Board since it was started about five years ago and currently serves as vice president of

Davenport is easy to spot as she drives around town in her red jeep. “It fits my personality,” she said lovingly looking at the legendary vehicle nearby. “There is just something about driving one, Jeep owners wave at each other as we pass and it is genuine. I guess it is just a Jeep thing,” she said with a chuckle. As a very spiritual person, Davenport said she relies on most of her comfort and guidance from her Savior. “I am a pretty simple person, but hopefully I leave this place a little bit better,” she said.



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Forget that lazy, hazy, crazy days thing. This is going to be a library summer. And once you are inside the Schertz Public Library, they can help you find all the lazy, hazy, crazy things you want.

There is going to be a lot of fun, excitement, and opportunities to win great prizes, including a Kindle e-reader! If you need additional information about the Adult Summer

The journey starts with the grownups. Yes, adults have fun at the library too, just not as much as the kids. Read about their summer program in a related story.

Quilter’s Bee for both beginning and advanced quilters; 12:00-3:00 PM each day.

Mondays June 11, June 25, July 16, & July 30– Wii Olympics

Friday June 15 -Team

Scattergories-Can you think of an ice cream flavor that starts with “C” or a National Landmark that starts with the letter “G”? Join the group for a Friday afternoon team game 3:005:00 PM in meeting Room 1.

The Summer reading programs at the Schertz Public Library are used to encourage reading for all ages in a fun and exciting way! This summer the Library will once again be offering a reading incentive program for adults from June 1st-July 20th.


Tuesdays June 5 and July 10 & Saturdays June 16 and July 21 –

Ends Book Club Meeting; 6:30 PM in Meeting Room 1. Discussion will be on the book Beautiful Soul by Eyal Press.

Where Stories Live!


Genealogy Meeting 6:30-8:00 PM in Meeting Room 1.

Thursday June 14– The Book

So saddle up and grab that book, audio, video or even an e-book. Adventure is straight ahead.

Registration for the Adult Summer Reading Club begins on May 25, 2012 and can be completed online at or in person at one of the information desks in the library. The program is intended for adults 18 and older and involves reading, trivia, puzzles, games and much more.

Tuesdays June 5 & July 3–

for Seniors- Come exercise the body and mind as you play a variety of games during our Wii Olympics program. Seniors gather in Meeting Room 2 from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Come for a sneak peek of what’s in store at the library while school’s out for a couple of months.

The 2012 program theme is the Summer Reading Olympics to correlate with the Summer Olympic Games that will be held in London beginning late July. The Adult Summer Reading Club is designed to promote lifelong learning through reading and educational programming.

Summer Adult Programming Schedule

Thursday June 21 & July 26–

Résumé Workshop-Need help updating your résumé or cover letter? You will learn proper résumé design and formatting that will help you get the job you want!

Thursday July 12-The Book Reading Club, please contact Lizzi Blase, Adult Services Librarian at (210) 619-1700! We hope to see you at the library this summer!

Please visit for a complete listing of programs and to register for any of these events.

Ends Book Club Meeting-6:30 PM in Meeting Room 1—discussion will be on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Wednesday and Thursday afternoons - Adult Computer

Classes will be held at the library from 12:00-1:00 PM in Meeting Room 1. Evening computer classes are held on most Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 PM. A wide variety of topics from the very basics of using a mouse/keyboard to more advanced topics such as social networking, Microsoft Word & PowerPoint will be covered. MAY 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


Summer’s Comin’ and the Readin’ is Easy!


Ahhh, to be a kid again in summer where you can get lost in the thrilling adventures of a children’s book. Well, if you have kiddos take them to the library and watch the magic happen all over again. And you can share their fun and rekindle your childhood memories. The Schertz Public Library has a calendar filled with over 100 free programs for children and teens from June 1- July 20, 2012. This year’s reading club theme is: “Get a Clue @ Your Library.” An extensive schedule of programs begins with a storytime designed for the youngest readers-to-be in our community and their caregivers, and extends to sweat-inducing programs such as our Summer Olympic Games, Mini Golf, and Preschool Playtime on the Patio (affectionately known as P3). Come build forts, play with Legos, and eat chocolate—lots and lots of chocolate! You will find something for everyone; check out the calendar at Summer Reading Club registration begins May 25th. The Summer Reading Club at the Library entices children to read when school is not in session and encourages them to become lifelong library users. Research shows that 3 months’ worth of reading skills gained during the school year are lost if a child does not read during the summer. To keep kids motivated to read during the summer,



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parents and children work toward reaching reading milestones. Participants are encouraged with our incentive packs and raffle opportunities. In addition, the Summer Reading Club reminds children that reading is not just a task required at school, but a stimulating, joyful way to spend down-time. The Library is excited to offer Reading Buddies Lite, a free reading enrichment program that pairs an elementary student with a teen volunteer. Reading Buddies Lite is designed to give kids extra one-on-one reading practice with a caring, creative teen mentor and make the reading experience fun. Students entering 1st-4th grades are invited to meet Friday mornings to read, play games, and do group activities. This program will be run on a first-come, first-served basis. New additions to the Summer Reading Club:

Weekly Programs

Special Programs

Toddler Time: Tuesday and Wednesdays 10:05 AM

Kick-off Event Summer Olympics: Friday, June 1; 9:00 AM

Crafternoon: Tuesdays 3:00 PM

Dual Language Storytime: Saturday, June 2; 2:00 PM

Pajamarama: Tuesdays 6:30 PM

Fort Building: Saturday, June 9; 12:00 PM

Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM and Thursdays 10:30 AM

Teen Gaming Tournament: Saturday, June 16 ; 12:00-4:00 PM (Pre-registration required)

Tweens: Wednesday 3:00 PM

Yoga Time: Wednesday, June 20; 11:15 AM

Baby & Me Storytime: Thursdays 10:05 AM and 1:00 PM

Lego Building Contest: Saturday, June 23; 12:00-4:00 PM (Pre-registration required)

Preschool Playtime on the Patio (P3): Thursdays 11:00 AM Fact Finders: Thursdays 3:00 PM Reading Buddies Lite: Fridays 10:05 AM Teens: Fridays 2:00 PM or after hours (check calendar)

No Bake Cooking: Saturday, June 30; 2:00 PM (Pre-registration required) Dual Language Storytime: Saturday, July 7; 2:00 PM Mini Golf: Saturday, July 14; 9:00 AM Yoga Time: Wednesday, July 18; 11:15 AM Chocolate Extravaganza: Friday, July 20; 1:00 PM

*The Rubber Ducky Club will feature activities that focus on pre-literacy skills for 0- to 35-month-old kids. *The Pre-K Reading Game will feature a game board of pre-literacy activities for families of 3- to 5-year-olds to try throughout the months of June and July. Older readers ages 6-17 will continue to track their minutes of reading. Join us at the library for a good time this summer! Be prepared for mystery and mayhem!



Did you know...?


What is the clicking noise? Every so often the latest technology proves totally useless for the task at hand. Believe it or not, you may find that you need to TYPE something…not with a keyboard but with a TYPEWRITER! The Library still has one tucked away just for such emergencies. The use of the typewriter is free but you may want to bring your own supplies. We don’t keep a lot of liquid correction fluid around!

E-books and more

New Website, New Wonders The Schertz Public Library has a newly redesigned web page that makes it easy to log into your account, search for items on the catalog, place hold requests, register for library events, download e-books or do research from home. If you want to know if you have overdue books or just need to know how many items you checked out, you can log in with your library card and PIN and check your account. You can even renew items online (as long as the item is not on hold for another person and there are no blocks on your card). Online renewals are especially great when you are traveling. Under the Electronic Resources tab you will find links to the Library’s digital resources including Morningstar Investment Research Center, America’s News (newspapers from across the United States provided by Newsbank),, Mango Languages, Lone Star



Digital Library (downloadable e-books and audio books), Book News (online reviews and summaries of new fiction and non-fiction titles) and the TexShare Databases, a collection of research databases provided by the Texas State Library. As part of the redesign, guides and content were added under the Adult and Youth Services tabs. Need help deciding on your next car purchase? Check out the Automotive Subject Guide. The Youth Services guides include links to online games, homework help and even the “Yuckiest Site on the Internet.” There’s a tab especially for teens that can help with information on college financial aid or keep you up-todate on the newest books. Try out the new site at and let us know what you think! (Yeah, there’s a place on there to do that too.)

You can visit the Library’s web page at and download e-books and audio books from our digital library, the Lone Star Digital Library. Once on our web page, choose the Electronic Resources tab, then Lone Star Digital Library. Once in the digital library, you can log in with your library card and check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices, including Kindle®. To get started, users will need to install the free software OverDrive® Media Console™ and Adobe® Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! With almost 1,800 popular fiction and nonfiction titles to choose from, the growing collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, children’s and teen’s books, self-improvement guides, and much more. There is also a link from the digital library to the Gutenberg Project, a database of over 30,000 public domain titles and a great source for classic literature. Lone Star Digital Library, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. If you have questions concerning the digital library, contact Lizzi Blase, Adult Services Librarian, at (210) 619-1700 or at librarian@

May 2012

General Election Information

Public Works Week MAY 20-26

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The American Public Works Association selected “Public Works: Creating a Lasting Impression” as its theme for 2012’s National Public Works Week, which will be celebrated May 2026. The theme speaks to the never-ending effort of public works professionals to use sustainable solutions to bring their communities the highest possible quality of life within a framework of environmental, social, and economic responsibility.

The City of Schertz will hold a General Election May 12, 2012 to elect officials for Council positions for two-year terms. The current positions on ballot are: Mayor, Council Places 1 and 2. Hal Baldwin – Mayor, Place 1 - Councilmember Jim Fowler, Place 2 Councilmember David Scagliola currently hold these seats. EARLY VOTING will take place at the Guadalupe County Office Building Election Office 1101 Elbel Road, Schertz, TX 78154

Dates: Monday, April 30, 2012 – Friday, May 4, 2012 Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Dates: Monday, May 7, 2012 – Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM ELECTION DAY VOTING will take place at the Schertz Community Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. No. 3 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

May 12. For more information contact the City Secretary’s office at (210) 619-1030 or (210) 619-1031 or go to

Employee Remembrance Day

TIME FOR REFLECTION Terry Aikman reads the name of his mother, Virginia Aikman, on the memorial marker outside the Public Works building on Employee Remembrance Day, March 20. Carl Berghofer and Steve Solitto offer condolences to Aikman. The City of Schertz holds the service on the first day of spring to remember employees who had ten or more years of service with the city who have passed away.

Established in 1960, National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society, the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication. The Schertz Public Works Department is responsible for development and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure. MAY 2012 SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM


Civic Newz May 2012

The Schertz Citizens Police Academy WANTS YOU!

The Schertz Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is a 12week course available to interested residents and/or business members in the Schertz community. The program is designed to provide awareness and information about the role of law enforcement and to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers. The Citizens Police Academy does not give the students any police officer certifications or qualifications. The Academy is for educational purposes only. The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom instruction and hands-on learning. Some of the topics in the academy include department command structure, operations, simulated firearms training, use of force, laws, city ordinances, traffic stops, criminal investigations and communications. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in role-playing scenarios during class. Persons interested in the Schertz Citizens Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age and complete the application process. A background check is completed on all applicants at no charge. There is no fee for the class, and it will be limited to 30 students. The classes will be held every Thursday starting August 16 and continue until November 1. Classes will be from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The deadline for applications will be Thursday, August 2, at 5:00 PM. For more information, call (210) 619-1253 or click on 48


City Council Honors Eagle Scouts

SRO Officer Hillory Halbardier

Mayor Pro Tempore David Scagliola poses with Eagle Scouts Jordan Aguilera (left) and Joshua Zamarripa after they were honored by City Council for conducting Eagle Scout projects to fix up city parks. Jordan ramrodded a project at Pickrell Park on February 4, 2012. His crew of about 40 volunteers replenished the safety surfacing in all seven play features in the park and put new planking on all of the picnic tables. Joshua’s group of 25 volunteers worked in Ashley and Woodland Oaks Parks on March 15, 2012. They refreshed the safety surfacing at the three play features in Ashley Park and one play feature in Woodland Oaks Park. They also accomplished graffiti removal at both locations.

Mayor Pro Tempore David Scagliola presents a certificate of appreciation to School Resource Officer Hillory Halbardier for her work in organizing the “Shattered Dreams” display at Clemens High School. The display showed students the potential deadly result of texting while driving. Also shown are Police Chief Don Taylor (right) and Capt. Marc Bane. “Hillory Halbardier worked tirelessly to coordinate multiple agencies, wrote the script and narrated the entire program. If it were not for her hard work and dedication to this project, it would have not been the success that it was,” Bane said.


MAY EVENTS Civic Center:

May 3 May 6 May 12-13 May 15 May 17 May 24

Schertz Sweetheart Court Coronation Frosting Creators Day of Sharing Alamo Pet Expo Schertz Chamber Luncheon Schertz Chamber Shoot-Out (Networking event) Randolph Metrocom Rotary Art Auction

May 12

Elections – voting

Community Center: State-of-the-Art Facility Ready to Rent! Call for brochure! 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Bldg. #5

(210) 619-1600





May 2012 Tuesday, 1 City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers Thursday, 3 Transportation Safety Advisory Commission 5:30 PM- Council Chambers


Monday, 7 Library Advisory Board, 7:00 PM Schertz Public Library Tuesday, 8 City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers Wednesday, 9 Planning & Zoning, 6:00 PM Council Chambers Monday, 14 Buffalo Valley Youth Association 6:00 PM - 401 Oak St. Tuesday, 15 City Council, 6:00 PM—Council Chambers Monday, 21 Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, 5:30 PM Bob Andrews Room Board of Adjustments, 6:00 PM Council Chambers Tuesday, 22 City Council, 6:00 PM Council Chambers Wednesday, 23 Planning & Zoning, 6:00 PM Council Chambers Thursday, 24 Economic Development Corporation 6:00 PM - Council Chambers


***Meeting locations may change, please visit the calendar at for confirmation.*** SCHERTZMAGAZINE.COM MAY 2012

PHONE NUMBERS City of Schertz Elected Officials Mayor Pro Tem: David Scagliola

(830) 606-1130

Michael Carpenter Cedric Edwards, Sr. Jim Fowler George Antuna, Jr.

(210) 619-1045 (210) 566-4540 (210) 658-1442 (210) 467-7914

Council Members:

City Departments:

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

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IT’S THE SUMMER TO DISCOVER! Schertz Family YMCA 2012 Summer Enrichment Camps June & July 2012 One week camps to explore your child’s interests Teen Camp available to prepare your teen for careers & volunteerism.

Splash Pad Bash! May 24th, 2012-Splash Pad Opens 6-9 p.m.-Community Welcome!

Summer Day Camp Weekly themes offer variety Licensed by TDH and DFPS Contact us: 621 Westchester Dr. Schertz, TX 78154 210-619-1900





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