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People Kerr County



P E O P L E & L I F E O F K E R R CO U N T Y

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People Kerr County



Dear Friends & Neighbors, The folks in Kerr County must be about the most generous people in the world— we have countless fundraisers—so many it's challenging to keep up with them! Yet they each seem to continuously be successful, due to the openhearted people who work hard to put on the events, and the generosity of those who attend. We were honored to attend a few fundraisers over the past couple of months and had a wonderful time socializing, enjoying fabulous food, and seeing all the money raised for such good causes. KCP captured photos from those we attended and we hope you enjoy them! Abundant Blessings,


inside May - June │ 2011

EVENTS 24 Passport to World Cuisine 26 Re-Chic Boutique 30 West Kerr Scholarships Fundraiser

ARTIC LES 5 Self-Directed IRAs 8 Get to the Point 11 Restaurant Review 12 Cover Story - OB/GYN Associates 14 Secrets to a Good Haircut

COVER OB/GYN Associates Photo by Rebecca McCoy

16 The First Backyard Bird 17 Nature's Jewel 18 Conserving Energy 19 Title Talk 20 The Purpose of Pampering 22 Table for 57,000 23 DIY or go PRO 32 Balance Your pH 33 Hospice Care 34 When Wounds are Slow to Heal

Diane Ferrell

37 Home Health Care

Editor & Publisher

38 Peterson RMC Volunteers

Mark A. Jackson Art Director/Graphics Cover Photographer Rebecca McCoy Contributing Editors Skye Alexander Anne Schneider Contributing Writers Skye Alexander Anne Schneider Kathleen Cook

D EPARTMENTS Kerr County People PO Box 291402 Kerrville, TX 78029


KCP reserves the right to edit and/or refuse all submitted materials. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KCP. Content is copyrighted by Mark Jackson and may not be reproduced without written permission. All rights reserved. Copyright 2011, Kerr County People Magazine.

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Broaden Your Retirement Options With

A Self–Directed IRA by Doyle Weaver


any articles have been written on the mass of “baby boomers” reaching retirement age in the near future and how it will affect our society. The biggest concern for the typical “boomer” is how they will financially manage their individual retirement. Many experts have a dim view on the ability of Social Security to exclusively address the “boomers’” retirement needs. A “boomer” is expected to live longer and retire at age 65. Each “boomer” may need to budget 20 years of retirement income in order to survive a golden age of 85 or more. This issue was partially addressed by Congress with the enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974. IRA is an acronym for “Individual Retirement Arrangement” and is part of the lexicon of ERISA laws and the Internal Revenue Code. IRA’s and other retirement accounts like 401(k)’s are heavily invested in the stock market. There are various estimates, but generally it is calculated that at the end of 2008 there was up to $3.7 trillion in IRA accounts and perhaps as much as $10.8 trillion in other kinds of retirement plans, all made possible by ERISA. Approximately 98 % of all IRA money is invested through traditional markets like the stock market, CD’s, etc. That is because most of the IRA investment market is controlled by firms who do not let the IRA account holder wander into investments they do not market. Recently, these traditional IRA investments were severely bruised by dismal stock market returns. A lot of retirement account owners are now nervous about restoring their account balances to the previous highs, but distrust in the market looms. IRA account holders should consider a non-traditional approach to investing their retirement

funds. Though not commonly understood, under current law, IRA’s may be invested in any kind of asset with the small exceptions of collectibles, life insurance contracts, and Sub “S” corporation stock. In order to take advantage of the non-traditional investments with IRA funds, the IRA owner needs a Self-Directed IRA account. There are a few specialized IRS approved

Approximately 98% of all IRA money is invested through traditional markets like the stock market, CD's, etc. custodians whose operations anticipate and cooperate with IRA account owners to make non-traditional investments. With a properly funded Self-Directed IRA, an owner can invest in practically anything. For instance,

several years ago, the Independent Bank of Austin, Texas, was started partially with capital from Self-Directed IRA accounts. The predominate investment for Self-Directed IRA accounts is real estate. Self-Directed IRA’s are not simple. You cannot buy a house with your IRA and live in it because that violates the ERISA and IRS rules. In general, any IRA investment that gives you or a close relation an immediate direct or indirect benefit is prohibited. Don’t let the rules discourage you though. The benefits of a Self-Directed IRA can be well worth the costs associated with laying the proper legal and financial foundation for self-directed investments. Start with a team of professionals like accountants, attorneys, and financial planners knowledgeable about Self-Directed IRA’s and put your investment idea to work. Doyle Weaver earned his JD from Regent University School of Law in 1990; was licensed to practice law in Virginia, 1991 and in Texas, 1997.



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Call The Hill Country Arts Foundation’s Visual Arts Department for details. 830-367-5120.

Get to the

Point The Hill Country Arts Foundation, located on the

banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River in Ingram and home of The Point Theatre and Gallery, is a must visit for summer fun. The 51-year-old arts organization offers live theatre, art exhibitions and workshops, youth camps, and the newest attraction—Stonehenge II. Theatre fans can choose from three outdoor shows presented in the 700-seat Point Theatre with the river as the backdrop and the stars overhead. “Sleeping Beauty” kicks off the summer season June 10-25. This version of the classic tale promises action, comedy, and rock and roll. Before the show, take in the gallery exhibit “Destinations,” artwork of Texas college students. More rock and roll is in store in July with The Point’s production of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” July 1023. This show about Texas’ rock legend features over 20 hits including “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll be the Day.” In the gallery, enjoy “Art Camp Museum,” creative works of HCAF art camp students.

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The Point wraps up the summer theatre season with “Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will?” Aug. 5-20. Bickering siblings are reunited as their father is dying in this black comedy. On exhibit in the gallery will be the work of Melissa Starry. Art workshops for adults and summer camps for young artists and thespians (age 4-17) are taught by top instructors and are now open for registration. Stonehenge II, a replica of the prehistoric monument in England is now located on the foundation grounds. The sculpture was recently relocated from nearby Hunt and reconstruction is expected to be complete by summer. Experience The Hill Country Arts Foundation—a community-based, family-oriented center where theatre and studio arts boldly come together. For more information, call 830-367-5121 or visit HCAF is located at 120 Point Theatre Rd. South (off Hwy. 39) in Ingram.

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your special occasion, we have the perfect cake. We lovingly prepare our cakes and pastries from scratch, using only the finest ingredients. Exquisitely presented, our cakes are as pleasing to the palate as to the eye. We will design your cake—traditional to contemporary—to suit your personal taste, the crowning complement to your special occasion. Stop by today to order your cake extraordinaire or to see what we have fresh in the case!

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“Voted Best Carne Guisada by Kerr County People Magazine”

rita’s fa m o u s ta c o s Rita’s name is synonymous with the best breakfast and lunch tacos in town. Rita’s mouthwatering tortillas are handmade daily in the Mexican tradition Rita’s mother taught her as a child. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., choose from your favorite tacos or plate lunch. On weekends, barbacoa and menudo are added to the menu. If you’re on the run, call ahead to pick up a bag of your favorite soft or crisp tacos.

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food and restaurant review by Wayne J. Este

Dinner is Served

Ever wish you had your own personal chef?

Robbie Crocker, aka “The Casserole Queen,” make this possible. For five years, she and her great staff at Dinner is Served have provided families with homestyle casseroles and desserts, all ready for you to just pop in the oven. Choose from the cooler for dinner tonight or from her freezer for later. The staff is always willing to help you select your meal and give you tips on serving and pairing with other foods. This service is a wonderful time saver for those who have busy lifestyles. The large selection of casseroles and desserts is excellent for any size family or gathering. Robbie’s mission is to “…offer homemade casseroles so you can serve your family home-cooked meals anytime and hopefully create memories your family will cherish.” Pam and I love her meals and share them with friends, especially when they are unable to cook for themselves. Robbie is now open for lunch from Tuesday through Friday, 11-2. Pam and I found the chicken fettuccini to be one of our new favorites. For lunch it’s served with salad, bread and iced tea. Or you can take it home to pop in the oven later. We topped it off with just about the best peach cobbler we’ve ever eaten.

I’ve also enjoyed my favorite Tuesday meal—the King Ranch casserole—made from scratch with the best ingredients, as are all Robbie’s meals. Always a big hit around Texas, Dinner is Served King Ranch chicken is superb. On Wednesdays try pasta and Italian sausage or Mexican lasagna on Fridays. Every day you can enjoy the baked potato with salad or the greatest chicken salad served on a bed of lettuce with strawberries and a delicious raspberry/walnut dressing. The same great cooking can be found when Robbie caters special events at your place or in her restaurant’s private dining area. Pick up casseroles 10-6, Monday through Friday. Learn more online at or phone Robbie at 830-257-2433. Dinner is Served is conveniently located in Rivers Oaks Shopping Center at 845 Junction Highway, Kerrville. Wayne and Pam are residents of Hunt and own Texas etc., located at Inn of the Hills, Kerrville. To read Wayne’s previous reviews, go to

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cover story



by Kathleen Cook

Like many women, I don’t place going to the gynecologist on my top ten list of things I look forward to doing. But today, as I interviewed Dr. Melissa Wampler, my eyes were opened to a new spirit of caring for women’s health. Dr. Melissa Wampler and her team of professional providers at OB/GYN Associates, located in the Medical Professional Building at 1331 Bandera Highway in Kerrville, have dedicated their lives to caring for women throughout their patients’ lifetimes. From teens to seniors, women are given the highest priority in an environment of safety, attention, and compassion.

Every Woman is Important

Listening is the first medical skill that OB/GYN Associates practice. Every woman who comes to OB/GYN Associates is given as much time as she needs to discuss her health concerns thoroughly, so that the appropriate treatment plan can be developed. No one is rushed and everyone is made to feel important. The six women professionals who comprise this caring team understand the needs of women because, simply put, they themselves are women. The doctors and nurse professionals are mothers, too, so when they tell you, “I know what you are feeling” they really do.

Front Row, Left to Right:

Melissa G. Wampler, MD; Kathy Bogie, RN, WHNP; Niessa Meier, RN, CNM Back Row, Left to Right:

Mary E. Prentice, MD; Annette Jones, RN, CNM; M. Elizabeth Ruiz Wilfong, DO Photo by Plane View Photography

OB/GYN Associates provide complete health care, from routine wellness exams to preparation for childbirth and delivery, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and other symptoms that a woman may be experiencing. With gentle expertise these physicians and professional practitioners can help a young teen understand her newly developing body, care for a nervous expectant mother, ease the fears of a woman who has just found a suspicious lump, and help a woman navigate the uncertainties of menopause. Together OB/GYN Associates bring more than 125 years of combined experience to their patients.

Caring. Committed. OB/GYN Associates We Are with Women During Some of the Most Important Moments of Their Lives

Kerr County OB/GYN Associates is the only local practice that delivers babies at Peterson Regional Medical Center. Certified Nurse Midwives encourage and promote healthy lifestyle choices that will help women through all the natural and normal phases of womanhood, from wellness visits to pregnancy. Rather than the old thinking that a midwife worked only in isolated, rural settings to help a woman give birth at home, the new, modern model is that Nurse Midwives are involved in all stages of a woman’s health. Working closely with the physicians, the Nurse Midwives accompany a woman in her pregnancy all the way through the birth of her baby in a safe hospital setting. OB/GYN Associates are skilled in handling low- and high-risk pregnancies, prenatal testing, breastfeeding, and so much more. This very personal care focuses on the healthy, natural progression through one of life’s greatest events.

What’s New? Surgical Advances: Robotics

Always seeking to make OB/GYN testing and surgical procedures less invasive, Dr. Wampler says her associates will be training in new robotic surgical methods so they will be prepared to use the new surgical robotic system that will be acquired by Peterson Regional Medical Center. The system, called daVinci, is guided by the physician, and will be capable of making very precise, delicate incisions that will be less invasive and speed the patient’s recovery time. If considered appropriate, many surgical procedures are now performed at the OB/ GYN Associates clinic under conscious sedation. This allows a woman to have a procedure and return home without a hospital stay.

Vitality from Within: A Gentle Way to Manage Menopause

Dr. Wampler and her husband David, the current mayor of Kerrville, moved to our community seventeen years ago from Dallas. They were seeking the intimacy of a small town where they could be involved in community activities and raise their children Blake and Ava in a safe, friendly setting, really getting to know their neighbors.

The use of bioidentical hormones that can aid in the comfortable transition through menopause is another welcome advance for women. These are natural hormones specifically compounded or mixed for the needs of each individual woman. OB/GYN Associates’ goal is to help women enjoy the benefits of life’s natural changes without the extreme mood swings, hot and cold flashes, and sleeplessness that may happen as our bodies adjust to a new rhythm. Bioidentical hormone therapy and other traditional menopause Dr Wampler with LaNek Sides. therapies are carefully considered and tailored to the unique needs of each patient. A woman You can learn more about the professionals doesn’t have to suffer as she moves into at Kerr County OB/GYN Associates and this new phase of freedom and vitality in their training and services by visiting their her life. website: Or, call them

Big City Expertise, Small Town Friendliness

What Dr. Wampler, managing associate, enjoys most about her practice is “being part of a small, caring community. There is nothing like seeing children I helped bring into the world grow and develop. When they come up to me and say, ‘Do you remember when you delivered me?’ it is the best feeling in the world. Because our community is small, I get to participate in and enjoy the lives of my patients. In fact, they are friends more than patients. This wouldn’t be possible in a bigger city environment.”

at 830-895-7755. Each issue of Kerr County People Magazine features an informative article written by OB/GYN Associates that addresses specific women’s health issues. If you’ve missed past articles, you can read them at Kathleen Cook is a professional artist who also enjoys writing. She has an art studio/ gallery on the Old Ingram Loop in Ingram.


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The Secret to Getting a Good Haircut

The basic ingredient is perception— customer satisfaction. Regardless what the stylist thinks of the haircut, it’s what you think that counts. In view of such, have you ever wondered why you can’t get a good haircut? Does it frustrate you or your significant other that you always look like someone cut your hair in the dark? Take heart! I have a few suggestions for getting a good haircut (as well as other services and products).

It’s not a good idea to look for a bargain in this area. Though no one wants to get ripped off, it’s often better to pay more than we expected instead of less than we should. You wear your hairstyle every day, so invest in a great cut! Take note of someone whose hair always looks nice, and then ask who cuts it. If possible, go to that person only. Over time, he/she learns how you like your hair. Communicate clearly. Grunts, groans and mutters won’t get it here. Nor will ambiguity. When asked, “How would you like it cut?” Your response might be, “Over the ear.” That could mean you want the entire ear to show after the haircut. Or it could mean the very opposite: that you

by Katie Kleespies

want the hair to cover the top of the ear. Though the stylist should seek clarity, if she doesn’t, you could get a bad haircut. Please keep your head still! There are times animated conversation is good, but not while getting a haircut. Haircutting is an art. Don’t move the canvas. “Oops” is not a good thing to hear from your stylist. Easy does it. Let your stylist lead you. Remember he/she is the expert while you’re in the chair—even if nowhere else! Katie is a hairstylist at the Tin Star Salon, 319 Earl Garrett, Kerrville. Contact Katie at 895-5030 or

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cuties Knox Powell Shelton, 3 months submitted by Grandparents Jim & Barbara Brooks of Mt. Home

Cash & Elise Allen, 4 and 2-1/2 submitted by Mom Bonnie Allen of Kerrville

Libby Louise Lankford, 5 months submitted by Mom Jennifer Lankford of Kerrville

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he hummingbirds arrived in the Hill Country right on schedule. You should have your feeder out by St. Patrick’s Day. However, it would be wise to have at least one feeder out about a week prior, as this year we had reports of black chinned hummingbirds arriving on February 28th.   

Hummingbirds rely on the length of the days to know when to start migrating and they will start migration regardless of weather conditions. This dispels the myth that feeders must be removed to make hummingbirds migrate. They know when to go.   

Hummingbirds need to eat every 10 minutes. Though hummers get most of their diet from spiders and bugs, if you put out nectar they will come. Nectar is made up of 4 parts water to one part sugar. Use only table sugar—no substitutes! The experts contend that there is no reason at all to add red dye. The birds just don’t need it. Here in the Hill Country, come about August, your nectar will spoil very quickly. Make sure to change it every 2-3 days. If it’s cloudy, it’s spoiled. If you have bees, get a saucer style feeder. If you have ants, get an ant moat. Your local bird food experts will have what you need to enjoy your hummingbirds all summer long.


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Black chinned hummingbirds are a summer resident. During migration periods you will also see the ruby throated with a rufous thrown in. Some fun facts about hummers: During nesting season the males will swoop in a big “u” trying to attract a female. They mate once in between territories and the female does everything from that point on. Nests are made of spider webs and saliva so they can expand. Eggs are the size of tic tac’s. They don’t need a perch to eat. They fight over feeders because to them that is all the food they have. Now sit back and enjoy the show!  

Happy Birding!


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is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking seriously about your home’s cooling system. Air conditioning equipment is often “out of sight, out of mind”… until it breaks down, of course. Here are some tips to not only help ensure your system stays running as efficiently as possible, but also signs to look for that could indicate your system may need to be serviced by a professional.

Consider the following:

The #1 source of air conditioning failure is dirty filters and/or dirty components. It is recommended that you check the air filter(s) at least once a month. The air filter not only reduces the amount of dust in the home, but also helps keep the components in the air conditioning system from clogging up. You should avoid using cheap throw away filters. Some throw away filters are less than 6% efficient, meaning that 94% of the particles that hit it go right through it. If you replace your filter regularly but still have excess dust in your home, you may have leaky ductwork. Many times, leaky ductwork will cause unfiltered attic air to enter the system. This will not only clog the system, but will greatly reduce its efficiency. It is important to keep the coils on the outdoor unit clean. Also, make sure there

are no plants, trees, fences, or anything else blocking the unit.

air conditioning systems can help you avoid costly repairs.

Check to see if the clothes dryer vent comes out near the outdoor unit and be careful when mowing and weed eating as all of these can contribute to clogging the outdoor coil.

Kerrville, Texas native Regan Land, General Manager at Hardin Heating and Cooling, has a knack for helping customers get the most out of their indoor comfort systems through energy audits, education, design and repair. Regan has more than 15 years of industry experience and, along with his Texas HVAC license, is also a Certified Indoor Environmentalist and is NATE certified. You can reach him at regan@ or (830) 792-3993. You can also view the website at

Another one of the most common service calls on an air conditioner involves leaking water. The condensate that is removed from the air is typically piped outside or into a plumbing drain. To prevent water leaks that can damage sheetrock and/or flooring, it is very important that the drain lines are checked at least once a year. Spiking energy costs can be indicative of a problem with the air conditioning system. If your system is struggling, it could be at risk of serious damage. If you notice the system is running longer or more often that it used to, it would be a good idea to have a professional take a look at it. Increased or abnormal system noise may indicate problems and should be assessed by a professional before your system suffers unnecessary damage. The weather outside is warming up, but you can help ensure that the temperature in your home stays at a comfortable level. I like the saying “it is better to be proactive than reactive.” A few monthly checks on your

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home building

Conserving Energy

by Derek Meier & John Merritt

SIPs aka Structural Insulated Panels


a world where energy prices continue to rise, more and more people are looking for alternative home building products and techniques. Their goal is to build a product that is super efficient, durable, and practical. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) offer such a product and I’d like to talk about them now.

framed walls and roofs. The panels are trucked to the job site and then a contracting crew pieces everything together. The end product is an almost air-tight envelope that allows the client to basically cut their HVAC unit in half. This savings along with a huge cost cutting savings in monthly energy bills makes SIPS attractive and affordable.

SIPs is a panel construction system consisting of Foam-Control EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation laminated between sheets of structural sheathing. This simple sandwich panel forms an amazingly strong insulated panel for building walls, roofs and floors in both residential and commercial applications.

The main thing to look out for when using SIPs is one should ensure the contractor they choose has experience in SIPs construction. While the basic idea and process of SIPs is simple, there are some details than can be a bit complicated so it behooves one to have an experienced crew performing the work.

Using a client’s blueprints, a SIP system is designed to replace conventional stick-

For more details on the product visit SIPS Texas online at

Meier Custom Built Homes is owned by Derek Meier whose family came to the Kerrville area in the mid-1800’s. John Merritt is the company’s Project Manager and between the two they have almost 50 years experience in the construction trade. As members of the National Association of Homebuilders, they are certified as Design and Build Professionals and also as Green Building Professionals to name just a few fields. For more information visit them at or call 830.370.1558.

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Benefiting Meals on Wheels

You won’t want to miss ReRuns’ spectacular Tabletop Show to benefit Dietert Center’s Meals on Wheels program! Offering themed tablescapes to delight your eye, tickle your imagination, with great home décor for purchase.

Friday, May 13th, 10 AM - 4 PM Saturday, May 14th, 9 AM - 1 PM River Side Grill, 451 Guadalupe Street, Kerrville, Texas Tickets are $10.62 (that’s the cost of preparing two Meals on Wheels dinners) and proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels. Come support this essential program providing 57,000 meals a year, and enjoy the fun and refreshments as ReRuns and Dietert promise you a visual bonanza and great bargains. 18 │ KCP │May-June2011

Title Talk by Diane Green

Mortgage Matters American dream of homeownership is alive and well. TheAccording to the last U.S. Census Bureau, 109,600,000 Americans live in a home. A Harvard study found that 66 percent of Americans are homeowners, and two thirds of homeowners have a mortgage. Looking for a home loan can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Following is a little mortgage advice from a title company’s perspective. Get pre-approved. When you want to make an offer, you’ll have a much better chance of having your offer accepted if you’re preapproved.

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When you lock in an agreed upon rate, get it in writing. Obtain a written document detailing your interest rate, the length of your rate lock and other details like discount points. Know what you really can afford. Set a price limit and create a budget. Consider your mortgage payment, but also include property taxes, insurance, potential homeowner dues and utilities.

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Don’t just look for the lowest interest rate. Also consider the APR, origination fees and discount points. Ask for a full breakdown. Get a Good Faith Estimate (GFE). After submitting your loan application, you should receive a written GFE statement which lists the estimated fees associated with the transaction.

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Get a professional inspection. An independent inspector can help put together a report that may help you when negotiating and you’ll know exactly what you’re purchasing. Read all documents before you sign. You can receive closing paperwork in advance. If you have time, it’s in your best interest to read documents before closing day. Prepare for delays. With so many people and so much paperwork involved, the chances of having a delay are relatively high. Make arrangements should your closing day fall through or be delayed.

Diane Green moved to Kerrville in 1972 with husband, Bob, and immediately began her title insurance career at Kerr County Abstract & Title Co. Diane and Bob enjoyed raising their children in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Diane has spent 39 years in the title business and now owns Kerr County Abstract. To learn more, call 257-5151 or visit

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The Purpose of Pampering by Emily Russ, LA, LMT


starts with self-esteem. This statement, coming from an esthetician, is not suggesting that self-esteem is derived solely from one’s outward appearance but it is a common experience that when someone looks good they feel better about themselves. Skincare is not just about looking good, it isn’t strictly about vanity. It is about taking good care of your body’s largest organ! Caring diligently for your skin is one case where working on yourself from the outside in is just sound, preventive healthcare. It is pampering with a purpose, a goal of more radiant skin. While a facial feels fabulous, the treatment itself has many specific health benefits, not to mention just being good for your overall well -being. Regular facials help increase circulation in your skin and tone facial muscles. Facial Treatments are a great way to keep your skin properly exfoliated and assists in the prevention of dehydration. Taking time out of a busy schedule for a spa treatment can also lessen stress levels. Scheduling facial treatments gives you time for you—to unwind, relax, dream, be calm and just breath. Experts say that your body releases endorphins that make you happy when you are in a relaxed stated. When you emerge from a skin care treatment not only will your body and mind feel refreshed but your skin will be thanking you. A facial rids your skin of the dull build-up of dead skin cells and rejuvenates your skin with nourishing, antioxidant-filled serums, giving your skin a healthy glow.

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The intention behind this article is to remind you that taking care of you is the furthest thing from being selfish; it is a necessity if one is going to be able to care for others. Facials lift your spirit, brighten your skin, and your mood. All of these benefactors lead to a more positive self-esteem so that you can be kinder to yourself and everyone else around you! It is spring and this is the season of hope and rejuvenation. My challenge for you is to start a skin care regimen and take action in improving the way you feel about your appearance and the reaction others have to your radiant skin. It is a known fact that medical spas are results oriented, they want you to feel pampered, but the main goal is that you and everyone else see a positive change in the health of your skin. There is nothing better than compliments on how beautiful your complexion looks, there is no doubt that you have done something great for yourself, inside and out. It isn’t eternal youth that any of us are searching for but the act of aging gracefully. Aestheticians and Medical Spas are here to enhance beauty, not transform. Make your complexion come to life this season and make a goal to have cleaner, fresher skin, along with a more relaxed and pampered soul.

Emily has been an aesthetician for five years and is a licensed massage therapist. Certified in microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, Emily stays abreast of the latest scientific advances in skincare. Call Bella Luz at 792-3552 to schedule your free skincare consultation. Bella Luz, 1411 Water Street, Kerrville.


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"Table for 57,000. Please" by Tina Woods

Every weekday the Dietert

Center’s “Meals On Wheels” volunteers deliver a hot lunch and warm friendship to more than 240 elderly shut-ins throughout Kerr County. Last year, more than 57,000 meals were the lifeline that kept our most fragile seniors independent in their homes and out of institutionalized care. “In many instances, our volunteers are the only people these homebound elders see,” states Pat Hudgins, Dietert’s ‘Meals On Wheels’ Coordinator. “Strong bonds develop between our clients and our volunteers— many who are seniors themselves.”

Getting ‘Meals On Wheels’ begins with a phone call to (830) 792-4044. For those who qualify, meals are available on a donation basis. “We don’t put folks on a waiting list because we know they need to eat,” Hudgins added. “We don’t want any senior in Kerr County to go hungry!” Since meals are available by donation, funds for this vital service are always in short supply. We’re so grateful that ‘Meals On Wheels’ will be the beneficiary of two special events in May: ‘Grape Juice Gives Back,’ and ReRuns’ ‘Dining Designs’ Tablescape Show and Sale. Grape Juice Wine Bar and Restaurant at 623 Water Street, will kickoff the event on May 3rd from 4-9. ReRuns’ spectacular ‘Dining Designs’ Show is Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th at

Dietert’s River Side Grill. Dozens of fabulous tabletop designs will be available for sale. Proceeds from the show will be shared between Dietert and Hill Country CARES. Tina Woods is Dietert’s Executive Director. Contact her at (830) 792-4044, or visit the Center’s website: The Dietert Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located at 451 Guadalupe Street in Kerrville.

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he real difference between a project that you do yourself and one that is professionally done is performance, speed, and repair. Of course, you are looking only at how much money you can save, but what does that matter if what you’ve done isn’t right? A landscaping project is one place where this thought is made clear. The act of sodding, planting trees, and creating flower beds, among other things, is back breaking, but doable. The knowledge can be learned by reading several books and studying up on different schools of thought, but you don’t need to know codes, understand how to calculate soil compaction, or water pressure. The real question is will your work be up to standards. If your landscaping will be out in front where everyone can see it, you need to make sure that what you are doing will look right. As always, a competent landscape designer can be worth their weight in gold to get you started in the right direction.

DIY Landscape Projects Sodding If there is no grass in your yard,

then sodding is something any homeowner can handle. Do a good deal of stretching first, both upper and lower body, because this is grueling work, and you will be sore after. Read up on how much water is needed once the sod has been rolled out and how to maintain it after. The trick is to find someone who has the yard you want and ask them what they did to get it.

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problems occur. Parts don’t fit, something won’t cooperate, and knowing what to do when the book leaves something out is where professionals earn their pay.

Planting Trees Here again, this task is

grueling but doable. The trick here is knowing the right time of year to plant a particular tree, how much water to use through the first week, if you should use ropes or wire to help it to stand, among other things. Research is key. So is lifting with your legs.

Planting Flowers, Shrubs, & Other Plants This is a chore that just

takes time, but if you like digging around in the garden, then this is right up your alley. Employees at any nursery can tell you what soil combinations will work best and when to plant certain items.

The professionals have seen all the problems that can occur and know not only how to fix them but how to prevent them from happening altogether. This fact is not to discourage you from trying your own hand at certain projects, but more to acquaint you with the real difference between DIY projects and professional projects. If you can live with mistakes, then charge ahead. Plus, with landscaping, much like a bad haircut, it will soon grow out. Zack Derese has deep roots in Kerrville. As owner of Kerrville Landscaping, Inc., he has been in the landscape business for over 15 years. He is a Landscape Designer, holds an Irrigation License (LI#9453), a Backflow Prevention License (BPAT #10754), is NCMA certified for Segmental Retaining Walls, and is a Water Feature Specialist. You can reach him at or call him at 830-377-4861.

Big Do It Yourself Projects There are many landscaping projects that require much more work than the items listed above. Some of these projects include patios, water features, retaining walls, etc. These projects require not only muscle and time, but construction knowledge and experience. You can learn anything from a book or watching a demo, but in real life

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Where Dietert Center Kerrville The Dietert Center delivered 57,000 meals to the elderly homebound last year. If you would like to contribute time or financial aid to this essential community program, please contact Tina Woods, Dietert Center Executive Director at 792-4044.

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health awareness by Dr. John Bilderback, Chiropractor

Balance Your pH to Prevent Cancer Cancer thrives in an acid environment


and does not survive in a normal alkaline environment. Cancer cells make acid in the form of lactic acid. So if you have cancer your pH level is imbalanced and your body is acidic.

PH is a measurement of the acidity in a substance. The pH of water is 7, considered “neutral.” A solution with a higher pH is said to be alkaline; one with a lower pH is acidic. When you are born your pH is about 7.3. Many of the foods and beverages we consume, such as meats, grains, and sugar, are acidic. Colas and other soft drinks are highly acidic. Coke is the most acidic drink on the market with a pH of 2.5. You would have to drink seventeen to eighteen eight-ounce glasses of water to neutralize one coke.

time our bodies become more acidic, and some cells die. These dead cells turn into acids. However, some cells may adapt to their acid environment. Instead of dying they become abnormal or malignant cells. Malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order. This is cancer.

Cancer does not survive in oxygenated cells, as I discussed in my last article. Alkaline water holds a lot of oxygen. Acidic water holds very little oxygen. The more acidic your cells are the less oxygenated they will be.

Here are some ways to keep your body less acidic:

Use a water filtration system that makes your water more alkaline, such as Kangen water system.

Seeking Essential Relief? Reiki is a hands-on, non-invasive

therapy that stimulates the immune system and catalyzes the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Over 60 hospitals and clinics in the U.S. utilize Reiki in their patient programs. Reiki is especially effective with pain relief – helping medication work more effectively, as well as relieving pain in its own way. Additionally, Reiki reduces the emotional stress of dealing with a chronic or degenerative disease. Kerrville Reiki Master Anne Schneider offers free public Reiki talks and demos, as well as private Reiki sessions and training.

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H 20 Eat green leafy vegetables such as spinach, which are alkaline, as are avocado and cucumber. Water has a pH of 7 and is essential to good health.

There are quite a few products to help you balance your pH level. It’s very easy to find additional information—simply Google “pH” to learn more.

To your health! Mention this article to receive your initial consultation free. Dr. Bilderback received his degree from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon in 1985. He has chosen to serve the folks of Kerr County and surrounding area for more than twenty years. 1416 Sidney Baker, Kerrville. 257-2323.

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by Brad O’Quinn

Common Myths about

Hospice Care

MYTH As someone who has served the

health and fitness needs of the Kerrville area for two decades, I am as surprised as anyone to find myself now working in the field of hospice; however I now understand this transition to be a natural evolution of my desire to serve. Historically, I, like most people, thought hospice was a place where the terminally ill spent their final few days. Then I had the opportunity to spend a few months getting to know the extraordinary team of professionals that work in the field – their commitment, dedication, and compassion was the catalyst in my decision to pursue this as a new vocation. I learned that hospice is not a place – but a philosophy of care. The more I learned of that philosophy, the more I felt I was being called to become a part of it. As I write this I am in the process of establishing hospice care for my mother who lives in assisted living in San Antonio. She has been eligible and in need of hospice care for some time but I wasn’t aware that it was something available to her. This new awareness has prompted me to write this column. At some point, most of us will encounter end of life decisions with family or friends. I want to share and clarify some of the common misconceptions about hospice so when the time comes you will not hesitate to ask for care.


Hospice is a place.

It is a philosophy of care that provides expert medical, emotional, and spiritual care focused on comfort and quality of life as it nears its end for the patient, their families, and friends. Hospice can be provided wherever the person is residing; most patients choose to be served in the comfort of their homes.

Hospice only helps the patient.

Hospice provides a team of professionals to support the patient, family, and caregivers including attending physicians, nurse case managers, staff nurses, bereavement counselors, spiritual counselors, social workers, dieticians, therapists, volunteers, pharmacists and hospice aides.

Hospice is only for the last few days of life.

Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, depending on the course of the illness.

Hospice is only for cancer patients.

Hospice services are available to anyone with a life-limiting illness. Over fifty percent of patients have illnesses such as heart disease, dementia, stroke, lung disease or liver/kidney failure.

Good care at end of life is expensive.

Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice, and most insurance plans, HMOs, and managed care plans include hospice coverage.

Hospice requires switching doctors.

The primary doctor can continue to follow and be involved in the patient’s care. Hospice has physicians available to assist the primary physician.

Choosing hospice means giving up.

Hospice focuses on living as fully and comfortably as possible up until the end of life. Focus is on treating the symptoms caused by the disease, such as managing pain, rather than trying to cure the underlying disease. Brad O’Quinn is a community education representative with VistaCare. He encourages anyone with questions or concerns about hospice eligibility for a friend or loved one to contact him at 830-792-6200. VistaCare is located at 1001 Water Street, #B-100.

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health and wellness

When Wounds Are Slow To Heal

by Lori I. Gagnon, MD Medical Director, Wound Healing Center

Who makes up the Wound Care team?

Lori Gagnon, MD, Certified Wound Specialist, Ellen Heiderich, RN, Certified Wound Care Specialist and a talented and knowledgeable wound care staff make up the team.

Does Insurance Cover Treatment?

Most health plans, including Medicare cover wound treatment. The staff at Peterson’s Wound Healing Center can help you determine what your plan covers.

What Can I Expect at the First Appointment?

Each year, many people develop wounds that are slow to heal. These wounds might be a result of complications from diabetes, an amputation, surgery, and a host of other injuries and conditions. When a wound doesn’t heal within a reasonable time frame, it may require focused treatment and therapy from a team specializing in wound care. It’s best to have a comprehensive approach to heal wounds that have been resistant other treatments. Anytime a wound doesn’t heal, it can cause severe health risks. Focused treatment and therapy can help avoid loss of limbs, avoid the incidence of recurrence and can expedite healing. One of the therapies available in Kerrville is Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing 100% oxygen while the body is under greaterthan-normal atmospheric pressure. This type therapy increases the oxygen to tissue through the bloodstream increasing the ability of white blood cells to fight infection. It can also stimulate the production of white blood cells, which is the body’s natural defense against infection. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is delivered inside a comfortable see-through chamber, gently pressurized, while a trained techni34│ KCP │May-June 2011

cian monitors you and your condition. In many cases this therapy can improve healing of certain problem wounds. The Wound Healing Center, located at Peterson’s Ambulatory Care Center, includes a comprehensive team of specially trained nurses and Certified Wound Specialists. This team works closely with radiology and laboratory services to comprehensively treat wounds.This approach to wound healing has allowed our patients to experience fewer re-hospitalizations, a reduced likelihood of prolonged or permanent disability, and an improved quality of life.

The first appointment consists of an indepth assessment by our wound care team, a review of your medical history, tests and recommendations for your treatment plan. Bring your medical records, insurance card, a list of all medications you are taking, and a list of allergies.

What types of wounds are treated at the Wound Healing Center? • Skin Tears • Diabetic ulcers • Pressure sores • Venous stasis ulcers • Non-healing surgical wounds

Here are some frequently asked questions:

• Radiation injury wounds

How Do I Get Help from the Wound Healing Center?

• Lower leg swelling

You can be referred by your physician or you can call directly at 830-258-7323. Many patients call Peterson’s Wound Healing Center on their own behalf and a physician referral isn’t necessary to make an appointment.

• Wounds complicated by infection • Crush injury • Burns If you would like to schedule an appointment, or get more information, please call us at 830-258-7323.

Do I Have to Change Doctors?

No. Peterson Wound Healing Center will work with your physician—even if you call us directly. We will keep your doctor informed on your treatment with frequent progress reports.

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women’s health by Niessa Meier, RN, CNM

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often advancements have a way of looking a lot like our past. When it comes to mother and baby care in the hospital we have taken a step back, and found that sometimes the way nature intended is far superior to our intervention. Not every hospital has caught on to this new wave, but I am proud to say that Peterson Regional Medical Center is practicing state-ofthe-art care with the “oldest” technology around.

Labor is a tough process for any mom. For the last half century the reward for all that hard work was to see you baby whisked away to a warmer, then off to the nursery to be cared for by nurses who were “more qualified” than mom. It turns out those first few hours of bonding

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are really important—and no nurse ever watched a baby as closely as an excited family! Research now shows that it is best to place baby directly on mom’s chest after birth. He can be dried and stimulated while the umbilical cord flows valuable oxygenated blood straight to the baby, easing the transition to breathing on his own. At some point the baby will be taken to a warmer (in the same room) to be weighed and measured and receive state mandated medications, but these can be delayed until the family has been able to spend some precious bonding time with the baby. 

temperature just right. Mom’s chest even becomes a few degrees warmer at birth just to help warm a new baby—no machine required!

Ask us about special situations, like breastfeeding problems or c-section deliveries and we’ll tell you how the newest research is leading to some “old” solutions. Niessa Meier is an RN and Certified Nurse Midwife. She is the mother of three and has worked in women’s health for 10 years as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator and lactation counselor.

After delivery, some babies are shocked by the cold air around them and have trouble keeping their bodies warm. In the past this required that the baby be placed under a warming machine for an extended period of time. It seems that nature had a plan for keeping babies warm long before warming machines were invented. When babies are cold they can be placed directly skin-to-skin with mom or dad, whose bodies will warm up or cool down to keep baby’s

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The driving force of home healthcare

Giving and Receiving

As we face the changing environment of this world—economy, jobs, healthcare, and national spending, we at Tri County Home Health are focused on one thing— our patients. For over seventeen years, Tri County has been striving to make a difference in our patients’ lives.

We would like to share our driving force; the reason we

provide home care. These thoughts come from our clinical staff who are out in the trenches (homes) providing direct care to our patients and families. We love the personal encounter with people, seeing the changes we make in their lives. Being part of the “big picture” in taking care of patients, working with the whole family, watching the long-term benefits of the care. It is holistic healthcare that promotes family unity and bonding as we teach members to care for and spend time with their loved ones.

by Margaret Green, RN, MSN We all agree that our driving force for home care is the patients. The interactions between staff and patients are the reason we are in this profession. It is a joy and pleasure to be a part of this community and we look forward to giving and receiving with many more families over the years to come. Margaret Green, RN, MSN, is Tri County’s Assistant Administrator. Tri County has been serving Kerr and surrounding counties since 1994. Kathy Dietert, RN, BSN, is Director of Health Services and Annabelle Lindner, RHIT, is the Administrator.

One-on-One, face-to-face experience with the patients. The more educated patient and family are, the better the outcome. There is joy in the patient’s progress and attainment of new goals. It is rewarding to help patients and they are truly thankful and gracious to be in their home rather than an institution. To put it simply—to serve my Father’s children. Every day is different. At the end of each day I know I have positively impacted someone’s life. After the medical interventions, I am rewarded with a smile, the touch of a patient’s hand, or a hug, and the long day becomes worthwhile. Patients need and deserve to be with their family and friends when they are ill or recovering from a surgery/ medical event. It is the sharing of the outside world with those confined to their home. Not only does home health teach the patient but the patient teaches the staff on life issues. Home health nursing is a different way of nursing. Staff becomes part of the patients’ lives, learns their history and contributions to society, and becomes a part of their future. To help patients achieve their goals in activities of daily living in their own homes rather than in a hospital or rehab setting. To be stopped in the community and be thanked for “taking such care of momma.”

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Summertime Volunteering by Martha Kies Volunteer Auxiliary Coordinator Peterson Regional Medical Center

Muriel Palestrant with Buddy Volpe, PRMC Human Resource Director.


is blooming and the need for volunteers is ever growing. When summer comes, many of our volunteers take refreshing vacations or they are going back up to the northern states to their homes. We have several fulltime RV travelers that we will not see again until October. Volunteer needs have increased at the Ambulatory Care Center—helping with registration at the front desk and a low cost once a month lab held on the third Saturday of each month at the Fine Center. This allows people a chance to stop for a quick blood test. We need a “few good men” to drive the golf cart helping customers from their cars to the front door. The drivers are usually full of wisdom to share as transport people to their vehicle in the parking lot. Volunteers work one or two shifts a week, filling in at various hospital departments as needed. Visitors are always disappointed when the gift shop is not open to help with their needs, so we have a new goal to keep it open on weekends. If you have not visited our gift shop, please do the next time you’re in the hospital.

Betty Decker delivering newspapers. Mary Tomlinson in the surgical waiting room.

Our volunteers will be celebrating another great year of service at this year’s Spring Fling, to be held at the Riverhill Country Club on May 3rd. New officers will be installed and friendships will be renewed. I hope as you read this article you will feel we have a place for you. Come and visit with me and together, we’ll see what position might work for you. I know that almost everyone thinks when they retire or have more time they want to volunteer at the hospital. This might be the year; I will look for you.

Martha Kies, Volunteer Auxiliary Coordinator for Peterson Regional Medical Center, brings to PRMC her love of helping people, as well as expertise in volunteer coordination from serving 11 years as Asst. Volunteer Coordinator of Community Relations with Kerrville State Hospital. You may call Martha at 258-7495 or email her at

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244 Wesley Drive, Kerrville

Plastic and Reconstructive Eye Surgery


A step above the rest, Dr. Thornton offers a unique type of plastic surgery—giving patients the benefits of expertise, comprehensive focus, and individualized care. Dr. Thornton is committed to providing the highest standards of professional care to his patients to ensure the best possible outcome. Dr. Thornton is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and University Fellowship trained in the subspeciality of ophthalmic (eye) plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has been in private practice and university academic practice for 30 years. To serve you better, Dr. Thornton has two offices— 15316 Huebner Road, Suite 101, San Antonio and 244 Wesley Drive, Kerrville.


Speak with Dr. Thornton personally by calling 210-633-6106. KCP │Mar-Apr 2011 │39

Fuel economy in a truck? Ford gives you the capabilities you need, with the fuel efficiency you want. Maybe that's why Ford F-Series is the best-selling truck in America for 34 years. An unbelievable 27 highway miles per gallon is what you’ll see on the highway when you’re behind the wheel of a Ford Ranger.1 EcoBoost™ engine technology allows the F-150 to achieve really impressive numbers: 365 horsepower, 420 pound-feet of torque and 22 highway miles per gallon.2 A 6-speed transmission and available 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine make the Super Duty® the toughest, hardest-working truck that delivers the reliability and best-in-class fuel economy 3 you’ve come to expect from Ford. So, don’t compromise when it comes to getting a new truck. Get all of the power you need, along with the fuel economy you deserve.

2011 RANGER XLT 4x2 - 27 HWY MPG1 - Best-in-class fuel economy 1 - Ford Ranger has better quality than Toyota Tacoma4 - Class-exclusive AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®)

2011 F-150 XLT - 23 HWY MPG: best-in-class fuel economy 5 - Ford F-150 quality beats Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan4 - Available 3.5L EcoBoost V6 has best-in-class towing and payload6

2011 SUPER DUTY LARIAT - BEST-IN-CLASS fuel economy3 - Best resale value for full-size pickup7 - Ford Super Duty quality is better than Chevrolet Silverado HD4 - F-Series has more trucks on the road with 250,000 miles than any other brand — there’s nothing tougher than Ford F-Series8

830-257-5553 • 877-237-FORD

EPA-estimated 22 city/27 hwy/24 combined mpg, I-4 manual 4x2. Class is Pickups. 2EPA-estimated 16 city/22400 hwy/18Sidney Baker S, Kerrville TX 78028 2010/2011 combined mpg, 3.5L V6 4x2. 3Based on Ford drive-cycle test of comparably equipped 2011 Ford andOpen until 7pm Mon. - Fri. and 5pm Sat. FORDover - LINCOLN competitive models. Class is Full-Size Pickups 8,500 lbs. GVWR. 4Based on RDA Group’s GQRS cumulative survey at three months of service in three surveys of 2010 Ford and competitive owners conducted 9/09–5/10. 5EPA-estimated 6 1EPA-estimated 22 city/27 hwy/24 combined combined mpg,mpg, 1-4 manual 2EPA-estimated 16 city/22 hwy/18 combined V6 4x2. 3Based on Ford drive-cycle When test of comparably equipped 2011 Ford and 2010/2011 competitive models. Class 17 city/23 hwy/19 3.7L4x2. V6Class Pickups. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500mpg, lbs.3.5LGVWR, non-hybrid. Dealership Name is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR. on RDA Group's GORSunder cumulative survey lbs. at three months ofnon-hybrid service in three vs. surveys of 2010 Ford and competitive owners conducted 9/09-5/10. 5EPA-estimated 17/city/23 hwy/19 combined mpg, 3.7L V6 4x2. properly equipped. Class4Based is Full-Size Pickups 8,500 GVWR, premium-performance engine Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, non-hybrid. 6When properly equipped. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR, non-hybrid vs. premium-performance engine competitors. 7Vehicle's projected resale falue is specific to the 2011 model 7 Vehicle’s projected resale value is specifi c to the 2011 model year. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book competitors. year. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book at Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. 8Based on vehicle registration data and latest odometer readings available to R.L. Polk & Co. for 1992 and newer model year Kelley Book a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. 8Based on vehicle registration data and full-size at pickups still on the road inBlue the U.S. as ofis 1/1/10. latest odometer readings available to R. L. Polk & Co. for 1992 and newer model year full-size pickups still on the road in the U.S. as of 1/1/10. 1

Kerr County People Magazine  

May - June 2011