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People Kerr County



K E R R C O U N T Y, T E X A S

Dr. Melissa

Wampler Enters New Era





July - August│ 2013

EVENTS 22 Dinner with the Stars 26 Divide Volunteer Fire Department 46 Women 2 Women

ARTIC LES 7 Streamlining Probate 10 Helping Hands and Hearts 16 Rusk Color 18 Good Friends, Good Food Dr. Wampler’s apparel and accessories courtesy of

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20 Come Out and Play 24 Come & Glow 30 Let’s Talk Curtains 31 Going Solar

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38 PRMC Volunteers 40 Dietert Center

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42 PRMC Blazing New Trails

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Contributing Editors Skye Alexander Anne Schneider Contributing Writers Skye Alexander Anne Schneider Kathleen Cook Charlotte Huff Wayne Este

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typically when someone dies, and if they have a will, the will needs to be probated. An order

from the probate court allows the title to estate property to transfer to the beneficiaries under the terms of the will. A Texas probate can be simple and efficient. A probate applicant asks the court to declare the will valid and appoint an executor. If they are qualified under the law, the court usually appoints the named executor in the will. Once appointed, the court will order the clerk to issue “letters testamentary” legally authorizing the executor to act on behalf of the estate. Varying institutions that hold possession or title to estate assets or property require some proof the executor has the authority to act for the decedent’s estate. In probate law, these institutions are protected if they act within the provisions authorized by letters testamentary issued by order of the probate court. Letters testamentary give the executor the same rights and privileges to act in regard to estate assets and property as the decedent had when he or she was living. However, an executor may only act in a fiduciary capacity to manage and dispose of the decedent’s Estate for the benefit of the decedent’s heirs under the terms of the Will. Letters testamentary are necessary if an order to transfer estate property

is needed. Under probate law, this is considered an “administration,” but, there are situations where an estate may be probated without an administration and the issuance of letters testamentary.

What you need to know about the Texas Probate Code. In Texas, “muniment of title” is an option to streamline the probate process, without the necessity of an administration, although this option is not for every situation. To qualify under an application for muniment of title, there must be less than 4 years since the decedent died. There must be no debts owed by the estate, except for those debts which secure an interest in real estate (as an example, a mortgage.) An order for muniment of title will transfer title to real property and other assets like vehicles, without an administration and letters testamentary. Institutions holding property and assets of the estate are allowed by law to transfer assets based on a court order for muniment of title, signed by the judge and by direction of the executor, with the same authority as if letters testamentary had been issued. Applying to probate a will as a muniment of title can shorten the probate process and cut out a few legal steps that are required with a probate issuing letters testamentary. As an administration is not required with

muniment of title, there is no requirement for the usual notice to secured creditors, public notices, or filing an inventory of the probate estate. Using muniment of title could save the estate time and money. If you are in need of legal services for the Texas probate of a will, be sure and ask an attorney if the estate qualifies for an application for muniment of title. 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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Helping Hands & Hearts by Anne Schneider

Lush. The Prodigy. Resilience. The Celebration. Ants. How’s that for a collection of art-work titles?

Art2Heart Executive Director Lorraine LeMon and K-Star youth care worker Tiffany Vega display masks from the workshop.

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Quite a mix of solemnity and whimsy—and all created one Saturday afternoon at a face-casting mask workshop sponsored by Art2Heart at K-Star’s youth shelter. Amid splashes of paint, colorful feathers, and bountiful beads, powerful maskart emerged at the hands of young makers. But it was the transformation of the artists themselves that created the spark of unforgettable awe.

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Get Involved Lorraine challenges you to become a “Village Partner,” sponsoring one or more children a year with a donation of $360, or just $30 a month. Your generosity provides resources for a variety of classes for the kids, as well as for costumes and show presentations. If you’d like to support Art2Heart’s mission but can’t afford to donate money, please give your valuable time instead. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. Contact Lorraine now to offer your help. 830-792-3338 or

This is the magic that lies at the core of Art2Heart’s vision—that one day young people integrate their talents and values to live and lead responsible and productive lives. This non-profit organization led by Founder and Executive Director Lorraine LeMon, brings art, theater, music, dance, and song into the lives of children via teaching-artists in our community.

K’STAR is a safe, short-term youth program for today, providing long-term solutions for tomorrow. This non-profit organization offers two programs—a counseling center and an emergency youth shelter. At no cost to families, K-Star provides counseling, parenting groups, parent and community trainings, professional trainings, and youth skill trainings.

While the Doyle School Community Center is Art2Heart’s primary location and where it welcomes youth for after-school programs, the leadershipbuilding organization also works with entities such as K-Star’s Youth Shelter, The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Baptist Children Family Services, and Schreiner University. In each instance, Art2Heart’s mantra of “using the arts to reach the hearts” is a thriving force.

K-Star’s youth and family services are designed for boys and girls, from birth through 17 years-old, to help reduce and prevent the problems of runaway and truant behavior. These services aim as well as to reduce the risk of abuse and/or neglect by providing timely and appropriate short-term services to eligible youth and their families. Priority is placed on supporting and strengthening the family unit.

Art2Heart has developed the unique blend of character building while teaching the arts. Lorraine explains, “It is our strong belief that every individual has the innate talents and gifts to help them pursue and complete their purpose in life. With the correct guidance and patience we are developing leaders, one stage at a time.”

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Entering F

or nineteen years,

Dr. Melissa Wampler, OB/GYN, has gently guided her patients through the many changes that mark the milestones in women’s lives. Now she is making a new change, herself, for growth in her professional life and in the life of her own family. The Three Ws Wellness, Women and Wampler

For an obstetrician, preparing for births and delivering babies often involves unpredictable trips to the hospital. Early or late, babies come into the work in their own time. And when they make their debut into life, nothing and no one else’s schedule should matter. Anticipating and delivering babies has always been a great joy for Dr. Wampler, but often she’s missed her own family events and children’s activities because she was caring for her patients.

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Dr. Wampler and her husband David, recognized that something had to change so she could be more available for her own two children’s activities. With daughter, Ava, entering Peterson Middle School in the fall, and son, Blake, starting his junior year at Tivy, quality time as a family is a top priority. So, Dr. Wampler’s practice is now transitioning from offering full obstetrical care and delivering babies to focusing solely on gynecology and all aspects of women’s wellness.

A New Era “It is a bittersweet decision to make this transition, as I have enjoyed welcoming new life into the world and seeing the babies I have delivered grow up, but I am also looking forward to being more available for my own children’s lives. They will be grown up before we realize it.”


ow when her patients become pregnant, she will guide them through the first trimester and then Dr. Wampler will refer them to the highly skilled and capable obstetrical care of the doctors and nurses who deliver babies at the new Petersons Women’s Associates building on the Peterson Regional Medical Center campus.

Compassionate. Caring. Committed.

At W Gynecology and Women’s Wellness every woman is important. Listening is still the first medical skill Dr. Wampler and the professionals in her office practice. They give every woman as much time as she needs to discuss her health concerns thoroughly, so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. No one is rushed and everyone is made to feel important. From teens to seniors, women are given the highest priority in an environment of safety, attention and compassion. Dr. Wampler’s practice provides complete women’s health care, from routine wellness exams to treating infertility, urinary incontinence, and osteoporosis screening. Dr. Wampler is also skilled in diagnosing and treating diseases, and addressing other symptoms a woman might be experiencing. With gentle expertise, she can help a young teen understand her newly developing body, ease the fears of a woman who has just

found a suspicious lump, and help a woman navigate the uncertainties of menopause.

What’s New? Surgical Advances: Robotics

Always seeking to make surgical procedures less invasive, Dr. Wampler is skilled in the use of the new robotic surgical system called DaVinci that was acquired by Peterson Regional Medical Center in 2011. This system, guided by a physician, makes very precise, delicate incisions that are less invasive and thus speed the patient’s recovery time. Many other surgical procedures can even be performed in Dr. Wampler’s 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 Bio-identical hormones that can aid a comfortable transition through menopause are another welcome advance for women. These natural hormones are specifically compounded or mixed for the needs of each individual woman. Dr. Wampler’s goal is to help woman enjoy the benefits of life’s natural changes without the extreme mood swings, hot and cold flashes, and sleeplessness that may happen as a women’s bodies adjust to a new rhythm. A woman doesn’t have to suffer as she moves into this new

phase of freedom and vitality in her life. Dr. Wampler considers bio-identical hormone therapy and other traditional menopause therapies, then carefully tailors a program to the unique needs of each patient.

Big City Expertise, Small Town Friendliness

What Dr. Wampler enjoys the 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. 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.” Dr. Wampler and her husband, David, the former mayor of Kerrville, moved to our community nineteen years ago from Dallas. They were seeking the intimacy of a small town where they could be involved in the community activities and raise their children in a safe, friendly setting, really getting to know their neighbors. At Dr. Melissa Wampler’s practice, W Gynecology and Women’s Wellness at 1331 Bandera Highway, Suite 2, Kerrville, you will be warmly welcomed and will receive the skilled care you expect and deserve. New patients are being accepted. For your appointment call 830-895-7755. • KCP │ July-August 2013 │15

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Good Friends, Good Food, &Great Wine Peterson Regional Medical Center’s Legacy Gala serves as the perfect recipe for a successful fundraising event.

Helping plan the upcoming Legacy Gala in November are: from left, PRMC Foundation Board Member, Jim Wilson, Peter Nejes, President, Kemmerer Resources Corp.; Trevor Hyde, President, Comanche Trace; PRMC Foundation Board President Sonny Baldwin, and Foundation volunteer, Carrie Wilson

Over 135 guests attended the kick-off and announcement reception held on May 21 at the stunning newly-remodeled Vista Room at Comanche Trace Club for the always memorable Peterson Regional Medical Center Foundation Legacy Gala. Attendees enjoyed wine samplings from three local wineries as well as delicious nosh courtesy of Comanche Trace. This year’s cooking school and gala will be held at the Inn of the Hills Conference Center November 14 and 16. CEO and President Patrick Murray addressed the eager audience to share the importance of supporting the community hospital. Shared Murray, “It is our hope that Legacy Gala 2013 makes a lasting impression on each guest and reaffirms the importance of having a great hospital in our great community.” Past signature events have raised over $535,000 to support the growth and development of palliative care, women’s services, rehabilitation services, and the Peterson’s Ambulatory Center (ACC). Paul Hallberg, Liz Murray, and Lori Hallberg

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The kick-off reception is just one of the exciting elements that are a part of the whole gala experience. From the VIP party to the much anticipated chef announcement, all of the events leading up to gala generate a buzz and excitement throughout the community. The cooking school scheduled for November 14 always dazzles taste buds as the celebrity chef gives an informative and interactive cooking demonstration, sharing practical cooking tricks of the trade. The gala evening on November 16 will begin with silent and live auctions. Each special item or experience offered in the auctions will be one of a kind, not available anywhere else but at the event. At the conclusion of the live auction, guests will enjoy a multi-course seated dinner by a celebrity chef. Following dinner, attendees and special guests will dance the night away.

Gala Volunteers Judy Saxton and Rose Jackson Dedicated chairs and committee members help to create a spectacular event that raises important funds for our community. The Foundation is currently seeking community and hospital members willing to serve on this year’s planning committee. Areas include: decorations, invitations, sponsorship, chef relations, food and beverage, auction and many more.

Make sure to reserve your tickets and/or table today, please call 830-258-7421. This is an event not to be missed! For donors and advertisers interested in sponsorships and underwriting opportunities, please contact Milton Dare at (830)-258-7411 or via email at

Volunteerism is a key ingredient to the success of the event. Foundation Board President, Sonny Baldwin commented, “Your participation and help are indispensable.” Serving on a gala committee is one of the most fun ways to be involved in supporting the hospital. Your time and talents make a significant impact. Eva Smith and Marianne Wofford

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It’s a Kerrville And it’s growing. Young children, teens, and adults of all ages—both men and women— congregate to play. Tennis, that is.

Come Out and Play By Anne Schneider

Join them in welcoming

H-E-B Tennis Center’s new Director Jess Apser. Hired by the City of Kerrville after a nationwide search for this position, Jess and his wife Diane have been busy organizing terrific new tennis leagues, clinics, tournaments, and training camps for both junior and adult programs.​Their goal is to build on Kerrville’s strong tradition of tennis and meet the needs of everyone who wants to play.

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Stay Fit at Any Age

“Tennis is a lifetime sport,” says Jess. This slogan of the US Tennis Association supports the Aspers’ belief that tennis helps you stay healthy and fit while having fun. As Jess notes, there’s no age limit for having fun while supporting wellness. “Every other day about 24 guys meet on our courts for a couple of hours before lunch. They break for lunch and return for a couple more hours of play. Their average age is in the 70s.” At the other end of the age spectrum is the younger set—elementary school-aged kids and teens out in the sunshine playing tennis instead of indoors texting or glued to computer games. “I love working with kids—I really get to know them and figure out how to motivate them,” Jess explains. He’s been there himself as a youngster on the courts and recalls, “As ten year-olds, mytwin brother

and I were top tennis champs in Southern California.” Think you have some handicap that keeps you from playing tennis? You might want to check with Jess before counting yourself out. As a young guy, he broke his neck in an accident and was told he’d never walk again. Five months later, Jess was playing tennis. “So grab a friend and your racket and get to the courts,” urges Diane. “You’ll see that tennis can be just the fitness vehicle you’ve been looking for.” The Aspers encourage you to browse the website for program options for you and your family.


raise funds for a scholarship program to help recipients with costs for rackets, shoes, coaching, and tournament fees. Try outs for the program will be held next fall.

Kerrville Tennis Academy

Shortly after arriving last March at the H-E-B Tennis Center in Kerrville, Jess and Diane established the Kerrville Tennis Academy. “We grew so fast,” Jess says, “we soon hired an Assistant Director for Juniors—Cullen Dees—from Schreiner University where he’s still Assistant Coach.”

When Are You Going to Start?

Located at 801 Tennis Avenue, H-E-B’s Tennis Center’s fourteen courts and the Kerrville Tennis Academy’s pro-shop are great places to meet old friends and make new ones. Be sure to watch for exciting special events throughout the year and find upcoming events at the H-E-B Tennis Center in their ad on this page. Contact Jess and Diane Asper now to find out more. 830-896-7955 or www.

For very affordable rates, the Kerrville Tennis Academy offers a remarkable variety of year-round kids’ programs. Popular Saturday clinics for ten-andunder children introduce them to the basics, while clinics and tournaments challenge the older kids. Summer camp is now in full swing through August 16, with available sessions from beginners to intermediate and advanced levels.

game, it teaches them respect for adults and themselves.”

Discovering many of the Academy’s students need practice partners, Jess and Diane found the perfect solution—adult tennis-player volunteers. Jess explains, “Playing tennis with an adult not only teaches kids about the

“We have tremendous kids—from Kerrville to as far away as Leakey and Mason—hard workers with great character and many at the top of their class academically,” Diane adds. The Aspers plan on hosting a tournament to

Jess and Diane


Anne Schneider is a Kerrville writer and author of Breath Found Along The Way, a book of poetry and face-cast mask art. She leads natural healing Reiki workshops and Tai Chi classes at her Ventana Al Cielo Studio. Visit her at or www.

Summer Events For Juniors Weekly Camp Sessions thru August 16 Fall Training Series begins September 3 (All Levels - Ages 6 to 18) Juniors Team Tennis begins Fall 2013

Tennis academy Email: 801 Tennis Avenue, Kerrville

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For Adults Weekly Men’s & Women’s Clinics and League Play Monthly Social Mixers H-E-B Tennis Center Adult Championships (Adult, Sr. & Super Sr. Levels) August 2013 Pickleball Tues & Thurs a.m. Check website for other weekly programs and clinics for Juniors and Adults.

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A Great Gatsby Gala

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Olivia Young & Jeanie Williamson Fred & Denise Henneke, Sandy & Milton Dare

John & Metch Kissick

Robert & Stacie Keeble

Playhouse 2000 Executive Director Jeffery Brown

Sharon Weaver Erica Smith & Sarah Distel


by Ode Young, MD and Kathy Simmons, RN, BSN


Come and Glow

ver the last seven and half years, we have invited women to “Come and Glow” at Bella. We are grateful and humbled that so many women of our community have become friends of the Bella family and have entrusted us with making them look their best. While “Come and Glow” may sound like just a clever tag line, it’s really much more than that. At its heart, it’s an expression of our sincere desire to encourage you to go beyond aesthetics. To be your most beautiful by revealing the amazing glow every woman has within. Sure, sometimes a little boost of the spirit, and a little Botox, helps to get your glow on. And that’s what we are here for. You. The girls of Bella, Dr. Ode, Kathy, Kim, Emily, Carrisa and Ashley, have come to embrace all of our clients as an extended family. We follow the growth of your families, applaud your success, and try to help you over the bumps of your setbacks. We hope we have succeeded in helping you Come and Glow every time you visit Bella, through the good times, and the not-so-good times. In any family there will always be tough times. The Bella family is no different. In May, Kim discovered she has Leukemia and immediately started on chemotherapy. She will soon be receiving a bone marrow transplant. As a family, we were shocked, saddened, and angry, but most of all, we became resolved. Resolved that we would pull together and do everything possible to help and support Kim and her family for as long as it took. Resolved to make sure Kim knows how much she is loved. Resolved to put on

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our big girl britches and pull together as a team to try and fill Kim’s shoes at Bella while she is out. A woman is like a tea bag; you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt In order to keep things running smoothly, it has taken cooperation, hard work, and understanding from everyone involved, including you, our treasured clients. The support you have given and offered, both prayerful and financial, during this time has been appreciated and gratefully received, more than you can imagine. For that, the Bella family thanks you and loves you. There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. Washington Irving. This wouldn’t be an article about Bella if we didn’t toss in a few beauty tips! But for this issue, the beauty tips aren’t about skin care products, or cosmetic procedures. These are tips to compliment the physical and to, of course, help bring out your glow!

Emily and Kim

Time Tested Beauty Tips by Sam Levenson

For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, Walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Note: This poem was one of Audrey Hepburn’s favorite poems to quote, and has been erroneously attributed to her. It was actually written by Sam Levenson and read by Audrey Hepburn on Christmas Eve, 1992 and also on occasion when she was asked for beauty tips. 

A fund has been established to help Kim and her family cope with the financial burdens an extended illness can impose. To contribute online, please go to Or you may drop a donation off at Bella. Thank you!



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Hometown Events WHO

The Divide Volunteer Fire Dept.


Annual Steak Dinner Fundraiser


Friday, June 14, 2013


The Divide VFD

annual STEAK DINNER on the Divide

Diana & Van Callcott Blake, Ashtyn & Mandy Warren

Madison & Allyne Crider Gary Bates & Zachary Kendrick

Charles Talbert

My steak ready yet? Mary Jo & Roland Pfeiffer

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Jerry & Bobbie Neuman

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Dub & Raye Haney

Smoking Hot

Jerry Hueber & Ed Rudasill

Corn Shuck Brigade

Hot Coals Leola Dunbar-Adams & Cheryl Simon

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Benefiting Dietert Center’s Meals on Wheels

You’re invited!

You won’t want to miss this spectacular tabletop show, sponsored by Finds, offering themed tablescapes to delight your eye and tickle your imagination with great home decor for purchase.

Saturday, September 7, 10 AM – 1 PM Riverside Grill @ The Dietert Center 451 Guadalupe Street, Kerrville



Tickets are $10.20 (that’s the cost of preparing two Meals on Wheels). Come support this essential program, providing over 68,000 meals a year, and enjoy fun and refreshments as Finds Resale, a project of Victorious Walk Ministries, and the Dietert Center promise you a visual bonanza and great bargains. Doggie Bag and To Go Box sponsorships available.

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Interior Design

Let’s talk about curtains

by Laura Garcia


of the most important elements of a room, if done right, they add warmth and depth to help complete your space. In my opinion, there are really only two things that need to be addressed when doing curtains. First, decide a fabric and color. As a general rule, curtains are another element that help tie your room together. I recommend pulling out an accent color(s). Since curtains make such a presence in a room, it is important to maintain balance. You don’t want a color to be predominant to one side of a room, it needs to flow throughout. Find a repeating color in some of your artwork, pillows, rugs and upholstered pieces to use for your curtains. The same goes for the type of material; texture in curtains can be just as effective as color— something really popular right now is burlap.


The next thing is how you hang your curtains. Whether you are blessed with floor-to-ceiling windows or just have a standard size, your curtains are to emphasize the window opening. No matter the size of the window, I hang them and inch or two from the ceiling with the panels extending beyond the window on each side, and have the panels at least floor length. By hanging your curtains at the edge of the window and extending beyond there, you let more light in. For standard windows, this gives the illusion of a much larger window in length and height. This is very important when measuring for your curtain rod. Windows are such an asset to any room. Natural light not only makes you feel better, it makes things look better as well. That’s why curtains are such an important element, they soften the life of the room. Laura Garcia received her degree in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. Whether decorating with what you already have, new pieces, vintage or gently used furniture, Laura can help with your decorating. She is the owner of Grand Wows! furniture consignment in Ingram—a great place to find something to fit your personality. 3167 Junction Hwy, Ingram.  Call (830) 367-7511.

Going Solar H It’s More Affordable Than Ever By Barry G. Wall & Ron Hardin

ave you considered installing solar panels to lower your energy costs? Over the last five years, Solar Photo Voltaic (Solar PV) costs have gone down 66% and you may also receive a 30% tax credit; consequently going solar may be your next best friend. Solar panel efficiency has also increased and is prompting customers to buy fewer panels yet receive the same net electrical output. All Hill Country electric providers welcome customers who install solar. Solar PV helps the provider with grid burden, reducing the load and the necessity for purchasing more electricity. A new solar customer is required to sign an interconnection agreement with the provider before installing Solar PV. A trained professional will work with you to make sure the products are installed correctly along with assuring that local, state, and national codes are being followed.

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There are three basic types of Solar PV installations with the most common being the grid-tied system. Grid-tied is where the solar panels feed directly to the incoming provider lines, sort of like a piggy-back system. As the solar panels change light into usable power, the power is fed into the system and it can be used immediately or backfed into the system. The system must be fitted with a new meter that counts debits and credits in order to record the power usage. The second and third most common systems are battery back-up and off-grid systems. All three have their place and are very effective when properly designed and installed. SolarPower Systems is a sister company of the Hill Country’s wellknown Rainwater Systems, Inc. in Kerrville/Ingram. They can be reached at (830) 367-7246, or on the web at

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The Landscape Deer by Trena Cullins

They’re so cute—and so costly! Somewhere around forty million dollars each year are lost to the destructiveness of these darlings, and I am sure you’ve been affected too. The whitetail population has gotten so out of control in some areas that the deer themselves are changing the rules of tried and true plants that are not dinner! While there are some plants that are resistant to whitetail, there is nothing that is deer proof. An exotic deer has no rules as to what they will not graze upon, pull up or simply trample. Native plants are not all deer resistant, mainly because they are a native food source. Under stress a deer will eat anything or at least try. Cacti are not a deterrent, but a major source of water when periods of drought linger.

this increases the risk for Lyme disease which comes from an infected tick that has been known to populate in deer herds. So what to do? Check out your neighborhood, look to see what other people have in the landscapes that has not been damaged. Or ask your local gardening expert for advice. Stick with plants that are resistant, use repellents, and cage new trees. Remember the only other way to deer-proof is an eight foot fence! Trena Cullins, licensed Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional #4985, has been with the Plant Haus 2 for 15 years. The Plant Haus 2 staff has the knowledge to serve your gardening needs. Stop in to see them at 528 Jefferson, Kerrville. Call 830-792-4444 and remember, walk-ins are always welcome!


Setting up a feeder does not help, and in many ways this actually creates more trouble. This prohibits the deer from naturally forging, and in many cases contributes to large herds in a small area. Also

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Title Talk

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by Diane Green


The Closing Process Chances are, if you’ve ever bought or sold a home, then you’ve signed your documents at a title company. To ensure a successful transaction and transfer of ownership, the title company is hard at work behind the scenes. Here are the basic steps from contract to closing.


Accepting a Contract: When Kerr County Abstract receives a contract, we immediately deposit any funds submitted and then begin an examination of the home’s ownership history.


Reviewing the Title: Each home has a series of documents recorded at the local courthouse that reflect prior owners, lenders and other parties who have an interest in the home. These documents are thoroughly examined.

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Addressing Mortgage Issues: When prior loans have to be

3. paid off, or when a new loan is being obtained, the title company works directly with lenders.

Inspecting the Property: Often, inspectors will conduct an

4. inspection to ensure the integrity of the property before closing.

5. 6.

Preparing the Closing Statement: The title company prepares this document to show all costs that will be paid at closing. When buying property, your escrow officer will call you with the amount you’ll need to bring to closing. Closing the Transaction: You’ll need to provide a picture ID and bring certified funds to closing. At closing, buyers and sellers will sign documents relating to the transaction. After completing the closing process, the transaction is funded and ownership is conveyed from the seller to the buyer.

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 feel grateful to have raised their family in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. This is Diane’s 42nd year in the title business. She is the owner of Kerr County Abstract. To learn more, call 257-5151 or visit www.

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Great Trips @ Great Prices!

by Kevin & Linda Pillow


Motor Coach at Kerrville Travel Across The USA with your Hill Country Friends

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Oct 29-Nov 8 - 2013 Washington, DC 11 Days/10 Nights, 18 Meals $1029pp

December 1-7-2013 Branson Show Trip 7 Days/6 Nights, 10 Meals $640 pp

APPLIES TO MOTOR COACH BOOKING: All prices based on DO and include transportation from Kerrville, lodging, most meals, and all admission fees. $75 deposit holds your seat.

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Would you like to attract

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a larger variety of birds to your backyard bird feeding station? Try feeding peanuts. In the Hill Country we get three different varieties of woodpeckers— Golden-fronted, Downey and Ladder-backed, all of which prefer peanuts. In addition to the woodpeckers, the Flickers, Black-crested Titmice, Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, Blue and Scrub Jays all go nuts for nuts. In the winter we can attract even more birds with peanuts—like the Redbreasted Nuthatch, Brown Creepers and Thrashers.

Shelled peanuts have a specific mesh feeder that birds cling to, but in-shell peanuts can easily be served in a tray feeder. With that said, there are other Hill Country critters that enjoy peanuts too—squirrels and raccoons! There’s a specialized squirrel-proof mesh feeder that works very well for shelled peanuts. You can serve in-shell peanuts in a baffled tray feeder or just simply put out only a handful a day. Setting up a peanut station on a baffled pole system will bring you the most enjoyment. Alongside both peanut feeders you can add a Bark Butter feeder or a suet feeder which bring in all the aforementioned birds to one area.

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The most amusing birds to watch at the peanut feeder are the jays. They’ll sit in the tray feeder picking up every single in-shell peanut until finding the one that weighs the most before flying off with it. Sometimes they eat it right then in the tree, but mostly they like to cache them, even finding a leaf to place atop their hidden treasure so they can easily find it later. Whatever bird comes to try the tasty nuts, they are sure to entertain year round.

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LANDSCAPING by Zack Derese

The Outdoor Guy

Hardscaping is an

attractive feature and offers many appealing options, from a rustic stacked wall to a fully developed outdoor living room and kitchen. Once you’ve decided to create an outdoor space, you must plan carefully to meet your hardscaping goals.


By following these simple tips and avoiding some common mistakes, you can create hardscaping you’ll love for years to come.

Consider the Whole

Choose Your Style

As much as you can, consider the entire area available to you for hardscaping before you design an element, even if you’re just tackling one space for now.

and much frustration could have been saved by communication and establishing who was responsible.

At the bare minimum you should plan a design for the whole area, or consult a professional to create a design for you. If you don’t consider the site as a whole, it’s like building one room of a house, and then a year or so later, a second room. You may decide to plop down a patio, and then decide you want a barbecue, pond or walkway and the patio blocks your plan.

Whether a single specimen plant, a seating area, or pergola, you want the eye to travel toward a destination. Don’t overdo it, one or two elements are enough.

Hardscapes can be relaxed or formal, but the best ones show a well-defined style. Think of a two- or three-word phrase that describes your vision and stick with it. I recently had a client describe her style as “formal Hill Country Seaside-ish.” I was immediately able to start visualizing elements that matched that look, although I have never heard those styles blended before.

Look Natural

Call In the Experts

Drainage Issues

More hardscapes are messed up by people ignoring drainage than by all the other errors combined. Drainage is very important to consider before installing landscaping. On commercial projects, be very clear as to who is responsible for drainage plans designed by engineers. We were recently on a commercial project wherein the contractor asked us to install 4 inches of topsoil on the whole site, but then established final grade for the drainage. After we installed our topsoil, the finish grade was several inches too high. Thousands of dollars

Develop a Focal Point

Some common mistakes: Boulders that are supposed to be helping to naturalize an area, but instead have been dropped right on top of the ground. To successfully use boulders in hardscape, you need to make sure they’re large enough to fit with the scale of the landscape, and bury them deep enough so they look like a naturally-occurring element. Shrub beds built so close to the house that there is no room for plants. This leads to either the overstuffed look, or a straight hedge, with no room for design. Pathways built too narrow, especially approaching a front door. The wider the walkway, the more inviting the entry. Paths should be a minimum of 4 feet—ideally 6 to 8 feet wide.

Hire a designer or landscape consultant who knows your style. If you do opt for a hired designer or contractor, get recommendations and check portfolios and references. 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. 2814 Memorial Blvd.

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Bar Opens @ 6:30

CAR SHOW “Kick Off Party” with THE RIVER RATS

August 24th

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The PRMC Auxiliary

PRMC Volunteers

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by Judy Jones-Amason

Beryl Bjork brings a smile and the Kerrville Daily Times to patient William Wells of Kerrville.

Glenn Rowan, Jack Spencer and Bob Belding.

Established almost thirty-six years ago by the late Marge Nicholson at Sid Peterson Hospital, the original “Pink Ladies” have grown to an organization of some 80 ladies and gentlemen who regularly volunteer 20 hours (or more) per month (usually five four-hour shifts) at Peterson Regional Medical Center. With the advent of the new hospital and changing from pink to teal or turquoise vests, these caring citizens daily brighten the lives of patients and lighten the load for PRMC staff. As well, this caring group often shares fun and fellowship with each other. If you’d like to be a part of our volunteer family, please stop by or give me a call. Whatever your skills and talents, we have a place for you and welcome you to our family. Judy is the Volunteer Coordinator and Patient Representative for PRMC. She is a 27 year PRMC employee and in March, 2013, she was awarded the Duan Packard “Employee of the Year” Award for 2012 by PRMC. For information regarding volunteering, contact Judy at 830-258-7630 or email

Jo Poe helps customer Walter Graham from Houston with some gift shop selections.

Billie Cochrane, Jerry Brown and Frances Andrews

Larry Myers, Mary Simmons, Lorraine Mannering and Joyce Davis enjoy fellowship and a quid-pro-quo lunch in the hospital cafeteria.

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by Tina Woods

Lifelong Learning:

Dietert Center’s Club Ed

Every day at the Dietert Center, vital connections

enrich the lives of Kerr County’s citizens. Opportunities for growth and enrichment empower everyone—at every age—and that’s what we’ve been doing since 1969.

We’re excited to roll-out Dietert’s Club Ed to offer an even wider range of fun classes and activities that further life-long learning year-round. Class and activity catalogs will be published each quarter, with the fall catalog available in August. “We’re merging Club Ed’s classes with our current activities,” commented Waverly Jones, Dietert’s Club Ed Director. “Anything that has to do with education or recreation will be promoted and managed under the Dietert Club Ed banner.” Classes and activities include cooking, computers, crafts, dancing, do-it-yourself, exercise, games, gardening, karate, language, music, real estate, shooting sports, yoga and more. There’s truly something fun for everyone.

New Patient Service Center 1008 Sidney Baker South

Dietert’s trips and tours will also be featured in the quarterly catalogs. You’ll find interesting day trips, plus exciting destinations across the country and around the world. We work with major tour companies to bring you fun excursions, with proceeds going to support the Center’s operation. A Grand Re-Opening of Dietert’s Club Ed and preview of the fall activities and classes will be on Saturday, August 3rd from 10am to 2pm. Everyone is invited to come and see demonstrations, meet the instructors and sign-up for classes and activities. More information about Dietert’s Club Ed classes and activities is available at www. Come enrich your life at Dietert’s Club Ed! Tina Woods is the Dietert Center’s Executive Director. Contact her at (830) 792-4044, ext. 247, 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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Peterson RMC

Steps in the


Direction Peterson Employees Blazing New Trails

Fit Friendly 2013

Peterson Regional Medical Center is taking steps this season to encourage all employees to get fit and improve their overall health and wellness. Whether enjoying a brisk walk around the campus, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or enjoying after-hours on-campus exercise classes, Peterson is trying to make it easier for employees to be more active at work and energize their minds, bodies, and spirits. The efforts are really paying off. Proudly, Peterson received Fit-Friendly platinum status certification by the American Heart Association for the second year in a row and was the only company of 13 San Antonio regional companies to receive platinum. The American Heart Association’s FitFriendly certification program recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health.

Fit-Friendly companies reach gold and platinum level status by implementing various activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and cultural enhancements such as on-site walking routes, healthy food choices in cafeterias and vending machines, annual employee health risk assessments and online tracking tools. 42 │July-August 2013 │

Peterson’s efforts to support employee health have not been limited to physical activities. Coordinated efforts through the hospital’s Employee Wellness Coordinator, Dana Edson, RN, employees are offered smoking cessation courses and Weight Watchers on campus, as well as monitored through organized health assessments. Setting small, attainable goals has led to big results. Several staff members boast dramatic weight loss while employees across the board share the fun of Tuesday and Wednesday Zumba classes or the great stress relief enjoyed after a brisk stroll on the established walking path. Shares Edson, “It’s no surprise that when health care professionals feel better about themselves and are in better physical condition, they are better able to care for others.” Peterson will continue a wellness revolution and encourages other companies to take steps to promote employee health. For more information on Peterson Regional Medical Center visit www.petersonrmc. com or call (830)896-4200.

by Kathy Simmons RN, BSN & Annabelle Lindner, RHIT


HIPAA Allows Disclosure of Information When Risk of Danger is Present On January 15, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcer of HIPAA, published a letter that clarifies that providers may disclose information when there is a risk of danger. Specifically, providers may disclose necessary information about patients to law enforcement, family members of patients, or other persons when providers believe that patients present serious danger to themselves or to other people. The letter goes on to say that: The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of patients’ health information but is balanced to ensure that appropriate uses and disclosures of the information still may be made when necessary to treat a patient, to protect the nation’s public health, and for other critical purposes, such as when a provider seeks to warn or report that persons may be at risk of harm because of a patient. When a health care provider believes in good faith that such a warning is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of the patient or others, the Privacy Rule allows the provider, consistent with applicable law and standards of ethical conduct, to alert those whom the provider believes are reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat. Then the letter provides guidance about what is considered to be a good faith belief. A provider is presumed to have a good faith belief when his or her belief is based upon the provider’s actual knowledge, i.e. the providers’ own interaction with patients. Providers also have a good faith belief if they rely on a credible representation by persons with apparent knowledge or authority, i.e. based on credible reports from family members of patients or other persons. These provisions are included in the Privacy Rule at 45 CFR Section 164.512(j). OCR interprets these provisions to mean that health care provider may disclose patient information, including information from mental health records, if necessary, to law enforcement, a patient’s family, or other persons who may reasonably be able to prevent or lessen the risk of harm. If, for example, a nurse has a patient who has made


a credible threat to inflict serious and imminent bodily harm on one or more persons, HIPAA permits the nurse to alert the police, partner, or other family members, school administrator, campus police, and others who may be able to intervene to avert harm from threats. It is important to note that the above is consistent with statutes and court decisions in most states that frequently require disclosure of information about patients to prevent or lessen the risk of harm.

The letter concludes with the following statement: We at the Office for Civil Rights understand that health care providers may at times have information about a patient that indicates a serious and imminent threat to health or safety. At those times, providers play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community. I hope this letter is helpful in making clear that the HIPAA Privacy Rule does not prevent provider from sharing this information to fulfill their legal and ethical duties to warn or as otherwise necessary to prevent or lessen the risk of harm, consistent with applicable law and ethical standards. Based upon the above, providers should be reminded that they may take action to avoid harm to others without violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule. ©2013 Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. All rights reserved. No portion of this material may be reproduced in any form without the advance written permission of the author.

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