People Kerr County
THE P REMIERE COMMUNIT Y MAGAZINE OF
K E R R C O U N T Y, T E X A S
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with Stephanie Pe単a Duane Shortt and Pete Moore
Featuring People in
May - June │ 2014
Kerrville Professional Bullrider
E V E N T S 14 Women 2 Women 36 Hunt Volunteer Fire Department
A R T I C L E S Kerrville’s Own
5 Accident Ahead 8 Gems of the Texas Hill Country
Sailing to Fame
10 The Rise of Nautical Nation
by Tony Gallucci
12 How to Choose a Contractor
24 Glow Deeper 27 Title Talk 28 Memorial Weekend Art Extravaganza 32 Interior Design
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33 Sight for CJ 34 Titmice 39 Dietert Center 40 Water Power 41 Good Hair Day 43 PRMC Volunteers 46 People in Focus
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by Doyle Weaver
CAUTION ACCIDENT AHEAD Chapter 550 of the Texas Transportation Code(Transp.Code) governs a
driver’s responsibility in the event of an accident involving a vehicle on a public road and even a private access way or parking area provided for a client or patron by a business. There are four scenarios applicable to this Chapter of the Transportation Code you may want to consider. Accidents involving bodily injury to another person in another vehicle, physical damage to a vehicle occupied by another driver, physical damage to unattended vehicles, and physical damage to structures. The essence of the law in each scenario is that a person involved in one of these situations may be required to stop, render aid, provide information, or report the accident. Transp. Code Section 550.021 requires
the driver involved in an accident stay at the scene to determine if any person involved in the accident needs aid. Your failure to comply with this statue could mean a criminal felony charge ranging from a state jail felony to a second degree felony, depending on the severity of any bodily injuries or death involved. This could involve serious prison time anywhere from 6 months to 20 years.
Transp. Code Section 550.022 requires
the driver involved in an accident stay at the scene to determine if there is any physical damage to other vehicles involved in the accident. Your failure to comply with this statue could mean criminal misdemeanor charges ranging from a Class C misdemeanor
to a Class B misdemeanor (up to 180 days in the county jail), depending on the severity of any physical damage to other vehicles involved.
Transp. Code Section 550.024 requires
the driver involved in an accident causing damage to an unattended vehicle either locate the owner of the other vehicle or leave identifying information. Your failure to comply with this statue could mean criminal misdemeanor charges ranging from a Class C
Knowing Texas Law and Codes. misdemeanor to a Class B misdemeanor (up to 180 days in the county jail), depending on the severity of any physical damage to the unattended vehicle involved.
Transp. Code Section 550.025 requires
the driver involved in an accident involving an adjacent structure to a public road to locate and report to the owner of the other property involved your identifying information and the circumstances of the accident. Your failure to comply with this statue could mean criminal misdemeanor charges ranging from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class B misdemeanor (up to 180 days in the county jail), depending on the severity of any physical damage to the property involved. In every case it is advisable, and is most likely required, that you immediately report the accident to the proper local law enforcement agency. When you report the accident get the name of the dispatcher taking the report, record the time of the report, and ask the dispatcher for an incident number. Remain on the scene until law enforcement agency arrives and cooperate with the dissemination
of your driving information including your license and insurance data. Be sure to report the accident to you insurance company, but do not depend upon your insurance company for your compliance with the law under the Transportation Code. You should never admit your responsibility for any accident without advice of counsel, nor are you required to do so, but you are required to stop, render aid, provide indentifying information, and report the accident. If you are involved in an accident with your vehicle you should immediately contact an attorney to determine the full extent of your responsibility under the law. 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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Gems of the Hill Country—
Deep in the by Anne Schneider
Do you know the name of the Texas State gem? Maybe you need a few hints. This sparkler, designated the State gem in 1969, is found only in Mason County, Texas. The early settlers called it “desert ice” because of its frosted appearance in the raw, an effect produced by tumbling for eons in streams and rivers. Diane and Brad in their Ingram shop with a heapin’ dish of uncut Mason, Texas topaz.
This Texas firecracker ranges in color from clear to pale blue and is not commercially mined. The only ways to obtain one is to rockhunt it yourself—or buy it. So if you’re not inclined to use an ax or pick, visit Ingram’s Gems of the Hill Country and ask Diane Eames about Texas topaz. You couldn’t find a bigger aficionada—or one more knowledgeable. “The Texas topaz reflects light unlike any other gemstone. And I can turn it into a real screamer,” confides Diane. Translation: she can take this frosty-looking stone and expertly cut and polish it to create a breathtakingly brilliant gem.
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Heart of Texas Superlatives No Place but Texas It’s no wonder Diane talks like the true Texan she is. “Texas history is really big in my family. On my mother’s side, we go back six generations in Galveston County. So it was important to me for Gems of the Hill Country to assemble a group of native Texans to use our skills as gemologist, lapidaries, and metalsmiths to express our love of place—of Texas. We focus on the soul of that place.” At the center of that proud focus you’ll find a star—a glittering Texas star, faceted into each topaz gem. That star is the distinctive mark of these Texas topaz jewels. Lapidaries (gem faceters) across the country have honed their skills cultivating the cuts for decades. “These folks helped develop all the star cuts I use today,” says Diane. “Here at Gems of the Hill Country, we share the beauty from our part of the State through our Texas gemstones—especially topaz,” Diane continues. An admiring look around the shop quickly confirms this as you discover the myriad of gemstones fashioned in the finest quality and mounted in classic and innovative jewelry. And you San Antonio Spurs basketball fans will delight in the team’s famous spur design featuring that glittering star-cut topaz.
Quality—Texas Style Diane and husband Brad Hodges oversee the creation of each piece in the store. “Brad is our goldsmith, engraver, computer-aided designer, webmaster, and photographer. And he entered the jewelry business for me,” reveals Diane. They make the perfect pair—an enthusiastic and skilled team that takes Texas-sized pride in their work. Come see how Gems of the Hill Country takes bling to new heights. Visit them Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-5:00, at 200 Hwy 39, Ingram. Find your own sparkly bit of Texas to wear every day—custom cuts available. Contact 830-367-3368 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.PoetsMask.com or www.ReikiTexas.info
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B. Diane Eames is a Graduate Gemologist, a fine jeweler, and a gem faceter. The past twenty-nine years she’s worked in the fine jewelry field, both wholesale and retail, and is one of only two women in North America who is both jeweler and gem cutter. A past-president of Texas Faceters’ Guild, she continues to demonstrate faceting at shows and talks to groups around the U.S. At Gems of the Hill Country, Diane is the main gem faceter, gemologist, topaz wrangler, and donkey caretaker. “Senior Pablo is our superstar donk—he hauls the prospecting and mining equipment to the topaz mines in Central Texas,” she explains. Because natural erosion does not expose the topaz, it must be prospected and mined on the area’s private ranches, keeping this gemstone rare. But rarity is not the only quality to embellish the value of gemstones. Diane discloses, “People ask me all the time why they can buy gems from Asia so much less expensively than U.S. gems. It makes sense when you realize that American gem cutters take much longer with the cutting process. The majority of cutters in Asia are paid by the finished weight of the stone—and they’re paid very little—so they work very quickly.” According to Diane, the difference in polishing gems also is significant. “The Asians use equipment with 14,000 grit, while the Americans use a much finer grit of 50,000.”
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Kerrville-born Sailing to Fame by Tony Gallucci
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t probably comes as little surprise anymore when some band or musician from the Kerrville metroplex makes a musical splash somewhere, since we have quite the family tree of great musicians who can claim our burg as their home at some point in their careers. Our pedigree includes such historical names as Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny and Edgar Winters, Kinky Friedman, the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, current stars Robert Earl Keen and Josh Murley, and everyone who’s ever played the Kerrville Folk Festival. It’s always nice, however, when said ‘new’ band is on the way up in the present. So bear witness to the skyrocketing fortunes of Nautical Nation.
Jake Asbury, Max Watson, Jordan Widener and Daniel Thomas hold another distinction—they are homegrown talent. The group has among them various stints at Ingram Tom Moore, Tivy and Our Lady of the Hills on their resumes, and have gone off to study at a range of schools from UT-Austin to Manhattan-Marymount. You could say they have sought a way to gather a multitude of musical inspiration from disparate communities. In less than a year they have gone from a duo comprised of Jake Asbury and Max Watson, through a few personnel tryouts, and a half-dozen name changes (which produced, among other things, a name apparently already spoken for multiple times, a cease-anddesist letter for another name, and a name that was funny but maybe not quite user-friendly) before they settled on the current moniker after adding the outstanding rhythm section of Widener on drums, and Thomas on bass. From there it was a matter of tightening up the tunes, penning a repertoire of original works, and getting onstage to hone their performance chops. Watson and Asbury were already doing that at the Lazy Days Canteen at Roddy Tree Ranch under the tutelage and support of Jake Asbury’s dad Keith Asbury, himself a longtime musician. When the band became a quartet it was just a skip and jump to perform at Pampell’s, Azul, the Ole Waterin’ Hole and the Nautilus Bar. At the latter they felt a kinship and support they craved and the band’s name pays homage to that. Hungry for bigger crowds and to try out their mix of Asbury’s soaring voice and Watson’s searing guitar on their originals, their next, obvious, trek was to Austin, where they got a slot in Gorilla Music’s Austin Battle of the Bands at the Red-eyed Fly. One standing-room only, rocking, rollicking set later they were the recipients of the only encore granted in the contest, holding a ticket to the finals, which they, you guessed it, won going away.
From there came a mass migration of the band to that music mecca. It’s added up to a slew of gigs across town and they’ve already made a name for themselves among the campus crowds. And then came another big step: a trip to Houston and an audition for “America’s Got Talent.” The jury is still out, but the signs look promising. “We have been through one round of America’s Got Talent, but went through many different rooms in Houston, and we are awaiting word on the next step,” Asbury said. They finished work on an EP of original tunes, courtesy of their winnings from the Austin Battle of the Bands, and sell them at their shows, but they are all anxious to put out a full album of songs. Finding a path to musicianship has also taken various routes. Bass player Thomas said, “Our drummer Jordan was the first to push me to pick up an instrument. I noticed early on that I had a knack for the bass and it just stuck.” “Music has always been a part of me,” said Asbury “I grew up with an Elvis impersonator as a father, so I was constantly hearing music. So I guess it’s in my blood.” Asbury added, “I started singing at the age of two or three and never stopped. My parents have a recording of me singing Georgia by Ray Charles. I picked up guitar and piano and a little drumming and started writing my own material.” Widener’s story starts very young. “I began slapping out rhythms when I was eight, marching first chair in my high school’s drumline in the seventh grade, playing drumset for churches twice a week, until I went to Dallas Baptist and began mixing with all sorts of artists.” “I’ve been listening to classic rock and various genres of music since I was young,” Watson said, “but began to play guitar when I was 14 and visited my friend Dustin Griffin’s guitar teacher, Mr. Gorham. He let me borrow an acoustic guitar. I slowly realized that creating, traveling, recording, and playing was what I wanted to do with my life.” continue to page 23
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By Denise LeTard
For Selecting A Contractor
1. Define your project clearly. The more specific you are the more accurate
7. Obtain a quote in writing, including detail description of what is
the cost can be determined upfront (avoid “add-ons”).
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2. Determine what type contractor you need based on project’s complexity and size (general contractor, carpenter, plumber, etc).
8. Select the one contractor that YOU believe is the right fit. 9. Review progress frequently.
3. Identify contractors in your area—references, magazines, newspaper, internet, radio.
10. Constant clear communications with your contractor is key to the success of your project.
4. Most important step—Obtain and confirm references from the contractors; references should be:
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Some people may want to work on their appearance; others seek a way to unwind and de-stress. Kerrville dentist Dr. Matt Huff claims both of these goals. “Two years ago I bought my dental practice and then my wife was Peak’s Trainers stand ready to take you to the next level. diagnosed with cancer. Another Peak success story comes from Chris For stress release, I started working out at Drapala. “On my journey to recovery, I started Peak and Duane inspired me to go into body from a point of being very inactive and doors building competition. In one and a half years, at Peak, I felt comfortable and supported. I I went from twenty percent body fat to seven discovered that the road to fitness could be percent. It not only saved my practice—it fun. Since last July, I’ve lost 175 pounds and saved me.” have rebuilt my strength. Last September, The weekend warrior’s focus is different from I moved from New Mexico to Kerrville so I the person in need of rehab after an accident could continue my positive experience in the or surgery. The plan for someone dealing Peak community.” with chronic illness and trying to maintain a level of fitness will venture in yet another Peak Staff direction. Over twenty fitness and wellness professionals are available to help you reach Peak Fitness member Wayne Manyk was your personal fitness goals. Peak’s team diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1976. includes Certified Personal Trainers and “I go to Peak three days a week to manage Group Exercise Instructors, CrossFit and my symptoms. Duane works with me—he Sports Performance Coaches, Nutrition and knows my limitations and we don’t over-do Endurance Specialists—all of them eager to it. He is very knowledgeable about MS and maximize your fitness experience to achieve offers me nutritional information and even communicates with my doctor when needed.” optimal results.
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“I love Peak. It’s family friendly and the staff is so personable—they offer encouragement and make me feel at ease,” relates fitness competitor Jennifer Slaughter. “And after just seven weeks of Duane’s directed nutrition guidelines and workouts, I’ve decreased my body fat by 3.3 percent and increased my lean muscle mass by seven pounds.”
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So maybe you’re thinking you don’t need all the great services available at Peak. No problem—you can choose from a threetiered membership to fit any budget. You only pay for what you plan to use. The basic Athlete membership is designed for the self-motivator who wants to come in and get their work done—in the cardio mezzanine, the strength training area, or the aquatic center. Olympian membership includes all the amenities of the Athlete, plus over forty group exercise classes, both land and aquatic. Peak Performance is an all-access membership, including Athlete and Olympian amenities as well as Kerrville CrossFit, CrossFit Kids, tri-athlete specific training, sports performance training classes, clinics, and camps, Power Plate training, and Kid’s Club—where children ages two to twelve can enjoy supervised activities while you’re working out.
Duane concludes “We take a whole-health approach to staying fit and we’ve introduced Kerrville to a new way of achieving fitness and overall wellness—Peak Fitness.” Contact Peak today for a healthier tomorrow. Check out the programs and amenities for all ages at Peak Fitness—30,000 square feet of options under one roof. Located at 1337 Bandera Hwy. 830-315-PEAK(7325) or www.KerrvillePeak.com 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 www.PoetsMask.com or www. ReikiRexas.info
Peak Fitness also offers SilverSneakers, Silver&Fit, and Active&Fit— insurance-based fitness and wellness programs purchased through your insurance provider. Additionally, Peak offers corporate memberships to qualifying businesses for discounted wellness programs.
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You Spoke. We Listened. Come relax with us. Enjoy the same delicious fresh food, with no more standing in line to order. Allow us to seat you at your table with an enticing menu to peruse at your leisure. A sever will take your order and attend to your needs throughout your meal. Once again you can view the daily array of our sweet treats in the dessert case. Our gift shop now includes a boutique— much like our sister boutique 830, around the corner on Water Street—but with even more attractive prices. And of course, Salada’s and Sweet Treats at Salada’s is still your best one-stop for cakes and catering.
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Look Better, Be Healthier, Glow Deeper The new year heralded significant changes for Bella and here’s your sneak preview of the dazzling transformation still in progress. Of course, Bella wouldn’t be Bella without Kathy Simmons. Her medical background and her passion for educating people to achieve the finest results is the foundation of her reputation as one of the top biological injectors and skin care specialists in the state. And now she’s assembled a contemporary team at Bella to support her vision there for evolution and growth. “I believe in the concept of aging successfully and that’s what I want to bring to the Hill Country,” explains Kathy. During your next visit to Bella the first thing you’ll notice is that things look a bit different. Kathy confides, “We’ve done some remodeling to welcome Bella’s new fella!” Dr. David Miloy, MD is now Bella’s Medical Director and he’s moving his practice to Bella’s building. “Having a Board Certified physician in-house is a great resource and something we’ll be building on,” adds Kathy. Dr. Miloy will continue providing health care services to his established patients in the same manner as always. With Dr. Miloy comes a new energy at Bella—one that emphasizes prevention and optimum health. A strong believer in Bella’s original invitation to Come and Glow, he updates that viewpoint and suggests, “Let’s treat the whole body—let’s help Bella clients create improvements to their inner body as well as their outer body. By addressing both, they’ll be healthier—and they’ll look and feel great at the same time.” That’s Bella’s fresh focus—wellness—an approach to amp up the Glow so it originates from within and illumines the surface. “To endorse that goal, Bella will continue to introduce innovative services and alliances to bring the concept of overall personal wellness together in one central location,” promises Kathy. Introduced to encourage this approach, Bella’s Glow Club is a simple way of rewarding loyal clients with generous discounts
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and member-only specials throughout the year. One of the most popular benefits is a free facial, every month. This alone more than covers the low membership fee of $29.99 per month. Another new face you’ll see at Bella is April Jones. She’s a highly skilled professional with years of experience—as a licensed aesthetician to help people look their best and, as a Cooper Institute-trained certified fitness specialist, to feel their best. Still staffing the front desk with her ever-present smile is Linda Thomas. She’s fluent in both English and Spanish and always excited to help you enhance your Glow with the fabulous Glo Minerals makeup. Kathy concludes, “The most important components at Bella remain our loyal clients—they’ve been so patient and understanding as we make our changes. Without them, there is no Bella and we are forever grateful for the trust they place in us on every visit. We want to extend a sincere thank-you to them all.” Experience first-hand the radiant transition making Bella the uniquely perfect medical spa to manifest a new you—from the inside, out. Feel your best as you look your best. Make your appointment now to Come and Glow!
“I have been going to Bella Luz for years. Kathy is a true professional and an artist. I live in Dallas and New York City and could go anywhere but continue to come back to Kathy Simmons and Bella Luz. She is that good!” ~ Debra K Woodward, M.D.
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Bella likes to have a little fun! • Botox, $9.99 per unit, all year. Save $2 per unit. • Juvederm at $499 per syringe. Save $51 per syringe. • Voluma at $50 discount per syringe. • Free Xpress Facial, every month. Save $540 per year. • 10% off all Laser Skin Treatment and Hair Removal Services. • Annual Health Assessment by Dr. Miloy. $200 value. • Member-Only monthly specials. • Priority Access, before general public, to Special Events and Flash Sales.
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Talk How Your Title Insurance Dollars Are Divided
by Diane Green
Title insurance is viewed by many homebuyers as an unknown expense in their real estate transaction. Buyers understand and pay (monthly, in most cases) for their homeowners insurance policies to protect against future loss and damages that may occur while owning their home. A title insurance policy also protects the insured from potential loss that may occur through title defects. Unlike other insurance, a title policy premium is a one-time charge and lasts an indefinite period of time.
Where do title insurance dollars go? Title insurance is based on the theory of “loss prevention” which means that the greatest amount of time and money is spent preventing title problems from occurring in the first place. According to an American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey, one out of every four real estate transactions has title problems. When title problems exist, a title company will make every effort to cure these issues before providing title insurance. Preventing potential loss and subsequent claims is a highly labor-intensive and expensive piece of a title company’s operating budget. One reason is that in order to maintain current records, which are critical to the accuracy of a title search, new documents must be updated and indexed daily. The cost of a title insurance policy relative to the cost of a property transaction is about one half to one percent of the purchase price. The premium price is based primarily on five factors which are listed below in order from the largest percentage of dollars spent to the smallest.
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1. The cost of maintaining current title information on local properties. 2. The cost of searching and examining the title to subject properties. 3. The cost to resolve or clear defects to the title. 4. The cost of claims to cover title defects, including legal fees. 5. The allowance for a reasonable profit.
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Homeowners may not be aware of the financial benefits of an owner’s title insurance policy, but when a title claim is made, the potential loss covered by the title policy can be very significant. Title companies work diligently and take pride in protecting homeownership.
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.kerrtitle.com.
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Memorial Weekend e l l i v r r e K g n Keepi t f a r C d n a t r A e n i aF n o i t a n D e st i
by Anne Schneider
Kerrville sets the scene Memorial
Weekend with a feast of fine art and craft to please every palate. Citywide events will provide ample bounty for all—from casual art aficionados to serious collectors. Let’s take a look at three excellent venues.
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Arts Extravaganza 11th Annual Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Show Our first sojourn is this prestigious exhibition to be featured in the ballrooms of the celebrated Y.O. Ranch Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Kerrville. The ballrooms will be transformed into a breathtaking gallery as some of Texas’s finest, award-winning professional artists and craftspeople display their creations. Each of the twenty-five artists invited to exhibit is a recognized master of his or her chosen media which will include oil paintings, ceramics, watercolors, pastels, metalsmithing, jewelry, woodworking, and sculpture. Exhibition organizer Dan Baker, who with his wife Linda first displayed their handcrafted gold and silver jewelry at the Texas Arts & Crafts Fair in 1977, is expecting another successful “Texas Masters” show at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel & Conference Center. Dan notes, “In thirty-six years of showing in Kerrville we’ve developed a good clientele and wonderful friendships—in some cases even extending into the third generation of buyers from the same family. The Y.O. is a great place for collectors to hang out with their favorite artists, so we all try to have new pieces to unveil at the show.” Dan invites you to come see why the “Texas Masters” has the reputation as a high-quality show and sale in a beautiful indoor venue, produced and managed by the artists themselves.
Masters of Fine Art & Craft Show At our next stop on Memorial Weekend’s smorgasbord of art, West Kerr Community Scholarships asks for your partnership in this innovative adventure. A fabulous fine art and craft show with lots of extra trimmings will be held at Kerrville’s legendary Inn of the Hills Resort & Conference Center. West Kerr Community Scholarships (a non-profit organization known for many years as Friends and Faculty of Ingram Tom Moore High School Endowment Fund) has worked to bring a wonderful variety of festivities to the Inn’s Conference Center: a Friday night preview party with dinner tickets for food, wine, and beer, plus a cash bar, silent and live auctions, mellow music, and generous helpings of fine art and craft all weekend.
Scholarships has been dedicated to giving assistance in the form of scholarships to deserving Ingram Tom Moore High School graduates for continuing education—including academic, technical and vocational studies.” Wayne continues, “We want to involve the community to support this project—our goal Memorial Weekend is to raise $30,000 in scholarships.”
Kerrville Festival of the Arts Let’s linger now to relish the arts in Kerrville’s historic downtown area. Organizers LuAnn Anderson and Jackie Kayne have teamed up with the Historic Downtown Business Alliance and the City of Kerrville to introduce this new festival. Continuing the long-standing tradition of fine art events in Kerrville during Memorial Weekend, this juried show and sale will be a two-day outdoor festival and a pet-friendly venue. The event will feature several large tents and an assortment of smaller ones at the corner of Earl Garrett and Water Streets. Festival goers will be served a full plate of fine art delights—painting, photography, sculpture, wood, ceramics, fiber, leather, glass, metal, graphics, mixed media, and jewelry. “The festival is our long-time dream come true,” shares Jackie. “LuAnn and I are both art collectors and for decades have known so many talented artists—we want to continue to attract them to Kerrville and we’re working to make this a worthwhile project in our community.” All three of these fine art and craft events are free to the public, with shuttles among the destinations available at no cost. So come on out and join us Memorial Weekend to savor the fine art and craft offerings right here at our own Kerrville table. For details on art and artists, as well as dates, times, and places for these events, see the following websites and be sure to look for the Texas Masters of Fine Art and Craft Invitational Show and the Masters of Fine Art and Craft ads in this KCP issue. www.TexasMasters.com, www.MastersOfFineartAndCraft.com, KvArtFest.com 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 www.PoetsMask.com or www.ReikiTexas.info
Additionally, there will be an awards announcement Friday evening of Kerr County Legends of Fine Art, recognizing our very own local artisans. Attend this entire art array for a good cause—enjoy and indulge in the event’s paintings, sculpture, furniture, pottery, wood, and fiber arts. According to show organizer Wayne Este, “West Kerr Community KCP │ May-June 2014 │29
Summer Theatre June 6-21
on the river
Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery adapted by Deslie Mclellen
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Red, White & Tuna
by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams Hill Country Arts Foundation The Smith/Ritch Point Outdoor Theatre 120 Point Theatre Road Ingram, Texas 78025
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Contact our box office at 830-367-5121 or at www.hcaf.com
Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show
By Lynda Smith
May 22 - June 22 Awards: May 24, 1 - 3 Best of Show 2013 by Melissa Jones “Giraffe”
“King of the Mountain” by Judy Richie
Juried Fine Art Show & Sale
Memorial Day Weekend May 24-25, 2014 10 am - 6 pm Historic Downtown Kerrville 700-800 Water St. Kerrville, TX Artwork by Krispen Spencer ~ Represented at RiverEdgeGallery.net
Friday, May 23: 10-5 Saturday, May 24: 10-8 Sunday, May 25: 10-6 Free Admission ample free parking the Preview Party
friday evening 6:30 ~ 9:00 wine & Hors d’oeuvres includes silent & live auctions & live music. announcement of Kerr County Legends of Fine Arts admission fee to party
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Interior Design by Laura Garcia
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seems to be all the rage these days. It’s very comforting to be surrounded with the craftsmanship and memories of those who came before us. For one thing, they don’t make things with the care and quality like they used to. It’s also intriguing that these pieces have a past with so much history and we can still enjoy them.
Of course, new things are nice, but mixing a few vintage pieces can really add interest and character to your room. You may have a vintage or antique table, dresser or other piece that you inherited, or you might find something at a shop like Grand Wow’s that reminds you of a childhood memory. It doesn’t need to be valuable or a beautifully rendered collectible to have worth. It just needs to be something that speaks to you, for whatever reason. Mixing old and new creates a nice depth to your décor. If you’re not sure how to incorporate them, sites such as Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living and Houzz are loaded with pictures to spark your creativity. Inevitably, it’s the older pieces that become the topic of conversation. It’s amazing how people gravitate to them and because they are worth displaying, people will automatically assume there is a story to be told. Personally, I enjoy having these pieces in my home because it reminds me that we don’t come out of a “box.” We all have a past and a future which allows us to express our individuality in our homes. 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 32│ May-June 2014 │ KCP
by Anne Schneider
Sight for C.J. Join Us to Anderia Newton—you may remember her as
Calamity Jane or C.J. For a number of years, C.J. brought music and smiles to morning radio in the Hill Country. But these past two and a half years, she’s been off the air and keeping countless doctor appointments in between her numerous hospital stays and surgeries. Today she is dependent on caregivers 24/7. Nearly blind, C.J. needs a cornea transplant—those start at $10,000— and she has no medical insurance and a low Social Security income. “I have to figure out how to take care of this by whatever means possible. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” C.J. confides.
And C.J. is no stranger to hardships. Her medical ordeal began in 2011, when she suffered a broken blood vessel in the back of her brain and then developed spina bifida with several spinal leaks. This was followed by a brain clot in the frontal lobe. C.J. next needed a cervical disc replacement and just eight months later, received lower back surgery for another disc replacement and a spinal fusion. Still trying to heal from her multiple surgeries, an infection began in C.J.’s lower back surgical incision and necessitated yet another surgery. Once at home, she had a reaction to the antibiotic and had to be re-hospitalized. From there, she endured eye and stomach infections. “The stomach bug turned out to be a certain strain that causes an auto-immune disorder—which is very rare,” explains C.J. “With autoimmune disorders, the body attacks something within itself—and my body is attacking my sensory nerves. I woke up one day in the hospital and the only thing I could do was barely lift my foot.” C.J. is wheelchair-bound and struggles with even the simplest of movements. Poor vision and numbness complicate her condition.
It Takes a Village of Support
With the support of family and friends, the forty-one year-old C.J. remains hopeful. Living in Kerrville with her parents Charlotte Taylor and Robert Pfiester, C.J. is grateful for their tremendous help. “Everything happens for a reason,” she adds. “The doctor says my condition can change for the better or for the worse. I’m determined it will be for the better.” Put May 17 on your calendar for the Sight for C.J. fundraiser at Headwaters Saloon in Harper. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with music, petting zoo, 50/50 raffle, barrel raffle, and a live raffle with radio personality J.D. Rose. Enjoy barbeque plates, music by Jeff Griffith, and later that evening, musician Chris Saucedo.
Donations for C.J. can be made to Wells Fargo Bank, account number 2886148465, or by going to www. GoFundMe/SightForCJ.com
Anderia with her parents Charlotte Taylor and Robert Pfiester.
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by Kevin & Linda Pillow
The Black-crested Titmouse is a very familiar “usual suspect”
at our feeder stations in the Hill Country. Often found in the western part of Texas and Mexico it should not be confused with the Tufted Titmouse whose range is further east of us. While they are similar and often hybridize, they are distinct genetically and vocally. Their mitochondrial DNA suggests they diverged about 250,000 years ago.
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With their jaunty crest and big button eyes, they are a backyard favorite. They are highly intelligent and like the Carolina Chickadee, will eat right out of your hand. Our cedar breaks on the Edwards Plateau are their favorite place to hang out where they glean spiders, insects and berries. They also eagerly feast on seeds at backyard bird feeders. They love black oil sunflower, safflower, peanuts, suet and live mealworms. Like the Carolina Chickadee they take one seed and go off to crack it open or bury it in the dirt.
They like to nest in old Woodpecker holes, but will readily go to nest boxes. They tend to prefer a Bluebird house to nest in. While courting the male will feed the female—a dinner date! Typically they will have 2 broods starting in late March with 4-7 eggs each time. The fledglings will not have their black crest yet and look just like a Tufted Titmouse. Titmice fledglings are extremely playful and will chase each other around like kittens. They definitely get the “ahhh” factor.
If there is a predator in the area, be it a snake or hawk, it generally will be the Titmouse that lets everyone know. They really raise a fuss and will attract other birds to see what all the commotion is. Once everyone is gathered around making noise, the predator usually leaves.
The Black-crested Titmouse is a delightful creature to have grace your feeders. Attract them with some good seed and enjoy.
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Happy Birding! Kevin & Linda Pillow are the proud owners of Wilds Birds Unlimited Nature Shop located at 855 Junction Hwy in Kerrville. Each staff member is a Certified Bird Feeding Specialist and can help you discover a refuge in your own backyard. 830-895-7393.
by Zack Derese
The Outdoor Guy
Difference? 1. Fiction: The best time to replace
the lawn is in the spring, as plants get ready to bloom.
Fact: Sowing seed in the spring sets
one up for potential problems, as heat sets in during the summer months and weeds compete for space. The best time to sow seed is in the fall when the temperatures are more consistent and highly competitive weeds, like crabgrass, have gone dormant.
2. Fiction: Water new plants every day to prevent them from drying out. Fact: Overwatering kills as many
plants as lack of water. It is better to make sure you are wetting the entire root system of a new plant and then allow the soil to dry to the point that it is only moist.
3. Fiction: To have a healthy lawn, dethatch in the spring. Fact: Thatch is a layer of living
and dead plant material, including the crown, roots and stems of the turfgrass plant. The brown on the surface at the beginning of the spring will slowly recede into the background all by itself as new leaves emerge. While dethatching is a common and sometimes necessary practice, it should be done only when thatch is excessive.
4. Fiction: It’s a good idea to remove clippings after mowing.
Fact: There is a misconception that
grass clippings contribute significantly to thatch. Grass clippings are mostly water and decompose rapidly, returning significant amounts of fertilizer to the lawn. Research shows that up to one-third of applied fertilizer can be recycled by simply returning clippings.
5. Fiction: Golf courses cut their grass short, so it’s a good idea to do the same. Fact: Golf courses use sophisticated and expensive mowers to achieve a short height of cut. Check the appropriate mowing height for a species of grass, but in general, never cut more than one-third of the grass leaf at a time.
6. Fiction: Lawns are not “organic.” Fact: Sometimes, lawns are
thought of as areas that don’t provide environmental benefits. However, they are actually highly complex and dynamic organic systems that not only contain turfgrasses, but also earthworms, fungi, soil microbes and other life forms that coexist and make possible the lawns we all enjoy for recreation, sports, and aesthetics.
7. Fiction: The best time to fertilize your lawn is in early spring. Fact: Different varieties of grass like
nutrients at different times of the year. You need to use the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place.
8. Fiction: The products lawn care companies use are dangerous and more powerful than what a homeowner can use.
Fact: Most of the products
professionals use can be purchased at the garden center, but the difference is that professionals are regulated and, by law, have to use the proper amounts, apply them correctly and dispose of them properly.
9. Fiction: While digging in my lawn, I saw a grub worm. I should apply a grub control application every year. Fact: Most of the time, grubs don’t
attack fescue lawns because of their deeper root zone. Grubs in small numbers are not harmful to a lawn; in fact, they are beneficial, as they aerate the soil. It’s having too many that can be harmful.
10. Fiction: Watering the lawn with the garden hose saves more money than installing an irrigation system. Fact: Consider installing an irrigation
system that uses smart controllers which have sensors that only allow for watering when conditions require it. Smart irrigation can offer a cost savings of approximately 15–20 percent on water bills. Convert irrigation spray nozzles from sprinklers to rotating nozzles which spread heavy droplets of water at a slower pace which makes them more targeted and effective.
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 zack@ kerrvillelandscaping.com or call him at 830377-4861. 2814 Memorial Blvd.
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Hometown Events Who Hunt Volunteer Fire Dept. What Annual “Beast Blast” Barbeque Fundraiser
Stephanie & Morgan Miller
Ingram Marshal Rowan Zachary
When Saturday, April 12, 2014 Where Hunt VFD Station Hunt, Texas Hunt VFD Chief (and auctioneer) Danny Feller Michael Mitchell & Ramson Hightower
Nicole, William, Hunter & Harper Cobb
Hailey McMinn & Patricia Blankinship
Judy Taylor & Judy Cumings
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Liz Thomas, Patti Morin & Linda Hispsskind
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The Sean Kendrick Band provides entertainment.
Volunteers serving barbeque until the last bite.
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At the center of that proud focus you’ll find a star—a glittering Texas star, faceted into each topaz gem. That star is the distinctive mark of these Texas topaz jewels. Lapidaries (gem faceters) across the country have honed their skills cultivating the cuts for decades. “These folks helped develop all the star cuts I use today,” says Diane.
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“Here at Gems of the Hill Country, we share the beauty from our part of the State through our Texas gemstones—especially topaz,” Diane continues. An admiring look around the shop quickly confirms this as you discover the myriad of gemstones fashioned in the finest quality and mounted in classic and innovative jewelry. And you San Antonio Spurs basketball fans will delight in the team’s famous spur design featuring that glittering star-cut topaz.
Candela HAUTE HIPPIE Lafayette Pas De Calais Making the Difference Pier Antonio Gaspari B. Diane Eames is a Graduate Gemologist, a fine jeweler, and a gem faceter. The past twenty-nineSW3 years she’s worked in the fine jewelry field, both wholesale and retail, and is one of only two women in VINCE North America who is both jeweler and gem cutter.
A past-president of Texas Faceters’ Guild, she continues to demonstrate faceting at shows and talks to groups around the U.S. At Gems of the Hill Country, Diane is the main gem faceter, gemologist, topaz wrangler, and donkey caretaker.
“Senior Pablo is our superstar donk—he hauls the prospecting and mining equipment to the topaz mines in Central Texas,” she explains. Because natural erosion does not expose the topaz, it must be prospected and mined on the area’s private ranches, keeping this gemstone rare.
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But rarity is not the only quality to embellish the value of gemstones. Diane discloses, “People ask me all the time why they can buy gems from Asia so much less expensively than U.S. gems. It makes sense when you realize that American gem cutters take much longer with the cutting process. The majority of cutters in Asia are paid by the finished weight of the stone—and they’re paid very little—so they work very quickly.” According to Diane, the difference in polishing gems also is significant. “The Asians use equipment with 14,000 grit, while the Americans use a much finer grit of 50,000.”
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Coral Tusk Diane and husband Brad Hodges& oversee the creation of each piece in the store. “Brad is our goldsmith, engraver, computer-aided designer, Designers Guild webmaster, and photographer. And he entered the jewelry business Go for me,” reveals Diane. TheyHome make the perfect pair—an enthusiastic and skilled team that takes Texas-sized pride in their work. Lamp Works Come see how Gems of the Jarvis Hill Country takes bling to new heights. Lisa Visit them Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-5:00, at 200 Hwy 39, Ingram. Nest Find your own sparkly bit of Texas to wear every day—custom cuts available. Contact 830-367-3368 or email@example.com
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 Kerrville Chi classes at her Ventana Al Cielo Downtown Studio. Visit her at www.PoetsMask.com or www.ReikiTexas.info 38 │ May-June 2014 │ KCP
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by Trena Cullins
WATER POWER My grandpa use to say, “Everyday it doesn’t rain is a day closer to the day it does.” Being a West Texas rancher it was very wise to keep an optimistic view on the weather. What about you? Are you a glass half empty or half full? Water conservation is on everyone’s mind, especially when the drought continues to linger with the hope of another El Nino weather pattern soon. What about the water that goes down the drain, and ultimately into the sewer? At my home we make use of each drop. Rinse water from the kitchen sink goes into a bucket that finds it way outside to my newly planted flower garden. The same goes for the bathroom sinks, the mud room sink, and the drain from shower! Really, showering with a bucket can become a gardener’s best friend! You can amass 30-50 gallons of water a week easily just by catching what would go down the drain. I have a fifty gallon rubber trough
with a faucet that drains out via the water hose were I need it. Think of all the places you have that water just goes wastefully and a dollar bucket can really pay off. May is usually the time we see a lot of changes in the weather. Thunderstorms and tourism seem to go hand in hand. We all seem to look forward to the Kerrville Folk Festival for a good rain chance! 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!
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We offer: -Same day appointments for sick patients -Care for the entire family from children to seniors -We accept most major insurances -Camp/school physicals -Conveniently located right next to Peterson Hospital and Ambulatory Care Center -Exceptional, compassionate, patient-centered care. Your Life. Our Calling.
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Making Every Day
A GOOD HAIR DAY S
ure it’s easy to lose track of the time between haircuts, but regular trims are the easiest and most cost effective way to keep hair looking fresh and fit. If it’s a challenge to make those appointments, remember that most stylists will pre-book while you’re in their chair—you can schedule your next appointment then and there and cross it off your to-do list. Another idea? Book all of your appointments for a full year so you’ll get the days and time slots that you prefer!
When it comes to your hair color, the key words to keep in mind are preserve and protect. Consider: you designate a substantial portion of your annual beauty budget to that glossy, gray-busting chestnut hue or those gorgeous highlights, and it’s worth every penny! So why not ensure you’re maximizing that investment with the best possible care at home? The best bets are shampoos, conditioners and stylers that are formulated specifically for color treated hair. With regular use, your color will last longer and look shinier, more vibrant and feel healthier.
Are your strands hungry? Thirsty? Both? Different hair types need different solutions. If hair is dull, dry and lackluster, it requires moisture. If it’s brittle, over-processed and prone to breakage, nourishment is indicated. Satisfy thirsty tresses with a rich moisturizing shampoo, conditioner and serum. When it comes to restoring maximum hair health, nothing feeds and strengthens strands like a deep-penetrating reconstructor. Unleash that default ponytail. Explore the wonders of smooth hair. If your strands are straight, give curls a whirl. Changing up your ‘do is easy, cheaper than Botox and commitment free—if you don’t like it, just wash that style right out of your hair!
Katie has been in the beauty industry for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Rusk Color Team, owner and stylist at Tin Star Salon. 319 Earl Garrett in Kerrville. Call her at 895-5030.
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Making Every Moment Count! Sometimes a person is diagnosed with a disease that can be managed for a time, but will eventually end their life. When the initial diagnosis is made, one may seek treatment and certain living regimens. Years may go by, with a good quality of life. At some point, however, treatment and a poor quality of life may no longer be what a person desires; the person decides if they are going to have a full life, they prefer to live that life outside of hospitals and emergency rooms. If you find yourself in this situation, what are the things that you want to accomplish? What is on your bucket list? Let our team at Peterson Hospice help you and your family navigate through this season of your life. Our team brings a level of care that you cannot find anywhere else. Our goal is to honor your wishes, concentrating on the quality of your life. Your wishes and your quality of life should be left up to you and your loved ones to define. You have many needs to be met, physically, spiritually and emotionally. That is why Peterson Hospice concentrates on you and your family wholly, because all of these aspects make up who you are. Our medical staff, social workers, chaplains and volunteers take part in your care; bringing peace, comfort and resources to you and your family. Having these needs met, you will be able to do things you want to do. Spend more quality time with your friends and loved ones. Make every moment count! Having hospice care is not about dying, but about living! How you live is a very personal choice. Live your life on your terms. Peterson Hospice is a community based, not for profit hospice. Our medical staff is local and our physicians are on staff at Peterson Regional Medical Center. Our staff is honored with the trust you place in us. If you have any questions about hospice care, please call us at 830-258-7799. Someone from our team will be happy to discuss hospice care with you and your family in detail.
It is your choice.
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PRMC Auxiliary Volunteers by Judy Jones-Amason
ORIENTATION . . .
“orientation” – an introduction, as to guide one in adjusting to new surroundings.”
One of the most important functions of Auxiliary Vice President Nancy Olive is to conduct orientation classes.
All new volunteers for the Peterson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary go through an orientation class
conducted by Vice President Nancy Olive. At orientation, they learn the Vision, Mission, and Values of the Auxiliary and the hospital and sign a Code of Ethics. Then, they are asked to memorize the various hospital codes and are coached in areas of patient privacy, security, and protection, as well as their own personal safety. And yes, there is a written test! After receiving a flu shot, a TB test, and taking a photograph for their ID badge, these newest members of the Auxiliary report for training and duty on their assigned shifts. If you would like to become a member of this active group, give me a call at 830-258-7630 and I will be happy to discuss opportunities with you. Judy is the Volunteer Coordinator and Patient Representative for PRMC. She is a 28 year PRMC employee and was awarded the Duan Packard “Employee of the Year” Award for 2012 by PRMC. For information regarding volunteering, call Judy at 830-258-7630 or email JJonesAmason@PetersonRMC.com.
New volunteers Camila Anguiano and Gaye Avery at Orientation with Judy Jones-Amason and Nancy Olive. Camila is majoring in Chemistry at Schreiner University; would like to become a pediatric oncologist in her hometown of Mission, Texas.
Gaye Avery selects her turquoise vest. Gaye plans to work in the Gift Shop. After orientation, Kim Gibson will train for the registration desk at the Ambulatory Care Center.
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erhaps you suffer from constant pain. Maybe you’re trying to cope with a chronic illness. Possibly you’re challenged every day by anxiety or depression. Chances are you’re under the care of a doctor and following his or her advice to help manage your symptoms. Consider adding daily Reiki to your regimen. Did you know that you can learn to practice Reiki on yourself in one weekend of training—right here in Kerrville? Reiki Master Anne Schneider offers monthly training workshops for this integrative therapy used to support both your physical as well as emotional wellness—naturally. This technique is utilized successfully alone or in conjunction with medical treatments and psychological counseling. At a Reiki Level I training you will learn everything you need to know to give Reiki to yourself and to others, including animals, if you choose. This training is a simple hands-on experience, given over two days in four consecutive two to three-hour sessions. It follows the form of a full treatment and time is provided for instruction and practice in each session. By the end of the training you will have given and received a full Reiki treatment. Empower yourself—learn to daily support your wellness with Reiki. Register now for Anne’s next training—either May 30-31 or June 27-28, (FRI, 6:30-9:30 p.m.) – (SAT, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) The 10-hour workshop fee is $195 and includes a Reiki manual and a certificate for completion of training. Additionally, Anne hosts monthly Reiki Shares for her students at no cost so that they may continue to practice their skills with each other. Not interested in a training workshop? You can schedule private Reiki sessions with Anne—your choice of an introductory 35-minutes ($45) or a full 75-minutes ($65)—at her Ventana Al Cielo Studio, The Center for Fitness, or Peak Fitness.
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by Tony Gallucci
e’s already ridden at the top tier of the PBR, and it happened so fast that he’s gone pretty much unheralded in his own hometown. Except, of course, by those who share his passion. His name is Derek Powell, he’s from Kerrville by way of Camp Wood, and that “PBR” stands for Professional Bull Riders. If you know where to look you can find him right here in the county plying his trade.
After winning twice in succession on the PBR’s Touring Pro circuit, in San Antonio and in Birmingham, Alabama, Derek was offered the golden ticket to ride in the Built Ford Tough Series in Tacoma, Washington in March. There, competing against world champions and the current crop of stars in the world of bull riding, Derek rode his first two bulls for scores of 80.75 (on the bull Juicy Fruit) and 82.00 (on Pokerface), and stood in third place after the preliminary rounds. His finals bull, Badger Milk, won that battle, but Derek finished in 13th place (out of 40) and better yet, earned the respect of his fellow riders. Derek was proud of his turn, “It was a blessing being invited to Tacoma . . . it was an awesome experience and that’s a level I wanted to be at, so when I got there I could just relax and have fun and ride. “Riding at the Touring Pro level you’re always getting on really rank bulls. The only difference at [Tacoma] is you have a few more lights, and you’re going against the top guys in the world. I definitely plan on making it back there!” When he’s not on the road he can often be found out at Thousand Hills Cowboy Church south of Kerrville where he gets in a few practice rounds on Monday nights and helps out the latest crop of teen bullriders out there trying to make their own mark. It’s also where his family can be found, loading bulls, pulling ropes, and offering encouragement, just as they did for Derek when he was on his way up. “My family has been around rodeo my whole life. My dad, uncle, and grandpa all used to ride bulls. So I guess it was always something meant for me to do!” said Derek. “I don’t think I could single out one person who helped me the most on my path to becoming a bull rider because I’ve had such great support from all of my family, my girlfriend, and my friends. I’ve always had a good support system behind me and that’s something that means a lot to me.”
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Photos courtesy Tony Gallucci
Tony Gallucci is a Kerr County sports and rodeo fanatic who happens to carry a camera around. He sponsors a couple of young bullriders who he hopes someday reach the level Derek has.
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