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5 Good News… 6 We Have Moved: Wishes…My Lingerie 9 How To Find A Good Mechanic For Your Vehicle 10 Winds of Destruction Lurking in Texas 12 On The Go Boutique 14 Hill Country Profiles: Kevin Fitzpatrick 16 A Texas State of Mind… A Short Story From A Tall Texan: Deep Scar 19 Heart Of Texas Announcements 20 Kerrville Events 21 How To Teach Your Baby To Sleep 22 Bandera Events 24 Comfort Events 26 What in the World is Mount Horeb House?

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REALTOR® Direct: (830) 459-0452 Kelly@ShermanCo.com My listings are selling, so call me today for a FREE market analysis!

By Kelly Dooley, Realtor® The real estate market in Kerr County is improving. Statistics show that our once saturated inventory of properties on the market is diminishing, because qualified buyers are coming to town! Also, the average days a property remains on the market prior to a sale has decreased by almost 50% so far this year, as compared to recent years. In a few cases, multiple offers have been received on a single property. That’s something we haven’t seen in a while! While sale prices dropped slightly in recent years, they are now holding steady. All of this said, these are averages, with some stats much higher and some much lower. As always, an attractive property in a preferable location that is priced perfectly for today’s market will place more favorably on that scale. An experienced Realtor® can be very helpful in discussing all the variables pertaining to a specific piece of property than can affect value and time on market. Regardless, current indicators could mean that this may be a good time for property owners who have been considering selling to put their property on the market. Also, it may be advantageous to buyers to make offers more quickly, with a strong negotiator on their side. So, there’s no time like the present!

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SPRAWLING 1-STORY BRICK HOME ON 1-1/2 ACRE ESTATE LOT in picturesque subdivision just outside of Kerrville city limits. Over 2700 sq. ft. of living space with spacious family room featuring high ceilings & fireplace. Fabulous island kitchen with banks of cabinets, pantry, built-in desk, breakfast room, and pass-thru window to dining room. Large master suite plus tiled bonus room (or 4th bedroom) for office, craft room, workshop, etc. 2-1/2 baths. 3-car garage. Beautiful view of the valley from large covered front porch. Private covered back patio and fenced area for pets. Reduced to only $279,500! MLS# 79810.

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The contents of this article are the opinion of Kelly Dooley, a professional real estate agent with Sherman & Co., Realtors® in Kerrville, Texas. Other professional real estate brokers and agents may disagree or have other views. Comments and questions are welcome by email at Kelly@ShermanCo.com. Your comments and questions and/or Kelly’s response may be printed in an upcoming issue.

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HOW TO FIND A GOOD MECHANIC FOR YOUR VEHICLE by David LeMeilleur

Where can I take my vehicle when something goes wrong and I need it fixed? This is probably one of the most ask questions today hopefully I can shed some light on the answer for you. When you need to get maintenance, service or major repairs done to your vehicle you need to be able to take it to someone you can trust, who knows you and knows your vehicle. In addition, there are several other items you need to look for in a repair shop, such as pricing, reliability, reputation and experience. When possible always try to have the same mechanic work on your vehicle every time you bring it in. A good technician will get to know your vehicle over time and be able to discern when something major needs to be done. A local Independent owned service center is not only interested in you and your vehicle but they also have their reputation at stake. Because they get to know you and your vehicle they can keep you advised of any potential problems before they actually happen saving you time and money. They also know the key to their success is in building a long term relationship with you and your vehicle. More importantly you keep your money local and typically they are competitive in their pricing with the large chain or dealer repairs. Could it get any more confusing, you may ask?

Here are some tips to consider when shopping for a mechanic or a repair facility: Ask around, who do you friends and family members use when they need something done to their vehicle. If they are happy with the service they have received it is highly likely you will be also. If they do good work and you are satisfied with the work done....problem solved. What is their warranty policy? The longer the warranty they offer is an indication they feel confident the repairs/services will not cause you a problem after the work is done. What is their affiliation? Are the ASE certified, ASE certification stands for Automotive Service Excellence and says the mechanic working on your vehicle has passed a certain competency test to be qualified to do the work your vehicle requires. Most ASE technicians see themselves as professionals and usually will have a good reputation for doing quality work. Are they affiliated with Trade Associations like Nat Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE, or a local Trade assoc. These associations usually require a certain amount of training and they look at the reputation of the company before they grant membership. Check with the BBB, Better Consumer Choices or some other Customer satisfaction business to see if there are complaints against the company or the mechanics and if so have they been resolved in a timely/satisfactory manner? Do they offer to give you a written estimate or give you options on repairs that will save you money or add to the life of your vehicle. A good mechanic will stand behind his estimate within reason (there are always unforeseen problems that can pop up when doing any repair). What fringe benefits do they offer? Do they offer a shuttle or concierge service? How enthusiastic is the staff that works for the company? Do they see you not only as a customer but consider you a friend as well. A good repair facility will want this type of reputation because they know you will refer your friends and family to them as well. Finally, don't chose a shop solely on the price of the repair. The least expensive might not be the best place to go and can have adverse effects on the performance and the life of your vehicle. At the same time, the most expensive shop may not give you the best service or quality. Get to know the mechanic who would most likely be working on your vehicle. Your vehicle is probably one of the most expensive items you will buy besides your house so it is important that whoever works on it is trustworthy, reliable, knowledgeable and has the skills needed to repair today's complex vehicle. The most important advice I can give you is for you to find a shop you can trust and rely on when repairs or service are needed for your vehicle before you have a major breakdown or need a tow!

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amazing owner. Dru Williamson is awesome. I needed clothes for a special event and with just a few questions she handed me two outfits to try on. She had me pegged both in style and size. I love her clothing line, the JR Collection. It is so comfortable and yet very stylish. LOVE IT. Dru is the mother of six and the grandmother of 11 who loves to help women find their inner beauty. She is the perfect fashion consultant. She also has this amazing anti aging treatment “Nerium AD” that you have to experience to believe. It completely transforms the texture of skin. The before and afters are incredable. On the Go Boutique is located in the heart of downtown Boerne, TX. Dru also caters to Kerrville and the surrounding Hill Country area. Don Don’t hesitate to give her a call for a private consultation or to set a date to host a party today.

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Hill Country Profiles: Kevin Fitzpatrick

Years and years ago resting by the camp fire after a long hot day driving cattle, cowboys would practice their roping skills with trick roping and friendly competition. Kevin Fitzpatrick is a modern cowboy that has kept the art of trick roping alive and can be seen in the Texas Hill Country on the back of his horse thrilling kids and kids at heart. As a kid, Kevin’s favorite toy was an old worn out rope. He dragged that old rope around for years unaware that a rope would be the dominant factor in his future life-style. After moving to Bandera, Texas, the “Cowboy Capital of the World in the mid 80's, Kevin trained horses, worked on several of the local dude ranches and shod horses for a living. But trick roping and horses were still his first loves. With the natural ability the good Lord gave Him and practice, practice, practice, Kevin developed his skills in trick roping and entertaining on horseback. Kevin is married and has two children. He most enjoys sharing his passion with his teenage children and his 14 year old son can be seen performing alongside of him when his schedule allows. Kevin regards himself as an all-around cowboy, riding, roping, the high top boots, big hat and fancy horse. With his style of entertainment Kevin likes to take audiences a few steps back in time to images of cowboy heroes such as Tom Mix, Roy Rogers and Will Rogers. Kevin has had the good fortune of performing all over Texas and in Arizona, Nevada, California, New Zealand, England and Kuwait, parades, night clubs, PRCA Rodeos, and at fund-raisers, county fairs, political functions, group meetings and various festivals.. Kevin has traveled with Governor Perry to Shanghai to the World Expo and performed in the pavilion of Americas. One thing that is universal is that when people in foreign countries seem him they see his hat and boots and say “Texas”. While in Shanghai the people were a bit stand offish. They were unsure if Kevin was going to rope them but when they realized that the roping was a form of entertainment they relaxed and enjoyed the show. At this stage of Kevin’s life he is enjoying performing and teaching his children this wonderful lost art. There are very few “cowboys” out there that truly have mastered the skills of trick roping. Kevin is not only entertaining this generation with tricks but giving them a glimpse of our past and he is also leaving a legacy. You can contact Kevin by going to his web site at www.kevintheroper.com to have him perform for any event either public or privet. To Kevin, there is no audience too young or too old, too small or too large to enjoy the excitement and entertainment of trick roping and innovative horse mounts.

  

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A Texas State of Mind... A Short Story From A Tall Texan

Deep Scar Part Two of The River’s Grasp By David Blackburn

The raging waters of the Usumacinta had the power of a Saturn Five--the mighty current hurled me downstream at a rapid pace; the unforgiving river pulled me under then propelled me to the surface over and over again. The contrast in sound was overwhelming--complete silence when I was underwater, then a mind numbing roar when my head broke through into the air and sunlight. I bounced off the rocks and boulders, expecting any minute to feel the sharp rush of pain that accompanies the snap of a leg bone, arm, or ribs. I was powerless in the grip of the fierce waters. I was never more frightened in all my life. Soon the river’s force began to diminish. The speed of the current slowed and the water began to widen into a large flat expanse. I was able to swim to the bank and pulled myself out of the tepid waters. I collapsed onto the dark river sand in a state of complete exhaustion. I drifted in and out of consciousness for a few minutes and hacked up about a gallon of river water. After getting to my feet, I began to search for my companions. The first thing I saw was one of our canoes, partially submerged, about twenty yards downstream. Then I heard a voice calling my name. “Dave! Dave! Over here!” It was Clint, waist deep in the water and staggering towards the bank. He dropped to his knees as soon as he found dry ground and then rolled onto his back, gasping for air. I ran over to where he lay and checked him for broken bones and found none; when I ascertained that he was all right I continued to look for Ken and Otis. I saw Ken in the middle of the river, holding onto our overturned canoe. I shouted at him and he replied that he was all right. He began to make his way to the shore, doing his best to drag the canoe with him. My attention turned to Otis, who was nowhere in sight. Otis was in his fifties and not in the greatest of shape; the river had nearly killed the rest of us and we were much younger and stronger than the veteran photographer. I feared the worst for him and began to call his name as loudly as I could. After what seemed an eternity of shouting with no reply, I heard a faint voice calling from the other side of the river. “Here! Over here!” It was Otis, on his feet and waving at us. He appeared to be uninjured and sat down on a large rock, obviously exhausted. A huge wave of relief surged through me---we had all survived. Clint was beginning to move around and Ken had made it to the water’s edge with the canoe. The other canoe, slightly downstream, was retrievable and our supplies and gear were still securely lashed in the small crafts. Clint, who was one of the smartest people I have ever known, had the foresight to add some flotation to each canoe before we started our journey. He had the bow and stern of each boat filled with blown Styrofoam; that was what kept them both afloat after we were upended by the last giant standing wave. After helping Ken pull our canoe out of the water, we removed our supplies and spread them out to dry. Clint then took one of the spare oars and paddled to the other side to pick up Otis. Ken and I grabbed the other boat and pulled it to shore.

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As the adrenaline began to subside, I started to check out our surroundings. We were, after all, hundreds of miles from civilization deep in Guatemala’s dense rain forest. I saw something just beyond the tree line that appeared to be manmade and went to take a closer look. I found a square limestone platform that was about five feet high with a series of steps on each side. There were also four stelae, or carvings, on large sculpted stone shafts that depicted individuals in Mayan headdress and costume. I was examining one of the carvings when my three companions approached. I heard Clint speaking to me in a low and apprehensive tone. “We’ve got company. Look to your left.” I turned forty five degrees and saw three men partially obscured by the foliage. They were locals, obviously of Mayan lineage, and had been watching us since we came ashore. Each had a machete hanging from his side and one had a massive scar on the right side of his head. Otis spoke very softly to all of us and said, “Guys, stay calm and let me do the talking, okay?” He then addressed the three men in Spanish. After a few moments of dialogue, Otis told us what they had said. “They say they are employees of the government and they are here to protect this site from intruders. That’s not the truth, though. They are looters and we have interrupted them while they were searching for artifacts. I told them we had no interest in this obscure site and would be going on our way as soon as possible. Everything is okay for the moment, but we need to get back to the boats.” Ken seemed confused by all this; I think he was still a little dazed from the ordeal of the river. “We can’t just let them loot this site. We need to do something.” “Like what, Ken,” Clint asked. “This is their turf and we are the intruders here. Besides, they have those machetes and all we have for weapons are a couple of canoe paddles.” Otis agreed. “Clint’s right, Ken. For better or worse, this is how these fellows make their living. We are way out of our element here and they are not. Besides, the big guy didn’t get that scar in a car wreck, you know....” The scar Otis referred to was a deep trench that ran from the top of the looter’s head, starting behind his right ear, and travelled all the way to his chin. It was an old scar from a wound that had never been treated properly. It showed no evidence of stitches and was very wide and very deep; it was clearly a machete wound. At some time in the past, someone had buried a sharp blade deep into his skull and jawbone. The fact that he survived such an injury was a miracle. I tried not to stare at his scar, but it was hard not to. He looked back at me with the coldest and darkest eyes I had ever seen. A chill ran through me as I realized that this guy would not hesitate to hack us to pieces and leave us for the jaguars if he thought that was necessary. We walked slowly back to the riverbank and loaded our canoes as quickly as we could. The three Mayans followed us about halfway, watching every move we made. As soon as we had our still soggy supplies secured in our tiny crafts, we pushed off into the Usumacinta once more, leaving Deepscar and his two compatriots to their work. We paddled into the middle of the river and saw the three looters come to the water’s edge. Deepscar unsheathed his machete and held it above his head. He shouted something in a deep, guttural voice that sounded very threatening. Otis waved and shouted back, then began to dig his oar into the water with more rapid strokes than previously. My Spanish was very limited and I asked, “What did he say, Otis?” “He said we should never come back this way----and I assured him that we would not!” I reflected on the close call we had with the rapids and our encounter with the looters. What had started as just another canoe trip had evolved into two brushes with death and it was barely noon. My heart was pounding and I wondered what new events lay before us as we continued our journey through the heart of the ancient Mayan empire.

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July 2nd-28th KACC Exhibits TU-SA 10am-4pm SU 1pm-4pm Kerr Arts & Cultural Ctr., 228 Earl Garrett St.

August 1st-2nd Art Camp Museum TH-FR 9am-4pm The Gallery at the Point, Hwy 39, Ingram, 830-367-5120

4th Kerrville’s 4th On The River 4th of July Celebra- 1st-Sept.1st KACC Exhibits TU-SA 10am-4pm SU tion-Noon Fireworks at dusk around 9:15pm. Louise 1pm-4pm Kerr Arts & Cultural Ctr, 228 Earl Garrett St., 830-895-2911. Hays Park 5th Friday WineShare FR 6pm - 7:30pm Gardens at 2nd First Friday Wine Share FR 6pm - 7:30pm Cailloux Theater/VK Garage Theater, 910 Main St. the Ridge, 13439 South Ranch Rd. 783, 830-257-0625. 2nd-10th “Playhouse 2000-The King and I” TH-FR 7:30pm SU 2:30pm Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St. 6th Hill Country Auto Clubs Open Car Show SA 830-896-9393 9am-5pm 6th Texas Hill Country Wine & Brew Festival SA 11am-7pm Lake Comanche Trace, 3074 Bandera Hwy.

4th-11th Hill Country Cowboy Camp Meeting SA-SU times vary. Hwy. 27, 8 miles W of Ingram, 800-8969393

8th-Aug 2nd Art Camp Museum TU-SA 9am-4pm The Gallery at the Point, Hwy 39, Ingram

8th-September 13th Dreaming in Color TU-SA 9am4pm The Gallery at the Point, Hwy 39, Ingram, 830-367-5120

11th-13th The Pillowman Cailloux Theater/VK Garage Theater, 910 Main St., 830-896-9393. 12th-27th 9-5: The Musical FR-SU 8:30pm The Point Outdoor Theatre, Hill Country Arts Foundation

9th-24th “Don’t Dress for Dinner” FR-SU 8:30pm THSA 8:30pm The Point Outdoor Theatre, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Hwy 39, Ingram, 830-367-5121. www.hcaf.com

13th “An Evening with Larry Gatlin” SA 7 Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St., 830-896-9393

14th Movies in the Park-Where the Wild Things Are FR 9:00pm Kerrville-Schreiner Park Amphitheater Recreation Hall, 2385 Bandera Hwy, 830-257-7300

19th Movies in the Park-Lilo & Stich FR 9 pm Kerrville-Schreiner Park Amphitheater

17th Back to School Bash SA 10am-1pm The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 201 Holdsworth Dr.

26th-Aug 10th Playhouse 2000-The King and I” FR-SA 7: Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St., 830-8969393

30th-Sept 1st Camp Eagle Classic Mountain Bike Fest SA-SU All day. Camp Eagle, Rocksprings, 830-896-6864.

27th Kerr County Market Days SA 9am-4pm Kerr County Courthouse

30th-Sept 1st Kerrville Wine & Music Festival Quiet Valley Ranch, 3876 Medina Hwy, 830-257-3600.

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Parenting Tips Teaching Your Baby To Sleep Yes, that is right; sleeping is something your baby learns. She can learn to sleep the hours that she determines or she can learn to sleep the hours that you determine are appropriate for your family’s life style. Newborn babies need 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day, and by the time your baby is 3 months old that requirement will drop to about 15 hours daily. Some of this time will be napping and some will be overnight sleeping. When your child is seven to nine months old you can start “teaching” your baby to go to sleep at bedtime, to sleep through the night, and to sleep alone. You will need to provide a quiet sleeping environment where the baby can settle down and sleep peacefully. Just like you, she will probably like a dark, quiet room with a comfortable temperature. Then you will want to establish a bedtime routine that you follow and are consistent with. This will create “sleep associations” that you will see have a profound effect on her going to sleep and staying asleep. Your routine might look like this: Feed her dinner, give her a bath, place her in her bed - you might sing to her softly with the lights out, and then letting her fall asleep as you leave the room. If she is fussy, you can comfort her briefly by visiting the room to let her know that you are there and that everything is fine. You can even repeat this with greater intervals of absence in between. Initially, you might have to revisit the room several times, but have increasingly longer periods of time away from the room between each visit. The most common mistake parents make when teaching their baby to sleep is to go in and pick her up when she cries. This gives the message that you have changed your mind. Remember going to sleep at bedtime is a learned skill and it is influenced directly by the parents’ behavior. To learn more, please contact us at www.thepregnancyresourcecenter.org. We offer FREE Parenting Classes, on a personalized basis to address whatever concerns you may have about your child – from conception to age 12..

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July 2 Cowboy Capital Opry Silver Sage Community Ctr. @ 7 pm 4 Bandera Farmers Market Sid's Bar B Que on Main St.. 8-11 AM 4 17th Annual Pet Parade Bandera City Park 5 Fish Fry at St. Joseph's Hall 5 PM till all is sold. 5 Classic Car Night 5 PM 610 Hwy 16 South 5 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek, TX 6 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 6 Bandera Market Days on Courthouse Square. 9am-4pm 6 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 6 Bandera Book Sale 9am-1pm 6 The New Twin Elm Rodeo 8pm 810 FM 470, Bandera 7 From Sea to Shining Sea: Proud Songs of America 3:30pm Cost: $12 at the Western Heritage Cowboy Church on Hwy 1283 9 Gospel Jamboree 6pm FREE Medina First Baptist Church 11 Bandera Farmers Market Sid's Bar B Que on Main St.. 8-11 AM 12 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek, TX 13 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 13 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 13 The New Twin Elm Rodeo 8pm 810 FM 470 18 Bandera Farmers Market Sid's Bar B Que on Main St.. 8-11 AM 19 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek, TX 20 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 20 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 20 The New Twin Elm Rodeo 8pm 810 FM 470 20 Texas Street Customs Car Show 2-5pm Sonic on Main Street 25 Bandera Farmers Market Sid's Bar B Que on Main St.. 8-11 AM 26 4th Friday Jam 6pm the Silver Sage Community Center 26 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek, TX 27 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 27 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 27 The New Twin Elm Rodeo 8pm 810 FM 470, Bandera 27 National Day of the American Cowboy 9am-3pm Frontier Times Museum Ranch Rodeo at 8:00 PM at Mansfield Park

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August 2 Fish Fry at St. Joseph's Hall 5 PM till all is sold. 2 Classic Car Night 5 PM 610 Hwy 16 South 2 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek, TX 3 1st Saturday Car Show 2-5pm Turk’s Deli in Lakehills 3 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 9 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek, TX 10 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 10 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 10 The New Twin Elm Rodeo 8pm 810 FM 470, Bandera 13 Gospel Jamboree 6pm FREE Medina First Baptist Church 16 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek, TX 17 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 17 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 17 The New Twin Elm Rodeo 8pm 810 FM 470, Bandera 17 Texas Street Customs Car Show 2-5pm Sonic on Main Street 23 4th Friday Jam 6pm the Silver Sage Community Center 23 Summer Buckle Series Rodeo 8 pm Pipe Creek 24 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse 24 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 24 The New Twin Elm Rodeo 8pm 810 FM 470, Bandera 30 Celebrate Bandera Cattle Drive, Parade, Pow Wow & Music 31 Flying L Ranch Chuck Wagon Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm 31 Bandera Farmers Market Sid's Bar B Que on Main St.. 8-11 AM 31 Cowboys on Main 1-4pm in Front of the Bandera County Courthouse

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August

4 Comfort’s Annual 4th of July Celebration & Parade. Brisket BBQ dinner, arts & crafts booths, fun games for kids, and music

3 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park

6 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park. 11-14 Singing Water Vineyards hosts the annual Maskey Art Show 13 Bending Branch Winery Live Music 2-5 pm 13 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park. 20 Bending Branch Winery Live Music by Jeff Wood from 2-5pm. www.bendingbranchwinery.com 20 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park 27 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park 28 Bending Branch Winery featuring Live Music by Davey Schrank from 2-5 pm

3 Bending Branch Winery 2-5 pm Brittany Shane 4 Bending Branch Winery featuring Live Music by Samantha Arlo from 2-5 pm 8 Singing Water Vineyards 2nd Saturday Concert with music by The Real Bill Lewis. www.singingwatervineyards.com 10 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park 17 Bending Branch Winery featuring Live Music by John Boyd from 2-5 pm 17 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park 18 Bending Branch Winery featuring Live Music by John Richard Jacome from 2-5 pm www.bendingbranchwinery.com 24 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park. 31 Comfort Farmer’s Market from 8 am until noon (or sold out) in Comfort Park.

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What in the World Is Mount Horeb House? By Ann Geroy Imagine a place where hurting people can experience genuine recovery. Mount Horeb House is that place! Recognized among the top1% of nonprofits in the United States by Great Nonprofits, we work with people who are searching desperately for release from emotional pain that creates intense struggles in their personal lives and damages their relationships. Some are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or pornography. Others have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Many struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, grief or PTSD. A number are struggling in their marriages or other relationships. We provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere where God’s unconditional love and forgiveness are manifested. This caring and confidential environment helps people explore life’s struggles in a sensitive and practical manner. Clients come to us in a variety of ways. We collaborate with Christian Women’s Job Corps and have just completed a four semester program entitled The Journey with some CWJC alumni. Men from Christian Men’s Job Corps, missionaries through Commission to Every Nation and referrals from local doctors, pastors and others fill our client list.

Participants and facilitators for The Journey class at Christian Women’s Job Corps Our primary approach to emotional healing is Solution Focused Intentional Prayer, a process that produces lasting results. In a recent survey of former clients, 100% said they would refer someone to Mount Horeb House. According to the American Association of Christian Counselors, many counselors and psychologists have incorporated Prayer Ministry into their programs. Why? Because it works! So what is Prayer Ministry? Basically we 1) Invite people to tell their stories, 2) Help them identify where painful, lie-based beliefs took root in their lives, and 3) Invite Jesus to heal their wounded hearts by giving them His good news about their value and worth.

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Emotionally damaging thought patterns often begin in childhood and can be carried for a lifetime. They can impact our behavior into adulthood because emotional maturity does not automatically come with physical maturity. Phrases like, “Why don’t you grow up! ” or “You act like a baby!” can be embarrassing and confusing for the emotionally immature person who missed developmental stages along the way because of abusive circumstances in their childhood. Childhood abuse is an undeniable issue in the Hill Country, as evidenced by the 339 placards displayed on the Kerr County courthouse lawn in April. It is estimated that one-third of abused and neglected children will eventually victimize their own children. The cycle of abuse can be broken and destructive life habits can change as people experience emotional healing. One aspect of childhood abuse no one likes to talk about is sexual abuse. Because of the intimate nature of sexual abuse, survivors have unique needs whether they are young children, teens or adults. National statistics tell us that over 30% of all women and 16% of all men in America have experienced some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18. One of our goals is to reach out to those who have a compassionate heart for survivors with an innovative program called The Compassionate Community. Ann Geroy recently presented this program at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault State Conference in Austin. It is available to groups interested in learning helpful and appropriate ways to walk alongside survivors. The primary message of Mount Horeb House to the emotionally wounded is…

THERE IS HOPE!

Artists Alive one thing we consistently observe with people whose hurts are healed is that their creativity is released as they experience emotional healing. We have learned to step back and celebrate! The first bi-annual celebration for Artists Alive will be held on October 18, 2013, at Tucker Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kerrville.

Dan and Ann Geroy have been doing ministry in Kerrville since 2003. Their offices are located in the Wells Fargo Building on Junction Hwy. They work closely with a number of local counselors, but are not licensed professional counselors. Mount Horeb House does not currently have a facility for housing clients.

Contact Information: 301 Junction Hwy, Suite 321, 830-895-1997

www.mounthorebministries.com

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COMPANY CHICKEN 1 large roasting chicken (cut into breasts, thighs & legs) 1 can cream of mushroom soup 2 cans whole potatoes seasoned flour (1/2 tsp. of each poultry seasoning, oregano, thyme, paprika, salt & pepper) 1/4 tsp. oregano for sauce 1 bunch green onions (chopped) 1/2 cup white wine 1 stick of butter Wash chicken & shake in bag of seasoned flour mixture. Melt butter in oven safe pan. Brown chicken on both sides @ 350 degrees. for appox. 30 mins. Mix soup (as directed), green onions, 1/4 tsp. oregano, green onions & white wine. When chicken is browned cover w/ sauce. Add potatoes & cook for 30-45 mins. Sprinkle with paprika prior to serving. Garnish w/ parsley.

By Mary Gentry

GREEN DERBY SPECIAL HOUSE SALAD Lettuce, cut in 1-1/2 inch squares Parsley, chopped Scallions, chopped Syrian bread cut in 1 inch squares and toasted Tomatoes, quartered Olive oil in which pieces of garlic marinate Wine vinegar Salt and Pepper, to taste Accent & Oregano, a sprinkle of each per salad FOR EACH SALAD: Measure into a large wooden salad bowl: 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon wine vinegar. Add salt, pepper, Accent, oregano. Add 3 quarters of a tomato and chop into dressing. Add 1/3 head of lettuce (in squares), 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon scallions. Add toasted croutons. Toss lightly. Put in bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Salad must be served immediately.

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GREEN DERBY SPECIAL HOUSE SALAD Lettuce, cut in 1-1/2 inch squares Parsley, chopped Scallions, chopped Syrian bread cut in 1 inch squares and toasted Tomatoes, quartered Olive oil in which pieces of garlic marinate Wine vinegar Salt and Pepper, to taste Accent & Oregano, a sprinkle of each per salad FOR EACH SALAD: Measure into a large wooden salad bowl: 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon wine vinegar. Add salt, pepper, Accent, oregano. Add 3 quarters of a tomato and chop into dressing. Add 1/3 head of lettuce (in squares), 3 tablespoons chopped parsley, 1 tablespoon scallions. Add toasted croutons. Toss lightly. Put in bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Salad must be served immediately. "COMPANY CHICKEN" 1 large roasting chicken (cut into breasts, thighs & legs) 1 can cream of mushroom soup 2 cans whole potatoes seasoned flour (1/2 tsp. of each poultry seasoning, oregano, thyme, paprika, salt & pepper) 1/4 tsp. oregano for sauce 1 bunch green onions (chopped) 1/2 cup white wine 1 stick of butter Wash chicken & shake in bag of seasoned flour mixture. Melt butter in oven safe pan. Brown chicken on both sides @ 350 degrees. for approx.. 30 mins. Mix soup (as directed), green onions, 1/4 tsp. oregano, green onions & white wine. When chicken is browned cover w/ sauce. Add potatoes & cook for 30-45 mins. Sprinkle w/ paprika prior to serving.

MARY NEEDS YOUR HELP Mary Gentry has been battling a severe illness for several months and is in need of a liver transplant. This life saving procedure is very expensive and any contributions to her medical costs will be greatly appreciated by Mary and her family. Please send your donations, large or small, to: Mary's Medical Fund, c/o Heart Of Texas Today, 2019 Brian Drive, Kerrville, Texas 78028

Mary Gentry

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“Happy Trails to you, until we meet again”

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