News Bulletin Castroville • La Coste
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Thursday, March 7, 2013 Castroville, Texas
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Preparing for disaster at Medina Valley County holds its first emergency drill at MVHS Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The Medina County Health Unit in partnership with Medina County Emergency Management held its first emergency preparedness drill at Medina Valley High School in order to prepare for the statewide drill in October. “This is a set-up drill only,” said Medina County Public Health Unit Preparedness Coordinator Trish Huron. “We will only be setting up our [Point of Dispensation] site up to the point of cars driving through.” The scenario was that a known terrorist organization released anthrax into the air of the AT&T Center in San Antonio during a three-day event with up to 200,000 people needing antibiotics throughout the eight counties in the San
During the emergency preparedness drill at Medina Valley High School this past weekend, displaying the signage for people to see was one of the minor obstacles that the volunteers had to overcome. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez) Antonio metropolitan statistical area. “We’re exercising the POD here for a possible
emergency that could happen,” said La Cost Fire Chief Ernie Christilles. “Will it happen in Medina
County, is it going to happen? It’s going to happen and we need to be prepared. I don’t know if it’s going
to be anthrax or what it’s going to be, but we need to be prepared and exercise this deal.”
Roughly 75 volunteers including private citizens, law enforcement officers and first responders came out to help in the drill, but Huron said that for the drill in October, even more would be needed. “In October we’re going to ask some of the public to drive through so we can get a good number of how long it takes from beginning to end,” she said. “It takes a lot of volunteers, so you need volunteers that come in last minute and we will need two to three times [what we have today] to run the POD site.” For those interested in volunteering for these drills, contact the Medina County Health Unit at 830741-6191 or the Emergency Management Department at 830-741-6150. Throughout the county there are three POD sites where medication would be See ‘High’ on Page 2
No contested elections this May City to cancel its elections for sixth consecutive year For the sixth year in a row Castroville will not be holding a May election. March 1 was the final
day to file for election and with no challengers reporting, the path is clear for Mayor Bob Lee and City Councilmembers Kyle McVay and Sammy Tschirhart to secure a new term in office. The Medina Valley ISD
trustee election filings produced a similar outcome, with incumbents Roland Ruiz and Carl Blakemore both unopposed. The last contested election in Castroville for mayor and city council was in 2007.
That year Lee won his first term in office with 70 percent of the vote, Tschirhart won a competitive three-way election in District 1 that was decided by three votes and McVay won with 58 percent of the vote in District 2.
Animal control officer takes reins New officer has prior experience serving Hondo
Medina Valley hosted its first tournament at its new tennis courts last weekend and did not disappoint. In fact, the championship match in girls doubles division was between the two teams representing Medina Valley, with the team of Cassandra Schorr and April Rodriguez taking the championship over Ana Politran and Amanda Bragg. Pictured above, Politran hits a forehand return at Rodriguez during the championship match. (Photo by Janine Modgling)
James Armstrong Staff Writer There’s a new face behind the wheel of the Castroville Animal Control truck. Melissa Smith began her first full day as the city’s new animal control officer March 1, succeeding Billy Torres who held the post for 18 years. “I’m hoping that the community accepts me and that they understand that I’m here for the welfare of the animals,” Smith said. “That’s what’s important for me.” Smith, who has been a friend of Torres’ for eight years, was able to train in
Newly hired Animal Control Officer Melissa Smith is pictured here with Gunner, one of the adoptable dogs the Friends of Castroville Animal Control brought to last week’s Nite in Old Castroville. (Photo by James Armstrong) the field with him before his final day on the job and hopes to follow his example.
“Animal officers care more about educating the public and being compassionate
towards animals,” Smith said. “That’s something that Billy was and you don’t get that a lot. It’s an honor to know him and a honor to have worked with him.” The job is familiar territory to Smith, who served as the animal control officer in Hondo several years ago before moving to Castroville. Smith said she was excited about the lines of the communication available to her and praised volunteer groups like the Friends of Castroville Animal Control for helping establish a Virtual Animal Shelter. The new features will allow Smith to send pictures See ‘Smith’ on Page 2
Market Trail Days returning Event to move from monthly to quarterly basis James Armstrong Staff Writer Market Trail Days returns this Saturday. Formerly held on a monthly basis, the Castroville Chamber of Commercesponsored event is trying to
make a comeback as a quarterly gathering. Vendors will set up in Houston Square from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sell arts and crafts as well as food. Alexandra Brooks, chamber vice president and owner of Papanenos Gifts, said gettogethers like the trail days are a staple of small town living. “Every little town has
a Market Trail Day so we thought it would be neat if Castroville started doing something like that again,” Brooks said. “It’s something for the community to come together and enjoy.” Brooks said Saturday’s event will include local vendors, many of who are familSee ‘Food’ on Page 2
Park road improvements desired $20K available; board to seek out assistance from commissioner
James Armstrong Staff Writer The Castroville Parks and Recreation Board held a special workshop Sunday to discuss improvements to the roads at Regional Park. In the end the board
unanimously voted to consult with the county on overlaying part of the park entry road and level out an area adjacent to the tennis courts to make up for the erosion of the grounds. If funds allow, the board hopes to eventually overlay that location into an acceptable parking area. There is roughly $20,000 available to the board for capital improvement projects.
The board will be consulting with Larry Sittre, county commissioner for precinct 2, about cost estimates for the overlays and how far they can stretch the available funds. An invitation has been extended for Sittre to attend the next board meeting, held on the second Thursday of the month, to brief members on the proposals. If a final recSee ‘New’ on Page 2
Singer/songwriter and San Antonio native Victoria Celestine was one of the performers featured during last week’s Nite in Old Castroville. (Photo by James Armstrong)
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VFW to serve up chicken with fixins Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer This coming Sunday, the La Coste Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8134 will host its quarterly barbecue fundraiser. The March 10 fundraiser, beginning at noon, will serve chicken halves with all of the sides for $7 per plate with the Ladies Auxiliary selling baked goods. “We’re going to be doing
at least 416 chicken halves,” said Post Commander Hank Seay. “We start at zero dark thirty in the morning getting everything set up.” There will be drinks for those eating in at the post building including iced tea and the money will go towards the general operating fund for the post. “As we go along, the building is quite old, the money also helps out to repair things in the building like
when some floor tiles need to be replaced and stuff like that,” Seay said. “Due to all of the floods we had before the drought came in, the floor has kind of warped a little bit and we’re going to try to get that fixed along with a few other things.” With 416 plates available, Seay is confident that there will be enough plates to go around, but he knows that people will still get there around 11 a.m. to
begin lining up for the barbecue plates. “The last time we made a mistake on the meat and we ran out, but hopefully this time by getting all of those extra chickens, we should be able to accommodate anybody that wants to show up and have a good meal,” he said. “They’ll still show up early, but we should be able to accommodate everybody this time around.” The Castroville Elementary fourth graders put on their production of “Voices of the Alamo” this past week for Texas Public School Week. The play told the history of the state from the Native American settlers to the battle of the Gonzales with the infamous flag that read “Come and Take It,” and ended with the battle of the Alamo and the fight for Texas freedom. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)
Bluebonnet Walk to begin March 16
It’s Relay time, and the Sixties Flappers are at it again. (From left to right) Betty, Rita, Esther, Holly, Sheila and Leah will be having a giant yard sale in Castroville on Saturday, March 9 to raise money for the Medina County Relay for Life. Look for the signs off of Highway 90 by Castroville Rental. (Courtesy Photo)
New walkways at park also considered Continued from Page 1 ommendation is put together and passed the proposal will then go before the Castroville City Council.
The board also toured the Regional Park Pool area to consider adding new walkways from the parking lots to the park grounds. At the Feb. 26 city coun-
cil meeting the board was tasked with assembling a parks master plan in order to move forward with other improvements, such as expanding parking options at
Lions Park. The council also approved $3,500 to purchase and transport 200 limestone boulders to better designate parking areas at Regional Park.
Smith hopes to work well with community Continued from Page 1 of found animals directly to the PetFinder.com site managed by the Friends, which feeds back to the city website. Information posted on the city website regarding lost animals will soon be sent to Smith directly. “That eventually will be routed to my e-mail and I’ll be able to know right away what type of animal is missing, if I’ve got it in the shelter or if it’s in our foster care
system or if I should be on the lookout for it,” Smith said. Since the Friends began its campaign to recruit foster families and encourage animal adoption no adoptable animal has been put down. Growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, Smith said she has always been friendly to animals and kept a variety of pets. Among the animals she’s cared for over the years are tarantulas, emperor scorpions, iguanas,
rabbits, horses, cows, raccoons, snakes and chickens. Right now the Smith home includes cats, two huskie dogs and a puppy she adopted last winter. Smith and her husband Robert, who operates the “My Sign Center,” have lived in the area for 15 years and have six children. Above all Smith said that the community has shown a concern for animals that is hard to find, with both animal owners and non-owners stepping up to help.
“I think Castroville is an amazing community,” Smith said. “Everybody I’ve dealt with has been very caring toward animals. I’m excited to be working with the city and working with the citizens of the city.” Animal Control is now based out of public services and not the police department. Calls related to animal issues should be directed to 830-931-4090 or filed online at the Virtual Animal Shelter at www.castrovilletx.gov.
High school is one of three POD sites in county Continued from Page 1 given out in the event of a situation, MVHS, Devine Middle School and the Medina County Fairgrounds in Hondo. Drills are done every year on a revolving basis to ensure that the PODS are adequately prepared to dispense medication to those not currently sick. “People who are sick go to the hospital,” said Huron. “They don’t come here. We are not treating sick people. Our goal is to decrease the number of individuals who might become ill.” The POD site set up included posting all of the signage for each of the three steps along with half of the actual number of vehicle drive through lanes to ensure that they can be set up and begin processing vehicles as soon as possible. Within an hour of the
Rene Montalvo, community development and corporate relations manager for Chesapeake Energy, was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Castroville Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Montalvo, a former resident who is still involved with the St. Louis Catholic Church, gave his Eagle Ford Shale 101 presentation about the economic benefits them stem from his company’s drilling operations. (Photo by James Armstrong)
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Volunteers from around the county, including law enforcement officers, first responders, county employees and private citizens, came out to the high school bright and early this past Saturday morning to take part in an emergency preparedness drill. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez) start of the drill, all of the stations were set up and ready to be evaluated by the health unit as well as by representatives from other counties.
“This was the first time we’ve done it [at this location],” Medina County Health Unit Manager Pam Muennink. “We had a lot of concerns that we weren’t
sure how they were going to work, but they worked out or we found ways to make them work out, so we’re all feeling really good about it.”
animal control may be directed to the public services department at 830931-4090 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4
p.m. For after hour emergencies, residents should call 830-931-2222. Lost or found pets may also be reported online
at www.castrovilletx.gov. Animals available for fostering or adoption will also be posted online.
City, county to perform street repairs next week The city of Castroville and Medina County will be partnering for street repair the week of March 11 through the 15. The streets
choose which path best suits them and that there are plenty of benches to stop and take in the view. In the past, some of the antique vehicles have been placed in the fields for decorative effect. Since starting in 2001 the walk has become one of the two major events the museum is known for, along with its Christmas toy and quilt show, and has only been canceled due to severe weather and drought. Wegner said that many different wildflowers will be in bloom besides bluebonnets and welcomed guests to also view the antique airplanes, cars and military memorabilia at the museum. The museum is located south of Castroville off of FM 1343. Drivers will go east on FM 4514 and then south on County Road 5710.
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Animal control moves to public services dept. Castroville Animal Control has moved from the police department to public services. Questions concerning
James Armstrong Staff Writer Texas’ state flower is blooming in Medina County. The Shooting Star Museum’s annual Bluebonnet Walk will begin March 16 and run during the final three weekends of the month. Pat Wegner, secretarytreasurer for the museum, said the walk is a chance for families to get out and enjoy the scenery instead of just making a typical stop along the highway. “It’s just a nice afternoon in the country,” Wegner said. “Don’t put your kids on the side of the road with bluebonnets take them out here.” The walk, like entry into the museum, is free to the public but donations are requested. Wegner said the walk has three main trails with varying length so visitors can
affected will be: Lorenzo between Highway 90 and Florence; Mexico south of Highway 90; Old Highway 90 between Alsace and
River Bluff Estates; and Alsace between Highway 90 and Old Highway 90. The city does not anticipate road closures, but there will
be crews working on site and directing traffic. For more information, please contact Public Services at 830-931-4090.
iar faces from the last Old Fashion Christmas, with others coming in from San Antonio, Rio Medina, Devine and Lytle. Cajun food and cotton candy are some of the food patrons can expect along with jewelers and woodworkers. “We have a variety of stuff for everybody,” Brooks said.
Brooks hopes that as the weather warms up more Medina County farmers will be drawn to Trail Days, with the next one scheduled for June 8. Interested vendors can still sign up for a booth on Saturday. The registration fee is $30 per booth. For more information call the chamber office at 830538-3142 or visit www.castroville.com.
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EAA asks Medina County for support in lawsuit which would likely lessen Medina County board seats Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Edwards Aquifer Authority Chairman Luana Buckner requested assistance from the Medina County Commissioners’ Court this past Monday in fighting a lawsuit filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens and joined by the San Antonio Water System. “We’ve defended a lot of lawsuits over the past 16 years, but most of them have to do with money and rule making and that sort of thing,” Buckner said. “But in my opinion, this is the most important lawsuit that we’ve defended.”
The suit filed by LULAC alleged that the makeup of the EAA Board of Directors is unconstitutional because it does not follow the one man, one vote provision. “That’s true. We don’t follow one man, one vote,” she said. “Back in 1995 there was a compromise reached that the EAA should be based on interest groups, not one man, one vote because we’re a special interest district created to regulate withdrawals from the aquifer and therefore are not subject to one man, one vote and back in 1995, all of the parties agreed to this.” Currently Medina,
Uvalde, Comal and Hays Counties each have two directors and Bexar County has seven directors giving the board 15 voting members. There are also two non-voting members representing the western and downstream interests. “The worst case scenario based solely on one man, one vote you would likely see a board made up of 12 members from Bexar County, probably one from Medina and Uvalde Counties combined and two from Hays and Comal Counties because of the rapid growth on [Interstate-35],” Buckner said.
That would mean that San Antonio would control the decisions of the aquifer without having to ally itself with Hays and Comal Counties for control of the board’s decisions. But the lawsuit has not been one-sided, with New Braunfels Utilities, Texas Farm Bureau, city of Victoria and the Guadalupe River Authority filing amicus briefs on behalf and in support of the EAA. Further, the city of San Marcos has intervened in the suit on behalf of the EAA and Yancey Water Supply Corporation is considering intervention. “I would like you guys
to consider, at a future meeting, actually intervening in the lawsuit on behalf of all of the water users in Medina County and I’m asking Uvalde County to also intervene,” Buckner said. “I know it’s going to cost money. I know it’s a big step for you all to consider, but I feel like it’s that important and you all need to be a party to the lawsuit and party to any of the potential settlement that may reached after a decision by the court, if one is made.” Buckner said that if the court rules against the EAA, there would have to be a legislative action to amend
the EAA Act and further said that she would not be surprised if the amendment were introduced this session to go into effect pending the ruling of the court. “There are no other major details to cover, other than to make clear what’s at stake and that’s representation on the board,” said EAA General Manager Roland Ruiz. County Judge Jim Barden said that he might invite the EAA back in a couple of weeks depending on whether the court wants to put the item onto the agenda for future consideration.
Company says injection wells would not impact fresh water Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Local business owners, landowners and elected officials came out to Hondo for a meeting about two water disposal/injection sites that are currently on hold with the Railroad Commission. “Our intentions today are basically to convey to you the reasons for permitting our water injection wells out in the Adams Ranch,” said Doug Coyle with Activa Resources. “We hope to be able to, by communicating, let you know our intentions, explain our process to you and convince you that the injection wells pose no threat to the fresh water wells in Medina County.” Coyle said that there have been injection wells operating in the county for decades. The process involves going into the Escondido Formation for Activa and the Austin Chalk Formation for Texas Secondary Oil Corporation to extract gas from the ground. When the gas is extracted, water is extracted as well and through the injection, the companies put the water back into the ground to force
more gas to come to the surface for production. “We had an injection well that was there for 20 some years and it was abandoned,” said Burch Downman with TSOC. “We drilled a second well that is currently producing oil and we’re going to convert one of our old wells into an injection well. It will go nowhere close to the Edwards ever. There are several Edwards irrigation wells in the general area, but these will be far away from that.” While the name is the same, hydraulic fracturing, the speakers in attendance all said that the process has nothing to do with the process that is going on down further south in the Eagle Ford Shale Formation. “In Medina County, we’re not talking about these multi-million pound frack jobs that have everybody stirred up further south,” Downman said. “It simply doesn’t exist here.” The system that TSOC will use takes advantage of gravity to pull the water down to the formation and through to the site where
the oil will then come out and while Activa will use pressure, it will not be anywhere near the amount used for the Eagle Ford Shale Formation. “It goes back into the ground for whatever amount that God will let it soak back into the formation with zero pressure,” said Downman. “So obviously, it can’t go migrate somewhere.” The main concern for the local elected officials were worried that the disposal/ injection site would mean disposing of water that has already been processed through the fracking sites in Pleasanton and further south, but those fears were quickly allayed. “There are no high-water production areas close enough to make it a commercially feasible operation,” Downman said. “Also, Medina County has very low permeability, which means it’s very tight, so you can’t put that much fluid in, physically you can’t put that much fluid in.” The presentation was already made to the Yancey Water Board that made
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Obituaries Obituar ies J. BIPPERT J o s e p h Harold Bippert was born on Nov. 19, 1913 and passed away on Feb. 27, 2013 at the age of 99. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Martha Mechler Bippert. He was the fourth of 12 children of Max Henry and Marie Elizabeth Franger Bippert. His siblings who preceded him in death were Wilfred, Helen Croft, Aline Haby, Leonard, Reinhart, Leroy, Baby sister Marie, and Ivan; Brother-In-Laws Jess Cockrell, Lloyd Croft, Clinis Haby, and Henry Tschirhart; Sister-InLaws Virginia, Cecelia, and Betty; DaughterIn-Law Carolyn and Great-Granddaughter Kelli Lynn. He is survived by Alvin (Lorayne), Eloise (Melvin), Billy and Sister-In-Law Lucille Bippert. He is also survived by sons, David J. Bippert and wife Nancy Jo, John Henry Bippert and wife Nancy, and Dennis H. Bippert and wife Doris, 11 Grandchildren, 30 Great Grandchildren, and four Great Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He attended the La Coste Public School, then worked on the family’s dairy farm. He married Martha Mechler on July 29, 1937. He and Martha farmed and milked cows for several years until he started working for the Texas Highway Department maintenance crew in Hondo. He retired after 25 plus years, then was hired and worked for the Precinct 2 road crew for another 10 years before his final retirement. They traveled a lot, going on many bus trips and on a couple of cruises in the Caribbean with his sisters. He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, St. Louis Society, and the Hermann Sons Lodge in Castroville. He loved having his children and grandchildren around, loved to hunt, really enjoyed the family Christmas parties, and enjoyed many pitch games with his friends. His favorite times were the family camping trips every summer on the Frio River. The family would like to thank all those who cared for him during the past few years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be given to the charity of your choice. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from noon to 5:30 p.m. Rosary was recited Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. The Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Entombment followed the Mass at St. Louis Catholic Garden Mausoleum in Castroville. You may view the obituary, sign the guest book and leave a tribute at www.tondreguinn. com.
Benjamin (Ben) David Bristow, 82, of Helena, passed away Feb. 26, 2013, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Helena, Mont. Ben was born in McAllen, Texas on Feb. 18, 1931, to Clarence Bristow and Alma Reicherzer. At the time of his death, Ben was living in Helena and was married to Jo (Denham) Bristow who survives him. As a younger man Ben served in the Air Force and had been stationed in Washington D.C., Texas, Japan and Spain. His last station was Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, Montana. His time in Washington D.C. found him working in the Pentagon. He also marched in President Eisenhower’s second inaugural parade. Ben was extremely proud of his 22 years of military service. After retiring, Ben lived in Billings and then Helena for many years where he owned and operated The Copy Shop. Although he returned to Texas and lived in California, he loved living in Montana. Ben was particularly industrious, being mechanically and electronically talented. He was not afraid to troubleshoot or tackle any challenge in home or auto repairs. He freely offered this talent and his time to those who needed it. Ben loved his family and they loved him. He very much enjoyed visits with friends and family where he could tell stories about his formative years in Texas and his time in the Air Force. Ben had a variety of wonderful life experiences and adventures that he loved to share, weaving his storytelling with his own blend of humility and humor. Of course, he was a faithful fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Louis L’Amour. Preceding Ben in death were his parents, his sister Velma and half- brother Edwin. Surviving are David Bristow (Sus) and Douglas Bristow (Chris), children of Teresa Durbin; Katie Bristow Myers (Trent), Jacob Bristow (Cheryl), Libby Steiniger (Tom) and Gwen Bristow (Shawn), children of Helen Buell Hart; Michelle Jackson and Melinda Ali and Randy Parker, children of Jo Bristow; foster daughter Ana Petrilli. Ben also had 16 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren located in Massachusetts, Georgia, Seattle, San Diego, Kuwait, Porto Alegre, Brazil and Helena. Surviving sisters are Loretta Moczygemba and Lucille Respondek of La Coste. Ben was also a close, abiding friend of Bill Wilson. The family would like to thank the exceptional doctors and nurses of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Helena who provided the compassionate care that Ben appreciated so much. Memorials on Ben’s behalf can be sent to Lewis and Clark Humane Society and Set Free Helena PO Box 1531 East Helena, MT 59635 or at http://www.mtlchs. org/. Condolences can be sent to http://www. aswfuneralhome.com/. Services for Ben were held on March 4, 2013 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home 3750 N. Montana Ave., Helena, MT 59602. Reception followed at the Stevenson Wilke Banquet Hall.
M e l v i n Adolph Bippert, 83, of San Antonio, passed away March 1, 2013 in San Antonio. Melvin was born Apr. 17, 1929 in San Antonio, to the late Clarence C., Sr. and Martha Wurzbach Bippert. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1946 he served in the Army as a Military Policeman. He completed his tour of duty in the military and started working in the oil field business. He also was a farmer and was the Founder of Lone Star Radiator Company. A favorite hobby of his was making homemade wine. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Nelson Bippert and Clarence C. Bippert, Jr. Survivors include his wife, Eloise Tschirhart Bippert of San Antonio; sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl and Suzan Bippert of San Antonio, David and Lisa Bippert of Rio Medina; grandsons, Colt, Travis, Eric and Joshua; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Jacquelyn Bippert of Rio Medina, Bill and Frances Bippert of Castroville, and Bob Bippert of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Gaye Bippert Belcher and husband Donald of Castroville; numerous nieces and nephews. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner Rd., San Antonio. Interment with Military Honors followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Castroville. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Concordia Lutheran School. You may view the obituary, sign the guest book and leave a tribute at www.tondreguinn.com.
BUTLER John Gordan Butler, Jr., born September 24, 1935 passed away Monday, March 4, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. John leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Carlene, three children Clifton Butler and wife Sherri, of Salida, California, Johnna Dee Butler, of Devine, Texas, and Richard Butler of Mico, Texas, ten grandchildren, Jason Skow and wife Stacy, Aaron Butler and wife Jennifer, Jerimiah Butler and wife Kayla, Kelsey Rodriguez, Nathanial Butler and wife LeAnn, Rikki Zinsmeyer and husband Michael, Zachariah Butler, Izekial Butler, Elijahwan Butler and Finian Butler, and nine great-grandchildren, Quentin Rodriguez, Chase Skow, Mackenzie Butler, Haylee Skow, Madison Rodriguez, Mikayla Zinsmeyer, Nattie Butler, John Zinsmeyer and Noah Butler. John is proceeded in death by his father and mother, John and Gerturdis Butler. John proudly served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Once retired, John went on to teach at Medina Valley High School for 22 years and additionally at Palo Alto and Northwest Vista Colleges. John was proud of the many accomplishments of not only his children and grandchildren, but also his former students.Grandad, to his family and Mr. B., to his beloved students, will be dearly missed. Visitation will be Friday, March 8 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mission Park North Funeral Chapels on 3401 Cherry Ridge Dr., San Antonio, Texas 210.349.1414 Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 9 at 1:30 PM at Mission Park North, with burial to follow at 3:00 PM at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the American Cancer Society.
Sealed competitive proposals addressed to the City of Castroville, 1209 Fiorella Street, Castroville Texas, 78009, will be received until 2:00 P.M., Friday, March 15, 2013, for furnishing all labor, supplies and supervision necessary for: Upgrade and Replacement of the Water and Wastewater System’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) COMPETITIVE SEALED PROPOSALS will be opened and publicly read aloud at 2:00 P.M. at the offices of City of Castroville, 1209 Fiorella Street, Castroville Texas, 78009. No faxed proposals will be accepted. Three (3) copies of the proposal shall be provided for evaluation. The City will evaluate all qualification statements submitted and determine the most qualified and responsive proposal for the award basis considering qualifications and contract amount. REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS may be examined without charge at the City of Castroville. Proposal forms and specifications may be obtained at City Hall, 1209 Fiorella Street, Castroville Texas, 78009, Telephone 830-931-4070, Attention Kim Davis, Director of Public Services, email@example.com. Contract documents including proposal forms, and specifications for the Project are available in PDF format and may be viewed and downloaded free of charge at www.castrovilletx.gov on or after February 21, 2013. CONTRACTORS SUBMITTING PROPOSALS are expected to inspect the site of the work and to inform themselves of all local conditions. NO PROPOSAL may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for receipt of proposals for at least ninety (90) calendar days. THE CITY reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals, waive any and/or all formalities, and award the proposal as it appears most beneficial to the City.
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Mark Allen Snson Our beloved Mark passed away on February 20, 2013 in Houston, TX from heart failure. All who loved him know that he le too soon. Mark was born on September 29, 1955 to Werner and Shirley Snson. Mark graduated from Medina Valley High School in 1973. His favorite extracurricular acvies were band, speech, and drama and he excelled in all three. Prior to high school, however, Mark discovered another acvity that became his lifeme hobby. Aer taking piano lessons from his fraternal grandmother, Alma Snson, his love for the ivories was born. Mark graduated from the University of Texas at Ausn in 1977 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio, Television & Film. He was in the UT Band for four years, which is where he met his sweetheart and future wife of 32 years, Gail Graham. Aer they married in 1977, Mark worked for a hospital in Ausn while Gail ﬁnished her Nursing degree. The couple moved to Houston where Mark pursued a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administraon through the University of Houston Clear Lake. Mark and Gail adopted a son, Nathan, who made their family complete. Mark and Gail aended the Metropolitan Bapst Church in Cypress, using their musical talents in choir and musical drama acvies designed for outreach. They later made their church home at Lakewood Forest United Methodist Church. Aer receiving his Master’s Degree, Mark served as part of the leadership team at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center and Tomball Regional Medical Center, and later found his passion as a strategic and facility planning consultant for several naonal healthcare architectural ﬁrms. Mark was known by all for his servant leadership style of management. Mark’s career included Partner/Execuve Vice President for Healthcare for Gresham, Smith & PartnersandPresident/CEOofAwareConcepts.Atthemeofhisdeath,Markwas President of WWK Healthcare. Mark embraced life, took on challenges full force, and showed his love in big ways. He composed a concerto. It was never wrien down, but he played it from memory for his family members. Its musical phrases captured everything that expressed Mark – brilliance, sensivity, boldness, and love. Mark is survived by his son Nathan Snson and ex-wife Gail Snson; his father and stepmother Werner and Lynda Snson; his mother Shirley Richards; his sister and brother-in-law Sondra and Fred Strietelmeier and their son Zachary; his uncle Ken Williams and wife Nedra; his aunt Alice Green and husband Craig; many cousins and a host of friends. Mark will be remembered in a memorial service on Friday, March 8th in Houston and at a later date, a family service in Castroville. In lieu of ﬂowers, please honor Mark with a contribuon to your favorite charity.
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Jonathan Groff dominated John Jay, striking out 14 batters over six shutout innings in the opening game of last weekend’s Southwest Tournament. (Photo by Janine Modgling)
Ken Gallegos Sports Writer The Medina Valley Panther baseball team has one blemish on their record, a 6-1 loss in the opening game of the Harlandale Tournament. Since then they have reeled off six straight victories including a championship trophy in the Southwest Tournament this past weekend. MV opened the tournament with a close 3-0 victory over John Jay, and then hammered its next two opponents, including a 14-4 win over a good Alamo Heights team in the championship game Saturday afternoon. Against John Jay, the Panthers used the solid pitching of junior Jonathan Groff, who pitched six innings and struck out 14 in the win. With only five hits on the afternoon, the Panthers used timely hitting to get two runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth inning to provide the winning
Jordan Maurice, a sophomore at Medina Valley High School and a member of the Medina Valley FFA, placed third with his heavy weight Brahman steer “Twister” at the San Antonio Livestock Show. Pictured in photo, from left, Paul Aelvoet, Patrick Clark, Austin Aelvoet, Jason Ott, Francis Rogers, Mary Maurice, Kassie Schirmer, Thomas Maurice, Pat Verstraeten, Richard Verstraeten, Brandon Schirmer and Jordan Maurice. (Courtesy Photo)
margin. The offensive firepower came off the hot bat of Quinn Petty, who supplied two hits while Jacob Devries and Bradley Griggs each contributed key doubles. MV returned to Southwest on Friday to take on Laredo Alexander and came with an offense that was ready to show how they could light up the scoreboard. The Panthers scored all of their runs in the first four innings of play, and were led Griggs and his bat. The sophomore went 3-4 on the day with five RBIs. Blake Owen added two hits and five other Panthers contributed one hit apiece.
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Senior Jacob Devries got the win on the mound and got some help in relief from Trevor Moretich and Cody Moos in the 13-7 victory. But the game of the tournament was the championship matchup between the Panthers and a highly-touted Alamo Heights team. The Mules, although not ranked in the top 10 in the state, received some votes in the Texas High School Coaches Association preseason poll. Polls didn’t mean anything to the Panthers who had their own agenda. The lively Panther bats hammered three different Alamo Heights pitchers for 11 hits and were relentless, including a breakout six-run third inning that
helped the Panthers pull away after leading 5-4 heading into the bottom half of the inning. Cody Moos got the win on the mound for the Panthers and was helped out with some relief innings from Moretich. Groff and Owen each had three hits on the day while seven Panthers enjoyed at least one hit in the big victory. This week the Panthers will be participating in the South San Tournament on Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9. Next week during spring break, the Panthers will begin district action with a noon opener with the Harlandale Indians at Gerald Kempf Field on Tuesday, March 12.
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Battle-tested Lady Panthers vanquish long-time rival Panthers added two more runs in the fourth to give themselves a comfortable lead over the Owls, who were unable to get anything generated until the top of the sixth when they finally scratched their first run across the plate. But the Panthers struck back quickly in the bottom half of the inning and once again Muennink had a hand in it. Lopez helped her own cause with a leadoff single and came across the plate on a RBI single by Muennink for the Panthers’ last score of the evening. The Panthers then took part in the Seguin Tournament over the weekend and won three out of six games, garnering victories over East Central,
Laredo United and Laredo Alexander, while bowing out to Yoakum, New Braunfels Canyon and Wimberley. With a battle-tested 9-6 record in the pre-district schedule the Panthers seem more than ready for their district competition. That district schedule begins this week with a Friday Mar. 8 matchup with the Uvalde Lobos at home beginning at 7:15 p.m. Next week during spring break, Panther fans will be able to take in some afternoon games as the Panthers will host Harlandale on Monday, March 11 at noon and then travel to San Antonio on Thursday, March 14 to take on Southside in another noon start.
Soccer team bounces back after upset loss Ken Gallegos Sports Writer With a huge matchup this week against Brennan, the Panther boys’ soccer team had a slight stumble last week against Memorial that slightly changes the dynamics of the Brennan matchup, but still won’t lessen the intensity. The Memorial Minutemen surprised the Panthers with a 2-1 win last Tuesday before the Panthers bounced back on Friday for a 2-1 victory over Uvalde. MV now 12-6-1 on the season and 6-2 in district play have a solid grip on second place heading into their match with Brennan (7-0-1). Against the Minutemen last Tuesday, the Panthers struggled offensively. After both teams played through a scoreless first half, the action heated up in the second half. Panther Jose Vega was able to post the only goal of the game for the Panthers, but unfortunately the Minutemen got two of their own to capture the surprise victory over MV. MV bounced back on Friday to their winning ways and had to do it in comeback fashion. After the Coyotes scored the only goal of the first half, the Panthers once again had their backs to the wall. But Kyle Stroud and Diego Conchas came through with
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Rene Torres plays some tenacious defense in front of the Panthers’ net as MV edged out Uvalde last week. (Photo by Janine Modgling) flying colors in the second half scoring one goal each to provide the Panthers with the win. Senior Steven De La Fuente added a nice assist in the win. Weston Beck went the distance in front of the net and rang up the shutout in the second half after the first half goal by the Coyotes. The Panthers will continue their big week after the Brennan matchup with a Saturday matchup with Kennedy at Panther Stadium beginning at noon. The Panthers will then travel to Bandera to start spring break on Monday, March 11 to take on the Bulldogs in another noon start.
fied with a saxophone trio. Loralie Barber, Joshua Farias, Melanie Godwin, Emma Hengst, Samantha Longworth, Brittany Magoon, Samantha Staton and Chance Wilham qualified for their clarinet choir performance while Veronica Alonzo, Drake Barrientos, Alyssa Cantu, Jodi Davis, Samantha Flores, April Galindo, David Garcia, Dustin Gavlick, Mercedes Marin, Kirsten Murray, Kayla Rangel, Travis Sutton and Edward Wienckowski qualified for their percussion ensemble. The following students also received the highest rating for their performances, but did not qualify for the state competition. Keenan Smith, Drake Barrientos, Dayani Boatman, Dakota Lutz, Henessi Dum, Kirsten Murray, Grant Kanak and Leslie Swientek were all recognized for their solos. Dayani Boatman, Alexa Hamilton and Emma Hengst also received top marks for their mixed clarinet trio and Chris Baird, Jonah Chang, Jonathan Guevara, and Max McDaris did as well for their trumpet quartet.
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Band students earn trip to state contest Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Late last month, the Medina Valley High School Winter Guard and Panther Indoor Marching Percussion participated at the Texas Educational Colorguard Association Winter Guard and Winter Drum Line Competition. The Winter Guard came away from Madison High School with third place while the Indoor Marching Percussion took second. The day before, multiple students qualified for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest that will be held at the University of Texas at Austin over Memorial Day weekend. Joshua Farias, April Galindo, Dustin Gavlick, Gilbert Glenn, Michael Lopez, Travis Sutton and Edward Wienckowski all qualified for the state competition with their respective solo performances. Cody Carnes, Casey Lizaso, Keenan Smith and Jeffrey Willing all qualified for state with their saxophone quartet while Cody Carnes, Grant Kanak and Morgan Rowley quali-
Pitcher Tina Lopez helps out her own cause with a clutch hit. She would then score a run on an RBI single by Sarah Muennink to help seal the win. (Photo by Janine Modgling)
After a scoreless first inning, the Panthers got to work in the bottom of the second with a Kylee DeCock single to lead off the inning. DeCock was able to move to second on a wild pitch and later scored after two perfectly executed bunts first by Lopez, and then by Jillian Mangold. MV added another run in the bottom of the third in another perfectly executed scoring opportunity. Sarah Muennink began the inning with a base on balls and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brooke Mangold. A passed ball moved Muennink to third base and she scored on a RBI ground out by senior Kortni Hans. With a two run lead, the
Ken Gallegos Sports Writer With district play starting this week, the Medina Valley girls’ softball team has more than prepared themselves enough for their march to a district championship. Heading into this week with a 9-6 record, the Panthers have played some of the top teams in the area in some of the toughest tournaments in the area, including the New Braunfels Canyon and Seguin tournaments. Last week the Panthers took on long-time rival Hondo at Panther Field and came out on top with a 6-1 victory. Tina Lopez went the distance on the mound for the Panthers and spread out just four hits over seven innings of work.
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2011 HYUNDAI ACCENT GLS 4DR 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 27K MILES, # 27556C................$11,190 2009 FORD FOCUS SE 4DR 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 55K MILES, # 33109A................$11,290 2010 FORD FOCUS SE 4DR 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 22K MILES, # 31083A................$13,990 2012 DODGE AVENGER SXT 4DR 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, # P5085.............................................$15,190 2010 MITSUBISHI LANCER GTS 4DR 4 CYL, 5SPD, A/C, ONLY 21K MILES, # P5095..................$15,990 2012 FORD FOCUS 5DR HATCHBACK SEL 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, # P5092............................................$16,190 2012 FORD FUSION SE 4DR 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, 1 OWNER, ONLY 9K , # 33115A...........$18,990 2012 FORD MUSTANG PREMIUM 2DR SIX, AUTO, A/C, # P5087................................................$20,990 2013 FORD TAURUS LIMITED 4DR SIX, AUTO, A/C, LEATHER, ONLY 13K MILES, # P5107.......$29,390 2013 LINCOLN MKS 4DR SIX, AUTO, A/C, LEATHER, MOONROOF, ONLY 19K MILES, # P5105.........................................................................$35,290
2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT SIX, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 32K, # 31009A............................$24,990 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW FX2 V8, AUTO, A/C, # P5073................................................$24,990 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT V8, AUTO, A/C, # 27371A..............................................$26,590 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW KING RANCH V8, AUTO, A/C, # P5071................................................$26,990 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW KING RANCH V8, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 43K MILES, # 27601A...................$27,490 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW KING RANCH V8, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 38K MILES, # 27230A...................$28,590 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW KING RANCH 4X4 V8, AUTO, A/C, LEATHER, ONLY 26K, # 31064A..............$28,990 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT V8, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 26K MILES, # P5083.....................$29,990 2009 FORD F350 CREW CAB KING RANCH 4X4 V10, AUTO, A/C, NAV, MOONROOF, LEATHER, # 27574A...$31,990 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW LARIAT V8, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 39K, # 37160A..............................$34,490 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW KING RANCH SIX, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 16K, # 37004A.............................$34,590 2009 FORD F350 CREW CAB KING RANCH 4X4 V8, AUTO, A/C, NAV, MOONROOF, ONLY 38K MILES, 2009 NISSAN ROGUE S 4DR 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, # 37172A...........................................$12,990 # P5094.........................................................................$42,190 2012 FORD ESCAPE XLT 4DR 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 19K MILES!, # P5091..................$21,190 2011 GMC TERRAIN SLE 4DR 2008 FORD F350 CREW CAB LARIAT, 4X4 4 CYL, AUTO, A/C, # 5069A............................................$21,690 DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, LIFT, MUST “C”, # P31015A...............$32,990 2011 FORD EDGE SE 4DR 2011 FORD F250 CREW CAB XLT, 4X4 SIX, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 16K MILES!, # 33112A..................$22,990 DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, 51K, CERTIFIED, # P5045................$34,490 2012 FORD E350 15 PASSENGER VAN 2012 FORD F250 CREW CAB XLT, 4X4 V8, AUTO, DUAL A/C, ONLY 18K MILES!, # P5102............$25,990 DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, # P5057..........................................$35,890 2009 FORD EXPEDITION EDDIE BAUER 4X4 2012 FORD F250 CREW CAB XLT, 4X4 V8, AUTO, DUAL A/C, 3RD ROW PWR, LEATHER, DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 40K MILES, # P5081...............$36,990 # 27574B.......................................................................$25,990 2010 FORD F250 CREW CAB LARIAT 4X4 2009 FORD EXPEDITION LIMITED 4DR DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 35K MILES!, # P5097..............$40,990 V8, AUTO, DUAL A/C, 3RD ROW, LEATHER, # 33096B......$26,990 2011 FORD F250 CREW CAB LARIAT 2010 JEEP WRANGLER UNLIMITED SPORT 4X4 DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 24K MILES!, # 37140A............$40,990 4DR, SIX, AUTO, A/C, HARD TOP, ONLY 33K, # P5101.......$27,990 2012 FORD F350 CREW CAB KING RANCH 4X4 2013 FORD EDGE LIMITED 4DR DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 54K MILES!, # P5067A...........$44,990 SIX, AUTO, A/C, # P5080................................................$28,990 2012 FORD F350 CREW CAB KR 4X4 DUALLY 2012 FORD EDGE LIMITED AWD 4DR DIESEL, AUTO, A/C, NAV, ROOF, FX4, ONLY 28K MILES!, SIX, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 26K, # P5079...............................$29,490 # 37181A.......................................................................$45,990
SUV’s & VANS
TRUCKS 2011 FORD RANGER REGULAR CAB XL 4CYL, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 36K MILES, # P5104...................$13,790 2011 FORD RANGER SUPER CAB SPORT SIX, AUTO, A/C, ONLY 18K, # P5089...............................$21,590
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