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he holidays are firmly behind us and many are finally getting back into their regular routines. February is such an off month to me. The 28 or 29 days makes me feel rushed and I never know what to wear since the weather is so unpredictable. Oh, I know I live in South Texas and I should be used to the weather, but February just seems to be more unpredictable than the rest of the year. At least I get to look forward to chocolate. Valentine’s Day lands itself right in the middle of the month; since that’s the busiest time at the paper, a little candy will never be turned down at our office. By this time my New Year’s resolution is long forgotten (not that I ever really started). To be honest the whole resolution idea just puts undue pressure on everyone. Goal setting is a fantastic way to reassess your direction, making sure that you are still on the right path or even the right journey, but do you really need it to be January first to do that? I reassess my direction all the time. January first is really just a day off for me (unless it’s on a Sunday). Besides, after the holidays I am in no state of mind to commit myself to anything. Really, the last fifteen days of the year, every year, are complete insanity therefore I cannot be held liable for anything I say or do, good or bad. Ok, back to the long forgotten, never planned resolution being over. All that means is I can and will eat candy for Valentines. February is also the month of the… SUPER BOWL and SA RODEO! Tail

Before gating, snacks, family and sports. Nothing makes a Texas family happier than pig skins and turkey legs. This year the Super Bowl is taking place close to home. The 10-day Super Bowl festival will spread over 35 blocks of downtown Houston and draw an additional one million people to the already busy metropolis. Economic impacts of this event are expect to exceed five hundred million dollars. If you have tickets to this amazing event just a few hours away, then good luck with the crowds and be safe! Also, send me some photos and a quick article on your experience. We’d love to hear about it! It is sure to be an experience that you will never forget! You can get the details on the SA Rodeo at SARODEO.com. My last glance at the performance line up makes me positive you will not be disappointed. Until next month, Go Cowboys!

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rom a young age we begin to emulate that people that surround us. Their decisions, language, and gestures set the tone for our own personalities. Usually these people are our parents and loved ones. In the case of the young lady on the cover that person is her father. From the time Mailee Jones was a baby she was always at the gym with her day. Mailee’s father is none other than the “Shot Doctor” David “DJ” Jones. Mr. Jones play professional basketball for thirteen years, retired and founded the youth basketball organization Shooting for Success. Mailee would watch her father as he trained other children and ran camps. One day at the age of six years old, Mailee surprised her father by asking if he would consider training her. That was the beginning of Mailee and The Shot Doctor’s basketball journey. Mailee began to play her father’s Shooting for Success teams and then moved on to high school ball at Reagan. Her father’s coaching and encouragement continued to be a constant. In the summer of 2016 Mailee Jones graduated Cum-Laude from Reagan High School. She made her debut in fall of 2016 at Youngstown State

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Five Tips For Preparing For AP Exams This Spring By Steve Johnson pring time is just around the corner, bringing with it blooming flowers, warm sunshine, and AP testing. One of these activities requires active preparation. With these few tips, a great score on the AP exam is within reach. Start preparing early The AP exam is meant to test your knowledge on an entire year’s worth of material, so you can’t leave studying until the night before the test. By looking over old notes and graded tests early in the class and throughout the second semester, you will familiarize yourself with the content you will be tested on. Use practice materials Bookstores, libraries, and classrooms are filled with guidebooks about how to study for the AP exam and what is to be expected on these exams. Take advantage of the content they provide and the advice they have. Practice, practice, practice! Study in groups or with a tutor Conveniently located in your AP class is a group of people who will also need to study for the AP exam. Get a group together and quiz each other, discuss notes and tests, make flash cards, and look over material. Additionally, working one-on-one with a tutor on test preparation has many benefits, such as individual attention and advice from people who have taken similar exams. Meet with your teachers Your AP course instructors are great

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sources of advice for preparation. After all, they are the ones that are teaching you the material. Meet with them to discuss what information you should be studying, what past tests have looked like, and where to find extra preparation material. Practice with former AP exams The College Board website provides practice questions and material from old AP exams. Some of the content requires you to create a free College Board account. The information is extremely helpful, especially coming from the source of the tests. Passing these important exams is something you can accomplish with dedication and a little bit of help. Use your resources, pay attention in class, and above all, don’t let yourself get too stressed out. To learn more about one-on-one tutoring services, contact the staff at College Nannies + Tutors. Our experienced tutors can help you study and prepare for your upcoming AP exams this spring so that you can walk into test day with confidence. Learn more at collegetutors.com or call 210-202-0303.

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Ian’s Cup Soccer Camp Coming SOON!

Save The Date: The 2017 Ian’s Cup Soccer Clinic will be held Sunday, March 5th at the Mays YMCA.

Submitted By Stephanie Fincke he 8th annual Ian’s Cup Soccer Clinic will be held on Sunday, March 5th from 2-4PM at the Mays YMCA with registration beginning at 1:30PM. Visit www.IansCup.com today to pre-register or sign up to volunteer for the clinic. Deadline to register for the clinic to ensure a 2017 Ian’s Cup T-shirt the day of the event is Sunday, February 19th. Online pre-registration will continue until Saturday, March 4th. The cost for pre-registration is $25 and $30 for walkins the day of the clinic. The clinic will run from 2-4PM. Each participant should bring cleats (or athletic shoes), an age appropriate ball, and a desire to learn and have fun! Ian’s Foundation was formed in memory of Ian Fincke who passed away

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tragically at the age of 16 as the result of a traumatic brain injury sustained during a long boarding accident. The foundation was formed to advance the safety and welfare of San Antonio youth through education and scholarship awards. Ian’s love for the game of soccer inspired the creation of Ian’s Cup, an annual soccer match played between Johnson High School and Reagan High School Varsity Boy’s and Girl’s Soccer Teams. The school with the highest aggregate score for the night receives the coveted Ian’s Cup Trophy and bragging rights for the year. A scholarship is awarded to a boy and girl from each team for a total of four scholarships annually. To date over $34,000 in scholarships has been awarded to deserving San Antonio students and

local organizations in Ian’s memory. The soccer clinic for the youth of San Antonio is the main fundraiser that supports the scholarship awards and allows the local high school soccer players and club coaches an opportunity to teach soccer skills and give back to the youth of San Antonio. The 8th annual Ian’s Cup Soccer Match will be held on Friday, March 10th. The boy’s game will begin at 5PM followed by the girl’s game at 7PM with the presentation of the Ian’s Cup trophy at the conclusion of the girl’s game. Come out and support the JHS and RHS soccer teams at Blossom Athletic Center in this special memorial tribute to Ian. A variety of t-shirt options will be available to pre-order at www. IansCup.com through February 26th to

ensure delivery prior to the game. Mailing options are available for delivery. Ian’s foundation was the inspiration behind bringing wheelchair soccer to San Antonio and continues to support STRAPS (South Texas Regional Adaptive and Paralympic Sports) at Morgan’s Wonderland. Ian’s Foundation also supports the local YMCA by providing scholarships to allow San Antonio youth that could not afford to play soccer the opportunity to play the sport that Ian Iansloved so much. The foundation continues to do helmet safety talks at local schools throughout San Antonio and has launched a helmet safety initiative this year. Please visit www.IansFoundation.org to find out more or if interested in making a donation or becoming a sponsor.

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Testosterone Deficiency In Aging Men

By Donna Becker, D.O. Enhancement of Life (210) 545-5224 estosterone, the most important hormone for men, declines 1 % per year as early as age 30. Testosterone blood levels decline faster with increased stress, over-exercising, and weight gain. Low Testosterone however, can also cause weight gain, decreased desire to exercise, and depression! Because the patient or his friends may read this, I have changed parts of the story for disguise, but the facts are clear—a man on 4 psychiatric medications plus sleeping

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pill came to me at the urging of his brother, a client/patient of mine. Low testosterone has potentially devastating effects, with anxiety and depression being the worst. Also, I have noticed a strange lack of decision in a man with low testosterone. I remember a few years ago, a man actually called his wife from my office to ask her opinion as to whether he should take testosterone. I don’t mean he was asking her permission, rather he just could not decide what to do! The most striking case of anxiety-cure

Smoking In Cold Weather By Cotton Clark Jeff’s Backyard (210) 342-4760 otta love south Texas weather! Last month, it was 75° one day, 28° the next. Still, for the determined pit boss, cold weather is no hurdle. You just need to keep a few things in mind: Fire: fire is nothing more than FUEL + OXYGEN (AIR) + HEAT. Cold weather obviously affects the “heat” factor in this equation, which will cause you to use more fuel to achieve the same fire management as

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in warmer weather. Air: the colder the weather, the denser the air becomes. In other words, there are more oxygen molecules per square inch in cold weather than in warm weather. The density is even greater in dry cold weather as opposed to wet cold weather. Point being: the fuel/air mixture will be different than in warmer months. Check your cooking temperatures. Often. Heat: cooker materials that retain

Crawfish Season Is In Full Swing

By Blake Groomer Groomer’s Seafood (210) 377-0951 reak out the corn on the cob and your potatoes, crawfish season is in full swing! Don’t be the only house on the block not taking advantage of this year’s crop of world famous Louisiana mudbugs! Right now we’re about to enter the “peak” of the season. Late February, March, April, and May have the ideal temperatures and rain amounts for our guys to harvest the best crawfish there is to find, and Groomer’s Seafood trucks them straight to our store for you to pick up for your weekend boil.

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Before you get too excited and start sending pre-orders for this weekend in, let’s go over a few pointers and the proper way to eat this Cajun delicacy. HOW TO EAT: 1. Invite the family and friends! Crawfish isn’t meant to be a solo meal! Don’t be shellfish and invite the the crew! 2. Pre-order your crawfish. You will eat A LOT of crawfish. Trust me. I can plow through 5 pounds like nothing, but your typical eater will eat about 2-3 pounds. Our sacks average at about 34 pounds so they will feed around 12 or so people.

occurred in a patient I have written about in the past—the man who could not drive over bridges. His testosterone level was very low, and after I replaced him with weekly testosterone injections, he came to my office yelling that he had driven over a bridge, “I did it! I did it” The man on multiple psych. meds told me that no one had checked his testosterone when disabling depression took over his life 5-6 years earlier. That was like a doctor medicating someone for high cholesterol, but never checking thyroid function. Very low thyroid can cause the cholesterol to skyrocket. The right thing to do is correct the thyroid before prescribing a statin drug. I placed him on the correct dose of testosterone and have monitored him closely over the past several years. He still takes his antidepressants. Life is better for him, but he has not tried to discontinue (under the psychiatrist’s guidance) his medications.

Sometimes, the problem is NOT low testosterone. Another memorable patient’s labs revealed extremely low level of vitamin B12. His chief complaint had been lack of energy, focus, and extreme fatigue. After a shot of B12, I told him that his testosterone was normal and he would be feeling much better in about 15min. I referred him to gastroenterologist for a full work-up. Blood levels and symptoms guide therapy. Get checked-3 pages, single spaced, with line-by-line explanation. Risks and benefits need a frank discussion at the 1 1/2 hour first visit. Donna Becker, D.O., Board Certified Physician. Enhancement of Life is located at 14603 Huebner Rd., Suite 2601, San Antonio, TX 78231. For more information, call (210) 545-5224 or visit www.antiagingsa.com.

heat are your friend in cold weather. Our Texas Trailblazer offset smokers at Jeff’s Backyard use the gold standard in Texas barbecue smoking: ¼” steel pipeline casing. It will take a little longer to heat it up in colder weather, but it will retain that heat far better than cheap cookers that use thinner metals. Ceramic cookers like the Big Green Egg will retain the heat even better! Time: a report from the Oregon forestry department suggests that for every 5° below 45°F in ambient air temperature, you should add another 20 minutes to your low-andslow cooking (for briskets, ribs, and such). Thermometer: a must. Preferably, use a dual probe digital thermometer that gives you two readings, one for the cooking cavity and one for the probe in the actual meat. (We have a variety of models from which to choose at Jeff’s Backyard.)

The BBQ mantra: “If you’re lookin’, you ain’t cookin’!” Point being: stop peeking. You release valuable heat every time you open the lid. TRUST THE PROCESS! Finally, Safety: (a special note from Weber) never grill inside your garage or under an overhang. So, go ahead and nip Jack Frost before he nips your backyard cooking! You can do it… from our yard to yours, Jeff’s Backyard! Oh, one more thing: look elsewhere in this edition of Welcome Home to find our ad and a coupon for a free refill of propane in your 20 lb bottle with a $10 or more purchase, an $18 value! Call us at 210342- 4760, or email us at jeffsbackyard@ att.net. Better yet, come visit us at 435 West Nakoma, San Antonio, TX 78216.

3. After the crawfish have been boiled and you’re staring face to face with your bright red mudbug, slow down and grab a bib. Things are going to get messy. Once you’re properly protected, pinch the head of the crawfish between two fingers with one hand and hold the tail with your other hand. Then twist the head. 4. This is where casual crawfish eaters are separated from serious Cajuns, if you’re serious suck the juices from the head of the crawfish. There’s a ton of flavor in there, if you think you’d rather pass, no worries, skip this step or harvest all the heads for your true Cajun buddies at the meal. 5. Peel the shell off the tail. This is where most of the meat is. Pinch the shell that covers the tail to crack it and then remove. The more you do this the faster this process will get. So don’t worry if the first

few take a little while. 6. Don’t eat that tail just yet! Clean it off first. Hold the tail with one hand and peel back the outer layer of skin from the top of the crawfish meat with your other hand. This will remove the undesirable bits in one swift motion. 7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 until royally stuffed. Peel whatever you don’t eat and save to make gumbo, etouffee, or even crawfish fettuccine! Alright that’s it! Now you’re a true mudbug eatin’ expert so get on making that pre-order. Either give us a call at 210-377-0951 or visit our website www. groomerseafood.com to find out how to place your order today! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Looking For Girl Scout Cookies? There’s An App For That! Submitted by: Risa Weinberger, Girl Scout Volunteer t’s Girl Scout cookie time. Have you ordered your favorites? Those wonderful Thin Mints or delicious Samoas. Maybe some Tagalongs or DoSiDos for peanut butter goodness? How about the Toffee Tastic or the newest cookie celebrating the 100th year of Girl Scout cookies, the Girl Scout S’Mores cookie? If you are on a hunt for your favorite Girl Scout cookie, help is just an App away. That’s right. You can use your iPhone or android phone to find the

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nearest Girl Scout cookie booth. Simply call the free locator number, **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) and your phone’s GPS will find cookies nearby, by zip code or even by state. Since we now live in a digital world, girls will be able to set up their own Digital Cookie Platform to reach out to family and friends for cookie sales. When orders are placed online, the cookies are sent directly to the buyer. Through this digital program, girls learn how to create a marketing platform to encourage sales. Just another

tool in the fast moving market place. When you purchase Girl Scout cookies, you are giving these young entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These skills allow girls to acquire the talent and resources to make the world a better place. Every box of cookies sold helps girls fulfill their goals. Each girl, and Girl Scout group, sets their own selling goals for their cookie program. And the best part, 100 percent of the money stays local!

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That means you’re not only supporting girls’ success, but the success of your community too! That’s a sweet deal. If cookies are not part of your food plan this year, a donation to the Gifts of Caring will allow the Girl Scout troops to donate cookies to special organizations. Some of these Gift of Caring recipients include the USO, Fisher House, Ronald MacDonald Houses, and many military bases. Stock up now. Girl Scout cookies are only available until the middle of March. Then you’ll have to wait until next year!

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By Rusty Belden, President Belden’s Automotive & Tires (210) 494-0017

nfortunately, we meet many of our customers on a day that everything seems to be going wrong. An alarm clock was missed, the traffic was worse than usual, or a situation at work went south. And then… the car breaks down. Few of us budget, much less plan, for a vehicle to break down. We are caught unprepared for both the time away from the vehicles we use every day, and for the financial strain of unexpected vehicle repairs. Not only can car repair be frustrating, but it can also be confusing. For

those not technical or without car know-how, one often feels anxious about information received concerning complicated vehicle repairs. Our service advisors aim to speak in the simplest of terms so as not to overwhelm the customer with auto repair jargon they are likely to not understand, as today’s vehicles and components can be complicated. When a customer walks in the door, he or she will be greeted warmly, and our trained service advisors will assist in getting the customer the best assistance

Step Into Decorating

By Mary Jenkins- Asquith The Jenkins Interior Design Group, Inc. (210) 490-0161 he beginning of a New Year comes clients….and for those potential clients that with excitement and novelty. The lists I have not met yet. 2017 brings a fresh new are written, the goals are set, and the color palette for decorating and design. beginning of the year is here. The big markets are here and we are After a few weeks of 2017 have passed, I excited about attending and seeing all the can say that interior designing and decorating new items that are being introduced. Our is at the top of the list for many of my vendors have been preparing for these

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possible; customer service is our highest priority. For those fitting a repair in to his/ her busy work day, we offer free Wi-Fi, comfortable waiting rooms with fruit, coffee, flat-screen TVs, and reading material and work stations. At Belden’s, not only do we offer complimentary pick-up or drop-off service, but we also provide discounted rental support for customers in need of short-term transportation. Additionally, Belden’s is proud of our 24 month, 24,000mile Nationwide warranty, ensuring that our customers are taken care of in the event that additional repair is needed. Because Belden’s Automotive & Tires understands that auto repair can be a major

markets for weeks. Decorating Introductions: • Textures are again heavy with animal prints. • Bling has come into our lives with our accessories and even new furniture lines. • More functional tables are emerging to accommodate the technical lives that we live. • Rugs are hotter than ever and so are drapes. Softness mixed with heavy textures dominate the window industries. • Natural stones, bling, glass and mirrors are entering our lives in furniture as well as floor and wall coverings. Call us for your consultations. With over 7,000 vendors, we are here to help you update,

Home Centers vs. Plumbing Suppliers There IS A Difference

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hy does it cost more to purchase a faucet at the specialty plumbing supplier than at the big box home center? They look the same. Some of the brands are the same. The truth is, there is a difference. A big difference. Once you have an idea of the style and design of the fixture you want, consider how durable you want your fixtures to be. A good quality kitchen or bath fixture can be beneficial. Here is what you should know when comparison shopping:

Price - This is the most obvious difference. The items you are looking at may look the same and may even have the same brand name but there is a difference in how it’s made. The parts on the inside are what distinguishes the two fixtures giving you a higher and lower cost. If you’re not concerned about the quality and longevity of the fixture then we say go for the lower cost and save yourself some money. Quality - As mentioned earlier, the fixtures that come with the higher price tag

are because of the materials they are made of. Often, the quality of the steel up to the last nuts and bolts in a fixture from a plumbing supply tends to be more consistent compared to the ones in the home centers. The ones from the home centers usually contain plastic parts. If you are purchasing a fixture that will be in an area of constant use such as your kitchen, we suggest making the investment and buying from a plumbing supplier. They may be more expensive but worth every penny. Availability - The kitchen and bath fixtures from the big box home centers are usually readily available in the store or when

stressor our goal is to create the best possible experience during our customer’s time of need. We understand that there are multiple options when it comes to finding a repair facility, We are proud to be your one-stopshop for all your automotive needs – we are your Alternative to the Dealer! We are here to help during those frustrating breakdown moments. Check us out on the web for coupons and monthly specials at beldensautomotive.com. Buckle up, Drive Safe and Remember at Belden’s Automotive & Tires “We Keep You Rolling! Belden’s Automotive & Tires has six locations: San Pedro: 210-494- 0017; Medical Center: 210-690- 1100; Alamo Garage: 210-366- 1122; Boerne: 830-9319700; Bulverde Rd: 210-481- 3330; Prue Rd: 210-877-2929. For more information, call one of the locations or visit www. beldensautomotive.com. organize, and yes…furnish your home with gorgeous furniture, artwork and accessories. Remodeling has been keeping us busy as well. Our MAGICAL MAKEOVERS are truly MAGIC. The Home Is Your Castle! For more information, contact Mary Jenkins-Asquith, Registered Interior Designer or Jessica C. Jenkins, Interior Designer at (210) 490-0161 or via email at mjkgl@aol.com or jessicajenkins2@gmail.com. Visit Jenkins Interior Design Group online at www. thejenkinsinteriordesigngroup.com or www. jenkinsdesigngroup.willowhouse.com. Join The Jenkins Interior Design Group on Facebook, Twitter and on LinkedIn. purchased on line. The plumbing supply stores sometimes have the items in stock but more than likely you will have to order them. We suggest no matter where you go that you make your selections prior to starting your remodel. That way, you will be looking at your fixture and not waiting on it when ready for install. Either way you go, both kinds of fixtures could work for you. We have installed both mostly based on the homeowner’s budget. Be aware of the differences in price and quality so you can make the best decision for yourself. Virtuoso Builders is an award winning remodeling firm raising the professional standards in the San Antonio home remodeling industry. For more tips on home improvement, subscribe to our newsletter at www.virtuosobuilders.com

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S.A Rodeo Winning Twelve Years Consecutively Submitted By San Antonio Rodeo he San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo was awarded the 2016 Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) at an awards ceremony with a record setting 11,000 attendees on Wednesday night, November 30th, held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo. With Wednesday’s award, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has won Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for an unprecedented Twelve (12) consecutive years. The designation by the PRCA is considered the highest honor in the sport of rodeo worldwide because nominees and winners are voted on by PRCA rodeo contestants, contract personnel, committees and members. The award was received by San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s Executive Director & CEO Keith Martin, Chairman of the Board Joe Soules, President Cody Davenport, Immediate Past President Joe Hutchison and Executive Committee Vice President Clint Swindall. Executive Director &CEO Keith Martin commented, “It means so much to us that our peers in the industry honor us in this

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way. We accept this award on behalf of over 6,000 volunteers that are the heart and soul of our organization—they move in dirt, set fences, clean stalls, cook meals for contestants and greet patrons with a smile. They are irreplaceable, and their Texas hospitality is legendary. And when the Rodeo ends, they start working to make it even better next year. We are grateful to the community of San Antonio and the great state of Texas — devoted supporters of both our event and mission to help educate the youth of Texas. We are also thankful for the financial support of our loyal sponsors and auction contributors.” The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has been an innovator to the sport of rodeo with its tournament style, bracket format and by hosting rodeo’s top competitors. This February, these competitors will vie for over $1.6 million in prize money — the richest regular season payouts in the PRCA. The organization researches and recruits world-class animal athletes from North America’s best stock contractors and books internationally renowned performers. It also hosts one of the largest Junior Livestock Shows in the nation---over 70,000 animals will come and go from the rodeo grounds

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over the course of the 18 day show. The 68th annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is held on February 9-26, 2017 at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum grounds. Individual tickets for each PRCA Rodeo and concert start at $15 and may be purchased on the SA Rodeo mobile app, at www.sarodeo.com, the Rodeo Ticket Office (located at the Southwest Corner of the AT&T Center), or by calling 1-877-63-RODEO (1-877-6376336). Let’s Rodeo San Antonio! February 9-26, 2017 The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes place February 9-26, 2017. It has received the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year award for twelve consecutive years. Established in 1949, it has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single

events in the city with over 2 million visitors entered the grounds in 2016. The success of the organization is attributed to over 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to the organization. With community, donor and volunteer support, the organization has donated over $171.4 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums. For more information, visit www.sarodeo.com.

Protect Your Pet From Winter Temps Submitted By Lisa Norwood ith freezing temperatures upon us, please take steps to protect your four legged family members from the cold, wet weather. With a few simple precautions you can ensure your pets stay happy and healthy throughout the colder months of the year. The best way to protect your pets during the winter? Bring them inside! Pets (especially cats) are safer indoors. Can’t have your pet inside the house? Purchase an insulated dog house or build a protective enclosure that shields your pet from the elements and gives them a safe, warm place to rest. City law mandates a pet’s shelter must have walls, a roof and an elevated floor to protect a pet from water Certain pets are more vulnerable to cold temperatures than others. Shorthaired dogs, very young or old dogs and all cats should not be left outside during winter months. Shorthaired dogs may benefit from a Watch the forecast and know when it’s time to bring your pets sweater while outside. inside – the best way to protect them from frigid temperatures. Pets who spend much of their day outdoors will need some extra food if you’re going to bring your pets into the throughout the winter months. That’s garage on cold nights. because they use up more energy trying to Before heading out to warm up the car, stay warm. A few extra kibbles probably bang on the hood a time or two. A warm won’t hurt but make sure your pet is getting engine can be a welcome spot for a cold daily exercise if they’re prone to weight cat and the noise should scare them away gain. before you start the engine. Always provide fresh, clean water The City of San Antonio has laws that regardless of the season. Check water daily protect pets from neglect including exposure and clean bowls regularly to prevent algae to harsh weather conditions. Residents can growth. report possible animal ordinance violations Be mindful of your pets while by calling the City’s 3-1-1 Customer winterizing your car. Antifreeze is deadly Service line. to pets who are attracted to its sweet taste. Store all chemicals out of reach especially

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Special To Welcome Home lay one shot at a time” is Christian Fanfelle’s motto and the name of his newsletter. Christian, a junior attending UIW Preparatory High School, is an aspiring professional golfer. His mission is to combine his two passions in life; golf and finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (TD1). Christian created his newsletter, Play One Shot at a Time, to be able to stay in touch with his fans regarding his golf tournaments, but it turned into much more than that. Through his newsletter and social media, Christian has been able to build an international following and “Team Fanfelle” is giving back and making a difference. Christian has taken the opportunity to fundraise through the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) Leadership Links Birdies for Charity program. Members of Team Fanfelle can make a one-time donation or pledge a specific amount per

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birdie. Playing in fourteen tournaments and scoring 117 birdies this past season, Christian and Team Fanfelle raised over $2900 in donations. Half of which went to the AJGA ACE Scholarship Program, and the other half, $1,461, which was recently presented to the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - South Central Chapter. This past season, Christian broke the record at the 59th Greater San Antonio Junior Championship, shooting a 62 on the final day. Currently ranked #7 in the state of Texas, Class of 2018, Christian has verbally committed and will be playing Division 1 Golf, representing the UTSA Roadrunners. Go ROADRUNNERS! Join Team Fanfelle and follow Christian on YouTube or subscribe to his newsletter by emailing playoneshotatatime@gmail. com. Making a difference one shot at a time.

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TMI Senior Chosen For Alamo Bowl Award

Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship recipients enjoy an awards luncheon December14 in Sunset Station. They represent area public and private schools.

Submitted By Paula Allen ictoria Flener, a senior at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, was one of 74 area students chosen to receive a Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship to the colleges of their choice. Recipients from public and private schools were honored at the Valero Alamo

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Bowl Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by H-E-B on December 14, 2016, at Sunset Station and were recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Alamo Bowl, held December 29, 2016, in the Alamodome. Their awards will total $575,000, anticipated to be the top mark in local scholarship giving among all 40 bowls.

Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship recipients are recognized during the first quarter of the December 29, 2016, game in the Alamodome.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations and involvement in extracurricular activities; a strong preference is given to students excelling in varsity sports. Flener, a member of the National Honor Society who plays varsity softball, plans

College Tutors Educator Of The Month By Steve Johnson, Owner of College Nannies + Sitters +Tutors t is our pleasure to sponsor and announce the College Tutors Educator of the Month for February. The purpose of the award is to highlight and recognize a local high school educator that acts as a role model to our students. The award, made with input from the school administration, recognizes educators in our area high schools that personify the three core values of College Tutors: Can Do, Results Matter and Leave It Better. This month, we recognize Bettina Melton as a Role Model for our Brandeis

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High School students. She teaches US History, Psychology, and a Senior Seminar Class for College Transition. As a respected educator in NISD, Ms. Melton has presented at the district level on “using technology for collaboration” and on “formative instruction”. In addition to teaching her students, she serves as US History Level Lead. Bettina Melton is known for teaching in an innovative manner and regularly brings technology into the classroom. In fact, Bettina used a Virtual Reality application to teach her students about trench warfare during WWI. She lives out her own desire

for improvement and personal growth, as she continues to pursue advanced degrees and teaches students to have a love for social studies. In her capacity as a role model, she works on a consistent basis to promote college readiness and lifelong learning. The owners of College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors of San Antonio established this recognition with the support of Welcome Home Community Newspaper to recognize and honor the educators in our schools for their efforts with our local students. We firmly believe that the quality of education in our community is primarily a direct reflection of their daily efforts as role

to attend Texas A&M University. Victoria Flener, a senior at TMI, was one of 74 area students chosen to receive a Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship.

models for our students. For more information on this award, or to submit a nomination, please contact College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors at 210-202-0303 or nwsanantonio@ collegenannies.com.

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Twenty-Six NISD Students Earn Texas All-State Honors Submitted By Julie Ann Matonis wenty-six NISD Fine Arts students were selected to the Texas Music Educators’ Association (TMEA) All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Jazz bands. All-State is the highest individual honor that a music student can receive in public school music education. Over 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for the honor to perform in one of 15 All-State ensembles. Students will rehearse and perform with nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Music Convention to be held in San Antonio in February. Visit the TMEA website for concert information. Brandeis HS: Savannah Gray, Choir Ruth Mati, Choir

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Ruben Ortega, Choir Stephen Fagan, Jazz Band Antonio Jasiczek, Band Eric Jin, Band Nicholas Garcia-Hettinger, Orchestra

Brennan HS: Matthew Perez, Choir Jeremiah Guillen, Band Joshua Salmon, Jazz Band

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Taft HS Katie Bulen, Choir Julian Canalas, Choir Ivan Rodriguez, Jazz Band

Jay HS Thomas Petterson, Choir

Wednesday of each month at this location at 10 a.m. Coffee and goodies are served beginning at 9:45 a.m. All meetings are complete by noon or earlier. This month, the theme of the meeting is “Walking Down Memory Lane With Leading Men.” Beverly Prado will be

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O’Connor HS Camilla Wickman, Choir Gavin Magee, Choir Matthew Whyte, Choir Alyssa Estrada, Band Brendan Frederick, Jazz Band Stevens HS Sarah Macias, Band

Clark HS Esther Ko, Orchestra Health Careers HS Kathleen Ran, Orchestra Brian Kang, Orchestra

Attention All Retired Teachers!

Submitted By Michelle Bibb ou’re invited to the NSARTA (North San Antonio Retired Teachers Association) February meeting on Wednesday, February 15 at San Pedro Presbyterian Church located at 14900 San Pedro. Meetings are held the third

Marshall HS Klint Fabian, Choir Jacob Authier, Band

featured as the presenter. The meeting will also include information about “love songs” through the years. Several members will also entertain the group with popular renditions of these songs. All are welcome to attend NSARTA meetings. Come and check it out! Learn

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Warren HS Mark Rogers, Choir Teachers are: Anna Osterman, Richard Herrera, David Suarez, Jesse Cuellar, and Kevin Hettinger, Brandeis HS; Amber Shodrock, Thomas Kober, Mark Wolocki, and William Pridgen, Brennan HS; Teresa Nguyen, Clark HS; Jennifer Clark, Health Careers HS; Alicia Dean, Jay HS; Sherry Millican, Kevin Tabb, Daniel Person, and Daniel Bentley, Marshall HS; Jeffrey Thames, Roland Sandoval, George Garza, Wesley Perkins, and Jaime Ramos, O’Connor HS; John Dominguez, Adam Casiano, and Chad Taylor, Stevens HS; Judy Welch, Amanda Stevenson, Greg Mills, and Rick Astorga, Taft HS; and Colin Varville and Sarah Stevens, Warren HS.

about bridge groups, stitchery group, groups that volunteer to help needy children/ adults in the community and meet lots of people that just like to have fun! For more questions, please call Michele Bibb at 210494-8197.

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Veteran’s Benefits That Can Help Pay For Independent Or Assisted Living

By Michelle Houriet, Executive Director Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community (210) 209-8956 he VA has a pension program few community, assisted living community, veterans or their families are aware personal care home, or skilled nursing of called Aid and Attendance. John facility. Paschal, owner of Amada Senior Care, John has met with several veterans, explains “This program is available through assisting them with understanding eligibility the VA and is a benefit that can be a godsend requirements for this benefit as well as for veterans who served during a time of war helping them with the application process. or their spouses. The program reimburses Independence Hill will be hosting an veterans part of the expenses for those who informational session with John, an Aid may require assistance with various activities and Attendance Veteran’s Benefit expert of daily living (to include bathing, dressing, at 10:00am on March 2nd at our Assisted etc), who live in a full service retirement Living (20500 Huebner Rd). He will discuss

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this benefit and how to determine if you are eligible. Please call (210) 209-8956 by February 28th to RSVP. “This benefit is one of the most misunderstood benefits and I truly enjoy spreading the knowledge so that our well deserving veterans can utilize these funds” expresses John. Numerous residents at Independence Hill have mentioned how this benefit has allowed them to continue to live independently while giving them the extra help they now need. Here’s what the daughter of an Independence Hill Resident said, “This was a tremendous help financially for my mother. It has allowed her to have the extra money from this benefit

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over and above her pension and social security income. It had been a blessing to get her in to Independence Hill Assisted Living several years ago when she decided that she no longer wanted to live alone. Mom has improved so much under their care, that she will now be moving into their independent living community. Her Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit will follow her and continue to provide her this financial help.” At Independence Hill we are all about keeping our residents as informed as possible so they may enjoy their independence in comfort for as long as possible. Come by for a tour so you too can personally experience the difference. Knowledge is Power! Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community is located in Stone Oak at 20450 Huebner Rd., San Antonio, TX 78258. For more information, call (210) 209-8956 or visit independencehill.com

K9 Corner By Catherine Laria K9 Country Club (830) 980-8476

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TMI varsity cheerleaders Caroline Peterson, left, and Brittany Schur, right, performed January 1 by invitation as All American Cheerleaders in London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

Submitted By Paula Allen MI varsity cheerleaders Caroline Peterson and Brittany Schur of Boerne participated January 1 in London’s New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP). By invitation from the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), they were among 600 All American Cheerleaders from all over the United States. Peterson and Schur, both juniors, were named All American at the UCA camp held June 6-9, 2016, at the University of Texas at Austin, along with TMI junior Mariana Rodriguez and seniors Emily Gaines and

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Emory Gordon. This was the 30th anniversary of the London parade, held in conjunction with the LNYDP concert series and the Grand Finale of the London International Choral Festival. More than 10,000 participants from the U.S., United Kingdom and Europe performed in this year’s parade. Since its beginnings in 1987, LNYDP has raised more than $2 million for London charities. To see a video of the All American Cheerleaders’ performance, which was livecast in Europe and the U.S., visit www. tmi-sa.com/londoncheer.

ebruary’s the month of love. And if you’re a pet owner you probably know the true meaning of unconditional love. So how would you feel if suddenly you lost that love? Unfortunately, thousands of owners go through every year because one day the gate was left open or fireworks caused your couch potato to climb a 6-foot fence. You’ve heard it before, “I don’t need a collar….my dog never leaves the yard” or “my cat is an indoor cat.” But it’s crazy to think you can control another living creature 100% of the time. Spooked animals are known to travel for miles in a very short amount of time. Even further when a kind stranger picks them up and drives them to a different neighborhood. With no identification, how would they know it’s not a stray? Each year thousands of animals are taken to shelters as strays. And many are then picked up by rescues where they can be transported all over the country! Only a very small number, without permanent identification, make it home. Sadly, some get euthanized! But you know the one thing all of these organizations do when they get a new animal in? They CHECK for MICROCHIPS! A microchip is a permanent form of ID that is implanted via an injection in the back of the animal’s neck. It’s easy to get, costs around $35 plus registration, and is harmless to your pet. Some chips require an additional annual registration. Some cities occasionally do low cost drives. But if you want to be safe NOW you can get your pet chipped at K9 Country Club! And as part of our 15 YEAR CELEBRATION where you GET ALL THE GIFTS: Get 15% OFF Microchipping and a FREE Valentine’s cookie bag during February! Our AVID Friendchip® includes a prepaid, lifetime registration with AVID’s national registry. It’s a great deal and a great way to stack the odds in your favor to get your beloved pet back should they ever become lost. Continuing with the February love theme… Who loves puppies? WE DO!!!!

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And if you added one to your family recently, don’t miss our Puppy Play Day, February 26th from 1pm to 3pm at K9 Country Club. It will be a great time of socialization, games, and tips from our trainers. All the details and requirements can be found on our website. Offering everything you and your pet could want for training and boarding… and then some! Whether it is the fast paced training of the ever popular agility classes or napping under one of the many oak trees surrounding this 13-acre oasis, you will find it all in here… Check us out! Visit us at k9countryclub.net or give us a call (830) 980-8476. K9 Country Club is located at 31305 Oak View, Bulverde, TX 78163. For more information, call 830-980-8476 or visit www.k9countryclub.net.

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Paying It Forward By Alissa Reinhard true testament to one’s character is not the foresight and ability to give back when in a position of prosperity, but rather when one finds him or herself in a tough spot themselves. When Reagan High School student Kylie Durish was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the sophomore, her family and friends were shocked. Kylie, an athlete and member of the Reagan Volleyball team bravely underwent three surgeries and intensive chemotherapy after her August 31, 2016 diagnosis. “On September 2, we found it was Stage 3, in her neck, chest and abdomen,” explained Jennifer Durish, Kylie’s mother. “It was a complete shock.” Kylie was treated at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where she was on six chemotherapy medications administered on day one, two, three and seven of every 21day cycle. Kylie’s oncologist thought initially she would need six rounds of chemo plus radiation, but thankfully she experienced a “rapid response” to treatment, meaning instead she needed four rounds of chemotherapy and no radiation. She is now

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in remission. “Kylie has gone through her fight with a positive attitude, strength, faith, and always giving back to others that are enduring their own fight,” said Jennifer. Right after Thanksgiving, Kylie began collecting toys to donate to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where she received treatment. Many children in treatment spend the holidays in the hospital and oftentimes, families don’t have the time or money to shop for gifts. The donated toys may be the only ones these children receive. Ultimately, she was able to deliver nearly 300 gifts to the hospital. “Kylie was inspired to give back because so many people in the community have supported her,” explained Jennifer. “That support meant so much to her, so the best way for her to show her gratitude was to pay it forward to others. It brought her great joy to know that she was helping so many other children like herself.” Generous donations from the Reagan Volleyball team, friends and family, and Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids who gave patrons $2 off a haircut when they donated a toy, helped make Kylie’s toy drive possible. She dropped off the toys at the hospital on December 20.

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home) and have them signed by the authors. Although geared toward middle and high school students, the event is open to anyone. There is no cost for the event and no advanced registration is required. Food will be provided for purchase (cash only) via food trucks during the lunch break in the back-bus loop. A percentage of all sales will go to Friends of Northside Libraries. The program is made possible in part by contributions from the Northside Libraries, and is sponsored by the Friends of Northside Libraries. For more information on the schedule and the authors, go to their website. Updates about the event will be posted on Twitter @NISD_LibPalooza and Instagram @LibraryPalooza, and their Facebook page.

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Families were then able to come and pick out the toys that their child(ren) would enjoy the most. “Our entire family is tremendously proud of Kylie’s strength, faith, hope, compassion,

courage, and grace,” stated Jennifer. “She has made a positive difference in people’s lives and brought so many people joy. She has such a bright heart and is always thinking of others.”

North East School Of The Arts Presents Aida

Submitted By Katrina Kehoe pend an evening with KLRN Public Television learning about and being inspired by Maya Angelou. On Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m., join KLRN for a preview screening of the American Masters documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” followed by a poetry slam. This free event will take place at The Playhouse San Antonio. Join KLRN for an inspiring documentary poetry slam inspired by Distinctly referred to as “a Maya Angelou on February 15. redwood tree, with deep roots in KLRN Public Television, The Playhouse American culture,” Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their San Antonio, and 2nd Verse will host a history in a way they never had before. In poetry slam after the screening featuring this documentary, Dr. Angelou weaves original works, published poetry, and more. her words with rare and intimate archival Food and beverages will be available for photographs and videos, telling hidden purchase. This is a free event but seating is limited stories of her exuberant life during some of so your RSVP is required. Visit klrn.org/ America’s most defining moments. events.

Special To Welcome Home ibraryPalooza, That Author Thing!” an author festival for teens, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Brandeis HS. This year’s event will include authors Jay Asher, Faith Erin Hicks, Lauren Kate, Alex London, Lauren Oliver, and Lisa Yee. The 2016 event was a huge success. The author panel was truly inter-active and allowed attendees to participate. 2016 LibraryPalooza also featured author breakout sessions. Check out the website to see what fun and exciting things will go this year! Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase books on site (or bring from

Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and Reagan High School sophomore Kylie Durish donated nearly 300 toys to patients at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where she received treatment.

Submitted By Ernie Ramirez he 20th Anniversary Celebration of North East School of the Arts continues with its production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, the striking tale of two star-crossed lovers, based on Giuseppe Verdi’s eponymous opera. Curtis Holbrook, NESA ’99 alum and New York based performer returns to guest choreograph AIDA. Set on the edge of the Nile River, Aida tells the story of an enslaved Nubian princess who falls in love with her Egyptian captor, Radames. As the forbidden love unfolds, Aida must decide between her desire for the Egyptian captain and her duty to lead the people of Nubia. Curtis Holbrook has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, such as The Addams Family, Footloose, and West Side Story. He has since gone on to leading roles, most recently opposite Idina Menzel in If/ Then on Broadway and he also appeared in the pre-Broadway engagement of The Sponge-Bob Musical. His film and television credits include Hairspray, Across the Universe, Smash, and many more. As a follow-up to Disney’s mega-hit THE LION KING soundtrack, Elton John and Tim

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North East School of the Arts presents Aida, an Elton John and Tim Rice production, February 23-26.

Rice joined forces once again to compose the Tony & Grammy award winning AIDA score. The duo’s song, “Written in the Stars” reached No. 2 on Billboard’s US Adult Contemporary chart and No. 1 on the Canadian contemporary chart. Performance dates are February 23, 24, & 25 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26 at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at the Lee High School Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door (cash or check only).Online ticket sales are available January 25-February19at www.neisd.net/nesa.

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Following In Her Father’s Footsteps

Submitted By Erin Kirwan ailee Jones grew up around basketball. In fact, her dad, David “DJ” Jones, played professional ball for thirteen years in Europe. From the time she was a baby, Mailee was always at the gym with her dad. After 13 years, he left professional ball to become a coach and trainer and founded the youth basketball organization, Shooting For Success. Mailee would watch her dad as he trained little kids and other professionals. She was often by his side to watch game film. Today, across San Antonio and around the world, DJ is known as the “Shot Doctor.” Most notably, he helped “fix” the shot of none other than Brooklyn Nets star, Jeremy Lin. One day, when Mailee was around the age of six, she asked her dad if he would consider training her. The request surprised him and what happened next shocked the professional-turned-coach. “I was like, okay, she had never really shown much of an interest in playing so far, but I put a ball into her hands and told her to go out on the court,” Jones said. “She began shooting really well and with good form. I thought to myself, all this time as I was

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training others, Mailee was absorbing all that training, too.” Mailee went on to play for her dad and Shooting For Success, and, later, as a high school athlete, helped lead the Reagan Rattlers Women’s Basketball Team. Last year, she graduated Cum Laude from Reagan with a scholarship to play ball at Youngstown State University in Ohio. Although not a huge basketball school, Youngstown was a place where Mailee felt she could make a name for herself, a lot like her dad did, a generation before at Concordia University Texas. DJ too had wanted the opportunity to stand out and help put a school lesser known for basketball on the map…and he did just that. Now, it was to be Mailee’s turn. This fall, for some of her first college games, DJ and his wife, Diane, were in attendance to watch and cheer on their daughter. It was not an easy game trip to make. “The game was in Hawaii - now that’s a long way to go for a game, however, there was no way I was going to miss it,” Jones said. In the game against Hawaii, the college

freshman scored 12 points and had three assists in 18 minutes for the Penguins, earning the San Antonio native a spot in the starting lineup in a game the following day. In that game, in just 24 minutes, Mailee Jones netted 18 points, had five rebounds and two assists. She nailed all three 3-point-shots attempted. Due to Mailee’s contributions, Jones was named “All-Tournament” and interviewed by the press after the game. In the meantime, DJ was able to just sit back and take it all in. “I was so proud,” he beamed. And how did Mailee feel about having the man who taught her everything she knows about basketball, so close by, watching her college debut from the stands? Was the college freshman nervous? Or did she instead push herself to play even harder? Neither, according to Mailee. She was excited to have her mentor just footsteps away, but in the mindset of this young player trying to earn herself more playing time, a more permanent spot, and most importantly,

a win for her team, Mailee simply had one thought. She had a job to do. “I play hard for my team every opportunity I get,” said Mailee. “Whether my dad can be there or not, I’m focused on the game.” They words are not surprisingly very reminiscent of a work ethic displayed by someone else, some 30 years ago. Mailee will likely stay in Ohio over summer break, according to Jones. She plans to seek an internship, and, of course, train. For that, David will make trips to Youngstown, now a location with a permanent home on his GPS. As for the future, Mailee’s dreams are big. They are bright. The college freshman hopes to play in the WNBA, and someday, would even like to open her own steakhouse restaurant. And they are without a doubt, dreams, supported by her professional basketball record-holder father.

Buckner Fanning School At Mission Springs Honors Veterans Submitted By Lindsay McGrath few months ago, we wrote about how the students at Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs had committed to supporting The South Texas Veterans Fisher House. The students committed to providing monthly dinners and also honoring the Veterans and their families with a holiday party! They named this effort “Operation: Santa’s Combat Boots” and held the wonderful event on December 3rd. The plan was to decorate the beautiful exterior of the house as well as throw a holiday party for the Fisher House Guests and Poly-Trauma Vet patients receiving treatment at the VA. Well, as luck would have it, that day Mother Nature brought rain, wind, and very cold temperatures, but BFSMS students would not be discouraged! The students, along with many family members, worked through the wind and rain to get up most of the decorations. They filled any leftover time with doing odd jobs around the house before preparing the Christmas Party. The students coordinated a Christmas lunch, which consisted of delicious food provided by Luciano’s at a generous discount, serving about 60 veterans and family members. Taking this party to the next level, the students

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organized a beautiful presentation of Christmas Caroling and created an inviting photo booth! The Year Book Student Staffers took pictures of the guests and used a portable color printer to instantly print the pictures and package them in beautiful cards, which were then given as party favors. It was a very moving thing to see these incredible Veterans and their families have the opportunity to take a family photo and get into the holiday spirit! “Operation: Santa’s Combat Boots” was an absolute success in two ways. Most importantly, the BFSMS students were able to spread holiday cheer to some people who could really use it and truly deserve it! Additionally, the students learned how to plan, budget, coordinate and delegate all while seeing how their efforts directly impacted people. Very impressive work by the students and special thanks for the generous grant from Silver & Black Give Back who helped make this all possible. To learn more about BFSMS, please visit TSAMS.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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