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September 2013 Issue


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Note From The Publisher Back To School & More


y this time you should be in your “back to school” routine. You know just when to leave so you can avoid the heaviest traffic and if you leave just 5 minutes later, it could make you 30 minutes late for work. September is a very exciting time for Welcome Home. It is when we coordinate with the school organizations that are going to participate in our Toys For Tots drive at our Annual Winter Celebration. This year will be the 10th year for us to have this event and it will be our biggest ever. Welcome Home has teamed up with the non-profit, Living Through Giving, to make sure that every child has a toy for Christmas this year. It is with great pride that I let you know our event provides up to 85 percent of the toys to the Toys For Tots organization for the marines to give to the children of San Antonio each year. If you participate in this event, you should take pride in this accomplishment. If you don’t, I ask that you consider joining us to make this year the best year ever. This year, the event will take place at the Legacy Shopping Center and will have more booths, more participants and some special celebrity signings. For information on how your business can be involved, how you may become a sponsor, or a volunteer, look on page 19. On September 26th we will have our Annual Stone Oak Business Expo. This event, as always, is open to public and is FREE. Come out and support our businesses. The proceeds from the Expo will go to graduating seniors in the form of scholarships. The event also benefits the students as they assist in the set up, layout and coordination of the event. This gives them a small glimpse of working

with different businesses, in a working environment, within a small time frame. Every year the students tell us how beneficial the event has been to them. Turn to page 19 for more information. In this issue we have supported some wonderful charities. On page 10, is an event, Wine, Women, and Shoes, sponsored by the San Antonio Food Bank. Please read the article and if possible, go down there and support one of San Antonio’s finest organizations. On page 15, is the Casino night for SpaySA at the Dominion. I plan on being at this event and hope to see many of you there as well. This will be a night of fun where we San Antonian’s can show our support for this wonderful organization. Welcome Home has also teamed up with a dear friend, Tanji Patten, to support her Girls Night Out. Look on page 7 for more information. Tanji’s events are always lots of fun, since they are coordinated by Wendy Welsh of Outside The Box. This is the anniversary of September 11. I believe anytime you see a man or woman in the military you should thank them for their service, but this month more than any, make that special effort to come together as a community. Lastly, thank you for all the wonderful support and emails we receive each and every month. It makes us feel appreciated and special. As you visit the businesses that make Welcome Home possible, please let them know you saw them in your only community newspaper.

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urses are a necessary evil. As a female of our species, I HAVE to have one but I don’t have to like it. And the feeling is apparently mutual. My purse is out to get me. Now you may be thinking, “Don’t be silly. A purse is an inanimate object used to hold stuff. It doesn’t have feelings, or hold grudges or retaliate.” Oh, really? What about The Purse Laws? Purse Law #1 states, “Regardless of size, a purse will automatically fill its complete dimensions and begin overflowing its contents within 36 hours.” I have had purses of every shape and size, from the once-popular “Wallet Purse” (created by, you guessed it, a man) to the mega-colossal “Masters of the Universe Purse.” In the Wallet Purse, I only put lifesaving essentials in, and before long, it looked like a giant leather zit about ready to pop. The Mega Purse was worse, though. By the time I was through with it, it weighed 83

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pounds and no longer qualified for carry-on luggage. Purse Law #2 states, “Regardless of what item you are rummaging for, it will always be located somewhere on the very bottom layer.” Worse than that, the purse will sense you are looking for said item and will hide it from you, forcing you to pull out the entire contents, including feminine products and court subpoenas, for all to see. At one time I thought maybe a purse with several compartments was the answer; One of those “organizer” purses where everything had a designated place. I thought I might be able to circumvent Purse Law #2. Bad decision. The purse caught wind of my plan and hid my Dawn Mist lip liner for over a year. Males (thin wallet in hip pocket, keys in front pocket) do not understand why females even carry purses. They smile with thinly veiled arrogance as we struggle like pack mules. But you just watch how fast they will fall into rank if they ever need that Wendy’s receipt from 1984, or a Taxpayer’s Rights for Fiscal Year 1998 flier or a stool sample from an Australian Marsupial left over from a fifth grade science project. Talk about your humble pie! Until then, I will keep lugging my saddlebag, hoping to run into Monty Hall and make a killing on Let’s Make A Deal. Debby Seguin (who offers free pursehater’s therapy) can be reached at

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New Comal ISD Principals Submitted By Julie Jerome omal ISD administration announces the following campus administrative changes, effective with the beginning of the school year: Arlon Seay Elementary School—Shay Lea Strain is the new principal. Ms. Strain comes to Comal ISD from Boerne ISD, where she served as the vice principal of Fabra Elementary School since 2006. She was a 1st grade and 3rd grade teacher at Bess Campbell Elementary School in Lamar Consolidated ISD from 2002-06. She has also taught in Palmer ISD and Edna ISD. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s degree from


University of Houston. Bill Brown Elementary School (BBES)—Sarah Permenter has been named principal of BBES. Ms. Permenter comes to Comal ISD from Humble ISD, where she most recently served as assistant principal of Greentree Elementary. She has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree from Texas State University. Rahe Bulverde Elementary School (RBES)—Heather Moore has been named principal of RBES. Ms. Moore comes to Comal ISD from North East ISD, where she most recently served as the assistant principal of Castle Hills Elementary School. Ms. Moore has a bachelor’s degree

from Texas State University and a master’s degree from University of Texas at San Antonio. Timberwood Park Elementary School (TPES)— Jennifer Saeger has been named principal of TPES. Ms. Saeger has served the students of Comal ISD since 2006, most Shay Lea Strain was Sarah Permenter takes Jennifer Saeger recently as assistant principal named the new her place as the new recently became of Indian Springs Elementary principal of Arlon Seay principal of Bill Brown the principal of ES. Timberwood Park ES. School. Prior to that, she ES. was the assistant principal of Rebecca Creek Elementary School and has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s Goodwin Frazier Elementary School. She degree from Oklahoma State University.

Girls Night Out With Tanji Patton Special To Welcome Home amiliar to San Antonio, Tanji Patton is an Emmy award-winning journalist pursuing her passion for wine and food. Her fun, engaging and informative website, features chefs, wines and food pairings from around the world. GoodTaste with Tanji has teamed up with Outside the Box Productions to produce Girls’ Night Out which is an event held every other month to bring together Tanji’s closest friends and viewers to feature local artisans, food and wine in both San Antonio & Houston. “We are honored to be Tanji’s event planners because she is the epitome of


‘GoodTaste’ - a true class act,” said Wendy Welsh, CEO of Outside the Box Productions. Tanji will be hosting her next Girls Night Out on September 12 at The Veranda located at 1746 Lockhill Selma Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Veranda is a beautiful three-acre estate that recently opened its doors to the public as a private venue right in the heart of Castle Hills. Girls Night Out guests will sample fabulous tastings from Spice of Life Chef Mike Bomberg and enjoy the fall sunset within the gorgeous scenery of the Veranda. As part of GoodTaste - guests will experience new fall wines courtesy of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, beer tastings courtesy of Ben E Keith and amazing

giveaways all evening! These giveaways include gift certificates for dinner at various restaurants including Boudros, handbags, wine and much more! “We have so much fun bringing great food, wine and interesting places to our viewers. We’ve got amazing partners that make every Girls Night Out a fun experience,” said Patton. Of course Girls Night Out must include shopping! There will also be fabulous local artisans showcasing their latest trends and fashions including Carinos by Eydee, Bolingo Bags, Votre Vu skincare and much more as well as great entertainment. Tickets are available for $30 at Goodtaste. tv so get your tickets now and join Tanji for a Girls Night Out!

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Discoveries Thru Vision By Dr. Erin M. Nevelow Nevelow Eye Associates (210) 349-2437 • common complaints associated with dry eyes are tired eyes, eye strain, gritty or sandy t seems that everywhere you look today, feeling when blinking- especially after long there are advertisements for products to hours of computer use, blurred vision and help treat dry eyes. However, how many also excessive tearing. people do you think actually go into their Dry eyes may be slightly more common Optometrist’s office complaining of dry eyes? in women compared to men. This has to do The answer is very few. That is because most with changes caused by taking hormones like patients don’t really know what dry eyes feel birth control pills or hormone replacement like until we start treating them. The most

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Andropause, The Male Menopause

By Donna Becker, D.O. Enhancement of Life (210) 545-5224 am accustomed to seeing women come to me, very desperate, and with symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats and terrible mood changes. But just as women experience menopause, men experience andropause, a lack of hormones in males. When I first meet with a patient, I take a good fifteen minutes to talk with them to assure that we are a good doctor-patient fit. Only then do I recommend the requisite blood work which is obtained before their first official appointment. Recently, a male business owner came


to me with the classic statement, “I DON’T FEEL LIKE MYSELF.” His family doctor told him he was fine, but he insisted that something was wrong. He then described feeling unmotivated and indecisive, weak when working out, and generally, a lack of enthusiasm. I told him that without hormones, he really isn’t himself. Some doctors might reach for the old antidepressant prescription without even obtaining serum testosterone upon hearing these symptoms. But the diagnosis of depression, best treated by a board certified psychiatrist, should only be made after extensive blood work and ruling out a

therapy, and changes in hormone levels caused by menopause. A good number of medications can cause dry eyes like high blood pressure medications, anti-histamines, thyroid medications, anti-depressants, antianxiety agents, and diuretics. More and more studies are showing that inflammation is also a component in dry eye syndrome and needs to be addressed during treatment. So how do we fix it? The first thing to do is to visit your Optometrist and do some baseline testing to determine which type of dry eye you have. Then your doctor will start you on a regimen of rewetting drops, mild steroids to help with inflammation, and if needed a prescription drug like Restasis. Since we can’t do too much about the medications we take, you need to cut down

on caffeine and alcohol intake and increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. The best way is to eat tuna or salmon at least three times a week or take 1000mg of fish oil per day. You also need to make sure you take frequent breaks while using the computer. It sounds like a lot of work, but you have to remember that you didn’t develop dry eyes overnight, so they won’t get better overnight. In the long run, your eyes will thank you for it. If you have any questions about this subject or any other eye subject please contact Dr.’s John and Erin Nevelow at 210-349-2437 or at our website www. Check us out on facebook. Stop by or call about our monthly specials.

medical problem. The blood levels of testosterone vary and are at their highest in the morning. When the sex hormone binding globulin, SHBG, is too high, this hormone can bind, or make unavailable, testosterone to the tissues. Adding further complications, testosterone may even turn into estradiol, a female hormone, in older men. When you see those television ads stating: “Ask your doctor if you have low T,” you need to ask a lot more! Ask your doctor if you have too much SHBG, too high estradiol, low thyroid, high blood sugar or high homocysteine; a marker for Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Testosterone improves urinary and sexual function. Decreased testosterone is associated with decreased drive and motivation. Testosterone does not cause prostate cancer, but some researchers believe that it may cause the growth of pre-existing

cancer. All men should have a digital rectal exam to check for any nodules on the prostate. Dr. Shippen, author of Testosterone Syndrome, states that it takes several months of testosterone replacement for improvement in erectile dysfunction. Muscles in the perineum must become strong again under the influence of testosterone. After four visits, blood work, and the usual history and physical, I helped him change his diet (more vegetarian, decreased alcohol and fast-food), different types of exercise (strength training and less cardio), and hormone replacement. Aging is a deficiency disease which can be treated. 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.

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t Nevelow Eye Associates, we focus on the specific needs of each patient. Regular eye exams are key to healthy eyesight as well as early detection of certain diseases, including glaucoma, diabetic eye diseases and macular degeneration. We provide the latest fashions in glasses, all types of contact lenses as well as laser vision consultations for the entire family. Nevelow Eye Associates • 19190 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 120 • 349-2437 8

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t some point, you may no longer be able to care for yourself. Longterm care services are available to assist you with a wide variety of options. It is important to be aware of how Long-Term Care Insurance can help provide the care you need in the setting you choose. How could the costs of long-term care affect your finances? With long-term care costs projected to quadruple in the next 30 years, these expenses could quickly deplete your retirement savings and your family’s assets, and could dramatically affect your current standard of living. Currently nursing home services average $56,000 per year. How will you afford your choice of care? Pay for the cost yourself – Will you have enough to cover your long-term care expenses while maintaining your standard of living? Depend on Medicare/Medicaid – Medicare pays a limited amount in certain circumstances, and Medicaid is designed only for the poorest in our communities. Other medical insurance – Long-term care expenses generally do not qualify for coverage under most medical insurance policies. Depend on family – This type of care is physically and emotionally demanding. Is that what you want for your family? Long-Term Care Insurance – This is most

likely your best choice. State Farm’s LongTerm Care Insurance policy will help you pay the expenses associated with long-term care, while helping protect your family and assets. What are your options for long-term care? In your own home In the community In a nursing home What are your chances of needing longterm care? After age 65, you have a 71.8 percent chance of needing some form of home health care. 40 percent of the people needing longterm care are working adults under the age 65. Why choose State Farm’s Long-Term Care Insurance? State Farm gives you peace of mind with the highest ratings for financial strength and claims paying ability. Plus, you’re backed by an agent you can trust. As your Good Neighbor agent, I can help you explore your needs and help you discover if Long-Term Care Insurance is right for you. This is an important decision. Please contact me today for details on cost, coverage, restrictions and renewability. Betsy Dippo, State Farm agent, LongTerm Care Professional. Betsy’s office is located at 19190 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 112, San Antonio, TX 78258. For more information, call (210) 496-3276 or visit

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Creating A Healthy Smile, On Time & At The Right Time By Alissa Nagle


mile! Fall is almost here! It’s a wonderful season for fresh beginnings, new goals and novel ambitions. It’s also the perfect time to work toward a healthier, happier you…starting with your smile! No matter how old you may be (or the ages of your little ones), now is the perfect time to consider how a healthy smile could benefit you and/or your loved ones. At Britton & Ferris Orthodontics, you can expect to receive superior and personalized care in a technologically advanced atmosphere. But taking it one step further, you can also expect to become part of a new, different kind of family – where working toward a better smile is viewed as an exciting and rewarding journey. With over 30 years of combined experience, Dr. Bloyce Britton and Dr. Tyler Ferris have formed an orthodontic practice with a common goal in mind: to create beautiful smiles on time and at the right time. “Time is a key theme in our practice,” explained Dr. Britton. “We are very careful to start treatment only when the patient is ready for treatment, never before. I really believe that’s how we’ve been able to build trust within the community. Also, our patients love and appreciate that we see them at their scheduled time. They do not have to wait. Running on time is very important to us, and we take pride in it.” At Britton & Ferris, the doctors believe that each patient should be considered on a case by case basis. There is no “blanket treatment.” If a patient’s teeth are still growing and shifting, Dr. Britton or Dr. Ferris may recommend waiting before taking orthodontic action. “We will either recommend treatment or we will advise that the patient wait until it’s the correct time,” added Dr. Ferris. “And we’ll explain why treatment is or is not needed. Doctor involvement is important – we want to be more than just our patient’s orthodontist, we want to become a trusted partner in their care.” This patient-centered approach at Britton & Ferris has helped the practice grow by leaps and bounds – right along with Stone Oak – for the past 16 years. “We love being a part of the Stone Oak community,” said Dr. Britton. “As it continues to grow, we are able to care for more and more patients. And what excites us the most are the referrals we receive from patients whom we’ve treated. Those are the most rewarding.” “I love being a part of this community,” added Dr. Ferris. “Even though it’s grown so much, there’s this small-town feel that I think will always remain a part of Stone Oak.” Also exercising what both doctors characterize as a “conservative” approach to orthodontics, Drs. Britton and Ferris track the progress of their patients’ developing smiles in

order to reduce the overall time, effort and cost to the patient. “The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends an initial examination at age seven,” Dr. Britton explained. “At that age, we see children for an exam to evaluate their growth, development and how their permanent teeth are coming in.” “If we see major structural problems or skeletal issues, we are more likely to pursue treatment early; however, the key word is see,” added Dr. Ferris. “We’re not necessarily treating them. All of the research and data supports the fact that we try to wait to begin treatment, when we can, until all the adult teeth are in.”

Time is a key theme in our practice. We are very careful to start treatment only when the patient is ready for treatment, never before. I really believe that’s how we’ve been able to build trust within the community.” – Dr. Bloyce Britton, Britton & Ferris Orthodontics When a patient visits Britton & Ferris, they are seen first for an examination…and that is simply what it is, only an examination. The doctors can provide the patient (or patient’s parent) a good assessment of his/her future orthodontic needs. As a courtesy, exams are performed at no cost to the patient. If treatment is indicated, the doctors will collect more diagnostic information and then decide what’s necessary. “We go through a full work up with patients to determine what treatment modality is going to be the best for that individual patient,” Dr. Britton said. “We can get started with treatment quickly, but we never pressure patients to start if they need to think about it.” Once a patient joins the Britton & Ferris family, they are treated exactly as that…family! The entire staff encourages the patient’s journey to a beautiful, healthier smile through friendly service and a fun, motivating Patient Rewards program. Each patient receives a “reward card” on which they can easily rack up “reward points” by working right alongside their doctors on their journey to a better smile. Good brushing habits, visiting the family dentist for a cleaning, even arriving for an appointment on time…all of these simple actions generate points which can be cashed in for special prizes like gift cards to a favorite store and restaurant. Everyone walks away a winner, just by staying

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on top of their treatment plan while having fun! Britton & Ferris offer a myriad of options for those who need braces. Invisalign®, a series of clear aligners, are virtually invisible on the teeth and a great option for adults. More traditional options include metal and ceramic braces. Each option has pros and cons, and Drs. Britton and Ferris will evaluate which will produce the most effective result for the patient. No patient is “too old” to fix his or her smile. In fact, approximately 40 percent of Britton & Ferris’s patients are adults. Health, happiness, and self confidence are important to patients of every age. Correcting malocclusions, crowding, gummy smiles, and crooked teeth are all important for a healthy bite and aesthetically pleasing smile at any age. Both doctors are very hands-on with patients, meaning that they do most of the work themselves. The length of treatment time varies on a case-by-case basis, but if a patient is monitored from an early age and preventative measures are taken (e.g. space maintainers), the amount of time in braces can be significantly reduced. Drs. Britton and Ferris know the impact their work has on their patients’ lives. In fact, it’s why they both chose to pursue orthodontics. Seeing former patients bring in their children for an examination is a meaningful experience and a testament to their work. “You know, as orthodontists, we get the privilege of seeing children and teenagers each month or so over the most crucial developmental part of their lives,” Dr. Britton said. “We observe them grow, change and mature before our eyes. We watch their self-confidence soar as their smiles and their teeth improve.” “I love that moment when we remove the braces and they run their tongue over their shiny, brace-free teeth,” Dr. Ferris added. “I love the smile that spreads from one side of their face to the other, and I love the excitement they feel about having such a beautiful smile.” A healthy, beautiful smile is the curve that sets everything straight. Drs. Britton and Ferris truly enjoy their work, providing Stone Oak with confident, beautiful smiles one patient at a time.

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Wine, Women and Shoes, Teams Up With The Food Bank Special To Welcome Home t seems almost impossible to most women that anything could be better than an event filled with wine tasting, shoes, a silent auction and a boutique marketplace. But it can. The Wine, Women and Shoes event has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to fight hunger and feed hope. So while women have the opportunity to indulge in some of their favorite pleasures, they are doing so for a great cause. This unique event, driven by women for women, is a national fundraising event platform that offers sponsors a unique opportunity to place their businesses in front of successful, savvy and community minded women. The event will include marketplace shopping from designer and local boutique vendors who sell the latest styles in the marketplace. Wineries from all over the globe will offer tastings of their most chic wines as guests also have the opportunity to have a bite from the Food Bank’s Catalyst Catering. The San Antonio Food Bank will


receive 20 percent of all vendor proceeds. Guests will also get a chance to bid on trips, and other one of a kind items in the live and silent auction. Ladies can kick back for the glamorous fashion show with community and sponsor models that will be displaying the latest looks. While all these events and opportunities are available, the “Shoe Guys” will mingle around the room while serving up the season’s hottest shoes on silver platters. For once, indulging in a shopping spree

is encouraged. The San Antonio Food Bank provides food and groceries to more than 58,000 individuals each week in 16 counties throughout Southwest Texas. With a mission to fight hunger and feed hope, the Wine, Women and Shoes event is a way to help make a difference. Every dollar spent and donated will enable the San Antonio Food Bank to provide meals to individuals in need. Wine, Women and Shoes will take place

Rangers Ready For Another Great Season By Erica Cavazos arry Hill has coached football at Smithson Valley High School for about 20 years, and he hasn’t tired yet. The outstanding community support from Smithson Valley’s great faculty and committed students keeps Coach Hill going. Last year, Smithson Valley’s Rangers had a great season—almost perfect, in fact. During the regular season, the Rangers were


10 – 0, and they finished with an 11 – 1 record after winning their first playoff game of the year. However, their past success may not foreshadow this upcoming season. “We are starting from scratch in the offensive line and at the linebacker,” Coach Hill said. “While we feel good about the young men stepping into those roles, there’s no getting around that we are inexperience and young here.”

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Summer Adventure Camp At The Hill… The Dream That Really Happened! S

eeing the interaction between children and senior citizens is a heart warming vision. Michelle Houriet, Executive Director of Independence Hill Retirement Community, received life lessons personally from her grandparents and saw the beauty in the stories and teachings that were shared. Having been at Independence Hill for more than 12 years, Houriet has always encouraged new ideas from her team and residents. This keeps life innovative, forever changing, active, and creates great buy in value since people always have their thinking caps on, because here, their ideas actually happen and become reality. One of those ideas was the GrandPal Program, where residents volunteer to read to second graders. Matching up the younger GrandPal with their older GrandPal was a hit from day one. Residents from Independence Hill Retirement Community, the Independence Village neighborhood of homes and Independence Hill Assisted Living jumped on the opportunity to “hang out” with the kids a couple of times per month. While the little GrandPal brought so much joy, this was a chance for residents to enjoy, mentor and teach a new little friend something they would utilize for the rest of their lives. Watching these relationships develop and grow into something the kids would remember forever, Michelle wanted to find a way to make the visits last longer and the relationships become even stronger… more memorable. In a brain storming session, the idea of a kid’s summer camp was brought up. The idea was very exciting, but managing and entertaining kids for entire days was the challenge and outside the scope of what the team felt they should tackle alone, as this needed to be a “top notch” experience for all. Houriet partnered with a professional in the industry of kids camps, Family Endeavors, a non-profit agency that provides an array of programs and services in support of children and families. In June 2013, Independence Hill held its first kid’s summer camp that went on for four weeks. This camp would be active, interactive, character building, filled with fun, teachable moments, and no electronics… showing only one movie per week. The goal was to build relationships and ensure a summer to remember. Afterall… the American dream and best summer stories are those of “summer at grandma and grandpa’s.” Working with Family Endeavors, Independence Hill merged the community calendars with the camp calendar to make sure the interactions with residents were happening daily. Everyone was invited on the weekly field trips, the ongoing opportunities to ask questions and tell stories, as well as time for some good ol’ fashioned fun with hand painting, swimming, taking silly photos, a bike and pooch parade, tea parties, playing billiards, chess and so much more. Bottom line… this developed into a memorable “summer at GrandPals!” This “first time ever” camp held at a retirement community was named “Summer Adventures at the Hill,” and an adventure it was! While some parents could not imagine how this would work, everyone who tried it was more than pleased. In fact, one father who usually works Monday through Thursday, spent his Fridays doing special things with his son and daughter. On their first week of this camp, the kids told their dad, “I hope you are ok spending this Friday alone, because we are going to camp.” Leah Patranella, who had both of her boys at the camp commented, “I am happy and sad all in on Happy I signed my boys up for the last two weeks at this camp and sad I didn’t sign them up for all four! The amenities are so perfect, my sons are ready to sign my husband and I up for when we are older.” Another camper kept asking when he could live there and kept trying to talk his parents into moving the whole family in. As funny and precious as this may sound, it is a testament of the feeling that is true within the walls of this community.

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During the GrandPal Socials, children and residents exchanged memories of their best birthday present ever, their favorite pet, things they wished had not been invented, what they had done in life to date that they were most proud of, etc. It was moving to see how interested and attentive the children were to what their GrandPals had to say and with regard to what they had done in their careers. As part of Michelle’s dream, she wanted to find a way for the campers to feel united while keeping the memories of this summer camp and their experiences with their GrandPals alive for years to come. Since a great way to remember things is through song and music, she wrote a camp song about this camp experience. Campers, staff, residents and family quickly learned the song and sang it constantly because you could not get it out of your head. The song was named “Summer GrandPal Style,” written to the tune of the Gangnam Style song. The song is catchy and since the original song doesn’t really have its own words, the camp song lyrics really stuck. The kids learned it right away and it encouraged an insane amount of dancing. Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh… Summer GrandPal Style… at the Hill! Mr. Detoro, an Independence Hill resident, was thrilled to have his great granddaughter, Sophie, participate in the camp. He was able to go on field trips, swimming, socials and many other events with her throughout the week, without having to plan a thing. He said, “The camp was interactive and very well managed.” He had so much fun with the kids at the Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City; he swears he had more fun than anyone else. “Sophie is already talking about coming back next year, and this time with her younger brother,” remarked Detoro. Retired teacher, Mr. Koota, eagerly offered a story time to the children each week. Wearing his “Story Telling Hat,” he led the children on fun adventures of the mind with his animated delivery. “I really loved reading to the children. It was a very good mix of kids and I was very impressed by their politeness, and how involved and interactive the camp leaders and Independence Hill team were. I look forward to next year,” commented Mr. Koota. This dream… this adventure… was a first, and definitely not the last. The truth is, whether it is a kid’s camp or one of the many other exciting opportunities popping up at Independence Hill, Michelle isn’t ever afraid to try something new. Her philosophy is “If we try it and it doesn’t work, we can always go back to the old way. But not trying is not an option”. Residents move to Independence Hill to “live a great life” and Independence Hill wants to make sure they live life to the fullest. Having too much fun and a worry free retirement is the dream Independence Hill offers its residents. Those who call Independence Hill home, are enjoying the good life and can making a difference with the first time opportunities offered. Schedule your personal tour at (210) 615-4000. They’d love to treat you to a savory lunch at the on-site restaurant style dining room. See it for yourself… maybe you have a dream that Independence Hill can help fulfill!


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n our busy world, getting by on less sleep is sometimes seen as a sign of strength. Studies have shown, however, that lack of sleep is associated with many risks including physical and mental health concerns as well as an increased risk of accidents. Chronic sleep deficiency increases the risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, Diabetes and obesity. We’re also more prone to infections because our immune system is adversely affected by not getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep has been associated with depression, loss of memory and decreased sex drive. When we don’t get enough sleep, we lose our mental “sharpness” making it more difficult to make decisions, stay focused on a task and control our emotions and behavior. Excessive sleepiness has also been cited as a contributing factor in numerous accidents. Recently in San Antonio, a VIA bus driver ran a red light and caused a major accident that involved 10 people and, according to police, the driver stated he was tired at the time of the accident. Sleep deprivation has also been blamed for several large scale accidents including the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 and the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, among others. If you think you may not be getting enough sleep, you should consider keeping a sleep diary for a couple of weeks. It’s important to note how much you sleep each night, how rested you feel upon waking and

how sleepy you feel during the day. This diary may help to demonstrate that you are not getting an adequate amount of sleep or the quality of your sleep is not sufficient. Tips to help improve your sleep habits include: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (including weekends). Reserve the bedroom for sleeping as opposed to using it as an office or TV room. Begin “winding down” an hour before bedtime and avoid strenuous activity or bright lights that the brain may interpret as a signal that it’s time to be awake. Avoid caffeine and nicotine, which are stimulants, before bedtime as they can interfere with sleep. Keep the bedroom quiet, cool and dark to promote good sleep. If you have problems getting enough sleep or you don’t feel well rested despite getting the recommended eight hours of sleep per night, it may be time to talk to a medical provider as you may have a sleep disorder or some other health problem. At FP Walk In Clinic, we can assist you in getting restful, restorative sleep that will help to improve the way you look, feel and function in your daily life as you “Walk Into Better Health.” Visit FP Walk-In Clinic today at 115 Gallery Circle, Suite 102 (next to Stone Oak MRI) and let PA Adams and the friendly staff help you manage your chronic medical diagnoses or find relief for our acute concern.

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he summer time is a time to reconnect with family and enjoy the wonderful vacation locations across the world. In the world of interior decorating and design, we are busy preparing for the fall season and focusing on the holidays. The summer markets are a great time for us to enjoy all the new items that we will be buying to decorate our client’s homes for the holidays. The furniture markets are a great place for us to see new lines and all the new introductions that current lines are introducing. The summer markets introduced many new things for this year: Owls are a hit at the market. New blues, purples and greens are popular. Burlap and Denim are being used as well as quilted fabrics. Glass, glass and more glass. Lighting has evolved to casual lamps with lots of crystals.

Seating is becoming more functional and hiding places are very popular. To make our lives easier, we are seeing phone and iPad connections in all drawers. Florals are large and larger Lace is popular in all aspects of design. We are excited to have the most current ideas for our clients as well as using their items and updating them for a new look. We all need to be updated and bring in the new colors with what we are working with. Call us for your Magical Makeovers. We are scheduling for the fall season as well as the Christmas Season. Your Home is Your Castle! For more information, contact Mary Lozano-Jenkins, Registered Interior Designer at or 210490-0161 or Jessica C. Jenkins, Interior Designer at jessicacjenkins@gmail. com or 210-464-1519. Visit Jenkins Interior Design Group online at www.

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When I Grow Up...

By Amanda Burris


as anyone ever asked you what you want to be when you grow up? Every kid at one point has developed dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Everything from being a princess to a rock star, astronaut to an actor, kids are the best at dreaming big. While you don’t have to be young to have dreams for your future profession, seeing the world from the perspective of a five-year-old is never disappointing and can be even a little inspiring. For the ever ambitious Nicolas Barber, Hayden Noble, Elizabeth Rush and Cash Reger,

kindergarten is just the first thing to knock out before tackling their goals of what they want to be when they grow up. Kindergarten presents new opportunities, new friendships and a chance to learn new and interesting things. As these students take on this big year in their lives, they welcomed the chance to share their thoughts and likes with the readers of Welcome Home Community Newspaper through a survey so that others can get to know the future leaders of tomorrow.

Nicolas Barber – Age 5 Julia Newton Aue Elementary

Cash Reger – Age 5 Cibolo Green Elementary

Hayden Noble – Age 5 Julia Newton Aue Elementary

Elizabeth Rush – Age 5 Tuscany Heights Elementary

What do you want to be when you grow up? Why? A fireman, but if I’m not going to get to be a fireman, then I want to be a doctor like daddy so I can work with him at the same hospital every day. Firemen and doctors are like superheroes because they help people.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Why? I want to be a firefighter because they are cool. Their hats are and their hoses are cool.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Why? A builder because they can build houses, skyscrapers and a chimney.

What are you looking forward to in Kindergarten this year? Everything is going to be fun!! To meet friends!

What are you looking forward to in Kindergarten this year? The jungle gym, art class and computers.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Why? I want to be a surgeon with my Daddy because my Daddy does surgery on kids and he helps them feel better.

What are you looking forward to in Kindergarten this year? All my new friends and having fun.

What do you want to learn in school? About basketball and fire.

What do you want to learn in school? How to draw and oval and write with lowercase letters.

How would you describe yourself? Silly, cool, funny.

How would you describe yourself? A builder and an artist.

What do you like to do for fun? I like to play animal talk with my animals and LEGOs. I like to play spies too. Basketball.

What do you like to do for fun? Dress up like superheroes, play golf with daddy, baseball, build with LEGOs, and draw things.

What do you like the most about yourself? I’m hilarious! My face!

What do you like the most about yourself? I can nail stuff with a hammer.

Who is the smartest person you know? My Daddy.

Who is the smartest person you know? My daddy because I think he is really smart.

What do you like the most about yourself? I’m good at playing with friends.

What is your favorite movie? Transformers.

What is your favorite movie? Cars 1.

Who is the smartest person you know? Mommy and Daddy.

What is your favorite book? Little Critter: Just A Snowy Day.

What is your favorite movie? The Avengers.

Who is your hero? Daddy.

What is your favorite book? Weird, Wild and Dangerous Animals and Creatures.

What do you want to learn in school? I want to learn about reading, cutting with scissors, and maybe about sliding down the poles at the fire station. How would you describe yourself? I’m big and strong! I like to have fun with my friends and I’m kind to them. I’m smart and know lots of things. What do you like to do for fun? I like my toys and tucks and my bike. I like playing with all my toys!

What is your favorite book? My firefighters book.

Who is your hero? My Momma.

What are you looking forward to in Kindergarten this year? I’m excited about reading, writing, and riding the bus. Also eating in the cafeteria. What do you want to learn in school? Reading, so I can read books to my Mommy. How would you describe yourself? I am kind. I like helping people. What do you like to do for fun? Going to the pool and Chuck E. Cheese and eating pancakes with my Daddy. I like to do crafts and make books to read. What do you like the most about yourself? I am kind. Who is the smartest person you know? My mommy and my daddy. What is your favorite movie? Snow White. What is your favorite book? Magic Treehouse books because they get to go to different countries and different times. Who is your hero? My Daddy because he helps kids.

Who is your hero? Spiderman.

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Why We Do What We Do By Monica Allison, O.D. Stone Oak Vision Source (210) 495-9020 veryday patients tell me they have never seen so much technology involved with an eye exam as we have in our office. Things have changed at our office because we pride ourselves on being current and providing the best care to our patients. The first pre-screening room our patients visit has four instruments in it. The Optomap is a device that takes a wide view image of the back of the eye without needing dilation drops. We have found retinal tears, holes, hemorrhages, and even cancer in our


patients’ eyes using this technology. The next instrument in this room is the GDx. It’s one of the earliest detectors of glaucoma as it measures the nerve fiber layer of the eye and compares it to normative data. The nerve fiber layer becomes damaged in glaucoma and it is estimated that up to 50 percent of it has to be affected before any noticeable symptoms of glaucoma occur. We can catch glaucoma much faster with this instrument and treat it before sight is affected. We run the screening test as a courtesy on all patients 40 and up and anyone with any signs or family history of glaucoma. The next instrument in the first room is our FDT visual field. This instrument provides a

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t’s back to school time! It is hard to believe that summer passed so quickly and we are again back to the grind of getting the kids to school, getting ourselves to work, taking the kids to practice and keeping up with everyday errands. Once again streets are busy with buses, students and parent drivers. September is also a time for our college kids

to head back to school. Remember to have your college bound kids vehicles checked before they leave town. Some important items for you and your college bound child to pay attention to are: Brake Inspections – Brakes are the most important safety devices on your car. Let us make sure they are working properly for you.

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aids in the detection and monitoring of glaucoma, macular problems, and many other conditions. We provide genetic testing for anyone with macular degeneration signs to aid in their knowledge of possible progression or not. We gather a lot of information throughout the process of our eye exams. We are confident we are giving our patients the best care and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Drs. Monica Allison, Jeffery Capelle and Lindsey Denison practice at Stone Oak Vision Source located at 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 106. All of the doctors are members of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, the Vision Source network includes more than 2,100 offices in all 50 states and Canada. If you or a loved one needs to find a family eye doctor, please call (210) 495-9020 or visit

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measurement of your peripheral vision and we have detected quite a few brain tumors just from subtle results on this exam. All of our patients receive this screening. The fourth instrument in this room is an aberrometer and this detects any aberrations our patients may have besides for the typical nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The information provided allows us to provide a better correction in contact lenses or glasses. Our patients then split off into another prescreening area that has our auto-refractor, topographer, and tonometer in it. The auto refractor gives the doctors a good starting point for your prescription.The topographer provides a map of the front surface of the eyes and is an important step in any contact lens exam or evaluation for LASIK. Our tonometer- the eye pressure test- does NOT blow any air at our patients. For other conditions that come up in our patients, we have an OCT as well which

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2nd Annual SpaySA Casino Night

Special To Welcome Home et your gambling face on and come out to the beautiful Dominion Country Club for a night of Casino fun while supporting a great cause! SpaySA will be hosting their 2nd annual SpaySA Casino Night on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Dominion Country Club. Throughout the evening guests will enjoy a variety of Casino games, dinner & drinks, entertainment by The Music Connection and a Silent Auction! All of the funds raised at the event will go directly to SpaySA who provides spay and neutering services at little or no cost to the San Antonio community. Tickets are available for $50and can be purchased at Each guest will receive $500 in casino playing chips


to play all the casino games including Blackjack, Roulette and many more! Tables at the event start at $1,000. The event is expected to sell out so get your tickets early! Following the success of their first year, SpaySA is excited about this event being even bigger and a fun experience for all animal lovers. “We are very lucky to have wonderful supporters and this event is a way for us to show them a good time while we continue to help get all pets spayed and neutered in San Antonio,” said SpaySA Executive Director, Cathy McCoy. Many SpaySA supporters are expected to be in attendance this year including C.J. Cruz and FOX29’s Kimberly Crawford and Cynthia Lee.

Cornerstone Ceremony At Mountain Valley Elementary Submitted By Andrew Kim, Superintendent ore than 50 spectators were on hand at Mountain Valley Elementary on August 8, as the Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425 held a cornerstone ceremony at Comal ISD’s newest campus, which opened at the end of August. Those in attendance included Mountain Valley Elementary principal Kristi Kahil, MVES staff members and students who will attend the school, as well as Canyon Lake community members. The cornerstone, which includes an inscription on the stone and the date 2013, will be placed in a prominent location on the outside of the building. Included with the cornerstone is a time capsule, which will be secured in the foundation behind the stone. “This is an ancient ritual that dates back hundreds of years,” said Joe Salas, a member of Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425. “It serves as a way to make sure the


Former Grand Master Mike Gower assures the cornerstone is level.

foundation of the building is level with the cornerstone.” The new Mountain Valley Elementary campus is located less than a mile past the intersection of FM 306 and FM 2673.

“With over 21,000 cats and dogs euthanized each year, we need organizations like SpaySA to help us to put a stop to this problem. This is a fun way for all San Antonio residents to help us do just that,” said SpaySA Board Vice-President and CEO of Outside the Box Productions, Wendy Welsh. SpaySA is a 501©3 organization and the community leader in providing and promoting accessible subsidized services for dogs and cats in San Antonio. Through the generosity of many supporters, SpaySA provides ongoing programs such as nocost or low-cost spay/neutering services, a pet wellness clinic and an education outreach services to areas with the greatest stray animal population. This would not be

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Scout Silver Award Book Collection Submitted By Risa Weinberger, Girl Scout Volunteer essica Hird, a Cadette Girl Scout, is working on her Girl Scout Silver Award Project, the highest award achievable at the Cadette level of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Silver Award gives scouts the chance to show their leadership, organization, determination and dedication, all while improving the local community. Jessica’s project is focused on fighting illiteracy for children in disadvantaged circumstances. She is working with two organizations, Brighton Center and The Children’s Shelter, to accomplish this goal.


Jessica will be refurbishing bookcases, filling them with children’s books and donating them to both centers. She is in need of new and gently used books for young children and teenagers. If you are interested in donating books and/ or bookshelves, please contact Jessica at 210-617-7124 or Jessica will also have a table at the BushLopez Service Unit Girl Scout Family Fun Day at Lifetime Fitness Center (18510 US Highway 281 N @ Sonterra Blvd) on Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. She will be accepting book donations at this event.

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Submitted By Anna Wimberley he SA Islanders, a local non-profit girls AAU basketball team, have been hard at work and claimed the JV Girls National Championship at Primetime Nationals in Dallas, Texas. This talented team is composed of girls from across San Antonio and a girl from Corpus Christi and San Angelo. At the competition, the JV division was stacked with 49 teams from Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The girls faced their toughest competition of the year yet still proved their talents by bringing home the championship trophy. Due to their focus, determination and training, along with their drive to go 8-0, they swept the competition. Coach Jesse Torres and Assistant Coach Drew Jefferson understood that with such a difficult competition, any mistake could mean losing a game. They reminded the girls to make every opponent they faced “beat you doing something they are not comfortable with doing,” to identify the

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Stone Oak Youth Theatre Rebrands Submitted By Mary Claire Becan n September of this year, Stone Oak Youth Theatre, located near the Mays Family YMCA, will be celebrating five years in business. To mark the occasion, the live theater and educational center will be rebranding as the Northside Performing Arts Center. The change follows the center’s progression over the last few years. In 2008, owner Mary Claire Becan began teaching a small musical theater class of seven students in a rented church space. Within two months, that number grew to 35, and Becan rented a space in a nearby shopping center, where the company is still housed. Less than a year later, the student population had reached nearly 150, and the business expanded to include another suite in the same shopping center. Now instructing over 200 students each semester, Becan is continuing to expand the business. Though the center began by offering performing arts instruction for kids and teens, they now also offer Theatre For Young Audiences, presented by professional adult actors, and will also begin offering entertainment for the whole family this fall. “The new name gives us flexibility toward more growth,” Becan said. “We

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want to let people know that even though we are based in the Stone Oak area, we are here to bring the arts to the entire community.” Artistic director Lizel Sandoval said, “I think it opens more doors of opportunity for us as a community organization. We want Northside Performing Arts Center to be a safe and encouraging place for kids and teens to learn, but also a place where adults can come and see their friends and neighbors on stage in a production. The new name helps serve that community-building purpose.” Some of the other new plans include a dance troupe whose primary focus is working towards helping charitable organizations. Under the direction of dance director Desiree Lambert, the dancers will raise money for charities selected by students. Student Sophie DeYoung, a member of the new dance troupe, has been a part of Northside Performing Arts Center for the last three years. She loves the idea of a group that helps charity. “My brother was adopted from Zambia, so I’m excited about raising money to help charities like that,” she said. The name change has been official as of August 1. Northside Performing Arts Center is online at

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The 2013-2014 Smithson Valley High School Dance Team kept busy this summer at a camp and plan to have a successful year.

Submitted By Rebecca Savage he Smithson Valley High School Silver Spurs Dance Team has had a busy summer filled with practices and camps. With the school year starting, they have been preparing for a memorable football season where they will bring something special to the field during halftime at each game. As the year progresses, the dancers have various competitions and shows to perform at. While these shows and competitions will give them the opportunity to bring new and fresh routines to the dance floor, they can be a bit harsh on their pocket books. So in an effort to make the year one to remember, without costing too much, they have taken on a few fundraisers that will help fund their year. The Silver Spurs will be selling Smithson


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Valley “SV” sterling silver charms for $20 each. These will also be available at all home football games. For information on this fundraiser, contact Mildred Chambers at 210-823-2103 or chambersfamily@satx. As football season continues, one game in particular is anticipated: Homecoming. This year, homecoming is on September 13th. As tradition continues, mums are given, traded and worn and the dancers plan to continue the tradition as their second fundraiser. The Silver Spurs will be selling $30 Traditional Mums, $20 Small Mums and $15 garters. These will all be available to purchase at home football games August 30th and September 6th. For more information on the mums, contact Maria Klaus at 210-8425103 or The last fundraiser to support the

paper in tow. From August to September your daily routine has probably changed drastically. Now by 7:00 a.m., the dog has to be let out, fed, then let out again in the hopes of no “accidents” over the next nine hours. Morning exercise is one of the first rituals to be dropped. This can be a big mistake. A bored dog, left to his own devices, can get into loads of trouble while you are gone. Just putting your dog outside and leaving him to exercise on his own may not be enough. Active types require mental stimulation. If you are having certain behavioral issues, you may want to evaluate how you “exercise” your pet. Get up a little earlier to play games, train, or jog with him

Smithson Valley dancers are raffle tickets for the Americus Diamond $500 Circle of Support Diamond Pendant created in 14 karat white gold and set with a .05 carat round brilliant cut diamond with a 14K white gold chain. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and will be available at the home football games August 30th, September 6th and the homecoming game on September 13th. The drawing wil be held at the homecoming game, September 13th, though the winner does not need to be present to win. For information email Stephanie Johnson at Don’t forget to support the Smithson Valley High School Silver Spurs Dance Team through their fundraisers and by cheering them on as they perform dances that are sure to be great. before you leave. It will be well worth it. Crating your dog during the day is a very safe and effective way to keep them from getting into trouble. If you’ve trained your pet that his crate is good, he will be glad to go in when you leave. A dog sleeps most of the day anyway, especially in a crate. You can also leave something like a stuffed Kong in there to entertain them when they’re awake. Be sure the crate is big enough. Doggie Day Care is a super choice for an overactive pet. What better way to help get all that energy burned off before you come home? Think about the time and stress you’ll save not having to clean up after him. The right daycare will have your pet socialized, entertained and worn out before you get home. For more information on daycare, training and other tips on caring for your pet visit our website. Our fall training schedule

Bulverde/Spring Branch Library News By Sam Salas, Librarian Bulverde/Spring Branch Library (830) 438-4864 he Bulverde/Spring Branch Library will be offering new self-defense classes, taught by Jim Palermo, every Wednesday morning beginning September 4 at 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in signing up should contact Mr. Palermo at


GED tutoring will be offered again each Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. starting September 9th. These classes are run through the Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall Counties Adult Education Department’s Distance Learning program, which you can register for when you show up. Computers and a tutor will be available each session. English as a Second Language classes will be offered again each Tuesday and

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Wednesday starting September 10 and 11, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The 2013 One Book/One Community will kick off its annual program with exhibits, talks, food and a concert by Awardwinning singer/songwriter and author, Mike Blakely beginning at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 and continue through October 24 with various events. The community’s book for 2013 is A Walk in the Woods:

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Lone Star Leadership Academy Submitted By Ashley Barnes icholas Arguello, son of Robert and Sandra Arguello and a student at Indian Springs Elementary School in the Comal Independent School District, was selected to travel to the Austin and San Antonio areas as a participant in Education in Action’s Lone Star Leadership Academy, July 28 through August 2. Nicholas’s selection for the Academy was based on his outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, a nomination from his teacher, Jennifer Curtis and his involvement in school and community activities. Education in Action, dedicated to empowering young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities, hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy. Nicholas’s Texas State Representative, Lyle Larson, and Senator, Donna Campbell, were notified of his accomplishment. He visited the Austin offices of his state legislators while attending the program. Joining a delegation of outstanding students from across the states, Nicholas worked to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. He learned about future career and internship opportunities and visited historically, politically and geographically significant sites including the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, LBJ Library, Alamo, Institute of Texan Cultures, Witte Museum State Cemetery, State Capitol, Supreme Court and Aquarena Springs. The Lone Star Leadership Academy provides unique opportunities for outstanding fourth to eighth graders to learn about the Spirit of Texas. Participants discuss


what they learn, complete problem solving and decision-making simulations, exercise creativity and practice presentation skills in Leadership Groups. In addition, participants have fun meeting other outstanding students and making new friends while adding to their resume of academic achievements, developing leadership skills and bringing home a wealth of information to supplement what they are learning in school. The Lone Star Leadership Academy calls for participants to become active citizens and leaders in their communities. Participants in the Lone Star Leadership Academy – Austin/San Antonio program must be in the fifth, sixth or seventh grade, maintain an 85 or higher average, demonstrate academic and leadership ability, receive an educator nomination and be involved in community or school activities. Education in Action also offers the Lone Star Leadership Academy – Dallas/Fort Worth program for outstanding fourth to sixth graders and the Houston/ Galveston program for outstanding sixth to eighth graders. Students involved in student government and service organizations are especially good candidates for Lone Star Leadership Academy programs. Educators are invited to nominate their outstanding fourth to eighth grade students online at Facilitator to student ratio is one to ten, and all facilitators are Texas educators. For more information about Education in Action or the Lone Star Leadership Academy – Dallas/ Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/ Galveston programs, call 817-562-4957 or visit

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Come out and join us for Fish, Shrimp and Networking! S • O • B • A When: Friday, September 13, 2013 Stone Oak 7:00 to 10:00 PM Business Association Where: Canyon Springs Golf Club 24405 Wilderness Oak San Antonio, TX 78260 Cost: $20 for Members | $25 for Non-Members Includes: Two Drink Tickets, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Fried Fish, Chicken Fried Chicken, Baked Potato, Salad Bar, Jalapeno Cornbread, Apple & Peach Cobbler

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The 2013 Stone Oak Business Association Expo is excited to be welcomed back to Ronald Reagan High School for the 11th annual EXPO. This well attended event benefits both Reagan and Johnson High Schools. As a vendor your business will gain exposure to the community, parents, teachers and students. All funds raised from the Expo will help the SOBA Scholarship Program to award scholarships to outstanding seniors graduating from Reagan and Johnson Fine Arts departments. Donated raffle items are also needed and appreciated.





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