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LEADERSHIP TO LIVE Byron Fouty holds a spe-
Roy W. Richard Jr. takes on Wilenchik’s Walk for Life cial place in all our hearts.
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ond Mayor of Schertz, paved a
is in honor of city council-
man, Tony Wilenchik, who
demonstrates a promise to
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which Roy Jr. has taken to the courageously through a bravery and kindness will
next level in his commitment to difficult and life-threatening forever be remembered.
the City of Schertz. disease.

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It’s a brand new year. A time,
in which, I’ve made peace with
the past through reflection and
resolution, and now embark
on new beginnings and greater
opportunities in 2009. With the
onset of another year for which
to learn and grow both personally
and professionally, I set out to find
those people whose influence and
tenacity speak volumes about
character and truth. We’ve chosen
to spotlight many special individuals
Schertz, Roy Jr. continues to serve

I’m sure you’ve heard of Wilenchik’s

Walk for Life. His determination and
will to live as he battles cancer is an
uplifting and heart wrenching story of
a man this city loves and admires. Of
all the challenges we face on earth,
make Schertz the wonderful, economically
the community with a clear mission for strong city it is. We only exist because
the future. of our advertisers and keen community

There is tremendous growth in the city,

with residential communities sprouting
throughout the area, businesses moving in
and expanding, as many new residents call
Schertz “home.” The magazine is growing
Tony remains optimistic as he accepts as well. We’re moving online. Find us at
his fate fighting, making every day
count. You’ll find
more stories of interest with an assortment
in Schertz who are great examples of photos, information and 24-hour
of what we should each aspire for. A Tribute to Byron Fouty, a young interaction. It’s 2009 and an exciting time
The attributes of successful men 19–year old soldier who died while for Schertz Magazine.
and women encompass a diverse on duty in Iraq will always carry an
b y s u pportin
portfolio of qualities for which stand important place in our hearts. His join us
out amongst a crowd. example of honor and duty at such Please zine and the tz!
ga er
a young age exemplifies the true the ma ul City of Sch
This year I challenge each of our sacrifice of one human being for
readers to travel beyond your another.
destination, revel in the moment to We’ve filled this month’s issue with articles
be the very best you can achieve, As a new year begins, I want to to educate and inspire you. It’s a new year.
in work, at home and in the emphasize to all our readers, Take advantage of the great opportunities
relationships you build with those advertisers, and those who support that lie ahead. Allow 2009 to be a
around you. our publication: “We could not beacon of hope towards advancement
do this without you!” Our goal at and enlightenment. As we each travel
The examples of individual traits Schertz Magazine is to inform our our individual paths in life, sketch a bold
I aspire to model after are within readers about what is taking place statement of who you are, display it to the
each of the people we feature in this in our local government and within world. Don’t be afraid to be noticed in a
months issue. Roy W. Richard Jr. the city, improving the quality of life crowd. Smile and feel confident. Live in the
is the ultimate personification of a for each of our residents. We are moment, for within every moment, there is
leader. In the history of his family’s this community’s magazine, here to meaning, there is truth…there is YOU!
devotion and vision for the City of showcase the people and places that

Nicole Ochoa

JANUARY 2009 7
A Legacy of Leadership The Next Generation
Today, Judge Roy W. Richard Jr.,
Making Significant Strides
Judge Richard was sworn in as
the betterment of Schertz.
Over the years, Judge Richard

Judge Roy W. Richard Jr. a Justice of the Peace in Precinct Justice of the Peace on January watched his father advocate
3, demonstrates his father’s same 1, 2003. Under the Justice of for city improvements that
loyalty and commitment to the the Peace court, his jurisdiction would change the dynamics of
community as he strives to create oversees all fine-only criminal Schertz both economically and
a better place for residents and cases, Justice and small financially. “My father began our

BY NICOLE OCHOA the city’s youth. Judge Richard claims; however, the amount great path to solid economic
was born in San Antonio, but of controversy cannot exceed growth and every Mayor since
A Father’s Influence spent his entire life in Schertz. $10,000. If there is one thing any has built and improved the
PHOTOGRAPHY After graduating from what is person who walks into Judge foundation he established,”
In 1950, a man named
BY Roy W. Richard Sr. opened currently Clemens High School, Richard’s court can expect, says Judge Richard. The former
EDUARDO ROMERO Judge Richard went on to Baylor it’s consistency. “We make Mayor’s belief that local people
a small dental office on
University and graduated from sure everyone understands should profit from within their
Main Street in the quaint
Law School. the procedures of the court own community led him to
town of Schertz. For forty
from the beginning so there acquire Schertz Bank & Trust.
years, he was known as
“I always had an interest in aren’t any misunderstandings,” “My father wanted to take funds
the city’s local dentist. Roy
history and politics,” he shares. he explains. Judge Richard’s and put them back into the
Sr. believed passionately
In 1976, Judge Richard became court presides over both civil city’s schools and organizations
in serving the people, and
the hearings examiner for State and criminal cases. However, to promote the city and the
he had a solid plan in mind
Comptroller Bob Bullock. In he allows a pre-trial procedure quality of life for our residents,”
that went beyond his role
the years following, he pursued beforehand to help those he asserts. Judge Richard now
as solely a member of the
private practice. His role in individuals who want to contest takes over his father’s position
community. The vision
the community extends to their case to see if it can be as owner of the bank. In
and leadership of Roy Sr.
many areas including lawyer, resolved without the cost of addition to acquiring the bank,
led him to become Mayor
Justice of the Peace, Economic going to trial. his father purchased a water
Richard in 1960 when
Development Board Member and well site in Garden Ridge in the
he was elected as the
owner of Schertz Bank & Trust. Like his father, Judge Richard 1960’s, ensuring a good supply
second Mayor of Schertz.
exhibits both authority and of water for the future. Today,
Mayor Richard Sr. held his
initiative as he sets out to FM 3009 is named after Roy W.
position until 1972 when
make substantial changes for Richard Sr., who sadly passed
he resigned to become the
away February 1, 1990.
majority owner of what is
now, Schertz Bank & Trust.
However, he remained
very active in the local
political arena.
A Legacy of Leadership members of society,” he says. coast was one of their favorite
Judge Richard co-chaired getaways. “My dad gave me a lot
The act of Mayor Richard’s Judge Richard is the second the last three facility advisory of freedoms in my life,” he says. “I
tenacity and promise to generation of a political committees to assess the facility didn’t ever want to let him down.”
promoting the future of the prowess that leads Schertz into needs of the district. “One of Which is perhaps the reason he’s
city inspired not only the a new frontier of possibilities. Of the greatest investments a spent a significant part of his life
people around him, but the many roles Judge Richard community can make is in its serving others, just like his father.
it changed the dynamics takes on in the community, he children,” he imparts. The Richard family represents not
of his own family; in parlays his expertise as Director
particular, his son, Roy only how one family can make
on the Schertz Economic Outside of the office, Judge
Richard Jr., named after a difference through hard work,
Development Corporation. “We Richard enjoys spending time
him. Their relationship fortitude and determination; but
have a wide variety of ongoing with family and friends. “It’s a
was one built on a strong demonstrates how the act of
projects with new businesses very good life,” he remarks. All
foundation of closeness. one person can inspire others
coming to our area,” he
Every family has a story to tell; “He was my personal
hero,” says Roy Jr. “At
remarks. “However, our goal
of his children are graduates of
SCUCISD and currently attend
to reach above and beyond for
the people and place closest
is to see the money we invest
a story that contributes to a greater the time, the single most returned many times over in the
college. His eldest daughter
recently graduated from St.
to their heart. “I tell my children
what my dad once told me: you
good and demonstrates a profound important person in my
best interest of the people.” As
a Judge, he’s been increasingly
Mary’s Law School. only get out of something what
truth of how one man can influence involved with the school district, As for the future, Judge
you put into it,” he says. “From
my father’s efforts and through
handling all truancy cases and
a generation of people. The Richard disorderly conduct. He hopes
Richard’s hope is to aid in a
solid economic path for the
the continuity of great leaders we
have today, I continue to focus
Family of Schertz inspires the efforts that through the court system,
he’s able to encourage these
residents of Schertz that is built
on prosperity and continuous
all my energy toward establishing
and maintaining a good quality of
and foresight of a family who took individuals to correct their
behavior in a fair and firm way.
growth. As he reflects on past life for all of our citizens.”
memories spent with his father,
the initiative to promote a city and its “My greatest reward is to see he shares the joy of the two
these kids become productive
people to greater prosperity. playing golf. Fishing at the
here everyday as a volunteer it won’t stop Tony from Insist on answers to your


able to tolerate it well
physically. But my tumors are doing something meaningful being there to support and questions on the availability
definitely growing,” he adds. for my community, which is raise awareness. “Without of new medicines. Stay active
Up to now, doctors have very important to me.” research, I wouldn’t be alive mentally and physically. Don’t
removed nine tumors from today,” he shares. “Cancer give up hope and always
The Courage to Live: his body. Oddly enough, he’d
only begun with five. “Tumors
As a member of the city
council, Tony acknowledges
all the work they’ve
research helps keep people
alive longer. I’m a walking
believe in God,” he shares.
Tony’s uplifting message
pop up all over the body,” he billboard.” speaks of his strong will and
City Councilman Tony Wilenchik explains. “The ones that are
removed are done so if they
accomplished as a collective
effort. “I’m proud of the As his story continues to
audacious spirit to overcome.
In his own testament to

affect my quality of life.” way we’ve handled growth inspire countless others, survive, he will forever lift the
There are moments in the cancer. He was told he only forty years ago. While Tony was left with little hope in the city, both residential Tony remains an optimistic hearts and minds of those
course of a lifetime when had six to nine months to stationed in Norway, he as doctors informed him The root of Tony’s illness and commercial, while voice for those struggling who have had the privilege to
we are forced to face the live. met his wife of thirty-one it was non-operable and was found to possibly be maintaining a quality with the same heartache know him.
unimaginable. An unexpected years, Valerie, who is from chemo-resistant. “It was a from a toxin he may have of life and a robust tax he and his family have
turn of events can cause Almost two and a half England. They first came shock to me,” admits Tony. encountered almost forty base to support our had to find the courage
upheaval to the normalcy of our years later, Tony continues to the San Antonio area in “I was 170 pounds, in good years ago while stationed at a services,” he says. Tony to fight through. “I would
day-to-day lives, leaving with on the fight of his life. In 1984 and, eight years later, shape and healthy. I couldn’t base in Vietnam. “I may have recently celebrated seven tell someone like me,
it a question which one cannot the community, he serves decided to move back to believe this was happening.” had some kind of contact with years on the council this you can’t give up hope.
deny asking: why me? Those as an active member of Converse before making the herbicide, Agent Orange,” past December; by far, You need to be proactive
are two words Schertz City city council. He extends their home in Schertz. After There was only one he describes. His illness longer than any other on the Internet. Educate
Councilman Tony Wilenchik his support to various retiring from the Air Force possible alternative. has been determined 100% councilperson. “I’m no yourself. Talk to your doctor.
refuses to ask but, nonetheless, organizations educating in December of 1998, Tony He began conventional service-connected. different than any other city Learn more about
are inescapable. For those who and advocating for cancer joined USAA. He worked chemotherapies. Over the member,” he emphasizes.
love him, those who respect research, giving of his time in life insurance and later course of time, some of It’s been two years and the “I’m just more aware of what the Wilenchik Walk
him, admire his work, his and effort to his family and transitioned into banking the therapies worked, one cancer continues to progress. goes on because of my daily
tenacity and will to live, one friends and to the people where he became a showed progress for about “The only thing that’s going involvement.” for Life on Page 24!!
cannot help but wonder, WHY? of Schertz, exhibiting a Certified Financial Planner. eighteen weeks, while to save me is some kind of
true commitment to his others proved unsuccessful. chemotherapy to shrink or kill Today, Tony continues to
Tony Wilenchik, also known community and radiating a But, in 2006, everything He was later referred to the tumors,” says Tony. “They stay active in a number of
as an experienced and avid fervor for life that inspires all he’d known, suddenly took the Cancer Treatment say it’s just a matter of time roles. As a veteran, he joined
marathon runner, has lived a those around him. That’s why a dramatic turn. Tony went and Research Center in now unless they can come up the board of Operation
healthy, active lifestyle for more the City of Schertz dedicates into the hospital for hernia San Antonio to begin new with a cure.” Homefront. After working
than forty years. He’s run forty- this year’s newly inaugurated surgery. Within a couple Phase-1 experimental as a Financial Advisor for
three marathons, participated in annual cancer walk as of days, he felt extreme treatments. For thirty-two several years, Tony now
Wilenchik’s Walk for Life. nausea and discomfort. weeks, the tumors began A WILL TO SURVIVE teaches the Dave Ramsey
the Boston marathon four times “You live life and at the time,
and even ventured through Doctors performed a CAT shrinking and stabilized. In Financial Course to city
you don’t realize all the people
fifty mile races. But in June THE DAY THAT Scan only to realize he December 2007, progress
whose lives you’ve touched,”
employees, their families,
2006, his life took a terrible turn CHANGED had stage-4 cancer found stopped and the treatments and anyone else who
discontinued. After that says Tony. “When I got sick
when doctors diagnosed him EVERYTHING outside the colon wall. No wants to learn.
time, he’s undergone three it was astounding to my wife
with Stage-4 Leiomyosarcoma Originally from New Jersey, other tests had revealed it
other experimental programs and I how many people from
Tony spent a before. “It was metastatic “The city has given me
that either didn’t work at all all over responded, called
significant amount of to the liver,” he says. “It’s a place to be when
or only showed potential for and prayed for me. That was
time traveling before a rare cancer only found I had nothing,” he
a brief period. tremendous. None of this has
making his home in about nine percent of says. “My goal is
been easy for us, but their
in Texas. He joined cancers.” to give back to
Tony will soon begin the fifth support has made it a lot
the Air Force over the city and to
experimental chemotherapy. more bearable.”
the people. I
“It’s difficult,” he admits know I will.
as he must patiently wait In 2001, Tony was appointed
I’m living it
to hear every six weeks to city council in order to fill an
now. I want
whether or not the tumors unexpired position. Since that
to continue
are shrinking. “I’ve been time, he has been re-elected
to help
three more times; in 2003,
people and
2005, and 2007.
serve others.”
“I’ve become great friends
with Don Taylor,” he shares. A MESSAGE OF

“ “He visited me everyday in the

hospital when I was sick.”
Tony hopes to be strong
enough to walk with his
can’t give After realizing the immensity
of his illness, Tony had to slow
fellow friends, family and
the community at the 1st
BY NICOLE OCHOA down. He gave up many of his Annual Wilenchik’s Walk
up hope.” active roles in the community
except for his position on the
for Life, but as he notes,
being in a perpetual
PHOTOGRAPHY city council. “I started out by state of anemia may
BY ANDRE BULLARD helping with city projects. I’m prohibit that. However,
A Tribute to

Twelve hours after he was on a coffee table to show a

born on April 17, 1988, visitor, a War on Terrorism snowboarding, After enlisting in the Army in
Byron Fouty was wheeled Service Medal, Prisoner of and hockey. September 2006, Fouty was
into his mother’s hospital War Medal, the Bronze Star, He also was a deployed to Iraq in January
room with a sign that and the Purple Heart. die-hard Detroit 2007.
read, “Feed on Demand.” Red Wings fan
A nurse then winked at Spc. Fouty, 19, and two and was a wizard “I noticed how his eyes
Hilary Meunier and said, other American soldiers been captured, and I was just at playing video shined after he found some
“You’re going to have your were reported missing for devastated.” games. happiness and purpose,”
hands full.” more than a year after their It’s a horrible feeling, and his sister, Sarah Anne Dibler,
unit was ambushed on May Meunier said that for more I’m sad of the outcome, but Meunier also told a Michigan newspaper
Meunier certainly did, 12, 2007, near Baghdad. than a year and a half she there’s some relief knowing recalled that Fouty, who following a July 22 memorial
recalling that at an early His body was found July 9, cried and prayed that her he’s back on American soil. possessed a great sense service in Novi. “I know he’s
age Fouty already had 2008, along with Sgt. Alex first-born child and only son And he’s buried near me, so of humor, could walk into a watching over us with the
developed a stubborn Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, would be found. “I worried I can visit his grave. I know crowd of strangers and return same gleam in his eye.”
streak and independent Massachusetts, buried in a that he was injured and not he’s in a better place.” home, having made several
spirit while growing up in grave in the Iraqi village of receiving medical attention,” new friends. He also enjoyed a It was Fouty’s intention,
Walled Lake, Michigan, Jurf as Sakhr. she said. Although she said she good nap. “I used to joke that Meunier said, to re-enlist in
that would eventually lead misses her son terribly, he could sleep standing up,” the Army to become a medic
to his decision to join the The day after Fouty But as each day passed and Meunier believes his spirit his mother said. after his tour of duty in Iraq.
Army to serve his country – attached to Company D, months turned into a year, is still with her, and while
while fighting in Iraq. 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Meunier slowly began to reminiscing about his life, Shortly after dropping out Fouty never got the chance.
Regiment – was kidnapped, resign herself to the possibility she told of the time when of Walled Lake Central High He was buried July 25 at
“The first time I tried to the Army sent two military that Fouty might be dead. Her at age 6, Fouty wanted to School, Fouty told his family Fort Sam Houston National
punish him at age 5, he
climbed out the window
and tried to run away, but
personnel to Meunier’s
home, when she was living
in San Marcos, to deliver the
fears were confirmed when
on July 10, an Army chaplain
and another military official
show off for a girl, so he
decided to jump off a jungle
gym thinking the snow
he wanted to enlist in the
Army. “I took him to the
recruiter’s office,” Meunier
“I noticed
how his
I stopped him,” Meunier bad news. returned to her home to would break his fall. He said. “He wanted to go into
said from her home on confirm his death. broke his leg instead. the infantry and fight. I begged
Oak Street surrounded “I was notified on Mother’s him to do anything but the

eyes shined...”
by mementos of her Day,” the 45-year-old “I had believed for some Fouty, she recounted, infantry, but he was bound
son’s young life: Fouty’s Schertz resident said. “I time that he didn’t make it enjoyed outings to the and determined to fight (in
official Army portrait, the saw them walk across the because of who they were lake in Oxford, Michigan, Iraq). With his IQ, he could
folded American flag that grass, and my heart just captured by, and there were and spent his spare time have chosen any field in the
draped his coffin, and sank. I thought he was no POW camps,” she said. “I away from school playing military.”
several medals that lay dead. They told me he had had prepared myself for this. football, skateboarding,

12 JANUARY 2009
A Taste
Like No
Other: BIG

Step inside the cozy, sports- school and spent years as a also possessed a passion On Wednesday nights, of scrumptious and tempting by to deliver an appetizing 18-inch made to satisfy the roughly one year ago, all his
centered pizzeria in Schertz, cook for high-end restaurants for cooking as he grew patrons enjoy bowling specialty pizzas, mouth- pizza to your neighbor’s entire family. “My customer concentration is focused
Texas. They’re known for and resorts in San Francisco up preparing multi-ethnic night. “Everyone comes watering appetizers, and more, doorstep? The pizzeria offers base is extremely loyal,” here. “I wouldn’t sacrifice
their Hawaiian style pizza and and Naples, Florida where he foods from Hawaii and the in ready to play with their customers enjoy a variety of free, full service delivery to he notes. “It’s all repeat what I have right now,” he
eclectic sports-centered venue. worked as a Sous Chef for Philippines. “I’m a simple bowling shirts on,” he favorites including the Big Schertz residents. business. We’ve never had a says.
Upon entering, a friendly staff three years. After spending cook with a few tricks up my says. The non-smoking Kahuna and The Epic pizzas. complaint.” While he doesn’t
member greets you; perhaps, many years traveling, Guthrie sleeve,” he says. restaurant caters to a The Mango Chipotle rings are a “I love cooking,” emphasizes boast about the success Come On In
it’s the owner, Guthrie himself, wanted to make a more highly sports oriented “must-have” appetizer. Some of Guthrie. But while most of his of his business, many The pizzeria provides an
who welcomes you inside and permanent move to a place “Hawaiian Style” recipes and demographic. Walking the ingredients in high demand experience has been cooking accolades are expressed intimate atmosphere with a
asks you to sit down. Whether he could call home. He scrumptious pizzas have in, patrons notice an include Portuguese sausage, in the back of the house, he from those around him. friendly staff that welcomes
you just came in for a quick remembered visiting San become the restaurant’s assortment of sport jerseys that isn’t typically found in says he enjoys a different However, he doesn’t hesitate you in, asks you to sit
bite during lunch hour or its Antonio as a child. “It was a staple. “You don’t ever want to pinned on the walls. “All of Texas. “I have it specially perspective running the entire to show how proud he is down and takes your order.
sports night with a group of comfortable little city,” Guthrie re-invent the wheel,” he says. our jerseys are donated,” delivered from Hawaii,” says operation. “You must have a of what he’s accomplished There’s never a rush, they
friends, this local Schertz reflects. I knew it would be a “We have a smaller menu, but says Guthrie. Guthrie. Or the luau style Kalua passion to do this. I’m here with the help and support simply want you to make
hang-out makes superior great place to live.” After a year everything we do, we do really pork “It’s cooked slowly for thirteen hours a day, seven of so many others. “I have yourself at home and enjoy
service their priority and; not to in San Antonio, Guthrie and his well.” In the restaurant, he fourteen hours in the oven, days a week. It’s truly a labor employees who are all the atmosphere and flavors
mention, it’s where you’ll find wife, Adriana who is from Brazil, showcases an array of hot which gives it an amazing flavor of love.” dedicated workers and who of Big Papa’s Pizza.
some of the best pizza around. agreed to move a little farther Currently, the interior of Big sauces he’s collected from when added to our pizza.” I couldn’t manage all of this
from the city, and Schertz Papa’s reflects more of a around the world. “This Costs are reasonably and without,” he says. “There is a Big Papa’s is located at
Pizza in the Making possessed a certain aura of restaurant quality; however, has become Schertz’s little He grows fresh basil in the back competitively priced. The Epic trust we’ve built as a team.” 1420 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz,
Growing up in Makaha, familiarity to his hometown in Guthrie is in the process of hang-out,” he says proudly. of the restaurant to which he which includes an abundance TX 78154. The pizzeria is
Hawaii, a small town on the Hawaii. integrating new apparatus that adds to another favorite pizza of delicious toppings like In response to expanding open daily from 11am-10pm.
southernmost part of Oahu, will create a sports bar feel Big Papa’s Pizza called Summer Delight that pepperoni, ham, pineapple the restaurant to multiple Daily happy hours are from
cooking became Guthrie’s Guthrie bought the restaurant, and atmosphere with multiple For Guthrie, consistency includes fresh tomato and basil, and jalapenos ranges from locations, Guthrie says he’d 3pm to 7 pm. To contact Big
passion. He attended culinary originally named Tailgaters, televisions, games, darts, golf, has been key to his ricotta and ham. Have you seen only $7.99 for a 10-inch pizza eventually like to. However, Papa’s call (210) 566-6464.
in December 2007. He’d and an Internet jukebox. success. From a menu Big Papa’s pizza cruiser driving to $17.99 for an enormous only opening his doors

“...but everything we do, we do really well.”

Holidays – The Aftermath: Schertz Grand Opening:

It’s Your Life, Live It Fit! Love to Swim and Tumble School
The Holiday celebrations are over, but the question everyone must ask Do you love to swim? Most and founder. “We define emphasizes Mary. What variety of classes including
themselves is how can we recover from the weight gain and stress that people might feel a bit a swimmer as having the does that mean? As she gymnastics, non-competitive
ultimately comes with it? intimidated by the athleticism ability to swim three-hundred denotes, it’s swimming for games and team work, sports
of a professional swimmer, yards continuously.” fitness, perhaps to participate preparation, cheerleading and
while others profess a lifelong in a triathlon, preparing to more.
fear or simply say it’s just As an accomplished, take a trip to the Caribbean,
too hard. Everyone has their competitive swimmer, coach, or being with friends at a Parents have the convenience
own story from children to teacher and lifeguard, Mary’s swimming pool. “Having of watching their children
adults. However, swimming passion for swimming has taught adults gives me a through glass windows
may be one of the most successfully translated to the great perspective on what to simultaneously in the pool
glorifying expressions of people they serve. It seemed do with children,” she adds. and gym areas. Boys can
physical labor, as it is both a natural progression to open When teaching children, Mary elect to participate in Rough
challenging and rewarding a new location, in a city that notes that kids respond to and Tumble, which is a sports
on many levels. A baby can holds a special place in her swimming similar to their preparatory class for boys
exercise more muscles in heart. Mary is now thrilled to parents. “When parents have ages 5 to 8 years old.
the water, and improve their expand the school into her fear, the kids have fear.”
coordination and balance. For own community of Schertz, All of the staff and coaches
a child, they build confidence where she resides with her For children, there is undergo extensive training
According to the American Heart Association, the in multi-areas of teaching.
as well as both physical husband and two children. tremendous value in the art
average American gains between 5-8 lbs over the They unite together with
and mental endurance. An “We’ve received such a of swimming, but Mary tells
holiday season. One of the best parts of the holidays a common vision for the
adult can overcome fear, positive response from the parents to stay supportive
is all the delicious food we indulge in, but what people The added stress associated with hectic schedules community, utilizing their skills
train for a triathlon, and get city,” says Mary. “People throughout the children’s
don’t realize is the extra pounds and inches gained can and financial worries during the holidays also and experience to inspire
a great workout. Perhaps have been calling to sign learning. “Kids plateau in
be reversed! You’re probably thinking, “great, where contributes to excess weight gain. We can all agree their students to achieve their
most importantly, for those up and ready to join. It’s their learning,” she explains.
were you a month ago,” but as I always say, “better late mental health is as important as physical health, but goals, both as swimmers and
of any age, from infants to wonderful.” “Parents have an expectation
than never!” often we neglect both! as individuals. Not only is
the elderly, being able to of consistent advancement,
1. REST. Getting more sleep is crucial to your swim can save your life or One of the main reasons but it’s an educational Love to Swim a place where
energy levels, and will help you be more productive someone else’s. Regardless Mary has devoted so progression. Kids overcome, people come to learn, but to
both at home and at work. of individual goals, swimming much time and energy to master skills and move on.” make new friends, enriching
Cleaning up your diet should be goal number one, is a wonderful way to exercise developing the school and That’s why having consistent one’s life in a supportive
and here are a few helpful tips to get you on the 2. VITAMINS. It’s som]s difficult to get your daily the entire body while gaining promoting swimming in the exposure over time is so environment that challenges
right track: recommended dosage of vitamins and minerals in confidence, stamina and area, is because she says important to the curriculum you to reach new goals, and
your diet, so be sure to take a daily vitamin with control that can, in turn, they are in the business Mary and her team have helps you take the steps you
1. PORTION CONTROL. The first thing to antioxidants.
remember is it’s not so much what you eat, but benefit every facet of your life. of impacting the drowning developed for the student’s need to attain them. “It takes
how much of it you eat. Portions are a major 3. TALK ABOUT IT. Don’t keep your feelings locked statistic. “The majority learning. courage. It takes believing in
factor in determining just how your body digests, up! Talk to a family member, friend, pastor, or even This month, Love to Swim of drowning deaths are yourself,” shares Mary. “When
stores, and utilizes what you put into it. seek professional assistance if needed. and Tumble School opens a preventable,” she says. “We Another component to someone goes from saying
brand new location in Schertz. need to educate people to the school includes a gym ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can.’ That’s the
2. PACE YOURSELF. Slow down when eating, Their original location is in learn to really swim,” she area directed by Elaine greatest accomplishment.”
and encourage children to do the same. Your San Antonio where they have advocates. “It broadens what Bangert, Program Director,
body will have a better chance of letting you know been since January 2006. they can do in their life.” who possesses over
you’ve had enough. Swimmers range from 6 30 years of gymnastics
3. EAT SMALL, MORE OFTEN. Several small months old to 99 years of age. Mary admits lots of people coaching experience. The
meals are much better than two large ones where want to learn to swim, but Tumble School is designed
you are so hungry you overeat! Love to Swim and Tumble there is a fear. “Swimming for children engaging in
While these helpful tips can help you bounce back after the School has one defining goal: is hard,” she says. “People gymnastics, while developing
4. SNACK SMART. Stock your shelves with holiday season, there is another other way to help with both of To create life-long masterful underestimate it.” However, physical and social skills.
healthy options like fruits, vegetables, and these issues for maximum benefit. Exercise is about movement swimmers. However, to while it may pose its own set There are Rolli Pollie classes
nuts for snacking! You can’t eat junk if it’s designed to increase lean muscle, improve your cardiovascular accomplish this feat “it takes of challenges for adults, it is for children 18 months to 36
not there! health, and strengthen bones, joints, and muscles. By consistent swimming,” says attainable. “We want to help months of age. For kids’ ages
accomplishing these things you’re able to burn the calories Mary Reilly-Magee, owner people learn to swim well,” 3 to 8 years old, there are a
needed to keep off unwanted inches and pounds, while
lowering your stress levels!

Workout facilities like Anytime Fitness, located at 3820 FM equipment they have on hand. This year Anytime Fitness clients Love to Swim and Tumble School opens January 5, 2009
3009, can help you achieve your fitness goals and get you have lost a combined 172 inches! And, for a limited time only, at 6044 FM 3009, Ste 285, Schertz, TX 78154. For more
on the right path to living fit. Their staff of certified personal mention this article and join Anytime Fitness with NO enrollment information call 210-566-4096 or visit
trainers will meet with you to assess your strengths and fee! What do you have to lose, except maybe a few inches?
weaknesses, and introduce you to the state of the art Happy New Year! JANUARY 2009 17
- John Cedio – GM/CPT
Darla Vosburg is the
winner of the ‘Find
the Plane’ contest in
the December 2008
issue of Schertz
Tales Magazine.
Brad Bailey,
City of Schertz
Media Relations
Director, presents
a Bellacino’s gift

certificate at the
restaurant. Ms.

Vosburg was the
25th respondent to
correctly identify
the advertisement It is hard to imagine that 50 years to pursue leadership roles in civic
Named in
‘hiding’ the plane. have passed since the City of
Schertz was incorporated. And,
while he hasn’t been here since

Taylor further described Baldwin’s

Honor of
Look for this the beginning, Schertz Mayor Hal
Baldwin and his wife Barbara have
career in the Air Force, his
work with Urban Renewal, Schertz
HIDDEN Schertz
plane in one
Schertz Tales Magazine called Schertz home for more than
forty years.
his time as Tax Assessor, as
SCUCISD business manager, Mayor
‘Find the Plane’ Winner
as a city council member, and

Hal Baldwin
somewhere in every
issue of Schertz Since relocating to Schertz in the ultimately as mayor. “Under his
Tales. Be the 25th late 1960s, Baldwin has witnessed leadership, the City has nearly
person to email a sleepy town of less than 5,000 doubled in size and continues
events@schertz. residents grow into San Antonio’s to develop economically and
com and win! largest suburb. During that period financially,” said Taylor. “The Mayor
of rapid transformation, the retired has dedicated his life to Schertz
Air Force Senior Master Sergeant and he epitomizes public service.”
has been present for the booms
and the busts, as well as the good According to council member Tony
and the bad. In May 2008, Baldwin Wilenchik who helped establish the
entered his 15th year as Mayor program, the $1,000.00 scholarship
when he was reelected to office provides a vehicle for rewarding
with over 80 percent of the vote scholastic excellence and honors
and in the process he became Mayor Hal Baldwin, “a great by the application deadline. The board
the longest serving Mayor in the American who has dedicated over will judge the essays and select the
region. 35-years of his life to municipal top three applicants to be interviewed.
government.” Final selection of the scholarship
In recognition of the mayor’s recipient will be made in May with the
service to the community as The annual contest is open to award being presented at the student’s
well as his work in both city and any City of Schertz high school graduation ceremony or at another
school government, Schertz City senior either enrolled in an appropriate location.
Manager Don Taylor unveiled accredited high school or being
the Hal Baldwin Municipal home schooled who is currently Following announcement of the
Government Scholarship program in a civic/government class or scholarship program, the usually
following a city council meeting on being taught about government. jovial Baldwin was nearly speechless.
November 18, 2008. Surrounded Brad Gildea, Special Projects Surrounded by his wife Barbara and
by four generations of Baldwins, Director for Schertz, said that most of his family, he thanked the men
as well as current and former every fall an essay topic will be and women who helped Schertz literally
City of Schertz employees, selected by a three member “make the map.”
management, and council scholarship board. Schools will
members, Taylor read through the be notified and the information More information about the Hal Baldwin
Mayor’s accomplishments and about the program will be posted Municipal Scholarship program is
explained to the audience that “the at various city offices. Participants forthcoming and will be available at
scholarship was established to must then submit an essay and To view photos
be an annual essay and interview a nominating letter from their of the scholarship program kick-off
competition with the expressed civic/government teacher or their ceremony, visit us at
purpose of motivating students parent if they are home schooled


18 JANUARY 2009 JANUARY 2009 19

The Benefits
of Home Ownership

Did you buy or refinance a home in 2008?

Good for you!

But don’t stop there! Now is the time to

make sure you take advantage of the three
ways you can still save additional money:
property tax, income tax and with the new
interest free income tax credit for first time
home buyers.

P PROPERTY TAX your exemption (and lower necessary changes, to taxes from their taxable If you receive a very large federal income tax return the new home owner owes still due out of your proceeds
taxes) for 2009. Here are ensure all your exemptions income (up to $1,000 for tax refund, you may want and can receive a refund - not just a deduction from from the sale. When the
ADVANTAGE the website addresses are in place for 2009. married couples and $500 to review your W-4 with check from the IRS for up taxable income (like the home is sold, if there is not
for the three counties that for others). Talk to a tax your employer to see if you to $7,500. If you owe tax, property tax and interest enough money to pay back
If you purchased a home to live Schertz spans, along with If you have owned and specialist to find your best should adjust the amount but it is less than $7,500 you deduction). The credit is the tax credit, the balance
in as your primary residence, it phone numbers if you prefer lived in your home for a option. of exemptions you are can get a check from the calculated as 10% of the owed is forgiven.
is considered your ‘homestead” to call in. Of course you while and never filed - it claiming. IRS for the difference. home purchase price, with a
in the State of Texas. You get can always go in person if is not too late for 2009. A full year of interest, maximum credit amount of Talk to your tax preparer
a property tax reduction on one you prefer. There are no refunds for plus property taxes, plus Instead of receiving such There is a repayment $7,500. to see if you qualify for this
home you own - the home that previous years, but you mortgage insurance on a a large refund at tax time, requirement so the Federal credit,
they label as their “homestead.” Guadalupe County can file for 2009 forward. home valued at $185,000 you may find it more Treasury gets the money 3. There is an income limit
Just register the home as your It’s your responsibility to equals about $14,566. If beneficial to contribute back and hopefully home imposed - single taxpayers Property tax exemptions,
homestead with the county 830-303-3313 or 210-945- ask for the exemptions, or you are in a 28% tax bracket more to your 401k or to buyers will benefit from with incomes up to $75,000 income tax deductions and
appraisal district and apply for 9708 you will not receive them! and you bought a home - increase your take home stabilized and eventually, and married couples with up to a $7,500 tax credit!
the homestead tax exemption. Bexar County you would not have to pay pay. Just another benefit of increasing future housing incomes up to $150,000 Ahh, the beauty of home income tax on that $14,566. homeownership! prices. You pay the $7,500 qualify for the credit. If your ownership!
The appraisal district serves 210-224-2432 INCOME TAX This would reduce the back at a rate of $500 per income is above the limit,
all the taxing authorities - city, Comal County ADVANTAGE amount of tax you owe for year over fifteen years. you may still qualify for a
county, school, water district, the year by $4,078. 2008 HOUSING partial tax credit.
etc - yet you only have to file 830-625-8597 AND ECONOMIC There are a few rules:
once to have the exemption put This is the big savings!
$14,566 seems like a lot of 4. This tax credit works like
in place for all your property Federal income tax law RECOVERY ACT 1. To qualify you must be an interest free loan and
You may also be eligible allows you to itemize and money to be paying out - it
taxes. TAX CREDIT must be repaid at a rate of
for additional property tax deduct from your income comes to about $1,214 per a “first time homebuyer”
- meaning you have not $500 per year over a fifteen- BY
exemptions - disability, month. What would rent
This is a free service provided over 65, or agricultural use
– dollar for dollar – the
have cost you? Would your The 2008 housing stimulus owned a home in the last 3 year period. MADGE
amounts you have paid
by the appraisal district and it exemptions for example. for interest, property tax landlord have given you package, which was passed years - and you must have RASHELL
can save you several hundred Be sure to check them all back $4,078 of that rent at purchased a new primary 5. You do not start making
and mortgage insurance to help stabilize home prices
dollars per year! out! the end of the year? residence between the payments until two years
on your homestead. You and increase home sales, Madge Rashell has 28 years
makes some first-time dates of April 9, 2008 and after the credit is claimed, experience in all phases of real
Go to the website for your itemize these deductions so it will be 2010 or 2011
Eligibility for an exemption When you take the tax homebuyers eligible for a up to July 1, 2009. estate closing, legal and finance
County Appraisal District and on Schedule A of your tax areas. Currently a financial
is based on ownership of reduction into account, the $7,500 tax credit. before payback begins.
pull up the form for Homestead return. Even taxpayers literacy consultant and manager
the property on January home has actually only cost 2. This is a TRUE Tax Credit
Exemption. Fill it out and send who take standard 6. If the house is sold, you
of a thriving mortgage banking
1, so now is the time to deductions will be able you $874 per month! How does it work? You just - a dollar for dollar reduction company.
it in to make sure that you get check it out and make any in the amount of tax that must pay the entire balance
to subtract property claim the tax credit on your

20 JANUARY 2009
TALK OF THE Knights Win State Football

The Buffalo Valley There were two additional
Youth Association Knight’s teams. The Flag
Knights started playoff Team competed well
competition within the throughout the season and
Texas Youth Football were playoff contenders.
Association (TYFA) on Flag head coach Todd
November 15, 2008. All Porter led his team to the
four teams made the semi-final round, eventually
playoffs and the Midgets losing to State Runner-up,
and Rookies advanced to the Hutto Hippos. The Knight’s
State Finals in Round Rock, Junior Team, led by head
Texas on November 30, 2008. Coach Mike Miller, won 1st
For the first time in BVYA place during regular season
history, we brought home two play. This very talented
championships in a single year team was upset in the first
– the only organization in Division
round of the play-offs, which
2 to accomplish that distinction. was a surprise for the entire
league. All four teams now
The teams began practicing in head into the off-season
the hot August heat last summer. where most will start playing
There were many kids who did not basketball and, later this year,
continue on with the season, but baseball. Buffalo Valley Youth
most were ready to go when games Association, the premiere
began. This is just the second season youth activity organization
that the Knights participated in the of south Texas, is extremely
Schertz Tales Magazine Texas Youth Football Association, so proud of all of these student
Launches Online Website expectations from other organizations athletes and the cheerleaders
were not high and now these kids are who supported the boys
known around the state! throughout the year.
The World Wide Web is all the
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you turn today companies are Schertz community. Check out
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Learn More about VRTX Champions!!!
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coach Sean Brown, won a hard-fought game
your entry to against the Brush Country Rattlers from
Pleasanton, Texas with the final score of 12-7. These teams are comprised of boys, ages 6
and 7. With this win, the Knights finished the
season with a perfect 11-0 record.

JANUARY 2009 23
TOWN Adopt a Pig at the
Schertz Library
The Schertz Library, in conjunction
with Capitol One Bank, is
sponsoring a fund-raising activity
by giving out 600 piggy banks to
people who would agree to feed
them pennies (other coins are also
acceptable). Once the pig is full,
the adoptive family would pay a
visit to Capital One Bank, empty
the pig into the change counter Special story times
and take the receipt to a teller, who with refreshments will
would deposit the money into the be provided by Capital
Schertz Library Account. The family One Bank at the Schertz Library
Benefitting: supports the library and they get to on Wed., January 14th, 10 am-12 Noon
keep the pig! and on Thurs., January 15th, 10 am-12
Noon and 3:30 pm-4:00 pm.
The program also will include a best
For more information about the adoption
Wilenchik’s Walk: pig name contest, recognition for
the “pig families” in Schertz Tales program, contact: Gail Douglas at
Raising the Bar for Cancer Research and prizes. 619-1712.

“It’s just a random only 3 people a year are clared cancer-free in Decem- away and support our family
occurrence that changes diagnosed with this form. ber 2006! Wilenchik has also members and friends like
lives, and sometimes takes After visiting with his doc- beaten the odds and survived Tony Wilenchik who need ex- GROW LOCAL FESTIVAL, AT
our friends and loved ones tor, Justin was referred well beyond the six-month perimental research to help
keep them in the fight.”
away,” said Cindy Raleigh, to the Cancer Therapy & prediction given him by
wife of cancer survivor Research Center (CTRC) doctors in 2006. And while Thinking about putting in a Area is free to the general public. and how to do it;
Justin Raleigh and an at The University of Texas Wilenchik is now preparing to “Wilenchik’s Walk for Life vegetable garden this spring? Shop for bedding plants and 3. how to harvest rainwater to
event organizer of the 2008 Health Science Center at begin a fifth experimental pro- was formed with the singular Want to grow tomatoes, peppers, seeds, annuals, fruit trees and water your garden.
Wilenchik’s Walk for Life. San Antonio. goal of raising money for the
cedure shortly, he is still going cucumbers and other edibles? other quality garden products.
strong over two years later. Cancer Therapy and Re- Don’t know what to do to get See a demonstration of rain water Pre-registration seminar cost
In August 2006, Raleigh’s Like Raleigh, Schertz City search Center and support- started? Let the Guadalupe County harvesting. Have your hand tools is $25 per person or $35 per
husband Justin, a young Council member Tony According Schertz Assistant ing its mission to conquer Master Gardeners show you how sharpened. Get advice from couple; $30 & $40 at the door.
active 29-year-old, was Wilenchik was diagnosed Manager John Bierschwale, cancer through research, it’s done. Join us Saturday Feb. local experts on gardening and Registration includes a hot
diagnosed with cancer. “It with cancer in the Fall of research and prayer are prevention and treatment. 7th starting at 9 a.m. for the First landscaping. lunch catered by McBee’s BBQ
does not care how old you 2006. He was told that why people like Raleigh and Scheduled to take place Annual “Grow Local Festival” at and chances to win great door
are, how many children his cancer was non-oper- Wilenchik are alive today. March 7, 2008 in Schertz, the Schertz Civic Center located at Need more in-depth gardening prizes.
you have, how long you able and chemo-resistant: “Who cancer strikes is indis- the walk itself is set for the 1400 Schertz Parkway. info? Attend the “Backyard
have been married. It does He was only given six to criminate,” said Bierschwale. morning of March 7, 2009. Vegetable Gardening” seminar For more information visit our
not care if you are healthy nine months to live. Like “That is why everybody needs Participants will have the op- The Festival is co-sponsored by from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The website at www.guadalupecount
and happy. It can come at Raleigh, Wilenchik and his to do there part to support portunity to walk individually Schulz Nursery, New Earth Soils seminar will cover: or contact
any time.” family never saw it com- cancer research and institu- or as teams on Schertz Park- and Compost, Fanick’s Garden Linda Bruno, 210-363-8380 or
ing. In point of fact, Tony tions like the Cancer Therapy way. The walk ends at the Center and the City of Schertz. 1. the “basics of raised-bed
At the time of the diag- was still running mara- & Research Center in San Old Schertz Public Library The Schertz Civic Center’s Vendor vegetable gardening – the “how”
nosis, Cindy and Justin thons just a few months Antonio.” where there will be plenty of Area will be open from 9 a.m. to and the “why”;
had been married for 7 earlier. Ultimately, Tony food and entertainment for 3:30 p.m. Admission to the Vendor 2. the best vegetables to plant
years and were blessed was referred to CTRC In early 2007 City of Schertz the whole family. Sponsors,
with a beautiful daugh- and participated in four employees decided that it volunteers, donations, and
ter. “My world fell apart,” separate experimental was time to develop a pro- teams are currently being
said Raleigh, “He is my procedures. gram to encourage residents sought! Registration informa-
best friend and I couldn’t to participate and raise funds tion for individuals and teams
imagine life without him. Fortunately, with help from for cancer research. “So will be available online at
‘Terrified’ was the only God, loving friends, family, many of our co-workers and
word that could explain my excellent doctors, and the friends have been afflicted
feelings. Not only was he knowledge that cancer by this disease,” explained Learn more about the mis-
attacked by this disease, research has gained with organizer Kim Lewenski. “We sion of CTRC at
but he was attacked by a the help of donations, just want do our part to honor
cancer that is so rare that Justin Raleigh was de- loved ones who have passed By Brad E. Bailey

24 JANUARY 2009



The City of Schertz will be I B L E TO R

holding a General Election on
May 9, 2009 to elect officials for B E
E E:
Council positions for a two-year
term. The current positions to Monday, A
pril 27th –
be considered on the May 9th PU CE, A : 8:00 a.m. to Friday, May 1st:
ballot are Council Places 3, 4
and 5. Place 3 - Councilmem- OFFI MUST en
Monday, M
5:00 p.m.
ay 4th – Tu
ber John Trayhan, Place 4 - eight 7:00 a.m. to esday, May 5th:
a g e of e;
Councilmember Tony Wilenchik d the offic 7:00 p.m.
and Place 5 - Councilmember at taine filing for
Hav time of ime
Michael Carpenter, currently th e r a t the t
hold these seats. at vote
g i stered ; Early votin
re ce g
Be a g for offi he Guadalupe will be held at the
The first day to file for a place
of fili
id e n t of t utive E
1101 Elbel lections Office,
on the ballot along with a $5.00
b e en a st six con eceding ertz Texas.
MAYOR PRO-TEM filing fee is February 7, 2009 Have or at lea iately pr If you have
f d
Deadline to file is 5:00 p.m. on City hs imme ; fu
please feel rther questions,
n t e on free to con
March 9, 2009 with the City mo for offic e City ded, City Secre tact the
g th ta
Secretary’s office. fil in r to ro i
v 1030 or 61 ry’s office at 619-
Place 5 council member Mi- Carpenter graduated with hon- n o bligo st due, p y be 9-1031. C
ea pa ma packets w a
ill be availa ndidate
chael Carpenter was sworn in as ors in 1994 from State Techni- Not b bligation a person if such City’s web ble on the
Schertz Mayor Pro-Tempore by cal Institute at Memphis (now o
any ver, that ld office ely con- sit
o www.sche e at
Mayor Hal Baldwin on Decem- Southwest Tennessee Commu- howe d and h eing activ e forum.
ber 2, 2008. First elected in May e c te is b priat
nity College) with an associate’s el ation he appro
2005 and re-elected in 2007, degree in paralegal studies. In o b lig t
d in
Carpenter serves as the coun- 1996, he graduated with honors teste
cil liaison to the planning and from the University of Memphis
ay for su ca-
td pli
zoning commission, the library with a bachelor’s degree in
0 9 - Las ration ap ction.
board, the youth commission liberal studies. 9, 20 egist e ele
and the 50th anniversary com- April g voter r vote at th an be
mittee. In 1996 and 1997 he attended mittin time to ion card ibrary,
it on in registrat chertz L ces.
St. Mary’s University master’s r S ffi
He also is active in the commu- program in clinical psychol- Vote d up the ounty o
ic k e d C
p an
nity as a member of the Knights ogy. In 2004, he graduated Hall
of Columbus and serving in sev- City
from Webster University with
eral ministries at his parish, Our a master’s degree in business
Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic administration.
Church in Selma.
The Memphis, Tennessee, na-
Council member Carpenter tive is married to Melissa (also
works as a business develop- from Memphis), his wife of 15
ment manager for the IT firm years. Michael and Missy have
Avnet, Inc. He is in his ninth year two sons.

26 JANUARY 2009 JANUARY 2009 27

New Years Holiday
City Offices Closed
Schertz Historical
Preservation Committee
No Trash Collection Meeting, 6:30pm
Council Chambers
New Years Holiday Schertz Youth
SEWER AVERAGING City Offices Closed Commission Meeting,
6:30pm - Admin Bldg
Martin Luther King
Parks & Recreation
Advisory Board
Sewer averaging for the winter months Commonly, unexpectedly high water bills City Offices Closed
Meeting, 6pm
begins November 1, 2008 and continues can be traced to leaks (toilets, automatic
through February 28, 2009. Meter read- sprinkler systems, etc.), or “running” toi- Community Center
ings taken over this three-month period will lets. Garcia also suggests that residents Library Advisory
determine your sewer average for the next limit landscape water use, be frugal TUESDAY, 20
billing year, which begins April 1. The read- when washing automobiles, and limit Board, 7pm
ings will be averaged, and that average will unnecessary water use during the water Admin Bldg City Council Meeting,
be multiplied by $2.24 for residents with an averaging period. 6:30pm
average below 12,000 gallons. For residents TUESDAY, 6 Council Chambers
with averages over 12,001 gallons the aver- The following are the averaging dates City Council
age will be multiplied by $2.43. That total will for each billing cycle (identified on your THURSDAY, 22
be added to the base rate of $3.75 (residen- water/sewer bill): Meeting, 6:30pm
tial use). Cycle 1: Nov. 29 - Feb. 29 Council Chambers Schertz Economic
Cycle 2: Nov. 4 - Feb. 4 Development
Customers are encouraged to use water Cycle 3: Nov. 22 - Feb. 22 THURSDAY, 8 Corporation
conservatively throughout the averaging Cycle 4: Nov. 11 - Feb. 11 TSAC, 5:30pm Meeting, 11:30am
months to ensure their sewer/water bills Cycle 5: Nov. 4 - Feb. 4 Council Chambers
remain manageable. People who use large Cycle 6: Nov. 15 - Feb. 15 Council Chambers
amounts of water (watering the yard, bath, Cycle 7: Nov. 15 - Feb.15 Citizens Police
etc.) during the averaging months can expect MONDAY, 26
higher sewer bills for the next billing year. If you are not sure of your cycle billing, Academy Alumni Parks & Recreation
Karen Garcia, Schertz Business Office Man- please check information on our web 7pm - Police Dept Advisory Board
ager, advises customers to double-check site at: For more Meeting, 6pm
all residential water systems (toilets, show- information on water and sewer billing, 50th Anniversary
Committee Meeting, Community Center
ers/baths, outdoor faucets, etc.) for leaks averaging or other related topics, or call
and make sure their appliances are in good 210-619-1100. 7pm – Admin Bldg Board of Adjustments
working condition. Meeting, 6pm
MONDAY, 12 Council Chambers
Buffalo Valley Youth
Association, 6pm TUESDAY, 27
401 Oak St City Council Meeting,
TUESDAY, 13 Council Chambers
City Council
Meeting, 6:30pm WEDNESDAY, 28
Council Chambers Planning & Zoning
Meeting, 6:30pm
WEDNESDAY, 14 Council Chambers
Planning & Zoning
Meeting, 6:30pm
Council Chambers

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Schertz Chamber MARKETPLACE
Chamber Members...
The Festival of Angels was such a wonderful and fun event for all
those who attended, especially the children. Once again our com-
munity came together to celebrate the holidays and provide a winter
wonderland for the kids to play, see Santa and experience snow.
The Schertz Chamber of Commerce handed out 42 1⁄2 dozen cup-
cakes provided by the Schertz Chamber of Commerce and City of
Schertz. Thanks to our members and businesses for the continued
support of such a fun event, and a special thanks to Jeanine Claus
and her mother for helping with passing out the cupcakes!

The judging of the lighting contest

took place December 10 and
the finalists were notified with a
sign in their yard on December
15. With so many extraordinary
decorations the choices were truly
overwhelming, but alas a decision
had to be made. The winners
were presented a trophy by the
City of Schertz Economic Devel-
opment during City Council on
December 16. Congratulations to
the winners!
The speaker for our January
lunch program will be Sena-
tor Jeff Wentworth who will be
bringing us an update on what’s
happening at our State Capital
and issues that may affect our
area. Please contact the Cham-
ber offices at 566-9000 or e-mail ����������������������������������������������� to Dear friend, Cooper, who are the cute kids in the picture. They get please call right away because this offer expires on February 15,
RSVP. Cost is $10 with RSVP and I want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps adjusted regularly and are some of the healthiest kids 2009, and I don’t want you to miss out. By the way, further care is
a confession can help clear the air so there’s no you will know. Their mom is also problem-free even very affordable and you’ll be happy to know that I have affordable
$15 at the door. The luncheon misunderstanding, Before I talk about my confession, with all the bending and lifting a busy mom of two does. plans. You see I’m not trying to seduce you to come see me with
will be held at the Schertz Civic though, let me say a few other things first. It might seem like a small thing, but it makes a big this low start up fee, then to only make it up with high fees after
Center on January 30 at 11:30am. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You difference to her. that. Further care is very important to consider when making your
This is sure to be a popular know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, It’s strange how life is, because now people come choice of doctor. High costs can add up very quickly.
yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Martin. I’ve seen your ad with to see me with their neck, arm and shoulder problems. Great care at a great fee…Please, I hope that there’s no
program so be sure to make your that picture of you and the two cute kids.” Well, I’m the guy Also they come to me with their headaches, migraines, misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a
reservations no later than in the middle. Years ago I was a college baseball player, but chronic pain, carpal tunnel, whiplash from car accidents, lower fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications…
January 23. I developed a painful neck, shoulder and arm condition. In backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness I’m a Magna cum Laude graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic
my case it came on suddenly. The pain in my hands was in limbs, athletic injuries, just to name a few. College and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I’ve been
so intense that I couldn’t raise my arm above my head or Here’s what some of my patients had to say: entrusted to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes that you
Until next time, remember to... even throw a baseball. I was afraid that I would lose my “I have not had a headache in months”- (Mary J.) may know. After practicing for four years in San Antonio I
SHOP SCHERTZ! scholarship if it continued. I went to my trainer and medical
doctor and was given anti-inflammatories. The problem
with those medications is that they just mask the symptoms
“Mood and attitude have improved” – (Lisa A.)
Several times a day patients thank me for helping
moved my practice to Schertz. I just have a low exam fee to
help more people who need care.
them with their health problems. But I can’t really take My Associate, Dr. Kyle Stringer, brings over five years
and in my case did not help. Finally, after steroid injections the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed of experience to our practice with the latest in pain-free
I decided against it. But, there’s more…A family member anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific techniques.
of mine convinces me to give their doctor a try. This new spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the My assistant is Rebecca, and she is really a great person.
doctor did an exam, took some films, and then “adjusted” body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to
my spine. The adjustment didn’t results. It’s a simple as that! make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an
hurt, it actually felt good. I Forty-eight million Americans no longer have health exceptional fee. Our office is called
got relief, and I could use insurance, and those who do have found that their Schertz Chiropractic and it is at 17323 IH 35 North Ste 106,
my arm again. Oh, benefits are reduced. That’s where my I come in. I have (we are between 3009 and Schertz Parkway on the 35 South
did I mention that a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are Access Road). Our phone number is 210-646-6000. Call
this doctor is a able to afford the care they need. A whole week of Rebecca or me today for an appointment. We can help you.
c h i r o p r a c t o r. care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit Thank you.
It worked so elsewhere. Studies show that people actually pay less
well that I went for their long-term overall health care expenses if they -Patrick W. Martin, D.C.
to chiropractic are seeing a chiropractor.
school myself. You Benefit from an Amazing Offer- Look, you are P.S. When accompanied by the first, I am also offering the
Now for going to write a check to someone for your health care second family member this same examination for only $10.
McKenna expenses, you may as well write one for a lesser amount
a n d for chiropractic. When you bring in this article, you will P.S.S. Your time is just as valuable as ours, that’s why we will
receive my entire new patient exam for $17. That’s with be with you promptly at your appointment.
an evaluation and X-Rays….the whole ball of wax. But,

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Miss Tri-County,
Crystal Wilson
Hey Y’all, my name is Crystal
Wilson, also known as Miss Tri-
County, or Peaches by my Dad. I
am the fourth of five children from my
parents Joe and Kathy. My brothers, to
whom I am known as Rugrat, and Munch-
kin, are Jeremy, Brian, and Jason. I have two
sister-in-laws, Erica and Gayla. I have one little
sister Emily. I have also been blessed with two nieces,
the sunshine of most of my days, Samantha and Lily, with a
third on the way. I have attended school in the SCUCISD from the
time I was at Northview, as a kindergarten student, to finishing my public
school years at Samuel Clemens High School where I am currently a senior.
I love to stay active, at school I am a 3rd year buffalo varsity cheerleader, a
four-year member, and two-year section leader in the Mighty Buffalo Band.
I am proud to say I am a member of the National Honors Society, Ad-
vanced Placement, and the International Baccalaureate Program. Outside
of school, I attend Schertz United Methodist Church, where I am a mem-
ber of the youth group, choir, and a Sunday school teacher, as well as a
nursery worker. I have lived in Schertz for 14 years and consider it to be the
only home I can hold in my heart. After attending Texas A&M Corpus Christi
I would love to come back to Schertz and teach 1st or 2nd grade in the
district. As an overall summary I would like to say I love giving, sharing my
time with others, and being an outgoing optimist. JANUARY 2009 35
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