DECEMBER - Frontline Faith Project

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DECEMBER - Frontline Faith Project
Lakeway Homeowners News
DECEMBER
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GREEN SANTA
lakeway arts calendar
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Tax planning
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Lynn cohagan
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lTISD NEWS
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lakeway ACTIVITy center
5
holiday story time
6
keller-williams halloween carnival
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lakeway Painters
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lite side
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WOMEN'S CLUB
mimi's kitchen
10
scammers are targeting you
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hail damage? I wonder?
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lake travis democrats
13 VETERAN'S
parks and recreations
14
lakeway players
15
lakeway goblin glow
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winter 2011 brown bag concert
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veteran'S concert
19
sing along
20
december odds -n- ends
21
annual lakeway photo festival
22
trail of lights
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WOMEN'S CLUB
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LAKEWAY MEN'S BREAKFAST CLUB
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'tis the season
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lakeway newcomers club
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building & development
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LAKEWAY NINE HOLE LADIES GOLF
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LAKEWAY LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION 18 HOLE
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lakeway/hills solos
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LAKEWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT
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Lakeway Homeowners News
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CONCERT
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Lakeway Arts Calendar
December 2010
(Events listed are free unless otherwise noted)
ART ON DISPLAY
Lakeway Activity Center ~ 105 Cross Creek, 261-1010
Lobby Cabinet
Now through December 30,
"A Beaded Christmas," by Martha Norman
Café Lago ~ 1200 Lakeway Blvd. #1
December 1 through December 31, Mary Barnes
Lakeway City Hall ~ 1102 Lohman's Crossing
Now through December 21, Lynn Cohagan
SING ALONG CELEBRATES
THE “MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS”
Sunday, December 5
The Sing Along chorus will kick off the Christmas season with
a program of fun-filled yuletide songs guaranteed to appeal to
young and old alike. From familiar favorites to playful novelty numbers to lovely sacred songs, the chorus will show just
how transformative Christmas music can be. You can enjoy all
the seasonal shenanigans by attending the annual Sing Along
Christmas show on Sunday, December 5 at the Activity Center.
There are two shows—one at 2 p.m. and one at 4:30 p.m. The
show is free, but everyone should bring an unwrapped present
for a child or young person. All these gifts will be distributed to
needy children by the women of the Hudson Bend Fire Department Auxiliary as part of the Green Santa program.
Wall Street Gallery | Prosperity Bank:
1415 RR 620 S, 261-1122
Now through December 6, Eileen Pestorius
LAKEWAY ARTS &
BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE
North Gateway Sculpture at 1602 Ranch Road 620 North
identifies the northern city limits of Lakeway. Thanks for this go
to the Lakeway Civic Corporation for their generous donation
in funding the cost, Janet Wright, designer and project manager; DR Services for the foundation construction, Renaissance
Stone Works for the travertine and granite; StarTech Electric
for the lighting; Stokes Sign Company for implementing the
metal and acrylic embellishment work and Nancy Brown Enterprises for the landscaping.
The Cast - Con’t
LAKEWAY CHURCH, LAKE TRAVIS UNITED
Trevor Detling - Drums
METHODIST
CHURCH,
EMMAUS
Trevor Detling
is an Austin based percussionist
/ performer / teacher / AND
writer, and has
a music degree from
The University of Texas. Trevor plays in many different music groups, and in every venue imaginable. He has
CATHOLIC
CHURCH
worked
for 11 years as the Percussion
Director / DrumlineTHANKSGIVING
Director at St. Stephen's Episcopal School.BENFor the
past 18 years Trevor has been running his own business called Thunder Drums Percussion, which includes
EFIT
CONCERT
two local private lessons studios, and he
has published
five Thunder Drums Percussion books written for
drum set, drumline, marimba, snare drum 101, and solo snare drum. Aside from touring all around the region
with Allison Thrash, Plebian, Stupid Drama, The Detentions, and The Joey Colarusso Trio, Trevor plays a lot of
musicals, as this will be his 78th musical run in 10 years.
November 21, 2 p.m.,Thanksgiving Benefit Concert, Lake2203
Billyway
Curtis -Church,
Fiddle and Acoustic
GuitarLakeway Blvd. To benefit the Lake Travis
Crisis
Ministry,
this
concert
is fiddler
presented
bybeenthe
adultTexas
choirs
From his earliest days with his family band
in Wichita Falls,
Billy Curtis has
entertaining
crowds for nearly 40 years. After a decade with Houston's Wild River Band, Billy moved his family to Austin.
from
Lakeway
Church
(Mark
Savage-Rains,
director),
Lake
TraHe is a founding member of local "supergroup" Lone Star Swing and enjoys bringing their high-energy
brand
of
acoustic
swing
to
stages
across
Texas
and
the
world.
vis United Methodist Church (Patty Highland, director), and
Emmaus Catholic Church (John Guarino and Angela Fleming,
Charlie Irwin - Bass Guitar
directors). The choirs will be accompanied by accompanists
Charlie Irwin grew up in central Connecticut, played guitar and managed coffeehouses in the 60's. Moved
to the
Boston Perin,
Ma. area inElden
1970, picked
up the bass
guitar
and spent
the next 30+ years playing music
Paola
Little,
and
guest
instrumentalists.
The Conprofessionally and working as a sound engineer, teacher, librarian, etc. Relocated to Austin TX in 2003 and
continues
withto
as many
& bands aslove
he can offering
fit into his schedule.
cert toisplay
free
all. musicians
A free-will
will be collected, with
all receipts going to the Lake Travis Crisis Ministries. For more
Benjamin
Naecker - Electriccall
and Acoustic
Guitar
information,
261-6331
Benjamin Naecker has played electric guitar in a wide range of styles from jazz and funk to rock and
country. Since arriving in Austin one year ago, he has performed with a number of bands and produced an
album along the way.
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Keller Williams Studio / Kam & James Morris Theater
2300 Lohman’s Spur, Suite 160
December 3-December 19, 2010--An original "TexARTS
Holiday Cabaret" will set the holiday season aglow with Broadway guests, Austin's best and TexARTS youth with some special surprises in a celebration of the season as only TexARTS
can deliver! Heartwarming and entertaining Christmas favorites come to life in song & dance with that special, glittering
TexARTS cabaret feel. Just as folks raved about our sold-out
performances of "Turn Up the Spotlight" last spring, TexARTS
Holiday Cabaret will remind you how special the holidays Lakeway Homeowners News
and TexARTS - really are! Tickets available at 852-9079 x 105; (which could be as high as 35%) if they are left unsheltered.
$24-$40
What if you have some loser securities (currently worth less than
Subscribers will have first dibs on single tickets, which are avail- you paid for them) that you would like to dump? Biting the bullet
able now, before they go on sale to the general public. Subscrip- and selling them this year would trigger capital losses that you can
tions are $84-114 per person; individual tickets range from $24 use to shelter capital gains, including high-taxed short-term gains,
from other sales this year. If you think your investments that are
to $40. Call 852-9079, ext 105.
currently underwater are poised for a comeback, you can buy them
back after taking a loss as long as you don’t reacquire them within
New Years Eve: TexArts presents the 2nd Annual New Years 30 days before or after the sale.
Eve, "Give My Regards to Broadway" celebration at the Hills
Country Club, featuring entertainment by Lakeway’s own Sele- If selling a bunch of losers would cause your capital losses for this
na Rosanbalm, together with Broadway veteran Matt Wilson, year to exceed your capital gains, no problem. You will have a net
who will bring the New Year in in style. The evening will in- capital loss for 2010. You can then use that net capital loss to shelclude dinner, wine and champagne. Tickets are $150 per per- ter up to $3,000 of this year’s high-taxed ordinary income from
son and preferred tables of ten are available for $2,000. Since salaries, bonuses, self-employment, and so forth ($1,500 if you’re
TexARTS is a non-profit organization, tickets will be tax de- married and file separately). Any excess net capital loss gets carried
ductible. This black tie event promises to be a special night, forward to next year.
and seating will be limited, so please reserve early through the
Important Point: Selling enough loser securities to create a big
TexARTS box office.
net capital loss that exceeds what you can use this year might turn
out to be a pretty good idea. You can carry forward the excess net
HAPPY NEW YEAR from TexArts!
capital loss to 2011 and beyond and use it to shelter both shortSubmitted by: Sue Wright, Lakeway Arts Committee
term gains and long-term gains recognized in those years. This can
E-mail: [email protected]
give you extra investing flexibility in future years because you won’t
necessarily have to hold appreciated securities for over a year to get
Note: This email is for the purpose of publicizing art events in the Lake- better tax results. Remember: It’s widely expected that the maxiway area. We hope you will support the arts by attending these events, mum federal income tax rate on long-term capital gains will be
as well as by sharing information about them with your friends. If you increased to 20% after 2010 (up from the current 15%). Also, the
would like to include an event in the Arts Calendar, please forward it to top two federal rates on ordinary income, including short-term
me, [email protected] by the 8th of the month, to have it included capital gains, are scheduled to be increased starting in 2011 to 36%
in the following month's Calendar. And to be added to or removed from and 39.6% (up from the current 33% and 35%). Contact us if you
the mailing list, email [email protected] with either “Add” or “Unsubwant help in identifying your best tax-smart options in a world
scribe” in the subject line.
where future tax rates are uncertain, but likely are heading higher.
THERE’S STILL TIME FOR
INCOME TAX PLANNING
Capital Gains and Losses
Consider Being Bold
As you evaluate investments held in your taxable brokerage firm
accounts, consider the impact of selling appreciated securities this
year instead of next year. The maximum federal income tax rate
on long-term capital gains from 2010 sales is 15%. However, that
low 15% rate only applies to gains from securities that have been
held for at least a year and a day. In 2011, the maximum rate on
long-term capital gains is scheduled to increase to 20%. That will
happen automatically unless Congress takes action, which looks
increasingly unlikely right now.
To the extent you have capital losses from earlier this year or a
capital loss carryover from pre-2010 years (most likely from the
2008 stock market meltdown), selling appreciated securities this
year will be a tax-free deal because the losses will shelter your gains.
Using capital losses to shelter short-term capital gains is especially
helpful because short-term gains will be taxed at your regular rate
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Convert Traditional IRA into Roth IRA
If your traditional IRA has dropped in value and you expect to
pay higher federal income tax rates in future years, now might be
a very good time to consider converting all or part of your traditional IRA balance into a Roth IRA. Here’s why. If you convert, it
will trigger a current tax hit on the amount you convert. But, with
your traditional IRA balance at a depressed level (and possibly your
overall income too), the tax hit will be less. After the conversion,
all the income and gains that accumulate in your Roth IRA and all
withdrawals after you reach age 59 1/2, will be totally free of any
federal taxes—assuming you meet the tax-free withdrawal rules.
In contrast, future withdrawals from a traditional IRA could be
hit with tax rates that are higher than today’s rates (maybe much
higher depending on how things go).
Before this year, there were two big restrictions on the Roth IRA
conversion privilege. First, your Modified Adjusted Gross Income
(MAGI) could not exceed $100,000. Second, you were completely
ineligible if you used married filing separate status. For 2010, both
restrictions are eliminated. Now, virtually anyone who owns a traditional IRA can do a Roth IRA conversion.
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Of course, conversion is not a no-brainer. You have to be satisfied
that paying the upfront conversion tax bill makes sense in your
circumstances. In particular, converting a big account all at once
could push you into higher tax brackets, which would not be good.
However, for 2010 conversions only, you can elect for federal income tax purposes to spread the income triggered by conversions
evenly over 2011 and 2012 and thereby defer the related federal
income taxes. You must also make assumptions about future tax
rates, how long you will leave the account untouched, the rate of
return earned on your Roth IRA investments, and so forth. If the
Roth IRA conversion idea intrigues you, please contact your tax
advisor for a full analysis of all the relevant variables.
Lynn Cohagan
Oil paintings by Lynn Cohagan will be on display at the
Lakeway City Hall Art Gallery from November 9 through
December 21. The exhibit may be viewed during regular City
Hall office hours; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The
Art Gallery is off the main lobby of City Hall, 1102 Lohmans
Crossing.
Lynn Cohagan has lived and painted in the Lakeway area for
over 40 years. Her medium is oil, mostly done in the field or
From Practitioners Publishing Company Tax Action Memo 1443 “plein air.” Recently she has been painting Lake Travis at different times of day, catching the light of early morning or setting
Submitted by Erin Curley, CPA
sun. Lynn has been doing figurative work too. She enjoys
photographing rehearsals and later drawing the movement of the bodies in paint. The
resulting
works are contemporary in feeling,
more
THIRTEEN LAKE TRAVIS
about rhythm than detail.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
IN SPOTLIGHT
Lynn graduated from The University of
Texas with a BA in Fine Arts. She
has taken
a DrawIt was learned recently that thirteen LTHS students have been many post graduate classes, including
ing Marathon class at the New
recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program.
York
These students entered the program by taking the Preliminary Studio
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school
juniors in 2009. They were chosen from more than 1.5 million
program entrants and represent less than one percent of each
state’s high school seniors. They are the top scorers from each
state and show exceptional academic ability and potential for School.
success in rigorous college studies.
Some
teachNamed as semi-finalists were Kyle Bruce Connell, William
ers she
Brennan Hoenig and Amanda Rae Sawyer.
has
Recognized as Commended Students were Rachel Kelly enjoyed
Brooks, Anna Catherine Carter, Angela Loftus, Natalie Dani- are
elle McCauley, Bren M. Power, Grace Anita Schaack, Kelsey A. Charles
Field,
Simons, and David Andrew Wetterau.
Melissa
National Hispanic Recognition Scholars were Christina Peck Miller, Sydand Brandon Valadez. Christina peck is the daughter of John ney Yeager,
and Patricia Peck. Brandon Valadez is the son of Suzanne Vala- Joe Santori,
Don Sahli and
dez and the late Jess Valadez, Jr.
Cassandra James.
“Our students continue to raise the bar on academic excel- Her art has been
lence,” said LTHS principal Kimberly Brents. “Their success displayed at the
not only reflects the quality and caliber of our teachers and staff Colorado Historiwho directly impact student learning, it also reflects the sup- cal Museum, Vail and
port and commitment of their parents who are instrumental Avon City Halls, the
to their success.” These recognitions prove that LTHS students Hunt Gallery in San
possess exceptional ability and potential for success in rigorous Antonio and the Davis
Artist Lynn Cohagan sits with
college studies, concluded Ms. Brents.
Gallery in Austin, Texas.
one of her paintings, titled
For more information, contact the Lake Travis ISD Office of Submitted by Rachel Wallace
Communications at (512) 533-6046.
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“View from Lionshead.”
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LEARNING RESOURCES NETWORK HONORS
LAKEWAY'S PARKS AND RECREATION/
LAKEWAY ACTIVITY CENTER
The City of Lakeway Parks and Recreation - Lakeway Activity Center has
been honored for excellence in Programming by the Learning Resources
Network (LERN), an International
Association in Lifelong Learning. The
award recognizes Lupine Lanes “After
School Supper Club,” a program for
children 7through12 years of age.
The After School Supper Club was
conceived by Lauren Boyle, creator
of Lupine Lane, and Dallas Gorman,
Program Coordinator at the Lakeway
Activity Center. The class is being recognized for the course title and the take
home aspect of the meal. Julie Coates,
Vice President of information services for LERN said this year’s
award nominees were among the highest quality ever submitted.
The Lakeway Parks and Recreation Activity Center’s submission
was selected from a field of more than 80 entries from four countries.
from India (Pork Vindaloo, Shrimp Curry), the Caribbean (Jerk
Chicken, Jamaican Rice and Peas), France (Chicken Cordon
Bleu, Quiche Lorraine), Italy (Lasagna, Chicken Cacciatore),
Japan (Sushi, Soba Noodles), Africa (Maafe, Jollof Rice) and
many more! The different countries provide springboards for
discussions of culture and interesting ingredients. Class topics
The After School Supper Club is held on Wednesdays from 5:30 and activities also revolve around unique kitchen utensils, like
p.m. to 7 p.m. and focuses on a different country each month the pasta machine or the mandolin. Participants learn about the
to inspire weekly menus. The young chefs have prepared food importance of kitchen safety and cleanliness during preparation.
At the conclusion of every class, each student takes home a complete meal for four and a recipe for each component of the meal.
Many parents comment on the delicious dinners and appreciate this break from cooking. Most importantly though, mothers
and fathers value the culinary and cultural knowledge their child
gains from the classes. Furthermore, many parents feel their
child is empowered and inspired to help more, which provides
opportunities to use the recipes from class and create memories
together at home. And beginning October 2010, The Teen Supper Club will take place on the second Thursday of each month.
This new class will teach busy teens to prepare a nutritious and
delicious meal as they begin to enter adulthood.
Contact the Lakeway Activity Center at 261-1010 or visit the
website www.Lakeway-Tx.gov/classes for additional information on Lupine Lane and other quality classes available at the
Lakeway Activity Center.
Submitted by Dallas Gorman
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LAKE TRAVIS RESTAURANT GUIDE
FALL 2010
Holiday Story Time Thursday,
December 16 at 6:15 p.m. at
Lake Travis Community Library
The entire community is invited
to attend a
Restaurant
Address
Telephone
special Holiday Story Time on
ThursAmy'sIceCream13420GalleriaCircle263-2903
day, December 16 at 6:15 p.m.
Ate.cafe2127LohmansCrossing300-4252at
Lake
Travis Community
BoatHouseGrill
6812RR620North
249-5200
Library. This popular event
BountifulBakery13011ShopsPkwy#600402-0043
CafeCastroNova
900RR620S
263-3322
includes stories, a holiday
Buster'sB-B-Q
2125LohmansCrossing#400236-2340
sing-along, crafts, refreshCafeLago
1200LakewayDr.
261-8141
ments, and a special
Carlos'nCharlie’s
5982HilineRd.
266-1685
guest.
Chili's
3480RR620S
402-9977
ChinaPacific
107RR620
266-9328
Ciola's
1310RR620S#C1
263-9936
“Last year’s holiday
DetourBar&Grille
1113RR620N366-2279
story time was by
Flores'MexicanCafe2127LohmansCrossing#31-A263-9546
Gumbo's
12823ShopsPkwy.263-2711
far one of my faHillCountryPastaHouse 3519RR620N
266-9445
vorite events of the
Hudson's-on-the-Bend
3509RR620N
266-1369
season,” said Lake
IguanaGrill
2900RR620N
266-8439
IronCactusMexicanGrill13420GalleriaCir.263-0400
Travis Community
JavaDiveOrganicCafe
2101RR620N266-5885
Library Director
JohnnyFins
16405MarinaPointRd266-2811
Morgan McMillian.
LaFeria
3595RR620S263-8888
Ava and Ian visit with a special guest at the Lake
“All one hundred
LakewayInnTravisRoom 101LakewayDr.
261-7323
Travis Community Library Holiday Story Time.
Mandola'sItalianMarket12815ShopsPkwy#100600-8500
plus of us sang
Attend this year’s event on Thursday, December
Mangieri'sPizzaCafe
2133LohmansCrossing263-0188
“Deck the Halls”
Maudie's
12506ShopsParkway263-1116
16 at 6:15 p.m.
and “Rudolph the
MesaRosa3620RR620S263-6969
Mimi'sCafe
12613GalleriaCir.
263-9731
Red-Nosed Reindeer” together and it just sounded beautiful.
MizuSushi
2422RR620S
263-2801
The evening was full of holiday spirit.”
Mulligan's
900RR620S#B103
263-3305
OasisCantina
6550ComancheTrail
266-2441
PaneraBread12901HillCountryBlvd263-3382
Young people will also get to participate in a craft activity after
Pao'sMandarinHouse
2300LohmansSpur
263-8869
the story time. They will make ornaments that can be given as
PeiWeiHillCountryGalleria263-8565
gifts to siblings or grandparents.
Rocco'sGrill
900RR620SsuiteA106
263-8204
Rosie’sTamaleHouse
13436Hwy71
263-5245
Sandy'sHamburgerHut
113RR620N
266-1524
At the end of the year, the library would also like to remind
ShadesCafe
16410StewartRd.266-2268
you of their Invest in Lifelong Learning capital campaign. The
SpringhillRestaurant
13212Hwy71
263-3244
campaign’s goal is to raise one million dollars to build a new
SteinerRanchSteakhouse5424SteinerRanchBlvd381-0800
[email protected] 103YachtClubCove261-3444
11,000 square foot building and they are over halfway to that
TexasStar
1602RR620S
402-0222
goal. Gifts given before December 31, 2010 are tax deductible.
ThaiSpice
1310RR620S
263-2221
TwoHotMamas
2418RR620S992-2136
TonyC'sCoalFiredPizza12800HillCountryBlvd#G160402-8644
According to the Central Texas Library System, for every dollar
TradingPostWineBar
12701Hwy71W428-5727
invested in Lake Travis Community Library, $6.83 is received in
Zingers
12700HillCountryBlvd.#S-100524-2434
materials and services by the residents of the community. Over
WaterlooIceHouse12815ShopsPkwy263-3130
4,000 people attended programs, 140,000 items circulated,
Zoot
11715BeeCave477-6535
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(512) 261.4422
www.ElaineGarner.com
6,350 reference questions were answered, and 8 public computers were in use at least 70% of the time last year. Please consider supporting the library this time of year and always.
Please contact the library for more information at (512) 2632885 or www.laketravislibrary.org. We look forward to seeing
you at the library!
Submitted by
Morgan McMillian ~ Lake Travis Community Library Director
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LAKEWAY PAINTERS ATTEND
WORKSHOP IN NEW MEXICO
In October, the Lakeway painters enjoyed the lovely surroundings of the Alto Golf and Country club in Ruidoso, NM, with
the rugged Sierra Blanca Mountains as the backdrop for their
destination art workshop. Arlington artist, and long time
teacher extraordinaire Danny Jones, conducted the workshop
with the following painters in attendance: Beverly Moreland,
Jane Fatino, Evelyn Gilbert, Kay Beasley, Judy Hazen, Shirley
Camp, Maxine Hudson, Ernie Clay, Sandi and Mike Boston,
Diana Hall, Jean Edwards, and Jesse Silianoff.
The destination workshops with Danny have become so popular with the Lakeway Painters that many spouses now come
along to share in the fun. Lynn Jones, Danny’s wife, adds to
the enjoyment by making sure all dinner reservations are made
in advance and the painters and non-painters are informed
of available sightseeing, shopping opportunities, golf courses,
fishing, museums, etc. And after a hard day’s work, everyone
looks forward to unwinding with “happy hour,” hosted this
year by Beverly and Chuck Moreland.
Everyone agreed that this was one of the most successful workshops and all are looking forward to next year and a new adventure in a new location.
Danny devoted the morning hours of the first workshop to
discussing the complexities of painting water. He chose this
subject because the village, Rio Ruidoso (Spanish for “Noisy
River”) has a stream that weaves through the city. Other subjects covered were painting flowers with many glazes that develop slowly, and painting shapes of rocks with washes of color.
The afternoon classes were open to working on individual projects with critiques by Danny.
So many painters chose portraits as their individual projects
that Danny has agreed to return to Lakeway sometime next
year and offer a class in portrait painting and other subject
matter.
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penned in 1986. I was reminded of it in a recent discussion
with one of my fellow teachers. Our topic, as usual, was the
problem that many students have today: lack of motivation,
or willingness to accept the minimum. One of the courses I
By SUE WRIGHT
teach at ACC is an entry level English composition course. The
way the course is structured is that it is more or less a pass/
Is Pretty Good Pretty Much The Norm?
fail course. If a student writes a certain number of acceptable
essays, he receives a “C,” in the course. If he does additional,
Sometimes the use of humor drives a point home more clearly
work, he can earn a “B,” and likewise he can proceed to an “A.”
than does a serious approach. Look at political cartoons, for
But if all he wishes to make is a “C,” he can do that work and
instance. And poetry sometimes works too.
not attempt a higher grade. The choice is the student’s.
Charles Osgood, known as the poet laureate of CBS News and
What we teachers find hard to understand is why so many stuhost of CBS News Sunday Morning, is a master of this techdents have lost that desire to be superior and are quite willing
nique. With his trade mark bow tie and his ability to deliver
to settle for that “pretty good C.”
his comments in whimsical verse, he took over Sunday Morning
upon Charles Kuralt’s retirement in 1994.
But with his usual insight and in rollicking rhyme, Osgood
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summed up that problem nearly a quarter of a century ago. I
I loved his poem written after the Census Bureau invented a
think parents and teachers everywhere should read it.
designation for cohabitant(s) as "Person(s) of Opposite Sex
Sharing Living Quarters," or "POSSLQ," Osgood turned it
PRETTY GOOD
into a pronounceable three-syllable word, and composed a prospective love poem, which included these lines which became
(By: Charles Osgood from the Osgood File, 1986)
the title of one of his books:
There's nothing that I wouldn't do
If you would be my POSSLQ
And that brings me to the poem, Pretty Good, which Osgood
Lakeway Homeowners News
There once was a pretty good student
Who sat in a pretty good class
And was taught by a pretty good teacher
Who always let pretty good pass.
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He wasn’t terrific at reading,
He wasn’t a whiz-bang at math,
But for him, education was leading
Straight down a pretty good path.
He didn’t find school too exciting,
But he wanted to do pretty well,
And he did have some trouble with writing
Since nobody taught him to spell.
When doing arithmetic problems,
Pretty good was regarded as fine.
5+5 needn’t always add up to be 10;
A pretty good answer was 9.
The pretty good class that he sat in
Was part of a pretty good school,
And the student was not an exception:
On the contrary, he was the rule.
The pretty good school that he went to
Was there in a pretty good town,
And nobody there seemed to notice
He could not tell a verb from a noun.
The pretty good student in fact was
Part of a pretty good mob.
And the first time he knew what he lacked was
When he looked for a pretty good job.
It was then, when he sought a position,
He discovered that life could be tough,
And he soon had a sneaking suspicion
Pretty good might not be good enough.
The pretty good town in our story
Was part of a pretty good state
Which had pretty good aspirations
And prayed for a pretty good fate.
There once was a pretty good nation
Pretty proud of the greatness it had,
Which learned much too late,
If you want to be great,
Pretty good is, in fact, pretty bad.
mimi's kitchen
by sue wright
Can you believe it? Another year has slipped away. It seems
only last week I undressed that tree and put away those ornaments. Here it is time to get them out again, start that Christmas shopping (moan) and wrapping (groan) and think about
holiday cooking. But I have an easy Christmas Eve menu for
you.
If you fix it, it will be just what the Wright’s are having while
the youngest grandchild who is too excited to eat and is all filled
up on the “before dinner nibbles” checks in at regular intervals
to see if it is time to open packages yet.
None of this is labor intensive, I might add. We start with:
Christmas Eve Shrimp Curry
1 cup chicken broth
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup minced onion
6 tablespoons flour
2-1/2 teaspoons curry powder (more if you are audacious)
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger or ( ½ t. fresh minced)
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups cleaned, cooked shrimp (3 pounds raw)
Melt butter in a double boiler. Add onion. Simmer until tender.
Stir in flour and other dry ingredients. Gradually stir in chicken
broth and milk. Cook over boiling water, stirring until thickened.(Could be 10 minutes.) Add shrimp and lemon juice.
Heat to serving temperature. (Be sure not to heat too long or
shrimp will over cook and turn to rubber.) Serve over fluffy
Jasmine or Basmati rice. Yield: 6 generous servings.
For our vegetable we will have easy
Baked Spinach
1 large package fresh baby spinach washed and dried
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup pinenuts (or walnuts)
Fresh olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Use a 10 x 14 pan with sides (I call it a jelly roll pan). Pile the
spinach on the pan, and using a shaker bottle, give it several
shakes of olive oil. Sorry I don’t measure this. Use salt, pepper
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and garlic powder to taste. We like garlic, so I use that generously. Sprinkle on the nuts, followed by the mozzarella, then
the parmesan cheeses. Bake at 350 about 15 minutes or until
the cheeses are melted.
SCAMMERS
ARE TARGETING YOU
If you use the mail, the telephone or the internet, you have probThis makes spinach taste differently than you’ve had it before, ably been a target and potential victim of a scam. You’ve been
I’ll bet. Sort of crunchy around the edges and still soft toward pfished by e-mail for private information, you’ve received a letter announcing that you have won a lottery, or you’ve received an
the middle. (do check it as it’s cooking and don’t overcook.
email requesting your assistance in retrieving millions from a hut
in a foreign country.
The salad that goes so well with this is
Don’t assume you are too cool or too intelligent to fall prey to the
schemes and scams being perpetrated on a large scale by crooks in
14-16 oz can mangoes with one-half the liquid (or equivalent all parts of the planet. For every dollar in your account, there are a
million bad guys trying to get it, and they are clever and relentless.
in fresh mangoes)
The following are some of the more common scams I have seen. I
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
am not kidding. I have had clients who were victims of all of these.
2-3 oz. boxes orange gelatin
3 oz. box lemon gelatin
1. Telephone solicitations seeking donations for phony organiza2 cups boiling water
tions. The elderly are often the target for this scam which tends
to increase during the holiday season. Tactics of these boiler room
Blend mangoes, juice and cream cheese in blender until smooth scammers include the use of intimidation, anger, and bullying, esDissolve gelatins in boiling water. Add blended mangoes and pecially when the target starts to have second thoughts about a
cream cheese to gelatins. Whisk until all the cream cheese is second donation. Seniors are often victims because they are polite
melted. Pour into 1-1/2 quart ring mold and chill. Unmold and therefore reluctant to just hang up the phone, or because they
and either fill center with sliced fresh strawberries. Serve with may be infirm and unable to resist the anger and bullying.
a a dollop of curried mayonnaise, if desired. (Stir one t. curry
powder into 1 cup mayonnaise.) Note: I use sugar free gelatins 2. 4-1-9 scams originating mostly from Nigeria (Section 4-1-9
and fat free or Neuchatel cream cheese. Doesn’t affect the taste is the provision of the Nigerian penal code which makes this a
crime). You will recognize these as the sad but exciting e-mails
at all.
from a widow of a diplomat or an American expat who has been
You will notice this is a fairly light dinner, (come on, stop murdered, leaving behind millions of dollars in a trunk in a hut.
laughing. On a scale of one to ten, this probably ranks about All the widow needs is you, your money and your banking infor7). But, if someone’s sweet tooth is not aching for the tradi- mation to extricate the millions via some semi-illegal scheme. Of
tional divinity and fudge that my family knows I have in the course you will share in the riches.
Mango Mousse
fridge, and wants a light bite of dessert, give them a piece of 3. Letters or calls announcing that you have won a lottery you
this cake which you made yesterday. It keeps well—if you let it. did not enter or even know about. All you have to do is pay a
processing fee by wiring funds immediately to accounts in LithuMost Moist Apricot Cake
ania or the Ukraine. Sometimes you will actually receive a cashier’s
check written on a foreign bank as the source of funds. However,
1 (17 or 18 oz) pkg lemon cake mix
after you deposit the check and immediately wire funds, the check
1 (21 oz) can apricot pie filling
bounces and your account is charged for the funds. The law makes
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
this your problem, not the bank’s.
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter or grease a tube or Bundt pan and
set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients with
an electric mixer. Start on low/medium to just combine, then
beat for 2 minutes on high speed. Pour batter into prepared
pan and bake according to cake mix box directions. (Mine took
an extra 12 minutes.) Be careful not to overbake, and as this is
THE MOST moist cake, no need for icing or glaze.
4. The E-Bay or Craigslist scam. You advertise a used car or motorcycle for sale for $5,000. You receive a UPS delivery of a letter
and a cashier’s check for $10,000. The extra $5,000 is to pay for
shipment of the car or bike to Amsterdam. All you have to do is
immediately wire the other $5,000 to the buyer’s shipping agent in
Amsterdam. Of course the cashier’s check bounces. See scam #3.
Think about it – what buyer wants your used Yugo in Amsterdam?
5. You receive an e-mail from “your bank” (apparently everyone
in the USA banks with CitiBank) stating that the bank has experienced a computer crash and has lost your important personal
data. An e-mail reply with your social security number and ac-
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count numbers will permit “CitiBank” to recreate your account
(even though you bank at Wells Fargo).
So what are the warning signs that a communication is a scam?
Promises of easy money. Having to pay money up front to win
or to collect a prize. The caller seeks collection of your money by
cash, courier or wire transfer. The communication seeks credit
card numbers, social security numbers or other private info. You
did not enter the contest or lottery.
How can I avoid being a victim? Don’t get on the sucker lists by
responding to giveaways and promotions. Get off of the sucker
list by contacting the Direct Mail Association. Put your name on
the “Do Not Call” Registry (888) 382-1222. Let your caller ID
and telephone screen your calls. Do not respond to the e-mails
(forward them to the Treasury Department to investigate and then
delete). Hang up the phone. Contact the Attorney General or
your law enforcement agency if you have been defrauded. Visit
www.fraud.org for more information.
How can I know if someone, especially an elderly relative, is being
victimized? Is she receiving lots of mail for contests, free trips and
sweepstakes? Is he making repeated or large payments to strangers
and companies? Is she having difficulty paying her bills? Does
she have a house full of cheap goods such as jewelry or beauty
products?
[This column is not intended to provide advice for any specific application. Contact a professional to discuss your situation.]
Hail Damage? I Wonder?
don’t generally count against you, if you do not have damage, why
make the claim? Roofing companies don’t generally charge for inspecting your roof or offering estimates, but they certainly want to
be on the top of the list for doing your repairs when it comes time
to get the roof fixed. They make money when they do roof jobs,
not free inspections….and keep in mind reputable roofers will tell
you if you don’t have damage.
You are on your way home as usual, but today you see signs in
the front yards of your neighbors’ homes which draw your attention. Your first thought is these must be real estate signs and the
neighbor must be selling, but a closer look shows these are signs
from roofing companies. Hmmm, you think. At this point most
people begin to wonder if their own roof has some hail damage
from the last storm, since it looks like the neighbors must be getting a new roof. Now remember, just because you see those signs
does not mean it is hail related, as roofs leak for other reasons such
as loose shingles or flashings, or just being worn out and needing
to be replaced, but it makes you think. Since most people, for
obvious reasons, don’t climb up on their roofs after each of our
central Texas hailstorms to check for damage and most probably
would not know what to look for anyway, but seeing your neighbors engaged in getting a new roof, does trigger your interest. If
this scenario presents itself to you or you just wonder if you have
roof damage, here are some observations and or suggestions I offer
on what you can do proactively, if and when you suspect possible
roof damage.
The first thing you should do following a “significant” hail storm
and there is obvious hail damage, is contact your insurance company immediately and place a claim. Get your claim in early because during major weather incidents, it is first come first served,
because of the number of claims generated.
If you are not sure whether you sustained damage at all, then
contact a local, reputable roofing company and there are plenty
around. You can certainly make a claim with your insurance
company from the outset, but find out the extent of damage you
incurred first and get a repair estimate. Also, check your insurance
policy to verify your deductible as that amount is what will have to
come out of your pocket should you have a valid claim. It’s always
possible the damage you may have doesn’t exceed the deductible;
therefore, there would be no reason to make the claim. Remember,
insurance adjusters most often only come out to inspect your roof
when you actually file a claim for damages. While weather claims
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Submitted by Neal W. Hardin, Attorney at Law
Hail damage is determined by the number of hits or dents found
in the shingles themselves. Insurance companies count the number of dents overall or within certain square footages which will
determine if the roof is totaled or partially damaged. You may
have wondered why roofs are “totaled” by the insurance companies when shingles only have dents and the roof is not leaking.
The answer is that when hail dents the shingles it knocks off the
asphalt granule coating that provides the water protection. If the
shingles are not replaced, eventually they will begin to let water
seep through the roof causing more damage within the residence.
Another reason I prefer local roofers who have been in business
for a long time versus the “out-of-towners” who go door to door
offering to climb on your roof and inspect it, is what happens six
months following repairs if warranty or workmanship issues arise.
If they do the job and leave town, what happens if you cannot find
them? Something to consider! Also, good roofers know how to
work on your behalf when dealing with insurance adjusters. Let
them get on the roof with the adjusters and you stay off…and safe.
Another thought is that most insurance companies have preferred
repair vendors under contract that they recommend and being under contract, the insurance companies can hold them accountable
for workmanship after the job is finished.
If your claim has been approved for settlement, this is generally
how it works: the adjuster estimates the total cost of repairs for
your roof replacement (compare this to what your roofer gave
you), they take off your policy deductible, and pay you what is
called ACV (Actual Cash Value) for your damaged roof. If you
have Replacement Cost Coverage, they list on the settlement
statement an item call “Recoverable Depreciation.” Basically that
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amount is just a “hold back amount,” and once the roof is fully
replaced you only have to submit the final invoice showing repairs
were completed to the insurance company, and they will in turn,
send you a check for the Recoverable Depreciation. They just want
to make sure the roof was fixed….and make sure you fix it, because
insurance companies submit all claims to a central database file.
If you are again hit by hail, they will only want to pay if the roof The Lake Travis Democrats welcome all neighbors and friends
was fixed and you can document the repairs were done. Just some interested in the history, accomplishments, and national and
things to think about.
local work of the Democratic Party. The Lake Travis Democratic Club is made up of precincts from Lakeway, Bee Cave,
Jerry King, Agent
Spicewood, Hudson Bend, Lake Wind, and Steiner Ranch.
Please join us !
Lake Travis
Area Democrats
Life Insurance Meets Many Needs
Life insurance can be a complex and confusing
product. To decide whether you need life insurance,
start by asking what it can do for you and your family.
Replace lost wages. One important function of life
insurance is to replace lost wages. For example, let’s
say a family’s sole breadwinner dies, leaving a
$500,000 life insurance policy. The surviving spouse
can use the investment income on $500,000 to replace
the wages of the deceased spouse. Families with
young children are most likely to need life insurance
for this purpose.
Pay estate taxes. Another function of life insurance is
to pay estate taxes, which can deplete as much as 55%
of a large estate. Contrary to popular belief, life insurance is part of your gross estate for estate tax purposes. To avoid this, you can’t possess any of the
“incidents of ownership” of the policy (such as the
ability to change beneficiaries) and the estate can’t be
beneficiary of the policy. The transfer of a life insurance policy can raise complex tax issues, so consult
us, your insurance agent, and your attorney first.
Fund a buy-sell agreement. If you own a business,
life insurance can help you fund a “buy-sell” agreement. When you die, this type of agreement helps ensure that your heirs will be able to sell your business at
a fair price.
Donate to charity. You also can use life insurance to
fulfill your charitable goals. For example, you can
donate an insurance policy to charity during your lifetime, or name a charity as beneficiary when you die.
Brodnax & Karnes, P.C.
Certified Public Accountants
1202 Lakeway Drive | 261 - 5710
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Lake Travis Democrats will host a holiday party for all area
Democrats in December. For more information about the holiday party (including the date, time, and location), contact Judy
Donohue, [email protected], 214 228-1532,
or visit our website at www.laketravisdemocrats.org. Democrats are encouraged to bring canned goods and other items for
stocking a food pantry to the party. Items will be donated to
Lake Travis Crisis Ministries.
For the November meeting, the Lake Travis Democrats featured
The Honorable Karen Huber, Travis County Commissioner for
Precinct Three. Commissioner Huber gave an informative presentation at the meeting. Travis County Commissioners and
the County Judge are the chief policy-making and administrative branch of our county government. Among their many
functions, the Commissioners Court sets the tax rate, determines fees for many county services, and determines how the
collected revenues will be distributed among different county
departments to provide services to the community.
Huber was elected to the Travis County Commissioners Court
in November 2008. She took office in January 2009 for a four
year term. She brings over 20 years of professional experience
in economic development, real estate development, business
management and electric and water utilities management consulting. She has lived in the western part of Precinct 3 since
1995. Commissioner Huber strives to address the real problems
that our community faces every day, and to build a responsible
plan for growth that ensures that Travis County remains a great
place to live and work. Huber also works with state legislators
to obtain more land-use authority for counties that would help
protect our quality of life and long-term economic vitality.
For more information about the Lake Travis Democrats and
our monthly meetings (second Tuesday of each month, except
for December and the summer months), please contact Judy
Donohue, Lake Travis Democrats President at [email protected], 214 228-1532, or visit our website at
www.laketravisdemocrats.org.
Submitted by Lucy Cooper Oglesby
Publicity, Lake Travis Dems
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Parks And Recreation Happenings
December 2010 - Events
Date
Event
Place & Time
1-31
Martha Norman’s Beaded Christmas Ornament Collection, LAC Display Cabinet
Cabinet
3
Lights On! Holiday Celebration, Lakeway Activity Center Parking Lot
6:30-9:30 pm
5
The Magic of Christmas, Sing Along Program, Activity Center
2 & 4:30 pm
11
Breakfast with Santa, Activity Center
8:30 & 10:30 am
24, 25, 27, 31
Holiday Closing For City Hall and Activity Center
Activity Center - December Classes
Adult Health/
Instructor
Fitness Safety
Prime of Life Yoga
Galizia
Yoga w/Tonya
Riley
Yoga w/Tonya
Riley
Gentle Mat Yoga
Weatherbie
1st Saturday
FREE w/Tonya
Walk “Live”
Riley
Carrozza
Zumba
Pulsifer
Chair Yoga
Weatherbie
Watermedia &
Witten Sewall
Collage Workshop
Cable Scarf Knitting Del Genio
Beginner Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Passing Zone
Defensive Driving
Passing Zone
Defensive Driving
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Roos
Roos
Springli
Springli
Day / Date
Time
Fee
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Thru December 16
Mondays, Wednesdays,
Saturdays
Thru December 18
Wednesdays,
Thru December 15
Wednesdays,
Thru December 20
Saturday, December 4
9:30-10:30 am 4 classes
$40/member | $45/non-member | Drop In $15
9:30-11 am
4 classes
$40/member | $45/non-member | Drop In $15
Unlimited (per month)
$72/member | $80/non-member
6:30-8 pm
Saturdays
Thru December 18
Mondays
Thursdays
Thru December 20
8:30-9:15 am
8-9 am
9:30-11 am
4 classes
$40/member | $45/non-member | Drop In $15
FREE
4 classes | 1st class FREE
$35/member | $40/non-member
9:15-10:15 am 3 classes
$21/member | $25/non-member
And
6 classes
7-8 pm
7:30-8:30 pm $35/member | $40/non-member
8 classes
$45/member | $50/non-member | Drop In $15
Mondays,
9-9:45 am
4 classes
Thru December 20
$40/member | $45/non-member | Drop In $15
Adult Arts/Crafts
Wednesdays,
9:30 am-3 pm 2 classes
December 1 & 15
$85/member | $95/non-member
Wednesdays & Fridays, 1-2:30 pm
4 classes
December 8-17
$65/member | $75/non-member
Adult Special Interest
Wednesdays
12:30-1:45 pm FREE to members of GLRA & LAC
Wednesdays
1:45-3 pm
FREE to members of GLRA & LAC
Monday & Tuesday
6-9 pm
2 classes
December 6 & 7
$30/member | $35/non-member
Saturday, December 18 9 a.m.-3 pm
1 class
$30/member | $35/non-member
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Lil’ Absolutely Art
(2-4 years w/
guardian)
Lil’ Kinder Cooks
(2-4 years w/guardian)
Absolutely Art
(4-6 year olds)
Kinder Cooks
(4-6 year olds)
After School
Supper Club
(7-12 year olds)
Teen Supper Club
(12 years and up)
After School
Holiday Art
Create Holiday
Gingerbread
Houses
(5-12 year olds)
Christmas from
Around the World
(5-10 year olds)
Create your
Own Family
Gingerbread House
Kids Night Out
(3-10 year olds)
Boyle
Wednesdays,
December 1-15
Boyle
Wednesdays,
December 1-15
Wednesdays,
December 1-15
Wednesdays,
December 1-15
Wednesdays,
December 1-15
Boyle
Boyle
Boyle
Youth
11-11:45 am
1 class - $15/member | $20/non-member
2 classes - $25/member | $30/non-member
3 classes - $35/member | $40/non-member
12 noon-12:45 pm Drop In Class Day - $20
3:30-4:30 pm
4:30-5:30 pm
5:30-7 pm
1 class - $20/member | $25/non-member
2 classes - $30/member | $35/non-member
3 classes - $40/member | $45/non-member
Drop In Class Day - $25
1 class - $40/member | $45/non-member
2 classes - $70/member | $80/non-member
3 classes - $90/member | $100/non-member
4 classes - $100/member | $110/non-member
Drop In Class Day - $50
Boyle
Thursday, December 9
5:30-7 pm
Del Genio
3:45-5:30 pm
2 classes - $90/member | $100 non-member
Boyle
Thursdays,
December 2 & 9
Saturday, December 4
1-4 pm
1 class - $50/member | $55/non-member
King
Saturday, December 4
1-4 pm
1 class - $65/member | $75/non-member
Boyle
Saturday, December 4
11 am-12:30 pm Per house - $25/member | $30/non-member
Boyle
Friday, December 17
6-11 pm
1 class - $65/member | $75/non-member
Look for more class and event information on the city website at www.lakeway-tx.gov or call the Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall, 314-7530; the Activity Center, 261-1010; the Swim Center, 261-3000.
Submitted by Darline Foshee, Activity Center Manager
LAKEWAY PLAYERS
PULL OFF ANOTHER HIT
There were a lot of grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles and cousins in the three sell-out audiences of Funny,
which the Lakeway Players, under the capable direction of
Barbara Calderaro, presented last weekend.
Even Halloween parties galore couldn’t keep playgoers away
from this very funny musical. Even if you were not a grandmother, you could certainly identify with many of the vignettes and song lyrics, some downright hilarious, and some
on the more poignant side.
The tables at the Lakeway Activity Center were decorated
with nostalgic scenes of childhood, from dolls and trucks to
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table goodies to the “good boys and girls” who comprised
the audience.
It was an ensemble cast composed of some seasoned members of the Lakeway Players as well as a couple of new faces,
who worked together seamlessly to pull off this fast paced
production.
The Greater Lakeway Community and surrounding areas
should be rightfully proud of all the homegrown talent and
the many hours of hard work it takes to pull off a musical
comedy such as this one.
The Player’s spring production will be announced shortly
after the first of the year.
(See pictures on page 16)
Submitted by Sue Wright
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Winter 2011 Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series
Thursdays at the Lakeway Activity Center: Noon to 1 p.m.
FREE
The City of Lakeway ’s Arts Committee hosts a series of lunchtime concerts to
help citizens escape their winter doldrums. Pack a lunch and come enjoy some
excellent entertainment. For more information, call 261-1010.
Jan. 6
Kay Rivers & Friends
Eclectic, popular group
Piano – Violin – Bass - Drums
Feb. 3
Slim Richey & The Jitterbug Vipers
Rousing, Fun Music
_______________________________________________
Jan. 13
Matt Shields &
The Music of Duke Ellington
Lead tap dancer from renowned
Tapestry Dance Company
& piano accompanist
________________________________________________
Jan. 20
“ Off The Record”
Classic Rock ‘n Roll
Showband
Even Elvis may show up
______________________________________________
Jan. 27
Robert Skiles Trio
Modern jazz/latin music
Piano – Bass – Drums
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Feb. 10
Nancy Nichols, vocal/piano,
Lee Dilday & David Cummings, vocals
A Valentine Show
________________________________________________
Feb. 17
Music of the Theatre
Rick Roemer, Professor of Theatre,
Southwestern University
& piano accompanist
________________________________________________
Feb. 24
The Second Line Jazz Band
Traditional Dixieland at its best
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VETERANS CONCERT PAYS
LOVING TRIBUTE WHILE
BENEFITING LOCAL CHARITY
Hundreds of people, including distinguished veterans and
their families, gathered at Emmaus Church in Lakeway
November 7 for an evening of music and tributes honoring
our veterans and our troops. The first For Love of Country concert featured many memorable moments from local, Midwestern and Nashville musicians who were introduced by Austin TV personality Mike Barnes. Although
the concert was free, donations were made to Frontline National Anthem - featuring the University of Texas ROTC Color Guard
Faith Project, an Austin-based nonprofit that furnishes and musicians Matthew Mayer, Gina Chavez, Leslie Ellis, Michael Clay,
Corinne Chapman, and Casey Kelly
MP3 players preloaded with Christian content to our troops at home
and overseas. Excerpts from letters of
Leslie Ellis and Casey Kelly performing Flyer Song
praise for the project from troops and
military chaplains were read aloud at
the event. As news of the inspirational
players spreads, thousands are being
requested by troops, their chaplains
and their families. For more information about Frontline Faith Project visit
http://www.frontlinefaithproject.org
Contact: Linda Edwards Gockel, 512917-1278 [email protected]
Submitted by Linda Edwards Gockel
Corinne Chapman, Matthew Mayer, Gina Chavez, Michael Clay, Leslie Ellis, Casey Kelly
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The Magic Of Christmas
2010
Ref
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Pro hmen
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Tw ance
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At The Lakeway Activity Center
In Support Of
The Hudson Bend Fire Department
Ladies Auxiliary Green Santa Program
That Provides Gifts For Area Children At Christmas
AN UNWRAPPED GIFT FOR A CHILD UP TO AGE 17
FOR GREEN SANTA'S BAG IS YOUR ADMISSION
THESE GIFTS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO AREA FAMILIES
Sponsored by:
The Sing Along Group of the Lakeway Women's Club, The City of Lakeway Activity Center,
and The Hudson Bend Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
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ODDS
GLRA LIBRARY
The paperback library is located in the Lakeway Activity Center and used by many of us. It is run by a
group of great volunteers.
Please feel free to donate your gently used paperback books, audio books or complete puzzles. No
hard back books, please.
Patti Melton-Pieszchala, [email protected]
LET’S PLAY BRIDGE!
“LITE” BRIDGE
Meets weekly, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon. For
the “not-so-serious” bridge player. Lois Willis, 2615362 for more information.
MONDAY NIGHT LADIES BRIDGE
Meets the second Monday night of every month, 7
p.m. at the Lakeway Activity Center. For more information contact Vickie Reeves, 261-4073.
MARGARET’S BRIDGE
Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakeway Activity
Center. Call Jeanette Smith, 261-4791, for more
information or to sign up.
DUPLICATE BRIDGE
Play on Monday at the Lakeway Activity Center.
Come by 10:15 a.m., so play can start at 10:30 a.m.
Directors are:
Dorothy Chidsey, 261-4468
Becky Fairchild, 261-6176
Pat Cowles, 261-3420
Ruth Shird, 261-6697
IN Memory
We will commemorate the passing of
our dear residents in a special memorial section each month. Please send or e-mail the
name of your loved –one and date to:
[email protected] or 105 Cross Creek, Ste. 2,
Lakeway, TX 78734
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-N- ENDS
SPANISH CLASS FOR ADULTS
(FREE!)
No Classes in December
Free Spanish classes for adults. For people who
know no or very little Spanish. You must be a member of the GLRA and the Lakeway Activity Center to
attend. New classes starting 1st week of January.
Bring friends.
Classes meet Wednesdays at:
 12:30 p.m.—Beginners
 1:45 p.m.—Intermediate
Call Dave Roos for more information
(261-4086).
December Gardening Tips
Fertilize: Feed winter bloomers such as alyssum, dianthus and especially pansies every 4 to 6 weeks.
Water: Water everything well before a freeze to protect against cold injury, but avoid overwatering.
Transplant: Transplant bare root and container grown
roses, shrubs, trees, groundcovers and vines so they
get established before warm weather arrives next
summer.
Prepare Soil: Prepare dormant beds for spring planting: clean out dead and spent plants, compost to enrich the organic content of the soil. Send in soil samples (forms available at the Extension Office). Check
winter mulch and replenish if needed. Stockpile
leaves for mulching and composting throughout
spring and summer.
Lawn Care: Run mower and trimmer engines dry of
gasoline, drain and change oil. Take them to the repair shop now to avoid the spring rush. Clean and oil
ALL tools before storing for winter.
Diseases/Pests to Look for: Watch for scale, mealy
bugs and spider mites on houseplants. Root rot fungus thrives on over-watered houseplants.
From Central Texas Gardner website.
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9th Annual Lakeway
Photo Festival Winners
The 9th Annual
Photo
Festival
sponsored by the
Lakeway
Arts
&
Beautification Committee
was again a success. The photos entered were
e x t r a o r d i n a r y.
All of the 2010
Lakeway Photo
Festival awardwinning photos Bill Hawkins’ Flight of the Great Blue Heron, Best
for all six featured of Show and first place in the Lakeway Nature
categories are cur- category recognized by Sue Knolle, chair of the
rently on display Lakeway Photo Festival.
in the lobby of
the Lakeway Activity Center now through the month of November. We invite everyone to visit the Activity Center to view
the photographic talents of our local citizens.
Bill Hawkins was the grand winner with the best overall photo and four first place winners in Lakeway Nature, Lakeway
Events, Other and Portraits categories. Hawkins’ best of show
photo was Flight of the Great Blue Heron, as well as first place
in the Lakeway Nature category. His Goblin Glow won first
place in the Lakeway Events category, Dutch Sisters won first
place in the Other category, and Tanner won first place in the
Portraits: People/Pets category. Lakeway citizens recognize
Hawkins’ talent as four of his photographs have had the honor
of being selected by the Lakeway Civic Corporation to be on
the cover of the Lakeway Residents Telephone Directory. His
winning best of show photograph Flight of the Blue Heron will
be considered for the 2010 Lakeway residential directory.
Other winners by categories were Windmill at Kinderdijk,
taken by Esther Hawkins, who won first place in the Lakeway
Travelers category. Flag Dancers at the Wall by Patti MeltonPieszchala took first place in the Lakeway Volunteers. Other
place winners included Mary Partridge, Scott Marabito, Claudia Colety, Judy Hazen, Fred Hazen, Fred Newton, Ellen
Schulte, and Sue Knolle. Winning photographs (1st, 2nd &
3rd places) of the six featured categories are on display and can
be viewed at the Activity Center from now until Thanksgiving
during regular business hours. These and other photos selected
will go into a Lakeway Storybook as Told in Photographs album.
The Lakeway Arts and Beautification Committee extend their
appreciation to all citizens that entered photographs in this
year’s event, to the vendors who contributed prizes for the winners and to Sue Knolle, chair of the 2010 Photo Festival, for an
outstanding job.
Please continue to document the uniqueness of our great Lakeway community with your camera and enter your favorites in
next year's 10th annual Photo Festival, commemorating the
history, events and beauty of Lakeway as seen through the camera's eye.
Submitted by Janet Wright, Arts & Beautification Committee Chair
CITY TO SPONSOR TRAIL OF LIGHTS
The City of Lakeway will sponsor its annual Lights On! Holiday Celebration at the
Activity Center parking lot,105 Cross Creek, on December 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be nearby to "plug in" the Trail of Lights located behind
City Hall and to speak to all of Lakeway's “good little girls and boys.” Other activities will include a Kiddie Train Ride, a surrey ride from the Activity Center down
Porpoise Street and back ($5 per person). Also available will be various types of food
and drink for purchase.
Get into the holiday spirit and don't be surprised if you see snow falling in Lakeway
on this most magical of nights!
Submitted by Lynn Kirchenbauer
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Lakeway Homeowners News
WOMEN’S CLUB OF GREATER
LAKEWAY HONORS NEW
MEMBERS DURING TWENTYFIFTH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
for March 4, 2011, in the beautiful “Vista Ballroom” of the
Lakeway Resort and Spa.
The entertaining monthly program-meetings are held on the
fourth Monday of every month from September to May (except December) at the Lakeway Resort and Spa, Rio Grande
Ballroom at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome! Lunch is avail-
Throughout the year, the Lakeway Women’s Club will celebrate
its twenty-fifth anniversary by remembering the Founders and Past
Presidents of the organization.
The first meeting was held in the
fall of 1985, and the Club had
fifty–one members. From that
humble beginning, the group has
grown to over four hundred members. There are twenty-two different Interest Groups including,
book clubs, investment clubs, gardening and antique clubs, Sing-aLong Chorus, Dottie’s Follies and
Rhinestone Cowgirls Dance organizations. Also featured are a dinner club, knitting/stitchery, Out
and About, poetry, crafts, cancer
support groups and more! All of
these organizations are available Back row left to right SHERRY BETTIS, CARMEN BANTLY, MAGGIE CALBERT, CAROL GILBERT,
KIMBERLEE MAJKSZAK, SUE PFEFFER, BEA ORTEGA, JENNIFER STROUD
to the entire membership. The Front row CHERIE HARRIS, JACQUIE BANKS
annual Spring Dance is scheduled
able by reservation with informal modeling featured at some
events.
The Women’s Club is open to
all residents of Greater Lakeway and is dedicated to enrichment, enlightenment and fun.
For more information about
club membership or activities,
contact Jody Berry, 261-3253.
A few members shown were entertained recently with a High
Tea at the beautiful home of
Mary Lee Reese.
Back Row, left to right: BARBARA MAGIO, BEVERLY ROSSON, SUE RACHLIN, KAREN DECKER, SANDRA BEATY, GLORIA CROSTHWAIT, NANCY MORRIS
Front row: BARBARA GLOVER, TERRY BAILEY
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LAKEWAY MEN’S
BREAKFAST CLUB
PROGRAM SCHEDULE
December 2010
Is a Roth IRA Conversion
in Your Future?
Up until now, retirement investors who wanted to convert
monies in a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA could only do so if
their modified adjusted gross incomes were $100,000 or less.
Beginning in 2010, this restriction will be removed, permitting
retirement investors at any income level to move assets in a
traditional IRA over to a Roth IRA.
December 1 ~ St David’s — Alzheimer's
Awareness
As an additional incentive, the IRS is allowing those who convert in 2010 to spread the federal income tax owed on the converted sum over two years, a provision designed to lessen the
immediate tax bite.
December 8 ~ Bob Kirmse— World Bank &
International Forestry
To Convert or Not to Convert?
December 22 ~ NO PROGRAM
The answer to this question will differ for every investor, depending on a number of factors including the amount of time
you plan to leave the money invested, your estate planning objectives and your willingness to pay the federal income tax bill
that a conversion will trigger. Here is a look at the potential
benefits and drawbacks of converting.
December 29 ~ NO PROGRAM
Potential Benefits …
December 15 ~ Lake Travis High School
Choir
January 2011
January 5 ~ Dr Bridget Scanlon - Scientists
seek sustainable water supply for a thirsty
world
January 12 ~ Colleen Gardner, Bamberger
Ranch - How to plant environmentally
friendly
January 19 ~ James Van Dam, UT Physics Fusion
January 26 ~Dr Timothy J Schallert - Recovery of Brain Function: Parkinson's Disease
and Stroke
Meetings at the Lakeway Activity Center
Available to Men Residing in the Greater Lakeway Area
Continental Breakfast at 7 a.m. / Speaker at 8 a.m.
For information
FOR INFORMATION CALL Tom Cain
363-5793, email: [email protected]
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• A larger sum to bequeath to heirs. Since required minimum
distributions (RMDs) do not apply for Roth IRAs as they do
for traditional IRAs, investors who do not need the money
may leave it invested as long as they choose, which may result
in a larger balance for heirs. After an account owner’s death,
beneficiaries are required to take distributions, although different rules apply for spouses as opposed to children and
other non-spousal beneficiaries.
• Tax-free withdrawals on qualified distributions. Withdraw-
als from a Roth IRA are tax-free for those who have had the
money invested for five years or more and have reached the
age of 59½ or have attained another qualifying event.1
… and Drawbacks
• The tax bite. Investors who convert assets from a traditional
IRA to a Roth IRA are required to pay taxes on the amount
that is rolled over. The full amount of the conversion is usually taxable at ordinary income tax rates. If you have a nondeductible traditional IRA (i.e., your contributions did not
qualify for a tax deduction because your income was not
within the parameters established by the IRS), investment
earnings will be taxed but the amount of your contributions
will not. The conversion will not trigger the 10% penalty for
early withdrawals.
Which Is Right for You?
If you have a traditional IRA and are considering converting to
a Roth IRA, here are a few factors to consider:
• A conversion may be more attractive the further you are from
retirement. The longer your earnings can grow, the more time
you have to compensate for the associated tax bill.
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• Your current and future tax brackets will affect which IRA is
best for you. If you expect to be in a lower tax bracket during
retirement, sticking with a traditional IRA could be the best
option because your RMDs during retirement will be taxed
at a correspondingly lower rate than amounts converted today. On the other hand, if you anticipate being in a higher
tax bracket, the ability to take tax-free distributions from a
Roth IRA could be an attractive benefit.
There is no easy answer to the question: “Should I convert my
traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?” As with any major financial
consideration, careful consultation with a professional is a good
idea before you make your choice.
‘tis the Season!
Submitted by Perri Verdino-Gates
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to climb into
the attic to retrieve the decorations and begin "decking the
halls," or should I be addressing the cards, wrapping gifts or
making the menus? With so much to do, it is easy to get caught
up in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations that I often
forget the real importance of this season.
A while ago, I came across the "Ten Commandments for Christmas." Simple ideas that help me keep the spirit of Christmas
central to our family celebrations. I hope they help you make
the most of this glorious season.
1IRA account holders (both traditional and Roth) may make
qualified withdrawals before age 59½ only if they meet speTen Commandments for Christmas
cific criteria established by the IRS (disability, qualified
first-time home buyer and others). Consult www.irs.gov for
1. Thou shalt prepare early: Don’t wait until the
additional information.
last minute to get into the Christmas spirit.
This article was prepared by Standard & Poor’s Financial 2. Thou shalt keep Christ at the center of
Communications and is not intended to provide specific
Christmas: Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by
investment advice or recommendations for any individual.
the commercialism of the season. Resolve to read one of
Consult your financial advisor or me if you have any questhe gospels during December, and meditate upon what it
tions.
means that Christ came into the world.
3.
Thou shalt make Christmas a family
(LPL Independent Investor, December 2010)
time: Do things together. Decorate the tree, play games,
Submitted by Scott Barley.
bake cookies, shop, write cards, have devotionals, go caroling, attend church together.
4. Thou shalt remember those who are
less fortunate: Contribute significantly to an orHON Submission Criteria
ganization serving the needs of others throughout the year.
Give a Christmas gift to your church.
The Homeowners News is a publication of the
5. Thou shalt give thyself with every gift:
Greater Lakeway Residents Association, and its
Put some thought into the gifts you purchase. Give a gift
goal is to provide a positive and informative magathat represents you. If possible, make something instead of
zine with articles of benefit and interest to its membuying something.
bership.
6. Thou shalt learn to be a good receiver:
Many of us have trouble receiving graciously and graceSubmissions accepted for publication must comply
fully.
with guidelines decided by the GLRA Board of Di7. Thou shalt put music into Christmas:
rectors, which state:
Buy several Christmas CD’s and play them again and
Submissions will be in the format requested and
again. Attend church choir cantatas and special Christmas
reasonable in length, and must not contain inflamprograms. Sing carols with loved ones.
matory or derogatory language. Unpaid advertise8. Thou shalt slow down: Remember Christmas
ments will not be accepted. The Board further reis supposed to be a season of peace, not hypertension.
serves the right to edit accepted submissions for
9. Thou shalt remember to worship. The
grammar, punctuation, style and clarity. In order to
church is the place you are most likely to be reminded of
maintain a neutral stance on political issues, the
the true meaning of Christmas.
HON will not publish letters, articles, or essays that
10.Thou shalt receive Christ into thy life:
are clearly biased in favor of one side. Deceased
Don’t just talk about the Christ of Christmas; receive Him
members of the community will be remembered in
into your life as Lord and Savior. ~Author Unknown
the "In Memoriam" box. Regretfully, space constraints will not allow publication of full-text obituaries.
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Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a glorious New Year!!
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LAKEWAY NEWCOMERS CLUB
DECEMBER 2010 NEWSLETTER
HIGHLIGHTS
Couples Bunco
MEMBERSHIP
• Let your new Lakeway friends and neighbors know
•
•
•
•
Saturday at Yaupon. Beginner to scratch, men and women, all
golfers welcome. It's a scramble, so your ability doesn’t matter, just come have fun! Dinner will follow at a location to be
determined.
• Date: Saturday, December 4
• Time: 12 noon
• Place: Yaupon Golf Course
• RSVP: Tom Cain [email protected]
• Include your 18-hole handicap if you have one and your
interest in dinner.
• Questions? Call Tom Cain at 363-5793.
about the Lakeway Newcomers Club and all of the fun,
varied activities that are available.
Ask them to contact Jim & Maureen Powell for more
OUT TO LUNCH BUNCH
information.
The Bunch will resume doing lunch in January.
Phone: 263-0609
Email: [email protected] (M underscore P)
Please welcome and get to know our newest Newcomers:
POKER
Rick & Teresa Allen moved here from Steiner Ranch.
Next poker will be Wednesday, January 19.
WEBSITE
For the very latest Newcomers Club news, check the club
website.
The address is lakewaynewcomers.com
Remember, the website protected areas include the membership directory, replacing the old printed version and saving the
club several hundred dollars.
To access the protected areas, click on the directory or member feedback icon and enter the user name and password. If
you do not remember the sign-on information, please send
an email to [email protected] This information is
available to active club members only.
CRUISE NEWS
DINING OUT
New groups will be forming for the January-May cycle. Each
group consists of about eight people and meets at a different
restaurant each month. To get in on some wonderful dining
and socializing, contact Tom and Ty Brewer, 261-6741 or
[email protected]
CARE AND CONCERN
Do you know a member, who is seriously ill, hospitalized,
injured, or has had a death in the family? If so, please call
or e-mail Tyra Brewer, 261-6741 or [email protected]
com so our club's support can be shared with a card, by your
prayers, or other forms of caring.
This is the last call for the Newcomers/Newcomers Alumni
January 30, seven-day cruise on the Voyager of the Seas
from Galveston. Cabins are still available. If you are interested, contact Tom or Ty Brewer, 261-6741 or [email protected]
utexas.net.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY COUPLES BUNCO
This fun-filled sociable dice game is generally regarded as in
the ladies' purview, but this month it's a couple's event! The
game is easy to learn and great fun, so come risk $5, guys, and
discover what you've been missing. Location will be determined by number of couples who sign up, so please RSVP
early.
• Date: Monday, December 6
• Time: 6:30 p.m. social 7 p.m. game begins
• Place: To be announced
• RSVP: Pat Long [email protected]
• BYOB and an hors d'oeuvre to share. Setups provided.
GOLF SCRAMBLE
With cooler temperatures, we've returned to the weekend
afternoon, 18-hole format. This month we're playing on
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Lakeway Homeowners News
BUILDING & DEVELOPMENT
SERVICES - OCTOBER
early December), we should be able to open the new section of
Serene Hills Drive.
As the residential chart below illustrates, new house permits
have been fairly steady over the last couple of years, with some
spikes in activity coming in the last few months. Just to clarify
the permit terminology, “additions” are house additions, patios, porches, decks, swimming pools, etc. “Alterations” are interior remodeling, siding replacement, re-roofing, fencing, etc.
Toll Brothers has sold The Vistas condominiums (behind
Goodwill) to Prominence Homes. Prominence Homes took
over a section of Flintrock Falls after Mercedes Homes went
bankrupt and they are hoping to breathe new life into this project as well. Their plan is to upgrade the models and reduce the
density of the condos. (Toll Brothers also sold their remaining
holdings in The Ridge at Alta Vista to Gehan Homes. So Toll
Brothers is no longer doing business in Lakeway.)
In development news, Real del Lago finally broke ground just
south of Walgreens. This project is a 22,500 s.f. mixed use
building, with office and retail space in addition to an Italian restaurant. From what we’ve seen from the architect, the
building should be an attractive addition to 620. I should also
note that as part of this project a fourth leg will be added to the
existing signalized intersection of RR 620 and Lohmans Spur.
Number of New House Permits Issued: 17
Number of Residential Additions/Alterations Permits Issued: 56
Submited by Shannon Burke
The installation of the fiber optic line in Serene Hills Drive is
moving along rapidly. Once it is complete (late November/
Permits Issued
CODE
BA
BB
BC
BD
BE
BF
BG
BH
BI
BJ
BL
BM
BN
BR
OW
TR
TYPE
Res-New
Res-Add
Res-Alt
Res-Site/ Excavation
Comm-New
Comm-Add
Comm-Alt
Comm-Site/ Excavation
Appeal-Board of Adjust
Variance
Heights
Utility Maintenance
Commercial Plan Reviews
Revision to permit
Oak Wilt
Tree Removal
Building Sub-Totals
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FY 2010 YTD
8
10
41
12
5
3
4
4
0
3
1
1
8
8
13
0
121
FY 2011 YTD
17
9
47
18
0
4
0
1
0
1
4
3
6
3
18
1
132
Oct-13
8
10
41
12
5
3
4
4
0
3
1
1
8
8
13
0
121
Oct-14
17
9
47
18
0
4
0
1
0
1
4
3
6
3
18
1
132
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NEWCOMERS
ALUMNI NEWS
GOLF
Come for the 18-hole golf scramble Saturday, December 11.
Then join the group (even if you didn't play) for dinner at a
local restaurant. Contact Margaret Myers for more information
[email protected]
BRIDGE
Couples bridge is held regularly on the second Wednesday of
each month at 7 p.m. at member's homes. Contact Rita Hietpas for more information [email protected]
HOLIDAY GALA
We'll usher in the festive season with a dinner and dance on
Thursday, December 9 at The Hills. Bobby Ray will provide
entertainment. Ty Brewer [email protected] is the
contact for this event.
CRUISE
It's not too late to sign up for the cruise from Galveston on
Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica on January 30, 2011, www.royalcaribbean.
com . Contact Tom Brewer, [email protected], or Skyscraper Tours for more information on the week-long voyage or
to book your cabin. www.skyscrapertours.com. Traveling with
friends from Lakeway is sure to be a blast!
Homeowners News Deadline
for the January 2011 issue is
noon, December 10, 2010
------------------------------------------------
If you have time sensitive information for the
beginning of the month, we suggest you submit
your article two months in advance.
Please submit information and pictures via
e-mail to [email protected] or on CD to
(105 Cross Creek, Ste. 2, Lakeway, Texas 78734)
If you would like to be on our e-mail reminder
list, please send your e-mail address to the above
address.
• Put the name of your organization or article in
subject line of emails.
• Please put “Submitted by” at end of your articles.
DO NOT SEND WEB PAGES!
Questions?
Call 261-5203 for more information
DATE CHANGE FOR JANUARY SOCIAL
Please note on your calendars that the January Chili Cookoff and Super Bowl Party will be on Friday, January 28, 2011
(rather than Thursday).
Submitted by Beverly Bermeier
GREATER LAKEWAY RESIDENTS ASSOCATION
105 Cross Creek, Suite 2 * Lakeway, Texas 78734 * (512) 261-5203 * [email protected]
New membership form.
Name: _____________________________________ Telephone #:____________
Address: __________________________City:_______________Zip: __________
Email Address: _____________________________________________________
The GLRA provides news of the Lake Travis Community through the Homeowners News, and
sponsors many activities, i.e. Breakfast With Santa, Town Hall Meetings, Meet-n-Greets and
the Paperback Lending Library at the Lakeway Activity Center. We invite you to join us in
our quest to make Lakeway and the surrounding areas a great place to live.
If you would like to join, please send $35 to the address above.
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Lakeway Homeowners News
TOP THREE THINGS TO LOOK
FOR IN A NEW COMPUTER
LAKEWAY NINE-HOLE LADIES GOLF
LAKEWAY COUNTRY CLUB
October 6
Are you thinking about getting a new computer during one of
Rally for the Cure Tournament – Yaupon
the holiday sales? If so, there are certain things that you want
(See 18-Holers report for results)
your new computer to have to make sure it performs well for
October
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you. Below are my top three:
Ace of the Month – Yaupon - Vivian Craft
First Flight
A Fast Processor
1st place – Diana Hall
Perhaps the most important part of your new computer is the
2nd place – Betty Colovas
processor. Think of it as the computer’s brain – if it can’t per
Second Flight
form fast enough the entire computer is affected. Look for a
1st place – Margaret Myers
computer that has an Intel i series processor for the best perfor
2nd place – Patty Michel
mance (the Intel Core 2 and AMD Phenom are good performLow Putts: Isabel Cutillas - 14
ers as well) and stay away from the Intel Celeron and Pentium
55 & Under: Vivian Craft - 52; Diana Hall - 52
Dual Core and AMD Sempron processors unless your hobbies
include watching paint dry. If you buy a laptop, you’re stuck
October 20
with the same processor for as long as you have it so make sure
Individual Play – Live Oak
to get a good one.
First Flight
1st Place – Cheryl Whaling
A Fast Hard Drive
2nd Place – Diana Hall
Having a fast hard drive is especially important to the speed of Second Flight
your computer. Any time you start a program or open a file it 1st Place – Carol Bosse
has to be read off of the hard drive first, so the faster that hap- 2nd Place – Billye Lynn Ratliff
pens the quicker your computer will be. Most laptops have Third Flight
5400 RPM drives inside of them, while most desktops have 1st Place – Gail Bowman
7200 RPM drives. If you are buying a laptop, look for one 2nd Place – Carol Smith
that has a 7200 RPM drive inside of it as that means that all of Low Putts: Connie Wilson -- 17
your programs and files will run 33% quicker. For the ultimate Chip-Ins: Gail Bowman – 11; Vivian Craft – 12
speed junkies, consider spending the extra money for a Solid 55 & Under: Cheryl Whaling – 51; Sandy Walsh – 53; Diana
State Drive as they can be 300% faster than a 5400 RPM drive! Hall – 55; Connie Wilson – 55
Note that this component can be upgraded relatively easily after you purchase your computer.
October 27
A Fast Connection
Interclub Play with Horseshoe Bay – Live Oak
First Place Team
Laura Jo Thompson, Maria Baker,
Dorothy Boddeker, & Patty Michel
Second Place Team
Donia Bath, Betty Colovas, Isabel Cutillas,
& Carol Smith
Closest to the pin – Kas Maers - #13
Longest Drive – Tricia Clements - #16
If you are getting a new laptop (or a desktop where you will be
using a wireless connection) make sure that the wireless card
supports the wireless N standard. The wireless N standard is
seven times faster than wireless G and it has over three times
the range. Combined with a wireless N router, that means that
your whole house should have a speedy wireless connection instead of just a portion of it. Depending on the laptop you
get it might be possible to upgrade the wireless card after you
purchase it.
Submitted by,
Billye Lynn Ratliff, Secretary
Now you are armed with some information to discern whether
that super sale laptop is actually a good bargain or something
that will just frustrate you with its slow speed. That being said,
if you are replacing a computer that is over four years old then
any new system will probably be a good improvement :)
Submitted Erick Nelson, Computer Expert
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LAKEWAY LADIES
GOLF ASSOCIATION 18-HOLE GROUP
October 13: Ace of the Month, Live Oak
Ace of the Month is Cherri Enmark with a net 69
1st Flight:
1st Net: Patti Lasswell, 73
2nd Net: Margaret Reese, 74
2nd Flight:
1st Net: Diane Tomlinson, 67
2nd Net: Marjorie Hall, 71
3rd Flight:
1st Net: Mary Conley, 73
2nd Net: Jean Lockhart, 73
Low Putts: Margaret Reese, 27
Chip Ins: #4 Sandee Phillips & Margaret Reese,
#9 Wendy Gaertner, #12 Sue Bartosh,
#13 Mary Conley, #16 Margaret Reese
October 20: Crier’s Tournament, Yaupon
1st Flight:
1st Place: Margaret Reese, 62
2nd Place: Melonie Mills, 63
2nd Flight:
1st Place: Diane Tomlinson, 63
2nd Place: Marjorie Hall, 64
3rd Flight:
1st Place: Marie Rush, 61
2nd Place: Mary Anne Griesman, 62
Low Putts: CiCi Ely & Sandy Nees, 28 each
Chip Ins: #2 Mary Conley, #11 Audrey Horn & Carol Novak
October 27: Halloween Luncheon, Live Oak
Mary Conley once again chaired our Halloween Tournament. She was assisted by creativity consultants Jean Lockhart and Carol English. Thanks for all of your efforts! Shawn
Nadolski served as costume judge – thanks!
1st Place:
Margaret Reese, Patti Lasswell, Pat Huskinson,
Carol Cafferty, 38
2nd Place:
Maxie Scott, Amelia Terrazas, Mary Barnes,
Sue Bartosh, 43
Best Costume: Carol English
November 3: Canceled due to weather
Submitted By: Paula Crawley, Publicity Chair
LAKEWAY/HILLS SOLOS
The Solos Club is comprised of single men and
women, 55 or older, who reside in Lakeway or
the Hills. It provides opportunities for social
and educational enjoyment with new and old
friends as well as an involvement in the community.
The Solos partake of numerous monthly activities including dining, movies, the arts, game
nights, trips and numerous other activities.
To join the Solos, please contact Joyce Dunlap
at 261-0615.
Submitted by Kay Muessig
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LAKEWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Monthly Highlights
LPD took delivery of the three new Chevy Tahoe Police Pursuit
Vehicles and the Animal Protection truck. New graphics and
paint scheme are pending. Factors considered when making the
choice to go to these new vehicles were availability, performance,
and the future police package vehicles available to the market in
2011.
complex and Schooner area. Additional prior burglary cases are
under review. Amanda Moran, the female suspect, was charged
with one count of burglary and had a possession of marijuana
warrant already in the system, for a total of two charges. World
of Tennis property manager Hector Garcia called the day of the
incident about an open door, which lead officers to find the suspects inside. Hector stated that the training and awareness he
received from his participation in the Citizens Police Academy
helped him know what to do in this situation. This is a great
example of community policing that we are striving to achieve!
Dispatcher Bryan Hilton is taking, on his own time, the Travis
County Sheriff’s Office course to be certified as a crime victim’s Staffing
specialist. LPD is investigating the option of creating a crime The Police Department currently has 28 sworn officers with the
victim’s team.
resignation of new hire Ron Smith on October 5, creating one
vacancy and leaving one position frozen.
The Mobile Data Terminals grant is completed, and all reports
have been turned in to the Governor’s Office and to Texas A&M Officer James Whited received his Advanced Peace Officer CerUniversity.
tification.
Jason King, city attorney, was furnished with additional docu- Detectives David Davis and Mary Proctor started the month of
mentation and emails regarding the lawsuit with EIS.
September with 193 active cases. During October, 44 new cases
were assigned for a total of 237 cases. In the month of October,
LPD is in the process of determining whether we can file charges 21 investigated cases were cleared by arrest and 10 cases were
against a caller for “false report” to a police agency due to a crime inactivated or otherwise closed.
stopper report. Surveillance of a business in the area was performed and subsequent investigation revealed an ongoing feud Training
between two people.
Forty-one officers completed 312.5 hours of training in AusOfficers made contact with the apparent possessor of an abandoned vehicle at the World of Tennis (Hunter Rochte) and after investigation released him for the night. The following day,
two suspects were caught inside a residence, arrested and charged
with burglary of a habitation. The male suspect, Hunter Rochte,
was charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation and
was responsible for at least two prior burglary cases in the WOT
tin Police Department’s Intermediate Leadership Academy,
Firearms, Leadership –Lake Travis 002, Less Than Full Access
NCIC/TCIC Policy and Procedure, and TLETS Certification.
Four civilians completed 48 hours of training in Less Than Full
Access NCIC/TCIC Policy and Procedure, Texas Association
of Property and Evidence for Inventory Technicians, and Texas
Public Information Act.
Statistical Highlights
Lakeway Police Citizens Academy Alumni meeting, October 20, 2010
Picture by Patti Pieszchala
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October’s Crime Index was 27.
Last month the Crime Index was
11, and last October, 19. Physical Patrol Arrests increased from
12 in September to 13 in October,
and increased from last October’s
7. Seventeen Traffic Collisions
in October were the same as September. In October, our Officers
made 620 traffic stops, issuing 245
citations (39.5%), and 286 warnings (46.1%). The balance of the
stops was classified as “Other.” In
October, we responded to 1089
calls for service, resulting in 410
reports written. Compared to September, we responded to 990 calls
for service, resulting in 449 reports
written.
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