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Top Ten Signs There's Been Too Much Rain

Top Ten Signs There’s Been Too Much Rain


#10        Your umbrella is growing mold.


#9          You’ve got a water view you didn’t have to pay extra for.


#8          The mushrooms are growing faster than the grass.


Get 30 days free membership at the YMCA!


Here is your chance to commit to be fit – Get 30 days free at the YMCA

The Mays Family YMCA has something for everyone in Stone Oak.  Maybe you’re already familiar with their youth sports programs for football, baseball or soccer.  But there is much more in store for you at your local YMCA.  Mays Family YMCA opened their 45,000 square foot Family Wellness Center in January of this year.  They offer group classes in Yoga, Latin Dance, Cycling, and Pilates. You’ll also find treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, free weights and machine weights so you can take circuit training to the next level.   

A Not So Inconvenient Truth

Has Al Gore got you feeling guilty about your plastic shopping bag stash?  Well, here are a couple of solutions to that problem.  If you've got plenty of time on your hands, you could knit or crochet your own environmentally friendly market bags.  You can even make them out of (you guessed it) plastic shopping bags.  Here's a site that will help you do both - Plastic Bag Fashion.  Be sure to check out the plastic bag couture while you’re there!   


Principal announced for Johnson HS, first lady remembered

Principal announced for Johnson HS, first lady remembered


On July 9, 2007, the North East ISD Board of Trustees appointed Kristopher Wickerham the new principal of Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson High School. Wickerham most recently served as director of the International School of the Americas (ISA) magnet program and brings with him 12 years of educational experience.

"I am honored to be the principal of an exciting new school and look forward to the responsibility of creating a vibrant high school community," said Wickerham. "Over the next year, I will work tirelessly to prepare for the school's opening in 2008."

Local Eagle Scout contributes greatly to Stone Oak Park

Drew Barton stands behind one of his handmade benches

  Five handmade park benches and two bat houses have been built and donated to the Phase II section of Stone Oak Park by 17-year-old and Reagan High School Junior, Drew Barton.  Drew was introduced to the park project when his Boy Scout Troup, 360, came to Phase I of the park and explored Cub Cave and Bear Cave. 


After the visit, Drew felt compelled to give back in some way. As a Leadership Project working on his Eagle Scout Rating, Barton came up with the idea to build park benches and bat houses. You may be surprised to know that bats are indigenous to the Stone Oak area and play a vital role in the environment. “They eat insects and mosquitos,” Barton explained.  Drew’s bat houses will provide the bats an ecological place to live in Stone Oak Park.


Phase II of Stone Oak Park officially opens

Stone Oak Park Dedication Ceremony

Art and nature come together in the new Phase II section of Stone Oak Park, located on Stone Oak Parkway next to Canyon Ridge Elementary. District 9 City Councilman Kevin Wolff and San Antonio Parks & Recreation Director Malcolm Matthews formally dedicated the park’s new amenities on Saturday, July 7. "This park, set in the heart of Stone Oak, is a unique natural setting for walking and hiking, and this phase will provide new educational opportunities for our school children," said Wolff during the ceremony.

Stone Oak Park is a 245-acre nature park, with parking, trail heads, and ADA accessible hike and bike trails. The park was originally funded with $500,000 from the 1999 Bond Program to acquire and develop parkland in District 9. Phase II includes general park improvements such as a second entry drive and parking lot, trail heads, multi-use trails, exercise stations, a natural playground, outdoor classrooms and beautiful signage to provide information and connect the education facilities. Phase II of $795,225 was funded through the 2003 Bond Program, as well as Unified Development Code fees received from Stone Oak area subdivision de­velopments.

Military Salute

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who have fought for our freedom.  We would like to salute those who serve in our military – both past and present.  So, we’re starting a military photo gallery.  We need your help to get this album together for Veteran’s Day in November! 

Start digging through your family photos for parents, grandparents, friends, brothers and sisters – anyone who has served in one of the armed forces – whether they’re still with us or not.  (This might be a good indoor activity during this soggy summer we’re having!)  Then, post your photo in our Armed Services Image Gallery.  This can be found in “Image Galleries” under the Directory on the left side.   

Fun Stuff for the Fourth!

There are lots of things going on in San Antonio this 4th of July.  Here’s what you need to know:

July Fourth Celebration at Woodlawn Lake - The City’s official celebration includes rides and games, life music, food and of course, fireworks.  The parade lineup begins at 10:00 a.m. and starts at 11:00 am followed by entertainment in the park and fireworks at 9:00 pm.  No alcoholic beverages allowed.  Free admission.  The park is located at 1103 Cincinnati.  For further information, call 212-8423.

Penny's From Heaven

I have twice now had the pleasure of hearing Patsy Swendson speak about her passion for pet assisted therapy and her amazing dog, Penny.  If you’ve been around San Antonio for awhile, you might remember Patsy from her daily cooking show on KENS-5.  Or, you may have one of her 49 published cookbooks.  But if you haven’t read, “Penny’s from Heaven”, then you’ve missed out on a wonderful, uplifting book that will make you believe that angels come into our lives in ways we can’t even imagine.

You may be wondering why I’m posting this the week of July 4th.  Patsy was a guest at the Patriotic Pops Concert at our church (Coker United Methodist) last Sunday.  Penny and some of her canine friends were there, along with Michael Boothby, one of the soldiers who appeared on the Bob Woodruff special, “Back From Iraq”.  You see, these therapy dogs do a lot of healing work with soldiers (and their families) as they fight to recover from war injuries – right here in San Antonio.      

If the rain keeps you inside tomorrow, you might want to check out the website at http://www.pennysfromheavenbook.com where you can read some of Penny’s stories and also find out about Patsy’s appearances and book signing events.  Patsy has an amazing gift for capturing the moments between canine and human.  I guarantee that a reading of “Penny’s Stories” will touch your heart.  And maybe you’ll find it in your heart to help Patsy continue this wonderful ministry of hers.

Confusion over New BexarMet Rates

From:  Lesley Wenger
To:      You                                                          June 27, 2007


Most of you have received your BexarMet bills with the new rates.  As you have observed, the bills are substantially higher than anything you have paid before.  This rate structure—touted as a decrease for low users—is in actuality a substantial decrease for commercial users, which homeowners are subsidizing.   It was created by BexarMet management for political reasons, in an attempt to influence the Legislature.  Fortunately the Legislature was not fooled.