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.


Mouth-Body Connection - Oral health can improve overall health


Researchers are providing more evidence each day of an important connection between your overall health and your oral health. Here are just some ways in which periodontal disease, or gum disease, may affect conditions you have, or those that you might develop.

With heart disease and stroke, the facts are compelling. People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer coronary artery disease as those with disease-free gums. One study found that 85% of heart patients studied has periodontal disease. The most likely explanation is that somehow plaque and oral bacteria find their way into the blood stream and contribute to the thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries.

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.   

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 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.

Jump on the Bus Gus!



With the growing trend in pets taking trips with their families, San Antonio Petland offers pet-friendly vacation tips

San Antonio, TX (Grassroots Newswire) June 25, 2007 – When planning a summer vacation, it’s ideal to pick a fellow traveler who won’t complain about the radio station you choose, who won’t continuously ask, “Are we there yet?” and who only requires the occasional stop at a rest area.


“More and more people are now making room in the car for one additional passenger – the family pet,” said Michel Reynoard, Operator of the Petland store in the The Vineyard, in San Antonio. “We encourage local residents to come into Petland and talk to our knowledgeable pet counselors about traveling with their pets. We want to help make a person’s vacation with their pet as fun and memorable as possible – even if they have to put up with the occasional hiss or growl from the back seat.”


Loop 1604 Project From SH 151 to IH 10 E – A Primer

This material is excerpted from the handouts at the Loop 1604 Project Public Meeting held June 26, 2007.

The 36 mile Loop 1604 project is a composed of three segments:

SH 151 to SH 16 – Six full access-controlled through lanes (six new through lanes would be tolled) with four parallel partial access-controlled lanes that would not be tolled

Frost Bank-Stone Oak Now Open!

FROST BANK'S Newest Financial Center - NOW OPEN!


Frost Bank has opened it's newest financial center in the Stone Oak Community. 

Open - Monday, June 25th at the corner of Stone Oak Parkway and Tuscany Stone.  We may be a fresh face in the neighborhood, but we're no stranger to Texas.  In fact, we've been here for 139 years.  We offer a full range of banking, insurance and investment services for consumer and business customers, including a six-lane motor bank and drive-through ATM.  We hope you'll stop by and say hello. 



A Taste Of Royalty

You could reign over “A Taste of the Northside” at FIESTA® next year!  Brighton, The Center for Inclusive Communities is now accepting nominations for Queen of the Vine 2008.  If you or someone you know enjoys raising money for kids and wants to spread the word about Brighton, you may want to run for Queen of the Vine.  This is your chance to be Brighton’s very own FIESTA® Royalty. 

To be eligible to be crowned Queen of the Vine, you must raise a minimum of $2,500 for Brighton.

  • All candidates who raise $2,500 will become Brighton Ambassadors and will receive a sash to wear at appearances.
  • The candidate who raises the most money during their campaign will be crowned Queen of the Vine 2008.
  • Candidates will be asked to attend Queen of the Vine Committee Meetings (once a month) and go on at least one ECI home visit or a Bright Beginnings visit to learn more about Brighton.
  • The campaigns will run from August 21, 2007 (Orientation) to March 28, 2008 (Coronation).

Nominations can be submitted through the Brighton website,, or by email to and will be accepted through July 20, 2007.  All nominees will receive an information packet and those who accept the nomination will be invited to Orientation on August 21st at Brighton providing more detailed information. 

Spurs Basketball Camp Still Has Openings!

There are still some spots available for all boys ages 10-18, at the Spurs Overnight Camp!  The event is held at University of the Incarnate Word.  Camp starts on Sunday, June 24 and runs through Friday, June 29.

All campers will receive a reversible practice jersey, camp trophy, a camp evaluation and group photo.  Learn basketball from the 2007 NBA Champs!  For further information, call 210-444-5021 or visit their website at





Complete Closure of US 281 Scheduled this Weekend

US 281 Southbound between Jones Maltsberger and Sunset (Complete
Beginning at 3:00am on Saturday June 16, 2007 crews will issue a
complete closure of the US 281 Southbound mainlanes between Jones
Maltsberger north of IH 410 and Sunset. T
he Entrance Ramp from Jones
Maltbsberger to US 281 Southbound and the Exit Ramp from US 281
Southbound to Sunset will also be closed. Detour: Motorists will exit
Jones Maltsberger north of IH 410, travel down the US 281 Southbound
Frontage Road to the IH 410 Westbound Frontage Road, they will then