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Wilenchik Walk For Life March 5

 

Hundreds of people and dozens of dogs helped raise more than $25,000 for cancer research at the 2010 Wilenchik Walk for Life. But, according to event organizers, their goal is to top that and raise even more awareness about the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) and its goal to stomp out cancer.

 

The 2011 Wilenchik Walk for Life sponsored by H-E-B will take place Saturday, March 5, 2011. All proceeds benefit the UT Health Science Center Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) of San Antonio. The 5K Walk will begin at the Schertz Public Library, 798 Schertz Parkway, at 8:00 AM.

 

The event is named in honor of former Schertz City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who lost his battle with cancer in 2009 and was a tireless advocate for his community.

 

Last year, CTRC Director of Development Sheri Ortiz said the Wilenchik Walk holds a special place in the hearts of staff at the medical facility. “It means a lot to us that the City of Schertz has decided to continue honoring the memory of Tony Wilenchik with an annual walk and has chosen the CTRC to receive the money that the walk raises. Tony was well loved during the time he received chemotherapy at CTRC, and we are honored that an event in his name raises the public’s awareness of the CTRC, and benefits our program to develop new cancer treatments,” Ortiz said. CTRC had 35 physicians, nurses, researchers and other staff members participate in 2010.

 

Pre-registration is underway and fees are $20 for individuals 18 and older; $10 for ages 13-17 (children 12 and under are free). Teams of five or more individuals (registered together) are $15 each. Participants also can register on event day.

 

Dogs are also invited and registration is $10 per animal. The first 500 participants to register get a bag full of goodies on walk day. Goodie bags can be picked up March 4th 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Schertz Civic Center (1400 Schertz Pkwy, Bldg. #5)

 

Prizes will be awarded for Most Funds Raised and Best Team T-shirt Design, Team and Individual.

 

Signs of Love will be available for purchase. Signs will be placed along the walk route in memory of a loved one who has lost the battle with cancer or in honor of a loved one who currently fights or has survived. Signs are $15 and can be purchased at the Schertz City Hall Administration, Bldg. No. 2, 1400 Schertz Parkway.

 

For more information on the Signs of Love program call 619-1000.

 

The 5K Wilenchik Walk for Life
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Check-in/Late Registration at 7:00 AM
Walk Begins at 8:00 AM
Schertz Public Library
798 Schertz Parkway
Schertz, TX

 

Proceeds to Benefit
Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)
at UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Registration Fee
INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT:
Ages 18 and up $20.00
Ages 13-17 $10.00
Ages 12 and under Free
DOG PARTICIPANT $10.00
(Must Show Proof of Rabies Vaccination and City Registration if Applicable)
TEAM PARTICIPANTS:
$15 per Person on Team
(Must have 5 or more Participants on a Team
All Registration Forms and Fees must be turned in together)

To Register:
Registration & Signs of Love forms are available at schertz.com/festivals
Return Completed Forms to
Wilenchick Walk for Life
c/o City of Schertz
1400 Schertz Pkwy
Schertz, Texas 78154
OR
Pickup form(s) at
Municipal Bldg 1 or Administration Bldg 2
1400 Schertz Parkway
OR
Schertz Public Library
798 Schertz Parkway

Payments/contributions:
Applications with Registration Fee and Contributions should be placed in a sealed envelope and returned to
Administration Bldg 2, Attn: WWL

***You may also Register the Day of the Event***

First 500 Registered Participants will receive a Goodie Bag!
Prize Awarded for Most Funds Raised and Best T-Shirt Design
(Individual and Team)

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Annual Spring Clean Up – March 5-20, 2011

 

Drop off at Bexar Waste Site:
Items — including brush and large tree limbs — can be dropped off here free of charge to residents as a service paid for by the City of Schertz. The Drop Off Site is Open March 5 – 20, 2011 (See below for hazardous items drop off times). Drop offs may be made at Bexar Waste’s temporary collection point, 2221 F.M. 3009 (Near Live Oak Road) between 8 AM and 6 PM daily.

 

Please Remember
During the two-week clean up, Bexar Waste will pick up household waste not covered under their normal collection service, such as lumber and general trash as well as major appliances and furniture for a fee.

 

(prices determined by Bexar Waste). If you have questions regarding the details, please call Bexar Waste 210-566-5454.

 

Remember that free chipping service will no longer be provided. Schertz Public Works provides year-round curbside chipping service of brush and tree limbs on Fridays for a fee of $25 per half hour. To make an appointment for brush and tree limb chipping service, call Public Works 210-619-1800. Chipping will be scheduled as first come, first served. Again, you must call and make an appointment.

 

Please note: Bexar Waste picks up small bundles of brush and tree limbs (maximum length of 4 feet and maximum total weight of 50 pounds) with normal trash pick-up without any additional charges. Residents are able to drop off brush and limbs at 2221 FM 3009, free of charge.

 

What you need to know:
The Spring Clean Up is restricted to Schertz residents only. Waste delivered must be separated by type of material by the resident. Spring Clean Up activities do not apply to commercial property clean up, large property clean up, lot or acreage clean up, or lot and property land clearing. Commercial tree trimmers are not eligible for this service.

 

A current water bill or tax statement and proper identification are required when making a drop-off.
Commercial waste will not be accepted.

 

Couches, Refrigerators, Stoves, Computer/Monitors, anything and everything that IS NOT HAZARDOUS OR TIRES can be dropped off, free of charge, during the clean up, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Materials WILL BE sorted by customer, NOT BY Bexar Waste employees.

 

Appliances will be ACCEPTED FREE ONLY IF Freon tank is removed; if Freon tank is still attached there will be a $25.00 fee at time of drop off. Any questions concerning the Freon tank removal, please contact Bexar Waste.

 

Hazardous Items/Tires and Drop-off Times

 

HAZARDOUS ITEMS and TIRES may be dropped off ONLY on the weekends of March 12-13 and 19-20, 2011.
Tires are limited to eight (8) per household.
Hazardous waste includes but is not limited to:
Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, cleaning and bleach products, swimming pool cleaners and chemicals, enamel and latex paints in cans and aerosol dispensers, varnish and stains, paint thinners and removers, acetone, etc.
TIRES are considered hazardous
Tires on rims, or wheels, commercial vehicle tires, tractor tires, and heavy equipment tires WILL NOT be accepted.
Automotive hazardous waste such as used oil, filters, and batteries.
Empty propane tanks up to seven (7) gallons – VALVE MUST BE ENTIRELY REMOVED.
Mercury WILL NOT be accepted.

 

Questions?
For more information about the Spring Clean Up and what will and will not be accepted, please call Bexar Waste 210-566-5454 or Schertz Public Works 210-619-1800. You may also dial 311 within the City of Schertz.

 

The City of Schertz and Bexar Waste are not responsible for damage to vehicles or injury to citizens during this event.

 

The City of Schertz and Bexar Waste reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for not following the rules of the clean up.

 

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Section of Old Wiederstein Road closing March 14

 

Starting Mondy, March 14, the section of Old Wiederstein Road from Cibolo Valley Drive to Dean Road will be closed for repair. The road construction is expected to be completed by April 4.

 

For more information call (210) 619-1800.

 

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Workshop Saturday at Schertz Community Garden

 

The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are sponsoring a workshop Saturday, February 26, at 9:00 AM at the Schertz Community Garden, 1101 Elbel Road, behind the Guadalupe County Annex Building.

 

Admission is a food donation to the Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program or RACAP

 

From 9:00 – 9:50 AM, Dr. Noel Troxclair will talk about “Bugs in the Garden.”

 

From 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Dr. Mark Black’s topic will be: “What’s Killing Your Plants.”

 

From 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, Dr. Larry Stein will discuss fruit trees.

 

Weather permitting; Dr. Stein will use the fruit trees in the Community Garden’s orchard to demonstrate proper pruning techniques.

 

Guadalupe County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about the Schertz Community Garden.

 

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Schertz 2010 Census Figures Released

 

Schertz is growing…again!

 

The City of Schertz population in the 2010 Census is 31,465 – up from 18,694 in 2000, according to figures just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

Since the census was conducted last year, more and more people continue moving to Schertz.

 

Those include many relocating military families associated with multi-million dollar BRAC construction projects and added missions at Fort Sam Houston, officials said.

 

Because Schertz is located in three counties, a little extra addition is necessary to get the population count.

 

According to the 2010 Census of Schertz, 29,463 people live in Guadalupe County, 1,157 in Bexar County and 845 in Comal County.

 

Each of those counties registered significant growth over the last decade.

 

*Guadalupe County’s 2010 Census population is 131,533, up nearly 48 percent from 89,023 in 2000.
*Comal County’s 2010 population is 108,472, up 39 percent from 78,021 ten years earlier.
*Bexar County’s 2010 population is 1.71 million, up 23 percent from 1.39 million in 2000.

 

The 2010 Census confirmed what many already know, Schertz is the place to be.

 

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Officials Urge Energy Conservation Because of Freeze

 

From the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) — February 8, 2011 – Consumers and businesses are encouraged to reduce their electricity use during peak demand hours over the next few days from 6:00- 9:00 AM and 4:00- 8:00 PM to help reduce the risk of electricity emergencies or the need for rotating outages.

 

“The National Weather Service is anticipating severe cold weather statewide this week, as another arctic air mass is expected to reach deep into Texas, dropping temperatures back into the teens and twenties,” said Trip Doggett, CEO of ERCOT, grid operator for the state.

 

EXTRA GENERATION RESERVED FOR NEXT FEW DAYS

 

“In anticipation of this severe cold weather, ERCOT will procure additional generation capacity for real-time operations to help maintain reliable delivery of power during this extreme weather event over the next few days,” he said.

 

Wednesday’s peak demand is currently projected to be more than 54,000 MW between 8-9 p.m. , and more than 58,000 – which would be a new winter record – between 7-8 a.m. on Thursday. The current winter peak demand record is 56,334 MW which occurred Feb. 3, between 7 and 8 a.m.

 

The grid continues to have about 2,700 MW of generation capacity unavailable because of unplanned or forced outages.

 

“Although we have no immediate concerns for the possibility of rotating outages tomorrow morning, ERCOT will be monitoring the grid closely because additional unexpected major losses of generation could force operators and utilities to begin emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout,” Doggett said. “Rotating outages are ordered only as a last resort to ensure the security of the statewide transmission grid. “

 

CONSERVATION TIPS
* Turn thermostats to 68 degrees or below in the daytime and to 55 degrees at night or when leaving for the day.
* Turn off and un-plug non-essential lights and appliances.
* Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers, and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours.
* Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
* Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
* Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
See more conservation tips at “Powerful Advice,” Public Utility Commission of Texas:
www.puc.state.tx.us./ocp/conserve

 

ROTATING OUTAGES BACKGROUND

 

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service, initiated by ERCOT when the power needed to run the grid is not matched by the power being provided by generation companies. In these situations, ERCOT instructs utilities to reduce consumer demand on the grid by conducting temporary outages at the local distribution level. The utilities determine the locations and durations of the rotating outages.

 

While each transmission/distribution service provider submits an emergency plan to ERCOT, ERCOT has no control over, nor knowledge of, individual customer outages.

 

WHO TO CALL FOR OUTAGE INFORMATION?
For information about the how the utilities implement rotating outages and exemptions, call the transmission and distribution service provider on your electric bill.

 

Consumer Assistance Hotline
Public Utility Commission Hotline –1-888-782-8777

 

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Schertz Parkway, Other Streets Reopen

 

City crews have reopened Schertz Parkway where it intersects with Maske Road, Live Oak Road, Main Street and FM 78. Those intersections were shut down due to icy conditions.

 

All Non-Essential Schertz City Offices will remain closed Friday, February 4th. Stay tuned to Schertz.com for any further updates.

 

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Randolph Area, Kerr Trail Riders Enjoy Hearty Stew In Schertz

 

Sullivan’s group and members of the Kerr County Trail Riders are on their way to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and stopped in the park for a hearty stew lunch hosted by Schertz Bank & Trust.

 

Sullivan later presented an appreciation plaque to Schertz Bank & Trust President Melvin Golla. The lunch was prepared by community volunteers who braved freezing temperatures to prepare chuck wagon style grub for the trail riders.

 

For more information about the Stock Show & Rodeo go to www.sarodeo.com or call (210) 225-5851.

 

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Power Emergency – Conservation CRITICAL – Rotating Outages Have Begun

 

The City of Schertz is part of the energy conservation measures being undertaken statewide. Residences and businesses located within the city may experience power outages periodically throughout the day. Outages will affect both CPS and GVEC customers and could last upwards of one hour per outage.

 

Read more in this press release from the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

 

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.

 

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service, typically lasting 10-45 minutes per neighborhood. The locations and durations are determined by the local utilities. Critical need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes are generally not included.

 

It is not known at this time how long the need for rotating outages will last.

 

Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use to the lowest level possible, including these steps:

 

Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

 

Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
See more conservation tips at “Powerful Advice,” Public Utility Commission of Texas:
www.puc.state.tx.us./ocp/conserve

 

BACKGROUND

 

A Power Emergency indicates that the regional electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has instructed utilities to implement rotating outages to reduce load.

 

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service initiated by each utility when supplies of reserve power are exhausted. Without this safety valve, generators would overload and begin shutting down to avoid damage, risking a domino effect of a region-wide outage.

 

Rotating outages primarily affect residential neighborhoods and small businesses and do not typically include critical-need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes.

 

The outages are limited to 10-45 minutes before being rotated to a different neighborhood. Some customers may experience longer outages if power surges cause equipment failure during the restoration process. Customers can minimize power surges by turning off appliances, lights and other equipment, except for one task light to determine when power has been restored.

 

ERCOT REGION

 

The ERCOT Region includes Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Abilene and the Rio Grande Valley. It does not include the El Paso area, the Texas Panhandle, Northeast Texas (Longview, Marshall and Texarkana), and Southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur, and the Woodlands). Region map:http://www.ercot.com/news/mediakit/maps/index.html

 

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Schertz, Seguin and SA Sign Historic Water Pact

Seated from left: Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies sign a groundbreaking water transmission agreement.

 

 

The history-making water agreement – called a model for other communities – was signed Tuesday, February 1, by Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin, Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

 

The agreement will result in savings that can be applied to reducing debt and wholesale water costs with the goal of rate stabilization, Schertz officials said. But, real savings may not be realized for 2-4 years when the SAWS system becomes fully operational.

 

The signing culminates years of work by the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation (owned by the cities of Schertz and Seguin) and the San Antonio Water System to work together. The agreement calls for SAWS to use SSLGC water transmission lines to bring Carrizo Aquifer water in Gonzales County to Southeast San Antonio.

 

The SSLGC board and the city councils in Schertz and Seguin earlier voted to OK the agreement and the SAWS board did the same Tuesday.

 

“The most significant part of this agreement is that Schertz and Seguin have been able to lease the SSLGC’s extra water line capacity and extra water to one big customer – SAWS – until such time as the cities need it,” said Mayor Hal Baldwin.

 

The SSLLGC water lines were oversized to meet the water needs for Schertz and Seguin for decades. Being able to lease that extra capacity as this time to SAWS helps pay for the system, Mayor Baldwin noted.

 

“Seguin is pleased to be a part of the agreement between SAWS and the Schertz Seguin Local Government Corporation. It will benefit both communities as well as SAWS,” said Seguin Mayor Matthies.

 

“By working with our neighbors, San Antonio ratepayers and the citizens of Schertz and Seguin will realize a cost savings,” said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President/CEO. “We believe this cooperative regional partnership will serve as a model for future water projects as we continue to make strides to prepare for the region’s future.”

 

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