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April 22nd, 2014


 

Seguin Citizen: Gabriella Rodriguez  
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I'm a third grader at Koennecke Elementary."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I like to play softball, basketball, piano, and gymnastics.  I also like to climb trees and take care of my chickens and goats."
  
What city and state were you born in?
"Bartlesville, Oklahoma"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My dad, Mike Rodriguez; my mom, Jennifer Rodriguez; my older brother, Camden and my younger brother-Benjamin"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Learning to do the back hip circle at J & R Gymnastics"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Duck Dynasty and Catch That Kid"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Christian music, especially Jamie Grace"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite business is Hillcrest Church, because I learn about Jesus there. My favorite restaurant is Kirby's."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"My dad is a pastor."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Neil Armstrong, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus, Mary and Joseph"
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I'm a good citizen.  I don't litter.  I make sure no one else litters, and if they do I pick it up."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I am a third grade student council representative at Koennecke Elementary.  I also help lead praise and worship during kids church."
 
What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"My proudest moments were when I learned to do a back hip circle, when I learned to ride a bike, when I learned to swim, and when I caught a softball for the first time."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Lots of people care about Seguin.  It is safe."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"We have a lot of farms and ranches."
 
What are your future plans?
"I want to pastor a church like my dad."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        
"I would like to invite all kids to come to Hillcrest Kids at Hillcrest Church.  It is fun and encouraging.  No one will ever feel left out.  We learn a lot about Jesus.  We play games, worship, and go to fun camps.  We also have Kids in Ministry that teaches us to use our talents for God."

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Seguin Citizen

April 18th, 2014



Seguin Citizen:  Rhett  Engelmann
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"Nail Tech"
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Spend as much time as I can with my kids, taking them places and doing activities with them"
  
What city and state were you born in?
"San Antonio, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Tracy Engelmann (MOM) Codie Brooks (brother)"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Was becoming a young mother at the age of 18"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Grays Anatomy and 12 years a Slave"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"All kinds"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Sheek by J"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"That I'm creative in my work which consist of custom nail designs done all by hand."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"My grandmother, Eunice Engelmann; my aunt, Mary; my aunt, Shannon; my cousin, Alex, and my uncle Donnie"
  
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Opening my own business"
  
What are your future plans?
"To expand my company"
 

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 17th, 2014

  

 

Seguin Citizen: Stacey Marie Smith

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I am the owner at Maddy's Boutique where I offer unique and over the top boutique clothing and accessories for little girls. Most of it I even make myself. I also work part time at The Tan and Body Salon where I work with the sweetest girls and get to meet the nicest people!"

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I LOVE to workout or be outdoors with my daughter Maddy! She loves going to the park."

What city and state were you born?
"Seguin, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My daughter, Madelynn Rose (Maddy); my sister, Ashley Mouton and my mother Frances Ibarra."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"As a mom, everyday I'm challenged to make the best decisions for my daughter. I constantly have two little eyes watching my every move. I can only hope I'm raising her in the best way possible and being the mom she deserves."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Sons of Anarchy is my favorite show. I'm obsessed with Jax Teller! (a girl can dream right)

My favorite movie is Beauty and The Beast"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"Eli Young Band and Red Hot Chili Peppers are my favorite bands but I love ALL music. I just enjoy music in general."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"Favorite business would be Sheek by J! Favorite restaurant is Dragon Place!"

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"Most people know me to be such a girly girl because I truly am. I love everything pink with ruffles and all the fufu stuff, but growing up I was such a tom boy! Fav color was green, I hated short shorts, and I enjoyed running through creeks with my best friends AJ and Aaron."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
.My Aunt Rosie, who I miss beyond words. 2. My 1st grade teacher Ms. Lackey. 3.My first and last dog Gismo, who I loved like a child. 4.my sister Ashley. You always need your best friend at a party! 5. Jax Teller of course"

What are your roles in the community?
"As a local business owner I always try participating in donating to local charities and fundraisers."

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Becoming a mother has definitely been the proudest moment in my life. Raising my daughter has not only humbled me but keeps me motivated."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The Seguin community takes so much pride for their Matadors. In my eyes it brings the community closer."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The great change that has taken place in the last 10-15 years. Seems like every couple of months a new business is opening or a new building is being built or expanded. Our little town just keeps growing."

What are your future plans?
"Once my daughter starts school I would like to expand my business online."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Whether it's volunteering for a community event, picking up trash on the highway, or donating $1 to charity, if everyone were to make the effort to give back to OUR community in some SMALL way, it could make such a BIG difference."

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Seguin Citizen

April 15th, 2014



Seguin Citizen: Ashley Crayton          
What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"Receptionist for Alligator Dental, greeting patients and their parents/guardians and making sure their visiit is one to remember. It involves giving them a warm welcome, making sure they are comfortable,and making sure the parent and patient know they are in wonderful hands."
What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"
"Work out, Zumba, play basketball, swim, dance, run, play volleyball, hangout with family and friends, coach basketball, ride horses with my Daddy"
What city and state were you born?
"February 2nd,1992 in San Marcos,Tx"
What's the most recent book you've read?
"Fifty Shades of Grey, Betty White 'If you ask me' which you probably won't"
What is the best advice you've ever received?
"Never give up on your dreams."
What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"Applying for a job (professional) with many candidates"
If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?
"Outgoing and happy"
What inspires you?
"My parents; they have been through a lot thest past years that have made me realize that anything is possible. I hope to give them all possible."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"Whitney Houston, Aliyah, my Uncle Marshall, my grandmothers"
What is your favorite TV show and why?
"Pretty Little Liars: mystery, The Client List: love and hate, The Secret Life of an American Teenager:love, hate, and realism"
What are your roles in the community?
"Volunteer at food banks, coach a select basketball team in San Marcos,Tx"
What is your educational background?
"Graduated from San Marcos High School class of 2010"
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"Top performer of the month at Target, leader of fish camp, as well as Cat Camp at Texas State"
Your family (spouse, children and/or extended family)?
"Father and mother  high school sweet hearts, older brother, and older sister"
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Receiving five scholarships for college, as well as a full scholarship to Texas State"
What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?
"Alligator Dental, I currently live in San Marcos,Tx because I attend school"
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The pride and joy of the Seguin High School. So much school pride"

What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?
"Companies more involved in the schools around Seguin. Spreading healthy choices not only for kids but for adults as well"
Do you have any family roots/history in this area?
"I have many family members down the road on my Dad's side of the family that reside in Seguin."
What are your future plans?
"Graduate from Texas State, move to Los Angeles and start my other career. I would  like to complete my long bucket list."
Additional information?
"I dream of being successful every day. I will not stop until I make it to where I feel I should be. I am a 90's baby! 90's music is my favorite!"

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Seguin Citizen

April 14th, 2014


Seguin Citizen: Larry Watts
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"Certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell Team, owner of 'Realizing Your Dream---LLC' - I coach executives and entrepreneurs, bringing out their very BEST to achieve GREAT results, ensuring that clients realize and fulfill new behaviors that lead to successful communications in business as well as interpersonal relationships."

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?" 
"I enjoy going out to dance and playing pool."

What city and state were you born in? 
"Luling, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family? 
"Michelle L. Watts (daughter); Jessica A Watts (daughter); Nathan Lee Watts (son) and Samuel T. Watts (son)."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Being a parent with four children."

What is your favorite TV show and movie? 
"My favorite TV show: Blacklist. My favorite movie: Gran Tornio (Clint Eastwood)"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)? 
"Favorite type of music: country western (Gary P. Nunn); Texas Swing (Two Tons of Steel); and old rock and roll (Georges')."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant? 
"Office Depot--very nice people and great service. Kirby--great hamburgers and great service."

What is something folks may not really know about you? 
"I am certified Professional Fire Walking Instructor."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? 
"Theodore Roosevelt, Zig Zeller, John Maxwell, Napoleon Hill, Charlie "Tremendous" Jones"

What are your roles in the community? 
"Member at St. James Church, member of the Knights of Columbus (Seguin, Texas) 3rd Degree, Seguin Premier Toastmaster Club, Member of the Chamber of Commerce, Facilitator for Master Mind Groups on the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. Presenter of the YouthMax Program (Helping Youth Help Themselves and Others) Programs: Developing a Positive Self-Image; Developing Strong Personal Character; Learning to Fail Forward to Success; and Stand Up and Be Counted"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. 
"28 years' experience working in Higher Education in Student Affairs/Residence Life. Master's Degree in Counseling. Registered Hypnotherapist. Certified Personal Trainer. Certified Professional Fire Walking Instructor. Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team. Local SCUPA (State College and University Professional Association PSEA-NEA) President at Mansfield University for 26 years. Elected State Wide President of SCUPA (State College and University Professional Association (PSEA-NEA) President at Mansfield University for 26 years in 2012."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Birth of my children (Michelle, Jessica, Nathan and Sam)"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community? 
"Without a doubt, Seguin has a wonderful small town atmosphere with a strong sense of community."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 
"The many very nice and caring individuals that make up this community."

What are your future plans? 
"To add value to individuals and businesses in the areas of communication and leadership here in Central Texas."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 
"My personal mission statement to the residents of Seguin: "I help people THINK differently, so they FEEL differently, so they ACT differently and they receive their most positive RESULTS. Leadership is the difference maker and the deal breaker. It's how we grow organizations and in turn impact lives. We must lead in order to fully exceed...and it is imperative to understand this reality in order to absolutely believe and achieve the ultimate in success and positive goal fulfillment." Looking forward to meeting you in person. Have a great day and let it be easy."

 

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April 14th, 2014

Seguin Citizen: Tonia M Jacob
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"Owner of Ties Be'uty Supply/hair weaving braiding salon, school sus driver for Seguin ISD and direct care worker at UCG"

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"
"Lots of random things with friends, but I can't get business off my mind, so not much. I like the river, BBQ, hanging with my Houston friends."

What city and state were you born in?
"Portland, Oregon"

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Ziare Jacob, Xavier Jacob, Zeabrianna Jacob"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Raising three kids on my own, with nobody's help"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"HGTV, Atlanta Housewives, Law & Order 'Criminal Intent"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Prince, Kem, TGT, Aerosmith, Corina Baily Rae, Landon Pigg"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Habitat for Humanity Store, Grand Buffet"

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I did not get a business loan, it's all out of my pocket. Very hard! I'm a handy lady, I used to bail hay, I love taking pictures of flowers, I dont care about brand name clothing, I wear what ever looks cute even if it's cheap or expensive. I like the Goodwill as much as Dillards!"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Linda Jenkens (mom) alive, Tera Ussery Richardson (friend) passed, Gilbert Brown JR (father) passed, Jiunta Jackson (great grandmother) passed, George Wayne McCraw (friend) alive"

What are your roles in the community?
"To help people with good advice with beauty issues, to be able to show anyone how to enhance themselves and self-esteem and I want everyone to know we are all beautiful and handsome!"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I don't lead anyone, I help and walk side by side. My professional background is braiding since I was 12 years old. I attended OGle International Renound finished at Alamo Texas Barber College."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Everytime my kids do good, having the opportunity to start a business"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"To be honest, I don't see many being an African American, there are some issues here that still need to be worked on and that are not fair for minorities."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"It's growing. Small businesses are friendly but most big businesses here are very rude unconcerned workers, even the police station when you go to pay your tickets. I like visiting the small businesses here!"

What are your future plans?
"Hoping the store will grow as I go. I take suggestions. I see in the future two more beuticians in the salon part with a barber, products for every culture, jewelry, cologne, perfumes, wigs, weaves, extensions, western purses & belts, flip-flops."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"My plan was to bring to Seguin what I have heard a lot of people asking for, things they went out of town to buy. It's more like a boutique with a little bit of this and that, Also a braiding, weaving, up-do's salon. I do not work with any chemicals at this time. I will order what people suggest. I can only keep a good thing going with the support of this community. I'm working without a loan, out of my pockets for this so I hope it works. I sell elderly wigs as well. Thank you all who have came by and purchased products and thank you future customers."

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Seguin Citizen

April 8th, 2014



Seguin Citizen: Zana Paiz

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? I am a seasoned marketing professional. After 16 years I just returned to KWED/Seguin Daily News.

I have 30 some years in marketing experience from theSeguin Gazette, Magic 105 FM radio, KTSA am radio, NBC TV, KNBT/KGNB and ValPak. I guess u could say I should know marketing by now.

My passion is to help small business grow by helping them with their marketing plans. Not just their radio advertising, but the overall plan. All advertising works if it is done right.

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
I love to play in my rose garden that my husband planted for me 7 years ago and I have a embroidery machine I play with in the winter months.

What city and state were you born in?
I came into this world in Fort Worth, Texas. Was raised in Throckmorton, Tx, population 1,099 and I graduated with a class of 18
Who are the members of your immediate family?
My loved husband Ben, my daughter Tamie Needham, my husband’s daughter Tammy, 2 grand children and 2 great Grand babies

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
Right now my husband and I enjoy watching The Voice and American Idol and of course we are HUGE SA Spurs and Dallas Cowboy fans.

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
Christian is about all I listen to other than KWED

What is something folks may not really know about you?
I was raised with Bob Lilly the dallas cowboy great.

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, and Jesus

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
To name a few, I was the first ever Sales person to earn, Employee of the Year at KTSA/KTFM First ever to earn Raising Star at Valpak of San Antonio, one out of 11 nationwide and first ever to earn Deans List in the Valpak San Antonio Office, one out of 187 nationwide, Chairmen’s Club twice at KSLR radio. Employee of the Month 8 times at NBC TV in Victoria, Tx.

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
In my career it was Employee of the Year at KTSA/KTFM and in my personal life it is raising a beautiful, bright, talented and very successful daughter with high moral values and strong family ties.

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
What the The City has done with Downtown Seguin…it has come a long ways since I was last here.

What are your future plans?
No plans, Just to take one day at a time and give God all the glory for this day. One never knows what tomorrow will bring.

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April 8th, 2014




Seguin Citizen: Valerie Hartmann

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? I am a Teller Supervisor at American Bank of Texas. I have been with the Bank for 16 years. I have 8 wonderful tellers that I oversee and work with a great big group of people.

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?" I like to spend time with my family and watch tv and movies.

What city and state were you born in? I was born December 6, 1963 here in Seguin, Texas; yes 50 years ago!

Who are the members of your immediate family? My husband Darvin Hartmann; my son Shayne Salge; my daughters Chelsey Hartmann and Stacey Hartmann

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced? I only thought my biggest challenge was getting burnt on my right arm with hot, burning grease in January of 1985; this took years off of me. The pain was unbelieveable. But I have learned thru the years that I only got burned on my arm as where there are so many people who may have burns on most of their bodies especially our soldiers; I just can't believe what those folks go thru in their life time. So I feel I was just given a "little" challenge compared to other people; I have a lot of sympathy for them. Then the next biggest challenge was going thru a divorce in 1989 and was a single mom for awhile-- So I understand single moms and dads and the challenges that come with that. I remarried in 1992 and had a beautiful little girl in 1997. But then in October 1999 ,y son, Shayne Salge was diagnosed with a brain tumor! And this came with me staying with my son in the hospital for 3 months. He had gone into a coma for about 2 1/2 weeks but slowly, slowly came out of it but he had lots of challenges with this. The tumor (tumors) were Cancerous. So of course he had to have Chemo & Radiation. I can tell you that after 14 1/2 years later he is a miracle child. The doctors were very surprised first that he made it thru surgery but not only that, the chemo & radiation. Shayne also had to learn how to walk, talk and everything all over again. So as you can see he had a lot of challenges and still does as far as his mind is not quite the same. So here we were with a 2 year old girl and my son going thru with what was most "painful" time of my life as a parent. I always say that no parent should have to go thru something like this. But on the other hand I know God gives us these challenges in life; I know it had made me personally a much different & stronger person. I can understand other peoples challenges they face. I can truly say- Thanks to God & Shayne's many doctors and nurses, family and friends he has been "blessed" as well as my whole family. I personally thank Dr. Kenneth Lazarus for all of the time he took to talk to me as a parent; he helped me get thru this difficult time in my life. So years have goneby now and then God blessed me with another daughter in August 2003! So she is now 10 and I am 50! I have a challenge with her; she loves to give me homework a lot! (HaHa) My family has some other challenges now my husband was diagnosed with rare blood cancer on October 31, 2013 so we are again taking one day at a time! And I of course can't forget my dad who has also been diagnosed with a bone cancer. So as you can see I have a lot of situations in my life. As far as I go, I have had the shingles---the commercials are right, this is the worst pain ever; get your shots if you are able! I also have fibro mayalgia; this is also a very big challenge!

What is your favorite TV show and movie? I love to watch a big variety of shows--but the most is CSI's, NCIS and anything that is funny! My most favorite movie is "The Ten Commandments." I can't wait, it will be coming on at Easter time.

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)? I love country music most of all.

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant? I love to shop in CVS and as far as restaurants go--I love Mexican food--any restaurant is ok with me!

What is something folks may not really know about you? God had blessed me with some "psyche" abilities-- I can feel things that may happen before they do happen or feel things when something is missing.

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? My deceased Grandparents, Ernst & Olga Beutnagel and Alfred & Helgs Gerth; I miss them dearly & I would have Jesus at the head of the table/

What are your roles in the community? I would have to say working in the bank brings me a big role in the community. I live in New Berlin; but I spend the majority of my time here in Seguin. I work & shop here! I love the community!

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. I am a proud graduate of Marion High School of 1982. Besides working I also believe being a mother is a big leadership rold! We all need to keep our kids safe, healthy and be quite aware of how important it is to be kind and polite to everyone they meet. I also believe growing up on a farm kept me on my toes!

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career? My proudest moments of my life have been my three children and have been in Banking for a total of 31 years now.

What do you believe are the strengths of this community? Also I have to say I am so proud of the community embracing the Farmers Market. This is very important to me; my husband is involved with this; I do try to help him when I can; gardening is hard work and there is nothing like fresh vegetables and fruit. And I am so proud of Seguin embracing recycling.

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? I love the history about Seguin and how it was founded. And I love the historic homes.

What are your future plans? My future plans are just to keep on working and trying to keep my family healthy!

How would you encourage Seguinites to get involved? I love the "Respect Seguin" Campaign. I think it is important to respect our elders; I was taught well from my parents--Delvin and Verna Lee Beutnagel!

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? What has happened to people saying Thank-you; please; you're welcome; hello; goodbye; holding a door for someone in need or just helping someone in need? All what I have to say is Love & Respect one another.

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Seguin Citizen

April 8th, 2014



Seguin Citizen: Jill Nash

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? Personal Banker at First Commercial Bank

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?” I love to camp with my family. With the kid’s extracurricular activities and church activities I stay pretty busy.

What city and state were you born in? Seguin Texas

Who are the members of your immediate family? My wonderful husband Nick and my 3 beautiful children: Madison, Logan and Andrew

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced? Being a parent has been my greatest challenge so far.

What is your favorite TV show and movie? My favorite TV show has to be Grey’s Anatomy. Movie, I would have to say Center Stage

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)? I love music but if I were to narrow it down I would say Barlow Girls is my favorite band.

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant? Kirby’s Korner and Blessings

What is something folks may not really know about you? That’s a really good question; I am very outgoing so there isn’t much people wouldn’t know about me. I still play my flute and I learned sign language from a wonderful lady at a church growing up.

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? Jesus, Billy Graham, Aunt Sandra (she left us too soon), Mozart, John F Kennedy

What are your roles in the community? I am a member of First Baptist Church; I also coach my kid’s soccer team with Seguin Youth Soccer. I support the community by attending local events and fundraisers.

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. I have been in banking for 8 yrs. For the last 2 yrs., I have been at First Commercial Bank serving our customers and community.
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career? When my kids were born and when my daughter accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

What do you believe are the strengths of this community? Seguin has a small town atmosphere with a strong sense of community. There is so much support for the schools and children. Having young children of my own, it’s good to see the public’s support and participation in various activities.

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? Janice Woods Windle brought Seguin’s history to life in her book True Women. Read the book and take the tour. You would be so proud of Seguin’s history.

What are your future plans? We will remain in Seguin and as my children grow we look forward to being more involved in the schools.

Jill’s tips on how to get involved in our community... South Texas Pregnancy Care Center is always in need of donations of diapers. The Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center is in need of 8 1/2" x 11" copier and printer paper, HEB or Wal-Mart gift cards (any denomination) and cases of bottled water.

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? It’s important for citizens to be involved in our community to make Seguin even greater. It is our responsibility to get out and get involved in our community and local organizations.

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April 2nd, 2014



Seguin Citizen:  Noah Daniel Rios

 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am a senior at Seguin High School, which involves me finishing up remaining credits to graduate. I also work at Ingram ReadyMix which is a Cement company we have in seguin. I work in the shop and mechanic on all the big 18 wheelers and cement trucks."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I really enjoy fishing a lot! But just being with my family and my girl (Michelle Montez) is my idea of a good time."

What city and state were you born in?
"I was born right here in good ole Seguin, Texas."

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My mother and father, Barbara and Edward Flores, my younger brother, Roman Flores, and my grandma and grandpa, Diane and Rudy Rios."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"The biggest challenge to me as of right now would have to be, making the commitment to enlist in the United States Marine Corps."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Favorite show is definitely be “Duck Dynasty” and “The Walking Dead”, my movie would have to be “Fireproof” or “The Great Gatsby.”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"It’s usually my country and christian music. But working out I need my rock."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"NAPA Auto Parts and Whataburger!"

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"Nothing really because I am really outgoing and I express my opinions a lot."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Noah(Biblical), Sgt. Gambill, Charles, Cody, and Hunter"

What are your roles in the community?
"I help bring people to my Marine recruiters who don’t know what to do after high school."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I am currently enlisted in the Marine Corp, I’ve been in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) for about 6 months now. I have been put as squad leader to lead my guys under me during the Physical Training (PT) and knowledge of the Marine Corps."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"On Oct. 24, 2013 I swore into the United States Marine Corps. And became an Enlisted Marine awaiting ship date to Bootcamp."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I believe that the strengths of this community is that everyone knows each other and lends that helping hand when needed."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"That even though we are a small town, our christmas lighting downtown and parades are the biggest and best!"

What are your future plans?
"After graduating high school in June, On Aug.4 I ship out to San Diego, CA  to go through MCRD (Marine Corp Recruit Depot) for 13 weeks of bootcamp to become a United States Marine. Then go to Florida for 14 months of training to become a crew chief on any Marine helicopter."

 

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Seguin Citizen

March 28th, 2014


Seguin Citizen: Andrea Galvan

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? I’m a hairstylist at Sterling Salon & Spa, and that includes facials, microdermabrasion, waxes, color, cuts, styles, and makeup

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
Spend time with family, shopping

What city and state were you born in? I was born in Seguin, Texas

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?
My family includes my mom, Paula Ontiveros; dad, Andrew Ontiveros; brother, Justin Ontiveros; husband, Pete Galvan; nephews, Jayden Ontiveros, and Justin Ontiveros, Jr.; and nieces, Imagry Carrillo and Elina Ontiveros

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
Family struggles

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
Sons of Anarchy

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
country, hip hop, christian

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
My favorite business is Sterling Salon, (and my) favorite restaurant is Taco Tejano.

What is something folks may not really know about you?
I’m an animal lover.

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal Maggie Siff, Ryan Hurst, and Theo Rossi

What are your roles in the community?
I work for sterling salon, and do services for clients outside of work like weddings.

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
I have done hair for 12 years, I have been management for at least 9 years of my career

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
My proudest moment in my life is finding out I will become a mother.

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
People are nice at businesses

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
Variety of people and businesses

What are your future plans?
I plan to enjoy the blessing of my first newborn this year!! And build old and new clients to succeed as a stylist here at Sterling Salon.

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
My name is Andrea Galvan. I currently work at sterling salon spa as a hairstylist. I do color, haircuts (fades), styles, facials, and body wraps. Family is everything to me so when I am not working I spend quality time with family. I was born January 4th here in Seguin. I am not a reader. the best advice I have received is "Don't give up look up." the biggest challenge I have ever faced was family struggles, but my family is strong and got through it all. If I could describe myself using only two words they would be: Forgiving, and Considerate. My parents inspire me. If I was having dinner and could only have 5 guest it would be, Jayden Ontiveros, Imagry Carrillo, Elina Ontiveros, Justin Ontiveros jr., and my husband. I will have to say my favorite TV show is Sons of Anarchy, me and my parents started watching it and haven't missed an episode. I went to Navarro high school, then attended Seguin beauty school here in Seguin in 2002. I was working at Fantastic Sams here in Seguin. I took a break and now returned to work at Sterling Salon. The reason me and my husband chose to live here is because our families are here. My mother and father are Andrew and Paula Ontiveros. My brother is Justin Ontiveros and has four beautiful children. my grandmother Catherina Garza resides at Nesbitt Nursing Home here in town. My mom is self employed and both my brother and father work at CMC steel mill. My proudest accomplishment is my career. I feel a change in Seguin to strengthen the community would consist of more family events. my plans for the future is to enjoy life and be thankful for the blessing of my first born this year! I also look forward to rebuilding new and previous clientele and succeed as a stylist here at Sterling Salon Spa.

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Seguin Citizen

March 27th, 2014

   

Seguin Citizen:Serenity Deleon
 
What is your current occupation?
"Actress and a student"                
 
What does that involve?
"I am a student at Barnes Middle School. I am currently getting ready to be in the upcoming play, Cinderella. It will be May 1st and 2nd. I am also an active actress on our D.I. team, #Seguin Treasure. I play Cleopatra, “the dancer” and we recently earned 1st place at regional’s and we are now state bound!"
 
What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?
"I love to sing, dance, act and do anything that will help me in my craft. I also love to swim, shop, have slumber parties and just hang out with my friends and D.I. team."
 
When and where were you born?
"I was born on March 27th which means, I am officially a teenager, today!"
 
What's the most recent book you've read?
"The Giver"                              
 
What is the best advice you've ever received?
"Set goals for yourself and follow your dreams!"
 
What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"I have had many different challenges in D.I., some planned, some instant, some beyond my control. I rose to each of these challenges and didn’t give up and have had a lot of success!"
 
If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?
"Driven and dramatic"
 
What inspires you?
"My friends and my family inspire me because they are always there for me, cheering and supporting me!"
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?
"My mom (my #1 fan), Jaden Tovar (my best friend), Katy Perry (umm jus cause), Rachel Joy Scott (I would enjoying speaking to her) and of course, my Grandma Clara Vega (she just recently went to be with the Lord)."
 
What is your favorite TV show and why?
"I don’t have much time to watch T.V. but every now and then, I like watching Dance Moms because I learn from all of their mistakes."

What are your roles in the community?
"Our family has always been very involved in the community. My mom is an ambassador, so I like to attend chamber events with her sometimes. She is also the Vice President of PTC, at my school so I actually like working the concession stands. My mom also coaches our D.I. team. As far as professional work, I have been in many different plays from High School Musical, Alice in Wonderland, Music Man; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Fright Night Boogie Nights and many others."
 
What is your educational background?
"I am in the 7th grade at Barnes Middle School where I am in all advanced Pre-AP classes, spirit dance team, student council, U.I.L, choir and a member of the #Seguin Treasure D.I. team."
 
What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I have had perfect attendance for the past 8 years, since Kindergarten. I have had 9 years of dance classes with Suzi Hughson School of dance. I have performed with the Spurs Silver Dancers many times as a Jr. Silver Dancer. I placed within the top 3 in “Seguin’s got Talent” and more recently, the “MLK Talent Show”. I have also earned 1st place in a singing contest and many metals in U.I.L."
 
Share your family.
"My mom and dad are Michelle and Chris de Leon. My brother is Leo de Leon. My grandpas are Ruben Zuniga and Natalio de Leon, of Seguin. My grandmas are Martha Zuniga, of Seguin and Alice de Leon, of Dale. My great grandfather is Castulo Vega, of Seguin."
 
What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest accomplishments?
"I take great pride in representing Seguin and it’s always a huge honor to advance in D.I.; being flown to Knoxville Tennessee and earning 2nd place in the world or “Best in the U.S.”, was pretty awesome! Earning 1st place at the U.I.L. State competition, after performing 3 plays in a day, was so cool! Starting a new D.I. team and earning 1st place at Regional’s and advancing to state, has been so sweet! Very blessed!"
 
What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?
"Both of my parents were born and raised here and we all love Seguin."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Seguin is a small town with big opportunities."
 
What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?
"Well, I can’t wait for the new high school and I am super excited about the theatre department, this is going to help to future of our community."
 
Do you have any family roots/history in the area?
"Not that I know of"
 
What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?
"I plan to continue to work hard in everything I do. As of now, my plan is to go to college or an academy of arts in New York, and pursue my passion, a career in theatre."
 

 

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Seguin Citizen

March 25th, 2014


 

Seguin Citizen:  Gillian Lyerla
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I work in the human resource office at Guadalupe County as a clerk and wellness coordinator. I am in charge of pre-employment procedures, new hires and developing the wellness program for the county."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Anything outdoors (hiking, camping, gardening), cooking/baking, travel/backpacking, soap making, DIY projects, hanging out with friends, trying out new microbreweries"
  
What city and state were you born in?
"Bryan, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Every day I go home to my loving husband, Christopher Lyerla; 6 month old baby, William and my loyal golden retriever, Rowan. I have 2 older sisters living in Santa Monica and D.C. and my parents reside in College Station, Texas."
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"A few years ago, my friend suggested we run the Austin half marathon. I was never a runner and after multiple knee surgeries, the thought of running 13 miles seemed unattainable. It took me an embarrassingly long time to train for the event, but it was a great feeling running through the streets of Austin with all the supporters and bands playing music and completing the race with my best time."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I’m not too much of a TV person, but I tend to get hooked to a particular series and currently watching House of Cards. There are way too many good movies to have a favorite, but in general I tend to watch documentaries and dramas. Into the Wild has a really good soundtrack."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I love listening to live music and grateful to be living in central Texas where there are tons of great artists. My preferred genre is Americana/Folk music and one of my favorite bands is the Lumineers."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"When it comes to food, it’s never a simple answer! PJ’s has the best burger in town, Las Palmas for tacos, Bella Serra serves delicious bread and has great customer service and Guadalupe Grillhouse has BS Brewing on tap. Granzins for meat, Sheek By J has well priced unique clothing."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I’m a dual citizen and all of my family lives in Scotland and England. It’s definitely my second home."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Christopher Kimball, founder of Cooks Illustrated magazine. Paul Theroux, travel writer for interesting stories. Bob Dylan for the music. Larry David to make me laugh and I’ll throw in David Beckham to have a treat for the eyes."
 
What are your roles in the community?
"Besides being a taxpayer (I have a few rental properties), I am a big supporter of health and wellness."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"After graduating from UT Austin with an Economics degree, I started my career working in the catering industry as an office manager and event planner. Although I really enjoyed working in the food industry and challenges of managing events, I am happy in my current position especially when I get to go home to job number two at 5 p.m.!"
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Becoming a mom and having a natural birth at home."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"There is a strong core of energetic citizens trying to make Seguin a better place to live, such as the Seguin Wellness Task Force and the Main Street Advisory Board."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The paradox that people speak of wanting new ideas and businesses, but then don’t support them once they are here. We have the opportunity to choose the direction and type of community we live in and shopping local can really strengthen the community."
 
What are your future plans?
"I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so we’ll see!"

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Seguin Citizen

March 25th, 2014

   

 

Seguin Citizen name:  Gregorio Duenes
 
  
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? 
“I am the assistant facilities manager for the city of Seguin. My main role is the maintenance aspects of all city of Seguin owned buildings. This includes City Hall, the police station, library, municipal courts, Coliseum, etc.  I supervise nine service workers and two maintenance techs. I schedule staff to take care of the custodial services of the buildings and also work with the Coliseum coordinator to schedule staff for every event at the Coliseum. I schedule work order assignments to the maintenance techs through the WQ system.”
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?” 
“I enjoy spending quality time with my family which is really the simple things.  We should never take life for granted.”
 
What city and state were you born in?
‘I was born in Beeville, TX.”
 
Who are the members of your immediate family? 
“My wife is Julia, my son Christopher and daughter Crystal. My dad is Gregorio and my mom, Delia. I grew up with 10 sisters: Gloria, Janie Mary Alicia, Eva, Delia, Yolanda, Virginia, Mary Ann, Rita, Sandra and a younger brother Robert. I have two grandchildren, Mikah Jordan and Christopher Gregory”
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced? 
“My biggest challenge in life was leaving my home for the first time to attend a Christian school at a young age.  I had to learn on how to totally depend on faith and on God.  Today, I am a witness and strongly believe that faith in God will pull you though in any adversity in life.”
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie? 
“I will say I like to watch the DIY channel. Sometimes they show some good ideas for the home.” 
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?  
“Christian music is what I like to listen to. It’s something positive for my life.  K-LOVE, Amazing Grace”
 
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?  
“I enjoy playing the guitar in the worship and praise church service in my church.”
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? 
“The first person would be Jesus. The second would be Apostle Paul. Third would be Billy Graham. Fourth, George Washington. Fifth would be Abraham… known in the Bible the Father of the faith.”
 
 
What are your roles in the community? 
“My job requires me to be of service to the citizens of the city of Seguin. I am also a pastor of a local church by the name “El Buen Pastor” (The Good Shepherd) at 306 Harper St. on the north side of town. We are here to be a light in the community. In the mist of negative things, we can provide positive things.”
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. 
“I graduated from a Christian school in 1981. I went back to obtain my GED in 1988 here in Seguin.  I have had the opportunity to work with some great leaders here in the city of Seguin.  They gave me the opportunity to grow and work up the ladder in the work place. I thank God for those individuals and kudos to them. I just received a 10 year perfect attendance award and a 25 year safe driver award. It’s amazing how time just seems to fly.”
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career? 
‘Someone told me one day that working for the city of Seguin was a wrong choice. If I had listened to that person 30 years ago, I would not be in the position I am at today.”
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“The city has grown drastically since I moved here.  There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. If you want walk to certain areas in town, you are able to.  There’s a great quality of living in this town and a rich history.”
 
What are your future plans?
“I plan to one day retire from the city of Seguin -- then whatever time the good Lord grants me, to share it in the church ministry. Only God really holds and knows what tomorrow may bring.”
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
“Go to a church on Sunday mornings and thank God for all the blessings you have received.  Life is sometimes unfair and we are prone for failure in man’s eyes.  But God loves us and that is what should matter the most.  When life gives you oranges, make orange juice. When life gives you lemons, make lemon juice.  Don’t look down at yourself or your failures. Look up and see that something good will happen and learn from your failures.”
 
 

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Seguin Citizen

March 18th, 2014

 


Seguin Citizen: Gayle Dreyer Stroh
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
“I am currently a full-time homemaker and ranch manager, managing my family ranch and cattle operation.”

What do you do off the clock ?Just for fun??
“I love to go to local antique shops and thrift stores and look for treasures from the past.”
What city and state were you born in?
“I was born here in Seguin, Texas.”

Who are the members of your immediate family?
“My husband of almost 32 years, Glenn C. Stroh, my son Glenn Stroh, Jr. and his wife Lauren and my daughter, Amanda K. Stroh and her fiance Jordan Flanagan”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
“I would have to say losing both my father and father-in-law within two months of each other. That was a very difficult time for my entire family.”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
“I enjoy watching the Rehab Addict and my favorite movie of all time is the classic ‘The Sound of Music.’”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc?)?
“I enjoy listening to jazz and some old country western music, especially Marty Robbins.”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
“My favorite business is Tractor Supply and my favorite restaurant is Dragon Place where I have been going to for 30 years!”

What is something folks may not really know about you?
“That I love to sing out loud when I am mowing grass in the yard!”
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who
would they be?
“First and foremost, I would have my Lord God there along with my deceased father, father-in-law, and both of my deceased grandmothers, who both taught me to enjoy cooking and baking and gardening.”

What are your roles in the community?
“I am currently on the 125th Anniversary committee of my church, St. John Lutheran Church in Marion, I am the current secretary of the Seguin/Guadalupe County Church Women United. I am a very proud member of the Guadalupe County Aggie Mom club. I volunteer with the annual Marion Sausage Supper. I am a member of the Christian Gourmets who cook a hot meal for shut-ins in Marion and I help where needed with activities of the Marion Lions Club which my husband is a member of.”
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
“I am a former banking loan officer secretary, leaving the workplace to raise my two children, I am a past President/current Secretary of the local Church Women United unit, volunteer at the Earth Day Celebration booth that the CWU has to encourage recycling as a part of our daily life, past President of the WELCA group at my church, I received the Human Rights award from Church Women United, and I was awarded the Crisco Award my senior year in High School. My greatest achievement has been raising my two children and taking care of my mother and mother-in-law after their spouses' death.”

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
“My proudest moments have to be the graduation of my son from Trinity University in 2007 and from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with his Masters degree in 2009 along with the graduation of my daughter from Texas A&M University in College Station in 2013.”

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
“The biggest strength I see is the vast volunteer network that is in place here in Seguin and Guadalupe County. I know people who volunteer at many of the needed organizations such as the Christian Cupboard, Salvation Army and The Family Violence Shelter, to name a few. It is through these caring people that this community becomes a better place. They are an inspiration to me.”

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“I find the history of Seguin and Guadalupe County very interesting.”

What are your future plans?

“To continue to manage my family ranch which has been in my family for 132 years. I also plan on staying involved in our community organizations and help where I can to make a difference in this world.”

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
“To get involved and volunteer! When you volunteer, you always get way more out of the experience that what you put in. It is what makes life in Seguin and Guadalupe County better!”

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Seguin Citizen

March 18th, 2014


Seguin Citizen name:  Jon (JD) Hennig
  
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"Fleet Supervisor for the city of Seguin for the past 15 years, I currently supervise two employees and I’m in charge of all fleet operation. Fleet consists of police, fire, utilities, facilities, public works, and parks."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I try to play golf at least once a month, enjoy restoring cars with my kids, and just having a family barbecue on Sunday afternoon."

What city and state were you born in?
"Dallas, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My wife Bridget and four children, Jonathon, Cory, Kyle, and Brooklynn"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"My children would have to be my biggest challenge. They all have such different personalities and all require such different things in life. The challenge is to be able to give them the things that they want without spoiling them. Challenge or not, they are all great kids that I wouldn’t change at all."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Favorite TV show would have to be Tool Time - Favorite movie Wedding Crashers"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Country, Classic Rock"

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I enjoy doing carpentry work. I have remolded parts of my own home. I have assisted home owners with constructing porches and decks around their homes, just a hobby that I enjoy doing."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, that would be just a great meal with a lot of laughs."

What are your roles in the community?
"My roles in this community are to assure that all emergency vehicles, police, fire, and utilities are up and running so that this city remains safe and all departments can respond to any emergency."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I’ve been employed with the city for over 15 years were I started as a Tech 1 and for the past 10 years, I have been the Fleet Supervisor. The city owns a vast array of vehicles and equipment which I and two other employees service. Since I’ve been employed with the city of Seguin, I have been named employee of the month twice, another time with a group of volunteers that assisted with the evacuation from Hurricane Katrina."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"One of my proudest moments was when I was considered for the job that I am currently holding. That was a great career move for me and I look forward to serving the city of Seguin for years to come."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The history and its great food – Seguin has some of the best home town restaurants in Texas. All types of food to choose from."

What are your future plans?
"My plans are that I would like to work for the city for at least 10 more years and then maybe retire and do some traveling."
 

 

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Seguin Citizen

March 18th, 2014


Seguin Citizen:  Cheraun Blankenship
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? 
"I am the employee benefits coordinator in the human resources department at Guadalupe County.  My primary function is to assist county employees with their insurance benefits from the time they are hired up until they leave employment.  We recently initiated a wellness program for employees and I also serve as the wellness coordinator.  This has been a great opportunity for us to improve the overall health and well-being of our employees and I am very excited to be a part of it."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?” 
"I enjoy spending time with my children, friends and family.  One of my favorite things to do is listen to live music whenever I have the opportunity."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"Seguin, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"I have two children, Connor and Madison Blankenship. My parents are Michael Glenewinkel and Molly Connelly.  I have one brother, Todd Glenewinkel and one sister, Wendy Edler."
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced? 
"I would say the biggest challenge I’ve faced up to this point was leaving my full-time job to be a stay at home mom after my son was born."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie? 
"My favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory and one of my favorite movies is Grease."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I enjoy several different types of music – country, pop and blues.  I don’t really have a favorite band, I like many different artists."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"I don’t have a favorite business, my favorite restaurant is Kirby’s."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you? 
"Both my grandparents (on my father’s side) worked for Guadalupe County.  My grandmother worked in the County Clerk’s office and my grandfather served as County Judge."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? 
"My dinner party guest list would be my grandmothers, my grandfathers and Elvis."
  
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. 
"I have been employed by Guadalupe County for 7 and a half years. and I really love my job.  I have the privilege of meeting every new person that is hired to work for the county and assist them with their insurance needs.  Also, being the Wellness Coordinator gives me the opportunity to be in a leadership role and work with Gillian Lyerla to introduce new ways for our employees to have a healthier lifestyle. We have seen so many good changes come about in the last nine months and the feedback we are receiving from our employees has been very positive!  We look forward to even more success with our wellness initiative.
 
One of my greatest achievements is being a mother to two of the most wonderful children a parent could ask for.  They have made me so proud with their accomplishments, and I know that they will continue to strive for success as each year passes.  I am excited to see what the future holds for them!"
 
What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career? 
"My proudest moments would definitely be the birth of my children.  They mean more to me than anything else in this world and they make me strive to be the best mom I can be."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community? 
"I grew up in Seguin and moved to Austin for about 10 years, then returned to Seguin seven years ago.  I have seen a lot of changes for the good and I am excited to see what the future holds for this community.  I think that we need to continue to encourage growth in Seguin for our children and for those that will move here in the years to come.  Many people see change as a hindrance, I see change as opportunity."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 
"I think the most interesting thing about Seguin is that it has a way of drawing people back to it. I have run across many classmates that moved away to attend college, get married etc. that are coming back here to raise their families and be closer to their extended family."
 
What are your future plans?
"I would like to travel more. I really would like to take a trip to Europe with my children when they are a little older and can appreciate the culture and history.  I had the opportunity to go to London and Paris many years ago and loved it. I want to share the same kind of experience with my kids."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?       
"As a current resident of Seguin, I would really like to see the community embrace some more diverse restaurants.  I hope that with the Seguin Wellness Task Force bringing awareness of the importance of being healthy - that this will also encourage some healthier restaurants to come to Seguin.  Our community is growing and we need to have options to make it easy for people to embrace this kind of change."

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Seguin Citizen

March 12th, 2014

   

 

Seguin Citizen:  Juan Alvarado
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am a currently a student at Texas Lutheran University and Alamo Colleges.  At the moment, I’m still unsure what I want to major in. My options right now are engineering, athletic training, or physical therapist."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"The activities I consider fun, some might think it is boring. Rain or shine, I love to run. I’m a long distance runner and I can guarantee majority of Seguin’s population has seen me running.  I don’t only do it for fun, I also compete. Many out there know how competitive I am and if I don’t win, I look forward to what tomorrow’s training will bring.
Other things I do for fun, I like is to pump iron at Anytime Fitness, I started getting in to hiking, and sometimes I like to take my nieces to the park and movies just because I can. There is a saying,’Uncles are like dads but only cooler.’”
 
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born and raised in Seguin, Texas."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My mother, Sylvia D. Cruz.; my step father, Marcelino Avalos; my two brothers, Margarito G. Cruz III and Hilario Alvarado, and also my sister, Veronica Alvarado"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"My biggest challenge was deploying to Iraq for 15 months and coming back home to transition back to a civilian life."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I don’t watch too much T.V. but love watching many UFC and boxing events.  My favorite movie would be all the Rocky movies."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I listen to all types of music -- mainly what my Pandora plays during my workouts. At the moment, my favorite band would be Rage Against The Machine. Their music just has a way of motivating me."

 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite businesses are GNC, Hibbett Sports, GameStop, Hastings, and Anytime Fitness. Best restaurant Dominoes Pizza!"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I may have an intimidating look, but I’m probably one of the nicest people you could meet."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"SSG Christian Garcia, SSG Quadi Hudgins, my grandfather Eleuterio M. De La Cruz, Susie Valdez, and God."
 

 


What are your roles in the community?
"With the little resources I have,  I try to promote healthy habits and fitness."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"Graduated from Seguin High School in 2006, served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2011, promoted to sergeant in three years, started school at Alamo Colleges and became inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society and also join Student Leadership Academy -- recently was accepted into Texas Lutheran University"

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"One of the proudest moments in my personal life was to overcome my disability of not being able to run. Before leaving the army, I was told by a doctor that I would never be able to run again. I think my actions today speak if I can run now."

 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Our community is small and also a place with potential underdogs. I notice when Seguin hosts an athletic event many people will come to show off their skills and many friendships are formed. These events are major strengths in this community. For example, when Seguin Christian Academy hosted Seguin’s first ever half marathon, there were so many runners I never met. I believe it was a huge success and I can’t wait for the next one they have."

 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Seguin has a beauty that can only be seen by foot.  When you’re in a car, you are going too fast and focused on the road to pay attention to anything. That’s one of the great qualities of living in a small town. The whole town is your track."
 
What are your future plans?
"I plan to compete in the Alamo 13.1. I’m still thinking of competing in the Spartan race. I’m hoping to do another beach to bay but I haven’t been told if anyone is doing it this year. I plan to do my first full marathon this year at the next Rock n Roll Marathon. I’m hoping to have a decision on my major by next semester of school, and be in school just for a little while longer and graduated with a degree that I will be happy with."
"I’d like to encourage many to attend Straight Street Church. It is a small and still growing church but they always have a powerful message. You can find them on Facebook or just attend on Sunday at 5  p.m. at the Seguin Youth Services building.
I also like to recommend a great personal trainer and boot camp instructor, Luz Leos of Anytime Fitness. He also sells Advocare products to help with your workout needs or just your daily dose of vitamins.(830) 549-7457
One more person I like to recommend is Diana Leos of Beautiful Subjects. She is an amazing photographer for newborns, weddings, etc. (830) 549-7457."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Failure is a part of life. It takes many failures to finally succeed. Don’t give up!"

 

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Seguin Citizen

March 11th, 2014

 


Seguin Citizen:  Scott Packard
  
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am the public information officer for the City of Seguin. My main role is to facilitate communication between city hall and citizens. I do this in a variety of ways. I write a lot of press releases to encourage the media to run stories on community events and projects. I also post information that residents can use on the city’s social media accounts. I serve as spokesperson for the city and for Fire/EMS and Police as assigned. I am the point of contact for media inquires and facilitate information distribution to the media during crisis situations. I also work with the Citizen Relations person to respond to citizen concerns and requests for information. Soon, I will also take a look at the city’s cable television channel to see how it can be better utilized."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I enjoy checking out restaurants and bars with friends and family. I try to lift weights and run as often as possible. I really enjoy the simple things like quality time with family and friends."

What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in Texas City, Texas."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My mom is Sharon, my stepdad is Lloyd. I’m the oldest child. I grew up with a brother and sister. Justin is 18 months younger than I and Brittany is 21.
I also have two younger brothers, 9-year-old Josh and 6-year old Noah. My biological father’s name is Rudy."
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"My biggest challenge turned out to be a blessing. It was moving 650 miles away from home for my first TV news job in Alabama. It turned out to be extremely rewarding because I had many unique professional experiences and made fantastic friendships that will last for life!"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I’m a bit of a TV nerd. I watch a lot of shows. My favorite TV show of all time is ‘Breaking Bad.’ In my opinion, it’s the gold standard for dramatic writing and acting. Period.
My favorite move is “Anchorman”…probably because of my background."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Being a Texan, I enjoy a lot of country music. My favorite song is Garth Brooks’ The Dance. However, I listen to a lot of differing musical genres."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"People may not know that I’m a big WWE nerd. Their shows are a form of entertainment not matched anywhere else. I consider myself a bit of an industry expert."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Will Ferrell, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Bob Saget. It just sounds fun!"  
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I’m new in town, so aside from my job, I don’t really have many roles in the community…yet."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I spent the past four years as a television news reporter. I worked at two stations in Alabama. I had the opportunity to see and experience a lot as a reporter. My proudest moment is reporting live on CNN during a flood."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"My proudest moment happened recently. I served as a pallbearer at my 95-year-old great-grandfather’s funeral. He was a veteran of WWII. Carrying a flag-draped casket and seeing the honors from the local VFW was a very proud moment."
  
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The history! There is so much of it. Everywhere."
 
What are your future plans?
"To do the best I can in my new position, to get to know Seguin and to meet new people."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    
"I encourage social media savvy residents to like the city’s new Facebook page, City of Seguin Public Relations (Facebook.com/SeguinTX), and to follow our new Twitter account, Seguin Texas (Twitter.com/SeguinCityHall). I’m always posting useful information and would love to engage with folks."
 

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Seguin Citizen

March 6th, 2014

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Dewey Doga III

What is your current occupation?
"I’m a general dentist with certification and extensive training in orthodontic treatment."

What do you do off the clock just for fun?
"I like to take pleasure in the magnificent Hill Country, creeks, trails and unique history that we are so fortunate to enjoy here in Texas."
 
What city and state were you born in? 
"Beaumont, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family? 
"My wife, Anne and my three daughters, Julia and the twins, Ava and Sophia"
 
What people might not know about me? 
"That I have broad experience in providing dental treatment for people of all ages, from the very young to the geriatric population. I enjoy treating people of various ages and backgrounds, and I even have experience treating patients in their nursing homes."
 
What are your roles in your community? 
"My mission is to provide professional, caring dental service at a reasonable price. I want to exceed my patients’ expectations whether they receive a simple cleaning or full braces or restorative treatment."
 
Discuss your professional background, achievements and leadership roles. 
"I learned from my parents early on to be a hard worker. Good work ethics and hard work since grade school have brought me two B.S. degrees (biology and fine arts), and led me to dental school. I have a strong interest for the biological aspects of dentistry. During my student years at the University of Texas, I was chosen to work with biology professors on research programs where I published articles for the biochemistry department. I have certifications in various specialized fields, including treatment for sleep apnea and computerized dentistry (CAD-CAM technology). Dentistry is a profession that puts you in contact with a wide group of people and personalities. I believe my greatest strength as a leader is bringing out the best in the people I work with. I also have learned tremendously from my patients and from life in general. Professionally, dentistry is a meticulous art to both to learn and master."
 
What are the proudest moments in your personal life and in your career?
"Personally, besides my marriage, my proudest moments were the births of my three children.  Professionally, when I’m able to restore my patients’ smiles and help bring back quality of life. Especially in my experience with geriatric dentistry, nothing brings me greater joy than to know that I helped a person once again be able to find the joy of tasting and enjoying foods. We often take this ability for granted, but the simple pleasure of eating foods that you enjoy depends on good dental health."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community? 
"There is a sense of revitalization and commitment to grow, improve and restore the historic downtown. I am proud to be part of that community."
 
What do you find to be the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The legendary history in this area is fascinating, as are the natural surroundings."
 
What are your future plans?
"I look forward to get to know the people of Seguin and continue to serve their dental needs and this community for many years to come."
 
What message do you have to the people in Seguin:
"Everybody deserves proper dental health and a confident smile. No one should forego good health and well-being. Please know that we have affordable, in-house payment plans available and we do accept Medicaid.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Seguin Citizen

March 6th, 2014

   

 

Seguin Citizen: Jeff Ford

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"Store manager for the Walgreens in Seguin, Texas - day to day operations of front end store and pharmacy, developing team members to grow with the company, and community involvement are just a few things"

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I like spending time with my 5 year old daughter. She makes my day brighter."

What city and state were you born in?
"San Bernadino, California"

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Mother, grandmother, wife, child, and in-laws -- I have a very small family."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Learning to be a good father for my daughter"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I don’t have a specific show I like but I do tend to stick to the History Channel. As for movies, I am a Sci-Fi fan and enjoy all the Star Wars movies."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"All kinds of country and metal – I know odd combination."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite Seguin business is my store – Walgreens. I do like the Great Wall restaurant behind my store."

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I am an avid outdoorsman and feel very at home camping in remote locations."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Lincoln, Socrates, Redcloud, Pasteur, and Martin Luther."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I have held various management roles in the companies I have worked for – for close to two decades. In whatever capacity I have been in, I strive to provide the best product and/or services to my customers. With that in mind, my greatest accomplishments are the smiles on my customers."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I like the small town, family feel of Seguin. I have always been in larger cities so this is a pleasant change."

What are your future plans?
"I plan on continuing in my career with Walgreens, perhaps moving into a community or district leadership role. For now, I am content with serving the Seguin community to the best of my ability."

 

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March 6th, 2014


Seguin Citizen:  Heather Eaton

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"HR assistant for Caring Senior Service,we provide non-medical services to allow loved ones to remain healthy, happy, and at home.
 
I am a professional pet sitter, owner of Canyon Critters Pet sitting and Boarding"

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Mommy, wife, ride horses, photography, romance specialist, and volunteer for several different organizations"

What city and state were you born in?
"San Antonio, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Ed Eaton, husband; Breck Elliott, son; Justin Berg-Eaton, son; Johnathon Berg-Eaton, son"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Loving openly, forgiving, and accepting others for who they are"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I don't have time to watch TV, but when I do my DVR has PRCA Rodeo, RFD American, Downunder Horsemanship, Impractical Jokers, Rodeo Girls, and American Hoggers. My all time favorite movie is - Dirty Dancing - Favorite Disney Movie - Mary Poppins."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I love 70's and 80's Country, Folk, and Rock -- Michael Martin Murphy, John Denver, Aerosmith, Journey, James Durbin, Pink, and Terri Hendrix are in my "Happy Place" Playlist. "

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Parkview Veterinary Clinic, simply the best! Walnut Springs Diner"

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"Hahahaha.... I am an open record... I really have no secrets.  But, I am addicted to sweet tea, believe in equality for all, I love so much it hurts, and death doesn't bother me."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead)
excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"1:George Barker, USAF, my grandfather 2:John Denver, singer 3:Michael Martin Murphey, singer/songwriter 4:Annie Oakley 5:Dale Evans"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I have been a professional pet sitter for over 20 years. I opened my own pet sitting business in 1994. In addition to pet sitting, I worked as a weekend supervisor for New Braunfels Humane Society for 10 years, and then was the supervisor for Schertz Animal Services for 3 years. In 2006, I became a stay at home mom, and made pet sitting my full-time career.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science; have had extensive animal rescue, animal shelter training, and pet first-aid training. I have basic, advanced, and administrative animal control certifications.
 
I currently assist with screening, hiring, processing, and scheduling a team of 70 field staff employees."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I love the rural aspect of Seguin.  We have one of the last remaining farming and ranching communities in our area."

What are your future plans?
"I'm hoping, with the communities help, to continue to build my pet sitting clientele so that I can return to pet sitting full time. I also want to build my relationships with the local animal groups, and assist them with photographing, rescuing, fostering, adopting, and fundraising."

The next item may be used to encourage a community (fundraising) event or campaign to enhance the quality of life in Seguin:
"I currently am participating in spay/neuter projects, and give back 10-20 percent of my services back to local shelters.  I would love to see the community assist with that type of fundraising."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Spay, neuter, vaccinate, microchip, and put a collar and ID tags on your pets! Do not allow them to wander! Save a life. Adopt! Don't shop!"  

 

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Seguin Citizen

February 28th, 2014

Seguin Citizen: Tabatha Hunt







What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what
does that involve?
“I am the continuing care specialist for Alligator Dental. My position involves confirming appointments and setting up continuing care to keep children’s teeth healthy.”





What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

”I like to go bowling and spend time with my daughter and husband.”



What city and state were you born in? 

“I was born in Amarillo, Texas.”



Who are the members of your immediate family?
”My husband’s name is Charles Hunt and my daughter’s name is Carol (CJ) McCubbin.”




What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

”The biggest challenge I ever faced was when I worked maintenance at Summers Bend Apartments.”



What is your favorite TV show and movie?

”I love to watch NCIS. My favorite movie was Blind Side.”



What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)? 

“I like to listen to Christian Music. My favorite song is ‘God’s Not Dead.’”



What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant? 

“My favorite business is Alligator Dental. I just think it is a fun place to take your kids and kids do not seem to be afraid of the dentist. My favorite restaurant is Bill Miller’s BBQ.” 



What is something folks may not really know about you?

”I enjoy just laying around the house in my ‘feety’ PJ’s and drinking hot chocolate on a cold day.”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead)
-excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

”

My five dinner guest would be my grandfather, who pasted away when I was 16, Jesus, George Straight Randi Travis and Paul Walker.”



Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

”I have come along way with only a GED and very little college. I have worked as an office manager in Florida for 6 years before moving here to Seguin. Now I work for Thuer Corp (corporate office for Alligator Dental) as the Continuing Care Specialist. I enjoy my job. It never gets boring and can be changeling.”



What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 

“I love how everyone seems to come together to help others.”



What are your future plans?

”To raise my daughter to fear God and enjoy my life with my husband”


What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

“Our relay team, Team Oz, is going to be selling lunch boxes at the Cooking School on April 15, 2014. Hope to see everyone there. This is a
great town. Ya’ll stay wonderful.”

 

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Seguin Citizen

February 27th, 2014

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Emily Rennert
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what
does that involve?
"Texas Lutheran University, senior psychology major with biology and Greek Studies Minors"
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Zumba, movies, reading"
 
What city and state were you born in?
"San Antonio, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Joyce Rennert, mother"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Parents divorced when I was young, so it was difficult emotionally and financially. However, I am very fortunate to have a mother who loves and supports me like she does. I would not be where I am if it weren’t for her."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"TV Show: Game of Thrones - Movie: Good Will Hunting"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Train is my favorite band"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Sister Suzie’s, very delicious cupcakes! El Charro, it’s a tradition"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I went to a pre-med high school, so I took classes on dental assisting, surgical procedures, diagnostic testing, pharmacology, and others."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"John Watson, Alexander Luria, Jean Piaget, Alfred Binet, and Santiago Ramon y Cajal"
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"Active in Psychological research at TLU, have presented various projects at regional conferences, currently, the president of Delta Alpha Delta, sorority at TLU, and our Relay for Life team"
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Everyone is very open and welcoming to TLU students, its a great college town."
 
What are your future plans?
"Graduate school for Clinical Neuroscience"

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Seguin Citizen

February 25th, 2014


Seguin Citizen:  Rhonda Davis Westerfield



What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am a part-time receptionist for the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our office building is located on the campus of Texas Lutheran University, my alma mater. 



What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I play in several community bands, including the Comal Community Band and the New Braunfels Village Brass Band, as well as the all-state Blasmusik Texas German band."
   


What city and state were you born in? 
"Seguin, Texas"



Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My two sons; Noah and his wife Heather, and Adam and his wife Sarah, all living in Seguin"



What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Losing four babies prematurely"



What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Downton Abbey"



What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)? 
"I listen to anything except rap and country."



What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant? 
"I love Keepers and El Ranchito."



What is something folks may not really know about you? 
"I have lived in Minnesota, California, Washington, and Oregon."



If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and my loved ones who are deceased: my husband J.R., and my parents, Raymond F. and Aline Davis"



Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I was an elementary teacher for 22 years in Texas. I have been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for 23 years. I am a member of Guadalupe County Retired Teachers and Guadalupe County Democrat Club."



What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 
"The dichotomy of old and new, faces and places, is always interesting."



What are your future plans?
"I intend to be the best grandma ever for my grandson who will be born in April."



What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"I am co-captain for Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church Mission Possible Relay for Life team. My co-captain is Rhonda Behal and our team is planning a quilt raffle to raise money for the Relay on April 26. It is a beautiful quilt, and tickets are available from several church members, and will be sold through the night of the Relay, with drawing for the winner to be held there

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February 25th, 2014


Seguin Citizen:   DJ D-TRAYNE
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? 
"Guadalupe Grill House, Seguin, Texas"

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"The things I like to do for fun are throwing the football playing basketball, working out, listing to music, and during football or baseball season watching two of my favorite teams the Dallas Cowboys & Texas Rangers."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"Seguin Texas, Home of the Largest Pecan"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My mom, Rosie Franklin; brothers, Sammy Franklin, Jackie Franklin"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Losing my grandma and aunt one year apart and my good friend Rodney Coleman who was a well known barber around Seguin"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorite TV show is the Real Husbands of Hollywood because Kevin Heart and the rest of his cast are hilarious every time I watch it. My favorite movie is Brown Sugar a Hip Hop romance about how two kids that where friends growing up in there childhood days discovering hip hop on the New York street corner then later, became big in the music business and turn out to be more then just friends Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan played great roles in this movie and it’s also a part of hip hop so I will say my favorite."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"My type of music I like is disco, funk, 80’s music, 90’s Hip Hop & R&b, late 90’s Rock, and country.
 
My favorite Band is Earth Wind & Fire because every time you here one of their disco songs, it just lifts your soul to dance."
            
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite business 78155 Athletics and favorite restaurant Davila’s BBQ."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I’m a fair dependable person."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Dr Dre, Snoop Dog , Ice Cube, Kevin Heart, Mike Epps, that would be one funny dinner table"
 
What are your roles in the community?
"Back in 2006, I coached little league football for the Seguin Bulldogs Senior Team. Lately, I've gotten to DJ for 78155 Cross Fit during workouts to benefit causes like child abuses, (also, I have provided music for) Pink Heels Breast Cancer Awareness, the city of Seguin Christmas Party, the 4th of July City Parade, local bars, clubs, family parties, and weddings."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I started working in the car wash business in 2004. I worked at four full service wash locations, gained a lot of experience in it and now looking forward to starting my own mobile detailing service soon."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"The proudest thing in my life is I’m now getting to enjoy what I love doing best that’s music DJ’n, entertaining crowds and  doing events in the community of Seguin. Also I been having the passion for music a long time now since I was a kid coming up in the 90’s watching other Hip hop Artist/DJ’s on TV who paved the way for guys like me today and begin a one man army that I’m by working hard through the years putting promotion behind myself Djing free events to get where I’m at today with it. I’m proud to say it’s finally all coming together for me. Hard work does pay off. I love being in the music game and don’t know what I would do with out it."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The closeness, because you just about know everyone"
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Its history about Walnut Springs, Juan Seguin, and also how our community was established in the 1800s"
 
What are your future plans?
"My future plans are to be one of the top DJ/Producers in the state of Texas and to have my own recording studio here in Seguin to work on--  making beats and producing songs for all types of music artists who are trying to make a career in the music business as well.  This is a message for anyone trying to go far in anything positive with what you want to do in life -- never quit, give it 100 percent your all, keep faith in God and your dream will fall right in place for you."
 

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Seguin Citizen

February 21st, 2014


 


Seguin Citizen: Cleburne “Buddy” Siltmann
  
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? 
"Guadalupe County Fair Grounds manager"
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?” 
"Enjoy going out to eat"
 
What city and state were you born in?
"Seguin, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family? 
"Jenny Siltman, wife; Denise Shimik, daughter; Shawn Shimik, grandson; Amy Shimik, grand-daughters and two great grand-daughters"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced? 
"My biggest challenge is not being able to hear well even with hearing aids."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Undercover Boss"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Country Western"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant? 
"Parker Lumber and Donut Palace"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you? 
"Most people don't know my real name because they all call me Buddy"
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? 
"Shawn Shimik, Harold Shimik, Donald Molter, Tudy Dietz"
 
What are your roles in the community? 
"Really enjoy working with youth organizations like the Guadalupe County Youth Show, Pecan Classic Steer and Livestock Show and Buck Fever"
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. 
"Worked for Wuest as a farm manager, truck driver and warehouse manager for over 30 years"
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career? 
"The birth of my grand-children Shawn and Amy"
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community? 
"Building character and work ethic with the youth"
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 
"The way the Guadalupe River has helped our community to grow and prosper"
 
What are your future plans?
"Support the Guadalupe County Fair and their youth"
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 
"Come on out and see me at the fair this year.  It is going to be a great one."     
 

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Seguin Citizen

February 20th, 2014


Seguin Citizen:  Amber Stubbs-Aydell


What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am a housewife,animal rescuer and artist."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I enjoy photography, creating digital art and most of all trail riding with my Sunday Trail Riders group."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in Galveston, Texas."

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My father, Dr Don Stubbs; my husband, Leo Aydell; two sisters, one brother, four children, two grandchildren"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Learning to live differently after being hit by a car -- my leg was crushed, and I was clinically dead for a period of time."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I currently don't have a TV but my favorite movie is Breakfast at Tiffany's."

What type of music do you enjoy?
"Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Denver"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite businesses are Moni's Mutt Hut (where all of our personal and rescue pets are treated like royalty!) -- Hair Forum, where I can get pretty and get a great massage!"

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"Seeing cruelty makes me cry. My heart breaks when children and animals are mistreated."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
" Anna Sewell(the author of Black Beauty) Ric Masten(who wrote my favorite Unitarian song, Let it be a Dance) James Herriot (author of All Creatures Great and Small) John Lennon of the Beatles Sir J.M. Barrie(creator of Peter Pan)"


What are your roles in the community?
"I am concerned with animal rights. I am a medical and bottle baby foster parent for ARF(The Animal Rescue Foundation in Seguin). I have my own Recycled Rescues. I truly believe that we must each strive to be the change we want to see in the world. I try to live by this ideal daily."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I live a pretty simple life, trying to be thankful for having just enough. Enough love, Enough laughter, Enough joy etc.
I am a retired paramedic and hyperbaric technician. I have previously taught CPR,Water Safety and Water Safety Instructor classes thru the Red Cross, I have guest lectured for the Texas Dept. of Health. For Animal Control Officers and I have saved a few lives both human and animal and sold a few pieces of art."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"I am proud that I have raised loving, giving children that are making changes in our world."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Family ties, continuity, small town appeal, rich heritage"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"How many relatives I have here --  I am looking forward to the next Blumberg reunion soon!"

 

 


What are your future plans?
"To try to work toward a new animal shelter and adoption center for Seguin's unwanted and homeless pets -- to educate our community about the importance of Spay/Neuter and to teach our youngsters that not everything is disposable in life"

 

 

The next item may be used to encourage a community (fundraising) event or campaign to enhance the quality of life in Seguin:
"We need a new animal shelter. Our old shelter is squeezed between Riverside Cemetery and the waste water treatment facility and surely, we cannot live with the out of sight, out of mind attitude. Our city needs an adoption facility and an education room for animal control."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?      
"Today is not the past or the future but the ‘present’ so treat it as a present --  a gift, --  make today count. Make a positive change in our world."

 

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Seguin Citizen

February 19th, 2014


Seguin Citizen: Corrina Elizabeth Montez

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does is involve?
"I'm a junior at Seguin High School which involves taking your average core classes, math, science, history, and science. I'm also taking French 3 and I participate in band and choir."

What do you do off the clock, "Just for fun?"
"More than anything, I love spending time with my little sister, Victoria. Apart from that, I enjoy watching musicals, movies and listening to music."

What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in New Braunfels, Texas but I was raised here, in Seguin, Texas."

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My parents are, Karen and Vincent Montez. I have three older brothers, Scott, Zachary, and Jeffrey Montez and I have one younger sister, Victoria Montez."

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"Honestly, the hardest challenge I've ever faced was this past November, when my mother had a stroke. It was a very hard time for us all, and keeping it together, and not giving up hope, when things got really rough, was very difficult. But, we got through it with the help of God, and my mother is well on her way to recovery."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorite TV show would have to be either Impractical Jokers or America's Next Top Model. My favorite movies, I had to make that plural, haha. I'd say, Gone With the Wind, Breakfast At Tiffany's, and Walt Disney's Cinderella."

What type of music do you enjoy? (Favorite band, song, etc)
"I enjoy listening to Showtunes. As in Broadway, I also enjoy, ‘Oldies but Goodies.’ I love, love, love, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, and Celine Dion. My favorite song would be either, Frank Sinatra's, My Way or Andy Williams' cover of Henry Mancini's, Moon River."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"I love Bealls because it's got such a, 'classy' kind of vibe to it. My favorite restaurant would have to be, Whataburger."

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"If singing somehow, for some crazy reason, doesn't work out for me, I would love to do something fashion related -- as in, designing clothes, and having my own clothing line."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate family members- who would they be?
"I would have Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Audrey Hepburn, and Alexander McQueen. That would be the best dinner anyone could possibly ask for."

What are your roles in the community?
"I sing in the Youth Band, Wednesday evenings, and on the Praise Team, Sunday mornings, at First Baptist Church."

Discuss your professional/ background/ achievements/ leadership roles.
"I come from a very musical family. My dad, and brother, Scott, are wonderful singers. My mom is very talented when it comes to playing the piano. My dad plays the bass. Scott and Zachary can play, bass, and guitar and Scott, Zach, Victoria, and I are and were in percussion in the school band. In the summer, I usually help with VBS at my church, and I like to help lead music for the kids."

What are your proudest moments in your life or in your career?
"Some of the proudest moments -- winning singing contests, being asked to sing at big events, my mom coming home from the hospital, getting an interview with Barbizon Modeling and Acting"

 


What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"A strength, I think this community is strong in  the way everybody in the community comes together when something needs to be done."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I've always found it interesting that we've got the biggest pecan, (haha). It's totally random, but hey! That's just as awesome as anything else!"

What are your future plans?
"I plan on continuing with my singing, go to a big college and either major in voice, or musical theater, and fashion and after that, I want to move to New York, Chicago, or California and become famous. But, who knows what'll happen? Whatever God has in store for me, that's the way I'll go."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"You can accomplish anything you want whether it's to slay a dragon and find your true love, be the next president, be the next Albert Einstein, or be the next Barbra Streisand, you can do it. 'All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’ - Walt Disney."

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Seguin Citizen

February 13th, 2014


Seguin Citizen: Travis Dearman

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"Culligan water - install water softeners”
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Play in a band (The Hillbilly Jug Band)”
 
What city and state were you born?
"Victoria, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Wife, Mandy and son, Jacob"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Becoming a parent"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Favorite show - Fast-N-Loud; Favorite movie - Gone in 60 seconds"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"All kinds but mostly Texas country"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"Business - Culligan Water Restaurant - Kirby's Korner and Garcia's"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I'm really an open book, so if they know me, they know everything about me."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"Past family members, just to be able to say good-bye"
 
What are your roles in the community?
"Doing what I can to help anyone that needs help"
 
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Watching my band grow and continue to improve"
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The people that live in the community"
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"That there is always someone willing to help"
 
What are your future plans?
"To continue to progress with my singing career and see what happens"
 

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Seguin Citizen

February 12th, 2014


 

Seguin Citizen:  Cathy A. Fennel

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I work two part-time jobs serving as RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Volunteer Coordinator and as a self-employed medical transcriptionist. My RSVP position involves recruiting and coordinating volunteers in Guadalupe and Wilson counties for a variety of programs and organizations focusing on specific needs within the community. We have volunteers placed with food banks, senior centers, veteran’s outreach programs, and housing programs such as Habitat for Humanity.Our signature program is America Reads which places volunteer tutors in our elementary schools to provide one-on-one tutoring for students struggling to improve their reading skills. My medical transcription work is pretty self-explanatory.  I listen to physician dictations and transcribe them into written reports."
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
" I love my Spurs and try to watch as many games as I can. I also enjoy recreational reading, creative writing and traveling whenever I can."

What city and state were you born?
" Dixon, Illinois"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My household includes me and my two furry children, Sophie and Toby.  Sophie is a Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix and has a very full life keeping my couch warm and my home covered in fur. Toby is a Great Catamation, a name which encompasses most of the breeds people have told me they see in him. He is extraordinarily energetic and I refer to him as Canine Sunshine. My human family consists of my dad, three brothers, three sisters, 11 nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews -- But who’s counting?"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Coping with my husband’s illness and eventual death in 2007.  Anyone who has been through the experience knows what a difficult journey that is, but I was also surrounded by very caring people who saw me through."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorites change often, but I very much enjoy Downton Abbey, Parenthood, Blue Bloods and Modern Family right now.   I like most Spielberg movies and I’ll watch just about any film featuring Meryl Streep but I don’t have one favorite movie."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
" I love all kinds of music – country, rock, folk, blues, big band - but the Beatles will always be my number one.  One of my very favorite songs is a love song by Billy Joel –“Just The Way You Are”.   I also like to attend folk festivals and visit small venues where I find “new-to-me” musicians.  A couple of regional artists I enjoy are Terri Hendrix and also the Warren Hood Band."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"There are so many wonderful businesses in Seguin but my hands-down favorite is Thunderpaws Canine Solutions.  They keep my Sophie looking good and helped me learn to manage Toby’s rambunctious nature.  In addition, the women of Thunderpaws are incredibly supportive of this community.
 
My choice for favorite restaurant depends on the day.  Today I’m craving Chinese food so it has to be Dragon Place. It could just as easily have been Dixie Grill, Garcia’s or the Rusty Rooster!"
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I’m a frustrated performer, limited only by my lack of talent!"

 


 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"David Robinson, a tremendous athlete and a man of immense integrity;  author Frank McCourt; philanthropist Melinda Gates; entertainer Carol Burnett; and our former governor, the late Ann Richards."
 
What are your roles in the community?
" I have been a member of the Seguin Sunset Lions Club for ten years.  I currently serve on the Animal Services Advisory Board and as a panel member for the SEDC’s GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community Program.  Recently I have reactivated my membership in the Guadalupe County Inter-Agency Council."
 
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
" Prior to my current positions, I have worked in non-profit management with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the United Way of Los Angeles, as Director of Grants at St. Mary’s University, as an Adult Probation Officer for Guadalupe County and as a medical transcriptionist for the Methodist Healthcare System and Guadalupe Regional Medical Center."
 
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
" While there have been many moments of personal triumph over the years, I am proudest of my overall ability to work successfully with a wide variety of people in many settings."  
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The people who live and work here are undoubtedly our greatest strength.  Every day I see evidence of committed, passionate people willing to work to change what needs to be changed and to help our community move forward."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"There is a combination of old and new that I find charming and endlessly interesting. The mix of people who have lived here since birth and newcomers who have discovered Seguin -- the historic buildings and monuments and the plans for brand spanking new facilities. There is, indeed, a story here."
 
 
What are your future plans?
"Retirement is just around the corner, I hope!  When that day comes, I plan to spend more time visiting family and friends across the country and pursuing some neglected hobbies."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Get involved! There are opportunities on every level in so many areas of interest.  You don’t need any special skills other than a desire to serve the community in which you live and help make life better for everyone."       
   

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Seguin Citizen

February 12th, 2014




Seguin Citizen Cassandra (Cassie) Jean Faucher
 
What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I am currently a senior at Texas Lutheran University. I was recruited by former head coach Missy Steiger to play softball for TLU in the fall of 2010. That same semester, I joined the math club and co-founded the annual Bulldog Calculus Showdown. By the fall of 2011, I was a certified math tutor at Texas Lutheran. I started out with my degree being a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and by the spring of 2012, I dropped softball and was accepted by the board of education at TLU into TLU’s education program. My degree then read “Bachelor of Science in Mathematics 8-12” (8-12 meaning that I wanted to teach high school math).  By the spring of 2013, I had decided to add a second math major whose degree read “Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.” Later, in the fall of 2013, I completed my Senior Capstone in mathematics and had accumulated and overall GPA of 3.9. I am currently in my last semester at TLU which is also my student teaching semester. This entails coming to campus two weeks early to begin my final two education classes whose duration is just one month along with observing and teaching half days with Ms. Turner at Seguin High School. I am also taking my final undergraduate math class at TLU, applied statistics, on Tuesday nights. Beginning Monday, February 10, 2014, I will be student teaching full-time at Seguin High School for Ms. Turner’s Advanced Quantitative Reasoning class. I have already fallen in love with my students as well as Seguin High School! This will be my “job” for the next three months. I am hoping to apply at the high school once I graduate and am certified to be a full time math teacher. I have already passed one of my two certification exams, and I take the second exam Feb. 18th!"
 
What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"
"When I am not at school, I love being at my church, taking my dog to Starke Park, or just staying home and painting whatever comes to mind. Also, if I am ever near some dirt, I love riding horses or playing a little softball!"
 
When and where were you born?
"I was born on July 17, 1992 in Omaha, Nebraska."
 
What’s the most recent book you’ve read?
"The most recent book that I have read is Principles of Classroom Management."
 
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
"The best advice that I have ever received was from my mom, 'just pray about it.”
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"When I was 13, my mom passed away. My biggest challenge wasn’t losing her, it was, and still is, getting through my 'big days' (first day of high school, my first two homeruns, graduation, signing to TLU, my fist college honor society, my TLU class ring ceremony) without her."
 
If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?
"I am a builder and a dreamer."
 
What inspires you?
"All of God’s creations and His word inspire me."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?
"My mom for her wisdom, my high school calculus teacher (Coach Burns) to thank her for sparking my dream, Sandra Bullock for a good laugh, my future husband to fall in love, and Jesus to remind us that we are all worth dying for."
 
What is your favorite TV show and why?
"Friends has to be my favorite show because it’s one of the only shows that I don’t mind watching the reruns over a million times, and even when I do, I still laugh like it’s the first time!"
 

What are your roles in the community?
"I am a student teacher at Seguin High School, I love volunteering at my church (Crossroads), I work seasonally at the heritage museum with John Gesick, I participate in TLU’s biannual service days (H.O.T. Dawgs in the fall and Day of the Dogs in the spring), and I also participate in TLU intramural sports including softball, flag football, soccer, sand volleyball, indoor volleyball, dodge ball, kickball, and bowling."
 
What is your educational background?
"I graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 2010, and I will be graduating from Texas Lutheran University in May, 2014 with a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in mathematics 8-12. I plan on attending graduate school in the fall to get my masters in mathematics."
 
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I have had multiple jobs around Seguin including: math tutor, waitress at JJ’s Café, gymnastics coach at J&R Gymnastics, and Office Assistant at Heritage Museum. I am currently a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, of Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honor Society, of Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, and of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. I am a part of the Leadership Team as a Math Tutor, and I am a member of TLU Math Club, and Co-Founder of the Annual Bulldog Calculus Showdown (ABCS)."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Since I was 13, I was raised solely by my step-father, Mic, who is now funding my way through college and living in Houston where I grew up. I am very close with my mom’s parents and brother. I have a half-brother who lives with my dad in Nebraska, and I have a half-sister who lives in Chicago with her husband. I have family in Tennessee, North Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that I am still very close with. Right now, my only family in Seguin with me is my 2-year-old boxer mix Lily, my TLU family, and my church family."
 
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"My proudest moment of my life thus far has been the progress that I have made as a teacher and a follower of Christ. (A close third would be raising my puppy, Lily!)"
 
What brought you to Seguin and why you choose to live here
"Softball brought me to Seguin, TLU kept me in Seguin, Crossroads made Seguin my home, and Seguin High School has made my home my mission field."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?:
"The current strengths of this community are as follows (not in any particular order): the rich history of Seguin; Texas Lutheran University; the newly established educational support; the dreams of the leaders of this town to grow; the Pastors within Seguin (especially Marcos Avalos); the potential that our youngest generations bring; the family lineage thriving in Seguin; the natural God-given beauty of this town"
 
What initiatives or changes you would like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?
"I would like to see more effective teachers, more involved parents, more positive attitudes, more recreational facilities for our older youth (skate parks, a new bowling alley, an arcade, etc.), and more reasons for our college students to stay here on the weekends (new restaurants, later hours, live music venues, etc.)."
 
Do you have any family roots in this area?
"Jesus!"
 
What are your future plans?
"After graduation, this summer I would like to teach summer school at Seguin High School, apply for my master's degree, and become even more involved at my church. In the fall, I wish to begin both teaching math at Seguin High School and start my masters. I want to help build Seguin from the inside out. Eventually, I want to be married and have children of my own. My long term goals would be to use what Seguin has taught and offered me in the fields of education and service and help children in third world countries build dreams of escaping poverty and supporting their families that have sacrificed it all for them."
 

 

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Seguin Citizen

February 5th, 2014


Seguin Citizen: Pam Dwyer
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that
involve?
 
“I am the youth director for First United Methodist Church of Seguin.”
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
 
“I hike with my lab Bailey and spend time with my mom.”
 
What city and state were you born in?
“Nacogdoches, Texas”
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
“My husband Tim, my 23 year old son Kyle and my sweet daughter-in-law Sarah, my 18
year old daughter Kelsey, and my amazing Mom, Patsy.”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
“Being a single mom “B.T.” (Before Tim)”
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
“I adore watching the Downton Abbey series and my favorite movie is “War Horse”
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
“Christian worship music! My most favorite band is ‘For King and Country’”
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
“Gift & Gourmet is my favorite business and Kirby’s Korner is the best restaurant ever!”
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
“I grew up hunting and fishing so it seems to surprise people that I can hunt, clean and cook game or fish of all kinds exceptionally well.”
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
“Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Nicolas Cage, Dick Van Dyke and Jesus would be most interesting”
 
What are your roles in the community?
“I support and participate in many youth related outreach events such as Silver Ring Thing and Southwest Texas Conference Midwinter Retreats, Jam/Quest Camps, Youth Worship Conference and Seguin Youth Ministry Group which allows youth leaders from local churches of all affiliations to work together and support one another to lead youth to Christ. I will be joining the Aggie Moms club since my daughter will be attending A&M and look forward to local community outreach efforts with them.”
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
“My mother taught me to be prepared for anything, so I have worked hard to educate myself and to be versatile. I have certifications in IT management and extensive computer hardware knowledge as a CNE (Certified Novell Engineer). I studied graphic design and business management in Jacksonville, Florida and have worked in web design for many years. I managed a marketing team for my own business and before that managed a MAC (Move, Add, Change network systems & IP address) team for GTE clients. I am now working on youth ministry certifications through Perkins Youth Ministry School.”
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
“Personally, I would have to say the birth of my two children. Professionally, believe it or not, it is when my business failed and I finally threw in the towel. It was so hard to let a long term dream go, but it opened another door to the most rewarding career of my life,
youth ministry.”
 

 


What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
“The desire to improve. Change is slow & steady and everyone seems to focus on being better. I like that.”
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“The World’s Largest Pecan…and The Heritage Museum. Great history here!”
 
What are your future plans?
God has put on my heart the desire to grow awareness and support for the homeless in our community. Work with other organizations to assist the homeless in any way possible. I also look forward to being a grandmother one day…it’s much anticipated!
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
“Community can and must work as a means to growing young people toward maturity in Christ, because faith grows best within true community. Hope happens when community supports the youth of Seguin as they work hard at getting to know each other and caring for the needs of Seguin.”

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Seguin Citizen

February 3rd, 2014



Seguin Citizen:  Stephen Doerr


What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"Director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program sponsored by TLU.  This involves recruitment and placement of older volunteers to serve in schools, food pantries, and a variety of human service agencies."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Fishing, travel, yoga, Master Naturalist Class, and Spirit of Joy choir"

 What city and state were you born? 
"Olney, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My wife Nancy and I are 'empty nesters' but feel blessed to have our son, daughter in law and grandson close by in Kyle.  I have two sisters, one brother, and both of my parents are still living and live in Seguin as well."

 What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Keeping with changes in computer technology and applications"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Favorite TV show, Jeopardy; Favorite Movie, Home Alone"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)? 
"Favorite type of music, Oldies; Favorite band, The Beach Boys"

 What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin? 
"Favorite Seguin Business, Texas Lutheran Universtiy; Favorite Seguin Restaurant, Los Cucos"

 What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I have been to Australia and New Zealand."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"My five closest friends"

 What are your roles in the community?
"Serve on Guadalupe County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Board, Guadalupe County Emergency Response Team, Christian Cupboard Volunteer through Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, part of first class of Guadalupe Master Naturalists"

 What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles? 
"BA degree in Sociology from TLU, graduate work in gerontology, served on many non-profit boards over the past 39 years including the National Association of RSVP Directors and the Texas Senior Corps Association"

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"My marriage and the birth of my son"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Our diversity, history, and the way the community works together to make Seguin a better place to live."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 
"Our history"

What are your future plans?
"Become involved in helping to preserve our natural environment through the Guadalupe Master Naturalist Program"

 What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"I hope that Seguin will embrace the Seguin Respect Campaign this year.  I see a need for greater respect and civility in our dealings with other people.  Respect and civility must start here."

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

January 30th, 2014

   

 

Seguin Citizen:  Amberly Nychole Rehfeld
 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
  “I am currently a freshman at Seguin High School. I am actively involved in The SHS Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and SHS FFA Agriculture.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
  “I enjoy playing soccer, swimming, running, drawing, writing, listening to music, hiking and just being outdoors.”

  
What city and state were you born in?
“Seguin, Texas”


Who are the members of your immediate family?
“Mother (Charity), Father (Louis), Brother (Gunnar) and Dog (Scamp)”


What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
”In Oct. 2011, I was in a serious golf cart accident where the golf cart turned over trapping and crushing my  Left leg. I was on crutches for 6 weeks and was unable to participate in AJB Track and Field. I recovered with only a few scars, a puncture wound and some nerve damage.”
 


What is your favorite TV show and movie?
”Movie (Footloose), TV (Degrassi, The Fosters & The Outdoor Channels)”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
“I like all genres but my favorite band is Motley Crue. My favorite song, Dustin Lynch ‘Cowboys & Angels’”


What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
“I have many favorite shops -- Bling, The Paisley Patch, Serenity Boutique & Sister Suzies. My favorite restaurant is The Grand Buffet.”


What is something folks may not really know about you?
”When I was three years old I was terrified of the Spurs Coyote.”


If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
”My Great Maternal Grandmother, Eula Lane Cohan; My Great Great Maternal Grandmother, Emily Zipp; My Great Maternal Grandfather, Max P. Cohan; Johhny Cash, & Elvis Presley.”


What are your roles in the community?
”I participate in the Seguin High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps; volunteering for football detail, and community trash pick up, volunteering at vacation Bible School at my church Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church”


Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
“First place UIL Poetry 2010; SHS NJROTC September 2013 Cadet of the Month; & SHS NJROTC Alpha 1 Second Squad Leader”


What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
”When I shook the hand of Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue; meeting Ozzy Osbourne; meeting Mr. Jerry Jones of The Dallas Cowboys and having him sign my football; assisting my mom in catching Tommy Lee's Drum stick from Motley Crue; and attending George Straits’ The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, receiving my SHS NJROTC Seamen Rank.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
”Faith, Family and Matador Pride’


What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“It's history really interests me, The True Woman and The Magnolia Hotel.”


What are your future plans?
”To attend Texas A & M in Corpus Christi, Texas or join the Navy, still deciding”


 


What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?      
“When I was 10, I recall seeing a lady living on a picnic table at a local church and it broke my heart to see that. I would like to see Seguin have a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter. I personally would like to see a skating and bowling alley back in Seguin for all ages to enjoy. Stay positive, support your Matadors, and respect the pecan!”
 

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Seguin Citizen

January 29th, 2014


 

Seguin Citizen: Eva Sands
What is your current occupation and what does that involve? 
"I am a parent liaison at Koennecke Elementary School. I assist students, teachers and parents in developing a positive cooperative home/ school relationship. Assist parents, students and teachers in resolving by finding answers to issues that they may have."

What do you do off the clock "just for fun?" 
"Crafts and spend time with my grandkids."

 
What city and state were you born 
"Seguin, Texas"
Who are the memebers of your immediate family? 
"My husband, Frank; my daughter, Laura, Mike and their daughter Miley; daughter, Jade, Julian and their children Juliana and Jayce and my Daisy (she's my dog)"

The biggest challenge you've ever faced? 
"Is seeing my children go through difficult situations and not be able to help them."

What is your favorite show and movie? 
"Show, The Big Band Theory - Movie, It changes, but I guess it would be Miracle on 34th St." 

What type of music do you enjoy? 
"Christian music, Tejano, and 70's and 80's rock and roll."

What is your favorite Seguin Business and restaurant?
"Walgreens and Schlotskys"

What is something folks may not know about you? 
"I have always wanted a job like the one I have now."

 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guest who would they be? 
"My nephew, Dwayne who passed away at the young age of 22, my grandpas and grandmas"

 
What are your roles in the community? 
"At this time nothing"

 
What are your professional background, achievements, leadership roles? 
"I have an associates degree in Child development, and I am a medical assistant."

 
What are your proudest moments in yur personal life or in your career?
"I would say having my girls and watching them grow up to be wonderful parents."

 
What do believe are the strengths of this community? 
"When things get tough people come together to help others."

 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I would say the old homes and the history behind them."

 
What are your future plans? 
"To continue working as a Parent Liaison and improve daily by learning. To spend as much time with my grandkids as I can."

 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 
"Continue caring and helping others" 

 

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Seguin Citizen

January 27th, 2014

 


Seguin Citizen: Kearstyn Holmes
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am a student at Jim Barnes Middle School. I am also a member of the band. It involves lots of books and walking."

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"
"Play saxophone, video games, reading"

What city and state were you born in?
"Clarksville, Tennessee"

Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Greg Holmes (dad), Jamie Bonner (mom)"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Finding out I had scoliosis in 4th grade"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"2 Broke Girls, it's funny."

What is the most recent book you've read?
"House of Hades"

What is the best advice you've ever received?
"Never give up"

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?
"Helpful, nice"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Adele, One Direction, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), The Wanted, My Dad"

What are your roles in the community?
"Volunteer and Nursing Home"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"8th Grade"

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Learning how to ride a bike and learning to drive"

What are your future plans?
"Go to college"

What is your message to Seguin?
"Kearstyn's Cause: This is Kearstyn and she has been coping with effects of Scoliosis for 4 years and is now getting ready to have back surgery on Jan. 28, 2014.She has been waiting for this day so she can ‘live a normal life.’ We would really appreciate your donations in order to assist us with medical expenses before, during and after surgery. Thank you in advance Greg, Jamie & Kearstyn. Donations can be made to this website below or to RBFCU #7594842; www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/kearstyn-s-cause/84289"

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Seguin Citizen

January 23rd, 2014

 

Seguin Citizen:  Karissa J'Nette Tracy
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
  “I am a senior in high school attending Lifegate Christian school.”
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
”I draw, paint, write, play basketball, and hang out with my beautiful little sister and my amazing friends.”
  
What city and state were you born in?
“San Antonio, Texas”
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
”Steve Tracy (father); Kristyn Tracy (mother); Chris Tracy (brother); Kailey Tracy (sister); Jimmy Franklin (Grandpa); Janey Franklin (Grandma)”

 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
”The divorce of my parents”
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
”I don't particularly have a favorite TV show, but my favorite movie would have to be the adorable animated story of Repunzel: Tangled.”
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
“My brother is practically a musical genius, so I listen to all kinds. But when I have control of the radio, the station is definitely playing country music.”
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
“My favorite Seguin store is Bling and I don't have a particularly favorite restaurant, I just love food.”
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
”I'm actually a shy person. I can be extremely outgoing and maybe too loud at times, but I have extreme stage fright and I take to the characteristics of an introvert. Until you get to know me, that is.”
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
”Rosa Parks; my great grandfather (my grandmas dad); Anne Frank; Kylie Bisurri; Florence Nightingale”
 
What are your roles in the community?
”My role in my community as a student is to do my best in school, as a citizen. It is to help my community by volunteering. As a Christian, it is to bring glory to God's name and as a young woman, it is to set a good example for the younger girls by showing them that there is more to life than high school drama, make-up and boyfriends.”
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
”I am student council president at my school, captain of both my basketball team and cheer squad, and have gone to state in track two years in a row. I have earned A/B honor roll for the past three years I have been in high school and I have received various academic awards. I also was blessed with 2013 Homecoming queen. I spend the end of my day as a teacher's aid for the kindergarten class as well, which has to be my favorite part of my day. I also spend one Sunday, a month, helping my pastor and another volunteer run a Junior Youth program at my church. I am a member of my youth group at Lifegate and was a vocalist for the chapel musicians and  am involved in the choir as well at Lifegate.” 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
”Some of the proudest moments of my life would have to be the blessing of homecoming queen, and the election as student council president. My number one moment would have to be the day I was saved by Christ.”
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
”Seguin is very quaint. Everyone is friendly and I feel comfortable to be myself in the town. I don't feel like just another face in the crowd. I feel like a member of the community. I love how peaceful it is and how it exceeds the typical town. It's home.”
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“I moved to Seguin when I was nine years old, and ever since I can remember, my favorite part about Seguin was, and still is, the big, beautiful Victorian houses.
 
What are your future plans?
”I plan to finish high school and attend college possibly at TLU, Texas A&M, or Texas Tech University to accomplish my dream of being a neo natal nurse. I plan to get my PhD in nursing and become a neo natal nurse practitioner, and hopefully someday be blessed with the opportunity to walk down the isle to the man God has planned for me, and start a family.”
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?  
“This Saturday, Jan. 25th, Lifegate is hosting a Chili Supper and I would like to encourage the community to attend. Our chili supper helps support Lifegate throughout the year. It is a night that includes lots of amazing chili and desserts, a silent and live auction, and fun games for kids of all ages.
Tickets can be bought previous to the night of the supper or upon arrival at Lifegate.”
     

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Seguin Citizen

January 21st, 2014


Seguin Citizen:  Mason Allenger

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I’m currently a senior at Seguin High School. This, as you would expect, involves 40 hours of
school per week before considering sports, clubs, volunteering, etc."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"As odd as it may sound, running long-distance is my favorite activity to do in my spare time. But that isn't to say,  I don't enjoy playing video games every now and then!"
 
 
What city and state were you born in?
"I was actually born right down the road in San Antonio, Texas."
 
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My immediate family members include: My brother, Marshall; my father, Frank and my
mother Yolanda."
 
 
What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"The first half of my senior year has been a huge challenge, even to the extent of me saying it has been my biggest challenge yet. Juggling college preparation, sports, clubs, and grades is no small task."
 
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I'm not really a TV guy, but my favorite movie is Life of Pi."
 
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"There isn't really one genre of music I enjoy in particular. My favorite band is One Republic."
 
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Because Seguin High School is in fact a business of education, I would have to say that SHS is my favorite business. Everyone here works really hard at what they do, and I don't think they get enough recognition. My favorite restaurant is the Grand Buffet."
 
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I don't think people really understand how much I enjoy calling Seguin my home. I couldn't even imagine living anywhere else."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"My guests would be my grandpa Mike, President John F. Kennedy, Warren Buffett, John Rawls and Al Capone."
 
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I don't actually hold any specific position, but I tend to volunteer in the community quite often and I'm an active, involved high school student."
 
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I was the captain of the Seguin Matadors cross-country team this last season, I'm the reporter of the law enforcement club, and I'm an avid member of the debate team, Business Professionals of America, and the National Honor Society!"
 
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"The proudest moment I've had to date was finding out I placed as a state finalist in the prepared speech event as part of Business Professionals of America, when I actually got to the state competition only as an alternate."
 
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I believe the biggest strength of this community to be its sense of hope. The ‘let’s get this done’ mentality has helped this community advance so
dramatically in the last few years."
 
 
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I find the most interesting thing about Seguin to be its rich, compelling history. If you've never taken a trip to the Sebastopol House, I recommend that you do - I guarantee you won't regret it!"
 
 
What are your future plans?
"After graduating high-school and earning a bachelor’s degree in college, I plan to attend law school and become an attorney. I’d like to return to the community after that."
 
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Have pride and faith in your community. Believe in Seguin - it’s going places!"
     

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Seguin Citizen

January 20th, 2014



Seguin Citizen: Moses Garcia
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am currently working at my shop at Moses iPhone Repair. I fix iPhones, iPads, and now Galaxy S3."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I spend my time with my family going out to restaurants, discovering new little towns, and going to the malls."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born right here in Seguin,Texas."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My wife Emilly and our two daughters Aliana and our new born Amber."
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"My biggest challenge would have to be starting my own business, having to learn the whole start up process and learning from my mistakes along the way."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorite movie is Fast and the Furious. My favorite TV show is Duck Dynasty."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"My type of music is Christian. I listen to K-LOVE all the time."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite business around here is Office Depot and my favorite restaurant is Schlotzsky’s."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"People may not really know how much I really love apple products. I am always looking into what they are doing next and the amazing technology that they put in their devices."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"If I could sit down with any five people at a dinner party they would have to be Jesus Christ, Job (from the bible), Vin Diesel, Johnny Cash, and Uncle Si."
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I just became a new member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I am well rounded in electronics from car audio, TVs, computers, phones, and tablets."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"The proudest moments in my life were when I married my wife and having my two beautiful little girls. The proudest moments in my career would have to be at past jobs earning employee of the month."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The strengths I see in this community is it is growing more and the building for education."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"How even though it is growing you still have that small town feel."
 
What are your future plans?
"My plan is to continue to expand my business in other towns as well, get more employees, and to always have my prices reasonable for my customers."
 

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Seguin Citizen

January 17th, 2014

     

 

Seguin Citizen:  Katherine Huerta-Ortega
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I am a senior in Seguin High School and I'm involved in Interact Club, MatCast and National Honor Society."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in Lexington, Nebraska."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My mother, Araceli Huerta; father, Damian Huerta and my little brother, Damian Huerta are my immediate family."
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"The biggest challenge I've faced was getting to learn English. After I was born my parents decided to move to Mexico and I started school there. Then after a certain period of time my family decided to move back to the United States and so I had to continue my education here. It was very difficult for me to become accustomed to a different lifestyle, with different people and a different language. I remember having to study for hours with my mother to try to learn English and catch up with the education system here. Fortunately, after a year and a half of work, I began to speak English very fluently and later on I started improving my grades, resulting in getting All A Honor Roll or More A's Than B's Honor Roll."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"I don't really have time to watch to TV, because I'm constantly at school either working on things for MatCast, or doing volunteer work for Interact Club.
As far as my favorite movie, I'd have to say it is Anastasia."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I'm a very open minded person, so I like almost every type of music. My favorite bands are Arctic Monkeys and One Direction. I do not have a favorite song, because I always change my mind."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite business is Rue 21 and favorite restaurant is Bella Sera."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I am in ITSA, which is a college course where we learn about troubleshooting computers, different operating systems, subnetting and routing. Last year, since I had one of the top averages in my class, I had the opportunity to work an internship at Rackspace Hosting."
  
What are your roles in the community?
"I am in Interact, therefore I volunteer in whatever opportunities I get."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I am in National Honor Society, I also am the Producer of Seguin High School's MatCast Broadcast team."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"My proudest moment was definitely when I was given the title of being producer for MatCast."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I think that the strengths of our community is that everyone pretty much knows everyone and they are very welcoming to new people in out city."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I love the history of Seguin, I find very intriguing. Ever since I read True Women I was fascinated by the historical marks we have here."
 
What are your future plans?
"My future plans are to go to Texas State University and major in Broadcast Journalism."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Change can be tough, but in the long run it can really enhance our lifestyles."

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Seguin Citizen

January 16th, 2014

   

Seguin Citizen: Karly Rae Winters
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"Seguin High School student"
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I like watching movies and hanging out with friends."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"Seguin, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Clara Winters, Scott Winters, Krystal Fare, and Kymber Dault"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Having to deal with large amounts of stress"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Pretty Little Liars and Frozen"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Almost anything except rap and screamo"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Napa Auto Parts Store and Garcia's"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I actually like sewing."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"My best friend, Amber Rhodes, Theo James, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Lawrence”
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I'm a student and am on the staff of the Seguin High School Cricket Chirps."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I am a section editor in the school's newspaper."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"When I made section editor"
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"How close and homely we are"
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"The Rose Garden that we have"
 
What are your future plans?
"I plan on going to college after I graduate from high school, but I would also like to do some traveling before I go though."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Just keep trying. Change can't come unless you begin the change in yourself."

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Seguin Citizen

January 15th, 2014

  

 

Seguin Citizen: Brooke Sjoberg
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school) and what does that involve?
"I am a sophomore at Seguin high school where I am an assistant editor of the yearbook and a member of the Colorguard/Winterguard."
 
What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?
"I really like to read during my downtime."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My father, Brett; my stepmother, Valleri; my younger sister, Erin and my older step sisters Miranda, Elizabeth, and Megan."

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?
"Public speaking"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Doctor Who and Fantasia"
 
What type of music do you enjoy?
"I really like Indie Rock, but I grew up on Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"Thunderpaws and Bella Sera"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I really like to sing."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) excluding members of your immediate family, who would they be?
"David Tennant, Christopher Eccelston, Matt Smith, Billie Piper, and Karen Gillan"
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I am a member of the marching band, colorguard, and winterguard."
 
What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"When my cover design was chosen as this year's yearbook cover"
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"The sense of familiarity found in the residents. Everyone is friends with everyone."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Everybody knows everybody."

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Seguin Citizen

January 13th, 2014

 

Seguin Citizen: Trinity Zanae Herrera

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
“A student at Patlan Elementary, first grader”
 
What do you do off the clock “Just 3for fun?”
  “I’m a cheerleader at LUV 2 Cheer in La Vernia, Texas.”
 
What city and state were you born in?
“Seguin, Tx”
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
“My sister, Kailyn. She’s two years. My sister Meagan. She’s a baby, eight months. My mom Judy and dad Dwayne.”
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
“The biggest challenge I have faced was my (Christmas charity) lunch. I asked for ‘Trinity’s Family Holiday Feast.”
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
“Good Luck Charlie and the Princess and the Frog”
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
“One Direction, I love them”
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
“I love shopping at Walmart because they have everything  -- Tacos from Noe’s Tacos.”
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
“That I get shy sometimes”
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
“Justin Bieber; One Direction, Selena Gomez; Miley Cyrus and Big Time Rush”
 
What are your roles in the community?
“When I see homeless animals, I tell my mom and dad to stop to see if it is lost because some are homeless.”
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
“That I helped my mom put together ‘Trinity’s Family Feast.’ I helped collect money to help with the food and drinks and other stuff.”
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
“Winning first place during Nationals in South Padre with my cheer team”
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
“That everyone helps each other”
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“I love that they have baseball because I love to play baseball.”
 
What are your future plans?
I want to be a chef so I can open up a restaurant and feed all the needy people.”
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        
“That next year when I do ‘Trinity’s Holiday Family Feast,’ for more familiar to come so it can be bigger and I can help people and we can all eat as a family.”
 
 

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Seguin Citizen

January 9th, 2014

 


Seguin Citizen: Nick Stephens 
 
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
"I attend school at Seguin High School, which involves the obvious- doing homework, studying, and making good grades. "
 
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I really like to drum, and I also love just about any sport."
 
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in Cleveland, Ohio."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My immediate family includes my parents, Robert and Kimberly Stephens; my sister, Katharine Stephens; and my grandmother, Darlene Del Greco."
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Honestly, it was probably learning how to juggle all the different activities I was involved in my freshman year. Time management is a tough skill to develop."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorite TV show is Hawaii Five O, and my favorite movie is The Avengers."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I love marching band and drum corps music, but as far as popular music goes, my favorite artist is Macklemore."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"I may be a bit biased in saying that my favorite business is Cornerstone Pediatrics! My favorite restaurant is definitely Kirby's."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"People may not know that I am a complete music nerd. I love anything music-related, including orchestral music."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"I would have to go with Rob Ferguson, Lou Holtz, Nelson Mandela, Michael Jordan, and Woody Hayes. That would make for some very interesting conversation."
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I am a student at Seguin High School, and I referee for the Seguin Youth Soccer Club."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"Well, I am a section leader in the Matador Drumline, and I also compete in region band, science fair, debate, and Destination Imagination."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"I think the proudest moment of my life was when I made region band as a freshman. They took the top eleven out of a field of around 70, and I barely snuck in with the eleventh spot. I don't think I've ever been happier than I was on that ride home."
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I think the strength of this community is showcased when we are able to come together as a family and work towards a common goal to improve our future."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Seguin is interesting because there is so much potential here, so much possibility to take a good thing and make it better."
 
What are your future plans?
"My future plans are to go on to college and major in music education, as well as possibly getting a degree in music composition, and then to teach high school or university percussion after I graduate."
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Never accept something because ‘that's just the way it is’. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and make a change for the better- because that change can inspire others to do the same."

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January 7th, 2014

Seguin Citizen: Myra Salinas

What is your current occupation and what does that involve?

"I am the tourism assistant for the Seguin Convention and Visitors Bureau. My job is to promote Seguin as a tourist destination to generate revenue for the community.

I market our hotels, meeting facilities, dining facilities, local businesses, attractions and area events.  I use my creativeness to make new brochures and event publications."

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

"I love hanging out with my family and I also enjoy my ÒMe timeÓ at TKC/CrossFit Seguin where I go to Bootcamp Divas. If you havenÕt tried Crossfit, you need to!"

When and Where were you born?

"I was born in December in Queretaro, Mexico."

WhatÕs the most recent book youÕve read?

"True Women by Janice Woods Windle"

What is the best advice youÕve ever received?

"DonÕt give up what you want most for what you want now."

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

"The biggest challenge I have ever faced was coping with my parents moving to another country. Till this day, knowing that I canÕt see my mom and dadÕs face every day breaks my heart. But I look forward to their long visits (happy face)."

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Two words? Ugh. IÕll go with loyal and a mother."

What inspires you?

"My family"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?

"My five guests would be my two sisters, Jennifer and Heather, my mom and dad and my grandma, Sophia Castillo."

What is your favorite TV show?

"Law and Order"

What are your roles in the community?

"To show visitors all the wonderful things Seguin has to offer and to teach them about our rich cultural history."

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership  roles?

"I attended St. Philips College and University of the Incarnate Word. I have a fulfilling job and I am currently enrolled in Leadership Seguin."

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband, David, my step-son, Noah who is 11, my daughter, Sophia who is 5 and our newest addition, Matthew who just turned 1."

What are your proudest moments in your personal  life or in your career?

"My proudest moments definitely come from my kiddos. They are my smile to my face and my beat to my heart."

What brought you to Seguin and why you choose to live here?

"My husband and I decided to move to Seguin to be closer to family and the bonus was meeting new amazing friends."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"ThatÕs an easy one! Sheek by J and Guadalupe Grill House."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Some of the strengths of our community are our citizens, our history and of course, all the new improvements in our town but at the same time keeping the small town feeling."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I would have to say how the whole town gets together for social events around the square in downtown -- the heart of our town!"

What are your future plans?

"I will continue to bring people to this wonderful town that I now call home. "

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"ÕIt is never too late to be what you might have beenÕ Ð George Eliot"

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January 3rd, 2014

Seguin Citizen:Yooana Landeros

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

 

"I am a hairstylist/owner at Sheves Hair Salon. I attended Seguin High School."

 

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

"I like to go dancing with friends and watch movies while eating junk food."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Piedras Negras, Coahuila Mexico"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Dad Sergio Sotelo, mom Felicitas Sotelo, sister Larissa, Brother Sergio Jr."

 

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

"The biggest challenge I had to face was opening my own business while going to college."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is HOY and my favorite movie is The Notebook."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etcƒ)?

"The type of music I like to listen to is Nortenas, Bachata, and rock en espanol. Some of my favorites bands and music artist include Duelo, La Maquinaria, Romeo Santos, and Mana."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Sheves Hair Salon is my favorite business and my favorite restaurant is Chili's!"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I was vice president for my cosmetology class in 2007. I competed in Skills USA and won first place in two district categories. I played in the varsity soccer team as a freshman in high school. I was named assistant manager for a hair salon after working there for only six months. Folks should know that I am a fearless woman and I will not give up!"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My grandpa/grandma, Frida Calo, Cesar Lozano,and Selena"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I am a member in the Hispanic chamber of commerce. I support the Texas wrestling events."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

ÒI have been a hairstylist since 2007. I helped manage a chain salon for four years. I finished several Redken hair care course. I just finished a small business seminar at the University of the Incarnate Word."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Without a doubt, two of the proudest moments of my life have been being the first in my family to graduate high school and helping manage a corporation hair salon and now opening my own business."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I think that the strengths come from being a united community, so if we work together we will become stronger!!"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I find it interesting to see how Seguin is growing rapidly."

 

What are your future plans?

"I would love to finish my business degrees as well as expand my business."

 

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"I would like to invited everyone to come out support small businesses like Sheves Salon! We are located on 106 E. Cedar St. in Seguin, Tx across from the Clinical Pathology laboratory (CPL). Los invito a visitar mi estetica localisada en 106 E. Cedar St. en Seguin, Tx."

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January 2nd, 2014

Seguin Citizen: Kay Scott

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am the Executive Director of the Family Life Center, located in Seguin and also in New Braunfels, Texas. We are a nonprofit organization that helps the under-resourced people in the community with rental assistance, food, and other forms of assistance to enable those residents to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community."

 

 

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

"Spend time with my family."

 

 

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago."

 

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband, Jack and our four children, our daughter-in-law and our granddaughter."

 

 

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

"The main challenges that I have had to face have occurred when my children were involved in life-threatening situations: my daughters were involved in a serious school bus accident when we lived overseas and my eldest son was injured in a parachuting accident while serving our country. Being a military wife was also a big challenge, especially having to be overseas without the assistance of my husband at times when he would be deployed elsewhere."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Movie = The Sound of Music (the Julie Andrews version) and show = Bonanza"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etcƒ)?

"I enjoy listening to praise and worship music, and I also like to listen to traditional Christmas music any time of the year."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite store is This, That & the Other. Regarding restaurants, I am unable to eat out due to my extensive food allergies."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"That IÕm actually a homebody and can be shy at times."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Jesus, my mother, my father, my grandmother and great-grandmother."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I am the Executive Director for the Family Life Center Seguin office as well as member of the Guadalupe County CERT Team."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles:

I am an ordained minister and also have many years of working in the social services/nonprofit sector. I started as a volunteer and from there, my outreach evolved into a full service organization. I serve  on the Board of Commissioners for the New Braunfels Housing Authority and the New Braunfels Resource Center. I am a CERT member as well as a member of VOAD and the Homeless Coalition."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Being married to my high school sweetheart for 42 years and counting is my proudest personal achievement. Career-wise, my proudest moments come from being able to positively touch the lives of others in a life-changing way on a daily basis."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The folks that I have met are honestly invested in the future of this community and all want to make a positive improvement not just for today but for the future."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The openness and friendliness of all of the people in the community."

 

What are your future plans?

"I would like to be able to collaborate with everyone that is able to provide a needed resource that can improve the lives of those in need in the Seguin community. Establishing a working system that will continue long-term would be a beneficial outreach that can be used by the communityÕs assistance programs."

 

The next item may be used to encourage a community (fundraising) event or campaign to enhance the quality of life in Seguin:

"Establishing a community-wide transitional housing program that also offers job skill training and other life skills learning opportunities would be a big help to those who are in need of stable housing. A community-based garden project that would address the need for more fresh fruits and vegetables to not only the under-resourced, but would serve as a way to bring people together in an environmentally-stabilizing and eco-friendly way."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"I would just like to convey to the residents of Seguin that I am excited about being able to help in any way possible to assist them in getting the resources they need in order to provide a better future for their families. I would also like to thank the residents for giving me this opportunity to serve them."

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December 31st, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Lee R. Pacheco Jr.

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am a Perishable Representive in the Market Dept for the company H-E-B, a local grocery store here in Seguin. I have been with the company just over 1 year now. My job involves me making sure all product is stocked accordingly, rotated, and displayed well to meet the customer's needs. I am also here to answer any concers or questions customers may have.  Here at H-E-B, our customers are the number 1 priority."

 

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

"I like to go out to eat with the family or catching a good movie every now and then, washing my cars, but my passion is collecting old retro video games (Mainly the 80's Nintendo Era) and Texas Longhorns Football. HOOK 'EM HORNS \m/ "

  

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born here in Seguin on October 1, 1976 "

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My beautiful fiance wife Bianca, and my three wonderful kids Jacob, Julie, and my littlest Lyla Raye Pacheco"

 

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

"One challenge that I have faced would have to be when I broke my left femur in a work related accident on May 24th of 2011. Feeling very depressed and having to struggle just to try to do the simplest things, like getting dressed, taking a shower, going to the bathroom, even driving my car. Not to mention the constant pain and physical therapy treatments that took a year and a half of my life away. With a lot of effort and family support I was able to over come it.

 

Another challenge was having the mindset in going back to school to finish. For some people, (me for instance) when I was younger, I really did not take the time to appreciate the things that were the most important in my life until I got older. When your older, you see things more clearly and learn to appreciate these things much more. Im very thankful to have my family and the very best teachers right there by my side to teach/guide me along the way and to push me never to give up.

A huge thanks to my family, My grandmother Elvira Trinidad (Thank you for watching over me in heaven), My parents Roy & Isabel Pacheco, Janie Pacheco, My brothers Rene Pacheco, Ryan Pacheco, My sister n laws Elicia Pacheco, Kendra Pacheco, Amanda Munoz and especially my wife Bianca and my little brother Noel Pacheco for believing in me. I would also like to thank Melissa Sadler-Nitu/Program Director, My wonderful teachers Mrs. Kitchen and Mrs. Chandler and to everyone else/not mentioned for their endless support. Without you, this would not be possible. To anyone out there seeking an education, I am living proof that it is never too late to go back out there and get it. "

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Favorite TV show: Pawn Stars

Favorite movie: The Pursuit Of Happyness"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etcƒ)?

"The type of music I enjoy. Hmmm, thats a good question. Well, I enjoy mostly hard rock/heavy metal, plus I am a huge Metallica fan. (mainly their early days, lol)"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite local business is of course is H-E-B

My favorite restaurant is Subway"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I tend to be just a little self-conscious at times, but I feel that we are all a bit self-conscious in our own ways. Nobody is perfect, but it doesn't hurt to try and be, lol "

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"1. My Lord/Jesus Christ, 2. John Lennon, 3. Colt McCoy, 4. Will Smith, and 5. John F. Kennedy"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Well, the only role that I contribute/support as of now is being a doner to the United Way. Not just for community, but for all over the world. It feels good knowing my money is going to a good cause to help others who are less fortunate than myself."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I am now currently working on moving to bigger and better opportunities here at H-E-B and also trying to be the best parent role model I can be for my kids."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"One of my proudest moments was being able to step in as the new father figure to my step kids Jacob and Julie. I myself could not imagine growing up without a stable father figure in my life, and I would never want my kids growing up feeling this way.

Another moment was actually becoming a father of my own to my beautiful daughter Lyla. To witness your child being born/brought into this world for the first time, is a feeling like no other. In an instant, your life completely changes from that day on. Its not about you or the things that interest you anymore. Being a parent is never easy, and will be faced with many many challenges, but in the end, it takes a real man to raise his children. This is what I was taught. These will forever be the proudest moments in my life. "

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Anything constructive that has to do with the kids to me are the strengths of this community. Get your kids involved in education and all kinds of school curricular activities. Keep them occupied, positive and focused in their schoolwork. Make sure to set a very good example as a parent and keep them going in a positive direction. Education is the key to success. The kids are our future."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"What I find most interesting about Seguin are the people here. Mostly everyone here seems to be down to earth, very helpful and friendly."

 

What are your future plans?

"My future plans are to make H-E-B a long and lasting career for my family and I. I feel that this company has many great opportunities for me to grow and achieve for the the best life possible."

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Seguin Citizen

December 28th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Janelle Weinman

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Student at Seguin High School"

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I enjoy reading and being with my friends and family."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"San Antonio,Tx"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Janice Weinman"

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Getting through the craziness of my senior year"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Hawaii Five-O and Pitch Perfect"

 

What type of music do you enjoy(favorite band, song,etc..)?

"Pop, country and Christian"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

ÒSeguin Smiles and Johnny's BBQ"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I love to travel and see different parts of the country."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) who would they be?

"Martin Luther, Rick Riordan, Jesus, Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Suess"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Volunteer at various religious and service organizations"

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Member of the Mighty Matador band, National Honor Society,National Technical Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America National Society"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or your career?

"My Destination Imagination team getting second place at Globals last year"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The support of the schools, library,  and parks through the recent bonds. It makes Seguin a much more enticing place to return to after my studies."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The big pecan"

 

What are your future plans?

"Go to a university and then get my doctorate in a health care field"

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December 26th, 2013

Seguin Citizen:  Ms. Lillian L. Bibbs 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

ÒI am currently employed through Texas Experience Works for RAPPS Rural Area Parenting Program Services here in Seguin. I am currently the office coordinator for RAPPS. I cover all incoming phone calls, greet and answer questions for incoming clients. Help keep the office organized.Ó

 

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

ÒI enjoy writing spiritual poetry and in 2001, I had  book published called ÔInspirational Poems and Readings.ÕÓ

  

What city and state were you born in? 

ÒI was born in Seguin, Texas.Ó

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?  ÒErvin and Kathlene Fennell family of Seguin -- Ervin is my father and Kathleen is my mother, four brothers and one sisterÓ

 

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

ÒHaving to retire early due to illness and then the challenge of re-entering the workforceÕ

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

ÒI enjoy watching Wheel of Fortunne.

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etcƒ)? 

 

ÒSpiritual music is my favorite especially around the Christmas season.Ó

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant? 

ÒEl Ranchito Restaurant has the best Mexican food around. I love to go there to eat!Ó

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

ÒI truly enjoy working with children and have always had the desire to start and be a part of a loving & caring child care facility.Ó

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

ÒJesus, Eldre Floyd Ball, Sr., Bishop J.P. Steadman; Mia Angelo  and Ellen DeGeneresÓ

 

What are your roles in the community?

ÒChoir president, Sunday school teacher, church cook, poet and senior missionary for my churchÓ

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

 

Ò1989 started as a cook for SMI and was promoted to office work in 1992 to OJT book keeping and retired in 2002 under this job descriptionÓ

 

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

ÒMy children; two girls age 47 and  42; grandbabies galore 11 in allÓ

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

ÒPeople being able to work together with great communication, to include caring, understanding and compassionÓ

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 

ÒThe strength of our communityÓ

 

What are your future plans?

ÒTo write and publish a best selling book of poems and inspirational writings that will inspire people around the world.Ó

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 

ÒKeep the Lord Jesus Christ first in your life and continue to be the best loving, caring and strong community that we are proud of today!Ó

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Seguin Citizen

December 20th, 2013

Honorary Seguin Citizen: Santa Claus 

What is your current occupation? 

ÒEvery year at Christmas, I deliver toys to good boys and girls all over the world. Throughout the year, I work with my elves and Mrs. Claus to create the fun and unique toys that I deliver. I have the best job in the world.Ó

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for funÓ? 

ÒI like to bowl. I even have a lucky bowling ball - itÕs bright red! I also like to jog around the North Pole with my eight shiny reindeer. Rudolph isnÕt much of a runner, so he usually doesnÕt come with us, but itÕs fun nonetheless. I also love to taste cookies! If you ever need a taste-tester, let me know. IÔm an expert.Ó 

When and where were you born? 

ÒHo, ho, ho, thatÕs a funny question. I was born a long, long time ago - probably before you were born!Ó 

WhatÕs the most recent book youÕve read? 

ÒÕThe Help.ÕÓ 

What is the best advice youÕve ever received? 

ÒIf the chimney looks too small, it probably is.Ó

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced? 

ÒOne year, about a decade or two ago, my sleigh broke down. We had an issue with one of the rails. I was so worried that I wouldnÕt be able to get the toys to all the good boys and girls in time for Christmas morning, but my good friend Blue Santa helped me out and let me borrow his sleigh. Blue Santa really is a great guy.Ó 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

ÒCaring and generousÓ 

What inspires you? 

ÒThe giving spirit of others and the hope that people have during the holiday season. If youÕve ever heard a young childÕs Christmas wish, you know what IÕm talking about. It brings joy to my heart each year to sit down and talk to the children about what they want most in life.Ó 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be? 

ÒJimmy Buffett, my good friend Blue Santa, and of course, the KWED staff. I realize thatÕs more than five, but I have a lot of friends across the globe, and I think weÕd all have a blast together. IÕd love to hear Jimmy Buffett sing a duet with that Darren Dunn. That would be hilarious.Ó 

What is your favorite TV show and why? 

ÒÕA Charlie Brown ChristmasÕ because itÕs a classic. I just love Charlie Brown, and especially Snoopy. I always wanted a dog like that.Ó 

Discuss your roles in the community.

ÒWell, I am Santa Claus, also referred to as Jolly Old St. Nick. I help bring Christmas joy to families all around the world each year at Christmas time. During my off-time, I also like to help out with the Salvation Army. I just love their bright red kettles! I also like to help out the Seguin Police DepartmentÕs Blue Santa program when I can. Those guys do such a great job each year!Ó 

Discuss your educational background. 

ÒI went to Santa school in Iceland. It was a cold four years, but it prepared me for my life up here in the North Pole. I remember the days we had to practice running up and down the stairs on the training field with bags of toys. It was a hard exercise, but it was worth it in the end. I graduated Valedictorian of my class!Ó

Share your family. 

ÒThereÕs me and Mrs. Claus. WeÕve been together for what seems like an eternity! I think we were made to be together. SheÕs a wonderful gal. We have five kids. Their names are Nick, Kris, Thomas and Eleanor. Of course, I also have hundreds of elves who live here with my family and I. TheyÔre like my second family.Ó 

Discuss the moments in your life/career that are your proudest accomplishments. 

ÒThe first time I successfully went down a chimney and safely displayed a train set under a Christmas tree was one of the best moments of my life. I was so worried IÕd mess up the train or get stuck, but I made it.Ó 

What are your plans for the future--- personally and/or professionally? 

ÒI plan to continue my work for as long as I can. When I retire, IÕd like to pass on the reigns to my son Kris. HeÕs such a hard worker, and he truly loves working with me each year.Ó 

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December 19th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Dr. Crystal Hayes

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"General Dentist at Alligator Dental. Involves providing dental care to the pediatric population"

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I love trying new restaurants. I also enjoy interval training and Body Pump classes at my gym."

 

What city and state were you born?

"July 1st in Wilmington, NC"

 

What's the most recent book you've read?

"Fundamentals of Biostatistics"

 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"Always be kind to others."

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Dental school"

 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Ambitious and determined"

 

What inspires you?

"My family"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Frederick Douglass, Florence Griffith Joyner, Barack and Michelle Obama, Coretta Scott King"

 

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"N/A - I rarely watch TV."

 

What are your roles in the community?

 

"I want to serve the community in providing dental care and education for children and their families."

 

What is your educational background?

 

"University of North Carolina Chapel Hill- Bachelors of Science, Virginia Commonwealth Dental School (D.D.S), University of Texas Health Science Center-Pediatric Residency"

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill- Bachelors of Science, Virginia Commonwealth Dental School (D.D.S)

 

Your family (spouse, children and/or extended family)?

I have four nieces and five nephews."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Completing dental school"

 

What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?

Alligator Dental. I want to further my career as a general dentist."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I believe Seguin is a small family oriented community that is strengthened by faithful community members and those community leaders are committed to the town."

 

What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?

"I would like to see the childhood caries risk decrease."

 

Do you have any family roots/history in this area?

"No."

 

What are your future plans?

"To become a Pediatric Dentist"

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December 17th, 2013

Seguin Citizen:  Tony Arellano

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I'm a salesman here at Griffith Ford Seguin."

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

"Ride horses, hang out with my fiance and friends"

 

What city and state were you born?

"South West Houston, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Martha Melendez, grandma; Natalie Luevano, mom; Ruben Noel Arellano, dad; Joseph Hernandez, brother"

 

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

"Moving from Houston to Gonzales, Texas"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"The Sopranos, ESPN and 8 Seconds about Lane Frost"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I listen to mainly country, Randy Rogers Band, favorite country singer would be David Allan Coe, Gary Stewart, George Strait and Hank Jr. Williams."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Griffith Ford Seguin, of course, but I sure do like Rusty Rooster"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I love to make people laugh. There's nothing better than putting a smile on a personÕs face."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

George Jones, my grandma, Martha Melendez, my mother Natalie Luevano, my best friend Joe Melchor that passed away in 2008, Henry Ford and my deceased aunt Stella"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I support local events such as Buck Fever, CCA, chamber of commerce."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"The car business is all I've ever worked for, started as a detailer and now I'm a sales professional."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My fiance Natalie Horner"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The constant growth, H and P building a new facility"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Helpful people also polite"

 

What are your future plans?

"Open up my own Ford dealership"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"Come see us at our brand new facility on IH-10. Stop in and take a tour through the new dealership and say 'Howdy'. Griffith Ford Seguin, your local friendly Ford dealership."

 

 

 

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December 16th, 2013

Seguin Citizen:

Gretchen Muelker Hilt

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am a Registered Nurse and work at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in the Maternity Services department and will be there 8 years in February.  I also am the new co-owner of Marion's Orange Poppy Flower & Gift Shop in Marion."

 

 

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

"When I have time "off the clock", which isn't often, I love spending time with my husband and playing with our daughter Jamesley. I love being outside and riding four-wheelers, fishing or just relaxing on my back porch watching deer run through our back pasture."

 

 

What city and state were you born in?

"I was actually born in Seguin at the hospital 30 years ago!  Never knew I would grow up and work where I was born!"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My immediate family includes my husband James and our 20-month-old daughter Jamesley."

 

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

"The biggest challenge I've ever faced is continuing to strive to be the person I am today.  There are always unforeseen circumstances put in our way throughout life and I have continued to charge forward to be a responsible, mature, young adult. It can be easy to give up on yourself or to be convinced that you don't deserve better, however, I am proud of who I am today and wouldn't change a thing about what has gotten me here."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I'd have to say my favorite TV show is the reality show Big Brother. It amazes me to see so many strangers put into a house for 3 months and to see what "walks of life" they come from and the challenges they face among people they don't know. My favorite movie would have to be, The Notebook....what woman doesn't like a love story with a true fairy tale ending!"

 

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etcƒ)?

"I would have to say my favorite type of music is country.  So many songs tell the stories of true challenges, good or bad, that we face in life."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"I'd have to say that my favorite Seguin business is GRMC.  I will be there 8 years in February and I have seen numerous changings throughout the years, all for the better.  I work with an amazing group of nurses and doctors in the birthing center, none the less in the entire hospital.  We have a great staff in all areas and continue to strive to give the best service to our patients/customers.  I don't know that I have a favorite restaurant in Seguin, but some nurses find ourselves relaxing after a 12 hour shift at El Ranchito!"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"Some folks may not know that I went through LVN school twice.  Although I was on the Deans List the first time, I was unsuccessful at passing my state board exam. I went back to school a second time, on the Deans list again and successfully passed my state board exam the very first try.  I knew that there was going to be nothing in my way of achieving my goal of becoming an RN one day, and I didn't quit and give up on my dream!"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"I would include my grandma that passed away 7 years ago, my grandpa that passed away on my first birthday, Toby Keith, Reese Witherspoon and Jesus, of course because I love them all!"

 

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I am actively involved in the Nurse Council at the hospital where we do many community fundraisers and gather canned food items for the community cupboard.  I am also a committee member for an annual Cystic Fibrosis Benefit BBQ that my husbands cousin started almost 10 years ago.  All of the money raised is donated to the Houston chapter of the CFF to promote finding a cure for this disease. The BBQ is held in honor of his girlfriend that passed away from this disease."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"As already mentioned I am an RN at GRMC and have been there almost 8 years, prior to that I worked at a nursing home as a CNA for 3 years while going through school. I have worked my way up the ladder of the nursing career.   I enjoyed taking care of elderly people and considered them my family because I saw them more than my own.  I then transitioned my way to the opposite end of the spectrum.  I take pride in my role as an RN in Labor and Delivery and I really don't consider it a "job" because I love it.  I am able to be there for families at one of the most exciting and sometimes not so exciting times of their life.  I am also a new co-owner of MarionÕs Orange Poppy flower & gift shop. We provide flowers for many people for many different important occasions in their life. This is my background and who knows what God will give me next!"

 

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Of course my proudest moments are overcoming these hardships that I've endured in my career that of which were affected by some hardships in my personal life and being where I am and who I am today!" 

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The strengths of the community, I believe is that when the community as a whole is faced with a hardship, that they all come together to provide for one another and help one another to be stronger and come through it together."

 

What are your future plans?

"Right now my plans are to enjoy and spend time with my family, enjoy my ÔjobsÕ, enjoy the little things in life that we tend to overlook in the business of our everyday lives. I will also continue to strive to do the very best in what I do everyday, whether it be helping to bring a newborn baby into the world or delivering a bouquet of flowers to someone for a special occasion and seeing the joy on their faces.   Within the next couple of years, my husband and I plan on having another child and expanding our family."

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Seguin Citizen

December 12th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Seguin Police Department's Blue Santa

 

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

 

ÒI deliver toys to boys and girls throughout Guadalupe County during the holiday season. I work with the many elves at the Seguin Police Department who work hard to gather donations from community members to ensure that every child in need has something to unwrap on Christmas Day. It involves gathering, wrapping and delivering delightful toys to hundreds of people each year. I love to see the joy on the children and parents' faces as I deliver the toys to their homes each year. It warms my heart to make sure their Christmas is full of love and joy. I also take the time to sit and talk with the children who would like to meet me. I love my job! Ò

 

 

What do you do off the clock Just for fun?

ÒOff the clock, I like to help the elves at the Seguin PD prepare for other fun DARE events. All my work in those arenas is clearly behind the scenes. I also love to visit Seguin Radio KWED and the Seguin Daily News each year for their annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive. We eat cookies, tacos, dance in the street, greet people and gather donations for me to give to good boys and girls. The food donations gathered at the event benefit my friends at the Christian Cupboard. I love it!Ó

  

What city and state were you born?

ÒIt was a lovely, snowy night a long, long time ago.Ó

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"There's me and Mrs. Blue Claus. We have 9 kids: Nicholas Jr., Cindy, Darren,

Maureen, Andie, Kim, Hope, Kevin and Wade

. We always wanted a big family."

 

 

What is the biggest challenge youve ever faced?

ÒWell this one time, after a big Thanksgiving meal, I tried to fit down a chimney that was a little too small for me. It was practice. Thank goodness my elves were there to help me out!Ó

 

What is your favorite TV show?

ÒItÕs a movie, not a TV show, but Seguin Citizens break the rules all the time. This, I know. I love ÔElf.Ó

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer -- he's my buddy"

 

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"It's probably that I collect toys all year long. I always take cash too. Once this holiday drive is over, I'll begin stocking up the workshop with more toys. It's a never ending job."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

ÒIÕd like to meet the Easter Bunny. I hear that guy has some great treats hidden in his basket. IÕd also like to meet the Abominable Snowman. IÕve been looking for years and never found him at the North Pole. IÕd also like to see Cupid again, to thank him for bringing me Mrs. Claus, and of course, IÕd like to sit down and have a meal with all my elves who have helped me this year. ThatÕs a lot of people, but IÕm okay with that.Ó

What are your roles in the community?

ÒWell, like I said, I deliver toys throughout the holiday season to boys and girls. I also make a lot of appearances this time of year to give children and families a little hope Ð but not Hope Ð the Dare Officer. SheÕs mine to keep forever.Ó

 

 

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"I have a new moment each year as I look into the eyes of small children when I deliver toys to their families. Some of the children cry, some of the parents cry, but most show their excitement and even hug me. It's so touching, it's hard to describe."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Have you met my elves? Have you seen their dedication? The hard work and determination by these people, by the good people at the Seguin Police Department, their volunteers, the men and women at the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office, our local Lions Clubs, the Christian Cupboard, KWED radio and all the people who work tirelessly to help me each year are truly the strength behind this community. They're the fibers that hold us all together."

 

 

 

What are your future plans?

"I'm hoping to expand the Blue Santa program to be able to help more children in need. The more children we can touch with a simple gesture, the more people those children will hopefully touch when they grow up. It's a cycle really.Ó

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"If you don't make it out to this year's drive at the radio station, you can still drop off toys, food and money in their lobby. We'll be sure to use all of your great donations. Happy Holidays Seguin!"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

December 12th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Lydia Rodriguez

 

What is your current occupation?

"Retired from sewing factory"

 

What does that involve?

"Sewing different clothing pieces together"

 

What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?

"Play bingo at Eden Cross Community room where I reside with my husband Luis Rodriguez."

 

When and where were you born?

"Karnes City (Ecleto, Texas), May 29, 1933"

 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Loving and caring person"

 

What is your educational background?

"I did not attend school at all as a child because I had to work to help my parents with money for our family. My parents took in six of my cousins to raise since their mother died giving birth to her ninth child. Mom and dad also had nine children of their own still living at home to raise."

 

Discuss your professional background, achievements, leadership roles

"I learned to sew from my mother and learned more as I worked in the sewing factories in North-West Texas. I am a member of the OLG Sewing Circle which is a group of ladies that get together at Our Lady of Guadalupe to sew quilts."

 

Share your family

"My husband and I have three children, a daughter Brenda Storie who lives in Seguin and has two sons Ruben and Scott and one grand daughter Raegan. Luis Rodriguez Jr., who lives in Canyon Lake, has three children, Rachel, Anthony and Estrella as well as three grand children Alex, Mikayla and Bobby Jr. Susie Davila who lives in Lubbock Texas and has one son Anthony."

 

What's the most recent book you've read?

"My Bible"

 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"To live by the 'Golden Rule' and my husband and I have seen that our children and grand children and great grand children are living by this rule as well."

 

What are your future plans?

"To have a family reunion with all of my family this new year."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) who would they be?

"Both my parents (deceased), Aunt Beatrice, brother Gilbert, my husband Luis and myself"

 

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"The Daytripper because he looks like my great nephew Brian Osuna and Sewing with Nancy because I enjoy sewing."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Christian music because it's calming and makes me feel good."

 

What brought you to Seguin and why do you choose to live here?

"After becoming retired, my husband and I both decided to move here from Post, Texas. We enjoy the town, love the people here and enjoy the warmer weather."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Seguin Walmart and Taqueria Atotonilco on Business Hwy 123"

 

What is something folks may not know about you?

"About age 15, I began working with my brothers and sisters picking cotton in cotton fields in Spur, Texas."

 

What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest accomplishments?

"The birth of each of my children"

 

What do you find the most interesting thing about Seguin?

That it's known for 'The Giant Pecan.Õ"

 

What is new in Seguin that you appreciate?

"A bigger and better hospital"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"To live by the 'Golden Rule' and love each other, help one another always, not only during the holidays or on special occasions

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Seguin Citizen

December 10th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: David Arnold

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

ÒRetired. Volunteer work at First Baptist Church, Seguin Youth Services and Seguin Christian AcademyÓ

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

ÒHang out with family; shop (sometimes I buy)Ó

What city and state were you born in?

Ò1937, in GalvestonÓ

Share your family.

ÒMy late wife, Carolyn taught 4th grade in New Braunfels for several  years. Our son, Doug and daughter, Amy graduated from Seguin High. I also have a daughter-in-law, Jamie and a son-in-law, Gary. Our grandsons are Drew, Dan, Scott and Kirk.Ó

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

ÒLosing my wife to cancerÓ

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

ÒWatching the Aggies play football. Other than that, I watch almost no TV.Ó

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etcƒ)?

ÒHymns, Bill Gaither type Christian music, and march musicÓ

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

ÒMy favorite businesses are HEB and Walmart because that's where I do a lot of social networking. My favorite restaurants are Dragon Place and El Ranchito.Ó

What is something folks may not really know about you?

ÒFirst, that I umpired Little League baseball for 11 seasons. Second, that I was drum major of the Aggie Band. Third, that I practiced landing airplanes at the auxiliary field on the Gonzales highway back in 1962.Ó

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who

would they be?

ÒWe would need spaces for eight; my son, my daughter, my daughter-in-law, my son-in-law and my four grandsons. If we couldn't work in all eight, then I would prefer to skip it.Ó

What are your roles in the community?

ÒAt First Baptist Church, I teach a men's Bible class on Sunday mornings and have had various service and leadership responsibilities over the years. At Seguin Youth Services, I mentor one of the participants and tutor him, along with others. At Seguin Christian Academy, I tutor students, substitute teach, give devotional talks at weekly chapel, and sometimes just pitch in where needed.Ó

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

ÒI was a pilot instructor in the Air Force, both in flight and in the classroom. I taught high school mathematics in Galveston and at Brazosport. I was a middle school principal in Bay City and at Fort Hood. I was a district-level administrator in the Killeen and Seguin school districts.Ó

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

ÒMy marriage to my wife, the births of our son and daughter and the births of our grandsonsÓ

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

ÒIts peopleÓ

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

ÒThe blending of the Hispanic, Anglo, Black and German culturesÓ

What are your future plans?

ÒKeep doing what I am doing now until I am no longer effective.Ó

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

ÒLive by the Golden Rule, ÔDo unto others as you would have others to do unto you.Õ We all could do a better job of that more often.Ó

 

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Seguin Citizen

December 10th, 2013

Seguin Citizen:  Taylor Wood

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am a sophomore studying English and Information Systems at Texas Lutheran University."

 

What do you do off the clock ÒJust for fun?Ó

"I play for TLUÕs soccer team."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Des Moines, Iowa."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"I have four sisters, Annileise, Maiah, Brianna and Ashlynn, one brother, Philip, and my parents are Amanda and Mike."

 

What is the biggest challenge youÕve ever faced?

"I had a hard time in high school balancing soccer, school work, my family, my boyfriend and my job."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is Pretty Little Liars and my favorite movie is The Blind Side. I love Sandra Bullock!"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etcƒ)?

 

"I like all kinds of music but my all-time favorite song is Whatever You Like by T.I."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

 

"My favorite Seguin business is Sister SuzieÕs Chocolates and Gifts and my favorite restaurant is GarciaÕs."

What is something folks may not really know about you?

 

"I love to travel but I am scared of airplane bathrooms!"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Johnny Depp, Brody Jenner, Alex Morgan, Sandra Bullock, and Jesus!"

What are your roles in the community?

 

"My roles in the community include sharing my faith and volunteering at places like My FatherÕs Farm."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I graduated high school with a GPA greater than 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. I currently have a 3.89 at Texas Lutheran University. I am a part of the honors program here. My soccer team finished 3rd in our conference this year."

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"I am so proud to be able to play soccer at the collegiate level and maintain my great GPA."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The strengths of Seguin include the students from TLU because they are always willing to give a helping hand, recreation because of the river that runs through it and the close lake, and the fact that it is a tight-knit community because it is small and everyone knows each other or is willing to meet new people."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I still canÕt believe it is home to the biggest pecanƒso random."

What are your future plans?

"My plans include graduating early and attending law school to become a corporate attorney."

 

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Seguin Citizen

December 10th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: St. Nick

 

EditorÕs Note: The Seguin Daily News today recognizes St. Nicholas as an honorary Seguin Citizen as seen through the eyes of KWED Advertising Consultant Nellica Mitchell.

 

 

The tradition of Saint Nicholas Day, on 6 December (19 December in most Orthodox countries), is a festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of the saint, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. The American Santa Claus, as well as the British Father Christmas, derived from these legends.

 

 

ÒTradition in my house is something out of the ordinary.  Not only do I get to celebrate the traditional American Christmas holiday, I also get to pick up a few other days to celebrate from my momÕs heritage Ð Sinterklaas.

 

As far back as I can remember, December 5th was always a big deal.  Before going to bed on the 5th, my family has always placed a shoe or boot by the fireplace (they could be left outside as well.)  A few have carrots and hay for St NickÕs horse.  (No cookies for Santa here!)  During this time, several songs are sung requesting that St. Nick please leave gifts in the shoes. 

 

Tradition states Sinterklaas, or St. Nick, arrives in a port of Holland on a steamer from Spain.  He wears the traditional bishopÕs robes riding a white horse.  He has his assistant with him, helping him with all of the gifts.  Families, as well as royalty, crowd the pier to catch a peek of St. Nick.

 

Gift giving during St. Nick is about the joy of giving, not the cost of the gift.  Hiding the presents in a potato, an old sock, pudding or as a scavenger hunt with rhymes hinting to its final location is all part of the fun. 

 

I remember always having traditional cookies, candies and my initial made out of chocolate stuffed in my shoe the next morning.  As my daughters grew up, we started our own tradition.  Sinterklaas was the perfect way to stuff their shoes with a new Christmas ornament, Christmas socks, cute pens and pencils that they could take to school or the Christmas CD they wanted.  Friends and family were given their Christmas gifts early so they could use their Christmas items until Christmas was over. 

 

December 25th in Holland is usually reserved for church services and dinner with family.  December 26th, the 2nd Christmas day, is a time to relax.  Gift giving does not usually happen on these two days.

 

According to a survey taken in Holland, Sinterklaas is the most important tradition the Dutch celebrateÓ -- Nellica Mitchell.

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

December 10th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Lynn Coley  

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I'm retired. I have more time to do things I enjoy!"

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I love to read an I love to travel with my husband. I enjoy family activities more than anything."

When and where were you born?

"El Campo, Texas, July 10, 1948"

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Caring and conscientious"

What is your educational background?

"Columbia High School, West Columbia,Texas, B.A. in Elementary Education and History; Houston Baptist University M.S. in Education; Baylor University, additional work at Texas State University"

Discuss your professional/ achievements/ leadership roles?

"I taught in Texas public elementary schools for 34 years, 19 of those years in Seguin. Then, I was principal of First Baptist Christian Academy in Seguin for six years."

Share your family.

"I have been married to Dewey Coley for four years. I have two children, Amanda and Graham. He has three children, Susan, Carla, and David. They are all wonderful and I love them very much."

What's the most recent book you've read?

"I just finished Return to Zion, which is book three in the Zion Chronicles series by Bodie Thoene."

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself."

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Being a parent is not only the biggest challenge I've ever faced, but also the biggest blessing in my life."

What inspires you?

"Jesus Christ and the people who live so faithfully by his example"

What are your future plans?

"I plan to keep improving myself, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I plan to contribute anywhere I can for as long as I can."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) who would they be?

"This is a difficult question! I'll just say my five siblings, Tim, Terry, Cathy, Rachel, and John. I love them dearly and I don't have many opportunities to be with all of them at once."

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"I like Blue Bloods. I like the characters and the love and loyalty the family members demonstrate to one another."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band,song,etc.)?

"Christian music, especially the old classic hymn, and classical music"

What brought you to Seguin and why do you choose to live here?

"I was hired to teach in the Seguin Public Schools. Seguin was close to both sets of my children's grandparents, and we quickly made many friends here."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Magic Shears, where my good friend, Van Bui,has been giving me excellent haircuts for about 25 years; restaurant- Dixie Grille"

What is something folks may not know about you?

"When I was in my early twenties and considering career choices, I thought about going to law school. I took and passed the law school admission test."

What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest moments?

"The proudest moments in my life were having my daughter and then my son. I chose a career as an educator, and I feel very blessed that I was able to work as an educator for 40 years. I have many fond memories of those years at school and I love to see former students and hear about what they're doing now."

What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?

"I am looking forward to spending more time with my wonderful husband and our family and I will continue my volunteer work."

What are your roles in the community?

"I volunteer in the library at Seguin Christian Academy and I teach library skills to second graders. I am also very active in my church. I'm the church librarian, I sing in the choir, play hand bells, and teach Sunday School."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I believe the greatest strength of this community are the many people who contribute to make it better for everyone. Also, our location is excellent."

What new community (fundraising) event or campaign could enhance the quality of life in Seguin?

"We already have so many fundraising events and the people of Seguin and Guadalupe County are very generous."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I find the history of Seguin very interesting. I enjoyed Janice Woods Windle's books and, I love all the beautiful old buildings."

What is new in Seguin that you appreciate?

"Seguin Christian Academy is a great new school with much to offer our community. I am impressed with what I see when I volunteer there every week."

What changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?

"I would like to see more community-wide support for our schools and more safe, fun, and wholesome activities for children and teenagers. The passage of the school bond is a good thing- a step in the right direction!"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"We have many good things happening in Seguin and we are in such a great location. We have the potential for a great future. In my opinion, the key word is quality. We want a high quality of life for our families and we should want the same for our community. We need high quality schools, businesses, housing, streets, water, and all the amenities. We should never settle for anything but the very best!"

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Seguin Citizen

November 29th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Jessica Ramirez Gonzales

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I work at Bling, a boutique in Seguin and New Braunfels. I am a marketing and lead sales associate. I get the wonderful opportunity to represent a company who believes in supporting and encouraging other women. I enjoy going out and meeting new people and I love working in the store, I meet so many great people on a daily basis. I also work with a wonderful group of people!”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“I love to spend time with my family, go dancing with my friends, and I also love to read.”

 

What city and state were you born in?

“New Braunfels, Texas”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My son Mikey who is 10 and my daughter Breyana who is 8; my parents Danny and Yolanda Ramirez. I have one brother Danny, his wife Linda  and my two nephews Danny and Mattie.”

 What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“Being a single mom has been my biggest challenge that I continue to face. Learning how to juggle work, kids, and just life. Finding my way with my kids has been an experience but the challenge has not been all bad. We have made the best of our new life along with the help of my parents, my family, and my wonderful friends. We have made new traditions and have welcomed so many new wonderful people into our lives. It has made us stronger. Our faith has grown thanks to my mentor Natalie Avalos. So although it's a challenge that we continue to face we have such a great support system failing is never an option.”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Friends is my all time favorite TV show. My favorite movie is Urban Cowboy.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“I love country music. My boyfriend Josh has recently introduced me to Texas Country and I am loving that. I also really love local bands but my fave is Hillbilly Jug Band!”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Business would have to be Bling and not just because I work there. I love all the clothing and items but I love what the business stands for. I love the support they show women. My favorite restaurant would have to be Dragon Place.”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“That I am my worse critic.”

 

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“Marilyn Monroe, Oprah, Nicholas Sparks and Joel Olsteen -- that would make an awesome dinner party.”

 

 

What are your roles in the community?

“Since being a single mom I have had to take a step back just now are we getting in a routine. My main roles that I really want to get back to are volunteering at my kids school, Seguin Christian Academy. I am a Sunday school teacher at Crossroads church and I love that. I love seeing all the children and teaching them about Jesus. I also love attending all of the Chamber events I was recently invited to be a part of the membership committee with the Chamber and I am really excited about that.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“I love marketing I was introduced to it by Lisa Burns. I was given the opportunity to do Marketing and PR for three of the Burns businesses. During that time I met so many great people and learned so much. It was a great achievement to learn something new and actually find out that you are good at it is a bonus.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“I am proud that my mom has taught me to be a strong willed woman. I am proud of the fact that I am a go getter I never settle and I have a hunger to be successful. I am my proudest when I give my all and beat the odds.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“I love that as we continue to grow we still keep that small town feeling. We also have such a wonderful Chamber that really shows great leadership and help to our local businesses.”

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“The younger generation, I am starting to see more of them step up and take initiative in our city. I really like that!”

 

What are your future plans?

“I plan on mastering this single mom thing, I want to help other single moms. Maybe start a support group. I think that would be fun. My friends Robin and Scott Evans have helped me through hard times their only request was that I pay it forward. I have taken that to heart and every chance I get I make sure to pay it forward!”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?       

“Making Seguin better is a group effort. Complaining about the downfalls only takes away from all the great things. There are so many wonderful businesses, activities, and sights in Seguin. I encourage our Seguinites to take a walk downtown, visit our local businesses, and get familiar with what Seguin has to offer.”

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Seguin Citizen

November 27th, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Sheena Clark

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

“Current occupation, to name just a few; stay at home mom; Zumba Instructor; BabyCakes Bowtique designer; AdvoCare advisor, and Girl Scout mom”

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

“Just for fun: I like to read when I have the time, crafty stuff is my passion and I love hanging out with my husband and our kiddos.”

What city and state were you born?

“I was born in new Braunfels, Texas.”

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My immediate family includes, my husband Derek and our three daughters Shyla, Layla and Bella.”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“The biggest challenge....when my oldest two daughters were babies my fiancé was in a fatal accident. Dealing with the loss and raising my girls was challenging to say the least, but I have fantastic friends and family that were there for me every step of the way. A few years later, I ran into a man I've known since we were kids and soon after was married. My husband has truly been one of my biggest blessings. Since then, we've added our third daughter to our little family. Things were tough for a while, but it has made me who I am today!”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“My favorite TV show is Grey's Anatomy. It has been the one show I have actually sat down to watch every episode! As far as movies go, I love anything that will makes me laugh!”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

“I love all types of music -- depending on my mood and occasion. I teach Zumba so I love to dance and listen to music!”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

“My favorite Seguin business is Bling. They have super cute clothes and accessories and they happen to carry my "BabyCakes" bows and bowtique items!! My favorite restaurant is Kirby's! Their salads are phenomenal!”

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“Something people may not know about me -- I have a mini zoo --  3 dogs, 1 cat, 1 bunny, 3 fish and 5 chickens.”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

“A dinner -- I would invite, my five best friends in the whole world, some I don't see often and some live on the other side of the U.S. but I love them dearly and life wouldn't be the same without them. They have been there with me through the good and the bad and kept me going -- Jennifer Zinsmeister, Whitney Ramsey, Rachel Motz, Erika Limmer, and Molly Simecki.”

What are your roles in the community?

“Helping with Miss Kelly's Studio and her journey to help Seguin become healthier and happier through fitness and friendships. I am humbled to be a part of such an amazing group of people!”

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“There are so many, but I would have to say they all include my 3 daughters and my husband. I have been given 4 gifts from God that I can never thank him enough for.”

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“I love how everyone has been so supportive of each other and that our community has been so quick to help others in need. I have watched so many people pull together to coordinate benefits and fundraisers to help people from medical bills, to victims of tragedy, to disaster relief, etc.”

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“The most interesting thing in Seguin is the haunted history of the town. Makes for a great read!”

What are your future plans?

“My future plans are to continue helping Kelly Smith with Miss Kelly's Studio and to help my husband Derek Clark and the staff of Club 78155, both of which are huge contributors to our community.”

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together,” -- Marilyn Monroe.”

 

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November 25th, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen: Justin Montoya     

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I'm currently in high school."

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I hang out with friends, wash my car, and go to car meets when I can."

 

What city and state were you born?

"Seguin,Tx"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Tommy and Lydia Montoya, my two brothers Tommy and Jordan Montoya"

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"The biggest challenge I've faced was when I lost one of my good friends playing baseball when we were in Little League. (He had) to move because his dad passed away."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is ESPN."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Hip-Hop, country, and some rock"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Kirby's is my restaurant."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I never give up till it's over in anything and I'm sweet inside."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

 

"They would be Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, Jesus, Floyd Mayweather, and Kirk Kaepernick."

 

What are your roles in the community?

 

"I go to school. I play sports. I work at Chicken Express serving chicken to the community."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"When I won four Little League baseball championships in a row in the majors and juniors"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The support all around"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"That the community comes together on special occasions and holidays"

 

What are your future plans?

"I plan to go to college and play baseball and study to be a coach."

 

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November 20th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Amber Hindahl

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Full-time worker at Speed's Pizza and Wings -- new restaurant in Seguin, Texas where old Cici's Pizza was"

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Spending time with my beautiful daughter Maria Garcia and my husband Chris Garcia"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Colombia Falls, MT July 21, 1990"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Mike, brother; Maria Garcia, daughter; Christopher Garcia, husband"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Moving to Texas and starting over"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Charmed, the Aristocats"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"All music types, Beat King 'You ain't bout that life"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Speed's Pizza Co. and Wal-Mart"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"That I am very terrified of both crickets and grasshoppers"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Evil Knievel, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, my grandpa, Mark Rutherford (deceased) and my grandma Dorothy Hansen"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Full-time worker, promotional advisor for Speeds Pizza Co, organizing fundraising events for Speeds Pizza Co"

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Have worked food service in Seguin for last seven years. I was assistant manager at Cici's Pizza and work at Speed's Pizza Co."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The birth of my daughter and when I got promoted at Cici's Pizza, as well as being offered a job with Speed's Pizza"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Seguin is very family oriented -- a lot of activities and businesses that are centered around family and children"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I like the historical aspect of Seguin. No matter how much I know, there is still so much to know."

 

What are your future plans?

"I hope to open my own restaurant and do well enough to start a chain of restaurants."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"Live life to the fullest, never take a day for granted and cherish your family and friends until the end of time. If you keep these three things in mind, you will never be short on personal happiness and that's the best thing in the world you can ever have."

 

 

 

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November 19th, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen:

 

Rosealie Snow

 

What is your current occupation?

"Avon Unit Leader"

 

What does that involve?

"Sales in Avon and helping people get started in Avon"

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"Rest and visit friends"

 

When and where were you born?

"Pawnee, Oklahoma, 1932"

 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"You can do it and don't give up."

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Raising a family and being an Alzheimer caregiver"

 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Workaholic"

 

What inspires you?

"Church - seeing young people succeed"

 

What is something that people may not know about you?

“I grew up in rural Oklahoma with no electricity. I rode ponies to the country school and graduated high school in Pawnee, Oklahoma. I worked as a service representative for Southwestern Bell Telephone is Tulsa. I was introduced to sales and joined Avon in 1977 and have enjoyed every level and being self employed."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?

"Jesus, Mother and Father"

 

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Price is Right, and Christian Services Music"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Like meeting new people"

 

What is your educational background?

"High school and some college"

 

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Son, daughter, and granddaughter"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Career (Honor Society)"

 

What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?

"Small town"

 

What you believe to be the strengths of this community?

"People helping each other"

 

What are your future plans?

"To enjoy my new business at 633 E. Court St called Rosalie's Avon Plus and to stay active"

 

 

 

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November 18th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Shawn Morris

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

 

“I currently work at Wyatt Arp Chrysler Dodge Jeep Inc. here in town as a facilitator. I was a salesman before I went overseas and should transition back into that role soon.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

 

“There is a lot of things that I enjoy doing, but ‘off the clock’ time is rare! I always enjoy going to the pistol and rifle range, would love to hunt more, and enjoy a good video game. Mostly, I just like to spend time with my wife Crystal and our three kids.” 

What city and state were you born in?

 

“I was born on RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, United Kingdom.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

 

“My wife Crystal and our three kids, Riley (6), TD (2), and Aubrey (9 mos.)”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

 

“Leaving my family behind to go to Afghanistan last year was very difficult. Being away from home unable to do anything to help the family, especially with a pregnant wife was very hard.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

 

“Don't get a bunch of time to watch TV, but I love American Pickers and Fast N' Loud.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

 

“I will listen to just about anything. It really depends on my mood.”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

 

“My favorite business is hands down Wyatt Arp. Call me biased if you want but having been involved in the car business for a few years now, the dealerships ethics way of doing business have earned my business forever.”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

 

“I hate eating anything that has a soggy bread texture -- Thanksgiving stuffing, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

 

“My initial thought is towards some of the great leaders of the past -- Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Gen. George S. Patton.”

 

What are your roles in the community?

 

“Beyond the dealership, I am a member of the Texas National Guard which allows me to be involved in not only this community but in many other great places in the state.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

 

“The one I am most proud of -- my army achievements. After commissioning out of Texas State's ROTC, I attended armor school, and was subsequently assigned as a scout platoon leader in Alpha Troop of 1-124 Cavalry. After that I served as an executive officer on a Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team (SFAAT) in Afghanistan where we mentored the Afghan police. Now I'm the XO of Alpha Troop. Being able to lead Cavalrymen is one of the biggest honors I've ever received.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

 

“Obviously, the birth of my kids, but really it's the strength of my wife. We've had some rough times, but she is a rock. She even went through 90 percent of her last pregnancy and the first six months of our daughter's life with me across the globe. I am extremely proud and blessed to have her.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

 

“People from Seguin are very straightforward and hardworking. I think that's one reason so many businesses are moving to this area. They recognize that there is a population of people who are honest and more than willing to work.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

 

“I spent my childhood moving around all over the place, never staying in one place for very long. It's funny to me how I've come to identify this as not just where I live, but where I'm from.”

 

What are your future plans?

 

“There's a saying in the army: ‘No plan survives first contact.’ It basically says that 1) Have a plan B,C,D,and E and 2) None of those are going to work perfectly either. My main focus now is to provide for my family and try and be the best parent and role model for my kiddos as I can be.”

 

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November 14th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Isabel Santellana

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? I am currently employed at Community Council of South Central Tx, Inc.

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

I like to read and spend time with my family

 

What city and state were you born in?

I was born in Laredo Texas

Who are the members of your immediate family?

My Husband Jerry, My 3 daughters April, Amy, Leana, Son-in-Law Isaiah, and my 3 grand children Royal, Milo, and Robbie.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

Opening my Boutique and keeping up with its demands has been one of my biggest challenges.

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

I don’t really watch TV but if I do I would prefer a comedy or action movies.

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

I enjoy listening to K-LOVE and KSLR but I also like the classics.

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

I enjoy eating Mexican food at Taqueria Jalissco.

What is something folks may not really know about you?

That I really and truly love the people from Seguin. I really missed them when I went to our New Braunfels office for 8 months and the people really made me feel welcomed when I came back.

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

The widow, the beggar, the homeless, the fatherless, and the Mayor.

What are your roles in the community?

To assist the families in Seguin with financial assistance, and to give to the community and bring them together through our special projects.

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

I have had sales, supervisor and Human Resource Assistant positions that helped me to open my boutique. Opening my boutique has been my biggest achievement.

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

Seeing my children all grown and making their own decisions has made me very proud and also being able to accomplish my dream. (the opening of my business)

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

Different organizations coming together to make Seguin a better way to live and work.

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

The Heritage and Cultural events the bring the people together.

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to be able to work full time at my Boutique so that I can use my business as a platform for my ministry.

The next item may be used to encourage a community (fundraising) event or campaign to enhance the quality of life in Seguin:

(Optional) What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

I have come to know and grow with a lot of residents here in Seguin my 5 years working for CCSCT. I have seen the troubles in your lives. I have encouraged many to keep going and wake every morning with the mindset to make the day a better one. And not let your troubles keep you from becoming what you can be. Focus on the good and not on the bad. Make the best with what little you have and turn it into much…..

 

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November 13th, 2013

  

Seguin Citizen: Bonnie Miller

 

What is your current occupation?

"Retired school teacher"

What does that involve?

"Volunteer work"

 

What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?

"Work crossword puzzles"

 

When and where were you born?

"Sherman, Texas - January 14, 1939"

 

What's the most recent book you've read?

"Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren"

 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"’Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’"

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"My husband's death"

 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Caring, helpful"

What inspires you?

"My religious faith"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?

"My parents, my mother and father-in-law, my husband"

 

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"NCIS, I thoroughly enjoy the interaction of the actors."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Religious music - orchestra music"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Volunteer at Christian Cupboard, volunteer at Seguin Christian Academy, volunteer at First Baptist Church, volunteer at Road to Recovery (Cancer Driver)"

 

What is your educational background?

"B.A. from Austin College, Sherman, Texas"

 

What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Listed in Who's Who of Education, past president of Reading Council and Local Teacher Assn. (TSTA) conducted campus science fair"

 

Share your family.

"Bruce A. Miller, husband for 50 years, deceased; Kevin B. Miller, son, attorney with offices in San Antonio, Odessa and Lubbock, graduate of St. Mary's Law School;  Lisa Miller, daughter-in-law, court reporter; Jillian Miller, 13-year-old granddaughter, volleyball team at Garcia Middle School; Landon Miller, 9 year-old grandson, Boy Scout, taking karate"

 

What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest accomplishments?

"Playing in a brass quartet on a TV show hosted by Pat Boone in his early career."

 

What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?

"My husband was stationed at Randolph A.F.B. after returning from Vietnam. After learning that the house we were living in in Schertz was for sale, we found a house in Seguin."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Walmart - Dixie Grille"

What is something folks may not know about you?

"I used to be very shy and introverted."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"They are very giving."

What do you find the most interesting about Seguin?

"Hanging on to its history"

 What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?

"I am looking forward to seeing the new high school, library and improved parks."

 

What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?

"Be involved with my son and his family, enjoy what is left of my life"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Keep on doing what you are doing in supporting the needs of the residents of this city."

 

 

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November 12th, 2013

   

Seguin Citizen: Sara Dibrell

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am a student at Seguin High School which involves a lot of studying and participation in many extra-curricular activities."

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"Destination Imagination, band and reading takes up most of my free time"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"San Antonio, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My parents, Joe and Holly Dibrell"

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"In May, I missed three weeks of school for BPA Nationals, Intel ISEF and DI Globals. It was very trying to prepare for those competitions while keeping up with the schoolwork. I was missing and cramming for my AP tests."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is definitely

Chuck, but my favorite movie is a tie - either Ferris Bueller's Day Off or White Christmas

."

 

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I'll listen to anything on the radio."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Gift and Gourmet and Kirby's Corner"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

'I have danced for 15 years."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) - excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My grandfathers, William Jennings Bryan, Job, and J.K. Rowling"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Student, volunteer, Seguin Youth Leadership Academy participant"

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I am a percussion section leader in the marching band, NHS Treasurer, Interact Club Treasurer, and NTHS Vice President."

 

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Winning 2nd place at Destination Imagination Global Finals and presenting my experiment at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"We can come together when it really matters."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The town has an incredibly rich history."

 

What are your future plans?

"I hope to eventually become a doctor."

 

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November 7th, 2013

  

Seguin Citizen:  Mary E. Alvarado

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I am the parent liaison for Saegert Sixth Grade Center as well as the program specialist for Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin. Both jobs involve a lot of involvement with the people and families of the Seguin community.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“I love to read and clean.”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“San Antonio, Texas”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My younger siblings Guillermo and Andrea Alvarado and my parents Guillermo Alvarado and Esther Alvarado”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“Recovering from an emergency surgery that resulted in me needing a temporary colostomy. Getting over the embarrassment and going back to school was nearly worse. But my professors at TLU, friends, family and especially my faith, helped me pull through. I wouldn’t have been able to face any of it if I hadn’t been praying the whole time.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Law & Order: SVU, Adventure Time and for movies, I could watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy (they all count as one) every day and never get bored.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“Duranguense, banda, pop, j-pop, some indie -- it’s a bit eclectic but I don’t have a favorite band”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“El Olvido Hacienda makes the freshest lemonade. It’s my favorite pick me up.”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I have a thing for historical romances -- the kind with Fabio on the cover.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“My biological maternal grandmother, my fraternal grandmother, J. R.R. Tolkein, Job and Ruth”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“My positions require me to put myself out there and engage people. I take it upon myself to do it to the best of my ability. I learn names, faces, facts and resources. I like to connect people to one another.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“Nearly a year out of TLU and I think I’m doing ok. I live on my own, have two very interesting and fulfilling jobs, great co-workers, and I feel like Seguin is on the cusp of something greater. It’s an achievement just being here.”

 

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Being able to joke about my stomy. If I could laugh at that, then everything else was a piece of cake.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“The people -- every single person here is a resource. If we could only work together and connect in all the right places, we could be a force to be reckoned with.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“How everyone knows each other. I can’t go into HEB in PJ’s anymore.”

 

What are your future plans?

“I’d like to conquer the world, master languages, get to my book list, buy a car, beat the Christmas rush, and hopefully get to wear a coat more than twice this winter.”

 

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November 5th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen:  Emma Johnson

What is your current occupation?

"I am a senior at Navarro High School in Geronimo, Texas."

 

What does that involve?

"I usually arrive at school by 7 or 7:30 for volleyball or cheer practice, and I have volleyball practice or games every day after school.  I am the BPA President, the Class of 2014 Vice-President, and NHS Secretary/Treasurer."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I have a great group of friends that I hang out with on the weekends. We always find fun and different things to do in and around Seguin while staying responsible."

 

When and where were you born?

"I was born in 1995 in San Antonio, and I have lived in Seguin my whole life."

 

What’s the most recent book you’ve read?

“The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Teammates Matter by Alan Williams"

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? 

"Headed into our last few volleyball games and then on to playoffs, my coach always has great quotes for the upcoming games.  Today she shared, ‘Don’t hope…decide.’ I liked that because it is useful in sports as well as all your goals in life."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"When I was a sophomore in high school, my family and I had to make a big decision about a major surgery I needed.  Early December of that year, I went in for

orthognathic

surgery, which is a complete realignment of the jaw.  It was a six hour surgery with many months of recovery.  Missing school for two months and not being able to eat solids for six weeks proved to be very challenging and a huge life-changing event."

 

 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"I am determined and dependable.  I work hard in all that I do, and I try very hard to always to honor my responsibilities."

 

What inspires you?

"I am inspired by teenagers who give time to volunteer, support their peers, and defend people who are being bullied.  I think a lot of teenagers are very self-absorbed so when I see someone putting others feelings and needs above their own it makes me feel very inspired to do the same."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would

they be?

"Audrey Hepburn, Kerri Walsh, Miranda Lambert, and my great-grandmother on my mom’s side and my dad’s sister Lisa, both of whom died before I was born"

 

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"I like the show Glee because it covers many of the issues teens face today, but it is done in a fun way. I also like that the show celebrates diversity."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I volunteer a lot in the community with organizations at school, but my favorite job is ushering on Sundays at First United Methodist Church."

 

What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I have worked in Seguin at Amy’s and Cathy’s Deli, Queenie & Co. Boutique, and I work in Gonzales at Southern Livestock, Inc.  I am currently the Jr. Miss/Distinguished Young Women First runner-up. I attended Bluebonnet Girls State this past summer. I have received first team all-district setter, and this year I moved to libero and recently received Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the Floresville tournament.  The past two years I have been recognized as an All-American cheerleader at UCA cheer camp. I was a 2013 BPA State Qualifier in Advanced Accounting."

 

Who are the members of your family?

"My parents are Mark and Amy Johnson.  My brother, Tate, is a junior at Oklahoma State University, and my grandparents, Linda and Farrell Johnson, live in Kingsbury."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"I am proud that I have been accepted to the colleges I applied to, and that I have worked really hard at school, in sports, and in extra-curricular (activities), and it has all paid off."

 

What brought you to Seguin and why you choose to live here?

"I have lived here since I was born, and I my parents have stayed because we own a cattle business in Gonzales, Texas."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community? 

"One of our community’s strengths is that it supports not only the Seguin school district but also the private and surrounding schools in our area.  Business often provide donations to the smaller districts and schools, and our local papers cover what our band, sports, cheerleaders, drama, etc. are doing."

 

What or changes you would like to see in Seguin?

"Because I am a teenager I would of course love to see more retail and restaurants come to Seguin, but I also think there would be a huge benefit to adding more activities for teens to do on weekends such as bowling, putt-putt golf, or laser tag."

 

What are your future plans?

"I have been accepted to UT and A&M but, I am hoping to receive a scholarship from Oklahoma State that will cover most of my college expenses and enable me to start school there next fall.  I plan to major in accounting."

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Seguin Citizen

November 5th, 2013

   

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Ziomara Z. Beltran

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I work as a parent liaison at Rodriguez Elementary. I also work as a translator. My job as a liaison involves -- assisting parents in development of activities and selection of services and/or resources which will enhance the child's opportunity for success in school."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Spend time with family"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My two daughters and husband; my mother; three brothers and one sister"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"The death of my father"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"It’s not a TV show, but I like the LIfetime channel and movies. I recently watched 'Instructions not included' and 'Coco Channel."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"All types, I listen to Magic 105.3."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"I like shopping at several small businesses, but my favorite is Bling. My favorite restaurant is Great Wall."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I was raised in Mexico and I didn't speak English."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"My grandparents"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"With my new position, my role is to help parents and students."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I attended SAC. I had numerous jobs that have been very rewarding and included helping others."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Personal becoming a mother; career, when you make a difference on someone's life"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"First, the people in this community and the downtown events like Trade Days and concerts at the Park"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"That Seguin has grown the last few years, but is still has the taste of a small town"

 

What are your future plans?

"See my two daughters grow into respectable and responsible young ladies."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

"Your children will become who you are. So be who you want them to be."

 

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Seguin Citizen

November 5th, 2013

    

 

Seguin Citizen:  Jennifer Blinder

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I am a parent liaison at A.J. Briesemeister Middle School. I help with communication between the school and its families, with the goal of making everyone's education a richer experience, as well as graduating career and college ready students from Seguin ISD."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I love to read, cook, watch movies and spend time with my family."

 

What city and state were you born?

"My dad was in the Air Force. I was born in Lakenheath England when my parents were stationed there."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband, Larry; daughters, Addie and Lilly; a dog, Sophie; a cat, Tina; a pony named Pony and a horse named Declan"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"I think moving from place to place and starting new schools every few years was probably the most difficult, but it also afforded me the opportunity to meet tons of very interesting people, see amazing parts of the world and learn about different cultures and different world views."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I couldn't even begin to pick a favorite. There are so many good options out there, but Through the Wormhole and How It's Made are among my favorites."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"It is a shorter list to say what I don't like so much, but I feel bad pointing out those two genres - so I won't (hint-jazz and country)."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"I LOVE Amy and Cathy's takeaway and D&D."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I talk so much I doubt there is anything people don't know about me."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"My great grandmother, who lived to be 109 and had a lot of wisdom to share. Bob Geldof, who went from obnoxious punk musician to a knight of the realm. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jesus and my best friend, Courtenay Hameister, who interviews people for living. So all the best questions would get asked."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I'm a mom and I work with band boosters and A.J.B. parents and I volunteer with a therapeutic riding program, AWARE in San Marcos."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I graduated from UT with a communications degree, but have spent most of my career in sales; retail management and medical equipment mostly. I grew up riding horses and jumping and used to give English riding lessons when my girls were younger. The closest I get now is the AWARE program."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Waking up every morning to my family reminds me how blessed I am. Nothing is better."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Seguin has a strong sense of community and we are able to rally together to get things done."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Before I moved here, I had no idea about the role Seguin played in Texas history. I think that is fascinating."

 

What are your future plans?

"I'd like to keep working with the school district, get both of my girls graduated and through college -- then I'll take a big breath and see what's next."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"I encourage everyone to get out and vote in the November election. There is so much focus on national election issues, but local issues have much more bearing on our day to day lives. We have an amazing opportunity to shape how our community functions through local elections and we should take advantage of that."

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

November 5th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Ileen Rangel

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I love all music but the 80's and 90's had the best music by far!"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Sheek by J and Los Cucos"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I used to ride horses in my late teens/early 20's. (Now I've moved up to a steel horse)."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Jesus Christ, my daddy, my father-in-law Secundino Rangel, Emiliano Zapata and Martin Luther King and suprise cameo from Eddie Murphy"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"My roles are to help in any way I can, create a positive community, and to smile at everyone that I see."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I am currently attending college after a 20 year school hiatus."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My proudest moments happen daily when I look into my husband and children's eyes."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I believe the strengths are in the citizens who continue to believe in Seguin even though Seguin might have given up on them."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I find it interesting that Seguin has a huge park and river that runs through it but it remains undeveloped."

 

What are your future plans?

"My future plans are to empower anyone I can to create a strong community spirit, where peace and diversity rule."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"We have started a community effort in the Westside of Seguin. A few of the efforts inlcude a monthly trash pickup, helping our elderly with small home repairs, home making, painting, etc. National Night Out neighborhood celebration -- just to name a few. Please come join us and be part of the change!

 

I also encourage all families to take the time to volunteer at your children's schools! Nothing brings more community spirit then when people unite for the good of our children. It takes a village to raise a child and that village includes you!

 

Community includes people of different sexes, ages, religion, cultures, viewpoints, life styles, stages in personal development, reputations, levels of education and handicaps. Everyone strives for peace and to be included and treated equally. Everyday people change. Take the time to listen and embrace and welcome other points of view."

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 31st, 2013

  

 

Seguin Citizen: Celeste De La Cruz

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am the parent liaison at Patlan Elementary. I facilitate family-school communication, helping families become active partners in their child’s education."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Spend quality time with my family"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Alejandro, husband; Aleksandra Grace, daughter"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Having a complicated pregnancy"

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What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"TV Show- Chopped - Movie-Hope Floats"

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What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Adele, Taylor Swift"

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What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Bling; Dragon Place"

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What is something folks may not really know about you?

"That I was married in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico"

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If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Always have a blast with parents, sisters, and in-law

 

 

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What are your roles in the community?

"Empower and praise women to success through my Mary Kay business"

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Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I’ve been a business owner, worked in the medical field, but greatest achievement and role is being a wife to my husband, and mom to my daughter."

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What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Giving birth to a healthy baby girl against the odds"

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What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"How people will donate their time and resources to help make education and schools the best they can be for the children in Seguin"

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What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Love that downtown Seguin stays historic even though the rest of Seguin shows growth"

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What are your future plans?

"Encourage parents and children of Seguin ISD to dream big"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 30th, 2013

  

 

Seguin Citizen: Isabelle Harris Woolridge

What is your current occupation?

"I am a retired homemaker."

What does that involve?

"Attending social events, visiting with friends and family at the Nesbit Living and Recovery Center where I now live"

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I enjoy playing games, encouraging young people and sharing my past life experiences with family and friends."

When and where were you born?

"I was born in Guadalupe County off 90 A in a small community called Nash Creek, on October 29, 1918. Today, I am 95 years young."

What’s the most recent book you’ve read?

"The Bible, I can’t read like I once did."

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

"My momma always told me to trust in the Lord and treat everybody right."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"When I was nine years old, my appendix bursted, the poison went throughout my body and the old doctors back then told my parents that I would not live, but here I am. I had to learn how to do everything all over again. At my age, I’ve had many challenges."

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Feisty and determined"

What inspires you?

"Jesus and the Good News, my family and friends"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?

"My husband, Robert, my parents Charles and Maude Harris, my only living sister Maggie, and of course Jesus Christ, my Savior"

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"I don’t have a favorite TV show because I don’t watch TV."

What are your roles in the community?

"I was a well know seamstress and quilt maker in the Seguin and Guadalupe County communities. I learned to sew at a very young age by my mother. I am a member of Bethel Pentecostal Church of Christ. I joined this church in 1946. I am the oldest living member of our church."

What is your educational background?

"I graduated from Hoover School in Guadalupe County. The school was on our family land. While in high school, three of my sisters along with myself attended a special program at Prairie View A & M University to study horticultural. I along with a few of my sisters wanted to attend college there but back in those days, young women were not allowed to be away from their families to pursue a college degree. We were expected to remain home until we were married."

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"None that I can remember at this time."

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"I am a widow, my husband of over 50 years was Robert Best Woolridge of Seguin. We had no children but I was blessed to have many nieces, nephews and my church children. I have one living sister Maggie Williams of Rialto, California, a sister in law Betty Harris of Katy, Texas and a brother in law John Smith also of Rialto, California. My great niece La Sonya and her husband BJ Williams are my care givers and the closest family living in Seguin."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Too many to remember at 95 years of age"

What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?

"My family roots are here in Guadalupe County and over the years we moved to Seguin. My great grandfather, Benito Garcia fled from Mexico during the war and landed here in Guadalupe County and never returned to his home of Mexico. My mother Maude Henderson Harris was from Louisiana, and she later moved to this area. Her grandfather was the product of a slave mother and slave owner. I married my husband and he and I remained here. He was an only child and his parents lived in Seguin, so we stayed. His father was a contractor and built many homes in this area."

 

 

What you believe to be the strengths of this community?

"The love of Jesus Christ and the love of strong families"

 

What are your future plans?

"Continue to live life to the fullest being surrounded by the love of my family, nature and church. I love people and enjoy visiting with all who come to visit me."

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 28th, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen: Marcus and Natalie Avalos

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"”We are the lead pastors of Crossroads Church Seguin -  we have been in ministry for the past 28 years, married for 29 years, and recently planted Crossroads in January of 2007. We are here to serve this congregation and community with message of hope and healing." 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"We both enjoy spending time with the grandkids and Natalie enjoys buying and reselling antiques, Zumba for exercise and taking care of me. I enjoy hiking. I have hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, Half Dome in Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and recently Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. It sounds crazy but I enjoy the adventure and challenge. Looking back on my life, for 20 years all I did was ministry. There was hardly any adventure. So when we planted Crossroads, we both decided to stop just trying to make a living and begin making a life. Doing life and ministry out of imagination rather than memory is the key."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Both of us were born in Seguin Texas. Natalie in 1966 and me in 1965."

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Natalie: Parents are Joe Longoria and Marina Ramos. Our Children are Erin Avalos, Amber & Dominic Encinias, Bianca Avalos, grandkids are Hayden Avalos Oliver, Sofia Danger Dobbs and Korben Encinias.

Marcus: Parents are Tony & Lydia Avalos who have just recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Both are from Seguin."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Natalie: Going back to college after the age of 40 and getting a degree in psychology/Counseling.

Marcus: Recently, my greatest challenge was dealing with a level 7-9 pain in my back for 16 months. I finally had to get surgery in June. I actually thought I would have to get out of ministry or take a leave of absence but thank God for doctors."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Marcus: Movie: Sandlot , TV Show: Duck Dynasty

Natalie: Her favorite show is HGTV (which I think should be shown only at 3 am) and Mixed Nuts( a must see if you can find it)!"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Marcus: Favorite Band of all time is none other than Chicago. I grew up listening to that with my dad. Happy Man is one of my favorite songs.  But I actually listen to all types of music. Bethel, Santana, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, anything clean and inspiring.

 

Natalie: I love all genres that inspire and express talent and skill. Classical, Soft Rock, Christian, even some old honky tonk stuff because it reminds me of my grandparents."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Our favorite business is Bling in Seguin. One of our best friends owns that( Lori and Frank Dimicelli ) and our favorite restaurants is Chavela’s Home Cooking. I also enjoy El Olivida Hacienda which is run by a great man David.

 

Natalie:My favorite is also Bling Seguin because I get to indulge in fun fashion! Geronimo Creek Antiques is also a favorite( Owner Danny Solis is a good friend of ours) and I also sell my antiques there. The cranny, because it does such wonderful things to help women and children in distress. We should all support that cause."

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"Every Sunday morning before I get up to preach, I still get nervous and want to throw up. haha! I am actually a very introvert person and don’t like to be in front of crowds. It's a calling for me and I just want to obey.

Natalie: I had a dream of being a gymnast and wanted to be the next Nadia. It always inspired me to see those small gals cast fear of heights and pressure aside."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Marcus: I think it would be interesting to sit down with the family of Jesus  and get inside perspective of their family life. James, Joseph, Judas, Simon & Mary.

Natalie: I would love to sit with Billy Graham, Jackie- O, Helen Keller, The woman caught in adultery and The mother of Jesus."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"President of the Guadalupe County Ministerial Association in Seguin where we participate in various ecumenical outreaches for our community like the Prescription Assistant Program that runs through the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center where Tom Jones oversees. The Thanksgiving Service that this community has been a part of for the past 10 years. This is where the downtown churches in Seguin have joined forces to produce and interfaith service of thanksgiving for the Seguin community on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We also began a new program called Christmas in Seguin where each year we target a specific need in our community and ask for our Pastors in the community to play a part. Other outreaches include Shoes for Orphan Souls, National Day of Prayer, etc…

Natalie:My roles would be to support and pray for the people in the community. Stand along the side of my husband and pray for him encourage him to help others and see lives changed."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"In the past, Natalie has worked as a Director of Volunteer Services for a treatment center. During her time there she was awarded for her services by The local Rotary club and The women's clubs of Canyon lake for her roles in helping abused children."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Natalie's proudest moments have been in raising our 3 beautiful girls and grandchildren to love God and help others in need. When anyone of our children do things for others it makes my heart happy to know that they have learned the value of paying things forward.

 

Marcus: seeing my parents celebrate their 50 year anniversary and experiencing Natalie and I grow in our relationship since the age of 14.  In my career as a pastor, my heart finds its greatest joy when dads in a family become responsible and begin to lead their home with eternity in mind."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Natalie: There is a strong sense of family here. People appreciate the past and history of Seguin 

 

Marcus: the strength of Seguin will always be in the spirit of its leadership. There were seasons when it was stronger than others. The stronger of the spirit, the more creativity, innovation, and imagination is reflected. The leadership of this community is always its greatest asset."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Is that there is so much land all around the city. Beautiful land just waiting to be found and developed into something beautiful and useful. Like shopping malls and resteraunts that sell something other then Mexican food.

 

Marcus: the most interesting thing about Seguin to me is this: it's rather slow evolvement. There is so much potential here. Our core values and high moral authority should never change but the methodologies, processes of future development should be reevaluated."

What are your future plans?

To hopefully build a large family center in conjunction with our new church facility. The center would hold full services for worship but also accommodate large venues for the community events that will hold 2500-3000 people. The Family Center is a bridge to the community. It has state of the art computer lab to train individuals to better their quality of life in various areas. It will also have a full basketball gym, three indoor volleyball courts, three racquetball courts and an upstairs running track with three large rooms for cardio classes. We want to contribute to a better overall health in our community. It also has a full kitchen, coffee shop, and three large conference rooms for businesses in our community to hold meetings or training purposes. We plan on staying here the remainder of our life and transition this ministry in the future so that it continues long after we leave this earth.

 

We would love new families and young families in the area to come visit us at Crossroads Church. Our goal is not to take away family traditions from people who have a place to worship; but begin new family traditions with people who have never attended church before. We are not conventional in any way but committed to God in everything we do.”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Marcus: recently I met an 81 year old man who was still very passionate about his life and message. He shared 2 things with me that I want to continue to past forward:

 

1. "Grow Up and get off your blessed assurance and begin to do something." We don't have time to complain about our problems or personal struggles. Everybody has them! No one owes us anything and we have everything we need to make a successful life. Get up, get a dream, make a plan, and begin to pursue it. If it fails, get back up and reach for one more dream. In the words of Churchill, "never never never give up"

 

2. "Never underestimate the value and power of your presence" - all this means is that God has given you purpose in life. You are not a mistake. With God, all things are possible!"

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October 28th, 2013

 

   

 

Seguin Citizen: 

 Kelly Smith

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am the parent liaison for Jefferson Elementary. This involves creating opportunities that will engage parents and the community in order to support the school, and ultimately, improve student achievement. I am also an AdvoCare Independent Distributor and the owner of Miss Kelly's Studio & Private Tutoring. In all of these roles, I get to help empower children, adults, and organizations to reach their health, financial, and academic goals."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I try to spend time with the people that support my big dreams." 

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Two sisters and one brother, my mom and late father"

 What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"The unexpected death of my dad in May. Life looks very different since losing him so tragically, and my priorities have changed a lot. It caused me to reflect on how I spend my time and my resources, and how I enjoy this life that God has given me."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"TV Show - Modern Family; Movie - Whale Rider" 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Although I am a Zumba instructor, and enjoy Latin-inspired music, I really love R&B and Soul music." 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Favorite Business - Miss Kelly's Studio & Private Tutoring. Favorite restaurant - El Ranchito is a great place for Miss Kelly's Team meetings."

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I was valedictorian of my senior class."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My late father, Ralph Smith, late grandfathers and late grandmother - just to feel their unconditional love"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I serve on the chamber of commerce board of directors, Seguin Wellness Task Force, and run the Seguin Chapter of Inspiration4Life (Free Community Fitness Classes)."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I was a teacher with Seguin ISD 2001-2010. Established tutoring business 2006. Opened Zumba Studio 2011. Inducted to Chamber Board of Directors 2013. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Quarterly Award 2012. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Community Partner Award 2012. Featured Article in NFit Woman Magazine 2013" 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Following my instincts, and going mobile with Zumba. Taking the party to the people, so to speak. I have taught toddlers, Senior Citizens, and everyone in between. I've had the honor of leading Zumba at the River Walk, the AT&T Center, Freeman Coliseum, Scorpions Stadium, event centers, schools, churches, retirement homes, rodeo arenas, grocery stores, parking lots, in parks, and on TV. I've gotten to meet professional athletes and celebrities, but most especially, I have met hundreds of inspirational everyday people."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I believe that our educators are CHAMPIONS in Seguin." 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I find Texas Lutheran University extremely interesting. It is a treasure!"

 

What are your future plans?

"I plan to make more time for my personal and spiritual growth." 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 

"I'd like to encourage people to become informed, visit the early voting cites and make their voices heard before Nov. 5. Early Voting at Jefferson Elementary is Thursday, October 31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in learning about free fitness classes and Zumba performance opportunities, please call (830) 305-5948. Upcoming performances are October 26 at Scorpions Stadium and March 16 at AT&T Center."

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 22nd, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Kiet Le

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I work for the city of Seguin in the Utility Services Department. I am the substation/energy auditor technician. This consists of taking the proper classes to learn our substation relays in and out, take thermal images of electrical equipment that is overheating so that the electrical department can fix and also inspecting brand new energy efficient appliances in our customers’ houses and awarding them with a rebate."

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I coach a select softball team called "Texas Rage 03". This team consists of 9 and 10-year-old girls from Seguin and surrounding areas. I also like shooting pool. I bet I can beat you!!"

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"First, I'm pretty sure 96 percent of you reading this know this woman, my mother Betty Le and yes she works at Dragon Place. Then there's my girlfriend, Savannah and her daughter Samara, my brother Derek Le, and three sisters: Yvette Vigil, Stephanie Velasquez and Amanda Klatt. Between three sisters and 1 brother, I have seven nephews, six nieces and one great nephew and five great nieces."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Losing the one who taught me how to be a man, my dad Kiet Sr., on December 28, 2012."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"The Walking Dead"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"I listen to everything!!"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Dragon Place!! Ask for Betty if you dine in."

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I was born on my mom's birthday, February 6th."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"I would have the make two parties. The first party would be my dad of course. He would probably do the cooking because that man can cook!! My grandparents from Vietnam. I never had the chance to meet my grandpa but I met my grandma twice. Also, my uncle who died when I was very young. Last but not least ,my uncle Ray and Grandpa Simon Villegas. I know that's six but we can always pull up another chair. My second party would be with any five Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders!"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Graduating in 2008 from Coastal Bend College with an associates degree in electronic servicing. Trust me, I'm surprised too."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Graduating college"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"US city workers!! --  All departments!!"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"We have a strong fan base. No matter what age or sport, the bleachers are full of support! Also, we have very strong softball players from 8 year olds to 18. This past Little League season proved it. We almost won every title in every age group."

What are your future plans?

"Hopefully retire young!!"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"My softball team Texas Rage is always holding fundraisers to buy equipment and to help pay for our tournaments. If you ever see us having one, please show us some support."

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 22nd, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Megan Marie Wilkinson

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Senior at the high school -- It involves maintaining good grades and it includes being a good role model for the underclassman.

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Mainly hang out with friends and family"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Round Rock, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Phil Wilkinson (Dad), Nancy Wilkinson (Mom), Hollie Harlous (Sister)"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Losing my grandparents"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"TV show: Duck Dynasty - Movie: The Blindside"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"All types"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Business: This, That and The Other - Restaurant: Kirby's Korner"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Student teaching and volunteering by helping get together homes for orphans."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"When the students I help tell me they want to be a teacher too, and seeing how much they look up to me.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"It's a very close community no matter what."

 

What are your future plans?

"I plan on attending Texas State University to continue to work my way to becoming a teacher.”

 

 

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October 22nd, 2013

   

Seguin Citizen: Bailey Williams

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? 

"I am a junior at Steele high school. I am a member of FFA I raise steers and rabbits. I am on a state qualifying leadership team for FFA. I am also a very involved member of HOSA. (I was also the winner of this year’s Guadalupe County Fair Queen’s Contest.)"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I spend a lot of time at the FFA barn and hanging out with friends."

What city and state were you born in?

"Temple, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mother, Julie Mccleland"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"The loss of my father"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Pretty Little Liars and She's the Man"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Country music, mostly”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"D&D and Los Cucos Mexican Cafe"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I am left handed and the only red head in my family."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? 

"My step father, my grandpa, my father, my future husband, and my brother"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I volunteer on Sundays at my church. I am an active member of my local FFA. I am my schools liaison to the FFA board, and I represent FFA on a student advisory committee at my high school."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I have worked as a hostess at Cheddars café. I am a member of our state qualified Ag Advocacy team, and I am part of the entomology team."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Earning my letterman as an underclassman."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The small town feel, the community warmth and welcoming attitudes of everyone and the active participation of community members at local events."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"It's amazing in how many ways you can be involved in the county fair!"

What are your future plans?

"Graduate high school and attended UT health science center to become either a pediatric dentist, or a physical therapist."

 

 

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October 15th, 2013

      

Seguin Citizen: Chaplain Basil Karm

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I'm retired and I’m still a Hospice Chaplain on the Evangelism Committee of Grace Lutheran Church."

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

  "Fish and dance"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Castroville, Texas, Feb. 24, 1924. I move to Uvalde, Texas when I was 8-years-old."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Wife Marie; son Ronald in Omaha Nebraska and daughter Sharon Stollewerk in Seguin"

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Changing jobs, leaving Retail Credit Company and going into the insurance business"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Animals, game shows, musicals, Lawrence Welk"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Country western, Big Band sound"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"JJ's Cafe, Dixie Grille, Whataburger, Kirby's Korner, Carter Memorials, Walnut Springs Diner and Randy's Exxon Station"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

 

“Basil Karm has been a leader in membership recruitment for years. He holds records in post, state and national levels for this work. He has been awarded a life membership in Post 245 and was the first member to ever receive this award. He was also the first member of Post 245 chosen to receive the Legionnaire of the Year Award. He had the honor of signing up as the one thousandth member of the post. He has won the Gold Brigade award twice for signing up over 50 new members in one year. He has also had the honor of being selected Chaplain of the Year twice for the state of Texas.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Jesus, Lero Wiese, Ira Miears, Ray Sczepanik, Reverend Glen Krans, Doug Herrle, Ed Young"

 

What are your roles in the community?

 

According to local veteran organizations, "Basil is a World War II veteran who has dedicated his life to helping other veterans. Having survived the Normandy invasion, where he received wounds for his actions in crossing Omaha Beach, Basil continued to follow (General George S.) Patton almost all the way to Berlin. At the end of the war in 1945, Basil came home with one leg shorter than the other courtesy of Omaha Beach, but he didn't let a simple shortened leg slow him down."

 

As chaplain, Basil has ministered local veterans and their families for years -- praying, counseling,  visiting them in the hospital. He's also helped obtain headstones and markers for veterans.

 

Basil, most recently has also been recognized for his ability to chair the Veterans Memorial Brick Project which has allowed for the veteran memorial -- located in the front lawn of the Guadalupe County Courthouse. Basil has spent years working in partnership with area veteran groups and Carter Memorials in selling the bricks and actually doing some of the laying of bricks himself at the memorial. “The proceeds from the brick sale went straight to Chapter 61 (Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for their various programs including the Honor Guard Team as well as the building and service funds. He is considered a veterans’ veteran by many of the local veteran service organizations and is particularly endearing to the members of Guadalupe County Chapter 61.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

Induction into the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion Honor in 2003 – the organization accepts “new members based on extraordinary sacrifices and service rendered to their fellow man.” Karm has served on the Legion Executive Board for over 20 years and served on a number of its committees.

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"When I met my wife Marie, being chosen as a member of the Four Chaplains Chapel"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"People are honest, friendly and helpful."

 

What are your future plans?

"Take care of my family, continue to fish, continue to do charitable work"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        

"Support the Silver Center and all military veteran organizations. Also, slow down, quit speeding on Hwy 46 and Court Street. Be honest. Help your fellow man whenever possible."

 

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October 15th, 2013

        

 

Seguin Citizen: 

Kaylee Richardson

 What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I am a freshman at Marion High School.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“I love to ride my horse, Bandit Sugar Baby!”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“I was born in San Antonio, Texas.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Mother- Bobbie Parsons; Step-Dad- Quintin Parsons; Sisters- Kamryn Parsons and Kandyce Parsons; Step-Brother- Kaleb Parsons”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

 

“Searching for my brother and sister. I just want to see them again and get to know them.”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“I like to watch The Voice, All CSI’s and anything funny! “

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“I listen to all genres of music, my favorites are hip-hop and country.”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“I recently visited Serenity Boutique in Seguin and really love their up-to-date fashionable clothes and jewelry and how personalized my visit was. It’s my new favorite place to shop. My favorite restaurant is Chili’s.”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I have an authentic signed poster of Elvis Presley.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be

 ?  My Great “Grandma and Grandpa Green (so we can catch up and so I can say my goodbyes), my baby cousin West (I never got to see or hold him), Elvis Presley(I enjoy his music and want to meet him) and my best friend Peggy, to be there to support me and keep me strong!”

 

What are your roles in the community?

‘I am an active member of 4-H, showing animals, participating in food and nutrition, various volunteering experiences with 4-H.  I am always in search of new opportunities to help the community.”

   

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“The first year I showed my pig at the Guadalupe County Youth Show, I placed second!”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“Its sense of community is what makes Seguin strong. As this city grows, it doesn’t forget its roots. The city is welcoming and supportive of its small businesses.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“I love going downtown! It reminds me of a quaint small town with little shops everywhere, the courthouse and the little park behind it. I really love going there during the holidays and seeing the lights. Everyone knows everyone!”

 What are your future plans?

 ‘I plan to continue my education to achieve a degree in criminology, forensic science, or criminal justice, so that I can become a CSI agent. I am also considering joining the Navy.”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?     

“This town is growing at a fast rate, but still manages to maintain a small town feel. Be proud of your community, get out, be involved and help keep your community clean. The more involved people are, helps to create a solid, safe and prosperous community.”

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 14th, 2013

  

 

Seguin Citizen:  Megan Monique Cruz

 

 

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I work at Bill Miller Bar-B-Q. I am a senior at Seguin High School which involves a varsity cheerleader and varsity softball and varsity softball player."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I play softball, hang out with friends and work at Bill Miller Bar-B-Q."

 

What city and state were you born?

"I was born in San Antonio."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Gene and Sandra Paez, E.J. and Branden Cruz and Ava Rodriguez"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Biggest challenge I have faced yet is trying to be strong for my grandma in her past death this May."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I don't really have much time to watch TV, but my favorite movie is The Last Song.

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I enjoy Nicki Minaj music. She's my favorite artist."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"My favorite Seguin business is Sheek by J and restaurant is Chilis."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"People don't know that I am a really caring and outgoing person."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"They would be my mom, grandma Cruz, Nicki Minaj, Kevin Hart and Jim Carrey."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"To be someone else's role model -- To lead a good example to other people."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Being that I am a student athlete and a cheerleader, due to the kind of person I am, very outgoing and I like to involve everyone in the activities I am involved in"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Just knowing I can graduate from high school this year – being successful in my own responsibilities."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I believe the strengths are -- even though Seguin is a small town -- people in this community stick by each other whether it's good or bad."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I find interesting how the community gets together on special occasions and holidays."

 

What are your future plans?

"My future plans are to go to college for dental hygiene and have a successful job."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 

"Being that we are trying to build a new school, getting the community to go out and vote yes would have a lot to do with the town and the youth by having higher standards and a better education."  

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 14th, 2013

             

 

Seguin Citizen: Lisette Arias

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am a full-time mom"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I love to go to the gym and spend time with my family."

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Galveston, Texas but raised in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband Samuel Arias, sons Samuel and Alan"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Losing my grandma"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"The Real House Wives of Beverly Hills, Titanic, Instructions Not Included, and Finding Nemo"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"All types of music especially, Spanish (Mexican) music, Bachata, pop en Espanol, and Banda"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"78155 Athletic Club and Dixie Grille"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"That I love to run and since the year I started, I have ran 325 miles"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My Grandma Bertha, El Papa, Gloria Trevi, El Canelo Alvarez and Vicente Fernandez

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Being a mother for my kids and help out when I can"

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"CNA/Nurse"

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"When my two sons were born"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Our community is like a family. We all help each other out."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The ability to get around town in no time. We don't have to worry about traffic issues."

What are your future plans?

"Be a better mom and wife and try to be happy because there is only one life"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        

"Never give up. There are always opportunities for everybody. Follow your dreams and be happy."

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 14th, 2013

  

 

Seguin Citizen: Ashley Perrill

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I'm a junior at Seguin High School.”

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“For fun I ride four wheelers, play tennis, hunt, shoot guns, archery, fish, work on my mud truck with my dad, and raise my chickens, goats, rabbits, cats, and horses.

“ 

What city and state were you born in?

 

“I was born in San Antonio, Texas.”

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“The members of my family include my parents Brian and Kelli Perrill.”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“The biggest challenge that I've ever faced was breaking my arm and having surgery.”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“My favorite TV show and movie are Duck Dynasty and 8 Seconds.”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“I enjoy all types of music and my favorite song is Chillin' it by Cole Swindell.”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“My favorite Seguin business and restaurant is D&D Farm and Ranch and Whataburger.”

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“Something that you may not know about me is that I competed in the National American Miss Texas pageant over the summer in Houston, Texas.”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“If I could assemble a dinner party, my five guests would include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Gretchen Wilson, and Carrie Underwood.”

What are your roles in the community?

“My roles in the community are to follow the laws, keep Seguin clean, and give back at every opportunity that I have.”

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“I'm an all A-student, member of student council, member of the photography club, and on the FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Team.”

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“One of the proudest moments of my life was winning five tennis matches in a row on the Seguin Tennis Team.”

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“I believe that the strength of this community is small town family values.”

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“The most interesting thing about Seguin is everywhere you go in this town, you know somebody.”

What are your future plans?

“In my future, I plan to attend Texas A&M University and become a large animal veterinarian.”

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

 

“We all live in the same town so, let's try to make it the best place to live in.”

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Seguin Citizen

October 14th, 2013

 

 

Rayanne Muenich

What is your current occupation?

          “Sophomore at Navarro High School”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

     “Showing my lambs, steers and goats , spending time with family and friends, playing sports, cheerleading and dancing” 

 

What city and state were you born in?

          “I was born in San Antonio, Texas.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Parents, Carol and Leroy Muenich, sister Jalynn Muenich”

      

        What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

       “Trying to balance my time between school, animals, 4-H, FFA, sports, cheerleading and keeping all A’s”

 

What is your favorite TV show and why?

         “I really don’t get to see much TV because I’m so busy but I’m hooked on The Voice.”

 

      What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc……)

            “I enjoy listening to country music.”

      

       What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

           “My favorite restaurant is Chicken Express because of that outstanding sweet tea.”

 

        What is something folks may not really know about you?

             “I am really an outgoing individual once you get to know me.”

       

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would

they be?

            “Shawn Johnson, my parents, my sister, and my grandparents”

 

What are your roles in the community?

      “Guadalupe County 4-H Ambassador, member of Good Shepherd’s Youth Fellowship”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles

        “Guadalupe County Ambassador, Texas Club Lamb Association Vice President,  Junior Director for the Texas Junior Livestock Assoc., Treasurer of Navarro 4-H Club, Sentinel of the Navarro FFA, Member of Texas 4-H Clothing and Textiles Advisory Board and District 10 Council Delegate”

 

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Winning first place with my partner, Bryan Drayton at Texas 4-H State Round-Up for our Educational Presentation on horse acupuncture and advancing to National Competition in January 2014 at Denver, Colorado and Winning Reserve Champion Lamb at the Medina County Fair in September and Winning Champion Goat at the Guadalupe County Youth Show”

 

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“One of Seguin’s biggest strengths is how it supports its youth.”

 

        What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

                   “Seguin is a big town but still has a real small town environment and really rally’s around the youth of the community.”

 

         What are your future plans?

                “Graduate high school and attend Texas A&M in College Station to become a veterinarian”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

                “With the Guadalupe County Fair starting soon, come out and support the fair and make memories that will last a lifetime.”

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 14th, 2013

  

Seguin Citizen: Pamela Motl

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Seguin High School, Junior (11th grade)"

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"Spend time with family and friends, go shopping, hang out with my boyfriend"

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mom, Betty; my stepdad, Ralph; my two older brothers, Sean and Jacob Motl"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"I'm thankful and blessed I haven't faced any."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"TV- Law and Order SVU, Movie- The Impossible"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Country, Fav song Pieces by Gary Allan, Fav song artist Luke Bryan"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"This, That and The Other, Garcia's"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I am a contestant of the Guadalupe Fair Queen!"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family

members - who would they be?

"Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood"

What are your roles in the community?

"Volunteer and help out when I can"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"4-H Secretary"

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Working at This, that and the other"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"When people come out together to help other people in need"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"How people come out and help the youth"

What are your future plans?

"Go to college, get my business degree and start my own clothing line and design my own clothes then start my own business"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"I believe we should all vote ‘yes’ for Seguin for a new high school and library. We need it! I strongly believe us kids/teenagers deserve a better learning environment."

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Seguin Citizen

October 3rd, 2013

       

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Viviana Rojas

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I'm a senior at SHS and a varsity soccer player/flag runner."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Hang out with friends and family"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Amarillo, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mom, Mayra; dad, Hugo and my three younger sisters named Vyanka, Vanessa and Vanya"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Having to learn how to live with epileptic seizures"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite movie is My Sister's Keeper"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I enjoy listening to country, rap and Spanish music."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Great Wall"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I play soccer for a select team out of school."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"My brother who passed away, Grandpa, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil' Wayne"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I help clean elderly people's houses when needed."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Professional achievement was becoming a captain for my soccer team and being a role model."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The birth of my baby sister"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Seguin's growth because it always has new openings for people who need jobs"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I find it interesting how friendly people are in Seguin."

 

What are your future plans?

"To graduate with a masters and bachelors from college and become a speech pathologist."

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

October 1st, 2013

  

 

Name: Ashlyn Marie Dannelley

 

What is your current occupation and what does it involve?

“I am a senior at Seguin High School and also a Matador Flag Runner which involves dedication, hard work and commitment.”

 

What do you do off the clock just for fun?

“I hangout with my friends, shop, go to the movies or just stay at home and relax.”

 

What city and state were you born in?

“I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My dad, William Dannelley, my mom, Andrea Dannelley, my sisters, Kaylyn, Breana and Hannah Dannelley and my two brothers, Zaccary and Justen Dannelley”

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

“Working towards getting my own car with my own money”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“My favorite TV show is Pretty Little Liars and my favorite movie is any movie with Adam Sandler!”

 

What type of music do you enjoy?

“I listen to country, hip hop, rap and I don't have a favorite song because I like so many!”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

“Dixie Grille and Gift and Gourmet”

 

What is something folks don’t know about you?

“I work really hard for what I have and towards accomplishing my goals.”

 

If you could assemble five people for dinner..

“God, John. F Kennedy, Leonardo Dicaprio, my Uncle Jeff (deceased) and my dad's mom Nanna, (also deceased)”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I am a member of New Life Fellowships youth ministry, part time employee at Bill Millers, loving sister and trustworthy friend.”

 

What are your professional background/ achievements/ leadership roles?

“I am a leader of my youth group pastored by the amazing Chris and Chelsey Larson. I am also in the top ten percentage of my class.”

 

Proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Realizing that I am a role model for my younger siblings and understanding that they look up to the decisions I have made and that I am still making has been the proudest moment for me.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“Seguin has been looked down upon and no matter what people say about Seguin we still continue to improve and show people that Seguin is a great city and that we will never give up.”

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“Everyone knows everybody so every time I go someplace I am always greeted by friends.”

 

What are your future plans?

“I plan on attending TLU, while still working at Bill Millers and becoming apart of the athletic training program and working towards getting a degree in counseling.”

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 30th, 2013

    

 

Seguin Citizen    Laiya Ann Kelly

What is my current occupation?

I am now teaching yoga at my studio Inner Fire Pole Fitness. I am also studying to be a personal trainer.

What do I do off the clock (just for fun)

I love to walk my dogs in Starcke park

What City and State was I born:

Salt Lake City Utah

Who are the members of my immediate family:

My husband Cap, and my 4 children (who are in Salt Lake) and my two blue heelers.

What is the biggest challenge I have ever faced:

Moving to Texas and leaving my children and friends in Utah.

What is my favorite TV show, and movie.

So you think you can dance.   Fried Green Tomatoes

What type of music do I enjoy:

Crystal Method, Madonna, Michael Jackson.

Favorite Seguin business: and restaurant:

Bling….and Johnny’s BBQ (the fried pickles)

What is something folks may not really know about me?

I am a fire spinner with a hula hoop!!!!

 

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) who would they be.

Jack LA lane, John Wayne, Madonna, Billy Crystal, and Johnny Depp

What are my roles in the community?

Yoga Teacher, I would also like to present to groups on how to handle stress.

Professional Background:

I am first and foremost an entrepreneur. Having run and owned a daycare, I love kids. After my children grew up I began working at a hotel chain, traveling all over the United States and training sales managers. I than became a motivational speaker on how to handle stress. I also teach Reiki, and had a Reiki business. Reiki is energy healing. I am a yoga teacher, and pole fitness instructor.  I became a fire spinner and performer.

What are the proudest moments in my personal life or in my career:

When I presented a motivational seminar to a group of 300 people, and they loved it!!!!!

What do I believe are the strengths of this community:

The awareness of fitness and how kind and helpful everyone is. Everyone is very supportive. I love all of the events offered around town.

What do I find as the most interesting thing about Seguin:

The kayaking possibilities….

 

 

 

What are my future plans:

To develop a great yoga, pole fitness, community, here in Seguin,  offering seminars on belly fat, finding your Inner Fire, meditation , chakras, and Reiki. To help people gain insight and knowledge of their potential and passions. To write my “Inner Fire Reiki book”

Message for the Residents of Seguin:

As a community service, if there is a group of people out there that needs a speaker on how to handle stress and anxiety. I would LOVE TO HELP!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 26th, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen:  Tabitha Carter

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“Bulldog Remodeling & Construction”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“Spending time w/ my family, fur kids, photography, watching movies”

What city and state were you born in?

“New Braunfels, Texas”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Husband Nick and Daughter Baily June and two "fur kids" Carly and Annie”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“The recovery of the transplant surgery after donating my kidney”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Once Upon A Time, Bridemaids”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“Alternative, Country  and also hearing new music,  my husband writes and plays”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Maddy's Boutique & Tortilleria La Celayense“

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“Like to hunt and practice shooting, also like to help my dad reload ammo”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Johnny Depp, Will Ferrell, Chris Farley”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“Help run our family owned business and to help raise awareness in our community organ donation through Friends For Life- Seguin”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“Did ROTC throughout high school which taught me leadership & giving back to my community. My family and I started up a company, Also helped operate a local B&B ( The Mosheim Mansion) along side working there  I did a lot of volunteering for local events. We also had a dog rescue there that I also help Carol help save dogs and find loving and forever homes.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“In my personal it comes in 2008 when I became a mother for the first time to a beautiful/healthy baby girl-She is my reason to successes in everything I do.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“Hard working people and opportunity”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“Seguin has a very rich history/background and the community really work hard at always keeping it alive and the past people that have built Seguin to what it is today. Make me proud to call Seguin my home.”

 

What are your future plans?

“To always follow my heart -- a wise man once said ‘you can not connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards,so you have to trust that the dots somehow will connect in your future. You have to trust in something your gut, faith, destiny or whatever it may be. Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path and that it will make all the difference’ and to always ‘stay hungry’ ‘stay foolish.’"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 

“You have the power to save someone’s life and give life a second chance. I never thought it would be in my cards to save a life until I was watching my uncle prepare for death. I got active and turns out I saved him! My message to you is help Friends For Life-Seguin to not stop the circle of life and to support organ donation. Don't send your organs to heaven because God knows we need them here. For more information please visit our FB page Friends For Life-Seguin or Donatelife.org to sign up to be a donor today!”

     

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 25th, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen:  Rebecca Bryant Schievelbein

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I work at Guadalupe County Supervisions and Corrections Department (Adult Probation). I do clerical work."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I enjoy going to the movies, out to dinner and spending time with my grandson and soon to arrive granddaughter."

 

What city and state were you born?

"Rockwood, Tennessee"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband of 23 years is Tim, my daughter Andi and my son Evan"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"My parents moving out of state after living in the same town with them for 44 years."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Show: The Voice, Movie: Pride and Prejudice"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Country"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"King Ranger and JJ's"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I am a twin."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Both sets of grandparents and my brother-in-law (all whom have passed on).”

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Right now my role is focusing on getting my daughter to complete her senior year of high school and into college."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I just want to do the best I can at my job and hopefully help make a difference in someone's life/lives."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The birth of my children."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The history in Seguin; watching The Magnolia Hotel being renovated."

 

What are your future plans?

"I would like to further my education someday."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"Be involved in your children's lives."

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 24th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Harlie Baitz

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I am a senior at Texas Lutheran University, I am a psychology major with a minor in sociology."

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I enjoy playing guitar, dancing, and traveling. I enjoy going to parks with my dog and photography, as well."

 

What city and state were you born?

"I was born in Austin, TX."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mother is Pat Baitz and my father is Joe Baitz."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"After studying abroad in the United Kingdom for almost 6 months, saying goodbye to all my friends and "family" over there."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is Criminal Minds and Spartacus."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I love all kinds. I especially like Mumford and Sons and country music."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"I like Chiro Java and Bling."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I have traveled to 11 countries and I hope to travel again very soon."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King, and Buddha"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I enjoy helping the Animal Rescue Foundation, and I am playing guitar for the upcoming Furball event. I am involved in music ministry at Crossroads church, as well."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my college career, presented research at the Southwest Psychological Association in Oklahoma, completed an internship with Congressman Henry Cuellar, and was involved in a concert in the United Kingdom that raised money to support education in Africa."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"I was very proud of my travels and personal growth while studying abroad, being a guitar teacher for over three years, being involved with Psi Chi, and aspirations to attend graduate school."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I think the Animal Rescue Foundation is making a HUGE difference in the lives of animals in this area as well as promoting education about our current situation. I think TLU is striving to improve the community in various ways, as well."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I like all of the small, family-run businesses."

 

What are your future plans?

"I hope to attend graduate school to obtain a degree in School Psychology. I hope to travel to many more countries."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"I hope together as a community we can promote animal welfare, excellent school systems, and a passion for community service."

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Calendar

September 19th, 2013

FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER20 2013

Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection

Texas Department of State Health Services is offering a child passenger safety seat inspection on Friday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 612 Jefferson Ave. Bring child and carseat and know child's height and weight. For more information, call 372-0841.

Silver Center Friday Night Dance

The Silver Center Friday Night Dance will feature the music of Sam Bentley on Sept. 20 from 7:30 to 11. Doors open at 6 and admission is $8. Sandwiches will be available at 6:30 for a light supper.

New Braunfels NARFE Meeting

New Braunfels National Active & Retired Federal Employees Chapter 672 will meet on Sept. 20 at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center. Social time with refreshments begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the business meeting and program at 10. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 620-0344.

Call for Entries  

The Seguin Art League announces a "Call for Entries" for their annual photography show "How I See It". Deadline to enter  is Sept. 20. Applications can be obtained at seguinartleague.blogspot.com or by calling 372-4479. The show will take place in the Selig Room on the East Campus of Guadalupe Regional Medical Center from Oct. 1 through Oct. 26 with an artist reception on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.

POW/MIA Ceremony

The Seguin Manuel Castilla Chapter of the American G.I. Forum will be having a POW/MIA Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at Manuel Castilla Park. All veterans, active military men and women and the public are invited.

Diez y Seis de Septiembre Lecture

Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin invites the community to a Diez y Seis de Septiembre/Hispanic Heritage Month lecture by retired TLU Professor Juan on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at Teatro's Cultural Arts Center. The event is free.

Dinner and Dance Gala 2013

Dinner and Dance Gala 2013 is on Sept. 21 at the KC Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner will begin at 7 and the dance will start at 8. Tickets are $50 per person. There will be a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the benefit and auction will directly support The Guadalupe County Livestock and Homemaker Youth Show.

Habitat Seeking Applicants

Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for the newest home. Families are selected based upon housing need, ability to pay $450 to $500 monthly payments on a 20 to 30 year no-interest mortgage payment and willingness to help build their home. Applications are available at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library. Additional help completing applications may be obtained at a workshop on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at the library. For more information, call 401-0422.

Concert

The Heart of Texas Roadshow returns to the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 21. Featured will be country music legend Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band along with Tony Booth and Seguin's own Dottsy Dwyer. Show times are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show. Pre-sale tickets are $20 per person and $25 at the door. To purchase tickets call 372-6168. Tickets are also available at Cascades, Gift & Gourmet, Keepers and the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Pets-In-The-Park

Emergency Animal Rescue Foundation presents Pets-In-The-Park will be on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Central Park. All non-profit groups can have a free booth space. All other booth spaces are $20. For more information call 303-0310.

23rd Annual Barbeque and Auction

Belmont VFD presents the 23rd Annual Barbeque and Auction on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Belmont. Plates are $8 and include brisket, chicken and trimmings. Events include country music, raffle, auction and more.

Sunday Afternoon Dance

The Geronimo VFW 8456 is having a Sunday afternoon dance on Sept. 22 and will feature the Czechaholics Band from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 and a $8 donation is asked. For reservations call 379-1971.

Near Death Experiences

The Central Texas IANDS Group will present information on near death experiences and their impact on military veterans on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 8315 located on Hwy 78 in Schertz. The sessions will include a dvd interviewing Dr. Moody and 6 experiencers. The event is open to the public, but please bring a veteran with you. For more information, call 512-718-8902.

Scarecrow Decorating Contest

The Seguin Main Street Program and the Guadalupe County Fair Association presents the annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest. The contest is open to all individuals, businesses, clubs and organizations doing business in and around Seguin. Scarecrows can be placed outside in front of a business or displayed in a business window but must be visible from the sidewalk. Scarecrows will be judged on Oct. 8. Applications are available at seguintex.gov. For more information, call 401-2448.

Vendors Needed

Marion Trade Days is scheduled on Oct. 5 and vendors are needed. For more information, call 210-589-7684.

12th Annual Fundraising Banquet

The South Texas Pregnancy Care Center presents the 12th Annual Fundraising Banquet on Oct. 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coliseum. To register or for more information, visit couldbepregnant.com or call 433-4455.

Zumba Fitness

Free Zumba classes will be offered presented by Miss Kelly's Monday's through Thursday's at 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary, located at 215 Short Ave. For more information, call 305-5948.

MTS Adopts Online Ticketing System

Texas Lutheran University Mid-Texas Symphony has adopted an online ticketing system. In addition to purchases in the lobby and pre-concert telephone or mail order sales, concertgoers now have the option of purchasing online by visiting mtsymphony.org. Season and single tickets are available now. For more information, call 372-8089.

Fitness in the Park

Fitness in the Park presented by Miss Kelly's, Inspiration4Life, Seguin Parks & Recreation Department is scheduled every Saturday at 10 a.m. in Central Park, downtown Seguin. The event is family-friendly and free of charge. For more information, call 305-5948.

Life After Loss

Life After Loss, a six-week support and educational series is being offered to help bereaved people understand the process of grief, assess where they are in the process and plan for how they will continue to heal. To RSVP, or for more information, call 379-5046.

SAT Preparation

Texas Lutheran University is offering SAT Preparation for High School Juniors and Seniors in Tschoepe Hall Room 102 on the TLU campus. There will be six two-hour class meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday's and Thursday's. The cost is $140 for 12 hours of instruction and the Official SAT Study Guide. To register, visit tlu.edu/satprep. For test dates and more information on how to enroll, call 372-6777.

Seguin Police Moonlight 5K Run/Walk

Seguin Police Moonlight 5K Run/Walk is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 19. The race will begin at 8:30 p.m. on the eastside of Starcke Park, located at 104 River Drive East. All proceeds benefit the Annual Cops and Kids Picnic. Registration is now available online at athleteguild.com or at the Seguin Police Department (upstairs). Registration on Race Day will start at 6 p.m. under the large covered pavilion located at the eastside of Starcke Park. 13 yrs and over is $20 and 12 yrs and under are $15. Day of race, 13 yrs and over $25 and 12 yrs and under is $20.

Guadalupe Chapter Master Naturalist Program

The Guadalupe Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program is now taking applications for the chapter's inaugural class. Classes will be held every other Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. from Jan. 7 through May. There will also be 5 Saturday field trips during that period. The cost is $160 before Oct. 1 and $170 after. The cost covers class materials, speaker costs, field trip entrance fees. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 15. Forms are available at the AgriLife office at 210 E. Live Oak St. or online at txmn.org/guadalupe.

Seguin LULAC Community Garden

The Seguin LULAC Community Garden is available to the public for picking okra, jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, eggplants and tomatoes. The Seguin LULAC Community Garden is located on Eighth Street. Use caution with the irrigation system and any new plant growth. For more information, call 379-9219.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available to 22 Texas counties including Guadalupe and Comal. SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster. Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. The deadline to apply is Dec. 24. Applicants may visit disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Donations and Volunteers Needed

The Cranny Thrift Store needs donations of clothing, household goods, books, furniture, etc. that can be resold. 100% of profits go to the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter. Items can be dropped off Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 113 N. River St. Volunteers are also needed. For more information, call 372-1216.

Guada-Coma Chapter ICA Meeting

Guada-Coma Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas will meet on Sept. 23 at the Seguin Cattle Company at 6:30 p.m. Barbeque and trimmings will be served first with a meeting in the arena. To RSVP, call 401-1444.

Information Fair

Guadalupe County 4-H presents an Information Fair on Sept. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Schertz Public Library, located at 798 Schertz Parkway. Clubs in the area will be in attendance. For more information call 303-3889 or visit guadalupe.agrilife.org.

Robots in Surgery

Texas Lutheran University presents Robots in Surgery with Dr. Serapio Vela, Dr. George Mannel and Dr. Bryan Hambric on Monday Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alumni Student Center. The public is is invited to test drive the future of surgery.

Aggie Mothers Club Meeting

The Guadalupe County Aggie Mothers Club is hosting their monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 606 S. Center St in Marion. All Aggie Moms are welcome for dinner and Aggie fellowship. For more information, call 305-3759.

Teen's Movie Night

Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library is having a Teen's Movie Night for ages 13 through 18 on Monday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For the movie title or more information, call 401-2422.

Starlit Discussion

The TLU Honors Program and Center for Servant Leadership invite the community to the first Starlit Discussion of the fall semester on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Starlit Discussions are civic and civil dialogues on difficult topics. The topic will include examining innovation and its potential to solve persistent social problems. For more information, call 372-8160.

Hot Date With Your Dog

Seguin Animal Rescue Foundation presents Hot Date With Your Dog on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Kirby's Korner, located at 606 N. 123 Bypass at 6:30 p.m. There will be fun and fellowship with other dog lovers. Free treats, a raffle drawing and Hot Dog of the Month Contest will take place. A percentage of all food and beverage proceeds will be donated to Barky Park.

Social Security Planning Workshop

An educational workshop, "Smart Social Security Planning: What You Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income" has been scheduled on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center. The program will review Social Security benefits and strategies for maximizing retirement income benefits. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat, call 303-0667.

Heritage Seguin

Heritage Seguin will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Silver Center at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will include information on Seguin 13, a Seguin political actions committee which will explain issues concerning the park's project, Library, high school and more. The public is invited to this informative meeting.

Early Childhood Screening

Seguin ISD is hosting an Early Childhood Screening on Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Staff Development Room in Oak Park Mall, located at 1221 E. Kingsbury St. The screening is offered for all children up to five years of age with suspected speech, language, or developmental delays. For more information or to make an appointment, call 401-8651.

Crafty Kids

Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library presents Crafty Kids on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Crafts are aimed for school age children but younger children are welcome with a caregiver. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 401-2422.

Blood Drive

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center will have a Blood Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Selig Room. For more information, call 401-7211.

93rd Annual Awards Banquet

Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 93rd Annual Awards Banquet, featuring George P. Bush, on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Coliseum. Social Hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7. Tickets are $30 and are available at 116 N. Camp St. or at seguinchamber.com

Community Forum

The Community Forum's next meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Teatro located at 921 W. New Braunfels St. The topics on the agenda will include an update on Westside Neighborhood Project, Seguin Economic Development Corporation (4A or 4B), Affordable Care Act Information and much more. The public is invited.

Meeting

Guadalupe County Democratic Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center. The guest speaker will be Joe Bowen, Regional Political Director for Central Texas for the Texas Democratic Party.

Mead Fest

The 2nd annual Texas Mead Fest is scheduled on Sept. 28 in Central Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ID's will be checked and attendees over 21 years of age will be issued a wristband. Trade Days vendors will also return to Central Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seguin will name its dog ambassador from 7 to 9 downtown. For more information, call 401-0810.

Family Movie Day

Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library is having a Family Movie Day on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Popcorn will be served while supplies last. The event is free and open to the public. For the movie title or more information, call 401-2422.

Zumba Master Class

Wesley-Harper United Methodist Church is having a benefit for Amber Richardson who is paralyzed from a freak accident that occurred on July 25, 2011. The Zumba Master Class is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Seguin Activity Center Boys and Girls Club. The cost is $10. Raffle tickets will also be available. For more information, call 512-731-7857.

Kids Discover Program

Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library presents Kids Discover Program on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. School-age children will enjoy making lava lamps. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 401-2422.

Mini Mats Clinic

Mini Mats Clinic is scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Tom Crump Gym. Registration is at 7. The cost is $25 and includes t-shirt and homecoming pep rally. For more information, call 556-8561.

Sunday Afternoon Dance

The Geronimo VFW 8456 is having a Sunday afternoon dance on Sept. 29 and will feature Charles & The Fabulous Four Band from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 2 and a $7 donation is asked. For more information call 379-0506.

Joshua Roman Cello Recital

Texas Lutheran University presents a Joshua Roman Cello Recital on Monday, Sept. 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Ayers Recital Hall on the TLU campus. The public is invited.

Moore House Luncheon

The next Moore House Luncheon is on Oct. 3 at 703 Johnson St. The menu includes pork loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans and a roll for $10. Desserts are available for $12. Seatings are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The deadline for reservations is Oct. 1. Tickets are available by calling 379-7713.

MPO Transportation Meeting

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) will be having a transportation meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Seguin Coliseum from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendance is free, however registration is required. To register, visit mobility2040.org

Barbeque Supper

Geronimo Volunteer Fire Department presents its annual Barbeque Supper on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Geronimo Community Center. Plates are $8 and events include an auction, raffle, amusements, refreshments and more. Live entertainment provided by Best Friends. The public is invited.

4th Annual Organ Awareness Walk

The 4th Annual Organ Awareness Walk is set for Oct. 5 at Jackson Park on the TLU campus. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the walk will begin at 8:30. There will be silent auction items and some door prizes. For more information, call 708-3313.

NPSOT Meeting

Guadalupe County Chapter Native Plant Society of Texas will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at St. John's Lutheran Church located off FM 465 in Marion. Meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome. There is a plant/seed exchange and greeting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7.

Rodeo Tours

The annual Guadalupe Agriculture Fair and Rodeo school tours are held at the Fair Grounds. School tours or groups will be accepted starting Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 13. The attending children are welcome from Marion ISD, Navarro ISD, Seguin ISD, Schertz Cibolo ISD, Guadalupe County daycares and Comal County Schools or any other home school or private schools. Each program is 30 minutes and is tailored to fit the current audience level. To schedule call 914-3735.

CASA Session

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) invite the community to a one-hour session to learn about the organization and its mission on Friday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m. in the GVEC Community Room. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call 626-2272.

Parade

The annual Guadalupe Agriculture Fair and Rodeo Parade is on Oct. 11 downtown Seguin. Parade line up is at 8 a.m., parade judging is at 8:30 and the parade kicks off at 10. The parade will start on College St. and will proceed to the Fair Grounds. All types of entries are invited to participate in the fair. All marching bands are invited to go to the grounds after the parade and play for the community. All horses are required to have a coggins test. No animal may be unloaded unless the test information has been provided. A pooper-scooper for the animal must be provided with the entry. All Commercial/Politicians running for office entry fees are due with the application and the fee is $40. Applications are available by visiting gcfair.org. For more information call 379-6477.

Fair Queen's Contest

The annual Guadalupe Agriculture Fair and Rodeo Fair Queen's contest is on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Coliseum. The stage presentation event features high school age girls sponsored for the titles of Queen, Princess and Duchess to hold the titles for the following year and travel to parades and events to promote and represent all parts of Seguin and the surrounding Guadalupe county. The public is invited.

Seay/Springs Family Reunion

The Seay/Springs family reunion is on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Center in the Ezell Room. Lunch will be catered and family members are asked to bring a dessert and an auction items are appreciated.

Harvest Dance

Starlite Ballroom Dance Club invite the public to their Harvest theme dance on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 10: 30 p.m. with polka dance lessons at 6 at Eagles Hall, located at 257 E. South St. in New Braunfels. Big Band and Swing Music is by the Moonlight Express. Admission is $30 per couple. The burger grill and beer/wine bar will be open and dress is Harvest Formal. Club membership is encouraged. For more information call 210-658-7667

Washer-Pitching Tournament

The Seguin Area Youth Leadership Academy is having a washer-pitching tournament on Oct. 19 at the Grain Bin. Other events include a silent auction and live music. Silent auction item donations and tax-deductible monetary donations are needed. Donations can be dropped off at the Chamber office located at 116 N. Camp St. For more information, call 491-1340.

FurBall

Seguin Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) presents its annual FurBall event on Saturday, Oct. 19 at The Aumont Hotel, located at 301 North Austin St. at 7 p.m. Events include a "Spay-ghetti" meal, beverages, a band for listening and dancing, silent auction and more. For tickets, call 743-1017.

Clean Up Day

City of Seguin Clean Up Day is scheduled on Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Coliseum parking lot. Proof of city residency is required. Free junk and tire disposal, paper shredding and metal are all accepted. Hazardous material, tires larger than 19.5 and construction debris will not be accepted. For more information, call 401-2416.

Family History Workshop

Schertz Cibolo Valley Area Genealogists will celebrate National Family History Month with a Family History Workshop on Sunday, Oct. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Schertz Public Library. The program will feature demonstrations of various aspects of genealogy. The event is free and open to the public.

Showcase of Plants

The Guadalupe County Chapter of the Native Plant Society and the NICE Program present a Showcase of Plants on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Maldonado Nursery, located at 3011 Hwy 90 W. There will be information about growing N.I.C.E. plants (Natives Instead of Common Exotics) seed ball making for kids and door prizes. The public is invited.

SHS Class of 1968 Reunion

The Seguin High School Class of 1968 is having a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Seguin Elks Lodge. For additional information, call 379-9264.

All-State German Band Fundraiser

Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity presents The Blasmusik Texas All-State German Band on Nov. 2 at the Palace Theater from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased at Gift and Gourmet, Keepers, or the Habitat office by calling 401-0422. All money raised will be used toward building Habitat's 18th house.

 

To be sure your non-profit organization's meetings and events appear in this calendar, send information to: communitycalendar@kwed1580.com  fax 379-2238, or drop off the information at the Seguin Daily News/KWED office, 609 E. Court St., Seguin.

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 19th, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen: Wayne Brawner

 

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Wayne attends Mosaic’s Inclusions Day Program in Seguin, Texas. This involves the participation of daily activities in a caring community environment where I am given a voice."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I enjoy listening to CNN News and KWED Radio on 1580 AM.  Wayne also enjoys spending time with his sisters, Donna and Sandy and his caregivers Val and Gracie at his parent’s house in Seguin."

 

What city and state where you born in? 

"Wayne was born in Seguin, Texas."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Sister/Guardian, Donna Brawner and sister Sandy Brawner"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

  "Losing his mother and father"

 

What is your favorite TV show and Movie? 

"My favorite TV show is CNN,  and I like all movies.  Wayne also enjoys baseball, and watching his favorite teams the Texas Rangers and the San Antonio Missions."

 

What type of music do you enjoy? 

"Wayne enjoys country music!"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"KWED News and Mosaic are Wayne’s favorite businesses"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) who would they be?  "Wayne would assemble his dinner party of five with his deceased mother and father and two sisters."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community? 

"People care"

 

What are your future plans?

"To be interviewed by KWED and to hold a telethon for Mosaic to help them raise funds."

 

What do you find is the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"KWED and its community"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 17th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Courtney Kosub-Steitle

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"RN in the emergency department, it involves taking care of patients of all ages when they are sick or injured. I can't imagine a more rewarding profession than nursing. I truly love what I do."

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I love going to Gruene just to hang out and my new found love is Painting With A Twist."

 

What city and state were you born?

"San Antonio, Tx"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My crazy kids-Rylan, Ryder, and Kyndall Steitle"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Being a mom"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Favorite show (embarrassed to say) is Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and my favorite movie is a toss up between The Notebook and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Mumford and Sons"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"I love Bling and of course Sweet Treats delicious cupcakes. My favorite restaurant is (definitely) Garcia's."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I've worked at the hospital for 18 years."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Oprah, Adam Sandler, Justin Timberlake, Jim Morrison, and JFK"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"We do a lot of teaching in nursing whether it be teaching a new mom how to properly feed her baby or a diabetic patient on his diet. The list can go on and on."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Becoming a nurse at such a young age"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My proudest moments definitely come from my kids. They make me laugh and keep me going even when I think I can't go anymore."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I enjoy all the small town mom and pop stores, I just love that feeling when someone asks if they can help you and really mean it. Everyone always comes together in a time of need. Seguin definitely has team spirit and a love for the Matadors."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The obsession with pecans. I see people with grocery carts on the golf course picking up pecans.....too funny!"

 

What are your future plans?

"Watch my kids grow into respectful loving adults"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Live every moment like its your last because you never know when it might be. Kiss your loved ones every night and tell them how important they are."

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Seguin Citizen

September 16th, 2013

   

 

Seguin KWED Citizen: Kaitlyn Dasher

 

What is your current occupation?

"I am a junior at Seguin High School."

What does that involve?

"I am involved in the varsity cheerleading squad, the competition squad, Business Professionals of America (BPA), Fellow Christian Athletes (FCA), Softball, and Powerlifting."

What do you do off the clock “just for fun”?

"On the little off time I have, I enjoy spending time with my family and catching up on missed sleep!"

When and where were you born?

"I was born on May 5, 1997 in San Antonio, Texas."

What’s the most recent book you read?

"The last book I read was Hunger Games."

What is the best advice you have received?

“Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from trying.”

What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced?

"The biggest challenge I have ever faced is always the fear of not accomplishing the goals I set for myself."

If you had to describe yourself in two words what would they be?

"Funny and self-driven"

What inspires you?

"My parents inspire me; They are always motivating me to do my best and never give up."

If you could assemble a dinner party with five guests, who would they be?

"I would invite my Godmother, Dolly Rangel who has passed away; my twin sister, Kallie Dasher; my parents, Robert and Monica Dasher; and my grandma, Josie Castillo."

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"Modern Family and The Middle are my favorite because those are the two shoes where all my family get together to sit down and watch!"

What are your roles in the community?

"I am a cheerleader so we are constantly in the community doing volunteer work and supporting our Mighty Matadors. I am involved with Teen Life at St. James Catholic Church."

 

What is your educational background?

"Educational background: I have started looking at different colleges in the state of Texas and plan to pursue a degree in business."

 

Share your family.

"My family includes my parents, Robert and Monica Dasher; my sisters, Amanda, Kallie, and Emily Dasher; and my nephew, Bentlee Robert."

What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest accomplishments?

"My proudest accomplishments so far have been competing at Nationals for cheerleading for the first time. I am also very proud of myself for keeping my academics up and be able to participate in so many different organizations."

Do you have any family roots/history in the area?

"My parents were both born and raised in Seguin, Texas and have continued with raising us here in Seguin."

What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?

"My plans for the future are to reach all the goals I have set for myself and to go to college, where I plan on pursuing a degree in business."

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 12th, 2013

     

 

 

Seguin Citizen:

 

Marcia L. Kiel

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"

 

I work full-time in the Purchasing Department with the City of Seguin, part-time I am a group fitness instructor teaching Les Mills BODYPUMP, CXWORX, and cycle."

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"

 

Spend time with my kids and grandkids, workout, and run with a great group of people I have met."

 

What city and state were you born?

 

 

"

 

 

California"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

 

 

"Daughter, Rachel who is finishing her last semester at TLU; son Dylan, a senior at SHS and grandsons Dylan and Kason"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"

 

So many answers for this one -- I try to learn from things I've been through and use them as stepping stones to be a better person and learn from them."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"

 

TV show, I Love Lucy, and movie The Sandlot"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"

 

I listen to any and all types."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

 

 

"78155 Family Athletic Club & Taqueria El Charro"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

 

 

"I was in the Navy."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"

 

Jillian Michaels, Kenny Chesney, Dwayne Johnson, Robin Roberts and Colin Kaepernick"

 

What are your roles in the community?

 

 

"Keep group fitness fun so the members will continue to workout and live a healthy life."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

 

 

"

 

 

Becoming a Les Mills instructor was a huge accomplishment, I love being able to motivate others by doing what I love!"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"

 

Proudest would be having my kids and birth of my grand-kids, becoming a Les Mills instructor is another high-light"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

 

 

"The abundance of caring people"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? "

 

Not sure this would interesting, but I love the 'small hometown' feeling."

 

What are your future plans? 

"

 

Continue to grow with my job at the City, and continue to teach group fitness classes ."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

 

 

"People come in our lives for many reasons, I have been fortunate to meet an amazing number of people and I would like to thank those that have supported me, listened when I needed a shoulder to lean on, got up early to run with me (or just ran with me), and those who attend the classes I teach. I am grateful to have met each and everyone of you. I am blessed by knowing all of you!"

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 11th, 2013

     

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Ronnie Baker

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

 

 

"I am the owner of RV’s of Texas Mobile Service.  We bring RV service to the owners of RV’s for service to keep them from having to take to a shop for repair.  We do warranty and insurance work, and we do it right there where it sits. "

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?

“I love to go camping, and really enjoy floating the river, water skiing,  and hanging out beach side in Port Aransas, Texas.  Fishing…can’t leave out fishing; I am a true 'water baby."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"

 

I was born in Fort Worth, Texas."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"

 

I have my oldest daughter, Rebecca Burr; my son, Joe Baker and my youngest daughter, Amber Baker."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"

 

Starting a business from the ground up was the biggest challenge I have ever faced.  I did it without any bank loans in the midst of a recessed economy.  My business just took flight by providing the best service to my customers. Happy customers are your best advertisement; word of mouth goes a long way in this world and it has paid off for my business."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"

 

I like to watch Fox News, my favorite movie would be Lonesome Dove."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"

 

I am a big fan of country music with my absolute favorite being that of Texas country artists.  There is a big difference; for instance Jamie Richards, Chad Rueffer, and Randy Brown.  My favorite song is “Hard Man to Love” by Kevin Fowler. "

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

 

I am a big fan of The Home Depot; the staff are all very friendly.  I enjoy eating at El Olivido Hacienda, and morning tacos at Taqueria Atotonilco."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"

 

People may not know that I was raised on a farm where I planted and harvested oats, hay, and feed.  As a young boy I also raised horses."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"

 

Tom Baker (Dad), Robert Duvall (Actor), John Wayne (Actor), Nolan Ryan (Baseball Player), and Deana Carter (Singer)."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"

 

I enjoy helping support our Guadalupe County Rodeo.  It is a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. "

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I have been a speaker at Big Motor Home Rallies all over the country.  I have also helped to establish successful service departments for numerous RV dealerships all over Texas. "

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"

 

My proudest moments have been seeing my son Joe Baker playing football for Seguin High School.  He has so much heart out on that field. "

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"

 

I truly believe that our strengths within this community are the economy, the river frontage, and our friendly people."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"

 

I would have to say downtown, the shopping, events, and the parades"

 

What are your future plans?

"

 

I plan to have the best service center in Texas right here in Seguin, where I plan to eventually buy and sell RV’s with service being my number one priority."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?  

“Keep your children involved in something good so that something bad doesn’t find them”.   

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 10th, 2013

     

 

 

 

Seguin Citizen:

 

Pastor Al, Doris and Richie Rodriguez

 

What is your current occupation?

"

Assemblies of God US Missionaries"

 

What does that involve?

"

We work with church revitalization and provide church leadership training. We also help churches establish proper financial procedures in the local church."

 

 

 

 

What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?

"

My son and I love to ride bike, my wife loves to go window shopping."

 

When and where were you born?

"

Alvaro was born in Queens, NY on July 22; Doris was born in Brooklyn, NY on Feb. 6 and Richie was born in Springfield, MO on Feb. 8."

 

What's the most recent book you've read?

"

Amazing Faith by Wilfredo de Jesus"

 

 

 

 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"

Best advice:  Richie – ‘to always trust in God and not on my own abilities’; Alvaro: ‘be grateful and humble when success comes your way.’"

 

 

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"

Biggest challenge - Doris - respond to God's call to teach in Bible School being hearing impaired; Alvaro - teaching in Spanish Bible College (Puerto Rico) when my Spanish was not adequate at the time; Richie - returning to homeschooling after being in public school"

 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"

Alvaro- understanding and sincere; Richie - caring and friendly; Doris - caring"

 

What inspires you?

"

Al and Doris -When we see people respond to God's calling to follow Him; Richie - when people refuse to sell themselves short to the status quo of the world and decide to stand for Christ."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?

"

Jesus, Apostle Paul, Corrie Ten Boone, Apostle Peter and George Washington"

 

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"

We enjoy watching Psych, investigative/comedy show"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"

Alvaro has been secretary of Guadalupe County Ministerial Association, provides counseling to inmates at Guadalupe County Adult Detention Center, pastor of First Latin Assembly of God and secretary, treasurer for the East San Antonio Section of Texas Louisiana Hispanic District.Doris serves as the accountant for many of our churches in Texas Louisiana Hispanic District as well in other states. She has served as Adult Sunday School Teacher, worship leader and director of Kids 4 Christ ministry.

    Richie has serve as youth leader at First Latin Assembly of God, musician at First Latin Assembly of God, and member of teaching team of Kids 4 Christ"

What is your educational background?

"

Alvaro has a BA in Pastoral studies and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies; Doris - BA in Business Administration and Accounting and a Master in Christian Education; Richie - completed high school this year and is a freshman at Evangel University in Springfield MO"

What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"

Alvaro has been Dean of Students, Administrative Dean and Faculty at Colegio Teológico del Caribe in Puerto Rico, Director of Students Ministries and faculty at LABI San Antonio, TX, Pastor at first Latin Assembly of God; Doris has been Vice President for Academics Affairs in Puerto Rico and LABI San Antonio, TX and President of the Bible College in Puerto Rico"

 

What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest accomplishments?

"

Seeing broken families and marriages restored!"

 

What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?

"

God's call to revitalize First Latin Assembly of God Church"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"

The people are friendly and caring. It is seen in the hospital and stores in this town."

 

What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?

"

Faith based programs that can provide family enrichment workshops and counseling"

 

What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?

"

We are currently being relocated to Orlando, Florida to work with the Florida Multicultural District. Our functions will be to revitalize struggling churches and work as the financial manager of the district offices."

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 5th, 2013

 

Editor’s Note: Happy Birthday Fanny Harkins! The answers to the following Seguin Citizen feature today were provided by Harkins’ colleagues at Karen McMillan Realtors in celebration of her 80th birthday.
 
Seguin Citizen:   Fanny Harkins

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? 
"Realtor and Volunteer"
 

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”  Fun?  
"I only know how to work and volunteer."
 

 

What city and state were you born in?
"Corpus Christi, Texas"
 

 

Who are the members of your immediate family? 
"Debbie Holtz, Nancy Mercer, Jay Harkins and my sister Sophie Valenta"
 

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced? 
"My daughter Nancy Mercer recently battled cancer and she is one amazing woman.  I am so blessed to have my ‘Miracle.’"
 

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"NCIS and any Cooking Channel"
 

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I love to dance, any good dance music."
 

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"El Ranchito"
 

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I don't drink coffee."
 

 If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? 

"Jack (my late husband and the love of my life), my mom and dad, St. Anthony and Jesus"

 

 

What are your roles in the community? 
"Anything and everything to do with Seguin.  I LOVE Seguin!"
 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles. 

"Realtor, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year"

 

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career? 
"My children, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren"
 

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community? 
"The way we always work TOGETHER to get things done."
 

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 
"The PEOPLE"
 

 

What are your future plans? 
"I am looking forward to being 81."

 

 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?     
"Get out and VOTE!  We need a new high school and a new library!"

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 4th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Lisa Smith
 
What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I'm a fitness instructor at 78155 Athletic Club. I instruct Bodypump and Bodycombat. I also participate in 78155 CrossFit. It involves hard work, self discipline, practice and lots of sweat."
What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"
"Spend time with my family and friends, riding four wheelers, mud bogging and going to the beach"
What city and state were you born?
"Hemet, California, but I've lived in Texas for almost 20 years now."
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My husband Nate, son Lane, daughter Taylor, & daughter Morgan"
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Being a mom. It's a challenge that never ends until you take your last breath."
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Tv show- Big Bang Theory;Movie- Stand By Me"
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"I listen to a little bit of everything. I love all kinds of music."
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"Business- Office Depot; Restaurant- JJ's Cafe"
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I'm really goofy and love to laugh."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"My deceased grandparents, Grandpa and Grandma Gumm, Grandma Phyllis, Grandpa Schembri and my Grandpa Ramirez whom I never had the chance to meet."
What are your roles in the community?
"To motivate people to take their bodies and day to day health seriously."
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I'm a nurse but do not practice at this time, I've been very busy raising my kids  and being a good wife. I graduated college with full Honors, perfect GPA and perfect attendance. I'm a bookworm at heart and love feeding my brain."
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Personal life- giving life to my children; career- when people come to me bragging about the positive changes they are seeing from eating healthy and taking my classes at the gym"
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I have observed first hand how quickly this community comes together in time of need for a friend, neighbor or stranger. It's awesome."
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"All the personal businesses,the little shops, boutiques, hair studios and hard working people"
What are your future plans?
"Be the best mom I can to my kids, be a great wife to my husband, and live an all over healthy life. Stay happy ."
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"The only thing you need to do today, is be better than you were yesterday."

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 4th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Lisa Smith
 
What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I'm a fitness instructor at 78155 Athletic Club. I instruct Bodypump and Bodycombat. I also participate in 78155 CrossFit. It involves hard work, self discipline, practice and lots of sweat."
What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"
"Spend time with my family and friends, riding four wheelers, mud bogging and going to the beach"
What city and state were you born?
"Hemet, California, but I've lived in Texas for almost 20 years now."
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My husband Nate, son Lane, daughter Taylor, & daughter Morgan"
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Being a mom. It's a challenge that never ends until you take your last breath."
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Tv show- Big Bang Theory;Movie- Stand By Me"
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"I listen to a little bit of everything. I love all kinds of music."
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"Business- Office Depot; Restaurant- JJ's Cafe"
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I'm really goofy and love to laugh."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"My deceased grandparents, Grandpa and Grandma Gumm, Grandma Phyllis, Grandpa Schembri and my Grandpa Ramirez whom I never had the chance to meet."
What are your roles in the community?
"To motivate people to take their bodies and day to day health seriously."
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I'm a nurse but do not practice at this time, I've been very busy raising my kids  and being a good wife. I graduated college with full Honors, perfect GPA and perfect attendance. I'm a bookworm at heart and love feeding my brain."
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Personal life- giving life to my children; career- when people come to me bragging about the positive changes they are seeing from eating healthy and taking my classes at the gym"
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I have observed first hand how quickly this community comes together in time of need for a friend, neighbor or stranger. It's awesome."
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"All the personal businesses,the little shops, boutiques, hair studios and hard working people"
What are your future plans?
"Be the best mom I can to my kids, be a great wife to my husband, and live an all over healthy life. Stay happy ."
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"The only thing you need to do today, is be better than you were yesterday."

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 3rd, 2013

Seguin Citizen: Robin Bisha

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I’m a professor at TLU."

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"
"I love hanging out with and drawing cats and dogs."

 

What city and state were you born?
"I was born in Newport Beach, California, way back before it was cool."
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My mom is J Bisha, and she lives here, too. My brother Chris lives in the Detroit area with his wife Monica and daughter Lucy. Lucy is going to be 2 in October. My dad John lives in Vero Beach, Florida. My cats are also family members, but most of them are pretty shy."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"My husband died when I was 29."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorite movie is My Brilliant Career. I have seen it 8 times."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"I like World Music."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"Thunderpaws Canine Solutions is my favorite business in the WORLD, not just in Seguin.
 
I follow a vegetarian diet, so it’s pretty hard to eat out happily in Seguin. I do enjoy El Charro and the Great Wall occasionally. I also enjoy taking home pizza from Papa Murphy’s every now and then."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I help my cat write a blog, CheshireLovesKarma.com."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"The Dalai Lama, my maternal grandmother and grandfather, Jane Addams, and Dorothy Day"

 

What are your roles in the community?
"I serve the community most by helping with dog and cat rescue."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I went to graduate school at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina. I had some great opportunities to support research in Russia in the 1980s and 1990s."
 
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"I love hearing from my former students about how their studies at TLU and in my courses have helped them in their careers and lives in general. "
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Volunteer organizations are strong here."

 

What are your future plans?
"I just published the first issue of Buddies! magazine. I want to build its audience and inform animal lovers about the great research that is deepening our knowledge about how humans and animal companions serve each other."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"Vote for all three bond issues this fall. Our community will be well served by a new library, enhanced parks and a modern high school!"
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

September 2nd, 2013

    

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Christine Coday

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

 

“Assistant manager at The Cranny, I help make sure the donations get out for sale to help raise funds for the (Guadalupe Valley Family Violence) Shelter.

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

 

“I like to take trips, go swimming with family and drive around Texas to enjoy the beauty it gives us.”

 

What city and state were you born?

“Seguin,Texas (Born and raised)”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Husband- Mark Coday, two daughters-Christie and Rebecca, five grandchildren-Angela, Vaynet,Marcel, Ebony, and Camrine, Mother- Teresa, Father-

Gervasio, brothers- Ray and Carlos, and sisters- Lynda and Sylvia”

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

“Becoming an adult and having to be responsible”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Duck Dynasty/ Madea movies”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

“Country- George Strait, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

“Alex Tacos”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“That I love Dr. Pepper”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

“Ellen Degeneres, Oprah, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe because it would be just some great fun!”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I help to maintain the cranny store so that the women's shelter is able to keep helping the women and children in need.”

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

“Being assistant foreman at Olson Metals before it closed down for three years – working at The Cranny in 2001 and now 2013 – volunteered for the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center and at The Cranny store for three years.”

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Has to be that I have survived being married for 20 plus years to the same wonderful man”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“That we all work together and have big hearts to keep this non-profit organization going on for the women’s shelter”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“Walnut Park is a great place and also the park (Starcke) is really nice. There's lots of things to do there on the Guadalupe River.”

 

What are your future plans?

“To enjoy life and to help keep The Cranny store strong and running for the women and children in need”

 

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

“Thanks for all the support. Please keep the donations coming in. All proceeds go towards the women's shelter. Come by and enjoy the store.”

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 29th, 2013

    

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Carolyn Bading 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“Retired”

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

“Restore the home I grew up in, my grandfather had built in 1900, his store he built in 1899”

What city and state were you born in?

“Seguin, Tx”

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Son, Nathan Bading and daughter, Kay Bading”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“Writing the Book History of Geronimo Guadalupe, Tx”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Sound of Music, Oklahoma, PBS-Travel lodges, Nature”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“Some classical, piano, organ”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“HEB, The Rusty Bucket, Geronimo Trading Post, The Geronimo Creek Antiques, etc.”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

People from my book - Geronimo Flores, my grandfather Wilhelm Heinemeyer, Ernst Schramm, Henery McCulloch, Andrew J. Rice”

What are your roles in the community?

“Volunteer at Red Barn, decorate Frieden's church at Thanksgiving time”

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Being asked to represent Laubach Rd ‘Laubach Treffen’”

 

What are your future plans?

“Whatever comes up”

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? “

“I have opened a booth at Rusty Bucket ‘The Vine’ selling items from Guatemala

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 27th, 2013

     

 

Seguin Citizen:  Tithkanha "Kan" Mer

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Owner of Seguin Donuts"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Play with my daughter"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Kampot Province, Cambodia"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband, Kevin; daughter, Alexa"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Becoming an American citizen"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Travel Channel, Titanic"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Romantic"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Grand Buffet and Seguin Seafood"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"How fast I can run"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Jeep and Babs Kiel and some of their friends"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Right now, our business takes all our time."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Owner of our business"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Our daughter and my U.S. Citizenship"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"They have been so nice to us."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"How well the people get along"

 

What are your future plans?

"To continue to make our customers happy"

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 23rd, 2013

                     

 

Seguin Citizen:  Morgan Land

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am employed at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center as an exercise physiologist coordinator in cardiac rehab and the Wellness Center. I work with a team that monitors patients after a cardiac episode to help strengthen their heart. I also work as a certified personal trainer and diabetes educator. "

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"My husband and I own a lawn business on the side and we also have a 14-month-old daughter, so our spare time is limited. I enjoy fishing, shooting trap, and gardening."

  

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born here in Seguin."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband Wade and daughter Maddison."


 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Being a parent and being the best parent I can try to be"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I do not watch a lot of TV, but if I did, I enjoy the Discovery Channel with underwater life."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"I enjoy Christian and Prime Country, some Pop and 80’s Rock."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite business is D&D and favorite restaurant would have to be Taqueria Jalisco (where I have to limit my visits)."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I enjoy working with children with disabilities. Putting a smile on the children’s face would make any day one worth living."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"I would invite my Papa Jim, Papa DeLay my grandmother Dorothy, Kenneth Cooper, and The Apostle John. "

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I teach diabetes education, educate the public on the benefits of healthy lifestyles, Fit 4 Mom class for mothers to exercise with their children and have a support group, Elks Lodge member."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

" I started out as an intern at Guadalupe Regional Wellness Center and was offered a part time position which lead to a full time position. I have been invited to many organizations to speak about fitness and health. I have recently had the opportunity to work on the clinical side of exercise, which has been rewarding and educational.

Being a member of the Elks Lodge, I have started a fundraiser for the Autistic Support Group by hosting and directing the Firecracker 5K the morning of the 4th of July. "

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Directing and organizing events that support our local community."


 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Strong background and location"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Over time, many of the businesses moved away from downtown. Now you drive downtown and it has and is becoming quite the shopping market not only for local businesses but also for our local farmers with the Farmers Market."

 

What are your future plans?

"I plan to stay in Seguin and continue to reach out to the community in different ways to improve the overall health and well-being of our community."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 22nd, 2013

     

 

Seguin Citizen: Joanne Cowan

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Owner of Playoffs Sports Bar & Grill"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Watch movies, hang with family and my amazing boyfriend Pedro Lopez"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Washington Township, New Jersey"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Sonia Cowan, mom; Frank Cowan, dad; Francis Cowan, brother -- without their sacrifice we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you to my family for everything."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Opening a business"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Friends (TV) Pitch Perfect (Movie)"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"R&B, 80s, a little bit of everything"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Playoffs Sports Bar & Grill"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I make cakes and can draw a little."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Paul Walker, Michael Ealy and Michael Jordan"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"To provide a fun safe environment to relax and get great food and drinks"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Opening Playoffs, graduating college"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The people! -- Everyone willing to help out each other"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"People - never a dull moment!"

 

What are your future plans?

"Upgrade Playoffs!! Add two extensions to upstairs to have a larger party area and add more dart boards and bring pool tables and to start a family."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

"Come check out Playoffs!! Family friendly and a great place to be. Remember everyone wants to be in the playoffs! Love you Seguin!!"

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 22nd, 2013

     

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Brendon Burgess

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Barnes Middle School/Seguin 12-year-old international All-State"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Archery, fishing, playing with my dog, hangout with family and friends"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Seguin, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Mom, Jennifer; dad, Scott; sister, Lauren Kirkland, brother, Austin"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"My sister getting ready to leave for college in August"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Top Shot / Law Abiding Citizen"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Country"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Hibbetts / Dixie Grille"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I like to make fishing lures."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Aunt Zanie (who passed away on my birthday), great-great grandparents, Jesus, Peter (Fisherman) Fisher of men"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Student, Little League, Seguin All-Star player, Blue Santa wrapper"

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"JBMS sports, Spot Star Student, All A's"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Harvesting two bucks in 12 hours"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"That community members are getting involved with making our schools better"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"That we have the largest pecan"

 

What are your future plans?

"Attend Texas A&M to be a mechanical engineer"

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 20th, 2013

         

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Mary J. Ussery-Wilson

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Retired"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

  "Go shopping"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Kingsbury, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband James; my son, Richard and my husband’s extended family"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"The death of my mother when I was at the age of 15."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Favorite TV show, Golden Girls;  Favorite movie, Big Mama's house"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Religious"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Favorite Seguin business, Bealls;  Favorite restaurant, Dixie Grill"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I do not talk a lot."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be? 

"My two sisters, my two brothers and President Obama"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I volunteer with several organizations."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I was employed for 29 years with the Motorola Company."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The proudest moment in my life was the day I married my husband."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community

"Being able to go where you need to go in a short time"

 

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Small town"

 

What are your future plans?

"Some day visit Las Vegas"

 

The next item may be used to encourage a community (fundraising) event or campaign to enhance the quality of life in Seguin: 

"Work together to get the job done."

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 16th, 2013

  

 

Seguin Citizen:  Sidney Allen

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I will be attending Angelina College playing softball. ”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

  

“Lift weights and hangout with friends”

 

What city and state were you born in?

“Seguin, Texas”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Bill Ray Ussery”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“Winning state for powerlifting”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Wild n’ Out and Stick it”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“Twerk music”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Noe’s”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I’m not big on sitting still.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“Denise De La Cruz, Rebecca Martinez, Mattew Doss, Ervin Chandler, Destiny Martinez”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I am a softball player.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“Won 4A 181 State Championship, playoffs for softball, graduated”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Graduated high school, getting college scholarship for softball, making it to state, being able to go to World Series”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“Little League, athletic support”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“The history”

 

What are your future plans?

“Graduate from college and find a job that I enjoy and love to do.”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        

“I believe. You believe. We believe.”

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 15th, 2013

    

 

Seguin Citizen:  Samantha Shannon

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Freshman at A&M College Station"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Hunting, fishing, floating the river"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Cuero, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Mom, Beverly; dad, Tracy; brothers, Travis and Erik; sisters, Jennifer and Stephanie"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Moving from Mississippi where I grew up all my life -- to Texas in the seventh grade"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"TV Show-Criminal Minds   Movie-Lonesome Dove"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"All country"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Sister Suzie's,  Kirby's Restaurant"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"Lived in Mississippi for 10 years"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Ryan Reynolds , Si from Duck Dynasty,  JFK , Einstein, and Betty White"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Little League Softball Player, Volunteer at Animal Shelter"

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Graduated third in my class at Navarro High School"

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Getting accepted to A&M College Station"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Small town atmosphere but BIG-hearted people"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

Surrounded by a lot of big cities like Austin, San Antonio, Houston, San Marcos, and New Braunfels"

 

What are your future plans?

"Attend A&M College Station pre-vet"

   

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 15th, 2013

    

 

Seguin Citizen:  Sandra Hancock

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Navarro High School senior class of 2014"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Play basketball and softball"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Seguin, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Scott Hancock, father; Stacey Hancock, mother; Sara Hancock and Shannon Hancock, sisters"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Trying to live up to my older sister's accomplishments"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"NCIS, A Walk to Remember"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Country"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Texas Shave Ice, Garcia's"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"That I stopped playing softbal for two years at one time."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"My best friend Ayushi, God, Michael Jordan, Abraham Lincoln and Babe Ruth"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Playing softball"

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Winning state with another Little League team three times"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Winning state with three little league teams"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The softball team and the little league program"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The historical buildings and houses"

 

What are your future plans?

"College and I want to be a successful person and continue my softball in career in college"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"Believe in us"

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 14th, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen:  Meranda Rodriguez

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"2013 Seguin's High graduate attending Angelina College on a softball scholarship"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Work at HEB or play softball"

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Parents, André and Roxianne Maurelli; father, Danny Rodriguez; brothers, Austen, Luca; sister, Erica"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Losing my great grandmother, she was a big part of my life."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Criminal Minds, Freedom Writers"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Cross Canadian Ragweed - 17"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Car Chalk Ink, Dragon Place"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I'm a really open person."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My grandma Sarah, my grandpa Alphonso, God, Aunt Laura, Aunt Mary"

What are your roles in the community?

"To represent my community well and have respect for my community"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I am a bagger at HEB. I've been First Team All District Catcher 2012, First Team All Area Catcher, also DECA President."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Making it to the LL World Series (Big League) and making it deep into both rounds junior and senior year in playoffs"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The people and of course, spring sports softball and baseball"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"We are best friends with Geronimo, Texas!"

What are your future plans?

"To play college ball and become a social education teacher"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?       

"Keep on supporting Seguin LL. It keeps our younger generation busy!"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 12th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Erica Trevino

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Navarro High School graduate and will attend college in the fall"

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Serve my church and hang out with family and friends"

What city and state were you born in?

"San Antonio, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Parents, Roy and Laura; sisters, Renea and Adriana; brother, Julian"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"My faith"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"All kinds"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I don't like hot dogs."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"God, grandparents I've never got to meet, my aunt from dad’s side"

What are your roles in the community?

"Give back to church"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Director of vacation bible school, first team all district, team member of ACTS retreat"

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Making it to Delaware to play in World Series and every time I hit a homerun."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Helping and supporting each other when we are in need"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"World's largest pecan"

What are your future plans?

"Go to college, become a coach and make a difference in someone life"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?       

  "To the youth -- make something of yourself. Change someone life in a positive way."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 12th, 2013

    

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Kaylee Atchley

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am sophomore at Seguin High School."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Play softball and hang out with friends"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

Parents, Connie and Ronnie; sisters, Kimberly, Shyann, and Amber; brother, Justin"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Losing my great grandma"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Pretty Little Liars, White House Down"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Country music - Florida Georgia Line"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Gift & Gourmet and Bill Miller"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I am shy."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Channing Tatum, Luke Bryan, John Luke, Craig Morgan and Jason Aldean"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I'm a student and I play softball."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I've never been absent in school."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Winning in Louisiana and playing in the World Series"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Community is like family."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"We can all work together."

 

What are your future plans?

"Go to college and major in education"

      

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 12th, 2013

    

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Ciara Luna

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I will be attending Navarro College to play softball."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I like to spend time with my best friend, Jadyn Rojas."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"George and Patriz Luna, little sister Chloe Luna"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Losing my tia to breast cancer."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Tv show-Duck Dynasty movie-Burlesque"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Rap"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Huber Ranch and Dragon Place"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"My grandparents are my heroes."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My Tia Linda, Uncle Tom, my great grandmother, both my grandmas"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Full time student, give lessons for softball"

  

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"When I committed to Navarro College"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"We are a big family."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"How fast Seguin is growing"

 

What are your future plans?

"To graduate from college"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 7th, 2013

 
Seguin Citizen:  Sara Hancock
 
 
What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?
"I just graduated from Navarro High School in June and will be attending Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois. I will be playing softball and studying for a physician assistant."
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Go shopping, Six Flags, swimming, hang out with family and friends -- I also play basketball and softball."
 
What city and state were you born?
"Seguin, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Mom, Stacey; dad, Scott; sisters, Sandra and Shannon"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Having double jaw surgery and shoulder surgery"
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Family Feud and I like comedy movies."
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?
"I like country, pop and hip hop."
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?
"I like going to ZDT and eating at Garcia's."
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I am actually real shy until I get to know you."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?
"Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Manu Ginobli, Albert Einstein, Mila Kunis"
 
What are your roles in the community?
"I represent Seguin playing Little League Softball -- (currently in) the World Series in Delaware."
 
What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?
"I maintained an A average during my senior year and excelled in basketball and softball for Navarro. I have been on four All-Star teams that have won state and reached regionals."
 
What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Winning Pony Nationals when I was 10, qualifying for the World Series this summer and being a big sister to Shannon and Sandra"
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"We are a small community that feels like family. We always help each other out."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"How much it's growing"
 
What are your future plans?
"Attend college, play softball, come back to Texas and get a job"
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        
"I wish they would support Seguin Little League girls softball more because we have worked hard to represent our community."
 

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Seguin Citizen

August 6th, 2013

         

 

 

Seguin Citizen: John Ruiz

 

 

What is your current occupation?

“I am owner of John Ruiz Handyman Service and Remodeling.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?” 

“I enjoy playing soccer and take in live music whenever I have the chance.”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“Seguin, Tx”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family? 

“Lorie (wife), Elizabeth (daughter), and Roman (son)”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“That would probably be the death of my father, just over a year ago.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie? 

“The Walking Dead is my favorite show.  I like any movie with quick witted dialogue, like, Juno, Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou and any of the Monty Python movies.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…) 

“I love all types of music.  My playlist can easily go from western swing to rap to jazz to 70's soul to ska.” 

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“I enjoy going to King Ranger Theatre.  It is nice to sit down for a couple of hours and get lost in an imaginary world.  Kirby's is the restaurant where all the employees know me when I walk in the door.”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you? 

“I am a board game addict, but only games that require some skill or knowledge.  I am not a fan of board games that are just games of chance.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“My Father (San Juan Ruiz), Tom Hanks, David Robinson, Dave Chappelle and Stephen King”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I am currently the President of Seguin Youth Soccer Club and coach one of our traveling teams.  I am a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and have been involved with A.C.T.S retreats for about eight years.”

 

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Raising two smart, confident and well adjusted children is my proudest moment in my personal life.  Starting my own business and being able to keep it going is my other proudest moment. Without the help and support of my wife, neither of these would have been possible.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“I love the fact that so many people where raised here in Seguin and we all know each other directly or through family members or friends.  Citizens of Seguin always seems to step up to help out when there are disasters of others in need in the community.  Seguin is filled with smart, inspirational people, that are easy to find, when you don't dwell on negativity.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“The diversity in Seguin makes us a stronger.  We just need to make sure to always recognize and appreciate this.”

 

What are your future plans? 

“I plan to continue with my business and try to take a more active role in our community, while trying to balance my work and family life.”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

“As president of Seguin Youth Soccer Club, I would like to let the community know that there is still time to register your child.  Our deadline was July 31st, but we have extended registrations through August 9th. Because we are no longer seen on the fields near Briesemeister Middle School, we run into the "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" scenario.  We currently play in the outfield of the Nelda Street Softball Complex.  Registrations can be made online at

 

http://www.eteamz.com/seguinyouthsoccerclub/ or forms can be picked up and dropped off at Paperback Ranch used book store in downtown Seguin.  Soccer is a great way for children to have fun and exercise at the same time.  Playing in a team environment with constant movement is great for social and physical development.  Many people do not know that we have a more competitive option for our older players, in which they are able to play teams in San Antonio, New Braunfels and San Marcos.  This option is available for children ages 11-18.  For any questions, I can be reached at 830-491-7064 or fcseguintx@gmail.com.  See you on the fields.”

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 6th, 2013

  

 

Seguin Citizen:  Mariah Magallanez

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Freshman at Clarendon College and work at King Ranger movie theatre"

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Watch movies"

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Parents Joey and Veronica, sisters Macy and Megan"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Getting my drivers license, took me three times."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Devious Maids, Forrest Gump"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Country, Tejano cumbias, Luke Bryan"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"King Ranger and Wing Stop"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"My grandpa Greg Lopez is my biggest supporter because he never tells me anything to bring me down."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Selena, Richie, Michael Jackson, Danny Green, my Grandpa Juan Magallanez"

What are your roles in the community?

"Give back to the needy and support my community as they do me."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I've been playing softball for 13 years. I've played with teams that are top 10 in the state --- traveled around the U.S. to play good teams which got me a scholarship."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Attending college on a scholarship"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Everyone here supports which I believe makes this community stronger."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Everyone in the community is like family. We are all here to support each other."

What are your future plans?

"Plan to attend college with a kinesiology major and plan to be a physical therapist"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?       

"We love to make our community proud because we stand up for the younger generation to look up to us as we did when we were kids. With all the experience I have been through, I wouldn't mind teaching other girls just for the fun of it. I want them to experience all the fun I've had."

 

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Seguin Citzen

August 5th, 2013

 
Seguin Citizen:  Mariah Magallanez

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Freshman at Clarendon College and work at King Ranger movie theatre"
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"Watch movies"
 
What city and state were you born in?
"Seguin, Texas"
 
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"Parents Joey and Veronica, sisters Macy and Megan"
 
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"Getting my drivers license, took me three times."
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"Devious Maids, Forrest Gump"
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"Country, Tejano cumbias, Luke Bryan"
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"King Ranger and Wing Stop"
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"My grandpa Greg Lopez is my biggest supporter because he never tells me anything to bring me down."
 
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"Selena, Richie, Michael Jackson, Danny Green, my Grandpa Juan Magallanez"
 
What are your roles in the community?
"Give back to the needy and support my community as they do me."
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"I've been playing softball for 13 years. I've played with teams that are top 10 in the state --- traveled around the U.S. to play good teams which got me a scholarship."
 
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Attending college on a scholarship"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"Everyone here supports which I believe makes this community stronger."
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"Everyone in the community is like family. We are all here to support each other."
 
What are your future plans?
"Plan to attend college with a kinesiology major and plan to be a physical therapist"
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?       

"We love to make our community proud because we stand up for the younger generation to look up to us as we did when we were kids. With all the experience I have been through, I wouldn't mind teaching other girls just for the fun of it. I want them to experience all the fun I've had."

 
 
 

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Seguin Citizen

August 2nd, 2013

   

 

Seguin Citizen:  Kaycee Govett

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I'm a junior at Seguin High School."

       

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Play softball, hangout with friends"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"San Antonio,Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mom, Melba Govett; dad, Norman Govett; brother, Collin Govett; older brother, Darren and older sister, Dayna"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Losing my grandpa"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Duck Dynasty"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Country"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"D&D, Bill Millers"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I have a twin brother. I am really shy until I get to know you."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"I would have to invite my entire family not just five of them."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I am a student at Seguin High school and I play softball and tennis. I am a member of Faith Lutheran Church youth group."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"A student and show in the youth show"

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"When we won in Louisiana to go to the World Series and playoffs for Seguin High school."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Our community is like a family. We all help each other out."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"How the city can come together and make a difference"

 

What are your future plans?

"Go to college and get a good job"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 2nd, 2013

    

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Katlyn Herzog

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“Graduated from Navarro, attending Anglo State University”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“Hunt”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“Seguin, Tx”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Parents: Randall and Tina Herzog and sister Rochelle Herzog”

 

 

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Duck Dynasty”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“Country music”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Creekside”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I'm a farm girl and I drive a bigger truck than most guys.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“Sam Shannon, Kaycee Govett, Kaylee Atchley, Collin Govett and Garrett McRay”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“To be a leader”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“Student show in the youth show and play softball”

 

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Making the Anglo State Softball Team”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“We come together as a family”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“It’s a small town but has grown so much.”

 

What are your future plans?

“Go to college and graduate”

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

August 1st, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen:    Jadyn Rojas

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I am a senior at Seguin High School and a cashier at Lake Breeze Ski Lodge.”

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

“Play softball, hang out with friends, go shopping”

 

What city and state were you born in?

“New Braunfels ,Tx”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My mom Molly and my dad Julian; sisters, Raven and Madysen; one nephew Maxxen”

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

“Currently, deciding what college and profession I wanna study”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Pretty Little Liars, favorite movie-The Hot Chick”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc...)?

“Country”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“King Ranger and Dragon Place”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“Other than softball, I am also a varsity cheerleader at Seguin High School.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“Channing Tatum, Luke Bryan , Taylor Swift , Lauren Conrad, Great Grandpa I never met Oscar Guerrero”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I am a student, softball player and cheerleader.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Making it to the Little League World Series, Making varsity softball for Seguin HS as a freshman.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“The support system”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“Small town and its a close knit community”

 

What are your future plans?

“I would like to attend UTSA and major in either accounting or education.”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

“As a member of the Seguin Big League All Star team, I'd like to thank the community for supporting and believing in us!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 31st, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Stephanie L. Skinner 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I currently work as the senior property manager for Seguin Self Storage and Office Center.  We offer executive office suites to area business owners as well as storage solutions for area business and residents.  I also do medical billing for Patricia Huber who is a licensed clinical social worker here in Seguin." 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"My absolute favorite way to relax and just have a good time would have to be anything to do with water.  Raised on Lake LBJ in Austin, I have become quite the water bug.  I love to relax tubing down the river, kicked back at the beach, or spending long days at the lake."

  

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Fort Worth, TX in 1974." 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Husband – Russell L. Trotter, Son – Joe Baker (2nd year Seguin Varsity Football player! One proud Momma), Son- Kamon Trotter, Son – Cameron Whitten, Daughter – Shelby Whitten, Daughter – Shelby Trotter, and two grandchildren both 18 months old Kynlee Paige and Auhstin Lee. I also have a 5 year old male Miniature Yorkie, named Squirt, who can read and will be very upset if he is not mentioned." 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"The biggest challenge I have ever faced would have to be returning to college at 33-years-old.  Substance abuse and alcoholism runs in my family. I spent many years trying to understand why, what, and how as I watched my mother drown herself in her addiction and walk away from everything.  Although coming up as a child was filled with emotional insecurity and despair, my adult life is now anew and I owe it all to my education.  In December 2011, I received an Associate in Arts Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling where I graduated Magna Cum Laude.  I was also inducted in The National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa, and awarded the Student Excellence Award twice during my three years at Odessa College.  I now understand the disease of addiction and have begun the process of letting go of what once held me back, and plan on furthering my education to continue my pursuit of giving hope to those who are still affected or living a life bound by an addiction."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I love to watch The Voice - seeing the everyday person get a fair shake at making their dreams come true based only on voice rather than appearance really impresses me." 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Music is the gateway to my soul. No matter where I am, the music is always on. It is how I express myself. I enjoy most genres of music.  I grew up on old country, classic rock, and 80’s and 90’s music.  There’s no telling what I will be listening to from one day to the next.  I love, love, love Maroon 5. But, then I love them all.  My favorite song is Angel Flying Too Close to The Ground by Willie Nelson it reminds me so much of my hero – my Grandpa, Lester Ruddick." 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite restaurant in Seguin would have to be Bella Sera.  My favorite business would have to be H.E.B. I have two teenage boys at home. It is the only store I spend any amount of time in due to their enormous appetites."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"For the most part, I am an open book, those who know me – know me well." 

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Oh this is easy, Ron White (Comedian), Guy Fieri (Chef), Stevie Nicks (Singer/Songwriter), George Strait and Elvis Presley."

What are your roles in the community?

"Before moving to Seguin a year and a half ago, I was heavily involved in humanitarian efforts for women who were battling addictions and living in sober living communities or half way houses.  I would do clothing drives for them and their children as well as help assist them in finding available resources and treatment.  I would like to start a support group here in Seguin for women that have lost all faith and hope due to addiction, whether their own or someone that they are close to." 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"For many years I was in the medical profession in one form or another.  I started out doing home health and hospice care, and then began doing medical billing and collections for many years.  Upon my last years of my medical field career I was a transcriptionist for a pathology group in Midland, TX.  Since then, I went to Odessa College for a Degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.  I was currently promoted at my current place of employment to the senior property manager in June of this year, and currently manage two properties at one location.  I have come to really enjoy my position. I love to get out and talk with the local realtors and business in my marketing efforts to build relationships with area businesses and professionals." 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The proudest moments in my life have been to watch to children grow and create lives and families of their own.  There is nothing that makes me more proud than to see my children succeed in all they set out to do.  I am truly blessed." 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I feel that strengths found here in Seguin are the residents and businesses who strive to make this town a better place.  I love the 'small town' vibe that Seguin has.  It is a beautiful town, nestled right next to the river with great, hardworking people."  

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I guess that would be the pride that people who have lived here their entire lives possess. I love that.  The other thing would be that not one person I have talked to on the phone that has never heard of Seguin, can’t say it right.  It is mispronounced every time single time, gives me a chuckle." 

What are your future plans?

"My future plans are hopefully to further my career here where I am currently employed, and in my education possibly obtain an additional degree in business management for commercial real estate along with finishing undergrad school for psychology/social work." 

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Seguin Citizen

July 29th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Lynn M. Putney

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Owner of Aunt Maudie's Attic Antique and Collectibles --

 

I am thrilled with the overwhelming reception that Seguin has shown me in the short time that we have been open. Everyone has been so positive in response to our store. I have met several of the other small business owners in town and they have been more than willing to share their time and insights they have to help me understand the dynamic of the town. Being brand new, I can tell you I appreciate all the help they have offered. I have been collecting things since I was about 14 years old when my Aunt Maudie gave me my first antique. I have been hooked ever since. I love junkin' and looking for that one thing that makes you catch your breath and your heart beat a little quicker. Now I have a lot of other folks to share that passion with. I have 18 wonderful vendors in my store who provide an enormous variety of antiques and collectibles to our customers. We offer a wide price range as well, so everyone can afford to shop with us. We have beautiful period antiques, shabby chic, art work, jewelry and every kind of collectible you could want. We are open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We would love to see you at "The Attic" (as we are quickly being called), at 519 N Austin Street.

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Go antiquing, eat BBQ, swim"

 

What city and state were you born?

"Rochester, New Hampshire"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Sister, Joyce; brother, Jim; mother, Cristine; sisters, Lisa, Lori; brothers, Gary, Rusty Dog, Peter"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Opening my store"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Spartacus - It's a Wonderful Life"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Godsmack - favorite song The Weight"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Tick Tock Doc - Grand Buffet"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"Always wanted to be a stand-up comedian."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen, Katherine Hepburn, Jim Morrison, Mary Magdelene"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Setting an example for other women to achieve success in business"

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Buyer free computer manufacturer, new product development for organic and all natural food distributor"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My sons return from two tours in Iraq and opening my antique mall"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The most friendly residents and business people"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"That more businesses are not coming into the city, need more encouragement"

 

What are your future plans?

"To expand my business"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?    

 

   

"Attend and be involved with city government. Encourage city officials to be proactive in the solicitation of businesses that will encourage the younger people to stay in the city. Perhaps, having events downtown to enliven the area -- midnight madness sales event."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 25th, 2013

    

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Michael Fore

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I volunteer at the DAV (Disabled American Veterans)as a facilitator here in Seguin."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Ride my Harley, fish, camping, traveling"

 

What city and state were you born?

"San Antonio, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Mom and brother"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"The 1991 Gulf Wav (Navy)"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Platoon - Pirates of the Caribbean"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Favorite band - Eagles"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Playoffs Bar & Grill"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I play guitar and write my own music."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Dad who passed away two years ago, his mother, Ponchovilla, Neil Young, my mom, Johnny Depp"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I volunteer at the Disabled American Vets in Seguin."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"Worked at the San Antonio School District, counselor’s assistant. The DAV will be starting a program helping veterans who may need help making choices to help them in life. We will be working with the Vets Court PTSD and safety."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The birth of my daughter"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Its history"

 

What are your future plans?

"PTSD and safety with veterans"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 25th, 2013

    

 

Seguin Citizen: 

 

 

Hunter Walker

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

 

 

“I will be attending Barnes Middle School this year.”

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

   

“I like to go swimming and video games.”

What city and state were you born in?

  

 

“I was born right here in Seguin, Texas.”

Who are the members of your immediate family?

  

 

 

“I live with my mom and dad and have two brothers and one sister.”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

  

 

“Competing in the Regional UIL competition”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

    

 

“My favorite TV show is American Ninja Warrior and my favorite movie is Hancock.”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

  

  

 

“I enjoy all types of music but my favorite artist is Jason Aldean.”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

    

  

 

“Hibbett Sports and Bill Miller's”

What is something folks may not really know about you?

   

 

“That I love pit bulls”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

     

      “Adrian Peterson, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Aaron Rodgers and of course Albert Einstein”

What are your roles in the community?

    

 

“I participate in Honor Society and the Student Council Recycling Committee and we raised money for other schools in need like the schools in West, Texs after the explosion.”

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

  

  “

 

I have been recognized by Duke University. I am an A Honor Roll student and I have received the President's Award this year. I have also competed in UIL and Technology.”

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

   

       

 

“My proudest moment was when I was chosen to be in The Honor Society.”

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

       

     

 

“The generous people who donate time and money to help our community.”

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

       

 

“It's home to me.  Everywhere I go I see someone I know.”

What are your future plans?

         

 

“To be an engineer in the air force”

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 23rd, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:   Jamilex Navarro

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I am currently attending Concorde Career College for Dental Assisting.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“I like to relax and spend time with my husband and son either watching movies or going to the park for a walk.”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“I was born in Seguin, Texas.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My immediate family includes my husband James Torres and my son James Jr.”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“The biggest challenge I have ever faced was when I got pregnant at 16 and I was afraid of my future. I would not go back and change anything that has happened in my life.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“My favorite TV show is Criminal Minds and my favorite movie so far is Identity Theft.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“I listen to many different kinds of music. My favorite song is ‘She Will Be Loved’ by Maroon 5.”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“My favorite business in Seguin is the Texas Workforce Solutions. My favorite Seguin restaurant is Chili’s.”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“Something a lot of people do not know about me is that I can be strict when it comes to following rules and that I like things to be proper and in place. I am a perfectionist.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“If I could have a dinner party with any five guests I would choose Jesus, Tyra Banks, My Grandma, My Uncle George, and Tyler Perry.”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I volunteer at nursing homes with my church. We also hold many outreach services to feed needy families during the holidays.”

 

 

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“My proudest moment was when I got the highest scores in my GED out of three different counties.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“I think the strengths of this community are that it is small, and most of the people living here have known each other their whole lives.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“The most interesting thing about Seguin is the fact that it has so much history behind it.”

 

What are your future plans?

“In the future, I plan to go to school to get a degree in Dental Hygiene and possibly return to be a dentist. One day, I would like to open a shelter for teen mothers.”

 

 

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

“I think Seguin could use more clubs for teens to help give them alternatives to being in the streets. Even though things get tough you should never give up. The sky is the limit. You just have to believe in yourself because no one can accomplish your goals for you.”        

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 18th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen : Dometria Bellamy

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Data entry"

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"Sing"

What city and state were you born?

"Seguin, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Greg Bellamy, Kyanusoke Carter II, D'Antre Smith, Lilliana Iglesias"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Raising my children"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Real husbands of Hollywood - favorite movie Blazing Saddles"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I enjoy all types of music."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Garcia's"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I enjoy reading and dancing."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Grandmother, grandfather, great grandfather, mother, mother-in-law"

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The day my children were born and when I married my husband Greg Bellamy"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The community has a strong foundation."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The residents, their hospitality"

What are your future plans?

"To become a paralegal"

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Seguin Citizen

July 18th, 2013

 

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Cathy Martinez

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I work for Sodexo at TLU. I am the retail supervisor for Lucky's Snack Bar and the Coffee Shop at Tschoepe Hall. My job involves keeping students and staff happy. Our staff is amazing as well as all of the student workers we have. We serve students and staff at TLU and it's a great atmosphere to be in. I am very thankful for my bosses and staff."

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, TX"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mom, Esther Martinez; my brother, Paul Martinez; my daughters, Kaitlynne and Sara Martinez and my grandson, Little Mikey"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"I faced years of abuse as a child, something I don't really tell people. The biggest challenge of my life would be not letting this keep me down, which is only possible through God. People deal with things in the way that they know how. What I've been through in my past is what makes me the person that I am today, so I'm thankful for where I am and who holds me in His hand."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Friends and Big Fish"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"I come from a musical family, so I enjoy everything from worship music to Barbara Streisand to Pink."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Bling is amazing. The chips and salsa at Garcia’s would have to be it!"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Andres Garcia - my grandfather, Sara Garcia - my grandmother, Desi Gonzales - my cousin, Job - my favorite person in the Bible, and Beverly McClellan."

What are your roles in the community?

"I'm not sure how to answer that. I guess, before anything else, I'm a mother and a grandmother."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I've done everything from Avon to McDonalds to waitressing to making pizza to supervising the snack bar and coffee shop. I've learned something from everything that I've done, and have been able to take these things with me and use them were I am now."

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My proudest moment would definitely be being a mom to my girls. I love that they are funny and awesome kids, and I love watching them turn into the people they are becoming."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I think that our community is a very diverse and cultural community. I love that when the time comes people come together, no matter what their differences may be, to help each other."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"In high school, I had to do a report on the history of Seguin. I've been hooked ever since. We have an amazing history, if people would take the time to learn about it."

What are your future plans?

"One of my favorite things in the world is to make someone smile. A friend, employee, student, stranger, anyone. I try my best to have a positive attitude and happy personality, just because you never know who needs it and whose day you can change for the better. I love when people say, you're always to happy’, just because I know where joy comes from. My plans are to continue to support my girls in whatever they choose to do. Also, I would love to continue to work for Sodexo at TLU as long as they are willing to keep me."

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Seguin Citizen

July 18th, 2013

 

 

 

Seguin Citizen: A J Guajardo

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Saegert Sixth Grade Center"

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"More baseball and competition barbecue"

What city and state were you born in?

"San Antonio, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Everybody"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Getting my batting average higher"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Duck Dynasty, The Perfect Game"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Country"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Grand Buffet, Kolbe Flower Shop and Advanced Hearing"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I like to play other sports."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would

they be?

"Bryce Harper, David Ortiz, Clay Matthews, Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols"

What are your roles in the community?

"Baseball"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Baseball"

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Homerun"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Leadership"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"It’s fun"

What are your future plans?

"MLB player"

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Play baseball"

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Seguin Citizen

July 18th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Tom Engler

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I have three lives, actually. I have been the Director of Music and Worship at Emanuel’s Lutheran Church in downtown Seguin for 35 years. I also maintain a private studio in my home for the teaching of piano, voice and the upper unfretted stringed instruments (violin and viola). My third area of enterprise is that of a freelance musician, and am the founder of the Guadalupe Valley String Quartet. We play for weddings and public receptions in the area."

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I like to read books on many subjects, cook, and watch videos on many subjects, particularly English murder mysteries and old Sci-Fi movies of the 40’s and 50’s."

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Mathis, Texas."

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Even though I am single, I am related to many people in Seguin and the surrounding area."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"I suppose the biggest challenge would be dealing with the loss of my parents.

I must say that having good friends and family who had ‘been there’ and ‘done that’ really helped. They were very, very supportive, and I thank God for their presence in my life."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Most of my TV watching is done on the 4 PBS channels, METV and the Catholic Channel, although I do enjoy How I Met Your

Mother, Big Bang Theory and Jeopardy."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Classical music and Jazz"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Favorite Seguin Business:

I sincerely respect and have a fondness for the many folks who operate independent businesses in Seguin. I suppose it is because it reflects my own background. Favorite Seguin Restaurant: Johnny’s Barbecue."

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"In my youth, I was a space traveler. Summer nights would find me out in the back yard seated at my upside down bicycle. The free wheel steered the space ship, and by constantly cranking the pedal, the ship was propelled toward my interplanetary destinations."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Theodore Roosevelt"

What are your roles in the community?

"I have held membership in the Lion’s Club, the American Cancer Society, Lutheran Brotherhood Fraternal Insurance (now Thrivent), Friends of the Library,(Life Member), Mid-Texas Symphony Board, Hospital Volunteer, San Antonio Chamber Music Society Board of Directors, and Texas Federation of Music Clubs, Hymn Society of America and New Braunfels Music Study Club."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

‘Both of my academic degrees were earned at Texas A&M Kingsville (Texas A&I) in those days. My career as a professional church musician began at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alice, Texas. My career as a public school teacher also began in that town. I moved to Seguin in 1978 to begin my work at Emanuel’s Lutheran Church and to teach in the Seguin ISD. In the ensuing years, I have been on the staffs of Texas State University, Texas Lutheran University and New Braunfels ISD. I began teaching piano at age 11."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"It would be impossible to single out one individual event or moment. With all my students, both past and present, and my wonderful music ministry group at Emanuels, not to mention my wonderful ‘family’ of friends and relatives, there are many joyous, ‘mountaintop’ moments throughout the days and years."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Seguin still has a ‘small-town’ feel and mentality. This is both an asset and liability, depending on one’s perspective. I think it is better than it is bad, however. I hope and pray that we don’t ever become so progressive and "upscale" that we lose the personal touch."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"A sense of warmth and tolerance. I see the different ethnic groups and cultural entities engaged in much interfacing. A very good sign."

What are your future plans?

"To ‘keep on keeping on’ until I am called home. The American Dream has turned out to be somewhat of a nightmare, and I don’t really see the need to be pastured just because I have attained a certain age. I would like to do a little travelling as well before the

arriving at the ultimate destination of eternity."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Please, Seguin, let’s have the courage to really insist on getting our school system back on track and able to move forward strongly into the future. We owe it to our young people to hold ourselves and those we elect and hire to a high degree of accountability."

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 18th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Kristian Rangel

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Students at Barnes Middle School"

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"Play sports, read, go to the movies"

What city and state were you born in?

"San Antonio, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My little sister Lily; mother, Christina and father Kris"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Proving to people I’m not just another face in the crowd"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Ridiculous – Karate Kid (original one)

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Creekside Walnut Springs"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I love to read."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would

they be?

"My grandma Nena, Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Abraham Lincoln, President Obama"

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Winning back to back majors championship in baseball"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"After-school sports/activities for kids"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Our big pecan"

What are your future plans?

"High school, college and police academy

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Seguin Citizen

July 9th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Colton DeMuth

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“A.J.B., it involves learning.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“Fish, play baseball”

  

What city and state were you born in?

San Antonio, Texas”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My dad, Charles; my mom Diane; my sister, Megan”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“To make straight A’s”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Swamp People, Major League”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“Classic rock”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Subway”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I like math.”

 

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“Ian Kinsler; Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Theodore DeMuth, George Washington”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I play Seguin Little League. I go to SISD and I am in 4H.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“Hitting my first homerun”

 

 

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“The World’s Largest Pecan”

 

What are your future plans?

“Go to college”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        

“Practice makes perfect.”

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 9th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Rebecca Falzarano

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“As of June 27th, 2013, I am a college student who is working towards my BA in Psychology and a BA in Criminal Justice. I will complete my final course on July 1st, 2013. I then proceed to start my MA in Psychology as of July 30th, 2013. I went back to school because I wanted to be able to counsel survivors of domestic violence as I myself am also a survivor and I have an extreme passion for combating this crime. I have attended workshops and have also volunteered on a crisis line. Will my main focus is domestic violence survivors, I am just interested in the field of psychology as a whole on all levels and am also interested in forensic psychology as well. But my main passion is with domestic violence and bringing about an awareness. I worked hard on my degrees making the Deans list each semester as well as the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor Society. I am also taking classes for dog training, and have taken classes for sign language. And I help my husband with our home based candle and home décor business.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“I enjoy photography, genealogy research, reading- I am an avid reader, cooking ( my husband and I do this together and my husband wants to open his own catering company in the near future), spend time with my grandchildren, and my children. Go to church at Abundant Life Pentecostal Church. I am working with some other ladies in our church to start a women’s bible study ministry and I am working on starting a couples ministry in our church once we can fix our church up and raise enough money to add to it so we have room for a sanctuary, youth rooms, and fellowship hall.”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“I was born in Denver, Colorado.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“I have my husband John, and 4 children, JJ-24, Felicia-23, Robert-22, and Dylan -20. Felicia is married to William and they have two boys, Julian - 3, and Corbin 2, and another on the way in March. My oldest is also getting ready to get married and my son Robert will be a daddy in January 2014.”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“I have four that rank the highest. Surviving 12 years of abuse from my first marriage, overcoming being held at gunpoint while at work in 2006, going back to school and getting my degrees, and still being able to finish school after being in the hospital for most of 2011 and still doing school work while in ICU.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“My favorite TV show is NCIS but I love most of the ones similar to this like Criminal minds and so forth. I like having to think about what is happening and solving it. My favorite movie is hard to state but Top Gun is one of my all time favorites, but so is Fireproof.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“I enjoy Christian music the most, but I am a child of the 80's so I still like the music from that era.”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“I haven't lived in Seguin for too long as we just moved here in April so I am still getting to know the area, but if I had to choose out right, I would have to say restaurant wise - Bella Sera because I haven't really been to too many of the other restaurants yet and we had our church’s mother/daughter banquet there and they did such an awesome job. Business wise, I would probably have to say the library and Rent-A-Center . We deal with rent-a-center personally and I haven't had much contact with other businesses as of yet, though many have helped out with our fundraisers which is highly appreciated!”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I am a pretty quiet person and until moving to Texas, and more importantly getting involved in our church, I hardly ever left the house and didn't get involved much, mostly due to the abuse I had endured. But because of the great people I attend church with, they have helped bring me out of my shell.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“Jesus, The apostle Paul, my maternal grandmother, Mark Twain, and Louisa May Alcott”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“None as of yet.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“As mentioned above, my achievements include two honor societies, deans list every semester. I am currently holding a 3.91 GPA. I have been a youth Sunday school teacher, Waitress, CNA, Deli manager, motel manager, cashier, have worked at an amusement park, done janitorial work, telemarketing, housekeeper, and private home health care.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“I would have to say my proudest moments would be, obviously the birth of my children and grandchildren, my marriage to my wonderful husband, surviving my abusive situation, and completing my schooling as well as I have done since I never did well in school growing up.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“This is a hard one to answer as a whole as I haven't lived here long enough so I can only go based on what I know and that is that they pull together to help those in need. I haven't attended Abundant Life Pentecostal Church very long but I know they do tremendous outreaches every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as other times during the year and many of the businesses in the community donate money or materials to help these outreaches. Our church has helped so many people in need throughout the year and especially during the holidays. The community I moved from in Nebraska was about the same size as this one and there was not as much involvement as there is here.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“Well I like the community involvement. Being new to Seguin I am still learning about everything but I like all the events that are constantly going on in the community from chili cook-offs to concerts, to dances and so forth.”

 

What are your future plans?

“To hopefully find an internship in the counseling field here in Seguin, finish my masters in psychology and become a psychologist, continue working in my church and for my church- We are trying to raise funds to fix our church so we can continue the outreaches that they do. Would like to start a domestic violence support group, if there isn't already one here. Also start a ladies bibles study group (non-denominational; just a group of ladies getting together to learn more about the bible and to grow in the Lord).”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?     

“This is a strong community that pulls together when a need is presented. Right now our church-Abundant Life Pentecostal Church is in serious need. We have helped members of the community every year through outreaches for food and toys and clothes when we have had it. Now we are in need. Our main building, which was built in the 1940s is falling down around us. We have moved into our Sunday school rooms as a temporary fix so that we can continue to hold services, but it is a very small area and will not hold many people. In fixing these rooms up we are depleting what little funds we do have in our bank account and in such will be hindered come the holiday season when we hold our outreaches. We are holding bake sales and car washes, and other fundraisers to try and raise money to save our church. We need a new building altogether and we have found ones but the cost to transport them is more than we can afford, as is the inspection costs and the costs of the buildings themselves. Our youth have no rooms to have Sunday school now, and we have no room for growth or to hold the amount of people that normally rely on our church during these outreaches. We need help ourselves now. May God bless each one of you.”

 

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Seguin Citizen

July 2nd, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen:  Kendall Harborth

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Student at AJB/Major All Star player for Seguin Little League"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Play baseball, fish"

 

What city and state were you born?

"New Braunfels, Texas'

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Shelli Harborth; Kevin Harborth and John Michael Harborth"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Duck Dynasty - Hangover"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Any kind"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"Grain Bin Cafe in Geronimo"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"That I like to go hunting with my Opie."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Johnny Manziel, Matt Kemp, Hunter Pence, Yasiel Puig, Manu Ginobili"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Seguin Little League Major All Star player"

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"More A's than B's for the year -- making the Xtreme Rage select baseball team"

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"When I hit the citizen support youth organizations"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The way the citizens support youth organizations"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The Pecan"

 

What are your future plans?

"Go to Texas A&M"

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

June 28th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Sonia Cowan

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Bar Grill Owner"

 

What do you do off the clock ?Just for fun??

"Take care of my grandchildren"

  

What city and state were you born in?

"Oxford, England"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband, Frank Cowan; son Francis Cowan and my daughter, Joanne Cowan"

 

What is the biggest challenge you?ve ever faced?

"Moving away from home 30 years ago"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"TV- Dexter, Movie - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc?)?

"Old Rock and Roll, The Who, and a little of everything else"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Well I have to say Playoffs Bar and Grill, and I love Gift and Gourmet."

 

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I took in and helped raise 15 other children."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Sydney Ponte, Paul McCartney, Paul Newman, Adam Lambert, Oprah"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"To serve Seguin good food and drinks in a family friendly atmosphere"

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Special Olympics volunteer, working for the military"

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Having my children and my extended children and opening up the restaurant, offering good food at a good price"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The people"

 

What are your future plans?

"To add a second floor to the restaurant for parties"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?   

"Come on in. We are not just a bar. We have a large restaurant and are kid-friendly with great food for all."

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Seguin Citizen

June 28th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Kaylee Anderson

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I will be an oncoming junior at Seguin High School. Being a high school student involves always being on your ‘A-game’ and striving for excellence, and nothing less."

 

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Off the clock, I spend lots of time with my family, because family means the world to me, and have lots of fun spending time with my crazy friends!"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in San Antonio, Texas."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"The members of my family are: my nifty Nana, Dorothy Schievelbein; my dorky dad, Doug Anderson; my marvelous mother, Mandy Anderson (a.k.a. Handy Mandy); my great God-father, J.R. Alaniz; my glamorous God-mother, Connie Alaniz; my broke brother, Taylor Anderson; and my soon-to-be-3-year-old sister, Midgie (who is dapper Dachshund)."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"The biggest challenge I have ever faced would be memorizing every line from OAP Arsenic and Old Lace in 3 1/2 weeks, then preforming a male role at Clinic in Tivy."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is Rookie Blue, and my favorite movie is Remember The Titans."

 

What type of music do you enjoy?

"I enjoy country music, because there is always a song to get you through everything you're dealing with especially if it's George Strait!"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite Seguin business would have to be Handy Mandy Custom Embroidery because the owner always knows exactly what everybody needs, strives to please each customer beyond measure, has a great attitude about everything, and always cooks me dinner! My favorite restaurant in the Seguin area is El Olvido Hacienda because I love the food--it is always amazing-- and the owner always talks to everybody like they are a part of his family! I highly recommend both of these places!"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"Most people probably don't know that I am allergic to some type of grass, and I am not allowed to do yard work because last spring, I mowed the grass and had to go to the Texas Med Clinic because I had an allergic reaction and broke out in severe hives."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"The very first invitation would send out would be to my PawPaw Schievelbein, who passed away 2 1/2 years ago at Christmas-time due to Terminal Pancreatic Cancer. I would also invite my Granny and Pawpaw Anderson, who were reunited in heaven when my grandpa passed away within the same week of my other grandpa 2 1/2 years ago, finally meeting his wife again after her passing in 2007. I would invite my Nana, so she could see her husband again in good health under the healing hands of God. The last invitation would go to Patsy Cline, so she could sing songs from the good ol' days for my honored guests."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"My roles in the community are being an active member of the Drama Department at SHS, and soon to be a Thespian Troupe 5897 officer, I am involved in Cheerleading; I am the Varsity Cheer Manager at SHS, and I am involved in many community service organizations such as the Alzafar Shrine, which benefits burned and disabled children at the Alzafar hospitals for no cost."

 

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I was in Girl Scouts for 8+ years, where I learned how to lead others, and set a good example for others, especially at school. I love to help others whenever I can, and that was influenced upon me by my parents, who always take part in helping others without any reward other than the occasional 'thank you.'

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The proudest moments in my life include achieving 3rd place in regional science fair this year, and getting awarded an officer position in Thespian Troupe 5897."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The strengths of this community are the ability to stick together and help the people who most deserve a helping hand in the area."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The most interesting thing about Seguin is the amount of history, especially the Campbell House!"

 

What are your future plans?

"My future plans are to go to a good college in Texas, graduate with a masters degree in medical science, and become a family doctor. I want to start a family after college, and I hope to be half the wife and mother my mom is, and if I am, I know I'll be the second best mother in the world, 1st runner up to Mandy Anderson; my mother. I think the city of Seguin is going to be just fine. this once small town is getting bigger and bigger, and if the people keep in mind how much change is happening, change for the better, not worse. Remember all the good things that are happening, and that will quickly drown out the bad things that happen, don't delay the uprising of bigger and better things, like hopefully this new library, and (crossing my fingers) a new high school. As we improve the education of the area, the city will have a wider outreach, because it all starts with the kids. Everybody wants the best for their kids, and the best is an education ‘good as gold’ but we are at the capacity now, and the more we expand the more we will be able to help others be ‘good as gold.’ Come on community of Seguin, lets grow, and grow for the better, we just need new flower pots to keep blooming!"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Don't take what you have for granted. I learned the hard way the saying ‘you don't know what you have until it's taken away is so true, so love life, love your friends, and most of all, love your family!"

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

June 28th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: 

Karen Bordano

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"New CEO/Administrator of Remarkable Healthcare -- I ensure all of our residents are taken care of following the state and federal guidelines.  I expect our staff to go above and beyond what their jobs are and provide excellent customer service to residents and their families."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I love spending time with my husband and two kids.  I enjoy being outdoors and watching football and basketball.  Go Spurs!"

 

 

  

What city and state were you born?

"San Antonio, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Will is my husband of 18 years and my daughter is Brooklyn and my son is Grayson."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Being a mom and wife while working full-time as a healthcare professional -- there has to be priorities and a balance to make it work!"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I love watching HGTV because I get ideas for home and garden projects.  I love all comedies and laughing out loud…good stress relief!"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I love all kinds of music, country, jazz, big band, etc."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"My favorite business is, of course, Remarkable Healthcare because I feel we exceed the expectations of nursing care.  My favorite restaurant is our in house café.  Our grill serves the best variety of food from fresh salads to a cheeseburger and fries! Our chicken and dumpling recipe won first place in this year’s Taste of Seguin!"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I am an identical twin to my sister, Kristen.  Our husbands are cousins too!"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"President George W. Bush, Katie Couric, Michael Buble, Robin Williams, Meryl Streep"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I try to establish relationships with other healthcare facilities, GRMC, assisted living facilities, as well as the physicians here in Seguin."

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I got my Bachelor’s degree and Masters degree in Social Work from Texas State University and Our Lady of the Lake University.  I have been in the long-term care field since 1997 and recently got my administrator’s license for nursing homes."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"I believe my proudest moments are when my kids are happy and successful in their activities like school and sports.  My proudest moment in my career was passing the national and state exams for nursing facility licensure."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I think Seguin is a very large town with a small town feel.  Since I’ve been working here the last four weeks I have felt very welcomed by the citizens here.  I feel there are a variety of fun things to do within the city and it even has it’s own amusement park!"

 

What are your future plans?

"I plan on being here at Remarkable Healthcare and continuing to learn about all of our special residents who we call ‘neighbors’.  I hope to meet more citizens in Seguin and encourage you to come visit us anytime."

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

June 28th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Jerry Rebecek

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Former owner of Professional Hair Salon, my job is cutting hair and ‘cutting up’!"

 

What do you do off the clock ?Just for fun??

"Camping, fishing, laying on the beach"

  

What city and state were you born in?

"Moulton, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Wife, Lillian; daughters, Laura and Camille, son, David;  sons-in-law, Ponch and Bill; daughter-in-law, Tammy, and eight grandchildren- Jarren, Candace, Vincent, Jenna, Brent, Eric, Leah, and Hannah."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Opening Professional Hair Salon 30 years ago and trying to be a good barber while helping my employees to be dedicated and responsible"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Mecam Auction, Car Chasers, American Pickers"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc?)?

"Country and Oldies (50's), Conway Twitty- ‘Hello Darlin’."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Professional Hair Salon and Home Depot (and) El Ranchito"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"That I used to be bashful and shy"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My dad;  brothers-in-law, Dan Kresta and Phil Mladenka; Bobby Winters and Donald Mueller"

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Businessman, member of St. James Catholic Church and McQueeney Lions Club"

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Licensed barber for 53 years, Roffler Franchise member and a chamber of commerce member "

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Marring Lillian 52 years ago, father of three wonderful children and eight grandchildren and of course, owning the Professional Hair Salon"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"Our schools, TLU, supportive industries and the rural community -- I want to commend KWED for returning the Freedom Fiesta to a family friendly event."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The river, parks, golf courses, also the generosity of the diverse residents"

 

What are your future plans?

"To enjoy retirement (beginning June 27th), I want to fish, travel, spend time with my family and friends."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"I want to encourage them to always be supportive of our community and to be considerate of all our residents so it will remain a good place to live."       

 

 

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June 18th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Ricardo Guerra

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve? 

“Retired from Continental/Motorola after 36 years”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

“Gardening and volunteering”

 

What city and state were you born in?

“Elsa,Texas”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My wife, my son, my daughter-in-law, and three granddaughters”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“Having to deal with discrimination in the early 70s”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Anything on National Geographic or The History Channel, Star Trek.” 

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“Rock & Roll from the 60s,  The Doors, “Come On Baby Light My Fire”

 

 

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Don’t have any favorites”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I’m pretty much an open book.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King JR, Bobby Kennedy, Cesar Chavez,  Pope Francis”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“LULAC member,  Knights of Columbus member, Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Bank volunteer,  SISD School Board Member, Community Gardener, Teatro de Artes former VP and Building Director, TIPHER instructor (diabetes awareness), Patlan Elementary D.O.G.S. volunteer” 

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“Electronic technician for three different companies for 40 years, achievement retired, president of LULAC, president of the LULAC foundation, school board member, manager of the LULAC community garden, instructor for TIPHER on prevention for diabetes, former vice president and building director for Teatro De Artes”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“I’ve been blessed with many proud moments.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“The diversity of Seguin, it’s multicultural and multilingualism, the growing industry and business sector”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“It’s history and potential”

 

What are your future plans?

“To continue to volunteer and do as much as possible to bring Seguin together in order to focus on improving education’

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?        

“To the residents of Seguin,  I would like to give this message -- we badly need a new high school and it must include an academy similar to the one in Mercedes, Texas or some kind of Early College program. We are an industrial city in which the industry depends on our high school to generate a good work force. We, as citizens of Seguin, have failed to secure an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.  Seguin students should have better options in secondary education so that when they graduate they will be ready for a technologically advanced work force right out of high school with an associate’s degree or certification in the medical and technical fields. It is very important that we put our children first and stop delaying progress. Every year that we don’t take action to improve public education in Seguin is a year wasted. There is a current debate about the possible location of a new high school. It is irrelevant whether we build the new school by IH 10 or any other side or build it on the same site that the school exists. The most important thing is that the school gets built, and includes an academy or early college program.”

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

June 12th, 2013

 

 

 

Seguin Citizen: The Knight Girls

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

 

“We all attend Lifegate Christian School.  Savannah (12

 

th), Sidney (10th), Sierra (8th), and Summer (6th) are cheerleaders, run track, play volleyball and basketball.  Sunny is in the 4th grade and attends all of our activities to cheer us on.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

 

“Swim, hunt, rollerblade, tumble and ride horses”

  

What city and state were you born in?

 

“All of us were born in San Antonio, Texas.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

 

“Brennen and Michele Knight are our parents.”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

 

“Getting everyone to cooperate during music practices.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

 

“The old TV series, “Mission Impossible”, “Good Luck, Charlie” and we all like Megamind.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“The type of music we enjoy is the same as we play –it spans from Old Country and Gospel, to Taylor Swift and Contemporary Christian.   The Band Perry is our favorite band and their song “All Your Life” is our favorite song.”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Lil’ Super (our family business!) and Dragon Place”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you? 

“We enjoy going on family hunting trips as much as we like music.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“Jesus, Noah (Summer,  “Because he saved all the animals”), Moses (Sunny,  “Because he parted the Red Sea”), Anton van Leeuwenhoek (Sidney,  “For his contribution to science”), Bryan Davis (Sierra, “Because he is my favorite author”), Johnny Cash (Savannah, “Because he is my favorite singer/songwriter”)…we all wanted to invite Jesus and we all wanted to invite someone else so we can pull up an extra chair!”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“Savannah, Sidney and Sierra teach Sunday School and VBS, we play music in nursing homes and for charitable organizations such as the Geronimo Lions Club, Wounded Warriors Fund, Special Olympics, Hospice and the Seguin birthday party (which we will be playing again this year).”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles

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“Savannah and Sidney are also on the chapel music team at school, and we all regularly perform special music at church.  We started singing in Church and playing Old Time Fiddle contests.  Almost everywhere we’ve played someone has invited us to play another event.  We’ve played in Luckenbach, Dirty’s BBQ, the 2011 Cuero Turkeyfest, the Big Red Barn, the Seguin and Lockhart Oprys, we opened for Big Daddy Dean at one of the concerts in the park, and played in a couple parades for our friend Stephen Finch.  Last fall we had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the State Championship Football game when Lifegate won the 1A Championship.  But, we are not professionals…we’re just kids who enjoy playing music and singing.  We have taken music lessons from Ricky Turpin, Valerie Ryals O’Brien and Randy Elmore, who are all members of the Texas Fiddle Hall of Fame.  Ricky played with Asleep at the Wheel and Randy with Mel Tillis, Reba McEntire, Red Steagall and Willie Nelson.  We feel privileged to have such talented teachers.  This summer Savannah, Sidney, and Sierra will get to travel to Nashville for Camp Electric. They will get to play with and be taught by some of their favorite Christian Bands.”

 

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

 

“When we were invited to play at Turkeyfest and opened for Granger Smith.  We also kicked off their Turkey Race that morning by playing “Turkey in the Straw”.  We re-wrote the lyrics for the two turkeys that raced, Ruby Begonia and Paycheck.  A clip of that got us on TV that night for the first time, but the funny thing was they introduced us as the “nice” Girls instead of The Knight Girls.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

 

“Being from a small town makes it easier to get to know more people.  Everyone is very friendly.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

 

“Its rich historical heritage”

 

What are your future plans?

 

“Savannah- I plan to be a pediatric physical therapist; Sidney- a marine mammal behaviorist; Sierra – a teacher or study in the science field; Summer – an acrobat and a professional swimmer; Sunny – a veterinarian and have lots of fun with my life.”

 

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

  

“Like us on Facebook (TheKnightGirls) to get updates about our upcoming events or to schedule us to sing at your church or fundraiser.  Jesus loves you!”   

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June 11th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Nellica Mitchell

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"KWED!!! Part time at Bealls at the Clinique counter"

What do you do off the clock ?Just for fun??

"Volunteer, read, shop, visit, decorate"

What city and state were you born in?

"Tacoma, Washington"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Daughters, Breanna and Bridgette and parents, Dan and Nelly Mitchell"

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Overcoming Stage Three cancer"

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Movie, Footloose (I am a minister’s daughter), Mystery TV like NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc?)?

"All music- from Mozart and Vivalde to 80's and Techno. It all depends on the mood!"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Gift and Gourmet, Bealls, HEB -- love the coupons, Playoffs"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I'm adopted."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Abraham Lincoln, JFK, Princess Diana, Chris Kyle(RIP) and my Opa, WWII POW."

What are your roles in the community?

"I'm looking to start volunteering w/ ACS, Christian Cupboard and at the library."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I have been in the health care field from 1994-2012."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My daughters, of course, but teaching the ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ classes for American Cancer Society."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The community itself, the ‘vibe’, its people. Seguin, the small city with the BIG Texas attitude!"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Pecans! And everyone has breakfast tacos!"

What are your future plans?

"To continue to make a difference, no matter how small."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Thank you for making me feel welcome!"

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Seguin Citizen

June 11th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: John Hanson

 What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Lead mechanic, Guadalupe County Road & Bridge Department. Repair,  any and all county vehicles and equipment."'

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"Musical entertainment for older people"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Born in Luling, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Three brothers: Henry Hanson of Luling, Joe Brewer of Austin and Jack Brewer of North Dakota"

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Two actually – having to correct problems created by incompetency of appraisal district heads and dealing with spousal Alzheimers."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"TV show "NCIS", Movie "Return of the Jedi"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Old  and traditional country, gospel & classic rock and roll. Alabama and Gary Morris, Feels So Right and See the Love She Found In Me; Elvis-Take My Hnd, Cedence-Proud Mary"

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Business- Wal-Mart; Restaurant- Blake's"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I am really a midget using long stilts."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Gary Morris, Ricky Van Shelton, Roy Drusky, Jerry Wallace and Jim Ed Brown"

What are your roles in the community?

"Help keep county equipment operating and entertaining the elderly"

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I have been in the auto, truck and equipment repair industry now for 45 years -- from repairing tires in a service station (I just dated myself) to service manager in a major truck dealership."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The smiles, tears and kind words of those who I sing for"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The attention to detail. Holding on to strengths of the past while growing toward the future"

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The diversity in everything"

What are your future plans?

"Continue the music on beyond retirement"

 

"Utilize your resources here in Seguin namely -- the Silver Center and all its events like the Taste of Seguin. Don't forget your elderly and shut-ins."

 

 

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June 7th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Ashley Hastings

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

 

 

  

“I am a full-time student, junior, almost senior, at Seguin High School.”

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

 

    “My friends and I like to hang out and watch movies, even if we have seen them several times already.”

 

What city and state were you born in?

     “I was born in Anaheim, California.”

 

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

 

     “I live with my parents, Don and Cheryl Hastings and my twin brother, Austin Hastings. My older sister, Alicia Hastings, is in college.”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

 

 

    “Looking back on what I have accomplished, no one challenge stands out from another. As a high school student, I mostly see short term projects or assignments as challenges at the time because it is what I focus on at the time.”

 

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

 

 

    “I cannot decide on my favorite television show, but I do enjoy, NCIS, Law & Order: SVU, The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead. I am a huge fan of the whole Harry Potter series, books and films, as well The Lord of the Rings.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

 

 

    “I love music that emphasizes the grace and mercy that God gives us.”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

 

 

    “I go to King Ranger Theater a lot because I really love watching movies. Kirby's Korner is a really awesome burger place!”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

 

 

    “I moved to Texas when I was eight and before my family settled down at the house we live in now, we moved around a lot. Changing schools was difficult, but I can't imagine it being any other way, with all the different people I met and am able to know now.”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) - excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

 

    “I would enjoy a lovely dinner with Jesus;  my best friend Elena Gonzalez;  Johnny Depp;  the Apostle Paul, and Walt Disney. It might just be one of the most inspiring meals of all time.”

 

What are your roles in the community?

 

 

     “I am the secretary of the high school's Interact Club. We are partnered with the Seguin Rotary Club to volunteer within the community and help out wherever we can. My church's youth group is also active in volunteer work.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

 

 

    “I have been involved with band since the sixth grade and most recently have enjoyed the position of drum major. I will return as a drum major for the 2013-2014 school year. I have participated and advanced in science fair for two years in a row, receiving fifth place in my category at the state fair. My Destination Imagination team has gone on to the state competition. I have been and am on the all A Honor Roll and am currently the salutatorian for my class.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“In the eighth grade,  my Destination Imagination team went to Globals to compete against other teams from all over the country and world. Earning the position as drum major for the SHS Band as a junior was very rewarding.”

 

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“Seguin is always striving to improve itself, whether it is with the aesthetic appeal of downtown, the new Walnut Springs Park, or with a new bigger and better pecan.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

  “I personally love that the town is small enough to run into someone you know at just about anywhere you go in town.”

 

What are your future plans?

“I am not sure where I want to go to college, or what I want to major in or do, but I am sure that after high school I will attend college in Texas, mostly likely in some sort of math or science degree.”

 

      

 

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June 7th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Ora Cevallos

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

”A student at Texas Lutheran University”

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

”Paint, sing, play guitar/ukulele”

What city and state were you born in?

”Seguin, Texas”

Who are the members of your immediate family?

”Mother, Dolores Cervantes Rosas; Father, Manuel Cevallos;  sisters, Marie Cevallos, Nena Cevallos, Cheyanne Cevallos”

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

”Battling a condition called Pseudotumor Cerebri which literally means ‘false brain

tumor.’”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

”My favorite TV show is the recently discontinued Fringe. My favorite movie is Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

”I really enjoy all types, anything with good harmonies and builds. My favorite bands are Aerosmith, Rilo Kiley, and The Civil Wars and my favorite song is The Kraken by Hans Zimmer.”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

”My favorite business is Hastings. My favorite restaurant is Great Wall.”

What is something folks may not really know about you?

”I'm a Simpsons fanatic, can learn music by ear, and can pick up pretty much any instrument and play a song on it in a matter of less than five minutes.”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

”I would have Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Cater, JJ Abrahms, and Elijah Wood.”

What are your roles in the community?

”A dedicated student, an emerging actor, and a contributing citizen”

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

”In high school, I was a member of the National Honor Society. I am currently treasurer of my Sorority Delta Alpha Delta and Vice president of Theatre Express at TLU, and I recently got the role of Martha in the San Antonio San Pedro Playhouse's production of Spring Awakening running till June 9th.”

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

”When I was free of my Pseudotumor Cerebri and when i got the Role of Martha in the San Antonio San Pedro Playhouse's production of Spring Awakening”

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“The sense of connectedness between the citizens and city officials”

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

”After 21 years, it has been a well nourishing environment for me.”

What are your future plans?

”Graduate from TLU and continue with my acting and creative expression”

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

”’Support Local Theatre’ and come out to the San Pedro Playhouse to see Spring Awakening on its last weekend, Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th at 8 p.m. and Sunday June 9th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at theplayhouse.org.”

 

 

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June 7th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Cassandra Herrera

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“I am currently serving as a news intern with Seguin Radio KWED and the Seguin Daily News. I am now a sophomore at Texas Lutheran University with an aim to receive a degree in Communications. I work at Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin as an instructor assistant.”

What do you do off the clock? Just for fun??

“I love dancing, if I'm not dancing on the TLU Goldstar Dance Team then I'm out dancing with my friends. My family also surrounds my time. I am almost always spending time with my lovely nieces.”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“Born in San Antonio, Texas”

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“y parents Juan and Alicia Herrera; little sister Clarissa and older brother J.C; sister-in-law Christina and two adorable nieces Olivia and Katie”

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

“The biggest challenge that I face even today is that I have a tendency to always fill my plate up with too many things. I guess the way I see it is that -- we only live once. I want to be able to do as much as I can, although, that can be very stressful sometimes.”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"How I Met Your Mother, Family Guy and Criminal Minds are my favorite shows. As for movies, I can't choose just one, but comedies, and anything with Will Ferrell in it.

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc?)?

“I love all types of music because each genre of music can represent a different type of feeling.”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“My favorite Seguin business would have to be Allstate because I've know the people that work there for many years and Los Cucos would be my favorite restaurant because I have a lot of memories there.”

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“People do not typically take me as the type of person to ride horses but I actually really enjoy riding my horse Shocker, which happens to be a very handsome black Tennessee Walker. I've had him for about four years.”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“My grandma who passed away four years ago, George Straight, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, and Whitney Houston”

What are your roles in the community?

“I am an instructor assistant at Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin,and an intern at KWED.”

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

I have so many proud moments whether it be proud for one of my family members or friends accomplishing and or accomplishing one of my own goals. Any time I am able to teach a young kid to dance is a proud moment also because way too many people aren't given the opportunity to learn how."

 

What are your future plans?

“If your child is interested in learning a little about the Mexican-American culture by having fun and meeting new people and learning how to dance in the process,  please sign up for Teatro de Artes Summer Arts Camp! Stop by the studio and pick up a form at 921 W. New Braunfels St. Seguin, TX 78155 or call 830-401-0232.”

 

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June 7th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Pamela Motl

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

          "Sophomore at Seguin High School."

 

What do you do off the clock ?Just for fun??

          "Shopping, hanging out with friends"

  

What city and state were you born in?

          "Seguin, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

          "My dad Ralph, my mom Betty, and my two brothers Jacob and Sean Motl."

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

          "I'm just thankful and blessed I haven't faced any big challenges."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

          "Clientlist, (my favorite movie) Facing the Giants"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc?)?

          "Country music, (favorite song) Pieces by Gary Allan"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

          "This, That & The Other, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

          "I like to be outdoors hunting, fishing, etc."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

          "My great grand-momma, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Josh Abbott, Miranda Lambert"

 

What are your roles in the community?

          "Volunteer and help out when I can"

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

          "4-H Secretary"

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

          "Getting my driver’s license, help re-model This That & The Other"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

          "When people come together to help people in need"

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

          "How people come out and help the youth"

 

What are your future plans?

"Graduate class 2015 from SHS, go to Texas A&M University, to become an anesthesiologist or a lawyer"

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Seguin Citizen

May 7th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Lara Perry

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"I'm a dentist at Bella Vista Dental. I practice general dentistry and enjoy seeing patients of all ages including children.'

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I love playing tennis with my friends."

 

What city and state were you born?

"I was born in Nashville, Tennessee but have lived in Texas since I was one year old."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My husband, parents, and sister"

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"I love to be active but I've had to undergo multiple knee surgeries on my right knee in the past and trying to stay positive and recover from each one was pretty tough."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I like Parks and Recreation and Downton Abby for TV and I enjoy the Lord of the Rings and Pride and Predjudice for movies."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"It depends on my mood but I like Mumford and Sons and I really like "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink right now."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"I really like grabbing lunch at Amy and Cathy's."

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I did a Spanish immersion program in Guatemala before going to dental school and I was a collegiate All-American track and field athlete."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Grace Kelly, Clint Eastwood, Coco Chanel, Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney"

What are your roles in the community?

"My role is to take care of the dental needs of the families that come to our office and to help support positive community endeavors."

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry and I've been practicing dentistry for 8 years. I have been a member of the Texas Dental Association and American Dental Association and participated in Rotary and Leadership New Braunfels. I have multiple collegiate awards in academics and athletics as well."

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Marrying my wonderful husband and graduating dental school"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"It's ability in recent years to attract new industry and it's effort to support growth and new development."

What are your future plans?

"Continue making my office an enjoyable place to work in and visit and keep getting to know the community better"

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Seguin Citizen

May 7th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen:  Travis Pescatello

 

What is your current occupation?

"Senior at Seguin High School, freshman at Texas Lutheran University"

 

What does that involve?

"Football captain, soccer captain and advanced classes, dual credit classes"

What do you do off the clock "just for fun"?

"I love to wake board, jet ski, play football, hang out with friend and play paintball."

 

When and where were you born?

"I was born on December 6, 1994 in McKinney, Texas."

 

What's the most recent book you've read?

"The last books I read were read on my way to New York. The first was 'The Lone Survivor', the second was 'I hope they serve beer in hell'."

 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"If you don't live for something, you die for nothing."

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Overcoming hardships due to substance abuse in my family"

 

If you had to describe yourself in just two words, what would they be?

"Charismatic and highly motivated"

 

What inspires you?

"My inspiration is to show everybody that it doesn't matter where you come from, it matters where you end up."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead), who would they be?

"My brother, Brandon; my brother, Mike; my father, Robert Pescatello; my mother, Daniele Rodgers and myself. I chose the most important people I know. Without them, I would not be who I am today. They set the foundation on which my life was built."

What is your favorite TV show and why?

"My favorite movie is the 'Boondock Saints' because I feel that too many people away with heinous crimes due to their social status. My favorite TV shows are Family Guy and South Park. They provide comic relief to the day."

 

What are your roles in the community?

'I tutor and coach Peewee football team."

 

What is your educational background?

"I have been to a few schools but Seguin High School is the one I represent."

 

What's your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"I am captain of the football (

 

Linebacker/DE - named player of game defense numerous times. 'Play of the game', this season  and soccer team) and soccer team (goal keeper)."

 

Share your family.

"Family is who you would die for, so my family is very important to me. Brandon, Mike, Robert, Daniele and Kylee."

 

What are the moments in your life and career that are your proudest accomplishments?

"I was just accepted to the United State Merchant Marine Academy so I was pretty proud about that. That took much effort and commitment to achieve the nomination and appointment."

 

What brought you to Seguin and why did you choose to live here?

"I moved here to live with my mom."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"It’s ability to come together to accomplish a common goal."

 

What initiatives or changes would you like to see in Seguin that would further strengthen the community?

"If Seguin citizens crack down on drugs and gang violence, it would increase our community moral."

 

Do you have any family roots/history in the area?

"My mother and brother Daniele and Brandon live with me. My grandparents John and Doris Hammonds live one street away from me. My aunt and uncle Daphne and Chris Harder and cousins, Codi, Paige Harder and IsaBella Harder and Duncan and Sidney Larko all live in Seguin and aunt Dawn Butrym and cousin Donny and Tommy Butrym live in New Braunfels."

 

What are your plans for the future, personally and/or professionally?

"I plan on attending the US Merchant Marine Academy and either become a Naval Aviator or a SEAL. I will also play linebacker for the USMMA Football Team.

 

Additional information

"Everyone is born equal, do not let society dictate what you can accomplish. Hard times make you stronger."

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 30th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Alyssa Villegas

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"My current occupation is creating fabulous cakes for all occasions. I love artistic things, so I combined my love for art and baking and created my small business Fabulous Frost."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?” Off the clock I love to have fun and stay active I support a local basketball team, Seguin Lady Royals and when that isn’t going on, I enjoy a good weekend of sun playing softball."

  

What city and state were you born in?

“San Marcos, Texas”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“Mom, Michelle Juarez; dad, Gilbert Villegas; sisters Marilyn, Vanessa, Christa; brother Giovani”

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

“The biggest challenge I have faced is knowing that no matter how hard or long you work for something there will be obstacles and trials you go through that might bring you down, but keeping a straight mind will pull you through it all.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“My favorite TV shows are all the music shows, The Voice, X-Factor and American Idol. My favorite movie is Lion King!“

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“I enjoy any and every type of music but I would have to say Pop and the 90’S!”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Chiro Java!”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“That I am a big fan of dogs!”

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“In my big seat, I would have God, Cake Boss, Oprah, Rachel Ray and Dr. Travis Stork.”

 

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I am a vice president of a 9th grade select basketball team. As a team, we try and do as much as we can to help around the city doing community service etc. As a board member,  we work with a great group of teen girls helping with their future not only for basketball but we are getting the girls on the right path for college.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“I am a graduate of San Marcos High School (and) went to a trade school in Austin, Everest Institute, where I received my diploma in dental assisting. I furthered my degree with certifications from Coastal Bend College, Scheduling Institute, Texas State Technical College, and UT Health Science Center. Now, I am on a path of cooking and baking. I have attended different cake shows and competitions to further my knowledge in the baking/decorating industry.

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?  Knowing that I have always had the dream to start my own cake business and now that it is coming together, it is a blessing and feels amazing!”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“This community is a very small but tight community. It’s not about everyone individually. It’s about the community as a whole.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin? 

“Trade Days!”

 

 

What are your future plans?

“My plans in the future will be to have my own shop so I can provide fabulous cakes for the citizens of Seguin.”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?      

“Love this quote: ‘The simple truth is that you can understand a town. You can know, love, and hate it. You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes. In the end, you're just another part of it.’ No matter if you moved, lived, or were born here, you are an example of the city so let’s make it a good one!

Editor’s Note: Alyssa’s cake/baking business can be reached by calling 512-665-0647 or via email at

 

fabulousfrostcakes@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 30th, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Joseph Sepeda

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I go to Seguin High School. I am a junior. That involves me getting more homework than sleep."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I don't do anything really for fun. If something comes up I go and do it. I would love to live the life of a cat."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Seguin, Texas."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Bruno Sepeda is my father, Lisa Sepeda is my mother and Bruno Sepeda is my brother"

 

What is the biggest challenge I have ever faced?

"Well being that I'm only 17 I like to think I've lived a pretty easy life. Once I become an adult many challenges should come my way, like paying bills and going to work. Living the American dream."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I think the TV show The Office is pretty hilarious. I have a lot of favorite movies. I cannot simply choose just one."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"I listen to any type of music. If it suits my ears I will listen to it. I'm not genre specific."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"I don't really have a favorite restaurant or business considering most of them are chain fast food places."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"Most folks may not even know I existed until now. There are only so many faces you remember and know."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Well I go to high school and I didn't drop out so that in itself is a big accomplishment. I also get fairly good grades (a's and b's) and I'm in band."

 

What are your future plans?

"Graduate, go to college, get a job, move far away, have a family and live the rest of my life in peace."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Good things come to those who wait!"

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 23rd, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Nicole Papa

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

 

"I am currently a student at TLU. I am majoring in math education grades 8-12. I am also a member of the TLU choirs and Xi Tau sorority."

 

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

 

"I like to watch MASH or do arts and crafts."

 

 

What city and state were you born in?

 

"Pflugerville, Texas"

 

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

 

"Mom, Kim Papa; dad, Jim Papa; brother, Tyler Papa"

 

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

 

"My biggest challenge has been college like trying to manage time and living on my own. It’s a serious balancing act that gets incredibly challenging."

 

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

 

"My favorite TV show is MASH and my favorite movie is a tie between The Lucky One and Iron Jawed Angels."

 

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

 

"I will listen to anything but I prefer country and rock."

 

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

 

"Chiro Java"

 

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

 

"I have a teddy bear that I am super attached to. I can’t sleep without it!"

 

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

 

"Alice Paul, Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Clara Barton"

 

 

What are your roles in the community?

 

"First and foremost, I am a student. I have done volunteer work with the Seguin Pregnancy Center as well as the Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter. I have participated in various events to raise awareness to stop violence against women."

 

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

 

"I am on the TLU leadership team as a Peer Mentor. I have also been on the President’s list and the Dean’s list. I am also in Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society."

 

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

 

"My proudest moment was being accepted to TLU. I’m overwhelmed with pride every time I tell people where I go to school."

 

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

 

"Seguin is a small community and I feel that that alone is a strength of this community. There is so much support."

 

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

 

"Seguin is so proud of being home to the World’s Biggest Pecan. That always makes me giggle. I’m actually starting to become proud of it!"

 

 

What are your future plans?

 

"I plan to go to grad school somewhere and eventually start teaching high school."

 

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

 

"Take time for service and do something for the general good. That positive action will come back to you."

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Seguin Citizen

April 22nd, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Brandey Rose Taylor

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I'm a full time Student at Texas Lutheran University and a librarian assistant at the Blumberg Memorial Library at TLU."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I love to sing, write and hang out with friends."

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Round Rock, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mother is Elizabeth Johnson, father Traugott Johnson and brother is Kasey Taylor."

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"I would have to say that the biggest challenge I have faced thus far is having to figure out what career path I wanted to go down. I have changed my major twice since I became a student at TLU and now I am double majoring in Communication and English Studies. I am hoping to go into public relations as a career."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite tv show is Vampire Diaries and my favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"I love all types of music. I think my favorite would have to be R&B. My favorite song is Fly by Rhianna and Nicki Minaj because it is very motivational for me to be strong and keep going."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite business in Seguin would have to be Sheek by J. I love shopping there! My favorite restaurant is Taste of China because I love Chinese food and it is affordable which is nice for college students!"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"If I could have a dinner party and include five guests, I would include my boyfriend Markel Fennell who has always been there to support me, my sorority big sister Krystal Valencia who has been a mentor to me for the past few years, Martin Luther King Jr. to show him how much of an impact he has made in this country for equal rights, Beyonce because I would love to meet her and my best friend from my hometown Dominique Jenkins who is like a little brother to me."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I am a student at TLU. I try to take any opportunity I can to volunteer and help out the Seguin community. I think it is important to give back to the Seguin community because I am so grateful to be here at TLU."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I have worked at the Blumberg Memorial Library for almost two years. I was president of Campus Activities Board at TLU for a year and a half. I am a member of Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority Inc. and I have held the Academics Chair, Networking Chair, and Recruitment Chair of the sorority. I am also a member of the Mexican American Student Association(MASA) at TLU and next school year I will be Historian for this organization."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"The proudest moments in my personal life would have to be becoming a member of Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority Inc. because I have learned how to be a strong leader and  have made some truly amazing friendships through the sisterhood. Also becoming an officer in all of the organizations was a big achievement for me. I try to work hard and I like to think that I have grown to be a strong leader."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I think a strength of the community is the strong sense of family and also peoples' willingness to help out. I have learned that in small towns, the community forms a family bond and people in the community are there to help others out which I think is amazing. "

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I think the most interesting thing about Seguin has to be the people that live here. I have met some really amazing people here."

 

What are your future plans?

"My future plans are to graduate from TLU, hopefully attend graduate school and have a career in Public Relations."

 

The next item may be used to encourage a community (fundraising) event or campaign to enhance the quality of life in Seguin:

"An event or campaign that I think could enhance the quality of life in Seguin would be to raise money for Seguin Youth Services. i have volunteered with them and I believe it is an incredible program. I think this program already benefits the Seguin community and it would be even better if it was able to grow."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"A message that I have for the residents in Seguin is thank you for hosting a wonderful school and all of its students."

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 22nd, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Joy Fennigkoh

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Full time student at Texas Lutheran University and member of the Texas Air National Guard."

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Sing, bake for people and go camping at the lake"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Colorado Springs"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mom and dad"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"So far the biggest challenge I’ve faced has been adjusting to taking on more responsibilities as well as managing my time betwen being in the military, a full time student, and an eager intern, all while remembering to stay positive and strong with my family through our ups and downs."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"At the moment The Walking Dead and Rango"

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"All kinds from Classical to Rock"

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"Sister Suzie's and Dixie Grill is yummy!"

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I love crazy socks."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Morgan Freeman, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Shakespeare and Charley Chaplin."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"As a student in communications and geography I play a role in learning as much as I can about Seguin and the state of Texas in order to find solutions for issues such as water shortages. I also play a role in the community, being in the Texas ANG, as a person who can help tell the stories that need to be heard."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I have worked as a tour guide at Natural Bridge Caverns when I was younger and have been in the military for 5 years. I am also interning at News 4 WOAI in San Antonio and the President of the TLU Geography Club."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"One of my proudest moments was when I won Airman of the Year in my wing."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The desire to add more for the people, improve on what needs attention and continue to grow on what is already great."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"I think the history and celebrations in the square for Seguin's heritage are wonderful."

 

What are your future plans?

"My goals in the near future are to graduate from TLU, continue working in public affairs for the ANG and maybe someday become an officer or own a bakery."

 

The next item may be used to encourage a community (fundraising) event or campaign to enhance the quality of life in Seguin:

"I encourage the Seguin community to continue to promote small businesses, create safe as well as beautiful recreational areas such as parks and biking trails and also restore older sections of the community with projects like habitat for humanity."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?'

"I would tell them the quote I live by, 'Never fear the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it make it so' -Belva Davis."

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Seguin Citizen

April 22nd, 2013

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Jasmine Michelle Garcia

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I’m a student at Texas Lutheran University; major: Sociology in Criminal Justice; Minor: Communications, Spanish, and psychology"

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Spend time with my friends, and my boyfriend"

 

What city and state were you born in?

"Dallas, Texas"

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mom, dad, and my younger brother and sister"

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Deciding what university to go to"

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Pretty Little Liars, and I have several favorite movies. If I had to choose I would say Toy Story."

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"I’m very diverse. It also depends on my mood. I love to listen to indie music."

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite restaurant in Seguin is Jalisco’s."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"There’s a lot people don’t know about me. I’m very self-sufficient; I’m too honest, and outspoken. I say what’s on my mind at all times and I enjoy a good time."

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Paul McCartney from The Beatles, Audrey Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Marilyn Monroe. I know you asked for five, however I would invite my future self to see how I great I turned out to be and ask what mistakes I made, so I can avoid them."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"I’m a full time student. I’m also a part-time worker at Office Max."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"When I was 15, I worked at a lawyer’s office because of that amazing experience I decided to become a lawyer myself. I’ve always been a leader. I was editor in chief of my yearbook class in high school. I was also in the honor society."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Graduating high school, and getting accepted to several universities"

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"It’s a small and tight-knit community. Everyone is always so friendly."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Its size and its unique culture, tradition, and diversity that only Seguin has"

 

What are your future plans?

"I plan to graduate from TLU, start my career, be in my career for at least a year and a half, then marry my high school sweetheart, then enjoy being married by traveling, and after a year start a family of my own."

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Seguin Citizen

April 15th, 2013

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Seguin Citizen: Betty Coggins

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

“Business owner of This That and The Other”

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

“I like to hangout with my family.”

What city and state were you born in?

“New Braunfels, Texas”

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My husband Ralph, my children Nick, Jacob, Sean and Pam”

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“Law & Order SVU, Urban Cowboy, all time FAV movie”

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

“A little bit of Christian, everything 80s, classic country, classic rock and the station K-LOVE”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Gift & Gourmet and ‘yes’ This That and The Other as well”

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

“There would be too many to mention. I would like to have several people, but one person I would want to have there would be my grandfather. He has been gone for 13 years.”

What are your roles in the community?

“I play a role in the community by supporting small businesses of Seguin.”

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“I am the sole proprietor of This That and The Other. I like to support the children of the community.”

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“When there is a need, people come together and help each other out.”

What are your future plans?

“To watch my business grow and continue to support my community – (such as) Cowgirls for Cure.

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

“Check out our sales and deals and stop by and visit me at This That and The Other.”

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Seguin Citizen

April 15th, 2013

 

 

 

Seguin Citizen: Gonzalo A. Corral

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I am a full time student at Texas Lutheran University. This entails the stress of passing classes and attempting to make change happen through organizations such as MASA (Mexican American Student Association), SAGA (Straight and Gay Alliance) and Alpha Kappa Psi."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I didn't know the word "fun" existed for overstressed college students. I guess if I reach into a past long gone "just for fun" involves sitting in front of the TV watching Netflix with a couple of friends and playing video games."

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Durango which is in the state of Durango in the United States of Mexico."

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"There is my amazing mother Zoraida who with so little has given me so much. I can never repay her for everything but can only hope to change the world on her behalf. My brother Alfred and his wife Paula. My beautiful, cute and intelligent nieces Hailey and Mia."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"My biggest challenge happened without my knowledge. According to many statistics growing up as an illegal immigrant and by being raised by a single parent means that I should have dropped out of high school and have had a kid or two by now. Thanks to many people I have been able to alter the course of my life. This has taught me that there is no challenge that is insurmountable as long as you surround yourself with the right people."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is Family Guy. I know, crude and immature but people sometimes take themselves too seriously; have a little fun. My favorite movie is Brokeback Mountain . Most people would pass it off as a cliche love story of two gay cowboys but for those who have watched it they know that it so much more. It speaks of star-crossed lovers and how society builds these social constructs that everyone must follow lest one should become an outcast. It still says more but there's no more room here to type."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"Coming from my 'unique' background my taste in many things is probably different from many people. I love mariachi, latin pop, pop, rock, conjunto, banda, whatever Muse is. This can probably be very easily illustrated in my top favorite songs, 'Amor Eterno' by Rocio Durcal; 'Undisclosed Desires' by Muse; and 'Someone Like You' by Adele.”

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite Seguin business is Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin. Although it is a non-profit, it is in the business of promoting Mexican American culture through the arts.


Restaurant is tougher since I have eaten in many restaurants here. I have to say that my favorite is the Shrimp Barn. It's this tiny little place off of Kingsbury but it offers a monstrous amount of flavor."

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I absolutely detest...celery. One of the worst foods on this planet."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"A baby dinosaur to prove they existed and analyze their anatomy. Alexander the Great, to see what made him so great. Muhammad and Jesus mostly so they can have a conversation and get this mutual hate thing among their followers situated. I don't know if this counts but my dead Grandma I miss her so very much and would like to have a long conversation with her."

What are your roles in the community?

"My roles in the community are to fill whatever role the community needs."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"No professional background yet, but I have been entrusted with many leadership roles at TLU. Of those I most proud to say I am the current President of MASA at TLU and Vice-President of Alumni Relations in Alpha Kappa Psi at TLU. "

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My proudest moment was the semester I traveled abroad to Spain."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"A strength of this community are its leaders. I have met owners and leaders of various firms and they are all committed to the growth and excellence of Seguin."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The most interesting thing about Seguin are the stories here. For example, I was walking around this town and went to the relatively new park close to downtown. Apparently the architect who designed the old park for Seguin was the same guy who designed the Riverwalk for San Antonio. How cool is that?!"

What are your future plans?

"In the next couple of years I see myself working for a nonprofit. Then soon after that I want to either set up my own nonprofit or operate a private business for a few years. I eventually want to return to school in approximately 5 to 7 years to get my MBA at the Wharton School of Business. To say the least my own goals scare me."

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 

"Embrace TLU. Both entities work together to enhance the potential of this city which can bring about many benefits for all involved. A full hearted embrace from TLU to Seguin and from Seguin to TLU is a necessary catalyst. Like a great marketing campaign once said 'just do it.'

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 11th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Elisa Wellnitz

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what

does that involve?

 

"I am currently a junior theology major (with a focus in Youth & Family Ministry) and art minor at Texas Lutheran. I also serve as the Youth Director at St. John Lutheran Church in Marion. As youth director, I lead sing-a-long every Sunday morning for all ages, teach Confirmation and a Senior High Bible study every Sunday, and host monthly programs. During the summer, I have the privilege of working on Vacation Bible School, leading the day care chapel every week, and taking youth to summer camps. My job is always interesting, and I'm always learning something new!"

 

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

"I'm the type of person who has learned to never sit still. In my free time, I hold a position as Vice President for a non-profit student organization on campus (Water to Thrive), am Historian for my sorority (Xi Tau), actively involved in Campus Ministry and hold a job through the Office of Enrollment at TLU as an Admissions Ambassador. Even though I am very busy, I find joy in my time being around the people in those organizations. Whether I am coordinating a benefit dinner, showing prospective students the campus, or sitting in our chapel services throughout the week, I always make sure to have fun."

 

 

What city and state were you born in?

"I was born in Round Rock, Texas but grew up in Cedar Park, Texas where I attended Cedar Park High School."

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"I have a wonderful mother and step-father, Joe and Gayle Dantone. My father, Rolf Wellnitz, is just as wonderful. I have an older brother who lives in Austin, his name is Jacob. My younger sister is Kim. She is here at TLU with me, and we are both in the same sorority. I also am engaged to Joshua Hrachovina, a TLU alum and current PwC (Houston) Audit Associate."

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"It's not easy to sum this one up. Growing up, we never had it easy, but my most recent struggle happened just a few months ago. Pastor Jim was the pastor at St. John's for 31 years, when he unexpectedly passed in late-January. I would have to say that my biggest challenge was during that time. He was a great and wonderful man who cared so much about the church, especially our youth program. It was a big challenge for me because I was having to read endless material on crisis management, attend to my youth and families as they were grieving, all at the same time of going through the grief process myself. Two months later and... we're getting there! The church really united that weekend, and it is nothing short of the Holy Spirit that keeps us strong as a community."

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"I don't have cable, or much time, so watching TV & movies is a rare occurrence. When some time arises, I really enjoy watching wedding shows on Netflix. I've watched every episode of every show imaginable that deals with planning weddings. Some day I want to be a DIY Bride guru; someone who hosts "how-to" workshops for those lucky ladies trying to plan their weddings without a coordinator, as I'm doing right now!

My favorite movie.... Wow, this is difficult. I really love The Princess Bride. My fiance can quote almost any line. It's a movie I grew up with... Classic!"

 

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"I listen to Air1 (97.7) ALL the time! I love it! Whether I am getting ready for the day, driving to school or just having down time, it really helps me focus on my purpose in life: to be a light, and of service, to others. My current favorite is Britt Nicole's Gold."

 

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite business is Gift & Gourmet. You can always find the cutest things in there!

My favorite Seguin restaurant is Chiro Java. I love getting a hot Cup of Love, a piece of cheesecake and sitting down to write papers for school."

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"I'm more cheesy (in the joke sense) than I seem. I love a great pun or theological joke. I laugh about them for longer than what it probably socially acceptable. Have you ever heard the one about Moses and his headache....? ;-)"

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or

dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"Jesus, Martin Luther (the 16th century monk), Michelangelo & Raphael (the painters... not to be confused with the Ninja Turtles), and my late grandfather Glenn Haggen."

 

What are your roles in the community?

"Student, teacher, friend. Even though my job is out in Marion, and I go to school at TLU, I am still actively participating in programs around town. I've helped volunteer at special projects and help out with the food bank truck delivery at TLU. My over all role, even though not a technical job, is just to be a good role model. I had very influential role models growing up, and if I can give to one person what they gave to me I would say that I lived a successful life."

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"Besides working at St. John's, my most recent achievements have been school related. I was picked as the recipient of the 2012 Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Ed Whitacre Leadership Scholarship. I was also inducted into Alpha Chi National Honor Society last fall, which is comprised of TLU's Top 10%."

 

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"My proudest moments in my life are more of a succession of moments. If you had asked me 'Where do you think you will be in 4 years?' my junior year in high school, I would not have been able to even guess the half of it. I have been so blessed with my time here in the Seguin community. I have great neighbors, attend to an amazing school, and have all the resources I need to be the person I aspire to be. So my proudest moment(s) have just been what I have achieved throughout my time here."

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"How supportive the community is, without a doubt. Whether you are out at Seguin Night Life, a TLU sponsored event, or the Fourth of July parade, every one is always generous with their time and resources. They put their best foot forward to help create something spectacular."

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"It's obsession with pecans... I LOVE IT! I grew up with 2 pecan trees in my backyard, so having those images and all the trees around town is a little nostalgic for me."

 

What are your future plans?

"I plan on graduating TLU in May 2014. After I graduate, I will be getting married in the TLU chapel, moving to Houston to be with my fiance and finding a job in youth ministry or for a non-profit! I cannot wait to see where my life will lead me in the next few years!"

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Our youth are our future. The more resources we pull together to offer our children, the more chances they will have at fulfilling their dreams! Whether we are offering healthier eating options in schools, more free summer programs or signing up to be a big-brother/big-sister, we can change a generation."

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April 9th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: 

Nora Wheeler Naumann

 

What is your current occupation (school) and what does that involve?

"Wife, mother, grandmother for 58 years"

 

 

 

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"Learning more about Texas History by reading Wm. (William) B. Travis' letter recently located at the Alamo"

  

What city and state were you born?

"October 11,  1934 in Luling, Texas"

 

 

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"Husband, Roland; daughter, Julie Sheldon; son, Thomas Naumann; granddaughters, Jennifer and Michelle"

 

 

 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"Success in convincing Gov. George W. Bush to be the speaker for Toast to Texas in 1998"

 

 

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Downton Abbey" and "Quartet"

 

 

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

"Western and Cajun"

 

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant in Seguin?

"McDonald's to have coffee and visit with friends"

 

 

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"Have a deep love for Texas and I appreciate the Seguin Citizens who support our annual DRT event, the Toast to Texas."

 

 

 

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) and excluding immediate living family members), who would they be?

"Col. Wm. B. Travis, ancestor David Kokernot, Roy Rogers, Princess Diana of England, and Sam Houston"

 

 

What are your roles in the community?

“Community: President of DRT for a total of 10 years, organizing the Toast to Texas, serving on the Seguin Sesquicentennial committee in 1986"

 

 

 

What are your professional background/achievements/leadership roles?

"For dedicated work with the Boy Scouts for 25 years awarded the Silver Beaver Award."

 

 

 

What are your proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Winner of the Vision award in 2002 and in 2003 a state award from Gov. Rick Perry for involvement in promoting Texas History"

 

 

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"The people and their involvement in the history of Seguin dating back to 1836"

 

 

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"Starke Park and the original dam built on the Guadalupe River"

 

 

What are your future plans?

"To continue to promote DRT awareness in the community"

 

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Thanks to the citizens who participate in the annual Toast to Texas each March 2."

  

  

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Seguin Citizen

April 8th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Dixie Helene Baker

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"Seguin High School. I'm in FFA, JROTC, NHS and band. It involves a lot of staying after school, sometimes until 9 p.m. and coming to school at 6 a.m."

What do you do off the clock ?Just for fun??

"Read, sometimes play video games"

What city and state were you born in?

"Seguin, Texas"

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mom, Cindy Baker; father, Dan Baker; brothers, CJ Serna and Jesse Baker; sisters, Erica Serna and Andrea Baker; my grandparents, David and Aurora Aguilar and "My Beepaw" Roy Marshall Baker"

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

"Seeing my brother leave to Afghanistan and Bootcamp for ROTC --It was really hard and difficult."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"Super Natural' - show, Movie - as of right now is 'Rise of the Guardians"

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc?)?

"My favorite band right now is 2 N E 1 (sounds like twenty-one. My favorite song from this band is 'I Love You' 2NE1 is a Korean band. Another favorite song I have 'Don't you Worry Child' by the Swedish House Mafia."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite business is Serenity Boutique. My favorite restaurant is Taco Tejano. They have the best tacos!"

What is something folks may not really know about you?

"People might now know how much I read."

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

My Grandma Dixie (who I'm named after), I would have loved to meet her, Edgar "Allan Poe, Leonardo da Vinci, 'CL' a member from 2NE1 from South Korea, Walter E. Disney 'Walt Disney."

What are your roles in the community?

"I do a lot of community service with ROTC. Some with FFA and with band. We help out middle schoolers."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I'm a Platoon Commander in ROTC, my rank is E7, Chief Petty Officer. I was inducted into NHS this year. I am also first chair in first band, I play the oboe. During marching band season I was a section leader."

What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"Becoming a Platoon Commander and when I got first chair in band"

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"We all have each others backs."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"The gigantic pecan sitting in the middle of Seguin"

What are your future plans?

"Plan to attend A&M in College Station -- I hope to get into the CORP of Cadets."

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?

"Stay loyal and faithful to the ones you trust."

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Seguin Citizen

April 5th, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Elaine Braune

 

 

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what

does that involve?

“I am a housewife or (domestic engineer).”

 

What do you do off the clock "Just for fun?"

“My husband and I have a small cow /calf operation and we spend a lot of time out in the country.”

  

What city and state were you born in?

“I was born right here in Seguin.”

 

Who are the members of your immediate family?

“My husband Gary and my married sons, their wives and five grandkids.”

 

What is the biggest challenge you've ever faced?

“Raising my kids – but that's any mom's greatest challenge.”

 

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

“I enjoy watching NCIS and Pretty Woman. I've watched that movie so many times the color is fading.”

 

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc.)?

“I like all kinds of music. I suppose country music is my favorite as well as Praise

Band music.”

 

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

“My husband and I frequent all the establishments and take turns eating at different places. I

guess we enjoy steak night at the Big Red Barn the first Friday night of

every month. There is live music and great steak. The Lions Club needs to be

commended for their outstanding work.”

 

What is something folks may not really know about you?

“I can't think of any thing.”

 

What are your roles in the community?

“I volunteer at the Texas Agricultural and Heritage Center (Big Red Barn) when ever I can. I am recording Secretary

at Grace Lutheran Church. I help with the weekly devotions at Community

Child Development Center every Wednesday morning and I do a devotional at

Normany Terrace Alzheimer wing every Wednesday afternoon in San Antonio.”

 

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

“I go with my husband to all his Farm Bureau events and try to be his ‘right hand

man.’”

 

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

“I feel I have a remarkable husband and family. We stick together no matter

what.”

 

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

“Seguin and Guadalupe County is a wonderful place to live. We have a country atmosphere

with all the comforts of a big city. We can shop locally or visit a large

shopping center in San Antonio, Austin or Houston. In a few hours you can be

where ever you want. The coast is just two hours away as well as the hill

country. Our taxes are lower than the neighboring counties and we don't lack

anything.”

 

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

“We don't lack anything. Seguin is comfortable and friendly with a high set of values.”

 

What are your future plans?

“My husband is retiring soon. We will take some trips and just enjoy ourselves.”

 

What message do you have for the residents of Seguin? 

“Seguin is as strong as its people. We are blest to be in this area. We have everything.”     

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 3rd, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Michael John Martinez Jr.
 
What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?
“I am a dad; Starting Lonestar IT; a member of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 71st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade of the Texas National Guard; Committee Member for Troop 107, Two Rivers District, Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; Treasurer (almost) for Troop 1244, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, help my family with the ranch, an MBA Student at Texas State University. As a dad, I got it pretty easy. My wife, Kristen Michelle Martinez takes care of all the hard stuff, and I get all the hugs, kisses, and ‘Thanks, dad.’ Every once in a while, I get to pitch in with homework, projects, motivation, and keep the walls falling off our house. I say I am Lonestar IT because I believe anyone should be proud of the work they do and identify with it.
 
In addition to me, Ryan Sargent works as my intern as he attends Texas Lutheran University full time. As a starting business, I perceive I have two main responsibilities: maintain the highest possible level of technical ability in data analytics and support local organizations even if they are not our clients. As a Guardsman, I go over to San Antonio once a month and two weeks a year to train on how to deploy (setup) networks with all sorts of neat cool technical gadgets (about a few million dollars’ worth) and mentor young guardsmen. As a scouter with the BSA, I get to go camping every once in a while and grow as a father to my son, Paul. As a Girl Scout volunteer, I get to make the excuse of looking at arts and crafts magazines and grow as a father to my daughter, Sara. Out at the ranch, I get to teach my kids about how to take care of animals, repair fences, do some other work, and renovate my home (we are installing our living room carpet in April). And as an MBA student, I get to learn that there is a lot of words for what I do every day and write about it. Plan on graduating next year!”
 
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
“I breathe. I read, currently working my way through Les Miserables, also enjoy science fiction and fantasy novels. I write, poetry, stories, music. Play music, well not as often anymore, but I'll play an instrument or sing every once in a while. Play with the kids, watch movies, and hang out with the family.”
 
What city and state were you born in?
“If you go to Fort Sam Houston, at north end of the parade field, I got my name in that building when it was Brook Army Medical Center, while my dad was in the operating room saving someone else's life. When someone told him, ‘Michael John Martinez is here.” He said, ‘Yeah that's me.’”
 
Who are the immediate members of your family?
“My mom is Charlene Anne Martinez. My dad is Staff Sergeant (Ret. USAF) Michael John Martinez. My brother is Zacariaz Ivan Martinez. My sisters are Mitsuko Jerrine Folz and Michelle Danielle Mutchler. My wife is Kristen Michelle Martinez. My kids are William Paul and Sara Michelle Szymanski.”
 
What is the biggest challenge you faced?
“I took a vacation once. Other than that, separating from Active Duty Army, completing my MBA, staying in shape for the National Guard, keeping my home together, and starting a business has been really tough. I place my faith in the Lord to keep me and my family strong through this transition.”
 
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
“Thunder Cats, Thunder Cats, Thunder Cats! HO! & Kelly's Heroes, ‘Enough with the negative waves already!’”
 
 
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc...)?
“Growing up I found a tape of Billy Joel, and I have been a fan of classic rock ever since. My favorite song is Mamunia sung by Paul McCartney and Wings. Funny word, but the feeling is there.”
 
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
“Vivroux's Hardware Store and Mr. Gatti's from when I was a kid. Going to Vivroux's was like going to an Adult Lego Box. And who didn't like Mr. Gatti's? Today, my business excluded, I would go with both of the chambers of commerce. The folks at each are full of advice for my business and my community positions. My favorite restaurant is P.J.'s Restaurant. Ever tried one of their burgers?”
 
What is something folks may not really know about you?
“Seguin is my hometown. I think my first home was in Schertz, when I was a baby. But my parents have claimed Seguin throughout their military career. Before I was born, my Grandpa Ricardo Martinez bought the land I live on from a man we called “Mr. Stacy.” I always thought he was a nice guy. He liked his beans with ketchup.”
 
What are your roles in the Community?
“I volunteer for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. I provide IT support for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Alliance of Seguin. I serve as the President of the Downtown Business Alliance of Seguin. I am interested in working with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Ambassador Program.”
 
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
“I got started in computers when I was kid breaking my Grandpa Al Bishop's computer. Through the years I figured out how to make a computer do something other than get me a beating like building networks in High School. After returning from Japan in 2001, I developed a system proposal for my Uncle Mark Martinez to complete paperwork while in the field as a safety consultant, similar to cloud technology of today. Then, just as the tech bubble burst, I graduated from college. It was really difficult trying to pay people with the lint in my pockets, so I joined the Army. Then the blooming terrorists knocked down the towers. I took a breath and said, “Lord, Watch over me.” My first tour was to Korea in 2003 with 4th Squadron 7th Cavalry, and then to Iraq in 2007 with 5th Squadron 7th Cavalry as a medic. As a medic I designed a database system that reduced work time by more than 75% for company operations at Fort Detrick, Maryland. I returned to the IT field for my last tour in 2009 as a network specialist supporting 1st Engineer Battalion in four different locations in Iraq. After I separated from Active Duty Army in August 2011, I enrolled in Texas State University and started working with CCI Computers Services. While working with CCI Computers, I noticed many businesses were spending a lot of time doing the same things I had remediated in the Army. When I approached Casey Moreland, the owner of CCI Computer Services, he suggested I should run this as a separate business. So I started Lonestar IT. When I mentioned to the Downtown Business Alliance during their Annual Meeting, “We should remain cognizant of the several factors influencing Seguin today, such as SH 130, the Eagle Ford, the growth of Texas State University, and the growth of Guadalupe County.” They nominated me for Their President, which I accepted with the goal of helping the commerce of Seguin grow, while maintaining the culture of Seguin.”
 
What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
“When I awake and find my kids are still smiling, fed, wearing clothes on their back, and roof over their head, I truly believe it is a blessing. I have seen some really bad things. I thank the Lord I have never seen that stuff here in the United States. I look back on my time in the Army, and I am proud to have served my Country as a Soldier.”
 
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
“Seguin is a town that strives to retain the small town values that cities like San Antonio and Austin now dream of. Low crime and traffic jams that occur when a combine is being moved from one farm to another. Even with the growth our community has experienced over the last several years, we still have small town values. Our community leaders are not blind to this growth and are working hard to find ways to increase commerce without sacrificing the safety, comfort, and value our town has.”
 
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
“That pecan in front of the Courthouse hasn't been made into a pie.”
 
What are your future plans?
“Maintain our small town value, while generating quality jobs as the DBA President. To build Lonestar IT to provide our businesses with information management techniques that fit our clients' models.”
 
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
“Seguin is a great place to live. Some of the events we have here bring people from all around the country, like The Ladies State Championship Chili Cook-off next month, which attracts over 1500 people each year. Get out and get involved. Don't sit at home and complain about nothing to do in Seguin. Even if you can't afford membership with a group, I am sure they will be more than willing to accept your offer of volunteership.”
 

 

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 2nd, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: Emily Hulsey

What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and what does that involve?

"I attend Texas Lutheran University and am studying Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science."

What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”

"I enjoy playing the piano, exercising, playing board games and spending time with my family and friends."

What city and state were you born in?

"I grew up in Farmington, Missouri and moved to Texas when I was 12."

Who are the members of your immediate family?

"My mother is Lisa Johnson, stepfather is Dr. Patrick Johnson and my wonderful siblings are Ethan, Eli, Ava, Katherine, Christina and Tommy."

What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?

"My father’s death is probably the biggest challenge I have ever faced. It changed (and is still changing) my life in so many ways. I am thankful though that many of these changes are good, even if I don’t realize it at first."

What is your favorite TV show and movie?

"My favorite TV show is The Walking Dead and my favorite movie is Les Miserables."

What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?

"My favorite singer would have to be Regina Spektor but I like all types of music."

What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?

"My favorite Seguin business is Sister Suzie’s and my favorite restaurant is Dixie Grille."

What is something folks may not really know about you?
"I was born very different! I have a very rare syndrome that has caused me to have neck problems, reproductive problems and a missing right thumb. However I couldn’t imagine being any other way. Things may get rough sometimes- but it makes me who I am!"

If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?

"My dad who passed away when I was 10, Jesus Christ, Anne Frank, Bethany Hamilton and my best friend Kaitlyn."

What are your roles in the community?
"I attend Crossroads Church, I have volunteered at local nursing homes and I am a member of Habitat for Humanity."

Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.

"I work as a librarian assistant at Blumberg Memorial Library at TLU and I am an officer for CAB (Campus Activities Board) at TLU."

What are the proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?

"All four years of high school I attended the State UIL Solo & Ensemble for piano. I played pieces written by Mozart, Bach and Beethoven and did well in my state performances. This was a big achievement for me because of the fact that I am missing a thumb."

What do you believe are the strengths of this community?

"I love the Seguin community. I think that the people here are so nice and are willing to help out in any way. Every single business or restaurant I have gone into has offered wonderful services and I am very appreciative of that."

What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?

"That it is home to the world’s largest pecan."

What are your future plans?
"To become an occupational therapist and help others succeed in life."

 

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Seguin Citizen

April 2nd, 2013

 

Seguin Citizen: DoRae Shipman 

 

Editor’s Note: The Seguin Daily News salute’s today’s Seguin Citizen as she serves away from home.

 

What is your current occupation and what does that involve? 

“I am an instructor at the Silver Flag site which is part of the Detachment 1, 823rd Red Horse Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Florida.  Basically, I teach military members how to be successful in setting up and maintaining a new deployment operation.”

 

What do you do off the clock “just for fun?”