"GAMBLER WITH HEART" by Mac Abel . . .

 

1982 - 1989

When the need for a religious facility was realized, Wayne had many discussions with numerous protestant organizations but none expressed an interest in operating an ecumenical facility. On one occasion, while showing the proposed "Thanksgiving Mountain" site to the Lutheran bishop and his staff and Reverend Dave Lilley (before any roads were built) Wayne got his suburban stuck in some quick sand-like mud on top of the mountain, this was in the real heat of summer top of the mountain, this was in the real heat of summer and they all had on coats and ties. Unfortunately, they had to walk down, slipping and sliding over the rocks and cactus all the way. (Maybe that is why they showed no further interest in the project!)

Nonetheless, idea was then discussed with Father Walter Dalton, who had been holding services in Horseshoe Bay since 1972, first in a condo, then at the stables, the club and finally Quail Point, and had developed quite a following of Catholic and Protestants. Father Dalton brought Bishop Harris out to Horseshoe Bay and after coming off the top of Thanksgiving Mountain in a 4-wheel drive vehicle (which did not get stuck this time), Bishop Harris remarked that he had never before been to a place like that "in a vehicle".  As a result, a contract was entered into with the Catholic Diocese of Austin in which the land and a major portion of the construction funds were donated by Wayne and Eileen Hurd to the Diocese who agreed to operate the facility on an ecumenical basis and raise the additional funds required to complete and furnish the facility.

Today, perched at the top of "Thanksgiving Mountain" high above Horseshoe Bay and Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, "St. Paul the Apostle Interfaith Chapel" on Dalton Circle, is a monument to faiths, majestic in design, in a peaceful setting hugging the edge of the highest peak. It watches life below, extending it’s embrace to all. Father Dalton, who lives in the rectory helps one and all, regardless of faith.

Sister Mary Peter Tremonte O.P. is one of the most distinguished and well-known sculptures and liturgical designers. Assisted by Sister Joanne Neihaus O.P. both are well known for their years of service to the church through art. It is to them we owe the beauty of the church’s interior. The dramatic expanse of window at the chapel sanctuary face Horseshoe Bay and Lake L.B.J. beyond. The deep immersion baptistery, lined with pink granite, is surrounded by lepta glass. Original sculpted statues by Sister Tremont, besides her statue of Christ, are the Crucifix and Stations of the Cross, the "Madonna Del Largo" or "Lady of the Lake" depicting Mary as a young mother carrying Jesus and "Jesus and the Blind Man" where the beggar, Bartemaeus kneels before Jesus asking for his sight, are just a few of the outstanding works of art. One has only to glance at the guest book in the hall, where persons placed their thoughts, to learn how much it’s beauty has touched all who pass it’s way.

The main chapel has a seating capacity of 200+. Mauve and gray tones blend with the dark walnut pulpit, pew and altar, to compliment the spectacular blue and white-clouded sky. Since it’s dedication on December 28, 1982, and Ecumenical Library has been added. The first mass was said on December 6, 1982 in honor of Frank Thompson’s mother and father and Sheila’s sister, Barbara. Organist Mrs. Hugh Dickson affectionately referred to as "Mona Ruth" of Midland, Texas accompanied Sheila and Jane Parker on the organ as their outstanding voices penetrated the chapel. Sheila is at home in musical field. After many years of study in Europe she received European acclaim for her opera and stage presentations. The first baby to be baptized at the new chapel was the baby of Bill and Terri Losch on December 12, 1982.

When construction of the chapel had started Merle Keiser and Betty Edgerton recruited Tom Campbell at retired Air Force chaplain and helped organize the outstanding Protestant Interdenominational congregation that exists today. The protestant growth has been such, their pursuit of more space, with a church of their own, is in the planning.

Founded in 1982, the Ladies Ecumenical "Bible Study Group" had an unusual beginning. Mrs. E.K. Jones (Margie) placed a notice on the post office bulletin board, inviting all Horseshoe Bay women interested in an ecumenical bible study group, to meet at her home at 1:00 p.m. the following Monday. Founding members responding were Lois Bane, Louise Bevell, Jackie Craig, Elizabeth Crow, Leona Hughes, Eileen Hurd, Lucille Johnson, Ann Randal, Susie Schumacher and Betty Stopp. Meeting in member’s homes they soon moved to Horseshoe Bay’s Ecumenical Chapel. When Margie Jones returned to Amarillo, Texas permanently, Lucille Johnson kept the group together. The successful group continues to meet at the chapel and has grown to 25+ regular members with numerous visitors and non-residents attending.

Around the same time, the General Telephone Company informed the P.O.A. Association of their plan to activate a new underwater cable between the Horseshoe Bay area and the central office, located across the lake in Granite Shoals. The new cable would provide for expanding service requirement and afford greater reliability. Reworking the existing and underground cable system within the development was in reply to a request for improved service, the general manager of Pedernales Electric Cooperative informed the association that a $250,000 improvement program was scheduled for Horseshoe Bay in the near future. The program called for increasing the size of distribution cables, replacing termination connectors and adding additional lightning protection.

Jim Leming, Fire Marshal of Horseshoe Bay Volunteer Fire Department, and Jeannie De Alba, Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were recipients of the 1982 "Most Valuable Volunteer of the Year" Award. We are indeed humbled by their noble dedication and volunteer responsibilities to their community.

By the end of 1982, Slick Rock Pro Shop had been enlarged as was the Yacht Club with the new "Europa Room" opened. The Yacht Club Boat Dock was expanded, the new Slick Rock Cart Barn was constructed and the stables new "Watering Hole" was catering to members, guests and visiting dignitaries.

Dialing 598-6525 was an exciting experience in 1982 when one heard "good viewing…Horseshoe Bay Cable T.V.". It was difficult to believe that Cable T.V. promoter and developer Bill Hobbs and wife Shirley had made this long anticipated installation a reality; equally so, when we learned customer hook-ups would begin August 16, 1982 with 35 channel capacity.

Installations were made in three phases. The first along all streets adjacent to Clayton Nolen Drive, Horseshoe Bay Boulevard and Hi Stirrup to the Slick Rock Golf Course on the south side of RR 2147. Horseshoe Bay Cable T.V. is now owned by Northland Cable T.V.

The Horseshoe Bay Ladies 9-Holes Golf Group was organized in 1982-83 when Horseshoe Bay Pro Bob Putt suggested to several enthusiastic ladies, "The best way to learn to play golf is to make a firm commitment to play once a week, starting with nine holes." Thus the "9-Hole" group was born. Those making that commitment were Lucille Johnson, Eileen Hurd, Shirley Hobbs and Margie Jones. Eventually there were 20 players, from which their first slate of officers were elected. Chairman Lucille Johnson, Vice Chairman Plly Bergman, Secretary Betty Stopp, Treasurer Jackie Craig, Tournament Chairman Audrey Brown and Assistant Chairman Susie Schumacher. Members of the Horseshoe Bay Women’s Golf Association sine 1983, they have been active and devoted, assisting with the popular first annual "Highland Fling" Invitational Tournament in 1984.

The opening of the "Boardwalk Restaurant" to the public in 1984 gave Horseshoe Bay a dining alternative. Located next to the marina, it has two dining rooms upstairs with dramatic views of the lake and surrounding hills. Downstairs it’s casual bar "Happy Hour" and piano bar with live entertainment is inviting. Mr. Maurice Docherty, manager for several years and present owner, recently purchased the Boardwalk from it’s original owners, Wayne & Eileen Hurd.

In the same year, Lake L.B.J. Improvement Corporation appointed Ms. Silvia Kaiser president of European American Projects, which is based in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. She was in charge of all facets of the corporations business in Europe. Mr. Bill Martin, previously serving as general manager of the Horseshoe Bay Country Club, joined L.B.J. Improvement Corporation as their representative in Saudi Arabia.

The Horseshoe Bay Women’s Golf Association’s 18-hole group provides social opportunity, friendship and serious opportunity for game progress. Founded in late 1983, twenty ladies met, who would become known as charter members of that association: Lila Munro, Pat Martin, Mary Colvin, Evelyn Gabriel, Mary Rose Oriel, Lois Curtis, Judy Leifeste, Eleanor King, Ione Menasco, Maggie Zwirbla, Patricia Dack, Lorranine Hobbs, Susan Marshall, Wanda Knox, Martha Detman, B.A. Losch, Cara Lega, Ginny Hawkinds, Obera Godwin and Marge Oberhotzer and Lorraine Hobbs. A few short months later they could boast of 126 members! The first members elected to the executive board were Cara Lege, President; Pat Martin, Vice President; Mary Calvin, Secretary; and Evelyn Gabriel, Treasurer with Marge Oberholzer and Marg Roberts, Historians.

The "Highland Fling", one of their many popular events, has become an annual event, held at Slick Rock Golf Course, where 110+ ladies are known to have participated.

A cleverly designed "Information Center" display board in the center of Horseshoe Bay West Boulevard down from the main entrance at Horseshoe Bay West, houses detailed locator guides for both Horseshoe Bay and Horseshoe Bay West.

Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the master designer of Horseshoe Bay Country Club Resort Golf Complex, cut the ribbon opening play at his newly designed Apple Rock Course…all 6999 yards with a par 72. Few realize this magnificent course, which wraps around the Ram Rock Clubhouse, is part of the largest Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf complexes in the nation, with it’s 54 holes of golf!

Lavishly designed and constructed, the clubhouse has a multi-level swimming pool where water cascades over giant boulders overhanging a nearby cliff to the first in a series of levels below. The incredibly beautiful landscape of the Hill Country surrounding the greens are breathtaking. When Robert Trent Jones, Sr. rode along in a golf cart with Wayne on one of his tours of inspection he looked back over his shoulder on the 10th hole and saw the impressive shape of the new Cap Rock Clubhouse rising from high atop the massive rock formation known as Ram Rock. "Wayne", he said, "it looks like the cathedral of golf!" And indeed, it does!

Beneath waving flags, a colorful corporate sign proclaimed an introduction by Horseshoe Bay Corporation to their new sales center. Highly functional, the sales center features pictorial wall displays, special video presentations, maintenance services and qualified personnel.

Bob Weed, operator of the Horseshoe Bay Marina, opened a new service center which doubled the size of the Marina’s maintenance capabilities. Located at the east end of the Wirtz Dam, next to the old Cottonwood Resort, the new service handled all heavy boat maintenance jobs and provided dry storage with which they can now put your boat in the water, gas it up and have it at the marina waiting for you when you arrive. Equipped with radio-dispatched repair boats, certified mechanics, fiberglass and upholstery men, they provide all repair service and maintenance needs. The marina has boat sales, full-line ship store, Jet Skis, boat rentals, ski rental and instructions and boat slips.

When Horseshoe Bay was first built, the original hunting lodge on the property and the attractive park area surrounding it was given by the developers to the Horseshoe Bay Property Owner’s Association for the sole use of it’s members. Known as Quail Point Lodge, this facility houses the P.O.A. offices and hosts various activities, both private and community of Horseshoe Bay property owners.

Over the years, as Horseshoe Bay grew, it became obvious this lovely lodge was no longer large enough to accommodate large group functions. To alleviate the problem the board of directors of the Property Owners’ Association conducted lengthy studies on the possibility of enlarging Quail Point Lodge. Results of those studies showed that (1) if the lodge were enlarged, a good deal of the land would then have to be used for parking, thus destroying the park area; (2) increased activity would severely increase traffic in that residential area; and (3) the P.O.A. is restricted by the Declaration of Reservations in its ability to finance improvements of this magnitude.

The P.O.A. Board turned to the Municipal Utility District, asking their board of directors to investigate building a community center on M.U.D. property. M.U.D., a state agency with the power to tax, by law cannot build such a facility and would require special state legislation to do so. The P.O.A. made the necessary contacts and had such a bill passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor White, allowing M.U.D, financing for this special project.

The Municipal Utility District was then required to put the plan before the voters to see if they (1) wanted a large new community center facility and (2) if they were willing to pay a tax increase to acquire it.

A master plan for a proposed community center had been given to the P.O.A. by developers, Norman and Wayne Hurd, with the original land tract, both of which were then passed over to the Municipal Utility District when the new fire department building and administrative offices were built on that tract.

The election was held with the proposition on the ballot readings: "The levy of an ad valorem tax for maintenance purposes…for/against." The proposition failed to pass.

The L.B.J. Municipal Utility District announced the appointment of Tony Delisle as the new fire chief of the Horseshoe Bay Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Delisle moved to Horseshoe Bay in 1982 from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin where he served for 33 years as a member of the Wauwatosa Fire Department. For the last twelve years before his retirement he was assistant chief. The department was a full-time paid department, employed 120 fire fighters and had 17 pieces of fire department. Today, through Tony’s and his men’s dedication to the safety of our community, Horseshoe Bay has one of finest, most efficient fire departments in the area.

The L.B.J. Municipal Utility District, is responsible for the maintenance of all grinder pumps in its sewer system. Formerly homeowners were responsible for maintenance but Texas Department of Water Resources required Municipal Utility Districts to perform maintenance on the pumps. Grinder pumps essentially push sewage from a residence or commercial unit into the main sewer system and eventually up to a sewer plant.

More and more new arrivals, states-side and foreign, were purchasing property in beautiful Horseshoe Bay, among whom were TunDatuk Hajj Sardon Bin Jubir, previous governor of Penage, Malaysia, and his wife, To Puan Sadian Sardon. Semi-retired, Tun Sardon maintains a position on the Board of the United Nations and spends a lot of time flying here and there.

Recipient of the annual "Outstanding Citizens" Award, presented by the Marble Falls/Lake L.B.J. Chamber of Commerce, were Norman and Dorothy Hurd. Recognized for their strong support of community affairs and backers of Marble Falls, they were instrumental in the financial security of the Marble Falls "Crisis Center: and numerous other community projects. This was the first time the award had been given to citizens outside Marble Falls.

A definite Lake L.B.J. Municipal Utility District (MUD) commitment to help finance the Horseshoe Bay Police force was needed. A property tax of seven cents per $100 valuation tax hike would be needed to finance the entire police budget.

The Property Owner’s Association’s income is raised through fixed assessments against property owners, the same for all pieces of property regardless of value. M.U.D. income is raised through property taxes. In 1987, it was five cents per $100 valuation which was collected for fire, E.M.S. and police protection known as a "maintenance fee."

A contract was approved with Marble Falls to unite emergency dispatching services, with the dispatch office in Marble Falls. That arrangement is still in effect.

By October of 1987 the two-story Horseshoe Bay Fire Station was almost finished. Built to house a new ladder truck and meet future needs, the second floor contained housing for firemen in anticipation of the time when the Horseshoe Bay organization becomes permanent, instead of it’s present voluntary status.

The Horseshoe Bay Emergency Medical Service (E.M.S.) had a busy summer. As the population grew, so did the emergency calls. It now had 12 emergency medical technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all volunteers. Bary Rost, Director of the Horseshoe Bay E.M.S. at that time, was forming special skills classes and C.P.R. classes.

Genial Horseshoe Bay Golf Pro’s, Brad Pullin and Don Shytles were offering everything possible in order to serve in the best possible way. Apart from help and questions concerning one’s game, they offered individual and group golf lessons, Hole in One Club, driving range membership, handicap service, club storage and repair, locker room membership, cart sales and repairs, rental clubs and shoes, custom ordering, custom logo and personalized engraving, alterations and free gift wrapping.

Horseshoe Bay was selected as a "Texas Independent Community" during the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial. The honor, recognition by the State of Texas, included the flying of a special flag furnished by the commission.

Norman and Dorothy Hurd’s names were inserted on the Marble Falls centennial "Walkway of Honor" dedicated to those who have been responsible for making a positive change in Marble Falls in the past 100 years.

On June 7, 1985, a group interested in forming a "Little Theater" met at the home of Jim and Gigi Fischer. That meeting, arranged by the Fishers and Ken and Phyl Holbert was the beginning of the popular "Hill Country Players".

From temporary housing to "make-shift" stage presentations and faithful support by their public, the Hill Country Players have come a long way. They can now justifiably boast of their own theater conveniently located on Highway 2147 in Cottonwood Shores where they welcome one and all whether they choose to participate or relax and enjoy presentations from local talent.

With the inauguration in 1986 of a section of land, a century old legend became Applehead Island. Originally, the 80-acre island was not an island. It became so through enormous planning, labor and expense. Creating the island involved removing thick undergrowth, huge boulders and dredging 400,000 cubic yards (640 ton) of earth to a depth of seven feet. This changed the existing shoreline of 8,300 linear feet to 13, 415 linear feet, with workmen laboring 10 hours a day for approximately six months.

Altering the shoreline required approval of the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Lower Colorado River Authority. That approval had stipulations: all excavated soil must go back into the lake in order to maintain the lakes constant level.

Norman’s plans were to bulkhead the entire new shoreline with stonewalls to prevent erosion. Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife would not agree to the walls, due to their concern it might upset the nesting habits of fish in the existing riprap along the shore. A compromise was reached whereby, the department would keep its 8,300 linear feet and Norman could bulkhead the additional 5,155 linear feet created by the new shoreline.

Red brick-colored streets with black curbs announce the quality and sophistication of the world class exotically landscaped community ahead, where more than 17,000 landscape plants were used. 33 sandblasted concrete planters and lantern cubes carry the tastefully designed "Apple Logo" within a horseshoe on four sides. Applehead Island contains only 187 home sites; with the exception of 33 all enjoy waterfront locations.

A computerized monitoring system monitors each home. Video cameras, at certain critical locations, monitor boat, air and automobile traffic 24-hours a day. Two radio equipped Spartan roadsters and a security boat add to the capabilities. A 136,000 gallon swimming pool, where water cascades through dense tropical gardens before its waters empty into the pool, enhance two looming life size copper flamingos, music, lights, night time magic, elegance, quality and lush tropical planting, excites. Fantasy? Not at all. It’s the daring creativity and artistry of Norman, the man.

Morris D. Jaffe, Jr. purchased from Wayne various Horseshoe Bay properties and stock. Among the properties were the Horseshoe Bay Marina, the bazaar building next to the Horseshoe Bay Inn and the Horseshoe Bay 7/11 Building located on Highway 2147. Jaffe also purchased one-third of Wayne and Eileen’s stock in lake L.B.J. Investment Company. He also held an option to purchase the remaining 2/3 of the Wayne Hurd stock. "There were just some transfer of stock and settling of some legalities that needed settling."

Horseshoe Bay was featured prominently in a special article entitled: "Golf’s Lone Star Paradise" in the Golf Digest magazine. It read as follows: "The best resort of all, the destination that stands a 10-gallon hat above the rest, in Horseshoe Bay…there are several things that made your jaw drop open. Anyone with an eye for architecture will be impressed. It took time and considerable thought…but the result is the rare sensation that you are truly somewhere special."

When Applerock won America’s Best New Resort Golf Course Award, Tom Kite, a championship golfer, described as a man who chooses his words carefully when describing a golf course was quoted as saying of Horseshoe Bay’s Applerock…"it’s rough, rugged and rustic in a beautiful way. The landscaping and the way it is worked into the natural terrain knocks your socks off!"

Richard W. Moree became Horseshoe Bay’s new police chief in November of 1987 after the resignation of Chief Joe Clark. Chief Moree was previously hired to install a "Neighborhood Watch" program. Graduate of Blinn College, the Law Enforcement Academy at Killeen, he holds an intermediate certificate in Law Enforcement Education and Standards. Crime prevention was, and continues to be, the major emphasis for Moree’s department.

In addition to Horseshoe Bay’s excellent E.M.S. - "Starflight" E.M.S. helicopter at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin has responded quickly to any calls from this area. Flight time for this fully equipped "Flying Ambulance" and its trauma-trained personnel is approximately 28 minutes to Horseshoe Bay.

Mr. Sam Tarbet, Executive Vice President of Lake L.B.J. Improvement Corporation is now officing at the sales office at the Bay Center, directing all marketing and sales efforts for the company. Mr. Tarbet has been with the company since 1975.

Municipal Utility District has two sewage treatment plants. The "Slick Rock" plant was permitted to discharge into the center of Lake L.B.J. From its inception, however, it had not used its permit, discharging instead into a holding point at "Slick Rock" golf course. A second plant in Horseshoe Bay West at the "Ram Rock" course was permitted to discharge into a holding pond. The effluent was used to irrigate golf courses through an informal arrangement with Horseshoe Bay Country Club.

In order to satisfy the Texas Water Commission changes were inevitable. The purchase of a 17 acres site, an abandoned quarry pit, 3 miles west of Horseshoe Bay on Blue Lake Road #2831 was made and irrigation permits verified covering Horseshoe Bay, Horseshoe Bay West, Applehead and Applehead Island.

Mr. Darrell Haney, owner of Lighthouse Realty of Horseshoe Bay, joined Horseshoe Bay Corporation as executive vice president May 1, 1988. Haney was born in Snyder, Texas and came to Horseshoe Bay in 1972 as assistant golf pro under Bob Putt. After receiving his real estate license in 1973, he spent the next five years gaining experience in real estate sales in the area, opening his Lighthouse Realty in 1985. He attended both Lubbock and Christian College and Texas Tech University on golf scholarships. He is an avid sports enthusiast, and was the defending golf champion for the second consecutive year at Horseshoe Bay. He and wife Kay have three children.

Horseshoe Bay Country Club Resort was awarded the Golf Magazine’s "Silver Medal Award" as one of the finest golf resorts in America placing Horseshoe Bay Country Club Resort in one of only 32 resorts to have ever earned the "Silver Medal" in America. Applerock, chosen Best New Resort Golf Course in American was also chosen as one of Americas Top 25 Resort courses. Ram Rock was selected as one of Americas top 75 Resort Courses.

A new ruling by the Lake Lyndon B. Johnson M.U.D. board reported ambulance bills due the Horseshoe Bay Ambulance Service would be the same for non-residents and for residents. Jerome Davis was hired as a paramedic E.M.S. where he will train, ride the ambulance, teach and handle problems outside the scope of E.M. technicians and will be service liaison with the M.U.D.’s Board of Directors. Horseshoe Bay Ambulance Service covers from Cottonwood to Sandy Harbor along Lake L.B.J., all of the ranches along Texas Highway 71 parallel to those communities, and our RR 962 to the Blanco County line.

With emergency calls, Horseshoe Bay’s revised ambulance service will go to the closest or most appropriate medical facility depending upon the judgment of the emergency medical technician or paramedic in charge.

The policy allows ambulance runs to Llano if medic in charge feels that is best. Sheppard and Llano Memorial are each 30 miles from Horseshoe Bay. Generally Horseshoe Bay residents use Marble Falls doctors who will request Sheppard Hospital. Those patients will still go to Sheppard according to policy. For patients who will end up in Austin hospitals because of extreme medical conditions, transport to Sheppard makes more sense because Llano is 35 miles further from Austin than is Burnet. Patients from the western part of the Horseshoe Bay area, which includes Blue Lake, can be transported to Llano under the new policy. Arrangements for non-emergency patients to go to Austin must be made with private ambulance services, according to the policy.

Patients with specialists in Austin, San Antonio, or Scott & White, who desire to be transported directly to these locations must make prior arrangements confirming that their doctor has made hospital admittance arrangements before the ambulance leaves Horseshoe Bay. In emergency life-or death situations, the attending medic and not the patient or doctor will determine which hospital is selected.

M.U.D. director, David Martin, often remarked "Cottonwood Shore and Oakridge have been Horseshoe Bay’s salvation down through the years, each have furnished volunteers as well as funds. We are grateful to them."

Fortunately there is no end to Norman’s esthetic creativity. At the Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club Swimming Pool, he has installed an incredibly 1,100 pound bronze statue of a fabulous soaring eagle, sculpted by Dan Ostermiller, famous Colorado artist. Resting gracefully atop a pedestal built in the center of the club pool, it has a wingspan of 12 feet. Titled "American Gold" a part of Ostermiller’s series, "All God’s Creations". It was selected personally by Norman during a trip through New Mexico.

Natural surface fitness trails for use by joggers or walking enthusiasts, have been located within the tennis center complex for some time, but additional trails have been added. These decorative paved walkways connect The Yacht Club, Inn and Beach House and Hide-A-Ways to the Bazaar Building and Marina area. Lighted for evening use, they also have marked crossings at traffic areas.

The Horseshoe Bay Library and Museum, founded by Mac Abell in 1989 depends solely upon volunteers to keep it open five days a week, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Instrumental in making it all possible, were the Norman Hurds, Wayne Hurds, Frank Thompsons and Betty Edwards. Frank and Sheila Thompson purchased the contents of the "Y’All Book Store" which they donated to the library. Cataloging, indexing, covering and filing was done by Mary Colvin, Elaine Ratliff, Inez Hilburn, Sheila Thompson and Cordillia Mitchel. Hancel Stevenson, Herb Hilburn and John Mitchel built the bookcases. Operational costs are obtained by volunteer donations of $25 per year anytime during the month of June which automatically designates them as a member of "The Friends of the Library" Association, and organization whose membership is not obligated to work. Located at the "Bay Center" the library’s regular volunteer staff is Lucille Brock, Patty Heart, Betty Rattan, Maryann Harris, Mary Carrens, Dean Comann, and General Armstrong. Special assignments Betty Hazlette and Maryann Harris. Members of the Board of Governors are Mac Abell, Sheila Thompson and Betty Edwards. With the need for the library’s space it closed in July of 1991.

With the purchase of "The Beach House" by Norman C. Hurd trustee, 24 additional luxury units have been added. The new acquisition is controlled by the Horseshoe Bay Property Management Division of Horseshoe Bay Country Club Resort and Conference Center.

"Tele-Care", a program offered at no charge through the Horseshoe Bay E.M.S., police and fire department is staffed exclusively by volunteer workers. It offers to any one living alone, an opportunity to call the fire department between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. each weekday to advise if they are okay. If they do not call between those hours, the volunteer on duty will try to reach them. If there is no answer, that person’s emergency contact is called to check the residence and/or an emergency service person (police, EMS or fire) will also be sent. To sign up for this program, contact the fire department and complete the necessary form. Also offered at no charge is the "Elder Alert" program by the same department, available to all residents. Each participant receives an orange tube and a medical information form to be completed. The tube will hold the completed form and is to be placed inside of the refrigerator. A sticker is included which is placed outside the refrigerator at the top right hand corner of the door. If EMS should be called to the home, they will look for the orange tube for medical information.

A stroll through the Oriental Gardens at the tennis complex is a delightful experience. A splendid creation depicting light and sound. Multi-level, the water garden has lush landscaping, oriental lanterns, waterfalls, and fountains with background music to add to its magical beauty.


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