In response to last week’s letter to the Editor regarding the cemetery … Good News! How refreshing it is to know that we, the members of the Blanco Cemetery Association (anyone who owns a plot in the cemetery) will be having an open meeting (public meeting). It will be good to discuss the care of the cemetery; i.e., trimming trees, fixing tilting headstones, raising sunken stones, filling in caved-in graves, and repairing historical stones. Accountability for any group that receives funds is a must; therefore, you might like to have an accountant such as Neffendorf, Knopp, Doff & Co. An auditor’s signature is proof of authenticity. Having a public meeting will give everyone interested an opportunity to vote on officers and directors, just like neighboring cemeteries do.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank Claire Klepac who, with her efficient secretarial skills, has alphabetized the names as well as additional data – rank, birth and date, special unit, and war-of the Veteran’s in the cemetery. This information was garnished on January 5, 2009, with the help of Pam Meier (sponsor) and ten of the members of the Middle School National Junior Honor Society. Thanks for your help!
In the Spring, Keep Blanco Beautiful will be filling the pots at the silver gate entrance, where the historical medallion is, with some beautiful flowers. After all, the cemetery is in the City of Blanco.
Again, thanks, Joyce, for the good news!
I read Joyce Knoll’s letter last week and I know that she is working on a master grid for the cemetery because she used some of the materials that she had to help me find Confederate graves. I have searched for Confederate graves for approximately 5 years, and I am still not certain that I have found them all. When I was helping the American Legion put flags out on the graves of U.S. veterans, three more Confederate gravesites were pointed out to me.
Unfortunately, the cemetery suffers from very inadequate record-keeping which dates back to its inception. This brings me to my main point, which is that the cemetery was initially donated to the town of Blanco to be a blessing and resource for Blanconians so that they would have a place to bury their dead.
With the price of burial plots starting at $2000 per plot in San Antonio, we have to realize people may want to drive out to Blanco to bury their dead, and their decision is motivated by finances only and not by any emotional attachment to our community. The land was donated to provide farming and ranching families of moderate means a place to bury their kinfolk. We may end up with a cemetery full of people from somewhere else. I think this issue needs to be addressed in a public meeting.
At Round Mountain, their public meeting is announced in the paper for 6 weeks in advance and then held in a community meeting place. We need a public meeting held in a public place so that issues concerning the cemetery can be discussed. To my knowledge, there has not been a public meeting in Blanco in over 22 years. The cemetery is too large now to be run like a privately owned family cemetery. Just documenting who is actually buried in the cemetery and where they are buried would be a daunting task for just one family. A public meeting would generate interest by the community and, hopefully, mobilize volunteers.
The residents of Stallion Estates subdivision, which encompasses parts of Blanco and Comal Counties, would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to the firefighters from the Bexar-Bulverde VFD, Blanco VFD, Bracken VFD, Bulverde VFD, Comal Co ESD, Kendalia VFD, Leon Springs Fire Department/VFD, South Hays Fire Department, Spring Branch VFD , and the Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS as well as the Red Cross. Also, thanks to Blanco and Comal County sheriffs and sheriff deputies for their help in protecting our lives and property in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 11th.
A wildfire threatened our neighborhood that night, but the valiant efforts of these brave public servants protected us from harm. Residents in the northeastern portion of the subdivision were awakened between midnight and 12:30 a.m. by sheriffs and deputies and firemen and firewomen and advised to leave our houses. The firemen and firewomen fought the wildfire until about 9:30a.m., never complaining, always cheerful. Per one estimate, the wildfire eventually consumed at least 100 acres. It came within 25 feet of fence lines and within about 200 feet of one street. However, not one house or soul was harmed. Without their persistent help, we have little doubt that a number of houses and possibly some lives would have been lost.
Sometimes we take for granted our public servants who look out for our welfare, but we applaud the brave and unselfish actions of these heroes that night and wish the best for their families and them.
Stallion Estates residents
c/o Cindy and Dan Mooney
Spring Branch, TX
To the finder of the lost wallet on Rolling Hills Rd; May the Holy Spirit bless your path and may the gifts of the Wise Men, which we celebrate today, bring you fortune and praise.
The brown envelope that contained the wallet had every dollar and card in it, including my wife’s residency card... which we could not afford to replace at the present time. Only a small note was written, “Found on Rolling Hills Rd.”
Thank you, anonymous person. My wife cried tears of relief; there really are angels in these hills.
Blessed on Rolling Hills Rd
My husband and I were returning from a Christmas trip to Dallas on December 26, when we unfortunately ran out of gas in Kendalia, Texas around 7:00pm. We stopped in front of the Post Office and store and thought for sure we were stranded. Then, like Santa on a sleigh, an “angel of a guy” drove up in a red truck with lots of lights and asked how he could help. His name was Harley Bowman from Blanco and he took my husband to Bergheim to get a gas can and gas. Meanwhile, a gracious “angel lady” at the only store in Kendalia welcomed me into the store so I wouldn’t be outside in the cold and dark alone. We met two other “angels” who kept our dog while we were away and were finally reunited and on our way home. The lights of Comfort never looked so good! Thank you, my angels, and Happy New Year!
I know we have all talked amongst friends and family about if you found a wallet and it had lots of money in it... would you take the money?
I hope that after you read my story, if you said yes, that your mind will be changed.
I have a fifteen year old daughter that has been very sick since August 2007. In August of 2007, she came to me complaining of pain in her right wrist. She was sent to a hand specialist in San Antonio. After many x-rays and MRI’s they found bone marrow edema had started to spread from her hand to her arm. They told me that three things caused this: Leukemia, infection in the bone marrow, or sever trauma. We saw an Oncologist who looked at her blood and ruled out cancer. The infectious doctor told us my daughter had strep in her blood. My daughter is in severe pain in her legs, shoulders, wrists, in her lower back and in her feet. The infectious doctor put her on a high dosage of antibiotics and sent us to a Rheumatoid Arthritis doctor. This doctor took one look at my daughter and told me she had a sever case of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. My daughter had inflammation in more than five joints and in both eyes. This illness can lead to blindness, heart failure, kidney failure and many other scary things. The doctor started her on Methotrexate (form of chemo).
Before Thanksgiving, we were sent to an orthopedic doctor due to the pain in my daughters legs and the turning of the bones. They found reason to believe my daughter may have cancer of some sort causing the bone pain. So off we go to MD Anderson. We were there for a week. And as you can imagine, the expense is great with hotels, food, travel, tests - so I had to put back and save for when these things come up.
When we got to MD Anderson, they decided to do a bone marrow biopsy and bone marrow aspiration. If you are not familiar with this test, it is basically where they drill into your hip bone and take a small piece of the inner bone for the biopsy and take some fluid. Very, very painful. My daughter was put to sleep for this test.
We got home and a few days later got the call that she did not have leukemia or lymphoma. Praise God… but we did find out that there was still an infection in her blood and that her antibodies were over 800 times higher than they should be. Basically, I was told my daughters body is attacking its good cells. The cause? I don’t know and neither do the doctors. I was also told that her immune system should have been suppressed from all of the medicine she had been taking for over a year. But no, her immune system was the best the doctors had ever seen in a patient on this medicine before. So now I have confused doctors.
After Christmas, I got the call from Houston that we need to bring my daughter back to MD Anderson for a head to toe bone scan. This time they are checking for tumors pressing on the nerves or hiding in the bones. We leave on Sunday, January 11.
So here comes the question. If you found a wallet on the road, you open it up and find a large amount of money ($1,378.00) would you keep it?
On Wednesday January 7, I went to Security State Bank. When I opened my door to get the canister, my wallet fell out onto my running board. Unaware, I drove away. I figure the wallet fell out on the street between the bank and Super S. The person that found my wallet took all $1,378.00 out of the wallet, went to the Super S gas station and left my wallet on the pump.
I want that person to know that it was the money to be loaded onto my daughter’s prepaid medical Visa for her MD Anderson trip for her tests and travel. I would like to say thank you to this person for leaving my wallet (my son gave that to me for Christmas) and for leaving all my credit cards alone. But I just want you to think about my daughter as you spend her medical money. And I pray the reason it was taken was your family is in very bad need of it. Because I know my daughter needed that money for her health.
We were just told I have to take her to Cleveland, Ohio on February 11. If the person that took the money has any kind of heart, please return it. No questions asked. That money could really be used to help pay for our trip and the deductible on tests she will be having at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.