...and assorted announcements
What is it?
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic, and mixed.
What causes it?
Cerebral palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Most of these problems occur as the baby grows in the womb. But they can happen at any time during the first 2 years of life, while the baby's brain is still developing.
In some people with cerebral palsy, parts of the brain are injured due to a low level of oxygen (hypoxia) in the area. It is not known why this occurs.
Premature infants have a slightly higher risk of developing cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy may also occur during early infancy as a result of several conditions, including:
Bleeding in the brain
Brain infections (encephalitis, meningitis, herpes simplex infections)
Infections in the mother during pregnancy (rubella)
In some cases, the cause of cerebral palsy is never determined.
Is there a cure?
There is no cure for cerebral palsy.
The goal of treatment is to help the person be as independent as possible.
What kind of treatment?
Treatment requires a team approach, including:
Primary care doctor
Dentist (dental check-ups are recommended around every 6 months)
Occupational, physical, and speech therapists
Other specialists, including a neurologist, rehabilitation physician, pulmonologist, and gastroenterologist
Treatment is based on the person's symptoms and the need to prevent complications.
Many patients require multiple surgeries.
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder.
Long-term care may be required.
The disorder does not affect expected length of life.
The amount of disability varies.
Many adults are able to live in the community, either independently or with different levels of help.
Stress and burnout among parents and other caregivers of cerebral palsy patients is common. Support and more information from organizations that specialize in cerebral palsy can be extremely beneficial.
The following organizations are good resources for information on cerebral palsy:
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
United Cerebral Palsy - www.ucp.org
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dd/ddcp.htm
The granddaughter of Sandra Chapman is the inspiration behind the annual chili cookoff at Cedar Hall for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Mia's Ride.
A woman taking an informal survey on Facebook has led to a fund-raising opportunity thanks to the fertile mind of Bubba Thorp. In a mad dash to get his idea off the ground, using his trusty computer and home printer with some fancy t-shirt transfer decals, Bubba created some walking advertisements and drafted a flier. Then he sprung the idea on Bill Center under the trees in Maxdale at Tolbert Men's State. Bill gave it a thumbs up. Here's what Bubba came up with:
Bill Center has a very attractive short boxed beard. Bubba sports a nice looking VanDyke, as does Jimmy Goodson who is also on-board with this campaign. There will be others too, and you'll be able to spot 'em by the gray T-shirts emblazoned with the above, as well as trend setting burlap murses, or perhaps carrying Thirsty Ol' Goat collection jars. So, between now and November 1st if you see them please, give what you can, as often as you can. It's all for ALS.
Bubba is thinking there might be some sort of raffle or live auction held in Terlingua. Details will soon follow. Gotta love the way Bubba thinks!
Terry and Peggy Wright, Tom Stephens, Ron Faulstich and Charlene Tiner served chili with all the fixin's to the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce for lunch on Valentine's Day. Having cleaned out their freezers, our folks offered chili, beans, cornbread, cheese and heartburn for $6 a bowl, and were looking to sell somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 bowls. Picked up a nice deposit for our Operational Fund just in time to spend a fair chunk of change on chili trophies for the Tolbert Texas Men's State which is just right around the corner. It was white glove service with a grin for sure. Hope somebody had a roll of Tums on hand.
If you've been trying to get in touch with Jack or Rhonda Potterthis last week and not having any luck, maybe it's because they've been out of pocket while on location with ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition out in Bastrop. Jack's employer, Williams Insulation (San Antonio) donated a fireplace for the rebuilding of a home lost in thewildfires that swept through the area last September.Over and above that teensy little portion of the rebuild, the Potters have found themselves volunteering for multiple 12-hour shifts doing everything from sweeping up to pouring coffee. Jack said that just watching the hourly progress has been amazing. With atimeframe of seven days from start to finish, amazing is probably an understatement.This particularhome is scheduled to be completed and the driver instructed to "MOVE THAT BUS!," this Saturday afternoon.The beneficiary is a wounded warrior, but unfortunately Jackdidn't havespecific details to share. Darn it.
And, although ABC announced on December 15, 2011 that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition would end its run on January 13, 2012, it will, however, continue to air as a special on the network. This rebuild will be included in that category. Our calendar is marked for next December,theanticipated air month, and we'll remind you then. Maybe we'llput together a watching party to see if we can spot Jack and Rhonda in the crowd behind the bus!
Benefitting Bastrop County Area Go Texan
In a nutshell, the Bastrop County Area Go Texan is an arm of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Not all counties have a Go Texan committee, you have to be invited by HLS&R.
In order for HLS&R to give ONE Bastrop County student their $16,000 scholarship, we have to jump through several hoops as a committee, including selling 200 tickets to the rodeo every year, compete in their BBQ cook off in Houston, compete in their Go Texan Event Days which includes dominoes, washers, horseshoes, team penning and team sorting competitions.
To figure out who gets to compete for us in these events we have contests in Bastrop County and invite the winners to represent us in the Houston event. We do all of this for the single $16,000 scholarship.
We have our other fundraisers to raise additional money to give to other Bastrop County students not receiving the above-mentioned scholarship. That's where our fried chicken dinner fundraiser comes in along with any other fundraisers we might have during the year.
We, as a committee, have our own scholarship application that we invite the kids to fill out, and then we choose the recipients as a committee.
The Patriot Guard is an organization of motorcycle enthusiasts formed to show respect for fallen military service members, their families and their communities. Because groups and organizations exist that choose to disrupt military service member's funerals; the Patriot Guard Riders shield the mourners from protesters through strictly legal and non-violent means.
The organization has branched out into additional volunteer ventures. A Patriot Guard group is now coordinating a scholarship fund for dependants of soldiers killed in combat. The Patriot Guard also provides send-offs and welcome homes for our deploying and returning service members.
The Patriot Guard motorcycle group has begun expanding its mission beyond supporting families who have had a soldier die. The group wants to celebrate happier times with the soldiers and their families. Recently, 28 members of the group joined a party celebrating a young Marine's 23rd birthday. They drove to the young man's family home to thank him for serving three tours of duty in Iraq and to present him with a flag, a letter of thanks and a 600 minute phone card.
Members have motorcycles of all varieties, but owning or riding one is not a requirement to join. There are no dues. It is a free organization run by volunteers. There are no formal meetings. Events are publicized on a website.
Bailey Kay is 12-years-old. Shewas born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. She is paralyzed from the waist down. To date shehas had40 surgeries, themost recent in May 2009. She is a tough little girl witha huge personality. The CTTCG holds 3-4 events each year that benefit this little gal along with several other fund raising eventsheld by different organizations throughout the year to help defray some ofher huge medical debt.
In spite of her confinement to a wheelchair, Bailey Kay is a huge rodeo fan. Her mother said, "Our family is all rodeo. All our friends are rodeo. It starts from her grandpas to her dad, to her uncles, and to her brother and sister. Its just in her blood. She is all RODEO. Ha Ha."
Ghost or graffiti?
Supposedly haunted by an old man with a limp.
That's not an apparition...it's somebody's porch light off in the distance distorted by the long exposure of the camera lens in the near pitch black darkness.
We did a little reading in the dark...
Some of it was kinda creepy...
It was just a conversation, not a seance.
We even did a little sprucing up before one of the locals eerily parked his muffler-challenged, running light-adorned, window- tinted truck to aimthe headlightsinto the graveyard, which prompted all of us to skeedaddle!
In June of 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at her home in Maryland to explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities. Today, Special Olympics touches the lives of some 30 million athletes around the world.
For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and develop belief in themselves. Many live lives of neglect and isolation, hidden away or socially excluded from full participation in schools or society. For athletes, Special Olympics sports provide a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy. Confidence, skill and determination are common benefits of involvement with sports.
The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Who We Are
The Central Texas area is made up of 2,394 athletes from Bastrop, Blanco,
Burnet, Caldwell, Colorado, Comal, Dewitt, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzalez, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Lavaca, Lee, Llano, Travis, Victoria and Williamson counties. There are 252 certified coaches in the Central Texas area.
Special Olympics Texas holds more than 250 competitions annually on area, regional and state levels. Event divisions are based on age, gender and ability level to give athletes an equal chance to win. Each participant receives a medal or ribbon following his/her event.
Special Olympics Texas is a registered 501(c)(3), non-profit organization supported by private donations from individuals, corporations and organizations throughout the state. Special Olympics is "the most credible charity in America" according to a survey in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Deadline is December 7, 2009
The last couple of yearsthere have been emails circulating regarding sending cards to our injured military personnel. Although a wonderfulidea, cards sent to Walter Reed Medical WILL NOT reach their intended recipients. Those sent through the American Red Cross will. Read on:
American Red Cross Website: http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail
Holiday Mail for Heroes is back!
In this season of hope and giving the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes, Inc. have joined forces to invite Americans to send a touch of home to United States service members and veterans across the country and abroad. In its third year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program is an opportunity to share joy and thanks with our service members throughout the holiday season by way of a greeting card.
Today over 1.4 million men and women serve in the U.S. armed forces and over 24 million veterans have served in the past. The holiday season is the perfect time to honor and extend a warm holiday greeting to those whove served and continue to do so.
How Holiday Mail works
We have established an extensive process to ensure all cards sent to our service members are safe and arrive in time for the holidays. Holiday cards will be collected through a unique P.O. Box address from Monday, November 2 through Monday, December 7*.
First, cards from across the nation must be sent to this address:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and distributed to participating Red Cross chapters nationwide. Once the cards arrive at the Red Cross chapters, they are sorted and reviewed by volunteers who then distribute them to service members, their families and veterans in communities across the country.
Please dont forget to follow these guidelines while preparing your holiday greetings!
Sign all cards
Entitle cards Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran
Limit cards to 15 per person or 50 for school class or business group
Bundle groups of cards in single, large envelopes (there is no need to include individual envelopes and postage for cards)
Include personal information such as home or email addresses
Use glitter excessive amounts can aggravate health issues of wounded recipients
Include inserts of any kind as they must be removed in the screening process
This cookoff is traditionally held the first weekend of October and is a great lead into Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cooks start gathering on Friday evening for the B.E.An Bash, Margarita Mix-Off, CostumeParty andCooks Dinner with the entree served up to the cooks byThe Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group. Saturday morning and the day's festivities are jump started by the Girlie Man beauty contest around eleven in the morning. There will also be an open BBQ limited to chicken and pork ribs. There will be a horseshoe tournament, showmanship, auction, raffles, crowning of the new Queen of Chili, Texas Hold 'Em poker, and live musical performances by Russell Clepper and Jimmy Georgefollowed byThe Drug Store Cowboys. Go on out and help these ladies raise some serious money for Breast Cancer Resources.
Nearly one in five Central Texans are food insecure.
Making Ends Meet
Three quartersof households receiving assistance are below the federal poverty level.
The annual income needed for a Travis County family of four is257% above the Federal poverty level. (Austin continues to have the highest cost of living in the state of Texas, exceeding housing costs in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth.)
Those Served are Younger
One third of food consumed are children.
Approximately one fifth of Travis County residents are classified as "working poor" by the Texas Department of Human Services.
Glossary of Terms
Food Insecurity: According to the Texas Alliance for Human Needs, food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources.
Food Insufficiency: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey's (NHANES) measure of whether a family sometimes or often did not get enough food.
Hunger: The government's definition states, A situation in which an individual involuntarily goes without food for an intermittent or extended period of time. This situation can be caused by external forces that limit the individual's resources or ability to obtain sufficient food, and may result in detrimental physical and psychological consequences. Hungry households are those in which families have decreased the quality and quantity of food they consume because of lack of money - to the point where they are likely to be hungry on a frequent basis.
Working Poor: Working poor is defined as living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines ($36,488 for a family of four). (Source: Basic Needs Coalition, 2005). Other definitions include people who worked, but who nevertheless, fell under the official definition of poverty and people who were in poverty and had at least one working family member.
Please bring canned goods for donation to the Capital Area Food Bank.
Being able to phone home keeps our troops connected to their families and friends. Keeping them connected is the least we can do to say Thank You! These phone cards allow our service men and women to call Stateside at a reasonable price.
The Town Lake Animal Center is dedicated to providing and promoting humane treatment of animals while protecting the public health by managing the domestic animal population.
The animal center provides many services, including adoptions, impoundment, injured and stray animal rescue, pet registry information, and spay/neuter education. The pet adoption center and offices are located at 1156 West Cesar Chavez between Lamar and Mopac.
Adoption and reclaim hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Weekends.
The receiving office and Injured Animal Rescue service operate from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., M-F and 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sat/Sun.
In summertime, the living isnt always easy for our animal friends. Dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do, such as overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. By taking some simple precautions, you can celebrate the season and keep your pets happy and healthy.
- A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must; add to that a test for heartworm, if your dog isn't on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe, effective flea and tick control program.
- Never leave your pet alone in a vehiclehyperthermia can be fatal. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.
- Always carry a gallon thermos filled with cold, fresh water when traveling with your pet.
- The right time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is humid.
- Street smarts: When the temperature is very high, dont let your dog stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
- A day at the beach is a no-no, unless you can guarantee a shaded spot and plenty of fresh water for your companion. Salty dogs should be rinsed off after a dip in the ocean.
- Provide fresh water and plenty of shade for animals kept outdoors; a properly constructed doghouse serves best. Bring your dog or cat inside during the heat of the day to rest in a cool part of the house.
- Be especially sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus, as well as those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. And please be alert for coolant or other automotive fluid leaking from your vehicle. Animals are attracted to the sweet taste, and ingesting just a small amount can be fatal. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting(888) 426-4435FREEend_of_the_skype_highlighting if you suspect that your animal has been poisoned.
- Good grooming can stave off summer skin problems, especially for dogs with heavy coats. Shaving the hair to a one-inch lengthnever down to the skin, please, which robs Rover of protection from the sunhelps prevent overheating. Cats should be brushed often.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Having a backyard barbecue? Always keep matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles and insect coils out of pets' reach.
- Please make sure that there are no open, unscreened windows or doors in your home through which animals can fall or jump.
- Stay alert for signs of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting and drooling and mild weakness, along with an elevated body temperature.
For a lot of families, summertime means swimming time. If your pooch will be joining you on your adventures, be it lakeside, oceanside or poolside, please read our following tips:
- Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool.
- Not all dogs are good swimmers, so if water sports are a big part of your family, please introduce your pets to water gradually.
- Make sure all pets wear flotation devices on boats.
- Try not to let your dog drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause GI upset.
This annual event actually kicks off on Wednesday June 10th with a cowboy breakfast andjust keeps on getting better. There is a music festival starting on Fridaywith two stages featuring thelikes ofCurtis Clay doing his country soul,The Fossils, Aaron Watson,Ponty Boneand many more. There will be arts & crafts, food vendors, a carnival,a washer tournament and more activities than you can shake a stick at. Way more than just achili and BBQ cookof.Check out the website for all the details - just click on the button to go there now!
Note: The entry forms for the cookoff events are on the website. Forms and payment MUST be turned in no later than 10:00 a.m. the morning of the cookoff, AND a cook's meeting scheduled for 10:30 that the head cooks MUST attend. TAKE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER! YOU MAY BE ASKED TO SHOW IT!
No beans. No barbeque. No 'ritas or Bloody Marys either. It's just a chili cookoff sandwiched in betweenold style atmosphereand chilihead pizzaz.There will be some individual and team events, games of skill and chance, a silent auction and lots of story telling, tall tales, laughter and frivolity.Bring your RV - they've got electricity, bring your guitar, your scrapbook, a covered dish for the pot luck dinner on Friday night, your favorite beverage and a comfortable lawn chair. It's gonna befun.
This sanctioned cookoff is to raisebadly needed funds toput on the Tolbert Ladies State Chili Championship of Texas October 3, 2009.They've got some big plans for this year's Ladies State, including a dance on Saturday night featuringThe Drug Store Cowboys! It's gonna take some bucksto pull it off, so please go on out to Camp Ranger, pick up a couple of points for Terlingua,and help these ladies achieve their goal. We'll see ya there!
Bailey Kay is 11 year old. Shewas born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. She is paralyzed from the waist down. To date shehas had 39 surgeries and will be admitted into the hospital on May the 12th forsurgery #40. She had a hugeoperationon October 21st of last year that kept her in the hospital for nearlyfour months, andthis nextone is expected to keep her in therefor about a month. She is a tough little girl witha huge personality.
Bailey is a huge rodeo fan. Her mother explained, "Our family is all rodeo. All our friends are rodeo. It starts from her grandpas to her dad, to her uncles, and to her brother and sister. Its just in her blood. She is all RODEO. Ha Ha."
Bailey will be at the Lone Star Bar& Grill for a little while to meet the cooks on Saturday.
Dig deep guys - this is a really good cause.
Rockne, twelve miles southwest of Bastrop in southwestern Bastrop County, has its origins in German settlers such as the Lehman family who arrived around 1846. Thesettlement was first called Walnut Creek, then Lehman or Lehmanville. Rockne received its present name after Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne's death in 1931, when the schoolchildren of the community voted to rename their town in his honor.
Closest hospital: Smithville Regional.
Largest employer in area: Utility company. Second is a construction company.