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September 2014 edition of Twin Creeks Tribune for Twin Creeks

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  • Copyright 2014 Peel, Inc. Twin Creeks Homeowner's Association Newsletter - September 2014 1

    TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE

    SEPTEMBER 2014 VOLUME 7, ISSUE 9

    TWIN CREEKS Neighborhood Watch

    SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 7TH, 2014 @ 6PM,

    NATIONAL NIGHT OUTNational Night Out, or Americas Night Out Against Crime,

    first took place in 1984 in 23 states as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. It was meant to send a message that neighborhoods are organized & taking a stand against crime. Since inception, people everywhere were asked to turn their front porch lights on and keep them on throughout the evening, for this night only. This tradition is still recognized and practiced by neighborhoods across America.

    2012 was the first year that TCNW participated in Travis County National Night Out. We have since had really great turn outs on many streets and are looking forward to increasing participation year after year! You may meet some of your neighbors that you have lived next to for years and have never met. It is a great time to see all the children playing together as their families share pot luck dinners with one another.

    What is your street doing this year to celebrate National Night Out? Do you have some ideas or suggestions? If so, please feel free to contact your Block Captain with ideas you might have to contribute for the event. All ideas and suggestions are welcomed! Be on the lookout for an e-mail from your Block Captain regarding this event.

    SAFETY TIP FOR SEPTEMBEREVERY neighbor should report EVERY crime, EVERY time!

    Report all criminal activity promptly to the Travis County Sheriff's Office. If local law enforcement does not know that crimes are occurring in our area, they will not know where to focus their patrols. In the case of an active emergency, always call 911. If your concern is not an emergency, please contact the Travis County Sheriff at (512) 974-0845, option #3.

    WELCOME NEW BLOCK CAPTAINSWe would like to take this opportunity to welcome our

    newest Block Captains. Having residents who are willing to step-up and volunteer are what make our Neighborhood Watch program successful. Thank you!

    (Continued on Page 4)

  • 2 Twin Creeks Homeowners Association Newsletter - September 2014 Copyright 2014 Peel, Inc.

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    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    ADVERTISING INFO

    Please support the businesses that advertise in the Twin Creeks Tribune. Their advertising dollars make it possible for all Twin Creeks residents to receive the monthly newsletter at no charge. No homeowners association funds are used to produce or mail the newsletters. If you would like to support the newsletter by advertising, please contact our sales office at 512-263-9181 or advertising@PEELinc.com. The advertising deadline is the 8th of each month for the following month's newsletter.

    President ............................................................. Ross BurnsVice-President .................................................Brandon LindSecretary ..................................................... Brian DoughertyTreasurer ...................................................... Deb HackbarthDirector ............................................................Bruce Roach

    Jim SmithermanProperty Manager

    Goodwin ManagementOffice: 512-502-2114Cell: 512-230-3220Fax: 512-346-4873

    MANAGEMENT INFO

    NEWSLETTER INFOEDITOR Peel, Inc. .....................................twincreeks@peelinc.com

    PUBLISHER Peel, Inc. .....................www.PEELinc.com, 512-263-9181 Advertising............................... advertising@PEELinc.com

    CLASSIFIED ADSPersonal classifieds (one time sell items, such as a used bike...)

    run at no charge to Twin Creek residents, limit 30 words, please e-mail twincreeks@peelinc.com

    Business classifieds (offering a service or product line for profit) are $50, limit 40 words, please contact Peel, Inc. Sales Office @ 512-263-9181 or advertising@PEELinc.com.

    For more information or help with identification, contact Wizzie Brown, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Program Specialist at 512.854.9600.

    The information given herein is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that

    no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service or the Texas A&M AgriLife Research is implied.

    Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

    Large wasps flying low over the lawn can be a common, and sometimes frightening, sight at this time of year. Things can get alarming when those wasps become territorial and fly around your head until you leave the area. These wasps are usually accompanied by holes in the yard or flower beds that are surrounded by small piles of dirt. The wasps are cicada killers and arent anything to panic over.

    Cicada killers are about 1 inches long with a reddish-brown head and thorax and an abdomen that is black with yellow markings. Wings have a rusty tinge. The males can be aggressive and buzz near people, but males are unable to sting. Females are capable of stinging but are rarely aggressive towards humans or animals.

    Females dig burrows in the ground and use these burrows as nesting areas. Females sting and paralyze cicadas, take them back to the burrow and then lay an egg upon it. When the egg hatches, the larvae feed upon the cicada provided.

    Cicada killers usually do not warrant any control methods. They are actually beneficial insects that help to reduce populations of cicadas. If you feel that you must do something to manage them, you can sprinkle insecticidal dust around the opening of the burrow.

    (top) Hole created by a cicada killer. (bottom) Cicada killer.

    CICADA KILLERS

  • Copyright 2014 Peel, Inc. Twin Creeks Homeowner's Association Newsletter - September 2014 3

    TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE

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  • 4 Twin Creeks Homeowners Association Newsletter - September 2014 Copyright 2014 Peel, Inc.

    TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE

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    (Continued from Cover)

    Beth & Jerry Taliaferro, 2700-2726 Grand Oaks Loop, The Reserve

    Katherine Greaney, 2814-2908 Grand Oaks Loop & Granite Basin Ct - The Reserve

    Gena Girardeau, Danciger, The Enclave

    BLOCK CAPTAIN POSITIONS STILL NEEDED

    Weve had some turnover and now have several streets without Block Captains. Contact the Twin Creeks Neighborhood Watch Chairpersons, Brian & Shannon Tweedt, at tweedts@gmail.com to discuss volunteering.

    Block Captains for the following streets are needed:The Canyons: Copford LnThe Gardens: 2500s Farleigh LnThe Overlook: Aldworth Dr & Farrington CtThe Park: Tattler DrThe Reserve: 2900s Grand Oaks Loop, Hidden Hills Ln,

    Millstream Dr, Rocky Top, Shadow Canyon Dr, Sugar Maple Ct & The Condos.

    Please remember to pick up after your pets and

    scoop the poop

  • Copyright 2014 Peel, Inc. Twin Creeks Homeowner's Association Newsletter - September 2014 5

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  • 6 Twin Creeks Homeowners Association Newsletter - September 2014 Copyright 2014 Peel, Inc.

    TWIN CREEKS TRIBUNE

    Wear both straps The use of one strap causes one side of the body to bear the weight

    of the backpack. By using two shoulder straps, the weight of the backpack is evenly distributed.

    Wear the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles

    Pay close attention to the way the backpack is positioned on the back. It should rest evenly in the middle of the back. Shoulder straps should be adjusted to allow the child to put on and take off the backpack without difficulty and allow free movement of the arms. Straps should not be too loose, and the backpack should not extend below the low back.

    Lighten the load Keep the load at 10%-15% or less of the childs

    body weight. Carry only those items that are required for the day. Organize the contents of the backpack by placing the heaviest items closest to the back. Some students have two sets of books, so as not to have to carry the heavy books to and from school.

    Proper backpack usage While a backpack is still one of the best

    ways to tote homework, an overloaded or improperly worn backpack gets a failing grade, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Improper backpack use can cause injury, especially to children with young, growing muscles and joints.

    Injury can occur when a child, in trying to adapt to a heavy load, uses harmful postures such as arching the back, leaning forward or, if only one strap is used, leaning to one side. According to physical therapists, these postural adaptations can cause spinal compression and/or improper alignment, and may hamper the prope