Davy Crockett Festival
Saturday, Oct. 1
Ozona Town Square
Ozona, TX

National Night Out
Tuesday, Oct. 4

International Accordion Festival
Oct. 7-9
La Villita
San Antonio, TX

Fall on the Frio Festival and Cook-Off
Saturday, Oct. 8
Uvalde, TX

Moye Heritage Day
Sunday, Oct. 9
11:00 am

Moye Retreat Center
Castroville, TX

Big Bend Ride for Trails
Oct. 14-15
Big Bend Resort and Adventures
Terlingua, TX

Old Fort Day
Saturday, Oct. 15
Historic Fort Stockton
301 E. Third St.
Fort Stockton, TX

San Antonio Founders Day
Saturday, Oct. 22
10:00 am

Alamo Grounds San Antonio, TX

Monday, Oct. 31

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
October 2011 - Message from Carlos
The most damaging wildfire season in Texas history would have been far worse if not for the valiant effort of volunteer firefighters who sacrificed their time, energy and even their own personal funds to defend their communities. And as the fire risk lingers, Texans must step forward and make sure these brave firefighters have what they need to continue the job.

According to the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas, almost 19,000 wildfires have raged across Texas this year, the largest number in state history, burning some 3.6 million acres and more than 2,000 homes.

But those losses could have been much worse without the selfless effort of volunteer firefighters. About 77 percent of the association's fire service is staffed by volunteer departments, and together they saved almost 46,000 structures.

Now, those firefighters need your help. Most volunteers use personal funds for the equipment and supply needs of their departments, and it costs about $8,400 to completely outfit one firefighter. I urge residents across Senate District 19 to give to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund, a non-profit organization created to raise awareness and support for volunteer fire departments. Donation information can be obtained at www.txwildfirerelief.org or you can write a check to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund, mailed to SFFMA c/o Kelsey Coleman, P.O. Box 12275, Austin, TX 78711.

Meanwhile, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is trying to help Texans who have lost their homes and other belongings to wildfires. The Texas Extension Disaster Education Network, or Texas EDEN, at http://texashelp.tamu.edu, contains information and materials relating to specific disasters, such as the recent wildfires and information on disaster preparation and recovery.

The AgriLife Bookstore website at http://agrilifebookstore.org contains a variety of emergency and disaster-related topics, including general preparedness, first aid, home, property and financial recovery.

Texans are proud of their self-sufficiency, but we also have a long history of helping each other. Now is the time to lend a hand to those who given so much.

Semper Fi!

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Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly helps Texas boy raise awareness for newborn screening

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and 12-year-old Seth Morris are on a mission. In an effort to raise education and awareness about Expanded and Universal Newborn Screening, Seth and Jim teamed up in a campaign to achieve 1 million views of Seth's YouTube video on the importance of screening.

As an infant, Seth was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disease called PKU through the Texas Newborn Screening Program. Because of an early diagnosis, he was saved from possible mental retardation and other severe impairments through a simple diet change.

Seth’s youngest brother Greyson was also born with a rare disease, Krabbe Leukodystrophy, which took Greyson's life just six days before his first birthday. In the 2009 Texas Legislature, Sen. Uresti passed Greyson's law, which expanded the state's newborn screening program.

Like Seth, Kelly also lost a loved one to Krabbe disease — his son, Hunter. That prompted Kelly and his wife, Jill, to launch the Hunter's Hope Foundation, which is fighting to increase newborn screening standards across the country. With the foundation's help, Seth created a video to honor Greyson and raise awareness about the program.

“In just a few minutes, Seth explains why all states should test for all treatable diseases at birth,” Kelly said. “He wants to know why he got a chance to live, when his little brother didn’t. His message is powerful and we want to help him spread that message.”

To view Seth’s video and learn more about Hunter’s Hope, please visit www.huntershope.org.

Historical Commission accepting applications for restoration program

The Texas Historical Commission is accepting applications for Round VII of its Texas Historic Courthouse Preservations Program, made possible with $20 million in bond funding by the 82nd Legislature.

Counties must submit a Master Preservation Plan for preserving and maintaining their historic county courthouse. Drafts are due Oct. 3, while revised versions are due Nov. 4. The final deadline for completed applications is Dec. 1. Awards will be announced in January.

For more information go to www.thc.state.tx.us/courthouses/chthcpp.shtml

District 19 Attraction of the Month — Government Canyon State Natural Area

Located in northwestern Bexar County just outside of San Antonio, the 8,624-acre Government Canyon State Natural Area opened to the public six years ago this month. The area was purchased by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1993, in cooperation with Edwards Aquifer Authority, San Antonio Water System, the Trust for Public Land and the federal government's Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The best time to visit Government Canyon, which is part of the state's rich ranching history, is between September and February, when protected habitat areas are open to the public. All other trails are open year around, but the Protected Habitat Trails provided a visitor with a glimpse into Texas' past, when soldiers rode the trails to Fort Sam Houston.

Monthly the park puts on Haiku Hikes that allow visitors to recite their own, or hear others poetry. The sites include ancient Live Oaks rooted by the creek, draped with Spanish moss. Picnic sites are available for families and large groups.

For more information go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/

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