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Burnet, Texas Burnet Bulletin Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Page 3 T i By LEW K. COHN BURNET BULLETIN MANAGING EDITOR Residents of Burnet Coun- ty who contribute to The Phoenix Center during its cur- rent capital campaign could see their girl leveraged into an even larger amount, thanks to two separate matching pledg- es by supporters of the Marble Falls-based center. Marble Falls resident Robert Ruff has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, do- nations made to the 501(c) (3) non-profit organization through Jan. 10, 2017, up to a maximum amount matched of $300,000. This includes contributions received through charitable organizations. Meanwhile, Bill and Karen Wines of Horseshoe Bay have pledged to match, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 in do- nations, provided they come from new donors who reside in Horseshoe Bay and are con- tributed by Dec. 15, 2016. Those gifts could help the Phoenix Center realize its five- year capital plan to acquire 40 or more acres of land and build a 12,000-square-foot facility to provide mental health, play, music, art and equine thera- py services to children who have experienced trauma in a six-county area. "We have always operat- ed with a waiting list, but we are currently at our physical capacity in our facility," said Lindsay Plante, president of the board of directors of the Phoenix Center. "Even if we were to hire new therapists, we would not have enough room or space for them to treat patients. "Burnet County has a high- er rate of child abuse than the state average and the center was able to provide services for 500 families last year. There are still more families that we hope to serve and that is why we are trying to build a facility which can handle all of the things we do in one place." Child abuse rates in Burnet County are 2.1 times greater than the state average. The six counties served by the Phoe- nix Center -- Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas, Llano, Mason and San Saba -- are all designat- ed Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Plante said the goal of the Phoenix Center is to raise $6.6 million over the course of five years to allow the cen- ter to relocate from its current facility at 119 Avenue G to a future site and to build an all-inclusive therapy center for trauma-informed children and their parents. Currently, the center has secured resources, which in- clude grants, corporate dona- tions, individual donations and event proceeds, which have totaled $1,427,671 and they have raised an additional $2.2 million since the launch of the capital campaign in October 2015. This includes $500,000 raised at their Blues on the Bay gala held at Horseshoe Bay in February. They anticipate a five-year total cost of $2,267,753 in expanding the center's cur- rent program offerings and $3,433,200 in one-time capital investments, which include land acquisition, a building, equipment, stables for equine therapy, camp facilities and structures, camp equipment, an aquatics play area and a ropes course. They also hope to set up a Phoenix Center Endow- ment Fund of about $850,000. Flash flood watch, hazardous The center is currently the only one within the region which weather outlook issued underPrvides all of the followinga single roof: equine BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH BURNET BULLETIN The Highland Lakes can expect more ram this week and potentially severe weather, said National Weather Service officials. The National Weather Ser- vice Austin/San Antonio issued a hazardous weather outlook on Tuesday, April 19 at ll:08 a.m. extending to Wednesday for Burnet, Llano, Williamson, Travis, Blanco and surrounding counties. A flash flood watch was also issued for the area east ofi-35 extending to 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. "A line of showers and thun- derstorms is expected to move across the area late tonight into early Wednesday. Rainfall amounts will average one to three inches for locations along and north of 1-10 with lighter amounts elsewhere," the out- look read. The stormy forecast will continue through the week, NWS officials stated. "Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expect- ed Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. Locally heavy down- pours are possible and may cause minor flooding. In ad- dition, a few strong to severe thunderstorms may produce damaging winds or hail." NWS forecasts show chanc- es of thunderstorms will hold steady at 40 percent on Wednes- day, Wednesday night, Thurs- day and Thursday night, NWS forecasts show, with daytime temperatures remaining in the Open house at fish hatchery The friends of Inks Dam In addition to supplying National Fish Hatchery host an fish, the Hatchery is also home Ol~~>hol!se:~Stllaclay,,Apri! :24 ~or., Waterfowl and: shore- from ll-a.m,-3 p.m, ~ bird obs~ation, study, and The Inks Darn National Fish Hatchery has 27 earthen ponds ranging in size from .25 acres to 1.5 acres with a total of 25 surface acres of water. The hatchery consists of 85 acres of narrow bench land along the Colorado River. The primary function of the fish hatchery produces one mil- lion channel catfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, and rainbow trout annually for stocking in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Oklahoma. photography. There is a fishing pier and a Visitor Center and a Mon- arch Way station as well at the Hatchery. During the open house visi- tors will have the chance to hike on five different trails, have pie- nics, see native plant gardens. They will also have a snake show from 1-2 p.m. The Hatchery is located at 345 Clay Young Road, Bumet. For more information call 512-793-2474. Literacy Highland Lakes Thanks our 2016 Rubber Duc~ Race Sponsors and Contributors Hill Country Commun~ : ~ Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic Foundation ~ Whitman Insurance Agency Hochheim Service of Texas First State Texas Hill Country Brother Sun BbilOe~ high 70s and nighttime lows dropping from the low 60s to upper 50s. Rain is expected to break on Friday, which will be sunny with a high of 77. Friday night should be clear with a low of 57 degrees. Saturday should be mostly sunny with a high of 76, and Saturday night should see a low of 60. Chances of showers and thunderstorm will return on Sunday, which will see spots of sun and a high of 78. Sun- day night will see a 20 percent chance of rain. The Lower Colorado River Authority repotted the follow- ing totals for rainfall over the past weekend: Marble Falls, 3.25; Spide- wood, 2.29; Bumet, 2.08; Ber- tram, 1.72; Tow, .93; Buchanan Dam, .8; Kinglsand, 1.13; Back- bone Creek at Marble Falls, .95; Round Mounta'm, 1.28; Johnson City, 1.60; Llano, 1.04. therapy, play therapy, art ther- apy, music therapy, child-par- ent relationship therapy, yoga therapy, therapeutic outdoors camp and a courthouse-acces- sible therapy dog named Ma- bel, whom the center added last year through Canine Com- panions for Independence. All of this is provided free of charge to children ages 3 through 18 who have experi- enced physical abuse, sexual abuse or trauma. There is no limit on the amount of ther- apy that can be provided to a child, either. More than four out of five children served by the center are considered low-income. "Most of these children and families either are on Medicaid or they have no in- surance and there is a gap in coverage for these types of therapies," Plante said. "There is no limit because each case is different; one child may get services three times a week and one may come once a week. Plus, six weeks of services may not be enough to help them." The center, which began operations as Camp Phoenix in 2007, was the dream realized of Sarah Garrett, LCSW, RPT, the Phoenix Center's founder and executive director. Camp Phoenix began by partnering with the Boys & Girls Club for after school programming, teaching art and yoga. In 2008, the first outdoors camp was held at Candlelight Ranch, with 24 kids in attendance. Renamed the Phoenix Center in 2009, the center be- gan offering therapy services and moved to its present lo- cation on the second floor of Liberty Hall two years later. Besides hiring additional full- time therapists, the center has partnered with the social work master's programs at Univer- sity of Texas at Austin and Texas State University in San Marcos to bring interns, which has expanded their ability to help children in need. For more information about the Phoenix Center and its capital campaign, see the center's website at www.phoe- nixcentertexas.org. CHRISTI BERTELSONIBURNET BULLETIN Man holes overflowed and some low water crossings could not be acces=sed after Monday ,ql r niqg brought ple rttitude of rain to the Bur, net County are r.,, for a better tomorrow/ HeaLth Mart.. P H A R M A C Y Bring us your expired/unused medication for safe disposal on National RX Drug Takeback Day April 30th Medication disposal programs help patients safely dispose of unused and expired medicines Get Fast Relief with our quick prescription service and our in-town FREE delivery! 608 Buchanan Drive Burnet 512-756-8550 www.lakesareahealthmart.com L