Monthly Archives: November 2013

Fundraiser to Support Local Father

Jason Fundraiser Flyer

Jason Spencer and his family [including yours truly] will hold a fundraising event this Saturday, beginning at 2 PM, to raise funds to help him deal with the legal expenses associated with his fight to defend his rights as a father and to ensure that his daughter, Kaliska, will continue to be able to call Coupland her home.

There will be a silent auction and a raffle. Attendees can buy barbecue plates and drinks and listen to live music.

Many Couplanders are familiar with the situation but for those who don’t know, Jason was a stay-at-home dad, a choice made by both parents, and was Kaliska’s primary caregiver for the first 2 years and 3 months of his daughter’s life.

Early in 2012, the family moved from San Marcos to Coupland to establish a multi-generational, rural homestead that was close to job opportunities for Kaliska’s mother, who was teaching in Round Rock at the time.

Jason is an award-winning artist and a graduate of the Texas State School of Art. He specializes in jewelry and unique, small metal sculptures but he also does a variety of paintings and drawings. He will be selling some of his works as well as items donated by friends and fellow artists. You can see some of Jason’s work on his Facebook page: Jason Spencer

Jason is also a musician who plays the upright bass along with its electric cousin. A few of his musician friends will be here to entertain attendees. Jason’s love of art and music are combined in his latest piece, seen below.

The Bassmobile, bronze on wood.

The Bassmobile: bronze on wood.

He had planned to establish a full workshop so he could beginning producing new pieces and promote his products but Mom left a year ago this month, about 6 months after the move, and took Kaliska with her. Plans had be put on hold to deal with the changed situation. Jason now works at Omega Bronze Art Foundry in Smithville. He also works from time to time with Wells Mason, of Ironwood Industries, right here in Coupland. In fact, a few of his pieces will be included in an art show taking place the night before at the Wells Mason Gallery as part of the East Austin Studio Tour. Reception starts at 7 PM.

Jason wanted to avoid a legal fight but the alternative was to be relegated to the status of an occasional father. For the past year, Mom and Dad have had more 0r less equal time with Kaliska, thanks to a temporary court order. Kaliska loves her home in Coupland and has many friends, both young and old. She helps with the chickens and the garden and wants to learn how to ride horses. At three years old, she will have to wait a while but she is already talking about how Daddy will have a big horse and she will have a small horse and they will go to the bank for a lollipop, and then to the Post Office, and then to visit her friend Sophia-Rae.

Jason would like to make that dream come true. You can help him do that and have fun at the same time!



Animal Shelter – Black is Beautiful, Baby!

Regional Animal Shelter promotes black dogs and cats through

special adoption promotion during month of November 

Supported by Best Friends Animal Society®

November 4, 2013 (Williamson County, TX) — Anyone who has ever shared their life with a black cat or dog has personal stories about what wonderful pets they can be. And yet, even though they’re gorgeous, charming and as devoted as any other pet, dogs and cats in black often wait longer for homes than their lighter colored pals.

For the third year in a row, national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society® will support more than 175 local animal rescue groups and municipal shelters across the country including the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) in showcasing beautiful black cats and dogs.

A Black Cat Lying On A Black Dog

Can you spot the cat?

From November 1 through 30, WCRAS will hold a “Back in Black,” promotion and offer special reduced adoption fees on all adorable, adoptable black dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

“All of us in animal rescue know this is true, that black cats and black dogs routinely get overlooked by potential adopters,” said Cheryl Schneider, WCRAS director.  “And yet, famous leaders favored black pets. For instance during World War II, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a black dog and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a black cat. Both pets actually sat in on strategic meetings.

Was it something I said?

Was it something I said?

Then there are the positive legends, such as the Gurt Dog of Somerset, England who protected children, and the tale of fishermen’s wives who kept black cats because they believed they protected their husbands at sea.

“Come meet our black dogs and cats and create a legend of your own,” said Schneider.

Last year through the Back in Black nation-wide adoption event, more than 1,250 pets found homes nationwide.

And the participating groups saw how the Back in Black promotion really helped animals go home.

You want to adopt me. You can't wait to adopt me. You love black cats.

You want to adopt me. You can’t wait to adopt me. You love black cats.

Judy Haywood of HSMC (Humane Society of McCormick County, S.C.) said, “The Back in Black promotion reminded us that some dogs and cats need to be shown in a different way in order for people to appreciate all that they have to offer.”

Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas provided the following feedback: “The event really worked without much effort. We just so happened to have several litters of all black kittens at the time which was very timely. Event was great success for us and we will look forward to Back in Black 3.”

Back in Black is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s mission to stop the killing of animals in the nation’s animal shelters. Every day, approximately 9,000 pets are killed because they don’t have a home. Best Friends and the No More Homeless Pets® Network Partners’ commitment is summed up in Best Friends’ new call to action: “Save Them All™.”

WCRAS is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets® Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society that offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.


Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to around 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All™.

About Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter:

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is a collaborative effort between Williamson County and the cities of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, and Hutto. It provides a safe environment for the lost, abandoned, and homeless animals of these jurisdictions and places them in good homes whenever possible. Its vision is to save every healthy and behaviorally sound companion animal and to save all dogs and cats that can be medically treated and behaviorally rehabilitated and do not pose a public health and safety risk.

1855 SE Inner Loop

Georgetown, Texas 78626

(512) 943-3322

Open 7 days a week from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Coupland Water Supply Corporation Deadline for Ballots Clarified

Submitted by Jim Huntington:

We scheduled a count of ballots predicated on our mistake in thinking we had set Oct 31st as the deadline for posting, when in reality, it says Nov 30th postmark deadline. We will conduct the CWSC meeting but ballots will NOT be counted till Dec, when we will conduct another meeting to count ballots.


Missing Kitty


This cat was found by David and Mary Havens a couple months back. No one claimed her so they adopted her. They took her to the vet for a check up and vaccinations. The cat’s name is Star. She disappeared on Halloween night.

There is a similar looking tomcat on the north side of Coupland but he is larger and a bit ragged looking.

If you have seen this sweet kitty, please send a message to {This email is obscured. Your must have javascript enabled to see it} and I will put you in touch with the Havens.


This Week at St. Peter’s Church of Coupland – The Power of Praise

Submitted by Pastor Frank Dietz:

As the bell summons on Sunday, we’ll be an “Alleluia/Hallelujah Affair” in process! The service will be focused on Psalm 145. It is one of the larger collection in the historic Psalter of the Hallel Psalms……great and deep expressions of praise. These particular Psalms probably comprised a liturgical series of special hymns. Power. Hope. Joy. The wellspring of great spiritual life resources!


Join us and multiply the joy!


  • Haggai 1:15B–2:9
  • Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
  • Luke 20:27-38