7:00 p.m. Monday, February 15th
Southwest Church of Christ
8900 Manchaca Rd.
(Rear Entrance)


Jon Thompson, engineer for the City of Austin Public Works Department and project manager of the Deer and Davis Lane improvement project, will be attending the February COVNA meeting. Mr. Thompson will bring an exhibit to show the overall project and will discuss the major construction items, project schedule, and traffic routing during construction.


Organizing a neighborhood garage sale will be on the agenda at February's meeting. The idea of a neighborhood-wide garage sale has generated much interest on the COVNA e-mail list. Come help plan an event that will help rid our garages and closets of items we no longer need.

2/17/33 - Blondie & Dagwood Marry

2/27 - Polar Bear Day

It is time to show your support for the Castlewood—Oak Valley Neighborhood Association. Click here for a printable Membership Form. According to the by-laws, dues shall be payable at or before the February meeting of each calendar year.

COVNA still has no Vice-President. If willing to serve, contact any officer listed at right. Could this be you?


Mark Tilley
Floyd Clark (temporary)
Dan Anderson
Hal Ferguson
Doug Tabony
Doug DuBois
Floyd Clark
President (280-2572)
Vice President (282-8245)
Secretary (282-1932)
Treasurer (282-0601)
Newsletter (280-4080)
ANC Delegate (292-9323)
Past President (282-8245)

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June Picnic - (TBA)
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Democratic and Republican Primaries will take place on March 2nd. Early voting extends from Tuesday, February 16th to Friday, February 26th. Offices on the ballot include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, US and state representatives, state senators, commissioners, Education Board Members, and judges. Turnout is generally lower in Primaries, especially in non-presidential election years thus your vote carries more weight.

Go to http://www.co.travis.tx.us/county_clerk/election/20100302/sample.asp for links to the Democratic and Republican sample ballots. Go to http://www.lwvaustin.org/voter/vg2010.pdf for the League of Women Voters of Austin's voter guide.

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Taken from “The Industrial Advantages of Austin, Texas, or Austin Up To Date”, 1894. I guess that half lies are better than full-blown prevarication.

“There is no State or country where the climate is preferable within the same latitude and longitude, and few where it is as equable and reliable. Away from the blighting blizzards of the northwest regions, its cyclones and tornadoes, and yet not far enough south to be scorched by the summer suns, it is no matter of surprise that the consumptively-inclined from the colder climates seek a sanitarium and find relief in Texas, and more especially in the central portions of the State; while the more robust retain the vigor that laxes into lassitude in lower latitudes, where sultry days and sweltering nights prevent the exercise and refreshing sleep enjoyed in Texas.”

Is this evidence of climate change on a local scale? How summers have changed!