Connection Campaign A new effort begins this month to encourage
more GWW residents to become part of our neighborhood email group.
There are at least two very good reasons to join the group. In the
event of an emergency or important event relating to our entire neighborhood,
news can be sent out to everyone on the email list. Also as the Landscape
Committee continues to work on a plan for the beautification of our
common areas around the pool, pavilion and mail station, they are hoping
to keep as many residents as possible informed regarding their progress
in the realization of this plan. Notices of what’s being planted
and when will be posted to the email group.
The editor of the newsletter and the administrator are the only people who
have access to the neighborhood email list. Recipients receive an electronic
version of the newsletter bimonthly, and occasional messages of importance
in the interim, once or twice per month. All residents are warmly encouraged
to join the group by contacting the editor at 894-0903 or email@example.com. •Editor
History: The Salt Lick
According to the Austin-American Statesman, “The only likely reason T-shirts
bearing the Driftwood name are spotted around the world” is the Salt
Lick barbecue restaurant perched above Onion Creek. It was founded in 1969
by Thurman and Hisako Roberts.
Both Thurman Roberts’ paternal and maternal grandparents settled in the
Driftwood area in the 1880s. His grandfather, born in Georgia, moved to Texas
at the age of three. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 and remained
until the end of the Civil War. Thurman also took up arms, joining the US Navy
during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii where he met his wife, Hisako
Tsuchiyama, a native-born Hawaiian and graduate of UCLA. When they married
in 1946, Thurman was a bridge contractor in Marshall, Texas. The pair decided
to make their home back in the Driftwood area, so, in 1956, bought the adjoining
Crumley and Whisenant properties, next to Thurman’s parents’ home
place. Soon after they moved in, Hisako remembers, there were two disastrous
floods with the raging waters of Onion Creek completely covering the bridge
and reaching almost to the Roberts’ ranch house just past the present-day
Ten years later, Thurman decided to quit “bridging” and turned
his hand to farming, his first enterprise being pecan shelling. Thurman and
Hisako always enjoyed cooking, so during the 1960s, they were hosts for the
Hays County Sons of the Confederacy annual barbecue. Before long, they were
catering parties and reunions. The meat was cooked to perfection over an outdoor
pit, using recipes handed down from earlier generations. The Roberts soon built
a summer camp-style dining hall on the ranch across the road from Camp Ben
McCulloch. As word spread about the succulent meat emerging from the new pit,
passers-by stopped, asking for barbecue. The Salt Lick became a full-time proposition.
Thurman and Hisako Roberts had two sons, Thurman Lee and Scott. In 1968, they
decided to build a larger colonial-style home to the east of the restaurant,
just above flood level. Thurman Lee was about to enter his second year at UT
Austin when he was killed in an accident. The new home did not have the same
appeal after the tragedy, so has never been occupied. It served as storage
for the restaurant until 2004 when it was renovated. It is now used for catered
parties in a more upscale setting.
Scott graduated from UT and married Susie Goff. They took over the operation
of the Salt Lick in 1988 after his father died. The sprightly Hisako, now in
her late eighties, but looking decades younger, is still very much involved.
The Salt Lick is an example of a restaurant that has survived because it has
retained its original ambience, yet adapted with the times. It is without a
doubt the most authentic barbecue restaurant in central Texas, still cooking
its meat over an open-pit. In the 1990s, Scott Thurman began to expand the
business, with the construction of The Pavilion on the other side of Onion
Creek. It is an extremely popular place for weddings, and celebrations of all
kinds, including the Texas Wine and Food Festival’s Sunday Fayre in April.
When the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was opened, the City of Austin
invited restaurants representative of the local area to cater to the flying
public. The Salt Lick was one. Scott Thurman has also opened Salt Lick 360
in the Davenport Village on North Capital of Texas Highway. In spite of an
expanded menu and a bar, the tried and true barbecue items from the parent
restaurant are the favorites.
When entertaining out-of-town guests, the original Salt Lick is always the
chosen venue. The rustic setting exemplifies down-home Central Texas, with
the rich smoky smell of meat wafting through the live oaks and pecans, as a
country singer twangs his guitar.•©2005
J. Marie Bassett
Recycling Station The Hays County
Citizens Collection Station is at the corner of FM 150 and Darden Hill
Road (CR 162), less than ten minutes away, and on one of the primary
routes to Dripping Springs from our subdivision. The station is open
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 12:30 pm
and 1:30 pm to 5 pm.
For residents who do not use a curbside recycle service, this is a great, no
cost way to keep recyclable materials out of landfills. The station accepts
newspaper, cardboard, magazines, plastic bottles with necks (HDPE #2, pete
#1/colored and natural/milk, water, soda and detergent), tin cans, and aluminum
cans. Glass is not accepted at this time. However, the station does also accept
used motor oil, used oil filters, and used anti-freeze for environmentally
To recycle paper at the station: newspaper, magazines, computer printouts,
white and colored paper, notebook paper, file folders, fax paper, junk mail,
white page paperbacks and other similar materials should be placed in brown
paper sacks, not loose. Please, no plastic bags or string.
Corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened and no larger than three feet
Aluminum and tin cans (can be in same container) should be rinsed out and flattened
(although flattening is not necessary). Plastic bottles (see description above)
can also be in the same container. One easy way to transport these materials
is to collect them in a large trash bag, empty the recyclables at the station,
then save the bag for use the next time.
Used motor oil accepted only if it is not mixed with water, gasoline or other
To dispose of used oil filters, punch a hole in the top and drain for a minimum
of 24 hours. Take out of box, plastic, or other packaging.
Please note that the station is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays. •Editor
Predator Wasps It’s time once again
to think about protecting your trees against attack from the Oak Leaf Roller
next year. Predator Trichogramma wasps, which are unnoticeable to humans (they
are the size of a pencil point) but deadly for the moth larvae, can be obtained
by mail from a Texas supplier named Biofac, Inc (800.233.4914) or visit their
website at biofac.com. The Natural Gardener
no longer stocks a supply of these wasps. The wasp larvae come encased in paper
sheets which can be divided into smaller sections and placed around the area
to be protected. These beneficial wasps will keep the leaf-eating caterpillars
from damaging our oak trees this spring. Also, take care of your mockingbirds,
which are natural enemies of the leaf rollers as well.
Texas Master Naturalist The Texas Master
Naturalist Program seeks to enhance a love of nature and foster good land management
practices with research-based, scientific knowledge taught in a non-technical
series of lectures and exercises. Participants will receive in-depth training
in wildlife and natural resource management taught by recognized experts in
the field. The training is customized to focus on the native ecosystem of Hays
County with opportunity for advanced training in specialized subjects that
interest the individual participant. Each participant who completes the specified
requirements will become a “Certified Texas Master Naturalist”.
Lectures will be held on Tuesdays from February through November. The first
class will be February 8th at the Hays County Extension Office in San Marcos.
Other class meetings are scheduled as follows: Feb. 22, Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Apr.
12, May 10, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept.13, Oct. 11, and Nov. 1 with a graduation
on Nov. 8. Classes begin with dinner at 6:00 pm and continue until 9-9:30 pm
To receive a state certificate as a “Certified Texas Master Naturalist”,
a participant must finish the lecture series, complete 40 hours of volunteer
service, and attend eight hours of advanced training. The total cost for the
program is $120.00 which may be paid in increments of $10.00 a meeting. All
the monies are returned to you in supplies, field trips and the cost of meals.
For further information please contact Tom Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org. •Tom
Board of Trustees News
Pool Replastering The BOT and the
neighborhood administrator have selected a contractor for replastering
the inside surfaces of the pool, and also to repair the pool light
and make other minor changes as necessary for neighborhood safety.
Work will be scheduled to be completed before swimming season begins.
Lighting Repair The lighting at our
joint neighborhood entrance is in urgent need of repair. In the heavy flooding
this fall half of the lighting wiring was ripped apart in a junction on
the northeast corner of the bridge. This connection box MUST be fixed.
Wires are exposed in the area where the water comes cascading across the
road on the 1826 side of the bridge. A waterproof concrete utility box
needs to be poured, and the box needs to be rewired. Rob Baxman, president
of the GW POA, has kindly maintained this area electrically for free within
the limits of his knowledge, but he reports that this is beyond him.
We are in great need of anyone who has the expertise to address this issue,
either on a volunteer basis, or at a reduced rate, if possible. Please respond
to our neighborhood administrator, Vanessa Kolar, at 894-0650 if you are able
and willing to help/advise us on this important matter.
News from the APC
The next two meetings of the Architectural and Protective Committee will be
on January 18 and February 15 at 7:00 pm at the GWW pavilion. Meetings are
open to all property owners.
Holiday Yard Recognition The winners of
the most beautiful holiday yard contest this winter were Ron and Linda McGuire,
8207 Lone Deer Run. Jerry and Rita Stanley, 16205 Westview Trail, received
honorable mention. Congratulations to these neighbors and thanks for adding
to the excitement of the holidays in GWW.
News from the GWW Water Board
A budget for 2005 was approved at the meeting held on January 12th. The cost
for water is broken into two components: fixed expenses and variable expenses.
Fixed expenses are those expenses that we have no matter how much water we
use. Examples are the cost of the operator (Eco Resources), debt repayment,
property tax, mowing, lab expenses, etc. Variable costs are items such as repairs
and maintenance to the system. For 2005, the fixed cost will be $35.50 and
the variable cost will be $4.00 per thousand. A 5000 gallon user’s cost
will be $55.50. A 10,000 gallon user’s cost will be $75.50. A 20,000
gallon user’s cost will be $115.50. A breakdown of the various expenses
will be in the next water bill.
Additionally, officers were elected: Jay Kolar, President; Terry Dunk, Vice
President; David Crouchet, Secretary-Treasurer.
Finally, the annual meeting will be held in April. There will be two board
vacancies to fill. The Water Board will begin taking nominations for the board
sixty days prior to the meeting. This nomination period will last for thirty
days. After the nominating period is over, the proxy / ballot will be sent
to the membership. The proxy / ballot can be returned prior to or submitted
at the annual meeting.
The next meeting of the GWW Water Board will take place on February 16 at 16218
Crystal Hill Drive.
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors®Audrey
Goldenwood West resident for seven years, specializing in Northern Hays County.