Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Though the weekend started off with severe rain, thunder and lightning, the day turned into perfect golf weather. Big thanks to all the volunteers, players and sponsors who came out to benefit the American Red Cross of Central Texas!
Check out all the photos here

Thursday, April 16, 2009


From intern Sean Drobeck

I had an awesome time last night at the Broken Spoke getting Dale Watson's autograph on the guitar....Everyone there was super nice and as soon as I told them my mission they let me right in, and pointed me to Dale's wife who waited a song and then interrupted him and got him to sign the guitar during his set. He wasn't satisfied with this though and decided to tune it on the spot and play a song for everybody on it!

Dale Watson

Saturday, April 11, 2009


From Volunteer Tom Davis

The fire itself was in Building 4 of the 4-building Riverside Square complex (Blg. 4 has 10 units/floor and 3 floors). The fire started in, and spread through, the west 3/4 of the 3rd floor. Good news/bad news: the building's structure was sound (except for the totaled units on the 3rd floor), but there was water damage everywhere on the 1st and 2nd floors. They had to turn off power to the whole complex and call in an electrician to separate the power for Blg. 4 from the others before they could turn power back on for blgs. 1-3 and let their residents back in.

Building 4 was declared uninhabitable until it can be repaired or rebuilt.  Austin Fire Chief Kusey assigned an AFD team to talk to Blg. 4's residents, find out what they needed out of their apartments immediately, and go retrieve that. He said everyone would be able to go in and retrieve other belongings later today or tomorrow.

The ARCCT team set up in the office of Riverside Place. There were 11 empty units in Riverside Place, and the management put the people who had pets into them; Carol [Volunteer] said she'd open a shelter for the rest of the Blg. 4 residents who didn't have a place to go.

There were no injuries - to people or pets; only one pet (a dog) didn't make it out with her owner, and a fire fighter went in and got her out from under the bed where she was hiding. 

Riverside Fire Apartment Resident
Riverside Apartment Fire 
Tom Davis