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Solving Everyday Problems With New InventionsUsed Book Sale At Parman LibraryCD o you wish there was an easier way to clean your dog’s muddy paws? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get the perfect amount of butter on your popcorn?Wilderness Oak Elementary School fifth graders are solving everyday problems with their new inventions. It’s a tradition for students in Suzanne Horan’s Gifted and Talented (GT) class.Fifth grader Anahita Balakrishnan made her own Doggy Paw Wash to get those puppy paws clean before they come inside. Ivy Reed came up with a device that provides just the right amount of butter for any meal.“You put a stick of butter in there and it softens the butter and pushes it out,” said Ivy. “I could really be creative and use everyday problems in my life. Making it, you had to problem solve and figure out what you could and overcome that challenge.”Aditri Pal designed a new tool for readers. Her Bookmark Voice Recording Notetaker makes it easier to read and take notes through an app.Students showed off their inventions to family, friends and teachers at the campus STEAM Family Night. This is just the beginning for our young inventors. Several of Horan’s former GT students have gone on to patent the very inventions they dreamed up in her class.Making the world a better place #theNEISDway.TSubmitted By Corie Taylorhe Friends of Parman Library isholding their Used Book Sale onMarch 25th from 10 am- 5 pm at the Parman Library. Located at 20735 Wilderness Oak, this one-day event will not disappoint!Book selections will include hardcover and paperback copies of your favorite authors and non-fiction, including many books on military history. We also have a great selection of children’s and young adult titles. In addition, there will be plentyof DVDs and music CDs for those more into the Audio-Visual. Every item in the sale has been donated, and donations are always welcome at the Parman Library front desk.100% of our book sale proceeds go back to the Parman Library. The money helps fund all the events you and your family enjoy, like Spooky Walk, Summer Reading events, and the Storywalk. If you love books, the library, or just having your dollars go to a good cause, this is an event you don’t want to miss!ourtesy of NEISDIvy Reed*Get Your Easter Bunny PicsLooking To SellOr Buy A Home?17 Years’ ExperienceNelly Rose-REALTOR®THE NELLY ROSE GROUPRE/MAX North-San Antonio 21720 Hardy Oak Blvd., SA, TX 78258Habla Españolwww.homesbynelly.comAnahita BalakrishnanG et Your Easter Bunny Pics with the kids on Friday April 7th from 12pm-4pm (weather permitting) at Nothing Bundt Cakes at 700 E. Sonterra. If you have any new or gently loved stuffedanimals, bring them for the kids at CASA and get a chance to win a large Easter Nothing Bundt Cake. Contact Betsy Dippo at (210) 771-7729 with questions.HOAs - continued from page 7and an HOA. Research shows that badHOAs usually have common antagonisms: 1. Although they offer amenities and benefits, HOAs charge mandatory dues ranging from $70 to $1,000 depending on location and services. Some HOAs also include mandatory lawn and landscape services, costing $1,000s more per year. This added cost can become a burden for homeownership.2. High turnover of HOA managers can negatively affect maintenance operations.3. HOAs frequently control what you can do on your property from how high your grass can grow to the color of paint on your house.4. Some HOAs don’t communicate well with homeowners which can affect trust. 5. Rules, rules, rules. HOAs enforce common rules that frequently arise from homeowner complaints about another homeowner; thereby pitting neighbor against neighbor.6. According to real estate firm Orchard. com “seventeen percent of HOA residentssay restrictions on exterior home improvements are the worst aspect of living in a community association.”7. Some HOAs do not vet their vendors well and poor-quality maintenance is the result. Quality vendor selection is important to the appearance and operation of an HOA. 8. HOA boards are made up of volunteer residents. They are human; without proper leadership and guidance they can make mistakes, misspend money, and abuse power. Again, according to,HOAs - continued on page 1410www.stoneoakhighlights.comMarch 2023I can help! Call Today.210-693-3105

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