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+ Buda Chamber, hoteliers meet to discuss growth. - Page 1D January 11,2017 Page 1C In 1940, J.D. Scott was hired away from a water company in Dripping Springs to run the waterworks for the city of Kyle. "He was not only the water person, he more or less was Kyle's only employee" at that time, said Wynette "Tutta" Barton, a long-time Kyle resident. Scott was key in developing a good portion of the downtown area, turn- ing what used to be farmland in to what is known as the Scott subdivision along Scott Street. But another legacy Scott left behind was the water fountain that stands before the Old Kyle City Hall. "He took it on his own ac- cord, and probably his own expense, to build that round pool in front of city hall," said Barton. When Mr. Scott became too old to care for fountain and retired from the city, the fountain no longer flowed, but was usually filled with a flower bed or the Kyle Christmas tree during the holidays. But the Kyle City Council recently approved resurrecting the fountain and bringing it back as a water feature to enhance the City Square Park. Last week, during freezing temperatures, icicles formed on the foun- tain creating a spectacular sculpture. (Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Mr. City Montage by Pauline Tom Let's finish out 2016 by spotlight, ing some special volunteers whose efforts made a memory for about 60 who enjoyed Tour delights, the party in mid-December for Mountain City's children and grandchildren. Cody Taylor filled Lov- ing Mountain City's Santa suit. Brian Porter field and The Pucketts tended to the full set of "tour" details - obtaining hay, decorating trailers, driv- ing through the lights. Yummies were baked by Karen Davis, Deanna Solis, Janet Holt Pat- terson, Veflenne Mon- roe, Ramona Brown, Frederieke Risner-Duij- sens and Crystal Dixon. Ron Tom lent a helping hand. All this was coordi- nated by the project's "lead," Patricia Porter- field, who oversees Lov- ing Mountain City along- side Penny Moulder. I take "lead" on Christ- mas decor. Penny sent word, "Patricia and Pauline did such a FABULOUS job leading their respective projects. THANKYOU to both so very much for their help and the help of those that they recruited (husbands, neighbors, relatives, etc). Events like these don't happen unless our com- munity gets together and makes it happen. It seems every year it is a handful of people that we can count on and we are soooo lucky (LMC) to have them both." MONTAGE, BY SAMANTHA SMITH Later this month, Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle will be ground zero for an area-wide, one day event that offers free medical care for children and adults of all ages. Seton Hays will host the annual Medical Mission at Home event, which will be held Jan. 28, said Dr. Fausto Meza, an internist and vice president of medical affairs at Seton Hays. The event is free and open to all Hays County residents of all ages. Additionally, no health insurance is required. Meza said the "basic medical care for children and adults" will be available on a "first-come first-served basis" until the end of the event. This year's event will mark the third Medical Mission at Home, with the most recent held in Hutto in June 2016. At that event, health care providers across all departments donated their time to the members of the community who may not have regular access to quality healthcare. According to Seton's website, the event is a medical mission. "By joining with area community partners and businesses to host a local medical mission, Seton hopes to meet people where they are for a day of health and healing," according to the Seton website. Although the event only lasts one day, Meza said that Seton encourages all Hays County residents who need basic medical services to attend. The event will also shuttle patrons from two elementary schools to the event. The event will feature doctors and services from across the medical spectrum. Those include prescription services, vision screening for children, dental care, behavioral health, spiritual care, foot care and lab e PHOTOS COURTESY OF SETON HAYS Volunteers and eventgoers look at options at the 2016 Medical Mission at Home in Hutto. The 2017 event will be held at Seton Hays Jan. 28. services. The event is "about more than one day of care," since the hospital doctors and staff stand by with local resources for people to use to find follow up care for any medical issues they may have, Meza said. While he added there is only so much they can do in one day, he hopes the additional resources help connect people who are struggling with health insurance to get access to the proper healthcare. "Connecting them (people) to the healthcare system is MEDICAL MISSION, 2C ~L : Ask Amanda by Amanda Moon I or years now, the first thing my husband and I do when we move to a new location is put up a greenhouse. Actually, for the last two homes one of the main criteria when house-hunting was where a greenhouse could be placed. For me this structure is not a luxury, but a necessity for many reasons from getting a jump on spring veggies to housing my collection of cacti that need protection from our occasional rain events. Greenhouses don't have to be fancy. You can frame out a small one using cedar (what I have now), buy a kit or just borrow a pipe bender and create your own hoops GREENHOUSES, 2C ThisWeek in Texas History by Bartee Haile On Jan. 13, 1903, the day he began his third term in the Texas House of Repre- sentatives, Pat Neff was elected Speaker making him at age 31 the young- est in the history of the Lone Star legislature. Two years later, the rising star caught every- body by surprise with the announcement that he would not seek another term. The burned-out pol- itician went home to Waco and back to his original calling, the practice of law. In a matter of months, Neff's many admirers practically drafted him for McLennan County at- torney. At first, he wanted no part of it but in time warmed to the idea. Over the next six years, he tried 422 cases and won con- victions in all but 16 for an impressive 96 percent success rate. Putting his Prohibitionist principles into practice, he was the first prosecutor in the state of Texas to send a bootlegger to prison. After more than a de- cade of self-imposed po- litical exile, Neff suddenly decided in 1919 to run for governor. If the incum- bent had loved politics as much as his newspaper business, the challenger would not have stood a snowball's chance. But William E Hobby bowed out, and Joseph Weldon Bailey, the former U.S. Senator who seven years earlier had resigned in disgrace over a corruption scandal, took his place as the odds-on favorite. Neff started his uphill campaign with little sup- HISTORY, 3C i 11 i t ] I