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+ ROAD WORRIES Kyle road detours affect businesses - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com January 20, 2016 Page 1C 2016 tomato crop Ask Chris by Chris Winslow This is a good time to start planning for your tomato crop this spring, and hopefully the five helpful hints below will get readers on the path to a successful tomato harvest. Plant early: Large fruited varieties need to set early before our 95 degree days and 75 degree nights become the average. Although cherry tomatoes can set fruit in these conditions, the larger fruited varieties will fail. (The flowers fail off.) One of the most successful tomato growers in the Buda- Manchaca area is Sam Lemming. He sets his transplants out within the first two weeks of February. Most folks would say this is too early and that you should wait till the last freeze and frost dates. By planting early and providing protection from frost and freezes, Sam gets his tomatoes to set before the heat arrives. Choose good varieties: Determinate varieties grow and bloom over a short period of time which translates to a large crop before summer. Most of these varieties can be replanted in July for a fail harvest. My favorites are the Rodeo series. New varieties are triaied and a winner is released at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo each year. This year's Rodeo winner is called Red Deuce This determinate tomato (72 days) produces large (10 oz.) fruit with a promise of large yields of smooth, deep red, rich tasting tomatoes. Red Deuce is resistant to a whole range of diseases, including to Verticillium wilt, Fusarium wilt (races 1 and 2), grey leaf spot, Tobacco mosaic virus, stemphylium, and aitemaria stem canker. Some of our past Rodeo tomatoes, such as BHN444, BHN602, Tigress, Tycoon, Valley cat, and Bobcat, have incredibly successful track records. If you asked Sam, he would tell you that Celebrity tomato was his first choice. Location: Full sun and drainage from standing water is a must. Tomatoes need 6 to 7 hours of direct sun to thrive. Soil preparation: Our senior farmer Dwight advises all gardeners to use plenty of compost. You can use manure and vegetable or a mixture of the two. If you add expanded shale and decomposed granite, this will help with drainage and aeration, especially when dealing with heavy clay soils. A handful of caicium-rich dolomite lime at planting time will cure blossom end rot before it starts. Add some organic fertilizer: We recommend ASK CHRIS, 2C PHOTO SUBMITFED BY GEORGIA DEGITZ Cocoa, a male cockapoo with silverish brown hair, was re- ported stolen Jan. 8 near the Cracker Barrel in Buda. He is 22 pounds, 15 inches tall and has hair cut like a mini schnau- zer. Georgia and Larry Degitz, of Missouri, said they found the door handle of their F-350 truck broken and their beloved dog Cocoa gone. The couple reported the incident to au- thorities and local shelters but are still looking for him. BY PAIGE LAMBERT "He was a part of our Hays Free Press Reporter family." The couple parked Losing a pet is never their red F-250 truck easy, whether it is a and trailer at the Buda bottomed up goldfish Cracker Barrel for a or a furry friend that late lunch. When they has strayed off. returned to their truck, But when man's best the door handle was friend is stolen, the broken and Cocoa was tragedy hits an all time gone. high. "These kind of Georgia and Larry things don't happen Degitz of Missouri in Missouri," she said. know the extent of such "Maybe they needed tragedy all too well. the money." The couple stopped Incidences of dogs in Buda earlier this being stolen has month on their way happened in the area to winter in Corpus before. On Jan. 6, the Christi. They believe Hays Free Press reported their dog was stolen two dogs stolen in Kyle. during the short visit. The dogs, both pitbull It was their fifth mixes, helped Pierre wintering trip with Blanchard monitor his Cocoa, a male Type-1 diabetes and Cockapoo with silverish fluctuating blood sugar. brown hair. Blanchard has been "He's a lap dog and hospitalized several went everywhere we went," Georgia said. STOLEN DOG, 4C Local author publishes book on Kyle's past BY PAIGE LAMBERT Hays Free Press Reporter People say pursuing an education opens doors and leads to the student learning more about themselves. For one former Kyle resident, her education led to native and new residents learning more about their growing home. "Images of America: Kyle" was written by Betty Harrison, who now lives near Dallas. Harrison will hold book signings on Jan. 23, Jan. 29 and Jan. 30. The book consists of 200 pictures of Kyle before 1967 and collected short histories. The project began well before she thought of compiling a book. Harrison, a retired Hays CISD teacher, wrote her Ph.D. thesis in xxxx about the local public school history before it became Hays CISD. "I wanted to share what I had in my disser- tation," Harrison said. '~knd there really aren't a lot of ways to do that." Fast forward to Octo- ber 2014 when Arcadia Publishing contacted the Hays County Histor- ical Commission about adding Kyle to its list of small town books. The commission immediate- ly contacted Harrison, she said, even though she couldn't start the project until 2015. "Collecting the photos was key and the biggest challenge," Harrison said. "By the end I was scrambling for photos." She already had 30 photos and knew of two other historical books to pull research from. Harrison struck Texas gold weeks later when she learned the book's photos were recently given to the historical commission. Word spread about the photo hunt and friends of friends began providing Harrison with information, "Working with friends and seeing them work together was the best part," she said. "It was fun to see them relive experiences." She said she was glad to capture Kyle's first time period when she COURTESY PHOTO Betty Harrison, with the help of the Hays County Historical Commission, has literally writ- ten the book on Kyle. Her book, "Images of America: Kyle" was published in 2015. 'Tm sure Kyle historians will look through and wonder why certain things weren't there ... (the district merge) seemed to be a pivotal point in the community and we just had to work with what was available." -Betty Harrison, local author could, since many of the founding people may be gone soon. "It was a little sad because Bob Barton and Moe Johnson knew and did so much," Harrison said. "But we no longer have them to turn to." The founding fathers' legacy and resources lived on, however, and she compiled the con- tent in the nick of time. The book spans the very beginning of Kyle to 1967, when the Buda and Kyle school districts merged into what is now Hays CISD. "I'm sure Kyle histo- rians will look through and wonder why certain things weren't there," she said. "That (the dis- trict merge) seemed to be a pivotal point in the community and we just had to work with what was available." Harrison said the cover, a sign saying don't leave cows on the fire department lawn, matches the areas rapid growth and inner conflict. "There's always been the question of, is it country or is it town?" she said. "That's been the dilemma in a nut- shell." The book will be available in many ways online and at the Hays County Historical Com- mission. Harrison said she hopes new and old residents take a peek into the past. "You can just look at the growth and see they don't have a sense of what was going on in the past," she said. "This one is more for the general public and hopefully it inspires someone to expand on it." 8117199- 1/12/16 Mt. Cny Montage by Pauline Tom "ark! Below! The first BoD story!! . These stories will periodically appear to share some of the goings-on at the Tom Home - and to serve as a reminder that every household has tidbits. BoD? He's our recently adopted 18 month-or-so dachshund. The story's title? "Caught the First Time". Ron and I arrived home from a gathering at the Polks' the firstWednesday we belonged to BoD. BoD was missing. We had put him into the fenced- in area without realizing the gate was open. BoD had run off. "Oh nooo," we thought. We called and called and this long little doggie who has our heartstrings didn't appear. Ron eventually walked around the comer in our backyard - and there, under the oak tree, was BoD. He was sitting inside the live trap I set up for feral cats!!! BoD had gone about 200 of his little steps and was caught- the first time he ran off. BoD's only consequence (besides cold feet) was the probability of a tummy ache. The trap was baited with old chicken scraps. May 3, 2001 Some white a few inches off the ground broke through the darkness as I strained to determine what BoD saw. 'N goose! BoD's barking at a goose on the ground in the middle of the night!" No such luck. When the light of Ron's flashlight struck the object, I shrieked! 'N skunk!" After midnight last Thursday night, we were shouting in the backyard. "Leave it! .... Stop!" "Stay!" "No!" ... We went on & on, our voices surely carrying throughout Mountain City with the string of obedience class commands. "Sit! .... Beg!" We even offered, "Treat!". All to no avail Over and over. BoD chased the skunk. Then they faced one another BoD barked and the skunk lifted his taft. The skunk ran at BoD. Ron tried to get close enough to grab BoD without getting sprayed. BoD dodged Ron and went after the skunk. Over and over and over. The stench in the air became more and more pungent. Ron was sprayed, but not by the skunk When I pulled out the water hose and sprayed hoping to divert BoD ... the spray hit Ron. More hollering pierced the night. Some neighbors would know for sure how long this continued. I think surely thirty minutes. Eventually BoD tired a bit and Ron grabbed him. The last time I saw Ron hold his arms out to me at full length with a squiggly little stinker was when our girls were in diapers. With "I'll do the recipe and be right back!" and Ron urging me, HURRY], I ran to the bathroom and tore open the medicine cabinet. There in large MONTAGE, 2C +