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Page 4B FdBUCBI(M Hays Free Press February 2, 2011 + PflOTO BY JIM CULLEN Hays CISD's employee ranks have lost another of their "40+ years" membem, as longttme district employee Rudy Martinez now joins the ranks of the retired. Rrst on his list of things to do? He plans to "get a lot of projects done around the house," something his wife Mary, another longtime district employee, will no doubt appreciate. Longtime em Martinez retires from HCISD BY JIM CULLEN Another forty-year stint as an employee of Hays CISD has come to an end as mainte- nance worker Rudy Martinez, a native of the area, retires to relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor. There hasn't been a lot of relaxing for Marfinez over the past four decades, as he began work in 1970 while he was still a senior in high school. "My first job was bus driv- ing students to Camp Gary throughout the day. Then I re- ported to Kyle Elementary as Night Custodian and repeat- ed the same schedule for 10 years," he says in looking back over how it all started. In 1980 he became an elec- trician's helper, learning that trade, and in 1990, he moved over to continue his career as a plumber's helper, the posi- tion in which he has worked ever since. Forty years - count them. Questioned on people he knew and enjoyed along the way, it is perhaps appropriate that Rudy remembers his first supervisor, recendy-deceased Morris Schmeltekopf. "And what I remember the most is that Mr. Schmeltekopf was a hard-working man and he worked right along beside us. He was teaching us everything he knew, which I feel made me a better employee to serve Hays CISD. l learned a lot of trades through his guidance." He also recalls with plea- sure coming to know the late Ted Lehman. "He was such a nice, caring person. I remem- ber taking him to a Lehman High School football game and all the students and staff were greeting him. They acknowl- edged his presence and that night he stood up with great pride. It was an honor for me to take him and his wife. I will always cherish that memory." the number of district employ- Family members associated ees. "Before, I knew everybody with the district are another on a first name basis," he says, source of pride for the new re- time. Among them he counts children and grandchildren who graduated from Hays and Lehman, wife Mgry who works at Pfluger Elementary, a sister and danghter-in-law working for the district, and his moth- er, Guadalupe Martinez, who retired from Kyle Elementary after serving 20 years with the Food Service Department. Echoing the thoughts of co-workers who've been here "more than a few years," Rudy states the obvious when he says he is "amazed" at how much the district has grown, including the new schools and recalling a simpler time not so very long ago. Rudy enjoys meeting new people and seeing students, who he first knew as elemen- tary students, graduate. "I am amazed at how some students see me outside of work and come up to me just to say hel- lo. It makes me feel good." As to his feelings on retire- ment, he admits having mixed emotions, but he knows =it's [ time to move on to something f new. We shall see what the fu- I ture holds for me, as long as ] the good Lord gives me ~md my family good health, I am a happy person." Congratulations to Kyle Juniors 161 for placing first in the Silver Division at ,the Annual MLK Tournament in San Antonio. Players are Courtney Willcox, Savanah Anderson, Cierm Mullins, Morgan Beezley, Dez'Rea Wainwright, Ana Hemandez, Emily Frazell, Clerra Dickerson, Cortney Rogers and Head Coach Charlie Tamez. " Not shown are Mikaii Myers and Iris Jimenez. If you would like information about our club program or our youth league, please contact us at 512-413-3283. Apply orlllno in minutes at tod lyl BROADWAY BANK We're here for good'. 80, FM l~oW. I ~;I2.268.2o2I I 8'53I'76~; 3'~ L~EIGHBORHOOD BANKING CEN'I~RS I I ~l~lC APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Rates effective as of 1/19/11. All terms, rates and conditions are subject to change without notice. I~ shown assumBs excellent ~oO~rt eC~l it h!sta~/a~l includes a 0.25% disc~nt for automatic payments from a Broadway Bank account. Addit~al discount available for military/customers :k or ~ ~e ~,lo~=nY requ=ramenrs: M.!nlraum auto oan amoont is $5,000. Rafinanced ~ans ron st be fn~ a~tpr financial inslJtut'.~n. We will ~ ~r ~ ~ ~ yo =goal clrcurastances, mcluomg your cred=t hzstow, 10an amount, loan term, and our =nternaf madzt cntene. All loans subject to credit approval, wr~fica0on and collateral evaluation. Other conditions may apply, z Military rata is available to any active duty or retired militaP/personnel, resan~ or national goa=rd member. v~eran ROTC or Academy cadet, their dependents a~d Department of Defense civilian and contract personnel. e PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Pajam pledge for MDA A pledge to get a full eight hours of sleep qualified Negley Elementary School students to come to school appropriateiy dressed for Pajama Day recently. The day also saw many in the Gator Club (NES Student Council) bring monetary contributions to help reach teacher Elizabeth Andrade's goal of raising $2,000 for the Feb. 26 MDA Muscle Walk in Austin. Displaying their togs and take are Gator Club members (back, left to fight) Vincent Johnson, Elektra Jordan, Kaylee Unda, Tyler Conley, Preslie Booth; (center, left to fight) Chelsea Goodson, Mackenzie Floree, Squeaky Buentlpo, Tyler Oborski, Bailee Otto, sponsor April Starnee; (front, left to fight) Nicole Pettigrsw, Gabi Perez, Carey Mueller, Seen Bordeau and Isabella Cavazos. RIOT0 BY JIM CULL~ Enjoy ~endship, avoid bullying A select group of Wallace Rangers recently got the chance to visit with leaders of Lehman High School's XY Zone membership, with Lobo sponsor Jason Diaz bringing his contingent to share the message of "Live in Peace Week." That message was all about enjoying friendship and avoiding bullying. The guys spent time getting to know one another through challenging games and ultimately got down to signing a banner pledg!ng to avoid bullying situations. Are you one of the 26.3 million people who suffer from diabetes? Are you proactive about your health and taking preventative measures? Join us for this informative seminar that will explain traditional and nontraditional approaches to treatment and prevention of diabetes, new medical and non-medical treatment options and how it can affect you. Wednesday, February 9, 2o11 6:oo p.m.- 7:oo p.m. Presented bye. Steven H. Fehrenkamp, M.D, F.A.C.E. Physician's Conference Room Ground floor, North entrance St. David's South Austin Medical Center Complimentary Dinner Provided Please RSVP to 1-888-868-2104 or (5a2) 478-3627 S+, David's I SOUTH AUSTIN ] MEDICAL CENTER + 4