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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press • February 17, 2010 Save the rhinos Eight-year-old Buda resident Jax Bittner is a young kid with a big cause. Two years ago, Jax's parents helped him start a website to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos and raise money to help protect the critically endan- gered species. In recognition of his work, the Hous- ton Zoo and the International Rhino Foundation recently invited Jax to ap- pear on a talk show, Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan. And last month, the executive director of the International Rhino Foundation, Susie Ellis, pre- sented Jax with a special plaque at their Rhino lecture at the Houston Zoo, commending him for his outstand- ing work heping their organization. From left to right are (back row) Rob Bittner, Jackie Bitt- ner, Debra Duncan and (front row) Jade Bittner, Jax Bittner. Jax's website is www.rhino-jax.com COURTESY PHOTO '1, Sniper', a Clancyesque mystery " am a fan of Stephen Hunt- er novels, particularly the , ones featuring Bob Lee Swagger. This character is a highly-decorated Marine who served multiple tours in Viet Nam and was acknowledged to be one of the best snipers of all time. When Bob Lee left the Marines, he settled down in his hometown in Arkansas. In L Sniper, Bob Lee is once again called on by his friend, Nick Memphis at the FBI, to help solve a crime. Several prominent people from the Viet Nam protest era have been shot, and all fingers point to Carl Hitchcock, a highly decorated Marine with the second-most sniper kills. L CHECK IT JOIN US * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Nick, the FBI deputy director, calls on Bob Lee for a sniper's opinion. Bob Lee thinks foul play is involved and begins the search for an answer. During his investigation, Bob Lee comes in contact with billionaire Tom Constable, who has developed a state- of-the-art sniper scope. He also encounters Constable's bodyguards, who are, in fact, mercenaries. If you are a fan of Hunter and his books about Bob Lee and his father Earl, you will remember they were filled with action and intrigue, with the emphasis on action. I found L Sniper to be slow and ponderous, going into great detail about scopes, rifles and ammunition. I almost felt like I was reading a Tom Clancy novel. The action d.oes not pick up until the last third of the book, when it looks like Bob Lee is trapped in a corner with no escape. Bob Lee is aided by Chuck McKenzie, the all-time sniper kill leader. As everything was happen- ing, Tom Constable exerted his influence and power in an effort to destroy Nick Mem- phis' career. Nick's fate lay in the hands of Bob Lee and the success or failure of his mission. During the book, a lot is revealed about Wash- ington insiders and influence peddling. At one point in the book, Bob Lee is faced with the dilemma of walking away and returning to his ranch and family or staying the course and protecting his friend. Bob Lee decided, on the advice of his wife, to do what he does best--hunt. Bob Straub is a frequent patron of the Kyle Community Library. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 * Geary Jones speaking, 7 p.m., A Fountain of Life, Tom Green Elem. School, 1301 Old Goforth Rd. GUESTS & PRESENTATIONS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 • Sacred Heart Men's Club Annual Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., Santa Cruz BULLETIN BOARD Church, $7 plate • Author Francine Prose, 7:30 p.m., Katherine Anne Porter House, Kyle (Free and open to the public) SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 • Buda/Kyle Empty Bowls dinner to support Hays County Food Bank, 4-6 p.m., Case Aide Restaurant, Main St., Buda. Cost, $15. Siilent auction, music by Hilary Kautf'nan-Smith SATURDAY, FEBRUA, RY 27 • Winterfest, 11a.m.- 4p.m., Buda Elementary, upper campus • Kyle Chamber of Commerce I "Gala on the Green" Plum Creek Golf Clubhouse ONGOING • Free tax assistance offered ev- ery Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., thru April 10, Kyle Library. Call the library for appointment. SENIOR BULLETINS The Hays Free Press is dedicating a special section of the Bulletin Board to Senior Citizens. If you have any organizations or events for this section, please email to news@haysfreepress.com or San- dra@haysfmepress.com or mail to The Free Press, R O. Box 339, Buda, 78610. Parking will be limited around the station. Additional parking will be available around the square and on Center Street. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 • Onion Creek Senior Citizens, Buda, 9 a.m. Menu: Soup & more TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 • KASZ will not meet THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 • Onion Creek Senior Citizens, Buda 9 a.m. Menu: Covered dish. Meat provided, bring side dish MONDAYS • Shingles vaccine is available at the Hays County Health Dept. If your health insurance wilt not pay for the vaccine, then you will be eligible. Call the Health Dept. at 393-5520 and tell them you are going to the Kyle Health Dept., so that the staff will bring plenty of the vaccine with them. No appointment is necessary. Cost is $50. The Kyle Health Dept. is open on Mondays 1 to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays 1 to 4 p.m. FIRST TUESDAY • Games of canasta and 42, On- ion Creek Senior Citizens Center, Buda, 6 p.m. Cost $2. (295-4422) SECOND MONDAY • Kyle Quilters meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Kyle Community • Station & ANTIQUES * FURNITURE * GIFTS i, FLOWERS JEWELRY * T-SHIRTS * IRON WORKS * a: MORE Open Everyday Downtown Buda at the signal light. 295-9444 295-6008 Library, 409 W. Blanco St. SECOND TUESDAY • First Baptist Church in Kyle has a senior luncheon at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Open to all seniors in the Kyle area. EVERY TUESDAY • Quilting at Onion Creek Senior Crd- zens in Buda from 10 a.m. until noon. For information call Chris at 295-5711. EVERY WEDNESDAY • Duplicate Bridge, Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center, Buda, 11:30 (Call DQnna 268-4672) EVERY THURSDAY • The Onion Creek Senior Citizens in Buda are inviting all local seniors to stop by for lunch and socializing every Thursday at the Center on FM 2770 and Barton's Crossing (behind the JP's office). Doors open at 9 a.m. for games and visit- ing. Lunch is served at noon. (Cost $4) For information call Sandra at 468-4451 or on Thursday call the center at 295-3413. THIRD THURSDAY • National Active and Retired Fed- eral Employees Association meet at 10 a.m. at the South Austin Senior Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd, Austin EVERY WEEK DAY • Kyle Meals on Wheels is meet- ing at the Old Police Station at 103 S. Front St. Table games start at 9:30 a.m. each day with meals served at 11:30 a.m. FREE HBO,,,*Tmt e c+eze OCANeS FOR 3 MONTHS (with rt) FREE DVR UPGRADE ($6.98/ DVR Semite fee applies) FREE --STAND RD-- PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION IN UP TO 4 ROOMS CYBERTEX COMMUNICATIONS 512-758-1297 NETWORK, AUTHORIZEO RETAILER LAW OFFICE OF Family Law Mediator . Collaborative Lawhttorney (519) I9-O90 906 CanyonWren Drive Buda, Texas .Fourtexasattorney.com Toxs Crossword SoluUon From puzzle on page ,%d0ku ,%luLl0. Ni!IiNilIi , .......................... -U_;;7-; )9)._  From puleonpage3C The Kyle Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Miller-Whitaker Fire Station #1 FEBRUARY 27, 2010 210 WEST MOORE ST., KYLE, TX 78640 Ceremonies begin at 2:00 p.m. East parking lot • Tours until 5:00 p.m. FIRE DEPARTMENT FLAG CEREMONY RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY WELCOME ADDRESS AND BLESSING ESD INTRODUCTION BUILDING COMMITTEE INTRODUCTION SPECIAL GUEST INTRODUCTION COMMEMORATIVE COIN PRESENTATION TOURS Kyle Volunteer Fire Department will also be hosting a Blood Drive, on site, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. FROM PARIS WITH LOVE 7;:)51Q;Oi (R) (PG-13) (PG) (R) + t- : :.t