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+ Workforce housing coming to Buda - Page 1 D HaysFreePress.com February 25, 2015 Page 1C eyes on rat cny Montage by Pauline Tom eardank you for prayers, s, and condo- nces. You cannot imagine how much it meant to see my dad's obituary printed above "Montage". Hugs and kisses to Suzalme Hallam who kept you updated on what's happening with ground water issues at hand, encouraging attendance at the many meetings and reminding readers to con- tact Representative Jason Isaac and Senator Donna Campbell. My dad, 94, hit his head in a fall just at the time the water issues related to the proposed Anthem MUD went much deeper, with word that Electro Purifi- cations plans to pump a MONTAGE, 2C It's Thyme by Chds Winslow SPring will be arriving soon, and it is always such a wonderful time to be living in central Texas. For me one of the highlights is the sight of some of our flowering na- tive trees blossoming out- the redbuds, the mountain laurels and the Mexican plums. You can see them plant- ed in landscapes as accent plants, and along the road- ways growingwfld. It is these wild trees that show us just how adaptable they are. Sometimes they are exposed to the full force of the sun and other times they form an understory, shaded from the sun by larger canopy trees. At the nursery I am often asked about Eastern, Mexi- can, and Texas redbuds. What's the difference? The eastern redbud, which grows all over the hills of Austin, is the largest of the local redbuds. It can reach a height of more than 20 feet and has large, heart shaped leaves. Its flowers are purplish- red, and they appear late February through the end ofMarch- a great an- nouncement that spring has arrived. Its leaves are dull (non-reflective) and tend to rust in the late summer heat. Many horticulturists believe the Eastern redbud is more suitable to the eastern part of the state where rainfall is more abundant and soil pH is more acidic. Better for our region are the Texas and the Mexican redbuds. The Texas redbud grows naturally west of the range of Eastern redbuds, in calcareous (limestone), weU-drained softs. It is more heat and drought tolerant, grows to a width and height of 15 feet, and IT'S ABOUT THYME, 2C BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com About eight Hays County nonprofits are hoping to amp up their fundraising efforts next week by taking part in Amplify Austin. Now in its third year, Amplify Austin is a 24-hour giving day that allows registered charities and nonprofit organizations to be part of a massive awareness effort. More than 500 organizations hope to receive funds from donors during the March 5-6 event. In Buda, the Onion Creek Senior Center (OCSC) offers a meeting place for seniors to interact through games, arts and crafts, health- related education programs and social events such as dances. It appears to be the only nonproft in Buda participating in Amplify Austin. Volunteer Karla Sansbury said OCSC embraces what is called aging in place. "We encourage seniors to be healthy, happy, productive and involved in life and the community," she said. OCSC also has an anonymous matching donor, which will boost its fundraising potential up to $25,000. Bonus prizes are also available through Amplify Austin. For example, the nonprofit with the most AMPLIFY AUSTIN, 4C PHOTOS BY SUZANNE HALt.AM Above, Annette Chambers works in the Bob Barton Garden at the Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center. Below, an OCSC volunteer teaches a class on falling safely. The center is one of eight Hays County-based non-profits participating in Amplify Austin, an annual 24-hour fundraising event. How to give Amplify Austin takes place March 5-6i Donors can select more than one nonprofit to give money. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible. Suggested minimum donation = $25 Visit httpsJ/amplifyatx. ilivehereigivehere.org/ nonprofits and search by name, county or organization type. m BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Months of medical issues for Sarah Meneses, 18, of Kyle -- fatigue, weakness, appetite and weight loss, headaches and dizziness --- led to months of testing and lab work for the teenager. But the girl's mother, Kim Meneses, said local doctors in Alaska - where the family lived at the time - couldn't come up with a diagnosis, despite finding lesions MS Awareness Week is March 2-8. Lehman High School is holding a special series of events each day to raise awareness about the disease, Mittens Monday Wear padded gloves to demonstrate loss of feeling and motor skills 2 Shoe Tuasday Wear mismatched shoes as an example of walking challenges C~ a dbbon on her daughter's brain dnbeday during an MRI. Pin rlbbonson the wall "She's had problems PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK ............... #vlalormcure day since 2009," KJm said.The Meneses family of Kyle, Nathan, Kim, Sarah and Sam, on ~uraday "Sarah has balance enjoyed a relaxing evening at the recent Blue Water High- Try on special glasses issues; she doesn't walk way Band concert. Morn Kim said the family needed some to show vision a straight line. She can time together to not think about the fact that both of her Impairment' walk short distances and children were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis last year. Orange Out Day & needs to rest often." Assembly on Friday Kim said it was The Meneses diagnosis, we were Offer a prize to the little things here and moved to Kyle a few thinking about her person who is the best there, but nothing too years ago. Then, in issues," Kim said. dressed Orange Out alarming, that she and 2014, Sarah's youngerThe family saw a her husband, Sam, brother Nathan, now specialist at Texas would notice. 16 and a sophomore atChildren's in Houstondisease; it destroys the "When she started Lehman High School, for Nathan. They asked protective myelin sheath school (at age 5) we experienced double his doctor to look atover nerves. realized she was a slower vision and extreme Sarah's medical files. She "Those damaged areas learner. She takes a fatigue. He started was retested. Doctorslose communication little more time to think seeing a neurologist at finally gave the family a with the rest of body," about what she wants Dell Children's Hospital diagnosis: it was MS.Kim said. to say;" Kim explained, in Austin. It took five long years For some, MS can be a 'Tknyone talking to her "It took months and to get a diagnosis for debilitating disease. But wouldn't notice it." lots of testing," KimSarah. there are different types Sarah was home said. "The doctor finally "We've been on a of MS. schooled for a while and confirmed Multiple roller coaster of MRIs "They have what's is now getting her GED. Sclerosis, or MS." and all kinds of stuff," called relapsing remit- Back in 2009, medicalThat caused Kim and Kim said. "But we count ring; the symptoms hap- professionals told the Sam to rethink Sarah's our blessings -- other pen then stop for a while family to increase the situation, children are worse off." but then they come girl's intake ofVitamin D. ' kf-ter Nathan's MS is an autoimmune MS, 3C This Week in Texas History by Bartee Halle r'r e Mar. 3, 1910, | trial of Allen Brooks, a JL black man in his six- ties charged with molest- ing a three-year-old white girl, was interrupted by a Dallas lynch mob hellbent on dispensing its own bar- baric brand of justice. According to the "Hand- book of Texas," the last word on all things Texan, there were 492 lynchings in Texas between 1862 and 1930. Most were carried out in the dead of night far from prying eyes, but more than a few illegal "execu- tions" took place in broad daylight before thousands of spectators. On the day of the trial, SheriffArthur Ledbetter se- cretly brought Allen Brooks back to Dallas from McK- inney; where he had been sent for safekeeping. With everyone in law enforce- ment expecting trouble, the police commissioner put the entire force at Led- betters disposal. But the sheriff, confident his 150 deputies were a match for any mob, asked only for a couple dozen officers. Moments after the judge gaveled the proceedings to order, "200 white men and one conspicuous negro fought their way past 50 armed deputies and 20 policemen" reported The Morning News. Under strict orders not to resort to firearms or nightsticks, a small group of deputies retreated with Brooks to a jury room to make their last stand. The homicidal horde swiftly overpowered the outnumbered lawmen, seized the ex-slave and tied a length of rope around his neck. To the cheers of accomplices waiting on the street below, they shoved the terrified captive out a second- story window. Brooks landed head-first on the pavement. Merci- fully he either died on impact or was knocked unconscious by the fall. "Then the maddened crowd dragged the negro's body up Main Street to the Elks' Arch. One of the mob took the (other) end of the rope and climbed up a telephone pole." He threw it "across one of the iron spikes used as ladders by linemen, and Brooks' body was pulled up until it dangled about four feet above the ground." The gruesome spectacle seen by a streefful of Dalla- sites of all ages lasted only ten minutes. An unidenti- fied white man risked his own life to cut down the body; which the fast-acting police chief removed from the scene before the mob could set fire to it. Shocking as it was, the Dallas lynching received scant coverage in news- papers at the time. Such would not be the case six years later with the infa- mous "Waco Horror" that sickened an entire nation. A jury took only four minutes onMay 15, 1916, to find an illiterate black teenager named Jesse Washington guilty in the hammer slaying of the middle-aged wife of his white employer. The judge no sooner sentenced him to die for the crime than a swarm of white spectators TEXAS HISTORY, 4C + H!I ilIilH i I ii l i:!: Ii: I IIII '