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Local Columns Page 7 The Free Presk In late 1983, a group of resi- County officials then agreed to an auction starting at about family by grandparents, Beverly dents from Buda and the sur- move a metal building from the 10:45 a.m. The auction will con- and Danny Kleen, great grand- rounding area began makingold San Marcos Hospital sist of hand-made items, baked mother Betty Kleen and Uncle plans for founding a non-profit grounds to the Site in Buda. With goods and many other interest- Doug. association that might benefit the help of the county and hard ing things. the community and older citi- work ofmanymembers and with Following the auction, theTurning age 32 are 1989 Hays zens in particular. An organiza- the help and generosity of the Sacred Heart Men's Group of graduates and still good friends tional meeting was called for on community, the site was Santa Cruz Catholic Church will Stephanie Pecuch (March 1), January 24, 1984, at the Buda reworked and the building refur- serve a fried fish dinner. Cost of Randal Grizzle (March 3) and Primary School. A nine-mem- bished, so that the third annual the meal is $7. Carlos Zapata (March 5). Also ber board of directors was elect- meeting was held in the new Do plan to attend on March 13 celebrating birthdays are JoAnn ed and on March 10, 1984, activity center on March 14, and help this organization raise Keller, Brandon Justice and bylaws were approved by a vote 1987. Today, county offices for money for a new senior citizens Matthew Flores, March 1; of the membership. Hence, justice of the peace and law center. Michael Whiston, March 2; Onion Creek Senior Citizens, enforcement share the site at the Betty Kleen and now Florida Inc. was established, with mem- comer of Barton's Crossing and Ninety-five year old Martin resident Lois Franklin, March 3; bership open to anyone in the FM 2770 in Buda. Dunne is in ICU in Temple at the Donnie Haffelder and Donald Buda area. Thursday, March 13 marks the VA Hospital. He is in good spir- Dougherty, March 5; Herb In the summer of 1986, Bob 20th annual membership meet- its and hopefully will be moved Brown and Redd Volkaert, Barton deeded a partnership ing of the Onion Creek Senior to a room very soon. March 6. interest in some land he owned Citizens. There will be a busi- at Barton's Crossing on FM ness meeting at 10 a.m. for the Congratulations to first time It has thundered several times 2770 to the senior citizens and election of three members to the parents Kristi (Kleen) andthis month and that remains me traded better adjoining land to board of directors, financial Richard Saxon on the birth of of something that Burris Roach the county, with the requirement report, review of the past year daughter Emily Ann. The ten- told me years ago. He said that if that it be leased to the senior cit- and plans for the coming year. pound baby girl was born Feb. it thundered in February it would izens at $100 a year for 20 years. Again this year, we will have 13. She is welcomed into the frost in April. It always seems to Here's a message from the City Council: It's time for revisions for Mountain City directory. Please send your email address (if you want it listed in directory) to [info@mountainci- ty.com]. Also email any adds/changes since previous directory - by February 22. If you've not been contacted by phone, please email the infor- marion or drop it by City Hall. If you're new to Mountain City and you have not been contacted about the city directory, your information is needed. By the way, email or drop a note at City Hall if you want run for a position on city council. The filling period is now open. Or, drop by the Council Meeting on Monday night at 7:30 in the ROTC building at Hays High. Former resident Angie Dietz sent an introduction on two who are new -- Jason Martinez and Rita Bustamante. Jason is an auto body man and likes to fix up old cars. You may have seen If you have a bit of open his '59 Chevy truck. He has grassy area (not treated with managed to win top prizes at the insecticide) in the shade of a last three car shows he's been in. large tree, you have habitat A belated welcome to you, Jason where bluebirds might nest. & Rita! The closer you are to a city, the more diligent you must be at For new and old alike, be on keeping imported House lookout for scorpions even Sparrows out of a nestbox. You now. We saw one outside on can't have successful nestings of Sunday. native birds when these aliens swoop into nestboxes and You don't have to be outside destroy eggs and birds. to hear the song of the male Practice "no mixed seeds" Bewick's Wren early each morn- when feeding birds. Common ing. In our area this is a sign of mixed seed contains millet. spring. These birds were court- Millet attracts House Sparrows. ing before this week's big freeze, Black-oil Sunflower seed and but I found no completed nests thistle attract many birds (how when I checked nestboxes last about the hundreds of goldfinch weekend, that have visited feeders this This "Free Press" mentions winter?), and don't tend to Texas Bluebird Society's "One attract House Sparrows. Nestbox" offer. If you'll provide Wintering robins recently me with a completed member- offered marvelous opportunities ship form and $15 for Texas for us to count large flocks on Bluebird Society, I'll provide Mountain City lawns. In the you with a free nestbox. This winter American Robins follow offer has only been made in one the availabili e wo0!as other area. and meS Emily Ann Saxon made her There will be n Q Women'scontact Vickie Schawe at 398- "debut" at the morning ser- Guild meeting on Wednesday, 6622 or Bobby Hagedorn at vice at St. John United Church. March 5. Ash Wednesday night 396-2355. For general informa- Emily is the daughter of Richard service and communion will be tion call Beverly Kleen 295- and Kristi Saxon of Buda. Emily held at 7:00 p.m proceeded by 4592 or Myrtle Heideman at was born Feb. 13 and we wel- a Sandwich supper at 6:30 p.m. 398-3800. Food items are need- come her to the fold. Members of the Church, cit- ed for the Food Bank like The Men's Group remindsizens of the community and sur- Macroni and Cheese, 2 lb. bags the "guys" of the breakfast rounding area are urged tooffice, chicken noodle soup and meeting on Saturday, March 1 in donate their house cleaning oatmeal, other non-perishable the parsonage at 9 a.m. Several items for the Men's group who foods are also acceptable. projects are on going. One is the will have the Garage Sale at the Thanks to all for the phone Health Fair in May, the Arts & Arts & Crafts & Bake & Garage calls, cards and words of cheer Crafts - Bake and Garage Sale, sale in May. Also if you wish to -- I think I have the pneumo- etc. All men are welcome, rent a booth for Arts & Crafts - nia whipped! Do enjoy the natural won- ders we're seeing - and hearing - in Mountain City. Happy Birthday, Brooke Basey (March 5)! Happy Birthday, State of Texas (March 2) And, do send tidbits for Montage. 268-5678 or back- porch @ austin.rr.com. Wallace Middle School is having a for fans of all kinds. The faculty will play student team " at 6:30 p.m. Be there to cheer on your favorites. 401(k) Ly~u have a 401(k) plan, reviewing your statement not always be pleasant. During prolonged mar- ket slumps, your balance could drop month after month. And, since your 401(k) represents part of your retirement savings, you might start to have real worries about your future. Is there anything you can do to avoid getting all shook up by your 401(k) statement? You could, of course, just ignore it and throw it in a big pile of other neglected papers. Or you could use it to make paper airplanes or to line your cat's litter box. However, these actions, while temporarily satis- fying, are not really solutions. Instead of mutilating your 401 (k) statement, take a closer look at it. Once you get beyond the bottom line, you may find sections that are particularly useful to you in helping you maximize your plan. One important area to look at is your asset alloca- tion. This is the section that shows how your invest- ment dollars are divided between stocks, bonds, money market accounts and whatever other options you may have in your 401(k). Ideally, your asset allo- cation should reflect your investment personality. That is, if you consider yourself an aggressive investor, and you're willing to take greater risks in exchange for potentially higher returns, you may want to weight your 401(k) more heavily toward stocks. On the other hand, if you feel you're conservative in your investing, you might want a 401(k) portfolio that's tilted more toward bonds and government securities. (Keep in mind, though, that a 401(k) is a long-term vehicle designed to help you build resources for retirement; even if you're a conservative investor, you will still need some stocks in your portfolio.) Over time, your asset allocation can change - even if you had nothing to do with it. For example, if the stock market has been down for some time, the equity accounts in your 401(k)/nay have lost value. At the same time, you might have some bond-based accounts that have done quite well. Consequently, your 401(k) portfolio may now be weighted more heavily toward fixed-income investments - and that can be cause for concern if you're investing for growth. Conversely, a long bull market can inflate the overall percentage of equities in your 401(k) holdings, causing you to inad- vertently take on more risk than you'd like. In short, you need to review your 401(k) state- ment's asset allocation every so often - and make adjustments when necessary. What else should you look for on your statement? You may want to pay attention to the investment sum- mary, which shows the annualized total returns of your individual holdings over various time periods, such as one, three, five and 10 years. This historical perspec- tive should be of interest to you, even though past per- formance won't guarantee or predict future results. By having a track record to look at, you can at least see how various investments have done in different eco- nomic environments. If you see a pattern of consistent under-performance, in all types of markets, then you may need to evaluate whether you could find better opportunities for your money in other investments. When you get a 401(k) statement, and you don't like what you see in the account balance, don't reach for your document shredder. Instead, keep on reading. You may well find some information that you can use to speed your progress toward your retirement goals. Janet Ross Investment Representative 251 N. FM 1626 Buda, TX 78610 Bus: 512-312-2840 or Toll Free 888-312-2840 Member SIPC Dullnig Mr. and Mrs. Louis Janke Dullnig of Weimar, Bentura of Buda, Texas, and Dr. Leslie R. 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