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February 27, 2003 Local Columns Page 7 The Free Prei n late 1983, a group of resi- dents from Buda and the sur- rounding area began making plans for founding a non-profit association that might benefit the community and older citi- zens in particular. An organiza- tional meeting was called for on January 24, 1984, at the Buda Primary School. A nine-mem- ber board of directors was elect- ed and on March 10, 1984, bylaws were approved by a vote of the membership. Hence, Onion Creek Senior Citizens, Inc. was established, with mem- bership open to anyone in the Buda area. In the summer of 1986, Bob Barton deeded a partnership interest in some land he owned at Barton's Crossing on FM 2770 to the senior citizens and traded better adjoining land to the county, with the requirement that it be leased to the senior cit- izens at $100 a year for 20 years. County officials then agreed to move a metal building from the old San Marcos Hospital grounds to the Site in Buda. With the help of the county and hard work of many members and with the help and generosity of the community, the site was reworked and the building refur- bished, so that the third annual meeting was held in the new activity center on March 14, 1987. Today, county offices for justice of the peace and law enforcement share the site at the comer of Barton's Crossing and FM 2770 in Buda. Thursday, March 13 marks the 20th annual membership meet- ing of the Onion Creek Senior Citizens. There will be a busi- ness meeting at 10 a.m. for the election of three members to the board of directors, financial report, review of the past year and plans for the coming year. Again this year, we will have an auction starting at about 10:45 a.m. The auction will con- sist of hand-made items, baked goods and many other interest- ing things. Following the auction, the Sacred Heart Men's Group of Santa Cruz Catholic Church will serve a fried fish dinner. Cost of the meal is $7. Do plan to attend on March 13 and help this organization raise money for a new senior citizens center. Ninety-five year old Martin Dunne is in ICU in Temple at the VA Hospital. He is in good spir- its and hopefully will be moved to a room very soon. Congratulations to first time parents Kristi (Kleen) and Richard Saxon on the bLrth of daughter Emily Ann. The ten- pound baby girl was born Feb. 13. She is welcomed into the family by grandparents, Beverly and Danny Kleen, great grand- mother Betty Kleen and Uncle Doug. Turning age 32 are 1989 Hays graduates and still good friends Stephanie Pecuch (March 1), Randal Grizzle (March 3) and Carlos Zapata (March 5). Also celebrating birthdays are JoAnn Keller, Brandon Justice and Matthew Flores, March 1; Michael Whiston, March 2; Betty Kleen and now Florida resident Lois Franklin, March 3; Donnie Haffelder and Donald Dougherty, March 5; Herb Brown and Redd Volkaert, March 6. It has thundered several times this month and that remains me of something that Burris Roach told me years ago. He said that if it thundered in February it would frost in April. It always seems to .... ere'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 his '59 Chevy truck. He has managed to win top prizes at the last three car shows he's been in. A belated welcome to you, Jason & Rita! For new and old alike, be on lookout for scorpions ... even now. We saw one outside on Sunday. You don't have to be outside to hear the song of the male Bewick's Wren early each mom- ing. In our area this is a sign of spring. These birds were court- ing before this week's big freeze, but I found no completed nests when I checked nestboxes last weekend. This "Free Press" mentions Texas Bluebird Society's "One Nestbox" offer. If you'll provide me with a completed member- ship form and $15 for Texas Bluebird Society, I'll provide you with a free nestbox. This offer has only been made in one other area. If you have a bit of open grassy area (not treated with insecticide) in the shade of a large tree, you have habitat where bluebirds might nest. The closer you are to a city, the more diligent you must be at keeping imported House Sparrows out of a nestbox. You can't have successful nestings of native birds when these aliens swoop into nestboxes and destroy eggs and birds. Practice "no mixed seeds" when feeding birds. Common mixed seed contains millet. Millet attracts House Sparrows. Black-oil Sunflower seed and thistle attract many birds (how about the hundreds of goldfinch that have visited feeders this winter?), and don't tend to attract House Sparrows. Wintering robins recently offered marvelous opportunities for us to count large flocks on Mountain City lawns. In the winter American Robins follow the avallabili of ewogns mily Ann Saxon made her "debut" at the morning ser- vice at St. John United Church. Emily is the daughter of Richard and Kristi Saxon of Buda. Emily was born Feb. 13 and we wel- come her to the fold. The Men's Group reminds the "guys" of the breakfast meeting on Saturday, March 1 in the parsonage at 9 a.m. Several projects are on going. One is the Health Fair in May, the Arts & Crafts - Bake and Garage Sale, etc. All men are welcome. There will be n__QO Women's Guild meeting on Wednesday, March 5. Ash Wednesday night service and communion will be held at 7:00 p.m., proceeded by a Sandwich supper at 6:30 p.m. Members of the Church, cit- izens of the community and sur- rounding area are urged to donate their house cleaning items for the Men's group who will have the Garage Sale at the Arts & Crafts & Bake & Garage sale in May. Also if you wish to rent a booth for Arts & Crafts - contact Vickie Schawe at 398- 6622 or Bobby Hagedorn at 396-2355. For general informa- tion call Beverly Kleen 295- 4592 or Myrtle Heideman at 398-3800. Food items are need- ed for the Food Bank like Macroni and Cheese, 2 lb. bags of rice, chicken noodle soup and oatmeal, other non-perishable foods are also acceptable. Thanks to all for the phone calls, cards and words of cheer -- I think I have the pneumo- 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 Basketball .Game for fans of all kinds. The faculty will play student team ' ...... at 6:30 p.m. Be there to cheer on your favorites. Don't Tear Up That 401(k) Statement yu 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) thay 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 oppommities 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 Edward Jones Bentura-Jgu tnzig r. and Mrs. Louis Janke Dullnig of Weimar, 13entura of Buda, Texas, and Dr. Leslie R. : Texas, are pleased to Dullnig of Mountain City,- announce the engagement of Texas. their daughter, Lance The couple will be mar- Corporal Emily L. 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