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+ SCAMMED Credit card fraud on the rise in Buda. - Page 1C February 27, 2013 • Page 1C Fruit Trees: Something a little different IT'S ABOUT THYME • n my last fruit tree ar- ticle, I covered peaches, . plums, apples, pears and pecans. These are all wonder- ful choices, but the options in home fruit trees far exceed those five basics. For example, you can also grow pomegran- ates, persimmons, loquats, and figs. All four are super- easy to grow in central Texas and they require little if any care to thrive. Pomegranate - This is probably the most common and most eye-catching of this collection. They're as easy to grow as a crape myrtle and just as showy, with their abundant bright orange flow- ers. They can often be found growing on old homesteads around the state. The Wonderful Pomegran- ate is the large, juicy "super- food" that's been the subject of so many healthy eating articles lately. Other orna- mental varieties are also avail- able, including flowering only types, and compact growers for smaller beds needing a little color. Oriental Persimmons - Here is another super-healthy edible to grow in your yard. There are two types of fruit to choose from: astringent and non-astringent. With the astringent varieties, you have to let the fruit fully soften for it to become sweet. The non ~ ~iStiq~gem~varieties are sweet from the start and can be eaten firm or soft. Persimmons make deli- cious jelly or can be eaten fresh, scooping out the flesh See IT'S ABOUT THYME, pg. 4C I I in new BUDA BITS [or 30 years the members of Onion Creek Senior Citizens, Inc., have gath- ered in March for an annual membership meeting and again this year they will meet on Thursday, March 7 in the wonderful new senior center. The business meeting will start at 9 a.m., in which three members will be elected to serve on the board of directors for three-year terms. Also on the ballot is an amendment to the by-laws changing the membership meeting from the second Thursday in March to the first Thursday in March. There will be a silent auc- tion as well as a live auc- tion following the business meeting. The live auction will start at 10:15 a.m. with Leroy Opiela serving as auctioneer. Some of the many items in the auction are: quilts, antique glassware, pottery, art, gift cer- tificates, home baked cakes, pies and cookies. Following the auction, a home cooked beef and chicken fajita lunch will be served at 12:15 a.m. for a cost of $8 per plate. Pro- ceeds will benefit the en- deavors of the senior citizens organization to provide a place for seniors to gather for activities. Come out on March 7 and support the seniors and have a good time, too. The new center is located at 420 Barrens Crossing in Buda, just offFM 2770, also known as Jack C. Hays Trail. See BUDA BITS, pg. 3C PHOTOS BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Patrons at the fourth annual Empty Bowls event, sponsored by the Kyle/Buda Women Democrats, helped raise money for the Hays County Food Bank. m illllllll Annual fundraiser helps restock Hays Food Bank SOUTHWESTERN FISH CHOWDER • 2 oz bacon, cut into small pieces • 3/4 c chopped onions • 1 clove garlic minced (needless to say, increase this[) • 1/4 tsp cumin (and increase this!) • 1/4 red pepper flakes • 1 tbs flour • 25 oz chicken broth (2 cans) • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes • 1/2 c white wine • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped • 1/2 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 in cubes • 1/2 Ib whitefish fillets (cod or pollock or the like), cut into 2 in. chunks (I used about a Ib) • 1 1/2 tap lime juice • Black pepper to taste • Chopped cilantro SUBMITTED REPORT bowls and prepare a vari- crafted bowl and from a ety of homemade soups, wide variety of delicious The fourth annual Kyle/ Guests were encouraged homemade soups. There Buda Women Democrats to join in a simple meal were options for carni- Saute bacon until just crisp. Stir Empty Bowls Project took of soup and bread. In ex- vores and vegans alike, in onions, garlic, cumin and pepper place at the Old Kyle City change for a cash dona- along with fresh bread and flakes. Saut6 5 minutes or until onions are soft. Remove from heat and stir in Hall Sunday. The organiza- tion, guests were encour- cornbread. tion donated 100 percent aged to keep their bowl as MOre than 100 uniquelyflour. Cook I minute, stirring constantly, then whisk in chicken broth. Stir in of its profits to the Hays a reminder of all the empty designed, food-safe bowls tomatoes, wine, peppers and sweet County Food Bank. bowls in the world. The were created by the Texas potatoes. Bring to boil, reduce heat and The basic principle of moneyraised is donated to State University ceramics simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are the Empty Bowls Project is an organization working to program especially for the soft. Add fish and simmer 2/3 minutes straightforward: craftspeo- end hunger and food inse- event, or until fish flakes with a fork. ple, educators and other curity. One of the more popu- Season with lime juice and pepper. Hays County residents For a twenty dollar do- lax soups served was the Garnish with cilantro and lime slices. work with the commu- nation, each guest could Southwestern Fish Chow- Makes 4 servings according to nity to create handcrafted choose their own handder- see recipe at right, recipe. Has basketball coach y Lewis' time finally come? The Associated Press announced on Mar. 4, 1968 that GuyV. Lewis of the undefeated and number-one ranked Houston Cougars had been elected the college basket- ball "Coach of the Year" by the nation's sportswriters. Twenty-one years earlier, the World War II vet played in the University of Hous- tons very first basketball game. The 6-foot-3 center and team captain scored 19 points that night in the victory over North Texas and averaged 21 points a game to lead the Cougars to a Lone Star Conference champion- ship. Following a 1947 repeat by Lewis (19 ppg) and his teammates (a second Lone Star title), the Arp native received his walking papers - a college diploma. But six years later, he returned to his alma mater to take the job of assistant basketball coach. In his absence, UH had joined the Missouri Valley, a "power conference" that consistently produced Top 20 teams. In spite of the stiffer competition, Lewis' old coach went out a winner after guiding the Cougars to their first NCAA tournament in 1956. The athletic director handed the keys to the gym and the university's bas- ketball future to 34 year old Lewis. Holding tight to his trademark red polka-dot towel, he took his place on the bench where he would remain a familiar fixture for the next 30 years. Inheriting a bare cup- HISTORY board, Lewis lost more often than not in his first three seasons. But that would never happen again, as the country boy from East Texas showed himself to be a shrewd judge of athletic talent. The 1959-60 season was Houston's last as a Missouri Valley member. Lewis chose to steer an independent course while waiting pa- tiently for the long-expected call from the Southwest Con- ference that did not come until the mid-1970's. In the meantime, Lewis built a big-time program with the likes of Gary "The Ghost" Phillips. The hot shooting and smothering defense of the first All-Amer- ican in school history carried the Coogs to the second round of the 1961 NCAA tourney. Three years later, Lewis did the unthinkable for a basketball coach at a southern school. Breaking with segregated tradition, he boldly offered full scholar- ships to two black pros- pects, Elvin Hayes and Don Chaney. In their three varsity seasons, UH compiled a won-lost record of 81-12 and reached the Final Four, the pinnacle of the collegiate sport, in 1967 and 1968. Ev- cry mythical All-America five worthy of the name included Hayes in his sophomore, junior and senior years and Chancy too in his last season. It was in early 1968 that Lewis talked John Wooden into bringing Lew Alcindor (the future Kareem Abdul- Jabbar) and the rest of his UCLA Bruins to the Astro- dome. Both teams boasted perfect records, but the defending champions from the West Coast were riding a 47-game winning streak and considered a cinch to teach the upstart Texans an embarrassing lesson in front of a packed house of 52,693. In the first coast-to-coast telecast of a regular-season college contest, Elvin Hayes stepped to the free-throw line with 28 seconds left in what is still known today as "The Game of Century." He made both attempts for his 38th and 39th points and sealed the historic triumph for the hometown under- dogs. By the time Houston and UCLA met again in the semi- finals of the Final Four, Lewis had lost his starting point guard to an injury. Wooden concentrated on containing Hayes enabling the Bruins to regain a measure of self- respect with a lopsided win. But there would be many more All-Americans and three additional trips to the Final Four for Guy Lewis and the Houston Cougars. The exciting "Phi Slama Jama" show of the 1980'S featuring future NBA legends Clyde Drexel and Hakeem Ola- juwon thrilled millions in back-to-back bids for the national championship. Lewis retired in 1986 with 592 wins against only 270 losses in his three-decade coaching career. This is but a partial list of his accom- plishments: 27 consecutive winning seasons including 14 with 20 or more, two "National Coach of the Year" awards, 17 post-season ap- pearances, 15 All-Americans, 11 players selected in the first-round of the NBA draft and three (Hayes, Drexel and Olajuwon) on the official 50 Greatest Players in NBA His- tory list. With those impressive cre- dentials, Lewis should have been inducted years ago into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was not, and at age 90 is still on the outside looking in. No one has taken the shameful slight harder than Lewis' former players. Elvin Hayes has refused to have anything to do with the Naismith Hall since his own induction back in 1990. The Springfield, Mas- sachusetts institution has another, maybe the last, op- portunity to do right by Guy Lewis. His name is on the ballot for the vote sched- uled for March 201:3. Lewis' family, friends and countless admirers can only hope the door won't be slammed in his face yet again. Bartee Haile welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions at P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or STAFF REPORT It's been almost a year since Justin Del Bosque, a Leh- man High School student, passed away from Leukemia. His fam- ily is still paying out of pocket medi- cal costs for his DEL BOSQUE treatment, which included several sur- geries and long stays in the Intensive Care Unit at Dell Children's Hospital. To help defray those costs and to buy a headstone for Justin's grave in Kyle Cemetery, the family is holding a BBQ Plate Benefit this Saturday at the Kyie Flea Market with the help of Be- cause you never know "Ben- eficios," a nonprofit that helps families in the same situation. Tickets will be for sale from 10 a.m.-4 pm. March 2. Plates are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Del Bosque family. MT. CITY MONTAGE "f there's not one way for an aging house to have water .problems, there's another. Many of the houses in Moun- tain City were built about the same time. The Mountain City Oaks subdivision was developed in stages, so your neighbors' houses are about the same age as yours, unless yours was built on a vacant lot after the development stage. In January, RonTom & I learned about the water that can rise (and rise and spread) when an aging hot water heater goes unreplaced. Water spread over and under and through boxes and belong- ings stored in our garage, and flowed out into the driveway. It kept flowing until we shut offthe water to the house because the hot water heater kept refilling and the shut-off valve would not shut. Last week, we learned that roots can clog a septic drain clean-out box to the point that recharge water from the water softener backs up under pres- sure and flows into the bath- room and hall closet through the wax seal on the toilet. Every symptom said, "Broken line under the house." So, it could have been worse. A 110-decibel shrill alarm sounded at 2 a.m. When Ron completely disconnected the smoke detector at 2:25 a.m., the alarm continued. The water alarm in our hall closet works! It does not go "beep beep beep." My ears were ringing for hours. But, with an hour or so of sopping up and water shop vac mopping during the night, we stopped damages before the water crept to carpeting and before it extended beyond a few feet of wood flooring. Still, it took 6 days of professional water remediation equipment to dry my bathroom cabinet. I just thought I was a water alarm believer before this. Now, more sold than ever, I see on they're available with a dialer that phones any pre-programmed telephone when water is detected and continues to dial until acknowledged. See MONTAGE, pg. 4C +