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Section C BEffER ODDS The state's dire budget outlook has lawmakers considering legalized gambling. - Page 1D March 2, 2011 Page 1C + Budaplans festive springtime IN TOUCH th spring just ound the comer on't miss these exciting events and hap- penings in Buda. elo Join the Buda Down- town Merchants' Group for some CountryWestem fun as they encourage local residents and visitors to wander the unique antique and specialty shops at First Thursday on March 3 from 5-9.p.m. in Down- town Buda. This is a free event hosted by the Buda Downtown Merchants Group. For questions or more information, call the Tourism Department at (512) 312-0084. Oil Save the date to attend the City of Buda Compre- hensive Plan Recommen- dations &Workshop on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Buda Elementary (Kunkel Room- upper campus). The City of Buda is present- ing draft recommendations for the comprehensive plan based on the public input that has been received. Join us to comment on these recommendations and help plan for the Buda of the future. eee It's all about the food and the music at the Louisiana Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival held in Buda City Park on Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This Louisiana-themed event features the best in Cajun music and an extensive menu of seafood for purchase prepared by concessionaires from Loui- siana and Texas. The musi- cal lineup includes George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Doug Kershaw, Papa Grows Funk, Dog Hill Stompers, ]effery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, J J Caillier & The Zydeco Knockouts, Dr. Zog, and others to be announced. Music includes Cajun, Zydeco, Funk, Brass Bands, Blues, Rock and Jazz. There will also be paid kids' activities available. Admis- sion includes live music and 7,000 pounds of free crawfish (while supplies last). For more information visit www.roadwayproduc- eee Don't miss the Easter Egg Hunt at Buda Sportsplex, Saturday, April 23, from 9-11:30 a.m. Festivities will include an egg hunt, boun- cy castles, face painting, arts and crafts, trackless train ride, petting zoo and rock climbing. This event is a joint effort with the City of Buda Parks and Recre- See BUDA EVENTS, pg. 2G PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON Sam and Mary Gall Leming have closed their "honor garden" because of Sam Leming's failing health. In years past the Buda area couple's two-acre garden yielded thousands of pounds of tomatoes and bushels of other vegetables. Cultivating community Tradition of Oxbow Trails 'honor garden' comes to an end BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress,com. lor the past four or five years, at the little produce stand on Oxbow Trail in Buda, the only thing missing was the vendor. There were bushels of plump tomatoes plucked the day before, freshly shelled black-eyed peas and country bouquets of snapdragons, larkspurs and other flowers. Most mornings, the big fight came down to the okra. Customers who came early would snatch up every green pod before any of their neighbors could beat them to it. But only occasionally did those custom- ers come across the owners, Sam and Mary Gaff Leming. Even though the Lemings lived in the See LEMING GARDEN, pg. 6G On stands nOW See our guide to local gardening in the March edition of All Around Hays. High hopes for new Buda senior center BY JENNIFER BIUNDO Hopefully, it's a service that we'll all get to use one day. The Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center is gearing up for its 28th annual meeting on March 10. Leaders hope the auction fundralser will give them a jumpstart to begin construction of a long-await- ed new building to serve the community. With the help of local con- tractor Eric Cromwell, senior center directors have devel- oped plans to construct a new 6,300-square-foot building adjacent to the county-owned space they currently occupy on FM 2770 in Buda. The new proposed center would in- dude a large main room with a stage, a crafts and quilting room, a lounge space, kitchen and small office. Though fundraising efforts will contribute to the total, ultimately the building project will likely have to rely on loans and community grants, said Executive Director Sandra Grizzle. They also hope to raise funds by renting out the new space for parties and receptions. PHOTO BY JENNIFER BIUND0 Onion Creek Senior Center executive director Sandra Grizzle reviews ar- chitectural plans for a 6,300-square-foot building the organization plans to build. The senior center's annual membership meeting is March 10. Though they're all senior citi- zens, the members span a full generation, with some spring chickens in their late 50s, rang- ing up to the oldest member, Cecil Clark, who recently cel- ebrated his 98th birthday. Currently, the senior center provides a gathering space for about 200 members of the community, who come to- gether to socialize, play games of cards and dominos, sew quilts and share meals. Most importantly, Grizzle said, it aUows the older members of the community to forge new relationships. "If you're not involved in the school, it's hard to meet people when you move to a new town," Grizzle said. "Your neighbors may be younger. They go to work and you're home all da To meet people, you need a place to go." Member Bill Burrell and his wife have been coming to the senior center for six years, and enjoy playing cardsand socializing. "It's a nice way to meet peo- ple," Burrell said. "Quite a few people I definitely wouldn't have met any place but here. It brings people together." For many retired residents of Hays County, the region's rapid growth can erode the natural sense of community and make it harder to meet new friends, Grizzle said. Fortunately, that growth has also yielded plenty of new members of the senior center, many of whom are rela- tively young spring chickens in their 60s or 70s. "We're gaining new mem- bers all the time, with an the people moving in," Grizzle said. "Every week we seem to have somebody new." And for the oldest mem- bers, many of whom are grappling with loneliness after losing their spouse after a half-century or more of mar- riage, the social connection that they find at the senior center could literally extend their lives. Grizzle says she reaches out to recently wid- owed seniors, urging them to come out for lunch or a game See ONION CREEK, pg. 6G Have a hand in shaping Buda BUDA BITS 'fyou are interested in having a hand in the shaping of the future of Buda, plan to attend the Comprehensive Plan Work- shop on Thursday, March 10, at Buda Elementary School, upper campus. The City of Buda workshop will start at 6:30 p.m. eoo The big event for the Onion Creek Senior Citi- zens in Buda is the annual membership meeting, live auction and lunch on Thursday, March 10th. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. The fun begins with a live auction at 10:30 a.m. Some of the many items in the auction are: queen size quilts, baby quilts, antique See BUDA BITS, p. 2G Springtime is aholy time ODDS & ooper Moore, son of Mike and Deb- bie Moore of Kyle, won Reserve Champion for his Duroc hog in the breeding class at the San Angelo Swine Show last week. He sold his hog in the auction and you should have seen the smile on his face. Brother Ranson also showed, but was not as fortunate. There is the Houston show coming up, good luck and congratula- tions on a job well done. Spring must not be far off. Three baby calves were born on Hillview Farm, the irises are blooming and a flock of ducks have been seen on a pond near Gristmill Road for over a week. Don't know if they are undecided whether to go south or north. In my opinion it's too late to go south and too early to go north, but then I'm not a duck, what do I know? Also saw several ambitious gar- deners plowing their plots this past week. Just need a few inches of rain to make ranchers, farmers, garden- ers and the rest of us happy. See ODDS & ENDS, pg. 2C VEINTEC VARICOSE VEIN CLINICS NEW OFFICE IN BUDA! 1760 FM 967, BUDA,