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+ Cl6AR VAULT New business moves forward in historic Buda bank. - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com , ree March 8, 2017-Page 1C Texas History by Bartee Halle AAwt the Academy ards on March ,1945, loan Crawford took home the "Best Actress" Oscar for her 68th motion picture "Mildred Pierce," Life was a struggle from the start for Lucille Fay LeSueur born in San An- tonio in either 1904, 1905 or 1906. Her father aban- doned the family, while she was still in the womb, leaving her mother in desperately dire straits. Shortly after giving birth, Anna LeSueur moved with her new baby and a son, who was not much older, to Lawton, Oklahoma, where she had friends and kinfolks. She met and soon married Henry Cassin, owner of a local theater called the Ramsey Opera House. Despite the name, TEXAS HISTORY, 2C It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow t my nursery I am ften asked to sug- est a plant for a particular location. 'Can you name an evergreen plant that blooms pro- fusely, has large, showy flowers, and thrives in the shade?' This used to involve a lot of head-scratching... until the introduction of the beautiful Encore Azaleas. This patented grouping of flowering shrubs blooms up to three seasons a year. They thrive in the shade and don't care a bit about extremes of summer heat and winter cold. 'They begin their per: formance with the spring flowering season. Once this first act of blooming concludes, new shoots begin to grow and set buds,' they write at www. encoreazalea.com. The Encore Azaleas 'second act' opens when these buds begin bloom- ing into full flower mid- summer. This unique bloom season continues through the fall, the curtain dropping with the onset of cold weather. Encore Azaleas are easy to grow if planted in the proper soil and kept moderately moist. Remember, shade is a must. Cool sun exposure is fine in the morning; however, protection from the hot afternoon sun is essential. Proper soil for aza- leas is peat moss. Either sphagnum or reed peat will work. The peat moss gives them the acidity to ASK CHRIS, 2C PHOTO BY TRACY STIRMAN With lights aglow, over 20 police officers lined up neatly in a row preparing for competition in the Capital of Texas Police Motorcycle Chute Out Saturday. i rid charity BY SAMANTHA SMITH news@haysfreepress.com The rumble of motorcycles of all makes and models shook the pavement at Cabela's last weekend as the Capital of Texas Police Motorcycle Chute Out revved into Buda. The event, according to the Kyle Chamber of Commerce website, has grown from 65 competitors the first year to 124 last year. This year, 165 com- petitors from 13 different states competed in a series of different motorcycle riding skills in order to raise money for charity. The elimination competi- tions feature two riders per heat and can contain a pattern ride, where either the leader or the following rider wins the heat, or a partner ride, where the competitors' motorcycles are tied together. Competitiors can also participate in a "slow ride" competition. According to the Kyle Cham- ber, the event has raised more than $57,000 for charity in the last 3 years, with proceeds go- ing to a different charity each year. Competitors also vie for prizes such as new helmets, advanced glass motorcycle PHOTO BY TRACY STIRMAN Surrounded by law enforcement officials, Nova Kinkade watches during Saturday's Police Motorcycle Chute Out at Cabela's in Buda. windshields and motorcycle gear. The winner of the chute out also gets a Texas flag flown in their honor at the State Capitol in Austin courtesy of State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said the event is "by far the biggest event in Buda." "We don't have a motorcycle division but we do have Ca- bela's, so we get to sponsor/host the chute out," Ruge said, "We are so lucky to have this event in Buda." Multiple local law enforce- ment departments, including the Buda, Kyle police depart- ments and the Hays County Sheriff, have sponsored the event Tiffany Cumutt, who is the director of the chute out, said more than one charity would be benefitting from the event's year. funds raised through registra tion fees from the competitors will be donated to the Sunshine Kids Foundation, and the board voted on the organization to receive the other twenty-five percent, and it will be awarded to the Hays County and Travis County Police Explorers pro- gram," Cumutt said. Curnutt said the event is more than just officers riding around on motorcycles. It's a good skill builder and serves as competitive training for the officers that compete. "Each cone represents a building or a person or a curb," Cumutt said. "There are a lot of novice riders out here that can leam a lot and take the train- ing they learned back to their departments." Curnutt also said that the CHUTE OUT, 4C organlz; BY LESLY DELEON news@haysfreepress.com Central Texas residents came out to donate and support local organizations making a positive impact and helping the community through the Amplify Austin fundraising event, which was held March 1-3. Amplify Austin was a suc- cess for many local organiza- tions, including the Hays- Caldwell Women's Center, Onion Creek Senior Center, Central Texas Tortoise Rescue and Hays County Food Bank. The Hays-Caldwell Women's Center, which has participated for 5 years, raised more than $30,000 in dona- tions. Established in 1978, the women's center's mission is to help victims of family vio- lence, sexual assault, dating violence and child abuse. "We are very grateful to our supporters who every year surprise me and come on out," said Melissa Rodriguez, director of development and community partnerships. Money raised through Am- plify Austin is crucial to the women's center work because it's unrestricted funding, Ro- driguez said. The women's center may use the donations for needs not covered by state and fed- eral funding, such as provid- ing an interpreter for a client or helping a client move out and find a new residence. Rodriguez said she was sur- prised and moved by people donating in honor of Saman- tha Dean, who was murdered allegedly byVonTrey Clark, a former Austin Police officer, in 2015. Dean, who was the Kyle AMPLIFY AUSTIN, 2C PHOTO COURTESY OF PAULINE TOM Eastern Bluebird eggs are (usually) blue - a breathtaking blue. The four Eastern Bluebird eggs Jn a Texas Bluebird Society nestbox in Pauline Tom's yard are expected to hatch before next week's column. This week, just four subjects: Owl, Paulownia, blue eggs, and NestWatch app. Laura Craig stopped by to see one of the Screech Owls frequenting the ledge of our Owl Shack. RonTom and I know we have "two" because one is a red morph. Look! Laura captured a pesky squirrel harassing the owl. Cliff Shackelford, maker of the Owl Shack, tells me we have a "Screech Owl mixed by Pauline Tom breeding pair". A gray and a red morph. Paulownia: If you don't know the paulownia tree, let me introduce you to MONTAGE, 3C -F