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Page 2C HEIGHBORS Hays Free Press March 9, 2011 + + BYSHBJ.EY ~ Special to the Hays Free Press "ays County Historical Commission member .Richard Kidd of Drift- wood has for the past several years been responsible for building an impressive body of work that furthers the cause of historic preservation in Hays County and throughout Texas. Kidd was recognized recent- ly by the Texas Historical Com- mission executive director with the THC's Award of Merit, honoring his contributions to the preservation of Texas cul- tural and historical resources. A retired professional doc- umentary producer, Kidd's unique perspective and skills have brought together the rare ingl, edients needed to craft a still-growing library of tech- nologically modem and his- torically significant programs, produced by the HCHC. Kidd first brought his spe- cial talents, skills and experi- ence to bear for the HCHC in 2008 when he documented the Commission's trip to Cali- fornia. During this trip, chair Kate Johnson and other mem- bers retraced the route county namesake Jack C. Hays had taken from Texas to California many decades earlier. As a follow-up to the "Jour- ney to Califomia" video, and to further reinforce its message, Kidd spent a good portion of 2009 producing "Captain Jack: The Story oflohn Coffee Hays, a stand-alone biographical doc- umentary on Jack Hays. This production, complete with his- torical recreation actors, repre- sented a huge research effort on Kidd's part to capture surviving information on the once-fa- mous Texas Ranger. Screenings of the video C(IURll~Y PIt0T0 Richard Kidd of Driftwood (at right) receives the Texas Historical Commission's Award of Merit from Executive Director Mark Wolfe following a recent screening of the Commission's Buck Winn documentary in Austin' throughout the county and distribution of the DVD to school libraries focused an awareness of and appreciation for the significance of Jack C. Hays in Texas history. Kidd has also been a criti- cal player in the HCHC's oral history project. While not of the same scale as the Hays documentaries, the local oral histories Kidd has created along with a small cadre of helpers represent a growing gold mine of personal remi- niscences. Now counting more than a dozen selected cotmty of Wmn's life, including video subjects, the constantly-ex- footage of many of his surviv- panding library of local oral ing pieces across the South, histories is presented with a stands as strong testimony to professional touch that would this internationally recognized be impossible to bring to the painter, sculptor, inventor, mu- county without a person of ralist and architectural artist. Kidd's commitment and skills. Sworn in to another term on One of Kidd's and the His- the Historicalcommissionjust torical Commission's most re- last week, Kidd will continue cent accomplishments is the to use his talents and skills production of "Larger than to produce oral histories and Life: The Story of Buck Wren," documentaries that shine a a documentary on Wlmbedey light on the fascinating people artist James Buchanan Winn. who are part of our county's Kidd's creative reconstruction great history. NOJID David Lynn Akard finally won his ten-year battle with cancel" at his home in Buda on Feb. 12. David graduated from the Univer- sityof Texas with a master's degree in social work in 1988. During his career in education, he worked as a special education coun- selor serving students with exceptional needs. He was most recently employed with Hays CISD for 15 years prior to his retirement last year. A memorial service for David is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at Ruby Ranch in Buda. (www. Everyone is invited to attend and refreshments will be served following the memo- rial. David's family would like to express sincere gratitude to all of David's dear col- leagues and friends who supported him throughout his illness. Their kind and generous deeds are too nu- merous to mention but they will never be forgotten. HALL David Henry Hall of Buda, Texas, passed away unex- pectedly on March 8, 2011. He was born in Houston, Texas, on November 19, 1958 to Helen and Philip Hall of Yoakum, Texas. Dave, the owner of Texs- presso, had an extreme love of family, sports, and making coffee. He was loved dearly and will be missed by many. In addition to his par- ents, Dave is survived by his wife, Tara Kathleen Davis, son Austin Hall, and step-daughter Elizabeth Davis; his brother Scott Hall, wife Belinda, and children Samantha and Jordan; his brother Doug Hall, wife les- sica, and children Josephine, Melanie, Sarah, and Felicity; his sister Paige Castor, hus- band Paul Castor, children Philip and Hayden; and Tara's family Kathleen Davis, Judge Paul Davis and wife Tricia Heil Davis, Tad Davis, Christian Davis and wife Tracie Mathews. Visitation will be on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Heart of Texas Funeral Ser- vices, 12010 Hwy West, Suite 210, Austin Texas, 78737. Services are pending at Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda, Texas. Donations in Dave's memory may be made to the Special Olympics of Texas. KOURI Maurine Allen Kouri, 87, of Austin, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 2. She was born June 2, 1923 in Buda and lived her entire life in the Buda and Austin areas. Maurine retired some years ago from her work with the Federal Government and she and her husband Tommy enjoyed travel and long- standing friendships with their many friends in Austin. Since Tommy's death, she maintained her sense of humor and positive attitude in spite of numerous health challenges. She was preceded in death by husband, Tommy Kouri in 1993; parents, Sid and Susie B. Allen of Buda, brothers, Chester Allen, Easton Allen and S. E. Allen; sisters, Thel: ma Lock, Moselle Barber and Marjorie Allen. Nephews, George Lock and wife Alba of Houston and Michael Al- len of Dallas survive her. Graveside services were held Friday, March 4, 2011 at Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca. VARLEY Pamela Janene Varley, beloved daughter and sister, of Kyle, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the age of 56. She was born on May 3, 1954 to Bernard and lanis Walker Varley in Austin. She was preceded in death by mother, lanis Varley. She is survived by father, Gene Varley and wife Katherine; sister, Beth Cathcart and husband, Kenny; niece, Lanette Filstrip, niece, Jamie Hearon and husband Mat- thew; great-nephews, Logan Hearon, Carter Hearon and great-niece, Willow Filstrip. A chapel service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10 at Harrell Funeral Home Chapel, 1715 Kirby at FM 2770, Kyle. Interment to follow at Kyle Cemetery. Odds & Ends: Uhland is growing Continued from pg 1C We are still working on our Wall of Honor and Memory and were encouraged by a let- ter, which included a picture and history ofa"young" man who served in the U.S Army Reserve from 1959 to 1965. His daughter states, "Dad and I think what you are doing is so great and are honored that you want to include Dad." Yes, we do and would like more response to this effort. The Women's Guild of St. John Lutheran Church met for a luncheon meeting on Saturday. R was decided to have another "Sock Drive" for nursing homes. Even if it is close to summer, the elderly need something to cover their feet during air condi- tioning time. The drive is for men and women. Also, a spe- cial food drive will be held on the last Sunday [March 27) and then quarterly on the last Sunday of the month. Because of conflicting events, the Harvest Festival will be held on October 22. More on this at a later date. Buda Bits: Spring ahead Continued from pg. 1C Birthday wishes go out to MichaelWayne Dees on March 10; Scott Bailey on March 11; 6-year-old Lawrence Dean Haberer on March 12; Cindi Hudson on March 13; Mac Freeman and GaryVacek on March 16. If you are reading this early on Thursday, you still have time to come down to the Onion Creek Senior Citizens annual event today. The ever-popular auction starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. Come on down and support the seniors of this community. on Sunday, March 13 Maybe the weather will also start to feel more like springtime in Texas with some warmer days and nights see Thinking about mak- ing a run for the Buda City Council? Better hurry- filing deadline is Monday, March 14. Spring break is next week for our schools, so have a safe and fun one. It's that time again, when we "spring forward" and set our clocks ahead one hour St. Patrick's Day is Thurs- day, March 17 so wear your "green" even if you are not Irish, you can drink green beer and party like you are. Station 122 295-9444 Open Everyday 295-6008 // U N A L H FM 2770 & Kohler s Crossing IV'dis at No Cost 1715 Kirby, Kyle,TX 78640 Cremation in Plum Creek New Bul/d/n8 w/th 512-268-8200 .s at Are you wondering what o do with the kids during pring break? Worry no more!You can bring them to the Kyte Public Library to leam origami, the art ofpaper folding. On Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16, Teresa Montalvo, a talented long- time member of the library staff, will teach origami at the library from 1-2:30 p.m. These are stand-alone workshops, so you can come to either one or to both. On Tuesday, CHECK IT OUT ...... are accompanied by someone who can help them. Although the targeted audience is children five and up, adults are welcome to participate as well. In the past, we have no- Teresa plans to walk attendees ticed that grown-ups enjoy the through creating a newspaper origami workshops as much boat or hat, a box, a swan and as the kids! a frog. On Wednesday, she will demonstrate folding a bangle bracelet, a flower with a stem, a ring and a crane with flap- ping wings. Children who attend should have adequate fine motor skills to fold paper precisely Why origami? Origamiis an inexpensive hobby that exercises the brain. Successfully completing origami projects can raise children's self-esteem and teach them delayed graft- fication. Origami can also en- courage readin~ children who attend the workshops are often For information, visit our website at or call Alicia at 512-995-1313 or 51 -668-4941 inspired to check out library books about origami. If you without becoming frustrated. Younger children may also enjoy the workshop, if they over s want to warm up before spring break, you can go to the website Teresa Montalvo has fond memories of learning paper folding from her mother, who made newspaper hats, tissue flowers and paper boats on rainy days. Come to the Kyle Library over spring break and make your own origami memories. Now Accepting Consignments! ~ a aha~ q ~ l~a wahl I~ NBIP l~ha~ a .at- l~o, a amid, a la~, a i~ Ib Iro ~ a~OMall ~ k, a In a~=ma 1,0aflla~ ~auL Thyme GARDEN CENTER iiii!:i +