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HaysFreeP~ss.com J ree ]res CAFE FOR SALE Uhland Cafe owners hang up their aprons. - Page 1D March 16, 2011 Page 1C ,rs one step closer to center BUDA BITS Ain.big Buda thank you to who participated the 28th annual membership meeting auc- tion and lunch at Onion Creek Senior Citizens Cen- ter last Thursday. The event netted a tot= 1 of $10,111, which benet itted the build- ing fund for the new senior center. Caro~-n Hesser, treasurer of file non-profit organization said, "this community vants this center and they want to see it built now." Much of the credit for the success- ful auction goes out to Lt. See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C CongratulalJons and coWections ODDS & O ops! I goofed again; I omitted two busi- nesses last week that are also in Uhland. Jack Powell Electric located in downtown Uhland and Lira Auto Repair located on Heideureich Lane. Both are important to have in the community; my apolo- gies to both. Let's hope in the next week or so, I can report another business. Who said women can't keep a secretI Marie Sch- neider was honored on her 86th birthday on Saturday, March 12 at the Uhland home of her sister, Dorothy Schneider. The surprise party was a well-kept secret attended by Marie's sisters, Evelyn Buehring and Linda Loep, as well as many nieces, grandnieces, sister-in-law and friends and a cousin, Richard Kir- choff (Motzie) and friend, Dianna of Austin. Chips, dips, sandwiches, plates of fnxit, veggies and of course two birthday cakes (white and chocolate) baked by son Dwight, were enjoyed, along with visiting, recalling ancestors who lived on the farms around Rogers Ranch and Niederwald. All wished Marie a happy birthday with many more healthy years. Congratulations to Raney Moore on winning first place in pole vault at the Jr. Rebel Relays last Thursday. Raney represent- ed Barton Middle School. Raney placed 4th in his class in the Yorkshire Pig Show. Cooper Moore's Cross Breed was not as for- tunate. Everyone enjoyed the Houston Livestock Show. Danny and Beverly Kleen along with granddaugh- ters Emily a~d Tia of Buda stopped by the home of Uncle Raymond and Aunt Myrtle Heideman after church Sunday morning to deliver some pictures and history for the Honor and MemoryWall to honor those that served in the mili They also reported on a trip they made with Royd and Jennie Barker of Dale, to Louisiana recently to go to Mardi Gras. Theyvisited the parish of Arcadia to watch the"chicken runs" at several homes in the countryside. They also visited some small towns in the area to see festivals and parades. PHOTO BY BRUCE FISHER The living dead, students playing the role of drunk driving victims, parade out of Hays High School as part of the Shattered Dreams program last week. Mock wreck dramatizes consequences of drinking and driving PHOTO BY BRUCE FISHER STAFF REPORT Local first responders and students staged a fuil-scale mock drunk driving crash in front of Hays High School on Thursday as part of the Shattered Dreams anti-drinking and driving program. Hays County Sheriff's Of- fice deputies, Kyle and Buda police and fire departments, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, a local am- bulance service, Seton Medi- cai Center Hays and Harrell Funeral Home participated in the drama. Students played the roles of dead and injured car wreck victims, one of which will be taken by medical helicopter to the hospital. A student will also play the role of a drunk driver responsible for the accident. Throughout the school day, students were pulled from their classes at the rate of one every 15 minutes, the same rate at which people die in drinking related car crashes in the U.S. The 'living dead' students returned to class, darkly painted and dressed, and were not supposed to speak for the rest of the day. The bloody theatrics were part of a weeldong roster of anti-drinking and driving and anti-texting and driv- ing program at Hays High. Started by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith and her daughters in 2001, the mock crash is staged at least once every three years. Student council sponsor David Bowe coordinates the efforts. i (Above) A 'victim' had to be taken to the ,hospital by helicopter after a gory School on Thursday. (Below) The student actor arrives at Seton Medical Center Hays. PHOTO COUHTESY OF 8ETON HOSPITAL Mr. CiTY "~N'wa .waW~vesC.-urgeous red, te and blue in our back- yard~ Not a flag- an Eastern Bluebird male wing-waves as he courts his sweetie. Soon, we should join manyTexans with blue egg clutches ...... The makes-my-heart- throb-as-peaceful-waves- roll-through-my soul bluebird male perches atop a nearby nesCbox on a lO-foot pole in the center of our backyard. Position bluebird nestboxes near high perches, such as tree limbs, telephone wires, or taller poles. Blue- birds use them to protect their nest and to search for insects towards the ground. A coyote hair-pluckin' Black-crested Titmouse finished a nest in the nestbox to tho column just outside our bedroom door. The bottom portion of the' nest consists of green moss- es, lichens, and a few leaves, interwoven with coyote hair. Atop the thick base is a soft layer, mostly of coyote fur;, and, in the center is her nest cup. Once she lays eggs (one a day, like most cavity- nesting birds), she'll cover the eggs with the soft material when she leaves the nest. Here in Central Texas, her nest looks just like the nest of a Carolina Chickadee. It's easy to tell them apart- watch for the occupant. Atop the fieezer in our garage, RonTom found a CarolinaWren nest in a red and white cardboard box with trash bags. (Year after year, wrens come through the doggie door into our safe haven garage.) Distinguish it t~om a Bewick's Wren nest because it comes "up and over" inside the boll rather than sitting flat. And, it contains mostly leaves and leaf skeletons; whereas the Bewick'sWren sticks pretty much to sticks. A birder friend taught me an ID trick years ago, GWhile helping me with ~, ..~, ~ mat Backyard Bird ~ Bewick's Wren, rather slen~~ with a grayish breast;, Carff: : ii linaWmn, somewhat plump with a buffy-colored breast. / Just two wren species nest' in Mountain City. Never ever will we have a House Wrens;?= nest, as their nesting terdt~ is almost exclusively aorth~: the Red River. ~. , " i,. :i({ Going backtoblueb'm!s )i~o ... I mustadndt,'i~i trickin the bookto Qtmlct~ bluehird~ Some~ ~ have "faux holes" p~dnte~!: s~des, I provided numerous styie~ And, I sprinlded a few mealworms in some contain- ~ amomg c than the product in a tube. Some nes Callahans has the tub. Always NAbluebirdsoci- ety.org sells the tube. Happy belated March 8th birthday to former mayor, LaVeme McClendon. And, prayers for the family. By the l~-ne this prints, Ralph Sr. should be home while doing physical therapy at Legend Oaks. I wish NancyWaddell had tall-tale tidbitted. It's tree. Before month-end, she and Rick will move to San Angelo. Wave goodbye. I feel waves of tears coming on. Send tidbits to 512-268- 5678 or ptom5678@gnmi]. com