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HaysFreePress.com Buda eyes legislation to use hotel funds for sports venues. - Page 1D March 22, 2017i PaoeiC PHOTO BY CHRIS REID Odee Pink is a local gardener-friendly tea rose. Roses can be a beau- tiful, easily-grown addition to any yard that has lots of sun and room for them to grow. (To thrive they need a minimum of 6-8 hours sunshine.) But within the rose family there are differ- ent groups and classes, and if you understand these, you'll have a better understanding of which roses will work best in your yard, and which ones will give you the shape, color or fragrance that you're looking for. Roses are divided into three main groups: antiques, old garden, and modern. The groups are then divided into classes. These give us an idea of how a rose will grow, bloom and thrive in a particular area. l manda by Amanda Moon Some classes, for example, do best with a heavy pruning every year, and others are better left alone. ANTIQUE ROSES This class contains roses that were intro- duced before 1867, when the first hybrid tea rose, La France, was intro- duced. In some cases many of these roses have been grown somewhere on this planet for more than 1000 years. So you could say those still in ASK AMANDA, 3C W!addy Thompson id not let the ct that he had been a private citizen for two weeks keep him from asking one more life-saving favor of Santa Anna on March 23, 1844. Texans naively presumed their neighbors in New Mexico would jump at the chance to join the Lone Star Republic. So, in the summer of 1841, President Mirabeau Lamar sent more than 300 soldiers, merchants and a grab bag of adventurers to deliver an engraved invitation and to stake Texas' claim to the lucrative trade of the Santa Fe Trail. But the Mexican army was waiting for the trespassers. Tricked into surrendering by a snake in their own grass, the so-called Pioneers were disarmed, shackled and forced-marched hundreds of miles into the interior of Mexico. The capture of the Santa Fe Expedition caused an angry uproar not only in Texas but also throughout the United States. Newspapers, state legislatures and public rallies put extreme pressure on the federal government to take swift and effective action. Secretary of State Daniel Webster instructed his minister to tell the Mexicans in no uncertain terms that Washington expected the immediate release of every American and humane treatment of the Texans. When the request was ignored, President John Tyler appointed an ex- Texas History by Bartee Haile congressman as a special envoy to intercede on the prisoners' behalf. Waddy Thompson, Jr. of South Carolina was the man for the job. During his three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Whig had tirelessly championed the Texas cause. He overcame foot- dragging by President Andrew Jackson and the opposition of New England fanatics, ted by former White House occupant John Quincy Adams, to obtain diplomatic recognition for the new nation 11 months "after the Battle of San Jacinto. Thompson was hardly surprised by his chilly reception in Mexico City. Relations between the two countries had been strained since Texas independence, and over the years he had said a lot of harsh things about his hosts. But the unwelcome foreigner warmed Santa Anna and his cabinet right up by speaking to them in Spanish at their first meeting. He had gone to the trouble of learning the language, something unheard of for a U.S. diplomat in those days. Thompson made such a positive impression on Santa Anna that the dictator agreed to face- TEXAS HISTORY, 2C The RED-y to Read Program at or minihorses for free as a form REDArena in Dripping Springs allows readers of hippotherapy, or horse-based therapy. of all ages PHOTO COURTESYOFREDARENA and skilllevelstoread to horses BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com ATs someone who has worked ound horses for many ears, Julie Froidcoeur has seen how therapeutic the animals can be for people. Through RED Arena, a Drip- ping Springs-based 501-C 3 nonprofit organization, a type of horse-based therapy, or hip- potherapy, can now help those who aim to boost their reading confidence. RED -y To Read is an Equine Facilitated Learning program that began roughly three weeks ago at the organization's 20-acre facility on Bell Springs Road in Dripping Springs. Froidcoeur said a recent founda- tion grant allows residents partici- pate in RED-y To Read for flee. The program, which is open to all ages, allows individuals to openly read aloud to one of nine full-sized horses or two minia- ture horses that are a part of the program. One of the primary benefits for readers is the ability to build con- fidence in their abilities without the prospect of being criticized or corrected. Parents who try to correct younger readers can sometimes discourage them, Froidcoeur said. She added the horses don't criticize, correct or judge, but just listen. Karen Baile~ RED Arena farm "Most importantly, we wanted to empower those kids and adults who perhaps don't feel comfortable reading in front of a group ... They can read in front of a horse." - Karen Bailey, RED Arena farm manager and volunteer coordinator manager and volunteer coordi- nator, said when the idea of the reading program sprouted, the first goal was to share the arenas resources with others. RED Arena, which was founded in 2008, serves approximately 110 to 130 people per week who hail from all parts of Central Texas, including Kyle, Buda, Wimberley and Dripping Springs. The facility is a therapeutic riding center that offers hippotherapy to those with learning needs and those with a physical disability. "Most importantly, we wanted to empower those kids and adults who perhaps don't feel comfort- able reading in front of a group," Bailey said. "They can read in REDY TO READ, 4C Why read to can benefit readers in various ways. Pets can be considered a general source of support Human-animal interaction can make the learning process more comfortable and enjoyable for children Autistic children who were skills anc compared with those who read to human volunteers n schedule, "our" Eastern Bluebird eggs hatched on Sunday, March 12. Bluebirds hatch about as ugly as it gets. Almost naked and blind, in just over two weeks they'll be fully-feathered, jumping up and down, ready to fly out into the world near the end of March. Just last week I read of a chick hatched by the w6rld's oldest known bird. Guess how old? ... Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross is thought to be at least 66 years old. She nests at a wildlife refuge at the Papah- anaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii. For her, it takes nearly seven months to Montage by Pauline ~m incubate an egg and raise a chick to fledge. Death hit one of Mountain City's secretive "ringtails" on Cedar at Pin Oak on Sunday night. Sally Kachoris snapped a photo. Many years ago, we occasionally saw one in our backyard live oaks. It's sometimes called a "ringtail cat". A cat it is not. It's shaped like a mink, with a ringed-tail about as long as its body. MONTAGE, 4C The bluebirds when the birds PHOTO BY PAULINE TOM have hatched! This picture was taken where six days old.