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li ' .... i( .... HaysFreePress.com Buda Bar and Grill closes its doors on April 1. - Page 1D March 27, 2013 Page 1C Time for a bulldog reunion BUDA BITS n Saturday, April 13, the doors of Buda Elementary School will open at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium and it will become the old Buda High School for a day. Former students, teach- ers and Bulldog friends are welcome to attend the annual "Buda High Forever Reunion." A barbecue lunch catered by Wilhite's in Creedmoor will be served at noon for a cost of $10 per plate. There will be a silent auction (donations are appreciated). A drawing will be held for a quilt made by Janet (Rylander) Cauthen, Connie (Conner) Armbruster, Judy (Thompson) Powell and Karry (Thompson) Matson will be raffled. Tickets for the draw- ing are $2 each or six for $10. All proceeds from the lunch, auction and raffle benefit the reunion fund. The honor classes are the years of 1943, 1953 and 1963. Plan on April 13 to join your classmates in renewing old friends, making new ones and enjoying a good meal along with lots of laughs. ooe Henry and Barbara Mc- Culloch were honored for their 25 years of service with the Faith Assembly of God Church last Sunday morning. The McCuUochs lived in our area, raised their daughters here and Henry served as minister of the church. Now they have retired and the new minister is the McCulloch's son-in-law, Gary Carlson and along with his wife, Sheryl (McCuUoch) they will continue to care for the church and its membership at 1030 Main Street in Buda. / ooo Birthday wishes go out to Frank Morgan and Craig Odell on March 28; Jerry McCormick and Colton Odell on March 29; Sarah Nicole Chabarria on March 30; Kayla Duley and Lisa Klingemann on March 31. ooo Use caution when driving on RR967 near Ruby Ranch next week, as traffic 11 shift lanes while the construction is underway there for the turn lane. $$O March is slipping away and we should take note that this month had five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays! Won't see that happening again anytime soon. Enjoy your Easter. PHOTO BY TREVOR CUTLER Sunrise saviors Sheriff and son rescue girl from isolated car wreck BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com asey Karhan, 23, has no memory of the accident that left her in the middle of a field in the middle of January during a night when it was below freezing. And that may be a good thing. Driving home from work around 10 p.m. on Jan. 20, Karhan ran her black pickup truck offthe road on U.S. Hwy 290 West just inside the Blanco County line. She had been at work since eight that morning. She believes she fell asleep at the wheel. Nine hours later, a father and son heading out on an early morning hunt happened to see Karhan's black truck off the side road down an incline. The pair turned around and went back to see what happened. Karhan may consider herself fortu- nate that the men who saw that truck were Hays County Sheriff, Gary Cutler, and his son Trevor Cutler. Trevor said he saw the vehicle out of the corner of his eye while looking for deer. Cutler said he and Trevor climbed down the embankment and checked the truck, which was severely damaged, according to the father and son. The pickup was empty, and initially they thought maybe the owners would come back for it when it was light; dawn was just breaking in the sky. The sheriff then spotted Karhan about 20 yards away, lying on her side. She waswearing shorts because she worked in a hot kitchen as a prep cook. The men immediately called 9-1-1. "I called dispatch thinking we had a fatality," Cutler said. They were both surprised when Trevor saw Karhan's stomach and chest still moving, barely, as she breathed. Karhan suffered a broken femur, a PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Top: The battered Ford pickup truck that Casey Karhan of Blanco roiled off an embankment on Hwy 290 West Above: Karhan meets her sunrise saviors, Sheriff Gary Cutler and his son Trevor Cutler, two months after they found her y ng in a field. They thought she was dead. fractured tibia, a fractured pelvis, sev- eral broken ribs and some hearing loss in one ear. Yet she is grateful to be alive. While she doesn't remember the ac- cident, she considers herself one lucky lady. In Cutler's office last Thursday, Kar- han managed to walk in- no small feat given her recent injuries - and person- ally thank the two men who likely saved her life. "Obviously I just want to thank both of y'all," she said. "I mean, I wouldn't be here obviously." Her voice was quiet and she ap- peared to be on the verge of tears. She looked down, then looked back up. "But uh, I just, you know. I don't know- y'all were just sent to me and I'm so grateful. I don't know what I would do without both ofy'all. Like I'm truly blessed and y'all just blessed my life; all of our lives." She was referring to her parents, Gay and Jim Karhan, who sat on a couch watching their daughter as she gave a heartfelt thanks to the Cutler men. "It's unbelievable how good we feel about it now," Karhan's dad said. 'ad how horrible we felt when we got the call. Nobody should live coming out of that truck." "We're probably just as happy as you are," Trevor said. "We're glad this story has a happy ending," Sheriff Cutler said. Cemetery group works to save Hanging Tree BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Anold oak tree stands in the Kyle Cemetery, its leaves and branches struggling to survive. Like many live oak trees in Central Texas, the prolonged drought has taken its toll. But this tree is a bit differ- ent. It's the "Hanging Tree," which lore and legend say is how the cemetery began in 1849, according to Kyle Cem- etery Association President Jane Kirkham. Kirkham said the tree was just not doing well; it didn't produce acorns last year. To- day, the tree is under the care of arborist Vincent Debrock, whose runs Heritage Tree Care in San Marcos. Debrock is a bit like a Tree Whisperer, nursing sick trees back to health. He takes care of many historic trees in Cen- tral Texas, from San Antonio to Georgetown. In fact, he is the master gar- dener behind the saving of the 'uction Oak," another locally famous tree in Kyle. Under his care, the Hanging Tree is undergoing a steady process of mulching and deep root watering. He has refused to even trim the branches be- cause it could crumble. Debrock estimates the tree to be at least two hundred years old, qualifying it as what's called a Heritage Oak - a des- ignation based on age and size rather than specimen. "Poor tree," he said in a recent interview. It's barely hanging in there." No pun intended. A windstorm in February that produced damage around the region also wreaked hav- oc on the Hanging Tree. The wind caused two large limbs to break off the tree. Fortu- nately, they were not the main branches. Kirkham is concerned the tree could create a situation where the tree could cause damages in the cemetery. She said Debrock suggested put- ting a fence around the tree, which would both allow it to heal and prevent human dam- age to the ground or root sys- tem. According to Kirkham, the Kyle Cemetery Association is exploring the cost of fencing offthe area under the tree. That is another expense, as with the need for Debrock, that wasn't in the organization's budget. Kirkham said Kate Johnson, president of the Hays County Historical Commission, of- fered to ask that group's board to share in the cost of nurs- ing the Hanging Tree back to health. On the bright side, Debrock said while the tree is in "very poor health," he believes it is also a survivor. "There are no signs of dis- ease or bug attack," he said. He said he can do little things to keep it going; mulch- ing and watering. "Those will go a long way," Debrock said. PHOTO BY JANE KIRKHAM The Hanging Tree in Kyle which is suffering the effects of age and drought is being nursed back to health by local arborist Vincent Debrock. The critter count is up in Mt. City A: MT. CITY "Yes, this was seen in Mountain City" appears most every week in "Montage". Walking across lawns on Hemlock last week: seven wild turkeys. The resident who reported the spectacle was not drinking Wild Turkey. See page 3C. I saw a daytime Armadillo running across Lynn Cobb's yard, still without her baby. She headed towards the Koehn's backyard on Maple. The Koehn House (still sometimes called "The Glaze House"), just across from the new construction, is on the market. A fond farewell to good neighbors Charlie and Stephanie and family. James Polk sent word on Monday, "HUMMERS ARE BACK!II! Make sure you get your feeders out for them! Ruby Throat and Black Chinned are at my feeder! Enjoy!" Even last week The Polk's and The Tom's saw hummingbird, starting on Thursday, March 21. See MONTAGE, pg. 3C Time for salsa gardening i ff'S ABOUT THYME " t's simple to create the perfect salsa garden. All .you need is to grow some peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime.., and mix them together in a way that suits your taste buds. Luck- ily, most of them grow fairly easily in our Hays County gardens. Peppers: Plant your favorite type of pepper in a sunny spot in the spring after the last freeze. The plants will keep producing peppers all the way through the summer until the first frost of winter. A clear favorite for salsa is the jalapeno. They come in a number of heat and size options. If you don't like your salsa too caliente, choose the TAM mild jalapeno. For those who like giant jaiapenos, I suggest 'jumbo Hidalgo.' Other peppers work well too: chilipetins, serranos, habaneros, and New Mexico Hatch chilies (Anaheim or Sandias). Tomatoes: Plant these at the same time as pep- pers, after winter's last frost.. The most popular for salsa is the Roma tomato. These are dense and meaty, with low moisture and few seeds. They're considered one of the easiest tomatoes to grow, and the plants are big and prolific. Onion: Usually started in the fall, onions will produce till the end of May. After har- vest, store them in an airy, dry and cool location through the summer months. Cilantro: This would nor- maily be grown in the cooler time of the year, and presents a challenge in the summer months. As the heat index rises, cilantro bolts, then blooms and turns to seed. It's almost impossible to grow when it's hot. See :ASK CHRIS, pg. 3C