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HaysFreePress.com EFFLUENT RICH Reclaimed water can save businesses money, conserve resources. - Page 1D April 10, 2013 Page 1C IT'S ABOUT THYME On Sunday aftemoon we're hosting aThai cooking event presented by Sap Apisaksiri, the owner of Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine, and MickVann, the horticuimrist, chef and food writer. It's always very exciting to have these experts at the nursery, and I thought it would be useful ahead of time to write about some of the herbs that are essential to successful Thai cooking. You can grow all of these very easily. Thai lime (citrus hytrix) - This is a lime tree that can be grown from cuttings or seed. The lime is rough and bitter and the tree is quite thorny. But it is the leaves that are used in abundance in Thai recipes. The zest of the fruit is also used in making curry pastes. Like most citrus, Thai lime (known as Mak-root in Thai- land) should be given a full sun to part shade exposure. Since most citrus isn't cold hardy, Thai lime should be grown in a container, so it can be protected in the winter. They are considered heavy feeders and should be given frequent applications of plant food, es- pecially during the growing sea- son (spring to fall). If you have ever wanted to grow citrus, this is a good place to start. Lemon grass (cymbopogon citrates) - This is a clump grass that is easy to grow and is used heavily in many Thai recipes. It can grow to a height of 4 feet and loves a sunny exposure. Lemon grass likes a deep soil, rich in compost, and a protect- ed spot away from the winter wind. After the first frost you should cut it back and mulch it heavily. The fleshy base of each stalk is used for cooking. It should be minced finely and ground in a food processor. Lemon grass is used to make curries, soups, and teas. Galangal ginger (aipinia galangal) -An exotic ginger with greenish-blue leaves and beautiful white flowers. It grows 4 to 5 feet in height and spreads via underground roots or rhizomes. Galangal ginger, or kha as it is known in Thailand, flour- ishes in the shade and requires some winter protection. If it is planted outside, it should be placed in a protected spot and mulched hea. ,.y for winter. It also does well as an indoor plant. Grown indoors, it should be given a sunny spot close to a window. The fleshy rhizome of this plant can be harvested for use in soups such as tom-khaa, and in stews. Thai sweet basil (oclmum basilicum var thyrsiflora) - Called horapa in Thai, this is an easy-to-grow summer annual herb related to sweet basil. It has a paler green leaf with purplish coloration close to the flower bracts. Like all basils, it enjoys a sunny exposure and moist, well-drained soil. Basil always dies away after the first bout of cold weather. However it can be grown in a sunny kitchen window or garden room. One can also save the seed for next spring's plant- ing. Thai sweet basil is used as a garnish for its aromatic qualities. Holy basil (ocimum temd- florum) - This is also very easy to grow in the spring through fall garden. Its leaves and flower bracts are purplish in color, adding a striking ornamental effect to the garden. Holy basil is always cooked before eating. It is used for stir-fry and has a very aromatic, peppery flavor. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a gardening ques- tion, send it to me via emaih iathyme@yahoo.com. (Please put Ask Chris Winslow' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to:Ask Chris Window. It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 Making the most of PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK Above, Ashley Aguirre of Kyle sets up her daughter, Genesis Gonzalez, 11 mos., for a spring photo at the Claiborne Kyte Log House during the annual Blooms over the Blanco event. Below, Nicole Baucum of Kyle takes photos of her daughters Samantha, 10 and Madison, 2. Cyann Baese, 3, of Kyle embodies Texas in her boots, sipping from a DQ cup. Paul, 3, John, 9 mos., and Katie Bickford of Kyle pose for their nana Linda Bickford who was in town from Piano. BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com C aldwell County resi- dent Alyssa Garza*, now 27, was eight PHOTO BYKIMHILSENBECK Alyssa Garza, 27, walked away from her emotionally abusive boy- friend with help from the Hays Caldwell Women's Center. She is now pulling her life back together, attending school and looking forward to the future. Richard never physically abused her, he did threaten to in several occasions. "Once or twice he raised his hand as if he was going to hit me," she recalled. But Rich- ard's pun- ishment for fights or not being able to fully control her came in the form of silence or insults. "He would ignore me and my son for weeks," Garza said. "He told me, 'you did this - you made me mad.' So I would have to apologize over and over." The insults came more and more frequently, she said. "He would tell me I was fat and ugly and no one would ever want me," "1 still see myself as fat and ugly because that's what he told me for three years." -Alysaa Garza*, victim of abuse Garza said. After she lo~ 60 pounds, she said Richard still wasn't happy. "He told me I was too skinny and looked anorexic," she said. "He said no one would want me looking like that, either." But it was his treat- ment of her son that re- ally motivat- ed Garza to take action. "When he was mad at me, he would pun- ish me by being mean to him," she said. "He would tell him hurtful things, like 'I'm not your dad' and 'I don't care about you.' It was aw- ful." Garza said Richard also spanked her son several months pregnant when her husband left her for another woman. "We were married for nine months when he decided that wasn't the life he wanted," Garza said in a recent interview. "He leads a very fast life. He likes to party and go out with a different girl every night. He has no worries in the world." Except he has four chil- dren and not all from the same woman. Garza's heart was broken. It was during this time when she felt her worst that she began hanging out with and talking to Richard, 40, a friend of her ex-husband. "He went through a divorce, too," Garza said. "He knew what I was going through. He was there for me." They started dating not long after she gave birth to her son, now five. They moved into his home not long after that. Richard was the only father figure her son ever knew. His real dad, Garza said, has only seen his child about four times since he was born and has never paid any child sup- port. But Richard provided a stable home for Garza and her son. And for two years, she said, everything was okay. "We spent all our time together," she said. "Even my parents loved him." Little by little, Garza said Richard started to try to ex- ert more and more control over her life. He wanted to control what she wore, where she went and who she was with, she said. And while Garza said times, but then he wouldn't let her comfort the boy. "I don't believe in spank- ing, so that always caused more arguments," she said. But mostly, she said he had "major trust issues" that led to him calling her while she was out asking her where she was, trying to catch her in a lie. "He would follow me then call and ask me what I was doing. I'd tell him where I was and he would say, "I know, I saw you.' I just couldn't do that any- more - I couldn't live that way," Garza said. "He even wanted me to quit my part- time job at a grocery store." And she said she knew the situation could esca- late. Whether Richard was projecting his anger about his ex-wife's departure with another man or dealing with residual baggage from his own childhood, Garza was never sure. "He didn't talk much about his parents and their family," she said. When her mom finally suggested she talk with someone at the Hays Caldwell Women's Center (HCWC), Garza said she knew it was time. "There were still good times, but the bad outweighed them," she said. "My mom said, 'I think you are in trouble,'" Garza said. "Even if I wasn't going to leave him, she wanted me to talk with someone about the situation." She connected with Ruby at HCWC. She put her son in therapy as well - he was starting to act out, hav- ing fits and yelling. Garza believes he was just imitat- ing what he saw going on between her and Richard. Garza said Richard kicked her out of their house several times be- See NO MORE, pg. 2C BUDA BITS A s in years past, Hope Palacios is always on the d. Jkstarfingline for the annual Capitol 10,000 race in Austin and last Sunday was no exception for the 77-year-old Buda resident. Palacios, who serves as a great role model for all senior citizens, crossed the finish line with a time of 1:36:02 giving her 5th place in the age division of 75-79. On the younger side, Jazmyn Uresti of Buda earned a 1st place ribbon in the age bracket of 16-19. Her time was docked at 46:44. Congratulations to both ladies. Congratulations also go out to long time Buda residents Benita and Douglas Gunn who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary onApril 6. The Story of the Kuykendall family, who had the largest cattle ranch in Hays County from the years 1902 tmti11965, is the latest documentary completed by the Hays County Historical Com- mission. The ranch, known as the 101 Ranch, was located be- tween Buda and Kyle. A showing oft.his film will be held on Thurs- day, April 18, following lunch at the Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center in Buda. The Buda center is located 420 Bartons Crossing, just offFM 2770. Onion Creek Senior Citizens elected new officers last week for their nine-member board of See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C CHECK IT OUT As a librarian for many years, I have heard varied reasohs why people should or should not pay a fine that has been assessed to their account. While we don't particularly like fines, they are neces- sary reminders to return library materials on time and to help recoup losses incurred from lost materi- als and lost circulation. Occasionally, a book is not picked up by the scanner and is returned to the shelf without being checked in. This does not happen as often as one might think. If a patron calls on the phone to renew items, they are renewed immediately while on the phone. Remember, to record the new due date, the date you called and the name of the staff member assisting you in case ques- tions arise later on. Renew- ing items by email and leav- ing phone messages, items are renewed as soon as the message is received which may be the next morning if you called after library clos- ing hours. There are those times when a catastrophic event has taken place in someone's life and that is taken into account when determining whether a fine/ fee should be adjusted ac- cordingly. In many cities, fines and fees go into the general operating budget of the city, as they do in Kyle. The city, in turn, gives the library an annual operating budget which is used to cover the See CHECK IT OUT, pg. 3C