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+ BEST BETS See what's going on this weekend - Page 5C April 15, 2015 Page 10 Mega Bunco rat, cry Montage by Pauline Tom Good times rolled on Saturday night at the local Mega Bunco fund- raiser that developed in Karen Herrmann's head when she attended a sim- ilar event with her mom in Ohio. (In like man- ner, a local weiner dog race developed in Diane Krejci's head. Watch for "our" Diane during pub- licity for the now world- famous Buda Weiner Dog Races.) At least 10 flocked to Mega Bunco from Mountain City. Karen Herrmann, Betty Puckett, Jay Puckett, Holly Cass, Marjie Kelley, Beth Smith, Elaine Kiernan, Amanda Porterfield, Patricia Por- terfield, and myself. Jay walked away with a tro- phy for Most Bunco's. Have you noticed the new stone-surrounded beds at the Pucketts' house midway on Live Oak Drive? Around a card table (dice table?), Betty shared that they have already planted over 500 bulbs. Some should be in bloom during each season of the year. Elaine Kiernan re- cently stopped by to let us know about an injured dove on Maple Drive. l~onTomwen.t for the bird While I went to the list of rehabilitators on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website. Making the trip to Dripping Springs gave to us the experience of how to direct others in the process. Sheryl Coff- man .directed us to box the bird, and provided directions to her ranch that's about 40 minutes away. With a quick look, Sheryl determined the mourning dove (with the most gorgeous turquoise eye rings) had a head injury. Ornithologists esti- mate that up to 100 mil- lion birds are killed each year by collisions with windows. AllAboutBirds. org gives word on what to with an avian window collision victim. If the bird is not seriously in- jured, place it in a small box for a few minutes without food or water, giving the bird time to re- vive, calm and safe. After two hours, it's time for a trip to the rehabilitator. Caring for an injured bird or wild animal is not for a novice; and, it's against the law. Move bird feeders way out from windows (30 feet or more) or way up close to windows (within 3 feet) to reduce mortal window strikes. A flock of black-bellied whistling ducks made quite a racket as they circled above Mountain City on Sunday afternoon about the time some received their 2015 edi- tion of the Mountain City Texas Directory. If you do not receive the directory soon, contact the city, moun- or 512-262-0028 The directory answers frequently asked ques- tions. In council meet- ings it often becomes ap- parent that not everyone knows that we are a City and have a standard set of ordinances (stored on "Before taking on any project please refer to MONTAGE, 2C Members of the Hays County Historical Commission work long and hard on a historic, yet County. While the cemetery is not open to the public, the commission members felt it was County, as members of the Wuthrich family are buried at the site. COURTESY PHOTO private, cemetery in North Hays important to the history of Hays SUBITTED REPORT nPrivate cemetery far north Hays ounty got a nice facelift recently, cour- tesy of volunteers from the Hays County His- torical Commission. The Peter Wuthrich Family Cemetery is on private property, but needed a bit of TLC for preservation. Earlier this year, members of the Historical Commission took to the place, cut- ting branches, cleaning away brush and more. The family cemetery, while not open to the public, is of historical importance because of the arrival of Ulrich Wuthrich and his broth- er Peter from Switzer- land to early Texas. The cemetery is ac- tually named for Peter Wuthrich, who came to America in 1853. A tall man with black hair and gray eyes, he emigrated along with several of ' his siblings, arriving in Texas via NewYork. His brother, Ulrich, arrived 20 years before Peter, and worked as a skilled wood craftman. He is said to have worked on one of General Anotnio Lopez Santa Anna's castles in Mexico. On his way back from Mexico, he was captured in the Battle of Goliad, but recognized by the Mexican colonel, who spared his life. He re- turned to this area of Texas, but he was killed while erecting a sawmill in Bastrop. Peter had another brother, John, who farmed in CedarVaUey in 1860. He and Peter served with the Con- federacy during the Civil War. John died in Brownville. Other family mem- bers include Anna Eliza- beth, Peter's sister, who was married to Conrad Pfluger, from whom the city of Pflugerville gets its name, and brother Matthias, who died in 1914. He was blinded in a thunderstorm in 1900 when a cow close to him was struck by lightning. Peter and his wife Elizabeth, who died in 1900, settled in the Cedar Valley area, close to Bear Creek. The 1900 census shows they had severn children, only three of whom survived. Elizabeth is thought to be buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery or on the ranch. Peter was appointed postmaster for Cedar Valley in late 1872, hold- ing that post for three years. Previously, the Wuthrichs were listed in Onion Creek, Travis County, postal area. Peter Wuthrich grew cane, oats, corn and milo maize on his place. He ginned his cotton at Driftwood. Peter was involved in the affairs of Hays County and made the long trek to San Marcos. He was part of a group that, in 1881, assisted commissioners court in the selection of plans for a new courthouse. Peter died at the age of 94 in 1923. It is unclear exactly where Peter was buried. But the children of Peter and Elizabeth Wuth- rich are buried under a huge live oak tree in the tiny graveyard that was recently given a facelift. Each grave has a thin conical piece of limestone on which the circle of life was carved. The cemetery also in- cludes headstones for both Peter and Eliza- beth. BY KIM HILSENBECK AmfeW years ago, af- ter watching the ovie' Twilight," Kyle resident Scott Abe] turned to his wee and said, "Wow-- that movie was based on a best-sell- ing novel. I can do that." Meaning, write a best- selling book and have it turned into a movie. He laughed. "Very naively, very naively I said that," he quipped. Has he done any writ- ing in the pasff No. "I'd never given much thought to being a pub- lished author," Abel said. "I knew nothing about writing." Yet this now 42-year- old father of two did exactly what he said he would. At least in terms of writing and getting published. "Sunrise," his first book, was released in February by publisher Lycaon out of Canada. The novel tells the tale of an angel who gets involved with a mortal as she's trying to help him. It's geared toward the young adult market and has elements of the paranormal, supernatu- ral and suspense. The initial novel took quite a while to write -- almost a year for his first draft manuscript. "I would sneak in writ- ing whenever I could," he said. That meant at swim and dance practices, or early in the morning be- fore everyone else woke. Sometimes, Abel wrote deep into the night. This was in addition to his day job and being a dad. He is a policy ana- lyst for the Texas Depart- ment of Family and Pro- tective Services, of which Child Protective Services (CPS) is a part. He pro- vides recommendations on policy issues. "I look at any type of policy or procedure changes the agency wants to do and I do a lot of research on that particular issue and then I give them my recom- mendations to consider," he said. "It's like process improvement." He previously worked for the Texas Depart- ment of State Health Services and Office of Inspector General. Abel's past also in- dudes a degree in sports science and a law degree. But rather than pursuing a life in the courtroom, he worked in compli- ance enforcement for collegiate athletics at TCU, the University of Northern Colorado and most recently, St. Ed- ward's University. Why write a novel about angels for the young adult genre? "I think you have more creativity, more flexibility as an author," he said. "That age target is a little more apt to suspend dis- belief." Abel said his audience isn't only people under 24 -- readers of any age LOCAL AUTHOR, 2C Scott J. Abel sunrise, by Kyle auth0r scott J. Abel. can be found on and This is Abel's first novel. He is working on a sequel and may write a trilogy. It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow For a low-maintenance ornamental tree, you cannot beat the good old crape myrtle. This wonderful flowering tree or shrub (depending on the variety) provides three seasons of color without a lot of fuss or mainte- nance. They bloom for months on end, and they come in any size you could imag- ine. Once established they can hold up with our native tree species during even the most prolonged droughts. Vibrant color and water conservation rolled together into one beautiful tree. Muskogee, for example, grows to a height of 25 to 30 feet, and blooms for up to four months! Its blos- soms are light-lavender and have a strong resis- tance to powdery mildew. Its fall leaf color is red and yellow and in winter its bark is grey and pinkish- brown. IT'S ABOUT THYME, 2C is Nat'l Poetry Mordh Check it Out by Liz Ray, Kyle Library April is National Poetry Month, and the Kyle Public Library has an assortment of poetry for readers of all ages! In honor of this special time I'd like to feature a new and unique style of poetry that's been wildly popular since its introduction to the mainstream in 2010. It's called blackout poetry and it's been taking read- ers by storm! Blackout poetry is a form of erasure poem, in which a poem is created by erasing words from an existing text. In blackout poetry, poets search for significant words and/ or images in daily news- papers and then use a permanent marker to black out whatever words are unwanted. The end result is the creation of an entirely new work from a previously published text. Unlike traditional writ- ing styles in which works are added to create a new text, here the author deletes them instead. But the result is the same: an entirely new work. Blackout poetry's origin is traced back to Aus- tin author (and former librarian) Austin Kleon, who came up with the technique while suffering a severe case of writer's block. He started working with discarded copies of The New York Times and, according to a June 2010 interview in the University of Texas at Austin's student newspaper The Daily Tex- an, originally viewed what he was doing as little more than a creative writing exercise. However, when he published his black- out poetry on his blog, popular response was CHECK IT OUT, 3C + + t/Ill] IJ ] ]l] I ! li I! [