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HaysFreePress.com MUD CONFLICT MUD pits private property rights against environmental concerns. - Page 1D April 17, 2013 Page lC Central Texas gardeners go IT'S ABOUT THYME There has never been an easier time to go green. And you know what? It's about time! Thank goodness garden- ing products like mala- thion, dursban, diazinon, spectracide, triforine, and a thousand others are no longer viable options to combat our garden pests. Thank goodness also that we no longer have to rely on toxic chlorinated hydrocar- bons and organo-phosphates to do the simple job of con- trolling a few pesky insects. Today; enviro-ffiendly choic- es abound. No longer are they hard to find. They fill garden center shelves everywhere. At the forefront of the green gardener's arsenal are benefi- cial insects. You can buy lady- bug beetles, praying mantids, lacewings, trichogama wasps, and beneficial nematodes to kill grubworms, aphids, leafminers, spider mites, and caterpillars (larvae). Biological sprays also abound. Spinosad, a soil bacterium, is an effective, broad spectrum insecticide that controls just about every garden pest. Thuricide (Bac- cilus thurengensis), a ben- eficial bacteria, targets the larval stage of insects. If it's a caterpilla~it doesn't stand a chance. Serenade (Baccilus subtilis) is a beneficial bacteria that controls fungus such early blight on tomatoes and pow- dery mildew on roses, squash, and crape myrtles. All are rated as organic and safe. (Be sure to following instructions on the labels.) There are also choices such as soap and oil sprays that suffocate insects. Diatoma- ceous earth, for example, scratches the outer shell of most crawling insects. Neem oil from the Neem tree (Azaditachta indica) smothers insects and also acts as an anti-feedant. When insects sense Neem, they go the other way. How does Neem oil work? It enters the system and blocks the real hormones from working properly, according to the Discover Neem web- site. "Insects 'forget' to eat, to mate, or they stop laying eggs. Some forget that they can fly. If eggs are produced they don't hatch, or the larvae don't molt." With today's organics, it simply doesn't make any sense to choose the more toxic op- tion. Make the right choice, and feel good about your con- tribution to a safer, greener, less toxic environment. As always, if you have ques- tions about any of these prod- ucts, please give me a call, send me an e-mail, or just come by for a chat. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to ia- thyme@yahoo.com. Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Aus- tin, TX 78748 www.itsabout- thyme.com Manchaca Style Five Hays High School students who are also residents of Chaparral Park in Manchaca eschewed tradition and had their pre-prom festivities at the home of one of the girls. Her parents decked out the deck with lights, flowers and candles providing a Texas-style ambiance under the open skies. On Saturday, 14 mostly juniors and seniors donned their prom finery and headed to the backyard for a homegrown good time. Parents of the prom goers each contributed to the event: food, beverages, plates, silverware. The students played ladder golf, took some photos and enjoyed an outdoor meal of grilled pork chops, garlic mashed pota- toes and garden grown lettuce. The long dinner table included butcher paper and crayons to allow creative sides to emerge. At the end of the evening, everyone had a name card, menu and their artwork to take home for scrapbooks and memory boxes. The Hays High prom took place at the LBJ Ballroom on the campus of Texas State University. The Lehman High School prom will be held May 11 also at the Texas State University ballroom. PHOTOS BY IQM HILSENBECK Representatives from Pedernales Electric Cooperative and sev- eral Kyle organizations gather in front of a live oak planted next to city's historic city hall. The live oak, which PEC donated to the city, symbolizes the Coopera- tive's roots in the Hill Country and its ongoing commitment to the communities it serves. Pictured, (I-r) are: Michael Racis, PEC Vice President of Communications; Julie Beggs, PEC Vice President of Corporate Services; David Wil- son, Kyle City Council Member; Kerry Urbanowicz, Parks and Recreation Director; Penny Krug, President of Kyle Area Senior Zone; Beth Smith, Justice of Peace; Lanny Lambert, Kyle City Manager; Becky Selbera, Kyle City Council Member; Bob Di- Fonzo, PEC Kyle District Director; and Pete Krug with the Kyle Area Senior Zone. COURTESY PHOTO IDA BITS A good time was had at South Austin Tres igos last Friday night as the class of 1963 Buda High School gathered to celebrate their 50th year reunion. Also on hand to help in the cel- ebration were members of the classes of 1962 and 1964 mak- ing a total of 41 in attendance. Hazel Rylander presented the program along with a special tribute in memory of long time Buda teacher Elizabeth (]im) Barton Porter. All en- joyed the evening and every- one agreed that the 50 years went by very fast. On Saturday more grads from old Buda High School gathered at the old high school for the annual reunion. There were 151 former stu- dents and friends who came together and enjoyed their time visiting and reliving old times. Following the catered lunch in the cafeteria at noon, a program was held in the auditorium where the classes of 1943, 1953 and 1963 were honored. Joy (Felp.s) Simmons was the lucky winner of the quilt in the raffle drawing. As the day came to an end with the singing of"Buda High For- ever," it was announced that the next reunion will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the same time, same place and hopefully same folks will be around to come back. See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C MT, CITY "aybe you thought we reached the limit of unusual wildlife sightings in Mountain City? I sure wondered, until Iames Polk tidbitted on Resurrection Sunday evening. "While enjoying a late Easter afternoon snack on our back porch, we were blessed by the appearance of a pair of Black-bellied Whistling Tree Ducks. First time we had ever seen one. We were entertained by the whistling sounds they made. An Easter miracle?" Stephanie lamail sent word on Facebook that they've been visiting her yard, too. So, that's the word from south side. What's happening on the north side of Mountain City? Tag. You're it? One morning in early April, an Axis doe encouraged her fawn to hop our high-enough- to-contain dachshunds See MONTAGE, pg. 2C "1 am fortunate to have a fulfilling job where I can direct my energy towards hetping ~!so grateful tO have time for my three small children at home of my flexible work schedUie?! ~ Ana Vela I Revenue Cycle Specialist' I Valued Employee Since 2001 Best Places to Work Austin Business Journal +