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+ NO MO' POLLO Restaurant chain closes San Marcos locations. - Page 1D Kyle, HaysFreePress.com ? April 26, 2017- Page 1C MtCny Montage by Pauline Tom I~ySSMe extends to ou an invitation o the BudaWiener Dog Races this weekend. There's a full schedule in this newspaper and on budalionsclub.com At the time of weaving together this Montage, the time of KissMe's heat had not been announced. It's likely to be in the 10 a.m. batch since he registered early. Outside our office window on the Turk's Cap, we watched three "lizards" this past week. The green anole and Texas spiny lizard we expected. An identification is not yet in on a prehistoric-looking lizard with a jagged Mohawk-looking ridge coming up from behind his head and extending most of the way down his back. Outside our breakfast window, a White- crowned Sparrow splashed in the boulder birdbath one day last week. Mostly we're seeing Lesser Goldfinch, Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebird, Blue Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Chickadee, R~:~,, ,;~ : throated Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Summer Tanager. Any day now, someone will have Motmtain City's FOS (first of season) report on Painted Bunting. On Monda a squirrel came through KissMe's side door into our garage and helped himself to black oil sunflower seeds in a 50-pound bag in a wheelbarrow. From the kitchen, RonTom heard a noise. Outside, we offer squirrels whole peanuts in a new spiral wire wreath feeder. A belated Happy Birthday to my friend and neighbor, Elaine IOernan, April 23rd Tiffany Curnutt posted a notification on Loving Mountain City's Facebook page, "Now is the time to buy your Easter Egg Hunt prize donations on sale! We will take your donations all year long...." Keep your eyes open for huge discounts. Two of the three winners at Loving Mountain City's 2017 Easter Egg Hunt were children of fathers who were raised in Mountain City- Jeremy Davis and Brandon Patterson. The Easter Egg Hunt was made possible through behind the scenes work by Patricia Brown Porterfield, Penny Moulder and their families. Loving Mountain City extends ghratitude to everyone o donated prizes, eggs, and candy and especially the annual Grand Prize Basket contributors, Everett and Beth Smith. A robust Montage comes about with the help of contributors. I take tidbit donations all year long. Emall tom5678@gmail.com (Subject: TIDBIT) or leave a message at 512- 268-5678. Thanks! Love, PTom All four members of the Lathers family gaze upon the kitchen of their new home for the first time during a welcome of Tupelo Drive in Kyle Saturday. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III home ceremony held in the 100 block Charitable organization provides ,home for local vet BY MOSES LEOS III Cars lined the 100 block of Tupelo Drive in Kyle when police escorted Daniel Lathers and his family's SUV to the driveway of their new home. Once there, numer- ous friends, family and well-wishers applauded and smiled as the Lathers looked upon the brick exterior residence. But for Lathers, a Unit- ed States Marine Corps veteran who suffers from injures sustained after three tours to Iraq, the home meant much more than a roof over his fam- fly's head. It also signified the willingness of volunteers to help disabled veterans such as he to find nor- malcy after combat. Building Homes for Heroes (BHFI-I), a national 501(c)3 non- profit, builds or remodels homes for disabled or wounded veterans and gifts them mortgage-free. The program began to assist veterans following the events of Sept. 11 and the subsequent conflicts in the Middle East. ]essica Baker, Texas Team leader with BHFH, said the goal of the pro- gram is to provide peace of mind for veterans. It also works to combat the issue of homelessness for veterans. "We are slowly but surely making a mean- ingful impact to provide homes and families with a sense of stabil- ity, so they can focus on rebabiliation and not be bound by a mortgage payment or navigate a home they may not own," Baker said. Participants who apply must not own a home and must be 100-percent disabled, Baker said. While Baker said the program specializes in helping severely injured veterans, the program selects applicants on a case-by-case basis. Baker said the pro- gram doesn't turn veterans away, and there isn't a veteran who's more deserving than another. Over 5,000 applica- PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III The Lathers family (center) is joined by members of the Buda/Kyle Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 12095 as well as members of the community in front of a gifted residence given by Building Homes for Heroes. tions have been submit- to ensure the home fits veterans. ted nationwide since the their needs and meetsBHFH has four fore- program began, with their checklist. That may closed modified homes over 2,000 of those seek- require modifying thebeing gifted in Texas this ing residence in Texas. home to suit the veteran year and will have two BHFH works with and his/her family, ground up construction Chase Bank, which gifts Baker said the orga- builds. foreclosed homes to the nization prioritizes the Lathers' persistence in organization. From there, building of new homeschecking on the program the organization works for the most severely with selected applicants wounded or injured HOMES FOR HEROES, 2C There is nothing that brightens up an empty fence or bare wall like a vine. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the one trait they all have in common is their desire to climb something... anything! This gives them a versatility that shrubs and perennials just don't possess. Even though I have a small yard, I've been able to use vines in the ground and in large pots to cover some less- than-beautiful spots. A galvanized bucket of red cascade rose blocks the view of my gas meter, and an ugly chain length fence is covered by star jasmine. Much prettier to look ad Here are ten of my favorite vines for central Texas gardens. Tropical Beauties 1. Bougainvillea - A bright sun-tolerant summer bloomer, bou- gainvillea in its original by Amanda Moon form is a vigorous vine that in more tropical climates can scale two story buildings. In our area it does well in a large pot trained up a tripod-type trellis or al- lowed to cascade down a wall. The standard pink is the most cold tolerant and will usually come back from temps down to about 25 F if planted in a protected location. Allow the plant to dry between waterings for best blooms. 2. Mandevilla An- other sun-loving tropical that makes a beautiful small vine for a large pot on a deck or by the pool. This vine blooms large trumpet flowers in bright shades of pink, yellow or red. Protect Bougainvillea summer heat. HMS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO is a brightly-colored vine that can handle from frost and they will give you summer blooms for years. 3. Mexican Flame Vine - More cold-tolerant than the previous two, this vine can be planted in the ground and will cover a trellis in a sea- son: The blooms are a bright orange daisy and attract butterflies. Abso- lutely beautiful when in bloom - which is often. It's also drought tolerant once established. Cottage Bloomers 4. CoralV'me -An old-fashioned vine adoms many oldilome- steads throughout Texas. This plant blooms buck- ets of pink flowers onk vine that can cover a wall in a matter ofmonths[ Will die to the ground in cold winters but usually returns with vigor the next season. Probably my favorite vine of alll 5. Passionvine - A na- tive vine sought after to attract monarch larvae, it also is available in several cultivars. The traditional purple is the most winter hardy, butall are ex- : tremely aggressive once established. The flowers are a sight to behold, almost dais-style with funky stamens dancing out from the center. 6. Red Cascade -A one inch red rose with ASK AMAN i'2C 4 tl