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HaysFreePress.com Bulldogs reunite BITS he little doggies that invaded Buda last weekend have all gone home to rest up after two days of racing. It turned out to be a very fine weekend for the Country Fair and Wiener Dog Races and tons of folks were on hand to support the 13th annum event sponsored by the Buda Lions Club. A big "thank you" goes out to all the Lions who worked so lJ GOOD PRESS Hays Free Press wins honors from press association. - Page 19 April 28, 2010 * Page lu PHOTOS BY JEN BIUNDO If you're bored, you ain't tryin' owntown seems oddly quiet this week. Other than early voting (wheee) there's not a whole heck of a tot going on until we get to the weekend. Luckily, the Katherine Anne Porter House Visit- ing Writers Series will be hosting Jake Silverstein hard to make the weekend event so very special for our town. ooo On Sat., May 8, we will have Bulldogs coming to town. Starting at 10 a.m., Buda Elementary School will become the old Buda High School for a day. Former students, teach- ers and Bulldog friends are welcome to attend. A barbecue lunch will be available at noon. Another handmade'quilt made by Connie Armbruster, An- nette Chambers Rodri- guez, Janet Cauthen and JoAnn Thames will be in a raffle sale. See BUDA BITS, pg. 4C Memories of Live Oak Cemetery ODDS & ENDS he annual meeting of the Uhland Live Oak Cemetery was held April 24 at the Im- manuel Baptist church. President Rex Wiegantl called the meeting to order and asked Leonard Kramer to give the open- ing prayer. The president presented the board members, RexWiegand, president; Daniel Heide- man, Treasurer; Bar- bara Ilse, Secretary-Vice President; Trustees, Pat Anderson, Barbara Innis, Morris Schmeltekopf and Douglas Schnautz. Barbara Ilse read the 2009 minutes and Daniel Heideman gave the trea- surer's report. Reports of the purchasing of the land in 2008, the improve- ments and future plans of a covered structure for funeral services, parking, floral displays and re- moval, permahent mark- ers, memorial displays, etc. It was announced that Raymond and Myrtle Heideman donated a flag- pole and flag in memory of their daughter, ]une Heideman, June 19, 1948- June 19, 1948. See ODDS & ENDS, pg. 6C All eyes on the finish line: Judges from the Buda Lions Club call the winner at the 13th annual Wiener Dog Races. Hundreds of Dachshunds and thousands of their human companions descended on Buda City Park this weekend for the perennially popular festival. A day at the races 00ieners from far and wide gather for annual competition Carolin Johnson gives a congratulatory kiss to her pup Otto, after he places in one of the semi-final heats. Dogs big and small turned out to watch the races. Alex, the fastest wiener o' the 2010 races, celebrates his vic- .tory with handlers Mandy and Keith Rodriguez, of Hewitt, TX. BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com A lot can happen in three seconds. A first impression. A win- ning touchdown. And in this case, a 70-foot dash down the track at the Buda Wiener Dog Races. Alex, a six year old tan dachshund from Hewitt owned by Mandy and Keith Rodriguez, took the top prize at the 13th annual races this weekend organized by the Buda Lions Club. Alex barely missed a trophy last year at his freshman run, coming in fourth place. The other two top dogs of 2010 were also new- comers to the winner's circle. Second place winner Rudy, owned by CarreU Knight of Austin, made it to the final run for the first time in three years, while Rocky, the third place medalist owned by ]amison Marls of Austin, didn't make it past his second race this year. In a dachshund- sized scandal, one dog, DQ, was booted out of the top ten when the veterinarian on staff determined that he wasn't actually a wiener dog. While mixed breeds are al- lowed, the dogs must be mostly dachshund, organizers said. After two years of cold and rainy weath- er, picture-perfect springtime skies drew a crowd of thousands to Buda City Park Sdturday and Sunday. But windy conditions meant organizers had to call off the hot air balloon rides planned as a festival attraction.- Just like a racehorse, wieners run with all four paws off the ground, completing the 70-foot course in just three to four seconds. Like the humans in attendance, the dachshunds at the races this weekend ranged from young to old. Seven- week-old littermates Weenie (pink) and Marley (blue) came down from La Grange with owner Kelsey Noska to watch the races. One of the older dogs at the race was Frank, owned by Buda residents Allan and Irma Sanders. Frank was a finalist in the first wiener clog races 13 years ago. at the end of the week. Silverstein, a nationally recognized journalist, editor and author, will be reading from his book Nothing Happened and Then It Did, a humor- ous chronicle of fact and fiction described as "part memoir, part novel, part history". The event is this Friday night at 7:30 p.m., 508 W. Center Street and is, as always, free and open to the public. The next morning, our town center will once again emerge as a cool little marketplace offer- ing fresh vegetables (and sometimes even organic beef from local ranchers) and homemade items from bibs and blankets to soap and soup mixes. Kyle Market Days will be in full swing beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with a theme of"Summer Breezes and Wild Flow- ers." Last month, the food was terrific and the music added a perfect rhythm to the beautiful spring morning. I saw tons of folks I knew and ended up meeting lots more. Kyle is a friendly little town, we just need to get out ofour cars and hang out downtown every once in a while. The next day, the. historic Claiborne Kyle Log House will host its monthly open house from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. It's really an interesting piece of our history and if you haven't seen it yet, you ought to grab the fam and head out Old Stagecoach Road and have a look. And with the wildflower explosion going on lately, it's got to be even more breathtak- ing than usual. And, to rectify my snarky little "wheee" comment above about voting, we all know that it's important, necessary and just danged simple to do in this town. So pull into City Hall and cast your ballot for the lone seat on the HCISD School Board and the two re- maining seats on the city council dais any day this week until 5 p.m. Actual- ly, your best bet: Saunter on over during Market Days this Saturday. The polls will be open until 3 p.m. and all you need is your ID. 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