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+ HaysFreePress.com Kyle pays down more than $1 million in debt. - Page 1D May 1,2013 Page 1C Chinquapin oak leaves A guide to native oak trees ; ABOUT THYME "y favorite shade trees of all time are the .oaks. Planted and watered properly, young trees will grow fast and can dramat- ically enhance our landscapes. Apart from their beauty, there is a practical consider- ation too. If you plant them in the right place, shade trees will cool off the air around your home and help offset costly utility bills. We have two native Texas oaks that are considered evergreen: the live oak and the Mexican white oak. Both hold their foliage throughout the winter months, but then shed their leaves around the end of February-early March. Spring growth follows in two to three weeks. Evergreen oaks are also highly effective as windbreaks and privacy screens. In ad- dition, when planted on the east, south, and west sides of a house, they'll provide you with winter shade. On the Texas Superstars list and one of my favorite Texas native shade trees is the Chin- quapin oak. What makes this decidu- ous shade tree so wonderful is its uncommon appearance. The leaves can be six to eight inches long and four inches wide. The leaf color is deep green on top with a whitish underside. Unlike the smooth leaf of the live oak, the Chin- quapin's leaves are toothed or serrated. Sometimes we call it the 'Saw Tooth Oak.' This magnificent shade tree fits so well with the Central Texas climate. It loves the heat and does well in our alkaline soil. It's very drought resistant and has few problems with insects and disease pests. Plant your Chinquapin on a well drained location in full sun or just a little shade. With infrequent, deep waterings, this beauty can grow moder- ately fast, reaching an average height of 40 feet with an equal spread. Chinquapins fall color is yellow to bronze, making it a top choice for fall color in the landscape. Their small acorns are loved by birds, squirrels, deer and wild turkeys. For fall color, the Shumards (commonly known as the Tex- as red oak) are hard to beat. They carry their brilliant red/ orange fall colors throughout November and December, and late trees can hold these See ASK CHRIS, pg. 5C PHOTOS BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ The 16th annual Wiener Dog Races over the weekend drew a large crowd of two and four-legged animals to downtown Buda. The "Saturday Night Wiener," Ginger, was spinning the tunes along with owners Brennan and Lori Jobe of Columbus, TX. Above left, Wi~ner owners stand at the finish line calling their pooches. Right, Laura Price of Houston, dressed as a dragon, carries "Prince Henry of Brown Fur," aka, Henry "The Dragon Slayer." BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com The future of detecting eyesight issues of very small children is now a possibility, thanks to new technology, which was on display at the 16th annualWiener Dog festi- val in Buda. The local Lions Club hosted free eye exams for children ages six months to five years during the festival. However, instead of subject- ing children to familiar ex- aminations, such as the Snel- len chart exam, a specialized light and diode device was utilized to quickly examine the children's eyes. The exam is entirely non- verbal. As parents sit with their child on their lap, the trained professional sits across from the child hold- ing the handheld "spot ma- PHOTOS BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ Optometrist Kevin Benham administers eye tests for children at the Buda Country Fair with a "spot machine." chine." This device emits a Kevin Benham said. series of blinking lights and Benham understands that diodes, as well as sounds, in attempting to obtain feed- order to attract the child's at- back from very small chil- tention, dren is a near-impossible "It is a combinative target; task. The new technology a stimulus that keeps the aids eyesight professionals kids attention, to get an ac- in finding any eye-related is- curate reading," optometrist sues. "When kids are really little, it is hard for them to verbal- ize what their issues are," Benham said. "This is a good way to screen children, to find out if they really need help. It takes [out] the sub- jective-ness from it." The examination takes a mere matter of seconds, ex- amining 29 different move- ments in the eye. According to Buda Lions Club member Mary-Beth Ryan, who has trained with the spot ma- chine, the test also checks for numerous eye maladies, such as myopia (nearsight- edness), blurred vision, un- equal sightedness, far sight- edness, pupil abnormalities, eye misalignment, lazy eye and precursors for blind- ness. "(The test) does not tell the degree (of the malady), See EYE TECHNOLOGY, pg. 3C MT. CITY "Madame. Who are you try- ing to reach?" Oops. I inadver- tently dialed area code 215. Holding the ceil phone and a lifeless newborn rabbit in my right hand, I had called out, "Hurry! I need you at our Lind- heimer's senna." Born to run. And, born to hunt badgers. A dachshund's DNA makes for adorable races, but deplorable deaths of wildlife in a civilized little city. KissMe broke into the fencing around native plants in our back yard. Upon scold- ing, KissMe dropped what he clenched. "Excuse me, I was trying to reach my husband." Run responded to another phone call and found two more dead newborn rabbits near a fur- lined burrow hidden beneath brilliant yellow wildflowers. lust the day before, we saw a rabbit on the undeveloped strip of Mountain City on the east side of 2770. We com- mented, "Wow. Something for Montage. A rabbit has not been reported recently." See MONTAGE, pg. 3C IDA BITS owntown Buda is quiet again after the week- end of Wiener Dog races in Buda City Park. The little doggies have all gone home along with several thou- sand two-legged folks who came out for the 16th annual event. It was great weather to be outdoors where the crowds enjoyed races, entertainment, craft booths, good food and i drinks. As one of the biggest local events for our town, the Buda Lions Club is to be com- mended for the fantastic job all the men and women accomplished and for giving the many non-profit orga- nizations a way to put much needed cash into their bank accounts. The Onion Creek Senior Citizens, which was one of the participating non-profit groups, thanks the Buda Lions Club and to all the folks who purchased tea or lemonade from their booth. The gross sales for the senior booth were $5,320.50, which is the best year ever. See BUDA BITS, pg. 3C "l,am fortunate to have a fulfilling job where I can direct my energy towards helping someone every day. I am also grateful to have time for my three small children at home because of my flexible work schedule." Ana Vela I Revenue Cycle Specialist [ Valued Employee Since 2001 Best Places to Work Austin Business Journal