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+ + TAEKWONDO Couple brings 'the way of foot and fist' to Kyle. - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com ress May 3, 2017 Page 1C PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III For some dogs, flying high is the way to go, especially for this pooch that blistered toward the finish line during one of the 21 or so preliminary heats Saturday at Buda City Park. Below, Houston resident Allie Bassine (right) reacts to her boyfriend Patrick Butler proposing on one knee in front of hundreds of revelers following a preliminary heat in the Buda Wiener Dog races. As an added bonus, Bassine's dog, Peanut, placed well enough in the prelims to advance to the quarterfinals. See more photos online at HaysFreePress.com. BY MOSES LEDS III For the last 20 years, Buda residents have A 7ith a signature come to know, and Texan drawl that downright expect, the annual Buda Lions Club would make any Country Fair and Wiener cowboy jealous, Buda"Dog Races. Lions Club member Mike An event that com- Huckaby provided com-bines the pageantry of mentary in a scissor lift the Kentucky Derby and in Buda City Park as com- the excitement of NAS- petitors breezed by. CAR with dachshunds, A standing room animals known for their only crowd roared with short stature. delight as a group of ...... For something that four-legged athletes with brings in tens of thou- names such as Jimmy sands to Buda every year, Dean, Peanut and KissMe how it all got started was scampered their way to an exercise in patience. the finish line. DIGGING FOR A SPOTLIGHT Kreicji, who at the time Not much can keep owned an art shop in longtime Mountain City downtown Buda, remem- resident Diane Krejci bered receiving a call from attending Buda's from her daughter, Susie, who lived in Savannah, wiener dog races. Not even a broken GA, who explained in fibula and tibia suffered detail about a peculiar during a home improve: event being held there ment accident, which oc- "She called me and curred prior to the 2017 said, 'Mom, Scarlett was event last weekend, in these wiener dog races It's that kind of deter- and they're the cutest mination that allowed thing we've ever seen. Krejci to persuade Buda You need to have it in Lions 20 years ago that Buda," Krejci said. holding the wiener dog Several months later, races was a good idea. Back in October 199G WIENER DOG RACES, 4C It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow lant flowers: This is perfect time for flowering annuals and perennials. Begonias, zinnias, marigolds, moss-roses, purslanes, and vinca are all good choices. Perennials might include lantanas, salvias, and verbenas. 2. Vegetable garden care: Water deeply to encourage a deep, drought tolerant root system. Still time to add a few warm season crops: sweet and hot peppers, green beans, okra, eggplant, and black-eyed peas. Fertilize tomatoes. 3. Mulch: Place around all plants to conserve water and keep the temperature around the plant roots comfortable. Mixing some compost with the mulch will help replace nutrients as the plants grow. 4. Care of roses: Dead- head spring flowering roses to encourage a new flush of flowers. Apply fertilizer to produce new flowers. Watch for powdery mildew, black spot and western flower thrip. Treat with organic sprays: Neem oil and wettable-sulphur. 5 .Move houseplants outside: Put them out for IT'S ABOUT THYME, 2C BY LESLY DELEON "n his first four months of office, .Precinct 2 Constable Michael Tortes has fo- cused on improving the constable's office and community outreach. "The first four months have been really challenging for us," Torres said. "We're trying to update our office, bring it back into the 21st century." Torres said the office is upgrading its tech- nology and installing laptops in constable vehicles. Not long after taking office, Torres imple- mented a uniform for deputies for the first time in 40 years. "Having a police presence in the com- munity has been really well," Torres said. "People have been re- ally receptive to us and they enjoy seeing us out there." Instead of having the standard patch on the uniform, in Febru- ary Torres collaborated with Lehman High School to have stu- dents design possible patches. Torres then posted the designs in a public Facebook poll to let the community pick the uniforms patch, and he announced the winner a week later. Dressed in their uniforms with the new m if:i: iI:;::I:II i;::, iiii:!;~;i::i;' iiiiiiii!i Newly elected Constable with Lobo design students patches, Torres and constable deputies met with the Lehman stu- dents who designed the patches on Friday. Torres presented Lauren Reeves, graphic and floral design teacher, and Lori Smith, criminal justice teacher, PHOTO BY LESLY DELEON Michael Torres has worked to revamp the official patch. with a plaque. He also presented the student whose design won the public poll with a plaque. Tortes hosted a similar poll with three designs by Hays High School students for the deputies' vehicles and announced the winner in earlyApril. 'As of right now, the graphic is at a design shop and they're work- ing out the details, measurement for the vehicle and the cost," Torres said. There's no set time frame for when the project will be com- plete but Tortes said he hopes it's within a month. As part of the con- stable's community outreach, Torres and deputies will be attend- ing Hays CISD's 50th anniversary parade Saturday. "With the end of the school year coming up, we're going have to sit down during the summer and try to be creative and see what we can come up with for next year to keep the students involved," Tor- res said. "That's going to be one of my priorities." Torres said he is thankful to those who voted for him and had confidence in his lead- ership. Torres said he plans to mn for re-election when his current term expires in 2020. "That's why I'm here, that way the commtmi- ty can see how much I am involved with them, hopefully they'll want to keep me in office," Torres said. "I'll be here as long as the commu- nity wants me." PHOTO BY PAULINE TOM Tip: Use Neem 0il or Spinosad if sucking insects like aphids, spider mites, whitefly, scale, and mealy bug are a problem. IVlt. City Montage by Pauline Tom Stop. Step back, and move away slowly and quietly. Ronshushed -- and deliberate voice caused me to think, "Big rattlesnake." Fact of the matter, a camouflaged tiny fawn lay motionless in some tall grasses of our side yard, a few yards from where we had been weed-ptflling around a decaying fallen tree. The first time we saw such a sight, over 20 years ago, we planned a rescue for an "abandoned fawn". I phoned a wildlife reha- bilitator whose name we found on the Texas Parks andW'fldlife website. That rehabilitator informed me that mother deer leave their fawn hid- MONTAGE, 5C -F ir!"ii ~i'i :j i;