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+ The House approved the Texas Department of Transportation's Sunset bill. - Page 1D May 4, 2011 Page 10 KYLE Wx~hth summer right ound the comer, at are the kids going to do to keep busy? One suggestion is the Kyle Parks and Recreation Department's (PARD) Youth Summer Camp programs. Two separate camps based on school grade, youth and teen, are held for eight 1-week sessions at two lo- cal schools. Rates are very reasonable based on the amount of activities sched- tried. Please contact the Kyle PARD Office for more details, rates and registra- tion forms. Kyle PARD Youth Camp Director's office number is 512-262-3937. Another suggestion is the Kyle PARD Swim Lessons at the Kyle Pool. These lessons are taught using American Red Cross standards by cer- tiffed Water Safety Instruc- tors. Preschool-age children (about ages 4-5) are taught basic aquatic safety and survival skills. Learn-To- Swim levels 1-4 are de- signed to help participants (ages 6+) achieve maximum success in the water. Entry into these classes is based on skill level, not age. Private lessons are avail- able for all ages including adults. Parent-Tot Swim Lessons are designed for children 6 months to 4 years and their parents or guardians. This class will show you how to teach your child the fundamentals of swimming and fun. And we also have the Kyle Kudas Swim Team. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop techniques and condition- ing needed for competitive swimming. As a member of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation, Kyle provides an arena for competition in TAAF Regional qualifiers with a chance to go on to compete in the TAAF State Swim Meet. Please contact the Kyle Pool Manager for details, rates and registration forms for the pool programs at 512-262-3938. bazaars and sales, oh BUDA A~kell the little doggzes invaded Buda last nd have gone home to rest up after two days of raring. It was a very fine time for the Country Fair andWlener Dog Races and See BUDA BITS, lag. 2C PflOTO$ BY JEN BIUNDO Princess Mia, owned by Pam Leifeste of Fredericksberg (center, holding roses) was crowed champion at the 14th annual Buda Lions Clab Country Fair and Wiener Dog Races. The festival brought thousands of visitors from across the nation to Buda City Park last weekend. ee Canine challengers contend for greatness BY JENNIFER BIUNDO A cool wind blew through da City Park Sunday emoon, sprinklhag a few drops of rain on the crowd lined up in the stands. Inside the racetracl~ the gates opened and six contestants bolted toward the finish line, their legs furiously pounding up clouds of dust as they raced for the finish. The crowd mated as one speedy dachshund was declared the winner. Thousands descended on Buda for the 14th annual Lions Club Country Fair andWmner Dog Races, coming from near and far to watch the dachs- hunds race for the roses. For some, the light-hearted small-town festival is a yearly ritual Austin music teacher Ien- niferWilks, who decked out her wiener dog Leisel in a flowery ballerina costume for the oc- casion, says she's attended the races for the last dozen years~ So what keeps her coming back? "I'm seriously obsessed with dachshunds," Wllks admitted. She was in good company. The crowd included thousands of hard-core wiener dog en- thusiasts, including manywho decided the festival warranted an airplane ticket. Darrell and Becky Fewell flewin from Indiana with their dachshund Wen~, dressed like the locals in a pink cowboy hat. Was it worth the aiffare from their home state of Indiana? "Oh yeah," Becky Fewell said. "It's a hoot." It was a race fifll of wild cards. Last ~afs champion, Alex, was knocked out in a tight semifinal heat. His owner, Keith Rodriguez of Hewitt, gave Alex a meful cuddle before walking away from the field. After two years in the winners' circle, including a fourth place victory in 2009, Rodriguez thought Alex might have a shot at hang- ing on to the title of top wiener. "We were going to try," Ro- drignez said. "There was a lot of tough competition this year." Ultimately, it was a long and strong brown dachshund, Princess Mia of Fredericksburg, who was crowned queen of the races. Despite the fact that she ran the races for the last two years without making it to the finals, Princess Mia crossed the finish line almost a full body Wiener by a nose: the lighthearted races showcase the dachshund's surprising speed. PI4OTOS BY JEN BIUNDO Along with races, craft vendors and a barbeque cook-off, the festival included plenty of carnival games. length ahead of the pack. "The last couple of weeks we worked with her a little bit," her coach, Pam Leifeste, said of the training regimen that produced the winner wiener. The Lions Club runs the races as a charity fundmiser, and for the first time this year, the races came with a small $3 entry fee. That didn't seem to discourage onlookers or par- ticipants. Organizers reported near record crowds, and a high turnout of about 425 dogs. More than 80 teams participat- ed in the barbeque cook-0ffs next to the races. To urge their dachshunds across the finish line, their owners come armed with favorite squeaky toys, treats and plenty of encouragement. ODDS & i AMPril showers bring ay flowers. If we ave as many flowers as we had showers, there will be very few flowers. Today (Sunday) it looks promising but hope it's just rains and not the terrible tornados several towns have suffered through. Even though Ray aad I atone ..... longer:m~6rs 0~b~ we still have concem for those who put many hours of hard labor, lots of money and hopes in their crops and herds. We know, we have "been there and done that." Ray always had a lot of faith. As he once said, "I have so much faith, I don't even have a spare tire in my pickup." He did not have one; someone always came by to give him a hand. St. Iohn Men's Fellowship: Annual Barbeque, Open Car Show, Raffle and Silent Auction are almost ready. See ODDS & BO)S, pg. 2C KYLECITY W~II, with the flip of e calendar page, pring is officially over. Even if the solstice is still another seven weeks down the road, around here the end of the school year is in sight and hell is on the horizon (and I'm not just talking about the 21st). For those of you with kids and grandldds in HCISD, keep an eye on the district cal- endar because it is chocked full of events from kinder- garten graduation to honor assemblies to fundrais'mg BBQs and bazaars for the next couple of weeks. Also, start thinking about ways in which we can put these older kiddos to work this summer. They are looking for local jobs and attempt- ing to gain experience and a bit of cash, so mentor a kid in your business and let's give these guys some- thing to do. Good karma at a reasonable rate. Same song, second verse: Early voting is going on all week and it's as easy as walking into City Hall with your driver's license. We're voting on the mayor and two council members and ten charter amendments ranging from council term limits to residency re- quirements. They all seem relatively straight-forward but you may want to check out a sample ballot (www. See ON CENTER, pg. 2C t t