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~~ :: ~4 ~ !~ "~(~ ~i~:::: ~ :: "~' '~ ~i~ i i ~:j~ ~ .!:::~ !~ ~i~ ~i~ i~ :: i.~ ..... + ~J~ree COMING HOME Struggle to assimilate back to society harder for some veterans. - Page 1g May 8, 2013 Page 1C 'Ghosts in the IT'S ABOUT THYME yiccas are these amazing ew world plants with vast natural range. They grow all the way from Baja, California in the west, to Florida in the east, Canada in the north, and Guatemala in the South. These beauties have strong, evergreen sword or strap-like leaves, and they produce dra- matic spikes of glorious White flowers once a year. Another more evocative name for them is 'ghosts in the graveyard.' This comes for the high number of yuc- cas growing wild in forgotten graveyards, where their large white flower clusters appear as 'ghosts' in the moonlight. Yuccas are drought toler- ant to the extreme. Their heat and cold tolerance is also great. They only require a full to partial sun location and a well-drained soil. May is a good month to plant them. Some of my favorites: Big Bend or beaked yucca (Yucca rostrata). Also called sapphire skies, this beauty has a rosette of sword-like leaves of a bluish to silver color. Older specimens will form trunks and add a dramatic ac- cent to any landscape. These are my all-time favorites. Adam's Bright Edge (Yucca filamentosa) is a clumping, dwarf yucca with narrow variegated foliage with yel- low edged foliage. Its mature height is 2 feet with a white flower stalk to 5 feet. Color Guard (Yucca fila- mentosa) is a dwarf yucca with each leaf centered with yellow-gold foliage. Color guard will stay under 2 feet in height and will spread to 3 feet in width. It produces a dramatic 5-foot tall white flower spike. RedYucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) has evergreen, grassy-like foliage to 2 feet with coral-red flower spikes to 6 feet. Red yucca is not in the yucca genus but is closely related (agave). This plant is commonly planted in central Texas as a low to no-water use evergreen perennial. Hum- mingbirds love their flowers. These are just a few of the yucca family that are suit- able for the Hays County and Austin area. With thoughtful placement, yuccas can make our landscapes more beauti- ful and will be sure to last through any droughts that come our way in future years. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to It'sAbout Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www.itsaboutthyme. corn The Straight A Kickers kickball team consists of (first row, I-r) Janice Mangrum, (second row) Stacy Martinez, Merideth Keller, Danae Lancaster, Carol Sandoval, are Tina Otto, Lisa Collins, Halley Young and Mary Williams. PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Jamie Perez, Heather Russell, Desiree Dillard, Kristy Saxon; Jenny Murphy, Tish Cawley and Dianne Turner. Not pictured BY MOSES LEOS III Wcth hot-pink shirts, ong socks and leats of every "Our goal is to be the fun team. We may not be the best team in the league, but we always have fun." brand, the "Straight A Kickers" are always ready to rock the Kyle Kickball league at the Gregg Clarke school. While the level they is about school," said De- Park softball fields, work is in different schools, siree Dillard, a special edu- One thing that sets the their goal of getting away cation teacher at Carpenter kickers apart from other from the classroom is most Hill, whose idea it was to teams is they are almost all important, create the team. "To go - 13 out of 16 - educators "(Playing kickball) is nice. somewhere where you can from Hays CISD, ranging It gives you a different per- have a normal conversation from elementary to high spective that not everything that is not wrapped around, - Jamie Perez, second grade teacher at Carpenter Hill Elementary 'what are you teaching to- morrow', that is nice." Many of the teachers said they enjoy their profession, but the daily stress can be overwhelming - something an outside observer may not see. "It's pretty important to have activities outside of school. Teaching can be extremely stressful," said Jamie Perez, a second grade teacher from Carpenter Hill Elementary. "People think of teaching as just STRAIGHT A KICKERS, pg. 6C BY KIM HILSENBECK Two years ago, Kateryna McCaslin needed an idea for her Gold Award. As a Girl Scout in Troop 1905, she was plenty familiar with selling cook- ies out in the community. But when she encountered people who were deaf, she realized how difficult it was to communicate with them. When she enrolled in an American Sign Language (ASL) class at Hays High School a light bulb went off. Kateryna decided to combine ASL with Girl Scouts and the Hays Hill Baptist Church choir. The combination led Kateryna to establish an ASL choir at her church in the fall of 2011. "Once I found out how big the deaf com- munity was in the Buda/Kyle area, I felt'like there was a need in our church to reach the deaf population and share the Gospel with them," she said. "When I started [the choir], I didn't know if there would be much interest. But I found out there were many kids who responded." Pastor David Sweet said about six children joined the ASL choir under Kateryna's direction. The process was time consuming. First, for each song she taught to the choir, Kateryna had to learn the songs. "I had to take the song, and break it down into the ASL for- mat, called Glossing," she said. "I often would video record me doing the songs and give the kids a DVD so they can practice. After learning the song, we would perform it at the church." Kateryna also taught the other choir members about the deaf culture and how to communicate with members of the deaf community. "I tried to teach them many of the things I learned in ASL class," she said. "It was really exciting for me to be able to teach the younger kids about something I was passionate about. I hope that I have instilled a growing passion for the kids to continue ASL," she said. Kateryna achieved her Gold Award earlier this spring. The Gold Award in Girl Scouts is roughly equivalent to the Eagle Scouts in preparation and hours involved. Katryna McCaslin leads the ASL choir at Hays Hills Baptist Church. She started the choir two years ago as a requirement of her Girl Scouts Gold Award. N los CHECK IT OUT Leibraries across America lebrate Did de los inos, Dia de los Libros on April 30th of each year. Pat Mora, well-known Latino children's author, expanded the concept of the Mexican holiday, E1 Did de los Ninos, to E1 Did de los Ninos, Did de los Libros to enhance awareness of the rich heritage of the La- tino communities throughout the United States and the im- portance of childhood literacy. In 1997, the first celebration came into being and, in 1998, the U.S. Congress officially designated April 30th as "Day of the Child." April 30th is now a nationwide initiative that promotes the importance of childhood literacy and celebrates our Latino heritage See CHECK IT OUT, pg. 2C BUDA BITS undreds of people were in Buda for the annual .Weiner Dog races on April 27 and 28 and there were also hundreds of baby stroll- ers seen around town, but someone is missing a stroller. A very good black and green stroller was left in front of the building at 122 Main Street that houses the Hays Free Press office, Old Main Street Station and Sue Ellen's. To claim the stroller, please come by the Main Street loca- tion or call 512-468-4451 or 295-6008. If no one claims the stroller within the next two weeks, it will be donated to a non-proft organization. Friends of Karry Kay (Thompson) and Roger Matson will be glad to hear that a baby girl was born on Monday, April 29 giving the grandparents their first granddaughter. Hadley Grace, daughter of John and Eliza- beth Matson, was seven and one-half pounds and mea- sured 21-1/2 inches. Karry and Roger's daughter, Becky and son-in-law Dave Allen have given them three grandsons so with the birth of this little girl; there will be lots of "pink" and spoiling from all the families. See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C +