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HaysFreePress.com CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY May 12, 2010 Page 1D Introducing. Jack Jones BUDA pARKS y name is Jack Jones and I'm the new Parks and Recreation Director for the city of Buda. I attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Sciences. I began my parks and recreation career work- ing for the city of Austin as a summer intern in 1995 and have worked for the cities of Arlington, Balch Springs, Piano and Flower Mound, Texas. I have spent the last 12 years working for Flower Mound, with the last three years as the Director of Parks and Recreation. I enjoy jogging, traveling, reading and sports. I'm excited to serve and look forward to getting to know the residents of Buda. I can be reached at (512) 312- 0084 ext. 122 or by email at jj0nes@ci.buda.tx.us. The Teens and Tunes Summer Series kicks off on June 4 and runs every Fri- day night through July 23 at City Park in downtown Buda, The series is free tipublic and spon- sored by the City of Buda, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union and Double Eagle Entertainment. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. The summer schedule is as follows: lune 4 (Music) - Texas FX and the Chris Brade June 11 (Movie) - "Monsters vs Aliens "(PG) at 9 p.m. lime 18 (Movie) - "WillyWonka and the Chocolate Factory" (G) at 9p.m. * June 25 (Music) - Aaron Navarro and Curtis Grimes at 7 p.m. ]uly2 (Movie) - "Fly Me to the Moon" (G) at 9 p.m. July 9 (Movie) - "Where the Wild Things Are" (PG) at 9 p.m. luly 16 (Music) - Texas FX and Be Cox at 7 p.m. July 23 {Music) - Tejano Night (bands to be determined) at 7 p.m. in Jtme, the downtown Buda merchants will take you back to the era of cara- vans, the majestic castles of sultans, and extravagant parties with their Arabian Nights in Buda theme. Belly dancers, food and music will bring the luxury of the Far East to downtown Buda. Also, don't miss our Show 'n Shine Car Show events which feature the Gear- heads Car Club of Buda. Mark your calendars for the free Red, White and Buda Fireworks Show at City Park on July 4. There are more events and activities under- way, so be on the lookout! For more parks, recre- ation and tourism informa- tion in Buda, please visit our website at www.ci.buda. txus or call (512) 312-0084. BIZ NOTES The economy might just be showing a bit of a come- back, with local businesses adding to their repertoire. Arrowhead Trading Company, owned by long- time Kyle resident and stained glass artist Cathy Shaw, recently welcomed Arrowhead Bicycles. In the same building, local music students can pick up for rent orpurchase instru- ments for their classes. Another business newly opening its doors is a pipe and tobacco shop, located at the comer of Rebel Drive and Center Street in Kyle. Across from Barton Middle School, all the new construction is on the horizon for a new nursing home. More about that in a later edition. PHOTOS BY JEN BIUNDO The staff of Main Street Dental in Buda are celebrating the lOth anniversary of their business and the lOOth anniversary of the historic home that serves as their clinic. Happy lOOth.t Ten-year-old business celebrates 100 years of history BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com hMen patients walk rough the door of ain Street Dental, most of them see a lovingly restored historic home that is now serving as a neighbor- hooddentist's office. But oth- ers are greeted by a memory of years past. "It's kind of neat, a lot of our patients come in and they knew this house way back when, and they knew the people who lived here," said dentist Carol Evans, owner of Main Street Dental. "We've gotten some of the history just from the patients." Evans and her staff will cel- ebrate the 100 th anniversary of the old home, along with the 10 th anniversary of the dental practice, this Saturday, May 15, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m:The celebration will include tours of the historic home, music by Leanne Atherton and Kevin Hollingsworth, a bounce house, balloon artist, face painting, food and presenta- tions by the local Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Historical Commission. Dentist Carol Evans (front center) started the practice in 2000, and now has five other employees. It won't be the first time the home has been the site of fes- tivities. Stacy Clayton, who's worked as a dental hygienist at the clinic for 9 years, said older patients frequently share memories of parties and dances at the house. ',pparenfly it must have been quite a showstopper, a place where people gath- ered," Clayton said. "One patient said a friend got en- gaged in the back room." The lot on the south end of Main Street was platted in or around 1881 as part of the original town of Du Pre, and first purchased by C.C. Hud- dleston. As Du Pre's name was changed to Buda and the small railroad town sprang to life, the lot remained vacant for nearly 30 years. In 1910,W.R. and Nora Ferguson Porter built a home on the lot in a classical revival style. Both husband and wife were the children of early Hays County settlers, and W.R., commonly known as Willie, was kin to the famed Pulitzer Prize winning author Kather- ine Anne Porter, whose family settled in the 1860s in the area east of Kyle known as Science Hall. Childless, the Porters turned to their niece Ena Gordon and her husband to care for them in their old age. After the death of W'dlie Porter in 1944 and Nora in 1958, the house passed to the Gordon family. It was later used as a thrift shop and a paving company office. In 2000, a couple of years out of dental school, Evans opened her dental office in the old Porter house. A friend of a friend owned the build- ing, and Evans was drawn to its old-timey charm. "I never thought of myself as one of those people who practiced in a strip mall," Evans said. "I like the historic aspect, and I like the people of Buda." Her original practice employed two other staff members, and today there are six employees. Local couple takes the reins of dyslexia camp BY JIM CULLEN news@haysfreepress.com A popular local summer reading camp for students with dyslexia is back for .L ]kits tenth year, under a new name and new leadership. LaumYounts, a 1992 graduate of Hays High School, serves today as a teacher for the district's homebound. Her husband Jason Younts, originally from George West, Texas, is a member of the faculty at Chapa Middle School. Together, they're leading the areas an- nual summer dyslexia camp, held on the campus of Elm Grove Elementary School. Formerly known as Magic Mirror, this summer's 10  anniversary staging of the popular sessions will carry a new name, Reading Heroes. Laura says that, while the non-profit retains the earlier name, the updated title "reflects a new theme and we hope it will help people identify us more easily as a learning camp." The nonprofit organization focuses on students with dyslexia, and uses a faculty of a half dozen certified teachers to provide affordable attention to students with the disorder and other related disorders. The camp also works with students not challenged by dyslexia, but who struggle with reading, spelling or writing. Teens with dyslexia volunteer, offering support within the classes and during games and activities. Of those teens, Younts says, "They sometimes get just as much out of the camp since they are in the atypical position of offering help instead of needing it. We con- sider them 'reading heroes,' as well!" Camp founder and long-time president COURTESY PHOTO Reading Heroes executive director Laura Younts works with students in a typical camp setting, working on a Wilson Reading activity. Bobbie Lenz stepped down from her post last summer. LauraYounts now heads the organization as its executive director, and her husband is serving as the camp's president. "It has always been such a wonderful program, benefiting so many children in our area and it is truly a dream job for teachers in the summer," she says, add- ing, "We knew (with the Lenz resignation) what a shame it would be for this camp to dissolve." Her enthusiasm and lason's quickly translated into the neces energy fojr successfully revitalizing the camp into its tenth year of existence. "We are over- whelmed and excited at the same time," Laura admits. Reading Heroes parents are allowed to choose the weeks they wish for their stu- dents (two-to four-week options, June 14- July 9), offering the chance to work arotmd family vacations or other summer activi- ties. Registration is $150 per week with a five-morning schedule. Room for more registrants is still available and information Can be found at http://readingheroes.org/ About.html. Sustainable School Budgels SUSTAINABLE I[ Te are all con- ] /cerned about f our schools and our rising school taxes. Most districts are facing a decline in state funding of 10 percent or more which can be $3.6 mil- lion in real dollars. That's a lot of money, and we all wonder where it will come from. Teachers are concerned about larger classes and less funding for teaching materials, salaries and lower educational stan- dards. Parents are con- cerned about less funding for the classes that keep kids interested in school, like music, art, sports and extracurricular activities. Taxpayers are concerned about an ever-increasing burden that is already difficult to bear. Kids face crowded conditions, in- creased bullying and less attention from teachers. It's a difficult situation for all, without an easy answer. Many school dis- tricts across the country are in the same pickle, and some have come up with a few creative solutions that could be applied here. The Newburgh, N.Y., school district has hired an energy-efficiency consultant to show fac- ulty and students how to conserve resources and save money. Simple measures like turning off lights in empty class- rooms, lowering the heat after hours and reducing paper waste can more than pay the consultant's salary, and save school resources over the long term. Engaging the stu- dent population in the school's efforts to con- serve teaches children an important lesson to take back to the home and community. Batavia, N.Y., schools have found methods for pooling resources and sharing specialized staff and equipment. This sharing cuts down on in- dividual school district's costs and helps keep learning standards high. In Fairfax County, Va., the school board is asking parents to pay fees for tests like the PSAT and SAT. They are also plan- ning to charge $50 per student to participate in high school sports. The most ingenious sugges- tion was to raise class size by a half of a student. You have to wonder where they put the other haiti Texas schools find themselves with a de- creasing tax base (as property values plummet) and an increasing student population. Instead of building more schools, the districts are encour- aging home-schooling by providing an online curriculum, free com- puter and Internet, and a teacher with an online class size of 500. Other states also encourage home-school- ing by offering home- schooled children the use of the school for certain classes that parents may not be able to provide at home. For example, a high school science lab course would be easier to pay for than to recreate at home. This piecemeal approach to education also brings in additional revenues from home- schoolers already paying school taxes. SUSTAINABLE LIVING, pg. 4D