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+ MEN AT WORK Kyle building permits are on the rise. - Page 1D May 13, 2015 Page 1C PHOTO BY PAULINE TOM This fawn was spotted in Mountain City. cry Montage by Pauline Tom Mountain City's Council Meeting this week started seven hours after my deadline, so please look elsewhere in this week's paper for a follow-up to last week's front page story that reported from the Kyle City Council a draft Letter Agreement for the City of Mountain City, proposing a swap that would transfer the ' _nthem portion" of Mountain City's ETJ to Kyle's jurisdiction. Many know, in 1984 a subdivision previously known as Mountain City Oaks incorporated under the name Mountain City and elected a mayor and city council in order to make impossible a take- over by encroaching cit- ies (particularly Austin). With incorporation came the added protection of a 1&-mile buffer out from the city limits, our "extra- territorial jurisdiction". It's safe to say that most in Mountain City do not know that Moun- tain City's extraterritorial jurisdiction extends way west on FM 150, past Indian Hills and a narrow panhandle extends from FM 150 northward almost to FM 967. Shortly after our incorporation, con- tiguous ranches west- ward went through the legal process to volun- tarily place themselves into Mountain City's ETJ to gain protection from a takeover by encroaching cities. Beth Smith, resident of Mountain City who served as mayor of Mountain City at the time, explained the ETJ last week on NextDoor. com, "We have limited control, but another city cannot just take it away or annex." Mountain City's ETJ became even larger in December 2014, when those associated with the proposed Anthem devel- opment requested that the entire acreage come under Mountain City's jurisdiction, which added 432.93 acres. As a private citizen of Mountain City, Beth com- mented on NextDoor. com, "I've emailed the council already with my objections to giving up any ETJ. I'm sure there would be a bit of a benefit to MC, but nothing could outweigh the long term benefits of keeping the ETJ." Beth Smith, who now serves as Justice of the Peace, tells a bit about herself and Mountain City history on judgebeth. corn, "Because of my love for people, solution finding, and interest in the community, I was instrumental in helping MONTAGE, 3C PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Marny Doyle greets Elvis the basset hound, who visits Orchard Park Memory Care with his owner, Michelle Garcia. Buda's Elvis helping those with memory loss BY KIM HILSENBECK Helping people with memory loss is now the job of Elvis the basset hound. It's part-time and doesn't pay, unless you count hugs, petting and being showered with affection. Through it all, Elvis sits quietly, his huge brown eyes and floppy ears giving him a slightly sad look. But he doesn't seem sad, not with all the attention centered on him by residents of Orchard Park Memory Care in Kyle. With his calm demeanor and un- flappable temperament, he seems well suited for the job. "One benefit of having Elvis come to the Memory Care unit is they will familiarize themselves - they will reminisce about a dog they used to have." --Orchard Park special care program coordinator The woman who brought him to visit, Garlic Creek resident Michelle Garcia, said, "He is the perfect dog." Just a few months ago, the basset hound wandered away from his then home in the Creekside neighbor- hood of Buda. Residents of Garlic Creek found him in their neck of the woods. The community ral- lied, helping the original foster mom with vet ex- penses and food. One te- nacious woman, Robyn Katz, tracked down the hound's original people. "She didn't want him," Katz said of the interac- tion with the woman. So the Garcia family adopted Elvis into their family, which already included two dogs and three children. What made her de- cide to bring Elvis to visit elderly residents? She worked in a nursing home facility when she was younger and that's partly what sparked the idea. But mostly it was her desire to help others, especially after taking him in as a stray. His at- titude and temperament seemed perfect. "I thought he would be a great asset to a place like this," she said. "He's so calm, he doesn't jump... I thought PUP WITH PURPOSE, 3C BY ASHLEY SAVA News-Dispatch Reporter The caregivers of those with memory loss often experience depression, anxiety and high stress. Providing round-the-clock care can take a toll on loved ones. Roberto Sierra of Kyle knows that stress first-hand. His wife of more than 20 years, Lynda Sierra, passed away in 2014 after bat- tling against dementia in the form of Alzheim- er's. Sierra retired early from his job and spent several years attending to Lynda's daily needs, making sure she made it to doctors appoint- ments and in general keeping her safe in her own home. Experiences like that were the catalyst for Sierra applying to be the program coordina- tor for Circle of Friends in Wimberley. This rela- tively new group, which meets at the Wimberley Community Center, offers a safe location where seniors with vari- ous forms of dementia can spend four hours each Thursday. While they are in PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAVA Members of the Circle of Friends put together decorations for a Cinco de Mayo party. The Circle offers a safe location for seniors with dementia to spend time while caregivers are away. the circle, they partici- experts say this kind of uplifting experience," pate in activities that arrangement is better Linda Germain, a stimulate their need for for both parties, member of the Circle social interaction and "The goal is to of Friends committee activities. Caregivers provide a break for the said. "Sometimes they then have a few hours caregiver, as well as to of relief. In the end, give the participants an CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, 4C Where to start at the Check it Out by Liz Ray, Kyle Library Wbth so many ooks in the Kyle blic Library to choose from, where does one begin? In addition to perusing all the new books, various displays, and browsing the shelves, another option is to explore what books have been popular. To assist our readers, here is a list of the most frequently checked out fiction and nonfiction print books for adults... but don't forget the library has a great collection of e- Books available as well. TOP TEN ADULT BOOKS (FICTION): "Stone Cold" by C.J. Box (22 checkouts) "Remains of Innocence" by J.A. Jance (22 checkouts) "Fields of Prey" by John Sandford (21 checkouts) "Last Kind Words Saloon" by Larry McMurtry (20 checkouts) "Storm Front" by John Sandford (20 checkouts) "Save the Date" by Mary Kay Andrews (19 checkouts) "Top Secret Twenty-One" by Janet Evanovich (19 checkouts) "Walking on Water" by Richard Evans (19 checkouts) "Unlucky 13" by James Patterson (19 checkouts) "Bittersweet" by Miranda Beverly- Whittem (18 checkouts) TOP TEN ADULT BOOKS (NONFICTION): '~American Sniper" by Chris Kyle (17 checkouts) "Guinness Book of World Records" (14 checkouts) "Fighter: The World's Finest Combat Aircraft" by Jim Winchester (14 checkouts) "World War II Warships" by David Lyon (14 checkouts) "Mercenaries: Soldiers of Fortune" by Tim Ripley (13 checkouts) "WhyWe Serve: A Portrait of the Army National Guard" by Keith Kawasaki (13 checkouts) "New Illustrated Guide to Weapons of the Elite Forces" by David Miller (13 checkouts) "Illustrated History of Fighters" by Bill Gunston (13 checkouts) "Silver Wings: A History of the United States Air Force" byWaiter J. Boyne (13 checkouts) "World Encyclopedia of Flags" by Alfred Znamierowski (13 checkouts) Next week we'll take a look at books for a younger audience. In the mean- time, if you're looking for more suggestions of great reads, stop by the Kyle Public Library,. We're always happy to help! + I[ liig:[ll it I [Jill: I ii I