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+ Businesses look into sleeping on the job. - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com J: ree May 18, 2016. Page 1C ii:( A part of the mystique of Hogwarts made its way to Gregg Clarke Park Saturday as muggles and wizards aged 7 to 12 years old participated in the city's inaugural Youth Quidditch Clinic. The clinic was hosted by the Texas State Quidditch Team, which taught attendees the basics of the sport, which is derived from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" novels. PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Specialized camp helps Texas State alumna overcome difference BY MOSES LEOS III news@haysfreepress.com San Marcos resident and Barton Publica- tions employee Paige Lambert slowly moved around behind someone who was talking about her long joumey. No longer the shy intro- vert that the camp parent was talking about, her big smile radiated and caused laughter. Then he saw her, and the fun of going back to the.camp that changed her life began. The parent had been telling the students all about this amazing girl, who came to the Hands Down 2 (HD2) camp, not wanting to partici- pate. He told the camp kids how she gained confidence, came out of her shell and soon became a counselor herself. It was a story that affected him years ago and he loved telling, ev- ery year, how much this camp helped children. For Lambert, what began as a trip to get braces for her wrists to play soccer as a tween turned into a chance encounter with the counselor who told her about a special camp. On that day Lambert met Amy Lake, co-director for Hands Down 2 (HD2), a camp offered by the Peace- able Kingdom Retreat for Children, a non-profit that helps children with special needs and chronic illnesses. For Lambert, a Texas State alumna who lives with TAR syndrome, a rare genetic blood dis- order characterized by the absence of the radius bone, attending the camp bolstered her confidence and the ability to rise above limitations. She discovered the camp when she was 12 years old. Lake, who was Lambert's occupational therapist at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, told lambert and her mother about what HD2 offered. Lake said the camp's main goal is to introduce children with hand dif- ferences to other kids in similar situations. A much larger goal, Lake said, is to build their self-esteem and PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAIGE LAMBERT San Marcos resident Paige Lambert found confidence and friendship through the Hands Down 2 camp, a camp offered by the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, a non-profit that helps children with special needs and chronic illnesses. confidence. "They go to camp defined by their hand dif- ference," Lake said. "When they leave (camp), they are defined by who they are on the inside." Lake said Lambert was initially hesitant to attend, due in part to her intro- verted and shy nature. "She didn't really have a lot of self- confidence and self-esteem at the time, which is a total 180 from today" Lake said. But Lambert ultimately wanned up to the idea, based on her desire to step out of her comfort zone, Lake said. That didn't mean Lambert wasn't hesitant when her mother dropped her off for day one of the weeklong camp. "I was literally in my mom's car and thinking, 'don't make me go,'" Lam- bert said. "I was thinking, OPENING UP TO CHANGE, 3C Check It Out by Melinda Hodges "fyou've been back to the Children's .Area of the Buda Public Library lately, you've seen a big change! We've created a play area for our younger patrons, which is aimed at children from infants to about 5 years old. There are blocks, a play kitchen, dolls, play cars, infant toys, and more back there now. CHECK IT OUT, 4C with the It's About Thyme by David Sargert During a recent conversation with long-time customer Connie Graves we explored the medicinal qualities of a number of plants and then got onto the subject of mosquito control. Connie shared some fascinating findings from recently completed research at the University of Mississippi. It seems the folks in rural Miss. have known for generations that American beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana) works as an effective mosquito repellant. We love this kind of thing and being good scientists we set up a clinical study at the nursery which included a full laboratory funded by millions of dollars of grants from the U.S. government to save the population of the USA from the imminent zika virus pandemic while also providing jobs for all of Texas... . just kidding! I asked our resident expert ]erry Hinson to score me some beautyberry leaves from his backyard. I crushed a few leaves in my hands, rubbed them on my legs, arms and neck and proceeded into our IT'S ABOUT THYME, 4C 'i !il il I -