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+ ~r REROUTED Old Hwy 81 construction drives business away for some. - Page 1D May 22, 2013 Page 1C IT'S ABOUT THYME A~ot this time of year, when ummer is beginning r real, I am often thinking of the best ways to keep all of my lovely plants alive. As gardeners we must try our hardest to conserve as much of our precious water for our landscapes as pos- sible. Drip irrigation, without question, is the best way to accomplish this. The traditional approach has been to use hoses and sprinklers. Then along came See IT'S ABOUT THYME, pg. 3C BUDA BITS "embers of the Onion Creek Senior Citizens .are working on plans for "Casino Night" to be held Saturday, June 29 at their new activity center in Buda. The fundraising event will cost $25 per person, and includes food, drinks and many valuable prizes. Check-in time begins at 6:30 p.m. and play is 7 until 10 p.m. Purchase tickets by June 27 and receive an extra 5000 chips. Contact Richard Harlow at richardhaflow@ or 512-626- 4038 or email Betty Conley at for more information. Proceeds from Casino Night will benefit the new senior building. Free diabetic classes will be offered every Thursday in June from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Onion Creek Senior Center located at 420 Bartons Crossing in Buda. Stop by the center on Thurs- day or call 512-468-4451 to have your name added to the class list. Marbridge, located at 2310 Bliss Spillar Road in Man- chaca, will celebrate its 60th annual Founders Day at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31. There will be a lawn party with cake, ice cream and entertainment immediately following the program. The annual meeting of the Barton Cemetery Association will be Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the cemetery on FM 1626. Anniversary wishes go out to Tom and Beverly Tmnick as they celebrate their 54th wed- ding date on May 27th. Birthday wishes go out to Eileen Conley on May 24; Jeanette Matthews on May 26; Matthew Owens on May 27; Shirley LaFleur and A1 Metz on May 28; six-year-old Tee Verver, Julie Dees, Lauren Fowler and her morn, April Harris on May 30. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Do remember that many offices and businesses will be closed on Monday, May 27, as well as Hays CISD schools and the Buda Public Library. COURTESY PHOTO With the help of her big sister, 17-year-old Samantha, a Hays High School junior from Buda, found color in the world again. She was paired with "big sister" CJ Legare of Kyle four years ago and made a life-changing turnaround because of her. She now looks forward to college, sees a bright future and wears colors other than black. l, BY KIM HILSENBECK ing about past relationships kim@haysfreepress.comand how they affected Sam. "In 2001, her dad and I got divorced. In 2003, we moved 1" ast week, we broughtfrom an apartment in Austin | .you the first part of the to a house in Buda." JL_dstory about a big sister, Rolanda was a finance her"little" and the mom who secretary for a car dealer in got her daughter enrolled in Austin at the time and had the Big Brothers Big Sisters to work a lot to afford the program. CJ Legare of Kyle house. is the "big sis- As far as the ter" of a now BBBS pro- 17-year old "I was gram, Rolanda high school - -- ----. first got into it student from struoolino in for her son. Buda, Saman- ~ ~ "'" "I wanted tha. In Part I of the story, we shared Legare's own troubled past and why she wanted to pay it forward. In Part II, we give voice to Sam's story of going down a troubled path and finding out it was okay to be loved. Sam and Rolanda joined Legare at the table of a local Chinese restaurant. Over a plate of crab rangoons and seaweed salad, their story unfolded. Sam's life was compli- cated before she met Legare, whom she calls Court. Legare's real name is Court- neyJane. "I was struggling in school. I was an angry kid," Sam said. What was she angry at? "Everything. My whole life sucked. I didn't have a dad and my morn had to work a lot. There was a lot of tension in the house. Becoming a teenager made it all worse." Rolanda chimed in, talk- school. I was an angry kid. My whole life sucked. Becoming a teenager made it worse." -Samantha, "Little" of CJ Legare a male figure for my son, Steven. He was aboyandI figured I could take care of her," she said, pointing at Sam. "But we signed Sam up when she was old enough." Her son's big brother- also named Stephen but spelled differ- ently - is "like a twin but years apart." "The BBBS program helps parents balance out what you were trying to do on your own. I couldn't always take them out and do things with them," Rolanda said. "So when I heard about BBBS, they're supposed to spend time with them and teach them all kinds of things, business - with Courtney I found the business and the fashion and thriftiness." Sam's first few big sisters weren't like mentors. "We just kind of hung out. They were fun-ish, I See BIGS & LITTLES, pg. 4C ! Who are the Hays County BBBS program's "Littles"? Age Cohorts 0 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Race/Ethnicity w Hispanic I White m Black I Multi/Other \ 64% live in single parent households, 25% with two parents, and 11% with grandparents or another relative At least 65% are eligible for free or reduced school lunches, and/or their families live on public assistance 32% have an incarcerated family member 32 Hays County Littles live in San Marcos, 29 in Kyle, 6 in Buda, and 2 in other areas of the county 62% are girls, 38% boys Hays County has had a BBBS mentoring program since the fall of 2007. BBBS has provided mentoring services in Central Texas since 1971. III MT, CITY MONTAGE wJatOhn Anderson and his wife, Pat, dropped by to answer some questions about the er well. The distance between the water level and the pump is now 52-feet, down from 58- feet a month ago. When rains are plentiful and the aquifer is full, the distance would be 90-something feet. According to John, the current level is no reason for alarm. Mountain Cityians cut back on water usage three years ago, and we continue to conserve. With Stage III drought con- ditions in effect ("Groundwa- ter uses should now be limited to water for essential indoor demands needed to preserve health and safety with a very minor allocation for non- essential outdoor water use"), Mountain City Oaks Water System will talk with residents who show excessive water usage. Pat noticed mullein grow- ing wild in my yard and asked for some seeds. Seeds? She (or anyone who wants some) is welcome to harvest mullein. Pat started mullein capsules from the health food store to help with her allergies and si- nuses. And, help they did. She experienced drastic improve- ment. The Garraways know mul- lein as "mules' ears." Other common names include Hag's taper, Aaron's rod, Clown's lungwort, and Candlewick plant. Yes, mullein was used for lamp wicks before cotton became available. Oh my, deciding on a few interesting tidbits about this plant proves difficult. Google "mullein" for a full day of reading. says, "Mul- lein leaves have been used throughout history as a tonic for the entire respiratory system as well as an herbal remedy to relieve bronchiole congestion, asthma attacks or a deep, dry cough." Some smoke mullein leaves or use it with mixtures. Livestrong provides several articles on various uses (in- cluding yellow hair dye) with the advice, "The FDA does not regulate the cultivation and production of herbal rem- edies, so there is no guarantee of their effectiveness, safety or quality. See your doctor before using herbs to treat medical conditions." What a shock to learn that the plant is an invasive alien. The National Park Service shows the plant as an ecologi- cal threat. Several sources sayVirgin- ians brought mullein from Europe in the 1700s as a fish poison. Now, if only mullein would poison scorpions! We found three in the house over the weekend. KissMe gets credit for finding one. The Garraways and The Polks get credit for seeing their first male Painted Bunting of the year in their yards this past week. The Garraways backyard (looking more like a nature See MONTAGE, pg. 3C +