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Page 4C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press May 22, 2013 The Manchaca Optimist Club celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday evening at the sports complex on FM 1626 at Bliss Spillar Road in far southwest Travis County. With its annual catfish fry and kids' activities irtctuding rock climbing, bounce houses and a giant hamster ball, along with live music by Island Texas, the event offered something for just about everyone. The night culminated with a fireworks display over the Youth Sports Complex Since 1963, many Hays County area youth got their baseball start at the Manchaca Optimist sports center. Coaches, generally dads of players, frequently get involved at the T-ball level and continue until the players are eligible for high school-level sports. The MOYSC softball league is also gaining traction within the community. To learn more about the MOYSC, visit www.leaguelineup. com/moysc. Twenty thousand or more people nationwide are expected to participate in "Carry the Load" activities this Memorial Day weekend. The nonprofit organization helps people celebrate a meaningful Memorial Day by con- ducting a 20.13-mile event that honors vet- erans and active duty service members, law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families. The Central Texas area will have its own event, led by the sister of fallen Navy SEAL, Lieutenant Commander Jonas Kelsall. "Carry The Load-Austin" offers community members an opportunity to come together in sharing Memorial Day and actively remem- bering our American heroes. Kelsall was born on November 8, 1978, in Shreveport, Loui- siana. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. During his service, Kelsall earned a Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, a Purple heart and a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other awards. "Carry the Load-Austin" will take place May 25 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas. Bigs & Littles Continued from pg. 1C guess," Sam said. "I remember one took me to the dog park. I wasn't exactly expecting anybody to stick around. And then I found Courtney and she wouldn't leave." Sam laughed. "She taught me a lot." How does she see herself differently today? 'Tm a lot more responsible. I never thought I would go to school. After how much I struggled, I never thought college was an option but now I do." Legare explained how BBBS gives $2,000 scholarships to kids who are matched for at least a year. "If they graduate high school, BBBS makes a promise to help fund their next step in the educational process, be in college or vocational training," she said. "I actually want to go to school now. I'm looking forward to that. My grades improved a lot. I got Fs and Cs pretty much all the way up to high school," Sam said. "Teachers thought I was go- ing to flunk out and not make it to graduation. I thought the same thing." Rolanda added, '3 was a little worried that she would give up on herself. I just kept trying to tell her 'you're smarter than you think you are.' She would blow away the reading scores on standard- ized tests." Sam said she struggled with mostly math and science and then she gave up on every- thing. 'I gave up on school al- together. I had no effort for anything. I had no friends." And while she never felt suicidal, she had plenty of Yourlocal news, spore,: t and Air Force Airman Joseph D. Savage, a 2007 gradu- ate of Hays High School, graduated from I]asic mili- tary training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Savage is the son of Patricia Savage of Buda. Air Force Airman Tyler E. Dunn also graduated from basic military train- ing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Dunn is a 2009 graduate of Hays High School. Both airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military dis- cipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associ- ate in applied science degree through the Com- munity College of the Air Force. Cathlene Costigan of Buda received a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Northern Colorado during the May 2013 graduation ceremo- nies. Michelle Camp from Manchaca graduated with Honors in Environmental Science from the Uni- versity of Texas on May 17. Camp, a 2009 Hays High graduate, will attend graduate school in the fall at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Stud- ies. JONAS KELSALL Brothers/Big Sisten In 2012, 69 children in Hays County had a relationship with an adult volunteer mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. The agen- cy only had funding for 60. Many more are on waiting list, hoping to find a good match, Mentors contributed 4,200 hours, a value of about $84,000. LAST YEAR IN HAYS COUNTY: 99% of mentored "Littles" stayed in school. t00% avoided early parenting. 100% did not offend or reoffend, 0 99~ improved or maintained their academic performance. Mentodng relationships in Hays County lasted, on average, 25 months, 37 high school youth in Hays County have been promised an academic scholarship of at least $2,000 to use after high school graduation. Many institutions of higher education offer matching opportunities, increasing the impact of the scholarship. problems. "I was a mean kid. I used to get bullied a lot so I started bullying other people," she said. Did her personality change over the years? Rolanda said yes. "She was a happy child when she was younger," Ro- landa said. "We think a lot of [the dark teenage years] is the typical divorced parents and life sucks and dad's gone. Sam was a daddy's girl. As a teen- ager, she went dark and wore black all the time and did the Goth thing. She didn't want to be around anybody." Sam talked about that time in her life. "I didn't really have any self-esteem so I didn't want to wear anything...I didn't wear shorts or skirts or bathing suits." Did she miss out on her pre-teen years? "! regret not pushing myself in school and not trying to make more friends. I never really bonded with anybody," she said. Tune in next week for Part III when we share Rolanda's story and how she helped save her daughter by asking some- one else for help. Texas Crossword Solution Texas Crossword. from page 2C Sudoku S01uti0 6 4 2 3 5 ....... ::::::::::::::::::::::::: ..... -- -- I 5 1 7 9 8 6 9 2 3 11:6i 7 4 1 3 4 8 5 x 8 6 9 [51 i :3 1 2 7 3 7 4 t!2ii i:i i 5 9 8 Sudoku Puzzle, from page 2C Dingo is a 4 year old terrier mix. He likes other Lola loves to snuggle with her other kitty friends dogs and loves to explore the yards at the and would like to go home to a house with other shelter. He would make a great housemate! He is cats to play with! Lola is 9 months old and is at currently waiting at the shelter for his home! the Petsmart in San Marcos. ii i!ili! Remember to keep extension cords and electric devices well away from pools, hoses, sprinklers ! and other areas where they could get wet. It's a simple way to stay safe. For 75 years, PEC has made i i safety a priority -- because our members are also our neighbors, our friends and our family. POWER OF COMMUNITY 1938-2013 PEDERNALES ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE PAWS Shelter and Humane Society ~s a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 pawsshelter.oro All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. sponsored l, y Tow & CouffRY VETERINARY HOSPITAL Bill Selman, DVM Kayley O'Toole, DVM Committed to your ]oetk health since 1978. 6300 FM 1327 (East of I35 and Creedmoore) Austin, TX 78747 512-385-0486 www.TownandCountryVetHospital.com Visit www.pec.coop/safety to learn more. I I II I II HI Ii i I