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i :,, i, , i ~ ~% ;/t'/~, '5 .... + ~a~S ~ree ~ress RENOVATED Iconic Buda building gets a facelift and its old name back. - Page 1D May 29, 2013 Page 1C worth a mention: BBQ and Foxtail IT'S ABOUT THYME osemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), an evergreen herb from the Mediterranean, is considered easy to grow in our central Texas climate and well suited to our drought conditions. Rosmarinus means Dew of the Sea in Latin, a reference to the small amounts of water needed to sustain growth. Wikipedia lists at least 20 forms of this amazing herb, from groundcovers to large varieties reaching heights of 4 feet. Most rosemary blooms a deep blue color throughout the year but can be found in white, pink, and purple. Leaves can be small or quite large and wide. A Variety called Goriza has the largest leaves that I have seen. Full sun to part shade will sustain this perennial evergreen shrub. Just as important is a well drained location. Rosemary doesn't care much for wet feet. Last year brought a few new surprises to the world of rosemary. This beautiful and important culinary herb - which is also a member of the mint family -- has two new additions to the myriad of varieties available. Before I received some cuttings of the first one - called Bar-B-Que- I thought it was going to smell like the Salt Lick over in Driftwood! As it turns out, it has the pine scent of rosemary and a growth habit that's strongly upright, producing great skewers for the barbecue. The second addition is called Foxtail. This semi- dwarf variety grows to two feet by two feet with dense foliage resembling a foxtail ... very similar to the leaves of a foxtail asparagus fern. This variety will look good as a border plant, a basket plant, or just an unusual specimen in the landscape. With their long blooming season, the rosemaries are excellent bee plants and are also considered attractive by butterflies. I can only imagine a honey flavored by rosemary. Rosemaries are fun to grow and fun to collect as well as being useful in the kitchen. We are always looking out for a new variety. Happy gardening everyone.., and thanks for the rains! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 ,i i , BY ANDY SEVILLA He was a hard working man, always helping others and had a quiet exterior, though he was very excited to embark on a career with PHOTO BY ANDY SEVILLA the U.S. Army. The city of Kyle bestowed its Memorial Day proclamation to the Lopez family in recognition of his service to his country. Sisters Martha Lopez-Delgado (left) and Lucy Lopez-Caballero accepted the proclamation. See VET HONORED, pg. 4C BIG SISTERLY LOVE, PART III BY KIM HILSENBECK ver the past few weeks, we shared the first two parts of the story of J Legare and her "little sister," Samantha. The pair joined up four years ago through Big Brothers Big Sisters. It was a bumpy ride at first, but they got it all figured out. Sam made a life chang- ing tumaround. But it was her mom, Rolanda, a single parent, who urged Sam to have a "big sister." This is Rolanda's story about what it was like to watch her daughter going down the wrong path and how she made a decision to stop it. Rolanda was concerned about Sam. A bright, happy child, Sam turned into a sullen, withdrawn teenager. Her grades fell, she wore only black and had no friends. Rolanda even worried about suicide. "When Courtney came around, Sam completely changed. She got her into pageants and she started wearing colors and showing more skin. Between Court- ney coming in and getting Sam settled in school (not moving around as much), things started to change." But life before Legare was dark. Rolanda said there was a lot of moving around for her and her children, both as a military family and then since her first divorce. She was a military wife for almost eight years. She got pregnant and married at age 16. "I had no high school education. I dropped out in ninth grade," she said. She and her ex-husband were sta- tioned in two different places, plus she kept going back home to be with her mom. After her first divorce, Rolanda re- married in 2004 and she said that wasn't PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Rolanda, the mother of Samantha, a 17-year old Hays High School student, knew it was time to ask for help for her sullen, withdrawn teenager four years ago. She reached out to the Big Broth- ers Big Sisters organization to find a mentor. It took four tries, but Sam was finally connected to CJ Legare of Kyle. The two see themselves as sisters now, and the change in Sam and her outlook on life is tangible. Sam and Legare both credit Rolanda with making it happen. a stable situation. "I bought a house in 2003 and mar- fled the son of the woman who sold me the house. That was a bad situation," she said. They also divorced. "I got into the Travis County Sheriff's Department in 2008 and that settled me." She is a corrections officer for the county. Getting that job is also how See BIG SISTERLY LOVE, pg. 3C mmer is BUDA BITS It's not official on the calendar, but for thousands of kids summer starts when the school bells ring at the end of the day onWednesdag June 5, the last day of school for our area students. Kids will enjoy sleeping late, playing with friends, swimming and going to the Buda Public Library. Registration for summer programs at the library have started, so be sure to check out the dates and times. The summer reading "kick off" party will be Thursda~ June 6, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at Buda City Park. This free family tim party indude train rides, crafts, balloons and lots more. Also, registration is underway at Buda United Methodist Church for its annual Vacation Bible School which will start Sunday, June 23 through Thursday, June 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The theme this year is "Everywhere Fun Fair." Call 512- 295-6981 for more information. Anniversary wishes go out to Nolan and Deanie Kunkel, married 54 years on May 30; also married 54 years, Lamont and Sandra Ramage, will celebrate May 31; Darrell and Diane Cooper will celebrate their 51st wedding date on the first day ofItme; Randal and Sara Grizzle will celebrate 12 years of marriage on June 2; Eric and Phyllis Patterson celebrate 36 years on June 5; and Dennis and Patricia Morgan married 44 years ago on June 6. Congratulations to all the couples. Rounding out the month of May with birthday wishes to Tom Damon, Mary Giberson and Clint Younts on May 31. Celebrating early June birthdays are Pam Carolan and James McGraw on the first day of June; Shirley DeBerry on June 2; Joan Sanders, JoeValdez and Jim Ploen on June 3; 7-year-old Brody Collins, Phyllis Patterson and Pat Chisholm on June 4; four-year-old Chance Gibbs, six-year-old Brooklin Harris and JoAnn DePenning on June 5. ooo Annette Chambers and Tete Rodriguez hosted a "Chambers" get-together as their house last week with a fajita dinner and all the fixings an ,d~of course BlueBell ice cream for dessert. Coming together were Howard and Janice Chambers, Robert and ' Pat Chambers, Nelda Chambers White, Willie Chambers, Darrell Chambers, Teri (Chambers) and Mitch Johnson and lames Morehead. With Howard and his wife, Janice, coming in from Mississippi, it was a great time to bring all the family together and catch up on everyone. How lucky we are to have such wonderful rains, even if it did spoil some of the outdoor holiday plans. +