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+ TRUCMNj Kyle considers updates to food truck ordinance. - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com June 1, 2016 Page 1C PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III A cross with an American flag attached to it sits idle near the gravesite of a veteran at the Kyle Cemetery on May 30. Last week, many Americans took time to honor and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces in various Memorial Day events. In Kyle, the VFW Post 12058 held a Memorial Day ceremony where they read the names of area residents who died in battle and veterans who have passed away. A local Boy Scout troop on Sunday placed U.S. flags at the gravesides of veterans at the Kyle Cemetery. BY PAIGE LAMBERT news@haysfreepress.com uests smiled and shed ,tears as Nathan Bloys and Cassidy Smith walked down the wedding aisle as they readied to tie the knot May 19. Three years ago to the day, however, Nathan's family and friends were crying for a far more serious reason. Nathan was driving to his parents' home during the early morning hours of May 19, 2013 when he swerved on northbound FM 1626 and hit another vehicle head on. T] Callis, an Austin/Travis County paramedic, was return- ing home from a shift when he came across the collision. person there thought he was dead because he was un- conscious and not breathing," Callis said. "He looked bad, there was so much trauma to him and the car." Callis said he was able to find a pulse and repositioned Na- than so he could breathe again. As a lady called 9-1-1, he tried to persuade dispatch to send STARflight, he said. "For trauma patients, there is a golden hour and survival rates diminish after an hour," Callis said. "I told them I was a paramedic but they weren't going to send it at first." Within 30 minutes a Starflight crew took Nathan to Brackenridge Hospital, Callis said. Jodie Erickson, Nathan's mother, was setting the table for breakfast when she received a call from Brackenridge. "It was pure hell and ago- nizing," Erickson said. "In my heart, I knew it was bad, it just started a whole chain of phone calls and people just came." Nathan went through about 12 surgeries in only a few months and had a metal plate secured into his skull, she said. In October, the family went home and Nathan received neurorehabilitation for the next three weeks, she said. Around that time, an old friend of Nathan's, Cassidy, moved back home and showed interest in his recovery, Erick- son said. "She has tremendous patience, understanding and compassion," Erickson said. "She seemed comfortable in a very awkward situation." Cassidy and Nathan Bloys are all smiles showing off their daughter exactly three years following Nathan's accident. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Lucy following their wedding, which was held "She had matured farther than anyone she and I knew that was our age. And I knew she wanted to be there and help me grow up." -Nathan Bloys, wreck survivor The two had known each other since seventh grade and had gone on a couple of dates during high school, Nathan said. "It was nothing official, as far as Facebook goes," Nathan said. "She had always shown interest in me but I tried to hide my interest in high school." By December, the pair went on a few dates; they made their relationship official in Janu- ary, he said. Nathan said old feelings and Cassidy's maturity drew the two together. Nathan said six months after the collision, he realized he had to change, he had to mature. "She had matured farther than anyone she and I knew that was our age," he said. ';~md I knew she wanted to be there and help me grow up." They remained a couple as Nathan recovered and had their daughter, Lucy, on De- cember 7, 2015. Nathan said Cassidy and Lucy helped him get out of recovery mode. "I've made my way and I'm trying to start a family," Nathan said. "I'm moving forward." The couple quickly decided to get married on the anniver- sary of the accident, May 19, 2016, Erickson said. "When they picked that day I was very reluctant," Erickson said. "But it has replaced what was a very bad day for me." Nathan said he was emotion- al during the ceremony when he saw people who had saved his life, like Erickson and Callis. When it was time for the vows, however, Nathan became his typical self, he said. "I've grown up but you've still got to be funny, right," Nathan said. "I made a lot of jokes and mentioned how even teachers were saying we should be dating." The wedding bells aren't chiming anymore, but Nathan said he is on to the next step caring for his family and earn- ing a degree. He said Cassidy has helped him regain his life from the traumatic crash that almost snatched it away from him three years ago. "She wasn't judging me or the scars on my face, she was always there for me," Nathan said. "It worked out in a perfect way." cry Montage by Pauline Tom h my goodness! Wow! Do I ever have an an- nouncement for you! Right here in our little city that is still somewhat out in the country, right here in our little slice of paradise, SEVENTEEN Black-bellied Whistling Ducks hatched in a live oak tree hollow in Eric Perucca's back yard. And, earlier, Black-bel- lied Whistling Ducklings hatched in such a hollow next door. These great quanti- ties give great hope for future generations of these interesting, if not odd, ducks in Mountain City. Cherish those tree hollows. First things first. This weekend, the first Satur- day in June, June 4, is our annual Mountain City Garage Sale. Put every- thing you want to sell together on your porch or driveway. Official time frame is 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Some will open/close earlier. And, some will be open on Sunday. Then, the, following weekend is Dumpster Days. Dumpster Days, a Mountain City exclusive, is exclusively for Moun- tain Cityians. Be prepared to prove residency with a photo ID and current water bill. Gigantic dumpsters will sit behind the tiny Old City Hall from Friday afternoon until 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12th. Acceptable "junk" items include mattresses, appliances, furniture, lawn furniture, swing sets, garden tools and equipment, lawnmow- ers without tires, bicycles without tires ... ...What's that? Without tires? Right, no tires of any sort will be accepted. Other items that will NOT be accepted are: trees, limbs, and brush; and, hazardous materials. If you have post storm tree trimmings, they will not be accepted during dumpster days. If you have a treasure that someone else may love, leave it outside .the dumpster so others can shop! Those who volunteer get first dibs at treasures. Volunteers check off names, help direct traffic and placement of items, help unload, and deter- mine which treasures stay out outside of the dumpsters. To volunteer for a 4-hour slot on Satur- day or Sunday, email moutaincitytx@gmail. com The next city coun- cil meeting is June 13, 24-hours after the Dump- ster Days Weekend ends. In the May council meeting, Lee Taylor mentioned that some have complained about paint and oil leaking from Mr. Green's garbage truck. Paint and oil?! Lee reminded all that hazard- ous materials not permit- ted in household trash. MONTAGE, 4C + 2 i:i[ : W III:I I