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HaysFreePress.cor "~i !3 :! Iconic Center Street building gets back on the rails. - Page 1D June 7, 2017 Page 1C PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III The sights and smells of fresh produce and the eccentricity of eclectic artwork hit the greenbelt near Buda City Hall Saturday during the inaugural Market in the Park. The event, which was put on by the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and the Buda Main Street Program, drew hundreds of revelers to the downtown sector. J.R. Gonzales, Buda Chamber managing director, said the event was successful and he ~lans to continue holding the market on a monthly basis. Dd BY LESLY DE LEON For the first time in its history, the Kyle Police Depart- ment will offer a support system and in-house resource for officers and civilian staffto deal with job-related stress. Those services are a part of Kyle Police De- partment's new chaplain program, which is a resource used during a time of crisis, Police Chief Jeff Barnett said. Other local police agencies have similar programs and Barnett said they are successful in helping officers better handle some situations they encounter. Pastor Marquet Curl, who started the ROCK (Reflections of Christ's Kingdom) church in Kyle in 2014, is the lead pastor and founder of the chap- lain program. "With his background and history, we believe Pastor Curl is just what KPD needs at this time," Barnett said. The program will help officers deal with any stress, whether it's work- related, crisis-related or personal, Curl said. "In the past, other agencies have loaned us a chaplain for a par- ticular event or crisis, but we never really built a relationship with any one person," Captain Pedro Hernandez said. Having a resource and PHOTOS FROM MARQUETCURLMINISTRIES.COM New Kyle Police Department Chaplain Marquet Curl started the ROCK (Reflections of Christ's Church) Kyle ministry and will work as a support resource for the department. "1 wanted to try to be able to be a voice of change - not just from within the community but also on the officer's side because a lot of people don't understand the stress that's involved with being a police officer." - Marquet Curl, pastor at ROCK Kyle and new Kyle Police Departent chaplain within the community but also on the of- ficer's side : i:? because a lot of peo - ple don't un- der- stand the stress that's involved with being a police t s ak with mentation, the most ira-program that's there to officer." Ja/ rs .... portant thing is building meet their emotional, Curl spoke pmfeS relationships," Curl said/ ment i tl spiritual to Barnett and pef .pal issues, ! ; : s what ,th, e program needs: ::::: : ' Hemandez and C( l said. " ...... ' about. Curl approached theworked to get the rmmber one prior- Curl has met with all Kyle Police about creat- program off the ity is ::: police officers and staff ing the program after he ground. D to talk about: e programmoved:to the cityin May We've been as it grows, Curl said. and has also received 2016. working on feedback. "I wanted it to be their program," Curl said. "Everyone has been very excited about it and look- ing forward to having a "I had a burning desire it for several and passion to make an months and impact on my communi- it's great to ty," Curl said. "I wanted to see it come to try to be able to be a voice fruition," Barnett of change - not just from said. More chaplains will be recruited and Curl said he hopes to have four other chaplains in the program bythe end of the year. "Besides the imple- enino June It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow "any joyful gardeners have . been dropping by the nursery in recent weeks to talk about the success of their tomato crops. The rains mixed with the cooler spring weather has created perfect conditions to make 2017 a banner year for our favorite fruit. Congratulations gardeners! Some jobs for this month: 1.Water Early morning is the best time.., otherwise most of the irrigation water evaporates. Deep soaking is best because it gives the plant a greater IT'S ABOUT THYME, 2C J by Pauline Tom What happens when one rids butterfly weed of aphids? Carol Clark, a Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, explained to me the problem. If you use a hose with a stream of water to wash away aphids "naturally", you will wash away any Monarch eggs already on the plant. If you use a soap based spray, the soap will kill any Monarch caterpillars. It's risky. Carol advised, "The aphids will get eaten and controlled by other critters shortly if you leave them there. Syrphid flies, Lacewings and Ladybugs will come on their own." Carol worked the Monarch Watch booth at the recent Pollinator PowWow in Nacogdoches. There, RonTom and I learned about Syrphid flies. Also known as "hover flies" and "drone flies" (they can fly backwards), this insect is an important pollinator and predator of pests such as aphids, scales, thrips, and caterpillars. Distinguish a Syrphid fly from a bee or wasp by noting is has only two wings, and it has a fly- looking face. Aphids are quite thick on my butterfly milkweed, Soon we'll know whether or not Syrphid flies, Lacewings, and Ladybugs find them. On Friday, a Monarch floated above those new-to-our-landscape milkweed plants out front. So far, with a green spring, the deer have not munched on them. The warm spring MONTAGE, 2C +