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~'~'~UtL~llqlA ~lmlfiiLIH]L~lliJ]: ] II ] LII~U + DRINKING GAMES A look at mixed ddnl sales in Hays County's corridor cities in April 2011. - Page 1D June 8, 2011 Pap 1C BUDA "t's time for the 115th annual Camp Ben McCul]och Reunion in Driftwood on the banks of Onion Creek. The activities get under way on Friday, June 17 and continue until the last dance is played on Friday, June 24. For information visit www. Hays High School Class of 1981 is urged to contact Paula Smith Hawkins at rpchawk@aoLcom or Jerry lo Johnson at jjjolmson@ for infor- mation concerning the upcoming class reunion in S ptember. Liz Shelton of Buda com- peted in the Danskin Tri- athlon in Austin on Sunday and placed 3rd in her age division of 30-34 and was 30th overall. A total of 1,038 women completed the tri- athlon, which consisted of a half-mile swim, 12-mile bicycle ride and three mile run. Shelton's time was 1:25:29. See BUDA BITS, log. 6C Careful when fawning over fawns oJr une brought the annual 1st Saturday garage sale. Forgot? Remember now next year. April had no showers, and May brought... Painted Buntings. Cindy Rector on Juniper tidbitted (on May 2), 'A bird feeder, bird bath and patience have resulted in the sighting of two male ~ainted buntings at my ouse for the past two days. Just this moming I spored a female at the feeder. What wonderful wayto start the day." Wasn't it nice that mid- May brought showers? .:~Fhweank you, God. had a wonderful way ~o start the day somewhere along the way in May. Ron- Tom opened the curtains and exclaimed, % newborn fawn." The baby stood on wobbly legs as the mother provided its first bath. Baby fawn have very little smell, so they're safe from predators (like BoD and Kiss'Me') unless their movement draws atten- tion. BoD and Kiss'Me' were banned from the open backyard for the day. For newcomers to Moun- tain Ci , where newhom fawn spring up in late spring, here's an important fact to know: Newborn fawns lying alone are not abandoned. Mother deer typically leave their young bedded down for two m 12 hours while they're away foraging. And, mama deer may be aggressive. Some old-tim- ers will remember that we put down Stair after a deer attack in May 2004. (Blind, she probably stumbled onto a fawn.) See MO~AGE, pg. 6C PHOTOS coum'ESY Of CHRISTOPHER BEALAND Kyle residents Christopher and Kristina Bealand joined volunteers (above and bottom) who "treasured hunted" through donated items for victims of a devastating tornado in Joplin, Me. (Below) The twister killed 120 people and leveled much of the city. The Bealands plan to retum to help more. Local couple volunteers to help Tornado-ravaged town BY WES FERGUSON Day after day, Christopher Bealand sat in his living room in Kyle with his head in his hands, watching the news on T~. A string oftomados had ra'v- aged the South. Then, on May 22, another tornado hit Joplin, Mo. It demolished whole swaths of the ciqr, killing more than 120 people and leaving many more homeles~ "Oh my gosh," Bealand remembers thinking, '~lis is horrible." The more he watched, the more he felt called m do some- thing- anything- m help the vic~ns. First Bealand thought he would hold a churehwide yard sale to raise money, but his pastor said no: The church would only be saddled with every- one else's junk. Then Bealand and his wife, Kristina, heard about three women from Martin- dale who had been in touch with a Chris- tian school in Joplin. They and others were leaving onWednes- day evening to go help. The Bealands had never done any- thing like this before, but they jumped at the oppommity m go as well. The team of volunteers met in I.ockhart and drove through the night- a caravan of 27 people representing five area churches- bearing donations of cloth- ing, food and water. Upon arrival they set up camp and went to work in a distribution warehouse. Donated items were pouring in from around the world. It was chaos. The volunteers sorted through box after box, repackaging the clothing and other itern To their surprise and disap- poinUnent, though, much of it was junk and had to be discard- ed. There was so much stained and tom clothing and worn-out honsewares that organizers told the volunteers they were "treasure hunting" for any items that could be of actual benefit to Joplin resident~ After laboring for 21/2 days, the Cen~ Texas group was ea- eytO do more hands-on work. agreed to leave the house and go into the "heart of the tornado," as Christopher calledit. As they drove through the streets of Joplin, theywere awestruck by what they saw. "R literally looked like a bomb had exploded," Christopher would "We see there's a huge need and we can't just leave them like that." --Christopher Bealand, Joplin volunteer later say. Houses were reduced to foundations. Cars were flipped onto roofs. A large comme al track was wrapped like tinfoil around a tree. AS the volunteers drove through dedmateO neigh- bothoods, they saw one man sorting through the things in his front lawn. The man's name was Mazi. He had lived there for 27 years, in a house he had built himsel When the tornado hit, Mazi rushed his family m the hath- room and threw himself over his wife, two grown sons and daugh- ter. He was nearly sucked out of the house, but his sons held onto his wrists even as his legs were being pulled into the vort Eight seconds later, the tornado was gone. So was their home. The bathroom where the family had hunkered down was the only part of the house that remained standing. Now, when the volunteers found him, Mazi was going through his things. It was a sol- emn time and very intimate. Ev- erything that could be salvaged had already been laid out on his lawn, so there was not much the Bealands and other volunteers could do for him. But as they talked to Mazi they realized lhe would be an ideal point of contact for future assistance. He's a retired home- builder and is affiliated with a home-improvement store. He understands the needs of his neighborhood. Mazi gave them his phone number and discussed plans m rebuild the neighborhood. The Bealands and the other volunteers came home on Mon- day. This Sunday, Christopher is planning to give a presentation at his church, Harvest Com- munity Church in Martindale, and four weeks from now, once the major cleanup is done, the Bealands are hoping to return to help Mazi and his neighbors. "We see there's a huge need," Christopher said, "and we can't just leave them like that." Wall of Honor featured at r~Reunie Heideman-Kramer on was held at the .L Ohland Community Center on Sunday, June 5. Fifty-eight"kinfolks" gathered for a bountiful carry-in lunch followed by the meal prayer by CU ord ese _ahr The mee g was called to order by President Daniel Helde- man during which the Ohland Community center was voted the place to hold the 2012 reunion with the mention that the contribution price may be more if the building will be air-conditioned. Daniel read the obituaries of Betty I_ou Kramer and Clifton Kramer - family members who passed away during the year. The president then called attention to theVeteranWall of Honor where many family pictures have been placed, honoring those who have served in the milita~. BoydVaughan, Health Care Administrator of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, spoke about the Veterans Memorial in the Uhland Community Center. He addressed the community support for our servicemen and women of today and the difference in support during theViet NamWar. Boyd is a member of the Heideman family by marriage. Com- ing the furthest to attend the reunion was Brian Heideman and Loumm of Albuquer- que, New Mexico. They have attended regularly since the death of Brian's parents (Gene end Grace) as does his sister, Brenda ~g and family of Sprin~ Texas, The youngest was Emily Edic, great-grand- daughter ofJoyce Heideman Eichman of Canyon Lake. Clarence Heldeman had the honor ofbeingthe oldest in attendance at 91 years and a fewmonth~ Myrtle Heideman had the privilege of celebrating her ' 58th" (you gotta be kidding) birthday while attending the reunion. Thanks to all for the phone calls, birthdaywishes, cards, gifts and cake, which saenjoyed. Speaking of birthdays, Daniel Heideman had an- other on June 7. Youql have to askhim howold he was! Barbara Hanna, mod- erator of St. JohnWomen's Guild, reminds everyone that "Sock R to Me Sunday" is this Sunday at St. John Lutheran Church.What is that? R is the last Sunday you can partici- pate in the sock drive for the residents in nursing homes. We need your help in finding the family of Otto Winkier, who is buried in the Uhland Live Oak Cemetery. He was aWWI veteran. He dledApri112, 1933. Please call 512-398-3800 if you can provide information. We would like to include him on our Veterans Wall. The"old folks" got togeth- er again lastWednesday for a spaghetti lunch at the home of Raymond and Myrtle Heideman. They were Leon- ard and Blanche Kramer of New Braunfeis and Adelene Wisian and Clarence Heide- man of San Marcos~ A lot of past history and happenings were recalled. R was good to see Cheryl Shelley, husband Parrish and son, Trent (who has an arm in a sling- no swim- ming this summer- again) and also dad, Ed Daugh- erty at the family reunion. Missed Kenneth Schnautz, who is still not up to par. Did it rain at your house on Sunday? Filled our water barrel again, sure could have used more, maybe next rune. 4=