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+ HaysFreePress.com $42M STIMULUS Hays County schools receive federal stimulus money. - Page 1D June 12, 2013 Page lC Texas' new miracle tree? IT'S ABOUT THYME Back in the early to mid 70s, when I was an avid vegetable gardener-chef, I heard about a tree called the neem tree, which sounded like a miracle plant to me. A little background research was revealing: it was native to India and Pakistan, was very drought resistant, and useful in myriad ways. Its root system was great for anchoring loose soils (the U.N. had a program in the Sahara using neem trees to re- claim desert sands), the leaves increased soil fertility, while the seed cake was great as a cattle and poultry feed. The twigs are used by mil- lions as a natural toothbrush, and because of high oil con- tent, the fast-growing wood resists termites and rot, and is used for all kinds of construc- tion, including houses, fence posts, boats, piers, docks, etc. Book repositories made of neem wood preserve paper for millennia. The oil makes an effective industrial lubricant and lamp oil. Bitter tender leaf shoots are eaten all over southeast Asia and the subcontinent (excellent in Thailand with chilled raw oysters and green chile sauce, or with fried fish and sweet sauce). See NEEM IS KEEN, pg. 2C BUDA BITS A ceremony at 7 p.m. riday, June 14, at the ag pole will mark the official opening for the 117th annual Camp Ben McCulloch Reunion at Driftwood. Dick Polk & the Lone Mountain Boys will provide music under the tabernacle from 7:15 until 8 p.m. The dance starts at 9 p.m with music by Weldon Henson. Music for the Saturday night dance will feature the Michael Myers Band. Check out the schedule at www.campbenreunion.com and join your friends for the many activities throughout the eight-day reunion. Another reunion scheduled this week will be the Jack C. Hays High School class of 1993. They will celebrate their 20-year reunion starting with a gathering Friday at 9:30 p.m., See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C Brianne Corn in her first race al BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com In the world of wheel-to- wheel racing, fast move- ments, snap decisions and quick reflexes dominate. When travelling upwards of 100 miles an hour on a winding track, with 20 competitors racing side by side, the adrenaline rush is intense- and generally left to more experienced drivers. Brianne Corn of San Marcos, a relative newcomer to the sport, managed to notch a tenth-place finish in her first professional race against other drivers in the PirelliWorld Challenge TCB held May 17-19 at the Circuit of the Americas just south- east of Austin. But this 2004 Texas State graduate is no stranger to fast machines. Corn's love of racing goes back to grade school, where she traded books and pens for a motor- cycle, as a form of incentive. "I have always enjoyed driving cars and riding mo- torcycles," Corn said. "It was always done after I finished my homework; [tiding] was the incentive. It was my way of finding my happy place." With her motorcycle rid- ing past, Corn grew to love the thrill of racing. A trip to Italy in 2004 brought with it a new love of fast cars: Rally Cross racing- essentially time trials on paved and un- paved surfaces, on winding mountains and paths. "Every weekend, my friends and I experienced the [Italian] countryside, going up the west coast, which had numerous turns and switchbacks," Corn said. "On our way up the moun- tains, we raced sports cars and modified rally cars. It was during these moments where I told myself, 'this is what I want to do.'" And race she did. Com claimed the 2010 and 2011 Rally America Open Lite Series Champion- ships, as well as the 2012 Pike's Peak Ttme Attack class championship. When an opportunity sur- faced to race on the paved road, or tarmac, of COTA, Corn jumped at the chance. "I have been looking for an opportunity to move into wheel-to-wheel racing, arid what better way to start than See SPEED FREAK, pg. 3C behind the wheel of a new Rallycross Subaru. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRIANNE CORN in car race PHOTO BY TOM BIJCHKOE Above, Brianne Corn gets airborn during a Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan. Middle left, Corn lines up at Circuit of the Americas for her race in May of this year. Middle right, Corn takes her mom for a ride before the Pikes Peak STi Hill Climb. Below, Corn's car after a race in Lebn Guanajuato. MT, CiTY MONTAGE eer suddenly started visiting our backyard recently, which stirred concern after the battle inju- ries in the past to two of our dachshunds. The birdbaths we've kept empty were filled with rain. Let's see if the deer will stay out with the basins turned upside down. Leslie Burich rescued Diane Krejci and little Luci with a ride home one day when a doe took postures that stirred concern, right here on the streets of Mountain City. Leslie, across the street from us, sees a mother screech owl and one baby sitting on the rim of their front yard "Owl Shack" (www.owlshack.com). Perhaps those are the ones we saw on our driveway a few weeks back. One evening I heard the biggest racket by mocking- birds across the fence in the Koehn's backyard. I expected to see a snake in the tree. The birds were trying to spook a little screech owl. Even when one peeked, the owl just sat there still as could be. The Tarrs have a screech owl nesting in their backyard "squlrell" box (again). And, they've seen just one owlet. Someone in Mountain City hosted a nesting pair of ash- throated flycatchers. A fledg- ling hopped off to the side of Live Oak Drive. A pair looked at our nestboxes and passed them over. There's still time for nestings this year, especially in shaded and well-ventilated nestboxes. A gigantic skunk has been hanging around between Maple and Live Oak and the water well. The Tarrs are hosting the Fellowship Church's Backyard Bible Club in their front yard this week. Fellowship Church at Plum Creek moves into the new building on Grace Street, near the intersection of 2700 and Kohler's Crossing on June 16, Father's Day. Worship Service start times will be 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays. Loving Mountain City expresses many thanks to neighbors who donated baked goodies for the Bake Sale on Garage Sale Saturday: Beth Smith, Betty Puckett, Sally Kachoris, Christi Chabarria, Karlyn Ellis, Laura Gresham Craig, Amy Hilton and Pauline Tom. And many thanks to those who stopped by to make a tasty purchase. And thanks to Marjie Kelly who anchored the project and manned the booth. Loving Mountain City raised $51.25 in just a couple of hours to benefit Mountain City events! The remain- ing cookies, cupcakes, and brownies went to the I(yle VFD. See MONTAGE, pg. 2C +