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+ Kyle officials continue sidewalk maintenance talks. - Page 1D June 14, 2017 Page 1C PHOTOS BY LESLY DE LEON Hundreds of thrill seekers forged their path on the mighty San Marcos River and beyond last weekend as they took part in the 2017 Texas Water Safari. The safari, which calls itself the "worlds toughest canoe race," consists of a 260-mile trek that begins at the headwaters of the San Marcos River and ends at the shrimping village of Seadrift along the Texas coastline. Competitors have 100 hours to complete the race. According to the Texas Water Safari website, the first race was held in 1963. The team "A Touch of Gray" claimed the championship by finishing the race in 36 hours and 50 minutes, according to reports. Top: Kit Harle and Lee Harle completed the race in 61 hours and 37 minutes. Inset: Bystanders take photos of friends and family competing as the race begins. Mt. City Montage by Pauline Tom n Garage Sale Saturday, Ron Tom came home from taking KissMe to visit sales with a tidbit from LaVerne McClendon. An intruder has been enter- ing through her doggy door. It's eating dog food on top of the washing machine in her utility room. She suspects it's a raccoon. The creature has not ventured through the second doggy door into her kitchen. A trap has not caught the creature that was lift- ing the lid on our 5-gallon storage bucket and eating just a few sunflower seeds. Feeding whole sunflow- er seeds in a feeder means an undesirable patch of shelled seeds underneath. Feeding shelled peanuts and even whole peanuts, there's no mess beneath the feeder. Our "whole peanut wreath feeder", that looks like a big slinky, attracts a variety of birds. One afternoon, I used our car in the driveway as a "bird blind." In between squirrels' attempts to reach the wreath feeder, I photographed Blue Jays, White-winged Doves, and a juvenile Northern Cardinal. That cardinal had col- orations of a Pyrulluxia, gray with some red, and a tall crest. The beak gave away the correct identi- fication. The gray bird had a long, pointed beak. A PyruUuxia has a beak like a parrot, small and rounded, Mountain City is lighter after last week-end's annual Dumpster Days. MONTAGE, 4C BY LESLY DE LEON Two years ago, Leslie Cole- man decided to foster a small kitten that had to be bottle-fed. The kitten had to be fed about every two hours, but Coleman and her family loved it. Ultimately, the family failed at fostering- Coleman's daugh- ter kept the kitten. But ever since then, Coleman, who fosters pets for the PAWS Shelter of Central Texas in Kyle, has cared for five litters of kittens that were too yotmg to be on their own until they were adopted. It's part of a PAWS foster pro:~ gram, which began about four years ago. The program provides temporary homes for pets until they're adopted, or can be placed in an adoption program. Coleman is currently taking care of three kittens that came PHOTO COURTESY OF PAWS ANIMAL SHELTER Texas History by Bartee Haile Sam Snead was de- termined to beat the Texan, who only the week before had embar- rassed him at the U.S. Open, in the final round of the Westem Open on Jun.14, 1937. Ralph Guldahl wag born in Big D in 1911, ayear be- fore two legendary lions of the links -- Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson- also drew their first breath in the Lone Star State. By age 11, the son of Norwegian im- migrants was caddying at Lakewood Country Club, and in 1927 he captained the WoodrowW'flson High School golf team to the state title. As the wheels began coming off the national economy in 1930, Guldahi elected to earn his living by playing the game he loved. The raw rookie showed a flash of his precocious potential becoming the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Open. Three years later, Gul- dahl needed a birdie on the 72nd hole to win the most important tourna- ment in America but lost control of his putter. After missing the mark by four TEXAS HISTORY, 2G It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow ne of the great characteristics of c~inary herbs is that besides looking attractive within your to her when they were only four landscape, they remain weeks old. "Ifyou like cats or dogs, its ~ "These fosters are literally saving a life .... .... ~ter season.eVergreen throughout the very rewarding, Coleman said. :i, i have to have confirmed fosters for i ' This evergreen list is a "You get them when they re ' long 6he: rosemary, gar- young, you get to play with [animals] before I tell the other shelters densage, thyme, oregano, them for a few weeks or months and then you send them off to somebody else." Most of the pets in foster homes are kittens and puppies who are too young to be placed in the shelter. Fosters temporarily provide them with shelter and love for two weeks, on average, or longer. "These fosters are liter- ally saving a life," said Sonni Standefer, office manager and kennel manager. "I have to have confirmed fosters for [animals] before I tell the other shelters that I can take them." If a foster can take four kit- tens, for example, PAWS can pull four kittens from the San Marcos Animal Shelter. PAWS provides food, vet- erinary services and other pet needs, Standefer said. "We provide everything that they need," Standefer said. "Every one of the fosters has my cell phone number if they have emergencies overnight." Fostering can be a way for people considering getting their first pet, including college students and oung adults, to determine if they're ready for the long-term commitment. Fostering can also benefit parents wanting to teach their that I can take them." -Sonni Standefer, office manager and kennel manager children about caring for pets, or single-pet homes who want a companion for their pet, but might not have the time or money for a second animal, Standefer said. '~ lot of our fosters do have dogs that are lonely, so getting [foster] puppies will help that dog get some play time and it will also help the puppy learn how to dog properly," Standefer said. Kathy Jo I~wrie began volun- teering at PAWS and fostering dogs about two and a half years ago. Lowrie adopted one of the first dogs she fostered, who now helps her care for the puppies she fosters. 'As far as fostering, she is pup- py-crazy," Lowrie said. "When I get puppies she helps me take care of them. She plays with them and cuddles with them." Lowrie is currently fostering who )usthad alitter S'LX pup- pies. While the puppies will so6n be adopted, Apple Juice will stay with Lowrie for two more months while receiving heartworm treat- ment. Fostenng is so rewarding, most people who decide to foster a pet continue doing so, Standefer said. Interested individuals can apply to be a foster on the PAWS Shelter's website. Standefer and PAWS staff talk with potential fosters about their living situation to ensure it's a good environment for pets. Approved fosters are added to a Facebook group where Stande- fer posts photos of pets who need a temporary home so fosters can take in a pet, or afew, if they're available. After staying with a foster for the needed time, pets are taken to an off-site adoption event to be adopted into a permanent, loving home. "That's the hardest part - letting them go," Lowrie said. "You're up there [at the off-site someone to take your baby away. That's hard but you know they're going to a good fam- ily, and that opens up a spot to foster another one." garlic and onion chives, salad burnet, savory, lavender and the two pars- leys (Italian and curled) all keep their leaves during the winter. However I must men- tion two herbs that are annuals in their growth habits: basil and cilantro. These culinary herbs grow in entirely opposite seasons. Basil loves the heat of summer, while cilantro loves the cool tempera- tures of fall and winter. So now is the time to plant basil.., and October will be the time to har- vest basil before it's lost to the first freeze. That is when you will plant your cilantro. Currently at our nursery we have tables overflow- ing with nine different types of basil, including Italian large leaf, Greek, In- dian tulsi, Thai green holy, Each has a different role in the culinary traditions of its country of origin. IT'S ABOUT THYME, 2C +