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HaysFreePress.com KYLE'S TOP 5 Top five development agreements in Kyle. - Page 1B July 3, 2013 Page 1C Six yard activities for July IT'S ABOUT ix activities for July to ensure your yard will remain healthy and lush during the summer: 1. Vegetable Garden. The timing always feels a bit strange, but this is actually the month to renew your vegetable garden for the fall harvest season. From seed, plant snap and lima beans, sweet corn, Swiss chard, cucumbers, summer and winter squash (my favor- ite), black-eyed peas, okra, cantaloupe, pumpkin and watermelon. For trans- plants, it's the right time for tomatoes and peppers. 2. Tomatoes. Be sure to plant determinate varieties with reputations for heat survival. (Spot the clues in their names.) My favorites are surefire, solar fire, solar flare, celebrity, heatwave, sunmaster, and BHN444 (healthy surprise). 3. Water. Your plants will need this to survive. Not just a splash on the surface... but rather a profound wa- tering. This will give them a more established root sys- tem and a better reservoir to draw from. Try to water on a 4 to 5 day schedule. Don't run automatic sprinkler sys- tems during the day. (Loss to evaporation is too great.) 4. Mulch. Keep all flow- erbeds, vegetable gardens and trees mulched. This will conserve water, cool the ASK CHRIS, 3C All winners at Casino Night A BUDA ! BITS hwat a great success e first Casino Night as last Saturday at the new Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center. Over 100 folks turned out to support the fun- draising event. No one walked out of the building without some kind of a prize. Thanks to the many supporters, there were prizes, food and drinks for all. Look for a report next week on the amount of money raised for the new center. eo Don't miss seeing the animals from Capital of Texas Zoo on Thursday, July 11 at the Buda Library. All are invited starting at 2 p.m. Also check out the summer activi- ties at the library, a cool place to spend some time. oeo Birthday wishes go out to PatriciaVandervoort on July 2;Joe Krejci on July 4; Kylie Severance on July 5; Marge Edwards and two-year-old Charlie Taylor on July 6; Frank Cullen and Charlotte Jennings on July 7;Chris Dunkin and Gerald (Yogi) Gage on July 9. eee Wedding anniversary wishes go out to Diane and Joe Krejci as they celebrate 46 years of marriage on July 8. With Joe's birthday on the 4th and the anniversary on July 8, there will be lots of cake eat- ing at the Krejci house! eeo Enjoy your 4th of July and be cool and safe. PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Current CASA volunteer, Yolanda Flores of Hays County, with the children on her case. CASA volunteers are appointed to children who are confirmed victims of abuse or neglect to independently investigate the case and recommend to the family court judge what is in the best interest of the child. They often serve as the only consistent adult in the child's life. CASA wants volunteers in fight against ',hild abuse BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com CASA of Central Texas invites Hays County residents to get in- volved in the fight against child abuse by training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA of Central Texas advocates for abused and neglected children in the community by recruiting, training, and supporting commu- nity volunteers. CASA volunteers are appointed to children who are con- firmed victims of abuse or neglect to independently investigate the case and provide recommendations to the family court judge, what is in the best interest of the child. They often serve as the only consistent adult in the child's life. More volunteers are needed in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties, according to CASA of Central Texas Executive Director Norma Castilla-Blackwell. She said becoming a CASA volunteer is a way to make a direct impact in the com- munity one child at a time. "We assign our volunteers to one case at a time, to make sure the children receive the attention they need," Castilla-Blackwell said. "But, that means we are only serving as many children as we have volun- teers. We need more volunteers to reach our goal of serving 100 per- cent of the children who are cur- rently in the state's care." The next session of free advocate trainings will begin in mid-July and will be held in both the San Marcos and New Braunfels CASA locations. Classes meet once a week for five weeks. In 2012, CASA of Central Texas served 372 children in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe and Hays coun- ties but there were an estimated 400 or more additional children who did not have the voice of a CASA volun- teer. To learn more about CASA or volunteer training, please contact CASA at (512) 392-3578 or (830) 626- 2272, or visit www.casacentex.org. Hays chapter of Masons led by Kyle resident BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com th titles like Grand Royal & ost Ancient Matron and rand Sovereign of Star, one might think the holder of those titles is a hoity toitey person. But Tommie Chambers, 65, of Kyle, is just as humble and kind as they come. A member of the Masons since age 18, Chambers, an Austin native, carries on the family tradition. "My father was a Mason," she said. "I've been in Masonry my whole life." These days, she is part of both the International and Accepted Masons and the Order of Eastern Stars. She is trying to revive the Kyle/Hays County chapter and already has several mem- bers. She said she also belonged to the Prince Hall Order for a while. Over the years, Chambers rose to the near highest lev- els of the Masonic organization, which combined with the Order of Eastern Stars a few years back. Both are said to be "secret" because they gener- ally do not discuss what happens in their order with anyone outside the group. But Chambers said Masons and Eastern Stars are service organiza- tions of a reli- gious nature. She touched on some of the actions of the local chap- ters of which she is or was a member. "We do a lot. CHAMBERS We're part of the Shriners. We go to nursing home facilities, we care for people, we do community type stuff to help the elderly, we raise money for the "When you get into this order, you will know how to define a mason and a star. You will know them." -Tommie Chambers, member, Order of Easter Stars children's hospital in Memphis," she said. St. Jude? "Yes, that's the one," she replied. She recently recalled how she learned about the Masons many years ago. "My father had a car problem one time when I was little girl," she said. "He got out and gave a sign ]to pass- ing drivers]. Cars started stopping." Here Chambers sounds incredulous about the incident. She wondered what the sign was all about and how those other men knew to stop. "One of them came over to my dad and said, 'Yes, brother, what can I help you with?' He wasn't a brother of color, you know," Cham- bers said. "They were white men." She said one of the men took her father into Houston to get a part for the car. Two more men stopped to help install it. When her father asked what he owed, Chambers said the men told him, "You owe me nothing, broth- er." Cham- bers was intrigued. Her neigh- bor back then was an Eastern Star. "She told me about 0 the order but said, 'Just don't talk about it with anyone,'" Chambers said with a little giggle. The whole con- cept fasci- nated her. "I joined when I was 18 years old," she said. She remained in that order well over 20 years. It's been 12 years with the new order. How did those men way back when know her father was a Mason? "When you get into this order, you will know how to define a ma- son and a star. You will know them,"  Symbol of The Order of Eastern Stars she said. Chambers said years ago, the Masons and Eastern Stars were less integrated racially when she started. "It was kind of segregated. Then it started branching off- people of all colors, race and creed," she said. Part of what she does for the Order of the Eastern Stars is attend conferences. This former employ- ment super- visor for the Texas Workforce Commis- sion, who is now both retired and on disabili- ty, travels to S places like Delaware, Arkansas and Ohio. "We have members in every state," she said. "Florida is the largest." Next month July 13-20 Chambers heads to Buffalo, NY, for the Su- preme Convention. She may return with another title to add to her growing list: Auxiliary Rose. If she is inducted to the Auxiliary Rose, she'll wear a white dress with a red coat. "That's as high as you can go," she said. "It's the equivalent of a 33rd order Mason."