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+ Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press July 5, 2017 i+ WITT Thomas LeroyWitt, "Tom", was born in 1951 in Decatur, Illinois and moved to Texas in 1954. He departed this world June 28, 2017. He was the son of ArthurWitt and Mildred Hammett Witt both deceased. He is survived by his wife Frances, daughter RaeganWitt- Malandruccolo and son-in-law Kevin, son Thomas LeroyWitt, II, "T.J.", and daughter-in- law Kelly, granddaughters Taylor Witt, AveryWitt and Cecilia Malandruccolo, brother Bill Witt and sister- in-law Carla, and sister Cheryl Popple and brother-in-law John. Tom grew up in Dal- las, Texas and eventu- ally moved to Austin, Texas in 1988. He was employed in the prop- erty tax field and school funding for 42 years. His greatest jobs were be- ing Frances' husband, father to Raegan and T.J., father-in-law to Kelly and Kevin, and grandfa- ther Taylor, Avery and Cecilia. Toms joy was his family and the shared experiences they en- joyed. Frances and Tom traveled extensively together and with family members. He was a guitar player, card and board game enthusiast, fisher- man, creative partner with his granddaughters, and told often that he was a "crazy" Grandpa by his granddaughters, a role he relished. Tom lived his life on his terms and faced life's challenges boldly. A cel- ebration of life was held Friday, June 30, 2017, at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle. Memorial ser- vices were held Saturday, July 1, ,2017 in the chapel of Harrell Funeral Home. Please visit www.Har- rellfuneralhomes.com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condo- lence with Tom's family on his on-line memorial site. PHOTO BY AMY HILTON Mountain City has many Screech Owls, a small owl that eats rodents and moths. Amy Hilton documented the success of her nesting pair with a photo of an adorable baby with huge yellow eyes. Marjie Kelley named "her" owl Owl-eanore. Continued from pg. 1C For certain, we have At least one gorgeous Red-tailed Hawks, yellow-billed cuckoo, parents and juveniles, with black and white near the end of Live Oak spotted tail, has been Drive. AllAboutBirds. spotted in Mountain org says they eat mostly City. One showed up mammals, and they when Ed and Ginger seldom go after dogs and Hite were entertaining cats. friends who bird. A pair of Screech Owls, The Hite's have a the ones that spent large Poke plant, which weeks earlier in the I surmise got planted by season at the OwlShack a bird that ate berries on above our driveway, our plants several years flew the coop without ago. Poke is not a plant nesting. A possible available in nurseries. explanation came to me. The red-stemmed plant We switched this spring with purple berries from a mercury vapor attracts birds. bulb in our yard light For trivia buffs, (when the ballast went legend has it that out) to a CFL. Owls no the Declaration of longer have a nighttime Independence was smorgasbord in our signed with fermented driveway, poke berry ink. In May, RonTom and A Mountain Cityian I attended a nighttime sent word that she got moth workshop. A suckered into ordering mercury vapor bulb "free" beauty products was set above a hanging online which had a 14- white sheet to bring in day return if not satisfied moths and nighttime clause hidden in fine insects for observation, print of the privacy Our new CFL attracts no statement. She had insects, unchecked "reorder." Beautiful orange- Still, in came two bills. billed black-bellied Buyer beware. whistling ducks landed Reader, know that on our "wildlife tree" tidbits are appreciated. (trimmed dead oak tree, Email ptom5678@gmail. now teeming with life) com (subject: tidbit) or one morning last week. leave a message at 512- Over on Juniper, they're 268-5678. frequently seen. Thanks! Love, Pauline 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 favorite), black-eyed peas, okra, cantaloupe, pumpkin and watermelon. For transplants, it's the right time for tomatoes and peppers. 2. Tomatoes: Be sure to plant determinate varieties with reputa- tions for heat survival. (Spot the clues in their names.) My favorites are surefire, solar fire, solar flare, celebrity, heatwave, sunmaster, and BHN444 (healthy surprise). &Water: Your plants will need water to sur- It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow vive. Not just a splash on the surface.., but a pro- found watering. This will give them a more estab- lished root system and a better reservoir to draw from. Try to water on a 4- to 5-day schedule. Don't run automatic sprinkler systems during the day. (Loss to evaporation is too great.) And if it rains, just sit back and enjoy watching your garden grow ...all by itself. 4. Mulch Keep all flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and trees mulched. This will conserve water, cool the root zone and generally relieve heat stress. 5. Mow High: Choose the highest setting for PHOTO BY CHRIS REID Mulching your plants cools the roots and conserves water. your mower. Longer grass blades will help shade the roots and conserve water. 6. Survive! Want to avoid heatstroke? Three rules for central Texas gardeners: a. Wear ef- fective sunscreen and a large brimmed hat. b. Garden early in the morning, c. Drink gal- lens upon gallons of water. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a ques- tion for Chris, send it via email to iathyme@yahoo. com. 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