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+ TAX Local entities speak out ..... against property tax bill, '- Page 1D ii! July 12, 2017 Page 1C Nurses and professionals at Seton hospital since July 2016. Medical Center Hays conduct a ceremonial PHOTOS BY MOSES LEes Ill balloon release commemorating 100 heart surgeries performed at the in a year Mt, City Montage by Pauline Tom Brian Porterfield, the man behind the scenes with Loving Mountain City's 4th of July parade, deserves red, white and blue hats off. As I admired his truck's patriotic display and mu- sic afer the parade, Patti- cia Porterfield, the event coordinator, told me some of the details. When the patriotic cd they purchased turned out to be awful, Brian went out and purchased a stereo with speakers for his truck so the parade would have patriotic mu- sic. He worked tirelessly to build what it took to hang the bunting just perfectly on each side of MONTAGE, 4G BY MOSES LEOS III For the better part of three months, Wimberley resident Thomas Pletcher could feel something wasn't quite right with his body. Every time he did something in the yard, he would get a pe- culiar feeling that forced him to rest. Eventually it go so bad, he asked his wife to take him to Seton Medical Center Hays. "I felt this was something I had to take a look at," Pletcher said. A quadruple coronary ar- tery bypass later, Pletcher, a 69-year-old retired Air Force helicopter pilot, has a new lease on life. Pletcher's story is one of 100 who have received cardiac surgical care at Seton Hays since July 2016. Their success is due in part to Jeffrey McNiel, MD, FACS, who began operating at Seton Hays last summer. McNiel said he was brought on after the hospital staff was at a point of having to decide if they were going to continue to do cardiac surgery. After retiring from the Air Force 18 months ago, McNiel said he was recruited to poten- tially join the Cardiothoracic andVascular Surgeons (CTVS) team. From there, he made his way to Seton Hays, where he saw a chance to "be able to build a program the way I wanted to run it" and make it into the "best it could be." He added the relationship between Seton and the CTVS team developed the program. "That's how I approached it, to give us an opportunity to make it my own and grow with it," McNiel said. Reaching the 100-surgery milestone is a benchmark many hospital programs strive for, McNiel said. Having as many surgeries in that ranges helps a program by maintain- ing proficiency in all depart- ments, from surgery to the ICU and even rehab. "The surgery may be about four hours, but (patients) are here for four or five days," McNiel said. "They're going through rehab for six weeks. It's a significant effort from all those people to get good results from the surgery." He added that going through 100 surgeries ensures everyone "knows the steps" to help with the recovery process. "When everyone knows how things are supposed to go and it's a process everyone's familiar with, the outcomes get better," McNiel said. "When 100 HEARTS, 4C Seton Medical Center worker Amy Gums, of Austin, holds a heart-shaped red balloon during a ceremonial event commemorating cardiovascular sur- geries at the hospital. ! il "Keeping it Kyle" took on new meaning Saturday at city square park in Kyle as the city held its July Market Days event in downtown. Several Kyle-area vendors lined the square as revelers listened to the beats of Fallen Franklin, as well as Matthew Robinson and the Jelly Kings. PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS I|l It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow Early July gets me in the mood to plant fall tomatoes. Texas A&M% Vegetable Garden Planting Guide advises gardeners to get their fall tomato transplants in the ground between July 7 and August 7. (Larger transplants in 1 gal. pots or larger can be planted as late as Sept.1.) I prefer to plant deter- minate, heat-set toma- toes for fall. Varieties such as Bob Cat, Celeb- rity, and BHN 444 can crop in under 80 days, making them perfect for fall planting. Celebrity, an all-time backyard favorite, acts as a semi- indeterminate, produc- ing longer if frosts come later than average. July is also the perfect time to plant cherry type tomatoes - which have no problem setting fruit in the heat. My favorites are Sweet 100, Juliet and Sun Gold. Rarely do they make it to the kitchen! For your fall tomato garden, choose a sunny location with good drainage, and be sure to shovel in lots of compost and slow release organic fertilizer. At Urban Farm they mix up a fertilizer of bat guano, mycorrhizae, humic acid, crab shell, worm castings, kelp, soy meal, and composted poultry litter, making it a great choice for gar- deners. Adding dolo- mite lime (calcium and magnesium) also helps to prevent blossom end rot, a common tomato fruit malady. Keeping your newly transplanted seedlings TOMATOES, 2G i 1|]: l~