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q- + HaysFreePress.com TAX SHARING Kyle pushes sales tax plan outside city limits. - Page 1D July 24, 2013 Page 1C The Dog of Summer CHECK IT OUT BUDA LIBRARY It's July and we are deep into summer, the afternoons are too hot to be outside unless you are in water, so what is a kid to do? How about losing your- self in a good book? Your local library is an endless source of entertainment just waiting to be discovered. Where else can you find the greatest stories in the world, yours for the asking- no admission required. At the library you will be greeted by that most wonderful of people, "The Librarian", who will help you find just the right kind of book to transport you to another time or place. Once you have found the perfect story, just for you, all you need is a quiet spot to read in and then allow the story to entertain you. I know that when I read it's often like a movie running in my head. I can see the char- acters and the places just as dearly as ifI was at the movie theatre, except that this is better. This is my imagination help- ing to create the story and my CHECK IT OUT, 2C A Grass Guide for the Central Texas Gardener IT'S ABOUT THYME "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars." - Walt Whitman For some reason gardeners often overlook ornamen- tal grasses. Grass is for mowing, people say.., and when visiting a nursery you normally want to buy a tree, vegetables, a perennial, or something that ~ yield flow- ers. Not just a clump of grass. But as you drive around Travis and Hays counties, keep your eyes open and observe how creative landscape designers- and home garden- ers- are using grasses as soft boundaries, planting them in big groups, or using them as a screen. The good news about these grasses is that they are versa- tile, easy to grow, and provide beautiful fall and winter color for the garden. They are also remarkably adaptable to different sun con- ditions and once established they can survive a drought. Gar- deners really don't have to do much to make them flourish. Outside of a few spring flow- ering grasses, most produce their showy seed heads in the fall and add foliage color throughout the winter. Our only garden chores are to water infrequently during extended drought and to cut back the winter foliage when THYME, 3C COURTESY PHOTO At Camp Heart Song, children and teens share their experiences of losing a loved one. This annual summer camp, hosted by Central Texas Medical Center, offers attendees the chance to grieve but also to begin the healing process. 000 Camp Heartsong helps children deal with grief "Mygrief is like a have to let it flow, but Imyself determine just where the banks will go." - Cynthia Kelley, poet COURTESY PHOTO STAFF REPORT opportunity to freely ex- Camp HeartSong, Too!, press grief in a safe, heal- an adolescent day camp, uch like the words ing yet fun environmenthosted five teenagers in age of Kelley's poem, under the guidance of Abel from 14-18. This camp is Camp HeartSong Rodriguez, LMSW, CTMC also a free camp to those helps children to let go of Hospice bereavement co-who participate. their grief and find peace ordinator and Camp Heart- Camp HeartSong spokes- and comfort with their loss. Song co-director, through person Lisa Adams said, CTMC Hospice Care support groups and expres- "It's amazing to see chil- hosted its llth annual sive arts and crafts. For ex- dren who have lost their Camp HeartSong, a spe- ample, campers decorated mother, father, sister or cial bereavement camp face masks and learned brother through illness or for children who have suf- that it was okay to take the a tragic accident hugging fered a significant death in "mask" off and let out their and comforting one anoth- their life. Forty-seven chil- feelings of grief. Other er. There are no words to dren, from eight years old camp activities includedescribe this precious mo- through 13 years old, were swimming, canoeing, fish- ment." selected to attend the no ing and hiking. During Camp HeartSong is com- cost three-day bereave-the closing ceremony, the pletely funded through ment camp in June held at campers released paper contributions from the John Knox Ranch. boats into the river with CTMC employee annual Camp HeartSong pro- special good-bye messages Seasons of Sharing cam- rides bereaved children an to their loved one. paign. Baptist Church to build family new home BUDA "embers of Hays Hills Baptist Church Hill .begin tearing down a house in Windmill Way in Buda to make room for the construction of a new home for a hard working family. Should anyone have a little extra cash to contribute to this worthy cause, please make checks payable to the church and mail to 1401 North FM 1626, Buda, TX 78610 (memo: WMC House). ooo It's Christmas in July for many of the ladies at the On- ion Creek Senior Center who are busy making ornaments for Christmas trees. This work is in anticipation of the first Christmas Bazaar and Quilt Show that will be coming up at the new senior center on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 of this year- more to come on this event. BUDA BITS, 2C MT. CITY MONTAGE Rffhureaders informed me that Mountain City fox is e gray fox Our fox is pri- marily salt and pepper gray with some rust, a big bushy black- tipped tail, and white throat, cheeks and underbelly. A recent"Montage" gave de- tails about the gray fox's cousin, the red fox. My error. (The red fox showed prominently in a search on the Texas Parks and W'fldlife website.) A short article in the May 2012 Texas Parks &Wildlife magazine ('ATail of Two Foxes") says the two are often confused, but they have quite different histories. The common gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is a Texas native. Barbara Coldwell termed the size "no larger than my cat." Rick Tarr called it "tiny" Can you guess the weight of a gray fox? I'll count to seven. They weigh seven to 12 pounds, less than many of our Mountain City domestic cats. I finally spotted "the fox" last Monday night as my friend, Pauly Littrell, was bringing me home from the Fellowship Church Ladies Bible Study. As we started down Live Oak, I alerted her, "Let's watch. A fox family lives in Mountain City." Seconds later, with a delicate gracefulness, a fox crossed in from of us, from left to right, spotlighted with the headlights. WoK What a blessing. The "Visit Wtmberley" web- site details their eating habits. MONTAGE, 3C + Jr- ' .................. ~,. ,