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HaysFreePress.com KEEPING BUSY Retired coach Doug Ragsdale starts handy new business. - Page 1D July 25, 2012 * Page 1C This week's movie in the park - "Dolphin Tale" - is being moved from Gregg-Clarke Park to the Kyle Community Pool. KYLE Wh.~thY do we call is time of year e dog days of summer?" Some say it has to do with a star named Sirius, the "Dog Star." Maybe so, all we know is that July- August is a hot time around here. So how can we cool off without leaving town? We highly recommend the Kyle Pool. The movie in the park this Friday, "Dolphin Tale," is being moved to the Kyle Pool to cool off this event. Friday, July 27, the pool will close at 7 p.m. and all patrons must leave the pool. Pool staff will begin handing out admission tickets at 7 p.m. until all 230 tickets are handed out. The pool gates will reopen at 8 p.m. and only admit those 230 people with admission tickets. All regular pool rules apply to all attending, and maxi- mum pool complex capac- ity is 230. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the pool closes 30 minutes after conclu- sion of the movie. The Kyle Pool is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon-6 p.m., Friday from noon-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. until school starts, and then open weekends through Labor Day Monday. Another way to enjoy the outdoors during the dog days is to go fish- ing early in the morning or late in the evening at Lake Kyle. The managed conservation preserve on Lehman Road opens the gates each and every day through August at 7 a.m. for the early anglers. Thursday, Friday and Saturday the park stays open until 9 p.m. Take ad- vantage of these summer hours and "get hooked." There are still a few weeks of our youth sum- mer camp left. Get the kids signed up and we will keep them active during these dog days. We visit the pool, go to movies, play games in the gym and send them home tired. For information On these programs and ac- tivities please visit: www. kylepard.com. PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK The Now and Forever Memorial Tree Garden, located on the north side of the Hays Hills Baptist Church property in Buda, welcomes visitors to a quiet place of reflection and memories. The garden is the work of Sean Taylor of Buda, a member of the church. He created the garden, which will eventually have 12 trees represented in the Bible, to fulfill the wish of his grandfather, the late Carmen Riviello. Dedication ceremony is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29. man creates BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com TecvOee name of the recently mpleted Now and For- r Memorial Tree Gar- den at Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda has a special meaning for Sean Taylor of Buda. "Now and forever" is the phrase his grandparents, Carmen and Nancy Rivlello, used to write on notes and sign on cards to each other. They also had the words"now and forever" inscribed on their wedding rings. This Sunday, Taylor, 29, will share the garden and memories of his grandfather with mem- bers of the church where he's been a member since he was a child. "We were very close," Taylor said. "We shared the same Jtme 4 birthday." A series of photos of Carmen and Nancy Rivielio on a sign just before the bridge revealthatTay- lor and his maternal grandfather also shared a similar stature-- Riviello was about 5' 6" before time and age intervened--and the same wide, warm smile. in September 2011, four months after his grandfather RivieUo passed away of a heart attack, Taylor began working on the project, which he said has been a labor of love. He com- pleted it on June 30. Tucked away in the wooded north side of the church's prop- eYt, Taylor spent evenings and weekends, and nearly $20,000 of his own money, toiling away to create the memorial garden he designed to honor his grand- father. Taylor said when complete, it will have 12 trees found in the Bible, including the olive, date palm and fig, which he has planted in the garden. But many of the others, such as almond, poplar, bay, chestnut, white oak and cedar Lebanon, won't be planted tmfil the fall. The trees are also significant for Taylor. He and his grand- father used to share conver- sations, some about Moosic, Pa., Riviello's hometown, some about his time in the Army in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, and many about Riviello's dream to create just such a gar- den with trees from the Bible. A devoutly religious man, Riviello grew up in the Catholic church as part of a large family of Italian immigrant parents in Moosic, a coal-mining town just outside Scranton. He convert- ed to Baptist after he married See NOWAND FOREVER, pg. 3C PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON 2001 Hays High graduate and local business owner Sean Taylor began a memorial garden, dedicated to his grandfather, behind Hays Hills Baptist Church last May. Taylor's grandfather, Rev. Lt. CoL Carmen Riviello, who died last year, was a military nurse and a missionary. After his retirement, he also served for years at church camps throughout the state as a camp nurse. Taylor completed the garden in June. I, Art this time of year- hen not day-dreaming being immersed in a spring-fed watering hole - I am often thinking of the best ways to keep all of my lovely plants alive. As gardeners we must try our hardest to conserve as much of our pre- cious water for our landscapes as possible. Drip irrigation, without question, is the best way to accomplish this. IT'S ABOUT The traditional approach has been to use hoses and sprinklers. Then along came the high-tech underground systems with their automatic timers, pop-up sprinklers and rotors. All of these simply throw water in the air in the hope that some of it might benefit the turf, flower beds and plants that it lands on. Drip irrigation, however, is a focused technique that sup- plies the right amount of wa- ter directly to the plant's base. Plants love it, and will show their gratitude by flourishing through these hot summer months. To set up a drip system, connect a soft poly pipe to your water faucet, and run the pipe along the soil surface then punch 'emitters' into this pipe at the base of each plant. Gardeners often use mulch to cover the pipe and emitters to further conserve moisture. See ASK CHRIS, pg, 4C 'Get a Clue' at the library CHECK IT The 2012 Kyle Public Library's Summer Reading Program "Get A Clue at the Library," ended amid shouts of joy and excitement at the Kyle Public Library on Thursz day, July 19.Wrap-up party highlights featured raffle drawings for prizes along with pizza, cake and sno- cones. Everyone enjoyed the activities including moonwalks, face paint- ing and flee books. More than 2,755 children, teens and adults participated in making it a record breaking summer. Many local businesses were sponsors of the event. Many thanks to the won- derful volunteers for do- nating their expertise and time and helping make the Summer Reading Wrap -Up Party a huge success. Let's keep the children of Kyle reading next year! Buda News Pie Social A BUDA BITS Steel Magnolias, an exciting and inspira- tional gospel group of "mature" ladies, will be performing at First Baptist Church of Buda on Sunday, July 29. A pie social will start at 5 p.m. with music at 6 p.m. at 104 South San Marcos Street in Buda. The publi;i~ invited to the ribbon cutting of Provi- dent Memory Care at 645 RR 967 at 10:30 a:m. Mon- day, July 30. Refreshments will be served and tours of the facility will be given by the staff. Provident Memory Care, assisted living for resi- dents with dementia, was formerly Arveda Alzheim- er's Family Care. The Buda Chamber of Commerce will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 8 at Good Shepherd Ministries, 401 RR 967, across from Buda Elemen- tary School. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jeremy Lyon, superintendent of Hays CISD. Members are requested to bring a new backpack, which will be donated to a child in the Hays school district. Rounding out July birth- days with wishes to T.). Higginbotham on July 26; William (Willie) Chambers on July 27; Elva Opiela and Glenn Moehring on July 28; See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C +