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: %,a ,  , KYLE CINEMAS? Two movie theaters race to open up shop in Kyle next summer. - Page 1D July 31,2013 Page 1C Rodriguez family celebrates big in Buda BUDA few weeks ago, it was eported that the Alcala mily held a reunion. Well there was a reunion that was held Saturday, July 6 at Painted Horse; however, it was for the Rodriguez family. More than 500 kinfolks gathered in Buda, coming from as far away as Michigan and all points in between. All enjoyed great food and drinks includ- ing 20 briskets along with all the trimmings. The first Rodriguez men, father Juan and son Ignacio, came to Buda in 1913 from Mexico by train and since that time there has always been family here. Ignacio Rodriguez had ten children, three of whom are currently living in Buda. They are Teresa (Rodri- guez) Rayos, Onesimo (Tete) Rodriguez, and Helen (Rodri- guez) Alcala, who will be 90 years old this month and is also the owner of Helen's Casa Alde Restaurant. Tete was a football star for the old Buda High School and was the first Hispanic to graduate from the Buda School. OOID Pediatric Junction is celebrating its eighth year in Buda providing professional, loving care to the young chil- dren in our area at their office on Railroad Street. Thank you to Dr. Karyii Collins and Dr. Anna Lincoln and all their staff for the special care given to our area. oeo New sidewalks are under construction from Main Street running along the side of Buda City Park on San Anto- nio Street. This is all part of a grant given to the city to add safety walkways for school children. OOO Join members of the Onion Creek Senior Citizens at their center at 420 Bartons Cross- ing in Buda on Mondays at 1 p.m. for dancing. There is a little country and western, line dancing and just whatever the group wants. No experience necessary as there are teach- ers to help out. OOID Starting off the month of August with birthday wishes to Jesse Logan on August 1; Margaret Goebler, Butch Grizzle and Jeff Barton on August 2; Andrea Bishop, Alice Chisholm and Marguerite Gil- lis on August 3; Helene Carroll on August 4; Elmo and Adele Neel on August 6; Buda Mayor Todd Ruge, Dianne Duley, Katherine Prue and Eddie E1- lison on August 7. OOO The Adult Book Club will discuss the book "The Book Thief" by Markus Zuzak on Thursday, August 8, from 6 to 7:30p.m. at the Buda Library. R6t th'5o6k and then stop ly)h'elibr for a lively chat. MILESTONES Mmy Pvt. Dillon L. Gunter graduated from basic com- bat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2011 graduate of Binger-Oney High School. Gunter is the stepson of TerryWeeter of Driftwood. Joshua Cabrera from Buda was named to the Spring 2013 Dean's List at Wake Forest Uni- versity. Students who achieve a3,4 and no grade below a C were named to the list. MILESTONES, 2C COURTESY PHOTO Frederick "Fritz" Hanselmann from Texas State University, Jack Irion from BOEM, and Chris Horrell from BSEE stand watch in the control cab of the E/V Nautilus as they document an historic early 19th century shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico in more than 4,300 feet of water. Under the sea Shipwreck off coast thrills Texas State ? BY JORDAN GASS-POORE' archaeologist or five days, Frederick "Fritz" Hanselmann, chief underwater archaeologist with Texas State University's Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, lived and worked on the exploration vessel Nau- tilus off the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to examine a well-preserved ship- wreck thought to have sunk during an early 19th century storm. Hanselmann said he and other crew members may have gone into the expedition with an open mind, but never expected to discover two other sunken vessels 170 miles southeast of Galveston that may be associated with their initial finding. "It's been really exciting," he said. "And tiring." Crew member activity on board the ship, such as four hour shift rotations to stand watch, was captured live on the Nautilus Exploration Program website, a worldwide first, according to Hanselmann. Having previously researched historic shipwrecks, including that of Capt. Henry Morgan, Hanselmann said he was asked by friends and col- leagues last year to be the principal investigator for the 2013 program. However, Hanselmann said this was the first project he participated in that utilized remotely operated vehicles, doing so because the wreck is too deep for divers to explore. "We accomplished in five days what would normally have taken three-to- four weeks," said Hanselmann of this year's Nautilus Exploration Program. According to researchers on the Nautilus website's expedition blog, not much is known about the ships that came to rest 4,360 feet below the wa- ter's surface, making them the deepest Gulf or North American shipwrecks to have been investigated by archaeolo- gists. During the eight days of explora- tion, researchers used the robotic arms of the remotely operated ve- hicles, or ROVs, to recover more than 60 artifacts from the initial shipwreck site, including liquor bottles, three British muskets, and a spyglass still wrapped in its leather casing. "We found some artifacts that really speak to the hu- man condition," said Hanselmann, on his way to es- cort the found ar- tifacts for preser- vation at a Texas A&M University research facility. He said he and other researchers are now work- ing on a field report while the artifacts undergo a one-to-three year conservation process. Findings will eventually be curated at Texas State. "Hopefully, the findings will be unveiled so that the general public can walk in our shoes as archaeologists," he said, adding COURTESY PHOTO Just some of the researchers, including Fritz Hanselmann (third back on right), from many uni- versities and agencies that recently completed the deepest Gulf or North American shipwreck archaeological investigation. Hanselmann works at Texas State University's Meadow Center. that because of the expedition's live feed his nine-year-old son wants to be an ROV pilot. Researchers were not al- Not much is known lowed to retrieve artifacts from the about the ships that two new sites, but took photos came to rest 4,360 of all three ships, whose country feet below the water's of origin has yet to be identified, surface, making them that came to rest within five miles the deepest Gulf of one another. or North American The "interna- tional flavor" of the ships is what shipwrecks to have most intrigues been investigated by Hanselmann, along with the archaeologists, possibility that, based on the found cargo, the ships may have been privateers, or armed ships hired by a government. According to Hanse:lmann s reports on the National Geographic website, the Nautilus Exploration Program's initial cause for the expedition was discovered by a Shell Oil Co. sur- vey crew, who notified U.S. Interior Department officials in 2011 that its sonar detected what appeared to be wreckage. A year later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel determined the ship's dimensions us- ing an ROV during an examination of seafloor habitat and naturally occur- ring gas seepage. Called the "Monterrey Shipwreck" after the name Shell had proposed for its development site, the copper-clad sailing vessel sits 84-feet-long with a 26-foot-wide wooden hull. The excavation and recovery of this ship is a collaboration between the Meadows Center, NOAA offices, the federal bureaus of ocean energy man- agement and safety and environmen- tal reinforcement, the Texas Historical Commission, the University of Rhode Island and the Ocean Exploration Trust. Oak wilt kills MT. CITY ) ak wilt has killed many beautifffl oaks in Moun- tain City (and through- out Central Texas), including several in my yard and many in the yards of neighbors around me. It's transmitted by "little bugs" that fly significant distances from fungal mats on diseased red oaks. They enter live oaks through wounds, even small wounds. Once the tree contracts the disease, oak wilt travels down the tree to the roots. Live Oak roots are entwined under Mountain City. So, the disease then (in process of years) travels upwards from infected roots and kills tree after tree. (My head is singing an adaptation of a little kid's church song. "Down from the first tree and up through the roots .... And the trees came tumbling town.") All this destruction to Live Oaks can happen because one of us trims a tree or scrapes a root with a lawnmower without immediately painting the wound. What kind of paint? Any type of paint in any color will suf- fice. Latex, oil-based, spray-on, brush-on, or wound dressing. Black, sky blue, neon green, MONTAGE, 2C Gardening activities for August IT'S ABOUT THYME 1. Mulch & water -Your vegetable garden, landscape, flowerbeds and trees need some help to make it through this torrid month. Mulch and water deeply. 2. Lawn care - Your grass also needs deep, infrequent watering (5 day schedule) and keep the cutting height for your lawnmower as high as possible. This will help shade the roots and conserve water. 3. Vegetables - This is the month to start your sweet corn, okra, snap beans, cream peas and black-eyed peas from seed. Because the first frost is likely to occur within 100 days, use transplants for your peppers and tomatoes. During the second half of this month, plant your broccoli, cabbage and brussels prouts. 4. Survivel - While it is nice of you to nurse your plants through this brutal month, it is perhaps even more impor- tant that you look after your- self. Here are three gardening rules that you must follow! a. Garden early in the morning. b. Wear effective sunscreen and a large brimmed hat. c. Drink gallons of water! 000 Any suggestions for heat tolerant summer annuals? Top of the pops on mylist are purslane, moss rose, and vinca. The first two are called 'chismes' in Spanish, which means gossip.., and it's true that purslane and moss rose do indeed spread like gossip. They also tolerate a lot of heat and drought. Vinca grows a little bit taller and comes in a world of colors. Vinca also has the added attribute of being deer resistant. If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to iat- Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Aus- tin, TX 78748, www.itsabout-