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Athletic trainer celebrates first year in business - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com August 2, 2017 Page 1C m cry Montage by Pauline Tom Teresa Williams emailed, "I have lived in Mountain City for 17 years, and I have never even SEEN a bat, much less had them come visit me on my back porch. This morning, however, I had a group swarming back and forth on my back porch until they landed in the corners. I think there are three: I'm not sure how I feel about my new tenants ... is this a good or bad thing?" "I am fascinated by these guys, but I know all the warnings about rabies, lust enjoy or encourage them to move somewhere else? Let me know... Thanks." From Teresa's photo, Lee Mackenzie, with Austin Bat Refuge, an- swered that they were Mexican free-tail bats. "Beneficial, harmless if left alone, fascinating, and vital to the balance of nature." Lee said, "This hap- pens once in a while this time of year, when the free-tailed pups are fiedging. When they decide to let go of their roost for the first time, they have to fly, avoid predators, swoop down to drink water on the wing, find their way to the agricultural fields to hunt, catch insects (sometimes at great altitudes), find their way back to the roost, avoid predators again as they return, fly up to where they hang and do a somersault, grab on with their feet and run up into a safe place for the day. All on the first tryl" "So it's not surprising that some end up in less than ideal locations in these first days of flight. Thanks for being patient with them and allowing them to figure this all out. And in the mean- time, enjoy a glimpse of one of the wonders of the natural world." Foxes in Mountain City are also harmless if left alone and they arefascinating. On Nextdoor.com, a Mountain City neigh- bor posted that Animal Control was phoned when a fox in her front yard growled at her husband. She had concerns about rabies. Protective residents spoke up for leaving the fox alone, with word that the fox have raised young for many years in and around Hemlock. They've been seen daily, drinking water placed out for wildlife. Even now, a fox pair has three pups living under a pool deck. The clues seem to say an unseen pup was in the picture when the growl occurred. Still, prudence calls for staying away from fox, and to keep pets vaccinated against rabies. In July, a rabid fox fought with a dog in San Marcos. The dog had not been vaccinated, so it's in quarantine at a vet's office for 90 days, as required by state law. Marjie Kelley shared about her flea infesta- tion, with anecdotal MT. CITY MONTAGE, 2C i;i il;: i!: PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Top: Several participants use the "force" to help members of the Jakku Temple Saber Guild defeat opponents during a Star Wars themed presentation at the Kyle Public Library. Right: Meghana Kamat, of Austin, locks lightsabers with Paul Trupia, of Buda, during a mock lightsaber battle. Left: Noah Hendricks (center) joins other padawans as they learn basic lightsaber and force skills during Star Wars day at the Kyle Public Library. Inaugural event raises funds for Hays County Food Bank BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY N'eon clad revelers joined together under the glow of dark lights in donat- ing to a worthy cause at the inaugural Neon Club Extrava- ganza in Buda Saturday. The benefit, which was held as a fundraiser for the Hays County Food Bank, was a collaborative effort by Danny Payne, owner of Nate's Bar, and Jayna Love, a local realtor. ']ayna has been an ambassa- dor for Nate's since we opened a year ago in May," said Payne. "We were talking one day and decided to co-host a fun party for a good cause." A total of 453 pounds of food was collected and $1,500 was donated during the event. Ac- cording to Love, these dona- tions will help provide 7,500 meals for those in need. Since its opening, Nate's has hosted a number of benefits including Holly's Hope Animal Rescue and Austin's Angels. Payne said they always plan on giving back to the community by hosting fundraisers, events and parties. Love said this was an at- tempt to give back to a com- munity that has helped her so much. In fact, the desire to give back to the community is an important focus for her busi- ness. Love established a giving goal of $25,000 for 2017. While this was her first chari- table collaboration with Nate's bar, Love has been donating to various functions and causes in the area for some time. Love has hosted two "Share the Love" events to provide food for those need, and has sponsored "Drive a Senior," a service designed to drive se- niors to various locations. She also was the largest do- nor for Elm Grove Elementary's library by helping to acquire The Hays County Food Bank collected inaugural Neon Club Extravaganza. "To be able to come full circle and help other families facing this situation warms my heart." - Jayna Love, local realtor and philanthropist much_ needed books, tables and computers. Love has also made contri- butions to several Hays CISD campuses. PHOTO BY TIMOTHY S'I'UCKEY a total of 453 pounds of food at the "I've never been able to give back in this capacity." said Love. Love said her own time experience as a child of a single parent working two jobs and struggling to make ends meet was a major influence for the event. "To be able to come full circle and help other families facing this situation warms my heart," Love said." I am beyond grateful to the city of Buda and to the support that has been shown tonight," Homes said. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving food to people who need it. Thyme by Chris Winslow FOR GARDENERS IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER 1. Mulch and water: Your vegetable garden, landscape, flowerbeds and trees need some help to make it through this torrid month. Mulch generously, 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 sweet corn, okra, snap beans, cream peas and black- eyed peas from seed. Because the first frost (on average Nov. 27) is likely to occur within 120 days, use transplants for your peppers and tomatoes. During the second half of this month, plant your broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. 4. Survive! While it is nice of you to nurse your plants through this brutal month, it is per- haps even more impor- tant that you look after yourself. 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! SUMMER HEAT, 2C + il i :fii: a[i I I