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+ HaysFreePress.com UNEMPLOYMENT RISING Kyle's jobless rate increases to 6.1%. - Page 1D August 3, 2011 Page lC and the living From what I was recently told, "Sep- tember is the new August" and I need to quit hoping that summer's going to be over any time soon. I think I'd be okay if it would just rain. I've started being extraordi- narily friendly to folks with swimming pools and lake houses and have begun to mark movie opening dates on my calendar so I can go hide in the cool dark for a couple of hours with a new flick, lt's beating me down and making me perpetu- ally sleepy. Looking over the August schedule for the Kyle Pub- lic Library makes me really feel like a slacker. By the end of the month they are planning a host of classes from early morning until after dark. Continuing their basic conversational Span- ish classes on Tuesdays and Thurgda] , by mid- ON CENTER, pg. 3C Jeff Crosby, author of "Wiener Wolf," will be at the Buda Pub- lic Library, Saturday, August 6. Buda's own 'Wiener Wolf' CHECK ff on't you love listen- ling to an author read his/her own words? Writers know exactly where the empha- sis should be and how to make us listen on the edge of our seats. Join us at the Buda Library for a howling good time as author/illustrator Jeff Crosby shares his latest book, "Wiener Wolf," Sat- urday, August 6 at 11 a.m. Crosby will thrill audienc- es, both young and old, as he reads a delightful story about a little dachshund that dreams of running wild with the wolves. FoP lowing the story time, hang around for autographs and questions. At noon, local Boy Scouts will serve us a yummy (free!} hot dog lunch to continue our wie- ner dog theme And don't forget to mm in your summer reading logs on August 6 when you come to the library. Our awards ceremonies will be terrific celebrations. Kids Read- ing Club Awards Thursda~ August 11, 6:30 p.m. in the Kunkel Room at Buda Ele- mentary and Teen Awards & Game Night Friday August, 12th, 5 p.rm at the Library. We can't wait to hand you an award for your awesome page-turning sununer and give out the awards for the Essay Contest for Young Writers as well. Check us out: www. Mendsofthebudaylibrary. org and www.budalibrary. org or call 295-5899. Come join us! PHOTI~ BY 8EAN IgMMONS A decommissioned F-16 f~hter jet sits inside Aguirrie Paint and Body shop in Buda, where it will receive a new coat of paint. On September 10, the jet will be revealed as part of a new $100,000 exhibit at Camp Mabry in Austin entitJed "9-11 and Beyond: The Texas National Guard in the War on Terror." Veteran F-16 makes pitstop in Buda for paint job BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com "t wasn't too long ago that this F-16 fighter jet was dropping bombs over Iraq. Now, the .retired aircraft sits inside a workshop ready to be primped for a future display in Austin. On Friday, the gutted and dismantled jet landed in Aguirrie Paint and ~ htllttd~ r This week, painters will begin the beautifi- cation process, stripping its blue, gray and yellow color scheme before restoring it to a tactical gray. "We're giving it a fresh coat of paint," said general manager Felix Rios. Before it was decommissioned, the jet spent time downrange attached to the 147th Fighter W'mg from Eilington Fieldnear Hous- ton. On September 10, the jet wm be revealed as part of a new $100,000 ex- hibit at Camp Mabry entitled "9-11 and Beyond: The Texas National Guard in the War on Terror." "It's a veteran of the Iraq war," Jeff Hunt, director of F-16 ON The 45,000-square- foot Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.rn. to 4 p.m. Adults need to show a valid photo ID to gain access onto the base. More infor- mation can be found at www.texasmilitary- forcesmuseum.org. the Texas Military Forces Museum at Mabry said of the jet. "It actually delivered ordinance there." Hunt said that the jet will be placed on a pedestal in the camp's parade grounds, overlooking Texas Highway 1, or Mopac, for passing cars to see. ' Until then, painters will be busy getting the jet dolled up. Rios says it will take at least six gallons of paint and a month of labor to finish the project, estimated at $25,000. In contrast, a normal-sized pickup or car uses only a half gallon of paint. Rios credits the company's large painting booth in receiving the paint job. At 84-feet long, the specialized booth fans air from the ceiling into vents on the floor to prevent sprayed paint from remaining airborne. "Nobody had a paint booth big enough," Rios said. He says that the workshop typically works' with recreational vehicles, which littered the grounds along with a fire truck, school buses, sports cars, boats and even jet skis. A few years ago the shop painted an ar- mored troop carrier and before that a civilian helicopter. This is the first fighter jet. "It's pretty unusual," Rios said. Rows of paint canisters wait to be mixed for future paint jobs at the workshop. Insignias and stickers adorn the fighter jet, which will be stripped and painted in a tactical gray color. Felix Rios, general manager of Aguirrie Paint and Body, stands next to the F-16 fighter jet. Come enjoy BUDA The downtown mer- chants would love to see you on Aug. 4 for "First Thursday." Stamp Art will be the activity featured on the grounds at the Buda Library from 6-8 p.m. The dowhtown Buda shops and restaurants will stay open until 9 p.m. Come eat, shop and enjoy your small town. Pack up your snacks, lawn chairs, blankets and join your friends for the last flee summer concert under the stars Friday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. at Buda City Park. Music will be provided by Jimmy and the Roger Lunars and featur- ing Curtis Grimes. Grimes who is from Gilmer, Texas, recently opened for Kenny Chesney and was one of 16 finalist on NBC TV series "The Voice." KEYE-TV will ah0 be around with live broadcast from downtown Buda at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. BUDA BITS, pg. 2C A great big 'thank you' to all Tcan think of a better way Ilto spend a vacation, but lion returning home and catching up with the mail, all the beautiful get well cards, the messages, the phone calls, the food, how do you expect me to keep my "girl- ish" figure? And the visits, thank you so very much. I must not forget the cards from several "Mends" I have never met and the families who are sharing their vaca. lion with cards from points of interest they are el~oying. Thanks to one and all for the words of encouragement and prayers. The beautiful bouquet of flowers, which are still beautiful, from Jean Collier that she shared for her mother Margaret Wran- itzky's birthday, were placed in St. John Lutheran Chuw2~ in Margaret's memory. So all said and done, the memory of the fall, the surger~ the rehab is all forgotten by all the beautiful memories of good friends and relatives. Speaking of friends and relatives, none will ever be forgotten for all that was done to accomplish the wonderful memory wall honoring our military veterans. Our dream has come true, but it might not have, had not so many grabbed hold and ran" with the idea, helping get names and addresses, passed the word, did computer work, etc. So please pat yourselves on your back and take the ' credit. I have only the biggest "thank you" to alL The dedication was beau- fiful fl saw the video), the music, Mr. Maler and Mayor Heideman, speeches, the Honor Guard, Taps, the song by Courtney and all who took part, including those in charge of the refreshments, Sharon, Kamn and Gloria (did I get them all?). See ODDS & ENDS, I::)g. 2C +