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Section D CLASSIFIEDS • PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress.com August 4, 2010 • Page 1D BUDA PARKS AND REC • istoric Stagecoach Park is a 51-acre . nature park located off of Main Street (Loop 4) in Buda at 880 Main Street. The park is adjacent to City Park to the west and Bradfield Park to the south creating over 90 acres of park develop- ment in and near downtown Buda. The park is bordered by Onion Creek to the north with creek access and a small tributary to the east. Stage- coach Park has been primar- ily funded through generous grants from Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), Texas Parks & Wildlife and Hays County. The public can enjoy over two miles of crushed granite trails, lots of open parkland, a playground and a fishing pond with fountains. Also onsite is an amphitheater for educational programming as well as a'council ring for Scout purposes. The park fea- tures a windmill with water flowing into a large catch basin reminiscent of the 1800s, a wildflower meadow and dedicated wetlands preservation. The park is a beautiful area with acres of mesquite and oak trees. Wildlife is abundant within the park, including deer. The park is equipped with rest- rooms, water, and electricity for the pavilion. The pavilion is available to rent for $35 a day with a $100 refundable deposit. The pavilion can be rented for such things as family reunions and picnics, youth and adult birthday parties, wedding receptions, etc. At the entrance to the park sits Stagecoach House and the old Onion Creek Post Office. These two historic facilities are currently being renovated and should be open to the public in 2011. Join the Downtown Buda Merchants Group as they host "Staycation - Beat the Summer Heat in Buda!" on Thursday, August 5 from 5-9 p.m. The Merchants are encouraging local residents and visitors to come stroll through the unique antique and specialty shops while enjoying food from down- town restaurants. Indulge in local culture, mingle with neighbors and experience the diversity of downtown Buda's historic and unique character. Plans are underway to revitalize the Buda Farmers Market! The Buda Downtown Merchants Group is seeking interested farmers and gar- deners to sell their produce and goods. For more parks, recreation and tourism information in Buda or if you are interested in participating in the Buda Farmers Market, please visit our website at www.ci.buda. tx.us or call us at (512) 312- 0084. This illustration shows how surgeons insert a sheath-like device to line the walls of the abdominal aorta. A doctor recently completed the pro- cedure for the first time in Hays County at Seton Medical Center Hays. Doctor says he performed first procedure of its kind at Seton STAFF REPORT apn Austin doctor says he has erformed the first minimally in- asive procedure in Hays County to install a device to prevent a ruptured aneurysm in the abdominal aorta at Seton Medical Center Hays. Dr. Joe Wells, a vascular surgeon with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, installed a endoluminal graft device through a small incision in Wimberley resident Lewis Daws' leg. Previously, the device would have required a stan- dard open surgical procedure involving a larger incision, longer hospital stay and more painful recovery. "This is a game changer. It allows us to repair these aneurysms in patients who normally would've been passed over for surgery due to age or sick- ness," Wells said. "This less invasive procedure extends the longevity of our patients by eliminating the possibility of a rupture, causing death." Each year approximately 200,000 new cases of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are diagnosed. An AAA, a bulge in the aorta, can rupture with life-threaten- ing results and is the leading cause of death from an- eurysms. The graft relines the abdominal WELLS aorta and isolates the aneurysm from blood circulation. Inserted through small incisions in the patient's legs, the outcome of this new treatment option includes de- creased procedural times and shorter hospital stays. After experiencing severe lower back pain and visiting his primary care physician, Daws was sent to Dr. Wells, who identified a large aneu- rysm in danger of rupturing. He had surgery on a Wednesday and was home by Thursday. "After one week he felt good and was back to walking a little every day," said John Daws, the patient's son. "He turns 89 next month and last night was out to dinner with friends. The way he's bounced back from this is totally amaz- ing to me." Seton Medical Center Hays is com- mitted to recruiting talented physicians like Dr. Wells to perform advanced procedures that improve patient out- comes, hospital officials said in a writ- ten release announcing the procedure. "I spoke with the patient's primary care physician who was surprised to see the patient putting gas in his car just a few days following surgery. He was very happy to see him out of the hospital so quickly and returning to a routine activity level," said Dr. Patrick Garcia, the hospital's vice president for medical affairs. "These types of pro- cedures are now available in this area without having to travel to Austin or San Antonio." STAFF REPORT The Austin Community College Dis- trict is proposing a half cent increase in its property tax for their fiscal year that starts Sept. 1, calling the move an at- tempt to offset a drop in property values. The college district's board of trustees heard a proposal to increase its tax rate from 9.46 cents per $100 in property value to 9.51 cents. The board is expect- ed to vote on the increase at its Septem- ber meeting. "Our board took a judicious approach to reducing costs in the new budget, allowing for necessary growth without reducing instructional programs or student services during a period of large enrollment increases. While our property tax revenue will go down this year, the college will continue to meet the vast educational needs of the Central Texas region," said Dr. Stephen Kinslow, the college district's president and chief executive officer. Despite the rate increase, the average homeowner's bill will actually decrease about $2, said college official, who also pointed out that the Austin Community College District's tax is less than the state average of 15 cents per $100. ACC offers a standard $5,000 home- stead exemption plus a $105,000 exemp- tion- the most generous in the region - for senior citizens and homeowners with disabilities. The maintenance and operations portion of the tax rate will remain unchanged at $0.09, a cap that cannot The new ACC campus will be built diagonally across from the Hays Performing Arts Center on FM 1626 and Kohler's Crossing. increase without voter approval. The tax district s taxing area, a move that cannot also includes $0.0051 for debt service, be reversed. When taxable values decline, the debt The value of the average Travis County service rate must increase to generate homestead decreased by 1.4 percent this enough revenue to cover the debt service year; the value of the averageWflliamson payment. The college district has been on a buying spree in recent months, spend- ing $35.4 million to buy land for future campuses, including one in Kyle and one in San Marcus. Both the Hays and San Marcos school district's voters will vote Nov. 2 on whether to join the college County homestead went down by 1.9 percent. The adopted 2010-11 budget includes $94.6 million of property tax operating revenue (which funds instructional pro- grams, student support services, facility maintenance, among other things) and $5.4 million of property tax debt service. Don't let summer bug you down HEALTHY LIVING, Three summer brings a laxing atmosphere and I warm weather perfect for outdoor barbecues, picnics and camping trips. However, these activities present a well-known risk: food poisoning ..... The Centers for Disease , Control estimates 76 mil-" lion Americans contract a food-bome illness, otherwise known as food poisoning, each year, and more than 300,000 people are hospitalized as a result of severe symptoms like dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea. The incidence of food-borne illnesses increases significantly during the summer months due to the warm and humid conditions in Austin, which cause bacteria to flourish. With sunny summer skies and holiday weekends, Austin- area residents enjoy spending more time outdoors where they often prepare meals for family and friends, in outdoor set- tings, balmy weather and a lack of safety Controls that a kitchen provides, such as thermostat- controlled cooking, refrig- eration and washing facilities, increase the risk of getting food poisoning. Here are some simple steps to follow in Order to reduce the risk of contracting food-borne illnesses and still fully enjoy outdoor festivities like cook- OUTS. • Wash your hands, cut- ring boards, dishes and food. Always wash your hands before and after preparing foods, and never serve cooked meat on the same plate or tray that you had it on when raw without first washing. Summer is a time for a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables, so make sure to wash all fresh produce thor- oughly. • Cook completely. The best way to avoid dangerous bacte- ria like E. coli and salmonella is to make sure your food is completely cooked. To be safe and prevent food poisoning, invest in a meat thermometer. Ground burgers and steaks should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees, and chicken should cook to at least 165 degrees to eliminate thqbacteria. • Keep Cold food cold and hot food hot.Food can normal- ly last for two hours at room temperature, but that time- frame decreases to one hour in warm weather. Cold food like potato salad and sandwiches should stay in the refrigerator until ready to serve. If the food must travel, be certain to use an ice chest. • When in doubt, throw ..... it out! If you not able to refrigerate l_eftover food within a couple of hours, it is best to throw it out and avoid the risk offood-borneillnesses alto- ' gether. The most ~ommon food poi- soning symptoms include: • Frequent vomiting lasting longer than one day in adults. • Severe diarrhea lasting longer than tWo days for adults. and less thalX a day for children. See HEALTHY LIVING, pg. 4D OLD FASHION FLEA MARKET COLLECTIBLES Exit 213 IH-35 South • 512-656-5958 Hours: Sat.-Sun.; 10 a.m, to 6 p.m. Furniture • Appliances • Tools • Toys & Dolls • Gifts • CB's • Tejano Movies • Jewelry new & used • Building Materials • Windows/Boors ' Computer Repairs • Used Lawnmower Parts - You pull ANTIQUES • FURNITURE • GIFTS • FLOWERS JEWELRY • T-SHIRTS • IRON WORKS • & MORE Open Everyday Downtown Buda at the signal light. 295-9444 295-6008 id 's • NATIVE & ADAPTED PLANTS • ORGANIC SOILS ~ FERTILIZERS • PLANT & WILDLIFE GUIDES • GARDEN ART & MORE! Call (512) 398-6011 AGAVE SEMINAR Sunday Aug. 15,1 p.m. Ask us qbout Rocky's wormcastings! Fresh and locally made! Now through August, bring this ad in for 10% OFF 5550 FM 2720 Open 9am-Spm Kyle/OhlandArea"rue,day-Sunday A ll plants & trees! www.reidsnursery.com Closed Mondays 10 minutes east of IH-35. Take 150 East to Hwy 21. mum left (north). (~o a few miles, turn right at FM 2720, just past the Ben Ton Meat Market. We're about 1 1/2 miles down on the left.