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+ HaysFreePress.com .ree Hays County signs letter of intent to buy water from private company. -Page 19 August 17, 2011 Page lg emember l~ow we water well-watched ,during in the sum- mer of 2009? Now, the MCOWS well water sits not nearly as low as the all-time low in ]uly 2009. By this time in 2009, rain poured. We're one day closer to rain. Report comes from Nancy Waddell of her already-found job in Odessa. "Personal as- sistant" for a little retired "oil" couple in Odessa. Those watching our gorgeous Painted Bun- tings noticed that most of the males left almost overnight a couple weeks back, flying to Mexico and Central America. South of us, in Texas, wintering Rufous Hum- mingbirds have flown in from Northwest USA. So, it's probable some have already stopped in or arrived here. Keep your eyes open. Does everyone know now to leave humming- bird feeders out and fresh all year long? Rufous Hummingbirds winter here. It's especially on icy days that they visit feed- ers. We're one day closer to icy days. Has anyone else expe- rienced hummer syrup turning into a thick guop in this heat? MT, CITYMONTAG~IXj. 2C BUDA The ladies at Onion Creek Senior Center are again making their delicious King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Two sizes will be available - $12 (serves 4-6) and $17 (serves 8-10). The casseroles will be ready for pick up on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Get your order in early, deadline is Monday, Sept. 12. Orders are available by phone by calling 295 -2416; 295-2971 or 468-4451 or emall: sgrizzle@austin. rr.com. Proceeds from the casserole sale will benefit the senior center building fund. Last week was a bigone for Ioyce and Wesley Roach. On Tuesday, August 9, their first great-grandchild was born in San Antonio. He came into the world weighing a healthy eight pounds, eight ounces and has been named Wesley Craig Shipman. He is the son of Mary and Wes Shipman and grandson of Melanie (Roach) and Frank Klaus. Another celebra- tion for loyce andWesley came on Thursday, August 11 as they celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Congrats to all. See BUDA BITS, pg. 2C Jim Owens, with his grandson Joshua Owens, 6, won a trophy for =cool- est rat rod" for his 1930 Model A pickup. The floorboard and inside pan- els of the Model A ere decorated with old license plates. Bob Schneider of Austin won first place 1930 Model A Ford. PHOTOS BY LINCOLN RAMIRIEZ for coolest custom car for his @ Car, nthusiasts host show and cook-off for Burke Center BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com How loud were the "rat rods" at the Burke Rally this weekend? So loud that when they cramked their engines, event Chairman Cody Reeves said they blow his ear- wax from one ear to the other. A rewed-up engine might or might not impress the judges at most car shows, but it sure made an impression on the group of judges at the Burke Rally, held Friday and Saturday st C 'np lt n MeCulloeh. That's because the judges were children. The cleverest contestants invited the young judges to sit behind the wheel of their souped-up Model Ts, chromed-out choppers, "rat rods" and other custom rides. "If the kidsget to sit in the car and put their foot on the pedal, it's pretty much sealed," Reeves said. "You're gonna win." The judges were residents of the Burke Center for Youth, a 39-year-old nonprofit facility in Driftwood for kids who are removed from their home envi- ronments due to abuse, neglect or problems with the law. "They've had something go ,wrong and they're getting their lives back on the right road. So this is something special for them," Reeves said. '~t this rally the kids get the glory instead of the guys with the cars." More than 150 hot rods and motorcycles and more than 900 people attended the barbecue cook-off and car show on Friday and Samrda Peeves estimated. The rally, which is in its fifth year, raised more than $36,000 for the Burke Center, he added. Wiley McAdoo of Buda won a runner-up prize for his 2005 custom-buiR three-wheeler. Jeff Gedach of Leander is shown with his 1951 Chevy pickup. George Brunner of Austin shows off his 1912 Matt McAdoo of Buda, shown with his son Model T Ford. Brunner won first prize for prewar Alex, won first place for custom bike for his R & antique. S 2005 custom chopper. ~l'~:F REPORT food and water. The venture crew, Boy Scouts of America Venture Crow 1125 from Kyie spent the last two weeks of July in New Mexico's sangre de Cristo Mountains. The area is home to the Philmont Scout Ranch where Scouts ex- perience a 10-day hiking trek through the hills and mountains of the scenic 137,500-acre retreat. The highest peak at Philmont is Old Baldy at 12,441 feet above sea level. Much of the prop- erty is above 7,000 feet. The crew had to manage thinner air, cooler tem- peratures and inclem- ent weather. Participants typically carry about 40 pounds of weight: all supplies including gear, sponsored by Saint Anthony Marie Claret Catholic Church, was composed of five boys, two girls and three advi- sors. Altogether, the crew made their way through approximately 85 miles. The crew's adventure included a hike up Old Baldy, horseback riding, blacksmithing, working a pioneer farm, digging through an archaeol- ogy site, spartree "pole" climbing and ropes and challenges. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boys Sc6uts of America's best known high-altitude camp and the largest youth camp in the world, serving 22,000 participants every sum- reel Members of Kyle-based Boy Scouts Venture Crew 1125 include (left to right, back row) CJ Rizo, Chadie SaJas, Stephen Combs, Luke Rizo (bottom row) Mindi Rizo, Kathleen Rizo, Amber Gar~ Pt~rnont Ranger Mark Chalberg, Christopher Sa~s, James 6urkes, Cruz R'=o. They are pictured in front of Tooth of Time Moutain in New Mexico's Sangm de Cristo Mountains. Short stories tell of how Austin used to be CHECK ff Iknow one should not judge a book by its cover, but truthfully, many people do, and I am no different. On a recent trip to the Buda Library, I was browsing through their newly acquired books and a tide grabbed my atten- tion, "Long Time Ago Good: Sunset Dreams from Austin and Beyond" by Lowell MickWhite. The picture on the front cover depicts a blurry, angry dog barking at an armadillo. I opened the book and discovered it was a collection of short stories. Based on what I saw on the cover, I had a feeling these stories might have some edge to them. I was right. The title is an Ernest Hemingway reference to one of his famous quotes: "Long time ago good. Now no good." After reading these stories, I think it an apt ummaflon af the feelings expressed by the characters when Old Austin meets New Austin. The "Beyond" part of the title refers to other locali- ties mentioned like: Buda, San Marcos and the Hill Country. The author uses these familiar surroundings to give the reader a feel. ing that he or she has met these characters before. This book is not for every- one. There is strong lan- guage and adult themes, but it is not gratuitous. There are some depressed, angry men and women, but the reader can feel sympathy, hope and redemption for these characters, as well as laugh with them. I know I did. For questions about li- brary services, call 295-5899 or e-mail librarian@budali- brary.org, loin the Friends of the Buda Library at www. friendsofthebudalibrary.org. When life gives you cabbage, make satBkmut rl-here was a little excite- II mentin the commu- ,L rdtylast weekwhen the news came onTV about a drugbust on Highway21 and Gristn~ Road. Telephone callers wondering where on Gristmill Road it hap- pened, were told it happened several days before and not -on CcisunilL The culprits were stopped on Highway 21 and Gristmill and man- aged to escape.Theywere apprehended on FM 2720, for which we are grateful. A similar inddent hap" penedin the early 1970s on what is now Bunton l.an~ Raymond Heideman was on his wayto Kyle when he encountered a large "pile" of something in the middle of the road. As he came closer he saw a pile of bags of cabbage. After stopping, he saw many bales of something; which he discovered was marijuana. Several motorists and the police arrived. Alter the inves- ,,'_~on was completed the ' onlookers" were told to take all the cabbage they wanted. Severalpickups and car were heard later, ~hat was the best tasting sauerkraut 0DDS&ENDS, pg. 4C