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.... m,q=unmJamainmnuumunnmmnu r nr JJanumnuli mnJULLULa JmiJu anL L :u nmam IMIJH]IIIILmILL]hl JlUilll, :1' liJil BUILDING WITH BIGELOW fntoractive design a priod for the home-builder. -rmOola HaysFreePress.com Kyle/Buda VFW accepts award T/ ielBudal/B Post ~fk 12058 Commander .L ~tdlick Riel, will be at- tending the Vb3N National Convention in Indianapolis next week. Riel will accept the An-Ame~n status award for 2009-2010 for the post. This award is designed to recognize outstanding units like the Kyle/Suda Post for their participation inVFW programs, community ser- vice and membership gains. The Kyte/Buda VFW Post is growing and look- ing for new members. Local veterans of foreign conflicts are encouraged to join. The group meets at 103 South Front Street in downtown Kyle at 7 p.m. on the sec- ond and fourth Thursdays of each month. For more information call 512-539- 6968 or email Membership@ vfw12058.com. Big weekend coming up since it is the last one before Hays students head back to school. Classes resume bright and early Monday morning for the approxi- mately 15,000 boys and girls in our district. If you are like me, you can't even name all the schools we now have. Much has changed since the time when it was just one high school, one middle school and two elementary schools. The only Catholic school in Hays County, Santa Cruz Catholic School, began classes this week. The school ~urrenfly has PreK through 5 grade with students com- aag from all around the Buda trea. Remember to slow down md watch for the kids in the ;chool zones and the neigh- mrhoods. Another "42" domino oumament is scheduled for :rida~ September 10, at the )nion Creek Senior Citizens ;enter in Buda. Cost is $5 ,er player, which includes a toon lunch. Get your name n the list by signing up now ontact Nolan Kunkel at 312- 582 or stop by the center on hursdays. Birthday go out Melayne Montgomery Iarchese onAug. 19; Gene ma on Aug. 23 and Joan dtton on Aug. 25. last, but not at all the least the activities for this Satur- ty, is the"Rummage Sale" at e Onion Creek Senior Citi- ns Center in Buda, which ll start at 7:30 a.m. There II be lots of good treasures bargain prices and, best of , it is an indoor event with air conditioner turned wn to a cold 78 degrees.. ,me check it out anytime m 7:30 a.m. until dosing le at 2 p.m. The center is 'ated at FM 2770 at Bar- ]'s Crossing (behind the ; office in Buda). Look for signs. Remember buying m the seniors will benefit ,it new building program. Kyle native Clayton Jones recently starred as Huck Finn in a Texas A&M performance of the musical "Big River." Jones is headed to New York City to study acting at the prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School. Former Hays grad follows path to stardom after A&M BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com For all of his 23 years, Clayton Jones has done the responsible thing. He finished up high school, went to college on a full scholarship, and graduated debt-free four years later with a degree in architecture. Now, he's ready to follow his dreams. Last weekend, the Kyle na- tive hopped a plane to New York City, where he's been accepted to the prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School, connected to the Gershwin Theater at Broad- way and 51st St. Over the course of the two year program, Jones will study Broadway-style musical theater, including standard acting and music classes, along with courses like "clowning improvisation" and "stage combat." "In college, I had to do my studies and what time I had left over was dedicated to theater," Jones said. "I'm re- ally excited about being able to make theater my focus now." Jones's career in entertain- ment started with Hays High 'T just fed so blessed that I have the oppor- tunity to chase a dream. It doesn'tpan out that way for a lot of ?eo?le." JONES School choir director Nancy Cavendish urging him to audition. "The prospect of all these senior girls in the varsity choir and being the only freshman boy was a pretty good selling point," Jones said. During his high school years, he performed in "Ca- lamity Jane" and "The Wizard of Off and got the lead role in "Oklahoma." Acting was the highlight of his high school experience, but it didn't seem feasible as a career. After graduating in 2006, Jones headed to College Station, where he had a full scholarship to Texas A&M. Without having to work to pay offhis tuition, he had plenty of time to devote to theater. Jones was cast in six pro- ductions through college, but acting remained a side hobby for him. Things changed when he attended a workshop with wen-known Broad- way casting director David Clemmons, who sent lones information about theater conservatories in New York. "That was a really big con- nection to make,'" Jones said of Clemmons. "That was the first time I started really con- sidering it as a possibility." Raised Christian, Jones spent some time soul-search- ing to make sure he wasn't being swayed by the idea of fame or glory that comes to successful actors. "It was a really hard justi- fication process for me, and I wanted to make sure my motives werefft off," Jones said. "I did a lot of think- ing and praying about it and came to the conclusion that part of being human is telling stories. Jesus in the Bible teaches through stories. I really don't think there's anything richer than a live storytelling." With the exception of a four-month study abroad stint in Barcelona,/ones has called just two places home: Kyle and College Station. Like so many other small town boys headed to the big city, he's excited to live in the cos- mopolitan New York, where he'll share an apartment on the Upper East Side with two friends from UT. Jones says he's okay with the concept that a career on Broadway may not pan out, though he does hope to make a life as a professional work- ing actor, whether it's in a big NewYork production or a smaller theater group closer to home. He's also interested in putting his architecture degree to use doing set de- sign work. "I just feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to chase a dream," Jones said. "It doesn't pan out that way for a lot of people." There's no need for adults to feel left out when the kids rettma to school on August 23. Beginning the week of August 30, the Kyle Library will offer another rotmd of its popular computer classes. Basic computer classes will be taught in Spanish on Mondays from 9-10 a.m.; intermediate classes in English on Tuesdays from 9-10 a.m.; and basic computer classes in English on CHECK ff 0it" Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. Teresa Montalvo, a Kyle Library staff member, will lead weekly classes to help people prepare for U.S. citizenship, oral and written tests. (Please The classes will meet at the note that Teresa will NOT be Library from 4-6 p.m. on giving legal adviee.) ursday afternoons begin- To sign up for classes, ning September 2. Teresa, a native Spanish speaker, win explain the o.s. citizenship process in both English and Spanish. She will rewiew civics and history questioms and help people fill out It_he appli- cation forms. Class ]members will also practice talking the please call the library at 268-7411, email circulation@ cityoflo]le.com, or simply drop by the library at 409W. B|anco St. and express your Interest. Whether you want to take a class or not, please come by and check out what the Kyle Library has to citer! August 18, 2010- PagelC "'.% Chucken i : This is the time of the year when a lot of things are happen- ing, school supplies are gotten, new back packs are chosen, new school shoes (we used to call them "tennis shoes") are gotten. New school bus drivers are practicing and driving their route and don't forget the teachers are getting their rooms ready and attending in- service. Oh and the kids, some have mixed feelings about going to school and most are very anxious to know what's in store for them. Those of you who will take your first timer to school are probably a bit nervous, but you know what? It will all be OK. I have been there and done that. All was well and still is. St. John Lutheran Church will have a "come back to school chicken fry" at the church rec cen- See ODDS & ENDS, pg. 4C to summer There's not a lot hap- pening in downtown this week. The library hosts its adult book club, the Page "lku'ners, which will be discussing Sue Monk Kidd's "The Secret Life of Bees" on Thursday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. Story times for the younger crowd continue on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and noon, with the bilingual story times being held on Fridays. Keep in mind that this is the last week the Kyle Pool will be open during the week, so take advantage of it while it lasts. Beginning August 23, the pool will only be open on weekends through Labor Day and then you have to say good- bye for the summer. Finall~ all the klddos who have been screeching about how bored they are now have something to do on Monday, August 23, with the kickoff of the new school year. There is going to be a bit of chaos so plan a little extra time to deal with school zones and the influx of vehicles, bikers and walkers on the road. You can, however, offer your bleary-eyed little ones some solace. There is a school holiday just two weeks from Monday so they only have 10 days before their first break of the new school year. NEW 1760 FM VARICOSE VEIN OFFICE IN BUDA! CLINICS