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+ Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press * August 19, 2015 tri BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Two Buda Girl Scouts recently returned from adventures of a lifetime. Mackenzie Heldstab, 16, completed Outward Bound Costa Pdca's Scuba & Sea Turtle Adven- ture Destination. On this 14-day course, she volunteered in Panama in conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles and explored new depths while learning to scuba dive coral reefs. Mackenzie said, "The course was incredibly ful- filling and full of laughter, love, compassion and a new family." Megan Garlock, also 16, completed the Costa Pica and Panama Service Chal- lenge Destination. During her two-week course, she contributed to two major service-learning projects and pushed her limits with adventure activities. "I enjoyed helping at the village," Megan said. "The staffwas all nice." In the wetlands of San San Pond Sak, located on the Caribbean coast of Panama, Mackenzie and her fellow Gift Scouts par- ticipated in a multi-day service project focused on protecting the endan- gered leatherback sea turtle population. The group then trav- eled to the remote island of Solarte, located in the Bocas del Tore Archipel- ago, where they learned about the local ecology and marine life and scuba dived. After completing and passing the NAUI Open Water Certification training, Mackenzie is now scuba certified. After returning to Outward Bound's ralnfor- est base in Costa Rica, the group tackled Class II and III rapids on the Pejibaye COURTESY PHOTO Above, Girl Scout adventurer Mackenzie Heldstab prepares to zipline through one of the jungle valleys of Costa Rica. Right, Megan Garlock, poses with a child from a village in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica where she and other Outward Bound participants helped paint an elemen- tary school amongst other projects River, ziplined through the canopies, and visited the vibrant artisan market of San Jose to finish up their adventure. Megan and her group began their time in Costa Rica by reroutlng water flow in a local ralnforest reserve located near Out- ward Bound Costa Rica's ralnforest base. Next, Megan and her group set off to a small indigenous village in the Talamanca region to help paint an elementary school. The group interacted and learned from the local elementary students and community, practicing their Spanish and learning a few words in the village's dialect, as well as the tra- ditional process of making chocolate, directly from the cacao plant. In Panama, the girls worked to protect marine life while working on a sea turtle conservation proj- ect. Megan helped build habitats, catalog nests and monitor turtles on Patrols. Megan and her course mates rounded out their adventures with a day ofwhitewater rafting on Pejibaye River and a zipline canopy tour through jungle valleys. Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has been partnered with Gift Scouts of the USA to offer unique and exciting Girl Scouts Destinations trips in Costa Rica and Panama. These trips provide young gifts the opportunity to see the world, meet fellow Girl Scouts from across the nation and challenge themselves through adventure in unfamiliar settings. BUIE Lonnie Carl Buie, age 71 passed away August 13, 2015, at Seton Brack- enridge Hospital in Austin, TX. He was anAISD retiree with over 20 years service, a strong man with a live and let live philosophy and an unusual sense of humor that entertained all of his many friends and family. He stayed busy over the years with many hobbies, including gar- dening, fishing, leather- work, raising bees, riding horses and art. Lonnie will be missed by his wife of 53 years, Linda Buie, children Tam- mie Hillard, Melony Boone, grandchil- dren, Justin and Brandon Roberts, Amanda and Ter- ry Comellson, Joey Hillard and Lyndsay Boone; great- grandchildren Lucas and Lily Roberts and McKenzie Comelison. Visitation was August 18, and graveside service will be 11:00 amWednes- day, August 19, 2015 at Live Oak Cemetery, Man- chaca, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contri- butions be made to the American Cancer Society. LEWIS Gwen Celine (Kisner) Lewis, of Buda, Texas, passed away on July 29, 2015. She was born on June 29, 1957, in England to Stanley Kisner and the late Rona (Malign) Kisner. She is survived by her father, Stanley Kisner, sister, Danae Stevens, daughter, Ashley Garza; and granddaughter, Lydia Garza. Gwen was strong and independent, clever and incredibly resourceful. She was a natural teacher, whether it was working with horses or teaching in school. She was amazing at solving problems and had such an uncanny ability to understand people. She was always willing to listen, always had the perfect advice and always knew just when she should, or should not, share that advice. Gwen was generous and selfless, always willing to help any way she could. She will be forever missed by her fam- ily and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday. August 22, 2015, at Beck Funeral Home, Austin, TX. In lieu of flowers, me- morials may be made to Amnesty International, in memory of Gwen Lewis. Words of comfort and memories may be shared in the online guestbook at www.beckchapels.com. Share local events on the Hays Free Press event calendar. Email chrisfine@haysfreepress.com to submit your event for inclusion in the online calendar, Best Bets, Coming Up and more. 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