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NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press August 28, 2013 Page 2C + Farmers'Almanac predicts an 'unusually wet' winter for Texas BY MIi Special to th, Hot last week. Likely, week. That',, summary of weather. This Augu patience, alt go, it hasn't b ',E BARNETT . Hays Free Press week. Hot this it will be hot next a pretty good 3ur current Texas st has tested my rough as Augusts een as hot as usu- al. Maybe I gained false hopes with those beautiful July rains I received last month. It's sad that all traces of that six inch rainy period are gone as the dog days of summer sap the moisture out of everything. That's probably why I was so excited when I saw the long-term forecast of The Farmers' Almanac. The fore- cast, released this week, calls for "frosty and unusually wet" weather this winter in Texas. I can take or leave the "frosty," but "unusually wet" would be pretty exciting. I know lots of farmers and ranchers who could stand a good dose of wet. And for goodness sake, we have res- ervoirs across the state that need filling. But you probably shouldn't bet the farm that we're go- ing to be deluged come De- cember. "Unusually wet" has many connotations. Many Texans would consider a pass- ing summer shower as "un- usually wet" after the years of drought we've endured. Forecasting the weather is difficult at best. And the great thing about long-term fore- casting is people tend to for- get six months later what you predicted six months earlier. Who remembers what The Farmers' Almanac said our weather was going to be like last year? I don't. Still, the publication has been around 185 years. Their publishers claim an 80 per- cent success rate. And it's a fun publication to read with its household tips, brainteasers, recipes and astrological data. The Farmers' Almanac must be doing something right. I'm thinking good thoughts that they are right on the money this year. And I pray that "unusually wet' blesses us allI Mike Barnett is the director of publications for the Texas Farm Bureau OBITUARIES LORDY, LORDY TO .e .nppv mx.onv BILLY JAMES WHEELER WE LOVE YOU! -THERESli, DliD, FliBlOLli liND BliYLOR HIBLER Dorothy Mabel Caffey Hibler was born in Salado, Texas on Sept. 24, 1922 and passed away at Legend Oaks Nursing Home in Kyle on Aug. 22, 2013, at the age of 90 years and 11 months. She is surVived by her husband of Over 72 years, Gladen Duff Hibler; daugh- ters, Annette Hibler Wheeler, Dana Blank; daughter-in- law, Glenda Hibler; grand- children, Bryan Wheeler and partner Anthony Mastropo- le; Kenneth Wheeler Jr. and wife Candice; Hunter Wheel- er and wife Kellie; Randy Blank and wife, Valery; Rick Blank; Roddy Blank and wife Vanessa. In addition, she and G.D. were blessed with great-grandchildren, Rebec- ca Blank, RaChel Blank Gil, Kate Blank, Maddie Blank and great-great grandson, Bexar Sanfod: She was preceded in death by their only son, Larry Duff Hibler in July of 2011. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle with Reverend Pat Kelly officiat- ing. Burial f011bwed at Forest Oaks Memorial Park. PITTMAN Walter Daves Pittman, 92, was born Dec. 9, 1920 in Cart- ersxdlle, Georgia to Judge and Mrs. Claude C. Pittman. He died on Aug. 19, 2013, in Austin. He grad- uated from Cartersville High School and entered Emery University. At the outbreak ofWorldWar II he joined the ArmyAir Corps and rose to the level of 1st lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. During World War II, piloting recon- naissance missions over Europe and North Africa, he was highly decorated, most notably with the Distinguished Flying Cross. He married Mary Clark Gaines on Nov.11, 1942. They were married for sixty-nine years and raised four children. After the war, he graduated from Georgia Tech University with a degree in aircraft engi- neering. He worked for McDon- nell Aircraft and later for the Aerospace Corporation. In 1959, he served on the advance team for Project Mercury as one of five pioneering aerospace engi- neers who laid the groundwork for manned spaceflight. He later worked closely with NASA on Projects Gemini and Apollo, as well as on the early develop- ment of the space shuttle. After retirement, he vol- i Buda Bits Continued from pg. 1C Thanks to Marc Goebler and all the folks at Prosper Properties for reserng the movie theat{tr n San Marcos for the showng of"Planes" last Saturday morning. Not only did all  kids enjoy the movie, but the moms, dads and grandparents did too. The Main Street Buda real estate company even provided pop- corn and driiqksI i ! lee ; I Birthday wishes go out to Helen Alcala who will be 90 years old on Saturday, Aug. 31. Alcala is still working in Helen's Casa Aide, the oldest Mexican restaurant in BUda, that she opened in 1980 on Main Street. Enjoy your birthday week from all your many, many family members and friends from all over the Bud s area. More birthday wishes go out to Frank Hernandez on August 30; David Aston, Carl Dahlstrom and Ruth Ann Evans on August 31. First day of September is the big day for Leroy Op!ela and Peggy Thiem; Debbie Vacek on Sep- tember 4. ooe The second annual Gunner Thames Memorial Rodeo is Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. I inWimberley at the VFWrodeo grounds. Pro- ceeds from the two-day event benefit the Gunner Thames Memorial Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to support local rodeo athletes, 4-H and FFA members. eoe Want to play in a "42" dominos tournament starting Friday morning, September 13? If so, call Nolan Kunkel at 512 -312 -5582 or stop by the Onion Creek Senior Center at 420 Battens Crossing to sign up for the tournament. The cost is $5, which includes lunch. oee Have a safe Labor Day weekend and pray for the much needed rains to come our way. unteered through AARP to assist older citizens with their income tax reports at the Buda Library and the Onion Creek Senior Center. Walter was predeceased by his parents, his brother Claude, his sister EmilyAnn Hatfield, his beloved wife Mary, and their son John. He is survived by sisters Mary Barker and Lelia Johnson, sons Robert (Marcie) and Tom, and daughter Rebecca Richards (Mike), as well as John's wife Wendy. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were officiated by Pastor Tom Gautier on Sunday; Aug. 25 at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin followed by interment at Onion Creek Memorial Pare MARTIN Seth Martin, 26, passed away Wednesday; Aug. 14, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Seth was born July 22, 1987, in Brown- wood, Texas, and grew up in Austin. He is survived by his father and mother, Jerry and Tammie D. Martin, brother Jeremy; sister-in-law January and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to his fam- ily, Seth held in high esteem the countless friends he made in Texas, Arkansas and Colorado. He created eternal friendships with everyone that knew him and his heart and soul touched everyone with whom he came in contact with. Few people have ever seized more life out of twenty-six years than Seth. Skilled, talented and passionate, he loved snow- boarding, skateboarding and any extreme sport he could participate in. Most of all, he loved his good times with family and friends. "The winds that sometimes take something we love, are the same that bring us something we learn to love. Therefore we should not cry about something that was taken from us, but, yes, love what we have been given. Because what is really ours is never gone forever."- Bob Marley A private memorial service for Seth will be held at a later date. Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by gudoku Texas Lehigh Cement Co., LP See Solution, see pg. 3C ACROSS I in East TX: "Lake Pines" 5 TXism:" like death warmed over" 6 TXism: "sounds like a dry " (bad singer) 7 TXism: "useless as panty ................... to a pig" 8 TX Charley's" Losing You. 9 Reba's" Life Out There?" 16 NASA drink? 18 TXism: "popular as daughter" 21 TCU All American center Charles .... Aldrich 22 1st female TX Sec. of State, Meharg 23 TXism: "smart as a bunkhouse " 24 " work" 30 TXism:" ............... better, I could#t stand it" 34 Jason Witten's position on the Cowboys (abbr,) 35 TXism: "tall hog at the ........................ "(VlP) 36 TX Roddenberry's "Star " 37 a daughter of TX Gene Tierney 39 TXism: "beats a 43 with a sharp stick" Burieson Co. town that hosts "Chitifest" 44 former name of Houston's "El Paso Energy" building 45 tree chopper 46 Winnsboro gospel FM 47 natural height 49 " of Laredo" 52 Elvis' pos. on the Rangers (abbr.) 53 TX actress Sandy (init.) 54 TXism: "got blood in his veins" (lover) 55 traps 58 sour tasting substance 59 once a wrangler" (abbr.) 60 TXism: "two- nag" (poor horse) 61 TXism:" some gravel" (felt) DOWN 1 TXism:"at the drop " 2 TX-OK lake 3 TX Browning won '52 diving gold in ................................... Finland 4 Gen. Robt. _ __ 9 TX Buddy Holly died in this state (abbr.) 10 TXism:" an eggsucking dog" 11 TXns Landry & Kite t2 TXism: "gave dose of his own medicine" 1 2 5 --^ 6 7 8 16 i ...........  ..............  .... 13 African antelopes 158 14 Dang Me" singer I l ...... ...... 15 Tism: "can't make . a silk purse out of a sow's ........... " I 17 TXism: "never look a in the mouth" 19 TX Walker was commander of the United forces in Korea 20 chicken fried .................... 24 TX singer Hank (init.) 25 in Smith Co. off 64 26 TXism: "it's hog or die" See Solution, see pg. 3C TI00XAS DSSW()RD by Charley & Guy Orbison Copyriglt 2013 by Orbisor BroS, 11 11: I 19 2 ! 34 I- i ! ........... 1 .... i .............. 1 ............... i i ;i ........ 7 ........... i i W'__ ingers NY foe 38 TXism: "tough I hoe" 40 Gulf fish catcher 41 Fort Worth Univ. (abbr.) 42 deliver a fugitive to another jurisdiction 48 Jackson Co, seat 50 this Calhoun was TX Domino Kid" 5t Tex-Mex prison mafia: "El " 56 Gulf coast is good for ..................... diving 57 TXism:" in the bud" 27 TX Waylon sang " of Hazard" theme 28 border patrollers 29 TXism:" ........................ hews teeth" 31 anger, wrath 32 TX Ben Hogan: "The Ice Men" -+