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BUDA BEER Buda brewery eyes January opening. - Page 1D September 9, 2015 Page 1C rat, cny Montage by Pauline Tom Think quick! What questions do you have for those who might serve on the Mountain City City Council to help with your ballot selection of three out of the five? Jot those questions down and get them emailed to lovingmountaincity@ by Monday, Sept. 14. Amy Hilton will compile the questions and garner responses from the candidates. She plans to distribute the Q&A at the Candidates Forum. Candidates Forum? YesI There's more than fun and fellowship at this year's National Night Out at Beth and Everett Smith's on Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m. There's more than bouncey houses, ice cream, and fire trucks. This year, there's a "Meet The Candidates Forum" so everyone will have opportunity to meet the five candidates for the three available positions. Mountain City's Council meets Monday, Sept. 14, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall NEW FLAG Our majestic new flag pole makes it easy to find the City Hall. It's easier to give directions now. "Turn in at the main entrance onto Mountain City Drive. Look for the flag pole at our white brick City Hall." You've seen the flagpole. Have you read the memorial plaque? It honors John Anderson, 1922-2013, the founder of present dfiy Mountain City. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT At our National Night Out on Oct. 6 and the Fire & Ice on Oct. 10 (that's a confirmed date for your calendar), look for charter residents of present day Mountain City. They all have stories about well-loved and well-respected "Mr. MONTAGE, 3C Local fitness center owner Stephanie Pool~ teaches clients the meaning tion. See chart below. She covered topics like looking past deceptive mar- ket jargon and how to read nutrition labels and identify fillers and processed sugars that manufactures try to sneak into your foods. "Natural is an unregu- lated term," said Poole to the group. "It doesn't mean anything." And terms like "light" - "Hght is a four-let- ter word," she added. Poole explained that when manu- facturers take out that little bit of extra fat or sugar, they are putting other unwanted fillers back in. These are just the tip of the iceberg of tips that Poole had to offer. To the right are just a few more basic tips for smarter, healthier shopping. BY DAVID WHITE Local fitness center wner and personal rainer Stephanie Poole recently led a small group of her clients on a tour of the H-E-B Plus grocery store in Kyle to teach them how to shop in a seminar she refers to as the Grocery Store Survival Guide. Grown adults learning how to shop? Shopping may seem like common sense to most folks, but Poole shared a lot of uncommon information that may drastically change some of her clients' shop- ping habits for good. Buda/Kyle wins poppy art contest COURTESY PHOTO The Kyle/Buda VFW Auxiliary Post #12058 won first place in category 3 (decorative use of poppies) in the 2014-2015 National Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention Buddy Poppy Contest. The convention was held in Pittsburgh, PA in July. The display pre- viously took first place in the same category at the VFW State Conven- tion which was held in Houston during June. The contest is held every year and is used to promote the poppies we pass out for Memo- rial Day & Veteran's Day. The poppies are made by Veterans in VA Hospitals. See more, page 4C PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE behind PLU codes in the produce sec- Some of Stephanie's Grocery Store Survival Guide Tips Shop on the perimeter of the store. The less processed foods, like pro- duce and meats are on the outside of the store, while processed foods with more fillers tend to be on the inside aisles. Look for items with only 5 to 8 indredients. "If you can't pronounce the ingredients, you should prob- ably stay away from them," Poole says. Buy a colorful blend of produce. The colors of the produce represent different nutrients, and the more variation of colors equals more variation in nutrients. Learn the PLU codes in the produce section: If you or your family are concerned whether your produce is organically grown, conventionally grown or genetically modified, the numerical PLU (Price Look Up) code will tell you. See chart. Save money on produce by buying in season. When your fruits and vegetables are in season, the prices drop to a price comparable to the organic version of the same item. Again, stay away from terms like "natural" or "light." The term "organic" on the other hand is a le- gitimate term regulated by the FDA. H-E-B now has organic offerings in most food categories. Don't shop hungry. Come with a list, stick to it, and have a protein snack before shopping so you don't crave those items that aren't on your diet. Because bougainvilleas are tropical, they need winter protection. It's best to grow them in containers with premium potting soil. Great choice for summer and fall color Chds by Chris Winslow "fyou're looking for a strikingly beautiful . flowering plant that loves our hot and dry summers, look no further than bougainvillea. Named after the French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville who discovered it during a stop in South America in 1768, bougainvillea is known for its wide varieties of colorful flowers from white, pinks, reds and purples. Like the poinsettia, what gives bougainvillea its color are the showy leaf-like bracts surrounding the inconspicuous, small white flowers. Flower forms are both singles and doubles, with some varieties showing more than one color on a single bush. The variety called Surprise has both pink and white bracts and is very showy. Bougainvilleas need at least 6 hours of direct sun, and rich, well- drained soil. They like to dry out between waterings. Because they are tropical, bougainvilleas need winter protection. It's best to grow them in containers with premium potting soil. With a balanced fertilizer, you can have them in bloom throughout the summer and fail. The key to keeping them alive for the following spring is to trim them back during the winter months and keep them from freezing weather. If you want to plant them in the ground in the Hays/Travis County area, a southerly, sunny wall is the perfect location. Driving around south Austin, I have spotted many beautiful specimens in this location. An added attraction, butterflies love bougainvillea flowers. Also, if you live in a neighborhood with deer, you'll find that mostly they don't seem to like them. Bougainvilleas also can look beautiful in hanging baskets. My favorite variety is Juanita Hatten. Dark red in full sun, Juanita is a compact and free-flowering, a perfect fit for a 12-inch basket. Spice up that deck or entryway. Bougainvillea can sure make it happen. Happy Gardening Everyone! If you have a gardening question, send it via email to iathyme@yahoo. com. (Please put 'Ask Chris Winslow' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to:Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748. + lii | i | ....... I I