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] I / i CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY HaysFreePress,com November 23, 2011 Page 1D .... : :==#4i=i:=( PHOTOS BY CYRDY SLOVAK-BARTON Eillployee Thomas Hayes (left) gets the blueberry filling ready while co-owner Julie Albertson prepares the crusts. Jesse Pison (center) presses pie crusts.Right, pies are stacked everywhere, with more than 8,200 pies having been baked since Nov. 1. Local baker pu:00h('.s to meet holiday deman t tbr dessert f BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON csb@haysfreepress.com en Thanksgiving rolls around in Kyle, ere are several employees and oxvn- s of Texas Pie Company who want to collapse. After all, the baking frenzy heating up kitch- ens in most area homes, starts the week of Thanksgiving. Pies, cookies, cakes - all coming out of ovens in anticipation of visitors and fam- ily members. But the kitchen heat is turned up at Texas Pie Company November 1 each year, as the staff prepares thousands of pies to be picked up locally or shipped throughout the country. Several weeks before the largest cooking holi- day in the United States. employees stay until midnight, mixing ingredients from scratch. The next shift comes in at 6 a.m. The baking cycle begins again. Mold the pie crusts, beat the eggs, make the filling, get the fruit and nuts mixed, fill the crusts, get them into the oven, seal them, pack them. ship them. The life cycle of a pie. Co-owner lulie Albertson, who started in the pie business 27 years ago in Wimberley, moved to Kyle 12 years ago. Her pies can be recognized in restaurants throughout Austin and the re- gion. She has several women who have been with her for years, as they work side-by-side to mix up filling, placing it in five-gallon buckets in the refrigerator, so that Albertson, who makes BY THE NU@BER$: * 4.200 10" pies baked since Nov. 1 4,000 3" pies baked since Nov. 1 ,900 pounds of flour used last week 300 pounds of flour arriving this week 2,050 pounds of sugar used since Nov. 1 .256 individual orders for pickup Wednesday ,32 restaurants ordering pies each pie by hand, never has to leave her station during the rush. lulie's husband, Spencer Thomas, mans the phone, taking late orders this week, and long- time employees Thomas Hayes and Jesse Pi- son laugh through the motions, bobbing their heads to music that streams overhead. Michael Hagemann and Thomas Shears come in later in the day, manning the front counter and getting out orders as fast as possible. By Wednesday afternoon, the team will have cooked more than 8,000 pies, with pe- can, pumpkin and apple being the top sellers, in that order. The staff plans to cook until they can't move any more, as experience shows from last year when they ran out of pies by 3 p.m. on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, that there will be a line out the door and down the sidewalk all day long. When the doors close, the staffwill take a wel- come break, take a few days off, and begin their baking for the next holiday, only 32 days later. Co-owner Julie Albertson pours freshly made filling into one of the hundreds of pecan pies that she prepares before Thanksgiving. Kyle's jobless STAFF REPORT More Kyle residents went back to work in October as the city's unemployment rate fell below 6 percent for the first time since May. The city's jobless rate was 5.7 percent for the month, compared to 6.2 percent in September and 5.3 percent in October 2010, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Kyle employers have added 165 jobs in the past year, as the city's labor force has grown by 219 workers since October 2010. Hays County's unemploy- ment rate also fell to 7 percent rate o Improves on Unemployment fails after jobs added in Kyle October 2011 5.700'/Q in October from 7.5 percent in September, adding 151 jobs over the month. The rate was slightly worse than the 6.9 per- cent rate from October 2010, The jobless rate for the Austin metro area fell to 7.1 percent in October from 7.5 September 2011 6.2% October 2010 5,3% Source: Texas Workforce Commission percent in September and 6.9 percent in October 2010. The workforce commission does not publish unemployment rates for smaller cities such as Buda. Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in October, down slightly from 8.5 percent in September, and remains below the national unemployment rate of 9.0 percent. "Private employers con- tinue to invest their capital in the growing Texas workforce," month Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken said in a prepared statement. "The private sector has added an unpressive 286,200 jobs since October 2010, for a growth rate of 3.4 percent." Over the year, nine of the 11 major industries have added jobs. Mining and logging em- plo3nnent climbed for the 1 lth time in the past 12 months with an estimated increase of 4,500 jobs in October. Over the past year, mining and logging has grown by 20.5 percent. Government employment declined by 11,000 jobs in Oc- tober, bringing the number of government jobs lost over the year to 54,600 jobs. Kyle area Chamber Chatter : LE 00HAPP00 th the holiday eason in full wing, we have just cleared off the dishes after a great meal as we give thanks for all our blessings. The Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau is blessed with an incredible network of busi- ness, communi, elected officials, school district, city and county staffworking to create a place that is both unique and welcoming. Sometimes we forget how fommate we are to be part of a new Kyle that respects the past, is developing the future and balances the needs of a growing and sim- ply channing community. The Kyle Chamber is happy to be a partner in these ef- forts, oo Please join us on Thurs- day, December 1, at the beautiful Winfield Inn (900 Scott Street in Kyle) from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. for the December Ambassa- dor's B.A.S.H. as we gather new unwrapped gifts for children, sponsored by the Winfield nn, Seton Medical Center Hays, Community Impact, Compassionate Care Hospice and Curi- ous Chords Music Studio. Attendees will be treated to gifted students from Curious Chords perform- ing a variety of songs of the season. A photo booth will be provided by Say Cheese for Fun. Everyone will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa with proceeds being used for even more gifts for children. We will also offer a host ofhors d'oeuvres, holi- day cake, adult libations, a coffee bar and kid-friendly beverages provided by H-E- B-Plus, Texas Ritas, Kenny's Coffee Company and Twin Liquors. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage all attendees to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need in the Kyle area. We will also be accepting monetary dona- tions in lieu of gifts. Hays CISD and Hope and Love 4 Kids will distribute the toys to children in our area that might not receive a gift this year. e Give yourself the gift of knowledge by attending a the WhatsYour Social NetWorth?" social media seminar on December 7, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., at Seton Medi- cal Center Hays. Trainer and Social Media Professional Nicole Boynton will guide attendees through exploring how social media can help their business/organization while providing valuable resources to expand their sphere of influence. Seat- ing is very limited for this informative training session so reserve your's today. oeo Finally, the Kyle Area Chamber presents our An- niversary Gala where we recognize past Chamber presidents for their com- mitment to building an award-winning chamber of commerce, which is recognized throughout the state of Texas and beyond. The Gala will take place on February 11, 2012 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. in the new Stone Hall at Texas Old Town here in Kyle and  feature cock- tails, dinner, dancing, silent auction and alive auction. lack fie encouraged and everages will be igrovided for what will be a grand evening of recognition and celebration.