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Page 3A , NEWS THEY SAiD THAT "There's nothing wrong with decorations, but they have to be in compliance with the fire code." -Clay Huckaby, fire chief, on school holiday decorations. See story, page 3B Hays Free Press December 10, 2014 Long-time Buda resident Eloise Gay Dahlstrom p~ssed Hip Czech by Cyndy Slovak-Barton from our midst this week. It was expected, in a way, but the chasm left still stuns. Is the passing She met her husband, of a matriarch ever easy? Jack Dahlstrom Sr., while And Gay Dahlstrom in grade school. Mr. certainly was one of Dahlstrom always said Buda's matriarchs, that Gay set her eyes Newcomers to town on him in elementary may not understand the school and never let go. Dahlstrom name, other They were married than knowing there is at the Buda Christian a school bearing that Church April 18, 1948, name. while the Methodist But the Ruby- Church was being Dahlstrom name brings rebuilt. back lots of memories, They lived in Dallas and some of the best are where the Dahlstrom about Gay. Corporation was "Blunt, tough, located. Why Dallas? real and elegant; the Anyone local who sophisticate who could has flown through the tend goats and knew DFW International what it was like to have Airport should know the work dirt under the Dahlstrom Corporation. fingernails, from a time The DFW Turnpike when owning "a place" was constructed by the meant more than -- or, Dahlstrom Corporation. maybe, just different But they came back than -- buying a to their roots when they ranchette or a weekend moved the Dahlstrom getaway full of high-def Corporation to Buda in televisions." That was April 1980. the way my husband left Since that time, Barton, whose father Gay has worked started first grade with with her children Mrs. Dahlstrom, then and grandchildren Gay Ruby, said. to beautify Buda My husband was renovating the old county commissioner family gin -- Buda Mill and worked closely and Grain -- on the with the family when south of downtown, and the Dahlstroms made moving small businesses such an impact on the into the space. It is just environment of Buda one more thing that and put their 2,275 acres those who don't know into a conservancy. Gay Dahlstrom can Jack Dahlstrom Jr. and thank her for. his mother Gay worked She will be missed, tirelessly to set aside the even by those who never land-- for water quality knew her. purposes and to make Because she was a sure that open space, part of old Buda and even if not fully open she thought enough to the public, remains about her hometown more than just an old- to put energy into its time memory in Buda. preservation. But Mrs. Dahlstrom A private graveside was more than just this service for family only conservation legend, will be held Saturday She grew up in Buda at Live Oak Cemetery, and was part of the followed by a private Ruby family. Yes, of Ruby memorial service at Ranch. Dahlstrom Ranch. LETTER TO THE EDITOR LOSING GAY DAHI TROM when it lived and will never know the shade it To the Editor: provided. Losing Gay Dahl- strom makes me think But those of us who of the grand old oak that did know remember. I used to stand in grace think of it every time I and strength where the pass, and in mysterious old post office came to ways, it is a part of us, be on Main Street in and of the town, and Buda, where a business even of the people who parking lot is today. The will come in the future, post office cut down the unknowing. oak, and most people in Buda were not here ]effBarton screen em Gov. Rick Perry on ~ continuing the surge of taxes, to hold accountable Dec. 3 ordered state ~ resources that effectively those undocumented agencies to check Capitol reduced the number of immigrants who have the employment eligibility Highlights unaccompanied childrenlived in the United of current and prospective by Ed Sterling crossing the border States for more than five employees by using illegally last summer;years and are parents of E-Verify, an Intemet- and centralizing border U.~. citizens or Lawful based system that allows unwillingness of Congress security command-and- Permanent Residents. employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. Perry also urged Congress to pass legislation "to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border." Perry's announcements come in the wake of President Obama's executive action on immigration on Nov. 20. At the time, in a national broadcast, Obama said he would take various actions because of the protracted to pass an immigration reform bill that addresses the legal status of millions of undocumented workers employed in Texas and other states by American business owners. AWhite House news release lists three elements of the president's executive actions: 1. Cracking down on illegal immigration at the border to increase the chances that anyone attempting to cross illegally will be caught and sent back; control. 2. Deporting felons, not families to focus on the deportation of people who threaten national security and public safety; and directing immigration enforcement to place anyone suspected of terrorism, violent criminals, gang members and recent border crossers at the top of the deportation priority list. 3. Accountability through criminal background checks and Meanwhile, Perry said, "It's clear now more than ever that Congress must finally pass a bill that dedicates the necessary resources to securing our border, once and for all. Without border security, immigration reform is a fruitless exercise." Ed Sterling works for the Texas Press Association and follows the Legislature for the organization. edsterling@texaspress.com JU eing raised in a small town where ~most people didn't have much, forced many to scrape and scramble to make a living. Pride in supporting yourself and your family was a strong motivation for most folks I knew in my growing up years. Standing on your own two feet was the man- tra of that period I am inclined to describe as "hard-scrabble" times. This promoted an atti- tude, from childhood on, of "Don't mess with me. I'm the Lone Ranger and I can take care of me and Tonto." Perhaps that's a poor example since Tonto often took care of the Lone Ranger, but I digress. Withstanding pain was a big test for kids growing up. We allowed ourselves to be subjected to physi- cally painful tests to show not only that we could, for instance, handle a hard punch to the upper arm, but also that we possessed a desired attitude of men- tal toughness. Of course, that didn't usually extend to stu- pidity as one "deranged" childhood friend exhib- ited when he scooped up a fistful of sand, put it in is mouth, chewed and sent him stumbling into a head out the back door metal locker. "Dang, that into the garage where his Webb's hurt!" beautiful, intelligent, sexy School nurse: "Do you (former coed) wife has Wisdom want to go to the doctor?" her head under the raised by Willis Webb Dumb guy: "Naw. Just car hood: "How you doing gimme three bandaids with that oil change and and point me toward the those spark plugs, Baby?" grinned as dirty drool football practice field." Beautiful, intelligent, drained from the corners At the college frat sexy wife: 'Tll be fin- of his dumb mouth. Then, mixer, ished in a bit. How about even more stupidly, he Dumb Joe Cool: "Can I changing the baby, then swallowed it. Without get you a drink?" fix dinner and, while it's a gizzard, I'm sure he Foxy Coed: "Sure. A cooking, vacuum the den. passed silicone for a week. Cuba Libre, please." But, be sure to keep an Then came high school. Dumb Joe Cool: "Got eye on the baby and the Motivation in that adven- it." On the way to the bar, dinner." ture came in many forms, trying to remember howHumble Hubby: "Yes, On the football practice to mix a Cuba Libre, he dear." field, trips over his own feet and After dinner: Coach: "Run through falls into a tray of dirty Beautiful wife: "I'm that cyclone fence? Hike!" glasses and ash trays. He going to watch "Law Player: "Yessifl" Bang! picks himself up, looks for and Order": "SVU and SproingI Splat! Foxy Coed and catches a Blue Bloods." Why don't Coach: "Get up! Are you glimpse of her as she exits you put the baby to bed, hurt?" the party on the arrfi of correct your columns Player: "Naw? Ain't the school football star. I proofed and hit the nothin'. Send me in, Plump CoedWaitress: send button to those 101 Coach." As he limped "Hey, Rudolf Nureyev, subscribing newspapers toward the bench, the wanna buy me a burger (dream on). You should trainer and the Ace wraps, and a malt? I'm closing be able to get to bed by In the high school up." midnight. Don't wake me. hallway, filled with metal Dumb Joe Cool: "Why I'm tired." lockers, not." Ah, life in the fast lane. Pretty girl: "0ooo, And, he feigns com- Ain't gonna hurt none of you're so manly in your plete coolness as he limps me. football uniform?" toward the car, holding Dumb guy: '7kw, onto Plump Coed Wait- Willis Webb is a retired shucks." Followed by a ress' shoulder, community newspaper clang and a thud as the Several years later, in editor-publisher of more diverted glance at blonde his suburban home: than 50years experience. hair, a tight sweater, skirt, Mechanically-chal- bobby sox and loafers, lenged Hubby, sticking his wwebb1937@att.net. Barton Publications, Inc. News tips: news@haysfreepress.com Opinions: csb@haysfreepress.com 113 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 78640 512-268-7862 122 Main St., Buda, TX 78610 ,, 512-295-9760 www.haysfreepress.com Publisher Cyndy Slovak-Barton Editor Kim Hilsenbeck kim@haysfreepress.com Moses Lees Ill, Sports Editor, News Reporter Andy Sevilla, Senior Reporter Ashley Sava, Reporter Columnists Sandra Grizzle, Pauline Tom, Bartee Haile, Clint Younts, John Young Proofreaders Jane Kirkham, Travis Wilson Tracy Mack, Marketing Director Debbie Hall, Marketing Specialist Connie Brewer, Office Manager Suzanne Hallam, Circulation/ Classifieds David White, Production Manager Christine Thorpe, Production Asst. Distribution Pete Sizemore, Cosme Cuellar