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~~-k "~ : ~ i~ ~ ~ ~ : + GMNG BACK Kyle retail shop sells products that benefit a cause. - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com ? December 10, 2014 * Page 1C coming soon Mt. City Montage by Pauline Tom Fasten your seat belt and hold on to your chair. Divergence ahead. This column talks about Christmas d6cor recognition. And, it talks about "the" develop- ment agreement. With a crisp light sparkling note filled with Christmas cheer, here's word that it's time for Mountain Cityians to uncork the ballots for the Christmas d6cor recognition for use this weekend, Friday through Sunday at 10 p.m. Maybe on Thursday, but for certain by Friday, wee three links will activate in the instruc- tions on http:/! 1 dry. ms/lyYqHWz First let me mention, if you do not have a computer or a printer, a few ballots will be placed in a "take one" MONTAGE, 2C Audio books for the road it Out by Melinda Hodges For many of us, there's a lot of travelling involved the holid ty season. But never fe'ar, {he Buda Public Library is always an internet connection awayt You can continue to check out books, audio books and magazines, wherever you are. We have several dif- ferent platforms that you can use to download digital items. To use any of them, go to our web- site at www.budalibrary. org. From there, select the "My Account" button, which will take you to our catalog. Once you've signed in with your card number and phone number or password, you're ready to go on to any of our great online resources! OverDrive holds our largest digital collection. You can download e- books, audio books, mov- ies and music on Over- Drive. This collection is a shared and contributed to by many Central Texas libraries, so there's lots to choose from and librar- ies are frequently adding more things to check out. is our digital magazine platform. You c ad be autiful digital magazines that are page-by-page identical to the print version. These magazines look espe- cially good on tablets. We have 35 subscriptions to choose from, including new additions "Cooks Il- lustrated," "Better Homes andGardens, and "HGTV Magazine," Another platform you can use to download audio books is called OneClickdigital. There are over 4,200 audio books available for download that are compatible with all Apple and Android phones and tablets and many other devices. Stay connected with the Buda Public Library and safe travels! BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Brad Martin, construction manager for Bigelow Homes, welcomed a crowd of about 40 people on a recent blustery, chilly morning to the ground- breaking for Homes for Hope, a project of Hope International. Standing on the lot donated by the Plum Creek development firm, Martin said, "We have a wonderful opportunity to be a part of Hope International and Homes for Hope." Hope International assists people around the world in lift- ing themselves up from poverty by offering small low-interest loans. When that money is paid back, it goes to help other families. Martin introduced Paul Valdez, purchasing manager for Bigelow Homes, who offered the invocation. "I did pray for the sun to come out and the wind to PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK A home built by Bigelow Homes in Plum Creek will be sold for $200,000, and that money will be used to help fund the Homes for Hope initiative. stop..." Following Valdez's prayer, Kyle's Interim City Manager lack Nulty from Homes for ]ames Earp called out, ,'Maybe Hope addressed the audience you should stop now while and spoke about the ground you're ahead." breaking. A chuckle rippled through the crowd. HOMES FOR HOPE, 3C ,le celebrations get us primed for Christmas KYLE TREE' LIGHTING 2015 Hundreds of people welcomed Santa to the Kyle Tree Lighting last Wednesday at Old Kyle City Hall. See more photos at www.HaysFreePress.com PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III AND KIM HILSENBECK BUDAFEST 2015 Budafest boasted'two full days of beautiful weather this past weekend. The event was kicked off by a parade down Main Street. Merr y PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK the Spirit of It'sAbout 111yme by Chris Winslow F'I' is the season.. |. for the poin- ,L settias to shoot to number one in the potted plant charts. In this country alone in 2013 we spent $144 million on these beauties, and so it's not too surprising that we see them pretty much everywhere this month. The poinsettia is native to southern Mexico and Central America, and was used by ancient Aztecs as a medicine to reduce fevers. For this they used the milky white sap from its stems, and also extracted a purplish dye from the flowering bracts. Known as nochebuena in Mexico, this fall-flow- ering ornamental would probably have remained in the jungle if it wasn't for Joel Roberts Poin- sett (1770 - 1851), the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. An amateur botanist, Poinsett brought this lovely plant (EuPhorbia pulcherrima) back to his home in South Carolina in 1828. Here he began propagating the "poinset- tia" and sending it to his friends and colleagues throughout the country. The poinsettias leaves and stems grow during the summer months, and begins to bloom as the days shorten in the fall. The flowering part of the poinsettia consists of bracts and cyanthia. The bracts are the large colored leaves, which surround the cyanthia or flowers. In the native plant, the bracts and flowers are very small. With the mod- ern poinsettia, thanks to hybridization, the color- ful leaves have become much larger and you have a multitude of colors to choose from. We now have varieties with names like angelica, jingle belles, celebrate, V-14 glory, freedom, and subjibe. While the most popular color for the Christmas season is red, you can also buy pink, salmon, white and bicolor plants. The poinsettia is pretty easy to care for. It likes to be placed in a well lit lo- cation and watered when it is dry. If it has a decorative wrap around the pot, remove it when watering, making sure the plant gets adequate drainage. If you leave its roots standing in water, the plant will perish. Ideal temperatures are 70 de- grees during the day and a slightly cooler night. Too hot a temperature will shorten its bloom time. In the springtime, poinsettias can be grown as a potted plant or they can be planted outside in a very protected, sunny location. With any luck and a very late cold spell next fall, you might get a ASK CHRIS, 3C +