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Hays Free Press * December 14, 2011 I NEWS Page 3A + PHOIOS Former Master Freemason J.P. "Pete" Krug (bottom left), gave tours of th~ lO0-year-old past weekend and explained the mission of the Freemasons and their hist(~ry. / : Oak Lodge this We'[[ be dosed Christmas to New Year's Day for our move into our new office 113 W. Eenter St., Ky[e BY JONATHAN YORK asked to join the masons, he said, because of "what they did, jonathan@haysfreepress.com helping families, helping peo- ple. The fraternity. J.P "Pete" Krug, a retired air- And as of last weekend, his port policeman, walked with lodge has been meeting in this his cane across a gravel alley to building for 100 years. Lodge the building at l07W Center St. members have been giving Slowly, he unlocked a door tours of the building to mark with a small sign: "Live Oak the occasion. Lodge." There was a narrow Stoppinginfrontofawooden staircase lit by a dim blue light, pillar with a large initial G at its It was hard to see what was at base, Krug said, '~ren't you go- the top of the stairs, but that was ing to ask me what the G is for?" the place where members of an Thus prompted, he stud: Ge- exclusive societywere known to ometry is one of the sciences. practice secret rituals. The other is God. To be a mason Just off the side of the stairs you have to profess a belief in there was a room - clearly a God." , f small room - that could serve The masonic conception o anyfrighteningpurpose.Maybe God is individual. Some cer- if you opened that door a small emonies require a holy book, pileofskullswouldspillout, and in different lodges that Krug, 73, grinned and point- book might be the Qu'ran, the ed. "Theres the restroom," he Trah r the Bible" One friend of said. Krug's went to a lodge in Israel He was leading reporters on a tour of Live Oak Masonic Lodge No. 304, where he is a past master. Freemasons in popular liter- ature are the backroom plotters behind world evems, deciding who will win elections and who win wars. Freemasons in real life are conscientious men, many of them retirees and vet- erans, who meet in buildings like this one in downtown Kyle to eat together and talk about doing good for other people. "We're not that secretive," Krug said. "We believe in break- ing bread with our brothers. And we are all brothers." He and found that all the ceremo- nies were inYiddish. "It drives people ctaz~" Krug said, "because the Baptists don't like us, the Catholicsdon't like us, there was a papal bull writ- ten about us that tried to stop us. Hitler tried to do away with US." All of that is true, but no one comes after the freemasons on Center Street. Krug himself was mayor of Kyle in the early '70s, and one wall of the meeting . I . room IS fiUed wath pommts of past masters, many of whom were prominent men in town law enforcement, government vas enough of a show of power that for a mo- ment the popdlar legends felt substantial. Did the freemasons really control the world? "When youvp got 10 guys in a room," Krug ~said, "and they can't decide wh~re to hold a fish fly, we ain't got a chance." Still, you could almost sense these powerful linen inhabiting the faded thrones that faced the visitor fromdiffereflt sides of the room. T~ae blue aprons that masonic officers wear were spread in front of the thrones, and in the center of the floor a little altar held h sword, a bible, a compass and b square. By one window there were two pillars, each with a globe at the top, andan object that looked like a _~ooden dagger. When asked, their significance, Krug said, Those are things that we use in o ar rituals." Pdmals, syml ties are the seq to masortry. A receive an im of knowledge I struction and b to himself. "The way th me a while b~ remember ew ~ols and allego- :ret component initiate must nense amount b_rough oral in- e able to keep it .~y do it, it took cause I had to ,rything," Krug said, "Because it goes from your mouth to my ear." Behind the l~illars, the globes and the strange wooden in- strument therd was a tiny dark room. Inside, alpale object rest- ed on a table. ~sknll! But it was just a replica. / i :i STAFF REPORT disasters such as hurricanes. "Galveston has still, got a lot of Buda City Manager Kenneth work to do to rebuild after Hurri- Williams is one of three finalists cane Ike destroyed much of the city for the city manager position in in 2008, he said. Galveston. What's more, the population of Galveston's City Council will de- Galveston is nearly seven times cide as early as next week whether larger than Buda's. "It's an oppor- to hire Williams from Buda, where tunity for career advancement," he he has worked for more than three said. years. The Galveston City Council is Williams said he had not been scheduled to interview Williams looking for another job, but a WILLIAMS and the other two candidates- Mi- search firm identified him as a chael Kovacs, assistant city man- candidate for the position. A former emer- ager for Park City, Utah; and Derek Todd, a gency management coordinator for the city management consultant for the city of Gree- of Lufldn, Williams said he has experience re- ley, Colo. - on Dec. 19. The council also ex- sponding to - and rebuilding from - natural pects to make a decision later that day. STAFF REPORT Buda's city secretary is leav- ing for the same job in Llano. Toni Milam's last day is Fri- day. She has worked for Buda for nearly eight years and has been the city secretary since April 2007. Prior to that, she worked three decades for Southwestem Bell. Last week, the Llano City Council hired Milam from a pool 0f24 candidates. She responded to questions via email. Why am you leaving Buda? My husband Kelvin and I purchased our"retiremem home" on Lake Buchanan, near the city of Llano, about three years ago, so this job opportunity could not have come at a better time for us. I look forward to working for the city of Llano tmtil we make the decision to officially retire to the lake. What will you miss about Buda? What I miss the most will be work- ingwith ~i~;i~;~ .................. ~;~i MILAM the residents and citizens of Buda. Their involvemem in the community has made it a great place to work, live and play, Any parting words? I leave the city in great hands and Hill always have an eye on what's going on. I cannot say enough about the great employees that are in place, and working with all of them has been a real treasure. Vote for David for 22nd District Judge Caldwell, Comal, Hays Counties MARCH 2012 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY Photo by Sonja Harris Politica~ adver[ising paid for by Glickler for Judge campaign. /2|l(~l//[:D i:ID|I |riP_ l: ~NR#I Jeremy Cove., T ........ P.O. 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