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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas C Section | Sunday, July 24,2011 | fl j for braaking nswi, sports and traidc Jr follow uf on Twittsr CWawBrtunfaltHZ Bscomt a New Braunfels Hsrald-ZertunQ Facebook fan at f«c«book.cofn Sign up for s-newslBtter by vistting the Herald-Zeiting online: In April, the Union Funebri* rie P.irlres Famiii.ires ( elebratc'd its H) memb(>rs .igc ‘»0 and older with .i spcM fvi'nt. IN TIME OF NEED Union Funebre de Padres Familiares is New Braunfels’ oldest Hispanic organization By Betty Taytor The Herairl Zwhtnq Sonu* ol lh(‘ stories are IU//V now. ()lhers .ire (omplelely lost - ^one along with some ot the tormer menil)ers ot the Union lune-brc‘ (l(‘ Padri's familiares. But tamily ties still seem to run d(>e|) in New Brauntels' oldest Hispanic organization. formed in l‘)2 I to help those going through flittic ult tinanc iai tinu‘s when a tamily member )assed awa\, tht' organization las ( ontinued to not only otter iintiiK iaI sup[)ort but emotional support. "lh(*se types ot groups or soci-('tics exist(‘d in Mt'xico," said limmy (;astillo. Union, a lunera )resident ot the benetit soc iety that translat('s to Union Kjiu^ral of fathers with Families. ( astillo s.iys th(' nam(' has a tairly odd translation, but that th(> s(K iety IS similar to the traditional mutualista - rerjuiring a nomin.ll monthly tee from mem-!)(‘rs lor membership, and then, when a mi'mber passes away, rt'()uiring everyone to f)itc h in to p.iy tht' dece.ised memt)er's tamily. t vtmtually, the mutualista tradition madt' its way from M(‘xito into Texas. Memb(*rship benc'tits in( iudtnl having tun('r,il exp(*ns-es cover('d, and som('tiin('s even loans w('re giv(‘n to those m lU'cd who lost tfieir jobs. "I've heard tliat tet's (OLild be as little as SO ((*nts,’ ( astillo said. "Then, when someoiif nt'eded linaiu lal .issistaiK c, {‘V('ryone would pit( h in." In the small ( ommunities oi Tt'xas, b('longing to .in organi zation sut h as Union t)(‘n(> ti( iai, ( astillo s.iid. "It they were out doing some ot thes(‘ jolis as sharin ropping, or housek(H'[)ing, or working .is migrant workers, it b(‘netit('d them to l)e in this org,anization, ' he said. "tk*( .iuse it something were to hapf>en to ont' of th(‘ tamiK members, the org.inization would cover the cost ol burial." Things were much dilterent m the 1920s and 19 U)s, ( .istillo said. In New f^raunk'ls, homes sometimc's reiust'd sc*rvi( es to f fispanic tamilic's. "I know there' was .i little Hispanic man who 0[)c'nc'd u[) a tuneral home hc're to sc'rvice I lis panic lamilic's," ( astillo said. See UNION. Page 4C DE LASF/ESTAS PMWK'i» -......»1810 ¡UiNü\ V PHf/ . - - . î!» -if . ,J» Some ot the earlier stories mdicato inembers would qaUier af the iairgroimds for dances and regular yet-toqethers^ Jiininy Ca;-;!illo, president ot ttie Union, is iTiakmg it tiis mission lo britu) bacl< social eviints so everyone ',an get!(; know each ottier again f Convert traditional landscape to Xeriscape Q. Desuile the dry weather, we have a Chinese tallow tree that was seeded by the birds. It seems to be prosperine. Before I decide whether to remove it, please tell me about it. A. C hiñese tallow is (k'c orative with its silvc'r bat kt'd leaves and rich tall colors. The species produce huge amounts ot berries that are CMten t)y c-nough l)irds tliat the tree s[)reads c|uickly trom the seed source. It is also sensitive to drought and cold so is short lived. Th(' good news is that on poor soils it usually cloc's not get over 30 teet tail so is not as aifficuit as other short lived species to remove. Q. My cherry tomato plants still CALVIN FINCH Columnist Calvin Finch is a PtiD, tiorticultiirist and director ol the San Antonio Water System look great. There are no spider mites. Can I expect them to produce again this fallf A, Yc's, c ut thc'm back l)y onc' thircf in late luly or c'arly August and give eacn plant onc'-halt cup ot I ‘»-S-M lawn tertilizc'r. The same' tactic bc' used with large tomatoes but It is more unusual tor them to survive' the summer in good sh.»[)e. ()btain tomato transplants in early August tor fall tomatoc's. Q. rd really like to Xeriscape my yard. We moved here five years ago, and the yard isn't irrigated, and it's impossible to keep a lawn healthy without irrigation, and I've deciaed I'd feel irresponsible sticking irrigation into my yard, given the frequency of drought here. If I was going lo do it myself, how do you suggest I starti A. ()bt.nn thc' lublic .ition "I l( »w to( onv('il a fr.K itionai l.indsc.ipc' to a Xerisc.ipc' I andsc ape" that published by the M.istc'r (lar ck'nc'rs about 11 yc'ars .igo. Send me a tolck'd 8 by I I iiu h c'nvelope with your addrc'ss on it .Hid $I.(>8 in postage' <ind I will send you one'. You can also Ciooglc' "Xeriscape" to gc't c onsidc'rabic' iniormation. Q. Thanks for the article on palms. The landscape guy to whom we just paid thousands in order to make changes here strongly suggest putting in a Coco plumose. He put one or more of them in for my next door neighbor, but she's had problems keeping them through the last couple of winters. You don't mention them, but I'd love your opinion. Also, I MIKE mSKO Ptiotos siitKTiitled I thought it best to wait until the end of summer given the drought lo add plants, but you say plant in summer. I told the landscaper we'd plant in Seotember. Also would love your thought on this timing. A. Mv sourc v tor palm iniorma tion (Stc'vi' Sic'bc'rt) s.iys the' ( oc o plumose' IS the old I .ilin binomial tor (,^uc'c'ii Palm. It grows vc'ry but is onl\ ( old tolc'iant to 2S dc'grc'c's. 1 hey ai(' C'asv to bu\ in Antonio but vc'r\ Ic'W' survive more* a Ic'w yc'ars. Sc'Ic'c t a palm is more cold tolc'rant. Summc'r is a better time to plant p.ilms than thc> tall. Stevc' suggc'sts that you plant Hutia ca()itata, jc'lly [>alm, it you're looking lor a teathc'r leatc‘d palm. Otherwise', in a fan [)alm, Sabal Mc'xican.i or Sabal palmetto would bc' .in c'xc ellent choice and very tropic al kioking. (iood luc k. Columnist Mike Fitsko is a rftiifed educatof. treelancf writer and molivational spraker Giving to others can be ife-changing ( iivc'n the* unrc'k’nling hc.ii th.ll IS grijiping us .ill, I thought rd share' <i story I've ottf'n used in some ol tin se-min.irs I'vt’ pre'scnlc'd IVi h.i )s Its trigid se'tting will he p k('C‘|) you .1 liltk' ( oold in will like'K bc anolh er 100 ck'grcr 'or more) d.i\ S.idhu Sund.H Smgh, .1 we'll known I lindu Ik i1\ W'.is one e> tr.ive'lirig in th( high mount.ini'- with .* Tibe’ cornp.inion on <1 bit t('rl\ < old d.i\ In I.k t, il gotten so ( old both men be' to thc\ woulfi Ire‘«'zc to dc.ith be‘t( )rr rc.u |i ing their linal ck'stin.ilion ( ontinuing on their pci ilous |ourn»‘\, ihe'v stumbled ,ie r<)ss lh(' bocK ( >1 a m.ii) hall buried in the* de‘<‘p snow Ihe still alive, biii bare'lv e oriM lous ,md c lost t( ) de.ith Irom the unl< )tgi\ iif we.illuT S.idhu suggc'sted to hi' ( omp.inion th('\ sIk )uld ( .11 r\ the Irozen \> ■ shelter, but the I ibet.i 1: rc'tused. "Il will take* .ill we ( an • s,i\c‘ (»urseKes," the' ( < ion de'( l.ued and \vi!h<»ni stopping went on aheMi! le.n ing Sadhu ,ind the' ne.ii Inizen IxxK behind I sing .ill ot tils siren<4!li .Hid with ditlK ull\, hu released llie* man rn»ip the (iec'p snow-, hurled hie’ over his sh(/uider ,hkI sh>\\ Iv struggles I ahe'.id S.idhu soon leaii/e-d th.ii the e‘\ert!on used to help tin iK' to waim him ami betoie' long the' man on hi^ shoulder be' lo grow w.iim, loo. It w.isn’t loiiv' .liter Sadhu c anu' .le ross .inollic'r bod\' m ihe deep snow. It was the \ ouie.’ lib(‘tan troze'n lo (kvith. With great e'ltort, S.idhu and ihc' he* ies( ucm 1 re'.K hed a re'mote- vill.ige w hc're the'\ both rec oveied Isn't it wlu'n w(' unsc'llish K rt'ac h out on Ix'h.ilt ot oth c'rs our live's iik )\e> in the right ciirc'c tion^ More three dc'c ades .igo, I rec e'lvc'd .1 U'lephone c.ill Irom .1 man whom I did n't [)artic ularh like' asking me' It I could t.ike* oveT his young adult SuneI.ix sc hool c kiss Ix'c.iuse' hc' c'\[)c'ii enc ing some' [)rob IcMiis. It W.IS the kist thing I w.intc'd or lU'c'ek'd t( ) do. At the lime' I tc'ac hing high school Fnglish, s[)on soring the' Stuck'nt ( oune li tutoring attc'i scliool and tin ishing some' c'vc'iung c l.iss c's at the' I 'nive'rsit\. 1 he'ie W.IS no w.i\ 1 could t.ike' on ,iin more responsibilit\ But the' growing ek'spc'ta tion in the' man's voic c' c on vine e'cl me- to sa\ I would do It. I rc'c .ill thinking how sUi pid I was lor not s>i\ ing 'no and complicating m\ liU' eve'n more'. Not too many wcH'ks laU'i .IS I w'as tc'.ic hing the c lass I rc'lue t.inlK .igrec'd to t.ikc' ovc'r, one ot the' stuek'nls in the class, I incl.i, brought hc'r slightK oldei sistt'r toi a visit. The sistc'r she invite'd on cki\ w'.is n.imcHl De'b bie' and she' has bec'n ms witc' tor more than ï \ ycMis While ckiing tor otht'rs isn t nc'c c'ssarily life or dc'ath. it c an inck'c'd be lilc' c hanging anei rc'warding in ways \ou might nt've'r have' imaginc'd ;