The Bastrop Advertiser (Bastrop, Tex.), Vol. 139, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 30, 1992 Page: 3 of 48
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Food pantry now Bastrop
Emergency iFood Center
Thursday, July 30,1992
THE BASTROP ADVERTISER
In a crisis situation, those in-
dividuals finding themselves in
need of emergency food will soon
seek help from the Bastrop Coun-
ty Emergency Food Center. This
is the new name of the Bastrop
Food Pantry, Inc.
The Bastrop Food Pantry, Inc.
board of directors voted recently
to change its name to Bastrop
County Emergency Food Center.
For the past two years requests
for emergency food have con-
tinued to increase from families
all over the county, particularly
from the communities of
Smithville, Elgin and Cedar
The Food Pantry can respond
at once to a family’s emergency
need of food and the new name
will reflect the service to all the
Pantry officials also hope to
generate more citizen support
from all areas of the county.
Daily operations since its crea-
tion in 1988 have been performed
by an all-volunteer staff.
However, due to the impact of the
economy and the increasing re-
quests for food, the Pantry has
been forced constantly to seek
resources for some paid staff.
This came as a blessing in
disguise, according to Pantry
Director Jewell Hodges, since the
Pantry has been chosen by United
Way to receive funding. A $12,000
grant from United Way is for the
sole purpose of starting to build
some permanent paid ad-
ministrative staff for daily pantry
So far this year, from January
1 through June 30, the Pantry has
provided emergency food to 217
families consisting of 665
Demographics for these families:
138 White families, 50 Black, 28
Hispanic and 1 other.
Geographies: 112 Bastrop
families, 31 Smithville, 27 Elgin,
20 Cedar Creek and the re-
mainder from Paige, Del Valle,
McDade, Dale, Lake Bastrop and
Of the 217 families, 110 were
new clients requesting food for
the first time, and 107 were repeat
clients who needed help
A total of 15,999 units of food
have been distributed during the
first six months of 1992. Food
distributed to emergency clients
totaled 6,050 units; to Brown Bag
low income seniors, 9,310 units; to
Open Arms disabled SSI reci-
Animal dumping in
rural Bastrop County
criticized by Judge Fritz
By Randy Fritz
Special to the Advertiser
Bunker Ehlert of Colorado River Walkers presents Opera House
Executive Director Chester Eitze with a certificate of thanks for
five years of support.
Bastrop Opera House
thanked for support
On .TuIv 11 the BastroD Ooera during the five years
Mabel I. Whitby, 73
Mabel I. Whitby, 73, of Grand
Prairie and formerly of Bastrop
died Friday, July 24,1992.
She was born August 27,1918 to
George and Nancy Black
Survivors include a son, Ran-
dolph Whitby of Dallas; a sister,
Geraldine Hamon of San Angelo;
three grandchildren and five
She was preceded in death by
her husband Archie Whitby in
Graveside services were held
Monday, July 27 at 2 p.m. in the
Fairview Cemetery with Jimmie
Stephon DeeAndrea Stobb-
Stephon DeeAndrea Stobb, in-
fant boy, died Monday, July 20,
Survivors include parents Ron-
da Kaye Stobb and Bernard Gen-
try, both of Smithville; and sister,
Heaven-Lee LaTreece Stobb.
Services were held at 11 a.m.
Thursday, July 23 at Cook-Walden
Funeral Home. Burial was at 2
p.m. in St. Phillip’s Missionary
Baptist Cemetery in Rosanky.
On July 11 the Bastrop Opera
House received a certificate from
the Colorado River Walkers of
Austin in appreciation of the
Opera House promoting
Volkssporting in Texas by serving
as host for Volksmarch and
Volksbike events in Bastrop from
1987 through 1992.
“Bunker Ehlert came to me in
1987 and proposed a co-operative
event that would bring several
hundred people into Bastrop,”
said Chester Eitze, Opera House
Executive Director, “and since
this was a well-organized, non-
polluting sport with conscientious
management that cared about
what Bastropians thought, I was
eager to start what I hoped would
become an annual event.”
Participants in the Volkswalk
during the five years have
numbered from 300 to 500 annual-
ly. They have come from central
Texas with some from out-of-
state. The event is sanctioned by
a national organization with in-
“I understand that Bunker will
be leaving the Bastrop area soon.
I am grateful to him for his efforts
which includes the 1989 Opera
House Centennial Walk com-
memorated in an embroidered
patch. He has helped to promote
our programs, our community
and Volkssporting in Texas,”
Eitze said. “With five successful
years accomplished, the Opera
House will miss his involvement
but is preparing to continue
developing tourism through this
Most of my regular columns
have been on current issues con-
fronting commissioners court.
This month, however, I’m tackl-
ing a public issue which affects
the public well-being but is out-
side of the supervision of com-
missioners court or any other
local unit of government: animal
control in rural Bastrop County.
The county is not equipped
legally or financially to prosecute
those individuals who dump their
unwanted pets on county roads or
let their animals harass and
bother their neighbors.
This is an unpleasant topic
whiefydefies easy answers. On the
one hand, the simplest and most
direct solution to the growing
population of stray dogs and cats
is for pet owners to take respon-
sibility for their animals. But if
this was happening, there would
obviously be no animal control
problem in our county.
The sad fact is that some
Bastrop County families do not
take personal responsibility for
their domestic animals. As a
result, many kittens and puppies
are dumped in rural areas to fend
for themselves. If these animals
live, they will eventually breed.
The consequence of this vicious
cycle is a growing number of dog
and cat packs.
Last fall, San Antonio reported
several cases of rabies. With its
growing population of abandoned
dogs and cats, Bastrop County
could easily fall victim to an out-
break of this horrible disease.
What can Bastrop County
residents do to combat this
serious problem? If you own a
household pet, make sure it
receives an annual rabies shot.
Every spring, local rabies-shot
clinics are set up around the
county, but only a small percen-
tage of local residents ever take
advantage of the service. Don’t
neglect this important
If you aren’t interested in pur-
posely breeding your animals, get
them spayed or neutered. If
you’re not motivated to do this,
consider these scary statistics:
within a seven-year period, a
female cat and her offspring are
capable of producing 40,000 kit-
tens. Similarly, a female dog and
her offspring can breed 67,000
puppies over six years. Make sure
your pets don’t reproduce
Unwanted domestic animals
should be taken to the Austin
Humane Society (478-9325) or the
Williamson County Humane
Society. As a last resort, it is bet-
ter to take an unwanted animal to
a veterinarian to be put to sleep
rather than dumping it on the
side of a remote county road
where it is likely to starve to
Bastrop County owes a tremen-
dq^debt of gratitude to the local
Humane Society. Under the
leadership of Penny Zimmerman,
these ham-working and compas-
sionate people work hard to raise
the pubic’s awareness and deal
with the animal control problem
in a dignified and caring manner.
This year, for the first time,
commissioners court is offering
the Humane Society direct finan-
cial support. I’m proposing $3,000
in funding, but there’s a catch:
this money is being offered only
on a 2 for l match basis. To col-
lect the full $3,000, the Humandr
Society will need to raise $1,500 in
private contributions through a
If you want to help this worthy
case and triple the value of your
contribution, please consider
joining the Bastrop County
Humane Society after October 1
(the start of the 1992-93 fiscal
year). Their address is PO Box
160, Bastrop, 78602.
ITS OUR PARTY
AND WE’LL BUY
IF WE WANT ID.
It’s our anniversary,
but you get the gift.
Buy your favorite
sub and we’ll give
you a second one-
for 99$. At Subway,
we really know
how to party.
‘Second footlong sub must be of equal or lesser price
with the purchase of a 22 oz. drink Limit: One coupon
per customer per visit. Not good in combination with
any other offer. Good Aug. 1 & 2 only.
In The MARKETPLACE
Bastrop Homecoming £ Mon '92
Wed. Jhurs., FrL, & Sal.
BBQ COOKOFF, Sal. J:00am will lodging at 4:00pm
HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT, Salordag
BUII RIDING & OTHER EVENTS, Salordag
CARNIVAL TFiurs. mru Sal.
♦All the above Activities will take place on top of the hill at Loop 150.*
** Across from the State Park**
"Bastrop School*" Reception honoring tho different community tehoolt of Bastrop.
Mina School at 1209 Hill St. Sot. and Sun. from 1:00 - 4:00.
"Parade" Sot. at 10:00am Dedicated to tho memory of Lincoln Forrlt.
"Sports" Reception Sot. from 3:00 - 5:00 ot THE OYSTER BAR, downtown Bastrop
"Retired Teachers" Reception Sot. 3:00-5:00 FIRST NATIONAL BANK (Civie Room)
BOAT RACES AND OTHER RIVER ACTIVITIES SUNDAY AUG. 2, BEGINNING AT 1:00
For more information call:
Richard Kesselus 321-7733
Johnny Sanders 321-1818 or
The American Legion 321-5555
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