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December 6th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

Hanging out with Santa at the Onion Creek Senior Center before we take the seniors to the Buda Trail of Lights ... See MoreSee Less

Hanging out with Santa at the Onion Creek Senior Center before we take the seniors to the Buda Trail of LightsImage attachment

November 30th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who contributed to my bail to get me out of jail. Because of your generosity my bail raised $400.00 for Brown Santa.

Special thanks to Jason & Megan, Kelley M, Michael & Erica, Jim P, Sammi & Garrett, & Mark Kennedy - the best general counsel around (and the first attorney ever to give ME money). Thanks to all of you, several families will have a much better Christmas.

Also, thank you to two of our Precinct 5 deputies who dug deep to help spring me...although they did leave me in there a pretty long time. 😏 Those guys are two of the best deputies a constable could be blessed with!I’ve been locked up! I need bail money. Help me raise money for the Hays County Brown Santa supporting families in need in Hays County. You can call me at 512.214.1454 or come to the Government Center in San Marcos to pledge.
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Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who contributed to my bail to get me out of jail. Because of your generosity my bail raised $400.00 for Brown Santa. 

Special thanks to Jason & Megan, Kelley M, Michael & Erica, Jim P, Sammi & Garrett, & Mark Kennedy - the best general counsel around (and the first attorney ever to give ME money).   Thanks to all of you, several families will have a much better Christmas. 

Also, thank you to two of our Precinct 5 deputies who dug deep to help spring me...although they did leave me in there a pretty long time. 😏 Those guys are two of the best deputies a constable could be blessed with!Image attachment

November 30th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

I’ve been locked up! I need bail money. Help me raise money for the Hays County Brown Santa supporting families in need in Hays County. You can call me at 512.214.1454 or come to the Government Center in San Marcos to pledge. ... See MoreSee Less

I’ve been locked up! I need bail money. Help me raise money for the Hays County Brown Santa supporting families in need in Hays County. You can call me at 512.214.1454 or come to the Government Center in San Marcos to pledge.Image attachment

 

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someone dropped $20.00 off here for you

And you took Michael Torres Constable Pct II with you huh?

Remembering and honoring those who served to protect our freedoms. For this , we thank you ... See MoreSee Less

Remembering and honoring those who served to protect our freedoms. For this , we thank you

November 10th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

Thank you to everyone who helped support the Buda Lions Club Food Drive for the Hays Country Food Bank. We collected 1445 lbs of food and $555.00 in donations. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to everyone who helped support the Buda Lions Club Food Drive for the Hays Country Food Bank.  We collected 1445 lbs of food and $555.00 in donations.Image attachmentImage attachment

November 10th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

We’ve collected 1100 lbs so far toward our goal of more than 2300 lbs. There’s still time left to help the Buda Lions Club beat their goal. Stop by and support a great cause, Hays County Food Bank ... See MoreSee Less

We’ve collected 1100 lbs so far toward our goal of more than 2300 lbs. There’s still time left to help the Buda Lions Club beat their goal. Stop by and support a great cause, Hays County Food Bank

November 10th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

Come out and support the Buda Lions Club Food Drive for the Hays County Food Bank with the Constables Office, Buda Fire Department and Commissioner Mark Jones. Help us support a great cause. We’ve collected 500 lbs already and want to beat our last food drive where we collected 2300 lbs. ... See MoreSee Less

Wishing everyone a safe Halloween ... See MoreSee Less

Wishing everyone a safe Halloween

October 31st

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

It was an honor to judge the AmVets chili cook off Saturday. Thank you to everyone involved for making me feel at home. The chili was excellent and although there can be only one winner, I thought they were all winners. I didn't taste a single entry that would make me want to cuss the cook. 🙂 Thank you to all the contestants for their hard work! Thanks for the invitation Commander. ... See MoreSee Less

October 27th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

Getting ready to judge the AMVET Chili Cook Off ... See MoreSee Less

Getting ready to judge the AMVET Chili Cook OffImage attachment

August 27th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

I just finished the First day of school at Tom Green Elementary. It was good to see all the smiling faces, excited about a new school year. Thank you to all the parents dropping off their children. You were all very cooperative and VERY careful. Almost EVERYONE used their signal lights and were focused on safety! You were an important part of getting the traffic cleared out as quickly as possible.

A special thanks to the Lions Club for helping make things run like clockwork. They are a great bunch of dedicated servants for the public.
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August 26th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

Thank you to the Livingword Lutheran Church and the Creekside Villas Senior Community for hosting a first responders luncheon today. The food was excellent and the fellowship was even better. Thank you for your support of our first responder community. It’s a privilege to serve such supportive citizens ... See MoreSee Less

August 25th

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

Attended the ribbon cutting for the Buda City Hall & Library. What an incredible facility. Thank you to all who were a part of this development. You’ve done an amazing job ... See MoreSee Less

August 23rd

John Ellen, Hays County Constable Precinct 5

You still have time to view all the amazing art on display at the government center in San Marcos. Come enjoy the snacks and art until 8:00PM tonight. If you don’t make it to tonight’s event, the art will still be on display for a while longer. ... See MoreSee Less

MOST SHADE TREES NEED WATER NOW

Properly watering plants during the summer tends to be one of the most confusing and misunderstood gardening chores. Often, ardent gardeners do not recognize inadequate watering until it is too late, and plants are badly damaged or dead.

How often should I water? and How much should I apply? are a couple of the most-often asked questions from gardeners. Since water is both essential for healthy plant growth and often costly to apply in quantity during the summer, it is important to get it to the plants roots efficiently and keep it there.

The following are several suggestions for easier and more effective watering. These techniques apply to all gardening, from shade and fruit trees and vegetable gardens to lawns and house plants.

Never water strictly by the calendar. We don’t drink water 'every ten minutes' or 'every hour', so why should plants be watered 'every two days' or 'once a week'? Instead, learn to recognize dry plants and soil and use these as your tip-off for watering. Too many factors determine how fast a soil dries for us to put watering on a regular basis.
When the plants are dry, water thoroughly. Water lawns so that the soil will be wet several inches down, to encourage deep rooting and drought tolerance. One of the worst mistakes people make in their gardens is trying to 'sprinkle' them each day by using their thumb and the end of a running hose. Most gardeners just don’t have the patience to stand in one spot long enough for deep water penetration.
Water trees by taking the sprinkler off the end of the hose and letting water run slowly for several hours out under the drip line (not near the trunk). Be sure that runoff does not occur. Try not to get the leaves wet when watering, you’re asking for trouble most of the time when you do.

Most plants should be watered in the morning. Evening watering increases the likelihood of disease invasion, as the majority of diseases develop most rapidly in cool, moist conditions.
While watering your lawn, try to keep water off the leaves of trees and shrubs as much as possible. This is especially important for such plants as crape myrtle and roses, which are troubled by leaf diseases which spread rapidly on wet surfaces.
Symptoms for plants which have been kept too wet are about the same as for those kept too dry. Roots in waterlogged soils die and do not take up water, so plants wilt and turn yellow. Try not to water a drowning plant!
Organic matter, such as shredded pine bark and composted manure can increase water absorption when they are worked into our native soil.
To keep moisture in the soil, use a thick mulch, such as shredded pine bark, grass clippings or tree leaves. In addition to reducing evaporation, mulches also keep the soil cooler and make weed pulling much easier.

Be especially careful to keep newly planted trees and shrubs well-watered. Their developing root systems are sensitive to under- and over-watering. But again, don’t drown them.
Always soak chemical fertilizers into the soil immediately after application. These materials are excellent sources of plant foods, but they are also salts, and can pull water out of plant tissues, resulting in burn, unless they are watered into the soil.
Gardeners often wonder what type of sprinkler is best. Generally speaking, most do a satisfactory job of making an even application. However, the most efficient and effective type is the impact sprinkler (the kind used on golf courses and athletic fields).
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