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2017-05-18

Medina Track Champ does it again!

by Bev Barr

Medina Track Champ does it again!
Austin Zirkel brought home three silver medals from the state UIL track competition in Austin, Texas, last week. Zirkel keeps getting faster and breaking track records. Last week, he broke the state record for the 3200-meter race and his personal time for both the 1600-and 3200-meter races. He also brought home the silver medal for the 800-meter sprint. Zirkel attributes his racing success to perseverance and a realistic mental attitude.
“I think it’s a mental game. I don’t think it’s talent. … I’ve tried other sports, but I know I’m not going to grow six inches and put on a 100 pounds of muscle,” he said.
Zirkel, a junior in high school now, has been running for as long as he can remember. He described begging his dad to let him go jogging with him when he was just a little kid. Austin’s dad said okay and off they went on their first run together. Austin Zirkel has been running and racing ever since.
Zirkel is very strict with his diet, too, and diligently stays hydrated with at least a gallon of water a day. “No soda, no sweet teas,” he said. “I’m very strict with my diet, no sweets.”
Zirkel’s typical diet includes two breakfast tacos and a grilled chicken salad at lunch. For dinner, it’s whatever the family is having.
Zirkel is a junior volunteer with MVFD and plans on serving in the United States Army after graduating from college.
Six young ladies continue with fabric arts tradition
Two Bandera County 4-H “Duds to Dazzle” teams placed earned awards earlier this month at the District 10 Clothing & Textiles competition in Fredericksburg. Shye Havelka, Presley Dorries and Hadley Dorries (Sew Blessed Team A) placed second with a wearable toddler dress. Calysta Johnson, Jaci Kral and Emilee Newton (Sew Blessed Team B) earned first place with a non-wearable pencil and paper pouch.
Oops! My goof! 386-square-miles = 247,040 acres, approximately
Mark Twain’s famous quote about the difference between the right word and almost the right word captures a mistake I made in last week’s feature story about Medina Volunteer Fire Department’s open house and fish fry. Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” I left out “square-miles” and used the word “acres” when describing the coverage area of the MVFD. The difference really is a large matter — just about a quarter-of-a-million acres!
Thursday, May 18
MVFD Board of Directors meeting
The Medina Volunteer Fire Department meeting begins at 7 pm at the community center on Highway 16, across the street from the new fire station. The public is invited and welcome to attend.
ONGOING EVENTS
Mondays
Legos at the Library
Play with the popular construction toy at 3:30 pm at the library. An adult must accompany children younger than 8 years old.
Thursdays
Story Time at the library
Spend quality time with your little ones from 10:30 to 11 am at the library.
Alcoholics Anonymous
7 pm, Thursdays, at the Cottage of Medina United Methodist Church, 266 Reed Avenue. AA’s Twelve Step programs offer fellowship and support to anyone who wants to change their drinking behavior.