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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas SUNDAY COUNTDOWN 511 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqufeontenntai March March Should alcohol be banned on the Gua New Braunfels 75 CENTS 22 Pages in two sections July Serving Comal County Home of JEFFREY SEEGER I Vol 141 NO 171 INSIDE Water STAMMtlSCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Brady Miner Jordan Herrera Ebie Koch Bowers Jeffrey Seeger Tim Steeno Norman Kraft RJI Tlmmer man Vanessa Gomez Happy Aniversary to Robert Lynette Woodward Broadway Express gala set for July 22 The Broadway Express din nertheatre gala will be held Thursday July 22 at the MB Civic Center Tickets are avail able at the Archives 200 N Seguin 6291900 and from Jean Wilson Beltone 389 S Seguin 6201114 or 6257922 Reserved tables are available tables seat Deadline for purchasing tickets is noon July 19 This event is a benefit for the fountain restoration and is spon sored by the New Braunfels His toric Museums Association Fraternal Order off Eagles program set The Fraternal Order of Eagles will have a special Charter Member and Past Presidents program on July 20th at Members are encouraged to attend this meeting for their 41st Anniversary Also The New Braunfeb Masonic Lodge will meet Tuesday at for the purpose of conferring an E A Degree The New Braunfeb Jaycees will meet Wednesday 7 at Mr Gattis Guest speaker Gwenn Scott assistant adminis trator at McKenna Hospital Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District WORD will meet Wednesday at Canyon Lake Action Center 1941 FM Road 2673inSattler New Braunfeb Optimist Gub will meet tomorrow at at Finkels Salad Bar and Grill Featured speaker will be Kathy Truesdale horticultur ist at River Gardens Dr Aniol will also attend to answer ques tions about the home The annual meeting of the Comal County Red Cross Volunteers will be held tomor row at in the Friendship Room of Eden Home For more information call 6294563 The New Braunfeb Art League will host Mary Hetherington of Universal City Tuesday night at 7 in the Arts Center 646 Walnut Square Hetherington will demonstrate the technique of painting in oil over acrylic Hetherington a member of the New Braunfels Art League has paintings on dis play at numerous locations throughout the area Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zettung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with Printed on recycled paper McKenna ER one of busiest around By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Located in a summer tourists botspot McKenna Memorial Hospital sees more than ifs share of activity in its Emergency Room and trauma facil ities says Dr John Richard Flanagan m the hospitals ER Director With numerous injuries being suf fered almost every weekend during die summer ER doctors maintain pol ished skills A lot of doctors and nurses are in emergency rooms because of the high said Flanagan The nurses and physicians that are here like that high intensity medicine where youre all go At our lowest point we see a lit tle less than patients a month and we go up to about or during the summer Its a pretty unique situation because we do see a lot of trauma here Ive worked in big hospitals and small hospitals and this has a very attrac tive mix for physicians and nurses because you see everything across the and medical Unfortunately that also means sane very serious injuries for people who are often very young and come here to have a good time Ive seen more Cspine injuries here in one summer than you see in a big hospital in a couple of years because of people jumping off the said Flanagan We see a lot of quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries We already have had one this sum mer There was one summer about three or four years ago that we had about six or seven quadriplegics come out of the emergency room it was Melanie Morris RN and Emelgency Room Director for McKenna Memo rial confirmed the seriousness of injuries caused by vacationers who risk jumping or diving into local rivers and lakes The year that we had the drought I think that we counted between 15 and 20 Cspine said Morris Youre always either sewing or bandaging up said Flana gan Our worst is invariably July 4th but Memorial weekend and all the weekends during the summer are To help keep up with the increased patient load in the summer McKenna staff members developed a twotrack system for handling ER patients Serf Fatality on FM 306 Fiftyfive yearold Joan Kelley Heroes of Canyon Lake was pronounced dead at 11 Saturday by Justice of the Peace Howard Smith after her vehicle a 1991 Honda shown above was struck headon by a 19W Chevy Blazer driven by Andrew AbaHe 27 ot Canyon take The accident took place at sum Saturday mite south of Hancock according to Texas pejJartmflnt of feublte Safety officials Aballe was taken to San Medical Center and was listed to fair condition fv in the Honda David wnison 55 of Canyon Lake was taken to Medical Center where he was listed In falrcondM tton while Ed Heroes 46 of Canyon Lake was taken to McKenna Hospital and was listed in stable condrtton Reports said that Aballes vehicle entered FM 306 southbound spinning tires Aballe lost control of the vehicle forcing a headon collision ous problems like heart attacks strokes and abdominal pain that take a lot of time are handled on the major track by one doctor while another doctor handles the minor track patients Some patients can come in and out theyre popcorn patients you can throw in a few stitches and get them out of said Flanagan Its a real shame if those patients have to wait for more serious patients The major track is the bad stuff and the minor track handles the sore throats and colds cut feet small fractures ear aches minor stom ach like The two track system has sped up patient flow according to Flanagan but things can still get pretty interesting Because were a resort town were unique compared to a lot of other hos said Flanagan A lot of hospi tals slow down in the summer because people leave there but they come here We basically play the role of the coun ty emergency clinic An emergency is what the patient defines as an emergency If they feel they need to be seen by a physician they need to come in and let us evalu ate them If people feel uncomfortable enough or if theyre concerned enough they should just come on into the emer gency But Flanagan stressed the fact that ER personnel are specialists They are trained to handle major traumatic med ical situations and when nonemer gency patients come in who have oth er alternatives they are not making good use of the specialized teams skills Morris said ER patients should understand that problems which dont have the potential to be immediately life threatening may have to wait The emergency room does not make said Moms We prioritize or triage people as they come to the emergency room The most severe injuries go first even though someone else may be here first People need to realize that if a chest pain walks in theyre going to get treated Bremer bids for public hearing on recall issue By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Wrtter NewBraoofefc City Gowstowi Dan a formal request Friday to have a puHic bearing held to discuss the upcoming recall elec tion The recall election is being held as a result of a petition signed by more than 200 resideitt from Bre mers district asking the election beheld The hearing must be set by the cfl should meet this week to set the After the hearing city council membws raus eet a date for the election The next available regu election date is Nov 2 A meeting was beW last Wednes day to allow the petition to be for VWy presented to tbc council by the The petition had been given to the dty secretory at last weeks scheduled meeting The secoodinceting was in order to allow the city aeensary verify the Rainfall needed above Canyon Lake for Olympic Festival event From staff reports HeraWZertung photo by JOHN HUSETH Outflow from the Canyon Lake dam Is only at 140 cfs at pro sent The Olympic Festivals Kayak events will require from 750 cfs to cfs River flows for the kayak competi tion scheduled by the U S Olympic Committee for July 29 below Canyon Reservoir will depend upon more rain fall and inflow according to David M Welch Director of Planning and Development for the GuadalupeBlan co River Authority We have fully informed the Com mittee of the operation of Canyon Reservoir and the existing flow condi said Welch We explained to the Committee that without good rain fall above the lake the purchase of stored water to supplement the low river flows is the only alternative We do not encourage this option because stored water is limited in quan tity and expensive for recreation pur he said This was tried by local recreation outfitters during the dry summer of 1984 with limited sue The release from Canyon Reservoir was reduced Monday as inflows into the reservoir continued to decline According to Tommy Hill Chief Engi neer with the GBRA even though the lower Guadalupe River Basin has received flood level flows this year the watershed above Canyon Reser voir remains dry The highest inflow rate for the last four months was S74 cfs which occurred for a brief period during ear ly said Hill The current release rate of 140 cfs is still a usable range for most recreation You dont have the rapid flows and white water but you gain the advantage of a leisurely trip and time to enjoy the naturally scenic Reservoir inflow is the crucial ele ment in determining the reservoir release according to Hill The water rights downstream of Canyon Reservoir have a right to the natural inflow at lower rates and this water is passed through the reservdir Water which is stored in the refcr voir during periods of high inflow if committed to cities fndustTiffs arK oth er users and is not released to supple ment the natural flow Originally the Olympic Committee was planning for 750 cfs but based on present conditions they arehoping for 400 said Welscb It all depends on rainfall GBRA wfll coop erate as much as possible within our operating Todays Texas Lottery numbers 5913324245 Jackpot million