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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                SUNDAY 75 CENTS COUNTDOWN 491 DAYS New Braunfeli Semicentennial March March New Braunfels HeraldZeitu 410 MO16 177 s o w E s T n i c R o B L i s H i N G 2627 E YANDtLL DR EL PASO IX 79908 46 Pages In four sections Aug Serving Comal County Homo of DAVID LUCILE SPAIN I Vol 141 No 186 INSIDE 2A i STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Brautfels Herald Zeltung extends the following birthday wishes Bob Thrift Tucker Cuellar Cindy Mitchell Daniel Armedartz Jim Canto Mary Barboza Shirley Spinney Michael Luna Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled A blood drive for New Braun fels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug 23 from 10 to at the law offices of Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon and Bluntzer located at 205 Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations Walkins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625 8026 McKenna seeking historical info McKenna Memorial Hospital needs your help in acquiring any information pertaining to the his tory of the hospital McKenna is celebrating its 40year anniver sary in October of this year The hospital was built in 1953 A brief submission consisting of a short written summary of something unique that happened in a particular year trivia pho tographs of any items of interest in relation to the hospital through the years would be beneficial Please submit your items to McKenna Memorial Hospital attn Tim Brierty Hospital Development 143 E Garza New Braunfels 78130 Friends For Rivers meeting scheduled Friends For Rivers invites the public to their next meeting on Thursday Aug 26 at 7 at Victoria Bank Trust 1000 N Walnut in New Braunfels The speaker Andy Goldbloom head of Texas Parks Wildlife Greenways Program will address River and Trail Issues throughout the state The meet ing will be held in the Herb Schneider Room of the North Building Call 9064315 or 210 4383628 for more information Correction In the Aug 1 edition page 1 A under a photo headlined Three vehicle it was incorrectly stated that a car driven by Tommy Jean Ridgway stuck a car driven by Wuanita Riggins Ridgway was stopped waiting to turn left on Community blood drive set for Aug 13 The New Braunfels Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Fri day Aug 13 from 1 to 3 in the KMart parking lot located at 1050135 E The community blood supply is currently low offi cials have said If you are between 17 and 72 weigh at least 110 pounds and in good general health you can help by donating For more information contact the South Texas Regional Blood Bank at 18002925534 ext 217 Stammtisch The Ntw Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with A DISCRETIONARY CALL Baptist Memorial Hospitals AlrLlfe helicopter provides vital Intensive care services and tlon to major trauma centers EMS president says AirLifes JU er has been called too often By GARY News Editor Although Baptist Memorial Hospitals AirLife helicopter plays a key role in providing critical care patients with vital intensive care services and immediate transportation to major trauma centers in San Antonio However one local top fire official has said it is being called too often by Canyon Lake EMS personnel According to figures from Baptist Memorial Hospital since its inception in January of 1991 AirLife has flown a total of 190 mis sions into Comal County This number reflects patient transfers from McKenna as well as emergency response calls from New Braunfels EMS Canyon Lake EMS and Spring Branch emergency units During the twoand onehalf years of AirLife service Canyon Lake EMS has called AirLife 29 times 21 of those 29 calls were made in the first seven months of 1993 Im going to cut down on the number of unnecessary calls to said Canyon Lake EMS President and New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Reed Ive begun to reevaluate when they need and dont need to call AirLife There have been instances where the helicopter was called in and the patients have gotten up and walked away Im gonna stop Reed has since given Canyon Lake EMS more welldefined guidelines for when to call AirLife Those instances include patients with major head trauma requiring a neurosurgeon spinal injuries with neurological deficits certain critical cardiac patients and other major trauma Although Reed said the guidelines are a framework for the EMS to work with he said they still will do whatever it takes and whatever is in the best interest of the patient Were operating within that golden Reed said Air AirLife calls to Comal County McKenna Hospital New Braunfels EMS Canyon Lake EMS Spring 5 2 12 6 22 21 16 life in most instances can be on the ground in less than 15 minutes What we have to do is redefine in what instances do we call Air Life to ensure that the patients that need air transportation get it and those that dont Reed said that often patients can be flown to a level one trauma center in San Antonio quicker than they could be transported by ground to McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels AirLife has a cruising speed of 150 miles per hour Another aspect of the use of the helicopter is cost Each time Air Life lifts off from Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio it costs plus for each mile traveled oneway Supplies and medicines used during the flight are extra The costs are billed to the patient Reed said it is important for all parties involved to make the best decision for the patient but unnecessary calls to AirLife need to be stopped When theyre EMS on the scene all theyre thinking about is the patient and whats best for Reed said They just need to be more aware of when to and when not to use Things are turning around Im real impressed with the way things are going up Baby Byler holding on for donor By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer In spite of a recent two week hospitalization for infection Megan Byler is still holding on after five months of waiting for a donor liver for the transplant she needs to save her life The 15monthold still isnt able to crawl or sit up but she is learning to wave byebye and say mama according to her grandmother Billie Con way At this time doctors at the Childrens Hospital in Houston are checking into insurance coverage Megan Byler and considering the pos sibility and the risks involved for her mother Vivian to donate a piece of her said Conway Time is critical at this point because Megans condition could deteriorate even more The stronger she is the better her chances of sur viving the Megan the daughter of Bill Byler and Vivian Conway Byler and granddaughter of Harold and Billie Conway all of the New Braunfels area is suffering from biliary artresia a condition in which the liver does not fully develop She is currently second on the list to receive a donor liver at the Childrens Hospital in Houston The family is trying to raise to pay expenses not covered by insurance So far almost has been donated by individuals and raised througE several tehefit breakfasts and a benefit dance A fundraising drawing also was held for prizes donated by WalMart HEB St Anthonys Jewelers and Regis Hair Salons Gladys Smith manager of Weiners in Seguin drew Sharon Shuttucks winning ticket and the USAA employee won over SI25 in gift certificates and products According to Conway another drawing will be held Sept 14 A donation of will give you the chance to win the same prizes if you dont already have a ticket Donations can be made and tickets picked up at Texas Craft Works Jims Video and Clear Springs Catfish Restau rant Conway expressed the familys thanks to merchants who have and still continue to support Megan by keeping receptacles for donations in their stores and to everyone who has made a donation HZ survey results say leave well enough alone From staff reports Should the Guadalupe River from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels be made into a state park Last weeks HeraldZeitung survey ques tion was met with a small response this week as only 34 readers participated However a majority 28 votes of those who did respond said that the land should be left in private land See survey Page 4A owners hands and not be made a state park Those who voted for the river becoming a state park indicated that state mainte nance would solve many of the problems experienced there This weeks question is Should WORD include the Comal River in New Braun fels and Schlitterbahn Aquifer of plenty Edwards Aquifer not in danger of low levels thanks to record recharge during 1992 EUWD report says By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer In 1992 approximately acre feet of water 1 acre foot gallons recharged the Edwards Aquifer at four Edwards Underground Water District recharge dam sites a EUWD report indicates This amount almost quadrupled the average annual recharge amount of acre feet The Edwards Aquifer is entirely dependent upon rainfall Recharge directly affects groundwater levels in the aquifer and water levels are great ly affected by precipitation According to the Geological Survey the unusually heavy amount of rainfall in 1992 established a new record high of acre feet of recharge exceeding the previous record of set in 1987 by almost 25 percent The EUWDs four dams are located in Medina County on normally dry creek beds The dams help slow storm water runoff so it can percolate into the ground instead of continuing to flow downstream The Seco Creek recharge dam which diverts flood flow to a nearby sinkhole accepted the largest amount of recharge recording acre feet in 1992 According to Russell Masters EUWD General Manager the bene fits of the record amount of recharge are reflected in the still high water lev els this summer While we have received no rainfall over the past 40 days water levels remain above average in the aquifer leaving us in good shape during the hottest part of the said Masters Council to consider election By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council will consider a resolution ordering a recall election in District 2 regarding Councilmember Dan Bremer at this weeks Council meeting The council also will hear the first reading of an ordinance providing standards of conduct for the citys public officials and employees and such standards Also on the agenda for Monday Public hearing to discuss and receive comment regarding the cre ation of a reinvestment zone on acres bounded by old Highway 81 on the south and the Missouri Kansas arid Texas Railroad on the north more commonly know at the StriplingBlake V Second reading of ordinance defining and designating voting dis tricts and polling places First reading of an ordinance relating to specific pollutant limita tions applicable to the wastewater collection and treatment systems of New Braunfels Utilities Consideration of approval for the Bexar Metro 911 network dis trict budget for 1994 Consideration of the sale or lease of Fire Station property on KertickLanc Consideration of authorizing request for proposals for analyzation nances Todays Texas Lottery numbers are 41531334045 Jackpot million   

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