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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Michael Jordan announces retirement See Sports ISO CENTS COUNTDOWN 438 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquteentennial March March New Braunfels 18 Pages in two sections Oct Serving Comal County Home of ROSE WHEEL Vol 141 No 228 INSIDE Sports Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Rose Wheeler Dustin Anderson Melissa Marie Munoz Jessie Diaz Paul Aiwohi John Price LUlie Raymond Melitta Rheinlander George Shilleg Pat Thomas Comal League of Women Voters forum The Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters will host a forum to acquaint the public with the ballot issues for the Nov 2 election on Wednes day Oct 6 at 7 at the NBISD board room 430 W MillSL Guest speaker will be Dr Tucker Gibson assistant profes sor of political science at Trini ty University The second forum will be held Oct 11 at 7 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative at 10 FM 3159 Business After Hours set for Oct 12 Chamber of hold a Business AfterHours mixer oni Tuesday 1 frorn 5 to 7 at Braurifels Mill Store Plaza Suite 620 between Stone Mountain and Ribbon Laurel Ridge sets free screenings Mental Health professionals from Laurel Ridge Treatment Center of New Braunfels will offer local residents the opportu nity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and to participate in a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day Thursday Oct 7 The free program will be held at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center of New Braunfels 1293 East Common St For more information or to schedule an appointment call 6201055 Santa Rosa offers free screenings Mental Health professionals from Santa Rosa Mental Well ness Center will offer local resi dents the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression at a free screening as pan of National Depression Screening Day Thursday Oct 7 from 10 to 8 at the Wellness Center office Execu tive Plaza Building Suite 201 Library book sale set for Oct 68 Friends of Dittlinger Memori al Library will hold a book sale on Oct 68 at the New Braun fels Civic Center 380 S Seguin St The Oct 6 sale will be for members of the Friends of the Library while the next two days will be open to the public from 9 to 9 Oct 7 and from 9 to Oct 8 Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung 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 Local bee attack a reminder to local residents By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Reports confirming that a Seguin man was attacked by Africanized Honey Bees two weeks ago may serve as a reminder to residents in Comal County to be on the lookout for the killer bees in this area However residents are encouraged not to the gun when come to dealing with the bees According to County Agricultural Extension Agent Joe Taylor a Comal County resident was stung by the Africanized Honey Bees in June 1992 The attack occurred near Kohlenberg Road This was the first confirmed swarm in Comal County According to Taylor two other swarms were reported in the same year Taylor said the county quit sending the bees off for testing since they have confirmed they can be found in Comal County San Antonio beekeeper Dean Gary said since the report of the Africanized bees in Guadalupe County he has been swarmed with calls from people who are reporting killer bees in their area Beekeeper swarmed killer bees after attack Everytime theres a story then everybodys got killer he said Gary said out of jobs he has done taking care of bees and wasps only one percent deals with the Africanized Honey Bees Common sense can prevent serious injury from bee stings said Taylor He said the best way to avoid injury is to run from the bees in a zigzag pattern According to Taylor the bees will only follow a person for oneeighth of a mile The average human can outrun he said Persons being attacked by bees should also go t o cover and get in a vehicle or a home he said Our biggest concern is the elderly and young children who cant get said Taylor The reason the bees will attack a human is in order to protect the young in their hive said Tay lor He also said the number of bees that may attack a person can number in the thousands with calls reporting on man in Seguin In order to get rid of bees residents should call the Comal County Extension Office or a pro fessional exterminator Taylor said he can contact several beekeepers who can pick up a swarm and transfer them He said the beekeepers will take them to their homes to determine if they are Africanized honey bees According to Taylor if the bees are determined to be aggressive most beekeepers will opt to have the bees exterminated However sometimes the bees can be mixed with a 100 percent European queen which will dilute the aggressive gene he said However Gary said in his opinion most bee keepers do not want Africanized bees He said in order to gather the bees a beekeeper would have to deal with of the insects Its easier to pick up the phone and order the he said Gary said beekeepers would not want to pickup the bees because the bees can have mites and diseases that can destroy the other colonies owned by the beekeeper If bees are swarming inside a persons attic or home the owners of the home must contact a professional exterminator Texas University entomologist Paul Jackson also encouraged anyone finding killer bees to call a beekeeper or an exterminator He said beekeepers can take the bees away and destroy mem at their property However he sug gested first calling an exterminator Jackson said some exterminators will not work with killer bees Jackson said any attempts to introduce a new queen into the colony in order to dilute the Africanized gene must be monitored by Texas officials There is a charge for this testing He said a new hive can be purchased for In order to determine if bees are Africanized a sample of 50 bees must be sent to Texas University for testing It is not possible to tell the difference between regular honey bees and Africanized bees by the naked eye said Taylor Library book sale HaraklZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Friends of the Dittlinger Memorial Library are preparing for their annual book sale which gets under way today with a special preview for members only The sale will open to the public tomorrow from 9 to 9 and continues Friday from 9 to 6 at the New Braunfels Civic Center From left are John Rlghtmire cochairman Sue Cornelius president Wilbur Wledlng co chairman and Lucille Douma pastpresident Public forum to address amendment issues tonight Comal County League of Women Voters to host Dr Tucker Gibson from Trinity University By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer There are sixteen amendments Texas voters will be asked to consider between Oct 13 when early voting starts through the Nov 2 election day They cover a wide range of topics that affect all cit izens including state financing for historically under utilized exemption from ad valorem taxes for property used for the control of air water or land pollution die issuance of million in gen eral obligation bonds to augment the Veterans Land Fund and the Veterans Housing Assistance Fund Other amendments on the ballot will include the What Comal County League of Women Voters public forum Where NBISD board room 430 W Mill St When Tonight 7 denial of bail to persons charged with certain violent or sexual offenses while under supervision gener ating funds for the building of correctional and men tal health facilities and the generation of funds to financially assist agricultural businesses in the state The most controversial amendment may be Amendment No 4 which prohibits a personal income tax without voter approval and dedicates any enact ed to education and limits the rate of local school tax es Some feel the amendment would actually make a personal income tax easier to enact The Comal County League of Women Voters is hosting a forum to acquaint the public with these bal lot issues tonight at 7 at the New Braunfels Independent School District board room 430 W Mill St Dr Tucker Gibson assistant professor of political science at Trinity University will present an overview of the amendments A second forum will be held Oct 11 at 7 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative on Farm to Market 3159 The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the forum Mike Fitsko says no one does United Way like NB Dramatic increase lit building permits reported By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Single tyiildijig pennits in New Braunfels in August 1993 show a percent increase compared to those issued in August 1992 According to statistics from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce 19 single family building permits were issued in August 1993 compared to seven in August 1992 Year to date building permits in the city have increased by 39 percent over 1992 Statistics show in January to August single family build ing permits were issued In January to August permits were issued The city is real said Michael Meek Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Were seeing the continued resur gence of the single family home build ing he said Meek said because interest rates are at a 20year low and many people have decided now is a good time to refi nance or buy a new home Commercial and industrial building in the city limits have increased from zero in August 1992 to one in August 1993 Year to date commercial and indus trial building permits show a 57 per cent increase In January to August 1993 11 permits were issued com pared to seven in January to August 1992 The county is also showing increas es in permits In August per mits were issued This is up 40 percent from the 30 permits issued in August 1992 Year to date the county has increased from 168 during January to August 1992 to 292 in January to August 1993 This is a percent increase However commercial building have decreased from January to August 1992 to three during the same period in 1993 This is a 40 percent decrease By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Mike Fitsko assistant superintendent of cur riculum and instruction for the New Braunfels Independent School District thinks nobody does United Way like New Braunfels Ive been involved as a principal before with United Way in but no one does it like New said Fitsko Its a real community effort very upbeat program Ive stayed with it because of that and because the United Way serves a lot of our Fitsko has been the NBISD coordinator for Unit ed Way for six years since he moved to New Braunfels and he was elected to the board in 1989 Theres no other organization that serves the community as pervasively as the United said Fitsko They have 3 profound impact on families through things like the Boy Scouts and Its a real community effort very upbeat Mike Fitsko Girl Scouts the Womens Shelter the Childrens Shelter Teen Connection 4H and other pro grams that serve our chiktea The better we serve them in trtese areas the better we can serve them educationally which is my particular inter Fitsko also seives on the First Protestant Church Council and is a past presi dent of the Childrens Muse um He came to New Braun fels ISD from Palestine where he served for five years as a high school cipal Mike Fitsko Fitsko is married to a computer science teacher at New Braunfels High School and has a daugh ter who is a freshman there and a son in the New Braunfels Middle School For News Advertising or
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