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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Local resident Tom Chaffe recalls 1967 Cotton t March March New Braunfels Herald NTS 16 Pages in one section Dec Serving Coma CoUnty for more than 142 years Home of ISAAC MESA I Vol 142 No 34 INSIDE Opinion 4 Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Isaac Mesa Brooke Campbell Hugo Schmidt Janie Gonzales Mark Molina Francisco Caballero Dora Neckar Erna Freitag Mary Geurts Mttton Lieck Alba Morales Jimmie Morger Tom my OGorman Inez Payne Johnnie Soukup Happy Anniversary to Gary Charlene 13th Bridal Fair scheduled for Jan 4 On Tuesday Jan 4 the New Braunfels Bridal Fair Association will host its 13th annual Bridal Fair at the New Braunfels Civic Center located at 380 S Seguin St Admission is Doors open at All facets of planning a wed ding from engagement to honey moon to moving into a first home are represented by the bridal con sultants jewelry hair styling and nail care flowers and other special decora tions catering photography wed ding dresses hotels reception and more bridal show will be interrupted only by the awardjng of exquisite prizes given by participating businesses This yeaVs prizes will include grooms gifts as well Youre invited to vis it the booths of each participating business to see what services and items they have to offer and to register to win each consultants giveaway NB Optimist Club meeting Monday The New Braunfels Optimist Club will hold its first meeting of the new year on Monday Jan 3 at The meeting will be at Finkels Salad Bar and Grill and the speaker will be Comal County Agent Bob Taylor Board members will meet at 7 ajn Friday morning Learning disability group forming Anyone interested in joining a learning disability support group should call Shay at 6204316 or Ldgh at 6202232 after New Years Eve dance planned A New Years Eve dance has been set for Holy Family Home from pjn to on Dec 31 The dance will feature the sounds of the Texana Band Tick ets will be Formore informa tion call 6255320 Republican kickoff set Monday The Comal County Republican Campaign KickOff will be held at Molly Joes restaurant on Mon day Jan 3 from 5 to Candidates who have filed on the Republican ticket for local offices will be on hand Refresh ments will be served Call 629 0388 for more information Stemmtisch The New 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 hap penings We invite you to share with Feeling feverish Decei By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer 17 times more than all of 1992 Many people may spend the New Years Hol idays feeling a little down and out this season because of the influenza vims which is affecting many New Braunfels residents Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams said 437 cases of die flu have been reported in Decem ber 1993 This is more than 17 times higher than the entire number of cases reported in 1992 According to Williams 27 cases were report ed during the entire year of cases were reported in 1991 and 286 cases were reported in 1990 A flu epidemic has not yet been declared but could be in the future It certainly looks like it may be a she said Dr Stan Handshy who has a general practice office in New Braunfels said threefourths of the people he has treated recently have had flu related problems A lot of people have been coming in with moderate to severe he said Dr Donald Kennady New Braunfels general practitioner said he has seen many patients Its been a lot more this year than last year he said Kennady said experts have said the virus appears to have originated in Bejing China and should be treatable The key is that flu sufferers have to go to the doctor in a couple of he said Most peo ple being human beings put it Handshy said those patients who should be especially concerned are those who have asthma By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer If youve been sniffling and sneezing and itching now ate you have w f in force doctor says after living here all your life without symp toms you can develop an allergy to said HampeK Tve tteated who never had it formally It takes about three to Hahip4 M jWfc Victuals Whats New in Allergy by My dont ft MJtXAstorS book says about common allergyhere maybe to population suffers from allergic though many have mild cas HampeJ symptoms are runnynoses sneezing and itching They come and go depending on the weather Treatment can include antiWstamines tfnd or for more prescription nasal sprays and shots Avoidance fc another option Even on nice days keep windows closed and diabetes cancer angina etc He said most patients can be treated for Type A flu symptoms However he said it can be hard to determine if a virus is Type A Type A will frequently respond to antiviral he said I looks like a good share of the patients respond to medicine for Type he said A predisposition to develop allergies does run in butatfergy to a specific sub stance iXdetermined by exposure to those sub stances Histamine is only one of many chemicalsin so sometimes antihistamines alone dont help sufferers If are severe overjhe counter medications arent helping seefca doctors help N There are three types of flu viruses A B and C Types A and B produce a more serious illness Type C symptoms are rnild Symptoms of flu usually develop within one to three days after being exposed to the virus The symptoms include muscle aches fever nasal congestion sore throat chest tightness cough headache and chills Symptoms will range from mild to severe depending on the person Symptoms will usual ly last for two to seven days Handshy said coughing will usually last for seven days He said this is one of the more seri ous symptoms since it could lead to pneumonia A person with the flu should rest K uids Symptoms Department Traffic jam of the flu can be treated with over the counter medi cines Handshy also said person with the flu should pay attention to handwashing so that the vims will not be so easily spread Its contagious enough that it is hard to keep it from he said it is suggested mat any person with the flu should stay home to avoid spreading the virus to workers or playmates Also a person should cov er coughs and sneezes with a paper tissue Handshy suggested that those who are at high risk of getting the flu should get a flu shot The bottom line is to take influenza shots if you are in a high exposure professioa Also those who have to work cant afford the down time Most working people would be a whole lot smarter to get a flu he said Flu shots are provided by the county Shots are given on Tuesdays but McWilliams said she will also be giving shots this week from 8 to 1J Thursday and Friday morning Vaccines are A limited amount of vaccine is available graduates from FBI National Academy By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer y After 11 weeks of intense training at the FBI National Academy Detective Sgt John Villarreal of the New Braun fels Police Department is back in New Braunfels to share what he learned with his fellow officers Villarreal returned from the FBI Academy in Quaritico Va Dec 20 Having attended the FBI Academy everything appears to roll along very smoothly Everyone on the staff has the utmost professional conduct Ive learned we can always try to better ourselves and always try to be top he said He said attending the academy SBIU auenamg me academy allowedhimtoleamaboutavarietyof John Vlllarraal law enforcement topics One of his most interesting course was on latent fingerprints Villarreal is currently cort sidered to be fingerprint specialist It is prestigious to have an advance fingerprint course from he said To have taken a couiso there in Quantico speaks of Other classes he took were foren sic and technical services for man Villarreal finished in the top 16 par ticipants in the Challenge Program An important part of the academy getting to rob elbows with officers from different states and other coun tries In this field of work one soon comes to realize that if you need to contact someone in another depart ment it helps if you already have a direct contact with he said i for commandlevel officers inter viewing and interrogation manage ment for law enforcement special meeting and fitness in law enforce ment Six of these classes will count for college credit from the University of Virginia In the fitness class Villarreal went TTfln 1 rlfi ed in the Challenge Program He was placed in the top group and completed the toughest part of tte training course called me Yellow Brick Road For this a commemorative yellow brick We had mandatory physical twin ing It was an added he said The course ranged from miles to miles In the mite course miles were made up of an obstacle he said finish he said problems we do and have the same ups and downs we do he said This 175th session consisted of men aolwornen from 50 states the District of Columbia Puerto Rico Guam five military organizations three Federal civilian organizations and 21 coun tries throughout the free worid Graduation ceremonies were held Dec 17 Speaking at the ceremony FBI Director Louis J Freeh Freeh became director in August Villarreal graduated from Seguin High School in 1972 He attended Texas Lutheran Col lege and Southwest Texas State Uni versity He received his law eoforce ment certification from the San Aao nio College Law Enforcement Acade my in 1981 He is married to Grtcie Villarreal who attended his graduation cere monies along with his nephew and his brother Jesse Villgrreal who also works at the New Braunfeli Polios Department For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144   

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