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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                410 MO 16 108 BOWEST MICROPUBLISHINO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 SWC Big Eight merger Commissioner says not yet COUNTDOWN 402 DAYS March 21 1845 March 21 1995 New Braunfels 16 Pages in One section Wednesday Feb Serving Comal County for more than 142 years 1 Home of OLOA GESSNER I Vol INSIDE 2 Farm Ranch TexanaSupermarket advertisement Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Debbie Lane Megan Luna OlgaGessner Myr tle Nowotny Guadalupe Vela Kathleen Turk Jeannie Medra no Vernon Wilson Happy Joanna Gonzales Richard Besch Melvin Jochec Irene Retnlnger Happy Belated Anniversary to Robert Amalla Ortiz 25 years City street dept to close street today The city street department has announced that Landa St to Wood St will be closed from 7 to 5 today Winter Visitors reception Thursday The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Wurstfest Association will spon sor a Winter Visitors Reception on Thursday Feb 17 from to at the New Braunfels Qvic Center 380 S Seguin St given away JOY group to meet Thursday night JOY group will meet Thursday night at 7 in the Comal County Senior Citizens Center on Landa St Awards for the production First Silent Night will be given and reports ftom various commit tees will be presented For more information call 629 4547 St Anns to meet Feb 17 at KG Hall St Anns Christian Mothers Altar Society will meet on Thurs day Feb 17 at 2 in the Knights of Columbus Hall Penelope Church Dowtown Projects Director will be the guest speaker i Canyon Arlstocats win Sweepstakes The 1994 Mayors Prayer Breakfast will be held March 21 at in the New Braunfels Civic Center The featured speak er will be Lt Col John Eidsmoe Col Eidsmoe is currently profes sor of law at Faulkner University in Alabama and holds five acade mic degrees He will speak on the men and women who framed the Constitution and those who laid a philosophical base since then He is the author of Christianity and the Tickets will be available begin ning March 18 at Kwik Kopy 215 8 Seguin or Nonis Insurance Agency 245 Landa For more information call 6250404 Coming tomorrowi Canyon Arlstooats In yesterdays HeraldZettwig a feature story on the Canyon was publicized for today1 edition Thitfcsture will publish in edition instead Stmnmtbch ww Two men seriously injured in early morning accident By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Two men were seriously injured Wednesday morning in a onevehicle accident on Interstate Highway 35 The accident is reported to have occurred in the north bound lane of Interstate Highway 35 near Spur 3 The time of the accident is estimated at Witnesses at the scene said the car apparently drove off the inter state went through the guard rail and landed underneath the over pass New Braunfels police and para medics were called to the acci dent scene Witnesses said both victims were thrown from the vehicle The driver and the passenger were rushed by ambulance to McKen na Memorial Hospital They were later transferred to Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio The identities of the victims was not released as of press time Wednesday Reports show that officials tried to call AirLife to the scene how ever the helicopter was not able to take off because of dense fog in the area A fatal accident was reported at the same area several months ago One woman died in that accident HaraldZoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Two men were seriously Injured early Wednesday morning In a onevehicle accident on 135 near Spur 3 Both driver and passenger were thrown from their vehicle reports Indicate Alzheimers support group forming here By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Area residents are in the process of organizing an Alzheimers Support Group for family members and care givers of victims of the disease An organizational meeting was held Tuesday night at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Times for the support group meetings have not been set at this time The group is being organized by Bulverde resident Gary Collins who is a volunteer and the chairman of the support groups of South Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimers Association Collins said support group meetings were being held in New Braunfels last spring however the group stopped meeting in early summer He hopes the new support group will attract at least two dozen people Alzheimers becomes such a tragedy for family because of the terrible emotions for people as they see their parent or spouse gradually he said According to Collins Alzheimers Disease gradually brain cells and eventually causes the patient io become completely immobile National statistics show that of those people 65 and older 10 percent have Alzheimers Diseav Half of the people over age 85 have the disease Collins said the cause has not been determined We cant prevent it cure it or slow it down All we do is give the people tender loving he said The support group will be led by Collins until a local leader can be found Anyone needing more information can call the Alzheimers Association at 18005232007 EDWARDS AQUIFER DEJA Vu If cjirrent pattern continues AxMfer Springs and fountain darter may all be in jeopardy By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The Comal Springs are in danger of dropping below the 150 cubic feet per second limit required to protect the fountain darter A status report on the Edwards Aquifer by Tom Fox Conservation and Reuse Director for the San Antonio Water System says current con ditions are similar to those in 1987 and 1988 Conditions in 1993 and the start of 1994 are similar to those in 1987 and said Fox in the report In 1988 water levels started at 685 and dropped to 650 in the summer If conditions for 1994 track 1988 conditions water levels may drop to approximately 640 feet by mid year since levels are starting at 675 in 1994 Conditions could be somewhat worse if other pumping is increased or if rainfall is much less than The report resulted in a discussion by the SAWS board of what could be done to conserve water in anticipation of current conditions con tinuing Measured and predicted Aquifer level 680 670 660 650 Aquifer level at which spvclef at Comal Springs Aquifer level at which jeopardy of endangered speclda The SAWS report said tiie continuation of cur rent conditipns would resiiit in Gpjnal flow droppingbelbw 630 San Antonio Water based upon repeal at 1867 to 1090 fsWaH patttrm by MARK LYON Local water representatives support any con servation efforts San Antonio can make In a meeting last night the San Antonio Water System board amended San Antonios drought plan adding 25 feet to the level at which voluntary conservation measures are enacted Previously that level was 640 feet above sea level The new level will be 665 feet On Tuesday the level stood at feet at the Fort Sam Houston monitoring well The board also heard a recommendation by the utilitys staff calling for higher rate increases for large residential users which is intended to encourage conservation Board members also heard a proposal to begin levying a drought surcharge for customers using more man gallons The surcharge follows the recommendations of Senate Bill 1477 the Edwards Aquifer Authority bill for critical peri ods Various incentives were also recommended to encourage conservation The board will review commercial users at the next board meeting March 3 The springs are holding their own right said Doug Miller the appointed Comal County representative on the Edwards Aquifer Authori ty board But were going to need rains in the spring to maintain the 150 cfs flow I think San Antonio is wise to do what they can to conserve occurs the report said the springs would be severer Fox cautioneJ in the report that the projec tions are dependent on many factors and are based upon the repeat of similar conditions of pumping and rainfall Any change in these conditions would improve the forecast or could result in even lower water levels his report said Based on the continuation of current weather patterns of average to below average rainfall the report referred to the Climate Analysis Center National Weather Service extended forecast for the period January to February as drier than normal weather with a wetter than normal forecast for March The analysis from the weather specialist at the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Com mission is somewhat more said Fox in the report That office forecasts continued dry weather through mid Spring Assuming the present rate of water use and continued less than average rainfall the Edwards Aquifer water els are projected to be 665 to 670 feet by mid Feb ruary Agricultural irrigation pre watering begins in February and is expected to be extensive due to the lack of soil moisture Urban usage historical ly begins to increase in March These water fac tors may combine in greater than average water use in February and between council IjtotF tor hand An emergMcy executive session wai mm w of The acrei of airspace it needed in Itinerary set for New Braunfels Sesquicentennial 594 Europe tour By JENNIFER ROMPEU Staff Writer Members of the New BraunfeU Sesquicen tennial Committee announced this week that the itinerary has been set for the SesqiUcentennial 1994 Europe tour Information concerning the tour is available torn Rennerts New Braunfels Travel and Ascot Travel The purpose of the tour is to celebrate New Braunfels 150th anniversary and to invite reti dents of Braunfels Gtrmany to the Sesquicen tenniil celebration in 1995 The purpose is to go over to Braunfeli and explain to the Bnunfelsen the culture of New Brtunfeli and to encourage and invite them to cone and visit New Braunfels during our centennial said Benno Engel chair man of the tour committee Engel slid many peoplrhave already expressed interest io the tour however he said the brochurw hive just been printed Three tours will be available The dates are July Ml July 923 and July 1430 All of the toun will be in Braunfeli Oermany during the same weekend The cost is for Tour No 1 and 3 and four Tour No 2 Airfare ii plus tax Travelers may purchase air only and pay itiespackige Cities and sites to be visited during the tour include the following Coburg where travelen will visit the Ooebel Factory where Hummel figurines are made Munich where tourists see the Bavarian Capital and the Dechan Con centration Camp Berehteigadtn Innsbruck Austria Viplteno Italy Lydwigi Castle and ObciBjnnicrgaui TJocroriftptn IIUOCTTIP Switnor land Grindelwald Switzerland Frdburg Ger miny Heidelberg Bnunreli and the Rhein Wv er Engel said the cost of the tour includes two traniportation travel whon in be incurred are spending money and the noon ami Engel said then will be s few optional New Braunrels will celebrte its sesquiopn are under way Chamber of Commerce at 6252385 For nevus advertising or subscription information call 6259f 44   

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