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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Canyon Cougarettes vie for play off spot tonight at Hays See P 5 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 42 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentehnlal March New Braunfels Herald 410 MO 16 106 2627 E YAMHELL DR PASO IX 79903 10 pages In one section Tuesday Feb Serving Coma County for more than 143 years Home of CHRIS PRUESS Vol 143 No 61 Inside Texas Sports The Slanimtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeltung extends the following birthday wishes to Chris Pruess Betty Ann Fey Matthew Hernandez Jonathan Burke Joe Her nandez Gene Neeley Glenn Holder Happy Anniversary to Chick Arolth Mueller 50 Gayle Russell Offerman 9 HeraldZeitung seeks Citizen of the Year nominations The HeraldZeitung is current ly accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and also the Unsung Heroes awards Deadline for submitting nomi nations is Wednesday Feb 15 Nominations can be mailed or brought by the HeraldZeitung office located at 707 Landa St Citizen of the Year is awarded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the commu nity and members of the commu nityduring the past year Unsung Heroes are members of the com munity who regularly do things to help others but do not normal ly receive much credit for it For more information contact editor Mark Lyon at 6259144 Boy Scouts continue paper drive Parent boosters of Boy Scouts of America Troop 387 are con ducting a paper drive Newspaper old phone books catalogs and magazines may be included A new dropoff site will be announced soon For more information call Tammy at 6091204 or 620 7230 NB Music Study Club sponsors concert The New Braunfels Music Study Club will sponsor the New Braunfels Community Band in a Parade of American Music concert on Thursday Feb 9 The concert will be at at Seele Parish House The public is invited AARP tax help continues AARP tax aid continues through April 15 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to Thurs day from 10 to 1 and Saturday from 10 to 1 AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 to noon Wednesday from 1 to 5 and Satur day from 9 to 1 AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 and Saturday from 9 to noon All who are interested are asked to bring returns from 1993 and 1994 This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint What happened to winter Winter 95 has resembled an extended fall with temps four degrees above normal By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer This winter season has given South Central Texas only small tastes of the cold stuff resem bling more of an extended fall And the numbers back it up January temper atures averaged degrees for a high nearly five above the normal for the month Low temperatures were degrees also about five above the normal Generally one to two degrees above or below the average is nor mal To go four degrees above is Forecast calls for cool temps The forecast for Comal County Indicates cloudy skies becoming breezy Highs will be in the mid to upper 60s Tonight mostly cloudy and colder Lows in the 30s in the western sec tions of Comal County to lower 40s in New Braunfels Wednesday mostly cloudy and cool High in the 50s National Weather Service awful said Joe Baskin of the Nruona Weather swtion in New Braunfels of the cold fronts have stayed to the During this winter season which extends back to December of 1994 only three dates have recorded freezing temperatures with possibly a few more in the hills Not only have temperatures been warmer they have been drier January saw 28 inches of rain Mild winter credited with near absence of flu season here By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The weather gives and the weather takes when it comes to public health This winters weather has definitely had an impact on health in Comal County This year we really didnt have a flu said Kathy Saldivar of the Comal County Department of Health Only about 10 cases of flu were reported to the Health Department since October she said Less flu cases than normal were also reported at the offices of Carlos Campos Weve had a lot less cases of flu than last said LPN Irene Rivera As a trade off many are experiencing increased allergy symptoms this year We have seen a lot of said Rivera more so than oth er The main culprits for allergy symptoms are cedar pollen and mold she said Weather is the cause for the increased allergens in the atmosphere said County Extension Agent Joe G Taylor but not the warmth of the weath er We have been dryer than we normally said Taylor The dry air allows particulates like pollen and spores to move farther in the air The absence of rain further affects the pollen count said Taylor There hasnt been the rain or moisture in the air to force the pollens down to the he said The symptoms of cedar pollen allergies are all too familiar for allergy sufferers itching eyes sneezing runny nose and even asthma in some There are several tiers of defenses you can employ to fight the aller gy symptoms said Frank C Hampel Jr First try overthecounter antihistamines then decongestants if the ahtihistamines dont do the trick Next are prescription nasal sprays with antihistamineVdecorigestants added if necessary If a person is missing work missing school due to the allergy its time to consider allergy said Hampel Treating an allergy with shots is a yearround process with shots given periodically throughout the year We increase the frequency of the shots when the pollen comes he said Allergy symptoms can resemble colds or flu said Hampel If symp toms persist when pollen is no longer in the he said its time to see a compared to the normal Baskin credits the fabled El Nino Jetstream winds Many may remember these winds which orginate in the Pacific Ocean as causing heavy rains during the winter several years ago El Nino is causing the same said Baskin this time referring to dry weather It hasnt ended The phrase El Nino means little boy in Spanish It originated more than one hundred years ago in South America when fishermen would notice the fish were dying and think the end of the world was near or that the Christchild was coming Weather forcastors have only been able to track Jetstream movements for about 20 years They think the current system could have started in the early 1980s The warm weather is causing peach trees to bloom early and farmers to start planting said Agricultural Extension Agent Joe Taylor Nor mally farmers wait until Feb 25 the average day of the last freeze although freezes are listed on record as late as April 3 Some peach trees are beginning to bloom said Taylor If we get a freeze next week next week or soon itll eliminate New Braunfels in Spurlight photo by MICHAEL DARNALU New Braunfels mayor Paul Fraser NBA head official Glenn Patrick Russ Bookslnder of the Spurs and New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club member Michael Dougherty accept a check In the amount of at Saturday nights Spurs game where It was New Braunfels Night Proceeds from the ticket sales were donated to the downtown sidewalk project The Spurs defeated the Sacremento Kings by one point Guadalupe River flows to be studied at meeting GBRA WORD Corps of Engineers to meet jointly By CRAIG HAMMETT Slall Writer Local From staff reports After closing for the winter season for the last time ever the Grist mill Restaurant in Gruene will reopen Monday Feb 13 This seasons temporary business closing provided more than a break from cold weather for the openair eatery on the banks of the Guadalupe River The Gristmill located in the crumbling ruins of a 100yearold cot ton gin features a newly expanded and equipped kitchen in addi tion to a new indoor waiting area and bar A commitment to take care of customers during peak season and provide more indoor space during cooler months precipitated the improvements coowner Pat Molak said Since well be able to serve our customers more efficiently customers can expect a short er wait for he said The kitchen expansion more than doubled the size of the original kitchen All new stateoftheart equipment not only will facilitate more efficient food preparation times but also will provide more consistent food quality Molak said We expect to serve more customers comfortably on busy nights but still maintain the same relaxed dining experience people come here he said The expansion built by the Koehler Company of Seguin also will accommodate the increased demand anticipated by the construction of additional seating More outdoor deck seating will be added later this spring or summer A party facility and more enclosed din ing are planned for construction in the near future In the meantime the new enclosed bar and waiting area will provide weatherproof seating Adjacent to the main entrance the area extends the openair ambiance of the main restaurant For dining in colder months however heating has been added to pro vide a more comfortable atmosphere yearround The Gristmill Restaurant specializes in burgers chicken steaks and fish The dining spot will open at daily with extend ed closing hours on weekends The brick building originally was the boiler roim of a centuryold cotton gin built by one of the towns first settlers German immigrant Henry D Gruene Gruene is located within the New Braunfels city For infor mation call 2106295077 Several governmental agencies related to Canyon Lake the Guadalupe River and tourism on that river will convene in an important meeting Wednesday night 6 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium The meeting bears importance because representatives of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Army Corps of Engi neers and Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District WORD will all attend in a formal workshop something that has not been common in the past The meeting is actually a workshop of the WORD Govern mental Affairs Committee Paul Rich an outfitter and member of the WORD board said the meeting was akind of followup to a workshop hosted by GBRA and Friends for Rivers last April Were going to followup with what we WORD have done GBRA will present some said Rich chairman of the committee One item that could surface is river flow during the summer Outfitters along the river have long called for a more permanent flow of the river during the summer months and a conservation pool that could support this flow Last year we got quite a lot going on the said Al Zator another member of the governmental affairs committee but not a WORD board member It depends a lot on what the final outcome is But this is a good first The GBRA and Corps agreed last year to release water above the conservation pool at slower rates allowing a more constant flow for longer periods Both Rich and Zator praised steps taken last year to reduce release rates from Canyon Dam Rich said that the presence of WORD has given outfitters a better and more legitimate voice in advocating their view WORD is a stabilizing influence for this said Rich is one of the things WORD was designed to be at least in my Both WORD and the GBRA were created and given author ity through the State Legislature Bill West manager of GBRA said he had been meeting with the Corps and would make a presentation at the meeting He also said the involvement of WORD provided a better setting instead of people just getting together and fussing at each oth The Marketplace Classifieds Onestop shopping five days a week   

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