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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicom girls dominate district track meet preliminaries See Page 9 50 CENTS New Braunfels Her a Id Z 16 Pages in one section Friday April Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of DONALD HILL Vol 143 No 110 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Donald Hill Dr Luis Ramos and Janda On the trail from Indianola Editors Note New Braunfels resident Dr Werner Kiesling is calling the HeraldZeitung each morning during the Sesquicen tennial Trail Ride with a report on the events of the day before Fridays Report Weve got a foggy morning and big crowd We had a long hard ride yes terday the animals are tired and some of the riders are pretty tired too But we hada good nights sleep at the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Posse Arena in Seguin It has been a good safe ride The horses are holding up well Everyone is excited about the big day todayrWell parade through Seguin have lunch at Clear Springs and we will cross the Guadalupe in New Braun fels at today That is when the original settlers crossed the river at on Good Friday and that is what we are going to do City offices closed Friday All city offices will be closed April 14 in Good Day However the Sanitation Department will provide regular trash pickup ser vice For information call 608 2140 during business hours Sexual Assault Awareness Month The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month by Governor George W Bush Show your support for a violencefree com munity by wearing a plaid ribbon on your lapel or tying a plaid ribbon to your car antennae Call the Comal County Womens Center at 6207520 to get your plaid ribbon or for more infor mation on how you can help reduce the incidence of sexual assault Sesquicentennial postal cancellation available A special handcancellation commemorating the Sesqui centennial celebration will be available starting Good Friday April 14 in the lobby of the New Braunfels Post Office The cancellation will be avail able during the hours 10 to 4 Monday through Fji day The final day for the cancella tion will be Monday April 24 You must have a stamped enve lope to receive the Postmark or you may elect to buy the special souvenir envelope for This envelope may also be placed in the Time Capsule at no addi tional charge Cancer Society needs drivers The American Cancer Soci ety needs volunteer drivers to transport those within our com munity who have cancer and need transportation to treatment facilities Insurance coverage provid ed Mileage is reimbursable Call 6295717 Day care center closes Parents get two days notice before New Braunfels Child Development Center shuts its doors for the last time By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND and ROGER CROTEAU Staff Writers One hundred thirtyeight children will have to find a new day care home after the NejWiBraunfels Child Development Center closes its doors for good at today Parents interviewed as they picked up their children Thursday afternoon said they reacted with shock and anger when they were given just one or two days notice that the center was closing The center is locat ed in several buildings on Comal Street Day care center owners said they doubt there are enough vacancies at other day cares to absorb all the children from the Child Development Center Only Happy Days Day Care with two locations has more children in the city than the Child Development Center said NBCDC owner David Minor One of the teachers called me yesterday evening They should have given us more notice not to mention all the people who work Parent Joe Troyer They should have given us enough time to find another day said Molly Leos who had a fouryearold girl at the center I might have to miss some work until I can find something else This was a great day care They didnt watch TV They did lots of One of the teachers called me yester day said Joe Troyer They should have given us more notice not to mention all the people who work here I wouldnt mind it if they said Hey in three months were but two days thats Troyer said he will shop around for anoth er place for his threeyearold child and will probably let his 10yearold daughter latchkey Pam Holmes said she was upset to lose the day care for her three year old because she has tried several other day care centers and was not happy with them I was very very happy here They just do a lot more with the kids here They really teach them she said Douglas and Pat Feuge said their grand daughter was four weeks old when she start ed at the Child Development Center and she is now 18 months old They said their daughter is a single parent who goes to school and works so they are very involved in raising their granddaughter We found out this Pat Feuge said Our granddaughter loves it here She never cries when we drop her off Some times she doesnt want to leave We never have a guilty moment about bringing her I just wish we got more than a days Connor Martin and 137 other children will their days Douglas Feuge said Child Development leases property from Martin W Stratemann Minor said the lease came up for renewal several months ago The new lease was not accept able to Minor said With the new rate we would not be able to stay in The letter given to parents notifying them of the closing signed by Director Nancy Minor states We have lost our lease on these buildings and 1 have been unable to find enough space for us in any other build ing My husband and I have tried every thing in our power to keep from having to take this step from trying to renegotiate the lease to finding an alternate building All of our alternate building plans have fallen through It was not a question of raising rates It was a question of finding space Please forgive me for doing this I have no other I need to say for the record that Dr Stratemann and Skip Stratemann have been very nice over the Minor said Through the years the working relation ship and communication have always been good between tenant and renter he said Betty Stratemann Dr Stratemanns wife said she does not understand how the Minors can blame the closing on the lease They basically wrote the she said We are not trying to raise the rent When their lease came up in October we present ed them with a new lease which was unac ceptable to them So they came up with their own lease and we accepted Minor did not dispute that version of events He said he hoped to have a new building constructed by the time the cur HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL be looking for a new place to spend rent lease expires at the end of this month When it became clear that the new building could not be built on time he tried to find a temporary location he said He thought he had a temporary site worked out but the plans fell through forcing the closure on very short notice he said Minor said 12 to 18 people worked at the New Braunfels Child Development Cen ter They got two days notice that the center was closing Minor said It was when he told them the news Three employees at the center declined to comment on the record but one said Were just trying to get over the shock I guess Ill just file for unemployment and start looking for another Troyer said he saw workers crying and hugging each other Thursday morning Other day cares were swamped with calls Thursday from parents scrambling to find a place for their children Workers at Happy Days Day Care said they were taking calls all day Shirley Smithers of Hap py Days Day Care said Happy Days can accommodate 30 children thanks to a just completed addition to its building Many of the other day cares are full with waiting she said I did some checking around on day care to see what is available in Minor said He said he does not think there are enough vacancies at other day cares to absorb all 138 children I found that the majority of them should be able to find day care but some of them are more expensive than we he said Alpine quake rattles locals By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer When youre making a sand wich and your mayonnaise jar starts moving down the counter you know youre in Jean Whiteside former California resident on how to tell if there is an earthquake An earthquake that hit West Texas apparently sent slight rumbles through the center of New Braunfels Thursday evening Fire Department personnel were called to at least one res idence and others probably felt something and did not realize what it was The Fire Department responded to a call at the Tor rey Place Apartments in the northern part of town around 8 when residents reported movement in the walls of some units No injuries or damage were reported Jean Whiteside and her hus band live there and said they felt the walls quivering slightly but were not alarmed They said they didnt really think about it until they heard news reports later Raised in California she said a person can tell when they are in the middle of a earthquake as she had been sev eral times When youre making a sandwich and your mayonnaise jar starts moving down the counter you know youre in she said of one such experience in California Slight tremors were reportedly felt around Some said they felt something in the downtown area as well Ann Young is a member of the First United Methodist Church She said the choir was stationed up in the balcony during a service about that time and felt the balcony move for a short period It was a very strange she said balcony was shaking something wasnt quite She at first thought it was the air conditioner causing the movement but realized the air conditioner wasnt on Like many she didnt realize at the time what might have caused it until she later learned of the earthquake in Alpine According to the Associaied Press the epicenter of he quake struck 20 miles southeast of Alpine aiui from here at and registered a magnitude o Damage was reported on gas lines and windows but no injuries were reported Earthquakes are very rare in Texas the largest is believed to have registered a near Valentine some 60 years ago Teenager charged in stabbing at bar By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A youth is in custody after he allegedly stabbed the two men who were trying to control him in a Canyon Lake bar Wednesday night The 16yearold male entered the Locker Room Sports Pub Bar at FM 306 North and Canyon Lake at about last night Comal County Sheriffs officials said He looked drunk and was asked to officials said He left briefly then came back in the bar and began to take money out of the tip jar John E Mann and Paul Butterfield physically escort ed him from the bar He stabbed both of them one under the left arm and one on the left wrist reports state The juvenile and both victims were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital treated and released The subject was physically restrained by patrons until police could officials said Kotylo lays out reasons for recall at city election forum By SUSAN PLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer District 4 resident William Kotylo faced Mayor Paul Fraser with the charges at the heart of the petition which put Frasers recall as city coun cilman on the May 6 ballot last night at the League of Women Voters candi date forum As mayor he does not have the authority to hire and fire under the city Kotylo said Kotylo asserted that shortly after Fraser became mayor he asked for the resignation of then city attorney Barry Moore telling Moore he had the votes to fire Kotylo said that Fraser had admitted August 1994 on local radio and in the HeraldZeitung that he told council members Jan Kennady Butch Bcnitez and Brcnda Freeman that he would dismiss Moore because he already had the votes to do so Fraser urges voters to keep him and to support charter amendments City council candidates spell out their qualifications and positions As mayor he does not have the authori ty to hire and fire under the city char William Kotylo This was in direct violation of the Open Meetings Act Kotyio There was no rebuttal or point by point exchange between Kotylo and Fraser The mayor spoke first and the forum did not allow for rebuttal or a question and answer period in the recall portion 1 have done nothing while in office to deserve to be Fraser said He had been neither charged nor con victed of any illegal activity Fraser said I encourage all the citizens of Dist 4 to vote no to remove Fraser said I strongly encourage all the cit izens to vote for all three charter amendments and both sales tax propo The forum introduced Dist 2 chal lenger Ray Schoch and Dist 1 chal lenger Juan Luis Martinez to atten dees The incumbents from those dis tricts council members Mary Serold and Benitez appeared along with the challengers for each district Benitez and Martinez were asked what New Braunfels needs to do to solve the perceived problems of youth violence 1 believe it comes down to l have done nothing while in office to deserve to be Paul Fraser the Martinez said Maybe we can get more involved in helping the families of these young Benitez cited the success of pro grams like and the Summer Recreation and Summer Work pro grams and emphasized the need to give more support to those kinds of efforts During the summer activities on the streets has been less because of the programs in he said An attendee asked how many city council meetings each had attended I havent missed one Benitez said Last year we had 52 meetings 1 attended them Martinez said Both Benitez and Martinez were in favor of the property tax nomic development sales tax increase proposition Benitez supported the streets and and equipment proposition Martinez said he would support the second proposi tion only if he saw a significant portion of the proceeds used in Dist I Dist 2 challenger Ray Schoch emphasized that his 16 years experi ence in leadership in New Braunfels civic organizations such as the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce qualify him to be an effective council member He also cited his 17 years of experience on the San Antonio Water Board as a valuable asset in these times For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144
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