Wednesday, April 19, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Test shows driver in fatal wreck was drunk See Page 2A 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 20 Pages in two sections Wednesday April Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of MANUEL CAMARENO JR I Vol 143 No 113 Inside S ta m 111 ti sch Birthday withes from the HeraldZeltungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Manuel Camareno Jr 30 and Reynaldo Martinez Jr 60 Get yourself In the coming Mom Me special section 1 The HeraldZeitungs Mom Me section will be filled with pho tographs depicting those special relationships between our read ers and their moms but we still need more pictures for the sec tion A panel of judges will pick the most attractive picture to be printed on the cover of the tabloid and two runnersup pho tos will appear in the centerfold Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the Mom of the Grand Prize photo and the Mom of each runnerup photo Deadline to submit photos and information is 5 on Monday April 24 1995 Your name and a phone number should be on the back of the photo and you can pick up your picture anytime during office hours after Monday May 4 1995 At that time youll receive one free copy of Mom Me Addi tional copies will be available at a cost of This years edition will appear in the HeraldZeitung on Sun day April The Canyon Lake TimesGuardian on Wednesday May 3 1995 and the Advisor on Wednesday May 3 1995 A special Mom Me submis sion form and more information about the contest can be found on Page 5A of todays Herald Zeitung Cancer Support Dialogue Group meets The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group spon sored by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday April 27 in the North building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Walnut Anyone with cancer and their significant others are invited to attend If you have any ques tions call 6295717 or Marian Hicks at 6291763 Volunteers needed to help abused kids Family Outreach of Comal County an agency dedi cated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect is in need of a volunteer to serve as vol unteer coordinator and another who would function as office manager People working in these areas would lend invalu able assistance to the other volunteers if interested call 6201299 Mighty Thomas Carnival is coming The Mighty Thomas Carnival is coming to the Comal County Fairgrounds April 19 through April 23 sponsored by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School The carnival features exciting rides food concessions and midway games of chance You may buy unlimited ride wrist bands in advance for only at HEB Wuest Supermarkets Sac N Pac stores and the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School Betty Halbarelr takes care of a child at the New Braunfels Child Friday on short notice forcing parents of more than 130 children to find a new place to care for their chil dren With care and planning parents can take some of the worry out of picking child care DAY CARE CHOICES Knowing what questions to ask and how to check records can help parents rest easy with their choice of day care By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Parents can feel good about their child care choice they just have to use the tools at their disposal Parents of more than 130 children were forced to find new child care when the New Braunfels Child Develop ment Center went out of business last Friday Parents seeking day care have the responsibility to choose carefully They need to know about all the resources at their disposal said Mary Mora Child Care Licensing Repre sentative for New Braunfels Mora works out of the San Antonio Pro tective and Regulatory Services TRS Office Day care facilities are routinely inspected to meet the states mini mum standards Meeting those stan dards does not guarantee that it meets your Mora said It is your responsibility to make sure it TRS licenses day care centers in Texas and inspects them to make sure they stay up to par Mora said TRS must check a facility three times before the license is granted and at least once a year after licensing They are unannounced inspec she said We do visit a lot of facilities more often than once a year they can be visited as frequently as every three to five months and as infrequently as every 10 to 12 she said A copy of the Texas minimum standards should be available for par ents to read at every licensed day care facility Mora said Each day care center is also required to give parents a parents guide to day This outlines many state regulations as well as the rules of the particular day care Mora gives some general recom mendations for screening a potential child care center Talk to friends family and par DAY CARE CHECK LIST is the day care licensed Is the care giver firm and affectionate Is the facility neat clean and well lit Does it have enough space Are there planned activities forthe childrens develop ment Are they geared to the childrensages Are there safe indoor and outdoor play areas Are there enough toys games art supplies and sports equipment Are the rules reasonable and fair Are they enforced Can parents drop in unex pectedly Are electrical outlets etc childsafe Are shacks nutritious Are the portions enough Is parent participation encour aged What decisions do parents participate in Are the hours of care flexible enough to meet your needs Does the center accept mildly ill children ents of children there Check with the child care licensing office Dept of Protective Regulatory Services Child Care Licensing 3635 SE Mil itary Drive San Antonio 782230990 Visit several centers compare overall impression and supervision Visit when children are in to see activities and interaction between children and care givers Take note of indoor and outdoor space bathrooms and room for nap ping Set up a time to meet with the care giver or director Discuss your concerns make sure your questions are answered Come back unan nounced If you have any reserva tions trust your instincts and keep looking If you choose a day care and things dont go well Mary Mora is there to help First talk about it with the facility it may be a misun she said The next step is to call the local licensing office for New Braunfels Mary Mora at 210 3373449 and the office will investigate your complaint If a specific parent complaint is validated by the investigation the day care is required to post it for 60 days Mora said Beyond that time the facility must show parents the validated complaints if they ask The licensing office will also show parents complaint records if request ed When someone will call us on specific complaint information on a facility we go back a she said We usually dont go back more than a couple of The Child Care Licensing office publishes several pamphlets and booklets for parents to use Explor ing Child Care Choosing a Day Care Center or Group Day Care and a pamphlet with a stepbystep checklist for choosing a day care The office will send these free of charge to parents who call and request Mora said Mora emphasizes that each par ents day care wants and needs are different Changing facilities can be traumatic for a child so be thorough with your first choice We do ask parents to be respon sible as Mora said Parents only need to ask and the licensing office is there to help We take our phone lines very she said Residents hear both sides at water forum By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Various proponents opponents and those simply interested in the ques tions surrounding the formation of a Comal County Underground Water Conservation District showed up at the Guadalupc Valley Telephone Coop auditorium last night to hear experts and those running for posi tions on the board of directors A oneyear drought you could have severe problems Thats when its really going to show It probably cant take jugt a whole lot John Ashworth The district if approved by voters would cover about 64 percent of Comal County the portion not cov ering the Edwards Aquifer zones John Ashworth a geologist from the Texas Water Development Board told the audience the Glen Rose por tion of the Trinity Aquifer which cov ers a large portion of Central Texas including the proposed district is less permeable than the Edwards and thus making it harder to retrieve water Ashworth said in most cases wells too close together could cause each to lose some water although he said this region is very complicated in that there may be more water in some areas less in others Although he said the Trinity did hold enough water to sustain growth this would be possible only through heavy conservation A oneyear drought you could have severe he said Thats when its really going to probably cant take just a whole lot County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said the county commissioners had asked a committee to look at water problems years ago He pointed to growth trends in the area that showed a 42 percent increase here from 1980 to 1990 A person from Bandera which formed a Ch 52 fullpower dis trict like the one being considered said their district planned to save gallons by chopping down cedar trees Lynn Rodgers the Comal County Chief Appraiser talked to the audi ence about the amount of taxes they would pay something many wanted to hear Many opponents of the district do not want increased taxes If approved the district would start with a 02 cent per 100 tax with a cap of 05 cents Based on last years appraisals the district would have about in value At a 02 cent tax that would generate The average value in the district was roughly meaning the aver age homeowner would pay Proponents say the district would Lawsuit filed to stop voting By ROBERT STEWART Special to the HeraldZeitung A District Court lawsuit was filed April 11 against Cameron P Wiley individually and as chairman of the Comal County Underground Water District challenging the legality of procedures in the water district elec tion The suit filed by Canyon Lake residents Wallace M Greene and Lois M Duggan asks the court to declare void the contract for election services May 6 1995 executed by certain elected officials on grounds Cameron P Wiley allegedly misled Commissioners Court by his indi vidual actions violations of statutory law and the Texas Ejection Code The suit also asks that the May 6 election be voided and that Cameron Wiley bear all costs of this pro ceeding in Comal County District Allegations include calling the election later than 30 days after the temporary directors were appointed and qualified late swearing in of some temporary directors improp er ballot language stating the tax will be limited to five cents and improper publication of the elec tion legal notice The election is set for May 6 1995 and early voting began Tues day An early voting date at Canyon Lake is scheduled for Wednesday April 26 1995 at the Nancy Hare Memorial EMS Building in Sattler use this money to clear brush regulate spacing between wells identify pollu tion sources and eventually bring sur face water to the area all in response to increased growth in the area A com pany near Canyon Lake however says they can bring surface water them selves People running for the five board seats gave brief explanations for their decisions to run Charles Knibbe run ning for Dist 4 against Nathan Oxhan dler said he remembered standing in the middle of a dry Guadalupe River when he way a boy The number of wells in those days was unbelievable less compared to what it is he said One person Michael Maurer did not favor the district because he felt there would be increased regulation He is running for Dist 5 against the districts original chief petitioner Cameron Wiley Running unopposed are Dist 1 Ash Dist 2 Joseph H Cash II and Dist 3 Scottie Gound Early voting has already begun and will run through May 2 at the Spring Branch Fire Station Election day is Saturday May 6 Organizers expect participants in Saturday parade iiAaiuLHt By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A full day of events Saturday will kick off with what will prove to be one of the biggest events to hit New Braunfels in some time More than 150 entries and people are expected to participate in the Sesquicentennial Parade Satur day morning The parade wijl begin around 9 as the mammoth cast of bands floats and other entries make their way down San Antonio St from the old HEB site toward the Plaza and on to the Prince Solms Park The parade will include mostly local entries but Several families are putting together floats Wilton Warnecke also many from the surrounding area Military high school and different styles of musicians 15 in ail will be spaced throughout the parade Following the Sheriffs Posse Color Guard Mayor Paul Fraser Burgermeister Dieter Schmidt of Braunfels and other dignitaries will immedi ately follow as will several entrants from Braun fels Germany Many local clubs and businesses will have entries Because the parade celebrates 150 years of New Braunfels many of the parades entries will have a historical theme from the early pio neers to more modern times Three divisions in the history sections will be said Wilton Wamecke who chairs the Parade Committee They will be in some kind of costume or theme according to their time Many descendants of the towns founding fathers will ride or march in the parade Many families are having reunions and some of the rel atives from Germany will be here Several families are putting together floats said Warnecke A lot of people will be in One example includes the descendants of Carl and Elizabeth Schaefer the couple who brought the first bells used in the First Protestant Church Warnecke said the parade would probably last more than two hours Police are supposed to block San Antonio St from Walnut to Union Parade viewers should start finding the good seats by at the latest he advised No parking will be allowed on San Antonio St from the railroad tracks to the Plaza to allow better viewing Parade participants are asked to be at the parade staging area at the old HEB site by Why is Lamp Post Harry really dangerous See Opinion Page 4A