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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns ready for playoff series with Boerne See Page 8 50 CENTS the Lands Park train New Braunfels Herald 16 Pages in one section Friday May Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of e of MARVIN AND GLADYS WESMEYER Vol 143 No 130 Inside Sports Slcimmliscli Birthday from the The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Roland Espinoza Happy anniversary to Michael and Lucy Godi 11 and Mar vin and Gladys Wesmeyer 50 Bradzoil Lubeathon to help Cancer Society This Saturday May 13 is the Bradzoil Lubeathon benefit ing the American Cancer Soci ety Have your cars oil and fil ter changed fluids and tires checked windshields washed and interior vacuumed all for and within 10 minutes All proceeds will go to the local unit of the American Can cer Society There will be free Carlton sausage dogs and Pepsi as well as other giveaways Bradzoil is located on Mis sion Drive at Landa Street The Lubeathon runs from 8 until 5 For more informa tion call 6250401 or 629 3338 The Cancer Society thanks Cameron Bradfute for this gen erous donation Retired peoples group to meet AARP members will meet May 16 at the Senior Citizen Center 655 Landa St at Refreshments from 9 to Members with in May bring cook jes New members and guests invited jlake Dunlap Property Owners to meet Lake Dunlap Property Own ers Association general mem tiership meeting will be held Friday May 12 starting at at the River Bend Club house Stepparents get a class Being a stepparent is not an easy job and being a good one requires some special skills and knowledge Now there is help Free classes are being offered by Family Out reach The first of five sessions will be held at Tues day May 23 Call 6201299 to register Space is limited Retired teachers meet Canyon Lake Retired Teach ers will have their final meeting of the year May 15 at at the Rio Raft Confer ence Center located one quarter mile east of Sattler on ftiver Road Mrs Margie Richard and several cowork ers will serve a catered lun cheon for The speaker will be Dist 13 President Julia Mellenbruch of Austin who will install the new officers All school personnel are invited Call 8994220 Correction A frontpage article in yester days HeraldZeitung on the sale of Citizens Bank to Nor west Corporation contained an incorrect job title for Carol taravis She is vicepresident of Citizens Bank Bill Cone as noted later in the article remains president of the bank The HeraldZeitung regrets the error Target ready to fill 190 jobs By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Spring storm HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL A powerful storm packing marblesize hail and lots of lightning blew through New Braunfels at about 11 Thursday Above left firefighter Michael Ulrich pours water inside a tree at the Landa Park Golf Course Lightning had struck the tree and it was burning inside Top right this hail was what fell at fire station near Loop 337 Above right heavy rain made navi gating Walnut Street a chore People looking for summer employment will have an additional 190 jobs to apply for this summer according to Target representatives The New Braunfels Target store is preparing to open its doors on July 23 Leigh Ann Thompson Store Team Leader said this will require filling all of the positions in the store Our ad says we want some and friendly people The requirements will be dif ferent for each position but we want a team she said The Target Store will be holding a mass hire on May 22 and 23 from 8 to 8 and on May 24 from 8 to 6 at the Civic Cen ter Thompson said people wanting to apply for positions should come in and go through the application process She said all applicants will be interviewed the following week find out about Target and what to expect working here If theyre still interested well have them fill out an application and set up a time to interview Thompson said The store will be filling 190 hourly pay posi tions ranging from customer service desk to stocking Parttime and fulltime positions will be available New Braunfels can party to a Latin beat this weekend as the Comal Independent Mens Asso ciation presents its 23rd annual Fiesta Mexicana Friday and Saturday at Wursthalle Super Tejano group Mazz highlights a nonstop list of entertainment that includes local regional and national favorites Lovers of the fine art of fajita cooking can savor the best at the fajita cookoff starting noon Saturday Fridays festiv ties open with the coronation of the 1995 Fiesta Queen The Queen and her court are presented Saturday at The schedule of events follows Friday May 12 6 Food Booths open 7 Queen Coronation Dance with Mazz and Rodeo at the Wursthalle presale at the door Saturday May 13 noon Food Booths open noon4 Fajita CookOff music by Roys DJ Service Fajita CookOff judging 2 free entertainment by Henry Aleman and Pura Vida 4 Mariachi Ecos de America strolling in Food Booth area 6 Compania de Danza Folklor ica 7 Ballet Folkl6rico Infantil Dance with Oscar G and Grupo Presidente at the Wursthalle pre sale at the door presentation of Queen and her Court 10 raffle drawing for Las Vegas trip Foster parents thanked for dedication Foster parents Child Welfare Board and Childrens Protective Services work together to help abused children By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Volunteerism thrives in New Braun fels and Comal County Few volun teer with as much time and commit ment and make as much difference as foster parents Last night the Child Welfare Board treated New Braunfels foster parents to an appreciation dinner at the New Braunfels Smokehouse Its a way for foster parents to get aquainted with the other foster parents in the Child Welfare Board Chairwoman Karen Lehmann said board provided some creative child care for kids while the parents ate A couple of board members are going to the Childrens Lehmann said The children go to the museum and have a good time there The Child Welfare Board helps about 3035 children a month kids who are in protective custody Right now six foster families are caring for kids in Comal County Other children stay at the Childrens Shelter We provide for all kids in Comal County that are taken into protective Lehmann said We also provide for kids that have been taken out of the county and placed in a home outside the she said Children in foster care get all kinds of help from the Child Welfare Board from necessities like clothing school supplies and medical expenses to HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Comal County foster parents were treated to a dinner at the New Braunfels Smokehouse Restaurant last night Pictured are foster parents Charles and Margarita Slusser Bruce and Mabel Brown and Patricia White Child Protective Services supervisors Sherry Flume Jane Jimenez and Brenda Lee and Comal County Child Welfare Board mem bers Karen Lehmann Debbie Clay Faye Sullivan Brenda Coleman and Ann Hackney things like Christmas and birthday gifts summer camp or after school activities Lehmann said Protecting foster childrens confi dentiality is of prime importance Any one wanting to support foster families can do so by supporting the Child Wel fare Board which in turn supports the families through case workers so con fidentiality is maintained United Way gives funds to foster care through the Child Welfare Board as do Comal County the Service League the Wurstfest Association and United Methodist Women Lehmann said The board holds its own fundraisers like the Business Card File The board collects business cards from firms will ing to donate and calls a firm when a specific need comes up Nine board members serve three year terms on the Child Welfare Board Lehmann said Members are appoint ed on a rotating basis so three change each year We are recognized by Comal County Commissioners and by the judges who hear the cases of the children were trying to she said Education is also a top priority for the Child Welfare Board The board inserted child abuse prevention flyers in report cards of every student in the New Braunfels and Comal Indepen dent School districts Theyre trying to emphasize now keeping the family united tryingheal the whole family so it can stay togeth Lehmann said Foster parents feel joy and sorrow By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer It takes a spe cial person to be able help that child and then be able to let that child Judith Seagroves Being a foster parent is an extraordinary com mitment the rewards are immense and so are the challenges It definitely takes a special kind of person to become a foster said Judith Seagroves Foster Adopt Supervisor for the Texas Department of Protective and Regu latory Services Children placed in foster homes are in the custody of Protective and Regulatory Services The courts have granted that custody due to abuse or neglect Seagroves said They range in age from straight out of the hospital to graduat ing she said Foster children are in homes for as short as three to six months or as long as several years depending on the case There is no typical foster home Seagroves said Most however are two parent homes with both parents working Some have children of their own some dont The parents range in age Many take in sibling groups she said They may have three or four chil dren in their home who are unrelated to each Seagroves said There are usually more children in need than foster homes to accommodate them Seagroves said A lot depends on what the childs needs are and how we can best meet that childs she said The number of foster families has decreased nationwide Seagroves said If you have your own family youre going in a lot of different she said In the past having more stayathome mothers may have made it easier for more families to foster children Protective and Regulatory Services recruits foster parents through adver tisements in the media Volunteers go through a tenweek training period They receive ongoing training as long as they are in the foster care program Sea groves said Prospective foster parents do need to meet some basic licensing standards square footage of the home tuberculin tests health inspections firearms inspections etc They need to be willing to use nonphysical means of disci pline Seagroves said Foster parenting means working with several others beside the child case workers biological parents attorneys therapists doctors etc Theres a lot of joy that goes along with fostering a lot of Sea groves said Foster parents become experts in loss and grieving she said The kids are grieving when they come in then the families grieve when they she said These are not your biological children its a temporary Seagroves said It takes a special person to be able to take that child help that child work with that child and then be able to let that child Prisoner sues man who helped capture him for unnecessary roughness Page 4
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