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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Dodgers win American Little League pennant Sports Day Page 6 CENTS The Landa Park Gazebo New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Thursday May 25 1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of I MATTHEW MOELLER Vol 143 No 139 Inside Sports Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Hunter Matthew Moeller April Gutierrez David Herrera Rosa Diaz and Malerie Castilleja Happy belated birth day wishes to Jacinto Villarreal Jr Good morning Judge Casteel to host monthly forums Due to an increased interest in the New Braunfels area Judge Casteel will again start hosting monthly forums The first meeting will be at the Lone Star School 144 N Hidalgo Street in the library from to on Tuesday June 6 Any interested citizen is invited to come and visit with the judge and discuss their interests and concerns Black Heritage Society gearing up for Juneteenth The Black Heritage Society will be meeting Tuesday June 6 at to make final plans for its Juneteenth Cele bration For more information call Nathan Millett at 6254150 The New Braunfels Sesqui centennial Juneteenth Cele bration is scheduled for 5 to 7 dinner and 8 to mid night dance on Saturday June 10 at the Civic Center Sophienburg to host rummage sale A rummage sale will be held Saturday June 3 from 9 to 3 at tbe Sophienburg Archives 200 North Seguin Street This sale will benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives Smithson Valley Cemetery meeting There will be a meeting at the Smithson Valley Cemetery on Saturday May 27 at 9 All interested people are urged to attend For more information call 9044526 Applications being accepted for living space The Housing Authority of the City of New Braunfels announced that the Laurel Plaza Apartments are taking applications Those interested in the housing opportunities can apply from 8 to 5 weekdays at 300 Laurel Lane For more information call the Housing Authority of New Braunfels at 6256908 Conversational Spanish offered at Texas Lutheran College The Office of Continuing Edu cation at Texas Lutheran Col lege will offer a course entitled Intermediate Conversational Spanish beginning June 5 The course will be held from 6 to 8 each Monday and Wednesday through July 5 Registration deadline is today so call 3728043 to register This newspape1 is prim ed on recycled newsprint Eighthgrader honored for saving life By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Courageous acts of heroism catch peoples attention However when that act is performed by a 13yearold it seems even more outstanding Jennifer Pummill now 14 received a Live Savers Award from the New Braunfels Fire Department Tuesday for her selfless act of In November Pummills stepfather Donald Plahy was working on a Bob cat which is a type of construction equipment Plahy said the hydraulic system was not working so he propped the bucket on a wood block so he could work on it The block fell over but Plahy believed he could get the block back under the bucket before it fell further I dont call it an accident It was stupid just plain Plahy said Plahy said he got caught between the lift arm and the tire and the arm kept pushing down on him further His wife was not home at the time so he began calling for his daughter he said because she knew how to operate the Bobcat She was the only one around that could even do anything No one else knew how to work he said Plahy said his son was outside and ran in to get his daughter Plahy said he struggled until he became too tired and then he lost consciousness All of the sudden a calm came over me I was going down a path There was no pain or he said Pummill was in the house when her brother came in and got her She said she saw what had happened and climbed into the Bobcat to lift the arm Plahy said lifting and lowering the arm is accomplished by the using same foot He said pushing the pedal with the toes moves it one way and pushing with the heel moves it another so it would have been easy for her to get upset and move it the wrong way If she went the wrong way it would have crushed me and split me in half but she did it by keeping her cool and keeping Plahy said Pummill said she stayed calm because she just kept thinking it was up to her to do something I just kept thinking Oh my gosh what am I supposed to do and I was too worried about she said Xavier Larralde the firefighter who answered the call said had it not been for her things may have ended differ ently He said neither he nor his partner Walter Smith knew how to operate that type of machine and would have had to call the station to get assistance She did A great thing and showed heroism in a desperate said Larralde Plahy said he was taken to the emer gency room where he was diagnosed with broken ribs If it werent for her 1 would be dead Theres no doubt about said Plahy Pummill was presented the award in front of her eighthgrade class at New Braunfels Middle School thinking HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARN ALL Jennifer Pummills quick actions saved the life of her stepfather Donald Plahy Dangerous blaze HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Black smoke belches from an oil fire Wednesday morning in Seguin after lightning struck a tank battery miles east of the Highway 123 bypass Twentyfive families were evacuated from rural homes down wind from the blaze after officials raised concerns about the possibility the fire would produce dangerous hydrogen sulfide gas The fire eventually burned itself out Water bill to face final approval today By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Legislation passed by the Texas House of Representatives creating the Edwards Aquifer Authority as an elect ed board was passed by the Senate ear lier this week with provisions and should go to back to the House today for final approval The original bill passed by the House would have created the Edwards Aquifer Authority as all elected board to replace the current Edwards Under ground Water District Doug Miller water negotiator for Comal County New Braunfels Utilities and the City of New Braunfels said the new board would have more of a managing and regulating responsibility Miller said several provisions were made to the bill in the Senate He said the first provision established two non voting members appointed by the South Texas Water Advisory Committee which would represent downstream interests and western counties Miller said another provision estab lished a temporary appointed board to serve until an election is held He said the proposed date for the election is November 1996 A final provision would allow the Edwards Underground Water District to remain in existence for two more years Were not very pleased with this one because now they can be in con Miller said Miller said that should the bill be passed its effects will be felt through regulation of withdrawals from San Antonio It could mean additional water for the springs during periods of low said Miller The bill was scheduled to be brought before the House of Representatives Wednesday However Miller said a delay in the Senate backlogged the House He said the bill is expectedto go before the House today for final approval Programs goal to keep teen parents in school By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Being a student is practically a full time job But how do you balance being in school with the fulltime job of being a parent Many students at New Braun fels High School are doing just that Each year there is an increasing num ber of teen pregnancies Currently Texas and California share the highest teen pregnancy rate in the United States Each year NBHS averages about one reported pregnancy a week In response to this the school has received grants and begun a teen parenting program called Very Important Parents Sue Hayworth counselor and coor dinator said the school received a Par enting Education and Pregnancy grant as well as a Carl Perkins Grant She said they allow the school to offer assis tance in transportation medical ser vices career training and affording child care Our whole goal is to provide the support and encouragement they need to finish school get a GED or be a better said Hayworth Hayworth also added that the long term goal of the program is to break the cycle so the children of these parents will not be in the program when they get older Currently there arc 45 students enrolled in the class These students are either already parents or soon will be Since the program began in 19931994 126 students have received service from the program HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Working on a scrapbook in a parenting class Wednesday are from left Shannon Galvan Carlos De La Cerda Erica Salerno Raymond Reyes and Michelle Reyes Hayworth said another important aspect of the program is the aim to improve overall attendance Poor attendance due to their own illness illness of the child and lack of child care is the biggest obstacle they have in finishing school We try to pre vent some of these she said The best thing about this class is that they support you No ones better than you and youre not compared to anyone else and youre not said 16yearold mother Erica Saler no However being a mother and a stu dent can be a difficult task to perform Donna Hendrix a career and computer instructor said many of the students in the program also hold parttime jobs to help support themselves and their chil dren This is an additional role these parents and mothers must juggle Jen nifer Henry 15 said she has become Henry has a 1yearold child a job and is a cheerleader Its going to be hard no matter how old you are Being in school makes it harder Ive just become supermom and learned to manage my she said All the mothers agreed that dropping out of school was never an option and all planned on continuing their education beyond high school Michelle Reyes 15 said having a baby meant a change in her social life Reyes said she no longer goes to all the parties and often has to stay home because she cannot find a sitter We have to be home earlier because the babys cranky or tired or sick You just leam to she said These teen mothers attributed these sacrifices to the mothering instinct that took over after they gave birth They said you can never really be ready and leam the most when you are actually in the situation When she was first born I would wake up every hour and check her to see if shes okay I wasnt taught that I was just a concerned Reyes said The young mothers said the news of the pregnancy came as a shock to them and several of them said they refused to accept it I was in denial until 1 was showing Then I had to face said Shannon Galvan 15 The news was also a shock to their parents and the teens said they were less than thrilled when they found out about the pregnancy My father wouldnt talk to me for a couple of days 1 think he didnt know what to Henry said Others said their mothers cried How ever they all said that after a short peri od of rime the parents became excited and were now regular proud grand The teen mothers said the fathers were present but were not too heavily involved Salerno said this is because they think its the girls There are currently six fathers in the program said Hayworth None of the young mothers regretted having their children however all of them said they would have waited if they had the choice Now I know why my mom said Dont do said Reyes I dont regret my child but I would tell people if they have the chance said Salerno New Braunfels program is not unusual According to VIP there are approximately 210 programs across the Texas and several have been in exis tence for nine years This year 18 parents in the program will receive a diploma or a GED Hay worth said this is what our program is all High school graduation Smithson Valley High School will hold its graduation tonight May 25 in Ranger Sta dium Graduates need to line up in front of the school by Parking will all be at the high school no shuttles this year Canyon High School will hold its graduation Friday May 26 at 8 at Cougar Stadium Graduates need to line up at the Cougar Den no later than 7 Friday evening New Braunfels High School will hold its graduation Friday May 26 at 8 in Unicom Sta dium Graduates need to line up by 7 at the visitors bleach ers Call 6259144 for information about subscriptions to the HeraldZeitung
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