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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Rockets finish off Spurs with 10095 win in game 6 See Page 8 50 CENTS New Braunfels 79 99 The LandaPark train 14 Pages in one section Friday June Her a IdZe Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of EARL LEAVENTOK Inside Church Sports Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Deady Earl Leaventon Richard Glanville Beverly Tim mermann 42 Danny Marshall 42 Marissa Ann Diaz and happy belated birthday to Margrete Zsiarri pa River information Comal River 308 cubic feet per second Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet up 06 foot Guadalupe River 587 cfs Lane closed on Landa Street Landa Street underneath the MissouriKansasTexas MKT railroad will be reduced to one lane of traffic today Texas Department of Trans portation will be drilling test holes to check soil foundation for a new bridge at that loca tion Road workers and a flag man will be present to direct traffic through the area Expected hours of closure are 8 to 5 Texas Department of Transportation urges citizens to use caution when in the area Free Tuesday at Childrens Museum The New Braunfels Rotary Club is sponsoring a Free First Tuesday at the Childrens Museum of New Braunfels on June 6 Special activities for the free afternoon include a peek inside the museums newest exhibit The Budding spelunkers can wear hard hats and head lamps and explore the cave formations 3s well as enjoy all the other exhibits Admission to the museum is free after noon on the first Tuesday of each month Dance recital at high school is free The New Braunfels Hermann Sons School of Dance will pre sent its annual dance recital Sunday June 4 The theme this year is Stairway to the Stars featuring 454 students under the direction of dance instructor Bobbi Ray and assistant Melissa Bird The students will perform various jazz tap and ballet routines There will be two per formances the matinee at 3 and the evening perfor mance at 7 The recital will be held at the New Braunfels High School auditorium and admission is free Fire Department Auxiliary to meet New Braunfels Fire Depart ment Auxiliary will hold its busi ness and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 on Monday June 5 Hermann Sons gather New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will meet for its regular meeting June 4 at 3 Meat will be furnished members bring covered dish es Mission Valley FACE to meet Mission Valley Family and Community Education Club meeting will be held June 6 at the Extension meeting room Need for YMCA studied By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer When New Braunfels has a need the people of New Braunfels have a Way of rallying to meet that need Many agree that New Braunfels needs youth programs latchkey childrens programs something to keep older kids off the The Young Mens Christian Asso ciation YMCA can answer that need some believe The idea of a YMCA has been knocking around New Braunfels since 1971 that 1 said Bill Martin of the San Antonio YMCA Study groups from the 1993 and 1994 Leadership New Braunfels classes looked into the possibility of a youth center and a YMCA Tim Brierty of McKenna Memorial Hospital said One study focused on the YMCA and what it does in San Antonio The other looked at a youth center in gen eral City Councilman C Ray Schoch said Ours was not specifically about the Y what we looked at was youth recreational Schoch said Martin often finds himself busting Part 1 of a 2 part series myths about what exactly the Y is and isnt he said A lot of people have the misconception that a Y is a he said It is a delivery of services geared to the local Most of the programs todays Y pro vides dont happen at a Y building itself Martin said but at other sites throughout the community such as schools The San Antonio YMCA provides programs such as Prime Time after School Care Youth Volunteer Corps Teen Parent Education and Child Care What each Y docs depends on the needs of its community Martin said A Comal County Y might offer a different set of services than the San Antonio Y It might have a covered swimming pool but not tennis or bas ketball courts It might have extensive programs for youth but not for seniors since the Senior Center already pro vides many services for area seniors Actually bringing a YMCA to a community is an involved process If a community is sure it wants a Y then serious fundraising has to begin A lot of people have the misconception that a Y is a build ing It is a delivery of services geared to the local Bill Martin Martin said The real burden comes back on that local community to pro vide resources for that Y offices support for a minimum of the first three Martin said That amounts to roughly to Martin has held several meetings with New Braunfels citizens interested in a Y The meetings have not gener ated a lot of momentum so far Martin said A needs assessment could determine New Braunfels needs and avoid fear ofduplicatmg services You dont want to dissipate your energies and duplicate what someone else is Schoch said Rains replenish aquifer boost river flows By DEN1SE DZIUK Staff Writer Heavy rains over the past few days have caused water levels to rise which is good news for the Edwards Aquifer and the Comal and Guadalupe rivers Bill Tepe New Braunfels Utility engineer said the current Comal Riv er flow was at 330 cubic feet per sec ond Thursday morning This is higher than the average which he said is 310 cfs Tepe said this is a pretty big increase from last Friday when the flow was only 278 cfs Tepe said the was due to the heavy rains earlier in the week Tepe said the aquifer has also seen an increase in levels He said that the aquifer level is currently at feet slightly above the average which is feet You can see were right at where we need to said Tepe Tepe said the level is still rising and should increase by a few more tenths before it levels off He said this is good news because this means there is no present fear of the springs drying up We needed the rain to make up for what we used up in he said The Canyon Lake Reservoir also has an increased water level due to the rain The reservoir is currently at feet which is considered in the flood said David Welsch of the GuadalupcBlanco River Authority Welsoh said the GBRA is currently releasing 590 cfs into the Guadalupe River from the dam at Canyon Lake which is up from the 200 cfs released last week Welsch said the inflow to Canyon Lake reached a peak of cfs following the rains and is current ly at cfs The benefit we may see is that the elevation of the flood pool is up That means water is he said Welsch said water released from the reservoir is released to the GBRA The GBRA is then responsible for stor ing some and releasing the remaining water into the rivers Welsch said the two arc working together to form an agreement that allows the GBRA to store extra water during wet periods so the water will last longer It may be preferred to have 400 cfs for an extended time rather than 600 for a shorter said Welsch because it helps river outfitters down stream from the dam Nan Ebcrt owner of Gruenc River Raft Company said the most desir able level for river users is between 500 and 600 cfs She said the water can get quite a bit higher before it becomes dangerous or even undesir able She said that she allows the riv er to get as high as cfs before tubing is not allowed and rafting requires a guide 1 dont recommend anything to my customers They know what they can afford to she said Ebert said the level of the river does not affect the amount of business she gets However she said the higher water will make it a more enjoyable experience In your face Above Brooke Sharum braces as she is about to be hit in the face by a sponge during one of several water games played during Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Schools field day at the Knights of Columbus Hall yesterday At right Shelly Baranowski throws a sponge Today is the schools last day of classes HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Booming housing construction driving local economy official says By SUSAN FLYNTENGLAND Staff Writer If it seems like new homes are cropping up everywhere in New Braunfels they almost are Single family building permits for April jumped 40 percent from April of last year according to the Chamber of Commerce Economic Indicators for New Braunfels and Comal County Dollar value of the building permits jumped 55 percent from in 1994 to in 1995 The figures are still strong in construction which trickles down to the rest of the local econ Michael Meek of the Chamber of Com merce said A healthy building industry strength ens the whole economy he said New Braunfels is at a peak when it comes to home construction We know eventually it will come Meek said Home construction is closely tied to the national economy and interest rates he said The county has leveled Meek said Last year was probably a record for Meek New Braunfels has a his tory of strong employment figures and April was no exception There was per tcnt unemployment in New Braunfels this April That compares to percent across the state Weve got probably the highest labor force weve ever had in this Meek said As with most economic statistics low unemployment has its good and not so good sides he said Manufacturers and com panies up and down the corridor from Waco to San Antonio are having a tough time finding Meek said The Convention and Visitors Bureaus cable television ads have paid off in a big way Visitor inquiries January to April were up percent over last year from last year to this year Were constantly having to try new media to attract the Meek said The figures are still strong in construction which trickles down to the rest of the local Michael Meek The city council did not renew the contract for tax use as usual this year The contract has two years remaining Putting an IH35 visitors center on hold has been the only adverse effect so far Meek said If we get the contract renewed shorter for less well fall behind we wont be able to keep up to Meek said City and county sales tax collection was down from last year We are behind the curve some what on sales tax revenues on Meek said The state saw an increase overall for April Finding new ways to attract customers is a job that should never be finished for local business Meek said You cant rest on your laurels theres always someone out there who is after the he said New businesses will give the local economy a shot in the arm Meek said Well sec an increase in the overall sales tax gross when the new Tar get he said Getting shoppers to spend their money in New Braunfels is a major goal We want to see things like Target to keep the money Meek said Companies like American Direct and Lightning Metals are bringing New Braunfels business into the computer age They also diversify the econ omy Meek said An economy that doesnt depend so much on one type of industry will better the ups and downs of the business world he said Attracting a new business to town can take years Meek said The economic development business is not a short term he said Its a journey not a Leapin Lemurs Sheriffs Department deputies were called out to Highway 46 west of New Braunfels in front of the Offerman Ranch this morning after a passing motorist reported seeing a monkey in the road The monkey turned out to be a lemur Deputy John Carmlchael caught the critter and got scratched on the arm in the process Deputies had just identified the owner at press time by MICHAEL DARNALL Head Start program accepting applications for next school year The Community Council of South Central Texas Head Start program is now accepting applications for the 199596 school year Parents should bring their childs birth certificate and immunization record when they go to apply as well as verification of household income Head Start is a federal program for preschool children ages three to five from lowincome families The Head Start Program also serves chil dren with disabilities These children do not have to meet income guide lines All Head Start children participate in a variety of educational activities In addition they receive medical and dental care and are served nutri tious meals and snacks Their fami lies also benefit by receiving a wide range of social services and educa tional training Applications can be picked up at the main Head Start center located at 1023 W Bridge Call 6209184 for more informa tion Return of Golan Heights to Syrians a strategic mistake See Page 4   

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