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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY 11 LirJJMMJijiiiuiii Unicorns capture district volleyball crown in dramatic win See Sports Page 6A New Braunfels CENTS The Lancia Park Gazebo Herald J18 Pages in two sections Friday Oct Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for mor EL PASO TX 7990 Vol 143 No 249 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Alvarado Jennifer Lombardo 10 Elvin Svo boda Lucy Hortflel Lisa Tor res and Lisa Gonzalez River and aquifer information Comaf River 258 cubicfeetper down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 Guadalupe Spaghetti dinner Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct 28 at 6 to raise money for a community youth recreation center Skits and a silent auc tion will be held as well Din ner is Hospice hosts memorial service Hospice New Braunfels invites the public to attend its 10th annual memorial service Sunday Oct 29 at 2 at First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio St This commemorative service will be held in the spirit of Jhanks giving and celebration to hon or the lives of Hospice patients who have died Jaycees host haunted house The Jaycees wiJI have a haunted house and carnival Oct 28 and 29 from 11 to 5 and Oct 31 from 4 to 7 at the New Braunfels Factory Stores to benefit Toys for Tots Get in the spirit Get into the mood of Hal loween by enjoying the come dy Blithe Spirit Oct 30 31 and Nov 1 and 2 at at the New Braunfels High School cafetorium The onehour performance costs just for students and for adults On Oct 30 and 31 get an added treat if you come early with the short spoof on called Seven Wives of Dracula at 7 World Community Day celebrated Nov 3 All Christian women in New Braunfels are invited to join women across the nation irj cel ebrating World Community Day This ecumenical service will be at 10 Friday Nov 3 at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Coffee in the church parlor at 9 Babysitter provided Speaker will be Helen Fitzger ald former missionary with Bor der Ministries Mens Garden Club to meet The Mens Garden Club will meet Thursday Nov 2 at in thej County Extension Office at 132 S Water Lane Gpunty Agent Pat Rasor will pre a program on Use and Preservation of Herbs Election of officers and directors will be held Visitors always welcome Eagles Auxiliary membership party The Eagles Auxiliary will have a membership party Monday Oct 30 Dinner to be served at All members are urged to attend and bring a prospective member Bus safety stressed in wake of fatal Chicago crash By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Ironically as a small town near Chicago dealt with the deaths in Wednesdays school bus accident students in the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District were learning bus safety NBISD Manager of Transporta tion Bob Templeton said last week was National School Bus Safety Week Every year around this time the district goes to all the elemen tary campuses and teaches them var ious aspects of bus safety The fact that Thursdays bus safety exercises at Seele Elementary followed the tragic bus accident near Chicago in which five students died was an unfortunate coincidence said Tem pleton Its unfortunate that it had to fol low the bus accident in Chicago but the kids knew about it and were a lit tle more attentive because of he said The training session for each cam pus takes a day Throughout the day each grade level gets about a 30 minute presentation on bus safety and practices exiting the bus Tem pleton said this ensures that the majority of kids riding a bus know about bus safety We want to make sure we get to all the kids in school and not just the ones that ride the he said Templeton said the kids are taught about the safety equipment located on to safely ride a bus and how to quickly and safely exit the bus from the front or the back in the event of an accident He also said an important part of bus safety is the importance of exiting and boarding it properly and this is also addressed Most school bus injuries occur outside of the bus We show them how to exit the bus the correct and safe said Templeton Templeton said that the elemen tary kids eat it and really enjoy the presentation However he said it is a little more difficult to make the presentation to the older kids because they feel like they dont need it and do not really pay attention He said a different approach is being taken with them The transportation department is developing television spots on bus safety to run on Channel One which is a news broadcast show via satellite that classes watch at the beginning of every school day They should be ready before Christmas he said HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALU Seele Elementary School students practice getting out of the bus quickly and safely Students sit on a bus and listen to a lesson on bus safety yesterday Its not that were ignoring them Were just going to take a different approach with said Temple ton The bus safety exercises for the elementary campuses are almost complete The last two days will be Monday and Tuesday Breast cancer taking a high toll in America By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer According to the American Cancer Society each year approximately women will die from breast cancer and another will be diagnosed with it In an effort to increase awareness of the problem October has been designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast cancer is yearround and people worry about it yearround But having a week or month dedicated to it focuses attention on the said Susan Islam director of media rela tions for the American Cancer Society One out of every five deaths in the United States is from cancer and this year about will die from it Thats nearly people a day In 1995 it is estimated that new cases will be diagnosed in the United States There will be new cases in Texas alone and will be breast cancer according to ACS Islam said the number of cases saw a slight increase and is now stay ing about level Theres a greater pool of people in the 40 and over age but basically the number of cases have stayed about the she said Diane Bast publications director of the Heartland Institute said scientists do not yet know exactly what causes breast cancer However she said there are several conditions associated with an increased risk These include genet ics high fat diets having a first preg nancy late in life and early onset of menstrual development Other factors including environmental sources have not been clearly found to increase the risk of breast cancer she said Bast said that women diagnosed with breast cancer have a better chance of surviving now compared to the past Between 1989 and 1992 the death rate in America for breast cancer declined by percent Bast said this is due to better detection methods Women are also looking for signs and detecting it at an early stage when treatment can be more effective The ACS said mammograms an X ray of the breast offer the best chance to detect breast cancer early when it is most curable However only about of women 40 and older have mammograms as often as they should Of those diag nosed with cancer in 1995 about more would survive if their cancers had been detected early and treated promptly Mammography is the earliest test we have Its not as early as we would like though Right now its the best thing we have and its pretty accu said Islam The ACS says that women 20 years old or over should perform selfexam inations every month Women 20 to 40 years old should have a clinical breast examination every three years and women over 40 should have one every year Women who do not have symp toms and are between the ages of 40 and 49 should have a mammogram every one to two years Women over 50 should have one every year Because early detection plays such an important part in effectively treating breast cancer women should also be aware of and look for symptoms Pos sible symptoms include lumps thick ening swelling dimpling skin irrita tion distortion retraction scaliness pain tenderness of the nipple or nipple discharge A physician should be con sulted if any of these symptoms are present according to the ACS The ACS is currently funding many breast cancer research projects totaling million Since 1972 they have funded over million in breast can cer research For information on detec tion diagnosis treatment and patient services call the American Cancer Society at 180QACS2345 County burn ban may come back By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Earlier this week Guadalupe Coun ty reinstituted a countywide bum ban as a result of the lack of rain in recent weeks and Comal County may find itself in the same situation if it does not rain in the next couple of days Comal County Fire Marshal Mil ton Willmann told county commis sioners Thursday that areas in the county are getting extremely dry and rain is needed if a burn ban is not to be implemented He said there were about 5 small grass fires on Friday and Sat urday that got out of control He said they did not do a lot of damage How ever the risk of damage will increase if the dry weather continues Were really praying for rain Its extremely dry Its pretty tender out there with the grass as dry as it is If we dont get some rain out of this in the next couple of days well be looking at putting the ban back in said Willmann The previous burn ban placed on Comal County was lifted on Septem ber 20 Willmann said that the county has not received substantial rains since that time He said if it does not rain within the next couple of days he will likely request the burn ban be imple mented again as early as the middle of next week He said it would then be up to the county judge and commissioners court Its a lot of work when the ban is in place but it worked extremely well in August and he said Its a lot cheaper to put it into effect and me work than send men out to fight the little grass fires that get out of Willmann said a lot of the contrac tors in the county have not been bum ing However private landowners are clearing brush and burning it Will man said some of these individuals do not realize the danger of ashes and embers flying several feet away and starting grass on fire Willmann also said that the fire department needs an additional way to notify people of the ban He talked with the commissioners about the pos sibility of putting up signs in the outer parts of the county He said these signs could be used to notify citizens in the county of burning conditions County moves closer to a new park at Canyon Lake By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Dreams for a county park near Canyon Dam are coming close to real ity after Comal County Commissioners on Thursday approved a lease agree ment with the Army Corps of Engineers which owns the park site Now it is up to the Corps of Engi neers to look at the application of the lease we submit to them and see if it meets their Comal County Engineer Thomas Homseth said Hornseth is chairman of the Comal County Parks Committee which rec ommended approval of the lease to commissioners court The lease has five parties involved in it the county the Army Corps of Engineers Canyon Lake Youth Soccer Canyon Lake Little League and the Canyon Lake Aero Modelers Society Homseth said the county has com mitted towards the park for this year and budgeted in 1996 The park will be made up of 100 acres on Guadalupe Park land The lease Hornseth said calls for the development of soccer and baseball fields benches restrooms and the park ing lot Hornseth emphasized that the county will not pick up most of the maintenance costs Those duties will be left to the users of the park The county is mainly a vehicle for getting this park Homseth said The users Canyon Lake Youth Soc cer Canyon Lake Little League and the Canyon Lake Aero Modelers Society will be in charge of constructing the facilities needed for their activities We believe the cost of the park should not all rest on the Project KISS Kids In Safe Sur roundings wants to build the proposed Canyon Lake Com munity Youth Recreation Center on the site For two years Project KISS has raised money for the project and has raised The groups goal is Project KISS organizers hope to break ground on the facility by December 1996 Project KISS ran into some obstacles this year when the Army Corps of Engineers expressed concerns about the recreational center being on its property Corps of Engineer district officials in Belton and Fort Worth were worried that Project KISS would not be able to maintain the facility The Army Corps of Engineers does not want to be held liable for the facility At its August meeting with Canyon Lake residents Project KISS members decided to seek a sublease with the county showing both the county and the Army Corps of Engineers that they could maintain and keep up the recreational center Any sublease with the county would have to be approved by the Corps of Engi neers The lease approved by commis sioners court does not include the recre ational facility But Hornseth said the lease can be amended down the road to include the facility The Parks Advisory Board can always recommend to commissioners court and the Corps of Engineers to amend the lease if any additional changes are Hornseth said Project KISS Chairwoman Trish Wyatt a Parks Advisory board mem ber said that a proposal was brought up at the last board meeting which would have begun the building of concrete slabs for a court which would later be consolidated into the recreational center No action was taken by the board on the proposal Wyatt said the advisory board decided to take up the proposal at its next meet ing The advisory board members decided to take the idea to their mem ber organizations to discuss Wyatt said I will be discussing it with mem bers of Project Hornseth said that the building of s the concrete slabs for a leyball court would call for amending the lease with the Army Corps of Engi neers Homseth said the Advisory Board had to submit the lease to the Corps of Engineers so that they could get it processed quickly There is an immediate need for this Hornseth said And an immediate ability from the organiza tions involved to help maintain Jerry Brite Canyon Lake Manager for the Army Corps of Engineers said it will take a while before the pro posed lease is looked over and approved by his agency The process will probably take 23 Brite said We have not received the lease yet so 1 cannot com ment on it It will have to go through the Little River Project Office in Bel ton then be forwarded to our regional office in Dallas and then go to our dis trict office in Fort Worth It will be out of my hands the real estate and management office of Corps of Engi neers will be looking at it They will look at the full proposal to make sure the facilities are operational and main tained each year Several angles will be looked at bytne Corps of Engineers Education needed before state raises speed limit to 70 See Opinion Page 4A
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