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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas EDI1 AV Cougars looking forward to challenge in Corpus Christ Page 8A New Braunfels ISO CENTS The Mergele House 708 W Mill Pages in two sections Friday December HeraldZei l Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of BETTY C SANCHEZ Vol 144 No 14 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Betty C Sanchez Alfredo Aletnan Jr 10 Jodi Sex ton Jo Cooper and Espi Rodriguez River and aquifer Information Comal River 282 cublcfeetper yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level same Guadafupe River 200 cfs Canyon schools present Christmas Choir Concert Canyon High and Canyon Middle schools singers will present their annual Christmas Choir Concert Dec 5 at 7 at First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio St Admission is free and open to the public CMS 6th 7th and 8th grade singers and CHSs Treble Choir Bal ladiers Chamber Singers and the Chordsmen will be featured World AIDS Day observance The NeWBraunfelsWIVAIDS Support Group sponsored by Hospice New Braunfels is once again hosting an obser vance of World AIDS Day Friday Dec 1 The public is invited to attend the observance at St Paul Lutheran Church Senior Life Center 181 Clara at 7 for the service to promote greater awareness about HIV and AIDS The service is also a time to remember those in our community and our families who have died from this dis ease For information call 6257500 Optimists selling trees The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christ mas tree lot at the same loca tion as last year The lot is on Seguin St across from the post office Hours of operation are 9 to 9 Come early for the best choice of trees Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every holiday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Troy and Dolores Burch Lloyd and Doris Wester velt Gladys R Baese David and Charline Johnson Edward and Patricia Braun Jim and Dixie Bartsch Patricia and J Dial Jr and Clarice Stange bring ingthe fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa1 or call Fund Chairman Ann Avery at 6259144 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint If at first you dont After losing election and losing recount CISD bond opponents file lawsuit By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Two Canyon Lake residents have filed a lawsuit against the Comal Inde pendent School District board of trustees to stop the Oct 14 bond issue from taking effect alleging that the district did not follow proper state elec tion laws or education codes when the election was held The lawsuit was filed by Lois Dug gan and Wallace Greene and was entered into Comal County District Court on It was served to the CISD on Monday At a press conference at the Canyon Lake Country Club yesterday Dou glas Kirk an exCISD board member and spokesman for Duggan and Greene said the suit will have a sig nificant impact on the implementa tion of the Oct 14 bond issue Kirk said the lawsuit involves million in public money since that is how much the bond issue will cost the taxpayers in the long run Kirk said The million bond issue passed by 11 votes The bond issue calls for the con struction of an 800student middle school and renovations and expansions to current school facilities Later on a petition of 75 signatures was submitted to the district for a recount of the results by Peter Garcia of Association of Cit izens for Education ACE opposed the bond election The recount was held on The recount deter mined that the bond issue passed by a margin of eight votes The lawsuit is based on three alle gations voter irregularities at one polling place the ballot language itself and the procedures used in the recount Kirk said that the lawsuit states that 24 voters at the Bill Brown Elementary School polling site voted by the box checked This procedure is used when an indi vidual is on the voter list but does not have his or her registration card Citing the Texas Election Code Kirk said that an affidavit must be signed by the voter which explains why that voter was Those 24 affidavits Kirk said have been certified missing by the Comal County Voter Regis trars Office Karen Sachteleben of the Comal County Registrars office said that the 24 sworn voters were all in good standing and did not need to sign an affidavit since they were on the voting rolls The election judge at the polling site doublechecked and verified the voters residences by asking them for their drivers Sachteleben said I called the Secretary of States office in Austin and they said that was The plaintiffs questioned the lan guage which was put on the bond issue ballot Kirk said that a tax bond issue cannot be used for school renovation projects Since the bond issue did not mention anything pertaining to land purchases for facilities the bond issue cannot be used for any real estate acquisitions Kirk claimed Major said the language on the bal lot is correct and not misleading All the things in the bond issue are Major said According to the state Attorney Generals office the Secretary of States office and court case law the funds from this bond issue can be used for land purchases renovations and The third part of the lawsuit states that Major and Campos did not have any authority by law to conduct the recount since they are not elected offi cials Kirk said Kirk stated that the law requires that Board President James Middleton or Board Secretary Dan Krueger conduct the recount Major cited interpretations from the Secretary of States office and the Attorney Generals office which he said legally gave him the right to con duct the recount since Middleton and Krueger could not do it because of job obligations Board trustee Thomas Bruce who accompanied Kirk to the press confer ence and who opposed the bond issue said he ACE Duggan or Greene did not relish suing the district They CISD were given opportu nities to solve the problems with the bond Bruce said The lawsuit was a last Krueger has cause for celebration Ambassador to Burundi has a new son and a prestigious award HoraldZeltungphoto by MICHAEL DARNALL Merissa Rivera and Blanche Gerber work together at Memorial Primary School Program is rewarding for students and tutors By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Each week students sit in a class room and wait for the lesson to begin However its not a teacher who will be teaching these children It is volunteer mentors or tutors who have made a commitment to a child each week as part of the Helping One Student To Succeed HOSTS program The HOSTS program is in its sev enth year in the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District and is offered at five Memorial Ele mentary Memorial Primary Carl Schurz OakRun and Seele Elemen tary Linda Bingham NBISD HOSTS Coordinator said the program serves 140 children from kindergarten to the sixth grade They are in the program based on teacher referrals and test scores These kids are recommended as needing additional emotional bonding as well as the extra bneonone she said Once in the program the student is assigned one or two mentors per week These mentors spend an hour helping students with their reading and lan guage skills The Carl Schurz program also tutors in math Really all you have to do is follow their example and follow their pro said mentor Harold Beck Bingham said there are 250 mentors in the program However she said this is not enough and male mentors are especially needed She said some stu dents receive the tutoring as many as four times a week and tutors are need ed for each day Thats almost 500 tutors we need if every student were to have a tutor all four she said Bingham as well as several of the mentors said the hour they spend with the student is well worth it Rita Kauf mann who is Vice President Manager at First Commercial Bank said she has been a volunteer for the past seven years and said she does not see any reason not to continue to take part I think its one of the best things Ive ever been involved in I think Im in it for the long she said You can always make the time to fit it into your Beck who is retired said an hour of his time is not hard to dedicate to the program He said he has seen the results of the program and thats what keeps him in it It only takes an hour out of my day and thats not really he said I mostly do it because of the oneonone those kids receive By years end you can definitely see the difference in their Bingham said that even if the grades do not improve the program has still been successful because it has taught the child selfconfidence in die process She said the students also have a new friend and to some thats very impor tant You may not raise the grade but what youre going to do in the process of trying is gain something even more valuable to that she said Bingham said additional volunteers and substitutes are always needed Peo ple interested in volunteering or rinding out more about the program can call her at 6207533 By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Ambassador Bob Krueger has two good news items to take with him as he prepares to return to his post hrBurun di his son Christian was born Oct 27 and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio has named him its 1996 International Citizen of the Year Krueger will go to San Antonio to accept the award at a dinner held in his honor April I was certainly very pleased and honored I wouldnt want to accept the award and be miles Krueger said Our nations sym bols need to be peo ple like Ambassador President Bill Clinton For now Krueger is torn between commitment to family and the cause of peace and democracy in Burundi In personal terms it turns out to be fortu nate to be he said When youve got a sevenyearold and a five yearold youre able to be of help to the mother of a onemonth But the presence of an American ambassador in Burundi does make a difference for Burundi he said Day by day Im expecting to be sent While the American media focuses on the Bosnian conflict the slaughter is proceeding in Krueger recently learned that 421 people had been massacred about eight miles from the capital city Bujumbura It was never covered in the American he said Krueger his wife Kathleen and daughters Mariana and Sarah were together for Christmas in Burundi last year We had about 60 people from the American community at the he said It was one of the few times the girls could go swimming on The embassy halls were decked festively if not traditionally We were able to get a fir tree of sorts Krueger and we had an awful lot of Texas dec Krueger said Instead of poinsettias there are so many tropical flowers that you can have there Kathleen has mentioned that you can go down to and at the crossroads can get for a dol lar or two flowers that would cost in New The relatively new and fragile democracy in Burundi is threatened by tribal factions trying to keep auto cratic power In spite of all the killing that goes on there really is a very sweet spirit in a majority of the he said Most of the people seek peace and feel victims of warring groups and those who have had power for so long and dont want to give it Our nations symbols need to be people like Ambassador Krueger who risked his life to try to keep people alive in said President Bill Clinton The World Affairs Council of San Antonio was formed in 1982 to pro mote a public understanding of for eign affairs and policy We are a nonprofit nonpartisan foreign policy said Kim Wright director of marketing Tickets for the International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner are available starting in January The event isthe World Affairs Councils main fund raiser Call 210 3089494 for mation Advent Vespers brings home the true meaning of Christmas By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Its time for local residents from various facets of the religious spectrum to gather and celebrate the true meaning of Christinas The 36th annual Advent Vespers will be held on Sunday Melitta Frueh director of Advent Vespers said she founded the event in 1960 and it has been held on the first Sunday in December every year since then She said she began it as a way to remind people what Christmas is about and bring them closer We get so swamped with other things that The people who come to sing come because they really want to sing and let me tell you they can Melitta Frueh we need to get our priorities straight and its a way of telling the true meaning of Christmas said Frueh I feel there is no time better than at Christ mas to become closer to one another as human beings regardless of your religious Advent Vespers is a chorale concert performed by volunteers from various churches schools organizations and communities This year 65 to 70 people representing 23 groups will take part in the concert Some of the participants are not even from Comal County or surrounding area Frueh said someone from Austin and from Napa Cali fornia will also participate in singing the 15 pieces The people who come to sing come because they really want to sing and let me tell you they can she said Its the first time all year that this group of people comes together for one pro Frueh said that since this is the sesquicentennial year for New Braunfels a verse from Silent Night will be sung in German She said this is to commemorate the arrival of the German settlers at Indianola who no doubtedly sang that very song in German at their service on Christmas Eve Advent Vespers will be held Sunday Dec 3 at 4 at the First Baptist Church The event is free However a collection will be taken and any money raised will be put toward a scholarship for a student planning to major in music The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Music Study Group and Jo Ann Lemmon will provide accompaniment Why doesnt Shoplifting Awareness Week get the attention it deserves See Page 44
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