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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Cougars head to Hays tournament See Sports Page 6 485 Tolle St Historic landmark New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS 410 MO16 182 S 0 W E S T MIC R OP U B LIS HIN 0 2627 E DR 12 pages in one section Thursday December EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of HELEN BRUCKS ing Vol 144 No 18 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Helen Brucks Nancy Brinkkoeter Bethany Hilde brand Jennifer Martinez Anita Olsen Anthony Villarreal 21 and Dolores Millett Hap py belated 10th anniversary to Billy and Debbie Espinoza Free coat distribution Project Share the Warmth sponsored by Cranes Mill Baptist Church 10215 FM 2673 at Canyon Lake will dis tribute free coats and sweaters for anyone in the community who needs them from 9 to 1 Satur day Dec 9 Alzheimers Disease Dementia Support Group to meet The Alzheimers Disease Dementia Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 Thursday Dec 7 at Colonial Manor Care Center 821 Hwy 81 West Call Janet Bryant at 6257526 for infor mation Wassailfest planned for downtown The third annual Wassailfest will be held from 6 to 9 Thursday Dec 7 down town The event features open houses caroling bell choirs Santa visits buggy rides and all the wassail you can drink Vote for your favorite wassail door prizes to be drawn on the Plaza at The Brauntex Theatre will show a free Christmas movie at for children while their parents visit Wassailfest Supervision will be provided by the NBHS Interact Club Reach for a Star toy drive The Reach for a Star Foundation invites you to its second annual toy drive for the children of Comal County Bring a new or used toy and come join in on Dec 9 at the Watering Hole from noon to 5 There will be a barbecue lunch and a special appear ance by the Spurs Coyote and Santa Tickets for the barbe cue lunch are or just stop by for free to visit Santa and the coyote All proceeds ben efit the children of Comal County Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every holiday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Kenneth and Betty Triesch and anonymous dona tions of and bring ing the fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Lotto Texas 17 29 Est million jackpot TEXflS LOTTERY Speakers stress need to protect aquifer By DENI8E DZIUK Staff Writer There was a unified voice at Wednesday nights public hearing and that voice was urging the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission to tighten regulations to protect the quality of the Edwards Aquifer When it comes to water in San Antonio theres a lot of controversy over how its withdrawn But when it comes to the quality of that water were one united said State Representative Robert Puente State law mandates that TNRCC conduct annual hearings on water qual ity protection for the aquifer Mark Jor dan director of Water Policy and Reg ulation for TNRCC said three hear ings were held last year and a total of about 94 comments were submitted He said the commission formed a review team This team analyzed the comments and prepared a draft report of recommendations for each com ment Jordan said that once the com ment period has closed the comments will be incorporated into a final report to be submitted to the commission in early March Theyre an everchanging body of said Bobby Caldwell water program manager for TNRCC They didnt start out perfect and theyre certainly not perfect Several key points were echoed throughout the night Many of the speakers said TNRCC did not give ample notice of the meeting and did not give enough time to review the draft They also said that the tone of the draft was Rick Illgner general manager for the Edwards Underground Water Dis trict said the district would like to see more regulations on development and activity over the recharge zone He said that the commission does not want to put too much of a burden on the developers However Illgner said his staff believes a bigger burden will be felt if more steps are not taken We feel there is a liability and risk factor and an expense for the entire said Illgner Others present repeated that same sentiment The speakers each had reg ulations they would like to see enforced We have serious things at stake here and the future may very well depend on the issues you have at said a representative of a neighbor hood association John Barton of Bulverde spoke at the hearing also He told the two TNR CC staff members present that he was concerned about the proposed batch concrete plant that is to be built 850 feet from the recharge zone in an area that floods often He said these are the types of things that the commission needs look at in preventing pollution Water has nothing to do with it they said Barton Water has nothing to do with it even if it runs right off into the Edwards Aquifer Why is it that water is not of concern The draft includes recommendations to change 11 rules to receive more infonnation on 12 and to take no action on 12 A copy of the report is available at the commission district offices in San Antonio and Austin The written comment period ends January 22 Return of cedar fever brings misery to allergy sufferers By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Its that time of year to pull out the tissues and get ready for the sneezes The mountain cedar season is upon us and those who are sensitive to the pollen will soon be feeling its effects A pollen count of 949 grains per cubic meter of air was recorded Tuesday at the office of Dr Frank C Hampel Jr Hampel said the counts for Sunday and Monday were 400 and 180 respectively He said this is not high for mountain cedar which will get into the high thousands during the cedar season He said the cedar season for New Braunfels is usually midDecember to about the second week in February Its a high number when about other pollens But cedar pollen counts get so monstrous that this is actually he said Dr Donald Kennady said cedar tends to be prominent in the Canyon Lake area the Hill Country and between San Antonio and New Braunfels He said the male plant releases an orange cloud of pollen and that is what triggers allergic reactions It can be so dense that it obscures the view of the sun momentar said Kennady Kennady said that statistically over half of the population is affect ed by pollen in general and cedar pollen causes more of a reaction than other types Not everyone has to stay home or go to the doctor over it Some people only have mild reactions and are able to continue daily activities as he said Hampel said many people have a hard time distinguishing a cold and allergies on the first day However he said colds will start with a sore throat and the symptoms will peak followed by congestion He said allergy symptoms will be intermittent Kennady said there are steps that can be taken to reduce the sever ity of the allergy season People who are allergic to pollen need to try to live in an area that has minimal cedar or filter their He said filters should be cleaned or changed weekly and it is better not to have a lot of carpet or rugs People who are allergic to cedar pollen will also be sensitive to lint which can be found in sweaters vacuum cleaners and closets that do not close completely Ken nady said the environment should be kept as free from lint and dust as possible That sounds excessive but its said Kennady If you wake up in the morning and cant breathe through your nose youll even tually decide its worth Kennady said allergies can be treated with overthecounter med ication He said that antihistamines are the type that usually cause drowsiness and many people take both antihistamines and decon gestants However he said what works best is up to the individual Hampel said many people do not like the side effects of the medica tion and prescription drugs can minimize them Both physicians said a doctor should be consulted if there is no improvement They find things that do work well enough for them to continue to go to work and school and thats what they should continue tak said Kennady However if they dont see an improvement they need to see their HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fatal wreck Last night marked New Braunfels 10th motor vehicle fatality in 1995 Leland Otis Baggett 83 of Canyon Lake died when his car struck the back of a recreational vehicle stopped by the side of Highway 46 between 8 and 9 The RV had quit running and driver Juan Sierra had stepped out to investigate the cause of the problem He had just walked around the back of the RV and was walking toward the front on the passenger side when Baggetts grey Riviera hit the back of the RV Sierra was knocked into the ditch at the roadside After the wreck the Buicks speedometer froze at 45 miles per hour according to New Braunfels Police reports It had been travel ing on the improved shoulder of the road Sierra was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital Cub Scouts in a pickle after popcorn sale records disappear with van By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer fizzle Thats what Cub Scout Pack 119 will be hearing this holiday season unless New Braunfels residents pitch in and help The boys took orders for a whopping worth of popcorn during their hol iday fundraiser All the orders were turned in last said Martin Jendrusch assistant Cubmaster They were in a briefcase in my van which was stolen Monday morn The popcorn itself arrives Saturday for delivery to whom the scouts no longer know The Cub Scouts are reconstructing the orders as well as they can from memory but they need help Orders names boys who sold what were all in that Jen drusch said He asks that anyone who ordered Cub Scout popcorn get in touch with the pack leaders so they can distribute the orders properly People who ordered popcorn can call several numbers to report their orders Jen drusch at 210 8226705 during the day and at 6090149 at home Jimmy Quiroz at 6299739 or Rita Berry at 6095572 Popcorn orders are a major fundraiser for the cub scout pack Jendrusch said 1 think we were going to get enough for the rest of the Everything in that van could be replaced except for he said Workers look back at citys Sesquicentennial year with pride By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staft Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Visit from Saint Nick Saint Nicholas visited children at the Sophienburg Museum Tuesday night With Santa are Fegus Lynch Emma Lynch Camille Meyer Charisse Cantu Travis Meyer Lauren Dunham Laura Lemmons and Megan Lemmons With 1995 winding to a close only a few more events will have that historic Sesquicentennial dis tinction Sesquicentennial volunteers gathered at the Civic Center last Friday to reminisce about the years events It was a good turnout about 360 said organizer Tom Purdum More than 500 people donated time and talent during the Sesquicentennial year he said The end is in sight Im glad we made it this said Herb Skoog chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee Everythings worked out quite well I think weve accomplished quite a Skoog said Each Sesquicentennial volunteer received a per sonalized certificate at Fridays celebration Their children and grandchildren will appreciate Purdum said Mariachi Cardenas donated their time to entertain the guests Their music was said Anna Lee Hicks of the Chamber of Commerce Food for the banquet was catered by the Cancun restau rant Hundreds of Sesquicentennial photos by E C Im just very pleased that weve made a real mark that might be remembered for a few Herb Skoog Keller were displayed throughout the Civic Center Mariachi Cardenas played us celobrams relived the Sesquicentennial parade through the photos Skoog said he couldnt separate one special Sesquicentennial event as a favorite There are a lot of special milestones Its like your children all these things take place and you dont love am one more than the he said Closing the Sesquicentennial time capsule will cap the official Sesquicentennial events About three cubic feet of items have accumulated and we anticipate it being Purdum said If any one wants to contribute they had better do ii It was just a night of celebration knowing that the Sesquicentennial was coming 10 a Hicks said Im just very pleased that weve made a real mark that might be remembered for a few Skoog said Congress takes away cities ability to regulate latenight train whistles See Opinion Page 4   

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