Sunday, December 17, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Christmas iis Findout 15A 485 Tolle Bt historic landmark Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Jennifer Michelle Koepp three Katherine Sieg mund 93 Donna Elder Christine Noel Mar tinez Patti Westbrook Carolyn John son Shana Mendez John Daniel Zavala six Gregoria Hernandez Caris sa Campos nine Kenneth D Brietzke 66 Maria Del Socorro Ortega and Mar cella Dailey Happy seventh anniver sary to Robert and Norma Rodriguez Tree of Lights raises funds for Hospice The Hospice Tree of Lights is up atop the New Braunfels Utilities building Throughout the season a light will be lit on that tree for every donation made to Hospice New Braun fels Another tree in McKenna Memorial Hospitals lobby fea tures a white dove for every donation to Hospice Dona tions may be made in person or mailed to 613 N Walnut New Braunfels 78130 For information call 6257500 Food drive helps Childrens Shelter The Lone Star Booster Club is holding a canned food dri ve to help the Childrens Shel ter for the holidays The com munity is invited to drop off donations at Lone Star Soryu Karate School located at 982 Loop 337 near Brauntex Rentals between the hours of and 7 Monday through Thursday ending Dec 21 Anyone who brings 10 cans will get a free week of karate lessons If there are any questions call 6201319 Train to be a childs voice in court CASA of Central Texas will conduct a 40hour course to train advocates in January 1996 Court Appointed Spe cial Advocates are appointed by a judge to give the court an objective view of what is in the best interest of a child involved in the legal system Call Deborah at 6205536 for information Give to the Cheer Fund The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every holiday season to provide food baskets to the needy Two hundred food baskets have been ordered and will be delivered to area families at 9 Saturday Dec 23 Anyone who can help with delivery may call Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 during business hours The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot Allied commander starts Bosnian operation BRUSSELS Belgium AP With a spare straightforward order the supreme allied Commander in Europe today gave the starting signal to the biggest military operation in Europe since World War II My recommendation was simply Lets said Gen George Joulwan who will be overall commander of the Bosnia peacekeeping operation led by the West ern alliance He said deployment of the NATOled force would begin by early Sunday Advance units have already begun arriving Joulwans final green light followed the approval of 16 ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council They voted just hours after the Security Council passed a unanimous resolution authorizing the missfon The Survey Those lonesome train whistles that have inspired so many song writers are just a pain in the neck to many readers Turn to Opinion Page 4A tour of cf the best mas lights in town Page New Braunfels Herald 50 Pages in three sections Sunday December SUNDAY Serving Comal County for more than 144 years Home of KATHERINE SIEGMUND Vol 144 No 25 City doubles season pass fee for Landa Park pools HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL And theyre off Hundreds of area runners came to Landa Park Saturday to join in the annual Jingle Bell Run For complete coverage turn to Sports Page 8A Major renovation has Easter target for completion By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Coun cil has approved a new fee sched ule for using swimming facilities raising fees as much as 100 per cent At the same time a major renovation of the Landa Park pool complex is ready to start KellerMartin General Con tractors have set up shop in Landa Park this week after the city coun cil approved their bid for the ren ovation project I really am said Iris Neffendorf Parks and Recreation director I think its a long need ed The shallow end of the spring fed pool will be transformed into Kiddie complete with play features like water slides squirting animal play structures and water drops like tire Play structures for Kiddie City and the new wading pool will be bought from New Braunfels General Store Inter national which supplies Schlitterbahn and other theme parks with rides and equipment KellerMartin will build a new wading pool between the bath house the spring fed pool and the Olympic pool The wading pool will be shallow like the spring end of the springfed pool but it will have warmer water The bath house itself built in 1969 will get a much needed face lift We havent done anything but typical seasonal main tenance since it was Neffendorf said The plus to pay for the whole project came City Council Raises Pool Fees oneday swim ages 3 to oneday swim ages 1 8 to oneday swim seniors 60 resident season pass ages 3 to resident season pass adults 18 to resident season pass seniors 60 resident family season nonresident season pass ages 3 to nonresident season pass adults 18 to 59 nonresident season pass seniors 60 nonresident family season tube rental per day per security locker Note Fees include capital improvement HeraldZeitung graphic by ROGER half from grant money and half from user fees saved over a period of years The new and improved pools are scheduled to open by Easter Its going to be a very fastpaced she said Were all aiming to get it done by the beginning of the In fact the citys contract with KellerMartin has teeth enforcing that completion date The contract states that the project will be substantially complete ready for use by March 15 Neffendorf said If the contractors cant meet the deadline a assessment fee will be charged by April 1 as well as liquidation or compensation for the citys lost revenue due to the pool not being ready she said Neffendorf has faith in KellerMartin she said The firm comes highly recommended by other parks directors Theyre a very well known she said Traffic deaths up 120 percent from last year City police expect higher speed limits to add to total LDTTEHV By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The New Braunfels Police Department has a special Christmas wish for you dont die Eleven people have died in New Braunfels traffic accidents so far this year Thats up from five traffic deaths in four accidents last year said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack Seven of those eleven deaths were in alcohol related he said Police fear the numbers will only go up with the new 70 mile per hour speed limit There are a couple of reasons for Wommack said The faster a car is traveling the greater the momentum anything that hits your car will hit it harder and cause more damage to the car and to you Then theres reaction time The speed of your car is faster but your reaction time isnt At 70 youre traveling 103 feet per sec Wommack said The average person has a reaction time of a half of a second In a half second theyve gone 51 feet before their foot even touches the The numbers get scarier when you add alcohol to the equation Alcohol is a depres sant so it makes the body move more slow y A person just barely legally intoxicated could have a reaction tune up to a second and a he said If theyre going 70 that car has gone 155 feet before they even start putting on the Wommack said there are several ways dri At 70 MPH youre traveling 103 feet per Lt John Wommack vers can keep from finding out just what happens to flesh and metal in a 70 mile per hour impact Dont drink and drive What a cliche but picture this Youve had a few too many and youre going 70 on the freeway Your eyes see a car stalled up ahead You slam your foot on the brake as fast as you possibly can but your car has already gone half a football field before your foot even made contact with that brake pedal let alone stopped the car With increased speeds be sure to wear safety belts Wommack said Because if a persons in an accident at 70 theyre going to be thrown harder further They want to stay inside the Leave enough distance between you and the car ahead The rule is a second for each 10 miles per he said To check your following distance pick out a big object ahead on the road like a large sign When the car youre following passes it start counting one thousand one one thousand If youre going 70 you should be able to count to seven by the time your car passes the same sign Its going to look like an awful long dis Wommack said but dials how much it would take for you to react and the brakes to stop the car in time to avoid a crash HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Rollover wreck Irene Schmieding was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital for minor injuries after she lost con trol of her car on Mary Lane and it flipped in a field Friday NBISD still mulling charging for use of facilities By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees debated a new fee schedule for the use of district facilities again this week The new policy would institute a fee schedule that would charge some groups as much as to use facilities while other groups would still be allowed to use them for free Debbie Fitsko administrative assistant for com munity vocational and adult education told the board that no changes in the fees had been made since the presentation last semester Fitsko also said that the passage requiring users to have insurance was taken out on the advice of the dis tricts attorneys She said a passage was added stating district facil ities cannot be used for partisan political functions However it may be used for nonpartisan political events including forums and debates Principals from the various campuses attended the meeting and told the board they supported the guide line and they have experienced problems with dirty facilities damage and missing items after meetings Thq issue will be placed on an agenda in January as an action item Find out what the HeraldZeitung Reader Advisory Board had to tell us See Opinion Page 4A