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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Unicorns dispatch Rangers head for playoffs See Sports Page 7 50 CENTS Old New Braunfels Academy 16 pages in one section Wednesday February NewBraunfels Herald 410 M01A SOWEST WICROPUBL18HINO 2627 E YANDELL DR 177 EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of ANGELA RODRIGUEZ Vol 144 No 67 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ernest Arrendondo Lillian Weber Angela Rodriguez one Adrian Delgado Jr three Valentina Luna 74 and Betty Hildebrand Happy anniversary wishes to Ernest and Martina Arrendondo Gary and Barbara Gilbert Hen ry and Olga Diaz five Mike and Diana Rodriguez Freddy and Patsy Acevedo Luis and Janie Moreno David and Anna Herrera 15 and Pat and Freddy Resales 21 Pollen Count Mold Hackberry Trace Ashe Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 266 cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 MidTexas Symphony concert Sunday The MidTexas Symphony will feature the Symphony Chorus for the sec ond time this season when it presents its fourth concert of the year on Sunday Feb 18 at 4 in the New Braunfels Civic Center Tickets for the concert are for adults for senior citi zens and college students and for students through high school They are avail able at Accents and at the Chamber of Commerce They will also be for sale at the door Canyon High School Project Graduation to meet The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will take place Monday Feb 19 at 7 in the Commons area of CHS For more information call Luanne Schuetze at 651 9505 HOPE to hold workshop The Hispanic Organization for Public Education is spon soring a workshop Monday Feb 19 at 7 at the NBNB Building 1000 N Walnut The topic will be Everything You Wated To Know About The Gifted and Talented Pro gram Speaker will be Marilyn McFarland gifted and talent ed consultant Region XIII Also available to answer ques tions will be local school dis trict officials For information call Sylvia at 6259213 ADD group to meet New Braunfels Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder support group has changed its meeting date to the third Monday of the month The group will meet Monday Feb 19 at 7 at Oakwood Baptist Church Loop 337 Guest speaker will be Dr Car oline Batenburg local child psychiatrist For information call Karen Owens at 6292033 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Dad back from Bosnia sees his daughter for the first time By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Kirstin Lynn Modgling may hear war stories about her birth until she reaches adulthood many kids do But not stories like hers While Kirstin was being bom on Jan 25 her father was not at McKen na Memorial Hospital with her and hermother Shawna He was fighting in Bosnia It was awful knowing 1 had to deliver our first child by myself with out him Shawna Modgling said An E4 Specialist Army Airborne Ranger Billy Modgling was in the thick of the action in Bosnia with the peacekeeping forces Were stationed in she said In December when we found out he was going to Bosnia he sent me Shawna came to stay with family in McQueeney for Kirstins birth My sisterinlaw was there with Modgling said She was wonder Chance has reunited the Modgling family Billy Modgling came back home with an ankle sprain caused by a slip on Bosnian ice Billy Shawna and young Kirstin will return to Italy soon We only have until August and then we come back to the states for Shawna Modgling said Billy Modgling will head to college when he finishes his Army duty Hes getting out of the military needless to say after Modgling said The Comal County Red Cross helped Shawna and Billy Modgling stay in touch before and after Kirstins birthday This is one of our man dated said Shirley Offer mann of the Red Cross It was mandated in 1905 that the Red Cross have two primary duties to take care of disaster victims and to take care of soldiers and their she said Getting leave to help a sick or pregnant family member is not a HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Billy Modgling with wife Shawna and baby Kirstin simple matter for a military officers Offermann said When a soldier requests leave for a family emer gency the military notifies the Red Cross The Red Cross then contacts the family members doctor for ver ification and gets back with the mil itary If a family member requests an officer to come home the Red Cross first has to find the officer not an easy task if the soldier is in the field overseas Offermann said Ive had instances that the moth er was about to give birth and want ed her husband home but the doctor wouldnt give she said Hed say shell need him more after the babys Kirstin Lynn Modgling was born at Jan 25 at McKenna Memorial Hospital She weighed seven pounds eight ounces at birth Her grandparents are Monk and Sherry L Barry of McQueeney Carol Modgling of Schertz and Mr and Mrs Buck Modgling of Brownwood contract for industrial recruitment By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Chamber of Commerce is going into public service on the contrac tual level at least The city council voted Monday night to approve a contract between the chamber and the Economic Devel opment Corporation EDC for adver tising promotional and professional services Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr cast the only dissenting vote If we try to do these things our selves we could lose the in manhours the chamber is already said former Mayor Rudy Seidel EDC member The contract says it went into effect when it was approved and will end June 30 1996 unless the EDC or the chamber chooses to end it earlier The EDC agrees to pay the chamber monthly payments adding up to no greater than for its services the contract says The contract is exclusive when it comes to industrial development only the chamber can provide indus trial recruitment services while the contract is in effect But that doesnt keep the Main Street Board or the Downtown Asso ciation from recruiting retailers and other small businesses for the down town area Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the two are apples and oranges The EDC made the contract with the chamber without going through the usual procedure of requests for proposals and bids the city uses when it contracts with a company for ser vices According to minutes of the last EDC meeting Vice Chairman Johnathan Hull said that requesting proposals was the preferred way to award contracts but that half the fiscal year was gone and the EDC needed to accomplish some substantive work before it was was a need for speed The chamber was the only organi zation that had come forward with a proposal for services when the con tract was discussed We did not ask to put a contract said Cristina AguilarFriar of the Comal County Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce We did not ask for any money at that time we felt it was premature at the Meek said that the chamber had a proven track record of working for economic development This was not some quickie back room he said Meek said he gave a presentation to the city council six months ago right after the EDC was formed outlining plans and recommendations for economic development I attended every EDC he said I think awarding of this or any oth er contract is premature at this Fraser said He said that no preliminary work was done no chance given for competitive bidding These are pub lic monies and we have a fiduciary duty to our he said Both Fraser who voted against approving the contract and Council man TimWalker who voted in favor accompanied their votes with cautions that the EDC use the standard method for awarding contracts in the future Water district board discusses plans if drought continues By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Stage I which is voluntary conservation of the Demand Management Plan was declared Monday and the board of directors for the Edwards Underground Water District discussed what would happen if mandatory reductions are required at their meeting on Tuesday What I was concerned about we go into a mandatory situation whats going to hap pen atthat said Comal County represen tative Kenneth Ikels who asked that the topic be placed on the agenda Mike Albach the districts Division Manager for Planning and Environmental Management explained the timeline for declaring and enforcing mandatory reductions He said notices have been printed in area newspapers and approximately 150 letters have been sent to primary users giving notification of the Stage 1 declaration He said if the area does not get any rain and spring flow and well levels continue to drop the next stage will be mandatory reduction The spring flow for Comal Springs was 250 cubic feet per second on Sunday On Monday he said the flow was 249 cfs According to the DMP stage II will be declared when spring flow drops to 225 cfs We certainly expect it to continue to drop Theres no indication that it will rise until we get some rain and theres no sign of rain right said Albach If stage II is declared notifications will printed in the newspapers and letters will be mailed again he said At stage II the reduction goal is 15 percent To achieve this all primary users or those who supply or produce 18 million gallons of groundwater per year will be given an amount of water they will have to stay within We have created a baseline target for each user that they are to hit Well tell them what their base line said Albach However the district must follow several guide lines before it can actually enforce the reduc tions This includes notifying users of the change in stages allowing time to cut usage and notify ing users of possible noncompliance Albach explained that if Stage II was declared on Aug 1 it would be the end of August before the staff could begin considering enforcing compliance requirements He went on to say this is assuming the next stage is not declared If it is the process begins all over Its designed that way to protect users and guarantee proper said Albach It was intended to be a long term response to a long term Bexar County Representative Jo Ann De Hoyos said this does not leave the aquifer and the springs unprotected She said the board could declare an extreme water emergency in which it can deter mine the reductions necessary If we do get to the point where the springs go dry or may go dry we do have that option as a she said In other business the board approved the Scope of Work for a pilot dryyear option program for 1996 The district has allocated for the pro gram and additional funds will come from other entities involved The program as discussed in a previous liaison committee would involve monetary incentives for farmers to reduce irrigation pumping during dry years Schools compete to give the gift of life By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In an effort to increase the number of blood dri ves and the number of donations the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has begun a blood drive competition and an official with the center says schools are meeting the challenge Linda Bayer Assistant Director of Donor Recruit ment said most schools have one blood drive in the fall and one in the spring However she said there is an increased need for blood and additional drives are needed Because of an increase in the needs of hospital patients and blood recipients we were trying to find out how to increase the number of she said So the center started the Compete For Life High School Blood Drive competition Area schools hold blood drives and the percentage of juniors and seniors participating make up the schools scores The schools compete against other schools in the Division As of Feb 8 Smithson Val ley had percent second behind Fredericksburg with percent Bayer said New Braunfels held its first drive on Tuesday and it went well New Braunfels had a blood drive and its doing she said There are a lot of students that do a lot of good said Bayer and they never get recog nized for them This is one of those things They really are giving the gift of The competition runs through May 10 and stu dents faculty administration family and friends can donate on behalf of a school The school with the largest percentage within each division will win a spirit trophy The school with the overall highest percentage will receive toward a gift for the school An awards ceremony will be held at Pear Apple County Fair on May 25 The donors from the winning schools will get to enjoy a day at Pear Apple County Fair with unlimited midway rides until the park closes See you in 50 years Workers from Senior Flexonics bury the Sesquicentennfal time capsule outside the Chamber of Commerce building yesterday The time capsule will remain buried for 50 years and be dug up as part of the citys bicen tennial celebration in the year 2045 Dont forget today is Valentines Day or youll be sleeping on the couch tonight
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