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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Unicorn Relays coming Friday See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS DK ISO 79903 February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of GEORQE WASHINGTON SOEFJE Vol 144 No 73 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lillian Robinson George Wash ington Soefje 88 Cheri Horkman and Sharon Tate Mr and Mrs Melvin Tausch 49 Pollen Count MoldNA ElmNA Ashe Pollen measured In parts per cubfc meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 08 Students to wash cars Saturday The Junior Class of New Braunfels High School will hold a car wash Saturday Feb 24 from 10 to 4 at Jack in the Box and at Oak wood Tire Service on Walnut from noon to 5 Donations are appreciated All proceeds will go to benefit Queen of Hearts activities at NBHS Meet the GOP candidates The public is invited to the primary candidates forum sponsored by the New Braun fels Republican Women on Feb 22 from 7 to 9 in the board room at the NBISD Administration Build ing All Republican candi dates will be invited to speak and answer questions Call 6290388 Head Start to hold garage sale Comal County Head Start 1023 West Bridge St will have a garage sale and raffle this Saturday Feb 24 from 8 to 3 No early birds please Garage sale dona tions are being accepted up until Friday Great prizes too many to list All proceeds go to the children View annual chamber meeting The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Leg islative Affairs Committee in association with the Chamber of Commerce and TCI Cablevision invite the public to view the 1996 Chamber of Commerce annu al meeting Viewing will be possible through a satellite downlink and TCI Cablevision on Cable Channel 20 this Monday Feb 26 from to Blue Chip Award announcements will be made and a bipartisan panel from the House and Senate will debate the 1996 legisla tive agenda and predict the outcome of the November elections Lotto Texas 27 44 fcf LOTTERY Est million jackpot This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Childrens Museum i finds new location By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels has already come through with a new home for the Childrens Museum in New Braun fels Supporters and community leaders will leam the exact location at a lunch meeting today We knew when we were faced with this challenge that wed find out whether the commu nity wanted the museum or said Museum Director Susan Williams The Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr I think its an appropriate thing that the museum be oubaii wuiiams me communitys answer funded by to the Childrens t3X Museum was loud and clear A flood of community support said the com munity wants the CMNB to continue Williams was informed on Feb 1 that a large nation al real estate firm was buying the Courtyard Shop ping Center the museums present home The new owners said the museum would have to vacate the building by May 1 According to the owners representative the muse um does not fit the mix planned for this Williams said We think we fit the mix of our com munity when it comes to providing for quality of life educational enrichment and wholesome family As I see it it has a real learning potential for chil dren that go said Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr I think that its an appropriate thing that the museum be funded by tax Civic leaders are coming for a luncheon were going to do a little Williams said The CMNB still has a lot of complex hurdles to cross she said and can use all the creative thinking available Moving one family is a tough task Williams said Multiply that by all the exhibits the museum has and you get a mountain of problems and details especial ly if youre working under a time crunch she said Weve had a lot of people volunteer trucks and she said which is But the mov ing museum will still have to deal with electrical and phone facilities in its new home There will be other things well still be asking the community she said I hope there are private enterprises who can donate their buildings free of charge or at a substantial reduc Fraser said Williams has gotten offers of help from Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek to Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr to area entertainers Ive got a nice letter on my desk from Michael she said He says he has to be in Austin but we want you to know that the Chamber will help in any way that we People have volunteered to raise funds All kinds of offers from Ill help you lift to Til do your electri cal inspections Williams said Weve had a very gratifying she said But more community support will still be needed Were not quite out of the woods the concern isnt really To help the CMNB make its move call the museum at 6200939 Texas sees record heat scores of wildfires By The Associated Press At least a couple of more days of record breaking heat lie ahead for Texas only three weeks after ice storms paralyzed much of the state Nineteen of Texas 39 weather service sta tions reported record highs Wednesday for Feb 21 with Laughlin Air Force Base at IV Rio credited with the nations hottest readir 103 On Feb 4 a wintry blast plummeted Hous ton to a record 22 degrees and dumped snow in North Texas and the Panhandle The cause of the heat the National Weath er Service said is a ridge of high pressure west of Texas that has sent dry winds from New Mexico and Arizona The only rain that could have cooled the mercury has stalled in Oklahoma and Arkansas said Wendy Wong a weather ser vice meteorologist in League City Texas Were stuck in a dry pattern for at least a couple more Ms Wong said A Pacific cold front is expected to reach Texas on Saturday A lack of rain coupled with dry foliage low humidity and high winds have fueled wildfires across the state even though outdoor burning has been banned in scores of Texas counties Several large grass fires burned on Wednes day in rural areas outside Fort Worth Fire fighters had to bring in water by truck to many of those areas because fire hydrants are so scarce One fire continued to rage today over Park er Wise and Jack counties to the west and northwest of Fort Worth consuming homes and destroying property But for many the hot temperatures were a welcome sight The thermometer at Victoria Bank and Trust on yesterday The thermometer had read 100 degrees earlier In the day Amy Fuller a 20yearold University of Texas student went swimming in Austins Barton Springs pool Wednesday something she never expected to do in February Wow 99 degrees Thats crazy But I love this she told the Austin Amer icanStatesman Jerry Albert Air Conditioning in business in San Antonio since 1954 was doing a furi ousbusiness Ive been here all my life and Ive seen it cold and Ive seen it hot But I cant remem ber it getting this hot this early I hope this will be a sign of things to come We kind of root for owner Jerry Albert said Besides the unofficial high of 103 at Laugh lin Air Force Base official highs reached 100 in San Antonio and Laredo and 99 at Del Rio itself The high of 95 reported in Dallas obliter ated a 71yearold record for the date of 83 Wacos high of 96 shattered a 78yearold daily record of 84 Abilene Alice Amarillo Austin Bryan College Station Corpus Christi Cotulla Houston Junction Lubbock McAJIen Mid landOdessa San Angelo and Wichita Falls all reported record highs Wednesday The relative humidity in the Dallas area was around 14 percent Wednesday afternoon The San Antonio area has not had mea surable rainfall in more than 50 days Hot dry weather spawning more and more grass fires By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer About 50 acres of Bulverde grassland burned yesterday in a blaze that started at the road It could possibly be a passing ciga rette or a hot said Bul verde Volunteer Fire Department Chief Raylon Schleuder It started at Blanco Road about a half mile out from 46 right next to the Reeves he said The Reeves family let firefighters use their property as a center of oper ations Schleuder said The Bulverde VFD got the first call at about We were complete at about last Schleuder said Although there were buildings in the general area no structures were actually endangered Fire units from Bexar Bulverde Spring Branch Canyon Lake and Boeme helped battle the fire All the water was trucked in We did the shuttle building a swimming pool to use as a holding he said We probably used about to The firefighters also used two cases of Joy soap It stretches the water reduces the surface ten sion so it clings to the grass and evaporates more Schleud er said If you go with soap you HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A member of the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department douses flames at another grass fire in the county yesterday dont have A Schleuder said is really a small pocket of fire that didnt get put out in the first place As each day of hot dry weather continues more grass fires are expected he said In fact while fighting the Bulverde grass fire the Spring Branch Boerne and Canyon Lake fire departments had to answer calls in their own areas We got a temperature yesterday at 5 of 95 degrees with 15 percent Schleuder said With conditions like that even a hot car exhaust can start a grass fire the most dangerous time of day for grass fires is from noon to about 6 Dont be burning he said If it does get off of your property and it was a controlled bum you can be financially NBISD approves calendar for next school year By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZaltungpbQlQ by MICHAEL DARNALL Junior Miss Program coming Mykel Pierce practices a routine for the Junior Miss Scholarship Program The scholarship program will be held Feb 23 and 24 at 7 at the Civic Center Tickets are at the door or can be bought from any New Braunfels Junior Miss contestant Thirty teenagers will compete for the title of New Braunfels Junior Miss making it the citys largest Junior Miss Program ever The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School district approved a school calendar for the 199697 school year and little has changed from the current calendar NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said 18 calendars were sub mitted for consideration However when a vote was taken one clearly had a majority of the votes from district employees the superintendents parent advisory group parents and business representatives on sitebased decision making teams and members ofthe Chamber of Commerce Board and Education Committee This is the first time in a number of years a calendar got the majority of the initial said Brad berry This calendar clearly got the majority of votes and thats why its the one were bringing to According to the approved calen dar the first day of school is Aug 15 and the semester ends Dec 20 Brad berry said this is very similar to the current calendar The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce sub mitted a calendar for consideration and chamber president Michael Meek said their calendar which tied for third had a starting date of Aug 19 The only thing that really concerned us was the starting said Meek We wanted to start on Aug 19 because we wanted to get one more weekend in A weekend in August is worth a week in May or Bradberry said the proposed calen dars had starting dates ranging from early August all the way through mid August However he said the calendars with starting dates around the 15th tended to receive the most votes The calendar that was approved had recieved 277 votes with the second place calendar receiving 102 We kind of made a commitment to area businesses to try and not start school any earlier People see the Aug 15 starting date as a compromise between the needs of the teaching process and the needs ofthe business Meek said the Chamber is not fin ished with the discussion ofthe school calendar just yet He said they still have to wait to see what how early the Comal 1SD will start A proposed cal endar will be presented to the CISD board of trustees in March Public hearing will let public get scoop on tire burning See Opinion Page 4   

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