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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Unicorns take Alamo Heights in extra innings See Sports Page 7 ISO CENTS salute to the dough boy 18 pages In one section Wednesday February HeraldZ 182 410 ty 7 990 l 1X Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of MICHELLE DUNCAN Vol 144 No 77 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Michelle Duncan Mary Ann Feltner Shirley Wymer Edna DierkVoigt 88 Caroline Achay Donna Denby Caroline Drummond Patty McGuffey and Roman Trejo Pollen Count Mold Elm Mulberry 0 Hackberry 4 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 Classic Car Show Rileys Tavern and Ice House 8894 FM 1102 in Hunter will hold a Classic Car Show featuring music by the Stretch Williams Band Satur day March 2 Registration at noon judging at 3 Prizes will be given Event benefits San Marcos Area Youth Shel ter For information call 512 3923132 CPR Class offered Saturday March 2 a CPR class wilj be offered The cost is for six interested call Travis White at 6515523 Dispose of old flags the right way The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Auxiliary Unit is planning a flag retirement ceremony If you have an American flag that has gotten tattered torn shredded or bleached out and is no longer suitable to be dis played call Joan at 6291252 Flags will be picked up and retired properly in an upcom ing ceremony Help the Community Band get to Germany Spaghetti and Sousa will be on the program when mem bers of the Comal Community Band perform at a fundraiser supper and concert Feb 29 at the Oak Run School A spaghetti dinner will be served from to and the band will per form from 7 to 8 Cost is per person with proceeds going to help the band travel to Germany this summer The New Braunfels High School Jazz Band will perform from to For information call Ken McGuire at 6257728 Wind Ensemble to perform at NBHS The McMurry University Wind Ensemble will perform Thursday Feb 29 at New Braunfels High School at The 45member ensem ble will perform selections including Jagers Third Suite Lubys supports Project Graduation Every time you visit the New Braunfels Lubys between now and April 30 Lubys will donate five percent of your total bill to Project Graduation This year Lubys will donate 10 percent every time you visit on a Monday or Tuesday Cards from each school have been distributed to students and their families and can be found in various locations Composting funds sought Schwab looks to expand rural recycling ByDENISEDZlUK Staff Writer Five months into the program County Commissioner Moe Schwab is calling rural recycling a success and is looking for ways to enhance the program The rural recycling pro gram began on Sept 11 A yearend report on the pro gram showed house holds in Comal County County recycling sites and participating in the program It also showed the County was able to divert 150 tons of material from the county landfill and earned an income of Schwab said the participation in the program has been and continues to improve He said there are several days when a dump truck from the road department has to be used because the 10 trash the pickup are full This happens generally every Wednesday and sometimes on dif ferent hesaid In feet without the road department truck we would have a hard time making Schwab said that due to the success of the rural recycling program efforts are under way to enhance the program He said he hopes the county will be able to start baling material and storing it until prices go up and He said the county has also applied for a grant that would be used for additional equipment for the recycling part of the program However he said another application is being submitted that would be used to start a composting program as well In all the two grants total about Schwab said he has been told mil lion worth of applications have been submitted requesting funds from the available and the county will have to wait and see what happens We may get part of it or we may get none of it Im not going to go to the county and use their funds at this said Schwab so if I get any of it Ill be tickled to Schwab said funds received from the grant application for the composting program will be used to purchase a tractor and a wood chipper He said people will be able to bring in leaves yard waste and tree limbs to be made into compost The individual would receive a voucher and could come back in six months to a year and receive compost He said he would also like to set a deal to collect it from residents in the city but no detailed plans have been yet Im trying to do is keep it out of said Schwab Besides they have to pay the landfill but they Wont have to pay the photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jason Canales of the Comal County Road Department drilfs the holes needed to anchor the new baler Into the cement pad behind the county yard However he saidit will be the end of March before the county knows how much if any funds have been granted Until then the composting program is on hold but the rural recycling program is full steam ahead jFarjrnore information on droprdff locations for rural recy cling call 210 6205501 or 210 New historic preservation rules pass Ordinance requires 100 percent approval before districts formed By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Water study could lead to cooperation between groups By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer An agreement among participants outlining the goals of the TransTexas Water Program study will hopefully usher in an era of coop eration among the interest groups in the area GuadalupeBlanco River Authority General Manager Bill West said on Monday The bottom line is that this process will be composed of a variety of interest West said Candidly we have had criticism from farmers irrigators interest groups in San Antonio and the lower Guadalupe that their voices have not been heard before This is a concentrated effort to bring people into the process and have their voices The TransTexas Water Program study is funded by the Texas Water Development Board The purpose of the statewide study is to evaluate a full range of water management strategies and water supply alternatives for onethird of the states population The study is divided into three study areas around the state The TransTexas studys ultimate goal is to identify the most cost effective and environ mentally sensitive ways for meeting water needs for the next 50 years GBRA along with the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation is one of 10 water systems river authorities and other state and local agen cies involved in the study in the WestCentral area The WestCentral area encompasses the San Antonio Nueces Guadalupe and Lower Col orado river basins the Edwards Aquifer area and 33 counties The first phase of the study looked into iden tifying alternatives for water use Phase two of the study will look into getting public input concerning the water options for the region By having a voice in the process West said people will feel they will have an impact on the final outcome of a regional water plan Once you have input and are involved in the process as it goes along you feel like you have some ownership in West said The four objective principles of participation released by the Policy Management Commit tee emphasize the committees efforts to be inclusive seek input communicate and be held accountable to the public Trust is the very utmost important thing of this West said If the process is going to have any credibility it must be depen dent upon New Braunfels has a new but some wouldnt say improved historic preservation ordinance The city council approved the amended law in a fourtothree vote Monday night The amended ordinance sets out rules to form historic districts with 100 percent approval of property owners in the districts required The law was introduced so that New Braunfels could join many other Texas cities in becoming a Certified Local Government That would make it eligible for a portion of federal funds to promote New Braunfels history The concept of historic districts sparked a contro versy that continued through Mondays meeting When were looking at preserving the historic buildings in this town we must have pushed a hot said res ident Allen Seelhammer To become a CLG a city has to have a provision for forming historic districts where the integrity of historic buildings is preserved with tighter rules regarding remod eling or tearing down buildings The city council had trouble deciding whether 100 per cent or 75 percent of residents in an area should have to approve in order for it to become a historic district percent approval is a slap to the people who are trying to preserve the historic places in this Seel hammer said Unless there is enough latitude 75 percent there is no reason to pass this ordinance at another resident said Councilman Tim Walker said that with 100 percent approval the ordinance still left plenty of room to form historic districts of different shapes and sizes without forcing anyone to participate Theres already a momentum to preserve historic buildings in New Braunfels Walker said The thing is going to he said Its capitalism What youre asking is an artificial construction to speed the New Braunfels is the only Texas CLG so far that requires 100 percent approval for historic districts The next highest approval rate in the state is under 70 percent Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers moved to amend the ordinance so 75 percent of owners had to approve to form a historic district Councilman Juan Luis Martinez May or Paul E Eraser Jr and Bowers voted for the 75 percent The other four council members voted against leav ing the ordinance with 100 percent approval intact The measure passed with Council members Jan Kennady Brenda Freeman Ray Schoch and Walker voting in favor I look down the street and I see an old home reno said resident Leonard Meyer The gentleman who did it did not ask you or anybody else He did it because it affords him the comfort and style of living that he If everyone wants to do it thats Kennady said but if somebody cant afford or just doesnt want to thats an infringement on their property Five local students selected as National Merit Scholarship finalists By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer In September six local high school seniors were named semifinalists in the 1996 National Merit Scholarship Program Since that time the field has been narrowed down even more and five of the six are still finalists for the program that may earn them national scholarships Kate Bell Tamarra Jenkin and Ser gio Vargas of New Braunfels High School and Mark Kremkus and Ryan Stewart of Canyon High School were among approximately finalists named by the National Merit Schol arship Corporation These five are in the running for approxi mately Merit Scholarship awards totaling about million Bell daughter of Joe and Ellen Bell plans to go into pediatrics but will first study classic literature as an under graduate to give her a wellrounded education She will attend Brown Uni versity Bell said her parents have had the biggest influence on her because they encourage learning Jenkin daughter of John and Deirdre Jenkin said she plans to major in math and computer science and would like to be a college professor some day Jenkin said her teachers and schooling in general have had the biggest influ ence on her academic success because of their enthusiasm for learning and their support of her Vargas son of Joe and Yolanda Var gas wants to major in prelaw He said hes interested in law because of the rhetoric of the law and its openness to interpretation Kremkus son of Manfred and Ellen Kremkus said he would like to be an electrical or chemical engineer He said his parents have invested a lot in his education and he is very appreciative of them Stewart son of David and Cathrine Stewart has just recently been nomi nated to attend the United States Air Force Academy by Congressman Lamar Smith and would really like to be an Air Force pilot Stewart said it is hard to say what has been the biggest influence however he said it would probably have to be good teachers motivating him to learn Elaine Detweiler Public Informa tion Director for NMSC said over million juniors in high schools across the country entered the competition by taking the 1994 Preliminary Merit Scholarship Qual ifying Jest She said these test scores Tamara Jenkin Kate Bell and Sergio Vargas were then used as a screen to deter mine the semifinalists The test scores are all very high The number of semifinalists is about one half of one percent of the graduat ing she said Detweiler said these students must also have an outstanding academic record be recommended by the high school principal and submit SAT scores that confirm the earlier test scores She said the students activities interests and goals mentioned in the detailed application and the self descriptive essays were considered in determining the finalists All of this has to be taken into con said Detweiler Its not just determined by their test Detweiler said about 90 percent of Stewart Kremkus the semifinalists became finalists and are competing for various scholarships worth mil lion The NMSC will announce the 1996 Merit Scholarship recipients beginning next April Three types of merit schol arships will be awarded collegespon sored awards National Merit Scholarships and corporatesponsored scholarships Detweiler said the amount of money each winner receives is not a lot but it is helpful when you consider the cost of college She said the aim of the program is to highlight the importance of higer edu cation Its to focus the publics attention on academic excellence and the need for good educational said Detwieler Mending the relationship between the public the media and politicians See Page 4
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