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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                UnicornsBradley Clark a steady force behind the plate See Page 5 W New Bratinf els CENTS The Plaza Bandaiihd Hefald EL PASO TX 79903 12 pages in one section Thursday March Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of CLRINE SCHMIDT Vol 144 No 98 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Linda Caddell Joy Caddell EIrine Schmidt Megan Gonza les Isabel Luna and Mary Lee Hall To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Ash 0 Sycamore 0 Hackberry 0 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 238 cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 04 Get your kids fingerprinted Parents can get their chil dren photographed and fin gerprinted at KMart this Sat urday from 9 to 5 This information can be critical in the event a child is abduct ed The service is free of charge All children are required to submit a parent permission slip in order to be fingerprinted The event is sponsored by KMart and the Independent Order of Foresters Protectors of the power plant to get organized An organizational meeting of the LCRA Power Plant Pro tectors will be held at today at the Senior Citi zens Center 655 Landa Street Everyone interested in preserving the LCRA building is invited For information call Betty Lou Rushing at 625 6362 Girl Scout Spring Fling Sunday The New Braunfels Girl Scouts will have a fashion show Sunday March 31 from to The theme will be Spring Fashions on The event will be in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church All Girl Scouts and the mothers are invited For information call Sherryl Gerke at 6207275 or Jackie Hungerford at 629 3811 The Choice to be performed Sunday First Baptist Church invites the public to an Easter drama and musical presentation The Sunday March 31 and April 2 and 3 at 7 each night Admission free Bikeathon set for Saturday A Bikeathon Road Safety event sponsored by VFW Post and auxiliary and the New Braunfels Police Department will be held at the National Guard Armorny park ing lot starting at 10 Sat urday March 30 Refresh ments served after the events The winning numbers Lotto Texas 43 Est million jackpot LOTTERY If s paid for Senior Citizens Center to burn mortgage ajready planning expansion By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer A pancakeandsausage brunch will celebrate the burning of the Comal Coun ty Senior Citizens Centers mortgage Saturday Board member Al Bickham who is coordinating the brunch said he expects more than 200 people to attend the brunch at Saturday in the centers main auditorium In 1990 the Senior Citizens Foun dation borrowed to supplement more than in donations to pur chase the shopping center area at 655 Landa Street said Marie Dawson the foundations president The note was refinanced to in 1992 to pay for more renovations including the addition of a swimming pool Dawson said the center paid more money than the scheduled payments dur ing the past few years The center is planning to add square feet to its facilities It seemed like a practical thing to pay off the note before we start our new Dawson said Before moving to the Landa location in 1991 Dawson said the center with 100 members was located in a small building which was little more than one Today the center boasts more than members and has outgrown its facilities The expansion includes adding a pro fessional kitchen to cook meals for home delivery and for seniors at the center and doubling the size of the thrift shop We are going to be able to handle furniture and large Daw son said Along with membership dues and donations Dawson said the center is financed by the thrift shops profits Our thrift shop is our financial main Dawson said Funds raised from Saturdays brunch will be used for the expansion Costs for the meal are for adults and for children 12 and under Horizons 96 The Places We Call Home A Supplement to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung New Braunfels Solms Hunter Kscher Canyon Lake Spring Branch Cranes Mill Bracken Garden Badge Northclif f e Bulverde Today Lake McQueeney Geronimo Marion Lake Dunlap Gruene Breiheit Zorn dear Springs Barbarossa Citizen of the Year Unsung Heroes AustinSA rail line gains momentum Legislation written to set up governing body for new rail authority By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer First dip HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Brandon and Ashley Mayyou brave the cold weather Wednesday to try to scoop some minnows out of the wading pool at Landa Park SAN MARCOS New Braunfels and Comal Coun ty could be represented by two members on a commuter rail governing body proposed at the Greater AustinSan Antonio Cooridor Coalition Wednesday night The coalition also approved a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct a feasi bility study on the benefits of a commuter rail system from San Antonio to Austin The governing body is detailed in draft legislation writ ten by State Sen Gonzalo Barrientos DAustin and Sen Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio The coalitionpassed a resolution asking cities and counties along the AustjnSsn Antonio Coordior to review and comment on the legislation before June i The legis lation would be introduced during next years session Janet Kennison adminstrator for the San Antonio Met ropolitan Planning Organization said the resolution was taking the commuter rail beyond a good She added if passed the legislation would provide lead ership and direction for the commuter rail system How long will it take for the conductor to yell All Aboard asked Austin State Rep Elliott Naishtat Kennison said after implementation of the governing body the first train ride could take place within five years The commuter rail district which would have no taxing authority would be composed of the following mem bers two appointed by the state transportation one from each city and county along the Interstate 35 cooridor if approved by the local government one from San Antonios planning organization one from the Austin planning organization one from the San Antonio business and one repre senting Austin business one from the VIA Metropolitan Transit serving San Antonio one member from the Capital Metropolitan Trans portation Authority which serves Austin one member from Bexar County which represents the transportation to rural areas of the county one member from Travis County which represents the transportation to rural areas and one member appointed by other board members to represent the cities and counties without a member on the board Mike Aulick executive director of the Austin Trans portation Study said the commuter train which most likely would run on existing Union Pacific lines could be financed through a variety of ways from direct state funding to franchising the rail to a private corporation Kennison said the feasibility study would provide pro jections for the amount of riders as well as suggestions for funding In other business the coalition adopted a resolution asking the Texas Transportation Commission to identify funds for lowerpriority repairs including the widening of Interstate 35 through New Braunfels Kennison said the resolution may pack a stronger punch than earlier requests because it was passed by both San Antonio and Austin leaders The earliest start date for the expansion through New Braunfels would be 1999 Kennison said although the res olution asks for an earlier starting date NBISD develops new guide to help students plan their course work By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Incoming freshmen at New Braun fels High School will be now be given a course work planning guide to help them make informed choices on the right classes for them Debbie Fitsko administrative assis tant of community vocational and adult education presented the planning guide Career Pathways to the board of trustees at their meeting on Tuesday The booklets contain information on graduation options tech prep programs terminology and a brief description of every course offered at the high school Fitsko said the booklet also provides students with a suggested sequence of courses for a particular occupational area She said the goal of the booklet is to give students an opportunity to develop a more per sonalized education We want to help them to be able to prepare a more personalized said Fitsko We hope this will help key them in so they can make better Fitsko said the booklets will be updated for every new freshman class She also said some form of evaluation will be developed to find out if the booklet helped prepare the students for advanced course work when that time comes In other business Dr Ellen Bell director of curriculum presented for the boards review the 199697 secondary course offerings for OakRun New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School She said the course offerings are designed to make sure all students meet local and state requirements for graduation In addition to the courses from last year several new courses were offered These include an exploratory language for the middle school and preparation classes at the high school Hospitality Occupations Law Enforce ment and Childhood Professions have also been added to the Vocational Labs and On the Job Training portion Bell said several students have expressed interest in these courses and she is hopes they will sign up for it Students and their parents will receive a description of all the course offerings during preregistration Vets fighting complacency about rabies By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor With articles about the two rabies outbreaks in Texas largely out of the news in recent months local veterinarians are afraid pet owners are again becoming too complacent about keeping their pets vaccinations up to date But the epidemic of rabies among foxes in the Hill Country and the rabies epidemic among coyotes in South Texas continue to take their toll Here in Comal County we are right in the middle of where the two outbreaks would tend to cross over each other if and when that said veterinarian Mike Doherty Last year the rabies outbreaks got more press leading to a 20 percent increase in vaccinations given at Dohertys office This year even though the rabies epi demics continue they are old news and vaccinations have dropped 15 percent from last year We are just about back to where we Doherty said He estimated that only about 50 percent of dogs and cats in the county are vaccinated against rabies which is not sufficient to provide a barrier against rabies spreading to humans We would like to see that clos er to 80 percent We know well never get 100 percent Having pets vaccinated provides an invis ible barrier to rabies going from wild animals to pets and then to Doherty said When half the pets are left unprotected it creates the possi bility of a rabies outbreak among animals that come in contact with people every day Complacency is a time Doherty said To defuse that bomb the Comal County Veterinary Medical Asso ciation is sponsoring a rabies clin ic Saturday from to 4 at the county fairgrounds in What Rabies Clinic Where Comal County Fairgrounds and Rre Stations 1 and 2 at Canyon Lake When Saturday to 4 How Much for vaccina tions for dogs and cats plus for license unless you have proof that the animal is already licensed New Braunfels and at Fire Sta tions 1 and 2 at Canyon Lake Vaccinations cost plus for a county or city license unless pet owners show proof that they have already bought a license Keep cats in carriers and dogs in carriers or on leashes We did almost 700 vaccina tions last year We would like to that again this Doherty said This is the only rabies clinic that will be held this year Rain allows commissioners court to issue temporary lifting of burn ban By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The recent rainy weather has done more than just offer a little relief to those worry ing about crops and endangered species It has allowed the county judgeto temporar ily remove the bum ban Comal County Judge Carter Casteel tem porarily lifted the bum ban effective about noon on Wednesday County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said the ban was lifted for economic He said there is a lot of building going on in the county and those people need to be able to burn Will mann said that is why the ban has been lift ed if only for a couple of days Its fairly safe right now because things are saturated and wet so we recommended it be lifted he said However Willmann said the county has only received about half an inch in most places He said that is not enough for a more permanent removal of the ban I dont think the rains have been he said Well probably reeval uate the situation Friday and make anoth er In the meantime he said the county needs rain However how much is hard to say We just need for the grass to turn green and the trees to start burning Then the ban wont be said Willmann According to the National Weather Ser vice the next chance of rain for the area is not until Saturday Thursdays forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high near 70 and a southeast wind at 5 to 10 miles per hour Thursday night will be mostly cloudy with lows in the low 50s Friday is supposed to be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 70 to upper 80s Saturdays forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a chance for showers or thun derstorms with highs in the mid 70s to near 80 For subscription or advertising information call the at 6259f 44   

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