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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Its off to the races at Retama Parlc See Sports Paqe 1B 16 pages in two sections Friday June 1996 IJ 2627 E YAMDELL OR V 4 EL PASO T surrounding areas for 144 years Home of DUHY NILIM v4 Vj vi w t i i i 4 A Inside Market tM The New Braunfels Herald Zeirungv extends birthday wishes to Joshua Lfcgiinas 7 Mary Helen Cantu Russ Whlte bottse Kristte Grace Robert Jean Holder John WIcCurdy 80 Mark Guerrero Janle S Moreno and Travis Ploch 9 To Have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count 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 down 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 12 from yesterday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea Below conservation ACS Starlight Gala tickets on sale now Reservations are now being accepted for the fourth annual American Cancer Society Starlight Gala A Night in Casablanca is the themeiforthis years Gala by Word bf Mouth Catering from Austin and dancing to the music of the Fairmonts A silent auction will add to the eveningaiid the winner of a years lease of a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe will be announced Ticket prices Start at per couple The gala will be June 15 at the Civi6 Center For more infor mation call 6296153 or 606 4115 German Folk Dancers to hold garage sale The New Braunfels German FolkDancers will have a garage sale from 9 to 5 Saturday at 1018 Harriet Drive in Canyon Lake Village West For information call 899 7042 or 8993672 Class of 86 to gather New Braunfels High School Class of will meet Friday night at the Watering Hole from 1 to 4 Saturday at Landa Park and from to Saturday at Tree Tops Diabetes Support Group to meet Pat Moore director of fgod services for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District will lead a dis cussion of a videotape enti tled Food Exchanges at the meeting of the Diabetes Sup port Group at 2 Sunday in the classroom at Central Texas Medical Center 1 301 Wonder World Drive The meeting is free and open to the public For more information call Carolyn Barnes at 3531 310 Road to Recovery The Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society Vol unteer Drive ProgramVolun teer Drivers take cancer patients for their treatments locally and to San Antonio The program covers Comal County To become a teer driver Call Bob Peterson at Commissioners pull the plu By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Fourth of July plans for area resi dents may be slightly dampened as a result of action taken by the Comal County Commissioners Court Thurs day The commissioners approved an effective Monday prohibiting aerial fireworks within the county unless it is in a safe area designated by Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann The safe have not been determined yet will be orien front 6 to 10 Monday through Thurs day 6 to 11 on Friday and Satur day and 6 to 9 on Sunday Oni July 4 the area will be open from 6 to midnight I dont think theres any doubt that this court supports a prohibition in light of the drought said Coun ty Judge Carter Casteel Willmann said he has been talking to various Organizations and groups trying to find a safe He said he has got some pretty good nibbles butlie said fire deportments in the wdrks passed by a Vote doesnt have anything firm right ryart also very because the Zamora abstained from I now He said he would like to find more than one location the number of1 people at each location v1 1 think one area would be inundat ed with people Were going to try to find he said Willmann said some organizations and departments are in favor of the limited locations for aerial fireworks and are even considering selling refreshments to the public dry conditibns make the area suscepti ble to fires They would rather sell sodas on the MirthM July ihah Jut 6ul diid1 Willmann Commissioner Cristina Zahiora read a statement she received from the Coma County Retail Fireworks 1 ciation into the record The statement said the association did not see a reason for the ban at this The order prohibiting aerial fire Aerial fireworksare those tlitat fly when lit Such fireworks can start fires out of sight of lit them fire compared to firbwofkk that do not fly I V the measure applies only to the unincorporated areas of the county Iftd does not apply to the Braunfels July 4 fireworks display at Landa Park Citizens are already banned from possessing fireworks inside city limits WILL CARRY Many local seniors take advantage of concealed weapon law By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Seventysevenyearold Hamilton Goll stands by his guns Armed by this years passing of the concealed handgun law Goll Older people are real sit ting ducks for those sleaze a 71yearold permit holder said he obtained a handgun permit to protect himself and his property These days and time you never know what youre going to run said Goll a native of New Braunfels who worked at Kelly Air Force Base most of his life You know youre not going to be around much longer but Id like to go in my own way and not have someone rush it for Recent reports from the Texas Department of own concealed Mnd guS JfsrBjpiift fdilr zip codes within CornalCounry Wid afcut 50 porccnt of them of JIn New Braunfels people over 55 make up 27 percent of the citys population acpording to statistics from the Census Bureau Statewide permit holders over 55 makeup 39 percent of the total permits As crime rates1 remain a critical concern for seniors they are increasingly obtaining permits to carry concealed handguns Older people are real sitting ducks for those said a 71yearold woman from New Braunfels who is a permit holder and did not want to be identified Women think are more vulnerable and when youre elderly youre easy According to Department of Justice data the violent crime rate is nearly 16 times higher for those under 25 than for people over 65 and 5 percent of the murder victims in 1992 were over Jim Mooney who has a shooting range outside New Braunfels and teaches the handgun training course said most of his students are seniors wanting the extra protection At least half of the seniors I trained carry a concealed Mooney said Youll nev er know until the moment of Last year the overall crime decreased percent in Texas from 1994 People who are over 60 are able to register for a permit for which is half what most others pay Within New Braunfels zip codes 78132 and percent of permit holders are white 82 percent are male and 18 percent are women There are one AftricanAmerican one 3 Asian and two Native Americans Statewide statistics show that 83 percent of permit holders are male percent are African American and under one percent are Native American and Asian No information on the number of Hispanic permit holders was available since the DPS does list the ethnic group as a race Hispanics make up about 35 percent of the New Braunfels population according 1990 census Qf reglstered to carry concealed handguns In the Comal See Handguns Page 2A County area are over the age of 55 data Senate OKs Kruegeras Botswana ambassador By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels loss will soon be Botswanas gain After a long tense waif Bob Krueger and his family are packing their bags for his next post The full Senate con firmed his appointment as the Ambas sador to Botswana The Senate voted Monday he said Krueger testified before the Senate For eign Relations Committee March 26 and since then his and 90 other appointments have been held up in the Senate Only some of the 90 have had final confirmation I have to be properly sworn in and then well be Krueger said It should be aboutamonth far different from the challenges he faced in last post The struggling Burun dian democracy is still torn by violence Working toward simple justice and equity was the challenge there he said Botswana on the other hand is poised to be a leader among African nations reaching beyond thirdworld status Botswana is the longestsustained democracy in what is called subSaharan Africa over 40 Krueger said Since Botswana gained independence in 1966 its annual per capita gross domestic product has grown 40fold Thanks in large part to diamond exporting Botswana has larger foreign currency reserves than even South Africa he said Part of Kruegers new job will be facilitat ing trade between the United States and grow ing African economies In a continent in which many fledgling democracies have been destroyed in their ear liest stages Botswanas achievementshave flown proudly and courageously as an exam pie to many he told the Senate com mittee in March Kruegers wife Kathleen and their three children will live with him in Botswana When the phone call came my daughter Mariana jumped up in the air and gave me a he said Botswana is about the size of Texas and the hot dry climate there is somewhat like that in West Texas Krueger said Botswanas plains still teem with wildlife I am told that in Botswana there is one ele phant for every 15 he said By ABE LEVY Staff Writer s Museum to unveil its new home Saturday Strike the Childrens Museum off the endangered species list Facing extinction after an eviction notice from its landlord slapped muse um officials with a crisp taste of reali ty the museums fate was tossed into the wind That was early February but just two weeks later the museums life was saved when New Brawnfels Factory Stores offered it a deal of a lifetime free space for a year Charter Oaks Partners IMS agreed to the free lease in hopes the move will also bring ip more customers for its Now move to the Faptory Stores is complete and supporters will cele brate the museums rebirth Saturday The museums Executive Director Susan Williams said after cutting through all the red tape that it took to fimUand move into the new facility sheTl be glad to cut the opening ribbon Its been a blessing in Williams said Its not something we thought was The grand opening which will begin at will include entertain ment from clowns singing a small animal safari refreshments and a spe cial visit from two Missions baseball players Weve got a good following of kids who will be excited to Williams said The museum has been shut down for a week for the move v The move resulted as Insignia Inc took over ownership in January of the museums former location in Court yard Shopping Center The museums presence was deemed inappropriate and it was given 90 days to leave The museum has Suite 530 a place in the north side of the mall next to Ernestos Jewelers After a year the agreement will be evaluated to see whether it remains mutually beneficial for businesses and the museum mall officials said The museums new exhibits include a Schlitterbahn station science lab musical instruments fossil discovery table an expanded cpstls and a the ater B i lit HerateZdluna photo by MICHAEL DARNAU Porttr Baswell got the Childrens MuMum in for ttt grind reopening For subscription or advertising informal Jon call the HerafdfZeifung at 6259 f 44
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