Tuesday, February 11, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Rangers beat Cougars to earn postseason berth See Page 5 50 CENTS lOOV lit 10 paged In one section Tuesday February IX 7990 Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Plecher Vol 145 No 64 Inside Dear Slcimmtisch Birthday from HmldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeltung extends birthday wishes to Irma Fischer 80 years Domey Joann Padter Sue Bantaton Jeanne Guenther Jennifer Wilson Adam Hunt Mramiro Manzur Glenn Schnei der Craig Chrfetophenton Kristl Ann Dietcrt 6 years Megan Lemmom PreMe Curtis Teresa Simmons Johnny Zamarripa 1 year old Dolores Acker Chris Wommach 14 years Happy anniversary wishes go to Gretchen and Ray Kaderil 2 Paul and Rita Hudson Mr And Mrs Howard Bran denburg 45 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Polltn Count Mold Mountain Pollen moasurod In parts per cubic meter ot air Information provided by Or Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond unchanged from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation NewBrauntoteUtimiM NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Mcfiday and gttorno wed waw ware UBod Democratic Women coffee on tap The Democratic Women will have a membership and plan ning coffee meeting from 5 to 6 today at Thea Chesshers home Slated Is a visit with Ms Mike Manklns vol unteer executive director of the Texas Democratic Women Everyone is inviied USDA commodities giveaway The Community Council of South Central Texas will issue USDA commodities to income eligible households from 8 to 5 today at 487 Roth Loop Supply is limited issued on firstcome firstserved basis Singing Valentines available New Braunfels Barbershop Singers will provide singing Valentines on Wednesday and Thursday for including a longstem rose Singing Valentines on Valen tines Day will be Proceeds will be used to correct hearing and speech defects in infants Call Comal Flowers at 625 7575 to order Working women meeting scheduled The New Braunfels Business and Professional Womens Club will meet at Wednes day at the Holiday Inn The meeting will Include din ner and guest speaker Bart Bartholomew a representative of the local Habitat for Human ity All working women are invited to call Jeanette Prell at 609 j48Q for Information or lions Spurs welcome New fans The San Antonio Spurs will play host to New Braunfels res idents Saturday when they bat tle the Atlanta Hawks during New Braunfels Spurs Night Tickets are now available at Vrvrogx Sporting Prices range from to Parkarea residents side with deer Preliminary survey indicates wildlife considered bigger asset than nuisance By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The citys Deer Management Com mittee discussed the preliminary results of a neighborhood survey that showed the deer pose few problems and do not need curtailment its chairman said Monday Meeting for the second time the 15 mcmbcr committee hammered through the results of 244 surveys of a doorto door campaign in neighborhoods where deer populations reportedly exist which is primarily the Landa Park area Committee chairman Larry Ander son stressed that the results were pre liminary and did not indicate the com mittees final recommendation The preliminary surveys also sug I Architect for library approved 2 I Rfver safety committee eyes broadbased plan 3 gcstcd that the deer arc eating land scnpc vegetation and causing traffic problems primarily on the northwest area of Loop 337 Still the majority of viewpoints indi cated people thought the deer were more of an asset than a nuisance Here comes the king HoraldZoltung photo by Michael Durnall Pete Schlumberger of New Braunfela wavee to the crowd at the Galveeton Mardl Graa celebra tion Schlumbtrgtr was crowned King Frivoloua for the party that welcomed more than people to the laland over the weekend He waa on the lead float during the King Momua Parade which Is the high light of the preUnten celebration Theater group advances to state competition j f By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Circle Arts Theatre play was recently judged one of the best per formances in the Central Texas region On Feb 1 the Circle Arts Theatre group performed its play Greetings during the Quad No 3 competition for the Texas NonProfit Theatres Inc at the Josephine Theatre in San Antonio Because of this distinction the six member crew will compete at TNPT state competition March 20 to 23 in Fort Worth at the William E Scott Theatre Theater director Elizabeth Elliott said the cast and crew of Greetings definitely deserved the honor Every one of them is very dedicate Elliott said There are no prima donnas on the cast They are dedicated to the wholeness of the The judge was also impressed by the casts performance Elliott said One of the tilings the adjudicator said was he was impressed by the obvi ous bonding that was present on the stage They established who they were at the beginning The show related to people from beginning to The play deals with a Catholic fam ily in Pittsburgh named Gorski The father Phil is played by Bob Lan drum Emily his wife is played by Christie Smith Stephen Schaeffer plays the older son Andy while Rob Wicall plays the retarded son Nickey The play deals with the conflict that ensues when Andy brings his fiancee Randi a Jewish atheist to the familys home for Christmas vacation The part of Randi is played by 18 yearold New Braunfels High School senior Robin Williams Williams did not play the role of Randi when the Circle Arts Theatre began performing the play in October Landrum said that Williams turned in a fine performance nevertheless I was excited she could hang in Lamlrum said During the Quad No 3 competition Schaeffer and Wicall were named lo the allstar cast The Circle Arts Theatre group com peted against five other companies in the regional competition At state the group will compete against eight other nonprofit theatre companies Hlliott said the audience and peers alike loved the performance her cast gave Our company received the one and only sustained standing she said People seemed to see we have deer because thats what makes New Braunfels what it is as opposed to San Anderson said Anderson said the preliminary sur veys target residential communities where deer populations have been noticed and arc not intended lo cover the entire city boundaries The committee was formed about one month ago by city council and is cliarged with detennining whether Ihe deer are a problem that merit city action The committees next meeting is scheduled for March 3 and will include a presentation by an expert botanist from Austin and a video on a reflector system that has proven o reduce deer automobile collisions by as much as 60 to 90 percent Anderson said The committee also is expected hear information on designating grccnbelt areas where deer are known to travel That system would help developers construct buildings and plant vegetation that would deter the deer from the area Never too soon to be prepared Planning key to future of countys emergency services By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Glenn Mueller the 15year lire chief of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Depart ment has one solution for ihe growth coming into Comal County affecting future emergency services in the area lie prepared The way to counter the growth is lo gel so far ahead of the game now instead of gelling behind so thai there will not have to be a drastic rise in Mueller said The same concern Mueller has about growth was expressed by County Commissioner Danny Scheel during Comal County Commissioners Court meeting Thursday Scheel whose district includes the Bracken area is worried that popula tion growth in Ihe nexl 10 years will catch lire departments and HMS per sonnel in western Comal County and Canyon Lake off guard if something is not done immediately Scheel said a committee is needed lo deal with the subject of growth and emergency services in the county The committee was approved by commis sioners and members of the committee will be appointed Currently the lire departments in the rural Comal County gel their fund ing from lire districts Fire districts arc created by Ihe county and by law can collect up to three cents per prop erty valuation Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kaylon Schlueder has witnessed first hand the growth that has come into the Bulverde area We have been watching the popu lation Schlueder said We have been keeping an eye on it We are real concerned about it because we are in the middle of Schlueder said since 1991 calls to his department have nearly tripled We went up from 97 calls in 1991 lo 253 in he said Schlueder said about 50 percent of his calls deal with major traffic acei denls along I lighway 2SI which carries traffic to and from San Antonio We had Kl major accidents last Schlueder said Because of Ihe frequency of acci dents the lire department bought a new rescue truck last year In 1996 we bought a new rescue truck because the old one we had we got in Schlueder said Since well over 50 percent of our calls are wrecks we had a need fora more mod ern and improved rescue Schlueder said the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department started planning for growth live years ago We liavc been doing live year plans for the last live he said On one of our live year plans we ate up in three years The Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department has 32 volunteers and two fulltime paid personnel one of Ihein Schlueder who are on call from H to 5 on weekdays The committee can do one tiling Ilia would help emergency services in ihe The way to counter growth is to get so far ahead of the game now instead of getting behind so that there will not have to be a drastic rise in Chief Glenn Mueller Bracken Volunteer Fire Department county Schlueder said They can figure out how to assist us with he said They have had real success getting grants for rur al recycling Maybe we need someone on the county level who could do that They need to research that It will help fire and Distance and response lime are two factors firefighters have to face when fighting fires al Canyon Lake Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lcs Wyalt If he fireman is away around the northside of the lake it would take 20 minutes to gel to the Wyalt said We have one fulllime person and one parttime on duly person trying to cover 250 square The department has about 40 mem bers with three fulltime personnel and six parttimers The fire depart ment has six stations around the lake Wyalt said he has many volunteers who are accessible al Ihe lake during the daytime Fortunately we have several people who own businesses so hey can drop what they are doing and help he said Wyall said more funds could help his department add more personnel We are doing belter on equipment than we were doing a few years Wyall said It would be nice if we could get a minimum of three full lime paid Mueller said his department has a good response time lo fires The department has 21 volunteers and wo fulllime people on duly one on a different shift during weekdays During Ihe day our response limes are Mueller said On week ends and evenings our response limes are not as good because we dont have the paid people on duly We have lo rely on volunteers on evenings and The department covers 75 square miles including Garden Kidgc New subdivisions are popping up in the area and those subdivisions are bringing in more people and straining lire department resources Mueller said Most of the subdivisions Ixiiny built do not have a central water system and with something like that you have lo bring water on Ihe Mueller said The trucks that carry large amounts of water are very expensive One of the concerns of subdivisions having no central water system is that we will have lo buy two tanker with ihe way ihe area is grow ing A tanker pumper that can carry to gallons can cost around SI lot Bob Walker Spring Branch Volun teer Fire Department Chief said Turn to Prepared Page 2 No place for politics in education decisions Page 4

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