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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                See Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels 10 pages in one section Tuesday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of John and Pebble WIINMiw ung Vol 145 NO 69 Inside Market Dear Birthday wishes from MM HeraldZeHung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Gladys McCurfey Barlow Maxey Jennifer Brietzke Lisa Lavarez Happy anniversary wishes go to John and Debbie Williams 19 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count 1280 Mountain 14 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal 219 cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same Canyon 0am discharge 150 ds Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation NtwBraunfMtUttlttiM NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water were used Community Thrift Shop seeks donations The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations All items are welcomed Bring donations to 132 Caddell Lane a contact Pete at 6253439 for pick ups on Tuesday and vyednes i i At i i day Thrift shop houra arel am and 1 tb4 Museum cttywWe garage sale on tap The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annu al Gitywide Garage Sale from 10 to 4 March 2 at the Civic Center Booth rental for one for each addi tional Admission for adults maximum per family Accepting donations now Call 6200939 for information Outstanding CISD graduate sought Cornal Independent School District is accepting nominations for The ClSD Outstanding Grad uate for Notable Achievement Award To be eligible nominees must have graduated from Canyon High School a Smithson Valley High School at least 10 years ago Nomination forms are avaiable at both high schools and the CISD Central Office or call or 8857674 Coma County Reading Celebrate the Comal County Reading Councils first birthday at Thursday at Memo rial Primary Library The program will be Surfing and Searching Developing Reading Programs Using the World Wide Admission is free for members and for nonmembers Chamber of Commsfco mixer slated The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Busi ness After Hours is scheduled for 5 to 7 Thursday at the Hummel Museum The mixer is sponsored by Accurate Litho Printing Clear Springs Catering Decorating The Hummel Museum and Wit ting and Miller Inc The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has bjgttn registration for the agencys upcxjming Chemical Pependenby Counseling classes Classes are limited 80 sign up early For motion si 6QW32 Fire claims Canyon Lake house By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE A two alarm house fire near North Park Road kept fire crews from the Canyon Lake and Bulverde fire departments busy Mon day The Canyon Lake firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after The fire occurred at 382 Vip Drive Rosemary Johnston who lived in the house escaped the fire without any serious injuries County Fire Marshal Milton Will mann said fire crews did all they could to save the house It was fairly involved when the fire department Willmann said They had all of it knocked down good and started to enter the attic Then they just ran out of water The tanker had to go back and get more Unfortunately the fire did not let up Willmann said Winds were a continuing factor in the fire he said Once water supply was reestablished we started to protect the fence It was real ly bad There was a lot of fuel for the fire the wood and the Willmann said the fire was so hot and intense that firefighters could not even use the water from the pool next to the house to fight the fire He said the fire would have melted the fire truck if firefighters would have tried that approach Willmann said the cause of the fire was still being investigated The fire marshal said the fire started on thecast side of the house Parts of the cast south and west sides of the house were the only remnants of the edifice still standing Monday after noon Johnstons son Russcl said his mother got up and smelled something strange She woke up this morning and smelled the Russcl Johnston said She went outside to see where the fire was Then she got back inside and called the fire department They responded really fast The fire depart ment did everything they could They did an excellent HeraldZellung photo by Michael Darnall HeraldZeltung photo by Michael uarr A two alarm fire at 382 Vip Drive in Canyon Lake left a family homeless after their house was destroyed Monday morning Big debut HeraldZeiluno photo by Michael Darnell Jennifer Hampel bows to the crowd during her debut at the annual MidTexas Symphony Debutante Ball at the New Braunfels Civic Center Her escort Steven Michael Taylor left and her father Dr Frank Hampel stand proudly beside her Twentytwo young women from Comal County made their debut at the ball Saturday night No more free medical care County inmates will now pay to visit the doctor By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Dy DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SATTLER After being closed for more than a month to make room for expansion the Tye Preston Memo rial Library opened its doors to patrons Monday who saw a much bigger and less cramped facility Heaven yes I love assistant librarian Bonnie Hetherington said Library patrons gave their approval to the addition which included a meeting room two restrooms and made more space for the reference nonfiction and childrens book sections I love it because we have more room to expand for more said Debra Mor ris Before the expansion it was crowded It is now open and brighter in Morris came to the library to read to her granddaughter Kristine Quails 3 Angela Quails Kristines mother came along and enjoyed the librarys new look It makes us look like we have a bigger Angela said Morris said the expansion was overdue We needed this expansion to keep up with the she said We were fixing to get to the point were we couldnt keep up with all the The library closed Dec 31 as work ers tore down the buildings back wall to start construction Used metal shelves purchased from the San Antonio Public Library system by a Tocker Foundation grant were installed New carpeting was laid throughout the library The childrens area was moved from the front corner to the center of he library Before the expansion the chil drens area and the work area were cramped together This arrangement made for tight working spaces for library personnel Hetherington said she enjoys the much needed work space We have more room for the library volunteers and we have a lunch she said Sometimes we have two to three volunteers a day in the back area It was so cluttered but now we have space and it is spread out for every thing It is brighter and seems a lot cleaner That in itself makes it for brighter working Library director Dora Hightower said she likes the office which was built from the added space I can go in and do my work and allow volunteers to answer any ques Hightower said Hightower said the outside work landscaping painting and bricks and blocks for the pathway needs to be done before the library plans to have a grand reopening Hightower said she is still trying to get herself familiar with the new setup It will take time for volunteers and patrons to get use to the she said I even have to stop and think Where did we put that But in the long run Hightower said the addition will benefit the library Funding for the addition was raised through the Tye Preston Memorial Library Brick Parade For this fundraiser people and businesses contributed money to have their names put on the bricks and blocks used for the walkway to the The meeting room has a and will be used for library board meet ings and book reviews People can reserve the room for other meetings by making arrangements with the library Inmates of the Comal County Jail can no longer see a doctor at no charge f Instead they areTcquired td make si co payment from funds that wtillid go to personal what a county official is calling an attempt to curb abuse of the system Sheriff Bob Holder told commis sioners court Thursday that a plan has been instituted at the jail to charge inmates a copayment for medication and visits with a doctor Inmates will be charged 10 to see a doctor or den tist and for prescribed medication He said typically there is a line of inmates waiting for a visit each Mon day morning but last week there was only one person in line I think they were using the excuse to get out of their Holder said It indicates that theyre not going to take money out of their personal funds for medical Holder said the money for the visits will come from the inmates commis sary fund which is money family members send the inmates to be used for personal purchases Holder said he does not know if there will be a cost savings to the county but said it will keep inmates from abusing the sys tem by seeking treatment for illnesses not requiring a doctors care Theres no reason for the citizens of this community to pick up the cost of their medical expenses if they have the money to pay for it said Holder He saiil that although inmates will be asked to pay for medication and med ical visits the payment will not be mandatory He said inmates who arc indigent or do not have the funds will continue to get medical attention at no cost Were not going to deny medical attention to said Holder What we dont want 5s people abusing medical Second annual Polkafest a toetapping success By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Visitors from across the state filled Wursthalle during the weekend to enjoy two days of live polka music and dancing during the second annual Polkafest John Kaderli president of the Polka Band Leaders of New Bmwnfels said this years Polkafest had a larger attendance than last year He said music lovers from New Braunfels were joined by Winter Texans and individuals from as far away as Lubbock Louisiana and Nebraska We were very pleased with the attendance this said Kaderli It was a little bigger both days than it was last Pearly Sowell leader of Oma and the Oompahs said everyone had a great time at the festival and that many did not want to see the event end Sun day night I think it went real well and there were a bunch of happy Sow ell said These are avid dancers Some These are avid dancers Some of these people danced from noon until we stopped at 11 Pearly Sowell Oma and Oompahs leader of these people danced from noon until we stopped at 11 Kaderli said the Polkafest is a chance for music lovers to enjoy the German and Czech music prevalent in New Braunfels He said it is a festival orga nized by the local band leaders that is dedicated to highlighting the talent found in numerous local bands In the early part of the year theres not a lot of events going said Kaderli We decided we would just put on a festival Sowell said at the end of this years festival visitors were already asking wlien it would be held next year Kader li said Polkafest will be held at the same time next year and he expects it to draw an even bigger crowd than this year We certainly hope its Were certainly going to said Kaderli I think people are going and having fun and then going back and telling their friends about For now Kaderli said the group is recuperating from the busy weekend before it tries to determine actual atten dance or begin to plan next years festival We were tired when it ended Sun Sowell said We just getting a little rest right Kudos to volunteers Page 4   

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