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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Farther realizes dream as Olympic coach See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 16 pages in two sections Wednesday April Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more i4t years Home of Natalie Grandma Koepp Vol 145 No Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ortencia Vargas Kimberly Walls James Denby Natalie Grandma Koepp 83 years Janice Neff 50 years Jloyd Kaigler Bill Hay Lacey Jackson 11 years Richard Zapata Happy anniversary wishes go to Jimmy C and Ethel D Ander son 20 Gary and Terri Brotze 10 Ed and Tina Gberges 26 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Oak Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 250 cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 02 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 699 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 515 Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and gallons of well water were used Voter registration deadline Thursday The last day to register to vote in the May 3 City Council races is Thursday Eligible residents can go to the first floor of the Comal County Annex 150 N Seguin Ave and fill out a voter registra tion card that is handled by the county tax assessorcollector Districts 3 and 4 of the city council are up for election and include north and east sections of New Braunfels For more information call the city secre tary at 6082100 Early voting for Tejeda seat ends Tuesday Residents in the Con gressional District 28 have until Tuesday to voice their choice early regarding which of the two remaining candidates should be the successor to the late Congressman Fpnk Tejeda Democrats Giro Rodriguez and Juan Solis earned spots in the runoff election by capturing the top two spots in the March 15 special election returns The runoff will be held April 12 Ear ly voting for the seat runs through Tuesday The only ear ly voting polling will be in room 306 in the Courthouse Polls will be open from 8 to Monday through Friday Spring cleanup slated for Saturday The City of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Spring citywide cleanup Saturday April 5 at the landfill on Freiheit The landfill will be open from 9 to 3 and will provide city residents a chance to dispose of waste free of charge up to one pickup load per household No hazardous materials will be accepted or items such as appliances bat teries or tires City officials encourage the public to take care of this onceayear oppor tunity to get rid of waste The free offer is not available to commercial or contractor disposal The city will also collect scrap tires for free from 8 to 1 Saturday at the New Braunfels High School For more information call Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager at 6082100 ext 18 Friends family remember Romina By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer In the back yard of her mothers home along the banks of the Guadalupe River family members and hundreds of friends honored the mem ory of Romina Sanchez on Tuesday afternoon Under a canopy set up along the riv er bank Rominas mother Sylvia Sanchez spoke about her daughter Her life was a life of celebration and Sylvia Sanchez said She has enriched our lives with her gentle spirit She was a role model for all who knew her Remember she has been saved by Gods grace I find peace knowing she lives in Gods Sanchez 18 died last Wednesday night after the car she was riding in was struck by an Amtrak train at the Romina Sanchez Union Pacific Railroad tracks at FM 1102 and Conrads Road The driver of the car Adam Lynn Trollinger 17 and Sanchezs close friend from Mexi co Denise Mata 18 also died in the accident Sanchez along with Trollinger attended New Braunfels High School She was a member of the soccer team and was in the choir She had recently joined the Monoceras dance team The impact Sanchez made on the lives of many people was evident as hundreds of people with umbrellas braved a steady downpour of rain to attend the memorial service The mourners cars were parked along near ly three blocks of Kuehler Avenue Jody Bagley NBHS choir director sang Amazing as many peo ple cried and reflected upon Rominas life Sylvia Sanchez read a poem about her daughter After she was done members of the soccer team wearing their uniforms formed a procession along the banks of the river and began laying pink and yellow flowers in the river in remem brance of Romina Monoceras dance team members who also wore their uniforms did the same Soon thereafter students and par ents stood along the bank and gently laid their flowers As the proces sion commenced the song I Will Turn to Remember Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall A mother comforts her daughter after a memorial service for Romina Sanchez at 1847 Kuehler Ave Tuesday afternoon Hundreds of family and friends paid their last respects by laying flowers on the Guadalupe River behind Sanchezs home Book keeper HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Bulverde Public Library director Dana Gill said she wants to make the community more aware and more involved in library activities Library director no novice By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Dana Gill the BulverdePub lic Librarys newest director is no stranger to the library or to the area itself Gill who has been library director since Feb ruary 11 worked as a parttime assistant for library director Willie Tyler for a year and a half before being named to the position by the Bulverde Pub lic Library Board of Directors Gill 33 said she plans to change the library which will make it more patron friendly But Gill said she planned to stress one funda mental thing which was the mission of every library I want to encourage Gill said Read ing is such a pleasure to me I hope everybody can discover that type of Gill a Corpus Christi native said she wants more people to know and use the Bulverde Public Libraiy I like to get the whole community involved because I have had people come in and say they didnt know we were here I like to have more activities to attract people to come in and see what we have to offer We would like to have cer tain classes for one night during the week such as different craft shops Internet shops computer use shops and we want to start a book Gill said the library started an information col umn and book reviews in the Bulverde newspaper written by library patrons Local schoolchildren will have something to look forward to this summer Gil said He said a summer reading program would be established to make reading more fun We have had a summer reading program but this year we will bring more entertainment most ly for the younger she said In the middle of the week we will have a matinee movie for junior high The reading program will have a sponsor pay 1 cent for each minute a child reads a book The child would pledge to read 20 minutes a day dur ing a 30 minute period The June kickoff celebration for the reading program will include a clown When the reading program is finished the chil dren will be able to earn a book through the spon sor of the program Darling Kindersly Family Learning Gill said she hoped the program will be rewarding Turn to Library Page 2A Area residents get ready for Great Texas TrashOff By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer GREAT TEXAS TRASHOFF Spring cleaning will mean more than going through closets and cleaning the drapes Saturday when hundreds of Comal County residents take to the highways as part of the Great Texas TrashOff More than AdoptaHighway groups are expected to scour highways throughout the state as part of the 12th annual Great Texas TrashOff orga nized by the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beau tiful The groups are expected to collecc more than 8 million gallons of litter and save taxpayers to million in litter pickup The Great Texas TrashOff is scheduled for Saturday Anyone wanting more informa tion should contact the local Texas Department of Transporta tion office at 6256278 or Keep Texas Beautiful at 800 CLEAN TX Source Texas Department of Transportation The effort of thousands of volun teers is an inspiring reminder that if no one tossed their trash from car win dows no one would need to pick up after said Doris Howdeshell director of TxDOTs Travel and Infor mation Division Roughly 30 Comal County groups will take part in this years cleanup Not all of these are service groups Kathleen Moore said she and 14 oth er members of her family got involved in the AdoptAHighway program last year She said the group which also volunteered in beach cleanups signed up under the name of The Jean Kohler Family in memory of her mother She passed away in 1991 and was a big bluebonnet fan and loved the out Moore said So we kind of do it in her Moore said participating in the TrashOff and cleaning the roadside other times during the year has been fun She said the group has found some interesting items including a Dont Litter sign covered in grass and trash a dirty magazine and a wedding invi tation that was never mailed She said they mailed the invitation in case it caused any hurt feelings When they started cleaning the two mile stretch on FM 3159 Moore said it was not as easy as they had anticipated She said the first time the family picked up litter every cigarette butt and gum wrapper was picked up and it took almost five hours to complete Moore Turn to TrashOff Page 2A Hike bike vs traffic relief Groups have divergent views on best use of prime acreage By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Expansion of Landa Park into a hikeandbike trail or traffic relief for emergency hospital personnel as the areas population continues to multi ply Those two possibilities loom on the New Braunfels horizon for a 77acre stretch of land that cuts through the heart of the city Various parties see the land as a large splinter of gold that crosses the Comal River near Seguin Avenue stretching through the Landa Park Golf Course into the Estates neigh borhood and then intersecting with North Loop 337 near Gruene Road The strip of real estate is lined with railroad tracks that have been unused for several years and is owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company Railroad officials in Omaha said they have had a number of pur chase requests for the land but that they must first complete an appraisal before considering them The appraisal should be finished in three weeks railroad spokesman John Bromley said and the result will Turn to Traffic Page 2A TRAIL MEETING Rails to Trails proponents are holding an informational meeting at 10 Saturday at the Eden Homes community meeting room 631 Lakeview Blvd For more information call Peter Olsen at 6292130 The meeting will include discussion on the proposed project includ ing these topics Preliminary plans for the project Funding proposals Strategies for community support in planning The merits of the proposal concerning recreation trans portation the local economy real estate and the environment Presentation of other Rails to Trails projects Source Rails to Trails project organizers Community involvement needed for citys Master Plan See Page 4A   

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