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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Canyon softball team moves into first place See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Heralc 74 E YANDELL DR 20 pages in two sections Wednesday April Serving Comal County and surroundinv EL PASO TX 79903 a u iai i 14b years Home of Katie Bishop Vol 145 No 105 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Libby Carney Katie Bishop 16 years Mildred Nash Vicky Exquivel Christopher Witting 10 years Krystal Chipps 2 years Kaitlyn Nicole Perez 2 years Pedey Alvarez 11 years Jeff Albrecht 40 years Peggy Smith Mary Vargas Leonard Joseph Castro 21 years old To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Hackberry trace Mulberry Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal piver 270cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 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 Council candidate forum Thursday The Comal Area League of Women Voters is holding a can didates forum for the District 3 and 4 City Council positions at 7 Thursday at the NB1SD Education Center Board Room 430 W Mill St The forum will provide time for the candidates to address the audience and for questions to be asked from the floor OakRun Concert rescheduled The OakRun School Choir Concert and Spring Variety Show has been rescheduled to May 6 in the OakRun cafeteria Positive personality development The Unitarian Universalists will have Judy Albrecht school psy chologist speak on Building Resiliences A Positive Approach to Personality Development at today at the Faith Unit ed Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 Her information should help to understand attributes that should be nurtured in us all Child care is available the public is invited Call 6294262 for information Bereavement support program offered Hospice New Braunfels will sponsor a fiveweek Bereave ment Support Group for adults starting today in the rock house behind Hospice I The group is open to anyone who has a friend or family mem ber who has died within the past two years Call 6257500 for information Visitor Center volunteers needed The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in midMay The Chamber currently has a great volunteer core but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center Anyone interested can call Lyndi Moon at the Chamber office 6252385 Education question Dial up a principal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Anyone with questions about local schools or the education system can have them answered later this month when principals from across the nation man the telephone lines of a tollfree hotline The National Association of Ele mentary School Principals in con junction with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and Family Circle Magazine will sponsor the eighth annual National Principals Hot line June Million public information officer said the hotline is aimed at pro moting family involvement in educa tion HOTLINE INFORMATION When Sunday from noon to 8 Monday from 8 to 8 and Tuesday from 8 to noon Numbers 800 9441601 English or 800 Spanish There is no charge and the calls are confidential Source National Association of Elementary School Principals goal is to encourage parent participation in their childs schooling and to help parents feel comfortable with school administrators and with that their Million said The hotline is available during the annual NAESP meeting and the phone lines are staffed by various principals attending the convention including several from Texas Million said the volunteers were on hand to answer a wide range of educationrelated ques tions from students parents grand parents or teachers The calls are con fidential and there is no charge Its Million said Usu ally we get 800 to calls and theyre not short Dr Jane MacDonald principal of Carl Schurz Elementary School said the hotline was a good idea depending on the expertise of the individual taking the call and the reason for the calls She said if parents were looking for more information on general educa tion issues and how various districts are approaching issues it could be a valu able tool However she said she hoped individuals would not use it as an avenue for a complaint against a local teacher administrator or school It might be able to give you anoth er perspective but it wont solve the MacDonald said I encour age parents to read and become knowl edgeable New Braunfels Independent School District Interim Superintendent Tom Moseley said a hotline such as this She plays the violin HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Nearly New Braunfels area youngsters listened Tuesday to the MidTexas Symphony orchestra The orchestra was here to perform a childrens concert at the New Braunfels Civic Center Here guest soloist Beth Blackerby plays a selection by Brahms to the crowd County seeks input on parking restrictions w ML JKV By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners Court will hold a public hearing Thurs day to discover what residents of Hunter have to say about proposed no parking zones in their community The public hearing is scheduled dur ing the action agenda of the meeting Commissioners Court will meet at in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Comal County Courthouse Annex This is not the first time commis IF YOURE GOING What Public hearing about no parking zones in Hunter Where Commissioners Court room at the Comal County Court house Annex When Thursday sioners have addressed the issue of no parking zones in Hunter The issue was brought before commissioners in Sep tember when 15 residents said that the historic Rileys Tavern which had reopened a year earlier after being closed for four years had brought increased business into the community The residents told the court that the increased business from the tavern had created parking problems on private property litter noise obscene behav ior and profanity At that time the court decided to table the issue of putting noparking signs in the community so that com missioners would have a week to con sider the proposal On Sept 25 the day before Com missioners Court was to take action on the parking issue County Judge Carter Casteel received a letter from the attorney who represented the owners of the tavern Rick and Donna Wilson In the letter the Wilsons stated that they would discontinue operations and voluntarily surrender their liquor license Sept 27 Commissioner Moe Schwab who represents Hunter said commission ers are ready to adopt the noparking zone plan this time since another busi nessman Don Anderson has plans to lease the tavern and reopen it as Hunter Cafe Turn to Parking Page 2A Area Reading Council earns state national honors By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HOW TO GET INVOLVED Individuals dedicated to promoting literacy among local children began a reading council and in its first year it has won state and national awards Kimberly Brennan president of the Comal County Reading Council said the council was a local chapter of the International Reading Association She said a local chapter was established in January 1996 to meet the areas needs Today there are 35 members Anyone interested in promoting lit eracy can Brennan said Its not just for teachers and Brennan said the council met four times a year and had done several com munity projects Besides reading to children at a local bookstore sponsor ing a teacher in Mexico and collecting The Comal County Reading Council meets four times a month with the meetings announced in the newspaper and on the radio Anyone wishing to join can attend a meeting or contact Kim berly Brennan at 6299311 for an application Dues are for the local chap ter for the Texas State Read ing Association and for the International Reading Associa tion You do not need to be an educator to be a member school supplies for students the group collected more than 500 books and funds to establish a library for the local childrens shelter They didnt have a library Can you believe Brennan said As a mat ter of fact we had wanted to get one bookshelf and now well probably get two because we have so many The councils efforts in the commu nity combined with clearly established goals and a strong membership has earned the chapter state and national recognition and the state Targeted Membership Award Basically its doing things a coun cil should Brennan said It was kind of hard because I didnt have any one elses to look at I think well do better now that weve had a year to get Brennan said the council offered her and other members a chance to meet others in the profession and education experts She said this made the work creating the council a labor of I met a lot of Comal ISO teachers that I wouldnt have met she said Its a great The council will officially end its first year with a Celebrate Literacy Gala on April 17 Brennan said that is when new officers would be initiated the books for the library would be pre sented to the shelter and three profes sors from Southwest Texas State Uni versity would be honored for their efforts in promoting As the councils first president Bren nan said she would like to see the membership continue to grow In addi tion to more teachers she said she would also like to see parents and com munity members get involved I want people who are really excit ed about this to she said I dont want them to join just to could provide another source of infor mation for parents I think it would be a great Moseley said I think the more infor mation you can get the better Its just another Million said the hotline would be open Sunday to Tuesday and would operate in English and Spanish She said 11 principals and one school psy chologist would be available to take calls so callers should not have long waits There are certain times that are busier than others Sundays are usual ly slow for Million said We hope there wont be a wait Voter turnout remains meager By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Early voting for the mnofF in die special election to fill the Con gressional District 28 seat ended Tues day and turnout was again low County election clerk Linnell Hino josa said roughly of the countys registered voters are eligible to vote in the special election to fill the seat that became vacant in January when Rep Frank Tejeda died after a battle with cancer The runoff between Democ rats Giro Rodriguez and Juan Solis was called after none of the 15 candi dates in the March 15 election received the clear majority Hinojosa said that at the close of ear ly voting Tuesday 68 residents had vot ed She said 39 of the 68 ballots that had been mailed had already been returned as well The remaining mailout ballots need to be returned by Saturday Well probably get those back up to the last Hinojosa said She said the runoff early voting turnout was about the same at the ear ly voting turnout for the special election held in March She said based on those numbers election day turnout will probably be close to 4 percent again Of course were hoping for more but realistically were not expecting much she said Rose Marie Hash president of the Comal Area League of Women Vot ers said the league tried to increase voter participation through various local programs and active participation in the Get Out the Vote campaign on the national level She said it was disappointing that the early voting turnout had been so low andit was a problem nationwide Thats a really bad thing because our system is based on Our government is hurting because of low voter Hash said We are trying to find a way to address Hash said low voter turnout could be attributed to several factors includ ing a lack of information about the candidates a lack of knowledge about the voting process or the inconve nience of voting Despite these factors Eash said she hoped voter participa tion on Saturday will be higher Usually the voting day itself you get a little better turnout but it depends on a several Eash said WHERE TO VOTE Four polling places will be open on Saturday from 7 to 7 For this special election precincts 8 13 and 27 will vote at Lone Star School precincts 14 and 28 will vote at United Methodist Church precincts 15 29 and 30 at Eagles Hall and precincts 16 and 17 at Frazier Elementary School Kudos from the American Cancer Society See Page 44   

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