Sunday, April 20, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Sports Slammtiscn Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Truett Go88 Barbara Nance Sherl Rhoades SherrySantos Fred Sotello Edna Clopton Crystal Leigh Chlghlzola Sherry Pres ley C J Johnston 10 years Bryan Forester 9 years Sergio Goode 9 years Ivan Morales Kay Rust Miles Hunter Noble 1 year Lupe Paredez 72 years Theresa Werner Jaime Sotelo Manuel Camareno Jr Aarqn King Dorothy Seldel Lauren Bryann Dominguez 5 years Pas tor Frank Llamaz To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Bridge in Gruene open for traffic The Army Corps of Engi neers reduced the release level from the Canyon Lake Reser voir to 700 cubic feet per sec ond allowing the bridge over the Guadalupe River in Gruene to open to traffic Previous release rates had caused the river to flow over the bridge closing it to traffic and pedestri ans The release rate will be re evaluated on Monday based on current weather and river con ditions New Braunfels ISO schools out Monday New Braunfels Independent School District schools will have a staff development day Mon day schools will be closed Dri vers are urged to use caution when driving where children might be at play Hosts needed for exchange students CHI a nonprofit program for high school students is seeking local families for the upcoming school year For information call 210 6563255 or 210 393 6157 Summer fun at NB Christian Academy Summer Fun at New Braun fels Christian Academy will be June through Aug 15 for chil dren ages 3 to 10 for full or half days Included will be Bible sto ries arts and crafts and recre ation Call 6296222 for infor mation Hammer a nail for Habitat House No 4 Habitat for Humanity of Comal County is building its fourth area house Workers helpers and gofers are needed Come to Katy and Hackberry Saturday mornings until Memorial Day when the home will be dedicat ed Meals are provided at noon Kids Day Out at NB Presbyterian Church New Braunfels Presbyterian Church begins its new Kids Day Out preschool program this fall Registration is now open to the public The program will be from 9 to 1 Tues days and Thursdays Septem ber through May for children 6 months through 4 years Call 6255141 Preschool play group starting at St Pauls The St Paul Lutheran Play group is looking for new peo ple Moms and preschoolers are welcome to join in from 11 to 1 each Wednes day The group makes crafts has a snack and has fun For information call 6256655 Square dance at Senior Center Square dancing classes are held from 7 to 9 each Thursday at the Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa St Jim Hayes will be the caller Any one interested can call 606 5343 or just show up at the Senior Center New Braunfels Heral 26 pages in two sections Sunday April Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Dorothy Seldel ling SUNDAY Vol 145 No 113 Better life through medical advances Polio survivor touts benefits of immunizations Immunization requirements and costs 4B FREE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer If vaccines in the 1950s had been as advanced and as available as they are today Debbie Mason might be able to walk Mason said she became ill with polio in 1958 at the age of 4 Although the virus makes individuals ill for a short time it can have lasting effects Mason said these effects and their severity vary from person to person Some suf fer partial paralysis while others might only have a slight limp When I had it I was very severely effected by it and have not been able to walk she said However even those that only had minor complications from the polio begin to see symptoms up to 40 years later Mason said the Post Polio Syn drome or the Late Effects of Polio occurs when the muscles or nerves working to make up for ones damaged by the virus simply get tired She said this causes polio survivors to change Turn to Medical Page 6A What Free immunization clin ic at Schlitterbahn Waterpark When 10 to 1 Sat urday April 26 Where Rapids Pavilion next to Schlitterbahns Blastenhoff Sec tion Lincoln Street New Braun fels Cost Free How The Texas Department of Health and sponsoring public health offices will provide regis tered nurses to administer needed vaccinations to children through age 17 Children must be accom panied by a parent or guardian and an immunization record must be presented Children should eat breakfast before coming for an immunization All required vacci nations will be offered Only the chicken pox vaccination and TB screening will not be available Reward Each child immu nized during the clinic will receive free admission to the waterpark for that day or a certificate good for a free admission anytime until June 30 1997 Since infants are admitted free at Schlitterbahn the adult who brings a child age two or younger for a shot will receive a free admission certificate to the park Each child immunized will also receive a certificate good for a free Jr Sundae at area Dennys restaurants Why Texas ranks 28th among the 50 states for rates of immunization for children between 19 months and 35 months of age Vaccines do work In 1995 there were only 14 measles cases in Texas down from cases between 1988 and 1992 Tetanus cases cost Texas million in 1994 Source Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts Locomotion HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Trevor Payne examines a Union Pacific locomotive near the city hall The train was part of the Railroad Jamboree held Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Hundreds of train enthusiasts poured into the Civic Center to see the model locomotives Ghosts along the Guadalupe Shaking babies can cause death By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Cay Berthelot Quoyerers was a proud grandmother the day Robbie was born The second of two grandchildren living in Austin Robbie seemed to be developing normally as a young toddler until the day he suffered a seizure just 16 weeks into his life Family members were concerned about the incident but not nearly as alarmed as when test results showed the infant was suffering from massive bleeding in his head It was a nightmare for any parent or grandparent and immediately Rob bie received expert medical attention Quoyerers said While Robbies head had swollen doctors covered his tiny body with tubes and monitors in an attempt to assess the damage she said As with all suspicious child injuries legal authorities were called in to ques tion Robbies parents but it wasnt until they talked to the nanny that they found out the truth Quoyerers said Three days after the incident the nanny admitted to shaking the baby an action doctors believe caused the trau ma more commonly known as Shaken Baby Syndrome Quoyerers said The immediate reaction was icy cold all over the body that beating of your heart out of total Quoyer ers said about the experience You realize there are some things in our lives we have absolutely no control over I thought I cant question why this happened but I have to have some thing good come out of Now 16monthsold Robbie has regained most of his vision but doctors believe brain damage has occurred Quoyerers has jumped into the fight to raise awareness to help others avoid the same pain she went through with her grandson Shaken Baby Syndrome an often hardtodetect condition results when caregivers shake babies violently caus ing permanent brain damage and some times death Turn to Baby Page 3A By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer DEVILS BACKBONE Some people find that ghost stories send chills and goose bumps down their spines but for author Bert Wall ghosts and spirits offer refreshing tales Ghost stories are Wall said They get your mind off the daytoday bull you have to deal Wall has been listening to writing down and researching stories about the spirits who have roamed and haunt ed Devils Backbone for most of his life Wall has gathered enough tales to write Ghost Stories from the Texas Hill Country The Devils already on bookstands in the Canyon Lake area The book contains 22 short stories a few of them experienced by Wall himself The 79page book published by Eakin Press of Austin is available at the Page Mark Bookstore in Sattler and at the Twin Oaks Restaurant near Canyon Park Road In January 1996 four of the ghost stories were dramatized on NBCs Unsolved Mysteries television pro gram The program was filmed near the Walls ranch in Devils Backbone in northwestern Comal County Wall said he still gets calls from people who saw the program and were fascinated by his tales from the spiritual world Wall and his wife Carolyn have lived in the Devils Backbone area for the past 20 years has helped Wall edit the books and articles he submitted to magazines and news papers Wall said he took an interest in writ ing when he was still attending Lamar High School in Houston After he graduated from high school Wall attended the University of Hous ton where he majored in histoiy and political science Wall had worked as a commercial real estate developer and a rancher It was not until the early 1980s that Wall became serious about writing Since that time some of his stories have appeared in the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung the Canyon Lake TimesGuardian and the Houston Chronicles Texas magazine He has three novels to his Wall said two of his novels Gray Gunfighter and Ghost are westerns with ghosts and spirits woven in the story lines Wall 56 said he became familiar with the legends and ghost stories of the Devils Backbone area when he was a child in the late 1940s His fam HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Ghost Stories from the Texas Hill Country Devils Backbone is local author Bert Walls latest offer ing The collection of 22 ghost tales is available at Canyon Lake area book stands ily lived in Wimberley then I always enjoyed stories when I was a Wall said When someone tells a ghost story I enjoy listening to When people tell him about their experiences with spirits Wall said he can understand since he has had encounters with spirits also People have a lot of interest in these Wall said I take things in such a way that I dont condemn them on how they live What they believe or dont believe is their own business if it is in the limits of the He said many people believe there are outside forces or spirits which have watched them or visited them at least once It is like you are out in the woods and you are alone yet you feel like somebody is watching Wall said Seventy percent of the population said something like that happened to Wall said he first had a supernatur al experience at the Civil War battle ground in Vicksburg Miss during the time period of the late 1960s and ear ly 70s It was a cold December day and it was about to Wall said as he relaxed on his covlch I was driving to the battleground when a force brought me to stop I got to the top of the ridge a hill I look down into the area and I see a lot of trees it is a wooded area I am oblivious to the fact it is about to get dark A few seconds later I look down below and I saw blue uniforms coming up the hill men dying and bugles sounding I look at the ridge to the left and there are guys in gray uniforms with several cannons and a tattered Turn to Ghost Page 2A Free immunizations are avaUabie Schlitterbahn Saturday See Opinion 4A