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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Unicorn baseball team beats Seguin Page IB New Braunfels Herald 18 pages in two sections Wednesday April Serving Comal County and surrounding aresu i mure man 145 years Home of Sue Peters Vol f45 No 115 Inside I I Market StamrntiSch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Kathy Krause Sue Peters Jackie Brinkkoeter Lonnell Hays Ken McGuire Sandra Cover Taylor Free 5 years Alyssa Morales 3 years Rosa Torres Adolpho Castro Jr 19 years Jorge Luna Erwin Sell Happy anniversary wishes go to Sylvester and Iris Castilleja 20 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold oak mulberry 82 pecan grass 6 elm Pollen measured in parts per cubio meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 270 cubic feet per sec ond the same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 7297 Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallops of well water were used Bridge at Gruene closed again today The Canyon Lake release rate is cubic feet per second according to the Army Corps of Engineers Due to the increased Guadalupe River lev el the bridge at Gruene will be closed until further notice Nominations sought for lawman of the year The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 Ed Murphy Memorial Award Lawman of the Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up applications from 8 to noon and from 1 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp 384 Landa St Completed nomi nations must be returned to the law office by 5 April 30 Secretarys day is all day today Area offices would grind to a screeching halt if it were not for the secretaries who keep them running smoothly A little time and effort to let a secretary know she is appreciated today will be well spent Kindemnasken Parade on May 3 Children of all ages are invited to join the New Braunfels tradition of Kindermasken Parade This years costume theme is How the West Was Participants line up at 9 behind the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill Judging will begin at with the parade heading toward the Plaza at 10 Fes tivities will continue at Folkfest set for May 3 and 4 at Conser vation Plaza Call6292943 for information i Head Start still needs Campbells labels Thanks to the great commu nity response the Community Council of South Texas Head Start program has decided to conduct the Campbells Labels for Education drive through the 199798 school year For a complete list of eligible prod ucts or for information call 210 3798110 Candidates share attraction for city By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The top three candidates for the New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent position will converge on the town this weekend for the sec ond round of interviews The board narrowed the list of six candidates to three Monday naming Dr Dale Pitts Dr Ronald Reaves and Dr Marc Williamson as the top choic es Pitts 56 said he has been in educa tion for about 30 years including work at a university level He said he want ed to be a teacher since he was in the seventhgrade He said he left the edu cation field and was an FBI agent for three years but always returned to edu cation If it can be in your genes its in he said Pitts who has been the superinten New Braunfels has an excellent program and what I would hope to do is come in and talk to people to see how we can move it to the next NBISD Superintendent candidate Dr Ronald Reaves dent of Fort Stockton ISO said he wants to move to New Braunfels for several reasons The move would bring him closer to family members in San Antonio and Taylor and the geo graphic location and features are more pleasant than his current location which is halfway between San Anto nio and El Paso Pitts said he is aware of the problems the local board has faced in the past several months but said he is not wor ried about them In my opinion every single board member has the better ment of the district in their Pitts said I dont think theres any problem that cant be High School librarian Randy Hurt said Pitts was like a breath of fresh air when he came to the district Hurt said that when Pitts came on board he brought in one assistant superinten dent and the remaining positions were filled with inhouse applicants Hurt said he lets his staff do its job He doesnt come down here and hassle us We do our job and he does Hurt said Thats how it should be You hire the very best person you can get a hold of and then you let them do their Reaves 52 entered the field of edu cation 29 years ago to help students and try to make an Reaves is currently serving his third year as the superintendent of Port NechesGroves ISO He said he and his wife would consider moving to New Braunfels because of the fine commu nity and quality education system We know of New Braunfels and all of its amenities and were looking forward to Reaves said If hired Reaves said he does not want to make radical changes He said he wants to move forward building on what is already in place New Braunfels has an excellent program and what I would hope to do is come in and talk to people to see how we can move it to the nepct he said Port NechesGroves Area Council PTA president Penny LaVerne described Reaves as someone down to and said she loved working Cowpokes for a day HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall Ryan Bost and Jon David Flores show off their Kindermasken costumes at the Nevvf Braunfels Christian Academy Tuesday Jean Wilson helps Lauren Ashley Green with her costume for the Kindermasken Parade scheduled for May 3 Town gets dressed up for Folkfest 91 By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Organizers of the 12th Annual Folkfest 97 hope to offer an educa tional opportunity for young and old alike in two weeks The event is a New Braunfels tra dition that includes the Kindermasken Parade where children dress up to the theme How the West was Won and march to the downtown plaza The event begins March 2 with a KickOff Country Dance at Conser vation Plaza in the backdrop of some of the most historic buildings in Comal County Its such a wonderful family out ing in a nice said Jean Wilson activities chair for the event You see old and friends and meet new ones There are so many things to do and Organizers plan to offer more than 40 activities to run throughout the entire weekend including the Sahawe Indian Dancers from Uvalde demon strations of blacksmiths weaving pottery and candlemaking The event is sponsored by the Con servation Society of New Braunfels the Sophienburg Museum and Archives and the Heritage Society of New Braunfels and typically gen erates up to for the nonprof it groups organizers said More than people are expect ed to come to the event that also will include special drawings for two air line tickets from American Airlines and Rennert World Travel and 15 childrens prizes including two sea son passes to Schlitterbahn IF YOURE GOING The 12th Annual Folkfest 97 is scheduled for May 2 to 4 at Conservation Plaza on Church Hill Drive off of North Loop 337 two blocks from Interstate 35 All tickets will be available at the door and are for adults for the Friday night dance and for Folkfest Children younger than 18 are admitted free For more information call 6296504 or 6292943 Activities include May 2 Kickoff Country Dance from 8 to 11 at the Con servation Plaza with music by Grapes of Wrath and special guest musician Tim DuBois May 3 Kindermasken Parade will begin at the New Braunfels school district Education Center on Mill Street The lineup will begin at 9 with judging for the How the West was Won contest at The parade will end at the Main Plaza May 3 and 4 Folkfest opens from 10 to 6 Saturday and 11 to 5 Sunday Source Folkfest organizers with him Just about everybody I know loves him and would hate to lose she said LaVerne said Reaves was instru mental in passing a much needed bond election She said he had an open door policy with everyone and would do everything in his power to rectify any problem parents or teachers were facing Hes really good with the PTA He keeps us abreast of everything going LaVerne said If we lose him I will be sad but youll be getting a great asset for your Williamson began his career in edu cation in New Braunfels He said he did his student teaching at the middle school in 1975 He spent his first year teaching in the middle school where he met his wife who taught across the hall from him He said it was a quality Turn to Candidates Page 2A State bills weaken CLEANS position By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Evidence suc cessfully used by a Bulverde group to prevent an Ingram Readymjx batch plant from being built in the commu nity would be disallowed under two bills being introduced in the state Leg islature House Bill 3 1 92 was introduced last week by state Rep Mike Jackson RLa Porte The bill is in the House Envi ronmental Regulation Committee which Jackson vice chairs A companion bill in the Senate Sen ate Bill 1758 is sponsored by state Sen Troy Fraser RHorseshoe Bay That bill is being considered by the Senate Natural Resources Committee Fraser is a member of the committee House Bill 3192 would eliminate contested case hearings challenging a companys right to get a standard exemption for a concrete batch plant The contested case hearings would be replaced by notice and comment a public hearing which would deny con crete batch plant opponents the oppor tunity for discovery crossexamina tion or their own expert testimony said Bob Barton a member of Citizens League for Environmental Action Now He said the bill is bad for those who would be affected by con crete batch plants It deprives citizens the right to a contested public hearing case which the law allows Barton said It would deprive citizens the right to pro tect their CLEAN successfully stopped Ingram Readymix from building a con crete batch plant at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863 last year The grassroots group was able to get 1 600 residents who were opposed to the plant to sign a petition and ask the Turn to Bills Page 2A Free immunizations at Schlitterbahn By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer National Infant Immunization Week began Monday and a local waterpark and community sponsors are holding a free immunization clinic to help improve the rate of infant immuniza tion According to a survey conducted by the National Immunization Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the states immunization rate of 2yearolds has increased from 71 to 76 percent Texas has also moved from 42nd place to 28th among the 50 states for immunization of children 19 and 35 months However Texas Commissioner of Health Dr Patti J Patterson said the state still needs to improve its numbers Encouraging as the latest news is Texas still has a long way to go to reach the goal of immunizing 90 per cent of our little Texans by the year Patterson said Its critical that we dont even slow down now We must keep working until we finish the Local officials and business leaders are doing their part to help attain that goal On Saturday Schlitterbahn Wateipark will hold a free immuniza tion clinic at the parks Rapids Pavilion next to the Blastenhoff section on Lin coln Street Registered nurses will be on hand to administered needed vac cinations to any child 17 years old or younger This years clinic will mark the third year Schlitterbahn has par ticipated in the program The park helped immunize more than peo ple in the first two years Weve had a great response and it grows every Schlitterbahn Gen eral Manger Terri Adams said I think the whole Shots Across Texas Pro gram is making a dent in reaching the Turn to Clinic Page 3A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Pool weather Richard Medina Justin Medina and Robert Perez play dunk Justin at the Landa Parks wading pool Monday Be watchful of words See Page 4A   

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