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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Embassies offer helping hand to citizens abroad DEAR ABBY I was very sorry to read of the tribulations of Judy Prince and her husband on their European vacation I hope she and Mr Prince have fully recovered from their ordeal and that Mr Princes hip is now mended I would like to ask you to inform your readers that consular officers at embassies and consulates and consular agents are there to help Americans who encounter emergencies while they are out of the country Consular officers provide assistance to Americans in need such as those who have been robbed are destitute or ill have been arrested or who are the victims of a disaster Consular officers overseas have lists of local doctors who speak English In emergencies we can help locate family or friends in the United States who would be willing to send funds or contact the travelers bank to arrange for a transfer from an account When necessary we can assist in arranging the return of the ill or injured American to the United States by commercial carrier However payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler Before going abroad travelers should inquire what medical services their health insurance will cover outside the Although some companies will pay customary and reasonable hospital costs abroad very few will pay for medical evacuation back to the United States which can easily cost upward of Travelers may want to consider obtaining special travel insurance for a minimal fee to cover such emergencies Travelers can find a complete set of Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs publications including the flier Medical Information for Americans Traveling to help them plan a safe trip abroad on our Internet Web site at or by automatic fax at 202 VT RUTH A DAVIS PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OFFICE OF OVERSEAS CITIZENS SERVICES STATE DEPARTMENT DEAR MS DAVIS Im sure that many of my readers who will be traveling out of the country in the corning months will be grateful for this valuable information Travelers can vacation with complete peace of mind if they plan in advance for possible emergencies by contacting the Office of Overseas Citizens Services and their insurance brokers before they go Thank you for the reminder DEAR ABBY I am a gynecologist Recently one of my patients came to my office for a physical examination During the examination I discovered a major blockage of the carotid artery in her neck I convinced her to go to a vascular surgeon Sne then had a successful surgery which prevented the likelihood of a major stroke Before her surgery someone on the evaluation team asked Who found your neck lesion She replied My Someone else asked What in the world was a gynecologist doing up there Everyone including my patient broke into laughter EUGENE R ODOU DEAR DR ODOU Thats such a good question I decided to telephone an expert you to get an answer I was intrigued when you told me that your mother had a similar carotid blockage which made you aware of such problems As you put it Im a good old fashioned doctor although semi iretired good doctor is concerned with the entire not just one part I couldnt agree more For Abbys favorite family recipes send a long selfaddressed envelope plus check or money order for to Dear Abby Cookbooklet No 1 Box 447 Mount Morris III 610540447 Postage is included Texas Today The Associated Press Storms cause no major damage in North Texas DALLAS AP Minimal damage and no injuries resulted from at least six tornadoes touching down and about a dozen funnel clouds being spotted in rural North Texas counties along the Red River last night We got out real Sgt Scott Hardison of the Montague County Sheriffs Office said Nobody was injured and there was just minimal Much of the activity was reported in Montague Cooke and Grayson County About a tornado touched down in Dye Mound Authorities reported no damage Less than an hour later several tornadoes were reported in the areas around Saint Jo and Muenster Church members vote to oust pastor as court orders HOUSTON AP Members of the New Mount Corinth Baptist Church have voted to oust their pastor in an election ordered by a district judge Members voted 3328 Sunday to force the Rev Willie Dunham to leave The election was ordered by and supervised by District Judge Katie Kennedy and two deputies after members of the church filed a lawsuit to force Dunham out Members on both sides of the issue expressed dismay that the law had to be asked to intervene in what they felt was the Lords business Those opposed to Dunham said he has driven church members away with hostile and accusatory sermons He had served as pastor since the Rev Curtis Lacy died in April 1995 Large companies have no plans for welfare hires WASHINGTON AP Shayna Reeves walks to the podium accepts her diploma and with apologies for her nervous laugh speaks with a clear voice to her fellow graduates We must take control of our lives every day knowing we have the ability to rise to the she says We have the ability to do great Typical confidence for a graduate on commencement day Anything but typical for Shayna and the five other women crossing the rickety bridge from welfare to work They are products of Marriott comprehensive training program a national model for business looking to help move hundreds of thousands of people from welfare to work President Clinton is prodding other companies to follow that lead But an Associated Press survey of the nations 100 largest companies indicates that companies like Marriott are the exception as welfare reform begins to pressure people into the world of work Ask us about our Double Your Down Payment Offer HeraldZeltung p Tuesday May o 3 Symphony debs From left are new MidTexas Symphony debutantes Lindsay Little Tasha Henry and Lesll Dedek From left are MidTexas Symphony debutantes Erin BOPyd Kathryn Wilson and Summer Smithers Symphony taps new debs Eleven young women formally accepted invitations from the MidTexas Symphony to become debutantes for the 199798 symphony season They and their mothers were entertained at the annual MidTexas Symphony Debutante Tea given in the home of Scott and Cindy Brown on April 27 Several members of the Mid Texas Symphony Guild were also guests as the committee welcomed the newest symphony debutantes They are Erin Boyd Laura Cook Lesli Dedek Sara Fisher Tasha Henry Lindsay Little Kendra Reimer Summer Smithers Megan Snider Jessica Sullivan and Kathryn Wilson Members of the Debutante Committee are Ronda Brandt Peggy Morris Karen Jenkins Claire Damarodas Kathy Bock Sharon Knibbe Jill Herrera and Patsy Vann EAA to consider levying user fees By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Water bills could be increased by about 80 cents per month if fees proposed by the Edwards Aquifer Authority are approved at its next board meeting June 10 officials said The EAA completed five public hearings throughout the aquifer region in the past two weeks soliciting input on the proposal The fees are the only source of income for the 11monthold agency that for the first time instituted a permit system for all aquifer well owners in accordance with legislation The EAA board which manages the 176milelong aquifer has not yet certified how much water permit applicants will be allotted The proposed fee would be assessed for a period from June 1 to Nov 30 and would be required in one lump sum payment by Aug 30 EAA officials said the proposed fees would generate million for the remainder of the fiscal year New Braunfels Utilities total would amount to about to meet its annual average of about acre feet of Edwards water NBU officials said they felt the proposed fees were too high and were concerned they would not know their exact share of the cost until the EAA issued its permit We think they are higher than they need to be right said Roger Biggers NBUs assistant general manager of technical operations Everything stems on the permitting and wed like those finalized IF YOURE GOING The Edwards Aquifer Authority will meet June 10 to consider enacting aquifer management fees for all permitted well owners For more information call 800 2921047 or to obtain a copy of the proposed fee schedule visit the EAAs Web site at a The proposal with payment due by Aug 30 includes fees for the following users Municipal and industrial per acre foot of water Agricultural per acre foot Source Edwards Aquifer Authority Biggers said the EAAs proposed budget contained for research projects that instead should be used to offset management fees Velma Danielson assistant general manager of the EAA said suggestions were made to issue temporary permits before final ones are issued That way the aquifer users would know how much water they can count on using before they are billed she said Right now EAA staff is reviewing input from five regionwide hearings to make a recommendation to the boards finance committee she said Biggers said if the EAA approved the proposal NBU staff likely would follow with a recommendation to its board for a rate increase of about 80 cents per month Do You Have Mild to Moderate Asthma If so we need qualified volunteers 12 years of age or older to participate in an asthma research study Participants will receive physician monitoring an EKG lab work chest xray and asthma medications at no cost Compensation up to for your time Children Studies Now Enrolling Metro6090900 Central Texas Health Research County grants family septic tank extension By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal approved a twoweek extension on the use of a holding tank Friday to give parties involved more time to reach a settlement regarding an illegal subdivision in the Garden Ridge area Rolando Gomez and his family were forced to use a portable bathroom when a septic tank permit would not be issued because of subdivision problems in which the land did not join a public right of way In April the county allowed the family to use the holding tank for 30 days A week later the court approved going forward with a lawsuit against the developer and anyone else who participated in the illegal subdivision if a solution was not found in 30 days Thursday an attorney representing the developer showed the court d possible solution to the Under the proposed solution the developer would buy two 40foo easements at a cost of An easement then would be deeded to the two property owners currently being affected The agreement has not been approved by all parties involved yet A motion originally was made to extend the use of the holding tank for 30 additional days but the motion failed on a 22 vote with commissioners Jack Dawson and Danny Scheel opposing it I think Mr Sutton is bending over backward to solve this Scheel said Scheel said 30 days was too long County Judge Carter Casteel then moved to extend the use of the tank for two weeks Chat motion passed on a 40 vote Commissioners Court Comal County Commissioners took the following action at a meeting Friday May 23 Approved an amendment to plat Cypress Cove Section 5 combining Lots 159 and 160 into Lot 159R Approved the vacate and replat of Lot 6 and Lot 7 of Shore Point Unit One establishing Lot 6R and Lot 7R Approved the vacate and replat of Lot 6 Block 11 Northcliffe Estates Model Home Park and acres out of the San Rafael Garza Survey No 98 Abstract 75 establishing Lot 6R Block 11 Approved the vacate and replat of Lot 1 The Estates at RanchoDel Lago Phase III establishing Lot 1A and IB Tabled determining the platting requirements for a acre tract out of the Ed Norton Survey No 760 Abstract No 439 within Comal County Texas Granted final approval of Lone Oak Subdivision Unit One a reportfrtim the county engineer regarding the Faust Street Bridge and the swimming pool committee County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the formal submittal of specifications for painting the bridge will be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation on Friday As soon as TxDOT approves them bids will be sought Hornseth said the swimming pool committee has completed its study and is compiling the results The study will be presented to commissioners court in about two weeks Received a presentation by Carl Owens concerning the Texas Hill Country Triathlon at Canyon Lake Several residents and business owners spoke regarding the event County Judge Carter Casteel said a meeting will be set up later this week with various parties involved to see if a compromise can be reached The court will act on it Thursday Received reports from elected officials and staff Heard comments from resident Manuel Camareno regarding Memorial Day services in Comal County Approved the acknowledgment of one new hire and authorized the county judge to sign the new hire checklist and job description as appropriate Approved accepting a grant from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force and authorized the county judge to sign the grantee acceptance notice Approved awarding the bank depository for Comal County bank accounts to Nonvest Bank Texas Approved the treasurers report for April 1997 Discussed and determined the proposed 1998 budget hearing schedule Opened proposals for insurance policy for electronic equipment telephone system and computer equipment Approved a line item transfer for purchasing department from capital outlay to travel and meetings to fund travel and meetings for the remainder of 1997 An American Tiadffion N B New Braunfels U jg Minor Emergency Medical Care When You Need Today Hours MondayFriday to 6093413 Saturday to Centex mnoffice m fcr if w value everyday Delivery to local businesses 154 S Business IH35 next to Adobe Cafe 6293979 ADT Top 10 Reasons to Call ADT Security Systems 10 Americas largest most experienced security company ffl 1 1 1 1 t J J 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Helping to protect homes businesses since 1874 appproved 24hr ADT Customer Monitoring Burglar Fire Medical Emergency Card Access CCTV Used by over 85 of the Fortune 500 companies Homeowners 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