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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Junior League squad wins big See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels x x x x x x x x x x x Ilxn SAM AMTOM 10 TX x IRXA3 IIIXcD x A 14 pages in two sections Wednesday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Edna Vol 145 No 165 Inside S Li m m I i sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Edna Finke Tony C Guiter rez 17 Dirk Hedden 26 years and Pete Moss Happy anniversary wishes to Jimmy and Dora Lagunas 20 To nave a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 333 cubic feet per sec ond down 2 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Typical summer weather will prevail The rest of the week will be hot and sunny with only a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms on Friday Todays forecast calls for mostly sunny skies a high in the low 90s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph The low tonight will be in the mid 70s with late night clouds Thursday will be sunny with a high in the low 90s and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph to cool things off Fourth of July will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms and a high in the 90s HeraldZeitung sets holiday deadlines The HeraldZeitung office will be closed Friday in honor of Independence Day To ensure editorial copy is included in the Friday and Sunday papers deadlines for submitting articles for publi cation are 5 Thursday for obituaries to be published Friday and noon Thursday for births engagements wed dings club notes personals and military notes The Friday edition will be delivered to customers early that morning If you do not receive your paper by Friday call 6259144 from 7 to 11 Friday Area code changes Monday Beginning Monday New Braunfels and surrounding cities will have a new area code The new area code will be 830 for New Braunfels Canyon Lake Seguin Boerne Gonzales and Ker rville There will be a grace period until Oct 6 during which calls will continue to be connected using 210 code A twomonth period will follow in which callers will hear a recording instructing them to redial using the new code Some roads closed Gruene Bridge and Rebec ca Creek Road are still closed because of water on the road way and may remain closed for up to four more weeks NBISD hires assistant principals From Staff Reports New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees on Tuesday finished filling the vacancies in the high schools administrative team by hiring three assistant principals In talking to the principal he was very pleased with the ones that said board vice president Carlos Campos He was especially pleased with these Campos said New Braunfels High School principal Keith Garinger with the help of a selection committee com prised of high school faculty mem bers reviewed all applications and I know theyre very about getting started at the high Carlos Campos board vice president recommended Bob Rodriguez Elisa Racanelli and Mike Reimer for the three positions Im very happy with these choic said Campos I know theyre very excited and enthusiastic about getting started at the high school and I think theyll bring that excitement to everyone up Campos said all three applicants already live in New Braunfels so we all run deep blue in our Rodriquez began teaching and coaching at New Braunfels Middle School in 1989 He moved to the high school where he became a history teacher and coached varsity soccer and football Since 1995 he has served at administrative assistant to the prin cipal at Carl Schurz Elementary while continuing to serve as the high schools head soccer coach Racanelli currently teaches Eng lish and reading in Judson Indepen Turn to Principals Page 3A Mow power Gene Alves teaches his grandson Anthony Alves the fine art of mowing the lawn with a tractor Tuesday afternoon on North Live Oak Street HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Up in smoke Firecrackers not allowed in city but OK in county By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer For many people the Fourth of July and fireworks go hand in hand How ever you may need to think twice before setting off that bottle rocket or lighting that sparkier especially if you live within New Braunfels city limits New Braunfels Fire Marshal ElrojLi Friesenhuhn said it is illegal to possess sell or discharge fireworks in the city limits He said even driving through the city with fireworks is a violation You can get a ticket for it and they will probably be confiscated as said Friesenhahn Theyre too dan gerous They cause too much bodily injury and too much property dam According to Prevent Blindness America nearly people are blinded maimed or killed annually from fireworks More than half are children and nearly 40 percent of fire works injuries affect bystanders The three types of fireworks that cause the most injuries during the hol iday period are bottle rockets fire crackers and sparklers the reports Fourth of July can be a busy holiday for emergency personnel with many residents using fireworks to celebrate Friesenhahn said The fire department will keep extra people on duty to help answer fire worksrelated calls he explained Unlike last year those residents caught with fireworks will be penalized he said This year we will not be warning well be he said because I think everyone should know the rules by Violating the fireworks ordinance is a class C misdemeanor and carries up to a fine In the county fireworks are allowed in any area Although Bexar County has set up safe areas to discharge fire works similar to Comal Countys actions last year County Fire Mar shal Milton Willmann said Comal County is not limiting the discharge the fireworks We didnt think the weather and conditions warranted banning aerial fireworks this year so we just urge Turn to Firecrackers Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn and fire inspector Gib Watt both of the New Braunfels Fire Department write out a citation for violation of city fireworks laws No fireworks are allowed within New Braunfels city limits HW 1 What do you know about fireworks whether the following Statements are true or false JFInd out if you were right on Page2A 1 Fireworks injuries only occur during the Fourth of July holiday 2 Sparklers are safe fire works and can be given to children 3 Gunpowder is a major ingredient in most types of fireworks 4 Only people who are care less or unsupervised are injured from fireworks 5 Only people who set off the fireworks risk injuries 6 Males are more likely to get hurt from fireworks 7 Bottle rockets are not dan gerous because theyre just 8 Homemade fireworks are safer than storebought fire works 9 Using fireworks is an inex pensive way to celebrate the Fourth of July City officials cracking down on fireworks By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Pssst Enjoy fireworks this Fourth but keep them outside the city limits of New Braunfels In years past fire officials gave people warnings about possessing fireworks inside the limits This time around theyre issuing citations of the class C misdemeanor type which carry a possible fine of up to S500 Theyre not making a secret of it either What theyre doing to enforce this city ordinance is watching the city borders for people who just depart a fireworks stand Whats more if youre caught the goods are confiscated officials said Nationwide fireworks are very dangerous as far as bodily injury and deaths especially for said Elroy Fnesenhahn the citys fire mar shal Our policy this year is we will cite anyone with fireworks in the city Our action is to get the word Fire officials issued one citation to a man on FarmtoMarket 725 between McQueeney and New Braunfels on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly bought more than worth of fireworks Friesenhahn said the man upon receiving a citation was upset when he realized the fireworks would be confiscated The confiscated fireworks will be set on fire inside a metal barrel after this Independence Day season he said A free alternative A free Fourth of July celebration starts at Friday at Landa Park with a concert featuring Comal County Community Band Hill Country Chorus and Community Chorale The concert will run until 9 about 15 minutes before a pro fessional fireworks display over Landa Lake The Fourth of July show will be aired on KGNB FM The fireworks display is designed and presented by AlphaLee Enterprises The city and HEB are funding the event Work crews improving Sattler intersection Stoplight will control traffic at River Road FM 2673 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Changes are under way at a Sattler intersection to make it safer for motorists who travel through it daily For weeks Texas Department of Transportation work crews have worked on road improvements at the intersection of FarmtoMarket 2673 and River Road to make way for a new signal light which could be up and ainning sometime this summer TxDOT interim resident engineer Greg Malatek said work crews are making road improvements that will make traffic flow more smoothly through the intersection Presently the intersection has two stop signs one on River Road and one on South Access Road coming from New Braunfels and Canyon Dam A blinking light cautions drivers on FM 2673 to slow down and be cautious at the intersection Motorists coming from both River Road and South Access Road have to yield rightofway to traffic going west and east on FM2673 The problem is the roads intersect at an angle that can create a blind spot for drivers the engineer explained Malatek said the intersection will be reconfigured to give drivers more lanes to make left and right turns FM 2673 at the intersection as you are going eastbound up toward FM 306 what you will have is a right turn a through lane and a left turn only Malatek said Then what you have going west bound is a through lane and a left turn only lane to go on River Road and a little bit of a New lanes also will be created on River Road and South Access Road Malatek said It will be the same configuration as FM he said You will have a through lane a right lane on both sides and a left turn lane on both When the road improvements and the traffic signals are up motorists should find the intersection will be easier to travel Malatek said A twoway spur in front of the con venience store coming from River Road will be converted into a one way right turn lane Malatek said the signal work will begin sometime this month and will take about three weeks Local woman lives with hidden disability day by day By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Everyday is a struggle for hope and survival for local resident Jean Hill The 62yearold lives in an apartment not able to do much as a result of a disease that makes moving or bending very painful Because of the persistent pain Hill said it is impossible to sit for a long period of time I cant sit through a she said I cant even go to church I cant sit for more than un hour in a car If I do I am in From first glance one cant find any sign of the disease that makes the pain in her back unbear able Hill suffers from degenerative disc disease a disease that affects the spine Dr William Reeves Hills physician said the disease was very debilitating It is kind of like an arthritis in her Reeves said What happens is the disc begins to degenerate and the spine starts to stiffen Many times painful bone spurs Hill said she first was diagnosed with the dis ease eight years ago Ever since that time she has been in pain with the worst of it beginning two years ago During the day Hill has to sit in her recliner w ith four to six cold packs below her back which help numb the pain The pain is Hill said People in public say You look Then I go home and cry about it I have questioned God Why Because of the disc degen eration Hill said she has lost Jean Hill Turn to Disability Page 2A New Braunfels should consider tree ordinance Page 4A local to emcee Willies picnic Page 6A
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