New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 6, 1997, Page 5

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

July 06, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraidZeltung g Sunday July CJ5A County turned down McKenna for flood assistance From Page 1A By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writsr Less than a week after they asked to be considered for assistance in flood control and prevention the Comal County Commissioners have been told the county does not qualify for the program Areas along FarmtoMarket 1863 particularly the Oak Village Subdivision were threatened by rainswollen creeks during the past weekends deluge of rain Water was several feet high in several homes County Commissioner Danny Scheel who represents most of the flood damaged area said the majority of the damage was caused by the Lewis Creek leaving Carl Englerth district conservationist with the Natural Resources i Conservation Service spoke to the court last week about two projects that could alleviate flooding in the county The first was a shortterm plan that would involve removing debris from channels and reshaping stream banks The second project was a longterm project that could include building dams to reduce flooding and changing watershed features A similar project was completed several years ago on the Comal River Scheel told the court Thursday that the county already received word that it did not qualify for assistance under the shortterm project county already was exploring the next optioii which is federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ScheeL said adding that the fire marshal was taking an inventory of flood damage to determine if the county applies fire marshals feeling at this time is that we will not qualify but we are pursuing it he said Scheel said the report on damage in the county should be complete in a couple of days If the county does not qualify for this assistance it will then take actions into its own hands he said Scheel said members of the court will begin meeting with residents along Lewis Creek in about two weeks to discuss a program where the countys inmate and chipping programs will be used to clear the creek Braunfels Community Hospital and later McKenna Memorial Hospital The road to bringing a new hospital to the city was not an easy one Two bond programs were presented to the voters of Comal County following World War IF and both were narrowly defeated An election in September 1947 failed by 32 votes and another election in November 1948 failed by just two votes The McKenna group eschewed a bond election and instead opted for soliciting donations from local individuals and civic organizations to build the hospital Our present hospital was built 75 years ago through subscriptions our present method of raising McKenna told a Lions Club meeting in December 1951 Knox who served on the hospital board from 1954 to 1991 and was chairman from 1979 to 1991 said the local group won the popular and financial support of the community and by early 1952 had collected more than for the project The group obtained matching funds through the HillBurton Act a federal program designed to improve community health care Through lard work and the generous support of the community the hospital was dedicated on Oct 31 1953 Once the hospital 1953 features Modern features of the New Braunfels Community Hospttal 1953 coinoperated radio speakers underneath patients pillows heating and air conditioning controls in each room individual pink and blue plexiglass cribs in the nursery for those rushing to the altar a laboratory in which blood tests could be performed in about three hours Instead of three days relaxing back rubs with a lanolin and menthol solution are a part of routine patient care Source HeraldZettung Archives was built and operating Knox said there were still many challenges ahead for the hospital board The next priority was to keep the doors Knox said Indeed in the period immediately following the buildings completion the 32bed hospital seemed to have been too ambitious Dr J W Hendricks a consulting surgeon from San Antonio told an April 1954 meeting of the local Rotary Club to be patient and give the new hospital a chance If the hospital loses as much as a month for the first year New Braunfels is Hendricks said Many patients will who currently go to San Antonio will come to New Braunfels when they are convinced the local hospital has modern facilities and competent Patience won out and the hospital has gradually grown to the 131bed facility that exists on that site today with more additions planned Knox said the hospital was renamed in June 1972 to honor McKennas tireless efforts on behalf of the hospital He worked as long and as hard for the hospital as he did at his job managing the Knox said Knox said help from an insurance company during hospital expansion in 1981 helped propel the hospital toward the growth and healthy financial standing it enjoys today Blue Cross came in and helped us set our rates at a level that allowed us to retire our Knox said Before that our rates were too Private management of the hospital combined with the support of doctors and the community have been key ingredients in the hospitals growth As long as you keep the support of the doctors and combine that with progressive management you cant Knox said Volunteerdriven Meals on Wheels delivers more than just food Construction is being delayed somewhat because of all the unusual rain weve been having Of we are all glad for that but it does slow down proceedings But the good thing is that it allows us time for collecting some more funds all you people who want to contribute to the Comal County Senior Citizens Center expansion still have time to help In fact you can keep on helping for a very long time because we will be paying for if for a long time Also inkind services equipment and materials are appreciated Now that leads me to a topic and a service that continues every day just like the rain or sleet or hail or home delivered meals go through Lately a number of the volunteer deliverers have been recounting experiences and interesting stories that took place on their trips I would like to share a few with you I i One dnvep j rewarding experierieeit Is to deliver those meals and to be greeted with smiles He said one lady is sitting at the table each day with her place all set and just calls Come Shes waiting and ready for that meal Another lady fills her pet birds dish and allows it to eat with her Most of these people live alone cannot get out of the house and are very lonely For some people just going to the door is an accomplishment We thank our drivers for being patient and kind One of my favorite stories is the one where an 89yearold lady receives two meals at her home The second one is where he puts on a The Deals are Better dress shirt and tie everyday and with cane in hand goes to have lunch with her And there are usually flowers on the table A n o t h er volunteer Hilde Slocum who is very enthusiastic about home delivered meals recently wrote the Center to say that being a volunteer is an adventure in itself as drivers of meals turn detective sometimes searching for remote addresses Just like Sergeant Preston of the Yukon she said they always find their man or woman or both Also she said how nice it is to be greeted by the smiling faces of the recipients Some drivers even take Marie Dawson thats terrmc Hilde wrote a poem about the people she delivers to and I want to share it with you Flowers set Nothing else you need to get Soon the mealsonwheels will be here You can relish lunch with good cheer Fresh delicious tasty too Entree salad dessert for you Delivered in a timely way By makes their day Apartment highrise duplex house Volunteers will search you out Nutrition Yes and taste just right Youll never want to waste a Now that is quite a tribute to our homedelivered meals service Another interesting story is our 99yearold recipient She loves the meals but doesnt hesitate to call and say what she likes and doesnt like She hates fish and doesnt want it So we dont send it anymore I like a 99yearold with spunk There is another elderly recipient who ordered four meals on Thursday July 3 1997 so that she will have one good wellbalanced meal each day through the July Fourth holiday In those cases the meals are diverse it is not the same meal for each day Some people always order for the weekend on Friday The meals are prepared for refrigeration or freezing There are many other such stories but I think you get the picture the grown since the Senior Center1Started preparation of the meals No one will ever know how much the volunteer drivers are appreciated They do a super job and it pleases me that they appear to be so happy doing it In the month of June our cooks prepared and packaged meals that our volunteer drivers delivered to the homebound recipients Thats coordination and cooperation This column was begun on Saturday prior to Tuesday July 1 As of July 1 there is a construction update We now have a square foot 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liability insurance so you may participate in this event Also if one person drives the car to Point A and a different person drives the car back to the Center it will count as two trips instead of All you husbands and wives s come help us out Thanks column about issues relating to Marie Dawson writes a weekly senior HaulOffJunk Service Old Appliances Stove Ref rig Freezer Units Mattress Chairs Furniture Attic Junk Garage Junk Tree Limbs Etc KanKleenCo 6090889 9463117 Lake OPIN SUNDAYS For Your Call Also Dr Wes Stamps Chiropractor 6256011 through Chiropractk 158 N Union St Come see us for all your banking needs FIRST COMMERCIAL BANK 1656 Hwy 46 West 6252661 ;