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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Speck wins NBJGA tournament at Sundance Page 6 New Braunfels 50 CENTS xxx i I MM 1 i 12 pages in one section V Tuesday September Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Dan and Audrey Dean Vol 145 No 214 Inside Sthmmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZertung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Belinda Barber Norma Remmler Pedro Villareal Jesse Hot Dog Resales belat ed and Theresa Caballero Happy Anniversary wishes go to Dan and Audrey Dean 48 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Ragweed 38 Cedar Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 304 cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 459 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 265 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea leveHAbove conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and million gallons of well water Rain chances go up tonight Wednesday Tonight Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Low near 70 Winds becom ing north near 10 mph stronger and gusty near the thunderstorms Wednesday Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thun derstorms High in the lower 90s Northeast wind 1015 mph Thursday Partly cloudy Highs in the 80s Friday and Saturday Fair skies at night Mostly sun ny days Lows in the 60s Highs in the 90s Clean up the Lower Guadalupe The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe Riv er Cleanup will be Saturday Landbased water and diving volunteers are needed Reg istration will be from to at Double Rockin R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on FarmtoMarket 306 Volunteers are welcome to a party and meal afterward at Cypress Bend Park For information call 6290939 Remember those school zones School is back in session so remember to slow down in school zones Also watch for children loading and unload ing school buses In most situ ations it is illegal to pass a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children Project KISS hosts annual meeting Proponents of the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recre ation Center Project KISS will have their 5th annual public meeting on Thursday at 7 at the new Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperatives audi torium located on FarmtoMar ket 3159 The public will have a chance to see the plans for the newest county park in Canyon Lake the Hidden Valley Sports Park Call 830 9644488 Trail group seeks public support By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Proponents of the Rails to Trails project are taking their case to the public Comal County Rails to Trails had two public meetings dn Saturday morning and Monday to discuss its vision for the mile 100footwide trail that would accommodate biking inline skating running and walking Fortyfive people showed up at the meeting St Pauls Turn to Trail Page 2 Chamber hosts show Businesses showcase products at civic center By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Trade Show decorating committee prepares the Civic Center for the Sneak Preview tonight Representatives from businesses throughout New Braunfels will be on hand at New Braunfels Civic Center to showcase services and products and residents can get a sneak peak tonight at whats in store Wednesday The Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce ninth annual Busi Learning to read For some Comal County adults illiteracy obstacle to overcome By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Reading matters Learning to read conjures up mem ories of sitting in a gradeschool class with a book about Jane and Dick and their dog Spot But for many Comal Coun ty residents learning to read is an obstacle with which they must strug gle daily Maggie Cunning ham direc tor of the Literacy Council and the Adult Education and Literacy Co op said the coop was working hard to overcome Comal Countys literacy problem Last year the coop served 164 adults through New Braunfels Inde pendent School District and 241 through Comal Independent School District Between the two districts 52 general education degrees were award ed said Cunningham The students ranged in age from 17 to 72 We serve the community as exten sively as we can Cunning ham said Hispanics made up a large por tion of the individuals being served by the coop she explained and most of these were not proficient in English She said many Hispanic adults and children had little or no formal education even in their first language Some of these people start at zero level she said Theyre illiterate not only in our language but in their own language as Alicia Parra instruction coordinator for C1SD said some students had problems with reading as a result of a disability Those students are taught in special education classes Students struggling because of a language barrier receive extra read ing help through the districts bilingual program she said An estimated 130 students are currently enrolled in the CISD bilingual program You generally dont have students at the highschool level that cant said Parra If you do its due to not being properly assessed Rosalyn Bratcher assistant super intendent for instructional services at HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Tomas Martinez reads for his teacher Ms Micaela Gutierrez Monday afternoon A few of the students in her class are bilingual I think part of what we do is make people real ize youre never finished Rosalyn Bratcher NBISD assistant superintendent for instructional services NBISD said literacy is a problem nationwide Many programs are geared for young students to increase literacy rates she said including Help One Student To Succeed Title I and Reading Recovery programs We have ongoing assessment with children at an early age so we can work with she said Our goal is to catch it early and help these chil dren learn to Bratcher said when students were struggling to read it was not a result of ethnicity She said it usually was because parents were not modeling reading at home and were not provid ing children with reading material I dont think its so much the eth nic background What I have found as an educator is its HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Third graders Dulce Cruz and Tonya Sanchez read a book together during reading time at Memorial Elementary Bratcher said That culture of pover ty does not really support a printrich However the literacy battle is not won when a child masters the first reading book Bratcher said even as adults people constantly improved their literacy Learning to read was never accomplished she said I think part of what we do is make people realize youre never finished she said ness Trade Show will be conducted tonight and Wednesday at the civic center This years show will feature 66 booths for businesses that offer a vari ety of services and products Chamber vice president Bonnie Tetrault said the twoday event is packed with fun Its primarily for other businesses and people to see the various prod ucts and services available in the com said Tetrault Its an oppor Turn to Show Page 2 Waterpark pulls out of S Padre project By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort announced Monday that it is pulling out of South Padre Island because of opposition from a group of condo minium dwellers who did not want the waterpark built next door to them Jeff Henry chief operating officer of NBGS International Schlitter bahns parent company based in New Braunfels said the Henry family decid ed to pull out after it could not satisfy the concerns of the condominium residents The owners of the property announced they were looking to sell the tract to oth er prospective buyers It was the opinion of my family to give them what they wanted and leave the Henry said We didnt want to be next to a group of hateful mad Schlitterbahn and Harlingen devel oper Humberto Zamora were looking to build a waterpark on 14 acres of prop erty between Park Road 100 and the Gulf of Mexico at the east end of the Queen Isabella Causeway The proposed beachfront waterpark would have been next door to Bridge point Condominiums According to the Valley Morning Star the condomini ums property owners association had filed a lawsuit looking to stop the water park from being built Bridgepoint Condominium residents were against the waterpark because of concerns it would clog traffic and lead to increased noise Schlitterbahn can put out a good quality product but the location was terribly wrong because of said Ray Marchan an attorney who lives at Bridgepoint and represents sev eral residents in the lawsuit against South Padre Island The Valley Morning Star reported an environmentalist raised concerns that the waterpark would waste water spoil the island s scenery and intrude on wetlands and sand dunes in the area Schlitterbahn had hoped to open the park by next spring Henry said he was disappointed the condominium residents felt the water park would have been an intrusion He said the waterpark would have improved the quality of life on South Padre Island We think the business would have enhanced the value of the condomini Henry said We think it would have been a beautiful view for the res Turn to Waterpark Page 3 Council gives stamp of approval to recycling agreement By SUSAN FLYNTENGLAND News Editor New Braunfels and Comal County are one giant step closer to a locallyrun city curbside recycling program City council unanimously approved Monday a draft of a citycounty agreement enabling the city to take over managing its curbside recycling program as early as January when its contract with BrowningFerris Industries expires Commissioners Court will consider putting its stamp of approval on the agreement after its legal counsel reviews it County commissioners asked for tour changes to the agreement before the council voted on it said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy City council approved all of the changes 1 The county requested a oneyear contract with the city instead of the threeyear contract in the citys first draft Council member Randy Vanstory said a one year contract was too short considering the citys initial capital investment was estimated at I cannot imagine investing that much money if the contract was only for one said May or Jan Kennaiiy Council members approved the change on the condition that if the agreement had a oneyear term it would include wording assuring resi dents of the citys commitment to continue the curbside recycling program longterm 2 The citys first agreement called for the city to deliver collected recyclables to the county from 7 to 6 Monday through Friday Council approved Monday that the delivery times be changed to 7 to 3 The amended agreement says the city and county will cooperate to promote cardboard recy cling as in the first agreement plus junk mail recycling added Monday BFl currently col lects neither cardboard nor junk mail 4 The wording of the section about who would staff the recycling center was changed the first draft says community service restitution which was changed to jail The agreement submitted to council had a 60 day termination clause either the city or the comity could terminate the contract for any reason by giving 60 days written notice Council members told Cullom Murphy to nego tiate for a JOday termination clause instead That would give the city ample time to seek bids for a commercial recycling firm if the contract ended so service would not be interrupted City Manager Mike Shands said New Braunfels might have to pay for San Antonios emissions Page 4   

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