Friday, November 21, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY volleyball team lias experience Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels V903 20 pages in two sections Friday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Angi Heldrlch Vol No 6 Inside Market Stain mtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Angi Heidrich Audrey Bar ber Sylvia Sanchez Jamie Dod son Eloy Jamarillo Cecilia Quirino Cassandra Marbach 12 Valaree Marbach Rachael Klein 3 years Lupe Dominguez 48 years and Ida Berger To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pollen measured h parts per cubic meter of air Infoimation provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Thursday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow 202 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Bfaunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and no well water Cloudy skies on tap for weekend Tonight Fair skies Lows in the lower 30s to mid 40s Saturday Partly cloudy Highs in the mid to upper 60s Saturday night increasing cloudiness Lows in the upper 30s to upper 40s Sunday Cloudy Highs in the 60s Monday Cloudy Lows in the 40s Highs in the 60s Tuesday Mostly cloudy Lows in the 40s Highs iqi the 60s Give to our Cheer Fund The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the Herald Zeitgng office on 707 Landa St during regular business hours Checks can also be mailed to the HeraldZeitung Please make checks payable to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made byjcontacting circulation director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 The most recent donations include Anonymous Mr and Mrs Jim Bartsch Judy and Ralph Koch Mary Keyes New total Road work Landa Street between the Comal County Senior Citizen Center and Albertsons Curb replacement and street repairs on Schmidt Avenue Repaying Comal Street go awry Health warning means no homemade goods at school daycare functions From staff reports A public health notice alerting schools and day cafes of an outbreak of hepatitis A has put a damper on some Thanksgiving plans in Comal County Parents no longer can bring home made goodies for Thanksgiving par ties at schools and day cares and some local organizations are having to re think their plans for feasts and food giveaways St Paul Lutheran Church members canceled their plans to deliver loaves of bread to about 150 neighboring households Sunday We were going to have people from our membership bake the bread and we were going to distribute the Rev Brian Peterson said In light of the ban we are not going Well plan to purchase wrapped Christmas candy and distribute it that way Well go with the commercially wrapped candy this Officials at the Comal County Office of Public Health confirmed 14 cases for the month of October through late afternoon Thursday Dorothy Overman medical author ity for New Braunfels and Comal County sent a notice to all schools and day cares notifying them of the outbreak She also mandated no sharing of foods or drinks between children absolutely no home prepared foods or beverages for classroom par ties or school day care or teacher sponsored functions food for parties or schoolor teachersponsored events must be pur chased from stores bakeries or com mercial establishments and fastidious hygiene and cleanli ness for all employees and children Nine cases of hepatitis A were con firmed atHappy Days Day Care Cen ter in New Braunfels Of these cases six were parents of children who attend the center and three were chil dren including a 2yearold according to officials there Preventive measures already have been taken at the center where approximately 140 children attend on a daily basis Were having shots given to keep it from breaking said director Shirley Smithers One hepatitis A case also was con firmed at Cross Lutheran Church and School according to interim director Alice Clasen HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Baker Cliff Duprat takes pumpkin pies out of the oven at HEB Thursday Schools are asking parents to purchase baked goods from commercial establishments instead of bringing homemade goodies for Thanksgiving parties because of recent concerns about spreading hepatitis A Anyone who IS exposed should not prepare food and anyone who is sick should not go to Dorothy Overman medical authority One case was confirmed at Memo rial Elementary School also according to Leslie Kriewaldt New Braunfels Independent School District public information officer An immune globulin injection could be administered to those who had close exposure to someone withv hepatitis A said Overman If a person did contract hepatitis A after receiving immune globulin his symptoms usu ally would be much milder she said For the most part someone suffer Turn to Health Page 2A Be careful at company potlucks Company potlucks com mon during the holiday sea son dont have to be can celed because of the hepatitis A outbreak according to a local doctor However she urged that care be taken when preparing foods for these events Thorough hand washing should be the first step for anyone preparing tertops should be cleaned and cooks should be discreet when tastetesting their recipes said Dorothy Over man of the Comal County Office of Pub lic Health Hepatitis A IT IS Hepatitis A makes the liver sick It is caused by fecal to oral trans mission Yellow skin dark urine flulike symptoms such as nausea and vomiting diarrhea HOW ITS DETECTED Can be screened through a urine sample confirmed by a blood test ITS TREATED Supportive care such as bed rest and a healthy diet includ ing many fluids to prevent dehydration LONGLASTING EFFECTS None The liver repairs itself and usually forms an immunity to hepatitis A provided by David Patten physicians assistant at McKenna Neighborhood Health Center County considers road options in Bulverde By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners Court postponed Thursday a decision about roads in the incorporated areas of Bulverde County Judge Carter Casteel asked Criminal Dis trict Attorney Dib Waldrip and his staff to research Texas law and report their findings to commissioners Regarding the countys role in helping the newly formed municipalities in Bulverde Waldrip said laws were unclear and confusing It does not appear to be settled as to what the countys authority is to continue in maintaining roads and rights of way even at the request of the Waldrip said Waldrip said there were different interpretations from the attorney generals office and the state Supreme Court Trying to put those together is not he said Newly installed officers from the three incorporated areas Bulverde East Oak Village Bulverde South Bulverde Hills and Bulverde North Bul verde Estates are investigating whether the coun ty can maintain those roads until Bulverde has enough revenue to take on the maintenance itself Casteel said if the county became obligated to do maintenance for one city then it would have to main tain roads in other incorporated areas of the county If you care for the roads in Bulverde you have to do it in Garden Ridge and New she said I want the court to recognize if we do it we do it for all not for a select Bulverde North Mayor Bob Barton said roughly 35 miles of county roads would have to be maintained once they were turned over to the cities Commissioner Moe Schwab said even if the roads were in an incorporated area Comal County still would have an obligation to provide good roads for its citizens If a major event happens like a bridge being Turn to Roads Page 2A Zoning board delays tank vote Panel awaiting state rules on aboveground fuel storage facilities BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A request to allow aboveground storage tanks containing gallons of fuel came under fire by one man during the City of New Braunfels Zon ing Board of Adjustment meeting Thursday The storage tanks would be adja cent to a filling station near Texas 46 West and Loop 337 part of a mil lion development that would include a shopping center grocery store model homes and office buildings currently envisioned by Quanalyze a develop ment company in San Antonio The tanks would contain about gallons of fuel according to a Quanalyze representative However city ordinance allows only 500 gallons of fuel to be stored above ground The Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission regulates design of fuel storage tank protection sys tems Charles Gallagher of New Braun fels representing Quanalyze described a threelevel protection system for the fuel including doublewalled tanks a cement barrier around the tanks and sensors that set off an alarm when the tanks break or leak A corner side is an excel lent fuel said Gallagher It will be part of a 20plus acre develop ment to include residential homes and other entities he said Resident Richard Seidel spoke in opposition to the filling station and storage tanks citing the chance that the Edwards Aquifer water supply could be contaminated by possible fuel leaks or spills I have nothing against having a shopping center but do we really need another filling station over the aquifer he asked Seidel said he believed the water supply for Comal County and sur rounding areas would be endangered We need to take responsibility for he said Board members discussed possible hazards such as refueling tanks col liding with aboveground pipes that connect to the tanks and other natural hazards such as flooding Board member Edward Kirkham said he understood Seidels point of view Kirkham said responsibility must be taken for water quality and the pos sibility of contaminating it He was hesitant to make any further motions until more information about fuel stor age standards could be received from TNRCC Member David Hochanadel said Were not qualified to assess the The item was tabled until the boards next meeting in December to allow city staff to contact TNRCC to get more information regarding rules on aboveground storage tanks and protection systems Reserved seats scarce for NBHS playoff game By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Pamall Unicorn football fans got Into the spirit of the garrw and Will have plenty to cheer about during the playoff game tonight Playoff fever might have hit an alltime high at New Braunfels High School Thurs day as reserved seats for tonights game with East Central sold out in a little more than three hours And while general admission seats are still available for the game which kicks off at at Unicorn Stadium many fans were upset about the way sales were handled One fan called for a limit to be placed on the number of reserved tickets an individual are really a lot of mad said Janeane Quarles a fan who stood in line for three hours and missed getting a reserved seat I think its unfair that so many people can buy as many tickets as they want My daughter used to gp to school here and back then it was a 10ticket limit Thats what you New Braunfels Independent Sphool Dis trict assistant superintendent Lonnie Curtis said he hadnt remembered a ticket limit before and neither had athletic secretary Pat Douglas who sold the tickets on Thursday Theres never been a said Douglas who sold football tickets for 19 years 1 think 35 reserved seats were the most 1 sold to one Douglas began selling the tickets at but said the line had formed well before then I got there at but the first person in line was there at in the she said I havent seen anything like this since the glory years with Coach Jim Streety back in the NBHS principal Keith Garinger was away from the school all day on Thursday and said last night he wasnt aware of the situa tion or complaints from fans Obviously when you have a huge demand those kind of things are going to Garinger said Im sure Coach Turn to Playoff Page 3A 4s you think so you Page mdke phtns for Festtage 34