Wednesday, December 17, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY SWT women lose to Northwestern Page f 0 50 CENTS Goal Donations far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels HeraldZeiti 20332 MOO BOWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E Y A hi DELL DR 80 EL PASO IX 79903 22 Rages in two sections Wednesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Jennifer Michelle Koepp Vol 145 No 24 Inside Slammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Debbie Baker Bob Baker Car olyn Johnson Leticia Sanchez Jennifer Michelle Koepp Ray mond Dietert Anna Patterson Shana Mendez 13 Chris tine Noel Martinez 24 Manuel Brier John Daniel Zavala 8 years and Gregoria Hernan dez Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Floyd and Fern Higginbotham 64 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Cedar Elm 50 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 330 cubic feet per sec ond Tuesday down 5 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level Tuesday down 01 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 179 cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and no well water was used Look for rain on Saturday Today Mostly sunny Highs in the mid 60s to near 70 Tonight mostly clear Lows in the 30s Thursday Mostly sun ny and breezy Highs near 70 to lower 70s Thursday night increasing clouds Lows around 50 Friday Mostly cloudy Highs in the 60s Saturday Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or thunderstorms Lows in the 40s to around 50 Highs in the 50s to around 60 Sunday Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or showers Lows in the 30s to around 40 Highs in the 40s to around 50 Womens center shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organiza tion chosen for today was Comal County Womens Center This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Cheer Fund could still use donations Its not too late to give to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund which is used to buy food baskets for the needy Make your donations at the HeraldZeitung offices 707 Landa during regular business hours or mail them Checks should be made payable to the New Braun fels HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Recent contributions include Elks Ladies Klub Charles and Jane Row Barbara J Scott Grayson Moore CISD seeks to stop emissions increase By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal Independent School dis trict officials are trying to stop a nearby manufacturers efforts to nearly double its air emissions of a toxic material used in its production process Lightning Metals a company that employs 300 and manufac tures metal chassis for computers has asked the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commis sion to allow it to increase its release of trichloroethylene from 25 tons per year to about tons per year according to TNRCC spokesman Terry Hadley The chemical is used to clean metal parts that have been die cast in the Lightning Metals plant If youre concerned For questions about Lightning Metals permit to increase trichloroethyl ene emissions Permit No 36251 call the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commissionat 512 239 1000 Canyon High School is about 150 feet from Lightning Metals Canyon Middle School is about feet from the plant and three elementary schools are downwind from the plant about feet according to CISD officials In a letter to the TNRCC Supt Jerry Majors wrote that CISD wanted a public hearing on Light ning Materials request Majors let ter stated We feel that a number of our students would be sensitive to the type and amount of contam injates being emitted thus interfer ing with the educational CISD director of maintenance and operations Roy Linnartz learned about Lightning Metals request when the company asked CISD for help translating its public notice into Spanish The public noticeabout the application appeared in the HeraldZeitung Oct 29 I took it to superintendent Dr Major right Linnartz said Hadley said TNRCC has not yet decided whether to conduct a pub lic hearing on the permit He said the permit still was under consid eration by the state agency Hadley said the tonnage request for trichloroethylene a degreaser is significantly below the maximum levels allowed by the state It could take weeks or months for TNRCC to decide whether a hearing would take place he said Lightning Metals officials were surprised at the challenge to their permit application said director of operations Van Holley Feedback from TNRCC and the engineering consulting firm the company hired to help with the permit process indicated smooth sailing he said and the firm was well within TNR CC and Environmental Protection Turn to Permit Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Lightning Metals worker Fabian Hernandez guides metal computer chassis into a machine where a vapor of trichloroethylene and other chemicals will remove grease from the surface of the metal The reason for the season HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Children of First Baptist Church reenacted the Christmas nativity Tuesday evening in front of the church at Cross Street and Santa Clara Avenue While children portrayed Mary and Joseph shepherds angels the three wise men and a live donkey stood by representing the steed that was fabled to Mary into Bethlehem Adult mem bers of First Baptist Church sang Christmas carols while the children performed the nativity Comal board grapples with crowding breaks County to decide fate of cardboard recycling From staff reports Comal Countys rural recycling corru gated cardboard pilot program will end tomorrow Commissioners court will decide at its Thursday meeting whether to add the card board collection to the countys rural recy cling program The meeting begins at We will continue pickup on Dec 24 and Dec said Commissioner Moe Schwab then in January were going to move to County and inmate workers pick up cardboard from businesses within the New Braunfels city limits on Wednesday morn ings at no charge to the businesses Schwab said The rural recycling program has grown to include 10 pickup stations a chipping program and the recently added cardboard recycling The county picks up recydables H Commissioners meet at Thursday in the Comal County Courthouse at the following times and locations Spring Branch area to noon Monday and every first Saturday fire station at FarmtoMarket 311 and 281 Potters Creek FM 306 area 1 to 4 Monday Canyon Lake Fire Station No 3 Garden Ridge area to noon Tuesday GiffordHill West exit off FM3009 Bulverde 1 to 4 Tuesday and to noon every fourth Saturday Justice of trie Peace No 3 building Sattler Road area to noon Wednesday and every second Saturday Veterans of Foreign Wars building J FM 306 Purgatory Road area to 4 Wednesday and to noonevery third Saturday FM 306 and Purgatory Road Comal County Road to 4 Thursday 4931 Texas 46 Hunter Road area to noon every second and fourth Friday Texas Industries entrance 7781 FM 1102 Freiheit Bowling Alley area 1 to 4 every second and fourth Friday 2157 FM1101 Canyon Lake Fire Station No to noon every Saturday Oblate Drive in Startzville Commissioners Court will meet at Thursday in the commissioners court room on the third floor of the Courthouse Annex By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal Independent School Dis trict trustees will begin to wrestle with the what now question when they meet Thursday Voters resoundingly defeated the bond propositions Nov 8 and the school district still must deal with overcrowding caused by a rapidly growing population With bond money for financing new schools the district is pressed to figure out a Plan During their Oct 9 meeting board members suggested several options for squeezing the most stu dents into the available space They are listed on the agenda for dis cussion but not action Realign attendance zones in order to balance enrollment at Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools Consider another bond elec tion to expand Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools Purchase additional portable buildings andor lease space Increase class size Implement yearround multi track schools or split schedules as a last resort Slated for action on Thursdays agenda is the 199899 school cal endar Four calendar drafts are included for consideration The calendars list the same start ing date for the first semester Aug 17 Spring break dates comprise the main difference in the four exam ples Calendar No 1 has a break from Monday Feb 15 through Friday Feb 19 and another break from Friday April 2 through Fri day April 9 Calendar No 2 has a break from Monday March 15 through Friday March 19 It also has Fri day April 2 and Monday April 5 as holidays Calendar No 3 has a break from Friday April 2 through Fri day April 9 It also has holidays on Friday Feb 12 and Monday Feb 15 Meeting H Comal Independent School District trustees will meet at 6 Thursday at Bill Brown Elementary 20410 Texas 46 West in Spring Branch H trustees will consider the districts options for addressing overcrowding at its campuses after the Nov 8 bond issue failed IS School board members also will debate four options for spring break plans in the school calendar Calendar No 4 has a break from Thursday Feb 18 through Tuesday Feb 23and one from Thursday March 11 through Mon day March 15 CISD is the only area district that currently has two spring breaks said board vice president John Clay His proposed calendar includes a March spring break I just want to know why we cant get into some similar breaks to what the other districts Clay said Student performance motivated past boards to adopt calendars with dual spring breaks explained board president Dan Krueger adding that he did not advocate adopting any particular calendar What theyd looked at and what wed done in the past is to have a break after the first six weeks after weve come from the Krueger said That scorns to be when the kids are real Having weeklong breaks between sixweek chiss periods seemed to improve student perfor mance he said The CISD board will meet at 6 Thursday at Bill Brown Ele mentary 20410 Texas 46 West in Spring Branch Residents invited to carol on Plaza From staff reports Residents are invited to join Christmas music makers on the Plaza at 6 Thursday Caroling on the Plaza sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council has attracted between 100 to 200 people in past years and gives each member of the community a chance to sing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs Were encouraging the whole community to come said Ann Young chairwoman of Car oling on the Plaza A brass quartet the Community Chorale Singers directed by Pat Pritchard and Al Barlow a local musician are scheduled to perform during the program The group plans to converge near the band stand and residents are asked to bring lawn chairs The caroling will be guided by keyboard accompaniment provided by Jane Haas Some 19 or 20 songs including The First Do You Hear What I Hear and Angels We Have Heard on High are planned for the pro Young said Candles are to be held and lit during the singing of the last song Silent It sounds like this Thursdays weather will be said Young who along with other participants is hoping for a good turnout The pro gram is expected to last about one hour v ealth ora BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN now urging hepatitis vaccine Protect yourself The vaccine against hepatitis A is available through many local physicians Also available at the Comal County Health Department the vaccine is per childs injection and per adults injection and is given from 8 to 11 and 1 to on Tuesdays and Thursdays on a walkin basis two Injections given six adults The injection should be Dont let food poisoning ruin your holidays Page 11A