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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Sports Stnmmtisch Birthday wishes front the HeraldZeitung The New Bratlnfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following Merry Saegert Connie Waltisperger Leslie Kriewaldt Merry White Stephen John Goodwin 5 years Angela DAlfonso 21 years Bradley Bevil 12 years David Sotelo 19 years old Ramiro L Sotelo 73 years old Karen Schwind Brian Gomez Michelle Voges Tom Ruiz 48 years old Rita Martinez Darrell Moeller Coker Moeller Naomi Poindexter Gilbert Molina George Romero Jr Bonnie Simpson Happy Anniversary wishes go to Tammy and Charlie Setter first Sylvia and Robert Davila 15 years Ernesto and Elida Sotelo Ruben P and Ramona Espinosa 29 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Not much use for sunglasses Today clouds Highs in the mid 60s Tonight partly cloudy Lows in the mid 40s Increasing in the mid 60s Monday night mostly cloudy with a chance of rain Lows in the 40s Tuesday Mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain and showers Cool with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s Wednesday Mostly sunny to partly cloudy Lows in the 30s Highs in the mid 5Qs to near 60 Thursday Increasing cloudiness becoming mostly cloudy in the day with a chance of rain Early morning lows in the low 30s Highs near 50 to mid 50s Schools out until 1998 Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Jan 2 Employees return Jan 5 while students begin the second semester Jan 6 The Tax Office which col lects taxes for the school dis trict and the city of New Braunfels will be closed Mon day through Friday but it will be open the last three days of December Closed on Jan 1 it will be open Jan 2 Office hours for the Tax Office are 8 to 5 Comal Independent School District offices and schools will be closed through Jan 2 The CISD central office will reopen at 8 Jan 5 School will begin Jan 6 Post office closes for Christmas Window service for the New Braunfels post office will close at noon Wednesday and Dec 31 Express mail parcels and priority mail may be picked up until 4 on those days by stopping at the caller service window New Braunfels postal employees wish the residents of Comal County a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year Christmas trees have second life The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor the 11th annual Christmas tree recycling pro gram starting Monday Resi dents can drop off live trees at a specially marked area in the Olympic Swimming Pool park ing lot at the intersection of Landa Park Drive and Golf Course Road in Landa Park through Jan 19 For informa tion call 6082160 Braunfels HeraldZe 32 pages in four sections Sunday December SUNDAY Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Tammy and Charlie Setter Vol 146 No C 3 Comal ISD trustees to tour factory that seeks emissions permit By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The Comal Independent School Dis trict never intended to fight Lightning Metal Specialties permit to increase emissions of trichloroethyl ene superintendent Jerry Major told the HeraldZeitung Friday Our intent all along is to ensure the health and safety of our Major said At CISDs Thursday board of trustees meeting trustees agreed to tour the Lightning Metal Specialties Inc plant Jan 15 Metal Specialties have agreed to that and we have agreed to Major said Friday it up is all that remains and I intend to dd that Major sent a letter to the Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Commis sion dated Nov 3 requesting a hearing relative to the above proposed per That permit is No 36251 in which Lightning Metal Specialties Inc requests to increase the amount of trichloroethylene it is allowed to emit into the air from 25 tons per year to about tpy The maximum emis sion per hour on the new permit appli cation is pounds His letter was prompted by the con cerns of Roy Linnartz CISD director of maintenance and operations He learned about the permit application he said when Lightning Metal Specialties officials asked CISD for help translat ing the public notice about the permit application into Spanish to publish in the HeraldZeitung classifieds Nothing has ever come up before this close to a Linnartz said Its less than 200 feet from Canyon High Schools property line The pre vailing winds from the southeast blow from the plant directly toward the three elementary schools we have north and west from that Metal Specialties Inc metal computer chassis at a Hearts yield bountiful harvest By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor What started as a notsosimple thank you has become a New Braunfels Christmas tradition and a celebration of community spirit I just wanted to say thankyou to the commu said Harvest from the Heart founder Robert Konkel During the 1994 Christmas season Konkel expressed his gratitude to the town that had helped make his catering business a success in the most natural way with a huge party and a meal said cofounder Dana Overstreet Robert paid for it all himself the first said Judy Kraft Under Krafts and Rita Kaufrnanns leadership tiie community meal has grown in size and scope each year We had 800 last year and were planning to serve this Kraft said The final Festtage event of the year Harvest from the Heart will be from 5 to 8 Monday at the Civic Center Guests will eat a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings Santa will visit and give toys to children through age 13 Elves Maitlin and Cassie Kraft will help Santa hand out gifts Jim Wesolick and members of the Catholic Pioneers will fill the air with traditional Christmas music Harvest from the Heart guests will be the chorus Wesolick said Last year we got all the children in the Civic Center to come up and sing with he said We created a childrens chorus right there on the The clown ministry of Sts Peter and Paul Church will add to Mondays merriment The clown troupe will do a Wesolick said Theyll be going around greeting people and entertaining Harvest from the Hearts bounty comes from the generosity of people throughout New Braun fels Kraft said One couple annually has a Christmas party and collects Kaufrnann said Then they bring the toys to Volunteers will work at the Civic Center from 10 until the last scrap is cleaned up Monday night Kraft said They decorate cook serve and clean up Serving food has become the coveted volunteer post with community groups calling early to volunteer so they can get a spot on the serving line Among the servers this year are American Legion Post 35 a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout troop and the Citizen Police Academy HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Harvest from the Heart organizers Judy Kraft left and Rita Kaufrnann sort donated toys Saturday morning for the community meal 5 to 8 Monday at the Civic Center The hepatitis A outbreak his caused one change this year Kraft said Storebought cakes pies and cookies will be the desserts instead of homemade items We still need people to bring those store bought dessert Kraft said The community meal could not happen without monetary donations from individuals and busi nesses and free use of the Civic Center Kauf rnann said WalMart gave us a percentage of their day afterThanksgiving Kraft said Theyve kind of adopted Miles Granzin has already begun barbecuing the 40 turkeys needed to feed a CivicCenter sized crowd she said One husband and wife who stay at Canyon Lake each winter volunteer every year Kraft said The first year they came just because they COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MEAL WHAT Harvest From The Heart commu nitymeaj WHEN 5 to 8 Monday WHERE New Braunfels Civic Center WHATS STILL NEEDED Storebought cakes pies and cookies Santa will accept toys up to the last minute especially those for chjlqren ages 10 to 13 WHOS INVITED Anyone and every one especially seniors those who live alone or do not have relatives in town Winter Texans and families who are finding it hard to stretch the dollars for Christmas cheer this year New Braunfels plant that employs about 300 people Trichloroethylene is used in vapor to take grease off the surface of the finished chassis I have no problem with a hear said director of operations Van Holley Taking care of children is just as important to us as anyone TNRCC has yet to decide whether it will conduct a hearing said spokesman Terry Hadley CISD would abiddby TNRCCs decision either way Miijojc Turn to Bus crash I claims I Dallas 16yearold BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A 16year old Dallas youth was killed early Saturday in a bus acci dent on Interstate 35 Jose Antonio Valdez 16 was one of some 50 people aboard a Laredo bound tour bus operated by Blanca Tours that collided with a sports recre atipn vehicle at about Sat urday The bus was southbound traveling in the area of 2700 Interstate 35 north when apparently the driver of the bus attempted to change lanes and struck a Chevrolet Tahoe that was also south bound in the same area according to New Braunfels police reports The Tahoe spun into the median and the bus also spun into the median turning over and coming to a stop on the passenger side across the bound Frontage according to police reports New Braunfels Fire Department Emergency Medical Services respond ed with three units and requested back up from San Antonio Metro and Schertz and San Marcos EMS The accident was investigated by New Braunfels Police officers who were assisted by Texas Department of Safe ry personnel Fifteen people were transported to McKenna Hospital and 11 were taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos according to police Uninjured passengers were taken to the Best Western Hotel of New Braunfels where they were provided with food and a place to stay accord ing to Glenn Stafford Best Western general manager The ones passengers that werent injured were just standing outside on the said Stafford The hotel was offered as a refuge for the pas sengers who were without transporta tion and had no where else to go in the Turn to Bus Page 3A New Braunfels communitys hands reach out to make Christmas more merry BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Local residents were busy giving their time to wrap toys bag food and distribute them both them Friday and Saturday The Comal County Sheriffs Office spon sored the Green Santa program providing 48 kids and 19 families at Teen Connection the Comal County Womens Shelter and MHMR with food and toys for Christmas In its ninth year the Green Santa program was made possible by contributions from the sheriffs office employees New Braunfels Chapter of the Gypsies Motorcycle Club WalMart and NBGS terbahn Weve had a lot of said Sharon Faulkner adding that volunteers made the project possjbje from start to finish Some 35 people including Jaycee mem bers and local volunteers wrapped new and used toys Saturday for Toys for Tots at World Car Motors on San Antonio Street Rain couldnt stop the wrapping and one volunteer said as a newcomer to New Braunfels she was glad to be involved in the community Its a nice way to find out what people are said Rita Hilgenhold The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund provided staple food items to some 250 families in need said organizer Carol Ann Avery who helped 32 volunteers sack peanut butter flour and other goods Saturday The program is in its 15th year and has grown steadily since its inception in 1982 when 60 families were assisted Since 82 weve delivered food to said Avery Members of the com munity just showed up she said to hand deliver the bags of goods throughout the George Amen and Kyle Herber load food Into the back of a delivery Suburban Saturday before vol unteers take bundles of food gathered dur ing the Cheer Fund HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Two confroHed burns get out of control Page 6A
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