Wednesday, December 31, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Top 10 sports stories of 1997 Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZt M009 79 ST 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 18 pages in two sections Wednesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Larry Alexander Vol 145 No 34 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Betsy McKean Larry Alexander Vera Joyce Koepp Yvonne Gar cia Juan R Zavala Meta Schu mann Isabel Annette Saenz 7 years and Leticia Pulido Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Scott and Sandra Self 9 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count unavailable Pollen measured in parts per cubic meler of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 335 cubic feet per sec ond Tuesday same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level Tuesday down 02 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 235 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and gallons of well water were used Greet Hew year with drizzle rain Today Partly cloudy Highs near 60 Tonight Increasing clouds Lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s Thursday Cloudy with occasional drizzle south mostly cloudy north Highs near 60 to the lower 60s Thursday night cloudy with occasional drizzle Lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s Friday Cloudy with widely scattered light rain Highs in the 60s Saturday Cloudy with widely scattered showers Lows around 60 Highs near 70 Sunday Cloudy and turning cooler with scattered showers Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s Remember they are closed Thursday City of New Braunfels offices will be closed Thurs day but will be open regular hours today and Thursday Comal County offices closed at noon today will be closed Thursday and will open for regular hours Fri day Banks will be closed Thursday and open regular hours Friday HEB WalMart K Mart Target Wuests Eck erd Pharmacy and Wai greens will be open today Thursday and Friday The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung offices will be closed New Years Day The New Years Day edition of the HeraldZeitung will be delivered Thursday morning CIMA shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today is the Comal Indepen dent Mens Association 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 pass es through Cypress Bend Park County commissioners tap canoeist for WORD board By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor A New Braunfels resident who loves sitting in canoes on the Guadalupe River will sit on the Water Oriented Recreation District board of direc tors for the next two years Comal County Commissioners Court named John Schwartze Tuesday to the WORD board Schwartze takes Guy Andersons place Anderson served on the board for the limit of John Schwartze four consecutive twoyear terms said WORD manager Jim Inman His last WORD meeting was Dec 17 Commissioners court reappointed board members Bill Mayo and Scott Wat son Schwartze and his wife moved to New Braunfels three years ago He is the branch rtianager for statewide utility products company Techline He fills the spot on WORD for someone out side the WORD said County Judge CarteY Casteel Hes a canoe Schwartze canoed rivers in southern Missouri northern Arkansas and Illinois where he grew up When you move into town the beauty of the Guadalupe River is the thing that just takes you about New Braunfels and Comal he said With all the cypresstrees its just a gor geous river Schwartze said he would take no personal agenda to the WORD board other than to make sure the river was pristine for years to come Im coming in very neutral to the board and will be very openminded on whats he said Board member Bill Mayo asked Schwartze to serve on the WORD board Schwartze said Its a chance to give something back and do something I he said New Years Eve blast s V Karyn Snider describes one of the fireworks available at her stand on 281 near FarmtoMarket 1863 Customers Diane Praker and Luisa Rubio were shopping Tuesday for their New Years Eve fireworks Fire officials urge caution with fireworks BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Many Comal County residents ring in the New Year with bright displays of fireworks on the ground or in the sky This year fire officials are encouraging local residents to use caution when sending bottle rockets up in the air or lighting handheld sparklers on New Years Eve and this weekend Be extra careful especially with airborne said Comal County fire marshal Milton Willmann And the closeathand ones light the fuse and get Weather forecasts for today and Thursday include overcast skies and rising humidity These conditions might slow the stait of fires but with any dry dead vegetation close at hand a fire might not be far behind If theres a heat source dry grass will still catch ou Willmann said adding that adult supervision is always key to preventing acci dents and fires Although fireworks are allowed in the coun ty bringing them into the city is against the law Weather forecasts for today and Thursday include overcast skies and rising humidity These conditions might slow the start of fires but with any dry dead vegetation close at hand a fire might not be far behind according to city fire officials Citations can be issued to anyone in pos session of fireworks or for shooting them off said New Braunfels city fire marshal Elroy Friesenhann A class C misdemeanor either of these charges could solicit a fine of or more he said It bringing fireworks into the city limits could be a very costly event if Friesen hahn said Firefighters are scheduled to patrol the city limits New Years Eve said Friesen hahn and they will make every effort to apprehend anyone violating the law Last year we didnt have near the mois ture and said Friesenhahn But this year its been wetter than usual and all the vegetation is dry from recent The abundance of dry vegetation acts as fuel for the Friesenhahn said Meanwhile fireworks stands along 281 were busy Tuesday as people lined up to buy their favorite noisemaking and col orproducing bundles Willmann said county fire officials have been busy in recent days inspecting fire works stands within Comal County How many people are present at each booth the presence of fire extinguishers and doorway space at booths were not in county codes of law but were being checked anyway Willmann said Theres a lot of them fireworks said Willmann more than last Hepatitis cases now at 43 in Comal From staff reports As the number of hepatitis A cases grows in Comal County local health officials are targeting a public school to prevent future outbreaks However officials are not saying which school it is Some 43 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed since Oct 3 Comal County nurse Shel Me Williams said 24 children and 19 adults The state average is 18 cases per people Most of the hepatitis A cases with the exception of about 10 had been traced to a local day care center but Me Williams declined to name that day care citing con fidentiality At a Comal County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday Me Williams said Comal County health officials planned to target a public school within the city limits of New Braunfels Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said We are get ting into an area of the population where some of the cases began We talked to the state health department and they have given us I think 575 doses which will go a long way toward immunizing part of the Next week when students at the targeted school return from winter break they will be given letters from Me Williams explaining that the immunizations will be offered at no cost at the school When asked why she would not release the name of the public school McWilliams told a HeraldZeitung staffer I am not going to do it and I dont appreciate you calling Carter Casteel at home and then she had to call me at home Id appreciate it if you would take what I tell you as a public official and accept Casteel explained that the vaccination effort had more to do with preventing cases in the future This has nothing to do with the current Casteel explained We are starting to target some areas to prevent something on down According to Jean Brender Texas Department of Health epidemiologist in Austin die Center for Dis ease Control does not recommend the hepatitis A vaccine to curb the spread of the virus It is a relatively new vac cine she said and lasts several years but its longevity has not been absolutely determined Casteel said state health department officials told the county the same thing they didnt recommend the vaccine to stop the outbreak Were not doing this to stop the Casteel said Its a vaccine just like you would take for the mumps You take it so you never have it Its not to help the outbreak we have Changing of the guard Director leaves CMNB for Utah By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Childrens Museum patrons wont even know the difference Thats what Childrens Museum in New Braunfels director Susan Williams said about her departure Friday for a post with the Utah State Arts Council Williams will be an assistant arts and education coordinator connecting artists with schools and reviewing grant appli cations Weve had an excellent board and a very strong staff and all of that is what makes Williams said Board president Judy Brown said she remembered joining the museum about the same time Williams arrived in 1994 I came on when Williams Brown said When I came she was a balj of fire Ive seen nothing but great CMNB took great strides under Williams leadership said board mem ber David King The place has come from a patched together thing in that old shopping cen ter to what it is he said and its largely due to Susans Williams said she considered moving CMNB from the Courtyard Shopping Center to the New Braunfels Market place a high point in her tenure The move was such a blessing in she said It gave us the opportunity to rework exhibits and pro grams kind of like moving a The museum was forced to move when the shopping center changed owners and the rent went from virtual ly nil to prohibitive Williams had a large part in another major accomplishment the muse ums traveling energy education pro gram called the WATTEAM It started with getting a state grant in the fall of Williams said Since then the program has touched more than 200 Texas schools a year about students The program puts energy patrols in schools to monitor Williams said Its patrolled by stu dents We provide materials train ing and workshops on related energy In its 12th year the museum should not miss a beat when Williams leaves she said The 19member CMNB board made the natural choice for interim director the museums director Julie Swift A former teacher Swift worked as a museum volunteer before Williams joined CMNB Turn to Director Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Outgoing Childrens Museum in New Braunfels director Susan Williams center hands the keys to interim director Julie Swift Tuesday while board president Judy Brown watches The Jeep is part of the museums exhibit Americas 911 Force The Feed your body and with homemade soup Page 94