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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                V NEW PELS 2033 262V 7 fc RALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 185 16 pages in 1 section Augusts 1999 npTjr Ttl A V County si since 1852 50 cents on learning Above a participant at Treefrog Ed 125 N Castell pets a lizard perched on the back of Kelli Kensing Treefrog Ed a science math and technology adventure center and educational store opened on July 16 Below Kensing uses live animals and insects to help children leam the about their features and characteristics Treefrog Ed provides living laboratory for area students BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Sometimes all kids need is a prehensiletailed skink The snakelizard recently managed to charm a shy blondehaired girl into learning and having fan at Treefrog Ed a new education center in down town New Braunfels I dont know if I want to do she initially whispered to a hovering adult Moments later she was poised at the activity center one hand gripping the beige countertop close to where the yetunnamed skink rested The other hand frantically shot upward Kelli Kensing the certified teacher leading the activity had asked the group of students to compare and contrast the skink with Ka the ball python One of them has scales that are closer the girl said eyes wide open face hopeful Thats Kensing said It was a textbook moment for Treefrog Ed a science math and technology adventure center and educational store that opened July 16 at 125 N Castell a few buildings north of San Antonio Street The whole point of the store was to moti TREEFROG ED WHAT Science Math and technology adventure center and educational store at 125 N Castell Ave HOURS 10 to 6 MondaySat urday vate students owner Karen McDonell said I wanted something to teach kids how exciting it is to she said She made it easy with colorful interactive displays and animals in every corner McDonells brainchild houses an Amazon perch tree frogs a bearded dragon and a chameleon which rids the store of pesky flies Oh and dont forget the Madagascar hissing cockroach es This is the thing that gets to McDonell said She then reached into a glass con tainer and pulled out a 3inch long cockroach the beetlelike insect crawled across McDonells hand and let out a hiss when she touched its back Laughing she said I wouldnt have done this a few weeks But she might have thought about it Treefrog Ed has been in the mak ing for several years Ever since my son got into school Ive wanted to do she said Her son Shan 9 actually came up with the idea for the name of the store and in sec ond grade drew the picture of the treefrog now used as the stores logo McDonell and her family moved to New Braunfels two years ago from Lubbock where she owned an environmental laborato ry with her husband Bruce and other busi See Whats taxfree what isnt Page 5 HEATHER Mariena Schlather shops for backtoschool clothing Wednesday with her granddaughter Bethany 7 at Wal Mart 1209 Interstate 35 South Schlather said she hoped to save money during this weekends taxfree holiday Backtoschool shoppers get ready for sales tax holiday BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Mariena Schlather is getting a head start on some of her backtoschool shopping this week With four schoolage grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 12 Schlather said she planned to take advantage of some savings during taxfree shopping this weekend I think itll be well worth my time but I might change my mind if the crowds are she said Schlather isnt the only one worried about packed crowds at local stores Retailers are extending store hours and beefing up their staffs in preparation for a backto school taxfree shopping frenzy that will start at on Friday Thanks to a million tax relief bill approved by state legislators this year Texans will enjoy their firstever sales tax holiday on Friday Saturday and Sunday Texas shoppers will enjoy 72 hours of taxfree purchases on exempt items each costing less than Shoppers also will have no limit on how much they can spend The holiday will exempt most items of adult and childrens clothing and footwear from the usual percent state and local sales taxes That means residents can save a little more than on a pair of shoes costing or on several items costing a total of The state receives percent of the percent sales tax The city of New Braunfels receives percent and Comal County receives percent Next year local taxing entities can decide whether they will participate in the sales tax holiday State officials said the sales tax holiday was expected to save Texas families more than million this year and more than million over a threeyear period But Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the loss in local sales tax revenue could affect city infrastructure projects i That sales tax is used locally to build streets roads and drainage he said I hope there isnt a major Adam Wertman assistant manager at Target 642 South Walnut said store employees would be armed with lists of taxexempt items to help customers Employees will have lists handy that show whats exempt and whats not so they can answer any he said Wertman said he expected a better than average crowd Were beefing up the number of our employees I think a See Football season arrives New Braunfels football coach Tim Kingsbury gives instructions to the Unicorns during Wednesdays practice the teams first this season For more on area football teams AMANDA INSIDE EAA Cloud seeding gives aquifer a boost BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Edwards Aquifer Authoritys precipitation enhancement program provided a 15 percent jump in rainfall this year officials said Wednesday Cloud seeding is being recognized as a process producing a lot of results and with a lot of credi said Robert W Bader EAA project manager Bader told the Natural Resources Committee of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Inc that the prograro was one of seven in the state and that cloud seeding directly affected more than onefourth of Texas total acreage potential for rainfall and directs pilots to them The pilot then drops flares containing silver iodide into the clouds One sign of the programs success was to watch a group of similar clouds on radar and see the seeded cloud produce rain Bader said This is the first year of the program that began on April 15 and runs through Sept 15 Doug Miller Comal Countys representative on the EAA board said die programs first year was a success and the board would consider funding the project again Funding is divided evenly between the EAA and the Texas Natural Resources Con servation Commission Were going to look at what we get for half a million dollars of EAA money and see if die state will continue to match Miller said   

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