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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce emissions by carpooling and avoiding unnecessary driving today Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending t In or 2 can water todav before 9 and after 7 For information call 6088925 HERALD Vol 149 No 239 18 pages in 2 sections September 30 2000 O Tl A V ServinS Corna County since 1852 50 cents K JESSIE Hossein Hagigholam of Mamacitas Restaurant inspects the quality of the homemade tortillas at the popular local eatery Hagi finds American dream in Mexican food BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer So far Hossein Hagigholam better known as Hagi has escaped a revolution con quered a language barrier and laid the first tier of an empire Even though he only had television shows like Starsky and Hutch upon which to base an opinion of America 18yearold Hagi decided to leave Iran to become an engineer in an American school It was very Hagi said I think I was home sick the first Despite feeling homesick he left Houston for Schreiner College in Kerrville so he could get away from the Iranian students that were his closest link to home they made it hard to learn English Speaking English well was a lesson he learned before he even stepped outside a airport After landing in New York he walked up to a ticket agent and asked for a passage to and wound up in Boston He planned to return home and make his parents proud after completing his studies but the leaders of the Iranian Revolution had apian of their own As his country dealt with civil and politi cal unrest his parents had to stop sending money He quit school and worked full time in the States Now he calls both countries home I think its really good to have two coun tries two Hagi said Not only has he mastered the language but he also has mastered the American dream This past year million people dined in Hagis four Mamacitas Restaurants in Kerrville Fredericksburg San Marcos and New Braunfels and every year his busi ness increases by 15 percent We immigrants all heard about this land of opportunity If there is a heaven and hell in this world right now America is Hagi said If you work hard and set your goal with the system in this coun See A fair to remember K JESSIE With so many flags floats and animals to watch it was hard for some to know when to stand and salute and when to wave hello Fridays parade went off without any noticeable hitches Everybody loves the parade in downtown New Braunfels BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Downtown New Braun fels looked as if it had stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting Friday American flags lined San Antonio Street Stray bal loons that were not tied quickly enough to a young childs wrist floated into the sky Lawn chairs lined the Main Plaza and police roadblocks kept traffic from hitting children who sat on blankets on the edges of the streets Grand parents held wriggling chil dren in their laps and young parents prepared film and video cameras It seemed as if the whole town had turned out for the Comal County Fair Parade the annual event that kicks off Fair Day in New Braun fels Hundreds of people lined downtown streets They craned their necks and lis tened intently for the tell tale sounds of sirens that meant the parade had begun Several children sat in lawn chairs at the West San Antonio Street entrance to the plaza One of the young boys advised another earnestly to Hold your ears Its going to be really Nearby sixyearold Clarence McClung of Canyon Lake fidgeted as he waited to see the parade for the first time His moth er Darlene McClung and sister Briana McClung 3 stood nearby This is all Ive heard about all Darlene McClung said The sirens of the fire trucks and police cars that led the parade were quiet in the distance but grew louder as they neared See OA CHRIS PACE and K JESSIE Top Even this hound dog seemed to be enjoying the parade in Main Plaza Friday Above members of the New Braunfels High School Band march to the beat of their own drummers Left The New Braunfels Fire Department led the parade with a ladder truck INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map m Wild Card plays from 9 to 1 today at the Comal County Fairgrounds Admission is High tech lake search tested today BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Searchers will mount a major effort today and believe they may find the 14yearold Houston boy missing since Saturday and presumed drowned in Canyon Lake A worldrenowned rescue specialist and dis aster planner who invented an electronic device that helps find bodies buried under rubble mud or even 100 feet of water flew in from California Thursday and believes he knows where Anthony Shepherds body can be found in Canyon Lake Two members of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team SMART were unable to complete their search of the location Friday because one said our nitrogen levels are too Daniel Misiaszek commander of the SMART divers told Shepherds family the divers have a 20 minute linger time on the bottom of the lake which is 91 feet down at the location theyre searching Water temperature on the bottom was 56 degrees Friday Misi aszek and one other diver stayed down 48 minutes risking a dangerous bout with the which occurs after too much nitro gen builds up in a divers body under com pression in deep water Were confident of the location where were Misiaszek said The reason they took the added risk was Doug Copp rescue chief and disaster manag er for the American Rescue Team Interna tional ARTI out of Alameda Calif Copp is well known for his disaster relief work on every continent and in virtually every type of emergency over the last 15 or so years from Turkey to China to Venezuela from earthquakes to mudslides He worked the Swissair crash off Nova Scotia and helped find John F Kennedy Jr well actually did not Copp said his suggestion when he arrived off the coast of Massachusetts that searchers consult area fishermen resulted in the Kennedy plane being found before Copp turned on his equipment I asked has anybody talked to any of these fishermen here 1 was sure there was some old fisherman who knew where that plane See OA Coming Sunday Key Code 76 fnhfe living and the dead have an m uneasy coexistence in the state of Jt Texas Many local rural cemeteries face oblivion without Dawson recovering from heart surgery BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Comal County Pet I Commissioner Jack Dawson remained in a San Antonio hospital Fri day recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery An official at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital said Dawson was in stable condition Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said he had heard Dawson was doing very well considering Hes getting back to his old Scheel said Dawson was admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospital one week ago and transferred to Methodist hospital for surgery on Friday His recovery will take several weeks he said Friday night Ive been doing some exercises get ting back together taking it Daw son said The plan now is to send me home for recovery Dawsons doctors want him to spend six weeks convalescing You cant do it any Dawson said Im anxious to get back but Ill be out of commission for six more weeks Dawsons medical team will want him to stay at home try not to be exposed to any viruses or illnesses exercise and just plain rest up Im not supposed to work have any company or very many phone calls but 1 dont want to seem like a Dawson said Dawson noted he wanted to try to write a few letters and that he had plenty of get well cards to answer DAWSON
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