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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas TUesday May ttERALbZmTUNG Page 3A Obituaries 1A SCHOOLS 1A F1TSCO Arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Elsie Fitsco of New Braun fels She passed away Sunday May 26 2003 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 82 Zoeller Funeral Home DOYLE i Joseph Michael Doyle of New Braunfels passed away Thursday May 22 2003 at his residence He was 78 Visitation will be from 9 until 10 Tuesday May 23 2003 at Zoeller Funeral Home The funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 10 for a mass at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Zoeller Funeral Home MEYER Funeral arrangements are pending at the Doeppen schmidt Funeral Home for Vivian Meyer 94 who passed away Sunday May 25 2003 at her residence Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home SOLMS From 1A they stood with other brown hatted veterans of the Comal County Veterans Council and about 60 others to honor those less fortunate The ceremony was brief Rain began falling soon after a recording of The StarSpan gled Banner was played During the music two Marine Corps Junior ROTC cadets from New Braunfels High School lowered the American flag to halfstaff to honor departed veterans Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt Ski Hainewich read a history of Memorial Day We are gathered here to remember those who passed Hainewich said as members of the American Legion and Veterans of For eign Wars plus ladies aux iliary members wives and children of veterans listened solemnly Hainewich thanked County Commissioner Jan Kennady American Legion Post 35 Commander Cecil Konkel American Legion Post 179 Commander John Schindel Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Joe Median and Comal County Veterans Ser vice Officer Michaelle Davis for their attendance After riflemen fired three volleys the crowd sang Amer ica The and the cer emony wound down gracefully Two bagpipers marched to the memorial slowly playing Amazing After applauding the pipers Hainewich dismissed the crowd as the rain began to fall harder This concludes our cere mony under threat of he said TAKS test available to Comal third graders Any third grader in the 200203 school year who has not passed the reading por tion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS test and will be liv ing in the Comal Indepen dent School Districts bound aries this summer can take the third administration of the TAKS reading test June 27 The students have had two opportunities to pass the exam and are eligible for ac celerated reading instruction The students guardians or parents must call Victoria Pursch director of elemen tary education at 830221 2082 or 8308851791 to receive information Braunfels on a flight from Hawaii where the USS Con stitution His wife Lisa son Cody daughter Vanessa and a host of other family members and friends welcomed him at the San Antonio airport when his plane arrived just after 9 Jones 37 moved to New Braunfels in preparation for retirement Hell have two decades of service in the Marine Corps as of Jan 31 2004 Hell retire hi Novem ber while on terminal leave The past two months liv ing on an aircraft carrier off of the shores of Iraq Jones was about as far away from New Braunfels as he could be During his war stint Jones worked as a direct intermedi ary between the USS Con stellations carrier air wing and the ships permanent crew which is responsible for launching jets He indirectly supervised the launching of 46 different airplanes from eight different squadrons on the carriers flight deck Every flight squadron had a coordinator who dealt with Jones Jones in turn told the air operations supervisors final details that needed to be done before planes were launched It could be anything from getting the airplane moved to spreading its wings or telling the ships company that the aircraft was ready to Jones said If there were an emer gency Jones would convey that information to the car rier air wing There was occasional dan ger on the flight deck during the eightmonth deployment There was a fire below deck Later when fuel got inside the catapult it exploded caus ing another fire The catapult is the launcher that supplies force to hurl an airplane from the carriers flight deck There were more mishaps A jet went off the side of the ship but its crewmen ejected safely The jet caught the wire on landing but when the tail hook was raised it dumped hydraulic fluid lost its brakes and went over the side In a final accident a pro pellerdriven plane slid on the deck after it landed Deckpersonnel tried to park the plane on a slick deck But it slid on the melted asphalt that was matted with hydraulic fluid and a propeller chopped into the wing of another airplane A piece of the airplane flew off and hit a sailor in the back He wasnt seriously injured Believe it or not that was a safe deployment for Jones said Jones said he was never in any danger and did not expe rience any close calls But he felt danger from fear of the unknown There were anthrax and smallpox shots to take He had to have his chemical suit ready Would there be a chemical attack Would there be a Scud missile fired at the car rier which was 600 miles from Baghdad Those were the only fears that I had out he said When the carrier pulled into Bahrain twice he wasnt too comfortable going into town Jones stayed aboard the base He felt safer there Toward the end of the 79 day bombing campaign USS Constellationbased squad rons flew late in the day Jones shift started at 2 That was after sleeping from 6 to whenever often difficult when an airplane was landing three feet above his head His shift ended around 10 Then it was time to eat and go to class at midnight While aboard ship Jones came within one class of complet ing his associates degree He said it was the ability to ignore privation and pain that he learned during boot camp that got him through the high tempo of war oper ations Learning to roll with the lack of sleep and the fast pace of the bombing mission sharpened his focus and con centration I guess you train your self how to ignore it you go through boot camp and thats where you learn to start ignoring things I did nt get to see a whole lot of daylight except through a window But I did get to talk to everybody phones And you look at yourself in the mirror and say Boy I need some Jones said I did a normal thing an everyday thing that any guy off of the street could Jones said humbly Then he looked at his wife son and 18yearold daughter The best thing about being home is family Everything Ive done everything Ive endured has all been worth it because of my he said IRS PROBLEMS VETERAN EXIRS AGENTS ft TAX PROFESSIONALS dante Nmr Mart with the IRS Sitta lor Ptnttn on the Dobr Written Gturaniw Tax Settlement Analysis ConfldmtU Intwvtow In Our Local Office 8003787533 Free Insider Report How to End IRS Probtami Forawri 8774519111 M Hour RwonM HNMgt Street Journal JK Harris ft CompanyNew Braunfels 475 Offices Nationwide Star Performer Doesnt 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Vaclavik SmithSon Valley High School graduates 450 stu dents at 3 Sunday in Southwest Texas State Uni versitys Strahan Coliseum SVHSs valedictorian is Chase Zachary salutatorian is Jessica Campros Special ceremonies arent limited to graduating seniors Elementary schools in both districts are having their awards ceremonies this week Freshmen sophomores and juniors are taking final examinations Its a busy week for both districts But the toughest task might be keeping students minds from drifting as they eagerly await the start of summer vacation The break officially begins Smithson Valley High Schools valedictori an for 2003 is Chase Zachary and the salutatorian is Jessica Campros early Friday as schools plan to release students early on the last day New Braunfels High School NewBraunfels Middle School and Oak Run Sixth Grade Center will release students at noon Friday Carl Schurz Elementary will release at and other NBISD elementary schools Memorial Interme diate Memorial Elementary Memorial Primary Seele Ele mentary Lone Star Elemen tary and Lamar Primary will release students at 1 In the Comal Independent Photo submitted School District all students will be released one and one half hours earlier than their normal release times Report cards will either go home with students on Friday or they will be mailed to par ents depending on the choice of the school Students will enjoy about a sevenweek vacation CISD students return to academia Aug 18 and teach ers head back to work Aug 11 New Braunfels ISO stu dents return to class Aug 19 with teachers scheduled to report Aug 12 1A He was a good man and a proud Reyes said Then Reyes talked about what the Memo rial Day ceremony meant to him It means were giving honor to all the men and women who served and protected our nation If it wasnt for them we wouldnt be where we are he said About 60 other people joined Reyes in hon oring the service of Guerrero and oth er veterans buried at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Preparations for the ceremony started Sun day when 12 veterans including American Legion Post 35 Commander Cecil Konkel and fellow Legionnaire Max Donaldson planted small American flags atop every vet erans grave They started at 7 They finished at The ground was DonaldsoA said I had 980 on my Konkel said of the names of veterans I found 30 He said in 1986 there were 250 veterans in the park This year there were 761 more In addition homage was paid to the veter ans by Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jan Kennady This is a nation worth defending pre serving and Kennady said She then related a vignette about seeing a man in Landa Park that morning wearing a Tshirt saying in bold letters Freedom isnt That should be on our Kennady said That should stir hearts And if it doesnt you need to go to the To Create The Perfect Digital System We Sent Our Engineers Straight To The Source We sent our finest engineers and acoustical scientists directly to jhc sourre of most common hearing the inner ear 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