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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                LIFE TOYS FOR TOTS New Braimfels JROTC gather toys td spread Christmas joy to needy children this holiday season Page IB WEDNESDAY DECEMBER COUPON SWEET DEAL i Old Fashion Bakery Specially Shop is offering pastries with coffee or hot chocolate for before Dec 14 Pago 3A nsn and Corna Bounty since 1862 14 pages 2 sections CK WWW DEAR ABBY 4B I COMICS cloudy High Low 69 44 Details 2B FORUM j APPLAUSE j SPORTS TV6RIDS 3B 4A S46 56A 4B 25 years away on ByRonMaloney Staff SAN ANTONIO The Texas Depart ment of Transportation Tuesday showed the first draft of a plan that would morph 281 into a sixlane superhighway with twolane frontage roads The million project would widen 21 miles of Officials will conduct a meeting at Thursday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative on FM 3159 281 from San Antonio to the Blan co County line But Comal Coun tys 16mile segment of the project will not happen for 25 years unlesssome way other than gas taxes or federal trans portation funding is found to pay for it About 300 attended the meeting con ducted a t SpecfoMemehtaryjgchopl off 281 in Bexar County buying 281 north of the Guadalupe River South of the river the state would require about 200 feet of rightofway in most areas through Bulverde The resulting rpaU would be similar in construction to Loop 1604 across the north side of San Antonio TxDQT Project Manager Judy Friesen hahn said the project in its first draft is designed to meet the regions anticipated needs I dont think I have to tell any of you all that traffic demand has significantly increased over the last several Friesenhahn said Demand is expected to continue to rise dramatically over the next 25 FRONTand CENTER Texas by storm r fl u T s ntirseMana J Srnrth and urging residents to receive flti vaccinations a flu shot Tuesday Comal Countyhas seen an early onset and take precautions to mitigate transmission of the virus County officials vaccinations preventive efforts By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer Comal County officials are reporting an ear and severe onset of flu cases and are encouraging caution The flu season usually picks up during the winter months but reports of the flu started early this year Clinics reported 26 flu cases in October 2003 compared with just one flu case in the same period lastyear County Nurse Karon Preiss said And a cursory look at the November numbers still being calculated shows reports are steady for last month It was earlier this year for us to have this many Preiss said From busy malls to crowded kitchens its dif ficult to avoid exposure to ill people during the holidays But people can still avoid the flu by taking a few precautions Influenza is a viral respiratory illness marked by the sudden onset of fever headache fatigue dry cough sore throat runny or stvjffy nose and muscle aches The illness is spread when an infected personpoughs sneezes qr tajjcs send ing the highly contagious virus into the air People can keep from spreading their ill nesses by covering coughs and sneezes and by DAVID Roberta Seidel receives a flu shot Monday at the Comal County Health Department keeping hands clean and away from the mouth nose and eyes The general healthy habits also plenty of rest The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu Preiss said Were getting lots of calls because of the severity of the Flu vaccination takes about two weeks to become effective and the shot does not cause flu infection Sharon Wright Comal Independent School District nurse supervisor said the number of students and staff who have been vaccinated has helped keep the illness out of classrooms Both local school districts are experiencing normal numbers of flu cases for this time of year But compared to other states Texas has expe rienced a more severe flu season this year The Houston and Dallas areas were hit hard said Doug McBride Texas Department of Health spokesman The flu is now widespread in Texas Already Texas has had cases reported in 11 of the 12 state health regions People tend to look at the flu as something they dont want to get but dont see the danger in it McBride said But the flu can be a dangerous problem for highrisk groups such as the elderly and those with weak immune systems We recommend the flu vaccine for every one 6 months of age or McBride said We have deaths from influenza every Preventing the flu might contain the disease throughout the winter when the flu is most prevalent Our state is number Preiss said We dont want to be number one in City waits on LCRA project plat Historic trees a hurdle arid city dissatisied with TxDOT figures iy Scott Mahon Writer The New Braunfcls Planning Com mission Tuesday postponed ing a ptet that might have paved the way for widening landa street The plat Was for a development project to Jhs oJd ppw er into luxury apartments Approval of the plat has been tapped by TxPQT to wWen UndaSireet a state hjghway TxDOT has prescribed g 120foot berth for ing the plmo gi ve time to cQme up wiOi that would save 100 that Une the street between L Hj think its the consensus of the commission that 120 feet is exces Dierkson said Seventy or 80 feet is probably adequate for a four lajie The plat provides for the subdivj ston and development of 32 acres on the power plant property atong kanda street and TWTs recom mendation to wide tile stjeej to i20 feej would require Peel to dedicate 35 feet of his property Where is WOT coming up with 120 feet asked Planning Commis sion member PuaneNeel Tstheir ideal vvidthforafourkae saJ4 Stephen Schultz vice which fiowever TjdpOT also would have to acquire m ff et from the east side which alsp is lined with pecan trees attorney Butts who lives on landa Street teld the corn mfesion he aJsji is eoneerrjed about M0ur home was built by ftie kajida family and on our side of the street there tre piotably a doen large Is ed the decision to be made locaJlly approved a on a The tfi uia Park prive m4 Fred Its a Wassail time of year and downtown is juiced up By Ren Maloney Staff Writer Its time to go a was sailing New Braunfels and its Wstoric downtown hosts the beginning at 6 WASSAILFEST Wassailfest runs from to 9 Thursday i Police will block off the Main City officials wtil close Seguta Avenue and Sgn Antonio sjjeet around Mm Fto for moje than businesses and service organizations that will put on the i Jth annual event named for the hot spiefd sftmetirnjes include apple cider and holiday seasonings such as cinnamon nutmeg and cloves Sometimes it includes other juices Recipes run in families or communi ties and are often closely guarded secrets In 2QQ2 an estimated attended Wassail fest sampling the drink and the citys holiday charm and listen ing to aM ojher enter tainrnenj pjgyidej dancing or musicaJ groups at several available in lots around the area back jntQ   

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