Tuesday, January 27, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY JANUARY 27 8004 a wsp n I7W SPORTS NITS RESULTS Smithson Valley High Schools Eric leke is a star on the court as well as In the classroom FORUM BAD IMPRESSION Syndicated columnist Charley Reese writes that If Howard Dean wants to salvage his campaign he better start looking acting presidential Page Ssryint New iraunfelsand Comal County since 1862 TO pages 1 section CLICK i Mostly sunny High Low 57 30 Details 6A DEARABBY 8A COMICS 7A Democrats exchange criticisms on eve of New Hampshire primary NASHUA CAP Play ing to huge crowds of wavering voters Democrats swapped charges of dirty tricks and elitism Monday closing but the New Hampshire primary on a sour note before the presidential race goes national From eoflee shops truck stops school gyms and country stores the candidates took their last dose of smallstate retail poli ticking with a collective grimace testy and tired after a seesaw week of campaigning Its close and its closing Howard Dean said accusing his rivals of smearing him in a shad owy phoneandmail campaign doubledigit lead over Dean a 1 need your help because we former Vermont governor Sen have every intention of winning John Edwards of North Caroli the New Hampshire na retired Army Gen Wesley Most public polls gave fellow Clark and Sen Joe Lieberman of New Englander John Kerry a Connecticut were trailing Kettles of green from hearts of givers REBECCA S Doug Hammerstrom executive director of the Comal County United Way polishes up the agencys sign in Landa Park The agency is closing in on its fundraising goal of FRONT and CENTER United Adjust shy of campaigns goal Kettle Drive nets for local Salvation Army By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Gift givers remembered the good guys this holiday Local United Way and Salvation Array fundraising campaigns had strong Christmas seasons The United Way which represents 24 local nonprofit organizations has been trying to raise since September 2003 The campaign had raised about half of that goal by the end of November Now the agency is only away from its annual goal The projections say it looks very pos itive that we will make our said Doug Hammerstrom United Way exec utive director Since a lot of Comal County residents work in San Antonio money will trickle in from Bexar County businesses over the next couple months If those last minute donations come close to last years numbers then the campaign should be Hammerstrom said Either way the United Way will hold an endofcampaign celebration from 5 to 6 Feb 36 at Saengerhalle for all those who made donations United Ways payroll deduction pro gram allows people to give a small amount year round A lot of people con tribute to the annual campaign because they can give to one agency and know the money will be filtered to two dozen organizations throughout the commu nity Its one contribution but you can make a lot of difference in a lot of peo pies Hammerstrom said We just really appreciate the fact that the com munity allows us to do United Way raised almost a quarter of its goal after the end of November December is pretty slow for us because we do most of our campaigning See Page 3A NBU gets OK to sell in bonds By Scott Mahon Staff Writer City council gave New Braunfels Utilities approval Monday night to sell a million utility revenue bond issue Proceeds from the bond issue would be used for capi tal improvements to electric water and wastewater facili ties According to NBU officials million will be used to improve the utilitys electric system and million will be used for water and sewer improvements It will allow us to make a capital investment in our in frastructure and to do some reinvestment in advance of the citys street and drainage improvement said Paula DiFonzo NBU execu tive director DuaneWesterman a finan cial consultant with SAMCO Capital Markets said NBUs bond ratings were among the highest in the state Moodys rating agency gave NBU an Al rating and Standard and Poors gave an he said Only two or three utilities in Texas have a higher NBUs bond underwriters would sell in enue bonds The effective yield is WHATS THE MONEY FOR million would be used to expand the citys water and sewer million would be used to rebuild NBUs transmission line and to build a new sub station on Texas Bonds would be paid off in 25 Westerman said The bonds will be paid off in 2029 or 25 Westerman said NBUs existing bond debt is approx imately The existing debt is left over from the 1996 bond hesaid Arid that will be paid off or refunded with cash from the 2004 DiFonzo said proceeds from the 2004 bond issue will be used to rebuild NBUs trans mission line build a new sub station on Texas 46 and rebuild and expand the exist ing water and sewer systems Officials said payment of the bond 2004 debt has already been budgeted Our debt service is bud geted every year so the bond issue will not increase our cus tomers said Gretchen Reuwer communications manager In fact electric rates will be going down this year for residential and large commercial The City of New Braunfels and chamber a ItpdeweakoessesWelldetaathc preUmmwy findings w Thursday Program gives seniors a better vision of challenges of age At the lew vision elub Monday seniors J firs or in By Dylan Steff Writer Pauline Alexander 80 is a legally blind New Braunfels resident but she still gets around She uses community services to shop get her hair done and visit we Coma County Senior Center To be active at her age is a choice Do we sit in the coiner and cry or do we play the hand that was dealt us the best we can Alexander asked One of the keys to slaying active is bei involvement in the San Antonio Seniors progranx ich helps people who are moce than 55 years old and have vision problems For more than seven years she has been traveling to San Antonio to get practical help and information on how to maintain her independence The LowVision dub is part of the Focus of Seniors program In October the lowVision Club ex panded to Comal County Alexander has gotten involved in the meetings The lowVision Club offers a vari ety of free training options to help sen iors live independently in their own homes such as independent living skills training clubs and counseling The adaptiveUvlngskiJls training is the most popular activity in this pro said Michelle Withers At no cost Withers or another train er will visit a seniors home and give tips on how to make improve or sim plify basic Irving situations Lowvisioned seniors might nave trouble seeing a piece ot furniture that is the same color as the carpet Witiiers said A trainer might advise the senior to cover the piece with a contrasting color she said In February an activities group will stajt The LowVision Club is mostly informational the activities group is a social time LOW VISION CLUB In collaboration with Corns County Seniors Center a LowVision Club and Activities Group will lit I Meetings will be held on the third Monday of every month from 1 to 2 g m For information logk for the brochure at the center or call Michelle Withers at 800 3624335 or 6336195 UoklnUw Fri f or our

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