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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SHOTS give kids a BOOST Free immunizations come with incentives By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Children hate getting shots and parents hate paying for them During the next two weeks this necessary torture will be a little easier to endure The Comal County Public Health Department is administering free vaccinations as part of a nation wide push for immunization Children who receive their free shots also will get a buyoneget one free coupon from Schlitter bahn a free child admission coupon from Natural Bridge Cav erns a free childs buffet from Mr Gattis and a free childs ice cream cone from Dairy Queen We have a soft spot for children at said park spokeswoman Sheri Brammel Participating in this event seems like a natural fit for Schlitterbahn has participated in the free immunization program for 10 years Brammel noted that with more than in tickets donated over the years the incentive seems to be working Comal County nurse Karon Preiss and her staff were busy Monday morning as they began the first week of free shots with a focus on infants School children are encouraged to come after school this week or anytime next week after TAKS testing is finished Last year the focus was on get ting kids in the immunization reg istry so we didnt do as many Preiss said But two years ago we gave about 675 Preiss said she hoped they would give roughly the same amount this year All standard booster shots for chil dren under age 18 will be provided Young children need vaccines more often than older children but Preiss said she encouraged any student involved in sports to get a Hepatitis B vaccine The full vac cination requires three shots and only the first can be administered during the free shot promotion Collegebound seniors should also consider getting a meningo coccal Preiss said College freshmen living in dorms are often at higher risk of contracting meningitis which can be fatal in some cases The meningococcal vaccine is not free but Preiss said it is worth getting We dont want to see sick kids especially with a vaccine prevent able she said SPORTS TRACK STARS Mecke and Guenther won district titles to lead SVHS to regionals Page SA I LIFE LIMELIGHT With a blues influence the Seth James Band rocks local crowds regularly Page IB Serving Slew Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Voi 153 No 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW7 FRONT and CENTER MANDY Above Beth Bizer a nurse at the Comal County Health Department preps the syringe for an immunization Monday Below Michael Alvarez 13 receives his immunization from Maria Smith Monday at the Comal County Health Department The department offers some free child immunizations through May 7 When 8 to 5 through May 7 Where Comal County Health Department 178 E Mill St For appoint ments Call 6082015 Free shots DTaP TO MMR HIB IPV Hepatitis A and B Varicella Chicken TB Skin Tests McKenna changes volunteer policies By Dylan Staff Writer A new approach to volun teerism at McKejina Health Sys tem could yield more help In March officials made the McKenna AiiKiJjaryapart of hos pital For about a year weve been planning to update our volun teer program at said Jennifer Malatek McKenna administrator Before volunteers had to join the McKenna Auxiliary and pay dues for membership We were losing a lot of people who want to be in a formal Malatek said Now volunteers will go through an application inter view and orientation process that will give more people an opportunity to be involved Malatek said We recruited 19 new people in the last week through the changes in our sjae said McKenna Ambassadors of all ages can help in almost every department including the infor mation desk gift shop nursing units and other patient careaieas Malatek said the majority of volunteers were really excited about die changes but that one of die 120 volunteers decided to retire Lally Jennings a longtime vol unteer saMinaletter to me edi tor that ste djdrft like the manner in which McKenna officials See Partly cloudy High Low 77 59 Details 1B 48 DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 4B Donald Schraub EMS service wont change Guadalupe County votes 32 to stick with Schertz contract By Scott Mahon Staff Writer SEGUIN Guadalupe County Judge Donald Schraub chastised commission ers Tuesday for giving in to scare tac tics after they award ed the countys EMS service to Schertz Five months ago we asked a committee to draw up the specifi cations for this con Schraub said just before the vote Four entities responded with bids and the court needs to live up to its word So I have problems with our credi bility over Schraub and Pet 3 Commissioner Jim Wolverton voted not to award the con tract to Schertz EMS which was the high est bidder Commissioners Roger Baenziger Pet Judy Cope Pet 4 and Cesareo Guadar rama III Pet 2 voted for Schertz EMS Since 2001 EMS services in the coun tys unincorporated areas have been pro vided by a coalition of providers Seguin Schertz New Braunfels and See GUADALUPE Page 3A PTA officer pleads guilty to stealing By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The former Memorial Primary School PTA treasurer who stole children raised pleaded guilty in district court Tuesday Under terms of a plea bargain negoti ated by defense attorney Frank Suhr and Assistant District Attorney Ed Jendrzey Angela C Bielke 30 pleaded guilty to theft between and which is a state jail felony punishable by a fine If 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay will approve the agreement at a sentencing hearing to be set in about 45 days then Bielke will serve three years of deferred adjudication probation pay a fine and court costs pay restitu tion and perform 120 hours of commu nity service Bielke who has already paid back of the money she took from PTA funds will do no jail time Jendrzey said that was due to Bielkes cooperation with investigators and her background We recommended this given her cir cumstances and the fact that she has no prior criminal Jendrzey said New Braunfels police said the thefts totaling dose to occurred m 2003 and were reported after school began this past fall They were discovered in an audit when this years PTA officers took over said PEi 3A
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