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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas IRSDAY JULY IS 2004 YEARROUND BALL New Braunfels Thunder basketball team gives players the chance to hone their skills before jumping back into high school Page SA JULY IS 2004 ALDZEITUNG FORUM MOLLY WINS Columnist apprises Clintons Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Voi 12 pages 2 sections ICK I 500 www Mostly sunny High Low 94 7O Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES IA SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 3B Tax freeze Ity petitions submitted By Scott Mahon and Ron Maloney Staff Writers City and county officials accepted three petitions Wednesday totaling four that seek to put questions on the Nov 2 ballot Commissioners Court for mally received a petition from a group of seniors seek ing to freeze property taxes for the disabled and those over age 65 At Commissioners Court Sigfrid Swenson presented a petition carrying vali dated names well more than the needed to get the tax freeze question on the countys November ballots Swenson said those who circulated petitions found broad support for the tax freeze and not just among retired people Many younger voters he said supported the petition drive Organizers he said intentionally shot for the November election after learning it would cost the county to put on an election for a single ballot item in September and another for New Braunfels Thats not chicken feed to Swenson said We decided to put it in for November win lose or draw We think well If Swenson does win hell do it without the vote of County Judge Danny Scheel who said he asked the group to bring forth a petition so all voters would decide the issue I dont feel that in good conscience I can pass my responsibilities on to my chil dren or my Scheel said Thats all Im going to The county tax freeze peti tion has been precertified by Tax Sher man Krause The city has five days to certify petitions In New Braunfels District 6 See PETITIONS Page 3A FOREIGN AID Photos by MANDY Schlitterbahn Waterpark began a program this summer supplementing its summer workforce with for eign students Valentin Iliu above of Romania works at an Icee stand at Surfenburg Inha Minayeva top right of Belarus lifeguards one of the many slides at Blastenhoff Anna Masluk center right of Russia works in the front gift shop banding hangers together Victoria Afanasenkova bottom right pre pares a meal in the employee restaurant Schlitterbahn heads to Europe to find workers By Scott Mahon Staff Writer It took Victoria Afanasenkova three days to travel from her home in Russia to New Braunfels where she would spend the sum mer working at Schlitterbahn A 20yearold language stu dent Afanasenkova spoke Wednesday in English about her first time to America My flight went from Moscow to Frankfurt then to Boston and she said I took a bus frorr Houston to New Braunfels I was a little nervous and my parents were concerned because it took three days to get here Im excited to be here and I like New Braunfels Its a small town and the people are friend ly and nice 1 live in an apart ment in New Braunfels with five other European she said Afanasenkova is one of 150 Eastern European college stu dents recruited to work this sum mer at the local waterpark Its a pilot program we started this said Stacey Smith Schlitterbahns director of human resources Most of the students are from Eastern Europe and are thirdand fourthyear college students I dont think any of the other area theme parks have a program like this although I think Six Flags in Arlington Smith said the foreign students were able to work through the end of the season at Schlitter bahn The waterpark is open until Sept 19 and local students usu ally have to return to school in she said Local students take vacations with their fami lies and start school sports early so the European students fill a gap for us until the end of the Smith and Toni Degutis staff services manager flew to East ern Europe in January to recruit college students from Russia Romania Latvia Lithuania and Belarus We used a Boston firm to schedule job fares in Eastern she said Seasonal employment in America isnt as popular in Western Europe because the economy is stronger in Western Europe While we were there we met every student who signed up to work with us this See FOREIGN Page 3A Bulverde outlines farreaching city plan By Brand Grissom Staff Writer BULVERDE City council Tuesday unanimously adopted Bulverdes first comprehensive plan detailing how explosive growth expected here in the next 20 years will be managed It just goes to show we can get along and get things Mayor Bill Cole said The Sunrise 2025 Comprehensive Plan took more than a year to develop and cost the city more than City Planner Chance Sparks AT A GLANCE To view the com prehensive plan on the Web go to com and click on Comprehen sive Plan The plan is also avail able at the Bul Branch Library and at Bulverde City Hall DAVID described the motivation behind the plan and its title I thought of the sunrise concept because the sun is rising on a new city preparing for a bright he said City council city staff a planning firm steering committee volunteers and hundreds who responded to a sur vey about Bulverde helped guide the creation of the 10chapter plan The plan establishes goals and objectives for community development as thou sands flock to the small Hill Country town expected to reach nearly by 2030 Its a good sign that Bulverde is wanting to take a proactive approach to Sparks said They dont want to be reactionary They want to be pre pared for the growth before it To accomplish the plan objectives the city must develop standards and ordinances that reflect desires of the citizens to maintain the communitys rural open feel said James Vaughan of Larsen Vaughan and Associates who See BULVERDE Page 3A Family friends memorialize Molina with candlelight vigil By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Guadalupe River rushed past 40 of Stephen Molinas friends and family members Wednesday night showing them the same icy indifference displayed Monday when it took his life The evening after divers called off their undenVater search for Molinas body a candlelight vigil and wake were held near the spot where he disappeared in the swift cold current Molina 19 a former New Braunfels Independent School District student ROTC member and Mend was memori alized by the people who best knew him His mother Mary Garber was handed photos of Molina In both the boy smiled broadly One was taken when he was 3 years old The second was in his high school ROTC uniform Both were placed by the bank Garber thanked her family for helping her through her sons death My familys been reaJJy Garber said They have been shielding media and trying to take eaje of things for She met with various visitors and rela tives touching them and thanking them for coming to the river to share in her sons memory I want to thank them ail and tell them See VNML Page 3A Relatives of Stephen Andrew Molina are overcome with emotion during a candlelight vigil for the who drowned in die Guadaiupe River Monday afternoon
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