New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 17, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

September 17, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas srssraa FRIDAY SEPTEMBER ElFSSO IX lllllllllll r FOOTBALL After a shaky beginning New Braunfels High School is looking to redeem itself Friday Page 5A FORUM GUEST COLUMN Melissa Pritchett writes that while abstinence is power ful teens also need sex edu cation Page 4A Vol 153 No 265 12 pages 2 sections CK stly sunny High Low 98 71 Details1B since DEAR ABBY 36 CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 2ft FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS B6A TV GRIDS J6 Public attendance sparse at RMA meeting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commission ers Thursday were told the most important part of establishing a local roadbuilding authority would be involving the public in the process It could prove difficult In spite of advance radio and newspaper publicity only six people attendedThursdays com missioners court to learn about the reasons for starting a Region al Mobility Authority or how it might be done The authority would be responsible for planning and financing transportation projects in this area Itwouldhave author ity to issue taxfree bonds to be repaid by tolls Mike Heiligenstein executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority in Travis and Williamson counties told commissioners they would have to show voters that an RMA is the only way the county could count on funding for road projects in a time of evertight ening state and federal budg etary constraints and ever increasing demand for roads See RMA Page 2A Bandstand receives donation for renovation By Leigh Jones StaffWriter By the time the Main Plaza Bandstand turns 100 next summer it should have an improved outlook thanks in part to a donation from HEB The money will go toward a restoration project organized by a part nership between the City of New Braun fels and New Braunfels Main Street Part ners The project will be funded through donations from local businesses and members of the community New Braunfels BANDSTAND RENOVATION For information on the campaign Parks and Recre I ation Department will serve as proj ect manager I Although the his I toric building is i owned by the city Fundraising Com mittee Chair woman Laura Un hartKistner said the New Braunfels Main Street Part ners felt community involvement was crucial to the projects success The city was not unwilling to pay for the LinhartKistner said But when it was built it was paid for by the community This is an icon of New Braunfels and its important that the See BANDSTAND Page 2A Bandstand Renovation Project City of New Braunfels 424 S Castell Ave Call 6082100 ext 218 Email dfergu org After school activities NEW BRAUNFELS PRESBYTERIAN Pastor Ken Peters Denomination Presbyterian Church USA Attendance 250 Meeting time and Sunday Location 373 Howard St Phone 6255141 Website I Worship style tra ditional I To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to maintain a stan dard of Christian life and worship that is accept able to God and encouraging to other people FOREVER HOME I3SF M AF Photos by MANDY The Holley family left Will Van Joy and Elena relax and enjoy a game of Skip Bo together Local couple welcomes Kazakhstan teenager into family life By Leigh Jones StaffWriter When Joy and Van Holley agreed to host a Kazakhstan teenager for one month last summer they had no idea it would be a lifetime commitment Elena was one of 29 children who journeyed to America in search of a family willing to adopt them The goal was to find all of them a forever Joy said But the Holleys did not think they were good three grown children seven grandchil dren and a 13yearold adopted son Will their plates were full That all changed when Elena stepped off the plane in Houston As soon as I saw her I knew she would be my Joy said THE SHORT VISIT As they drove from Houston back home to New Braunfels Van kept an eye on their visitor in the back seat and wondered what she might be thinking Although she grew up in Kazakhstans capital city Almaty Ele na had lived a sheltered life There were so many things she had never done like swimming in a pool or riding a Joy said She wanted to do it all while she was The Holleys spent their month with Elena never very far from their translation books Communication was cumbersome because Elena did not speak English and Van Joy and Will did not speak Russian But she only needed to learn five words to guarantee a return trip She said Mama Papa Elena love Van said Thats when we decided we had to bring her THE LONG WATT During the next year the Holleys learned the adoption decision was much easier than the adoption reality Before they could start filling out mountains of paperwork Joy and Van had to send Elena back to the orphanage It was terrible to put her back on the Joy said We were so emotionally spent that we couldnt even drive home that night We got a After getting scratched in a play fight like all siblings have Will Holley decides sister Elena needs to have her nails clipped hotel room and stayed in was attending his Bible study During their separation the Holleys Joy and Van were so hopeful she sent Elena messages through a mis would be home by Christmas they sionary who worked with the orphans bought her presents to putunder the Hewasabletoteanslatefarthemwhen c CAMI1W they called her on Sundays while she PAWIlY page 3A Kids Day Out program offers fun in Christian setting By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Suzie Wilkerson has a big job working with a lot of little people at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Wilkerson oversees learning opportuni ties and fun activities for 91 children enrolled in the churchs Kids Day Out pro gram Although her program is not the only one available to New Braunfels parents Wilkerson said the children between 6 months and 5 years old benefit from a close relationship with the church We have a wonderful she said Our pastor works closely with the kids If s bringing children into a Christian environment KDO was started in 1997 to be acommu nity outreach program but today its class es contain a mixture of community and chuirii children The increase inchmcfa chydieninKDO toUows a change ill the churchs number ship demographic We have always had a good mix of members Pastor Ken Peters said But now we have an increase in young Peters attributed the growth to the gen eral growth in the area and the congrega tions welcoming attitude Wilkerson and her husband experienced the same warm friendship on their first visit to the church 20 years ago We found a home here instantly the first time we came she said WeVe grown larger over the years but our friendly atmosphere has not Growth is a hot topic of discussion at NBPC After putting up with months of construction the congregation finally is able to stretch out in new facilities The million expansion project included a squarefeet addition of classroom office and storage space It also covered refurbishment of the OA i noavywnan WHJ free CHURCH Page 2A already preparingforthediurdi1 mourn 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