New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 16, 2005, Page 3

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung June 16, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, June 16, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A OBITUARIES Paid advertisements LOTTIE FROELICH KRONKOSKY Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Lottie Froelich Kronkosky who passed away Wednesday, June 15,2005 at the age of 102. TAX CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Garden Ridge looking into surprising report individual sales tax information,” he said. The rising sales tax revenue trend is good news for city departments asking for more personnel and equipment in this year’s budget, but Pinto still plans to be careful with his projections. Using a five year average of receipts, the city’s finance department will forecast cash flow potential and budget for some capital equipment purchases that will not actually be authorized until staff is sure the money is in the bank. While New Braunfels had the biggest percentage sales tax increase over last year, it was not the only Comal County city to show positive numbers in April. Bulverde, with $35,645.46, increased its receipts 8.9 percent over last year and 17 percent for the calendar year. Garden Ridge found itself in an unusual predicament, showing zero sales tax receipts on the comptroller’s report. “We just got our information today, so we're not sure what’s going on," said City Administrator Nancy Cain. “We’ll be looking into it, though." April not withstanding, Garden Ridge is up 42.71 percent for the calendar year. Comal County’s performance mirrors increases across the state. The $344.8 million Comptroller Carole Keeton Stray-horn sent to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts was up 6.2 percent over last June. Overall, the state’s revenues are up 6.8 percent for the year. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Navy Lt. Ron Perry, left, and his father-in-law, Robert Acevedo, look over photos taken aboard the USS John F Kennedy aircraft carrier. CRUISE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Acevedo saw aircraft carrier up dose thought of Acevedo. “He was an easy choice, and he didn’t take any time to deliberate it,” Perry said. “He said,’Sure!’” Acevedo had to arrange transportation to Norfolk and back from Mayport. “We provide them with three hots and a cot,” Perry said. “He had to make his own way to meet the ship.” The trip at sea, two days and one night, included a berth not far from his son-in-law’s. “Since I’m an officer, I put him up in a room adjacent to mine in die junior enlisted quarters,” Perry said. “He had it comparatively good.” Acevedo probably would have slept in the bilge to get a ride on board the JPK. “I had seen it before, but I had never traveled on it," Acevedo said. “When he took me to the dock, it was unbelievable. It was 1,052 feet long, something like that, 252 feet wide...” “And 4.5 acres of sovereign U.S. territory that went to sea to kick terrorist butt,” his son-in-law finished for him, proudly. “He took me inside before he went to Iraq,” Acevedo continued. “We went to his office and his quarters, and that was as far as we could go.” Actually taking a cruise was an entirely different matter. “It was so big, you didn’t even feel the ride,” Acevedo said. “You could see it was moving — they said it was traveling 24 knots — but it was a nice, smooth ride.” Even the mundane aspects of Navy life were impressive, Acevedo said. “We got to see a tanker refueling. Both ships have to be going at the same speed, and they do it all in the same motion,” Acevedo said. “It s unbelievable they can do that without stopping.” Acevedo got to visit the conning tower and see Navy attack planes taking off and landing. "We got to see the launch from the top deck up there where the controls are,” Acevedo said. “It was really something.” All in all, Acevedo said, the cruise was an experience he would never forget. “Those people on the JFK really put on a snow for us,” Acevedo said. “It s something you only dream of.” Acevedo will probably be dreaming about it for a while. “A lot of people don’t know what a ‘Tiger Cruise’ is,” he said. “They hear about them, but they will never get to go.” HELP CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Hull asks council to spend money to help her constituents “Do something quickly,” he said. “Our properties are flat disappearing.” Once the consultant begins analyzing the problem, Short said he expected a plan of action within 45 days. While the five area residents who spoke in favor of the project were relieved to see their situation finally addressed, not everyone was pleased with council’s decision to spend the $600,000 evenly between the districts. Local activist Wayne Rudolph chastised council for what he perceived as an attempt to disguise major expenditures. “Never before in the history of the city has this happened,” he said. “There was no public discussion when you decided to divide this money up and not much Cypress Rapids Proposed Improvement Zone , notice. My concern is that this leads to ‘you scratch my back and ITI scratch yours’ and all the money will be spent.” Rudolph particularly was suspicious of the timing of the decision to use the surplus within each district — council made the decision shortly before last month’s elections. City Manager Chuck Pinto said Tuesday council’s allocation of the funds was not without precedent. “T hey have done this before, not too long ago,” he said. “Sometime in 2001 or 2002, they did the exact same thing with money left over from the old 4A Board.” In other business Monday, council: ■Approved giving financial incentives to A-Lert Roofing and Building Systems per the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation Board's recommendation: ■ Created two new Neighborhood Empowerment Zones — one at the Municipal Airport and one between I-35 and I;M 1101, adjacent to and south of Canyon I Ugh School; ■ Added the (Champions Village Subdivision to the Monday through Thursday automated garbage collection pilot program: and ■ Tabled a decision to begin the condemnation process for land identified as a good location for the city’s next fire station because Fire Chief John I lerber received new contact information for the property’s owner. WWW. beheardbl com~] SAFETY CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Firefighters learn howto survive in the water at the tube chute, practicing techniques Ttoncoso and Rem-ling used to save themselves from drowning—and the techniques used to get them back to dry ground. Steve Mormino, an instructor with the University of Texas Health Science Center, said the training is designed to teach rookie firefighters about the hydraulics of low-head dams and fast-moving water — and the “self-rescue” techniques every swift water rescue specialist will have to use to save his own life during a rescue somewhere, some time. The class on the Comal is coupled with a * ix-week Emergency Medical Technician course that is part of the training academy every certified Texas firefighter attends. “We’re learning some rescue but most of it is self-rescue,” Mormino said. “Firefighters who go to assist a citizen sometimes get washed downstream themselves. They need to be able to get out. We teach diem how to work with die current. If you fight it, you’re never going to win.” Training included six-man and two-man rescue techniques, how to use die current to steer to a safe place to get out of the water, rigging a rescue boat and odier exercises. The biggest thing, Mormino said, is developing confidence with the equipment used in rescues, be it a personal floatation device or a rescue pike, the long-handled, hooked implement used to pull people from the water. Also important, he said, is that firefighters learn to gauge the water. SAFD, he said, has a policy that no firefighter get within 15 feet of the water without having properly fitted floatation gear INDIVIDUAL WRITTEN NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS Notice of Availability of Charity Care McKenna Memorial Hospital is required by law to make available a reasonable amount of uncompensated services to persons determined lo be eligible. Patient’s eligibility for Charity Care is determined by measuring family income. McKenna Memorial Hospital guidelines for Charity Care are as follows: ANNUAL GROSS INCOME SIZE OF FAMILY UNIT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 CHARITY CARE GUIDELINES $16,000 $22,000 $28,000 $34,000 $40,000 $46,000 $52,000 $58,000 For families with more than eight (8) members, add $6,000 for each additional member. If you are eligible for the Charity Care Program your patients share of the charges are 0%. Charity Care only covers Hospital charges. It doesn’t cover any physicians fees. Charity Care will not cover any services deemed elective. lf you think you may be eligible for this assistance, please ask for an application. Fill out the application COMPLETELY and return it with ALL the documentation requested on the back of the application to the Charity Care Coordinator at McKenna Memorial Hospital at 600 N. Union Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130 lf you have any questions Please call (830) 606-9111 ext. 3245, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm —regardless of swimming ability. And sometimes, he said, it just makes no sense to put a would-be rescuer in the water. “These guys will all be rookies who will be very dependent when diey first join the department on guys who have IO or 15 years,” Monnino said. “They will be on trucks and they will be ‘first-on’ (scene), and there are times tiiey just can’t go in. They’ll need to be able to know when they should wait for the technical guys." The training is especially good, Mormino said, for firefighters who cannot swim. “Those guys in die watermelon-colored helmets don’t swim. They go through this training just like everyone else,” he said. Omar Zamarron of San Antonio was one of the guys in the pink helmets. I Ie didn’t know when he signed on to become a firefighter that he’d have to go through swiftwater training. “I’d have done it anyway,” Zamarron said. Wednesday morning, he had an especially difficult time in a "snag” exercise, which is where a firefighter is caught on an obstacle with the current pushing against him — much like a tree. Zamarron was scared, and he didn’t pretend otherwise. “I have a lot of respect for die water,” he said. The exercise went badly for Zamarron, but he got through it by listening to the instructions shouted at him—and by fighting back panic. “I was scared. They told me to setdedown, and I got dirough," he said. “I’m not saying I’m doing it perfectly, but I got through. Your biggest challenge in the water is overcoming your own fear." “This is my partner," Zamarron said, pointing to San Antonio professional boxer and firefighter trainee lames DuBois, who wants to be world champion one day. “If I hadn’t had him to help, there was just no way.” Yes and no. Mormino and another fire official who attended the training said not every firefighter needs to be able to swim. What a firefighter does need to do is listen to instruction and apply its techniques and operate as part of a team. “You did well, Omar,” Mormi-no said. “Good attitude.” DuBois laughed, exhibiting the confidence of a strong swimmer. “I Ie owes me,” DuBois said. "I Ie tried to drown me a couple of times.” TEXAS CINEMA MARKETPLACE 12 651 Business Lp. IH 35 N. (830) 625 - 4400 Credit Cards Accepted at Baa Cf Concession*! 4-0sy Advance Ttekais NM ti SM Bt Btl MM WWW.TEXASCINEMA.COM _65RV9L mmm tHOW Cli ouj)ropose? <We want to know... TO {MINH MIMI PW)MMI (ONKST and have a chance to win $500 First Place $300 Second Place $200 Third Place in Gift Certificates from Ernesto's Tell us your story in 500 words or less. Judged on originality, romantic, humorous, unusual, unique. Drop off or email your story to Ernesto's at: New Braunfels Marketplace 651N. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: June 16, 2005

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