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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                THE SUNDAY MAY 2007 HERALDZEITUNG SPORTS NEWS PLAYOFFS LOCKS OP LOVE SV baseball falls to I Area musicians help Westlake Canyon base j sponsor annual event to bailers in late tussle with benefit children in Almo Page 1B i Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 163 36 5 sections CLICK j Partly cloudy High Low 82 64 Details3B DEAR ABBY 36 CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS BC CROSSWORD 1C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SPORTS IB TV GRIDS in ipapJPMPPlM Officials ponder how to create outer loop By David Salah Rauf The HeraldZeitung They say opportunity knocks only for those who are Comal and Guadalupe County officials eager to build an outer loop around the city of New Braunfels to help offset traffic congestion caused by rapid growth know something about missed In Meeting set to discuss placement when a local Texas Depart ment of Transportation engineer drew up preliminary plans and established a feasible route for an outer loop around the a lack of action prevented the idea from ever seeing the light of As a developers quickly swallowed up the land before it could be dedicated for road the opportunity to set aside land for a loop once again is banging on the door and this time both counties are all county and city officials tasked with finding exactly the right reserving a to build an outer loop around the city before future private and com mercial development eats up avail able land will meet at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Wednes Its getting the location and align ment nailed Thats the big said Greg TXDOT area engineer for New Braunfels and Its a concern with all the development were seeing in the area that these corridors will close off to where we will never see an outer Preliminary plans for the loop See Page 9A Parents on the playground Residents work to help complete park project By Mark Koopmans The HeraldZeitung From a anyone who noticed all the grownups scrambling over and around a new play area in Landa Park on Saturday might have wondered if the children would ever get a turn to following a play ground buildday that involved about 50 residents and employees from the New Braunfels Parks and Recre ation area chil dren soon will have the equip ment all to if all goes park officials said Weve been here since 8 and well be here until about 5 District 3 Coun cilwoman Gale Pospisil said on the hot and humid Apart from several city employees and other individ uals who came volunteers from the New Lions organi a large presence from Keep NB NB group and mem bers of the New Centurion Lions have been here throughout the The volunteers built much of the multicolored play which will showcase many unique features that allow for threedimensional parks department spokeswoman Sheri Reinhold After the oneday construc tion the nearlyready Photos by MIRANDA Stuart watches as Cindy Gordan and George Barry work together to secure a mounting bracket on a piece of playground equipment during Saturdays playground builddav at Landa playground stands where an antiquated wooden playscape once During the build each of the volunteers enjoyed breakfast tacos from while lunch was provided by the New Braun fels Parks Foundation and Starbucks kicked in with some caffeine in appreciation of those who donated their time and Reinhold Play is vital to the healthy development in children and playgrounds are an integral See Page 6A Stuart Kevin Webb and Brandy Webb watch as Andrew top and Rustin Adams screw in brackets to secure pieces of playground equipment DAVID Hygienist Tracy Hooker assists Horacio as he numbs the gums of Eleazar 17 one of about 25 disadvantaged children who received free dental care Area dentists step up to the palate Disadvantaged students benefit from free dental care By Mark Koopmana The HeraldZeitung A local dentist who remembers growing up in a home rich in but poor in has started a program that he hopes will help some of the most disadvantaged children in Comal I grew up poor but I dont think its the fault of these kids that they cant receive the proper dental care they Hora cio Lucero said Ive been fortu nate in my and God has given me the gifts to help provide for my so I want to give who was born in Texas to Mexican earned his degree in dentistry at See Page 9A Jim area manager for Pitney discuss es the ramifica tions of the recent rate increases initiat ed by the United State Postal Service on More than 35 local business owners attended the Photo submitted Postal rate hike has big impact on businesses company owners team to manage increase By Mark Koopntana The HeraldZeitung About 30 small business owners and local residents attended a sem inar Thursday to learn about strate gies on how to deal with the latest United States Postal Service rate changes that went into effect Mon The sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of featured guest speaker James area sales manager for Pitney a company that helps businesses manage their flow of documents and Most services offered by the USPS have gone up in some cases sig nificantly and there also are new size and packaging said who shared many tips and ideas with the The USPS Board of Governors set this past Monday as the effec tive date for new rates and fees for all classes of mail except which is delayed until July he The new rates appear to reflect that shape and size do really because the cost of handling each mail shape large See Page 10A We Salute the Graduates of 2007 The world awaits your contributions and look forward to wateWug your Now 2 locations in New Braunfels to Serve You   

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