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   Seguin Gazette Enterprise (Newspaper) - January 18, 2005, Seguin, Texas                                SEGUIN TUESDAY January 18 2005 SEGUIN irazette rise Seguin Texas Vol 116 No 86 AT A GLANCE Seguin City Council meeting Tuesday Jan 18 Seguin City Hall council chambers City considers new benefit for fire volunteers WORKERS COMP Proposed plan would pay Injured firefighters a week In event of workrelated Injury By ASHLEY MATTHEWS GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN City Council will consider adopt ing workers compensation coverage for Seguins volunteer firefighters at tonights council meeting as coverage through Guadalupe County nears its expiration on Feb 1 The proposed plan would pay injured volunteer firefighters a week for firefightingcaused injuries that prevent them from work ing Were doing this as a retention and recruitment tool for volunteer firefight said Tammy Garcia Seguin director of human resources Who would want to volunteer and risk losing a salary If theyre hurt while firefighting and cannot go to their regular daily work they should be Garcia said the plan would cost the city annually through Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Its a small number of volunteer firefighters we have here in the city but theyre active and dedi cated and they add a lot to our said City Manager Jack Hamlett Council will also consider proceeding with land aquisition for the Guadalupe Street Improvement Project and the Burgess Street Storm Sewer Replacement Project If council approves the reso lution City Attorney Angela Nickel will apply in court to have a commission of three citizens assem bled to make a decision about thepfoperties GVH considers bylaw changes EXTRA EFFORTS GVH administrator says hes reenforcing efforts to keep board Informed By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN Members of the Guadalupe Valley Hospital board of managers will be better informed of the hospi tal operations and overall finan cial health if changes to the hos pitals bylaws are approved by the board Assistant Administrator Michelle Rumbaut will present proposed changes to the board at tonights monthly meeting The requests for changes were introduced this fall by Dr Robert Galloway who asked the board to consider creating an audit committee consisting of an associate administrator the chief financial officer and the hospital attorney GVH Administrator Robert Haynes said allowing such committees will streamline getting information board members The board had to get more involved they had to go to more subcommittee Haynes said The bylaws did not have any place in their for these 2 Serving Seguin and Guadalupe County since 1888 Haynes MARCHING DREAMING 50Kaily Sunday RiGHT ON Ashley MLK events bring community together By JANET GRAFE GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN Hundreds of peo ple gathered at Central Park and Texas Lutheran Universitys Jackson Auditorium on Monday to remember and celebrate the work of Dr Martin Luther King Jr The civil rights leader who encouraged nonviolent resist ance and received the 1964 Nobel Peace prize was assassi nated April 4 1968 but people are working to keep his dream alive Our youngsters today have a tendency to not know or a ten dency to said Joe Patterson president of Seguins National Association for the Advancement of Colored People If it werent for efforts like this we could forget Thats our mission to keep the MLK DAY Sunshine and blue skies greeted hun dreds of people marching from Central Park to Texas Lutheran University on Monday in celebra tion of Martin Luther King Jr Day Jerry Douglas 3 enjoys the flags and watch ing all the people at the celebration dream of Martin Luther King alive until we can sit down one day and say that we have no more discrimination and no more civil rights violations We hope that day is Ella Saine spoke at Central Park listing many civil rights workers including Coach Goldie Harris W B Ball and Earl Redix who worked to make positive changes in Guadalupe County As one of the 49 and 1 dur ing World War II Harris trav eled with 49 men and 1 woman to make repairs on the airplanes of the Tuskegee Airmen at a time when white mechanics would not work on the planes of black pilots She reminded the audience of the first NAACP sit in at a segregated Seguin lunch counter MLK Page 2 Julio Rodriguez a junior at Marion High School was recently accepted to the National Hispanic Institute He will attend an eightday conference in Puerto Rico which will help him prepare for college life The National Hispanic Institute is headquar tered in Maxwell and helps young Latino Americans prepare for college Seguin High School senior Tracey Nefford earned a place in the Texas Music Educators Association TMEA AllState Chorus this past Saturday at auditions held at Reagan High School in San Antonio He compet ed against first tenors from the Northeast and Northside school dis tricts as well as tenors from Klein Katy and Cy Fair school districts near Houston This was an extremely difficult audi said SHS choir director Tod Fish Tracey had to sing por tions of music at a colle giate and professional level in German and Latin The sightreading portion of this audition was by far the most diffi cult I have seen in my professional he continued Nefford will now get to participate at the TMEA convention in February performing with the AIIStateTenor Bass Choir According to Fish he will have the opportunity to work with the worldrenowned Swedish conductor Robert Sund during the will be an experience Tracey will remember for the rest of his Fish said Do you have some good news to share Email editor@seguingazette.com or mail your news to Box 1200 Seguin TX 78155 Youth aims to whip up a batch of sweet success Editors Note This is the second in a series focusing on the 2005 Guadalupe County Youth Show By ASHLEY MATTHEWS GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN As this years Youth Show rapidly approaches Marion High School freshman Kelsey Brawner eager ly prepares to whip up a batch of Grandmas chocolate cookies and a loaf of apple pound cake She hopes these dishes secret recipes of course will be the recipe to sweet suc cess in this years show where she hopes to earn the title of grand champion for her tried and true baking abilities Brawner earned her first grand cham pion title in 2002 when her familys recipe for dilly bread wowed judges The same bread earned Brawners older sister the title of reserve grand champion 20 years before But Brawner said earning her grand champion title wasnt all smooth sailing The loaf she handed over to judges had been baked on the fly after her mother dropped the first loaf on the floor YOUTH Page 2 WHATS COOKING Kelsey Brawner hopes practice makes perfect for this years Youth Show as she prac tices making the chocolate chip cookies and an apple pound cake she plans to enter 05 federal dietary guidelines promote healthier food choices exercise By JANET GRAFE SeguinGazette SEGUIN Grocery shoppers are notic ing new wholegrain labels on cereal boxes as food producers gear up for the new gov ernment emphasis on healthier eating Two in three Americans are overweight or obese prompting a health crisis as weightrelated cases of Type 2 diabetes high blood pressure and heart disease sky rocket The newlyreleased Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 gives recommendations for making healthier choices including eat ing more whole grains fruits and vegetables and exercising from 30 to 90 minutes a day Taking small daily steps is the way to make the changes said Danielle Garcia Guadalupe Valley Hospital clinical dieti tian Dont try to do everything at Garcia said Choose one thing to change at a For example instead of drinking two or three sodas a day cut back to one a day Then go to three sodas a week and switch to water or diet drinks Garcia said Opt for more fruits and vegetables and whole grains Increasing physical activity can be as simple as parking farther away from the store in the parking lot or putting on music and dancing while vacuuming These new Dietary Guidelines repre sent our best sciencebased advice to help Americans live healthier and longer said Tommy Thompson Health and Human Services secretary The report gives action steps to reach achievable goals in weight control stronger muscles and bones and balanced nutrition to help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease diabetes and some cancers Promoting good dietary habits is key to reducing the growing prob lems of obesity and physical inactivity and to gaining the health benefits that come from a nutritionally balanced The guidelines recommend choosing nutrient dense foods including a variety of fruits and vegetables from the dark green orange legumes starchy t vegetables and other vegetables each week They also encourage limiting saturated and trans fats cholesterol added sugars salt and alcohol Combining an overall decrease in calorie intake and increase in physical activity art ways to bring weight back into lim its the report said What the FDA and USDA put out is not anything we havent heard Garcia said Its sound nutrition and good recom mendations There are longterm benefits to cutting calories and increasing physical activity and those little steps add up to bet ter Index Image 3 Comics 4 TV Listings 4 Snorts 5 Todays Weather Partly Cloudy Precip 10 Humidity 53 FiveDay Outlook Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Showers Partly Cloudy Precip 10 Precip 0 71W Precip 10 Precip 30 Precip 0   

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