New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, April 2,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more tt.u.. i4t> years ■ Home of Natali* “Grandma” Koapp
Vol. 145, No. IOO
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ortencia Vargas, Kimberly Walls, James Denby, Natalie ‘Grandma” Koepp (83 years old), Janice Neff (SO years old), Jloyd Kaigler, Bill Hay, Lacey Jackson (ll years old), Richard
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Jimmy C. and Ethel D. Anderson (20 years), Gary and Terri Brotze (IO years), Ed and Tina Goerges (26 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —81 Oak—trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 250 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 624.39 feet above sea level, up .02 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 699 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 515 Canyon Lake level — 910.79 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBL) reports pumping 4.810 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 609,000 gallons of well water were used.
Votw registration deadline Thursday
The last day to register to vote in the May 3 City Council races is Thursday. Eligible residents can go to the first floor of the Comal County Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. and fill out a voter registration card that is handled by the county tax assessor-collector.
Districts 3 and 4 of the city council are up for election and include north and east sections of New Braunfels. For more information, call the city secretary at 608-2100.
Early voting for Tajada seat ends Tuesday
Residents in the U.S. Congressional District 28 have until Tuesday to voice their choice early regarding which of the two remaining candidates should be the successor to the late Congressman Frank Tejeda.
Democrats Ciro Rodriguez and Juan Solis earned spots in the runoff election by capturing the top two spots in the March 15 special election returns. The runoff will be held April 12. Early voting for the seat runs through Tuesday. The only early voting polling will be in room 306 in the Courthouse.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Spring claanup slated for Saturday
The City of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Spring citywide cleanup Saturday (April 5) at the landfill on FM 1101 (Freiheit Road). The landfill will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will provide city residents a chance to dispose of waste free of charge up to one pickup load per household. No hazardous materials will be accepted or items such as appliances, bat tories or tires. City officials encourage the public to take care of this once-a-year oppor tunity to get rid of waste.
The free offer is not available to commercial or contractor disposal
The city will also collect scrap tires for free from 8 a m. to 1 p m, Saturday at the New Braunfels High School. For more information, call Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, at 608-2100, ext. 18.Friends, family remember Romina
By DAVID DEKUNDER
In the back yard of her mother’s home along the banks of the Guadalupe River, family members and hundreds of friends honored the memory of Romina Sanchez on Tuesday afternoon.
Under a canopy set up along the river bank, Romina’s mother, Sylvia Sanchez, spoke about her daughter.
“Her life was a life of celebration and happiness,’’ Sylvia Sanchez said. "She has enriched our lives with her gentle spirit. She was a role model for all who knew her. Remember she has been saved by God’s grace. I find peace knowing she lives in God’s house.”
Sanchez, 18, died last Wednesday night after the car she was riding in was struck by an Amtrak train at the
Union Pacific Railroad tracks at FM 1102 and Conrads Road. The driver of the car, Adam Lynn Trollinger, 17, and Sanchez’s close friend from Mexico, Denise Mata, 18, also died in the accident.
Sanchez, along with Trollinger, attended New Braunfels High School. She was a member of the soccer team and was in the choir. She had recently joined the Monoceras dance team.
The impact Sanchez made on the lives of many people was evident as hundreds of people with umbrellas braved a steady downpour of rain to attend the memorial service. The mourners’ cars were parked along near
ly three blocks of Kuehler Avenue.
Jody Bagley, NBHS choir director, sang “Amazing Grace,” as many people cried and reflected upon Romina’s life.
Sylvia Sanchez read a poem about her daughter.
After she was done, members of the soccer team, wearing their uniforms, formed a procession along the banks of the river and began laying pink and yellow flowers in the river in remembrance of Romina. Monoceras dance team members, who also wore their uniforms, did the same.
Soon thereafter, students and parents stood along the bank and gently laid their flowers. As the procession commenced, the song “I Will Turn to Remember, Page 2A
Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Da malt
A mother comforts her daughter after a memorial service for Romina Sanchez at 1847 Kuehler Ave. Tuesday afternoon.
Hundreds of family and friends paid their last respects by laying flowers on the Guadalupe River behind Sanchez’s home.
Herald-Zeitung photo by David DeKunder
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Bulverde Public Library director Dana GUI saki she wants to make the community more aware and more involved in library activities
library director no novice
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Dana Gill, the Bulverde Public Library’s newest director, is no stranger to the library or to the area itself.
Gill, who has been library director since February 11, worked as a part-time assistant for library director Willie Tyler for a year and a half before being named to the position by the Bulverde Public Library Board of Directors.
Gill, 33, said she plans to change the library which will make it more patron friendly.
But Gill said she planned to stress one fundamental thing which was the mission of every library.
“I want to encourage reading,” Gill said. “Reading is such a pleasure to me I hope everybody can
discover that type of enjoyment.”
Gill, a Corpus Christi native, said she wants more people to know and use the Bulverde Public Library.
“I like to get the whole community involved because I have had people come in and say they didn’t know we were here. I like to have more activities to attract people to come in and see what we have to offer. We would like to have certain classes for one night (during the week) such as different craft shops, Internet shops, computer use shops and we want to start a book club.”
Gill said the library started an information column and book reviews in the Bulverde newspaper written by library patrons.
Local schoolchildren will have something to look forward to this summer, Oil said.
He said a summer reading program would be
established to make reading more fun.
“We have had a summer reading program, but this year we will bring more entertainment mostly for the younger kids,” she said. “In the middle of the week we will have a matinee movie for junior high kids.”
The reading program will have a sponsor pay I cent for each minute a child reads a book. The child would pledge to read 20 minutes a day during a 30 minute period.
The June kick-off celebration for the reading program will include a clown.
When the reading program is finished, the children will be able to earn a book through the sponsor of the program, Darling Kindersly Family Learning.
Gill said she hoped the program will be rewarding Turn to Library, Page 2A
Area residents get ready for Great Texas Trash-Off
By DENISE DZIUK
GREAT TEXAS TRASH OFF
Spring cleaning will mean more than going through closets and cleaning the drapes Saturday when hundreds of Comal County residents take to the highways as part of the Great Texas Trash-Off.
More than 1,700 Adopt-a-Highway groups are expected to scour highways throughout the state as part of the 12th annual Great Texas Trash-Off, organized by the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful. The groups are expected to collect more than 8 million gallons of litter, and save taxpayers $2 to $4 million in litter pickup.
The Great Texas Trash-Off is scheduled for Saturday.
Anyone wanting more information should contact the local Texas Department of Transporta
tion office at 625-6278 or Keep Texas Beautiful at (800) CLEAN-TX.
Source: Texas Department of Transportation
‘The effort of thousands of volunteers is an inspiring reminder that if no one tossed their trash from car windows, no one would need to pick up after them,” said Doris Howdeshell, director of TxDOT’s Travel and Information Division.
Roughly 30 Comal County groups will take part in this year’s cleanup. Not all of these are service groups.
Kathleen Moore said she and 14 other members of her family got involved in the Adopt-A-Highway program last year. She said the group, which also volunteered in beach cleanups, signed up under the name of The Jean Kohler Family in memory of her mother.
“She passed away in 1991 and was a big bluebonnet fan and loved the outdoors,” Moore said. “So, we kind of do
it in her memory.”
Moore said participating in the Trash-Off and cleaning the roadside other times during the year has been fun. She said the group has found some interesting items, including a Don’t Litter sign covered in grass and trash, a “dirty magazine” and a wedding invitation that was never mailed. She said they mailed the invitation in case it caused any hurt feelings.
When they started cleaning the two-mile stretch on FM 3159, Moore said it was not as easy as they had anticipated She said the first tune the family picked up litter, every cigarette butt ami gum wrapper was picked up and it took almost five hours to complete. Moore Turn to Traah-Off, Page 2A
Groups have divergent views on best use of prime acreage
By ABE LEVY
Expansion of Landa Park into a hike-and-bike trail or traffic relief for emergency hospital personnel as the area’s population continues to multiply?
Those two possibilities loom on the New Braunfels horizon for a 77-acre stretch of land that cuts through the heart of the city.
Various parties see the land as a large splinter of gold that crosses the Comal River near Seguin Avenue, stretching through the Landa Park Golf Course into the Estates neighborhood and then intersecting with North Loop 337 near Grucne Road.
The strip of real estate is lined with railroad tracks that have been unused for several years and is owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Railroad officials in Omaha, Neb., said they have had a number of purchase requests for the land but that they must first complete an appraisal before considering them.
The appraisal should be finished in three weeks, railroad spokesman John Bromley said, and the result will
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“Rails to Trails" proponents are holding an informational meeting at 10 a m. Saturday at the Eden Home’s community meeting room, 631 Lakeview Blvd.
For more information, call Peter Olsen at 629-2130 The meeting will include discussion: on the proposed project, induct ing these topics:
■ Preliminary plans for the project
■ Funding proposals
■ Strategies for community support in planning
ii The merits of the proposal concerning recreation, transportation, the local economy, real estate and the environment
■ Presentation of other “Rails to Trails” projects
Source “Rails to Trails" project organizers
Community involvement needed for city's Master Plan, See Page 4A.