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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, APRIL 2,2005 TIME CHANGE SPRING AHEAD Daylight-Saving Time will be here at 2 a.m. Sunday. Don't forget to move clocks ahead one hour. ■ SPORTS STILL ALIVE The New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley girls stay alive in playoffs; NB boys fall short. Page 5A «li- rw    780 OTiHuSmc'soWikiiS 2627 I VAKILI DR absoil jw* .. lnlliniiunnill CHUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 116 14 pages, 1 sections CLICK    500 www: I e 00001' ■ Sunny High Low 74 43 Details .....8 DEAR ABBY IO CLASSIFIEDS ll COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 9 9 4 3 5 IOMillions pray as the pope clings to life Work ethic has carried Coleman for 25 years Second Canyon Lake home damaged by fire By Scott Mahon Staff Writer By David Rupkalvis News Editor Thousands of Catholics in New Braunfels joined people from around the world Friday as they watched, waited and prayed for Pope John Paul ll. The pope was clinging to life with reports from tile Vatican saying his condition was grave and his body was failing. The outpouring of love and concern was an appropriate ending to the life of what Catholics call a great man of God. Regardless of one’s religious denomination, people joined together to remember the pope as a man who moved the Catholic church forward and made a distinct effort to reach across denominations to embrace people of all faiths. Msgr. Eugene (^Callaghan with Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church said until his final days, the pope worked to make a difference in the world. “J Ie was still working to make people realize the good in the world — namely freedom and the good in each person,” O'Callaghan said. “The world has benefited from him." Father Eugene Ronan with Our Lady of Perpetual Help said the pope has done amazing things during his 27 years of leading the (Catholic faith. “I le’s done so much, he’s a remarkable man with his energy," Ronan said. “He’s changed the whole direc- side in a pressurized attack so we could go in with the wind,” Ray said. "Once we got the hoses cill going, we got a knockdown in probably live to eight minutes.” The mobile home part of the place was heavily damaged, Ray said. But the garage, carport and home were untouched by the fire. “The single wide portion was pretty much toast, but we saved the house,” Ray said. The fire, in the area off Oblate Drive near Startzvillc, was the second for Canyon Dike firefighters in about 16 hours. Thursday afternoon, a home across the kike at I uke Island Drive and Marine Circle was destroyed in a blaze of unknown origin. The Comal County Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause of that fire today. Neither blaze was believed to be of suspicious origin. MANDY REARY Herald Zeitung Dr. Lisa Landry lights a candle for Pope John Paul ll during Friday night Catholic mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. tion of the church. He’s changed the church in so many ways.” Ronan said Pope John Paul ll had an amazing ability to work with people ranging from the poorest to world leaders. He said as leader of the Catholic church, the pope directly impacts everything each church does. “The job of the pope is to teach the Catholic faith,” Ronan said. “I think he’s done a great job of that. I think the thing that struck me the most is, at his age, how he impacted the youth.” O’Callaghan agreed, saying the pope knew almost all world leaders by first name, but also had the ability to connect to children and the poor. “Ile appealed very much to the youth of the world," he said. "They See POPE, Page 7AVatican says John Paul II nearing death By Victor L. Simpson Associated Press Writer VAT ICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John Paul II was near death as dawn approached Saturday, his breathing shallow and his heart and kidneys failing, the Vatican said. Millions of faithful around the world paid homage, many weeping as they knelt with bowed heads, others carrying candles in prayer for the 84-year-old pontiff. The pope “is on the verge of death," Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, head of the Vatican’s health care office, told the Mexican television net work Televisa. “I talked to the dot tors and they told me there is no more hope.” Addressing the crowd at St. Peter’s Square, where as many as 70,000 people prayed and stood vigil in the chilly night, Angelo Comastri, the pope’s vicar general for Vatican City, said “This evening or this night. Christ opens the door to the pope,’ See VATICAN, Page 7A By Bon Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Firefighters Friday morning confined a blaze that threatened a two-story residence to an attached mobile home. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Capt. Danny Ray said firefighters went to a residence in the 300 block of Glenn at 8:45 a.m. in response to a report of a structure fire. “It was a singje-wide mobile home with an attached garage attached to a carport connected to a larger house,” Ray said. When Canyon Lake and Spring Branch Firefighters arrived, they saw the mobile home on fire and pressurized smoke being pushed from attic and roof vents across tire three remaining connected parts of tile structure—all of which had connected attics or crawl spaces. “We went in from the back- Coleman Company officials celebrated the company's 25th year in New Braunfels Friday and said the company hopes to stay in the city a long time. The Wichita, Ran., based sporting goods company opened the New Braunfels plant on April 1,1980. Barry Brittain, now director of operations, began his career with Coleman when he went to work for the New Braunfels plant in 1979. The company originally made canoes at the New Braunfels plant, but in recent years has concentrated on ice chests. The company manufactures 25,000 to 28,000 ice chests a day. “There have been a lot of changes since 1980, but one tiling that’s been consistent over the years is our workforce and our work ethic," Brittain said. Company President Gary Keidaisch has run the worldwide operation for only three months, but he is already impressed. “I ve never come across a company that has better people than Coleman,” Keidaisch said. Keidaisch said the world economy has See COLEMAN, Page 2A Tina Martinez, a 15-year employee of the Coleman Company, attaches a front panel to a thermal-electric cooler at the company's New Braunfels plant Friday afternoon.TEA report: Investigation far from over I Automated garbage trial ready to begin By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Texas Education Agency investigation of the Comal Independent School District school board is far from over, according to a report given to trustees Wednesday. Although the agency’s preliminary report, which was released March 18, cleared Trustee Rose Cervid of a majority of the allegations leveled against her, investigators are still gathering evidence. Karen Case, the TEA deputy associate commissioner for support services, told trustees the initial report already had been modified and hinted further adjustments were likely. Today is the last day for interested parties to request an informal review with investigators. Meetings will be conducted as quickly as possible, but the Rose Cervin agency has not set a date to release its final report. After the report is finalized, TEA will keep a close eye on the CISD leadership team for 45 days, and for 180 days, investigators will review certified agendas and tape recordings of board meetings. Case warned of further See TEA, Page 2A By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Almost 1,500 local residents will begin getting their garbage picked up next week by a fully-automated sanitation truck. Last December, the city’s solid waste manager, James Ballowe, proposed a four-month automated pilot program for residents living in an area northwest of Ohio Avenue and California Boulevard. Ballowe said he hoped the program would indicate whether residents preferred the automated system to the current manual system. “I also expect it to reduce the number of work-related injuries by sanitation workers,” he said. “And it ll be more cost effective than the manual system we currently use.” Ballowe said if the experiment was successful, he would recommend implementing citywide a fully automated system later this year. New Braunfels has always usihI a manual sanitation collection system, which costs the city about $1.3 million a year to operate. Ballowe said the city would provide each resident on the pilot route with a 96-gallon container. “ Well started delivering the new containers this week, and we should have all of* them delivered by the end of the weekend." he said. Residents who receive the See GARBAGE, Page 2A I BLUEBONNET €* C-V    --- MS r§€ JST OVER TOO VEHICLES IM STCCX 2004 FORD TAURUS SE nomm 4.11’j    )''inn' *■ •lit/*-' ' ii '* ii thiv lieu.** $9,995%» ;