New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 102
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Elvis Orduna (17 years), Clarissa Garcia (belated), Claro Garcia Sr., Benny Aguirre Sr., James San Miguel, Kale Mendenhall (12 years), and Anna Fell.
Happy 50th anniversary to Nita and Herman Viebig.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —1,360 Ash—12 Oak—236 Muberry —6 Sycamore — 36 Hackberry —12 (Posen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
River Information Comal River—234 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed —624.14 feet above sea level, down .02.
Chamber mixer tomorrow
The Greater New Braunfels ChorpHpr of Commerce Business After Hours mixer that was cancelled March 27 will be held tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Sundance Golf Course.
Cardon club reschedules mooting
The Comal Garden Club will not hay# its usual meeting April 4. Instead, the club will meet April 18 to travel to Fredricksburg to tour an herb farm. Members will meet at the Oaks Shopping Center at 9 a.m. April 18.
Hoffmann Sons moot
Members of the Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Lodge will furnish ham and members bring a covered dish. The Easter Bunny wit bring Easter eggs for the children.
Family Choico TV Day
lf you want better television programming for children and families, make a pledge to tune out violence on April 5. Join the Texas Association for Family and Community Education’s Family Choice TV campaign by calling, toll free, 1-888-335-TFCE and requesting your name be added to the FCE pledge sheet.
Frlands off th# Library to moot
Friends of the Library will meet Saturday, April 6 at Dit-tlinger Memorial Library at 10 a.m. Public invited.
Members will meet to sort the donated books on Tuesday, April 9 at 8 a.m. at the new sorting location.
Rural School Reunion
The 31st Annual Rural School Reunion celebration will be held Sunday, April 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Landa Street. Ex-students and friends are invited to attend. Registration and fellowship from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dance to live music from Tommie Vanek 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. BYOB, refreshments available.
Cal show this waakand
Mission City Cat Show will be at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 and 7. Adults $3, seniors $2, children 6 to 12 $1.
Proposed trout rules cause conflict
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Proposed fishing regulations by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the Guadalupe River have some landowners and fishermen concerned.
The regulations proposed by the Parks and Wildlife Department are proposed to help support and develop a trout hatchery along the Guadalupe River. The proposed regulations are supported by Trout Unlimited, a group of trout fishermen based in Austin who have a chapter in the New Braunfels area.
The proposed regulations would cover IO miles of the Guadalupe River, from the second bridge on Highway 306 and the Second Crossing on River Road. Only artificial lures would be allowed for all fish, no natural baits (cheese, com, worms, insects, cray-
Two opposing philosophies of river expected to square
fish). Trout must have a minimum length of 16 inches to be kept, and a bag limit of three fish per day will be instituted.
Trout Unlimited members argue the mles will allow trout to grow larger and have more successful spawns, leading to a larger, healthier trout population in the river. Studies have shown that trout tend to swallow natural baits deeper, causing more of them to die when released.
John Weber, a fisherman and property owner along River Road, believes die restriction prohibiting artificial lures will infringe on the rights of bait fisherman, who have been fishing with
natural baits for generations.
“People are disturbed and frightened that something can be taken away horn them,” Weber said. “And they don’t know what to do about it.”
Weber is encouraging concerned fishermen and landowners to wrtend a public hearing on the proposed regulations which will be held at the Comal County Courthouse Annex on next Wednesday, April IO.
Weber said he has “no animosity toward trout fishermen” since he has friends who are members of TU. But he believes the proposed mles would be hard to enforce.
Weber has been busy writing letters
on proper use off at hearing
and contacting officials from TP&W and local officials about his concerns over the proposed regulations. He said no matter what the public says in the hearings, he believes TP&W has already made up its mind on the proposed regulations.
“TP&W has pretty much said its mind has been made up (on the regulations),” Weber said.
Not so, says Ken Kurzawski, staff support specialist for the inland fisheries division of TP&W.
Kurzawski said a lot has to be done before the proposed regulations are a done deal.
“In most cases the district offices
prepares the proposals, then we have staff meetings and regional meetings,” Kurzawski said. “In January, we presented the proposals during the regular meeting of TP&W. We needed their approval and authority to hold the public hearings. When everyone tells their concerns on public record (at die hearings), we will then present that to the TP&W commission at a regular meeting in May. They will then make their decision based on that.”
Kurzawski said his staff carefully weighed the considerations natural bait fisherman had with the regulations and die benefits of developing a trout hatchery on the Guadalupe River.
“I want TP&W to give us die opportunity to let us resolve this,” Weber said. “I think die big issue for people is not to back off and say that this is a done issue.”
Fine Music — Close to Home
Heratd-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Mid-Texas Symphony performed two shows for more than 1,000 area students yesterday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The symphony also performed the concert Sunday in Seguin at Jackson Auditorium.
At top, guest pianist Laura Spftzer performs for the children. Spitter has toured with the Austrian Ensemble for New Mueic and earned her master's degree with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute. Using a grant from the Nevada State Council on the Arts and the Nevada Humanities Committee, she is touring communities and schools throughout the country, with her Steinway piano in tow.
At left, a violinist demonstrates the sound of the instrument for the students.
AIDS hitting high schools, Casteel told
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal C^nty is not immune to Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome — cases have already been reported at area high schools, koowtt Konkel said at an informal meeting with County Judge Carter Casteel yesterday.
Konkel represents Region 8 on the Texas Department of Health HIV/STD Community Planning and Prevention Coalition. “We make recommendations on how the state should spend ha money in rural areas to prevent die spread of HIV and STDs,” Konkel said.
Currendy, when a Comal County resident tests positive for the HIV virus at the Comal County Health Department, the patient is referred to San Antonio for counseling and treatment, Konkel said.
He is part of a grass-roots group that offers HIV counseling and education when requested. “I know that there are people here who are sick and need help," Konkel said.
“I’ve ordered materials from the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),” he said. They include a range of printed materials for all age groups and a videotape of the Ryan White story, he said.
A few teachers and an elementary student doing a report contacted Konkel for information, he said. “I was on the phone with (a teacher) for hours. I worked with the student and her mother to make sure the information I was giving her was OK with the parent and at the appropriate age level.”
Hospice New Braunfels offers an HIV support group, said Dana Overstreet of Hospice. “Anyone who is interested can call Hospice,” she said.
New strides are made daily in the treatment of HTV, Konkel said Contracting die virus no longer is an automatic death sentence. That’s only one of the misconceptions about the disease that only community education can remedy, he said.
“What I want as a parent is for people not to have to say, ’I got it from this or that’,’’ said Becca Yates, whose daughter has the HIV virus. “It’s a disease. It doesn’t have anything to do with your lifestyle.”
“You just have to work hard to change attitudes,” Casteel said.
Push on to name school for Me
By DENISE DZIUK
The board of trustees for the Comal Independent School Independent School District will consider renaming the Bulverde Primary School at its next meeting after several patrons appeared before the board at last week’s meeting.
LaVeme Welbom told the board that the Rahe family deserved more recognition than simply a wing named after them. She gave the history of the family’s teaching record in the county, and said there was over 238 years of teaching experience in one family, spanning the entire 20th century.
“It’s so unique I don’t think you’ll ever see it achieved again,” she said. “Each (Hie contributed so much to the students.”
Welbom said there is a lot of support for naming a school after the Rahe family. In a letter by former
C1SD superintendent William Sevier, he said the Rahe family “always reflected the very finest levels of honesty, integrity, dedication, loyalty, and perhaps best of all, they loved kids.”
“It’s not a coincidence that the Rahe name was recommended for every new school being built in the district,” said Welbom.
Welbom recommended changing the name of Bulverde Primary to Rahe Elementary to “make visible that the school was dedicated to Ernst Rahe at his retirement in 1976,” after 35 years of teaching in the Bulverde area. The name would also recognize the other members of the Rahe family who taught in the Bulverde area.
“I think you would be able to instill in the students of tomorrow the same sense of pride as the students of the past,” said Sevier.
The board agreed to place the item on the agenda for April 15 for further discussion and possible action.
Chamber of Commerce seeking Small Business Person of 1996
As a part of the Small Business Week observance, June 2 to 8, the Small Business Council of the Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the “Small Business Person of 19%.”
This person will be selected for his accomplishments in business and contributions
to the Community.
According to Kenny Franklin, chair of the Small Business Week committee, “Small Business Week is observed nationally and is designated to highlight small business in the community and call attention to the importance of small business in New Braunfels.” Franklin also explained that the awarding of this coveted award is a high point of the
Honorees of this award in previous years are Mary Jane Nalley of Greene, Marion Bolson of The Collection, Bob Schima of Home Hardware, Cash and Dennis Homes of Centex Office Center, Kyra Brandt of Comal Flower Shop on the Plaza and Rusty Brandt of‘Tis the Season Year ‘Round Christmas Village.
Nomination forms are available at the chamber office and nominations will be accepted through April 22.Check out the winners of Youth ArtBeat ’96 contests — See Page 20.