New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 102
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
April 7, 1991
75 Cents Three Sections, 44 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Scott Wagner, Rob Wicall, Roxanne Parcdez, Mario Aleman, Virginia Ybarra, Nora McPearson and Tules Carbajal.
Best wishes Monday to Leonard Castro. And belated birthday greetings to Edmund Bueche, Rick Mints, Robert Villareal, Paula Paradcz, Kermit Jonas and Victor Sosa.
“Happy anniversary” today to Jack and Kerstin Rcinarz and on Monday to Herbert and Johanna Lcibschcr.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Reception planned
District 4 City Council Member Eddie Temple, running for reelection, invites the public to a “meet the candidate” reception Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at 632 Riverside Drive in Summcrwood off Loop 337. Call 625-8137.Mozart concert
The Mid-Texas Symphony will mark the 2(XHh anniversary of Mozart’s death with a performance of his last work.
Joining in the presentation at 4 p.m. today of “Requiem in D Minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be the the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus. The concert, to he held at Texas Lutheran College’s Jackson Auditorium in Seguin, will be conducted by maestro Akiro Endo, with David Stevens directing the choir.
Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and college students, and $2 for students through high school.School reunion
All ex-students and friends of 70 now-defunct area schools are invited to the 26th Anniversary of the Rural School Reunion today at Eagles Hall. 257 E. South St. Registration and fellowship are from 2 to 4 p.m. and a dance with the Tommie Varick Rand is from 4 to 8 p m Beverages will lie pro vided, but participants are asked to bring sandwiches, pies, cakes, cookies or chips and dips to share and old photos for the picture table.Rush Information
Comal County Panhellenic will hosta Rush InformationC’oke Party at 2 p m today at IO Mira Loma for college bound girls and their mothers. Alumnae arui collegiate members will be present to answer questions. For more information call 629-5202.Senior emphasis
Seeking to demonstrate how senior citizens influence the community’s economy, members of the Comal County .Senior Citizens’ Foundation will be distributing yellow “coupons” identifying their share of trade. Hie foundation is raising funds for the renovation of a new Seniors* Center of Comal County on the site of an abandoned shopping center and health club at 655 Landa Street.
Seniors are encouraged lo obtain
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Rabies found in lake area bat
A 30 percent chance for rain continues this morning, but a sunny to partly cloudy afternoon is forecast. A high today in the low 80s and an overnight low in die mid 60s are anticipated, with Monday dawning clear and a high iii the mid 80s likely. For more weather information, please see Page 2A.
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
A dead bat found by residents in the Canyon Lake area has been tested and found positive for rabies, says Comal County Animal Control Officer David Young.
“(Luckily) none of them had touched the bat with their bare hands,” Young said.
Test results were made available Friday by the State Department of Health in Austin.
Young said a family living off Oblate Road found the bat in their front yard and took it to Creekview Veterinary Clinic in New Braunfels where it was later sent to Austin for testing.
The officer said people should never touch a bat and gives other preventative advice:
•Remove dead bats with an inanimate object such as a shovel or some type of tool.
•Children should be instructed not
to play with or pick up a bat. “Please don’t take them to school for show-and-tell,” he said.
•Bats found hanging during daylight hours should be left alone. They will leave during nighttime hours when they search for food.
•Houses, bams, chimneys and attics should be sealed. Cracks and openings can become roosts for bats if left open.
•Pets should be vaccinated for rabies each years. Hundreds of pets
are bitten each year by bats. Young said not all bats are rabid, but vaccinations will help decrease the spread of the disease among humans and domestic animals.
Rabies is an infectious virus disease of the central nervous system in mammels. The disease can be transmitted to man through the bite of an infected dog or other animal.
Young said this is the time of year that female bats are pregnant and they begin running the male bats away
from the nests.
“(Therefore) you are going to have quite a few bats moving,” he said.
To add to the increased bat activity in the early spring. Bracken, about 20 miles from New Braunfels, has one of the largest concentrations of bats in the world because of the many caves located there, officials say.
Bm bites should be reported to the Comal County Sheriffs Office at 620-3400Good Day
Boy determined to take place in Walk America
Lonnie Chunn and Ann Bupp admire the kitchen in the home of Mike and Linda Dietert, one of seven opened to the public on Saturday s ‘A Bird s Eye View" tour of homes to benefit the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
By JOE BELK Staff Writer
Jeremy Fisher is no stranger to walking.
It may take him a little longer, but the 9-ycar-old — who was bom with spina bifida — usually gets where he wants to go.
“He really is a determined child," his mother, Vicki, said. “You don’t slow him down much. ’ ’
The Fishers will be taking part in the March of Dimes’ annual Walk America on April 14. The walk starts and finishes at Landa Park, and Jeremy says he can complete at least a good portion of the walk.
He and his mother tell a story of how his ihtrd-grade class at Frazier Elementary walked around the school’s track repeatedly. Jeremy went around seven times, which added with the distance to and from the track, completed two miles. It was one of the top performances in his class.
“The coach said a lot of kids didn't make it around twice,” Vicki Fisher said.
Jeremy said he feels comfortable with most things at his school, and works at things that don’t come easily.
"Everything mostly comes well. except some things in PE.” he said. “I can almost do everything, hough.”
The 9-year-old — wnosc spine did not form proper! v at birth — bas been through four surgeries in his lifetime, with one risky spine surgery costing him some functions that he previously bad.
fie bas also experienced a lack of [nobility as he grows, us he played T-ball in kindergarten arui was able to move more quickly ut that lime. Doctors tell iIm: Fishers dial bis moodily may continue lo decrease unui fie slops growing, at wmch nine ti should remain constant.
‘'Really, Jeremy is one ut die more fortunate ones.” fits nun lei aid. “Most stay hi a whccichaii most of he ume."
She said Jeremy only uses a wheelchair if extensive walking was involved, ai places such as Sea Woiid. Spurn bifida leiKis to allect places below the dysfunctional area, and bis is lower on Uh: spine durn most.
The Fishers moved to New Braunfels from Brome in West Texas
When Comal County residents take part in Walk American on Apirt 14, Jeremy Fisher will be with them The determined youngster. porn with spina bifida, will join his mother in the annual pledge walk for the March of Dimes, set in Landa Park.
almost a year ago. When ihev lived rn Bronte. Vicki said she always warned lo narucipute rn Walk America. The closest one, however, was rn San Angelo.
When she found out apout the April calk in New Braurueis. she deuucu to ake >an. eremy, tearing .his. >pteu to join rn.
“I just ihougm it might be lim. ’he aid.
A boul IOO walkers are expected lo join the Fishers, with the event starting in Lamia Park at 8:30 ami. on \pril 14. Sponsor lorins axe available at Wai-Mart, K-Mart, ii-E-B unu (mer participating locations.
Vicki Fisher said the walk or gummers are hopuig every participant etui gel at feast $50 in donauons, wiuch will all go lo the Mardi ol Dunes. Any pat lie i pant win) col lee is $50 will receive a T-siurt.
Jeremy chows die research gained by Walk America's pledges piooaoiy will not help hun, but he .said Im: wanted id walk anyway lo prevent bulb delects rn luiuic genet anorn.
Hie two leg braces he weals slow down witai is outer wise a typical
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County resolves to support school bill
By JOE BELK Staff Writer
The Comal County Commissioners’ Court last week passed a resolution in support of a House bill that would return the responsibility of school funding to the Legislature.
The bill would restrict the power of die Texas judicial system to overturn legislative decisions in matters of school funding
County Judge Carter Casteel said rn the Thursday morning meeting slur I tad spoken with Rep. Edmund Kucm pel, who told her he was in support of Uk bill bul dial it probably would not pass eidier the House or the Senate.
“It's (still) an opporiuiuiy for all of us to say, ‘Wait, let’s lake a look al dus and give our legislators a chance to resolve dus in a fair and equitable nuuuicr,”’ Casteel said
A variety of act iv ities including an ‘omelet to Jeu ' will celebrate County Government Week...............
Precinct 4 Conutiissioner Ned Craigmile explained bu* rationale behind supporting the resolution, which was passed unanimously by die commissioners
“ Die courts aie spending loo much lime uiierveiung into the business of legislation iK>t just inter pi cling law bul ailcittping to wine law, Oorg mile said. ”1 dunk that is wrong, and I dunk we need lo lake this aition to show oui representative and wnaLois that we ait rn support of this resolution
Iii odtci action, thecouumssioueis • Entered into a contract with l»espa
ado Filius lo allow the motion pie im e compony lo film on county roads.
Mary Hitch, adnuiusuotoi lo (he commissioners court, said rte coni puny was planning lo film a highspeed chase scene ou Bat Cave Rood.
Sheol! s deputies will fluid uat I ic on a slop and-go basis. Hitch aid, and assist ut ciowd control. Hic allose scene, which is icnuuvciy scheduled lo be filmed Apili IO, will actually lake place al 55 im It per hour speeds, with a slowcd-down filming process making it look fastel.
• Declared the week ol Apili 7-13 .ss Nauonal County Government Week.
Fhe week will be highlighted by an Apili IO open bouse and an Apili 11 Omelet Rodeo bi coal ast.
' he open louse pet iuds will be rom IO adit. until noon and from 1-3 pan. cpi 11 IO, with lout sol lite county oil ices darting in Room *00 of die Comal County Couidiousc Annex. Meuibcis ut tile public will have a chance to meet many ol die county officials Oui mg die tour.
Slate U casal a Ray Bailey Hutch/ '»ou will be die featured speaaci at the Omelet Rodeo, which will lake place ai die Civic Center at 7 aaa. Tickets ae $0, aud t-an be obtained from any county officials.
The Sopfueubuig Museum has also <>et up a display iii die couidiousc of county artifacts, such as photogiaphs of funnel county judges and commissioners and previous county
• Adopted a policy recognizing county employees tot landmark years of •civ ice.
Employees who ftave completed duce, five, IO or 15 years of service will receive lapel puts in the drape of die couidiousc, with die number of years served eugiased under the courthouse.
Teu-year employees will also be given a silver ball-point pen with a county logo.
Fauployees who have woiked 25 years for Comal County earn a walnut plaque with bi ass plate and engraving.
Since the policy is just starting, any county employees who have [Missed any of die aforementioned milestones will receive the award for die one they have mom recently passed.