New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, April 7, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Free window etch clinic scheduled April 15
SATTLER — On the day most of us are looking forward to paying something to Uncle Sam, Comal County residents can get something free back from their government.
The Comal Comity Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with tile Sheriff ’s Combined Auto Theft Task Force (SCATT), has scheduled a free window etch clinic from 9 a.m. to I p.m. April 15.
The clinic will be held in the parking lot of the First State Bank, 8010 FM 2673.
“The service is free of charge, takes about seven minutes, and you are on your way,” said Cpl. Tim Kolbe of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
“If you vehicle does not have the VIN number etched on its windows, this is an excellent opportunity to have it done.”
During the etching process, a stencil is made of the VIN number and placed on the windows of your vehicle. An acid is applied over the stencil, which permanently etches your vehicle’s VIN number in the window.
The number is not obtrusive but is visible to thieves, and law enforcement officers. Glass from stolen, chopped vehicles ends up in the auto salvage pipeline, providing an income for thieves.
I laving your vehicle etched not only is a good deterrent for auto theft, but could also count as an insurance discount. Some insurance companies will give their customers anywhere from 5 percent to 15 percent discounts on comprehensive coverage because they opt for the window etching.
While you wait, you can sign up for the free I lelp End Auto'lTieft, or HEAT program, and be doubly protected from auto theft.
“The best theft protection is a layered defense, and we plan to have literature available to address those topics,” Kolbe said.
The IIEAT program allows law enforcement to stop vehicles on the roadways between I a.m. to 5 a.m., when joyriding in stolen vehicles is at its peak times. Participants will receive stickers for their vehicle, applied as they wait.
Four found dead in murder-suicide
SWEETWATER (AP) — Police checking on a Sweetwater family found the bodies of four people who died in what they believe was a triple slaying and a suicide.
The bodies of a mother and her two young daughters were found in the master bedroom of the home late Tuesday, Sweetwater Police Chief James Kelley said
Wednesday. They had been beaten to death with a blunt object, apparently as they slept, he said.
The body of Esperdion “Dion” Sepeda, 39, was found in a recliner in another room, Kelley said. He apparently died from a selfinflicted gunshot wound to the head from a double-har-rel, 20 gauge-shotgun.
More than 500 walkers rally to defeat heart disease
By Scott Mahon
More than 500 people joined New Orleans Saints quarterback Kliff Kingsbury in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Saturday at Landa Park.
Kingsbury, a 1998 graduate of New Braunfels High School and an All-American at Texas Tech University, participated in the event to help raise awareness of heart disease.
“My grandfather, Leonard Moeller, had heart disease, and I wanted to show my support for the association’s heart disease and stroke research,” Kingsbury said.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in America, and more than 950,000 Americans die from the disease each year.
I^orri Lee, chair of the Heart Walk, said Saturday’s noncompetitive 5K walk around Landa Park raised money for the American I leart Association’s work.
“The first year, the walk raised $20,000, and last year it raised $30,000," she said. “Our goal this year was to raise $38,000."
Lee said walkers represented heart disease survivors as well as family and friends of heart disease survivors.
Rob Stewart, 53, had to have five-way bypass heart surgery last year after discovering he had heart disease.
“I ate right, exercised and didn’t smoke,” he said. "But I inherited some genes that caused my heart disease, and I just wanted to help raise the awareness about cardiovascular disease."
Dr. Betsy Ritchey, who treats diabetic patients, said the risk factors for heart disease and stroke include diabetes, obesity, hypertension, high choles-
Harry the Hemoglobin congratulates walkers as they near the finish in Saturday's Heart Walk in Landa Park.
CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH FACTS
** Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in America with almost 1 million people each year dying from the disease.
■ Lack of physical activity is now clearly shown to be a risk factor for heart disease.
■ Scientists have not found a direct link between regular exercise and stroke, but they do know that exercise reduces the risk of stroke and other health problems, such as heart disease.
* Less active, less fit people have a 30 percent to 50 percent greater risk of developing high blood pressure.
■ Children in the U.S. today are less fit than they were a generation ago and showing earlier signs of cardiovascular disease such as weight gain, high serum cholesterol and cigarette smoking.
■ In general, people become less physically active as they get older. Nearly 40 percent of people over the age of 55 report no leisure time physical activity.
terol and smoking.
Saturday’s event was also included a health fair where participants could get a free diabetes screening, massage
therapy and educational information concerning heart disease.
Cassandra Miranda, with the American Heart Associa
tion in San Antonio said local businesses sponsored the event, including McKenna Health Systems, Eden Home, Home Instead Senior Care, New Braunfels Cardiology, First State Bank and Subway.
Lee said the award for Top Walker went to Jessica Flores; the Team of the Year was Mid-Texas Oil; and the best team spirit award went to New Braunfels Cardiology.
Participants were also allowed to let their dogs participate in the walk. The Top Dog award went to Sebo with Main Glass for raising the most contributions.
The American I leart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicity from the ravages of heart disease and stroke since 1924.
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