New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon softball team moves into first place. See Page 1B
Serving Comal County and surround^,
20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, April 9,1997
Vol. 145, No. 105
Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Libby Carney, Katie Bishop 16 years old), Mildred Nadi, Vicky Exquivel, Christopher Witting (IO years old), Krystal Chipps (2 years old), Kaitlyn Nicole Perez (2 years old), Pedey Alvarez (ll years old), Jeff Albrecht (40 years old), Peggy Smith, Mary Vargas, Leonard Joseph Castro (21 years old, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —1159 Oak — 30 Hackberry — trace Mulberry — trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 270cubic feet per second, down 4 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.93 feet above sea level, up .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 4,000 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,687 Canyon Lake level — 914.28 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 3.157 mifcon gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 959,750 gallons of well water were used.
Council carvJktate forum Thursday
Th© Comal Area League of Women Voters is holding a candidates forum for the District 3 and 4 City Council positions at 7 p.m. Thursday at the NBISD Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St.
The forum will provide time for the candidates to address the audience and for questions to be asked from the floor.
OakRun Coneorft rescheduled
The OakRun School Choir Concert and Spring Variety Show has been rescheduled to May 6 in the OakRun cafeteria
Positive personality development
The Unitarian Universalists will have Judy Albrecht, school psy chologist, speak on “Building Resiliences: A Positive Approach to Personality Development" at 7:30 p.m. today at the Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337.
Her information should help to understand attributes that should be nurtured in us all.
Child care is available; the public is invited. Call 629-4262 for information.
Bereavement support program offered
Hospice New Braunfels will sponsor a five-week Bereavement Support Group for adults starting today in the rock house behind Hospice.
The group is open to anyone who has a friend or family mem ber who has died within the past two years.
Call 625-7500 for information.
Visitor Center volunteers needed
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in mid-May.
The Chamber currently has a great volunteer core, but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center.
Anyone interested can cal Lyndi Moon at the Chamber office, 625-2385.
Education question? Dial up a principal
By DENISE DZIUK
Anyone with questions about local schools or the education system can have them answered later this month when principals from across the nation man the telephone lines of a toll-free hotline.
The National Association of Elementary School Principals, in conjunction with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and Family Circle Magazine, will sponsor the eighth annual National Principals’ Hotline. June Million, public information officer, said the hotline is aimed at promoting family involvement in education.
■ When: Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., Monday from 8 am to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon
■ Numbers: (800) 944-1601 (English) or (800) 753-5090 (Spanish)
■ There is no charge and the calls are confidential.
Source: National Association of Elementary School Principals
“(The goal is) to encourage parent participation in their child’s schooling and to help parents feel comfortable
with school administrators and with that, their school,” Million said.
The hotline is available during the annual NAESP meeting, and the phone lines are staffed by various principals attending the convention, including several from Texas. Million said the volunteers were on hand to answer a wide range of education-related questions from students, parents, grandparents or teachers. The calls are confidential and there is no charge.
“It’s wonderful,” Million said. “Usually, we get 800 to 1,000 calls and they’re not short either.”
Dr. Jane MacDonald, principal of Carl Schurz Elementary School, said the hotline was a good idea, depending
on the expertise of the individual taking the call and the reason for the calls. She said if parents were looking for more information on general education issues and how various districts are approaching issues, it could be a “valuate tool” However, she said she hoped individuals would not use it as an avenue for a complaint against a local teacher, administrator or school.
“It might be able to give you another perspective, but it won’t solve the problem,” MacDonald said. “I encourage parents to read and become knowledgeable though.”
New Braunfels Independent School District Interim Superintendent Tom Moseley said a hotline such as this
She plays the violin
, Her»ld-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Nearly 2,000 New Braunfels area youngsters listened Tuesday to the Mid-Texas Symphony orchestra. The orchestra was here to perform a children s concert at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Here, guest soloist Beth Blackerby plays a selection by Brahms to the crowd.
County seeks input on parking restrictions
By DAVID DEKUNDER
IF YOU RE GOING
Comal County Commissioners Court will hold a public hearing Thursday to discover what residents of Hunter have to say about proposed noparking zones in their community.
The public hearing is scheduled during the action agenda of the meeting. Commissioners Court will meet at 8:15 arn in the Commissioners’ Courtroom at the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
This is not the first time commis-
Public hearing about noparking zones in Hunter Whtrei Commissioners' Courtroom at the Comal County Courthouse Annex
8:15 a.m., Thursday
sioners have addressed the issue ot noparking zones in Hunter The issue was brought before commissioners in September when 15 residents said that the historic Riley’s Tavern, which had reopened a year earlier atter being
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closed for four years, had brought increased business into the community.
The residents told the court that the increased business from the tavern had created parking problems on private property, litter, noise, obscene behavior and profanity.
At that time, the court decided to table the issue of putting no-parking signs in the community so that commissioners would have a week to consider the proposal.
On Sept. 25, the day before Commissioners Court was to take action on the parking issue. County Judge
Carter Casteel received a letter from the attorney who represented the owners of the tavern, Rick and Donna Wilson. In the letter, the Wilsons stated that they would discontinue operations and voluntarily surrender their liquor license Sept. 27.
Commissioner Moe Schwab, who represents Hunter, said commissioners are ready to adopt the no-parking zone plan this time since another businessman, Don Anderson, has plans to lease the tavern and reopen it as Hunter Cafe.
Turn to Parking, Page 2A
Aiea Heading Council earns state, national honors
By DENISE DZIUK
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Individuals dedicated to promoting literacy among local children began a reading council and, in its first year, it has won state and national awards.
Kimberly Brennan, president of the Comal County Reading Council, said the council was a local chapter of the International Reading Association (IRA). She said a local chapter was established in January 19% to meet the area’s needs. Today, there are 35 members.
“Anyone interested in promoting literacy can join,” Brennan said. “It’s not just for teachers and educators.” Brennan said the council met four times a year and had done several community projects. Besides reading to children at a local bookstore, sponsoring a teacher in Mexico and collecting
The Comal County Reading Council meets four times a month, with the meetings announced in the newspaper and on the radio.
Anyone wishing to join can attend a meeting or contact Kimberly Brennan at 629-9311 for an
Dues are $5 for the local chapter, $15 for the Texas State Reading Association and $38 for the International Reading Association. You do not need to be an educator to be a member
school supplies for students, the group collected more than 500 books and funds to establish a library for the local children’s shelter.
•They didn’t have a library. Can you believe that,” Brennan said. “As a matter of fact, we had wanted to get one bookshelf and now we’ll probably get two because we have so many books.”
The council’s efforts in the community, combined with clearly established goals and a strong membership, lias
earned the chapter state and national recognition and the state Targeted Membership Award.
“Basically, it’s doing things a council should do,” Brennan said. “It was kind of hard because I didn’t have anyone else’s to look at. I think we’ll do better now that we’ve had a year to get established.”
Brennan said the council ottered her and other members a chance to meet others in the profession and education
experts. She said this made the work creating the council “a labor of love.” “I met a lot of Comal (1SD) teachers that I wouldn’t have met otherwise,” she said. “It’s a great fellowship.”
The council will officially end its first year with a “Celebrate Literacy Gala” on April 17. Brennan said that is when new officers would be initiated, the books for the library would be presented to the shelter and three professors from Southwest Texas State University would be honored for their efforts in “promoting literacy.”
As the council’s first president, Brennan said she would like to see the membership continue to grow. In addition to more teachers, she said she would also like to see parents ami community members get involved.
“I want people who are really excited about this to join," she said. “I don’t want them to join just to join.”
could provide another source of information for parents.
“I think it would be a great idea,” Moseley said. “I think the more information you can get the better. ... It’s just another source.”
Million said the hotline would be open Sunday to Tuesday, and would operate in English and Spanish. She said 11 principals and one school psychologist would be available to take calls, so callers should not have long waits.
“There are certain times that are busier than others. Sundays are usually slow, for example,” Million said. “We hope there won’t be a wait though.”
By DENISE DZIUK
Early voting for the runoff in the special election to fill the U.S Congressional District 28 seat ended Tuesday, and turnout was again low.
County election clerk Linnell Hinojosa said roughly 8,200 of the county's registered voters are eligible to vote in the special election to fill the seat that became vacant in January when Rep. Frank Tejeda died after a battle with cancer. The runoff between Democrats Ciro Rodriguez and Juan Solis was called after none of the 15 candidates in the March 15 election received the clear majority.
Hinojosa said that at the close of early voting Tuesday, 68 residents had voted. She said 39 of the 68 ballots tliat had been mailed had already been returned as well. The remaining mail-out ballots need to be returned by Saturday.
“We’ll probably get those back up to the last day,” Hinojosa said.
She said the runoff early voting turnout was about the same at the early voting turnout for the special election held in March. She said based on those numbers, election day turnout will probably be close to 4 percent again.
“Of course, we’re hoping for more, but realistically we’re not expecting much more,’’ she said.
Rose Mane Eash, president of the Comal Area League of Women Voters, said the league toed to increase voter participation through various local programs and active participation in the “Get Out the Vote” campaign on the national level. She said it was disappointing that the early voting turnout had been so low, andjt was a problem nationwide.
“That’s a really bad thing because our system is based on participation.... Our government is hurting because of (low voter participation),” Eash said. “We are trying to find a way to address it.”
Eash said low voter turnout could be attributed to several factors, including a lack of information about the candidates, a lack of knowledge about the voting process or the inconvenience of voting. Despite these factors, Lash said she hoped voter participation on Saturday will be higher.
“Usually, the voting day itself, you get a little better tumouL but it depends on a several factors,” Eash said.
WHERE TO VOTE
Four polling places will be open on Saturday from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. For this special election, precincts 8, 13 and 27 will vote at Lone Star School, precincts 14 and 28 will vote at United Methodist Church, precincts 15, 29 and 30 at Eagles Hall and precincts 16 and 17 at Frazier Elementary School.Kudos from the American Cancer Society, See Page 4A.