New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
HeratfrZeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, April ll, 1991Neighborhood Watch
Medical FocusSetting your fitness program goals
How to Handle Some Eye Emergencies
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer, right, presents a new style of Neighborhood Watch sign to chairman Melba Shaw as members of the Mission Valley Estates Homeowners’ Association look on. The group gathered at Landa Park Tuesday for a pot-luck supper. Mrs. Shaw had seen the signs in Corpus Christi and approached the sheriff’s department to make them available here. Signs can now be obtained in Room 201, Comal County Courthouse, for $5. The signs are part of a burglary reduction plan that also includes increased patrols in subdivisions, overlapping shifts and a focus on property crimes by the criminal investigation division. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Beef, produce among best buys in April
By JOE G. TAYLOR
Comal County Extension Agent
Texas consumers will find some good fresh produce buys in supermarkets during April, and lower beef prices enjoyed through the winter are expected to continue well into the coming month.
The expected rise in beef prices won't occur until the oversupply of cattle in feedlots clears the market during the next several weeks.
Some spring produce onces will be down as marketings increase, but others are up from last year because of inflation resulting from the Iraqi conflict and a drought-reduced California harvest.
Consumers can expect ample supplies and lower pnces on broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, carrots. onions, green peas, eggplant and tomatoes in particular, since these are grown in states other than California.
Prices may be up and supplies tighter on strawberries, asparagus and artichokes coming from California. These products, affected by both the December freeze and drought, will arrive at supermarkets later than normal this season
Except for spring crops, however, expectations are that other states will
aaa more producuon acres to increase summer and fall food crops. The slack will be taken up by expansion elsewhere, as the severity of water shortages becomes more evident in California.
Weather is always a factor when it comes to food production. Although southern California received some rain this week, droughts there for the past four years are requinng growers to reduce water usage by about 75 percent. Attempts arc being made to find quick solutions.
Produce also making its 1991 debut in April will be sweet com, watermelons, cantaloupes and honeydews. Produce going out of season during the month will be mustard and turnip greens, kale, grapefruit, oranges and the imported soft fruit from Chile.
The cattle markeung delay will cause beef pnces to remain flat for a longer time before starting the upward trend predicted earlier.
Supplies of pork and chicken also are greater than they were this time last year, and these larger supplies arc expected to stabilize pork and poultry pnces.
As the oversupply of beef clears the market, lower pork and poultry prices will force consumer beef prices to
become more competitive with these meats. This will likley mean more advertised and discounted beef spe-cials through supermarket
Beef specials in April will shift from winter cuts of roasts to spring cuts of steaks. Look for specials on round, sirloin and hamburger steaks.
Pork products will have fewer specials on roasts and ham. Instead, look for specials on pork steaks, chops, ribs and smoked sausage.
Demand for specific poultry cuts lends not to shift seasonally, thus the continual discounting of whole birds, chicken breasts and leg-thigh combi-nations will be featured in April.
Rural minister sought
Nominations are being sought for the top 1991 rural mimster of Texas.
“Often, the rural minister serves as an unsung hero, and the award is a way to bestow some special recognition,” said Dr. Dave Ruesink, a Texas Agricultural Extension Service sociologist.
Ruesink said the award is given annually by Progressive Farmer magazine during the Town and Country Church Conference, slated for Oct. 7-8 at Texas AAM University.
The 1991 conference theme will be “Town and Country Churches: Wellsprings of Hope in Critical Times,” and ministers who have responded with programs to meet critical needs in their communities may be prime candidates for nomination, he said.
Designed for ministers and lay leaders serving rural and small town churches in Texas, the conference is an educational program of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. This year’s event will be the 46th to be held.
To be eligible for the award, Ruesink said, a minister should serve a congregation in a rural community or a town of less than 10,000 population and should have served the nominating congregation for at least two years.
“Nominations should focus on how the minister had made a difference to the church and community,” Ruesink said.
“Assisting the membership in strategies to inspire and improve involvement is a key component of effective ministry," Ruesink said.
Jot Ct. I avlct ii Comal County Fxtrmion Agent for agriculture until the Texas. Agricultural Retention Service.
Time spent buckling seat belt prevents fatal second of crash
DEAR ABBY: I’ve been reading your column for lo these many years, for information as well as entertainment. I’ve read many worthwhile articles submitted by your readers, but never has anything startled me as much as the enclosed article from the Adirondack Advertiser in northern New York. Please print it, Abby — it may save a life. It certainly opened my eyes.
FRANCIS BOURASSA, LATHAM, N Y.
DEAR MR. BOURASSA: It opened my eyes, too. But first a disclaimer to my readers: This is a very graphic description of what happens when an automobile going 55 miles an hour hits a solid object.
BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELTS
by the Georgia Paramedics Against Drunk Drivers
(submitted by Lucille Groat)
Do you know what happens in the first fatal second after a car going 55 miles per hour hits a solid object?
1. In the first 10th of the second, the front bumper and grill collapse.
2. The second 10th finds the hood crumbling, rising and striking the windshield as the spinning rear wheels lift from the ground. Simultaneously, fenders begin wrapping themselves around the solid object. Although the car’s frame has been halted, the rest of the car is still going 55 miles per hour. Instinct causes the driver to stiffen his legs against the crash, and they snap at the knee joint.
3. During the third 10th of the second, the steering wheel starts to disintegrate and the steering column aims for the driver’s chest.
4. The fourth 10th of the second finds two feet of the car’s front end wrecked, while the rear end still moves at 35 miles per hour. The driver’s body is still traveling at 55 miles per hour.
5. In the fifth 10th of the second, the driver is impaled on the steering column, and blood rushes into his lungs.
6. The sixth 10th of the second, the impact has built up to the point that the driver’s feet are ripped out of tightly laced shoes. The brake pedal breaks off. The car frame buck
les in the middle. The driver’s head smashes into the windshield as the rear wheels, still spinning, fall back to earth.
7. In the seventh 10th of the second, hinges rip loose, doors fly open and the seats break free, striking the driver from behind.
8. The seat striking the driver does not bother him because he is already dead. The last three lOths of the second mean nothing to the driver.
P.S. Readers: I suggest that you make several copies of this grisly piece, and the next time you ask a passenger to please buckle his or her seat belt and said passenger replies, “Oh, we’re less than IO minutes from where we’re going,” counter with, ‘Tm not moving until you buckle your seat belt.” Then hand the passenger this piece.
DEAR ABBY: What do you do with a husband who thinks that as long as he gives you his paycheck, he is being the perfect husband? We’ve been married for 14 years, and he has never once put his arms around me unless I ask him to.
When I ask him if he loves me, he says, “I married you, didn’t I?” Maybe I shouldn’t complain, because he’s decent, hard-working, faithful and active in our church. But how can I get him to be more loving?
DEAR NEEDS: You say he’s active in your church? Wonderful — most churches have a Marriage Encounter group, which has worked wonders to revive marriages like yours. If your church doesn’t have one, initiate such a group. There are Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and non-religious Marriage Encounter groups.
Legal tender without legal tenderness doesn’t make much of a marriage. (Jet going, and good luck.
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Die goal selling process is die saint* for physical fitness as it is ioi personal and professional development Attain able goals help you undctstand what is possible out of many available
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Develop bolti tong arui shon range goals Utrig range goals art more genet a1, but not all-encompassing. They should he achievable through a logical progression ol activity 'Dry ck not need lo trave a time limn bn achievement Short range goals identify die logical steps to achieving your long trim goals They should be very specific and realistic, based'on your present capabilities and should have a lime hum lur achievement Short term goals can Im; used to measure yout progress kcmemhcf lo include all tile compo ileitis ol fitness when selling your goals cardiovascular Illness, rnuscu tai sticngdi and enduialice and fkxihtl tty lake a few minutes lo consider your fitness goals and write diem down Now you need a means to keep yourself focused on wtiat you want lo accomplish fine ii km hod is lo make a contract with yourself CtHiifacls help
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Setting goals keeps vim I not iv ated lo do whai you should do on a legulaf basis Ibis is a very pcisonal process. Everyone's goals will he slightly dil lerent Your goal and few aids need lo be right Bm you
keiueinber that goal selling, like (iii) sn al fitness, is an ongoing process F^acb I iiiK* a goal is ac hieved, set a new one lf you do mn reach your goal within your set lime Ii ame, do not he discouraged Reassess your status and set a new goal, etlliei short ut long tauge (mal selling will lielp you main tarn a consistent fitness piogiain lot lite rest of your hie
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by Robert Alcasaba.s,O.D.
Almost half a million people in the United States arc blind. Every year, about 40,000 other Americans will become blind, lf that frightens you, you should also know that about naif of all cases of blindness can be prevented. A vital way lo protect your sight and that of your loved ones is by knowing what lo do in case of an unexpected injury to the eye. When such an emergency occurs, every minute is important in protecting vision. Your prompt actions should help stabilize the person until he or she is seal by an eye doctor.
I. Blow to the eye - Apply an ice cold compress immediately for about thirty minutes to reduce pain and swelling. Do not rub, wash or apply pressure to Ute eye A black eye or blurred vision can lead to potentially serious eye damage Do not take chances - call your eye doctor or go to die emergency
2. Chemicals in the eye - DO NOT WAIT! Time is vital! Immediately flood the eye with the first available water and use the fingers to hold the eye open as wide as possible. Do not waste time removing any contact lenses. The whole face should be lilted under a flowing, heavy stream of water for at least 30 minutes. If a hose or spigot is not accessible, pour glasses of water continuously on the eye or submerge the entire head in a bucket of water with eyes open. Do not use an eye cup or a bandage. See an eye doctor to assess any damage.
3. Contact lens lost on the eye — Do not panic. A contact lens cannot get totally lost behind the eyeball lf massaging the eyeball through the upper lid will not bring the lens into view, or if you do not wish to try anything at all - visit your eye doctor for skilled removal
4. Foreign object in the eye -Never attempt to remove a foreign object such as a piece of metal, speck of glass, or splinter from the eye. While dust particles can be rinsed from the eye carefully on most occasions, to do so with oilier foreign objccLs can be disastrous. You should never rub, press on, or wash the eye, even to stop bleeding, or more damage and scarring could result. Seek an eye doctor quickly.
5. Cut or puncture wound of the eye or eyelid - This requires immediate medical attention. Do not attempt to wash out the eye. Do not rub or press on the eye, even to slop the flow of blood. If wearing a contact lens, do not attempt lo remove it. Bandage the eye lightly and get to a doctor or emergency room.
[^earning these few prompt actions can help anyone immensely. When in doubt about any eye injury, see your doctor.Directory of Medical Services
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