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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung In New Braunfels, ist das leben schon — living is beautiful. But according to Tara Kohlenberg of the Comp I County Child Welfare Board,'there are some children in the county who would disagree. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Child Welfare Board will be attempting to educate people on the prevalence of the problem in Comal County and how they can get involved in preventing child abuse and neglect “New Braunfels is a beautiful place, but we’re not perfect," Kohlenberg said. “And in order to keep it beautiful for all the citizens, including the children, education is the key." Kohlenberg said the hardest thing about educating people of child abuse is changing attitudes, and because of the beauty of New Braunfels and the strong community spirit, people refuse to see the problem. The Child Welfare board had 313 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Comal County in 1992, down by IO from 1991. But Kohlenberg said those 313 are only the cases reported — officials supect the number of cases is much higher. ach year in Texas, nearly 135,000 cases of child abuse are reported, she said. Department of Human Services officials estimate nearly 450,000 incidents of abuse annually. “In our county, we had 313 reported," Kohlenberg said. “But how many went unreported because nobody wants to see it?" Kohlenberg said abuse or neglect often go unreported beal use people don’t know what to do if they suspect a case of child abuse, or think abuse of a child is imminent. Alternatives You don’t have to hit hard to hurt a child, and words can hit as hard as a fist. The Department of Human Services suggests 12 alternatives to lashing out at a child: • Put your hands over your mouth and oount to 10, or better yet, 20. • Stop in your tracks. Press your lips together and breathe deeply. • Phone a friend. • Phone the weather. • Say the alphabet out loud. • Have someone watch the children and go take a leisurely walk. • Take a hot bath or splash cold water on your face. • Write down your thoughts. • Close your eyes and imagine you hear what your child hears. • Turn on the radio or TV. • Hug a pillow. • Write for prevention information to,The National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Box 2866, Chicago. IL. 60690. Or call 1-(800)-292-5032. Kohlenberg said residents can report such cases to the Department of Human Services at 1-(800)-292-5032. School teachers, neighbors and doctors are key in helping prevent child abuse, because they are able to see the physical and emotional changes a child goes through, she said. Kohlenberg said warmer weather will bring attention to some cases because the type of clothing children will begin wearing is more revealing, and wounds are easier to see. Kohlenberg said if a child is con-stantly injured or is hurt or bruised in odd places, that may be an indication some abuse is taking place. An anonymous report to DHS could save a child’s life, she said.Inside    Stammtisch    Lotto Sunday, April 11,1993 New Braunfels Herald- ' Serving Comal County • Home of Havler F. Castilleja 50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday Vol. 141, No. 101 Public response good on county smoking ban By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung Most county employees don’t smoke, according to County Judge Carter Casteel — and the public has voiced overwhelming support for smoke-free public environments. “We already had a smoke-free policy in public areas," Carter said. “I think (the public) will react favorably. It’s one of the things I got tite most mail on. We had a lot of pbsitive reaction." The issue was raised again this week with the suggestion that private offices in addition to public areas should be smoke free. “We’ve added all county offices — the banda offices, the J.P. offices, health, and the sheriffs sub-station,” Casteel said. “We’re concerned about second-hand smoke." Casteel said when the county initially complied with the New Braunfels city ordinance for smoke-free public areas, there were only two attorneys and one man from Canyon Lake who voiced their objections to her. Otherwise, she said the move got “tremendous support." Not everyone agrees that it’s a good idea, however. “I think it’s stupid to tell someone they can’t smoke in their own office,” said Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly" A. Smith. Smith said he had not heard anything about the change Friday, but would comply with the rule. When told that the commissioners were concerned about the hazards of second-hand smoke, Smith said, “Everybody's concerned about something " This group of New Braunfels children got an early start at the annual Cross Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt, held on the church grounds Saturday afternoon. Photo by Karla Wenzel. Good Friday service begins holiday Child abuse education effort gets underway By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung    •    Easter    services    listed,    7A. Easter Sunday. Church services and Easter Egg hunts are the rule of the day. The holiday weekend began with Good Friday. Pilgrims from around the world walked the Way of Sorrows in Jerusalem’s Old City, kneeling to pray at the stations symbolizing Jesus Cnrist’s suffering on his path to crucifixion. In New Braunfels, the third annual Community Good Friday Service was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church with about 200 local citizens attending. Tm just so delighted," said Rev. Judi Miller of St. Paul Lutheran during the Good Friday Service. The service consisted of readings, hymns and prayers led by the different pastors of the participating churches in observance of Hie anniversary of Hie crucifixion. Rev. Charles DeHaven of St. Paul Lutheran welcomed attendees and spoke of the offering for Habitat for Humanity. Miller then begin the service with a reading of the Passion narrative John 18:1-19:22 and a prayer. A special musical offering, “Via Dolorosa," was sung by Becky Voges. Those participating then read the last seven verses from the cross, beginning with Dr. Kenneth Peters of First Presbyterian. Peters read, “Father, forgive them,” and prayed that as Jesus asked his Father to forgive his tormentors, so the devoted ask forgiveness for their sins. The second verse from the cross, Today you will be with me" was read by the Rev. Fred Martin of First United Methodist. Martin told the story of the two criminals crucified with Jesus and the grace granted to the one who defended Jesus, saying “surely this man has done no wrong ” Rev. Ron Walter of St. Paul Lutheran read the third verse, “Woman, behold thy son," and spoke of the faith of loved ones who share the pain of those who suffer. In acknowledgment of the humanity of Jesus, the fourth verse, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me," was read by the Rev. David Schulte of Peace Lutheran. He said by the suffering of Jesus, we know He understands our pain and sorrows. The fifth verse from the cross, “I thirst,” was read by the Rev. Peter Olson of First Protestant, who spoke of Jesus’ thirst for our love. Deacon Fred Fey of Sts. Peter and Paul read the sixth word, “It is finished,” and prayed that the devoted may also joyfully shout “it is finished” at the end of their lives, having lived a faithful and devoted life. The final verse from the cross, “Into Thy hand I commit my spirit," was read by Monsignor Edward Bily of Sts. Peter and Paul. He reminded those in attendance that Jesus was obedient to the point of dying on the cross, and nothing is more important than obedience to the Father’s will. In conclusion, the Rev. Charles Probst of Eden Home read from An estimated 200 New Braunfels residents attended the third annual Community Good Friday Service at St Paul Lutheran Church Isaiah 53:1-6 and spoke of the man of sorrows who was so acquainted with grief — for the sake of mankind. The closing hymn also served to remind those in attendance of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. Titled “Were you there?," the hymn asked “Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to trem hie, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree? Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?" Symbolic of the solemn anniversary of the crucifixion the con gregational recession was done in silence, but once outside the congregation expressed their enthusiasm for Hie annual event. “It’s so lovely to have a community service on Good Friday,” said Jean and Ben French, who said they always try to attend church on Good Friday, but this was their first visit to the community service. This is my church and it is Good Friday — to rue it’s more special than Christmas,” said Karen Nauinunn. “It was the beginning of Christianity as far as I’m concerned." CLASSIFIED........... 6-12B COMICS.................. ......8A EDUCATION........... ........SB ENTERTAINMENT...KF 11A INSIGHT.................. ........1B LETTERS................ ........SA OBITUARIES.......... ........3A OPINION................ ........4A 8PORTS.................. 12-14A WEDDINGS............ ....2-3B WEATHER.............. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, mStarnmtiechm represents a sit* ting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day's happenings. See more Stammitsch on page 11 A.Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Kyle Hand, Jeffery Orth, Bill Reese, Dorothy Vollbrecht, Joy Scheel, Katherine Gay, Tina M. Gonzales. Saturday Birthday greetings go to Emily Villanueva. Belated Birthday greetings go to Ken Kuehler.Hummel Club The Museum Chapter of New Braunfels, a local Chapter of the M I. Hummel Club, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Hummel Museum, located at the Main Plaza. Call 625 5636.Happy Birthday Planet Earth The city of New Braunfels park ranger invites residents to attend a celebration for Earth Day and Arbor Day in the park at April's “Nature’s Way: Happy, Happy Birthday Planet Earth." The celebration will be held from 4 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 12. Attendees may participate in games and activities. Preregistration is required and will be taken at the parks office at 110 Golf Course Road.For more information, call 629-PARK.Winning numbersAUSTIN — Hers are results of Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn last night by the Texas Lottery;    \1-5-14 22-27-46Estimated Lotto Texas jackpot: $3 million ;