New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, April 19,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MANUEL CAMARENO JR.
■ Vol. 143. No. 113
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Manuel Camareno Jr. (30 years), and Reynaldo Martinez Jr. (60 years).
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The Herald-Zeitung's Mom & Me section will be filled with photographs depicting those special relationships between our readers and their moms, but we still need more pictures for the section.
A panel of judges will pick the most attractive picture to be printed on the cover of the tabloid, and two runners-up photos will appear in the centerfold. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the Mom of the Grand Prize photo and the Mom of each runner-up photo.
Deadline to submit photos and information is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 1995. Your name and a phone number should be on the back of the photo, and you can pick up your picture anytime during office hours after Monday, May 4, 1995.
At that time you’ll receive one free copy of Mom & Me. Additional copies will be available at a cost of $1.
This year’s edition will appear in the Herald-Zeitung on Sunday, April 30, 1995, The Canyon Lake Times-Guardian on Wednesday, May 3, 1995 and the Advisor on Wednesday, May 3, 1995.
A special Mom & Me submission form and more information about the contest can be found on Page 5A of today’s Herald Zeitung.
Cancer Support Dialogue Group meets
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sport sored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the North building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
Anyone with cancer, and their significant others are invited to attend, lf you have any ques tions, call 629-5717 or Marian Hicks at 629-1763.
Volunteers needed to help abused kids
Family Outreach of Comal County, Inc., an agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, is in need of a volunteer to serve as volunteer coordinator and another who would function as office manager. People working in these areas would lend invaluable assistance to the other volunteers, lf interested, call 620-1299.
Mighty Thomas Carnival Is coming
The Mighty Thomas Carniva is coming to the Comal County Fairgrounds April 19 through April 23, sponsored by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School The carnival features exciting rides, food, concessions, anc midway games of chance. You may buy unlimited ride wrist bands in advance for only $8 at HEB, Wuest Supermarkets, Sac N Pac stores and the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Betty Halbarelr takes care of a child at the New Braunfels Child Development Center. The center closed Friday on short notice, forcing parents of more than 130 children to find a new place to care for their children. With care and planning, parents can take some of the worry out of picking child care.
Day Care Choices
Knowing what questions to ask and how to check records can help parents rest easy with their choice of day care
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Parents can feel good about their child care choice — they just have to use die tools at their disposal. Parents of more than 130 children were forced to find new child care when the New Braunfels Child Development Center went out of business last Friday.
Parents seeking day care have the responsibility to choose carefully. They need to know about all the resources at their disposal, said Mary Mora, Child Care Licensing Representative for New Braunfels. Mora works out of the San Antonio Protective and Regulatory Services (TRS) Office.
“Day care facilities are routinely inspected to meet the state’s minimum standards. Meeting those standards does not guarantee that it meets your standards,” Mora said. “It is your responsibility to make sure it does.”
TRS licenses day care centers in Texas and inspects them to make sure they stay up to par, Mora said. TRS must check a facility three times before the license is granted and at least once a year after licensing.
“They are unannounced inspections,” she said. “We do visit a lot of facilities more often than once a year — they can be visited as frequently as every three to five months and as infrequently as every IO to 12 months,” she said.
A copy of the Texas minimum standards should be available for parents to read at every licensed day care facility, Mora said. Each day care center is also required to give parents a “parents’ guide to day care ” This outlines many state regulations as well as the rules of the particular daycare.
Mora gives some general recommendations for screening a potential child care center. ’
• Talk to friends, family and par-
DAY CARE CHECK LIST
• Is the day care licensed?
• Is the care giver firm and affectionate?
• Is the facility neat, clean and well lit? Does it have enough space?
• Are there planned activities for the children’s development? Are they geared to the childrens’ ages?
• Are there safe indoor and outdoor play areas?
• Are there enough toys, games, art supplies and sports equipment?
• Are the rules reasonable and fair? Are they enforced?
• Can parents drop in unexpectedly?
• Are electrical outlets etc. child-safe?
• Are snacks nutritious? Are the portions enough?
• Is parent participation encouraged?
• What decisions do parents participate in?
• Are the hours of care flexible enough to meet your needs?
• Does the center accept mildly ill children?
ents of children there. Check with the child care licensing office. (Dept. of Protective & Regulatory Services, Child Care Licensing, 3635 SE Military Drive, San Antonio 78223-0990, (210)337-3449)
• Visit several centers; compare overall impression and supervision. Visit when children are in to see activities and interaction between children and care givers.
• Take note of indoor and outdoor space, bathrooms and room for napping.
• Set up a time to meet with the care giver or director. Discuss your concerns; make sure your questions are answered. Come back unannounced. If you have any reservations, trust your instincts and keep looking.
lf you choose a day care and things don’t go well, Mary Mora is there to help. “First, talk about it with the facility staff — it may be a misunderstanding,” she said. The next step is to call the local licensing office — for New Braunfels, Mary Mora at (210) 337-3449 — and the office will investigate your complaint.
lf a specific parent complaint is validated by the investigation, the day care is required to post it for 60 days, Mora said. Beyond that time the facility must show parents the validated complaints if they ask.
The licensing office will also show parents complaint records if requested. “When someone will call us on specific complaint information on a facility we go back a year,” she said. “We usually don’t go back more than a couple of years.”
The Child Care Licensing office publishes several pamphlets and booklets for parents to use: “Exploring Child Care Options,” “Choosing a Day Care Center or Group Day Care Home,” and a pamphlet with a step-by-step checklist for choosing a day care. The office will send these free of charge to parents who call and request, Mora said.
Mora emphasizes that each parent’s day care wants and needs are different. Changing facilities can be traumatic for a child, so be thorough with your first choice.
“We do ask parents to be responsible as well,” Mora said. Parents only need to ask and the licensing office is there to help. “We take our phone lines very seriously,” she said.
Residents hear both sides at water forum
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Various proponents, opponents and those simply interested in the questions surrounding the formation of a Comal County Underground Water Conservation District showed up at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop, auditorium last night to hear experts and those running for positions on the board of directors.
‘A one-year drought, you could have severe problems. That’s when it’s really going to show ■ BB It probably can’t take just a whole lot more.’
— John Ashworth
The district, if approved by voters, would cover about 64 percent of Comal County — the portion not covering the Edwards Aquifer zones.
John Ashworth, a geologist from the Texas Water Development Board told the audience the Glen Rose portion of the Trinity Aquifer, which covers a large portion of Central Texas including the proposed district, is less permeable than the Edwards and thus, making it harder to retrieve water.
Ashworth said in most cases, wells too close together could cause each to lose some water, although he said this region is very complicated in that there may be more water in some areas, less in others. Although he said the Tnnity did hold enough water to sustain growth, this would be possible only through heavy conservation.
“A one-year drought, you could have severe problems,” he said. “That’s when it’s really going to show...It probably can’t take just a whole lot more.”
County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said the county commissioners had asked a committee to look at water problems years ago. He pointed to growth trends in the area that showed a 42 percent increase here from 1980 to 1990. A person from Bandera Co., which formed a Ch. 52 full-power district like the one being considered, said their district planned to save 65,000 gallons by chopping down cedar trees.
Lynn Rodgers, the Comal County Chief Appraiser, talked to the audience about the amount of taxes they would pay, something many wanted to hear. Many opponents of the distnct do not want increased taxes, lf approved the distnct would start with a .02 cent per $ IOO tax with a cap of .05 cents.
Based on last year’s appraisals, the district would have about $952,836,024 in value. At a .02 cent tax, that would generate $190,567.
The average value in the distnct was roughly $65,660, meaning the average homeowner would pay $13.13.
Proponents say tfie distnct would
Lawsuit filed to stop voting
By ROBERT STEWART
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
A District Court lawsuit was filed April 11 against Cameron P. Wiley, individually and as chairman of the Comal County Underground Water District, challenging the legality of procedures in the water district election.
The suit, filed by Canyon Lake residents Wallace M. Greene and Lois M. Duggan, asks the court to declare void the contract for election services May 6, 1995, executed by certain elected officials, on grounds Cameron P. Wiley allegedly misled Commissioners Court by his individual actions, violations of statutory law, and the Texas Election Code. The suit also asks that the May 6 election be voided and that Cameron Wiley “bear all costs of this proceeding in Comal County District Court”.
Allegations include calling the election later than 30 days after the temporary directors were appointed and qualified, late swearing in of some temporary directors, improper ballot language stating the tax will be limited to five cents, and improper publication of the election legal notice.
The election is set for May 6, 1995 and early voting began Tuesday. An early voting date at Canyon Lake is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 1995 at the Nancy Hare Memorial EMS Building in Saltier.
use this money to clear brush, regulate spacing between wells, identify pollution sources and eventually bring surface water to the area, all in response to increased growth in the area. A company near Canyon Lake, however, says they can bring surface water themselves.
People running for the five board seats gave bnef explanations for their decisions to run. Charles Knibbe, running for Dist. 4 against Nathan Oxhan-dler, said he remembered standing in the middle of a dry Guadalupe River when he way a boy.
“The number of wells in those days was unbelievable (less) compared to what it is now,” he said.
One person, Michael Maurer, did not favor the district because he felt there would be increased regulation. He is running for Dist. 5 against the district’s original chief petitioner, Cameron Wiley.
Running unopposed are Dist. I, E.E. Ash, Dist. 2, Joseph H. Cash, ll, and Dist. 3, Scottie Gound.
Early voting has already begun and will run through May 2 at the Spnng Branch Fire Station. Election day is Saturday, May 6.
Organizers expect 2,000 participants in Saturday parade
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A full day of events Saturday will kick off with what will prove to be one of the biggest events to hit New Braunfels in some time. More than I SO entries and 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Sesquicentennial Parade Saturday morning.
The parade writ begin around 9 a m. as the mammoth cast of bands, floats, and other entries make their way down San Antonio St. from tire old HEB site toward the Plaza and on to the Prince Solms Park.
The parade will include mostly local entries but
‘S6v*ral families ars putting together floats themselves.’
— Wilton Warnecke
also many from the surrounding area. Military, high school and different styles of musicians, 15 in all, will be spaced throughout the parade.
Following the Sheriffs Posse Color Guard, Mayor Paul Fraser, Burgermeister Dieter Schmidt of Braunfels and other dignitaries will immediately follow, as will several entrants from Braunfels, Germany.
Many local clubs and businesses will have
entries. Because the parade celebrates 150 years of New Braunfels, many of the parade’s entries will have a histoncal theme from the early pioneers to more modem times.
"Three divisions in the history sections will be judged,” said Wilton Warnecke, who chairs the Parade Committee. “They will be in some kind of costume or theme according to their time period.” Many descendants of the town’s founding fathers will ride or march in the parade. Many families are having reunions and some of the relatives from Germany will be here.
“Several families are putting together floats themselves,” said Warnecke. “A lot of people
will be in costumes.” ,
One example includes the descendants of Carl and Elizabeth Schaefer, the couple who brought the first bells used in the First Protestant Church.
Warnecke said the parade would probably last more than two hours. Police are supposed to block San Antonio St. from Walnut to Union. Parade viewers should start finding the good seats by 8:30 a.m. at the latest he advised. No parking will be allowed on San Antonio St. from the railroad tracks to the Plaza to allow better viewing.
Parade participants arc asked to be at the parade staging area at the old HEB site by 7:30 a.m.Why is Lamp Post Harry really dangerous? See Opinion, Page 4A