New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011ZeitungServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Lake low, but spirits high
Extension of drought could affect summer water recreation season
By Will Wright
CANYON LAKE — With the water recreation season fast approaching, businesses around Canyon Lake are getting everything ready.
Five weeks before the unoffi
cial start of summer—Memorial Day weekend — finds lake levels near normal. Any extension of the current drought, however, could cause problems for visitors and boaters before the end of the summer.
"We’re not really worrying about it yet," Canyon Lake
Chamber of Commerce president Kim Morris said. "We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from Corps of Engineers and the Water Oriented Recreation District, who are monitoring all of it, and we’re really optimistic.
“Right now, we’re just hoping to get some rain. We re
going to do a rain dance next week!”
Canyon lake’s conservation pool is 906.27 feet above mean sea level, 2.73 feet below normal. Earlier this month, Guadalupe-Bianco River
See LAKE, Page 5A
• Using a sprinklar or irrigation systam permrttad only two days per week before 10 ijn. and after 8 p.m.
• If your address ends in 0,2,4,6 or 8, irrigation days are Monday and Thursday.
• If your address ends in 1,3,5,7 ' or 9, irrigation days are Tuesday
• Hand watering and drip irrigation allowed any time
• Vehicles may be washed at home on assigned days and times using a handheld hose with automatic shut-off nozzfe or 5-gallon bucket. Wash at a commercial facility any time. Vehicle-wash fundraisers allowed, but only at commercial car washes.
• Outdoor water features are prohibited
SENIOR CENTER AT CRRC
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays Where: 125 Mabel Jones Drive, Canyon Lake,across the street from Tye Preston Memorial Library Contact Suzy Ingram,
► CANYON LAKE
Duo open new, young senior center
By Marilyn Kuehler
A new senior center in Canyon Lake “will not be your mother’s senior center."
“We want it to be different,” said Suzy Ingram, 54, of Bul-verde, who with Susan Logue of Canyon Lake opened the center in February at Community Resource and Recreation Center, 125 Mabel lones Drive, Canyon Lake.
“We want a blend of everyone,” said Logue, 60. “We want the young, active seniors driving the older ones and getting them involved.” The center, which is attracting adults aged 55-97, is currently open only 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.
“We have couples and a lot of widows,” Ingram said.
One of those members, 97 years old, continues to drive, has no eye or hearing problems and gets around like a much younger person.
“We love that kind of fire,” Ingram said.
This past Thursday at the center, groups of older people at tables around the room were concentrating on dominos and board games. That’s OK, Ingram said, but she plans to do more.
Big screens are being added to the walls in anticipation of “ Wii Tournaments” for video bowling, tennis and skiing. Ingram and Logue are putting together day trips to museums and local wineries. They plan hikes, too, for “more physically capable seniors who are up to hiking,” Ingram said.
A pool table needs upgrading, but will play a role in future programs.
Also, Logue, who recently became a Comal County Master Gardener, is initiating “square-foot gardens” set up on tables that do not require older seniors to kneel.
The co-founders are enthusiastic about their new program and are grateful to Darin Zumwalt, CRRC executive director, for recognizing their
See CENTER, Page 5A
REGISTRATION UNDER WAY FOR CAMPS
Herald-Zeitung file photos
Coach Lauren Barker high-fives Cooper Kirchhoff, 4, during the Challenger British Soccer Camp June 30, 2010 at the HEB Fields.The New Braunfels area offers many camps for youngsters.
SUMMERTIME, CAMPS JUST AROUND CORNER
Learn to speak German, become a junior deputy and much more
By Marilyn Kuehler
Summer camp season is about to begin and it’s filled with day camp programs for children with time on their hands. Highlighting this year’s list is “Deutsch Sprachkurs,” a day camp that teaches children basic German, sponsored by the German-American Society of New Braunfels. Last year, about 45 children attended the language camp.
“We teach common words, greetings, nouns, names, numbers, colors and short sentences," said Diane Moltz, who organizes the day camp. "Some speak some German, but most don’t.”
The language is taught by Moltz’s sister, Mary Irwin. The sisters grew up on farm near Zorn, outside New Braunfels. German was their first language; English came next “Once you learn one (new) language, the next one is easier,” Moltz said.
The camp, for children ages 6-13, will be held June 7-18 at Conserva-
Darren Garza, 9, looks out from behind the bars while checking out the bade seat of a sheriff's deputy's car during the Junior Deputy Academy on June 10, 2010 at Oak Creek Elementary.
tion Park. Beginners will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Advanced students meet 1-4 p.m. For information, call Moltz at (830) 660-0437 or (830) 620-6787.
Junior Deputy Sheriff's Academy Another summer highlight for children is the Junior Deputy Sheriff’s Academy, a three-session day
camp sponsored by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
The camp, open to girls and boys ages 9-11, gives children the chance “to interact with Sheriff’s deputies and make friends with positive role models,” according to website information.
See CAMPS, Page 3A
► EDUCATION FUNDING
Texas gets $830M for schools
Staff, wire reports
AUSTIN —Texas will soon be receiving the $830 million in funds for public education that have been tied up in political wrangling.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement Friday.
Gov. Rick Perry said he welcomed the department’s decision to approve the state’s application for the funding.
“Today is a victory for Texas schools that have been waiting for these well-deserved federal funds for far too long,” Perry said in a news release late Friday.
“Thanks to our persistent efforts, including those of U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Sen. John Comyn and other dedicated members of the Texas Congressional delegation, along with House Speaker John Boehner, this funding will soon be flowing to the school teachers and schoolchildren of Texas.”
The federal budget deal negotiated to avoid a government shutdown this month removed the strings U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat from Austin, had attached to the funds.
ITie bill removed a requirement that Perry, a Republican, use the funds to supplement existing school spending rather than just replace state funds in order to balance the budget.
Perry has blasted Doggett for attach-ing strings to the federal money intended to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from layoffs.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined in the chorus of those hailing the decision.
“We are grateful that the new Congress remedied Congressman Doggett’s attempt to discriminate against his own state — and its school children,” Abbott said in a news release late Friday.
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