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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas *01 1000571 05/16/1)5 SOUTHWEST HICKOFmiSHERS 2627 I YANDELL DE EL PASO IX 7990? UNO Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 139 14 pages, 1 sections CLICK www: 500 oooov rf W Mostly Cloudy High Low 93 53 Details .....7 DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS IO COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 9Dean pulls double duty in city campaigns By Scott Mahon Staff Writer City council candidates Lynn Lim-mer and Travis Wommack have both been supported by the New Braunfels Homebuilder's Association, and they’ve admitted as much. But the two political novices have another thing in common —they have used the same campaign manager, David Dean. Denies link to homebuilder’s association Despite the similarities in their campaigns, Limmer and Wommack say they chose Dean only because he could help as they ran for office for the first time. Those who know Dean deny he has any link to the homebuilders association. “Absolutely not, he’s not connected with local homebuilders,” said Mike Norris, a well-known local builder. Norris said he and Dean were next door neighbors on Preston I Iollow in the Oak Run subdivision. During that time, they became personal friends, but did not build a business relationship. “David’s retired, and he just likes to stay busy,” said Norris, who moved from Oak Run to Champions Village last November. “He was involved with Gale Pospisil’s campaign several years ago, and Travis asked him to help him with his campaign. David was a great neighbor, the kind See DEAN Page 3emergency By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Sande Parker is prepared to respond to the worst that Mother Nature or nefarious people can throw at New Braunfels and the surrounding communities. Armed with hard hats, reflective vests, flashlights and training in triage, cribbing and fire management, Parker and her 24 Community Emergency Response Team classmates answered the call Thursday when a mock disaster struck the old police department. They tended to patients, put out fires and stabilized the situation until fire, police and emergency personnel could arrive on scene. Parker said the class was the most interesting thing she had ever done. “The class is excellent — first rate," she said. “Now we know how to care for our communities in the event of a tragedy. We could easily care for 250 to 300 people. That’s amazing.” CERT classes, first promoted by the Ix)s Angeles City Fire Department in 1994, resurfaced alter the Sept. ll, 2001, terrorist attack. Communities all over the country now are training citizens to assist emergency personnel in the event they become overwhelmed. Israel Lopez, the county’s bioterrorism planner, organized New Braunfels’ pilot class, a by-invitation-only group designed to prepare instructors to teach the general public. “Now that we’ve done this once, we ll open it up to the entire community,” Lopez said. “Hopefully, our future classes will include instruction from people who have gone through this first session.” Once the curriculum is tweaked, based on class members’ feedback, Lopez will set a date for the next class. Parker is challenging each of her classmates to gather a group for another class. "If all of us work within our neighborhoods or faith communities to recruit people, we could be responsible for 625 trained responders,’’ she said. Eventually, the program will be entirely run by community volunteers. See TRAINING Page 3NBU says no to chamber foundation By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Utilities Board of trustees voted 3-1 Thursday not to contribute to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s economic development foundation. Trustee Bob Sohn made a motion to donate $50,000 a year for three years to the foundation, saying he believed NBU’s support of economic development would help bring more homes and businesses to New Braunfels, thus creating a larger demand for NBU services. “In fact, I was thinking mom like $150,000 a year,” said Sohn, who was the only trustee who voted tot the motion. Trustee Adam Cork, who has been the See NBU Page 3 COMINGSATt IBOA! ..... ■■ ’ — f Getting ready New Braunfels High School students prepare for prom, which takes place Saturday night ilt'i f ** r LJ Smithson Valley gets new principal By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Smithson Valley I Ugh School parents and teachers were on hand Thursday to see Chris Trotter named as the school’s new principal. The small crowd waited through more than three hours of other school board business for the chance to welcome Trotter to Comal Independent School District with See PRINCIPAL Page 2 Faith United Burch off rist as FAITH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST ■ Denomination: United Church of Christ ■ Attendance: 50 ■ Meeting time: 10:30 a m. B Location: 970 North Loop 337 B Phone: (830) 625-6761 B Mission: At Faith Church, all people are invited and welcomed. MNHnNHMMHHHaaenHMHaHHMoeaaMaMaaaaaHNi FRIDAY, April 29,2005 SPORTS ELECTION 2005 TOUGH LOSS AMENDMENT The Canyon softball team saw its season come to an end with a disappointing loss to Boerne. Page 5 Proposition 7 would allow council members to be paid for all meetings they attend. Page 2 READY FOR A DISASTER Training helps community prepare for Sandy Parker, left, and Belinda Frisk perform first aid on two severely injured "babies" in the parking lot of the old New Braunfels Police Department Thursday evening. Below, participants inThursday evening's CERT class listen as Bexar County Sheriff's Office Sat. Chris Burchell explains what the rescuers will encounter inside the darkened and smoke-filled building they are about to enter. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer God is still speaking at Faith United Church of Christ. According to their denomination’s national “Still Speaking” campaign, God is saying people have ended a conversation he wishes to continue. The campaign’s motto instructs church members never to place a period where God has placed a comma. Practically, that means the parameters God creat ed 2,000 years ago do not necessarily apply today, especially to people who might be kept out of more “traditional" churches. Youth Director Tim Marlow said Faith UCC’s doors were open to everyone. “No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here,” he said. “People of all different ethnicity and sexual preference are welcomed.” Faith UCC was commissioned in 1966 as a mission church of First Protestant, which was a member of the denomination at that time. For years, the small group met at various temporary locations until it built its first permanent home in 1975. In 1999, tile congregation built its first worship center, a feat founding member Elmo Fischer said breathed new life into the church. Although the dedicated group has not grown much in almost 40 years, it has kept tile sense of social obligation its denominational forefathers started with. Gee CHURCH Page 3 MANDY REARY/Hera Id-Zeitu ng Faith United Church of Christ youth group leaders Tim Marlow, from left, and his wife, Jennifer, spend some time with Felicia Lombardo,Tiffany Gilbreth, Nathan Helfrich, Nathan Leber and George Lombardo. THE UPTOWN PIANO BAR IS THE PLACE FOR Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio BIRTHDAY PARTIES OR ANNIVERSARIES 830-620-7600 Faith United opens its doors to everyone y\ i ;