New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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► HELP FOR NEEDY
San Antonio Food Bank initiative serves low-income families
By Dalondo Moultrie
Comal County residents needing help making ends meet have a new partner in New Braunfels.
"The Kitchen Table food pantry serves low-income families through emergency food assistance, nutrition education, benefit enrollment, financial literacy, access to computers for resumes and more,” said Eric Cooper, president/CEO, San Antonio Food Bank.
“It’s a very holistic approach to helping people move from dependence to independence, nourishing both body and the mind.”
A collaborative venture run by San Antonio Food Bank and funded with seed money provided by McKenna Legacy Foundation, The Kitchen Table doesn’t provide handouts but help — and in many different areas.
And when McKenna sought applicants to open a new facility, a different business model for providing assistance is what they wanted. San Antonio Food Bank provided the grant that best fit McKenna’s vision and, in turn, was awarded $525,000 over a three-year period in grant money to fund The Kitchen Table, said Jennifer Collier, McKenna’s program director.
She said the new venture will work in conjunction with other non-profits and service providers in the community to help combat hunger.
"We wanted to fund a client choice program,” Collier said, adding this sort of program restores clients’ dignity by “not just giving them a box, but allowing them to shop” like at a store.
Collier said the model used at The Kitchen Table provides
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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011Zeitung
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Tornadoes kill at least 290
Powerful twisters leave trail of devastation in six Southern states
DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS
■ American Red Cross: To support relief efforts, donations can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit Red Cross's website, www.redcross.org, or call (800) RED CROSS to make a donation. Checks can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC. 20013.
■ Salvation Army: The Salvation Army's Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division has mobilized 10 feeding units and a communications unit in the hardest hit cities and states.
PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) — Firefighters searched one splintered pile after another for survivors Thursday, combing the remains of houses and neighborhoods pulverized by the nation’s deadliest tornado outbreak in almost four decades. At least 290 people were killed across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind.
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The death toll from Wednesday’s storms seems out of a bygone era, before Doppler radar and pinpoint satellite forecasts were around to warn
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ROYAL WEDDING MAKES RIPPLES ACROSS POND
Connie Worley, owner of Celebrations, pulls out a bridal gown at her shop on Thursday. The marriage of Prinqe William and Kate Middleton is likely to have some influence on local wedding trends.
Local stores anxious to see trends set by Will and Kate
By Marilyn Kuehler
William and Kate were getting married this morning and many in New Braunfels’ bridal businesses were eager to see the details of a British royal wedding that provoked weeks of worldwide suspense.
As with many weddings, both royal and commoner, the devil was in those details — the dress, the flowers, the jewels, the reception,
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the guest list and so on. This royal wedding, like Charles and Diana’s in 1981, is expected to influence future bridal decisions on a global scale. A key item is “the dress.”
At Celebrations Bridal in New Braunfels, owner Connie Worley said that once the close-up photos
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'I WANT TO SEETHE DRESS'
Despite the time element, some New Braunfels residents were planning to tune in to the royal wedding scheduled earlier this morning.
■ Sandra Taylor, who volunteers at New Braunfels Art League Gallery: "I want to see the dress ... I like her (Kate's) style." Taylor was going to watch the wedding with her sister, Kathy Elbel, also of New Braunfels, and celebrate with "a little brunch and mimosas." The wedding, she said, "is a world event... they are an attractive young couple."
■ Terri Jennings, manager of Downtown Antique Mall, planned to tape the wedding. "It's an event in our lifetime. We need to see it." Jennings also pointed out samples of English commemorative porcelain in the Mall: a coffee mug of Queen Elizabeth, a mug and a tray of Charles and Diana, a "spoof mug" of
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Homeowners to wait out dive-bombing hawk protecting his young
► COMMISSIONERS' COURT
Officials OK debt
Move clears way for issuing $14M to fund major projects
By Greg Bowen
County officials started the process Thursday of issuing $14 million in debt to fund four major projects.
The first step came with approval of a resolution that will allow them to reimburse themselves, once the debt is issued in luly or August, for any general-fund money that may be spent on the projects prior to the debt issuance, said County Auditor David Renken.
Plans are to issue the debt via tax anticipation notes, which will be repaid by future property tax collections. The notes would provide the following project funds:
• The Krueger Canyon Dam project, $6.3 million. Preliminary work is under way at the site on Dry Comal Creek in the Krueger Canyon Road/Farm-to-Market 482 area. Construction of the dam’s foundation is scheduled to begin in early May. Federal funds also will be used to finance the flood-control structure.
• The Farm-to-Market Road 306 improvement project, $6 million. The project, which is set to begin in late 2012 in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of New Braunfels, will include overpasses at railroad crossings near Goodwin Lane and Hunter Road and the widening of the roadway from two lanes to four from 1-35 to west of Hunter Road.
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This Red-tailed hawk has been protecting his offspring in the Mission Valley Estates subdivision.
By Greg Bowen
It's almost like a New Braunfels version of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic “The Birds.”
When retirees Ray and Mary Dault walk out of the front door of their home in the Mission Valley Estates subdivision off Farm-to-Market 1863, they get dive-bombed by a big daddy Red-tailed hawk protecting its young.
“His name should be Bullet
because he goes so fast,” Mary said Tliesday.
Ray said the problem with the nest of hawks in the tall oak in the front yard started about a week ago, when the male Red-tail made a power dive at Mary’s head.
“The first time it flew over me, I could hear the ‘whish-ing’ of the wind as it flapped its wings,” Mary said. “I ran into my house. I felt like it was chasing me because it went across to some trees and then across again to the
other side of my driveway.” The second time, a couple of days later, was even worse.
“Mary was walking down the drive and he drove down at her, right in front of her eyes, and she just hit the concrete — fell down — trying to get away from it,” Ray said.
“That thing was coming at my face," Mary said, “I could see its face. I went face down and just lay down flat on the ground and waited a couple
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