New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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better use of resources. Clients only take what they need and what they will use, she said.
At ITie Kitchen Table, clients are awarded points depending on factors, including family size.
They can redeem those points for food and other items on the pantry shelves.
The facility provides far more than food. (Collier said providing items such as bleach or diapers will free up clients' resources to buy better f(M)d or provide better health care for their families in efforts to make ends meet while still making healthy choices.
The Kitchen Table also offers programs to help clients make better decisions about nutrition, eating habits and meal preparation, said Jennifer Hord, a program director at the facility.
She said when a client walks in, he will fill out an in-take form and discuss with a program director the client's specific needs.
Needs can be for things like food, assistance finding employment or help applying for federal programs, Hord said, adding the facility hopes to provide for clients “any-
Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, talks about the services that will be offered at The KitchenTable during a news conference Thursday.
ice is provided by appointment, Hord said.
For information, contact The Kitchen Table at (210) 431-8477 or (800) 246-9121.
thing that’s going to help their family be a better family.’’ The Kitchen Table is at 651 N. Business 1-35, suite 340, New Braunfels. It is open
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of minutes, and then ran into my garage and used my cell phone to call my husband in the house. It was just terrifying. I was never so frightened.”
Hay. 85, went to his wife’s rescue.
“I came out and his wings just hit me on one side of my head," he said. “It scares you. They fly fast.”
The Daults looked up hawks on their home computer and saw that the birds can dive at speeds up to 120 m ph.
lust TUesday, the hawk dad went after their little cocker-poo, Doodles.
“The dog was in the back yard,” Ray recalls. “She’s crippled and getting old, and the hawk dove at her. luckily, she was right against the chain
link fence and the hawk pulled up to get away from the fence. My wife was screaming. We’ve had a heck of a time.”
Mary continued: “We can’t even go get our mail or newspaper. They dive-bomb at us. It’s scary. My son had to mow the yard with a hard hat on like you wear in construction.”
So far, the Daults have been unable to get anyone to come to their aid.
They’ve sought help and advice from San Antonio’s Wildlife Rescue, a volunteer group that assists private citizens with wildlife emergencies.
Ihey’ve called Comal County’s game wardens, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin, New Braunfels Humane Society, a local veterinarian clinic, even an outfit called lust Chance Forever in San Antonio, which works to
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‘We’ve talked to everybody in the world about what we can do and they say, Absolutely nothing. Just put up with it,’ ” Ray said. “They tell us we can’t possibly touch the hawk or its nest because it’s protected."
Kathleen Stuman, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in San Antonio, said hawks, falcons and other migratory birds — even buzzards — are federally protected because of the roles they play in the ecosystem. It’s a violation to disturb their nests or eggs.
“I’m beginning to think there is no help,” Mary said. “At first we thought somebody could help us. But everyone said it’s a federal offense, you can go to jail. They won’t even come and get it.”
“They said, ‘Carry an umbrella when you walk around.’ But I don’t see how
an umbrella is going to keep those sharp talons off," Mary said.
So what are the Daults going to do?
“I don’t know,” Mary said. “We’re like prisoners in our house. I guess nothing."
The Daults said they’ve been advised that they just need to wait until the hawk family leaves its big nest, which is 30 or 40 feet up and contains a mating pair of hawks and maybe three young.
After the little hawks begin to fly, the family will leave for the season, they’ve been told.
“But they’ll come back next year unless we cut that limb off or hang fake owls or reflective CDs in the trees. They don’t like the reflection,” she said. “All we can do is wait for them to leave for the season and then do what we can do to make sure they don’t come back next year.”
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Syrian army units clash as crackdown intensifies
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army units have clashed with each other over following President Bashar Assad’s orders to crack down on protesters in Daraa, a besieged city at the heart of the uprising, witnesses and human rights groups said Thursday.
More than 450 people have been killed across Syria — about 100 in Daraa alone — and hundreds detained since the popular revolt against Assad began in mid-March, according to human rights groups.
While the troops’ infighting in Daraa does not indicate any decisive splits in the military, it is significant because Assad’s army has always been the regime’s fiercest defender.
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• Phase II of a computer software upgrade for the county’s judicial system, $1 million. The upgrade began last year and will improve the Odyssey system used by district courts, county courts-at-law, justices of the peace, the county jail and others.
• Right-of-way acquisition for the U.S. Hwy. 281 improvement project, $700,000. The project, scheduled to begin next year in partnership with TxDOT, would complete the widening of 281 to four lanes through Comal County.
Renken said spending from general fund reserves prior to the debt issuance is only anticipated on the Odyssey and 281 projects.
“We’ll put that money back in reserves once the debt is actually issued,” he said.
Commissioners also accepted a $6,000 gift for flood-control structure maintenance from Comal-Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District.
Guy Anderson of the state agency said the SWCD owns the easements and has maintenance responsibilities for the five flood-control structures in Comal County: Bleiders Creek, Eikel Blank, Krause, Schuetz and Vogel dams.
The county has been handling maintenance of the dams, which date from the
late 1950s to the ‘80s, for years, so when state funds became available for refurbishment of dams, Anderson said, the WCD applied for and received a $6,000 allocation for Comal County’s flood-control structure maintenance.
“Thanks for maintaining the flood-control projects, which help everybody in the county,” Anderson told commissioners.
County Judge Sherman Krause said commissioners are committed to keeping the flood-control dam program going, despite the many roadblocks that slowed the start-up of the Krueger Canyon Dam project.
“We’re committed to finishing that project and hope to have it finished by July,” Krause said.
In other action, commissioners:
•Waived penalty and interest payments for two taxpayers on their 2010 ad valorem taxes. One waiver was for $540 for a man whose payment didn’t arrive in the mail. T he other was $224 for a man whose tax statement was sent to a mortgage company with which he is no longer associated.
• Held quarterly ceremonies recognizing some 50 employees for their years of service to Comal County and its citizens. Among the employees were: District Judge Charles Ramsay, 30 years; Diana Rust of the Sheriff’s Office, 25 years: and Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington, 20 years.
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