New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150 No. 229
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
City could face additional water restrictions
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels residents might soon face additional watering restrictions as the summer heat creates more demand for water and as the level of the Edwards Aquifer drops.
According to a press release from New Braunfels Utilities, extended predictions of near-1 OO degree temperatures might force water restrictions in the city.
“These summer months are typically when our water use is highest,” NBU Communications Man-Future of tubing questioned/4A
ager Gretchen Reuwer said. “New Braunfels residents are using about 14 million gallons a day right now.”
Reuwer said NBU can produce up to 8 million gallons a day and increased need for water is forcing them to use aquifer wells to supplement the water supply.
The high reading for the J-17 well, which indicates the level of the aquifer, was 682.8 feet on May
IO. On Thursday of last week, that level dropped to 655.5 feet. Even with rain early in July, the well levels dropped 27 feet within a matter of three weeks, Reuwer said.
“Everything we do now to help conserve water will help us delay further restrictions, as well as protect our aquifer and sprints,” she said. “It will take everyone observing these restrictions to make them work for our entire community.”
New Braunfels residents should observe the year-round water restriction ordinance, which forbids landscape water between IO a.m.
and 4 p.m., except using a handheld hose, bucket or drip irrigation
NBU officials recommend the following water conservation tips:
• Water early morning when wind and evaporation are low.
• Place a two- to three-inch layer of mulch around trees and in shrub beds to slow the evaporation of soil moisture and to keep the soil cooler.
• Don’t cut grass too short. Longer blades of grass will reduce evaporation and reduce stress.
• Avoid watering too often. Most grasses take on a dull, dark appear
ance and leaves being to roll when they need water.
New Braunfels is the first municipal utility placed over the Edwards Aquifer to have a surface water treatment plant in operation. Its existence has enabled the community to reduce its dependence on the aquifer by 80 to 90 percent. Continued conservation efforts will help alleviate the strain on the aquifer, Reuwer said.
The mayor can impose Stage I water restrictions when the reading falls below 650 feet or if the ComalSee WATER/11 A
City gearing up for National Night Out
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
New Braunfels’ police department is putting on a party — for the entire city.
As the kick-off for National Night Out on Tuesday, the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center at 1488 S. Seguin Street is opening Monday night at 6:30 p.m. to give people a glimpse inside their crime-fighting efforts, Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said.
“We’re billing this as the community block party,” Ferguson said. “The party before the actual National Night Out on Aug. 7.”
The Safe City Commission planned “something for everyone” when choosing the activities for Monday night’s event, he said.
From displays of the guns and drugs seized in the city to seminars on how to combat
■ WHAT: National Night Out kick-off
■ WHEN: From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6
■ WHERE: New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center, 1488 S. Seguin Street
■ WHAT: National Night Out Block Parties
■ WHEN: Tuesday,
■ WHERE: New Braunfels neighborhoods
cyber crime, New Braunfels residents will gain knowledge about fighting crime.
‘We’re going to have almost 20 information tables set up in the law enforcement center where visitors can pick up information on topics
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Barbara Paschall was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April. She underwent a double mastectomy in May and chemotherapy treatments in June.
Diagnosed with breast cancer this past April, woman stays strong through treatment in order to ‘get on with life’
By Ann Cousin
On a beautiful spring day this past April, Barbara Paschall signed in on the X-ray log at McKenna hospital to have her annual mammogram. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and wildflowers were pushing through the soil, their brilliant blooms reaching toward the beautiful blue sky.
What began as just another ordinary day in Paschall’s life, would
soon launch her into an all-too-familiar reality for many women across the country. Earlier, she had gone to her doctor for a regular check-up, and the doctor, sensing that things just weren’t quite right, reminded her she needed to have her annual mammogram.
She sat in the waiting area anticipating what she thought would be just another mammogram. They called her name; she was shuffled in for the X-rays and then sat waiting See SURVIVOR/10A
■ By age 40, the risk for a woman developing breast cancer is one in 235.
■ By age 70, that risk becomes one in 14.
■ Approximately 40,800 women and 400 men will die from some form of breast cancer this year.
The statistics are certainly staggering, but the local arm of the American Cancer Society is trying to raise money for research that would see these numbers go down.
The annual Starlight Gala fund-raiser will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are still available by calling (830) 806-5810 or (830) 606-0376. Read about the gala’s Silent Auction in our Lifestyle section, 1C.Inside
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Shoppers brave crowds for tax holiday
Sherry Heimann helps her daughter Kimberley try on shoes Saturday at Wal-Mart.
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
To some people, the sales tax holiday is just a chance to save a few dollars, but to Yesena Castillo, saving sales tax means being able to buy school clothes for six children.
“I’m putting off paying rent for a week to do this,” she said, going through the sales racks at Wal-Mart. “I have to. I have three kids of my own and three step kids. I don’t have to worry about the 2-year-old yet, but we have four in elementary school. It
Castillo joined hundreds of shoppers taking advantage of a break in state and local sales taxes on clothing and shoes that cost less than $100.
In its third year, the three-day holiday is designed to give low-income families a break as they get their children ready to go back to school.
By Saturday afternoon, parking spaces were scarce at the New Braunfels Wal-Mart store. Employee Penny
Pribyl said the back-to-school area was the busiest that Saturday.
Moms discussed back-to-school fashions with young daughters and answered the chorus of “Mom, everyone’s wearing this.”
Castillo discussed a long-sleeved tee shirt with her daughter. “It’s not your size,” she said patiently, as two other children waited for their turn for back-to-school shopping.
Employees frequently went See SHOPPERS/^
School supply drive
Gloria Kreusler, from left, Jan Kotylo and Irene Knoll help a man unload his trunk full of shool supplies Saturday in the K-Mart parking lot during the Communities in Schools school supply drive.