New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung g Thursday, August 7,1997 □ 3A
Woman wonders if age gap can be bridged with love
Dear Abby: Five months ago, I met a man who changed my life. He is a college student, has his own business and a part-time job. He’s very mature and has a good head on his shoulders. His goals in life are realistic, and he knows that it takes work to achieve them.
Two months ago our relationship progressed to another level, and we have been together every night since.
‘ Each day is better than the day before. Neither of us uses the word “love” to describe our relationship, nor do we say it to each other.
Abby, we have so much in common, but we can’t overlook the fact that I am 32 and he is 21.1 fear this fairy-tale relationship will end
because of (he age difference. Although he tells me I am everything he has ever wanted in a woman, I’m afraid he’ll want a younger woman later on.
Is it possible for a relationship like this to last?
Older but Not Wiser In Texas
Dear Older: You have known each other only five months, and you say that neither of you has mentioned the word “love.” Although he’s only 21, he’s wise enough to know that if he says, “I love you,” it would probably lead to a commitment he is not ready to assume.
You ask if it’s possible for this relationship to last. I have no crystal ball, but if you’re seeing each other exclusively six months from now and he still hasn’t used the word “love,” I’d advise you not to plan your future around him.
Dear Abby: We enjoying taking vacations with our married son and his family; it gives us quality time
with them, especially the grandchildren.
However, I don’t know if I can continue because their idea of a vacation is to do absolutely nothing. I do all the cooking, cleaning, washing and baby sitting. By the end of the week, I am worn out. The same thing happens when they come to our home. I would prefer to spend my time with the grandchildren. What would you suggest I do?
Tired Mom in Georgia
Dear Tired Mom: Your
predicament may be of your own making, because you pitch right in and get things organized without asking for help. Confer with the other adults in your family and lay
down ground rules for your vacations. Parcel out duties, even to the children. Trade off on the cooking and cleaning chores, and baby-sit when it is convenient for you. At the start of the vacation, post a list of chores in the kitchen, and rotate the duties every few days so no one is overburdened.
You might enjoy this poem for vacationers:
Our Place At the Lake by Sylvia L.K. Bundy June is past, so is July,
August is ended — likewise I.
'the pattering feet of summer and sun
Are over, complete, exhausted, done!
Pve fed the young as well as the old,
I’ve cooled the warm, I’ve warmed the cold.
The wounded and weeping I have consoled,
The tender and touchy I have cajoled.
I have steeled the scared, I have scared the bold,
I have bit my tongue till it was controlled.
I’ve broiled the steak, I have casseroled,
And the grocer thinks I am made of gold.
(The other bills I have pigeonholed.) And frankly, friends, I am ready to fold!
Next time I live I’ll make the most Of being a guest, not the host.Spring Branch Post Office looks to build a bigger, new home
By DAVID DEKUHOER
SPRING BRANCH — After 13 years of serving the community, the Spring Branch Post Office is planning a new home.
The postal service is going out for bids on the construction of a new post office, said Stephen Seewoester, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Dallas. The bidding process will last until Sept. 9.
“Basically, we need more space,” Seewoester said. “The current facility isn’t able to handle all the volume and all the customers. We are looking to enlarge it.”
Acting Postmaster Sharon Badrian said the 1,400-square-foot post office, at Farm-to-Market Road 311 and U.S. 281, was built in 1984. She said postal workers were cramped in the current facility.
“We are wall to wall with equipment,” Badrian said. “We are
experiencing a lot of growth. We have two new subdivisions coming down the street.”
Badrian said a new post il facility was needed because people would moving in droves to the Spring Branch area.
“We are expecting an average of four-and-a-half percent growth a year over the next IO years,” she said.
The Spring Branch Post Office presently serves 2,705 people with four routes and one auxiliary route.
Badrian said a new post office would make life easier for Spring Branch residents.
“It would better serve the public,” Badrian said. “We would have better customer service hours. We would have post office boxes open 24 hours aday.”
Property about I mile north of the present post office on U.S. 281 has been selected for the new post office.
“We are looking for 8,300 square feet,” she said. “We have seven
highway contracted routes (in Bulverde). They are housed in the Thousand Oaks post office (in San Antonio). They will be going to the new office. It will be closer for customers. The routes will be more cost effective.”
Highway contracted routes that are put up to bid to the general public. The postal service gives specifications of the routes and number of boxes in bid. From that information, people can then bid
for the route.
Seven carriers and two clerks now work at the Spring Branch Post Office. Badrian said three more workers might be hired when the new facility is completed.
Badrian said more postal employees would improve customer service.
“We would have another window unit with another clerk for more efficient service,” Badrian said.
City of Marion beefs up its police force, hires Parsons full-time
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MARION — The Marion City Council stepped up police protection Monday night by creating a new fulltime police officer position.
With Parsons on the force full-time the Marion Police Department now has three full-time paid officers and six reserve officers.
The council promoted reserve officer John Parsons to the position. Parsons, a McQueeney resident, has been a reserve officer with the
Marion police force for more than a year.
Grant money from the Community Oriented Policing Services Universal Hiring Program, a federal grant program, made hiring Parsons possible. Marion recently learned it was eligible for the grant $52,000 for three years.
Police chief Ricardo Crespo said hiring Parsons would give Marion residents needed protection . especially in the early morning hours.
“It will give Marion 24-hour coverage,” Crespo said.
The police chief said an old fence in the Meadow housing area recently had been vandalized, and the incidence of gang graffiti had increased recently.
“We will eliminate that,” Crespo said. “We will have 24-hour coverage. We will be able to monitor traffic that comes in and out of city.”
Parsons will work from midnight to 9 a.m.
He brings to Marion experience as a deputy sheriff in Willacy County from September 1994 to March
Crespo said Parsons was a good choice for the city and earned his
promotion through his performance as a reserve officer.
“He showed the qualities and
degree to go the extra mile for the city,” Crespo said. “Even when he was not scheduled to work he came
SBA lgan workshops dose Friday, Filing deadline is Sept 5 ^ '
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
announced the SBA’s temporary disaster loan workshops in Bandera and Schertz would close Friday.
The workshops are available to victims of the June 21 through July 16 severe thunderstorms and flooding that occurred in several Central Texas counties.
Over the last month, SBA has approved more than $4,000,000 in low-interest, long-term loans for victims of this disaster.
These loans are available to cover uninsured losses to homes, personal property and business property.
Homeowners, renters and businesses who suffered damages from the thunderstorms and flooding have until Sept. 5, 1997, to apply for disaster loan assistance for the SBA.
WHERE TO GO FOR REMAINING WORKSHOPS
The SBA loan workshops are open from 9 a rn. until 6 p m. through Friday at the following locations:
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(across from Pecan Grove Trailer Park) in Schertz Bandera — 1108 Hwy 16/ Main St. (across from River Oaks Inn) in Bandera
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