New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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i of Laura SchererServing NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Laura Scherer One Section, 12 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Maria Flores, Vikki Martinez, Douglas Osborn, Arthur Cavcndar, Edna Dugger, Stacy Pfeil, Mary Isabel Barboza, Kevin Smith, Domingo Herrera Jr., Frei-da Mead, Daniel Bourgeois, Elvira Villarreal, Tamara Whitmire, Myra Jene White, Betty Carrelio and Gary Butch Ross.
Belated birthday wishes to Richard Aguirre.
Belated anniversary wishes to Debbie and Randy Pogue.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Club meeting
Senior Mexican-American Club will meet tonight at 7:30 at Cypress Bend Park. Any seniors attending New Braunfels, Canyon, or Smithson Valley high schools arc invited to attend.Texas Tech alumni
All Texas Tech alumni, students and cni ing fire shmen arc invited to attend a hamburger cookout and swim Sunday, Aug. ll at the Wurstfest grounds. Swim and social 4:30-6 p.m., dinner and announcements at 6 p.m. Adults $5, children under 12, $2.50. For reservations or more information call Peggy Morris 625-9638.Band boosters
New Braunfels High School Band boosters will meet in the band hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. All parents arc invited. Freshmen parents arc particularly urged to attend. The plans for the new school year will be discussed. The new band director also will be introduced.School registration
All former and new students attending Canyon Middle School for the 1991-92 school year should register at the school on Aug. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-3 p.m. For more information call 625-7355.Community Chorale
Community Chorale rehearsals for the fall season begins 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Friendship Room of Eden Home.Rummage sale
La Mujer Tejana, a non-profit organization, will sponsor a rummage and bake sale Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18 at the Weekend Flea Market, 1661 S. Seguin Ave. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Braunfels Dance Team will sponsor a garage sale Saturday. Aug. IO and Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Weekend Flea Market, 1661 S. Seguin Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Reunion committee
Viejos Amigos reunion committee will sponsor a fundraiser Saturday, Aug. IO at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Barbecued chicken plates will sell for $3.50.
Registration for the 1991-92 Hermann Son School of Dance
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NBISD candidates join forum
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Four candidates for the two at-large positions in the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees election addressed the monthly meeting of the Concerned Citizens Coalition Wednesday.
Bob Self, Leo Chafin, Felix Roque and Peter Olsen addressed the group of about 20 people at the Victoria Bank and Trust meeting room.
Bob Self, incumbent board president, said that leadership, integrity and accountability are three important factors in the makeup of a board member. Self was first elected to the board in 1977 and has served as board
president for the past seven years.
“I feel that teachers are overburdened with paperwork, which takes them away from teaching,” Self sud. “We need to find ways to reduce their work load and let them teach.”
Leo Chafin retired as a teacher from New Braunfels High School last year. He emphasized his heritage of being in the district and having a German background.
“Most of my life and career has been centered around education,” Chafin said. "My blood runs blue (NBHS color).”
Ll. Felix Roque has served for 20 years as a member of the New Braunfels Police Department. He said that focus on the education of the kids is a
Group learns about goals of Nature Conservancy
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Nature Conservancy seeks to protect rare plants and animals by protecting the places they need to survive, said Rebecca Bernard, associate director of public relations.
“We are losing natural resources and species very rapidly,” she said. “And we don’t know what that is doing to us in the long run.”
While scientists years ago estimated that one species per day was lost to extinction, current calculations put losses at up to 25 species of plant and animal per day, Bernard said.
“One fourth of the earth’s species are predicted to be extinct by 2025,”
she said. “Plants and animals function in a very interactive way within ecosystems.”
When some elements of the ecosystem are lost, things begin to unravel, she said.
Bernard spoke Wednesday night to the monthly meeting of the Concerned Citizens Coalition in New Braunfels.
The Nature Conservancy tries to maintain a balance between protecting the environment and considering “people needs ” Their philosophy is that the goals of conservation can be met while still realizing the people-
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Teen gunshot victim, 17, dies
Checking out the chances for rain from a secure spot on a window, this lizard stands in curving contrast to the sweep of clouds seen hovering over the area recently. Clouds building today point to a slight chance for rain with precipitation more likely Friday or Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Douglas Matthew Sanders, 17, of the 300 block of Other Place Drive in New Braunfels died at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, according to hospital officials.
Sanders was the victim of a selfinflicted accidental gunshot wound to the head in an apparent game of chance with a handgun, said New Braunfels Police Chief C.R. “Dick” Hcadcn.
Sanders was showing two friends at a house in the 600 block of Viewcrcst how the game “Russian Roulette” was played when the accident occurred around 4 p.m. Tuesday. He inserted one bullet into the weapon, spun the chamber, placed the gun to his head and fired it, police said.
Sanders initially was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and was later transferred to San Antonio where he remained in critical condition until his death, hospital officials said.
“I know a lot of you from my involvement in other community organizations.” Roque said. “I feel I can contribute as a member of the school board.”
Peter Olsen, a minister and teacher at First Protestant Church in New Braunfels said that he has run for the school board before and hopes to be successful this time.
“I will be an advocate for education, not a financial manager,” Olsen said. “I believe an income tax for education would be fairer than the ad valorem property tax.”
At-large incumbent Adon Hermes and District One incumbent Nayo Zamora were not at the meeting.
“As someone who has run before, I give all the candidates a hand,” said NBISD Trustee Margie Rabom. “It takes guts to stick out their necks and show they care.”
Discussion at the meeting also turned to Wednesday’s court ruling that the County Education District is constitutional.
“The CED is a way to take away local control," Rabom said. “The CED members can make no decision by themselves but must do whatever the legislation tells them."
“I assure you that it’s going to cost you money in the future," Self said.
Also speaking at the meeting was
Carolyn Phillips of Securing a Future Environment (SAFE). She passed out large “firecrackers” that are actually mail mg tubes containing information about the group's efforts to raise money to fight the Lafarge Corporation’s proposal to bum toxic wastes in New Braunfels.
The Concerned Citizens Coalition is a group that meets monthly and has three goals: information, accountability and support, according to Rabom. She said there are no membership fees and anyone is invited who would like to discuss or hear about issues.
The next meeting will be September 4.
City Parks and Recreation crews on Wednesday erected two of Comal County's four United Way “thermometers" in downtown New Braunfels — this one on Main Plaza and another at the Civic Center. The campaign kicks off August 15 (Photo by Annettes Schlickenrieder)
Cloudiness building at mid-day today could yield a slight chance for rain. The forecast includes highs near 95, a low in the mid-70s and southeast winds at 8-IO mph. A better chance for precipitation, coupled with slightly cooler temperatures, is forecast into the weekend. In New Braunfels Wednesday, the high was 92 and the overnight low was 68. in the 24-hour period ending at 7 a ni. today, .61 inch of rainfall was recorded. For weather details, please see Page 2.
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WORD river cleanup hits 1,400-pound mark
New Braunfels sticks to Water Awareness plan
Although the dropping Edwards Aquifer level has triggered water-saving measures in San Marcos, Schertz and San Antonio, the first sutge of New Braunfels’ mandatory conservation plan remains in effect.
The Water Awareness stage, declared in effect June 19 by City Manager Paul Qrohman, regulates water usage beyond the city’s year-round restrictions.
Under the year-round rules, landscape plants and vegetable gardens can be watered with individual sprinklers on hoses or with sprinkler systems only between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. Watering by hand-held hose and buckets is not restricted.
Additional water-use restrictions under Water Awareness prohibit the filling of new swimming pools, hot tubs
and similar facilities, but not the filling of existing facilities. Vehicles washing is permitted only on Monday through Thursday with hand-held hoses or buckets.
The city has reduced fire hydrant flushing and New Braunfels Utilities lias reduced sewer line flushing under the first stage of the conservation plan. Also, industrial and commercial water users have been asked to conserve as much as possible. Restaurants now arc allowed lo serve water only upon request, but most establishments adhere to this practice year-round.
Suicier conservation measures will go into effect in the second stage of the city’s conservation plan. Water Watch.
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By OREO MEFFORD
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Cleanup crews for the Water Oriented Recreation District have recycled more than 1,400 pounds of aluminum removed from the Lower Guadalupe River during an eighi-week period, according to agency reports.
In a recent statement, a district volunteer said crews removed and recycle 1,460 pounds of aluminum cans, filling approximately 290 uash bags rn the process. The effort represented cans collected duruig the first half of the region’! 16-week recreational season.
Because only “clean cans” can be turned in for recycle, in equal number of cans was reported disc aided due the accumulation inside of river sludge.
Volunteers said crews collected
approximately two bags of garbage for every one bag recycled. Among the 7,250 pounds of “hard uish’ removed from the river were glass, styrofoam, plastic and paper Crew members also removed tires,
metal drums, raft pans and baby diapers.
The crews cover roughly 18 miles of river area and “work hard to reduce litter." Crews staffed by a 12-memhcr group work several days throughout
the week, passing out mesh garbage bags to river users and requesting thai they help combat the litter problem.
Because uaffic along the 11-mile stretch of the Upper Guadalupe River is less concentrated, only four 55 gal
lon barrels of garbage is removed from the Rebecca Creek and Spect’s access points every week. Half of the garbage regularly is turned in for recycling.
The many volunteers assisting in the effort range from interest individuals to scouting groups.
“They’re really dedicated, whether it’s the Friends for Rivers volunteers or my paid crew," said Betty Walls, WORD administrator.
“I don’t think you can pay anyone enough for what they do,” Walls said "They have to be dedicated to the resource ’’
Money collected from the recycling program goes back into the district to be utilized for the purchase of additional bags and funding future cleanup efforts.
Patrols are issuing warnings and tickets regarding littering and possession on the water of such illegal materials ai glass and styrofoam.