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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY The Mergele House, 708 W. Mill 18 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, December 1,1995 Cougars looking forward to challenge in Corpus Christi — Page New Braunfels Herald-Zei 50 CENTS pas; Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years I Home of BETTY C. SANCHEZ Vol, 144.No.14 Inside Editorial.............................. ...4A Sports...........................................8A Comics.........................................9A Classified.................................1-6B Stammtisch Birthday withes from the Herald-Zeltiing! The New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Betty C Sanchez, Alfredo Aleman Jr. (IO yean), Jodi Sexton, Jo Cooper and Esp! Rodriguez. River and aquifer information Comal River -282 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer —625.12 feet above sea level, same. Guadalupe River — 200 cfs. Canyon schools present Christmas Choir Concert Canyon High and Canyon Middle schools singers will present their annual Christmas Choir Concert Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St. Admission is free and open to the public. CMS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade singers, and CHS's Treble Choir, Balladier, Chamber Singers, and the Chordsmen will be featured. Woald AIDS Day observance The New Braunfels HIV-AIDS Support Group, sponsored by Hospice New Braunfels, is once again hosting an observance of World AIDS Day Friday, Dec. 1. The public is invited to attend the observance at St. Paul Lutheran Church Senior Life Center, 181 S. Santa Clara, at 7 p.m. for the service to promote greater awareness about HIV and AIDS. The service is also a time to remember those in our community and our families who have died from this disease. For information, call 625-7500. Optimists selling tress The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christmas tree lot at the same location as last year. The tot is on Seguin St. across from the post office. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come early for the best choice of trees. Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities. •MU*"— Cheer Fund donations continue The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy. New donations include: Troy and Dolores Burch -$25, Lloyd and Doris Wester-velt - $25, Gladys R. Baese -$25, David and Charline Johnson - $100, Edward and Patricia Braun - $50, Jim and Dixie Bartsch - $25, Patricia and J. Dial Jr. - $25, and Clarice Stange - $75, bringing'the fund total to $2,553.11. To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144. If at first you don’t succeed After losing election and losing recount, CISD bond opponents file lawsuit ••• By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Two Canyon Lake residents have filed a lawsuit against the Comal Independent School District board of trustees to stop the Oct. 14 bond issue from taking effect, alleging that the district did not follow proper state election laws or education codes when the election was held. The lawsuit was filed by Lois Duggan and Wallace Greene and was entered into Comal County District Court on Nov.21. It was served to the CISD on Monday. At a press conference at the Canyon Lake Country Club yesterday, Douglas Kirk, an ex-CISD board member and spokesman for Duggan and Greene, said the suit will have a “significant impact” on the implementation of the Oct. 14 bond issue. Kirk said the lawsuit involves $40 million in public money, since that is how much the bond issue will cost the taxpayers in the long run, Kirk said. The $17.9 million bond issue passed by 11 votes. The bond issue calls for the construction of an 800-student middle school and renovations and expansions to current school facilities. Later on, a petition of 75 signatures was submitted to the district for a recount of the results by Peter Garcia of Association of Citizens for Education (ACE). ACE opposed the bond election. The recount was held on Oct.25 The recount determined that the bond issue passed by a margin of eight votes. The lawsuit is based on three allegations: voter irregularities at one polling place, the ballot language itself and the procedures used in the recount. Kirk said that the lawsuit states that 24 voters at the Bill Brown Elementary School polling site voted by the box checked “sworn.” This procedure is used when an individual is on the voter list but does not have his or her registration card. Citing the Texas Election Code, Kirk said that an affidavit must be signed by the voter “which explains why that voter was challenged.” Those 24 affidavits, Kirk said, have been certified missing by the Comal County Voter Registrar’s Office. Karen Sachteleben of the Comal County Registrar’s office said that the 24 sworn voters were all in “good standing” and did not need to sign an affidavit since they were on the voting rolls. “The election judge (at the polling site) double-checked and verified the voters’ residences by asking them for their driver’s licenses,” Sachteleben said. “I called the Secretary of State’s office (in Austin) and they said that was legal.” The plaintiffs questioned the language which was put on the bond issue ballot. Kirk said that a tax bond issue cannot be used for school renovation projects. Since the bond issue did not mention anything pertaining to land purchases for facilities, the bond issue cannot be used for any real estate acquisitions, Kirk claimed. Major said the language on the ballot is correct and not misleading. “All the things in the bond issue are legal,” Major said. “According to the (state) Attorney General’s office, the Secretary of State’s office and court case law, the funds from this bond issue can be used for land purchases, renovations and repairs.” The third part of the lawsuit states that Major and Campos did not have any authority by law to conduct the recount since they are not elected officials, Kirk said. Kirk stated that the law requires that Board President James Middleton or Board Secretary Dan Krueger conduct the recount. Major cited interpretations from the Secretary of State’s office and the Attorney General’s office which he said legally gave him the right to conduct the recount since Middleton and Krueger could not do it because of job obligations. Board trustee Thomas Bruce, who accompanied Kirk to the press conference and who opposed the bond issue, said he, ACE, Duggan, or Greene did not relish suing the district. “They (CISD) were given opportunities to solve the problems with the bond issue,” Bruce said “The lawsuit was a last resort.” This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Krueger has cause for celebration Ambassador to Burundi has a new son and a prestigious award Henkf-Ztitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Marissa Rivera and Blanche Garber work together at Memorial Primary School. Program is rewarding for students and tutors By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Each week, students sit in a classroom and wait for the lesson to begin. However, it’s not a teacher who will be teaching these children. It is volunteer mentors or tutors who have made a commitment to a child each week as part of the Helping One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) program. The HOSTS program is in its seventh year in the New Braunfels Independent School Distnct, and is offered at five campuses— Memorial Elementary, Memorial Primary, Carl Schurz, OakRun, and Seele Elementary. Linda Bingham, NBISD HOSTS Coordinator, said the program serves 140 children from kindergarten to the sixth grade. They are in the program based on teacher referrals and test scores. “These kids are recommended as needing additional emotional bonding as well as the extra one-on-one work,” she said. Once in the program, the student is assigned one or two mentors per week. These mentors spend an hour helping students with their reading and language skills. The Carl Schurz program also tutors in math. “Really, all you have to do is follow their example and follow their program,” said mentor Harold Beck. Bingham said there art 250 mentors in the program. However, she said this is not enough, and male mentors are especially needed. She said some students receive the tutoring as many as four times a week, and tutors are needed for each day. “That’s almost 500 tutors we need if every student were to have a tutor all four days,” she said. Bingham, as well as several of the mentors, said the hour drey spend with the student is well worth it. Rita Kauf-mann, who is Vice President Manager at First Commercial Bank, said she has been a volunteer for the past seven years, and said she does not see any reason not to continue to take part. “I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever been involved in. I think I’m in it few the long haul,” she said. “You can always make the time to fit it into your schedule.” Beck, who is retired, said an hour of his time is not hard to dedicate to the program. He said he has seen the results of the program, and that’s what keeps him in it. “It only takes an hour out of my day, and that’s not really anything,” he said. “I mostly do it because of the one-on-one those kids receive. By year’s end, you can definitely see the difference in their skills.” Bingham said that even if the grades do not improve, the program has still been successful because it has taught tire child self-confidence in the process. She said the students also have a new friend, and to some, that’s very important. “You may not raise the grade, but what you’re going to do in the process of trying is gain something even more valuable to that child,” she said. Bingham said additional volunteers and substitutes are always needed People interested in volunteering or finding out more about the program can call her at 620-7533. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Ambassador Bob Krueger has two good news items to take with him as he prepares to return to his post in Burundi — his son, Christian, was bom Oct. 27, and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio has named him its 1996 International Citizen of the Year. Krueger will go to San Antonio to accept the award at a dinner held in his honor April 16,19%. “I was certainly very pleased and honored. I wouldn’t want to accept the award and be 10,000 miles away," Krueger said. ‘Our (nation’s) symbols need to be people like Ambassador Krueger.’ — President Bill Clinton For now, Krueger is tom between commitment to family and the cause of peace and democracy in Burundi. “In personal terms it turns out to be fortunate to be here,” he said. “When you’ve got a seven-year-old and a five-year-old, you’re able to be of help to the mother of a one-month- old.” But the presence of an American ambassador in Burundi does make a difference for Burundi, he said. “Day by day I’m expecting to be sent back.” While the American media focuses on the Bosnian conflict, “the slaughter is proceeding (in Burundi)." Krueger recently learned that 421 people had been massacred about eight miles from the capital city, Bujumbura. “It was never covered in the Amencan media,” he said. Krueger, his wife Kathleen, and daughters Manana and Sarah were together for Chnstmas in Burundi last year. “We had about 60 people from the American community at the embassy,” he said. “It was one of the few times the girls could go swimming on Christmas.” The embassy halls were decked festively, if not traditionally. “We were able to get Krueger a fir tree of sorts, and we had an awful lot of Texas decorations," Krueger said. “Instead of poinsettias, there are so many tropical flowers that you can have there. Kathleen has mentioned that you can go down to Bujumbura, and at the crossroads can get for a dollar or two flowers that would cost $70 in New Braunfels.” The relatively new and fragile democracy in Burundi is threatened by tribal factions trying to keep autocratic power. “In spite of all the killing that goes on, there really is a very sweet spint in a majority of the people,” he said. “Most of the people seek peace, and feel victims of warring groups and those who have had power for so long and don’t want to give it up." “Our (nation’s) symbols need to be people like Ambassador Krueger, who risked his life to try to keep people alive in Burundi,” said President Bill Clinton. The World Affairs Council of San Antonio was formed in 1982 to promote a public understanding of foreign affairs and U.S. policy. “We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan foreign policy forum,” said Kim Wnght, director of marketing. Tickets for the Intemanonal Citizen of the Year Award Dinner are available starting in January. The event is the World Affairs Council’s main fundraiser. Call (210) 308-9494 for information. Advent Vespers brings home the true meaning of Christmas By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer It’s time for local residents from various facets of the religious spectrum to gather and celebrate the true meaning of Chnstmas. The 36th annual Advent Vespers will be held on Sunday. Melitta Frueh, director of Advent Vespers, said she founded the event in 1960, and it has been held (rn the first Sunday in December every year since then. She said she began it as a way to remind people what Chnstmas is about and bring them closer. “We get so swamped with other things that Tho people who come to sing come because they really want to sing, and let me tell you, they can sing.’ — Melitta Frueh we need to get our pnonties straight, and it’s a way of telling the true meaning of Chnstmas” said Fnseh. “I feel there is no time better than at Chnstmas to become closer to one another as human beings, regardless of your religious beliefs.” Advent Vespers is a chorale conceit performed by volunteers from vanous churches, schools, organizations and communities. This year, 65 to 70 people representing 23 groups will take part in die concert. Some of tire participants are not even from Comal County or surrounding area. Frueh said someone from Austin and from Napa, California will also participate in singing the 15 pieces. “The people who come to sing come because they really want to sing, and let me tell you, they can sing,” she said. “It’s tire first time all year that this group of people comes together for one project.” Frueh said that since this is the sesquicentennial year for New Braunfels, a verse from “Silent Night” will be sung rn German. She said this is to commemorate the arrival of the German settlers at Indianola, who “no doubtedly sang that very song in German” at their service on Chnstmas Eve. Advent Vespers will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. The event is free. However, a collecnon will be taken, and any money raised will be put toward a scholarship for a student planning to major in music. The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Music Study Group, and Jo Ann Lemmon will provide accompaniment.Why doesn't Shoplifting Awareness Week get the attention it deserves? See Page < ;