New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald-Zeitung Q Wednesday, December 4, 1996 □ 5A
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Bands, superstars, athletes and movies were incorporated into this fast-paced program to help students focus their attention on the importance of not using alcohol and drugs. “Take the Lead” asked students to be the leaders who make it cool to do the right thing.
Canyon’s cheerleaders participated in the U.C.A. Regional Competition at Southwest Texas State University Nov. 16. They took first place in the 4A Coed Competition and are going to Nationals in Orlando, Fla., in February of 1997.
Finally, a season that will not be soon forgotten. We followed the Cougarette volleyball team to State Tournament in Austin. Although they lost in the semi-finals to Magnolia
High School, they never gave up. It was a most impressive season and all the fans want to thank them for their hard work and dedication. We are proud of you!
In addition, our basketball season has begun and the Cougars and Cougarettes are continuing to help us show our Cougar pride.
As I said before, “busy.” It's hard to keep up with all of the activities in the school. In a way, that’s good. It’s great to know that the students of Canyon High take pride in their school and go out to do the wonderful things that make Canyon such a spectacular place to be. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
(Clinton Flume is a Canyon High School Student Council representative.)
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Owners appear complacent about virus striking horses
By ROGER D.HAVLAK
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
A virus strikes Texas horses overnight, leaving 360 animals dead or incurably sickened, and hundreds more exposed to infection.
Predictably, horse and stable owners would band together across the state to halt the spread of infection.
“This scenario was played out in Texas,” said Dr. Terry Beals, head of Hie Texas Animal Health Commission, the state’s regulatory agency for livestock health. “But instead of one night, the virus took its toll over the course of the past year.”
“Surprisingly, owners have been complacent about the disease, perhaps because infection doesn’t always kill the animals, and cases are spread over the year,” Beals said. Nevertheless, losses tally up, he said. Since 1990, 3,169 Texas equine fell victim to the disease. This year, Texas’ 360 cases represent 25 percent of the country’s known infection. “More effective regulations that go into effect New Year’s Day can help control the spread of infection and cut losses,” Beals said.
The virus, equine infectious anemia, usually called “Coggins” or “swamp fever,” can affect any equine, such as horses, mules, donkeys, asses or zebras. Once in the animal, the virus breaks down red blood cells, bringing on death or chronic illness. Sometimes, infected equine can lode healthy, but suffer intermittently from fever, swelling and weight loss when subjected to stress, heat or overwork.
EIA virus is spread by blood-to-blood contact and can be passed from one horse to another when medical treatments involve reusing contaminated needles. Likewise, large horseflies, with their saw-edged cutting mouth parts, can carry droplets of contaminated blood from infected horses to “clean” ones.
“Unlike a lot of disesttt, researchers haven’t developer s vaccine, cure or effective treatment for EIA," Beals said. “But owners can do a lot to protect their equine by keeping them away from infected animals, by sterilizing medical instruments and by controlling horseflies.”
Prevention tactics are the foundation for the 1997 EIA regulations. Starting Jan. I, equine must have had a negative EIA test within the previous 12 months before being gathered with other horses for competitive, social or exhibition events. The same rules apply for selling, trading or buying a horse. Testing will help prevent the mixing of infected equine with disease-free animals, Beals said. Dealers also must keep records on equine
bought and sold to make it possible to track animals, if infection is found.
Beals said the TAHC is asking for voluntary compliance with the regulations, and enforcement of the rules with penalties will be deferred until after May 6,1997.
The “phase-in” period for the rules will give TAHC staff more , time to work with markets, owners, associations, trail rides and rodeos. The commission and staff will continue to explore options and alternatives to implement the regulations with as little interruption to accepted procedures as possible.
Three blood tests can determine if an equine has the virus. The first, developed in the 1970s, is the “Coggins” test, requiring 24-hours.
Newer tests take only one to four hours. An accredited veterinarian must draw the blood sample from the animal, and the test is to be run at an approved laboratory. In Texas more than 40 laboratories have obtained U.S. Department of Agriculture approval, involving a site inspection and several days of training for laboratory technicians at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
In Texas, EIA-infected animals are identified by TAHC
inspectors, and all equine on the premise are quarantined, meaning they can’t be moved off the site without a TAHC permit.
“This means barrel racers can’t race with those horses, team penners can’t take them to pennings, and ranch horses can’t be hauled,” Beals said. “In stables where several owners are involved, the situation can become nightmarish. ”
Owners lose more than a friend and companion when infection is found. Years of training are gone, and there’s the forfeiture of potential winnings and earnings with the rnimal.”
After owners have EIA-infected animals moved under peqri^fto a clinic, slaughter or have the animal humanely destroyed, the TAHC allows the remaining horses from the premise to move freely, provided these equine test negative for the disease 60 days later.
“We can control the spread of this disease and save owners a lot of heart ache,” Beals said. “But owners must do their part. Control horseflies. Don’t buy an untested horse. And don’t expose your equine to potentially infected animals.”
To request brochures or posters about EIA regulations at no cost, call the nearest TAHC area office, or the Austin TAHC headquarters at (512) 719-0710.
(Roger D. Havlak is an agent with the Comal County Agricultural Extension)
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We can find divinity within us, if we look
cancer. Miraculously, a remission occurred. As his wife’s recovery progressed, Lewis received congratulations from a colleague.
His friend suggested that God had answered Lewis’ prayers for a miracle.
Lewis replied, “I don’t pray for miracles. I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me waking and sleeping. Prayer doesn't change God.
It changes me.”
In the same way the Christmas spirit descends upon us. The Christmas spirit fails to come when we ask for it or when we expect it or if we pray for it. The Christmas spirit flows out of us waking and sleeping. The Christmas spirit doesn’t change things. It changes the way we look at things.
The Christmas spirit helps us see the kindness and gentleness in others.
We are more generous in giving, more liberal in praise.
It gives us compassion for the weak, empathy for the mournful. The Christmas spirit causes us to smile more and laugh louder.
The spirit of Christmas makes us content. We stop waiting for anything new to happen. We cease searching for new solutions. Giving means more than getting. Patience is more important than activity.
We realize that if only IO percent of us kept the Christmas spirit throughout the seasons, we would uncover the divinity in the other 90 percent.
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Once upon a time, according to the Hindu legend, all those living creatures that we now know as Homo sapiens were gods. Through the years these god-men so abused and violated their divinity that Brahma, the Chief God, decided to take their sacredness from them and hide it in a safe place where it could never be found and misused. A caretaker for the gods suggested that divinity be buried deep in the heart. Brahma rejected this advice. He knew that man would eventually dig into the earth and find it. Another angel proposed that divinity be sunk in the deepest ocean. Again, Brahma dismissed this recommendation. Man would learn to dive and find it there too. Another seraph advised that the divine be hidden on top of the highest mountain, but this proposition was refused because some day man would climb the mountain, but this proposition was refused because some day man would climb the mountain and discover divinity.
All the lesser gods, angels, and archangels were consulted but none could envision a place so remote and secure that sovereignty would remain hidden from mankind. Brahma then told his godly court that he would hide divinity deep in man’s heart — a place where he would never consider looking.
Hidden deep in all of us is the divine ember that gives life meaning. We dig, dive and climb looking for that sovereign quality that gives peace and happiness. We imagine that happiness is just
around the bend in the road, beyond the distant hills.
All the time, that for which we search is hidden within ourselves.
Almost all of us, at one time or another, have had a fleeting experience of joy. This moment of ecstasy may be kindled by a bar of music, the look of a child, a recalled memory, a photograph, a landscape, a sunset, a moon rise. These sweet sensations reveal to us the essence of life, as though the universe opened a window to our soul, disclosing, for an instant, our divinity and the divinity of others.
The appreciation and gratefulness engendered by the Christmas season releases our senses to these experiences of joy.
This childlike openness to life’s joy is known as the Christmas spirit — a receptivity to the divinity of others and ourselves.
Soon after the Christian apologist, literary scholar, children’s writer, C. S. Lewis, married Joy Davidman, his bride’s health began to fail from a malady that was soon diagnosed as terminal
“Busy” is the only word I can use to describe Canyon High School this past week. Canyon High has been participating in many activities and promoting many important causes this week. Canyon’s Student Council has put on several functions for the school, including helping with Geography Awareness Week, Great American Smoke Out and a program from Motivational Media. Our athletic department has added excitement to the school, as usual.
Geography Awareness Week, cosponsored by geography classes and the student council, was a great success. GAW promoted energy and environmental awareness as well as fun and prizes for those who participated. The theme was “Exploring a world of habitats. Seeing a world of difference.” In addition, the student council sold environmental theme T-shirts to raise money to buy a piece of the rain forest and protest endangered species.
The D.A.S.H. Committee
sponsored the Great American Smoke Out with the help of the American Cancer Society Thursday. We hope that we educated more of our students to the dangers of smoking.
Hopefully, someone quit for 24 hours and will be encouraged to give up smoking forever.
The biggest event of the week was the Motivational
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The three-screen, multi-media extravaganza was held in the Cougar Dear The program, “Take the Lead,” nproyjded a vivid reality of the dangers and consequences of
Parking set aside for Wassailfest
Special arrangements have been made to provide parking for Thursday night’s Wassailfest in downtown New Braunfels.
Parking will be available at the First State Bank of New Braunfels, First Protestant Church, Texas Commerce Bank, the former Winns
Building, behind the Hummel Museum and in back of Attic Antiquity and the New Braunfels Emporium. Portions of San Antonio and Seguin streets will be closed.
For more information, call Mainstreet at 608-2100 or Susan Phillips at 609-5030.
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