New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Curbing die spread
Health department issues new hepatitis A warning
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
With the holiday party and potluck season approaching and more hepatitis-A cases confirmed. Comal County health authorities are expanding efforts to contain the outbreak.
Dr. Dorothy Overman, Comal County and New Braunfels health authority, sent a warning letter Tuesday to area churches, civic groups and media, said Comal County Health Department nurse Shel McWilliams.
“Our whole intent here is to prevent the spread of contagious disease," McWilliams said.
The warning letter urged organizations and individuals to practice fastidious hygiene, not share food and drink with others and to not conduct potluck functions at churches and other civic groups where large numbers of people might possibly consume contaminated foods."
The county health department has confirmed 21 cases of hepatitis-A since Oct 3, the warning letter reads.
“We’re getting them almost on a regular basis at this point,” McWilliams said.
Most of the cases were concentrated in one day care, she said, ”... not necessarily just children but family members.”
Hepatitis-A is spread by fecal-to-mouth contact so careful hand-washing before eating and after visiting the restroom was essential in pre-Tum to Spread, Page 2A
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Comal County Health Department has plans in place if the hepatitis-A outbreak continues. health department nurse Shel McWilliams said.
An inoculation called immune globulin can stop the disease if given within two weeks of exposure, she said.
However, the disease's incu
bation period can be anywhere from 15 to 50 days, making it hard to determine who has been exposed.
Most cases of the liver disease have been concentrated in one day care, and the health department gave the shots to children and adults from the day care, McWilliams said.
“Children who were not given it were not permitted to go to Turn to Outbreak, Page 2A
Committee studies uses for LCRA
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
A newly appointed committee might turn a longtime New Braunfels landmark into something more than an abandoned bnck building New Braunfels city council recently established the LCRA Facilities Committee to gather public comments and ideas for redevelopment of the building. The committee met Monday to schedule a public forum at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at the municipal building. The forum is open to all Comal County residents.
Visible from most any city location, the old LCRA building is in Landa Park and, with two tubular smokestacks, towers high above the treetops there Also known as the Comal Power Plant, the building was erected in 1925 and consists of seven stones.
“The committee’s primary objective is to solicit public input” said Jacqueline Cullom Murphy, city attorney “We really want to hear from the public” about ideas for conversion of the building, she said.
Lower Colorado River Authority worked with Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to environmentally remediate the building, according to Cullom Murphy. Removing potentially harmful agents, such as lead-based paint ara! debris inside the building, had been an ongoing effort tor years, she said.
“They will spend about $9 million to remediate the building and property,” said Cullom Murphy.
Meanwhile, committee members have drawn up an LCRA facilities building use survey to gather comments and ideas on paper The survey s are av ailable at city hall. 424 S. Castcll Ave,
Cullom Murphy said a dozen or so completed surveys already have been returned to city offices.
Committee member Glona Suarez Sasser said she hoped the surveys and future meetings would yield input to help determine the fate of the structure.
“We don’t want to limit anyone” in their ideas few it, said Sasser. “It's a really interesting building, complete with a 1920s look to it,” sin; said.
Brass railings along the stair wells inside contribute to its authenticity, she said.
San Antonio Public Service originally operated the power plant from 1925 to 1942. LCRA took over the power plant in 1942 and continued to operate it until its closing rn 1977. according to Sasser
The salvaging of equipment and materials took place between 1979 and 1982. and asbestos abatement took place between 1988 and 1989, according to a chronological timeline provided by the committee In 1991, LCRA began a site and building assessment and cleanup, which continues By April 2000, LCRA and TNRCC will have the building cleaned and ready for redevelopment, said Cullom Murphy.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: sn! Ramirez, Robert Bier, ared Platt (13 years), Lenora Hilton and EHda Soldo.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Today — Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Tonight, fair and cool. Lows near 40, lower 30s.
— Cloudy Highs in the 50s.
Sunday — Cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows in the 40s. Highs near 60 Monday — Cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the 60s
The Holiday Rivers of Lights' Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today is New Braunfels Humane Society.
This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the light display from 6 to 9:30 p m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight
H-Z saaks donations for Choof Fund
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund. Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy
Donations will be accepted at the Heraid-Zeitung office, 707 Landa St., during regular business hours. Checks also can be mailed to the Herald-Zeitung Please make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund Recent contribu tions include:
■ John and Connie Feight-ner — $50
■ Arnold and Jean Paulen — $100
■ Homer Sloan — $25
■ Jim and Barbara Cook
■ Will and Gretchen Ryals
■ The Childs Family — $50
Region title countdown
Unicom fans paint town blue
New Braunfels rolls out red carpet for Santa this weekend
By BUBAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels deserves another name this weekend — “Santa’s Town” or “Holiday Central” or maybe “Weihnachtsburg.”
So many holiday events are happening that Santa Chais will have to eat a tremendous amount of
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from appearance to appearance Here is a sampling:
■ lf anyone is not yet in the Christmas spirit, tonight’s Wassailfest is surely the cure. From 6 to 9 p m , downtown New Braunfels becomes one huge holiday street party, with 30 musical groups, 45 stops to imbibe wassail holiday punch and more good cheer than one would expect to find in the enure stale, let alone a angle town. Anyone who misses it deserves to have “Bah, humbug” faiths forehead for the rest of the year.
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and 6 p m. Friday ta the Sophicnburg Museum There they experience the German tradition of “Santa’s advance man.” Call 629-1572 for information.
■ The “Candlelight Tour” will take visitors through Christmas ta three favorite local museums — the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, the Sophicnburg Museum and Conservation Plaza. Each stop will have its own Christmas foods and festive flair from 5 to 8 pm Saturday.
■ Greene will come alight in its own Texas fashion this weekend. Greene Christmas Market Days oiler a chopping exmiv aganza thai should render every shopping list signed, sealed and delivered.
■ The holiday season will take on a magical, mystical quality from 6 to 9 p m Saturday ta Canyon Lake with the 14th annual Parade of Lights. As many as 45 boats will traverse the lake ae Christmas music tills the air. For information, call (210) 732-6603,
For many of the squad members, the anticipation of a playoff game was a new experience.
“This is the first time we've gone to tile regional championship,” said Lacy Roesler.
Roesler and her squadmates Ashley Michael, Jessica Cafe and Ranch O’Neal painted a unicorn on the front of Sac-n-Pac at Walnut and San Antonio streets.
More than 80 high school students are members of the pep and dance squads guided by NBHS teacher Beverly Trollenger.
Members also spent part of Wednesday preparing pom-pom routines and coordinating steps for their halftime show Saturday.
The groups will sit next to the Unicom band and boost spirit by cheering and yelling for their team, said Trollenger. During halftime, the Mono-ceras dancers will perform to the home side while the pep squad will face the visiting side.
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
niture Center and area Sac-n-Pac Drive In Grocery Stores, showed their spirit by allowing the girls to decorate windows with “Go Unicorns,” “Sac Mac” and other colorful logos.
HaraW-Zaitung photo by Susan Jakobsen
From lop, Jmict Oslo, Ashley Michael end Rand! O’Neal paint windows bitts and while at Seen Pac at Walnut and San Antonio.
Student support is stronger than ever this week for the Unicom football team as players prepare to face the MacArthur Brahmas in the Region IV-5A finals at I p.m. Saturday in the Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.
After school Wednesday, members of the New Braunfels High School pep squad and Monoceras dance squad showed their support by painting tile town blue.
“Everyone’s really excited and wants to get involved,” said Marissa Escobedo, a Monoceras dancer.
The squad darted around the city Wednesday, asking local business managers to let them paint store front windows.
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