New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Fire ruled arson; fund started for Zamoras
By DANA STELL Staff writer
A Monday morning fire that destroyed the home of the Aguinaldo Zamora family was deliberately set, New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn ruled Tuesday.
After spending most of the day shuffling through the charred debris of the six-bedroom house at 243 S. Peach, Friesenhahn called it an arson case.
Friesenhahn said he found “seven or eight places” where the fire started.
Samples of the structure have been
sent to a laboratory for testing. “There is physical evidence of a possible flammable liquid being poured on the floor,” the fire marshal said.
Mrs. Christina Zamora had left her house only 19 minutes before the fire was reported at 9:34 a.rn. by a neighbor. The house was empty.
The rear of the house was on fire by the time the call came in, Friesenhahn said. “Normal fires don’t get that much of a start."
The next step for the fire marshal is to begin the investigation.
“The dirtiest part is over with, now the hardest part is in front of me.”
The hardest part for the Zamoras will be to put their home back in order.
“It was a shock for the first two days,” said Mrs. Zamora. It was like somebody had died. "
Mrs. Zamora said the only thing she prayed for when she heard of the fire was that her album filled with pictures of her children would lie untouched. They were.
“I said, Lord, please leave my children’s pictures. I do not care about anything else,” she said. “And you know what? Nothing happened to those pictures. And everything else burned.”
Mrs. Zamora said her family will be moving into an apartment until their home can be re-built. “It’s small, but at least it’s something.”
A fund has been established in the name of Aguinaldo Zamora at Texas Commerce Bank. Persons wishing to contribute money can do so directly, or can call Jose Valdemar Espinoza at 625-4084 or Mary Paniagua at 629-5667. Espinoza said he will also pick up any donations.
(lifts of furniture and clothing are being accepted at Zamora’s Service Station at 2174 Spur 3.
“They need everything,” Espinoza said ' Everything burned down ”
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Woman faces charges in Delgado escape
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A 20-year-old New Braunfels woman lias been charged with helping trusty Juan Delgado escape from the Comal County Jail Friday night.
As of presstime today, Delgado, 28. was still at-large. A spokeswoman for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office said Delgado had been in jail since Nov. 7 on charges of forgery and
Sheriff’s Lt. Rudy Rubio said Diana Trejo of 1855 W Mill has been charged with aiding an escape, which is a Class A misdemeanor. She was released from custody Tuesday on a $1,000 bond set by Peace Justice Harold Krueger.
Rubio would not divulge any specifics on the charge against Trejo. “I don’t want to hurt my
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Vol. 94 No. 235
December 5, 1984
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India toll now 1,200
BHOPAL. India (AP) — Doctors today warned disease could spread from the corpses of thousands of people and animals killed by a poison gas leak at a pesticide plant, and a newspaper reported that four previous accidents occurred at the facility.
Doctors and officials at cremation grounds and mortuaries said at least 1,200 people were killed and more than 200.000 were affected by the leak early Monday. They said 20,000 people may suffer serious aftereffects, such as blindness.
The United News Of India news agency reported the death toll had risen to 1,250.
Police and rescue workers searched house-to-house today for bodies and assisted in mass burials and cremations during the night that lit up the sky of Bhopal, a central Indian
city of 900,000 UNI said nearly 800 todies were buried at the city’s main Firdaus Manzil graveyard or cremated at the Chola Vishram Char cremation ground.
The news agency quoted a gravedigger, Mubarik Shah, as saying: “Bodies are still being
brought in by the dozens (and) we are in fact digging out old graves ts bury them.”
Arjun Singh, chief minister of the Madhya Pradesh state, told reporters he could confirm 620 deaths and said an estimated 50,000 residents had been treated fui &..s exposure. Most suffered chest pains, nausea. red eyes and breathing difficulties. he said.
Indian technical experts today See INDIA. Page 12A
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
It’s now official — Commerce Savings Association is the owner of the Woodlands Coif and Country Club at Canyon Lake.
Contracts were signed at a closing Friday and paperw ork was recorded Monday to make the sale official, after attempts by former Woodlands owners to sell the club failed.
John Steen, trustee for the Dallas-based Commerce Savings, told the Herald Zeitung that the agreement cancelled the need for a foreclosure sale, which had been scheduled Tuesday at ht ecOurthouse.
“Posting the thing again <for foreclosure) was just a conservative way of handling the situation.” said Steen, whose office is in San Antonio He added that he had to cover the possibility of the failure to close the sale.
Although Commerce intends to operate the Woodlands, a future sale to a new owner is not out of the question.
• We ll let the circumstances speak for themselves," Steen said when asked if the Woodlands is still for sale.
He stressed that it w ill be business as usual at the country club, and no changes in operation are anticipated.
Negotiations have been ongoing since foreclosure proceedings were begun against Woodlands in September. Owners of the country club were in default of a $3.5 million loan on the project.
Foreclosure was delayed several times w hile Woodlands owners Jerry Walker and George Gallagher negotiated to sell the property. That sale never became a reality, forcing the lien holder to finally take possession.
Woodlands is located off EM 2673 near Startzville The facilities include a country club, golf course, swimming pool, tennis courts and a subdivision of homes and condominiums.
He»e ate ate most recent contributions Raymond Metake Mr end Mrs Alan Bartlett. Wallace and Margaret Sullivan and Herman Blank ail gave $25
Mrs James Allen gave $15 Mrs Clara Bnnker gave $5 and (tie New Braunfels Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary biougr I three sacks of canned goods
That brings us to $3,055 OS, not including donated food We sincerely appreciate ii
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C omal County forecast calls for partly cloudy skies through Thursday, turning windy and cloudy by late tonight. Winds will be northerly near IO mph today, increasing to 15-25 mph tonight and Thursday. Sunset will be at 5:32 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:12 a.rn High today will be near 50 with a low tonight in the mid 20s.
New rootsRiver Gardensresidents run
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Residents of River Gardens are helping things grow.
Their success story is growing in the care center’s greenhouses, and right now they are finding satisfaction in nurturing plants, especially for the holidays.
River Gardens, located at 750 Rusk, is now in its third year It began selling plants to the public in September. Now, with Christmas coming up, the rush for fresh potted poinsettias keeps the residents busy.
Their success story began with I*$rry and JoAnn Aniol. The couple wanted a residence for the mentally retarded that would also offer them a place to learn and work with
plants Originally the idea was to grow herbs, a dream which could still to realized.
But after the Aniols hired I .eon Oehlers, who has 14 years’ experience in working with the
mentally retarded and has a farming background, the dream began to take shape — to become a fulltime full-service nursery by next spring.
After they opened the care center, the Aniols bought two used
greenhouses to start their gardening project With the profits of their plant sales, they hope to add more greenhouses and some field crops on the IU acres that River Gardens occupies.
“We have to tooLstrap ourselves in this business because the contract we have with Mental Health and Mental Retardation does not include any money for any type of workshop So we have to go about this very conservatively, but we feel we have a good start,” Larry Ainoi said.
Each resident was encouraged to have a project at the Comal County Fair this year, with Oehlers doing the teaching When they brought home a fistful of ribbons, the residents were excited about their learning experience, and going public with the p;ants became the next step.
Though the two hothouses cannot provide enough work for all the residents with the capacity for gardening, more space will become available as the operation grows.
“Right now we teach them soil mixing, growing from seedlings, seeds, air-rooting, cuttings, just about every method used. We train them by repetition and I have found that if you can break any task down into smallest enough functions so that they only have to learn one idea at a time, these people can learn anything. The hard part for us is learning how to break down tasks into those pieces,” Oehler said.
One of the toughest tasks in the beginning was finding ways to teach the common names of plants as well as their scientific names, so that when a customer comes into the greenhouse and asks for a plant, the resident knows what to show.
Oehlers has created a book with pictures of each plant in the greenhouse with Its name and all of
Employee Leon Oehlers (right) helps center resident Jeff Adams
How does Oehlers know they have mastered the skills? While he was sick for two weeks the residents ran the whole routine by themselves and kept a detailed log of their work. “I was very proud of them,’’he said.
the culture information: light, soil, and watering instructions.
The watering schedule, plant grooming and thermostat control are some of the more complex tasks that a couple of his workers have mastered.
How does Oehlers know they have mastered the skills? While he was sick for two weeks the residents ran the whole routine by themselves and kept a detailed log of their work “I was very proud of them,” Oehlers admits. "We also just
finished a plant interior design contract with a women’s fashion shop, 14 Plus, and are in the middle of negotiating auntlier for a physical therapist here We have the capability now to do this kind of work. Now all we need are the contracts,”
The plant business, unlike a sheltered workshop, will offer residents some experience working with the public in addition to learning skills in a sheltered environment.
“The problems that most sheltered workshops run into is its a case of either feast or famine They are dependent on a steady stream of contracts be cause a lot of what they do is not a year-round demand market
“When they don’t have enough contracts, they have a lot of idle hands, and when they get several contracts, the skill level in the MR’s (mentally retarded) has not built up to any speed so that the trainers end up doing some of the work to get the contracts done,” Auloi explained.
River Gardens plans to get around these problems by having contracts
with plant wholesalers and retailers to provide stock plants and other
“What the wholesalers and retailers need is a guaranteed supply of good quality stock, and we can give them that. But this operation is space dependent, so until we have several more greenhouses all of our goals cannot be realized,” Ainoi said.
The long-range plans sound ambitious, but so did the first greenhouse before it was erected with shelves full of cacti and plants and beams full of hanging plants.
“Eventually we see New Braunfels as the garden center of Texas, and on campus we want to build a horticulture showplace complete with plants and birds, perhaps in Victorian architecture that would be an educational and semi-exotic place for visitors to come, run by our residents. We plan to develop an ecological and economic alternative for the mentally retarded, a place where they belong in the midst of out technologically advanced society,” Oehlers said.