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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYCougars head to Hays tournament. See Sports, Page 6, 50 CENTS 485 Tolle St. Historic landmark New BraunfelsHerald 410    MOI6 10/22/99    18! SO-WEST PlICROFUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- 12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, December 7, 1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of HELEN BRUCKS Vol. 144, No. 18Inside Editorial...........................................4 Sports..............................................6 Comics............................................9 Classified................................10-12StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Helen Bracks, Nancy Irinkkoeter, Bethany Hildebrand, Jennifer Martinez, Anita Olsen, Anthony Villarreal (21 years), and Dolores Millett Happy belated 10th anniversary to Billy and Debbie Espinoza. Free coat distribution Project Share the Warmth, sponsored by Cranes Mill Baptist Church, 10215 FM 2673 at Canyon Lake, will distribute free coats and sweaters for anyone in the community who needs them, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Alzheimer's DSsease-Dementia Support Group to meet The Alzheimer's Disease-Dementia Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at Colonial Manor Care Center, 821 U.S. Hwy. 81 West. Call Janet Bryant at 625-7526 for information. Wassailfest planned for downtown The third annual Wassailfest will be held from 6 p m to 9 p m. Thursday. Dec. 7 downtown. The event features open houses, caroling, bell choirs, Santa visits, buggy rides and all the wassail you can drink. Vote for your favorite wassail, door prizes to be drawn on the Plaza at 8:45 p.m. The Brauntex Theatre will show a free Christmas movie at 6:45 p.m. for children, while their parents visit Wassailfest. Supervision will be provided by the NBHS Interact Club. Reach for a Star toy drive The Reach for a Star Foundation invites you to its second annual toy drive for the children of Comal County. Bring a new or used toy and come join in on Dec. 9 at the Watering Hole from noon to 5 p m There will be a barbecue lunch and a special appearance by the Spurs Coyote and Santa. Tickets for the barbecue lunch are $5, or just stop by for free to visit Santa and the coyote. All proceeds benefit the children of Comal County. Cheer Fund donations continue The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy. New donations include: Kenneth and Betty Triesch -$25 and anonymous donations of $10 and $50, bringing the fund total to $3,058.11 To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144 Lotto Toxas 8,12, 17,29, 33,39 Est $4 million jackpot Speakers stress need to protect aquifer By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer There was a unified voice at Wednesday night’s public hearing, and that voice was urging the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission to tighten regulations to protect the quality of the Edwards Aquifer. “When it comes to water in San Antonio, there’s a lot of controversy over how it’s withdrawn. But, when it comes to the quality of that water, we’re one united voice,” said State Representative Robert Puente. State law mandates that TNRCC conduct annual hearings on water quality protection for the aquifer. Mark Jor dan, director of Water Policy and Regulation for TNRCC, said three hearings were held last year, and a total of about 94 comments were submitted. He said the commission formed a review team. This team analyzed the comments, and prepared a draft report of recommendations for each comment. Jordan said that once the comment period has closed, the comments will be incorporated into a final report to be submitted to the commission in early March. “They’re an ever-changing body of regulations,” said Bobby Caldwell, water program manager for TNRCC. “They didn’t start out perfect, and they’re certainly not perfect now.” Several key points were echoed throughout the night. Many of the speakers said TNRCC did not give ample notice of the meeting, and did not give enough time to review the draft. They also said that the tone of the draft was “discouraging.” Rick Illgner, general manager for the Edwards Underground Water District, said the district would like to see more regulations on development and activity over the recharge zone. He said that the commission does not want to put too much of a burden on the developers. However, Illgner said his staff believes a bigger burden will be felt if more steps are not taken. “We feel there is a liability and risk factor and an expense for the entire region,” said Illgner. Others present repeated that same sentiment. The speakers each had reg-ulations they would like to see enforced. “We have serious things at stake here, and the future may very well depend on the issues you have at hand,” said a representative of a neighborhood association. John Barton, of Bulverde, spoke at the hearing also. He told the two TNRCC staff members present that he was concerned about the proposed batch concrete plant that is to be built 850 feet from the recharge zone in an area that floods often. He said these are the types of things that the commission needs look at in preventing pollution. “Water has nothing to do with it they say,” said Barton. “Water has nothing to do with it even if it runs right off into the Edwards Aquifer. Why is it that water is not of concern'.’” The draft includes recommendations to change I I rules, to receive more information on 12. and to take no action on 12. A copy of the report is available at the commission district offices in San Antonio and Austin. The written comment period ends January 22. Return of cedar fever brings misery to allergy sufferers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer It’s that time of year again—time to pull out the tissues and get ready for the sneezes. The mountain cedar season is upon us, and those who are sensitive to the pollen will soon be feeling its effects. A pollen count of 949 grains per cubic meter of air was recorded Tuesday at the office of Dr. Frank C. Hampel Jr. Hampel said the counts for Sunday and Monday were 4(H) and I SO, respectively. He said this is not high for mountain cedar, which w ill get into the high thousands during the cedar season. He said the cedar season for New Braunfels is usually mid-December to about the second w eek in February. “It’s a high number when you're talking about other pollens. But, cedar pollen counts get so monstrous that this is actually light,” he said. Dr. Donald Kennady said cedar tends to be prominent in the Canyon Lake area, the Hill Country, and between San Antonio and New Braunfels. He said the male plant releases an orange cloud of pollen, and that is what triggers allergic reactions. “It can be so dense that it obscures the view of the sun momentarily,” said Kennady. Kennady said that statistically, over half of the population is affected by pollen in general, and cedar pollen causes more of a reaction than other types. “Not everyone has to stay home or go to the doctor over it. Some people only have mild reactions, and are able to continue daily activities as normal,” he said. Hampel said many people have a hard time distinguishing a cold and allergies on the first day. However, he said colds will start with a sore throat, and the symptoms will peak, followed by congestion. He said allergy symptoms will be intermittent. Kennady said there are steps that can be taken to reduce the severity of the allergy season. People w ho are allergic to pollen need to try to live in an area that has minimal cedar, or filter their environment. He said filters should be cleaned or changed weekly, and it is better not to have a lot of carpet or rugs. People w ho are allergic to cedar pollen will also be sensitive to lint, which can be found in sweaters, vacuum cleaners, and closets that do not close completely. Kennady said the environment should be kept as free from lint and dust as possible. “That sounds excessive, but it’s true," said Kennady. “lf you wake up in the morning, and can't breathe through your nose, you’ll eventually decide it’s worth it.” Kennady said allergies can be treated w ith over-the-counter medication. He said that antihistamines are the type that usually cause drowsiness, and many people take both antihistamines and decongestants. However, he said what works best is up to the individual. Hampel said many people do not like the side effects of the medication, and prescription drugs can minimize them. Both physicians said a doctor should be consulted if there is no improvement. “They find things that do work well enough for them to continue to go to work and school, and that’s what they should continue taking," said Kennady. “However, if they don’t see an improvement, they need to see their doctor.” Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fatal wreck Last night marked New Braunfels’ 10th motor vehicle fatality in 1995. Leland Otis Baggett, 83, of Canyon Lake died when his car struck the back of a recreational vehicle stopped by the side of Highway 46 between 8 and 9 p.m. The RV had quit running and driver Juan Sierra had stepped out to investigate the cause of the problem. He had just walked around the back of the RV and was walking toward the front on the passenger side when Baggett’s grey Riviera hit the back of the RV. Sierra was knocked into the ditch at the roadside. After the wreck the Buick's speedometer froze at 45 miles per hour, according to New Braunfels Police reports. It had been traveling on the improved shoulder of the road. Sierra was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital. Cub Scouts in a pickle after popcorn sale records disappear with van By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Pop...pop-pop...pop...pop — fizzle. That’s what Cub Scout Pack 119 w ill be hearing this holiday season unless New Braunfels residents pitch in and help. The boys took orders for a whopping $2,600 w orth of popcorn during their holiday fund-raiser. “All the orders were turned in last week," said Martin Jendrusch, assistant Cubmaster. “They were in a briefcase in my van, w hich w as stolen Monday morning." The popcorn itself arrives Saturday for delivery to whom the scouts no longer know. The Cub Scouts are reconstructing the orders as well as they can from memory, but they need help. “Orders, names, boys, w ho sold w hat were all in that van,” Jendrusch said. He asks that anyone who ordered Cub Scout popcorn get in touch with the pack leaders so they can distribute the orders properly. People who ordered popcorn can call several numbers to report their orders: Jendrusch at (210) 822-6705 during the day and at 609-0149 at home, Jimmy Quiroz at 629-9739, or Rita Berry at 609-5572. Popcorn orders are a major fund-raiser for the cub scout pack, Jendrusch said. “I think w e w ere going to get enough for the rest of the year.” “Everything in that van could be replaced except for that.” he said. Workers look back at city’s Sesquicentennial year with pride By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Visit from Saint Nick Saint Nicholas visited children at tha Sophienburg Museum Tuesday night. With Santa are: Fegus Lynch, Emma Lynch, Camille Meyer, Chausse Cantu, Travis Mayer, Lauren Dunham, Laura Lemmons and Megan Lemmons. With 1995 winding to a close, only a few more events will have that historic “Sesquicentennial’’ distinction. Sesquicentennial volunteers gathered at the Civic Center last Friday to reminisce about the year’s events. “It was a good turnout about 360 came,” said organizer Tom Purdum More than 500 people donated time and talent during the Sesquicentennial year, he said. “The end is in sight — I’m glad we made it this far,” said Herb Skoog, chair of the Sesquicentennial C ommittee. “Everything’s worked out quite well. I think we’ve accomplished quite a bit,” Skoog said. Each Sesquicentennial volunteer received a personalized certificate at Friday’s celebration. “Their children and grandchildren will appreciate that,” Purdum said. Mariachi Cardenas donated their tune to entertain the guests. "Their music was wonderful," said Ainu Lee Hicks of the Chamber of Commerce. Food for the banquet w as catered by the Cancan restaurant. Hundreds of Sesquicentennial photos by E. CL ‘I’m just very pleased that we’ve made a real mark that might be remembered for a few years.’ — Herb Skoog Keller were displayed throughout the C iv ic Center. Mariachi Cardenas played as celebrants re-lived the Sesquicentennial parade through the photos Skoog said he couldn’t separate one special Sesquicentennial ev ent as a favorite. “There arc a lot of special milestones It’s like your children all these things take place, and you don’t love any one more than the other.” he said Closing the Sesquicentennial time capsule will cap the official Sesquicentennial events “About three cubic feet of items have accumulated and we anticipate it being doubled.” Purdum said. “If anyone w ants to contribute, they had better do it soon.” “It w as just a night of celebration, know ing thai the Sesquicentennial w as coming to a close,” Hicks said. “I’m just very pleased that we've made a real mark that might be remembered for a few y ears.” Skoog said.Congress takes away cities’ ability to regulate late-night train whistles. See Opinion, Page 4. ;