New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Extension service offers pesticide training
The Comal County Extension Service will sponsor a pesticide applicator’s training and testing for private and non-commercial pesticide licenses for agricultural producers interested in obtaining a license to apply restricted and state limited-use pesticides.
The training will take place in the meeting room of the Comal County Extension Service on Jan. 13.
The non-commercial training and testing begins at 8:30 a.m. through noon with Jose Juarez of the Texas Department of Agriculture administering the test.
Persons interested in obtaining a non-commercial license should call the Extension office by Dec. 19 to register and order books for self study. Cost for the noncommercial testing will be approximately $25 for the study books.
Non-commercial pesticide applicator license holders are required to obtain five hours of continuing education credits per year with one of those hours in either Integrated Pest Management or Drift Minimization and one hour in Laws and Regulations in order to recertify annually.
Non-commercial license holders must also pay a $100 annual renewal fee.
The private applicator training and testing will begin at I p.m. and last until approximately 5 p.m. Persons interested in obtaining a private applicators license should call the Extension office by Dec. 19 to register and to order books.
Private applicator books are available at a cost of $10 each. Private applicators are required to obtain 15 hours of continuing education credits in a 5-year period with two of those hours in Integrated Pest Management or Drift Minimization and two hours in Laws and Regulations.
* $50 renewal fee is paid
every five years, once CEU credits are completed, in order to recertify.
For information about the training and testing, call 620-3440.
Family friend’s stalking is good reason for girl to fear
DEAR ABBY: You printed a letter from a scared 15-year-old girl who was being pestered by a family friend, and whose parents did n<pt take her fear seriously.
To “Quaking in California,’’ I would like to say: “lf Sam has taken photos of you at the mall and is leaving suggestive notes on your door, he is already stalking you! Do something about it now. Go to the police and let them know your fears.’*
I am a convicted sex offender, and I see it as only a matter of time before this man comes after this young lady and rapes her. The police should be notified immediately. She is in my prayers
— TREATED'IN MONROE, WASH.
DEAR TREATED: The girl’s letter brought a flood of mail from readers who identified with it and offered advice. Read on:
DEAR ABBY: Your advice fell a little short. She is worried that “Sam’* might start stalking her. I’ve got news for you: He already is! California stalking laws are very
specific, and Sam’s activities would definitely qualify as such. Sam is 34 and trying to start a relationship with a 15-year-old. Last time I checked, that was illegal — consensual or not Being drunk is no excuse. She would be best advised to talk to the police and seek a restraining order. When looking for friends, maybe her parents should look somewhere other than the local bar.
— BR YAN IN CALIFORNIA
DEAR ABBY: I’m 32, but when I was 15, a friend of my brother’s (who is IO years older than me)
started making passes at me. This went on for about two months. It ended with my being raped. The emotional scars I have dealt with; the physical scars I cover up.
Abby, “Quaking in California’’ has reason to be afraid. “Sam” is stalking her, and if her parents won’t listen, she should take copies of the notes from her father’s friend to the police.
— K H. IN FRESNO, CAUF.
DEAR ABBY: I knew I had to write when I read the letter from “Quaking.” That was me 20 years ago. I spent several years of my life afraid to attend aqy family gatherings. If I went, I would be afraid even to go to the bathroom for fear “Uncle Pete” would follow me. My parents thought I was an overimaginative child, too young to know what was going on.
Well, one night Uncle Pete passed out on our couch, and I woke up to find him all over me! He ripped off my clothes and I thought he was going to rape me. I managed to push him off me and scream. Uncle Pete ran out of the house and I never saw
him again. My dad made sure of it!
Abby, too many parents think their children are too young to know what sexual harassment is, but they’re not. Children know the feelings of shame and fear when someone makes sexual moves on them, even if they don’t know what to call those feelings. But there is a name for it: sexual abuse of children.
Her instincts should be applauded, but she needs help fast. Most rapes art committed by a family friend or member, not by an unknown. Parents must teach their children not to succumb to the child predator.
“Quaking,” go to your counselor or teachers, or the police, lf you can’t do that, find an adult you can trust — maybe the mother of a friend, lf you came to me, I would help, and there are many other good people who
would, too. Good luck, and may the Lord keep you safe. o
— SURVIVOR Iff SIMPSONVILLE, S C
DEAR READERS: I regret that1 space limitations prevent me from -printing all of the excellent letters I have received offering support and direction for “Quaking in California.” However, tomorrow I-will print two more — from * professionals who work with children. Stay tuned.
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Deer, quail hunters find quality game
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — This year’s weather conditions have produced excellent quail and deer hunting without last year’s fear of low-quality game, reports the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Dr. Don Steinbach of College Station, Extension program leader for wildlife and fisheries sciences, said the quality of quail and deer has broken the declining trend over recent years.
“It has been several years since we had a good quail crop,” Steinbach said. Also, this year, H.P. Appling from El Campo killed the biggest deer entered in the Muy Grande Contest in La Salle County.
According to Steinbach, hunters can thank favorable weather.
“We have had good quality deer and quail primarily due to good rains,” he said.
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Commissioners meet Thursday
At its 8:15 am meeting Thursday, Comal County Commissioners Court will take action on the following road and zoning items:
• combining two lots of the Canyon Lake Village West subdivision, lots 918 and 919, into one lot
• combining two lots in Scenic Hills subdivision, lots 31 and 32, into one lot
• final approval of Heritage Park Unit No. 2
• determining platting requirements on a 25-acre track off Farm-to-Market 1863
• hear a report from County Engineer Tom Homseth on progress of engineering projects.
Commissioners Court will discuss the following workshop items. They are for the court’s information only, and no action will be taken:
• presentation by Comal County YMCA Project Director Ginny Eanes on YMCA projects. The YMCA currently operates an afterschool program in die New Braunfels Independent School District.
• discussion of the county’s investment policies. The county periodically reviews its investments, according to County Judge Carter Casteel.
Commissioners court is scheduled to discuss and act on the following action agenda items. The court has the option of postponing, or tabling, the items for commissioners say they need more information before they act:
• discuss and act on an item postponed at the Nov. 26 meeting — funding of the Bulverde volunteer fire station. The station has already been built, Casteel said. Commissioners will consider helping the Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department get a lower interest loan on the construction.
• discuss and approve the purchase of West Law CD’s Tower Network Source and consider how to pay for iL
• appoint a member to the Alamo Area Council of Governments Criminal Justice Planning Committee.
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“Covey numbers are up, as is covey size,” Rollins said.
He said populations of scaled or blue quail, in particular, have rebounded nicely from recent years.
Rollins commented that quail hunting reports have shown that quail hunting has increased everywhere, but some areas have shown significantly stronger numbers than other areas.
“Quail hunting has been the strongest in areas west of a line from Wichita Falls to Del Rio,” he said.
He said that deer size has increased IO percent across the board.
Steinbach said good quality game has sparked a renewed interest in hunting.
“License sales are up and public hunting areas are being used more,” he said. “The youth hunting program of the Texas Wildlife Association has many young people out getting their first hunting experience.”
Despite promising overall conditions, Steinbach said that high forage quality in some areas has
“The acorn crop in East and Central Texas has caused deer not to feed on bait (com), and has made hunting a little harder from stands,” he said.
Rollins said dry conditions since late summer have delayed winter weed and some small grain growth.
Steinbach said that the size of this year’s deer cannot be fully determined until the Texas Big Game Awards Program entries have been tabulated.
District Extension director Tony Douglas for the East Texas region said livestock are doing well despite grazing conditions.
“Winter pastures are improving and they are offering limited grazing,” Douglas said. “However, livestock are fair to good with active calving and steady market prices.” Scott Durham, district Extension director for the West Central region. laid most wheat crops are in fair recent weather t “Most wheat has emerged, but crops in general need rain,” Durham said. “One or two fields have been sown early and could be grazed in two weeks.”
The following specific livestock, crop and weather conditions were reported by district Extension directors:
WEST CENTRAL TEXAS: soil moisture very short to adequate. Pastures need rain. Livestock good but body condition declining with persistent cool temperatures. Cotton harvest complete. Wheat in need of rain. Pecan harvest in full swing, but poor quality crops reported.
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CENTRAL TEXAS: soil moisture adequate. Heavy feeding under way on pastures with poor grazing on winter pastures. Wheat planting nearing completion. Pecan yields good but poor quality reported in some areas.
COASTAL BEND: soil moisture adequate to surplus. Winter pasture planting delayed due to frequent rains. Some wheat fields are becoming water logged. Oat stands look good. Second rice crop yields better than expected. Late soybeans yielded well.
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