New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 12,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of BLAINE BRUCKS
Vol. 144. No.21
Students’ project helps elderly couple in time for the holidays
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Christmas came early for Juanita and Luther Littlefield. It may be one of their warmest ev er.
About 45 New Braunfels High School students weathered their home Saturday, with the help of some generous adults. “We’re working toward a state project for student council," said Leslie Scott, NBISP junior and project co-chair. “This year we plan to do two ‘eco-energy homes.’”
The students renovated the Littlefields' front porch as a bonus. “It was a total ov erhaul of their porch,” Scott said. “We tore the old front porch down and put in a new one with a wheelchair ramp and handles.”
friday Mrs. Littlefield fell off of the old porch and had to be taken to the hospital, she said.
The students began planning the project near the first of November. “One of our meter readers helped out to identify a house that would fit within the students' project guidelines," said David Werley of New Braunfels Utilities.
“For the last three weeks we've been going out about every afternoon looking for donations,” Scott said. “There's just a ton of material out here,” Werley said.
Cell-U-Insul, owned by Tom and Cathy Taleott, furnished the insulation. NBU kicked in labor to help install it.
Werley was on hand to help supervise. “Our student council co-chair is Jason Friesenhahn,” Scott said. “He’s got the major connection to the
building world. NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo also came to help
The weathenzation project earns points for the students in state student council competition. "To stay within the state project lines, the homeowners need to be elderly or disabled, and they need to have a house that state regulations will not fund," Scott said.
Saturday turned out to be Mr. Littlefield's birthday. “We brought him a diabetic cake,” Scott said. “In fact, we installed a new mini-blind for them.”
Donating resources for the weathenzation project were McCoy’s Lumber, Eberhardt Hardware, Mueller Building Supply. Stripling Blake. True Value, Henne Hardware, H F B., Target, Comal Supply and Wal-Mart.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL
Catrina Garsnett and Jason Friesenhahn cut aluminum siding as part of a weathenzation project.
Classified..................................8-10StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sharon Feltner, Blaine Bracks, Kenny Bracks (Monday), Earlene Klabunde (Monday), Margie Erben (Saturday), Laura Ann Stapper (five years), Anna Danforth (Friday), Nicholas Carrizales, Joe David Perez (three yeas), Melanie Kocian (16 years, Monday).
Happy anniversary wishes to Larry and Donna Allen and to Roy and Alice Williams (35 years.)Hydrilla on agenda
The Lake Management Workgroup will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe County Administration Building. The topic will be the hydrilla problem in local lakes.Building contractor seminar and lunch
A building contractor seminar and luncheon will be held at Honors Hall, Dec. 14 from 11:30 a m. to 1:30 p.m. Jim Bradley, structural engineer, will lead a discussion on the latest in concrete foundations and many pointers on improving your slabs with little or no extra cost. Co-sponsored by RE/MAX RiverCities and American Engineering Reser vations required, call 629-1745QI Forum meets Thursday
The American GI Forum, Chapter 1014, meets Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 179 Hall on Coll Street.Bereavement Support Group meets
Bereavement Support Group meets Dec. 14 at 3 p m at the Senior Center. Call Jan at 629-8181 for information.Historical Christmas Journey
The public is invited to the Historical Christmas Journey, Saturday, Dec 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p m at First Protestant Church, Seguin and Coll streets. No admission charge.
Featuring The first Christmas on the coast, Christmas at the orphanage, a Victorian Christmas, Christmas eve candlelight service, historical church buildings in miniature, a live nativity, festive music and refreshments.Cheer Fund donations continue
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Mr and Mrs H G Goldstucker -$25, Jim and Myrtle Clark -$25, Howard and Joan Thomas - $10 and anonymous gifts of $25 and $10, bringing the fund total to $3,563.11.
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Garol Ann Avery at 625-9144
Charges filed in Saturday accident
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Last chance to get items in time capsule is here
As New Braunfels' Sesquicentennial come to a close this month, members of the community are being given one last chance to submit special items to be included in a time capsule, which will he buried in commemoration of this special year.
The time capsule will be buried at the beginning of 1996. The guidelines for time capsule submissions include:
* Submissions must be of paper origin, i.e., photographs, letters, documents.
* Submissions must either fit in a 9 x 12-ineh envelope or a #10 envelope. Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are $10 and $ 15 respectively
Submissions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce offices, 390 S. Seguin Ave.
I he time capsule will be buried for 50 years at the Civic Center. For more information, contact the C hamber of C ommerce, 625-2385.
Benefit concert to aid baby
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Majestic Lee Maldanado has been fighting since his Aug. 30 birth in New Braunfels. When he was bom his heart was on the wrong side of his chest and he had several other problems He also had a cleft palate.
“The surgeon said he sees a case like this only about once every five years." said C hrista Maldanado, Majestic’* mother.
With growing hospital bills. Majestic and
his family need all the help they can get. Area residents can help by going to luanda Station s “Songwriters’ Night" Thursday.
Proceeds from the evening s entertainment will help the Maldanado family Majestie s father plays in Triple S I the headline band Thursday.
The tiny boy impressed doctors with his strength to withstand extensive surgery, Maldanado said. “He is considered a miracle baby ’
“We w ant to let everyone know we appreciate all the prayers,” she said.
Castillo made new president of NBU board
The New Braunfels Police Department has formally charged a 47-year old man who was involved in an accident Saturday that killed a woman on Highway 46. a police spokesman said.
“He (Shelly Scheutz) has been charged with DW I and intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle.” Lt. John Wommaek said on Monday.
Scheutz. a resident of New Braunfels, w as apprehended on Saturday by New Braunfels Police officers in the 500 block of Highway 306. Scheutz was involved in a three-car accident that claimed the life of Louisa Car-vajal, 43. of Seguin and seriously injured another, Russell Fields. 70. of Gonzales. Fields was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center, w here he was listed in serious condition as of Monday. Wommaek said he was going to B AMG on Monday, hoping to get a statement from Fields.
Scheutz was released from the Comal County Jail on Monday on a S25.000 bond.
Eyew itnesses at the scene said the accident occurred when Scheutz's green Chevrolet pickup, which was pulling a trailer, weaved in and out of traffic.
According to police reports, the accident occurred when Scheutz was driving in the inside lane towards New Braunfels while Fields was in the outside lane going in the same direction. The pickup wove in and out of traffic w ith the trailer going up into the air and hitting the front hood of Fields' tan Oldsmobile, leaving tire marks on the hood. Fields then lost control of his car. crossed the median and broadsided Carvajal on the driver’s side. Carvajal was going eastbound on Highway 46 towards Seguin. As a result, Carvajal's 1988 Mercury Sable wound up on the side of the road crashing into a barbed wire fence. Carv ajal's 13-year old daughter. who was riding on the passenger’s side, escaped the accident without any serious injuries and Was later treated and released from an area hospital.
Scheutz reportedly drove on vv ithout stopping. eyew itnesses said Wommaek said Scheutz was apprehended thanks to an eyewitness who followed him and called 911 on his cellular phone.
Fireman of the year
Veterans of Foreign Wars Unit #7110 gave its annual Fireman of the Year Award to Freddie Buch Jr. last weekend. Pictured are Janice Quent, president of the VFW Ladies Auxilary, Freddie Buch Jr., Bob Quent; Commander VFW #7110, and Fire Chief Phillip Baker.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Utilities will nav igate new challenges and changes in the utilities market with a new man at the helm — Guadalupe Castillo. He was unanimously elected president of the NBU hoard of trustees at Thursday night’s meeting.
"I was happily surprised that it was unanimous,” Castillo said. “That indicates we have a board that will unify and work together.”
Vice-president this past year, Castillo has served four years of a five-year term, said Paula DiFonzo, NBU general manager.
E.C. Momhmvveg, NBU president for nine years, is now vice-president.
Increasing competition in the delivery of electricity and volatile regional water issues w ill challenge Castillo and the board as it plans for the future.
“The NBU and board and staff will be working together to provide our customers the best service at the least cost while developing strategies that will enable us to be competitive in an ever-evolving environment,” Castillo said.
Communication and cooperation between NBU and the city council are growing. Castillo said things NBU will need to keep up with changing times.
“I want people to know that I’m available for customers to call me," he said. "My number’s published in the phone book — if I’m not there they can leave a message on the machine."
“This is going to be the first time it’s going to be a shared
___presidency,” Castillo said. He
Castillo ant* Mornhinweg will share
responsibilities, as w ill the rest of the board. “Ell ask them to attend meetings and trainings. They can make reports and bring them hack to the w hole board,” he said.
Castillo, a certified fraud examiner, works in San Antonio for the office of the Texas attorney general doing internal audits. Castillo had to take several weeks of intensive training to earn the CFH suffix "forensic type training with investigation,” he said. "It’s where most auditing is going now.
Castillo was bom in Lockhart and graduated from Southwest Texas State University. He is married to Josie Castillo and has four children and two grandchildren.
“I’m very proud of being the first Hispanic board president,” C astillo said. "We’re making history in another w ay this Sesquicentennial year.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144