New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Jennifer Michelle Koepp (three years), Katherine Sleg-mund (93 years), Donna Elder, Christine Noel Mar* tinez, Patti Westbrook belated), Carolyn Johnson, Shana Mendez, John Daniel Zavala (six years), Gregoria Hernandez, Caris-sa Campos (nine years), Kenneth D. Brietzke (66 years), Maria Del Socorro Ortega (Monday), and Marcella Dailey.
Happy seventh anniversary to Robert and Norma Rodriguez.
Tree of Lights raises funds for Hospice
The Hospice Tree of Lights is up atop the New Braunfels
Utilities building. Throughout the season, a light will be lit on that tree for every donation made to Hospice New Braunfels Another tree in McKenna Memorial Hospital’s lobby features a white dove for every donation to Hospice. Donations may be made in person or mailed to 613 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels 78130. For information, call 625-7500.
Food drive helps Children's Shelter
The Lone Star Booster Club
is holding a canned food drive to help the Children’s Shelter for the holidays The community is invited to drop off derations at Lone Star Soryu Karate School located at 982 Loop 337 near Brauntex Rentals between the hours of 4 30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, ending Dec. 21. Anyone who brings 10 cans will get a free week of karate lessons, lf there are any questions, call 620-1319.
Train to bs a child’s voice in court
CASA of Central Texas will conduct a 40-hour course to train advocates in January 1996 Court Appointed Special Advocates are appointed by a judge to give the court an objective view of what is in the best interest of a child involved in the legal system. Call Deborah at 620-5536 for information.
Give to tho Cheer Fund
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food baskets to the needy.
Two hundred food baskets have been ordered, and will be delivered to area families at 9 a m., Saturday, Dec. 23. Anyone who can help with delivery may call Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144 during business hours.
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Allied commander starts Bosnian operation
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — Witl\ a spare, straightforward order, the supreme allied Commander in Europe today gave the starting signal to the biggest military operation in Europe since World War ll.
“My recommendation was simply ‘Let’s go’,” said Gen. George Joulwan, who will be overall commander of the Bosnia peacekeeping operation led by the West
ern alliance. He said deployment of the 60,000-strong NATO-led force would begin by early Sunday. Advance units have already begun arriving.
Joulwan’s final green light followed the approval of 16 ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council. They voted just hours after the U.N. Security Council passed a unanimous resolution authorizing the mission.
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Vol. 144, No 25
City doubles season pass fee for Landa Park pools
Major renovation has Easter target for completion
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
And they’re off
Hundreds of area runners came to Landa Park Saturday to join in the annual Jingle Bell Run. For complete coverage, turn to Sports, Page 8A.
The New Braunfels City Council has approved a new fee schedule for using swimming facilities, raising fees as much as IOO percent. At the same time, a major renovation of the Landa Park pool complex is ready to start.
Keller-Martin General Contractors have set up shop in Landa Park this week, after the city council approved their bid for the renovation project.
“I really am excited.” said Iris NetTendorf, Parks and Recreation director. “I think it’s a long needed improvement.”
The shallow end of the spnng fed pool will be transformed into “Kiddie City”, complete with play features — like water slides, squirting animal play structures and water drops (like tire swings).
Play structures for Kiddie City and the new wading pool wall he bought from New Braunfels General Store International, which supplies Schlitterbahn and other theme parks w ith rides and equipment.
Keller-Martin w ill build a new wading pool between the hath house, the spnng fed pool and the Olympic pool. The wading pool will be shallow, like the spring end of the spring-fed pool, but it will have warmer water.
The bath house itself, built in 1%9, will get a much-needed face lift.
“We haven’t done anything but typical seasonal maintenance since it was built,” Neffendorf said.
The $400,000 plus to pay for the w hole project came
City Council Raises Pool Fees
one-day swim ages 3 to 17
one-day swim ages 18 to 59
one-day swim seniors 60 & over
resident season pass ages 3 to 17
resident season pass adults 18 to 59
resident season pass seniors 60 & over
resident family season pass
non-resident season pass ages 3 to 17
non-resident season pass adults 18 to 59 $45.00
non-resident season pass seniors 60 & over $37.50
non-resident family season pass
tube rental per day. per tube
Note: Fees include capital improvement fees.
Herald-Zeitung graphic by ROGER CROTEAU
half from grant money and half from user fees saved over a period of years.
The new and improved pools are scheduled to ojx*n by Easter. “It’s going to be a very fast-paced project,” she said. “We’re all aiming to get it done by the beginning of the season.”
In fact, the city’s contract w ith Keller-Martin has teeth enforcing that completion date. The contract states that the project w ill be “substantially complete” (ready for use) by March 15, NetTendorf said.
lf the contractors can’t meet the deadline, a $550 “assessment fee” will be charged by April I, as well as “liquidation damages,” or compensation for the city’s lost revenue due to the pool not being ready, she said.
NetTendorf'has faith in Keller-Martin, she said. The firm comes highly recommended by other parks directors. “They’re a very well known company," she said.
Traffic deaths up 120 percent from last year
City police expect higher speed limits to add to total
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND’
The New Braunfels Police Department has a special Christmas wish for you — don’t die.
Eleven people have died in New Braunfels traffic accidents so far this year. That’s up from five traffic deaths in four accidents last year, said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack.
“Seven of those eleven deaths were in alcohol related accidents,” he said.
Police fear the numbers will only go up with the new 70 mile per hour speed limit.
“There are a couple of reasons for that,” Wommack said. The faster a car is traveling, the greater the momentum — anything that hits your car will hit it harder and cause more damage to the car and to you.
Then there’s reaction time. The speed of your car is faster, but your reaction time isn’t.
“At 70, you’re traveling 103 feet per second,” Wommack said. “The average person has a reaction time of a half of a second. In a half second they’ve gone 51 feet before their foot even touches the brake.”
The numbers get scarier when you add alcohol to the equation. Alcohol is a depressant, so it makes the body move more slowly
“A jrerson just barely legally intoxicated could have a reaction time up to a second and a half,” he said. “If they’re going 70, that car has gone 155 feet before they even start putting on the brakes.”
Wommack said there are several ways dn-
‘At 70 (MPH) you’re traveling 103 feet per second.’
— Lf. John Wommack
vers can keep from finding out just what happens to flesh and metal in a 70 mile per hour impact.
Don’t drink and drive. What a cliche, but picture this:
You’ve had a few too many and you’re going 70 on the freeway. Your eyes see a car stalled up ahead. You slam your foot on the brake as fast as you possibly can — but your car has already gone half a football field before your fix* even made contact with that brake pedal, let alone stopped the car.
With increased speeds, be sure to wear safety belts, Wommack said. “Because if a person’s in an accident at 70, they’re going to be thrown harder, further. They want to stay inside the car.”
Leave enough distance between you and the car ahead. “The rule is a second for each IO miles per hour,” he said.
To check your follow ing distance, pick out a big object ahead on the road, like a large sign. When the car you’re following passes it, start counting — “tine thousand one, one thousand two.” lf you’re going 70, you should be able to count to seven by the time your car passes the same sign.
“It’s going to look like an awful long distance,” Wommack said, but that’s how much it would take for you to react and the brakes to stop the car in time to avoid a crash.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Irene Schmieding was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital for minor injuries after she lost control of her car on Mary Lane and it flipped in a field Friday.
NBISD still mulling charging for use of facilities
By DENISE DZIUK
The New' Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees debated a new fee schedule for the use of distnct facilities again this week.
The new policy would institute a fee schedule that would charge some groups as much as $475 to use facilities, while other groups would still be allowed to use them for free.
Debbie Fitsko, administrative assistant for community vocational, and adult education, told the board that no changes in the fees had been made since the presentation last semester.
Fitsko also said that the passage requinng users to hav e insurance was taken exit on the adv ice of the district’s attorneys.
She said a passage was added, stating district facilities cannot be used for partisan political functions However, it may be used for nonpartisan political events, including forums and debates
Principals from the vanous campuses attended the meeting, and told the board they supported the guideline, and they have experienced problems with dirty facilities, damage, and missing items after meetings Hie issue will he placed on an agenda in January as an action item.Find out what the Herald-Zeitung Reader Advisory Board had to tell us. See Opinion, Page 4A