New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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*18 pages in one section ■ Wednesday. December 20,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ROBIN REARY
Vol. 144, No.27Inside
Comics..........................................17StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Robin Reary, Bradley Bevil (IO years), Jessica Sweeney (14 years), Pamela Brinkkoeter, Karen Schwind, Gilbert Molina.
Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kraft (55 years).Last chance for logos
The City of New Braunfels Main Street Transit Committee is extending the deadline for logo entries to December 21. The logo design must be able to be reproduced in black and white but may be four color. The committee reserves the right to alter or merge designs and names. For more information, call the Main Street Office at 608-2100.Live nativity scone
The Holy Family Church Youth Program will hold its fourth annual live nativity on Dec. 22 and 23 from 7 p.m. to ? at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street.Sesquicentennial book on sale
The radio program New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes that has been broadcast during 1995 has been reduced to a book and is available for sale The price is $15, plus $1.24 sales tax. Exact delivery date is not available. But the Sophien-burg Museum and Archives will have book gift certificate available for sale until Friday, Dec. 22. lf you have questions, call 629-1572 or 629-1City offices holiday schedule set
All city offices will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christmas day, but will be available for regular service on the 26th, and on New Years' Day. For more information or asistance, call 608-2140 from 8 a rn. to 5 p.m. on any business day.
k ..Cheer Fund needs more donations
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Wm L. Childs, III - $25, Miss Linden Anderson - $10, and a $20 anonymous donation, bringing the fund total to $4,073.11.
Delivery of food will take place at 9 a m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food baskets. More donations are also needed to cover the cost of the food baskets that have been ordered.
To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Lan da St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Katie Thigpen, Burton Speckman and Ryan Sckula look through the potato pile at HEB as they select food for Cheer Fund baskets.Season Of GivingCheer Fund brightens holidays for hundreds of families
By DENISE DZIUK
Hundreds of needy families will have food to eat this holiday season when the food drive sponsored by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung brings food to their doors on Saturday morning.
For the past 13 years, the paper has sponsored the Cheer Fund, which will provide food baskets for about 200 families this holiday season. Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery said about 60 families received baskets the first year, and the number jumped to about IOO the second year.
“Every year since 1986 when I took it over, we’ve served between 200 and 250 families,” said Avery. “It keeps going.”
The list of families comes from the Community Service Center, which gathers the names from various sources. Avery said the list does not include every family that could use help.
“There are people with a real need for help. Those are the ones we want to help, but sometimes their pride gets in the way, and they won’t accept it,” she said.
Avery said H-E-B is preparing the baskets this year, and will have them packaged. She said “all we have to do is go over there and pick them up.” Each basket costs about $21.58, and 200 baskets are being prepared. However, donations are still needed. In 1993, about $7,000 was collected by this time. The current total is just over $4,000. She said volunteers are also needed, and the amount of time a person spends is up to the individual.
“If they want to deliver I or IOO, that’s fine. It’s up to them. Any help is a big headache off of us,” said Avery.
Avery said people can still get involved. Volunteers will need to be at the Herald-Zeitung building between 8 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23 to
Students pick out non-perishable goods for the baskets.
———- next year’s Cheer Fund.
‘It’s wonderful the way they do things here. Everyone volunteers for something, and that’s what makes it great.’
— Carol Ann Avery
pick up delivery lists. The baskets will have to be paid for by Fnday. However, Avery said donations can be made at any time. She said the money will sin ply be put into a savings account to draw interest until
•Ifs a real nice thing to do for the community. It’s a pleasure to do it, and it doesn’t really hurt us,” said Avery.
Avery said tile volunteers also make a big difference in the Cheer Fund. She said New Braunfels residents are great about volunteering, and they help in numerous ways. She said they deserve credit for the work they do.
“It’s wonderful the way they do things here. Everyone volunteers for something, and that’s what makes it great,” she said.
For more information about the fund, donating or volunteering, call Avery at 625-9144 or come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St.
Unicom Stadium not in compliance with ADA standards
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Amid concerns raised by a New Braunfels High School parent, New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Birdberry said the district is doing everything it can to make sure Unicom Stadium is accessible to the handicapped.
“We are well aware of the need to meet ADA (American with Disabilities Act) requirements,” Bradberry said. “Right now we are doing engineering feasibility studies on how we can make the stadium accessible. We want to meet the needs of the people.” Unicom Stadium does not have any platforms in the stands for people in wheelchairs. The district, Bradberry said, allows people in wheelchairs on the track near the 35 yard line where assistance is available if they need a blanket or any help. Bradberry said most of the people in wheelchairs are residents of Eden Home, who are bused in a van from the home.
Ronnie Baker, a member of the parents advisory board to the superintendent, said he feels the district has taken too long in making Unicom Stadium accessible. He said it is inconvenient for his sister-in-law, who is paralyzed from the chest down, to have her wheelchair stationed on the track because of the concerns a football or soccer ball may hit her. Baker said that when the bands enter the field for the halftime show his sister-in-law feels like “she is being trampled on.”
“I have been talking to the superintendent and the vice-principal since the beginning of football season,” Baker said. “To my knowledge, nothing has been done about it. It has been all talk and no action. It is time we needed to go ahead and start taking the mi-tiative. I am tired of getting the runaround.”
The district is trying to address Bak-
‘lt takes significant amounts of money to get these projects done.’
— Superintendent Charles Bradberry
er’s concerns, Bradberry said. He said there are many facilities within the school district that have not met ADA guidelines because they were built before ADA was implemented in the early 1990’s. Bradberry said that making these changes will take time and money as renovations and new facilities are put up. The goal for upgrading Unicom Stadium to ADA standards is the next football season, Bradberry said, but there is a chance that the district could make the upgrades before soccer season starts in the spnng.
“The problem with the bleachers is that the area around it is not a flat space,” Bradberry said. “We would have to take a section of stands out and weld a platform into the space. But the thing is we would have to have an engineer look to make sure that the integrity of the structure is not disturbed.”
“Things like these don’t happen overnight,” Bradberry said.“It takes significant amounts of money to get these projects done.”
Cougar and Ranger Stadiums both meet ADA requirements, Comal Independent School District Director of Maintenance and Operations Roy Lin-nartz said. ’
“At the north ends of each stadium, we have access ramps,” Linnartz said. “We have cut out two areas where six wheelchairs can fit. In our gym and athletic restrooms, we are making sure that there is a five-foot diameter in the stalls for handicapped people to enter.”
Linnartz said disabled people in wheelchairs can go onto the track if they want, but they have to stay behind the goalposts for safety’s sake.
Holiday event in search of Santa
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Santa seems to have missed one of the letters addressed to him at the north pole. Harvest from the Heart organizers still hope that he will stop at the community dinner on Christmas Eve, but they haven’t heard from the jolly elf yet.
Santa (or any of his look-alike assistants) is urged to call 608-1330 or 606-0200 to let Harvest from the Heart founder Robert Konkel know he will be there
Food, servers, and other details are falling into place for Sunday’s community meal. “We have everything pretty well donated,” Konkel said “We are short a few toys — we’ll have to spend some of our funds to buy toys.” Or a few more area residents could still donate a $10-$ 15 toy by dropping it off at Mail-It-Plus.
Singer/guitanst Jim Wesolick will
be on hand to entertain Harvest from the Heart guests Sunday night.
“Well over IOO people have called and donated time,” Konkel said. Volunteer coordinators are working overtime to contact all the potential volunteers.
“Last year we serv ed for four hours,” Konkel said. “This year we’re only serving for two hours, so it’s kind of hard to find a job for everyone to do.”
Anyone in the community who wouldn’t otherwise enjoy a hot traditional holiday meal with family or friends is invited to share that meal with New Braunfels neighbors at Harvest from the Heart, Konkel said. A good, old fashioned turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served at the Civic Center Sunday, Christmas Eve, from 5 to 7 p.m.
“I want to say a big “thank you’ to the community for all the support so far,” Konkel said.
Hundred point drop in market no cause for jitters, analysts say
By DENISE DZIUK
The stalemate in the budget process is being blamed for more than federal employees being furloughed. Some brokers and analysts say it has caused a rapid decline in the stock market.
liie Dow Jones industrial average fell by 101.52 to close at 5,075.21 Monday. However, the cause of that drop in not clear. Some brokers feel it is a result of the budget negotiations, while others believe it is simply due to the end of the year.
“It kind of indicates how people feel about (the shut down). People have decided to get out” said William Mayo, of William N. Mayo Investments. “It’s
a nervous little market right now.”
Stan Cunningham, of Edward D. Jones & Co., said the decline is “nothing to get excited about.” He said that typically, year-end “portfolio dressing” occurs in which investors will attempt to make their portfolios “look good” for their annual report. He said this could cause investors to do various things with their stock, including selling it. He said the market was high, and it came (town now.
“It’s virtually a result of stock going up so much earlier this year. It’s going to continue to fluctuate, but there’s no big trouble in sight,” said Cunningham.
Mayo said he expects the market to
‘It’s gong to continue to fluctuate, but there’s no big trouble in sight,’
— Stan Cunningham, Edward D. Jones & Co.
continue “to falter”. I lowever, he said, if an agreement is reached between President Clinton and the Congress, the stock market will “shoot straight up.” He said the same thing could result if Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan issues a break iii interest rates.
At about noon on Tuesday, Greenspan issued the break everyone was waiting for, and the market responded accordingly. Greenspan lowered the interest rate banks charge each other on overnight loans by about a quarter of a point. Cunningham said the government is the world’s biggest debtor, and wants low interest rates. However, Greenspan must be careful not to lower rates too quickly, thus causing inflation, said Cunningham. He said the fact that he lowered the rate indicates that he does not see inflation as a problem.
“It’s a long term indication that he believes there’s not much inflation out there. He feels the lowered rates can
stimulate the economy without causing inflanon,” said Cunningham
He said the stock market will respond accordingly because easing interest rates promotes increased buying The market will continue to fluctuate, and investors need to look at the long-term rather than short-term He said they also need to realize that Greenspan’s actions simply mean he does not see inflation as a looming problem. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 5109.89 Tuesday.
Mayo said he, along with a lot of other brokers, will continue to keep a close eye on the market until some indication comes from the government regarding budget negotiations.Bidding farewell to the Fischer Store. See Opinion, Page 4,