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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas . *V,f'' Inside Opinion.........................................4A Sports Day................................1-4B Marketplace............................3-12C Dear Abby.................................3A Birthday wishas from tho Harald-Zaitung! . The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Merry Sieged, Connie WnMsperger, Lethe Kriewildt (Monday), Merry White (Monday), Stephen John Goodwin (S years old), Angela D* Alfonso (21 years old), Bradley Bevil (12 years old), David Sotelo, (19 years old, belated), Ramiro L. Soldo, Sr., (73 years old, belated), Karen Schwind, Brian Gomez (Saturday), Michelle Voges, Tom Ruiz (48 years old Saturday), Rita Martinez (Saturday), Darrell Moeller, Coker Moeller, Naomi Poindexter (Monday), Gilbert MoHna (Saturday), George Romero, Jr. (Monday), Bonnie Stepson. Happy Anniversary wishes go to Tammy and Charlie Setter (first anniversay), Sylvia and Robert Davila (15 years, belated), Ernesto and Elida Sotelo, Ruben P. and Ramona Espinosa (29 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Not much im fay sunglasses Today —Decreasing clouds. Highs in the mid 60s. Tonight, partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Monday — Increasing cloud§.Highs in the mid 60s. Monday night, mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Lows in the 40s. Tuooday — Mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain and showers. Cool with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Wodnonday - Mostly sunny to partly cloudy Lows in the 30s. Highs in the mid 60s to near 60 Thursday — Increasing cloudiness becoming mostly cloudy in the day with a chance of rain Early morning lows in the low 30s Highs near 50 to mid 50s aCVKKN* OUIuntil 1996 Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Jan. 2. Employees return Jan. 5, while students begin the second semester Jan 6 The Tax Office, which collects taxes for the school district and the city of New Braunfels, will be closed Monday through Friday, but it will be open the last three days of December. Closed on Jan. 1, it will be open Jan 2. Office hours for the Tax Office are 8 a m. to 5 p.m. Comal Independent School District offices and schools will be closed through Jan. 2. The CISD central office will reopen at 8 a m. Jan 5. School will begin Jan. 6.for Christmas Window service for the New Braunfels post office will close at noon Wednesday and Dec 31. Express mail, parcels and priority mail may be picked up until 4 p.m. on those days by stopping at the caller service window. New Braunfels postal employees wish the residents of Comal County a merry Christmas and prosperous New YearChristmas tm— haws second life The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor the 11th annual Christmas tree recycling program starting Monday Residents can drop off live trees at a specially marked area in the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot at the intersection of Landa Park Drive and Golf Course Road in Landa Park through Jan. 19. For information, call 606-2160 New Braunfels NGOV ww a J Herald S 0—Uj f; 3 j- m ^ ®/ L d / 9 9 2627 * SUNDAY SIAO Ilk ^    TX    79yo3 I* 32 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, December 21,1997 Serving the Comal County area for morfe than 145 years ■ Home of Tammy and Charlie Salter Vol. 146, No. 27 - ..... '_ rn J Comal ISD trustees to tour factory that seeks emissions permit By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The Comal Independent School District never intended to fight Lightning Metal Specialties Inc.'s permit to increase emissions of trichloroethyl-ene, superintendent Jerry Major told the Herald-Zeitung Friday. “Our intent all along is to ensure die health and safety of our students," Major said At CISD’s Thursday board of trustees meeting, trustees Agreed to tour the Lightning Metal Specialties Inc. plant Jan. 15. ''(Lightning Metal Specialties Inc.) have agreed to that and we have agreed to that," Major said Friday. “Finding it up is all that remains, and I intend to do that today " Major sent a letter to die Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission dated Nov. 3 requesting a hearing “relative to the above proposed permit.” That permit is No. 36251 in which Lightning Metal Specialties Inc. requests to increase the amount of trichloroethylene it is allowed to emit into the air from 25 tons per year to about 45.5 tpy. The maximum emission per hour on the new permit application is 18.6 pounds. His letter was prompted by the concerns of Roy Linnartz, CISD director of maintenance and operations. He learned about die permit application, he said, when Lightning Metal Specialties officials asked CISD for help translat ing die public notice about the permit application into Spanish to publish in die Herald-Zeitung classifieds. “Nothing has ever come up before this close to a school," Linnartz said. “It’s less than 200 feet from (Canyon High School's) property line. The prevailing winds from the southeast blow from the plant directly toward the three elementary schools we have north and west from that facility." Lightning Metal Specialties Inc. makes metal computer chassis at a New Braunfels plant that employs about 300 people. Trichloroethylene is used in vapor to take grease off the surface of die finished chassis. “I have no problem with (a hearing)," said director of operations Van Holley. 'Taking care of children is just as important to us as anyone else." TNRCC has yet to decide whether it will corxluct a hearing, said spokesman Terry Hadley. CISD would abide by TNRCC’s decision either way, Major Turn to Emtoatona, Page 2A* Hearts yield bountiful harvestBy SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor What started as a not-so-simple thank you has become a New Braunfels Christmas tradition and a celebration of community spirit. “I just wanted to say thank-you to the community," said Harvest from the Heart founder Robert Konkel. During the 1994 Christmas season, Konkel expressed his gratitude to the town that had helped make his catering business a success in the most natural way — with a huge party and a meal , said co-founder Dana Overstreet. “Robert paid for it all himself the first year,” said Judy Kraft. Under Kraft’s and Rita Kauftnann’s leadership, the community meal has grown in size and scope each year. “We had 800 last year, and we’re planning to serve 1,000 this year.” Kraft said. The final Festtage event of the year. Harvest from the Heart will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center. Guests will eat a free turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Santa will visit and give toys to children through age 13. Elves Maitlin and Cassie Kraft will help Santa hand out gifts. Jim Wesolick and members of the Catholic Pioneers will fill the air with traditional Christmas music. Harvest from the Heart guests will be the chorus, Wesolick said. "Last year, we got all the children in the Civic Center to come up and sing with us,” he said. “We created a children’s chorus right there on the premise." The clown ministry of Sis. Peter and Paul Church will add to Monday's merriment. “The clown troupe will do a skit,” Wesolick said. “They’ll be going around greeting people and entertaining them." Harvest from the Heart’s bounty comes from the generosity of people throughout New Braunfels, Kraft said. “One couple annually has a Christmas party and collects toys,” Kaufman^ said. “Then they bring the toys to us.” Volunteers will work at the Civic Center from IO a.m. until the last scrap is cleaned up Monday night. Kraft said. They decorate, cook, serve and clean up. Serving food has become the coveted volunteer post, with community groups calling early to volunteer so they can get a spot on the serving line. Among the servers this year are American Legion Post 35, a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout troop and the Citizen Police Academy. Hcratt-Zwtung photo by Susan Flynt England narvMi from int nttn OfQtnuBft judy min (Bn) bog hub rbuvihbhii boti oonawo ioy» Saturday morning tor the community rn—1,5 lo 8 pun. Monday I the CMc Canter. The hepatitis A outbreak has caused one change this year, Kraft said. Store-bought cakes, pies and cockies will be the desserts instead of home-made items. “We still need people to bring those store-bought dessert items." Kraft said. The community meal could not happen without monetary donations from individuals and businesses and free use of the Civic Center, Kauf-mann said. “Wal-Mart gave us a percentage of their day-after-Thanksgiving sales,” Kraft said “They’ve kind of adopted us " Miles Granzin has already begun barbecuing the 40 turkeys needed to feed a Civic-Centersized crowd she said. One husband and wife who stay at Canyon Lake each winter volunteer every year, Kraft said. “The first year they came just because they -CtflltTIIAS BUAL TI Harvest From The Heart commu nity meal mmmt 15 lo 8 p.m. Monday VMMl New Braunfels Civic Center BUM'S mLL MMM* Store-bought cakes, pies and cookies Santa will accept toys up lo the tact minute, especially thcee for children ages 10 to 13 BIBOB OBVfTBOi Anyone and everyone, especially seniors, those who live atone or do not have relatives in town, Winter Texans and families who are finding it hard to stretch the dollars for Christmas cheer this year.Bus crash claims Dallas 16-year-oldBY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A 16-year old Dallas youth was; killed early Saturday in a bus accident on Interstate 35. Jose Antonio Valdez; 16, was one of some 50 people aboard a Laredo-bound tour bus operated by Blanca Tours that collided with a sports recreation vehicle at about 12:01 a m. Saturday. The bus was southbound traveling in the area of2700 Interstate 35 north when apparently the driver of the bus attempted to change lanes and struck a Chevrolet Tahoe that was also southbound in the same area, according to New Braunfels police reports. The Tahoe spun into the median, and the bus also spun into the median, turning over and coming to a stop on the passenger side across die southbound Frontage Road, according to police reports. New Braunfels Fire Department Emergency Medical Services responded with three units and requested back up from San Antonio Metro EMS. and Schertz and San Marcos EMS. The accident was investigated by New Braunfels Police officers, who were assisted by Texas Department of Safety personnel. Fifteen people were transported to McKenna Hospital and 11 were taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, according to police. Uninjured passengers were taken to the Best Western Hotel of New Braunfels, where they were provided with food and a place to stay, according to Glenn Stafford, Best Western general manager. “The ones (passengers) that weren’t injured were just standing outside on the highway," said Stafford. The hotel was offered as a refuge for the passengers who were without traMporta-hon and had no where else to go in the Turn lo But, Page 3A New Braunfels community’s hands reach out to make Christmas more merryBY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Local residents were busy giving their time to wrap toys, bag food and distribute them both them Friday and Saturday The Comal County Sheriff s Office sponsored the Green Santa program, providing 48 kids and 19 families at Teen Connection, the Comal County Women’s Shelter and MHMR with food and toys for Christmas. In its ninth year, the Green Santa program was made possible by contributions from the sheriffs office employees, New Braunfels Chapter of the Gypsies Motorcycle Cite, Wal-Mart and NBGS International/Schlit-terbahn. “We’ve had a lot of donations,” said Sharon Faulkner, adding that volunteers nwV tfrg pry**    (rem    stet in finish 35 people,    Jaycee mem bers and local volunteers, wrapped new and used toys Saturday for Toys for Tots at World Car Motors on San Antonio Street. Rain couldn’t stop the wrapping, and one volunteer said as a newcomer to New Braunfels, she was glad to be involved in the community. “Its a nice way to find out what people are like," said Rita Hilgenhold. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund provided staple food items to some 250 families in need, said organizer Carol Ann Avery, who helped 32 volunteers sack peanut butter, flour and other goods Saturday The program is in its 15th year and has grown steadily since its inception in 1982, when 60 families were assisted. “Since ’82, we’ve delivered food to 3,105 families," said Avery. Members of the community just showed up, she said, to hand deliver the baga of goods throughout the city. Giorgi A man and Kyla Barbar load food Into tha back af a delivery Suburban Saturday before vok unteara tabs bundtea or toog garnered our-Cheer Fund. tog the .rn Hna2Mu>i photoTwo controlled burns get out of control — Page 6A ;