New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Dec. 29,1993HeraJd-Zeitung
13 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ISAAC MESA
Vol. 142, No. 34
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Isaac Mesa, Brooks Campbell, Hugo Schmidt (90 yrs!), Janie Gonzales, Mark Motion, Francisco Caballero, Jr., Dora Neckar, Ena Fretiag,
Mary Geurts; Milton Cleck, Alba Morales, Jimmie Morger, Tommy O'Gorman, Inez Payne,
Johnnie Soukup. Happy Anniversary lo Gary A Charlene Scheel (25th).
13th Bridal Fair
schadulad for Jan. 4
On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the New Braunfels Bridal Fair Association will host its 13th annual Bridal Fair at the New Braunfels Civic Center, located at 380 S. Seguin St
Admission is S3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
All facets of planning a wedding from engagement to honeymoon to moving into a first home ate represented by the bridal consultants participating—including jewelry, hair styling and nail care, flowers and other special decorations, catering, photography, wed-dir^ dresses, hotels, reception rootps, honeymoon travels, chinaware, and more.
A bridal gown fashion show^J. will be interrupted only by the awanting of exquisite prizes given hy Thjfp
year's prizes will include groom's gifts as well. You're invited to visit the boothe of each participating business to see what services and items they have to offer and to register to win each consultant's giveaway.
NB Optimist dub meeting Mondey
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will hold its first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be at Finkel's Salad Bar and Grill and the speaker will be Comal County Agent Bob Taylor.
Board members will meet at 7 am Friday morning.
Learning disability group forming
Anyone interested in joining a learning disability support group should call Shay at 620-4316 or Leigh al 629-2232 after 5:36 p.m.
Now Year's Bv# dance planned
A New Year's Eve dance has been aet for Holy Family Home finn 8:30 pm. to 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 31 (Friday).
The dance will feature the sounds of the Texans Band. Tickets will be $8. For more information, call 625-5320.
Republic an kick-off act Monday
The Comal County Republican Campaign Kick-Off will be held et Molly Joe’s restaurant on Monday, Jan. 3 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Candidates who have filed on the Republican ticket for local offices will be on hand. Refreshments will be served. Call 629-0388 for more information.
(The New Braurfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers lo submit items to Stammtisch. According to the SopMonburg Archives and members cf the German community, ^Slommtisch" represents a sitting place far members cf the community together end share the day's happenings. We invite you to there with ae.)
Flu reports in county number 437 in December, 17 times more than all of 1992
By JENNIFER ROMMEL Staff Writer
Many people may spend the New Year’s Holidays feeling a little down and out this season because of the influenza virus which is affecting many New Braunfels residents.
Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams said 437 cases of the flu have been reported in December 1993. This is more than 17 times higher than the entire number of cases reported in 1992.
According to Williams, ll cases were reported during the entire year of 1992,91 cases were reported in 1991 and 286 cases were reported in 1990.
A flu epidemic has not yet been declared but could be in the future. "It certainly looks like it may be a possibility," she said.
Dr. Stan Handshy, who has a general practice office in New Braunfels, said three-fourths of the people he has treated recently have had flu related problems.
“ A lot of people have been coming in with moderate to severe symptoms," he said.
Dr. Donald Kennady, New Braunfels general practitioner said he has seen many patients.
"It’s been a lot more this year than last year," he said.
Kennady said experts have said the virus appears to have originated in Bejing, China and should be treatable.
"The key is that flu sufferers have to go to the doctor in a couple of days," he said. "Most people, being human beings, put it off."
Handshy said those patients who should be especially concerned are those who have asthma,
By ROSE MARIE EASH
lf you've beak sniffling and sneezing and ftiiftihg for weeks n^:;dtanott ire'you bm: GMST lever.
"fr came very cady this year," saki Dr. Frank Hampel, Jr., a local physician. "The counts have hero ta the thtiusands already and we usnarly don’t have thai until January. It's a very common allergy here, maybe more common than even ragweed and people arc more miserable because we have more of the pollen:* Hampel said symptoms are runny noses, sneezing and itching. They come and go depending on the weather. Treatment can include antihistamines and decongestants or for mote severe reactions prescription nasal sprays and shots. Avoidance is another option. Even on nice days, keep windows closed and regularly change heating and cooling filters, Dr. Hampel recommends.
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after living here all your life without symptoms you can dewtiop an allergy lo it," said Hampel. Tve treated 65-year-olds who never had ft before. Normally it takes about three to seven years of exposure to develop symptoms."
Allodies "develop over a period of time after repeated exposure rn certain susceptible individuals" according to What's New in Allergy by Stephen Astor, MD. Astor** book says about one-thiid of the population suffers flora allergic reactions though many of those have mild cases thai don't require medical attention.
A predisposition to develop allergies does mn in families, but allergy to a specific substance is determined by exposure to those substances.
Histamine is only one of many chemicals in die borty Aw can contribute lo allergy symptoms so sometimes antihistamines alone don’t help allergy sufferers. If your symptoms are severe and over the counter medications aren’t Wring seek a doctor's help.
Symptoms will Hinge from mild to severe depending on the person. Symptoms will usually last fbr two to seven tteys.
Handily said coughing will usually last for seven (bys. He said this is one of the more serious symptoms since it could lead to pneumonia. A person with
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He said most presents can be treated for Type A flu symptoms. However, he said it can be hard to determine if a virus is Type A Type A will frequently respond to anti-viial agents," he said "I looks like a good share of the patients respond to medicine for Type A," be said.
There are three types of flu viruses - A B and C Types A and B produce a more serious illness. Type C symptoms are mild.
Symptoms of flu usually develop within one to three days after being exposed to the vims. The symptoms include, muscle aches, fever, nasal congestion, tore throat, chest tightness, cough, headache nd chills.
the flu should rest, stay warm and drink platy of liquids. Symptoms of the flu can be treated with over the counter medicines.
Handshy also add person with the flu should pay attention to hendwshtng so th* the virus will not be so easily spread.
Tt's contagious enough that it is hard to keep it from spreading," he said.
It is aiggested that any person with the flu should stay borne to avoid spreading the virus to workers or playmates. Also a person should cover coughs and sneezes with a paper tissue.
Handshy suggested that thoae who are a a high risk of getting the flu should get a flu shot
Tis bottom line is to take influenza shots if you tie in a high exposure profession. Also those who have to work can't afford the down time. Most working people would he a whole lot smarter to get a flu shot," he sod.
Flu shots are provided by the oounty. Shots are given on T\iesdeys but McWilliams mid she will also be giving shots this week from 8 a.m. to ll a.m. Thursday and Friday morning. Vaccines are SIO. A limited amount of vaodne is available.
Local policeman graduates from FBI National Academy
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By JENNIFER ROMPEL
After ll weeks of uterae training at the FBI National Academy, Detective Sgt. John Villarreal, of the New Basra-fete Police Depotment, is beck ta New Braunfels to share what he teamed with his fellow officers.
Villarreal returned from the FBI Academy in Quantico^ Va. Dec. 20. "Having attended the FBI Academy, everything appeals to mil along very moodily. Everyone on the Baff has the utmost professional conduct. I've learned we can always try to better ourselves and always try to he top notch," he said.
He said attending the academy allowed him rn team about a variety of law enforcement topics. One of hie moat interesting couree was on laten! fingerprints. Villarreal la annaly coo-hocred lo dc nnfierpnn ■rruiiir
"It it prestigious rn have aa advance fingerprint coulee from Quantico," he said. To have a course time in Qn«nrim speaks of itself."
Other danes he took were forensic and technical services for managers, death investigation, legal issues for command-level officers, interviewing and interrogation, manage ment for law enforcement, special meeting and fitness in law enforcement.
Six of these cusses will count Air college credit from the University of ViiginU.
In the fitness date, Villarreal went beyond the call of duty and paitidpa-ed in the Challenge Program. He was placed in the top group aid completed the toughest part of the training comae, called the Yellow Brick Road. For this accomplishment, he was awarded with a commemorative yellow brick.
"We had mandatory physical training. it WM ai tdded challenge," he said.
The course ranged ftom 15 mites to 9.7 miles. In the 9.7 mile course, 2.7 mile! were made up of an obstacle course," he Mid.
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Villarreal finished in the top 16 participants in the Challenge Program.
"Aa favorite* pro afd* academy ta Batting to rub elbows with officers nom different nates and countries. In tins field of work, one soon oomes to realize that if you need to contact someone in another department, it helps if you already have a direct contact with someone," he said.
‘‘Barically all officers have the same problems we do and have the samq ups and downs we do hem," he said. %
This 173th aamion consisted of men and women ftom 50 noes, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Quam, five military organizations, three Federal civilian organizations, and 21 countries throughout the free world.
Graduation ceremonies were held Dec. 17. Speaking rn the ceremony was FBI Director Louis J. Freeh. Freeh became director in Angust.
Villarreal graduated ftom Seguin High School in 1972.
He attended Texas Lutheran College and Southweal Texas State University. He received his law enforcement certification flora the San Amo-nio College Law Rnforww* Academy in 1981.
He is married to Grade Villarreal, who attended his graduation ceremonies along with his rnphewaadhis brother Jesse Villarreal, who also works a the New Braunfels Police DepartmentFor news, advertising or subscription , call 625-9144