New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, December 31,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Larry
Vol. 145, No. 34
Birthday wistios from tho Honrid-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Betsy McKean, Larry Alexander, Vera Joyce Koepp, Yvonne Garcia, Juan R. Zavala, Meta Schumann, Isabel Annette Saenz (7 years) and Leticia Pulido.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Scott and Sandra Self (9 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary' listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollan Count unavailable
(Pollan measured in parts per cubic meter of air information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 335 cubic feet per second Tuesday, same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.22 feet above sea level Tuesday, down 02 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge — 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 235 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.25 feet above sea level. (Conservation pod.) new Braunms wuvvvioa NBU reports pumping 5.414 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 932,000 gallons of well water were used.
Greet flew year with drizzle, rain
Today — Partly cloudy. Highs near 60. Tonight — Increasing clouds. Lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
Thursday — Cloudy with occasional drizzle south, mostly cloudy north Highs near 60 to the lower 60s Thursday night, cloudy with occasional drizzle Lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Friday — Cloudy with widely scattered light rain. Highs in the 60s.
Saturday — Cloudy with widely scattered showers. Lows around 60 Highs near 70.
Sunday — Cloudy and turning cooler with scattered showers. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the 60s.
Remember they ere closed Thursday
B City of New Braunfels offices will be closed Thursday but will be open regular hours today and Thursday.
B Comal County offices closed at noon today, will be closed Thursday and wilt open for regular hours Friday.
B Banks will be closed Thursday and open regular hours Friday.
a H-E-B, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, Wuest's, Eck-erd Pharmacy and Walgreens will be open today, Thursday and Friday.
B The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung offices will be closed New Year’s Day. The New Year’s Day edition of the Herald-Zeitung will be delivered Thursday morning
CIMA shares tha spirit
The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today is the Comal Independent Men s Association. This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park
County commissioners tap canoeist for WORD board
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels resident who loves sitting in canoes on the Guadalupe River will sit on the Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors for the next two years.
Comal County Commissioners Court named John Schwartze Tuesday to the WORD board. Schwartze takes Guy Anderson's place.
Anderson served on the board for the limit of
four consecutive two-year terms, said WORD manager Jim Inman. His last WORD meeting was Dec. 17.
Commissioners court reappointed board members Bill Mayo and Scott Watson.
Schwartze and his wife moved to New Braunfels three years ago. He is the
branch manager for statewide utility products company Techline.
"He fills the spot on WORD for someone outside the WORD district," said County Judge Carter Casteel. "He's a canoe enthusiast."
Schwartze canoed rivers in southern Missouri, northern Arkansas and Illinois, where he grew up.
"When you move into town the beauty of the Guadalupe River is the thing that just takes you about New Braunfels and Comal County." he said. "With all the cypress trees, it's just a gor
Schwartze said he would take no personal agenda to the WORD board other than to make sure the river was pristine for years to come.
"I'm coming in very neutral to the board and will be very open-minded on that's there," he said.
Board member Bill Mayo asked Schwartze to serve on the WORD board, Schwartze said.
"It's a chance to give something back and do something I love," he said.
New Year’s Eve blast
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Fire officials urge caution with fireworks
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Many Comal County residents ring in the New Year with bright displays of fireworks on the ground or in the sky.
This year, fire officials are encouraging local residents to use caution w hen sending bottle rockets up in the air or lighting hand-held sparklers on New Year's Eve and this weekend “Be extra careful, especially with airborne fireworks.” said Comal County fire marshal Milton Willmann. “And the close-at-hand ones — light the fuse and get away.”
Weather forecasts tor today and Thursday include overcast skies and rising humidity. These condmons might slow the stait of fires, but with any dry. dead vegetation close at hand a fire might not be far behind “If there's a heat source, dry grass will still catch on fire,” Willmann said. adding that adult supervision is always key to preventing accidents and fires.
Although fireworks are allowed rn the county, bringing them into the city is against the law .
WmUwt forecasts for today and Thursday include overcast skias and rising humidity. These conditions might slow the start of fires, but with any dry, dead vegetation dose at liana, a lira nfiifjni hoi aa
according to city fire officials.
Citanons can be issued to anyone in possession of fireworks or for shooting them off, said New Braunfels city fire marshal Elroy Fnesenhahn. A class C misdemeanor, either of these charges could solicit a fine of SSO or more, he said.
“It (bonging fireworks into the city limits) could be a very costly event if caught,” Fnesen-hahn said
Firefighters are scheduled to patrol the city limits New Year’s Eve. said Fnesen-hahn. and they will make every effort to apprehend anyone violating the law .
"Last year, we didn’t have near the moisture and vegetation,” said Fnesenhahn. “But this year, it's been wetter than usual, and ail the vegetation is dry from recent freezes.”
The abundance of dry v egetation acts as “fuel for the fire.” Fnesenhahn said.
Meanwhile, fireworks stands along U.S. 281 were busy Tuesday as people lined up to buy their favorite noise-making and color-producing bundles.
Willmann said county fire officials have been busy in recent days inspecting fireworks stands within Comal County.
How many people are present at each booth, the presence of fire extinguishers and doorway space at booths were not in county codes of law, but were being checked anyway, Willmann said.
“There s a lot of them (fireworks stands)” said Willmann. "more than last year."
Hepatitis cases now
at 43 in Comal
From staff reports
As the number of hepatitis A cases grows in Comal County, local health officials are targeting a public school to prev ent future outbreaks.
However, officials are not saying w hich school it is. Some 43 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed since Oct. 3, Comal County nurse She! McWilliams said Tuesday — 24 children and 19 adults.
The state average is 18 cases per 100.000 people. Most of the hepatitis A cases, w ith the exception of about IO. had been traced to a local day care center, but McWilliams declined to name that day care, citing confidentiality.
At a Comal County Commissioner's Court meeting Tuesday , McWilliams said Comal County health officials planned to target a public school within the city limits of New Braunfels Comal County Judge Carter Casteel saki "We are getting into an area (of the population) where some of the cases began. We talked to the state health department, and they have given us I think 575 doses, which will go a long way toward immunizing pan of the population.’’ Next week, when students at the targeted school return from winter break, they will be given letters from McWilliams explaining that the immunizations will be offered — at no cost — at the school.
When asked why she would not release the name of the public school. McWilliams told a Herald-Zeitung starter, "I am not going to do it. and I don’t appreciate you calling Carter Casteel at home, and then soc had to call me at home I’d appreciate it if you would take what I tell you as a public official and accept it."
Casted explained that the v acct nation effort had more to do with preventing cases in the future
’This has nothing to do w ith the current outbreak,’’ Casteel explained. "We are starting to target some areas to prevent '»omething on down the line "
According to Jean Brender, Texas Department of Health epidemiologist in Austin, the Center for Disease C ontrol does not recommend the hepatitis A v accine to curb the spread of the virus. It is a relatively new vaccine. she said. and lasts several years, bul its longevity has not been absolutely determined.
Casteel said state health department officials told the county the same thing — they didn t recommend the vaccine to slop the outbreak.
"We’re not doing this to stop the outbreak,'' Casteel said. "It’s a vaccine just like you would take for the mumps. You take it so you never have it Ifs not to help the outbreak we have now ."
Changing of the guard
Director leaves CMNB for Utah
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
. Children’s Museum patrons won’t even know the difference.
Thai’s what Children’s Museum rn New Braunfels director Susan Williams saki about her departure Friday for a post with the Utah State Arts Council. Williams will be an assistant arts and education coordinator, connecting artists with schools and reviewing grant applications.
“We’ve had an excellent board and a very strong staff, and all of that is what makes CMNB,” Williams said.
Board president Judy Brown said she renumbered joining die museum about the same time Williams arrived in 1994.
“I came on when (Williams) came,” Beown said. “When I came, she was a ball of fire. I’ve seen nothing but great things”
CMNB took great strides under Williams’ leadership, said board member David King.
•The place has come from a patched together thing in that old shopping center to what it is now,” he said, "and it's largely due to Susan’s energy ” Williams said she considered mov ing CMNB from the Courtyard Shopping Center to the New Braunfels Marketplace a high point rn her tenure “The move was such a blessing in disguise,” she said. “It gave us the opportunity to rework exhibits and programs, kind of like moving a home.” The museum was forced to move when the shopping center changed owners and the rent went from virtually nil to prohibitive.
Williams had a large part in another major accomplishment — the museum’s traveling energy education program called the WATT EAM.
“It started with getting a state grant in the fall of 1996,” Williams said.
Since then, the program has touched more than 200 Texas schools a year — about 55,000 students
“The program puts energy patrols in schools to monitor lights,” Williams said. “It’s patrolled by students ..We provide materials, training and workshops on related energy topics.”
In its 12th year, the museum should not miss a beat when Williams leaves, she said
The 19-member CMNB board made the natural choice for interim director — the museum’s exhibits/education director Julie Swift.
A former teacher. Swift worked as a museum volunteer before Williams joined CMNB.
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