New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, Feb, 2,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of CRISTINA TALCOTT
I Vol. 143. No 58
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Cristina Tai-cott and Mary Lopez.
AARP offers help with taxes
AARP Tax Aid will begin Feb. I and continue through April 15, except for Feb. 20.
Help is available at the public library Tuesday noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a m. to I p.m. and Saturday IO a.m. to I p.m.; Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday from I p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to I p.m.; and the Canyon Lake Action Center Wednesday from I p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to noon.
Bring your 1993 return and 1994 information.
Texas A&M scholarships
The Comal County A&M Club will offer several scholarships to students who will attend Texas A&M in the fall. If you will be a freshman at A&M in the fall and arc a resident of Comal County', you may be eligible. For an application and more information, see your high school counselor or call 629-7585.
Booths available for city-wide garage sale
The second annual City-Wide Garage Sale sponsored by the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is sure to be bigger and better than last year.
Come to buy. browse, or rent a booth for yourself or your organization. Booth rental is $25 for one and $20 for each additional - on a first come, first served basis. The sale date is March 5 from IO a m. to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center. Sign up for a booth at The Children’s Museum.
If you would like to donate goods or volunteer to work, call 620-0939.
Tims capsuls itsms sought
Members of the community arc encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule, which will be buried in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial year. Submissions must be of paper origin, i.e.... photographs, letters, documents. Submissions must either fit in a 9x12 or # IO envelope. Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are $10 and $5 respectively.
Deadline is Sept. I, 1995. Sub missions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office, 390 S. Seguin. The capsule will be buried at the Civic Center for 50 years.
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Lenny and Susan Freund with their twins, Kayta and Kyle, oldest daughter Kristi and their triplets, Gregory, Kevin and Thomas.
A Full House
New Schlitterbahn food services director has his hands full
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It’s moving day — Lenny Freund, the new food services director at Schlitterbahn, moves from Allentown, Pa. to New Braunfels. Along with Lenny come his wife Susan and five-year-old daughter Knsti — and 15-month-old twins Kyle and Kayla — AND three-year-old TRIPLETS Gregory, Kevin, and Thomas.
Susan carries out the awesome task of caring for all of the kids by herself. “She tries to keep them busy,” said Freund, “because if you don’t they’ll keep you busy.’’
Believe it or not, times arc a little less hectic now than they
used to be for the Freunds. When the twins were newborns and the triplets were younger, five kids were in diapers at once. “It seemed like all of my paycheck went into diapers," said Freund.
The triplets were a real challenge as infants, said Freund. “They were small so they needed to eat a lot,” he said, “but they could only eat a little at a time.” For a while Lenny and Susan’s lives were consumed with feeding hungry babies.
Then there’s the problem of three crying little ones in the middle of the night. “Susan takes one, I take the other — then who takes that third one?” said Freund.
Freund brings a wealth of experience to Scnlitterbahn. He directed food services at Domey Park & Wild Water Kingdom in Allentown for ten years before joining Schlitterbahn. Fruend’s first job out of college was at the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.
Freund is settling into Schlitterbahn comfortably. “Terri Adams, the general manager, and the Henrys have been so accommodating,” he said, “you couldn’t ask for more.”
The family is equally enthusiastic about New Braunfels. “It’s a great place to raise kids — that was a big factor in coming here,” he said.
Hearing to focus on school books
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The public as well as admistrators and teachers from 11 area school districts will have the opportunity to review textbooks for next year tonight.
The Comal Independent School District will host the event at Canyon High School, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and running until 9:10 p.m.
Carol Hall, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum at CISD, said 16 publishing companies will present sessions on their textbooks. Each of these textbooks has been approved by the state and now must be chosen by the individual districts.
“This list has been approved by the State Board of Education," said Hall, noting that districts “have a choice” as to which ones to finally pick.
One subject that is once again up for approval are the health books, where the area of sex education has always proven controversial. Last year, the state did not offer any health textbooks.
“This year, after the textbooks underwent changes, they’re up for approval again,” said Hall, who said districts can choose between health textbooks this year.
The state offers the first avenue for approval followed by administrators who then bring their recommendations to the school board.
Hall said some books are thrown out before they ever reach this level.
An environmental science textbook was denied at the state level due to complaints from some agricultural interests that claimed parts of the book criticized aspects of farming as being harmful to the environment.
Weinman files suit against Reimer
NSU commits to $500,000 project
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees last week voted unanimously to go for bids on a new water storage tank and pipe extension to be built on Highway 46 West. The new tank’s estimated cost will be $500,000. “That’s just a ballpark figure; it depends on what the bids turn out to be,” said Roger Biggers of NBU. The new tank will be funded entirely on NBU revenues from user fees; no bond will be issued.
The project is needed to supply the increasing demand for water due to development in the Oak Run
area, said Biggers. “The loss of service in the event of a break in the line will be over a much smaller area,” he said. The added water pressure the new tank creates will increase the flow available to fire fighters in case of need.
The exact site for the new tank has yet to be chosen, but it will be in the area of Highw ay 46, Hueco Spnngs Road and Mission
Valley Road. “The proposed design will be a ball on a closed base,” he said.
In other business, NBU trustees raised General Manager Paula Difonzo’s salary to $60,000.
By ROGER CROTEAU
Anarae Weinman, an alleged rape victim who has criticized the handling of her case, has gone a step further and filed a civil lawsuit against District Attorney Bill Reimer.
The suit claims negligence, defamation of character, libel and slander, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It docs not specify damages and Reimer is sued both as an individual and in his official capacity as district attorney for the county, state and city, making the county, state and city defendants as well.
Reimer declined to comment for this article. Weinman’s attorney, Peter Bale-ga of San Antonio, also refused to comment on the record.
Weinman claims she was raped by her New Year’s
date Jan. I, 1994, but the case was never prosecuted. When Weinman telephoned Reimer and demanded to know why he would not prosecute her alleged attacker, Reimer told her she should be “ashamed” of herself and hung up on her, according to the petition filed with the 22nd District Court Wednesday.
Since then, Weinman has gone public with her criticism of Reimer, landing first on the pages of the Herald-Zeitung, and also on radio, television and most recently in the November issue of Glamour magazine.
The lawsuit claims Reimer was negligent in releasing to the media Weinman’s confidential medical records from her examination at McKenna Memorial Hospital after the alleged attack.
She claims defamation of character due to quotes
attributed to Reimer in the Herald-Zeitung and other publications and letters he wrote to the editor of the Herald-Zeitung, “which portrayed her as promiscuous, untruthful and of disreputable character. Letters to the editor of the Herald-Zeitung and other comments made by Reimer allegedly were untrue, libelous and intentionally inflicted emotional distress, according to the lawsuit.
Comments attributed to Reimer and excerpts from Reimer’s letters mentioned in the lawsuit include calling her case “A bunch of crap,” and stating “we do not perceive her as a victim, but as someone who is bringing a false complaint.”
No hearing has been set and the lawsuit has not been assigned to a court yet. It could be assigned to any of the three district courts whose jurisdiction includes Comal County.
Besserung Award a fitting tribute for a life of service
By CRAIG HAMMETT
He is one of those people. One of those people often seen around town, mainly because he is involved in so many things.
For this involvement with the community, Dennis Heitkamp was given the “Besserung” award from the Chamber of Commerce last week at its annual banquet.
The award annually goes to a person who “provides a significant contribution to the community through civic activities.”
Heitkamp’s civic involvement is indeed significant, United Way, Mid-Texas Symphony, Heritage Society, Historic Museums Association, New Braunfels Conservation Society, Lions Club, Wurstfest, and so on. He has served as officer in all of these and more
“It’s my hometown. I always planned on coming back,” he said. “I felt I should get involved, give something back. I guess I had to catch-up.”
Military service took Heitkamp away from New Braunfels for 27 years, including a tour in Vietnam, where he flew more than 1,300 sorties. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with eight Oakleaf clusters, the Legion of Ment and eventually retired from Air Force with the rank of Colonel in 1983.
A year of retirement, working on the ranch, pushed Heitkamp into more community activities. That and his wife, Jackie, who he says has been more involved than he.
“She actually started before I did,” he said. “Both of us enjoy that kind of thing. I think that’s an important reason.”
Having a partner who is involved
helps. So does having children who have grown up and moved away, allowing more time.
“New Braunfels has a lot of retired people. Somenmes I hear, there is nothing for me to do,” said Heitkamp, who is now a vice president at Texas Commerce Bank. “Well, there are so many things to do. You can meet so many great people.”
He and Jackie are currently serving as Chairpersons of the Folkfest for 1995, and also the Heritage exhibit. As chairman of the Sesquicentennial Finance Committee, he recently helped raise $115,000, well above the $100,000 goal.
And the list goes on.
“Once you tried it (getting involved), it becomes addictive. It’s really not work but social in a sense because you meet great people,” he said. “I guess what it comes down to is fun. I enjoy it.”
Dennis Heitkamp accepts the Besserung Award from Bill Morton.
Family of burned child needs financial help
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Joe Anthony Aguirre Ie hospitalized with serious bums.
Five-year-old Joe Anthony Aguirre of New Braunfels has a hard road ahead of him. His face, arms and hands have recently been burned in an accident. His friends were playing with gasoline — they splashed it on him, and it ignited, changing his life forever.
Joe and his family need the help of their friends and neighbors in New Braunfels. He is in Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment — he’ll probably be there for three months, undergoing painful skin grafts. Then he’ll have to return periodically for more surgery for years to come.
Joe’s parents are Reynaldo and Angie Aguirre His gram parents are Richard and Julia Aguirre and Ramon and Fe mima Espinoza. All are from New Braunfels.
Insurance pays for some of Joe’s medical expenses, but n all. His family is saddled with added burdens. Frequent cos ly tnps back and forth to San Antonio. Hospital stays. Lo income from the time spent with Joe in the hospital.
A fund has been established at the Bank of America to he Joe and his family. Donations can be sent to Bank of Ame lea, 501 Lamia Street, New Braunfels, Texas’?# 130, aceoui number 34-5209941.
Donations of items to help brighten Joe’s sta> in the ho: pital are also welcome.Call 606-0612.For news,advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144
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