New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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IO pages in one section I Tuesday, Feb. 7,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of CHRIS PRUESS
I Vol. 143, No. 61
Birthday wishes from tho Harald-Zaltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Chria Pruaaa, Batty Ann Fay, Matthew Hernandez, Jonathan Burke, Joe Hernandez, Jr., Gene Naalay, Glenn Holder (Monday),
Happy Annlveraary to Chick & Arolth Mueller (50 yearel), Gayle & Russell Offerman (9 yearel).
Harald-Zaltung saaks Citizen of tha Yaar nominations
The Herald-Zeitung is currently accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and also the Unsung Heroes awards.
Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Nominations can be mailed or brought by the Herald-Zeitung office, located at 707 Landa St.
Citizen of the Year is awarded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and members of the community during the past year. Unsung Heroes are members of the community who regularly do things to help others, but do not normally receive much credit for it.
For more information, contact magging editor Mark Lyon at 625-9144.
Boy Scouts confirms papsr drlvs
Parent boosters of Boy Scouts of America Troop 387 are conducting a paper drive.
Newspaper, old phone books, catalogs and magazines may be included.
A new drop-off site will be announced soon.
For more information, call Tammy at 609-1204 or 620-7230.
NB Music Study Club sponsors concsrt
The New Braunfels Music Study Club will sponsor the New Braunfels Community Band in a "Parade of American Music" concert on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at Seele Parish House. The public is invited.
AAWPIox help continuos
AARP tax aid continues through April 15 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a.m. to I p.m., and Saturday from IO a.m. to I p.m.
AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County 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.
AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Settler on Wednesdays from I p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to noon.
All who are interested are asked to bring returns from 1993 and 1994.
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eWhat happened to winter?Winter ’95 has resembled an extended fall, with temps four degrees above normal
By CRAIG HAMMETT
This winter season has given South Central Texas only small tastes of the cold stuff, resembling more of an extended fall. And the numbers back it up.
January temperatures averaged 65.6 degrees for a high, nearly five above the normal for the month.
Low temperatures were 41.3 degrees, also about five above the normal.
“Generally, one to two degrees above or below the average is normal. To go four degrees above is awful lot," said Joe Baskin of the Nr'.Iona’ Weather fi-rvice si. lion in Nt w Braui fels. "...Most of the cold fronts have stayed to the north."
‘luring this linter season, which extends back to December of 1994, only three dates have rec ordcd :V .zing temperatures, with possibly a few ..lore in the hills.
Not only have temperatures been wanner, they have been drier. January saw .28 inches of rain.
Forecast calls for cool temps
The forecast for Comal County indicates cloudy skies, becoming breezy. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60s, Tonight, mostly cloudy and colder. Lows in the 30s in the western sections of Comal County to lower 40s in New Braunfels Wednesday, mostly cloudy and cool. High in the 50s.
• National Weather Service
Mild winter credited with near absence of flu season here
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The weather gives and the weather takes away—even when it comes to public health. This winter’s weather has definitely had an impact on health in Comal County, “This year we really didn’t have a flu season," said Kathy Saldivar of the Comal County Department of Health. Only about IO cases of flu were reported to the Health Department since October, she said.
Less flu cases than normal were also reported at the offices of Carlos Campos M.D. “We’ve had a lot less cases of flu than last year,” said LPN Irene Rivera.
As a trade off, many are experiencing increased allergy symptoms this year. “We have seen a lot of allergies," said Rivera, “more so than other years.” The main culprits for allergy symptoms are cedar pollen and mold, she said.
Weather is the cause for the increased allergens in the atmosphere, said County Extension Agent Joe G. Taylor, but not the warmth of the weather.
We have been dryer than we normally have,” said Taylor. The dry air
allows particulates like pollen and spores to move farther in the air.
The absence of rain further affects the pollen count, said Taylor. ‘There hasn’t been the rain or moisture in the air to force the pollens down to the ground,” he said.
The symptoms of cedar pollen allergies are all too familiar for allergy sufferers — itching eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and even asthma in some. There are several tiers of defenses you can employ to fight the allergy symptoms, said Frank C. Hampel Jr. M.D. First try over-the-counter antihistamines, then decongestants if the antihistamines don’t do the trick.
Next are prescription nasal sprays, with antihistamine/decongestants added if necessary.
“If a person is missing work, missing school due to the allergy, it’s time to consider allergy shots," said Hampel. Treating an allergy with shots is a year-round process, with shots given periodically throughout the year. “We increase the frequency of the shots when the pollen comes out," he said.
Allergy symptoms can resemble colds or flu, said Hampel. “If symptoms persist when pollen is no longer in the air," he said, “it’s time to see a doctor.”
compared to the normal 1.71.
Baskin credits the fabled El Nino jetstream winds. Many may remember these winds, which orginate in the Pacific Ocean, as causing heavy rains during the winter several years ago.
“El Nino is causing the same thing," said Baskin, this time referring to dry weather. “It hasn’t ended yet."
The phrase, El Nino, means “little boy” in
Spanish. It originated more than one hundred years ago in South America when fishermen would notice the fish were dying and think the end of the world was near, or that the Christ-child was coming.
Weather forcastors have only been able to track jetstream movements for about 20 years. They think the current system could have started in the early 1980s.
The warm weather is causing peach trees to bloom early and farmers to start planting, said Agricultural Extension Agent Joe Taylor. Normally, farmers wait until Feb. 25, the average day of the last freeze, although freezes ar e listed on record as late as April 3.
"Some (peach trees) are beginning to bloom now," said Taylor. “If we get a freeze next week next week or soon, it’ll eliminate them.”
New Braunfels in ‘Spur’light
Guadalupe River flows to be studied at meeting
GBRA, WORD, U.S. Corps of Engineers to meet jointly
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Hemld-Zeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Nsw Braunfels mayor Paul Fraser, NBA head official Glenn Patrick, Ruse Bookslndar of tha Spurs and New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club member Michael Dougherty accept a chack In tha amount of $940 at Saturday night'a Spurs game where It was New Braunfels Night. Proceeds ($940) from tha ticket sales ware donated to tha downtown sidewalk project. Tha Spurs defeated tha Sacramento Kings by one point.
Local restaurant to reopen Feb. 13 with expanded kitchen
From staff reports
After closing for the winter season for the last time ever, the Gristmill Restaurant in Gruene will reopen Monday, Feb. 13.
This season's temporary business closing provided more than a break from cold weather for the open-air eatery on the banks of the Guadalupe River.
The Gristmill, located in the crumbling ruins of a 100-year-old cotton gin, features a newly expanded and equipped kitchen, in addition to a new indoor waiting area and bar.
A commitment to take care of customers during peak season and provide more indoor space dunng cooler months precipitated the improvements, co-owner Pat Molak said. "Since we’ll be able to serve our customers more efficiently, customers can expect a shorter wait for tables," he said.
The kitchen expansion more than doubled the size of the original kitchen. All new, state-of-the-ait equipment not only will facilitate more efficient food preparation times, but also will provide more consistent food quality, Molak said.
"We expect to serve more customers comfortably on busy nights,
but still maintain the same relaxed dining experience people come here for," he said.
The expansion, built by the Koehler Company of Seguin, also will accommodate the increased demand anticipated by the construction of additional seating. More outdoor deck seating will be added later this spring or summer. A party facility and more enclosed dining are planned for construction in the near future.
In the meantime the new enclosed bar and waiting area will provide weather-proof seating. Adjacent to the main entrance, the area extends the open-air ambiance of the main restaurant. For dining in colder months, however, heating has been added to provide a more comfortable atmosphere year-round.
The Gristmill Restaurant specializes in burgers, chicken, steaks and fish The dining spot will open at 11:00 a m. daily, with extended closing hours on weekends.
The brick building originally was the boiler ro6m of a century-old cotton gin built by one of the town’s first settlers, German immigrant Henry D. Gruene.
Greene is located within the New Braunfels city limits.. For information, call 210-629-5077.
Several governmental agencies related to Canyon Lake, the Guadalupe River and tourism on that river will convene in an important meeting Wednesday night, 6 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditonum.
The meeting bears importance because representatives of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) will all attend in a formal workshop, something that has not been common in the past.
The meeting is actually a workshop of the WORD Governmental Affairs Committee. Paul Rich, an outfitter and member of the WORD board, said the meeting was a kind of follow-up to a workshop hosted by GBRA and Friends for Rivers last April.
"We’re going to follow-up with what we (WORD) have done, GBRA will present some things...,’’ said Rich, chairman of the committee.
One item that could surface is river flow dunng the summer. Outfitters along the river nave long called for a more permanent flow of the river during the summer months and a conservation pool that could support this flow.
"Last year, we got quite a lot going on the subject," said Al Zator, another member of the governmental affairs committee but not a WORD board member. "It depends a lot on what the final outcome is. But this is a good first step.”
The GBRA and Corps agreed last year to release water above the conservation pool at slower rates, allowing a more constant flow for longer penods.
Both Rich and Zator praised steps taken last year to reduce release rates from Canyon Dam Rich said that the presence of WORD has given outfitters a better and more legitimate voice in advocating their view.
“WORD is a stabilizing influence for this meeting," said Rich ". . .This is one of the things WORD was designed to be, at least in my mind "
Both WORD and the GBRA were created and given authority through the State Legislature.
Bill West, manager of GBRA, said he had been meeting with the Corps and would make a presentation at the meeting He also said the involvement of WORD provided a better setting, “instead of people just getting together and fussing at each other.”The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!