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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2004 Zeitung MMI Officials hope new school A    1    fitness    plan    is LAI Ln ing on Curriculum teaches diet and exercise Who’s afraid of Friday the 13th? Some New Braunfelsers are superstitious, but not scared Painting pieces of history New city mural will spotlight the historical significance of El Camino Real, the oldest road in Texas. FORUM EDITORIAL Residents should attend Polka Fest to catch a glimpse of what makes local heritage so much fun. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153. No. 81 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK I 500 B 56825 Mostly 00001"" 1 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer DID YOU KNOW? B Paraskevidekatria-phobia is the morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th B As many as 21 million Americans believe Friday the 13th is unlucky. * Many buildings do not have a 13th floor. Many hotels do not have a 13th room. •? Nobody is positive when Friday the 13th began to be considered unlucky ** Friday was supposedly the day Eve tempted Adam with the forbidden apple The Great Flood supposedly began on Friday, and Christ was crucified on Friday. B Sailors believe it is unlucky to sail on Friday. To disprove the point about IOO years ago, Great Britain is said to have commissioned a ship HMS Friday, laid its keel on a Friday, selected its crew on a Friday and named Jim Friday its captain. It sailed on its maiden voyage on a Friday and was never seen or heard from again From: SPORTS BRAGGING RIGHTS Cougars look for second win over New Braunfels while the Unicorns hope to turn the tables. Page SA Local schools are progressively teaching fitness and good health to elementary-age children. In addition to established curriculum, New Braunfels and Comal County schools are teaching health and physical education lessons as part of a statewide effort to battle obesity and diabetes. By 2007, all Texas public schools will have to address diabetes and obesity in their curriculum. The CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program is one of the two the state authorized. McKenna Health Link Community Outreach bought the curriculum for the schools and is helping implement the program. “Diabetes and obesity are just at epidemic proportions in children right now,” said DD Ames, McKenna Club nutritionist and personal trainer. Children are twice as likely to be overweight today than they were 20 years ago, and cases of type 2 diabetes are increasing dramatically, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CATCH incorporates physical activity, health lessons, healthier cafeteria food and family involvement to battle health problems at home and school. Students are encouraged to make better food choices and exercise more. “In school, that’s never See FITNESS. Page 2A REBECCA 8. ROOERS/Herald-Zeitung Coach Jen Adams teaches Sarah Casey Ford the fundamentals of jump roping during a demonstration of the Jump Fit jump roping class to encourage children to get more exercise. By Bon Maloney Staff Writer Nationwide, it’s been said nearly IO percent of Americans are superstitious about Friday the 13th. Nobody could have proved that in New Braunfels Thursday. Hanne Keller, owner of Hanna's Laundry at Walnut and Howard, has been standing on a ladder this week, painting her business. She said she would still be painting today — unluckily. “That’s not good,” she said, reminded that today would be Friday the 13th. “But I know I’m going to be painting yet tomorrow, and I am not going to fall off." Keller said she wasn’t superstitious, but she wouldn’t be walking under the ladder, either. “I don’t want to say it, but I do what I have to do anyway, whether its the 13th or any other day,’’ she said. Ann Karbach, a therapist, social worker and counselor at the counseling service in New Braunfels that bears her name, said she hadn’t dealt with paraskev-idekatriaphobia, the fear of Friday the 13th, in her practice. “That’s never been a big issue,” Karbach said. “We see lots of people with anxieties and phobias, hut most of it’s more generalized, like storms and floods and performance." Karbach didn’t know why Friday the 13th came to be so badly regarded. In her experience, she said, its never been that big of a deal. "People do mention it if their appointment is on that day, but I ve never seen See UNLUCKY, Page 2A Bracken United Methodist Church FM 2252 q. Capparelli's 8 restaurant -35 Fridays, the Hemld'Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. BRACKEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ■ Pastor Mickey McCandless ■ Mission statement Grounded in Christ, building our trade tions and growing our ministry ■ Denominational affiliation United Methodist ■ Current attendance 225 H Meeting times 8:15 a rn., 10:45 a m and 6:30 p m Sundays. 6 30 p m. Wednesdays H Worship style Traditional m Location 20377 FM 2252, 1 mile northeast of the intersection of FM 3009 and FM 2252 ■ Phone 606-6717 ■ Web Site www gbgin- umc org/brackenumc Church’s history written through lives of congregants By Leigh Jones Staff Writer BRACKEN — The marker on Bracken United Methodist Church tells die history of tile building, but the history of the church is written across the lives of its members. “I’ve been married twice in that church,” said Bernice Knight. “My son got married there, and one of my grandchildren got married there. This church has been the most important thing in all my life.” Knight’s first husband, who died in 1963, brought her to Bracken UMC in 1946 when they married. She has spent almost every Sunday since involved in activities at the church. By the time Knight came to Bracken, the church was already 75 years old. “In 1871, a group of German-speaking residents founded our church," said Luanne Schuetze, director of media min istries. “The man who deeded the land for the church required that all services be conducted in German. T hey were, until 1944.” The early life of Zions Kirche, as the church was originally called, was shaped by German traditions, as well as the lifestyle of the farming community it served. When the weather was nice, services were conducted in an outdoor tabernacle, built in 1896. Families who traveled long distances to attend often spent the entire day at church, waiting for evening service before returning home. Sheds with small kitchens were constructed to help with meal preparation during the afternoon. Improvements to the property have been cpnstant. El T he sanctuary was constructed in 1872 and extended in 1893. REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herakl-Zeitung See BRACKEN, Page 2A Bracken United Methodist Church pastor Mickey McCandless. m KRAFT Alw«ysl rn AX f\/1CDE3IL t T Ez I |\ow offering Your Communications Specialists listening, al • AHT Wireless Iways working I NEXTEL . for you! mrtzpnwireless ;