New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Majority backs ambulance plan; Hann concerned
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
A majority of the directors of the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department have indicated their support for a group raising money to purchase Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances.
But board president E. A. “Bob” Hann has some serious questions about the feasibility of that kind of service at Canyon Lake.
Canyon Lake Ambulance Service Project (CLASP) was begun last year, and the group’s goal is to raise 9110,000 to purchase two sophisticed ambulances, and to train the personnel to man them. So far, it has raised about $30,OOO.
Hann says that he has no quarrel with those trying to provide the Canyon Lake area with the best service, but realistically, they must seek to provide the "best affordable service.”
"The best service would be to have a family doctor in every household and a fully-staffed hospital within IO minutes of where you are,” Hann said.
He feels that even after the ambulances are purchased, the volunteer department may not have the funds to operate them.
Nancy Hare, administrator of ambulance services for the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Service (an arm of the volunteer fire department) disagrees with Hann.
"San Antonio says it costs $300,000 per year to fund one ALS ambulance,” Hann said. "If we can cut that to one-third, it would still cost us $100,000 per year to fund one ALS,” he added.
The Canyon Lake volunteer department’s entire annual budget is approximately $110,000.
Hare has done some research of her own. She learned that the volunteer department in Schertz budgets $30,000 per year per unit, including depreciation, while the
volunteer department in Boerne budgets $40,000 per year to run one ALS unit, three mobile intensive care units, and one basic life support unit.
Hann said that it will be impossible to run ALS units on a volunteer basis, and that personnel will have to be paid.
"Our system is going to have to be run on a volunteer basis for a long time,” said Hare, who added that she knows of several departments in the area that operate that way.
“We have eight people waiting to receive ALS training who plan to work without pay,” Hare said. She added that these people are scheduled to begin classes in July and their training will be funded with money CI^ASP has already raised.
"The money will not be coming from the fire department,” she explained.
Although Hann feels two ALS units are not enough, and at least three will be needed to give even marginal ser
vice to the Canyon Lake area, Hare said most small volunteer departments start out with only one unit, not two.
The fire department president feels that precious time could be lost while a decision is being made whether to send an ALS unit or a basic life support unit in response to a call.
However, Hare said that an ALS unit would be sent to every call, unless the dispatcher knows for sure that it is not needed. One instance might be when a patient is being transported to a hospital for treatment in a non-emergency situation.
CLASP, which is operating as part of the fire department and using their tax number, plans to turn the two new ambulances over to the fire department after they are purchased.
"They think, ‘Oh well, we’ll provide the best service’,” Hann said. "But we have to provide the best affordable service.”More visual aids used at libraryCanyon Lake
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Use of visual aid equipment at Tye Preston Memorial Library in Sattler increased 35 percent in 1965, and records show a 90 percent increase since 1962.
Those figures were presented to members of the library board of directors at their regular monthly meeting held Monday at the Canyon Lake Action Center.
Calvin Yuill is visual aids chairman for the library, and he has 16 mm movie projectors, slide projectors, overhead projectors and the appropriate screens available for use by area churches, clubs and organizations, as well as library patrons.
In addition, Yuill is working with the San Antonio library system to make video casette recorders available through the lending library, so that Tye Preston patrons may have use of that type of equipment as well.
Friends of the Library, the local library’s support and fund-raising group, will meet at 1:30 p.m. March ill at the library to reorganize and plan ways to raise funds for Tye Preston.
New board members were seated at the February board meeting, as the January meeting was cancelled due to bad weather.
They are Maxine Onweller, Marian Schmidt, Beldon Peters and Gordon Lindley.
Onweller, who has worked as a library volunteer for seven years here, will work with librarian Danelle Crowley in acquisition of new books. Schmidt, a retired school teacher, has also worked as a volunteer at Tye Preston, and assumed the office of treasurer of the board.
Peters, retired from 31 years service as a production geologist with Exxon, will serve the board as chairman of building and grounds maintenance. Lindley, who is employed as pastor of the Canyon Lake Church of Christ, will be publicity chairman this year for the library.
Ed Fischer, chairman of the board of directors of Tye Preston Memorial Library at Canyon Lake, accepts a gift from Iris Curtin, treasurer of the Canyon Lake Pilots’ Club. The Pilots’, a ladies’ service group, were the original organizers.
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Over 500 bowls of chili were served by Men's Club Friday night. Chefs ladling up are (left to right) Rex Curtin, Bill Windhar
the Canyon Lake United Methodist the hot stuff to Sonny Jenkins (far right) and Arvin Crowell.
Ed Fischer, chairman of the board of directors of Tye Preston Memorial Library at Canyon Lake, accepts a gift from Iris Curtin, treasurer of the Canyon Lake Pilots' Club. The Pilots', a
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ladies' service group,
were the original organizers of the takeoff library.School menus.
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Monday • Hash browned , (urea and milk
• Doughnuts, tutee and milk Wednesday French toast, tutee end mas Thursday Biscuits end sausage, tutee end mas Toast and bacon, tutee and milk
Monday Tacos, pinto beans, salad, cornbread. Suds, rn*
Tuesday • Chicken burger on bun. lettuce.
tomato, onion, pickle French lr las. chocolate chip cookies, milk Wednesday - Finger steaks with gravy, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, roto, cake milk Thursday Lasagne, vegetable rings, spinach hot bread, Jato, milk Friday Riga in blankets, macaroni and cheese. green beans, mixed fruits, milk
Mountain VaNey Hemen tory
Monday Apple turnovers, imce and milk Tuesday Manske roto, juice and midi
Wednesday Cereal, tutee and milk Thursday Doughnuts, tutee and milk Friday Pancakes, juice and milk
Monday Goulash, salad, hot rolls, fruits, mrik Tuesday Meatballs and gravy, buttered noodles green beans, cake. milk Wednesday Stew, pea salad, batter bread, tapioca pudding, milk Thursday Tacos, taco salad pinto beans cornbread gelatin with topping, milk
Friday Hamburger on bun. lettuce, tomato. onion, pick la. French fries, ice cream, milk
On the phone
Co-op to form own retirement program
Directors of the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. voted Monday to withdraw from the retirement program of the National Telephone Cooperative Association and form their own retirement plan.
GVTC general manager Ken Brannies said, "We have formed our own in-house program. We feel we can provide better benefits than those provided on a national basis.”
The GVTC pulled out of the NTCA’s medical insurance plan last year. The vote came at the board’s monthly meeting.
"It looks like this may end up in litigation,” Brannies said, explaining that the NTCA officials do not want to remit some funds to the GVTC.
“There are excess assets in the program that are not needed for its operation, and we want our share.
National says, ‘no’,” Brannies said.
The GVTC manager said the way things are going, the GVTC probably will not renew its membership in the NTCA.
"By the end of the year, we’ll probably no longer be a member. They represent rural telephone cooperatives, and they’re not doing a good job of it,” Brannies noted.
GVTC appoints nominating committee
Nominating committee members have been chosen to select candidates for five seats that will be be vacated on the board of directors of the Guadalupe-Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Directors’ terms expiring include Raymond Armstrong and I^aVerne Cudabac, district one; C. W. Bremer, district two; I.nuis Magers, district three; and Joe Hindman, district five.
Nominating committee members are S. J. Milam and Mrs. JamesCLAC plans spring events
Volunteers at the Canyon I^ake Action Center will be honored with a Valentine Volunteer Recognition Brunch Thursday, beginning at IO a.m.
A short program is planned, including the presentation of certificates and a style show to be given by Thrift Shop volunteers.
Free hearing tests will be provided at the center on Feb. 27, beginning at I p.m., courtesy of A & B Hearing Aid & Audiology Center of New Braunfels.
The CLAC’s annual Mexican supper is being planned for March 22 at the United Methodist Church, with serving from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Campise, district one; Eldred Schneider, district two; Hilmar Bergmann, district three; and Noel “Buster” Undemann, district four. No director’s term expires this year in district four.
February 25 is the deadline for submission of names of nominees to the GVTC board for the election, to be held at the cooperative’s meeting April ll at the Civic Center in New Braunfels.
Four GVTC employees will be honored this year for 25 years ofActivities
Canyon Lake Republican Women’s
Club invites all ladies to attend its annual membership brunch Feb. 20 at Scarborough Hall, Church in the Valley, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Members may pay their dues at this meeting.
Canyon Lake Coordinating Council will meet Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Eagles’ Hall.
Members of the Mountain Valley Pareat-Teacbers Organization will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the school.
service to the company. Joyleen Dodson, Stanley Heinemeyer, Charles Watt and David Biermann have been recognized by the GVTC board and were flown by GVTC to the annual convention of the National Telephone Cooperative Association on Feb. 7 to receive 25-year certificates.
The NTCA 1985 convention, to be held in Dallas Saturday through Thursday, will feature a special recognition dinner on Feb. 19 in honor of all major awa-d winners and service award recipients.
Pilots’ Club Bridge continues Sunday evening at the Startz Community Center, beginning at 5 p.m.
Cranes MUI V.F.W. Psst MM will hold a barbeque on Feb. 19 st Startz-Ville Community Center. Serving hours will be from noon umtil 6:30 p.m. Adult plates will be sold for $3.50, and children under age 12 may eat for $2.00.
Smithson Valley High School Stage Band and Symphonic Band will hold its annual sweetheart concert Thursday evening in the school commons, beginning at 7:10 p.m.