New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1993 HERALD-ZEITUNG 7-A
Guests gather at a wine and cheese social held by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Thursday to welcome winter Texans to the area. Photo by John Huseth.
Commissioners Court to discuss consolidation
Discussion of consolidation of voting precincts for the May special election is the first item on the workshop agenda for the commissioners court weekly meeting Monday in Suite 301, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin St in New Braunfels.
County clerk Joy Streator has suggested that polling places in the outlying county areas may be consolidated at the Guadalupe Telephone Cooperative offices at IOO Farm to Market Road 3159.
A report from Business Records Corporation on the voting
machine issue is also on the workshop agenda. The workshop session begins at 9 a.m.
Some of the items commissioners are expected to take action on in the regular session scheduled for IO a.m. include:
• Condemnation action on parcels of property necessary for the Specht Crossing Bridge Project
• Selection of a citizen to the 1993 Salary Grievance Committee to replace Ken G. Vanecek who declined to serve.
• Change of election precinct
boundary lines for election precincts 18 and 24.
There's a small pocket of about 50 voters between the third and fourth crossings that want a change," said Neil Craigmile, county commissioner precinct #2. "They want to change from (precinct) 24 to (precinct) 18 because it's closer for them.”
Commissioners are meeting on Monday to accommodate Commissioner Moe Schwab’s obligations as a member of the state legislative committee which will meet this week on Thursday
Hummel seeks return of volunteers
The Hummel Museum, located at 199 Main Plaza, will host a social/planning session for its volunteers at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Cathy Talcott, museum executive director, said all volunteers who initially signed up in October are encouraged to attend, as well I as any new potential volunteers,
• including Winter Texans.
I "We want to regroup our vol-
• unteers, re-inaugurate them, and
• get them signed up for what is : already beginning to be a busy
• spring tourist season," she said.
Volunteers are especially need-- ed for weekends when the Muse-
• urn is its busiest, she said.
• Talcott explains, The Museum iis practically run by our volun-Iteers. Since we have only three
full-time employees, we are very dependent on our volunteers and are so appreciative of those who have continued to help us on an ongoing basis," she said. “We will be scheduling future training sessions for new people and for those who would like a ‘refresher course.’ You can work as much or as little as you like."
Since Christmas, Talcot said the museum has experienced an increase in its volume of visitors. “And this is just the beginning," says Talcott “We now have tour groups calling every day scheduling trips to New Braunfels. And we’re ready to have all our volunteers report back to duty."
Talcott explains that when the museum opened on Oct. 30, “our volunteers were here in great
\gency training available br nursing care volunteers
force. We opened during Wurst-fest, and had good traffic flow, but, as we expected, November and December were slower times as is typical for the New Braunfels tourist industry. "
Volunteers are especially needed in the areas of gift shop/ticket sales, simple office work such as addressing and stuffing envelopes, and gallery guides, she said.
Very little training is needed except in the area of gallery guides. This is a fascinating area because it is where the volunteer has the opportunity to really get to know about the life of Sister Hummel and the loving art she created,” Talcott said.
The Hummel Museum may be contacted for more information about volunteering at 625-5636.
The Texas Department on Aging is working to make certain trained nursing home advocates or ombudsmen are available to prevent neglect and abuse.
The agency is providing training for their ombudsmen to sharpen their skills and learn about the new regulations governing nursing homes.
“One of our mgjor goals is to increase public awareness about our program, so we can resolve minor complaints before they became big ones,” says Barbara Hughes, an ombudsman of the Alamo Area Agency on Aging at the Alamo Area Council of Governments.
Hughes is responsible for monitoring nursing homes in Kerr County and ll other counties, including Comal County, that
surround Bexar County.
According to Hughes, volunteers will be trained and certified by the state.
“We believe that quality of care in nursing homes is directly related to quality control—and this requires that volunteer advocates be presented to address the needs and concerns of Texas’ 90,000 nursing home residents," she said.
The Alamo Area Council of Governments in San Antonio, (210) 225-5201, or the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 629-4547, may be contacted for more information on becoming a volunteer ombudsman, to relay concerns regarding a local nursing home or to learn more about other senior services in the community.
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Senate rivals Krueger, Barton face off on energy records, oil import fees
While campaigning in the Permian Basin Wednesday, U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Joe Bartondiscussed a plan to set an import fee on foreign oil and contrasted his record on energy issues with his Democrat opponent Bob Krueger.
Barton, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he passed a bill to deregulate natural gas in 1988.
“In his first unsuccessful race for Senate, Bob Krueger boasted that he introduced a bill to decontrol natural gas in Congress," said Barton. “I passed natural gas deregulation. He failed despite having a Congress and President of his own party. I succeeded as Republican in a Democrat controlled House."
“Clinton’s gas tax will hurt all Americans while doing nothing about our dependence on foreign oil,” said Barton. “I believe we will have a solid opportunity to substitute my oil import fee in place of Clinton’s gas tax.”
“I plan to try to seize the opportunity to pass an oil import fee" said Barton. “With foreign producers shouldering most of the cost, this will be a win situation for both Texas and all of America."
Texans have a tradition of electing Senators with that kind of leadership which allows them to accomplish things like this against the odds.” said Barton. “I believe I have that leadership quality and Bob Krueger does not.”
Senator Krueger’s office responded to Barton’s statements on nis plan to set an import fee on foreign oil, as announced.
“For Joe to try and take credit
for passing the bill deregulating natural gas in 1988 is uproariously funny,” said a release from Krueger’ office.
Krueger said the 1988 bill deregulating natural gas, which Barton makes reference to, was actually passed in 1989 and was a consensus bill, which had the support of many members of Congress and the White House.
Krueger said that in 1975 and 1976, the energy climate was different, the environmental climate was different, and the legislative climate was different.
“Joe must suffer from selective retention, but with any hide, Congressman Craig Washington, who is also on the House Eneigy and
Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on energy will help Joe remember a few things," Krueger said.
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