New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 67
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ernest Arrendondo, Lillian Weber, Angela Rodriguez (one year), Adrian Delgado Jr. (three years), Valentina Luna (74 years), and Betty Hildebrand.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Ernest and Martina Arrendondo, Gary and Barbara Gilbert, Henry and Olga Diaz (five years), Mike and Diana Rodriguez, Freddy and Patsy Acevedo, Luis and Janie Moreno, David and Anna Herrera (15 years), and Pat and Freddy Rosales (21 years).
Mold — 977 Hackberry — Trace Cedar —460 Ashe —Trace (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 266 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.72 feet above sea level, down .01.
Mid-Texas Symphony concert Sunday
The Mid-Texas Symphony will feature the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus for the second time this season, when it presents its fourth concert of the year on Sunday, Feb 18 at 4 p m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, and $3 for students through high school. They are available at Accents, and at the Chamber of Commerce. They will also be for sale at the door.
Canyon High School Project Graduation to
The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will take place Monday. Feb. 19 at 7 p m in the Commons area of CHS. For more information, call Luanne Schuetze at 651-9505HOPE to hold workshop
The Hispanic Organization for Public Education is sponsoring a workshop Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p m at the NBNB Building, 1000 N. Walnut.
The topic will be: Everything You Wated To Know About The Gifted and Talented Program Speaker will be Marilyn McFarland, gifted and talented consultant, Region XIII.
Also available to answer questions, will be local school district officials.
For information, call Sylvia at 625-9213.ADD group to moot
New Braunfels Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder support group has changed its meeting date to the third Monday of the month. The group will meet Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church, Loop 337. Guest speaker will be Dr. Caroline Batenburg, local child psychiatrist.
For information, call Karen Owens at 629-2033.This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Dad back from Bosnia sees his daughter for the first time
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Kirstin Lynn Modgling may hear ‘‘war stories” about her birth until she reaches adulthood — many kids do. But not stories like hers.
While Kirstin was being bom on Jan. 25, her father was not at McKenna Memorial Hospital with her and her mother, Shawna. He was fighting in Bosnia.
‘‘It was awful, knowing I had to deliver our first child by myself without him here,” Shawna Modgling said.
An E-4 Specialist Army Airborne Ranger, Billy Modgling was in the thick of the action in Bosnia with the U.S. peace-keeping forces.
“We’re stationed in Italy,” she said. “In December when we found out he was going to Bosnia, he sent me home.”
Shawna came to stay with family in McQueeney for Kirstin’s birth. “My sister-in-law was there with me,” Modgling said. “She was wonderful.”
Chance has reunited the Modgling family. Billy Modgling came back home with an ankle sprain caused by a slip on Bosnian ice.
Billy, Shawna and young Kirstin will return to Italy soon. “We only have until August, and then we come back to the states for good,” Shawna Modgling said.
Billy Modgling will head to college when he finishes his Army duty. “He’s getting out of the military, needless to say, after this,” Modgling said.
The Comal County Red Cross helped Shawna and Billy Modgling stay in touch before and after Kirstin’s birthday. “This is one of our mandated services,” said Shirley OfTer-mann of the Red Cross.
“It was mandated in 1905 that the Red Cross have two primary duties — to take care of disaster victims and to take care of soldiers and their families,” she said.
Getting leave to help a sick — or pregnant — family member is not a
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL.
Billy Modgling, with wife Shawna and baby Kirstin.
simple matter for a military officers, Offermann said. When a soldier requests leave for a family emergency, the military notifies the Red Cross. The Red Cross then contacts the family member’s doctor for verification and gets back with the military.
If a family member requests an officer to come home, the Red Cross first has to find the officer — not an easy task if the soldier is in the field overseas, Offermann said.
“I’ve had instances that the moth
er was about to give birth and wanted her husband home, but the doctor wouldn’t give permission,” she said. “He’d say, ‘she ll need him more after the baby’s bom.’”
Kirstin Lynn Modgling was bom at 11:25 a m. Jan. 25 at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
She weighed seven pounds eight ounces at birth. Her grandparents are Monk and Sherry L. Barry of McQueeney; Carol Modgling of Schertz; and Mr. and Mrs. Buck Modgling of Brownwood.
City awards contract for industrial recruitment
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Chamber of Commerce is going into public service — on the contractual level at least.
The city council voted Monday night to approve a contract between the chamber and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for advertising, promotional and professional services.
Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. cast th* only dissenting vote.
“If we try to do these things ourselves, we could lose the $70,000 in man-hours (the chamber) is already spending," said former Mayor Rudy Seidel, EDC member.
The contract says it went into effect when it was approved and will end June 30, 1996, unless the EDC or the chamber chooses to end it earlier.
The EDC agrees to pay the chamber monthly payments adding up to no greater than $34,000 for its services, the contract says.
The contract is exclusive when it comes to industrial development — only the chamber can provide industrial recruitment services while the contract is in effect.
But that doesn’t keep the Main Street Board or the Downtown Association from recruiting retailers and other small businesses for the downtown area. Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said — the two are apples and oranges.
The EDC made the contract with the chamber without going through the usual procedure of “requests for proposals” and bids the city uses when it contracts with a company for services.
According to minutes of the last EDC meeting, Vice Chairman Johnathan Hull said that requesting proposals was the preferred way to award contracts, but that half the fiscal year was gone, and the EDC needed to accomplish some substantive work before it was over — there was a need for speed.
The chamber was the only organization that had come forward with a proposal for services when the contract was discussed.
“We did not ask to put a contract together,” said Cristina Aguilar-Friar of the Comal County Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We did not ask for any money at that time — we felt it was premature at the time.”
Meek said that the chamber had a proven track record of working for economic development. “This was not some quickie, back room deal,” he said.
Meek said he gave a presentation to the city council six months ago — right after the EDC was formed, — outlining plans and recommendations for economic development.
“I attended every EDC meeting,” he said.
“I think awarding of this or any other contract is premature at this time,” Fraser said. He said that no preliminary work was done, no chance given for competitive bidding. “These are public monies and we have a fiduciary duty to our constituents,” he said.
Both Fraser, who voted against approving the contract, and Councilman Tim-Walker, who voted in favor, accompanied their votes with cautions that the EDC use the standard method for awarding contracts in the future.
Water district board discusses plans if drought continuesBy DENISE DZIUK
Stage I, which is voluntary conservation, of the Demand Management Plan was declared Monday, and the board of directors for the Edwards Underground Water District discussed what would happen if mandatory reductions are required at their meeting on Tuesday.
“What I was concerned about was...if we go into a mandatory situation, what’s going to happen af that time,” said Comal County representative Kenneth Ikels, who asked that the topic be placed on the agenda.
Mike Alhach, the district’s Division Manager for Planning and Environmental Management, explained the timeline for declaring and enforcing mandatory reductions. He said notices have been printed in area newspapers and approximately
150 letters have been sent to primary users giving notification of the Stage I declaration.
He said if the area does not get any rain and spnng flow and well levels continue to drop, the next stage will be mandatory reduction. The spnng flow for Comal Spnngs was 250 cubic feet per second on Sunday. On Monday, he said, the flow was 249 cfs. According to the DMP, stage ll will be declared when spnng flow drops to 225 cfs.
“We certainly expect it to continue to drop. There’s no indication that it will rise until we get some rain, and there’s no sign of rain right now,” said Albach.
If stage ll is declared, notifications will pnnted in the newspapers and letters will be mailed again, he said. At stage II, the reduction goal is 15 percent. To achieve this, all pnmary users, or those who supply or produce 18 million gallons
of groundwater per year, will be given an amount of water they will have to stay within.
“We have created a baseline target for each user that they are to hit. We’ll tell them what their baseline is,” said Albach.
However, the distnct must follow several guidelines before it can actually enforce the reductions. This includes notifying users of the change in stages, allowing time to cut usage, and notifying users of possible noncompliance. Albach explained that if Stage ll was declared on Aug. I, it would be the end of August before the staff could begin considering enforcing compliance requirements. He went on to say this is assuming the next stage is not declared. If it is, the process begins all over.
“It’s designed that way to protect users and guarantee proper procedures,” said Albach. “It was intended to be a long term response to a
long term problem.”
Bexar County Representative Jo Ann De Hoyos said this does not leave the aquifer and the spnngs unprotected. She said the board could declare an extreme water emergency, in which it can determine the reductions necessary.
“lf we do get to the point where the spnngs go dry or may go dry, we do have that option as a board,” she said.
In other business, the board approved the Scope of Work for a pilot dry-year option program for 1996.
The district has allocated $4,000 for the program, and additional funds will come from other entities involved.
The program, as discussed in a previous liaison committee, would involve monetary incentives for farmers to reduce imgation pumping dunng dry years.
Schools compete to give the gift of life
By DENISE DZIUK
In an effort to increase the number of blood dn-ves and the number of donations, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has begun a blood drive competition, and an official with the center says schools are meeting the challenge.
Linda Bayer, Assistant Director of Donor Recruitment, said most schools have one blood drive in the fall and one in the spring. However, she said, there is an increased need for blood, and additional drives are needed.
"Because of an increase in the needs of hospital patients and blood recipients, we were trying to find out how to increase the number of drives," she said.
So, the center started the “Compete For Life” High School Blood Drive competition. Area schools hold blood drives, and the percentage of juniors and seniors participating make up the schools’ scores. The schools compete against other schools
in the U.l.L. Division. As of Feb. 8, Smithson Valley had 16.48 percent, second behind Fredericksburg with 16.84 percent.
Bayer said New Braunfels held its first drive on Tuesday, and it went well.
“New Braunfels had a blood drive (Tuesday), and it’s doing great,” she said.
“There are a lot of students that do a lot of good things,” said Bayer, “and they never get recognized for them. This is one of those things. They really are giving the gift of life.”
The competition runs through May IO, and students, faculty, administration, family and friends can donate on behalf of a school. The school with the largest percentage within each division will win a spirit trophy. The school with the overall highest percentage will receive $500 toward a gift for the school. An awards ceremony will be held at Pear Apple County Fair cm May 25. The donors from the winning schools will get to enjoy a day at Pear Apple County Fair with unlimited midway rides until the park closes.See you in 50 years
Workers from Senior Flexonics bury the Sesquicentennial time capsule outside the Chamber of Commerce building yesterday.
The time capsule will remain buried for 50 years and be dug up as part of the city's bicentennial celebration in the year 2045.Don’t forget today is Valentine’s Day, or you’ll be sleeping on the couch tonight.