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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Planning for 2020 ROBIN CORNETT/HerakJ-Zeitung Planning and Zoning commissioner James Dunks leans over to speak with Ade McAda while the audience listens to the highlights of the comprehensive plan at Tuesday’s public hearing at the munidpal building. An overflow crowd gathered to hear and comment on the findings of the plan’s nine subcommittees. Hearing Highlights “Ifs time ... to be looking at our plan for the future.” — Mike McAnelly, project manager for the comprehensive plan New Braunfels’ estimated population in 2020 was projected at more than 107,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census and Texas State Data Center. “This is the citizens’ plan." — John Dierksen, city planning and zoning commissioner “I’ve read the entire plan and I believe it to be very good." — Ernie Lambert, city resident “I’m optimistic that this will be a document that does not gather dust sitting on the shelf." — Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. A New jtie^NFELsHerald-Zei lung Vol. 148* No, 63 20 pages in 2 sections February 17* 1999    AY    ^CrV*n^    ^oma*    County    since    1852    50    cents ROBIN CORNETT/Hemld-Zatung Rev. Neal Michell, rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church, is ready to celebrate Ash Wednesday today.Season of Lent begins today By Chris Crews Staff Writer Ash Wednesday , celebrated today, marks the first day of Lent, a time of penance and prayer in the Catholic Church. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence, according to information provided by Holy Family Catholic Church in New Braunfels. All believers between the ages of 18 and 59 are limited to one full meal on these days. “Lent is the time we are called to prayer, fasting and alms giving,” said Msgr. Michael Yarbrough of St. Matthew Catholic Church in San Antonio. Yarbrough said ashes placed on the foreheads of parishioners came from palm leaves given on Palm Sunday the year before. “This is a reminder that life’s finite and from dust we came and to dust we will return,” he said. The cross made by the ashes is the symbol of the faith and the banner that should be upheld throughout the year, Yarbrough said. Lent has six Sundays, the sixth of which is called Passion or Palm Sunday (March 28), the beginning of the Holy Week. Lent ends with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April I). The Lord’s passion and death are commemorated on Good Friday (April 2). Easter weekend concludes with the Easter Vigil and evening prayer on Easter Sunday (April 4). Fridays during Lent also are days of abstinence. All who have reached age 14 are recommended to avoid eating meat on Fridays. Though there is no obligation to fast, voluntary acts of self-denial are recommended. Ashes will be distributed at all Holy Family Catholic Church Masses today at 8 a m., noon (ash service only) and 7 p.m. The church is at 245 S. Hidalgo. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther, will have Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7 p.m. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 N. Casten Ave., will have Mass at 7 a.m., 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Ashes will be distributed after all Masses and at 3 p.m. First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll St, will have its service at 7:30 p.m. Service schedules for other area churches were not available at press time. Call your church for more specific information.Apollo 13 Lovell presenting free lecture Thursday From STAFF REPORTS SAN MARCOS — James Lovell, the astronaut portrayed by actor Tom Hanks in the 1995 film “Apollo 13,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Southwest Texas State University. The free lecture, set for SWT’s commander speaking at SWT Evans Auditorium, is titled “A Successful Failure: The Flight of Apollo 13.” Lovell has the distinction of having traveled farther than any living astronaut. He logged more than 600 hours and 7 million miles in space. His most famous mission nearly resulted in disaster in 1970 and later was parlayed by Hollywood and Hanks into a popular movie. Lovell and his crew were in extreme danger of dying in space when oxygen tanks on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft exploded. Lovell’s appearance Thursday and Friday will coincide with the dedication of a recently completed academic center at SWT. The James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research officially will be dedicated Friday. The center will offer research and office space and an inhouse library to visiting scholars. Additional functions of the center include hosting conferences, publishing papers in international journals and serving as a clearinghouse of information on environmental geography and hazards issues. Lovell’s address is the first in SWT’s Chautauqua Series. Packed house criticizes city’s comprehensive plan at hearing By Bai. O'Connell Staff Writer Somewhere out there in New Braunfels is a proposed guideline to be used by city officials in the next 20 years. Most people apparently have never seen it. Several city residents reacted angrily at a public hearing Tuesday when they discovered that the document they had been reading the past few weeks was an outdated version of the plan. Members of the city’fc planning and zoning commission revealed they had not seen the current comprehensive plan, either, leading some residents to question why the public hearing had been called. “How can we intelligently discuss this?” asked frustrated city resident Theresa Frasch. “It’s like trying to hit a moving target.” More than 120 people crammed into the tight confines of the New Braunfels municipal building for Tuesday^ hearing. City residents offered opposing viewpoints regarding the 20-year plan. Some in attendance criticized a recent draft of the document, which was prepared by a national consulting firm in the form of a technical report on a variety of city-related issues. “We believe that the technical report is going to require substantial editing,” said John Lovett, a member of the city’s planning and zoning commission. Lovett said the land use and zoning sub-committee disagreed with some of the recommendations made by the consultant. Nine advisory sub-committees comprised of about 330 city residents had worked over the past year to help the consultant shape a draft comprehensive plan. As chairman of the land use and zoning sub-committee, Lovett said his group “rejected” seven of 35 recommendations made by Wilbur Smith Associates. Mike McAnelly, project manager for the New Braunfels comprehensive plan, cautioned residents that the draft plan was not a final proposal. “We’re still in the mode of developing this plan,” he said. See PLAN/5A ROB* CORNETT/HerakJ-Zeitung Reena Udkler, center, listens attentively while discussion is taken about the education portion of the comprehensive plan. Udkler said she attended the public hearing out of an interest in tree ordinance and drainage issues. Inside Abby.......................... ......7A Business...................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...4-8B Comics........................ ......8A Crossword................... ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local.................. ......4A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports.......................... 9-12A Today.......................... ......2A Television..................... ......8A Check it out: NBHS students, teachers like new library By Heather Tooo Staff Writer The new library at New Braunfels High School is shedding some light on books — literally. Large bay windows overlooking the front lawn and skylights in the ceiling are only a few of the perks being enjoyed by high school students and staff. The new library opened its doors Tuesday to its first full class of students and praises already were high. “I’m very impressed with it. I really like the skylights and windows,” senior Rosa Espinoza said. “It’s a lot bigger than the old one, which is what we need.” The old library, inside the main building, was much smaller and was extremely noisy when two or three classes were in the room at the same time, she said. “They did a better job on it that I thought they would,” senior Bonica Ayala said. “It’s nice and open and gives you a lot more room.” Espinoza and Ayala were two students in a senior-level college prep English class getting a head start on their senior research papers. The students were the first official class to use the library, but will probably not be the last. All seniors are required to submit research papers as a graduation requirement. “I think the new library is going to be better for students in the years to come, more so than for my year because it will give them hands-on experience using the Internet,” Espinoza said. The new library, which cost more than $1.3 million, eventually will ofter students more technology through an upgraded network system and additional computer equipment. Librarian Delores Spicer said, “The computers are gomg to be networked throughout the school so students can do research using the library database and print it out while in their classrooms. We’re also going to offer more computer and search stations, and all the See LIBRARY/5A ;