New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Heratd-Zeitung photo by Michael DamaN
Summer Smithers, Jasmin Owens, and Caste Woods stand with their Junior Miss pageant sponsors James Jeffers-J&R Gymnastics, Lisa Brucka-Prodigy Learning Center, Lenise and Billy Brown-Leniee’s Floral Creations Tuesday evening at the sponsor-contestant reception at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The Junior Miss Scholarship program will be held at the Civic Center Friday and Saturday.
News from the Dittlinger Memorial Library
By CAROL BISSETT
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Library patrons arc the most wellinformed citizens in town! Our regulars come in daily to read the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and area newspapers.
Twelve new subscriptions have been added to the 180-plus periodicals held at the library for 1007. These new magazines include Accent on Living. Americas, Consumer Reports Travel Letter,
Cricket, Economist, Horn Book Magazine, Kidstuff, Kiplinger’s Retirement Letter, Macleans, Microcomputer Journal, Mother Jones and Sporting News.
And for the real news hound, access to this Internet site should prove both enlightening and entertaining The Best News on the Net at www.novpapyrus.com/news/ includes an AP wire site where you can be among the first to read the news right off the wire. You’ll also find a collection of web newspapers
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Twenty-five members of th# Canyon High School Student Council atlandad tho annual mid-Wlntar ratraat at tho 7A Guaat Ranch In Wimberley.
Canyon High School goes for the gold
By KATIE BADER
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
1997 begins a new chapter in the beek of Canyon High School’* many active student groups The basketball team has been improving its record the cheerleaders and Aristocrats rn* busily preparing for their respective national competitions, the Academic Decathlon team is gearing up for the state meet, and Student Council continues to produce outstanding leaders
The most important and memorable Student Council activity since we resumed school was our annual mid-winter retreat to Wimberley. A group of 25 traveled to the 7A (illest Ranch for the weekend of Jan. 18 and 19 for a special leadership workshop. I was one of the lucky participants, and I must say that spending a weekend with leaders from my own school and from surrounding arca schools was a real pick-me-up. The highlight of the retreat was a live "Clue" game. in which teams searched the ranch for solutions to a murder mystery. We also spent the weekend sharing advice, laughter and ice cream, all while learning that the best gift you can give someone is not always tangible sometimes it is the gilt of teamwork or understanding.
Another group which boasts dedicated members is the Anstocats dance team These young ladies have
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The Best News contains a special collection of weather sites plus special business and finance news links, lf you’re enjoying the site at the library Internet station, slip on a pair of headphones and select from these audio feeds: National Public Radio programs or ABC and Christian Science Monitor radio programs.
(Carot Hissett is a paraprofessional librarian at the Pi ti linger Memorial Library.)
been hard at work earning money for an upcoming trip to Santa Le, N M. In March, the Aristocrats will perform four dance routines to defend their slate title and national ranking I’ll be representing the team in the Miss Texas High Kick contest when we attend state competition iii Austin. In the mean time, the third annuul Anstocats dance clinic was held Jan 18, and provided the opportunity for 60 aspiring dancers, ages 4 to 16, to learn two special routines which were performed at last Friday’s varsity basketball game.
Our cheerleaders will soon find themselves in sunny Florida, also competing for a national ranking. T heir recent and successful spaghetti supper and silent auction was the product of much planning and preparation on the part of the girls and their moms. Good luck and happy traveling to you as the February competition nears.
( ongratulations are in order tor the Academic Decathlon team and coaches. At the regional meet in Killeen, this brainy bunch of nine found itself in the spotlight, garnering the second-place title and a chance to compete in the state championship scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The individual medals earned total 28, and 18 team medals were also won.
(Katie Hillier is the C anyon High Si hi nil Student Council reporter).
Clara Twiefel Pfannstiel
Clara Twiefel Pfannstiel of New Braunfels died Monday, Feb. 17, 1997, at Colonial Manor Care Center at the age of 78 years. She was bom March I, 1918, at New Braunfels to Edmund Twiefel and Clara (Luersen) Twiefel. She married Benno R. Pfannstiel Nov. 5, 1936, at New Braunfels. Mrs. Pfannstiel was a retired sales clerk at Comal Cottons Retail Store. She was affiliated with St. Paul Lutheran Church and was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 179 Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by husband Benno R. Pfannstiel of New Braunfels; son Curtis A. Pfannstiel of San Antonio; sisters Alice Rehfeld of Seguin and Virginia Haas of New Braunfels, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1997, at
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with The Rev. Dr. Charles DeHaven officiating. Burial will be at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday and continue until service time Wednesday. Memorials may be given to Hospice New Braunfels or St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
Edwin Barker Christopher
Edwin Barker Christopher, 69, of New Braunfels, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997. He was a loving husband, caring father and generous grandfather. Preceded by death of a son, Theodore Shephard, he is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 37 years, Ida. his three brothers. Dick, Don and Billy. He leaves behind his children, Zoanne. Danny, Les, Bruce. Al, Eddie and IO grandchildren, a host of other relatives and many friends. He was president and an active member of
Landa Park Golf Association, 2279 Elks Lodge, Eagles 2999 Lodge, Retired Sprinklers Fitters Union Local 669. We will miss his laughter, lessons of life, sensitivity, high spirits, and exuberant zest for living, which he shared with everyone. May he enjoy unlimited golf for eternity. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the American Cancer Society in his name.
Porter Loring Mortuary,
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Allen Biesenbach of Houston, Texas. He died Monday in Houston at the age
Rumble strip trial proves effective
By ABE LEVY
It’s never too late to tell for victims of sexual abuse
By Abigail Van Buren Universal Press Syndicate
DEAR ABBY: I’m writing about a recent letter signed "No Justice Served in California.’’ I am a police lieutenant who has been involved in the investigation of child molesters for the past IO years, and I want you and your readers to know the follow ing about child molesters:
Research, literature in the field and my personal experience have shown that child molesters usually commit many sex crimes involving many victims. Unlike other crimes, delayed disclosure of sexual abuse is the rule not the exception. It is common for victims to wait weeks, months or even years before disclosing their abuse. Many states provide for this in their laws that cover statutes of limititations (how long aller the crime is committed the offender can be prosecuted).
Please tell victims of sexual abuse that it is never too late to tell. The criminal justice system must make every attempt to bring these offenders to justice, no matter how much time has passed.
LT. BILL WALSH.
DALLAS POLICE DEPT
DEAK LT. WALSH: Thank you for the important letter. All too often victims of sexual abuse are reluctant to speak up because they are frightened or blame themselves for what happened. Disclosing the abuse and identifying the perpetrator can be critical step in the healing process of the victim.
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The preliminary results of a six-month experimental study into the effectiveness of rumble road strips along one of the city's residential streets indicate they are a successful method in reducing motor vehicle speeds, city officials said Thursday.
The Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board heard the results Thursday of the city’s first-ever, experimental study into the effects of the rumble strips. The speed reduction mechanism is a senes of 10 thermoplastic strips placed across the length of the street.
The strips are an alternative to speed bumps and humps that are much more expensive and cause problems for emergency personnel to respond quickly to calls in residential neighborhoods.
Depending on the vehicle, the strips cause a vibration that is designed to alert motorists as to how fast their vehicles arc traveling.
The city installed the strips in June in two locations along the 1200 block of River Acres in northeast New Braunfels. Signs were placed to the
north and south of oncoming traffic to warn motorists of the strips that are four to five inches wide and about half an inch high.
River Acres begins at the north opening with a steep hill that dead ends into Fair Lane to the south.
City officials said that hill has become a hot spot for speeding motorists who have traveled upward of 70 mph at times and caused many of the residents to seek relief from the city.
“I remember flying down there growing up and now (the rumble strips) are really a deterrent,” said traffic advisory board member Art Cantu. "I think they are really effective."
Installation of the rumble strips in other locations would require the consent of city council, that has indicated it has no commitment to implement the system elsewhere at this time.
This initial endeavor cost S5,900, which includes labor, material and equipment, said assistant to the city manager. Don Ferguson, who is the city’s start'support for the trial study.
The cost should decrease from $3,000 to $4,000 the next time since
fewer workers would be needed and equipment has already been purchased, he said, adding that material is the greatest cost.
The preliminary results indicate that top speeds of 70 mph have decreased to 45 mph for southbound traffic and 65 mph to 55 mph for northbound traffic.
The averge speed of 85 percent of the traffic was 39.6 mph in June 19% and slowed to 30.02 mph by January for southbound traffic.
The average speed for northbound traffic went from 39.5 mph to 36.1 mph.
The volume of traffic also decreased as a result of motorists avoiding the area's rumble strips.
The number of vehicles dropped from 255 in June of 19% to 131 in January for southbound traffic, and 256 to 140 for nothbound.
"We’re encourage by some of the results and are anxious to see whether the speeds remain down in the months to come," Ferguson said. "It’s a project that is somewhat costly but we feel the cost of installation will come down as the workers become more familiar with the process."
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Buhidar new aide-de-camp for Joint Chiefs chairman
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Maj. Randy A. Buhidar of Corpus Christi has been selected as the next aide-de-camp for Gen. John Shalikashvili, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff'. Shalikashvili succeeded Gen. Colin Powell into the nation’s highest military office.
Buhidar was bom in Corpus Christi and is the son of Mr. and Mr*. Raymond J. Buhidar Jr. After graduating from W.B. Ray High School in 1977, he enlisted in the Army.
Following basic training, he
returned to Corpus Chnsti to marry his high school sweetheart, Karla S. Hillin. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boh O'Neal Hillin Sr. of New
Braunfels. Buhidar's Army assignments have taken him to Fort Bliss, Germany, Washington, D.C. and Somalia.
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General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Marine Command and Staff College at Quantico, Va.
His military awards and medals include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with 5th Oak Leal' Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the United Nations Medal.
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