New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
FEBRUARY 29, 2004
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Vicki Langham celebrates her 15th birthday today. Born on a leap year in 1944, her parents marked all of her "leap birthdays" with a special photograph.
DID Y0U__ KNOW?
a Leap years introduced b Julius Caesar 45 BC with ti Julian calendal
■ Because the solar year is actually 365.242216 days, the extra day every four years was needed bring the average days per year to 365.25.
■ That adjustment was still incorrect. and after
1.500 years, the calendar was 11 days behind the seasons.
■ In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII fixed the problem by moving the caF endar ahead to catch up and declaring that only century years evenly divisible by 400 would be leap years.
■ What are your chances of being born on leap day? About 1 in
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Woman says rare birthday shaped her personality
This photograph of Vicki Langham was taken for her “first" birthday in 1948.
By Leigh Jones
Vicki Langham has seen 60 winters, but she is only 15 years old.
Impossible? Not for a leap year baby.
Langham was born Feb. 29, 1944. Since then, there have been 15 leap years. If she lives another 40 years, she will celebrate her birthday on the correct day IO more times.
“ This year, my birthday will be on a Sunday,” she said. “That’s only the second time that s happened, and since it will be 200 years before it happens again, it will be my last birthday on a Sunday.”
On her first Sunday birthday, Langham was 4 or I, depending on which years are counted. The occasion is easy to remember because her parents chronicled every leap year birthday with a special photograph. Her mother enlarged each one to 8- by 10-inches and displayed them in a collection on a wall of their home.
Through the years, Langham has been singled out by more than photographs on her extremely special day.
“You’re automatically marked, for whatever reason," she said. “It s an oddity because there are so few of us.’’
See LEAP VEAR, Page 5A
City debates changes in off-site parking rules
By Scott Mahon
Citing Gruene as an example, New Braunfels (Tty Council might revise laws to allow off-site parking lots as much as 800 feet from a business.
Some local business owners, including attorneys for the Gristmill’s owners, said 800 feet is too much.
Frank Bobbins, director of planning and community
development, said the planning commission recommended 400 feet. The city’s existing ordinance allows off-site parking 200 feet from a business location.
“The council was concerned about the lack of specifics in the existing ordinance, so it asked the planning stall to look into it,” Bobbins said. “And when we did,
See PARKING, Page 5A
Alex and Sue Mclnms react after winning the war with other bidders over a pen of rabbits Saturday morning at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show.
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NBISD seeks public input on hefty cuts
By Dylan Jim6nez
The public can help guide New Braunfels Independent School District officials looking to cut next year’s budget.
Taxpayers will have the chance Monday to react to a consultant’s recommendations to cut $ 1.5 million in personnel and $470,000 in operating costs.
NBISD officials need to cut the budget to reduce a possible $1.2 million deficit next year.
In january, trustees hired a consultant who suggested several ways to cut the operations budget, including conserving electricity and changing the district's long-distance plan.
But most of the consultant’s suggestions relate to personnel, from cutting jobs to giving staff more work.
The district will look to cut nonstaffing costs, but school board President Jorge Maldonado and Superintendent Bon Beaves say it will be difficult to avoid some job cuts.
With personnel making up about 85 percent of die district’s budget, Beaves said, “We’re going to have to address the staffing issue.”
The consultant suggested cutting a middle school principal, a high school counselor, two elementary counselors, four high school clerical staff, two middle school clerical staff and seven elementary clerical stall', as well as reducing nonteaching support staff and custodians.
A suggestion to eliminate team planning periods at the middle school would cause some teachers there to teach six classes per day instead of five.
Another suggestion to eliminate block scheduling at the high school could eliminate some teachers there.
See NBISD. Page 5A
AT A GLANCE
■ New Braunfels Independent School District public hearing
■ 6 p.m. Monday
■ NBHS Theater
■ Eliminate high school block scheduling — $350,232
■ Eliminate middle school team planning period — $89,175
■ Reduce nonteaching support positions — $461,933
■ Reduce custodial staff - $150,000
■ Eliminate gifted and talented pullout program — $90,586
■ Cosolidate with county tax collection office — $84,887
■ Eliminate cafeteria competition, such as vending machines — $16,000
■ Increase community education fees — $ 10,000
■ Increase student attendance by 1 percent — $300,000
■ Change long-distance rate plan — $20,000
With the soccer season winding down and baseball and softball just getting warmed up, catch all the results from Tuesday matchups in Wednesday’s SPORTS section
Families, businesses band together to support kids
By Bon Maloney
Beggie and Joye Wuest got their boys, Travis and Brad, involved in showing livestock when both were very young.
I jooking back Saturday dur-ing the 36th annual Comal (xmnty junior livestock Show, the Wuests knew how impor-tant the time they spent together would turn out to he.
Beggie died in 1998, but Joye and her two, now adult, boys
were at Saturday’s annual livestock auction, where as every year, the family business, Natural Bridge Caverns, supported the children through bids for show project animals.
They weren’t exactly looking for bargains. When Sarah Walleck’s grand champion steer sold for $20,500, theres just no other way to look at it except pricey.
But thats the point. Its not
See AUCTION, Page 6A