New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, January 2,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of NORMA GARVEY
Vol. 144. No. 35
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung < xtends birthday wishes to: Frank Weber (80 years, yesterday) Norma Garvey (yesterday), Sandra Haynes, Virginia Preiss, Ruth Abbotts, Kelly Ables, Red Garcia and Orlinda Swan.
Cedar — 6,760 Mold —1,150
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Flank Hampel.
GOR filing party
The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The candidates for the 1996 primary election will be introduced. Come meet and visit with the candidates. For more information, call Dona Bruns at 625-0872.
LCRA sets workshop
The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday, .tan. 4, 1996, to inform area leaders and nonprofit groups about LCRA's new grant program to assist community development projects in its service area The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room, 263 E. Main Plaza, from 6 to 8 p m Those eligible for grants include cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other non-profit economic and community development groups.
For more information, contact Frank Morgan, LCRA, 1-800-776-5272, ext. 3340.
Garden Club to meet
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ella Hall. The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March.
Hospice Tree of Lights
The Hospice Tree of Lights is up atop the New Braunfels Utilities building
Throughout the season, a light will be lit on that tree for every donation made to Hospice New Braunfels Another tree in McKenna Memorial Hospital’s lobby features a white dove for every donation to Hospice.
Donations may be made in person or mailed to 613 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels 78130 For information, call 625-7500
The drive ends Jan. 4.
CASA training this month
CASA of Central Texas will conduct a 40-hour course to train advocates in January 1996.
lf you believe that abused, neglected or abandoned children need someone to speak for them in court, you may be just the right person to train as an advocate.
Call Deborah at 620-5536 for intimation.
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A Styrofoam Home
It’s energy efficient, and the big, bad wolf can’t blow it down
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It looks like it’s built of a kid’s Styrofoam building blocks — it is made partly of foam blocks. And Albert Kageler’s house may be the most energy efficient home in Comal County.
“In my personal opinion, this is going to be the technology that you’ll see in the future,” Kageler said. A retired civil engineer, he has experience to back up his opinion.
Kageler’s house is made of two layers of interlocking foam blocks. When they were assembled, concrete was poured in between, said Eloy M. Andrade, sales representative for Lite-Form, the San Antonio firm that sells the blocks locally. The concrete walls were reinforced with vertical and horizontal steel.
“You can use any interior and exterior finish that you would on a traditional home,” Andrade said. “It looks like any other house.”
But the foam/concrete home has eight-inch thick walls that virtually give it the energy efficiency of living underground.
Bill Gregson built his New Braunfels Alamo Hy-Tech Foundation office with foam/concrete construction last year. “Once you get the walls a certain temperature, the temperature stays pretty much constant,” he said. “If a hurricane or twister were to come through I’d rather be in my building here than in a house.”
About the only drawback to foam/concrcte construction is the initial cost. “It’s competitive with two-by-six wood construction, but the pnce doesn’t compete with two-by-
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Al Kageler, owner of the home, trowels the newly-poured concrete on his home.
four yet,” Kageler said.
Foam/concrete homes are safer from fire than standard wood construction. “The foam blocks are expanded polystyrene,” said Wayne Champagne, owner of San Antonio Lite-Form. “It has a flame retardant in it. It’s less toxic than wood when it bums.”
Energy savings more than make up for the initial cost of foam/concrete construction, Kageler said. David Werley of New Braunfels Utilities rated the house’s energy efficiency to see if it qualified for NBU’s “Good Cents” home program. It
passed with flying colors.
“They wind up with something like an R21 wall” (heat insulation rating), Werley said. “A normal, conventional built house would be from R13 to RI7. It’s really unique in this area."
With a “Good Cents” home, Kageler will be eligible for utility rebates.
Foam/concrete houses can be “containerized,” Champagne said. The foam blocks are made to fit the house plans, packaged and sent to the job site. “We can put the w hole house in a container and use local concrete and steel,” he said.
Kageler said foam/concrete con
struction has another advantage, especially for the slab-foundation homes built in the Comal County area. The concrete walls are fused with the concrete foundation, so when the ground underneath shifts, the whole structure is more stable and much less likely to crack than wood frame houses on slab foundations.
“Also, it’s going to be so quiet, because of the density of the walls,” Kageler said.
“If I were going to build again. I’d do the same thing.” Gregson said. “lf it were just my partner and myself, we’d never run the heating again."
Suspect wanted on aggravated assault charge caught napping
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Hines caught up w ith a fugitive from Pearsall Friday morning. Richard Vasquez Perez, 31, of Pearsall, was wanted on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony offenses, according to Comal County Sheriff s Department Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz.
The alleged assaults occurred early Thursday evening, according to police reports.
The weapon Perez allegedly used in the offenses was a two-foot homemade knife. Some witnesses described the knife as a machete. Perez allegedly used the knife to attack family members in Frio County.
Sheriff s deputies recovered the weapon from Perez’ red Chevy Blazer.
Hines stopped to investigate at about 7:30 a.m. Friday when he saw a man sleeping in a red Blazer in the parking lot of the A & H Store at I hghvvav 281 and FM 306, according to Sheriffs reports.
Property had recently been stolen from the store, so Hines had reason to be suspicious. W hen he called in for a routine backup check on the v ehicle. he found out w ho Perez was and made the arrest, finding the knife in the truck.
“They’re supposed to be on the way up here to pick him up," Hoherz said late Friday afternoon.
Canyon Lake has a lot to offer, and Smith wants to make sure you know it
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New' Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce President Richard K. Smith wants to start “promoting Canyon Lake at Canyon Lake.”
“What I mean by “promoting Canyon Lake at Canyon Lake’ is the concept of making people aware of what we have here,” Smith said. "Instead of people going out of town to purchase deer com in other towns, we have two fine feed stores in this community. The job of the chamber is to make people aware of the variety of businesses we have at Canyon Lake.” A five-year Canyon Lake resident, Smith owns and operates three businesses — the Bunkhaus Lodge on
Highway 306, the Canyon Echo newspaper and Smith Financial Services. His businesses have benefited and thrived from the chamber’s help, Smith said.
"The visibility the chamber has provided for my businesses has helped me out," Smith, a third-year member of the chamber’s board of directors, said. “The chamber’s mixers and general meetings are an invaluable source for making new business connections.”
Smith wants to execute the "promoting Canyon Lake at Canyon Lake” concept by putting up signs going to and from Canyon Lake which encourage tourists and residents to shop in the Canyon Lake area. The names of businesses would be on these signs.
“The local merchants would pay for
these signs," Smith said. "The costs would be less to the merchants if they help share the costs for these signs instead of going out and trying to advertise on a sign by themselves."
Smith said a chamber committee is looking into the idea of putting up the new signs.
Smith replaces outgoing President Ernest Pavlock. The term of president lasts for a year. Before his year is up on Dec. 31, 1996, Smith hopes his term as president will be a fruitful one.
“I would like for my term to be remembered as one in which we made every effort possible to increase and enhance the business of the local community,” Smith said.
Smith said he would do this by continuing and promoting the community
Halloween program. For two years now on Halloween night, businesses at Canyon Lake have opened their doors to trick or treaters. With the help of the Comal County Sheriffs Department this year, thousands of trick or treaters and their parents lined up FM 2673 in Sattler and enjoyed Halloween night.
“This event exposed people to new businesses,” Smith said. “The growth from Halloween night the year before w as incredible. I was at Canyon Lake One-Hour Photo and 15 people came by and said they had not known that Canyon Lake had a one-hour photo shop."
Smith said he w ants more people to be inv olv ed in the setting up of chamber projects. Smith plans to do this by
breaking up the big committees into smaller ones.
"We have had 20 people serving on IO committees," Smith said. "We need to get more people involved. By hav ing smaller committees, we will be able to take the pressure off some people to do everything. By getting more people involved, we will be able to serv e and expand our community better."
This year, the chamber will have the luxury of working w ith the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) in promoting the lake for tourism. The chamber signed a SI5,000 contract with WORD for the promotion of the lake. Smith said the contract will help the Canyon Lake area tremendously w hen it conies to advertising in bigger cities
Comal County greets its first new resident of 1996
Dana Carter holds six-pound, 15-ounce Kendall Diane Carter, the first baby born In Comal County in 1996. She was born at 8:39 a.m., Jan. 1. Mother, daughter, and dad Brent Carter are all doing well. The stocking was donated by the Texas lota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
Group says NAFTA fails in environmental promises
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years into the North American Free Trade Agreement, the pact has yet to live up to its boosters’ billing of cleaner air, purer water and an improved environment along the polluted southwestern border, an anti-NAFTA group contends.
Public Citizen, which lobbied furiously against NAPI A’s passage, argues in a new report that the trade agreement has caused new damage to an already ov erburdened border environment.
“After two years of NAFTA, this report documents that not only have the promises for environmental and health improvements not occurred, but in fact the conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border have gotten significantly worse,” said Lon Wattach, head of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and a co-author of the report.
Supporters of the trade pact counter that it’s far tov! early to assess its effects.
Public Citizen said illegal dumping of industrial wastes in Mexico has increased, air pollution has worsened, and hepatitis, dysentery and other diseases still exist in rates far higher than elsew here in the United States.
Coffee spill blamed for car crash
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Daniel Lloyd was discharged from Brooke Army Medical Center Sunday atter his car collided head-on with a stack of concrete pylons Friday morning.
The 32-year-old New Braunfels man was driving his Taurus eastbound on Loop 337 when it left the road at full speed and hit the pylons, witnesses said.
Coffee spilled on Lloyd’s lap may have helped cause the accident by distracting him ark! making him lose control of his car, New Braunfels police reports said.
Both of the car’s airbags were deployed Rescue workers cut Lloyd from the car with the Jaws of Life. A New Braunfels EMS unit took turn to a Baptist Aki-ife helicopter, which flew him to Brooke Army Medical Center.
“At that speed he was pretty lucky” said New Braunfels Police Officer Sean Gabbard.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144