New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Newest city resident arrives early at McKennaChilly celebration
River committee to finalize report
By Suzanne Ashe
The New Braunfels River Activities Committee will meet one more time before presenting its final report to the City Council on Wednesday.
The committee, made up of seven members, has been meeting since August to seek a comprehensive plan to deal with rowdy river behavior during the summer tourism season.
Committee members drew up a rough draft of their recommendations during the group’s Dec. 21 meeting.
During that meeting, members agreed to recommend a ban on open containers of alcohol at all riverside parks, a ban that
See RIVER, Page 10
The following is a list of some of the ideas the river committee has agreed to present to the City Council for its consideration:
■ Require personal flotation devices for children.
■ Pursue legislation regarding the Hotel Occupancy Tax rebate from the state.
■ Make sure that any decisions are clearly communicated to the public through multiple channels.
■ Provide overall coordination and structure regarding river management.
■ Prohibit open containers at the last river exit.
B Prohibit open containers at Cypress Bend, Prince Solms and Hinman Island parks.
By Suzanne Ashe
Congratulations. Its a boy!
The first baby horn in New Braunfels in 2007 was delivered at 3:48 a.m. Monday at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Amber and Roy Ramirez of New Braunfels were happy to welcome Jaycob Andrew Ramirez into their family.
But the healthy baby, who weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long, came close to being the second
infant born at the hospital on New Year’s Day.
“I came in at 2:30 in the morning, and I thought there would have been another baby already born by then. But then I ended up racing with another girl who was in labor, too,” Ramirez said.
Jaycob’s father works out of town and his 21-year-old wife said he was worried he might miss their son’s birth. Thankfully, he was still in New Braunfels for the holidays when the couple’s final child entered the world, she“Now I have two boys and two girls and that sit for me.”
— Amber Ramirez
mother of the first infant born at McKenna Memorial Hospital in 2007
“I have three other children at home, ranging in ages from I to 4 years old,” Ramirez said. “Now I have two boys and two girls and that’s it for me.”
On Dec. 21, McKenna
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Shannon Lumbra, 13, right, looks on as her aunt, Dottle Blaag, mentally prepares herself Monday morning for a plunge into the chilly Comal River as part of the New BraunfelsTriathlon Club's annual Polar Bear Swim.Club members dive in to 2007
in honor of
reached a milestone Dec. 21 as the 1,000th baby was horn there marking the first time the hospital’s history (hat 1,000 babies in a year were delivered.
By year’s end the hospital had witnessed the birth of 1,016 infants, said Stephanie I fell, a registered nurse who works on the obstetrics floor of the hospital’s birthing center.
And as the end of tile first day of 2007 drew near, three more babies had entered the world and a fourth was on the way, I lell said.
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Roy and Amber Ramirez of New Braunfels show off their son, Jaycob, who was the first baby born at McKenna Memorial Hospital in 2007. Jaycob was born at 3:48 a.m. on Monday.
By Suzanne Ashe
■ President Bush joins thousands mourning the loss of former President Gerald R. Ford. Page IO
All New Braunfels administrative offices, the library and the city’s recreation center will be closed, Morrison said, adding that New Braunfels police, fire and EMS personnel will be on duty as usual.
Deputies witli the Comal County sheriff’s office also will he on duty, but all administrative offices will close, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said.
While most aspects of city and county business will stop, Scheel said all newly
See FORD, Page 3
Fog rose from tile surface of the Comal River on Monday morning as 20 members of the New BraunfelsTriathlon Club readied themselves for a plunge into the chilly water as part of the second annual Polar Bear Swim.
Temperatures hovered around the 43-degree mark at 8:30 a.m. as club members met at I Unman Island Park to strip down to their swimsuits and take a dive into the 70-degree river.
“The water’s warmer than the air," Matthew Carl, 15, of New Braunfels said.
The event drew more swimmers to the river hank Monday to usher in the new year than in 2006, organizers said.
"We have a new slogan this year,” said Matthew’s mom, Kathy Carl. “We’re all here because we’re not all there.”
Jumping into the Comal River on the frigid January morning wasn’t everyone’s idea of fun.
John Lovett of New Braunfels stood by on shore holding towels for his wife,
Nick Seidel, center, and other members of the New BraunfelsTriathlon Club swim up the Comal River from Hinman Island Park during their second annual Polar Bear Swim on Monday morning.
Christa, while she swam.
“I don’t make lier play golf, and she doesn’t make me train for triathlons,” he said. “So we’re even.”
And while the swimmers said the 70-degree water was warm, getting out was a different story.
“Getting out was cold but I will
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■ TriTexNB, a local group of triathlon enthusiasts, will host its third annual 12-mile River Road Run on Jan. 21 started at Camp Hueco Springs.
■ Anyone interested in joining the group can [email protected]
groups.com or visit seidel-productions.com to learn more.
By Suzanne Ashe
All city and county offices will be closed today in observance of a national day of mourning for former President Gerald R.
New Braunfels City Manager Mike
Morrison Gerald R. Ford said late
Monday that Gov. Rick Perry issued a proclamation asking everyone to observe the day of mourning for the former president.
Mayor Bruce Boyer complied, closing all city government offices today.