New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tho Horaltf-Zoftungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Larry Rhein* laender, Bo Hopkins, Mary Seismore, Donny Drew, Becky Hendricks, Tom Arnold, Emilio Suarez, Ester Smith, Jamie Haden, Teresa Harrelson.
Tim# capsule planned for Sesquicentennial
As New Braunfels' 150th anniversary approaches, members of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule, which will be buried in comemoration of the Sesquicentennial year.
Submissions must be of paper origin, ie .. photographs, letters, documents. Submissions must either fit in a 9X12 or #10 envelope.
Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are SIO and $5, respectively.
Deadline is Sept. I, 1995.
Submissions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office. 390 S. Seguin.
The capsule will be buried at the civic center for 50 years
Spring gardening workshop set
A spring gardening workshop is set for today at the Comal County Extension Meeting Room.
Dr. Jerry Parsons will present the workshop, beginning at 6 p.m., discussing planting dates, varieties, weed and insect control, irrigation and harvest.
ii. more information, call t*20-3440
Study Club plans •ten. 12 meeting
The New Braunfels Music Study Club w ill host the Jan 12 meeting at the Seele Parish House at 7:30 p m.
There will be a Founders’ Day observance and the second part of the study book, Clara Schumann, The Artist, The Woman, presented by Robbie Botchers.
Featured violin soloist will be Clive Amor.
In addition to the violin, there will be flute and piano performance by Susan Deschn-er and Barbara Houde, respectively.
The public is invited.
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NBISD, CISD ponder alcohol testing
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Officials of both school districts are trying to decipher the new regulations regarding drug testing for personnel who transport students in school vehicles.
At a meeting of the New Braunfels Independent School District board Tuesday night, NBISD officials outlined the regulations and discussed alterations to fit the district’s wishes.
“You can make your regulations stricter than the federal but not less,” said Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis after the meeting.
Regulations outlined by both districts
New rules handed down through the U.S. Department of Transportation require drug testing for commercial drivers, which includes school districts. NBISD officials said to be certain of coverage, they wished to include any personnel that might transport a student in a district vehicle.
Kenny Franklin, director of transportation for the Comal Independent School District, said drivers must be included in the testing pool who drive in “safety-sensitive functions.’’
“That’s kind of broad,” said Franklin.
Tests for alcohol and drugs would be administered randomly to a pool of personnel during the year, or following an accident. The NBISD recommends those testing for alcohol between 0.02 and 0.04 on a breathalyzer would be suspended for 72 hours at NBISD instead of the required 24.
Those testing above 0.04 would be terminated as would anyone who refuses a test or fails following an accident. Testing for a controlled substance such as marijuana or cocaine would be grounds for dismissal at any time.
Franklin said the CISD would fire anybody testing over 0.02 for alcohol or failing the drug test. The legal limit for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is 0.10.
The number of random drug tests during the year will be based on 50 percent of the number of personnel in the pool, 25 percent for drugs.
A large pool means more random tests and increased costs. Although a federally-mandated requirement, districts will have to pay for the tests which can range from $15 to $35 dollars.
The CISD is considering joining a consortium of school districts while NBISD is still negotiating some sort of testing package.
Senator proposes to amend SB 1477
By CRAIG HAMMETT
When the State Legislature convenes this month, many issues will confront lawmakers. One of those will definitely involve the battle over the Edwards Aquifer
Sen. Ken Armbnster (D-Victoria) plans to propose amendments to Senate Bill 1477 this session, hoping those measures will allow the bill to come into full capacity.
Armbnster authored Senate Bill 1477 two years ago, after a federal judge gave orders to find a solution for regulation of pumping of the aquifer andmsure spring flow in Comal and San Marcos Spnngs.
The bill created an Edwards Aquifer Authonty to regulate pumping but was overturned by the Justice Dep-tartment because of appointed instead of elected officials.
“Obviously, there is not the sense of urgency as in the last session when we were dealing with a federal judge’s deadline,” he said.
Annbnster said they had worked with Justice Department when forming the bill last session and.
“Then, they changed their minds,” he said.
Armbnster said his staff would be working early in the session to introduce amendments to the bill, focusing mainly on the implementation rather than the management portions.
Finding a way to please the Justice Department and all counties over the aquifer will be key.
Smaller-populated counties like Hays and Comal would lose if a regulation board was made up based solely on population.
“You’ll end up with one group with have more authonty than the other,” said Armbnster.
As local water negotiator Doug Miller, originally appointed to the Edwards Aquifer Authonty states, "enforcement is what needs to be done.”
Plans could call for keeping the Edwards Underground Water Distnct, but not giving them authonty to regulate pumping.
The EUWD opposed SB 1477 which onginally called for the abolishment of the EUWD.
Recently, the EUWD formed an agreement with the Medina and Uvalde Underground Water Distncts which plan to take their own measure to the Legislature.
Armbnster said the issue of preserving water in the aquifer is important to his distnct, even for those people in his home base of Victona and along the Gulf Coast.
He said large industnes like DuPont and Union Carbide depend on a constant source of water.
He said he also realizes the tourism industry, cities and other industnes in Hays and Comal counties rely on a constant source of water as well.
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Prospective brides get up-close look at ‘what’s in’ in bridal wear for 1995 at bridal showcase
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The "Live on Broadway Bridal Showcase” packed the Civic Center with prospective brides, grooms and families yesterday evening.
“I think this is the largest crowd we’ve ever had; there were roughly 350,” said Dolores Castillo, as she counted tickets sold.
Showcase guests browsed through display booths from 18 local merchants for the first hour, with Herb Skoog as emcee and Broadway show tunes as background music.
The evening culminated in a bndal fashion show. Celebrations paraded an array of their ofTenngs for all members of the wedding party - with the help of some local talent. “All of the models are local, volunteers; even the models of mother’s dresses are local,” said Vera Shaw of China ’n’ Things.
Fashions of designers ranging from Mon Lee to Galina to Chnst-lan Dior to Perry Ellis were worn. Models earned bouquets by Comal Flowers to complement the differing styles of their attire. They traversed the runway to the sounds of love songs from Broadway plays.
Businesses traditionally catenng to weddings were well represented at the show: Gifts & Glitter, Scratch Bakery, Clear Spnngs Catenng.
But also available to bndes were goods and services they might not have thought they needed. Around the'Clock Child Care to care for the children of wedding guests. Hoffmann Financial Services advising new couples on investing for their financial future.
Preserved Flowers by Antonia,
using flowers from the bridal bouquet to make permanent artwork for home decor.
Rennert World Travel offers the concept of the “honeymoon registry.” Couples can register at the agency and wedding guests can choose to contribute to their honeymoon travel fund as a novel gift.
The favored honeymoon spot of New Braunfels brides? “Most like to go where it’s warm - the Caribbean, Mexico. Even if it’s in the summer, they find that romantic,’’ said Nancy Cromer of Rennert World Travel.
Merchants set the festive spirit of the evening. “It’s fun, because you get to know a lot of people, said Tobin Hoffmann of Hoffmann Financial Services. “If we get to know the person right here, then maybe later on down the line we can get to do business with them."
The Bndal Showcase is produced each year by the businesses comprising the Bndal Association. The first show was 14 years ago, says Vera Shaw. “Every year it grows a little bit more. This is by far our biggest year ever," she said.
The merchants with displays in the 1995 Bndal Showcase include: Comal Flower Shop, Clear Spnngs Catering, Hoffmann Financial Services, ALS Video Productions, Around the Clock Child Care, The Retreat A Day Spa, Centex Office Center, Forest Waters Country Club, Celebrations, Castillo Ice Co., Rennert World Travel, Scratch Bakery, Gifts & Glitter Weddings with Rice, Wolfgang's Keller & Pnnce Solms Inn, Preserved Flowers by Antonia, Kuebler- Waldnp Haus Bed & Breakfast, China ‘n’ Things, Wagner Haus Photography.
‘Harald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALl (Top photo) Lisa Whitehouse models one of the more popular dresses for 1995 at last night's bridal showcase. (Bottom photo) Stephanie Kohlenberg is escorted by Tyler Moore on the runway showing off some of the styles for this year.
More choices in store for local cable TV consumers
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Five hundred channels of television in New Braunfels - not yet.
But more choices are in the future for area viewers, said Mark Momsion, local group mananger of TCI Cable-vision. Two new technologies, fiber optic cable and Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) will make greater viewing choices a reality.
Area residents with cable may have noticed new and different programming on cable Channel 25 recently. A network called “TV.”
It shows high-tech graphics of a hand punching buttons on the screen, apparently choosing between differ
“The ‘TV’ network is a sample of programming being developed i cable in the future,” said Mark Morrison. Channel 25 shows blocks of programming from cable networks such as the History Channel, the Americana Channel, the Military Channel, etc. Premium channels such as Disney and HBO also promote their product by programming blocks on “TV,” said Mornsion “It’s a glimpse into the socalled 500-channel universe," he said.
More than 70 cable channels exist now, said Morrison. New and more diverse channels are being developed at a tremendous rate. “Each channel has a small niche, like a fishing chan
nel or a knitting channel, appealing to a small portion of the audience," said Mornsion.
Will this diversity of choice be available to New Braunfels cable users? It will - but not until TCI upgrades the type of cable it uses. The number of channels New Braunfels viewers recieve is now limited to 38 because that’s all the coaxial cable TCI now uses can carry
The new fiber optic cable can carry hundreds of channels, said Momson. He would not say, however, when TCI would bnng the fiber optic technology to its New Braunfels location.
I’here is another option for TV viewers who want access to all of the 70-
plus channels now. The new technology called DBS is available for consumers to buy. They purchase a small satellite dish. When it is installed on their roof, viewers can receive and select from every channel that is broadcast via satellite. For now, DBS is an expensive option, with satellite dishes costing $800 or more, plus installation, plus monthly subscription fee of roughly $30 Costs of DBS will probably fall, though, when the technology has been around for a while Eventually cable companies in smaller towns will have the fiber optic capability, said Momson "In the future when we upgrade and go digitally, it will be an a la carte system,” he said.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!