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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels Cedar poses biggest problem for allergy By Gary P. Carroll Staff Wrltar If you’ve noticed yourself sniffing and sneezing a little more often, it could be the changing weather patterns - or it could be allergies. According to Dr. Frank Hampel, M.D., an allergist in New Braunfels, cedar is the dominant allergen currently floating around in the New Braunfels air. Although the impending season change from winter to spring will see an increased amount of several different allergy-causing agents in the air, including Arizona ash, the Health Beat main culprit is cedar. “The reason why cedar is such a problem, and the problems associated with it are so hard to control in this area, is because there is so much of it,” Hampel said. Each night on television stations’ news reports, meteorologists show viewers a number regarding the amounts of allergens in the atmosphere. That number represents the amounts per cubic meter of allergens that are in the air. “Just recently we had a reading of 100.000," Hampel said. He said that peak levels, on a bad day, are usually around 60.000, so a reading of 100,00 was extremelysufferers this unusual, and something he had never seen before. “Even if the levels are low, say 500 to 1,000, people can still react to the cedar," Hampel said. There are some preventative measures people can take to reduce their chances of exposure to theses allergens: • Keep your house windows closed • Keep your car windows rolled up • Change air filters in your housetime of year regularly • Avoid going outside on days with high allergen concentrations A variety of treatments exist for allergies, and everything from over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal sprays are possible solutions to the problems, but some people with more serious allergic reactions may need prescriptions, according to Hampel. As with all illnesses, it's always good to consult with a physician. Project TAP to kickoff Jan. 19 The Retired Senior Volunteer Program is sponsoring Project TAP (Therapeutic Activity Program) in New Braunfels. The goal of the project is to match volunteers with nursing home residents who have been identified as suffering from memory loss or depression. The volunteers will provide support in the form of regular visits which will give the residents friends who will listen to them and provide conversational opportunity. The volunteers may be asked to read to residents, take them on walks, and generally provide a social contact based on friendship. Although sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, participants are not limited to retirees. Those interested in the project may call Iris Bowden at 625-7526. The first meeting of the TAP Project will be held at Colonial Manor Nursing Center at IO a.m. on Tuesday, January 19. Volunteers are sought to participate in TAP projects at Oak Crest, Eden Home and Kirkwood Manor as well as Colonial Manor Nursing Center. Wednesday Afternoon, January 13,1993 Serving Comal County/ Home of Becky Voges M FASO, TX 79903 >, Sunday 75 cents By ROBE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Ramon Chapa. Jr., formerly Mayor Pro Tem of New Braunfels, pled “no contest” yesterday to assault charges. Chapa was charged with Class A assault last June stemming from an altercation with a San Antonio woman who claimed he had beat her after a verbal argument. Class A assault carries a penalty of up to $3000 in fines and one year in jail. Chapa was fined $450, $151 in court costs and restitution to be determined. His sentence included a 180 day jail term which was suspended. He was placed on probation. "Unfortunately the pattern of the court system seems to be a slap on the wrist,” said Cindy Stauffer, executive director of the Comal County Women’s Center. “It sends a message to the men that there s no real penalty for their behavior. It indicates to the women that the courts don’t really care.” Stauffer said the time served at the point of arrest until bond is made is usually all that’s served. Giving some credit to the court system she said as a pattern is shown the penalty does get more severe. After three sentencing events the charge is escalated to a felony. “There’s no way that you can stop assault and abuse of women with a slap on the wrist,” Stauffer said. Chapa pleads no contest to assault W.O.R.D., opposition dig in, solidify their positions By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Wrltar After several meetings recently, the Water Oriented Recreation District (W.O.R.D.) and those opposed to it appear to have solidified their positions. “I fail to sec a reason why we need W.O.R.D. at all.” said Ed Nolan, a Canyon Lake attorney. “All it takes is three commissioners and we're done with this mess. We’re fortunate that the bill is written so we can get rid of it locally.’’ Nolan is pan of a contingent that proposes the dissolution of W.O.R.D. because they say the district has been ineffective and is taking on authority not intended by the founding legislation. W.O.R.D. board members say a lawsuit filed by outfitters on the Guadalupe River stymied the district for months since they were unable to do anything on the advice of a lawyer pending the outcome of the suit. That issue has been resolved and the board is now proposing changes to legislation which they say will enable them to be more effective. “W.O.R.D has revised some of their proposals at the suggestion of some (citizens who attended public SM W O R D., Pag* 7A Locally produced cookbook now available at the Herald-Zeitung The most recent addition to the list of books available at the Herald-Zeitung offices is a locally produced cookbook. Produced by the New Braunfels Business and Professional Women’s group, the cookbook sells for $10.40. Recipes in the book — 160 pages of them — are local and profit from sales of the book, according to Cheryl Duvall, who is the club’s recording secretary as well as the newspaper's general manager, help fund the club’s charitable projects, including the annual awarding of scholarships to three local young people. Some of the New Braunfels area residents who contributed recipes to the cookbook include Cash Hermes. Dorothy Schultz, Jayne Johec, Terry Burto, Deborah .Bright, Lee Schmidlein. Virginia Marshall, Edna Mergelc, Zella Coday, Mary Jo Huff and Mrs. Willie Holzman, according to Duvall. The Herald-Zeitung also carries books by local author and psychiatrist Dr. John Ingram Walker. Those books include not only a number of self-help titles, but also Walker’s widely respected “Winning Basketball,’’ which is built on Walker’s acquaintance with Jim Reid, the only Texas high school coach    to    win    four state championships at three different schools. Of “Winning Basketball." one reviewer wrote, “...The result was a good story coupled with professional insight into the psychology of winning.” Dorinda Lynne KriewakJt, 29, of New Braunfels was killed early this morning when she lost control of her 1979 Chevy El Camino. The car was southbound on Interstate 35 when it struck the guardrail, went off the bridge and landed on a concrete embankment adjacent to Spur 3 around 2:30 this morning. Kriewaldt was pronounced dead at the scene. This is New Braunfels’ first fatal automobile accident in 1993 (Photo by John Huseth) Hannover awarded Medal for Heroism Savior of four children from river honored by local chapter By Gary P. Carroll Staff Wrltar Almost one year has passed since a car traveling down River Road in New Braunfels went off the road and into the Comal River, trapping four children inside. The car was about twenty feet from the bank when New Braunfels resident Bobby Hannover saw some adults emerge from the water and assumed all was well until one woman began screaming, “My babies! My babies!” “My first thought was just to get ‘em out of there,” Hannover said. “I sure I was just about as blank as you can get, but I knew they were in trouble and there was nobody else to help them.’* Monday night, Hannover was honored by New Braunfels’ William Hightower and the Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution with its Medal for Heroism. “Our chapter is very proud to present Bobby Hannover with our Sons of the American Revolution hero award,” said Charles Mot/., chapter president. “The children were saved by Bobby’s peace of mind.” In March of 1992, Hannover leapt into the cold water and began to pull Charles Motz, chapter president of the Sons of the American Revolution, presents the Medal for Heroism to Bobby Hannover. the children from the car and administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as he took them ashore. The last child he pulled from the car, a little girl named Angel, was the worst off - in fact Hannover thought she was dead. But he stayed with her, working desperately to resuscitate her until finally she began Index    Stammtisch 2 Section, 20 Pages CLASSIFIED..............................6    SB COMICS........................................5B DEAR ABBY..................................3A EDUCATION ...........................4B ENTERTAINMENT .....................10A FOOD .......................................1    2B HOROSCOPE......................5B LIFESTYLES...............................    2B LOOKING BACK    5A RECORDS.....................................3A OPINIONS.....................................4A SPORTS.................................11-12 A WATER WATCH...........................3A WEATHER.....................................3ABest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Darla Wright, Mike Kilgore, Paul Michael Sanchez and Terissia Sanchez. Belated Birthday wishes to Ellen Bursch and Margarita Alanin. Quilt Guild New Braunfels Quill Guild will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 al the New Braunfels Christian Church on N. Loop 337. Judy Bobbit from $an Antonio will be the speaker. Anyone interested in quilting is invited. Call 625-1166.TOPS meets on Thursday TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, will now meet every Thursday at 6:45 at the Garza St. Classroom across from McKenna Memorial Hospital. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 625-8860 or 438-2657 in Bulverde. Wildlife viewing guide I anda Park has been designated as one of tile many spectacular wildlife viewing areas in Texas by the National Watchable Wildlife Program. The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department invites you to discover and enjoy its incredible wildlife. “Texas Wildlife Viewing Guide” is now available at a discounted rate of $7.25 at the Landa Park office. This guide describes 142 premier wildlife viewing locations in Texas, and it will help the reader see wildlife at these locations. For more information, call 629-PARK or come by the parks office.New Year's Psychic Fair The Inner Peace Movement will host a New Year’s Psychic Fair with predictions for the New Year Saturday, Jan. 16, from I - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 17, from I - 4 p.m. at the El Jardin Real Conference Center, 1346 Hueco Springs Loop Rd. There will be music, fun and refreshments. The $15 admission fee includes three readings. For more information, call 625-4361 or (800)336-8(8)8.Friends for Rivers Friends for Rivers will meet Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Victoria Bank and Trust, to discuss plans for 1993. Suggested topics include curbside recycling, the Guadalupe River problems and the Texas Watch Program. Everyone is encouraged to attend and become involved. Call 629-2066. f or Nome Delivery ('all 625-9144 ;