New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from th# Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following i rirthday wishes to; Amy Page, *aul Sanchez, Jerissa Marie Sanchez, Susie D. Pina (Saturday), Betty Ormond (Saturday), Cilery len Cartwright, Ralph Risk, Christy Scheel (Saturday), Rafaela Mancha (Saturday).
Happy Anniversary to Bernardino & Nasaria Sanchez 149th!), Mr. & Mrs. Frank Weber (57 years!, Thursday).
Quilt guild to moat tomorrow
The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets the 3rd Saturday ot every month at 9:30 a m. at the New Braunfels Chnstian Church Fellowship Hall on Loop 337. Membership is open to everyone.
The Wednesday Quilting Bee meets every Wednesday afternoon from lp m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome.
DAR to meet Saturday
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter, will meet at 9:30 a.m.. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Fofke Store in the Conservation Plaza,
Guest speaker will be the Rev. Kenneth Peters whose presentation will be "Early History of the Church in Texas.”
Class of ’42 to meet today
The first dinner meeting of the New Year for the 1942 Class of New Braunfels High School will be held Friday, Jan 13, at Krause’s Cafe at 6:30 p m.
The classmates donated 44 cans of food to the SOS Food Bank in December as their Christmas present to the needy. For information about the meeting, call Jim Rheinlaender at 625-5445.
Yard sale to benefit NBCS
A Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 1995, from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. at the Wagenfuehr Property, 521 San Antonio Street.
This sale is to benefit the New Braunfels Conservation Society.
Book Review Club to meet Tuesday
The Book Review Club will meet at the Senior Citizen’s Center, 655 Landa Street, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1995, from 10:00 a.m -11:30 a m. ColTce will be served at 9:30. Howard Schulz will review "Those Who Love” by Irving Stone. Plan to bring a friend with you. Guests will be asked for a donation of $2.00.
AARP to meet Jan. 17 at Senior Center
The local chapter of AARP will hold a meeting Jan. 17 at the Comal County Senior Citizens , enter, 655 Landa in New
The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and cookies from 9 a m. to 9:30 a m.
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Alcohol sales in county on hot seat
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County Commissioners set a Feb. 2 hearing date to discuss repealing an order allowing extended hours for alcohol sale or consumption. The meeting, at I p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Commissioners Court room, will allow the public to voice their views on the subject.
"This is something we’re doing in order for all parties to talk,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. ‘‘...Over the past year, we’ve had numerous information of problems with traffic that could be attnbutcd to late-night hours.”
Businesses in the county can sell alcohol,
Late night traffic targeted as problem by officials
mixed drinks or beer, until 2 a.m. under the current county order. The city of New Braunfels prohibits sales or cosumption at businesses after midnight through the week and I a.m. on Saturdays.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said problems occur when people drive to locations in the county after midnight, and after bars in neighboring counties close. Hays County has restrictions at midnight every night except Saturday when bars close at I a.m.
Bremer said much of the activity seemed to be
"congregating around the lake,” although he mentioned problems county-wide.
"There have been way too many accidents,” said Bremer. "We’re not going to have the traffic within the county. It would help the whole county"
“They’re going to drink whether it be in Austin, San Antonio, Universal City,” said Tammy Gonzales, owner of Solms City Limits near Interstate^. “This is a local bar, people can be watched better.”
Some business owners say the repeal would
hurt their business, and that traffic would increase on Interstate 35 as people traveled to Austin and San Antonio instead of staying in Comal County-
"It will just transfer the location of accidents,” said Binky Recce, manager of The Shanty near Canyon Lake. "The same number arc going to go out. They’re just going to go somewhere else...Why not direct more enforcement on the few places where problems exist. Why must everybody suffer for the actions of a few?"
"I can’t worry about what they’re going to do,” said Casteel if some might choose to drive elsewhere. “We’ve got people driving into the county (late-night) right now.”
Community’s needs defined at meeting
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A convocation of people who care about New Braunfels converged on last night’s Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) meeting to assess the community’s future needs.
The group was composed of representatives from many area service providers, ranging from Adult Education and Literacy to Nurses in Touch.
The CDAC invited the group to assist the committee in writing a Consolidated Plan and Strategy as required by HUD.
The group defined some of New Braunfels' most urgent community needs as affordable housing, improved infHhtrurture, a youth center, public trampor ration, job training, day care/latch key care, and a public health clinic.
"W'e’re actually tailor making a plan for community development, a partnership in planning,” said Penelope Church, Community Development Director. Last night’s brainstorming session is a part of the “bottoms up" approach to planning, said Church.
During the next two months the CDAC will write a 3-5 year plan for community development.
"Every year we’ll have to revise our action plan. At the end of the year the work of this committee will be evaluated against its own standard,” she said.
A w ritten survey was also sent to 72 area service providers which will be factored in with the results of last night’s meeting The CDAC will then need to identify and analyze housing and community development needs and develop a 3-5 year strategic plan and an action plan for one-year use of funds.
New Braunfels is one of the first cities in Texas to develop the strategic plan. "We are the forerunner; nobody else has dorfe this in our area," said Church.
"What we’re attempting to reach here is a new partnership with all lev-els of government and service providers," said John Horn, CDAC chairman.
Church stressed that it is not too late for citizens to become involved in the planning process. Input from service providers and residents with special needs is welcome, she said. “Anyone who feels they have been discriminated against should feel comfortable contacting the city secretary."
Service providers participating in the meeting include: Nurses in Touch, Nazarcnc Church, Family Outreach, Children’s Shelter, Project Learning, Teen Connection, McKenna Memorial Hospital, Women’s Center, Chamber of Commerce, Comal County Indigent Health Care, Homespun Early Childhood, Safe City Commission, Comal County Child Welfare Board, CISD, ARGIL), Community Service Center, Texas Dept, of Human Services, Adult Education Sc Literacy, S O S. Food Bank, and the New Braunfels Service League.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Veronica Garza takes the entrance exam for San Antonio College yesterday as the first day of registration began.
Charter proposals include prospect of elected mayor
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Amendments to the New Braunfels Charter that would change the way New Braunfels votes for its city council representatives and its mayor were presented to the city council for a first reading at council’s Monday night meeting.
The proposedchanges would bnng New Braunfels’ voting practices into line with federal guidelines, said Charter Review Committee chairman David Wallace.
The amendments contain two major changes and some ‘‘housekeeping,’’ or technicality type changes. The major changes are:
I) The city would be divided into six voting districts, as equally as possible.
Two districts would be composed of at least 60 percent minorities, one district would be composed of approximately 50 50 percent minority and non-nunonty, and three districts would be composed of non-minonties.
2) The mayor would be elected at-large by plurality vote.
New district lines have yet to be drawn. Dr David Guinn, who advised the committee and reviewed the proposed amendments, recommended that redistncting not occur until the amendments were voted in by city council, said Wallace.
Wallace believes that the new districts would give better representation to all residents. "Candidates would be able to run a smaller, less expensive campaign. It would be possible for more people to run," he said.
The change-over from the current system to six distncts will be a gradual one, said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom. "New distncts would be phased in, starting with the minonty distncts," she said.
The mayor-at large by plurality vote would make it more possible for a minonty candidate to be elected mayor than under the current system. In a plurality vote, the candidate with the most votes wins the election, whether or not that candidate has a majonty of the vote.
New Braunfels has approximately 39.5 percent Hispanics in the population.
In a plurality vote with at least three candidates, a minonty candidate could indeed become mayor if heavily supported by Hispanic voters. "So this
is really the best way to go for everyone," said Wallace.
lf new distnct lines are drawn some current council members may end up iii the same district — or some districts may be left empty. Council members expressed concern about how the transition to new districts would be handled regardir. * current council members’ terms. More than likely partial terms and council vacancies are going to have to be dealt with," said Council member Mary Serold.
The city attorney is currently researching the ramifications of redistricting. Cullom will produce a legal memo with her recommendations when ready.
"At this point I’m not sure how it will impact council members." she said.
High amounts of cedar pollen making life miserable for some
By 8U8AN FLYNT ENGLAND
"Cedar pollen" is back - and it’s assaulting New Braunfels noses with near record strength this year, said Frank C. Hampel Jr. M.D. of New Braunfels.
The pollen count today was 36,720 particles per cubic meter. “Last Friday the count was 40,(XH) particles per cubic meter, which is a near record high,” he said.
Those who have a sensitivity to the pollen can experience symptoms at much lower levels, he said, a few hundred particles per cubic meter or more. Symptoms that are all too familiar for allergy suft'erem — itching eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and even asthma in some sufferers.
Allergy symptoms can develop into more serious illnesses like sinus infections, said Hampel. "A lot of times you can’t tell the difference between a simple
allergic reaction and infection until the pollen season is over," he said. It’s also hard to distinguish between allergy symptoms and a viral illness.
lf symptoms persia hen pollen is no longer in the air, it’s time to see a doctor. A change in mucus from clear to thick and colored is another sign that an infection has set in.
People who find their lifestyle becoming hampered by a "cedar pollen" allergic reaction have several levels of options for fighting the symptoms, said Humpel. The first level is over-the- counter medications antihistamines and then decongestants if antihistamines alone don’t do the trick.
"lf a person is missing work, missing school due to the allergy, it’s time to consider allergy shots,” said Hampel. Treating un allergy with shots is u year-round process, with shots given periodically throughout the year. "We increase the frequency of the shots
when the pollen comes out,” he said.
The tree which produces the nasty pollen is not really a cellar at all, but ash juniper, according to officials at Landa Park.
Scientists count the pollen using a collector called u roto-rod It runs one minute out of every ten. collecting whatever particulates are in the air. The sample is then put on u slide and the various types of pollen urc counted using u microscope.
"Tins type of jumper pollen is unique to our region of Central Texas," sutd Hampel. As close as Dallas and Galveston the pollen is not found.
This ycur the "cedar pollen" was released lute, said Humpel. That accounts in part for the heav iness, it all came at once. The only good news is that "cedar pollen" season is u temporary thing, "It usually ends ubout the first week in February,” said Hampel, "but it may be later this year because of the lute stun."
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