New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday Afternoon, January 20,1993
Serving Comal County/ Home of Guadalupe and Josie Castillo
Vol. 141, No. 45 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
Inclement weather combined with holidays can affect behavior
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Wrltar
Seasonal weather changes can play an important role in our physical and mental health according to New Braunfels psychiatrist Mark Bums.
Burns said that while poor weather and changing seasons can be a cause of depression, there also can be numerous other explanations for depressed behavior patterns.
“When there are extended periods of inclement weather, you will have instances where people will get 'the blues’,” Bums said. ‘The holiday season can be a difficult time for a lot of people.**
Bums explained that with the holiday season. November through December, comes increases in family conflict or the
remembrance of a loved one who has recently died. This, Bums said, can put a tremendous amount of stress on people.
Researchers in different regions of the country have observed a phenomenon that has been labeled seasonal affective disorder or seasonally recurring depression. Bums said that although cases of seasonally
affective disorder (SAD) are usually reserved for the northern climates because of the harsh winters, the possibility exists for instances of the disorder in all climates.
People experiencing SAD tend to exhibit symptoms not usually associated in nonseasonal depression, but the problem can be just as serious.
Symptoms of depression include a change in sleep patterns, decreased motivation, guilt and/or feelings of worthlessness, lethargy, poor concentration, and possible thoughts of suicide.
SAD sufferers tend to experience specific symptoms such as difficulty awakening in
the morning, daytime drowsiness, cravings for sweet or starchy foods and a drop in work performance, just to name a few.
Although everyone goes through a period of psychological and physical adjustment during seasonal changes, extended periods of adjustment and constant symptoms of depression could be the precursor of a larger problem. But, Bums said, these symptoms could merely be a reaction to adverse conditions.
“Stress can be there to create an episode of depression weather it’s seasonal or not,” Bums said. “The possibility always exists for a weather-related change in mood.”
Bums said there are a number of activities people can engage in to keep physically and mentally fit during extended periods of bad weather such as riding a stationary bicycle indoors, exercising to an aerobics video, participating in activities at a health club, spending some time in a well-lit room reading, or just treating themselves to something nice while the weather is bad.
Then once the weather turns nice, Bums said it is beneficial to get outside and soak up a little sunlight.
It is a necessary nutrient that helps our bodies manufacture vitamin D, and it makes you feel good.
How ’Bout Those Unicorns
Congress prepares for 103rd meeting
Texans assume subcommitte positions
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Ready, set, go! Today at noon the torch will be passed from George Bush to Bill Clinton. Already new legislators are settling in and organizing themselves to do business as the 103rd Congress.
Mutual respect and goodwill should be at the heart of their endeavors according to House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel, (R-IU.), and it really looks like a very different body this year.
There is a Native American, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, for the first time in more than 60 years. There are 13 more blacks and six more Hispanics - a record for both. In the House there are 48 women -19 more than last time. There are now six women in the Senate including the first black woman.
Women took up some of the Democratic leadership positions with Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland becoming the assistant floor leader, and Barbara Boxer of California taking one of four vacancies on the caucus Steering Committee. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California, and Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois took seats on the Judiciary Committee • a direct result of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Two freshman women got seats on the Appropriations Committee -Feinstein (D) and Pat Murray (D) of Washington.
HR I, 2 and 3, the first bill numbers, were given to legislation
mandating family leave policies, new voter registration procedures and an overhaul of the congressional campaign finance system - an indication of new priorities.
Major changes also occurred in the House committees with new rules limiting the six major committees to six subcommittees each. The other eight House committees may have five subcommittees each. Exclusive committees, Appropriations and Ways and Means, were exempt from the subcommittee limits.
Texans who assumed leadership positions for the new subcommittee alignments include:
•E. “Kika” de la Garza, (D) chairman of the Agriculture Committee •Charles W. Stenholm, (D) chairman of Agriculture
Subcommittee Department Operations and Nutrition •Larry Combest, (R) Ranking Member of Agriculture
Credit and Rural Development •Henry B. Gonzalez, (D) chairman of the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee, chairman of Housing and Community
Development Subcommittee •Jack Fields, (R) Ranking Member Telecommunications and Finance Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Republican of the
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Fans at the New Braunfels Boerne game work themselves into a frenzy as the Unicorns pulled out a 70-66 win after trailing early in the game. The Unicorns are starting to draw some bigger crowds as they continue on their best start in school
history. Heach Coach Cliff Wilkins has the team off to a 19-3 start and in the middle of an 11 -game winning streak. The Unicorns', ranked eighth in the Class 4A, last loss was a 73*72 defeat to 5A-power San Antonio Clark. (Photo by John Huseth)
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NBISD extends Bradberry’s contract another year
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District (NBISD) extended Superintendent Charles Bradberry's contract last night in a meeting stacked with supporters.
“My heart’s here, my soul's here, most all of my friends are here,” said Bradberry. “I’ll be able to see the kindergarten class that was here when I started graduate.”
Although happy with the decision, Bradberry said the repeat of the process this year was draining. Bradberry’s contract renewal was an issue last year when the board was split on their decision. The problem is not Bradberry’s performance, but the policy of automatically rolling over contracts • especially longer term contracts like Bradberry’s. The NBISD superintendent has a three-
year contract which is traditionally extended by one year every year maintaining its three year term. About half the board is philosophically opposed to the policy.
“I promised ... during an election that there was no way that I would support a three-year ... contract,” said board member Adon Hermes. “I emphatically stated that and for three years running I supported my word with my vote. Election time came again and I stood fast, then last year something happened that compelled me to take a look around and evaluate my position.”
Hermes said he looked at the “end product,” considered the suggestions of district members and realized the pride he took in the district at that
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Cherte* Brad barry, N.B.I.8.D Superintendent
Public input needed to help choose law enforcement award
A committee charged with choosing the recipient of an award created to honor a Comal County law enforcement officer each month is inviting public input in that selection process.
January saw the first presentation of the New Braunfels Rotary Club's Outstanding Comal County Law Enforcement Officer award to Highway Patrol Trooper Gilbert S. Lozano.
Lozano was chosen by a committee comprised of the county’s top law enforcement administrators — Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer, New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen, and DPS Sgt. Bob Holder — and of David Sullens, a director
of the civic group.
At that committee's monthly meeting, the three lawmen suggested that the public be invited to nominate law deserving enforcement officers.
To make such a nomination, any Comal County resident need only contact a member of the committee. A letter making such a nomination can be mailed to Rotary Law Enforcement Award, c/o New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1328. Those submitting nominations should provide the officer’s name, organization, and the reason or reasons for the nomination.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Ailsa Seba, Eva Perry, Rite Garza, Claudia Walker, Mike Fuentes, Mark Noble, Angie Lively, Pete Farias, Rene Gonzalez. Belated Birthday wishes to Jose E. Garcia and Heather Fest. Happy Anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Guadalupe Castillo.
Canyon Music Boosters
The Canyon Music Boosters will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Canyon High Band Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.
New Braunfels High School Band Booster will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Band Hall. Parents and supporters of the Mighty Unicom Band are invited to attend. Call 629-0262
Adult Learning Center
The Adult Learning Center Is relocating to 205 S. Casted (The Rutherford Building). The telephone number is 625-3439. If any former students have books, the center would appreciate your returning them. Christine
Zavala is the teacher for the GED day classes, which are held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. • 4 p.m. Suzie Garcia is the English as a Second Language classes, which meet Monday through Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m.
Girl Scout Cookies
The 1993 Girl Scout Cookie Sale of the Lone Suit Girl Scout Council will be Jan. ti -Feb. 25. Cookies can be bought from neighborhood Girl Scouts and at Girl Scout Booth sales around the area. For many girls, this is the first experience in business. They
learn responsibility, sales techniques, money management and goal setting. They gain selfrespect in learning the importance of completing a project. Proceeds from the sale support girls in this community in a variety of activities—scholarships for camp and math and science projects.
Mrs. Texas United States Pageant
Married women 21 years of age or older and citizens of the United Slates are invited to compete in the Mrs. Texas United States pageant which will be held in Dallas in April. Call (715) 656-3266.
For Home I)eli\er\ Call 625-9144