New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY July. 5, 2003
14 pages in 2 sections
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Vol. 152, No. 200
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Liberty lights up the night
By Ron Maloney
J alden Matthew Cisneros’s mother, Shanna, wrapped him in the flag Friday night for one of those rites of passage special to little boys — his first fireworks show.
Jaiden, 2, Shanna and Jaiden’s dad, Tbby, were among thousands in Lands Park and around town who braved threatening skies and light sprinklers to enjoy this year’s Fourth of July fireworks — on the fourth this year, thank you very much.
That was an improvement over 2(XJ2, when flooding forced the city to postpone the* patriotic show until the end of summer.
The Cisneros family was visiting from Houston for a vacation, — their first together in New Braunfels — and they were enjoying it.
“We wanted to show the baby a good time,” said mom, who is a pediatric nurse.
Jaiden was dressed for the Fourth, too.
“I always try to do something for holidays,” she said of his American flag outfit. “I thought we’d do something for the Fourth, so I bought this a month ago and saved it. I think that’s why nobody else here is wearing one.”
Tbby, an accountant, didn’t get to go to his first fireworks show when he was 2, because he didn’t arrive from El Salvador until he was a little older than that.
But he has a very good understanding of what the Fourth is all about.
“He warns me that too many of us take what we have for granted,” Shanna said.
“I come from a very poor place, where even fireworks were something you couldn’t spend money on,” Tbby said. “I think I was 13 when I first saw fireworks. I’ve gone every year since.”
This year, he said, they decided they’d start Jaiden out with fireworks the way mom did.
I’ve been going to fireworks ever since I can remember,” she said. “My family raised me to be proud of where I’m from.”
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Despite the threat of rain and several small drizzles, the annual Fourth of July Fireworks show blasts off Friday night at Landa Park. (Left) While waiting for Friday night’s show at Landa Park, Jaiden Matthew Cisneros decides to make some fireworks of his own with Alexandra Burrell. While this young couple’s was a fleeting romance, just up the hill, Keith Welch was proposing a more serious engagement to girlfnend, Maria Carrillo, in front of a large group of family members. Carrillo said “of course."
Patriotism on parade downtown
By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
Ham couldn't dampen th** spirit of patriotism and tradition that brought hundred!* of New Braunfelsers to the annual Fourth of July parade on Main Plaza Friday morning.
One elderly woman wan Hitting facing Seguin Street to watch the parade aw it left the plaza. She had a amal! child on her lap under a amati umbrella.
“I keep on thinking the huii’h going to come out," Maid Caroline Weston, who haw lived in New Braunfela for eight yearn but haa been coming to the parade here wine*? »he could remember. In her experience, the parade in usually marked by a hot, Munny day. It felt atrange to her not to come to the parade last year, and ahe
remembered being upset.
Her great granddaughter, Mellen, Ii, had never Keen a parade. That’a wily they had to come, Weston Maid. “I alway« look forward to it.”
Alem Garcia wuh on the opposite wide of the plaza park with her daughter, Patsy Neely, and granddaughter, Kathryn Neely. Garcia wore red, white and blue from head to toe and na id Fourth of July paradeM were a tradition in her family, which prides itself on patriot ism “We’ve been a military family forever," ahe Haul. Her grandam, David Garcia, in currently nerving in Iraq.
Patny Neely Haul she wuh happy her nephew wan fighting for the country but nail he could not enjoy th** parade with diem.
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Regan Shey and her friends, dressed in patriotic costumes, rode their scooters in the Fourth of July Parade
Dam project could reduce future flood damage
A Hmm of chang*, mw parepeetlvae
■ Flooded-out homeowners rotate tales of rebuilding
■ New Braunfels officials update status on drainage issues, floodplain maps
■ Canyon Lake manager talks about lesson learned the hard way.
By Ron Maloney
After the October 1998 flood, Comal County Judge Danny School resolved to do something about flood control.
In the aftermath of the July 2002 flood, the county redoubled its efforts.
Now, the a runty in nearing condemnation proceedings on its first proposed floe si control site near Holms and is in preliminary discussions with property owners in the Elm Creek watershed.
Progress has I x#»n hung up by federally mandated environmental and archeological studies,
“If we could have had these
built in a year, it wouldn’t have been fast enough for me," Hch**el said.
Sc heel and County Engineer Tom Hornseth envision a network of five flood control dams on the Dry Comal Creek and Guadalupe River watersheds to bolster five others built in the wake of the 1972 flood.
One of those earlier dams, on Blinders Creek, is credited with reducing the water level in New Braunfels by several feet during the 1998 flood.
Flood control dams the county wants to build are not structures like the one that holds back Canyon ls*ke.
Most of the tune, they hold no water at all. They consist of a large rock wall with a small opening at the bottom.
During a hard rain, they hold back upstream water runoff, allowing it to trickle out slowly over several weeks or soak into the aquifer.
The system, if built, could wist up to $45 million and could reduce flooding by JU percent in New Braunfels.
Hites already under consideration include one near Battler; locations along Bear, Jacobs and Elm creeks; and another on a Dry Comal Creek tributary west
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searches for new leader
By Sean Bowlin
The search is on for a new superintendent for Comal Indejjendent School District.
Jim Grunert announced June 24 he will leave, effective Dec. 31.
District trustees decides! to advertise the position on the Texas Association of School Administrators’ Web site, ww w. tass net.org.
“I imagine they saw it as a good vehicle for advertising the job,” (TSI) spokesperson Kari Hutchison said.
R6sum(*s must be submitted by July 18. They can’t exceed throe pages and must be e-mailed to (TSI) Board of Trustees President Dora Gonzales at doragonza-les1954(^msn.com.
Gonzales said trust**** will meet at 8 a.m. July 19 to review applications.
Gonzales hun deceived absit IO applications so far.
Qualifications listed for the new superintendent include:
■ Minimum of a masters degree in education administration, with a doctorate preferred;
■ A valid TVxus superintendent’s certificate or other appropriate certification;
■ Minimum of five years of leadership experience in school administration; and
■ Experience in a large, economically diverse school district is preferred.
Bedridden but still fighting for her life
By Dylan Jimenez
Agitant wall of money stat sis between Betty Jackson and a new liver.
Doctors have told the 55-year old New Braun feds resident she has a 50 percent chance of living five years without a new
liver, which will cost $300,000.
Fund-raising efforts have accumulated less than $12,000 over the past month
July 6: Breakfast with Betty, 9 arn lo I p m . Elk’* Lodge, 363! Segisn Si. $6 60 adult/ $3 Chid | July 13: Breakfast with Batty,
9 a rn to 1 pm, Elk's Lodge.
duty 18: Barbecue and auction, 4 p m to 11 p m., Elk s Lodge, $8
July 20 Breakfast with Batty,
9 a in to 1 p.m., Elk'* Lodge,
July 27: Breakfast with Batty, 9 arn to 1 pm, Elk's Lodge, $5.50
Aug J Cut a-thon, I p m lo 4 p m., Elk s Lodge, $10