New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Her&ld-Zettung □ Sunday, July 6,1997 □ SA
County turned down for flood assistanceMcKenna
By DENISE DZIUK
Less than a week after they asked to be considered for assistance in flood control and prevention, the Comal County Commissioners have been told the county does not qualify for the program.
Areas along Farm-to-Market 1863, particularly the Oak Village Norths Subdivision, were threatened by rain-swollen creeks during the past weekend's deluge of rain. Water was several feet high in several homes. County Commissioner Danny Scheel, who represents most of the flood damaged' area, said the majority of the damage was caused by the Lewis Creek leaving itsbanks.
Carl Engleith, district conservationist with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources « Conservation Service, spoke to the court last week about two projects that could alleviate flooding in the county.
The first was a short-term plan that would involve removing debris from channels and reshaping stream banks. The second project was a long-term project that could include building dams to reduce flooding and
changing watershed features. A similar project was completed several years ago on the Comal River watershed,
Scheel toid the court Thursday that the county already received word that it did not qualify for assistance under the shoft-term project.
The county already was exploring the next option, which is federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Scheel said, adding that die fire marshal was taking an inventory of flood damage to determine if the county applies.
“(The fire marshal’s) feeling at this time is that we will not qualify, but we are pursuing it vigorously,” he said.
Scheel said the report on damage in the county should be complete in a couple of days, lf the county does not qualify for this assistance, it will then take actions into its own hands, he said Scheel said members of the court will begin meeting with residents along Lewis Creek in about two weeks to discuss a program where the county’s inmate and chipping programs will be used to clear the creek.
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Braunfels Community Hospital and later McKenna Memorial Hospital.
The road to bringing a new hospital to the city was not an easy one. Two bond programs were presented to die voters of Comal County following World War ll, and both were narrowly defeated An election in September 1947 failed by 32 votes and another election in November1948 failed by just two votes.
The McKenna group eschewed a bond election and instead opted for soliciting donations from local individuals and civic organizations to build the hospital.
“Our present hospital was built 75 years ago through subscriptions, our present method of raising funds,” McKenna told a Lions’ Club meeting in Decemberl951.
Knox, who served on the hospital board from 1954 to 1991 and was chairman from 1979 to 1991, said the local group won the popular and financial support of the community and, by early 1952, had collected more than $200,000 for the project. The group obtained matching funds through the Hill-Burton Act, a federal program designed to improve community health care.
Through lard work and the generous support of the community, the hospital was dedicated on Oct. 31, 1953. Once the hospital1953 features
Modem features of the New Braunfels Community Hospital, 1953
■ coin-operated radio speakers underneath patients’ pillows
■ heating and air conditioning controls in each room
■ individual pink and blue plexiglass cribs in the nursery
■ for those rushing to the altar, a laboratory in which blood tests could be performed in about three hours instead of three days
■ “relaxing back rids with a lanolin and menthol solution are a part of routine patient care”
Source: Herald-Zeitung Archives
was built and operating, Knox said there were still many challenges ahead for the hospital board.
“The next priority was to keep the doors open,” Knox said.
Indeed, in the period immediately following the building's completion, the 32-bed hospital seemed to have been too ambitious. Dr. J. W. Hendricks, a consulting surgeon from San Antonio, told an April 1954 meeting of the local Rotary Club to be patient and give the new hospital a chance# *
“If the hospital loses as much as $1,000 a month for the first year, New Braunfels is lucky,” Hendricks said. “Many patients will who currently go to San Antonio will come to New Braunfels when they are convinced the local hospital has modern facilities and competent physicians.”
Patience won out, and the hospital has gradually grown to the 131-bed facility that exists on that site today with more additions planned.
Knox said the hospital was renamed in June 1972 to honor McKenna’s tireless efforts on behalf of the hospital.
“He worked as long and as hard for the hospital as he did at his job managing the mill,” Knox said.
Knox said help from an insurance company during hospital expansion in 1981 helped propel the hospital toward the growth and healthy financial standing it enjoys today.
“Blue Cross came in and helped us set our rates at a level that allowed us to retire our debt,” Knox said. “Before that, our rates were too low.”
Private management of the hospital combined with the support of doctors and the community have been key ingredients in the hospital’s growth.
“As long as you keep the support of the doctors and combine that with progressive management, you can’t lose,” Knox said.Volunteer-driven Meals on Wheels delivers more than just food
Construction is being deltyed somewhat ^because bf all the unusual rain we’ve been having. Of coursed we are all glad for that but it does . slow down proceedings. But, the good thing is that it allows us time for collecting some more funds, all you people who want to contribute to the Comal County Senior Citizens Center expansion still have time to help. In fact, you can keep on helping for a very long time because we will be paying for if for a long time. Also, in-kind services, equipment and materials are appreciated.
Now that leads me to a topic and a service that continues every day just like the postman—through rain, or sleet, or hail, or snow—the home-delivered meals go through. Lately, a number of the volunteer deliverers have been recounting experiences and interesting stories that took place on their trips. I would like to share a few with yoiL
One driver toH’ane what *-rewarding expertenir ifls to deliver those meals and to be greeted with smiles. He said one lady is sitting at the table each day with her place all set, and just calls “Come in.” She’s waiting and ready for that meal. Another lady fills her pet bird’s dish and allows it to cat with her. Most of these people live alone, cannot get out of the house, and are very lonely. For some people, just going to the door is an accomplishment. We thank our drivers for being patient and kind.
One of my favorite stories is the one where an 89-year-old lady receives two meals at her home. The second one is where he puts on a
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dress shirt and tie everyday and with cane in hand goes to have lunch with her. And there are usually flowers on the table.
Another volunteer, Hilde Slocum, who is very enthusiastic about home-delivered meals recently wrote the Center to say that being a volunteer is an adventure in itself as drivers of meals turn detective, sometimes searching for remote addresses. Just like Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, she said they always find their man or woman, or both. Also, she said how nice it is to be greeted by the smiling faces of the recipients. Some drivers even take MIMI! Bf>———.Oft
Hilde wrote a poem about somexif. the people she delivers to, and I want to share it with you.
“Flowers on—table set
Nothing else you need to get
Soon the meals-on-wheels will be here
You can relish lunch with good cheer.
Fresh, delicious, tasty too
Entree, salad, dessert for you
Delivered in a timely way
By volunteers—it makes their day.
Apartment, highrise. duplex, house
Volunteers will search you out
Nutrition? Yes, and taste just right
You’ll never want to waste a bite.”
Now, that is quite a tribute to our home-delivered meals service.
Another interesting story is our 99-year-old recipient. She loves the meals but doesn't hesitate to call and say what she likes and doesn’t like. She hates fish and doesn’t want it. So, we don’t send it anymore. I like a 99-year-old with spunk.
There is another elderly recipient who ordered four meals on Thursday July 3, 1997, so that she will have one good well-balanced meal each day through the July Fourth holiday. In those cases, the meals are diverse; it is not the same meal for each day. Some people always order for the weekend on Friday. The meals are prepared for refrigeration or freezing.
There are many other such stories, but I think you get the picture, [oms invaluable
die way^WHK grown since the Senior Ceiitliruailed preparation of the meals. No one will ever know how much the volunteer drivers are appreciated. They do a super job, and it pleases me that they appear to be so happy doing it.
In the month of June, our cooks prepared and packaged 1,554 meals that our volunteer drivers delivered to the home-bound recipients. That’s coordination and cooperation
This column was begun on Saturday prior to Tuesday, July I. As of July I, there is a construction up-date. We now have a 6,300 square foot concrete slab. It is beautiful, and we are all very
excited. Now some of the construction should go very fast. Ya’ll come see, ya’ hear.
Saturday, July 12, is the fundraising promotion from I to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center. The Plymouth Corporation will pay $5 for each person who test-drives a new car. There is no charge to the public. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to the Comal County (New Braunfels) Senior Citizen’s Center expansion fund so it is very important that we have a big crowd. There will be free popcorn and lemonade. Please tell all your friends and family. Contact Lonnie Carpenter at 629-4927 for more information or to volunteer. Please bring proof of liability insurance so you may participate in this event.
Also, if one person drives the car to Point A and a different person drives the car back to the Center, it will count as two trips, $10 instead qf $5. All you husbands and wives come help us
out. Thanks. column about issues relating to
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