New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal County Courthouse 10 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, July 13,1995
^Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ARMANI*) J. HERNANDEZ
Vol. 143, No. 174
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Armando J. Hernandez, Fell Crepo, Crystal Moreno, Debbie Kocian, and Nora Sotelo.
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 308 cubic-feet-per-second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 625.89 feet above sea level, down .07 from yesterday.
Guadalupe River—581 cfs
Hispanic Chamber hosts monthly mixer
The New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its first monthly mixer Thursday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Adobe Cafe on Highway 81.
Chris and Judy perform in Landa Park tonight
The Concerts in the Park series continues Thursday with children's and country musicians Chris and Judy.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. It is free. Bring your lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed.
All you can eat barbecue
The Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425 will hold an all you can eat barbecue July 15 from 11 a rn. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 8573 in Sattler.
Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Public invited.
Gruene Market Days this weekend
Historic Gruene Market Days will be July 15 and 16 from 10 a rn. to 6 p m. on the grounds of the Guadalupe Valley Winery.
More than 100 Texas artists offer everything from homemade hot sauce to hand carved furniture. Musical performances at Gruene Hall will include Tracy Lynn, Rotel and Hot Tomatoes and the Tailgates.
Republican Women to host Patriotic Luncheon
The New Braunfels Republi can Women will host a Patriotic Luncheon July 17 in the home of Robert and Cristabell West (our newest U.S. citizen), 1220 Fox Glen in Gruene. Royal Masset from the Republican Party of Texas will be the guest speaker. Guests are invited to wear patriotic colors to this ‘Appreciate America" event. Join the fun at noon.
Bereavement Support Group meets
Share advice about how to cope with, prepare for, and go on living after the death of a loved one at the Bereavement Support Group meeting at 3 p rn July 13 at the Senior Cen ter.
The winning numbers
12,19, 20, 21, 43,49
$4 million jackpot
A Most Valuabh Employs
Dionne Moreno keeps the wheels greased at Comal County Community Services
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Every office has one; you don’t know how indispensable they are until they’re out sick — that receptionist who keeps the wheels of office organization turning smoothly*
Dionne Moreno fills that role at Comal County Community Services for the developmentally disabled. “I’m a job workaholic,” Moreno said. “I love the work.’’
Like the best receptionists, she brightens the office with her sunny disposition. Like other CCCS workers, Moreno is a state employee.
Moreno, who is mentally retarded, is also a CCCS client.
“I’ve been working here since the first of January,” Moreno said. Moreno got her job like many enterprising people do, said CCCS Employment Specialist Amzie Miller. “After six months of volunteering, the job came open and she was encouraged to apply,” Miller said.
State employees go through rigorous training, including extensive first aid and CPR, Miller said. Moreno was no exception.
Moreno’s duties are varied “I type memos, I answer phones, I take messages, I shred paper, I get to call my own meetings,” she said. Moreno uses an IBM personal computer to do her work.
“I live with two roommates — I’m also looking for my own place,” Moreno said.
Moreno pursues her hobby — music — with a passion, she said “I love music, period,” Moreno said. She sings soprano, first tenor and plays keyboard.
We've got to change people’s minds to think in terms of a person’s abilities, not disabilities.’
— Ron Roberts, CCCS director
“People always say I have such a beautiful voice, and I love to use it when I can,” she said. Moreno surrounds herself with musical images — earrings, a ring and a necklace. “I either have to wear it, look at it, or make it,” she said. “I’m glad God gave me a voice.”
“I love to swim, too.” Moreno said. She reads voraciously — romance, suspense, horror, fiction, science fiction. “I also love babies,” she said, “Lord, I love babies and kids.”
Moreno writes poetry, too. “Here’s one called ‘One Person in My Life,’” she said. “I have this one saved on my computer.”
“I would like in the near future to sing Spanish music,” she said. Moreno is fluent in Spanish and English.
“We’ve got to change people’s minds to think in terms of a person’s abilities, not disabilities,” Ron Roberts, CCCS director said. “These people area part of a community — they’re a valuable part and they’re a contributing pan.’’
Moreno hopes to retire from state employment at age 44. “Another goal would be to keep progressing, to grow and learn each and every day, in everything that I encounter," she said.
Studying building plans Wednesday atop the second floor addition at NBHS are James construction coordinator, and Rick Riley, construction superintendent.
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Construction project should ease growing pains at high school
By DENISE DZIUK
Kahlig charges pending
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Charges of disorderly conduct with a firearm will be filed against former Bluebonnet Motors general manager and city council candidate Gary Kahlig, County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said yesterday.
Kahlig allegedly parked a bicycle, which had a loaded AR-15 assault rifle strapped to it, in front of the county courthouse June 29.
“We have reviewed statements from the Sheriffs office,” Rheinlander said. “We will presently be filing charges —
when that will be likely to come up for arraignment I can’t say,” he said.
The next available court date will be Monday, July 24, Rheinlander said. “But I don’t anticipate this case will be arraigned on that day,” he said. “It will take its place on the docket with the other cases.”
Carrying a rifle on a vehicle is legal in the state of Texas, Rheinlander said. “Riding around with a rifle in the back of your pickup is fine,” he said.
Displaying a gun in a way that causes fear in the public, however, can make a person subject to prosecution, he said.
Students attending New Braunfels High School may be a little cramped when school starts in August. However, administrators predict that the construction of additional classrooms should be completed by the time students return from the Christmas break.
New Braunfels Independent School District is building 11 additional classrooms above the addition built in 1986. Construction plans include two stairwells, an elevator, and sprinkler systems throughout the building.
Jim MacDonald, New Braunfels Independent School District Construction Coordinator, said the project, which is currently about a week ahead of schedule, should be completed by the second week in December. The Christmas break will then be used to move everything into the rooms so they can be fully operational by the time the students return. Any possible delays due to weather have already been figured into this time schedule, he said.
“The only thing that would slow them down now is not being able to get the material. But, the contractor knows in enough time to work around that,” said MacDonald.
We’ve timed it so construction workers and students won’t have to come in contact with each other.’
— Jim MacDonald, construction coordinator
Lonnie Curtis, NBISD Assistant Supenntendent of Finance, said the project is running about $20,000 over the expected cost. The increase is a result of general prices being more than what was expected and not because of change orders. Curtis said this is actually normal and somewhat expected.
“It’s because of an increase in the cost of mechanical and electrical equipment and having to do a little more with the electrical equipment than we expected,” said MacDonald.
The exterior of the buildings should be completed by the end of the summer, as well as any work that needs to be done in the ground-level classrooms. The only real work needing to be done on the existing classrooms is additional sprinklers. This should eliminate most, if not all, of the inconvenience of
the students, said Curtis. Principal John Turman said the only inconvenience the students may encounter is a restriction on the number of accesses from the outside.
MacDonald said NBISD administrators and the contractors worked hard on the timing of the project so the students would be affected as little as possible.
“People aren’t used to being on construction sites and we don’t want them on construction sites. The closer they get to the site, the safer we want to make them,” h** said. “It’s been planned to the second. We’ve timed it so construction workers and students won’t have to come in contact with each other.”
Turman said the buildings may be crowded for the first couple of months, however, classes will progress as usual. He said the classrooms will be in use at all times and there will be floater teachers. These teachers will not have their own classrooms. Instead, they will use the rooms that are vacant due to a teacher’s break. These teachers will be ones that do not have a full academic load, such as coaches and activity sponsors, and newly hired teachers, Turman said.
“It hasn’t been an inconvenience so far and I don’t see it being one when
Local teacher headed to Japan for a year
By DENISE DZIUK
A former New Braunfels High School student has been accepted into a program that will send her to Japan for a year to teach.
In November, Jennifer Brockman, 23, applied for the Japanese Exchange Teacher Program. Brockman said the application process was extensive and required an essay, two recommendations, and six pages of short answers. After a review of her application, Brockman was asked to go to the Japanese Embassy in Houston for an interview.
It took three days for all the interviews to be completed. Then, out of the 200 applicants from the region, 58 were chosen. Brockman was among them, and will leave on July 22 for a year.
Brockman said the contract is only for a year, but an individual has the option of renewing the contract twice. She said she would probably consider renewing it after the first year.
“Most people are asked to stay if
they’ve done a good job. You could stay up to three years," she said.
Brockman will be assigned to the main office of the program in Takaya-ma, Japan. While in Japan, Brockman will travel to seven different schools teaching English to approximately 1,500 students.
“I’m going to be in the undeveloped part of Japan compared to what most people think of as Japan,” she said.
Brockman said her interest in joining the program began when she was in school because it sounded like a good opportunity and she had heard many people were able to pay off their student loans because of the higher salary paid in Japan. She said she is also excited about all the new people and culture she will encounter in Japan. She said part of the reason she is so excited about going to Japan in because she went to Belgium as an exchange student in high school, and loved it.
“I look forward to making lifetime friendships. I’m also excited about learning the culture and bringing it
back with me to use in my classroom in the United States,” said Brockman.
She went on to say that her love for languages made learning Japanese one of the most exciting things about the trip. “I don’t speak Japanese yet. I’m learning slowly," she said.
Any reservations or fears Brockman may have had are gone. She said she is busy getting ready to leave, but she’s not nervous at all.
“The more I learn about Japan, the more excited I get,” she said.
Brockman graduated from North Texas University with a degree in foreign languages, specifically, French and German.
She just got married and her husband plans to join her in Japan. She said he is hoping to teach English or guitar.
Brockman said individuals interested in applying for the program can get more information by calling the Japanese Embassy at (713) 652-2977. She said the only requirements are that the individual has graduated from college by the summer before the trip. The deadline for applying is December.
NBISD makes it easier for students to earn college credits
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District took steps to help its students make a better transition from high school to college, by helping them earn college credits.
In a board of trustees meeting Tuesday, the NBISD board approved matriculation agreements with Palo Alto College, Southwest Texas State University, and St. Philips College. The district already has an agreement with San Antonio College.
The agreement is a contract between the two in which the high school offers classes which count as college credit, or for advanced placement at the college.
Debbie Fitsko, Administrative Assistant for Career, Technology, Community, and Adult Education, said an advantage of the agreement is that the student does not have to meet any prerequisites or pass a placement exam. The classes are also offered at no cost to the student or the district.
The classes are very intense at the college level. A student is required to take two or three at the high school level to receive credit for one class at the college level, she said.
“A student may have to take three electives to get credit in one class.
Fitsko said the agreement with San Antonio College has been in place for about a year. She hopes future agreements can be made with more schools and in a wider variety of areas.
The agreements will allow students to receive credit in the areas of business technology, child development, agribusiness operations, office systems technology, allied health; office system technology, hospital management, and agriculture science.
In other board business, the board approved the authorization to renew a contract with the New Braunfels Police Department. The district pays the police department $2,600, in exchange for narcotics, marijuana, and alcohol detection services, which includes canine searches.More lenient CISD policy on commencement participation is the right move. See Page 4.