New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143, No. 184
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Valera Walters, Aarron Schmidt, Dawn Maldonado, Joyce Billingsley, Don Maldona-do, Martin Espinoza, and Melba Shaw. Happy 27th anniversary to Rusty and Kerry Grun-wald.
County ready to start rural recycling
River and aquifer information
Comal River -270 cubic-feet-per-second, down 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.08 feet above sea level, down .06. Guadalupe River — 287 cfs
Concert in the Park features Tejano music tonight
The Texana band brings its Tejano and country sound to the dance slab at Landa Park as the Concerts in the Park series continues Thursday.
The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers are allowed.
Christmas in July coming Saturday
Begin your Christmas preparations this Saturday at the Christmas in July Bazaar at First Protestant Church Family Life Center (Coll and Seguin streets) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unique gifts for everyone from quilts to Christmas decorations. plus a delicious lunch for all the family and wonderful tidbits to buy to take home and more. Proceeds for mission projects.
Sisters in Suffrage rehearsal tonight
Rehearsal for Sisters in Suffrage will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at City Hall Municipal Courtroom.
The event will take place Aug 19 at 5:30 p m. Participants will take part in the parade, the show, and enjoy the picnic and music provided until 8:30 p.m.
There are still small parts available. Call 608-2100 for information.
Family Outreach event
Family Outreach volunteer appreciation dinner and installation of officers will be held at Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. RSVP by Aug 1 to 620-1299.
Find yourself in Sesquicentennial photo exhibit
More than 250 photos of the Sesquicentennial parade, trail ride, and opening ceremonies will be on display at the Senior Citizen Center through Aug. 4. The display is open from 8 a m. to 8 p.m.
Stop by and order some copies for a keepsake of New Braunfels' Sesquicentennial.
Vacation Bible school starts July 31
Vacation Bible School will be held at the New Braunfels Church of the Nazarene, July 31 - Aug 4 from 6:30 p m. to 9 p m each evening. Children from age 3 to 12 are invited to attend Call 625-0803 or 625-0775 for information or transportation.
By DENISE DZIUK
Residents in the rural areas of Comal County will soon be able to do their part in protecting the landfills and reducing trash. Rural recycling will soon be a reality for many living in the county.
County Commissioner “Moe” Schwab said the success of the program hinges on the public’s participation. He said he is trying to make the program as easy as possible for residents so more will participate.
“It’s the people that will make this work and no one really even has to break a sweat,” said Schwab.
The program has gotten its initial funding from grants from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and Alamo Council of Governments. Sherry Clarkson, Adminis-t ative Assistant to Commissioners
it’s the people that will make this work and no one really even has to break a sweat.’
— County Commissioner ‘Moe’ Schwab
Court, helped write the grant applications and said the grants are “usually a one shot thing,” and it’s just to get you started. Schwab said funding for next year would either come from new grants or an alternate source.
Once the program gets underway, Schwab said, residents will be able to recycle glass, aluminum cans, steel, plastic, newspapers, cardboard, and paper grocery bags. Schwab said the items do not need to be separated into
each category. He said the person driving the trailer will do that. People using the service will not have to pay any cost either.
“Our only fear is that people will leave their stuff there when the truck isn’t there. There’s always another place to take it. We don’t want people to just leave it unattended,” said Clarkson.
With a target starting date of September ll, the recycling truck will rotate between IO locations during the week. During the first week of recycling, volunteers will also be present to conduct a survey on who is using the program and how.
On Mondays it will be at the Spring Branch area fire station between 8:30 a.m. and noon. It will then be at the Canyon Lake Fire Station #3 at FM 306/Potters Creek area from I p.m. to 4 p.m.
On Tuesdays, the sites will be the Gifford-Hill West Exit in the Garden Ridge Area between 8:30 a.m. and noon, and in the Bulverde arca between I p.m. and 4 p.m.
On Wednesdays, the truck will be at the Canyon Lake EMS in the Sattler Road area from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Then it will be at the comer of FM 306 and Purgatory from I p.m. and 4 p.m.
Thursdays there will only be one site. That site will be the Comal County Road Department at 4931 State Highway 46, from I to 4 p.m.
On Fridays, the first location will be the Hunter Road at the TXI area from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The second location will be the Freiheit Bowling Alley arca at FM 1101 from I to 4 p.m.
Saturdays will only have one site also. It will be at Canyon Lake Fire
Station #2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The recyclable items will be baled and stored in a van type trailer. When the trailer gets full, the vendor will pick it up and take it to San Antonio for unloading. The county will receive half of the proceeds from the items, Schwab said. He said he is hoping this will be enough to pay the salary of the driver going to each location.
“If we can do that, we’ll be in great shape,” he said.
Schwab said there is a committee working together on the project, and they have designed posters, signs, bumper stickers, and shirts. The T-shirts were donated by the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op. He said anyone interested in joining the committee or becoming a volunteer is always welcome. For more information or to become a volunteer, call 620-5501 or the Canyon Lake line at 885-4996.
Home Is Where The Dirt Is
New house on Landa Street being built out of bricks made of soil
H0rakt-Z»ithung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Rudy Valasquez builds a wall using dirt bricks.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A house is being built on Landa Street out of a space-age new material — dirt. The Agaptito Lara House on the comer of Landa and Madeline will have bricks made of compressed local soil. And those bricks are much more energy efficient than conventional building materials.
This is a “Good Cents Environmental Home,” said David Werley of New Braunfels Utilities. “The Environmental Home is a new program,” he said. “It uses ‘green’ building techniques.”
The dirt bricks in the Agaptito Lara House are made on-site with a new machine that compacts soil under 250,000 pounds per square inch into building blocks. The blocks are grouted into place and covered with stucco, Werley said.
The Environmental Home is a cut
ting edge program, the wave of the future, Werley said. Home builders can choose from a number of environmentally friendly and energy efficient building techniques: drip irrigation, engineered wood products, recycled content materials, water conserving dishwashers and commodes, etc. In return they get both a hefty rebate check and lower energy bills for the life of the home.
The Lower Colorado River Authority and NBU have made the regular “Good Cents” program available to area builders for some time, Werley said. “We take a house plan and put it into a software program,” he said. The program calculates exactly how much heating and cooling is needed in each room.
Homeowners who don’t use the Good Cents program often end up over-cooling their homes, spending lots of extra money on large air conditioners and higher electric bills over
Ramon Ortiz makas bricks using soil and 250,000 pounds per square inch of pressure.
Corps to fund big project at Potter’s Creek Park
From staff reports
the years, Werley said.
The Good Cents program also offers the double benefit of a rebate up front and savings through the years. "The rebate is to help the builder
defray costs,” Werley said. “The homeowner is the real winner. Start adding up $20 savings times 12 months for 40 years and it makes a significant impact,” he said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recognized the need to plan for and construct major improvements to the recreational facilities at Potter's Creek Park at Canyon Lake.
Due to the lack of, or low levels of, funding for the past several years, only a few recreational improvements have been made to the park.
A team of specialists in recreation, natural resources and construction has been formed to develop plans for the park improvements.
At this time, the Corps is requesting public comments concerning the recreational uses and facilities at the park. This is an opportunity for the public to say what facilities they feel are needed in the park and to comment on operational issues.
Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 5 at the following address: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Canyon Lake Office, HC4, Box 400, Canyon Lake, TX 78133.
Red Cross to offer First Aid course Aug. 1-3
Your local Red Cross Chapter will offer a First Aid/CPR course on Aug. I and 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Comal Tax Appraisal meeting room at 178 East Mill.
For more information, call 606-1999 from IO a m. to 2 p.m.
Women’s Center names new director, adds board members
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
With new leaders at the helm, the Comal County Women’s Center will sail full speed ahead toward a second year serving the county from its new facility.
Daniel Perez will take over as executive director, said outgoing Chairman of the Board Robert Konkel. “The board is very confident in the decision that they made,” Konkel said.
Perez has been in charge of the center’s TAC-DA program for over a year. “When we’ve needed any assistance with any other program across the board, he’s said, ‘Sure, I’ll help you,’” Konkel said. Rita Kaufman, manager of First Commercial Bank, was elected the new chair of the board “We’re excited about the new Emergency Shelter Grant (totaling $45,000), as additional services will be added, including some children’s programs, Kaufman said.
Konkel will step into the role of vice chair. Pam Brandt of New Braunfels Resorts will be the new secretary and attorney Steve De Lemos will serve as treasurer.
The Women’s Center will also raise the number of its board members to 13, naming three new members. Sherry Hill, Rosa Linda de la Cerda and Mary Jean Tipler will officially join the Women’s Center board at the August annual meeting.
“With the new directors, we believe we have a full force of community leaders as well as very adequately trained staff to assist the needs of individuals in our community that have been the victims of domestic and sexual violence,” Kaufman said.
The Women’s Center has already sheltered 103 women and 175 children since it opened the doors of its new facility last September, Program Coordinator Patty Bray said. The center served still more women who didn’t actually
‘We’re excited about the new Emergency Shelter Grant, as additional services will be added, including some children’s programs.’
— Rita Kaufman
stay there, Bray said, bringing the total served to over 400. “We have been full to capacity on many occasions,” Kaufman said.
The Women’s Center renewed all of its grants with some showing substantial increases, Konkel said. The Emergency Shelter Grant makes possible added staff for the sexual assault program and a children’s play therapist.
“The entire county has been a wonderful sup
porter of the Women’s Center for many, many years,” Kaufman said, "and because of continued community support, we’re able to deliver additional services and want to thank Comal County for its generous support.”
The center hopes to build a new storage area for donations, Konkel said. "We’re desperately searching for a location for a thrift shop,” he said. That could be another year away, Konkel said, but if someone from the community could step forward with an idea for a building, it would be great.
“We’d also love to have someone help us on a volunteer basis for public relauons,” he said.
“We receive massive donations on a daily basis,” Konkel said. The main need right now is for monetary donations, cribs and large diapers, he said. “We’re in the peak season for domestic v iolence," he said.
“We’re so proud of this wonderful commuiu-ty and their support for the center,” Konkel saidSan Antonio and Seguin have noise ordinances, why doesn't New Braunfels? See Page 4.