New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels All-Stars to battle for state title at Waco tournament. See Page
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Julie Erben (40 years), Pat Douglas, Irene Torres, Stephanie Rene Rosales, Cindy Higginbotham, Jeffrey Robertson. Happy 45th anniversary to Sally and Frank Heynis.
Tomorrow is your chance to get out and shake hands with a police dog
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels can meet the men, women — and dogs that protect our town tomorrow night at the New Braunfels Police Department Open House and law enforcement “trade show.”
The Safe City Commission, the city of New Braunfels and a variety of oilier entities are cooperating to make this evening fun and extra informative, said Howard Athas, chairman of the Safe City Commission.
Starting at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, the Police Station and tire Civic Center Parking lot, area residents can:
■ tour the NBPD 911 center
■ see a demonstration of polygraphing and finger printing at the police department
■ see police, fire, emergency medical service, highway patrol and Sheriffs Department vehicles.
“There will be a lot of information displays for people to see,” Athas said.
■ Crime Stoppers
■ Neighborhood Watch
■ parole and probation departments
■ head injury information by Wann Springs, sponsored by McKenna Memorial Hospital
■ “Vial of Life” program by McKenna Memorial Hospital
■ home safety
■ swift water rescue
‘It gives the general public a chance to meet and talk with the policemen and get to know that they’re just every-day guys with a job to do.’
_— Howard Athas
■ Seiler Fire Equipment
■ Brink’s Home Protection
■ Guadalupe Valley Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
At 8 p.m. the Bexar County Gang Task Force will give a presentation and ques-tion-and-answer session on gangs. “They'll talk about clothes, signs, how to interpret graffiti — that should be a very interesting show,” Athas said.
The Police Canine Corps w ill show off their skills at 9 p.m. “They’ll be demonstrating their precision and how they’re controlled and how they respond to commands,” Athas said. “Police Chief Ray Douglas has told us that there’s an extra special surprise with the demonstration — he has a trick up his sleeve."
This year's open house is designed to be both fun and extra informative, Athas said. “It gives the general public a chance to ineet and talk with the policemen and to get to know that they’re just every-day guys w ith a job to do,” he said, "and that they’re very dedicated to their work.”
Football is back
Cowboys take on Bills in exhibition game.
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Hector Aguirre takes giant steps on his long road back.
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New rehab center planned for city
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Health care in New Braunfels is taking a giant leap forward — McKenna Memorial Hospital and Warm Springs/Baptist Rehabilitation Network are cooperating to open a rehab center in New Braunfels.
“We will open the doors some time in the early fall,” said Tim Brierty of McKenna Memorial Hospital.
The facility will provide such reha
bilitation serv ices as physical therapy, water therapy, occupational medicine, wellness programs, health and fitness programs, speech therapy and sports medicine, Brierty said.
The new rehab center w ill be nonprofit, Brierty said, as arc McKenna, Warm Springs, and the Baptist system.
"All of the push now is to drive down health care costs,” said Rick Marek. chief operating officer of Warm Springs Rehabilitation Foun
dation. "In an effort to try’ to maintain and improve quality we develop operations like this.”
The new joint venture will have local doctors as medical directors, Brierty said. "We are utilizing local people, local service — it’s for the local community,” Marek said.
The medical system will focus more and more on wellness in the future, Brierty said, since prevention is less expensive than cure. “We believe the future will see greater attention direct
ed toward annual physical exams, health assessments, health-related counseling and education and wellness programs.”
If each hospital develops its ow n separate outpatient serv ices, the costs would be too high, Brierty said. Joint ventures such as the new rehab center will provide high quality care without duplication of serv ices, keeping costs in line.
“Consolidating and centralizing certain administrative, support and even
clinical functions makes for a more efficient and cost-effective operation,” he said.
The local emphasis of the new rehab co-op extends to ownership and control. McKenna will own 51 percent of the new rehab center and Warm Springs/Baptist Rehabilitation Network will own 49 percent, Marek said.
"Our ultimate goal is that the patient can stay in New Braunfels," Brierty said.
Browsers can spot their picture in 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.
the photos were taken by photographer F.C. Keller.
Stop by and order some copies for a keepsake of
New Braunfels' Sesquicentennial.
Each photo is numbered. To order a print, fill out an order form and take it to the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. One picture costs $25, or get three for $50.
Proceeds will benefit the Sesquicentennial Commission.
NBU plans power interuption in some areas Monday
Electric customers of New Braunfels Utilities at the following locations will experience a brief electrical outage Monday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The outage is needed to balance loads and maintain service to these areas, due to heavy summer loading.
The areas where power will be out are:
■ IH-35 north of York Creek
■ York Creek
■ The town of Hunter
■ Winding Way off of Hunter Road
■ Hwy 758 between Dauer and Huber roads.
■ Schwarzlose Lane
■ Barbarosa off of Hwy.
■ Airport Road, County Road 138 (this will not effect the airport).
Please make sure to have all computers turned off prior to 9 a m lf you have any questions call 625-8178 after 7 a.m. Monday.
Park Ranger to speak to Newcomers Club
Todd McClanahan, Lieutenant Park Ranger with the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, will be the program speaker at the New Braunfels Newcomers Club Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 10 a m. at the Comal County Senior Center. The program will be preceded by a coffee and social period beginmg at 9:30 am Visitors and newcomers to Comal County interested in joining the club are welcome.
Sports booster club to hold breakfast
The New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will have its membership kick-off breakfast drive at New Braunfels High School cafeteria Aug. 4 at 7 a m. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served.
For information, call Jeff Mund at 620-4839 or Danny Zoeller at 625-2349.
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.
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, everyone is looking for a way to keep cool. Here, Travis and Curtis Allen play in their pool in the 200 block of Faust Street, while Cameron and Sabrina Faust play in the background.
County receives flu shot funds; given scanner to ID lost dogs
By DENISE DZIUK
The generosity of one local organization will help many senior citizens survive the flu season again this winter
The Comal County Commissioners Court accepted a donation from the Downtown Rotary Club of New Braunfels, Thursday. The $1,250 was donated to the Comal County Health Department to provide Influenza Vaccine for senior citizens.
"We use every penny of that for vaccines for seniors in the county. It’s a generous offer and a big help." said County Health Nurse Shel McWilliams.
County Commissioner Danny Schcel, who is also a board member of the Noon Rotary Club, said the donation has been made for about the last four years. The funds come from various fund-raisers throughout the year, including the annual wild game dinner. Wurst fest, and the golf tournament. Proceeds from these events are used to make donations to several different causes in the community, such as the
Hummel and Children's museums. Scheel said someone just suggested donating money to the county health program and everyone liked it.
"The Rotary is proud to just try and help the county," Scheel said. " I Ins is just another way to give back to the community.”
McWilliams said the vaccines w ill be offered on the last Friday of Ocu thor and the first Friday of November.
The court also accepted a donation of Home Again Companion Animal Retrieval System from Schering-Plough Animal Health. Pet ow ners can have a tiny computer chip implanted right under the skin of their dog. When an animal is picked up, a scanner type instrument is run across their back, lf a chip is present, the scanner will produce a code that the animal control officer can use to find out the ow lier of the animal, as well as a history of its vaccinations.
The implanting of the chip w ill have to be done by a veterinarian, and w ill cost approximately $60, said department head and Animal Control Officer Steve McKin.
After 40 years, St John’s Bargain Box shutting down
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A 40-year tradition of caring for New Braunfels is coming to un end. St. John’s Episcopal'* Bargain Box is going out of business. Starting Aug. I the store on 303 S. Casted w ill be selling out its last merchandise.
"We’re just devastated that we’ve got to close,” said Helen Vanderveld of St. John’s.
Back in the ‘50s the Bargain Box was the only thrift shop in tow n, Vanderveld said. Now it faces competition. Through the years volunteers from churches all over town have helped man the Bargain Box. Hie pool of volunteers is dw indling, Vanderv eld said.
"We’ve given money to practically every organization iii tow n, as well as clothing,” Vanderveld said. "We’ve been the source of the vestry’s income and they’ll miss us," she said.
The Bargain Box w ill go out w ith a bang. Starting Aug. I, the store w ill he open from 9:30 a m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays until the end of September Every item in stock must be sold and no more consignments or donations w ill be taken.
St. John’s w ill hold a kick-off luncheon for Bargain Box volunteers tomorrow at 11:30 a in. rn the St. John’s Episcopal Parish Hall.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Starting Tuesday, the Bargain Box will hold a clearance sale.Medicare becomes a political football on its 30th anniversary. See Page 4A.