New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to.Tom Deady, Earl Leaventon, Richard Glanville, Beverly Tim* mermann (42 years), Danny Marshall (42 years), Marissa Ann Diaz, and happy belated birthday to Margrete Ze~ tampa.
Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.75, feet, up
Guadalupe River — 587 cfs
Lane closed on Lands Street
Landa Street, underneath the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad, will be reduced to one lane of traffic today
Texas Department of Transportation will be drilling test holes to check soil foundation for a new bridge at that location. Road workers and a flag man will be present to direct traffic through the area.
Expected hours of closure are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Texas Department of Transportation urges citizens to use caution when in the area.
Free Tuesday at Children’s Museum
The New Braunfels Rotary Club is sponsoring a Free First Tuesday p.m. at the Children’s Museum of New Braunfels on June 6. Special activities for the free afternoon include a peek inside the museum's newest exhibit, The Cave'.
Budding spelunkers can wear hard hats and head lamps and explore the cave formations 3s well as enjoy all the other exhibits.
Admission to the museum is free after noon on the first Tuesday of each month.
Dance recital at high school is free
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons School of Dance will present its annual dance recital Sunday, June 4. The theme this year is Stairway to the Stars, featuring 454 students under the direction of dance instructor Bobbi Ray and assistant, Melissa Bird.
The students will perform various jazz, tap and ballet routines. There will be two performances, the matinee at 3 p.m. and the evening performance at 7 p.m. The recital will be held at the New Braunfels 4 High School auditorium and admission is free.
Fire Department Auxiliary to meet
New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its business and social meeting at Fire Station #2 on Loop 337 at
7 p.m. on Monday, June 5.
Hermann Sons gather
New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will meet for its regular meeting June 4 at 3 p.m. Meat will be furnished, members bring covered dishes.
Mission Valley FAC! to meet
Mission Valley Family and Community Education Club meeting will be held June 6 at the Extension meeting room.
Need for YMCA studied
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
When New Braunfels has a need, the people of New Braunfels have a way of rallying to meet that need. Many agree that New Braunfels needs youth programs, latch-key children's programs — “something to keep older kids off the streets.’’
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) can answer that need, some believe.
“The idea of a YMCA has been knocking around New Braunfels since 1971, that I recall,” said Bill Martin of the San Antonio YMCA. Study groups from the 1993 and 1994 Leadership New Braunfels classes looked into the possibility of a youth center and a YMCA, Tim Brierty of McKenna Memorial Hospital said.
One study focused on the YMCA and what it does in San Antonio. The other looked at a youth center in general, City Councilman C. Ray Schoch said. “Ours was not specifically about the Y; what we looked at was youth recreational facilities,” Schoch said.
Martin often finds himself busting
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myths about what exactly the Y is and isn’t, he said. “A lot of people have the misconception that a Y is a building,” he said. “It is a delivery of services geared to the local community.”
Most of the programs today’s Y provides don’t happen at a Y building itself, Martin said, but at other sites throughout the community, such as schools.
The San Antonio YMCA provides programs such as Prime Time after School Care, Youth Volunteer Corps, Teen Parent Education and Child Care. What each Y does depends on the needs of its community, Martin said.
A Comal County Y might offer a different set of services than the San Antonio Y. It might have a covered swimming pool, but not tennis or basketball courts. It might have extensive programs for youth, but not for seniors, since the Senior Center already provides many services for arca seniors.
Actually bringing a YMCA to a community is an involved process.
lf a community is sure it wants a Y, then serious fund-raising has to begin,
‘A lot of people have the misconception that a Y is abuilding. It is a delivery of services geared to the local community.’
— Bill Martin
Martin said. “The real burden comes back on that local community to provide resources for that Y — offices, support for a minimum of the first three years,” Martin said. That amounts to roughly $ 150,(XX) to $200,000.
Martin has held several meetings with New Braunfels citizens interested in a Y. The meetings have not generated a lot of momentum so far, Martin said.
A needs assessment could determine New Braunfels’ needs and avoid fear of duplicating services.
“You don’t want to dissipate your energies and duplicate what someone else is doing,” Schoch said.
Rains replenish aquifer, boost river flows
By DENISE DZIUK
Heavy rains over the past few days have caused water levels to rise, which is good news for the Edwards Aquifer and the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.
Bill Tepe, New Braunfels Utility engineer, said the current Comal River flow was at 330 cubic feet per second Thursday morning. This is higher than the average, which he said is 3 IO cfs. Tepe said this is a pretty big increase from last Friday, when the flow was only 278 cfs. Tepe said the increase was due to the heavy rains earlier in the week.
Tepe said the aquifer has also seen an increase in levels. He said that the aquifer level is currently at 625.75 feet, slightly above the average, which is 625.72 feet.
“You can see we’re right at where we need to be,” said Tepe.
Tepe said the level is still rising and should increase by a few more tenths before it levels off. He said this is
good news because this means there is no present fear of the springs drying up.
“We needed the rain to make up for what we used up in May,” he said.
The Canyon Lake Reservoir also has an increased water level due to the rain. The reservoir is currently at 911.04 feet, which is considered in the “flood pool,” said David Welsch, of the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority
Welsoh said the GBRA is currently releasing 590 cfs into the Guadalupe River from the dam at Canyon Lake, which is up from the 200 cfs released last week. Welsch said the inflow to Canyon Lake reached a peak of 4,400 cfs following the rains and is currently at 1,800 cfs.
“The benefit we may see is that the elevation of the flood pool is up. That means water is released," he said.
Welsch said water released from the reservoir is released to the GBRA. The GBRA is then responsible for storing some and releasing the remaining water into the rivers. Welsch said the
two arc working together to form an agreement that allows the GBRA to store extra water during wet periods so the water will last longer.
“It may be preferred to have 400’ cfs for an extended time rather than 600 for a shorter time,” said Welsch, because it helps river outfitters downstream from the dam.
Nan Ebert, owner of Gruenc River Raft Company, said the most desirable level for river users is between 500 and 600 cfs. She said the water can get quite a bit higher before it becomes dangerous or even undesirable. She said that she allows the river to get as high as 1,000 cfs before tubing is not allowed and rafting requires a guide.
"I don’t recommend anything to my customers. They know what they can afford to do,” she said.
Ebert said the level of the river does not affect the amount of business she gets. However, she said the higher water will make it a more enjoyable experience.
In your face
Above, Brooke Sharum braces as she is about to be hit in the face by a sponge during one of several water games played during Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School’s field day at the Knights of Columbus Hall yesterday. At right, Shelly Baranowski throws a sponge. Today is the school’s last day of classes.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Booming housing construction driving local economy, official says
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
If it seems like new homes are cropping Lp everywhere in New Braunfels, they almost are. Single family building permits for April J urn pee 40 percent from April of last year, according to the Chamber of Commerce Economic Indicators for New Braunfels and Comal County. Dollar value of the building permits jumped 55 percent, f rom $1,678,999 in 1994 to $2,604,500 in 1995.
“The figures are still strong in construction, which trickles down to the rest of the local economy,” Michael Meek of the Chamber of Commerce said. A healthy building industry strengthens the whole economy, he said.
New Braunfels is at a peak when it comes to home construction. “We know eventually it will come down,” Meek said. Home construction is closely tied to the national economy and interest rates, he said.
"The county has leveled out,” Meek said. "Last year was probably a record for them.”
New Braunfels has a history of strong employment figures, and April was no exception. There was 3.8 percent unemployment in New Braunfels this April. That compares to 5.6 percent WMm across the state. “We’ve got A probably the highest labor
EUHH force we’ve ever had in this county,” Meek said.
As with most economic statistics, low unemployment has its good and not so good sides, he said. “Manufacturers and companies up and down the comdor from Waco to San Antonio are having a tough time finding labor,” Meek said.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau’s cable television ads have paid off in a big way. Visitor inquiries January to April were up 35.9 percent over last year, from 35,375 last year to 48,090 this year. “We’re constantly having to try new media to attract the customer,” Meek said.
‘The figures are still strong in construction, which trickles down to the rest of the local economy.’
— Michael Meek
The city council did not renew the C&VB’s contract for hotel/motel tax use as usual this year. The contract has two years remaining. Putting an IH-35 visitors center on hold has been the only adverse effect so far, Meek said.
"If we get the contract renewed shorter for less, we’ll fall behind, we won’t be able to keep up to speed,” Meek said.
City and county sales tax collection was down from last year “We are behind the curve somewhat on sales tax revenues, on growth,” Meek said. The state saw an increase overall for April.
Finding new ways to attract customers is a job
that should never be finished for local business, Meek said. "You can’t rest on your laurels — there’s always someone out there who is after the dollar,” he said.
New businesses will give the local economy a shot in the ann, Meek said. “We’ll see an increase in the overall sales tax gross when the new Target opens,” he said. Getting shoppers to spend their money in New Braunfels is a major goal. “We want to see things like Target to keep the money here,” Meek said.
Companies like American Direct and Lightning Metals are bnnging New Braunfels business into the computer age. They also diversify the economy, Meek said. An economy that doesn’t depend so much on one type of industry will better the ups and downs of the business world, he said.
Attracting a new business to town can take years, Meek said. “The economic development business is not a short term game,” he said. “It’s a journey, not a destination.”
Sheriff's Department deputies were called out to Highway 46, west of New Braunfels in front of the Offerman Ranch this morning, after a passing motorist reported seeing a monkey in the road. The monkey turned out to be a lemur. Deputy John Carmichael caught the critter, and got scratched on the arm In th# process. Deputies had just identified the owner at press time.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Head Start program accepting applications for next school year
The Community Council of South Central Texas’ Head Start program, is now accepting applications for the 1995-96 school year. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate and immunization record when they go to apply, as well as venfication of household income.
Head Start is a federal program for preschool children ages three to five from low-income families. The Head Start Program also serves children with disabilities. These children do not have to meet income guide
All Head Start children participate in a vanety of educational activities.
In addition, they receive medical and dental care, and are served nutn-tious meals and snacks. Their families also benefit by receiving a wide range of social services and educational training.
Applications can be picked up at the main Head Start center located at 1023 W. Bridge.
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