New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Qtne Hada, Diana Watson,
Anni# May Stoats, Janat Boyar, Mary Millett, Marilyn Smidt, Arlan Hermes, and happy belated birthdays to Alice Espinosa and Felix Velez Sr. Happy 46th anniversary to Leo and Marilyn Smidt.
East Torrey Street closed for two weeks
The City Street Department is reconstructing East Torrey Street from South Union Street to Lakeview Boulevard. East Torrey Street will be closed to road vehicle traffic at South Union Street and Lakeview Boulevard for two weeks starting Monday, June 12, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Detour route will be via Lakeview Boulevard and Austin Street.
Stores and parking will be accessible as normal.
Register now for Business Trade Show
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reminds trade show exhibitors that they must register and pay deposit by Monday, June 12 to be a part of the seventh annual Trade Show to be held at the Civic Center Sept. 12 and 13. After that time, registration will be opened to the public.
Public hearing on sexual assault program slated
The Comal County Women's Center will hold a public hearing cqpcerning the reapplication for funds for the Center's Sexual Assault Program. This program is funded in part by the Texas Department of Health. The board of directors will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza.
Hummd Club to moot
The Museum Chapter of the M.l. Hummel Club meets at 7 p.m., June 13 at the museum.
Canyon Lake avant
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce mixer will be June 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Hill Country Nursery.
Scottish Rito Club to moot
The Comal County Scottish Rite Club will meet at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch ♦ on Friday, June 16. All area Scottish Rite Masons are invited. Bring a friend. The speaker will be Sheriff Jack Bremer. Social Hour at 6:30 p.m„ dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations needed by June 13. Call Virgil Gaskins at 625-4403 or Bud Wright at 964-3154.
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Backers say the time is right for a local Y
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A lot of people from New Braunfels came here from somewhere else. Some of those got involved in local YMCAs in their previous communities. “I have seen the Y work — a textbook example of how a Y works to serve a community,” Commercial Real Estate Broker Julio Lybrand said.
Some in New Braunfels have misconceptions of what a YMCA is and how it operates, Lybrand said. A misconception is that the Y would be in competition with existing youth soccer, baseball and football programs. ‘‘The Y is a facilitator,” he said.
‘‘lf we had a Y in New Braunfels it would have the New Braunfels flavor — it would reflect what New Braunfels needed,” Carl Schurz Elementary Principal Jane McDonald said.
The YMCA’s goal is not to compete with existing services, but to dovetail and cooperate, maximizing resources and avoiding duplication, McDonald said. ‘‘I was the principal of a very special school in Houston,” she said. ‘‘We were back to back with the Post Oak Y; we did lots of things together.” The school and YMCA branch shared the costs and benefits of a swimming pool and sports field, McDonald said.
“The San Antonio Northeast Branch has collaborated with the Northeast school district
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and built ball fields on school locations,” Executive Director Joe Bueno said.
The YMCA is synonymous with after school care in many cities, Bueno said. Schools and Y branches cooperate closely in San Antonio, Farris said, letting students attend after school programs at their schools. “Moms in the community could feel comfortable that their children would finish school, then go to the gym or the cafeteria with trained staff,” he said. “They were helping them have fun, stimulating them."
The Indian Guide and Indian Princess programs are father-son or father-daughter recreational programs. Not many programs exist where both father and child participate together, Farris said. “Some of my most memorable times that my daughter and I had together are the camping trips we took with the Indian Guides,” he said.
The need for youth services has recently become a buzzword in New Braunfels, Helping One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) Coordinator Linda Bingham said. “We’ve made our community beautiful; the town looks absolutely idyllic,” she said. “But there’s a lack, and we need to face it.”
“If they have a place where somebody’s there to play basketball — a safe place to go with an adult or somebody who had some guidance...,” Bingham said.
‘lf we had a Y in New Braunfels, it would have the New Braunfels flavor — it would reflect what New Braunfels needed.’
— Jane McDonald
The Y could perhaps fill another local need, Bingham said, for parent education. “We have 35- to 40-year-old women whp have 16-year-old daughters who have children of their own,” she said.
“For a long time people here in New Braunfels have been talking about it and dancing around the idea of a Y,” McDonald said. ,
The community has pulled together to make programs like Communities in Schools and HOSTS successful, McDonald said. “CIS is a place that has made a significant contribution, but they’re just one piece of the pie," Bingham said. “HOSTS is another piece, but we need to pull it all together,” she said.
Funds to begin a Y can come from United Way and private donations, Lybrand said “I cannot tell you the resources that the Y can bring, the training,” he said. “It’s a real community effort.”
“I think the time is right,” Bingham said.
The survey says...
Readers tell the Herald-Zeitung the U.S. should stay out of the war in Bosnia.
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Taking their shots
Former Longhorns try to make it in the CFL with the San Antonio Texans.
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40 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, June 11,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ALICE ESPINOZA ■ Vol. 143. No. 151
Fire Museum makes its entrance
New Braunfels' newest museum makes its debut with a parade and barbecue.
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crossings criticized as
By DENISE DZIUK
River Road is a dangerous place to drive because the bridges over the Guadalupe River there lack guard rails, according to one woman with personal experience.
On July 3,1994, Kathy Bates was riding her bike on Mountain View Ranch, where her husband is a caretaker. Bates said she realized how close she was to the edge, but before she could alter her position, she fell off the bridge. Bates sustained massive back and spine injuries, and said she believes she was extremely lucky she did not die.
“I do not drink. I do not smoke. I do not take stupid risks. In fact, I’m a health fanatic and I still fell,” she said. “That proves its not only drunks falling off.”
The bridge Bates fell off of was one of the six bridges on River Road that cross the Guadalupe River and do not have guardrails.
Bates said she contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety and asked them to compile copies of all the accidents on River Road in die past 36 months. The department produced 23 reports of accidents at the crossings, and one was a fatality. However, the list of accidents is not complete. These are only accidents involving motor vehicles where a DPS officer was on the scene or the accident was later reported by an individual involved.
. In talking with the law enforcement officials, Bates found that at least one officer realized the danger of the situation and wrote two letters over the past five years warning the county of the danger.
Jim Inman, Manager of the Water Oriented Recreational District, said getting guardrails placed on the bridges has also been an objective of the WORD board, which has a long range plan of getting rails put on one bridge each year.
“I think if more people had to float the river and look up at those cars knowing there’s only a little curt) keeping them from falling down on you, they would think differently,” he said.
Tom Homseth, Comal County Engineer, said the county realizes the danger present on River Road and is working to improve it. The county has allocated funds to construct guardrails at the bridges. However, these guardrails will be on the approaches to the bridges and not actually on them. Two crossings, at Slumber Falls and at the fourth crossing, already have some guardrails on the approaches.
“The main problem we have is at the approaches where people leave die roadway,” said Homseth. “Tile majority of those are people who can’t make the 90 degree turn and go off the road at the approaches.”
The material to construct the guardrails has already been purchased and construction should begin after the summer tourism season has ended so roads can be closed. While work is being done on the approaches, the actual bridge will be studied to see if the design is suited for guardrails. If the bridges were designed to be submerged, the guardrails could block water flow and cause a damming effect, said Homseth.
Many outfitters who have businesses located at these crossings say the guardrails on the approaches may be more effective than having them actually on the bridge. Many of them believe the main problem is drivers are unfamiliar with the area and are driving too-fast.
“I don’t think the bridge is the problem so much as the driver,” said Roy Vordenbaum, owner of Roy’s Rentals.
“What they need to do more than anything else is put up warning signs and reflectors. If they can’t see the bridge coming, the guardrails won't make a bit of difference,” said Bobby Hanover, at the Second Crossing.
Homseth said the county has been working on improvements of the road for about three years. The county has cleared brush, restriped parts of the road, and added warning signs and reflectors along the curves. “We’re continuing to make improvements because we realize something needs to be done to make it safer. The main thing is to make it as safe as possible but we also need to follow posted speed limits and warnings. That’s beyond the road department’s control," said Homseth.
However, Bates said part of her concern is for tire kids who are passengers in the cars or are playing on these bridges.
“I've seen kids skateboarding, roller blading, and riding their bikes across a bridge that’s 30 feet above the river. How safe is this?,” she said. “The biggest part of the problem is the apathy of the people who live here and don’t recognize the danger of it. I’m proof that even stone cold sober people can fall off them.”
Herald-Zeituna photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Cliff jumper plunges to death
Dive team members and Comal County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Guadalupe River at Preiss Heights cliffs at about 2 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said Steve Barnwell, 22, of Alvin, Texas, tried to do a flip when he jumped from the cliff, and landed face-first. He surfaced briefly and then went under. Witnesses jumped in and tried to find him but could not. Divers recovered the body at about 4:30 p.m. In 25 feat of water. At left, Barnwell’s body lies on the shore at the scene. Above, tubers continued floating by as dive team members prepare to enter the water.
There were also two reports of major head injuries, and several other accidents on the river yesterday.
They didn’t do it!
New Braunfels police pulled over a van with six people in it after a customs agent spotted them in San Marcos and reported that he believed one of the men was a fugitive wanted on a charge of murdering a police officer.
After the van was stopped south of Rueckle Road at about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, police ran identity checks on the occupants, which turned up nothing. All of the people detained were turned loose at about 8:30 p.m.
About 10 police cars were involved in the stop and one lane of Interstate 35 was closed.Know about news happening in our community? Call the newsroom at 625-9144.