New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Charlene Seyferth, Rosa Schwar-zlose, Lee Courtade, Oscar Barbola Jr. (15 years),
Jason Amo Zehner,
Rebecca Rosales, Nella Casti.leja, Ernest and Ricaro Sorelo (17 years). Happy belated birthday to Tyra Lynne and Tara Rochelle Schroeder (two years), Robert Scheel Sr., George Tabilla, and Priscilla Dominguez. Happy 15th anniversary to Archie and Elrine Schmidt and happy 4th a ersary to Chuck
I md Ct is Woods.
Paren ng classes for teen-agers
Teen Connection is offering parenting classes for teenagers. The classes are designed to teach parenting skills to teen parents The summer-long classes will be offered in the evening on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and during the day on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a m The sessions will be held at Teen Connection, 1414 W San Antonio Street.
The first evening class will be held Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. and the first day class will be held Thursday, June 22 at 10 a m. The fee is b; sed on a sliding scale and the classes are open to anyone 18 and younger who has a child or is expecting one There will be baby sitting available. For information, call 629-6571
Republican women to hold picnic in park
The New Braunfels Republican Women will hold a picnic rn Landa Part? June 19 at 6 pm Cathy Talcott will lead patriotic songs.
The speaker will tell about his decision to change to the Republican Party, a prize will be awarded for the best political joke and a picnic supper will be served
The cost is $5 with no charge for kids under 12 Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join them at Pavilions 4 and 5.
Cancer support group to meet
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society will meet at 6 30 p.m., Thursday, June 22, in the north building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Wal- , nut
Dr. Sylvia Schell will speak on radiation. For information, call the ACS information line at 629-5/17 or Marian Hicks
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40 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, June 18, 1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ROSA SCHWARZLOSE
■ Vol 143. No 156
River property owners say efforts are working
Survey shows law enforcement efforts making a difference
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Landon Holden goes for a wild ride at Canyon Lake Saturday.
A week in the Hill Country is just what the doctor ordered for these youngsters
By DENISE DZIUK
Several children have traded in the constant reminders of their illness, such as long hospital stays and painful treatments, for a week of fun and adventure in Central Texas. These children are cancer patients.
However, this past week, they were children looking for fun without the reminders of their disease.
More than 30 children selected from hospitals in C hicago, New Orleans, Denver, San Diego, Miami, Lubbock and Houston were in Central Texas this week doing things many of them thought they would never do. These children were given the opportunity through the efforts of Sunshine Kids.
Sunshine Kids is a national, nonprofit, volunteer organization, based in Houston. The foundation’s mission is to provide positive activities and to strive to alleviate the emotional pain for children with cancer. The foundation offers a variety of sports and cultural events, free of charge, to children receiving cancer treatment in hospitals.
The Sunshine Kids take trips to various locations, some of which include New Orleans, Aspen, and Hawaii. The foundation contacts the hospitals that will be included in the trip and the hospital, then chooses four patients they feel are in need of a morale boost or a chance to get aw ay, said Shannon Lillis, with the Sunshine Kids.
The City of San Marcos and Southwest Texas Slate University hosted the event for the fourth consecutive year, said Mark Hendricks, Assistant Director of Media Relations for SWT.
While in the area, the kids visited Wonder World, went tubing on the San Marcos River, had a bowling and volleyball tournament, visited Fiesta Texas, toured the capitol, met Governor Bush, went to Schlitterbahn, went river rafting on the Guadalupe River, went camping and visited the Texas Yacht Club. Today is the last day of their trip. Hendricks said the busy schedule leaves the children feeling a lot more tired when they leave than when they arrived.
“They’ve got a lot of spirit and enthusiasm
Tubers on the Guadalupe River are a better behaved bunch this year, according to a new survey.
The Water Oriented Recreation District sent a survey to 42 people who attended a previous WORD meeting. The survey asked their opinions on law enforcement efforts and river conditions over the Memorial Day Weekend. Hall of the surveys were returned and the general consensus is that this year was an improvement from last year.
“It’s just to know for sure if we’re on tile right track and I think this survey says we are," said WORD Manager Jim Inman.
Of those responding to the survey, 55 percent said the overall tourist behavior was better this year. When asked specifically about littering, trespassing, and glass and polystyrene on the river, KO to OO percent still said it was better this year. '
“The behavior was definitely improved. The police were very reasonable and did a good job. Many people were cooperative with litter, many were not," said a citizen at River Road and the first crossing.
“I see overall improvement due to proactive and on site reactions. We need to keep moving forward,” commented a citizen below the fourth crossing.
However, not everyone agreed the amount of littering had improved.
“Litter was worse. Tell your Board until they enact a complete ban on all disposable items things can only get worse,” commented a resident from the Gruene River subdivision.
“The thing that bothers me the most is the continuous disrespect people, and not just tourists, have for the quality of the w ater and the right-of-ways,” said (bunty Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans.
He said people needed to start thinking of the roads and rivers as their house and ask themselves if they would litter iii their ow n house. It depends on a change of attitude, he said.
Everyone responding to the survey said the presence of law* enforcement was positive. Everyone said the response time was either good or satisfactory and none said it needed improving. They also said the Courtesy Patrol, which are people trained in white
water ratting and first aid, was a positive presence.
“Kudos for the Sheriff and the law enforcement personnel. They did a great job over the Memorial Day I loliday period,” commented a resident from the Ria-da Subdivision.
One issue not addressed in the survey, but mentioned iii the comment section was the problem with foul language.
“More aggressive tourists. ‘F’ is the password,” said a resident below the third crossing.
“We still heard very had language on the river,” a resident below the fourth crossing also said.
Overall, the surveys indicated residents saw an improvement, but also realized more needs to he done.
“Overall, we think WORD has helped, but still there is much to do and many things that still could be tried,” commented a resident from the Tube Loop area.
County Commissioner Moms “Mix.*” Schwab said he feels the conditions have been improving for the last couple of years but this year is the most positive
“It has been a little better each year and this year was bigger and better than last year. But, I feel there’s still room for improvement,” he said.
Inman said he realizes the work is not done. However. tile improvements tell WORD and law enforcement that they are moving in the right direction and making progress. Adjustments can now he made to further the improvements, he said.
Both commissioners said law enforcement played a big role in the improvements. Inman said the improvements were due to the ! w enforcement, but all the other individuals who work to improve conditions also had an effect on the conditions, which include business owners, residents, and WORD members.
“I think this is just a culmination of a whole lot of people working together to make things better,” he said.
The WORD law enforcement committee decides whether another survey will be conducted. However, Inman said he would like to send one out with the taxes so that every individual and business would receive one.
“That’s the only way we can know if what we’re doing is working,” he said.
Bingo games bring money to county, but New Braunfels missed the boat
G.W. Bailey, better known as Sergeant Rizzo in M*A*S*H, and Carlos Villamizar enjoy a day on Canyon Lake.
‘When they leave, they’re a lot more tied, but they’ve still got spirit and their enthusiasm is just as contagious as when they got here.’
— Shannon Lillis
to begin with. When they leave, they’re a lot more tired, but they’ve still got spirit and their enthusiasm is just as contagious as when they got here,” said I lendncks.
The group was alone on their adventures. Hollywood actor G.W. Bailey, who starred in M*a*S*I I and Police Academy, has traveled with the kids. Bailey is also the national spokesman for the Sunshine Kids.
Lillis said the children come back from the trip with a visible change in attitude and all of them come back looking a lot happier.
“It’s a great morale boost. They get a chance to get away. It just uplifts them and changes their whole personality,” said Ll 11 is.
Individuals, organizations, or corporations may become a "Sunshine Kids Pardner” by underwriting the expenses of one of the children by sending a $300 tax-deductible check, made payable to The Sunshine Kids Foundation, to Fred March, Theatre Arts Department, Southwest Texas State University,'601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal County Government got an $8,429.16 cut from county Bingo winnings the first three months of 1995. The city of New Braunfels could have had half of those prize fees every three months for quite a few years but it missed the legislative boat.
Texas law says five percent of Bingo winnings must he paid to state and local government iii the form of prize fees, Texas Lottery Commission Chief of Media Relations Keith Elkins said.
“Since September ‘93 there’s no real Bingo tax,” he said. “At that time there was a gross receipts tax and the lawmakers put in place a live percent prize fee.”
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Half of the prize lee goes to the state, Elkins said. The other half, 2.5 percent, goes to local government. “The Bingo prize lee check gix.‘s into the general fund," Comal County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said.
But there’s a catch, Elkins said. Comal County gets that quarterly cheek because the county held a referendum in January I9K2 officially legalizing Bingo. The law says local voters in a city or county have to sanction Bingo in order for the local government to get the prize fees, Elkins said.
The city of New Braunfels doesn’t receive any Bingo prize fees from the state. Director of
Finance Sharon Day said. New Braunfels could be splitting the 2.5 percent evenly with the county if it had held a referendum, Elkins said.
The deadline to hold a Bingo referendum was Jan. I, 1993, Elkins said. The city could still vote to legalize Bingo, hut it would he too late to get prize fees, he said.
New Braunfels city government would welcome Bingo prize fee money, Day and City Manage! Mike Shands said. “Although in the greater scheme of things this would not be a huge amount of money, even the “$4,000 quarterly figure, taken on a yearly basis, could pay for additional personnel,” Shands said.
Factory Stores merger creates retail giant
Factory Stores of America, Inc., owner of the New Braunfels Factory Stores outlet mall, is merging w itll Rothschild Realty, Inc., to create the largest ow lier and operator of outlet centers iii the United States.
“This combination will create the largest portfolio of outlet centers in the U.S. Both companies have outlet centers that are well-located and solid performers in the industry, and the combined portfolios offer the full spectrum of outlet tenants, ranging from longstanding outlet tenants to the newer trade names,” said
J Dixon Fleming Jr., chairman and CEO of Factory Stores.
f actory Stores expects the merger to offer numerous benefits to the Company as a result of the increased size and scope of present operations. Some of the anticipated improvements include more efficient operations, a strengthened management team, portfolio diversification, improved negotiating position with both existing and prospective tenants, better access to the capital markets and lower funding costs.
Don’t forget, today is Father’s Day. See Nancy Logan’s column on Page 4