New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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SO-UEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR
EL PASO, TX 79903-
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of CAROLYN HARP SCHLAMEUS
Vol. 144, No. 156
Birthday wishes from the Hsrald-Zsltuiigl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sam Smith, Carolyn Rapp ScMameus (70 years), Jason Amo Feltner, Mary Ann Hum* md, Jessie Garcia, Nicholas Ruhl (7 years), Paul Rosales Jr. and Helen Castilleja.
Happy 25th anniversary to Betty and Joe Rippole.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollen Count Mold—760 Grass—8 Oak—0 Hack.—0 Pecan—0 Elm—0 (Polsn measured in pails psf cubic mater of air. Information provided by Or. Frank npel.)
Comal River—112 cubic feet per second, up 5 cfs from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 621.67 feet above sea level, up. 13 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 00 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 28 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.37 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 7.721 million gallons of surface water and 2.096 million gallons of aquifer water Tueeday.
Unitarians to hoar speaker on Jim Crow
The Unitarian Universalists will have Margaret Adams speak on her experiences of 75 years growing up black in New Braunfels. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. tonight at Faith United Church of Christ, 907 N. Loop 337. Public invited.
Circus is coming
The circus is coming to New Braunfels with one performance at the Rodeo Arena, sponsored by the Comal County Sheriff's Posse. The performance is at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be sold the day of the performance at the Rodeo Arena box office.
The First Protestant Church Youth will sponsor a rummage sale to benefit its 1997 mission trip. The sale will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 172 W. Coll St. in New Braunfels. You may make donations to the sale all this week by dropping off your items at the Seele Parish Hall (basement level). A ramped entrance is located on the Casten Street side of the building at Coll Street. For information, call herald Schroeder at 609-7729, ext. 19.
Intomot group to moot Thursday
The Internet Users Group meets the third Thursday of •every month. This month's meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at 353 Mill St. For information, call 608-0808.
In the Juneteenth celebration story on Page 1 in the j Tuesday, June 18, Herald-
• Zeitung it was incorrectly stated that Hariet May was a member of the New Braunfels
I High School Monoceras j dance team. It should have
* been stated that Tamals : Mannie, Juneteenth Senior ! Queen, is a member of the ' Monoceras, not May.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprintNew Braunfels project called ‘missing link’ on Interstate 35
By ABE LEVY
AUSTIN — The Texas Transportation Commission told a delegation of local officials that expansion of Interstate 35 through New Braunfels ranks high on the list of projects competing for state highway funds.
About 80 supporters of adding four lanes to IH-35 through New Braunfels urged commissioners to approve the roughly $82 million project Tuesday morning.
State Sens. Judith Zaffirini and Jeff Wentworth, along with State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, offered their support, citing the benefits of more effi
cient travel between San Antonio and Austin.
“This is not just a New Braunfels problem,” Kuempel said. “I urge you to eradicate the missing link. In my own vernacular I can tell you that we are as ready for this project as a cow that has not been milked by noon.”
Chairman David Laney and commissioner Anne Wynne indicated the project would compete well with other projects for 1999 state funds. Commissioner David Bemsen was not present due to vacation plans in Mexico.
“You’ve got our attention and we want to figure out a way to solve this problem. The impact of (traffic) slow
down is something Texas cannot» afford,” Laney said.
TxDOT officials said the commissioners’ staff will rank die project for funds under the National Highway System Mobility category, which contains about $200 million and is up for consideration in August.
Commissioners said the project could be paid for with discretionary Strategic Priority Dollars, if it was denied national highway funds.
John Kelly, the San Antonio district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, said die commissioners' comments reveal the approval is imminent
Supporters who made the trip to Austin by charter bus included local businessmen, city and county officials and members of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m ready to jump for joy,” Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said. “That was most encouraging. Everybody’s really pleased.”
The project is still listed as Priority 2 since construction plans are still being developed for die highway’s overhaul from southern New Braunfels at Loop 337 to the northern end at FM 306.
This section was overlooked in IH-35 expansion projects to the North and South of New Braunfels, prompting
supporters to call the project, “The Missing Link.”
To illustrate their point, delegation members gave commission members and staff sausage links.
Randy Haugh, the chair of die chamber’s Transportation Committee, said the accident rate in the New Braunfels section of IH-35 is two and a half times greater than the 1994 statewide rate for an urban interstate.
If approved, the project would enhance plans to make IH-35 a superhighway for the North American Free Trade Agreement, increasing trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico.
To Germany, with love
Herakt-Z**uno photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Alloo Hernando! and Brand* DeStefano display tho quilt that WIN bo given to Breuntele, Germany, on Its 7B0th mnlvoroary. Tho qui UHE bo on deploy at tho ChainQor et Commwioo unMI tho and of Jana.
Local women put their hearts into quilt project
By DENISE DZIUK
The handwork of two local women will travel to Germany later this summer to be presented to the city of Braunfels at its 750th birthday celebration.
Susan Derkacz said die idea to sew a quilt with Brenda DeStefano came to her during the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial. She said they mentioned the idea to others and were taken up on the offer.
“The city of Braunfels gave New Braunfels a quilt for the sesquicentennial. I looked at Brenda and said ’wouldn’t that be great if we made one to give Braunfels at their celebration’,” said Derkacz.
DeStefano said they had patterns for five of the blocks. The remaining,
they designed. They presented the list of blocks to the Sesquicentennial Commission for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and the final ones were chosen.
“We came up with several landmarks that had to be in there, and then we added Texas items, like the yellow rose and the prickly pear,” said DeStefano.
The women began the quilt in September and finished it in May, putting in more than 500 hours of work on it. DeStefano said at the end, they were working 40 hours a week to make sure they finished it in time. The finished quilt includes landmarks such as the Comal County Courthouse, the Founders Monument, First Protestant Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and others. H also has several crests representing the heritage of
the people living in New Braunfels. The center is a star with a wreath around it.
“The blue around the center represents the rivers that flow through the town,” said DeStefano.
The quilt was sponsored by the chamber’s Sesquicentennial Commission and Mission Valley Textiles donated about half of the fabric used. The quilt will be on display at the Chamber of Commerce office until the end of June. Herb Skoog will then take the quilt to Braunfels, Germany with him, and present it to the city in honor of its 750th birthday. The women said making the quilt was fun.
However, they said it will be hard to see it go after all the hard work they put into it.
Program goes unused for four months
By ROGER CROTEAU
The funding is in place, the supplies are bought, the people are trained, and the room is ready, but it has sat empty for four months, just waiting for clients.
Family Outreach, a non-profit organization that works to prevent child abuse, has been trying to launch the For Kids’ Sake program since March. Every month, two of the four-hour seminars are scheduled, and every month they are both canceled for warn of dwEl The program parents
how to help their children get through a divorce. Parents, judges and die people who run the program in other counties agree that the program is needed and effective.
In many of those counties judges order parents to take the course as a routine part of divorce proceedings. But so far, the three district judges in this region have not referred any divorcing couples to the program.
The judges, Jack Robison, Charles Ramsay and Bill Bender, say they would probably take advantage of the For Kid’s Sake program, and they all agreed it sounds like something drat is needed.
But all three said they were not aware it is being offered hoe, and they want to know more about it before they order any couples to take the course.
Connie Feightner, a Family Outreach board member, who has helped coordinate the For Kids’ Sake program, said the judges were told of the program. “That’s unreal,” she said of the judges’ response. “I’ve spent a year getting this prepared. We’ve done two mailings of more than 200 letters each, and we’ve printed brochures.”
She said all three judges are on the mailing list.
We see this as a very needed service to the community.’
— Connie Feightner, Family Outreach
She said it is frustrating to have the program ready to go, but nobody to present it to. Feightner said as many as five people have signed up for the course, but that is not enough to cover expenses.
David Fiieaanhahn, preaiAwa of lira Family Outreach board of directors and vice-president of the Comal County Bar Association, said he has discussed the program with Bar Association members, and he expects the association to make a recommendation to the judges that the program be a mandatory part of divorce proceedings.
“It has been beneficial to every community it has ever been in,” Friesen-hahn said. “Hopefully we’ll get it up and running by the end of the summer. This is something that is going to build slowly. The lawyers and judges are going to have to get used to it It is not something that is going to happen overnight.”
“Anything that will help kids get through a divorce is something I would support,” said Bill Bender, judge of the 274th District Court. “I’d be very interested in that.”
“It sounds like it fills a need. I don’t know enugh about what it does to say if we’ll use it, but it is something they need to get in touch with us about,” said 274th District Judge Jack Robison.
Twenty-second District Court Judge Charles Ramsay was not available for comment, but his court reporter Gene
Turn to For Kkta’ SaIra, Page 2A
Tye Preston library lands grant
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New grant money awarded to the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Sattler will go to expand the library and improve its services, library board President Jim Campise said.
“It will go a long way in enabling us to continue with our building program,” Campise said.
This week the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Pedemales Electric Cooperative awarded the library an $18,700 grant.
For the past year, the Tye Preston Memorial Library Brick Parade has raised nearly $100,000 for a new 2,000-square-foot addition. The addition will house a meeting room, a study room, a work area and will expand the children’s area.
The grant money will be used to make the library more accessible to the handicapped.
“The fact is we will be able to expand the library and have more room for books, patrons and a meeting room, which we don’t have right now, and we will improve our children’s program,” Campise said.
Water main breaks on Comal Street
By ABE LEVY
Herald-Zettung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A Night In Casablanca
BHI and Jan Kotyto cut a rug Ilka Ginger Rodgara and Fred Altair® during Saturday night® Starlight Gala. Th# Gala featured a theme of "A night In Casablanca." In the foreground, playing th# piano, la Wlllford Weinhelmer.
A 12-inch main water line burst around midnight on Comal Street near Coll Street, sending a work crew scurrying to isolate and fix the break, a New Braunfels Utilities official said.
The leak was controlled in about two hours and was
caused by ground shifting, said Roger Biggers, assistant general manager for NBU.
“It’s nothing out of the ordinary. It costs us money and we lose water we’ve already treated but it doesn’t hurt our water supply,” Biggers said.
The work crew turned off the surrounding valves and used portable pumps and a backhoe to fix the leak, Biggers said.It’s important to follow the new water restrictions. See Opinion, Page 4A