New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, June 28.1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 3
Pricilla Torres, Rana Reiber and Anita Hernandez.
Communities in Schools adds new workers
Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools (GNBCIS) has added three new resources to enhance their program on the nine existing CIS campuses.
Rana Reiber, R.N., is the newest member of the team. Her addition was made possible with an award from the Community Development Block Grant program of the city of New Braunfels. Rana will conduct classes for students and parents on various hygiene, nutrition, safety, and medical issues at the schools and other community locations. Her main focus, however, will be making home visits to the families for
one-on-one advice, instruction and assistance. Rana is housed in an office at Goodwin Primary School.
In addition, GNBCIS has a repositioned staff person from the Texas Employment Commission, Priscilla Torres. Priscilla works with parents in helping them obtain work and also works with the students in pre-employment training. Priscilla’s office is at the new TEC location in the Courtyard Shopping Center.
Our third resource person is Anita Hernandez, a repositioned staff person from the Texas Department of Human Services. Anita implements
the JOBS program by working with the parents and older siblings of CIS students who are in need of the basic services in order to enter the job market. Anita is housed at Lone Star Primary School.
Communities in Schools is an m-school multi-disciplinary approach to increasing each participant’s chance of being successful in school by facilitating the coordinated delivery of health and social services on school campuses for young people and their families.
Rent help available for low income residents
The New Braunfels Housing Authority has announced that it has received a $400,000 rental assistance grant and is taking applications from low-income individuals and households who need assistance with their rent.
These funds will supply rental assistance for units that are privately owned, so either the actual very low-income tenant can apply for the assistance or the owner of the unit can inquire about the program, if he or she thinks the renter might qualify for the aid. The units must pass a basic housing quality standards inspection.
Persons needing information about the program or wanting to apply for assistance should come by the main office of the Housing Authority at 300 Laurel Lane (Laurel Plaza Apartments) between I and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and allow about 20 minutes to complete the application process.
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Horse owners should take care when buying hay
By Joe Taylor
County Extension Agent
With hay season approaching, horse owners should take time to prepare for and purchase hay, said Dr. Doug Householder, horse specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
“One of the most important nutritional decisions a horse owner makes is what kind of forage to feed his horses,” he said.
Householder encouraged horse owners to “become hay judges.” Information, such as the Extension publication “Hay Judging Guidelines,” may be obtained from the county Extension office. Horse owners also should obtaip the names of knowledgeable hay growers. Such growers produce hay under optimum conditions and may offer a buyer’s guarantee if the hay does not perform as well as promised.
Knowledgeable My growers also are aware of problems such as blister beetles in alfalfa hay, and strive to produce beetle-free alfalfa. “Alfalfa baled before mid-June and after mid-August will have a lesser likelihood of containing blister beetles,” he said.
Horse owners must first consider the class of horses being fed when purchasing hay. Depending on the class, grass hay alfalfa hay or a combination, should be purchased. Hay should be purchased in season and in bulk to get the best price. Owners should consider leasing or building a hay storage
facility in order to purchase hay by the ton, rather than by the bale. Purchasing hay in season eliminates extra costs as it can be loaded onto trucks and sold directly to horse owners. “Double-handled” hay, or hay that is stored and out of season, always costs IO to 20 percent more than hay purchased in season.
Hay should always be ordered with the “right of refusal,” and the MTLFC test should be used to ensure hay is satisfactory, foe said.
“M” stands for maturity. Buyers should look for young plants with short stems and no blooms or seed heads.
“T” is for texture. Small, pliable stems are the most desirable.
“L” is for leafiness, with leaves being the primary indicator of nutrient value. (“More than half of the energy and two-thirds of the protein in plants is found in the leaves. The more leaves
you have, the better,” Dr. Householder said.)
“F” stands for freedom from material such as manure, mold and weeds. (“If hay doesn’t smell fragrant and appetizing, don’t buy it,” he warned.)
“C” is for color, the least important of the five criteria. The ideal color for hay is bright green.
Hay should not be purchased if it does not pass the MTLFC test to the satisfaction of the buyer. The only sure method of learning hay’s true nutrients is forage testing. Guidelines for such testing may be obtained from county Extension agents or feed company technical representatives.
“Quality hay improves horse performance, decreases digestive disorders and ultimately lowers feeding costs for horse owners,” Dr. Householder said.
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