New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Evelyn Charlene Weber Mershon
Evelyn ( harlene Weber Mershon, of New Braunfels, Tex., passed away June 27, 2011, at the age of 79, at home with family members and friends at her side.
Charlene was born in Memphis,
Tenn., on May 5, 1932, and was raised in Tulsa, Okla., by her parents Andrew and Iva (Hulsey) Weoer.
She was a graduate of daughter, sibling, wife,
motner, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.
She was a hunting and fishing enthusiast; Girl Scout Leader; avid gardener; camper; river canoer/rafter/tuber; breast cancer survivor and an American Cancer Society volunteer in the Reach to Recovery program.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers from Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, especially NaomiCollins, for their kind dedication to Charlene's comfort in her final weeks.
Heartfelt thanks and love to Marie Gilman Davis, R.N., close friend of the family, for her constant care and unwavering strength when it was most needed.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions be made to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, 611 N. Walnut, New Braunfels, 78130; or to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas TX 75265-0309.
A Celebration of Charlene's Life will be held at the Gruene Outpost River Lodge, 1273 River Terrace, in New Braunfels on Sunday, july 10, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
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Will Rogers High School in Tulsa and over the years enjoyed attending numerous reunion functions with the Class of 1950.
She was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Tulsa.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 38 years, Frank Allen Mershon, M.D., in 1990; sister, Suzanne Weber Hicks; and sister-in-law Margaret Mershon Bard.
Charlene is survived by her long-time companion Victor "Pete" Peters, of New Braunfels; daughter, Lynn Mershon Hefner, of New Braunfels; daughter and son-in-law, Allene and Clay Blaker, of Bocas del Toro, Panama; granddaughter and her husband, jacy and Roosvelt "Chom-bo" Diaz, of Panama; great-grandson Dylan Alexander Diaz Hefner, of Panama; sister, Kathleen Cook and her husband Wilson; sister,Carol Shrout, and her husband Mike; sister-in-law, Dorothy Mershon Bajak Armistead and her husband Gray; brother-in-law, Reg Hicks; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and Pete's family members Vic, jim, Sarah, Adrian, Sabrina, Victor and Ian.
Charlene will always be remembered as a loving person in every role:
Elwood H. Schubert
Elwood H. Schubert went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the 25th of June, 2011, at the age of 79.
He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
Visitation will be held from 1-2 pm at Goetz Memorial Chapel on Friday, July 1st, with funeral
services beginning at 2 pm. Interment will follow at Lone Oak Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the: Texas Agricultural Education and Heritage Center, "Big Red Barn" at 390 Cordova Rd, Seguin, TX 78155.
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Cemond 0. Ttich
Cemond O. Tuch, 90, of New Braunfels, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Sterling House.
He was bom to Alma Zimmermann Tuch and Christian Tuch in Gonzales, Texas on January 17, 1921.
He is survived by daughter, Linda "Lynn" Nordland and husband Larry of Lakemoor, ILL; grandsons, Robert Osborn, Dave Osborn and SSG Kevin Garcia; brother,
Kelly Tuch and wife Ernes-ta; sister, Alma Ruth Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife,
Anna McGreevy Tuch; step-son, Harold Osborn; sisters, Edna Williams, Hattie Muenchow, Veronie Erben and Violet Bulgerin; brothers, Ervin Tuch and Leonard Tuch.
A Memorial Service will
be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Zoeller Funeral Home with Reverend Don Somerville officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Red Cross.
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Smith will take seat on Comal school board
By WW Wright
Comal ISD trustees selected Stephen Smith from a pool of four candidates to fill their vacant board seat Tuesday night.
Smith, 54, is a certified public accountant who has lived in the district since 1994.
He was approved by a 5-1 vote, with trustee Carol Keller voting no.
"All four of them were outstanding candidates," CISD board president Frank Baker said. "Mr. Smith came across very well in the interview — he's a very dynamic person."
District 1 encompasses the area along Texas Hwy. 46 in southeast Comal County, with much of the district inside Guadalupe County. Blaine Best, Marcie Helmke and David Speare were the others in the running to fill the seat vacated by Carolyn Miller in April.
"Any one of the tour could nave filled the position," Baker said. "We were ecstatic to have four good applicants ... but Steve Smith rose to the top. He knows about schools already. I think he will rej resent District 1 very wel
Smith will officially join the board in July. He will serve out the remainder of Miller's term, which expires in May 2012.
Also Tuesday, board members heard a presentation from CISD transportation director Gus Rodriguez about possibly entering into a contract with San Anto-
nio-based Creer Advertising and Marketing to place advertisements on some or all of the district's 215 school buses.
The ads would be placed above or below the back rear windows of the buses, ranging in size from 7 feet by 1.5 feet to 7.5 feet by 2.5 feet. The district would reserve the right to approve any and all advertisements, and the numbers of buses displaying them.
"If there's an ad that's not appropriate, we're going to get the phone call," board member Carol Keller said. "Who makes the decision whether an ad is in a red, green or gray area? We will have cute little faces on those buses; I just want to make sure."
Rodriguez said the district would have final say, though vendors would target advertisements for spe-cific attendance zones. CISD has 145 bus routes, he said.
Vendors would pay up to $300 monthly for eacn ad, and CISD could make up to $376,000 a year by placing three advertisements on 100 buses.
"From what I've seen, I haven't like the apf>earance of them, but it's hard to pass up the money," trustee Bill Swint said.
Trustees will formally consider the contract during their July 13 meeting.
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Headin', Ritin’, and Ritalin
Most parents do not realize that there are no laboratory tests for ADHD; that this "diagnosis" is made purely on observation and is most often initiated by a teacher who is having difficulty controlling the behavior of a certain child. As a former classroom teacher, I am emphatic when I stress that this is NOT an attack on teachers; rather it is an observation. I've seen firsthand the effects drugs had on my young students and not "street drugs," but just the kind prescribed to them. These children need a different teaching method, which is difficult as schools demand obedience and conformity in most cases.
Rather than use the term ADHD, Dr. Breggin, in his studies on this phenomenon, called it DADD - Dad Attention Deficit Disorder.
He feels that a lack of parental attention and lack of discipline very often leads to the diagnosis of ADHD. I agree.
Other health professionals feel ADHD is caused by a lack of certain minerals and neurochemicals in the body. The late Dr. Robert Mendel-son, M.D., one of the most respected pediatricians in North America, and a self-proclaimed medical "heretic" once said that it is our perception which may
be at fault. "Is it the child who is hyperactive," he asked, "or is it that the average earthling is no longer excited about life?" Interesting thought!
To treat this "affliction" children are placed on the drug Ritalin, classed as a Class II narcotic. To bring this into perspective, Class I narcotics are those substances for which there is no legitimate use. Substances that even a licenced physician can't prescribe, eg., heroin, etc. Class II are those substances that are also addictive, but have limited medical value, eg., Ritalin, Cocaine, etc. Class III and IV are substances which have the potential for abuse, such as valium and other barbiturates.
Most parents may not realize that Ritalin is hignly addictive and is placed in the same class as Cocaine and opium. Ritalin is a psychotropic drug; it alters a
child's behavior and perception of the world. The purpose of this drug is to force the child to obey! I feel it robs children of their individuality and I wonder if we are not turning our children into robots! This drug is so popular that toddlers are the new market! As a matter of fact, other drug companies, in their quest for a share of the market, are now suggesting that children be placed on Prozac. This is not OK!
There have been few conclusive research studies done on the long-term effects of Ritalin. However, Johnson and Stewart found that: $3% of children had trouble with frequent lying, 60% of children were still overactive and rebellious, 59% had contact with police, 52% were destructive, 34% threatened to kill their parents and 1 5% contemplated suicide. Definitely not popular side-effects!
CISD expects to lose $6.9M in state funds
By WM Wright
Now that both houses of the Texas Legislature have decided the state's schools will lose $4 billion over the next two years, Comal ISD has revised its budget estimates — and the outlook is a lot cheerier than first thought.
Instead of a $17.9 million shortfall for 2011-12 alone, Superintendent Marc Walker said he now expects CISD will only lose about $6.9 million in each of the next two years. During CISD's hoard meet-ine Tuesday night, Walker advised trustees to start thinking about restoring items that were cut during earlier budget planning, along with avoiding using a huge chunk of tne district's fund balance.
Walker is recommending transferring an extra $1 million the district will receive from the state for additional student attendance, along with $2.6 million in Federal Education Jobs Funding, to the $56.3 million fund balance.
After proposing $11.1 million in budget cuts during the spring, Walker now wants to restore $4.3 million to "recapture" some of those items from the chopping block.
Other items he's considering is restoring $825,000 for teacher reserves, $1.072 million to purchase 10 new school buses, $800,000 for capital projects and $225,000 for on-campus Communities In Schools mentors at the eight neediest schools in the district.
"The things I added back in were ones we talked about as priorities to add back if we could," Walker told the board, listing technology, buses and capital maintenance expenditures as tops on his restoration list.
Walker is also proposing giving $750 in retention bonuses to 1,808 employees at a cost of $1.3 million.
School board members wondered about the wisdom of some of those ideas.
"I'm wondering what some of this would do to class sizes," board president Frank Baker said.
"I really thought some of these things were off the table," hoard vice president David Drastata said. "Clearly, there's a need to do that to some degree. But I want to make sure we protect the integrity of the classroom."
Walker said the expenditures were necessary, saying if they weren't made this year, they would have to be made anyway over the next few years.
In other action Tuesday, trustees:
• Recognized partners and sponsors with the Comal Education Foundation for their service during the 2010-11 school year.
• Recognized outstanding substitute teachers from 2010-11.
• Approved consent agenda items that included bids for auditing services and milk products; revisions to the student-parent handbook and student codes of conduct; and employment and stipend schedules for 2011-12.
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There has to be a better way!
Chiropractic: doctors have been successfully helping ADHD children for years.
We often find that an interference to the function of the nervous system, caused by a vertebral subluxation in the spine, is at the heart of the matter.
These vertebral subluxations are often the result of a difficult birth and interfere with normal nervous system function.
A vertebral subluxation is an irritant to the nervous system. It is similar to having a pebble placed in your shoe that you can't get rid of! Chiropractic care is directed at correcting these subluxations thereby making the child's nervous system function normally. It s that simple. If your child has been labelled ADHD or is in
the process of being labelled, my suggestion would be to consult a pediatric
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