New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, March 7,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JACKSON NIES
Vol. 144, No. 83
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mike Welsch, Erica Ranee Leal (five years), Anita Leal Rios, Tomas Acevedo, and Tammy Barber.
Mold — 2,040 Elm —10 Cedar — trace Ash — 68 Mulberry — 6 Hackberry — 24 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 246 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.29 feet above sea level, up .04
By DENISE DZIUK
Alzheimer’s Support Group to meet
The Alzheimer's Support Group meets at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 7 at Colonial Manor Care Center.
Christian Women’s Club to hold luncheon
The Christian Women's Club will hold a luncheon Tuesday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn for $7. Speakers: Carol Johnson and Renee Counch on 'Updating Your Home on a Budget';
Becky Voges on 'Uplifting I Your Spirit With Song'; and Jan Thurner on Unleashing Joyfully the Reins of Your Life. Reservations needed by March 8. Call Jan at 899-2277. Free nursery, call 935-4337.
Circus is heading to Seguin
The Guadalupe County Republicans will sponsor performances by the King Royal Brothers Circus Friday, March 8 in Seguin, across from the Department of Public Safety Office at the Highway 123 Bypass and Kingsbury Street.
Advance discounted tickets can be obtained by calling 303-7371. Tickets at the door will cost more, and seating may be subject to ticket availability.
Lioness Club to meet
The New Braunfels Lioness Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Ryan's Steakhouse Restaurant. Joyce Billingsley will provide an entertaining-book review. Members should bring their completed questionnaires.
Lake Dunlap Property Owners meeting
The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association annual general membership meeting and election of officers will be held at Riverbend Park at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15.
Friends of tho Library
to sort books
The Friends of the Library will meet to sort books Tues-day, March 12 at 9 a.m.
The new address is 1375 Wald Road, at AAA Storage.
The winning numbers
The New Braunfels Independent School District is considering hiring an outside company to evaluate how well-the district is meeting the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and make recommendations for improvements.
Flo Pacharzina, NBISD Director of Personnel Services, said a representative of an Austin-based Company addressed the district’s trustees, telling them what he could do for the district in helping review ADA requirements. Pacharzina said the company would look at personnel policies, personnel practices, and existing facilities to determine if the district meets ADA requirements.
“What we will do is to decide if we want this person and his company to evaluate our policies and practices for ADA requirements,” said Pacharzi-
Community to pitch in to build playground
By DENISE DZIUK
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Cold front blows in
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The wind blows a trash bag out of its can at Landa Park yesterday, when a cold front blew through the county. The front drove temperatures down below freezing last night, and with the gusting winds, the wind chill dropped Into the teens. The cold front is expected to stay through Sunday, with lows expected in the 30s and highs in the 40s and 50s. There is no rain in the forecast.
Pacharzina said buildings under construction have already been reviewed. However, she said, it may be necessary to have a review of existing buildings. She said the review of the buildings would include checking on things such as accessibility. Review of policies and practices would concentrate on issues such as treatment of people with disabilities, she said.
Pacharzina said after the evaluation, the company will develop a list of strengths and weaknesses and a plan for implementation.
This plan will include recommendations and a timeline for completing the various projects.
She said the district already has a “loose plan” in place, but a firmer one may be needed.
“It will tell us what needs to be done and what should be done first,” she said.
The topic was a report item on Tuesday’s agenda.
Pacharzina said it may be on the next agenda if this is something the board is interested in and wants to dis-
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Being a Lower Colorado River Authority customer has its rewards — like a free 386 personal computer. The LCRA has been “recycling” computers for about a year.
“Every time we upgrade a system at LCRA, we will recycle that computer into our area,” said Cynthia Espinoza, LCRA regional representative.
Since the city of New Braunfels is a New Braunfels Utilities customer, and NBU is an LCRA customer, the city is qualified to benefit from LCRA programs, Espinoza said. “We are partners with NBU and that’s how the city got this opportunity," she said.
The New Braunfels Police Department will use the computer, said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. The computer comes complete with monitor, keyboard and software.
“It is in working condition and is intended to assist the NBPD with com-
Herald-Zeitung photo bv MICHAEL DARNALL
Mayor Paul Fraser and Cynthia Espinoza, LCRA regional representative, check out the IBM computer the LCRA gave to the New Braunfels police.
munity-related programs,” says puter it agreed to help educate the com-LCRA’s contract with the city, lf the city wants to upgrade later, Espinoza said, it will be much less expensive than buying a whole new computer.
When the city accepted the com
munity about energy and conservation issues.
“The whole idea, really, is to just try to be good community partners,” Espinoza said.
Parents will have an opportunity to volunteer time and energy on Saturday to held build a new playscape at Comal Elementary School, in what is being called a “total school project” involving students, teachers, and parents.
Joe McElroy, physical education teacher at Comal Elementary, said parents will be getting together at the Comal Elementary playground at about 7 a.m. on Saturday. He said these parents will help install an addition to the playground. “We have equipment for the older kids, but we needed more for the younger ones. We just needed more,” he said.
McElroy said the addition will include a playscape, a “safari car”, and two learning modules. The funds for the new equipment were raised by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization through their Halloween Carnival and the Christmas Wrapping Paper projects.
“It’s a cooperative effort between students and teachers, who raised the money, and parents and the community,” said McElroy.
McElroy said part of that community involvement is coming from the generosity of various companies. He said Ingram ReadyMix is supplying all the concrete for the project, H-E-B is providing refreshments, a Garden Ridge restaurant will provide tacos, and McCoy’s will help with materials and supplies.
"They're going to be a big help, and we appreciate it," he said.
The work will begin around 7 a.m. so the concrete can be poured by 11:30 a.m. He said the entire project should be completed by about I or 2 p.m. McElroy said it is expected that at least 20 workers will attend.
“We have a crew of fathers that are always here, and will be Saturday. New parents in the district will come,” said McElroy.
Anyone who wants to help is invited to show up Saturday morning ready to pitch in.
Project KISS keeps plugging away toward $200
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Est. $12 million jackpot
Despite an ice storm that forced its postponement, the third annual Project KISS Valentine Ball was able to raise $ 1,200 for the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center.
Project KISS Chairwoman Trish Wyatt said 50 people attended the event, which was held at the Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club on Feb. 24. The ball was originally scheduled for Feb. 3, but the big ice storm, which froze the area, forced its postponement. The goal of the ball was to raise $10,000, but considering the factors with the weather and the date change, Wyatt was happy with the results.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Wyatt said. “There has never been a place where I have lived that has gotten behind a project like this one. Kids, businesses and churches have all participated in it.”
Sandee Fabling of Hill Country Chiropractic in Sattler, one of the hosts
for the Valentine Ball, said the event showed that the entire Canyon Lake community truly supports the project.
“People from other parts of the community, not just the young kids and the families, are getting involved,” Fabling said about the three year project which has raised $60,000 of the $200,000 needed for the youth center which is planned to be built in Guadalupe Park near Canyon Dam. “Our fund-raiser was successful because we had a lot of fun and we had a whole different crowd — more senior citizens — come to the ball. There is new excitement in the project."
Fabling said that when the community youth center is completed it will fill a void for a place for children to go in the Canyon Lake area.
“We are seeing a rise in youth crime in the community,” Fabling said referring to recent burglaries and the killing of a family’s prized steer. “The fact is we need to have our children in a place
which has a supervised, structured and safe environment. That is very important.”
The purpose of the community youth center will not only be to serve the needs of young people but the whole community at large, Fabling said.
"The center could probably help the CISD (Comal Independent School District) have its community education classes here,” Fabling said.
Linda Caldwell, Project KISS Valentine Ball Chairwoman and owner of Shear Success, said the support businesses have been giving to Project KISS is amazing.
“The businesses (in the Canyon Lake area) keep giving and participating, Caldwell said.
Fabling agreed with Caldwell’s compliment.
“They have gone out of their way by donating door prizes and other items,’
In addition to Shear Success and Hill Country Chiropractic, Brenda
Herald-Zeitung photo by DAVID DEKUNDER Trish Wyatt, chairwoman of Project KISS, receives a $1.200 checkfrom Linda Caldwell, chairwoman of the Project KISS Valentine Ball, an Sandee Fabling. The check is for money raised from the ball.
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one of the hosts for the ball.
Fabling’s hope is that the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center will help young people reach for
“I hope the center can help shape their careers and potential goals, not only during fun time, but tor their future,” Fabling said.
Masons give awards
Leman Sawyer, worshipful master of the New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109, presents Lamar Medals to Ronald Schwab, outstanding student from New Braunfels High School; Russel Lackey, outstanding teacher from New Braunfels High School; Troy Burch, outstanding teacher from Canyon High School; and Kevin Hargrove, outstanding student from Canyon High School. The awards were presented at a ceremony T uesday night.
Benefit set Saturday at Watering Hole for family of Michael Cowlter
A benefit for an educational fund for the children of Michael E. Cowltei will be held March 9 from 2 p.m. to 9 p m. at the Watering Hole at 1319 Old McQueeney Road.
Baibecue plates will be served from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A live auction will be held thorughout the evening.
Cowlter passed away Jan. 17 from cancer. His wife and two children were left with no life insurance. Cowlter was
a 1974 graduate of New Braunfels High School. His wife, Joella (Wideman) was a 1975 graduate of NBHS.
His children. Michael ll, and Elizabeth Dawn are in their senior and freshman years at LaVemia High School, and Michael is planning on attending college in the fall.
For more information, or to make a donation, call Betty Becka at 609-0127 or Arthur Bnnkkoeter at 629-3788.Supreme Court gives states sweeping power to take property. See Opinion, Page 4