New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from th# H#rald-Z#itung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Angelito Vela, Andrew Jaroszewski, Clobie Cays©, Jon David Gonzales, Glenn Mack, Sr., Thomas Godley (belated), Marsha Caballero, Renee Erben.
Happy Anniversary to Pete A Ginger Rosales.
Tonight, clear and cold. Low in the middle 30s. Light and variable wind. Thursday, sunny High in the middle 60s Southeast wind near 10 mph.
Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale
As part of the 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a rn at the New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21 The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and planned by the Founders' Day Religious Activities Committee The city-wide ecumenical event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21. 1845 Internationally known author-pastor Dr Bruce Larson will be the keynote speaker Tickets are $10 per person and are on sale at the Chamber. Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church,
St Paul Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385
Parenting With Intimacy sat for March 11 at FPC
New Braunfels area churches. in cooperation with the Center for Marriage & Family Intimacy in Austin, will present 'Parenting With Intimacy.' at First Protestant Church, located at 172 W Coll Street in New Braunfels.
The 0 30 a rn - 4.30 p m seminar is set for Saturday, March 11 The seminar will be led by Dr Paul Warren and Tern Ferguson of the Center for Marriage & Fam ily Intimacy Subjects to be explored include making good families better, preparation for parenting challenges, and providing hope and healing to hurting relationships
Registration is $30 per person and can be done at the FPC office or at any local church office
Call 1-800-881-8008 for more information
Senior Citizens Center plans April fashion show
The Comal County Senior Citizens Center will host a fashion show and luncheon on April 6 at 11:30 a rn Cost will be $8 per person Tickets are available at the center, located at 655 Landa St in New Braunfels
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Discus accident was rare, statistics show
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHARL DARNALL
Accident on 1-35
Debra Dawkins of San Antonio, driving a 1992 Nissan, crashed into a curb on 1-35 after being distracted in her car. Her car, after crashing into the curb, flipped three times in the median between the interstate and the service road. Dawkins, an eight-year-old girl and another passenger, Anita Miller, also of San Antonio, were injured in the accident and were treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
An accident at a county track meet last week was apparently a rarity, according to what little statistics arc available.
A local man, Hector Aguirre, was struck by a discus during a track meet at Smithson Valley High School. He was still listed in critical condition Tuesday at Brooke Army Medical Center although BAMC personnel would not confirm his condition early Wednesday.
Aguirre, the father of one of the participants, was apparently watching the competition when he was hit with the discus. According to witnesses, the discus traveled about IOO feet from the circle launching pad, and flew off course into the area where spectators arc allowed.
“I’ve been in education 44 years and I’ve never heard of it," said SVHS Principal Joe Rogers.
The University Interscholastic League, the governing body for state high school sports, keeps statistics on football injuries but not other sports.
Dr. Fred Mueller of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill docs keep statistics on what is termed “serious” or even “catastrophic" injunes related to discus, shot put and javelin for the National Federation of State Associations.
In the period from 1982-93, Dr. Mueller said he had recorded six of these type accidents related to those events, in high school competition across the United States.
“It’s pretty rare," said UIL Athletic Director Charles Breithaupt. who said a spectator was killed several years ago from a javelin “That’s w hy we don’t have javelin anymore (in high school).”
Breithaupt said the discus was more dangerous than the shot put.
“The shot put is not as bad because it doesn’t slip out of your hand as much,” he said.
The UIL requires only that a cage be installed behind and partially to the side of the circle. Tile in-bounds portion follows oui of the circle, two lines projecting at a 60-degree
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Joey Garza, a senior at NBHS, throws from a discus ring.
angle from the center.
Suggested specifications for the cage call for a height of 10-12 feet with a 20-24-foot opening although the UIL states “due to the nature of the event, it does not assure the safety of the aforementioned event.”
Aguirre, however, was apparently not standing near the more dangerous area near the opening of the circle, but down the lines some IOO feet, and where he was supposed to be.
“It is recommended that all throwing areas be roped and flagged to ensure the safety of spectators and athletes," the UIL booklet states, which CISD officials say they did.
“Mr. Aguirre’s health, that is our first and foremost concern,” said SVHS Athletic Director Larry Hill. “We just feel temble that it happened."
The discus weighs just more than three pounds and has a diameter of about eight inches in high school boys competition. It is thrown from a circle, most commonly by spinning the body several times, thereby gaining momentum before the toss.
Area students taking TA AS tests this week
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Students this week are in the process of TA AS tests, the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills testing program that each student in Texas public schools must take
The TA AS tests are especially important for students in high school who must pass each of the three parts, writing, reading ami mathematics, in order to graduate. But students do have a total of seven chances from the time they are sophomores to pass the TA AS exit level tests.
Most of this week’s testing focused on exit level
tests for high school students, although fourth and eighth graders did take writing tests. The majority of testing for grades 3-8 will come in early May.
School officials realize the importance of these tests. A school’s accreditation and some of its funding are based in large part on the results. After years of changing both the actual test and time of year it is taken, the state finally settled on spring testing for all grades
Schools are r ot supposed to instruct students on how to take the TA AS, it is supposed test skills learned through regular classes.
“The individual districts will usually have some sort of general test-taking skills,” said Brenda Kohn,
who monitors the TA AS testing for the CISD "...They (students) do learn some test-taking strategies"
Kohn said although they cannot teach the test, they can help students with things that apply to any test, such as the SAT or ACT, tests needed to gain entrance to most colleges
"They learn how to read carefully, how to move along steadily through the test." said Kohn of a few examples.
She said parents could play the most important role by helping their children to "take the test seriously." She advised that children get a good night s sleep and have a good meal before the tests.
Children’s Museum seeks artifacts for display this month
The Children's Museum in New Braunfels would like to have early New Braunfels artifacts to be displayed dunng its Sesquicentennial exhibit March 15 to Aug. 31.
The museum will accept loan items for display only, hut some items are needed for hands on use. Items may he replicas of actual historical items such as butter chums, butter molds, school bells, old tools, stoves, slates, maps, books, lamps, clothing — anything that early settlers would have used in every day life.
Call 620-0939 if you can help.
Bunton pushes harder to find a solution to aquifer dispute
A federal judge presiding over a lawsuit involving the Edwards Aquifer has promised to invoke all manner of legal weapons at his disposal, which could lead to water rationing here and in South Texas as early as this summer.
To make up for the area’s lack of a water plan, U.S. Senior District Judge Lucius Bunton III on Monday threatened to revive a controversial ruling that the aquifer is an underground river and thus can be regulated.
Bunton could order the state to institute a pumping plan, which could
restrict farmers’ and ranchers’ use of the aquifer, which is San Antonio’s sole water source.
Bunton, presiding in the Sierra Club’s 4-year-old Endangered Species Act lawsuit, also came down hard on local political factions that have fought plans to limit pumping.
He called the concept of injecting water into Comal and San Marcos springs to produce artificially high spring flows “wasting time and money” and categorized as “inadequate’’ a three way agreement between the Edwards,
Medina and Uvalde underground water districts.
Bunton wants the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U S. Department of Agnculture to compile lists of applicable programs and funds “to report on the extent to which federal taxpayer dollars are subsidizing the pumping that causes this crisis"
He also ordered court monitor Joe Moore to modify by March 31 a plan that could cut San Antonio’s w ater 40 percent if the spnng levels drop significantly.
KGNB to be back on the air today,
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
KGNB-FM radio should be hack on the air today. Monday night’s storm knocked the FM station off the air, said General Manager Hal Wisted. KGNB was still not broadcasting at press time
“The lightning apparently struck the tower just after midnight,” said Wisted, “it did a lot of damage to our FM transmitting equipment.”
KNBT-AM was not affected by the storm, said Wisted.
The :4orm did cause fireworks — literally — at the studio on Loop 337.
Power lines near the radio station were installed too close together, said Wisted.
“When the lightning hit, the lines hit each other and we had fireballs in the sky ” he said.
When lightning hit the KGNB transmining tower it blew out a crucial part called an emitter “The pan that was damaged you would equate to the engine of a car,” said Wisted
Churches, groups combining to support parenting workshop at FPC Saturday
By MARK LYON
A movement toward helping C omal County area families become closer and stronger has begun and will culminate Saturday with a “Parenting With Intimacy" seminar, set for 8:30 a m. at f irst Protestant Church.
What brings even more uniqueness to this seminar is the collaborative effort to support it by a wide variety of New Braunfels churches, spanning several denominations. In addition, the New Braunfels city council has stepped in to back the effort by proclaiming
this as "Family Week" in the city.
Also included among supporters is New Braunfels ISD administrators, New Braunfels Christian Academy, several local doctors and city council member Brenda Freeman
"This represents a number of churches of all denominations and other groups coming together to help a common problem," said Pastor Ray Still ofOakwood Baptist Church. "It is time to start focusing on things we have a common interest in. lf we don't - if we continue to do what we've been doing, we'll keep getting what we're
Local pastors don't look at the one-day, eight-hour workshop as a simple solution for the many complex problems which plague many family units However, they do believe it will lead to further success.
"It is a seminar to give some initial guidance," said Pastor Dennis Gallaher of Freedom Fellowship Church. "It is just a first step. We want more and more churches to use these materials (Center for Marriage & Family Intimacy of Austin). This is a real community effort to do something now to
help families in trouble "
"There's a lot of parenting seminars out there and they are good," said Pastor Judith Miller of St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels. "It is time to take a stand. What we've been doing hasn't been working."
"The marriage seminar was so helpful, it was practical," said Pastor Scott Tjernagel of Mission Valley Bible Church of New Braunfels. "It worked and it was worth taking the next step the Parenting With intimacy seminar."
The seminar is designed to help parents become more effective and more
loving parents, receiving more positive response and results from children It is also designed to help parents meet the needs of their children "Hurting" relationships between parents and their children are also addressed, with healing being the primary concept.
Enrollment for the Saturday seminar is still under way. Those wishing to enroll can do so through their church or by contacting First Protestant C hurch in New Braunfels (172 W Coll St.) Cost is $30 per person. Walk-ins are welcome also For more information about the program, call 1-800-881-8008Call 625-9144 for subscription, news or advertising information