New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Q U O T
"What Is the liberty of die press? Who can give it any definition which woald not leave the utmost latitude for evasion? I hold it to be impracticable.''
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Even Mondays are full at the Center
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Hold it for six months
Paries Dept, will save money, but six months is too long to wait for a restroom
The restroom at the Landa Park playground was 25 years old, in poor repair and did not meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act, so there is no question it needed replacing. The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department put the job out to bid. but the bids came back much higher than expected.
In an effort to save taxpayer money, the department decided to do most of the work in-house and hire contractors tor parts ot the job it could not do itself. The Parks Department should be commended for taking on a project that it did not have to do, but which will serve the public well.
However, the old restroom was knocked down more than two months ago, and all that has happened since is that the base material has been put down, and tested to ensure it is adaquately compacted, (it is). The foundation should be put down shortly.
In fact, the target date for completion of the project is mid- to late May. Five to six months is too long for the construction of a bathroom.
In the meantime, the busy playground is served by four plastic portable toilets, w hich are serviced twice a week.
Even in the winter the playground is crowded, especially on weekends and especially with the nice weather we have had lately. Last Sunday, a visitor could have seen several parents check out the toilets and not let their children use them.
The Parks and Recreation Department has several oilier projects it is working on, including rebuilding the Union Street tuber exit and cleaning up after this week s storm. There is no question that the department is filled with hard-working, capable employees.
The problem seems to have more to do with a lack of adequate resources to get the job done in a timely manner. As the weather gets warmer and the park gets more crowded, those four por-ta-potties will become less and less appealing. The city should make every effort to expedite the job.
(Today 's editorial was written by City Editor Ro^er Croteau.)
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Beware the Ides of March. It seems that this past week the weather has been most unpredictable, with rain, unusually cold temperatures, heavy fog and practically no sunshine. It reminds me of a poem I knew as a child—something about March winds bring April showers, which bring May flowers. Does anyone remember that? Anyway, I thought the groundhog saw his shadow this year— so much for that theory.
Very few people I talk with remember that income tax deadline used to be on March 15 instead of April 15.1 always think about that when income tax day rolls around, and then I remember that Caesar was not the only one who needed to beware of the Ides of March (April).
On this Monday night, March 6, even with dreary weather the Comal County Senior Center is full of light and sunshine. There is 6 pm team bridge going on with eight tables, and all those folks appear to be having a party and a fine time. Andy Czamy is that very capable leader and teacher. Andy has classes at the Center on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. New Braunfels must be the bridge capital of the world. Everybody plays bridge or is learning (o play. It is a challenging game, and it is extremely popular
with the Center groups.
This same night, the Line Dancers are working out and learning new routines. That music is quite lively and entertaining. Miriam Weiss is the talented organizer and director of those dancers and besides that, she volunteers to help with meal service on Thursdays. Now that is special and I promise we all appreciate that kind of help, especially Susan Adams.
Monday night is square dance night, too. That’s an active bunch—and their music, calls, and dancing fill the Center with gaiety and nostalgia.
Those are Monday night activities. We have other dances and music at different times of the month. Check your newsletter calendar for all those special events. Occasionally someone will just stop in and play the piano for awhile. We like that and would like to encourage anyone who wants to play or sing or entertain in any way to just come on in. We like it.
Now for a recurring theme. The Thrift Shop needs volunteers and merchandise. Anyone interested in helping out or donating some goodies to be sold, please contact the Center (629-4547) or the Thrift Shop (629-5441). We even do pick-ups and love the leftovers from garage sales, just remember the Senior Center when you are closing up or cleaning up.
It is time to mention what a terrific job Emily Riding is doing as our temporary Thrift Shop manager. As always, she is doing an excellent job and still
has time to “horse around” and be funny. Everyone has fun at our house—or at least they should. The’ potential is always there, and almost everyone is able to laugh at him or herself. That’s probably the "\ secret to the Center’s success.
Also...a new activity around the Center is a begin-; I ners oil painting group. Betty McDermott is the teacher and all her students think she is fantastic. Her class meets Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Betty is • a very talented artist and we are fortunate to have some of her paintings at the Center.
All you seniors who have longed to paint all your lives but didn’t have time—you need to come down and join. If enough people are interested we can start other such classes. Just let us know.
In the newsletter this month, I forgot to include the wish list. The Center would love to have two or three really good substantial card tables for the reception area. People like to gather there from time to time and play a friendly game or two of cards or just talk and drink coffee. The current card tables are pretty unstable and that just won’t do for our seniors.
I hope everyone survives the windy month of March and is looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day. Plan your St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the Center. Who knows...St. Patrick himself may show up.
(Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who w rites exclusively about senior citizens issues.)
Guard dogs protect sheep from wily coyotes
DENVER (AP) — The coyote, that scourge of the Western sheep grower, has written another page in the baltic of wits between man and predator.
Growing in number since anu-preda-tor poisons were outlawed 23 years, coyotes are working in groups of lour lo eight, deploying decoys lo lure away guard dogs while others move in on the flocks.
"Instead of one or two coyotes coming al the herd, you see one or two coyotes drawing off the guard dogs and the others come in to kill the sheep,” said Steve Raflopoulas of Craig, whose family runs one of Colorado’s largest sheep operations and whose losses to coyotes and other predators run well over $90,(11) a year
Although there has been no official population count on coyotes for more than 20 years, sheepmen's losses are climbing, officials said The latest stale figures, for 1990, pegged Colorado sheep losses to predators at $837,000.
“We are noticing where the dogs wa irk all night to protect the hand, the coyotes will come in the daytime while the dogs arc tired and trying to sleep,"
Today in history
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, March IO, the 69th day of 1995 There arc 296 days left in the year
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March IO, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made what was, in cheet, the first telephone call His assistant, in an adjoining room in Boston, heard Bell’s voice over the experimental device say. "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.”
On this date:
In 1496. Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola
Raflopoulas said. "It’s a whole different plan of action the coyotes arc using ."
Sheep growers depend more heavily on guard dogs.
Professor Bill Andclt, a predator specialist with Colorado State University’s Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, said a survey in 1986 showed 24 Colorado sheep producers using guard dogs Now, he said, IO times that number rely on guard dogs.
In Andelt’s 1993 survey, 96 percent of the sheep operators using guard dogs recommended their use to other sheep producers Guard dogs cost $700 or more each, the number used by sheep growers depends on what they can afford
Two damn sure helped us hut lour is twice as good and six is heller,'' said Randy Campbell, a sheep rancher and guard dog breeder in Eagle County. Campbell raises Akhash guard dogs.
Raflopoulas uses six or seven guard dogs per hand ol 900 to 1,000 sheep The coyote problem has accelerated
In 1629, England’s King Charles I dissolved Parliament, he did not call it back for 11 years
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was appointed minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin In 1848 the Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war with Mexico.
In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant became com mantic r of the Union armies in the Civil War
In 1880, the Sal vain rn Army arrived in the United States from England In 1894, New York Governor Roswell P. Rower signed the nation's first dog-licensing law The license fee
since poisons were outlawed and the price of coyote pelts plummeted from about $57 in the early 1980s to under 55 today, discouraging trappers and hunters
The federal Animal Damage Control Unit has been effective in trapping the worst coyote killers That agency’s budget is faced with downsizing along with demands from urban areas that dilute its ability to help stockmen.
About IO years ago. Colorado sheepmen began turning to guard dogs lo protect their flocks The Great Pyrenees breed was an early favorite but now many sheep growers prefer the white Akbash, which has been guarding sheep in Turkey since before the time of Christ John Jewell of Silt swears by the Akhash He also swears that the coyote population has doubled in his area He runs about 2.000 producing ewes and has about 3,000 lambs each May and June
"I lost 130 lambs last year... almost all to coyotes and a few to (mountain) lion.” Jewell said
He pastures his sheep up in the Flat
for a dog was two dollars, renewable each year for one dollar.
In 1948, the body of the anti-communist foreign minister of Czechoslovakia, Jan Masaryk, was found in the garden of C/cmm Palace in Prague.
In 1949, Mildred E Giltars, who'd made wartime broadcasts for the Nazis as “Axis Sally," was convicted in Washington, DC, of treason (She served 12 years in prison.)
In 1965, Ned Simon’s play "The Odd Couple," starring Waller Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Unger, opened on Broadway.
In 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tenn . to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (Ray
Tops Wilderness Arca during the summer. Last year, he lost 23 lambs out ol 1,600 to predators. Several years ago, he lost 250 head of sheep.
Jewell bought his Akbashes from Campbell and his wife Julie Hansmir<-“Our oldest dog is Abe. He’s 14 af 15 now, but he chased and caught a coyote the other day," Hansmire said.
The Akhash range in weight from 90 lo 140 pounds and stand 29 to 32 inches al the shoulder, she said. ‘They look somewhat like a Great Pyrenees but there is a greyhound influence with more of a slender build. I’ve seen them run and jump a 6-foot fence," she said J. Paul Brown, president of the Colorado Wool Growers Association, saki most of his peers do not want to eradicate the coyote, just to control the sheep killers. "Welfare coyotes," he calls them, because they are loo lazy to chase down swift jackrabbit.
“Coyotes do a lot of gotxl in killing prairie dogs and rabbits, and keeping those population down It’s those ones that like lamb chops — those are the ones we want to take care of." Brown said.
later repudiated that plea.)
In 1980, "Scarsdale Diet" author Dr. Herman Tarnowcr was shot to death in Purchase, N.Y (Jean Hams, convicted of murder, served nearly 12 years in prison before being released in January 1993.)
Ten years ago: Soviet leader Konstantin U Chernenko, at the Kremlin helm for just 13 months, died at age 73 (his death, however, was not announced until the next day).
Five years ago: Haitian ruler Ll General Prosper Avril resigned during a popular uprising against his military regime.