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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYNew Braunfels girls continue winning ways. See Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS Inside Editorial.................................4 Sports......................................5 Comics.........................................6 Market Place.............................7-10 Dear Abby....,.................................3 Stiimmlisch Birthday wlshas from tho Horahfrlaitungl The Afew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lydia Rake, Anne Miller, Sue Wittenbom, Courtney Parks (16 years old), Egon A Jarisch (93 years old), Oratta C. Del Los Santos (belated, Monday). Happy anniversary wishes go to. Jennifer and Chris Martinez (2 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold — unavailable Elm — unavailable Ash — unavailable Hackberry — unavailable Mutoerry — unavailable (Pdten mea mired in parte par cubic mater of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel ) River Information Comal River — 230 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We! — 624.12 feet above sea level, down .01. Canyon Dam discharge — 699 cfs Canyon Like inflow —437 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.66 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) NBU reports pumping 4.600 moon galore of surface water Monday, and 336.250 galoot of we! waler were used. The Special Education Parent Support Meeting of the Schertz-Cibolo-Uni versal City/Marion Cooperative will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Dobie Intermediate School Library. “How to Get What Your Child Needs at an ARD." Call (210) 945-6015 for information. Canc«rSoel«ty Starlight Gala kickoff Planning for the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant. Appetizers and drinks are provided. Put on your volunteer hat and join the fun. The Starlight Gala is the only local ACS fund-raiser every year benefiting Comal County cancer victims and their families. Call Gala Chairman Kathy McLeod at 606-4115 for more details. Toastmasters offers Spoechcraft course The New Braunfels Toastmasters Club will offer an eight-session Speechcraft course from 7 to 9 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning today, and from 8 a m. to 1 p.m. April 5. The sessions will be held at the Senior Citizens Center. The cost is $25. Call 625-6680 daytime or 625-2217 evenings for information. Quarts Coma Qarrtsn Club meeting The Guada Coma Garden I Club will meet at 2 p.m. today at | the home of Frances Tays. Lila Schoenfeld of Four Seasons I; Garden Club will speak on "The I Joy of Feathered Friends.1 Members are to bring a horti-| culture specimen fopMonburg Museum celebration on tap The Sophienburg Museum and Archives will celebrate anniversaries and honor volunteers 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Door prizes will be given. Cal 629-1572 for information. Council takes first step to enacting hunting policy City leaders give unanimous OK to 1st reading of ordinance By ABE LEW Staff Writer In a unanimous vote Monday, the New Braunfels City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit game hunting on IO acres or less inside the city. “I don’t think there will be any controversy over the ordinance,” said Mayor Jan Kennady. ’it’s for the health and safety of this community.” The topic arose in January amid discussions about managing an overabundance of deer that reportedly were causing traffic accidents and eating landscape vegetation. The City Council established an ad hoc deer management committee to study the deer problem but prohibited it from considering hunting with bows or firearms as a possible solution. The proposed ordinance would prohibit the use of firearms, bows, crossbows or “any other dangerous weapon" in game hunting, but allow archery and bow hunting on more than IO acres of land. The proposed ordinance would be consistent with Comal County’s policy of barring game hunting on land with IO acres or less and would assign a misdemeanor penalty with possible fines not to exceed $500. Currently, an ordinance prohibits the discharge of firearms within city limits but does not restrict the use of bows and arrows. In addition, state hunting laws restrict game hunting only to daytime hours, not to exceed 30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset. HUNTING ORDINANCE TIME LINE ■ 1988 - The City Council considered a proposal that would have included archery as a prohibited firearm inside the city limits. Archery eventually was omitted from the proposal. B 1992 - The council considered banning bow hunting with the exception of larger tracts of land or distance from certain property. The first reading died for lack of a motion. ■ Jan. 13 - The council estab lished an ad hoc deer management committee with the charge that it not consider bow hunting as an option. ■ Jan. 23 - The council asked the city attorney to study the issue of bow hunting and come up with a draft ordinance. ■ March 10 - The council approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting game hunting on 10 acres or less. Source: From staff reports Animal lovers Herald-Zaitunn photo by Michael Camail ra—on for they toko tim* to food tho Couple, park animals do breakfast 3 days a week By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The animals at Lamia Park know the sound of Norman and Agnes Krafts’ 1989 silver Oldsmobile when it arrives at about 8 a m. every Monday, Wednesday and Fnday. The park’s squirrels, geese, ducks and pigeons have been munching on com and acorns the retired couple have brought for the past four years. ‘it feds wonderful,” said Agnes Kraft, 74. “They are just begging and trying to tell me, i knew you’re not going to hurt me.’ You have to see it to believe when they’re all around you. It’s just a good feeling.” Other people feed the animals in the park but probably not as faithfully as the Krafts. Agnes, who has numerous pets at her home in New Braunfels, said she developed a love for animals while growing up on a farm in western Guadalupe County. While her husband had a fondness for the geese, she said her favonte was the squirrels. “I just love animals and try to take care of them, especially the squirrels," Agnes said. ‘They’re just the cutest dam things you’ve ever seen.” The couple buys 100-pound bags of com that last about two weeks. Agnes said she began feeding the animals to keep them from starving. “They need to be fed," she said. “They can’t apply for food stamps. There aren’t many acorns in the park ” Agnes also said she was saddened by people who enter the park, beat the animals and throw rocks at them, which happens during the influx of tourists during the summer. “I’m just dreading summer when (the beatings) start all over,” she said. Uther people in the park recognize the Kraits too. Angela Thomas watches the Krafts make their rounds in the park on her daily route to take her three children to school in the mornings. Thomas said Norman Kraft draws a crowd of ducks and geese when he bangs his bucket of food. Thomas said the Krafts call the animals their “babies" as they faithfully feed them as volunteers. "They do it out of the goodness of their heart,” Thomas said. “I just think it’s a neat thing that they’re doing this. It’s so heart wanning. I just sit there and watch them talk to them like they were their own.” Vet transportation plan likely to be tabled again By DENAE DZIUK Staff Writer IF YOU RE GOING Although it is once again on the agenda, the Comal County Commissioners Court is expected to postpone approving the procedures and contract for transportation of veterans to medical facilities at its regular meeting Thursday. County Judge Carter Casteel said the last time the issue came before the court, she tabled it for two weeks to give the staff time to work out lunks rn the contract. "They had a few things to straighten out, so we'll see if they’re ready to move forward now,” Casteel said. Casteel said this morning that the item will once again be tabled because “it’s not leady.” She said the items will be placed on next week’s agenda, id which County commissioners meeting Whsrsi Commissioners Courtroom, Comal County Courthouse Annex. 150 N Seguin, third floor Thursday, 8 15 a rn time the court should be ready to act. “The veterans have been talking about trying to get a van tor more than a year now,” van committe chairman Ray Robinson said. "The only thing that’s holding us back now is the contract, but we’re still on schedule for an April startup, I think.” Under the proposed contract, the services would complement existing ser vices available. The senior citizen van would be used on the days it goes to San Antonio, lf there are five or fewer riders, the existing ACT system would be used at $12 per person. On days when the senior center van is not available or more than five veterans need transportation, an ACT van would transport them. A trip to San Antonio would cost $70 and a trip to Kerrville $ I CK), regardless of the number or riders. Those veterans able to pay would be charged $5 a ride. Casteel said the ACT van would be available beginning April I, but veterans can already access services. Veterans have said the existing systems were helpful, but they needed transportation available five days a week at little or no cost to them. They have said the current proposal is a move in the nght direction. "The only thing I’m opposed to is the $5 charge for some veterans, but at least we’re getting a van now,” Robinson said. Robinson said he was hopeful that the details could be worked out prior to Thursday’s meeting, and several veterans will be on hand for the discussion. In other business, the court will receive a presentation from TexPool representatives regarding general investment information and general service information. C oncerns about poor (tool management prompted the county to pull $7 million out of TexPool in 1994. Casteel told the court last week that some of those issues may have been addressed, and it might be time for the county to reconsider investing in the pool. Producers now have choice FSA office closing means using San Marcos, other branch By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The local Farm Service Agency closed its doors last week, and area producers will now have to work through the San Marcos branch or find another office to serve their needs. Rick Neffendorf, executive director of the new Hays/Comal FSA office, said budgetary constraints resulted in the Comal FSA office closing last week and the Comal and I lays county offices consolidation. He said the new office in San Marcos would be more cost effective. "We have all the information and records here now,” Neffendorf said. "We have to pay rent on the Comal County office the rest of the month, but it’s basically closed.” Producers who were previously served through the local office will now have a choice to make. Neffendorf said his office had all the records on the vanous operations, and could continue to serve the producers. However, producers will also have the option of selecting an office in an adjacent county if it is more convenient for the producer. ‘They can have their farm records transferred,’’ Neffendorf said. Producers wishing to have their farms managed out of an alternative office will have until Nov. I to make the request. The request, which should include an explanation of why it will be more convenient, will be presented to a county committee for approval. This is a one-time choice for producers affected by the consolidation. Neffendorf said the closure of the local cilice should not have any impact on the services the agency provides to local producers. He said his staff will continue to provide the same services, and will strive to minimize any inconvenience the consolidation may cause “There should be no change in anything other than where we’re located,” Neffendorf said. NEW FSA OFFICE Location: 501 Broadway, San Marcos, Texas, 78666 Telephone number (512) 392 3202 Staff: Executive Director Rick Neffendorf and program assistants Gretchen Schnautz and Ann Molk Deadline for affected producers to ask for an alternative FSA: Nov 1 How to apply for transfer: Contact the San Marcos office Vol. 145, No. 84 ti____BJSHerald 20332 MOO? 10/22/99    7V SQ-W E S T ll IC R 0 FT JBL. IS HIN G 2627 E YANDELL DK EL PASO, TX 799OSIO pages in one section ■ Tuesday, March 11,1997    Serving    Comal    County    and    surrounding    areas    for    more    than    145 years ■ Home of Lydia Baka Enough Kudos to go around. Page 4 ;