New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, March 28,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ELAINE SCHMIDT
Vol. 144, No. 98
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Linda Caddell, Joy Cadded, Elrine Schmidt, Megan Gonzales, Isabel Luna and Mary Lee Hall.
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Mold —490 Ash —0 Mulberry —0 Oak— 0 Sycamore — 0 Hackberry — 0 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 238 cubic feet per second, up 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.19 feet above sea level, up .04.
Get your kids fingerprinted
Parents can get their children photographed and fingerprinted at K-Mart this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This information can be critical in the event a child is abducted. The service is free of charge. All children are required to submit a parent permission slip in order to be fingerprinted. The event is sponsored by K-Mart and the Independent Order of Foresters.
Protectors of tho power plant to get organized
An organizational meeting of the LORA Power Plant Protectors will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at the Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa Street. Everyone interested in preserving the LCRA building is invited. For information, call Betty Lou Rushing at 625-6362.
Girl Scout Spring Fling Sunday
The New Braunfels Girl Scouts will have a mother/daughter fashion show Sunday. March 31 from 1:30 p m to 3:30 p.m. The theme will be ’Spring Fashions on Parade.’ The event will be in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church. All Girl Scouts and the mothers are invited. For information, call Sherryl Gerke at 620-7275 or Jackie Hungerford at 629-3811.
Tho Choice’ to be performed Sunday
First Baptist Church invites the public to an Easter drama and musical presentation,
’The Choice," Sunday, March 31. and April 2 and 3 at 7 p m each night. Admission free.
Bike-a-thon set for Saturday
A Bike-a-thon Road Safety event, sponsored by VFW Post #11050 and auxiliary and the New Braunfels Police Department, will be held at the National Guard Armorny parking lot starting at 10 a m. Saturday, March 30. Refreshments served after the events
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Senior Citizens’ Center to bum mortgage; already planning expansion
'Horizons '96 - The Flaces We Cell Home
A Supplement to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
By MELANIE GERIK
A pancake-and-sausage brunch will celebrate the burning of the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Center's mortgage Saturday. Board member Al Bickham, who is coordinating the brunch, said he expects more than 200 people to attend the brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the center’s main auditorium.
In 1990, the Senior Citizens’ Foundation borrowed $78,750 to supplement more than $300,000 in donations to purchase the shopping center area at 655 Landa Street, said Marie Dawson, the foundation’s president.
The note was refinanced to $ 120,000
in 1992 to pay for more renovations, including the addition of a swimming pool.
Dawson said the center paid more money than the scheduled payments during the past few years.
The center is planning to add 6,600 square feet to its facilities.
“It seemed like a practical thing to pay off the note before we start our new phase,” Dawson said.
Before moving to the Landa location in 1991, Dawson said the center, with IOO members, was located in a small building which was “little more than one room.” Today, the center boasts more than 3,000 members and has outgrown its
The expansion includes adding a professional kitchen to cook meals for home delivery and for seniors at the center and doubling the size of the thrift shop.
“We are going to be able to handle furniture and large appliances,” Dawson said.
Along with membership dues and donations, Dawson said the center is financed by the thrift shop’s profits.
“Our thrift shop is our financial mainstay,” Dawson said.
Funds raised from Saturday’s brunch will be used for the expansion. Costs for the meal are $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for children 12 and under.
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S Tuesday Fischer, Canyon Lake, Spring
Branch, Crane’s Mill
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Sunday— Citizen of tile Year, Unsung Heroes
Austin-SA rail line gains momentum
Legislation written to set up governing body for new rail authority
By MELANIE GERIK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Brandon and Ashley Mayyou brave the cold weather Wednesday to try to scoop some minnows out of the wading pool at Landa Park.
SAN MARCOS — New Braunfels and Comal County could be represented by two members on a commuter rail governing body proposed at the Greater Austm-San Antonio Cooridor Coalition Wednesday night.
The coalition also approved a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility study on the benefits of a commuter rail system from San Antonio to Austin.
The governing body is detailed in draft legislation written by State Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin, and Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.
The coalition passed a resolution asking cities and counties along the Austin-San Antonio Coordior to review and comment on the legislation before June I The legislation would be introduced during next year’s session.
Janet Kennison, admmstrator for the San Antonio Metropolitan Planning Organization, said the resolution was taking the commuter rail “beyond a good idea.”
She added if passed, the legislation would provide leadership and direction for the commuter rail system.
“How long will it take for the conductor to yell, ‘All Aboard’?” asked Austin State Rep. Elliott Naishtat.
Kennison said after implementation of the governing body, the First train ride could take place within five years.
The commuter rail district, which would have no taxing authority, would be composed of the following mem
• two appointed by the state transportation department:
• one from each city and county along the Interstate 35 coondor, if approved by the local government ;
• one from San Antonio's planning organization;
• one from the Austin planning organization;
• one from the San Antonio business and one representing Austin business;
• one from the VIA Metropolitan Transit, serving San Antonio;
• one member from the> Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which serves Austin;
• one member from Bexar County which represents the transportation to rural areas of the county;
• one member from Travis County which represents the transportation to rural areas;
• and one member appointed by other board members to represent the cities and counties without a member on the board.
Mike Aulick, executive director of the Austin Transportation Study, said the commuter train, which most likely would run on existing Union Pacific lines, could be financed through a variety of ways, from direct state funding to franchising the rail to a private corporation.
Kennison said the feasibility study would provide projections for the amount of riders as well as suggestions for funding.
In other business, the coalition adopted a resolution asking the Texas Transportation Commission to identify funds for lower-pnonty repairs, including the widening of Interstate 35 through New Braunfels.
Kennison said the resolution may pack a stronger punch than earlier requests, because it was passed by both San Antonio and Austin leaders.
The earliest start date for the expansion through New Braunfels would be 1999, Kennison said, although the rev olution asks for an earlier starting date.
NBISD develops new guide to help students plan their course work
By DENISE DZIUK
Incoming freshmen at New Braunfels High School will be now be given a course work planning guide to help them make informed choices on the right classes for them.
Debbie Fitsko, administrative assistant of community, vocational, and adult education presented the planning guide, Career Pathways, to the board of
trustees at their meeting on Tuesday. The booklets contain information on graduation options, tech prep programs, terminology, and a bnef description of every course offered at the high school. Fitsko said the booklet also provides students with a suggested sequence of courses for a particular occupational area. She said the goal of the booklet is to give students an opportunity to develop a more "personalized education plan.”
"We want to help them to be able to prepare a more personalized plan,” said Fitsko. “We hope this will help key them in so they can make better choices.”
Fitsko said the booklets will be updated for every new freshman class. She also said some form of evaluation will be developed to find out if the booklet helped prepare the students for advanced course work when that time comes.
In other business, Dr. Ellen Bell, director of curriculum, presented for the board’s review, the 1996-97 secondary course offerings for OakRun, New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School. She said the course offerings are designed to make sure all students meet local and state requirements for graduation. In addmon to the courses from last year, several new courses were offered. These include an exploratory language for
the middle school and SAT/ACT preparation classes at the high school. Hospitality Occupations, Law Enforcement, and Childhood Professions have also been added to the Vocational Labs and On the Job Training portion. Bell said several students have expressed interest in these courses, and she is hopes they will sign up for it.
Students and their parents will receive a description of all the course offerings during pre-registration.
Vets fighting complacency about rabies
By ROGER CROTEAU
With articles about the two rabies outbreaks in Texas largely out of the news in recent months, local veterinarians are afraid pet owners are again becoming too complacent about keeping their pets’ vaccinations up to date.
But the epidemic of rabies among foxes in the Hill Country and the rabies epidemic among coyotes in South Texas continue to take their toll.
"Here in Comal County, we are right in the middle of where the two outbreaks would tend to cross over each other if and when that happens,” said veterinarian Mike Doherty.
Last year, the rabies outbreaks got more press, leading to a 20 percent increase in vaccinations given at Doherty’s office. This year, even though the rabies epidemics continue, they are old news, and vaccinations have
dropped 15 percent from last year. “We are just about back to where we started,” Doherty said
He estimated that only about 50 percent of dogs and cats in the county are vaccinated against rabies, which is not sufficient to provide a barrier against rabies spreading to humans.
“We would like to see that closer to 80 percent. We know we’ll never get IOO percent. Having pets vaccinated provides an invisible barrier to rabies going from wild animals to pets and then to people,” Doherty said.
When half the pets are left unprotected, it creates the possibility of a rabies outbreak among animals that come in contact with people every day.
“C omplacency is a time bomb,” Doherty said.
To defuse that bomb, the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association is sponsoring a rabies clinic Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the county fairgrounds in
What: Rabies Clinic Where: Comal County Fairgrounds, and Fire Stations 1 and 2 at Canyon Lake.
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
How Much: $6 for vaccinations for dogs and cats, plus $5 for license unless you have proof that the animal is already licensed.
New Braunfels and at Fire Stations I and 2 at Canyon Lake.
Vaccinations cost $6, plus $5 for a county or city license, unless pet owners show proof that they have already bought a license. Keep cats in carriers and dogs in carriers or on leashes.
“We did almost 700 vaccinations last year. We would like to that again this year,” Doherty said. This is the only rabies clinic thai will be held this year
Rain allows commissioners court to issue temporary lifting of burn ban
By DENISE DZIUK
The recent rainy weather has done more than just offer a little relief to those worrying about crops and endangered species. It has allowed the county judge to temporarily remove the bum ban.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel temporarily lifted the bum ban effective about noon on Wednesday. County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said the ban was lifted “for economic reasons.” He said there is a lot of building going on in the county, and those people need to be able to bum. Willmann said that is why the ban has been lifted, if only for a couple of days.
“It’s fairly safe right now because things are saturated and wet, so we recommended it be lifted” he said.
However, Willmann said the county has only received about half an inch in most places. He said that is not enough for a more permanent removal of the ban.
"I don’t think the rains have been enough,” he said. "We’ll probably re-eval-uate the situation (Friday) and make another recommendation.”
In the meantime, he said the county needs rain. However, how much is hard to say.
“We just need for the grass to turn green and the trees to start burning. Then (the ban) won’t be necessary,” said Willmann.
According to the National Weather Service, the next chance of rain for the area is not until Saturday.
Thursday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high near 70 and a southeast wind at 5 to IO miles per hour. Thursday night will be mostly cloudy with lows in the low 50s.
Friday is supposed to be partly cloudy with highs in the lower 70 to upper 80s.
Saturday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a chance for showers or thunderstorms, with highs in the mid 70s to near 80.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.