New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Ronald Davidson, Amanda Psraz Monday), Ktflay Olivia Schom (1 year old), John P. Jonas NI, Kslyn Zoeller (14 ysars old), Seth Waggoner (8 rears old), Michael Hinson Monday), Matt Gllstrap (18 fears old, Monday), Brittney orOn (8 years old, Monday), Paul Finley (Monday), J. Ryan laetsn (6 years old, belated), Vernon Bindner (74 years old, Monday), Linda Lee Stopper (3 years old, Monday), Terri Mar-ihall (27 years old), Mason Schmidt (Monday), Sandy Heynis (Monday), Joey Lisk 40 ysars old, belated), Laura Sequel Pulido (5 years old, witted), Krystal Marie Madera 9 years old, Monday), Sonny „una (Monday), Kathryn Taylor (10 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Shenryl and John Barker (1 year), Lois and W.J. Crain (32 fears, Monday), Fred and Billa Albrecht (SO years, Monday), Harvey and Edith Soachttng (40 years, Monday), Herbert and Lucille Ormond 57 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Need a fund-raiser for your non-profit organization? Get your group together to provide and sell foot at VolunteerFest ‘97 on April 12 Call Karen at 620-7520 or 625-3887 to participate
Visitor Conter noods voluntoors
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in mid-May. The Chamber currently ha9 a great volunteer core, but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center Anyone interested can call Lyn-di Moon at the Chamber office, 625-2385.
Boy Scouts available
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Boy Scouts will clean out your garage, room, closet, etc., to earn funds to attend summer camp. They will haul off unwanted items Call 629-3811.
CHD spring broak
The Comal Independent School District will be on spring break from Monday to Friday. Schools and the central admin istrative offices will be closed. They will reopen at their normal times April 7. Personnel will be available at the CISD central office from 9 arn. to noon weekdays for Board of Trustee election matters
Afbor Day cstsbrstion In Lands Pmrte
An Arbor Day celebration wit be at 2 p.m. Tuesday near the playground in Landa Park, at the corner of Fredericksburg Road and Playground Drive It is sponsored by the New Braunfels Garden Club Advisory Board. The public is invited to attend this planting of a new tree in the Landa park Arbore turn.
Small buslnsss loans avallabt#
Need a loan for your home-based business? The Smal Business Administration will hole a briefing covering the types of SBA loan programs available to the small business being oper ated from the home at 11 a m April 1, Federal Building, 727 E. Durango, Room A527 In San Antonio No registration is nee essary and there will be no charge
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36 pages in four sections B Sunday, March 30,1997
City, landfill prepare jbrf citywide spring cleaning
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Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years B Home of Kelley Olivia
Vol 145, No 98
Teachers prepare to assist students with tragedy
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Family members are not alone in trying to deal with the deaths of three teen-agers who died Wednesday night in an automobile accident.
Karen Simpson, intenm principal at New Braunfels High School, said school distnct officials have come up with a plan to help grieving students
deal with the tragedy.
New Braunfels High School students Adam Trollinger. 17, and Romi-na Sanchez, 18, were killed in the crash after Trollinger’s red Cantaro was struck by an Amtrak train as it crossed the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at FM 1102 and Conrads Road.
Denise Mata, 18, of Valle De Bravo, Mexico, also died in the accident. She was a close friend of Sanchez’s who
was visiting for spring break.
Monday’s return from spnng break vacation will he the first day hack to school for students since the accident.
Simpson said she and NBHS faculty members will be ready to help grief stricken students.
Simpson said she has met with interim Superintendent Tom Moseley, assistant to the superintendent John Turman, assistant principals Judy Seifert
and Kevin Brown and New Braunfels Middle School principal Ken McGuire.
“We had a meeting yesterday (Friday) morning," Simpson said. “We identified several things we wanted to do.
“We have a four-page plan already in the teachers’ mailboxes. All teachers have been contacted and they will go to the high school between now and Sunday night so that they can be familiar
Celebrating the resurection
Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Oarnall
MonMgnor Bugan* O'CaMaghan aprtnkl— holy water on worahippara al Sts. Pater and Paul Easter Mass Saturday evening aa they join Clitia ti an* around th* world In celebrating Easter.
Wentworth censured on parental consent issue
By DAVID DEKUNDER
State Sen Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio who represents mort of Comal County, was censured by the State Republican Executive Committee on March 22 because he voted against the parental notification bill, which would require teen-agers to get parental notification before they get an abortion.
When it passed the Senate last week,
Wentworth was the only Republican to vote against the bill.
The hill still has to pass the House of Representatives and he signed by Ciov. George W. Bush before it becomes law.
SR FC spokesman Lester Van Pelt 111 said 61 exit of the 62 executive committee members voted for the resolution to censure Wentworth.
“The SREC feels parental notification is a key core issue," Van Pelt said. “They felt they had to take action.”
Wentworth said be voted against the bill in 1995 and this year because he fears it will have had consequences on teen-agers who do not notify their parents if they decide to have an abortion.
“It will affect those teen-agers, one out of four, who haven’t told their parents," Wentworth said
Because of the law, Wentworth said those teen-age girls will not be able to go to doctors who can perform safe abortions. They would then be forced
to have illegal abortions, which could possibly kill them or nim their chances to have children later in life, the state senator said.
Van Pelt said the parental notification hill is needed.
“A teen-ager must have parental notification and consent to have lier ears pierced,” Van Pelt said. “There is something wrong with (he laws if abortion can be performed without the
Turn to Wentworth. Page 2A
Simpson said teachers will have a very brief faculty meeting Monday morning
“We want the teachers to be in place to be there for the students as they arrive," Simpson said. "The teachers will have a prepared statement read to the first period classes.”
Turn to Teacher*, Page 2A
CISD adds weekend to summer vacation
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved a school calendar Thursday night that will start classes for 1997-98 school year later in August and will have less staff development clays than the teachers’ requested.
Several calendar versions w ere presented It) the board with starting dates of Aug. 14 and Aug. 18.
Tile bourd dec ided that the later start clite, w hich adds one more weekend to the summer vacation, was a better option. The business community had pushed for the later start
“A school calendar is not just a school calendar,” trustee Scott Watson said. "It’s a community calendar.”
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the shorter summer leaves less time for vacations He said local businesses lose their help and their customers He said the approval of the Aug. IS date shows the district's understanding of the problem.
"We were \ cry pleased,” Meek said. “I think it’s certainly an indication that this is u community issue.”
Meek said even though the start day is only a couple of days later than last year, it adds one more weekend on to the summer. He said that makes a big difference.
"It’s one more weekend, and as I’ve said, one weekend in August is like four weekends in May or June,” Meek said.
The board also discussed the scheduling of a week-long winter and spring break Trustee John Clay said six of the days could be spread over two months, but if parents preferred it in a straight week. he did not have a problem with that Other board members agreed
Gruene 10K run Saturday
See coverage /1B
Plan to reward use of alternate water sources
By ABE LEVY
Even though the area has seen more than an inch of rainfall than the w inter average so far, a citizens committee is proposing a drought management plan that seeks to reward water users who use non-Edwards Aquifer sources of water and prepares for the possibility of a severe summer drought.
The eight-member committee, which includes local business people and city and NBU staff, have met for the past two months at the New Braunfels Utilities board room to draft the measure
The plan is designed to keep NBU from violating the Edwards Aquifer Authority's intenm drought manage
ment plan that places limits on municipal utilities to preserve the aquifer water level.
“It’s really an exciting effort." said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager and a committee member "We call it a drought management ordinance as opposed to a water conservation ordinance because this is the first step in an overall effort to manage our water resource over a long period of time.”
Committee members studied the EAA plan and other city water policy in drafting the proposed measure that they said should be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Major components of the plan include:
Turn lo Water, Page 2A
A little bit of country
Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Darnel!
The dancing and singing group Powerline performs for the crowd at The New Braunfels Factory Stores yesterday as part of Country Music Television s nationwide tour.
Today is a day of celebration, renewal. See Opinion, 4A.