New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 126
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Robin Suchy, Bob Kiesling, Marilyn Buckner, Marilyn Buffington and Bob Templeton.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Daniel and Connie Martinez; Rudy and Virginia Morales; and Gilbert and Margaret Persohn (SI years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—1,390 Grass —0 Oak —42 Pecan—trace Crepe Myrtle —24 Ash —0 (Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —1911 cubic feet per second, down 3 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.28 Met above sea level, down .04 from yesterday.
CISD pursues grant to help pregnant teen-agers
Restaurants hslp Cancer Society
All day today, Mr. Gattis, in Walnut Square Shopping Center, will donate $1 for every regularly-priced adult buffet purchased to the New Braunfels Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
The Plaza Diner is showing its support for the ACS by matching the oost of each dessert sold at the diner during the week of May 6 to May 12 with a donation of the same value to the ACS Starlight Gala.
The fourth annual Gala is set for Saturday. June 15 at the Civic Center and is the only fund-raiser of the year for the local unit of the ACS. For more information, call 629-6153.
Downtown Association moots today
The Downtown Association meets today on the patio of Wolfgang's next to the Prince Solms Inn. Social hour at 5:30 p.m.
Mission Valloy Community Cantor moots today
The annual meeting of the Mission Valley Community Center will be held May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center.
Amorican QI Forum to moot
The American GI Forum Chapter 1014, holds its monthly meeting Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Coll Street.
Young Farmors awards picnic tomorrow
Comal County Young Farmers annual awards picnic will be held Wednesday, May 8 at Area #15 in Landa Park (near the playground) at 6 p m. Barbecue and drinks provided. Bring a covered dish and dessert
A story on Page 1 of the Sunday, May 5 Herald-Zeitung should have listed city council candidate Juliet Watson's campaign manager as Bill Morgan.
Also, a column by Cristina Aguilar-Friar on Page 3A of the May 5 Herald-Zeitung should have listed the birthplace of Ignacio Zaragoza as Goliad.
By DENISE DZIUK
The board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District approved submitting a grant that would allow the district to enhance the services being offered to teen-age parents.
Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for instruction, said the application is for $97,000. She said the district’s financial obligations under the grant would be paid from money that is already being spent on various personnel costs. The grant would be used primarily to hire a coordinator/teacher for the Pregnancy Related Services Program, as well as enhance child care and parenting classes. The additional employee would also help coordinate other services to ensure the needs of pregnant students and students with children are being met.
“We’ve been trying to enhance our programs for those girls who are pregnant, as well as those who already have kids,” said Hall.
Bee Morgan, a counselor at the Comal Leadership Institute, said figures show 25 girls in the district either are pregnant or already have a child. She said that number is growing. She said the district already provides some child care, but additional funds are needed to provide more effective services.
“We’re just hoping to get the money. I think it would take care of a lot of the kids that have problems with absences because of child care of a sick child,” said Morgan.
Hall said the additional employee will not be hired until the grant is approved. She said if it is not approved, “we just won’t do it.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Cibolo firemen use a pole to break up the collapeed roof of a bam that burned yeeterday. No Injuries were reported In the fire, which engulfed a bam in Cibolo, Cibolo Fire Chief Roger Nlemietz said. About 20 firefighters from Cibolo and Shertz, who arrived at 1 p.m. controlled the blaze In about 3 hours, Nlemietz saki. The cause ie unknown and under investigation by the Guadalupe County fire marshall. The bam ie owned by Ernie Schlather who owns Schlather Feed and Seed.
Lawns feeling the heat
Drought leaves yards vulnerable to disease
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Many lawns throughout the area are feeling the stress of the prolonged dry spell and falling victim to fungus. However, there are steps homeowners can take to treat their grass before they lose their lawns.
Bert Linnartz, owner of Linnartz Services, said brownpatch and take-all patch are becoming very prevalent in lawns in the area. St. Augustine grass is being hit especially hard. He said the warm, dry winter has left grass “stressed.” He said this has lowered its disease resistance.
“It’s primarily St. Augustine because its not as drought tolerant, so it’s even more susceptible,” said Linnartz. “You can drive all over town and see it. It’s very prevalent.”
Both brownpatch and take-all patch are characterized by brown, dying grass. He said both fungi can be “tracked” or spread to various lawns by people walking on them or even by pets, and it will often start in one spot and then spread.
“Everyone thinks it’s a lack of water and dead grass,” said Linnartz. “They could be saving it instead of letting it get to the point where renovations are needed.”
Linnartz said homeowners who think a fungus may be present in their lawns, can call the extension office to have them verify it. He said once the type of fungus is determined, a fungicide can be applied to treat it. He said the treatment is expensive, but renovations are even more expensive.
“I’d really like to see people save their lawns rather than get to the point where they need the treatment or renovations,” he said.
To prevent the appearance of the fun
gus, homeowners should know the correct way to water. During the summer, grass needs one inch of water per week. The watering should also be done during the early morning hours instead of during the night because the cool evening temperatures with prolonged moisture are “a catalyst” for the fungus. He also added that the ground needs a good saturation level of about two inches now, so watering during the hotter part of the summer will be more effective.
“Healthy grass is the best preventive to the fungus,” said Linnartz. “Proper watering goes a long way.”
Area lawns are not the only casualty of the drought. So far this year, the San Antonio area has only received 1.88 inches of rain, compared to the norm of 8.13 inches.
Both the Comal and San Marcos Springs are reflecting the low rainfall. On Sunday, spring flow at Comal Springs was 191 cubic feet per second, the lowest level since August 1991, and % cfs at San Marcos.
Stage III of the Edwards Underground Water District Demand Management Plan will go into effect when the Comal Springs reach 175 cfs, and according to the National Weather Service, there is little relief in sight.
There is only a 20 percent chance of rain for today.
“Anything we get won’t be anything to talk about,” said one meteorologist.
Safe sitter courses scheduled
McKenna Memorial Hospital is offering several summer Safe Sitter courses to educate and train area baby-sitters. The two-day Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys age 11 to 13 will begin May 28 at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.
The program fee is $40. To register your son, daughter or baby-sitter, call 606-91 ll, ext. 441.
The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by baby-sitters. Thousands of young atlolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle lifethreatening emergencies.Repeal of 4.3 cent gasoline tax looks certain. See Opinion, Page 4A.