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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAYEight Unicom seniors ready to battle Boerne — Page 10A. 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Lands Park train 20 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, May 10,1995 Herald-fl Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of LINDSAY BOTTENFIELD Vol. 143, No. 127 Inside Obituaries.....................................2A Editorial........................................4A Church News.........................6A,    7A Comics.........................................1B Marketplace...........................3B-8B Sttimmtisch Birthday wishes from th# Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels: Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Lindsay Bottenfield, Gem Welsch, Espi H. Torres, Michael Young and Janus L. Schmidt Bradzoii Lube-a-thon to help Cancer Society This Saturday, May 13, is the Bradzoii Lube-a-thon benefiting the American Cancer Society. Have your car's oil and filter changed, fluids and tires checked, windshields washed, and interior vacuumed all for $25 and within 10 minutes. All proceeds will go to the local unit of the American Cancer Society. There will be free Carlton sausage dogs and Pepsi, as well as other giveaways. Bradzoii is located on Mission Drive at Landa Street. The Lube-a-thon runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 625-0401 or 629-3338. The Cancer Society thanks Cameron Bradfute for this generous donation. RoJ Cross orientation sot Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer is invited to an orientation May 20 at the McKenna Memorial Hospital second floor conference room at 9 a m. Volunteers are needed at the hospital and at area nursing homes. For registration or for more information, call Lola Behrens at 625-9764. Nature's Way to sxplors migration The City bf New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering this month’s Nature’s Way: Time to Head North. It is summer and some of our feathered friends are going to be leaving to head back north. Join the park ranger and learn where and why these birds migrate. Enjoy games and activities about migration. The program is Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Landa Park, Area #2 across the river from the miniature train. The fee is $3 per person. Pre-registration is required and will be taken until Friday, May 12 at the parks office Monday to Friday at 110 Golf Course Road. For information, call 608-2160. Sign up kids for scionc# camp Guadalupe River State Park is offering a Science Camp for kids Saturday, May 13. Camp session is $5 and lasts two and half hours. Two sessions, morning and afternoon, will be offered. Subject is reptiles, amphibians and aquatics. Call 935-4012 for information. Stop-paronts got a class Being a step-parent is not an easy job, and being a good one requires some special skills and knowledge. Now there is help. Free classes are being offered by Family Out reach. The first of five sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Call 620-1299. Canyon Lake house bums The Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department was called to a home on Ponderosa Drive, off River Road near Canyon Lake, at about 9:20 p.m. yesterday. The double-wide mobile home was a complete loss, and the fire spread to an adjacent mobile home, which was damaged. At right, Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department member Heidi Schultz wipes off her face after hosing down the fire. Below, fire fighters douse the smoldering embers of the home. The cause of the fire was undetermined at press time, according to Al Bohne, county deputy fire marshal. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Tubers hope for rain Food drive Saturday By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer When local postal carriers pick up the mail on Saturday, they will also be working to help feed the underprivileged in the New Braunfels area. Local postal earners and SOS, Inc., a local food bank, are combining efforts in a county wide food drive. This year will mark the third time the two have worked together in gathering food. “It makes donating easier. People don’t have to come to the center to drop it off. The mailman picks it up and brings it,” said Gladys Barding, President of SOS. Barding said last year’s drive brought in over 15,000 pounds of food. Donald Mc Broom, local food drive coordinator, said that 32 million pounds were collected nationally last year. “The first year we didn’t know what to do or what to expect and we got 8,000 pounds. Every year, the amount’s gone up and we hope this year will do the same,” said McBroom. All the donations collected by the carriers stay in the New Braunfels area and are distributed to low income families. Battling said 352 families (817 individuals) received help in November. She said the number fluctuates, however, this is the highest it has ever been. McBroom said the drive is held in May to help prevent the food bank from running low during the summer. He said that during the fall, individuals usually donate more due to the holiday season. “I know what its like to be hungry. I know what its like to go to bed at night with nothing in your stomach. I’ve done it when I was growing up and I want to help others from feeling like that,” McBroom said. Individuals wanting to donate food can do so by placing non-perishable food items by their mail box. Food will also be taken over the front counter at the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake Post Office. CISD school board to students: 6FaU TMS, stay home graduation day9 By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Students in the Comal Independent School District who failed the TAAS test will once again not be allowed to participate in commencement exercises this year, but that policy may be changed by next year. “We need to look at it when the emotions aren’t there. Then we need to look at it from a policy standpoint,” said John Middleton CISD Board of Trustees President. High school seniors are required to master the TAAS test before they are allowed to graduate. The current CISD policy does not allow students to participate in graduation ceremonies until they have passed the test. Canyon High School Pnncipal Will Kneg believes changing the policy to allow these students to participate could possibly lead to an entire new set of problems. Klieg said that changing the policy will serve as grounds for future students who lack required class credits but still want to be part of the ceremony. Concern was also voiced about what happens to a student’s self-esteem if they are not allowed to participate. “They went to school for 12 or 13 years and did everything we asked and, sometimes, they’ve done more than we’ve asked. I don’t see a problem with letting them hold their dignity,” Treasurer Deraid LaRue said. Mary Van Kleef, of 4351 PM 2673 Canyon Lake, favored the idea of allowing these children to maintain their pride by going through the ceremonies. “A child that goes through one of our school systems comes away with great self-esteem. That’s a big blow to it,” she said. The board denied the request to change the policy at tliis time but agreed to review it atter the school year has ■ ended. Other items on the agenda included the approval of a Diversity Strategic Plan which is aimed at increasing the CISD cultural awareness, and the swearing in of new members. Robert Loop and John Clay took the oath of office and Douglas Kirk and Norman Gerlieh stepped down. By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching, bringing with it many tourists wanting to ride the rapids, and there is concern that water levels may be less than ideal. Jerry Brite, Lake Manager of Army Corps Engineers—Fort Worth District, said the corps tries to keep Canyon Lake at or near its 'conservation pool' level of 909.00 feet above sea level. Brite said the current level at 8 a.m. Tuesday was 908.91 ft. above sea level. The low for the year is 908.5 and the high was 909.5. He said a fluctuation such as this is normal and somewhat expected. Ideally, Brite said, the Corps would like to receive another four to five inches of quick rain in the watershed region, Kendall and Kerr Counties, to increase the water level. He said the Corps will release a higher flow of water into the Guadalupe River if the level reaches 911 feet. The current release rate into the river of 224 cubic feet per second is considered low for tubing. River outfitters would like to see 3(X)- to 5(X)-cfs released for the busy Memorial Day weekend, when up to 100,(XX) visitors float the Guadalupe. Tommy Hill, Chief Engineer for Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, said the plant stores as much water as they are allowed to without violating downstream water rights. “We need some more rains to keep a good flow out of Canyon. We need a regular rainy May,” he said. Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin R River Rides which is the largest outfitter in the county, said he is not concerned with the water level at this point. He said the level is slightly lower than last year but that does not ‘People are going to do it regardless of the water level. The difference between 225 (cubic feet of water per second) and 300 is in the mind of the tourist.’ — River outfitter Zero Rivers mean it’s lower than average. “At this time of the year, we have a little higher than average or a little lower than average, but it’s never average. You can’t set an average on this nvcr because you’re in South Texas,” Rivers said. Rivers said tubing is ideal when the water level is 300 cfs. However, he said the current level of 225 cfs has not really impacted business. People are only in town for a few days and want to go tubing while they arc here. he said. He also said that past indications have shown that their experience with low water does not dictate whether or not they return. “People arc going to do it regardless of the water level. The difference between 225 and 300 is in the mind of the tourist,” Rivers said. Rivers said that regardless of the water level he expects Memorial weekend to be a busy one. He said it is usually the second biggest river sport weekend of the year. However, this year it is expected to surpass the forth of July, which falls on a Tuesday. “Every nook and cranny of every campground will be occupied We’ll rent every piece of equipment that will hold air -regardless of the water level,” Rivers said. Deputy Mark Bryan accepts his award from Ron Zipp, chairman of the selection committee. Lions honor Mark Bryan with Lawman of the Year award The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club honored Deputy Mark S. Bryan ot the Comal County Sheriff s Office on Tuesday, May 9, 1995 by presenting him the Ed Murphy Memorial Award for the Lawman of the Year. Bryan has been a law enforcement officer for 11 years and is active in his community. He is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Texas Narcotics t Slicers Association, Merit Badge for Boy Scout Council, and a former Eagle Scout and a member ot the Guadalupe Valley Peace Officers Association. He also holds an advanced certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and has 750 training hours in law enforcement. Chairman of the selection committee Ronald Zipp presented the award to Bryan and explained that the award was named for Ed Murphy, an officer who worked for the Comal County Sheriff s Office. Murphy died in the line of duty while riding in a helicopter and trying to apprehend a burglary suspect. The award has been presented for the last 16 years and honors the distinguished officers who have served the community well, said Zipp. Ed Murphy’s wife, Lola, was on hand to see Deputy Bryan receive the award. Car crash at Smithson Valley High School sends woman to hospital Mercury four-door sedan and she made the turn, hitting the Mercury, officials said The driver of the sedan, Robert Marshall, was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital. His passenger, wife Bobbie, was admitted to McKenna. At press time Bobbie Marshall was listed in satisfactory condition. Johnson had minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.Charges, if any, will not be filed until the investigation is complete, officials said. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer An accident yesterday morning near Smithson Valley High School left one hospitalized, Department of Public Safety officials said. Smithson Valley student Rachel Johnson was reportedly driving a Ford Bronco west on Highway 46 when she prepared to turn left, officials said. Johnson did not see an oncoming 1979Lottery fever can make you very sick — see Page 4A ;