New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MARVIN AND GLADYS WESMEYER
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Birthday wlshas from tho Horald-Zoltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Roland Espinoza. Happy anniversary to Michael and Lucy God! (ll years), and Marvin and Gladys Wesmeyer (50 years.)
Bradzoll Lubo-a-thon to holp Cancer Society
This Saturday, May 13, is the Bradzoil 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.
Bradzoil 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.
Refired people’s group to meet
AARP members will meet May 16 at the Senior Citizen Center, 655 Landa St. at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Members with -birthdays in May bring cookies. New members and guests invited.
Jjk> Dunlap Property Owners to meat
y Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association, general mem-. bership meeting will be held Friday, May 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the River Bend Clubhouse.
Stop-paronts got rn 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 Outreach. The first of five sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Call 620-1299 to register. Space is limited.
Retired teachers inset
;• Canyon Lake Retired Teachers will have their final meeting bf the year May 15 at 10:30 bm at the Rio Raft Confer- ♦ once Center, located one-quarter mile east of Sattler on River Road. Mrs. Margie Richard and several co-workers will serve a catered luncheon for $3.50. The speaker will be Dist. 13 President Julia Mellenbruch of Austin, who will also install the new officers. All -retired school personnel are invited. Call 899-4220.
A front-page article in yesterday's Herald-Zeitung on the sale of Citizens Bank to Nor-west Corporation contained an incorrect job title for Carol Gravis. She is vice-president of Citizens Bank.
Bill Cone, as noted later in the article, remains president of the bank.
The Herald-Zeitung regrets the error.
Target ready toffll 190 jobs
Ry DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
A powerful storm, packing marble-size hail and Iota of lightning, blew through New Braunfels at about 11 a.m. Thursday. Above, left, firefighter Michael Ulrich pours water inside a tree at the Landa Park Golf Course. Lightning had struck the tree, and It was burning inside. Top, right, this hail was what fell at fire station #3 near Loop 337. Above, right, heavy rain made navigating Walnut Street a chore.
People looking for summer employment will have an additional 190 jobs to apply for this summer, according to Target representatives.
The New Braunfels Target store is preparing to open its doors on July 23. Leigh Ann Thompson, Store Team Leader, said this will require filling all of the positions in the store.
“Our ad says we want some fast, fun, and friendly people. The requirements will be different for each position, but we want a team player," she said.
The Target Store will be holding a mass hire on May 22 and 23 from 8 a m. to 8 p.m. and on May 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center. Thompson said people wanting to apply for positions should come in and go through the application process. She said all applicants will be interviewed the following week.
‘They’ll find out about Target and what to expect working here. If they’re still interested, we’ll have them fill out an application and set up a time to interview them,” Thompson said.
The store will be filling 190 hourly pay positions ranging from customer service desk to stocking. Part-time and full-time positions will be available.
CIMA’s Fiesta Mexicans to feature great music and great fajitas today and tomorrow
New Braunfels can party to a Latin beat this weekend as die Comal Independent Men’s Association presents its 23rd annual Fiesta Mexicans Friday and Saturday at Wursthalle.
Super Tejano group Mazz highlights a non-stop list of entertainment that includes local, regional and national favorites. Lovers of the fine art of fajita cooking can savor the best at the fajita cook-off starting noon Saturday. Friday’s festiv-
ties open with the coronation of the 1995 Fiesta Queen. The Queen and her court are presented Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
The schedule of events follows:
Friday May 12
6 p.m.— Food Booths open
7 p.m.-7:3d p.m. — Queen Coronation
7:30 p.m.-midnight — Dance with Mazz and Rodeo at the Wursthalle ($13 pre-sale, $15 at
Saturday May 13
noon — Food Booths open noon-4 p.m. — Fajita Cook-Off, music by Re/s DJ Sen/ice
3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. — Fajita Cook-Off judging 2 p.rn.-6 p.m. — free entertainment by Henry Aieman and Pura Vida 4 p.m.-5 p.m. — Mariachi Ecos de America
strolling in Food Booth area
6 p.m.-7 p.m. — Compania de Danza Folklor-ica
7 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ballet FoHddrico Infanta 7:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. — Dance with Oscar G
and Grnpo Presidente at the Wursthalle ($6 presale, $6 at the door)
9:30 p.m. — presentation of Queen and her Court
10 p.m. — raffle drawing for Las Vegas trip
Foster parents thanked for dedication
Foster parents, Child Welfare Board and Children’s Protective Services work together to help abused children
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Voluntcerism thrives in New Braunfels and Comal County. Few volunteer with as much time and commitment and make as much difference as foster parents.
Last night the Child Welfare Board treated New Braunfels foster parents to an appreciation dinner at the New Braunfels Smokehouse. “It’s a way for foster parents to get aquainted with the other foster parents in the area,” Child Welfare Board Chairwoman Karen Lehmann said.
The board provided some creative child care for kids while the parents ate. “A couple of board members are going to the Children’s Museum,” Lehmann said. “The children go to the museum and have a good time there.
The Child Welfare Board helps about 30-35 children a month, kids who are in protective custody. Right now six foster families are caring for kids in Comal County. Other children stay at the Children’s Shelter. “We provide for all kids in Comal County that are taken into protective custody,” Lehmann said. “We also provide for kids that have been taken out of the county and placed in a home outside the county,” she said.
Children in foster care get all kinds of help from the Child Welfare Board, from necessities like clothing, school supplies and medical expenses to
Herald-Zeitung photo by MIC
Comal County foetor parents wars treated to a dinner at the Braunfels Smokehouse Restaurant last night. Pictured ara foster parents Charlet and Margarita Stutter, Bruce and Mabel Brown and Patricia White; Child Protective Services supervisors Sherry Rums, Jane Jimenez, and Brenda Lea; and Comal County Child Welfare Board members Karen Lehmann, Debbie Clay, Fays Sullivan, Brenda Coleman and Ann Hackney.
things like Christmas and birthday gifts, summer camp or after school activities, Lehmann said.
Protecting foster childrens’ confidentiality is of prime importance. Anyone wanting to support foster families can do so by supporting the Child Welfare Board, which in turn supports the families through case workers so confidentiality is maintained.
United Way gives funds to foster care through the Child Welfare Board, as do Comal County, the Service League, the Wurstfest Association and United Methodist Women, Lehmann said.
The board holds its own fund-raiseis, like the Business Card File. The board collects business cards from firms willing lo donate, and calls a firm when a
specific need comes up.
Nine board members serve three-year terms on the Child Welfare Board, Lehmann said. Members are appointed on a rotating basis so three change each year. “We are recognized by Comal County Commissioners and by the judges who hear the cases of the children we’re trying to protect,” she said.
Education is also a top priority for the Child Welfare Board. The board inserted child abuse prevention flyers in report cards of every student in the New Braunfels and Comal Independent School districts.
“They’re trying to emphasize now keeping the family united, trying1 heal the whole family so it can stay together,” Lehmann said.
Foster parents feel joy and sorrow
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
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— Judith Seagraves
Being a foster parent is an extraordinary commitment — the rewards are immense and so are the challenges. “It definitely takes a special kind of person to become a foster parent,” said Judith Seagraves, Foster Adopt Supervisor for the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
Children placed in foster homes are in the custody of Protective and Regulatory Services.
The courts have granted that custody due to abuse or neglect, Seagroves said. “They range in
age from straight out of the hospital to gradual-
ing seniors,” she said.
Foster children are in homes for as short as three to six months or as long as several years, depending on the case.
There is no “typical” foster home, Seagroves said. Most, however, are two parent homes, with both parents working. Some have children of their own, some don't. The parents range in age.
Many take in sibling groups, she said. “They may have three or four children in their home who are unrelated to each other,” Seagroves said.
There are usually more children in need than foster homes to accommodate them, Seagroves said. “A lot depends on what the child’s needs are and how we can best meet that child’s needs,” she said.
The number of foster families has decreased nationwide, Seagroves said. “If you have your own family, you’re going in a lot of different directions,” she said. In the past having more stay-at-home mothers may have made it easier for more families to foster children.
Protective and Regulatory Services recruits foster parents through advertisements in the media. Volunteers go through a ten-week training period. They receive ongoing training as long as they are in the foster care program, Seagroves said.
Prospective foster parents do need to meet some basic licensing standards — square footage of the home, tuberculin tests, health inspections, firearms inspections, etc. They need to be willing to use non-physical means of discipline, Seagroves said.
Foster parenting means working with several others beside the child: ca$e workers, biological parents, attorneys, therapists, doctors, etc.
“There’s a lot of joy that goes along with fostering, a lot of sorrow,” Seagroves said. Foster parents become experts in loss and grieving, she said. "The kids are grieving when they come in, then the families grieve when they leave,” she said. “These are not your biological children; it’s a temporary position, Seagroves said. “It takes a special person to be able to take that child, help that child, work with that child, and then be able to let that child go.”Prisoner sues man who helped capture him for unnecessary roughness. Page 4