New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Aneurysm is ticking time bomb for some
DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, my husband's sister had a sonogram to check for a possible gynecological problem. What the doctor discovered was an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) that was large enough for mandatory surgery.
Her doctor told her to notify any siblings that they, too, should have a sonogram. The unexpected result of my husband's examination stunned us all. Bill, too, had an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Bill was monitored for one year, until the aneurysm surged significantly. The operation followed a month later. The doctor’s insight about the genetic factor probably saved Bill’s life.
Abby, please tell your readers that this type of aneurysm is hereditary. lf a parent or sibling has had an aortic aneurysm, then all siblings and offspring should be examined. We have been advised that our son must be tested when he reaches age SO and should continue to have a sonogram every five years thereafter.
The cause of the aneurysms is unknown, although several risk factors—notably hypertension, smoking and atherosclerosis— could possibly contribute to their 0L«iAQ|JMM'fctAgRkvtfc. They have been found to occur more frequently in males than in females. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are silent and usually deadly if not discovered before they rupture. Ruptures are preventable with continued use of ultrasonography and CT scanning.
I hope my letter will be a red alert to anyone whose family has a history of aneurysms. Check with your doctor. Don’t put it off! And physicians who are unaware of this should consider including “family history of aneurysms’’ on their new patient forms. It could save lives.
BARBARA AND BILL GOLDSMTTH SAVANNAH, GA.
DEAR BARBARA AND BILL: I*m sure your warning will serve as a wake-up call to anyone who has a family history of aortic aneurysms. And another plus is the fact that the test is painless and aon-invaslve. Thank you for a letter that is sure to be a lifesaver.
Andrea Westman and Blake Boldt, seventh-grade students, and Sarah Vaught and William VanKleef, eighth-grade students, were selected as recipients of the Braunfels Foundation Award. The award is funded by the Harry and Christine Dierks’ Memorial Fund. Tom Burrus, President of the Braunfels Foundation Trust presented the award in front of the entire seventh- and eighth-grade classes, Wednesday May 7 at Smithson Valley Middle School. Also participating was Doug Miller, Chair of the Board.
The award consists of a $500 savings bond and a specially prepared, framed certificate. The recipients’ names were added to a permanent plaque on display at Smithson Valley Middle School.
According to Burrus, the criteria for the award is based on the student’s record of good citizenship, ethical conduct, academic performance, attendance and participation in extracurricular activities at school and in the community.
Runners-up for the award were seventh-graders Julie Mathis and Michael Rogers along with eighth-graders Veronica Reed and C.J. Estrada. Those students received a certificate and a $100 savings bond each. The selection committee consisted of a school administrator, counselor, two teachers and an officer in the school’s PTA.
Critical Care Awareness Week was celebrated May 5th through May 10th by the staff at McKenna Memorial Hospital. The week provided a great opportunity for the community and health-care providers alike to recognize and reaffirm the commitment to continued growth in space and education to maintain and exceed the McKenna Mission.
The staff at McKenna is dedicated to staying abreast of the latest trends in patient care delivery. The growth In volume and seventy of illness has the Critical Care staff very excited about the plans for hospital expansion providing greater space and the newest technology to enable ever greater quality of care to patients and families.
Nursing staff from McKenna 1CU offered educational information about helmet safety at a booth May IO at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Bike Rodeo. Staff also enjoyed dinner at Planet Hollywood with speaker Allen Seel hammer.
Dennis Cranfill is the Employee of the Month at Porter Graphics Inc., manufacturer of pipe line and telephone line marking products.
Cranfill has worked at the South Seguin Avenue Plant since Sept. 1995.
“Dennis really cares about getting the job done well,” Allan Porter, Vice President, said
“Dennis has proven that he can handle the toughest assignments.”
“I want to go to work, get the job done and then go home to my family,” Cranfill said. “I don’t have time to mess around with unimportant things.”
The old saying of “keeping your nose to the grindstone” applies to Cranfill, Porter said. “He’s a good example of the kind of guy that built this country.”
International Cultural Exchange Services, (ICES) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa E. Korth of Spring Branch, as an area representative for the foreign exchange program in Bexar and Comal counties and surrounding areas.
Her duties will include finding and screening host families for foreign exchange students and supporting the students, the high schools, and the families throughout the students’ stay whether it be the 10-month program (September to June) or the five-month program (January to June).
ICE brings students from several foreign countries to live in America while attending the local high school. The students are fully covered by insurance and provide their own spending money for clothing and other personal expenses.
If anyone would like to promote world peace through international understanding by hosting an exchange student, contact Korth or Regional Administrator, Chalane Coit, at 1-800-742-9224.
Christopher Lee Kuhn graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University on May IO with the degrees of bachelor of science in meteorology and bachelor of arts in physics. Chris is the son of James and Gladys Kuhn, of New Braunfels, and the grandson of Mrs. Eugene (Elsa) Froboese and Mrs. Norman (Hazel) Kuhn, of New Braunfels. He is a
Chris will be attending the University of Colorado at
Boulder, where he will earn the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in
astrophysical, planetary and atmospheric sciences. He will be working with Dr. Brian Toon, a former student of the late Carl Sagan, on problems related to human-induced climate changes, asteroid/comet impacts with earth and the extinction of the dinosaurs. Also attending the graduation were Brandon Kuhn, Danny and Helen Lammert, Tommy and Karen Spinn, Jonathan Lammert and Courtney Spinn.
Arlon Seay Intermediate’s Rising Star is Philip Kuentz. Philip’s story, “A Soldier is Lost” was recently
Herald-Zertung photo by Tom Erikson
A matter of choice
DA.R.E. Officer Robert Owens, right, graduated the fifth-grade class at Sts. Peter and Paul School on Friday. Also recognized were Rachel Barnes, left, and Travis Gallagher, center, who won the essay contest for the fifth-grade class. Owens and Officer Sharon Terrell worked with the students for 17 weeks on handling peer pressure, gangs and finding alternatives to using drugs.
Christopher Lee Kuhn ,
chosen to be published in The Rising Star Young Texas Tales publication. Rising star is an annual state magazine that celebrates the writing and art of Texas elementary students. This publication recognizes and rewards excellence in elementary student writing and art. Philip has lived in Bulverde for three years and has attended Arlon Seay since Jan. 1997.
Even thundershowers couldn’t dampen the spirit of family, friends and fellow scouts gathered in Landa Park to celebrate an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Michael Kendel of Scout Troop 381. Eagle Scout is scouting’s highest rank and less than 2 percent of the young men who start in Boy Scouts attawnt.
The ceremony was conducted by the leadership of Troop 381, including Scoutmaster Bob Parchman, Eagle Scouts Kevin Clayton and Gary Walske, Mr.
Michael Kendel Richard Smi,h-
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and Mr. Tom Sobek. The inspirational guest speaker was Eagle Scout Dick Robinett, former president of the New Braunfels Independent School District, and the invocation was given by Eagle Scout Bob Cole of Seguin. In addition, several other distinguished Eagle Scouts were present, including County Commissioner Moe Schwab and Mr. Rochette Reinarz. Michael’s grandparents, Bob and Deede Kendel of Marble Falls, also participated in the ceremony.
Obtaining the rank of Eagle carries
many requirements. In addition to earning at least 21 merit badges, the aspirant must plan and conduct a project to benefit the community. Michael’s project was the cosmetic restoration of the steam locomotive at the museum by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society in the old New Braunfels train depot. Other community projects include highway cleanup on Loop 337 done by Troop 381, which is sponsored by the New Braunfels Optimists club.
Michael, son of Jill and Mike Kendel, residents of Oak Lane in New Braunfels, is a freshman at New Braunfels High School. He is a member of the track and cross country teams as well as the debate team, student council, National Junior Honor Society and the Rotary International Interact Club. Michael currently has his sights set on attending the Air Force Academy and a future in space.
As an educator, Joe Parra, Ed.D., has helped countless students graduate and succeed. Now, as a graduate of Canyon High School, the New Braunfels Independent School District administrator is being honored by his high school alma mater.
The NBISD coordinator for special programs was named a 1997 Comal ISD Outstanding Graduate at the CHS senior awards program May 14. The award honors outstanding achievement following graduation from CISD schools.
Accomplishments include distinctive contributions to the community, noteworthy careers or other significant activities.
A poet and award-wthhing educator, Pana received his Doctor of Education degree from Columbia University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
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The outpour of love for our beloved angel, Stephanie Marie, will be cherished.
She will watch over all of us.
The Cardenas, Mills, and Dennis Families
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