New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wlshas from Ilia Herald-Zeftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Mena Watson (two years), Kathy Koehler, Joan Helmke, Steve DeLaRosa, Jon Kiesling (three ire), Dustin Kiesling (nine yeare, Saturday), J.M. (Butch) Allen (39 years, Monday),
Cody Allan Orona (three years), Dale Leaman (Monday), Christopher Usey (seven years), Michael Cames and Fred Garber.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Paul and Karen Sweeney (19 years), Alfred and Melba Jo •« 190011 moii ano meanie l*9IqviO| Katy and Kathy Noble (29 years, Monday), Glenn and Janet Mack, and Pat and Larry Wenzel (46 years).
Ex-pilots group to
Any retired pilots in New Braunfels who would be interested in starting a club for pilots are invited to have lunch at the Senior Center Tuesday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. to get acquainted and share some history. Lunch donation is $3.50. There will be a designated table for the group.
The annual celebration for adult education participants will be held Thursday, May 23 at S pm st the J. Frank Dobie fritdf mediate Schoolbn Borgfeld Road, Cibolo, This will be a combined QED graduation for all school districts in the co-op.
The public is invited. Any GED graduates who completed their GED this year and have not received invitations to the ceremony should call (210)945-6093.
Slots sonata candidate to address Republican women
The New Braunfels Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting at noon Monday, May 20, at Cappar-elli's Restaurant. The speaker will be James Whitworth, candidate for state senator. Guests are welcome.
Party tor dane* taaehar
A good-bye party, honoring Joan Slocum Hannan, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at the New Braunfels Dance Studio. Public invited. Meet the new owners and teachers.
Support group to
New Braunfels Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder meet May 20 at 7 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church on Loop 337. Call Karen Owens at 629-2033 for information.
A town meeting with County Judge Carter Casteel and Commissioner Danny Scheel will be held at the Justice of the Peace #3 office in Bulverde May 20 at 7 p.m.
Downtown Dollars winner
The winner of the $100 Downtown Discovery Dollars in this week‘s drawing was Linda Soechting.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
H0rald-Z0itung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Have you noticed the prickly peer cactus planta around town lately? Many ara in full bloom. According to hortlcutturiat Bill Schumann, the blooms are caueed by strses on the plants from the drought, the recent light showers, or a combination of the two.4s Mexican economy comes back, took for local businesses to cash in. See Opinion, Page 4A
Clinton praises governor’s welfare proposal
tive welfare reforms of their own.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Endorsing a Republican governor’s welfare-to-work plan as solid, bold and protective of children, President Clinton said Saturday dud if Congress passes a similar program, “I’ll sign it right away.” Clinton, seeking to deflect Republican protests that he is weak on welfare reform, said that over the last three years his administration has cleared away federal rules and regulations to permit 38 states “to build effec-
Clinton singled out a Wisconsin program, saying it has “die makings of a solid, bold welfare reform plan.” Clinton has vetoed two welfare reform bills passed by the Republican-controlled Congress on grounds they did not meet his standards of requiring work while protecting children. Republicans immediately labeled Clinton’s speech "a cynical deception."
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44 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, May 19,1996
Serving Comal County for more than 144 years ■ Home of DELANA WATSON
Vol. 144, No. 135
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Wars Post 7110 salute tbs flag during tbs post's 50th anntosrsary celebration.
VFW Post 7110 marks a big anniversary
By ABE LEVY
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 71 IO remembered 50 years of supporting the community and the nation’s war veterans at a celebration Saturday night.
“It just doesn’t seem that long,” said Earl Heaton, 77, who was one of 37 charter members still active in the post. “The years have a habit of slipping away. They’ve been good years anyway.”
The post, which received its charter on May IS, 1946, is made up of508 members, mainly World War II veterans. The rest are from tire Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, said Robert Quent, 65, the current commander of the post.
Heaton, who served as a machinist for the Ship Repair Service of the U.S. Navy in WW II, said the post was organized at a meeting in 1946 to see whether enough interest was present in New Braunfels.
“It was an organizational meeting. Most
of those guys knew each other from their service days. We circulated a petition and it just multiplied until we had IOO signatures,” Heaton said.
The first post commander was Schimnrel Bloedom, who attended the Saturday celebration
The VFW Lady's Auxiliary to the VFW * post was created a year later and assists the post in its functions. The auxiliary is made up of the wives, sisters and daughters of post members.
“(The benefit of the auxiliary) is patriotism and the satisfaction of community involvement,” said Janice Quent, 53, who is the auxiliary president and the wife of Robert Quent.
The celebration, which was held at the VFW Post Home at 600 Peace Ave, included recognition of the remaining 37 charter members, a memorial service, installation of officers for the post and auxiliary, a dinner and dance.
VFW member Bob Tice was the host
of die celebration.
The celebration will continue on Wednesday with a concert by the Air Education & Training Command Band of the West, an Air Force band that has played for president John F. Kennedy and all the subsequent presidents.
The post, through tire years, has maintained a strong presence in the community, donating to such charities as United Way, the New Braunfels ROTC, the American Cancer Society and the Adopt-A-Highway program.
The post was recognized last Monday by former New Braunfels Mayor Paul Fraser at last week’s council meeting. Fraser declared May 24 and 25 “VWF Poppy Days” for the City of New Braunfels.
The revenue from sales of VWF Buddy Poppies go toward helping needy veterans and their families.
Most of the post’s revenue comes from Bingo night, which is held every Friday.
By DENISE DZIUK
Dropping spring flows and aquifer levels may trigger stronger water conservation rules within days.
The next stage of the Edwards Underground Water District’s Demand Management Plan continues to come closer, and local residents are being urged to conserve water.
As of Thursday, spring flow at Comal Springs was 177 cubic feet per second, just two cfs above the
trigger point for stage III of the DMP, and die spring flow has been dropping more than two cfs most days in recent weeks. The flow is also below the 200 cfs point where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believe endangered species that depend on the springs begin to being to die.
Paula DiFonzo, General Manager of New Braunfels Utilities, said she believes die city will be able to comply with the next stage of the DMP, which calk for 20 percent mandatory reductions, if it is declared. However, she said residents “need to conserve.”
“The drought is not just ovoc the Edwards Aquifer. The drought is throughout the entire region, and everyone’s being impacted We need to conserve as much as possible,” she said.
San Antonio moved to Stage QI of its drought plan Friday, cutting the number of lawn-sprinkling days by one-fourth.The goals of the city plan are more modest than the goals of the EUWD Stage HI.
DiFonzo said “there are hundreds of tips” for water conservation. Some of the mort common ones are: to water plants and yards less frequently but more thoroughly; water in the early morning or late evening to avoid evaporation; let grass grow longer, limit the number of times you wash your car and only do it at places that recycle the water; and cut off faucets when not being used.
“We’re going to try to put together brochures and fliers with water-saving tips to distribute and put in bills to help remind people to conserve,” said DiFonzo.
DiFonzo said it is up to the city council to move to the next step in the city's water conservation plan However, she said, due to the dropping levels, she and the city manager will evaluate the situation. As for now, the year-round ordinance remains in place, and New Braunfels residents are being asked to adhere to it to help alleviate the stress being put on the Edwards Aquifer. Under the ordinance, the following guidelines apply:
■ No use of water sprinklers from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. on any calendar day for either private or commercial property.
■ Hand-held hoses (with a manual or automatic shutoff nozzle), buckets, or drip irrigation systems can be used any time.
■ Non-compliance with the ordinance can result in a misdemeanor offense, and upon conviction, a fine of between $50 and $500 can be assessed.
■ Each day’s violation constitutes a separate offense.
■ To report violators, call the city hall at (210) 608-2100.
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All for a good cause
Kathy McLoud volunteers hor lima to wash car windows during Lube-a-thon, bald yesterday at BradzoH. Th# Lube-a-thon benefits th# local chapter of tho American Cancer Society. Customers paid $25 for a full-service oil changa, and all th# proceeds went to th# ACS. Customers were also treated to sausages and drinks.
New planning director on way
By ABE LEVY
The City of New Braunfels hired Harry Bennet as the new planning director Thursday.
City Manager Mike Shands oversaw the hiring of Bennet, 50, who currently lives in Portland on the northern border of Corpus Christi.
“Both my wife and I are very excited about the situation,” Bennet said in a telephone interview from Portland. “It’s an opportunity I’ve wanted to do for a long time, There’s great growth in New Braunfels and a lot of opportunity as far as planning is concerned.”
This is the first job as planning director for Bennet, who has worked for the planning department of Colpus Christi and for private engineering firms fix a total of 24 years. Bennet has a wife, Carol, who works as a school counselor, and two children, Rebecca, 21, and Robert, 26.
He graduated from Texas A&M
University with a bachelor’s of Science/Landscape Architecture in 1971 and earned a master’s degree in public administration in 1993 from Corpus Christi State University. He was one of 13 statewide applicants for the position.
“The combination of experience, education told qualifications made him the top candidate,” Shands said.
He is scheduled to start June 17 and is looking for a home in the New Braunfels city limits.
He said the move to New Braunfels will put him closer to his parents and a sister who live in Schertz and a sister-in-law who lives in San Antonio.
The former planning director, Debra Goodwin resigned three weeks ago to move to Reno, Nev.
The planning department deals with the administration of subdivision and commercial development, building permits and zoning requests.
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