New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 133
COMAL C • Home of Eustaclo Luna Jr.
May 23. 1991 25 Cents
One section, 12 PagesLiteral translation
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Bob Rider, Helen Leone, Jcannie Ortiz, Lupe Monccballcz, David Torres Sr., Mike Smith, Betty Fausct, Mary Jane Vela, Veronica Reyes, Helen Bremer, Wayne L. Hoffmann and Royal Reiss.
Belated best wishes to Rosie Leal Rojas.
"Happy anniversary” today to Augie and Maria Villanueva, Amulfo and Elvira Sauccda and Al and Kathy Soliz.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Concerts In the Park
Concerts in the Park scries will kick off tonight at 7:30 at the Landa Park Dance Slab and cease by IO p.m. The rock group Revival Brothers will perform this week. Family outreach Eighteen hair and nail salons are participating this week in a campaign to “Help Cut out Child Abuse.” Through Saturday the salons will be contributing a percentage of their fees to Family Outreach, a non-profit organization dial works to prevent neglect and abuse of children and teenagers. Participating salons include: The Hair Company, The Hair Place, Judy’s Touch, Krcative Cuts, Louise’s Beauty Salon, Coiffure de Ville, Das Schonc Haus, Fclger & Friends, Fclgcr & Friends ll, Makin’ Waves, Terry’s Beauty Salon, Rosie’s Hair Designs, The Perfect IO, Retreat Salon, Ruth’s Hair Fashions, and in Bulverde, Nancy Thompson’s Hair Designs, The Cutlery and The Ultimate Difference.
Teen Connection will sponsor a yard sale beginning today and running through Saturday to raise money for various programs. Persons can drop by Teen Connection at 1414 W. San Antonio St. to “stuff a bag for $1” with items from the Thrift Shop, such as clothing, household items, purses, shoes and other items.
Fitness Made Fun will conduct water aerobics al Landa Pool beginning June 3 at 8 a.m. Also, low-impact and interval training classes will be taught at First Protestant Seelc Parish House. For more information call Nadya at 625-9295 or Sue at 512/935-2843. Rummage sale
Church in the Wildwood at Canyon Lake on Charter Oak Drive will sponsor a rummage sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clothing, crafts and baked goods will be sold.
Mission Valley Community annual family picnic will be this Sunday at the Community Center on Mission Valley lane beginning at 10:30 a m. Meat and drinks will be furnished. Those attending should bring salad, vegetables, and desserts. All residents of the former Mission Valley School District arc welcome. The clean up day will be tins Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.
First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank
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Highs iii the upper 80s, lows near 70 and a continued slight chance for afternoon rains make up the area's weather forecast extending lo die Memorial Day Weekend. High iii New Braunfels Wednesday was 85 and die overnight low was 68. For more weadier details, see Page 2.
Taking the sign at Doeppensc-hmidt Funeral Home at its word, birds have built nests in the open spaces of a number of the letters. Perhaps they find it the perfect perch, looking out on Seguin Street and the Comal County Courthouse. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Kuempel to pursue moratorium
As session ends, SAFE shifts effort back to city
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
President of Securing a Future Environment says the thrust to slop laifargc/ Systech in New Braunfels will again be focused predominantly on the local level.
“Lafarge needs to understand that we’re just not going to give up.” Wallace said."... We’re still going after diem.”
Wallace’s comments came on the heels of the end of the legislative session slated for May 27. It appears dial legislation that could have hampered die Lafarge Corp. and the Systech Enviroiuiicmal Corp. from obtamuig permits lo store and bum hazardous waste at die Balcones Cement Plant will not be passed diis session.
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
Though Rep. Edmund Kuempel’s proposed moratorium legislation is apparently dead in the Senate, the Seguin lawmaker is promising to find a “solution” during the upcoming special session.
"We will continue to pursue other avenues,” Kuempel said Wednesday afternoon about getting the moratorium law passed.
“We will continue to find the solution ... beyond a shadow of a doubt.... We will continue to work vigorously on pursuing House Bill 420 leaving no*tones unturned.”
House Bill 420, that called for a two-year moratorium on the burning of hazardous waste in cement kilns,
was tagged by Sen. John N. Leedom, R-Dallas, Wednesday during a Natural Resources Committee hearing, meaning the bill will not see action before the regular session ends May 27. Sen. Bill Sims, D-San Angelo, was sponsoring House Bill 420 in the Senate.
Senators have the authority to tag. which is a procedure by which a senator can hold up the progress of a bill for 48 hours.
“It could have passed perhaps if it had come over earlier. But when a bill comes over so late then it’s easy to kill it because of the tag rule,” said Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo.
Zaffirmi, who has Kuempel carrying two of her hazardous waste bills rn the House, said she still hopes that her
legislation will pass before the session
“The concentration has to be on the two senate bills which are in the House,” she said. "As far as I’m concerned I still have hope."
Those bills are Senate Bill 350 and
•Senate Bill 350 would prohibit the stonng and burning of hazardous waste over the Edwards Aquifer unless it could be proven it was safe.
•Senate Bill 1393 is meant to ensure companies use the best available technology in burning hazardous waste in cement kilns.
For a bill to be considered during a special session the governor must approve the request.
Schertz City Council backs IH 35 widening
By JAMIE LEE CAMPBELL Staff Writer
The Shertz City Council met Tuesday night to adopt resolutions and swear in new council members.
“We adopted a resolution for expressing our support of the widening of Interstate Highway 35 from San Marcos lo the Hays/ComaJ County line," City Manager Kerry Sweatt said.
Sweatt said the council also swore in new members Barbara Stanhope, Mary Marsh and Kenneth Grccnwald.
Joe Poicmpa was sworn in as mayor protem for the next six months.
In other city business:
• The council discussed a to nan vc
dale for the economic task force to lour die city. Other city business organizations also will be scheduled to attend.
• Councilman Harold "Hal” Baldwin declared June 15 Senior Citizens’ Appreciation Day in Schertz.
• An attorney representing a dismissed city employee appeared before the council. The council told the attorney he was "out of order” and he was advised to go through the proper “route of appeal ."
Sweatt said the proper route of appeal would be through the city manager. Sweatt declined to identify the employee or the attorney.
Schertz resident shares interest in old art form
By JAMIE LEE CAMPBELL Staff Writer
SCHERTZ — China painting is an ancient art. The painter creates intricate designs on porcelain and durn preserves the work in a fiery kiln.
The historic craft is alive and well in Schertz, where it is practiced and taught by a local artisan.
“It has an old, old history dial comes down from the Europeans, die Germans, the English — diey all have their own style. In Japan for a long, long tune a family was obligated to paint, but the families would not share dieir secrets, ” said noted China painter Sakae “Sue” Sawyer. “I like to leach it to young people especially.”
Sawyer explained how and where site learned die craft.
“You call it an oriental art, bul I learned it from an American lady in America. I’ve lived in Schertz for 27 years,” said Sawyer, a native of Japan.
Sawyer has been painting and doing exhibits for die past 15 years and sometimes gives lessons and demonstrations. Her work has been shown all over the United Stales and Mexico. The artist’s work has been published in several international art magazines.
Sawyer said China painting is “different from oil painting and ceramics” and many other art fronts. “It’s different because you paint on a smooth, hard surface instead of on a canvas,” Sawyer said. ‘The paint is a special powder mixed with oil."
Sakae Sawyer will hold a free demonstration June 2 al die Schertz Library. The demonstration is from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Sawyer invited “everyone to come please." There will be door prizes, coffee and cookies.
Sawyer’s favorite motifs are peonies, birds and poppies.
Area’s unemployment rate rises
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Wiitar
Unemployment in the San Antonio metropolitan area rose for die second consecutive month in April, as the unemployment rate increased from March's 6.5 percent to 6.9 percent in April. This figure includes not only
Bexar County but all surround!! counties, including Comal.
'The number of jobless in the Si Antonio area uicreased by 3,3( between March arid April bringii total unemployment to 42,200 in mi
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Flood scenario serves as local emergency exercise
By ROBERTSTEWART SUH WrtUr
The city of New Braunfels was Hooded by 16 inches of rain in four hours yesterday, causing massive property damage and loss of life.
Not really — it was only a drill. The flood was a disaster recovery simulation for die city’s annual state-mandated Emergency Drill.
The New Braunfels Police Depot uncut at 111 W. Garden St. served as the Emergency Operations Center for the drill, held from 9 a m. to 12 noon Wednesday. Representatives were present from the Police Depart merit, the Department of Public Safely, the New Braun fels Fire Deparunciu, the National Guard, the Red Cross, Eniex, New Braunfels Utilities, the Public Works Department, both school districts, and others.
“'Dus lune we’re focusing on recovery, which we haven’t drilled on before,” said Herb Syring, Emergency Management Coordinator for New Braunfels. “We’re dealing with rescuing people out of trees and assessing flood damage and injuries.”
A recovery drill assumes that the disaster itself is over and focuses on cleaning up the aftermath.
The team worked to resolve problems like power outages, school children stranded in buses and a river
search team that disappeared.
Other situations that had to be dealt with were transportation from overcrowded studiers, transportation of supplies arui issuing of credentials to citizens wammg to re-enter disaster areas.
"One problem we have is out-of-town family mem hers wanting to get in arui help residents.” Syruig said
Public information officer Marsha Anderson kept those concerned supplied with information through media releases on such issues as where to find shelters and the need to boil drinking waler.
“Overall, we’ve got a really good operation here," said Paul Grohman, New Braunfels city manager He pointed out dial it was important for the city to be pre flared for everything from flooding to tornadoes arui even possible military attack, due lo the proximity of military bases.
“The main thing in an operation like this is that everybody understands the importance of working together,” Grohman said.
“'The exercise went better tins year than last year,” Synng said. “We found some weaknesses in our plan and we will update and refine it. I would give us a real high score."
Playing their part in Thursday’s local disaster drill are New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker, foreground, New Braunfels Untidies’ director of technical services Roger Biggers, center, and a Department of Public Safety trooper. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)