New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143, No. 140
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Esmeralda Zavala and Lynn Pugh (May 27). Happy belated birthday wishes to Christina Maria Sotelo.
Happy anniversary wishes to James and Rlsa Culpepper (5 years), Diana and Joe Michael Espinoza (5), Laura Goodwin and Martin Garcia (10), and Jarrod and Amanda Paps (I).
Landa Park sponsoring Aqua Aerobics class
Aqua Aerobics classes will be held at the olympic pool in Landa Park beginning June 5. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 to 9 a m. The class is a self-paced total fitness workout including aerobics, stretching and strength training. For registration and information call Nadya Lehmann at 625-9295.
Starlight In the Tropics theme for ACS event
Reservations are now being taken for the American Cancer Society’s third annual Starlight Gala. Starlight in the Tropics is the theme for this year's gala, which benefits the local unit of ACS. The gala will be held June 16 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The public is invited. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with Gatelli Strings providing music for mingling and during the seated dinner, catered by Blue Chip Catering, which will be served at 8 p.m. Dancing to the music of Twilight will begin at 9 p.m. and last until midnight. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is KENS-TV Sportscaster, Lisa Burkhardt. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the winner of a one year (or 15,000 mile) lease of a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban, donated by Don Maxwell’s Chevy New Braunfels. For more information or to make your reservation, call 629-3338.
FPO Youth holding rummage sale
The “Sell Your Stuff’’ Rummage Sale will be held at First Protestant Church, located on the corner of Seguin & Coll Street (one block east of downtown) on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Clean out your closets and purge the attic and garage donate your treasures...unwanted and unneeded stuff to First Protestant. All donations accepted, and proceeds will benefit the FPC Youth. Deliver to FPC Seele Parish or call to schedule pickup of large items. Call Marty Lindley, director of Family Life, 609-7729 ext. 26. All proceeds are tax deductible.
Men's Garden Club to meet next week
The Men’s Garden Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 at the Comal County Extension Service Office at 132 S. Water Lane. Agent Pat Rasor will present a program on “Preservation and Use of Herbs."
City to have locally owned bank
From Staff Reports
A new bank plans to set up shop in New Braunfels.
First Commercial Bank will File an application with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for National Banks in Dallas on Tuesday, May 30, 1995 to establish a new bank branch at 654 Landa Street in New Braunfels.
The bank branch would operate as a tenant in the building owned by Stan Cunningham, the Edward D. Jones & Company representative, for nine to 12 months, while its permanent home is under construction. That permanent home will be at Walnut Street and Loop 337.
Cunningham said he is “pleased to have First Commercial as a tenant, even for a short period, as they will help expand the scope of the financial services we offer our neighbors in New Braunfels from 654 Landa.”
New Braunfels no longer has a locally owned bank, since the sale of Citizens Bank to Minneapolis-based Norwest Corp.
First Commercial to file for NB branch
“In both 1993 and 1994, First Commercial Bank was recognized by the Independent Bankers
‘We believe we can offer a community bank alternative to banks owned and managed from New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Victoria.
— Mark Williams, chairman
Association of Texas as offering the ‘Best Community Banking Service by any Bank in Texas,”’ said Williams. “Our Bank President, Robert Orr, and Cashier, Joe Hartigan are residents of New Braunfels and between them have been active in the Wurstfest Association, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, City Planning and Zoning
Board and New Braunfels Utilities. Both of them have served as bankers in New Braunfels for 33 years during their banking careers which total 66 years. And, our Executive Vice President, David Brocks, was bom and raised in this community. We believe we can offer a community bank alternative to banks owned and managed from New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Victoria.”
Bank Senior Vice-President and Cashier Joe Hartigan agreed and added “Most of our 200 shareholders live in Central Texas and a number actually live in the New Braunfels area. And to further build our local ownership, we will be offering securities in our bank for sale this summer to New Braunfels and Comal County residents who want to invest in a local community bank. In addition, we will be setting up a Board of Advisory Directors from New Braunfels, Canyon Lake and the county to help us stay in touch with the
needs of those communities.”
First Commercial director and Realtor Mickey Ferrell said “our slogan has been ‘local ownership means local understanding’ and we believe we can make better decisions affecting local people and businesses than bankers who are far away in Minneapolis, New York City and San Francisco.” First Commercial’s permanent bank building will be built on Walnut Street at Loop 337 in the Oak Run development. “We are excited about the opportunity to offer a community banking alternative to our friends and neighbors in New Braunfels. We believe we can serve the residents out in the county off Bulverde Road, Highway 46, Bear Creek Road and in the Canyon Lake area conveniently from the Oak Run location,” said First Commercial President Robert OrT.
“We are pleased to have First Commercial as the first tenant in a commercial development that we believe will eventually include New Braunfels’ other major grocery store as another major anchor,” said Oak Run developer Rob Eversberg.
Cancer patients get lift from ACS
The years of studying, taking exams and completing homework paid off for Smithson Valley High School’s graduates Thursday night. Commencement ceremonies were held at Ranger Stadium and diplomas handed out to the deserving students. Graduate Christina Langenberg gave the saiutatorian address, followed by Valedictorian Wendalyn Pursch. Superintendent Dr. Jerry Major made the presentation of the Class of 1995, and principal Joe Rogers handed out the diplomas. Perry Dean, choir director, led the graduates in their senior song, “My Wish For You ,N followed by the SVHS Alma Mater.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
“This car is entered in the race against cancer.” The driver of a car displaying that sign is making a unique contribution — he is a part of the “Road to Recovery,” a program where volunteers drive cancer survivors to and from treatment.
Becoming a driver is easy — it mainly takes desire, a good driving record, and a healthy car with proper insurance, Comal County Road to Recovery Coordinator Robert “Pete” Peterson said.
Peterson provides drivers with comprehensive training. “Most of the training is common sense,” he said.
Providing the “extras” like a listening ear or simply caring companionship is what makes Road to Recovery volunteers invaluable. That’s where the responsibility comes in — and the rewards, Peterson said.
“Be a good listener — never try to give medical advice or counseling,” he said. But if a patient doesn’t feel like talking, “let diem sit there,” he said.
Volunteers usually make a personal visit with the patient before the driving appointment. That way the dnver can get acquainted with the patient as well as the location of the patient’s home.
Confidentiality is the watchword for Road to Recovery volunteers. Patients may or may not know their diagnosis. Breaking that confidentiality can have dire consequences for a patient’s state of mind. Anything the patient tells a driver must be kept in the strictest confidence — not even shared with a spouse.
“Try not to take the patient’s problems home with you. If so, contact me," Peterson said.
Drivers are reimbursed for mileage, although some donate it, Peterson said. Patients are responsible for parking fees and drivers are responsible for any meals they eat while waiting for
1995 ACS Starlight Gala Ticket Categories
for $1,000 a donor receives:
1.4 couple tickets
2. reserved seating with assigned
3. host gift
4. memento for each attendee
5. printed material acknowledgment*
6. recognition at event
7.8 free putts at the Putting Green
for $750 a donor receives:
1.4 couple tickets
2. reserved seating
3. printed material acknowiedg-
4. recognition at event
5.4 free putts at Putting Green
for $500 a donor receives:
1.4 couple tickets .
2. reserved seating
3. printed material acknowledgment*
for $100 a donor receives:
1. couple ticket
2. general seating
‘Acknowledgment included with commitment by May 26,1995. Call ACS at 629-5717 for more detais.
Road to Recovery has more patients in need than it currently has dnvers. “I’m building the pool up — it’s slowly being built up to a workable position,” Peterson said. A new dnver could be ready to go within a couple of days of signing up, he said. For more information about Road to Recovery, call the Comal County American Cancer Society at 629-5717.
River levels low but still usable
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Tubers on the Comal River this Memorial Day weekend should have plenty of water to keep them afloat. Yesterday the river was flowing at 274 cubic feet per second. That’s down a bit from the average of 311 cfs, NBU engineer Bill Tepe said.
Yesterday’s reading dropped from the same day last year, which was 385 cps. “It’s the lowest reading we’ve had since 1991,” he said.
The Comal’s current level will still be safe for swimmers and tubers, Tepe said.
Those looking for a Guadalupe River adventure this weekend will find the river flow a little slow but quite enough for a pleasant float, David Welsch of the GBRA said. "There won’t be
any high, white water,” he said. “Be sure to take some sunscreen.”
Translated into numbers, that means the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority will allow 212 cfs to be released from the Canyon Dam this weekend, David Welsch of the GBRA said.
The Canyon Lake reservoir itself stands at 908.73 feet above mean sea level, Welsch said. That is almost 909 feet, the “conservation pool,” Tepe said. Above 909 feet is the lake’s “flood pool," which is considered “extra” water. If the level drops below 909 feet, it is in the lake’s “conservation pool," Jerry Brite of the Army Corps of Engineers said.
“The pool in this reservoir has been almost flat — it has not dropped or risen 12 inches this year,” Brite said. “We’re not going into the holiday weekend with any excess water.”
County mulls lot size requirements
By DENISE DZIUK
A public hearing was held Thursday to determine whether or not the Commissioners Coir! should approve roles concerning minimum lot size requirements.
In an attempt to prevent possible pollution and to protect public health, an On-Site Sewerage Facility Order was developed to limit lot sizes and set maximum distances around water wells and septic systems.
According to the amendments presented to the court, lots located over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and served by a public water system must be at least one acre. However, no portion of a septic system may be within 150 feet of any
public or private water well.
Lots not located over the recharge zone must be at least half an acre and the same guidelines for the septic system apply.
Individuals wanting a building permit or a license to operate on lots served by individual water wells must have a 150 feet radius around the septic system and a 150 feet radius around the water well. The two may partially overlap, but the septic system cannot be within 150 feet of the water well.
Judge Carter Casteel said this was an attempt by the county to prevent sewage from polluting drinking water.
Several developers were present and raised issues such as definitions of terms, the effect on property value, and the limitations it will place on developers.Explosives manuals and other survivalist literature. Opinion, Page 4.