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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas JM, NHW BftAKatfVKELS HERALD C'O 41 -•I    . Vol. 149 No. 135    26    pages    in    2    sections    May    26,    2000 262;? ^HlcttopuSi J _    «-    p«so‘    Tva(-    dr    J HH    fZVOd-'r-*-, Friday - Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today. Well users with addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water today after 8 p.m. ounty since 1852 50 cents The boys did a good job’ CHS valedictorian, salutatorian ‘best friends’, roomies By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Hunter Leber and Derek Wohlfahrt will be roomies next fall at the University of Texas in Austin. And why not? They’ve been good friends — best friends — for four or five years. Neither Canyon High School senior is really sure how long. “They do everything together,” said Wohlfahrt’s mom, Patsy Wohlfahrt Thursday. One of the things they did together was lead the 2000 CHS graduating class. Leber is valedictorian. Wohlfahrt is salutatorian. Ending up one and two was just kind of a bonus for the pair, who say their relationship is a supportive one: they had no rivalry. “We’ve been friends for a long time,” Wohlfahrt said. “We’ll be able to help each other out in college.” “We work really well together,” Leber said. “I think it’s better to go into a big university with a friend — with someone you know.” See CHS/5A RON MALONEY/Herald-Zeitung Derek Wohlfahrt, salutatorian, and Hunter Leber, valedictorian, will lead their class during commencement Saturday. Playing It Safe • Make sure to drink enough water to avoid dehydration. • Children younger than 13 are required by law to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. • Remember that mixing alcohol and water recreation can have deadly consequences. • Always wear sunscreen. • Know your limitations. Stay out of the water when you’re very cold, very tired or overheated. • Pay attention to where you are on the river and watch for posted exit signs. • Always swim with a buddy. • Avoid swimming at night in unlighted areas. • Do not chew gum or eat while swimming. You could choke. • Avoid swimming in strong river currents. • Get out of the water if you see lightning or hear thunder. • Never swim near a dam or boat ramp. • Never dive into the river: Visibility is poor and the water is deceptively shallow in places. • Wear tennis shoes or other no-slip shoes to protect feet.Remember: • No glass containers • No littering • No plastic foam • No diving • No trespassing on private property. Public entrances and exits are provided. Diver paralyzed Austin man jumps into shallow water, breaks neck K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Fire and Rescue paramedics rush a diving victim to the AirLife helicopter for transport to University Hospital in San Antonio. From Staff Reports A 19-year-old Austin man might be paralyzed after jumping into shallow water in the Guadalupe River from a private dock. The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of Gruene Road. New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Don Zercher said, "There was a raised platform there, and he climbed up onto it and dove into water (knee) deep. He didn’t know what he was diving into. He was lucky they saw him. They supported him in the water — kept his face above it — until we got there. "When we got there he was still in the water," Zercher said. "He has a fractured neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. Unless he’s very lucky, he’s going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life." The man was taken by a rescue helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was listed in undetermined condition. Officials would not say whether alcohol was a factor in the accident. The man was alert and conscious when paramedics arrived. Six paramedics lifted the man out of the water and onto a backboard. An ambulance transported the man to a nearby water treatment plant, where the helicopter was waiting. Officials: Make safety top priority By Erin Magruder Staff Writer While soaking up the sun at Canyon Lake or floating lazily down the Guadalupe River this Memorial Day Weekend, residents and tourists should remember a fun time quickly can turn tragic if safety is not a top priority. If river and water enthusiasts follow a few simple rules, they could save their lives or those of loved ones, New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief John Herber said. “The biggest problem that we see every year is definitely mixing recre- See SAFETY/5A RON MALONEY/Herakj-Zeitung Elizabeth Sanders, left, hugs her son, Matt Zahn, upon meeting him at his New Braunfels Home Thursday evening. His adoptive mother, Judy Zahn, right, looks on.Mother, son meet in time for graduation By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The most terrible thing in Elizabeth Sanders’ life happened in 1981, just as she was turning 17 years old. At an age at which she should have been thinking of proms, high school graduation and college, she was dealing with the horrors associated with doctors, lawyers and an unplanned pregnancy. The son she called Dylan Blaine would be taken from her at age 5 days in an adoption her family felt was best for all concerned. “It was awful,” said Sanders, who lives and works in the Dallas area. “I was so young, my daddy arranged everything. I couldn’t say no.. .I couldn’t do anything. “It was the worst experience of my life. It’s depressed me, I’ve thought about him every day.” She also worried about what he later would think of the young girl who gave him up because she couldn’t rear him. In New Braunfels Thursday night, she met that boy for the first time in 19 years. He has grown up to be Matthew Scott Zahn — named by his adoptive parents for 1960s “Gunsmoke” television marshal Matt Dillon. Zahn graduates Saturday from Canyon High School. Elizabeth Sanders and two of her other children, daughter Brenna, 12, and Alec, IO, will watch as Zahn picks up his diploma. Her fourth child, Megan, 17, won’t be able to make it. Zahn had decided he wanted his birth mother to be able to attend his high school graduation, so he asked his adoptive parents, Judy and Michael Zahn, to make it happen for him. And they did. “I’d been thinking about it for awhile,” Matt said, “wondering if I wanted to see her after all these years. My mom kind of explained to me that it was in my best interest for Elizabeth to give me up. “I understood that; I don’t have any hard feelings at all. I wantSee SON/4A Run for Habitat, get free pass to SchlitterbahnVolunteers, runners still needed for Saturday race By Heather Todd Staff Writer Local residents can beat the heat this Memorial Day weekend splashing in the cool waters at Schlitterbahn Waterpark without spending a dime at the admission booth — and all for a good cause. Schlitterbahn Race for Humanity benefiting the local Habitat for Humanity will kick oft'8 a.m. Saturday at the Blastenhoff Section of the waterpark. For a $20 advance registration fee, local residents will participate in a 5K walk or run, with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit organization. And, the best part of all — free admission to the waterpark all day Saturday. Sherrie Brammall, public relations director for Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Inc., said the event also included a quarter-mile kids’ run. Advance registration for children up to the age of 11 is ' $15. The course for the 5K run winds through Landa Park and ends back at the Blastenhoff section of the park, where participants will be greeted by music and free food provided by Taco Cabana. Brammall said the first 500 people registering for the run/walk would also receive a free T-shirt. Winners in each age category receive award plaques made by Great American Products. . To register today, local resi dents must either visit Roger Sol-er’s Sports store, 2589 Jackson-Keller Road in San Antonio, or register on-line at Roger Soler’s Sports is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. For more information, call (210) 366-3701. Brammall said on-line registration would probably end around noon today. Residents can also register Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Rapids Pavilion on Lincoln Street. The race begins at 8 a.m. If residents register Saturday, the registration fee is $25 for adults and $20 for children up to the age of ll. The regular price of admission to the park is $25.19 for adults and $20.99 for children up to 12. Brammall said the event has raised about $20,000 for Habitat for Humanity during the past four years. Brammall also said Schlitterbahn was still in need of volunteers to help coordinate Saturday’s race. Local residents interested in volunteering should pre-register by 5 p.m. today by calling the waterpark at 608-1902. Inside Abby.......................... ......7A Classifieds..................... ..3-10B Comics.......................... .....10A Crossword.................. ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................ ......4A Movies.......................... ......7A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports........................ ...1-3B Today.......................... ......2A Television....................... ....10A Key Code 76 k ;