New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon High School graduation will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Strahan Coliseum at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
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Vol. 148, No. 135 16 pages in I section May 27, 1999 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsComal prepares for big weekend
By Chris Crews
The Gregorian calendar says summer officially begins on June 21, but it will kick off this Memorial Day weekend in Comal County.
Officials said the influx of visitors to New Braunfels, Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River seeking water recreation
could be in the tens of thousands.
Judy Young, director of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau said 90 percent of the area’s accommodations — both motels and campgrounds — had been booked by Tuesday. She said space might be available on a first-come, first-served basis at many campgrounds.
Young said publicity stemming from behavior problems on the river and the October 1998 flood might have a positive impact on tourism in the county.
Officials at die Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority will release water from Canyon Lake at 300 cubic feet per second, a rate outfitters identified as ideal for tubing and other water recreation.
The release will remain at 300 cfs through Monday afternoon.
“I believe we might actually attract more family business, and that’s what everyone wants,” Young said.
This Memorial Day weekend is the first warm weather holiday since the county cracked down on rowdy river behavior on Labor Day weekend in 1998.
Property owners on the Guadalupe River complained throughout this past summer about lewd and illegal behavior.
There were a number of community meetings on the subject and some called for an alcohol ban on the river. After a trial law enforcement program on Labor Day week-See WEEKEND/3Bulverde
extends its jurisdiction
City council also adopts outdoor sign ordinance
By Rom Maloney
BULVERDE — Bulverde City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend its extra-territorial jurisdiction to the east, meeting land
- encompassed in a simi-
New Braunfels I ar action taken Monday City Council by New Braunfels City sets annexation Council.
plan The move effectively
— Page 4 closed the final gap in - a line that extends from
Seguin to Boerne, effectively shutting off the ability of San Antonio to expand any further to the north.
In other action, council ignored the concerns expressed by a nationwide outdoor advertising firm and adopted by a 3-2 vote a sign ordinance described as “restrictive and conservative.”
The ordinance will essentially outlaw any new billboards and restrict business signs to 5 percent of a building's facade. In San Antonio, business signs can take up 25 percent of the facade.
Also, aldermen began review of a proposal that, when implemented will invest frill commission status in the city’s planning and zoning comminee, taking away from the council some of its functions of site plan and subdivision review.
See BULVERDE/3Opportunities available for area children this summer
From camps to YMCA, there’s plenty to be had
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
The last day of school can be a dream come true for kids but a nightmare for parents.
For students, the last day of school means only one thing — two and a half months without homework, math tests, or report cards.
For working parents, the school break
means finding inexpensive, safe and educational activities to occupy their children during the summer months.
Several local organizations are offering youth programs and camps to cure parents’ summertime blues.
The YMCA of Comal County has day care services all summer long for children ages 4 through 13. Summer day care will run June I through August 13 from 7:30 a m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The YMCA will be closed on July 5.
The summer program features swim days every Monday and Thursday, field trip days
every Tuesday, and special art projects every Wednesday.
YMCA director Ginny Eanes said the program offered a structured curriculum centered on educational enhancement and skill development.
“We do a lot of arts and crafts, games, and puzzles. A lot of parents have been saying it’s an excellent program,” Eanes said. “It offers fun stuff for the kids that’s also educational. And the majority of parents have been raving about our staff.” YMCA staff are trained childcare workers and many are college students hired
for their love of children, Eanes said.
Field'trips this summer include Fiesta Texas, the state capitol and governor’s mansion in Austin, Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, performing arts theaters and Wonder World.
The cost of the summer day care program is S20 a day or S75 a week.
Eanes said YMCA offered financial assistance to families who qualify.
A $20 registration fee also provides each child with a YMCA T-shirt. The YMCA program is licensed b> the state.
Parents can call the YMCA at 606-9622.
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registration for a variety of summer camps at Landa Park.
Camp Thunderduck, for children ages 6 through 12, will run June I through August 6 in five separate sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities including arts, crafts, games, sw imming and field trips. The fee is $ IOO per participant per session.
Iris Neffendorf, Parks and RecreationSee CHILDREN/3
Canyon senior Benjamin Hooker is salutatorian for his Class of 1999.
Canyon graduates led by Jowers, Hooker
By Heather Tooo
After spending much of his early childhood battling stomach cancer, Canyon High School senior Benjamin Hooker decided to spend the rest of his life on the other side of the operating table.
Hooker will graduate salutatorian of the CHS Class of 1999 at commencement ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Hooker, along with valedictonan Leslie Jowers, w ill lead the senior class at Southwest Texas State University’s
Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.
Hooker plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall as a pre-medicine student with a major in microbiology.
Although Hooker fought and won his battle against cancer, he said he wanted
to help others successfully beat the disease as well.
“Ever since I got c ancer I wanted to be a doctor to help fight this thing,” he said.
Hooker plans to follow in the footsteps of JOWERS h,s grandfather
“I want to be an anesthesiologist. That’s what my grandfather was before he passed away and it interests me,” he saidSee CANYON/3