New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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LEISURE This Week
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SUNDAY May 27, 2001
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Vol. 150 No. 169
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
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Jubilant Canyon High School graduates throw their mortarboards into the air after their commencement ceremony Saturday at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.2001 seniors remember time of their lives
By Martin Malacara Staff Writer
Their pencils are down, their books closed— their hearts and their futures are wide open.
As the Canyon High School Class of 2001 entered Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos Saturday morning, the some 250 graduates closed the door
on adolescence and crossed the threshold into adulthood.
The traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” added to the background noise of parents, relatives and friends shuffling around the bleachers to find a seat.
Some parents even displayed makeshift signs for
their sons or daughters to see from the stands, congratulating them.
Senior choir students sang the national anthem and later, a rendition of “Time of Your Life” by alternative rock group Green Day.
“We are the first class in a new era— the first class See GRADS/5 AComing to trash can near you: Pay-as-you-throw stickers
Look for these bright green “pay-as-you-throw” garbage stickers in your New Braunfels Utilities bill.
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
If you find bright green stickers in your New Braunfels Utility bill this month, don’t throw them away. The stickers are the first distributed as New Braunfels kicks off the pay-as-you-throw trash program.
The program, designed to ieduce the amount of trash going to the landfill and to encourage recycling, requires residents who have their trash picked up by the city to put stickers on any trash over the allowable limit.
Under city ordinance, each home is
allowed three, 30-gallon containers of trash. Any additional garbage must have the stickers, starting at the end of June, said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager.
‘We haven’t changed the allowable amount of trash,” he said. “That’s set by ordinance and hasn’t changed What has changed is that, in the past, we haven’t really enforced that amount. Now we’re going to.”
City trash crews have picked up any amount of trash left on the curbs in the past, Ferguson said. Starting at the end of June, that will change. Crews only will pick up extra garbage
with the bright-green stickers.
Stickers cost $2 each and can be bought at the municipal building. Eventually, the trash stickers can be bought at other retail stores, but those have not yet be announced, Ferguson said.
Residents who pay for trash pickup and recycling get their first set of IO stickers free. Once the program gets under way and they use those stickers, households will have to pay for more.
“We want them to get used to the idea first,” he said. “And actually,See STICKERS/5A
Determination boosts SY
By Martin Malacara
Veronica Reed is a very determined young woman, and Gabriel Escalante is a very determined young man.
The morning of her Smithson Valley High School prom, Reed totaled her car at U.S. 281 and Borgfeld Road. Reed spent four and a half hours in University Hospital’s emergency room and attended her prom the same night.
During his school years, Escalante overcame a language
barrier to graduate in the top IO.
At the end of their high school careers, Reed is at the top of her class of 340 students as Smithson Valley’s 2000-2001 valedictorian. Escalante is salutatorian.
“Graduating at the top is not easy. It takes time and dedication,” Reed said.
Besides spending time at her studies, Reed managed to squeeze in work as a student representative for the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees, student body secretary, band secretary/treasurer and flute section leader.
grads to top
Reed will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall. She is enrolled in the university’s School of Natural Sciences and plans to become an orthodontist.
Reed said her career choice came to her only in the past two years.
“I always wanted to be doctor, but I didn’t think I could handle the serious nature of it. Being a dentist, people actually ‘want’ to see you,” she said.
Some of Reed’s friends also will attend UT with her to share in
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By Amy Clarkson
Tabers find sun, fun and cops on rivers
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels City Council will discuss parkland acquisition and hiring a city attorney when it meets in closed session Tuesday.
Council plans to meet at 5 p.m. to discuss both real estate purchases and the city attorney’s position.
The attorney issue has become controversial during the past two months, since Floyd Akers tendered his FLUME resignation
to accept a position as municipal judge in Bryan.
The hiring procedure has been mired in disagreements and technicalities.
In a letter to Mayor Stoney Williams, Councilwoman Debbie Flume requested that the council televise the portion of Tuesday’s meeting that deals with publicly hiring an attorney. The discussion will occur in closed session, but any action taken must be taken in open session.
“In light of recent publicity regarding the hiring of city staff personnel, I strongly suggest that the ‘discussion and action’ item #3 of the Special City Council agenda of May 29, 2001, be televised,” she wrote in the letter.
If you have water, they will come.
That’s just what they did Saturday — tubers, rafters and revelers from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and elsewhere nearly doubled Comal County’s population by some estimates.
They parked in tent cities along the Guadalupe, campgrounds at Canyon Lake and in RV parks and hotels and motels everywhere.
This year, Memorial Day weekend is a little different from 2000, where officials and outfitters struggled with IOO cubic-feet-per-sec-ond river flows and a dearth of tourists and dollars.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had t6 reduce Guadalupe River flows Friday night because a rainy winter and decent spring rainfalls had swelled Canyon Reservoir to 910.7 feet above mean sea level. Outflows of more than 1,000 cfs earlier this past week were knocked down to 400 cfs Saturday morning — considered about optimal for tubers.
Tourists began arriving in dribs and drabs at midweek and were flowing steadily into the county by Friday. Saturday morning, they were slowing interstate traffic and making shopping trips to convenience stores, supermarkets and department stores.
Tubers enjoy the Guadalupe River Saturday at the second River Road crossing.
George Cushanick, general manager of the Comal County Water-Oriented Recreation District, said the campgrounds and many outfitters did well Saturday, although not everybody was fuH.
“As the first day goes, it was a darn good one,” Cushanick said. “Everybody along the river was pretty darn happy. I’d say 95 percent of everybody did reaUy wefl.”
Today would be the day that ready decided what kind of weekend everybody had, Cushanick said.
Judy Young of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce saidSee TUBERS/4A