New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845 \ March 21, 1995
8 Pages in one section ■ Nov. 2,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of CYNTHIA BURNS
■ Vol. 141, No. 247
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishcs;Gert Jordan, Irene Self, Pat Rosales, Margaret Trayhan. Happy Anniversary to Douglas & Patricia Fuege
Mid-Texas Symphony meeting slated Monday
The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, New Braunfels chapter, will meet Monday, Nov. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to I p.m. at the Victoria Bank meeting room, 1000 N. Walnut St The Guild has a number of activities which support the Mid-Texas Symphony, and new members are welcome. Members can bring brown bag lunches to the meeting. For more information, call Arlene Buhl at 625-6411.
Rita Kerr to appear at NBCA tomorrow
Rita Kerr, a Texas author, lecturer and story teller, will be at the New Braunfels Christian Academy Nov. 3. Her new book, based on the original New Braunfels settlers, will be available. Call 629-6222.
Planning workshop set for today
"Planning for Profits," a workshop designed to aid small businesses in developing successful short and long term business plans, will be presented today at 7 p.m. at Honors Hall, and will examine writing techniques, Financial components, and lending requirements for strategic plans. *
Sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Project, the seminar will cost $5 to chamber and downtown association members and $8 for others. For more information, call 608-2100.
Weihnachtsmarkt to begin Nov. 19
The Fifth Annual Weihnachls-markt (Vi knocks marked, German for Christmas market), sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels, will be held in the Civic Center at 380 South Seguin on Nov. 19,20 and 21.
The event marks a Christmas shopping extravaganza with 50 merchants under one roof. This year's theme, "Hansel & Gretel," promises inspired decorations to delight the eye.
The Kaffec Haus in the lobby is a great place to meet friends and sample some of the home baked goodies, delicious potato soup and many other foods and beverages. The $3 admission is good for all three days and children under IO are free. Door prizes will be given away every hour. Hours are Nov. 19, IO a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov. 20, IO a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 21, ll a.m. to 5 p.m.
(The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to sub mil items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German communi ty, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
Fate of Dan Bremer to be decided today
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Voters in District 2 will go to polls today to decide whether or not to recall District 2 Council Member Dan Bremer.
The decision on whether or not to recall Bremer became an issue after a petition to have the recall election was presented to the New Braunfels City Council in July.
The petition was presented to the council by District 2 resident Mary Scrold.
The petition contained more than 200 signatures from residents in District 2.
Campaign signs for both side began appearing throughout the city, particularly in District 2 in the last two weeks..
In past interviews, both sides said they have support in the upcoming election.
Bremer said he has been attending meetings and talking to people in his district in order to present his side of the issue.
Scrold said those supporting the recall have been making phone calls and getting the word out to arca residents.
She said she is optimistic about the outcome.
Bremer’s supporters have published a second petition in the New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung that contains 400 names of people in his district who are pledging their support.
Only citizens in District 2 will vote on the issue.
If Bremer is recalled a special election will be held in January to determine his replacement.
Precincts will be open until 7 p.m.
Election polls will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. for the special election today. There arc 16 Amendments to the Texas Constitution proposed which range from prohibiting a state income tax without voter approval to the abolishment of the county surveyors position in specific counties.
Citizens may vote at the following places:
■ Precincts 4,18 and 19 — Canyon City Fire Station on Farm to Market 306 ■ Precincts 16, 22 and 24 — Faith United Church of Christ
at 970 North Loop 337 ■ Precincts 1,2, 3,9 and 23 — New Braunfels Presbyterian Church at 373 Howard St. ■ Precinct 5 — Startz. Cafe in Startzville ■ Precinct 11 — Garden Ridge Municipal Complex ■ Precincts 18 and 13 — Lone Star School at 144 North Hidalgo St.B Precincts 7, 12, 17 and 20 — Memorial Elementary School at 1900 South Walnut ■ Precincts 14 and 15 — Eagles Hall on South St. ■ Precincts 6, IO and 21 — EMS station on U.S. Highway 281.
Foster parents painting smiles on young faces
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff WrHar
When Sue Ponfick walks into the room, the faces of both one-year-old Lindsay and three-year-old Stephanie light up with delight.
Ponfick, along with her husband Walter, share a special relationship with the two girls. They are Stephanie and Lindsay’s foster parents.
But even among foster parent's, the Pon-ficks stand out. They’re home is known as a habilitative home, meaning they specialize in taking care of children with special medical needs.
The Ponficks began working as foster paints in 1986 and took care of children without special medical needs for several years.
“We decided we wanted to care for medically needy children as well,’’ said Sue.
“We initially became a foster family because we had been blessed by a large family with healthy children. . -We decided we had enough love and enough time to help children who didn’t have that blessing,” she said
The Ponficks have been caring for Stephanie since she was 13 months old. Stephanie has cerebral palsy, a form of paralysis caused by brain injury during or before birth.
The disease is characterized by difficulty in controlling voluntary muscles.
“Stephanie was bom to a 17-year-old who decided she couldn’t handle the medical part of the disease. She was placed in a high risk adoptive situation. Her adoptive father, who was 38, died of a heart attack,” said Sue.
"When we got her she was on valium. We worked with her for 15 months,” she said
Stephanie was then adopted by a couple from the northern area of the United States
At the time she left she was starting to walk and was working on sitting, said Sue.
“We got a call saying Stephanie was in a hospital near death. She had been neglected and malnourished,” said Sue.
Stephanie was then brought back to Texas to live with the Ponficks. She was recently taken to an adoptive home in this arca. Sue said Stephanie’s adoptive mother is trained in taking care of children with cerebral palsy.
"Her adoptive mother is very good with her,” she said.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Stall Writer
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Sue Ponfick (center) with three-year-old Stephanie (left) and one-year-old Lindsay (right).
Lindsay was put in the care of the Ponficks w hen she was one month old “She is a miracle baby She has spinabitida The doctors didn't expect her to live,” said Sue.
Lindsay’s spine was exposed at birth and her head was extremely misshapen. Water had so compressed the brain that doctors thought the frontal lobes were gone “We’ve prayed a lot over her We really believe God will continue to help her. We’ll have to wait and see how far she can go,” she said.
Lindsay is paralyzed from the waist down. However, her brain has been given time to grow and develop and Sue said Lindsay will be having surgery in January for her back. Doctors have
changed their prognosis to extremely gtxxJ Lindsey is currently learning to sit up and is sure to flash a dazzling smile to any person walking into the room.
Each day is a challenge for Sue and Walter. Their days are usually filled with taking children to the doctor and seeing to the children’s health, but Sue said she enjoys this challenge “Caring for these children is not a sideline. It’s a full-time thing,” she said “It’s exciting to watch these children achieve and develop against all odds. When you’re dealing with the brain, it’s a mystery. It's a gift. I feel we have been given a gift They teach use more about life than we can teach them ”
A'decision on whether or not Jack Warren Davis should stand trial for allegedly murdering a local school teacher has once again been delayed by court officials.
The decision was delayed because Davis’ attorney Stanley Schneider, of Houston, is in trial this week in Harris County. The hearing was scheduled for today.
Davis has been charged w ith the 1989 murder of Kathie Balonis at her apartment at the New Braunfels Oaks Apartments on Laurel Avenue. Davis was the maintenance man at the apartments.
Officials said the hearing will be rescheduled for the middle of November An official date is expected to be set today.
A three-day hearing was held in August concerning the wTit of habeas corpus filed by the defense The judge delayed making a decision at that time because attorneys were waiting for additional evidence from courts in West Virginia
The evidence concerns past tests and testimony provided by Fred Zain, a former employee of the Bexar County Crime Lab The evidence includes cases in West Virginia where Zain was formerly employed.
The West Virginia cases occurred between 1983 and 1989. In past interv iews, Schneider said attorneys discovered discrepancies in Zain’s testimony and in his reports.
A judge in West Virginia has requested an inquiry into the matter.
This evidence is expected to be forwarded to Comal County and will be taken into consideration by the judge.
The heanng will be conducted before District Judge Charles Ramsay.
Davis was tried three years ago for the murder of Balonis and found guilty His conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeals
Local unemployment figures holding steady at 5.3%, labor force showing slight increase
JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Unemployment statistics in September for Comal County remained the same at 5.3 percent, according to statistics released by the Texas Employment Commission.
According to statistics, the u.icmployment rate was 5.3 percent in August and 4.8 percent in July. The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in September 1992 and 4.3 percent in August 1992.
The current numbers are still positive, according to Michael Meek, executive vice president for the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce The labor force in Comal County increased from 25,546 in September 1992 to 27,962 in September 1993 In August 1993, the labor force numbered 27,667 up from 26,407 last year.
Concerning the August numbers, Meek said the significant topic is that 1,600 of those new members of the labor force were employed.
Meek also said the statistics in Comal County are also dependent on the tri-county area since many people live in other counties and work in New Braunfels or vice versa.
“We have a tri-county economy," he said
‘Twenty-five percent of the work force is driving outside the county, but it evens out. . We’re very fortunate that we’ve got a very mobile work force.
“We will continue to look at new opportunities for businesses to expand. There will be 700 high school seniors in Comal County. If half of those go to college and the otter half stays, we will be adding 350 people to the work force. We’ve got to grow just to stay on course," he said.
“The signs arc positive, but we still need to be vigorous on our economic development program,” he said.
All Souls’ Day events planned
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Along with All Saints Day, Nov I, All Souls’ Day has been combined in modem secular tradition with decoration of graves, belief in the return of ghosts or dead souls and pranks that begin at the setting of the sun on All Hallows Eve, or Halloween.
However, All Souls’ Day is a religious holiday observed in many churches by praying for the souls of the departed in the hopes that the intercession of the living may benefit them
Holy Family Catholic Church will be celebrating All Souls’ Day as part of a four night parish mission which
begin last night with a mass to celebrate All Saints Day arx! will continue tonight through Thursday, Nov 4, with masses celebrated each night.
“There is a special theme each night,” said Father John Kennedy. "Last night was the Feast of All Saints and today is the Day of the Dead, All Souls’ Day, when we pray for the dead and we’ll have a procession tonight around the church property after the mass The mass starts at 7 pm so the procession will be about 7:45 p m On Wednesday the theme will be “Family Reconciliation and Forgiveness" and Thursday is the closing of the mission, a “Dcspedida” or farewell party for the missionaries.”
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