New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 250Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Paul Morgan Jr.
One Section, 12 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zcitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Audrey Player, Paula Warren, Rene Medina, Ramona ispinoza, Carolina C. Moreno, Daniel Cantu Jr., Lupe Cordova, Deanna King, Melina Navarro, Chrissy Haas, Myron Floren, Laura Buryanek, Pcpa Schooley, David Ortiz-Belated birthday wishes to Nan- > cy Chafin, Andy Martinez, Rick Montanez, Jordan Walters, Todd and Tommy Gonzales and Alys-sandra Sanchez.
“Happy anniversary” to Joe and judy Garcia.
Belated anniversary wishes to Tcnry and Barbara Hand.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Organizers of Wcihnachtsmarkt arc working with downtown merchants to supply discounted tickets to die annual market slated this year for Nov. 22-24. To find the discounted tickets look for the signs at participating stores.
Massed Choir Concert
Rehearsals for the 32nd annual Massed Choir Concert (die Advent Vespers) are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 19 and 26 at First Baptist Church. Singers from all area churches, schools and singing groups arc invited to participate. Music is provided by the New Braunfels Music Study Club, and the concert is sponsored each year to help provide scholarships for graduating seniors. 'The choir, directed by Melitta Fruch, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. I at First Baptist Church.
rile Comal County Genealogy Society will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. al Victoria Bank and Trust North Building, KXK) N. Walnut Ave. Hic speaker will be Rita Kerr, Texas author and historian. Guests arc welcome.
Alzheimer’s Month •**
As pail of a guest speakers scries in November recognizing National Alzheimer’s Month, Dr. James Chambers, renowned researcher, will speak at the Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St. Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. Dr. Chambers will explain die latest research on Alzheimer’s Discase in an informative and entertaining format. A panel of family members also will share their experiences. For more information call Judy Turner at 625-2068 or the Alzheimer’s Association office at 1-800-523-2007. '.
Concerts on plaza
This year’s noontime Concerts on the Plaza series continues with pciTormalices by Chris and Judy Wallisch oil Wednesday, Al Bar-low on Thursday, and Ike Eichcn-berg on Friday. Admission is free. Historic tour
Tours of the First Protestant Church are available daily from IO a.in. to 4 p in, during Wurstfest, Nov. I - IO. Hie special exhibit this year features weddings. On display are wedding gowns from die 40s and memorabilia from weddings dirough the years.
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas will celebrate the lOOt i anniversary of die founding of dieir organization with a noon luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 6 ut die New Braunfels Presbyterian Church al 373 Howard St. Henry S#a STAMMTISCH. Pag* 2
Thcie’s a chance of rain today widi a high expected in the high 50s. Tonight’s low should dip into die low 40s. Hie high temperature in New Braunfels Monday was 47 and die low was 30. For more weather information see Page 2.
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Officials prepare for new area code
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. has announced that New Braunfels and the surrounding area will be given a new area code beginning Nov. 1,1992.
The new code will be 210 and will replace S12 in San Antonio, Seguin. Eagle Pass, Laredo. Zapata, McAllen, Harlingen and Brownsville, as well as New Braunfels.
The changeover will take place in two stages, according to Doyle Beebe, area manager of external affairs for SWB. For the initial six month period (November I, 1992 to May 2. 1993), customers who accidentally dial die 512 area code to reach telephone numbers in the
new 210 code will still have their calls automatically switched to the 210 number.
“The initial six months will give callers more time to become adjusted to the new area code,” Beebe said. “Aller the grace period, callers still using 512 when dialing the 210 area code will hear a recorded message instructing them to dial the new code.”
Beebe said the new area code is being established now “or we will run out of numbers.”
Population growth and new telecommunications services were cited as reasons for the necessity of the new area code, Beebe said.
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By ROBERT STEWART Buff Writer
Officials of the United Way of Comal County announced Monday that they have reached their goal of $200,000 for this year's fund drive.
“There are still companies out that have had their presentations or that have presentations scheduled during the month of November, so we do expect more to come in,” said Pam Kraft, co-drive chairman.
The fund drive has raised $201,866.99 as of Monday, according to figures provided by United Way of Comal County.
Kraft added that she has “thoroughly enjoyed” her role in the campaign.
“I've met a lot of nice people and have been just truly amazed by the cooperation and the willingness to volunteer,” Kraft said. “The companies have been willing for us to come in and present it to them and the people have been willing to help.”
Already looking towards next year. Jack Farris, co-drive chairman, predicted that a realistic yet challenging goal will be set.
“With the addition of the help we've gotten from the Bulverde and Canyon Lake areas, we think that we can just continue to expand on that for next year “ Farris said.
At this point there are IO “pacesetter” companies with IOO percent employee participation. said Joe Wort, executive director.
Uiok for results of die statewide constitutional amendment election in Wednesday's Herald'Aeltunx Read wlicthcr Comal County voters supported a lottery and what was the outcome statewide.
J Learn whether voters supported an
amendment authorizing the issuance of up to $1.1 billion in general obligation bonds for acquiring, constructing or equipping new prisons,.
See w he dict Ute oilier amendments (mused or failed.
School officials explore year-round schooling
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The only potential savings lo be gained from a year-round schooling program are in delaying lite need to build new facilities and purchase new equipment, says Carol Hall. Comal 1SD assistant superintendent for curriculum.
“We are looking al around a $1 million start up (cost) with elementary alone," Hall said. “The state has told us to tell people about the issue of year round schooling ”
Hall said she does not think the district will implement year-round schooling next year bul is just considering all possible options lur dealing with the district's growth.
“We thought we were going to have 200 new students this year - we got 490,” Hall said
The topic was addressed at a community meeting Monday night at Smithson Valley High School. CISD has scheduled four such meetings lo solicit input from parents and patrons regarding year round schooling arid to provide information and answer questions. About 25 people unended Monday’s meeting.
“There have been some rumors floating around the district about
year-round — it's an emotional issue,” Hall said.
Proponents of a year-round system say that the traditional agrarian calender. based on having children off during June, July and August lo help work crops, leads a loss of knowledge during the long break and the need to re-leach information in September. A single-track year-round system would give students breaks three uines a year having, for example, November, March and July off. A multi-track system would have three or four groups that have different months off with facilities inconstant use.
“'Fwo and a half yeais ago when we first started looking into it we were trying to explore ways where we could help student achievement,” Hall said “Then this year when we started looking at our enrollment and we saw what our utx rate would be we saw that down the road we might have a problem as far aa overcrowding We would Uke to be prepared with all options.”
Only the multi-trick system increases building capacity. The single track only seeks to improve student retention. Hall said
“We want to keep what we have
and riot go backward.” Hall said.
“Property values are high and homes sell because of the good education system.”
CISD middle and high schools arc not large enough to implement a multi-track system al this point. A minimum of 2,500 students is needed to support a full curriculum program on a multi track system. Hall said.
Other options for dealing with rising enrollment were discussed ai the meeting Possibiliues include moving sixth grade students back lo elemeii* tery schools to create more space in the middle schools.
“I don’t dunk sixth graders belong iii the middle schools,” said Superintendent Joe Rogers.
Rogers added that all options arc being presented lo the community because the administration does not want to “give one thing to you and say take it or leave it.”
Modular buildings with facades to make them blend with existing structures were suggested as an alternative lo portables. Other ideas being looked at include making the two Bulverde schools kindergarten through grade three with 4-6 attending Bill Brown Elementary.
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Accordion great Myron Floren, above, is presented with signed Hummer an prints af hrs birthday party on the Wurstfest grounds Sunday. He is joined by Grosse Opa Fritz Welsch, left, and Wurstfest Association President Benno Engel. At left, Floren enjoys a piece of birthday cake with his wife. Floren will perform again tonight from 8-9:30 p.m. in Wursthalle. The Seven Dutchmen will perform in Wursthalle from 5:30-10:30 p.m. For more Wurstfest coverage see Page 10. (Photos by Karla Wenzel)