New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Comal Bowl showdown tonight at Canyon High - P. 9A
Sports Day.........9,1 OA
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Marjorie Bal-mos, Vicki Carrillo, Teta Sc Hadley, Chris Dinklage, Kenneth VV. Scmldt, Dorothy Ray.
Weihnachtsmarkt to begin Nov. 19
The Fifth Annual Weihnachtsmarkt (Vi knocks marked, German for Christmas market), sponsored by the Sophicnburg 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 & Grctcl," promises inspired decorations to delight the eye.
The Kaffce 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 S3 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. to6 p.m. and Nov. 21, ll a.m. to 5 p.m.
Powder Puff contest scheduled for Saturday night
A Powder PAIT football game between senior girls of Smithson Valley High School and Canyon High School will be held at Smithson Valley Middle School beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The location has been changed from Smithson Valley Rangers Stadium to the middle school.
A junior varsity contest will be held before the seniors' contest.
Football players from both high schools will not only serve as referees, but also as cheerleaders.
Last year's winner was Smithson Valley.
Proceeds from the game will be directed to the Project Graduation program for both schools.
'Planning for Profits’ workshop sot for Nov. 9
"Planning for Profits," a workshop designed to aid small businesses in developing successful short and long term business plans, will be presented Nov. 9 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.
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By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Writer
Statistics show that every 30 minutes 41 children will lose one or both parents through divorce, death or abandonment; 29 will attempt suicide, 57 will run away from home, 14 will give birth to illegitimate babies (for 75 percent it will be their second or third child), 685 will take some form of illicit drug, 228 will be abused physically and/or sexually by their parents, 34 will be added to the poverty roles and 60 will drop out of school in this country.
Dr. Carlos Campos spoke to commissioners about these kinds of “throwaway children” in Comal County at Thursday’s session of Commissioners Court.
“The Chamber’s Leadership New Braunfels class of 1992-93 included researching problems and issues that we have in this county and city, ’’ said Campos. “When I saw throwaway children as one of those topics, I wondered if we had that problem here and I didn’t think we did. But, when we begin to research this problem, gathering information from local authorities at the school districts and from the juvenile probation people, we defined throwaway children as children between the ages of 13 and 18 whose parents for one reason or another arc no longer willing or able to deal with them, leaving the adolescent to fend for them: elves.”
According to the report, local authorities estimate th at r1 rec to four percent of Comal County children are “throwaways" — completely out of their family homes — and as much as another IO percent fall under the “throwaway” definition even though they remain in their family homes, because there is a general disregard for the child
Dr. Carlos Campos reports disturbing findings to Comal County Commissioners
Dr. Carlot Campos
resulting in substance abuse, gang activity, prostitution and crime.
“We believe that a contributing factor to the “throwaway” problem is the breakdown of the family unit,” said Campos. “In 1989, only seven percent of families have the “typical” two-parent family in which working fathers and homemaking mothers provided sustenance, structure and support for sch(x>l-age children.”
The report cited economic pressures which compel most parents to work long hours or at more than one job, dual-carccr families and single-parent families that have little time or energy to nurture children, divorce and the additions of step-parents and step-siblings, and the near extinction of the extended family which used to provide essential support to stressed nuclear families.
Citing a column by George F. Will, Campos told commissioners that since 1970, American
births to unwed mothers has increased by one percent every year.
“This is really a shocking article,” said Campos. “If you look at 1970, IO percent of the children bom in this country were illegitimate — one out often. In 1991, it was almost one in three They project by the year 2016 that one (Hit of every two children born will be illegitimate We have to spend money to house these kids, jail them when they get in trouble and put them on the welfare roles when they’re having babies at age fifteen
“About five years ago when my son was a third grader, I came home one night and said ‘son, f understand you have a spewing test --did you study for that?’” said Campos. “He said, oh Dad, I know all that. So, I gave him a test and he made a 50 on it. So we studied until 11 p m and he made a 95 on the test But, as an aside he said ‘you know Pedro is really dumb, he made a
35 on this test.
“I said 'son, I know that family, I care for them. I delivered his sister when she was 15 years old, his father was in the hospital w ith pneumonia about two weeks ago. I know this family works eight hours a day at one of our local factories and then he and his wife go off and work a second job till ll o’clock at night. What do you think Pedro is doing till
11 o’clock? He said ‘probably watching MTV
According to Campos, Pedro would fit into the “throwaway” children category because his parents can’t help that child.
“These kids don’t have anyone guiding them,*’ said Campos. “So one of the goals of doing this study was to bring this to the forefront — we have this problem right here. We have a crisis in this* whole country with these throwaway children.”
The report encourages participation in programs designed to help such children — HOSTS, BOOST, the Summer Youth Program and Communities in Schools. The report also calls for a Youth Activity Center perhaps in the HEB building on San Antonio St. when it is vacated, a Big Brother/Big Sister program and alternative schools.
The Leadership New Braunfels class producing the report included Penelope Church, Carlos Camp**, Dennis Clarkson, Carol Gravis, Don Maxwell and Tim Tippit.
Customs Service visits Oak Run School
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Herald-Zenung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Students from Oak Run School hide their faces as a U.S. Customs Service helicopter makes a landing at the school yesterday. The Customs Service visited the school to conduct an anti-drug program which was given by the Customs Service pilots, including J.R. Blackford and Gary Antczak. The two, based out of San Antonio, explained how the Customs Service patrols drug traffic-ing throughout South Central Texas. They also talked about staying In school and the importance of a higher education.
Comal County now has SS information center
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Comal County now has a Social Security information center thanks to the efforts of Commissioner Cristina Zamora and Senior Citizens Center Director Gladys Battling, who with the help of the Social Security offices in Seguin and San Antonio and the Senior Texas Employment Program, investigated and lobbied for the local office.
STEP is funding the position and the Social Security Administration has provided the training. The Senior Citizens Center is providing the space for the information center office The phone number is 625-6996 and is being provided by the Drug Dependency Council Crisis Line which is fonded by the United Way.
Shirley Butler will be available for consultation Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p m. to answer questions and provide the appropriate references on Social Security issues for all residents of Comal County.
“This service is available for all the residents of Comal County, not just those over 65,” said Zamora. " i’d like to thank Bruce Steiner, director of the Social Security office in San Antonio, Laurin Lee Jimenez from the Social Security office in Seguin, Emclia Brummctt from STEP, Congressman Frank Tejeda and Gladys Battling and Bob Dingcldein from the Senior Citizens Center who helped make this possible. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the services that are available here now.”
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Gorman Folk Dancers perform
Nbw Braunfels Carman Folk Dancara Paul Hoahn (lift) and Nadya Lahmann (right) parformad at Wuratfeat Wadnaaday night undar th# big tam. Many mora activity ara plannad for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, th# last thraa day* of Wuratfeat.
‘Operation Fireball’ s wins state accolade
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“Operation Fireball.” the Noon Lions Club and Main Street Project effort which cleaned the So. Seguin.St underpass in February of this year, hits been named “Best Community Service Project” in the state of Texas for 1993 by the Texas Downtown Association.
At the TDA annual conference in Ft Worth last night, the volunteer clfort was commended for “exemplifying perfectly the spirit of community service and voluntccnsm so important to downtown revitalization.
The clean up effort, undertaken by the Noon Lions, Lionesses and their high school Leos counterparts, spent five hours on a Sunday afternoon hand scrubbing the 750-foot underpass which acts as the gateway to downtown New' Braunfels.
The project required extensive cooperation between civic organizations, the City Streets Department, the Fire Department and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Due to the sensitivity of the environmental area involved, the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Conv mission was also involved Penelope Church, Main Street Director, stated that the judges’ panel applauded the project for its “superb community involvement,’’ the “dramatic visual results,” and an effort whose “timing was critical and coordination with agencies was a challenge and handled extremely well ”
Joe Worl, President of the Noon Lions during the effort, traveled to Ft. Worth to accept the award.
Worl emphasized the long-range effects of the service project, stating that “the drawing together of young and old alike was heartwarming, and a sight not soon forgotten. This project shows the heart and soul of New Braunfels.”
Appropriately, the only other finalist in the Best Community Service Project category in the stile was the Plaza Fountain Fundraising effort Last year, New Braunfels’ downtown project was recognized with two awards “Best Public^'Private Venture,” for the Hummel Muxcum/Comal County offices, and “Downtowner of the Year” Bob Smith of Texas Commerce Bank.For news,advertising or subscription , call 625-9144
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