New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
2 O HeraM-ZettunQ O Thursday, November 16,1995
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Teen-Agers of the Month
By Brigitte A. Schaefer
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc. (CCSCT) Head Start program has started the 1995-96 school year with a bang. Parent participation in center activities in Comal and Guadalupe counties is peaking and new officers were elected for the parent policy council.
“Parents are the heartbeat of the CCSCT Head Start program and the staff members are excited about this year’s group of parents,” said the program director, Ramona Reyes. “The new parent policy council president is Mary Jane Sosa, of Seguin. I feel Ms. Sosa will do great. She cares about the Head Start program and is very enthusiastic. I think she will be a good leader for the parents.”
According to Reyes, Ms. Sosa is a returning parent with Head Start experience, attended the pre-service training conference in Houston with Head Start staff and has participated in many program projects.
The new first vice president of the council, Judy Hernandez, of New Braunfels, is also a returning parent. Reyes noted that “Ms. Hernandez went to the National Head Start Association (NHSA) training conference in Louisville, Ky. last year and will do a lot for the Head Start parents.”
Jo Ann Munoz, of New Braunfels, was elected second vice president.
! According to Reyes, Mrs. Munoz will ; bring additional Head Start experience ; to the council. “Mrs. Munoz was the policy council secretary last year and also went to Louisville for thp NHSA
Students of the Month
i cscaiame Lemich
Each month the Benevolent and Potective Order of Elks, New Braunfels Lodge #2279, recognizes students at local middle schools as Students of the Month.
Nominees are judged on the basis of multiple achievements - character, leadership, service, citizenship and scholastic performance.
This month's honorees are:
■ Lauren Nicole Wilke, daughter of Steve and Debbie Wilke, an eighth grader at Canyon Middle School.
■ Travis Wade Gibson, son of Roy and Alicia Rauch, an eighth grader at Canyon Middle School.
■ Isidro Mejia Escalante, sone of Justino and Gabnela Escalante, an eighth grader at Smithson Valley Middle School.
■ Joanna T. Lemich, daughter of Richard and Mary Alice Lemich, an eighth grader at New Braunfels Middle School.
■ Andy James Schmid, son of Ronnie and Roberta Schmid, an eighth grader at New Braunfels Middle School.
Josie Longoria, of New Braunfels, was elected secretary. Comal County center director Delia Gomez said that “although Mrs. Longoria is a new Head Start parent, she is very enthusiastic about the program and will bring in fresh new ideas.”
Gomez also reported that Elma Nava was elected treasurer. “Ms. Nava is a first-year Head Start parent who is excited about working with the program and I feel she will do a great job for the parents.”
Reyes pointed out that “Head Start is not just about the children. It is about the family and the community. Suc
cessful parent involvement enters into every part of Head Start.”
According to parent involvement coordinator Bambi Simpson, parents at each Head Start center select parent committee officers who organize the parents’ ideas and suggestions for the centers. “Several fund-raiser projects have already been planned for the centers, including an enchilada dinner plate sale in New Braunfels on Nov. 18 and turkey raffles in Seguin, Marion and Cibolo this month.”
According to Ms. Simpson, the policy council takes part in major policy decisions affecting the planning and operation of the Head Start program.
Newty elected officers of the Community Council of South Central Texas Head Start Parent Policy Council enjoying a sunny fall afternoon on the play structure at Comal Head Start Site III are: (I to r) Treasurer Elma Nava, President Mary Jane Sosa, First Vice President Jo Ann Munoz, Second Vice President Judy Hernandez and Secretary Josie Longoria.
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CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS PY 1996
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM B-94-MC 48-0512 CDBG ENTITLEMENT
lite City of New Braunfels on November 13, 1995 approved the City's Statement of GbjeUives and Certifications of the City's receiving the PY 1996 Community Development Bkxi. (iranU the Statement and Certifications will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on November 28, 1995.
The Statement describes the intended use of 1996 CDBG funds for the following projects
V cr amor, d i Drainage
Habitat fur Humanity • Ix* Purchase
Communities in Schools
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Summer Youth Recreate*! Program
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the Statement and Ccrtiftcaliuns are available for review rn the Community Development Department, Muucprl Building. 424 S Canell, New Braunfels, Tx, (210) 608-2100. AOI obwcttans & the qgbwation should be hied wih Ute lominunflY DsvsiwimaBl LNPifUaflrt
The Director of Community Development will respond to any written complaint within fifteen (15) days.
The City of New Braunfels does not anticipate any displacement of persona aa defined in 24 CFR Section 470 612(a) aa a result of the PY 1996 CDBO activities lf unforeseen displacement diould occur as a result of CDBG activities, the City of New Braunfels would minimize the effect* of such displacement and mitigate any adverse effects of any such duplscement by following the procedures set out under the Uniform Relocation AHHtance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (called the "Uniform Act”' This assistance jpchrdea relocation payments and other relocation ama* an ob_
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la Simpson, a senior at Smithson Val-ey High School.
■ Kyle R. Voosen, son of Mark and Karen Voosen, a senior at Canyon High Schoo
■ Elizabeth Anne Weisman, daughter of John and Anne Weisman, a senior at Canyon High School.
■ Alison Claire Damarodas, daughter of Robert and Claire Damarodas, a senior at New Braunfels High School.
■ Trey Scott Taylor, son of Randy and Joyce Taylor, a senior at New Braunfels High School.
Contribution of farmers recognized this week
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The importance and need for agriculture in Comal County will be recognized during National Farm - City
Week during Nov. 16-23.
“Basically, the purpose of National Farm—City Week is to inform our urban neighbors about farm life,” Comal County Extension Service Agent Joe Taylor said “Here in Comal County we will highlight the production process when the food is raw produce up to the point it is placed in the store. We want to show people that their food just does not show up at their local HEB - there is transportation, quality control and processing involved.”
National Farm - City Week is sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture, the National Farm - City Council and the Texas Agricultural
Taylor cited the agricultural crops that are primarily grown in the county - com, grains and sorghum, and how the county extension service is trying to improve the quality and quantity of these crops.
“Over the past 3-4 years, we have done a variety of test trials on com, sorghum, soybeans and wheat,” Taylor said. “We have planted different varieties of plants. We look at different variables such as the sturdiness of the plant, insect resistance, disease resistance and crop yields. There is no question that our held tests have helped farmers here select crops which are producing higher quantity yields. As a result, farmers have increased their crop production on a per acre basis and have increased their income.”
The county extension service, Taylor said, has been involved in a brush
management study and in a study looking to eradicate a com root worm. The com root worm is an insect which destroys the root system of com plants, effectively decreasing the yields of a com plant. The com root worm study will find out what time of the year the insect hatches and how much insecticide will need to be used to eradicate the insect. The purpose of the brush management study is to look at the effects of herbicide on unwanted plant species.
Besides doing field tests and studies, Taylor said, the county extension service handles one on one and day-to-day questions the public asks about agriculture and horticulture.
“I just had one lady who called and asked a question about her sick goat” Taylor said. “Just recently I had to go out and help this same lady separate her roosters from her chickens because she
•We want to show people that their food just does not show up at their local HEB.’—Joe Taylor
did not know the difference between the two.”
According to his own figures, crop production brought $7,358 million in revenues to the county in 1994. That figure will be higher, Taylor said, because increases in com and wheat prices will bring more revenues lo area farmers this year. Com prices rose from $1.94 per bushel in ‘94 to $3.14 this year, sorghum rose from $4.19 to $5.11 per bushel. Taylor said the increases happened because of a worldwide shortage of both crops, thus demand exceeded supply.
Each month, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, New Braunfels Lodge #2279, recognizes students at local high schools as Teen-Agers of the month. Nominees are judged on the basis of multiple achievements - character, leadership, service, citizenship and scholastic performance.
This month's honorees are:
■ Robin Marie Rix, daughter of Jeffrey and Rose Rix, a senior at Smithson Valley High School
■ Mark Anthony Simpson, son of Mark Scott Simpson and Gale Melin-
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