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. 20 pages in two sections ■ Friday, November 21,19^7
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
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|The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes [to: Angi Heftdrich, Audrey Barber, Sylvia Sanchez, Jamie Dod-[son (Saturday), Eloy Jamarillo ■Saturday), Cecilia Quirino [(Saturday), Cassandra Marbach l(12 years), Valarrr Marbadi (Saturday), Rachad Klein (3 I years Saturday), Lupe Dominguez Sr., (48 years) and llda Berger (belated).
■7o have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River—317 cubic feat per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 625.96 feat above sea (aval, up .01 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —171 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—202 cfs Canyon Lake ievei — 909.10 feat above
NGU reports pumping 5.500 mtoon gallons of surface wafer Thursday and no
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SfltNPtotoy — Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid to upper 60s. Saturday night, increasing cloudiness. Lows in the upper 30s to upper 40s.
Bun day — Cloudy. Highs in the 60s.
Monday — Cloudy. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s.
TtoooBny — Mostly cloudy. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s.
Ohm to our Chonr Fund
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund. Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy. [Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zeitung office on 707 Landa St. during regular business hours. Checks can also be mailed to the Herald-Zeitung Please make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund.
Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made ^contacting circulation director Carol Arm Avery at 626-9144, ext 228 The moat recent donations include:
■ Anonymous — $10
■ Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bart soh — $25
■ Judy and Ralph Koch — $100
■ Mary Keyes — $25
■ New total — $2,370.52
• Landa Street between the Comal County Senior Citizen Center and Albertson*
• Curb replacement and street repairs on Schmidt Avenue
• Repaving Comal Street
Health warning means no homemade goods at school, daycare functions
From staff reports
A public health notice alerting schools and day cares of an outbreak of hepatitis A has put a damper on some Thanksgiving plans in Comal County.
Parents no longer can bring homemade goodies for Thanksgiving parties at schools and day cares, and some local organizations are having to rethink their plans for feasts and food give-aways.
St Paul Lutheran Church members canceled their plans to deliver loaves of bread to about 150 neighboring households Sunday.
“We were going to have people from our membership bake the bread and we were going to distribute it,” the Rev. Brian Peterson said Thursday.* “In light of the ban, we are not going to.... We'll plan to purchase wrapped Christmas candy and distribute it that way. We’ll go with the commercially wrapped candy this time.”
Officials at the Comal County Office of Public Health confirmed 14 cases for the month of October through late afternoon Thursday.
Dorothy Overman, medical authority for New Braunfels and Comal County, sent a notice to all schools and day cares notifying them of the outbreak. She also mandated:
■ no sharing of foods or drinks between children;
■ “absolutely” no home prepared foods or beverages for classroom parties or school, day care or teacher-sponsored functions;
■ food for parties or school- or teacher-sponsored events must be purchased from stores, bakeries or commercial establishments; and
■ fastidious hygiene and cleanliness for all employees and children.
Nine cases of hepatitis A were confirmed at Happy Days Day Care Center in New Braunfels. Of these cases, six were parents of children who attend the center and three were children, including a 2-year-old, according to officials there.
Preventive measures already have been taken at the center, where approximately 140 children attend on a daily basis.
“We’re having shots given to keep it from breaking out,” said director Shirley Smithers.
One hepatitis A case also was confirmed at Cross Lutheran Church and School, according to interim director Alice Closen
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Dorothy Overman medical authority
One case was confirmed at Memorial Elementary School also, according to Leslie Kriewaldt, New Braunfels Independent School District public infotmatioa officer.
An immune globulin injection could be administered to those who had close exposure to someone with hepatitis A, said Overman, lf a person did contract hepatitis A after receiving immune globulin, his symptoms usually would be much milder, she said.
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Be careful at company potlucks
Company potlucks, common during the holiday season, don't have to be canceled because of the hepatitis A outbreak, according to a local doctor. However, she urged that care be taken when preparing foods for these events.
Thorough hand washing should be the first step for anyone preparing foods.Countertops should be cleaned, and cooks should be discreet when taste-testing their recipes, said Dorothy Overman,
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Comal County Office of Pub-
• WHAT tT 16: Hepatite A makes the ibm tick. It to caused by fecal to oral transmission.
•SYMPTOMS: Yellow skin, dark urine, flu-tfke symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea.
• HOW ITS DETECTED: Can
be screened through a urine sample; confirmed by a blood test
•HOW ITS TREATED: Supportive care, such as bed rest end a healthy diet, including many (kids to prevent dehydration.
None. The liver repairs itself and ueuaNy forms an immunity to hepatitis A ‘prodded by David Patten, physician's assistant at McKenna
Neighborhood Health Cantar
County considers road options in Bulverde
By DAVID DEKUNOER
Comal County Commissioners Court postponed Thursday a decision about roads in the incorporated areas of Bulverde.
County Judge Carter Casteel asked Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldnp and his staff to research Texas law and report their findings to commissioners.
Regarding the county’s role in helping the newly formed municipalities in Bulverde, Waldnp said laws were unclear and confusing.
“It does not appear to be settled as to what the county’s authority is to continue in maintaining roads
and rights of way, even at the request of the city.” Waktaipsaid.
Waldrip said there were different interpretations from the attorney general's office and the state Supreme Court ‘Trying to put those together is not plain,” he said. Newly installed officers from the three incorporated areas — Bulverde East (Oak Village North), Bulverde South (Bulverde Hills) and Bulverde North (Bulverde Estates) — are investigating whether the county can maintain those roads until Bulverde has enough revenue to toke on the maintenance itself.
Casteel said if the county became obligated to do maintenance for one city, then it would have to main
tain roads in other incorporated areas of the county.
“lf you care for the roads in Bulverde, you have to do it in Garden Ridge and New Braunfels,” she said “I want the court to recognize if we do it, we do it for all — not for a select few.”
Bulverde North Mayor Bob Barton said roughly 35 miles of county roads would have to be maintained once they were turned over to the cities.
C ommissioner Moe Schwab said even if the roads were in an incorporated arca, Comal County still would have an obligation to provide good roads for its citizens.
“If a major event happens like a bridge being Turn to Roads, Page 2A
Zoning board delays tank vote
Panel awaiting state rules on above-ground fuel storage facilities
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
A request to allow above-ground storage tanks containing 40,000 gallons of fuel came under fire by one man (hiring the City of New Braunfels Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting Thursday.
The storage tanks would be adjacent to a filling station near Texas 46 West and Loop 337, part of a $50 million development that would include a shopping center, grocery store, model homes mid office buildings currently envisioned by Quanalyze, a development company in San Antonio.
The tanks would contain about 40,000 gallons of fuel, according to a Quanalyze representative.
However, city ordinance allows only 500 gallons of fuel to be stored above ground.
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission regulates design of fuel storage tank protection systems.
Charles Gallagher of New Braunfels, representing Quanalyze, described a three-level protection system for the fuel, including double-walled tanks, a cement Hamer around the tanks and sensors that set off an alarm when the tanks break or leak “A 1.3-acrc comer side is an excellent fuel location,” said Gallagher. “It will be part of a 20-plus acre development” to include residential homes and other entities, he said.
Resident Richard Seidel spoke in opposition to the filling station and storage tanks, citing the chance that the Edwards Aquifer water supply could be contaminated by possible fuel leaks or spills.
“I have nothing against having a shopping center, but do we really need another filling station over the aquifer?” he asked.
Seidel said he believed the water supply for Comal County and surrounding areas would be endangered.
“We need to take responsibility for this," he said.
Board members discussed possible hazards, such as refueling tanks colliding with above-ground pipes that connect to the tanks, and other natural hazards, such as flooding.
Board member Edward Kirkham said he understood Seidel’s point of view.
Kirkham said responsibility must be taken for water quality and the possibility of contaminating it. He was hesitant to make any further motions until more information about fuel storage standards could be received from TNRCC
Member David Hochanadel said, “We're not qualified to assess the risks.”
The item was tabled until the board’s next meeting in December to allow city staff to contact TNRCC to get more information regarding rules on above-ground storage tanks and protection systems.
Reserved seats scarce for NBHS playoff game
By TOM ERICKSON
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Playoff fever might have hit an all-time high at New Braunfels High School Thursday, as reserved seats for tonight’s game with East C entral sold out in a little more than three hours And while general admission seats are still available for foe game, which kicks off it 7:30 pm at Unicom many fans
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One fan called for a limit to be placed on foe number of reserved tickets an individual
“There ait (tally a lot of mad people,”
said J ancone Quartes, a fan who stood in line for three hours and missed getting a reserved seat. “I think ifs unfair that so many people can buy as many tickets as they warn. My daughter used to go to school here, and back then it was a 18-ticket limit. That’s what you got.”
New Braunfels Independent School District assistant superintendent Lonnie Curtis said he hadn’t remembered a ticket limit before, and neither had athletic secretory Pat Douglas, who sold foe tickets on Thursday “There’s never been a limit,” said Douglas, who sold football tickets for 19 years. “I think 35 reserved seals were foe most I sold to one person ’’
Douglas began selling foe tickets at 6:40 am. but said foe line had formed well before thai.
“I got there at 6:20, but foe first person in line was there at 3:15 in foe morning,” she said. ”1 haven’t seen anything like this since the glory years with Coach (Jim) Streety back rn foe 1980s.”
NBHS principal Keith Gannger was away from foe school all day on Thursday and said last night he wasn’t aware of foe situation or complaints from fans.
“Obviously when you have a huge demand, those kind of things are going to happen,” Gannger said. “I’m sure Coach Turn to Playoff, Paga 3A4s you think, so you become — Page BA; make plans for Festtage — JA