New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 26,1997
lovember 26,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Susan Snacks
Vol. 146, No 9
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Susan Bracks, Kennard lowen, Diana Cashion, Lucy Garcia, Sandra Lindsey, Ruby Wilson, BOI Spence, Glen Delano, Jackie R. Nolle and Henry Montanez.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Barney and Irene Bartels (56 years), Jim and Libby Rappel (I year), Robert and Rosa Martinez (2 years), John and Maria Guerrero (I year) and Cindy and John Moos (20 years).
To hove a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pofen measured in parts per cube meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 322 cube feet per second, up 5from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei — 625 98 feet above sea level, down .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 244 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 191 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.11 feet above sea level.
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NBU reports pumping 5.836 mifeon gallons of surface water Tuesday, and no we! water was used
Wsfin, cloudy woottior expected tomorrow Toil jht — Cloudy with widely scattered showers
Lows in the mid 60s, upper 50s.
Thanksgiving — Mostly cloudy and breezy. Highs in the mid 70s, near 70. Thanksgiving night, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the lower 60s, upper 50s.
Friday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s.
Saturday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s
H*Z arrives early on Thanksgiving
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will be delivered to doorsteps and newspaper racks early Thursday morning Our offices will be closed Thanksgiving, but we will be back at work early Friday morning.
Office* closed for holiday weekend
County and city offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and will re-open Monday . There will be garbage pickup for New Braunfels residents.
New Braunfels Utilities on Main Plaza will close Thursday and Friday as well as the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp office in Sattler Banks will close Thursday and open for business on Friday. All post offices will be closed Thursday.
H-E-B on Walnut, will be open until 11 p.m. today and closed Thanksgiving H-E-B will resume normal business hours on Friday. Wal-Mart will remain open Thanksgiving Day. Wuest's stores will have regular business hours today and be opened Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p m.
Light display packs them in
New features being added for weekend
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Going to tho Holiday River of Lights? Toko Loop 337 to Common Street, heed downtown end turn left on Peace Avenue. Continue pest the cemetery to Cypress Bend Perk. Admission ie $7 for most vehicles.
New Braunfels* Christmas treat to residents, the Holiday River of Lights, has garnered almost $10,000 in the first IO days of operation at Cypress Bend Park, according to city officials.
About 1,366 vehicles have driven through the
pathway of lights, city manager Mike Shands said. This included vehicles with up to eight passengers and four large vans carrying up to 15 people each.
Visitors from Houston and Dallas were among new visitors to the display, but local residents comprised about 75 percent of the nightly visitors, assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson said.
Sharing die Spirit, a program enabling local nonprofit organizations to benefit from the displays, entitles more than 20 groups to 50 cents per vehicle that enters the park on each organization’s respective night. Today, the Sons of the American Revo
lution will participate in the program.
New Braunfels Police Department officers are available each night to direct traffic toward the event. Emergency Communications, members of whom use a police RV as their command post in the park, provide nighttime security.
This weekend, the city unveils new tight displays, estimated to cost $21,000, according to city officials. New this weekend will be lighting of cypress trees within die park, six additional displays and 5,000 feet of new lights that will look like a Hue river of lights.
Community lends hand to victims of domestic violence
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Donation of food items from local businesses and a food bank will make Thanksgiving dinner at the Comal County Women’s Center a special
Karen McDonald, volunteer coordinator for the women’s center, said food donations definitely were appreciated.
’The community has been generous as far as donating fresh fruits and nuts,” McDonald said. “We have volunteers who bring food from the SOS Food Bank. The others that donate are H-E-B and Wal-Mart. They donate items such as cakes, sweets or things we wouldn't normally purchase.”
McDonald said about 15 women and children would enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal even though they were away from their homes.
The center provides shelter for women and their children who arc fleeing domestic violence situation.
“The Thanksgiving dinner will be cooked by one of the families from Oakwood Baptist Church,” she said. “They are providing the food and cooking the dinner so the residents can have a day off and enjoy Thanksgiving, relax and enjoy their families. It is a happy time for those people who have a safe place to celebrate it. It’s a sad time for those families because they don’t have a safe home to celebrate in.”
McDonald said the women’s center would have a typical Thanksgiving Day just like any family.
’’It is a holiday as far as for cleaning and chores,” she said. ’’We have plans to watch football, we've got food and we’ve got games for the children.” •
Fourth and fifth graders from Comal County’s YMCA program made placental for die center’s dinner.
’’It was something they chose to do,” Ginny Eanes, local YMCA program director, said ’it was something they wanted to do. They thought it was something that would brighten their day and would perk the children up.”
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From left. StsohmS Welch and Palos Fovt make Discerners for the Comal Countv Wonwi’a Center Thanksgiving meal, Welch end Foyt ere enrolled In the YMCA aller school program et Corf Schurz Elementary.
Senior center, Teen Connection make Thanksgiving special
From staff reports
Local grottos are helping New Braunfels homebound and less fortunate residents celebrate Thanksgiving through those groups’ donations of time, money and concern.
Volunteers at Coma! County Senior Citizen Center will deliver extra meals to homebound residents today in addition to the regular meal of chicken and dumplings, said director Gladys Badling. The extra meal could be a regular one or a turkey dinner, she said.
“An extra mail could be delivered (today) if wanted,” Battling said.
Teen Connection staff assisted families living in Bavarian Manor apartments with a get-together and community dinner Tuesday evening. The dinner was available to all residents living there.
“We worked with families to organize and plan a Thanksgiving dinner.” said Joel Whitt, director for Teen Connection’s girls shelter.
The meals were made possible by community-wide donations md Teen Connection’s help, he said.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund lo help the needy.
Donations will be accepted at the HerakJ-Zeitung office at 707 Lands St during regular business hours. Checks also can be mailed to the HerakJ-Zeitung Make checks payable to the HerakJ-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Recent contributions indude
■ Dorothy Rest — $25
■ Viola Roamer — $25
■ Lewis W. Welch — $25
■ New total — $2,645.52
Bulverde fire station gets final touches
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire station, which could be in operation soon, is getting the finishing touches.
Chuck Brangers, vice president of the fire department board, said the new 4,800-square-foot station on Cougar Bend Drive was nearly completed.
“Hopefully, we will get the floors done by the end of (this) week and move office equipment in and put the radio communication tower up,” Brangers said.
The fire station will house two fire trucks. Work began on the fire station in late March after the old one was razed.
For the past nine months, central fire station had been in Bulverde Fire Department's station rn Oak Village North. Construction was expected to be completed by Sept. 21 but delays were experienced.
While the new fire station was being constructed, volunteer firemen kept some of the fire trucks and equipment at their homes.
“These apparatus-were kind of strategically located to protect the area.” Brangers said.
The $155,000 building has a dormitory, which will be able to sleep four firemen when the area needs 24-hour protection.
The new fire station was financed by a $35,000 low interest loan from the Texas State Commission on Fire Protection; $20,000 from a fire department account; and a loan front Security State Bank and Trust in Bulverde.
“At some point in the life of this station, we will have to have 24-bour protection,” he said.
Other features include a larger comb mumty meeting room, an expanded motor bay that will enable the firemen to house five pieces of equipment.
“They had a hard time getting the equipment out,” Brangers said about the old tire station. “We made the doors much higher with plenty of height to get the equipment in and out of there The doors are 12 feet wide as compared to IO feet wide for the old one ”
NBFD breaks in Big Red Truck
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BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
With a 360-horsepower engine and a capability to pump 12,500 gallons of water per minute, the city of New Braunfels new fire truck broke the mold when it arrived at the Central Fire Station this fall.
The custom-made truck, which cost about $268,000, was designed in part by local firefighters. The truck is a self-sufficient unit and beers ladders, fire extinguishers, hand-held power tools and hundreds of feet of hoses, among other aids
The correct terminology for the new pumper is an algine company.
However, local firemen know it simply as the BRT — terminology for the
Big Red Truck.
“This truck broke tradition with its enclosed cab,’ firefighter John Heftier said proudly Other older pumpers have a wraparound style cab that is not enclosed. The National Fire Protection Association has mandated that no firemen are allowed to stand outside the cab anymore, vanquishing a long-term image of firefighters grasping onto the tailgate of trucks as drivers maneuver the truck and its crew to fiery destinations Air tanks and breathing apparatus that firefighters call air packs are built into passenger seals, making them sun-pler for firemen to strap on while en route to a blaze. A series of hghta i ~ f th the truck make curia and
tools placed there more visible.
The new truck is equipped with an inner cab communication system, including headphones that alert all firemen on board to details about the tires. On other trucks, sometimes just two firefighters can hear the dispatcher’s words while the rest of the crew is faced with many unknowns upon arrival.
“Instead of everything hitting them blind, the inner cab communication can intervene,” firefighter John Williams explained.
NBFD slowly is phasing out the old white fire trucks, because too many other vehicles on the road — like bread trucks apd beer hucks — look similar.
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