New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wlshM from the Harald-Zeitiing!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Becky McGuire, Virginia Morgan, Gracia Perez, Kevin Robertson, Jimmy Williams (Monday), Annysaa Lynn Sauceda (2 years, Monday), Haley Arthur (3 years), Paula Caballero (Saturday), Arturo Cantu Sr., Tony Cantu, Lupe Dominguez Jr. (20 years), Maggie Hernandez (23 years), Elaine Soukup (belated), Josh Graham, Lexle Mims (5 years), Billy Stoelt)e, Sally Valdez (Saturday) and Esterella Hernandez.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Louie and Dorothy Voll-brecht (58 years) and Jose and Alma Martinez (corrected from Friday, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
TxPOT eohedulee meeting on OakRun traffic pattern
Parents frustrated with the morning traffic congestion at OakRun School will have a chance to talk with representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation about a lane configuration aimed at easing the problem.
TxDOT officials will be on hand at the Education Center at 6:30 p.m. Monday to answer questions and explain the planned traffic lane. Parents and residents of the Hunter’s Creek and OakRun subdivisions are invited to attend.
The ladies auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 71 IO will have its annual membership dinner at 6 p.m Oct. 21 at the Tree Tops Riverside Grille, 444 E. San Antonio St. All members are urged to attend and to meet “Rita.” The meal is free to all members and those guests who are eligible and interested in joining. Membership anniversary pins will be awarded. Your reservation for the meal must be made by calling the membership chairman, Lee Courtade, at 609-1636 no later than Oct. 14.
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First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Family Life Center behind the church at 172 W. Coll St. Appointments can be made by calling the church office at 609-7729.
Women et Bt Petri Church open country store
The women of St. Paul Lutheran' Church, New Braunfels, are sponsoring a “country store” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 181 S. Santa Clara St. There also will be a silent auction on a handmade quilt.
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The New Braunfels Historic Museums Association is sponsoring an elderhostel program that begins and runs through Oct. ll. The program offers an opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States. Please join the Community Band and visitors for a concert on the Plaza at 7 p.m. Oct. IO.
VISTA volunteer offers | assistance to tho rumbled
Don Guenther, the VISTA volunteer for Comal County, will be at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning on Monday. He will be available to assist all citizens with disabilities.
meeting for Monday
The Comal County Aggie Moms will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the library at New Braunfels High School. Texas A&M students will present a program on OPAS. For more information, call 625-2637.
Bloc doesn t have the numbers to change scheduling, Padilla says
were reporting directly to two trustees, Dr. Carlos Campos and Steve Weaver, who took office in August.
“It redly is all related to block scheduling,” Engler said. “Out of about I IO
teachers at the high school, about IO were reporting to perspective board members. The IO percent (of teach-
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By ABE LEVY
A member of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees denied Friday that a new majority exists on the board opposing accelerated block scheduling, claiming a majority of its members actually support the scheduling system in its current state.
The issue is critical because school district officials have said they are moving in a new direction due to changes on the School Board and philosophical differences with the current administration's support of the existing block scheduling system.
“I do not want to add fuel to the fire,” School Board President Jaime Padilla said. “I favor block scheduling. I’ve talked to a lot of individuals over the past few days. In my opinion, I’ve
told them that block scheduling is not going to be moved. It may be modified, but it's my understanding that it will not be moved. The majority of the board is not in
Jaime Padilla favor of changing
Padilla said he will review recommendations by a committee that is looking into the scheduling scheme, but that he voted three years ago to put the*current block scheduling system in place.
“I don't consider myself part of a new majority," Padilla said. “We know that three people are for it. Nobody
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
White John Turman and Chartae Engter received ahong eupport from NBHS etudents, teachers did not alwaye follow, according to officials.
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authonty has found no evidence so far of any danger from the herbicide Sonar that was used to stem hydrilla in Lake McQueeney, an authority official said.
“I feel very comfortable with the treatment and how it was done,” Debbie
Concern about Sonar
Members of the HssMh Awareness and Water Knowledge group in Guadaluoe County have exprewed'ooncems that the active innmrinnt in Sonar, fiurtdone. breaks down into mortomothyHor-mamide, which has been known to produce harmful tide effect# in tab-oratory animals.
Magin, OBRA regional laboratory director, said.
The authority treated 102 acres of the lake near Treasure Island in March with the chemical.
Residers living near Lake McQueeney asked the GBRA late in September to test Sonar for any harmful effects on the environment.
Robin Richardson, who lives on Lake Placid, cited an Environmental Defense Fund fact sheet that states that lab tests on rats and mice show that the chemical, also known as MMF, caused miscarriages and stillbirths and damaged the development of the fetus.
“We feel this way there should be no chemicals in any of our lakes, period,” Richardson said. "For one of those people who fall in the risk category, the benefits don’t outweigh the risks.”
Richardson said she know s of two people who became sick after they went into the lake, but she can’t determine whether or not MMI had anything to do with their illnesses.
Magin said the Environmental Protection Agency has put measures into effect to ensure the chemical meets health and environmental standards.
Sonar was registered with the EPA in 1986.
“Since Sonar was registered after 1984, it falls under the new Food Safety Aet, which requires the EPA to visit all the regulations of pesticides after 1984,” Magin said.
Magin said (JBRA will receive word from the EPA when Sonar is retested.
Magin said she has talked to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the EPA and SePRO Corp. of Indiana, the manufacturer of Sonar.
She also researched articles and data bases for more information.
“I felt very gixxl about the articles and the studies,” Mug-in said.
But Richardson said the EPA’s eventual ruling on Sonar does not quash her concerns about the herbicide.
“Whenever the EPA approves of something, it doesn’t give a guarantee that it will be safe,” Richardson said. “There is no IOO percent guarantee when the chemical is used.”
Magin said she did calculations based on numbers she has received from Richardson to determine the exposure level of MMF to the public on Lake McQueeney.
The city’s normal year-round I water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers or sprin-| kler systems may be used from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand-held I hoses may be used for watering any time.
Herbicide seems safe for humans, GBRA reports
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfels SUNDAY
48 pages in three sections ■ Sunday, October 6,1996 Serving the Comal County area for more than 144 years ■ Home of JIMMY WILLIAMS Vol 144. No 235
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Officials: Inner strife led to NBHS transfers
By DENISE DZIUK end ABE LEVY
Turmoil between a group of New Braunfels High School teachers and the school’s administration over accel-erated block scheduling prompted the
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Board of Trustees’ monumental decision Tuesday to reassign Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Engler to other positions within die district, school officials said.
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Brad-berry announced after an executive session of nearly two hours that the two administrators requested reassignment because they differed with a majority of the trustees over block scheduling.
Engler in an interview late Friday said that in addition to their differences with the board, he ami Turman could not work with a group of teachers that opposed block scheduling because they
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New Braunfels residents show a passion for their schools. See Opinion, 4A.