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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas THESUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2009Herald-Zeitung SPORTSOvartlm« nlghtmar* Texas State blows big lead in loss to SLU. Pmqm IB NEWS'I will fight again' Imprisoned al-Qalda soldier speaks. Page 10A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 156, No. 288 36 pages, 4 sections Bi $1.00 I « .«o« uuuu^ a Cloudy High Low 69 64 Details____4B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 5C CROSSWORD BC FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 6-70 BLESS 0 GOD, nr"i IT T Y- SP YOUR CREATURE, AND ALL WHO ARE INVOLVED IN ITS CARE AND PROTECTION. GOD BLESS THIS PET OF YOURS MAY YOUR LOVE OF THIS ANIMAL BE A CONSTANT REMINDER OF GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU AND ALL CREATION Photos by ERIC J. MEILBACHEII/Herald-Zeitung Margaret Chudej holds her cat, Movie Star, while Pastor Karen Horan of Gruene United Methodist Church blesses the cat in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi Day Saturday at County Line Veterinary Clinic. Second annual Blessing of the Pets celebrates St. Francis of Assisi ByEric J.MMIbaGlMr The Herald-Zeitung Pastor Karen Horan of the Gruene United Methodist Church blessed pets from 12 different families Saturday morning at the County Line Veterinary Clinic in a small ceremony. Fbr the second year in a row, Horan has worked with Dr. Elizabeth Long at the clinic to find a meaningful way to celebrate St. Francis Day St Francis is the patron saint of animals. "The story as I remember it, he (St Francis of Assisi) was fasting and the animals came and blessed him," Horan said. "That's really the purpose of this event, to thank God for the animsds." Many events attributed to St. Francis indicate a love for animals. It is said he set up a Nativity scene with live animals, preached to an attentive flock of birds and tamed a ferocious and feared wolf in the Italian town of Gubbio. The actual prayer said over the animals reads, "Bless O God, this pet, your creature, and all who are invoh^ed in its care and protection. God bless this pet of yours. May your love of this animal be a constant reminder of God's love for you and all creation." Some animals at the clinic were old, such as Movie Star, a cat featured in Thursday's Herald-Zeitung, who was with her owner, Margaret Chudej, to receive blessings Bob, a rescued greyhound who was adopted by County Line Veterinary Clinic awaits his blessing. from Horan. Others were adopted by the clinic, such as retired greyhound, Bob. "We were taking care of dogs when they closed the Corpus track," said Long. Often racing greyhounds no longer have a home when they retire, and Bob ended up staying at the clinic. "He was known as SpongeBob in his racing days, now he's just Bob," Long said. Gray skies don't keep wine, music lovers away ByEricJ.MMIlMoliM' The Herald-Zeitung The cooler weather and overcast skies did not deter people from attending the 23rd Gruene Music and Wine Ftest, which continued Saturday afternoon. The John Arthur Martinez band took the stage for the beginning of the event and played covers and originals in the picnic area behind the Grapevine. The heart of the celebration, though, was under the big tent, where 25 Texas wine producers, gourmet specialty food makers and other vendors mingled with thousands of visitors who came to enjoy native music and wine. The proceeds from the event will be donated to the United Way of Comal County Paula Williamson, wine-maker and owner of Qiisholm TVail Winery near Fredericksburg, is approaching her ninth year in business. One of the more interesting wines she featured is a Lenoir, she said. "It began in France, but was brought to Texas by Spanish missionaries 400 years ago," she said. The deep-red grapes can produce dry table wine and Port-style dessert wines. Three Dudes and a Winery, a new venture on the San Marcos River, is in its third year of production. It uses only viniferous grapes from Texas. Three Dudes were fea- See GRUENE, Page 3AModifications to state tests coining soon By Eric J. Wailbachar The Herald-Zeitung Which parents can answer the following question from the 2006 exit level lexas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills? Simplify the potynomial below: -3x(7x - 4)+ 6x -(13 - 24x1 A.3x + 18x 13 B. -24x - 15x - 17 C. - 24x' + lOx - 17 D. 3x + 18x + 13 rhis kind of question can be easy for a student in Algebra I, but for those who t^e it as a junior for the TAKS Kxit Level exam, it may have been a year or two since learning the subject. "If you're in a physics class in college you don't take a biology exam for the final," said Amy Littleton, a certified private tutor in New Braunfels. She currently is tutoring about 35 seniors from Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels ISD, Navarro ISD and area private schools that are preparing for lAKS retests that begin on Oct. 20. The lexas Legislature agreed, and in 2007 passed Senate Bill 1031. SB 1031 eliminates the tenth grade l AKS exam as well as exit exams, usually taken junior year, and replaces them with end-of- See TESTS. Page 3ASchool Board to discuss superintendent Monday From Staff Reports I he Board of I rustees ot the New Braunfels Independent Sch(K)I District will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the NBISD Education Ck'nter board room at 430 W. Mill Street. The purpose of the meeting is to hear public comments regarding the search to fill the vacancy of outgoing superintendent Mike Smith and to review any applications received. An actual time frame has not yet been established lor the public comment period or subsequent closed session, but those are the only items on the agenda. "My understanding from speaking vvich (îrcg iSi blather, president of the hoaul) is we still need to finalize how we re doing the discussion ... we do want to have public input," said Rigo Montero, a member of the board. Another public hearing will be held Monday, ( )ct. 19. before the regularly scheduled meeting.Election to amend Texas constitution next month From staff reports There are 456 amendments to the Texas Constitution, and voters can decide whether to add 11 more beginning next week. Early voting in this year's constitutional election starts Oct. 19, followed by election day on Nov, 3. Up for adoption are 11 potential changes to the constitution covering a wide range of issues. They would change or clarify the law concerning everything from a government's powers of eminent domain and rules for property appraisals to university research funding, veteran's issues and the public's right to access Texas beaches. Constitutional amendments are put on the ballot by a resolution drafted by either the state Senate or House of Representatives. Early voting starts on Oct. 19 and runs until Oct. 30. To participate, voters need to have registered with the Texas Secretary of State's office by Oct. 5. UPCOMING STORIES The Herald-Zeitung will be providing information this week on each amendment up for adoption in this year's constitutional election. Thursday: Prop. 11 Friday: Prop. 10 Saturday: Props. 6,7,8 Sunday: Props. 1, 2,3,4,5 and 9FGB u Í OMÎ silver )(; »Itf fT'SÎ léfê Ahv nW^ â fnc ;