New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Janet Kaderli, Sherry Miller, Susan Stehle, Abigail Santana (Monday), Gloria Banda, George Rosales, Mark A. Garza, Margo A. Mendoza (Monday), Isabel Rosales (12 years old). Samuel Tristan Jr. (5 years old, belated), Bobby Tristan, Sr., Maria Garza, Bertie Dropptas, Sergio Montanez, Sylvia Vela (belated), Kaleb Caballero, Deborah Leann SupuKer (15 years oidX Jessica Dominguez (15 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Noland and Joyce Koepp, Pilar and Veronica Urias (25 years Monday), Jesse and Lisb Rosales (5 years)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Sunday night — Decreasing cloudiness with showers or thunderstorms ending. Turning cooler, lows in the 50s.
Monday — Becoming mostly fair, mild, dry and windy. Highs in the upper 60s. Monday night, clear and much cooler. Lows in the 40s.
Tuesday, mostly sunny and mild. Highs in the 60s to near 70. Wednesday, partly cloudy. Cod in the morning to mild in the afternoon. Lows near 40. Thursday, partly cloudy. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 70s.
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Relief efforts are under way and residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Pauline hit the resort town of Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday.
Families looking for information on loved ones in the affected areas may call the New Braunfels Red Cross at 606-1999 or 1-800-775-6803 Those looking for American citizens living in or visiting Mexico should call the State Department at 202-647-5225.
To help those affected by this international disaster, donations may be made to the Red Cross International Response Fund and designated for Mexico. Donations can be made on-line at www.saredcross.org or sent to the local Red Cross at IOO Main Plaza, Room 110, New Braunfels, TX 78130 Credit card donations can be made by calling 1-80OHELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
Worldwide disaster information and updates are available via the Internet at «www disas terrelief org»
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Victims and survivors of family violence will be honored in a candlelight vigil 7.30 p m. Monday at Pavilion No 5 in Landa Park.
The Comal County Women s Center is sponsoring the vigil, which will also recognize and thank the staff and volunteers of the agencies that assist and support the survivors and acknowledge individuals, churches, civic organizations and businesses that support the women's center’s efforts to end domestic violence.
Everyone is invited to participate rn the vigil For more information, can the women’s center at 620-7520.
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Vol. 145, No. 238
Flores dedicates pro-life memorial
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of mote than IOO people who gathered to dedicate a pro-life memorial Saturday on the outskirts of Comal County.
A steady downpour forced the ceremony inside Rockhill Gospel Church; on the west side of Interstate 35 between exits 178 and 179.
Prayer, hymns and scripture readings focused on the sanctity of life and the feet that abortion — as the memorial reads — claims the lives of too many each hour.
The memorial is located beside Rockhill Gospel church and includes a billboard that reads “Memorials to U.S. Abortion Victims. 150 Die Per Hour.’ A small field of 150 white crosses form a larger cross, symbolizing the graves of aborted fetuses. Members of Rockhill Gospel Church donated the land where it stands.
Members of various churches and ministers from churches in New Braunfels and surrounding areas attended the dedication, including Holy Family Catholic Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and First Protestant Church.
Archbishop Patrick Flores of San Antonio based his message on Romans 14:7-8 and read, “For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone, lf we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether or not we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
Flores told of how, when he was a young boy, his own family took in the daughter of a friend who was dying of tuberculosis.
“Our parents told us (kids) that just as they loved us, they would love her also,” Flores said. He told about tire gifts the adopted girl brought to his family and how other families could be blessed through adoption.
“It is beautiful that we come togeth-
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er today... in respect for life... regardless of what denomination we are.” said Flores.
Father Jim Wasser of Holy Family Church talked about the family unit and how vital families aid their values are to the fabric of the nation, and to democracy. He maintained the importance of life, especially the beginnings of it.
“Life begins in the womb, said Wasser. “Not once it is thrust forth into the world”
Rev. John Varna of Amarillo made a final blessing on the memorial, acknowledged the visibility of the sign and crosses and how they could have an impact on thousands of people.
“May we be reminded as we pass on 1-35 what abortion is ... so this field of crosses will always glorify
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Paul Deltz, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council N6. 4183 of New Braunfels, is credited with the idea of the memorial, which took shape more than two years ago. Deltz said (he project had been a “team effort” of the council members, who fabricated, painted and erected the sign and crosses.
Deltz said when his wife was pregnant he placed his ear on her stomach and was able to hear the infant's heartbeat. It was then that he realized life had begun, he said.
“How can anyone say that is not a human being in the first stages of development?” Deltz said.
“I hope people realize the killing of the unborn is not right. It is not just a religious issue, but a human morality issue," Deltz said.
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County judge pitches indoor pool proposal
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees got its first glimpse Thursday of a study calling for a new indoor swimming pool, for which the district will be asked to help pay if plans move forward.
Comal County Road Engineer Tom Homseth, who chaired the committee studying the issue, presented the report.
He told trustees there was a need, both in CISD and the county as a whole, for an indoor swimming facility that would offer opportunities for physical education. fitness, extra curricular activities, recreation and instruction. The cost to build the facility was projected at S4.7 million plus operational costs. The Northside Independent School District facility, studied by the committee, requires an operating budget of $300,000 above revenues.
“If there was a joint effort between the city, county and school districts, I feel those costs could be balanced fairly easily,” Homseth said.
Although a location has not been proposed. County Judge Carter Casteel said the county already had been offered land along Interstate 35. and the county also owned an adequate amount of land at the road department.
Casteel said county commissioners would likely call for the bond election
and service the debt. She said if the city and school districts participated by sharing operational costs, it would cost each about $100,000 each year for 20 years. Once the debt was paid off, the county could share the operational costs, she said.
“I don’t know if it will work, but that's what I’m thinking about,” Casteel said. “I hope you are interested and I hope you will join with us in Turn to Pool, Page2A
Parents need not fear about hepatitis-A
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Another case of hepatitis-A was confirmed in the New Braunfels Independent School District this week, but a local health official said it was nothing to be alarmed about.
A third-grade student at Memorial Elementary school was diagnosed Thursday with hepatitis-A, a viral infection that affects the liver. Health officials said hepatitis-A is not a lifethreatening illness and is very similar to a stomach virus.
The confirmed case came less than one week after a student at Seele Elementary was determined to have the virus, but officials said the two were not related. The latest cases makes the eighth case in Comal County since Sept. I.
“They are not connected,” said Comal County Public Health Department nurse Shel McWilliams. “I don't think either of these cases have to do with the schools."
Memorial Elementary Principal said a second-grader was confirmed to have the virus several weeks ago, and that case was not related either.
“Each one is totally separate,” said Tate. “They don’t know each other and they don't share a connection.”
McWilliams said like other contagious viruses, it was not unusual for “sporadic cases” to pop up in a school district, and her department was not alarmed by the two cases.
“It just kind of bounces around and we see it more often in the younger grades than the older grades,” she said.
Tate said letters were sent home with classmates when the first case was confirmed. When the second diagnosis was made, letters went home with classmates and all students in the school. The letter outlined the symptoms and stressed the important of good hygiene.
“We do the same thing every time,’’ she said. “We’re just doing everything we have done in the past.”
Tate said custodians were cleaning classrooms, water fountains and restrooms twice a day, and students were required to wash their hands with anti-bactenal soap when they returned from the restroom
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Hummel director shares dreams and visions
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Counting on the support of volunteers and the New Braunfels community, the Hummel Museum’s new executive director said she wanted to expand the museum’s horizons.
Doreen Schaeffer, 44, was named executive director by the museum’s board of directors Tuesday. She is the museum’s first executive director rn two years. Schaeffer began at the Hummel Museum as an office manager in 1992 and served as business manager for two years.
On her fourth day on the job Friday, Schaeffer said one of her priorities was to get more people involved in helping keep the 5-year-old museum afloat.
“I am looking to expand our volunteer base ” Schaeffer said. “C urrently we have 50 volunteers who are active supporters of die museum. I will count on them to help mc get more contacts
and get their friends involved.” Schaeffer said she has planned an Oct. 21 volunteer meeting with a goal of getting more volunteers involved..
“For instance, we need to develop a stronger children’s program and a series of educational programs,” Schaeffer said “Some of our volunteers who are retired teachers certainly could help with our educational programs.” The Hummel Museum, which displays over 300 works of Sister Maria lnnocentia Hummel’s art and Hummel figurines, attracts about 22,000 visitors to New Braunfels each year, Schaeffer said.
“Many of the visitors come from October through April” Schaeffer said. “Eighty percent of them are senior citizens — winter Texans. We are an important attraction for the state of Texas. We draw visitors from around the world.”
Schaeffer said she wanted to bring more young people into the museum’s doors.
“One of the things I intend to do is to work with the Austin and San Antonio convention and visitors bureau to get more tours,” she said.
Schaeffer plans to stage more special events at the museum such as accordionist Myron Floren’s appearance. Floren will be at the museum from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. I while he is in town to play at Wurstfest Refreshments will be served at the event.
In addition, Schaeffer said she wanted to bring more artists to the Hummel Museum.
“I have several contacts who are working on getting a couple of diff erent artists to come here and have exhibits and be here for special signings,” Schaeffer said.
She said the museum planned to expand its collection of Sister Hummer* personal belongings.
“One of our plans is the expansion of the second floor,” she said. “We have other items to use for display, but we
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