New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRONTand CenterPowwow a blast from past
By Dylan Jimtnez
Comal County residents need to be immunized now to prevent a flu outbreak this winter, County Nurse Karon Preiss said.
“We are primed for an epidemic," Preiss said. “The flu has already been reported in San Antonio and two other Texas cities."
Flu cases are usually seen in December, she said.
“We expect it will happen early and it’s going to be a lot, so we want to encourage everyone to get protected,"
County health office staff will visit businesses around the community to immunize as many area residents as possible.
Health officials encourage everyone to make an appointment to be immunized at the county health clinic.
In 2000,1,421 flu cases were reported and there were 2,018 cases in 1995.
Year to date flu cases number more
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j ■* Community Resource and f Recreation Center. Oct. 31, j 9 to 11:30 a m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Although dressed in the costumes of their ancestors, Dillion Russell, 9, and his brother Dallas, 11, play video games while they wait to perform.
Preserving Apache heritage a family affair for Russells
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Dallas Russell, 11, performs the "grass dance" Saturday at the Moving Waters Powwow. Those who enjoyed his dance placed money at his feet.
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By Ron Malonoy
CANYON LAKE—Dallas and Dillion Russell look just like any other school kids in their hometown of Mission, Texas.
On weekends, they pay homage to their heritage and that of their mother Betty, who is of the Lipan Apache Native American tribe.
They don colorful, fringed plains grass dance regalia. Their father, Michael, wears a northern plains outfit native to the Lakota.
The entire Russell family was part of the 1,000 people representing 30 clans or tribes that participated Saturday in the 8th annual Moving Waters American Indian Powwow at Canyon Lake.
The powwow is a ceremonious celebration that began centuries ago as a meeting among clans or tribes. It has grown into a festival of dance that celebrates Native American heritage and values and teaches the young about the ways of their ancestors.
Tile annual powwow continues today at the Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake on Dam Access Road.
Dallas, ll, explained Saturday the
H 10 am — Native American worship service
■ 11 arn. — Gourd dancing, vendor booths open
■ Noon — Grand entry, intertribal and exhibition dancing
B 6 p.m., closing
importance of preserving his family’s heritage and values, which he has promised his family he will pass to his children.
“It’s part of me. It’s who I am,” Dallas said, his mother standing nearby in her blue ceremonial dress and smiling at the boy. “I want to carry on the traditions.”
The boys’ mother’s family raised her in the ways of their people as she is doing now with her sons.
“This is the only life I’ve known. I’ve been doing this since I was very young,” Betty said. “I always knew this was what I would do when I grew up.”
What Betty might not have known when she was a little girl was that she would fall in love with and marry Michael, whose red hair attests to his north European heritage.
But it’s a natural joining of two cultures into one, Betty said. Both share a belief in God. Both share many of the same values.
“I told him I am Apache and I am proud; this is what I do,” Betty recalled of the days before their marriage 14 years ago. “I told him, ‘This is what I want for you, but I also want you to want it,’ and he embraced it.”
So Michael Russell became an adopted Apache.
“In the Apache culture, when a man gets married, he assumes his wife’s tribal affiliation. That’s what happened to Geronimo,” Michael said. “We keep that tradition living on. I just kind of fit in. My wife and my brothers-in-law have all taught me.”Holder announces bid for third term Got dope on local drug dealers?
By Ron Malonvy
Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder has announced his intention to seek a third term.
A 27-year veteran Department of Public Safety trooper who spent a decade as the New Braunfels DPS sergeant, Holder ran unopposed for re-election to his second term. As he nears the end of that term, he said Thursday, he is proud of his office and the men and women who provide law
enforcement service for Comal County.
“The quality of the employees who work here and my record speak for themselves,”
Holder said. “This is my home. I realize the importance of having a highly effective and efficient sheriff’s office and Bob Holder the major role it plays in our community. I want to see it continue down that path of success.”
During Holder’s time in office,
he shifted the emphasis of the sheriff's office toward community policing in an attempt to suppress criminal activity.
The Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake recreation security programs were initiated during his first term. Under his administration, the sheriff’s office and New Braunfels Police
See HOLDER, Page 6A
■ Call the local Crime Stoppers tip hotline at 620-TIPS
R Detectives will answer phones Monday night, and rewards will be offered for information on drug dealers.
■ Oct. 18-26 is National Red Ribbon Week.
By Ron Maloney
Want to make life a little less comfortable for your neighborhood drug dealer?
Monday night, you can report him or her to the police.
Comal County Crime Stoppers, the Department of Public Safety and the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force will be manning telephones Monday
night offering those “in the know” the opportunity to turn in a dope dealer — and get paid for it.
New Braunfels Police Department Crime Analyst Libby Rinehart said the event is part of national "Red Ribbon Week.” Oct. 18-26 is the annual nationwide celebration in which thousands of communities and schools across the United States attempt to raise drug
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