New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995
10 Pages in one section ■ Oct. 21,
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wistes\Mandy Sanchez, Scott Nisson, Ethal Egan, Rosales House, HJL McGuffey, Goldie Nowotny, Carmen Rusch, Wanda Scheffler, Elo Schwerz, Irene Taylor, Lulu Mae Schwab, John Amora (belated), Roxanne Adams (belated).
Superftrain meeting planned
Citizens Opposing SuperTrain (COST) is planning a meeting to discuss the latest developments on the Texas TGV project A rally will be held at the McQueeney Lions Club in McQueeney at 7 p.m. on Oct 2788. Another is planned for Seguin at Staples Civic Center, 7:30 p.m., Oct 21. For more information, call 379-8147.
Bows 'N Strings program on tap
The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid Texas Symphony Guild will present "Bows ’N Strings," a program for fifth graders, on Oct 25 at 6:30 pan. m Dittlinger Memorial Library.
The program is for parents who wish their children to learn more about music. A registration will be charged and at least one parent must be a member. For more information, call 629-1526.
Prosorvatlon program slatod
Dick Ryan, the Preservation Architect!! for the Texas Historical Commission, will be in New Braunfels today to present a program on preservation principles and historic architecture for local preservationists.
The program will be held at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten.
Mr. Ryan's approach is straightforward and fun, and his nationwide experience is a valuable resource. There will be ample time for quezals.
Call 608-2100 for mote information.
A Taste of Thoator to bo prooontod
A Taste of Theater from "The Dining Room" of A.R. Gurney will be presented by retiring officers of the Book Review Club at its last regular meeting of the year, Tuesday, Oct 26.
Those presenting excerpts from the play are: Lucille Douma, Joyce Billingsley, Sue Luttrell, Nancy and Howard Schultz and Marty and Dick Weicker. The slate of officers for 1994 includes: Doris Amachcr, president; Linden Anderson, vice president; Shirley Brooks treasurer, and Isabel Magel, secretary. The program is at IO a.m. in the ballroom of the Senior Citizens' Center with coffee at 9:30 a.m. and short business meeting to follow the program. The public is welcome with a $2 donation per person.
(The New Braunfels Herald Zeilung invites its readers lo submit items lo Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community. "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community lo gather and share the duty’s happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home ol MANDY SANCHEZ
Local pastor seeks to loner divorce rate
■ Vol. 141, No. 234
By ROSE MARIE EASH
This year 60 percent of the cases filed at the Comal County Courthouse have involved divorces, custody and child/parent issues.
According to one local minister, these social issues have a dramatic effect on our society as a whole.
"For example, for all children who live with only their mother, 66 percent live in poverty as opposed to 12 percent when both parents are present," said Dennis Gallaher, minister of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels. "Children raised under such conditions also suffer psychological consequences such as higher than average levels of youth suicide, low intellectual and education performance and higher than average rates of mental illness, violence and drug use."
To address these problems, the Cen
ter for Marriage and Family Intimacy in Austin has initiated a program directed at local churches to help establish effective models of marriage and family ministry.
“They are trying to impact the divorce rate in a four county area in Central Texas,” said Gallaher. “The three areas impacted by divorce are economic, social and spiritual. If we can get our community centered in to really work on this. Even though we have all kinds of differences, nobody is against marriages or for divorce. If we really work on this, can we impact our community in five years. Can we impact the Central Texas area in five years?"
Gallaher says he’d like for all the churches in the community to work together to address how people can have a better marriage and better parent/child relationships.
“There are all different kinds of for
mats that can be used,” Gallaher said. “There are classes, support groups, Sunday evenings at churches, a lot of these have nothing to do with churches — it’s really about how we can positively impact marriage and family in Central Texas. It’s reaching about a 1,000 people in the area right now.” No one has a perfect marriage said Gallaher, but people are hesitant to ask for help because they assume everyone will think there are serious problems.
“We don’t deal with our cars that way, we don’t deal with our schools that way, we don’t deal with our homes that way,” said Gallaher. “When you’re having a problem, in order not to have a bigger problem, you have regular maintenance that goes on. With marriage, the stigma is that if you go to talk to someone or for counseling or to a class, then the automatic assumption is that you must be having problems.” Most couples have issues to deal
with that they have difficulty communicating.
“The program deals with a lot of communication issues and it deals with how to share our needs and hurt in a way that our spouses can respond to and help with during those times,” said Gallaher.
“We all have needs that go un met and that makes people try to go to other areas to get those needs met which causes all kinds of problems.”
Gallaher said spouses can hurt each other more than anyone else because the intimate relationship makes the opinions of your spouse the most important in your life.
The Center for Marriage & Family Intimacy has sent invitations to local churches inviting them to participate in the pilot program.
“If our churches can come together as one for this effort, then evangelism will flow through that,” said Gallaher.
“One of the major issues raised by those who don’t go to church is ‘well, if you all would stop fighting amongst yourselves, maybe I would go.* Community wide efforts benefit all of us and if couples go to church together statistics show they have a better chance at a lasting marriage. We want to try to heal marriages. That will be good for our community, for our churches, the county and the school districts.”
Gallaher challenges the churches in the community to join together as one to see what can be done to address the problems of divorce in Comal County.
The information used to determine that 60 percent of the cases filed in Comal County relate to divorce, custody and child/parent issues were calculated by Gallaher based figures provided by the District Clerk of Canal County.
Tennis Fantasy 1993
NB Art League receives fourth $5,000 gift from Helping Hand
From staff reports
Herald-Zeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH (Top left photo) Tennis legend John Newcombs returns a forehand ahot during a rally in one of the matches at the Tennis Fantasy 1993 being held at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch through Friday. Seven of the world's legends of tennis are competing In the tourney, Including (Top right) Ken Rosewall, and (left) Marty Relsen. The tourney, however, Is not open to the public.
POINTS OF LIGHT
United Way funds enable GV council to expand services
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The Guadalupe Valley Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is a United Way agency committed to the prevention of chemical abuse through educational programs, early intervention activities, individual assessments, family assistance and treatment referrals.
The United Way contribution is used to underwrite the various services of the council which include:!
■ 24 hour information line ■ Confidential assessment, screening, evaluations, referrals and placement for alcohol/drug abuse ■ Minor in possession class ■ Resource directory for bi-county area ■ TABC Server Training class ■ HIV/AIDS infor
mation and training ■ Drug free workplace consultation (education and training) ■ 24 hour recorded telephone message line regarding drug, alcohol and family violence ■ Speaker’s bureau for presentations to area organizations ■ Free educational literature ■ Stress management seminars ■ Community awareness B. Participation in community projects including the Hugs Not Drugs campaign, Red Ribbon campaign, health fairs, Just Say No rally, Holidays Ahead campaign, and Tie One On DWI prevention campaign.
All of the services are free and the council is now expanding their services.
“We’re starting to do a little bit of counseling and if we get more funding we can do more counseling,” said Darlene S. Gray, Community Counselor. “My love is the children and I’d like to intervene with them.”
“We are available at anytime,” said Gray. “If you suspect that your child or anybody is using — try to get some information to that person so that we can help them. Come to us. We definitely want to do educational things, we want to do intervention.”
Gray explained that intervention can be a process by which the family can communicate how the abuser’s drug or alcohol problem has affected them or advice to hospitalized or counseling for the family.
The council is also funded by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and community donations.
The council also welcome volunteers for their speaker’s bureau, assisting in campaign drives, covering phone lines, fund raising and special projects Anyone interested in volunteering or making use of their services may call I-800-734-0142 or contact Gray at 629-5582.
“If you build it they will come” was the catch line of a popular movie a few years ago.
It is also appropriate for the New Braunfels Art League and its downtown building at 239 W. San Antonio St. The group recently received a fourth gilt of $5,000 from the Cecilia Willard Young Helping Hand Fund.
Using the grant and additional donated funds, the Art League is rushing to complete first floor renovations before its 30th annual Wurstfest Art Show which is almost as old as Wurstfest itself.
Art League officials are hoping the new location will draw more Wurstfest visitors, as well as seasonal tourists.
Two members of the construction crew, Ray Bush and Kart Ricmann, are NBAL members as well and are committed to completing the first floor this month.
Two new restrooms, a wall surrounding the basement stairs, patched walls, plaster and paint on all appropriate surfaces have been or soon will be an accomplished fact. New lighting and fans are scheduled soon
“We are finally seeing Phase I of our dream accomplished. We are really looking forward to being downtown and expect to have a great Wurstfest show,” said Elaine Felder, Art League President.
In addition to the latest $5,000 grant, the organization has received donations of new vinyl flooring and glue from Rhoads Interiors, “pre-owned" pressed tin to repair ceilings and 40 partitions for displaying paintings from other generous donors
Once the first floor is basically finished, the membership will direct their attention to installing the elevator and finishing the second floor When funds are available, the first floor will be carpeted.
“We invite everyone to come see the building and our show Oct. 29 through Nov. 7. Our benefactors can sec what their donated dollars have accomplished,” said Felder
The Art League is continuing to solicit renovation funds through various means including sales of a cook book which is available at the Arts Center Gallery, 646 Walnut Square, their current location, and will be available at the Wurstfest Show.
A new appeal is being sent to other area artists and supporters for financial support, a similar appeal to area artists brought in more than $2,400
Other promotions have included raffles, sales of donated artworks, art books and paint, memorials and even a candy wrapper rebate.
Contributions may be sent to the Art League, P.O. Box 310325, New Braunfels, 78131-0325.Today s Texas Lottery numbers are 3-6-7 -IO - 31 - 39 Jackpot $25 million