New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYCanyon, New Braunfels homecomings on tap tonight - Page 8
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16 Pages in one section ■ Od. 22,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of JANICE MANN
Vol. 141, NO. 235
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Janice Mann, Dawn Mabton, Frida Martin (97!), Dennis Koepp, Arnold Robertson, Gloria P. Guerrero (Sat), Joe Animes, Thelma Grot, Joe MedelHn, Jeanette MekU, Cart Meschke. Happy Anniversary to Mr. A Mrs.
Pedro Parpida (50th!), Mr. A Mrs. Robert Keoghan.
Sup art rain moating planned
Citizens Opposing SuperTrain (COST) is plimning a meeting to discuss the latest developments on the Texas TOV project A rally will be held at the McQueeney Lions Club in McQueeney at 7 PJS. on Oct 27.
For more information, call 379-8147.
Bawa 'N Strings prs gram on tap
The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid Texas Symphony Guild will present "Bows 'N Strings,N a program for fifth graders, on Oct 23 at 6:30 pan. at 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 p. member.
Fcv more information, call 629-1526.
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A Taste of Theater from "The Dining Room" of AR. Gurney will be presented by retiring officers of the Book Review Club at its last regular meeting of the year, Tuesday, Od 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 Amacher, president; Linden Anderson, vice presklent; 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 un. and short business meeting to follow the program.
The public is welcome with a $2 donation per person.
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People Against Violent Crimes will meet Thursday, Oct 28 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 633 Landa, beginning at 7:30 pm.
Guest speaker will be District Judge Robert Pfeuffer. Interested person are invited to attend. For more information, call Gladys Barding at 623-1800.
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A Need To Love
Seventy-one year-old Sue Rawski still has room in her heart for one more
JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
or some mothers the need to give love to children never ends. This is especially true for 71-year-old Sue Rawski of New Braun-
Rawski has been serving as a foster parent since 1986 and has given care and attention to more than 13 children who have been abandoned or abused. She has dedicated herself to taking care of young children and infants.
“When I started years ago. I needed something to do. I had too much time on my hands. My mother was living with me.. A baby brought new excitement into our lives.”
“I was going to do it for a couple of years, but now I may do it for a couple more, if God gives me the strength and ability to keep doing it,” she said.
“My friends ask why I want to do this. I enjoy taking care of children.
The most fun I had was in 1987 when had a young boy and we flew to Utah to spend Christmas with my son and his children,” she said.
“When we were coming home I had 15 minutes to change from one plane to another in Dallas,” she said.
Rawski said a airport employee took her and the boy to their gate on motorized cart.
“He was giggling while on that cart. That
Hfakt-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH has been something that has Sue Rawski holds a child aha la kaaplng while wafting for the stayed with me,” she said, parents of the child to put their lives back together.
Rawski has taken care of children from all ethnic backgrounds. She said one of the children she cared for, who was black, later asked his adoptive mother if Rawski was white.
“She told him yes but when someone loves you, it doesn’t matter what color their skin is,” she said.
Rawski has continued to stay in touch with some of her foster children, but she said it is hard every time one of them leaves.
“It’s painful. I cry for a couple of days. Fortunately I’ve been
able to leave town and visit my children,” she said.
Rawski said she has taken care of teen-agers and older kids but found it usually did not work out. Foster parents are able to chose the age of the child so that it can best work in their home, according to Linda Fisher, foster home development worker for Child Protective Services.
“We help the family decide what age is best for them. We match the family and the child,” she said.
“The children remain in the foster home until their home is safe again. Our goal is filmily reunification, but they also have to be safe in that home.”
The parents of the children are allowed to visit their children
every two weeks. Their case is taken back to court every five to six months to let the judge handling the case know how the family is progressing,” she said.
Foster families are also encouraged to know their own weaknesses and ask for breaks when necessary.
“I think people have to know their own strengths and weaknesses,” said Rawski. “Some people are up to losing two to three nights of sleep. I wouldn’t want to encourage someone to do this if they didn’t feel like they have a gift.”
“You have to really love children or people. It’s a demanding job, but it’s very rewarding for the foster parent,” she said.
An informational meeting for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. I at the Seguin Public Library, 707 East College Street in Seguin. The meeting will provide parents with enough information to make a wellinformed decision about foster parenting.
Foster parents must be 21 years old, single, or married at least two years, and able to make a six-month commitment to a child. Working couples, singles, retirees and military personnel are accepted.
Financial assistance for the children is provided. No minimum income is needed to qualify.
For information call the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Foster Care Program at (210) 337-3528 or 1-800-233-3405.
Red Ribbon Week kicks off Saturday
Celebration planned for downtown Plaza tomorrow
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The fight against drugs will get a boost Saturday with the Red Ribbon Week Kick Off celebration at the downtown Plaza.
The featured speaker will be J. David Quitter, supervisory special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The event will begin at IO &.m. with the presentation of colors by the New Braunfels High School ROTO. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by the New Braunfels and Canyon high schools’ student councils. The prayer will be led by Fred Martin, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels.
New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel and Comal County Judge Carter Casteel are expected to read proclamations in support of Red Ribbon Week.
“Anyone who wants to join in should come,” said Mike Grist, New Braunfels Safe City Director.
Grist said approximately IOO children and adults are expected to attend.
According to Grist, Red Ribbon Week was started because of the brutal murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarera) by drug lords in Mexico.
In 1985, Camarera) was abducted by drug lords and was tortured and killed.
“ Americans were mad and decided they weren’t going to take this anymore. They decided to wear red ribbons. It caught on all across America,” he said.
“We are telling drug dealers we are mad and will continue to fight until drugs are eliminated,” he said.
Most of the activities throughout the week will be held at area schools.
Five Armadillo Ranger teams from the Put on Your Armor “Against Drugs” Foundation will be traveling in Texas and Fluihlrtuiing the week.
Area residents are being encouraged to wear red ribbons next week. More than 1,800 ribbons will be distributed.
Organizations donating ribbons are the Safe City Commission, New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers, New Braunfels Utilities, the Guadalupe Valley Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Comal Independent School District, West Point Pepperell, New Braunfels Independent School District and the Texas National Guard.
Grist said other businesses, schools or groups who would like ribbons should call the Safe City Commission. Businesses are encouraged to contact their corporate headquarters so that ribbons can be purchased.
Center rebuilt after devastating fire
By ROSE MARIE EASH
New Braunfels' Community Service Center celebrated its official reopening Thursday with a ribbon-cutting and facility tour for its benefactors and the public.
As part of the opening ceremonies board president Ben Wehman thanked Texas Commerce Bank who provided temporary facilities following the blaze that completely destroyed the Community Service Center's facility on E. South Street on Jan. 13.
’They tsked what can we do and offered their facility on Casteel Street,” said Wehman. “We operated there at no charge to our organization for several months while we were renovating this building. All during that time we had organizations come up to us and ask what they could do to help. It really showed to mc what a wonderful community we're in and the big hearts of the people who were a part of this. We want to that them so much.”
Other organizations that helped including the VFW, the New Braunfels Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Association of American Lutherans and the Lions Club.
The Rotary Club alae donated a
First Clay Fest scheduled for Saturday in Gruene
From staff reports
The first Texas Clay Festival will be held in Gruene on Spunky, Oct. 23. The festival will run from IO a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Buck Pottery Bam la downtown Gruene.
Potters will be working on their wheels and different pottery techniques, including raku — a method cf firing, and hand-built pottery that utilizes inlays of colored porcelain, will be demonstrated throughout the day.
Hereld-Zeltung photo by JOHN HU8ETH
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$1,000 last week to help purchase a small storage building for hospital items like wheelchairs and the United Way gave die Center $3,000 fawn their contingency fond.
Wehman expressed his thanks to all who helped and donated fonds and labor to the Center’s rebuilding.
As pan of the celebration the Community Service Center awarded its
Good Samaritan Award to Vie Spon-dcnberg who help organize the volunteers and worked hard to make sure the renovations were completed efficiently and effectively.
The Community Service Center also dedicated two rooms to benefactors who were especially generous.
The Christine Brown Room and the Lions Foundation Room are a tnbutc to
The Noon Lions got a $2,000 grant for the Center to buy educational equipment for the Center's classes.
Wehman also took the opportunity to remind the attendees that the Center's fond-raiser the Red Stocking Review ii about to sun and encouraged everyone to participete.
The SiwBrauyMi HiraU-Zeitung will publish it's annual Focus on Women section in Sunday's edition.
Look for stories, profiles and interviews with some of foe 1108*1 top women, as well as thoughtprovoking stories on women's lives in today's world.
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