New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns capture district volleyball crown in dramatic win. See Sports, Page 6A.
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18 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, Oct. 27,1995
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Vol. 143, No. 249
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Maria Alvarado, Jennifer Lombardo (IO years), Elvin Svo-boda, Lucy Hortfiel, Lisa Torres, and Lisa Gonzalez.
River and aquifer information
Comaf River -258 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 624.69 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 120 c.f.s.
Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. to raise money for a community youth recreation center. Skits and a silent auction will be held as well. Dinner is $4.
Hospice hosts memorial service
Hospice New Braunfels invites the public to attend its 10th annual memorial service Sunday, Oct 29 at 2 p m at First United Methodist Church, 572 W San Antonio St. This commemorative service will be held in the spirit of thanksgiving aud celebration to honor the lives of Hospice patients who have died
Jaycees host haunted house
The Jaycees will have a haunted house and carnival Oct. 28 and 29 from 11 a m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Factory Stores to benefit Toys for Tots.
Get in the spirit
Get into the mood of Halloween by enjoying the comedy, "Blithe Spirit" Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels High School cafetorium.
The one-hour performance costs just $2 for students and S3 for adults. On Oct. 30 and 31 get an added treat if you come early with the short spoof on "Dracula," called "Seven Wives of Dracula* at 7 p.m.
World Community Day celebrated Nov. 3
All Christian women in New Braunfels are invited to join women across the nation in celebrating World Community Day. This ecumenical service will be at 10 a m. Friday, Nov 3 at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. Coffee in the church parlor at 9 a m. Babysitter provided Speaker will be Helen Fitzger ald, former missionary with Bor der Ministries.
Mon's Garden Club to meet
The Men's Garden Club will meet Thursday, Nov 2 at 7:30 p.m. in thej County Extension Office at 132 S. Water Lane County Agent Pat Ftasor will present a program on "Use and Preservation of Herbs. Election of officers and directors will be held. Visitors always welcome.
Eagles Auxiliary membership party
The Eagles Auxiliary will have a membership party Monday, Oct. 30. Dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend and bring a prospective member.
Bus safety stressed in wake of fatal Chicago crash
By DENISE DZIUK
Ironically, as a small town near Chicago dealt with the deaths in Wednesday’s school bus accident, students in the New Braunfels Independent School District were learning bus safety.
NBISD Manager of Transportation Bob Templeton said last week was National School Bus Safety Week. Every year, around this time, the district goes to all the elementary campuses, and teaches them various aspects of bus safety. The fact that Thursday’s bus safety exercises at Seele Elementary followed the tragic bus accident near Chicago, in which five students died, was an unfortunate coincidence, said Templeton.
“It’s unfortunate that it had to follow the bus accident in Chicago, but the kids knew about it, and were a little more attentive because of it,” he said.
The training session for each campus takes a day. Throughout the day, each grade level gets about a 30-rmnute presentation on bus safety, and practices exiting the bus. Templeton said this ensures that the majority of kids riding a bus know about bus safety.
“We want to make sure we get to all the kids in school, and not just the ones that ride the buses,” he said.
Templeton said the kids are taught about the safety equipment located on the bus, how to safely ride a bus, and how to quickly, and safely, exit the bus from the front or the back in the event of an accident.
He also said an important part of bus safety is the importance of exiting and boarding it properly, and this is also addressed.
“Most school bus injuries occur outside of the bus. We show them how to exit the bus the correct and safe way,” said Templeton.
Templeton said that the elementary kids “eat it up,” and really enjoy the presentation. However, he said it is a little more difficult to make the presentation to the older kids because they feel like they don’t need it, and do not really pay attention. He said a different approach is being taken with them. The transportation department is developing television spots on bus safety to mn on Channel One, which is a news broadcast show via satellite that classes watch at the beginning of every school day. They should be ready before Christmas, he said.
HerakJ-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Stet* Elementary School students practice getting out of the bus quickly and safely.
Students sit on a bus and listen to a lesson on bus safety yesterday.
“It’s not that we’re ignonng them. We’re just going to take a different approach with them,” said Templeton.
The bus safety exercises for the elementary campuses are almost complete. The last two days will be Monday and Tuesday.
Breast cancer taking a high toll in America
By DENISE DZIUK
According to the American Cancer Society, each year approximately 46,000 women will die from breast cancer, and another 182,000 will be diagnosed with it. In an effort to increase awareness of the problem, October has been designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Breast cancer is year-round, and people worry about it year-round. But, having a week or month dedicated to it focuses anention on the subject,” said Susan Islam, director of media relations for the American Cancer Society.
One out of every five deaths in the United States is from cancer, and this year, about 547,000 will die from it. That’s nearly 1,500 people a day. In 1995, it is estimated that 1,252,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States. There will be 74,600 new cases in Texas alone, and 9,800 will be breast cancer, according to ACS. Islam said the number of cases saw a slight increase and is now staying about level.
“There’s a greater pool of people (in the 40 and over age group), but basically, the number of cases have stayed about the level,” she said.
Diane Bast, publications director of
the Heartland Institute, said scientists do not yet know exactly what causes breast cancer. However, she said there are several conditions associated with an increased risk These include genetics, high fat diets, having a first pregnancy late in life, and early onset of menstrual development. Other factors, including environmental sources, have not been clearly found to increase the risk of breast cancer, she said.
Bast said that women diagnosed with breast cancer have a better chance of surviving now, compared to the past.
Between 1989 and 1992, the death rate in America for breast cancer declined by 4.7 percent. Bast said this is due to better detection methods. Women are also looking for signs and detecting it at an early stage, when treatment can be more effective.
The ACS said mammograms, an X-ray of the breast, offer the best chance to detect breast cancer early, when it is most curable.
However, only about 1/3 of women 40 and older have mammograms as often as they should. Of those diagnosed with cancer in 1995, about 100,000 more would survive if their cancers had been detected early and treated promptly.
“Mammography is the earliest test
County bum ban may come back
By DENISE DZIUK
we have. It’s not as early as we would like, though. Right now, it’s the best thing we have, and it’s pretty accurate,” said Islam.
The ACS says that women 20 years old or over should perform self-exam-inanons every month. Women 20 to 40 years old should have a clinical breast examination every three years, and women over 40 should have one every year. Women who do not have symptoms, and are between the ages of 40 and 49, should have a mammogram every one to two years. Women over 50 should have one every year.
Because early detection plays such an important part in effectively treanng breast cancer, women should also be aware of, and look for symptoms. Possible symptoms include lumps, thickening, swelling, dimpling, skin irritation, distortion, retraction, scaliness, pain, tenderness of the nipple, or nipple discharge. A physician should be consulted if any of these symptoms are present, according to the ACS.
The ACS is currently funding many breast cancer research projects, totaling $18.8 million. Since 1972, they have funded over $81 million in breast cancer research. For information on detection, diagnosis, treatment, and patient services, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.
Earlier this week, Guadalupe County reinstituted a countywide bum ban as a result of the lack of rain in recent weeks, and Comal County may find itself in the same situation if it does not rain in the next couple of days.
Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann told county commissioners Thursday that areas in the county are getting extremely dry and rain is needed if a bum ban is not to be implemented. He said there were about 5 small grass fires on Friday and Saturday that got out of control. He said they did not do a lot of damage. However, the risk of damage will increase if the dry weather continues.
“We’re really praying for rain. It’s extremely dry. It’s pretty tender out there with the grass as dry as it is. If we don’t get some rain out of this in the next couple of days, we’ll be looking at putting (the ban) back in effect,” said Willmann.
The previous bum ban placed on Comal County was lifted on September 20. Willmann said that the county has not received substantial rams since
that time. He said if it does not rain within the next couple of days, he will likely request the bum ban be implemented again as early as the middle of next week. He said it would then be up to the county judge and commissioners court.
“It’s a lot of work when die ban is in place, but it worked extremely well (in August and September),” he said. “It’s a lot cheaper to put it into effect and me work, than send men out to fight the little grass fires that get out of control.”
Willmann said a lot of the contractors in the county have not been burning. However, private landowners are clearing brush and burning it. Willmar! said some of these individuals do not realize the danger of ashes and embers flying several feet away and starting grass on fire.
Willmann also said that the fire department needs an additional way to notify people of the ban. He talked with the commissioners about the possibility of putting up signs in the outer parts of the county. He said these signs could be used to notify citizens in the county of burning conditions.
County moves closer to a new park at Canyon Lake
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Dreams for a county park near Canyon Dam are coming close to reality after Comal County Commissioners on Thursday approved a lease agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the park site.
“Now it is up to the Corps of Engineers to look at the application of the lease we submit to them and see if it meets their approval,” Comal County Engineer Thomas Homseth said.
Homseth is chairman of the Comal County Parks Committee, which recommended approval of the lease to commissioners court. The lease has five parties involved in it - the county, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Canyon Lake Youth Soccer, Canyon Lake Little League and the Canyon Lake Aero Modelers Society.
Homseth said the county has committed $78,000 towards the park for this year and budgeted $65,000 in 1996. The park will be made up of IOO acres on Guadalupe Park land. The lease, Homseth said, calls for the development of soccer and baseball fields, benches, restrooms and the parking lot. Homseth emphasized that the county will not pick up most of the maintenance costs. Those dunes will be left to the users of the park
“The county is mainly a vehicle for getting this park going,” Homseth said. “The users (Canyon Lake Youth Soccer, Canyon Lake Little League and the Canyon Lake Aero Modelers Society) will be in charge of constructing the facilities needed for their activities. We believe the cost of the park should not all rest on the taxpayers.”
Project KISS (Kids In Safe Surroundings) wants to build the proposed 10,000-square-foot Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center on the site.
For two years, Project KISS has raised money for the project and has raised $48,000 The group’s goal is $200,000 Project KISS organizers hope to break ground on the facility by December 1996.
Project KISS ran into some obstacles this year when the Army Corps of Engineers expressed concerns about the recreational center being on its property.
Corps of Engineer district officials in Belton and Fort Worth were worried that Project KISS would not be able to maintain the facility. The Army Corps of Engineers does not want to be held liable for the facility. At its August meeting with Canyon Lake residents, Project KISS members decided to seek
a sub-lease with the county, showing both the county and the Army Corps of Engineers that the) could maintain and keep up the recreational center Any sub-lease with the county would have to be approved by the Corps of Engineers.
The lease approved by commissioners court does not include the recreational facility. But Homseth said the lease can be amended down the road to include the facility.
“The Parks Advisory Board can always recommend to commissioners court and the Corps of Engineers to amend the lease if any additional changes are needed,” Homseth said.
Project KISS Chairwoman Tnsh Wyatt, a Parks Advisory board member, said that a proposal was brought up at the last board meeting which would have begun the building of concrete slabs for a basketball/volleyball court, which would later be consolidated into the recreational center. No action was taken by the board on the proposal. Wyatt said the advisory board decided to take up the proposal at its next meeting.
“The advisory board members decided to take the idea to their member organizations to discuss it," Wyatt said. “I will be discussing it with members of Protect KISS.”
Homseth said that the building of
the concrete slabs for a basketball/volleyball court would call for amending the lease with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Homseth said the Advisory Board had to submit the lease to the Corps of Engineers so that they could get it processed quickly.
“There is an immediate need for this facility,” Homseth said “And an immediate ability from the organizations involved to help maintain them.”
Jerry Brite, Canyon Lake Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said it will take a while before the proposed lease is looked over and approved by his agency
“The process will probably take 2-3 months,” Brite said. “We have not received the lease yet, so I cannot comment on it. It will have to go through the Little River Project Office in Belton, then be forwarded to our regional office in Dallas and then go to our district office in Fort Worth. It will be out of my hands, the real estate and management office (of Corps of Engineers) will be looking at it. They will look at the full proposal to make sure the facilities are operational and maintained each year Several angles will be looked at (by the Corps of Engineers officials).”Education needed before state raises speed limit to 70 M.P.H. See Opinion, Page 4A.