New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, September 5.1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MELVIN FETTERS
Vol. 143, No. 212
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Melvin Fetters, Meghan Lee Noble, Marcia Keeling, Claudia Perry, Sandra Shane. Happy 25th anniversary to Nathan and Earlene Klabunde.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -250 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.42 feet above sea level, down .10. Guadalupe River — 114 c.f.s.
Canyon Lake Chamber holds membership drive
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding its fall membership drive all month. Each chamber member is encouraged to sponsor one new member to the chamber. There will be a special drawing at the October Mixer, beth sponsor and new member will be entered, both could win a Canon Snappy V camera.
How to run for office
The League of Women Voters meeting Thursday, Sept. 7, will feature a discussion entitled “How to Run for Office.” Speakers Include Austin Political Public Relations Manager Clarke Straughan and Bexar County Court at Law Judge Shay Gephart. The meeting will start at
7 p.m. in the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank. Call Rose Marie Eash at 980-3188 for information,
Free Tuesday p.m.
The Free Tuesday p.m. at the Children's Museum of New Braunfels, 183IH-35 W., is set for Sept. 5, thanks to the sponsorship of the Downtown Rotary Club. Admission is free for families from noon until closing time - 5 p.m. On tap for the afternoon is entertainment by Chris and Judy and the opening of the “River Guadalupe - Wet and Wild!" Call 620-0939 for information.
Line dance lessons will be held at the Senior Center Sept. 11,18 and 25. Beginners from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., intermediate from 6 p.m. to $7 p.m. Cost will be $3 per hour, per person, paid in advance.
Water Babies Swim School annual fund-raiser will be Saturday. Sept. 9 at 9:30 a.m. until dark at Pecan Gap Ranch on FM 482 next to St. Joseph Chapel. Garage sale, food, plants, pony rides, and baked goods vendors and consignments wanted. For information, call 629-4894. All proceeds go to fund annual swim meet in September.
The Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Nature's Way: Junior Orienteering program Saturday. Sept. 9 from 9 a m. to 10:30 a m. in Landa Park at the Landa Lake gazebo. Fee is $3 per person. Ages eight to 17 welcome. Preregister before Sept.
8 at the Parks office during business hours. Call 608-2160.
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Lake park to be built without state funds
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Ifs what’s for dinner
hhnkt-Zvitung photo by DOUG LOVEDAY
Chaa* Cochran, 15, of Canyon Lake, managed to load two shopping carta with $2,361 worth of meat during tho HEB ahopping spree ha won in a Noon Lions Club contest. Money raised from the raffia will go to sand youngsters to the Texas Lions Camp.
Brick Parade closes in on goal for library expansion project
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
Last October, Anna Paula Casey came up with a great idea to fund the expansion of the Tye Preston Memorial Library at Canyon Lake.
Casey’s idea — the Brick Parade -has been a tremendous success so far. The Brick Parade project has been going on since February. The goal of the Brick Parade is to raise $100,000 for the library expansion. The term “Brick Parade” refers to the brick pathway which will have the names of individuals and businesses who donate money to buy a brick. The sidewalk, which will be called “Courtyard of Friends,” will lead to the main door entrance of the library.
“So far we have raised $70,000 in seven months,” Casey said. “I hope to raise the $30,000 needed for our goal by the end of the year ”
Casey is chairwoman of the Building Fund Committee. She has been the prime force behind the Brick Parade project. Casey said that the Canyon Lake community has responded well to the Brick Parade.
Individuals who want to put their name on a brick can purchase one brick for $40, two for $75 or three for $100. Each additional brick is $30. The names are limited to two lines of 14 characters each and an additional third line is available for an extra charge.
Donors can also buy bricks for memorials, graduation gifts, anniversary gifts, or to show someone that you care for them, Casey said.
So far, 700-750 bricks have been sold, Casey said Businesses now have the opportunity to purchase a 12X16 granite block for $1,000 and place their logos on them. More than 35 of the blocks have already sold.
Casey urged Canyon Lake businesses to contribute to the Brick Parade because it would give them more exposure in the community.
“It is a good way for businesses to advertise forever,” Casey said. “We are just now going to the business community to get their help in supporting this fantastic cause. People should participate in this because if they do they will feel like they are part of the community.”
‘So far we have raised $70,000 in seven months. I hope to raise the $30,000 needed for our goal by the end of tho year.’
— Anna Paula Casey,
Brick Parade organizer
The granite blocks will be interspersed with the regular bricks to form the “Courtyard of Friends.”
The 3,500 square foot library is in need of space for its children's area and work area, Casey said. The 2,000 square foot addition will be attached to the current library. The additional space will be used for a variety of reasons.
"The space will be used for clubs, book reviews, meetings and as a work area," Casey said. “It will also give people the opportunity to do their work and research in private.”
The addition will house the children’s reading program and the literacy program. With the children’s area moving to the addition, the cramped work area will be able to expand to give library volunteers more room to work.
Membership at the Tye Preston Memorial Library has rapidly grown during the last few years. In 1994, 16,000 people used the library. This year, the library has issued an average of 60 new membership cards per month. Casey said the library has grown because of an influx of young families moving into the community who have children.
“When I first came into the library a few years ago, I was amazed by the number of children we had in here,” Casey said.
Businesses and individuals who want to participate in the Brick Parade can come by the library in Saltier, [ack up a brochure and fill it out. For more information about the Brick Parade, call Casey at 899-7311.
Play performance to benefit art league
The New Braunfels Art League will benefit from the Sept. 17 performance of'Wait Until Dark at the Circle Aits Theatre.
The SIO tickets may be purchased at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery, 239 W. San Antonio St., between IO a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. No other passes will be redeemed that night. The performance is set for 7 p.m.
Even though the state has rejected its request for a grant, the Comal County Parks Advisory Board will go on with its plans to build a park near Canyon Dam.
“Since there was no more funding from the state, we were rejected,” County Engineer Tom Homseth said. “However, we still have the funding commitments from the county, Little League and the soccer organizations to build the park.”
The rejection of the state grant means that the county will have to build the park in phases instead of trying to get it built in three years, Homseth said.
Homseth, who is chairman of the Parks Advisory Board, said that the board will decide how to proceed with the building of the park when it meets next Monday.
The county budgeted $65,000 for the Canyon Dam park this year. Homseth said that the county approached the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the grant last September. The park will be built on federal land leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The state grant would have matched 50 percent of the county’s funding for the park, Homseth said at the Project KISS (Kids In Safe Surroundings) annual meeting at the Canyon Lake Action Center on Aug. 24.
The plans for the park include five baseball fields, IO soccer fields, a hiking and biking trail, a playscape, restrooms, a parking lot, lighting for the fields and fishing piers. Homseth said the county will have to build the most important facilities first and, depending cm funding, add on in future years “We will develop the most important needs with the limited funds we have,” Homseth said. “We will have to build the parte in phases. In phase one, we will more than likely build the fields without the lights —unless the lights are donated. Right now, we will focus on developing the soccer fields, the Little League fields and the restrooms.”
Middle school deals with apparent suicide
By DENISE DZIUK
Administrators at New Braunfels Independent School District are trying to comfort and counsel students at the middle school following the death of a student over the weekend.
A 14-year-old male student at New Braunfels Middle School was found hung Sunday at 6:08 p.m. The student, who lived with his grandparents, was found by his grandmother. The death is listed as a suicide, but is still under investigation, said New Braunfels Police Dct. Kevin Stevens.
Karen Simpson, Executive Director of Education Services for NB1SD. said steps have been taken to help other students at the campus.
She said the principal at the middle
Th* real key la to get to the kids early and let them know that there’s somebody here for them who wants to help them.’
— Superintendent Charles Bradberry
school met with administrators, counselors, and faculty members before classes began Tuesday. She said the principal addressed the entire school over the intercom system, and stations have been set up for students to go to if they want to talk to someone about
Certain teachers are close to students, and those teachers are also helping counsel students. Simpson said all these efforts are going a long way in helping students deal with the death.
“By the school being understanding and giving them an avenue to express their feelings, it’s helping with that,” she said.
NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the focus of the school right now is to try to help the kids work through the death. He said if this cannot be done at the school, the child will be sent home.
"The real key is to get to the kids early and let them know that there’s somebody here for them that wants to help them," said Bradberry.
New discipline plan approved at CISD
By MELANIE GERIK
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees Thursday approved a new discipline management plan, reorganized to conform to Senate Bill I, the restructured Texas Education Code.
Gov. George W. Bush signed the bill into law earlier this year. Fernando Palos, assistant principal at Smithson Valley High School, said the changes were made to reflect the language of the law. For example, SVHS had inschool suspension, now it is called an alternative education program.
S B. I cut the maximum length of suspension for students from six to three days, and requires the students to attend an alternative education program.
"The whole purpose (for the discipline sections of S.B. I] is to keep students in school as much as possible,” said Carol Hall, CISD assistant super
intendent for curriculum and instruction said. “And that’s our goal.”
Palos said under former C.I.S D. policy, students could be expelled for the first time they were discovered having marijuana, drugs or alcohol. Now the students must be suspended and placed in the alternative education program, according to S B. I. Secondtime offenders are expelled.
Palos said the state law will make the rules easier to enforce, because a change in wording says that after a second-time offense for drugs or alcohol, the student “shall be expelled” instead of "may be."
Palos added that the change in the state law puts more “bite” into the district’s rules.
“We can now say it’s not only school board policy, it’s state law,” Palos said.
Hall said that the law helps teachers regain control of the classroom because it allows them to remove students who consistently disrupt the class Students
cannot return to the classroom from which they were removed without the approval of a three-member placement review committee.
This committee consists of two of the school’s teachers and a member of its professional staff.
Hall added that students who repeatedly break the code of conduct can be expelled.
The district site-based management team, which tries to find ways to improve the schools, will look through the discipline handbook throughout the year to better conform to the new education code.
Palos said another state law, House Bill 327, allows the school to issue a citation for truancy the first rime a student skips school, instead of having to wait at least four or five times
Palos said that these and other citations, which the students would have to defend in justice of the peace court, hit “the parents in the pocketbooks and it gets their attention.”
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