New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Bobette Williams, Joe Alvarado (39 years Monday), Brenda Klabunde (Monday), Bryan Stafford, Nora Carrizales, Beth Sierra, Ima Alvarado (Monday), Mark Nnhn, Mrs. Marvin Schaefer, Bernard Brucia, Tommy Hubertns (30 years Monday), Jesse (Hog Dog) Rosales, Kristi Dean (Saturday), Donna Crawford (Monday), Jerrka Magana (IO years Saturday), EHberto Medina HI (Monday), Zachary Schmidt (2 years), Melanie Medina (6 years belated), Ruby'Bret-zke, Maryann Cruz (belated), Alfredo Rosales Jr. (belated),
. Iiwlta refills Jr., and Marissa Rosales (Monday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Raul and Louisa Munoz (50 years), Monroe and Myrtle Way el (I year), Lee and Ruby Bretzke (60 years Saturday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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siigm cnance or nun Today — Partly cloudy with less than a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s. East to southeast wind 5-10 mph.
Tonight — Partly cloudy with less than a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low near 70.
Monday — Partly cloudy with less than a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 90s.
Tis—day — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 90s. Lows in the 70s.
Wadnaaday and Thursday — Partly to mostly cloudy and cooler with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 80s to near 90 Lows in the 60s
The days for enjoying local recreation attractions are winding down The Olympic Pool and Spring-fed Pool in Landa Park closed for the year yesterday.
The Tube Shoot at Prince Solms Park will be open weekends only. weather permitting The miniature golf course now is only open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting.
The Landa Park paddle boats are now open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m only on weekends until October.
For more information, call the parks department at 608-2160.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark now is open weekends only until Sept. 14. For more information. call 625-2351.
McKenna Memorial Hospital now has a new address. The old address, 143 E. Garza St.. has changed to 600 N. Union Ave.
kitsrstata 35 work continues
Texas Department of Transportation work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz. Numerous exits will be closed, but traffic lanes should remain open.
Tired of looking at a stack of old telephone books? Comal County’s recycling center, 4755 Texas 46 West, accepts phone books and is open from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. A number of other recyclable items can be taken lo the recycling center.
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34 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, September 7,1997
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Bobette Williams
Vol. 145, No. 23
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No bum ban yet, but fire threat real
Fire marshal urges caution when burning
By DENISE DZIUK
Wednesday's rains may not have been enough to completely revive the dry grass in the county, but they were enough to delay a bum ban in Comal
Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said most of the
county recorded 0.3 to 0.5 inches of rain Wednesday night, delaying implementation of a bum ban. However, he said, that could change.
“We’re pretty gobc right now, but we’re looking at it real closely each day,” said Willmann. “The potential is there, but the conditions are not quite to the point where we need a ban.”
In the past two weeks, the county reported four small grass fires. The fires were brought under control quickly, sometimes before emergency personnel even arrived, and little damage was sustained, Willmann said.
Even though the county has not had a bum ban so far this summer, more rain is needed for that to continue. During last summer’s drought, burning was prohibited for the better part of the summer.
Although burning is not prohibited, Willmann urged residents to use caution and offered the following advice:
■ Don’t bum if you don’t have to. Instead, take advantage of the county’s recycling and mulching programs.
Turn to Burning, Page 2A
The death off a matriarch
Read about the life of Mother Teresa and how local Catholics are mourning her death.
Grandmother donates time at local school
By DENISE DZIUK
Most of the pre-first grade class sits at the front of the room singing songs with the teachers. In the back of the room, five students huddle around “Nana” on a sofa as she reads to them.
Streater, 61, just started her second year of volunteering in the pre-first-grade class at Rahe Primary, and the situation is mutually beneficial — she fills her time and helps students learn, said assistant principal Teresa Kozart.
Students also love her, added the administrator.
“Her grandson calls her Nana sc she just felt comfortable with everyone calling her Nana,” said Kozart. “It’s kind of like she’s everyone’s grandmother.”
In March 1996, Nana’s husband died, and she needed something tc fill her days. Someone suggested she volunteer in her grandson’s class, she recalled.
“I came one morning for a visil and have been here ever since,’ she said with a smile. “These kids have filled a void.”
“I think I also sort of fill-in foi the grandmothers that aren’t there I love each and every one of them They each teach me something dif ferent about life.”
Turn to Grandmother, Page 2A
Shirley “None" Streeter ie surrounded By etudents Kyene Fischer, Jessies Martinez and Cody Meeker al Rahe Elementary School In Bulverde.
McKenna drive gets support
By DAVID DEKUNDER
If donations are any indication, New Braunfels and Comal County are giving heart and soul to McKenna Memorial Hospital’s expansion fund.
So far, S541,474 in gifts have been committed to the “New Century of Caring” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise SI million of the SI I million needed to expand the hospital.
Jennifer Covington, president of Comal Healthcare Foundation, said the support from the community has been tremendous.
“We are very pleased with the support we have gotten so far.” Covington said. “We have contacted many people who said they will support us.”
Comal Healthcare Foundation's purpose is to raise funds for the non-profit hospital.
Seventy-five volunteers have given presentations and made personal visits to more than 320 local individuals and businesses, Covington said.
“W hat the local gifts say is this hospital is important (to the community),” Covington said.
Bill Cone, campaign chair, said the foundation has a goal of reaching SI million by the end of the year.
“I am confident we will reach our goal,” Cone said. “We have more than 70 volunteers who have made substantial face-to-face communications rn the community.”
Cone said he was impressed by the support New Braunfels had given to the “New Century of Canng” campaign.
“Our expectations have been exceeded at this point in the campaign,” Cone said. “The volunteers hav e made an incredible job of making their visits.”
McKenna began its expansion plans this spring with the construction of an ambulatory surgical center and two patient care units. Those facilities opened in August.
The ambulatory surgical center now performs must of the outpatient, or day, surgeries with the purpose of reducing patient time and expense.
The hospital’s plans for the future arc to expand its crowded emergency room, renovate and expand its medical unit, renovate and expand to five birthing rooms, renovate the radiology department, create a 21 -bed skilled nursing unit and renovate the patient services area. The laboratory will be expanded to reduce the waiting time for test results, and the pharmacy will be doubled in size.
Turn to McKenna, Page 2A
Get ready to clean up river Saturday
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Bring out your swimming suits and your scuba gear — the Friends For Rivers annual Guadalupe River cleanup is less than a week away.
The cleanup will take place Saturday morning and afternoon. Volunteers will clean a 20-mile section of the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to the interstate 35 river bridge.
Registration for the event will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Double Rockin R’ Campgrounds on Loop 337 and Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Market 306.
Friends For Rivers president David Davenport said he was expecting about 1,100 volunteers for this year’s cleanup.
With this year’s high waters in the Guadalupe
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City council considers county recycling pact
By ABE LEVY
A proposed interlocal agreement to give Comal County the city’s recyclable materials is written and set for consideration Monday before New Braunfels City Council.
lf the agreement is approved, Comal County Commissioners Court would also consider it, which could lead to the city taking over the entire curbside recycling program as early as January.
That would end a three-year contract with Browning Ferris Inc., whose curbside recycling contract with the city ends January.
City officials said the proposed three-year agreement could lead to expanded curbside serv ice, picking up such items as cardboard and junk mail, and more direct control of the city service.
They also said the proposed agreement would not cost more than the current monthly fee of $ 1.85 with 4 cents going to the sanitation fund.
“I think it’s a great thing for the city and county to work together,” said Mayor Jan Kennady, adding that she received a lot of junk mail. “I hope to get even better service.” Here’s the proposal:
■ The city would collect the mate-Tum to Council, Page 2AGet ,i preview of Comal County Fair with special section inside today!