New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Sept. 22,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of IRMA KING
Vol. 141, No. 218
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Sara Autumn Koeppt Irma King, Balbina Maldonado, Gina Davis (21).
Canyon High Friends off Education meeting set tor Sept. 28
Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
To be eligible for the scholarship drawing, members must have joined by Nov. 1,1993.
Collegiate as well as vocational scholarships will be awarded.
Dr. Jerry Major, district superintendent, will give a brief talk on school taxes and facilities.
Friends off the Library sale to be held Oct. 6-8
The Friends of the Dittlinger Memorial Library are making final plans for their annual book sale, which will be held Oct. 6-8 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin St. The Oct. 6 sale will be for members of the Friends of the Library and the next two days will be open to the public. The sale will be open to the public Oct 7 from 9 p.m. and OcL 8 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
People Against Violent Crimes meeting Thursday
People Against Violent Crimes will meet this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. The public is invited to attend.
The guest speaker will be Mr. Martin Allen, court administrator at the Comal County Courthouse.
Items accepted at Fair today
The Comal County Fair will be accepting items for exhibit in the areas of arts, crafts, photography, baking, canning, antiques, preserving, agriculture, clothing, handwork, heirlooms and horticulture today.
For additional information, please consult the fair tabloid or contact Mozelle at (2l0)-625-1505.
Special ribbons with the 100th commemorative seal will be given for winners.
Elderhostet' alums invited to be on host team
Elderhostet alums are invited to be on the host team of the local Elderhostel, sponsored by the Historic Museums Association, Oct. 3-8.
Call Clyde Blackman at 629-1572 to be an ambassador.
The group will meet at the Sophienburg Museum, 401 West Coll, 5 p.m. today for orientation.
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‘Restaurant Inspection Under Fire’
Heratd-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
June Pace, owner and operator of The Loft Tea Room, works In the kitchen of the facility. Pace feels city health Inspector Joe Lara has been unfair with his Inspections.
Restaurant owner disagrees with report procedures
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
A New Braunfels restaurant owner has expressed dissatisfaction with the manner restaurant inspections are conducted.
June Pace, owner of The Loft Tea Room, said she is dissatisfied with both the way the inspections are conducted and the way the code is interpreted Pace has directed her complaints toward City Sanitarian Joe Lara, along with The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung which publishes the reports weekly.
According to Pace, I-ara cited her for the following items:
■ Pace said she was cited for not providing proper drainage for ice. She said ice is stored in coder and water in the cooler is drained by taking the cooler downstairs and pouring out the excess water
Pace also said so much ice is kept in the cooler that it is impossible to ever scoop up water with the ice. She said the rules state that ice cannot sit in its own water.
“As much ice as is put in there, there is no chance of the scoop ever touching water,” she said.
“He (Lara) said it has to be constantly draining,” she said.
According to Pace, Lara suggested turning the cooler at a right angle to allow it to drain.
“This is where the nonsense comes in with the code — where there is no common sense," she said.
Lara said another restaurant with the same problem ran a drainage from the aider to another container. However, Pace said that would be impossible at her facility.
“They met the intent without meeting the technical aspects of the code,” he said.
He said larger restaurants sometimes have large ice coolers that the water drains through the plumbing directly to the sewer.
“Some cannot afford to do that,” he said.
Lara said it may be especially difficult when a building is converted into a restaurant when it was not originally intended to be one.
■ Pace said she was also cited for not having the thermometer in the refrigerator in a conspicuous place.
“I was afraid it was going to break and fall on somebody’s feet,” she said.
Pace said her thermometer is placed further back in the refrigerator to avoid someone knocking it out. She said Lara told her it needed to be in front.
■ Pace said the gasket in her refrigerator had been scoured with bleach and toothbrush but was still stained. According to Pace, the refrigerator is old and is as “clean as it is going to get ”
“He (Lara) was upside down searching every inch. The reason we got nit picking points because he couldn’t find any dirt,” she said.
■ Pace also said Lara tested the temperature of her dishwasher with a food thermometer She said he first put the thermometer in the dishwasher with the cover still on
Pace also received a letter from a registered sanitarian in Arlington who said sanitarians are required to bring their own equipment for testing.
Pace said the dishes in the dishwasher are so hot they cannot be picked up without gloves.
Lara said he is required to carry a thermometer and test kits. He said each restaurant owner is responsible for maintaining the and meeting the requirement and should also have a thermometer to test the machine.
He said in Pace’s case there was not thermometer on the mechanical unit. He said he used the food thermometer in order to get a ballpark figure.
B Pace said Lara cited her restaurant for heating soups in Crock Pot rather than in the microwave. According to Pace, soups are brought in a by a caterer almost every day and are kept in a Crock Pot.
She said the soups are tested regularly to make sure they are kept at 140 degrees
Lara said there are codes to deal with what is done with leftover foods and what to do when reheating foods. He said Crock Pots are considered heat holding units and are not used for reheating He said only those listed as UL cooking appliances are used for reheating.
■ Pace said Lara told her she must have all food I abele* and dated She said she explained to him that thi« was impractical because there is rarely any food left at the enc of the day.
Ste also said fresh food is purchased daily for that day’s lunch crowd.
“We could spend $1,000 a year on labels,” she said.
“We are more careful than anybody has asked us to be, she said.
Lara said he has never been contacted by Pace concerning her complaints However, Pace said she made it clear after the inspection that she was dissatisfied with the report.
“We have had no communication to our office direct ly,” he said. “There has been no effort to communicate anything.”
“We try to correct any situation that exists,” he said.
Lara said he might be stricter in his inspection if he enters a restaurant in which the manager is certified and has the latest information. He said in this situation the manager may be fully aware that a problem exists. He said in other situations an infraction might be just an oversight by the owner or manager.
“Our goal is to make sure at least the minimum standards are being adhered to,” he said
Pace received an score of 89 on her inspection. Lara said the average score for this region is 72. He said 80 is a great score and 90 is a terrific score.
Lara is a registered sanitarian and has worked in New Braunfels for six years. He said in order to become a sanitarian, he had to have bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in science, had to participate in an internship with another sanitarian and pass a state board exam.
NB1SD SAT scores higher than average
By ROSE MARIE EASH
High Scholastic Apptitude Test (SAT) scores from a portion of the district's students were reported to the board of trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District at their regular meeting Tuesday night.
“Alamo Heights is slightly higher than ours and then there’s a big gap,” said Superintendent Charles Bradber-ry. “That’s comparing our kids going to college with other kids going to college. It’s the number one reason for moving into a school district (when parents are looking for a new place to live.)”
Although happy with the average score which was 960 based on the 1992-93 tests, Bradberry noted that only 128 of the 323 graduates had taken the test. The 960 score was 58 points higher than the national average and 75 points higher than tire state average.
In other business the board:
■ Approved the Challenge Program Handbook for Gifted/Talented Education. NBISD currently has 233 students in the Gifted/Talented Program which is about 15 more than last year.
■ Approved final payment of S44.504.84 on fuel clean-up and tank upgrades at the transportation center. The total amount paid for the project
was $192,171.19. The final payment will be paid out of the 1992-93 budget
■ Approved the addition of the Fredericksburg Road arc north of Seek Elementary where there is a steep hill with no sidewalks and heavy traffic without traffic controls to assist students in crossing Fredericksburg to get to the school as a hazardous area.
Students in that area have not been eligible to ride school buses because they are within a two mile radius of the school. Designating the area a hazardous one enables die district to provide transportation. There will be no additional cost to the district sirree there are already buses with room for the additional students passing through the area.
■ Approved the addition of three bus routes, two regular and one special education route, which were needed to relieve overcrowding and route delays.
M Heard a report on attendance as of August 39, 1993 which revealed an increase of 164 students over the same period last year.
“Growth is significantly higher than in previous years,” said Bradberry. “We’re back into the growth areas we had in the 80s. We may be looking at 1995 or 1996 for additional space rather than 1998 or 2000 as we were planning.”
A Night in Olde New Braunfels on tap tonight
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The 100th Comal County Fair will begin the entertainment portion of its celebration with A Night in Olde New Braunfels in the Comal Corral.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. tonight and will cater to young and old alike, according to Comal County Fair Association President Jan Joe tec
A Night in Olde New Braunfels will include four dance competitions, an introduction to the fair, introduction of the Comal County Fair Queen and Court, Grand March and introduction of the outgoing fair queen and court and rodeo queen.
The dance competitions will test the skills of area dancers doing the two-step, waltz, polka and swing.
The event will continue until 8:45 p m A free dance is scheduled from 8 p m. to 11 p m Music will be provided by the Cloverleaf Band.
Jodiec said the Night in Olde New Braunfels has been a tradition at the fair “forever and ever.”
Other the flip side, a new addition to the fair this year will be a performance by the First Cavalry Horse Division Detachment from Fort Hood.
Jochec said rte detachment is a per
formance unit that is typical of a cavalry from IOO yeais ago. She sud they were uniforms like those worn IOO years ago, carry sabers and ride on horseback
The detachment, which is made up of eight people, will perform in the parade on Friday and will have a one hour performance at 2 p.m. Friday in the rodeo arena.
The fair started this week. A sneak-a-pcek preview was held last night and included both rides and musical entertainment.
Jochec said all members of the fair association are excited about this week’s events.
“We’re set to go We are excited and we encourage everyone lo bring rn their exhibits. They lie a teal important part of the fair,” she said.
Proceeds from the fair are used for developing additional grounds and getting additional events for the fair The Comal County Fair Association is a non-profit organization.
General admission tickets ait $2 and parking is $2. Children under 12 enter frees. Rodeo tickets are $4 in advance forage 12 and up, and $4.50 after Sept 22. Rodeo tickets are $2.50 for children 6 to ll and children under six enter free.
Hummel figurine to be raffled at event
’Land In Sight” will ba raffled off Oct. 3
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ trip to the Americas, an M. I. Hummel figurine, "Land in Sight,” was created in 1992,
A limited number of these figurines was made and as part of the Hummel Museum’s Grand Opening celebration coming up Oct 1-3, one of these will be the prize for a raffle drawing to be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, after the Casual Mass in front of the museum.
“Land in Sight” began as an original painting by Sister M I. Hummel, crafted by Gerhard Skrobek. The figurine is the only Hummel with a boat or ship and only one otter figurine incorporates more figures into a single motif. The mold for the piece has been broken, meaning no more can be produced and adding to it’s value.
Full of unique aspects, "Land in Sight” also has the largest and most unusual clement in the boat and requires more than two dozen molds to be assembled, fired and decorated in a production process that involves over 325 steps
Tickets for the drawing may be purchased for $1 or sw for $5 at the Hummel Museum or at the following businesses or individuals through Sept. 30: Centex Office Center, China and Things, Citizen’s Bank, Coiffures de Ville, Fdger & Friends, Heidelberg Lodges, Henne Hardware, Holiday Inn, LaFarge Corp , Mill Store Plaza Office, Newk’s Tennis Ranch, Opa’s Haus, Perfect “HT, T-Bar-M, Mar A Theresa Pesek, Jim A Sue McFeeley, John A Rita Svobo-da.For nows, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144