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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Da I ] 3 s , Tex a a ft 75 ?.. Five local students named Merit semifinalists Two Canyon High School students and three from New Braunfels High School have been selected as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Carolyn Hanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hanson, and Nick Parma, son of Dennis Parma, were the honorees from CHS. Those honored at NBHS were James deLemos, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert deLemos; Leslie Hemstreet, daughter of Mrs. Gail Profant; and Patricia Schwarz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Schwarz. These students, designated as semi-finalists, have been recognized as the highest scorers in Texas on the PSAT-NMSQT test in 1981, taken when they were juniors. They represent the top half of one percent of each state’s high school senior class. There are about 15,000 semifinalists competing for some 5,000 Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring. Semi-finalists have completed the first step in the competition, but to be considered further, they must meet additional requirements and advance to Finalist standing. About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to qualify as finalists, and all Merit Scholars will be chosen from among this group of about 13,500. At least 1,500 of the 5,000 Merit Scholarships to be offered in 1983 will be one-time National Merit $1,000 Scholarships.1*1 ic rep lex , lac. -ct . hitch bomble 1.0. DOX ^5^36 Comp. Floats will fill San Antonio Street tomorrow Annual fair parade to step off Friday Comal County’s 1982 Rodeo Queen will be crowned tonight in the Comal Corral. Contenders for the title will be in place, decked out in western attire, by 7 p.m. Gentlemen will get their chance for a turn around the floor with her at the 8 p.m. dance, with music provided by Abbey Edition. The ticket price for this event is $3. Dogs, cats, marching bands and pretty girls will storm the streets of New Braunfels Friday morning. The annual Pet Parade (featuring favorite animals and kids on bicycles) will start at 9:40 a.m. It forms up in the parking lot of Wuest’s grocery on West San Antonio. Judging of pets will start at 8 .45 a.m. The big parade, with 115 floats and entries, will leave at IO a.m. from the corner of Santa Clara. Danny and Dana Scheel are cochairmen of the effort. Ricci Ware and Jud Ashmore of the San Antonio radio show will be honorary parade marshals. It’s .standing room only along San Antonio street, so parade viewers are advised to claim their spots early. A New 44iR-i Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeituno Vol. 91-No. 187    14    Pages THURSDAY September 23, 1982 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Texas growth straining water suppliesInsideCounty Fair Forecast Comal County forecast calls for sunny and warm today, with winds becoming southeasterly at 5-10 mph by tonight. A few clouds will return tonight, and Friday will be partly cloudy.    N CLASSIFIED..........10-12 COMICS.................13 CROSSWORD............13 DEAR ABBY.......‘.......9 DEATHS.................14 HOROSCOPE..............3 KALEIDOSCOPE............9 OPINIONS................4 SCRAPBOOK..............8 WEATHER................2 By DYANNE FRY Staff writer In less sophisticated days, folks in other parts of the country tended to think of Texas as a vast desert — miles and miles of dry sand dotted by cactus, cedar shacks and an occasional horse. In the past few decades, they’ve learned to their surprise that we also have rivers, man-made lakes, natural springs, a couple of swamps and our own little piece of the Gulf of Mexico. And they’re migrating here in droves — perhaps, by their very numbers, to turn Texas into that cactus flat they used to tell stories about. “Texans are famous for their braggadocio,’’ said Bobby Whitefield, Texas Department of Water Resources, at Smithson Valley High School Tuesday night. “But the magnitude of our water problems is so great that even Texans don’t have to lie about it.” Whitefield was special guest at a town meeting sponsored by the Bulverde-based Citizens Task Force on Water. Bulverde, located on the upper reaches of the limited Trinity Aquifer, is one Texas community that sees trouble ahead in the immediate future. “Your average per capita use in this area is 94 gallons per day,” Whitefield told the assembled citizens. That’s conservative. Wastewater treatment facilities are usually designed to handle 180 gallons per capita per day, and the overall average for Comal County is 168 gallons. Even so, with an estimated population of 500, the community is pulling 50,000 gallons per day out of the Trinity (which also serves a number of other communities). Growth is inevitable, and new residents, even at the same conservative rate, will use more water. “In my opinion, you haven’t got it,” said Whitefield. The citizens’ task force is quite aware of that. Formed three years ago, it has sponsored five town meetings and done extensive research on Trinity water problems and what’s to be done about them. “We’re trying to educate our public,” said program coordinator Nellie Cowan. An Underground Water Conservation District was one of the possibilities discussed. “We do not propose that such a district is the answer, or even an answer for tins area,” said task force chairman Betty Baker. “We do think it’s something that should bt' looked into.” Attorney Beth Sherfy, secretary for the task force, gave the audience a rundown on the ins and outs of UWCDs. Surface water in Texas belongs to See WATER, Rage 14 New leader takes office in Lebanon BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Amin Gemayel, a Christian elected with a strong show of Moslem support, became president today as U.S., French and Italian peacekeepers hurried back to Beirut following the slaughter of hundreds of Palestinian refugees. About two hours before Gemayel was sworn in to the post that was to have been filled bv his slain brother, Bashir Gemayel, a blast gutted a huge dump w here the Lebanese army had stored rockets confiscated from PLO strongholds in west Beirut, Prosecutor-General Assaad Germanos announced. The Defense Ministry said a shell went off w hile being unloaded from an army truck, and this caused Katyusha rockets and other ammunition in the dump to explode. Twenty-eight passersby were injured in the explosion near the Sin el-Fil residential neighborhood of Christian-dominated east Beirut, Germanos told reporters. Christian radio stations listed the names of 38 people they said were wounded. The blast touched off a rapid succession of smaller explosions that last about an hour and the state radio said 800 tons of ammunition erupted. The explosions shrouded the area in thick black smoko and set fires in several buildings. Three-hundred French paratroopers were expected to arrive by sea in Beirut later today as the advance unit of a 3,000-man force reassigned to Beirut to protect its civilian population in the aftermath of the massacre last week. Israel, which invaded Lebanon June 6 to rout the Palestine Liberation Organization, blamed the See LEBANON, Page 14 Lack of quorum stops Community Council By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer The Community Council of South Central Texas Central Board members met Wednesday night at the San Antonio Chest Hospital. Well, at least some of them did. Not much was accomplished, because only IO of the possible 30 members came to the meeting. The magic number 14 was needed for a quorum, and without that, no action could legally be taken. There was a lot of constructive discussion, though, on how to determine why so few board members attended the meeting. Those persons on the Executive Committee listened, and decided to compose a survey form to be sent to board members, asking if the meeting dates (tile fourth Wednesday of every month) and tile meeting time 1 usually 7 p.m.) are convenient, and if not, what would be a better schedule to follow. CCSC!’ Executive Director Michele Koweroft said Thursday that she will be in charge of working up the survey form, and will get to work on it soon. It was announced at Wednesday night’s meeting that Comal County representative on the CCSCT Central Board, Ed Shackelford, had resigned, effective Oct. I. But before he will be replaced, a federal decision whether CCSCT will serve ll counties in 1983 must be announced. Presently, CCSCT serves six counties Atacosa, Wilson, Karnes, Frio, Guadalupe and Comal. A Texas Department of Community Affairs request for 1983 Community Services Block Grants for CCSCT, which is still up for consideration, would expand CCSCT’s service area to Medina, Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie and Bandera counties. Until that decision is finalized, any future CCSCT Central Board reorganization and restructuring has been put on hold — including naming a replacement for Shackelford. Stuff photos by Cindy Richardson Having a 'Fair' time Although the Comal County Fair didn't officially open until today, there was plenty going on Wednesday at the Fairgrounds Top, four year old Matthew Steussy gives a chick a close in spection in the petting area Lower left, judges Leita Mae Haas and Barbara Borman taste some cookies during baking division judging. Lower right, Bonnie Leitch appears to be enjoying the traditional Grand March at the Comal Corral. ;