Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 116, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 14, 2002 Page: 2 of 34
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P*t» 2, The Hondo Anvil Hrraki. Thur-aday, Murk 14, 2M2
HISD seeks Gifted/
Hondo Independent School
District is accepting nominations
for students who are currently
enrolled in grades 1-11 for the
Program. Nominations will be
accepted through Thursday,
March 28, 2002. Any-
one can nominate a student who is
currently enrolled in the 1“
through 11"1 grades for the
program. Students who are
already identified as gifted and
talented do not need to be
nominated. If you know of such a
student who may qualify for the
G/T program, please call their
respective principal, or counselor.
Bake sale to benefit
Relay for Life
Hondo National Bank employ-
ees will be holding another Bake
Sale, on Friday, Mar. 15, in the
bank lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit Relay
For Life. All items will be
“homemade” by bank employees.
HISD Site-based Committee
Hondo Independent School
District’s Site-based Committee
will meet Wednesday, Mar. 27,
2:30 p.m. in the Central Adminis-
tration Building, 2604 Ave. E,
Hondo. The public is welcome.
Blood drive set Mar. 21
Medina Community Hospital
will host a Spring Blood Drive on
Thursday, March 21, from 1:30 to
5 p.m. The South Texas Blood
and Tissue Center’s mobile unit
will be parked by the Administra-
tion Building. To sign up, please
call Christina Garcia at 741-6358.
AARP members help
with Tax-Aide Program
Tax preparation for senior citizens
and low-income families will be of-
fered on Mondays, until April 15,
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (except Feb.
18, Presidents’ Day) at the Hondo
Public Library, Hwy. 90 and Ave. K.
For tax assistance, bring current
tax forms, preparation booklet and
copies of last year's income tax re-
turn. Bring all copies of y/-2 and W-
2p forms and any other documents
with income on them.
‘Peter’s Walk’ to be topic
of Mar. 28 Lenten service
Hondo First United Methodist
Church invites the community to
“Peter’s Walk” Thursday, Mar. 28,
at 6:30 p.m.Come hear Peter “The
Rock” tell his version of his three-
year walk with Christ. See ad for
more details. /
to be featured at fundraiser
Dennis Gaines, who was named
best cowboy story teller and
humorist of the year 2000, will be
one of three entertainers at the
upcoming St. John’s Historical
Assn, fundraiser. The benefit for
the future museum will be held
The Community Networks
meeting will be held today, Mar.
14, 2 p.m., at the Senior Nutrition
Center, located at 808 Harper on
the airbase in Hondo. All service,
social and educational organiza-
tions in Medina County are invited
New Fountain FIT group
Come have fun with the New
Fountain FIT (Friends in Touch)
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 11:30 a.m., in
the Fellowship Hall of New
Fountain United Methodist
Church. Bring a covered dish for
the meal. Stay for games and
Project PODER invites parents
and other interested persons to
attend an informative session on
“Knowihg the Basics of the
Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) and Special
Education Services.” The meeting
is Tuesday, Mar. 19,6 to 8 p.m.
Hondo Public Library, 1011 19th
St. For info, call 210-222-2637 or
Regular meeting of the Guada-
lupana Society will be held
Thursday, Mar. 21, 7 p.m. at St.
John’s Parish Hall. The public is
invited to attend a Retreat on
Sunday, Mar. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. at St.
John’s Parish Hall. Guest speaker
will be Anselmo Martinez.
fries with this
another re DqV€
that we're fat.
what your —
modem Surgeon General does: Issue
warnings. He sees danger lurking ev-
erywhere. Years ago, the Surgeon Gen-
eral was more laid-back; his staff often
found him passed out under his desk at
2:30 in the afternoon, reeking of cigars
and bourbon. He would go for years at
a stretch without issuing a warning.
Back then Americans felt free to smoke,
eat fatty foods, drink liquor and drive
cars without seat belts, often all at the
same time. Granted, most of them died
by age 32. But they were carefree.
Today, of course, we have vigilant
health authorities notifying us hourly
that pretty much everything we do is
fatal. And so we have the Surgeon Gen-
eral coming out with yet another offi-
cial report - entitled "Americans: What
a Bunch of Whales" — which contains
these shocking statistics:
— 61 percent of all adult Americans
— One of these Americans always sits
next to me on the airplane.
— This person uses 140 percent of the
-- Americans don’t really understand
What is causing these problems? For
one thing, the Surgeon General notes,
many schools no longer require students
to take Physical Education. This is a
crime. When I was a student, P. E. class
was MANDATORY, with each class last-
ing 45 minutes, broken down as follows:
- Changing into gym uniforms: 14
- Roll call, which always indicated
perfect attendance because somebody
shouted “Here!’' in response to every
name called, despite the fact that
roughly 30 percent of the class was ac-
tually out behind the gym smoking ciga-
rettes: 12 minutes.
- “Jumping Jacks”: 2 minutes.
- Taking showers, snapping each
other with towels, changing back to ci-
vilian clothes, causing lifetime psychic
damage to some unfortunate student by
shoving him out into the hallway stark
naked except for an athletic supporter
on his head: 15 minutes.
Yes, it was a demanding physical
regimen, and we followed it TWICE A
WEEK. Little wonder that we brought
the Soviet Union to its knees. So I to-
tally agree with the.Surgeon General
about bringing back mandatory P.E.
And not just for students. Cabinet mem-
bers should also be included.
Where I do NOT agree with the Sur-
geon General is on his dietary recom-
mendations. He’s upset that Americans
do not follow the Department of
Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid,
which tells you in detail how many cups
of whole grains, raw leafy vegetables,
yogurt, etc. you’re supposed to con-
sume per day based on your age,
weight, number of teeth, etc.
Let me respond, on behalf of all
Americans, by suggesting, in the polit-
est way possible, that the Surgeon Gen-
eral should go sit on the Food Guide
Pyramid. Because out here in the real
world, we do not carry cups around
with us, nor do we encounter “whole
grains,” whatever THEY are. Here in
the real world, we face dietary decisions
such as: Do we want the Hungry Hu-
man Burger n’Bacon n’Cheese n’Egg
n’Sausage n’Slab o’Lard Combo De-
luxe with a large order of fries? Or with
a REALLY large order of fries?
Yes, real Americans need a
more-effective dietary aid than the Food
Guide Pyramid. Here’s my idea: We
should use farmers. Lord knows we pay
them enough. In the past five years, the
Department of Agriculture paid 92 BIL-
LION TAXPAYER-SUPPLIED DOL-
LARS in subsidies to farmers, includ-
ing such hardscrabble sons of the soil
as (I am not making this up) Scottie
Pippen, who makes $18 million a year
playing basketball, and who got
$131,575 in farm subsidies; and Ted
Turner, who is worth more than $6 bil-
lion, and who got $176,077 in subsidies.
So here’s my proposal: Any farmer
who (a) receives taxpayer money, and (b)
is worth more than $1 million, should be
required to spend 10 hours per week ac-
tively preventing taxpayers from eating
so much. Picture the scene: You’re in the
convenience store. You grab a package
of Hostess brand Ding Dongs. You’re
heading for the checkout counter, and...
BAM, you’re grabbed from behind by
Ted Turner! So you turn around and
whomp him on the head with a 16 ounce
jar of Kraft brand jalapeno-flavored
Cheez Whiz. As he goes down like a sack
of whole grain, you grab a bottle of
Yoo-hoo brand Yoo-hoo, pay the cash-
ier, and lumber out of the store.
That’s how I’d handle this national
weight problem. I have plenty of other
ideas for improving our health, so if the
Surgeon General is reading this: Sir,
please feel free to get in touch. You can
reach me under my desk.
Dave Barry is a humor columnist for the
Miami Herald. Write to him c/o Tropic
Magazine, The Miami Herald, One Herald
Plaza, Miami FL 33132. © 2002 The Miami
Herald, Distributed by Tribune Media Services
Juvenile detention costs
well under control
During the weekly
meeting of the Me-
dina County Com-
ceived an updated re-
port on the juventie
detention center for
the month of February from Chief Pro-
bation Officer Bobby Kelley.
There were four juveniles in deten-
tion at the beginning of the period, 14
placed during the period, 13 released
and five remained in detention at the
end of the period.
Total accounts receivable were
$5,865 from INS for 69 bed days,
monthly contract fees were $9,500 for
the month of February leaving the to-
tal cost for February at $9,155.
“In comparison the cost for juvenile
detention has gone down since Ever
Change has taken over the managenet
of the facility,” Kelley said. “From
April 2000 to March 2001 the cost was
$158,464. I figured the total cost for
the 11 month period of April 2001 to
February 2002 to be $87,029 and us-
ing the average cost per month of
$7,912 the total would be $94,941,
Rothe came be-
fore the court on
behalf of Glen
that the court
close an abandoned county road
located on his property
"The road was dedicated to free-
holders by the county commission-
ers in 1893,” Rothe explained
"You can barely tell the road is
there. There is only two small ruts,
it’s more a trail than a road."
The court directed County Attor-
ney Ralph Bemson to research the
matter since the road is not num-
bered or recognized as a county
• The court approved donation
agreements between Medina County
and the Mico Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment for $2,500, the D’Hanis Volun-
teer Fire Department for $2,500, and
the La Coste Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment for $1,500.
• The court approved advertising for
bids for emulsions and paving oils.
to expand CCN
By William Hoover
Anvil Herald Correspondent
Castroville City Council autho-
rized the city manager to execute an
application for a Certificate of Con-
venience and Need for territories sur-
rounding the city that have not yet
been claimed as CCN by another util-
ity or municipality. Public Works
Director Bruce Alexander said
Castroville was surrounded by the
East Medina Water System’s CCN to
the south, Yancey Water Supply to the
North and the City of LaCoste’s CCN
on the east. However, the area from
the John Deere dealership to the Van
De Walle fields is still unclaimed.
“It is a no-mans land and we have the
opportunity to petition the state to ex-
pand our CCN,” Alexander told coun-
cil. “We are not required to run water
lines out there for no reason but if some-
one in those areas wants water and is
willing to pay, we would be required to
provide them with water. Otherwise we
keep the water service rights.”
Alexander advised council to try to
expand its CCN to prepare for expan-
sion and future growth so they would
be eligible to sell water to new sub-
divisions or businesses which might
move in as the city grows. “No other
city can serve someone in our CCN
without permission,” explained
Alexander. “We are not required to
have a CCN as long as we provide
water to everyone within one quarter
mile of the city’s limits, but we do
have a limited CCN because we pro-
vide water outside our city limits.”
Alexander said other cities and wa-
ter supply companies had the CCN
rights for property north, south, and
east of the city other areas immediately
west of the city were “up for grabs.”
Councilman James Bell asked if the
new Benson Chevrolet dealership,
which will be built off Highway 90
across from the John Deere dealer-
ship, would pay for the cost of install-
ing the eight-inch water main they
requested. Alexander told Bell the
dealership was not in the proposed
CCN, but the city was required to pro-
vide water because they will be within
a quarter mile of the city limits.
Despite the city’s requirement to
provide water, Alexander assured
council the car dealer would fund the
water main extension to their prop-
erty. Although the dealership will be
built just outside the city’s eastern
limit, council may want to annex the
area in the future, Alexander said.
,, The public works director encour-
aged council to authorize a CCN appli-
cation so the city had an area in which
it could grow. ‘We don’t have to run
mains out there, but we need the CCN
so we can serve the proposed growth
areas,” said Alexander, who also as-
sured council they could surrender
CCN areas they did not want to serve.
“We would be positioning our-
selves for growth,” said Mayor Rob-
Councilman Mike Masters made
the motion to authorize the CCN ap-
plication. The motion passed by
unanimous vote after receiving a sec-
ond from Bell.
In Other Business
Council authorized the city admin-
istrator to secure a short-term $27,000
construction loan to fund the construc-
tion of a 10-unit T-Hangar facility at
Castroville Municipal Airport. The 10-
hangar facility will have a final total
cost of $245,575. In December, airport
coordinator Tim Fousse said the han-
gars could be leased immediately upon
completion because he had a waiting
list of 23 people seeking hangar space.
“As the builder constructs the T-
hangars he needs to be able to draw
on funds,” explained Rand. “At 4.5%
interest on the construction loan we
can save some money. I will be ask-
ing for a regular long-term loan. The
short-term loan of would be for the
duration of the construction period.
After the hangars are complete the
city would then take out a long-term
loan to pay the contractor.”
Council already approved the
$245,575 bid by contractor
Zinsmeyer Mechanical and Welding
but the project had to return to coun-
cil for funding of the anticipated two-
month construction loan of $27,000.
• Council adopted new zoning
rules to regulate the operation of pri-
vate animal shelters within the city
limits of Castroville. The new law,
which was initiated to deal with the
downtown Hope Animal Rescue
Team, stipulates private animal shel-
ters may not be located within 375
feet of residences when noises and
smells create a nuisance.
“I understand you want other
changes in the zoning laws but you can
pass this and make other revisions
later,” said City Attorney Barbara
Quirk who told council non-profit or-
ganizations qualify as a private entity.
“We should change the zoning ordi-
nance to keep shelters away from resi-
dences, businesses, and restaurants,”
suggested Councilman Dave Stuart.
Councilman Leon Tschirhart made
a motion to adopt the zoning ordi-
nance amendment. The motion
passed unanimously after receiving
a second from Stuart.
• Council chose April 2 at 7 p.m. to
hold a workshop in city hall to discuss
improvements to the drainage at
Castroville Municipal Airport. The
Natural Resources Conservation
Service’s soil conservation specialists
have developed a drainage plan for the
airport almost a year ago. The plan has
not been implemented, however, be-
cause landowners could not agree to fi-
nancing arrangement. All interested
landowners are invited to the workshop.
• Council will hold two workshops
at city hall on April 29 starting at 7
p.m. The first will deal with fencing
and no parking zones on the right-
of-way on Airport Road. At the sec-
ond workshop, council will discuss
their health and sanitation ordinances
as they relate to code enforcement.
• Council appointed Norma Green
to act as election judge for the munici-
pal elections scheduled for May 6.
Francis Neumann was appointed as
alternate judge. The judge will select
three clerks to work on the election
and all will serve as the election board.
• Council cast a unanimous vote to
cancel the April 8 meeting so they can
devote their energies to the Grand
Opening of the 17th century Steinbach
House. A reception will follow the
Grand Opening to honor the Garden of
Roots Society, the Alsatian House Com-
mittee, Alsatian craftsmen, local con-
tractors, and all the volunteers and city
staff who contributed to the completion
of the five-year reconstruction project.
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