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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COV 25 Cents 167 18 Wednesday July 1991 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Home of Thekla Schaeferkoeter One 14 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung wishes happy birthday today to Danielle Rhonda Santos Ingrid Diana Louise Irene Cindy Kight Laura Cook and Nan cy Belated birthday wishes to Matt Pfannstiel and Carmen Celebrating an anniversary and Robert Gilbert and Paula Molina and Jaime and Gloria Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Red Cross Red Cross board of directors and volunteers will meet July 15 at Eden Home in the Friendship Room at 7 Gardening workshop A fall gardening workshop is slated for July 18 at at the Comal County Exten sion 132 South Water Jerry vegetable specialist from San will present the program on fall garden ing and include information on soil and fertilizer planting insect and disease management and harvest of fall All gardeners from Comal County are urged to Rummage sale Iglesia Bethel Pentecostal will sponsor a church rummage sale Friday from 8 to 5 and Saturday from 8 to 2 at 350 Grape Republican women New Braunfels Republican Women will meet July 15 at 1000 North Walnut Avenue at Carol member of the Comal County Redistricting will Members should note there will be no meet ing in Solar eclipse Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will sponsor an eclipse viewing activity at the museum Thursday from 13 Children participating in the Discovery Series at the museum earlier in the day will make solar eclipse viewing For more informa tion call paper show The New Braunfels Book and Paper Show is slated for July 13 from 10 to 6 and July 14 from 10 to 5 at the Civic 390 Seguin Admis sion of is good for both Children under 12 enter More than 150 tables will be set up fea turing new and outofprint books including Latin and Western Amer English and American fine illustrated and childrens fine bindings and signed military and natural his books on travel and science books on music and Red Cross volunteer Persons interested in becoming a volunteer at McKenna Memorial Hospital or any of the area nursing homes are invited to attend the orientation to be July 20 at 9 at McKenna Memorial Hospital in the second floor con ference For more informa Page 2 Good Day break in cloud cover today likely will result in hot conditions with a high near 94 and an overnight low near Clouds likely will return extending a chance for rain through The forecast puts highs in the mid90s and lows in the For more weather please see Page Inside DEAR TV Bungee firm jumps into county By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer The nations first tower built speci fically for bungee jumping is right here in Comal It is located on a lot off Edwards Boulevard in the Preiss Heights subdivision near New Bungy Over Texas and Swing Across Texas opened on the Fourth of July and has done good business according Susy Bungee jumping is the sport of jumping off a fixed object while con nected to giant elastic bungee The thrill of the sport comes from the initial free fall and the The bungee cords work like giant shock absorbers which gradually cushion your fall as they stretch The jumper is connected to the bungee cords by a full seat and chest climbing harness that distributes the casual force over the entire The tower at Bungy Over Texas is 120 feet according to Mike Stine of Vertigo Bungee in Lake Bungy Over Texas purchased the franchise from Stines which he characterizes as the most progressive bungee company with the best safety The rush comes from the sensa tion of your body going through something that your mind cant com Stine Bungee jumping provides an rush that lasts a he Bungee cords are heavyduty rub ber cords made by encasing hundreds of continuous length rubber strands in a nylon The bungee cords are 50 feet in After a person freefalls for 50 the bungee cord starts to stretch and gra dually slows you The bungee cord stretches to 100 feet twice its original length before stopping the jumper Next is the where the per bounces back up about 80 feet with an acceleration of four Gs four See Page 2 Neighbors experiencing own rebound ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer A new bungee cordjumping opera tion has left stunned neighbors saying their scenic residential Preiss Heights neighborhood near New Braunfels has been turned upside Bungy Over Texas on Edwards Boulevard saw a busy opening day on the Fourth of July that included 85 jumps from a platform on the cliffs overlooking the Guadalupe River and the shootings there that night of two men connected with the Houston based company that financed the Despite pleas by the neither the city nor the county has a say over use of the rural Daniel whose Edwards Boulevard home is adjacent to the said his quiet retirement has been After two weeks offence building and tree the prefa bricated platform suddenly was installed on July 3 and in use that he We bought this house after my wife and I worked hard all our and we live here because of the view and the Moore And these people came in and cut down 150yearold cypress trees but the abomination is and I dont know what we the neighbors are going to Moore also owns the vacant lot on the other side of the bungee He sold the middle lot to a friend in who recently sold it through a local real estate agency on the understanding that a bedand breakfast would which the Moores didnt Deed restrictions on the lot had See Page 2 Old sport has new twist By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Bungee jumping has its roots among aborigines in New an island nation in the South Pacific said Mike Stine of Vertigo The aborigines in a mating ritual would tie a vine around one he They would then jump off a tree or tower and the one who came clos est to the ground without hitting was the Another early bungeejumping pre decessor was in the early 1900s when circus performers would wrap them selves with cords and spiral down from tent poles under the big Stein Modem bungee jumping began in New Zealand and over the last four or five years has developed into a very hightech There have been 13 deaths in Eur ope on the onecord Stine That system does not have all the backups and failsafes of the system used he Redundancy is the said Bill also of Vertigo Bungee There are two two anchors to the multiple a special airbag and custom harnesses by Yates designed especially for bungee One of the best features of the mod em bungee jumping system used here is that you cannot have a bad landing because the harness automatically rotates your body to a seated position as the bungee according to Landing head first is just as safe as landing feet he Vertigo Bungee is based in Lake and organizes bungee jumping trips to abandoned bridges and other locations throughout North ern Vertigo and the other major bungee jumping companies in the United States have formed the American Bungee Association in an attempt to share information and standardize safety Stine A bungee is silhouetted against the sky over the Guadalupe River in Comal County before making the plunge down toward the A new Bungy Over Texas and Swing Across has opened off Edwards Explaining the safety equipment his firm designed is Mike of Vertigo Bungee of Lake Photos by Anna lies Schlickenweder With the addition of in the fund drive for the new Seniors Center of Comal County now totals For a list of the latest contribu please see Page TV station seeks move to New Braunfels ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer A Victoria television station has filed a petition with the Federal Com munications Commission to move its operations to New KVCTTV seeks to operate here as a fullpower independent The originally an ABC affiliate that began independent programming after a change in went off the air last said station spokesman Jerry Before it went off the air in the station featured independent programming with some religious Proctor The station picked the New Braun fels area because its not currently served by a local television Proctor We feel that New Braunfels and the triangle up there Seguin and San Marcos is an important market thats going to continue to grow and grow We feel that the triangle of the three cities makes good Proctor said the owner has no cur rent plans to sell the The deci sion to take KVCTTV Channel 19 off the air and move it was made more in anticipation of financial hurdles in Victoria rather than as a result of such he And once such a decision is community support typically he Station owners filed the petition about six months About 30 days the FCC issued notice that the petition would receive he The FCC is expected approve or deny the request in between six months and two Proctor The owner is cautiously optimistic about he Theres really no predicting with any degree of certainty when they will get around to If the station would be moved in about six allowing time for Offices would be located in New and the transmitting tower would be built in the immediate vicinity in a rural Proctor Its too soon to speculate on prog Proctor Jim general manager for KSATTV Channel 12 in San said his stations Washing legal counsel is reviewing the petition to determine if theres any reason KSAT should be The Victoriastation could not be an ABC affiliate because it would broad cast in an area already served by an ABC Schiavone Areas rainfall passes 25 inches in years first half ByMARKWARNKEN StaH Writer Continued rainfallhas pushed New Braunfels precipitation totals to inches in just the first six months of this already close to the average annual total of Twelve yearaverage rainfall from January through June is so New Braunfels was almost seven inches above normal at the end of said Bill New Braunfels Utilities engineering A total of inches fell in traditionally New Braunfels wettest Average rainfall for since is January and April also were wet this sta with more than double the average precipitation both July also looks to be with inches of the average inches falling during the first few Rains of of an inch and inches were recorded on Sunday and at the KGNB radio the official New Braun fels National Weather Service report ing said station news broadcaster Don But the official reading at the radio located at Loop 337 and Gruene Road in the northwestern part of sometimes differs from totals
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