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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Smithson Valley homecoming on tap tonight 10A ISO CENTS COUNTDOWN 415 DAYS New Braunfels Semicentennial March March 21 1995 New Braunfels Her a IdZ 20 Pages in two sections Oct Serving Comal County Home of CHERYL I NO INSIDE 3A 4A Sports STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Kathy Ward Tomas Escamilla Cheryl Roth Victoria Wallas Denise Lund Raul Resales Yvonne Villanue va Russell W Badina Marc Cortez Richard Edwards Catherine Atkins Janelee Morger Mary Ray Roesler Harry Collins Happy Anniversary to Leonard cfe Mary Ann Hummel HeraldZeitung seeks weather drawings The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is seeking weather draw ings from local youth Were asking any interested youth in New Braunfels and Comal County to draw their best pictures of sunny rainy overcast said Managing Editor Mark Lyon Well use them in our weather forcasts each Children should include their name age and parents names on the back of their drawings Send drawings to 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 For more information call 6259144 Cross Lutheran group hosting Hallelujah Festival The League of Cross Lutheran School and Day Care will be sponsoring their annual Hallelujah Festival on Saturday Oct 30 The event is geared for family enjoyment There will be booths to win prizes and goodies as well as a hayride for children The Market Place will be open with many craft items for early holiday public is invited from 5 to 8 at the Activity Center located at 169 S Hickory Costumes are welcome Please leave the witches ghosts and goblins at home For more information call Kristen Lams fuss at 6253666 Newcomers Club to meet Nov 2 The monthly meeting of the New Braunfels Newcomers Club will be held Tuesday Nov 2 at 10 at the Senior Citizens Center Guest speaker will be Diane Schulz a pharmacist at McKenna Memorial Hospital Sehulz will speak on the differ ences between generic and name brand drugs MldTexas Symphony matting slated Monday The MidTexas Symphony Guild New Braunfels chapter will meet Monday Nov 8 from ria Bank meeting room 1000 N Walnut St The Guild has a ber of activities which support the MidTexas Symphony and new members are welcome lunches to the meeting For more information call Arlene Buhl at Stammtisch The New Sweets invites its readers to mil items to StammliseH Aeeordiry to Iht SopMenburg Archives and members of the German communi ty Siammtiseh represents a sit tiny flute for members oftHe em munliy to talker end there the days happenings We invite you 10 share 33rd Annual Wurstfest kicks off today wr By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Officials are expecting a large crowd for tonights opening ceremony of the 33rd Annual Wurstfest Admission is free until 7 tonight Open ing ceremonies will include entertainment by accordion great Myron Floren Floren is mak ing is 26th Wurstfest appearance this year Floren will enter the Wurstfest grounds by boat on the Comal River said Wurstfest Associ ation President Gary Bird He said the opening ceremonies will also include the introduction of local dignitaries Wurstfest officials will open the event by bit ing through a long sausage he said This years Wurstfest is expected to draw more than people said Bird Generally people arc feeling good about this year because of the change in admission pric he said This year visitors to Wurstfest will pay a flat fee to enter the grounds and the hall will be open to all visitors Other changes to this years event includes additional childrens rides and livelier entertain ment according to Bird Its going to be a very entertaining event that is good for the whole family It celebrates our Ger man heritage in New he said Bird said events throughout the city contribute to the Wurstfest Some of these events include the Heritage Exhibit Hummel Lookalike contest Childrens Museum exhibit and a 5K run Also featured this year will be the Texas Lot tery The lottery will host a threenight promotion that includes a S3 discount on Nov 3 and lottery ticket giveaways all three nights The lottery kicks off its Wurstfest promotion at 5 Nov 3 when all nonwinning Texas Lot tery tickets will be accepted for a S3 discount on admission Also the lotterys promotional trailer will be on site Nov 3 and will return Nov 5 and 6 Drawings will be held for lottery tshirts koozics and coffee mugs Each tiight drawings will be held for up to 350 free lottery tickets Some winners will get a Win for Life ticket which holds a top prixeof per weekTOr life Wurstfest will run from Oct 29 to Nov 7 It is a festival featuring oompah pol ka music sausage and strudel It is rated as one of the top events in North America This years event will include more than 60 entertainment groups including a 44piccc band from Winkels Germany and a special accordion entourage Wurstfest began in 1961 in honor of the towns famous food product sausage It began as the Sausage Festival and was later called Wurst Week before becoming Wurstfest United Way fund drive total has board concerned By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Bill Tart of the Heritage Exhibit Steering Committee makes the dedication of the 1993 Heritage Exhibit to Dennis and Heltkamp during the Gala Preview last night More than 300 attend Heritage Gala Preview By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor More than 300 people turned out Thursday night for the Gala Preview of the 1993 Heritage Exhibit at the New Braunfels Civic Center and the verdict is in The exhibit is a nit I think like every year it is astonishing what they pitch in and do A lot of good people do a lot of good said party goer Ray Ruben Im from Missouri Weve been here since 1975 and as outsiders we see the contrast The dedication people have to the community is unique in New Equally impressed with the work of the more than 300 volunteers that put the exhibit together was Sally Thorn Its wonderful just wonderful the best one ever and theyve all been she said Ive been here 14 years and I havent missed Jack Ohlrich said he thought the theme of this years Her itage Exhibit Comal County Fair 100 Years of was an excellent choice The theme was a very good idea very appropriate probably moreso than anything else they have done The exhibit is very well done just beautiful They outdo themselves every he said The crowd was treated to a night of music and barbecue but the focus was on the exhibit which recreates pieces of Comal County Fairs from the first one in 1893 to today A working Ferris wheel dominates the main civic center floor and a harness racer occupies the stage Other exhibits recreate the old sideshows that were at the fairs the first judging sausage making and more The workers who put the displays together were excited and relieved to have everything come together in time for the gala Thursday night Its fun Were tired when its finished but its a happy tired said Chcrc Stratemann director of the Her itage Society which sponsors the event Today was hec tic But by now we know that everything that can happen will happen Things get ordered but dont show up We have computer problems There is always some kindof crisis Our purpose is to bring an appreciation of our German heritage and educate people It kind of balances the fun of Wurstfest Each year we start in January picking a theme It is yearlong Stratemann said The Heritage Society has put on the Heritage Exhibit every year since 1972 I remember when I first came in 1976 it was really a lot smaller It didnt use the whole civic said steering committee member Pam Brandt It gets bigger every year and the attendance goes up every Organizers estimate that people will pay to see the exhibit this year in addition to the school children who will tour the exhibit as guests The tone of a Friday morning report meeting for the United Way of Comal County was determined but concerned The campaign planned to conclude Nov 12 had recorded contributions and pledges of only as of Thursday evening United Way board members were told At our middrive Drive Chairman Doug Miller told the board I told you we were at to I was worried then but I tried to put a good face on it then and he con tinued weve taken in a grand total of We have to goHandrat a week were just not going to make The current level of pledges and con tributions puts the campaign at 61 per cent of its goal We had planned for a Nov 17 cel Miller told the group but as of now there isnt going to be much of a The Advance Gifts portion of the campaign the schools portion and Grucnc Music Fcst as well as some traditionally significant organizations such as McKenna Hospital Miller said got the campaign off to a grand start Weve had some real Miller said Gruenc Music Fest was way up and McKenna is way up Tim Brierty and Carlos Campos arc putting some real fun into the hospital campaign You probably saw the arti cle in the But I guess maybe those successes and the success of last years campaign kind of led us to rest on our laurels I know Ive been guilty of But Miller said its not too We still have he said Its kind of like the coach at the end of the third quarter and were down a couple of touchdowns We can still pull it out if we really work at United Way Chairman Pam Kraft left no room for doubt about her com mitment Were going to make it We set the goal We committed ourselves and were going to meet that she said X Were going to do whatever have to do to reach And Executive Director Joe Worl reinforced Krafts Its goingto take the personal involvement of everyone in this Worl said We can do it Its possible But were really going to have to get Miller stressed that the success of the campaign depends on the involve ment of individual contributors Corporate donations alone wont do he said Weve got to get the commitment of the employees of those corporations I dont care if a person can only give 50 cents a week Just that 50 cents would amount to 526 in a year and if enough people would do that we could meet the And Miller reminded the board that a failure to meet the campaigns goal would have some very real conse quences Were not going to he said No one in this room is going to per sonally suffer The 28 agencies we help support are going to suffer And the people those agencies help arc the ones who really ultimately are going to be Those Miller said are depending on us Those people who need help arc depending on C O U N THE POACHER GHOST EDITORS NOTE This is the fourth install ment of a continuing series ghost By BERT WALL Special to the HeraldZettung Sam Wilson did not hunt deer Just for the pure sport of hunting Occasionally only when it was absolutely necessary he would illegally hunt to provide some meat for his family It had been a hard winter and since jobs had been few and far between he didnt have the money to buy meat so he had no other choice It was a cold gray day in early January and the weathermen had forecast the possibility of sleet or now by nightfall Sam In his a heavyset muscular man had been chopping firewood in preparation for the night ahead when a dense fog began creeping across the countryside By early afternoon he had finished stacking the firewood and since there was once again no meat for his family he gathered Wi hunting gear mounted his old grayblack mare and began the ten mile trek to a hidden back valley where he could almost always be assured of flndjnjj some game The dense fog would have provided anyone with i perfect cover but even on a sunny day Sam on horseback couldnt have been seen crossing the mountains and deep canyons of the rugged Devils Backbone He always traveled the longforgotten old wagon trails that nature has hidden with a thick cover of trees and other vegetation By the time they reached their destination the temperature had dropped considerably and a light snow began to fall Since it would soon be dark and there was no time to waste Sam quickly mounted and tied his mare to a small oak tree near the edge of the valley With rifle In hand he quietly circled the valley and took cover in a small cedar break Suddenly a strange uneasy feeling began to come over him but he shrugged It off when he spotted a large doe entering the valley Since Sam is an excellent rifleman he had to fire only one quick shot and the doe fell dead in her tracks As he approached the animal that uneasy feeling of being watched by someone resurfaced but he knew the chances of anyone being there were slim to none When he scanned the countryside he felt assured that no other human would have crossed rough and rugged mountains that surround that hidden valley Sam quickly field dressed the deer draped her around his broad shoulders and starred back towards his horse Hie dark of night closed in before he reached the edge of the valley and there he found that the mare had become fidgety and nervous which was totally unlike his manage old falthfXil hunting companion When they started back up the old wagon trail Sam sensed that something was following them Suddenly his horse pitched and bucked which she had never done before and lie had to hold onto the saddle horn so he wouldnt be thrown Then with no warning at all she took off In a full gallop running as if she were on a flat racetrack not a steep rugged mountain trail Sam was holding on for dear life and there was no doubt in his mind that they were being chased by something He could almost feel a hot breath on the back of his neck then he heard the bloodcurdling screams coming from the valley below About halfway up the trail the feeling of being chased and the screams from the valley abruptly disappeared and almost instantly his home slowed down to a trot Until then Sam hadnt noticed that the deer which he had laid across his lap was gone Apparently it had been thrown off when the horse started bucking but even though that deer meant meat for his family he was not to go back down the trail to find it By the time they reached the top of the tain Sams trusty old mar had calmed down to her normal walk and he was able to give her the reins Both horse and rider regained their composure by the time they got home but Sam even to this day is totally as to what they had experienced Maybe they had been chased by a hungry coupr or bear that had picked up the scent of the deer meat or maybe the story Sam heard a young child is true His grandfather used to tell him the story about a valley of death a small valley tucked deep in the heart of the Backbone where Spanish soldiers were cred by Apache warriors The story has it that occasionally the creams of the massacre can Mill be heard Who knows Many yean have passed since that eokl Janu ary night and Sam had gone hunting when but he never returned to that particular val ley Buy it Sell it Trade it HeraldZeitung Classifieds get results 6259144
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