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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                Wednesday Feb QUOTA Most rock journalism is people who cant mite interviewing people who cant talk for people who cant 1970 D I T O San Antonio looks ahead jBfforts in the works to curb use of jwater amid warnings of drought I With another hot summer approaching in the very near future the attention of many local officials and environ mentalists will again be placed on the condition of the Edwards Aquifer Last summer the area underwent a period of 65 days Without rainfall and rainfall since that time has not been up to normal standards In fact it has been well below the average for this time of the year The rainfall were not receiving is what normally replenishes the water levels of the Edwards Aquifer and Helps maintain a safe level through the summer months 4ven during periods of heavy drought A little forsightedness goes a long way in dealing with the Aquifer That was displayed by members of the San Antonio Water System staff at a Tuesday board meeting where a new rate structure was unveiled that will cause drought measures to go into effect earlier and heavy users would face higher bills in the coming year The plan comes amid warnings that a lack of rainfall spon could allow the Aquifer to drop to a level hazardous to an endangered species Further the plan calls for higher rates from July through October when discretionary water use is high as well as other measures that will help curtail heavy water use at an inopportune time These plans are not final And they only affect the city 6f San Antonio and residents But it is evidence to everyone that San Antonio officials die looking ahead and planning for what could be some trying times for the areas primary water source Todays editorial was written by Mark Lyon Managing Editor for the New Braunfels Write The New Braunfela HeraldZeitungwelcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words publish only original mail addressed to The New Braunfels Herald bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fac 210 6251224 VMP sIvBIV xUPBXttluBifll HeraldZeitung iftlftw1 and David Sullens Cberyl DuVall fl Mark Lyon Paul Davis iCtaiMifflffl Reininger Carol Ann Avery preduroon Brandt t fay by fa New Braunf els HeraldZeitung 707 Lands SL or Drawer jBQflfts one delivery outside Comal County in wto have not received newspangr by Tuesday wttWayscr by I Mfll German tradition a huge hit here Mark Lyon I am not German Fve nev er even been to Germany But after being introduced to a German custom by New Braunfels resident Walter Braun I feel Ive not only been there but have also been a pan of something real ly special right here in New Braunfels It is a tradition known as Caffee Klatsch and is treated with the same reverence and faithfulness that many Amer icans do with everyday lunch Instead of calling a friend and asking hey lets do lunch you would hear hey lets do caf fee klatsch But with Braun it is much much more than that Braun who resides near Seele Elementary moved to New Braunfels from Germany some nine years ago A retired master pastry chef Braun used his talents and skills of baking incredible cre ations to serve as a bridge across a language barri er he speaks little English and soon became friends with many of his neighbors My interview with him was quite unique With his limited abilities with the English language and my own with German we were forced to commu nicate through an interpreter Edda Buchner who once worked for the HeraldZeitung and was gra cious enough to help us both through Even still there were several instances during my visit where I could tell he wanted so badly to come right out and talk to me and I shared that frustration with him It all began nine years ago and continues even today He invites a handful of friends each Wednesday for a 3 caffee klatsch They get together and share jokes tales and any interesting events of the day Im convinced this sort of thing is a great stress reliever because you can kick back relax enjoy some great food and coffee and share small talk while putting the worries away for awhile This however is no ordinary caffee klatsch a tradition in Germany where people break around 3 pjn each day for coffee and pastries Brauns invitation is special At 85 yearsold he still possesses a magic in baking that is rarely if ever equaled Friends of Braun say that even his peers are in awe of his works and that he is looked upon in high regard even in the United States He still offers recipes to a German magazine in Chicago which eagerly publishes them without hesitation He makes everything from scratch Not just scratch but the scratchiest of scratches He special orders lemon rhines from Germany because the Photo by EDDA BUCHNER Walter Braun Mark Lyon and Gerda Kell enjoy a cafee klatsch a German tradition still practiced by Braun and many of his neighbors ones available here have pesticide residue on the even after scrubbing them in hot water he said He finds that unacceptable and is able to obtain pesti cidefree rhines in his home country He also orders almonds without their skins something he is unable to find here He even is healthminded in his ingredients and buys large amounts of unbleached flour when he is able to find it locally He is quite picky about his ingredients following the belief that each and every ingredient is impor tant to the end result And his results are of masterpiece caliber The primary differences in his creations in com parison with the American variety is less sugar A cheesecake prepared by Braun on this day con tained very little sugar when compared with the finest cheesecakes found here in the They are quite low in fat and tasted great I went into our interview having never liked cheesecake Ive nev er been able to stand the rich sweet taste that is so overwhelming Throw away the cream cheese and at least half the sugar Replace it with cottage cheese and several other special touches and all of the sudden I LIKE CHEESECAKE He also prepared some cookies made my favorite with chocolate and also a nut bread cake that was simply outstanding Whats more Braun and other German pastry chefs pay as much attention to presentation as they do to taste His creations looked wonderful to the point where I wanted to take pictures of them before we began eating He is a thirdgeneration master pastry chef hav ing lived and worked through two world wars where his homeland became a battleground A favorite hobby of his stamp collecting enabled him to survive through the tough financial times of two depressions in Germany His stamps retained value while currency went to kaput Later his stamps were sold and provided him with the funds he needed to keep his business alive His love for creating for preparing special things for people and for giving inspired him and carried him through those hard times They have taken him to where he is today surrounded by many friends despite not knowing how to commu nicate with them very well He speaks with them much as he spoke to me not in any language but in smiles and gestures And in that way he is clear ly understood to be a gentie man with a huge heart There is no one to carry on the baking tradition carried on by Braun When asked he said that no one has expressed an interest in baking the way he does I find that incredibly hard to believe in one way but very easy to understand in another His would be difficult shoes to step in But I cant help but wonder if without Walter Braun the world will really remember what food like this is really like For now there are many folks in New Braunfels who do know but more importantly they know what a pleasure it is to know Walter Braun I am thankful to be one of those people Mark Lyon is Managing the Herald Zeitung Out About is a column about things to do and places to go in the Comal County area and appears each FUTURE Today in history By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday Feb 2 the 33rd day of 1994 There are 332 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Feb the remainder of Nazi forces fromtheBattleofStalingradsuirenderedina major victory for the Soviets in World War 1L On this dale In 1536 the Argentine city of Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spam In 1653 New Amsterdam now New York City was incorporated In 1848 the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo end ing the Mexican War was signed In 1870 die socalled Cardiff Giant supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered ona form in Cardiff was revealed tp be nothing more than carved gypsum In 1876 the National League of Professional Base BaU Clubs was fiarmed in New York In 1882 Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was bom near Dublin In 1961 the 600 passengers of a hijacked Por tuguese ocean liner the Santa Maria were allowed to disembark in Brazil In 1971 IdiAmin assumed power in Uganda following a coup that ousted President Milton Obote In 1987 the Wtote House aruiwinced the resig nation of CIA director William Casey who was hospitalized and had undergone brain surgery In 1990 ma dramatic concession to South Africas black majority Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela Ten years ago President Reagan released his annual Ecoiiojnjc Report in which he said that projected budget deficits for the rest of the decade were totally to him Five yeare ago President Bush met at the White House with Japanese Prime Minister NoboruTakeshita alter which both leaders sound ed upbeat about relations One year ago In a speech to the National Gov ernors Association President Clinton pledged to transform welfare into a hand up not a handout by giving recipients training and then requiring them to work Todays Birthdays Actor Gale Gordon is 88 Broadway composer Burton Lane is 82 Actor Robert Mandan is 62 Comedian Tom Smothers is 57 Singerguitarist Graham Nash is 52 Actor Bo Hopkins is 52 Actress Farrah Fawcett is 47 Mod el Christie Brinkley is 41 Thought for Today expect paradise from technology and U is equally naive of the 20th century pessimists make tech nology the scapegoat fw such as mans blindness cruelty immaturity sinful F Drucker American gov ernment official   

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