Friday, November 4, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas 410 PI 01A 190 S 0 W E 3 T Il IC R 0 P U B LIS HIN G 2627 E Y AMD ELL FRIDAY Canyon controls destiny of RangersUnicorns dinner tonight See R8A El PABO TX SO CENTS COUNTDOWN 138 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels Herald 18 pages in two sections Friday Nov Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of JORDAN WALTERS I Vol 142 Inside Church 7A Sports The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to June Wostal Tommy Gonzales Jordan Wal ters Herbert Ormond Regy Ormond Susie Williams Rick Mon tanez Chris Dinklage Satur day 65 Carolyn Schoenher Cheryl DuVall MidTexas Symphony rehearsals scheduled The MidTexas Symphony Chorus rehearsals will start on Sunday Nov 6 at 2 in the Ayers Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin For further information call Dr Fred Frueholz at 6256420 Ducks Unlimited tickets still available Tickets are still available for the New Braunfels Chapter of Ducks Unlimiteds annual fundraiser banquet set for Nov 15 at the Knights of Columbus hall During the banquet will be an live and silent auction a raffle and door prizes will be given away Also a fullcourse steak dinner will be served with refreshments According to chapter president Jim Cook something very spe cial is also set to take place To obtain tickets call Mark H Brown at Flu shots for seniors set for Saturday Influenza flu vaccine will be available free to Comal County Senior Citizens ages 60 and old er on Saturday Nov 5 at Holy Family Church 245 S Hidalgo in New Braunfels The free clinic will run continuously from 9 to 1 This service is provided by the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club and the Comal County Health Department Eastern Star meets The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 771 meets Nov 7 at at the Masonic Lodge at 1157 W San Antonio St Malyna Miller deputy grand matron will make her official visit UnlbadWau United Way kudos Congratulations to Librados Restaurant for their donation to the Comal County United Way campaign Nine employees joined in their campaign Welcome to the United Way family Congratualtions are also in order for WalMart Distribution Center with their phenominal contribution which represents an increase of a whopping 46 per cent The WalMart Softball team contributed the WalMart Dispatchers collected a five percent increase over last years campaign Detex Corporation employees con tributed and Valero Energy Corporation contributed an eyepopping 199 per cent increase Special Thanks to the Wurstfest Association which contributed We appreciate your con tinuing support of United Way This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Its Wurstfest time Heritage Exhibit looks like a winner By MARK LYON Managing Editor The 1994 Heritage Exhibit was unveiled to the public last night before a crowd of approximately 300 at the Heritage Societys 23rd annual gala held at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter This years exhibit was dedicated by the group to David Hartmann a member of the Heritage Society Con servation Society and Sophienburg Museum Nancy Johnson president of the Heritage Society presented Hartmann with a special plaque Hartmann has been in the society since age 17 working on the exhibit for all 23 years of its existence He is serving as saloon exhibit chairman for this years exhibit Hartmann was lauded for his ser vice not only to the Heritage Society HeraldZeltung photo by MARK LYON The annual Heritage Exhibit at the Civic Center which runs at the same time as Wurstfest was dedicated this year to David Hartmann third from left Hartmann has worked with the Heritage Society since he was 17 years old He Is pictured with his father and mother Raymond and Lorraine Hartmann and his aunt TudyStahl but to other organizations and con servation efforts His family has been in New Braunfels for six generations beginning in 1844 prior to the arrival of Prince Carl of Solms There is no better place in the world than New Braunfels Hartmann said This years exhibit themed Old Ideas in a New depicts how the early settlers brought with them from Germany the old ways of doing things Among the exhibits include a furniture shop a wagon wheel shop a tinsmith shop and a music display plus several others The exhibit will be open daily through Wurstfest from 10 to Admission is S3 for adults and 50 cents for children Myron Floren to help open festival today Festivities begin today for the 34th annu al Wurstfest celebration the 10day event highlighting German heritage and all the trimmings fun food and oompah The festival starts with the opening monines along the banks of the Comal er as the Wurst Navy sails in The official biting of the sausage will take place with opening ceremonies at v Should rainfall occur ceremonies will bev moved inside Worldfamous entertainer Myron and his accordian will be there performing along with Die Froehliche Dorfmusik Band from Tonight in the Wursthalle the Seven Dutchman will highlight dancing from to Floren takes the stage from 9 to The Sauerkrauts Village Family Band and Alpen Spielers will perform in the Big Tent and Toni Noichl Alpenfest Ker ry Christensen and Ed Kaklecek will be in the Little Tent Saturday will feature Little Fishermen the Cloverleaf Orchestra and from 3 to Myron Floren in the Wursthalle Full lineups will also be performing in I Big Tent and Little Tent and other events are set all around town Friday and Saturday NBU trustees defend meetings policy By TECLO Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustee members say that they are not in violation of the Texas Open Meet ings Act by meeting for dinner once a month Even though business does come up it never is in a quorum setting said the members The board of trustees has been under scrutiny the last few weeks because of the decadeslong practice of having dinner together on a monthly basis These are social said the boards legal counsel John Dierksen All these allegations get printed or disseminated and people really dont know what goes on in there Just because a quorum of NBU members meet people assume that NBU busi ness is discussed and that is Mayor Paul Fraser who sits on the board of Trustees has refused to dine with the group He said the group may be in violation of the meeting act The Texas Freedom of Information Handbook disseminated by the FOI Foundation says in accordance with the act Every gathering of a quorum of a governmental body or a quorum of members and any other matter how deliberate public business must be held in public after proper However the handbook also states Members of a governmental body can gather in numbers of a quorum or more for social functions unrelated to public business or for attendance of regional state or national workshops as long as no formal action is taken and any discussion of public business is incidental to the social function or The handbook is used statewide by media as a guide and an interpreter for the Texas Open Meeting Act The trustees are very said Dierksen They know what the rules are and they scrupulously avoid dis cussing NBU business when there is a quorum The politics are very important and NBU does not want to get involved in it We take the open meetings act very I think it is improper for them to be using rate payers money for them to Mayor Paul Fraser seriously at NBU We are not in vio lation of the Board member Guadalupe Castillo said business has incidentally come between two members If it did come up we never dis cussed it in a quorum Back and forth Paula I may have say something but it has never been a dis cussion of the quorum Castilloalso said the subject of the open meetings act may be a sensitive one because of the recent warning by County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander to Paul Fraser coneming violating the act The Mayor had polled city coun cil members by telephone in August on whether they would support City Attorney Barry Moore before a vote took place Fraser said there are rate payers so desperate to pay their utility bills it is wrong for the board to use that money to dine out with I think it is improper to be using rate payers money for them to dine and said Fraser If there is any act in a quorum that could be construed as public business then it must be done in a public arena and that means you have an open meeting and a posted he said Castillo also said the board should look at eliminating the onceamonth dinner to let the rate payers know that we are willing to only to ax the budget but tighten our belt as But he said he believed there is noth ing illegal about the dinners and that a product of the meetings has been a better working relationship with the members Both Dierksen and Castillo said what they do talk about is social topics and family subjects HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL A huge chunk of rock collapsed Into the Guadalupe River at Prelss Heights cliffs last week releasing hundreds of beer cans from the river bottom and providing a new resting spot tor weary tubers Portion of cliff collapses at Preiss Heights By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A large section of cliff fell into the Guadalupe River in the section referred to as Preiss Heights cliffs A part of the cliffs roughly 50 feet long and 15 feet high fell into the riv er sometime last week according to Comal County Water Oriented Recre ation General Manager Jim Inman who said he first heard of the event last Fri day This part of the cliffs was not how ever the section mainly used by recre ationists who illegally jump off the cliffs That posted section is roughly 300 yards upstream from where the rock fell Its a shame it wasnt the where they usually jump said Sheriff Jack Bremer whose ment routinely has to arrest people who cause distubances There are a lot of cracks in that area I wouldnt be surprised if it could happen Inman said the private park area has problems with people getting out of the river and tres passing on the property When asked if people would now rest on the fallen rock area he said The impact of the rock splattered hundreds of cans which had been resting on the riv er bottom throughout the section of the riv er Inman said he would try to have somebody come and clean the cans away which he added should not be difficult because they are in clusters The amount of cans reinforced opin ions as to just how many cans are still at the bottom of some sections of the river despite the fact that cleanup efforts have concentrated on these sec WORD officials hope to clean up the cans this week Several pockets like this hold hundreds of them tions Divers pulled tons of cans from the river at this section in September That stuff rock just hit so hard it washed them cans said Inman will take another three to four years getting the bottom cleaned Plan tovisit Wurstfest 994 Nov at the Wurstfest grounds in Lartda Park