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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Smithson Valley Rangers tripped up by Dripping Springs Serfage 8 50 CENTS o COUNTDOWN 76 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennlal March New Braunfels HeraldZeituiUi 14 pages in one section Friday Dec Serving Cornel County for more than 143 years Home of ELIZABETH LUIKA MEYER Home of ELIZABETH LUIKA MEYER I Vol Inside Church Sports Arts Stain nitisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Elizabeth Luika Meyer Blanca Leal Blanca Juarez Irene Mills Mona Jean Erdmann Happy Anniversary to Lupe Elsie Paredez 49 Hilman Elaine 50 Thomas Katalina Ortiz 27 Marion Mozelle Dome Shirley Darryl Schmidt Citys Christmas tree recycling underway The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities began their annual Christmas tree recy cling program in Landa Park yesterday An area in the swimming pool parking lot has been designated as the site to receive the trees Approximately trees were converted to mulch last Christ mas Approximately trees have been mulched during the last seven years Nails and other metal fasteners should be removed from the said is available free to residents Bridal Showcase set for Jan 4 On Wednesday Jan 4 the New Braunfels Bridal Associa tion will host its 14th annual Bridal Showcase at the New Braunfels Civic Center 380 S Seguin Ave Admission is Doors will open at Anyone planning a wedding or are helping someone else who is this will provide an excellent opportunity to gather information and guidance New Years Eve party planned Texas Nights will perform at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter on Dec 31 from 9 to 1 during a dance benefitting United Cerebral Palsy Call 18007981492 for ticket information Time capsule planned for Sesquicentennial As New Braunfels1150th anniversary approaches mem bers of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule which will be buried in comemoration of the Sesqui centennial year Submissions must be of paper origin photographs letters documents Submis sions must either fit in a 9X12 or envelope Costs for sub mitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are and respectively Deadline is Sept Submissions and payments c n be made at the Greater Nw Braunfels Chamber of nunerce office 390 S Seguin The capsule will be buried at the civic center for 50 years This news paper is printed on recycled newsprint Local gas prices slide Price decreases related to new HEB opening By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Its American capitalism in action Low prices at New Braunfels gas pumps benefit consumers but may create economic hardships for small gas stations The price fluctuations are local in nature not a regional or national trend according to Stan Cunning ham of Edward D Jones Co investments West Texas interme diate crude prices have been pretty flat at per barrel and were not expecting that to change in the near he said Thedownwaid spiral of gas prices tracesTjack to Saturday Nov 19 1994 when opened its Wal rfuTSfieeT store with gas pumps in front of the store Regular unleaded gas at those pumps was priced at per gallon 10 cents a gal lon less than prevailing local prices at the time Since has come into the market prices in town do seem to have come said Ray Parker of Prices have continued to fall with most stations in New Braunfels including showing per gallon of regular unleaded per gallon of intermediate grade and per gallon of premium gasoline on Dec 28 See Consumers are benefiting from a pricing technique called loss leader according to the regional manager of gas stores in the area A store prices its gas close to or below cost and takes a loss in gas profits to lure customers into the store he said The loss is recouped through profits of goods sold in the store has done that to get people in their parking lot and into their store A lot of stores do he said Serold asks NBU to end meetings Mayor asks NBU board chairman to apologize for unkind remarks By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Circle K convenience store on Lands St dropped their regular unleaded price to 87 cents per gallon The decrease marks the first time since early last summer gas has dropped below 90 cents In New Braunfels The prices Prices at 23 Area Filling Statbns on Dec Circle K Stop n Go 46W Texaco 46W Dlamon Shamrock Texaco r v Exxon 337 Chevron by Courtyard Chevron 337 Exxon REGULAR UNLEADED 94 95 When a station starts loss leader pricing market forces prevail and neighboring stations drop their prices to remain competitive the district manager said Other stations in town later follow suit As competition changes we have to he said As of Dec 28 the Texaco Exxon and Diamond Shamrock stations at the intersection near the all had prices identical to those of Variation in local gas prices occurs because factors other than competi tion affect each stores pricing If its a new store it might have a big mort gage payment and have to set its profit margin to meet that cost But if its been there for a number of years the mortgage may only be That makes a big difference in operating he said If a gas store outlet makes the bulk of its profits from convenience store sales it can afford to drop gas prices and take a cut in gas profits Your price may not be below cost but you still have to maintain a certain margin above to meet other he said The stores selling gas for extreme ly low prices such as the at Circle K and Stop n Go may do so for any of several reasons For instance if they are not connected with a national distributor or they can blend gas with ethanol to keep their own wholesale gasoline costs down Small gasoline operators suffer from loss leader pricing because their profit margin is slim said the dis trict manager A store such as sells thou sands of products The price of any group of these can be slightly adjust ed to offset low gasoline profits Not so for the smaller convenience stores with narrow profit margins some could be forced out of business according to the district manager If this continues there may not be as many gas stations in your he said City Councilwomari Mary Serold told the New Braunfels Board of Trustees that gathering after meetings and eating dinner at the rate payers expense was unacceptable behavior and called for an end to the social gatherings You probably ate better than most of our Serold told the board I hope 1995 will put an end to Serold said she came forth because of numerous complaints from citizens in her district NBU was warned by the county attorney earlier this year about violat ing the Texas Open Meeting Act by not giving notice of the meetings You are appointed not Serold said There are some residents out there who dont think that you feel their f Chairman Mornhinweg responded to Serold by I could debate this issue with you but I wont and thank you for those unkind On the urging of Mayor Paul Fras er and James Goodbread NBU Gen eral Manager Paula Difonzo publicly announced that the board will not have after meeting dinners and charged them to NBU Although last night NBU trustees met at a Christmas func tion after the meeting Fraser also asked Mornhinweg to apologize to Serold for his comments to her Your remarks to a council member were rude and no customer deserves to be treated that Fraser said NBU also voted to accept a bid from a company to trim trees for a year even though the firm withdrew its bid Blume Tree Services had the lowest of three bids submitted to NBU by tree trimming companies but with drew its bid after bids were opened The second lowest bid was by Asplundh the company which appar ently owns Blume Trustees said that Blume must keep its bid otherwise they would be forced to accept the second lowest bidder something trustee Robert Orr was not pleased with at all Orr suggested that the companies somelupw contrived the sit uatiotfso NBtTwould have to accept the next highest bid NBU Attorney John Dierkson said he would look into the matter and would probably be in contact with the company Holiday to be observed From staff reports If you have business to conduct with your bank city offices or county offices plan to get it done today or you will be waiting until Tuesday as offices close Monday to observe the New Years holiday Trash pickup is the one exception City residents who normally have Monday trash pickup will still have Monday trash pickup next week The Post Office will be closed Mon day There will be no window service or mail delivery except for express mail All county offices will be closed Monday Saturday edition replaces Sunday The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung will publish a Saturday edition this week There will be no Sunday edi tion and the HeraldZeitung office will be closed Monday The Sunday edition will resume next Sunday All New Braunfels city offices will be closed Monday The Humane Soci ety animal shelter will be open Dec 31 from 8 to noon The animal shel ter will then close until Jan 3 New Braunfels Animal Control will be on duty Dec 31 and Jan 1 from 7 until 4 and Jan 2 from 7 until 11 Ringing in 1995 Clay Blaker heads list of entertainment opportunities for New Years Eve By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer An array of choices of how to ring in the new year caters to a variety of tastes and budgets for area residents Clay Blaker and Texas Hanky Tank Band headlines die 5th Annual New Years Eve Cele bration at Wursthalle Doors open at 8 with dancing from 9 to Door prizes party favors blackeyed peas and combread are part of the festivities Tickets are on sale of High Brehm Hats of New Braunfels Proceeds benefit the United Way of Comal County For information call 6292531 A sampling of other area New Years offerings fpllow i Celebrate and help another worthy cause at the Civic Center New Years The celebration includes dancing to the warm sounds of Texas Nights from 9 pjn to 1 Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy For ticket information call 18007981492 New Years at Saengemalle features music by the Grapes of Wrath food fun and festivities The party lasts from 9 to 1 Admission is per person Purchase tickets at Landa Foto 359 Landa Plaza For more information call 625 4255 Frank Kosub The Sounds of Country plays music for dancing at the Eagles Hall New Years Eve Dance The cover includes party favors and breakfast BYOB For reservations call 6257243 or 6251116 II Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church hosts a New Years dance with music by Los Tall Boys de Johnny Mora from 9 to 1 Admission is at the door The Comal County Fairgrounds is the setting for a New Years Eve Party with music by Storm of Austin The party lasts from 9 to 1 Advance tickets are at the Freiheit Country Store no tickets will be sold at the door Beer and set ups are available BYOB The Texana Band entertains at the Holy Family Churv vew Years Eve Dance from to Tickets are only per person in advance or at the door For infor mation call 6095320 The Bulverde Community Center holds its New Years Eve Dance with DJ music from 9 to 1 The advance admission price of includes free snacks and patty favors and a free buffet at midnight BYOB sodas and ice are available for purchase The Guadalupe County American Legions New Years Dance is a semiformal affair with ballroom dancing to the music of the Tommie Vanek OrchestraIt begms at Call 379 5709 for reservations II Local perennial rock favorites the Stingrays highlight New Years at Landa Station No cover no reservations necessary The Faust Hotel offers a party with country music by the vwyBlaktr Cariene Walker Band champagne and midnight breakfast for per person Abbeys restaurant at the Faust is serving a special New Years menu Rooms for two are available for only on New Years Eve night Wolfgangs Keller has two separate seatings on New Years Eve Entertainment is by Lynn and Lyle who perform music of various styles The seating priced at per couple fea tures a menu of prime rib wiener schnitzel and salmon The 9 pjn to 1 seating also includes party favors and champagne and costs per couple The Marketplace Classifieds Onestop shopping five days a week
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