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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Friday March Wheels 13 Ford brings the station wagon up to date with new Taurus and Sable models Bw RFNWIF Mil I S i By BENNIE MILLS Special to the HeraldZeitung Wagons ho1 That was the shout heard at the Chicago Auto Show last month as Ford Motor Co pre view the 1996 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable wagons I can remember not too long ago when these vehicle types were called station Now they are just Station wagons originally were called that in the early 1900s when railroad stations needed some sort of people movers to accommodate up to eight passengers In 1912 Ford dealers sold aftermarket sta tion wagon conversions of Model Ts Then in 1929 Ford introduced the first mass produced station wagon a version of the Mod el A So Ford has been making wagons for quite a while and consider themselves the Wagon Since the introduction of the minivan in 1983 wagon sales have declined but the folks at Ford are projecting a slight growth in sales in the wagon market and say they intend to nutin tain their industry lead in wagon salcj The 1996 Taurus and Sable due out in June are the first major chang in styling since the introduction of the suc cessful Taurus and Sable in 1986 rhis new styling is apparent on the already 1995 sedans The Sable makes use of wide chrome strips and other luxury cues The Taurus has no chrome Grille design and parking light place ment is also slightly different on the two cars The 1996 wagons move even further toward what is called the biokinetic or less boxy look Theres more side sculpting rounded cor ners and even the windshield has been extend ed by virtue of a shortened hood Secondary design details carry out the elliptical theme of the unified shape The door handles grille lower bumper openings and headlights arc all 1996 Ford Taurus Wagon elliptical The rear view offers an elaborately curved window with wraparound solar glass on the rest of the vehicle The rear hatch separates allowing the raising of just the window or the entire liftgate to increase the loading flexibili ty of the rear cargo area A power liftgate lock release is standard for all wagons For safety reasons the liftgate can not be opened from the inside The rear bumper features step pads for access to the new luggage rack designed to reduce nwind noise The rack has adjustable crossbars and tiedowns The Taurus wagon is inches longer and the Sable is inches longer for 1996 Both are inches wider and have a wheelbase inches longer than the previous model to allow more passenger room and improved ride In their cargo mode the wagons can accommodate a 4by8 sheet of building material Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus buyers can choose from two engines each with a mile scheduled tuneup interval A 3liter overheadvalve V6 is standard or the allnew high performance 3liter 24valve double overhead cam V6 Duratec is an available option Both engines are linked to an electronic fourspeed automatic overdrive transmission Both the Taurus and Sable offer new EECV electronic engine control modules The newest of Fords computerized engine controllers These provide onboard diagnostics capability that allows the car to continuously monitor powertrain performance and report service needs to technicians An interior innovation is the oval Integrated Control Panel that puts all climate control and audio control systerhs into a single casyto sce easytouse unit Also new is art available passenger com partment air filtration system that removes vir tually all pollen road dust arid otfjcr particles from air entering the car This feature will be especially beneficial to allergy and asthma suf ferers Other new features include Safety cell construction which integrates structural elements into an impactabsorbing system integrated 5 mile per hour bumpers side door beams and child safety latches on the rear door Dual air bag supplemental restraint sys tem Rear seat heating and air conditioning ducts Heated outside mirrors A lock disabler1 with power door locks that prevents accidental locking of keys in the ignition A battery saver that turns off interior lights automatically after 40 minutes Available fourwheel disc antilock brake system Towing capacity of pounds Optional rearfacing third seat or inte grated child seat built into HIP WV snat Cargo volume index of cubic feet Total volume index of cubic feet Prices for the new Taurus and Sable wagons have not yet been released You can expect that information as the launch date nears and that is tentatively scheduled for June Ford has done a good job in creating the restyled wagons They offer style comfort function and safety and are an alternative to the minivan Ford has good reason for shouting Wag ons ho I only wish they would offer a wood Bennie Mills is a director of the New Braun fels Area Car Club and represented the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung at the Chicago Auto Show in Stammtisch Fire benefit As a result of a recent fire James and Wanda Anderson have lost their home of 30 years and all their belongings Family and friends are holding a ben efit to help them rebuild their lives Donations will be accepted The bene fit will be held at the Shertz VFW Sun day March 26 from 2 to 10 The benefit will include a dinner and dance Tickets are being sold in advance and at the door For informa tion call 6370106 or 6093469 Poets take note Iambic pentameter sonnet haiku anything but a limerick they are all suitable for entry into the 13th annual Poetry Contest sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council Entrants may submit a maximum of two poems with a minimum of eight lines each Poetry may be on any sub ject and in any form except limerick The poems may not have been previ ously published or performed publicly Name address telephone number and grade and school if applicable should be noted on the back of the final page of each poem submitted No information other than the poem should appear on the front of each submis sion Categories are grades 4 and 5 mid dle school high school and adult First place winners in each category will receive a gold medallion cash and passes to Arts Council member orga nization events Second place winners receive silver medallions and third place winners are awarded bronze medallions Prizes will be presented at the Arts Council General Membership meeting in April The Poetry Awards Presenta tion will be followed by a reception for poets family and friends Dead line for entries is March 31 and poetry should be sent to Contest Chairman Patty Pope 831 McGar New Braun Pap smears Pap smears for women are available the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Comal County Health Department Any woman in need of a routine pap smear who does not require birth con trol may schedule an appointment by telephoning 6205595 These exams are provided by a nurse practitioner counseling The Comal County Family Womens Center is starting group peer counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault Individu als who have experienced violence in their family or been sexually assaulted in the past are encouraged to use this opportunity to explore how these events have impacted their lives while joining with others in the therapeutic process Family violence groups will be held Monday evenings at 6 and Wednesday mornings at 10 Sexual assault and incest survivor groups will be Tuesdays at 6 and Wednes day mornings at 11 Interested individuals can call Patty Bray at 620 7520 to set up a pregroup appoint ment There is no fee for services pro vided through the Womens Center The center is in need of donations of postage stamps volunteers threering notebooks digital and infant ther mometers and a new sturdy vacuum Tax Aid AARP Tax Aid began Feb 1 and continue through April 15 except for Feb 20 Help is available at the public library Tuesday noon to Thursday from 10 to 1 and Saturday to 1 Senior Cit izens Center Monday from 8 to noon Wednesday from 1 to 5 and Saturday from 9 to 1 and the Canyon Lake Action Center Wednesday from 1 to 4 and Saturday from 9 to noon Bring your 1993 return and 1994 information Time capsule As New Braunfels1 150th anniver sary approaches in 1995 members of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule which will be buried in com memoration of the Sesquicentennial year Submissions must be of paper origin photographs letters doc uments Submissions must either fit in a 9x 12 or 10 envelope Costs for sub mitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are and respec tively Deadline is Sept 1 1995 Sub missions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office 390 S Seguin The capsule will be buried at the Civic Cen ter for 50 years Business counseling The business counselor from UTSAs School of Business is in the Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or con sidering starting a business Topics cover financing personnel business planning taxes expansion and many others The service is free and confi dential Appointments may be made by calling 6252385 Free immunizations The Women Infants and Children program at 11551 N Walnut is giv ing immunizations free to participants as well as new applicants Clinic hours are Monday from 8 to 7 Tuesday through Thursday from 8 to and Friday from 8 to Walkins welcome Dearly Departed Dearly Departed will be performed at the STAGE Theatre 1300 Bulverde Road from Feb 16 to March 4 For ticket information and reservations call 4382339 Garage sale New Braunfels High School Band is sponsoring a huge garage sale Satur day March 4 at the high school from 8 to 4 The band is asking the public to donate items for the sale Bring them to the band hall the week of Feb 27 or call for pickup All pro ceeds go to help students earn money for their trip to Corpus Christi in May For information call Rosa Aquillon at 6291615 or the band hall at 6253800 Poppy day Members of Unit Guadalupe Valley American Legion will hold a poppy distribution Saturday March 4 at Wuests on San Antonio St and at HEB and WalMart Support local veterans by wearing a poppy Outreach training Family Outreach will hold its spring training for new volunteers March 4 11 and April 1 If you are interested in helping parents deal more effectively with their children call 6201299 Job fair Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a job fair from 10 to 4 Satur day March 4 at the parks main entrance building 400 N Liberty About seasonal fulltime and parttime jobs need to be filled For more information call 6252351 ext 526 Antique show The Boeme Optimist club will hold its 15th annual Hill Country Antiques Show Saturday March 4 from 9 am to 6 and Sunday March 5 from noon to 5 The show is located at the his toric Kendall County Fairgrounds on Highway 46 Admission is and is good for both days Porcelain art The Schertz Chapter of World Orga nization of China Painters will have its annual exhibit of porcelain at Rolling Oaks Mall on Saturday March 4 from noon to 4 Garage sale CityWide Garage Sale benefiting the Childrens Museum in New Braun fels will be Sunday March 5 at the Civic Center from 10 to 4 Admission is per person maxi mum per Snack bar on site Sorority rush If you are a collegebound girl inter ested in going through Sorority rush in the fall or simply interested in more information about it you are invited to attend a party Sunday March 5 at 2 410 Lakeview New Braunfels For information call 6259638 Pizza for ACS Mr Gattis Pizza is supporting the local unit of the American Cancer Soci ety by pledging to donate 1 for every regularly priced lunch buffet sold between Monday March 6 and Thurs day March 9 The donation from Mr Gattis will help underwrite expenses for the third annual Starlight Gala ben efiting the local unit of the American Cancer Society Starlight in the Tropics is the theme of this years gala which is to be held June 16 at the Civic Cen ter Mr Gattis Pizza is located in the Walnut Square Shopping Center at Walnut and IH35 Bake sale The NBU Employees Activities Organization will sponsor a bake sale to benefit the March of Dimes Monday March 6 Everyone is invited to stop by and purchase a variety of baked goods A table will be set up in the lobby at the main office on the Plaza Free Tuesday March 7 is Free Tuesday at the Childrens Museum sponsored by Robert and Cindy Meyer Maxwell Special event for the day is School house Safari starring a miniature menagerie of animals and their friend Lucas Miller Miller and audience interact with small exotic and domestic critters from a hedgehog to a bearded lizard Most are tame enough to touch Storytelling and songs are also a part of the fun Performances are at 2 and 4 Admission is free after noon Circus in town The Texas based King Royal Broth ers Circus will present an old fash ioned Under the Big Top threering wild animal circus will be here Tues day March 7 in Sattler Show times 5 and 7 sponsored by Kids in Safe Surroundings For ticket infor mation call 9644488 Parent enrichment New Braunfels Christian Academy presents a Parent Enrichment Night Tuesday March 7 at 7 in the NBCA library Public invited Scott and Susan Tjemagel will discuss Nur turing Your Childs For infor mation call 6296222 Senior prom The 10th annual Senior Prom for Senior Citizens will be held from 6 to 8 March 9 in the Canyon High School Commons 1510 IH35 East There is no charge for admission This years theme is Starry Starry Senior citizens interested in trans portation to the Prom can call Bob Templeton 6257093 The Appointment The Appointment one of the most widely used Christian films with more than showings will be shown at Calvary Baptist Church Friday March 10 at 7 It is the story of Liz Wat son a writer who has written a series of antichurch editorials for her news magazine and how she changes This awardwinning suspense film will keep you guessing to the end Realtors course The New Lake Area Association of Realtors is offering six hours of mandatory continuing edu cation classes on March 10 The class is Law of Agency 06060960460 and the provider is San Antonio Board of Realtors provider The class will be held at the Victoria Bank and Trust north building from 9 am to 4 Cost is This counts for six hours MCE Legal Topic Job fair The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club will host its second annual Sum mer Youth Job Fair Saturday March 11 The location will be in Wesley Hall First United Methodist Church 527 West San Antonio St All area high school and college students ages 15 and above are invited Employers interested in participating call Preston Kennedy at 6200241 or Mac McDon ald at 6299109 Paper drive Parent Boosters of Boy Scouts Troop 387 will hold a paper drive March 11 from 9 to 4 in the HEB parkj ing lot Bring newspapers magazines phone books and catalogs For pickup call Tammy at 6091204 or Hope at 3036610 Project WILD The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will offer a Project WILD Workshop for adult youth leaders and teachers The work shop will be held Tuesday March 14 from 9 to 4 in Landa Park at the Recreation Center Project WILD is a wildliferelated supplemental program consisting of a set of activities designed to develop awareness knowledge and skill related to the interrelationship of humans to their environment Participants will receive a copy of the new revised Project WILD Activity Guide for K to 12 grade levels They may also obtain six hours of TEE AC credit The workshop is recommended to any interested adults youth leaders teachers camp counselors 4H leaders Boy Scout leaders Girl Scout leaders nature center staff day care staff etc Anyone interested should preregister by March 13 at the parks office locat ed at 110 Golf Course Road Seating is limited Call 6082160 for informa tion Garage sale Come find a treasure at the Garden Ridge Area Womens Club citywide garage sab and flea market Saturday March 18 from 8 to Sale is at the BVFD Community Hall at 18490 Goll St in Bracken For infori mation call 651 6668 or 651 5201 i Garage and bake sale The New Braunfels Lioness Club will have its annual garage and bake sale at 8 Saturday March 18 It will be held at the building located in the 300 block of Landa St Donations will be accepted Wednesday through Friday March 15 through 17 at theJ sale site from 9 to 4 proj ceeds go to sight and hearing conserl vation Texas Lions Camp for Soecia Children and local charities
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