Sunday, April 16, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas The Plaza bandstand Inside Sports People Sliimmlisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeltung extends the following birthday wishes to Allene Blak er Jared Neuse Clarice Stange Lauren Bryann Domlnguez Marlon Gaaton Louis Vollbrecht Randy Plttman Greg Woodrugg Katie Spain Suzle Harman and Dorothy Schultz Happy belated birthday to Robin Erben and Happy Anniversary to Doyle and Nan cy Brlnkkoeter Dont you dare forget to file your taxes The good news is that since April 15 landed on a Saturday this year you get two extra days to file vour tax return The bad news is tomorrow is the deadline so make sure you get those forms post marked Monday or the Inter nal Revenue Service will not be pleased Mighty Thomas Carnival is coming The Mighty Thomas Carnival is coming to the Comal County Fairgrounds April 19 through April 23 sponsored by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School The carnival features excit ing rides food concessions and midway games of chance You may buy unlimited ride wristbands in advance for only at HEB Wuest Supermar kets Sac N Pac stores and Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School Get your kids into Art After School Art After School returns to the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels Charlotte Lyon artist for Take Yourself CMNBs Sesquicenten nial activity book for children teaches in a variety of media Classes meet every Tues day in April from 4 to 5 Cost is for members and for nonmembers Charlotte is back by popular demand for the class so dont miss this opportunity to enjoy a relaxed fun experience with an excellent artist Business counseling held Tuesdays The business counselor from UTSAs School of Business is in the Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of inter est to anyone in business or considering starting a busi ness Topics cover financing personnel business planning taxes expansion and many others Also the Business StartUp orientation was well received and will be offered the first Tuesday of each month Appointments may be made for individual counsel ing and for the orientation by calling 6252385 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot I H LOTTERY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint DIE WASSERSUCHER The ancient art of water witching is not lost Local resident Elmo Jonas will take his peach wood divin ing rod out of his freezer until he finds the right spot for yoO to drill your well Does it work A lot of people swear by Jonas 8A fresnman awl See Sports Day Page 10A 8 New Braunfels Herald SUNDAY 44 Pages In three sections Sunday April Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ALLENE BLAKER Vol 143 No 111 Riders arrive tire By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer They were tired but like their found ing fathers 150 years ago happy to cross the Guadalupe River into New Braunfels For members of the Sesquicentcnnial Trail Ride Friday concluded a sixday trip from Indianola as the riders parad ed down Seguin St and stopped in front of the Civic Center where hun dreds of residents from both New Braunfels and the old Braunfels that of Germany witnessed a commemora tive ceremony filled with speeches and gifts Herb Skoog Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Committee praised all of the riders for their efforts and spoke of the trials the first settlers over came on their journey which took two months He also told how the modern riders had formed a bond through their experience Trail Boss Col H E Easy Hall helped organize the ride back in 1970 and has made it every five years since Despite surgery only a few weeks ago he made another one This is the most excellent trail ride Ive been he told the browd Its been tremendous Certainly when we come and see all of the people here this is beyond all Carter Casteel Chairman of the Board for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce later present ed Hall with the Chair of the Board award for his extra effort in helping preserve community heritage A memorial was unveiled in front of the center depicting a map of the trail from Indianola through the towns of Victoria Cuero and Gonzales which helped fund the memorial as did the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Certainly when we come and see all of the people here this Is beyond all Those towns also held ceremonies for the riders last week Casteel spoke of the job the Cham ber and others had done to prepare for the Sesquicentennial Celebration This city is made up of all kinds of she said think our founding fathers would be very tell you after riding I have a lot more respect for Commissioner Moe Schwab a descendent of a founding family read a short speech in German welcoming the group of Germans who had come over to help celebrate and MayorPaul Fraser gave a Wilkommen to every body and told the people to remem ber this is a once in a lifetime experi Skoog presented Braunfels Ger many Burgermeister Mayor Dieter Schmidt with several items from the Sesquicentennial including the Sesqui centennial flag the riders carried from Indianola It is a special honor as the elected official of Braunfels to complement our twin town New Braunfels on its 150th anniversary and pass on our best wishes from the citizens of he said in English German dignitaries including Giinter Jakob the Partnerschoff s Committee Chairman and Gerhard Adam Secre tary of Braunfels to New Braunfels presented the city with a portrait of HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Sesquicentennial riders cross the Guadalupe River More photos are on PagelB Prince Carl von SolmsBraunfels who more than 20 computerenhanced pho led the first expedition a quilt depict tos by Steve Richter depicting famous ing scenes of Braunfels and even a faces and places of New Braunfels sign dating to the 1800s from a park in Acclaimed artist Paul Tadlock created Braunfels several drawings that are etched on The ceremony concluded with the the plaque located on the wall of the unveiling of a huge metal plaque with Civic Centers porch County opts to create its own housing authority By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Swing your partner The German Square Dance Tour made up of dancers from all over Germany pame through town earlier this week for a dance at the Senior Citizen Center on Landa Street They danced with the New Braunfels Square Dance Club The German tour is spending two weeks in Texas before heading home Weiners says bankruptcy will not impact New Braunfels store By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Weiners Department Stores filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednes day A local store official said they had been told by corporate headquarters in Houston that the store or its employees would not be affected here They told us we would not be said Dorothy Slaughter the assistant manager who said they found out last week Were hoping The chain was founded in 1926 and has 158 stores in Texas and Louisiana including a store in New Braunfels that employs about 18 peo ple and one in both San Marcos and Seguin The company received lines of credit from investment companies but did not state what would happen to its employees or if stores would be cut back according to an article in the Houston Chronicle Thursday The Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday created a housing authority over the objections of some residents who spoke against the move The county housing authority will be seperate from but will work through the existing New Braunfels Housing Authority A board appointed by the Commis sioners Court will monitor county activ ities through the New Braunfels Author ity and report back to the court each month But some residents showed up at the meeting to oppose the resolution While most acknowledged there were many in the county who could qualify for housing assistance they objected to setting up another governmentfunded program Once you start something you nev er discontinue it it goes on said Canyon Lake resident Hal Hodges We just dont want more bureaucracy If everybody wants to help well chip in and help A representative of the New Braunfels Housing Authority told the court the County Authority could only fall under the Section 8 funding meaning certifi cates or vouchers are paid to property owners who rent to those on assistance She said the county could not build housing projects under the Section 8 funding That would require another process something commissioners opposed Under a voucher system those on assistance pay varying amounts according to income the federal gov ernment pays the rest It is a done deal in 1995 federal Its not going to cost taxpayers any new said Nadine Mardock We have had a good response from property owners in New Between August 1993 and October 1994 there were 900 applicants for assis tance in her office She claimed the majority were disabled elderly or work ing people on minimum wage who could not afford their rent Commissioner Danny Scheel who voted 30 with Commissioner Moe Schwab and County Judge Carter Cas teel Jumbo Evans and Cristina Zamora were voiced concerns over lia bility should property be damaged Mar dock said the government pays damage costs up to two months rent for certifi cates one month for vouchers Its our tax Judge Casteel said of the federal funds Were trying to decide whether to bring those dollars If not Mardock said the funds go to other counties in the region Still some like Canyon Lake resident Ed Nolan said the court was trying to increase the bureaucracy with a liberal program that was basically a redistrib ution of wealth that would increase the federal deficit and pass on the burden to future generations He said some residents at Canyon Lake have minimumwage jobs and pay taxes but do not seek assistance Its not a fair program and theres nothing you can do to this type of pro gram to make it a fair appy German guests on hand to help the city celebrate By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels Texas and Braunfels Germany citizens of both cities unite to celebrate the Sesqui centennial of New Braunfels found ing Dieter Schmidt burgermeister of Braunfels took a moment to share some of his first impressions on arriv ing in New Braunfels From the air it looked beautiful coming over New Braunfels to San he said The scenery was very The extraordinary Texas welcome extended to the German visitors made the strongest impression Schmidt said The relationship between the two cities both old and new should be preserved and allowed to he said Schmidt brought up a contempo rary parallel between the two cities He is the first burgermeister of Braunfels to be elected by the whole popula tion not just the city council he said New Braunfels will be deciding in the May 6 election whether to elect its own mayor atlarge In his speech to the New Braunfels celebrants Schmidt noted that this was his first visit to the United States citizens of New Braunfels and Braunfels are related to each oth er by very special bonds namely fam ily he said Sincein our country it is a custom to meet at fam ily occasions 200 relations from Braunfels have come with me to con gratulate you on this Schmidt retold Prince Carls venture to Texas in his speech These emi grants did not only lay the founda tions of New Braunfels but they also created the basis for a lasting and sta ble friendship between our two Schmidt said A close relationship continues between the citizens of Braunfels and New Braunfels Schmidt said Espe cially important are the student exchange programs which contribute to building world peace he said Schmidt composed and delivered his speech in English John Heber ling of New Braunfels served as inter preter for the interview Heberling himself was born and raised near Braunfels Germany He lived and worked in Canada and the United States and retired to New Braunfels Heberling has given generously of his time and talents to help keep New Braunfels German heritage alive He translated many documents for Everett Feys books He is deeply involved in the GermanAmerican Society Most recently Heberling has been instrumental in the planning and construction of New Braunfels own Maibaum An emigrant himself Heberling has a unique perspective on the impor tance of the Sesquicentennial cele bration What were essentially doing is paying homage to people who took a great risk some from religious perse cution and some from sheer pover Heberling said Having a con nection with our roots gives us a firmer foundation from which to pur sue our lives in the present he said If we have any chance at all to leave a legacy to our grandchildren we must be sure to do he said For subscription advertising or news information call 6259144