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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Fraser Kotylo get in the last words on recall election Page 2B 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Landa Park train HeraldZei 20 Pages in two sections Friday May Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ROBIN SUCHY Vol 143 No 125 Inside Church 7A Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ludie Fesperman Frank Eichmann Robin Suchy Rudy Castro 45 Felix Esquibel Rosa Maria Madero 50 Jim Rheinlaender and Tiffany Rose Andsou Hap py belated birthdays to Crystal Rose Anderson Frank Vil lanueva 37 Agustin Resales 93 years and Julio Madero III Adobe Verde helps the Cancer Society You can help fight cancer in Comal County just by going out to eat this weekend Adobe Verde is supporting the local unit of the American Cancer Society by donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales May 5 6 The donation from Adobe Verde is part of fundraising efforts promoting the third annual ACS Starlight Gala to be held June 16 at the Civic Center Funds raised through the event benefit local pro grams For information about the Gala call 6293338 For local ACS information call 629 5717 Adobe Verde is located on Hunter Road in Gruene and is open from 11 to 10 Friday and Saturday and until 9 Sunday Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group to meet The Chronic Fatigue Syn drome Support Group will meet at May 9 at the Dittlinger Uibrary meeting room There will be a video speaker and literature Call 5602200 ask for Becky The group will also meet at the Seguin Library at May 11 MidTexas Symphony Society to meet in Seguin The MidTexas Symphony Society will hold its annual meeting Monday May 8 at 7 at the Victoria Bank and Trust meeting room in Seguin 101 Nolle Anyone who has made a contribution to the symphony in the past year is a member of the society is wel come to attend and take part in the meeting Clarification In Wednesdays article con cerning the election for the proposed Comal County Underground Water Conserva tion District it said the district could regulate pumping Actu ally the district can regulate pumping but only on large wells that pump more than gallons a day not including those that provide water for domestic needs of 10 homes or more or water for livestock Correction The cutline for a front page photo in the April 23 Herald Zeitung misidentified a band member in the photo The gui tar player was a member of Mariachi Cardenas Ecos de Mexico Aquifer battle comes to a head Local leaders implore citizens to get involved say springs are at stake By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Local government officials brought out the battle flags Thursday imploring citizens to step up the fight in the battle over the Edwards Aquifer As the State Legislature winds down this month the issue of regulating the aquifer should come to the forefront in the next few days said local water negotiator Doug Miller Its been a long long battle and its come to said Miller as he city county and other offi cials gathered in front of the Comal Springs Two plans have reached the final stages House Bill 3189 sponsored by Reps Robert Puentc of San Antonio and Ron Lewis would in effect cre ate an Edwards Aquifer Authority with an elect ed board hoping to satisfy Voting Rights Act I hope the citizens are concerned these springs will always Mayor Pat I Fraser requirements of the Justice Department that ear lier stalled such an authority County commissioners passed an emergency resolution Thursday morning supporting HB 3189 or any bill that would create some kind of authority to regulate pumping by large wells The city sent a letter to Austin and New Braunfels Utilities reiterated their support While local government supports HB 3189 they strongly oppose HB 753 a bill that just passed a House Committee by a 72 vote and now enters the floor for a vote Puentc voted According to Miller and a federal water monitor appointed in the longstanding court fight over the springs this bill would not provide any regulation or punishment for overpumping but merely allow the fox to guard the and maintain the status San Antonio and espe cially the western farming counties would con tinue to pump unabated The bill was formed based on an intcrlocal agreement between the Edwards Medina and Uvaldc underground water districts Comal Coun ty is a member of the Edwards district Using this agreement for a bill angered the three Comal County members of the Edwards Board who sent a letter to the federal monitor denouncing this use It was in my mind never intended to serve as a tool for said Jack Ohlrich who helped with the agreement Miller implored citizens to call not only local but other representatives at the State Capitol now as the bills are ncaring the decision point Many legislators he said especially those from other regions sec this as a local issue and would basi cally like to be done with it We arc strongly committed to the passage of HB said Mayor Paul Fraser beauty of the scene behind me Comal Springs is dependent on the springs flowing I hope the cit izens are concerned these springs will always If HB 753 passes against what local leaders considered good for the city Miller suggested cit izens sign a petition to create their own Ch 52 water district which would apply to those citizens over the Edwards and its recharge zone Kindermaskenball captures the spirit of citys founders By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Kindermaskenball another his torical feather in New Braunfels cap The first founders kept the old German custom alive when they came to Texas Now New Braun fels Kindermaskenball is thought to be the oldest ongoing event in Texas author Rosemarie Leissner Gregory said Gregory and Myra Lee Adams GofFpublished Kindermaskenball Past and a book filled with Kindermaskenball history and illus trated with dozens of priceless old photographs New Braunfels first teacher Her man Seele brought the custom to life in early New Braunfels Gre gory and Goffs book said New Braunfels held its first Kinder maskenball in 1856 Emmie Seele Faust Seeles daughter said According to one account he led the youngsters through the streets m procession and out to a pasture near Comal Springs the area which later became Landa the book said The June edition of the New Braunfels Zeitung reported that the Kindermaskenball had been held the previous year the book said After assembling at the Acade my last Saturday the students dressed in costumes led by their teachers and a brass band frolicked through town for an afternoon and evening of fun plays singing and dancing at the Gre gory and Goffs book quotes the newspaper as saying Mothers crafted works of art when they made their childrens costumes Most women practiced dressmaking skills to furnish their familys clothing The Kinder maskenball was an opportunity to show off skills and creativity Cos tumes were planned and begun months in advance of the event The Kindermaskenball and Folk fest events combined three years Sue Hampe Adklns and Nancy Staats Chaflri were all dressed up for the 1939 Kindermaskenball ago Clyde Blackman of the Sophienburg Museum said This Sesquicentennial year the German American Society recognized the event by depicting the Kinder maskenball on their Maibaum It shows a wonderful emphasis on children in the Gre gory said Participants in this years Kin dermaskenball should line up in front of the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Adminis tration Building at 9 Saturday Kindermasken chair Rusty Brandt said Costume judging is at and the parade itself begins at 10 The parade will proceed down Academy toward San Antonio turn and go around the Main Plaza and end up by the Sophienburg Archives Refreshments will be served there courtesy of Pit Stop Food Marts Brandt said Costumes will be judged in the following categories three years and under four years Kfirst grade second to third grade fourth to fifth grade and above fifth grade First second and third place will be awarded in each category AH who march will receive par ticipation ribbons Brandt said Win ners will receive special ribbons John Wayne impersonator Dr Gene Howard leads this years parade as the grand marsnall Brandt said This year weve been trying to push staying with the Sesquicen Brandt said Anyone who has ever marched in the Kinder maskenball is invited to he said Election day is tomorrow Quilt winner Carol Torrance winner of the Sesquicentennial quilt recent ly raffled off Wednesday admires the work along with Carter Casteel Bobbie Purdum and Mary Ann Thompson The made by mem bers of the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Commission and raised money to pay for the new plaque at the Civic Center By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND and CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writers Area voters will have the chance tomorrow to decide elections in New Braunfels the Comal Independent School District and an election on whether or not to create a new under ground water conservation district New Braunfels Ballot New Braunfels residents have a chance to determine some of their own future tomorrow if they get out to vote Polls will be open from 7 to 7 Polling places are as follows Dist 1 Lone Star Elementary School 2343 West San Antonio Street Dist 2 Memorial Elementary School 1900 South Walnut Avenue Dist 3 Seele Elementary School 540 Howard Street Dist 4 Frazier Elementary School 1411 Highway 81 East If voters have any questions about voting procedures or where they should vote they are urged to call 6082100 Voters will be deciding several issues tomorrow Incumbent Ambrosio Butch Benitez is challenged by Juan Luis Martinez for the Dist 1 city council seat Incumbent Mary Serold is challenged by C Ray Schoch for the Dist 2 city council seat Dist 4 voters must choose whether to recall City Councilman Paul E Fraser or keep him in office Three amendments to the New Braun fels Charter are up for voter approval tomorrow Amendment 1 would change the way the mayor is elected to atlarge the whole city voting by plurality the can didate with the most votes would The amendment would also change the city council voting districts to six single member districts which would be cho sen by majority Amendment 1 is an answer to a federal court mandate Amendment 2 would change the requirements to run for city council The charter now states that a candidate must own property to run The amend ment would take away that requirement so renters could also run for city council Amendment 3 would change the words City TaxAssessor Collector to Comal Appraisal District wherev er they appear This is considered a housekeeping amendment not chang ing any policy Water District Election Voters in the county will have the chance to decide the fate of a Comal County Underground Water Conserva tion District The district would cover about 64 percent of the county Proponents say the district could help with conserva tion of water and pollution control It would regulate wells that only pump above gallons of water a day and do not use that water for groups of homes or livestock The district proposes a tax of 02 per 100 valuation to raise nearly for the first years budget to start the programs some of which they say could eventually bring water from Canyon Lake to other areas Opponents say the district and tax are not needed and that private sources can better provide water to the area Polling places are Election Precinct No 2 C o m a 1 County Precinct No 4 votes at the Canyon Lake Action Center Election Pet No 3 Comal County No 5 votes at Startz Cafe Election Pet No 4 Comal County Pet No 6 votes at Spg Branch Emer Services Bldg Election Pet No 5 Comal County Pet No 10 votes at Bulverde Commu nity Center Election Pet No 1 Comal County Pet No 18 votes at Canyon City Fire Station Election Pet No 1 Comal County Pet No 19 votes at Fischer Communi ty Center Election Pet No 4 Comal County Pet No 21 votes at Spring Branch Vol Fire Dcpt CISD Election Early voting results for Districts 6 and 7 of the Comal Independent School District were light compared to board elections of the past as election day nears Totals from District 6 were 42 while District 7 totaled 61 for a combined total of 103 light compared to last year when early totals approached the 400 mark Polls will be open from 7 to 7 tomorrow This is the second year the CISD has held election for seats using a singlemember district format three seats were up for grabs last year two this year and two next year District 6 includes mainly the Bul verde area and parts of the Smithson Valley area and has two entrants Robert Loop and Jim Kellam Voting for this district will be a the Bulverde Elemen tary School District 7 covers mainly the Garden Ridge area and extends to just south of New Braunfels Running for the seat are Norman Gerlich and John Clay There are two voting precincts in the district Most voters who live west of FM 2252 and Old Nacogdoches Road will vote at the Garden Ridge Municipal Building while those living east of those roads will most likely vote at Comal Elementary Those with any questions should call the CISD office at 6258081 or 885 7674 Questions and answers with city council candidates See Page 11A
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