Tuesday, May 16, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Coach Simmonds leaves position with New Braunfels Page 50 CENTS The Landa Parkgazebo 8 Pages in one section Tuesdy May New Braunfels Herald 410 M01A 18 s o fi s i rt i c R o P u B i s H i H o 627 E VAN DEI L PR PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of DENNIS GIBSON Vol 143 No 132 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Dennis Gibson Karry Falan 23 Johnnie Marshall and happy 53rd anniversary to Lloyd and Doris Westervelty Art League hosts painter Barry Shadrock of San Anto nio will demonstrate several moods achieved in the paint ing of skies at the New Braun fels Art league meeting Tues day May 16 at 7 in the New Braunfels Art League Building 239 W San Antonio St Painting in oil he captures rural charm and nostalgia through light mood and color in his works Also on the agenda will be the judging of posters created by high school art students promoting the upcoming Spring Art and Crafts Show to be held in the Civic Center May 27 and 28 Meeting to focus on forming a Hispanic Chamber Miguel R Garcia exec utive in Austin on loan to the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers will answer questions and demon strate community benefits of a Hispanic Chamber in New Braunfels May 18 at 7 at Lone Star Elementary Minorityowned businesses and individuals interested in starting a Hispanic Chamber in New Braunfels are encouraged 1o attend The meeting is free open to the public For more information call Nora Morales at 6257523 Head Start to host open house The Community Council of South Central Texas Inc Head Start program will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 on Thursday May 18 to celebrate the recent opening of its newest center Comal Head Start Site IV at 1023 W Bridge in New Braunfels Highlighting the ceremony will be a special recognition of Comal County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew who donated a lot of time and effort for the new center and former City Manag er Hector Tamayo for his help and support A special feature of the ceremony will be two songs performed by the Head Start children An Open House of the new center will follow the cere mony The Head Start children will be following their normal rou tine during the Open House so visitors will see what Head Start is all about The CCSCT Head Start pro gram invites all area residents to attend the ribboncutting cere mony and to tour the center The Open House will continue until 2 Refreshments will be served Stepparents get a class Being a stepparent is not an easy job and being a good one requires some special skills and knowledge Now there is help Free classes are being offered by Family Out reach The first of five sessions will be held at Tues day May 23 Call 6201299 to register Space is limited Spate of fires in may be related By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Canyon Lake experienced three house fires within a fourday period recently and two of them may be related officials said It was pretty much out of the ordinary and there is a connection between the first two fires because of people Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said He said the first fire occurred at a mobile home on Maverick Lane The occupants were moving out and a kerosene lamp was knocked over The initial report declared it accidental The second fire on Ponderosa Drive occurred at the home of an individual helping the first family move Willmann said the cause of the fire Were pretty sure the sec ond one was intentional Now were going to try and find out how that lamp was knocked over in the first Fire Marshal Milton Willmann is still being investigated but it appears to be intentionally set Were pretty sure the second one was inten tional Now were going to try and find out how that lamp was knocked over in the first he said Willmann said the third fire was simply a coin cidence and was not tied to the first two He said the cause of this fire has not been confirmed however it was accidental Willmann said there arc usually one or two structure fires per month He said this number could be higher if the summer months arc very dry It is getting dry 1 suspect it will probably be a problem in the next couple of weeks if we dont get some he said Red Cross Chapter Manager Shirley Offcr mann said that as of Friday the Red Cross was not giving aid to any of the three families She said this is because the families had not contacted the center Offcrmann said every fireman has the centers business cards They give victims the card and tell them that if they need any assistance they should call us If they have a need theyll call us If I know who they arc Ill call them and sec if they need she said The Red Cross offers first aid food clothes shelter clean up kits and personal hygiene items to fire victims Rolling Thunder The Air Forces aerial demonstration team the Thunderbirds thrilled a crowd of more than spectators last weekend at the Festival of the Armed Forces Air Show at Randolph Air Force Base The Thunderbirds are known for the tight formations they fly as well as the stunts and other tricks they perform at high speed HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Workers to remove LCRA site debris By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Lower Colorado River Authori ty is beginning the cleanup at the old Landa Street power plant site Workers will be hauling about cubic yards worth of debris from the site of the old landmark Two thousand cubic yards equals about level pickup truck loads Comal County Landfill Manager Dan Bump said The transformers have already been removed and workers have broken the concrete foundation with jackhammers Dump trucks will haul the rubble to the Comal County Landfill which is oper ated by Waste Management Inc It should take about eight working days to remove all the debris said Loret ta Ewart an LCRA public information officer The Comal County Landfill has been approved by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission as a disposal site for the substation debris LCRA environmental protection per sonnel will monitor the work she said The big old LCRA building and the property are owned by the LCRA and leased by New Braunfels Utilities and the city of New Braunfels NBU Gen eral Manager Paula Difonzo said NBU leases the building and part of the prop erty she said The city has the land to the left of the building on a long term lease City Manager Mike Shands said The city and NBU have it under a very longterm agreement with Shands said Several years ago to get the lease we had to come up with a master plan for developing the he said The city came up with an expansion plan for Landa Park developed by Parks and Recreation Director David Whatley Then a few years ago when Rudy Sei dcl was mayor Shands said LCRA told city officials the Landa Street pow er plant site was contaminated Contaminating the site is oil from the area of three aboveground storage tanks some asbestos and minute quan tities of PCBs Whatley said Thus the need for such extensive remediation and monitoring by the TNRCC Were hoping the remediation process will be complete in a year or Whatley said When the cleanup is finished the city plans to extend Landa Park by about 18 acres Whatley said One of the problems we have now is that we dont have enough open space where you can throw a Frisbee or baseball Whatley said A mini amphitheater picnic shelters and addi tional parking are also possible uses for the space he said Food for thought The annual food drive held by SOS Inc and local postal workers brought in nearly double the amount of food collected during last years drive Donald McBroom food drive coordinator said there was an esti mated pounds of food col lected on Saturday for the local food bank Last years drive col lected I want to collect enough to last an entire year I think that will take about pounds Thats my goal for next he said Local DWI program earns top honor By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A local DWI program won an award for its outstanding prevention efforts and its work with the community at a convention in April in Austin The Comal County Community Supervision and Corrections Depart ment won the 1995 Distin guished Service Award from the Texas Alcohol Traffic Safety Education Asso ciation Arturo Cordova a chemical depen dency counselor said the programs curriculum is the same that is used statewide and any person caught dri ving under the influence is man dated to take a DWI course Cordova said the pro gram holds courses two or three times a week and serves Comal County as Arturo Cordova well as Caldwell and Hays counties He said the feature that made their program stand out was the effort that is put into educating the public Cordova said the department works with the community on several aware ness programs aimed at educating the community and spreading the message about the dangers associated with drinking and driving Cordova serves as a representative for several drug and alco hol boards throughout the county and state Our department goes out of their way and tries to really educate not only the client but also the public about the problems of he said Cordova has been working with DWI offender groups for the past 10 years and has often received recogni tion for his work Cordova said he enjoys his work and thats the driving force behind him Theyre fun to teach and they give me a sense of helping people and pre venting more accidents with he said Firefighting history on display at new fire By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer People feeling nostalgic and wanting to experience the past will have an opportunity to view firefighting equip ment dating back to the beginning of the New Braunfels fire department in 1886 at a fire museum scheduled to open June 10 Darren Brinkkoeter museum direc tor said the fire department plans to open the New Braunfels Fire Museum as a way of keeping tradition alive and showing that tradition to the commu nity The New Braunfels Fire Depart ment is the founh oldest in the state and will have displays dating back to its beginning On display will be an 1886 handdrawn hose cart a 1925 Reo a 1950 Ford pumper and various uniforms badges and pictures There are very few fire museums in the state of Texas less than half a dozen The New Braunfels Fire Depart ment dates back to 1886 and we had a lot of old stuff that needed to be pre Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said Many of the items on display are things that were purchased at garage sales and flea markets Friesenhahn said The museum also has articles that are on loan from individuals or other fire stations He said anyone who had something they wanted on display could either donate it to the museum or give it to them on loan Friesenhahn said the museum was a way to remember the improvements that have been made in firefighting Its a matter of preserving the past We want to remember what it was like in the past how hard it was and how hard it still is Its still he said The grand opening for the New Braunfels Fire Museum will start with a parade at 10 June 10 which will begin at the corner of Gilbert and San Antonio The parade will include a pipes and drum band from San Antonio Fifteen fire departments will be represented in the parade Following the parade will be the ribbon cutting and the dedication ceremony The public will have an opportunity to view the museum and then a barbecue sausage dinner will be held at the Cen tral Station Tickets for the meal are and can be purchased at the Fire Administration Building and at city hall The museum will be located on the bottom floor of Fire Station No 1 at 169 S Hill and will be open from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday Addi tional hours of operation have not been determined HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNAtl History on Wheels Visitors to the New Braunfels Fire Museum will be able to view this truck and other Items from the local fire departments history Democrats formulate plan to battle GOP on budget issues Page 4

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