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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Dave Campbells Texas Football picks Canyon to win District 2844 Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels The old LCRA building 12 Pages In one section Thursday June HeraldZ Serving Coma County for more than 143 years Home of NOLBBRTO FARIAS 8R Vol 143 No 164 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Nolberto Farias Pete Resales Anita Sielg Janet Perez 25 Garrott and Pete Resales Happy 38th anniversary to Franklin and Leatrice Preusser and happy 48th anniversary to Silvcrio and Lupe Gonzales River and aquifer information Comal River 290 cubic feet per second down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet down 06 Guadalupe River 574 cfs Concert in the Park series continues Quarter Moon will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park at Thursday June 29 The concert is free and open to the public No glass containers allowed Bring a lawn chair to sit on Rained out concerts may not be rescheduled Hermann Sons Lodge to meet New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will meet for its regu lar meeting July 2 at 3 Meat furnished and members bring covered dishes City Redistricting Committee to meet The New Braunfels Redistricting Committee will hold its first meeting at June 29 in Conference Room of the Municipal Building Farmers Market every Friday Comal Cotinty farmers mar ket is held every Friday at 5 at the county fairgrounds Barbecue fundraiser American Legion Post will be hosting its annual bar becue fundraiser July 4 from noon to 4 at the Post Home located at 410 W Coll St The menu will include brisket and sausage with choice of two side dishes bread pickles and onions cof fee or tea Advance tickets on sale for adults and for children 12 and under Advance tickets may be pur chased at the Post Home or from your local Legionnaire Tickets at the door will be for adults and for children For information call 6250179 HOPE workshop Hispanic Organization for Public Education will hold a workshop with guest speaker Carol Robison chief of the Juvenile Probation for the county Topic will be the Public Schools Reform Act of 1995 Meeting will be held at the NBNB Center next to Victoria Bank Monday July 10 at 7 Public invited Call Sylvia at 6259213 or 6066257 The winning numbers Lotto Texas 26 30 33 million jackpot LABOR OF LOVE Kyra Brandt says the long hours put in building Rose Parade floats are worth it By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The only people thinking about the Rose Bowl this time of year are col lege football players and coaches and Kyra Brandt of the Comal Flower Shop along with the hun dreds who work yearround to bring the Rose Parade to life To celebrate June Rose Month Brandt is displaying photos of prize winning floats from the 1995 Rose Parade in the window of her Main Plaza store By June professional float designers have already worked up designs for 1996 Brandt said Designers pitch float designs to companies like Fiesta Parade Floats Brandt said Large corporations then hire the float companies to build their floats A float is essentially an adver tisement and a company will pay from to for a sin gle float she said A design team will have 12 to 20 florists from all over the world Canada Holland England the Unit ed she said Premier float companies like Fiesta hire florists only by invitation About this time of year designs are chosen for next years float and work begins on the floats structure hydraulics and sound Brandt said A small scale model is the first step of building My brother saw Fiestas workshop and he said that they have a million dollars worth of tools in Brandt said They could build a car any Once the model is okayed a grid is painted on the floor of a workshop the size of two football fields Brandt said Workers then use the grid to blow the small model up to life size A floral director says what kind of flower goes on the float where and how she said Rose Parade floats can have any organic materials that arc not dyed A peachcolored background for a grid pattern turns out to be dried carrot slices and a giant Aztecs skin is ground seeds Most floats have from to stem Brandt said Each LT r 11 j HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Kyra Brandt displays photos of Rose Parade floats at the Comal Flower Shop Brandt has a hand in prizewinning floats Kyra Brandt of the Comal Flower Shop works on the design team of Fiesta Parade Floats The firm built 10 of the 55 floats In the 1995 Fiose Parade and won six of 22 trophies given 1 Sweepstakes top in all categories Fiesta has won two years in a row 2 Presidents Award best floral presentation 3 Isabella Coleman Award best use of color and color har mony 4 National Trophy best depiction of life in the United States 5 Best Humor Dr Peppers entry they usually ohoose humor 6 Judges Special Trophy Southern California Edison all elec tric When the judges come through you cant talk you have to stay on the sides of the Kyra Brandt stemmed flower is in its own small vial of water One week before January 1 the day of the parade float builders descend on southern California We work 12 to 15 hours a day at first At the end of the week we start working 18 to 24 hours a Florists like Brandt work two to a float on the floral arrangements adorning the spaces between the floats huge figures Floats go through three stages of judging Brandt said The architec tural and mechanical judges evaluate the float before the foam coating and flowers are put on Then on the morning of Dec 31 each float is judged in the huge tent where theyre built When the judges come through you cant talk you have to stay on the sides of the Brandt said They walk by the floats one by one and when they get to each float it comes to she said At 3 on Jan 1 the floats arc judged on the parade route Brandt said At 6 the winners are announced and at 8 the parade begins Building a float is the hardest work of a florist mentally and phys Brand said You either love it or you hate it and I love Love of children made new Lone Star Primary principal the obvious choice By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer LOTTERY When New Braunfels Independent School District began its search for a new principal for Lone Star Primary it was looking for someone who loved kids and would embrace the children and their edu cation NB1SD found someone who fit that descrip tion within its own district On June 20 NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad berry recommended that the board of trustees appoint Merry Corder as the new principal and the board act ed on that recommendation We spent a whole lot of time interviewing a lot of people It was very obvious that the best person for the job was right here in our said Bradberry Between 35 and 40 applicants were screened to find the perfect individual The key to finding that individual was finding one who was similar in belief and action as the previous one The district was looking for someone with tremendous caring and team working said Bradberry We had the profile on the previous principal and we looked for someone who matched he said Several of the applicants were taken into the school to meet with teachers and students Bradberry said the students always hugged the previous prin cipal and attempted to hug some of the applicants When they approached the candidates and they shied away the teachers would tell us No not this Merry is kind of a hugger herself She loves said Bradberry Corder has been in education for 13 years and is entering her seventh year in New Braunfels She just completed teaching the fifth grade at Carl Schurz Elementary Corder said she believes education is a calling She was working for the state and did not feel like she was making any real contribution to society She returned to school and was a substitute teacher That is when she realized what she wanted to be doing Merry Corder I realized it was an opportunity to work with a wide vari ety of chil dren and see them grow and develop an apprecia tion for learning I appreciate learning so its fulfilling to spark that in Corder said Bradberry said the fact that Corder has not held a previous position as a prin cipal was not a problem Marilyn Buckner the exit ing principal requested a position as a parttime teacher in the Gifted and Talented program so she can have time off Bradberry said this meant she would be available to help Corder Were in a unique situation in that the previous principal is available to help with the nuts and bolts This will make a smoother he said Corder said her goal as the new principal is to simply continue to guide the school down the path it is already going She wants to continue offering a warm and sup portive environment for students and faculty as well as creating an atmosphere that makes both the student and the parents feel welcomed I want to continue developing students that will be successful later in their education and become contributing members of our said Corder Corder will become the principal of Lone Star Pri mary effective July 1 1995 Democrats call for Laughlins resignation WASHINGTON AP Now that Texas Congressman Greg Laughlin has jumped to the Republican Party the chairman of the Democratic House campaign committee is for mally calling on him to resign and run in a special election In a letter Wednesday to Laughlin Rep Martin Frost wrote To deny the residents of the 14th Congressional District the opportuni ty to decide for themselves how they want to be represented in Congress is irresponsible and an abuse of their Laughlin announced Monday that he was switching parties becoming the second House Democrat to defect since Republicans regained control of Congress last November He pegged his action in part on the declining influence of conservatives on the Democratic agenda Alluding to Republicans promise of a cov eted House Ways and Means Committee seat Frost wrote You may like the deal you cut but the residents of Texas 14th Congressional Dis trict should also have their say and a special election is the only way to make sure their voices are Laughlin rejected his fellow Texans call to resign If Martin Frost understood my district hed understand why 1 did Laughlin said attribut ing his last reelection not to the Democratic label but his conservative values and voting record Theyre going to take shots at me for a the West Columbia lawmaker said 1 expect Laughlin said the positive response from his district has been overwhelming since his announcement All 1 can say is my longtime friend Martin Frost would be sick to his stom ach if hed heard the comments Ive been receiving from the 14th Congressional Dis Texas Monthly hits Zaffirini with Dishonorable Mention tag By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The July issue of Texas Monthly may have given State Senator Judith Zaffirini DLarcdo a Dishonorable Mention in an article rating the best and worst Texas legislators of the past session However Zaffirini believes the past ses sion was the best she has ever had After each session of the Texas Legis lature the magazine names its 10 best and 10 worst legislators This year only nine members were named to the worst list but Zaffirini and Ron Wilson D were given Dishonorable Men tions Zaffirini said many of the things men tioned in the article arc really a compli ment from her viewpoint The article called her the most effective senator South Texas has ever It also refers to the fact that she pushes for things ben efiting her district I was elected because I fight for my district Thats why I was elected in the first place and thats why I was reelect she said However she disagreed with the asser tion that she grabs more than her fair share for her district She said it is an impoverished district and lacks many things other districts already have She said she was criticized several years ago when she got a fouryear university estab lished in an area where few people have access to college The article criticized Zaffirini for attempting to get the Texas A M Inter national University in Laredo shifted to the University of Texas system The arti cle stated Zaffirini needlessly pitted Long horns and Aggies against each other She said she had tremendous support for the bill in her district She said the bill was passed in the Senate twice and it appeared it would have passed in the House However it was never introduced on the floor for a vote so the bill died I think the article is great because it says a lot of good things about the work Im doing for my Judith Zaffirini It appeared most people agreed with it Basically its one opinion and its one persons Zaffirini said of the Texas Monthly article The article states The bill zipped through the Senate but the Aggies declared war and stalled it to death in the House The rift her bill opened between the states two big universities which usually try to maintain a united political front still hasnt healed Zaf firinis overreaching cancelled out an oth erwise excellent session in which she passed major bills overhauling the welfare and Medicaid Zatiinni said the move to get the uni versity changed to the University of Texas system did not overshadow the remainder of her session Zaffirini had 54 bills passed this year She said four of those bills are expected to save the state billion dollars over the next five years This was the best session I ever she said We accomplished a lot of real ly good The Texas Monthly arti cle also referred to her work schedule She suid the fact that they called her relentless and hardworking is a great compliment If thats bad I would like to see what he calls she said I think the article is great because it says a lot of good things about the work Im doing for my Taxpayers take a bath as General and his cat get pampered See Page 4
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