Friday, August 18, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY New coach brings her winning ways to Unicorns volleyball See Page 5 150 CENTS New Braunfels The Plaza Bandstand HeraldZe M016 M1CROPUBLISHINQ 627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 189 14 Pages in one section Friday August Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MARGIE HELMKE Vol 143 No 200 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Marcie Helmke Vince Koe gle 21 Denali Brooke Molina seven and happy llth anniversary to Johnny and Mary Esther Rodriguez and happy 24th anniversary to Jesse and Erlinda Dominguez River and aquifer information Comal River 258 cubicfeetper second down 4 cfs from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 06 Guadalupe River Bake a cake for the Womens Center The Comal County Womens Center invites you to support the center by donating individ ually wrapped items for a bake sale which will be held Aug 19 at 5 on the Plaza Bring your goodies to the shel ter 1547 Common any time Friday or before 4 Saturday Call 6207520 for information Immunization clinic A free immunization clinic will be held from 9 to Saturday Aug 19 at Krueger Elementary School in Marion Theclinicisprovided by Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital Parents are asked to bring the childs immunization records and letter from the school nurse if applicable Immunizations will be given to infants children and teen agers Appointments are not needed but are recommended Call 4169323 or 9142646 Optimist Club to meet Monday The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet at Aug 21 at Molly Joes Restaurant The speaker will be Jack Melton of Hospice New Braunfels Texas Exes picnic The Comal County chapter of the University of Texas Ex Students Association will hold its annual family picnic and student sendoff Thursday Aug 24 at Landa Park Picnic Area 16 Special guest will be UT baseball coach Cliff Gustafson The event starts at with dinner at 7 Atten dees are asked to bring a cov ered dish either a vegetable salad or dessert Reservations must be made by Saturday Aug 19 by call ing Mary Walker at 8854375 Stoney Williams at 6297381 Gayle Engler at 6292109 or Tim Zipp at 6259405 Rec center meeting Organizers are calling for a large show of support at a public meeting Thursday Aug 24 at 7 at the Canyon Lake Action Center to discuss concerns for the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center Your opinion on how to overcome the road blocks that stand in the way are needed Representatives from the county parks committee Army Corps of Engineers and coun ty officials have been invited to discuss recent actions taken on the proposed site below Canyon Dam Early school start hurts tourist biz By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitunq photos by MICHAEL DARNALL A dead goat lies in a pond on Vance Rittimanns ranch He pulled 10 dead animals out of the pond after dogs got into his flock Wednesday night Four years ago he had to pull 14 dead sheep and goats out of the same pond after a dog attack Dog attack Rancher loses dozens of goats By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Carcasses were spread over 150 Vance Rittimann If you live near Spring Branch and own a Rottweiler that did not come home Thursday rancher Vance Rit timann would like a word with you You owe him Wednesday night dogs got into Rittimanns flocks and killed 30 goats and a sheep Fifteen more ani mals were injured and many of them will probably have to be put down Rittimann said He put his loss at Rittimann shot and killed a Rottweiler that was still on his land attacking goats and saw another dog run off The dog he killed had a collar but no tags I think it was more than two Rittimann said Carcass es were spread over 150 Rittimanns ranch is in a sparsely populated area off Highway 281 The Indian Hills subdivision is about halfmile from one fence line Rittimann said that as more people move out into the country with more dogs his losses to dogs have increased He said dogs are worse than coyotes because while a coyote will kill one animal for food dogs kill for fun andkeep killing all night long He told of several times dogs have gotten onto his land and killed a dozen or so sheep and goats but he said this weeks attack was the worst yet It had been running pretty smooth for a while We had some coyotes but they just kill one every two nights or so and you get them before they do that much he said Rittimann waited 24 hours before deciding this Angora goat would not survive the attack that wounded Its face He put the animal out of its misery with a gunshot to the head School began this week marking the end of summer for many people and the return to the school routine has left several local businesses wondering what happened to summer Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River Rides said about 30 per cent of his business for the final Labor Day weekend was lost because of school starting earlier the last few summers He said another 20 percent was lost when the first high school football games started to be played on the Friday before Labor Day week end Overall his business on the Labor Day weekend is half of what it was five or six years ago Weve gained business every year since weve been here Weve compensated for said Rivers Jay Felger owner of Felgers Toob Rental said he is already feeling the impact of the start of school He said the Guadalupe Riv er had a good river flow in June and July so he did not get many of their customers and then school started in the middle of August taking away even more of his customers We had a good year but is wasnt a great he said Brian Vauter a geologist with Natural Bridge Caverns said they are also noticing a change in the number of tourists He said there has been a dramatic drop and things have gotten very slow He said most of the people coming now are travelling adults and very few children The start of school also means a loss of workers Felger said eral of his employees were college students who are getting to start school again Vauter said they employed a lot of high school students and a few will continue to work but only on week ends Beyond that most of our workforce has he said Schlitterbahn Waterpark has also felt an impact from the early start of school The park has announced several changes in sched ules in an effort to try and keep the park open longer for people to enjoy During Aug and 25 the Surfenburg section of the park willbe open at a reduced price However the main section will only be open on weekends from Aug 26 through Sept 1 due to the early start of school in South Texas Schlitterbahn is the only major attraction in the area which will be open during that said General Manager Tern G Adams We all lose employees when school starts in August so most attractions simply close during the last two weeks in August We get a number of visitors who plan their vacations around a trip to Schlitterbahn in late August so we do our best to keep as much of the park open as Felger said he comes from a family of schoolteachers and believes in yearround school However he said from a business standpoint it would be bad news It would kill me now Im not a schoolteacher anymore Now I wish it wouldnt start until he said Rivers said the school year keeps getting longer which means that the summer season is shortening He said this will be hard on the tourist industry but the industry will just have to adjust to the situation Change is he said We just have to change with it and hope we can keep abreast of Guadalupe low but useable By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The release rate into the Guadalupe River has been cut back once again but outfitters and other officials say the level is still adequate for enjoy ment this weekend We dont want any confusion regarding water flows with the water recreational industry here The Quadalupe River flow as of Tues day Aug15 is 120 cubic feet per second which is great for said Jim Scheele director of the Convention Visitors Bureau for Greater New Braunfels Cham ber pfCornmerce David WeJsch director of project development for the Guadalupe BJanpo River Authority said the cur rent release rate from the Canyon Reservoir has remained at 120 cubic feet per second said this is River Update gejp Rivers owjJSJ of fcocldfl R Rlyer RJdej said the current river the it is still adequate wjtji to come to the Rjvejad hfve a safe Plenty of tubes are available and the smaller rafts 23 persons would make an excellent Rivers said people will not be able to notice a difference between 140 cfs and 120 cfs He said a river trip will still be a lot more fun than anything that a person could think to do sitting at home Theres pot a lot of thrills and spills but there is a whole lot of cool relaxing said Rivers Individuals not wajnting to go to the Guadalupe River can spend the weekend on the Comal River The Comal River is fed by the Comal Springs which are the largest in Texas River outfitters and shuttle services are available to make the experience memorable You can take a two and a half hour tube ride down the springfed crystal clear Comal said Scheele The rivers should remain at their current levels for the weekend which means a pool and relaxing day on the river Saturday celebration marks suffrage success By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels will step back in time decade by decade to the days of Gibson Girls Model As and suf fragettes as the city celebrates 75 years of womens right to vote tomorrow It all kicks off with a 4 recep tion at the New Braunfels Art League said Karen K Crandall Main Street Director They will be demonstrating art she said and of course the highlight will be the Womens His tory Exhibit on loan from the Insti tute of Texan Booths from area organizations will surround Main Plaza starting at 5 including the Womens Shelter Downtown Association Service League Main Street Board League of Women Voters Republican Women Democratic Women Busi ness and Professional Women and others Crandall said The parade starts at 6 Cran dall said from Hill Street around the plaza and up Seguin Floats period costumes and celebrities from days gone by will make their way through downtown Classic cars will also highlight the parade We have at least one car that represents every Crandall said Area businesses will offer oldtimey refreshments Molly Joes lemonade and cookies from Eagle Ter ry Webbs snow cones and ice cream from Schwabs and Thorn tons she said The evenings enter tainment begins between and Cran dall said Highlights are performances by the Comal County Commu nity Band and the Mis sion Belles Executive Sweet singing group from San Antonio A mustsee is the Sis ters in Suffrage musical revue A host of local per formers will take a musi cal journey from the days of suffragettes to the pre sent heavily peppered with comedy Radio personality Don Ferguson emcees the HeraldZeitung photo by SUSAN ENGLAND Priscllla and Nolia Millett practice a skit event with contributions by Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr and County Judge Carter Casteel Crandall said State Senator Jeff Wentworth and Repre sentative Edmund Kuempel will attend as well as Ruth Ann Greer president of the Texas League of Women she said Picnic baskets are encouraged and I want to stress that everybody needs to bring their lawn Crandall said Its going to be absolutely won derful everybodys going to have a good Councilwoman Jan Ken nady said so come on out and help us Community Band heads to Braunfels Germany for 750year celebration See Page 4