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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Back to the drawing board for Unicorns after lastsecond loss See Page 5 The Landa Park Gazebo ISO CENTS New Braunfels 410 HeraldZeitunp Pages in one section Tuesday Oct Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of WHITNEY QUAY Vol 143 No 232 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Whitney Gray 16 Viola Jonas David Jonas Patri cia Walters Helen Braune Mar cus Bishop 18 Richard Fey Marie Daas Rene Zamarri pa Ricky Sotelo Travis Weishaar two and Frank Chapa Happy 42nd anniversary to Gary and Ida Pittman New Orleans Night in Gruene The Gruene Mansion Restau rant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Commit tee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene Tuesday Oct 17 from until The Cajunstyle dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee dirty rice with sausage black ened chicken complimentary beer and wine and more The event will benefit the ACS and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala Seating is limited so reserve your tickets by call ing 6296153 or 6064115 Literacy tutor training Adult Literacy of Comal Coun ty will hold a tutor training work shop Oct 6 from to 9 and Oct 7 from 8 to for people interested in tutoring nonreaders or low level readers For information call VerNell Martinez at 6259480 Ribboncutting party Edelweis Moden authentic German clothing and gift ideas will hold its ribboncutting cere mony at Wednes day Oct 4 The store is located at 453 S Seguin Street Refreshments will be served Black Heritage Society to meet The Black Heritage Society of New Braunfels will host its next meeting at the Dittlinger Memorial Library Oct 10 at 6 The meeting will consist of the final decisions on the African Extravaganza Style Show and Dance Antique Show and sale The 45th semiannual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braun fels 380 S Seguin St Quality I dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will be exhibit quality merchan dise for sale The show and sale will be open three days Friday Saturday and Sunday Oct 12 14 Hours will be from 11 to 7 Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday Many door prizes will be giv en away Admission is still only which is good for all three days For more information call 6250612 or 6204934 Awards banquet tickets on sale Tickets are on sale now for the New BraunfelsCanyon Lake Area Association of Realtors annual awards banquet to be held Dec 1 at at the TBarM Conference Center Tickets are and may be bought from any Social Com mittee member or Roxi at the Board Office KIDDY COMES BACK World War II medics gather for reunion in New Braunfels By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer The German soldiers called them Kiddy since the average age of the soldiers was 22 years old and they hadjust arrived in the RuhfTocket in March 1945 They thought ttfey could just walk through us but that didnt said New Braunfels Res ident Ralph Jim Davidson a third grade technician in the army He was a medic in the 343rd Infantry of the 86th Division known as the Blackhawks Now 50 years later approxi mately 15 of the 136 medics who cared for the Blackhawks are trav eling from around the United States to meet for the second time in their own reunion since the officers dis charges The medics will outdo each other with war stories Tuesday through Thursday at the Holiday Inn Most of the medics have attend ed other national conventions for the entire 86th Division The medics met separately two years ago in San Antonio but Davidson had to leave the reunion early because he ran out of oxygen in his portable tank prompting his unit to hold the next reunion in New Braunfels Shelby resident Russ Davis a first sergeant in the army organizedthe last ami has made a hobby put of keeping in touch with the other medics giving direct orders to attend this weeks convention to medics who served under him Im the glue that holds the out fit Davis said The 86th Division was organized at Camp Houze north of Gainesville in 1942 the first unit to train at the camp The Blackhawks trained for service in the South Pacific throughout the United States But Gen George needed soldiers to fight the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge which started in December 1944 and the 86th Divi sion arrived in Cologne Germany in March 1945 one of the last troops to arrive in Europe When the young Blackhawks arrived in Europe all the moth ers and fathers locked up their Davis joked Then they took the dogs and cats and locked them away Davidson said his work was sim ilar to a registered nurses and he assisted in surgery and performed surgery himself on wounded sol diers before sending them to receive more intensive medical care Wed patch em up and send them back to an evacuation hospi Davidson said After 42 days of fighting in Ger many the war in Europe ended The Blackhawks were the first divi sion to return to America because Gen Douglas MacArthur asked for their services in the Pacific But before the Blackhawks arrived in the Pacific victory already been claimed over Japan and Davis said the Blackhawks just took up space while occupying the Philippines before returning home in January 1946 Ralph Jim Davidson kisses his future wife Hazel at her friends home in Kllgore in 1944 Davidson was on a furlough from Camp Llvlngton north of Alexandria Louisiana Purdum takes reins of United Way fund By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County will sail through its 1995 campaign with Tom Purdum at the helm Purdum will head the organization on an interim basis We discussed it several times and Im working between the chamber and United Way to see them through the rest of the Purdum said Purdum replaces Joe Worl who resigned Sept 30 after serving as director of the Comal County United Way for six years Purdum still works at the chamber of com merce as a consultant As he takes on the United Way responsibility Purdum is also stepping into the presidency of the Texas Eco nomic Development Council Im not retired am I Purdum said The United Way will not miss a beat in its 1995 campaign said Doug Miller United Way president Thats the beauty part of Purdum said All of the drive volunteers are very excited and things seem to be right on United Way of Comal County owes much of its success to enthusiastic volunteers and countywide involvement Purdum said Purdum was chosen for several reasons Miller said Purdum had the organizational skills needed he said even though it was called the Comal County Community Fund back then he had worked there for over 20 As well as seeing United Way through its 1995 drive Purdunis duties will include advis ing the board of directors on selecting a new executive director Miller said I think it will be good for all of he said More than 500 turn out at lake to help on Public Lands Appreciation Day By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Cameron Edelen age 3 strikes a pose before the judging at the Best Dressed Western contest at the Comal County Fair Cameron won third place in the Three and Under category Fair crowds were excellent By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The 1995 Comal County Fair has come and gone leaving kids of all ages with smiles on their faces and offi cials with the fair said that judging by the crowds that attended this years fair was a definite Even the rain Sunday night wasnt a disappointment We needed the rain It rained for a short period and then everyone went back to having a great Comal County Fair Association President Doug Miller said Miller said he does not have exact figures yet on how many people attend ed the fair but he believes the atten dance was up He said several things make him think this On Saturday the rodeo was the largest ever He said there was a standing room only crowd and ticket sales at the gate had to be cut off so there would be room for those who had purchased tickets in advance The dance on Saturday was also the largest ever and more cars were parked on Saturday than ever before Friday was the biggest day for the carnival He said the good crowd on Friday may have been due to people being busy with other activities the rest of the time and Friday was just an ideal time to enjoy the carnival The livestock show also had a huge turnout and those run ning it were well pleased with the number of entries in each said All those factors point to a record crowd in the history of the fairFriday through Saturday were great days at the he said Miller said the parade was also a big hit He said he was pleased with how well it went and received a lot of com pliments from people in the commu nity saying it was great Saturdays Public Lands Appreciation Day PLAD at Canyon Lake was a success a Army Corps of Engineer park ranger said on Monday Everything went very Park Ranger Judy Scott said We had 540550 volunteers show up which is better than the expected 425 Canyon Lake was one of three Army Corps of Engineer sites in the nation to participate in PLAD PLAD was founded by Times Mirror Magazine in 1994 The idea behind PLAD is to get people involved in the restoration of public lands and natural resources Seventeen sites around the nation participated in the oneday event Canyon Lake was the only one in Texas to do so From early morning until noon the volunteers worked hard to get three projects done at Guadalupe Park which is located below Canyon Dam The three trails that the vol unteers worked on were the North River Access the South River Access and the wetlands area Scott said all three trails were finished or nearly done The North River Access trail located oh the north side of the Guadalupe River had a 700foot decomposed granite trail put in The trail is connected to a 150foot raised walkway which was built to make the trail accessible to the handi capped The South River Access had a decom posed granite trail built This trail leads along the river to a viewing area The wetland area is located along a natural stream that is a quarter of a mile from the dam This stream runs out of the uncontrolled spillway hi this area a view ing platform a 300foot decomposed granite trail and three 325foot dikes were constructed The three dikes were con structed before PLAD with a contribution from Ducks Unlimited The wetlands area was built to attract migrating bird life To prevent soil erosion in the wetland grass seed wild flowers and a few trees will be planted The North Trail is finished Scott said On the South Trail we finished building 775 feet of usable trail We still need to finish 150 feet of the trail If there are any vol unteers who want to help us to finish the trail they can call us hi the wetlands area we started to impound water from the spillway One of the three ponds is already filled with water and I saw the birds and animals using it I was really excited about Three hundred and twenty five trees were planted 26 bird boxes were put up and four information boards were put up Scott said Two people who were happy about the completion of the North Trail were Mike Spurlock and Steve Webster two vet erans from Texas Paralyzed Veterans Association chapter in San Antonio I think this trail is something we have needed for a long said Spurlock who is president of the San Antonio chapter said The volunteers have done their part now it is up to our people to come out and do their Spurlock said he hopes to organize a trip in which he can get most of his chapter members to come out to Canyon Lake and enjoy the scenery Spurlocks fellow member Steve Webster also gave his seal of approval to the newly completed trail I am Webster said There are not many places like this that give us the opportunity to go out an enjoy our selves The employees of the Army Corps of Engineers should all get a medal and a pat on the Forty local organizations and two national companies helped sponsor the event and provide the necessary materials for the projects A lunch for the volunteers was provided by McDonalds Army Corps of Engineer officials State Represen tative Edmund Kuempel and County Judge Carter Casteel spoke at the event Community Chorale fall concert set for Oct 15 The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its fall concert on Sunday Oct 15 at 4 at the First United Methodist Church Directing the chorale for his second year is Per ry Dean JoAnn Lemmon is the accom panist as she has been for the past 13 years Many different types of music will be sung during the 90minute show Included in the program will be arrangements of Der Tanz and by Frank Schubert and Die by Felix Mendelssohn Sherri Porterfields Agnus and Jubilate Deo are very special pieces The choir will perform Gloria from the by Haydn Credo and On the lighter side the choir will sing selections by Texas composer Robert Young Passing and Stay O Selections of Norman Luboff s music and The Three Madrigals promise to bring smiles to many faces The Broadway music of Les Mis erables will also be performed The Community Chorale will end the after noon of music with their signature song My Wish For Tickets may be purchased from any member of the chorale They will also be sold at the door China n Things and at Johnson Furniture Co Adult tickets are and tickets are Hollywood keeps pitching filth to Americas small towns See Page 4
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