Wednesday, November 1, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Unicorns Cougarettes advance in volleyball playoffs See Page 6A New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Landa Park Gazebo HeraldZ 20 Pages in two sections Wednesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 year of LELIA PHILLIPS Vol 143 No 253 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Bmunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ryan HU1 four Lelia Phillips 85 Barbara Bar ber and Sharon Staats River and aquifer information Comal River272 cubicfeetper up 12 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 03 Guadalupe Get in the spirit Get into the mood of Hal loween by enjoying the come dy Blithe Nov 1 and 2 at at the New Braun fels High School cafetorium The onehour performance costs just for students and for adults World Community Day celebrated Nov 3 All Christian women in New Braunfels are invited to join women across the nation in cel ebrating World Community Day This ecumenical service will be at 10 Friday Nov 3 at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Coffee in the church parlor at 9 Babysitter provided Speaker will be Helen Fitzger aid former missionary with Bor der Ministries Mens Garden Club to meet The Mens Garden Club will meet Thursday Nov 2 at in the County Extension Office at 132 S Water Lane County Agent Pat Rasor will pre sent a program on Use and Preservation of Election of officers and directors will be held Visitors always welcome Comal Garden Club to meet The Comal Garden Club will hold its November meeting Thursday Nov 2 at at the home of Delitha 762 Laurel Lane Timothy Parks owner of Second Nature will speak on landscape designs using zeriscape plants Paver dedication ceremony tomorrow A paver dedication ceremony will take place at the Plaza on Thursday Nov 2 from to Everyone is invited to the dedication ceremony an to look at their pavers on the Court of Honor Hummel LookAlike Contest Saturday The fifth annual Hummel LookAlike Contest will be held Saturday Nov 4 at 10 on the front steps of the Hummel Museum 199 Main Plaza In case of inclement weather the contest will be held inside the Hummel Museum Contestants are judged on their likeness to a Hummel figurine The contes tants are children from two through 10 years of age There will be two categories in this years contest Single Figurine and Group Figurine For infor mation call Martha H Hoevel at 6293479 Hydrilla on agenda The Lake Management Work shop Thursday Nov 2 at 7 at the Guadalupe County Commissions Court Room at 307 Court St will focus on hydrilla control in area lakes County scrambling to find parkland By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer If the county does not find land soon for a park in the Bulverde area a lot of kids will not have a place to play soc cer next year and County Commis sion Danny Scheel said he has not had much luck in finding land so far Scheel said about kids play soccer in the Bulverde area and after this year they wont have any fields to play on The kids are using land owned by the Bulverde Property Owners Association However he said there Loss of current fields could mean kids will have no place to play soccer next season are plans to build a senior citizens cen ter on the site and the land will no longer be available after this year He said the county had been looking at a site However that deal fell through and the county is now back at square one looking for more land We need something because theyre going to lose access to that land very soon A lot of kids wont have any fields to play he said Scheel said the county is looking for approximately 25 to 35 acres He said the land needs to relatively flat and accessible He said the land will be used to build soccer fields baseball fields a picnic area and possibly even a walking track We want to fix up something nice but we cartt find a large enough piece of land thats pretty flat to accommo date he said If its par tially in the flood area that may not even matter so Scheel added that if someone owns land that they do not want to sell the county would also be willing to enter into a longterm lease agreement with the landowner He said the county would consider entering into a 15to 20year contract with the owner If someone has some land that they dont want to sell because its part of an estate or something we would be will ing to lease he said Scheel said he would appreciate any help he can get in locating land so kids can continue playing soccer next year He said anyone who owns land or knows of land that is available should contact him at 6205569 We need to get the word out that were looking and any help we can get would be said Scheel Officials expect more than Wurstfest visitors By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The 35th annual Wurstfest kicks off Friday and officials are once again expecting large crowds to pass through the gates for German fun Were excited We want everyone to come out and have a good time Were anxious to show everybody our said Wurstfest Pres ident Bob Smith Smith said he is expecting another great year this year He said there are several factors that play a part of the success including the towns sesquicentennial more than 60 live bangs and continuous He said improvements have also been made to the grounds Sections have been repaved which should make the use of strollers and wheel chairs easier Its our 35th year Plus weve gotten the word out so were expect ing another great said Smith Last year an estimated people attended Wurstfest Smith said the economic impact on the including spending at hotels restaurants and the grounds totalled about million Smith pointed out the majority of the money spent on the Wurstfest grounds goes back into the community through various civic groups scholarships and dona tions Smith said the weather also has an impact on how many people attend the 10day event He said per fect weather is preferred however the action will continue even if the weather turns bad He also added that two large tents are put up the food booths are covered and the Were ready already Weve been doing it for 35 There are always some glitches But overall it goes Bob Smith Wurstfest Hall is open so there is a lot of covered area for people if it gets too cold or too Even if people choose not to go to the grounds they can still have a good time during Wurstfest Theres a lot to do other than on the grounds There are special things going on all over town so people can have a good time in town even if the weather isnt said Smith Preparation for the annual event is ongoing and takes almost the entire year said Smith He said the various committees are formed and start their work about six months prior to the event All the preparations for this years Wurstfest have already been completed he said Were ready already Weve been doing it for 35 years It runs fairly smoothly There are always some glitches But overall it goes said Smith The opening ceremonies for the 35th Annual Wurstfest will be held on Friday Nov 3 at 5 The opening will be held along the banks of the Comal RiVer with the Free musical entertainment with Myron Floren and the Original Kapelle Heimatlan which is a band from Wetzlar Germany will be on hand HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL IF YOU At left Garth Angleton invites people in at the Jaycees Haunted House in the Factory Stores mall last night Above Emily Zeth and Evelyn Pletz wel come trickortreaters to Colonial Manor which received about 1 000 little visitors last night Project KISS keeps working toward goal By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Project KISS Kids In Safe Sur roundings spaghetti dinner on Satur day night was a success the projects chairwoman said on Monday It was a really nice Trish Wyatt said We did over 200 dinners and we are really glad that our senior cit izens turned out We are still counting to see how much money we Proceeds from the spaghetti dinner which was held at Eagles Hall in Sattler will go towards the Canyon Lake Youth Recreation Center which Project KISS wants to build at Guadalupe Park below Canyon Dam at the end of 1996 So far Project KISS has raised of the needed for the facility The biggest ticket buyers for the sup per were the Eagles fraternal organiza tion the Canyon Lake Evening Lions Club the Methodist Men Veterans for Foreign Wars and the Eastern Star The Eagles Auxiliary club prepared and cooked the spaghetti suppers The Mod em Woodmen of America put up a in matching funds As promised Elvis came by and per formed for the crowd He sang a Hunk of Burning Love and signed autographs for children and adults after his perfor mance was over Elvis was not the only star of the show Children sang and one performer played the harmonica during the talent show Last night Project KISS got a boost on Halloween when it cosponsored a haunted house with the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department and the Canyon Lake EMS The haunted house was held at the EMS Central Sta tion on Sattler Road Donations from the haunted house went directly to the community youth center I think it is really helpful when com munity organizations will take their own time to hold an event like a haunted house which will benefit our Wyatt said Fund set up to help Offermans By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Concerned residents can come to the aid of the Offerman family using a special account set up at Norwest Bank Edward Lee Offer man 37 died Monday night following a shooting incident Offermans son Trenady is a running back on the Canyon High School football team The families at Canyon were just said Marjorie McDonald of Norwest Bank Canyon parents wanted to help the family because Trenady is such an integral part of the Canyon High School McDonald said Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the fund can mail a donation care of the Offer man Family Fund or bring the donation to the Norwest Bank at 315 Landa People with questions about the fund can call Norwest Bank at 6292265 Autopsy reports by the Travis County Coro ner indicate that Offermans wounds may have been selfinflicted said New Braunfels Police Detective Sergeant B B Boatright Hydrilla ideas to be aired at Thursday meeting By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Residents near the hydroelectric lakes operat ed by the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority will brainstorm ideas on how to control the hydrilla that is rapidly growing in their lakes The next meeting of the Lake Management Workgroup is Thursday at 7 in the county commissioners court room at the Guadalupe County Administration Building on 307 W Court Street in Seguin At the last workgroup meeting on Oct 17 residents of lakes McQueeney and Dunlap agreed to come up with some ideas on how to deal with the hydrilla The issue which will be discussed at this meeting will be whether or not the lakes should be lowered in an attempt to control the GBRA Director of Project Development David Welsch said At the last meeting this alternative was discussed and we asked the people there to think about it and come back for this meeting for more In August the GBRA and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department released a total of 125 grass carp into the five hydroelectric lakes oper ated by the GBRA lakes McQueeney Dunlap Placid H4 and H5 were stocked with 25 grass carp each The fish feed on the hydrilla The pur pose of the study is to determine whether or not the fish will stay in the lakes Results from the study have indicated that all 125 fish have been located at least once in the lakes The carp were implanted with radio tags so that biolo gists can keep track of their movements Four fish have moved from their original lake to a different one Since the study is progressing Welsch said the carp will now be tracked on a monthly basis The carp study has to include two major flood events with waters at to determine whether or not the carp will stay in the lakes Welsch said there are many factors to be con sidered when the issue of lowering the lakes is considered If we lower the lakes one at a time we will have to deal with the issue of water quality and odorous Welsch said It would depend on the goals that people would want to set in terms of keeping the lakes open in the summer and on the weather conditions at that time Some times it could take 23 months for the hydrilla to dry since it is made up of 95 percent water Then there is the possibility of exposing the hydrilla to the sunlight and letting it grow again We could even discuss the possibility of lowering the lakes during the winter and freezing the hydrilla but we have very warm winters in this Another idea that could be discussed at the meeting is the use of herbicides During the sum mer the GBRA sprayed herbicide on the hydrilla in lakes McQueeney and Dunlap to keep the lakes accessible for boaters Welsch said that a balance of grass carp and herbicide needs to be considered because that would be one of the best ways of fighting the hydrilla When considering the use of herbicide we need to consider these Welsch said One is it safe for the water and recreational purposes Two is it effective Three is it long last ing Four is it cost Welsch said the Lake Management Group has been meeting for over a year He said that 2550 lake residents have attended the meetings and they have given him good input and many ideas on how to control the hydrilla In fact the carp study was brought up at one of the meeting Even though the hydrilla problem is the fore most in the mind of the lakes many residents Welsch said that he hopes the meetings can be used as a forum to discuss many issues relating to the lakes once a viable solution is found for con trolling the hydrilla In future I would like to discuss issues such as water quality and preventing nutrients such as fertilizer from getting to the hydrilla Welsch said We jouJd discuss issues such as water safety and shoreline management which would deal with the evacuation of the lakes in cas es of an Community 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