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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon volleyball coach reaches 500 win plateau See Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Plata Bandstand 14 Pages in one section Thursday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of TODY CANTU r w 2627 E iK EL PASO IX Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Cantu Margaret Tray ban Randy Taylor Jeremy Clennan Roland Kne upper belated 81 Nell Tillman Happy 34th anniver sary to Carl and Martha Davis River and aquifer information Comal River 272 cubicfeetper yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 10 Guadalupe River 166 Wurstfest starts tomorrow OPENING CEREMONIES Friday PM Celebrate the opening of the 35th Annual Wurstfest along the beautiful banks of the Comal River with the Wurst and enjoy free musical entertainment featur ing Myron Floren and the OriginalKapelle Heimatland Band from Wetzlar Friday Nov 3 Wursthalle pm The Seven Dutchmen pm pm Myron Floren Das Grosse Zelt The Big Tent pm Sauerkrauts pm Alpen Spielers pm Sauerkrauts pm Alpen Spielers pm Sauerkrauts The Village Band Das Kieine Zelt The Little Tent pm ToniNoichl pm Alpenfest pm Kerry Christensen pm Pretzel Benders pm Alpenfest Kerry Chris tensen pm Alpen Spielers Share the Warmth Project Share the Warmth sponsored by Cranes Mill Bap tist Church 10215 FM 2673 at Canyon Lake will distributue free coats to anyone who needs them Saturday Nov 4 from 9 to 1 American Legion meeting American Legion Comal Post meets Thursday Nov 2 at 410 West Coll Street The exec utive committee meets at 7 and the regular meeting begins at 8 Unit Aux iliary meets at How to Lobby The Comal Area League of Women Voters will hold a forum on How to Lobby Effectively at the Herb Schneider Room at the Victoria Bank and Trust at 7 tonight Speaker is Nan Schiabo who has worked as a lobbyist in Washington Public invited The winning numbers Officials back commuter rail lin By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer After riding between San Antonio and Austin on a commuter train yes terday local civic and business leaders gave their thumbs up to the idea of a commuter rail system serving New Braunfels and Comal County I think it is an exciting way to link our New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Director of Small Business Anna Lee Hicks said When I heard one of the speakers say that 135 will have to be expanded to 16 lanes in the future because of the increased traffic growth you begin to realize that we will need an alterna tive way of Hicks was one of the many local dignitaries who were invited to join 300 civic business and media leaders from around the area to ride the demon stration commuter train which board ed at the Sunset Depot in San Antonio at The special train was oper ated by Union Pacific Railroad The trip was cosponsored by the Austin San Antonio Corridor Council Capital Metro VIA Texas Depart ment of Transportation area chambers of commerce and the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Austin and San purpose of the trip was to give policy makers a firsthand look at how a commuter rail service would operate The New Braunfels delegation of Hicks Mayor Paul E Fraser City Manager Mike Shands Robert Gravis of Flexonics Chamber Chairmanelect Skip Stratemann Bob Smith of Texas Commerce Bank Tom Purdum Doug Miller and wife Anne boarded a bus to San Antonio at arrived at the Sunset Depot they were greeted by a mariachi band and wel comed by Bexar County Judge Cyndi Krier Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President Joe Krier and VIA Chairman Richard Tankerson The train which can travel up to 79 mph circled through San Antonio and then sped into the countryside through Bracken and Garden Ridge before stop ping in New Braunfels to pick up County Judge Carter Casteel and Coun ty Commissioners Danny Scheel with wife Dana and Moe Schwab From there the train traveled north to San Marcos Buda and Kyle before stop ping at the Amtrak Station in Austin where it was greeted by Austin Mayor Bruce Todd State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos and former Congressman Pickle Pickle espoused the benefits of commuter rail on the 135 corridor These will be the blessed rails that will tie us Pickle said Ernest Pavlock president of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce believes the potential for commuter rail should be considered It will help us at Canyon Lake if we can arrange for tour buses in New Braunfels to come up our Pavlock said Commuter trains will lessen traffic on 135 and 281 by getting more cars off the road It is a lot safer to ride the train than it will be to ride on the freeway in the future It is one of the better ideas to come here in a long Larry Smith head of commuter rail service for Union Pacific Railroad said there are many factors and obstacles that need to be overcome before com muter rail service is a reality Smith A German oompah band greeted the train when it rolled into New Braunfels p y said that Union Pacific wants to merge with Southern Pacific and will file an application with the state of Texas on to do so If Union Pacific takes over Southern Pacific Smith said there would be the possibility that the South em Pacific freight lines between San Antonio and Austin could be freed up for commuter rail service In this sce nario the freight traffic would be shift ed along the I10 corridor between San Antonio and Houston which is less populated than the 135 corridor Improvements to the present tracks Smith said would have to be made before they would be ready for com muter rail service I thought the train ride was inter New Braunfels Mayor Paul Fraser said By riding the train you get a different view of the terrain the geog raphy and the places where the busi nesses are I believe the idea is work able if the financing is put into Casteel found the train ride to be very nostalgic ridirg First of all I grew up trains in West Texas so it back memories for Casteel said very impressed it took only one hour to get from New Braunfels to Austin commuter train will enable peopl live here but work in Austin Antonio to provide them with of transportation It could also workers to this area because i enable people who live in Austin San Antonio to get jobs here in the ack I was in A who or San a means draw twill or New Canyon Lake fire board election tonight By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Elections for a new board of directors for the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department will be held tonight Fire Chief Les Wyatt said The election which will be held at Canyon Lake Fire Station in Canyon City at 7 comes a month after the Comal County Rural Fire Prevention Dis trict voted not to renew its current con tract with the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department The fire district boards actions came after the fire department board of direc tors voted to go out and hire a fulltime fire chief Board director Larry Ratliffsaid the board decided to take this action because there is a need for a fulltime fire chief since the area has grown Wyatt is a parttime fire chief who works as a fulltime fireman for the New Braunfels Fire Depart ment At the special meeting in September Fire District Board President George ODonnell said the board was not consult ed about the move by the board of directors The fire district board provides funds for the fire department ODonnell said that bud getary considerations would not allow for a fulltime fire chief The current contract between the fire district and the board of directors expires ODonnell believes Wyatt is doing a good job as fire chief Wyatt said that five members instead of the current nine members would be elected to the board of directors With only five people on the board we wont have so many differing Wyatt said With nine people on die board we had too many different Right now the board of directors has only four members Five members which include past President Al Bonne and past interim President Mike Chandler have resigned Terms for the board of directors are for three years Wyatt said In March the department was supposed to have its annu al membership meeting to elect its board of directors but could not do it because of a lack of a quorum The basis behind the fire districts deci sion to cancel the contract Ratliff said is the issue of control Well I am not sure what they are trying to Ratliffsaid They have chosen to get involved in controlling the previous actions of the board It appears to me that they are opposed to hiring a fulltime fire chief which would benefit the needs of the community They fire district board want to control the personnel and the deci sions made within the fire department The whole thing is disturbing and it is no won der the community wants to get involved because of the pettiness involved in the Ratliff responded to criticism from fire men at the last special meeting of the fire district who said that the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department board of directors was not responsive to the needs of firemen and that they did not consult them on the issue of hiring a fulltime fire chief Our main responsibility is to provide protection for the needs of the community not to respond to the demands of any one individual Ratliffsaid I think their firemen criticism was unfair The board works for its members who elect them We are not trying to cut anyone out of the process For a management deci sion made among the board members we did not have to consult the ODonnell contends that the fire district board wants to stop the internal bickering on the board of directors and make it more responsive to the needs of the firemen ODonnell said it has been very frustrating to see the rancor that has gone on in the department for a couple of years now I hope the firefighters can take control of their ODonnell said I want to see an organization which can effectively work with the community and get them involved The way the board is structured now it is possible for one person to have his own personal agenda and get away with it The present board is not con ducive to the goal of providing a well trained and a wellprepared force in cases of an ODonnell said he believes the commu nity is backing the fire district in this battle I have had people coming to me and telling me that they are behind ODon nell said I believe our board has strong community MEET HUMBEE Hummel Museum mascot on steins shirts for Wurstfest A HsraWZeftungphotobyMlCHAELDARNAU Humbee a bumblebee in lederhosen is showing up on more and more souvenirs By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND SMWriter Energizer Bunny and Pillsbury Dough Boy move over Humbee the Hummel Museum mascot is catching oh and catching up Thelittle hummer started out on a button then he charmed his way onto a Tshirt and then onto the Haws commemorative Wurstfest mug Hes Hummel Museums Wurstfest bee And he could buzz all the way to the Home Shopping Network A bujnblebee in lederhosen its got to be the first bumblebee in lederhosen on a beer said Sieglinde Schoen Smith special project director for lite Hummel Museum She designed Humbee Smith fijst came up with the Humbee design for buttons to sell as a fundraising project for the Hum mel Museum Chapter of the National M I Hummel Club The name means Sister M I Hummel included small bumblebees in many of her paintings So the bumblebee was a natural Hum mel mascot The design was so popular that the idea for a Wwstfest TVshjjt evolved 1 had permission from Wurstfest to use their Smith said The shirt design features Humbee in lederhosen holding siujage on a stick in one hand and a stein of beer in another A New Braunfels production from conception to finish the Humbee Tshirts pro duced locally by Mail It Plus said Robert Kontel director of marketing for the store Ken Armke president of Opas Haus liked the design enough to put it on the 35th commemora ive Wurstfest beer stein Made by Tbewalt a prestigious German company the steins are international col lectors items Only 195 first edition steins were produced The steins design includes a place for the owners nime to be inscribed Smith said If anybodys interested they better she said The first edition steins will sell quickly TV en ty dollars from the sale of each stein will benefit the Hummel Museum The steins cost each Humbee Wurstfest Tshirts will be sold a the H mv mel booth and the Opas Haus booth at Wurstlest Smith said Sizes through extra large are E tea extra large Tshirts are Smiths eyecatching Humbee design almost h is a life of its own The next tiling I knew he had charged clothes and turned into Santa she said The Humbee Santa will appear on sweatshirts for the Christmas season A birthday Humbee in a i ield of flowers is in the works QVC the Home Shopping Network has shown an interest in the Humbee merchandise Sr uth said National marketing would give the Humnel Museums finances a welcome shot in the arm If that happens were in good Smith said The town has always done for the she said Now we will job with the town in celebm ing Wurstfest For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259f 44
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