Thursday, November 9, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Canyon brings potent air attack to game against Bastrop Page 5 CENTS the Landa Park Gazebo 12 Pages in one section Thursday November New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of JEREMY WILLIAMS Vol 143 No 257 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jeremy Williams Chester Offerman Deborah Tellis 25 Buddy Davison 34 and Larry Morales Hap py anniversary to Leo and Lin da Hermes 49 years and Earl and Rubie Johnson 49 River and aquifer information Gpmal River274 cubicfeetper same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 01 Guadalupe 197 Today at Wurstfest Wursthalle pm pm The Littl Fishermen pm pm Jimmy Sturr Das Grosse Zelt The Big Tent pm Alpenfest pm Kerry Christensen pm Texas Lutheran College Band pm Seven Dutchmen pm Brave Combo pm Seven Dutchmen pm Brave Combo Das Kleine Zelt The Little Tent pm Toni Noichl pm Oma the Oompahs pm Hermann Sons German Band pm Hermann Sons German Band pm Kerry Christensen pm Grapes of Wrath pm Alpenfest DRT to meet at Rio Raft The Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas will have a luncheon meeting Saturday Nov 11 at in Sat tler at the Rio Raft Meeting Room The meeting place is located at the Fourth Crossing on River Road John Holter mann of San Marcos Silver Haired Legislature of Hays County will be the speaker He is a descendant of the ear ly settlers of Comal County Reservations Call 625 4931 Correction The land purchased by the New Braunfels Independent School District is located near the intersection of Highway 46 and Loop 337 not Loop 306 as was previously reported in the HeraldZeitung Correction The Tuesday Nov 7 1995 edition of the HeraldZeitung contained an incorrect phone number The tollfree number for Coordinator Ray Lewis at San Antonio College is 1800 9447575 ext 2430 c LOTTERV Est million jackpot This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Holocaust survivor recalls terror of the camps By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Students at New Braunfels High School received a history lesson on the Holocaust Wednesday However this lesson wasnt out of a history book It was a speech by a Holocaust sur vivor and the gravity of his words was evident by the intensity on students faces and the whispered collective gasps that were sometimes heard Eric Haas who was at times clearly shaken by the memories took students through the events he lived from the time he was a student in 1933 when Hitler came into power until the day he was able to rejoin his family members in the United States in 1945 Whatever I tell you is the truth because I have seen it with my eyes and lived through it Its not hearsay or something Ive Haas told the students Haas began his presentation by telling students he and his family were native Germans He said they consid ered themselves as much German as the students consider themselves Amer ican However when Hitler came into power in 1933 it became difficult for him to continue to go to school in Ger many so his father sent him to Hol land he said I had to fight my way in in the morning and out in the evening All my clothes weretorn he said Haas said his father got a visa and left for the United States the day before the war broke out However he said he was denied a visa Hitlers army invad ed Holland and I was caught in They bombed Rotterdam and with that my chance to get to he said Haas said he remained in Holland and continued to work in his bicycle shop until the Germans took it over He also helped the resistance After a while Haas his wife his sisterinlaw and his mother and fatherinlaw end ed up in a correction camp in Holland He said people were taken from the camp on a train once a week and were never seen again It was very very bloody I dont have the literacy to tell you how bad it he said After about four to six weeks Haas said the five of them were taken to a real concentration camp He told the HeraldZeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Eric Haas a survivor of German concentration camps snares his memo ries with New Braunfels High School students yesterday students of incidents he witnessed but said these were not even the worst of them It was brutal and that was not the right word It was he said There were hundreds of incidents Some of them I cant describe because Ill break After being sent back to the first camp for about five weeks the five were then taken to Bergen Belsen where they stayed from April 1940 until February 1945 He described the way the soldiers tried to break the Jews will to live and the torture they had to endure Do you know what it looked like and smelled like in those barracks You have no idea because its beyond he said Haas said that as the war progressed the prisoners in the camps had no idea what was going on However after a while it became clear that the Germans were losing and before long the camps were liberated The longer the war went on and the more the planes flew over the nastier the Germans got But that we suffered gladly because we knew the Germans were he said After going to North Africa for the remainder of the war Haas was final ly able to rejoin his father in the Unit ed States on the day before Thanks giving in 1945 Debbie Biggers who arranged the presentation said she worked with the Jewish Federation to get a speaker She said the students are about to read a book centered around World War II and the speech would be beneficial I didnt think they would quite grasp the significance of it if they didnt know the history behind what was hap she said The speech was shown on closed circuit television in various classrooms and an estimated students lis tened to Haas story Harvest from the Heart aims to feed HaraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Follow the tuba player Rennie Guenther leads a dance line around the Big Tent at Wurstfest yesterday The festival continues through Sunday at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park Admission is Committee to study hydrilla growth in lakes By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A committee of eight people has been set up by the Lake Management Workgroup to find ways to battle the hydrilla that has taken over lakes McQueeney and Dunlap over the past three years The committee is composed of residents from lakes McQueeney Dunlap and Placid and representatives from the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department The committee was appointed by lake residents at the workgroup meeting last Thursday at the Guadalupe County Administration Building in Seguin I think the committee has the gist of the member Peggy McKanna of the Friends of Lake McQueeney said Hydrilla is a nonnative aquatic plant which was origi nally brought over from Asia for use in aquariums It has been a major problem in lakes McQueeney and Dunlap where it has blocked waterways river channels boat docks and shorelines On Sept 25 a was done which found out that the hydrilla has quadrupled in one growing season in Lake McKanna said In February the lake had 29 acres of hydrilla The hydrilla now have grown to 130 acres If we had not sprayed it would have grown worse If it quadruples again by next summer the whole lake McQueeney could be out of business because the lake is 396 acres So it really becomes evident that we need to find a method to control By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer No one should spend Christmas Eve alone or without enough to eat and no one in Comal County has to Fifteen hundred places will be set in the Civic Center for the second annual Harvest from the Heart Christmas outreach 1 think it will be a great event for the whole community to share Christ mas said Rita Kaufmann enter tainment cochair Harvest from the Heart welcomes anyone who wants to share a Christmas Eve meal those who are far from family seniors anyone who might not otherwise have plenty of good food and fellowship said Robert Konkel cofounder The menu this year will be smoked turkey dressing gravy green beans rolls dessert tea punch or coffee Each child who comes to the shared meal will go home with a fruit bas ket Konkel said This year Im hop ing to have a toy for the he said Guests will be treated to holiday entertainment and maybe a visit from Santa Claus himself Konkel said It takes a lot of volunteers and dona tions to make this project a reality said Dana Overstreet cofounder and volunteer coordinator People dont have to volunteer on Christmas Konke said In fact some of the server positions are already filled with people who volunteered last year and signed up then We need lots of help preparing setting it up They can help us leading up to he said We had one lady in a wheelchair volunteering last Konkel said 1 was impressed by the number of We had one lady in a wheelchair volunteer ing last Robert Konkel young people there high school middle school who helped people as they came through the said Ver nell Martinez a volunteer at last years meal High school girls kept ice tea glass es full Nobody asked them they just saw a Overstreet said Many can help by making dona tions toys a turkey decorations dessert goods or money We need 43 Konkel said Toys should be in the to range They should be items both girls and boys could enjoy Take toy dona tions to MailItPlus located in the HEB shopping center Monday through Friday from 9 to 6 The deadline for toy donations is Dec 20 Harvest from the Heart still has room for entertainers to give some time and talent Kaufrnann said Were looking for any group of entertainers who would come and entertain our guests on Christmas she said It could be a single artist duet group story or poetry reader any entertainment in the holiday spirit People who want to make a cash contribution should make checks out to Harvest from the Heart and mail them to Harvest from the Heart MailIt Plus 351 N Walnut Suite F New Braunfels TX 78130 or drop them off at MailItPlus For information about donations or volunteering call 6081330 or 606 0200 and ask for Robert or leave a message Rippsteins look to put the service back in small aviation By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Van and Cynthia Rippstein bought the Canyon Photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Airport In June Cynthia Rippstein said she always wants an adventure She competed in the rodeo circuit for many years in California but now finds planes exciting even more so than the Cynthia Rippstein bought the Canyon Lake Airport in June and now she and her husband Van fly into work most days from their ranch nearby The Rippsteins the only two airport employees said they want to put the service back in small Hes the fueler and Im the wind shield Cynthia Rippstein said The couple built a brick fixed base operation building where their customers can relax talk about flying or watch pilot movies Cynthia Rippstein said favorite movies include blooper videos of crashes and Hollywood blockbusters Pilots can fuel up their planes some thing uncommon at small airports Volleyball courts and picnic areas are on the grounds and Cynthia Ripp stein also serves as a shuttle driver taking pilots and their passengers to restaurants and sometimes shopping They can just do anything right she said The airport offers a recreational alter native for pilots who do not want to fly into the busier San Antopio airport and for pilots who want to bring their fam ilies with diem They can come out here and the kiddos can run around and play vol Cynthia Rippsfein said She said all kinds of planes fly into the airport including planes made during the 1940s and 50s and World Wars I and 11 military crafts Cynthia Rippstein said the week ends are the busiest for the airport Ten to 15 planes fly in during that time if the weather is good The only time we get a break is when the weathers she said Although the sky was cloudy Bill Speer owner of a construction com pany in Baytown flew into the airport Monday to hunt deer in the area Speer said he likes to fly instead of drive because it saves time Im a busy man and its also a safer way to In the future the Rippsteins plan to build an additional 20 hangars for long arid shortterm storage of planes For advertising or subscription information call the HeraldZeitung at