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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels local basketball teams hit the courts again See Sports Page 8A 150 CENTS I The Landa Park Gazebo i 22 Pages in two sections Wednesday November HeraldZeit 1 U riOl6 179 qr 2627 E YAM DELL IK TX Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of SHERRY HANNSMAN Vol 144 No 2 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zehung extends birthday wishes to Sherry Hannsman 23 Sterling Alroy Espinosa and Kerryington Alik Espinosa one year Bob Hohman Engrid Barth Paris Euphenia Alvarez and Kathleen Dailey 29 River and aquifer information Comal River278 cubiofeetper up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 Guadalupe 200 Great American Smokeout Thursday Several restaurants in New Braunfels will participate in the American Cancer Societys Great American Smokeout tomorrow by being smokefree all day The participating restaurants are China Kitchen Caparellis Cancun Cafe Molly Joes TJs Plaza Diner Dragon Place Pats Place Huisache Grill Lubys New Braunfels Smokehouse and Texas Fried Chicken in Bulverde Ministerial Association to meet New Braunfels Ministerial Association meets Thursday Nov 16 at noon at the New Braunfels Smokehouse On the program is Rev Gene Allen director of pastoral care BMHS who will address continuing education opportunities for cler gy For information call Rev Judi Miller at 6259191 or Rev Rich Carse at 6097729 Rehearsals start for Carolfest Calling all Joy Singers rehearsals for Carolfest 2 sponsored by the Senior Cen ter Foundation begin Thurs day Nov 16 at at the Senior Center The music is geared for fun singing and easy to learn expressing of the many moods of the Christ mas season Public is invited Time again for the Cheer Fund Each holiday season the HeraldZeitung runs the Cheer Fund campaign which pro vides food to needy local fam ilies for Christmas Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the Her aldZeitungoffice at 707 Lan da St or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Last year we got some late donations which did not get listed in the paper They were from Cajdwell Good son McCollough The New Braunfels Golf Asso ciation Coreth and Arnold and Jean Paulen bringing the beginning balance for this year to This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Bulvcrde residents blast TNRCC at rally By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer AUSTIN CLEAN League for Environmental Action Now members and 25 other citizens protested Tuesday at the Governors Mansion about what they perceive as bias by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission TNRCC towards industries they believe harm the environment I think this demonstration is a Bulverde resident Melanie Head said A lot of people are not aware what this agency TNRCC is doing People have to learn what is going Head was joined by fellow Bulverde residents Bob Barton spokesman for CLEAN Mary LeRoy and Warren Alston CLEAN was joined by three other groups from Central Texas that are in battles against companies want ing to build concrete batch plants or as in the case of one group a facultative lagoon All these groups feel that the TNRCC is notinterested in their con cerns only in the concerns of busi nesses Barton spoke to the protesters and gave a brief history of CLEANs attempts to fight Ingram Readymix of New Braunfels in building a proposed batch plant in Bulverde at the inter section of Highway 281 andFM 1863 Citizens in the area have expressed concerns that the plant will emit dust particles off its property line use exor bitant amounts of water and cause traf fic congestion at the intersection which is one of the busiest in Comal County To build the plant Ingram Readymix must be granted a standard exemption by the TNRCC Ingram filed for the standard exemption in January and hearings were held in September A vote on the matter could take place as soon early next year Barton expressed frustration at the way the TNRCC handled the hearings process He said through the help of State Rep Edmund Kuempel a meet ing was arranged with TNRCC Exec utive Director Dan Pearson on Oct 5 to express their complaints against the TNRCC staff In a press release CLEAN accused the TNRCC of correcting entries in Ingram Readymixs application after it became known that a hearing would take place and that 20 of the 50 pages in the application were changed during the first days of the hearings Barton said during the meeting gearson found nothing wrong with his staff correcting just a few Scott Humphrey TNRCC staff attor ney has denied that the TNRCC was biased towards Ingram Readymix and that the hearings were held in a fair and impartial manner HeraldZeitung photo by DAVID DE KUNDER Bulverde residents opposed to a concrete batch plant in their neigh borhood joined people from three other groups to protest what they call bias in favor of businesses by the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Council yesterday at the Governors Mansion in Austin HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Truck flips on 135 A hitandrun driver caused the back trailer of a semi to flip yesterday on Interstate 35 at about Richard S Pienta was driving his semi towing two trailers southbound near where the freeway narrows for construction near the Schertz city limits said Schertz Police Captain Stephen Starr Pienta slowed his truck for the narrowing roadway Then a car zoomed ahead of him and stopped cold Starr said Pienta had to slam on his brakes and the back trailer turned over The car that caused the accident drove on A witness gave police some information that may lead to tracking down the car Starr said HeraldZeitung adds new retail advertising director From Staff Reports Jack Osteen a South Carolina native has been named Retail Advertising Director at The Her aldZeitung Osteen comes to New Braun fels from Paris Texas where he was promotions manager for The Paris News Osteen also worked in circulation and clas sified departments and did some news coverage while at The Paris News Prior to working in Paris Osteen worked in retail and edi torial departments at The Daily News in Galveston Osteen has been working in Southern Newspapers management training program since January 1994 Osteen is a graduate of The University of South Carolina and has worked at several other newspapers including The State in Columbia The Greenville News in Greenville and The Item in Sumter Jack Osteen GLOBE TROTTERS Lanes turn 25 years of travel into Itchy Feet By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer When Henry Lane gets what he calls itchy he usually plans a trip for him self and his wife Betzy But last year when the familiar pangs hit him Henry kept his suitcase in the closet and instead pulled out the notes and tapes he kept while visiting more than 50 countries over the past 25 years I thought I would keep myself busy writ ing this Henry said After a year of piecing together his expe riences his jokes and histories of the places then looking for a publisher Henry him self published a book detailing his travels Itchy Feet the tales and tribulations of the Lanes 25 years of globetrotting is now on sale at Book Traders on Seguin Street Henry said he has sold about 20 copies since the books publication in midSeptember Its been rewarding just to write it Henry said I dont think Ill give Margaret Mitchell or her Cone With the Wind any He added he is starting work on a second book about his trips in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries before the Iron Curtain was lifted Henry and Betzy Lane who both had been married before began their travels together in 1971 after their wedding with a honeymoon to Tahiti They were en route to South Korea where Henry was helping to start an oil refinery for Gulf Oil Co But both Lanes said their love for travel probably started during World War II You get away from home and it kin da wets your appetite to see the Henry said Henry served in Europe in the Army for four years Betzy escaped her native Norway on a fishing boat a year after Nazi occupation in 1941 She served in the Nor wegian army in England during the war After the war Henry said he tried to prac tice law in Cleveland Ohio but grew tired of bis profession quickly So he moved to Texas got a job for Gulf Oil and the next Henry and Betzy Lane thing I know I was in Puerto Besides nine years in Puerto Rico Henry has lived in the Philippines Spain and South Korea Betzy also lived overseas spending 18 years in Venezuela When they met more than 25 years ago in Houston through a mutual friend Betzy was looking for a vacation and I was the last Henry joked Throughout their travels the Lanes said they try to stay away from package deals or group tours Its a lot more tun if you do it by your Henry said The Lanes read up on the countries acquired a travelers knowledge of the lan guage fly to the country buy a map and rent a car They rarely made reservations staying in cities wherever the mood hit them The Lanes said they do not travel as much because of expenses and conflicts in places such as the former Yugoslavia But they said they still want to make a few more trips although they have run out of countries to visit Were not at the end of the road as far as traveling is Henry said Maybe theyll find another continent or Win a trip to Germany at the Weihnachtsmarkt raffle this week Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas market raffle tickets are now on sale Grand prizes are two free roundtrip tick ets to Germany courtesy of Lufthansa Air lines and the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung and two Christmas area rugs donated by Rhoads Interiors Tickets are each or three for and may be purchased from any member of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives or call 6291572 Weihnachtsmarkt will be held Nov 17 18 and 19 at the Civic Center Norwest to buy out Victoria Bank By ROBERT STEWART Special to the HeraldZeitung Norwest Corporation and Victoria Bankshares Inc have signed an agreement for the acquisition of Vic toria Bankshares by Norwest in a million deal Both banks have banking centers in New Braunfels Bank officials said no decision has been made yet whether one of the local banking centers will close There are a lot of issues to be addressed very soon and facilities will be high on the said Carol Gravis president and managing offi cer of Norwest Bank New Braun fels Ola Armstrong president of the Victoria Bank branch at Canyon Lake said everything will be busi ness as usual with more and better services becoming available after the conversion to Norwest in about six months Were excited about it and its going to be a real positive Armstrong said Eventually well be able to offer a lot more services to our Armstrong said the companies are a good match as both do business in smaller communities with an emphasis on community banking Gravis agreed saying she is con fident that Victoria Bank customers will be impressed with the larger variety of products and services offered by Norwest such as free checking Were very excited about it Gravis said They are very similar to us in that they are a com munity bank Services will be enhanced The products with Nor west are wonderful and customers at Victoria will see a wider array of better Norwest Corp based in Min neapolis Minnesota has bil lion in assets including billion in assets in banks in 17 Texas com munities Norwest came to New Braunfels in May when it purchased Citizens Bank located at 315 Landa Street Twentytwo people work at the Norwest bank in New Braun fels Victoria Bank has assets of billion and locations in 33 Texas cities The New Braunfels bank is located at 217 E Mill Street Walker president of Victoria Bank New Braunfels said the move strengthens the company in the banking world With whats happening in the banking industry we feel like this is an excellent opportunity for our Walker said Their cul ture is similar in that they operate community banks They bring a large product line and also a lot of tech nology The acquisition has been approved by the boards of both companies and requires the approval of regula agencies and Victoria share holders The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 1996 Roger Croteau contributed reports to this Holocaust story reaction shows the need for education See Opinion Page 4A
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