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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels 50 CENTS Did New Braunfels Academy Pages in one section Friday November HeraldZeitu flj HP Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of JAMES STARTZ SR Vol 144 No 9 Inside 3 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Liz Adams James Startz Linda Hermes Shannon Medich Darren Brinkkoeter Chloe Rose Luehlfing four years Joshua Stolinski 16 Beulah Dicus Teo Rodriguez and Andy Padilla five years Happy 47th anniversary to Ira and Adeline Schmidt and Happy 22nd anniversary to Rick and Kay Garsnett Optimists selling trees The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christ mas tree lot at the same loca tion as last year The lot is on Seguin St across from the post office Hours of operation are 9 to 9 Come early for the best choice of trees Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities Womens Shelter Christmas Auction The Womens Shelter Christ mas Auction will take place at Landa Station Tuesday Nov 28 at 8 Admission is toys canned goods or a cash donation There will be an auction and live blues by Monty tyier If you have something to donate for the auction call 6293311 Tree lighting on the Plaza Tuesday The Tree Lighting on the Plaza and arrival of Santa Glaus sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Associa tion will be held from 6 to 9 Nov 28 on the Plaza The courthouse bells begin ringing at and San tas Parade will run from the Central Rre Station to the Main Plaza There will also be food drinks musical enter tainment and buggy rides Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every holiday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Carol Ann Avery Ken neth Frisbie and an anonymous donation bringing the fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Esl million jackpot LOTTERY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Study pinpoints citys appeal to tourists By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Fall in New Braunfels its not just Wurstfest any more Thats according to Alison Buck of Promark Research Inc The firm did an extensive study of the Convention Visitors Bureau and gave the results to the chamber Tuesday The thing that was surprising to me was the num ber of people that want to come back during the said Director Jim Scheele Thats a very pleasant Promark studied the conversion Thats the rate of people who request information about New Braunfels who are converted into actual visitors Even though we feel like were doing a good job its always a good idea to get a third party said Michael Meek chamber president The conversion rate is 43 percent Forty three percent of the people who contact the to request information end up coming here This appears to be quite Buck said Forty percent surveyed said they will definitely visit New Braunfels in the fall Buck said Another 45 percent said they might consider it Thats 95 percent of the respondents Suggestions for improvement coming from the study more of the same she said Its not so much what we can do Scheele said but keeping New Braunfels on top of the tourists The currently publishes a coupon book Scheele said The study found that the book draws tourists even if they dont end up using the coupons Adding fall attractions to the coupon book is one way the hopes to increase fall tourism And I definitely think the Festtage is going to help draw Scheele One thing we will do is develop a newsletter for people who say they want to come in the spring and Jim Scheele people from Thanksgiving through the beginning of the Scheele said One thing we will do is develop a newsletter for people who say they want to come in the spring and Scheele said Well list all the calendar events that are going The Promark study gave the a profile of typ ical New Braunfels visitors Most are middle income defined for the study as to house holds The bottom line is that most people travel as fam ilies or groups of adults traveling Buck said The study found that the most visited spots in New Braunfels are the Guadalupe River the Factory Stores Gruene Schlitterbahn downtown New Braunfels and antique stores Wurstfest wasnt included in the survey because it is a onetime event If Promark does another study for the chamber a more detailed visitor profile will be helpful Scheele said What do they specifically spend in the com munity what do they spend on meals what do they spend on he said Holiday enchiladas HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNAU Miranda Morales gets ready to dig into her free meal at the Civic Center Tuesday The Hot Meals for the Holidays annual event is sponsored by the Adobe Cafe NBISD wants to expand Communities in Schools i By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The board of directors for the New Braunfels Independent School District voted Tuesday to support the expansion of the Communities in Schools pro ject CIS is a program in which social workers work with atrisk students NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad berry told board members that these social workers provide a wide array of services including providing assis tance for medical care clothes and housing NBISD currently has CIS workers at the Lamar Lone Star Seele Memorial Elementary Memorial Pri mary and New Braunfels Middle School campuses Bradberry said that the intention of the district was to expand the program to other campuses as the need arose We started at the lower level with the ideathat we would expand it up as the children moved up in he said Bradberry asked that the board allow the CIS program apply with the state for funding for additional positions at Carl Schurz OakRun and New Braun fels High School He said the funding would provide per site for implementation and pay the full cost for a social worker at each of the sites Its a very worthy program Weve supported it all along and it costs us Bradberry said Funding for the program is limited and few districts are currently partici pating in it said Bradberry However he said he believes more districts will be requesting funding in the future He said he has been told that those who have already been granted funding will not lose it I think its something were proba bly getting a jump on I assure you it will not be a hidden fact for he said The board approved allowing Brad berry to sign the necessary applica tions to compete for state funding In other business the board approved the purchase of the old Kraft Build ing at 900 W San Antonio St Brad berry told the board that the sq ft building will be used for the alter native school college night classes GED classes and maintenance facility storage The cost of the building is which Bradberry said comes to about per square foot He said the building is ideal for the planned uses and is at an incredibly low price I can tell you that the last taxes paid on it were based on Its an incredible space for a very low he said The board also voted to cast votes for Reagan to serve on the Comal Appraisal District board of directors The district gave their remaining 195 votes to the city Lake group prepares hydrilla battle plan By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer task force of the Lake Man agement Workgroup announced its draft action plans for battling hydrilla on lakes MeQueeney Dunlap and Placid during its Tuesday night meeting at the SeguinGuadalupe County Col iseum We have to start with River Authority GBRA Director of Project Development David Welsch said Before we take any actions on these plans we need to discuss it with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department We are really making progress because we have a plan which is developed and supported by the people The ninemember task fprce which was appointed at the last Lake Management Woik group meeting early this month came up with the draft plan a few weeks ago The draft plan deals with several issues treatment draw down of lakes funding education awareness and other actions needed to curtail the growth offcydriUa treatment with herbicides Last spring biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildliff Department sprayed the are really making progress because we have a plan which is developed and supported by the people David Welsch was funded by local sponsors from the GBRA the Friends of Lake McQueeney and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department The advantage of the aquatic weed pro gram is that it provides reimbursements to the state Parks and Wildlife Department which will reduce the costs of the herbicide to local Welsch said The cost for Aquathol is per acre treat ed Welsch said that under the aquatic weed pjpgram the Army Corps of Engineers would reimburse per acre GBRA and Jocal sponsors and residents Welsch would then contribute the difference for every acre treated If lake residents wish to use Sonar the cost would be tremendously higher Sonar costs per acre for 40 pounds and per for 61Q pounds According to Welschs figjywes the Army Corps of Engineers in both instance wowWreJiinburse the stale at JBRA Jtaborstpry Director Debbie Majgin sajdmat Sonars manufacturer SsPro wants to Welsch said that in meetings he has had with Texas Parks wad WJIdljie oJMaJs has have expressed inter est in doing toptpfrtil ssfeste4 areas in the lakes Jf bursed for their labor and time through the of wejj Last spring the of the will have to apply to the lakes and how much time needed for iejore meeting adjoiqgedt Welsch asked the lake representatives to confer with loca homeowners to get their input on the draft Kennady made a cog in GOP political machine By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer I think it was Molly Ivins who called TFRW Texas Federation of Republican Women one of the greatest political machines of all said City Councilwoman Brenda Freeman Jan Kennady also on city council will be sec ond in command of that machine when the new year rolls around Her colleagues voted her first vice president at their November meeting First vice is the chief assistant to the presi Kennady said I will be going with her on various trips across the state when she asks me to do Kennady will be in charge when the TFRW goes to the National Republican Womens con vention in two years We have a hospitality suite and Texas is known for its wonderful hos pitality she said The TFRW also consults Kennady in matters of parliamentary procedure One of her assets is that shes a registered parliamentarian which she uses said County Judge Carter Casteel Kennadys duties as first vice include prepar ing the TFRW handbook chairing special events helping with parliamentary matters and filling in for the president The good thing about the job is that I can do it at my Kennady said I have a lot of lead Beside holding quarterly meetings the TFRW supports Republican candidates on the local fed eral and state levels Being a major fundraiser is only the beginning Freeman said We get out and do the grunt work that has to be done walking precincts stuffing envelopes Kennady doing phone banks and phone Freeman said The 1990 and 1994 guber natorial elections illustrate the importance of the TFRWs influence Freeman said In 1990 Clayton Williams offended a lot of women and the TFRW stayed home and didnt come out to she said In 1994 they came out in droves to work for I didnt appreciate Jan until I ran for Casteel said If Kennady makes a commitment to a campaign or a community cause shell always give 110 percent Casteel said As county judge I value her as an example of the volunteer she said Im sure she vol unteers 28 hours out of Jan is one of the hardest working people I Freeman said And her satisfaction is obviously not a monetary compensation but knowing that she has improved the lives of oth Kennady said she is certain that her new duties will not interfere with her role on the city coun cil in fact running for mayor is still a possibility It does not close the issue of running for she said If her tenure as first vice president goes well the presidency of TFRW could be in Kennadys future They do traditionally nominate the first vice she said Kennady doesnt see the vice presidency as a springboard to state political office I really have no plans to run for county or statewide she said I havent decided on mayor For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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