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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Cougars prepare for toughest test yet See Page 5 q r New Braunfels 50 CENTS HeraldZc Habermann House 543 W Mill Historic landmark 8 Pages in one section Tuesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144years Home of FREDDY FISCHER Vol 144 No 11 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Freddy Fischer 84 Jesus Hernandez III Annie Jones and Alice Partida Happy 42nd anniversary to Jim and Shirley Hays and happy 50th anniversary to Mr and Mrs Allen Henk River and aquifer information Comal River286 cubicfeetper same as Edwards feet above sea levej down 04 Guadalupe River 200 cfs Aggie moms selling German cookies Orders are now being accepted for the 41st annual Comal County Aggie Mom Cookie Bake The freshbaked selections are Pfaffenbrot Mandel Kranze Weiner Zollen Molases Platzchen and Zimmet Sterne at a cost of per dozen To place your order call Karon Haas at 6296304 Wallie Haas at 625 2832 Ann Kuehler at 625 6100 Marlena Schlather at 6066376 Sharon Sharp at 8857602 or Gaylyhn Smith at 6259609 for placing orders proceeds are used forTexas University scholarships for Comal County students 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 Tyler If you have something to donate for the auction call 6293311 Cancer group meets The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue group meets Thursday Nov 30 in the North Building of Victoria Bank 1000 N Wal nut Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every holiday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Paul and Elizabeth Davis and Helgard Suhr bringing the fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 w HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Brian San Antonio and KatieVfgnery of Austin turn on the dance floor at Fischer Hall V vwv TT MJ i ORY flock to FiscKer for New Life in Old Fischer By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND ta new building next store to the old Fischer hope to preserve the stores e V Friday Schwab said About a hundred sets of feet pounded the floors of Fischer Hall when the sun went i They danced to music by Barron MmWfflt r Network toe Fis6her Store and Post Office adventwous colild hands at a Hall and me Fischer Bowling Club to JT a ill conlers for New Life In Old I VisiWpulled up chairs vvith longtime Club J s how area residents to hear how life used to be at lf f fowled nine pin Store The Fischer Store was said instructor Jo Schwab established in said Postmaster Krin ice was 93 years inthis ThTFischetStoS served as post office on your the love between a man mail route was pretty much the 5 said Jf comes frim the pins arent set up by machine tiut by but essentially its people at the ends of the lanes dodging the same1 1l the balls apd pins I used tq set up One retired postmaster used to ask the mail when I was a time agpj Schmidt carrierj How many goats did you pull out of said The premium was on speed and the ine fence today Her answer might be pins would go flying all over the place Only three but I killed five f The bowling club with all four The Fischer Post Office will soon move to lanes full of league play Monday through am Too Strange for Sistefdale Were excited that were able to give money back to the community to enhance landscaping that ties the new post office to the old said Julia Jarrell LBJ Heartland Council director The LBJ Heartland Council sees New Life in Old Fischer as a pilot program for sim ilar programs throughout the Hill Country Jarrell said The Nature Conservancy recently desig nated the Hill Country or Balcones Escarp ment as one of the 12 last great places in the hemisphere because of its natural and cultural beauty Increasing development from San Antonio and Austin is squeezing the Hill Country from both sides The LBJ Heartland Council wants to develop longrange conservation programs that can work beside development Lights music Santa its all coming to the Plaza tonight The 1995 Sesquicentennial Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities is expected to attract hundreds of people to the Plaza tonight The schedule is 5 Streets will be closed Canyon Middle School Band Boy Scouts Santa Horse Buggy Elves to be at fire station to Courthouse bells begin ringing Lone Star Elementary School singers will be on the plaza and begin singing Santas parade will begin from the fire station to Main Plaza 6 Don Ferguson will emcee from the band stand introducing speakers and enter tainers Hospice Tree is lit Brief remarks by Esther Head rick Downtown Association president Welcome by Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr Remarks on new lights by Chamber of Commerce Christmas Committee Jan Ken nady and Anna Lee Hicks Remarks by County Judge Carter Casteel Fraser Kennady and Casteel flip the lights to 7 Canyon Middle School performs at New Braunfels Utilities 7 to Ed Kadlecek Family per form at Plaza Commerce Bank to 8 Community Band performs at First State Bank 8 to Rosie y los Muchachos per form at New Braunfels Coffee to 9 Barber Shop Choir will perform at Plaza Commerce Bank Schools may start charging for use of facilities By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District is considering adopting a uniform procedure for charging fees for the use of facilities The district allows groups to use its buildings free The new policy would institute a fee schedule that would charge some groups as much as S475 to use facilities while other groups would still be allowed to use them for free Debbie Fitsko administrative assistant for community vocational and adult education told the board of trustees at Tuesdays meeting that church groups athletic leagues community businesses and a number of individuals con tinually ask to use NBISD facilities NBISD does not charge a fee for the use of its facilities while other enti ties including the Comal Independent School District do charge Fitsko said costs incurred when school buildings are used by outside groups include utilities custodians paper products used in restrooms and other related costs NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said another problem is that everyone expects the buildings to be clean on Monday morning which is understandable However he said this is hard when no one is scheduled to work over the weekend He said the cost for brie event may not be a lot but it adds up Thats a lot of money the district ends up said Bradberry Ken McGuire principal at New Braunfels Middle School said he is constantly receiving requests for per mission to use facilities He said there are often several events going on at one time and deciding who can use the facilities can be difficult It has nothing to do with us not wanting to serve the public with our public said McGuire A few audience members addressed the board con cerning the fee They were concerned that the fee may be too high or cause certain activities to no longer be held Fitsko said that according to the policy there are several groups that will not be charged for the use of facilities These groups include school groups or organizations school support organizations such as PTA Band Boost ers and law enforcement groups and studentoriented groups such as Scouts and 4H Civic groups would get a break Bradberry said there may be ways for the school to sponsor meetings and events which means the fee could be waived The fee will be based on the facility how long it is need ed and what type of equipment and services are used An example is a profitmaking event could be held in the ele mentary gym at a cost of per fourhour period A cer tificate of insurance will also be required Fitsko said the proposed fee scale is consistent with other facilities in the district including CISD Its been real hard to determine who should be charged a fee and how she said Were not vying for peo ple to use our facilities but we dont want to be running people off either We want it to be in line with others in the Fitsko said input is still being sought and the attorneys are currently looking it over It will be brought before the board at a later date for approval NBD mulls where eash for projects will come from By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer To raise rates or to issue bonds or a little of both that was the question the city council and New Braunfels Utilities management pondered at last nights workshop NBU officials showed council mem bers proposed fiveyear plans for util ity improvements and how to fund them It was all longrange talk and no action but one thing both city council members and NBU officials agreed on was that money would have to come from somewhere to fund the pro posed projects The new environment in utilities is said Paula DiFonzo manager Were going to have to look at water and sewer NBy loses money on water and sewer as a rule with the electric service in effect subsidizing the other two The main fiveyear plan NBU pre sented showed no rate increases but did include a five million dollar bond issue in 1996 If NBU asks for a bond issue the city council would have to approve it If things proceed unchanged we will be in the red by the year said Jeff Thompson NBU assistant general manager for admin istration and finance NBU will be getting even less rev enus from water in the future Thomp son said We lost our two largest water customers Green Valley and Spring Hill Theyre now in the water supply Reimbursements from the Edwards Underground Water District will end in Feb 1997 that will cause NBUs water costs to go up NBU showed the city council a sec ond what if fiveyear plan that uses increases in water and sewer rates instead of a bond issue to raise needed revenues The hypothetical plan includ ed five percent increases in water and sewer rates each year for five years Councilman Ray Schoch wanted to increase water and sewer rates starting this fiscal year I see no reason to subsidize water and sewer any longer than we have he said NBU officials would like to analyze rates for six to 10 more months before deciding on a rate increase DiFonzo TWO hurt in crash A toddler and the driver of the van were injured in a Monday afternoon wreck on the service road of interstate 35 According to police reports the driver of the teal Pontiac Bonneville failed to yield the rightofway to the driver of the white Dodge van The van was turning left onto the entrance ramp of the highway The toddler and van driver were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Supreme Court steers right path in religious speech in schools case See Opinion Page 4   

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