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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas JLL 48STolleSt Inside Sports The Year in Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Larry Alexander 50 Sherron Laffery Vera Joyce Koepp Allyssa Rosas belated 7 Ardie Snider Meta Schumann 90 Sophia V Camareno 70 Celeste H Torres 22 Courtney Renee Ramsey 3 Linsey Leland 1 Lena Davis Ruth Goodwin Sylvia Nollkamper Juan R Zavala Yvonne Garcia Angie Ybarra 21 on Mon Isabel Annette Saenz 5 and Jessie Luna Jr Happy anniversary wish es go out to Lupe and Elsie Paredez 50 Timothy and Lisa Schos sow 7 George and Evelyn Kirst 54 and Mark and Mindi Wing Tree of Lights raises funds for Hospice The Hospice Tree of Lights is up atop the New Braunfels Utilities building Throughout the season a light will be lit on that tree for every donation made to Hospice New Braun feis Another tree in McKenna Memorial Hospitals lobby fea tures a white dove for every donation to Hospice Dona tions maybe made in person or mailed to 613 N Walnut New Braunfels 78130 For information call 6257500 The fund drive ends Jan 4 Christmas tree recycling The City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities are sponsoringr the 9th annu al Christmas Tree Recycling Program in Landa Park An area in the swimming pool parking lot is designated as the site to receive the trees Remove nails and other metal fasteners from the trees to protect the employees and the chippers used to convert the trees into mulch Blood drive McKenna Memorial Hospi tal will hold a blood drive Wednesday Jan 3 from 9 to in the sec ond floor lobby Donors receive a tshirt free choles terol test and miniphysical Bring a photo ID For informa tion call Mauro Garza at 606 9111 ext 230 Gardening course offered The annual spring garden ing short course presented by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will be held at the Comal County Exten sion Service office Thursday Jan 4 at 6 The program is open to the public Chorus rehearsals to start Rehearsals for the Mid Texas Symphony Chorus will begin Sunday Jan 7 at 2 in Ayers Hall at Texas Lutheran College For infor mation call 6256420 Community Chorale rehearsals to start The New Braunfels Commu nity Chorale begins rehearsals for the new season Tuesday Jan 9 at 7 downstairs in the Friendship Room at Eden Home For information call Fred Frueholz at 6256420 A look back at the top 10 sports stories of 1995 See Page 7A troops face first Bosnian the Sava River ZUPANJA Croatia AP After its pride and prestige were threatened by the swollen the Sava River the Army hoped to master the flood ed waterway today with a pontoon bridge that will carry thousands of soldiers into Bosnia Maj Gen William Nash commander of the GIs who will patrol northeastern Bosnia promised to get troops and hardware moving into Bosnia within 24 hours We gotta make it Nash barked as three Chinook helicopters skimmed over the river in swirling snow slowly lowering pontoons to be positioned by engineers in boats on the river Nash and his commanders decided to use the heli copters after flooding Thursday washed out Army engineers camped beside the Sava New Braunfels Herald SUNDAY 2627 E YAMDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 38 Pages in three sections Sunday December Serving Comal County for more than 144 years Home of LARRY ALEXANDER and META SCHUMANN Vol 144 No 25 Booming economy tops local news in 95 Comal County saw its share of news this year from Norwest Corporations purchase of Citizens Bank on Jan 3 to shootings police believe involved gangs from Hector Aguirres inspira tional rehabilitation after being struck in the head by a discus at a track meet to a contentious debate over drinking hours in the county The editorial staff of the Herald Zeitung had a daunting task trying to select just 10 stories as the most impor tant local stories of the year then rank ing them from one to 10 But after much debate it became clear that the one thing that will had the biggest effect on the most people is the areas booming economy New Braunfels economy surges IThe city saw more new businesses started than any one can remember in one year The Chamber of Com merce held 45 ribbon cutting ceremonies in 1995 Major companies opened here or announced plans to build here includ ing Checks In The Mail which creat ed 360 local jobs with the promise of hundreds more to come Lightning Metals will invest million in a new plant to be built behind Texas Jacob son and will employ about 80 peo ple And speaking of Texas Jacobson Top 10 News Stories of 1995 that firm announced a foot expansion project HEB and Tar get opened major new retail outlets and dozens of smaller companies opened their doors The city enjoys an unemployment rate that has hovered at the low rate of about 4 percent all year The citys sales tax rebate an indicator of the amount of economic activity has risen steadily all year long The real estate market continues to boom with a record number of home sales and increasing sales prices Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce agreed with the choice of the booming economy as the top news story of the year I dont know what else youve got but it has certainly taken up a lot of my time this year We were surprised that 95 was as good as 94 We thought the slow down would come in 95 Now I think there are some indications that it will happen in City celebrates 150th birth day A hot housing market is just one sign of a healthy local economy SesquideritenriiaL Events throughout the year too numerous to mention were staged with a Sesquicentennial theme Descendants of first founders became celebrities Everett Anthony Fey president of the Comal County Genealogy Soci ety published New Braunfels The First The twovolume book is the definitive history of New Braun fels founding flill of primary sources A wide array of Sesquicentennial merchandise could be bought through out the childrens coloring books to Tshirts and baseball caps to mugs and aprons to crystal and gold HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNA coins Sesquicentennial events aboundi in April with the arrival of the Sesqi centennial Trail Ride Friday April 14 marking the high point of this Sesqui centennial year for many Founders Turn to Top Ten Page 1 j A Keeping The Beat Brotze heads to Pasadena as a member of the Northwestern band By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer m HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Zebras in the mist It might not be what you would expect to spot in Comal County but these zebras live on a ranch on Highway 46 west of New Braunfels Lil Abner heads to CHS Al Capps musical Lil Abner will be presented by the Canyon High School Fine Arts Department Jan 18 and 19 at 7 and on Jan 21 at 3 in the Canyon High School Commons Tickets go on sale Monday Jan 8 at 8 in the CHS office for adults for students Capacity is limited so buy tickets early No reserved seating Tickets will be available at the door also Call Jean Wood at 6256251 for information Canyon High School graduate Todd Brotze will get a chance to do some thing that no other Northwestern Uni versity band member has done in the past 50 years march in the Tourna ment of the Roses Parade on New Years Day in Pasadena California Brotze a 1992 Canyon High School graduate will march with the rest of the 185member Wildcat band because the schools football team made it to the Rose Bowl for the first time in nearly 50 years Brotze is the drum captain for the band Todds mom Camille could not be any more proud of her son He is such a wellrounded kid and enjoys life to the Camille said Todd is very much a creative Todd 21 has made the Deans List several times at Northwestern which is located outside of Chicago in Evanston Illinois Todd is an engineering student who plans to graduate in 1997 Todd uses music as a hobby and for Camille said He start ed to love music when he started play ing the piano at the age of four Todd became a drummer because he enjoyed hearing his brother Matthew play the Music is a tradition in the Brotze family In fact Camille met her hus band Wayne a native San Antonian when she was a twirler in the Southern Methodist University band in the early 1960s Wayne played baritone saxo phone in the band The Brotzes have lived in Garden Ridge since 1972 where they raised both Todd and Matthew Matthew Todds older brother kept the family tradition going when he played in the SMU band until he grad uated in 1987 Camille an Illinois native said she and her husband have made several trips to Evanston since Todd joined the Todd Brotze will drum at the Rose Bowl Monday night band as a freshman in 1992 I go to see him play whenever 1 Camille said We go to parents weekend and whenever he performs at a special event at the On Saturday the Brotzes boarded a plane for Los Angeles to watch their son march in the parade They have two tickets for the 82nd Annual Rose Bowl on Jan 1 in which they will hear Todd play the drums as No 3 Northwestern clashes against the No 18 USC Trojans among hundreds of thousands of screaming fans Camille said Todd has been in the concert and marching band at North western for four years Todd is a mpm ber of the music honor fraternity PijMu Alpha for which he was chosen du ing his freshman year He is also a member of the social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon While he was a member of the Canyon High School Band Todd was an All State Texas Soloist Recently Todd recorded an original drum solo for the Northwestern University March ing Band CD entitled Shockwave It was something he worked hard on and finished writing last Camille said For advertising or subscription information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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