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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Fox Tech heavy favorites over Unicorns tonight See Sports Page 5 50 CENTS PLAZA BANDSTAND HISTORIC LANDMARK New Braunfels Herald 410 SOWEST E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 179 10 pages In one section Tuesday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of HOWARD W EICKENHORST Vol 144 No 71 Inside Market Place 710 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Bmunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Roger Brinkkoeter Howard W Ike1 Eickenhorst Tommy Zipp Armando Villareal Gloria Ramirez Joe Michael Lopez Jo An Seidel Jerry Lewis Jeannie Medrano and Paul Barsch III Happy 36th anniversary to Frances and Arturo Cantu Pollen Count Mold Elm Cedar Ashe Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 254 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 08 Largest singleday drop since Gruene Kountry 4H holds scavenger hunt Gruene Kountry 4H Club will meet at the County Exten sion Office meeting room at Tuesday Feb 20 for the annual scavenger hunt They will be in the Gruene and Rivercrest See the Spurs March 2 will be New Braun fels Community Night at the San phia 76ers game in the Alam odome Sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club and Vivroux Sporting the event will benefit the New Braunfels Art League Building Renovations Fund Tickets and seat selections are available at Vivroux Sport ing Walnut at IH35 near HEB for and each Another will take care of bus transportation if desired For more information call Vivroux at 6064080 The New Braunfels Art League is renovating its two story building with basement as money is available The NBAL Gallery at 239 W San Antonio St is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 HeraldZeitung searches for Eagle Scouts The HeraldZeitung is attempting to develop a list of all those in Comal County who have attained Scoutings high est honor the Eggle If you are an Eagle Scout please call the newspaper at 6259144 so that your name may be We will request your address phone number and the year you earned the award Creation of a local organiza tion of Eagle Scputs is being considered and should that materialize the fist compiled by the HeraldZeitung would be used to contact potential members As the list develops it will be published periodically so that readers may look for the names of Eagle Scouts they know and may pffer the names of those not yet on the list j Dart League starting New Braunfels area elec tronic dart league is starting If you are interested in playing call Kelli or John at 6063423 or Ron Gonzalez at Solms City Limits 606f0277 Dry winter threatens farmers ranchers By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer People relying on the Edwards Aquifer or the Comal Springs are not the only ones anxiously waiting for rain The lack of rain also has local farmers and ranchers won dering what to do with their land and animals Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said the agricultural season is in between crops right now He said winter crops such as wheat and oats are finished pro ducing even if it rains now He said farmers will now look to plant crops such as milo and corn in a few weeks However he said if it does not rain soon farmers will be left with a choice Taylor said there is no top moisture right now and you have to go down six to eight inches to find moisture He said farmers will have to decide whether to plant now and hope for rain or wait and see if it rains Some growers may go ahead and plant anyway But some of them may not plant this he said Taylor said the ordinary planting season is from about March 5 to April 1 However he said farmers may be able to wait slightly longer to decide what to do with their land depending on the crop He said com needs to be plant ed no later than April However he said a few of the other crops can wait slightly longer to be planted Taylor said regardless of the crop farmers are going to have to make a decision what to do this year because there is no crop that does well without water We still have some time but we definitely need the he said Theres not any drought tolerant crop that does Taylor said the dry spell is also having an impact on ranchers He said ranchers north all the way to down to Brownsville are having to feed out their cattle because there is no vegetation to feed them He said those who have hay are using it and the price for buying hay is going up Taylor said a pound round bale of hay used to go for about to However he said he knows people who are now paying to now Were in a difficult situation right now Without rain theres a lot of things that are going to he said One of those changes may include ranchers selling their cattle He said the price of cattle has dropped quite a bit However he said ranchers still may not have a choice but to vacate He said the drought Comal County is experiencing is not localized and is affecting several states A good rain is needed to keep the farmers and ranchers as well as the aquifer and springs going he said We need three or four inches and not one of those that comes in a 30minute period We need to have it soak in over a longer said Taylor HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Stepping out Patricia Morris takes a bow during the MidTexas Symphony Debutante Ball Saturday night at the Civic Center She is escorted by Graham Ketchum and her father Marvin Morris Nervous outfitters wait for rains to come Chamber of Commerce draws up contingency drought plans By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Chamber of Cornrnerce js joiningarea farmers and outfitters in planning strategies for the grim possibility of a major drought Like anything else you need to have some kind of contingency or emergency plan as with any business or said Jim Scheele Chamber Convention Visitors Bureau director Because things can hap Rick Faber chairman told the Chamber Board of Directors yesterday that plans would be prepared to deal with the media about low water As we speak weve already discussed a plan of action with our advertising Scheele said The went into action during the 198889 drought when Michael Meek was director Scheele said That plan involved spreading positive publicity before negative stories about the drought could scare tourists away Were dusting off the files from those years Scheele said Radio ads played a key part in the 198889 publicity cam paign he said While a drought can wipe out the summer for river outfitters on the Guadalupe River the river is often still usable even when river flow is low River levels shouldnt put a damper on Schlitterbahns summer said Faber who is also Schlitterbahn marketing director Our attendance has never gone down weve always been progressing up even in he said Schlitterbahn attractions built over the last six to seven years are closed Faber said Just like the pool at the back of your house they cycle the same water over and over The Blastenhoff area now under construc tion will have closed system attractions as well he said Even though Schlitterbahn itself is less dependent on spring flows we are very sen Were two months from our opening date but were mindful and concerned we pray for Rick Faber Schlitterbahn marketing director sitive to the springs and their flow and we want to protect the wildlife at the Faber said Zero Rivers brought up in a recent meet ing that were not in a crisis Faber said Were two months from our opening date but were mindful and concerned we pray for plans are still at the just in case stage Scheele said theres still time for needed rain to fall Looking ahead we hope that it he said Not only do we need it for recreation the farmers need it As everybody knows its the lifeblood of New Polka Fest crowd pleases organizers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Polka Fest which featured 19 hours of polka music has come and gone and organizers of the event are calling it a big success The New Braunfels Polka Band Leaders held the first New Braunfels Polka Fest on Saturday and Sunday They hope to make it an annual event Polka Band Leader Roy Haag who helped organize the event said the group was organized last fall to promote polka music and the event was held to feature local bands It was a way to promote the polka bands in the Roy Haag It was a way to promote the polka bands in the he said The Polka Fest was held to feature all of the New Braunfels Czech and German polka Haag said the attendance at the event was very good He said it would have been bigger but the group could not afford to advertise in the larger papers Instead the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce helped promote it and several community newspapers did run notices on it Haag said polka disc jockeys also announced the event on their shows and it was mentioned in Texas Polka News Overall attendance was good and we had not a bit of a he said If fact the police were standing around wondering what they were supposed to Haag said that of those attending the festival approximately 90 percent were from out of town and came from all over including Odessa HeraldZeitungpholo by MICHAEL DARNALL Polka lovers from all over Texas con verged on Wursthalle in New Braunfels last weekend for Polka Fest Lubbock and Dallas Haag said the money raised from the festival went to pay for holding it However he said many of those attending the event stayed overnight and went out to eat and benefited a lot of people Haag said the location is questionable for next years polka fest but the event will be held again early next year He went on to say that hopefully the event will grow over the years as more people hear about it Hopefully we can get the word out even more and attract even more people to it next year We want to make it a regular festival in he said Marchs long march raises awareness of hunger From Staff Reports When Don March turned 60 years old last February he embarked on a journey that has taken him almost half way around the United States The remarkable part is March is taking this journey on foot When March turned 60 he decided he wanted to do something to raise awareness of the hunger relief efforts of Second Harvest March decided to walk miles in the name of hunger He began his trek in Portland Oregon and has been to Portland Maine and Orlando Flori da Along the way March is visiting local food banks and is asking residents of the cities he vis its to support local food banks The New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sponsored his trip to New Braunfels and on Friday he was in New Braunfels On Saturday he continued his journey and was on his way to Austin March had hoped to complete his journey by his 61st birthday on February 23 1996 He keeps a daily log of the miles he has cov ered not counting the limited number of rides he as taken He said it will likely take him a little longer than expected to complete his journey As of Friday he had walked miles How ever March does not regret the time or energy he has spent on his mission The only drawback is I have to leave the friends Ive he said HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Don March walks along Interstate 35 toward Austin Saturday Booths available for Childrens Museum garage sale The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will host its third annual citywide garage sale at the New Braunfels Civic Center Sunday March 3 from 10 to 4 Booth rental fees are for one booth for each additional booth Individuals and groups will keep all the proceeds from their booths sales The museum is also currently accepting donations of items to be sold in its booth Admission to the sale will be 1 for adults with a maximum of per family For information or to sign up call 6200939 Gingrich maps oat GOP plan to beat Clinton See Opinion Page 4
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