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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 26, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicorns playoff run comes to an against Churchill See Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS Salute to the dough boy 8 pages in one section Tuesday March Herald Serving Cbmal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of RON DEGROAT Vol 144 No 96 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ron DeGroat David Caballero Melba Weyel and Mae VossBraunberger Happy 14th anniversary to Jeff and Sylvia Martinez Pollen Count Mold Ash Mulberry Sycamore Hackberry trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yeslerday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 226 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as yesterday ACS Gala planning meeting tonight A general planning commit tee meeting the the 1996 Starlight Gala A Night in will be held tonight at 6 at the Gruene Mansion Restaurant in the pri vate room This may be the only general planning committee meeting Protectors of the power plant to get organized An organizational meeting of the LCRA Power Plant Pro tectors will be held at on Thursday March 28 at the Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa Street Everyone interested in preserving the LCRA building is invited For information call Betty Lou Rushing at 6256362 Conservation Society to meet The New Braunfels Conser vation Societys March meet ing will be held Thursday March 28 at in the Forke Store Chester Rosson associate editor of Texas Monthly will speak to the group on Digging Up For information call 6292943 Youth ArtBeat 96 this weekend Celebrating young artists is the focus of Youth Artbeat 96 the celebration itself is Satur day March 30 from 10 to 2 in downtown New Braunfels Singers dancers musicians performers and artists demonstrating their skills on the sidewalks around the Plaza At 1 the Kids as Art parade will lead the crowd to the main Plaza where art show awards will be presented The Choice to be performed Sunday First Baptist Church invites the public to an Easter drama and musical presentation The Sunday March 31 and April 2 and 3 at 7 each night Admission free Correction In the front page story on the System in Fridays HeraldZeitung it was report ed the system will run on supplied by the Alamo Area Council of Gov ernments during the firstyear trial run In fact the bus sys tem is financed by fares paid by riders and from the city for bus stop signs and marketing The system is operated by the Community Council of South Central Texas Council votes to hike Landa Park golf fees By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Members of the Landa Park Golf Course may see their fees go up if the city council once again approves the rate increases at its next meeting The council approved the rate increas es by a 4to2 vote at Mondays regular meeting the second reading of the ordi nance The council must approve the ordinance on its third reading April 8 The biggest jump in the fees are for family memberships For New Braunfels residents it will cost for wife and husband golfers per year almost a 30 percent increase from the current peryear fee For outoftown residents the major ity being winter Texans the family fee would be raised to from Individual rates would go up for both resident and nonresident golfers according to the proposed rates passed Monday night Although council members and golfers disagreed as to who asked for the rate increase the Landa Park Golf Course has not shown a profit since the city took over its operations almost two years ago councilmembers said Everything else that the city charges for makes said City Manager Mike Shands Council members also were concerned about giving residents a brealc in the fees I think its fair for those who live in the city to pay less than those who said Councilwoman Jan Ken nady Horizons Places We Call Home A Supplement to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitune Braunfels Solnis Canyon Branch Cranes Mill Wednesday Bracken Garden Ridge Northcliffe Bulverde Lake MeQueeney Geronimo Marion Lake LXuilap Gruene Freiheit Zorn Clear Springs Barbarossa Citizen of the Year Unsung Heroes Drought turns annual wildflower bloom into a washout f me HeraldZeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALU dry weather this year has led to a disappointing crop of wildflowers By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Even an Indian rain dance may not save the Indian paintbrushes and blue bonnets this wildflower season Joe Taylor county extension agent said the number of bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowcrs has just been Because of the lack of rain during the fall and winter Comal County has fields of brown where green grass and blue flowers were last year Plain and simple we need Taylor said But even if rain poured every day for the next few months the wildflower season could not reach its full bloom If you dont sec them now youre not seeing them the rest of the sea Taylor said The bluebonnets needed water dur ing their germinating season in Sep tember through November Taylor said The lack of wildflowers may have an effect on the picturesque backdrop If you dont see them now youre not seeing them the rest of the Joe Taylor county extension agent of races and other events If theyre going to make a wild flower run theyre going to have to go to East Taylor said But Sharon Speer special events coordinator for the Baptist Memorial Healthcare System said her organiza tions bicycle race will continue as usual May 4 Entrants in the Baptist Memorial Healthcare System Wildflower 100 Bicycle 100 Tour ride through Bexar Comal and Guadalupe Counties The lack of bluebonnets certainly will not affect our Speer said It just wont be as pleasurable for the The drought also has affected the grass along Interstate 35 Texas Department of Transporta tion workers usually must wait until the end of bluebonnet season to mow the grass in the medians and on the sides of the highways But this year we dont even have to worry about said Jerry Zcrcher maintenance foreman for the highway department Zerchejsaid even the usual loca tions of bluebonnet patches including along Loop 337 are barren this year Comal County residents wanting to see fields of bluebonnets will have to travel north to Austin or East Texas to enjoy the state flower Zercher said Although bluebonnets are sparse this year Comal County residents can enjoy a blue spring next year if the New Braunfels area receives enough rain during the fall and winter Taylor said bluebonnet seeds can remain dormant for 30 to 35 years before blooming again Theyre smarter than we Tay lor said Theyll bloom when they have enough Oak wilt outbreaks spotted around New Braunfels By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Oak wilt a disease that can kills decades old oak trees in a matter of weeks is rearing its head in Comal County Retired Comal County Extension Agent Bill Schumann said it is the homeowners responsibility when it comes to fighting oak wilt It is up to the homeowner to protect their own Schumann said Schumann said with four outbreaks of oak wilt in Comal County it is especially impor tant for homeowners to take care of their oak treesto prevent them from spreading into New Braunfels Oak wilt is the AIDS of oak Schu mann said Once it gets into the tree it is Oak wilt is prevalent in Central Texas from as far as north as Fort Worth to as far south of San Antonio Oak wilt is found in Texas red oaks and live oaks It develops in red oak when a fungal matter under the bark of the tree develops and kills the red oak within two to the three weeks After the tree dies the fungal matter is still virulent and is spread by a sap beetle which visits the red oak tree and picks up the infec tion The beetle is then attracted to an open wound in a live oak tree and spreads the infection to those trees Once the oak wilt is in the live oaks system that tree slowly declines Once it gets into the live oak it is spread by root grass into the adjacent roots of other live oak Schumann said The way it infects it is that it will take several years for the live oak tree to die The fungus grows in the vascular system of the tree It restricts the ability of the tree to absorb the water and the nutrients from the soil which means energy cannot flow up and down the tree It limits the trees ability to translocate energy developed in the leaf from going down into the root Another way it is spread is through the transportation of firewood If a person buys wood from an infected tree and brings it home these beetles could be in the tree or attracted by it and spread Oak wilt is the AIDS of oak Bill Schumann Schumann said there are two ways to stop the spread of oak wilt when it is found Call the Texas Forestry Service or your county extension Schumann said They will go out and identify sick and dying trees After they identify oak wilt they go and dig a trench on the extremities of the infected area and extend the trench by how far they think is necessary They do this to stop any additional spread of it through the roots to other A chemical called Alamo can be used to treat the disease Schumann said the treat ments which are done by a professional can cost up to a tree and there are no guar antees that the chemical treatments will work The best method of containing oak wilt is dont prune except during the coldest part of December January and February or during the hottest part of the Schumann said The reason for this is during the coldest part of the winter the insect is not active he is hibernating During the hottest part of the summer the fungus is not active In addition any time any pruning is done it should be covered immediately by a pruning compound latex paint or orange schel Schumann said since there is an outbreak less than a mile from the city limits of town a beetle could easily get into New Braunfels and start spreading the oak wilt and possibly harming the trees in Landa Park If one of these beetles is north of town it could be blown by the wind into Schu mann said Citing the importance of the trees in Landa Park Schumann pointed out a study done in 1992 by a Houston tree consulting firm which stated that the 900 documented trees in Lan da Park are worth in terms of longevity and condition Oak wilt is a definite threat to oak trees in New Schumann said It is not a matter of if but when it will HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL VFW commander visits Paul A Spera national commanderinchief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars adresses a crowd at VFW Post 7110 Monday morning Paul H Duff Texas state commander of the VFW also attended HeraldZeitung lands four APME awards From Staff Reports The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung won four awards at the 1995 Associated Press Managing Edi tors Awards ceremony held at the Capital Marriott Hotel in Austin Saturday The HeraldZeitung competed against all daily newspapers in Texas with circulation between and Former editorial assistant Allene Blaker won sec ond place in general column writing for her col umn One man able to change name of Susan Flynt England received an honorable men tion in the specialty reporting category for an article about Kathleen Kruegers experiences in Burundi as wife of ihe ambassador to that nation City Editor Roger Croteau received honorable mention awards in the feature reporting and business reporting categories It is always gratifying to be recognized by our said HeraldZeitung Managing Editor Doug Loveday 1 believe we have the staff in place and the commitment needed to do even better at next years Volunteers needed for hazardous waste collection The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are looking for volunteers to help run the household hazardous waste collection day scheduled for Sat urday April 27 For more information call Elroy Friesenhahn at 6082120 The collection will run from 9 to 3 Residents can get rid of of pesticides paints auto products kitchen and bathroom cleaners yardcare products car batteries tires and motor oil The local dropoff site will be Fire State on Loop 337 There will be a 1 per pound charge for dropping oft certain items Bight to die issues should not be decided by economic issues See Opinion Page 4
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