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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels sprinter qualifies for state meet See Sports Page 5 Salute to the dough boy 10 pages in one section Thursday May TX79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Homa d UNDMY Inside Market Stiimmtiseh Birthday wishes from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jane Lakey Lindsey Bollen field Debbie Vela 15 Scott Schwind and Eric Schwind To have a birthday of anniver sary listed here call 6259 144 Pdton Count MoM610 Crepe Ash Pofcn measured In parts pef cubfc meter of sir RMKXnps taton yostentay Infonration pravktod by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond up 7 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed feet above sea level up 01 from yesterday Restaurants help Cancer Society The Plaza Diner is showing its support for the American Cancer Society by matching the cost of each dessert sold at the diner during the week of May 6 to May 12 with a donation of the same value to the ACS Starlight Gala The fourth annual Gala is set for Saturday June 15 at the Civic Center and is the only fundraiser of the year for the local unit of the ACS For more information call 629 6153 nwdt the Comal County Wom ens Center needs volunteers on Saturday May 11 to assist children in decorating cakes for Mothers Day If you are able to share some of your time so that a child can honor his or her mom with a special gift call 6207520 Diagnosing and treating arthritis May has been designated National Arthritis Month and the week of May 13 will be Nursing Home Week In observance of both Colonial Manor Care Center is hosting a public presentation on Arthritis Diagnosis and Treat The event will be held at 7 Wednesday May 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Orthopedic surgeon Dr John Horan will speak American Gl Forum to meet The American Gl Forum Chapter 1014 holds its monthly meeting Thursday May 9 at 7 at the Ameri can Legion Hall on Coll Street American Legion to meet Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post and Auxiliary will meet Tuesday May 14 at at the post home 4210 FM 482 Nominations for 199697 officers will be heard For information call 6291252 Youth theater presentation Circle Arts Theatre will pre sent Its touring youth compa ny The Inner Circle in its annual endoftheschoolyear show Saturday May 18 at 8 and Sunday May 19 at 3 The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales gom edy and music Tickets are available at ChinanThings in JLanda Plaza This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint City attorney asks for better info on chamber tax money By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HeiakiZeltungphoto by MICHAEL DARNALL Jim Mayfleld displays his 570footlong handcarved wooden chain IT KEEPS GROWING Jim Mayfield hopes his carving project lands him in the record books The New Braunfels city attorney recommended Wednesday that the city council require more specific budget reports in future contracts with tourism agencies In a memo sent to all council mem bers city attorney Jacqueline Cullom called for more articulate wording in contracts paid for by the hotel occu pancy tax of which about 75 percent goes to the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Cullom said she doesnt think the chamber is mismanaging the money but said more specific financial report ing is needed for upcoming contract negotiations The budget doesnt reflect how the chamber is spending the mon Cullom said There has been some friction in the past We could minimize those suspicions and con cerns by being more clear Anybody on the street should be able to look at the chambers Chamber President Michael Meek said the memo was politically moti vated The way this has all come up is for political purposes It is very suspect The comments in the memo are very Meek said Meek said he makes about from the hotel tax contract but refused to release the breakdown of salaries for the other 12 fulltime employees of Anybody on tho street should bo able to look at the chambers Attorney Jacqueline Cullom the chamber Releasing the information at this time might hurt the chambers efforts during a possible bidding process to secure a new contract with the city Meek said The chamber whose contract expires June 30 1997 turns over a quarterly financial report to the city It includes general budget information but the current contract does not require the chamber to report a break down of specific expenses The chamber which received about in 1995 from the citys hotel tax to promote tourism has had this contract with the city since 1978 Culloms memo was issued before Mondays council meeting when members will consider the wording of a search for bids from prospective tourism agencies The memo warns that the council needs to write hotel tax contracts that require agencies to report such items as amendments to their budgets and office equipment Outgo ing Mayor Paul Fraser said the memo voices his concerns over the use of public money Im not satisfied with the present The way this has all come up Is for political purposes It is very President Michael Meek Fraser said 1 think it needs to be more specific I dont think thats unreasonable to Meek said his agency has reported its budget to the satisfaction of the council and the Texas Association an Austinbased trade organization Were more than in Meek said We have nothing to Meek estimated that 34 percent of money from the hotel tax goes toward salaries of chamber employees while for every dollar spent is returned into the New Braunfels economy The council during the last regular meeting did not renew its contract with the chamber and is considering contracting with more than one agency to promote tourism If the council approves and issues a request for proposal the chamber and Greater Hispanic Chamber of Com merce of Comal County have said they will respond This is not only opening up the door for ourselves but giving other companies a said Ron Gon salez chairman of the Hispanic cham ber By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer 1 I Jim Mayfield hopes he is carving a piece of history for himself Five years ago Mayfield decided to start carving a wooden chain out of threefootlong dowel rods by using his trusty pocket knife Five years lat er he is still at it and his chain is now 570feet long Each link in the chain also has a handcarved wooden ball in it which rolls back and forth He plans to enter the potential record breaking chain in the Guinness Book of Records I did this to keep my hands said Mayfield from his New Braunfels home with his wife Mary I need to keep going I always need to do some thing with my May fields hands and dilligence have certainly kept the chain expand ing for the past few years And May field said he intends not to quit but just keep on going My purpose for dbing this was to it Mayfielfl said So I started making a cage with a lit tle ball in it and kept adding on and made a chain out of Mayfield said it takes him between one to two hours to carve out one sec tion of the chain from the threefoot dowel rod The worlds longest chain is not the only thing that he has been carving Mayfield said I whittled a walnut chain which had 21 balls in Mayfield said I carved it on a oneinchthick board which was six inches He said he has whittled statues and small chains ever since he began wopdcarving when he was in his 20s Mayfield said his chain will be something different from other chains that have been carved in the past I have seen a chain that was feet Mayfield said But never one with balls in it It is hard to make a chain with balls in Homeowners file in to protest appraisals By ABE LEVY million million million million Comal County appraisers are accepting appeals from property owners who have com plaints concerning this years appraisals About 40 informal hearings have been con ducted daily since Monday with most people asking for explanations for the increased appraisals Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said The appraisals were released in late April and showed an increase in the citys taxable value from million last year to billion this year Appeals will be accepted until May 31 and for mal hearings can be made with the fivemember board of directors for the Comal Appraisal Dis To date about 40 formal appeals have been scheduled for June Much of the overall increase in property val ues is from new construction which for Comal County totaled million But the values of existing buildings also continued to increase Were in an appreciating market It was totally expect ed You have to expect the real estate values are going Rodgers said Rodgers also said the increase in new construction means million New values in New Braunfels Year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 lower property tax since a greater number of taxpayers have come in to share the burden Property owners who want to try to have their appraisals lowered can call the Comal Appraisal District at 6258597 for information or stop by the appraisal district office at 178 E Mill Street to pick up a protest form Sisters By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer They searched for the family they knew was out there somewhere and despite being in different countries an ocean apart they found each other Three sisters were reunited in New Braunfels recently after being separat ed for over 40 years Marga Claycomb 45 of New Braun fels Erika Anwander 47 from Ger many and Sheila Oliver 43 of Mis souri were bom in Munich Germany along with two brothers Their mother was single and had a very hard time The mother kept An wander The rest of the children were put into foster homes or given up for adoption The same family adopted both sixdayold Oliv er and twoyearold Claycomb Clay comb said she knew she had more family because she had a picture of Anwander and herself at a young age That was the only thing I had to know what Erika looked she said Anwanders daughter Sabene Petersen said her mother and grand mother wanted to look for the chil dren However she said the govern ment prohibits the mother or family ears We just felt we needed this I need ed to know who I was Weve all enlarged our fami lies Were a family now and not just Marga Claycomb from searching for a child given up for adoption The mother is not allowed to search for her children The same was true for she said We knew it but had no chance to look for Claycomb said Oliver wrote a letter to their mother in 1972 However the family was not certain it was really one of the children so did not pursue it Claycomb said she could not give up that easily so in September she wrote another letter this time to Anwander It came back due to an incorrect address She tried another address and this time had more success I got the letter in late October and called two days said Anwan der I didnt know what to say I was in said Claycomb I was so hap Anwanders husband sent her and her daughter to the United States for two weeks to meet her sisters Oliver was able to come to town for a few days to meet with the third sister also Both Anwander and Claycomb said it was scary yet exciting meeting face to face for the first time in 40 years wanted for a long time to know her sister The day before she was very nervous We didnt know what it would be said Petersen As the sisters two week reunion draws to a close they say it has been a great reunion They have taken a lot of pictures and intend to give their moth er a framed picture of the three of them together Claycomb said they will con tinue with the letters and calls and will even try to get together again Ive got to work very hard and save a lot of money and then go to Ger many in September to see my mom for the first she said Claycomb said her adoptive family has gotten smaller due to death and she always had a longing to find out more eu ii Mi ii i HeraWZefluns photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Sheila Oliver Erlka Anwander and Marga Claycomb searched for years before they found each other That an old photo was the only thing I had to know what Erika looked Marga Claycomb about her biological family She said she thinks finding them after all these years has been good for everyone We just felt we needed this I need ed to know who I said Clay comb Weve all enlarged our fami lies Were a family now and not just Seeing the reunion of his mother and aunts has inspired 25yearold Timothy Claycomb to start his own search After all this I think Ill go look for my he said For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144

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