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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following Birthday wishes to Gregory Mlllett Claudia Lee Joe Searcy Lonnie Carpenter Lisa Jaroszewsk Sandra Wlllard Lance Vodron Lin da Webb David Herrera Sr Angelica Martinez 1 old Cindy Castilleja 25 years Dave Schendel 50 years Happy anniversary wishes to Hub and Colleen Greenlees To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Holiday wont affect garbage recycling City offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day but that will not affect garbage and recycling collection Residents are asked to move their garbage to the curb as early as possible to assist crews For more informa tion call 6082140 from 8 to 5 on any business day During weekends and holidays please leave a message on the recorder and a city represen tative will return the call during regular office hours However a lot of other places will be closed All city county state admin istrative offices and the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day Emergency and law enforce ment services will be available and city sanitation crews will be working Banks and the post office also will be closed Local public school offices will be open on Memorial Day The HeraldZeitung offices will also be closed on Monday 135 traffic tangles should be easing Though construction contin ues on Interstate 35 all lanes are now open and southbound traffic should flow more smooth ly However exits between Solms Road and FM 2252 are still closed All northbound lanes from San Antonio to New Braunfels will remain open during the con struction Oneword holiday forecast hot The Memorial Day weekend weather forecast can be best described by one word hot So if you take advantage of the warm weather be sure to put on some sunscreen According to the National Weather Service today will be mostly sunny hot with a high of 93 and a low of 71 There will be early morning and late night cloudiness with winds coming from the south west at 10 to 15mph Mondays forecasts calls for a high of near 95 and a low of 69 New Braunfels HeraldZeitu SUNDAY SOWfciST MI CKOPtm ISH I DR 28 pages in two sections Sunday May EL PASO IX Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Dave Scheuueu Vol 145 No 138 Home sweet home HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Ground was broken Saturday for another Habitat for Humanity house to be built next to the house cur rently under construction at the corner of Katy and Hackberry streets Here organizersthe Rev Charles DeHaven Judith Miller Brian Peterson and Douglas Schoelles help new owner Karla Hutchins sec ond from right break ground for the house Also Saturday hundreds turned out for the Three Parks Run which benefits the Habitat for Humanity project See story Page 1B She remembers the soldiers Near centurians family has proud history of military service By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Caroline Stange At age 98 Caroline Stange has seen more wars than she cares to remember But she does remember when as a teenager in rural Wisconsin she and her family drove their Model T into town to see the soldiers returning home from World War I We were very happy to see them come home and I guess they wanted us to see they were still Stange recalled with a grin Stanges family has a long history of military service Her husband Joseph was a veteran of the SpanishAmerican War She had a brother who served in WW I and her son served a stint in the Air Force She clearly remembers theday the American troop ship carrying her brother landed in France It was April 18 1918 and I was in the hospital having Stange recalled The nurse came and said the troops had landed in France I was so grateful they were She said Cali fornia was not the most reassuring place to live after the attack on Pearl Harbor The Pacific Ocean was filled with Japanese subs Absolutely Positive ly Stange said she would attend Mon days Memorial Day service at Colo nial Manor Care Center in New Braun fels With bells Her favorite patriotic song is God Bless America and with a little encouragement she will treat you to her rendition in her fine soprano voice Stange has been a member of the local American Legion for thr 14 years she has lived in New Braunfels Stange encouraged everyone to pause a moment on Monday and rec ognize Memorial Day The young people today take Memorial Day seriously they just dont take the other days Stange said with her grin returning Memorial Day comes to the classroom By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Honoring those who made ultimate sacrifice By MANUEL CAMARENO Special to the HeraldZeitung On this special Memorial Day we honor and remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacri fice in giving themselves so we can each and every one of us enjoy the freedom that we have One of the most precious things that we do now enjoy in life is our freedom In America we must always remember that freedom is not free and that we for ever remember in our hearts those men and women who give us the right to be free and the right to live in a country that we so dearly love On this Memorial Day in the histo ry of New Braunfels we are having ceremonies in our cemeteries In the four cemeteries that are together here in town we will have for the first time an American lag in each cemetery and flag pole all of this has been accom plished by our church parishioners with their donations and generosity in Turn to Honoring Page 2A American war veterans will be remembered in public and private schools across Comal County on Mon day when a countywide radio network will allow students in the Comal and New Braunfels school districts and Sts Peter and Paul School to hear the Memorial Day ceremonies being con ducted at local cemeteries What makes this unique is that this year since all the kids will be in school on Memorial Day is that the veterans are taking the ceremonies to the stu said Manuel Camareno coor dinator of veterans activities for all veterans groups in New Braunfels Camareno said he contacted the superintendents of each of the school districts to get the plan approved At approximately each school will feed the live radio broadcast into all classrooms This does a lot to tell the students about the said Kathy White principal at Sts Peter and Paul School Its one way we build Comal Independent School District Board Member Scott Watson said the decision to hold school on the Monday federal holidays such as Memorial Day came down to the districts education Memorial Day Ceremonies Memorial Day ceremonies will begin about 9 Monday at Sts Peter and Paul Comal Pan teonHidalgo and Our Lady of Perpetual Help cemeteries Memorial Day ceremonies will be broadcast live Monday on KGNB AM 1420 beginning about 9 al mission The overwhelming consensus is the students dont know anything about the holidays they are supposed to be Watson said We decid ed that in the Comal ISD that we would hold school on those holidays and class time on those days would focus on instruction about the reasons for the Camareno said the veterans will begin the day about 6 when they lay flags on the graves of all veterans in the county The activities will then move tothe four cemeteries on Pease St Sts Peter and Paul Comal Pan teonHidalgo and Our Lady of Perpet ual Help Perfecto Time running out to file property appraisal protest By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer If you did not like the amount at which your property was appraised time is quickly running out for you to do something about it Lynn Rodgcrs chief the Comal County Appraisal District said appraisal notices were sent to county residents last month Those appraisals increased anywhere from 3 percent to 7 or 8 percent with the aver age being about 4 percent he said This is a smaller increase than last year when appraisals jumped by roughly 10 percent 1 think what were starting to see now is its starting to peak a Rodgers said I think its not going to appreciate at the same rate it has Rodgers said it was not unusual that property values increased each year He said the state mandates appraisals every three years but the local CAD re appraises each year to avoid having 30 to 40 percent jumps in one year Rodgers said this years appraisals found more new construction than last year The CAD had in new construction up from last year Of this the county had and the city recorded The number of singlefamily homes is also on the rise with in the CAD 892 in Comal County and 866 in Comal Indepen dent School District Rodgers said that although the appraisals went up it was difficult to say what individuals taxes would do at this point Hesaid it was up to the var ious taxing entities to decide that They adopt a tax rate that will gen erate the money they need to fund their he said However if you think your proper ty was appraised incorrectly its not too late to complain Rodgers said resi dents have until June 2 or 30 days after the notice is postmarked whichever is later Rodgers said 600 people have already gone in for informal discus sions and 149 people have scheduled appearances before the Appraisal Review Board STEPS FOR FILING A PROTEST To protest your appraisal Call the Comal County Appraisal District at 6258597 and schedule an informal hearing It not satisfied with the infor mal hearing give the CAD a writ ten request for a hearing before the Appraisal Review Board The request can be submitted on a state form available at the CAD office 178 E Mill Suite 101 or in the form of a letter The letter must specify that it is requesting a protest hearing It must have a description of the property and be signed and dated You do not have to attend an informal hearing prior to the protest before the review board although it is recommended Both informal and formal hearings must be scheduled before June 2 or 30 days after the postmark deadline Source Comal County Appraisal District Kudos frpm the Salvation Army and the Humane Society See Opinion 4A   

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