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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Birthday wishes from HeraldZattung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to John Dierksen Doug Krause Mon Carmen Espinosa Cruz Gomez Casey Sauls Barbara Wheeler Armando DeLaGarza Judy Heyden Mon Shirley Janke Tommy Riesling Vickie Brown Hertha Waldschmldt 107 years Al Frlcke Jr Saturday and Car los Martinez Sr 42 years Satur Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Arnold and Alma Nehrig 65 years and Charles and Jewel Jordan 66 years To have a birthday or anniver sarv listed here call 6259144 P Partly cloudy skies through Thursday Today Partly cloudy Iso lated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms southeast Highs in the 90s Lows in the lower and mid70s Monday Partly cloudy Isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms Highs in the 90s Lows in the lower and mid70s Through Thursday Partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunder storms Highs in the 90s Lows in the lower and mid70s Congressmans staff to help residents A member of Congressman Lamar Smiths staff will be in Settler Wednesday to assist Comal County residents with problems or questions they may have involving federal agencies or programs Shelby Graves will be avail able to meet with constituents from 1 to 4 at the Canyon Lake Action Center No appoint ment is necessary Use new address for mail to McKenna McKenna Memorial Hospital now has a new address The old address 143 E Garza has changed to 600 N Union Ave County recycles used telephone books Tired of looking at a stack of old telephone books Comal Countys recycling center 4755 Texas 46 West accepts tele phone books and is open from 8 to Monday to Friday Other items accepted are No 1 and 2 plastics tin cans aluminum cans clear glass brown glass newspa pers magazines junk mail brown bags corrugated card board and chipboard Outdoor summer fun coming to a close The days for enjoying local recreation attractions are wind ing down The Olympic Pool and Spring fed Pool in Landa Park are closed for the year The Tube Shoot at Prince Solms Park will be open week ends only weather permitting The miniature golf course now is only open from 10 to 10 Saturdays and from 10 to 6 Sundays weath er permitting The Landa Park paddle boats are open from 10 to 7 only on weekends until Octo ber For more information call the parks department at 6082160 Schlitterbahn Waterpark will be closed for the winter after today For more information call 6252351 New Braunfels SUNDAY HeraldZeitt 32 pages in four sections Sunday September Serving the Comal County area for than 145 years Home of John Dierksen Vol 145 No 218 Commission to submit flag design unchanged By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor After a short discussion the New Braunfels Historic Landmark Commission voted unani mously Thursday to leave its city flag design as is Were going to submit it and recommend that they approve it as the city said chairman Carol Belton City Manager Mike Shands sent the proposal back to the commission at the end of August for reconsideration after his office received calls about the lack of Hispanic representation in the design The commissioners did not design the flag they merely adopted it said commissioner Luke Speckman That was the flag that flew in Landa Park for the 150th the only thing we added was City of New Braunfels at the top and the founding date on the The emblem on the flag was designed in 1842 or 1843 as a seal stamped on the contracts of the German Immigrant Society members before about of them came to New Braunfels commissioner Iris Schumann said The proposed flag then symbolizes the unique way the city of New Braunfels was founded intentionally with a great number of people deciding to immigrate and create a town Schu mann said There are not a lot of cities or towns in the state of Texas that were formed the way ours is Thats the heart of this whole said Schu mann Depicting the towns founding on the flag was a way to instill unity she said Turn to Flag Page 5A The stamp on German Immigrant Society docu ments appears on the proposed city flag This document hangs at the Sophienburg Museum HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The end of an era Casteel plans law practice with son Barton By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer When County Judge Carter Cas teel relinquishes her position at the end of 1998 it will be a time of adjustment for all concerned She will have to adjustto no longer being the heat of the county govern ment and her colleagues will have to adjust to seeing someone else sit behind her desk Casteel in a press conference Fri day morning announced that she would not seek reelection Instead she will spend more time with family and go into a law partnership with her son Barron Making the announcement was not easy for Cas teel who was flanked by family mem bers Her term will end Dec I know Im going to miss she said with a breaking voice Its going to be really tough for me not to be in this While Casteel is adjusting to a life outside county government local leaders will be adjusting to seeing someone else in the big office on the third floor of the courthouse annex Im going to miss said Com missioner Moe Schwab Shes easy going and in control of every situation whether its adversarial or Other commissioners touted the judges leadership qualities Com missioner Danny Scheel said the county flourished under her adminis HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Comal County Judge Carter Casteel sets her watch before her press conference Friday announcing her plans not to seek another term tration Services improved while the tax rate remained in check and the county experienced great economic growth he said As both a commissioner and a tax payer he said he appreciated the out standing job she did I tried to persuade her to change her mind up until he said I think or I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with her indirectly in the coming Scheel who Casteel has encour aged to run for her seat said the judge was a great leader He said Casteel kept the bickering and backstabbing out of the commissioners courtroom Our united front we present as a commissioners court is largely due to her he said Commissioner Jack Dawson expressed his disappointment in Cas teels decision To be honest with you Im very upset she will not be running because shes a solid person to lead the county as county said Com missioner Jack Dawson Its going to be a void theres no doubt about Local Republican party chairman Don Hensz said rumors had been cir culating about her bid for reelection He said that although she would be missed politicians did not stay in the same office for a long time He said it might not be easy but there were good people in the county who could fill the position Turn to Casteel Page 5A Teacher shares joy of reading with generations By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer After years of bringing joy an encouraging word and a caring touch to hundreds of children Margaret Bra zle retired as an elementary teacher in 1996 She taught for 27 years at Good win Primary Brazle had been a teacher for 29 years with two of those years teaching in Kansas While at Goodwin Ele mentary Brazle taught fifthgrade her first year firstgrade and prefirst a grade for students who were too young to enter the first grade after completing kindergarten The program emphasized leadership skills Brazle worked as a special education resource teacher specializing in lan guage and reading skills Though Brazle no longer is in the classroom the children she inspired have not forgotten her She was very onetoone with the students almost like a said former student Jackie Mercer 1 learned a lot from her during those early years She stuck with my memory as my firstgrade teacher She has a place Mercer 31 sees Brazle often She works as a legal assistant for Brazles son Ken who has a law firm in New Braunfels Brazle 59 is still active as a volun teer with Friends of the Library which supports bittlinger Memorial Library Brazle said her fondest memories were reading to children in her class room I liked to read to them just because I liked to watch the expressions on their faces and because they got enthused about she said The first step to getting them to read is to read to She said she liked to get children excited about reading because she believed it was one of the most impor HeraldZeitung photp by Michael Darnall Margaret Brazle continues her lifelong dedication to reading by volun teering with Friends of the Library tant things children should learn I think all children can learn to Brazle said We can rind a way to help them to read I think one of the most frustrating things is that most of the time they children would know a word one day and the next day they wouldnt be able to read the same word on the same page I kept working on it and giving them confidence and Brazle had advice for parents of small children who were ready to learn Turn to Teacher Page 6A Project KISS participants pool ideas By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY About 50 Canyon Lake residents attended the fifth annual Project KISS Kids in Safe Surroundings public meeting Thursday to hear plans from youth sports organizations concerning the development of Canyon Lakes newest recreational park The meeting conducted by sup porters of the Canyon Lake Commu nity Youth Recreation Center Project was conducted at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop erative auditorium Representatives from the Canyon Lake Youth Soccer Association the Canyon Lake Little League Associa tion the West ComalNorthem Bexar Pop Warner League Project KISS and horseshoe pitchers made presen tations on what they plan to do once they get their subleases secured with the county and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding Hidden Valley Sports Park The 47acre park which currently has a perimeter fence surrounding it will be located behind Canyon Dam on South Access Road County engineer Tom Hornseth chairman of Comal County Parks Advisory Committee said the coun ty is waiting for the Corps to approve developmental plans before the coun ty could start developing the park The park sits on Corps of Engi neers land Commissioners Court has already approved a lease for the park with all the subleasees the soccer association Little League and Pop Warner included The Project KISS is being handled separately since it is consid ered a major change to the countys lease with the Corps Hornseth said Draft plans for the park include five baseball fields 11 soccer fields two football fields and the squarefoot facility Each organization would provide the materials and funds to build and operate the recreational fields Soccer association president Gary Sendejo said the park would provide a permanent home for children to play The need for a facility is Sendejo said The youth now need a facility in a safe place this will pro vide Little League president Brent Blosser said the new fields at the park would enable Canyon Lake Little League to host district and national baseball tournaments bringing many players and parents to the Canyon Lake area Hesaid each organization that has a vested interest in the park should come together for the benefit of the community We can get in there as a collective group and get a whole lot done instead of just one organization doing Bosser said Pop Warner representative Janice Vickers said her league stretched from Turn to KISS Page 2A Reading opens worlds of possibilities to Indiana farm boy Page 4A
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