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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY NewBrau volleyball team familiar with underdog role Page 1B 50 CENTS Qoal Donations so To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 32 H009 K 79903 20 pages in two sections Wednesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Dftnlss Vol 146 No 4 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Cathy Clark Denise Torres Essie Sluder Fayclyn Mills Andrie Hada Hertha Schumann Borchers 90 Dylan Marten 14 Brett Finley 9 Kyle Reynolds 10 Anna Marie Quinonez Bob Seeger Stephanie Diaz 12 years and Amanda Hernandez To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 322 cubic feet per sec ond up Strom Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 rom Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 207 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface watsr Tuesday and no well water was used Lows in the 40s highs in the 70s Partly cloudy becbrning mdstly cloudy with fog after midnight Lows in the upper Thursday Morning clouds becoming partly cloudy Highs in the mid 70s Thursday night partly cloudy becoming mdstly cloudy with fog after midnight Lows in the upper 40s Friday Some morning cloudiness becoming mostly sunny by afternoon Highs in the 70s Lows in the 40s Highs in the 60s to near 70 Sunday Mostly sunny Lows in the 40s Highs in the 70s Give to the Cheer Fund The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the HeraldZeitung office on 707 Landa Street during regu lar business hours Checks can be mailed to the Herald Zeitung Please make checks payable to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Arrangements for pickup donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 ext 228 Kiwanis take turn to Share the Spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the Kiwanis Club This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to Wednesday and hand out information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cle that passes through Cypress Bend Park Holiday River of Lights draws good crowds so far From staff reports More than 600 vehicles passed through the Holiday River of Lights display at Cypress Bend Park during opening weekend stacking traffic along Peace Avenue on Saturday night Visitors from San Antonio and Austin complemented the turnout of New Braunfels residents many of whom purchased season passes said assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson Admission is for vehicles carrying up to eight passengers 15 for nine to 24 passengers and for buses Season passes cost Developer sets sights on 46 west project Project will bring grocery restaurant By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels will get a new shopping grocery store restaurant and other businesses near Loop 337 and Texas 46 across from First Commercial Bank Construction is slated to begin in early 1998 according to a County devel oper Other plans fbf the area include custom homes a filling station office buildings and a greenbelt area Jim De La Garza chief executive officer of Quanalyze a development company estimated the entire project would cost more than million The company would break ground in January for the shopping center and residential houses and begin road con struction for the area he said New Braunfels is a really positive area for growth and development said De La People want to live in a stable Residential housing there would include some model homes ranging in price from and more he said Families living there would have access to other nearby services scheduled for construction Turn to Developer Page 3A However you say it it means holiday shopping fun HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Volunteers Bette Spain left and Tammy Pfeuffer put the finishing touches on a Colorado winter cabin part of the Christmas in the Mountains decor at Weinachtsmarkt By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Those who dread the annual Christmas shopping ritual should head straight for the Civic Center this weekend Weinachtsmarkt will turn even the grumpiest Scrooges into enthusiastic shor persuntiltheydrop Weinachtsmarkt in German is not a craft fair event cochair woman Nancy Classen was quick to point out It juried she said We check everything for quality and unique ness before we accept It is no accident that Weinachtsmarkt has something for everyone on the shop ping list Tobacco Haus is new this Classen said Weve had a lot of requests for mens Also new this year will be authors of New Braunfels history books on hand to autograph copies of their books such as The Sesquicentenniaf Tales from the Sunday and the leather If youre going WHAT Weinachtsmarkt fair M WHEN TO to 7 Friday 10 to 6 Saturday and 11 elm to 5 Sunday WHEftE New Braunfels Civic Center ADMISSION good for the whole weekend PREVIEW PARTY Thursday evening at the Civjc Center with admissforu Gala includes special party food silent auction and first chance at best gift Call 6291572 for information bound pictorial history book selling for half its original price Christmas fair aptly describes the Weinachtsmarkt shopping experience The decor has a different theme each year this year it is Christmas in the Moun Christmas music will play in the background and homemade German goodies like potato soup and chocolate cake will be available Most of our vendors when we read their comments say they will come back just for the Classen said Weinachtsmarkt would have good rea son to be if it were just a topnotch com mercial venture but its not The three day shopping fair benefits the Sophien burg Museum and Archives said Sophienburg director Michelle Oatman The money raised goes into the annu al budget to support the museum and Oatman said It keeps the archives With an Internet site three paid employ ees and 100plus volunteers the Sophien burg Archives has become a nationally known resource center Oatman said The museum opened its doors and started in 1926 when a painting was sent from Braunfels castle of Prince Carl she said They sent it to the city The city didnt have a The museum has grown to include a variety of displays on German immigration to Texas and New Braunfels founding New Braunfels cable customers to see changes Digital service new provider might be on horizon BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels will get new cable television channels in the near future and possibly could be served by a new cable com pany in 1998 Sometime between Novem ber and the end of January TCI cable service providers plan to offer customers digital cable service which will augment the existing cable lineup according to Dennis Moore TCI general manager for the New Braun felsSan Marcos area Some 36 additional channels will be part of the digital pack age including 16 basic pro gramming stations like the His tory Channel and the SciFi Channel Other premium services will include HBO Showtime and the Movie Channel Also included will be eight payper view stations As we get closer to a launch date we will have the final information said Moore The final lineup most likely will include Home and Garden TV and a number of different Discovery Channels aimed at children The new channels are being made possible through digital compression a process that packs some 10 new channels into the same frequency bandwidth that one channel used to occupy Everyone who wanted digital service would have to pay for a digital converter and remote control much like the older converter boxes and remotes but updated technologically Moore said The box would decode digital signals and be comparable in price to the cur rent converter boxes Moore declined to release price information for the digital converters and service A parental control feature would enable comprehensive program searches to block pro grams where ratings like PG There is a dis tinct possibility that Time Warner Corp will take over TCI in 98 bringing TCI under new own ership and man 13 are assigned This would allow parents to edit the con tent of the programming if you didnt want your 4year old to tune to certain line ups Moore said Final pricing information for the digital cable upgrade was not available yet Moore said Testing procedures for the dig ital compression system would begin two weeks prior to the official launching possibly in early January he said New Braunfels cable televi sion might see an even more radical change in the near future according to Paragon officials in San Antonio There was a distinct possi bility that Time Warner Corp would take over TCI in 98 bringing TCI under new own ership and management said Connolly vicepresident of public affairs for Paragon Cable company Although there no formal deal was completed yet Con nolly said there was a clear memorandum of understand ing between the two compa nies that Time Warner could purchase TCI a large transaction in excess of billion TCI serves customers in the Hill Country and other metropolitan areas Paragon would be able to provide fiber optic cable ser vice to New Braunfels viewers technology currently available to many San Antonio residents through upgrades Connolly said Paragons service area likely would cover outlying areas like Garden Ridge he said The takeover likely would take place the second quarter of 1998 Connolly said Local pilots assist in search for missing man i Photo submitted Major Robert Colson left and Lt Colonel David Wagner preflight their aircraft Monday morning at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport before takeoff to Jelp the Mission Search at Qepuftowpi By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Two New Braunfels members of the Civil Air Patrol are aiding in the search for a Texas pilot not seen since Thursday Major Robert Colson and Lt Col David Wagner of the Texas Civil Air Patrol participated in a sortie Monday morning to find the plane flown by Norman R Tilford According to a release issued by the Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol Tilford 62 took off Thursday from Bryan Coulter Field north of College Station at 8 He was en route to the West Texas town of Van Horh didnt contact any of the ajr pGfts oil thf Colspn said He took off and never was heard from Colson said Tilford did not file a flight plan Tilford was piloting a 1953 Cessna 180 The Civil established a search base at Georgetown Airport and another base was established at Fort Stockton this past weekend Colson said many planes and vol unteer pilots helped search for Tilford a Texas University professor We have had more than 40 planes Searching the Jast few Colson said We liad 60 people involved in Monday yesterdays Search coordinator Lt Colonel James Gates said the Civil Air Patrol wajs investigating TUfords disappear ance We have a couple of leads we are working he said Tuesday from the search headquarters in George town We had a couple of sightings in the Lake Buchanan area and we have a couple of planes up there The Civil Air Patrol is comprised of volunteers who devote their time to helping with air search and rescue dis aster relief and civil defense Colson said He added the Civil Air Patrol waschartered by Congress during World War 11 and the Air Force pro vided training uniforms and airplanes to the Civil Air Patrol Anyone who has information regard ing the disappearance of Tilford and his plane can call the Civil Air Patrol search headquarters in Georgetown at Heady for inside today for special section
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