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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS so1 El TX HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 204 16 pages in 2 sections September 1 1999 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Popular accor dionist and Wurstfest favorite Myron Floren performs in Branson in June Floren is planning to return to Wurstfest after missing last years event because of minor health problems Photo submitted WEDNESDAY Floren coming back for Wurstfest FROM STAFF REPORTS Fans of famed polka accordionist Myron Floren will be delighted to know he has returned to the stage and is headed for anoth er appearance at Wurstfest Floren who gained notoriety as the accor dion player on the Lawrence Welk performed with the Welk Band and the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra June 46 at the Welk Theatre in Branson to celebrate The Welk Resorts fourth annual Polka Fest Floren might be more wellknown to area residents for performing popular melodies such as the Beer Barrel Polka at the annual event in Landa Park WURSTFEST Wurstfest 99 will take place from Oct 29 to Nov 7 Accordionist Myron Floren will perform Oct 31 through Nov 3 Wurstfest is a 10day festival in New Braun fels featuring sausage polka fun and fellow ship in the German manner Floren began performing at Wurstfest in 1968 and soon developed a huge fan base He appeared annually until 1998 when he was forced to cancel his performance because of minor health problems Wursfest Association president Maurice Fis cher his wife Charlene organization vice pres ident Hal Herbelin and executive director Suzanne Herbelin all traveled to Branson to see Florens Polka Fest performance According to Fischer Floren looked like he was feeling great His music was fantastic and you could tell he genuinely enjoyed being back on Fischer said Although Floren has only scheduled a lim ited number of engagements this year he will perform at this years Wurstfest He is sched uled to perform from Oct 31 through Nov 3 Trash complaints Paul Vogels neighbor Ken Eamheart said he wanted Vogel to clean up this yard and he even has complained to the city Code enforcement officer Cory Chilcutt said the citys investigation was ongoing Labor Avenue resident wants city to make neighbor clean up his act BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A New Braunfels man who cant sell his house says the city has not done its part to make a neighbor tidy his garbagestrewn yard The neighbors trash has deterred four potential buyers said Ken Earnheart 335 Labor Ave New Braunfels code compliance officer Cory Chilcutt said he was investigating the case but the process took time And the neighbor say he has been too ill to clean up the yard Earnheart said the problem with the trash at 818 Basel St has been ongoing for a year although he only contacted city officials a month and a half ago Overgrown weeds surround the home owned by Paul Vogel A large clearing in the weeds reveals a neglected open area that serves as a driveway and walking space between the home and a rusted shack This is visible from Labor Avenue one block southwest of Peace Avenue Blue netted bags filled with aluminum cans spill out from the shack and lie scat tered over the ground Tiny black bugs crawl along rotting potatoes and decaying cantaloupe left in a cardboard box near the street Two pairs of tennis shoes are strung from tree branches Empty boxes contain ers of bottled water and other trash are CODE VIOLATION After a complaint code enforce ment officer Cory Chilcutt investigates If a code has been broken Chilcutt sends a notice allowing the owner 15 days to take care of the situation If the violation has not been addressed after 15 days the city will send a certified letter allowing an addi tional 15 days for compliance If the violator still has not addressed the situation the city can take the person to municipal court A firsttime offender faces a fine ranging from to A sec ondtime offender faces a fine ranging from to Third and subse quent offenders face a fine ranging from to Ozone violation could cost Comal residents plenty BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The Greater San Antonio area exceeded federal air standards one too many times in August a violation that could result in various penalties such as increased gas prices for residents in Comal and surrounding coun ties The public was not educated in said Joe Medina chair of the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce Inc Natural Resource Committee People here thought it didnt affect But Comal County as well as Bexar Guadalupe and Wilson counties is included in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area which the Environmental Protection Agency currently con siders an attainment area mea suring below federal ozone level requirements EPA rates air standards in sta tistical areas on the basis of ozone measurements during a threeyear period The maximum allowable level of ozone is 85 parts per bil lion each year averaged during a threeyear period These readings are taken over an eighthour peri od Ozone is a reactive gas that forms when pollutants react in the presence of sunlight and heat High unhealthy levels of ozone often are triggered by hot and dry weather and heavy traffic The ozone rating in 1997 was 84 parts per billion but jumped to 90 parts per billion in 1998 The figure for 1999 would have to be 80 or below for the three year average to stay below 85 But an air monitor recorded an average ozone level of more than 81 parts per billion over an eight hour period four times this past month Most recently an air monitor in y OZONE ACTION DAY WHEN Today WHAT CAN YOU DO 1 Share a ride to work or school 2 Try to avoid morning rush hour traffic 3 Walk or ride a bicycle 4 Take your lunch to work or school 5 Combine errands into one trip 6 Avoid drivethrough lanes 7 Postpone refueling until after 6 8 Dont top off your gas tank when refueling 9 Postpone using small gasoline engines like lawn mowers until after 6 10 Keep your vehicle properly tuned to keep exhaust levels low Northwest San Antonio recorded an ozone level of 85 parts per billion on Monday Ozone levels also were recorded above 81 on Aug and 21 The city of San Antonio might contest the Aug 21 reading which local officials argued could be attributed to Hurricane Bret EPA will make a final ruling on the status of the San Antonio area in July 2000 See INSIDE Key Code 76 Schools opt for pregame moment of silence BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Local football fans will notice some thing missing when they attend high school home football games this year studentled prayer Administrators have decided to porarily suspend the longstanding tra dition of studentled prayers before home games until they receive word from the US Supreme Court In June the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans which has juris diction over Texas ruled that student led public prayers at football games was unconstitutional The ruling stems from a 1993 lawsuit against the Santa Fe Inde pendent School District for allowing stu dents to read overtly Christian prayers at graduation The US Supreme Court could over turn the decision but in the meantime school districts could face the threat of lawsuits if they allow prayers to continue Comal Independent School District superintendent Jerry Major said this past week he would ask for a moment of silence and a thought for the game instead of studentled prayers at Canyon and Smithson Valley games What we recommend is that a stu dent body representative call the crowd to order then ask them to observe a moment of silence and then give a thought for the day or wish the players good Major said New Braunfels High School principal Keith Garinger said studentled prayers would be suspended this year The decision was made after discus sions between Garinger New Braunfels ISO superintendent Ron Reaves and John Turman assistant superintendent of pupil and administrative services See MOMENT OF PRAYER REPORT CARD Here are the local district policies regarding pregame prayer for 19992000 Comal ISO Moment of silence thought for the game encouraging sportsmanship and student safety New Braunfels ISO Moment of silence thought for the day encouraging sportsman ship and student safety SchertzCiboloUnivertal pregame prayer possibly moment of silence Seguin ISO Moment of silence motiva tional message over public address system San ISO No pregame prayer will have a welcome by the home school   

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