New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 31, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

October 31, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 10 0 T Y IT pflso TX HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 247 60 pages in 5 sections October 31 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County Since 1852 INSIDE Westiake rolls past Unicorns For the second time in as many years command of first place in District 145A went to Austin as the No 3 Chaps defeated New BteMnfeJs Friday Smithson Valley pulled clos er to a perfect season and Canyon Shut out Lockhart An extra hour Time to fall back wrti Did you remember to set clocks back one hour at AP Running a bit early today It could be that you forgot to set your clocks back an hour last night WEATHER Rain soaked much of the state on Saturday Amounts between 1 and 2 inches were common across most of North and Central Texas There also is a chance for rain today For a complete look at the fore cast see Page 2A INDEX Safe trickortreating options available today BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Parents looking for a safe place to take their ghosts and goblins trickortreating today will have several options to choose from The New Braunfels Marketplace 651 Business 35 North will offer its annual Trick or Treat off the Street from 4 to About 30 businesses in the market place will participate by handing out candy and dressing up in costumes administrative assistant Denise Nolte said Organizers expect to kids to attend The marketplace should provide a safe atmosphere for families because it is welllit the candy is safe and the kids will not have to cross from street to street she said Wurstfest organizers said they also will joining in the Halloween fun Candy will be provided to trickor treaters at all of the booths and organiz ers said they encourage families and children to stop by in their Halloween costumes Canyon High Schools Little Theatre company will present its sixth annual Halloween Safe Night from 4 to 6 at the school commons 1510 Interstate 35 East Kids are invited to trick or treat in the safety of the commons and must be accompanied by an adult Admission is free and all children elementary age and younger are invited TRICK OR TREAT Safe places to mark Halloween today New Braunfels Marketplace 651 Business 35 North 4 to 6 Canyon High School 1510 Interstate 35 East 4 to 6 Start your teeth Wurstfest begins with sausage biting music dancing BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer What better way to kick off New Braunfels 10day Salute to Sausage than watch the mayor and county judge each chomp half of a heartshaped sausage New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams and Comal County Judge Danny Scheel joined J Lynn Davis chair of the board of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Wurstfest schedule fest organizers page Friday evening 12A me annual biting of the sausage Its like a ribbon Williams said And the most appropriate and unique way he said to start the festival in Landa Park featuring German music dance food and beer After a fivebeat countdown hundreds of people many donning their lederhosen and dirndls joined the Wurstfest dignitaries and took a big bite out of the sausage link For a brief moment the park remained quiet except for the sound of sausage snapping Then the polka music erupted and the crowd dispersed eager to find some strudel and bratwurst Some stayed on the lawn like the extended Persyn family which included members from New Braunfels San Antonio Converse and Rhode Island Were a bunch of chickens the family member from Rhode Island said She was wearing a peacock mask and a flowing white gown and was eager to pull her family WAI Wurstfest Association president Maurice Fischer left and his wife Charlene bite into a sausage Friday marking the start of the 10day German heritage festival in Landa Park members into a circle to dance Some were wearing Tweety Bird masks on the back of their heads and one man sported a cloth chick en hat The family has been coming to Wurstfest for 17 years Katy Boessling of Houston has been coming for at least 15 years I always take off work to come to she said Its tradition Its German She wasted no time after the bit ing of the sausage to find a potato pancake drenched in applesauce Boessling is only one of thou sands of guests who will enjoy Wurstfest activities in the coming week Organizers expect about people to attend before the festival ends on Nov 7 Wurstfest opens at 5 on weekdays and 11 Saturdays and Sundays The festival closes at midnight on Thursdays and Fri days 11 Sunday through Wednesday 1 on Saturdays and at 10 on Sunday Nov 7 Festival admission is and includes access to all entertain ment areas including the Wursthalle Children 12 and under are admitted free Hepatitis A vaccines administered to elementary students this week BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Parents have a shot at protecting their children from a highly contagious liver disease during a series of free vaccination clinics The Comal County Health Department is initi ating a Hepatitis A vaccine project in all schools both public and private through November in an effort to curb an increasingly high incidence rate of the liver disease among local children Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss said children between the ages of 6 and 9 had a higher incidence rate than any other group Preiss said the incidence rate was high er than 32 others near the TexasMexico border Children in those areas are required to have a Hepatitis A shot to get into school and we have a higher incidence she said So far in 1999 Comal County had 6 reported cases of the liver disease including five in Octo ber In 1998 Comal County had nine reported cas es and in 1997 the county had 70 The Hepatitis A shots will be offered free to stu dents in first through fourth grades beginning Tuesday The shots will be administered to students in New Braunfels Independent School District through Nov 9 Students in Comal ISD will receive shots Nov 915 Students at Dayspring School New Braunfels Low turnout expected for elections BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer Only about 2 percent of Comal County voters went to the polls during early voting to cast ballots for 17 propositions to amend the Texas constitution Voters statewide face a constitutional amendment election Tuesday that pro Sample ballots poses among other things list of Tuesdays providing million to polling places finance education loans to Page 11A students and exempting res idents who lease cars for personal use from ad valorem property taxes Linnell Hinojosa Corrial County election coor dinator said 926 voters cast their ballots during early voting foe county Hinojosa said voter turnout was right on sched See Commissioners approval to GBRA deal BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal County commissioners unanimously approved a contract with the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority mis past Friday representing the end of weeks of negotiations between GBRA commis sioners court and the Water Oriented Recreation District On Sept 8 WORD board members voted to con test GBRAs amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to divert more water from Canyon Lake The permit would allow GBRA to increase the amount of water it diverts from Canyon Reservoir from acrefeet per year to an average of per year In addition GBRA was seeking authorization to use acrefeet per year outside of the Guadalupe River Basin as part of a proposed pipeline See Comal Elementary School firstgrader Damon Midkiff receives a IB teet from Joyce Ramsey a county health nurse on Thursday Elementary students in Comal County will receive the first part of a Hepatitis A vaccine this weak ;