Thursday, November 4, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS fi I 0 7 I II I i I1 Iff IM I I HI vi Ml IIH I mmjjjmi M I Mtll i HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 250 14 pgs in 2 sections November 4 1999 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Wurst field trip WAI Sophienburg Museum volunteer Deborah De La Rosa behind the Christmas tree shows off ornaments to students from La Grange High School The students were among more than participating during Student Day Wednesday at Wurstfest German language students sample taste of Germany in New Braunfels BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Students from across Texas had a chance to experience a little Gemiitlichkeit New Braunfels style at the annual Wurstfest Stu dent Day on Wednesday About German language students from 40 high schools and middle schools welcomed the opportunity to swap a day of classes for a little German fellowship The event was sponsored and cohosted by the New Braunfels High School and Canyon High School German clubs said Benno Engel NBHS German teacher and Grosse Opa of Wurstfest For the past 27 years students and their sponsors have been granted exclusive access to Wurstfest from 10 until 3 before the grounds open to the public Todays schedule of events Page 4A This year students came from as far as Fort Worth to participate in the festivities Most of the booths at Wurstfest were open for Student Day minus the beer vendors of course Engel said Entertainment was provided by a variety of acts including Wurstfest regulars Alpen fest In the Big Tent during lunch time Alpen fest performed such classics as Myron Flo rens Champagne Polka and A group of children ages 810 from area schools called Kindertaenzer which means little dancers performed German folk dances for the students The New Braunfels High School and Canyon High School polka bands also entertained the crowds NBHS Polka Band member Carlo Schmidt 15 said one of the best things about Wurstfest was definitely the music It is fun to see bands like Alpenfest that play with instruments like an alp horn and a xylophone with cowbells on Schmidt said CHS students also led a singalong that taught students a variety of popular German folk songs The event allows students to practice the language because a lot of the signs are in German They also get to visit with stu dents from other schools and have a taste of German CHS German teacher Heidi OKeefe said Eatery closes temporarily after blaze Rudys planning for Friday reopening BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A local barbecue restaurant prob ably will reopen Friday after a fire forced the evacuation of about 300 people and caused more than worth of damage on Tues day The fire at Rudys Country Store and BarBQ 936 Loop 337 forced evacuations of both Rudys and Johnny Carinos an Italian restaurant next door The blaze started about 7 in a large barbecue pit in the kitchen said Blake Brown one of four own ers of Rudys A restaurant employee noticed smoke coming out of the back of the pit and alerted manager Irene Teneyucue When I came into the kitchen I saw the fire in the back of the pit through the pit doors that were slightly she said Cashier Belinda Kimble and another employee attempted to use fire extinguishers to put out the blaze but the fire was too intense to control Teneyucue said I was worried about the safety of my employees and customers so we called the police and got every one out of the she said About 15 customers and eight employees were evacuated from Rudys as well as 270 employees and customers from Johnny Cari nos New Braunfels Fire and Rescue were dispatched shortly after 7 and arrived at Rudys about Fire Marshal Elroy Friesen hahn said Three fire stations and 13 fire and rescue personnel responded with three fire engines two staff vehi cles and one ambulance he said There was a major fire going on when we got Friesenhahn WAI Rudys coowner Pete Bassett points to a vent that was dam aged during Tuesday nighfs fire The restaurant expects to re open on Friday said The fire was in the cooking area of the barbecue pit as well as coming out from the exhaust through the Firefighters took about three to five minutes to control the blaze with water and the fire was extin guished shortly afterward he said Friesenhahn said he credited the fire departments quick response time for halting the spread of the fire If we had arrived about two or three minutes later we would have had a major structural fire on our he said The fire probably was started pri marily by an accumulation of grease along with other combustible build up in the cooking chamber Friesen hahn said This material ignited because of high temperatures cre ated by the wood burning in the fire box of the pit he said See CISD moving to acquire land for campus upgrades BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A new 800student prekindergarten through sixthgrade elementary school for Comal Independent School District will be built just south of FarmtoMarket 306 and Hoffman Lane The new elementary school is just one of several projects in a million 10year facility plan approved by voters in May The district is looking at major renovation and expansion projects at all 15 elementary Find out how expansions at CHS SVHS are progressing in Fridays HeraldZeitung and secondary campuses Construction already has begun on improvements to Arlon Seay Intermediate and Spring Branch Middle School including new bus loops and storage buildings Most bond projects are currently in the design development or bidding stages A new practice gym at Smithson Valley Middle School has entered the bidding stage with completion expected by July 2000 The board gave its OK in October to conceptual floor and site plans for Bill Brown Elementary School Renovations to the school including additional restrooms and a remodeled kitchen are expected to be completed August 2000 In October CISD board members approved buying about 20 acres of proper ty at FM 306 and Hoffman Lane for one of three new elementary schools in the district The FM 306 and Hoffman Lane school is expected to be completed by December 2001 and will relieve overcrowding in the Goodwin Primary Frazier Elementary and Canyon Middle School zone The board also approved conceptual floor and site plans for the campus Roy Linnartz director of maintenance for CISD said the land cost about although a final price had not been determined The district also is negotiating for two other pieces of property north of Canyon Lake and in the Cibolo Creek area on 28 h Linnartz said the district was working on a contract for property in the Cranes Mill Road area near FM 306 and Farmto Market 484 That school in the Mountain Valley school area would address growth in the north part of the district New Braunfels Utilities employees Joyce Reininger left and Gloria Herfurth organize coats collected for the Share the Warmth clothes drive WAI Deadline to Share the Warmth is Friday BY PERI STONEPALMOUIST Staff Writer Residents have until Friday to donate coats jackets sweaters vests blankets and other outerwear to folks who otherwise might be without warm clothing during the winter The Share the Warmth clothing drive sponsored annually by the Employee Activities Organization of New Braunfels Utilities and local dry cleaners since 1995 started Oct 23 NBU already has collected nearly 300 items but officials expect close to by Friday NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said People have always been gener ous about she said We had some clothes donated before the drive even Because of the flood this past year NBU did not have the Share the Warmth clothing drive but in 1997 employees collected about items and helped more than 300 people Were expecting to help even more this Reuwer said All local dry cleaners have partici pated she said serving as points and some even cleaned the jackets before bringing them to NBU Clothes will be distributed 9 to 1 Saturday in the First United Methodist Churchs Wesley Hall 572 W San Antonio St Any leftover clothes will be donat ed to the Comal County Womens Shelter Teen Connection and area nursing homes Donations can be dropped off at the NBU main office 263 Main Plaza or at any local dry cleaner Donations made Friday should be dropped oftat NBU Donated clothes do not have to be cleaned but it is preferred For information call Reuw er at 6298486 INSIDE Archives Key code 76