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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HER ALDZEii U IN G Vol 148 No 259 20 pgs in 2 sections November 17 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Awesome lights Erika Reuffer 3 is awed by the dis play at the annual Holiday River of Lights at Cypress Bend Park Erikas parents said they brought her back this year because she was so fascinated by the display this past year WAI SVHS floor plans on board agenda BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees will look at conceptual floor plans for a million overhaul of Smithson Valley High School when they meet 6 Thursday Pfluger Associates the districts design firm for the SVHS project will present conceptual floor and site plans for additions and renovations to SVHS at the board meeting at Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 Texas 46 West An expansion project to increase SVHSs MEETING WHO Comal Independent School District trustees WHEN 6 Thursday WHERE Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 Texas 46 West student capacity to students contin ues to be a high priority for the district More than students jam the class rooms and hallways of SVHS which was built to accommodate students On Oct 14 CISD board members approved buying 16 acres contiguous to the schools northwest side for the expansion projects for about The new addition includes new class room space kitchen library and band hall area Additional improvements include a new gymnasium and tennis courts In other business the board also will look at the 199899 Academic Excellence Indicator System report Trustees also will consider approving campus and district improvement plans the districts crisis management plan and a stricter head lice policy Festtage family affair Weihnachtsmarkt volunteers run generations deep BY TERESA OHLRICH JOHNSON Special to the HeraldZeitung When the 11th annual Weih nachtsmarkt welcomes shop pers this Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center it will be a family affair for two New Braunfels households For Wib and Doris Amacher Weihnachtsmarkt is a labor of love they perform with family Wib a retired civil service budget cjirector ancf Doris a homemaker are in charge of the bank at Weihnachtsmarkt and have a long record of civic involvement Wib is a former New Braun fels mayor and is involved with many organizations such as Wurstfest and the Community Service Center He has been treasurer of New Braunfels Presbyterian Church for 40 years Doris has been a longtime Sophienburg decent and Hospi tal Auxiliary volunteer Their daughter Marilyn Kolacek a New Braunfels Middle School teacher has helped her parents at Weihnachtsmarkt for five years This year Marilyns daughter Mandy Maxwell a Sam Hous ton University senior will work a shift in the bank for her grandparents as well Younger daughter Roseanne who works in the New Braun fels Independent School Dis trict Business office also is in her fifth volunteer year Stanley and Louise Wood ward have been involved in countless civic organizations and activities since their move to New Braunfels in the early 1950s From the Red Cross Hospital YULE MARKET Weihnachtsmarkt opens Friday 10 to 7 Saturday to 6 and Sunday 11 to 5 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Admission is a donation to the Sophienburg Museum and is good all three days of the event Children under 10 are admitted friee WAI Members of the Amacher and Woodward families get together at the New Braunfels Civic Center Tuesday The two families are among numerous volunteers who help set up the Weinachtsmarkt every year Both families have been supportive to the events organized by the Sophjenburg Museum Auxiliary Boy Scouts and Wurstfest to the Lions Club and everything in between the Woodwards have been involved in New Braunfels fortunately of New Braunfels and their com mitment to the preservation of its history through then volun teer work at the Sophienburg Museum has been passed down to their younger daughter Sarah Shea Louise also a Sophienburg docent for more than 20 years and former museum board member and Stanley a retired physician and also a former New Braunfels mayor become bankers during the threeday Weihnachtsmarkt event A regular visitor to the muse um as a child Sarah said she always felt connected to the Sophienburg through her par ents When Sarah returned to her hometown of New Braunfels with children of her own and was offered an opportunity to become involved in the Sophienburgs major fund rais er is was natural for her to fol low in her parents civic foot steps For the past four years Sarah has organized the gala Weihnachtsmarkt Preview Par ty that offers patrons early pri vate shopping and delicious food The success of the Weih nachtsmarkt is largely because of the efforts of the many vol unteers who sell raffle tickets decorate and organize the three day shopping event The importance of passing on the love of local history and a commitment to its preservation is what motivates these folks both as Sophienburg members and Weihnachtsmarkt volun teers they said Both the Wood ward and Amacher families said they hoped their childrens involvement with the Sophien burg and Weihnachtsmarkt would help motivate their peers to become as passionate as they are about their community And besides as Marilyn Kolacek says The shopping at Weihnachtsmarkt is great FESTTAGE Downtown Christmas Lighting takes place beginning at Friday and announces the arrival of Santa parade food enter tainment and Santa pictures Call 625 2385 Old Gruene Market Days fea tures shops restau rants entertainment and 100plus craft vendors Saturday and Sunday in Gruene Historic District Call 629 5077 City bond list inside New Braunfels City Council has prepared a tenta tive list of projects for a million bond issue The Herald Zeitung has a complete list inside todays edi tion for city resi dents to review and study See Page 5A INSIDE B Key Code 76 Meteor shower Maybe youll see it maybe you wont BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Nov 13 1833 the skies above Texas rained fire leading many early settlers to believe the end of the world was coming In one recorded account Julia Palmer Roberts a teenager living in Shelby Coun ty stepped outside her East Texas home to find brilliant fireballs streaking the night sky Palmer described the spectacle as mil lions of stars shooting toward the ground That night the East Texas teenager prayed with her family to save them from the approaching Armageddon Little did the Palmer family know they were witnessing a rare astronomical phe nomenon called the Leonid Meteor Show ers The showers are known to be particularly intense every 33 or 34 years often raining thousands of meteors per hour Local residents might have the chance to See Residents ask state for road projects BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A light in front of New Braunfels High School a widened Walnut Avenue and extensions of Loop 337 and FarmtoMarket Road 307 were just a few of the many requests made Tuesday for future state and federal funding About 50 Comal County residents including sev eral city and county elected officials attended the annual public involvement meeting sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation About 25 percent of the requests could be chosen for future funding TXDoT officials said but they wont make any announcement until their April 25 meeting But even if is to 14 years to complete TXDoT officials said This is the initial step TXDoT resident engineer Greg Malatek said TXDoT still has to look at all their requests ana lyze the funding categories available and then pick projects which are usually considered longterm TXDoT already has projects slated for 2003 and beyond Projects selected are included in the Rural Trans portation Improvement three year plan that guides project development We select projects three years out because they take a lot of TXDoT transportation plan ning engineer Clay Smith said Once a project is chosen officials must develop it draw up plans and purchase land After all of this construction funding is final ized Plenty of people at Tuesdays meeting said they hope some of their requests will make it through this process quickly Requests for lights Gary Schlather director of transportation for New Braunfels Independent School District told TXDoT that a light in front of the high school on Loop 337 was really a necessity Two NBHS students were killed recently while try ing to exit the high school onto Loop 337 How much are two lives worth he said How many more lives will be lost The area also is dangerous to buses trying to make left hand turns he said Malatek said TXDoT officials were finalizing a signal study and will meet with NBISD soon to give recommendations The area must meet certain standards to be eligi ble for a light he said See AP Graphic
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