New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 1, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 01, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PEL HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 9 18 pgs in 2 sections December 1 1999 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Yule love it Comal County Senior Center Newcomers Club member Vincent Sampiere volunteers Tuesday to decorate the cen ter for the holidays Decorations were donated by the community and the centers members WAI WEDNESDAY NBU board approves consultant BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees approved Tuesday spending up to for consultants to monitor activities related to the recentlyapproved utility deregula tion bill But one trustee board vicepresident Mornhinweg objected to the expenditure I still think ite early for us to spend so much money on something we dont know whats going to he said And the consultants dont know Under Senate Bill 7 investorowned util ities are forced into competition by Jan 1 2002 but municipalowned utilities like NBU however have the choice whether to open the market up for competition NBU has not decided what it will do I think the more information we have the better to be prepared mayor and trustee Stoney Williams said Officials with the consulting company Beck attend meetings of the Public Utility Commission which discusses the complex deregulation bill each month NBU general manager Paul DiFonzo said the commission was discussing rules regard ing deregulation See Wassailfest pours it on Some like it hot some like it cold but all like it with a lot of holiday cheer BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Whether served hot or cold lead ed or unleaded tis the season to drink Wassail At the seventh annual Wassailfest Friday evening residents can toast the holidays with a drink whose very name means to your More than 50 merchants will prepare their own special versions of the spiced mixture DRINK UP WHAT Wassailfest WHERE Downtown New Braunfels WHEN 6 to Friday that has been served for cen turies Wassailfest is a great way to experience the holidays in New Braun said Kyra Brandt media chairwoman for Wassailfest Organizers are expecting a big crowd this year with more than residents and tourists expect ed to be in attendance Brandt said The event has been a hit ever since the very first Wassailfest and has grown ever she said Not only will attendants get to sample a wide variety of Wassail but they also will be able to register for a number of door prizes enjoy live musical performances take horseandbuggy rides and eat spe cial holiday treats Residents can vote for their favorite Wassail in the Peoples Choice Awards which will be given to the top three The Brauntex Theatre will even awake from a year and a half of slumber to be the newest addition to the Wassailfest tour The Brauntex sign and the front of the building will be lit in all of its glory to mark the occasion Other attractions at Wassailfest will include hot air balloon basket medleys gymnastic performances Scottish bagpipes puppet shows music for the little ones and an auto mobile collectibles show WAI Carol Johnson owner of Johnson Furniture 283 S Seguin gets ready for this years Wassailfest on Tuesday by setting up wassail mugs and the first place plaque she won this past year with her Swedish was sail or glogg Wassailfest takes place on Friday and Johnson expects to serve at least cups of her glogg this year INSIDE A bell ringer entertains crowds at the 1998 Wassailfest in New Braunfels File photo Want to try some wassail of your own Check out these recipes in Entertainers will fill the streets of New Braunfels with plenty of music and Residents take complaints directly to Union Pacific BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Blaring horns in the middle of the night overgrown veg etation along railroad tracks railroad crossings blocked by idling trains all are recent complaints made by local res idents But at least one resident has taken his complaint to the railroad directly Harry Montague who lives near the Hunter Road railroad crossing said he called Union Pacific numerous times about blocked crossings There should be no reason for the railroad to jeopardize the lives of our residents by blocking crossings that would prevent emergency personnel access to the residences affected by blocked he wrote in a letter to the HeraldZeitung Many of us have been forced to either stay home or travel an extra five miles to find a crossing that is open in order to leave or get home Several times school buses have had to turn around on the two lanes of Hunter Road with no shoulder in order to get children to One time FarmtoMarket Road 306 was blocked for 15 minutes he said Most people are in their cars and dont know what to he said Its a safety In the past month neighbors have joined Montague in calling Union Pacific to complain about the blocked crossing Were calling and we havent seen as many he said Not as many trains have been sitting and blocking crossings he said He encouraged others to call Union Pacifics hotline whenever they see a crossing blocked The number is Montague said residents should call with the crossing number which one can obtain by calling the Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Office Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis also encouraged residents to call A train should not be idling and blocking a crossing he said But sometimes a train does for mechanical reasons block a he said Blocked crossings are just some of the concerns people have with the railroad in New Braunfels which is home to two lines about 17 miles of the old Missouri Pacif ic Route and about 17 miles of the former Missouri KansasTexas Railroad which was reactivated in October 1998 WHO To CALL Concerns about blocked railroad crossing call 888 877 7267 Other railroad concerns 402 2715459 See World AIDS Day passing quietly in New Braunfels Steering committee aims to boost public awareness in Comal BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Today is World AIDS Day but dont expect to see a candlelight vigil or demonstration in Comal County However community and politi cal leaders say an effort is under way to address the growing number of persons infected with the human immunodeficien cy virus which causes AIDS People across the world will wear red ribbons and attend candle light vigils in recognition of World AIDS Day today Dec 1 was declared World AIDS Day 12 years ago as a global recog nition of the thousands of people who die from AIDS each year In San Antonio a public cere mony recognizing World AIDS Day will take place at the Henry B Gon zalez Convention Center where AIDS activists and residents infect ed with the virus will outline their bodies in chalk and speak the names of those who have died In New Braunfels no demon strations or candlelight vigils are planned Robert Konkel a local AIDS activist who is infected with the virus said a local candlelight vigil for the local community was spon AIDS STATISTICS About million people worldwide have died of AIDS including million women and million children younger than 15 More than 33 million people live with worldwide million adults million women and million children younger than 15 About 42 million people have been infected with HIV worldwide since the epidemic began Each day more become infected In Texas AIDS cases have been reported since the depart ment began keeping records in 1983 Texas has the fourthhighest number of AIDS cases among all states As of October Texans have died of AIDS Of the AIDS cases in Texas are men and are women Sources Work Health Organization Texas Department of Health INSIDE Key Code 76 I V i ;

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