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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 110 18 pages in 2 sections April 21 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents More than eggs cooking this weekend Easter service Swap meet play and egg hunts slated during holiday FROM STAFF REPORTS Linda Haberman spent much of Thursday boiling eggs for Saturdays American Legion Easter egg hunt about 60 dozen of them Shes counting on plenty of people but the Legions is only one of at least two Easter egg hunts in New Braunfels this weekend and it wont be the largest event in town holiday or not The largest secular event this weekend has nothing to do with the holidays The New Braunfels Swap Meet will take place today Saturday and Sunday at the Comal County Fairgrounds on Common Street This eighth annual meet operated by Barney and Louise Calvert 620 will be a flea market and showcase for old cars motorcycles automotive memorabilia and parts featuring up to vendors from as far away as New York Florida and California Weve got a big event going on out Barney Calvert said Thurs day afternoon while parking cars We have a combination of every thing automotive you can imagine Therell be 100 for sale to the caTCdrral fiotto mention the ones in the vendor spaces parts and related items Anything that goes along with a car can be found here Therell be a few old motorcycles service station signs antique gas pumps anything you can think The swap meet opens at 8 each day and runs whenever Some people are out here even after dark using their generatorpow ered Calvert said Admission is free to the public There is a parking fee See K JESSIE The New Braunfels Swap Meet is at the fair grounds starting today with all types of collectables and antiques such as these Yesteryears items Gas prices being what they are owner Richard Moths has these two guarding the pump Historical gathering planned today BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Little more than 155 years ago on Good Friday German immigrants first crossed the Guadalupe River into New Braunfels The date was March Weary from their long journey in which disease and other hardships took the lives of many and without a church in which to worship the devoutly religious settlers gathered under an elm tree to remember the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus The immigrants stood underneath the great tree which now would be located in the middle of Coll Street near downtown New the most solemn of days for Christians But the immigrants also celebrated great joy on this day They were thankful for the warm earth beneath them and the vast open green before them that was fed by the lifegiving river It was indeed a Good Friday And the settlers created a rich legacy of good people good commerce and the promise of a good life only befitting the City of a All New Braunfels residents will have the chance to once again gather in fellowship today at the annual com munity service from noon to 1 at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard Street And although the elm tree has long since been cut down the universal message of Jesus will be in the hearts of residents today as it was in the hearts of the founders so many years ago Commissioner candidate releases IRS filings GQP opponent refuses challenge to do the same BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Democratic candidate for Guadalupe County Commissioner Pet 3 Rick Svatora has been reveal ing a lot about himself lately Svatora voluntarily filed copies of his income taxes from the past four years with the Guadalupe County Elections Office and challenged his opponent Republican incumbent Jim Wolverton to do the same But Wolverton said he would have no part of the request I have no idea why hes doing Wolverton said Thursday This is not required its only required on a judicial level My salary with the county is an open record and anyone who wants to know is welcome to obtain Wolverton said And if my Democ ratic opponent chooses to publish his income taxes at the elections office or on the front page of newspapers that is totally up to Guadalupe County Commission ers are paid an annual taxable income of per year Svatora said accountability to the voting public was his reason for mak ing available his personal and cor porate IRS filings for four years I believe voters should know as much about their candidates as pos sible before the Svatora said If I am elected I will continue to release my tax records If you are asking for the confidence and trust of the taxpayers I think they need to know you can manage your own money as well as As of press time Thursday Svato ras tax records were not available to the HeraldZeitung Svatora and Wolverton who is nearing the end of his first term in office will square off in the Novem ber general election in the predomi nantly Republican county Svatora has worked for the past four years as the legislative director for State Senator Rodney Ellis who represents Houston Svatora was unchallenged in the March 14 Democratic primary Wolverton overtook Republican primary opponent Robert Thomas in the primary by winning percent votes compared to Thomas percent Precinct 3 covers the western edge of Guadalupe County from the edge of New Braunfels and San Marcos to Cibolo and Schertz INSIDE Schlitterbahn prepares for season opening BY RON MAUONEY Staff Writer Its selfbilled with good reason as the hottest coolest time in its right in downtown New Braunfels and opening April 29 with its customary Schlitterbahn that kind of quirky funky and homey Henry family park resort that was called Americas favorite this past year in a major it tfiflt journal SchUtorbahn site on two parcels of and cabins Beginning April 29 it is open week ends Beginning May 20 it opens dai ly for the summer months And this year the waterpark that brought attractions with stylized Ger man names like Blastenhoff and Surfenburg to nationwide recogni tion is revisiting its humbler 1979 beginnings with a restoration of its landmark replica Bergfried Tower guard tower of the Solms Castle in Braunfels Germany But it isnt jim a restoration a new tubing river will raplra the towert ate a quartermile tubing ride Schlitterbahn officials say it will become the centerpiece of a highly themed addition designed to look like a medieval German This week Schlitterbahn is in the middle of its annual windup For Tern Adams park general man ager this is the biggest grind of the year but youd never be able to tell Shes full of energy and enthusiasm and shes excited about Schlitter bahn She should be Adams has poured a 22year professional career into Schlit Candidates sound off at forum BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Candidates in the District 3 and 4 city council races cit ed managing city growth and the future of a mil lion bond proposition as top priorities facing New Braun fels during a candidate forum Thursday night More than a dozen local residents attended the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Comal Area to pose key questions to candidates running for office in the May 6 election Residents can participate in early voting 8 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Comal County Court house annex Room 101 through May 2 Special voting hours will be offered 9 to 2 on April 29 District 3 candidate Don Talley a special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service said he sup ported propositions and 6 but was not in support of proposition 7 which proposes to widen Walnut Avenue His opponent Gale OHara Pospisil a residential real estate appraiser said she felt strongly about street and drainage improvements proposition 1 but did not support widening Walnut Avenue District 3 candidate Debbie Flume a selfemployed businesswoman could not attend the forum In terms of managing the citys growth Pospisil said city council needed to listen to city staff and input from residents and use the master plan as a guideline Pospisil also said the city needed to have a plan for infrastructure improvements and look at the need for higher education services and facilities As we grow we need to take a serious look at what can be done in the area of higher she said Talley said We need to revise our building architec ture and zoning codes so we can have an impact on what the community is going to look Talley said the biggest challenge facing the local com munity was future development When questioned about how the city could save mon ey Talley said he would like to see the general fund bal ance maintained and use the interest to fund capital improvement projects Pospisil said the city should look at privatizing some city services to save money In a written statement Flume said she supported propo sitions funding law enforcement and fire department improvements the activity center and Special Election 1 which eliminates using tax money on a con vention center without another public vote In the District 4 race candidate Mary Cameron Wall director of managed care at Alamo City Medical Group said the biggest challenge facing New Braunfels was growth and improving infrastructure I support proposition 1 We need these things in this she said Pryor a life insurance agent said This bond issue is the biggest challenge right now Its going to determine a portion of the future of this Pryor also said he supported funding street and drainage improvements Pryor also said the city councils first priority should be to follow through on the decision of voters on the bond propositions The master plan is a guide but the voters are going to See ELECTION 2000 Information on an upcoming candidate forum sponsored by local The landmark replica Bergfried Tower is being restored and will become the center piece of a tnemed addi tion designed to look like a medieval German cas tle
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