New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 25, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 25, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERAT Vol 149 No 134 16 pages in 2 sections May 35 2000 Water Rtitrlctlont New Braunfels Utilities cue ITUNG THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Meet the Class of 2000 Check out todays insert for a complete list of New Braunfels High School Canyon High School and Smithsqn Valley High Schools grad uates Also find out what awards and scholarships the graduates received Elementary school teacher inspired SVHS valec ictorian BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Alicia Garcia was told when she was eight years old that she would be valedictorian of her high school class if she wanted it badly enough My third grade teacher at St Monicas in Converse Mr Richard Chambers told me I could be vale Garcia said I dont think I really believed him although I think a little piece of me wanted So she tried Ive been working toward it ever said Garcia valedictorian of her graduating class at Smithson Valley High School Shes also kept in touch with Chambers The day she found out Garcia called Cham bers now retired to let him know shed real ized the goal hed set for his third grader But not immediately I cried for an hour and a half when I opened the letter I was excited and she said noting that while she hoped shed make the top honor where he is now Its a great accomplishment for anybody who can be at the top of this said Hoppe whose par ents are Gene Hoppe in and Kathy Rust Johnson Ive been blessed with great gifts but Ive never felt like I was especially smart or anything Hard work and determination can com pensate for a lot of Another big compensator is a supportive family Hoppe said I thank my fatnily I love them a tot Theyve always helped guide me and supported me in whatever Ive decided to do Ive always looked to my parents for an exam K JESSIE shed expected Hoppe IV left was named Smithson torian Hoppe IV Valley High School salutatorian Alicia Garcia of Spring Branch to was named valedictorian be named valedictori pie Hard work and determination are learned Hoppe said he believed doing the best at anything one tries is impor tant if one ultimately is to succeed in life Ive always tried to open doors for myself Ive always tried to pre pare myself for the give myself an and I were really close but I think we expected it to go the oth er Garcia said She didnt know what her grade point average had been at the end Hoppe did Id been ranked No 1 in the class for two years Hoppe said It went out to three decimal points Alicia beatmeintheendbyoneKMiethou Garcia school is sandthofapoint important to create a foundation so Like Garcia Hoppe said hard vou dont 8et to coUe8e 8et bom work and determination got him See Expect delays Traffic backlog inevitable with t holiday weekend K JESSIE Cars wait their turn on the Interstate 35 access road at Walnut Avenue and at I 35 and Ruekle Road both typical places for delays in town BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Rain or shine thousands of tourists will make their way to the New Braunfels area for Memorial Day weekend cre ating the annual backlog of traffic that can become a headache for local residents Persistent drought and pub lic focus on dwindling flows down the Guadalupe River have done little to curb the enthusiasm for the tourist sea son kickoff said New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce Inc President Michael Meek It still looks real good for this Meek said People are still going to be here Its just going to be big To make the weekend painless as possible residents and tourists should play nice by following a few sim ple traffic rules that will make the congested roadways safe and sane for all holiday trav elers said New Braunfels Police Department Lt John Wommack This weekend is a time when people start celebrat Wommack said You should be aware of others because you dont know if they are being careful and responsible See DPS TRAVEL CHECKLIST DOs Residents can call 1 8005255555 in case of roadside emergencies Move your vehicle as far off the roadway as possible in case of a break down Make your vehicle visible Make sure your vehi cle is roadworthy Check fluids tire pressure wind shield wipers spare tire and emergency equip ment A flashlight is a must Monitor weather con dmbhsand tillow for con struction and heavy travel periods The Texas Department of Transportations road conditions hotline is 1 8004529292 DONTS Dont travel when youre tired Never ever drink and drive Dont play chicken with your fuel level Dont drive into flood ed areas and low water crossings Walnut Avenue opening delayed BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said construction work on a portion of a million project to widen Interstate 35 through New Braunfels is behind schedule and could delay the opening of Walnut Avenue until at least July Dean Word Company is currently working on a portion of the 135 construction project from Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue and is schedule to complete the project by May 2002 Michelle Kopp assistant area engineer for the TxDOT office in New Braunfels said the work on the project is lagging according to a Its going to get worse before it gets Dean Word owner of Dean Word Company schedule provided by Dean Word According to the contract with TxDOT Dean Word has 576 working days to com plete the project As of the end of April TxDOT had charged 307 working days and charged about 10 days so far in May And Kopp said according to the current rate of progress and the contractors most recent schedule she believed Dean Word would exceed the 576 working days to com plete the job We dont feel they have the resources assigned to the job to complete she said But Dean and Forrest Word owners of Dean Word Company said they disagreed with TxDOTs assessment They said continuous utility problems along the construction zone have caused sig nificant delays delays they have no con trol over In the current phase of the project a utili ty subcontractor is working to place storm sewer drainage along the 135 frontage roads near the intersection of Walnut and 135 See Local craftsman heads to state fair BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Paul Sjulson likes to use his hands Every morning he emerges from his house and heads for the workshop just a few feet torn his back door With the flick of ft switch he begins his day Is work of cutting sanding and shaping wood into cram that ml his room and cover the world This weekend the 80yearold New Braunfels resident will take his finely crafted wares on the road setting up shop Friday through Monday at the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville on the cajnpus of Sehffiiner Sjulson says Other days I experiment I learn by doing1 prays say show me the tree If its a tree for crafting then i eut it Sjulson has crafted since 1969 fust 1 and later 1 he says One day I saw someone stone crafting I admired it and want ed to do something similar so I decid ed to do Inheriting his artistic ability from his mother the owner of Nature Crafts has created planters birdbaths tables mailboxes and lampposts He currently makes lazy Susans and coasters He stays up late at night thinking of new designs for them Most of his creations have a mosa ic design in which he mixes several types of native and exotic woods including walnut chinaberry and mesquite ShdiAji said the best see Like many artists Paul Sjulson has had to create many of the tools he uses for his special pro jects A special pressure device pulls out of the ceil ing of his workshop to hold pieces In place for sanding Far right a few of the lazy Susans and coasters he is taking to the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair Festival inKerrvilJethis weekend ;

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