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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Vol 149 No 173 16 pages in 2 sections July 15 2000 K JESSIE New Braunfels resident Lewis Sarkozi stands next to a trophy he won in 1998 for best male actor at the MB Expo in Dallas NB actor leads dual lives BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Lewis Sarkozi has been a dead man and hed gladly do it his first life Sarkozi is a longtime employee of Becker Motor Co Hes worked there for 23 years as a car salesman assis tant service manager and a mechanic as well as other jobs In his other life Sarkozi is comic relief during a tense moment a singing drunk a dead sheriff a tightlipped drycleaner or just a face in the crowd Hes anything he wants to be or more accurately anything the director wants him to be But 20 years into an acting career that started later his life Sarkozi cant explain exactly why he loves acting as much as he does Its almost to the point where I dont know what it he said Its just some thing I want to do I have to do I have to do If Sarkozis name sounds familiar its not just because his credits have appeared in several films and television shows New Braunfels City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi is his wife of 40 years They have three chil dren including a daughter Catherine who first introduced Sarkozi to acting Its my daughters Sarkozi said and laughed She convinced me to go to an audition when I was at the age of He won a part in the only play he said the Circle Arts Theatre hasnt done in an actual theater Night of January The play was performed in the old district courtroom he said A jury was selected from the audi ence each night which meant the murder mystery could have two different endings Sarkozi said his role provided the comedy relief in the play I got a laugh and I was hooked from there on Sarkozi said Circle Arts Theatre founding executive director Elizabeth Elliott kind of lit the and others helped him along the way Sarkozi said Sisters embrace expanded program BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor Rebecca Houge and 11yearold Lindsay Edwards might not realize it but they are pioneers in Guadalupe County as far as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Alamo Area program is concerned They are the first official match in the program for the Comal area A new grant awarded by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services allowed the program to go where it has never gone before specifically Comal and Guadalupe counties Denise Pruett development direc tor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Alamo Area said the grant amount ed to about for a full oper ating year for expansion of the pro gram into Comal and Guadalupe counties and the outer regions of Bexar County Pruett said the grant was renewable each year The money is used for administration costs support staff and case manage ment Big Brothers Big Sisters Alamo Area is a nonprofit agency that has See SISTERS REBECCA HOUGE and LINDSAY EDWARDS ROTC funding Trustees concerned about costs for new SVHS program BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer About 80 cadets from Smirhson Valley High School are signed up to serve in a new Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program this fall but some Comal Independent School District trustees are questioning how much that program will cost the district When the armed forces discon tinued the practice of satellite units five years ago SVHS unable to continue participation in a satellite unit detachment of the Marine Corps JROTC at New Braunfels High School Earlier this year CISD approved adding the Naval JROTC program at SVHS Ret USN Cdr John Sondergaard and Ret USMC Sgt Chester Martinez have been picked to serve as Naval Science instructors at SVHS The program which will kickoff in August promises to teach stu dents selfdiscipline and leadership skills as well as a Naval Science curriculum that counts toward grad uation requirements Budget concerns During a board meeting this past week some trustees expressed con cerns about the cost of the program especially with another tight budget for the 20002001 school year A proposed million budget already includes a deficit When trustees were presented a proposal for the program district officials said CISD would be responsible for paying a portion of the two instructors salaries The proposed 20002001 budget shows the program will cost about for the first year Abel Campos business manager for CISD said that amount includes salaries for two instructors the cost of a portable building and supplies File photo Two members of the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at Smithson Valley High School salute during groundbreaking cere monies at the campus in June The ceremonies marked the beginning of an expansion project at the west Comal County campus and travel expenses Brad Williams principal of SVHS said the district would have to buy another portable for the school anyway to keep with student growth Campos said CISD would pay the instructors a teachers salaries plus military pay as part of the upfront costs The military then reimburses the district for the instructors mili tary pay Next year the district would have to pay for salaries and supplies only he said The cost of the program will be one of many things trustees will look at when they discuss the 2000 2001 budget July 25 Board president John Clay said the board wasnt considering cut ting the program but wanted some See INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Kelly Willis gets what she deserves Find out where inside Museum Trade land for library BY RON MALONEY AND Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writers The city of New Braunfels might have found a new owner for the Dittlinger Memorial Library building But instead of cash the city might get what could be valuable parkland and a source of rev enue for the city in exchange for the citys former library The city got a proposal this week from the Sophienburg Museum and Archives for the library The museum wants the city to trade the Dittlinger Memorial Library for the property next door and down river from the citys tube chute at Prince Solms Park A fence separates the chute area from the other property which is home to the Tube Chute Bar and Grill 460 E Mill St ADM Milling Co borders the property on its other side The owner of the property Kenneth Fiedler declined to comment Friday afternoon about a prospective deal with the Sophien burg Museum and Archives I have no com ment on the whole transaction until its over he said Anna Lee Hicks of the Sophienburg Muse um and Archives board said the organization had been negotiating with the city for the pur chase of the Dittlinger Library building since shortly after it came on the This hill and this area up here are very very she said We always felt if the library was ever to be available this would be the natural place for it to Hicks said the Sophienburg hadnt decided just how to use the Dittlinger building if it suc cessfully acquired it Were busting out at the seams in the Archives and in the she said Were trying to look at all kinds of different ways to use the Like Fiedler Hicks wouldnt comment on the terms of any possible sale or trade See INSIDE Key Code 76 Coming Sunday I lenty ojpassersby have smashed their ses against the glass oj this new Junky gift shop behind Huisache GrilL The wait ing ends this week with Princess Bes opening and the start oja unique shopping and dining experience called Grassmarket page Tell us about your favorite area back roads BY MICHAEL GARY News Editor With two very popular rivers and a lake near the City of New Braunfels there might not be much local interest in finding another swimming hole Yet does anyone know the where abouts of the Blue Hole What about the Devils Backbone Where is all the fun stuff to do when you are feeling chafed by floating in that inner tube all day long How and why did that Swiss restaurant and vineyard pop up near Farmto Market Road 3009 and FarmtoMarket Road 1863 Landscapers where is the best place to buy shrubs trees and other plants that deer will not devour as soon as you plant them in your yard That old gas station on Old Nacogdoches Road who owned and operated it in its heyday That oldtimer who sits on the porch and waves as you go by in your automo bile who is he anyway Whose old limestone sits just outside of town with an old rock wall and an historical marker in front of it The point is there are many interesting back roads leading in all directions of the compass surrounding the community of New Braunfels Possibly there is a story in every curve of the road The HeraldZeitung will explore the back roads of Comal and other counties surrounding New Braunfels in future Saturday editions Anyone who has a suggestion to make or a story to tell let us know about it and we will work to track it down and reveal it to our readers If you find any old diaries old photos or old barns give us a call at 6259144 ext 221 or send an email to
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