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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday August 5 2000 COUNTY LOCA1 STATE FROM THE DISPATCH Barn fire believed to have started at an electrical panel for a well blackened two or three acres of land and destroyed a small building Thursday night Canyon Lake Chief Shawn Wherry said firefighters were called to Trout Run in Fischer at around 9 for a report ed grass fire The fire spread to a nearby small building Wherry said and destroyed it Firefighters from Blanco County Spring Branch and Canyon Lake fought the fire We were there until about Wherry said Comal County Assistant Fire Marshall Darren Brinkkoeter said the fire was believed to have start ed in a faulty connection at the wells electrical box with arcing that caused sparks to ignite the grass at the well Damage was placed at around Brinkkoeter said The build ing was described as a small barn or large shed Hay fire A fire that destroyed about 20 round bales of hay Thursday night was believed started by sponta neous combustion accord ing to reports New Braunfels and Geronimo firefighters were called to a field in the 2500 block of Barbarosa Road at about for a reported fire in the bales located along a fence Comal County Assistant Fire Marshall Darren Brinkkoeter said prelimi nary investigation revealed the likely cause of the fire was spontaneous combus tion Spontaneous combustion sometimes occurs after wet or green hay is baled Bacteria grow in the mois ture in the hay and the inside of the bale super heats and eventually can catch fire Firefighters broke up the bales and sprayed down the fire It was a long Brinkkoeter said The inci dent is still under investiga tion UPCOMING MEETINGS NEW BRAUNFELS BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION Consider any necessary action regarding Rosedale Apartments Monday New Braunfels Municipal Building confer ence room D NEW BRAUNFELS PARKS AND RECRE ATION ADVISORY BOARD Monday Landa Park Office NEW BRAUNFELS COMMUNITY DEVELOP MENT ADVISORY COM MITTEE Public hearing 6 Tuesday confer ence room B New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Brilliant colors brighten up Hummel BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor Expect brilliant colors when you see Brother Cletus Behlmanns art both on the gallery walls and on the man himself if you should be lucky enough to meet this interesting gentleman You will know him when you see him At his opening reception Thursday night at the Hummel Museum and Art Gallery Behlmann was attired in purple shoes and a lively shirt he designed himself with his signa ture paint strokes and the words Go Van Gogh drawn on the back of the shirt Behlmann is a Marianist Bro ther artistinresidence and direc tor of the St Marys University Art Center in San Antonio He did not become interested in art until the ripe age of 28 When I joined the brothers I was asked what I was going into and I said said Behlmann For his first art class he was given a stick of charcoal and asked to draw a bean pot From those humble beginnings his interest and his talent grew I havent stopped I thought it would be a said Behl mann who never dreamed he would one day be showing in a gallery and have his own Web site to showcase his works His themes range from reli gious to folk art and abstract His love of traveling his favorite part of painting is reflected in pieces that depict the Cayman Islands streets of Belgium the San Antonio skyline and historic buildings in Gruene and New Braunfels He is an accomplished artist in metal sculpture acrylic watercol or batik stained glass pastel ceramics and weaving No matter what the subject is of a particular painting a whimsical horse flowers or reli gious symbols all are executed in vibrant hues that reflect Behlmanns passion for color A native of Florrisant Missouri Behlmann received his education at St Marys Uni versity and as a young brother started teaching elementary edu cation Before coming to San Antonio in 1977 Behlmann taught at Vianney High School in Kirkwood Missouri where he operated the Rooster Gallery The gallery had been a chicken house for 40 years before Behlmann renovated it and trans formed it into an art gallery Part of the renovated gallery CHRIS Brother Cletus Behlmann showcases his artwork at the Hummel Museum and Art Gallery through August 29 Behlmann takes requests for paintings before they are completed still is in use today Behlmanns work will be on display at the museum through Aug 29 Some pieces also are for sale Before to each of his trips Behlmann also takes requests for paintings prior to their comple tion They may subscribe to a paint ing before it is said Behlmann who requests a deposit to secure a framed paint ing To learn more about sub scribing access the artists Web site at 1A did not require any modifications to the design such as adding bricks to the houses for Brookshire to pro ceed Brookshire Homes is excited for the 12 families that saw the slabs for their new homes laid over the last 10 days last two weeks and have been waiting for the news that construction would begin or be Connolly said Now with the judges ruling those 12 families can begin making plans to move into their new homes in the next several weeks as con struction is But Charles Frigerio the citys attorney in this case said the judges ruling also was a partial victory for the city Its actually a partial victory for the city in that any further devel opment in the subdivision is halted until the court makes its final rul he said referring to the homes that are not already under con struction I think what the judge is trying to do is diminish any potential dam ages that they have since they have people out there and were in the process of building those he added And Frigerio said Brookshire Homes continues the construction on the 12 homes at their own per If the ordinance is found to be Constitutional theyre going to have to change to conform with the ordi he said The judge will hold a hearing within the next few weeks to deter mine if he will grant a permanent injunction against the city Frige rio said At that time the judge could decide to allow Brookshire Homes to continue building as it is now or it could find that the citys ordi nance is valid Then we would take up at that time what to do with the homes they have or how those homes would be changed to meet city code Frigerio said Soccer Sign Up Now Going On New Braunfles Youth Soccer Dont miss it Sign up now at Come have fun and leam Soccer Boys Girls Ages Registration Fee Copy of Birth Cerlilicate needed Last Day to Sign Up is Aigust 12th at the HUB Soccer fields 10am until 2pm 29RC8M Shopping just in time r Back to School Tax Free Shopping Holidays This Friday through Sunday August 46 Shop smart and save in style during the tax free shopping Youll find back to school savings all weekend at great stores like American Tourister Bass Bugle Boy Famous Footwear Full Size Fashions Rue 21 and WestPoint Stevens From clothes and accessories to backpacks and shoes New Braunfels Marketplace has everything youll need to equip the student body Plus be sure to join the Childrens Museum for their second annual Back to School Fair this Saturday from 9am to be over 30 businesses and organizations on hand to display dispense and demonstrate valuable information related to all aspects of childhood Need time to unwind Mamacitas and Marketplace Cinema 12 are the perfect stops to round out your back to school shopping Braunfels marketplace GOOD BUY 135 Exit 188 just north of Seguin Avenue in beautiful historic New Braunfels Call for shopping hours and additional info I888SHOP333 Purchase must comply with rules and regulations of the Texas Legislature and the Comptroller Office INlW A HERALDZEITUNG Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Saturday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer 311328 New 1328 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by car rier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 am Tuesday through Friday and by 7 Saturday and Sunday can call 830 6259144 Pos TMASitR Send address changes to the New Braunfels HemldZeitung Drawer 31 1328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Mission Homes The Homes That Dreams Are made of Recognized in Comal Hays and Guadalupe Counties for its outstanding architectural design unique custom features and construction quality Mission Homes currently has over 35 prepriced custom plans ranging from 1200 to 3600 square feet Or we can work with you to create your own custom design Our Lot or Yours MISSION IIOMUS Come see a reflection of todays family captured by Mission Homes Sungate Gardens Villas A From the Bandit 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