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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 4 can water before 9 ana after 7 today Well users cannot water today HERALD TUNG Vol 149 No 203 18 pages in 2 sections August 19 2000 O AHPT TO Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents RON She might sing like an angel but Joan Guidry hasnt given up her day job at Wal Mart NB woman sings with angels voice WalMart employee singer cuts demo BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Joan Guidry sings with a heart and a soul as big and beautiful as the whole Texas Hill Country She should The New Braunfels resident and songwriter has been singing since she was a very little girl My mom said I could sing before I could Guidry said That might not be much of an exaggeration Guidry remembers her very first performance as a young school girl 1 was really scared and the auditorium was Guidry said My knees were knocking but my dress was below my knees so nobody could Now Guidry who has a degree in human resources from Louisiana State University and works in the optometry center of the New Braunfels WalMart has cut one demo compact disc and is in the process of recording another Shes also written a song for WalMart which she said is a great company and a great employer Shell be sending a record ing of it to the retailers Bentonville headquarters Someday she hopes to find her music on sale at WalMart A few days ago she performed one of her original songs at Freiheil General Store for Mo and Leslie Mumbles Humble Time radio program The show she played will be broadcast from 6 to 7 on Aug 26 on San Antonios KSYM FM and from 6 to 8 on Aug 28 on KIND FM out of San Marcos 1 only performed one song for Humble Guidry said They said Youve got to do more She wasnt ready that day she said Shed only rehearsed one song for them 1 told them Id only found out about them a few hours Shell be going back See Hummel changing focus look Museum will close for month for facelift FROM STAFF REPORTS The Hummel Museum and Art Gallery will close for inside renovations Tuesday and reopen Sept 22 with a new name and focus Museum director Doreen Schaeffer said directors would inform the public of the museums new focus at the reopen ing ceremonies in September Until then museum officials remain tightlipped about the facilitys new name Hummel Museum president Charles E Teeter promised major changes in the facility and its opera tions The purpose of the changes is to broaden the interest and the appeal of the museum beyond he said Schaeffer and Teeter said the scope of the Hummel Museum would be expand ed and the museum would remain a cul See K JESSIE The Hummel Museum and Art Gallery is looking to expand the appeal of the museum They like it hot Tough love for plants rooted in passion for beauty BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ HeraldZeitung Correspondent Chip Schumacher has created a 5 oasis of sunloving plants that thrive in the brutal Texas heat on FarmtoMarket Road 1863 At Schumachers Hill Country Gardens plants such as dwarf beau Mexican redbud and Brazilian rock rose soak up the rays in plastic pots Typed placards framed in wire read like dating game information details such as where the plant is from what it likes the kinds of animals attracted to it and what it needs to thrive Schumacher We do our best to fall our plants The ones we cant fall we Schumachers Hill Country Gardens motto moved to Texas from the Chicago area in 1980 and describes his nurserys development in seasons This is his seventh I put up a greenhouse at my house and I grew into this really quick because I grew everything I could get my hands Schumacher said Before long he was selling plants native to Texas or suited for its cli mate from his driveway to botanists and interested neighbors Today customers can walk neat rows of potted plants in the oasis of green where classical music mixed with the sounds of dripping water whisper in the background He has 10 greenhouses and a spe cial section called the trial garden where he tests the staying power of new specimens Gardeners of all levels from places as far away as Houston Dallas and Louisiana flock to his nursery which houses more than plant vari eties Five fulltime employees as well as several parttime employees help him tend to his babies For me its been like going to Schumacher U Every time 1 come to work I learn something con sultant Rose Royce said She has worked for Schumacher the past two years K JESSIE Chip Schumacher inspects a bird of one of many heattoler ant flora that thrive at his nursery on FarmtoMarket Road 1863 He has a strict philosophy about the plants he sells They must be able to survive naturally in the South Texas environment We grow plants that do well in this area We dont stray from that too much Weve got one of the best selections in the United States of Texas acclimated Schumacher said 1 dont believe in insecticides or fungicides or cides of any kind If nature cant find a balance out there without any chemicals then I just dont grow that See INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Want to hear a story Find out where on Page 2A Chamber supports Nov 7 ballot BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce supports two ballot proposals that could change the way New Braunfels con ducts economic development On Monday New Braun fels City Council officially called a Nov 7 election and approved wording for the two propositions Michael Meek president of the chamber said We are always for keeping the maximum number of options open for our com munity The city collects the 4A and 4B sales taxes each named for the legis lation creating the taxes The 4A tax is oneeighth of 1 percent ded icated to economic development The citys economic development corporation oversees those tax revenues The 4B tax is a onefourth of 1 percent tax Streets and drainage projects receive one eighth of that The remaining oneeighth of 1 percent goes to infrastructure improvement projects The citys infrastructure improvement cor poration oversees expenditure of 4B tax rev enues Councilwoman Debbie Flume championed the first proposition If approved 4B tax rev enues could be used to build and maintain youth or amateur sports facilities The second proposition would eliminate the 4A tax and rededicate that oneeighth of 1 percent tax to the 4B tax The proposition then would lift the limits on money spent on specific types of projects It also would allow the city to use the 4B tax rev enues for all legal uses Legal uses include economic development See MEEK INSIDE Coming Sunday Key Code 76 F JA forested in capturing part of the past Go antiquing and theres no better place than New Gore launches campaign with cruise ABOARD THE MARK TWAIN AP Having raced east to catch the sunrise Democrats Al Gore and Joseph Lieber man shoved off from the banks of the Mississippi River on Friday for a pad dlewheel cruise meant to stir heartland excitement for their freshly launched campaign Were for you we need you to help Gore appealed to voters Gore and Lieberman with their fami lies set ofton their Charting Americas Course cruise in La Crosse bare ly 12 hours after claiming their partys nomination for the White House half a continent away An unwieldy entourage of cam paign aides and jour nalists also piled onto the 120foot triple decked Mark Twain complete with cal liope Boats of Secret Service agents sput tered along on either side of the Mark Twain whose maxi mum speed according to pilot Ray Rich mond was a mere eight milesperhour Posing near the bow Gore turned down GORE photographers suggestions he balance himself handsfree as Leonardo DiCaprios character did in No Wrong Gore chuck led Gore focused his bon voyage remarks on campaign finance reform as he shared the Riverside Park stage with Wisconsin Democratic Sen Russell Fein gold This election Gore said should enable and empower all of us to join together to say the people of America have had enough of specialinterest money corrupting politics   

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