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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS 00 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 266 16 pages in 2 sections November 1 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Wurstfest set for 40th anniversary BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The Wurstfest grounds bustled with activ ity Tuesday Workers set tables up inside one of the fes tivals tents Trucks and vans drove in and out of the grounds Some workers prepared carnival rides for the 40th annual Wurstfest which kicks off at 4 Friday in New Braunfels Landa Park See related B Right now the tents are up and the grounds are getting into Herb Skoog chairman of Wurst relations said Were looking for ward to a big opening Skoog said anywhere from to people attend the event each year It will probably be pretty good this year if the weather holds he said Wurstfest began in 1961 as a tribute to the art of sausage making It has grown into an international celebra tion of New Braunfels German heritage German food music and clothing are part of the attraction of the festival Wurstfest is held each year in Wursthalle along the Comal River in Landa Park Right now everything is fast and See The Mexican tradition is to lay out foods and ofrendas about attracting the Joan Nemec Dia de los Muertos Celebration of the dead a culmination of traditions K JESSIE A collection of photographs candles flowers ornaments and statues fill Maria Cruzs guestroom Visitors leave the items as thanks to Cruz a spiritual healer and to add strength to her prayers BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer In the front yard of a modestsized home on the West Side of New Braunfels a bear wear ing a witchs hat leans against a tree next to a tall crucifix encased in a glass and wood box Modern commercial Halloween gadgets like vibrating spiders and neon skeletons hang side by side with Christian symbols crucifixes and statuettes of saints Maria Cruz decorates passionately for sev eral reasons but the catalysts are Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos Although some South Texans celebrate El Dia de los Muertos today and tomorrow the official holiday is Nov 2 I love to decorate all Cruz said but admitted Halloween is her favorite season In this region the end of October and first two days in November are an apex of three cultures and how they remember or celebrate their dead All are visible in Cruzs home which looks like fallout from a cosmic event The threeday stretch on the calendar begins on Halloween a day that has morphed into a modernday Hallmark moment and is asso ciated with plastic pumpkin lanterns and cute ghost costumes Then come All Saints Day and All Souls Day two Christian holidays Finally there is the El Dia de los Muertos which stems from an Aztec tradition celebrat ing children and the dead After the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs Spanish priests worked to convert the natives to Christianity They pushed the celebration they considered pro fane and pagan to November to coincide with All Saints and All Souls Day They hoped the natives would forget the old gods they cele brated in the summer celebration and replace them with Christian beliefs See Wurst vendors Butch Hoffman sport ing a special hat for the occasion and Carolyn Johnson have had a booth at Wurstfest since it moved to Landa Park K JESSIE SLATEN HeraldZeitung Presidential campaign goes negative Local voting on pace for good BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer George W Bush launched a tough new ad Tuesday accus ing Al Gore of bending the setting the stage for a bitter climax to their closely fought presiden tial campaign Gore said Ame ricans need a president who will fight for them and has the experience to do Gore advisers jumped on Bush ibr challenging the vice presidents character after promising to run a positive campaign Even so the Gore team considered a lastminute ad questioning whether the Texas Republican was ready to be president A week before Election Day each candidate struggled to pull away from the other while a budget showdown in Washing ton and scores of close con gressional races competed for voters attention Ralph Nader the presidential races thirdparty wild card upped the ante with a biting satire ad that cast the BushGore race as a choice between the lesser of two The negative turn on all fronts was further proof that neither majorparty campaign was con fident enough of victory to close the race in traditional fash ion with highminded positive ads Analysts said both candi dates could face a backlash with little time to recover A number of Republicans pri vately said they were surprised that Bush would take the risk suggesting his move belies the apparent confidence he and his troops are careful to keep on display A very close race As the election nears tracking polls indicate the presidential race between Republican George W Bush and Democrat Al Gore is very close Here is a look at selected polls taken last week ABC News 55 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 30 55 Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 55 Note The tracking polls have an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points AP The candidates chased each other across California and Ore gon two states Gore hoped long ago to lock up Bush could win Oregon and its seven electoral votes but California the elec tions biggest prize at 54 elec toral votes is still a longshot In Oregon Gore cast himself as the dragonslaying populist in hopes of drawing Nader sup porters back into the Democ ratic fold Strategist Karl Rove said Bush needed a blanket inocula tion against Gore who has tried and abandoned several lines of attack in recent days Trick or treat K JE88NE Emman Heimer left has a little fun with her trickortreat bag while gathering candy at Market Place Tuesday night with friend Caroline Zgabay INSIDE Key Code 76 Rosedale developer mulls fund options BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A proposed lowincome housing facility lost the lottery this past week but is not ready to cash in all its chips The New Braunfels Housing Finance Corp approved in midOctober an application to the Texas Bond Review Board on behalf of MAGI Management in San Antonio The application requested an allocation of million in towinterest taxexempt bonds to help finance construction of the Rosedale Community new lowincome apartments However MAGI was not tapped to receive the bonds when the bond reservations were awarded through a lot tery system this past week But Rick Rodriguez president of MAGI said the pro ject would go forward At this time were determining which type of financ ing mechanisms were going to utilize to go forward with Rodriguez said However those different financing mechanisms might change the targeted clientele for the apartments The Rosedale Community is planned to replace the Rosedale Apartments at Rosedale Avenue and San Antonio Street The apartments originally were army barracks built in the 1940s or 1950s However the city ordered fam ilies to leave the apartments earlier this year after city officials found more than 150 violations of building fire health and safety codes The proposed Rosedale Community will consist of 80 units including 52 multifamily units and 28 rent toown townhouses Rodriguez said city staff and officials had been great to work with on the project Theyve all been very encouraging of the project and 1 think everybody wants to see that area See   

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