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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 268 18 pages in 2 sections November 3 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Early voting for general city and school elections ends today FROM STAFF REPORTS Today is the last day for early voting in Tuesdays general election and the last day voters can enjoy the one stop shop ping convenience of voting in all local elections in one place Early voting in all the school district city and national elections runs from 8 to in the old county tax office at the Comal Coun ty Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin Ave Early voting for the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District election also is conducted from 8 to 5 today at die Education Center 430 W Mill St Early voting in the special New Braunfels city election continues from 8 to 5 today at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave County Clerk Joy Streater said a record breaking county voters have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote early and avoid the crowds on Nov 7 The previous high mark was about About voters cast ballots early in Bulverde and a similar number voted in Canyon Lake Streater said Comal County has more than registered voters Streater told Commis sioners Court Thursday she expected to see a good number of them vote early today Weve averaged 800 to 900 a day and usually the last two days are Streater said Prepared for the Wurst Dust off your lederhosen dirndls for 10day salute to sausage SAY WHAT To communicate at Wurstfest you must know how to speak the language Heres a primer on some of the terms you will hear Willkommen zum Wurstfest Welcome to Wurstfest Prosit und hab Spafl Cheers and have fun Wurst am Stock Sausage on a Stick Wunderbar Wonderful BMUCher Visitor Dirndl Bavarian traditional dress Lederhosen Leather pants Oma Grandmother Opa Grandfather Kartoffel Puffer Potato pancake Brotchen Bread roll KleineOpa Little Opa Opa in Kinder Children Frau or Mrs Frauleln Miss Ententanz duck dance Chicken Dance Hut Akkordeon Accordion Musik Music GrosseZelt Big Tent KleineZelt Little Tent GutenTag Hello Source Wurstfest Association CHRIS Kurt Middelkoop an engineer from Richardson sets up his Pickle Factory sign on the roof of the Republican Womens booth Thursday The pickle factory grew from an idea his motherinlaw Bucky Smith had four years ago 40th Wurstfest kicks off tonight BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor Lederhosen and dirndls willbe the dress of the day as the 40th annual Wurstfest kicks off with opening cere monies today on the Wurstfest grounds on the banks of the Comal River The festival celebrates the communitys German heritage and provides gemuetlichkeit fun and fellowship in the German tradition Musical entertainment by the Blasorcheter der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr the Volunteer Fire Department Brass Bandfrom Braunfels Germany and the Comal Community Band of New Braunfels begins at 4 with the open ing ceremonies at 5 Hosts for the ceremonies will be Wurstfest President David Lamon PresidentElect and Festival Chairman Everything you need to Tonights Welcome to Just how do they make heart shaped Ron DeStefano and Grosse Opa Tom Purdum along with the 240 Opas Kleine Opas Senior Opas and Opas Emeritus who make up the Wurstfest Association After the official biting of the sausage to open Wurstfest 2000 a laser show extravaganza will begin about Admission to the grounds will be free until 7 tonight Regular admission to the 10day festival is Children 12 and younger are admit ted free at all times Group rates advance discounts and special weekday promo tions are available Wurstfest Executive Director Suzanne Herbelin said the sausage festival normal ly drew about people each year See K JESSIE New Braunfels Smokehouse prepared these heartshaped links of sausage for todays opening ceremonies RHEINLANDER Comal County redrafts water availability regulations BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County is revisiting proposed subdivision rules that would force developers of large properties to prove there is enough water available to serve their projects County Counsel Nathan Rheinlander told com missioners court Thursday that staff was working on a fourth draft of the pending rules Were making some real progress working on some of the concerns of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Co and New Braunfels Rheinlander said Rheinlander said he and Coun ty Engineer Tom Homseth had begun work on a new draft of the regulations to be presented to the countys Waterwise Growth Study Committee Both are members of the waterwise committee which next meets on Nov 13 Commissioners court conducted a twohour pub lic hearing on the proposed rules About 50 people attended and a number of them criticized the guide lines Roger Biggers assistant general manager for New Braunfels Utilities told commissioners the rules as written were not workable and put undue burdens on water customers At issue was a requirement that a water provider certify it could provide water for a full build out of its service area in connection with a proposed sub division For NBU that requirement would mean the utility must certify it now has the water to serve the greater New Braunfels area for the next 50 years To ensure that the water and the infrastructure supporting it existed would cost million a year Biggers said those costs for future customers would be unfairly borne by NBUs current cus tomers The Canyon Lake Water Supply Co also attend ed the meeting but made no presentation The new subdivision rules will when adopted make certifying the availability of water a condition of plat approval Under Senate Bill 1 the states omnibus water bill passed in 1997 counties in Priority Groundwater Management Areas can require developers to certi fy that enough water is available to serve proposed subdivisions The Trinity Aquifer in western Comal County is such an area Commissioners appointed a 13member water wise committee to examine water and other growth See MOCK VOTE A sampling of voting in local schools Lamar Primary Kindergarten students vote on Monday during Music and Movement class State Etenwntary The entire school votes today between 9 and Poll results are computerized Only regis tered voters are allowed to participate Canyon High School On Nov 7 four students will be sworn in as Pracinct 20 clerks for the real election EtemtnUMry Students vote on Nov 7 Early polls show Bush ahead 93 percent to 7 per cent for Gore Memorial pupils learn vote process BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Last week in a classroom at Memorial Ele mentary a group of secondand thirdgrade students talked like seasoned political pundits about the presidential election As teachers across Comal County have done Carolyn Wollack has taken advantage about the American system of government Educators in the New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts have created a variety of handson activities to teach their students something that statistics show their make their own Challenge student Brady Ford said at a roundtaWe dis cussion led by the second and third graders His fellow Challenge students a pro gram for academically advanced children have organized a mock election that mir rors the real election right down to register ing to vote The students will vote between 9 and on Nov 7 and everyone who casts a ballot gets a sticker on die back of their vot er registration card We did this student election mis year so it could be really he said Brightly colored signs on campus listed voter qualifications and held registration cards The mature content of the posters seemed at odds with the childlike writing let ters etched in shaky red blue and black lines conveyed age restrictions and registration deadlines To vote in die election participants must be at least 6 years old attend Memorial Ele mentary and cannot be a teacher The third graders decided teachers could not Wollack said As registration cards poured in the Chal When theyre adults theyll know how to elders seem to have forgotten how to vote vote and know what to thirdgrader lenge class checked the names against a mas andwny Jared Smith said He watched die presidential ter list to eliminate illegal dual registration Its important that people vote so other debates at home and enjoyed hearing the As Smith the thirdgrader talked about people dont make their decision they candidates talk about education see INSIDE Key Code 76   

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