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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY May 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 170 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Opening tourist weekend gets mixed reviews CHRIS Some of the many tubers who flocked to New Braunfels for the start of the summer tourist season exit the Comal BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer On Monday many campers and overnight visitors began packing up and hit ting the highways for the long drive back to Austin or San But for Mondays break from work was just another opportunity to grab a tube and jump in the Comal or Guadalupe On the Guadalupe camp grounds were emptying quickly as people took down their tents and got ready to head for But elsewhere in the people were just beginning to enjoy an extra day Families picnicked in Landa swimming and playing And by Monday cars lined the streets in front of Prince Solms Park with people getting tubes and coolers ready for a few hours on the Comal Some families were even making plans for a return trip to New Were planning on coming Joe Per due said as he helped his sons get their tubes out of the water at the last public exit on the Weve had a really good time this The river was clean the folks were Its been Well probably come back next Perdue and his family including his two small boys drove from Dallas and spent the weekend camping and tubing Comal Riv On Saturday and the increased police presence was they We saw them everywhere Per due And people were really well The two boys probably were the worst behaved people on the Thats what the New Braunfels police were hoping for over the long Memorial Day week traditionally the kickoff of the busy summer tourist While cars lined the streets and the river outfitters kept busy passing out the visitors mostly See For sacrifices so costly Comal County veterans remember fallen comrades Members of VFW Post 7110 salute ters across from Cypress Bend BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Harvey Haas spoke of a man he never met a man whose sacrifice helped shape the outcome of the a man who survivedthe Battaan Death March in the only to be killed on his way to a prisonersofwar camp in For Memorial Day is more than just a threeday For the Haas family especially Haas wife Karen its a time to remem ber a man who died fighting for his Karens father Russell Thurman died at sea when American planes bombed a Japanese prisonerofwar boat tak ing prisoners to More than people died on the Haas Haas spoke of the sacrifices of many soldiers during a Memorial Day ceremony at Guadalupe Valley Memorial About 30 other members of the Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post 35 and Auxiliary met at the cemetery to honoi the countrys fallen Haas read some of the captains letters home letters talking about playing poker and dreaming CHRIS the colors during the flagraising ceremony Monday at the posfs headquar daughter Erin were all present at the graveside Memorial Day is exclusively set aside for honoring those whom died serving in Haas said dur ing his And its allinclu sive 226 60 military million lives from 1775 to the attack on the USS Cole in Memorial Day started during the Civil War when Southern women started placing flower on graves of Union and Civil They chose May for no other reason than the flowers were blooming at that Memorial then known as Decoration changed in when it was moved to the last Monday in May creating a three day Haas And that move undermined the very meaning of Memorial he It is supposed to address the service and sacrifice of these men and Members of the American Legion spent most of Monday placing flags on the graves of those who died in wars at home and around the The group placed 895 flags in the Guadalupe Valley Cemetery and an additional 42 in the county ceme organizers CHRIS A placed by American Legion members on the grave of a veteran in a local waves in the wind of his wife and little Written mostly aboard a ship on its way to the the letters are one of the few memories Karen Haas of her Three generations of the Thurman family were present at the ceremony honoring all veterans who died during Karen her daughter Lisle and grand Councilman pitches testing for contractors KENDRICK BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil will consider requiring general contractors to pass a test before allowing them to build inside the city limits at the councils regular meeting Council m a n Robert Kendrick proposed pursuing testing options for licensed contrac The council will meet at after a spe cial closed session at 5 The group meets today because of the Memorial Day Some of the city staff want ed to make sure the builders were licensed and qualified to build in the Kendrick Theres not a test requirement for general con and we want to try to stop problems whenever we Under the con tractors would take an indus standardized test to obtain city The tests would be offered not less than four times a Applicants would have to pass with at Meeting WHEN today WHO New Braunfels City Council WHAT Regular meeting WHERE Municipal Building Council Chambers Because of the Memorial Day council meets least 70 If a contrac tor failed the the city would not retest that person for one According to provided to the city the Construction Board of Adjustment and in conjunction with city can provide the test applications for Mayor Stoney Williams This may be con It only applies to building contractors other contractors for air condition electricians are already tested by the If council agrees to look into the testing requirement for it will have to be written into an ordinance and looked at If council approves the con tractors would be unable to gain a permit to build in the city without passing the Williams See Councils musical chairs hits sour note with some BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer If Mayor Stoney Williams has his council members will sit in different seats after Tuesday nights Williams suggested at the May 14 meeting that council members sit according to their After Sonia Munoz and Larry Alexander officially took their Williams suggested Coun cil members did not change seats because it was not on the agenda and some of the members protested making the I think it would make things easier for the folks at Williams I also think it will help solve the problems with division on If you sit next to you have more of a tendency to want to work with that If the seating arrangement See INSIDE 4B Smithson Valley High School graduates 340 seniors BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer A nearcapacity crowd filled Strahan Coliseum on Sunday as Smithson Valley High School seniors became the second Comal County class of 2001 to graduate in San Smithson Valley High School had 340 seniors walk across the stage at Strahan putting an end to 12 years of formative educa The culmination of 12 years of education is the foundation of a free interim superinten dent Anthony Constanzo said as he presented the senior class to those who attended the graduation cere Comal Independent School District board members and high school administrators helped dole out 340 diplomas to seniors during the afternoon One graduate attempted to cross the stage without his but school officials quickly made him place them back on his other wise no no School officials tried to keep the event as orderly as possible but could do little to drown out the crowds Constanzo said he was fortunate to see this group of seniors excel individually and collectively during his brief tenure as They are a source of pride for us he Constanzo told the senior class to See SMITHSON JUSTIN BRASWELUHeraldZeitung Smithson Valley High School gradu ates exchange tears and con gratulations after being presented as the first graduating class of the new
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