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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 COUNTY VÖLLEYBALriEAMS IN PUYOFFS 5PORTS 7  50«  New Braunfels  WEDNESDAY  NOVEMBER 2.2011  heral d - z eit ung .c o m  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852  PAC donations reach new high  Combined $36,510 raised for election campaigns  ByOrtgBowvn  The Herald-Zeitung  Thousands of dojl.irs in campaign contributions have been pouring into the political action committees working to influence voting in the Nov. 8 referenflum on whether to ban disposable containers from the city's rivers.  In eighth-day-b(*fore-eIe( tion campaign finance reports filed Monday, the city's three PACs ref)ortec! receiving contributions totaling $2 1,720.  That brings total reported contributions since mid-September, when the PACs started campaigning, to $36,510.  Billy's Ice House of New Braunfels^ a popular live-music venue, hqids the distinction of being the largest contributor, with $8,117 in donations and pledges to the Can the Ban PAC, which is fighting the propi)sed  ban on beer cans and other f()()d-a nd-f 1 rink disposabIes,  Purchases of newspap(‘r, radio, billboard and TV ads; signs and sign materials; T-shirts; and the printing and mailing of campaign fliers are among the ways the three PACs have sf)ent the» contributed thousands, according to the reports.  Reported spending reached  $2‘V^^^ for all thr(’e PA( s since campaigning began.  Voters can expe( t more c am-paign spending. The PAC.'s re[)orted they still had a total of $7,081 in contributions left to spf*nd.  The eightf)-day-1 x’fore-elec-tion camj)aign finance rep()rts are the final refoorts re(]uirt‘d f)ri-or to the elec tion.  ►AO HOC  Drafting proposals to begin  River committee will start crafting recommendations  from staff reports  Tht* New Braunfels Rivc'r Ad Hoc Committee is expc'cted to begin crafting its recommendations for improvements to the city's tubing industry when it meets at 4: Ul Wednesday at the M( Kenna Fvents (Center, Mt*eting Room A, at 801 W. San Antonio St.  The committee's first three meetings have foe used on presentations from city staffers regarding issues city couru il has asked it to try to solve, including congestc'd traffic and parking, making tubing revenue neutral or profitable' for c ity government, and improving safety for policemen, other city workers, residents and tourists.  On Wedriesday, for the first time, the group will break up into subcommittees to begin fashioning its re c o m m e n d a t i o n s. One will tackle traffic and parking. The second, tubing revenues. The third, safe-ty.  The committee will also hear presentations from Police Chief Tom Wibert and from Schlitterbahn. Working on a fast track, the committee is expected to l)ring its recommendations to city council on Dec. 12.  At its last mt'eting on Oct. 27, River Activities Manager Nathan Pence detailed the parking and traffic difficulties in the city's Prince Solms Park-centered Comal River tubing zone, where pedestrians, hetwy traffic, outfitters' shuttle's and neighborhood residents all come together.  The group also discussed spreading the word across the state about the tubing changes the grouf) will rec ommend. The committee seemed to agree the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau will be able to handle marketing those ideas.  SEAL OF APPROVA  BETTY TAYLOR (The Hetald-Zeitung  New Braunfels resident Helgard Suhr-Hollis has an arttiacf trom Braunfels, Germany that some find very interesting — espe^ dally if they happen to be Count Johannes Graf von Oppersdorf! from Germany, a direct descendant of Prince Carl Solms of Braunfels. Solms settled New Braunfels in 1845. Suhr-HoHts has the official seal of Prince Solms alongside the official seal of the Count's father, Hans George Graf von Oppersdorff, right, who once lived in Prince Solms’ castle in Germany.  DEUTSCHE MARE  Artifact from Germany connected to Prince Solms  By Betty Taylor  Tfie Herald-Zeitung  In a strange case of six dc'grec's of separation, Wurstfest style, New Braunfels resident Helgard Suhr-Hollis has an artifact from Braunfels, Germany that some find very interesting — esf)ecially if they hapfx^n to Ix? Count Johannes Graf von Oppersdorff from Germany, a descendant of Prince Carl Solms of Braunfels. Solms settled New Braunfels in 184.'S.  The Count visited Wurstfest during its ,50th celebration last year and was very interested when he discoverc'd Suhr-Hollis had the official seal of his fathc*r, the late Count Hans George Graf von Oppersdorff Solms,  The annual celebration of all things sausage opens at 4 p.nn. Friday, with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. The event continues through Nov. 13 at the Wurstfest Grounds In Landa Park. For details, visit wurstfest.com.  Suhr-Hollis has the offit iai seal of Prince Solms alongside the official seal of Count Hans George Graf von Oppersdorff Solms, who once lived in Prince Solms' castle in Ciermanv. Tlie st'al of the late Count  refjrc'sents the family crest.  "The Count was very shoc ked to see it," she said. "He had nevc'r seen it tx'forc'. I think I must have acc]uired it in I9‘5 when \w met Count Hans George Graf von 0()persdortf Solms. We had visitc'd Prince Solms castle the year Ix'forc' during (it's) 7,')0th-year cek'bration. I was the only one from Texas at that celebration.  "The following yc\ir in he visitc'd New Braunfels as part of our 1 SOth anniversary. I think hc' must have given it to me then."  Tlie seal of Prince Solms displays a double-hc'aded c\igle.  "The double-hc'.vdc'd t'agle reprc'-sentc'd the army, fie was in the Austrian army" Suhr-Hollis said.  Getting kicks to help boot children’s cancer  By BettfTaytor  Tfie Herald-Zeitung It's a game that never goes out of style. Kick-ball hits the Camp Comal Softball Fields for a gcxxi cause Nov. 19 when teams will converge to raise money tor children's cancer research.  Called Kick-lt, the fundraiser will be part of a nationwide fundraising program, but it will be the first-ever event of its type in the New Braunfels area, ;  "I have four confirmetl teams Adam Bays  Kiek-It Fundraiser for children’s cancer research  When: 9 a.m. Nov. 19 Where: Camp Comal Softball Fields Registration deadline: Sunday  so far, but 1 have verbal commitments from at least 20 teams," said Yvonne Bays, event organ-izer.  The event is open to all ages. Bi^s has spoken to teams that range in age from third-  graders to adults.  "It's just one of those games that even past elementary school, vou still like to play it," Bays said. "And the whole goal is raise money for children's c ancer rc'searc h."  Bays wanted to hold the event in the fall, when her son, Adam Bays, 15, would be able to attc'nd. Adam was diagnosc'd with leukemia on Feb. 3 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.  During Aaam's treatment, Yvonne said they  See KICK-IT, Page 12  Can the Ban  Can the Ban PAC' Treasurer ( hantc* Mazy, who [)romised full disclosure this time around afti'r the resignation of the PAC's original treasurer resulted in a bun-glc'd initial camf)aign rc'port in mid-0( tolx‘r, sK'ms to have kc'{)t ht'r word.  Mazy filed a 12-page, notarized rc'port outlining $I2,,S81 m total political confri but ions  See DONATIONS, Page 12  ► REDISTRICTING  Filing time for hopefuls might be shortened  Approval of new maps unlikely to come soon  SAN ANTONIO (AP)  A thrtH'-)udgc» panel tv unlikely to approve tem[)o-rary ma[)s for Tex.js' revampc'd politic.)1 districts iK'tore candidate's are schc'd-ulc'd to start filing tor next year's )riniary ek'c tions, the tedc'ra iudgt'ssaid Monday.  (onsc'ciuently, tht' opc*n-ing of the' filing )eriod mav be delayc'd am shortet’tc'd for candidates in all state-and congressional racc's bv about two wcH'ks, !he\ saiil.  The' vic'w was made c Ic-ar during a fc'deral court hearing in SiUi Antonio. The fudges said thev were' unlikely to approve interim congressional niaps by Nov.  12, when filing tor offic e is scheduled to begin statc'wicie.  State elections direc tc>r Ann Me Cieehan fold the judges that state and countv c'lection administrators needed time to [)rc'pare tor the' primaries, U.S. Distric f fudge Orlando Gaic ia askc'd it it would Ix' better to shorten the filing pc'rioc! for congressional and state House and state Senate races only, or tor all races statewide.  "I think it's prefc'rablc' to )ust move everybody," she said.  lawyers and rc'presenta-tivc's of Texas' ke[)ublic an and Democratic parties appc'aled to the judges to announce what the filing }H'ri(xj would lx‘. The judge's said the^y might do so by the end of this week.  The hearing involved a  See MAPS, Page 12  WEATHER, 12  LAYTON C.  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