New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SPORTS TIME TO GO
NB softball coach Tracy Knapik steps down, citing personal and family reasons. Page 5A
Readers speak out about roads in New Braunfels, Terry Schiavo and Trustee Rose Cervin. Page 4A
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HMHMiFire destroys residence near Canyon Lake
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a two-story home Thursday afternoon.
Canyon I .ake and Spring Branch firefighters were dispatched to
Marine Circle and Lake Island Drive shortly before 5 p.m. after neighbors reported the house on fire on the north side of the lake.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Lt. James Villarreal’s crew from the Potters Creek station, located about three
miles away, were first on scene.
Villarreal knew he had a large fire and called for help from the remaining Canyon Lake stations and the Spring Branch Volunteer l ire Department.
“The home was more than 60 per
cent involved in heavy flames," Villarreal said. “The right side of the house was pretty much gone already.”
Fire Capt. Danny Ray said he could see heavy black smoke from miles away when he responded.
“Upon our arrival, the flames were already venting through the windows and the roof,” Ray said.
In addition, a live power line was down across the front of the home,
See FIRE, Page 8A
Pinto likely to stay as city manager
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto apparently was the top choice for the League City city administrator’s position, but Mayor Jeff Harrison now says he’d rather wait until after the May election to hire someone.
League City has been without a city administrator for almost a year.
Harrison told the Galveston County Daily News he would let the winner of May’s mayoral election hire a new city administrator, even though that might mean losing Pinto.
Pinto said Thursday he had not heard from I larrison.
“Although I’ve read the Galveston Daily News sto-
des, I really don’t know what they’re thinking because I haven’t heard from them,” he said. "But it would ethically be inappropriate for me to stay in an open-ended situation like this which could affect the perception of how I ’m doing my job for New Braunfels.” Pinto said he has an employment agreement with New Braunfels that would require 60 days notice if he
See PINTO, Page 8A
Donna Byrd, the owner ofWealth Preservation Advisors in New Braunfels, helps people plan for their futures.
Coleman celebrates 25 years in New Braunfels
By Scott Mahon
The Coleman Company will celebrate its 25th anniversary in New Braunfels today.
Founded in 1900 by W.C. Coleman and based in Wichita, Kau., the company opened the New Braunfels plant April 1,1980.
“We’ve encountered some economic downturns, but we’ve survived and grown stronger,” said Barry Brittain,
director of operations. “We’ve been a presence in New Braunfels for 25 years, and we expect to be here a long, long time.”
In 1900, Coleman established a lighting service in Kingfisher, Okla., known as the Hydro-Carbon Light Company. Having purchased a large amount of inventory, Coleman discovered he was unable to sell the product, so
See COLEMAN, Page 2A
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Father James Janish of St. Joseph's Catholic Church stands in the front of its current sanctuary.
By Ron Maloney
Last year was a tough one in Comal County in terms of water safety.
By Easter Sunday, two people had already drowned — one on each of the county’s two rivers. By the end of October, there were eight drownings.
As the weather warms up and river flows slow down, outfitters and public safety officials who are preparing for the summer say they hope those who use the water will be careful to protect themselves.
New Braunfels Fire Department Lt. Mike Wehman said Thursday his department's preparations for the summer
season were ongoing. Firefighters who respond to water rescue situations have been grateful so far this year that there have been no tragedies, he said.
“ The Guadalupe’s been up, and the weather’s kept the tourists off the river so far,” Wehman said. “We’re actually doing pretty good so far.” Drowning rescue calls, he said, are difficult ones for firefighters to make because by the time they get there, in most cases, what they’re working on isn’t a rescue — it’s a body recovery.
“Hie Bret thing we ask when we get on scene was, ‘When
See SAFETY, Page 8A
St. Joseph s adjusting to rapid growth IS*1*8
By Leigh Jones
BULVERDE — Ken Nickel’s address changed a lot during his 23-year career in the Air Force, but his “home” remained the same.
Nickel’s ancestors were among the first settlers in Honey Creek, near Bulverde, and were founding members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in 1876.
The major events of Nickel’s life — baptism, first communion, marriage — have taken place within the walls of the original church, a building his father helped construct in 1913.
While Nickel relishes his family’s history with the parish, he understands times have
changed and is anxious to help meet the needs of the rapidly growing congregation.
“We are no longer a small a nm try parish,” he said. “We can’t assume the way we’ve always done things will continue to work.” St. Joseph’s has tripled in size since Nickel moved home in 1993.
As the only parish in Bulverde, it is now the spiritual home for 900 families, and crowds often overflow out the front door during Sunday’s services.
Father James Janish recognized pretty quickly he could not meet all the needs of his multiplying flock, providing an opportunity for leaders in the church to step up to positions in lay ministry.
See CHURCH, Page 5A
ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
■ Pastor: Father James Janish
■ Denomination: Catholic
■ Attendance: 1,000
■ Meeting times:
5 and 6:30 p.m.
Saturday; 8, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday
■ Location: 25781 Hwy. 46 West
■ Phone: (830) 980-2268
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Above, with drinks in hand, two adults enjoy a warm, lazy afternoon on the Comal River. Below, tubers take advantage of the warm weather Wednesday afternoon to float down the Prince Solms tube chute.
Water safety can be a matter of life and death