New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Africanized Honey Bee
Killer bee activity due to increase
By MANUEL ALVEAR Herald-Zeltung
Africanized honey bee activity in already quarantined Comal County is expects ed to increase this year due to general movement of the “killer” bees through the state, according to county extension officials.
Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said the number of Africanized hives found in the area has been small, but because the bees become more active in the summer, that number may increase over the next few months.
Since the county entered the quarantine, Taylor said, about 300 swarms have been rehived, with only three hives being found in the area.
“So in our minds, that’s not too bad,” Taylor said. “So far, we've only encountered them in about one percent of the hives.”
Taylor said the Africanized bees could not be distinguished from the common European bee except by laboratory examination of specimens.
The only difference easily perceived in a natural environment is the more aggressive behavior in the Africanized bee, he said.
According to Taylor, the Africanized Dee will sting 70 percent more quickly and 30 percent more often.
Taylor said the venom of the Africanized bees was actually less potent than their local counterparts, but that their aggressive nature and the increased number of stings likely to be received made them a greater threat.
Taylor said swarms of bees on private property could only be destroyed by the property owner or by professional exterminators.
By law, Taylor said beekeepers can only come onto a person’s property to collect active hives. They can then collect samples to determine if the hive is Africanized or European.
The specimens are sent to the entomology laboratory at Texas A&M University for examination.
A reference list of beekeepers is available with the County Extension office, located at 132 S. Extension Lane, Taylor said.
Taylor recommended that people scout an area before outdoor activities to check for the more aggressive bees.
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Rail Authority pushes deadline for bullet train
Tejano music star’s performance ‘a gift from heaven’
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald- ZeKung
The Texas High-Speed Rail Authority wants route plans for the “bullet train” project earlier to give residents fair warning, Executive Director Marc Bums said Thursday.
Current legislation mandating changes in the structure of the THSRA will also set a deadline for routing plans for the proposed bullet train, which will pass through Comal County.
If passed as written, Senate Bill 787 will set a Dec. 31 deadline for Texas TGV, the franchisee of the bullet train, to submit preferred routing plans to the THSRA, a date Burns said he wouldn’t mind seeing moved up.
Bums said current plans are not specific enough to warn people who may be affected by the path of the train.
“It is certainly a problem that can be solved, and it is certainly a problem that needs to be solved,” Bums said. “It’s simply not fair to leave people who may or may not be affected by the route not knowing... and I’m not sure that it can’t be fixed faster than by the end of this year.”
Current route plans show the rail turning south at Lockhart and passing near Geronimo. It will then cross over Highway 46 between New Braunfels and McQueeney and continue to nearby Schertz and Cibolo before making its way
into San Antonio.
City and county officials, including County Engineer Tom Horppeth, said they will not be sure what kind of effect the project will have on Guadalupe and Comal counties until the final route is established.
The bullet train would pass through the area in excess of 180 miles per hour, officials said. No local stops are planned.
Since the preliminary maps are drawn, Bums said TGV is making some modifications on the proposed route, and is continuing to study the train’s environmental and economic impact.
According to TGV Director of Finance James Gerber, an environmental impact study has been put on hold, but a ridership study is continuing. With the environmental study on hold, preferred routing plans cannot be finalized for the THSRA
But Gerber said ridership studies indicate strong support for high-speed rail in Texas.
The TGV ridership study has revealed that more than three million people travel the Houston-Dallas corridor, and more than three million travel the Houston-Austin-San Antonio corridor.
TGV has been given until December to raise $170 million in equity financing before the project gets under way.
To date, only $40 million has been raised. Gerber said he feels confident they will meet their goal.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
Tejano music’s biggest star, Emilio Navaira, will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight tonight at the Wursthalle.
The performance will benefit New Braunfels High School’s Senior Mexican-American Club, a fundraising organization that provides money for senior trips and donates funds for community services.
Frances Castilleja, the group’s sponsor, said Navaira’s managers called her a few months ago and asked if he could do a benefit performance for them.
“It was like a gift from heaven," said Castilleja. “I don’t know how they found me, but (one of Navaira’s promoters) called me and asked if he could do a benefit for us. He's like an angel from heaven — especially now that he’s so famous.”
Castilleja said the students didn't believe her when she told them Navaira was coming.
“I told them I have a surprise for you,” Castilleja said. “They were all excited — they couldn’t believe it They all came up to me, hugging me and asking how it happened.”
Navaira’s general manager, Johnny Casitas, said Navaira is interested in doing what he can to give back to the community that has supported him.
“He’s got a family, kids — it’s from the heart,” said Casilas. “Instead of joining a gang, he wants to say join the Tejano music gang, go to the concerts, enjoy the music.”
Navaira won a record five awards at Wednesday's “Pure Vida” Hispanic Music Awards.
He was also a big winner at the Tejano Music Awards and was named their entertainer of the year earlier this month.
His latest album, “Unsung Highways,” is No. 15 on the Billboard charts after 57 weeks. He was also nominated for a Grammy and as male artist of the year for the Billboard/Uni vision Latin Music Awards.
Thirty-two seniors will be participating this year’s senior trip which will be to Puerto Villarte.
“We’re expecting 3,000 to 4,000,” said Castilleja. The kids have really been work ing hard. We’ve sold 2,000 tickets already — we’re sold out of advance tickets. There’ll be tickets at the door. We’re expecting a lot of people."
Elderhostel to draw 39 seniors
“We do our lessons pragmatically in that we take them to the places where the history occurred,” Blackman said.
Hostelers will arrive at 3 p.m. Sunday and check into the Faust Hotel before beginning their week begins.
The group’s activities will include trips to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, Conservation Plaza and a mini-Wurst-fest in Landa Park, before wrapping up with a trip to the Hummel Museum on Friday morning.
Another event scheduled is the New Braunfels Treasures program, during which longtime citizens of New Braunfels
hold s special “front porch" meeting and share their experiences and history with the group.
These sessions, according to Blackman, are important because they relate personal experiences and allow the hostelers to better understand local history.
Blackman said the two Elder-hostels, one held in the early spring and the other in the early fall, allow visitors favorable timing and weather for a getaway, and bring approximately $12,000 to the area’s economy.
The hostel program also is designed in accordance with the mission statement of an historical society to the state of Texas.
Commissioner Christina Zamora is held behind bars Thursday to benefit Muscular Dystrophy. The group held its lock up at Blue Bonnet Motors all day Thursday, and raised about $4,400 in donations and pledges. Zamora was “arrested” by Comal County Sheriffs Reserve Deputies Howard Ludwig and Preston Overstreet. Officials said 19
I residents were (ailed. Robert Konkel of Molly Joe s was the top fund raiser of the day, bringing in $371.08. Photo by John Huseth.
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
Clyde Blackman of the Sophienburg Museum and Mary Ann Hollmig, director of the local Elderhostel program prepare name badges for the annual event.
Thirty-nine visitors between the ages of 62 and 85 will visit New Braunfels for one week during the third annual Elderhostel program.
According to Clyde Blackman of the Sophienburg Museum, Elderhostel, which is sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Museum Association, is an economic way for senior citizens to see the world and learn about the different regions they visit.
Hostel organizations are involved in continuing education in a relaxed environment, and the New Braunfels curriculum focuses directly on regional
The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invitee its readere to eub-mu items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch* represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day's happenings. For more Stammtisch, see page 3.Best wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Tencha Vargas, Clarissa Renee Garde, Blanca Sanchez, Charlie R Smith, Maria Rodriguez and Anna Lane. Saturday Birthdays go to Dan and Beth Williams, James Sam Miguel, Richard Reiz and Karin Norton. Anniversary wishes go to Phyllis and Jewel Marrow and Jerry and Mary Ester Sanchez.Easter bunnies
Sunlight Photography will take pictures of children with live Easter bunnies at The Children’s Museum today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sitting fee includes one 4x6 photo proof back the next day. Picture packages in by Easter. Call 620-0939. Proceeds will benefit The Children’s Museum.Tejano concert
Emilio Navaira, Entertainer of the Year at this year's Tqjano Music Awards, will perform at Wursthalle Friday night from 8 pm to midnight Doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the New Braunfels High School Senior Mexican-American Club. Tickets are available at the door.Time changeSpring foriV|rd...
The nation springs §|head an hour to daylight-savWg time this Sunday, April 4. /
In most of the nation clocks I should be shifted ahead one hour, local time, at 2 a.m.
Sunday. That means losing an hour, which will be returned Oct. 31 when standard time takes hold again.