New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, April 4,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 8«
*Just Being Good NeighborsWith 130 Germans heading to town for the Sesquicentennial, local families open their homes
ly CYNTHIA CASON
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels’ host families for isitors from our sister city, Braunfels, jermany, are getting ready to roll out he red carpet and have a barrel of fun luring the week of the Sesquicenten-lial beginning April 13. Two groups of nore than 130 people are scheduled o stay with families during the 10-lay Sesquicentennial celebration. Russell Brandt, of New Braunfels Resorts, Inc., is the Host Family coordinator.
“We enjoy having these German visitors who make a great effort to fit right into our family lifestyle,” said Brandt, who is also President-elect of Wurstfest 1995. “I think we host families get great benefits for doing our job. Most of the Germans speak English and appreciate our lifestyle. We think we make life-long friends. Some of these visitors return year after year and they have invited us to visit them in Germany for Braunfels’ 750th anniversary to be celebrated in 1996. Several of us want to go. We know we’ll have a pleasant place to stay with people most of us already know...what more could you ask?”
The visitor exchange between Braunfels and New Braunfels began more than 20 years ago when host families volunteered to invite into their homes the German band members who had come to New Braunfels to entertain during the Wurstfest celebrations. Clifton Brandt, former president of Wurstfest and father of Russell, has been involved with hosting the visiting Germans since Russell’s sister traveled to Germany as an exchange student in high school back in the 70s. The Brandt family then invited the daughter of the German host family back to New Braunfels to visit the following year.
“The exchange program has been going on for at least 20 years,” said Karon Haas, a nurse at McKenna Memorial Hospital. “My husband Harvey remembers coming back from Vietnam and finding two German ladies staying with his mother. The
The Mariachi Cardenas Ecos de Mexico were the recipients of German hospitality on a trip last year, and liked it so much they are heading back again next year.
on a reciprocal visit, we took Gilbert Cardenas and the Mariachi Cardenas to Braunfels. The Mariachi band entertained our German friends while we prepared over I OO pounds of seasoned fajita meat, beans, guacamole, cheese and tortillas served up as a Tex-Mex supper for our friends. Gilbert and the Mariachi Cardenas were so overwhelmed by the German hospitality that Gilbert agreed to play a Mariachi Mass at the local church the following morning. The Mariachi Cardenas were so popular they have been invited back to the Braunfels 750th anniversary celebration in 1996.”
To learn more about the host families for Sesquicentennial 1995, call Russell Brandt at 629-5924.
it took a while before they finally sampled the com. They stopped eating completely and explained carefully that in Germany com is fed to the hogs aaa We all had a good laugh.’
— Karen Haas
German guests praised Harvey for having served his country—lots of flag-waving and little presents, you know. He thought it ironic that they would be the ones to thank him for his military efforts. He was pleasantly surprised by their attitude.”
Former New Braunfels Mayor Clifton Brandt and his wife Doris will host the present mayor of Braunfels, a small German town of 5,000 people located within 45 minutes of Frank
“Our experiences have been so good, it really isn’t any trouble to be a host family,” said Mrs. Brandt. “The Germans aren’t demanding at all and try to make every effort to fit into the host family’s schedule. The continental breakfast of toast and coffee seems to satisfy them and most of the other meals are eaten away from the house during the many activities scheduled especially for these visitors. There are buses to take them around on arranged tours to Laredo, San Antonio, and Fredericksburg. We help them see as much of the country as they want, and the field trips and planned activities allow us to go on about our business while they can maximize their tourism. Many of us join in the activities anyway because the German visitors are so pleasant to be around.”
Mr. Brandt agrees. “I remember it as a time of IO days of no complaints and a lot of fun,” he said.
Karen Haas will tell you that the visitors are more fun than hindrance. “We’re glad to see them because they
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do make an effort to fit in and show they appreciate our efforts. Just don’t feed them com,” she said. “We had a family visit several years ago who had never eaten roasted ears (com on the cob) before. They were speechless. Their eyes got as big as saucers when I served what we explained was a starchy vegetable and that kids loved it. It took a while before they finally sampled the com. They stopped eating completely and explained carefully that in Germany com is fed to the hogs, the animal kind,” said Ms. Haas. “We all had a good laugh.”
Benno Engel, a local German language teacher, will host an old and treasured friend, Gerhard Adam, a German who, while visiting New Braunfels came up to the high school with his son to look around and there met Mr. Engel, who was teaching his German class.
“That day 17 years ago marked the beginning of a long and remarkable friendship,” said Engel. “Gerhard has
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memories of hosting German fami-
since returned to New Braunfels several times—even presenting slide shows for my class. You make friends for life in this program and the benefits for the youngsters arc incalculable.” Learning a foreign language is so important for all ages, and these visits give youngsters an opportunity to practice their skills. The language becomes alive; real people speak it. Some members of host families speak German, such as Mr. Engel and Doris Brandt. “But it really isn’t necessary because the Germans speak English so well,” said Ms. Brandt.
With the Deutschmark so strong, the host families say the German visitors love to shop. “We’re like a huge discount mall to them,” said Mr. Engel. "They like to buy cowboy hats, boots and blue jeans. American blue jeans are very expensive in Germany.”
And what about our food? Can they dig the picante? Do they like Tex-Mex food with all the trimmings?
“Oh yes,” said Mr. Engel. “Last year
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The following people were arrested by the New Braunfels Police Department from March 2, 1995, through March 22, 1995. Michael Birchfield, 20, of 1070 Mary Preiss in New Braunfels, was charged March 14 with alcohol violations.
■ Miguel Deleon, 19, of 1312 San Pedro in San Antonio, was charged March 14 with traffic violations.
■ Shawn McCoy, 40, of 610 Butcher in New Braunfels, was arrested March 15 for other athorities.
■ Alex Rosales, 30, of 1554 Eichen in New Braunfels, was arrested March
15 on unspecified charges.
■ Antonio Razo, 33, of 337 Paradise Alley in New Braunfels, was arrested March 15 on unspecified charges.
■ Michael Gomez, 22, of 143 S. West End in New Braunfels, was charged March 15 with theft.
■ Lonnie Schwausch, 36, of Rt. 2 Box 671-B35 in New Braunfels, was charged March 15 with driving under the influence.
■ Reuben Johnson, 38, of 550 Rt. 6 in New Braunfels, was arrested March
16 on unspecified charges.
■ Jose Gar?a, 20, of 1066 Linde in New Braunfels, was arrested March 16 on unspecified charges.
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Braunfels will hold its next regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 4. A luncheon WHI be served at noon at T-B-M. Economic Development is the subject of the program to be brought by Al Notzon, Director of Alamo Area Council of Government. All members and prospective members are invited. Those who wish to attend must make reservations by March 31 with Pam Brandt, at 629-5924, extension 173, or at 629-0004.
The Comal County Volunteers, a
unit of the Texas Constitutional Militia, will hold a public meeting April 4 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, 100 FM 3159. The speaker will Floy Liney, internationally famous advocate of private property rights and com-mon-sen6e environmentalism. The public is urged to attend.
The Eagle Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Officers to meet at 7 p.m.
The German-American Society wi meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Bavarian VMage Restaurant. President Helgard Suhr will give a slide presentation on Australia and New Zealand
■ Yvette Serna, 18, of 1066 Linde in New Braunfels, was arrested on unspecified charges.
■ Tracy Lorenz, 22, of 650 Guadalupe in Kingsbury, was charged March 17 with forgery.
■ Javier Nieto, 27, of 378 Seele in New Braunfels, was charged March
17 with aggravated assault.
■ Isabel Robles, 45, of 106 Glenbrook in New Braunfels, was charged March 17 with public intoxication.
■ Leenard Aguirre, 23, of 692 E. South in New Braunfels, was charged March 17 with aggravated assault.
■ Jeronimo Zacarias, 21, of 415 N. Hickory in New Braunfels, was charged March 18 with public intoxication.
■ Hugo Castillo, 21, of 2524 W. Katy in New Braunfels, was charged March 18 with public intoxication.
■ Jose Laeon, 31, of 2524 W. Katy in New Braunfels, was arrested March
18 on unspecified charges.
■ Sharon Scott, 31, of 5332 S. Seguin in New Braunfels, was arrested March 18 on unspecified charges.
■ Christoph Boyd, 27, of 1833 Kuehler in New Braunfels, was arrested March 18 on unspecified charges.
■ Terence Aguirre, 25, of 460 E.
Common in New Braunfels, was arrested March 19 on unspecified charges.
■ George Olivo, 24, of 345 S. Guenther in New Braunfels, was charged March 19 with public intoxication.
■ Jose Solano, 26, of 305 Plum in New Braunfels, was charged March 19 with public intoxication.
■ Jason Gonzales, 19, of Rt. 2 Box 823M in New Braunfels, was arrested March 19 on unspecified charges.
■ David Torres, 43, of 1835 W. Katy in New Braunfels, was arrested March 19 on unspecified charges.
■ Alma Cardenas, 35, of 394 Basel in New Braunfels, was charged March
19 with aggravated assault.
■ Jesse Sanchez, 27, of 247 W. Torrey in New Braunfels, was charged March 19 with public intoxication.
■ Jeremie Sanchez, 23, of 427 E. Dittlinger in New Braunfels, was charged March 19 with disorderly conduct.
■ Rolando Medrano, 20, of 1322 FM MOI in New Braunfels, was charged March 19 with disorderly conduct.
■ Eilleen Tristan, 26, of 561 Schmidt in New Braunfels, was charged March
20 with traffic violations.
■ Paul Sanchez, 19, of 274 Napoleon in New Braunfels, was charged March 20 with public intoxication.
■ Jose Medellin, 19, of 506 E. Dittlinger in New Braunfels, was charged March 20 with public intoxication.
■ Jose Torres, 39, of480 Schmidt in New Braunfels, was arrested March
20 on unspecified charges.
■ Rachel Juarez, 38, of 614 Bavarian in New Braunfels, was arrested march 21 on unspecified charges.
■ Cory Thomas, 20, of 1013 Mission in New Braunfels, was arrested March
21 for other athorities.
■ John Hernandez, 23, of 175 Richter in New Braunfels, was arrested March 21 on unspecified charges.
■ Clarence Hartenstine, 19, of 908 Oasis in New Braunfels, was charged March 21 with alcohol violations.
■ Hugh Kincaid, 30, of 169 Greenwood in Startzville, was arrested March
21 on unspecified charges.
■ Robert Hinkle, 54, of 210 Parkview in New Braunfels, was charged March 22 with public intoxication.
■ Terry May, 40, of609 S. Union in New Braunfels, was charged March
22 with public intoxication.
■ Jeffery Wagner, 18, of 2626 Bab
cock in San Antonio, was arrested March 22 for other authorities.
■ Eddie Gonzales, 23, of 1820 Wald Rd. in New Braunfels, was arrested March 22 for other authonties.
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The Comal County Genealogy Society will meet April 4 at the Victoria Bank and Trust’s North building at 7 p.m. This will be a workshop meeting to plan for the Sesquicentennial Parade to be held April 22.
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The New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association will meet April 5 in the NBISD Education Center Board Room. The business meeting and pro
gram will start at 10 a.m., preceded by coffee and cookies at 9:30 a.m. All retired school personnel are invited to attend.
The Men’s Garden Club will meet Thursday, April 6 at 7 :30 p.m. in the Comal County Extension Service building at 132 S. Water lane. Betty Triesch will present a program on Lindheimer flora. Remember to bring plants for show and tell or trade-a-plant.
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