New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Children’s network set to open
By GARY P. CARROM. HerakJ-Zeltung
Kids from around the area will now be able to see what it is like to put together a television news broadcast with today’s opening of the Children’s Museum Network at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels.
With help from KMOL-TV4, state grants, the City of New Braunfels Arts Commission and area businesses, CMN TV will be a fully operational TV studio — for kids only.
However, the emphasis will be placed on reading and writing instead of television.
“Kids watch TV all the time, and we hope that they learn that there will always be writing," said Carolyn Burrow, executive director of The Children’s Museum.
Burrow said the idea behind the TV studio is part of a larger project she has been working on as a part of The Art of Language program.
Burrow said the idea is to incorporate different aspects of the museum under the umbrella of the Art of Language Grant, which is designed to stress the importance of language and communication.
The Art of Language exhibit combines the museum’s puppet theater, faiiy-tale land and television studio, and will stress the importance of the written word to children of all ages.
“The idea was to have the exhibit be all about reading and writing," Burrow said.
KMOL-TV in San Antonio has worked closely with Children’s Museum officials to provide them with as accurate as possible a representation of an actual news set
Cameras, switching boards, lighting, back-drops and a makeup station are all a part of the kiddie studio. Although the studio would provide some amusement to kids, Burrow said its overall goal is education.
Rick Gold, special consultant and official TV Guy with the Children’s Museum, said the idea for a television studio is not new, but the New Braunfels exhibit is one-of-a-kind in Texas.
Gold said the goal is to give children a better understanding of the workings of a television studio, and provide them with the behind-the-scenes knowledge of the production processes of a TV newscast.
Students from local schools will receive curriculum packets outlining the processes involved with producing a news broadcast.
Following the in-school pre-production work, the students take their knowledge to the studio for production. Once in the studio, students will act out and produce their news broadcast and, Burrow said hopefully, learn a valuable lesson.
The grand opening for the studio is at 4:30 p.m. today, at The Children’s Museum.
The museum is located in the Courtyard Shopping Center at exit 187 of Interstate Highway 35 in New Braunfels behind Arbys.
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Vol. 141, No. 98
Women’s Shelter campaign aims at $250,000 goal
By GARY P. CARROLL HerakJ-Zeltung
Volunteers for the Capital Campaign Fund Drive to raise money for the Comal County Women’s Shelter have set their sights on a $250,000 goal.
Capital Campaign Co-Chairperson Rita Kauftnann said $33,500 has been pledged and $15,000 was collected prior to reports from the Leadership Committee Campaign.
But Kaufmann said one of the biggest goals is educating the community of the prevalence of domestic violence in New Braunfels.
“The more people who earn thi’re is a problem, then the better able we wi I Hie to care for these people in our community," Kaufmann said.
The fund drive, which kicked off in mid-March, is divided amongst three fundraising groups with different goals. The groups include:
• The Leadership Committee, the first committee to begin raising money with a goal of $75,000.
• The Guardian Committee, chaired by Pam and Rusty Brandt, which gets under way April 18 with a $60,000 goal.
• The Friends Committee, chaired by
Dick Koegle and Larry Kunkel, which starts up shortly after with a $30,000 goal.
• The Board of Directors, chaired by Women’s Shelter Chainman Don Maxwell, has a $10,000 goal.
People wishing to pledge money may spread payments on their pledges out over a three-year period. Fund drive volunteers hope the payment plan will attract donations to the shelter.
Women’s Shelter Executive Director Cindy Stauffer said efforts are being made to educate the public alxnit domestic violence.
Stauffer said the shelter does more than
just provide safe harbor for victims of domestic violence. The shelter also pro vides peer group counseling and profes sional counseling referrals for women and children.
“We work very closely with the children to break the cycle of violence,” Stauffer said.
Stauffer said the increase in domestic violence has created the need for a larger shelter, and she hopes people get involved enough to help remedy the growing prob lem.
For more information on the Capital Campaign, call the shelter at 620-7520.
Congregation breaks ground for $2.2 million project i
“But there is no doubt today, Beloved. We are breaking ground today for the next generation. God is in this place!”
Rev. Daryl Higgins, senior minister, First Protestant Church
By DAVID SULLENS Herald-Zeltung
To the music of a band with a strong German flavor, the congregation of New Braunfels’ historic First Protestant Church Sunday broke ground for a $2.2 million construction project.
Church leaders, beginning with the Rev. Daryl Higgins, the church’s senior minister, and Marge Crumbaker, who chairs its building committee, turned spades of earth to symbolize the beginning of the project
The Ground Breaking ceremonies, held at the rear of the
house which serves as the church’s day care facility, concluded the congregation's 10:30 a.m. service, which opened with the traditional procession symbolizing Christs triumphant Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem.
At the conclusion of the services, the congregation marched to the strains of “When the Saints Go
Marching In" out of the sanctuary and to the ground breaking site.
The minister noted that, though the sun was bright, at midnight a storm had raged over New Braunfels. That was symbolic, he said, of tile project from its inception.
When he and his wife accepted the New Braunfels appointment, Higgins said other ministers told
him that First Protestant’s traditionally conservative congregation would not commit to such an amb tious building program.
“But there is no doubt today, Beloved,” Rev. Higgins proclaimed. “We are breaking ground today for the next generation. God is in this place'"
Though tile project is forward looking, he said its roots go back to March 21, 1846, when the founders of the church met “under that little oak tree at Sophienburg Hill to pray for guidance."
That was a theme built upon by Gene Momhinweg who spoke of the presence of the spirits of the
church's leaders til rough the years.
Those speaking at the Ground Breaking ceremonies included: Tom Purdum, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce; Ronnie Haas, prest* dent of the church council; Marge Crumbaker; Robert Sohn, finance chairman and treasurer; Louis Cruz of the Reitzer and Cruz architectural firm; the Rev. James Tomasek, conference minister; New Braunfels Mayor Clinton Brandt; Comal County Judge Carter Casteel; Bob Smith; and Mike Dietert, chairman of the board of the New Braunfels Chamber.
New Braunfels Fire Department personnel prepare to transport a New Braunfels motorist from the scene of a three-vehicle accident during the weekend The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 46 South and Interstate Highway 35. New Braunfels Police Officer Mike Granado said officials arrestee a 70-year ok* New Braunfels man on charges of driving while intoxicated and failing to stop and render aid. The injured motorist was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital. Photo by Greg Mefford.
By GARY P. CARROLL HerakJ-Zeltung
The New Braunfels City Council weighed a reduction in cost-of-living pay increases for city employees Monday in a workshop to balance the city’s 199.3 94 budget.
Employee compensation was one of the main items targeted by council members as a starting place for reducing expendi tures, with the proposed city employee pay hike drawing the most attention.
One t»f the suggest ions offered by eoun oil members was to decrease the proposed cost-of-living pay raise for city employees from its current three percent level to one percent, and include in the compensation package allowances for additional merit-based pay increases.
Councilman James Goodbread suggested a one percent cost of living adjustment pay increase would be sufficient to cover employees’ insurance costs, and could be tied to a merit-bas^nl pay system that rewards employees for work excellence and job innovations.
Although City Accountant Darrel Soll-berger agreed the move probably would covet employees’ insurance costs, he said morale could suffer as a result.
Sollberger said employees are aware of current economic conditions and would like to see a three percent increase. By proposing the increase and then taking it away, he said some employees might not react positively.
“They know three percent was proposed and when that’s cut back, no one is ever happy,” Sollberger said. “I think
“They know three percent was proposed and when that’s cut back, no one is ever happy. I think they are also aware of comparable wages in San Antonio.” City Accountant Darrel Sollberger
they are also aware of comparable wages in San Antonio."
City Engineer William Dobrowolski and Police Chief Dick Deaden also expressed concern over the one percent pay raise, coupled with a merit-based pay system.
Both Deaden and Dobrowolski said they don’t feel jobs in their departments could be treated fairly with a merit based flay system, and both said a three percent increase is the best way to go.
Since his workers make less than aver age salaries already, Dobrowolski said it would hit his workers the hardest
Deaden said merit-based pay scales may work in businesses, but not in police departments.
“Dow do you select this ofTLer over this officer for a pay raise?" Deaden said.
Other money saving and revenue gen erating ideas discussed included cutting departmental costs, such as budgeting for coffee service, and annexing the Wal Mart Distribution Center area to increase property tax revenues.
Goodbread even suggested the city council “bite the bullet" and do away with council member salaries, which drew general support by the council.
Council faces opposition to cut in pay raises
The New Braunfels Herald Zeiturig invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch0 represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — ora time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. See page 2 for more Stammtisch.Best wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Amy Moore, Chelsea Moore and Kermit L. Jonas.Candidate Forum
Candidates in the May I city council election will participate in
a forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the board room of the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Central Education Office, which is located on the comer of Mill and Academy Streets.
The event is hosted by the Concerned Citizens Coalition. Each candidate will be allowed five minutes to address the audience. Written questions from the audience will follow.
The German-Ainerican Society will meet at 7 p.m. today at the American l^egion Hall at 410 W. Coll. After the regular meeting, a championship bake off and auction will take place. Gerhard Adam of Braunfels, Germany will present a slide show. Call 625-8151 for details.
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