New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 pages in two sections ■ Friday, April 7,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of KEVIN WUEST
Vol. 143, No. 105
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitungextends birthday wishes to; Shirloy Rupp#!, Loonard Castro (IO yoars), Kevin Wuost (21 years), and Gloria Moreno Gonzales. Happy anniversary to Paula and I nosent lo Parodes (16 years.)
Mostly sunny and mild, high 83, low 58.
The Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 771 will have its annual barbecue supper and country store April 7 at the Eagles Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any member.
McKenna Memorial Hospital Maternity Center is offering a free pre-admission class to women planning to deliver their babies at McKenna.
You will get information about a typical stay, breast- and bottle-feeding, infant care and birthing options. A maternity center tour and pre-admission forms will be provided.
You are welcome to bring your husband or a guest. Call 606-9111, ext. 252 to leave a message. A nurse will return your call and talk about class times ana sign up.
Descendants of First Founders sought
The Comal County Genealogy Society invites all descendants of the ‘First Founders’ to participate in the Sesquicentennial parade.
You do not have to be a member of the Genealogy Society to do so. Go to the Sophienburg Archives at 200 N. Seguin St. or call 629-1900 to get a copy of the entry form as soon as possible.
Gingers needed for Easter service
A community-wide choir is requested to sing the ‘Halleluiah Chorus' from the Messiah at the Sesquicentennial Easter Sunrise Service on the Plaza.
All interested singers, please notify Melitta Frueh, who will direct, at 625-6668.
Only one rehearsal is scheduled at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon, April 9 at 4 p.m.
Moms and tots gat together
A moms and tots play group, a place where moms and preschoolers can interact together and meet new people has formed. Meeting place is St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara second floor kindergarten room from 11 am. to 12:30 p.m. Bring lunch. Group meets every Wednesday. Call Jane at 629-6325.
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By CRAIG HAMMETT
County Commissioners Court approved the idea of creating a county housing authority by proposing a resolution for the agenda next week. The resolution would give the authority to the county commissioners until they could appoint a board, which would in turn contract with the current New Braunfels Housing Authority.
Most discussion involved how to go about the process, not if the need was there.
Nadine Mardock of the New Braunfels Housing Authority said many requests were being made for assistance in the county as the population continues to grow.
“(In the past) we didn’t have a tremendous problem with rents being too high...there’s just a clunch right now,” she said
By having a county housing authority, Mardock said the opportunity for more funds and grants would double because the application process between city and county would be separate.
Commissioners wanted some kind of control over appointments to the board and decided they would like to consider their own board.
“We could have our own board and contract with the other board (New Braunfels Authority),” said County Judge Carter Casteel, “...then all they would need to do is receive information.”
Tile county board could form an interlocal agreement with the city board, the county board basically acting in a reporting capacity.
Commissioner Danny Scheel asked about liability regarding tenants who damage property. Mardock said the government would reimburse owners to an extent after an inspection had been made, but said this happens only in roughly a dozen cases per year.
“There is a little incentive there (for owners),” she said. “...as long as it is legitimate, we don’t have any problem paying that”
In other action, the court accepted the revised budget for the Forfeiture Account from the Sheriffs Department. As much as $70,000 was collected last year through forfeiture whereby items such as cash are collected upon anesis, commonly in the case of drug arrests. Sheriff Jack Bremer said the office can buy equipment through this account, but did not plan a specific budget for the amount due to its sporadic nature.
Judge rules Kahlig suit against Fraser was not frivolous
By BUBAN FLYNT ENGLAND
District Judge Joe Dibrell ruled yesterday that Gary Kahlig’s lawsuit against Paul Fraser was not groundless and frivolous. Fraser's attorneys, Ed Nolan and Atanacio Campos, requested the “Rule 13”
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’shearing, as he did rn the trial. Kahlig's suit alleged that the May 1994 election had been invalid due to election irregularities. Kahlig ran against Fraser in that election for the Dirt. 4 city council •eat.
“The only thing awarded was Fraser’s court costs in the suit,” said Chief Deputy District Clerk Mark Mault. “The amount has not yet been determined.
If Dibrell had found Kahlig's suit to be frivolous, Kahlig could have been made to pay Fraser’s attorney fees. Nolan and Campos took Fraser’s case free of charge.
“I just hope the result doesn't encourage more of this kind of lawsuit or New Braunfels politics are going to be jflXpal trouble,’' Nolan said. “At least they know they would be vigorously contested and that would be an expensive process” he said.
“Duly elected officials like Mayor Fraser who find their election contested in the Alture might find it a little
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Herald-Zeitungphotos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Kitty Huff!, Howard Hufft, John Habarfing, Mary Ann Seidel and Wilma Heberling work on a piece for the Maytree that will stand at the Wuratfast around*.
A Landmark In The Making
Wurstfest grounds to be home of a 55-foot-tall Maibaum
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Keep a look out for the Wurstfest entrance next week. A new bit of German heritage will be joining the New Braunfels landscape — a 55-foot bit, that is. The German American Society win erect a Maibaum, or Maytree, in honor of the Sesquicentennial, said member Wilma Heberling.
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“Many villages and towns in southern Germany have these symbols," Heberling said. “They're usually erected for a festival of some sort.”
The Maibaum is a huge metal pole with branches like a Christmas tree. Each branch has metal painted figures depicting symbols of the town, Heberling said, such as churches, well-known industry or local crafts.
“In our case it might be Seele teaching the children under the elm tree — also buildings of importance, for example our plaza, the fountain, the Schmitz Hotel,” Heberling said.
Rudy and Mary Ann Seidel saw the Maibaums during a trip to Germany in 1969. It was then that the idol of New Braunfels* own Maibaum was bom. The Sesquicentennial was the perfect time to make the dream a reality.
“We’ve been working on it for almost a year,” Rudy Seidel said. “It took about nine months to get the idea off the ground and find someone who would do the metal work” Building the Maibaum, like most Sesqui-
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centennial projects, took the time, creativity and generosity of many. “We’ve had so many volunteers and so many good people,” Rudy Seidel said. The Lower Colorado River Authority donated the pole itself, which began as a utility pole. New Braunfels Utilities will erect the pole, he said.
The decorative symbols were cut out by Koehler Metals, Heberling said. The local firm will also weld the symbols to the tree. “Once the metal shapes were cut out and treated, we carried them to Rudy Seidel’s warehouse to be painted,” she said.
The members of the German American Society painted the symbols. “For a bunch of amateurs we’ve done all right,” Mary Ann
Seidel said. “There’s no bonafide artist in the group.”
The Maibaum would not have gotten off the ground without the perseverance of John and Wilma Heberling, Rudy and Mary Ann Seidel, Rudy and Doris Schreyer, Kitty and Howard Hufft, and Lucille Jett.
“When we got the iron shapes they really seemed crude; the silhouette was there,” Mary Ann Seidel said. “Now that they’re all painted with features it’s as if they came to life”
All of New Braunfels is invited to celebrate the dedication of the Maibaum Sunday Apnl 23 at 3 p.m. It will be an endunng landmark to add to the city’s German legacy.
Local woman to help shape national aging policy
Hortensia B. Hernandez of New Braunfels was named by Governor Ann Richards as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. (WHCOA), to be held May 2-5,1995, in Washington, D.C.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity to represent the state of Texas at die 1995 WHCOA,” Hernandez said “Our work in Washington in May will help to define a national aging policy for out country,” she said.
The 1995 WHCOA is the fourth such conference in history. More than 2,250 delegates from all 50 states will gather at the Washington Hilton Hotel in May to develop resolutions which will shape national policy on aging over the next decade.
The theme of the Conference is “America Now and into the 21st Century: Generations Aging Together with Independence, Opportunity and Dignity.”
The agenda includes four issues: I) Assuring Comprehensive Health Care Including Long Term Care, 2) Promoting Economic Security, 3) Maximizing Housing and Support Service Options, and 4) Maximizing Options for a Quality Life.
Two cross-cutting concerns pervade the agenda and will influence discussions at the conference. These are: I) interdependence among generations and among members of extended families, and responsibility of individuals to plan for changes that will occur throughout their life span; 2) unique contri
butions and needs of special populations, especially veterans, caregivers (including grandparents), rural elderly, women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.
Hortensia B. Hernandez (Hortense) is a member of the following: Comal County Senior Citizen Foundation Center, Board of Directors for IO years, Comal County Senior Citizen Association, immediate vice-chair-person, Alamo Area Senior Advisory Committee on Aging, Alamo Area Council of Government (AACOG), five years, Community Council South Central Texas — Board of Directors, seven years, U.S.D.A. Distributions, Laurel Plaza Nutrition Site, representative of the poor, active member Holy Family Church.Call 625-9144 for information about subscriptions to the Herald-Zeitung