New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Girls Track Team wins the Unicorn Relays. See Sports Day, Page 9A
They're on and running at Retama
Coverage on pages 6A, 9Aand 1B.
In a late-breaking news story, emergency officials were called to Wal-Mart at Walnut Street and Interstate 35 at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, when several employees complained of difficulty breathing.
New Braunfels Fire Depart
ment Battalion Chief Victor Sierra said seven employees who had been working in the cash register area at the front of the store were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital. He said shoppers were still in the store, but none complained of any
symptoms. A hospital spokeswoman said nine people had corno in for treatment.
The store was closed. A freon leak in the air conditioning system is the suspected cause More coverage will be in the Tuesday Herald-Zeitung.
Wal-Mart workers were hospitalized.
Letters to the editor SA, 6A
Birthday wishes from
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; David Lagunas, Virgins Ybarra, Christopher Jiroudek (Happy 25th), Libby Camay, Lone M. Knowbes, Patsy Alvarez, Glenn Whitaker (15 years), Katie Bishop (14 years), Jenny Petrie (13 years) and Dolly Havekost (tomorrow). Happy belated birthday to Christopher Ryan Blanken-beckler and happy anniversary to Steve and Blanca Sanchez.
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Friends of Library cancels book sorting
The Friends of the Dittlinger Library book sorting session scheduled for Tuesday, April 11, has been canceled. Please call 629-2359 for details.
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Vol. 143, No. 106
Drinking hours change hurts bars
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will have its April meeting on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Seels Parish House. In view of Holy Week, the meeting will be a week later than usual and will feature Junior Festival winners and the final book study portion given by Ethel Saur.
Catholic church plans outdoor Easter service
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will celebrate the Sesquicentennial year with an outdoor Mass on Easter Sunday, at 12 noon, on the veranda in front of the church. The celebration of the Eucharist will be led by Archbishop Patrick Flores and attended by Bishops Popp and Yanta. Music will be provided by the New Braunfels Village Brass Band, the Children’s Bell Choir, and Alton Rahe as Cantor.
Parking for this event will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall with shuttle buses providing rides to and from the church. Bring folding chairs for seating in front of the church. Following the Mass, there will be a barbecue dinner at the KC Hall. Contact the church office at 625-4531 for ticket information.
Eagles Auxillary to hold membership party
The Eagles Auxiliary will have a membership arty, Tuesday, April 11. Buffet served at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment to follow. All members‘are urged to attend. Bring a prospective member and if they want to participate in contests they are to bring an Easter decorated paper plate and a hat to be worn in the Easter Parade.
Bars in Comal County are hurting as a result of action by the commissioners court in February that forces them to close earlier.
A general consensus among bar owners in Comal County outside city limits is that rescindment of late-night sale and consumption of alcohol on their premises has had a significant impact.
The commissioners court voted to stop sales and consumption of alcohol at I a.m. Saturdays and midnight the rest of the week. The previous hours were 2 a.m. every night of the week.
With the summer tourist season approaching, most say it will get worse.
“Right now, since it’s been in effect about a month, I’ve had about 25 to 27 percent lost business," said Binky
Owners trying variety of strategies to keep customers, but most expect a bad summer
Reece who runs The Shanty near Canyon Lake.
Others have had worse. Sheree Guinn at the O’Aces on River Road said she had to let four of her employees go after business dropped 80% percent compared to the same time last year and that bands were making one-tenth of what they did.
“Some of my regular customers are saying they’re going to San Antonio,” Guinn said.
Owners say as daylight hours increase, people like the tourists who come to ride the river or camp, do not go out until dark, which can be as late as 9 p.m. or so.
“Most of the tourists don’t get off the
river until dark,” Reece said. “There’s no way they want to pay a cover...for maybe just one hour.”
Many of the bars in the county featured live music with crowds generally gathering between IO p.m. and 2 a.m. Now, many have had to adjust their entertainment schedules. Although bars can stay open until I a.m. on Saturday, drawing crowds for Friday night has been a problem.
Reece said he has started bringing “alternative” bands from San Marcos and Austin on Fridays and said Saturdays thus far have been “fair.”
Cookie Lucas at the Sundowner near Canyon Lake said Friday nights have really been hurt. Like many bars, they
have had to make adjustments such as trying a “karaoke night.”
She said most of their customers came from the lake area, and that the first noticeable decrease in business came during the spring break, when many customers didn’t realize the changes had occurred.
Guinn said the O’Aces planned to go ahead and offer late-night music during the summer and just pick up the beer at midnight.
Other places such as Solms City Limits are expanding to include a restaurant. The Hanging Tree in the southern part of the county has also expanded its food service and is opening at IO a.m.
‘Most off the tourists don’t get offf the river until dark. There’s no way they want to pay a cover... for maybe just one hour.’
— Binky Reece
Several owners say they will continue to challenge the order in court. An organization formed to represent many has raised money through various events such as a recent music festival, with more planned.
“You know the saying about fighting City Hall,” said Lucas. “I know what they mean now.”
Fraser to talk about recall at Thursday forum
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Sure sign of spring
Hundreds of children joined the Easter Bunny in Lands Park Saturday for tbs annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department, New Braunfels Evening Rotary and Wuest s Supermarkets.
At left, Morrigan Lano says HYesM as she scoops up a piece of candy.
Above, Shay Paramours hunts for eggs.
Eggs were distributed all around the gazebo area in the park, and some special eggs had certificates in them that can be traded in for Sesquicentennial souvenirs.
Student Councils Association gives Gitcho a year to remember
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Many times today, we hear of the rising tide of teen violence, drug abuse, vandalism and other problems regarding teenagers. But those involved in such activities are usually in the minority of the teenage population.
Most teenagers do not engage in anti-social behavior but merely go about their daily lives in what most would say is a normal fashion. And then there are others who go beyond the norm.
Some like Greg Gitcho, a senior at Canyon High, take part in so many school activities that many may wonder why. The list fills more than a page and includes everything from academic clubs and athletics to ch'irch organizations.
“Basically it’s fun. I like it. I have to be doing a lot of things,” he said.
This month, Gitcho will give the keynote address at the Texas Association of Student Councils state meeting. Canyon High was president of the organization this past year and as chief representative, Gitcho traveled die state speaking to various groups.
He said he has made more than 20 speeches in an event-packed year that
began with the election last April. He writes his own speeches, but uses any help given.
“Sometimes I do variations of the same speech, sometimes it is totally different,” he said.
The Student Council association gave Gitcho opportunities for many things, including a job as counselor at the Summer National Leadership Camp in Lake Tahoe, Nev. He had hopped a plane to Tahoe, just after returning from a mission trip to the Caribbean island of Barbados with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Being the state president has opened a lot of doors for me,” he said.
Recently, Gitcho returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. as part of the Hurst Foundation’s Senate Youth Program. Only two students from each state were selected.
They toured the sites of Washington, D.C. including the Capitol, where Gitcho said the vote on the balanced budget amendment came the day they toured the building, a hectic scene.
“You can’t talk, all you do is listen,” he said. “...All the runners are coming and going everywhere.”
They toured the Arlington National Cemetery and Gitcho was chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier. When they visited the White House, Gitcho was able to meet the First Lady,
Hillary Clinton and even presented her with a tulip from the lapel of his coat.
Gitcho plans to end his eventful senior year by graduating in the top ten of his class at Canyon where he has been a member
of the National Honor Society and also lettered in football and baseball which he will continue in college.
Although Gitcho’s load of events is more than most, officials at Canyon High encourage students to participate in different organizations.
“Greg has proven to be extremely organized and enthusiastic,” said Betty Kyle, a teacher and advisor to the Student Council. “...This school is very supportive. It is a lot of prestige both for the school and community.”
Gitcho plans to attend Austin Col-
Grog Gitcho presents First Lady Hillary Clinton with a tulip.
lege in Sherman on a yearly $6,000 scholarship to a Leadership institute there, something that will allow him to keep traveling and being involved. In fact, it was this new program that made him choose Austin College over his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Until college, he’ll continue to be involved with nearly every club or event at school, so much so that it seems like he even makes the announcements and answers the phones.
(By the way, he does.)
Mayor Paul Fraser will have the opportunity to address his constituency concerning the recall election that may cost him his city council seat at the League of Women Voters city election forum on Thursday, April 13.
“We will give Mr. Fraser five minutes and a representative of the recall petition five minutes to address the public,” said Darlene Hicks, president of the Comal Area LWV. “Their presentations will be at the end of the forum and Distnct 4 voters will have an opportunity to talk with them one on one after we adjourn.”
The forum will begin with ftve-minute presentations for the Distnct I race followed by a question and answer period. The candidates are Ambrosio “Butch” Benitez and Juan Luis Martinez.
Presentations on the city charter amendments and the proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase are scheduled to follow the Distnct I Q & A.
“We have scheduled Gloria Sasser, a member of the charter amendments committee, to briefly describe the city charter amendments which address the creation of six equally populated single member districts with representatives elected by majority, the election of the mayor by plurality, a change in the city tax assessing function and a change in the qualifications for city council candidates," said Hicks. “Sharon Day, the city’s financial director, will explain the 1/2 cent sales tax proposition.”
The Distnct 2 candidates will begin their presentations about 8 p.m. They are Ray Schoch and Mary Serold. After the District & A, District 4 voters will have an opportunity to hear from Fraser and a representative of the recall petition.
The forum will be held at the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Education Center at 430 W. Mill St. beginning at 7 p.m.Readers split on Clinton’s Haiti policy. See the Readers’ Poll page 4A