New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Ron Malonoy
BULVERDE — When Marcia Stewart of Spring Branch visited Tamiga Acres Friday morning, she said it was a wonderful thing.
“My car was surrounded by all these beautiful little babies and kids,” said the mother of two who just purchased the park with her husband, Chuck. “They’re delightful.”
The Stewarts have renovated properties in the past. This week, they agreed to buy the 20-acre mobile home park from the Tessye Maurer family. They put up a $100,000 down payment with the district court to help the Maurers reassure Comal County that needed septic repairs will be made.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip had set a 30-day deadline for repairs at the park that he extended again and again to facilitate the Stewarts’ purchase. Late Thursday, Waldrip said the deal had been completed and he was optimistic that the new owners would make the repairs and take care of the park and its tenants.
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New Braunfels High School pre-pares for regional
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By Ron Malonoy
CANYON LAKE — Comal County will seek to lease eight acres adjacent to Midden Valley Sports Park to provide a home for a unique outdoor learning experience.
The program, called RavenStar Outdoor Education Center, includes a curriculum of astronomy, archeology, geology, biology, Native American culture, math, language arts and meteorology.
Danny Scheel The educational nonprofit has partnered with the Canyon Lake Community Recreation and Resource Center and Connections to offer programs for local students.
Executive Director Blair Moore first went to county commissioners in December 2003 with a vision for a program on two parcels of land — one adjacent to Hidden Valley Sports Park and the other to North Park. Included would be dormitories, a visitor’s center and educational facilities.
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Sundaes golf pro Lonny Alexander talks to (from left) Joe David Perez, 11, Jacob Lopez, 10, Brittany Wonsang, 11, and Dylan Franklin about putting.
Golf clinic teaches kids love of sport
Alexander works with Zach Morales, 11, during a spring break junior golf clinic Wednesday.
By David Rupkalvis
Rob Puetz has watched as golf has transformed from a game played primarily by corporate executives to a sport that is family friendly, with an ever-increasing number of women and especially children playing the game.
When he looks at the increased interest among children, Puetz, the owner of the Sundance Golf Course in New Braunfels, gives credit to one person — the world’s best golfer.
“Tiger Woods has done wonders for junior golf,” Puetz said.
Chad Donegan, the head golf pro at Sundance, agreed.
“A lot of the influx has been since Tiger Woods has become really well known," Donegan said. “The kids can connect with him.”
Both Puetz and Donegan agree that over the last five years, golf among children has skyrocketed in the world,
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and especially at Sundance. The course was not designed, nor imagined, as a hot bed for junior golf when it was built in 1994. But as the interest among children has increased, Sundance has become the course of choice in New Braunfels.
“Sundance has always been known for junior golf and for letting them have a chance to play,” Donegan said. “We have a couple of grants through USGA (United States Golf Association) that lets children try the game for free.” Sue Puetz said Sundance has been popular primarily because of its instructors — Donegan and Lonny Alexander.
“Our teachers take kids out on the course and teach them course management, etiquette and strategy,” she
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Citywide burn ban hot issue in Garden Ridge, at city council
By Laigh Jones
Next month, Garden Ridge city council will decide whether to institute a citywide burn ban.
The burning issue was raised last month when a citizen appealed to the council members to do something to improve the air quality in the area. Mayor Jay Feibelman said a poll was conducted two years ago with a two-to-one response against any permanent ban.
Councilman Russ Saunders suggested another poll, but councilwoman Georgia Buehler was
concerned the only people to respond would be ones against a ban.
“A lot of people who don’t want a ban are old-time residents who don’t want to see change,” she said. “But the reality is, our city has changed.”
Councilman Bobby Roberts expressed concern over how the city would enforce any new burn policy. He also said if current burning were illegal under county restrictions, a new policy would not stop that activity.
“People do stupid things, regardless of the law,” he said.
After discussion, Feibelman requested a show of hands from citizens present to indicate their support of a ban. Only two out of about 35 present indicated they would not support a ban.
“We’ve always been conscious of what tile public wants,” Feibelman said. “Maybe it’s time to take action and do what we’re elected to do.”
At the May meeting, council members might decide to vote on a complete burning bpn or a ban on land less than five acres. They might also decide to postpone the vote and conduct a citizen poll.
IN OTHER ACTION, THE COUNCIL:
■ Accepted the resignation of Municipal Court Judge Roy Richards and appointed John Hmcir as his replacement
■ Approved a resolution opposing any school finance or tax system reforms that would negatively affect city revenues
■ Approved the city s participation m the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force
■ Announced a 'Question and Answer' session with two council candidates. Phyllis Noynaert and Joseph Britan. at 6 p m before the next council meeting
■ Announced the final public forum on the Garden Home issue at the community center at 7 p m April 20kTOj EfcW/®] RI KG FJ£>] RNiYit®HlW T®
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