New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels draws McKinney in girls Class 4A soccer state semifinal Thursday. Page 6
David Will writes on how citizens need to find out where candidates stand on landscaping issues. Page 4
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Vol. 154, No. 124 12 pages, 1 section
DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 9 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM 4
OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 9
It., ... ‘Parking-by-permit might be extended
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that
would extend parking-by-permit to three river recreation neighborhoods from May I through Labor Day.
Last year, council approved parking-by-per-
mit in an area bounded by Peace Avenue, Mather Street, Union Street and Common Street.
However, a study conducted last year by a San
Antonio engineering firm recommended among other things extending the program to adjacent neighborhoods during the summer to give some relief to local
residents from the deluge of overflow parking caused by summer tourists.
Council’s vote Monday, however, came after a debate over the cost of the
permits and whether a survey conducted by the city indicated a lack of interest in extending the program.
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By Bon Maloney
County to participate in safetyCOUNTRYSIDE TOUR
SAN ANION IO — Carnal County Monday partnered with Bexar County and City of San Antonio officials in AT A GLANCE I an educational program ■ For information | designed to help the
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The program, which features a jointly operated emergency preparedness Web site called readysouthtexas.gov, will include brochures on various emergency preparedness topics, instruction in schools and demonstration
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Participants in Saturday's Kinderschuhe-Volksmarsch make their way up Fredericksburg hill on their way to Panther Canyon. The fund-raiser benefited Communities in Schools.Volksmarsching brings people together for fun
By Leigh Jones
Wilmer and Daniele Jackson have been volksmarsching for 28 years.
Their walking sticks are covered with tags from various jaunts, most of them in Germany.
“Our favorite trip was probably at Innsbruck,” Wilmer said. “That’s a beautiful part of the world.”
The couple traveled to New Braunfels from Kileen Saturday for the Kinderschuhe-Volksmarsch. Loosely translated, the German mouthful means “get up really early and walk 6.2 miles before lunch to raise money for kids’ shoes."
The event, sponsored by New Braunfels Utilities, enables Communities in Schools to buy shoes for children in need all over Comal County throughout the school year.
Coordinator Gretchen Reuwer, who also serves as NBU’s communications manager, said last year the event raised $2,100 with 320 "marchers.”
“This year, we’re hoping to have 400 people go through our course,” she said.
By 8:30 a.m., 154 participants had set off down Howard Street, headed toward Fredericksburg I till.
Hie Jacksons, who walk regularly, said they jumped at the chance to come to New Braunfels.
“I love the scenery here," Daniele said, as they stopped in Landa Park’s Panther Canyon for a breather. “It reminds us so much of Germany.”
Volksmarsching began in tannany as a way to travel the countryside and get exercise. American servicemen, like Wilmer Jackson, brought the tradition back home.
Alton and Lynda Fischer started walking IO years ago after visiting
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their children, who were stationed in Germany.
“We do it almost every weekend now,” Lynda said, as she topped the trek’s first big hill with Puddles the poodle in tow.
Members from several walking clubs traveled from around the state to add New Braunfels’ miles to their “scorecard.”
John Ferguson, the southwest regional director for American Volk-sport Association, drove all the way from Dallas.
“We often drive for many hours to walk for just two,” he said. "This is a great route because it gives us a city and park combination.”
Both Ferguson and AW member Georgia Xydes said they were pleased to see children participating.
“We need more young people in this sport," Xydes said. "It s such good family fun, plus exercise."
When the marchers made it back to Landa Haus, they were greeted with a hot lunch and entertainment.
By I p.m.. 428 walkers had wound their way through the 10K route and were ready to eat.
Those who participated in the scavenger hunt, finding four safety-related landmarks along the way, picked up a NBU Safel Iaven clip-on flashlight.
Reuwer said the group tried to give the event as much of a Cierman flair as possible.
“With a lot of American walks, you just do the course and that’s it,” she said. "In Europe, it s much more of a frill day event, with food and music."
Above,Todd and Samantha Grudzinski walk through picturesque Panther Canyon above Landa Park while participating in the
Kinderschuhe-Volksmarsch Saturday morning. Left, Marilyn Buster leads Donna Swinney, Barbara Piersol and Edwin Buster across one of several bridges built in Panther Canyon. Proceeds from the walk provide new shoes for low-income children in the community.
Tour of Faith
Comal County Church will be the next church profiled in the weekly
series of churches.
Bus service expansion to be revisited
By Bon Maloney
A Comal County official has proposed expanding bus service in New Braunfels to include possible regular routes that could help bring neighborhood residents to downtown and commercial areas.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Greg Parker made the proposal at a recent luncheon of elected officials.
And Mayor Adam Cork says the time has come to revisit the idea of scheduled public transit in New Braunfels.
Parker, who ran for office in 2004 on a platform that included increasing public transportation opportunities for his constituents, said the service would be an expansion of the existing public transportation service provided in New Braunfels by
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