New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Allan* Slaker, Jared Nauaa, Clarice 8tange, Lauren Bryann Dominguez, Marlon Gaston, Louis Vollbrecht, Randy Pittman, Greg Woodrugg,
Katie Spain, Suzle Harman, and Dorothy Schultz. Happy belated birthday to Robin Erben (Saturday.) and Happy Anniversary to Doyle and Nancy Brlnkkoeter (Saturday.)
Don’t you dare forgot to Alo your taxos
The good news is that since April 15 landed on a Saturday this year, you get two extra days to file your tax return.
The bad news is, tomorrow is the deadline, so make sure you get those forms postmarked Monday, or the Internal Revenue Service will not be pleased.
Mighty Thomas Carnival is coming
The Mighty Thomas Carnival is coming to the Comal County Fairgrounds April 19 through April 23, sponsored by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.
The carnival features exciting rides, food, concessions, and midway games of chance. You may buy unlimited ride wristbands in advance for only $8 at HEB, Wuest Supermarkets, Sac N Pac stores, and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School.
Cot your kids into Art After School
Art After School returns to the Children's Museum in New Braunfels. Charlotte Lyon, artist for Take Yourself Back,' CMNB's Sesquicentennial activity book for children, teaches in a variety of media.
Classes meet every Tuesday in April from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $1 for members and $1.50 for non-members. Charlotte is back by popular demand for the class, so don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, fun experience with an excellent artist.
Business counseling hold Tuesdays
The business counselor from UTSA's School of Business is in the Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business. Topics cover financing, personnel, business planning, taxes, expansion and many others. Also, the ‘Business Start-Up' orientation was well received and will be offered the first Tuesday of each month. Appointments may be made for individual counseling and for the orientation by calling 625-2385.
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44 Pages In three sections I Sunday, April 16,1995 Servina Comal Countv for more than 143 veers ■ Home of ALLENE BLAKER
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ALLENE BLAKER
I Vol. 143, No. 111
By CRAIG HAMMETT
They were tired, but like their founding fathers 150 years ago, happy to cross the Guadalupe River into New Braunfels.
For members of the Sesquicentennial Trail Ride, Friday concluded a six-day trip from Indianola as the riders paraded down Seguin St. and stopped in front of the Civic Center where hundreds of residents from both New Braunfels and the old Braunfels, that of Germany, witnessed a commemorative ceremony filled with speeches and gifts.
Herb Skoog, Chairman of the Sesquicentennial Committee, praised all of the riders for their efforts and spoke of the trials the first settlers overcame on their journey, which took two months. He also told how the modem riders had formed a bond through their experience.
Trail Boss Col. (Ret.) H. E. “Easy” Hall helped organize the ride back in 1970 and has made it every five years since. Despite surgery only a few weeks ago, he made another one.
“This is the most excellent trail ride I’ve been on,” he told the crowd. “It’s been tremendous. Certainly when we come and see all of the people here, this is beyond all expectations.” Carter Casteel, Chairman of the Board for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, later presented Hall with the Chair of the Board award for his extra effort in helping preserve community heritage.
A memorial was unveiled in front of the center depicting a map of the trail, from Indianola through the towns of Victoria, Cuero and Gonzales which helped fund the memorial as did the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
'Certainly whan wa coma and aaa all of tha paopla hare, thla Is bayond all sxpactatlons.’
— HE. Hall
Those towns also held ceremonies for the riders last week.
Casteel spoke of the job the Chamber and others had done to prepare for the Sesquicentennial Celebration.
“This city is made up of all kinds of volunteers,” she said. “...I think our founding fathers would be very proud...I’ll tell you after riding I have a lot more respect for them.”
Commissioner Moe Schwab, a descendent of a founding family, read a short speech in German welcoming the group of Germans who had come over to help celebrate and Mayor Paul Fraser gave a “Wilkommen to everybody” and told the people to “remember this is a once in a lifetime experience.”
Skoog presented Braunfels, Germany Burgermeister (Mayor) Dieter Schmidt with several items from the Sesquicentennial including the Sesquicentennial flag the riders carried from Indianola.
“It is a special honor as the elected official of Braunfels to complement our twin town New Braunfels on its 150th anniversary and pass on our best wishes from the citizens of Braunfels,” he said in English.
German dignitaries including Gunter Jakob, the Partnerschoffs Committee Chairman and Gerhard Adam, Secretary of Braunfels to New Braunfels, presented the city with a portrait of
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Sesquicentennial riders cross the Guadalupe River. More photos are on Page 1B
Prince Carl von Solms-Braunfels who led the first expedition, a quilt depicting scenes of Braunfels and even a sign dating to the 1800s from a park in Braunfels.
The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of a huge metal plaque with
more than 20 computer-enhanced photos by Steve Richter depicting famous faces and places of New Braunfels. Acclaimed artist Paul Tadlock created several drawings that are etched on the plaque located on the wall of the Civic Center’s porch.
County opts to create its own housing authority
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Haratd-ZaHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Swing your partner
The German Square Dance Tour, made up of dancers from all over Germany, came through town earlier this week for a dance at the Senior Citizen Center on Lends Street. They danced with the New Braunfels Square Dance Club. The Germen tour Ie spending two weeks in Texas before heading home.
Weiner’s says bankruptcy will not impact New Braunfels store
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Weiner’s Department Stores filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday.
A local store official said they had been told by corporate headquarters in Houston that the store or its employees would not be affected here.
“They told us we would not be affected,” said Dorothy Slaughter, the assistant manager who said they found out last week. “We’re hoping
The chain was founded in 1926 and has 158 stores in Texas and Louisiana, including a store in New Braunfels that employs about 18 people, and one in both San Marcos and Seguin.
The company received lines of credit from investment companies but did not state what would happen to it's 4,000 employees or if stores would be cut back, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle Thursday.
The Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday created a housing authority over the objections of some residents who spoke against the move.
The county housing authority will be seperate from, but will work through, the existing New Braunfels Housing Authority.
A board appointed by the Commissioners’ Court will monitor county activities through the New Braunfels Authority and report back to the court each month.
But some residents showed up at the meeting to oppose the resolution. While most acknowledged there were many in the county who could qualify for housing assistance, they objected to setting up another government-funded program.
“Once you start something, you never discontinue it, it goes on forever,” said Canyon Lake resident Hal Hodges. “We just don’t want more bureaucracy. lf everybody wants to help, we’l! chip in and help them.”
A representative of the New Braunfels Housing Authority told the court the County Authority could only fall under the Section 8 funding, meaning certificates or vouchers are paid to property owners who rent to those on assistance.
She said the county could not build housing projects under the Section 8 funding. That would require another process, something commissioners opposed. Under a voucher system, those on assistance pay varying amounts
according to income, the federal government pays the rest.
“It is a done deal (in 1995 federal budget). It’s not going to cost taxpayers any new money,” said Nadine Mardock. “We have had a good response from property owners in New Braunfels.”
Between August 1993 and October 1994, there were 900 applicants for assistance in her office. She claimed the majority were disabled, elderly or working people on minimum wage who could not afford their rent.
Commissioner Danny Scheel, who voted 3-0 with Commissioner Moe Schwab and County Judge Carter Casteel (Jumbo Evans and Cnstina Zamora were absent), voiced concerns over liability should property be damaged Mardock said the government pays damage costs up to two months rent for certificates, one month for vouchers.
“It’s our (tax) money,” Judge Casteel said of the federal funds. “We’re trying to decide whether to bring those dollars in.” If not, Mardock said the funds go to other counties in the region.
Still, some like Canyon Lake resident Ed Nolan said the court was trying to increase the bureaucracy with a “liberal program” that was basically a redistribution of wealth that would increase the federal deficit and pass on the burden to future generations.
He said some residents at Canyon Lake have minimum-wage jobs and pay taxes but do not seek assistance.
“It’s not a fair program and there’s nothing you can do to this type of program to make it a fair program.”
German guests on hand to help the city celebrate
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels, Texas, U.S.A. and Braunfels Germany — citizens of both cities unite to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of New Braunfels’ founding.
Dieter Schmidt, burgermeister of Braunfels, took a moment to share some of his first impressions on arriving in New Braunfels. “From the air it looked beautiful coming over New Braunfels to San Antonio,” he said. “The scenery was very impressive.”
The extraordinary Texas welcome extended to the German visitors made the strongest impression, Schmidt said.
“The relationship between the two cities, both old and new, should be preserved and allowed to flourish,” he said.
Schmidt brought up a contemporary parallel between the two cities. He is the first burgermeister of Braunfels to be elected by the whole population, not just the city council, he said. New Braunfels will be deciding in the May 6 election whether to elect its own mayor at-large.
In his speech to the New Braunfels celebrants Schmidt noted that this was his first visit to the United States.
“...the citizens of New Braunfels and Braunfels are related to each other by very special bonds, namely family bonds,” he said. “Since* in our country it is a custom to meet at family occasions, 200 relations from Braunfels have come with me to congratulate you on this anniversary.”
Schmidt retold Prince Carl’s venture to Texas in his speech. “These emigrants did not only lay the foundations of New Braunfels, but they also created the basis for a lasting and stable friendship between our two towns,” Schmidt said.
A close relationship continues between the citizens of Braunfels and New Braunfels, Schmidt said. Especially important are the student exchange programs which contribute to building world peace, he said.
Schmidt composed and delivered his speech in English. John Heber-ling of New Braunfels served as interpreter for the interview.
Heberling himself was bom and raised near Braunfels, Germany. He lived and worked in Canada and the United States and retired to New Braunfels.
Heberling has given generously of his time and talents to help keep New Braunfels’ German heritage alive.
He translated many documents for Everett Fey’s books. He is deeply involved in the German-American Society. Most recently Heberling has been instrumental in the planning and construction of New Braunfels’ own Maibaum.
An emigrant himself, Heberling has a unique perspective on the importance of the Sesquicentennial celebration.
“What we’re essentially doing is paying homage to people who took a great risk, some from religious persecution and some from sheer poverty,” Heberling said. Having a connection with our roots gives us a firmer foundation from which to pursue our lives in the present, he said.
“lf we have any chance at all to leave a legacy to our grandchildren, we must be sure to do it,” he said.For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144