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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitijng — Thursday, April 17, 2003Local/State Contact Features Editor Brian Grant, 625-9144 ext. 222 Plans under way for CCSCC duck derby DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Kermit Baese, treasurer of the New Braunfels Railroad Historical Society, rerails a boxcar on the club’s HO scale model train layout inside the museum next door to the Brauntex Theatre. Currently on display in the museum is a traveling exhibit of the history of the very first railroad in Texas. The exhibit and museum will be open this Saturday for the club’s 16th annual Model Railroad Jamboree. Exhibit highlights rail history By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Union Pacific Railroad freights that rumble past the old train depot that houses the New Braunfels Railroad Museum have a special connection with an exhibit now on display inside. The exhibit, mounted on the walls inside a stylized antique freight car built of plywood, connects the country’s largest freight line to the very first railroad in Texas — the Buffalo Bayou Brazos and Colorado Rail-way Company. Provided by the Texas Railway Historical Society, the exhibit was built by the Rosenburg Railroad Museum for the Texas Railroad Sesquicentennial. It features dozens of photos and lithographs and traces the history of the line from 1852 — about seven years after New Braunfels was founded — to its buyout by Southern Pacific Railroad and its merger in 1996 into Union At a glance ■ WHAT: The 16th annual Model Railroad Jamboree ■ WHEN: 9 a m. to 5 p.m. Saturday ■ WHERE: New Braunfels Civic Center and the Elks Club on Seguin Avenue. ■ Admission for adults is $6. Children age 17 and younger are admitted for $1.The event is a fundraiser for the Railroad Museum, 302 W. San Antonio Street. For information, call 629-2071. Pacific. About a quarter century before the first railroad tracks cut through New Braunfels, the first railroad in Texas laid tracks from the area of what is now the Houston ship channel to Rosenburg. Kermit Baese, treasurer of the New Braunfels Railroad Historical Society, took time out Tuesday from preparing for this Weekend's annual Model Railroad Jamboree to talk about the exhibit. “This road was laid 26 years before something came through here,” Baese said. The line connected the Gulf of Mexico to growth inland, Baese said. “It started there and worked its way across,” Baese said. “Texas grew from the coast. All commerce started from that way.” Baese said the exhibit is traveling around Texas, making month-long stops at railroad museums like the one in New Braunfels. "We have it for the month of April,” Baese said. The exhibit is a must-see for anyone interested in railroad history, he said. “It was offered to us because the BBB&C is the very first railroad in Texas and the exhibit celebrates the history of that,” Baese said. Detectives investigate shooting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Comal County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the apparent accidental shooting of a police officer. Detective Capt. Dennis Koepp said Denise Estrada was shot in the right side with a single round from a 9mm Browning High Power pistol at about 7:40 p.m. Monday. The bullet exited her lower left hip area, Koepp said. The victim is a newly hired police officer who has reportedly worked for about Meetings- NEW BRAUNFELS MAIN STREET ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE — regular meeting, 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Conference Room A, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, commissioners’ courtroom, Commissioners’ Court Building, 199 Main Plaza. NEW BRAUNFELS RIVER ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE — 6 p.m. Thursday, at Landa Haus, Landa Park, New Braunfels. NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE/IMPRO VEMENT CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS — 7 p.m. Thursday, Conference Room A, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. three weeks at Trinity University in San Antonio. Estrada, 38, was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where she was treated for the wounds and released. Detectives Ronnie Womack and Wayne Lehman were dispatched to investigate the shooting. "Ronnie and I secured the scene and collected evidence that would help us piece together what happened,” Lehman said. Members of Estrada’s family and her boyfriend, David Jennings, were also interviewed, Lehman said. Koepp said investigators were told the shooting occurred when Estrada was preparing to go to work. "As Jennings was retrieving the pistol, Estrada was in the closet getting the gun cleaning kit when the pistol discharged,” Koepp said officers were told. ‘The case is being carried as an accidental shooting at this time.” Lehman said he would interview Jennings and Estrada again. “Our investigation is continuing,” Lehman said. [j/J Spring Allergies I*- . y\ Asthma 0Centel Tm Health {much cf? r-^l s i CU) The research site of Dr. Frank C. Hampel, Jr., M.D. is looking for volunteers who suffer from Spring Allergies and Asthma for a clinical study involving an investigational medication. Qualified participants will be compensated for time and travel.. For more information, please call '830-609-0900 By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer The Comal County Senior Citizens Center is looking for help with its second annual Lucky Duck Derby, slated for July 25 at Landa Park. That Friday night, volunteers will dump a maximum of 10,000 yellow rubber ducks in the river at one end of the park. The ducks will float to the pavilion across from the park department office near Landa Street. Once the ducks are launched, they are on then-own, according to the rules, but volunteers will attempt to free them from obstacles. The event will be conducted in cooperation with the parks department, volunteers and senior center staff. The person who adopts the first-place duck wins $5,(XX), * second-place duck wins $750 and third-place wins $250. Additional prizes will be awarded to other top winners. Center staff and volunteers have been meeting to get their ducks in a row and many of last year’s sponsors have renewed their sponsorship. But the senior center needs more sponsors to fund the event and volunteers to sell the ducks and work the race. Sponsors and volunteers can get involved whether they represent businesses, organizations or themselves. “We would like to work with other nonprofits,” Gerry Web, executive di lector of the senior center and “co-head duck." said. “One of the main things is we love for other nonprofit organizat ions to partner with us to adopt the ducks,” Marie Dawson, senior center volunteer and “co-head duck,” said. Sales partners will receive a dollar for every duck they Pool safety. Get involved lf you want to sell ducks, sponsor the race or volunteer to work the event, call the Comal County Senior Citizens Center at (830) 629-4547 and ask for Marie Dawson, volunteer, or Gerry Web, executive director. The senior center is located at 655 Landa St., New Braunfels. adopt to members of the community, giving other nonprofits a chance to make some money themselves. The ducks will go on sale by the second week of May. Adults, over 18, can adopt a duck for $5, but a “quack pack" of six ducks also is available for $25 and a “quackery dozen” is $50. Last year, the community got very involved, the organizers said. The race is a "family affair” in which people get involved no matter what their age, Dawson said. Volunteer groups help adopt the ducks and run the event, and many people come to the park to watch the race at the banks of the river. The duck derby is the senior center’s largest fundraiser. Last year, the center earned $14,(XX) after expenses — a small but important dent in the senior center’s budget. Despite economic woes this year, duck race officials expect another good response from the community. Sponsors who give more than $100 will be invited to a “quackers and cheese” party. Volunteers will also be honored. QMAS^HAUS RESTAURANT 81 BAKERY The CowParade Has come to OMA’S! Joining the hundreds of other Unique ideas in OMA'S gift shop Collectibles, plush animals, Music Tapes A CD's, Beer Steins, Bakery treats, regular and sugar free Candies and more! Come see the CowParade A more Come for lunch or dinner, too! A family favorite for more than 25 years! lr I 6 rn IS <» i S 8 0 1 <0 w, 8 O IU I I 0 I iii 0 £ A family favorite for more than 25 years! f (ti    ii) ■Jj Just Off 1-35 (Exit 189), East (right) on Hwy 46 in New Braunfels g’ Open Everyday for Lunch & Dinner    rn Stow aft* »r.v>o«a*    *r.>o    »>::•>    o<:-» While you're having fun at the pool, keep alert to possible electrical danger. Radios and other electrical appliances should never come in contact with water. Keep wet hands away from anything electrical. Stay cool this summer, and be safe around water. PEDERNALES ELECTRIC your Power Professionals ~8 (HT •554 *4732 ;