New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Earth Day celebration, this year titled "The Gruene Planet Gala."
The event, promoted as a casual wine-and-cheese gathering, will be at The Gruene Door Store, 2348 Gruene Lake Drive. Sponsors are McKenna Legacy Foundation, For Goodness Sake Natural Health Food Store and The Gruene Door Restaurant and Store. A special award, a polished rock sculpture, has been created by artist Jerry Locke of Walls That Rock for the two hon-orees.
The gala celebrates Earth Day, this year on April 22, but the big spotlight will shine on the achievements of the Schumanns, New Braunfels’ own dynamic environmental duo.
About the Schumanns
Last Friday, at RavenStar nature center, 776 E. Torrey St., the Schumanns reflected on their long relationship with Mother Nature.
Dolores grew up on a farm outside Schulenburg in Fayette County, while Bill grew up on farms and ranches in Sugar Land in Fort Bend County.
On the family farm, where she also picked cotton, "we had every animal one could have — chickens, calves, pigs,” Dolores said.
Her daily routine was to come home from school, do homework, then go outside to feed the animals. “1 can remember things like cleaning eggs with vinegar. The eggs were stained with straw, and I wondered how the vinegar cleaned it.” Because her three sisters were older, Dolores did many chores alone and spent much time outside “all by myself, thinking ... I always had a ‘wonder-why’ attitude ... looking at a plant and wondering (about it). I still have that attitude.” Although Bill’s family raised cotton and corn, he spent his time working with livestock, particularly Brahma and Hereford cattle.
“I was a cowboy when I was a teenager,” he said. “I’ve lived outdoors all of my life.”
The Schumanns moved to New Braunfels in 1966 and raised four children: Lawrence, Glenda, Diane and Ronald.
They have seven grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.
For the next 21 years, Bill, who received a bachelor of science in agriculture from Texas A&M University, served as Comal County Extension agent, from which he is now retired.
Dolores, who studied bookkeeping, worked as a legal secretary. While raising their children, Dolores and Bill took every opportunity to teach them about the great outdoors.
‘On vacations, we always went to see and learn something educational,” she said, adding children can learn about mountains in school, but don’t fully understand “until they see a mountain.” In the Rio Grande Valley, “the kids saw where vegetables and fruit come from.”
I be Schumanns taught their children that "nature is a big mystery” and they “must appreciate and care for it and not abuse anything.”
Saving the trees
During a vacation in Seattle, Wash., the Schumanns visited the arboretum (a tree collection) and decided to research the trees in New Braunfels’ Landa Park.
They identified more than 50 species of trees in the park and began a citizen mission to create an arboretum to preserve and promote the trees and the natural beauty of the historic area. The mission was driven by Guada Coma Garden Club, of which Dolores was president.
The tree identification process uncovered small brass markers that had been affixed to park trees in 1941 by New Braunfels Garden Club, assisted by the Boy Scouts. Some of those markers remain with new markers secured by the Schumanns.
Patiently and persistently, the Schumanns overcame each roadblock to the arboretum — convincing the advisory board of New Braunfels City Parks and Recreation Department, winning over city council, and addressing the lack of money.
Finally, council approved the project. Landa Park Arboretum was dedicated on Sept. 21, 1982, underwritten by the Texas Forest Service and Urban and Development Community Grant, plus matching funds.
Dolores, with author Scott Ogden, wrote the first guidebook to the trees, “Landa Park Arboretum.” The guidebook was subtitled, “Harry Landa Self-Guiding Tree Trail and Growing Guide,” after the landowner who long ago planted new trees in the area that became Landa Park.
The Schumanns did more. Every evening, after the little train in Landa Park closed down, they dragged hoses
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across the park to water the trees.
“ We had to wait for the train to stop so it wouldn’t cut the hoses,” Dolores said.
The Schumanns also were instrumental is getting council approval for a new irrigation system for Landa Park. Before that system, she said, “the trees were so stunted that they looked like bonsai.” Last year, a new sign read-ing “William and Dolores Schumann Arboretum,” marking their commitment to the welfare of the park’s trees, was erected by Parks and Recreation near entrance to the park.
Legacy of loving
The Schumanns always dreamed of establishing a nature center for children and when the nonprofit RavenStar Outdoor Education was founded in 2000 by Blair Brown of New Braunfels to “benefit the mental and social welfare of children,” the Schumanns were solid supporters.
Until recently, Dolores was a board member of RavenStar, which is in Torrey Park.
I hroughout their married life of 61 years, the Schumanns have worked together on environmental issues with a sense of humor that still sparkles.
"She’s put up with me for a long time,” said Bill, whose Extension Service job often took him away from home.
“We couldn’t do anything without the other,” said Dolores, who cared for Bill’s cattleya orchids while he recendy recovered from a broken hip. “I never thought I’d get through watering those suckers.”
The Schumanns were chosen as this year’s RavenStar honorées because “for 40 years they’ve been community leaders in environmental stewardship,” said Tracy Celio, a RavenStar board member since 2007.
“They’ve been instrumental and passionate in educating children about the importance of the environment and maintaining the environmental integrity of the community.”
Also, said Kelley M. Clifford, I executive director of RavenStar, the Schumanns were singled out for the Earth Day award for “being a burr in people’s saddles."
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already canceled the election for District 4, which no one filed to challenge incumbent Joe Hassmann, and CISD did the same for its District 3, when no one opposed board vice president Frank Baker. Newcomers Dale Dehlin
and Nancy Pappas vie to succeed CISD’s District 4 incumbent Donna Holmes. Candidate financial filings for that race were not available Friday.
In the NBISD race, McDaniel listed no expenses and no contributions in a statement signed and sworn on March 8. Montero listed two $100 individual contributions and one expenditure —
$302.02 to Digital-D Signs of New Braunfels for political signs and decals —- in his statement, completed and sworn on Thursday.
Early voting for each race with be May 2-10 at Comal County Elections Annex at 345 Landa St., which is the old Lifechek drugstore building. The general election will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 14.
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Pospisil listed 18 contributors. Her largest single contribution came from Terry Wooten of Llano, who gave $1,000. She also listed a $93 donation of beer from Sandy Kibby of New Braunfels for her campaign kick-off party.
Her largest expense was $2,419 for political signs purchased from Allied Advertising in San Antonio.
She also spent $1,735 on ads in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and $1,525 for ads on KGNB/KNBT
radio. Pospisil also paid $55 to a Laredo firm for a Face-book ad.
Miranda listed 11 contributors. Matthew Hoyt of New Braunfels was his biggest backer, giving $260.
Miranda's largest expense was the $648 spent with Bush Signs of Montgomery, Alabama, for campaign yard signs. He also spent $487 at Sundance Print and Copy in New Braunfels for the printing of campaign signs.
Miranda also paid a $14 website hosting fee to Yahoo.
Nuckols reported two donations —- the largest, $50, from Bob Holder of New Braunfels. She also reported campaign loans totaling $2,000 to herself.
Her biggest expense was the $1,450 paid to New Braunfels Signs and Designs for signs, cards and stickers.
Mayoral hopeful Jason Dias, president of a social media consulting company, did not file a report. Dias, who did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment, has said he does not intend to accept campaign contributions.
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proposal. Commercial properties also would pay the fee, starting at $4.59 per month.
The fee, which would become effective in February under current planning, would help fund the more than $56 million worth of needed drainage projects that were identified by the city after the June flood. Money also would go toward funding drainage system maintenance and the implementation of the new federally mandated stormwater-qual-ity requirements.
Councilor Mark Goodner last week objected to the estimated $240,000 in yearly fee collections that would be
paid to New Braunfels Utilities to administer the new fee.
Staff last week also raised the possibility of another new fee, an impact fee, which would be charged to developers to pay for drainage improvements necessary to service new development.
The city already has a fee — its Stormwater Connection Fee — charged to developers. Developers can pay the fee in lieu of building onsite stormwater detention ponds if they can show that runoff from their development isn’t going to overload the drainage system into which the runoff flows.
The connection fee, 14 cents per square foot of additional impervious area or $600 per residential lot, raised $21,722 in fiscal 2008-09.
Council on Monday also will consider appointing members to the city’s new nine-member Watershed Advisory Committee, which will help guide drainage-sys-tem improvements.
Council is planning to appoint an engineer: a developer; a landscape planner, an architect or arborist; a repre-sentative of the business community; a representative of biological or environmental interests; a citizen at large; a farmer or landowner within the watershed; and two representatives from different homeowners' associations.
Committee members will serve staggered three-year terms. The mayor will appoint the WAC chairman.
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