New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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W w fry FST M T ^ ‘ w c / V 9Vol. 139, No. 111 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 ^Hr Three Sections, 46 Pages
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Scott Morgan, Diane Espinosa, Adam Hernandez, Anselmo Hernandez, Charles Scott, Dorothy Seidel, Theresa Werner, April Smith, Jesse Diaz, Roy Maddox, Egon Schriewer Jr., and Dorothy Seidel.
Monday birthday wishes go out to T.J. Caballero, Wayne Kraft, Larry Castilleja, Anna M. Ayala, Esther Torres, and Sterling Shaw.
Belated birthday wishes go out to Jim Skarovsky, Oscar Diaz Jr., Andrea Michelle Smith, and Mrs. Raymond Mendez Sr.
“Happy anniversary” today to Mr. and Mrs. Osier Soechting, Juan and Dolores Scrda, Raul and Margarita Villarreal, Ann and John Lea.
J.T. and Lethia McClinton celebrated an anniversary Saturday.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
The deadline for submitting photos for the Kindermaskenball Old Photo Contest is Monday. Any old picture taken from prior Kin-dcrmaskcnball events may be entered. Submit pictures to the Sophicnburg Museum, 401 VZ. Coll. Judging begins this week with results to be announced. Winning photos will be displayed at Folkfest May 4, following the annual Kindermaskcnball parade.
Tickets for sale
Tickets for Folkfest ’91 are on sale for $3 for adults. (Children under 18 enter free). Tickets will get you admission on the grounds of Conservation Plaza and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture May 4. Pick tickets up at New Braunfels Resorts, Chamber of Commerce, and Sophicnburg Museum,
Brian D. Talcott, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer from Berkeley, Calif., will speak today at 3 p.m. at the New Braunfels Holiday Inn, at the invitation of the New Braunfels Christian Science Church. His subject is “Freedom from the Past: Pipe Dream or Divine Possibility?"
Agencies United for Child Abuse Prevention will meet April 25 at noon at the VEH dining room at the NB1SD Education Center on Mill Street. Speaker will be Pedro Roque, supervisor of Child Protective Services for Comal County. Every organization or individual interested in the cause of child abuse prevention is invited to attend. Call Carol at 620-5542 by Monday for reservations.
Canyon High School Project Graduation is accepting donations for a garage sale. Call 625-6720 for information on donating items.
American Red Cross Volunteer Orientation will be April 27 at 9 a.m. at McKenna Memorial Hospital in the second floor conference room. Persons interested in becoming a hospital or nursing home volunteer is encouraged to
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A chance for rain remains through lite weekend, and highs should be in the mid- to upper 80s and lows in the mid- to lower 60s. For more weather information, please sec Page 2A.
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Changes in attendance zones may be needed as CISD grows
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
In an effort to solve overcrowding at Mountain Valley Elementary School and to fill the now-under-construction Bill Brown Elementary School, Comal Independent School District personnel will conduct a meeting Monday to discuss changing attendance zones.
“No decisions have been made,” said CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers. “It’s simply a fact seeking meeting with the parents.”
CISD personnel are considering changing the attendance zones, which
could affect the students in the Start -zville area by sending them to die Bill Brown Elementary School, located on Texas 46 West.
“We’re going to have a brand new school to open in September and we’re going to have to get diosc people from some place ... Mountain Valley and Bulverde (Elementary) is packed to the gills and that one is sitting empty,” Rogers said.
“I’m trying to see where we can draw dial line and accommodate die wishes of as many patrons as possible."
Rogers said a decision on how to change the attendance zones will lie made after die meeting with parents
and die May 4 school board election.
“We’ve got to figure out what to present to the school board and I need to know what die patrons out there, how they feel and what diey are thinking,” Rogers said.
'Die Bill Brown Elementary School has a capacity of 800 students and Rogers said between 480 and 585 students will be moved to the new school.
The meeting Monday will begin at 7 p.m. at Mountain Valley Elementary School in Saltier. The proposed changes will affect students on bus routes, 29A, 29, 28A, 27, 30A, 26, 28. and 25. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Michael Sahm, left, and Alejandro Rosales, talk about Operation Desert Strom during ceremonies Friday. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
‘What a welcome home’
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Hundreds of students at New Braunfels Middle School welcomed home two veterans of Operation Desert Storm Friday in patriotic form with song. cheers, and color.
“What a welcome home," said Maj. Michael Sahm, who returned from Saudi Arabia the middle of March. “Thank you very much.”
Sgt. Alejandro Rosales, who returned home Saturday and a 1983 graduate of New Braunfels High School, joined Sahm in briefly talking with the students about their war experiences.
The ceremony was held on the school football field.
“It is hot, but it’s better than over there,” Rosales said talking about Friday’s hot temperatures. “It really gets hot over there, especially during the war it really got hot and we were all concerned about if we were making it back to our families.”
"Your support, your letters and all your packages — that made us stick to it." — Sgt. Alejandro Rosales
“You’re 10,000 miles away from home, living in sand storms with the wind blowing 50 miles an hour and when the rains came the mud got over ankle deep,” Sahm said. “When it was cold it was below freezing. When it was hot it was IOO degrees plus. It was quite miserable, but coming home to this warm welcome is certainly great."
“Your support, your letters and all your packages — that made us stick to it and make sure that we executed and accomplished our mission to come back. I just want to thank each and every one of you,” said Rosales, who currently is on leave.
“It’s quite a pleasure and an honor to see all of this preparation. The support from back home was really what made die difference,” said Sahm, who is in the Air Force Reserves and has been called back to active duty.
The school choir along with the middle school war support group participated in the Friday ceremony. New Braunfels Mayor Amo Becker also was on hand to welcome back the troops.
Sahm and Rosales represent a number of New Braunfels men and women that were deployed to serve in Operation Desert Storm in the war in the Persian Gulf.
Other welcome home celebrations are being scheduled, including a city-wide celebration to be held July 4. The celebration will be in honor of all military personnel. Persons wanting to help plan this celebration should call Pam Ross at 629-7420, Cheryl Scott at 629-0441 or Milton Wamecke Jr. at 629-2215 or 620-1569.
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
New Braunfels Mayor Amo Becker says the committee he appointed to study how hotel/motel tax revenue should be split among arts and historical commissions, will present a recommendation Monday to the City Council.
“We have a plan working that appears that it’s going to be unanimous, but we’re just working on the final details yet,” Becker said Friday.
He said committee members will review all aspects again before making a recommendation of how the municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue will be split between the City of New Braunfels Arts Commission and the City of New Braunfels Heritage Commission. The two commissions will then decide how to split the available funds between fund-seeking groups.
"Probably, sometime Monday, I will know for sure what we will be recommending to the City Council. But there’s no way that I can know until Monday,” Becker said. “I anticipate that we will have a plan. I anticipate that it will be unanimous. And I think it’s one that is really a win-win situation for everybody.”
Under the State Tax Code, funds generated from hotcl/motcl tax must be used only to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. ITie Code specifies that organizations that promote the arts and the restoration of history are eligible for those funds.
Each year, of the 7 cents of the hotcl/motcl tax collected, 3 cents goes to die Chamber of Commerce and the remaining 4 cents is divided among ans and historical groups and for the operation of the Civic Center.
According to records kept in the New Braunfels City Secretary’s office more than $588,061 of hotel/motel tax was divided for the year 1990.
•Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce —$436,847.02.
•City of New Braunfels — $67,191.86 for the operation of the Civic Center.
•Circle Ans Theater — $20,164.61
• Mid-Texas Symphony — $20,164.61
•Comal County Community Band — $840.92 •Compania De Danza Folkloric^ — $2,522.79 •Greater New Braunfels Arts Council—$7,562.46
•New Braunfels An League — $2,522.79
• New Braunfels Children’s Museum — $6,721.54
•New Braunfels Community Chorale — $ 1,681.85 •New Braunfels Folk Dancers — $2,522.79
• New Braunfels Chapter S.P.E.B.Q.S. A. —$1,681.85
•Historic Railroad Museum — $1,681.85 •Heritage Society of New Braunfels Inc. — $3,357.83 •Conservation Society of New Braunfels — $3,357 81 •Sophicnburg Museum and Archives — $9,238.43
After 23 years, woman licensed to play hooky
The Alamo Area Council ol Governments, in conjunction with the New Braunfels Main Street Project, tentatively agreed to award E. P. Hamilton and Associates the opportunity to study public transit possibilities in the city. Grant funds from the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation will pay for the $10,000 study.
“We commend the efforts of AACOG and the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation for their part in securing the grant. Without their help, this study would not have been possible,’’ said April Goldsmith, Main Street Project Director.
E. P. Hamilton and Associates, along with American Transit Group and Mobility Planning, bid cooperatively to address planning, ridership, impact and operations issues necessary to proceed with lite transit project. Mobility Planning will specifically address use of the transit system by the elderly and handicapped.
“We’re pleased that AACOG and Main Street could identify such an experienced team as the one dial E. P. Hamilton assembled. We possessed doubts concerning our success at finding such a reputable organization for the dollars we had to offer,’’ said Paul Groh-man, City Manager of the City of New Braunfels. “We are extremely pleased with the job April Goldsmith has done in working on this project with AACOG.’’
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor
As one of Comal County’s first Department of Public Safety driver’s license clerk, Lillian Kanz has seen many changes in the past 23 years, not to mention the thousands of faces.
Now, after years of faithful service, Mrs. Kanz is giving up the driver’s license business for retirement at home with her family.
“I’m sure that probably Monday morning when I wake up and know that I don’t have to come to work, and I don’t go to work. I’m probably going to feel like I’m playing hooky," she said.
In 1967 Mrs. Kanz started working as a driver’s license clerk in a small office in the Comal County Courthouse.
“When I first started I knew everyone (who came in for a driver’s
license),” said die New Braunfels native. “But it isn’t like that anymore."
The driver’s license operation moved lo the DPS building on Interstate 35 when it was completed in 1982. In diose years she said she has seen a number of changes and more people.
“We’ve really seen it grow. In the beginning if we got 20 (people) a day we were doing a good business. Now it’s grown to anywhere between 70 arid IOO a day," she said.
For now, Mrs. Kanz said she will enjoy her family and especially five
grandchildren, who all live nearby. She said she also will help her husband, Elburn Kanz, in his printing business.
“I’m certainly going to miss my people ... I will miss the public too.”
Driver s license clerk Lillian Kanz has given thousands of vision checks for persons getting a license. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)