New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
etal changes, “from revamping die bathhouse to creating a zero-depth wading area.” At die shallow end of the spring-fed pod, additions include a flume slide, a log slide, zero-depth entry and a water drop structure in the shape of a mushroom* T. • •* * ■ J-
Blandon Acevedo, Miguel Tristan and Daniel Rodriguez, who were at the park for the first time this season, agreed that the best part of the pool was the spot where water entered the pool. However, they also said the flume slide was a great addition to the pool.
“You can go really fast and swirl
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Vol. 144, No. 116
KKR plans rally on Plaza
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Marketplace 6-8 I By MELANIE GERIK Lowe called New Braunfels “a crank Shands said the city is concerned
Staff Writer <WllSt WA AAV tho German town" and good recruiting We may not like mostly with the type of crowd the ral-
. .f* grounds for the KKK. tho mniinnn hut ly will attract, and not necessarily the
majority Of tliO Lowe said his division of the KKK |"w wuoqgO) mw sponsoring Klansmen.
crowd Will SQfB0«’ does not wear the stereotypical white tho messenger has He added the city, county and state
.T. robes and hoods in public, and Klans- Jgla* I law enforcement officials probably will
men fo not believe in inflammatory 01____u work together to control the rally and
Birthday wishes from the Hsrald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Susan Peters (50 years), Kathy Krause, Rene Chavez, Jackie Brinkkoeter, Paul Davis, Robert Davila, Adolpho Castro Jr. (18 years), Leonard Castro (20 years, belated), Rosa T. Tor res, Zoe Gabbard, Andrea Schmidt (13 years, belated), Richard (Shay) Urias and Amber Shed.
To have a birthday or anniver-
Mold—1,430 Grass —12 Oak —349 Ash —0 Hackberry —0 Mulberry —0 (Potted measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —211 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.75 feet above sea level, same as yesterday.
Democrats to moot tonight
The Comal Cooounty Democrats meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Comal Bowl.
Oat your shots and gat into
Schlitterbahn Waterpark opens for 1996 this Saturday with a free immunization clinic for kids.
The shots are free, and all kids who get shots will get free Schlitterbahn tickets. The immunization clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Rapids Pavilion off of Union Street. For details, call the Schlitterbahn information line at 625-2351.
Novice Night at theater
Circle Arts Theatre will hold its annual Novice Night, a workshop on basic acting skills, Wednesday, April 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Experienced actors will be there to assist novices in preparing short skits.
There is no fee. Wear comfortable clothes. The workshop is for ages 17 and older.
Style show benefits symphony
On Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center there will be a style show, with fashions made from cotton found at Mission Valley Textiles. The show will be a benefit for the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild.
Refreshments will be served. Tickets are being sold by Mid-Texas Symphony debutantes and by Mission Valley Textiles and Retail Outlet. Call Debbie Meek at 620-4869, Patsy Vann at 625-1422 or Mission Valley Textiles at 620-4607.
Eagles Auxiliary rummage sale will be held Saturday, April 27 at Eagles Hall.
The Eagles Auxiliary will have a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members are urged to start bring articles to Eagle Hall so everything can be sorted and marked by the sale.
To get donations picked up, call 625-7243 or 629-3224.
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The Knights of the Klu Klux Klan are planning a June I recruiting rally in New Braunfels, the city manager told councilmembers Monday night.
Mike Shands said he received a written request from Michael Lowe, KKK state director from Waco, to reserve either the Plaza Bandstand or Comal County Courthouse steps for the nighttime rally.
Lowe also talked to city officials Monday about the legal ramifications of denying his request.
“Legally, [the city is] up a big, big creek without a paddle,” Shands said. City Councilmembers will decide
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whether or not to approve his requestor suggest an alternative location at the May 13 meeting.
County Judge Carter Casteel said she will work to make sure Lowe and his fellow Klansmen receive the “least desirable location.”
“I can’t stand seeing our Plaza on channel whatever or our courthouse either,” she said.
or inciting speech. crowd.
“We’re the best Klan around,” Lowe _city manager Cristina Aguilar-Friar, a member of
said. immigration and free trade agreements. ^ Greater Hispanic Chamber of Com-
Instead, Shands said Lowe described “What we say, the majority of the merce board of directors, said she is
the Jupe event as a “political rally” crowd will agree,” Lowe said. concerned that New Braunfels has a
held by five to IO Klansmen. city attorney Jacqueline Cullom said widespread image problem.
“They will play western music. They ordinances dealing with selling mer- But Shands said the city has to use
will speak. They will sell caps, but- chandise on the Plaza and parade reg- extreme caution in dealing with the
tons and t-shirts,” Shands said. ulations may come into play as coun- KKK s First Amendment rights.
Lowe said he plans to inform New exmembers decide whether or not to “We may not like the message, but
Braunfels residents on the KKK’s grant Lowe’s request. 1he messenger has rights,” Shands said.
stands against affirmative action, illegal
By DENISE DZIUK
As summer slowly starts rolling in, mote and more people will start heading to Landa Park to cool off in the pools, and visitors will be greeted by new features.
Iris Neffendorf, director of New Braunfels Parks and Recitation, said
around. It’s fun,” said one of the boys.
In the middle of the spring-fed pool is a ring traverse. A zip line and a rope swing have been added at the deeper end. The zip line appears to be the favorite so far.
“I like the zip line best,” said 10-year-old Aleisha Moon. “It’s cool.” “(Swimmers) will use tire zip line all day long,” said lifeguard Liz Grows. “I think it’s because it’s like James Bond. The rope swing is kind of scary for some of them I think.”
There is also a zero-depth wading pool behind the bathhouse. This pool also has a log slide and structures shaped like a frog, a turtle and a mushroom that squirt water.
Neffendorf said the renovations, which began in December and will be complete once a final play structure is added on the side of the pools, were an attempt to make the parte more like it was originally.
“We were trying to bring some (the original) fort to the pool, t some more attractions to make l ing for entire families and all ages,” said Neffendorf.
A grand opening for the aquatic complex is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. A ceremony will be held from 10:30 to 11 am, with meterologist Bill Hecke sliding down the zip line for the ribbon cutting. The pools will then opal from
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“We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy our water improvements as well as tire rest of the pat,” said Neffendorf. “We’ve done improvements throughout the park that hopefully will make it more enjoyable.”
Modern-day Amelia Earhart inspires students
By DENISE DZIUK
Dreams come true if you keep pursing them and believe in yourself. That was the message Linda Finch brought to a fourth grade class at Bulverde Elementary on Monday as she told them about the dream she is pursuing.
Finch, a pilot from San Antonio, has begun a project dubbed “World Flight 1997.” The project entails Finch recreating the around-the-world flight of Amelia Earhart in a similar plane. She will drop a wreath over Howland Island, where Earhart disappeared. Finch will embark on her flight from Oakland, CA, on March 17,1997, and was in Lori Balcar’s class to share her dream, with the students.
Finch talked with the students about Earhait’s life. Sire told them stories about her personal life, as well as her dreams. She said Earhart wanted to make women pilots a common sight. She also wanted to show people what could be accomplished by believing in yourself.
“That was very important for her. that anyone could do any job they put their minds to,” said Finch. “I was very amazed by how she taught so many people to reach beyond their limits.”
Finch told students a big part of the project is to raise awareness about Earhart and her work. She said most people only remember that she attempted the flight and disappeared while in route.
“They don’t know much about
her life, and her life was wonderful.
That's what we want people to learn about,” she said.
Finch listened to short essays about their dreams, ranging from being a teacher to being the president to being a track star. One girl even wants to be a doctor to find a cure for her brother's skin disorder. Finch told them dreams are never easy to accomplish. She said they have to continuously work at them.
Finch’s visit to Balcar’s class came after the students spent time studying aviation, Earhart, persuasive writing, and believing in . yourself. The students wrote letters to Finch, and she agreed to come.
‘They were in awe when they found out,” said Balcar. “They said, ‘gosh it really works.’”
In addition to the visit, the students were invited to come see and climb in the plane after she returns from her flight.
“This is more learning than any textbook could supply,” said Principal Linda Swanson.
The class also presented Finch with a t-shirt and cap to wear on her flight and a PTA check to defray costs. The students also made a wreath that they gave to Finch, and asked her to drop it with hers over Howland Island. Finch said she would.
Garden Ridge well pays dividends
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
They don’t make ’em like that any more
Jimmy Doran glances at a 1958 Impala at the swap mast and car show that attracted hundreds of visitors to the Comal County Fairgrounds over the weekend. The annual avant la sponsored by the New Braunfels Rotary Club and the New Braunfels Area Car Club.
GARDEN RIDGE — Seven months after its second water well was installed, Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P. Minikin said the well is working “superbly.”
“The city is extremely fortunate that we drilled the second well,” Minikin said. “It’s the insurance policy we have been looking for.”
The 340-foot Well #2 was put into operation last October. The reason Well #2 was drilled was to provide an adequate backup for Well #1, which was put into operation in 1987 and is located IOO feet from Well #2.
Both wells pump 1,200 gallons of water per minute and are located on a one acre plot on FM 2252.
Minikin said it did not take long for Well #2 to prove its worth to both the city and its residents. Three months after Well #2 was installed, the motor on Well #1 burned out.
“We would have been up a creek without the alternative well source in the city,” Mil-likin said. “We had to pull the entire pump assembly system out. After a routine maintenance check on the turbine pump, we found excessive calcium deposits.. .It never had been checked before for any routine maintenance.”
At least this time the city of Garden Ridge was prepared for the emergency. Three years ago, when Minikin was in his first term as mayor, the motor on Well #1 burned out, leaving the city in a very precarious position.
“We were lucky to find a replacement motor with two-thirds less horsepower in San Antonio, which allowed us to limp along until we had the motor on Well #I rewired,” Minikin said. “We had to wait nine to 12 months to get the minor rewired. Not only did we not have a backup motor, but it took us a couple of weeks to get the smaller motor.”
The city is looking for new improvements to its water system.
“We are in the process of constructing our 318,000 gallon ground storage tank,” Minikin said. “Our master plan calls for a 300,000 gallon ground storage tank and our initial cost estimates for it were at $161,000. But I looked into it and saw that we could get 318,000 gallons at the same price.”
Minikin said he would run his plan by the city’s water commission and the council at its May meeting.
If everything goes as planned, Minikin said he hoped to go out for bids “in a minimum of two weeks.”Tribute paid to journalist who died in Bosnia crash. See Opinion, Page 4.