New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol 139, No. 114
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
April 25, 1991
25 Cents One Section, 12 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Norma Garcia, Guinn Fet-ncr, Vanessa Cabello, Egon Rust, Hilary Ross, Joyce Marie Dale, Nancy Silva, Eva Saucedo and Sel-eitas Rodriguez.
Belated birthday greetings to William Dorrow, Eidola Hernandez and Jorge Luna.
“Happy anniversary” today to Jerry and Yolanda Pena, Steve and Connie Sidcbottom, Clarice and Ralph Brand and Mike and Georgic Courtney.
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.
Brown Bag Concerts
The fourth in a scries of Brown Bag Concerts is set from noon to 12:45 p.m Friday at Main Plaza. Sponsored by the Downtown Project will be a performance by David Owens. On May 3, the final concert will be presented by Paul McLauglin of the Grapes of Wrath. Street closings
Closed from 8 a.m. to noon today for street construction is Clear filed from Wood Road to the dead end.
In celebration of Arbor Day, a tree planting ceremony is slated for 3 p.m. Friday at Landa Park. A tree givcway also is scheduled; approximately 125 bald cypress seedlings will be distributed. The public is invited to attend.
The Krcumeicr Family Reunion will be Sunday at the Summit! on kivcr Road. Included will be a entered meal, outdoor activities and an afternoon of renewing family lies. All descendants of August and Katherine Krct/.meicr are invited. Call Pam Murphy at 512/488-2546 or Nallian Rhcinlan-d« r at 625-4683 to RS VP.
The Kneuppcr Reunion will be held May 5 at Kcndalia School House. Participants should bring a coveted dish; coffee, tea and utensils will be provided. Fo. more information call Mrs. Freddy Fish-t cr at 625-3930 or 625-6617.
Were you aware dial al the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library, you can borrow a videocassette free with your library card? Choose from inoic than 200 titles including children’s, educational, instructional and movie classics.
Tickets for sale
T ickets for Folkfcst ’91 arc on sale for $3 for adults. (Children under 18 enter free). Tickets will get you admission on die grounds of Conservation Plaza and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture May 4. Pick tickets up al New Braunfels Resorts, Chamber of Commerce, arid Sophienburg Museum.
The city of New Braunfels Parks .md Recreation Department will • onducl an American Red Cross f undamentals of Canoeing Certification Course dos Saturday, May 4 and May 11 from 9 arn. to 4 p.m. Pee is $65 per person. Participants must be 11 years old or older and must attend all 18 hours of class time to qualify for certification. Pie registration is required and concludes today. For more information call 629-PARK.
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A chance for afternoon and evening diundershowers continues for the next several days, with Inglis in the low 80s and lows in the high 60s anticipated. T he high in New Braunfels Wednesday 78 and die overnight low was 67. For more weadier information, please see Page 2.
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Schlitterbahn’s season starts Saturday
Schlitterbahn Watcrpark opens the gates on its 1991 season at IO a.m. Saturday.
The state’s largest water park, Schlitterbahn will be open weekends through May 19. Beginning May 24, the park will be open seven days per week.
Later in the season, Schlitterbahn will open a 25-acre addition located three blocks from the main park. Visitors will pay one price to visit both facilities and free tram service will link the locations.
A July opening is planned for the
attractions now under construction. Included are a tube surfing i ide, speed slides, 1,000-foot long slow river ride, a giant hot tub and two children’s water playgrounds. Schlitterbahn also will offer river tubing on die Comal River rapids bordering die new park, softball arid volleyball facilities and expanded picnic grounds to accomo date larger group functions.
‘The addition brings new life to a popular New Braunfels tubing site previously know as Camp Wamcck-c." said Schlitterbahn's marketing director, Jana Wilkinson. She said
Schlitterbahn Resorts and Waterpark took over operation of 50 year-old Camp Wamccke earlier tins year and is managing the existing 89-room resort renamed Schlitteibahn Resort “at die Rapids” while redeveloping the property.
“'Hie property borders one of the most popular river tubing spots on the Comal River,” Wilkinson said. “It’s a natural fit for Schlitterbahn. We have more man made tube chutes than any other park in the country Now we will be able to offer river tubing as well. As far as we know, Schlitter-
bahn is the only water theme park in the world with natural over rapids.”
With the new addiuon, Wilkinson expects to top last year’s record attendance. More than 500,000 people visited the New Braunfels water park during 1990, ranking it fourth in water park attendance nationally, according to the trade journal Amusement Business.
The Henry family of New Braunfels opened Schlitterbahn in 1979 with four water slides. Today, the park is part of a 65-acre recreation and
resort complex on the banks of me spring-fed Comal River. Schlitter-bahn now operates 17 water slides, nine inner-tube chutes, a family wave pool, three kiddie parks, three swimming pools, four hot tubs, an 18-hole miniature golf course, restaurants, refreshment centers, a video arcade, shaded picnic grounds and a fleet of nver paddleboats. Located next to the water park Schlitterbahn Resort “at the Bairn” has 140 riverfront cottages and motel rooms.
For more information, call 625-2351.
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Walking the line
What would baseball be without baselines and batters’ boxes? Chaos! In the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department's ongoing effort to maintain control of park activities, Soprano Valdez lays down chalk lines at the Little League fields near Landa Park. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N«m Editor
Commissioners of the Texas Water Commission accepted Wednesday a petition, filed by members of Securing a Future Environment, asking for rule changes in standards for hazardous waste storage, processing and disposal.
“We accepted the petiuon. That means that we will look at it and see what type of rule making can be developed,” said Bill Colbert, spokesman for the Texas Water Commission.
SAFE formed in 1990 to fight the permit applications filed at the TWC and the Texas Air Control Board to store and bum hazardous waste as fuel at the Balcones Cement Plant, outside of New Braunfels. SAFE filed the petition with the TWC in February asking for rule changes, that includes among a number of requests, mandating that no hazardous waste fad hues be permitted that are located within five miles of a school or public park. The Balcones Cement Plant, located on Wold Road, is within five miles of a number of local schools.
Colbert said the Water Commission staff now will review the petition to see if rules can be developed from it, but in the meantime will closely track what the Texas Legislature does in regards to hazardous waste legislation.
“Basically what we’re wailing on doing is seeing what passes during the
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N«w« Editor
A boll of lighuiing that hit die New Braunfels Utilities building two weekends ago is expected to cost approximately $50,000 in damage and has delayed tile first cycle of billing by about four days.
“The billing system calculation didn’t work until Monday morning (April 22). ITiat’s when the bills finally went out,” said Jeff Thompson, director of administration and finance.
While die 7,500 utility users on this cycle will begin receiving their bills late, Thompson said the customers still have until May 6 to pay the amount due before it’s considered late.
“Since the bills aren’t due until the fourth of the next month, diat falls on Saturday, they are riot actually due until die sixth. That’s why we still felt comfortable widi letting the bills go out on die 22nd radier then taking them to another site lo be billed,” he said.
Customers on the second cycle should not be affected, be said.
Thompson said officials believe the NBU building, located at 263 E. Main Piazza, was hit by lighuiing ut the early morning hour of April 14 (Sunday).
“When we came to work Monday we iiad no computer system and no radio system,” he said. "They were both completely down for a w hile "
By Wednesday, April 17 — the day when bills should have star ted run lung — die printers were still riot
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Courts ban woman obsessed with pastor from church
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A woman whose IO-year infatuation with a Baptist munster included hun dreds of love letters .li d phone calls bas been banned by a judge from any contact with the pastor or his church forever.
Frances Geer, 37, and her mother, Edith Geer, 72, were prohi bited from any contact with the Rev Buckner Fanning or Trinity Baptist Church by District Judge Carleton Spears Spears allowed an exception for the
elder Geer, saying she may attend '.unerals held for friends at the church.
“It will be enforced,’ said Spcuis, whose order extended a temporary injunction he issued ii December “Lf you have to come back here, I guarantee you, I wtll not be as patient.”
In a four-hour hearing Wednesday, Fanning described Frances Geer’s obsession Faniung said he received hundreds of love letters and late-night telephone calls One of the letters, in which the
woman precessed her love ana said die pastor also loved ha, was mailed to about VU church members, Harming said.
“She tuii that slit had been in love with me since she was 13 years old,’’ Fanning testified, addmg that he had a led tor years to couvmce die woman to seek psychiau ic ireaunciti.
Geer s mother, who represented her at the hearing, was harmed 'rom die church because she wrote letters condoning her daughter I behavior.
She reportedly also accompanied Frances Geer on several trips to die amusia S home and the Homes of his children.
Some of the love letters allegedly hasted Farumig s fanuly and said die pastor s wile, Martha, was incapable of love.
While on die wrUiess stand. Frances Goer pro!essen her love aud ii iou to convince die judge that she did have a relationship with Fanning.
WORD signs appearing in some subdivisions
The .Water Oriented Recreation District in an adempt to discourage trespassing through private residenual areas has budgeted funds for ar edu cauonal signage project in 1991 The district will make available to any homeowner association a wood sign staling. “Residenual Area No Public Access to River/Please Respect Private Property
The signs are to be installed at the entrance to subdivisions to advise everyone that there is no public access to the river and to look to businesses for river access. The sign and installa lion will be paid for by WORD through col lee tea user fees.
Any subdivision within the district's boundaries, that has experienced a problem with trespassing and
wishes to place a sign at die cnuunce lo the subdivision should contact WORD Administrator Betty Walls al 512/620-5544.
Eligible subdivisions below die Canyon Lake Dam are: Preiss Net gin % Glut ne River Subdivision, VII. Laurel Estates, Riva Cliff Estates, Elm Creek Estates, River Oaks, VU. View Estates, Saltier Estates, Little
Ponderosa. Pleasant View Estates, Hie Summit, Sallier Village, K un try Roma Estates, Canyon Comer, River Point, Horseshoe Fails, Crystal Heights, and Hidden Valley Hills.
Eligible subdivisions move he Dam ai die upper Guadalupe River ate: Rebecca Creek, Riva Wood, Spring Branch, oral River mom.
discourage trespassing by visitors attempting to reach the nver.
New signs in