New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of HENRY GARZA
■ Vol. 142, No. 120
Birthday wishes from th* Haratd-Zsltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Henry Garza, Jason Moore, John Baas, Carton Slapper, Carmen Torres, Shirley Dailey, Harry Dauer, Geraldine Hempel, Marlene (Carabin us, Herschel Marlin, Claude E. LeVasseur, Harry C. Ohrt, Thomas W. Smith.
Plaza Nltas continuos tonight at 7 p.rn.
Rosie Y Los Muchachos plays the final concert in the Plaza Nites series at 7 p.m. tonight on the Plaza. The popular Mariachi band promises an evening of fun and festivity.
The free concert series is produced by the Main Street Project. For information, call the Main Street Project at 608-2100.
Vietnam veterans to host fundraiser
The Vietnam Veterans of the Outreach program will host a fundraiser, selling fry ha tacos with all the trimmings and cold drinks. The fajitas will be prepared by two fsyita cook champions.
The event will be held at 974 N. Loop 337, across from the Dragon Place Restaurant on Saturday, April 30 from IO a.m. on.
Wal Mart Center staff hotting garage sale
The fifth annual garage sale benefiting the Children's Miracle Network is a Wal Mart Store on east Walnut St., Saturday, April 30 from 8 am. to 4 pm.
Featured will be barbecue, a bake sale, carwash, and a spin art booth.
The event is being sponsored by the associates of Wal Mart Distribution Center.
Program to be given et senior center
Taking Control, Options to Maximize Your Health," a live video teleconference will explore how people with multiple sclerosis can use exercise, Tai Chi, nutrition and physical therapy to manage their disease.
The program will be presented in New Braunfels at the Senior Citizens Center, 63S Lands on Saturday, Mary 7 from 11:30 a m. to 1:30 p.m. The public is invited.
OBRA to promote drinking water week
In observance of National Drinking Water Week, May 1-7 Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) vehicles will display colorful blue and purple bumper stickers with the slogan "Give Drinking Water A Hand."
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George Amen and Darien Brlnkkoatar (right), emergency mad leal personnel with th# Now Braunfels Fire □apartment, remove Alloa Thompson from th# passenger aide of a Nissan Maxima which was Involved In a two-car accident downtown yesterday at approximately 3:45 p.m. The Maxima, driven by Joyce L. Smith, collided with a Plymouth Sundance, driven by Martin Rotates, Jr. of New Braunfels. Smith, Thompson and sevemyear-otd Tanto Smith were treated and released at McKenna Memorial-Hospital. -
Single-family building permits back on the rise again in NB
By JENMFER ROMPEL
The number of single-family building permits issued in New Braunfels is back on the rise after a brief decline in February.
to March, the (limber of single family building permits rose by 84.6 percent. Twenty-four single family building permits were issued compared to 13 in March of 1993.
to the first quarter of 1994, 51 permits were issued. This a IO. 9 percent increase over the 46 permits issued in the first quarter of 1993.
The increase is permits in March “made up" for the decrease in February, according to Michael Meek, Executive Vice President of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
“We said we couldn’t just look at one month,” said Meek. “I am optimistic when I look at March and see it is up nearly 85 percent over March 1993. This has more than made up for the loss in February.
Permits for March increased by 84.6% over same period from last year
“It is looking like we will have a strong single family home construction year,” he said. “The county is looking even better. It is showing a nearly 93 percent increase in ■■■■■n.m—
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"The building boom is continuing. It’s a little too early to know if this will be a record year, to the late 70s and early 80s, we had 200 permits issued in New Braunfels. We are certainly within reach of that,’’ said Meek.
No multi-family building permits were issued in New Braunfels in March. However, the first quarter of 1993, five permits have been issued. This is up 400 percent from the one permit issued in the first quarter of m 1993.
will have a strong single family Homa construction year.’
- Michael Meek
first quarter year.’’
In the county, 52 single family building permits were
issued in March-
1994. This is up 92.6 percent over the 27 issued in March last year In the first quarter of 1994, 134 single-family building permits have been issued in the county. During the first quarter of 1993, 83 permits were issued
building permits issued in New Braunfels have increased by 50 percent in the first quarter of
- Permits rose from
two in the first quarter of 1993 to three in the first quarter of 1994.
In the county, commercial, industrial and professional building permits have decreased from two in the first quarter of 1993 to zero in the first quarter of 1994.
Officials talk river problems at workshop
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Representatives and concerned citizens gathered Wednesday evening at the Holiday ton for a workshop dealing with Guadalupe River issues.
The workshop, sponsored by Friends For Rivers and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, featured dignitaries and citizens from various interests dealing with the river and its use, especially that of recreation and tourism.
Several people opened the meeting by giving general statements offset or purpose of the organizations they represent. Two panels composed of local and state agencies then met with members of the audience. The workshop continues this evening when findings will be presented.
Alan Regina, Chief of Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance for the U.S. Department of the Interior acted as moderator and workshop facilitator.
“We have no interest in buying land here, we’re not going to regulate,” he said. “What you’re trying to do is come up with more creative management strategies.”
TheGBRA’s David Weiach, director of planning and development, explained a history of spring flow, a key issue with outfitters. The GBRA must ensure enough water for users with rights to the water downstream.
’’We realize recreational timing is in the summer and that is historically I low-flow time,” he said. “...Sometimes, water in Comal oounty is committed to someone in Calhoun oounty.”
Al Zader, an outfitter, said outfitters would like to see a more constant flow, especially during dry periods.
“Customers say they will come back when the river flow rises. This can last for a year before they have the confidence to come back. We need consistency.’’
He said consistent flow would alto give outfitters’ confidence to improve facilities such as restrooms.
“It’s tough to spend money when you don’t know what’s going to hap-
Jim Thaxton, the executive director of the National Association of Canoe Liveries and Outfitters, quoted a study from a professor in Minnesota that showed the economic impact of the business.
‘Tor every dollar a person spends at an outfitter, we know they spend $2 .50 to $7.50 at some other business,’’ he said. “What is important is how long those dollars stay within the community. The study found it floated (changed hands) four times.”
Thaxton also said the first part of NACLO’s motto was preservation of the resource.
“If you have a dirty river, you shut down,” he said.
Debbie Magin, director of the
TP&W hopes to add access points on river
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Controlling rowdy behavior on the Guadalupe River remains key among river use topics. The majority of land on the river, except for river crossings, is privately owned. Many landowners are tired of people trespassing on their property.
An official from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department addressed the state's current and potential involvement, not so much in enforcement as access.
The TP&W has five game wardens assigned specifically to rivers in Texas, two of those on the Guadalupe.
Andy Goldbtoom, director of the Greenway* Program for TP&W, Mid the department is looking at ways to open access to the river through Me property, which can in turn be regulated. The more access points, the less people would trespass on private property.
“The signs we’re putting up bash cally inform people where the next take-out spot is We’re trying to focus use on the public access points,” he said.
Goldbloom referred to “pocket parks,’’ whereby the state buys five to 10-acre plots, mostly near access points such as crossings, and turns them into state-owned areas.
“We would only work with willing sellers. We would never condemn land or anything like that,** he said. “...This would provide an access or stopping off place and give the public some legal qxxs to get out.”
Funding could come from permits which would be required of canoes, much like ones seen on boats. Goldbloom said landowners love the concept of spotting a number, but the state must study the burden that would be placed on outfitters.
Goldbloom also mentioned the Intermodel Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) as a federal funding source. He said the state is looking into ways to classify rivers as a transportation area. Most of the ISTEA money is directed at highway improvements
GBRA regional laboratory, said water quality has been good overall in the upper and lower portions of the Guadalupe over the last seven years. Quality decreases as the river gets closer to the Gulf of Mexico.
NBHS players hoping to keep it short and sweet at state competition
State-bound version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be performed locally
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Keep it short and sweet. That should be the theme this year for the cast of the New Braunfels High School one-act play.
The one-act play cast has advanced through the ranks this year and will be competing at the state competition on May 6. Just last week, they competed in the regional competition and were one of the two teams chosen to advance to state
Performing and directing a one-act play is a qpedal challenge, acoocdii^ to New Braunfels High School Drama Teacher Kathy Ward.
The playa are limited to 40 minutes and if they run just one second over
that time, the play will be disqualified from the competition. The NBHS drama class chose to per-
_ form A Midsum-
mer Night’s Dream this year. The play runs about 38 minutes and 30 seconds Midsummer Nigfx’i Dream is a five act play, that was condensed into the 40-minute time span by Ward She said most directors chose 3 or 5 act plays and condense them into a shorter time span “We started this year with Much
Ado About Nothing. We decided we liked Midsummer Night’s Dream better because it fit everybody really well,” said Ward
After choosing the play, the director will “cast” it and then continue to cut the play until it fits the required time span The director also designates possible emergency cuts so that if the play begins to run too long, portions can becut Ward said a time count is kept to determine if the extra cuts need to be made
“The cast can see if they arc running ahead of time and are pacing themselves too fast or if they are behind they can take parts out. “
Not knowing whether or not a portion of the play will be included is tough, according to Ward. However, she said the actors learn to adapt. “They are really exceptional kids and they can handle it,” she said The cast is limited to 15 actons and four crew members. In some plays, one person may be required to portray two characters. The cast rehearses three times per week. This year, they practiced on weekends and even competed during their spring break.
Despite the long hours of rehearsal, the cast never gets bored Ward tries to throw in a few changes each week. She said sometimes she will ask them
to read their lines like rap songs, use strange accents or act like gangsters ‘it keeps it fresh for them,” said Ward
The support of the school and the community has also been helpful to the cast.
“We have had lots of congratulations from students and we have had excellent support from parents, teachers, the principals and the superintendent," she said A local performance of the one-act play will be held at 7:30 p.m. May $ at New Braunfels High School The state competition will be at approximately 5:30 p.m. May 6 in the Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus.
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