New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 Pages in one section ■ Friday, August 18, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MARCIE HELMKE
Vol. 143, No. 200
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Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Marcie Helmke, Vince Koe-gle (21 years), Denali Brooke Molina (seven years), and happy lith anniversary to Johnny and Mary Esther Rodriguez and happy 24th anniversary to Jesse and Erlinda Dominguez.
liver and aquifer nformation
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 cfs. from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.65 feet above sea level, down .06 Guadalupe River — 134 c f s.
Bake a cake for the Women’s Center
The Comal County Women's Center invites you to support the center by donating individually wrapped items for a bake sale, which will be held Aug.
19 at 5 p.m. on the Plaza.
Bring your goodies to the shelter (1547 Common St.) any time Friday or before 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 620-7520 for information.
A free immunization clinic will be held from 9 a m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Krueger Elementary School in Marion The clinic is provided by Santa Rosa Children's Hospital,
Parents are asked to bring the child's immunization records and letter from the school nurse if applicable. Immunizations will be given to infants, children and teenagers.
Appointments are not needed, but are recommended. Call 416-9323 or 914-2646.
Optimist Club to moot Monday
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 21 at Molly Joe's Restaurant The speaker will be Jack Melton of Hospice New Braunfels.
Tsxas Exes picnic
The Comal County chapter of the University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association will hold its annual family picnic and student send-off Thursday,
Aug 24 at Landa Park, Picnic Area 16.
Special guest will be UT baseball coach, Cliff Gustafson The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p m Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish - either a vegetable, salad or dessert.
Reservations must be made by Saturday, Aug 19 by calling Mary Walker at 885-4375, Stoney Williams at 629-7381, Gayle Engler at 629-2109 or Tim Zipp at 625-9405
Rec center meeting
Organizers are calling for a large show of support at a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 p m at the Canyon Lake Action Center to discuss concerns for the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center. Your opinion on how to overcome the road blocks that stand in the way are needed. Representatives from the county parks committee, Army Corps of Engineers and county officials have been invited to discuss recent actions taken on the proposed site below Canyon Dam.
Early school start hurts tourist biz
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
A dead goat Ilea In a pond on Vance Rittimann’s ranch. He pulled 10 dead animals out of the pond after dogs got into his flock Wednesday night. Four years ago, he had to pull 14 dead sheep and goats out of the same pond after a dog attack.
Rancher loses dozens of goats
By ROGER CROTEAU
‘Carcasses were spread over 150 acres.’
— Vance Rittimann
lf you live near Spring Branch and' own a Rottweiler that did not come home Thursday, rancher Vance Rittimann would like a word with you.
You owe him SI,SOO.
Wednesday night, dogs got into Rittimann's flocks and killed 30 goats and a sheep. Fifteen more animals were injured, and many of them will probably have to be put down,
Rittimann said. He put his loss at $ 1,500. Rittimann shot and killed a Rottweiler that was still on his land attacking goats, and saw another dog run off. The dog he killed had a collar, but no tags.
“I think it was more than two dogs," Rittimann said. “Carcasses were spread over 150 acres."
Rittimann’s ranch is in a sparsely populated area off Highway 281. The Indian Hills subdivision is about half-mile from one fence line. Rittimann said that as more people move out into the country with more dogs, his losses to dogs have increased.
He said dogs are worse than coyotes because, while a coyote will kill one animal for food, dogs kill for fun and keep killing all night long. He told of several times dogs have gotten onto his land and killed a dozen or so sheep and goats, but he said this week’s attack was the worst yet.
“It had been running pretty smooth for a while. We had some coyotes, but they just kill one every two nights or so, and you get them before they do that much damage,” he said.
Rittimann waited 24 hours before deciding this Angora goat would not survive the attack that wounded Its face. He put the animal out of its misery with a gunshot to the head.
School began this week, marking the end of summer for many people, and the return to the school routine has left several local businesses wondering what happened to summer.
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides, said about 30 percent of his business for the final Labor Day weekend was lost because of school starting earlier the last few summers. He said another 20 percent was lost when the first high school football games started to be played on the Friday before Labor Day weekend. Overall, his business on the Labor Day weekend is half of what it was five or six years ago.
“We’ve gained business every year since we’ve been here. We’ve compensated for it,” said Rivers.
Jay Felger, owner of Felger’s Toob Rental, said he is already feeling the impact of the start of school. He said the Guadalupe River had a good river flow in June and July, so he did not get many of their customers, and then school started in the middle of August taking away even more of his customers.
“We had a good year, but is wasn’t a great year," he said.
Brian Vauter, a geologist with Natural Bridge Caverns, said they are also noticing a change in the number of tourists. He said there has been a dramatic drop, and things have gotten very slow. He said most of the people coming now are travelling adults, and very few children.
The start of school also means a loss of workers. Felger said several of his employees w ere college students who are getting ready to start school again. Vauter said they employed a lot of high school students, and a few will continue to work, but only on weekends.
“Beyond that, most of our workforce has evaporated," he said. Schlitterbahn Waterpark has also felt an impact from the early start of school. The park has announced several changes in schedules in an effort to try and keep the park open longer for people to enjoy.
During Aug. 23, 24, and 25, the Surfenburg section of the park will be open at a reduced price. However, the main section will only be open on weekends from Aug. 26 through Sept. I, due to the early start of school in South Texas.
“Schlitterbahn is the only major attraction in the area which will be open during that week,” said General Manager Tern G. Adams. “We all lose employees when school starts in August, so most attractions simply close dunng the last two weeks in August. We get a number of visitors who plan their vacations around a trip to Schlitterbahn in late August, so w e do our best to keep as much of the park open as possible.”
Felger said he comes from a family of schoolteachers, and believes in year-round school. However, he said from a business standpoint, it would be bad news.
“It would kill me now. I’m not a schoolteacher anymore. Now I wish it wouldn’t start until October," he said.
Rivers said the school year keeps gening longer, which means that the summer season is shortening. He said this will be hard on the tourist industry, but the industry will just have to adjust to the situation.
“Change is inevitable," he said. “We just have to change with it and hope we can keep abreast of it.”
Guadalupe low, but useable
By DENISE DZIUK
The release rate into the Guadalupe River has been cut back once again, but outfitters and other officials say the level is still adequate for enjoyment this weekend.
“We don’t want any confusion regarding water flows with the water recreational industry here. The Guadalupe River flow as of Tuesday, Aug. 15 is 120 cubic feet per second which is great for tubing,” said Jim Scheele, Jr., director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
David Welsch, director of project development for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, said the current release rate from the Canyon Reservoir has remained at 120 cubic feet per second (cfs). He said this is still a good level for canoeing, tubing, swimming, and relaxing.
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides, said the current river flow is about average for this time of the year. He said it is still adequate few rafting, and is ideal for families.
“It is an excellent time for families with children to come to the Guadalupe River and have a safe recreational experience, said Rivers.
“Plenty of tubes are available and the smaller rafts, 2-3 persons, would make an excellent rid?.’’
Rivers said people will not be able to notice a difference between 140 cfs and 120 cfs. He said a river trip will still be a lot more fun than anything that a person could think to do sitting at home.
‘There’s not a lot of thrills and spills, but there is a whole lot of cool, relaxing fun,” said Rivers.
Individuals nm wanting to go to the Guadalupe River can spend the weekend on the Comal River. The Comal River is fed by the Comal Springs, which are the largest in Texas. River outfitters and shuttle services are available to make the experience memorable.
“You can take a two and a half hour tube ride down the spring-fed crystal clear Comal River,” said Scheele.
The rivers should remain at iheir current levels few the weekend, which
Saturday celebration marks suffrage success
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Staff Writ et
New Braunfels will step back in time, decade by decade, to the days of Gibson Girls, Model As, — and suffragettes, as the city celebrates 75 years of women’s right to vote tomorrow.
It all kicks off with a 4 p.m. reception at the New Braunfels Art League, said Karen “K.. C.” Crandall, Main Street Director.
“They will be demonstrating art forms,” she said, “and of course the highlight will be the Women’s History Exhibit on loan from the Institute of Texan Cultures.”
Booths from area organizations will surround Main Plaza starting at 5 p.m. — including the Women’s Shelter, Downtown Association, Service League, Main Street Board, League of Women Voters, Republican Women, Democratic Women, Business and Professional Women and others, Crandall said.
“The parade starts at 6 p.m.,” Crandall said, “from Hill Street around the plaza and up Seguin Avenue.” Floats, period costumes, and “celebrities” from days gone by will make their way through downtown.
Classic cars will also highlight the parade. "We have at least one car that represents every decade,” Crandall said.
Area businesses will offer old-timey
refreshments — Molly Joe’s, lemonade and cookies from Eagle, Terry Webb’s snow cones, and ice cream from Schwab’s and Thornton’s, she said.
The evening’s entertainment begins between 6:30 and 6:40 p.m., Crandall said. Highlights are performances by the Comal County Community Band and the Mission Belles Executive Sweet singing group from San Antonio.
A must-see is the “Sisters in Suffrage” musical revue.
A host of local performers will take a musical journey from the days of suffragettes to the present — heavily peppered with comedy.
Radio personality Don Ferguson emcees the event, with contributions by Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. and County Judge Carter Casteel, Crandall said. “State Senator Jeff Wentworth and Representative Edmund Kuempel will attend, as well as Ruth Ann Greer, president of the Texas League of Women Voters,” she said.
Picnic baskets are encouraged and “I
Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN ENGLAND
Priscilla and Nolia Millett practice a skit.
want to stress that everybody needs to bring their lawn chairs,” Crandall said.
"It’s going to be absolutely wonderful — everybody ’s going to have a good time,” Councilwoman Jan K.en-nady said, "so come on out and help us celebrate.”
FRIDAYCommunity Band heads to Braunfels, Germany, for 750-year celebration. See Page 4.