New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 203
18 pages in 2 sections August 19, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
She might sing like an angel, but Joan Guidry hasn’t given up her day job at Wal-Mart.
NB woman sings with angel’s voice
Wal-Mart employee, singer ‘cuts’ demo
By Ron Maloney
.loan Guidry sings with a heart and a soul as big and beautiful as the whole Texas Hill Country. She should. The New Braunfels resident and songwriter has been singing since she was a very little girl.
“My mom said I could sing before I could walk,” Guidry said. That might not be much of an exaggeration. Guidry' remembers her very first performance, as a young schoolgirl.
“I was really scared and the auditorium was packed,” Guidry said. “My knees were knocking, but my dress was below my knees so nobody could see ”
Now, Guidry, who has a degree in human resources from Louisiana State University and works in the optometry center of the New Braunfels Wal-Mart, has cut one demo compact disc and is in the process of recording another.
She’s also written a song for Wal-Mart, which she said is a great company and a great employer. She'll be sending a recording of it to the retailer’s Bentonv ille, Ark., headquarters.
Someday, she hopes to find her music on sale at Wal-Mart.
A few days ago, she performed one of her original songs at Freiheit General Store for Mo and Leslie Humbles “Humble Time” radio program.
I'he show she played will be broadcast from 6 to 7 p m. on Aug. 26 on San Antonio s KSYM, 90.1 LM, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 28 on KIND, 103.9 FM, out of San Marcos.
“I only performed one song for Humble Time,” Guidry said. “They said “You've got to do more!”' She wasn’t ready that day, she said. She’d only rehearsed one song for them.
“I told them I’d only found out about them a few hours before.” She’ll be going back,
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Hummel changing focus, look
Museum will close for month for facelift
From Staff Reports
The Hummel Museum and Art Gallery will close for inside renovations Tuesday and re-open Sept. 22 with a new' name and focus.
Museum director Doreen Schaeffer said directors would inform the public of the museum’s new focus at the re-open-ing ceremonies in September.
Until then, museum officials remain tight-lipped about the facility’s new name. Hummel Museum president Charles E. Teeter promised major changes in the facility and its operations.
“The purpose of the changes is to broaden the interest and the appeal of the museum beyond Hummels,” he said.
Schaeffer and Teeter said the scope of the Hummel Museum would be expanded and the museum would remain a cul-See MUSEUM/3A
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The Hummel Museum and Art Gallery is looking to expand the appeal of the museum.
They like it hot
‘Tough love’ for plants rooted in passion for beauty
By Jennifer Rodriguez
Chip Schumacher has created a 5 1/2-acre oasis of sun-loving plants that thrive in the brutal Texas heat on Farm-to-Market Road 1863.
At Schumacher’s Hill Country Gardens, plants such as ‘“dwarf beau-tyberry,” ‘“Mexican redbud” and ““Brazilian rock rose” soak up the rays in plastic pots. Typed placards framed in wire read like dating game information: details such as where the plant is from, what it likes, the kinds of animals attracted to it and what it needs to thrive. - Schumacher
“We do our best to kill our plants. The ones we can't kill we sell."
Schumacher’s Hill Country Gardens motto
moved to Texas from the Chicago area in 1980 and describes his nursery’s development in seasons. This is his -- seventh.
“I put up a greenhouse at my house and I grew into this really quick, because I grew everything I could get my hands on,” Schumacher said.
Before long, he was selling plants native to Texas or suited for its climate from his driveway to botanists and interested neighbors.
Today customers can walk neat rows of potted plants in the oasis of green — where classical music mixed w ith the sounds of dripping water whisper in the background.
He has IO greenhouses and a special section called the trial garden where he tests the staying power of new specimens.
Gardeners of all levels from places as far away as I louston, Dallas and Louisiana flock to his nursery, which houses more than 6,000 plant varieties. Five full-time employees, as well as several part-time employees, help him tend to his babies.
“For me, its been like going to Schumacher U. Every time I come to work, I learn something new,” consultant Rose Royce said. She has worked for Schumacher the past two years.
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Chip Schumacher inspects a “bird of paradise,” one of many heat-tolerant flora that thrive at his nursery on Farm-to-Market Road 1863.
He has a strict philosophy about the plants he sells: They must be able to survive naturally in the South Texas env ironment.
“We grow plants that do well iii this area. We don’t stray from that too much .... We’ve got one of the best selections in the United States
(of Texas acclimated plants),” Schumacher said.
“I don’t believe in insecticides, or fungicides, or ‘cides’ of any kind, lf nature can’t find a balance out there w ithout any chemicals, then I just don’t grow that plant.”
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Chamber supports Nov. 7 ballot
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce supports two ballot proposals that could change the way New Braunfels conducts economic development.
On Monday, New Braunfels City Council off icially called a Nov. 7 election and approved wording for the two propositions.
Michael Meek, president of the chamber, said, “We are always for keeping the maximum number of options open for our community leaders.”
The city collects the 4A and 4B sales taxes, each named for the legislation creating the taxes.
The 4A tax is one-eighth of I percent dedicated to economic development. The city's economic development corporation oversees those tax revenues.
The 4B tax is a one-fourth of I percent tax. Streets and drainage projects receive one-eighth of that. The remaining one-eighth of I percent goes to infrastructure improvement projects.
The city’s infrastructure improvement corporation oversees expenditure of 4B tax revenues.
Councilwoman Debbie Flume championed the first proposition. If approved, 4B tax revenues could be used to build and maintain youth or amateur sports facilities.
The second proposition would eliminate the 4A tax and rededicate that one-eighth of I percent tax to the 4B tax.
The proposition then would lift the limits on money spent on specific types of projects. It also would allow the city to use the 4B tax revenues for all legal uses.
Legal uses include economic development.
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Gore launches campaign with cruise
ABOARD THE MARK TWAIN (AF) I laving raced east to catch the sunrise, Democrats Al Gore and Joseph Lieber-man shoved off from the banks of the Mississippi River on Friday for a pad-dlewheel cruise meant to stir heartland excitement for their freshly launched campaign “We’re for you, we need you to help us,” Gore appealed to voters.
Gore and Lieberman, w ith their families, set off on their “Charting America’s Course’’ cruise in La Crosse, Was., barely 12 hours atter claiming their party’s nomination for the White House half a
An unwieldy entourage of campaign aides and journalists also piled onto the 120-foot, tripledecked Mark Twain, complete with Calhoun.1. Boats of Secret Service agents sputtered along on either side of the Mark Twain, whose maximum speed according to pilot Ray Richmond was a mere eight miles-per-hour.
Posing near the bow, (lore turned down
photographers’ suggestions he balance himself hands-free as Leonardo DiCaprio’s character did in “Titanic.”
“No. Wrong metaphor,” Gore chuckled.
Gore focused his “bon voyage” remarks on campaign finance reform as he shared the Riverside Park stage with Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russell Fein-gold.
This election, Gore said, should “enable and empower all of us to join together to say the people of America have had enough” of special-interest money corrupting politics
in capturing part pf the past? Co antiquing, and theres no better place than New Braunfels. /Lifestyle