New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 200
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Ron Frtesenhahn
August 25, 1991
Three Sections, 46 Pages
returning to council
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Rose Schulz, Marcia Tuch, Rose Schulz, Janie Jusme, Patricia Montana, Carmen Ortiz; Kimberly Darnell, Ignacio Flores Jr., Arnold Feltner, Lynn Laubach, Katie Schneider, Marguerite Stockberger, Rita Castilleja, Glori-a Salge, Erin Staats, Jason Wahl, Ronald Storms Jr. and Andrea Hernandez.
“Happy anniversary” today to Henry and Ethelka Rompel, Marvin and Adeline Jentsch and Brenda and Don Clifton.
Belated anniversary wishes to Junior and Sonia Sauceda.
“Happy birthday” Monday to Lil Shefman, Katie Faust, Andres Castaneda, Eddie Ethel Scott, Robert Paredez, Dominga Padilla and Isabel Rodriquez.
Belated birthday greetings to Wilma Luna, Roxanne Gomez, Paul Kocian, Alan Rompel, Mrs. Monroe Nuhn, Robert John Aleman and Donna McCaw.
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.
The Comal County Fair Association is taking entries for the fair parade scheduled for Sept. 27. Entry categories are: local organizations, school organizations, visiting festivals and fairs, visiting towns and cities, miscellaneous and political, equestrian riding groups, local and visiting commercial. To obtain an entry form or for more information call Sue Bush at (512) 996-37%, Margi Handrick at 625-1884 or Danny Scheel at 625-3117. Entry deadline is Sept. 24.
September is membership month for the McKenna Hospital Auxiliary. Persons interested in joining the group of volunteers should call Joan Jemela at 625-9111 ext. 355.
The Mid-Texas Symphony will again this year have its “Bows and Strings” program for the 1991-92 school year. This group participates in various community projects as well as musical arts education. Fifth graders in Comal County interested in joining can contact the Education Committee at 629-0920 or by mail, 805 North-park Ridge, New Braunfels 78130.
Hill Country Bible Church at Canyon Lake is sponsoring its annual catfish fry Saturday, Aug. 31 at the church at Farm-lo-Market 306 and Tamarack Shores from 5-8:30 p.m. All you can eat catfish. Adults, $5; children under 12, $3.
The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is set for Aug. 31 and Sept. I at the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on Main Plaza from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free. For more information call Tressie Russell at 625-8081.
New Braunfels Police Department Auxiliary is sponsoring a garage sale Sept. 7 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. from 8 a.m. to 5
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Garden Ridge City Council Member Reed Switzer on Friday withdrew his resignation submitted earlier in the week, planning to finish the remainder of his first term, which began in May.
In a telephone interview on Friday, Switzer said he delivered a short letter to Garden Ridge City Hall Friday afternoon withdrawing a letter of resignation submitted to the council on Tuesday based upon the many city residents who called asking him to change his mind.
“I was just overwhelmed by the number of people who contacted me. Many of them just wanted to know why and if it was too late for me to withdraw my resignation,” Switzer said.
Because the council was scheduled to formally act upon his resignation during next month’s meeting, the letter could still be withdrawn, Switzer
"I was just overwhelmed by the number of people who contacted me. Many of them just wanted to know why and if it was too late for me to withdraw my resignation." — City Council Member Reed Switzer.
In his resignation letter, Switzer, 69, said he preferred not to serve on a council held in low regard by residents attending meetings, ridiculed by the community in general and subject to adverse publicity in the local press.
Switzer said factors that led to his resignation letter still remain, but rejoining the council will allow him to continue to add his input about the way the city should be operated. He said by remaining on the council he will continue his volunteer involvement through which he has served in various capacities since Garden Ridge’s incorporation in 1972.
One m^jor factor in his original decision to resign was last week’s council vote to hold an evidenciary hearing on Police Chief Parus Dudley’s performance.
A divided City Council on Monday voted 3-2 to conduct the hearing in the wake of a formal written complaint filed by Council Member Patti White.
Council members are scheduled to select an attorney and set a date for the evidenciary hearing during September’s council meeting.
Laura Irene Vela is crowned queen by Railroad Commissioner Robert “Bob- Krueger Saturday evening at the sixth annual Fiesta Historica. (Photos by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
Dignitaries crown queen, princess
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Laura Irene Vela, 1991 scholarship pageant queen, was crowned by state Railroad Commissioner Robert “Bob” Krueger Saturday night before about 400 people attending the coronation dance of the New Braunfels Mexican-American Heritage Society’s sixth annual Fiesta Historica.
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel crowned princess Denise Figueroa during the event at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Heritage Society President Suzie Garcia welcomed the crowd and introduced the master of ceremonies. New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr.
Krueger, at times speaking in Spanish, said American freedom allows all citizens here to celebrate their different heritages, as the
many cultures tn the rapidly, changing Soviet Union are just now becoming free to do.
“We can celebrate being Americans. and we can celebrate being Mexican-Americans, or German-Americans, or Polish-Americans because we came here freely and we live here freely,” Krueger said. “It’s a country of great opportunity, and we arc free to celebrate our heritage. Thai’s what you are doing, and I want to celebrate with you in any way I can.”
Kuempel stressed the importance of the event as a fund-raiser for college scholarships for seniors at local high schools.
“It makes a great difference in these individuals and what they do and what they can go on to obtain. I'm talking about the importance of education,” Kuempel said.
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel crowned princess Denise Figueroa during the festivities at the Civic Center Saturday.
Judge loves being ‘grandmommy’
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Although Comal County Judge Carter Casteel's first grandchild is not quite old enough to write, the newborn surely would cast a vote for her grandmother in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Super Grandparents of the Year contest.
Casteel regularly brags about her new granddaughter during Commissioners Court meetings, obviously delighting in the fact that she now can assume the same special role that her grandmothers played in her life.
Catherine Carter Land weighed IO pounds, 3 ounces and measured 22'/* inches when she was bom July IO to Casteel’s daughter and her husband, Cheryl and Gordon Land, who live on a ranch near Seguin.
“They live on a ranch, and I always wanted to marry a rancher and have IO kids, but I didn’t. So now that I have a grandbaby out on a ranch, she’s going to have a pony and I’m going to have a horse — if I can get her daddy lo feed them,” Casteel said.
Casteel’s mother always made sure a horse was available for her young daughter to ride at their home near Monahans in West Texas, even though the family didn't own one, and now she wants to provide that same opportunity for ha new grandchild — as soon as she’s old enough to ride.
After long and careful thought, Casteel has decided that she wants ha new granddaughter to call her 'grandmommy.'
“I’m sure she will wind up calling me w[brevet she can pronounce, but I tell ha I’m ha grandmdmnty,” she said.
Casteel sees Catherine almost
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel holds granddaughter, Catherine (Photo by Mark Warnken)
every day, despite her busy schedule. Casteel and her husband. Tom, are both only children so their relatively small family is especially close and influential in each otha's lives.
“I volunteered to her father and ha mother to give up my judgeship and my law practice and become a live-in grandmotha, but they both encouraged me to continue on with my jobs,” Castle! said, laughing.
“I hope we’ll always be around them because for the first lime I’ve
realized thae is a continuation of life. You see in your grandchild the way your own child made little faces. Even though she’s so liny, you see some of yourself, and it's really an experience that I didn't ever really appreciate until it happened io me,” she said.
Casteel has another grandchild, 9-year-old Travis, a fourth-grada at McQueeney School, by way of Gordon’s previous marriage. “We’ve known Travis since he was 5. and he's
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Leaders looking at bond package
By MARK WARNKEN
Residents have beseiged Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chape Jr. with street project suggestions since he asked for input in a newspapa article almost two weeks ago.
“Based oo the article, I have gotten so much public input that I haven't even been able to contact all the people contacting me,” Chape said, shuffling through a stack of some 16 suggestions arriving in the last few days.
So far, about IOO residents have offered their views, but none has opposed the idea of a bond package.
“But that’s not to say there aren’t people out there who think that,” Chaps said.
Oiapa asked for citywide input — not just from the District I he represents—to develop a proposed bond package to present to the otha City Council members.
Suggestions have focused on improvements to Walnut Avenue, Toney Street, Krueger, Sycamore and Willow avenues, Chape said. One nugor project several people have mentioned is the widening of the narrow stretch of Seguin Avenue, he said.
Although the council will make the final decision about asking voters to approve a bond issue, several projects are needed — from resurfacing older neighborhood streets
to an expensive rehabilitation and widening of Walnut Avenue. City Manager Paul Grohman said.
Otha major street improvement needs include development of Live Oak, widening the San Antonio Street bridge, and a thoroughfare connecting Fredericksburg Road and Academy Street. Deteriorating streets in several hilly residential areas 4^ need some melton, Orohman said. The West End, Comal Town and several neighborhoods east of the interstate also should be looked at, he said.
“It's going to depend on what the council says, but there's Iou of need out there,” Orohman said.
Several council members have mentioned the possibility of a bond election for streets sometime in the future, and the subject will be discussed during the annual daylong City Council retreat next month, Orohman said.
“Historically, a city that’s viable and growing like ours will look to a bond issue every four to five years. By the time we could have one come to fruition, it will have been seven years,” Orohman said. “The one item that people need to unda-stand is that infrastructure ages. People assume that once a street is there, it's there for ova.”
The $4 million in bonds approved by voters in 1985 for
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