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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2003 i>GIVI!iy I MC VV UIU^, .. w.~ since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 19 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK ■56825 00001 High Low 29 Details .... 1B F-“V vt* ■fi’Wti'ff DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 6>KS COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A RELIGION 5B SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B SPORTS KICKED OUT Canyon Cougars end the season and their run in the playoffs Friday night with a loss to Alamo Heights. Page SA COUPON | LET IT SNOW | The Lacks snowman of the i week is a festive Let it Snow | fellow for $2.99 with coupon I before Dec. 9. Page M CIVIC CENTERDedde on plan, Pospisil TxDOT: 281 project not an immediate threat By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — The Texas Department of TYansporta-tion Thursday assured Comal County residents that it would not soon be ready to buy right-of-way for a $300 million expansion of U.S. 281 into a six-lane superhighway. The project, which would widen 21 miles of U.S. 281 from San Antonio to the Blanco County line, would require purchase of up to 300 feet of additional right-of-way in Comal County north of the Guadalupe River. TxDOT Project Manager Judy Friesenhahn said the initial road design was planned to have as low impact as possible — but there would be plenty of impacts, she acknowledged. But Comal County’s 16-mile segment of the project will not happen for 25 years — unless some way beside gas taxes or federal transportation funding is found to pay for it. More than 400 people attended the meeting, conducted at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative on FM3159. Friesenhahn acknowledged that making the new highway a toll road was being looked at as one way of paying for it. But other alternatives could be used as well, she said, such as state or local bonds or an increase in the See PROJECT, Page 3A FRONTand Center Gail Pospisil City Council plans to tackle the civic center conundrum again Monday and make a decision on three designs left on the table when architects made a presentation Wednesday. “The council has to get to a point where they’ve narrowed this down," said City Manager Chuck Pinto. “That’s why they put the civic center on the agenda Monday, so they can take some action.” But even after years of meetings and workshops and two elections, council still seems divided over where to build the new civic center and from where the budget of $12 million to $14 million will come. Councilwoman Gail Pospisil expressed her frustration Wednesday over council’s inability to at least agree on a location — downtown, or on Comal River. “We need to make yes-or-no decisions," she said during Wednesday’s three-hour workshop. “We can’t get anywhere if we just continue to sit here and talk bout it. Decide on which location we want, and then figure out how to pay forit.” See COUNCIL. Page 3A CHEER FUND Help the Herald-Zeitung feed families this holiday. Please send your donation to Cheer Fund, * 707 Landa St., New Braunfels. 78130 COMING SUNDAY In filii bloom Fotnflcttfes are port of the special Christman tune for New Braunfels nursery owner Charles Calc. Shoppers venture out into the cold Friday night after browsing A Tisket ...A Tasket, a children's apparel shop in Bracken. Below, Carmen Village earns fame for quaint hodgepodge By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BRACKEN — Comal County offers among its charms a unique shopping experience that harks back to the turn of the century. There are windmills and tin water towers. Strewn around the village are old houses with quaint shops nestled among tree-lined grounds and walkways. There’s food, gifts and memorabilia that would charm even the most-jaded shopper or tourist. There are unique dining oppor tunities that include an old English tearoom. If you're guessing, you need to be told now that this isn’t a story about that place near New Braunfels that claims to have been gently resisting change since 18-whatev-er-it-was. It’s Bracken Village, the first shop- Photos by DAVID INGRAM and REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung Carrola waters flowers in a hanging basket outside the shop earlier this week. A Tisket...A Tasket is one of many unique shops in Bracken. billboards as that other place in Comal County, “Shopping, circa 1900." “I purchased the property in the late ’80s. I came out here and fixed up the bigger two buildings as an office,” Ira vis said. He restored the barn, and then decided he didn’t want to use it as an office. “When I got done, I decided it was too cute to spill paint all over,’ lYavis said. About three years ago. he rented to his first retail tenant, I learth and I lome, and began adding a few others as time went on. In each instance, Travis has found historic buildings — usually threatened by subdivision development — and moved them to the site for restoration. Now, he has a “village" of more than 20 — ping stop as one comes into Comal County from San Antonio along EM 2252. Bracken Village is a sort of hobby of Ron and Patricia Travis that evolved from a purchase of a place to locate their paint contracting business. it advertises on some of the same See BRACKIN, Page 3A pleads Bracken a serendipitous sally ‘We need to make yes-or-no decisions’ By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Canyon Middle School scientists show their know-how By Dylan Jimtnez Staff Writer Figuring out the fat content of a girl's favorite brand of pizza — now that’s practical science. Meghan Fischer and Kristi Cxjwsar, two Canyon Middle School eighth-graders, determined the fattiest and leanest of four brands of pizza for their science fair project. “I like pizza, and I was kind of curious,” Cpwsar said. Curiosity drove many of the more than IOO student projects at the annual CMS science fair Friday. Fischer and Cowsar blended equal portions of cheese pizza with water and boiled then chilled the solution. The fat rose to the top and the girls measured the fat. Many of the projects are sound science, said Ron Rychel, a CMS science teacher. I Ie and Stef Paramoure teach the new investigative science class at CMS. They aim to create scientists not just science students, she said. “We don't just want them to be science students,” she said. “We want them to be hands on.” The many projects entered into the voluntary science fair shows how interested the students are in learning good science. “This is a class for those kids who are passionate about the work,” Paramoure said. Many of the students had genuine interest in their projects. Courtney Carter and Mariana Ver-aza, also eighth graders, collected data for to show the connection between sunspots and radio waves. They recorded and measured the reception of AM stations and com pared that to sunspot activity. They determined sunspots do affect radio waves on earth. Each year, the top 15 CMS projects are picked to advance to the regional science fair in San Antonio to face several hundred area students. Carter and Veraza weren’t sure they'd make it to San Antonio, but were pleased they were able to answer their own question. “I listen to the radio and I always wondered why you could hear radio stations and sometimes you can’t,” Carter said. DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Volunteer judge Erik Brine listens Friday as Canyon Middle School seventh-grader David Gangel explains his science fair project. ;