New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Duncan Muckelroy speaks from the porch of the Rust House
Raising the roof
Donation, work saves Honey Creek house
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The Texas Nature Conservancy's Honey Creek Preserve isn t finished by a long shot, and it isn’t paid for either. Still, a mood of optimism prevailed there last Saturday, as the Gulf Oil Corporation dished up steak dinners for the people who have given time and money to the project thus far.
"I just can’t help but think, with the kind of spirit we’ve seen here today, that we’re going to get this done,” said TNC director Andrew Sansom.
Honey Creek, a 1,826-acre ranch located in western Comal County, is the conservancy's most ambitious project in Texas so far, Sansom said. When the previous owner put the land on the market iii 1980. Texas trustees feared that its unique geological and biological features would be lost to development. So they borrowed $3 million from the national Nature Conservancy and bought it outright.
National keeps a special fund for just such emergencies. But the Texas chapter is expected to pay back that loan, with interest. Right now, it's still $2.5 million short.
When it comes to operating the preserve, manager I^uke Thompson makes a little money go a long way, and ‘hires" cheap labor to do the dirty work. Gulf donated $25,000 to restore the historic Bust House. which will serve as an entry point lo Honey Creek from Guadalupe River State Park. An estimated 160 volunteers did the rest — sawing, stripping, hammering and painting the house back to 1917 Hunt condition.
Volunteers have also done a great deal of work on the preserve itself. At the Rust House dedication on Saturday, Thompson estimated these people had put in well over 7,000 hours in the past 20 months In terms of money — again, a conservative estimate — that would be about $40,000,” he said.
It was partly in honor of those volunteers that Gulf threw die party, bringing in its prize-winning bar
becue team. The Rib Burners, to cook the steaks. Also present were state park superintendent Duncan Muckelroy, a few of his supervisors, and state Sen. JJE. “Buster" Brown and Rep. Larry Don Shaw, who assisted the TNC in passing a bill on conservation easements in the last legislative session.
Muckelroy, who has a strong interest in Texas history, helped Thompson in getting private financing to preserve the Rust House. It’s on the state park property, but the Texas Parks & Wildlife department w as not willing to bear the cost of fixing it up If not for Gulf's donation, the house probably would have been torn down.
Unlike the state park system, the Nature Conservancy is a private organization, supported almost entirely by private funds. Muckelroy thinks this difference will make good neighbors of the two entities, because each can do things the other cannot.
The TNC is working to restore Honey Creek ranch to "a pristine land, like it was before the development of Texas,” the park superintendent said. ‘‘Guadalupe River State Park is more concerned with providing a man-made environment, and giving that guest the creature comforts he wants.” From the Rust House, park visitors can take a trip into untrammeled nature, and come back to those creature comforts, he added.
Un the other hand, the park has the money to pay full-time rangers, which the TNC does not. Thompson and his wife Jacque live on the preserve, and are Honey Creek’s only paid staff at present.
I'm trying to run tours from the park on weekends - usually on Sundays — but ifs not every weekend,” Thompson said. The best thing to do, on any day of the week. is call for an appointment. The Thompsons can be reached at (512) 438-2743.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Nature Conservancy should contact the state office at 503-B E. 6th St., Austin, Texas, 78701; or call 1-800-252-9625.
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I lie Texas Music Educators Association auditions for the Region XII. District and All-Region bands were held last week at New Braunfels High School.
Unicorn band members earning chair placements iii the All-Regioe band were Mary Holick, Ginger Castillo and Elizabeth Rodriguez, all on flute; and Kingsley Kahler on oboe. Beth Dierksen, an oboe player at New Braunfels Middle School, also placed.
Clarinet players named were I Juda Wilson, Patty Benavides, Gracie Salazar, Debbie Fischer, Melissa Fanas, Donna Schmeltekopf and Michael Ortega. Alexis Phillips was named alto clarinet player and Dwayne DeHaven was named bass clarinet player. Bassoon players were Jome Wachwitz and Becky Hancock.
Alto saxophones were Chuck Weishrich and Stephanie Iveyh Carolyn Fey and James Blakey made the tenor saxophone section while David Tamayo was selected on baritone saxophone.
Trumpet players included Tod Owens, Nancy Kadlecek, Audra Zabava and Tim bunkhouse
Other region band members were Dennis Hartman, Cars Nowotny and Mike Orr on french horn; Andrea Clarke on trombone; Darryl Marsch and Kelli Curtis on euphonium Tubas from the Unicorn band were Rey Ortiz, Greg Guenther, Brian Vauter and Danny Sanchez Bene Gutierrez, Ijsa Hendry and Jimmy PitUnan were named to the percussion section
Unicorn band members earning first chair positions in the AU-Kegion band were Beth Dierksen, oboe; Join Wachwitz, bassoon, Carolyn Fey, tenor
saxophone. David Tamayo, baritone saxophone; Dennis Hartman, french horn; Darryl Marsch, euphonium; Rey Ortiz, tuba; and Rene Gutierrez,
Unicorn members earning all-district band honors were Christy Englerth and Sonya Campos on flute; Suzanne Bock on oboe; La Bae Fischer, Cindy Moeller, Brigitte Suhr and Joanne Moseley on clarinet; David Shearer and John Vela on bass clarinet; and Debra Robinson on contra bass clarinet
Brian Gilbert and Cindy Holick were recognized on saxophone as were Rick Michell, Ronnie Gooch, Run Fry ar. Danny Dietert and Robin Schropshire on
Kit Owens was named to the french horn section while Paul Brotze, Will Borchers, Jerry Brush, Doug McGraw and Benton Willard made the trombone
Other district band members were Amy Norton, Knsti Blake and Erie Dufour on euphonium; and Solar Smith and Carl Lamsfins on tuba.
Band members earning positions in the All-Region band will participate in the All-Regional Band concert in January. The time and place for the concert will be announced at a later date.
Thirty-six Unicorn band members, in addition earning chair placements in the All-Regional hand, competed in the Regional try-outs for Area placement Saturday at Lee High School in San Antonio Band members earning Area placement will go to Alice, Texas in January for the Texas Music Educators Assocation State finals.
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