New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Republican Women set for tour
The New Braunfels Republican Women will present a Christmas Tour of Homes from I to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There are four delightful and festive homes on this year’s tour, with refreshments served at each home.
The tour is open to the public.
The Gruene Country Homestead Inn at 832 Gruene Road features several buildings that have been beautifully restored on 8 farmland acres two minutes from historic Gruene.
The Faust House was built by the Joseph Faust family in the early 1990s.
The Farmhouse, in the traditional German style known as “fachwerk,” was built in the 1860s by Wilhelm Eickenroht.
The Texas House was built in the late 1800s as part of Comal Town.
The Country House was originally part of the Landa Ranch.
This wonderful bed and breakfast is literally a treasure trove of antiques where Christmas memories abound.
The home of Dona Bruns, at 422 Saddletree, is a charming and elegant example of a traditional Christmas, with festive garlands, poinsettias and
Stay In school, Gervin tells students
Photo submitted by the Republican Women of New Braunfels This 1845 German term horn# al 716 Wood Road, which la owned by Carol and Gerry Belton, la one of four houaee on the Chrletmaa Tour of Homes sponsored by the Republican Women of New Braunfela and aet for Saturday.
Exquisite decorations celebrate the warmth and splendor of Christmas.
The home of Warren and Cheryl Williams, 2339 Normandy Grace, is a wonderland of Christmas fantasy.
Visitors will be delighted by the beautiful 10-foot tree coordinated by Gruene Marketplatz, a mystical 10-foot tree done in jewel tones, a “toy tree” decorated with dolls, bears and stuffed animals, nativity collections from around the world and nutcracker and Santa collections.
The home of Carol and Gerry Belton at 716 Wood Road, built in 1843, was a German farm home built on part of the original Veramendi land grant.
Beautifully decorated for
Christmas, this historical home is a wonderful tradition on the annual Christmas Tour of Homes.
Tickets for the event are $5, which includes admission to all four homes.
Maps to the homes are on the back of the tickets.
The homes may be visited in any order.
Tickets are on sale at The Collection, China-n-Things, or The Cottage (in Gruene).
Tickets also are available at all of the homes after the tour begins.
The tour is a fund-raiser for the New Braunfels Republican Women.
For more information, call the Republican Party of Comal County at 629-6442.
(Submitted by Germy Hensz)
Despite his towering statue, former San Antonio Spur George “Iceman” Gervin didn’t talk down to the students when he recently spoke to the freshman class at Canyon High School.
He relayed information about his childhood struggles and said staying in school was the best gift a student can give to themselves, as well as their parents.
During his teen years, Gervin and his many brothers and sisters watched their mother work several jobs to care for her family.
Despite the children’s offer to quit school and earn money, their mother insisted they remain in school.
“I’ll do my job and work for our family, if you will all do your jobs and stay in school,” Gervin recalled his mother telling him and his siblings on many occasions.
Students and staff alike listened attentively as they heard the story of how an average boy beat the odds and went on to become one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history.
Gervin attributed his success to several things: his mother’s
Photo submitted G«orgt “Iceman” Garvin talks to the long-term advantages of staying In school.
submitted by LHy Barucky and CHS Study Skills class
Canyon High School freshmen about
persistence to keep him in school; preparation for an event — which leads to enhanced self-esteem; and a desire to excel.
Gervin and his sister operate an alternative school for students in the San Antonio area.
Jamie Winbom of Communities In Schools of Comal County Inc. brought Gervin to Canyon High School.
CIS is a non-profit organization housed at school campuses and exists
solely to help students and their families by connecting them with community-based resources and volunteers.
Typical services include tutoring, mentoring, counseling, health services, parental involvement, community service programs and recreational activities.
Call 620-6200 or 620-4CIS for more information.
(Submitted by Communities in Schools of Comal County Inc.)
Use of propane heaters demands caution by owner
Farm Bureau delegates back changes in tax system
SAN ANTONIO — School funding represented only a portion of the issues handled by 994 voting delegates at the Texas Farm Bureau’s 63rd annual meeting Dec. 3.
In their first day of policy consideration, delegates supported alternative sources of revenue to fund public school operations that would be more equitable than property taxes and that would spread the tax load across the entire state economy.
That resolution capped an eight-month effort by the state’s largest general farm organization to publicize the inequity of ad valorem taxes to fund public schools and to seek alternative methods of financing. To that end, delegates recommended replacing school property taxes with a business activity tm,that contains a $500,000 standard deduction.
However, if that approach is not workable, delegates said they would support a multiple solution that could include a business activity tax, as long as agricultural use valuation and sales tax exemptions for all agricultural inputs including feed, seed, fertilizer and farm machinery are protected.
Resolutions adopted at the state level become policy for the organization to follow in 1997. Resolutions adopted at the national level will be forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in January.
Recognizing that statewide water
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use will be an issue during the next legislative session, delegates urged the Texas Legislature to repeal the 1993 law establishing the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
If the law is not repealed, then delegates said the Texas Farm Bureau should work for changes in the Edwards Aquifer law to better reflect agricultural needs.
In another water-related issue, delegates opposed inter-basin transfers.
However, realizing that Texas is more urban than rural, delegates said they would support the creation of statewide river monitoring or a marketing system for surface water to accomplish the following: monitor reservoir capacities; create new reservoirs; monitor shortages and pending shortages statewide; allow inter-basin transfer, provided it does not take water from a deficit area;
and allow no denial of existing future water permits from the basin of origin.
In other action, delegates favored repeal of the state inheritance tax; opposed any effort by the State of Texas or the Property Tax Division to require mandatory re-evaluation in a county appraisal district; and said local school boards should retain authority in determining curriculum, textbook selection, financing, discipline, dress code and other matters.
(Submitted by the Texas Farm Bureau)
Colder winter weather means Texans again will be relying on propane gas-fueled space heaters to provide warmth to specific areas of the home.
In recent years, propane gas-fueled space heaters have grown in popularity because they offer high energy efficiency and fuel savings.
The Texas Railroad Commission says it’s always a good idea to review safety guidelines for such heaters at the outset of cold weather.
A direct-vent heater requires outside air to support combustion and is typically installed on an outside wall. Be sure to check the location of the outside vent to ensure that it is free of debris.
A space heater requires clear space above and around the unit to be free from any combustible materials, such as curtains or plastics. Keep the unit
running in top shape by scheduling a periodic checkup with a local propane delivery company. A trained technician will inspect the unit and clean the control compartments, burner and circulating air passageways.
Homeowners should also become familiar with the odor of propane gas. An odor that smells like rotten eggs has been added to propane gas for easy identification. If you do smell gas, whether the heater is operating or not, follow these steps:
L Do not touch any electric switches, light matches or use the
2. Exit the structure immediately.
3. lf there is an outside tank, turn off the gas valve.
4. Telephone your propane supplier or fire department from a neighbor’s phone.
For more information on how to stay warm safely with propane this winter, look under “propane/gas” in the Yellow Pages for your nearest dealer, or call the Commission’s Alternative Fuels Division at 1-800-64-CLEAR.
(Submitted by the Railroad Commission of Texas)
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