New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 153, No. 30 12 pages, 2 sections
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Gilpin casts lone dissenting vote
By Dylan Jiminei
Doug Miller, former New Braunfels mayor, was elected chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority board Iliesday in a 14-1 vote.
Miller has served on the board since it was created in 1993 to preserve and protect the 250-mile long aquifer in an eight-county region.
Ile has been treasurer and vice chairman and has been involved in water issues in the area since the 1980s.
"It's been a great experience,” Miller said. "People thought I did a good job at both of those different offices when I did them.”
The lone dissenter in the 14 to I was Cheryl Gilpin, New Braunfels representative.
Instead of voting on one office at a time, one of the board members moved to elect a set of officers from the chairman to die board’s secretary.
Gilpin voted against that election process rather than against Miller, she said Wednesday.
“I think Doug will do just fine," Gilpin said.
Gilpin said she hopes she Miller and will be able to represent the New Braunfels area as a team among the several other areas represented on the board.
Miller hopes to unify the board.
“My mission is to try to build a team,” Miller said. “We need to seek regional solutions — ones we can aff live with and work toward.”
Board members elected Miller, District 9 (Comal and Guadalupe counties) as chairman; Rafael Zendejas, District 5 (Bexar (bunty) as vice chairman; I lunter sSchuehle, District 12 (Medina County), as treasurer; and Dr. Levi Jackson III, District 2 (Bexar County), as secretary.
Miller was appointed because of his open-minded leadership and record of fighting for area water rights, he said.
“They see me as a warrior, and now they’re willing to trust me as a statesman and facilitator,’’ Miller said.
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> m I MillerTannen baum to chairCISD trustees might end in-district transfers
By Dylan JimAntz
Comal Independent School District officials are considering eliminating in-district transfers next year.
The move would help the district manage growth.
For several years, the district has allowed parents to transfer their children to schools outside of their attendance zone.
The school board will discuss the issue tonight.
An in-district transfer committee of employees and parents has recommended to the district's school board that the policy be phased out.
All current in-district transfer students would be grandfathered and allowed to maintain their in-district transfer status.
No other students, including sib
lings of current transfers, would be allowed to transfer.
Children of CISD employees and children with a doctor's recommendation still would be able to transfer.
“The intent was to create neighborhood schools," said Nancy Cobb, assistant superintendent for administration. “We’re trying to establish community-based elementary schools.”
There are approximately 350 students on in-district transfers in (binal ISD. That number has fluctuated over the past three years from 200 to 500.
The school board requested that a committee review the current procedures because of the fast growth in the district.
Schools are reaching capacity
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Families make tradition out of choosing, cutting trees
By Scott Mahon
Most people already have put up their Christmas tree, but for procrastinators there's still time.
In fact, there's still time to choose and cut down aTexas-grown Christmas free in New Braunfels.
The Vogel family has operated a Christmas tree farm in Comal County for more than 20 years on Texas 46 south of Clear Springs.
And even though the better Christmas trees were cut before the first week in December, latecomers still can enjoy the experience of picking out and cutting a own Christmas tree.
“We opened the day after Thanksgiving, but people can still come out and get a tree as late as Christmas Eve,” said Steve Vogel, who operates the family-run business.
Harvey and Betty Vogel have operated a Christmas tree farm for over 20 years in Comal County, although they turned the operation of the New Braunfels farm over to Steve after he retired from Motorola.
“ I vc helped my dad run the farm for 20 years, but after I retired in January, he let me take over the New Braunfels farm," Vogel said “They run the farm in Seguin now."
Located on IOO acres near the Guadalupe River, Vogel's Tannenbaum Farm grows a variety of Christmas trees, including Elderica (Afghan) pine, Ivyland cypress and Aileppo pine.
“Tannenbaum" is German for Christmas tree.
“We had about 800 Afghan pine trees before Thanksgiving," Vogel said “They're kind of picked over, but there are still some left."
Vogel said Afghan pine trees grow 2 to 3 feet a year and are anywhere from 3 to 25 feet high when harvested.
“The tallest Afghan this year was about 15 feet high,” he said “We get $5 a foot for them."
At $5 a foot, Vogel said, that's about half the price someone would pay elsewhere.
And picking out a tree is a family affair. he said.
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Steve Vogel trims one of the Afghan pines on the operates between New Braunfels and Seguin. 100-acre pick-your-own Christmas tree farm he Vogel trims the trees three times a year.
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