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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Letters Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; TonyAquirre, Louri Rose, Adam G, Torres, Richard Gray, Julian Barbola (33 rdI), Curds Ryals (belated.) Happy Anniversary to Mr. A Mn. Norman Krqp(53 yean!), Reba A Delbert H. Strobe (50th!), Stephanie A Tim Bergamot. Volunteers sought to help distribute food Volunteers to help distribute food and toys from the New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung Cheer fund to local needy families axe asked to step forward and sign up, according to Herald-Zeltung Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery, the project coordinator. "We will be packaging and delivering them at 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. Anyone who would like to help    and    distrib ute the food should call me st 625-9144,” she said. The Herald-Zeltung Cheer fond, built on community donations, was enough to purchase 250 baskets of food this year, 25 more than last year. Today’s donations include: m W.M. A Susan Childs - S25 ■ Anonymous - $30 B Ira A Adeline Schmidt - $25 B Anonymous - $50 ■ Joe Wort - $10 ■ Ernest A Bertha Stowe - $30 ■ Anonymous - $10 B Gale Pogue -$25■ Paul Davis-$10■ Roland A Elnora Kraft - $15 B Elks Ladies Dub - $100 ■ Richard K. Koegle - $25 B John A Laurie Malik-$20 Today's Total-$7,401.06 13th Bridal Fair schadulad for Jan. 3 On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the New Braunfels Bridal Fair Association will host its 13th annual Bridal Fair a the New Braunfels Civic Center, located a 380 S. Seguin St. Admission is $3. Doors open a 6:30 p.m. All facets of planning a wedding from engagement to honeymoon to moving into a first home are represented by the bridal consultants participating-including jewelry, hair styling and nail care, flowers and other special decorations, catering, photography, wedding dresses, hotels, reception rooms, honeymoon travels, chinaware, and more. A bridal gown fashion show will be interrupted only by the awarding of exquisite prizes given by participating businesses. This year's prizes will include groom's gifts as well. You're invited to visit the booths of each participating business to see what services and items they have to offer and to register to win each consultant's giveaway. There are only I more shopping days left until Christmas! (Tbs New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Invites lls readers to submit Urns lo Slammtisch. According to the Scpkisnburg Archives and members cf the German community, “Slammtisch" represents a sitting place for members cf the community lo gather and share the infs happenings. We indie you lo shore with us.) WEDNESDAYLocal family celebrates Las Posadas tradition - See 1B - 50 CENTS SIPE ries.............2A n...............4A to the editor 6A Day.........10-11A ii...............1B Local retail sales prove fast and furious By JENNIFER ROMPEL omnium iss-u — Still WIW This Christmas is expected to be a merry one for retailers in New Braunfels and across Texas. State Comptroller John Sharp is predicting that retail sales across the state will run 7 percent higher than last year. "For the last several months, all of our economic indicators have been telling us that retailers could expect a great Christmas season,” said Sharp. "Since the shopping season officially began the day after Thanksgiving, we’ve been in touch with retailers, mall managers and check clearinghouses. They all say sales are up compared to last Christmas,” he said. Calls to several New Braunfels stores show the same is true in our area. "As far as I'm concerned it (business) is wonderful,” said Danna Rice, owner of Gifts and Glitter, located in the Downtown Plaza. "My business has done better this year than last year. There are a lot more people in town. I’ve Merchants reporting higher sales than in ’92 been really busy,” she said. Bob Dier, store manager of Beall’s Department store in the Courtyard Plaza, said the same is true on his end of town. "It’s been going good. Our sales are up from last year. Even charge sales are up from last year,” he said. "We also have a delayed payment program that seems to be working well for us.” ‘The last four days have been flu! and furious,” he said. "After Christmas we will have returns. We will be open Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. By Monday and Tuesday after Christmas, business will be lighter.” Weiner's Store, also in the Courtyard Plaza, is reporting good business this year. "It’s going pretty good for us,” said Marissa Cantu, Weiner’s floor manager. “It’s not as busy as expected, but we have been especially busy this week.” "Usually after Christmas, we will have some returns and exchanges. Some people will do a little extra shopping and will catch the after Christ mas specials,” she said. Virginia Hughes, owner of Gruene Hails and the Greene General Store said business is'Txxxn-ing.” "We have a lot cf customers from both in town and out of town. The Christmas merchandise is moving very fast this year. We are happy with all of our sales,” she said "We’ve done very well. We are generally busy through the New Year’s Day weekend. We will have a lot of visitors from San Antonio and Austin and people who come to New Braunfels for the holidays,” said Hughes. Sales at K-mart have been strong this year, according to manager Stanley Bird “Ifs better than last year. It seems like everybody is buying lots of Christmas decorations. We are practically out. This time last year, we had a lot of that kind of thing left. We are trying to get items from other stores,” he said. Other popular items at K-Mart this year have been basic toys, games and puzzles, said Bird He said the store alw sold out of the new Life-Size Barbies. Rice said visitors to her stone have been searching for unusual gifts. "People have been looking for more expensive gifts and something different,” she said. At Beall’s, the popular gifts have been jewelry, women’s sweaters, coats, men’s sweaters and boxer shorts. "Even girls are buying boxer shorts,” said Diets. Popular purchases at Weiner’s have includes leather jackets, oversized sweaters, tennis shoes and blue jeans. "Most people have gone away from die traditional ties and shirts,” said Cantu. The state comptroller surveyed 14 major retailers across the state The survey showed that their cumulative sales are running about 4.5 percent ahead of last year. Texas discount stores report gains of 8 to IO percent over 1992 Mall managers say total mall sales are up nearly 6 percent. The comptroller’s office surveyed 21 malls in both large and small cities. Fireworks blamed for morning blaze Fire destroys storage shed in 1800 block of San Antonio By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ A fire that occurred last night on the west side of New Braunfels might have been avoided if city ordinances concerning fireworks had been followed, according to New Braunfels Fire Department officials. The fire, which destroyed a storage shed in the 1800 block of West San Antonio, began at approximately 4 un. Wednesday. New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Herber said juveniles in the arca were playing with fireworks between 7 p.m. and IO p.m Tuesday. He said one of the fireworks went into the storage shed and started a mattress on fire. The owners of the storage shed pulled the mattress out and extinguished the fire, said Herber. He said the owners then leaned the mattress against the storage shed and the fire rekindled itself at approximately 4 a.m. The storage shed and its contents are reported to be a total loss. Minor damage was done to some homes in the area. Herber said he advises that people do not let children play with fireworks and that they attend professional shows. Shooting fireworks inside the Qty limits of New Braunfels is against city ordinances. Herber said there will be more and more violations of this ordinance during the holiday season. “We will see more and more of this happening. The wet weather we had last night will help with grass fires but it (weather) will make no difference on this type of accident,” he said. Horokl-Zoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels firefighters battle a blaze on the city's wast elds In the 1800 block of San Antonio at 4 a.m. this morning wharf a storage shed was destroyed. The firs originally started earlier Tueedey night when flreworke caused a mattress to catch fire. Though the mattress was extinguished, the blaze rekindled Itself and arupted again, this time claiming the entire storage shed. The storage shed and He contents were reported to be a total toss. Ikels, Specht are candidates for new water monitor position By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Federal District Judge Lucius Bunton ID will soon appoint a "water monito” or "water guardian” to watch over the issues and problems concerning the Edwards Aquifer until a solution is found fiat will bring about t regulatory body to oversee the aquifer. What will be the "water monitor’s” role and who is likely to be chosen? This question, a critical one for the area, was put to local citizens who have played active parts in the fight to keep the Comal Springs flowing. The remits are as follows; According to Doug Miller, who has aer sd aa water representative for Comal County, the Sierra Club’s request for a water monitor was irrespective of what ultimately happens with the Edward Aquifer Authority which was created by the legislature to oversee the Edwards Aquifer. The proposed water monitor would act as an information gatherer and a direct reporter to Judge Ludui Bunton who would make any decisions necessary to protect the aquifer. The mpnhnr may offer suggestions to the judge, but does not have authority to regulate. Miller said the Sierra Club is concerned that some action mud be taken soon because water levels are dropping in the Edwards. "From our ride the water levels are falling,” said Miller. “Out in the Uvalde area there are reportedly 18 to 22 inches of dry soil now. For a “TIM right of capture lo still in placo until SBI477 is •nforesablo. ” • Kenneth Ikels "All of us locally want to soc that Jurisdiction remain on o local or state basis." -John Specht Kenneth Ikels - spring crop they will have to turn on the pumps. Something needs rn be done now. The water monitor is the best thing that could happen for New Braunfels.” Miller said he thought someone not closely associated with any of the parties involved in the issue is most likely to be chosen as the monitor. Kenneth Ikels is being considered by the Sierra Club and was recently endorsed by his fellow board members of the Edwards Underground Water District. "As a result of what happened with the EAA, there ii no entity that has authority to do any regulation of the aquifer,” said Ikels. Tt (the monitor) won't be a master position which does have some authority to regulate and control. I’m not sure that even the judge bu that authority — I don’t think anybody really knows.” Ikels also discussed how critical the need for a water monitor at this point might be. Ulm *---*~A uonn apacm “Sinoe October we haven’t had a good rain,” he said. “In early February irrigators will start what they call pre-watering their land if we don't get some decent rain before then. The aquifer will start dropping. The monitor would be able to relate that to the judge.” Ikels laid that there ie no way to stop pumping from the aquifer at this time and that issue is still a significant one. “The right of capture ii still in place until SB1477 is enforceable,” he said. John Specht headed the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority during the fight to protect the spring flow of the Comal and San Marcos springs He pointed out that the appointment of a water monitor ii central to maintaining the achievement! of that effort. “The critical issue at this point ii to understand the judge1! ruling that the springs must flow even during a drought of record drives some sort of regulation affecting the allocation of th* water,” said Specht. “That has an impact on the entire Guadalupe River basin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is determining what the Comal Springs flow must be to protect the endangered species. The appointment of a water monitor drives this issue to its conclusion — it keeps the stare moving on putting in some sort of regulating system. The thing that keeps tte pressure on is hts retaining jurisdiction. "All of us locally want to see that jurisdiction remain on a local or state basis,” he said “The only way we can be sure of that is with an entity with the authority to meet the requirements of his order to protect the springs. The purpose of the lawsuit was to provide • driving force to protect the aquifer. Thai fkvonbie outcome needs to be sustained. That's what we achieved and it will continue to drive this issue.” According to Specht the Sierra Club request submitted to the court for a water monitor suggested that the monitor would: ■ Review currents and projected withdrawals, recharge, aquifer levels and spring flow. ■ Monitor the activities of the irate reining to the withdrawal of water from the aquifer. ■ Review plans for regulating the withdrawal of water ■ Monitor the activities of municipal and industrial users of water relating to the development of additional sources of water. ■ Monitor the extent to which federal agencies authorize funding or carry out withdrawals from the aquifer or other action that would read! inFor news, subscription or advertising information, call 625-9144 COUNTDOWN! 494 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1846 March 21,1095 New Braunfels 20 Pages in two sections ■ Dec. 22,1993 "016 IO/22799 — "^PUBLISHING c.bc.7 E. 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