New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, December 26,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Lloyd Cummings
Vol 145. No 32
Market Race................... 9-12
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Tony Galvan, Frances VfcCourt, Nancy Hinson, TJ. KoerUn (17 years old), Lloyd Cummings (90 years old), Andie Simmons (21 years old) and Donna Grabill (40 years old).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—835 Mountain Cedar
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of alr. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 208 cubic feet per second,up 4 from Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.56 feet above sea level, same as Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —189 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 321 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.06 feet above a level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 5.640 million gallons of surface water Thursday, and 515,000 gallons of well water were used.
Newspaper accepts gifts to Chaar Fund
Volunteers distributed food baskets to 250 families on Saturday through donations to the Heraid-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund.
The newspaper will continue to accept donations to the fund, which will be placed into a savings account to help get next year’s drive off to a good start
The most recent donations include:
B Anonymous — $10
B The Foitik Family — $20
B Richard and Dona Caldwell — $100
B Today’s total — $130
B New total — $6,942.48
Polio Survivors lo moat Jan. 4
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group is meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center.
Patricia Rasor of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will present a program on food safety.
Interested polio survivors, relatives and friends are invited.
For more information, call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 620-4473 or Raymond at 625-1363
City, NBU to racycla Christmas trsas
The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities are sponsoring the 10th annual Christ mas Tree Recycling Program.
Residents can drop off live trees at the Olympic Swimming Pool parking tot off of Landa Park Drive through Jan 20.
Residents are asked to remove nails and other metal fasteners from the tree's trunk to protect the employees and chippers used to convert trees into mulch.
Family Outrsaeh seminars continue
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its “For Kids' Sake” seminars. They will run twice a month for the next two months.
This seminar is to teach parer its how to help their children through the transitions of divorce.Simpson to stay on indefinitely as high school’s principal
By DENISE DZIUK
Karen Simpson will stay on indefinitely as the New* Braunfels High School interim principal, as the search for a replacement continues.
Simpson, who is the executive director of education services, was appointed as the interim high school principal in October when principal John Turman and assistant principal Charles Engler asked for reassignments.
At the time of the appointment, the board specified that Simpson would be in the position until the end of December. However, Simpson is now
“We wanL of course, continuity and stability in the district,” said Simpson. “I feel like it’s in the best interest of New Braunfels High School for me to stay here until they find a replacement. I don’t think it’s fair for the kids to go through another interim.”
Simpson said she has discussed the issue with interim superintendent Thomas Moseley, who was named last week as
the temporary replacement for Superintendent Charles Bradberry. Bradberry is leaving effective Jan. I for a superintendent position in the Keller 1SD.
Simpson said Moseley "expressed an interest” in having her back in her permanent position at die education center. She said her “personal focus” is on the high school. Simpson said they are now discussing the possibility of her splitting her time, working a couple of days each week in each position, until the principal position is filled.
“Until that time. I will continue doing both jobs to the best of my ability,” said Simpson.
How long it will be before a replacement is
found is unknown. However, the process for tilling the position is still moving forward. Flo Pacharzina, director of personnel serv ices, said the district has received roughly 30 applications for the position, and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is tilled.
Simpson said she plans to meet with the site-based management team and the faculty after the Christmas holidays.
She said these groups will come up with a list of characteristics they would like to see in the new principal.
These characteristics w ill then be used in hiring a replacement.
Chamber honors three from community
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The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce gave three area residents the 19% Hall of Honors Award at the its regular meeting this month, chamber president Michael Meek said.
Wib Amacher. Nancy David, and Bob Sohn received the awards, which are designed to recognize individuals who have participated in civic activities over many years.
The awards, which were first given out in 1968, are limited to three per year and recipients are selected by a six-member awards committee of the chamber
“When you look at the individuals, you can really see who were the catalysts for the community that benefited all citizens," Meek said. “It’s one of the top honors.”
Amacher is a tonner mayor of New Braunfels and served on the board of the Community Service Center tor
New Braunfels woman joins global group to work tirelessly on New Year’s Day event
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When Kyra Brandt sits in the bandstand ami of the 1997 Tournament of Rotes Parade on New Year’s Day, it may be the only significant rest she’ll gat during the next five days.
. One of 13 florists selected internationally to help design floats for one of the companiesin the parade, Brand! will have worked from 12 to 1$ hours per day and Tuesday, the day before the parade, it will be en all-nighter.
“Ifs really unbelievable,” said Brandt, who leaves this morning fat Pasadena to deago floats for the fourth time. “It takes your breath away. It’s scary to see the volume of flowers you have to use. Your hands ache every night and are swollen, but you just keep
Bnmdt, who tees ownenfaip of the Comal Flower Shop in New Braunfels with ber husband, Larry, will be working for Fiesta Parade Floats, a float building company that caters exclusively to , the Rote Parade.
Parade officials require all floats to be made of organic, non-dyed material. About half of each float is made of dried, organic material, such as seeds, and the other half is made up of flowers and other greenery.
As many as 150,000 to 200,000 flowers are used on a typical float that is 75 feet long, 35 feet wide and three to eight nones tall.
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referring to the work she’ll do on Tournament of Roses floats
The cost for one float runs as high as $200,000 to $500,000 and tents as big as two football Acids often house the floats under construction
It is under such an edifice that Brandt will work this year.
With the temperature kept at a cool 45 degrees, Brandt said up to 150 volunteer! build the floats while only one or two florists conduct the floral arrangements.
“I always wear my long underwear and the Canadians laugh at me,” said Brandt.
Workers grab a hue to eat as they gather and sit im turned-ov er buckets before returning to their projects.
Fiesta plans to build 13 floats for the parade, which will be seen by an estimated 1.25 million spectators in Pasadena and a total of 4.S million worldwide.
more than IO years.
He helped organize the Humane Society and has been a charter member of the Elks Lodge since l%2.
An Opa with the Wurst fest Association for 35 years, he has also served on its board as well as the board of the American Heart Association. Amacher
has been a chamber member for more than 20 years, is a Blue I oat and a Life member
David has been a resident of her adopted community for 17 years.
She is a Lite member of the chamber and has been a Blue (. oat tor more than 24 years.
She is a founding regent of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter and lias served on the board of many other non-profit organizations in the community, including Hospice New Braunfels, [Manned Parenthood, and the New Braunfels Parent Teachers Association
Sohn is a past chairman of the chamber board and a longtime member
He has been a post president of the Wurst test Association, New Braunfels Rotary Club and NBISI) School Board.
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Water supplier has big plans for *97
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — 1997 promises to be a busy year for the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp.
The water supply corporation plans to start and complete several projects to its water systems around the lake.
General Manager Dale Yates said the corporation has $400,000 left from its $7.02 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board. In addition, the corporation has $188,000 in its capital improvements budget.
Starting in January, the pipeline in the Canyon Lake Village subdivision will be upgraded to allow more water pressure to customers who live on Skyline Drive and other streets in the area.
“This will allow us to discontinue the pumps at Canyon Lake Village,” Yates said. "This will give us more dependable service.”
A 100,000 gallon ground storage tank will be put into place at the surface treatment plant located on the lake’s south side.
On the lake’s north side, Northlake Estates and Cougar Ridge systems will be interconnected in January Another interconnection will be made between Hillcrest Estates and Canyon l ake Acres subdivisions during January and February.
More capital improvements projects will take place later on in the year, Yates said.
“The majority of the capital improvements projects w ill be done after May because that is when our revenues are greater.” Yates said.
At the Triple Peak surface plant, CT WSC plans to expand the plant's current 500,000 gallons per day capacity to 1.5 million gallons per day in 1997.
In the Horseshoe Falls subdivision, a 65 JKK) gallon standpipe will be moved to the neighboring Bradclitf subdivision
"We are going to refurbish and paint it and move it from Horeshoe Falls to BradclifT,” Yates said. “It will still serve Horseshoe Falls but we are going to fill it with surface water rather than well water.
“Horseshoe Falls had high fluoride in their wells,” Yates
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Canyon Lake considers art festival in its future
By DA VK) DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE - The development of an art festival is one of the few goals that Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce President Ed Wetzel would like to see accomplished in 1997.
Wetzel outlined what he wanted the chamber to do for the upcoming year.
He said the establishment of an art festival would benefit foe many artists in foe C anyon Lake area.
“We have quite a large art group
here,” Wetzel said. “We have talented artists who do good jobs. I would like to see if we could develop a festival that would be well known, at least, throughout South Texas.”
Wetzel said the idea of the art festival came from chamber past president Ernie Pavlock Wetzel said he would like to follow through on Pavlock’s idea in 1997.
Another goal involves a study that dealt with tourism in the Canyon Lake area. The study was
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