New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, Feb. 3 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MICHAEL CORDOVA
■ Vol. 143, No. 59
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Michael Cordova, April Rheinlander, Flo-rentina Partida, Ben Triesch and Erica Alvarez (nine years). Happy belated birthday to Teresa Supulver and Michael Green. Happy 47th anniversary to Jimmy and Dorothy Rhein-laender.
AARP offers help with taxes
AARP Tax Aid will begin Feb. I and continue through April 15, except for Feb. 20.
Help is available at the public library Tuesday noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a m. to I p.m. and Saturday IO a.m. to I p.m.; Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 a m. to noon, Wednesday from I p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to I p.m.; and the Canyon Lake Action Center Wednesday from I p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to noon.
Bring your 1993 return and 1994 information.
‘A Winter Garden* ball set for Feb. 18
"A Winter Garden", the Mid-Texas Symphony Ball and debutante presentation, will be held Feb.
18 in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
A cocktail buffet will be provided by Molly Joe's Catering with dancing to the Ked Parrock Orchestra
A limited number of tickets are available at Accents, 173 S. Seguin St., until Feb. 15.
Ticket price is $32.50. For more information, call Barbara Doep-penschmidt at 885-2286.
Booths availablo for city-wido garage sal#
The second annual City-Wide Garage Sale sponsored by the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is sure to be bigger and better than last year.
Come to buy, browse, or rent a booth for yourself or your organization. Booth rental is $25 for one and $20 for each additional - on a first come, first served basis. The sale date is March 5 from IO a m. to 4 p.m. at the Civic Center. Sign up for a booth at The Children’s Museum.
lf you would like to donate goods or volunteer to work, call 620-0939.
Signing group to moot at Gotti’s
The We're Signing group meets Friday at 7 p.m. at Mr, Gatti'i in Walnut Square. Anyone interested in sign language is invited,
Call Linda or Sarah at 609-4033 for information.
Wator Supply Corporation mooting
Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation will hold its annual meeting of membership at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative headquarters, IOO FM3I59, Comal County, Feb, 25 at I p.m.
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Recall hearing turns into rally
Fraser’s political future still faces challenge at May 6 election
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
One part hearing, two parts political rally, with a dash of revival meeting - that’s what supporters of Mayor Paul Fraser attended last night at city council chambers.
Two San Antonio television stations had cameras there to catch the opening salvo in Fraser’s fight to keep his seat. Audience members waved “Paul Fraser” signs. Flyers supporting the mayor, published by the Campaign to Elect Paul Fraser, were passed out at the door.
Every member of the city council was present except council member Jan Kennady. Fraser opened by reminding the audience of the hearing's official function. "No matter what I say here tonight, the council is obligated; they must call for a recall election,” he said.
The petition presented by William Kotylo might be linked to cement industry interests, said Fraser, and a push to bum hazardous wastes. “But first, of course, they’d have to have Paul Fraser out of office.” he said.
Several residents echoed Fraser’s theory and remembered the fight to keep Lafarge from burning toxic fuel. “We do not have toxic waste in this community and that’s a debt I owe Paul Fraser,” said Gruene resident Jim Holster, “I think some of this tracks back to the onginal (Lafarge) issue.” David Wallace, Charter Review Committee chair, related an anecdote from the Lafarge fight in Austin, quoting Fraser as telling Lafarge officials “I will never compromise on the future and people of the city of New Braunfels.” Wallace called those who brought and signed the petition “whiners.”
Fraser answered charges in the petition, and also what he called “vicious rumor-mongenng,” the charge that he had been dishonorably dis-
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Supporters of Mayor Paul Fraser packed a hearing Thursday night.
charged from the Marine Corps. On display were his three honorable discharge certificates and his honorable retirement from the Marine Corps in 1976.
Fraser admitted to misspeaking in answer to a media question about polling council members regarding city attorney Barry Moore. But “I looked him right in the eye and asked for his resignation," he said, “then I called the members of city council .”
Council member Tim Walker, the first speaker after the mayor, got the audience involved. He enumerated Fraser’s accomplishments in office, each answered by applause. He called
bnnging the petition to recall a “vindictive move.” Walker invoked the Sesquicentennial, saying the recall campaign would give tourists a bad impression when they visited New Braunfels. When he finished speaking. Walker embraced Tina Fraser, the mayor’s wife, before he left the room. The audience gave a standing ovation.
Fraser even related an incident when, in the middle of the night, his wife had talked a person attempting suicide down from the top of a building. using sign language. The audience ate it up.
Former mayor Rudy Seidel stood up on behalf of Fraser, saying he works harder than anyone for the city of New Braunfels. "He works every day,
Mayor Paul Fraser defended his record in a 35-minute speech.
‘lf we elected the mayor at large, right now in this room, he would win the election,"
— Leonard Meyer, District 4 resident
from early in the morning ‘till late at night,” Seidel said, “He sits at his word processor and writes letters...he writes letters to anybody he thinks can do some good for this city. He works on this seven days a week.”
“lf we elected the mayor at large, right now in this room, he would win the election,” said Leonard Meyer, Dist. 4 resident.
Fraser encouraged Dist. 4 voters to vote against the recall. “If you are a resident voter of another district, please call your friends and neighbors in Dist. 4 and set the record straight; encourage them to vote no to my recall,” he said.
Regardless of the impression left on those who attended last night’s meeting, the mayor’s future lies in the hands of Dist. 4 voters on May 6.
There are lots of ways to remember the year
Htrtld-Ztitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Th# Comal County Commlaalonara Court hoard arguments on both sldst of tho issue at a hearing to conalder anding alcohol aalaa at midnight.
Drinking hours hearing draws crowd
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A packed Commissioner’s Court Thursday saw law enforcement officials, preacher*, bar owners and other citizens discuss both the pros and cons of repealing late-night dnnking hours in this county
Commissioners will now have a week before the item comes before the court on the action agenda. Should they vote ’yes,’ the hours would be cut back to midnight Sunday through Friday, I a.m. on Saturday. It is currently 2 a.m. in the county outside New Braunfels.
Law enforcement officials were the first to speak. They say problems are occurring because of late-night traffic from neighboring counties and the city, taking advantage of later dnnking hours.
Law enforcement officials and bar owners debated statistics related to alcohol-related accidents and other violations related to alcohol in the county. While alcohol-related accidents increased the last few years, so did accidents overall, along with the population of the county. It was unclear whether incidents were related to the several bar* operated in the county,
“I’m convinced these late hours endanger people on the road in this county and I’m very much in favor of cutting the hours back to mid-
’Hold th# Individuals responsible rather than penalizing large groups of people.’
— Jutes Gnescffe
night," said Sheriff Jack Bremer,
One of several preachers to speak said the rules would not prohibit drinking, only drinking during certain hours.
Bar owners say the repeal of late-night hours would hurt business and reduce thousands of tax dollars for the county, A lawyer for the Comal County Restaurant and Bar Owners Association, Nacho Campos, claimed late-night accidents could not be traced directly to the bars. He also argued that the decision should be left to the State Legislature.
Owners asked for more enforcement and stated the repeal would only shift business to Austin and San Antonio. They cited financial commitments such as band contracts and building improvements.
"Look at *95. At least give us some time. Don’t just pull it out from us now, six weeks before the season starts. Monitor us. enforce the laws a little more..,," said Sherec Guinn of O’Aces on River Road.
“The same arguments made at that time arc being made now," said
District Attorney Bill Rcimcr. “We’re going to close down businesses, we’re going to put people out on 111*35, we’re going to cause problems, f olks, that was changed in the city limits of New Braunfels, our problems decreased."
Some residents such as musicians said it would hurt the live music industry here. One New Braunfels resident, Dee Martin, said some people get oft' work late at night and like to have a drink.
"lf I’m not breaking any of your laws, there’s no reason why I can’t go to a legal establishment and have a beer when I get off work."
“The bottom line is individuals make decisions, individuals commit crimes. Inanimate objects like alcohol are means," said resident Jules Glicschc, a professor at UTSA, "Hold the individuals responsible rather than penalizing large groups of people who may be perfectly peaceful in their pursuits of relaxing or having a good time."
County Judge Carter Casteel, who is director of the board for the Chamber of Commerce, said this wus not moral issue.
"I ’rn looking at it not only from a business standpoint but what is in the best interests of the citizens," she said, but added morality can always play a part, “I suppose all of us are governed by our morals"
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
We’re one month into 1995. And the Sesquicentennial spirit is definitely starting to build. Children of the first founders and newcomers alike are walking a little taller, looking around with pride at this town in which they live.
Many of us may be thinking of buying a little something we can keep to commemorate this year — and Sesquicentennial souvenirs can be had to suit every taste. “These are for everybody; we are all founding families,” said Iris Schumann, who coordinated the effort to amass this selection of keepsakes.
Ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of Sesquicentennial souvenirs contribute to the Sesquicentennial fund. Any other profits benefit the organization selling the souvenir.
Some of the most popular items have been the T-shirts, caps with visors (base-bull style), Cookie Cookbooks and coins. "The coins have alrcudy sold out and they’ve rc-ordcrcd,” said Schumann.
Goepf Jewelers even has available a mount for the coins called a coin bezel. It’s a precious metal frame with a rope shaped edge so the coin can be worn as a pendant.
T-shirts come in two styles: black with a large Sesquicentennial logo on the front, and white with a picture of the fountain. The caps have an embroidered Sesquicentennial logo.
The Children’s Museum offering is the product of many creative minds. Members of the Children’s Museum, New Braunfels Art League and Sesquicentennial Committee were in on the initial concept of a coloring book, said Susan Williams, museum director.
The work books arc full of ways kids can “put themselves in the picture," said Williams. Children arc asked to find an implement in a picture that docs the same job as another modem tool, she said. The books also include “word find” and crossword puzzles.
Available now are drawings from the work book printed on parchment paper. The art for the books and prints was done by Charlotte Lyon of the Children’s Museum. The books will be available in March.
The Cookie Cookbooks are selling out of their first printing And for good reason. They have a wealth of local lore as well as
Sh Page 2 for a complete list of Sesquicentennial souvenirs and where to find them
pen and ink drawings of New Braunfels by John Turner. “We thought we were being very cautious in having 1,500 of them printed,” said Chris Pfcfferkom of the Sesquicentennial Souvenir Committee, "We’re just about out of them "
The cookbook has contributions from all over New Braunfels, said Pfcfferkom. "Some are really old recipes using outdated ingredients like lard and bacon grease,” she said.
Many recipes include explanatory notes — the notes make interesting reading. “Mama Pnesmeyer’s Oatmeal Cookies" have “therapeutic value in the care and handling of whiny grandads, often effecting an instant and spectacular personality change for the better.”
One recipe was contributed by an Australian, Michelle Pepper, who was visiting Robert Tays in New Braunfels. A Zimt-stemne (Cinnamon Stars) recipe comes all the way from Hattcnheim, Nassau, Germany, via one of the 200 original founders of New Braunfels.
A hand-crafted series is among Schumann's favonte souvenirs, "das Kleine Haus.” The first in the series is a small painted wood replica of the gazebo, said Schumann. More "little houses" will follow based on other historic New Braunfels buildings. "We're hoping it will be an ongoing fund-raiser for historic museums," she said.
Plates and mugs are popular collectibles these days. The Sesquicentennial versions arc glass with a Sesquicentennial motif etched on each.
The Sesquicentennial calendar can be well-used for a year, then become a keepsake to be treasured. Full of photographs of historic New Braunfels buildings, the calendar has the dates of Sesquicentennial events marked It could even be used as a Sesquicentennial journal, making it a unique family heirloom Other Sesquicentennial souvenirs available include a Family Descendent Pin, Logo Patch, Note Paper, "First Founders’’ book, "A Journey of Faith" book, Paperweight, Decals, Plastic Lapel Pins, Cloisonn* Pins, Logo Flags and Aprons. Something for every New Braunfelser.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144