New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section • Tuesday February 11, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol 145, No 64
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Dear Abby 2
Birthday withes from the HarahkZellungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitunn extends birthday wishes to: Inna Fischer (§0 years old), W.E. Doasey, Joann Padler, Sue Bankston, Jeanne (Guenther, Jennifer Wilson, Adam Hunt, Mrainiro Man/nr, (ilenn Schneider, Craig Christoplierson,
Kristi Ann Dieter! (6 years old), Megan Ixmmom, Preble Curtis, Teresa Simmons, Johnny Zamarripa (I year old, belated), Dolores Acker, Chris Wommach (14 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Gretchen and Ray Knderli (2 years). Paul and Rita Hudson, Mr. And Mrs. Howard Brandenburg (45 years).
To have a hirlhtiay or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 360 Mountain Cedar — 28
(Posen measured in parte par cubic meter al mr tntorrrmtujn provided by Dr Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 211 cubic feet per second. unchanged from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We! — 623 57 feet above sea level, down OI. Canyon Dam discharge —137 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 148 cts Canyon Lake level — 909 02 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool)
NBD reports pumping 4 482 nrttton gallons of surface waler Monday, and 310,600 gator* af wet waler warn used
Democratic Woman coffee on tap
The Democratic Women will have a membership and planning coffee meeting from 5 to 6 p m today at Thea Chessher s home, 300 Lincoln. Slated is a visit with Ms Mike Mankms. volunteer executive director of the Texas Democratic Women
Everyone is invited.
USDA commodities giveaway
The Community Council of South Central Texas will issue USDA commodities to income eligible households from 8 a rn. to 5 p m today at 487 Roth Loop
Supply is limited; issued on first-come, first-served basis
New Braunfels Barbershop Singers will provide singing Valentines on Wednesday and Thursday for $25, including a long-stem rose Singing Valentines on Valentine's Day will be $50 Proceeds will be used to correct hearing and speech defects in infants Call Comal Flowers at 625-7575 to order
Working woman moating ichodulod
The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women's Club will meet at 6 45 p rn Wednes day at the Holiday Inn The meeting will include din ner and guest speaker Bart Bartholomew, a representative of the local Habitat for Human tty
All working women are invited to call Jeanette Prell at 609 2480 for information or reserve tions
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The San Antonio Spurs wit play host to New Braunfels residents Saturday when they bat tie the Atlanta Hawks during New Braunfels Spurs Night Tickets are now available at Vivroux Sporting Goods Prices range from $15.50 to $32.50
Park-area residents side with deer
Preliminary survey indicates wildlife considered bigger asset than nuisance
By ABE LEVY
The city’* Deer Management Committee discussed the preliminary results of a neighborhood survey that showed the
deer pose few problems and do not need curtailment, its chairman said Monday.
Meeting for the second time, the 15-mcmber committee hammered through the results of 244 surveys of a door-to-door campaign in neighborhoods where deer populations reportedly exist, which is primarily the banda Park area Committee chairman Larry Anderson stressed that the results were preliminary and did not indicate the committee’s final recommendation.
The preliminary surveys also sug-
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gestcd that the deer arc eating landscape vegetation and causing traffic problems primarily on the northwest area of Loop 337.
Still the majority of viewpoints indicated people thought the deer were more of an asset than a nuisance
Here comes the king
H«<aid Zwtung photo by Mtchowl Unman
Pierre “Pele" Bcblumberger of New Braunfels waves to the crowd at the Qetveeton Mardi Ores celebration. Bchlumborgor wee crowned King Frivolous for the party that wetcomod more thenlOJXX? people to the leiand over the weekend. He wee on the teed float during the King Momus Parade which Ie the highlight of the pre-Lenlen celebration.
Theater group advances to state competition
By DAVID Of KUNDER
The Circle Arts Theatre play was recently judged one of the best per fomianccs in the Central Texas region
On Feb I, the Circle Arts Theatre group performed its play "Greetings” during the Quad No. 3 competition for the Texas Non-Profit Theatres Inc. at the Josephine Theatre in San Antonio.
Because of this distinction, the six member crew will compete at TNP! state competition March 20 to 23 in Fort Worth at the William E. Scott Theatre
Theater director Elizabeth Elliott said the cast and crew of "Greetings" definitely deserved the honor.
"Every one of them is very dedicated," Elliott said. "There are no prima donnas on the chia. They are dedicated to the wholeness of the show."
The judge was also impressed by the cast’s performance. Elliott said.
"One of the things the adjudicator said was he was impressed by the obvious bonding that was present on the stage They established who ti ary were at the beginning The show related to people from beginning to ending ” The play deals with a Catholic family in Pittsburgh named Gorski Hie father, Phil, is played by Bob Landrum. Emily, his wife, is played by Christie Smith,
Stephen Schaeffer plays the older son Andy while Rob Wicall plays the retarded son Nickey.
The play deals with the conflict that ensues when Andy brings his fiancee Rand!, a Jewish atheist, to the family’s home for Christmas vacation Ute part of Randi is played by I8-year-old New Braunfels High School senior Robin Williams
"People seemed to see we have (deer) because that’s what makes New Braunfels what it is as opposed to San Antonio," Anderson said.
Anderson said the preliminary surveys target residential communities where deer populations have been noticed and are not intended to cover the entire city boundaries
(Tic committee wits finned about one month ago by city council ami is charged with determining whether the deer aa* a problem that merit city action
The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for March 3 and will include a presentation by an expert botanist from Austin and a video on a reflector system that has proven to reduce deer -automobile collisions by as much as 60 to VO percent. Anderson said.
The committee also is expected hear information on designating "greenbelt" areas where deer are known to travel.
That system would help developers construct buildings and plant vegetation that would deter the deer from the area.
Never too soon to be prepared
Williams did not play the role ol Randi when the Circle Arts Theatre began performing the play in (Jctober Landrum said that Williams turned in a fine performance nevertheless "I was excited she could hang iii there." Landrum said
During the Quad No 3 competition, Schaeffer and Wicall were named to (lie all-star cast The Circle Arts Theatre group competed against five other companies in tile regional competition
At stale, the group will compete against eight other non-profit theatre companies
Elliott said the audience and peers alike loved the performance lier cast gave
"Our company receiver! tile one and only sustained standing ovation,” she said
Planning key to future of county’s emergency services
By DAVID DEKUNDER
(ilenn Mueller, the 15-year fire chief of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department. has one solution tor the growth coming into Comal County affecting future emergency serv ices iii the area Be prepared " lite way to counter the grow th is to get so far ahead of the game now instead of getting behind so that there will not have to he a drastic rise iii taxes," Mueller said Hie same concern Mueller lias abt Hit growth was expressed by County Commissioner Danny Seheel during Comal County ( 'ommissioncrs (burt meeting Thursday.
Seheel, whose district includes the Bracken area, is worried that popula-tion growth iii the next IO years will catch fire departments and LMS pcr-sonnel in western Comal ( bunty and ( allyou I ake oil guard it something is not done immediately.
Schecl said a committee is needed to deal with the subject ol growth and emergency services in the county. I he committee was approved by commissioners ami members of the committee will be appointed Currently, the fire departments iii the nual (binal ( minty get their funding from lire districts fire districts are created by the county ami by law can collect up to three cents pei SIO*) piojv erty valuation Bulverde Area Volunteer I ire Department ( hid Kaylon Schlueder has witnessed first hand the growth that has come into the Bulverde arca "We have been watching the population growth," Schlueder said. "We luivc been keeping an eye on it We are real concerned about it because we are in the middle of it ”
Schlueder said since I WI calfs to his department have nearly tripled "We went up bom ‘17 calls (in I WI) to 253 iii |W6," he said.
Schlueder said about 50 percent of his calls deal with major traffic accidents along U S I lighway 281, which carries traffic to and from San Antonio "We had HI major accidents last year." Schlueder said Because of the frequency of accidents. the fire department bought a new rescue truck last year "In IWO we bought a new rescue truck because the old one we had we got in 1983,’’ Schlueder said "Since well over 50 percent of oui calls are wrecks, we had a need Im a mort* mod em and improved rescue truck."
Schlueder said the Bulverde Area Volunteer I ire Department started planning tor growth five years ago.
"We have been iloing five year plans for the last five years," he said “(hi one of our five year plans we ate up iii three years tune "
The Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department has 32 volunteers ami two full-time paid personnel, one of them Schlueder, who are (Mi call from 8 a.in to 5 p in. on weekdays.
The committee can do one thing that would help emergency services iii the
Th* way to counter growth is to got so far ahead of tho game now instead of getting behind so that there will not have to ba a drastic rise in taxes.’
Chief Glenn Mueller, Bracken Volunteer Fire Department
county, Schlueder said.
"They can figure exit how to assist us with funding," he said. “They have had real success getting grants for (rural) recycling Maybe we need someone on tile county level who could do that. They need to research that It w ill help fire ami TMS extremely."
Distance and response time are two factors firefighters have to face when fighting fires at Canyon Lake. ( allyou I ake Area Volunteer Fire Department ( hiefl.es Wyatt said
"lf lie (fireman) is away around the northside of the lake, it would take 20 minutes to get to the Southside," Wyatt said "We have one full-time person and one part-time (on duty) person trying to cover 250 square miles "
I he department has alxiul 40 members. with three full-time personnel and six part-timers. Ihe fire department has six stations around the lake Wyatt said he has many volunteers who are accessible al the lake during the daytime "Fortunately, we have several people who own businesses so they can drop what they are doing and help us." lie-said
W yatt said more funds could help his department add more personnel.
"We are doing lx*ttei on equipment than we were doing a few years ago," Wyatt said "ll would fx- nice if we could get a minimum ol three fulltime paid firefighters ”
Mueller said Ins department has a good response tune to fires
Ute department has 21 volunteers and two full-time people on duty, one on a different shift during weekdays ‘During (fie day our response times are good," Mueller said "On weekends and evenings, oui response times .ire not as good lice misc we don’t have the paid people on duly We have to rely on volunteers on evenings and weekends,"
I he department covers 75 square miles, including Garden Ridge New subdivisions .ire flopping up iii the area and those subdivisions are bringing iii more people and shaming lire department resources, Mueller said "Most of tile* subdivisions fx-iny built do not have a central water system and with something like that you have to bring waler on the trucks," Mueller said "The trucks that carry large amounts of water are very expensive One ol the concerns of suIhIivisioiis having no central (water) system is that we will have to buy two tanker pumpWV with tile way tile area is growing A tanker pumper that can carry 1,500 to 1,800 gallons can cost around 1125,000 lo SI 50,000”
Bob Walker. Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department Chief, said
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