New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages In one section ■ Tuesday, Feb. 14,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of BETH HAMMEL
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Birthday wlshas from Ilia Harald-Zaltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Matthew Caatinga, Ernest Arredondo, Waymond Sanders, Shirley Hayes, Valentina Luna, Beth Hammel (14 years!), Lillian Weber, Gary Gaston (16 years!), Bennis Miller, Jim Fossum, James L Gravattl.
Happy Anniversary to Mary A Cruz Gomez (30 years!), Ernest A Martina Arredondo, Wayne A Ginger Effenberger, Gary A Barbara Gilbert, Henry A Olga Diaz (4th), Mr. A Mrs. Alfredo Acevedo, Jr. (25 years!), Pat A Alfredo Rosales, Sr. (20 years!), Hortence A Daniel Ro|o (43 years!).
H«raM-Z*ttung seeks Citizen of the Year nominations
The Herald-Zeitung is currently accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and also the Unsung Heroes awards.
Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, Feb. IS. Nominations can be mailed or brought by the Herald-Zeitung office, located at 707 Landa St.
Citizen of the Year is awarded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and members of the community during the past year. Unsung Heroes are members of the community who regularly do things to help others, but do not normally receive much credit for it.
For more information, contact managing editor Mark Lyon at 625-9144.
AARP tax help
AARP tax aid continues through Apnl 15 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a m. to I p.m., and Saturday from IO a rn. to I p m
AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday from I p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 am to I p.m.
AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattier on Wednesdays from I p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to noon.
All who are interested are asked to bring returns from 1993 and 1994
Dalhart Windbarg coming to Hummol
The Hummel Museum will host the celebrated "Artist of Texas," Dalhart Windberg, at a special exhibit and pnnt signing on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 11 a m. to 4 p.m. to coincide with the New Braunfels Youth Allheal '95 Festival.
Many collectors have discovered Windberg through the reproductions published from his originals. Collectors now own more than 100,000 pnnts from his 86 sold-out limited editions.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL
Sharing a Beautiful Thing
Eden Home couple share their simple secrets to true love
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The institution of marriage may be in a lot of trouble these days — but nobody told the residents of Eden Home. There more than 14 couples are still happily married after many, many years. “We have a lot of couples,” said Eden Home Unit One Manager Stella Jimenez. “These people have something very special.”
Take Viola A. and Ernest C. Zipp. They met for the first time in 1926 or 1927. Then they fell in love and got married. They've now been married for 28 years.
“I was playing in the Hermann Sons band in San Antonio when we met,” said Ernest.
The couple dated a few times, then drifted apart. In the mean time each married another person. Viola moved to Sugarland.
Ernest stayed in New Braunfels.
Then in 1967, Ernest was writing a check while Viola was standing nearby.
She looked at his name on the check.
“Should I know you?” said Ernest.
“Yes,” said Viola.
“Have we dated?" he said.
“Yes,” she said.
“Then we might have something in com-mon,“ he said.
They did. They married in San Antonio and have been together ever since.
The ceremony was performed in a Catholic church because Viola is of the Catholic faith.
‘Tm not Catholic, but that’s all right
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Ernest and Viola Zipp have been married for 78 years.
'I just love everything about her. All she say? is that she doesn’t want to live without me.’
- Ernest Zipp
with me,” said Ernest.
The Zipps have covered many miles together. To Calionnia, Virginia Arizona,' a group bus trip to Florida They even vcn tured to Canada. “We left out of Spokane on a ferry' about five, six years ago," said Ernest.
The Zipp’s secret?
They don’t stop to worry about it
‘‘We’ve always been getting along fine, had no trouble,” said Ernest. “I just love everything about her. All she says is that she doesn’t want to live without me.”
Another Eden Home couple celebrated their 70th anniversary before the husband passed away.
“The care and attention these couples give to each other is a beautiful thing,” said Jimenez. Even couples with only one living ir. 'dic home spend most of their time together “These husbands and wives are here all the time, caring for the other one,” she said.
“There is nothing more wonderful than the love that’s shared between these people.” said Jnnenez.
Valentines is big day for some retailers
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Like many other “special” days on the calendar, Valentine’s Day has its own array of rituals and items associated with it, not recognized as a holiday but important just the same, especially if someone forgets about it.
For business owners, this day can mean the busiest time of the year as people rush to buy something for that special someone. In fact, Valentine’s has become the biggest of days for businesses like florists.
“For florists, Valentine’s is the busiest day of the year. That and Mother’s Day,” said Kyra Brandt of Comal Flowers.
The numbers back that up.
Brandt said they plan to make 500 deliv
eries, with seven vans nilling and tnpk* the number of employees Mosi deliveries include roses, between three aud four thousand
There are red roses, yellow roses, purple roses and even a peach-colored rose called KISS.
Most of the roses come from Colombia, and will last three to four days if kept out of sunlight and watered.
“Valentine’s is big, big for chocolate or any kind of candy,” said Beverly Lacy of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in the Factory Stores Outlet Mall. Chocolate “sweets for the sweet” are traditional Valentine treats, but the old, traditional chocolate items now compete with new ones.
No fat, no sugar, and no salt are among several options in the age of healthy diet
“A lot of people are on diets, or don’t want die salt, or maybe they are diabetic and can’t have sugar,” she said.
Giant strawbemes clipped in chocolate arc also popular. They even have dog bones dipped in white chocolate for that special best friend.
Jewelry can also be a popular gift at Valentine’s.
George Goepf at Goepf Jewelry said many people want something not st) expensive as a diamond engagement ring but rather something “just so they’ll remember them.”
Heart-shaped lockets are a common gift, as aa* ll) bracelets and heart-shaped migs or earrings.
■ Vol. 143, No 67
Council considers adding to sales tax
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Increased revenues. Possibly lowering the city's property tax rate. More of the city's financial burden falling on the local tourism industry.
These are the reasons the New Braunfels City Council considered a new half-cent sales tax last night.
Bob Bearden of the state comptroller’s office explained the tax. Voters could decide whether to add the new tax on the May 6 ballot if the council approves it. lf approved, the tax would be added to the present one cent city portion of the total sales tax in New Braunfels.
The revenues from such a tax would come to approximately $1.6 million a year.
The new revenues could be used several ways: for industrial development, for property tax relief, for a variety of city improvements, or for a combination of these. A new library is one possible use of the tax money generated. Infrastructure such as roads is also a possible use.
Like the present sales tax, tourists coming into the city would contribute a sizeable share of the tax burden with city residents. The extra tax would make New Braunfels eligible for the Texas Lev erage Fund. “This is essentially an un-collateralized loan from the state," said city manager Mike Shantis. New Braunfels could borrow money on very low interest below the prim' rate - for city improvements.
No action was taken on the half cent sales tax option last night
The city council did schedule a workshop to consider the particulars m-Woe to add it to the May 6 ballot.
Voters in Dist. 4. will determine on May 6 if Paul Fraser Jr. stays in office or if he will be recalled. A proclamation putting the recall on the ballot passed last night with all council members voting in favor except the mayor, who abstained. When the city council received a valid petition requesting the recall vote it was required by the city charter to hold a recall election.
Another May 6 ballot item will be tire charter amendment giving voters a chance to change the way they elect New Braunfels’ mayor, lf the amendment passes die mayor would be elected at large - by the whole city The mayor would be elected by a plurality, meaning any candidate with the most votes would win. rather than the candidate needing more than half the votes to win.
The new system would open up the possibility for a minority mayor to be elected, since almost 40 percent of the population is Hispanic
The new system would also avoid a run-off election in a campaign with more than two candidates, lf no candidate liad a majonty of the votes there would still be a clear winner in a plurality election
lf the charter amendment passes, council members would be elected from six single member districts instead of the current system with tour districts and three at-large council members
Dist. I and 2 voters will choose their city council representatives May 6. Ct sinai seats in Districts I and 2 were officially placed on the ballot last night Prospective candidates can file to be tin the ballot beginning Feb. 21 The deadline to apply is March 22.
County targeting environmental offenders
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Last December, Stephen Ohlman of San Antonio pleaded guilty rn district court to dumping drums of paint thinner into a creekbed near Lower Smithson Valley Road.
According to an agreement with state prosecutors, Ohlman, owner and operator of Steve’s Paint Shop in Bracken, received five years probation, his business was fined $1,000 and he agreed to contribute $1,500 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for use in environmental crimes investigations. Restitution payments could also range in the thousands of dollars
Although this was a state investigation, headed by the Texas Environmental Enforcement Task Force, the issue of environmental crimes and
enforcement is starting to gain steam on the county level.
In the very near future, Comal County plans to hire an environing) tai attorney as well as an environmental enforcement officer. County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said the state would still handle the major environmental crimes, leaving the county to enforce regulations on tire dumps, junked vehicles and septic tanks, for example.
“They pretty much told us, ‘We think you ought to handle those, Rheinlander said.
The new attorney was budgeted for this year. The position has not been filled as the county is still trying to figure out space requirements for this and other departments in tile courthouse annex.
Rheinlander said the enforcement officer hopefully will come about
through state grants, at least in the initial year.
"I think we’re pretty much on the cutting edge,” Rheinlander said “...We feel like we’ll liave a prosecutor and enforcement officer in place once this comes about."
Is there a need? Rheinlander says yes.
“When the county judge holds her community meetings, this is one of the main things we hear,” he said “We’re mainly hearing this from people in the subdivisions.”
While cities often have strict rules applied to this area, counties are Inn ited.
I ast year, the county passed an order with strict rules regarding junked vehicles ami has others with septic tanks and tire dumps
Until now, however, most of these violations except those dealing with
septic tanks were ignored because the county attorney’s staff did not liave the tune or people to prosecute.
Rheinlander said the environmental health office just cleared IO cases of septic tank violations. Another case had a man running raw sewage out back of his mobile home Aik! lins to junk being tossed throughout the county and the backlog is large he claims.
The county could pursue eithei criminal or civil means against these people.
Since neither has been done yet, Rheinlander said they must wait until the staff is in place. He indicated the goal whs not to arrest people or break them financially.
“It (enforcement) would depend on the circumstances,H he said. “Mostly what we wan! to see is compliance (with the tules)"
Local man in McKenna ICU after shooting
By SUSAN FIYNT ENGLAND
Bret Conner of New Braunfels is in the intensive care unit of McKenna Man*mmI Hospital following a slushing last night New Biaunfcls Police responded to a family disturbance call at tin* 300 block of S. Union at 7 48 p.m., said Detective Sergeant Basel Boatright C onner ami Yolanda Alonso, who resided together on S. Union, were apparently arguing “The man introduced a gun into the situation,” said Boatnght, “and rather than using it on hei he apparently turned it on himself,” C onner is being treated at McKenna for a gunshot wound to the upper left chest.
(Happy Valentines Day from the Herald-Zeitung family!