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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Meal-in-One Potato Packets bake in microwave. See Page 9 New Braunfels strikes Rattlers to move1 into first place. Seepage 10 Howard “Ike” Eickenhorst plans “part-time” retirement. Seepage 16 Wednesday Feb. 20, 1991 25 Cents Vol. 139, No. 69 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 One Section, 16 Pages A combination of sunny and cloudy conditions fights its way through the arca today, buffeted by north winds at IO to 14 mph. A high of 62 is anticipated. Clouds piling into South Texas tonight may yield a slight chance for rain as they insulate the area for an overnight low in the 40s. The chance for showers continues Thursday as a high of about 60 and a low of 42 are forecast. We should be shaking off the clouds this weekend as higtis climb back to the 70s and lows to the mid- to high-50s. Inside*: CLASSIFIED......................12-15 COMICS....................................• CROSSWORD..........................3 DEAR ABBY............................8 EDUCATION.............................7 ENTERTAINMENT....................8 HOROSCOPE...........................6 KALEIDOSCOPE......................9 OPINIONS.................................4 SPORTS.............................10-12 TV LISTINGS............................6 WEATHER..................  2StammtischGood DayIn the boxes Arca Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts last Saturday asked you to put it in die bag when they distributed plastic sacks to be filled with non-pcrishablc food items. Those bags will be collected Saturday and the food distributed to the SOS, Inc. Food Pantry in New Braunfels or the food pantry at Canyon Lake. Residents who do not receive a Scouting for Food bag arc invited to drop off food items at HEB, Kroger’s, Buy For Less, Handy Andy, the Stop-n-Go on FM 725, and Sun City Fashions, 940 W. San Antonio, in New Braunfels, where collection boxes will be available all this week. Scout troops throughout the Alamo Area Council (13 counties) of Boy Scouts of America are participating in the drive.President's Day The Guadalupe County Republican Party will be having a “President’s Day Dinner” at the Ski Lodge on Lake McQueeney Thursday. A “Social Get-Together” will be at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Speakers will be State Rep. Edmund Kuempel and Royal massct of the Republican Party of Texas headquarters. Cost of the dinner is $10. Tickets may be purchased from members of the Republican Women’s Gubs or any ERA Schoolcraft Realty office.Daughters of the War The Daughters of the War of 1812 are holding its 88th State Council in San Antonio Feb. 19-20 at the Fountain Plaza Hotel. New Braunfels has two state officers attending the council — Mrs. Henry Gucnzcl, third vice president of the Captain Augustus Jones Chapter and Mrs. Orval Kirkham, corresponding secretary of the Thomas Bay Chapter. Guests include the National President Mrs. John K. Keisling of Sparta, Term., and Mrs. Donald Trolinger, National Registrar of Miami, Okla.Believe It or not A World War II story about the late Dan Coffee will be featured in the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” syndicated cartoon in the Saturday issues of several area newspapers, including the San Antonio Light. Coffee’s daughter Patricia, who lives in New Braunfels, said her father served during World War II in North Africa arui Sicily, where he was shot 23 times and captured. Injured, he rolled off a train going from the italian prison camp to Germany, then worked his way to Se* STAMMTISCH. Page 2 NRU board considering cuts, delays By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer To keep operational expenses within board policy, NBU officials proposed various budget cuts Tuesday night to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees. “We’re about $1 million off,” said Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of administrative and Financial services. Right now, revenue projected for 1991 revenue is $13 million while the company’s ending cash balance for 1990 stands at $679,081. Only about 1.5 percent of NBU’s 1990 general revenue remains, he said. Tile remaining cash should be at least 4 percent of the prior year’s income to be in accordance with New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees policy, Thompson said. At a meeting Feb. 28, these cuts will be presented to the board of trustees, who will either approve or reject the proposed changes, he said. Several NBU projects were canceled or delayed as the result of the budget reductions. Special projects known as capital improvements were delayed or indefinitely postponed. Among those eliminated was the automated mapping/ facility management (AM/FM) project, which provides a financial account of the whole NBU system. Utilities officials also proposed restricting employee use of NBU vehicles for personal conveniences. “The capital projects were a necessary expansion and if we eliminate them the community will suffer,” said New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Robert Sohn. Reductions proposed for capital improvements include: adding gravel to the Frciheit substation and buying new lab software were delayed; the installation of a new boom for weed control in the Comal River, maintenance of a hydraulic hoist, garage expansion and office renovation were postponed indefinitely. Roger Biggers, NBU’s diirector of technical services, proposed an $ 11,500 increase to routine extensions which would expand service to customers. However, board members were divided about the additional funds. “We need monies for routine extension. If not, we won’t be able to give good services,” said Sohn. But Mayor Amo Becker disagreed. “lf you can’t service some people then you can’t service them,” he said. Other proposed budget cuts included a Cafeteria Plan, which would restrict vehicle use by not allowing NBU employees to take employee vehicles home. Estimated savings for that plan was $8,000. “It would save wear and tear on the automobiles,” Biggers said. Sohn expressed disappointment See NBU, Page 2Me and my shadow Showing his "shadow” a weaving machine at the Mission Valley Mill of West Point Pepperell is Gene Bursey, supervisor of slashing and weaving. The student, John Moreno of New Braunfels Middle School, participated in Tuesday’s Shadow Program, sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Committee, part of the Small Business Council. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)NBISD adopts calendar By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor 'Hic vice president of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees voted against the 1991-92 school calendar Tuesday because Veterans Day and Memorial Day were not included as school holidays. “I think sometimes we overlook our business community, our veterans and ... our parents ami we can’t continue to do that,” said Dick Robinett. Because of an unwritten agreement NBISI) has with Comal Independent School District, the districts take turns Schood districts GED program may help lower dropout rate  ............................................................Page    2 creating the school calendar to ensure all schools have the same holidays. This year, GSD created the 1991-92 calendar. “I would suggest that we return this to Comal Independent School District and ask them to go back to the drawing board and take those two considerations under advisement,” said Robinett, who is a veteran. Superintendent Charles Bradberry said it has taken a long lime to get both districts on the same schedule and advised against rejecting ClSD’s calendar. Robinett said he has been contacted See CALENDAR, Page 2NBU facing changes in 1991 budget By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer Preliminary plans for revising New Braunfels Utilities’ 1991 budget were presented to board members Tuesday night. “It’s a seven-month-old budget” but New Braunfels Utilities officials have a better idea of what they need to amend, said Jeff Thompson, NBU’s director of administrative and financial services. NBU is taking another look at the current budget because New Braunfels City Council in January approved lower increases in water and sewer rates than were requested by the Utilities. Revenue from the electric department is expected to total $33 million, while projected 1991 expenses will amount to $35 million. Waler revenue will decrease from $2.9 million to $2.8 million. Sewage revenue also decreased from $2.5 mil-See BUDGET, Page 2 Hunting quiz could win reader new gun lf you know the slate game hunting regulations well enough, you may win a new .22 rifle. In a series of four quizzes, hunters have a chance to answer 20 questions concerning hunting rules in Texas and this area. The winner will receive a Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic rifle. The contest is being jointly sponsored by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung and Doc’s Guns. The rules are simple — fill out the answers to four quizzes on hunting regulations being run in this newspaper beginning tomorrow. The quizzes will appear every Thursday. Once you’ve answered the quiz’s questions each week, clip the form and mail it to the Sports Editor, New Braur^els Herald-Zeitung, P.O. Drawer 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78130-1328. Only mailed responses will be accepted because the earliest postmark will determine the winner in the event of a tie. And only quizzes postmarked before the ensuing Thursday will be accepted because the answers to the previous week’s quiz will be published each week. The person returning the most correct answers first will win the rifle. And the winner, of course, will have to meet federal and state gun purchaser requirements. Here’s a hint. The answers to the questions that make up the four quizzes can be found in the 1990-91 Texas Hunting Guide, available free at Doc’s Guns and other license locations if you don’t already have one. Doc Cantu-Withoff of Doc’s Guns, toft, and Herald-Zeitung Publisher David Suttons examine the prize.Collecting Circulation Manager Card Ann Avery displays a collector’s coin, recently recovered from a newspaper rack. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)Keepsake coin falls from rack We found it! One day last week, a Herald Zeitung reader dropped a keepsake coin into a newspaper rack’s coin slot. Realizing what he had done, the man contacted the newspaper to try and regain his coin. Herald-Zeitung Circulation Manager Carol Ann Avery opened the rack and searched through the coins it contained, but the keepsake coin was not to be found. In the days since then, the Herald-Zeitung' s circulation staff has been on the lookout for the coin. But it hadn’t surfaced. Until Tammy Knodel tried to opal a rack and found it jammed. When she finally did get the machine open, the missing coin fell out. But we don’t know how to reach the man to whom the coin belongs. We know what he looks like, bul we have no name, address or phone number. We hope that man will see this story and contact Carol Ann Avery at the Herald-Zeitung so we can get his coin bock to him. ;