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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Fox Tech heavy favorites over Unicorns tonight. See Sports, Page 5. inside i Dry winter Editorial...........................................4    I Stammtisch Birthday wishes from I the Herald-ZeKung! The New Braunfels Herald-| Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Roger Brinkkoeter, Howard W. 'Ike' Eickenhorst, Tommy Zipp, Armando Villareal, Gloria Ramirez, Joe Michael Lopez, Jo-An Seidel, Jerry Lewis, Jeannie Medrano (belated), and Paul Barsch III (belated). Happy 36th anniversary to Frances and Arturo Cantu. Pollen Count Mold —760 Elm —19 Cedar —49 Ashe —58 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 254 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.40 feet above sea level, down .08. (Largest single-day drop since 1989.) Omens Kountry 4-H holds scavenger hunt Gruene Kountry 4-H Club will meet at the County Extension Office meeting room at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 for the annual scavenger hunt. They will be in the Gruene and Rivercrest areas. Seethe Spurs March 2 will be New Braunfels Community Night at the San Antonio Spurs-Philadel-phia 76ers game in the Alam-odome. Sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club and Vivroux Sporting Co., the event will benefit the New Braunfels Art League Building Renovations Fund. Tickets and seat selections are available at Vivroux Sporting Co., Walnut at IH-35 near HEB, for $10.50. $22.50 and $32.50 each. Another $10 will take care of bus transportation if desired. For more information, call Vivroux at 606-4080. The New Braunfels Art League is renovating its two-story building with basement as money is available. The NBAL Gallery at 239 W. San Antonio St. is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a m. to 5 p.m. Hcmld-Zcitung searches for Eagle Scouts The Herald-Zeitung is attempting to develop a list of all those in Comal County who have attained Scouting s highest honor, the Eagle. lf you are an Eagle Scout, please call the newspaper at 625-9144 so that your name may be included We will request your address, phone number and the year you earned the award. Creation of a local organization of Eagle Scouts is being considered and, should that materialize, the list compiled by the Herald-Zeitung would be used to contact potential members. As the list develops, it will be published periodically so that readers may look for the names of Eagle Scouts they know, and may offer the names of those not yet on the list. Dart League starting New Braunfels area electronic dart league is starting, lf you are interested in playing, call Kelli or John at 606-3423 or Ron Gonzalez at Solms City Limits, 606-0277. farmers, ranchers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer People relying on the Edwards Aquifer or the Comal Springs are not the only ones anxiously waiting for rain. The lack of rain also has local farmers and ranchers wondering what to do with their land and animals. Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said the agricultural season is in between crops right now. He said winter crops, such as wheat and oats, are finished producing, even if it rains now. He said farmers will now look to plant crops such as milo and com in a few weeks. However, he said, if it does not rain soon, farmers will be left with a choice. Taylor said there is no “top moisture” right now, and you have to go down six to eight inches to find moisture. He said farmers will have to decide whether to plant now and hope for rain, or wait and see if it rains. “Some (growers) may go ahead and plant anyway. But, some of them may not plant this year,” he said. Taylor said the ordinary planting season is from about March 5 to April I. However, he said farmers may be able to wait slightly longer to decide what to do with their land, depending on the crop. He said com needs to be planted “no later than April 15.” However, he said a few of the other crops can wait slightly longer to be planted. Taylor said regardless of the crop, farmers are going to have to make a decision what to do this year because there is no crop that does well without water. “We still have some time, but we definitely need the rain,” he said. “There’s not any drought tolerant crop that does well.” Taylor said the dry spell is also having an impact on ranchers. He said ranchers “north, all the way to down to Brownsville” are having to “feed out" their cattle because there is no vegetation to feed them. He said those who have hay are using it, and the price for buying hay is going up. Taylor said a 1,500 pound round bale of hay used to go for about $30 to $35. However, he said he knows people who are now paying $55 to $60 now. “We’re in a difficult situation right now. Without rain, there’s a lot of things that are going to change,” he said. One of those changes may include ranchers selling their cattle. He said the price of cattle has dropped quite a bit. However, he said ranchers still may not have a choice but to “vacate cattle.” He said the drought Comal County is experiencing is not localized, and is affecting several states. A “good rain” is needed to keep the farmers and ranchers as well as the aquifer and springs going, he said. “We need three or four inches, and not one of those that comes in a 30-minute period. We need to have it soak in over a longer period,” said Taylor. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Stepping out Patricia Morris takes a bow during the Mid-Texas Symphony Debutante Ball Saturday night at the Civic Center. She is escorted by Graham Ketchum and her father Marvin Morris. Nervous outfitters wait for rains to come Chamber of Commerce draws up contingency drought plans By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Chamber of Commerce is joining area farmers and outfitters in planning strategies for the grim possibility of a major drought. “Like anything else, you need to have some kind of contingency or emergency plan, as with any business or company," said Jim Scheele, Chamber Convention & Visitors Bureau director. “Because things can happen.” Rick Faber, C&VB chairman, told the Chamber Board of Directors yesterday that “plans would be prepared to deal with the media about low water situations.” “As we speak, we’ve already discussed a plan of action with our advertising team,” Scheele said. The C&VB went into action during the 1988-89 drought, when Michael Meek was C&VB director, Scheele said. That plan involved spreading positive publicity before negative stones about the drought could scare tourists away. “We’re dusting off the files from those years now,” Scheele said. Radio ads played a key part in the 1988-89 C&VB publicity campaign, he said. While a drought can wipe out the summer for river outfitters on the Guadalupe River, the river is often still usable even when river flow is low. River levels shouldn’t put a damper on Schlitterbahn’s summer, said Faber, who is also Schlitterbahn marketing director. “Our attendance has never gone down — we’ve always been progressing up, even in *89,” he said. Schlitterbahn attractions built over the last six to seven years are “closed systems,” Faber said. “Just like the pool at the back of your house, they cycle the same water over and over again.” The BlastenhofT area now under construction will have closed system attractions as well, he said. Even though Schlitterbahn itself is less dependent on spring flows, “we are very sen- ‘We’re two months from our opening date, but we’re mindful and concerned — we pray for rain.’ — Rick Faber, Schlitterbahn marketing director shive to the springs and their flow and we want to protect the wildlife at the springs,” Faber said. ‘“Zero Rivers brought up in a recent meeting that we’re not in a crisis yet,” Faber said. “We’re two months from our opening date, but we’re mindful and concerned — we pray for rain.” C&VB plans are still at the “just in case” stage. Scheele said — there’s still time for needed rain to fall. “Looking ahead, we hope that it rains,” he said. “Not only do we need it for recreation, the farmers need it. As everybody knows, it’s the lifeblood of New Braunfels.” Polka Fest crowd pleases organizers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Polka Fest, which featured 19 hours of polka music, has come and gone, and organizers of the event are calling it a big success. The New Braunfels Polka Band Leaders, Inc., held the first New Braunfels Polka Fest on Saturday and Sunday. They hope to make it an annual event. Polka Band Leader Roy Haag, who helped organize the event, said the group was organized last fall to promote polka music, and the event was held to feature local bands. ‘It was a way to promote tho polka bands in tho area.’ — Roy Haag “It was a way to promote the polka bands in the area,” he said. “The (Polka Fest) was held to feature all of the New Braunfels Czech and German polka bands.” Haag said the attendance at the event was very good. He said it would have been bigger, but the group could not afford to advertise in the larger papers. Instead, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce helped promote it, and several community newspapers did run notices on it. Haag said polka disc jockeys also announced the event on their shows and it was mentioned in Texas Polka News. “Overall, attendance was good, and we had not a bit of a problem,” he said. “If fact, the police were standing around wondering what they were supposed to do.” Haag said, that of those attending the festival, approximately 90 percent were from out of town, and came from all over, including Odessa, Herald-Zeitungphoto byMICHAEL DARNALL Polka lovers from till over Texas converged on Wursthalle in New Braunfels last weekend for Polka Fest. Lubbock, and Dallas. Haag said the money raised from the festival went to pay for holding it. However, he said many of those attending the event stayed overnight and went out to eat, and benefited a lot of people. Haag said the location is questionable for next year’s polka fest, but the event will be held again early next year. He went on to say that hopefully the event will grow over the years as more people hear about it. “Hopefully, we can get the word out even more and attract even more people to it next year. We want to make it a regular festival in town,” he said. March's long march raises awareness of hunger From Staff Reports When Don March turned 60 years old last February, he embarked on a journey that has taken him almost half way around the United States. The remarkable part is March is taking this journey on foot. When March turned 60, he decided he wanted to do something to raise aw areness of the hunger relief efforts of Second Harvest. March decided to w alk 10,000 miles in the name of hunger. He began his trek in Portland, Oregon, and has been to Portland Maine, and Orlando, Florida. Along the way, March is visiting local food banks and is asking residents of the cities he visits to support local food banks. The New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce sponsored his trip to New Braunfels, and on Friday, he was in New Braunfels. On Saturday, he continued his journey and was on his way to Austin. March had hoped to complete his journey by his 61st birthday on February 23, 1996. He keeps a daily log of the miles he has covered, not counting the limited number of rides he as taken. He said it w ill likely take him a little longer than expected to complete his journey. As of Friday, he had walked 8,400 miles. How ever, March does not regret the time or energy he has spent on his mission. “The only drawback is I have to leave the friends I’ve made,” he said. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Don March walks along Interstate 35 toward Austin Saturday. Booths available for Children’s Museum garage sale The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels will host its third annual city-wide garage sale at the New Braunfels Civic Center Sunday, March 3 from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Booth rental fees are $25 tor (me booth, $20 for each additional booth. Individuals and groups will keep all the proceeds from their booth’s sales. The museum is als*.) currently accepting donations of items to be sold in its booth. Admission to the sale will he $ I for adults, with a maximum of $2 per family. For information, or to sign up, call 620-0939. PLAZA BANDSTAND HISTORIC LANDMARK New BraunfelsHerald 50 CENTS J 410    MOI6 10/22/9? A SO -WEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL. DR ^ EU PASO, TX 79903- 10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, February 20,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of HOWARD W. EICKENHORST Vol. 144, No. 71Gingrich maps out GOP plan to beat Clinton. See Opinion, Page 4 ;