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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPT ]\tew BRAUNFELS TUESDAY January 16, 2001 12 pages in 2 sections ""V”    ap^—12 pages in 2 sectnHerald-Zeitung ----------- S'1       ! .___ , ,    '    ,    ,    "is -    ■..... -I.-    .    ■    ■■    ■■ Vol. 150, No. 56 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 ' rn..... 50 cents Museum’s direction discussed by forum By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer A panel of speakers representing musicians, visual artists, media outlets, residents and government told New Braunfels Museum of Art leaders to carve a market niche, market their product and keep the community involved at a discussion Monday night. For the first time, museum leaders opened their doors for a community forum about the future of the museum and the new path it took four months ago. A few ideas popped up repeatedly, including capitalizing on the museum’s new unique identity and location. “Find areas that no one else has explored fully,” Gary Hartman of Southwest Texas State University Institute for the History of Music said. The panel included Casey Monahan from the Texas Music Office, Ricardo Hernandez from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Hartman. Artist Ron Boling, musician Geronimo Trevino, NBMA visiting curator Brooke Mackenzie, three media representatives, Mayor Stoney Williams and Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek also were on the panel. “We created that mission in the vacuum of research. So this is as much an internal process for the board to understand what’s happening out there, as it is...for the public to know what we’re doing,” said Charlie Gallagher, director of development for the museum. In September the museum cleared the slate when it changed its name from the Hummel Museum to See MUSEUM/5A MLK Day Texans commemorate slain civil rights leader Wastewater plant permit up for comment NAACP TBI tOty rn A IM P NAACP '■-ZP ISM I *    - % /J*H . I K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Meagan McKinney, 9 (left), and Lance Bibbs, 11, help lead the parade celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday afternoon in downtown Seguin. By The Associated Press Martin Luther King. Jr. on Monday was remembered with parades, marches and even a recital of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech as Texans celebrated the legacy of the civil rights leader who was gunned down in Memphis in 1968. In Houston, President-elect Bush spoke at a predominantly black elemental school about his education proposals. Bush, who got only nine percent of the black vote in November’s election, called for unity among the races in his speech. In Seguin, about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio, the first African-American mayor of Selma, Ala., spoke to students about racial hope and harmony at Texas Lutheran University. James Perkins Jr. was elected in November as mayor of Selma, considered by many to be the birthplace of the civil rights movement in the U.S. Treated effluent could wind up in Dry Comal By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer New Braunfels residents get a chance tonight to review a permit renewal application for a wastewater treatment facility that could drain into the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River. Representatives of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority will meet with residents at 7 p.m. today in the New Braunfels City Council chambers The GBRA asked the state in July 1999 to renew a permit for a second wastewater treatment plant that could discharge treated water into a drainage course at a rate not to exceed 350,000 gallons per day. The drainage course, which is a little more than 1.6 miles long, connects to the Dry Comal Creek, which then hooks up with the Comal River near the Knights of Columbus Hall. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson asked for a public hearing about the renewal application this past May. When a public hearing is called, state law requires a state administrative law judge to hear testimony from both sides of the contested case and then make a recommendation to TNRCC’s top commissioners. City council voted that down but agreed to a public meeting, or informational meeting. Debbie Magin, director of water quality services for the GBRA, said the meeting would give residents a chance to ask questions and make comments for the public record about the renewal application. Meeting ■ WHO: New Braunfels residents, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission ■ WHAT: Meeting ■ WHEN: 7 p.m. today ■ WHERE: New Braunfels City Council chambers ■ WHY: To review a permit application for a wastewater treatment facility that could drain into the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River. In the 13 years that have passed since the TNRCC first granted clearance for the second wastewater treatment facility, GBRA has not built the plant. “It was a permit that was first applied for because of the anticipated growth in that area. It has since slowed, and the size of the existing plant is large enough to handle the demand,” Magin said. “We just maintain this permit for any time that the need grows.” It is more cost-effective to renew the permit and keep the option open for the Guad-co Municipal Water District No. 2 than let it lapse and have to file for a new permit, she said. GBRA already has a wastewater treatment facility in the Northcliffe golf course area on Interstate 35 about 800 feet east of Farm-to-Market 1103 and Interstate 35 in Comal County. The permit for the existing treatment plant restricts use of the treated wastewater entirely to irrigating the golf course. The Nort hcliffe golf course has to use at least 300,000 gallons of treated water, averaged over a 30-day period, from the plant if it is available. See PERMIT/5A Quilters happy New Braunfels had them in stitches K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungHope Wilmarth, Susie Waddelow and Rhenae Ledbetter (from left) work down to the last few seconds of their quilting retreat. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Leonard Meyer can remember the days when handmade quilts were in every home. Making a quilt was a painstaking, labor-intensive process taking months of spare time and often was accomplished by groups of women in a neighborhood or community in quilting “bees.” The technology, the tools and the materials used for quilt making have changed. However, a couple of things have not: the process is still labor-intensive, and people still get together to make quilts. A dozen women who are members of two quilting clubs gathered for their annual working get-together at Schlitterbahn across the street from Meyer’s Liberty Avenue home. He saw the women working in a building on Liberty Avenue that is usually dark in the winter months, and he decided to see what they were doing. “This brought back memories,” Meyer said. ‘They had a very interesting event going on here.” Members of “The Material Girls” of Spring and the “Piece and Quiet Quilters” of Dallas were working with sewing machines, quilting hoops and yards of material. They took advantage of a long holiday weekend to get some work done, do some sightseeing and have some fun. Marsha Franty, of Spring and a former New Yorker who got to Texas as quickly as she could, has been quilting with ‘The Material Girls” for about two decades or so. “We just enjoy getting together," Franty said. The Girls get together every Thursday night. Once a year, they get together with the women of “Piece and Quiet Quilters,” and this year they came to Schlitterbahn. The water resort, now in the off-season, See QUILTERS/5A Inside Abby.......................... ......7A Classifieds................... ...2-4B Comics........................ ......8A Crossword................. ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies......................... ......7A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... ...1-2B Today........................... 2A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 Project Grad fund-raiser turns up heat on NBHS principal Fitsko Roast— BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The unique relationship between New Braunfels High School Principal Mike Fitsko and the class of 2001 takes a new turn next month when the educator gets raked over the coals and roasted for their benefit. The Project Graduation 2001 committee will host a silent auction and dinner and provide the spit for a Fitsko roast starting at 6 p.m. Feb. I in the NBHS cafeteria. “We knew Mike Fitsko would be very roastable,” Project Graduation 2001 co-chairwoman Harriet Sollberger said. The relationship between Fitsko and the first class to graduate under his watch at the high school has been fostered by unique circumstances. FITSKO Fitsko’s jolly face greeted then-sixth-grade students at OakRun School in the fall of 1994. At their middle school academic awards, Fitsko promised to attend their high school graduation. When he took over at the high school in 2000, that promise was as good as sealed. ‘The class of 2001 (was) my first sixth grade,” Fitsko said. ‘This class is very special....Not many principals get this opportunity toSee ROAST/5A ■ WHO: New Braunfels High School principal Mike Fitsko ■ WHAT: Roast ■ WHEN: 6 p.m. Feb. 1 ■ WHERE: New Braunfels High School cafeteria ■ WHY: To raise money for Project Graduation 2001, which provides a diug-free, alcohol-free party for graduating seniors ;