New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
January 16, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 55Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsCounty ‘recycles’ engineer in Schwab’s old role
By Ron Maloney
A baton will be passed Thursday at Commissioners’ Court.
Commissioners are set to appoint County Engineer Ibm Homseth to oversee the
county’s rural recycling program.
Commissioners’ Court meets at 8:15 a.m.
Retired Precinct 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab started the program nearly a decade ago.
County employees process glass, green waste, paper, plastic and other products for mulching or resale on the commodities market.
Schwab started the program in the early 1990s to extend the life of the Comal
County Landfill, now operated by Waste Management, Inc., by diverting recyclable products and green waste from the refuse stream.
The landfill now wants a permit allowing it to operate about eight more years.
Hornseth, whose office is next door to the recycling operation on Texas 46 west of New Braunfels, oversees the county’s road department, parks, subdivision process, floodplain administration and environmental
He sees no problem, he said, with taking on one more job.
“Even though there are a lot of duties assigned to this office, Comal County has
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‘Old Ironsides’ officer touts navy history, present
By Sean Bowlin
The second-in-command of the USS Constitution wears a circa 1812 Naval uniform with a big gold epaulet to a job he looks forward to doing daily.
But there’s more to being the executive officer of the USS Constitution than playacting.
Navy Lieutenant William Marks, a native of New Amsterdam in rural upstate New York, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996.
He took six weeks of executive officer training and two weeks of leadership school.
He read case studies of leadership styles to run a ship made of live oak that cannon balls bounced off during the War of 1812, thus earning her the name “Old Ironsides.”
“It’s my job to create a link between 200 years of history and modern-day navy sailors," the Annapolis history major said, speaking of a crew he called “fantastic.”
That crew is hand-picked, must pass an interview process and must relate to tourists as ambassadors each day.
And daily, Marks’ greatest
challenge — he called it heartbreaking — is tourists who wait 30 minutes to pass through metal detectors before boarding the 207-year-old ship, moored in a national park on a Boston pier. Marks called the security measures a “fact of life in the post 9-11 age."
But the rest of the job he looks forward to doing.
“I do it all — making sure the crew gets paid, gets fed, has a place to sleep; I keep the ship afloat, making sure the crew is O.K., helping out the tourists, covering the trips, and security,” Marks said.
And he likes it all, as “XO” on the oldest warship afloat in the world.
Marks told 250 New Braunfels High School students Wednesday morning that his ships mission when it sailed in the early 1800s was fighting terror.
And Marks, on an educational outreach mission, said the mission still exists for his modern-day navy.
“The reason this ship was built is the U.S. just got independence from Britain and that was good. But we lost
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Brittney, 5; Brady, 3; Bryan, 2 and even 9-month-old Brett Butler al! find something to play with at almost all of the various stations throughout the Children’s Museum in San Marcos. Now, said their mom, Laurie, they’ll just have to make the drive to New Braunfels.
Children’s Museum to close outlet location
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Even as Brady Butler plays with the trains, the scenery around him is changing slightly as the Children’s Museum slowly evolves into an empty store. The Aztec stone behind him will soon become Egyptian pyramid material at the New Braunfels location.
By Sean Bowlin
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels will close its satellite museum in San Marcos on Jan. 31.
Children’s Museum Executive Director Melissa Krause said closing the satellite museum — at Prime Outlets — was done purely for budgetary and financial reasons.
Krause said she examined ways to cut the $152,000 it took to run the satellite location.
‘We looked at staff people, at keeping it open for five days per week instead of seven, having less square footage — electricity is a huge hit; we really explored all of those things. But any way, we were still upside down.”
As early as Dec. 18, 2002, “news regarding the possible Prime Time closing was disseminated, through muse
um staff, to members and visitors who visited either museum location,” Krause said in a press release.
The final decision to close the location came Dec. 23, 2002. Staff was immediately told, Krause said.
One part-time museum worker who refused to release her name said one of the five-member part-time staff may go to work at the New Braunfels museum. The others will be looking for jobs.
Krause emphasized the New Braunfels museum will still serve people from the Austin and San Marcos areas. All commitments made involving the San Marcos location will be honored.
For any museum members who do not wish to continue their memberships with Children’s Museum in New Braunfels, prorated refunds will be offered.
Ethics group postpones meeting on Flume issue
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
The meeting of the New Braunfels Ethics Commission set to consider whether District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume acted improperly in a council vote this past October has been reset for Jan. 22.
The meeting, which had been postponed this past Thursday for lack of a quorum, will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. It will be closed to the public.
New Braunfels City Attorney Charles Zech postponed .the meeting to save the city legal fees for the attorney hired to represent the ethics
The Ethics Commission is an advisory commission to city council. It will hear both sides of an ethics complaint filed by former ethics commission member James N. Patrick and make a recommendation to council as to what, if anything, should be done about it.
Patrick, who now serves on the Infrastructure/Improvement Corp. (4B) Board, filed the complaint Dec. 2, 2002, alleging that Flume acted improperly when she voted to delay action on flood-recovery maps.
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Executive Officer William Marks of the USS Constitution discusses current strategic and security issues with members of the New Braunfels High School Jr. ROTO Wednesday morning. About 250 Advanced Placement students and Jr. ROTC members were invited to hear him speak about naval power in U.S. history.
Barbecue benefit aids slashing victim
By Ron Maloney
Amanda Marie Chandler, the 24-year-old New Braunfels woman whose throat was slashed in a Jan. 3 attack is continuing to heal from her injuries at University Hospital in San Antonio.
“She’s recovering, shes in good spirits and she’s ready to come home to her babies,” Chandler’s mother, Sheriff’s Sgt. Christine Treadway, said.
University Hospital officials have not said when they would release Chandler.
Her family and friends at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a barbecue fund-raiser from 11:30How to help
An account has been set up to help defray recovery costs for Amanda Marie Chandler. Donations can be mailed to: Amanda Chandler Fund, Bank of America, 501 Landa St.,
New Braunfels 78130.
A benefit barbecue is scheduled for Saturday at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. For information, call Aleta Lisk between 9 a m. and 4 p.m. at 620-3431.
a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the south end of the building, located at Loop 337 and West San Antonio Street. Plates are $6 and organiz
ers are working to offer dri-ve-up service because of the anticipated cold weather, said Aleta Lisk.
An account has been set up at Bank of America to help Chandler with medical costs and expenses she’ll be left with while she continues to recover.
Chandler’s husband, John Adam Chandler, 26, is accused of stabbing and slashing her in their Mill Street home.
He was arrested Jan. 4. He is being held without bail in the Guadalupe County Jail in Seguin where local officials transferred him because Treadway is the Comal County Jails administrative sergeant.