New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, January 24,1996 □ 5
Schlitterbahn has changed everything
Everything looks different!
I couldn’t wait to get back to my beautiful Comal River house after an exhausting time in the hospital. To lay on my couch and be able to see, hear and smell the river. I knew its magical power would remedy me whole. Remember old Camp Wamecke, the lifeguards the same year after year— Charlie, Tommie, Freddie. Families would book their vacations at the same time every year. Familiarity, tradition. The rapids, Stinky Falls, and who remembers the pits? The point of all this is: What happened to the good old days?
As I sit on my couch, I see concrete pillars, steel beams, and an orange and white flag flagrantly declaring its colors. The sound of the machines has begun regularly at 7:30 a.m. What is it you ask? Construction for Texas’ largest water park—Schlitterbahn. I feel like my front yard has become another attraction with more blue slides a certain reality.
Are there no restrictions set for more expansion, more commercialization? How much is enough? At what price do we sacrifice for progress? Am I so naive to think that some government entity could limit and regulate this
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Yes, the river still runs. My husband says when the trees bloom, I won’t be able to see whatever it is that is being built. I know it’s there, and everything’s different.
Sincerely, Vicki Wimberly-Martin New Braunfels
Gift of land for Bulverde Senior Center appreciated
A dream became a reality when the Bulverde Land Owners Association donated land on Cougar Bend to the Bulverde Senior Center. The completion of the legalities and filing of the deed was a milestone. The Bulverde Senior Center, and indeed the community as a whole, will benefit greatly from this gift. Ron Friesenhahn, a New Braunfels attorney, handled the legal paperwork free of charge. Tom Watson, a local architect, has drawn plans for a building to meet the needs of Bulverde Senior Center and their many activities also at no cost to the center. With a solid base and such generosity by these fine men and so many others in our community, our enthusiasm is ever-growing and we have many plans already in the making for fund-raisers for our new building. We are feeling very opportunistic and very grateful.
Lura Wurzbach Spring Branch
Want to see an idiot? Look in the mirror
The letter in the Sunday paper from T.J. Keeper, of San Antonio, was surely a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
San Antonio drivers are some pf the worst I have seen. I have been cut off, tailgated, and have been given disgusting looks and gestures because I choose to drive the speed limit.
Oh, and as for open ditches in the road, nothing compares to some I have seen and had to dodge in San Antonio.
Seems to me, it takes a real idiot to come from a big city with many more rude drivers, potholes, ditches, roadblocks, traffic jams, etc., and criticize a small town for putting in improvements.
If T. J. Keeper does not like our little town of “idiots,” he or she can “keeper” self in San Antonio!
Joshua Kunkel New Braunfels
City officials get a pat on the back
It is hard to read a publication or see a TV show that doesn’t have a
comment on America’s dissatisfaction with Washington or government in general. These articles and programs usually point out the waste and inefficiency in government and its inability to take care of the taxpayers’ needs.
We all take for granted the services that are performed for us on a daily basis by our local government. In New Braunfels, the streets are clean; we have wonderful parks and good schools; the trash is picked up and recycled; great police and fire protection, etc. etc.
But the area that impresses me the most is when I call down to the city to speak to someone about something that is important to me or for information or just to complain about something, and I always get an immediate response to the situation. I doubt if I called Washington I would get an answer like I do at the local level, specifically from Mike Shands, the department heads and their staffs. They are very efficient in view of the limited budget and difficulty of their jobs.
I have been very appreciative of the fine job the city performs for us every day, and I think sometimes it’s so efficient that we have gotten used to it and forgotten to say, “Thanks for a job well done.”
Thankyou, Gordon Hughes
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The Canyon Future Farmers of America held their 15th annual chapter practice show on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds in Seguin. High school members and junior members participated in the show which consisted of 12 goats, 75 lambs, 12 steers and 126 hogs.
Judging the goats and lambs was Marion FFA teacher Jimmy Missil-dine; Stockdale FFA teacher Kevin Kelly judged the steers and hogs. After a long day of grooming and showing their animal projects, the following members won honors.
WETHER GOATS: Grand champion, Scott Wiemers; reserve grand champion, Stephanie Dudley; showmanship, Scott Wiemers.
LAMBS: Southdown breed champion, Carrie Wiemers; reserve breed champion, Chad Wiemers. Fine wool breed champion, Stacy Mueller, reserve breed champion, Shelley Dunlap. Fine wool cross breed champion, Dawn
Shaw; reserve breed champion, Justin Dunlap. Medium wool breed champion, Justin Dunlap; reserve breed champion, Scott Wiemers. Grand champion lamb, Justin Dunlap; reserve grand champion lamb, Scott Wiemers. Peewee lamb showmanship, Garret Ward; Shelly Rotzler, reserve peewee showmanship. Junior lamb showmanship, Gordon Ward; reserve junior showmanship, Matthew Ploch. Senior lamb showmanship, Scott Wiemers; reserve senior lamb showmanship, Jonathan Meurin. Canyon exes lamb showmanship, Chris Phelps; adult lamb showmanship, Glenn Grimm.
STEERS: British breed champion, Elizabeth Weisman; reserve breed champion, Nicholas Ploch. American breed champion. Kent Nixon; reserve breed champion, Jason Nitsch. European breed champion, Elizabeth Weisman; reserve breed champion, Kim Nixon. Grand champion steer and reserve grand chaogHoa steer, Eliza
beth Weisman. Peewee steer showmanship, Kirk Michalec; reserve peewee showmanship, Sara Walleck. Junior steer showmanship, Bradley George; reserve junior showmanship, Wes Michalec. Senior steer showmanship, Kim Nixon; reserve senior steer showmanship, Reagan George. Canyon exes steer showmanship, Blake Soechting; adult steer showmanship, Clay “Spud” George.
HOGS: Berkshire breed champion, Justin Weinman; reserve breed champion, Ryan Mechler. Chester white breed champion, Kourtney Stevens; reserve breed champion, Malcolm Kitchen. Duroc breed champion, Jessica Richter; reserve breed champion, Kimberlie Preiss. Hampshire breed champion, Brett Barnett; reserve breed champion, Jessica Richter. Poland China breed champion, Jessica Richter; reserve breed champion, Brian Bartlett. Spotted Poland China breed champion, Jeff Robertson; reserve breed cham
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