New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Sheilia Van Ryswyk, Herbert Fey, Allan Schneider, Anna Gonzales, and Mary Meder.
Happy belated anniversary to Dean and Nancy Jackson.
Cedar — 22,560 Mold —1,860
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Comal River — 282 Cubic Feet Per Second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.95 feet above sea level, down .05.
Main Street puts on seminars
The New Braunfels Main Street Design Committee will host a four-part series of seminars from Jan. 30 through March 12 on selected Tuesdays. The seminars include: 'Design Affects the Bottom Line' Jan. 30:
Advertising/Marketing Your Business' Feb. 13; 'Signage in Keeping with Concept and Building' Feb. 27; and 'Good Merchandising - Great and Easy Window Displays' March 12.
Each of the free seminars begins at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall in the Municipal Courtroom, 424 S. Casted Ave.
Bring a brown bag dinner. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
Optimists to moot at Molly Joo’s
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at Molly Joe s Restaurant. At a short business meeting, the planned Optimist Youth Golf Tournament will be discussed. Guest speaker will be Chip Schumacher of the Hill Country Nursery.
Memorial fund for family Kiosling sot up
A memorial fund has been set up to benefit the family of Ben Kiesling. lf you wish to contribute, simply go to the Randolph Brooks Credit Union in New Braunfels and tell them you want to contribute.
Do you know an Unsung Hero?
Each spring, the Herald-Zeitung presents a Citizen of the Year award and several Unsung Hero awards at a reception celebrating the annual Horizons edition of the newspaper.
The Herald-Zeitung needs the public's help in finding Unsung Heroes. Do you know a person whose good deeds have gone unrecognized? Let us know about him or her, so they can receive the credit they deserve.
Mail or drop off a letter telling us about your Unsung Hero candidate to: Herald-Zeitung Heroes 707 Landa St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130. Nominations may also be faxed to 625-1224 Make sure to include you own name and daytime telephone number.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The wheels are turning toward a proposed expansion of the Landa Street Wuest’s store. A permit application is on file with the city of New Braunfels, said Debra Goodwin, planning directer.
“They’re planning to expand into the old Winn’s area,’’ she said.
The Koehler Company of Seguin applied for the building permit. “The permit is for $300,000 value, so it’s substantial,” she said.
Attorney John Dierksen handled Wuest’s application for variance with the Construction Board of Adjustment. The board will consider the application at tonight’s 6:30 meeting.
Attempts to contact Wuest’s owner Robert W. Wuest were unsuccessful.
Seguin man killed in drive-by shooting
By ERIC P. JENSEN
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
An early morning shooting of two houses in Seguin Monday left one man dead as he slept in one of the residences. Seguin police are still investigating the shooting.
Robert Lee Ellsworth, 31, of 314 W. Walnut, was pronounced dead on arrival at Guadalupe Valley Hospital after he had been shot once in the abdomen.
Seguin Police Detective Mike Watts said seven rounds from a large caliber weapon were fired at two houses in the 300 block of W. Walnut around 2:40 a.m. Monday. Ellsworth had been sleeping on the floor in the front room of one of the houses when the shooting occurred.
The house next door was shot at at least four times but no one was injured in that attack.
Watts said five other family members were in the house with Ellsworth, including one who was also in the front part of the house.
No one else in that house was hurt.
Officers found that two rounds were fired at the house’s living room area and one round went through the front door. Watts said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Wreck blamed on fog
Heavy fog was listed as a contributing factor in a two-car accident at Highway 46 and F.M. 3159 at about 10:30 a.m. yesterday. Three people were treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a Buick Park Avenue, driven by Richard Garza of Belton, and a Lincoln Continental, driven by James Ashley of Boerne, collided. Gloria Munoz was a passenger in the Park Avenue.
Schlitterbahn has 1,500 summer jobs to fill
By DENISE DZIUK
While summer vacation for local high school students is still several months away, now is a good time to start planning on how that time will be spent. Those who want to find summer employment also need to start planning, because Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts is starting to fill its seasonal positions.
The park and resort will be filling more than 1,500 full- and part-time jobs. Public Relations Director Sherrie Brammall said the positions are in a variety of areas, including lifeguards, food service workers, gift shop
clerks, housekeepers, and grounds maintenance. She also added that many of these jobs pay above minimum wage.
“This is our normal seasonal summer job push. We’re hiring everything," she said. “We have gone up on our summer job salaries to be more competitive.”
General Manager Terri G. Adams said Schlitterbahn also has a bonus program for employees working at the park and resort throughout the summer. She said this program, along with the increases in pay, has made the jobs at Schlitterbahn competitive with other jobs in the area.
“We expect the combination of higher pay, flexible hours and our fun family atmosphere
to attract more adults, such as teachers and seniors, in addition to teen-agers.” she said.
Brammall said applications are already being accepted, and the majority of the positions last the length of the summer season, which is April 27 through Sept. 15.
Brammall said the park will accept applications throughout the summer to handle turnover. But lifeguard classer mil begin in March, so it makes sense to apply now.
People wanting to get an application mailed to them can call (210) 625-2351, ext. 526, or request it by e-mail sent to: ftinfa schlitterbahn.com. Applicants can also apply in person at the employment office at 305 West Austin Street.
County joins fight against hydrilla
Stocking of grass carp approved despite unresolved study
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday enlisted themselves in the war against hydnlla by approving $20,000 to fight the vegetation that has been threatening lakes Dunlap and McQueeney.
“I live in the Lake Dunlap area, so I am aware of the problem,” County Judge Carter Casteel said. “If we don’t work on it in one spot, then we will have problems in other parts (of the hydroelectric lakes). We all need to work on it together.”
The commissioners approved the funding after watching a five-minute video on the hydrilla problem presented by Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) Director of Project Development David Welsch. The video showed how GBRA and property owners associations around the
lake were trying to fight the problem.
After the video was finished, Welsch had good news for the commissioners.
“The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has approved a one-time stocking of the lakes for carp,” Welsch said.
The number of carp to be stocked in the lake has not been decided by the TPWD.
Guadalupe County and GBRA are contributing $30,000. Welsch said the lakes are eligible for U.S. Army Corps of Engineer funding, the amount of which is undetermined.
“With the homeowners associations bearing most of the costs, we will have $200,000 to fight the problem,” Welsch said.
Texas Parks and Wildlife has been involved in fighting hydrilla since August when it started a study by placing 125 grass carp in the five
‘I live in the lake Dunlap area, so I am aware of the problem.’
— County Judge Carter Casteel
hydroelectric lakes of the GBRA, which include lakes McQueeney and Dunlap. The purpose of the study is to determine if the carp will stay in the lakes after two flood events and whether or not they can control the hydrilla. Even though the stocking has been granted, the study by Texas Parks and Wildlife is still ongoing, Welsch said.
“Texas Parks and Wildlife agreed to provide a one time stocking of the carp before the study is done because it will be enough fish to control the problem, but not hurt the lake vegetation too much,” Welsch said.
CISD ready to buy portables
By DENISE DZIUK
Delays in the sale of 1995 bonds has caused a delay in construction and expansion plans for Comal Independent School District, and the district now has to look at putting in portable buildings to deal with overcrowding in classrooms.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said he has not been fond of the idea of portable buildings. He said principals originally asked for 20 portable buildings, which is 40 classrooms. The cost of portable buildings is approximately $50,000 each. Twenty buildings would cost $1 million.
“Unfortunately, the numbers justify that,” he said. “It’s just not the right thing to do, in my opinion.”
Major said he told principals purchasing 20 portable buildings was not possible. The principals reduced that number and asked for IO buildings. Major told them that was still not pos
sible. Major asked the board Thursday to approve three portable buildings all for Smithson Valley High School, and they did.
CISD Superintendent Carol Hall said crowding problems do not look like they will be easing soon. She asked the board to approve a class size waiver to be sent to the Texas Education Agency.
Hall said the district is required to file the waiver every year, and it appears to just get rubber stamped now. Three classes are over the maximum number of students allowed by the state.
She said the district tries to maintain a 25 students to I teacher ratio in classes, but “that’s not realistic anymore.” She said without the construction, things will just get worse.
In other business, the board voted 6-0, with board member Thomas Bruce absent, to extend the contract of Super-intendent Jerry Major to June 30, 1999.
New Main Street director brings a wealth of experience to the position
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By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
She was afraid of heights, so she learned to fly a plane. “I really did it to say, if I can do that, I can do anything,’” said Lynn Fountain, New Braunfels’ new Main Street director.
Fountain spent two years in Guinea, West Africa with the Peace Corps. “It was a life-altering experience,” she said.
She also: was a stock broker in New York City, worked for the federal government in Washington, D.C., ran her own management training business for seven years and earned two masters degrees from schools in Washington,
“I’m going to be able to pull from my experience of working within a government bureaucracy,” she said. Every bit of Fountain’s diverse experience will come to play in her Main Street job.
What is New Braunfels like after New York, Washington, Guinea? “People are people are people, really,” Fountain said.
With an MA in government and another in economics, Fountain has about every skill the Main Street program could need to use. Fountain likes to work as a catalyst to bring interested groups together to achieve a goal, she said. “My background in manage
ment consulting and the value of win/win will come in handy."
K.C. Crandall has given the Main Street program a strong kick-start. Fountain said. “She has started some balls rolling that need to be attended to,” she said. “It’s time to take some of the projects to a different level.”
New Braunfels’ positive outlook and volunteer spirit has not been lost on Fountain.
“I’m really impressed with the quality of the people in the municipal building,” she said. “They’re sharp, they ’re bright —- very professional.” Fountain was bom and raised in Texas. She graduated from high school in Houston, then earned her bachelor’s
degree from Trinity University She and her husband of one-and-a-half years, John, moved to Canyon Lake from Austin last September.
“My husband is the dock services manager at Canyon Lake." she said “Boat people are kindred souls ”
New Braunfels and Canyon Lake are in the nght place on Fountain’s personal map “I have family in Austin and in San Antonio. My husband has sisters in San Antonio, San Marcos, up and down 1-35,” she said.
‘This is my fourth career, and that s tine,” Fountain said. “It lets you use the different aspects of w hat you can bring to a job.”For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.