New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Area towns plan t festive Fourth
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Comal River........... 506 cfs (up 236)
Water Canyon inflow . 790 cfs (up 395-and rising)
. Canyon outflow ..... 600 cfs (down 200)
Watch Edwards Aquifer........ 624.98 (up .01)
Canyon Lake level.......910.90 (up .10)
Braunig fish; Canyon results'
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River outfitters, city expect big crowds
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Wednesday’s downpour didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of local tourist-related businesses, whose owners are anticipating a big Fourth of July and an even bigger holiday weekend.
“We’re going to be busy, that’s for sure. We’re booked up and have been for weeks," said Mrs. Betty Perkins of Rio Raft Company on the Guadalupe River. “In fact, we’re almost booked up for I,abor Day."
Joann Broughton, front office manager, said The Faust Hotel has a full house Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “And we’re just about there for the 4th." she added.
A spokeswoman for the Hill Country Inn also said, “We’re plum full.” When asked if she was worried that the weather could change that, she said, “No. Ifs going to be beautiful.”
Amy Mancuso, a front desk clerk at The Holiday Inn, said accommodations there are “booked solid for the weekend. Ifs amazing what a little water (in the river) Cando, isn’t it?”
Camp Warnecke owner Rusty Brandt said he also expects a good crowd this weekend. “This season’s customers seem to be more enthusiastic, ready to hit the water more than usual," he added.
See HOLIDAY, Page 12AWoman gets river warning sign after crash into Gruene bridge
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Call it perfect timing or sheer coincidence, but the efforts of several people concerned about canoers’ safety are coming together this week.
And ifs happening just a week before the Rivers Oversight Committee is to talk about education about the river and public safety in the water.
Austinite Jane Brinkley Monday launched a campaign to erect a sign warning of the Gruene crossing rapids and bridge after her unsuspecting group smashed into the bridge Sunday.
In the wake of that incident, Brinkley was put in touch with the Preiss Heights Property Owners Association which agreed to let her put a sign on some Preiss Heights property.
Association President Larry Ormond said the group would even maintain the sign, Brinkley said.
“My immediate goal is to get some information on the river about the dangerous areas," Brinkley said. “The immediate need is the Gruene crossing.'
Then Wednesday, when Brinkley contacted Betty Walls, leader of the Lower Guadalupe Business
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 131
July 4,1985 25 Cents
20 Pages — 2 SectionsCity gets ready for Fourth
New Braunfels’ annual Fourth of July celebration starts off with bells and ends with a bang.
Today’s activities begin with the annual Sophienburg Memorial Association Fourth of July celebration on Main Plaza at 9:20 a m. as Walter Faust plays the Courthouse bells.
The Community Band follows Faust with a concert of patriotic music presented under the direction of ArlenTieken.
Then dignitaries in the Antique Car parade will leave the Sophienburg Museum at 9:45 a rn. A host of Model T cars. Thunderbirds and other classics will be led by Fred Fey, who will play a monstrous restored calliope in the bed of a vintage pickup truck.
The parade will travel along Academy Street to San Antonio and onto the Plaza.
Following a short welcome and speech at IO a m. by Sophienburg Memorial Association chairman John Dierksen and Mayor Barbara Tieken, the New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC Color Guard will present the colors.
Kenneth Tnesch will lead the crowd in singing the National Anthem
Members of the Circle Arts Theatre will present a dramatic reading and the Barbershoppers plan to harmonize some rousing Yankee Doodle tunes.
Water fun starts after the retiring of the colors as John Gill, president of the Volunteer Fire Department, kicks off the old fire truck pumper
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Area communities list holiday plans
New Braunfels isnt the only community with a Fourth of July celebration planned, as Canyon lake, Bulverde, Garden Ridge and Schertz all have a bust hholiday in store for area residents Bulverde will have a busy Fourth of July picnic sponsored by the Uon’s Club with help from the Volunteer Fire Department State Representative Edmund Kuempei will present the state and U.S. flags to be raised at I 30 p.m., beginning events at the Bulverde Community Center at the corner of Ammann and Bulverde roads.
Volunteer fire departments from Bulverde, Spring Branch, Bracken and Canyon lake will compete in pumper races beginning at 3 p.m. followed by a watertight.
Bulverde’s firechief Bernie Andrews explained that pumper races are intended to see which fire department is fastest at getting to a fire. The watertight is a wet version of a tug-of-war. Firemen will place a beer keg on a suspended cable between two opposing teams and see which team can push the keg, using water, toward the opposing team.
This will be Bulverde* first Fourth of July Picnic and the community hopes to make it an annual event.
Barbecue, sausage, beer, corn on the cob, watermelon and ice cream will be available all day along with other refeshments. Parking is free and there is no admission charge
Garden Ridge will hold its Ninth Annual Fourth of July Picnic Thursday at noon following the Boy Scouts flag-raising ceremony in Paul A Davis Park on Grass Creek Road.
Mayor Paul Davis said the event is a relaxing tune for neighbors to visit. Barbecue will be prepared and provided by the Uon’s Club Each family is asked to bring a dish of food.
The meal will be followed by softball games and horseshoe pitching.
In case of rain, the picnic will be held at the Bracken Fire Station.
In SatUer, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573 and American legion Post 643 along with both organizations auxiliaries plan a “patriotic celebration of freedom.”
Following the flag raising
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In case of rain....
Will Mother Nature cancel today’s Fourth of July activities'’ Nobody really knows, but organizers are keeping their fingers crosseu and haven’t made any contingency plans rn case of thundershowers.
There will be no substitutions" is the word from the Sophienburg Memorial Association, which is hosting the morning activities on the Plaza Co-Chairman Uz Sagebiel said, “We’re going to plan to go ahead with it.” Meanwhile, Parks Director David Whatley said a little rain doesn’t affect a fireworks show as much as a low ceiling of clouds, which hide the explosioas.
“If we can’t do it, we’ll set a date later," he said Wednesday afternoon. “We’U still do something, we’ll check with the fireworks folks and see what their schedule is and cross that bridge when we come to it.”
The Community Band concert, under the direction of Arlen Tieken, and the appearance by entertainer Norm Allen nught be postponed, but would be held at a later date as an outdoor concert
However, Recreation Supervisor Keith Maxwell said the Fireworks Dance will continue as scheduled.
Bulverde - Tile picnic will be held inside the Bulverde Community Center if it rains. All other events will go on as scheduled.
Garden Ridge - In case of rain, the picnic will be moved to the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department Station.
Sattler - In case of rain the picnic will be moved inside the VFW post.
Schertz - The parade will be cancelled only in case of heavy rain. The dances will be held under the pavilion whether it rains or not.
Today’s edition of the Herald Zeitung was published early so that our employees may enjoy the holiday with their families. Our offices will be closed today; our circulation telephone lines will be open from 7 to ll am. Have a happy holiday!
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2 suspects hold up bus station
New Braunfels Police are looking for two young latin males who robbed a bus station Wednesday evening.
The two men entered the Trailways bus stop at 614 US 81 W about 5 p.rn Wednesday and demanded money from the station’s manager.
“One of them had his hand inside a paper bag and he threatened that he had a weapon,” said Ll. Felix Roque No weapon was ever seen.
Patrolman Paul Harst said both men are between 5-feet, 5-mches tall and “very skinny.”
They were wearing ski masks, Army fatigue shirts, and blue jeans, Harst said.
The suspects ran from the station and were reported to be in the Guenter Street area, Harst said, but patrolmen and Texas Department (rf Public Safety troopers didn’t find any suspects.
Harst did not disclose the amount of money taken in the heist.
Twister hits Bulverde HillsWinds cause outages
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A tornado touched down around 4 p m Wednesday in Bulverde Hills, causing damage to three or four houses, according to report' from neighbors and Bexar-Bulverde Fire Department.
A flood warning was issued for the western part of Comal County Wednesday night, and the inflow into Canyon l.ake, now at 790 cubic feet per second, had doubled since 8 a rn Wednesday The tornado removed Todd Frischniuth’s roof ui Bulverde Hills and the high winds downed trees and utility pules on Buck l,ane. said Cameron Wiley with the Bexar-Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department
We had some damage in Bulverde Hills from a small twister," Wiley said. We’ve had some power outages and some interruption of telephone service out in this area, but mainly we’ve had rain. It came down in buckets "
Wiley said at his house the rain gauge showed 3.7 inches Radio station KGNB KNBT measured I 95 inches And an unofficial gauge in the northern tip of Comal County measured 175 inches Canyon lake reported 2.25 inches as of 5p m The outflow of Canyon lake was 600 cubic feet per second But
Firemen block Willow Avenue as a broken tree limb smokes after hitting a power line
because of heavy rains, the U S. Army Corps of Engineers warned that the flow down river nught exceed that, due to runoff
In New Braunfels, the fire department had been kept busy with calls from live electrical wires down and transformers on
“We just try to keep people away from the area until the utility people can get here and fix
them,” a New Braunfels Fire Department spokesman said.
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