New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, July 4,1985 5A
Record crowds expected for holidays
Bv SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Visitors and fireworks are already arriving at Canyon lake for th** Independent Day holidav
Although the fireworks are legal in Comal County outside the city limits of New Braunfels and fireworks stands are popping up all around the lake, use of the materials is illegal in all parks managed by the U. S Army Corps of Engineers
Signs have been posted at the entrance to each park in the Canyon l.ake area. said Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley, but his rangers still have to contend with lots of visitors who bring fireworks into the parks Parsley said his staff is bracing for a record-breaking crowd during the extended July 4 weekend, which begins Thursday. His estimate is that 150.000 visitors will flock to the waters and shores of the lake this
“There s no reason to feel that we won’t have a crowd if the weather holds We had a record crowd of 140,000 over the Memorial Day weekend and we normally have a larger crowd on the Fourth," Parsley-said
Two new park technicians have arrived and are on duty for the big weekend. Both are students at Southwest Texas State University in
San Marcos, and will be employed at the lake for the remainder of the summer. They are Nadine Franz and Drew Baird
The Corps’ law enforcement contract with the Comal County Sheriff’s Department provides exra law officers on patrol duty throughout this holiday weekend. Random patrol checks will be made in the parks and the lake area in general.Center plans peachy trip
Canyon I jake residents interested
in peach picking may sign up for a chartered bus trip that will leave the Canyon I .ake Action Center at 8 30 a rn. July 15.
Participants will ride to Stonewall to pick and buy peaches, travel to the LBJ park in Johnson City and enjoy a sack lunch followed by a tour Call I alban Kosarek at 89**-2820 by July 12 for reservations Cost will be pro-rated and if there is a full bus it w ill be IT 50 per person
It is suggested that those attending bring a sack lunch, w ear comfortable
clothing and shoes and bring a sun
Two more new members have been appointed to the Action Center board of directors They are Art Snow and (.Jerry Sellinger, who join other new directors l^eonard and Lula Coble and Calvin YuiU.
The Action Center’s Thrift Shop is open Wednes<lays and Fridays from 10 a rn until 4 p mLutherans seek Liberty funds
Members of Aid .Association for Lutherans Branch 5699 at Canyon I .ake are planning a special event to help restore the Statue of Liberty.
A social will be held at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church fellowship hall immediately following morning w or ship services Sunday.
The fellow ship hour w ill include the
continuous showing of the film, “The Restoration Project of the Statue of liberty.*' and an opportunity to make a free will offering to the
Church services begin at IO. 15 a m. and the public is welcome to attend For more information, contact Esther Ford at 899-7844 or 964-3216.
The summer reading program at Tye Preston Memorial library in Sattler begins July ll Pre-school and elementary school age children are invited to participate in this free program Children must be preregistered and hold a valid library card The group will meet each Thursday through Aug 15 from IO to ll 30 a m. Anyone interested in working as a volunteer in this program should call the library- a1 964-3744 or Cathy Mannington at 964 -2285
An Independence Day celebration
will be sponsored by the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 8573 and Auxiliary in Sattler Thursday beginning with a flag-raising at ll a m. Following the ceremony at approximately noon, an oldfashioned picnic will be held in the rear of the post home, located at the intersection of FM 2673 and River Road. The picnic is open to the public and will include food, horseshoes, and other games.
A music festival is being planned by the Canyon Lake Uaited Methodist Church Choir for September. Anyone wishing to join in the singing and who would like to attend rehearsals is invited to call choir director Francis Teas at 899-2601,
Members of the Caayoo Lake Art Guild will hold their summer art show Friday and Saturday at Starts Community Building from IO a.m. until 6 p.m. Artists will be demonstrating and showing sculpture, stained glass, watercolors, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, stitchery, porcelain painting, egg shell art, caricatures and woodwork.
Friendship Circle, Church la the Valley, will hold their regular monthly meeting on July ll, since the first Thursday falls on Independence Day. Devotional and business meeting begin at IO a.m., and will be followed by a luncheon.
Keep an ear to the ground on local events
Parsley back at lake
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Five months in Washington, D.C. have given Phil Parsley, reservoir manager at Canyon Lake, a whole new perspective on the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in general, and his job in particular.
Chosen as a participant in the Corps’ Professional Development Training Program. Parsley was named as the representative from ten districts to work in the Natural Resources Management Branch in the nation’s capital.
Parsley, along with his wife and ll year-old daughter, scooted out of Texas Jan. ll just ahead of the state's record-breaking snow storm, and they didn't return until last week.
“It’s sure nice to see a full lake,” Parsley said in describing his first impression when returning to his job as chief officer at Canyon I,ake. “I tried to keep up with the lake and what was going on here while I was gone,’’he added.
Parsley spent his time in D C. working in the Office of the Chief of Engineers.
“It afforded me the opportunity to find out what the Corps of Engineers does at the national level. I fit into the normal day-to-day arrangement there and assisted in formulating the direction we would take. Some of the work I did even involved the Fort Worth District tof which Canyon I.ake is a part i,” he said.
Daughter Sarah attended school in Washington during their five-month stay, and every weekend was crammed with sight-seeing. Parsley-said they began seeing the sights in D.C in January when the weather was very cold and tourist traffic was light, and then they branched out to other parts of New England.
“Knowing we had a timetable and a deadline made us plan carefully. We never would have seen all we did if we had moved there,” he explained.
With this training under his belt, Parsley said he realizes “how good it is to be able to work in a job where you are lucky enough to know some of the decision-making processes that affect your day-to-day operation. I have more of an understanding, and that leads to contentment in my job,” he smiled.
Parsley holds a bachelor of science degree rn recreation and park administration from Arkansas Tech. He has been employed by the Corps since 1972 and has been reservoir manager here since March 1979 Parsley indicated that he has no plans to make any changes in his job status
"Canyon I .ake is just too pretty to even think about going anywhere else,” he said
Settling back into his offtce, Parsley noted that he and his staff are gearing up for a big Fourth of July weekend right here at Canyon l^ake.
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The Corps' fireworks policy is plain, as this sign at North Park shows
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