New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Some “Newcome” facts miss tbs mark
I enjoyed reading the recent write-up about the tennis ranch in the Sunday, July 2 Herald-Zeitung. However, the “Newcome (Newcombe) tennis facts” box to the side of the feature story was not all “facts.”
The history paragraph described the ranch as “built in the 1940s by partners John Newcombe, Clarence Mabry and Graeme Mozeley.” When we moved here in 1963, the ranch was owned by a Mr. Lew Stewart and was called the Mission Valley Guest Ranch, as I remember it. I believe a few years later it was sold to Clarence Mabry and probably other partners and it became a tennis ranch as well as a guest ranch. Later, John Newcombe and Graeme Mozeley entered the picture, lf you stop to think about it, these two were probably in “nappies” in the 1940s. Mr. Mabry can give you any additional information needed about the ranch ownership.
Sincerely, Patricia C. Hutchinson New Braunfels
Anonymous letter unfair, aggravating
A friend found the following note on her doorstep today:
“To whom it may concern:
Please keep your yard nice and clean to help our Enviorment (sic)!!!!!!!!
Thanks the Neighborhood”
Since my friend has been deprived of the privilege to respond to the sender in person, may I do so here? In addition to the spelling and punctuation errors, what struck me about this note was the cowardice in sending it. Any
credibility to the message is lost because it is unsigned. As a resident of “the Neighborhood,” I resent being included as a supporter of the opinion expressed.
I realize that the sender of the note may have some honorable intentions, but since he/she did not acknowledge the note with a signature, I am at a loss to know what these intentions are. I cannot ask this person if he/she is aware of my friend’s financial and personal circumstances or if any assistance has been offered her.
Anonymous notes are cowardly and cruel. As a minister’s wife, I have been the recipient of such a note in which the sender apparently took issue with the fact that I had been chewing gum and compared me to the proverbial cud-chewing cow. Dismissing the ridiculous nature of the note was easy, but the fact that it was anonymous added an almost sinister feeling to the situation. So you see, authors of anonymous notes almost never achieve their goals because of the anonymity. Those who are unwilling to acknowledge themselves should keep their opinions to themselves.
Laura Schulte New Braunfels
Rivers get trashed over holidays
The party is over and the pollution is so thick that calling it debris would mock polite terminology. The morning newspaper front page depicts happy faces of rafters on the Guadalupe River. The camera obviously pointing away from the floating rubbish. One of these days, as put in the modem vernacular, someone has to “get real” and make points of reference to the fact that the river is trashed and stagnant in
many places. The smells are there to go with the contamination. After the holiday this year, my son and I picked up a little more than 400 pounds of aluminum cans in a very small segment of the river. That pick-up was not even close to making a clean river. The feeling of overwhelming odds made the task seem endless and impossible. There were so many cans we could easily have become apathetic to this crisis and let this beautiful river pile up. There are cans on the banks and in the tall grass along the river that have been there for some time and there are cans that will probably still be there when Gabriel blows his horn.
To go with the cans that seem more abundant on the Guadalupe River than in the Alcoa plant in Tennessee, there are plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarettes, shoes and shirts, Styrofoam coolers (I now have two new ones pulled from the river), a rubber tube, a plastic float, lots of make-up and sunscreen bottles, and water balloons. This year there seemed to be some pleasure in throwing shirts and bags into the overhanging limbs of trees. They will dangle for some time.
Some of the rafters told us that they hoped something would be done to make the river clean. One man had driven his family 2200 miles from California to share his recollection of the river in other days. He was both sad and disgusted. Another man complained that his raft had survived the falls but had succumbed to a bully’s overturning. One group told us while we were cleaning the river that just a little way upstream one of my neighbors was throwing cans from his property back into the river. That is a bad situation but I can easily see why the neighbor would rid his property of this unwanted trash. Sometimes hopeless
ness takes its toll.
A good suggestion that will work is to have active clean-up during the long days of heavy use while paying guests are disposing of their worldly trash in gentle waters. Many rafters also suggested that cans and bottles not be allowed on the river. Glass bottles? Give me a break, the glass bottles are so numerous they almost rival their numbers with the cans. Dogs should not be taken on the river. That is a suggestion made over and over by hundreds of rafters and by the homeowners. The dogs don’t really like it either.
Just for the personal note, I also tell that after spending some time in the river collecting the 400 pounds of cans and more than twice that amount in tourist trash, I parked my four-person raft on land by the riverside deck after 7 p.m. Saturday evening. On Sunday morning the raft and a paddle was missing. Maybe it collected some trash!
Fonda Wetsel New Braunfels
Young ball player thankful for support of businesses
My name is Ashley Bird and I am 11 years old. I was picked for the, 12 and under New Braunfels Girls Slow Pitch All-Star Team, New Braunfels Stars. My sponsors who have enabled me to compete in the different tournaments this summer are: Bayseas Fish Market/Seafood Restaurant (Nancy Green); James Green Electric; Dr. Marshall Warren, DDS; Hanna’s Kitchen (Willie Villanueva); and Tunnel! Insurance Agency (Steve Tunnel!). I would really like to thank these different businesses for their donations and faith in me. Their support encour
ages more young people to be involved in sports.
Sincerely, Ashley Bird New Braunfels
Readers slaps friends and foes alike
A slap on the back (really, a pat) to Luke Speckman for the American flags he places at every house on Timber Drive and Twin Oaks on the Fourth of July. He has been doing this for years and deserves public acknowledgment.
A slap in the face to all of those who do not participate in our recycling program. Everyone has something to recycle even if it is only newspapers. Let’s help our environment and get with the program.
Howard Goldstucker New Braunfels
American Legion Post #35 posted flags on San Antonio, Seguin streets
I hope those of you who visited downtown New Braunfels on the 4th of July enjoyed the American flags lining San Antonio and Seguin streets. These flags are posted by Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 every Fourth of July as well as on other holidays during the year.
Joan P. Helmke New Braunfels
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Right to vote will be remembered at Discovery Days
On Aug. 19, 1995, women around the nation will be celebrating 75 years of having the vote.
The 19th Amendment was ratified on Aug.
26,1920, after 72 years of women working together crossing all racial, ethnic, economic and political barriers...and it was a nonviolent movement.
Downtown Association, League of Women Voters, Service League, Museum Association, Arts Council, Democratic Women, Republican Women, Business Professional Women, Nurses Association, Toastmasters, Black Heritage Group, Hispanic Hentage Group and individuals will host a parade, musical comedy and old-fashioned picnic.
The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Hill Street and include costumed representation of the eras from 1900 to the present.
Vintage cars will carry local female dignitaries and decorated flatbed trucks carrying women reenacting parts of history will move towards the Plaza for the musical comedy show.
The show will begin with characters from the 1900s and progress to the present day. Music will set the stage and the eras. There will be fun, laughter and a few SURPRISES!
Food and drink items will be for sale but everyone will be encouraged to bring picnic suppers...or if they choose, eat at one of the downtown restaurants.
Tejeda urges care Increase
WASHINGTON, D C. — Congressman Frank Tejeda called on President Clinton last month to protect veterans’ health care from an average 20 percent discretionary spending reduction outlined in his FY96 budget proposal.
In his letter to President Clinton, Congressman Tejeda agreed that “budget reductions must not inflict draconian cuts in education, defense and elderly health care programs. At the same time, I am equally concerned that we fulfill our sacred covenant with America’s veterans by guaranteeing resources to maintain and expand veterans’ health care.”
Organization booths will be around the Plaza and downtown area providing an opportunity for organizations to promote and fund-raise.
The weekend is Downtown Discovery Days weekend...what a way to tie in to a theme, advertise and increase awareness of what we have in Historic Downtown New Braunfels. When anything goes on in our heart of the city—downtown—people realize how much we have and how much downtown belongs to all in New Braunfels.
Don’t miss the fun of our reenactment, “Sisters in Suffrage: 75-Year Celebration of the Vote”!
(K C Crandall is Mam Street director.)
Dog owners raced to New Bruanfels Feed & Supply on July 1 for a $2 dog dipping event staged by store owner Alan Rompel, Sr. On hand to rid pesky fleas from a four-legged friend was (from left) Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer and Jay Dudley.
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