New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 173
16 pages in 2 sections July 15, 2000
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New Braunfels resident Lewis Sarkozi stands next to a trophy he won in 1998 for best male actor at the MB Expo in Dallas.
NB actor leads dual lives
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Lewis Sarkozi has been a dead man, and he’d gladly do it again.In his first life, Sarkozi is a long-time employee of Becker Motor Co. He’s worked there for 23 years as a car salesman, assistant service manager and a mechanic as well as other jobs.
In his other life, Sarkozi is comic relief during a tense moment, a singing drunk, a dead sheriff, a tight-lipped dry-cleaner or just a face in the crowd. He’s anything he wants to be, or, more accurately, anything the director wants him to be.
But 20 years into an acting career that started later his life, Sarkozi can’t explain exactly why he loves acting as much as he does.
“It’s almost to the point where I don’t know what it is,” he said. “It’s just something I want to do, I have to do. I have to do it.”
If Sarkozi’s name sounds familiar, it’s not just because his credits have appeared in several films and television shows. New Braunfels City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi is his wife of 40 years. They have three children, including a daughter, Catherine, who first introduced Sarkozi to acting.
“It’s my daughter’s fault,” Sarkozi said and laughed. “She convinced me to go to an audition when I was at the age of 41.”
He won a part in the only play he said the Circle Arts Theatre hasn’t done in an actual theater — “Night of January 16.” The play was performed in the old district courtroom, he said. A jury was selected from the audience each night, which meant the murder-mystery could have two different endings.
Sarkozi said his role provided the comedy relief in the play.
“I got a laugh, and I was hooked from there on in,” Sarkozi said.
Circle Arts Theatre founding executive director Elizabeth Elliott “kind of lit the fire,” and others helped him along the way, Sarkozi said.
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‘Sisters’ embrace expanded program
By Betty Taylor Features Editor
Rebecca Houge and 11-year-old Lindsay Edwards might not realize it, but they are pioneers in Guadalupe County - as far as the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alamo Area program is concerned.
They are the first official “match” in the program for the Guadalupe/ Comal area. A new grant awarded by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services allowed the program to go where it has never gone before — specifically, Comal
and Guadalupe counties.
Denise Pruett, development director with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Alamo Area, said the grant amounted to about $ 100,000 for a full operating year for expansion of the program into Comal and Guadalupe counties and the outer regions of Bexar County. Pruett said the grant was renewable each year. The money is used for administration costs, support staff and case management.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alamo Area is a nonprofit agency that has
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‘SISTERS’ REBECCA HOUGE and LINDSAY EDWARDS
Trustees concerned about costs for new SVHS program
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
About 80 cadets from Smithson Valley High School are signed up to serve in a new Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program this fall, but some Comal Independent School District trustees are questioning how much that program w ill cost the district.
When the armed forces discontinued the practice of satellite units five years ago, SVHS was unable to continue participation in a satellite unit detachment of the Marine Corps JROTC at New Braunfels High School.
Earlier this year, CISD approved adding the Naval JROTC program at SVHS.
Ret. USN Cdr. John Sondergaard and Ret. USMC Sgt. Chester Martinez have been picked to serve as Naval Science instructors at SVHS.
The program, which will kick-off' in August, promises to teach students self-discipline and leadership skills as well as a Naval Science curriculum that counts toward graduation requirements.
During a board meeting this past week, some trustees expressed concerns about the cost of the program, especially with another tight budget for the 2000-2001 school year.
A proposed $60.2 million budget already includes a $100,000 deficit.
When trustees were presented a proposal for the program, district officials said CISD would be responsible for paying a portion of the two instructors’ salaries.
The proposed 2000-2001 budget shows the program will cost about $ 173,000 for the first year.
Abel Campos, business manager for CISD, said that amount includes salaries for two instructors, the cost of a portable building and supplies
Two members of the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at Smithson Valley High School salute during groundbreaking ceremonies at the campus in June. The ceremonies marked the beginning of an expansion project at the west Comal County campus.
and travel expenses.
Brad Williams, principal of SVHS, said the district would have to buy another portable for the school anyway to keep with student growth.
Campos said CISD would pay the instructors a teachers’ salaries plus military pay as part of the up-front costs. The military then reimburses the district for the instructors' military pay.
Next year, the district would have to pay for salaries and supplies only, he said.
The cost of the program will be one of many things trustees will look at when they discuss the 2000-2001 budget July 25.
Board president John Clay said the board wasn’t considering cutting the program, but wanted some
Museum: Trade land for library
By Ron Maloney and Jo Lee Ferguson
The city of New Braunfels might have found a new owner for the Dittlinger Memorial Library building.
But instead of cash, the city might get what could be valuable parkland and a source of revenue for the city in exchange for the city’s former library.
The city got a proposal this week from the Sophienburg Museum and Archives for the library. The museum wants the city to trade the Dittlinger Memorial Library for the property next door and down river from the city’s tube chute at Prince Solms Park.
A fence separates the chute area from the other property, which is home to the Tube Chute Bar and Grill, 460 E. Mill St. ADM Milling Co. borders the property on its other side.
The owner of the property, Kenneth Fiedler Sr., declined to comment Friday afternoon about a prospective deal with the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. “I have no comment on the whole transaction until it’s over with,” he said.
Anna Lee Hicks of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives board said the organization had been negotiating with the city for the purchase of the Dittlinger Library building since “shortly after it came on the market.”
“This hill and this area up here are very, very historical,” she said. “We always felt if the library was ever to be available, this would be the natural place for it to grow.”
Hicks said the Sophienburg hadn’t decided just how to use the Dittlinger building, if it successfully acquired it.
“We’re busting out at the seams in the Archives and in the Museum,” she said. “We’re trying to look at all kinds of different ways to use the library.”
Like Fiedler, Hicks wouldn’t comment on the terms of any possible sale or trade.
Tell us about your favorite area back roads
By Michael Cary
With two very popular rivers and a lake near the City of New Braunfels, there might not be much local interest in finding another sw imming hole.
Yet, does anyone know the w hereabouts of the Blue Hole?
What about the Devil's Backbone?
Where is all the fun stuff' to do when you are feeling chafed by floating in that inner tube all day long?
How and why did that Swiss restaurant and vineyard pop up near Farm-to-Market Road 3009 and Farm-to-Market
Landscapers, where is the best place to buy shrubs, trees and other plants that deer will not devour as soon as you plant them in your yard?
That old gas station on Old Nacogdoches Road - who owned and operated it in its heyday?
That old-timer who sits on the porch and waves as you go by in your automobile —just who is he, anyway?
Whose old limestone sits just outside of town, with an old rock wall and an historical marker in front of it?
The point is there are many interesting back roads leading in all directions of the
compass surrounding the community of New Braunfels.
Possibly, there is a story in every curve of the road.
The I lerald-Zeitung will explore the back roads of Comal and other counties surrounding New Braunfels in future Saturday editions.
Anyone who has a suggestion to make or a story to tell, let us know about it and we will work to track it down and reveal it to our readers.
lf you find any old diaries, old photos or old barns, give us a call at 625-9144 ext. 221 or send an email to [email protected]
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