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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY July 18, 2001 16 pages in 2 sections 16 pages in 2 seed*Herald-Zeitung J rn ,M,rn, u nm,J,,,, .......... t................................................................-......I''....."....i'JLr......... V....:..........< """....... 7 ' ■ m ' Vol. ISO, No. 213 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Name gives Hospice new ‘hope’ K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungDr. Marion Primomo speaks to the crowd gathered at the grand opening/name change ceremony for Hospice New Braunfels, now Hope Hospice, Tuesday morning. By Martin MALACARA Staff Writer Under the shade of pecan trees and with mariachi and German accordion music in the background, Hospice New Braunfels administrators, staff and volunteers gathered for an open house and ribbon cutting Tuesday. Not only did the event acknowledge the hospice’s new office building, it also unveiled a new name. The facility now will go by the name Hope Hospice. Hospice executive director Nancy Ackley said although the name has changed, service would stay the same. “We felt we needed a name that reflected our broader service and reflected the values of our facility,” Ackley said. She said the hospice’s board of directors spent 18 months working on a new name for the facility. Founded in New Braunfels in 1984 to provide terminally ill patients with physical, emotional and spiritual sup Children’s Museum homeless New Marketplace owners plan to demolish buildings For the second time in six years, The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is looking for a new home. Located since 1996 in the New Braunfels Marketplace, the museum is being displaced by new owners who plan to demolish two freestanding buildings on the inside corners of the retail development on Business 35. The museum’s anticipated move comes just six months after it relocated from retail space in the main building to one of the separate buildings. That move, completed in January, expanded the museum from about 7,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet and provided adequate floor space to increase programming and improve exhibits. The larger space also allowed the museum to better accommodate a rapidly growing audience. The Children’s Museum served more than 50,000 children and their families in 2000. Visitation figures for January through June 2001 show 32,000 have visited the Museum and an approximately 5,000 have been served through outreach events such as Schlit-terbahn’s Shots Across Texas, the Texas Folklife CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Lauren Bunch, from left, and Josh and Taylor Mueller give a check-up to Francis Weaver Tuesday at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum. Festival, the Week of the Young and KIDSMART. At the same time, the Children’s Museum membership list grew this year to nearly 900 families — about half from New Braunfels and half from surrounding communities such as Seguin, San Marcos and Northeast San Antonio. The Marketplace, under the ownership of Charter Oaks, came to the rescue in 1996 after the museum lost its lease in the Courtyard Shopping Center. Since then, the museum has enjoyed a short-term arrangement that calls only for payment of utilities and upkeep. On July 2, the Marketplace was sold to Dallas-based Wiggins Co. Although there is no exact date for demolition, Owner Pat Wiggins has told the museum he would like to proceed soon. Museum Executive Director Juke Swift said Wiggins has submitted a lease proposal to the museum to move to another space at the center She said substantial moving costs and the prospect of paying retail rent will force the museum’s board to investigate other possible options. In the spring, the museum completed a long-range planning study that prompted a search for a permanent home, offering security (either a long-term lease or ownership) and allowing for future growth and expansion of exhibits and programs to meet the needs of a growing community and surrounding area. The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is one of 215 such facilities in 42 states and five continents. At least 80 more are in the planning stages. Public hearings could be moved to civic center By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer A large crowd at tonight’s public hearing on annexation might lead New Braunfels City Council to move the meeting to the civic center. “We might move it to the civic center, but only if there are so many people that the overflow room is full, people are standing in the hallway and outside,” Mayor Stoney Williams said. Tile meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. after a 5:30 p.m. executive session to discuss hiring a new city manager. Council plans to conduct the hearing in council chambers to televise it, Williams said. The city uses cable channel 21 to televise meetings. 'Hie first annexation hearing took place July ll, and the city council plans to meet in the Preiss Heights, Mission Valley Estates and T Bar M subdivision areas July 24. The two areas were the only two where residents petitioned against annexation. Under state law, council is required to conduct the public hearings. The first will take place at 6:30 p.m. at 1600 River Road at the New Life Fel lowship Church. The second will take place at 113 Mittman. The targeted areas include: • T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; • Hunters Creek; • Northwoods; • Common Street/Orion Drive; • Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road; • Stonegate; Southbank; • Klein Road and FM 1044 and • Schmucks Road/Engel Road. • Preiss Heights, off Loop 337; • the area that includes the McAlister Ranch off Texas 46 South, across 46 to the Guadalupe River. port, the facility has since grown and now offers services in Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall and northeast Bexar counties. This past year, the facility served 430 patients in New Braunfels and surrounding communities. “Our celebration is of a physical space but also of the love and compassion in service for 17 years,” she said. Those who attended the ceremony received a commemorative poster, featuring a picture of a quilt depicting the name change and a quote from poet Emily Dickinson. The quote states, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.” The 50 hospice staff members and others attending the ceremony celebrated the new 10,000 square-foot facility Hospice calls home. The stone house next door to the new facility, which was previously used as hospice’sSee HOSPICE/5A GBRA, trout group strike compromise By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Water from Canyon Lake might reach parched Hill Country communities sooner than expected. Attorneys for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited reached an agreement late Tuesday evening, ending the stalemate between the two organizations over releasing more water from the lake. GBRA general manager Bill West said the agreement is similar to the agreement it has with Comal County. “In years when water is in excess of 909 (feet above mean sea level), we will commit to release it and spread it out through the full summer months, and that will benefit the (trout) fishery,” West said. He added, “When we don’t have a full lake, there’s no obligation.” See COMPROMISE/5A Jury in driver’s seat at close of race trial By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SEGUIN — A Guadalupe County jury deliberated for 2-1/2 hours Tuesday without deciding whether the River City Raceway is a nuisance to its neighbors. Visiting District Court Judge Don Morgan sent jurors home at 5 p.m. with instructions to continue deliberations at 9 a.m. today. Jurors must decide whether neighbors of Todd Zampese’s 1/4-mile drag strip are harmed by noise, smoke and other impacts of the facility, which opened last year off Santa Clara Road at Interstate IO. Six neighbors who want the track shut down have sued Zampese. If jurors decide the race See TRIAL/5 A Collision sends two to hospital K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Two Canyon Lake residents were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio following a head-on collision at Business 35 and Loop 337 that occurred at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said this car was struck by a one-ton pickup. Firefighters worked for more than half an hour to cut the woman from the car. She had broken legs and other injuries, officials believe. Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...6-8B Comics........................ ......2B Crossword.................. ......5A Food...................... .....1B Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Sports......................... ..7-8A Today........................... 2A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 Fire destroys Seguin hardware store Photo submittedAn unidentified man walks past the fire-destroyed ruins of the Vivroux Hardware store in downtown Seguin. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SEGUIN — A landmark building and the historic downtown business housed in it since it was built in 1904 have been heavily damaged in a Seguin fire. Vivroux Hardware, an antique store, coffee shop and upstairs apartments in which four people reportedly lived were all ruined in a fire of unknown origin that was reported at 4:40 a.m. Tues day. Nobody was injured, and the people who lived upstairs and behind the hardware store were evacuated. Vivroux Hardware has operated for 132 years on the site. The two-story building destroyed Tuesday was built in 1904, according to Seguin Public Information Officer Rafael Aviles. John Winn, chief investigator for the State Fire Marshal’s Office, said late Tuesday afternoon it was too ear ly in his investigation to say just what had caused the fire. “I don’t see anything that looks suspicious,” Winn said. “We have a crane and some engineers coming to make sure it’s safe to go in there. We think the facade is all right, but we’re going to have to lift the roof up to get underneath. We can’t see anything with the collapse.” Aviles said officials tentatively believed the cause of See FIRE/3A ;