New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYFormer SVHS coach’s death ruled a suicide.-See Page 6.
The old LORA building.
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jeffrey Seeger (12 years), Elsa Garza, R.H. Timmermann, Gina Gomez, Paul Arismendez, Julao Madera, Minerva Tienda, Nancy Polka, Linda Schlater, Ginni Smith and Colleen Tiller. Happy anniversary to Atwell and Hilda Scholl (44 years).
River and aquifer Information
Comal River -294 cubic-feet-per-second, uo 4 cfs from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.60 feet above sea level, down .06. Guadalupe River — 400 cfs
Rehearsals for ‘Sisters in Suffrage’ will take place on Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, Conference Room AB. The event will take place on Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Participants will take part in the parade, the show and enjoy the picnic and music provided until 8:30 p.m. There are small parts available; anyone interested, call 608-2100.
NARFE to moot at Seniors Conter
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666, will meet at the Senior Citizens Center, Friday, July 21 at 9:30 a m. There will be a film.
Missions game to benefit museum
The Children s Museum in New Braunfels invites baseball fans to New Braunfels night at the San Antonio Missions Sunday, July 30 at 6:05 p.m. Tickets are $4 general admission and are available at the museum or Vivroux Sports Call 620-0939 for information.
City Council seeks new member for committee
At its Aug. 14, 1995 meeting the city council will be considering the appointment of one member to the Community Development Advisory Committee. This is a partial term ending Dec. 13, 1996. Applications are available in the office of the city secretary and must be delivered to the city secretary’s office by noon, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1995.
Concerts in tho Park series continues
Carlene Walker will perform free at the dance slab in Landa Park Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as the summer Concerts in the Park series continues.
Bring a lawn chair to sit on, but no glass containers are allowed.
Eagles Auxiliary meets
The Eagles Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18. Officers meet at 7 p.m. Social and anniversary of 43 years. All charter members and Past Presidents are to be honored.
Hepatitis B vaccine
Hepatitis B vaccine is now available to all adults at the Comal County Health Department. For fee schedule and hours, call 620-5595
Target opens New Braunfels store
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Target workers don’t use the word “customer” — they say “guest” instead. Target opened its doors and its arms to New Braunfels guests with a bang last night.
“Target emphasizes guest relations,” employee Vicki Barfield said. “We try to make them feel at home.”
Target’s “house-warming” party last night included the Comal County Community Band, a free buffet, cake and drinks, free gifts, and IO percent off of every purchase.
The store also gave New Braunfels some presents — $2,000 for the Hummel Museum, $2,000 for the Children’s Shelter, and $500 for United Way. “We also have an annual drive for the United Way,” Target Team Leader Leigh Ann Thompson said.
Target has already been instrumental in making the second Habitat for Humanity home a reality, from donating funds and materials to labor from area employees.
Target uses die term “team leader” in place of “manager.” “Target has brought over 150 jobs to the community,” Thompson said. “Nobody does as much as Target for the communities,” she said. Target turns back 5 percent of its profits to help communities, the largest amount of any retailer, a sign posted in the store said.
Last night’s guests included County Judge Carter Casteel, Mayor Paul Fraser, chamber Blue Coats, city council members, Hispanic chamber of commerce members including Councilman Juan Luis Martinez, and a host of other local dignitaries.
“I think it can be said how much
Taylor Scriven and her mom Lori look through children’s books in the new doors to the public for the first time last night.
we welcome Target,” Casteel said. “We’ve seen evidence already of how they give back to the community,” she said.
“I hope that my remarks are on Target when I say that this will be a tremendous asset to the community,” Fraser said.
Some Target team leaders have moved »o New Braunfels from elsewhere. “We’re thrilled to be here,”
said team leader and new resident Dave Richey. “It seems like a very nice town with wonderful people,” he said.
All tiers of Target employees seem to work under the team concept. “Target seems more respectful of us and of the guests than other stores,” employee Crystal Bnggs said. “Through the time they trained us we also helped to get the store stocked so we learned to the whole store.”
Herakl-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Target store, which opened Its
Employees rotate shifts between cash registers, stocking and other customer service jobs so they will know how the whole store operates and be better able to serve customers, Briggs said.
“They show you how to treat guests respectfully and how to handle the intense situations that sometimes come up,” Bnggs said.
Getting the Target store up and run-
Shoppers get their first look at the new store, located in Walnut Square. There will be a fireworks display Saturday night.
ning wasn’t all work, Thompson said. “We still managed to have some fun — we even went tubing together,” she said.
Target will offer New Braunfels customers more variety and items they haven’t been able to get elsewhere in town, customer Linda Schlather said.
“I love the shoe department,” another customer said.
“There will be better price competition,” customer Cymantha Plant said. “There’s always something here that you can’t get at other discount stores.”
Target is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to IO p.m. starting today. As if last night’s opening wasn’t big enough, the “Grand Opening” comes Sunday, complete with a fireworks display on Saturday night.
River outfitter goes the extra mile to keep the Guadalupe River clean
By DENISE DZIUK
Local river outfitters are taking steps to clean up the Guadalupe River and make it an enjoyable place to spend the hot summer days.
Rockin ‘R’ River Rides issued a challenge to its employees to clean up the river. The outfitter’s top four employees were allowed to pick three team members to help them pick up trash. The four teams then drew for sections of the river. The sections covered the first crossing to the Gruene Bridge, and were the areas that are the “most traveled and most littered,” said Rockin ‘R’ Owner Zero Rivers.
“There’s such a large number of tourists, you could easily spend an eight hour day picking up trash off the river,” he said.
The trash had to be collected on Monday and Tuesday. The bags were then weighed and the team collecting the most won. The winning captain received a $50 bonus, and everyone on the winning team won between $35 and $75 dollars. The amount the team actually wins is based on the efficiency of their efforts, said Rivers.
He said a manager will go down the river and rate the areas from A to B-, depending on how good of a job was done. The prize money will then be based on the efficiency grade they receive.
“I expect the ratings to be at the higher end of the scale because all they have to do is pick up the trash on the river and the banks,” said Rivers.
Rivers said the contest is a way of giving the employees more incentive to get out and pick up trash. He said Rockin ‘R’ is co-sponsored by the Water Oriented Recreation District to help clean up the river. WORD provides some funds to pay employees to clean up and the outfitter adds to that out of their own funds, said Rivers.
Rockin ‘R’ River Rides is not the only outfitter working to improve the quality of the river. Jim Dunman, owner of Jerry’s Tubes, said his company was in a joint contest with Rivers several months ago. However, he feels the efforts would be more successful if they were aimed at
‘There’s such a large number of tourists, you could easily spend an eight hour day picking up trash off the river.’
— Zero Rivers
getting the community involved.
“These guys usually work six days a week and the last thing they want to do on their day off is get on the river and pick up trash. We need to get the word out to the public,” said Dunman.
Dunman said he sends out eight to ten people every week to pick up trash. Like Rivers, Dunman pays these volunteers their regular salary for cleaning-up. He said he also occasionally runs contests for his employees.
“Sometimes I run contests with them on the clock to give them even more of an incentive. It’s the most effective way,” said Dunman.
Nan Ebert, manager at Gruene River Raft Company, they have been sponsoring clean-up trips every week for as long as she can remember. She said they usually send out three or four boats with two people in each one. She said her groups are responsible for a specific section of the river, just like Rivers and Dunman are.
John Guenzel, owner of Rio Raft Co., said they approach the litter problem by trying to prevent it. He said he feels a lot of his customers do use the mesh bags provided by WORD, because the trash bins are full a the.river exits.
“Basically, it Ypublic education we’re working on,” he said.
Eben said the mesh litter bags provided by WORD have been of some benefit. However, not everyone uses them and that’s why river cleanups are necessary.
“I’ll admit that some of our customers are not as responsive as others, but, some do use them and that helps,” she said.
Help available to make homes energy efficient
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments) wants to help people in New Braunfels reduce their energy bills — and the help is free. All people need to do is qualify and apply in time, said Community Development Director Penelope Church Doherty.
The application deadline is Aug. 31.
"There are 20 spots available and we want those to be New Braunfels homes,” Doherty said.
AWAP-Plus aims to lower energy costs by providing the following for people who qualify:
■ caulking and sealing cracks and holes in the house’s structure
■ weatherstripping of doors and windows
■ repairing and/or replacing windows or extenor doors
■ insulating attics
■ incidental repairs to preserve and protect the weath-enzation materials installed.
Home-owners and renters can apply for AWAP-Plus. Renters need to have wnttcn permission from then landlords. The program is specially geared to help the elderly and the handicapped.
AWAP-Plus (AACOG Weathenzation Assistance Program Plus) is not a home repair program, Doherty said. AWAP will not do roofing, plumbing, electrical
Annual Income 1995
$9,338.01 - $13,073
25,338.01 - 35,473
28,538.01 - 39,953
lf your income falls at or between the federally established income guidelines shown below, then you may qualify.
repairs or house leveling.
People who think they might qualify for AWAP-Plus assistance can pick up an application at the Community Development office at 424 S. Casten or call Doherty at 608-2 IOO. “We will be happy to assist anyone in filling out an application,” Doherty said.
Applications are also available from David Werley at New Braunfels Utilities.
Artist shows his work
Robert E. Carlin recently displayed his work and gave a speech at a New Braunfels Rotary Club meeting.
Carlin is a life-long aviator, who has become an aviation artist since his retirement from commercial and military flight. Standing next to Carlin (at left) is Bill Biggadike, who sponsored the presentation.
HeraldZltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALLClinton trades principles for civility, and comes up a loser. See Cal Thomas, Page 4A.