New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Wednesday, July 24,1985 3ACommission to bring opera
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff Writer
About two-thirds of the Arts and Cultural Commission’s special projects fund will go to the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council to bring a taste of the opera to town.
A local children’s dancing troupe, Compania de Danza Folklorica, may receive most of the remaining funds when it submits a financial statement to the Arts and Cultural Commission.
Five percent of the city’s local share of hotel-motel room tax revenue has been allocated for the city’s two museums. Another 20 percent was set aside for the arts commission.
Of that 20 percent, the Arts and Cultural Commission has earmarked 15 percent to be divided among seven arts-cultural groups.
City Council approved the spending of the remaining 5 percent on special arts projects. The money will be
distributed following a quarterly review of special funding requests.
Tuesday, the Arts and Cultural Commission reviewed the first two special projects. City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi told the group that last year’s payment for this period was about $3,300.
So, Commission members Tuesday worked on the premise that they would receive the same amount for the months of April, May and June.
Because hotels pay the city’s room tax at the end of the quarter, the month will not be available until the end of the next month — in this case, in August.
Elaine Felder, president of the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, asked for and received the promise of $2,000 from the fund.
The Texas Opera Theater will give three performances for children, one for adults, and one career-awareness seminar for high school students here in the fall.
The Texas Commission on the Arts pledged half of the fee — $2,250; the Arts Commission special fund will pay $2,000; and the Arts Council will raise the rest through admission charges.
Elizabeth Elliott, managing director of the Circle Arts Theatre, said children who go out of town to attend the opera “would not get the same understanding of, preparation for, and enjoyment of’’ the opera.
The Texas Opera Theater will provide music and opera information to music teachers in the New Braunfels and Comal ISDs, Sts. Peter and Paul, and the Christian Academy.
The Arts and Cultural Commission, which received only two requests for money, reviewed the request from Janie Cantu, president of the Compania de Danza Folklorica.
However, the dance workshop Cantu wanted the money for has already begun. Therefore, she said,
any money given to her group by the Commission would be used for costumes and equipment for the group.
Cantu explained that the dance group, composed of about 21 children, performs for local and out-of-town parties, weddings, and churches. Church performances are free, while the group asks for donations from other audiences.
Commission member Toby Lohr suggested giving the Compania $1,000, then the Commission agreed to review other forms of funding and expenses for the dance group before allocating any money.
Members of the Arts Commission asked Cantu to return at the Aug. 21 meeting with financial information about her dance group.
“What kind of funding you have coming in and what kind of expenses you have going out,” said Chairman Mike Walker. “And a request for costumes, what you think you need.”
Parks Board outlines yearly projects
Michael Rosser has fun at Texas Lions CampArea boy enjoys camp
KERRVILLE A handicapped child from New Braunfels, enjoyed a special two weeks at the Texas laons Camp at no cost to the parents Thirteen-year-old Michael Rosser had the opportunity Ut swim, horseback ride. fish. study nature, play sports and go on an overnight campout
The Texas Lions ( amp is completely accessible to wheelchairs and its programs are adapted especially to serve children who are visually impaired, hearing impaired and
physically handicapped “Our camp's educational
programs inspire campers to grow and to succeed in becoming
productive adults Campers are
encouraged to give themselves and help others. It s important they learn they don't always have to receive help Thev can give it too.'’ said
Glenn Crawford, the camps executive director.
All camp activities are well supervised by a trained staff of counselors with a high counselor to camper ratio; one counselor to every three campers.
The Texas luons Camp is located on 500 acres of the Texas hill country near Kerrville. The camp holds four two-week sessions for physically handicapped children ages seven to 16
Hie New Braunfels Noon lions Club w as Rosser's camp sponsor.
The Texas Lions Camp is a nonprofit organization which has served more than 20,000 handicapped children since 1953. It is funded by contributors interested in providing challenging programs for handicapped individuals.
Members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board hope by Aug. 6 to have a clearer picture of park projects and what they will cost after a Tuesday afternoon workshop with park architects.
Parks board members spent the two-hour workshop listening to San Antonio architects John Meister and Carlos Mendez, who outlined projects at five parks which may included in the city’s fall bond issue election.
Calling the project list a “rough draft,’’ the architects reviewed each park’s improvements and what they will cost.
Each of the five board members present will study one park and its proposed improvement costs to study-before the Aug. 6 meeting.
• There s a lot of cuts that can be made." said Board Chairman Carl Fox after the architects’ presentation, which had a bottom line of about $3 million.
Meister told the board that his firm is “looking to you to find out what to cross off. delete, and tailor. This is a rough draft."
The five parks in question are Cypress Bend. Ernst Eikel Field, Haymarket Park. HEB soccer complex, and Camp Comal.
Architects presented cost estimates for soccer fields at the HEB complex, softball fields at
Camp Comal, and tennis courts at Cypress Bend and preliminary price estimates for volleyball and basketball courts, picnic tables, fencing, concession stands, water fountains, trash cans, benches, and bleachers at all the parks.
“We’ve got a lot to digest,” Fox said. “I think if we were to study this, at that time (Aug. 6) we could hash all of these things out.”
The city is planning a bond issue in the fall to help pay for parks projects,
and improvements to public buildings, streets and draingage.
Included in the parks bond issue proposal may be the renovation and conservation at the golf course for which a cost estimate of about $90,000 already has been discussed.
NB man gives funds to state
NEW BRAUNFELS (AP) - A 78-year-old man has given the Texas treasury $3,000 because 50 years ago the state helped his mother, a widow with four children, to survive with old age assistance.
“I saved up a little bit from Social Security and I have a little homestead that's all paid for,” Richard Besch said in an interview from his hospital bed, where he is being treated for a diabetic condition.
"I thought it over, and figured I haven’t many more years to live. It was a gift to me then, so I returned it," he said.
His mother, Emma Besch, became eligible for the state Old Age
Assistance Program in 1936 at age 65, beginning at only $13 a month. The payments continued for 20 years and reached $42 a month by the time she died in 1956.
Besch received a thank-you note from State Treasurer Ann Richards saying the gift “honors your mother and you; you are a special person
and a good citizen."
Daniel Dietert, executive vice president of MBank in New Braunfels, said Besch had thought about making the gift for almost a year. Acting on Besch’s instructions, he sent a bank draft for $3,000 to the state treasury.
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DRAW THE WEATHER SUBMITTED BY: Todd Carter, Fifth Grade, Carl Schurz
A weak upper level disturbance over West Texas prompted scattered thundershowers today across southwestern sections and the south plains in the wake of storms that caused flooding and lightning damage rn Fort Woith
Thunderstorms on Tuesday dumped up to 4 6 inches ot ram on parts of Tarrant County Authorities blamed lightning for a two alarm blaze rn the CandleRidge area Of Fort Worth
School officials said severe damage was sustained at Arlington Heights High School s thud floor Workers were installing a new roof at the school when the storm struck officials said
There was massive damage" to the school's third floor and some damage on the second floor, said Charlie McCafferty. fire department spokesman
He said an amateur radio operator reported seeing lightning hit the duple* owned by Ciaudine Kocouik at about 10 40 am and flames erupted moments later
McCafferty sad damage to the building was estimated at $97,000
Lightning also struck a construction crane the National Weathei Service said
Scattered thunderstorms were expected to continue through Thursday in North Texas, the weather service said
High clouds covered much of the stale s northern half loOay while tow clouds dotted parts of the south and coastal waters Winds were sooth at about IO mph statewide
Low temperatures were generally in the 70s with cooler readings in Southwest Texas Extremes were SS degrees at Marfa and 84 at the Corpus Christi Naval Au Station
Lows in North Texas tonight were ex peeled to be in the low to mid 70s with highs Thursday in the 90s
A chance of thunderstorms were predicted m South Texas and the far west through Thursday Highs should be rn the 90s except uppe' 80s hi tire upper coast and near IOO hi. the southwest
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West Texas Partly cloudy through
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Thursday mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms High around 90 South wind around IO mph
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