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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAYU.S. Olympic Festival events    -    See 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN* 501 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels 410    MOI6    10/22/99 SO-WEST nICEDPUPLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903 16 Pages in one section ■ July 28,1993 Herald -Zeitung 93    Serving    Comal    County    ■ Home of LUCILLE DUOMA Vol. 141, No. 178 INSIDE Weather/water ....2 Opinion..............4 Sports................7 Sports.............10-12 Classifieds..........13-15 STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Hope Garza, Brandon Rife, Chad Eswards, Debbie Williams, Kart MU-twede, Richard Guiderrez Jr., Juan Leyba Jr., Jeff Robertson, Roland Leos (belated), Happy Anniversary to Fidencio A Isabel Luna, George A Ida Berger, Roland A Crystal Leos (belated), Kirk A Rhonda Smith (belated). Rivercrest Night Out slated Aug. 3 The Rivercrest Heights Neighborhood Association will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with a meeting at Rivercrest Park. Decorations should be in place by 6 p.m. for judging. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a special visit from Toby Tuber." Everyone should bring a lawnchair to share the fun and good times. Texas Tech send off scheduled Aug. 1 The annual hamburger cookout, hosted by the Comal County Chapter of the Texas Tech Ex-Student Association, will be held in honor of all freshmen attending Texas Tech. All family and friends are invited to attend Sunday, Aug. I at the Riverwalk on the Wurstfest grounds. Social begins at 5 p.m. with the meal and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is SS for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund. RS VP by calling 629-2163 (Mike Doherty) or 625-7551 (work) or Peggy Morris at 625-9638. NBHS band begins practice Aug. 2 The New Braunfels High School Unicom Marching Band will begin summer band practice on Monday, Aug. 2. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 2*4,7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Frosh, color guard); Aug. 5-Aug. 6,7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - all band members; Aug. 9-13 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. -all band members. Please call the NBHS Band Hall at 625-6271 for more information. CHS registration now underway Canyon High School students must pick up registration packets July 27 through 29, 1993 at the Canyon High School office between the hours of 8 a.m. until 12 Noon and I p.m. until 4 p.m. Student registration begins with seniors reporting Aug. 2-4 for pictures and registration. Juniors will report Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. until noon and sophomores will report Aug. 3 from I p.m. until 5 p.m. Freshmen will report Aug. 4. Students with last name A-L from 8 arn until 12 noon and last name M-Z from I p.m. until 5 p.m. Registration for students new to CHS will be Aug. IO and 11 at the Canyon High School office. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites Us readers to submit items to Stammtisch^ According lo the Sophten-burg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community lo gather and share the day's happeningy. We invite you lo share with ut.) Printed on recycled paper ’ UT VI IC you to & 104 years young! Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Thekla Helnemeyer celebrated her 104th birthday yesterday with family and friends. Thekla was born July 27,1889 in Comal County to John and Emma (Marschall) Pehl, the oldest of seven children. She married Alvin Helnemeyer on Oct. 27,1909. She attended Comal County School. She Is a member of the First Protestant Church and worked for years at Cater Frock and at the Mlsson Valley Mill. She has five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Pictured are Nora Albin, Al Helnemeyer, Ema Dickey and Thekla (center). Environmental studies of Comal Springs continue By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has resumed their study of the Comal Springs environment with the help of a nationally known environmental modeling expert, Thomas B. Hardy. “I started working on fish-related impacts and assessments back in the ’70’s,” said Hardy, the Director of the Institute for Natural Systems Engineering at Utah State University. “This is not a typical system, the critters are different than what we usually deal with, but generally we’ll end up with a model that will predict for different levels of the spring discharge, (for example), 400 cubic feet per second because of the given aquifer level and we’ll have a model that will then predict given the channel’s geometry— the shape of the bed — how deep the water is at any point in the channel down to the Guadalupe River. “Then we’ll have another model that knowing the geometry and the height of the water, will predict how fast the water is moving at any point in the channel. Another model that for those conditions and what kind of day it is what the temperature is expected to be going down the Comal River. “And then there will be another model that takes all that information together and based on the knowledge about the relationship between different kinds of habitat in the river and how many different kinds of fish are there, we’U have a relationship that will allow us to evaluate for this depth, for this velocity, for this kind of vegetation, this is how usable this environment is for this organ ism — primarily the darter. “The idea is that if you add up all those usable areas, whether they are good, poor or indifferent, you can get a relationship by looking at IO cfs, 20 cfs, 30 cfs and then you can look at what flow levels are really necessary to provide adequate amounts of habitat for the organism you’re trying to protect.’’ Hardy said there’s also a certain amount of “art” involved in predicting what might happen under certain conditions. He has been studying one river system for 17 years and he says there’s still a lot he doesn’t know about the fish in that river. The study of the Comal Springs environment has only a couple of years to make a determination of what it will take to protect the endangered species there, but Hardy was pretty impressed with the local habitat. “Forget fish,” said Hardy. “Look at the people and the economy of New Braunfels in terms of the recreation base that’s here and the beauty of this river — that in and of itself to me would be enough to get people to mobilize and say ‘we want our water.’ Still he acknowledged that managing water resources is difficult. “It’s complicated — how big will San Marcos get, how big will this city get, how big docs the metropolitan area of San Antonio get before you get to the point where you really shouldn’t have anymore people in this particular area. “In some cities in the West there arc no new water caps, no new housing starts—this is as big as it’s going to get. If someone moves out someone can move in, but those are hard decisions.” Mayor Rudy Seidel proclaims Aug. 3 as ‘National Night Out’ By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel officially proclaimed Aug. 3 as National Night Out in the City of New Braunfels. National Night Out is an evening designated as a time for residents to get out and meet neighbors in order to develop ways to decrease crime in neighborhoods. Director of the Safe City Commission Mike Grist said 13 neighborhoods in New Braunfels are planning parties. He added that some are being planned in the Canyon Lake area. Persons participating in National Night Out are asked to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and meet their neighbors. During the parties, participants are asked to set up a neighborhood watch group. “It’s a good time to get organized,” said Grist. “Neighborhood watches are the best deterrent to crime in America.” ■ National Night Out, Aug. 3 ■ 13 local neighborhoods are planning to participate. This is the fifth Night Out in New Braunfels. Grist said 16 block parties were held last year with more than 2,500 people participating. “The point of the whole thing is to get to know your neighbors and work through the rest of the year through the neighborhood watch,” said Grist. Members of the Safe City Commission will be visiting parties and will award a trophy to the community with the best participation. The trophy is also awarded according to the party’s theme, originality and events. Officials from the police department and fire department will also be visiting the block parties. National Night Out was started IO years ago by t he National Association of Town Watches. There are 8,700 communities and 26 million people participating in the program all across the United States. Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Row, Row, Row your boat The U.S. Olympic Festival events at Canyon Lake continued yesterday with the Women's Rowing competition. The Women's Eights West Squad (shown) won the Gold Medal. Grocers say Kroger closing not having an effect yet By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ Plans for closing the New Braunfels Kroger store are still under way and are continuing smoothly, according to company officials. According to New Braunfels Kroger Manager Dan Grabsky, the store is currently selling out its merchandise. Grabsky said the sale is going well so far. Starting today Kroger is expected to slash its prices in order to sell more Kroger selling out its merchandise through final days of its inventory. Officials at other grocery stores in the area said they have not seen much of an increase because of the Kroger closure. “We haven’t seen a substantial increase,” said HEB Manager D’Ann Jones. “We’ve had the normal increase for summer.” Officials at the Handy Andy Supermarket said they had not seen any increase. Jones said HEB is preparing for an increase in customers when the Kroger store lias completely closed down. She said the store is hiring additional staff members and recently purchased and installed 16 new registers with updated equipment. James Bueche, manager of the Wuest’s Grocery Store, said the store is still experiencing its summer increase but has not seen much of an increase from the closing of Kroger. “There is not much of a change now. There will be some increase after it (Kroger) is closed down,” he said. Bueche said the Wuest’s stores are currently stocking up on merchandise and are currently at full staff. All of the Kroger stores in the area are expected to close by Aug. 15. Manager of Consumer Affairs Gary Huddleston said the company has discontinued perishable items at these stores. However, he said the stores will continue to sell most items up until the closing date. "We are winding down,” he said. “When MegaFoods takes over, they will run a very fine store for our New Braunfels customers.” Remodeling in the store will not begin until after the closing date The store will be closed during portions of the remodeling. Concerning employees Huddleston said it will be up to MegaFoods to decide what workers will be retainedFor subscription, news, or advertising information, call 625-9144 ;