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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Opinion.  ................................4A Sports Day................................1-3D Marketplace............................1-1    OB Dear Abby ...............................3A Stammtisch birthday wishes from the Herald-Zehung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following )irthday wishes to: Steve Aeurln, Nykole Preuss, Javier lAarez (9 years — belated), Andrew Dominguez (10 years — belated) and Sara Woelfel 12 years on May 30) Happy anniversary wishes to: Harry and Marguerite Zoelter 150 years), Earl and Von Rae rhomas, Darryl and Meredith Howotny, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Smetanka (40 years), Charles and Marjorie Plumey-er (40 years), Ron and Brenda DeStefano (Monday) and league and Juan Armendariz 30 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. EaOtfolJP Expect good weather for today, Monday Believe it or not - no chance of rain in the forecast for today and Monday. Friday night’s forecast for rain never materialized, leaving the outlook for today full of sunny skies and moderate temperatures. Today’s forecast calls for highs in the 80s with a north wind of 10 mph. Tonight should cool to the mid-60s and then Monday is expected to be sunny with a chance of near 90-degree highs. River flow keeps Omena Bridge closed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the flow of water from Canyon Lake to 4,000 cubic feet per second Friday. The increased flow will cause the Gruene Bridge to be closed. City and OBRA officials were unable to estimate when the bridge will be re-opened. However, they expect the bridge to remain closed through the weekend. Some Interstate 35 exits still closed Work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz. That was the good news. The not-so-good news is that the only exits for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 2252 in west Schertz. Canyon Lake sets up Zink memorial fund The Tavis Zink Memorial Fund has been established at Norwest Bank in Sattler. Zink, 16, died Monday in a one-vehicle accident on Texas 46. He was a sophomore at Smithson Valley High School. For those wishing to make donations, the account number is 701-449-519. For more information contact Brenda Adair at Norwest Bank at 964-2265 or Janis Davis at the Canyon Lake Times Guardian at (210) 907-3882. Qrand Cypress taking donations for victims Grand Cypress Apartment Homes is taking donations for victims of the tornado that struck Jarrell Tuesday. Grand Cypress is taking donations for clothes, toys and canned foods for the victims. The apartment complex is taking donations through Wednesday at its office at 453 Elliot Knox Boulevard. Call Diane Grimm at 643 -6400. By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Members of two veterans groups stood as still as the Confederate and World War I soldier statues on the Main Plaza Friday morning, while up to IOO people gathered for a rededication ceremony there of more than 30 plaques and monuments within the city. The monuments were restored for $30,000 that came from surplus funds from the sesquicentennial celebration of the city of New Braunfels two years ago. The money, which was generated by sponsorships, fund-raising drives and donations, was kept in the Braunfels Foundation Trust by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. The 65-year-old World War I soldier received a new musket and his Confederate partner received a new bayonet from the project. The New Braunfels Chamber formed a Sesquicentennial Steering Committee which decided to refurbish the memorials in a project that began in January of 1996. County, city and business leaders attended the short service that was held on the traditional Memorial Day. Pastors gave dedication prayers and leaders joined the audience in the singing of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a somber moment, audience members said, and a fitting use for the surplus money. “It’s not just the monuments, but what they stand for,” said Herb Skoog, chairman of die Steering Committee who was instrumental in starting the project. The project included refurbishing and repairing of eight monuments, 21 plaques and the creation of four new plaques in the plaza, Landa Park and elsewhere within the city, officials said. The project also included encasing a Braunfels Castle flag, donated by citizens of Braunfels, Germany in 1970. The flag will be hung on a wall in the Civic Center, organizers said. Inside See Doug Toney’s column — Page 4A Living in Germany for one year, Julia Carrano was able to get around town on city-owned, hike-and-bike trails that eliminated the need for automobiles. The 17-year-old junior at Canyon High School had a good life, she said, one that mixed recreation and the practicality of transportation. Returning to New Braunfels narrowed her hiking ventures to Guadalupe River State Park in western Comal County. Because of her desire to see more trails inside New Braunfels city limits, Carrano signed up to serve on a subcommittee that will prov ide input on parks and recreation for the dratting of the city’s Master Plan. Most of the 35 members on the subcommittee have graduated from college, worked in the business community, gotten married and had children. Despite her youth, Carrano said she would add her comments about the way she would like New Braunfels to be when she reaches that age bracket. “I think they’ll be happy to have younger opinions,” said Carrano, one of six high school students on Master Plan subcommittees. “I’d like to tell them of things I’m interested in. My opinion is shared by many other students.” Monday night at the Civic Center ought to look like a mini-summit as nine subcommittees representing 337 people from all walks of life w ill gather, officials said. It marks the start of an I K-month process to write the Master Plan that the city’s C omprehensive Plan Steering Committee is overseeing The city hired a planning consulting firm, Wilbur Smith Associates of Houston, to provide logistical and technical assistance during the process. The firm’s lead consultant Michael McAnelly will Turn to Master plan, Page 3A Meeting A kickoff meeting of newly appointed subcommittee members will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave. Graduation elation Herald-Zeituna photo by Michael Darnall Several Graduates from Canyon High School show great emotion after the graduation ceremonies Friday night at Canyon Den. For a look at the three area high school graduations, see Page 6D. New Braunfels tsjTJSSu. *    SUNDAY W    W    4    f:L    fS'    re• rn    —    *'M Herald-Zeitung 26 pages in three sections ■ Sunday, June 1, 1997    Serving    the    Comal    County    area    for    more    than    145    years    ■    Home    of    Harry    and    Marguerite    Zoeller Subcommittee members meet at Civic Center Monday By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Most tubers heed warnings of high flows By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Emergency situations on the Guadalupe River this weekend remained at a minimum despite high flows released from Canyon Dam, police and emergency medical services personnel said Saturday evening. The U.S. Corps of Engineers increased the release rate from Canyon Dam to 4,000 cubic feet per second Friday. Officials reported no drownings or major incidents despite the second highest release rate of this year - just 1,000 less than a weekend release from one month ago. Because of the potential for flooding, the corps raised the release rate to 3, HK) cfs and then increased it to 4,000 cfs Friday to allow for expected rains. Rains didn’t fall but corps officials still maintained the rate to drain the lake level from 912.7 feet above mean sea to its target of 911 feet, officials said. Corps officials said they would reassess the release rate Monday. Friday’s increase caused city officials to block off Gruene Bridge and send out warnings to area media to avoid tubing on the Guadalupe River. Outfitters said prior to this w eekend that they would conduct guided-raft trips only and shuttled many of their customers to facilities on the Comal River where flow s were below 300 cfs. Local law enforcement and emergency personnel were bracing for hazardous conditions as the weekend drew near but expressed relief that at least three incidents they responded to on Saturday did not escalate. People still were riding tubes and taking unguided raft rides on Turn to Tubers, Page 2A Herald-Zeitung photo by Tom Enckeon Shaman Ochaum, Native American spirituality expert, shows members of Comal County Unitarian Universaliat Society a diagram of a medicine wheal that aha later instructed them to make. Universalists explore religious topics Society members hear variety of views By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The soothing smell of burning sage wafted through the small sanctuary of Faith United Church of C hrist in New Braunfels as about 25 people gathered to hear a much-anticipated speaker. Most in the group had finished their evening meals and were making small talk as they sat in bright red chairs that formed an intimate circle. A chalice with a lighted candle inside was placed in the middle of the circle - a symbol of enlightenment -for this regular meeting of the Comal County Unitarian Universalist Society. Peering across the gathering, the faces of two teen-agers, several men and many women expressed enthusiasm for the weekly time together. For more than a year and a half, the assembly has invited eclectic and sometimes controversial speakers to ofter their views on a variety of topics. This night was dedicated to Native American spirituality expert Shaman Ochaum, who traveled from Austin to teach members about the healing powers of a medicine wheel. The next day they planned to have Ochaum teach them how to build a wheel on one of the members’ land. Dressed in a turquoise top, blue pants and blue outer shirt, Ochaum donned multicolored, beaded bracelets, a necklace resembling a white buffalo and a sterling silver eagle necklace. The audience sat still with intense fixation on the speaker as she talked of her spiritual journey, alternating between a hushed and raised voice throughout her presentation. The medicine wheel, she said, was a symbol of the unity of human origin that provided healing to those who embarked on its journey. “This medicine wheel is more than a Turn to Universalists, Page 10A Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Andrew Taylor, Skip Tosue and Sue Piel of American Graffiti look at the finished product of their work at the plaza. American Graffiti refurbished the statue that commemorates all of the lives lost in the American Civil War. New Braunfels rededicates monuments Master plan brings volunteers to tableVoters need to exercise their rights in upcoming NBISD election. See Page 4A ;