New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYSee Comal County All-District feature page - 7
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Archie Schmidt, Amy Bright and Ursula Ehman.Old Timers Rodeo set for weekend
The Comal County Sheriffs Posse is hosting the Old Timers Rodeo this weekend at the Sheriff s arena located at 1-35 South at the Solms Road exit.
Members of the Sheriffs Posse Drill Team will perform Friday and Saturday nights, with a Salute to Texas.
Junior Auxillary applications
Students, age 14 to 18, who are interested in joining McKenna’s Junior Auxillary program should call 625-9111, ext. 355 forbore information and to leave an address where an application can be mailed.Publicity seminar set for June 14
The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council will sponsor a publicity seminar for local non-profit organizations with the Herald-Zeitung on Monday, June \4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library, located at 373 Magazine.
Managing Editor Mark Lyon and news editor Gary Carroll will be on hand to talk and field questions concerning procedures in getting information into the Herald-Zeitung.
For more information, contact Sharon Neuhaus at 625-6570.
Rhythm on Parado
This year's extravaganza is nearing curtain time and features more than 150 dancers from around the area including dancers from the New Braunfels Dance Studio.
The performance will take place in the New Braunfels High School Auditorium on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 each and can be reserved over the phone by calling 625-9892 or 629-4697.Psf vaccines
The Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a pet vaccine on Saturday, June 5 at the fire station, 915 Potthast Drive from 2:30 p.m. - on. Shots will be given by Dr. Kent Fischer and will cost $5 each.
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Tuesday blaze claims home
Wasserfest on tap tomorrow
Herald-Zeitung photo by John Hvseth
Braunfels fireman sprays down the smoldering remains of a house at Faim-to-Msrket Road 482 near the Comal Elementary School where fire struck at approximately 250 p.m.
Burglars cover tracks by setting home on fire Wednesday afternoon; no one injured in blaze
By ROSE MARIE EASH H«r«ld-Z*ttung
A fire which broke out in a home on Farm to "Market 482 has been determined to be arson by Comal County Fire Marshal Milton C. Willmann. The blase struck a two-bedroom home near the Comal Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p m,
’It was a burglary set on fire to cover up the evidence," he said. 'There was some property stolen. The fire departments did a good stop. Intentionally-set fires bum quick ana hot"
“It was fully involved when we arrived — already going through the roof. Half of the house is gone and the other half heavily damaged," said Schertz Fire Chief Johnny Woodward.
Although actually in the Bracken Fire Department^ jurisdiction, the alarm came through a 911 call to the Schertz Fire Department who dispatched two units. The New Braunfels Fire Department sent one engine and the battalion chief according to Fire Inspector Diane Leifeste.
“At 2:32 p.m. we sent two pumpers and a tanker and Schertz had two pumpers there," said Bracken Fire Department LL Bill Anz. “No one was hurt and the fire is still under investigation"
The owner of the home, Randall Redford, said that a neighbor had called him at work in San Antonio and told him about the fire. No one was in the home at the time. Redford said his wife and daughter were in townat the time of the blaze.
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Children’s Museum fund drive targets $50,000
By ROSE MARIE EASH Harald-Zsttung
The 1993 Annual Fund Drive for the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is in filii swing.
“This month we are launching a cam paign seeking corporate sponsors for $1,000 or more that well honor during the month with an open house evening for their employees," said Carolyn Burrow. “(Our) goal is to be able to develop new exhibits and hopefully be able to expand our exhibit space for new exhibits and programming for the Fall."
The museum’s fundraising goal is $50,000 in corporate sponsorships from local businesses. The hinds will be used primarily to add more programs and expand the facility — not for operating expenses.
"We’re doing events to generate our own income like Taste of the Town and the New Braunfels Triathlon," said Burrow. “Those two major fundraisers and our admissions and memberships provide more than 80 percent of our budget. This is really the first time we’ve ever attempted to
raise this kind of money — we’ve never had more than $10 to $15,000 in dona tions in a year towards our operating support. It’s mostly been on earned income."
The museum is a major attraction in New Braunfels — something most local businesses may not know.
“Close to half of our membership is from San Antonio," pointed out Burrows. “They drive down here to New Braunfels and Tm sure they eat lunch here and do other things while they're here in town. I know a lot of times mom will sneak over to Texas
Craft Works while dad stays with the kids. It’s definitely good for local businesses."
Since visitors to the museum include school children from the surrounding twelve counties, businesses outside of the immediate area are also welcome as corporate sponsors, Burrows said “We anticipate reaching 75,000 people with our programs this year,” she said. “About 65 percent is from San Antonio and about 25 percent is from other olaces and ten percent local."
To donate, call
New bai may call for testing of older drivers
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hers Id-Ze Kung
A bill under consideration in the U.S. Congress mayu require anyone 65 or older to appear in person for re-licensing and undergo testing to assure they are still capable of driving.
Locally, many citizens feel the proposed legislation is reasonable.
“They should be required to take a physical, but not necessarily a driving test,” said Jim Cooney, at the New Braunfels Senior Citizen Center. “I’ve seen people out here that can’t walk 50 feet that are driving. Their eyes might be fine, but they’re not able to walk and if they're not able to walk, they're damn sure not able to drive."
Such legislation has been called age discrimination so it may never come to pass. However, there’s no question that the insurance companies have taken notice of statistics such as an Insurance Information Institute report referenced in a Time 1989 article on the subject which said that drivers 75 and over are more accident prone than all but those under 25.
According to the Time article, older drivers suffer from the normal aging process — poorer sight and hearing, slower reflexes and decreasing attention spans. Those things in turn, the report said, contribute to accidents caused by failing to yield right-of-way, wide left turns and backing accidents — faults said to be typical of older drivers.
Cooney's comments on the issue indicate that most agree that age does affect the ability to drive safely.
“When you see an old man or an old woman creeping along out here on crutches and canes and walkers and then they get behind that wheel and start driving — their reflexes are not like they should be," Cooney said.
“Some 65 year-olds do need (to be tested)," said Shirley Keller-man who works at the Senior Citizen Center. “And there’s some 80 year-olds that can drive very well. I know that where my moth er-in-law lives she’s driving and she’s not capable.”
According to a 1992 Better Homes and Gardens article on driving and aging, some of the warning signals that age may be affecting your ability to drive safely are:
■ Cars seem to stop suddenly in front of you.
■ Cars suddenly come out of nowhere.
■ Roads are confusing.
■ Gaps in traffic are harder to judge.
■ Sharp turns are difficult.
■ Night driving gets more difficult
■ You miss signs more often.
Older motorists can adjust their driving patterns to accommodate many of these problems by changing the times they are on the road and staying in familiar areas.
Free outdoor concert begins weekend celebration tonight at Landa Park
Wasserfest makes its big splash Friday with a free outdoor concert in Landa Park.
Mogan David and the Grapes of Wrath will provide the music from 8 p.m. to ll p.m. to start off the two-day water festival that celebrates local water-oriented recreation.
A barbecue cook-off, various water events and contests and lots of live entertainment can be enjoyed by the entire family on the banks of the Comal River.
The grounds open on Saturday morning at IO a.m. Six different groups will entertain throughout the day. Those attending can also enjoy lots of food — especially barbecue — drinks, arts and crafts, and special events for children under 12.
Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes will perform starting at 9 p.m. in the Wursthalle. Admission is $8
■ WHAT - Sixth Annua! Wasserfest Celebration
■ WHEN - Friday (8 p.rn.-on), Saturday (10 a m. -on), Sunday
■ WHERE - Landa Park, Wursthalle
at the door or $6 in advance. Tickets may be purchased at the Wurstfest office in Landa Park. All other events during Wasserfest are free.
Wasserfest is a project of the Wurstfest Association and the funds generated are used to support a variety of community projects including the Senior Citizens Center of Comal County, the Hummel Museum, scholarship programs, Little League, Boy Scouts and a student exchange program.
For more information call 625-9167 or 1-800-221-4369.