New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21.1995
Letters to the Editor........
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; done Thwing Georg, Cathy Downs, Colleen J. Sanchez (10th - Monday), Bethany Diaz (Monday), Annie Valveree, Victoria Nieto, Alfred Heiligmann (Saturday), Archie Schmidt (Friday), Darla Grace (Saturday), Mary Har-borth (Saturday), Betsy Hobgood, Don Logan, Marge Miller, Edward Wendt, BUI Hightower (Monday), Audre Lokey (Monday), Harry Myers (Monday), Ray Schoch (Monday), Jennie Searight (Monday), Gladys Way (Monday). Happy Anniversary to Ronnie & Valerie Moore (IO years!).
German vet is member of Galveston sub club
HOUSTON (AP) — Never mind that the latest president of the Galveston chapter of a submarine veterans group served in the German navy during World War II.
T nominated him and everybody said ‘Great!’ and voted Tom Poser in,” said Del Sprague, a fellow member of the Submarine Veterans of World War Q Galveston chapter.
"There are a tot of U-boat sailors in the national organization, but he’s the only one who’s a chapter president” Poser, 71, of Houston said he and his fellow veterans understand that they were just doing their jobs, even if it was for warring sides.
“We did our best for our countries at the time,” said Poser, whose true given name is Heinrich.
Decades later, as the 50th anniversary of D-Day approaches, former foes say they put their hostilities behind them tong ago.
Some even regard Poser as a model American.
‘He’s accepted citizenship and he’s entered into it and he's become very active as a citizen,” said Galveston chapter member Phil Murray, who served on the USS Sailfish and Tarpon. "He’s a good person."
Pit Kochis certified by county judge
Pat Kochis, an independent candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, has had an application for placement on the November ballot certified by County Judge Carter Casteel.
City council seeking volunteers for board
At its regular meeting on June 27, the New Braunfels City Council will be considering the appointment of one member to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Advisory Board.
The position is for a partial term ending May 12,1996.
Applications are available in the office of the city secretary and must be delivered to the city secretary's office by 12 p.m., Wednesday, June 22.
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50 years ago at Normandy
Local veterans talk about their experiences of 50 years ago at Normandy.
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Jason Owens sets his sights on the Naval
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Judge orders plan to reduce pumping
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A federal judge’s order to develop a plan for pumping limits in the Edwards Aquifer region continues the battle to reduce pumping of the aquifer.
U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton III Friday ordered his appointed water monitor, Joe G. Moore, Jr., to develop a plan by Aug. I to reduce pumping from the Edwards Aquifer in order to protect endangered species in the Comal and San Marcos Springs.
Kenneth Heels of New Braunfels, a board mem
ber of the Edwards Underground Water District, said the plan submitted would really be an interim plan until a more concrete authority could be established to control or monitor pumping or alternate sources of water could be found, especially for San Antonio.
‘To have a plan is certainly very much a necessity to maintain spring flows. The EUWD has had a demand-management plan since 1992 that would limit pumping in the three counties (Comal, Hays, Bexar),” he said.
Heels added the EUWD plan calls for pumping limits by percentage when the aquifer reaches a certain level. Finding alternate water sources are
vital he said, especially with pumping limits concerning San Antonio, whose only source of water is the aquifer. New Braunfels receives most of its water from the Guadalupe River.
The judge denied a request by the Sierra Club for an immediate emergency water plan but did order the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete a recovery plan for endangered fountain darters like those in Comal Springs.
The ruling came in response to ongoing pleadings in a suit originally filed by the Sierra Club and other parties in 1991. In November of 1992, Bunton ordered federal and state agencies to devise plans to deal with pumping of the aquifer.
Legislation resulted in the creation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority but that authority has been blocked by the U.S. Justice Department in response to a request by the Mexican-Ameri-can Legal Defense and Education Fund which wants an elected authority.
Bunton appointed Moore as water monitor earlier this year to devise a plan for reducing pumping of the aquifer.
The aquifer level stood at 668.7 feet on Friday. The all-time high was recorded in June of 1992 at 703.2 feet.
The record low came in August of 1956 at 612.9 feet.
Mission Valley moves division to new location
By MARK LYON
Herald Zeitung photo by JENNIFER ROMPEL Jeff Johnson of New Braunfels wracked his truck and trailer after a tire blew out on the trailer near the Gruene Road exit off Loop 337 Friday at approximately 3 p.m. The blow out caused Johnson to lose control of the vehicle on the Guadalupe River bridge. Tree stumps loaded on the trailer covered the bridge after the vehicle struck the railing on the bridge. Some debris fell into the river. No injuries were reported. New Braunfels Police responded to the accident.
Council, airport advisory board to meet in workshop Tuesday
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels City Council and the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Advisory board will meet in a workshop this week to update board and council members on the sub-lease for the airport During its last meeting, the council opted to table a resolution that would approve the sub-lease with B&H Aircraft Sales Inc. from Engine Components Inc. until after a workshop could be held. The resolution was tabled because some of the language in the lease was complicated.
The sub-lease was approved by the advisory board
before being sent to the council
The sublease does not include everything that EC! subleases from New- Braunfels Aero Services Inc.
ECl is retaining some of the hangars out of the sublease to use as they wish.
The council has requested the meeting be held at 6:30 p m June 7 in the New Braunfels Municipal
Dobrowolski said the workshop is also being held because there are several new members on both the council and the board
Another meeting concerning city business will be held at 7 p m Tuesday The meeting concerns the
city-wide ordinance which restricts the use ami placement of objects in the public space right-of-way The entire sidewalk downtown is considered public space
Two years ago the Downtown Association and the Main Street Advisory Board held a meeting to discuss the ordinance
At that time the boards determined the ordinance should be left as is but decided to review it again in two years.
The meeting to discuss the ordinance will be held in the Entex Conference Room on the corner of South Casten and Coll Street. All downtown business owners, property owners or managers are welcome
Mission Valley Textiles Inc., announced Friday that it will move its Creative Textiles Division to a 35,000 squarc-foot building on Austin Street in New Braunfels.
Mission Valley president Bill Morton said the move will take place in about four to six weeks after some refurbishing work is completed. The building, which once housed Comet Hosiery Mill, has been leased by Mission Valley for five years at which time the company can either extend their lease or purchase the building.
Morton said that growth in the creative textiles division in the last several years caused the department to become cramped inside their mill, located behind the factory outlet stores.
‘‘In terms of sales, this division earned S2 million worth of business two years ago and did $7 million the very next year, an increase of over 300 percent,” he said. “Next year, we’re anticipating being able to do SIO million in business "
“We’re bursting at the seams,” said Judy Waring, director of employee relations at Mission Valley “We’re growing by leaps and bounds. We can hardly keep up with it.”
Hie division sells to many retailers, large and small, across the region “The growth has already taken place,” Morton said. “There’s 35,000 square feet in this building It fits this pan of our operation. It has a manu-factunng area and a warehouse.” Morton explained that the creative textiles division takes roll fabric from the Mission Valley mill and puts it into a smaller form that can be sold into the retail market The building, located approximately three miles from the main Mission Valley plant, has been vacant for the last five years
Sesquicentennial celebration to kick off with ringing of the bells event
(EDITOR S NOTE - This is the first in a 19-part series detailing each of the 19 events scheduled for the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial. All future stories will be acca ny tarted by a schedule of events.)
By CRAIG HAMMETT
City leaders plan to ring in the New Year in January with one of the city’s most prominent and favorite objects, the carillon in the Comal County Courthouse.
The ringing of the bells along with chimes from several local churches
highlights festivities for New Year’s Eve on the downtown plaza All of this will serve to kick off the celebration of the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Year.
The four bells have become a mark of special occasions in New Braunfels Although they ring each day, they play programmed tunes each quarter of the hour. On special occasions, mainly July 4th and Christmas, other tunes can be played
“We took them oft' for one night and people called complaining. They recognized the bells weren’t ringing, even in the middle of the night,” said Herb Caldwell, Comal County Maintenance Director
The bells came to New Braunfels through local patriarch Walter Faust, Jr The bells were built in Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell, in 1975 On Jan I, 1976, they were dedicated to Mr Faust’s mother, Lottie Pfeuffer Faust.
Mr Faust played the bells for many years before he decided to “retire” and give the chores to some
one younger Jeff Stratemann was a piano student of Mr Faust’s and learned to play the bells under the watchful tutor To play them manually is not such an easy task The four bells vary in size and thus, vary in tone When played manually, the person must push the electronic button that controls each bell and each note “Each button plays a note fbi each bell You can play a chord if you push several buttons at one time,” said Stratemann Stratemann has played several times and says a person must practice
in order to play
“It is really hard to play any particular musical piece You have to play by car Sometimes, you make it up as you go,” he said.
He said he and others took piano lessons from Mr Faust and those remain the few who know how to play the bells.
“He decided to teach me how to do it because he was concerned nobody would know,” he said “He wanted someone to carry on the tradition I guess ”
Stratemann said he can play several Christmas tunes, including “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night.”For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 or Metro 606*