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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY New Braunfels semi-pro football players love the game - See P. 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 286 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845 March 21, 1995 New Braunfels Herald 4 I. 0 no 16 1 o zoo -> o ■■■■ Ll ET s 7 iv, I r.,,; ,    '    9    .1.    8 7    111 r- k o (.j p | i c u ,,. r —7 t. VANDEU. rift 18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, June 10,1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of CAROLYN SCHOENHERR IVO!. 142, No, 150 Inside Crossword.............. .....................3A Opinion................... .....................4A Church Life...... ...............BA, 7A Comics.................. .....................BA Sports Day.............. ..............9A.10A Obituaries,............. .....................3A Wheels.................... .....................2B River conditions Guadalupe River..............574 cfs Comal River................  340    cfs * cfs - cupic feet per second St.immtiscli Birthday wishes from the Hsrald-Zeitungl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Howard K. Athas, Burton Ellig, Dina Men-sik, Dorothy Orsman, Theresa Pestk, Betty Peterson, Sybil Ready, Anna Zubkova, Chester VV. Bonfield, Joseph R. DiCas-tro, Thomas E. McMurry, Jennifer Lauren Timmermann (Saturday, I year!), Gene Hada, Clara Dietert (Saturday), Marilyn Schmidt (Saturday), Sandra Young. Saturday jackpot worth $28 million AUSTIN (AP) - No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twicc-wcckly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials say. The numbers drawn Wednesday night from a field of 50 were 8-16-20-26-38-40. There were 332 tickets sold with five of the six numbers, with each ticket worth S899 There were 14,696 tickets with four of six numbers, with each winning S73 And there were 223,396 tickets sold with three of six numbers, with each worth an automatic S3. Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Saturday night’s game will be S28 million. Women’s Center to conduct training The Comal County Women's Center will conduct training for Hotline Volunteers on Monday, June 20, at 6 p.m. The Women’s Center staffs a 24-hour crisis hotline for women w ho have been battered, abused or sexually assaulted. This hotline is forwarded to your home. Anyone interested in being a volunteer can contact the volunteer coordinator at 620-7520. Christoph Brauna Reunion sat June 28 The annual Christoph Braune Reunion will be held at I p.m. June 26 at the Albert Kypfcr Hermann Sons Uxige (three miles east of 1-35 on Hwy 46) in Clear Springs For more information, call William Braune at (512)-353-8349 or Gloria Reininger at (210) 372-0566 Church hosting garage sale Saturday The First Church of the Na/arenc will host a multi-family garage sale Saturday, June 11 from 8 a rn to 4 p m The garage sale will be held at 1465 1-35 cast in New Braunfels (past Rodeway Inn.) No early birds, please.Suunmtisch Clht New Braunfels Herald Zeilung invites its r faders to submit items to Stammtisch According to I bd Sophie nburg Arc bt vt s and members of tbs German community, "Stammtisch" represents a silling place for members of the community lo gal lur and share the days happenings We invite you lo share with us.)This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint A Long Day’s Work Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Kermit Jonas has bosn repairing cars for Becker Motor Co. for more than 46 years. Jonas stays on the job for 46 years By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Forty-six years ago 16-year old Kermit Jonas wiked into Becker Motor Company looking for a job. Little did he know that the local auto dealership would be the place he would carv e out his lifelong career. Jonas, 62, of New Braunfels, has has worked in the service department of Becker Motor Company, located on Seguin Street, since 1948. He started in the service station that was in front of the dealership and later worked in the shop washing parts and helping the mechanics. He later began working in the paint shop where he sanded and pinstriped cars. ‘‘George Becker told me I ought to go back to school, and I said ‘No I think I ought to stay here,’” said Jonas. After working in the paint shop Jonas moved to the pans department Later he went to Korea for two years to serve in the war. He returned in 1954 and began working in the shop again. ‘‘I have worked everywhere except in the office,” said Jonas. Jonas has had offers from other companies who have tried to entice him to work elsewhere but he has been content working at Becker “The people I work for arc good people,’’ he said. “They are very understanding” Jonas has seen many employees come and go at Becker He is the last person in the shop who was one of the original employees who began working at Becker after the company moved to its current location in 1947 He said he knows of one other employee w ho has w orked there 56 years. The newer employees are surprised w hen they hear Jonas has worked at Becker for 46 years “Very' seldom do you hear of anyone that goes to any place for 46 years There arc people in San Antonio who have worked in places for five or six years and they arc the older people There is a very high turnover,” he said. “I feel if you work for somebody good you might as well stay because w herever else you go might not be as good,” he said. “The saying is that the grass is always greener on the other side but when you get there it’s not so green ” As far as retinng, Jonas said he might consider doing so in three years after he reaches 65. However being a mechanic is something he has had an inclination to do since he was a baby. “My mother said when I was bom that she laid down a hammer and two other things I picked up the hammer. She said that means I was supposed to be a mechanic," he said. Jonas and his wife Lillie live in New Braunfels Hot, dry weather causes surge in local electric use, NBU officials say By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writtr Electric use appears to have increased due to the hot weather, according to Roger Biggers, assistant general manager of New Braunfels Utilities. “We can’t tell what the use is on the meters. All we can look at is the system-wide load. The system load has hit 137 megawatts. Last summer it peaked in August at 138 megawatts and last year in June it peaked at 131 megawatts. We are six meg watts ahead of June of last year," said Biggers. The peak for the total year was reached in the winter months and was NBU system load reaches near last summer’s peak 143 megawatts Biggers is warning residents who “let the thermostat inch down on their air conditioners” not to be surprised when their bills are received at the end of the month In order to keep bills dow n Biggers suggested people keep fans in the house to circulate air and to try to live with it a little warmer in the house He also suggested people stay out of Krueger takes oath of office in Washington By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor New Braunfels resident Bob Krueger was sworn in as the new United States Ambassador to Burundi Wednesday, at a Washington D.C. ceremony attended by a large group of Texans and Administration officials. Those in attendance included I See Krueger speech, Page 4A Secretary of the Navy John Dalton and Deputy Secretary of Energy William White. At his swearing in ceremony, Krueger said he and his family are excited about the new challenge he faces as ambassador to Burundi. He also stressed the importance of helping Burundi stay on the course of democracy. “We need now to help other, newer democracies to develop this faith in their own people,” he said. “Faith that they can produce. Faith that each life has value. Faith that they can forget the past, see beyond external differences, and form a united nation. “Our family feels blessed to be sent to this country at this time. Like our own nation just over a century ago, Burundi is, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, striving to achieve a ‘just and lasting peace.’” Burundi is a Central African nation, which border Rwanda, where more than 200,000 people have been killed in fierce ethnic warfare in recent months. The civil war between the Hums and Bon Voyage party to be held Tuesday A Bon Voyage party for Bob Krueger will be held Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Forke Store at Conservation Plaza. Conservation Plaza is located at 1300 Church Hill Drive in New Braunfels. The party is open to the public. For information, or just to let her know that you plan to attend, call Gloria Sasser at 620-0864. Tutsi s began when the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a mysterious plane crash. However, that ethnic turmoil has not spread to Burundi. Burundi is a mountainous nation of about 6 million people, with subsistence agriculture accounting for most of the economy and per capita cash income of about 70 cents per day per person. Krueger is a former Democratic U.S. Representative, and Texas Railroad Commissioner. He was also appointed U.S. Senator, but was defeated in a runoff election by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison. Krueger, his wife Kathleen and their two daughters, Manana, 5, and Sarah, 4, arc expected to leave for Burundi shortly. Mayor calls for citizen input on city charter the heat because when they come back inside they usually want the house to be cooler, The increase in tourists can also cause an increase in the system-wide load, according to Biggers. He said when air conditioner and other electrical appliances arc being used in every condominium and hotel and motel room in town an increase is going to occur Concerning w ater use Biggers said there is no need for rations at this time “Everything is still okay (Mi the water side It hasn’t been hot long enough and water use hasn’t gotten to be excessive,” he said By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels Mayor Paul Fraser is calling upon local citizens to submit recommendations to the council concerning changes to the city charter. Fraser has scheduled a public workshop to discuss the matter on Aug. 22. Citizens are invited to become part of the process by cither speaking to the council and'or submitting written comments to city staff members or council members “I am making sure there are copies of the charter available at Dittlingcr Memorial Library and, of course, copies are available at the Municipal Building,” he said. Fraser has sent letters to city council members asking them to begin reviewing the charter so that necessary changes can be made. Rather than appointing a committee Fraser has opted to have the council discuss the matter and to accept public input. The deadline to have amendments placed on the ballot is November The deadline is part of the reason Fraser suggested the council do the work instead of appointing a committee “I believe it has got to be done by the council rather than pushing it to a committee We are capable of doing this ourselves,” he said. The mayoral election and redistricting committee is requested to submit its recommendations concerning the election of the mayor at large and redistricting changes by Aug. 8. This committee has been meeting for several months. The election of the mayor was put before the electorate in the form of a proposition in 1992 The proposition stated that the city should pursue changing the method of electing the mayor and that any amendments to the charter should be made at the earliest time permissible by law. The proposition was overwhelmingly approved by the voters. The earliest time permissible is May 1995 since charter amendments can only be placed on the ballot every two years. TTic last changes to the charter were made in May 1993. Another matter that might be brought before the electorate is the portion of the charter that requires candidates for city council to own property in New Braunfels Fraser explained that this requirement has been determined to be unconstitutional and federal law overrides the local charter. The matter has been placed before the electorate in the past and voters opted not to have the requirement stricken from the charter “Excluding mayoral and redistricting changes I do not think there will be a lot of changes just administrative work,” said Fraser. Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop members to receive refund checks this month By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Members of the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative will be getting some pretty large refunds later this month. The cooperative is a non-profit enterprise, so profits collected from telephone customers that are not reeded to maintain and operate the u> op are given back to customers at the end of the fiscal year This year GVTG wall give its members back more than $2 5 million The average check tor the 25,550 members who received telephone service from GVTC last year will be $108.83. The amount of each check will depend on how much the member spent on phone service during the past year The more spent, the higher the refund check. GVTC covers eight telephone exchanges around Canyon Lake and six around Gonzales. This year’s distribution of refund checks will begin at GVTC’s 39th annual membership meeting to be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center Wednesday, June 22. The meeting starts at 7:30 p m Registration starts at 5 pm. Curtis Bremer, chairman of the board, will report on the financial condition of the cooperative, and five directors will be elected to the board GVTC’s annual meeting fills the Civic Center, so arrive early. The Capital Credit Refund checks cannot be picked up from any of the GVTC offices, there are too many to distribute. Checks not picked up at the membership meeting on June 22 will be mailed out in the days following the meeting. For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 or Metro 6i I ._______.__________.    ...      -......... ..____________ ;