New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Braves no-hit Astros in Tri-County action - See_
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Bonnie Uhr Denson, Felix Sr.
Vales, Samantha Desfosses, Marilyn Schmidt, Karen Reininger (Sat), Julie Arm Cortez (SaL), Jeremy Alan Aguirre (Sat.) Valerie White (Sat.), Margaret Armendariz (beaked.) Happy Anniversary to Leon and
Cub Scouts make challenge
The Cub Scouts of Pack 119 are challenging other Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout Troops to march more people than they do in the 1993 March for Jesus.
The non-denominational march for Christianity will start in the parking lot of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. with a praise rally followed by a march around downtown New Braunfels at IO a.m. on Saturday, June 12.
The pack will be carrying red heart-shaped signs during the event.
Journey to Bible Times set for Bracken UMC
Bracken United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible Camp ‘Journey to Bible Times” is scheduled for June 14 through June 18,9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the church located at 20377 Famfto Market 2252.
The Bible camp will offer children ages 4 through sixth grade the chance to share the experience of gaining an understanding of God’s plan.
For more information call 625-1849 or 651 -6928.
Class of ’42 reunion set for June 11
The New Braunfels High School class of ’42 will hold its monthly get together at 6 p.m., June 11. Meet at the Oaks Shopping center by 6 p.m.
For more information call Jack Ohlrich 625-2495.
Always Wanted A Riding Experience, Horses with handicapped riders, needs volunteers to help.
Training classes are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at AWARE Therapeutic Riding Center, 1708 Center POint Rd., San Marcos. For more information call 512-75-HORSE.
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Walk for Jesus slated for tomorrow in New Braunfels
More than one thousand area residents will participate in tomorrow’s “March For Jesus” to show faith and unity in Christianity, New Braunfels March coordinator Wink Kelso said.
“In the wake of numerous tragedies involving religious extremists, Christians are anxious for people to see that the mainstream of Christianity in America is made up of mil-
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lions of ordinary people whose faith motivates them to serve their neighbors and community in love,” Kelso said.
New Braunfels residents marching tomorrow will be joined by over a million others in marches in 350 U.S. cities and 40 other nations
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Two unidentified members of the New Braunfels Hazardous Material team work to remove an accidental chemical mixture yesterday at Eden Home.
Accidental chemical mixture causes scare at Eden Home
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff writer
An accidental mixture of detergent and bleach in the wrong proportions brought the New Braunfels Fire Department out in force lo Eden Home on Thursday.
“It could have been major, but it ended up being minor/’ said Assistant Chief Elroy Fricsenhahn. “They had added some soap to a chlorine solution and it caused a chemical reaction. Their employees had moved it out to the parking lot and we isolated the parking lot.”
Fire engines, Emergency Medical Services and the Community Hazardous Material Coordinator, Ernie Hassold, turned out to insure the safety of employees and residents.
According to Friesenhahn, the 30-gallon barrel of “smoking” solution was diluted and capped. Eden Home officials were thai told lo properly dispose of the solution.
“It was simple because it was in a barrel and we didn't have to clean
anything up," added Fricsenhahn.
Friesenhahn said six employees were sent lo the hospital to check on the effects of exposure to the fumes generated by the chemical reaction. He said two ar three of the employees had some respiratory symptom.
Rev. Rodney W. Wells, Executive Director and Administrator of Eden Home, verified that six employees were sent to McKenna Hospital to insure that there were no respiratory problems. No residents were affected.
“Our employees came back with no side effects," said Wells. “We’re very grateful that when something like this happens, our fire department has that kind of training. They were very efficient,"
Wells said he had talked to the Texas Water Commission who assured him that the weakened solution posed no threat, but Eden Home would have the solution disposed of in the manner prescribed by the City of New Braunfels for hazardous waste.
New Braunfels16 Pages in two sections ■ June 11,1993
TI____14Herald1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of Samantha Desfosses
Vol. 141, No. 146
Canyon Lake arson suspect In custody, Investigation to continue
By GARY P. CARROLL News Editor
Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said one of the suspects involved in the nine suspicious fires in the Lakeview Park Subdivision near Canyon Lake has been arrested and remains in the Comal County Jail in lieu of $300,000 in total bonds.
Dean Robert Weaver, 30, of Canyon Lake, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in connection with five of the mobile home fires in the subdivision. Since January there have been ten fires in the subdivision — nine of which Willmann
Weaver was arrested as the result of a coordinated effort by the county fire marshal’s office, Comal County Sheriffs office and the state fire marshal’s office, but Willmann said the investigation is not over yet
“We’re still following up some leads," Willmann said. “We’re still continuing the investigation and looking into some leads.”
Weaver was magistrated by Precinct Four Justice of the Peace Howard A. “Curly" Smith. Weaver has two bonds of $75,000 each, and three $50,000 bonds.
County commissioners decline to act on exemption adoptions Thursday
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff writ ar
Comal County Commissioners chose lo pass on the adoption of exemptions to the Comal County Subdivision Regulations at Thursday's Commissioners Court session.
“We got some input from the county attorney on one of the exemptions so they decided to back off and talk about u a little more," said Tom Homseth, county engineer. “There's going to be a special meeting at 9:30 ara., Wednesday, June 14, to discuss it."
According to Homseth the exemption in question relates to permitting allowances for the subdivision of a decedent’s property.
Homseth reported on the status of improvements to the Saltier tributary saying that a preliminary engineering report should be complete within about a week.
He said no firm timetable for drainage improvements nor any exact determination of what will be done is yet available.
Commissioners authorized the sheriff to request bids for a computer-aided dispatch service for the Comal County S hen lls Department.
“ITI be on the cutting edge of technology." said Sheriff Jack Bremer. “Il’U be the envy of every police department in the area.”
According to Bremer the proposed system will track the location of all deputies and provide data and statistics not available now. The increased efficiency of the system will also keep manpower requirements to a minunum in the dispatch office.
The system will be purchased with drug seizure monies and 911 has contributed $20,000 so that Comal County can be the test site for the new system according Brr ma
NEFT) seeking to establish fire department museum
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff writer
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Assistant Firs Chief Elroy Friesenhahn stands beside a hose cart dating back to 1886 that was one of the first pieces of equipment the fledging volunteer fire department had. The New Braunfels Volunteer Fire Department Is the third oldest fire department In the state. There were four such carts placed strategically throughout the city.
According to New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker, a tradition is something that you do but you don’t remember why — like painting fire engines red.
It’s obvious why some traditions are worth cherishing, however. Chief Baker, Assistant Chief Elroy Friesenhahn and Darren Brinkkoeter, president of the New Braunfels Volunteer Fire Department are sounding an alarm calling for the restoration of an old New Braunfels tradition — the third oldest fire department in the state. Anyone interested in helping them develop a New Braunfels Fire Department Museum is invited to a meeting on June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Central Fire Station.
“We’d like to invite all interested parties, especially any retired firefighters, inactive members of the volunteer fire department, anyone who might be interested in helping us restore the fire trucks and equipment and the apparatus room,” said Baker. “What we’re going to try to do is work on the trucks, restoring them and preserving them, and also try to get the apparatus room back as close to the original look as we can."
Baker said they are looking for people who have old fire fighting equipment they would like to donate or loan for a Fire Station Museum. Any one who remembers what old fire equipment and fire stations looked like, especially in New Braunfels, and who would be interested in devoting one or two evenings or a Saturday a month to restoring the old fire station and equipment are also on the wanted list “Thai’s one thing that New Braunfels is known for — its history and the preservation of its history,” said Baker. “We really feel like we have a unique thing here. It’d be nice if for the Sesquicentennial we could get the major pieces of equipment running.”
There’s a 1931 American LaFrance ladder truck. It was in service until 1982 when the fire department got the 100-foot aerial ladder track used today. The 16 ladders on the '31 track are ground ladders that had to be removed from the truck and set up on the
Assistant Chief Elroy Friesenhahn remembers when the oldest truck, the 1925 Roo, was used.
“I remember when this truck used to still run,” said Friesenhahn. “I was a young man then, but I remember we used to park it right here (in the left bay) because you couldn’t take a sharp turn — you had to wail till it cleared the station. You usually ended up getting it on the grass (across the street). There was a track on the grass so you could gel it all the way out.”
“You could only take a right-hand turn,” he said. “You had to stand up on the streets to steer it, but on the expressway it was like driving a Cadillac. As long as you didn’t have to turn they were fine.”
The Reo has a cemrifical pump in the front and it was called a speed wagon because its main purpose was to take the hose for the firefighting according to Brinkkoeter, who provided a history on the old fire tracks.
Neither of those two tracks are operational today. The goal is to get both trucks running again — they need engine and transmission work. The
third truck, the most “modem” one, is operauonal today, thanks to the volunteer firefighters. It’s used for parades and pumper races.
“It’s 1950 Ford chassis truck,” Brinkkoeter said. “It has a 750 gallon pa minute pump and it’s fully operational today.”
Chief Baker spoke of his memories of the truck when it was in service.
"When I came to work here in the late sixties that was the prime engine in Station Number 2 on Coll Street by the waler iowa,” said Baka. "We used to brag about this truck versus the newest truck because it could drive circles around all the otha tracks It was the young firefighters dream id get in this truck."
“That was when they stood on the back and held on," said Friesenhahn “You hoped you could hold on That was the old iradiuon — to ride on the back of the track. They won t let us do that anymore because it’s too dangerous.”
But there is a tradition you can help save. Be pan of the effort to save some New Braunfels history — go to the Fire Station Museum meetingFor news, advertising and subscription information, call 625-9144