New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol 143, No 153
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Linda Pinson (50 years), William Max Welborn, Elizabeth L. Martinez, Ashley Micole Banding (six years), and Monica Vargas.
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.95 feet, up .03.
Guadalupe River — 581 cfs
Concert in the Park
Country band Texas Nights will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as the Concert in the Park Series continues.
The concert is free. Bring lawn chairs. No glass containers allowed.
Farmers Market every Friday
Comal County farmers market is held every Friday at 5 p m. at ttie county fairgrounds.
Thrift shop sale all month
Teen Connection Thrift Shop summer clearance sale, all items are half off during June. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a m. to 3 p.m. Purchases support the programs of Teen Connection:
Boys Emergency Shelter, Girls Emergency Shelter, Educational Assessment Center and counseling services.
The thrift shop is at 1414 W. San Antonio Street.
Register now for Business Trade Show
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reminds trade show exhibitors that they must register and pay deposit by Thursday, June 15 to be a part of the seventh annual Trade Show to be held at the Civic Center Sept. 12 and 13. After that time, registration will be opened to the public.
Starlight Gala coming
Reservations are now being taken for the American Cancer Society’s third annual Starlight Gala. Starlight in the Tropics is the theme for this year’s gala, which benefits the local unit of ACS. The gala will be held June 16 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, the public is invited.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. with Gatelli Strings providing music for mingling and during the seated dinner, which will be served at 8 p m. Dancing to the music of Twilight will begin at 9 p.m. and last until midnight. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is KENS Sportscaster Lisa Burkhardt. There will be a silent auction and games throughout the evening. Gift boxes and honorariums may be purchased before the Gala or during the event. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the winner of a one year (or 15,000 mile) lease of a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban, donated by Don Maxwell’s Chevy New Braunfels For information call 629-3338.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tom Talcott puts up screens to keep pigeons out of the building during renovations.
Schmitz Hotel To Be Reborn
Historic building being renovated into downtown apartments
By DENISE DZIUK
Work is underway on the old Schmitz Hotel on the Plaza and it will soon be ready for people who love history and want to be surrounded by it. The old hotel is being renovated into apartments and retail spaces, while still maintaining the majority of its history.
‘They’ve thought it out carefully so they can save as much of the history as possible.’
— K.C. Crandall, Main Street Director
A group of people formed a partnership and bought the old hotel with the intention of opening it to the public. The top two floors will consist of five apartments. The bottom floor will have two retail spaces. The main owner is a woman from New York, who buys historical property all over the country, said K.C. Crandall, Main Street Director.
“She’s really big on history and fell in love with the history in New Braunfels,” said Crandall.
The individuals renovating the building are
Jim Jarreau of the Lower Colorado River Authority checks out heat pumps on the roof.
working hard to maintain as much of that history as possible.
The building structure is being left pretty much the way it is and many original surfaces are remaining free to show the original bricks. Some of the bricks that were removed are being used in other structures in the apartments, such as fireplace mantles. One change, however, is that a staircase is being placed at the front entrance for tenants to use, said Crandall.
“They’ve thought it out carefully so they can save as much of the history as possible,” she said.
Crandall said the building required a lot of work because it was so old and because everyone involved was trying to save as much of the historic aspect as possible.
Renovations should be completed by the end of August. Tenants have not been found yet, and Crandall said great consideration will go into who to lease to.
“They’re very keenly interested in maintaining the historic value and having people in there who will keep it up... because they know that in the long run it will benefit them and downtown,” she said.
Perfect weather has farmers smiling
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
lf farmers could make the weather, they would make it just like it is now. “We’re probably about as perfect as we could ask,” Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said.
The rains came at just the right time last month, Taylor said, during corn pollination. “We’ll have an above average crop even if we have no more rain,” he said.
The harvest is running about two weeks behind, Taylor said. A normal harvest is on July 5 or 6, while this summer it should be July 15 before grain is harvested.
“Most farmers also have wheat,” Taylor said. Harvested about three weeks ago, the wheat yield was good. “It was 30-35 bushels per acre, excellent for this aiea,’’ he said.
The Melvin Kieusler family grows com, milo and wheat on the family acreage. “We believe that barring a catastrophe, the crops are going to
Timely rains have growers optimistic as harvest approaches
fare very well,” son Korvan Kreusler said. “They aren’t hurt for moisture right now,” he said.
Insects have not posed a problem for the Kreusler farm this year, Kreusler said. “We have noticed a little more Johnson grass and sunflowers — weeds," he said. “That’s a trade-off since we had so much rain.” Weeds will take a small amount away from a crop’s yield, Kreusler said.
Farmers still might have to deal with hail this year, Kreusler said, but the crops are high and strong enough that it probably wouldn’t do too much damage.
An experiment on a Cibolo farm could prove profitable for area farmers if it works. Taylor and a Cibolo farmer are trying out six varieties of soybeans. “The farmer wanted to try it and we got a hold of some test
seed,” Taylor said. “We’ve got a test plot up that looks awfully good.” Farmers can rotate soybeans with other crops like com, milo and wheat. “When you farm on com for years, you run into insect problems,” Taylor said, lf a farmer rotates a totally different crop with com, the com pests don’t have a good chance to take hold, he said.
The nitrogen fixing properties of legumes such as soybeans also help enrich the soil, Taylor said “We have also found that jack rabbits and deer love them,” he said.
Cotton fields used to checker area landscapes. No more, Taylor said. “We don’t have a boll of cotton in the county,” he said.
“The problem with cotton is that it’s economically intense," Taylor said. Cotton fields need to be sprayed
‘Vie believe that, barring a catastrophe, the crops are going to fare very well.’
— Korvan Kreusler
seven times a year with insecticides. When it’s ready to harvest, a cotton field has to be sprayed with a defoliant, he said. All that chemical spraying doesn’t go over well with nearby housing developments, Taylor said.
Nowadays Comal County farmers plant feed corn, milo and wheat. Some com stays right here in the county and is used for feed, Taylor said. “Or it is shipped out of the country," he said. “A lot goes to Mexi-
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“I just hope the prices will be there when we’re ready to sell," Kreusler said.
Neffendorf accepts job as parks director
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels has a new parks director. City Manager Mike Shands offered the job to Park Ranger Superintendent Iris H. Ncf-fendorf yesterday, and she accepted the position this morning.
“Iris has been with the parks department for eight years,” Shands said. “She is a long time resident of the city.”
The search turned up quite a few candidates, all of whom were interested in the job, Shands said. “It’s especially nice that someone local would be in the top three," he said. Neffendorf has a range of strengths to bring to the position, Shands said.
Neffendorf is already familiar with park facilities, programs and construction projects. That would be a big plus, Shands said. “Since the parks board is familiar, that would be an easy transition also,” he said.
The good thing is that she will hit the ground running,” he said.
Angel Fair promises to put you in contact with your guardian angel
By DENISE DZIUK
People searching for spiritual guidance will have an opportunity this weekend to learn how to open up to and communicate with their guardian angels, according to organizers of the Angel Fair coming to town this weekend.
‘We use our angels to teach them how to find the answers for themselves.’
— Ann Fiala, Inner Peace Movement
“Everyone has angels. They don’t care what you call them, but they’ll help if you want it," said Mike Curry, El Jardin Movement Manager.
The Inner Peace Movement is sponsoring an Angel Fair this weekend to help others get in touch with their guardian angels. The JPM is a non-profit organization aimed at helping people learn more about themselves and the universe in which they live.
“It’s all about love, loving others and loving yourself,” said Curry.
There will belO tol7 ‘sensitives’ present to help provide messages for visitors. Sensitives are individuals who have learned to contact their own angel and use their angel to speak to other angels, organizers said. These sensitives use various techniques, including reading auras, crystal balls, tarot cards, and many others. No two sensitives are alike, said Curry.
“People arc really searching for answers. We use our angels to teach them how to find the answers for themselves,” said Ann Fiala, Leader with the Inner Peace Movement.
The fair is being held on June 17, from I to 5 p.m. and June 18, from I to 4 p.m. at the Inner Peace Movement National Angel Center, “El Jardin Real” Ranch, located at 1346 Huaco Springs Loop Road. There is a $15 admission fee which includes three messages, and a viewing of the video “How to Contact Your Guardian Angel.”
Those interested in learning more can attend a Man and The Universe Lecture. The lecture will be given on Tuesday, June 20, at 2 p.m., and again at 7 p.m. The lecture will be held at the same location as the fair and will cost $3.Television is harmless if the set is turned oft. See Cal Thomas, Page 4,