New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ntw Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995
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Sports Day.............................6A- 7A
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Birthday withes (rom the HarahhZsKimgl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Mary Ann Hummel, Nicholas Ruhl (Sth), Jason Feltner, Juan Jose Alvarez, Robert Cruz, Jr. (20th), Christina Hernadez.
Farmers Market at fairgrounds
It's that time of year again. The New Braunfels Farmers Market will be held each Friday, starting at 5 p.m. at the County Fairgrounds. Call Herbert Doege at 625-7488 or 620-0438 for more information.
The New Braunfels Conservation Society’s Limited Edition 1995 pictorial Sesquicentennial Calendar is now available in the Forkc Store at Conservation Plaza for 58 (tax included). For more information, call 629-2943.
Volunteers work on perks projects
Volunteers gather at the Guadalupe River State Park headquarters every Saturday at 11:30 a m. to work on various projects Call 438-2656 for information
Meeting set on high voltage line
A public meeting on the Schu-mansville Transmission Line Project will be held from 7 p m to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at New Braunfels Memorial Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut St.
A new high-voltage power line is planned between dearie substations in the Schumansvillc and Sheriffs Posse areas The final route has not been determined. If you have concerns about the route of this line, it is important that you attend this meeting Call 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 3552 for more information
Visjos Amigos reunion sot
Reunion plans have been finalized for the upalming Third Vicjos Amigos Reunion to be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center Sat urday, July 2.
Everyone who received an invi tanon should contaa any committee member if they are planning to attend. It is still not to late to respond, but if you are planning on attending the dance only, the admission is SIO per person. Call Ramon Luna at 625-8487 for more information.
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Televised car chase and surrender keep Americans on the edge of their seats.
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38 Pages in three sections I Sunday, June 19, 1994 Sarvina Comal Countv for more than 142 vaars ■ Homa of JOHNNIE COOPER
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of JOHNNIE COOPER
Behind-the-scenes workers help make magic at Revue
Rssldsnts of Ntw Braunstont perform th# Tim# Warp. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
In the space of three weeks, direaor Douglas Luedcman has combined local talent wfth professional costumes and script — and along with New- Braunfels’ best and brightest, has made theater magic.
But not without the help of people like stage manager Rosa Linda De La Cerda of Circle Ans Theatre, orchestrating myriad back stage elements with seamless professionalism.
And Carl Nowotny, whose sound and lighting always supported, never detraacd.
And scenery and props master Cindy Myers And veteran costume crew member Esmeralda Zavala And back stage helpers, cheerleaders and hand-holdcrs Carly and Jill Mulhollan But months before the director came into the piaure, Mclaney and Jim Beath were hard at work along with coordinator Joanna Lewis, co-treasurer Ed Shackelford and treasurer Katie Sponenbcrg Theirs was the truly monumental task — organizing, fund-raising, delegating, motivating Then opening night finally comes The outcome of all those months of planning and work rests on the shoulders of the cast.
Atter exhausting themselves in three weeks of grueling rehearsals, cast members dredge up enough energy to give better than their best on opcninu night. Chorus member Erica Cole says, ‘‘We rehearsed for three straight weeks, five to eight hours a day We were
The Revue gels reviewed, See Page 2A
And no show is without its stories of backstage mishaps During a breather between songs, cast member Marcia Keeling relates a hair-raising anecdote of a nearly disastrous costume change. The crisis is never evident to the audience, though. She says, “You don’t think about it. You just do it Doug [the direaor] made it easy for us He never yelled at us if we couldn’t do the changes fast enough He was really easy to work with "
The revue owes much of its success to those back stage who gave countless hours building sas, altering ammines and "running crew" — they avoid the limelight, but no show could happen without them They create the magic of theater. It is they w hose work lets us "suspend our disbelief”
This is the second Red Stocking Revue for Esmeralda Zavala, part-time nurse for Dr M L Tilly. She outlines the costume crew's mind-boggling task, "We unload the costumes, dispense them when the roles are cast, alter them, keep them in order, then we clean them when it’s all over. Sometimes we’re here from 9 a rn rill noon, then from 5:30 till nine at night ”
She continues that this cast made the crew’s work easy ‘This year there are no pnma donnas, they all help each other"
Cathy Clark, veteran of Circle Arts Theatre produaions, says this is her first Red Stocking Revue. "Sometimes doing a play is work. But in this one
Hermes to leave NBISD board
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Herald-Zeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH
Sharon Knlbbe performs In the 'Wlllamanla' skit at tha Red Stocking Revue’s final rshearsal. Performances began Friday, and tickets will ba available at tha door for the final performanca at 3 p.m. today.
every rehearsal was fun. You’d think here again "
that people in the theater are crazy to work so hard, but we’re lucky to do this. We need it It makes us so happy ” Asked is she would do it all a gain, Mclaney Beath replied, "Sure It’s a lot of work, we’re glad when it’s finally performance time But it’s like having a baby, in two years we’ll be back
The most seasoned theater goers arc amazed at the wealth of local talent in the Red Stocking Revue.
Tickets are still available at the door for today’s 3 p.m. performance Don’t miss out on this chance for first class entertainment It will brighten your whole summer
Arlon Hermes, a member of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees for the past six years, will not seek re-election. Harmaa
Hermes announced Friday that he will not run for one of the two at-large seats open for the Aug. 13 election.
“I went into the position six years ago with a two term commitment," Hermes said in a statement. “Serving on the board has been uniquely satisfying. Not only have I had the opportunity to help guide our local education system, but I made many new friends along the way.”
Hermes has the second-most years of experience on the board next to president Dick Robinette eight He said he wanted to urge persons to run for a seat on the board
‘‘.. Our schools need individuals on the boards who have a broad range of experience, both in education and business. I strongly urge anyone who feels they have a contribution to make to seriously pursue their conviaion ”
The filing deadline for the election is Wednesday, June 29. Incumbent Leo Chafin and Bette Spain have filed for the at-large seats
Distria I is also open Incumbent Sylvia Sanchez has said she plans to run.
Hermes is a native of New Braunfels and the owner of Ferguson-Hermes Insurance He has two daughters, Courtney and Whitney and is active in the Wuretfest Association, incoming direaor of the New Braunfels Rotary Club, and a director of the Comal County Fair Association
Sales tax revenue reflects hot economy
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Sales tax rebates delivered to the City of New Braunfels in June jumped nearly 17 percent over the payment made during the same period last year
The June 19 94 payment was $257,688 Last year the payment was $220,649. City Finance Director Sharon Day said the increase was more than what was budgeted
"The rebate is more than $25,000 over what we budgeted This is just colleaions in April. We expect the same in May and June This still isn’t the busy tourist season,” said Day.
“We arc seeing an increase in the number of people coming to New Braunfels, and the economy is looking good," she said
The money collected through sales tax that is not included in the budget will be placed in the fund balance account which is used for emergencies.
The sales tax payments to date have increased
12 percent over what was collcacd last year. This year $1,639,583 has been collected a>m-parcd to $1,463,882 last year.
"The collections in June won’t be returned until August That will be much more since there has not been as much rain this month as in May. The tourism has picked up more,” said Day In Comal County sales tax rebates received in June increased nearly 16 percent The rebate is up from $126,777 in June last year to $146,992 in June 1994 Year to date the county has received $947,083 in 1994 compared to $823,574 last year This is an increase of nearly 15 percent State Comptroller John Sharp delivered a total of $ 115 4 million in June sales tax rebates 899 cities and ll I counties, a 5.5 percent increase over payments of one year ago “The upswing in the Texas economy amtinucs to outpace national trends,” said Sharp “In addition, new construaion and growih of the service scaor in all m^jor metro areas has statewide employment at an all-time high," he said
County’s safety record saves taxpayers money
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Comal County will save approximately $282,544 in workers’ compensation a>sts due U) a good safety record among axinty employees
The Texas Association of Counties recently gave Comal County their 1993 Safety Award for maintaining an excellent rea)rd of controlling their workers’ compensation claims.
County Auditor H Bate Bond said Comal County ranks among the state’s top counties in lack of job-related injuries and workers’ axn-pcnsation which he said transfers into savings on insurance costs
"We’re probably in the top three counties as far as (lack of) injuries and workers’ com
pensation," said Bond.
Bond said the state sets rates for each occupation which change based on experience ol employees, or how often they arc injured or
‘The rates are sa by experience Our experience is good so we’re paying half the manual rate," he said "lf we have a good safety neami our rates are lower .”
Bond said the county currently pays arounc $180,000 on insurance costs, lf the safct) record was poor, the county would see a rise ir rate payments Safety records were calculated on a three-year basis, from 1990-1992. Bond said th< county had another good year in 1993, ti* first of another three-year cycle so saving! should continueLittle League All-Star tournaments start tomorrow in New Braunfels, page