New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
What is your most vivid memory of the seven-year drought of the 1950s? See Opinion, Page 4A
StammtischLeadership New Braunfels special section — inside this edition.
prayer Irakis In New Braunfels
See Sports, Page 1B.
Sunshine Kids enjoy a visit to Schlftterbahn
Ste Pegs SA.
Fanners’ Market shoppers get fresh every Friday
Ruth Voikman salts a watermelon to s customer at the Comal County Fanners
H*nld-Z»tungphoto by MICHAEL DARNALL Msncst*
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Herald-Zeitung promotes Hall to business manager
Mary Lee Hall has been promoted to business manager at the Herald-Zeitung, according to editor/publisher Doug Toney.
Hall has been the accounting manager at the Herald-Zeitung since October 1995. Before joining the staff at the Herald-Zeitung, Hall worked as a member of the accounting staff in the corporate offices of Southern Newspapers Inc., in Houston. The Herald-Zeitung is owned by Southern Newspapers.
“Mary Lee has been performing the duties of a business manager for several months and certainly has proven her value to the Herald-Zeitung,” Toney said in the announcement. “She will he responsible for management and oper
ation of the business office and the administration of payroll and personnel, among other duties.”
Ms. Hall lives in New Braunfels and has two adult children and a granddaughter.
“She’s very deserving of this promotion,”
Toney said, "and I’m looking forward to working with her in this expanded role.”
Ms. Hall’s promotion is effective immediately, Toney said.
BY DAV© DEKUNDER
At 5 p.m. every Friday from May to October, many New Braunfelsers take part in a tradition which is as much a part of the town as Wurstfest.
It's the farmers' market, and it's full of people finding bargains oo the freshest produce in town.
Wallie Weidner, market manager, said the market is beneficial to both customers and farmers.
“Few the farmers it is their livelihood, they love to serve people with fresh vegetables and fruits,” Wcid-nersaid. “The fanners like the people and want to show them what they can do on the farms.”
The market attracts farmers from as far away as Austin and Gonzales. This week, nine fanners set up shop.
The fast-paced routine of the New Braunfels market is to the liking of farmer W.W. Colwell.
“It is a very good market,” the Gonzales farmer said. “It is a very
rushed market because people like to get their stuff and go. People can pick up what they want and when they want.”
Laying on the Colwells' table were plenty of tomatoes, potatoes, watermelons and cantaloupe.
“I've been coming here for five years and she has been one of our regular customers,” San Marcos farmer. Sylvia Caskey said about Hilda^ Bqhne, who was buying Caskeys ffakh vegetables. “We see the same people year after year. Most of the ^customers, we feel, are our friends.” Bohnc is a long-time customer of the farmers' market.
“I like to come here because I like the vegetables, they are all nice and fresh,” Bohnc said.
Of course, the drought has impacted the sellers.
“We irrigate everything we have, but it still has affected us,” Kit Lamar, an Austin-area farmer, said. “We still have to water constantly, it is hard to keep up. We are lucky that we have
Homa grown tomatoes ere worth a apodal trip.
gotten rain between the droughts.” He said he has had to raise his produce prices.
“The prices are a little inflated because production is down, but demand is high,” Lamar said.
Weidner said the farmers' market can be an education for die young.
“Some children don’t know what it is to be on a farm,” Weidner said. “Here they see that the farmers have to work for the stuff before it comes to their tables.”
Birthday wishes from
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Tux
dges, Jelen Sheffield (3 yuan), Diva Meyer, Dub bl# Roberta, Burh urn Atvuu (Monday), John Edward nohaa (15 years, Monday), Jeans C. Juarez, jackie Basrwsld (belated, 13 years), Sandra Bandar (Monday), Alice Castaneda Hernandez, Lydia Ann Hm^ nuncles (13 years), Steven Yanas (14 years), Christa Wail (Monday), Jeanne
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Irene Schwarz, Anthony Byrd and Erie Young.
Happy 40th anniversa^f to Dana and Eileen Wichin-
Senate candidate to visit Krause's Caffe
Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, Victor Morales, will visit Krause's Cafe at noon Monday. He will be there to meet with area residents.
Business Trade Show slots tilling up ffast
The eighth annual Business Trade Show, sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, has been scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11, according to Chairman Larry Wenzel. “The trade show supplies the opportunity for businesses to display their products or services to other business people and has attracted large crowds since its beginning,” Wenzel said.
The show kicks off with a Sneak Preview Sept. 10. This business and social experience will give those in attendance an opportunity to visit the exhibits, as well as enjoy up-scale entertainment and hors’ d'oeuvres and beverages. The all-day show on Wednesday features the exhibits and includes noontime entertainment; registration for exhibitor door prizes and the grand prize; and “happy hour" with live entertainment.
Wenzel said that exhibits are already 80 percent sold to last year's exhibitors and a committee is contacting businesses to complete the show. Anyone interested in participating should call Bonnie Tetrault at the chamber office, 625-2385
NSW walsr urns restrictions In place
The following restrictions on water use are being enforced in New Braunfels.
■ Odd-numbered addresses may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Bl Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Sundays.
■ No use of sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
■ You may water with a bucket, drip irrigation system or handheld hose with a nozzle at any time.
Concert In tho Pork
The Concert in the Park Thursday will be Chris and Judy, who perform children's and folk music. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. It is free.
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IH-35 project I a top priority I
By ABE LEVY
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm told area leaders Friday expansion of Interstate 35 is his number one transportation priority.
The statement fell on the receptive ears of New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce members and staff, who hosted the senator’s visit at Honors Hall.
Gramm, who is running for re-election against Democrat Victor Morales, said the project is in keeping with the North American Free Trade Agreement, which opened up trade relations between Mexico, Canada and the United States.
“1-35 is the only interstate in America that links the industrial heartland of Mexico, the United States and Canada. The traffic on this highway has exploded. After one year of NAFTA, Mexico went into deep depression and yet trade with Mexico continues to grow. I think we’re going to see an explosion of trade and the bulk of that trade is going to come through trucks,” Gramm said.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, trade between the three countries grew from $167 billion in 1987 to
$346 billion in 1994. Trade is projected to climb to $646 billion by 2000, NAFTA supporters said.
Gramm said his plan is to allocate money from the Highway Trust Fund and revenue from the gasoline tax to expand interstate highways related to NAFTA.
The chamber and area leaders headed a delegation Tuesday to Austin to brief the Texas Transportation Commission on the merits of expanding IH-35 through New Braunfels.
Expansions to the north and south of the city have already been approved or completed, creating a bottleneck or “missing link” between San Antonio and Austin.
Transportation commissioners indicated the project should rank high come August when they are slated to decide whether to grant the $82 million for the project.
“it doesn’t do any good to build great roads everywhere expept in one part of the road,” Gramm said. Gramm said interstate projects during the Eisenhower Administration built highways connecting the East and West, and now it’s time to upgrade highways to connect the North and South.
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Biologists study imported snails’ impact on Landa Lake
bination of factors,” she said. “Whatever is going on, something is impacting the vegetation.”
She said the mails may be to blame for the large mats of floating plants and algae that have formed in the lake.
“The snails clip the vegetation off at the bottom, and the rest floats away,” she said.
Clark Hubbs, a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, said if lack of vegetation becomes a problem, it could contribute to the elimination of the fountain darters from the Comal River. He said a study showed there are between 75,000 and 225,000 fountain darters in the Comal River.
“They lay their eggs on plants. The eggs attach to the plants,” he said. “That is the most obvious impact. Of course, they also use the cover of plants to hide from predators and to hunt their food. If they are not reproducing they better have some cover from predators.”
into the lake, biologists speculate.
There is no way to count them, but officials say the snail population has grown to between one million and 15 million.
The snails eat huge amounts of vegetation from the lake. In fact, they are so efficient at removing vegetation, that the city no longer needed the boat that was used to “mow” the lake, and traded it to Aquarena Springs for the glass-bottom boat that gives tours.
Currents kept the snails from large areas of the lake. The current would supply wash the snails away if they tried to feed there.
But with spring flows dropping below IOO cubic feet of water per second, the giant ram’s horn snails have access to much more of the lake, and biologists are concerned the snails’ population will explode, and they will strip the lake of vegetation, sounding the death knell for the fountain darters.
Stanford said it is too early to con
clusively blame the snails. She said choking the plants.
there has also been an increase in Ala- “We don’t know if there is a single
mentous green algae, which could be cause for the decline or if it is a com-
By ROGER CROTEAU
The vegetation is disappearing from Landa Lake, and biologists from the U.S. Fish and wildlife Service are trying to figure out why.
“We are doing night studies once a week on the impacts on vegetation,” said Ruth Stanford, USF&WS biologist. “We have 12 plots staked out in the lake. In six weeks, three are completely gone and at most of the others we are seeing some impact.”
While it is too early to tell for sure, the biologists think an imported species of snail may be to blame. Whatever the cause, if the water plants continue to disappear, it could help wipe out the lake's population of endangered fountain darters.
Some giant ram's horn snails, natives of South America, were dumped into the lake about IO years ago, probably by someone emptying an aquarium
Herald-Zettuna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Buldw being a threat to th* endangered fountain darters in Landa Lake, the ram's horn snail may Em at least partially responsible for the large, floating masses of plant malarial that have appeared recently.