New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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CONTINUED FROM Page 1ASeconal cities planning parades, fireworks
the 30th annual Fourth of July Jubilee in Pickrell Park opening at noon.
While they are not holding a parade, the City of San Marcos will host its annual Summer-fest in Sewell Park from 11 a.m. to ll p.m., with music, food and a variety of vendors. The day’s festivities will culminateRARADE
CONTINUED FROM Page 1ACelebration has endured for generations
the most important event of the year. Itoo cannons announced the beginning and end of the festivities, with one report at sunset July 3, and the next at sunrise July 4. Hie tradition continued until 1865, when excited citizens caused one cannon to melt after firing it repeatedly to celebrate tile end of the Civil War.
According to an account from 1905, tile most elaborate celebration was held on the centennial Fourth of July in 1876. The event lasted for two days with Fourth of July fervor spilling over to the fifth.
The town of 4,000 received statewide recognition for its downtown parade, which featured “costumed officials, floats, bands, school children and singing societies." The highlight was a large float carrying .38 girls in crepe paper dresses representing the 38 states of the union. Three girls dressed as “Union,” “Columbia" and “Star Spangled Manner" stood on an elevated, more prominent plat-fonn.
Up until the town’s 50th anniversary in 1895, the celebration was not held at the llaza but at various locations throughout New Braunfels. The construction of a commemorative fountain in 1896 mid subsequent landscaping and airthing of the area continued “Our
after dark when the night sky over each city explodes with light and color for everyone’s favorite — fireworks.
New Braunfels’ fireworks display, held in Landa Park, begins at 9:15 p.m.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Stacey Laird promised another crowd-pleaser with $8,500 in fireworks from H-E-B providing extra sparkle.
Garden Ridge, Seguin, Schertz and San Marcos all begin their fireworks displays around 9 p.m.
Park" as the annual Fourth of July celebration site.
Though times may have changed, what’s remained the same is New Braunfels’ enthusiasm for July 4th. Rose Marie Zipp, co-chair of this year’s parade and lifelong New Braunfels resident, said the town’s love for Independence Day has never waned.
“I was happy to see the participation that we had last year,” Zipp said. “There were so many people we were running out of space.”
Parade co-chair Stephanie Bergquist described the event as a “Norman Rockwell-type, old fashioned fourth of July celebration,” which lias been sponsored by Sophienbuig Museum and Archives for the past 20 years.
This year’s festivities will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a contest for die most creative and patriotic parade entry.
The Plaza will close to traffic at 9 a.in. when the parade and bandstand music will begin. Bergquist said San Antonio Street and the Plaza offer spectators the best view of the parade.
Union Pacific has agreed to shut down its San Antonio Street rail line from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. to allow for the procession.
Bergquist was optimistic about the success of this year’s parade because of the historical significance of the event.
“I think we ll have a good parade this year since it’s not only Fourth of July but the 100th birthday of the bandstand,” Bergquist said.
Putting on a show
New Braunfels Police Department K9 officer Spencer Grimmer is "attacked" by Cezar dur ing a demonstration of the police dog's capabili ties to children at the Villa Serena Housing complex Friday afternoon.
CONTINUED FROM Page 1ARains cause flooding several times each year
Veronica Mendoza and her family have lived next door to Gonzales for nine years. Every 2 to 3-inches of rain creates a creek through their living room.
“We use bricks to try and block the front porch, because once it comes through tile front door, that’s it,” Mendoza said. “Our kids are used to squishing up water with sponges.” Tired of pulling up the flooring after every flood, the family replaced the home’s carpet with tile, milking it much easier to use squeegees to propel the water back out die front door after the rain stops.
Response to fltxxiing defines the way the family operates.
“We can have everything off the floor in IO minutes once it starts to rain,” she said. “That’s just the way we have to live.”
Tile neighborhood has been scheduled for relief for years, but residents begin to question whether the Churchill Watershed Project improvements ever will get started.
City Engineer Mike Short said he expected land acquisition necessary for new rights of ways to be completed within two months — if all property owners along the route agree to sell portions of their property.
'Hie project, which will take roughly a year to complete, is designed to reduce the Milltown flooding by creating a regional detention pond at the corner of Post and Gruene roads and widening the drainage ditches leading down to the Guadalupe River.
Relief cannot come soon enough for residents, especially as the 98 home Broadway Estates development nears its groundbreaking.
The development contains onsite detention designed to feed into the new drainage
improvements, and while it will add to the new drainage utility system, it will not contribute any funds toward the plan.
The neighborhood’s plat was approved before the new drainage ordinance, which requires a fee for utility connection, went into effect.
Local residents will not be the only ones relieved to see the neighborhood’s drainage problems addressed.
Symons Corporation Manufacturing Manager Ken Mum-ma is tired of sending his men home when 2 inches of water covers the factory floor and shuts down his concrete form factory’s production.
Mumma recalled standing next to the railroad tracks that run behind the plant on Broad
way with an umbrella and a digital camera to document tile old drainage systems’ failures during recent heavy rain stomis.
“There was a 4-feet-deep raging river on the other side of the loop,” he said. “The water comes out of the drainage holes instead of going in.”
Mumma has been frustrated by the project’s slow moving progress but perseveres for his workers.
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