New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143, No. 164
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Nolberto Farias Sr., Pete Rosales, Anita Sielg, Janet Perez (25 years), G.W. Garrott and Pete Rosales. Happy 38th anniversary to Franklin and Leat rice Preusser and happy 48th anniversary to Silverio and Lupe Gonzales.
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 290 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625 51 feet, down .06
Guadalupe River — 574 cfs
Concert in the Park series continues
Quarter Moon will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29. The concert is free and open to the public. No glass containers allowed. Bring a lawn chair to sit on.
Rained out concerts may not be rescheduled.
Hermann Sons Lodge to meet
New Braunfels Hermann Sons I odge #2 will meet for its regular meeting July 2 at 3 p.m.
Meat furnished and members bring covered dishes.
City Redistricting Committee to meet
The New Braunfels Redistricting Committee will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m., June 29 in Conference Room A/B of the Municipal Building.
Farmers Market every Friday
Comal County farmers market is held every Friday at 5 p.m. at the county fairgrounds.
American Legion Post #179 will be hosting its annual barbecue fund-raiser July 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Post Home, located at 410 W Coll St The menu will include brisket and sausage with choice of two side dishes, bread, pickles and onions, coffee or tea. Advance tickets on sale - $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.
Advance tickets may be purchased at the Post Home or from your local Legionnaire. Tickets at the door will be $4 50 for adults and $2.50 for children. For information, call 625-0179.
Hispanic Organization for Public Education will hold a workshop with guest speaker Carol Robison, chief of the Juvenile Probation for the county. Topic will be the Public Schools Reform Act of 1995. Meeting will be held at the NBNB Center, next to Victoria Bank, Monday July 10 at 7 p rn. Public invited. Call Sylvia at 625-9213 or 606-6257.
The winning numbers
$4 million jackpot
Labor Of Love
Kyra Brandt says the long hours put in building Rose Parade floats are worth it
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The only people thinking about the Rose Bowl this time of year are college football players and coaches — and Kyra Brandt, of the Comal Flower Shop, along with the hundreds who work year-round to bring the Rose Parade to life.
To celebrate June, Rose Month, Brandt is displaying photos of prize winning floats from the 1995 Rose Parade in the window of her Main Plaza store. By June, professional float designers have already worked up designs for 1996, Brandt said.
Designers pitch float designs to companies like Fiesta Parade Floats, Brandt said. Large corporations then hire the float companies to build their floats. A float is essentially an advertisement — and a company will pay from $300,000 to $500,000 for a single float, she said.
“A design team will have 12 to 20 florists from all over the world — Canada, Holland, England, the United States,” she said. Premier float companies like Fiesta hire florists only by invitation.
About this time of year designs are chosen for next year’s float and work begins on the float’s structure, hydraulics and sound, Brandt said.
A small scale model is the first step of building. “My brother saw Fiesta’s workshop and he said that they have a million dollars' worth of tools in there,” Brandt said. “They could build a car, any machine.” Once the model is okayed, a grid is painted on the floor of a workshop the size of two football fields, Brandt said. Workers then use the grid to blow the small model up to life size.
“A floral director says what kind of flower goes on the float, where and how many,” she said. Rose Parade floats can have any organic materials that are not dyed. A peach-colored background for a grid pattern turns out to be dried carrot slices and a giant Aztec’s skin is ground seeds.
“Most floats have from 20,000 to 80,000 stem roses,” Brandt said. Each
Herald-Zeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Kyra Brandt displays photos of Rose Parade floats at the Comal Flower Shop.
Brandt has a hand in prize-winning floats
Kyra Brandt of the Comal Flower Shop works on the design team of Fiesta Parade Floats. The firm built 10 of the 55 floats in the 1995 Rose Parade and won six of 22 trophies given:
1. Sweepstakes — top in all categories; Fiesta has won two years in a row.
2. President’s Award — best floral presentation.
3. Isabella Coleman Award — best use of color and color harmony.
4. National Trophy — best depiction of life in the United States.
5. Best Humor — Dr. Pepper's entry; they usually choose humor.
6. Judge's Special Trophy — Southern California Edison; all electric.
stemmed flower is in its own small vial of water.
One week before January I, the day of the parade, float builders descend on southern California. “We work 12 to 15 hours a day at first. At the end of the week we start working 18 to 24 hours a day.”
Florists like Brandt work two to a
float on the floral arrangements adorning the spaces between the floats’ huge figures.
Floats go through three stages of judging, Brandt said. The architectural and mechanical judges evaluate the float before the foam coating and flowers are put on. Then, on the morning of Dec. 31, each float is
When the judges come through, you can’t talk, you have to stay on the sides of the tent.’
— Kyra Brandt
judged in the huge tent where they’re built. “When the judges come through, you can’t talk, you have to slay on the sides of the tent,” Brandt said. “They walk by the floats, one by one, and when they get to each float it comes to life,’’ she said
At 3 a m. on Jan. I the floats are judged on the parade route, Brandt said. At 6 a.m. the winners are announced and at 8 a m. the parade begins.
“Building a float is the hardest work of a florist, mentally and physically,” Brandf said. “You either love it or you hate it — and I love it."
Love of children made new Lone Star Primary principal the obvious choice
By DENISE DZIUK
When New Braunfels Independent School District began its search for a new principal for Lone Star Primary, it was looking for someone who loved kids and would embrace the children and their education. NB1SD found someone who fit that description within its own district.
On June 20, NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad-bcrry recommended that the board of trustees appoint Merry Corder as the new principal and the board acted on that recommendation.
“We spent a whole lot of time interviewing a lot of people. It was very obvious that the best person for the job was nght here in our district,” said Bradberry.
Between 35 and 40 applicants were screened to find the perfect individual. The key to finding that individual was finding one who was similar in belief and action as the previous one. The district was looking for someone with tremendous caring and team working skills^ said Bradbeny.
“We had the profile on the previous principal and we looked for someone who matched it,” he said.
Several of the applicants were taken into the school to meet with teachers and students. Bradberry said the students always hugged the previous principal and attempted to hug some of the applicants.
“When they approached the candidates and they shied away, the teachers would tell us ‘No not this one.’ Merry is kind of a hugger herself. She loves children,” said Bradberry.
Corder has been in education for 13 years and is entenng her seventh year m New Braunfels. She just completed teaching the fifth grade at Carl Schurz Elementary.
Corder said she believes education is a calling. She was working for the state and did not feel like she was making any real contribution to society. She returned to school and was a substitute teacher. That is when she realized what she wanted to be doing.
“I realized it was an opportunity to work with a wide variety of children and see them grow and develop an appreciation for learning. I appreciate learning so it’s fulfilling to spark that in others,” Corder said.
Bradberry said the fact that Corder has not held a previous position as a pnn-cipal was not a problem. Marilyn Buckner, the exiting principal requested a position as a part-time teacher in the Gifted and Talented program so she can have time off. Bradberry said this meant she would be available to help Corder.
“We’re in a unique situation in that the previous principal is available to help with the nuts and bolts. This will make a smoother transition,” he said.
Corder said her goal as the new principal is to simply continue to guide the school down the path it is already going.
She wants to continue offenng a warm and supportive environment for students and faculty, as well as creating an atmosphere that makes both the student and the parents feel welcomed.
“I want to continue developing students that will be successful later in their education and become contributing members of our society,” said Corder.
Corder will become the principal of Lone Star Primary effective July I, 1995.
Democrats call for Laughings resignation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Texas Congressman Greg Laughlin has jumped to the Republican Party, the chairman of the Democratic House campaign committee is formally calling on him to resign and run in a special election.
In a letter Wednesday to Laughlin, Rep. Martin Frost wrote: “To deny the residents of the 14th Congressional Distnct the opportunity to decide for themselves how they want to be represented in Congress is irresponsible and an abuse of their trust.”
Laughlin announced Monday that he was switching parties, becoming the second I louse Democrat to defect since Republicans regained control of Congress last November. He pegged his action in part on the declining influence of conservatives on the Democratic agenda.
Alluding to Republicans’ promise of a coveted House Ways and Means Committee seat, Frost wrote: “You may like the deal you cut, but the residents of Texas’ 14th Congressional District should also have their say — and a special election is the only way to make sure their voices are heard.”
Laughlin rejected his fellow Texan’s call to resign.
“If Martin Frost understood my distnct, he’d understand why I did it," Laughlin said, attributing his last re-election not to the Democratic label but his conservative values and voting record.
"They’re going to take shots at me for a while,” the West Columbia lawmaker said. “I expect it.”
Laughlin said the positive response from his district has been "overwhelming" since his announcement. “All I can say is my longtime friend Martin Frost would be sick to his stomach if he'd heard the comments I’ve been receiving from the 14th Congressional District."
Monthly hits Zaffirini with ‘Dishonorable Mention9 tag
By DENISE DZIUK
The July issue of Texas Monthly may have given State Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) a “Dishonorable Mention” in an article rating the best and worst Texas legislators of the past session. However, Zaffirini believes the past session was the best she has ever had.
After each session of the Texas Legislature, the magazine names its IO best and IO worst legislators.
This year, only nine members were named to the worst list, but Zaffinni and Ron Wilson (D-Houston), were given1 Dishonorable Men- Zaffirini tions.
Zaffinni said many of the things mentioned in the article are really a compliment from her viewpoint. The article called her “the most effective senator South Texas has ever had.” It also refers to the fact that she pushes for things benefiting her district.
“I was elected because I fight for my district. That’s why I was elected in the first place and that’s why I was re-elected,” she said.
However, she disagreed with the assertion that she grabs more than her fair share for her distnct. She said it is an impovenshed distnct and lacks many things other districts already have She said she was cnticized several years ago when she got a four-year university established in an area where few people have access to college.
The article criticized Zaffirini for attempting to get the Texas A & M International University in Laredo shifted to the University of Texas system. The article stated Zaffinni needlessly pitted Longhorns and Aggies against each other.
She said she had tremendous support for the bill in her distnct. She said the bill was passed in the Senate twice and it appeared it would have passed in the House. However, it was never introduced on the floor for a vote, so the bill died.
i think the article is great because it says a lot of good things about the work I’m doing for my constituents.’
— Judith Zaffirini
"It appeared most people agreed with it. Basically, it’s one opinion, and it’s one person’s opinion,” Zaffinni said of the Texas Monthly article.
The article states: "The bill zipped through the Senate, but the Aggies declared war and stalled it to death in the House. The rift her bill opened between the state's two big universities, which usually try to maintain a united political front, still hasn't healed ... Zaf-finni's overreaching cancelled out an otherwise excellent session, in which she passed major bills overhauling the welfare arid Medicaid systems."
/attinni said the move to get the university changed to the University of Texas system did not overshadow the remainder of her session. Zaffinni had 54 bills passed this year. She said four of those bills are expected to save the state $6.4 billion dollars over the next five years.
“This was the best session I ever had,” she said. “We accomplished a lot of really good things.’’ The Texas Monthly article also referred to her work schedule. She said the fact that they called her “relentless and hard-working” is a great compliment, “lf that's bad, I would like to see what he calls good," she said. “I think the article is great because it says a lot of good things about the work I'm doing for my constituents.”
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