New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, March 3,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ 9 <•
Z e i t u n gWheels
:oFord WagonsFord brings the station wagon up to date with new Taurus and Sable models
By BENNIE MILLS
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
That was the shout heard at the Chicago Auto Show last month as Ford Motor Co. preview the 1996 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable wagons.
I can remember not too long ago when these vehicle types were called 'station wagons.' Nov. they arc just 'wagons.'
Station wagons originally were called that in the early 1900s when railroad stations needed some sort of people movers to accommodate up to eight passengers.
In 1912, Ford dealers sold after-market station wagon conversions of Model Ts.
Then, in 1929, Ford introduced the first massproduced station wagon, a version of the Model A.
So Ford has been making wagons for quite a while and consider themselves the 'Wagon Masters.’
Since the introduction of the mini van in 1983. wagon sales have declined, but the folks at Ford are projecting a slight growth in sales iii the wagon market and say they intend to Maintain their industry lead in wagon sales
Tile 1996 Taurus and Sable wagon >, due out in June, are the first major chang, in styling since the introduction of the eminently sue ccssful Taurus and Sable in 1986. rhis new styling is apparent on the already a able 1995 sedans.
The Sable makes use of wide chrome strips and other 'luxury' cues. The Taurus has no chrome. Grille design and parking light placement is also slightly different on the two cars.
The 1996 wagons move even further toward what is called the 'bio-kinetic' or less 'boxy' look.
There's more side sculpting, rounded corners. and even the windshield has been extended by virtue of a shortened hood. Secondary design details carry out the elliptical theme of the unified shape. The door handles, grille. lower bumper openings, and headlights are all
1996 Ford Taurus Wagon
The rear view offers an elaborately curved window with wrap-around solar glass on the rest of the vehicle. Tile rear hatch separates, allowing the raising of just the window or the entire litigate to increase the loading flexibility of the rear cargo area.
A power litigate lock release is standard for all wagons. For safety reasons, the litigate cannot be opened from the inside.
The rear bumper features step pads for access to the new luggage rack, designed to reduce wind noise. The rack has adjustable crossbars
The Taurus wagon is 6.4 inches longer and the Sable is 6.5 inches longer for 19%. Both are
1.9 inches wider and have a wheelbase 2.5 inches longer than the previous model to allow more passenger room and improved ride. In their cargo mode, the wagons can accommodate a 4-by-8 sheet of building material.
Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus buyers can choose from two engines, each with a 100,000 mile scheduled tune-up interval.
A 3-liter, overhead-valve V6 is standard, or the all-new high performance 3-hter, 24-valve
double overhead cam V6 Duratec is an available option.
Both engines are linked to an electronic, four-speed automatic overdrive transmission.
Both the Taurus and Sable offer new EEC-V electronic engine control modules, The newest of Ford's computerized engine controllers. These provide onboard diagnostics capability that allows the car to continuously monitor powertrain performance and report service needs to technicians.
An interior innovation is the oval 'Integrated Control Panel' that puts all climate control and
audio control systems into a single casy-to-see, easy-to-use unit.
Also new is an available passenger compartment air filtration system that removes virtually all pollen, road dust and other particles from air entering the car. This feature will be especially beneficial to allergy and asthma sufferers.
Other new features include:
— Safety cell construction, which integrates structural elements into an impact-absorbing system, integrated 5 mile per hour bumpers, side door beams, and child safety latches on the rear door.
— Dual air bag supplemental restraint system.
— Rear seat heating and air conditioning ducts.
— Heated outside mirrors.
— A lock 'disabler* (with power door locks) that prevents accidental locking of keys in the ignition.
— A battery saver that turns off interior lights automatically after 40 minutes.
— Available four-wheel disc anti-lock brake
— Towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
— Optional rear-facing third scat or integrated child seat built into ♦H*' Vv»rW spat
— Cargo volume index of 38.2 cubic feet.
— Total volume index of 42.8 cubic feet.
Prices for the new Taurus and Sable wagons
have not yet been released. You can expect that information as the launch date nears, and that is tentatively scheduled for June.
Ford has done a good job in creating the restyled wagons. They offer style, comfort, function and safety and are an alternative to the minivan.
Ford has good reason for shouting, 'Wagons ho!' I only wish they would offer a 'wood-ie.'
(Berime Mills is a director of the Ney. Braunfels Area Car Club and represented the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung at the Chicago Auto Show in February.)StammtischFir* benefit
As a result of a recent lire, James and Wanda Anderson have lost their home of 30 years and all their belongings. Family and friends are holding a benefit to help them rebuild their lives. Donations will be accepted. The benefit will be held at the Shertz VFW Sunday, March 26 from 2 p m. to IO p.m. The benefit will include a dinner and dance. Tickets are being sold in advance and at the door. For information, call 637-0106 or 609-3469Po*ts take not*
Iambic pentameter, sonnet, haiku, anything but a limerick, they are all suitable for entry into the 13th annual Poetry Contest sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council.
Entrants may submit a maximum of two poems w ith a minimum of eight lines each Poetry may be on any subject and in any fomi, except limerick. The poems may not have been previously published or performed publicly.
Name, address, telephone number and grade and school (if applicable) should be noted on the back of the final page of each poem submitted. No infonnation ocher than the poem should appear on the front of each submission.
Categories are: grades 4 and 5, middle school, high school and adult First place winners in each category will receive a gold medallion, $25 cash and passes to Arts C ouncil member organization events Second place winners receive silver medallions and third place winners are awarded bronze medallions.
Pnzes will be presented at the Arts Council General Membership meeting in April. The Poetry Awards Presentation will be followed by a reception for poets, family and friends Deadline for entries is March 31 and poetry should be seat to Contest Chairman Patty Pope, 831 McGar, New Braunfels, TX 78130.Pap smears
Pap smears for women are available the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Comal County Health Department. Any woman in need of a routine pap smear, who does not require birth control, may schedule an appointment by telephoning 620-5595. These exams are provided by a nurse practitioner.P**r counseling
The Comal County Family Women’s Center is starting group peer
counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Individuals who have experienced violence in their family or been sexually assaulted in the past are encouraged to use this opportunity to explore how these events have impacted their lives, while joining with others in the therapeutic process.
Family violence groups will be held Monday evenings at 6 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at IO a rn. Sexual assault arid incest survivor groups will be Tuesdays at 6 p m and Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. Interested individuals can call Patty Bray at 620-7520 to set up a pre-group appointment. There is no fee for services provided through the Women’s Center.
The center is in need of donations of postage stamps, volunteers, three-nng notebooks, digital and infant thermometers and a new sturdy vacuum.Tax Aid
AARP Tax Aid began Feb. I and continue through Apnl 15, except for Feb. 20. Help is available at the public library Tuesday noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a m. to I p.m. and Saturday IO a.m. to I p.m.; Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 a m. to noon, Wednesday from I p m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to I p.m., and the Canyon Lake Action Center Wednesday from I p.m. to 4 p m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to noon. Bring your 1993 return and 1994 infonnation.Tim* capsid*
As New Braunfels' 150th anniversary approaches in 1995, members of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule, which will be buned in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial year. Submissions must be of paper ongtn, i.e.... photographs, letters, documents. Submissions must either fit in a 9x 12 or h 10 envelope Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are $10 and $5 respectively. Deadline is Sept I, 1995. Submissions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office, 390 S. Seguin The capsule will be buried at the Civic Center for 50 years.Business counseling
The business counselor from UTSA’s School of Business is in the Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to ofter counseling in topics of interest to anyone rn business or con
sidering starting a business. Topics cover financing, personnel, business planning, taxes, expansion and many others. The service is free and confidential. Appointments may be made by calling 625-2385.Fro* immunisations
The Women Infants and Children program at 11551 N. Walnut is giving immunizations free to participants as well as new applicants. Clinic hours are Monday from 8 a m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a m. Walk-ins welcome.Dearly Departed
Dearly Departed will be performed at the STAGE Theatre, 1300 Bulverde Road from Feb. 16 to March 4. For ticket information and reservations, call 438-2339.Qarag* sal*
New Braunfels High School Band is sponsoring a huge garage sale, Saturday, March 4 at the high school from 8 a m. to 4 p.m. The band is asking the public to donate items for the sale. Bring them to the band hall the week of Feb. 27, or call for pickup. All proceeds go to help students earn money for their trip to Corpus Christi in May. For information, call Rosa Aquilon at 629-1615 or the band hall at 625-3800.Poppy day
Members of Unit #35 Guadalupe Valley American Legion will hold a poppy distribution Saturday, March 4 at Wuests on San Antonio St. and at HEB, and Wal-Mart. Support local veterans by wearing a poppy.Out r*ach training
Family Outreach will hold its spring training for new volunteers March 4, 11 and Apnl I. lf you are interested in helping parents deal more effectively with their children, call 620-1299.Job fair
Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a job fair from IO a m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at the park’s main entrance building, 400 N. Liberty. About 1,500 seasonal full-time and part-time jobs need to be filled. For more information, call 625-2351, ext. 526.Antiqu* show
Tile Boerne Optimist club will hold its 15th annual Hill Country Antiques Show Saturday, March 4 from 9 a m. to 6 p in. and Sunday, March 5 from noon to 5 p.m. The show is located at the As
tone Kendall County Fairgrounds on Highway 46. Admission is $3.50 and is good for both days.Porcelain art
The Schertz Chapter of World Organization of China Painters will have its annual exhibit of porcelain at Rolling Oaks Mall on Saturday, March 4 from noon to 4 p m.Qarag* sal*
City-Wide Garage Sale benefiting the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels, will be Sunday, March 5 at the Civic Center from IO a m. to 4 p m Admission is $1 per person ($2 maximum per family). Snack bar on site.Sorority rush
If you are a college-bound girl interested in going through Sorority rush in the fall, or simply interested in more information about it, you are invited to attend a party, Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m., 410 Lakeview, New Braunfels. For information, call 625-9638.Pizza for ACS
Mr. Gatti’s Pizza is supporting the local unit of the American Cancer Society by pledging to donate $ I for every regularly priced lunch buffet sold between Monday, March 6 and Thursday, March 9. The donation from Mr. Gatti’s will help underwrite expenses for the third annual Starlight Gala benefiting the local unit of the American Cancer Society. Starlight rn the Tropics is the theme of this year’s gala, which is to be held June 16 at the Civic Center. Mr. Gatti’s Pizza is located in the Walnut Square Shopping Center at Walnut and 1H-35.Bak* sal*
The NBU Employees Activities Organization will sponsor a bake sale to benefit the March of Dimes Monday, March 6. Everyone is invited to stop by and purchase a vanety of baked goods. A table will be set up iii the lobby at the mam office on the Plaza.Fr** Tuesday
March 7 is Free Tuesday p in. at the Children’s Museum, sponsored by Robert and Cindy Meyer Maxwell. Special event for the day is Schoolhouse Safari starring a miniature menagerie of animals and their friend Lucas Miller.
Miller and audience interact with small exotic and domestic critters from a hedgehog to a bearded lizard. Most are tame enough to touch. Storytelling and songs are also a part of the fun.
Performances are at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free after noon.Circus in town
The Texas based King Royal Brothers Circus will present an old fashioned Under the Big Top, three-nng wild animal circus will be here Tuesday, March 7 in Sattler. Show times 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., sponsored by Kids in Safe Surroundings. For ticket information, call 964-4488.Parent enrichment
New Braunfels Chnstian Academy presents a Parent Ennchment Night, Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the NBCA library. Public invited. Scott and Susan Tjemagel will discuss ‘Nur-tunng Your Child’s Spmt.’ For information, call 629-6222.Senior prom
The 10th annual Senior Prom for Senior Citizens will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 9 in the Canyon High School Commons, 1510 IH-35 East.
There is no charge for admission. This year’s theme is ‘Starry, Starry Night ’
Senior citizens interested in transportation to the Prom can call Bob Templeton, 625-7093.Th* Appointment
‘The Appointment, one of the most widely used Chnstian films, with more than 5,000 showings will be shown at Calvary Baptist Church Fnday, March IO at 7 p.m. It is the story of Liz Watson, a wnter who has wntten a senes of anti-church editorials for her news magazine and how she changes. This award-winning suspense film will keep you guessing to the end.Realtors course
The New Braunfels/C anyon Lake Area Association of Realtors is offenng six hours of mandatory continuing education classes on March IO. The class is Law of Agency (0O-06-096-0460) and the provider is San Antonio Board of Realtors (provider # 0006). The class will be held at the Victoria Bank and Trust north building from 9 am. to 4 p m. Cost is $36. This counts for six hours MCE Legal Topic.Job fair
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club will host its second annual Summer Youth Job Fair Saturday, March
11. The location will be in Wesley Hall, First United Methodist Church, 527 West San Antonio St. All area
high school and college students, ages 15 and above are invited. Employers interested in participating call Preston Kennedy at 620-0241 or Mac McDonald at 629-9109.Pap*r driv*
Parent Boosters of Boy Scouts Troop 387 will hold a paper drive March 11 from 9 arn. to 4 p.m. in the HEB parking lot. Bring newspapers, magazines, phone books and catalogs. For pickup, call Tammy at 609-1204, or Hope at 303-6610.Project WILD
The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will ofter a Project WILD Workshop for adult youth leaders and teachers. The workshop will be held Tuesday, March 14 from 9 a m. to 4 p.m. in Landa Park at the Recreation Center.
Project WILD is a wildlife-related supplemental program consisting of a set of activities designed to develop awareness, knowledge and skill related to the interrelationship of humans to their environment.
Participants will receive a copy of the new revised Project WILD Activity Guide for K to 12 grade levels. They may also obtain six hours of TEE AC credit.
The workshop is recommended to any interested adults, youth leaders, teachers, camp counselors, 4-H leaders. Boy Scout leaders, Girl Scout leaders, nature center staff, day care staff, etc.
Anyone interested should preregister by March 13 at the parks office located at I IO Golf Course Road. Seating is limited. Call 608-2160 for information.Qarag* sal*
Come find a treasure at the Garden Ridge Area Women’s Club citywide garage sa'e and fiea market, Saturday, March 18 from 8 a m. to 1:30 p m. Sale is at the BVFD Community Hall at l8490Goll St. in Bracken. For information, call 651 -6668 or 651 -5201.Qarag* and bak* aal*
The New Braunfels Lioness Club will have its annual garage and bake sale at 8 a rn., Saturday, March 18. It will be held at the building located in the 300 block of Landa St. Donations will be accepted Wednesday thiough Fnday, March 15 through 17 at the sale site from 9 a ni. to 4 p.m. Proceeds go to sight and heanng conservation, Texas Lions Camp for Special Children, and local chanties