New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Ze/fung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, March 10, 1991
Garden council sets style show
Garden Club Council members Bill Schumann, left, Carol Stein, Carol Bartram, Babs Rigby, Diane Mehrer, and Millie Mader assemble centerpieces for display at the Spring Garden Council Style Show. (Photo by Erik
Comal party has advice: Don’t run
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Clayton Williams may be contemplating whether or not he wants to run for another election, but some people feel the effort would be a waste of time and money.
“At this time I cannot in good conscience urge Clayton Williams to further extend his lime and money in
the quest for another place on the Republican ballot,” said Robbie Bor-chcrs, chairperson of the Republican Party in Comal County.
Williams could not win an election because people have too many negative ideas about him, she said.
“Producing a winning image is very hard for an unknown, but
rebuilding an image where many seeds of doubt already exist is more difficult for a defeated candidate,” Bothers said.
Although Williams has learned many lessons, there are many minority groups who “need ample convincing he’s the man who reflects their ideals and goals,” she said.
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Williams said he has been “coasting a little bit” since the election, working on what he called “issue-oriented movements’’ that will keep him “involved.”
“I believe even more deeply in the issues and principles that I outlined in the campaign,” he said. “...I will be following up on some of those. I think it’s a little premature, but I will stay involved.”
He said he also has been busy drilling horizontal oil wells, hunting, fishing, ranching and spending time with his family.
“I’ve spent ... more time with my family than I ever have,” he said. “My oldest boy has needed me because he has been in trouble with drugs.”
Clayton Wade Williams, 20, was sentenced on a drug charge late last month. Repeating one of his own campaign slogans, the elder Williams said his son would “be going to learn the joy of bustin’ rocks.”
He recalled that he entered the governor’s race because of his son’s drug problems and that he wanted to wage war on drugs and drug dealers.
“We have not made enough strides,” he said, "so there is a place for me to help in that arena, whether it’s lobbying for money to fight drugs” or whatever.
Williams said he also was spending considerable lime with his wife Modesty whom he says took the election extremely hard.
“I held up very well,” he said, but Modesta “had more trouble dealing with the loss than I did ... I’m a wildcatter, and wildcatters deal with failure all the time. One out of IO or 15 wells is a discovery and the rest are dry holes.”
While his own philosophy is to “give it all you’ve got and then go on,” his wife had become “dedicated to things she thought she could do as First Lady, and she had a real disappointment.”
He said everyone grew very close during the campaign, and it was a
Lamar open house is today
Alter months of renovations and additions, lite Lamar Primary School is ready lo be shown off.
Principal Cris Vasquez is inviting die public to an open house today from 1:30-3 p.m. to tour the facilities.
The school originally was built in 1924.
Former teachers and students of I .ai liar have been invited lo attend die event.
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tough on everyone to lose such a close election. Afterward, they held what he described as an Irish wake.
“We talked and we cried and we kind of purged it,” he said, then gathered for a post-mortem a week later.
“It kinda let everybody get everything off their chests. ... The healing starts with getting it behind you. We weren’t there to fuss at one another.... We made enough mistakes to go around.”
While joking that he’s “now out of a job,” Williams said the cattle business has never been better and his other business ventures are good if not great.
Asked if he’s raised enough money for the next election, Williams
laughed and recalled talking with former Gov. Bill Clements about campaign costs.
“It’ll take you $3 million,” Clements told him. “I put in three. I had to put in three more, but when I won, I got that back.”
Based on that conversation, Williams said he put up $4 million out of his own pocket, “but I was not prepared to double it.” He did in fact spend $8 million of his own money.
He said the highlights of the election year were meeting three limes in Texas with President Bush and campaigning across the state with various ethnic groups.
"I probably didn’t enjoy it $8 million worth,” he laughed, “but I enjoyed it.”
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Members of New Braunfels Council of Garden Clubs have donated their time to make the community a showcase of beauty. Now the council is hosting a Spring Style Show and Luncheon to showcase beautiful fashions offered by area businesses.
The fundraising show will feature spring fashions, modeled by garden club members, presented by The Collection, My Closet and Willis Town N’ Travel. Gardening tips will be presented by Bill Schumann, former Comal County extension agent.
The buffet luncheon, catered by Clear Springs Catering & Decorating, begins at 11:30 a.m. March 20 in the Activity Center of the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard. Tickets, which include the style show and luncheon, are $14.50 each and available from garden club members and participating stores. Reservations are due March 15.
The New Braunfels Council of Garden Cubs was formed to provide horticultural and environmental counsel and education to local garden clubs and to help in the beautification and conservation of the community. It draws delegates from each of the city's five state federated garden clubs and operates as a non-profit service organization.
Individual clubs belonging to the council have participated in or sponsored plantings in Landa Park, the Landa Park Arboretum, Antique Rose Conservatory at Conservation Plaza and the Childrens’ Garden on Common Street. Some also have taken horticulture exhibits, tree plantings and recycling aid to local schools.
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To enhance public awareness of landscaping and beautification efforts, the council annually honors a business that has landscaped and maintained its planting with the Civic Beautification Award. Of particular interest are those firms that xeriscape — the practice of using native plants with minimal needs for watering.
The 1990-91 winner was Executive Plaza Building. Previous winners include Jack-in-the-Box and McDonald’s restaurants and Mill Store Plaza.
Another council project is the annual spring clean-up, encouraging and enabling residents to rid their neighborhoods of potentially dangerous, unhealthy or unsightly trash.
Each Christmas season, the New Braunfels Council of Garden Clubs
helps design and display some of the downtown area decorations. Members also contributed to the recent troop support effort by tying yellow ribbons for display on the parking meter poles around Main Plaza and to plans for the xeriscaping of traffic medians at Seguin Street and U.S. Highway 81.
Council members serve on the Paries Advisory Board and have been invited to attend Downtown Restoration and Development meeting.
Several years ago, the council conducted a Wildflower Symposium to help educate the public about native plants. Arbor Day is celebrated annually, with a special emphasis last year. In addition, 26 trees honoring past council presidents have been planted in Landa Park and contributed to New Braunfels’ retention of the Tree City USA designation.
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