New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels-area gas prices
These prices are for one gallon of unleaded gas as of 2 p.m. Saturday.
$3.47 $3.35 $3.42 $3.47 $3.39
$3.45 $3.37 $3.37
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Richard believes the U.S. should be tapping into oil reserves.
In 2009, the U.S. had 20,682 million barrels of crude oil in reserve, according to E1A.
“The biggest winners are the oil companies who are letting the gas prices rise," Richard said. “If we can get our gas prices down, the rest of the world will, too."
New Braunfels resident Stewart Owens has resorted to drastic measures.
“My (vehicle) is not exactly fuel efficient,” Owens said, pointing to his Jeep. “I’ve been doing things to cut down on the cost of gas, like engine work, so it will run better, and I have switched to a higher octane fuel. Normally, I wouldn’t go to all this trouble.”
Owens said his friends like to take frequent trips.
“We won’t be going on as many now,” Owens said. “This is making me beg my boss for more hours (at work).”
Mary-Anne Fay, a self-employed San Marcos resident, believes the events in the Middle East are mainly responsible for the rise in prices.
“The gas companies are seeing it as an opportunity to make money,” Fay said. “They raise them if anything significant takes place, even if it’s a storm.”
Fay suspects gas prices will reach nearly $5 this summer.
“I hope the government steps up and uses our reserves before it comes to that,” Fay said. “This is going to affect my travel with my business. I won’t be going to as many events, and things may be canceled because not enough people can afford to
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come to performances from far-flung spots like Victoria.
“That’s our first venture in San Marcos — they said, ‘When are you coming to our communities?’ And we said, 'Let’s try this,”’ Mairs said.
“Mid-Texas Symphony sees ourselves as a musical organization in the community, but also a service organization in the community, and we’re delighted to be a part of the culture of these two wonderful cities of New Braunfels and Seguin,” he said.
“We know music does things for the soul that almost nothing else can do. We strongly believe the fine arts and especially music can do things to and for people that nothing else can do, whether it be in a concert hall, at a nightclub, at a funeral parlor or in a church,” he said.
“The British conductor and motivational speaker, Benjamin Zander, is absolutely convinced that everyone loves classical music — they just don’t know it yet. People love it once they hear it—we bring our audience great music, well-played in a fun atmosphere. We try to take the ‘phony’ out of symphony,” Mairs said.
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With gasoline prices steadily on the rise, New Braunfels residents are having to cut down on many lifestyle expenses.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website, gasoline prices have risen 14 cents per gallon of regular unleaded during the last two weeks.
Oil companies saw a $12.61 per barrel rise in domestic crude oil over the course of six months. In July 2010, crude oil cost $71.37 per barrel, but by December 2010, it had risen to nearly $84.
Christopher Chin, 45-year-old commercial semi-truck driver from Missouri, stopped to full his truck with diesel fuel Friday afternoon. Glancing at the fuel pump, he shook his head in disbelief.
“I drive for a company, so (these prices) don’t directly affect me, but when I filled up last night, it cost $758," Chin said. “Usually, it’s only $550. When the demand goes up, so do the prices.”
Former U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Earl Richard, a New Braunfels resident, said Americans are letting the government control their budgets.
“There’s really no need for the U.S. to pay these prices for gas,” Richard said, filling up his small, four-door vehicle. “It’s a shame we’re being held hostage by the stuff going on in the Middle East, where our oil comes from, but this is what our govern-
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When: 7:30 p.m. March 26 Where: San Marcos H.S. Performing Arts Center, 2601 E. McCarty Lane When: 4 p.m. March 27.
Jackson Auditorium, Seguin Tickets: Reserved seating $25, general admission adult $20, senior (62+)/college/military $15, student (18 and under) $5
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“They’re exquisite—they’re so phenomenal that we wanted to get them for two nights.”
T he Romero Guitar Quartet
— Pepe. Celin, Celino, and lito
— have performed for presidents, kings, and the Pope, starred in a PBS documentary and inspired composers to write for guitar quartets.
“What the‘Three Tenors’ are to the world of opera, The Romeros are to the classical guitar,” Mairs said.
Led by patriarch Pepe Romero, the all-male group takes full advantage of classical
guitar’s accessibility, venturing into different styles of music and cultural waters, ranging from the Andaluz piece “Concerto d’Aranjuez” to Mozart’s Symphony 39 in E-flat.
Mairs is in his 15th year with the Mid-Texas Symphony, now in its 33rd season.
Started by longtime Texas Lutheran University piano professor Anita Windecker, the orchestra is fully professional, he said.
“Everyone is paid, and the majority are professionally or conservatory trained,” Mairs said.
They rehearse locally, and the orchestra plays six concerts a year — three at Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and three in New Braunfels — like the recent concert at Oakwood Baptist with special guest violinist Charles Yang.
The move to perform at Texas State represents a sort of branching out for the symphony, Mairs said, noting that fans
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As the smallest cities in the United States to have their own professional symphony orchestra, New Braunfels and Seguin have an immense resource — and they’ll benefit with the upcoming concert of the Mid-Texas Symphony and the First Family of classical guitar, the Romero Guitar Quartet.
The concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. March 26 at San Marcos H.S. Performing Arts Center, 2601 E. McCarty I ¿me, in San Marcos and 4 p.m. March 27 at TLU’s Jackson Auditorium.
The group played to a standing-room only crowd at the Brauntex in New Braunfels three yean ago, so the orchestra’s musical director David Mairs expects the upcoming concerts to be popular with local music aficionados.
“They sold out and then some, and people have asked ever since when we were going to bring them back,” he said.
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