New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845
New BraunfelsHerald8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, March 21,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MILDRED KOCH
Vol. 143, No.92
Birthday wishes from th* tiara kt-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Troy Jones (25 years), Erma Brown, Pablo CaeaHaro, Mildred kooh, Leroy Zavara Jr. (7 years), and Melchor L Gomez, New Braunfels (150!).
Today, partly cloudy and warm, high 88, low 58.
Welch to give landscaping seminar tonight
Renowned author and horticulturist Dr. Bill Welch will present a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in the Comal County Extension Office. The workshop on landscaping is free and open to the public
Bagiator now for Discovery Camp
Park Rangers will lead children ages six to 10 in enjoying wildlife, nature studies, hiking, crafts, outdoor games and environmental projects during the Spring Break Discovery Camp in Landa Park The camp will be held March 28-29 from 8 a m. to 5 p m Pre registration is required and is being taken at the parks office until March 24 Fee is $15 each day or $25 for both days. For information, call 608-2160.
Daneofost planned at agios Hall
Sesquicentennial Dance Fest Saturday, March 25 at Eagles Hall. Old fashioned Heimat Abend’ begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. with a Parade of Flags and German Costumes.* Sponsored by Deutscher Voikstanzverband Texas and New Braunfels Ger-Folkdancers. German style dance music by the Seven Dutchman Orchestra.
During band breaks exhibition dances will be presented by member groups of the German Folkdance Association of Texas Descendants of founding families attending are invited to join in a special dance ceremony to hon or the early settlers of the area.
Advance tickets $5, at the door $7. Tickets may be purchased from club members at China-N-Thmgs, ChoMett's Fashions, Johnson's Furniture, or by calling 606-0844.
Dog obDdtoncD class to bs hsid
The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is ottering a course in basic dog obedience taught by Stephanie Heinrich The class will meet for eight weeks begin nmg March 28
Classes will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p m. to 7:30 p m. at the Landa Recreation Center The fee for this course is $40 For more information, call 608-2167.
Csntury singers coining
Texas MM University's Cen tury Singers present “Gospel, Friday, March 31 at 7:30 p m at the Oak Run School, 415 Tim ber Hollow. Free admission Sponsored by the Comal Coun ty A&M Mother's Club and Aggie Club
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Isidro Gutierrez, 86, was struck by a white GMO van driven by Stephen Merriam while he was walking across Walnut St. in front of HEB yesterday afternoon. Merriam was not cited in the case and Gutierrez was recovering from minor injuries at McKenn Memorial Hospital.
Children’s Museum opens ‘Take Yourself Back’ exhibit
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Children’s Museum has turned into a time machine. The new Sesquicentennial exhibit. “Take Yourself Back,” opened last night, it gives kids a chance to get their “hands-on" New Braunfels history in a whole host of ways.
The regular Grandma’s Attic exhibit is now part historic school, part historic house. Children can play school and play house — the way it was for their New Braunfels ancestors. “They can play with a wood stove, butter chum, wash board, and “gather eggs,” said Children’s Museum Director Susan Williams.
Some real New Braunfels artifacts are on loan from the Sophienburg Museum. "The sign says ‘The items on this table may be touched, but GENTLY,”’ Williams said. “The children really do respect the sign and treat the items with care.”
The artifacts include a piece of old fachwerk carpentry (no metal nails used) and an old wash tub. “We have to keep that on the table, otherwise children wind up in it,” Williams said.
A comer becomes a big old tree — like the very first New Braunfels school where Herman Seele taught. Kids
Citizens voice concerns over concrete plant
Bulverde residents say plant would make intersection more dangerous
get to “make and take" their own chalk the way New Braunfels settlers did. “They mold the chalk from the river clay," demonstrates Education/Exhibits Coor- Herald-Zeitung photo by
dinator Julie Swift. SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
“When it dries it Elizabeth Soechting teaches a his-
rcallv writes on the toric New Braun,e,# classroom at U lt ? J ° the Children s Museum's “Take
chalk board. Yourself Back" exhibit.
A huge map of
New Braunfels IOO years ago covers one wall. Children can mark their school on the map and locate the school they might have attended IOO years ago.
Children can play in a log cabin — then take it apart and put it back together. Big enough to be a life-size play house, the cabin is made out of giant Lincoln logs. The whole thing was made by museum volunteers.
The Sesquicentennial exhibit is designed in modules, so school groups can come through without creating traffic jams, Williams said.
By CRAIG HAMMETT
BULVERDE - In County Judge Carter Casteel’s monthly “town meeting” last night, she opened with reports on the new JP #3 Building, an update on the Lewis Creek Project and other matters. But within 15 minutes, she came to the subject more than 50 people came to talk about, a proposed concrete batch olant in Bulverde.
The residents came to ask questions and voice concerns with the judge, Commissioner Danny Scheel and a representative of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission about Ingram Readymix, Inc.’s proposed site near the comer of FM 1863 and U.S. Hwy. 281.
Residents cited several concerns, among them possible traffic hazards, air pollution and overuse of water. The intersection near the proposed site is one of the most dangerous in the county, according to accident reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety last year. Construction of an overpass is scheduled to begin at the intersection in two years.
"Our main problem is the traffic,” said Mike Belto, president of the Bulverde Estates Homeowners Association, “We don’t mind a company doing business, just stay away from the homes, the residential areas.”
As yet, trees and grass are all that appear at the site. The company has applied for a Standard Exemption for air emissions through the TNRCC. Jim Menke, of the TNRCC Air Quality Division in San Antonio, said an exemption was basically an approval for smaller operations, anything from an air conditioner to this.
The batch plant would basically mix the concrete, not bum any substances or hazardous waste. Menke said the agency would monitor emissions made through the plant.
At least two residents, one of them Luke Lindsey, who lives within 140 yards of the site, wrote a letter to the
TNRCC requesting a hearing on the matter, something Menke said was likely in Austin, and that a meeting could be held in the county prior to the hearing. Lindsey, like many residents, said emissions of certain products such as fly ash could affect people with breathing problems.
The arca in the western portion of Comal County has no incorporated areas, thus no zoning laws that could regulate business and residential areas. The Oak Village North subdivision, not too far from the site, tried to incorporate last year but the vote failed.
“The growth of a community often has to come to this,” Menke said. “lf you don’t have the mechanism in place, you have to react rather than act.”
Judge Casteel told many of the people she knew they moved to the area to get away from the zoning laws of cities, like San Antonio. She said, however, the county had limited power to do anything.
“You’ve got to know what buttons to push and the county button isn’t the one on this one,” she said.
The judge said a proposed underground water distnct, up for a vote in May, could regulate water use to some extent, however it was unknown if the plant could be regulated after the district was approved. Scheel said the company planned to pump about 6,000 gallons of water a day in their operation, something that concerns residents who say the Trinity Aquifer yields an uncertain supply of water, especially in the summer.
Concerns of this type are nothing new to Comal County, where huge amounts of limestone draw various industrial operations. New Braunfels residents in the past have voiced concerns with the opening of plants such as the TXI Cement Plant near Hunter, or when the Lafarge Plant, now Sunbelt proposed burning hazardous waste two years ago.
The company withdrew that proposal.
New Braunfels man arrested for robbery attempt
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A New Braunfels resident has confessed to several area bank robberies and could soon be charged, say authorities.
Kevin C. Robertson, 28, was arrested Saturday in Universal City when Universal City police officer Ron Ebertiard! interrupted an apparent robbery attempt at the NationsBank on Pat Booker Road. The police had been alerted on a suspicious person call.
Robertson is currently being held in the Bexar County Jail on $ 150,000 bond and is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a suspect in several robberies in the San Marcos and Austin areas.
“He confessed to four robberies so far,” said Lt. Charles Dewey of the Universal City Police Department. “He could be charged for at least the four robberies ”
Lt. Dewey said his office and other area law agencies such as the San Marcos Police Department had been investigating several robberies in the area. Although they didn’t have a name or definite suspect, they did have a description.
“We alerted the area banks,” he said. “They just had a description of the individual.”
According Lt. Dewey, the suspect apparently lived in motels and trailers in New Braunfels, but allegedly robbed banks in the other areas north and south
During the apparent robliery attempt Saturday afternoon, Robertson was apprehended with a BB pistol in his waistband.
Herald-Zottung photo by MARK LYON Dr. Bruce Larson addressed a crowd of about 600 at this morning's Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast.
Dr. Larson addresses 600 at Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast this morning
By MARK LYON
The 150th anniversary of the founding of New Braunfels was celebrated this morning with the Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast, held at the New Braunfels Civic Center. r ^
Featured speaker for the occasion was Dr. Bruce Larson, a well-known speaker and author and Mimster-at-Large for the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Cal.
Dr. Larson told the crowd of about 600 that they were fortunate to live in a city which is “a model for our nation.” He pointed to March 21,1845 when the first German settlers and their wagons pulled up near the banks of the Guadalupe River and gave thanks to God.
“These people had an enormous amount of faith,” he said “Your ancestors believed God had a vested interest in your city. This is a city where the maker and founder is God. God meant for our cities to be a place of refuge. He wanted us to gather in numbers and share with one another."
Dr. Larson noted examples of cities where an renewed emphasis is being placed on God, such as in the former Soviet Union and in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania “where they were once known as a city of steel, they are now known as a city of God.”
“The greatness of New Braunfels is that you inherited a great faith,” he continued. "What you inherited is desperately need across America today."
Descendants of ancestors who amved with Price Solms, and descendants of those who amved within a year or two later were recognized dunng the breakfast. Also, the official Sesquicentennial poster was unveiled before the crowd.Happy 150th Birthday New Braunfels!