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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYLocal soccer teams prepare for area round playoffs - See Page 6 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN: 364 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 10 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, MarcMflTl994 New Braunfels Herald Sn -• u F S I h,;'! f 10 /2 2/ 9'?    ,    „    ,, IX7 9903- Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MARGARET MATTHEWS ■ Vol. 142, No. 92 Obituaries............................. 2 Weather/water/pollen count.... 3 Opinion................................. 4 Stammtisch........................... 5 Sports Day............................ 6.7 The Marketplace................... ....8-10 Stammtisch Inside Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following )irthday wishes to; Margaret Matthews (90 years!), Opal Bar-wnier, Dona Bruns, Vance Iraune, Ronald Schwab (16 .Iwars!), Della Buck, Sandra Ann Schneider, Verttn Kuecker, Patrick Desfosses, Carmelite i loran (belated), Earline Baker, Raymond Dierksen, Bill Hackney, Helen Holcomb, Charlotte , Iced, Betty Shoemake, Mildred Venable, Oran Williams, Brierty to speak to NB Conservation Society The New Braunfels Conservation Society's general meeting will be held on Thursday, March 24, in the Forke Store at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Tim Brierty will speak to the group about McKenna Memorial Hospital's 40th Anniversary. The public is welcome. Comal Democrats to meet tonight The Comal County Democrats will meet tonight at the Comal Bowl Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will focus on the upcoming runoff and general election. The county convention, to be held on March 26, will also be discussed. Anyone interested is invited to attend and a social hour will follow the meeting. For more information please contact Gloria Sasser at 620-0864. Demo woman to moot tonight at Comal Bowl The Comal Chapter of the Texas Democratic Women will meet tonight at the Comal Bowl Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m. Susan Zinn with the Health Care Arm of the Texas Legal Aid will give a presentation on health care issues. Anyone interested is invited to attend. For more information, pleases contact Kristie Hayduk at 608-1947. WIC immunisations sot to bogin The Local WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program, located at 166 Comal St., have begun immunizations. The immunizations will be free to WIC participants, Monday thru Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and I p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 625-1441 for more information. Now instructor hirod for Now Braunfols The Mid-Texas Symphony has hired a new strings instructor for the New Braunfels area. Students interested in taking violin lessons are asked to contact the Mid-Texas Symphony office at 629-0336 or the new instructor, Jeanne Rogers, at 629-3734. Rogers is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the San F a cisco Conservatory of Music. Suunmdach (The New Braudels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) Two-car collision Four taken to hospital after two-car wreck By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Four people were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Monday after an accident that occurred on State Highway 46 west approximately two miles west of Farm to Market Road 2722. According to reports, the accident occurred at 4:25 p.m. It involved a 1989 gray Isuzu pickup driven by Virginia Gootee, 30, of New Braunfels and a 1988 brown and gold Bronco II driven by Howard Ivan Haecker, 42, of Canyon Lake. Both Gootee and Haecker were taken to the hospital by New Braunfels EMS. Haecker was treated and released. Gootee is listed in stable condition. Also transported were Kalce Cor- Mission Valley cashes in on NAFTA treaty By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The North American Free Trade Agreement appears ready to start paying major dividends for the local economy. Officials at the Mission Valley Textile Plant have reached an agreement with a Mexican company to market Mission Valley textile products in Mexico. Mission Valley has a target of exporting SI million worth of fabric to Mexico this year, and S2 million next year, said Bill Morton, Mission Valley president and chief executive officer. “NAFTA opened the door, but the most important thing was finding the right combination there of someone to represent us. In effect they are in a partnership with us to sell our fabrics," Morton said. “Mexico has a textile industry of its own, but it is not adequate to serve the entire market. They already import textiles, mostly from the Far East. With NAFTA, our tariffs will decrease, making our products more competitive compared to products from the Far East, which will still have the same tariffs. The tariffs on U.S. textiles will drop each year for Bill Morton five years.” Mission Valley I has about $55 million in sales per year, so Morton said he does not expect Mexican sales to be a major part of Mission Valley’s business right away. “But it is certainly a start,” he said. “I think it could be IO percent of our sales in five years. We are really excited to get the market cracked open. “Only time will tell over the next two or three years how big a market it will be, but I feel it will be good for us,” Morton said. Morton was in Mexico last week, working out the deal with the Corpo-racion Textil Azteca. He said the legal wording of tire contract is being finalized and he is confident contracts will be signed quickly. Mission Valley Textile employs close to 800 people at its New Braunfels plant. Those workers produce a wide variety of fabrics for clothing and furniture upholstery. Mayor Rudy Seidel decides against seeking reelection Mayor cites health problems as basis for decision HerakJ-Zertung photos by JOHN HUSETH (Top photo) Riblet Corner Is lifted from the 1969 Isuzu pick up which collided with a Bronco ll about two miles west of FM 2722 on State Hwy. 46 yesterday. (Bottom photo) New Braunfels emergency personnel work to free Virginia Gootee from her vehicle yesterday. ner, 23, a passenger in Gootee’s vehicle, and Pat Haecker, 42, a passenger in Howard Haecker’s vehicle. Comer is listed in stable condition and Pat Haecker was treated and released According to reports, both vehi cles were west bound on Highway 46 when Gootie attempted to make a u-tum. Haecker’s vehicle skidded 65 feet before stopping. The accident was investigated by Highway Patrol Trooper Scott Haag. By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel has announced he will not seek reelection to the office of District 3 city council member. Seidel, who has served one term on city council, said he is not running for reelection because of some medical problems. “So many people have begged me to run again which I appreciate, but I have some medical problems that I have ignored for a year and half. I feel like I cannot ignore them any longer,” said Seidel. “In my three years on the council I have not missed a single meeting, I may not have perfect record for the next three years, so I feel it is best for the city and for me not to run again,” he said. “I feel like we have accomplished a lot in th clast three years and I am sure that the council will work just as well without me. Seidel said he would have liked to serve as mayor during the Sesquicentennial celebration in 1995. Rudy Sekfel He said he would have liked to make speeches in German while the people from Braunfels, Germany were in I town. He added he | would have liked to see several things that were started on the council finished. “We are on the right track now. We have kept our tax rate at 41 cents for last six years and we still have all of the services we had before and at the same quality of services as before. It can be done, I wish our state and federal governments would do the same. “I want to thank everyone for being so nice to me, especially this last year while being your mayor," he said. New Braunfels Attorney Brenda (Freeman is running unopposed for the District 3 seat. The deadling for filing for council is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Three stars! Langston House Restaurant joins elite group by earning coveted rating from travel guide, AAA From staff reports The Langston House Restaurant of New Braunfels has been awarded the coveted 3-star rating by the Mobil 1994 Travel Guide. The Langston House is one of the only two Texas restaurants outside of the large cities of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin to be awarded the 3-star rating. The presentation of the Mobil rating cities the Langston House as “an excellent restaurant in seven rooms of an old mansion (circa 1854) near the center of old New Braunfels.” There are four restaurants in San Antonio with the 3-star rating, four in Austin, 14 in Dallas, 16 in Houston, and one in Jefferson. Since 1991 the Langston House has been awarded the 3-Diamond rating by the American Automobile Association. The AAA, a nonprofit organization, has been rating lodgings throughout the United States and Canada for 31 years. Establishments carrying the 3-diamond rating are considered to have extensive or specialized menus and a more complex cuisine preparation. They can offer a formal dining experience or provide a special family occasion. They have an inviting decor and skilled staff, with a wine list representative of the best domestic and foreign wine-producing regions. The AAA’s listing of the Langston House as “a restored 2-story 1854 mansion with various selections of well-prepared dishes,” has caused many travelers to seek it out. For example, Hal Bruno, political director of ABC, coming to Houston for the 1992 Republican Convention, spotted it in the AAA Guidebook before leaving Washington, D.C., and planned a trip to the Hill Country around it. The Langton House was the first place winner of the 1994 RLRN Wine & Food Tasting, Con tinental Division, in San Antonio, on Feb. 20, 1994. Bill Knight accepted the first place plaque for the Langston House at the Awards Ceremony in San Antonio on Monday March 7,1994. Bill Knight and Darlene Tantzen, owners of the Langston House, were especially surprised and pleased to win the event this year, because they were repeating their first place win for the second consecutive year. The winning dish was Chicken Roulades in Lemon Basil Cream. The flattened whole chicken breasts were filled with a stuffing of baby garden spinach, Roma tomatoes, shallots, garlic, basil, white wine, sunflower seeds, and lemon basil cream, and rolled tightly, wrapped in plastic wrap and foil, and poached gently. Langston House chef Ron Horecka and Darlene Tantzen collaborated on the recipe for several weeks. Ron, who was assisted by his wife Carol and Nicole Heiman, sliced the Roulades on the bias into pinwheels which emphasized the colorful green and red filling, spooned on lemon basil cream (made with fresh basil), and served them to around 2,000 attendees. Langston House chef Nigel Ridler and the entire Langston House Kitchen staff joined Ron in the efforts to prepare for the event, working overtime hours to prepare enough Chicken Roulades for the expected large crowd. New Braunfels’ Blumen Meisters donated extravagant flowers and decorations for both the 1993 and 1994 Langston House tables, which Darlene credits as contributing greatly to the overall winning presentation. After ira first place win in the 1993 RLRN Wine Sc Food Tasting, the Langston House was also invited to be a participant in the 1993 Hill County Wine & Food Festival in Austin. It was the only non-Austin or San Antonio restaurant invitee.Look for Horizons    1994, coming March 27, in the Herald-Zeitung ;