New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wishes from tha Narakft-Zeitungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Maria dtomez, Patty Navttt, Brae ie Munoz (Monday), Joel Reverb Monday), Diann Allen, Tommy Acker Tyler Blakeney (12 year! old), Emma Melton Monday), Michael Barker i Monday), Tri eh Bourgeois Monday), Kelly Copelln, tlbecca Eieenman (2 yeera old), Daniel Aaron Mills (11 'fears ora), joan u ay anes Monday), Opal Barganier Saturday), Adam Martinez, Adon Seay (90 years old), Janie Garcia Villarreal (Belated), Gabriel J. Diaz (2 years old), Sylvia Esquivel (40 years old, Monday), Benda Martinez, Rafael Martinez Jr. (7 years old), Rafael Martinez Sr., Otto Zknmermann (92 years old), Brian Wdgiwiy, Marguerite Turner, Jaime Aleman (Monday), Lawrence “L.T.” Krueger (95 years old, belated).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Frances and Nolan Baird (1 year), Katie and Michael Henderson (1 year), Irma and Freddy Fischer (60 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Community Chorals concert sot for Adv* 13
The New Braunfels Community Chorale is holding its final rehearsals for an April 13 concert of Broadway tunes. Tickets are on sale now at China-n-Things and Johnson Furniture. The concert will be held at First United Methodist Church.
. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open in mid-May. Tile Chamber currently has a great volunteer core, but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center. Anyone interested can call Lyn-di Moon at the Chamber office, 625-2385.
SVHS class of *87 seeks members
The Smithson Valley High School Class of 1987 has planned its 10-year reunion for July 5, 1997. Information was mailed out March 15. lf you are a classmate (or know of a classmate) who has not received the information, please call 904-4733 or 904-4009 to update addresses
Bey Scouts awNebls for odd Jobs
Boy Scouts will clean out your garage, room, closet, etc., to earn funds to attend summer camp. They will haul off unwanted items Call 629-3811.
QHP seeks planning volunteers
The Comal Independent School district seeks volunteers to help with its Long Range Planning Committee Those interested can call 885-7674 or 625-8081, ext. 203. LRPC meetings are 6:30 p m. Tuesday at Mountain Valley Elementary, April 8 at Comal Elementary, April 22 at Smithson Valley Middle School and May 6 at Frazier Elementary.Aifcor Day calibration on tap
An Arbor Day celebration will be at 2 p m. April 1 near the playground in Landa Park, at the corner of Fredericksburg Road and Playground Drive. It is sponsored by the New Braunfels Garden Club Advisory Board. The public is invited to attend this planting of a new tree in the Landa Park Arboretum.
HpraM-ZrtunQ photo by Mtoha#) Dam**)
Gov. George W. Buat) confronts a crowd of reporters Friday at tho New Braunfels CMc Conter during the Legiolotfve Contorno# where he spoke about hts school finance reform plan.
Bush brings school reform plan to conferenceBy ABE LEVY
Governorship has its privileges — at least when it comes to slipping into a prune slot at the 31st Annual Texas Legislative Conference on Friday.
On a mission to push his school finance proposal before Texas residents and members of the state Legislature, Gov. George W. Bush contacted conference organizers two weeks ago notifying them of his intentions.
In a flash, the waters were parted to allow die top state executive to speak following theConference draws leaders from across the state / 6A
conference panel on financing Texas schools.
“You have to be very accommodating, especially when one of his bills is the topic of our panels," said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of C ommerce, which sponsored the conference. “It added to the prestige of the conference.”
In fact, the conference bulletin contained a handy insert with the new-and-improved schedule that highlighted the governor's time slot.
The conference already compressed Bush’s speech with addresses from House Speaker Fete Laney and Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison that were sandw iched by four panel discussions on topics suck as f ederal revenue policy and deregulation of the electricity industry.
Seizing the moment. Bush told the more than MX) attendees at the Civic ( enter that the time to act on school finance reform is now and that he w as confident some type of plan would emerge front the Legislature to reform Turn to Bush, Page 2A
Festival to celebrate area's volunteer community
See Page 6A.
HerakJ-Zeitunaphoto by Michael Darnall
Msril— Burdge gathers several candy eggs during Saturday’s annual Evening Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt at Landa Park. Tha avant draw more than 400 parents and children.
Area oi Power Outage
New Braunfels SUNDAY
36 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, March 23,1997 Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years B Home of Irma and Freddy Fischer Vol 145. No 93
Garcia Park dedicated
The park was named after Jesse Garcia in 1984 but Saturday officials from the county, city, local youth agencies, family and friends dedicated the park in honor of the man with a ground breaking ceremony, Mariachi band, Folklorica dance and an endless supply of hot dogs.
The event was also in celebration of the Community Development Block Grant Week. CDBG funds of $ 11,700 paid for two covered picnic tables, several trees, shrubs, a fence and irrigation system at the park, which city park officials installed with almost $14,500 in labor costs.
Planned power outage on tap
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels Utilities officials said they are scheduling a power outage from I to 3 p.m. Thursday for a small portion of east New Braunfels to tie underground conductors to two major circuits.
The effort will give them greater switching capabilities to move between circuits, said NBU electrical engineer John Green.
NBU officials said they apologize for any inconvenience, and ask that especially computer equipment be turned off to avoid loss of any stored information.
Green said that people should minimize use of major appliances, lights and equipment during the outage.
The outage will affect all customers on South Walnut Avenue from Tumbleweed Drive to County Line Road.
It will also affect customers in the Walnut Estates and Rolling Valley Subdivisions in the 1000 block of Rolling Path, I IOO block Mahan Circle, I IOO block of Woodall Circle, 1000 and I IOO blocks of Camellia Lane and the following addresses on Gardenia Drive: 1084, 1088, 1092, 1096, 1103, 1107, 1115 and 1119.
For more information, call NBU between 7 a,m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Fnday at 625-8178.
By ABE LEVY
Ironically, the hot dogs were one of Garcia's favorite items to sell during numerous fund-raisers that he sponsored for area youth to go on Boy Scout field trips.
Saturday, the hot dogs were free and so were the compliments about the African-American man who worked for 35 years at Mission Valley Textiles, Inc.
“He made a good son out my son,” said Mary Johnson, whose son Larry was a Boy Scout under Garcia’s care. “He was like a father to him. Larry learned how to make a Turn to Garcia, Page 2A
In today*! edition of New Horizons, ms nBi Wu"a»0»iunQ ^s isvcss s loos si ins srss s unsung Heroes end Citizen of the yeer.
Miller named Citizen of the Year
By ABE LEVY
Herald Zeitung photo by Mich**) Darnall
Trey Perez enjoys himself et tile dedication of the perk named after Me grandfather, Jeeee Garcia.
Nineteen-month-old Trey Perez romped about a West End park Saturday afternoon under a sunny sky without a worry or care and without knowing the reason more than 50 people from across the New Braunfels area also came to the acre plot of land.
Unknown to the frolicking toddler, the life of his grandfather, the late Jesse Garcia, and specifically his knack for touching the lives of countless youth attracted the sizable adult congregation.
For his commitment to the community and work this past year in protecting the area’s water supply during times of drought, the Hcrald-Zeitung chose local insurance agent and water expert Doug Miller as its C itizen of the Year during a Friday reception.
In presenting the award, editor and publisher Doug Toney said Miller stood in the forefront of the water battle to protect the future of this community.
“We know of few people who have ever contributed more to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for this community,” he told Miller, ‘in the past year, we believe then- was no one who gave more of themselves to this community than you did.”
The presentation is the sixth Citizen of the Year award, which is chosen each year by the Herald-Zeitung’s Editorial Board.
The newspaper also presented IO Unsung Hero awards to families and individuals who were nominated by the community for their outstanding contributions and voluntecnsm.
‘These awards are given to those remarkable people among us who give of themselves not because they arc paid to be compassionate and giving, but because they are guided by their hearts to help and assist others,” Toney said.
Recipients include Sebastian and Elodia Alvarado, Dee and Jeane Uranium, Charlie Dewitt, Charles R Dilly, Anna Lee Hicks, Myrtle and Bob Peterson, Judy Kraft, John Payne, Pamela Sandberg and Tom and Jean Watson.From Palm Sunday to Paradise. See Opinion, 4A.