New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung□ Sunday, March31,1996OSA
Harmless mischief, fun-making part of April Fool’s holiday
Tomorrow is April I, sometimes known as April Fool’s Day. On April I, many people play practical jokes on each other and have been doing so for centuries.
One explanation for this custom is the fact that until the 16th Century, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25.
It frequently happened that this very happy and jolly New Year’s celebration fell during the Holy Week before Easter, and sometimes even coincided with Good Friday itself.
To avoid such an unfortunate circumstance, the authorities postponed the traditional New Year’s celebrations to April I.
In 1564, when the French reformed the calendar, New Year's Day was moved to Jan. I. The change confused many people, and in time it led to the fun of exchanging false greetings for the first of the year on the old day; thus, April I, “April Fool’s Day” or “All Fools Day” as some call it.
, It has also been suggested that the custom is a relic of the once prevalent practice of unlocking the gates of mental institutions and allowing the insane to roam at large on April I. Released from the asylum for one day, they became the unfortunate victims of heartless pranksters who sent them on fools’ errands.
Whatever the explanation, April I has become a day for harmless mischief and fun-making. It is a day for laughter.
But, tradition demands that all hoax-ing must cease at noon. Anyone extending the time limit makes of fool of himself.
Now, I finally understand a little rhyme we kids used to chant when I was a child. I never knew the meaning of it; we just did it. “Ha! Ha! April Fool’s has come and past and you’re the biggest fool at last.” So, no foolin’ after noon.
In this season of good cheer and new beginnings, it might be a good time to let go of resentments, grudges, grouchiness and grumpiness. It is a time to start over and enjoy the time we have left.
Pitch in, volunteer, help out any way you can, and you probably will be a happier person.
A sense of humor, a positive attitude, and a playful nature will go a long way in healing process of many ailments.
To be able to laugh at oneself is a show of strength and self-esteem, and
it can help you out of a lot of awkward situations sometimes.
The beginning of Spring, especially the month of April, is the season of hope and new life. In this period of new beginnings, the Comal County Senior Center has acquired a new 15-passenger van with the help of the Texas Department of Transportation. Our new beginnings and new services bring hope to many of the seniors who need transportation to the Center, to medical appointments, for shopping, and to social activities of various kinds. We are excited about all the programs and possibilities the new van brings. The proposed April schedule, and every month thereafter, will be printed in the Center’s newsletter. The handicapped equipped van is also available daily for those persons in wheelchairs or who need special care and attention.
Please call 625-1800 for information and/or reservations. Also, you may just call that number to make suggestions. Input from the community is always welcome.
Now, enjoy your April Fool’s Day, an remember my favorite saying that if you want to stay young and feel young, do something outrageous, but on April I, just don’t fool around after noon.
I leave you with this thought taken from just a few stanzas of a poem, “The Fool’s Prayer,” by Edward R. Sill, written in the 1800s.
“The royal feast was done; the King
Sought some new sport to banish care,
And to his jester cried: ‘Sir Fool,
Kneel now, and make for us a prayer! ’
“The jester doffed his cap and bells.
And stood the mocking court before;
They could not see the bitter smile
Behind the painted grin he wore.
“He bowed his head, and bent his knee
Upon the monarch’s silken stool;
His pleading voice arose: ‘O Lord
Be merciful to me, a fool!’...”
(Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident.)
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Referee crossed the line with athlete
I have never written a letter to complain about anything. Today, I think I should.
My brothers, sister, cousins and I grew up participating in New Braunfels, Texas, organized sports and learned to respect the officials, the game, the rules, and the discipline required to compete.
Today, I have a 10-year-old son, Neal, who has also been involved in sports since he was very young. His favorite sport is soccer, having played the game for the past seven years. Just this year, he tried out for and made the NB “Blitz” team; a group of beys who also love soccer and whose skills are being developed now with a view to the future. My son, Neal, is an intelligent, impressionable, well-rounded Christian boy with a good sense of humor and a healthy respect for authority.
Having said this, imagine then, his excitement when asked to be a volunteer ball boy Friday, March 8 for the New Braunfels High School Unicom soccer team in a district home game against the Alamo Heights Mules. Imagine working very hard on the sidelines with your friend, Chris, another ball boy, to keep the soccer balls available for throw-in during the game.
Imagine saying to your friend, Chris, “That referee just made a dumb call.” Imagine then, if you will, that referee, a University Interscholastic League (UIL) referee from Austin, a grown man, running over to you, pointing his finger in your face and saying, “Shut up!” and then running back on the field, grinning.
Then, at the half-time break, further imagine walking across the field to get something to drink with your friend Chns and three other boys and having that same UIL referee, a grown man, come up to you, grab your shoulder, once more put his finger in your face and say, “Son, you are no longer a ball boy! I’m throwing you off the field, get up into the stands!”
Imagine the embarrassment and disappointment of a 10-year-old who looked up to officials but now seems needlessly afraid of them.
I’m sure there was a much better technique this referee, a grown man, could have used to instruct a 10-year-old boy in the “proper” way to comment on a referee’s call. Am I wrong
to wonder why a child can’t express an opinion to his friend regarding an official’s call? Neal did not yell at the referee nor show him disrespect. It seems to me that the referee, a grown man, chose to handle this incident in such a fashion as to exert Iris “power” over a 10-year-old boy...my, doesn’t that make him a big man?
He owes Neal an apology.
Imagine that Neal actually gets one! Nah, too hard to imagine.
Sherry L. Hill New Braunfels
In memory of Vernon William Stray
The following is in memory of Vernon William Strey.
“(Vie ein sanfter Schlummer, der die Milden
Nach der Tagesarbeit iiberfallt,
So des Frommen Tod; er schlaft in Frieden
Sanft hiniiber in die bessere Welt. "I “Ach zu friih bist du geschieden, Und umsonst war unser Flehn,
Rube nun in Gottes Frieden,
Bis wir einst uns widersehn. "2
"Like a gentle slumber which befalls The weary after days of toil and grace,
So is the death of a pious man; he sleeps
In peace and goes up to a better place."I
"Oh, you left us all too soon,
And our pleas were all in vain; Gently rest in the peace of God Until we meet each other again. ”2
(Footnotes I and 2 are from “Ger-man-Texana” by Gilbert J. Jordan, Chap. 7 page 71 — combined verses of #37 and #41 — Epitaphs in Verse Form, 1980.)
Vernon William Strey passed away Wednesday, March 13, 1996. He was bom on Nov. 27, 1931, in Marion, Texas, the son of Emil H. and Sophie Strey. He was baptized on Feb. 14, 1932, at St. John Lutheran Church in Marion and was confirmed on April 14, 1946.
Vernon served with the United States Navy for four years as a radio operator. He met his wife, Barbara, while serving in the Navy, and they were married on Nov. 19, 1954. He worked for more than 30 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety Communications.
Mr. Strey became a member of Faith
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Lutheran Church (Austin) in 1959 and served as an usher for many years. He was an avid genealogist and was the current treasurer of the Comal County Genealogy Society. He gave many volunteer hours to the North Central Caregivers in Austin, driving clients to their appointments or to do needed shopping.
Mr. Strej' was preceded in death by his father, Emil H. Strey of Seguin, and a brother, Norman L. Strey of Cibolo. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Strey, and sons Daniel, Joseph, and Kurt, all of Austin; his mother, Sophie Strey of Seguin; brothers Wilburti O. Strey of San Antonio and Gary E. Strey of Seguin; three nephews and one niece.
His friends will always remember him as a good-hearted person, always willing to lend a hand, no matter how big or small the job. He was a “cousin” to all, having completed more than 18 family genealogies presently housed in the research room at the Sophienburg Archives in New Braunfels. We will miss him dearly.
Mary Louise Foerster, Vice President
Comal County Genealogy Society
Air your feelings on proposed hunting/fishing regulations
On April IO, Texas Parks & Wildlife will be conducting a public comment hearing on proposed hunting and fishing regulations for the 1996-97 season. These hearings are held every year to give the public a chance to voice opinions on TP&W’s regulation proposals. I would like to bring one of the proposed regulations to your attention as it affects everyone who enjoys fishing.
The regulation being proposed would restrict fishing on a section of the Lower Guadalupe River, from the easternmost FM 306 bridge at Whitewater Sports to the second River Road crossing (IO miles). The regulation, if approved, would change to:
■ Artificial lures only (a total ban on all fishing with worms, minnows, etc.).
■ Bag limit reduction on trout from five per day to three per day.
■ Minimum length limit from no minimum to 16 inch minimum for trout.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division is proposing this regulation on behalf of a fly fishing club, Trout Unlimited based in Austin, who have lobbied them for this regulation.
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Trout Unlimited has been privately stocking trout in the river and also leases property along the proposed special regulation area.
I agree TU has done a good job of privately stocking trout in our public river, but that doesn’t mean they deserve a special regulation written to favor them and restrict everyone else. TP&W also stocks trout in the river bought with funds from the sale of freshwater trout stamps to the general public.
The reasoning behind this proposal is to reduce the number of fish kept by the general public in order to create a “trophy” trout fishery for fly fishermen. TP&W isn’t even sure this proposal will work.
In order for TP&W to obtain their goal they say they must ban the most basic and widely used type of fishing there is, standard pole- and-line fishing with natural bait. This would be the first regulation of its kind in this state.
I am not against reducing the daily bag limit on trout in hopes of increasing the population and size of this exotic species, however banning all natural bait fishing so that a small group of fly fishermen can have a semi-private trout preserve on a public Texas river is wrong.
This regulation, if allowed to pass, would make it against the law for a child to fish for perch with an earthworm on this section of river. When I questioned TP&W personnel in Austin to verify this, their response was, “Take them somewhere else.” I think a child catching a fish is more important than a group of adults having a trophy trout fishery.
Residents of this area have learned to tolerate a lot of things, but having their fishing rights taken away by a special interest group should not be one of them.
The public comment hearing will be held April IO, 7 p.m. at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, Commissioners’ Courtroom in New Braunfels. I urge you to attend and voice your opinion on this special interest regulation.
Craig Goedrich Canyon Lake
See more Letters to the Editor on
Page 3A of today’s newspaper.
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