New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, May 5,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ROBIN SUCHY
Vol 143, No. 125
^3 Aquifer battle conies to a head
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-ZeKung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Ludie Fesperman, Frank Eichmann, Robin Suchy, Rudy Castro (45 years), Felix Esquibel, Rosa Maria Madera (50 years), Jim Rheinlaender and Tiffany Rose Andsou. Happy belated birthdays to Crystal Rose Anderson, Frank Villanueva (37 years), Agustin Rosales (93 years) and Julio Madera IIL
Adobe Verde helps the Cancer Society
You can help fight cancer in Comal County just by going out to eat this weekend. Adobe Verde is supporting the local unit of the American Cancer Society by donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales May 5, 6, and 7.-
The donation from Adobe Verde is part of fund-raising efforts promoting the third annual ACS Starlight Gala, to be held June 16 at the Civic Center. Funds raised through the event benefit local programs.
For information about the Gala, call 629-3338. For local ACS information, call 629-5717. Adobe Verde is located on Hunter Road in Gruene and is open from 11 a m. to 10 p.rn Friday and Saturday and until 9 p.m. Sunday.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Croup to meet
The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Dittlinger Library meeting room. There will be a video, speaker and literature. Call 560-2200, ask for Becky. The group will also meet at the Seguin Library at 6:30 p.m.
Mid-Texas Symphony Society to meet in Seguin
The Mid-Texas Symphony Society will hold its annual meeting Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Bank and Trust meeting room in Seguin, 101 Nolte. Anyone who has made a contribution to the symphony in the past year is a member of the society is welcome to attend and take part in the meeting.
In Wednesday’s article concerning the election for the proposed Comal County Underground Water Conservation District, it said the district could regulate pumping. Actually, the district can regulate pumping but only on large wells that pump more than 25,000 gallons a day not including those that provide water for domestic needs of 10 homes or more or water for livestock.
The cutline for a front page photo in the April 23 Herald-Zeitung misidentified a band member in the photo. The guitar player was a member of Mariachi Cardenas Ecos de Mexico.
Local leaders implore citizens to get involved, say springs are at stake
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Local government officials brought out the battle flags Thursday, imploring citizens to step up the fight in the battle over the Edwards Aquifer.
As the State Legislature winds down this month, the issue of regulating the aquifer should come to the forefront in the next few days, said local water negotiator Doug Miller.
“It’s been a long, long battle and it’s come to this,’’ said Miller as he, city, county and other officials gathered in front of the Comal Springs.
Two plans have reached the final stages. House Bill 3189 sponsored by Reps. Robert Puente of San Antonio and Ron Lewis would in effect create an Edwards Aquifer Authority with an elected board, hoping to satisfy Voting Rights Act
‘I hope the citizens are concerned these springs will always flow.’
— Mayor Paul Fraser
requirements of the Justice Department that earlier stalled such an authority.
County commissioners passed an emergency resolution Thursday morning supporting HB 3189 or any bill that would create some kind of authority to regulate pumping by large wells. The city sent a letter to Austin and New Braunfels Utilities reiterated their support.
While local government supports HB 3189, they strongly oppose HB 753, a bill that just passed a House Committee by a 7-2 vote and
now enters the floor for a vote (Puente voted against). According to Miller and a federal water monitor appointed in the long-standing court fight over the springs, this bill would not provide any regulation or punishment for overpumping but merely “allow the fox to guard the henhouse,” and maintain the “status quo.” San Antonio and especially the western farming counties would continue to pump unabated.
The bill was formed based on an interlocal agreement between the Edwards, Medina and Uvalde underground water districts. Comal County is a member of the Edwards district. Using this agreement for a bill angered the three Comal County members of the Edwards Board who sent a letter to the federal monitor denouncing this use.
“It was, in my mind, never intended to serve as a tool for legislation,” said Jack Ohlrich, who
helped with the agreement.
Miller implored citizens to call not only local but other representatives at the State Capitol now as the bills are nearing the decision point. Many legislators, he said, especially those from other regions, sec this as a local issue and would basically like to be done with it.
“We are strongly committed to the passage of HB 3189...,” said Mayor Paul Fraser. “...The beauty of the scene behind me (Comal Springs) is dependent on the springs flowing. I hope the citizens are concerned these springs will always flow.”
If HB 753 passes, against what local leaders considered good for the city, Miller suggested citizens sign a petition to create their own Ch. 52 water district, which would apply to those citizens over the Edwards and its recharge zone.
Kindermaskenball captures the spirit of city’s founders
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Kindermaskenball — another historical feather in New Braunfels’ cap. The first founders kept the old German custom alive when they came to Texas. Now New Braunfels’ Kindermaskenball is thought to be the oldest ongoing event in Texas, author Rosemarie Leissner Gregory said.
Gregory and Myra Lee Adams Goff published “Kindermaskenball: Past and Present,” a book filled with Kindermaskenball history and illustrated with dozens of priceless old photographs.
New Braunfels’ first teacher Herman Seele brought the custom to life in early New Braunfels, Gregory and Goffs book said. New Braunfels held its first Kindermaskenball in 1856, Emmie Seele Faust, Seele’s daughter, said.
“According to one account, he led the youngsters through the streets in procession and out to a pasture near Comal Springs, the area which later became Landa Parte,” the book said.
The June 26,1857, edition of the New Braunfels Zeitung reported that die Kindermaskenball had been held the previous year, the book said.
“After assembling at the Academy last Saturday, the students dressed in costumes, led by their teachers and a brass band, frolicked through town for an afternoon and evening of fun, plays, singing and dancing at the Saengerhalle,” Gregory and Goffs book quotes the newspaper as saying.
Mothers crafted works of art when they made their children’s costumes. Most women practiced dressmaking skills to furnish their family’s clothing. The Kindermaskenball was an opportunity to show off skills and creativity. Costumes were planned and begun months in advance of the event.
The Kindermaskenball and Folk-• fest events combined three years
Sue Hampe (Adkins) and Nancy Staats (Chafin) ware all dressed up for the 1939 Kindermaskenball.
ago, Clyde Blackman of the Sophicnburg Museum said. This Sesquicentennial year the German American Society recognized the event by depicting the Kindermaskenball on their Maibaum. “It shows a wonderful emphasis on children in the community,” Gregory said.
Participants in this year’s Kin-dermaskenball should line up in front of the New Braunfels Independent School District Administration Building at 9 a m. Saturday, Kindermasken chair Rusty Brandt said. Costume judging is at 9:30 and the parade itself begins at IO am.
The parade will proceed down Academy toward San Antonio, turn and go around the Main Plaza, and end up by the Sophienburg Archives. Refreshments will be
served there courtesy of Pit Stop Food Marts, Brandt said.
Costumes will be judged in the following categories: three years and under, four years, K-first grade, second to third grade, fourth to fifth grade, and above fifth grade. First, second and third place will be awarded in each category.
All who march will receive participation ribbons, Brandt said. Winners will receive special ribbons.
John Wayne impersonator Dr. Gene Howard leads this year’s parade as the grand marshall, Brandt said.
“This year we’ve been trying to push staying with the Sesquicentennial,” Brandt said. “Anyone who has ever marched in the Kindermaskenball is invited to march,” he said.
Election day is tomorrow
Carol Torrance, winner of the Sesquicentennial quilt recently raffled off Wednesday, admires the work along with Carter Casteel, Bobbie Purdum and Mary Ann Thompson.
The quilt was made by members of the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Commission and raised money to pay for the new plaque at the Civic Center.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND and CRAIG HAMMETT
Area voters will have the chance tomorrow to decide elections in New Braunfels, the Comal Independent School District and an election on whether or not to create a new underground water consertion district.
New Braunfels Ballot
New Braunfels residents have a chance to determine some of their own future tomorrow — if they get out to vote.
Polls will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. Polling places are as follows:
Dist. I — Lone Star Elementary School, 2343 West San Antonio Street.
Dist. 2 t“ Memorial Elementary School, 1900 South Walnut Avenue.
Dist. 3 — Seele Elementary School, 540 Howard Street.
Dist. 4 — Frazier Elementary School, 1411 Highway 81 East.
lf voters have any questions about voting procedures or where they should vote, they are urged to call 608-2100.
Voters will be deciding several issues tomorrow.
Incumbent Ambrosio “Butch” Benitez is challenged by Juan Luis Martinez for the Dist. I city council scat.
Incumbent Mary Serold is challenged by C. Ray Schoch for the Dist. 2 city council seat.
Dist. 4 voters must choose whether to recall City Councilman Paul E. Fraser or keep him in office.
Three amendments to the New Braunfels Charter are up for voter approval tomorrow.
Amendment I would change the way the mayor is elected to at-large (the whole city voting) by plurality (the candidate with the most votes would win). The amendment would also change the city council voting distncts to six singlemember districts, which would be chosen by majority. Amendment I is an answer to a federal court mandate.
Amendment 2 would change the requirements to run for city council. The charter now states that a candidate must own property to run. The amendment would take away that requirement so renters could also mn for city council.
Amendment 3 would change the words “City Tax-Assessor Collector” to “Comal Appraisal District” wherever they appear. This is considered a “housekeeping” amendment, not changing any policy.
Water District Election
Voters in the county will have the chance to decide the fate of a Comal County Underground Water Conservation District.
The district would cover about 64 percent of the county. Proponents say the district could help with conserva
tion of water and pollution control. It would regulate wells that only pump above 25,(HK) gallons of water a day and do not use that water for groups of homes or livestock.
The district proposes a tax of .02 per $100 valuation to raise nearly $200,000 for the first year’s budget to start the programs some of which they say could eventually bring water from Canyon Lake to other areas.
Opponents say the district and tax are not needed and that private sources can better provide water to the area.
Polling places are:
Election Precinct No. 2, Comal County Precinct No. 4, votes at the Canyon Lake Action Center.
Election Pct. No. 3, Comal County ’ct. No. 5, votes al Startz Cafe Election Pct. No. 4, Comal County Pct. No. 6, votes at Spg. Branch Emer. Services Bldg.
Election Pct No. 5, Comal County Pct. No. IO, votes at Bulverde Community Center Election Pct. No. I, Comal County Pct. No. 18, votes at Canyon City Fire Station
Election Pct. No. I, Comal County Pct No. 19, votes at Fischer Community Center Election Pct. No. 4, Comal County Pct. No. 21, votes at Spnng Branch Vol. Fire Dept.
Early voting results for Districts 6 and 7 of the Comal Independent School District were light compared to board elections of the past as election day nears.
Totals from District 6 were 42, while District 7 totaled 61 for a combined total of 103, light compared to last year when early totals approached the 400 mark.
Polls will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow. This is the second year the CISD has held election for seats using a single-member district format, three seats were up for grabs last year, two this year and two next year.
District 6 includes mainly the Bulverde area and parts of the Smithson Valley area and has two entrants, Robert Loop and Jim Kellam. Voting for this district will be at the Bulverde Elementary School.
District 7 covers mainly the Garden Ridge area and extends to just south of New Braunfels. Running for the seal are Norman Gerlich and John Clay.
There are two voting precincts in the district. Most voters who live west of EM 2252 and Old Nacogdoches Road will vote at the Garden Ridge Municipal Building while those living east of those roads will most likely vote at Comal Elementary.
Those with any questions should call the CISD office at 625-X08I or 885-7674.Questions and answers with city council candidates. See Page 11A