New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011Zeitung
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Festival hails wine and song
Wein and Saengerfest hits downtown on Saturday
By Megan Holt
Saturday marks the eighth annual Wein and Saengerfest in downtown New Braunfels with activities centered around wine and music. •
The New Braunfels community and visitors will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, wine and beer tasting and educational seminars for those interested in wine production beginning at noon.
The event, hosted by City of New Braunfels
WEIN AND SAENGERFEST
When: Noon to 10 p.m., Saturday Where: Downtown New Braunfels Cost Free
Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Main Street Partners, will feature 18 Texas wineries, three German wines and nine California wines, as well as music on three stages, said Stacey Dicke, Parks and Recreation Department director.
See FESTIVAL, Page 12
Herald-Zeitung file photo
Glenda Janea from Wurstfest hands Raj Patel a glass of wine May 1,2010, at Wein and Saengerfest.
"... It my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and 1 will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
II CHRONICLES 2:14,2011 New International Version of the Holy Bible
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IN NEW BRAUNFELS
Boyer leads final Prayer Breakfast as NB mayor
By Greg Bowen
Outgoing Mayor Bruce Boyer, who’ll give up his gavel to a soon-to-be-elected successor on May 23, presided over his last Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast early Thursday at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center.
Despite the early hour — breakfast was served at 6:30 a.m. — an estimated 475 people filled the room for the annual event, which is held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer.
“This is my last time to be out in front of you all as mayor,” said Boyer, who has held the city’s top office since 2005.
Boyer took the opportunity “to thank God for the community we do live in.”
“A community is made up of not just the bricks and mortar, the streets and drainage that we all know need to be worked on, but it’s made up of folks like you all,” he said.
“The community is the people, the volunteers, all the folks who make New Braunfels such a wonderful place to live.”
Boyer, a former district attorney and municipal prosecutor, said that as his mayoral duties
See PRAYER, Page 12
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
Jesse Farias joins other believers Thursday at Main Plaza for the National Day of Prayer event.
Mayor Bruce Boyer addresses the crowd gathered inside New Braunfels Civic Convention Center during Thursday's Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.
Cody Jones raises his arms while singing along with several dozen attendees of the National Day of Prayer event at Main Plaza.
Emergency officials hone skills with disaster drill
By Dalondo Moultrie
Emergency management personal from three counties scrambled around New Braunfels Airport Thursday morning handling a call for a flat-bed truck accident that spilled a one-ton container of liquid chlorine, a hazardous material in high concentration of its gaseous form.
■ INSIDE: Photos from the drill, Page 12
Crews extricated three victims who were in the truck and decontaminated them before rushing them to an area hospital. They made sure no one else was injured as the hazardous material was contained to the 200-foot hot zone around the spill site.
Wednesdays action was just a drill
for emergency management teams from Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe counties, and New Braunfels, Schertz and Seguin communities to remain prepared in the case of a real emergency, said Lt. Patrick O’Connell, New Braunfels Fire Department’s fire marshal and public information officer.
He said the drill was set up to test the preparedness of all involved,
including inviting news media to test his own abilities as public information officer. More importantly, first responders got the chance to simulate a real-life emergency.
“It’s important for our people to realize the limitations of our resources," he said. “This is indicative of any type of haz-mat incident
See DISASTER, Page 12
► COUNTY JAIL EXPANSION
Committee will choose consultant for study
Commissioners look into increasing jail's capacity
By Greg Bowen
County commissioners on Thursday appointed a selection/evaluation committee to pick a consulting firm to analyze space needs at Comal County Jail and make a recommendation for jail expansion.
The jail holds a maximum of 337 inmates — and officials are looking into increasing the capacity to accommodate the needs of a growing county population.
Named to the selection committee were County Judge Sherman Krause, Chief Deputy Brent Paullus, Comal County Jail Administrator Maj. John Bell, County Engineer Tom Homseth, Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Col-lunga and County Purchasing Director Ramona Womack.
The committee will evaluate proposals received in response to a county-issued request for proposals, Krause said.
Responding were 10 Texas consulting firms from Fort Worth, Dallas, Plano, Austin, San Antonio and Weatherford.
See COUNTY, Page 12
► ON MAY 14 BALLOT
ESD-funding elections under way
By Greg Bowen
TWo emergency services districts in Comal County are asking voters to boost their funding via tax increases.
An emergency services district is a political subdivision of the state, just like a school district. Comal County has five ESDs. All collect taxes to provide fire protection, emergency medical services, or both.
Comal County’s Emergency Services District No. 4, which provides
See ESD, Page 12
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