New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Smithson Valley softball team opens a second-round playoff series with an easy win. Page 5A
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The Comal County commissioners award contract to architect to oversee courthouse restoration. Page 2A
Vol. 154, No. 152 16 pages, 2 sections
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nnnnniNational Guard armory on BRAC hit list
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels’ Army National Guard Armory, which is home to the 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery unit, is on the Defense Department’s list of military bases and installations recommended for closing.
Friday, the Defense Department released its list of base realignment and closure (BRAC) that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld projected would save $48 billion over the next 20 years.
Included on the list were
seven Army National Guard Reserve centers, including the National Guard armory in New Braunfels.
A spokesman for the Texas Army National Guard said Friday officials were still reviewing the supporting information included with the BRAC list.
“The information on the list was incomplete, so we’re trying to interpret what it means,” said Col. John Stanford, public affairs officer for the Texas Army National Guard in Austin. “There are about 1,400 pages of supporting documentation that we’re
trying to sort through.” Stanford said the armory in New Braunfels was not classified as a reserve center.
“A reserve center and armory are two different things,” he said, "so it was confusing.”
Stanford said the local armory has three to four fulltime staff members who oversee about IOO guardsmen who train once a month at the facility.
“In Texas, there are approximately 16,500 Army National Guard soldiers and 3,200 Air National Guardsmen,” he
said. “About 4,500 of those have been deployed to the Middle East.”
The potential economic impact from BRAC closures and realignments would be greater for San Antonio, where there are four military installations and two hospitals that employ 72,000 military and civilian people and pump $5.5 billion a year into the San Antonio area economy.
Under the proposed realignments, Randolph Air Force Base could lose 182 jobs,
See BRAC Page 3A
Police looking for suspect in armed robbery
By Ron Maloney
A popular Mexican restaurant was robbed at gunpoint late Thursday as the owner left the facility with the night’s receipts.
New Braunfels police detective Scott Renken said the owner of El Nopalito, located in the I IOO block of I xxip 337, was uninjured in the attack, which took place at about IO p.m.
Police responding to a robbery report found the owner had just locked up the restaurant and was leaving by the back door when he was confronted by a man with a rifle.
T he suspect demanded the bank deposit bag and ordered the victim to lie on the ground. According to the police report, he then took some jewelry and the keys to the owner’s 2005 Dodge 2500 pickup cmd fled in the vehicle.
See SUSPECT Page 3A
Austin City Limits museum exhibit opens in Gruene
By Leigh Jones
GRUENE—An amazing lineup of musical talent has walked across the Austin City Limits stage in the last 30 years.
Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and Lyle I/)vett are just a few of the artists who have stood behind tile famous Texas microphone since Willie Nelson performed the show’s PBS debut in 1974.
Today, the magic of Studio 6A comes to Gruene when the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music opens its newest exiiibit — “Austin City Limits: Making Music — Making I listory.”
Tile multimedia, interactive experience was the brainchild of museum curators Charlie Gallagher and Craig Millis.
As ACL approached its 30th anniversary,
See MUSEUM Page 2A
RIDING THE WAVES
Schlitterbahn turns water park into science lesson
By Leigh Jones
Rachael Muschalek looked like a professional surfer Friday as she shot out of Schlitterbahn’s Boogie Bahn starting gate and fought the surging wave to stay afloat as long as possible.
Although she might not have been able to hear them, her friends Kalie Mosis, ll, Landon Barker, 12, and Emma Deleon, 12, cheered her on with all their might.
Muschalek’s ride did not last very long, despite the assistance of science.
The OakRun Sixth Grade Center 12-year-old was one of2,600 middle schoolers who descended on Schlitterbahn for Aqua I .ah, a day dedicated to learning the scientific and mathematical equations behind the park’s most technical rides.
Using curriculum provided by Schlitterbahn, the students studied hydrology and mechanics and came armed with a list of questions to answer.
Why is the Black Knight black and how did it gel that way?
Is one slide on the ride faster than the other?
I low much water pours through the Boogie Balm every minute?
“The idea is to focus on fun in science and math,” said Schlitterbahn Communications Director Sherrie Brammell. “The activities
Ballroom dance club brings back big band memories
Landon Barker, 12, tries to stay afloat at Schlitterbahn's Boogie Bahn during Aqua Lab Friday. Below, Shianne Deason takes a break while floating at the waterpark.
are designed to make them think about how the rides work.”
While Muschalek and the rest of the OakRun student body ran from ride to ride enjoying their day out of the classroom, Principal Bob Rodriguez and his staff held down the picnic tables beside the Squirt ’n Sliden children’s pool.
Rodriguez said the outing was more than just a fun adventure.
“This day provides a great connection to classroom instruction,” he said. “The students have been working on this material for about two weeks now. They’re really fired up about it.”
See AQUA Page 8A
By Leigh Jones
Mary Schmoldt scoffs at claims by today’s young people they have nothing to do after dark on a small town Saturday night.
All Schmoldt and her friends needed for entertainment in the late 1940s and early 1950s was an empty parking lot and a car radio.
“We would go to the park and circle our cars with the headlights pointing in,” she said. “They would tune the radios to the same station, and we would dance.”
Today, Schmoldt dances almost
as much as she did as a young woman, but the quality of the venue has improved.
Accompanied by the soft sounds of a live “big band” orchestra,
Schmoldt and her husband, Harold, spend special Saturday nights gliding around the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The Schmoldts are one of about 30 couples who make up the Top Hat Dance Club, New Braunfels’
newest ballroom dancing group.
“It’s great that we can still do this now,” Schmoldt said. “Our generation just loves to ballroom dance.” The club, named for a famous old Atlanta hot spot, holds dances every other month. The events are elegant affairs, with men in tuxedos and women in glittering ballgowns. Marie Moore makes her own
dresses, a skill she learned as a young woman growing up in Georgia.
*1 knew if I wanted to have nice clothes, I would have to make them myself,” she said, laughing.
Moore, like Schmoldt, learned to dance as a teenager, spinning around the dance studio where her brother gave lessons.
“Dancing gives me a good, happy feeling,” she said. “Plus, it’s good exercise.”
Club members, which held their
See DANCE Page 3A
TheTexas National Guard Armory in New Braunfels is on the Defense Department's BRAC list to be closed.
The Wine and Saengerfest celebration will provide hours of fun for everyone.