New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Marketplace................................6-8Sta rn rn ti sohBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Ztitung extends birthday wishes to; Dennis Gibson, Karry Falan (23 years), Johnnie Marshall, and happy 53rd anniversary to Lloyd and Doris Westervelty.Art League hosts painter
Barry Shadrock of San Antonio will demonstrate several moods achieved in the painting of skies at the New Braunfels Art league meeting Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels Art League Building, 239 W. San Antonio St. Painting in oil, he captures rural charm and nostalgia through light, mood and color in his works.
Also on the agenda will be the judging of posters created by high school art students promoting the upcoming Spring Art and Crafts Show to be held in the Civic Center May 27 and 28.Meeting to focus on forming a Hispanic Chamber
Miguel R. Garcia, AT&T executive in Austin on loan to the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers, will answer questions and demonstrate community benefits of a Hispanic Chamber in New Braunfels May 18 at 7 p.m. at Lone Star Elementary Minority-owned businesses and individuals interested in starting a Hispanic Chamber in New Braunfels are encouraged to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Fa more information, call Nora Morales at 625-7523.Hoad Start to host open house
The Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc. Head Start program will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a m. on Thursday, May 18 to celebrate the recent opening of its newest center, Comal Head Start Site IV, at 1023 W Bridge in New Braunfels.
Highlighting the ceremony will be a special recognition of Comal County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew, who donated a lot of time and effort for the new center, and former City Manager Hector Tamayo, for his help and support. A special feature of the ceremony will be two songs performed by the Head Start children. An Open House of the new center will follow the ceremony. The Head Start children will be following their normal routine during the Open House so visitors will see what Head Start is all about.
The CCSCT Head Start program invites all area residents to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and to tour the center The Open House will continue until 2 p m. Refreshments will be servedStep-parents get a class
Being a step-parent is not an easy job, and being a good one requires some special skills and knowledge. Now there is help. Free classes are being offered by Family Out reach. The first of five sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Call 620-1299 to register. Space is limited.
Spate of fires in CX. may be related
By DENISE DZIUK
Canyon Lake experienced three house fires within a four-day period recently, and two of them may be related, officials said.
“It was pretty much out of the ordinary and there is a connection between the first two fires because of people involved,” Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said.
He said the first fire occurred at a mobile home on Maverick Lane. The occupants were moving out, and a kerosene lamp was knocked over. The initial report declared it accidental.
The second fire, on Ponderosa Drive, occurred
at the home of an individual helping the first family move. Willmann said the cause of the fire
‘We’re pretty sure the second one was intentional. Now we’re going to try and find out how that lamp was knocked over in the first fire.’
— Fire Marshal Milton Willmann
is still being investigated, but it appears to be intentionally set.
“We’re pretty sure the second one was intentional. Now we’re going to try and find out how that lamp was knocked over in the first fire,” he said.
'Willmann said the third fire was simply a coincidence and was not tied to the first two. He said the cause of this fire has not been confirmed, however, it was accidental.
Willmann said there are usually one or two structure fires per month. He said this number could be higher if the summer months arc very dry.
“It is getting dry. I suspect it will probably be a problem in the next couple of weeks if we don’t get some rain,” he said.
Red Cross Chapter Manager Shirley Offer-mann said that as of Friday, the Red Cross was not giving aid to any of the three families. She said this is because the families had not contacted the center.
Offermann said every fireman has the center’s business cards. They give victims the card and tell them that if they need any assistance, they should call us.
“lf they have a need, they’ll call us. lf I know who they are, IMI call them and sec if they need help,” she said.
The Red Cross offers first aid, food, clothes, shelter, clean up kits, and personal hygiene items to fire victims.
The U.S. Air Force’s aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, thrilled a crowd of more than 100,000 spectators last weekend at the Festival of the Armed Forces Air Show at Randolph Air Force Base. The Thunderbirds are known for the tight formations they fly, as well as the stunts and other tricks they perform at high speed.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Workers to remove LCRA site debris
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Lower Colorado River Authon-ty is beginning the cleanup at the old Lancia Street power plant site. Workers will be hauling about 2,000 cubic yards worth of debris from the site of the old landmark.
Two thousand cubic yards equals about 1,000 level pickup truck loads, Comal County Landfill Manager Dan Bump said.
The transformers have already been removed, and workers have broken the concrete foundation with jackhammers. Dump trucks will haul the rubble to the Comal County Landfill, which is operated by Waste Management Inc.
It should take about eight working days to remove all the debris, said Loretta Ewart, an LCRA public information officer.
The Comal County Landfill has been approved by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission as a disposal site for the substation debris. LCRA environmental protection personnel will monitor the work, she said.
The big old LCRA building and the property are owned by the LCRA and leased by New Braunfels Utilities and the city of New Braunfels, NBU General Manager Paula Difonzo said. NBU leases the building and part of the prop
erty, she said. The city has the land to the left of the building on a long term lease, City Manager Mike Shands said.
"The city and NBU have it under a very long-term agreement with LCRA,” Shands said. “Several years ago to get the lease we had to come up with a master plan for developing the area," he said.
The city came up with an expansion plan for Landa Park developed by Parks and Recreation [director David Whatley. Then, a few years ago when Rudy Seidel was mayor, Shands said, LCRA told city officials the Landa Street power plant site was contaminated.
Contaminating the site is oil from the area of three above-ground storage tanks, some asbestos and minute quantities of PCBS, Whatley said. Thus the need for such extensive remediation and monitoring by the TNRCC. “We’re hoping the remediation process will be complete in a year or two,” Whatley said.
When the cleanup is finished, the city plans to extend Landa Park by about 18 acres, Whatley said. “One of the problems we have now is that we don’t have enough open space where you can throw a Frisbee or baseball around,” Whatley said'. A mini-amphithcatcr, picnic shelters and additional parking arc also possible uses for the space, he said.Food for thought
The annual food drive held by SOS, Inc. and local postal workers brought in nearly double the amount of food collected during last year’s drive.
Donald McBroom, food drive coordinator, said there was an estimated 27,000 pounds of food collected on Saturday for the local food bank. Last year’s drive collected 15,000.
“I want to collect enough to last an entire year. I think that will take about 40,000 pounds. That’s my goal for next year,” he said.
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Local DWI program earns top honor
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By DENISE DZIUK
A local DWI program won an award for its outstanding prevention efforts and its work with the community at a convention in April in Austin.
The Comal County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CS&CD) won the 1995 Distinguished Service Award horn the Texas Alcohol Traffic Safety Education Association (TATSEA).
Arturo Cordova, a chemical depen
dency counselor, said the program’s curriculum is the same that is used statewide, and any person caught driving under the influence is mandated to take a DWI course.
Cordova said the CS&CD program holds courses two or three times a week and serves Comal County, as
well as Caldwell and Hays counties.
He said the feature that made their program stand out was the effort that is put into educating the public.
Cordova said the department works with the community on several awareness programs aimed at educating the community and spreading the message about the dangers associated with drinking and dnving.
Cordova serves as a representative for CS&CD-on several drug and alcohol boards throughout the county and state.
“Our department goes out of their way and tries to really educate, not only the client, but also the public about the problems of DWI,” he said.
Cordova has been working with DWI offender groups for the past IO years and has often received recognition for his work.
Cordova said he enjoys his work, and that’s the driving force behind him.
“They’re fun to teach, and they give me a sense of helping people and preventing more accidents with DWI,” he said.
Firefighting history on display at new fire museum
By DENISE DZIUK
People feeling nostalgic and wanting to experience the past will have an opportunity to view firefighting equipment dating back to the beginning of the New Braunfels fire department in 1886 at a fire museum scheduled to open June IO.
Darren Brinkkoeter, museum director, said the fire department plans to open the New Braunfels Fire Museum as a way of keeping tradition alive and showing that tradition to the community. The New Braunfels Fire Department is the fourth oldest in the state and will have displays dating back to its beginning. On display will be an 1886 hand-drawn hose cart, a 1925 Reo, a 1950 Ford pumper, and various tools, uniforms, badges, and pictures.
‘There are very few fire museums in
the state of Texas, less than half a dozen. The New Braunfels Fire Department dates back to 1886, and we had a lot of old stuff that needed to be preserved,” Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Fnesenhahn said.
Many of the items on display are things that were purchased at garage sales and flea markets, Friesenhahn said. The museum also has articles that are on loan from individuals or other fire stations. He said anyone who had something they wanted on display could either donate it to the museum or give it to them on loan.
Friesenhahn said the museum was a way to remember the improvements that have been made in firefighting.
“It’s a matter of preserving the past. We want to remember what it was like in the past, how hard it was, and how hard it still is. It’s still dangerous," he said.
The grand opening for the New Braunfels Fire Museum will start with a parade at IO a.m. June IO, which will begin at the comer of Gilbert and San Antonio.
The parade will include a pipes and drum band from San Antonio. Fifteen fire departments will be represented in the parade. Following the parade will be the ribbon cutting and the dedication ceremony.
The public will have an opportunity to view the museum and then a barbecue sausage dinner will be held at the Central Station. Tickets for the meal are $4.50 and can be purchased at the Fire Administration Building and at city hall.
The museum will be located on the bottom floor of Fire Station No. I at 169 S. Hill and will be open from I to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Additional hours of operation have not been determined.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
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