New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon volleyball player signs with junior college. Page 5.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes lo: Norma Schneider, Mary Wahl, Phillip Stewart, John Fernandez, Jessica Fernandez, Matthew Oakes (IO years), Travis Howard Jr., April Hoffmann, Monica Jurez, George Strait (43), Maria Sylvia Martinez, OJI. Martinez, Sunnee Marie Schriewer (8 years). Happy anniversary to Alonzo and Florie Busch (60 years) and George and Suzette Keoghan (15 years). .
Farmers’ Market starts Friday
The Comal County Farmers' Market will open Friday, May 19 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Comal County fairgrounds. Fresh home-grown produce will be available for customers. Mrs. Teresa Doege says the quality will be excellent due to our mild spring weather. Vegetables to expect at the market include green beans, cabbage, squash, onions, garlic, red and white potatoes, Swiss chard, green tomatoes and maybe a few red tomatoes.
This year's Farmers. Market is opening one week earlier than last year and the quality of fresh vegetables should be excellent.
BRT to milt at Forkt store
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter, will meet May 20 at 11:30 arn at Fake Store in Conservation Plaza. A luncheon win precede the * meeting and members are asked to bring a salad casserole fa 12 a more.
Step-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 Outreach. The first of five sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 Call 620-1299 to register.
Space is limited.
Democrats to hold picnic
The Comal County Democrats will hold their annual picnic in the park at Landa Park, Site 15, located by the Children's Playground. The picnic will be held Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Public invited. Bring a covered dish and a lawn « chair.
For information, call Gloria at 606-0864.
Car wash Saturday .
A Car Wash will be held from 11 a m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Dave's Exxon, 920 Interstate 35 West, behind KFC All donations go toward Canyon High School FCA Mission Trip.
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The Landa Park gazebo
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Vol. 143.No 134
On Their Own
MASAMARO owners blossom in role of entrepreneurs
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A quiet revolution is happening at Comal County Community Services (CCCS) and Mission Valley Creative Textiles. A group of enterprising developmentally disabled adults have formed their own company, MASAMARO Inc. Members of the corporation fold, package and bar code fabric on contract for Creative Textiles.
CCCS, formerly Comal County Mental Health and Mental Retardation, discontinued vocational workshops at the center, CCCS employment specialist Amzie Miller said.
“About a year or two ago we started integrating people into the community,*’ she said.
Jobs that let CCCS clients do piece work at their own pace were ideal but impossible to find, Miller said. Miller and others at CCCS decided to try letting the clients form their own company. They could then work on contract for themselves. MASAMARO Inc. was bom.
MASAMARO’s name is made from the first two letters of the company’s first four employee/owners. They elected their own company officers with Mary Hickman as company president. MASAMARO owners include Hickman, Tim Porter, Elvia Camareno, Luis Gil, Donald Wilson, Sandra Mareno, Lynn Silvers, Danny McIntyre and others.
The then MHMR Board and Mission Valley Mills Creative Textiles gave MASAMARO a leg up at the start. The MHMR Board proposed to purchase $5,000 worth of shares in MASAMARO Inc., Miller said. MHMR bought the stock, giving MASAMARO needed start-up funds.
Joe Hickman and Howard Beutler, two fathers of MASAMARO owners, lent much time and skill to the company’s beginnings, Miller said.
“Joe Hickman is a CPA,” Miller said. “He did the initial paperwork, took care of a lot of red tape.”
Pam Sagebiel at Creative Textiles was instrumental in getting MASAMARO and Creative Textiles together, Miller said.
MASAMARO oxy be the start of a trcn|p: Miller add. “We hive people who have been doing some cleaning and they’re Interested in
Don Wilson concentrates on the fob at MASAMARO Inc.
Herald-ZeitunQ photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
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MASAMARO and projects like it are a huge leap in that direction. “We have a client who is d waking part tune as a state employee," Ae said. 1 “Since we’ve made the changes, you wouldn’t knpr it was the same clients,” Miller said.
Convention and Visitors Bureau puts plans on hold
drops out of sight
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Convention and Visitor Bureau will regroup and decide how to proceed since the city council declined to renew the C&VB’s five-year contract at its April 24 meeting, C&VB Vice Chair David Hahn said at Monday’s chamber board meeting.
The chamber contracts with the city for the use of hotel/motel tax revenues. Past contracts have been good for five years and have been renewed without incident every three years. Two years are left on the current contract, which allocates about 74 percent of hotel/motel tax receipts to the C&VB.
Plans for buying property and building an information center on Interstate 35 will be put on hold for the time being, Hahn said.
“We will have to meet with the C&VB Board, accommodations firms and the whole visitor industry and discuss what we need to do,” C&VB Director Jim Scheele said. “There’s no way we can actively pursue a visitors center at this time without a long term contract,” he said.
New Braunfels will fall behind in the fierce competition for tourist dollars if the five-year contract is not renewed, Sheele said.
The C&VB steering committee feels it is doing a good job, Scheele said.
There’s no way we can actively pursue a visitors center at this time without a long term contract.’
— Jim Scheele
Hotel/motel tax revenues and sales tax revenues to the city have increased in recent years, he said. “We’re puzzled over why we didn’t get a renewal,” he said.
So far the 1995 tourist year is going strong, if tounst inquines to the C&VB arc any indication. As of May 14, some
By ROGER CROTEAU
57,000 people had written, called, or walked in for tourist information, Scheele said. “The numbers are definitely above last year,” he said.
The “1-800” number attracts prospective tourists in this age of instant gratification, Scheele said. “People like to call and get information right away,” he said “It’s cheaper than using a stamp.”
The seventh annual Business Trade Show will be held on Sept. 12 and 13, board member Larry Wenzel said at Monday’s meeting. Registration forms will be mailed to last year’s exhibitors May 25, offering them first choice of booths.
After years of controversy, Bungy Over Texas Vias apparently dropped its last customer off its 120-foot crane perched above the Guadalupe River at Preiss Heights.
“The crane came down Saturday afternoon and the property has been for sale for two or three months,” said neighbor Dan Moore.
Attempts to reach owners or employees of Bungy Over Texas were unsuccessful at press time. The business was located 1295 Edwards Blvd. in the upscale Prciss Heights neighborhood. For a fee, customers were brought to the top of a crane over the river, where a bungy cord was attached to the customer, who would then jump and plummet toward the river.
“They opened July 4, 1991,” said Moore, who added that he and other neighbors quickly learned to dislike their new neighbor.
“I owned that lot and I sold it to a friend of mine,” Moore said. “I had the right of first refusal when he stilt! it. (The new owners said) it was going to be a bed and breakfast. I didn’t know what a bungy jump was. I sure have found out since ... The problem was that people would scream and yell when they jumped. And a crowd would gather on the river below and they would scream and yell when they jumped. The noise was horrific. It was deafening in our home.”
Besides the noise, neighbors endured strings of cars parking on the street, until the county put a stop to that. Moore said there were also problems with litter in the neighborhotxl and trespassers.
“I’m tickled to death they are gone," he said. "Memorial Day weekend would have been their big weekend.” County Attorney Nathan Rheinlan-der said the business was “obviously an irritant” to neighbors, but as long as it operated legally, the county could do little about it.
Bungy Over Texas had sued the county, the sheriffs department and the Preiss Heights Neighborhood Association for alleged harassment, but that lawsuit was dropped last year He said business seemed to have dropped off the last couple of years as did the complaints from neighbors. “It kind of settled down to a dull roar,” he said.
“They left as quietly as they came in,” said another neighbor, who asked that her name not be used.
Markers available for homes of original settlers
Owners of 342 original city lots can purchase markers for $50
which they can put in a glass case near the marker or in a business. These
By DORSE DZIUK
Individuals owning one of the original lots from the founding of New Braunfels will have an opportunity to purchase a historical marker for the site.
“This is a very unique venture in th* it’s one of a kind. Historical markers usually mark buildings- We’re marking pieces of land,” said KC. Crandall, Vice Chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee.
Crandall said the idea and the information came from Everette Fey’s New Braunfels: The Fin! Founders. Crandall said that in his book, Fey located
the 342 original 1/2-acre town lots and researched the htetory of the late Crsn-(kll mid the committee is now using the book us reference.
Crandall said individuals who own t lot now cvi purchase a historical marker for it. She said the 8-inch x 8-inch marker costs $50 and will have the original lot number, the Sesquicentennial insignia, and the name of the original lot owner on it.
She said the owners will also be provided with a written history of the lot,
markers will then be included in walking tours through town. She said the committee has already sold ten markets and it is just a matter of getting the word out before the remainder are sokl .“I don’t think it will be a problem, really, to get them to buy the plaque because it’s a part of their history. It’s just a matter of getting to the public and letting them know about it,” she said.
K.C. Crandall and Clyde Blackman display the plans.Is your mortgage company taking too much of your money? See Page *