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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY!Local golf enthusiasts enjoy weekly golf tournaments at Landa - See P. ZI 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN: 307 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels 4 'J (*)    lT! Cl 1 6 10 / i' / 9 9 5 0 - W E S T TI IC R 0 EIJ B LIB H I. H G 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- 18 18 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, May 20,1994 Herald *Z€itun^ 1994    Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of HYLMAR SCHAEIDER I Vol. 142, No. 136 Inside Weather............................ 3A Opinion............................. 4A Church Life...................... 5A.6A Sports Day....................... 9A Looking Back................... 1B Wheels.............................. 2B StainnUisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeituvig! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Matthew Ryan Hennessey, Jessica Hughes, Hyhnar Schneider (Saturday), Susan England (Saturday), Elton J. Rosales, Theo Boding, Al Bkkham, Joan Hdmke, Glenn Johnson, Gladys Kearney, Jana Swisher. TNT sale scheduled by NB Art league The New Braunfels Art League is organizing its Trash and Treasure Sale. Scheduled for June Hand 18 at 239 W. San Antonio (downtown), proceeds will go toward helping renovate the building. To find out more about vendor spaces or to donate items for the sale, call Sharon Neuhaus at 625-6370 or Dome Bagley at 623-3736. Downtown Discovery Days to be held The next Dowtown Discovery Days will be held May 20 and 21. Downtown New Braunfels merchants will offer specials and discounts to shoppers during those two days. They will also encourage visitors to discover the Hummel Museum aid attend some of the many HummelFest activities that will be taking place. For information on Downtown Discovery Days, call 625-1624. Germen dancing lessons scheduled Learn dances of the Gennan culture, like Das Fenster, Drei Ledeme Strumpf, the Garden Waltz and others tx German dance classes. Instructors will be members of the New Braunfels German Folk Dance Dub. Cost will be Thursday evenings from 7 pm. to 8:30 pm.,. Minimum age is 14, and a partner is required. Call 606-0844 to sign up. Ona ticks! mote has all six lotto numbsrs AUSTIN (AP) - One ticket correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The ticket is worth SIO million. The numbers drawn Wednesday night from a field of 50 were: IO, 24,29,40,41 and 50. In addition to the jackpot winner, there were 116 tickets sold with five of the six numbers, with each ticket worth $2,154. There were 7,529 tickets with four of six numbers, with each winning $120. And there were 151,021 tickets sold with three of six numbers, with each worth an automatic $3. Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Saturday night’s game will be $3 million. Black ti# optional for Summor Starlight Gala Members of the Amencan Cancer Society want to remind those wishing to attend the Summer Starlight Gala that a black tie is optional. SUunmtisdi {The New Braudels Harold I*Hung invites U» rtadar j lo submil items lo Slommluch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members pf the German community, “Summit isch" represents a sitting place for members pf the community lo gather and share the day's happenings We invite you to share with us.) Mock disaster drill Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH A mock disaster drill was conducted by the city of New Braunfels and McKenna Memorial Hospital yesterday In the hospital’s parking lot. The disaster was a mock helicopter crash where an Incoming helicopter had struck a portion of the hospital building. Rescue crews from the fire department and police department responded white McKenna personnel played the role of patients. Cemex officials say no to burning haz-was By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A public information officer for Cemex, S. A., the company which recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the Lafarge Corporation’s Balcones Plant, said the company has no plans at this time to bum hazardous waste at the New Braunfels site. None of Cemex’s plants currently use hazardous waste as a fuel, according to Sergio Camerena, vice president of communications for Cemex. “We have some consumption of shredded tires in our Ensenada plant, which is on the border of Mexico and California,” he said. “We have operations in Mexico, Spain and Venezuela and none of them bum hazardous waste. We use petroleum chemicals, natural gas and fuels with oils and salts,” said Camarera Cemex has worked with Gibraltar, a company which disposes hazardous waste, as a consultant, according to Carnate- Lafarge employees worried about their jobs We have operations in Mexico, Spain and Venezuela and none of them bum hazardous waste.’ - Sergio Camerena Cemex, SA By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Employees at Lafarge’s Balcones Plant in New Braunfels say they are concerned about whether or not they will be able to keep their jobs after the plant is sold to Cemex. “There are people like myself who have worked here 14 years," said Ernesto Rodriguez, maintenance mechanic and Chief Steward for the Teamster’s Union at Lafarge “We don’t know what’s going to happen. We don’t know too much about Cemex. We have built wages up as well as benefits and insurance That might go down the drain and we will have to start all over again,” said Rodriguez. “Most of us are primary wage earners and make good wages,” said Rodriguez. “Employees may make between SIO to $17 per hour. If wages are cut it will hurt a lot of people” Ramiro Sotelo, who works in the shipping department at Lafarge, said he was surprised by the announcement to sell the plant. Sotelo has worked at Lafarge for 13 years “There had been rumors, but we were surprised. Right now a lot of people are asking questions They (Cemex) never said for sure that our jobs are guaranteed,” said Sotelo. "There are quite a few of us who have just bought new vehicles. We don’t know what’s going on right now,” he said. Rocky Callender, a maintenance mechanic, said he is not nervous about the possibility of the plant being sold "I’ve been there 13 years and I have gone through this before. We heard rumors they were trying to make a deal It wasn’t a real surprise to me,” he said "We will just wait and see what happens,” said Callender. Most of the hourly-paid employees at Lafarge beking to the Teamsters’ Union Representatives from the union are expected to contact Cemex officials A meeting of union members will be held today to answer questions about the transition Lafarge's letter of intent to sell their New Braunfels plant to Cemex calls for a1! current employees to remain in their position throughout the transition. na. Officials with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission said Gibraltar disposes of hazardous waste by either selling it as fuel for cement plants or injecting it in an underground well. Camarena said there are no plans to bum hazardous waste- and he was not aware of the controversy that arose when Lafarge applied for a permit to bum hazardous waste Lafarge Corporation announced Wednesday its intent to sell the Balcones Plant and four related cement terminals. Also included in the deal is 52 percent interest in Parker Lafarge Inc. and cement storage silos in Fort Worth, Tyler, Katy and Houston Camarena said the decision was made to purchase the Balcones Plan because the company has wanted to have a production facility in the United States Cemex has distribution facilities and ready mix operations in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Florida. "It makes sense for us to also have cement production in the United States,’’ said Camarena. "We have a mill in Houston All we get out of that kiln is clinker which has to be mixed with gypsum to make cement ” HummelFest ’94 kick off official with last night’s annual membership meeting By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer HummelFest 1994 was officially kicked off last night with the Hummel Museum’s Annual Membership Meeting This second annual event celebrates the birthday of Sister M.I. Hummel, the German nun whose drawings and sketches of children inspired the creation of the Hummel porcelain figurines. Bom in 1909, Sister Hummel would have been 85 on May 21. Organizers are expecting a large crowd that will include both local collectors and visitors from all over the United States and other countries “A good portion of the visitors are from out of state. We have people attending from Switzerland, Germany and England,” said Sherri Ruben, chairman of HummelFest. Special HummelFest events will begin today and will continue until Sunday. Events to be held today include the HummelMarkt and a barbecue and dance. HummelMarkt will feature dealers of secondary market Hummels and other collectibles Local artisans will also display their work. Free three-mi aute long distance phone calls will be available and door prizes will be given away hourly. The market will be held from IO a m to 5 p m. May 20and 21st and from ll a m. to4pm May 22. Cost of tickets is $3. The barbecue dinner and dance will be held at the Comal Corral at the Comal County Fair Grounds at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Grapes of Wrath. Reservations are required to attend this event This afternoon Hummel collectors will have the opportunity to visit with Alfred Hummel, the nephew of Sister M I. Hummel and resident of Massing, Germany. Alfred Hummel will begin signing autographs at 2 p.m. today at the Hummel Museum. Alfred Hummel will be visiting the Hummel Museum for the first time He is president and executive director of “Berta-Hummel-Kunst,” a company which controls all pre-convent art by Sister Hummel At 8 a m. Saturday the New Braunfels Marsch and Wandergruppe will be sponsoring a historic Volksmarch. Walkers will travel through the historic downtown area and through Landa Park Sister Hummers birthday celebration will be held from 5:30 p m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday Cost of tickets is $5. It will feature refreshments, birthday cake and entertainment. Music, dapce, food and fun begins at Fiesta Mexicana By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Music and dance as well as rides, games and food will highlight this weekend’s 22nd Annual Fiesta Mexicana, held by tile Comal Independent Men’s Association (CIMA). Friday’s entertainment at the Wurstgruunds includes La Fabrica and La Distancia ($5 presale, $7 at the door), performing at 8 p m. in the Wursthalle. Free entertainment outside both Friday and Saturday will include Grupo Alegria. The Fiesta Queen will be crowned at IO p.m. Friday. Entertainment continues Saturday with Joe Lope/, Jimmy Gonzales y MATZ ($12 pre, SI 5 at door) from 8 p.m. to midnight. Armando Hernandez, president of CIMA, said folkloric© dancers, mariachi bands, a carnival and many food booths will all be pan of the Fiesta He said entry to events outside the Wursthallc is free. Another big event Saturday will be the Fajita Cookoff. Eleven teams are already entered in the contest, beef only. Also on Saturday, a raffle drawing for a Las Vegas trip will take place. “The money we derive from all this goes into scholarships,” said Hernandez. “We want to give them something to get them started ” CIMA gave out 13 scholarships this year to seniors from the three area high schools. The CIMA started almost around 25 years ago The Fiesta Mexicana is almost as old. Hernandez said the size of the celebration has varied over the years, but has risen greatly in the last several years He said this year’s Fiesta is dedicated to the late Rogelio R Rodriguez, who Hernandez said “was very active with us for many years ” Officers of CIMA include; Ray Mendez, treasurer, Ramon Chapa, Jr., chairman, Armando Hernandez, president, Johnnie Rodriguez, vice-president, Lee Alaniz, sergeant-at-arms, and Domingo Vela, Jr., secretary. Tickets for the event are available at City Pharmacy, Focus 3 Hair Design, Hernandez Service Center, and New City Bakery.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 or Metro 606 ;