New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels asks contractor why clubhouse will be late
By ABE LEVY
The Landa Park Golf Course Clubhouse will not be ready by June 23, and City of New Braunfels officials want to know why.
City Manager Mike Shands and two members of the Landa Park Golf Advisory Board met Wednesday to write a letter to Design and General Consulting Inc. of San Antonio toCarvers
ask whether there was a problem with the original time line.
Shands said the contractor could claim weather days and other circumstances, such as the lack of availability of materials, as legitmate reasons to push back the deadline.
At this point the job would not be completed until late July, Shands said, but still it was possible the company had legitimate reasons for
“For every day that (the clubhouse is) closed (the city) loses potentially thousands of dollars,” Shands said. “It’s always better to put these things in writing to have a date to refer to. They have had an adequate amount of time to put into the project. Six months is more than adequate. They may get two or three bids at one time. The jobs run in cycles but on this one
there doesn’t seem to be this cycling on this projects. They may surprise us and say there is no problem and we can finish on time.”
If the contractor can not justify a delay, it would have to pay penalties to the city, Shands said.
He said at least four weeks of rain could be justified and possibly a delay with one of its suppliers.
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“We try to get nice clean edges and try to make it look like it grew in there,” Tom said.
Both Tom and Kathy have fine arts degrees in design and sculpture. Their experience certainly shows in tnetrwonc.
Since 1990 the Sayres artwork has been featured in 24 shows in six states — Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and New Mexico.
The couple’s mesquite bark clock, mesquite Mont Blanc style pen and mesquite pen box have been featured in gift catalogs for Texas Parks and Wildlife.
This fall they are slated to be die featured artists for the Art in the Parks show in Boulder City, Nevada.
The Sayres said they get a great
deal of satisfaction from their work.
“I like the wood itself,” Tom said. “No designs are the same. There are always endless discoveries of nature’s (Mr God’s creativeness.”
Joining the Sayres at the craft show in Kerrville is Paul Sjulson who lives in the River Oaks subdivision just outside New Braunfels.
Sjulson makes coasters, trays and lazy Susans (a revolving tray used to serve food).
Sjulson moved to New Braunfels from Minnesota in 1978 after retiring from his job as a turkey breeder.
Sjulson's first creations, however, were not from wood.
“When I retired I did stone crafting and made tables and planters,” he said.
When he moved to South Texas,
Sjulson found out there weren’t any stones in the area he could work with so he decided to use his artistic talents with wood.
“I gradually got involved with several woods and I liked it,” Sjulson said. “I learned by doing.”
When he be..tune involved in wood work, Sjulson said he made tables and slabs and clocks, items which he does not sell anymore.
“I use a lot of natural wood in my work,” he said. “Most of it I get locally from tree trimmers and woodmen.”
He uses wood such as spatted hackberry, spatted pecan and spatted sycamore. He also has used mesquite and chinaberry in his work.
“Some of the spatted woods are very beautiful,” Sjulson said.
Sjulson showed a tray which had
scalloped edges made from Brazilian cherry wood, which is not native to the United States. Sjulson said he obtained the wood from a dealer who specialized in hardwood floors in Fredericksburg.
Sjulson said he sometimes got up as early as 6 a.m. to work on many of toe trays, coasters and lazy Susans in his backyard shop.
He currently is winking on several trays in preparation for next week’s big show in Kerrville, a show he has been to for the past 16 years.
“It is all about creativity and working with my hands and working with different methods,” he said. “I like to work with crafts and create. It is satisfying. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment. I could have retired fully years ago. I prefer to keep busy as long as I am able.”
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I “This country was based on I I Biblical principals which go clear I I back to tne Magna Charta. Most of I I our citizens don’t know what our I
I history it,” Wall said. “As a free I I country, we’re entided to it. It’s the I I No. I thing that built this country and I I some of (the founding fathers) risked I I their Ii vc* to be here. I
I Wall is director of Spirit of ‘76, a I I local group that studies the history of I I America, but said this petition was I I not connected with his involvement I I with the group. I
I An estimated IOO people have I I signed the petition that Wall said hisH I friends had copied and circulated I various churches throughout N^H I Braunfels.
I Locally, he said he wanted to I encourage judges to take a stand by M following Moore’s policies.
IHBHHieie are probably some judges BBlHwould but ti takes cdtfagt to HHHtaby themselves,” he said. ■■Ps are politicians. It’s easier to ^^■for what you believe if there are a lot of people standing behind you.”
All three district judges with jurisdiction in Comal County, Jack Robison, Bill Bender and Charles Ramsay did not comment.
An assistant of Ramsay said he said the judge was “too busy with a jasvtrial lo make a statement.
Bender did not return repeated phone Calls arid Robison declined to ^comment.
Comal County Court at Law Judge Fred Clark said he did not want to comment, his assistant said.
Wall, a member of Tree of Life Fellowship, has found support with Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip who has signed the petition and committed to gathering petitions as they come in. i ■ Waldrip, a member of First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, said since the Ten Commandments are inscribed on the outside walls of the y.S. Supreme Court building,
, placing them inside Comal courtrooms would be appropriate.
“To have some very central values w espoused by the keeper of the law in Comal County sets a pretty good standard,” he said. “Honor your mother and father. What’s wrong with that? If you’re of Hindu persuasion or Jewish or Seventh Day v Adventists, what’s wrong with fraying I’m willing for that to be a standard. It doesn't mean that the judge is toking a stand for Christianity .”
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posted on the outside wall of the Supreme Court Building only as a
symbol of the history of American law, he said.
“In a nation that is committed to religious freedoms, an affirmation of a particular faith is not only inappropriate but is illegal,” Jacobson said.
Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4, Howard Smith, said he would allow prayer in his courtroom from whatever religious persuasion a
Cion desired out that it would not ome a courtroom policy.
Posting the Ten Commandments in his courtroom, which handles class C misdemeanors or civil cases up to a $5,000 limit, would be up to the Commissioners Court.
“A lot of times I say a prayer when I think I need it,” said Smith, who has worked at the JP court in Sattler for 16 years and is a member of the Church in the Valley, an Interdenominational churob jfi the Canyon Lake area. “(Maki policy
could be a Constitutional issue.”
Local ministers expressed mixed opinions about Wall’s idea.
Judith Miller, one of three pastors at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, said she would have to think about the ramifications of posting the Ten Commandments in courtrooms before signing the petition.
“If Jesus would post something in a court room, he’d probably post, ‘Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself,’” she said. “Every major religion has a baric set of philosophies but why would I want to impose one of those on all people?
“it’s not easy being a conscientious Christian today. I’m not sure posting the Ten Commandments in Comal County courtrooms would solve all our problems and change things that dramatically,” she said.
Dennis Gallaher, pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in New Btatiilffels, said he signed the petition.
* ‘Mi would reflect the values of this community and the courts in this
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Commandments) won’t help becurse (people) don’t come to the courtroom for church purposes. The church and the state should never be mixed.
You’ve got to comply with the law if you’re going to do your job.”
Justice of the Peace for Precinct I,
Ray Martinez, said he would not favor Wall’s requests becasse it would mix religion with the judicial system.
“This is a courtroom of justice. This is not a house of prayer,” said Martinez, who attends Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels.
“We don’t want to offend anyone because our main coneen, is justice.
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Commissioners Court’s approval would be required for the Ten Commandments to be posted in local courtrooms and prayers to open court sessions.
Jay Jacobson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, disagrees with the petition.
“If you have a government official, placing a religious text in particular .in a courtroom where it’s supposed to be impartial, you send the wrong message. It’s an endorsement of a religion,” he said. “Government should remain neutral on the question of religion. People want to use the engine of the government to impart religious truth. Religious truth is found in people’s conscious.”
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Harry Collins, of New Braunfels, died Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at his residence at the age of 75. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Zoeller Funeral Home with burial to follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday until service time Friday at Zoeller Home. Family will be present from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive visitors7folk
Miss Frances Rezny of New Braunfels, Texas, died on Tuesday, May 20, 1997, at the Eden Home. She was born Jan. 3, 1903, in Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Belleville, 111., at age 7 with her family. She was the daughter of Joseph and Rosa (nee Smerhovsky) Rezny Sr. She moved to New Braunfels in 1963.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Anna Rezny, and a brother, Joseph Rezny Jr.
Miss Rezny is survived locally by her sister, Marie Rezny Quayle, a niece Sandra Jackson and husband Don, a great-niece Karen Lehmann and husband William, and great-great niece and nephew Sarah and Michael Lehmann. Other survivors
are brother Frank Rezny and wife Sylvia of Belleville, 111; brother James Rezny of Creve Couer, Mo.; sister-in-law Rose Rezny of Belleville, 111., and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels with Pete Gaerdner Funeral H ome in Belleville. Interment will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville on Saturday, May 24,1997.
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county,” he said. “I don’t think anything the ACLU says I would agree with. They are such a minority - vocal- but minority in mainstream America.”
First Baptist Church pastor Gordon Graham said he, along with about 95 percent of his congregation, would sign the petition.
“I don’t see how this is ‘church’,” he said. “Our basic laws were founded on the Ten Commandments. Some of my best friends are Jewish and they have no problem with the Ten Commandments.”
Monsignor Eugene (^’Callaghan, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, said he would sign the petition.
“I would love to be able to walk into a courtroom and have the Ten Commandments. I have no problem with that at all,” said . “All laws do come from the Ten Commandments. If we follow them as we ought to, I wouldn’t see any ptoblems.” ‘
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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