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‘Bongs and thongs, only in NB’
and creative,” Woods said. “So I made a decal using Charles’ words, and took it over to his house. He put it on the back of his car.”
The two said they wanted to make a point with the New Braunfels City Council.
“I’ve experienced the problems
on the rivers that have been talked about,” he said. “And I don’t like the way they’ve been handled by city council. So I hope to generate some response from the council with the decal so they’ll do something.”
In his letter to the editor Thursday,
See DICAL, Page 8A
Sticker pokes fun at river behavior
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Charles Rogers shows off the prototype “Bongs and Thongs" bumper sticker.
Charles Rogers and Chris Woods thought a decal that reads “Bongs and Thongs Only - No Families”
would be a tongue-in-cheek way to make their point.
“I read Charles’ letter to the editor in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Thursday and thought it was funny
Last public hearing on budget Monday
By Leigh Jonas
New Braunfels citizens have one last opportunity to speak to New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees before they vote to adopt next year’s budget.
The meeting will begin Monday with a public hearing at 5:30 p.m.
If the last meeting is any indication, citizen comments will lean heavily toward support for dedicated art teachers at all grade levels.
Superintendent Ron Reaves’ proposed budget includes saving $60,000 by moving three art teachers to regular classrooms in Lone Star Elementary, Carl Schurz Elementary and Memorial Primary.
In those schools, art would be incorporated into the curriculum of other subjects.
Thistee Ed Clark said the proposal was to have an art teacher from the fourth grade up, which did not sit well with him.
“We’re finding the best solution for art is to cover it with a dedicated (singlesubject) teacher,” he said. “I think it’s vital in second and third grade because that’s when (classroom) teachers have to focus heavily on the core subjects.” Clark said he planned on fighting to keep the art program for second- and third-graders.
See BUQUET. Page 3A
Neighbors battle the city over parking along the river.
AT A GLANCE
■ What: NBISD Public Hearing and Board Meeting
■ When: 5:30
■ Where: The
Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St
■ Trustees also will consider:
Approval of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program
Report on Employee Health and Dental Insurance for 2004-05
Report on plans for concessions at Unicom Stadium
Approval of purchase of crumb rubber for NBISD athletic fields
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Carmen Rittimann, left, and Edie Hanz share stories about times past while holding onto the quilt discovered by local historian John Rightmire at an estate sale. The two women stitched their names onto the quilt in the 1930s.
Pair reminisce over 70-year-old friendship quilt
By Leigh Jones
Sitting together with a worn bedspread draped across their laps, Edie Hanz and Carmen Rittimann swapped 70-year-old remembrances.
The women’s reunion came courtesy of historian John Rightmire’s discovery of the quilt they worked on in 1934. “It’s amazing,” Rittimann said. “Everybody on here is dead and gone except Edie and me, as far as I can tell.”
The friendship quilt was made by Rittimann’s cousin, Alice Startz, for her “hope” chest. Startz stitched together the squares that make up the quilt and gave one to each of her friends. Each girl then embroidered her name and the date on the square and returned it to Startz.
Hanz completed her handiwork on May 23, 1934, when she was 15 years old.
"That was so long ago,” she said. “Everybody knew everybody then.”
Rittimann said Startz married Monroe Nuhn in 1937 or 1938. Seventeen of the 20 squares that make up the quilt were dated in 1934. The other three were dated in 1937.
See QUILT. Page 3A
Wein and Saengerfest ‘grape’ success
After reading about this weekends’ Wein and Saengerfest in their local paper, Will and Paula Hoskins of Katy decided to spend their weekend in New Braunfels.
“We read about it last week,” the couple said. “So we thought it’d be great fun, and decided to drive up and spend the weekend.”
If the Hoskins’ interest in the Wein and Saengerfest is
any indication, Main Street Manager Jan Soechting and Luke Speckman should be thrilled with the first annual Wein and Saengerfest festival.
“Jan came up with the idea originally," said Speckman, chairman of this year’s Main Street Wein and Saengerfest festival. “We’ve been working on the plans for a year and a half, and I’m thrilled with the crowd that showed up.”
Speckman said Germans
who settled in the area in the 1850s started the tradition of competing in singing with nearby communities.
“We wanted to revive the tradition," he said.
Saturday’s day-long festival along San Antonio Street was preceded Friday night by a gala on the old Faust Street bridge.
“It was really awesome,” Soechting said. “Everyone said it was a first class event. Marty Lindley, who was the chairman of the gala, really
Soechting said 250 people dined on the bridge Friday night.
“It was very elegant,” she said.
Saturday’s festivities included an Ethnic Pet Parade near the Brauntex Theater.
Speckman said first place went to two Blue Heelers dressed in cowboy and cowgirls outfits.
See FESTIVAL. Page 8A
Chihuahua Rudy waits for the start of the Ethnic Pet Parade with a handful of other dogs at the opening of the Wein and Saengerfest Saturday morning.
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