New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Gregory Millett (Monday), Claudia Lee, Joe Searcy, Lonnie Carpenter (Monday), Liaa Jaroszewsk (Monday), Sandra Willard (Monday), Lance Vodron, Linda Webb, David Herrera Sr. (Belated), Angelica Martinez (1 year old, belated), Cindy Cattilleja (25 years old), Dave Schendel (50 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Hub and Colleen Greenlees.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Holiday won’t affect garbage, recycling
City offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day but that will not affect garbage and recycling collection. Residents are asked to move their garbage to the curb as early as possible to assist crews. For more information, call 608-2140 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on any business day. During weekends and holidays, please leave a message on the recorder and a city representative will return the call during regular office hours.
However, a lot of other pine pi will be doled
All city, county, state administrative offices and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Emergency and law enforcement services will be available and city sanitation crews will be working.
Banks and the post office also will be closed.
Local public school offices will be open on Memorial Day.
The Herald-Zeitung offices will also be closed on Monday.
k3S traffic tangles should be easing
Though construction continues on Interstate 35, all lanes are now open and southbound traffic should flow more smoothly. However, exits between Solms Road and FM 2252 are still closed.
All northbound lanes from San Antonio to New Braunfels will remain open during the construction.
One-word holiday forecast— hot
The Memorial Day weekend weather forecast can be best described by one word — hot. So if you take advantage of the warm weather be sure to put on some sunscreen
According to the National Weather Service, today will be mostly sunny, hot with a high of 93 and a low of 71.
There will be early morning and late night cloudiness with winds coming from the southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday’s forecasts calls for a high of near 95 and a low of 69.
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28 pages in two sections ■ Sunday, May 25,1997
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Dave
Vol. 145, No. 138
Home sweet home
She remembers the soldiers
Near centurian’s family has proud history of ‘ military service
By CHRIS CREWS
At age 98, Caroline Stange has seen more wars than she cares to remember. But she does remember when, as a teen-ager in rural Wisconsin, she and her family drove their Model T into town to see the soldiers returning home from World War I.
“We were very happy to see them come home and I guess they wanted us to see they were still alive,” Stange recalled with a grin.
Stange’s family has a long history of military serv ice. Her husband, Joseph, was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. She had a brother who served in WW I, and her son served a stint in the Air Force.
She clearly remembers the day the American troop ship carrying her brother landed rn Fiance.
“It was April 18, 1918, and I was in the hospital having surgery,” Stange
recalled. “The nurse came and said the troops had landed in France. I was so grateful they were safe.”
She said California was not the most reassuring place to live after the attack on
“The Pacific Ocean was filled with Japanese subs. Absolutely! Positively!”
Stange said she would attend Monday’s Memorial Day service at Colonial Manor Care Center in New Braunfels “With bells on.”
Her favorite patriotic song is “God Bless America” and, with a little encouragement, she will treat you to her rendition in her fine soprano voice.
Stange has been a member of the local American Legion for thr 14 years she has lived in New Braunfels.
Stange encouraged everyone to pause a moment on Monday and recognize Memorial Day.
“The young people today take Memorial Day seriously, they just don’t take the other days seriously,” Stange said, with her grin returning.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Ground was broken Saturday for another Habitat for Humanity house to be built next to the house currently under construction at the corner of Katy and Hackberry streets. Here organizersthe Rev. Charles DeHaven, Judith Miller, Brian Peterson, and Douglas Schoelies help new owner Karla Hutchins (second from right) break ground for the house. Also Saturday, hundreds turned out for the Three Parks Run which benefits the Habitat for Humanity project. See story Page 1B.
Memorial Day comes to the classroom
By CHRIS CREWS
Honoring those who made ultimate sacrifice
By MANUEL CAMARENO
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
On this special Memorial Day we honor and remember those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in giving themselves so we can, each and every one of us, enjoy the freedom that we have.
One of the most precious things that we ck) now enjoy in life is our freedom. In America we must always remember that freedom is not free and that we forever remember in our hearts those men and women who give us the right to be free and the right to live in a country that we so dearly love.
On this Memorial Day in the histo
ry of New Braunfels we are having ceremonies in our cemeteries, in the tour cemeteries that are together here in town we will have for the first time an American flag in each cemetery and flag pole, all of this has been accomplished by our church parishioners with their donations and generosity in
Turn to Honoring, Page 2A
American war veterans will be remembered in public and private schools across C omal C ounty on Monday when a countywide radio network will allow students in the Comal and New Braunfels school districts and Sts. Peter and Paul School to hear the Memorial Day ceremonies being conducted at local cemeteries.
“What makes this unique is that this year, since all the kids will be in school on Memorial Day, is that the veterans are taking the ceremonies to the students,” said Manuel Camarera), coordinator of veterans’ activities for all veterans’ groups in New Braunfels.
Camareno said he contacted the superintendents of each of the school districts to get the plan approved. At approximately 9: IO a.m., each school will feed the live radio broadcast into all classrooms.
“This does a lot to tell the students about the holiday,” said Kathy White, principal at Sts. Peter and Paul School. “It’s one way we build citizenship.” Comal Independent Sc hex) I District Board Member Scott Watson said the decision to hold school on the Monday federal holidays such as Memorial Day came down to the district’s education-
Memorial Day Ceremonies
Memorial Day ceremonies will begin about 9 a m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul, Comal. Pan-teon-Hidalgo and Our Lady of Perpetual Help cemeteries.
Memorial Day ceremonies will be broadcast live Monday on KGNB AM (1420) beginning
about 9 a m.
"The overwhelming consensus is tlx* students don’t know anything about the holidays they are supposed to be celebrating,” Watson said. “We decided that in the Comal ISD that we would hold school on those holidays and class time on those days would focus on instruction about the reasons for the holiday."
Camareno said the veterans will begin the day about 6 a.m. when they lay flags on tlx* grav es of all v eterans in the county. The activities will then move to the four cemeteries on Pease St. — Sts. Peter and Paul, Comal, Pan-teon-Hidalgo and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Perfecto Socorro).
Time winning out to file property appraisal protest
By DENISE DZIUK
lf you did not like the amount at which your property was appraised, time is quickly running out for you to do something about it.
Lynn Rodgers, chief appraiser.for the Comal County Appraisal District, said appraisal notices were sent to county residents last month. Those appraisals increased anywhere from 3 percent to 7 or 8 percent, with the average being about 4 percent, he said. This is a smaller increase than last year, when appraisals jumped by roughly IO percent.
“I think what we’re starting to see now is it’s starting to peak a little,”
Rodgers said. “I think it’s not going to appreciate at the same rate it has been.”
Rodgers said it was not unusual that property values increased each year. He said the state mandates appraisals every three years, but the local CAD reappraises each year to avoid having 30 to 40 percent jumps iii one yepr.
Rodgers said this year’s appraisals found more new construction than last year. The CAD had $204,475,040 in new construction, up from $187,571,478 last year. Of this, the county had $164,522,1 IO and the city recorded $54,192,050. The number of single-family homes is also on the nse, with 1,129 in the CAD, 892 in Comal County and 866 in Comal Independent School District.
Rodgers said that although the appraisals went up, it was difficult to say what individuals’ taxes would do at this point. I ie said it was up to the various taxing entities to decide that.
“They adopt a tax rate that will generate the money they need to fund their budget,” he said.
However, if you think your property was appraised incorrectly, it’s not too late to complain. Rodgers said residents have until June 2 im- 30 days after the notice is postmarked, whichever is later.
Rodgers said 600 people have already gone in for informal discussions and 149 people have scheduled appearances before the Appraisal Review Board.
STEPS FOR FILING A PROTEST
To protest your appraisal:
■ Call the Comal County Appraisal District at 625-8597 and schedule an informal hearing.
■ lf not satisfied with the informal hearing, give the CAD a written request for a hearing before the Appraisal Review Board. The request can be submitted on a state form available at the CAD office, 178 E. Mill St., Suite 101, or in the form of a letter. The letter must specify that it is requesting a
protest hearing. It must have a description of the property and be signed and dated.
■ You do not have to attend an informal hearing prior to the protest before the review board, although it is recommended.
■ Both informal and formal hearings must be scheduled before June 2 or 30 days after the postmark deadline.
Source Comal County Appraisal DistrictKudos from the Salvation Army and the Humane Society. See Opinion, 4A.