New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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From the Dispatch
A 47-year-old New Braunfels man reported someone entered a storage unit on his property in the 1300 block of Field Crest sometime between April 12 and April 15 while he was out of town. The individual stole a stereo, two speakers, a 19-inch Sanyo color television and a videocassette recorder worth an estimated total of $350. The items recently were discovered in a New Braunfels pawn shop. A 20-year-old New Braunfels woman was named as a suspect.
A 23-year-old San Antonio man and a 23-year-old Laredo man were arrested for public intoxication about 3:48 a.m. Friday in the 10OO block of South Interstate 35. New Braunfels Police Department officers contacted the men when they were sitting in a 1997 Ford pickup in the parking lot. The men were booked into the Comal County Jail. Bond was set at $150 each.
A 12-year-old male was taken into police custody Thursday at OakRun Middle School, off Texas 46, after he allegedly struck a 12-year-old male classmate several times in the face and head. The classmate suffered slight bruising and swelling to his face. The suspect was in the custody of juvenile authorities for the assault offense and then released into the custody of a relative.
NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — board of trustees meeting, 6:30 p.m. today in the board room of the New Braunfels Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
COURT —8:15 a.m. Thursday, Comal County Courthouse Annex
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — 6:30 p.m. June 12, New Braunfels Municipal Building, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
BULVERDE CITY COUNCIL —7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, Bulverde City Hall, 30070 Highway 281 N., Ste. 236, Bulverde
NB potter breaks mold
Works emerge from drawings, coffee grounds
By Christina Minor Staff Writer
New Braunfels resident Ron Boling gave up an athletic scholarship and quit college to be a painter.
Drafted by the Kansas City Art Institute, Boling became an accomplished painter, winning prizes in several competitions. Then his life changed.
“The school hired a new ceramics professor, Ken Ferguson,” Boling said. “He got me interested in pottery. At first I was awful at it. He told me he didn’t think I would make it in the pottery world. Now he brags about me.”
Boling took those bragging rights and several pieces of his work to the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair this past weekend in Kerrville.
Boling makes bowls, vases, mugs and lamps. Boling’s pottery sells from $15 to $5,000. Most of the pieces sold at the arts and crafts fair averaged about $15.
Boling specializes in Raku pottery, a Japanese technique utilizing clay that is highly refractory and able to withstand sudden thermal shock. The firing technique involves putting the vessel into a kiln and firing it quickly to about 1800 degrees or until the glaze melts.
“I love the colors that the Raku makes when it comes out of the fire,” he said. “The colors are so unpredictable. You never know what color you’re going to get.”
He also saves his coffee grounds to mix with the clay.
“It makes great texture,” he said.
Each piece is unique, with Boling drawing the ideas before creating them. The pottery is wheel-thrown with solid extruded handles. Some of the pieces have solid, extruded legs to give them animated characters.
“I describe my pottery as decorative alluding to functional,” he said. “Between 4 and 6 a.m. each day, I draw out my ideas in sketchbooks. The ideas just come into my head. I always say my hands are behind my mind.”
He now is working on some. new hand-shaped designs.
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New Braunfels potter Ron Boling shows off a piece of his work. Boling returned from this past weekend’s Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville.
tics of Boling Pottery is each piece has a handle that is twisted or broken apart then put back together.
Boling said the handles gave the pieces an individual character reminiscent of a landscape or hill.
Boling’s style of pottery was influenced by Ferguson and New Braunfels resident Dee Buck.
Wanting to share his enthusiasm about pottery, as well as help others learn about pottery, Boling taught art classes at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and The University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as art gallery director at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
“I have three more years with the university then I’m going to do this full time,” he said. “I love going to the fairs and meeting people and collectors.”
Boling said he tried to make IO to ll shows a year, including craft fairs in Albuquerque, Houston, San Antonio, Salado and Kerrville. At each fair, he exchanges a piece of his work with other crafters.
As you wander through his house, it’s apparent pottery is his passion. His works, as well as other sculptors’ works, sit on shelves in various rooms. Three dining room shelves are reserved for mugs that Boling collects from the places he visits.
He also displays his work in galleries throughout Texas and enters competitive shows. He eventually would like to have a one-person show.
Whether Boling is creating for a craft fair or a competitive show, he follows the motto of Nick Casson, “Some and some.”
“Create some for them and some for yourself,” he said.
CISD to break ground for new elementary
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The last elementary school to be built in the Comal Independent School District was Bill Brown Elementary in 1991. The “new kid on the block” will be an 86,000-square-foot elementary school to be built at Farm-to-Market Road 306 and Hoffman Lane on the eastern side of Comal County.
Ground will be broken for the 800-student capacity school on at 9 a.m. Thursday. School board members and school administrators will be present. The community is invited.
“We are excited about the new elementary school and invite our taxpayers to come out and be a part of this new project” CISD superintendent Jerry Major said. “Tile new school will alleviate overcrowding at Goodwin Primary and Frazier Elementary.”
The $6.7 million school will be built by JT Construction Inc. of San Antonio and was designed by Pfluger Associates. It will have 39 classrooms, a library, a cafeteria, and a gym. Projected opening is slated for August 2002.
The elementary school is just
WHO: Comal school district
WHAT: Groundbreaking for new elementary school WHEN: 9 a.m. Thursday WHERE: Farm-to-Market Road 306 and Hoffman Lane
one of three to be built with bond money approved by the voters in May 1999. The other two will be built at FM 306 and Cranes Mill Rd. north of Canyon Lake, and U.S. 281 and Cibolo Creek in the western part of the district.
The $141 million bond issue includes the new elementary schools, a new high school, major expansion on four campuses — Canyon High, Smithson Valley High, Canyon Middle and Comal Elementary —as well as renovations, remodelings and other projects on Comal ISD campuses.
Independent senior living group slates information meetings
Seniors of the area soon will have a choice of living facilities in the Independent Senior Living — Seguin.
The facilities will appeal to active seniors who do not need assistance and desire quality living.
A group has formed and has engaged Martin Luther Homes to conduct a feasibility study and work with a local group in developing this new facility. Martin Luther Homes is known for providing housing for the developmentally handicapped and has several such homes in Seguin. In addition, Martin Luther Homes
develops independent living facilities for seniors in several states.
The local group, called Independent Senior Living — Seguin, has formed a board and elected officers. Walter Fruehling is president, Harold Bogisch is vice president, Bernard Baumbach is secretary and Arnold Woede is treasurer.
To focus group meetings will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 6 at the Silver Center in Seguin. The public is invited.
For information, call Walt Fruehling at 379-1998, Harold Bogisch at 379-3824 or Bill Minor at 629-0100.
Want to sing, act, dance? Red Stocking Revue might be for you
Director’s party scheduled June 6
By Betty Taylor Staff Writer
Broadway lights will shine on New Braunfels come June 23 when the Red Stocking Revue, conducted every two years, kicks off its three-day run.
Local starlets and behind-the-scenes crews interested in taking part in the Community Service Center fund-raiser are being asked to attend the Directors Party at 7 p.m. June 6 at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St.
The unique show brings the New York stage to Texas when Jerome H. Cargill Producing Organization brings in a director, show, costumes, music and more. The actors and crew, however, are local.
Meianey Beath, who heads up the Directors Party, said a cast of at least IOO was needed for the production. She encouraged everyone to attend the party on June 6 and sign up for their areas of interest. Even those who prefer to work off stage will have the opportunity to work on the production.
“We have a place for you,”
Beath said. “You can do sales, be a part of the stage crew or help work on costumes.”
Participants must be available for three weeks of rehearsals prior to the shows run dates of June 23-25.
Beath said the show was especially fun and challenging because of the element of surprise. “We don’t know what the show is until he (the director) arrives,” Beath said. “It is not a play, but it contains acts, venues and skits.” Joanna Lewis, who chaired the event in 1998, said, “We have something for everybody.
“If you want to sing or perform a solo or dance, no one is turned
down. We usually have a chorus line like the Rockettes and some kind of men’s drag such as Geisha girls. The men have a wonderful time.”
Beath said the revue was in its 12th season and former mayor Jan Kennady brought the idea to New Braunfels. In 1998, the revue brought in about $15,000, Lewis said.
“We are hoping to do much better this year. We would like to clear $20,000 if possible,” she said. Sue Hahn, chairwoman for the event this year, said, “We would love to see a sell-out crowd. Groups like the Lions Club and Rotary Club have supported the
event as a group by buying blocks of seats.”
Hahn encouraged organizations to do the same this year.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Community Service Center, which in turn supports a wide
variety of programs.
“All of the funds stay in town,” Lewis said. “We provide assistance on an individual basis, such as helping out with the gas bill or
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