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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Unicorns, Cougarettes advance in volleyball playoffs. See Page 50 CENTS The Landa Park Gazebo Herald -Z 99 41° c-r so-ft -?b1/ t % 79903- 20 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 1,1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 year EL. • ie OI LELIA PHILLIPS Vol. 143, No. 253 Inside Editorial........................................4A Spats...........................................6A Comics.......................................11A Market Place..........................3B-7B Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ryan Hill (four years), Lelia Phillips (85 years), Barbara Barber and Sharon Staats. River and aquifer Information Comal River -272 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 12 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 624.76 feet above sea level, up .03. Guadalupe River — 166 c.f.s. Get in the spirit Get into the mood of Halloween by enjoying the comedy, ‘Blithe Spirit.’ Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels High School cafetorium. The one-hour performance costs just $2 for students and $3 for adults. World Community Day celebrated Nov. 3 All Christian women in New Braunfels are invited to join women across the nation in celebrating World Community Day. This ecumenical service will be at 10 a rn. Friday, Nov. 3 at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. Coffee in the church parlor at 9 a.m. Babysitter provided. Speaker will be Helen Fitzgerald, former missionary with Border Ministries. Mon's Garden Club to meet The Men’s Garden Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the County Extension Office at 132 S. Water Lane. County Agent Pat Rasor will present a program on ‘Use and Preservation of Herbs.* Election of officers and directors will be held. Visitors always welcome. Comal Garden Club to meet The Comal Garden Club will hold its November meeting Thursday, Nov 2 at 9:30 a m. at the home of Delitha Guenzel, 762 Laurel Lane. Timothy Parks, owner of Second Nature, will speak on landscape designs using zeriscape plants. Paver dedication ceremony tomorrow A paver dedication ceremony will take place at the Plaza on Thursday, Nov 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p m. Everyone is invited to the dedication ceremony an to look at their pavers on the Court of Honor. Hummel Look-Alike Contest Saturday The fifth annual Hummel Look-Alike Contest will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 arn. on the front steps of the Hummel Museum, 199 Main Plaza. In case of inclement weather, the contest will be held inside the Hummel Museum Contestants are judged on their likeness to a Hummel figurine The contestants are children from two through 10 years of age There will be two categories in this year’s contest: Single Figurine and Group Figurine For information, call Martha H Hoevel, at 629-3479 Hydrilla on agenda The Lake Management Workshop, Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p m. at the Guadalupe County Commission’s Court Room at 307 Court St. will focus on hydrilla control in area lakes. County scrambling to find parkland Loss of current fields could mean 1,500 kids will have no place to play soccer next season By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer If the county does not find land soon for a park in the Bulverde area, a lot of kids will not have a place to play soccer next year, and County Commission Danny Scheel said he has not had much luck in finding land so far. Scheel said about 1,500 kids play soccer in the Bulverde area, and after this year, they won’t have any fields to play on. The kids are using land owned by the Bulverde Property Owners Association. However, he said there are plans to build a senior citizens center on the site, and the land will no longer be available after this year. He said the county had been looking at a site. However, that deal fell through, and the county is now back at square one looking for more land. “We need something because they’re going to lose access to that land very soon. A lot of kids won’t have any fields to play on,” he said. Scheel said the county is looking for approximately 25 to 35 acres. He said the land needs to relatively flat and accessible. He said the land will be used to build soccer fields, baseball fields, a picnic area, and possibly even a walking track. “We want to fix up something nice, but we can’t find a large enough piece of land that’s pretty flat to accommodate everything,” he said. “If it’s partially in the flood area, that may not even matter so much.” Scheel added that if someone owns land that they do not want to sell, the county would also be willing to enter into a long-term lease agreement with the landowner. He said the county would consider entering into a 15- to 20-year contract with the owner. “If someone has some land that they don’t want to sell because it’s part of an estate or something, we would be willing to lease it,” he said. Scheel said he would appreciate any help he can get in locating land so kids can continue playing soccer next year. He said anyone who owns land, or knows of land that is available, should contact him at 620-5569. “We need to get the word out that we’re looking, and any help we can get would be great,” said Scheel. Officials expect more than 100,000 Wurstfest visitors By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The 35th annual Wurstfest kicks off Friday, and officials are once again expecting large crowds to pass through the gates for German fun. “We’re excited. We want everyone to come out and have a good time. We’re anxious to show everybody our hospitality,” said Wurstfest President Bob Smith. Smith said he is expecting another great year this year. He said there are several factors that play a part of the success, including the town’s sesquicentennial, more than 60 live bands, and continuous entertainment. He said improvements have also been made to the grounds. Sections have been repaved, which should make the use of strollers and wheelchairs easier. “It’s our 35th year. Plus, we’ve gotten the word out, so we’re expecting another great year,” said Smith. Last year an estimated 100,000 people attended Wurstfest. Smith said the economic impact on the town, including spending at hotels, restaurants, and the grounds, totalled about $6 million. Smith pointed out the majority of the money spent on the Wurstfest grounds goes back into the community through various civic groups, scholarships, and donations. Smith said the weather also has an impact on how many people attend the 10-day event. He said perfect weather is preferred, however, the action will continue even if the weather turns bad. He also added that two large tents are put up, the food booths are covered, and the “We’re ready already. We’ve been doing it for 35 years ■■a There are always some glitches. But overall, it goes smooth.’ - Bob Smith Wurstfest Hall is open so there is a lot of covered area for people if it gets “too cold or too wet.” Even if people choose not to go to the grounds, they can still have a good time during Wurstfest. “There’s a lot to do other than on the grounds. There are special things going on all over town, so people can have a good time in town even if the weather isn’t perfect,” said Smith. Preparation for the annual event is ongoing and takes almost the entire year, said Smith. He said the various committees are formed and start their work about six months prior to the event. All the preparations for this year’s Wurstfest have already been completed, he said. “We’re ready already. We’ve been doing it for 35 years. It runs fairly smoothly. There are always some glitches. But, overall, it goes smooth,” said Smith. The opening ceremonies for the 35th Annual Wurstfest will be held on Friday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. The opening will be held along the banks of the Comal River with the “Wurst Navy." Free musical entertainment with Myron Floren and the Original Kapelle Heimatlan, which is a band from Wetzlar, Germany, will be on hand. Herakt-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Jtov*' lr You Hare! At left, Garth Angleton invites people in at the Jaycees Haunted House in the Factory Stores mall last night. Above, Emily Zeth and Evelyn Pletz welcome trick-or-treaters to Colonial Manor, which received about 1,000 little visitors last night. Project KISS keeps working toward $200,000 goal By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Project KISS (Kids In Safe Surroundings) spaghetti dinner on Saturday night was a success, the project’s chairwoman said on Monday. “It was a really nice turnout,” Tnsh Wyatt said. “We did over 200 dinners and we are really glad that our senior citizens turned out. We are still counting to see how much money we raised.” Proceeds from the spaghetti dinner, which was held at Eagles Hall in Sattler, will go towards the Canyon Lake Youth Recreation Center, which Project KISS wants to build at Guadalupe Park below Canyon Dam at the end of 19%. So far, Project KISS has raised $48,000 of the $200,000 needed for the facility. The biggest ticket buyers for the supper were the Eagles fraternal organization, the Canyon Lake Evening Lions Club, the Methodist Men, Veterans for Foreign Wars and the Eastern Star. The Eagles’ Auxiliary club prepared and cooked the spaghetti suppers. The Modem Woodmen of America put up a $1,500 in matching funds. As promised, Elvis came by and performed for the crowd. He sang a “Hunk of Burning Love” and signed autographs for children and adults after his performance was over. Elvis was not the only star of the show. Children sang and one performer played the harmonica during the talent show. Last night. Project KISS got a boost on Halloween, when it co-sponsored a haunted house with the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department and the Canyon Lake EMS. The haunted house was held at the EMS Central Station on Sattler Road. Donations from the haunted house went directly to the community youth center. “I think it is really helpful when community organizations will take their own time to hold an event like a haunted house which will benefit our project,” Wyatt said. Fund set up to help Offermans By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Concerned residents can come to the aid of the Offerman family using a special account set up at Norwest Bank. Edward Lee Offerman, 37, died Monday night following a shooting incident. Offerman’s son, Trenady, is a running back on the Canyon High School football team. “The families at Canyon were just devastated,” said Marjorie McDonald of Norwest Bank. Canyon parents wanted to help the family because ’Trenady is such an integral part of the Canyon High School scene,” McDonald said. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the fund can mail a donation care of the Offerman Family Fund or bong the donation to the Norwest Bank at 315 Landa. People with questions about the fund can call Norwest Bank at 629-2265. Autopsy reports by the Travis County Coroner indicate that Offerman’s wounds may have been self-inflicted, said New Braunfels Police Detective Sergeant B. B. Boatright. Hydrilla ideas to be aired at Thursday meeting By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Residents near the hydroelectric lakes operated by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority will brainstorm ideas on how to control the hydnlla that is rapidly growing in their lakes. The next meeting of the Lake Management Workgroup is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the county commissioners’ court room at the Guadalupe County Administration Building on 307 W. Court Street in Seguin. At the last workgroup meeting on Oct. 17, residents of lakes McQueeney and Dunlap agreed to come up with some ideas on how to deal with the hydnlla. “The issue which will be discussed at this meeting will be whether or not the lakes should be lowered in an anempt to control the hydnlla,” GBRA Director of Project Development David Welsch said. “At the last meeting, this alternative was discussed and we asked the people there to think about it and come back for this meeting for more discussion.” In August, the GBRA and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department released a total of 125 grass carp into the five hydroelectric lakes operated by the GBRA. lakes McQueeney, Dunlap, Placid, H-4 ami H-5 were stocked with 25 grass carp each. The fish feed on the hydrilla. The purpose of the study is to determine whether or not the fish will stay in the lakes. Results from the study have indicated that all 125 fish have been located at least once in the lakes. The carp were implanted with radio tags so that TP&W biologists can keep track of their movements. Four fish have moved from their onginal lake to a different one. Since the study is progressing, Welsch said, the carp will now be tracked on a monthly basis. The carp study has to include two major flood events with waters at 4,500-cubic-feet-per-second to determine whether or not the carp will stay in the lakes. Welsch said there are many factors to be considered when the issue of lowering the lakes is considered “If we lower the lakes one at a time, we will have to deal with the issue of water quality and odorous smells,” Welsch said. “It would depend on the goals that people would want to set in terms of keeping the lakes open in the summer and on the weather conditions at that time Sometimes it could take 2-3 months for the hydnlla to dry since it is made up of 95 percent water. Then there is the possibility of exposing the hydnlla to the sunlight and lening it grow again. We could even discuss the possibility of lowenng the lakes during the winter and freezing the hydnlla, but we have very warm winters in this area.” Another idea that could be discussed at the meeting is the use of herbicides. Dunng the summer, the GBRA sprayed herbicide on the hydnlla in lakes McQueeney and Dunlap to keep the lakes accessible for boaters. Welsch said that a balance of grass carp and herbicide needs to be considered because that would be one of the best ways of fighting the hydnlla. “When considenng the use of herbicide we need to consider these factors,” Welsch said. “One, is it safe for the water and recreational purposes. Two, is it effective. Three, is it long lasting Four, is it cost effective.” Welsch said the Lake Management Group has been meeting for over a year He said that 25-50 lake residents have attended the meenngs and they have given him good input and many ideas on how to control the hydnlla. In fact, the carp study was brought up at one of the meeting. Even though the hydnlla problem is the foremost in the mind of the lakes many residents, Welsch said that he hopes the meetings can be used as a forum to discuss many issues relanng to the lakes once a viable solution is found for controlling the hydnlla “In future, I would like to discuss issues such as water quality and preventing nutnents such as fertilizer from getting to the hydnlla plants,” Welsch said. “We jjould discuss issues such as water safety and shoreline management, which would deal with the evacuation of the lakes in cases of an emergency”Community newspapers have an obligation to deliver hard news. See Opinion, Page 4A. ;