New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, November 1,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ANQELYNNE CAMARENO
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dawn Shaw (14 years), mari-anne Odorfer, Ashley Edgar (I I years), Lisa Romero, Jonathan Medina, Angelynne Camareno, Brittany Tienda (Saturday), Nell illman (84 years), Alina Oft, Sandra Rozales (3 years), Sarah-lina Ledsma (Saturday), Bill Slimpen (40 years), Beatrice Patric Mayo (Saturday) and Suzi Schacht.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: John and Mary Morrow (39 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —2,310 Cedar Elm —34 Pigweed —6 Ragweed —17
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Coma! River —174 cubic feet per second, U3 3 from Thursday.
Edwa ds Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.98 feet above sea level, up .01 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 254 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1,078 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.81 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 7.315 million gallons of surface water Thursday, and no wefl water was used.
Bifidly In Seguin
Rehearsal for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Ayers Recital Hall on the Texas Lutheran University campus.
The chorus will be performing parts of Handel's "Messiah," under Dan Long’s direction. por more information, call Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Liki Dunlap WFD Auxiliary crafts sale
Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the station, 915 Potthast Dr.
Symphony society to hold special mooting
A special meeting of the Mid-Texas Symphony Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Norwest Bank in Seguin The purpose of this special meeting is to consider a change in the bylaws to include a provision for endowments. Anyone who has contributed to the Mid-Texas Symphony for the current season is a member of the society and is encouraged to take part.
DAR group will hold gonoalogy workshop
The Capt. James Jack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will conduct a genealogy workshop from 11 a m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Dittlinger Memorial Library. Virginian Ming and Fairy Edwards will conduct the workshop. Many subjects pertaining to lineage, patriotic services and general techniques on ancestral research will be discussed. A question-and-answer program will follow. Public is invited.
Canyon FFA boostors hold show mooting
The Canyon FFA Booster Club will hold their most important meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the CHS Commons. Registration for all shows will take place.
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Chicken dancers have the rhythm with ’em
By ABE LEVY
urstfest festivities wouldn’t be the same without the drinking of beer, VV the eating of sausage and the rhythm of the chicken dance.
Enthusiasts of all ayes will likely wiggle their tail feathers to the polka beat in the unique and often silly movements of the traditional dance, aal
danes will no doubt be requested throughout the 3IRh annual event to celebrate the area’s German boatage.
The steps in order are:
• Taking a sip of beer.
• Using your hands to imitate two chickens talking to each other.
• Flapping your arms like wings.
• Shaking your tail feathers.
• Clapping your hands and starting all over.
Bill Holden, a local salesman who has also
taught the German dance to local residents, said the dance catches on quickly, much like the recent popularity of the Macarerta.
“It’s easy to learn,” Holden said. “All you have to do is watch others.”
Holden was part of a group of local residents
HsrsM-ZSitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Chicken bisks will ba told at Wursraest this year by tha Germen-American Soclaty.
who visited Braunfels, Germany, this summer as part of the sister city’s 750th anniversary celebration.
An Italian group performed the chicken dance
at die celebration, while the Comal Community Band provided the music.
Holden said Wurstfest lights up when accordionist Myron Floral plays the chicken dance song.
See Friday/Saturday Wurstfest schedule, Page 2A
Floral will open the festival tonight and will perform through Wednesday.
“Ifs a family thing,” Holden said. “Even the hate kteb hnow Wow rn do it. When Myron is playing, there’s probably 40 to 50 feet of people in front of the stage, ft’s a concert atmosphere.”
To properly perform the dance, participants must don a chicken nose, which the German American Society will be selling for $2.50 apiece, said Dennis Hermes, one of the Wurstfest opas and a chicken dance expert.
“You might have to move it out of the way when you’re drinking beer, but ifs a great thing to wear when you’re doing the chicken dance,” Hermes said.
Homes said die dance is a German tradition that people from all over the world enjoy.
“Supposedly, it was invented in Spain and then went to Germany and the Germans went crazy with it,” Hermes said, “lf s just a lot of fun getting up there and acting silly. People in a wheelchair can do it.”
Staggering school times a CISD option
By DENISE DZIUK
More schools and the many miles it takes to pick up students have caused headaches for the Comal Independent School District’s transportation department, and staggering the starting time for the schools may be part of the answer.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the district’s buses cover 6,000 miles a day over 92 routes.
The districts problems in getting all the students to and from the various campuses will only grow once it opens four new schools by January of 1998, Major said.
“We’ve just had problems with the 600 square
miles of the district,” Major Said. “It’s just a nightmare, and it’s just very difficult to get them to all start and stop at the same time.”
The elementary schools currently start at 7:55 a m. and go until 3 p.m., and Rahe Primary School runs from 7:45 a m. to 2:45 p.m. Students at the middle schools and high schools go to class from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Kenny Franklin, director of transportation, said these times are just too close together.
“We can’t make routes and get back to the middle school and high school by 3:30 to pick them up,” Franklin said.
Franklin said some students are waiting up to an hour after school ends before they can get (Mi a bus.
That means some students get picked up at 6:10 a.m., while others may not get home until 5 p.m., Franklin said.
Part of the problem is also the number of buses. Franklin said the district has 118 buses. But, some of these are older buses that are simply kept on hand for backup. When classes go on field trips, buses are having to double up on routes, which slows things down even more, Franklin said.
“The way to solve the whole thing is to buy a whole bunch of buses, andthis district isn’t going to do that. It’s too expensive,” Franklin said. “So, we have to look at more realistic solutions.”
Vol. 144, No 254
OKS funds for city
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request by the city of New Braunfels to transfer up to $350,000 as a one-time payment for the purchase of a new fire engine pumper truck and consulting
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work for development of a master plan to manage the city's growth.
The money came from an extra $2.2 million in
“We need to put this money into our utility. lf you don’t do this, your
system will deteriorate.’
— Gene Mornhinweg NBU trustee
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operating revenue from sales during the pyst fiscal year.
As the city-owned utility,
NBU is committed to transfer about 3.3 percent of its operating revenues, or $1.66 million for this past fiscal year. into the city's general fund. -
City Council members and staff personnel attended the regular meeting but did not speak to the trustee board.
After the vote, City Manager Mike Shands said the city will seek bids on the fire engine for purchase in about six months.
NBU Trustees Gene Mornhinweg and James Goodbread opposed the measure and gave their reasons for keeping the money within the utility
“You don’t give (the money) to buy a fire engine truck or whatever else they want,” Mornhinweg said. “We need to put this money into our utility. lf you don’t do this, your system will deteriorate.”
Mornhinweg said NBU could better use the money to upgrade the current utility system and avoid higher customer rates.
Goodbread said he would rather increase the amount that NBU pays the city annually instead of making special, random payments.
Proponents of the measure said the fire truck is needed to provide service to areas where water pressure is below standard.
They also said the master plan is needed to take a long-term look at the city’s future needs as growth continues.
Mayor Jan Kennady, who serves as one of the NBU trustees, said the final cost for consulting w ork may cost up to $150,000.
Day of the Dead holiday not one for sorrow in Hispanic culture
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Kookie Barbosa has vivid memories from an early age of her family celebrating Dia de Los Santos - the Day of the Dead.
"I remember my grandparents in Marion, Texas,” Barbosa said. “My mother was bom there, and my great grandparents are buried there. It would be a lot like a picnic. We would go to the cemetery and clean up and be there from midmorning through the afternoon. We would have lunch and reminisce.”
Today, Nov. I, is Day of the Dead, a religious holiday celebrated by families in Mexico to remember loved ones
'Psopls go to tho cemetery, have food and drink and tell stories about the person while he or she was alive.’
— Kookie Barbosa
who have passed on to another world.
Mexican families see it not as a day of sorrow but as a joyous occasion, said Barbosa, a member of the board of the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County “People go to the cemetery, have food and drink and tell stories about the person while he cm she was alive,” Bar
bosa said. “They tell happy, funny things. It is not a sad time.”
Barbosa said in Mexico right now every home has skeletons that are either painted or made out of sugar candy.
The Day of the Dead bread, which has shapes similar to a woman and man, is a delicacy eaten on the day.
What makes Dia de Los Santos unique is that it shows how the Mexican culture does not take the inevitable event of death seriously.
‘They poke fun at death. They make light of it,” Barbosa said. “It is not serious or solemn as other people make it out to be. It is part of life — it’s death.” Cristina Aguilar-Friar, also a mem-
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Hcrald-Zeitunfl photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hundreds of costumed children turned out Thursday night for the Halloween feethrittoe at the Factory Outlet Malta.Inhibitions don’t survive long during Wurstfest . See Opinion, Page