New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Rivalries don’tPrepared for the Wurst stand in way
Opas bite sausage Friday night: ‘It’s time to part/
By Ron Malonoy
■ 11:30 am Cloverleaf Orchestra
■ 3:30 p m. Fire-orvthe-Mountain doggers
■ 4 p.m.
B 6:30 p.m.
Litf I Fishermen
■ 10:30 p.m. Sauerkrauts
Dee Oroeee Zett
(The Big Tent)
■ 11:30 am
It was a dark and beery night.
Wearing not Halloween costumes but lederhosen and dirndls, they gave out treats — hundreds and hundreds of smoked sausages.
They ate a few, too.
And so began Wurstfest.
Members of the Wurst Association sloshed out brew Friday night and toasted the start of this city's 43rd annual signature sausage festival.
. In a nod to New Braunfels heritage, the event started with pomp, circumstance, a prayer and yes, the penultimate moment: the biting of the sausage.
“To put this on is a big operation, and most of the work is done by volunteers," Wurstfest Associa-tidn president Hon Voges said. “We’ve worked hard all year. It’s time for everyone to have a real good time—ifs time to party!”
I In the opening I ceremony, Voges | introduced the man I whose duty is to make sure everyone has a good time. This year’s Grosse Opa, Larry Kunkel, welcomed guests in German and English.
“We think this is Texas’s best heritage festival," Kunkel said. “My job is to make sure you have fun. When you're on the grounds, you should have lots and lots of fun." While attendees have plenty of fun, Wurstfest is serious business produced by about 250 “opas" and other volunteers.
Al Mmxtmk Trio 2:30 pm.
Al MaixnerTrio 7 pm.
Internationals 8:30 pm.
■ 10 pm.
Al Meaner Trio
■ 11:30 pm.
(The Little Tent)
■ 11:30 am Oma 8 the Oompah'*
■ 12:46 pm.
• 2 pm
Terry Cavanagh 8 Alpine Express
■ 3:30 pm.
■ 4:46 pm.
■ 6 pm
Du/ka Brothers 6 7:15 pm.
■ 8:30 pm.
Terry Cavanagh 8 Alpine Express
■ 10 p.m.
■ 11:30 p.m.
Terry Cavanagh 8 Alpine Express
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Canyon tight end Tanner Henk. left, and New Braunfels offensive lineman Deke Eberhard congratulate each other as the final seconds count down
By Wilily Gullick
Treating themselves to a pigskin battle for first place rather than deal with costume-clad tricksters, high school football fans from both sides of town filled Unicorn Stadium to near capacity on Halloween night.
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town’s salute to sausage — the 43rd ■ BOWL JM
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Canyon Cougars 17-13. * Bead coverage
“My dad bought season tickets to ot ^urst
New Braunfels games when he moved into Oak Run. It’s the closest high school to his home. I’ve been coming to the games and sitting with him all season, but I told him I may have to go over and sit on the Canyon side for the second half," said Mayor Adam Cork.
See RIVALRY. Page 3A
Tracking the news NANCY FULLER
LAST WE KNEW: Comal Independent School District trustees hired Nancy Fuller to replace Jim Grunert as superintendent.
LATEST: Fuller signed her contract Friday afternoon She will be paid $145,000 per year through June 2007
NEXT: She assumes her new position Nov. 17
LAST WE KNEW: Rodolfo Gomez, 39. was in Comal County Jail awaiting trial on organized crime and aggravated robbery charges.
LATEST: Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane said the trial scheduled to begin Monday had been postponed.
NEXT: The Gomez trial will be reset, probably after the first of the year.
Wurstfest Association past president John Dierksen bites into a sausage link during
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WUrstfest opening ceremonies Friday night. Wurstfest continues through Nov. 9.
Floren to miss Wurstfest because of cancer battle
World-famous master accordionist Myron Floren will not be coming to Wurstfest this year.
Director of Wurst Relations Herb Skoog announced Friday that Floren is undergoing chemotherapy for recurring cancer.
"Wurstfest extends best wishes to Myron for a speedy recovery," Skoog said.
Floren has headlined Wurstfest each year since 1968 — except 1998, when he was recovering from surgery.
Skoog said a full slate of Bavarian and Alpine entertainment is scheduled throughout the event. >
Each year, Floren and his family celebrated his birthday in New Braunfels, and this one will be only a little different. Floren will speak by phone Sunday, and guests will enjoy cake in the big tent and an opportunity to sign a card for Floren.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, local accordionist Terry Cavanagh will offer a musical salute to Horen.
“We’re going to miss being with Myron,” Cavanagh said. “We're going to perform with the hope and expectation that the audience will experience the same excitement and joy about music that he brought.”
NBHS teachers affirm, ditch some of Williams’ policies
By Dylan Jimtnaz
New Braunfels High School Principal Rickey Williams announced Friday he would continue enforcing contentious policies, but will eliminate the school’s daily “Unicom Time."
Unicorn Time is a 25-minute period set aside for focus on academic competitions and acceleration for students striving to pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
Some parents were concerned
the period was a waste of time. Teachers voted 66 to 51 Thursday to eliminate the program.
Williams met with parents, teachers and students this week about his policies on hall passes, tardies, breaks and Unicom Time.
“I listened to all parties who have a vested interest in our high school. After conducting meetings and after a teacher vote, I will be eliminating Unicom
Time beginning on Monday," Williams said in a prepared statement.
He refused to be interviewed by the Herald-Zeitung for this article.
Before coming to New Braunfels, Williams led a Troup, Texas, high school from low academic performance to a Texas Education Agency “exemplary” school rating — TEAS highest rating—for four straight years. Williams — who instituted Uni
com Time at the beginning of die school year — hoped the program would accomplish the same success at NBHS.
“The committee I interviewed with wanted to move this campus to ‘exemplary’ status," he said in the news release.
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees unanimously hired Williams in June to lead the campus of about 1,800 students.
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