New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYCanyon volleyball coach reaches 500-win plateau. See Page 5.
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14 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, November 2 1995
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Tudy Cantu, Margaret Tray-han, Randy Taylor, Jeremy Clennan (belated), Roland Kne-upper (belated, 81 years), Nell Tillman. Happy 34th anniversary to Carl and Martha Davis.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -272 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer —624.86 feet above sea level, up .10.
Guadalupe River — 166c.f.s.
Wurstfest starts tomorrow
OPENING CEREMONIES — Friday, 5:00 PM
Celebrate the opening of the 35th Annual Wurstfest along the beautiful banks of the Comal River with the “Wurst Navy", and enjoy free musical entertainment featuring Myron Floren and the Original-Kapelle Heimatland (Band from Wetzlar Germany). Friday, Nov. 3:
Wursthalle 5:30 pm -11:30 pm The Seven Dutchmen
9:00 pm -10:30 pm Myron Floren
Has Gross* Zelt (Th* Rig Tent)
5:30 pm Sauerkrauts 6:30 pm Alpen Spielers 7:30 pm Sauerkrauts 8:30 pm Alpen Spielers 9:30 pm Sauerkrauts 10:30 pm EdKadlecek& The Village Band
Has Klein# Zelt (The Little Tent)
5:30 pm Toni Noichl 6:30 pm Alpenfest 7:30 pm Kerry Christensen 8:00 pm Pretzel Benders 9:00 pm Alpenfest 10:00 pm Kerry Christensen 10:30 pm Alpen Spielers
Share tha Warmth
Project Share the Warmth, sponsored by Cranes Mill Baptist Church, 10215 FM 2673 at Canyon Lake, will distributee free coats to anyone who needs them Saturday. Nov. 4 from 9 a m. to 1 p.m.
American Legion meeting
American Legion Comal Post #179 meets Thursday, Nov. 2 at 410 West Coll Street. The executive committee meets at 7 p.m., and the regular meeting begins at 8 p.m. Unit #179 Auxiliary meets at 7:30 p.m.
How to Lobby
The Comal Area League of Women Voters will hold a forum on How to Lobby Effectively at the Herb Schneider Room at the Victoria Bank and Trust at 7 p.m. tonight. Speaker is Nan Schiabo, who has worked as a lobbyist in Washington D C. Public invited.
The winning numbers
27’ 40 -TEXAS-
Officials back commuter rail line
By DAVID DEKUNDER
After riding between San Antonio and Austin on a commuter train yesterday, local civic and business leaders gave their thumbs up to the idea of a commuter rail system serving New Braunfels and Comal County.
“I think it is an exciting way to link our communities,” New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Director of Small Business Anna Lee Hicks said. “When I heard one of the speakers say that 1-35 will have to be expanded to 16 lanes in the future because of the increased traffic growth, you begin to realize that we will need an alternative way of transportation.”
Hicks was one of the many local dignitaries who were invited to join 300 civic, business and media leaders from around the area to ride the demonstration commuter train, which boarded at the Sunset Depot in San Antonio at 9:45 am The special train was operated by Union Pacific Railroad. The trip was co-sponsored by the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, Capital Metro (Austin), VIA, Texas Department ofTransportation, area chambers of commerce and the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Austin and San Antonio.- The purpose of the trip was to give policy makers a first-hand look at how a commuter rail service would operate.
The New Braunfels delegation of Hicks, Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr., City Manager Mike Shands, Robert Gravis of Flexonics, Chamber Chairman-elect Skip Stratemann, Bob Smith of Texas Commerce Bank, Tom Purdum, Doug Miller and wife Anne boarded a bus to
San Antonio at 8:30 a.m. When they arrived at the Sunset Depot, they were greeted by a mariachi band and welcomed by Bexar County Judge Cyndi Krier, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President Joe Krier and VIA Chairman Richard Tankerson.
The train, which can travel up to 79 mph, circled through San Antonio and then sped into the countryside through Bracken and Garden Ridge before stopping in New Braunfels to pick up County Judge Carter Casteel and County Commissioners Danny Scheel, with wife Dana, and “Moe” Schwab. From there, the train traveled north to San Marcos, Buda and Kyle before stopping at the Amtrak Station in Austin where it was greeted by Austin Mayor Bruce Todd, State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos and former Congressman J.J Pickle. Pickle espoused the benefits of commuter rail on the 1-35 corridor.
“These will be the blessed rails that will tie us together,” Pickle said.
Ernest Pavlock, president of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, believes the potential for commuter rail should be considered.
“It will help us (at Canyon Lake) if we can arrange for tour buses in New Braunfels to come up our way,” Pavlock said. “Commuter trains will lessen traffic on 1-35 and 281 by getting more cars off the road. It is a lot safer to ride the train than it will be to ride on the freeway in the future. It is one of the better ideas to come here in a long time.”
Lamy Smith, head of commuter rail service for Union Pacific Railroad, said there are many factors and obstacles that need to be overcome before commuter rail service is a reality. Smith
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A German oompah band greeted the train when it rolled into New Braunfels yesterday.
said that Union Pacific wants to merge with Southern Pacific and will file an application with the state of Texas on Dec. I to do so. If Union Pacific takes over Southern Pacific, Smith said there would be the possibility that the Southern Pacific freight lines between San Antonio and Austin could be freed up for commuter rail service. In this scenario, the freight traffic would be shifted along the 1-10 corridor between San Antonio and Houston, which is less populated than the 1-35 corridor.
Improvements to the present tracks, Smith said, would have to be made before they would be ready for commuter rail service.
“I thought the train ride was interesting,” New Braunfels Mayor Paul Fraser said. “By riding the train, you get a different view of the terrain, the geography and the places where the businesses are. I believe the idea is workable if the financing is put into place.”
Casteel found the train ride to be very nostalgic.
“First of all, I grew up riding the trains in West Texas, so it brought bade memories for me,” Casteel said. “I was very impressed it took only one hour to get from New Braunfels to Austin. A commuter train will enable people who live here but work in Austin or San Antonio to provide them with a means of transportation. It could also draw workers to this area because it will enable people who live in Austin or San Antonio to get jobs here in New Braunfels.”
Canyon Lake fire board election tonight
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Elections for a new board of directors for the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department will be held tonight, Fire Chief Les Wyatt said.
The election, which will be held at Canyon Lake Fire Station #1 in Canyon City at 7 p.m., comes a month after the Comal County Rural Fire Prevention District #4 voted not to renew its current contract with the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department.
The fire district board's actions came after the fire department board of directors voted to go out and hire a full-time fire chief. Board director Larry Ratliff said the board decided to take this action because there is a need for a full-time fire chief since the area has grown. Wyatt is a part-time fire chief who works as a full-time fireman for the New Braunfels Fire Department.
At the special meeting in September, Fire District Board President George O'Donnell said the board was not consulted about the move by the board of directors. The fire district board provides funds for the fire department. O’Donnell said that budgetary considerations would not allow for a full-time fire chief. The current contract between the fire district and the board of directors expires Dec.31. O’Donnell believes Wyatt is doing a good job as fire chief.
Wyatt said that five members instead of die current nine members would be elected to the board of directors.
“With only five people on the board, we won’t have so many differing opinions,” Wyatt said. “With nine people on the board, we had too many different opinions.”
Right now, the board of directors has only four members. Five members, which include past President Al Bohne and past interim President Mike Chandler, have resigned.
Terms for the board of directors are for three years, Wyatt said. In March, the department was supposed to have its annual membership meeting to elect its board of directors, but could not do it because of a lack of a quorum.
The basis behind the fire district’s decision to cancel the contract, Ratliff said, is
the issue of control.
“Well, I am not sure what they are trying to do,” Ratliff said. “They have chosen to get involved in controlling the previous actions of the board. It appears to me that they are opposed to hiring a full-time fire chief, which would benefit the needs of the community. They (fire district board) want to control the personnel and the decisions made within the fire department. The whole thing is disturbing and it is no wonder the community wants to get involved because of the pettiness involved in the process.”
Ratliff responded to criticism from firemen at the last special meeting of the fire district, who said that the Canyon Lake Arca Volunteer Fire Department board of directors was not responsive to the needs of firemen and that they did not consult them on the issue of hiring a full-time fire chief.
“Our main responsibility is to provide protection for the needs of the community, not to respond to the demands of any one individual (Wyatt),” Ratliff said. “I think their (firemen) criticism was unfair. The board works for its members, who elect them. We are not trying to cut anyone out of the process. For a management decision made among the board members, we did not have to consult the firemen.”
O’Donnell contends that the fire district board wants to stop the internal bickenng on the board of directors and make it more responsive to the needs of the firemen. O’Donnell said it has been very frustrating to see the rancor that has gone on in the department for a couple of years now.
“I hope the firefighters can take control of their organization,” O’Donnell said. “I want to see an organization which can effectively work with the community and get them involved. The way the board is structured now it is possible for one person to have his own personal agenda and get away with it. The present board is not conducive to the goal of providing a well-trained and a well-prepared force in cases of an emergency .”
O’Donnell Mid he believes the community is backing the fire district in this battle.
“I have had people coming to me and telling me that they are behind us,” O’Donnell said. “I believe our board has strong community backing.”
Hummel Museum mascot on steins, shirts for Wurstfest
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Energizer Bunny and Pillsbury Dough Boy move over — Humbee the Hummel Museum mascot is catching on and catching up.
The little hummer started out on a button, then he charmed his way onto a T-shirt, and then onto the 1995 Opa’* Hails commemorative Wurstfest mug. He’s Humbee — the Hummel Museum’s Wurstfest bee. And he could buzz all the way to the Home Shopping Network.
“A bumblebee in lederhoscn — it’s got to be the first bumblebee in lederhosen on a beer stem,” said Sicglinde Schoen Smith, special project director for the Hummel Museum.
She designed Humbee.
Smith first came up with the Humbee design for buttons to aell as a fund-raising project for the Hummel Museum Chapter of the National M. I. Hummel Club.
The name “Hummel” means “bumblebee.” Sister M. I. Hummel included small bumblebees in many of her paintings. So the bumblebee was a natural Hummel mascot.
The design was so popular that the idea for a Wurstfest T-shirt evolved. “I had permission from Wurstfest to use their name,” Smith said.
The shirt design features Humbee in lederhosen holding sausage on a stick in one hand and a stein of beer in another. A New Braunfels production from conception to finish, the Humbee T-shirts were pro
duced locally by Mail It Plus, said Robert Konkel, director of marketing for the store.
Ken Armke, president of Opa's Haus, liked the design enough to put it on the 35th commemorative Wurstfest beer stein Made by Thewalt, a prestigious German compony, the steins are international collectors’ items Only 195 fust edition steins were produced. The stein’s design includes a place for the owner’s name to be inscribed, Smith said.
“lf anybody’s interested, they better huny,” she said. The first edition steins will sell quickly. Twenty dollars from the sale of each stein will benefit the Hummel Museum. The steins cost $ 135 each.
Humbee Wurstfest T-shirts will be sold a the Hummel booth and the Opa’s Hairs booth at Wurstfest, Smith said. Sizes through extra large are $15. Extra, extra large T-shirts are $18.50.
Smith’s eye-catching Bumbee design almost has a life of its own. ‘The next thing I knew he had changed clothes and turned into Santa Claus,” she said.
The Humbee Santa will appear on sweatshirts for the Christmas season. A birthday Humbee in a field of flowers is in the works.
QVC, die Home Shopping Network, has even shown an interest in the Humbee merchandise, Smith said. National marketing would give the Hummel Museum’s finances a welcome shot in the arm. “If that happens, we’re in good shape,” Smith said.
“The town has always done for the museum,” she said. “Now we will join with the town un celebrating Wurstfest”For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.