New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYUnicorns visit Bastrop tonight in do-or-die game. See Sports, Page 5A.
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Vol. 143, No. 255
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Rose Kalinowski, Addyn Brinkkoeter, Cheryl Duvall (Saturday), Don Maxwell, Robert Flores Sr., Norma Madera, Rose Korpi (Saturday), Lolita Pateo, Indira Pateo, Da Pateo, Ash Pateo, Sarah Preuss (two years), Staci Rae (belated, and Mildred Vordenbaum (Saturday).
Rlvnr and aquifer information
Comal River -274 cubic-feet-per-sec.,same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.87 feet above sea level, up .01.
Guadalupe River — 197c.f.s.
Wurstfest starts today
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:
5:30 pm -11:30 pm The Seven Dutchmen
9:00 pm -10:30 pm Myron Floren
Das Qroaaa Zott (Th# Bls 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
Das Kl#in# TMX (Th# UMI# Tent)
5:30 pm ToniNoichl 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
Sham tha Warmth
Project Share the Warmth, sponsored by Cranes Mill Baptist Church, 10215 FM 2673 at Canyon Lake, will distributue free coats to anyone who needs them Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
World Community Day colobratod
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 m. 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.
Hummol Look-Alik# Contest Saturday
The fifth annual Humme Look-Alike Contest will be held Saturday. Nov. 4 at 10 a m. on the front steps of the Humme Museum, 199 Main Plaza. In case of inclement weather, the contest will be held inside the Hummel Museum. For infor mation, call Martha H. Hoevel at 629-3479.
‘The Land of My Dreams’
Two schools show big TAAS gains
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photS by MICHAEL DARNALL
The sneak preview for this year's Heritage Exhibit was held at the Civic Center last night At top, Davin Hartmann and Val Cumiqg check out this year's exhibit "1845: The Founding of New Braunfels (The L&nd of My Breams)." At right, Rick Reed, president of the Heritage Society, presents Ray Metzke with the news that this year's exhibit will be dedicated to him.
The exhibit will be open Nov. 3-12 from 10 am to 5:30 p.m. daily at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave. Admieeion is $3 for adults and 50 cents for children ages six to 12. Special refreshments will be sold by members of the New Braunfels Conservation Society.
Rains lead to increase in release rate at Canyon Dam
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) released 200 cfs of water from the Canyon Lake Reservoir on Wednesday afternoon after three inches of rain fell near the reservoir on Tuesday, GBRA officials said.
"This is a pretty standard thing,” GBRA Public Relations Assistant Judy Gardner said. “For safety’s sake, we just want to
warn the public who will be canoeing and rafting that we will be taking this action.”
The current level of the Canyon Reservoir is at 908.47 feet msl (mean sea level), a press release from the GBRA said. Water in the reservoir between 800-909 feet msl is in the "conservation pool” range and is managed and released by GBRA.
GBRA Chief Engineer Tommy Hill said that the current inflow at Spring Branch of
349 cfs is "higher right now due to recent rainfall and runoff above Canyon Dam.” The release rate is determined by the factors of natural flow and water from the conservation pool that is committed to cities, industries and other downstream users.
Gardner said that the current peak flow at the Canyon Reservoir will not last for a long time and that the GBRA will continue that rate until further notice.
Two campuses in die New Braunfels Independent School District have been named Recognized Schools for their gains in student performance on TAAS tests and for approving attendance rates. Both campuses will receive monetary awards for their achievements.
Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary received the recognized status, as a result of "a concentrated effort from prole through the third grade.” Memorial Elementary will receive $2,576, and Memorial Primary will receive $2,910. The schools are being recognized for gains in student performance in indicators that are part of the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS), ami for meeting performance standards for dropout and attendance rates.
"We were very excited (about the award). It’s a reflection of a lot of hard work by a lot of people, especially the kids,” said Karen Simpson, executive director of education services.
"It’s fantastic. I can’t think of a group of people who deserves it more. They worked hard for it, and they earned it,” said NB1SD Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
Ellen Bell, NBISD director of curriculum, said getting a campus named a recognized school is not easy. She said the standards are increased every year, making it hard for schools to repeatedly meet them.
"It’s very hard to do. It’s certainly an honor for us to have two recognized campuses,” she said.
Bell said there are several strategies that she feels helped the schools reach recognized status. She said the main strategies are reading recovery, computer curriculum, and the HOSTS program, which is a mentoring/tutoring program.
"Basically, they adopted a no-excuse policy. Every student will succeed,” said Bell.
Simpson said the district was pleased with the recognized status. She said there are several campuses that were very close to meeting die criteria.
She said the principals have met, and will continue to meet, regularly to share information on what they are doing, and what is effective.
"What is also good, is that we have several campuses that were right there. We will continue to work at bettering all of our campuses. We want to see continued improvement across the board,” said Simpson.
Bradberry said there have already been efforts made to see what is working at the two campuses.
However, he said strategies used at other schools were copied at the two campuses, so it is hard to pinpoint exactly what made the difference.
"They just did a great job of putting it all together and making it work,” he said.
For a school to be in the recognized category, at least 70 percent of all students and each student group had to pass each section of the TAAS test in the spring of 1995. The dropout rate had to be 3.5 percent or less for all students and for each student group, and the attendance rate had to be at least 94 percent. The change in performance from the previous year also had to be high enough so the passing rate would be at least 90 percent in five years.
Wet weather means county holds off on bum ban
By DENISE DZIUK
Consideration was being given to reinstating a bum ban in Comal County last week. However, officials say Tuesday’s rains were sufficient to delay that action.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said the bum ban was on Thursday’s agenda in case it was needed, so it would not have to be put off another week. However, she said all the rain on Tuesday was a big help.
"I would suspect it’s not going to happen. (The fire marshal) indicated to me (Tuesday) that he felt we were out of the woods,” she said.
At Thursday’s commissioners court meeting, Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said the rains were sufficient, and he was not going to request a bum ban. He said some areas of the county received up to three inches of rain, and the ban was no longer necessary.
“We’re in pretty good shape right now,if they just watch how they bum,” said Willmann.
The commissioners tabled the resolution that would have declared a
state of disaster and enacted the bum ban.
Guadalupe County reinstated its bum ban on Oct. 23, and Fire Marshal Don McFarland said the slight rains received Tuesday were probably no’ enough to remove the ban in his county. He said the Guadalupe County commissioners are discussing the ban at every meeting, so the ban will be lifted as soon as it is possible. However, he doubts it will be lifted as a result of Tuesday’s rains.
"The Commissioners Court will readdress the issue on Nov. 6. However, it probably won’t be lifted at this time,” he said. "The southern part of the county is very, very dry and missed out on the big rains earlier. I don’t think it received much last night either.”
McFarland said he spoke with the fire marshal in Hays County, and was told the two to four inches of rain received would delay a similar ban there. McFarland said Guadalupe County needs similar rains. He said the ban could probably be lifted if there was about "three inches of general rain around the county."
Unicom band places well at competition
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels High School Unicom Band claimed First Alternate to State at the Area D competition, “This is the best the band’s done since I’ve been here,” said Band Director Beth Bronk, “and I’ve been here five years. It’s been a real good year for us.”
The band, which has 243 members, attended the area competition in Austin on Saturday, Oct. 21. The band performed four pieces in nine minutes and 40 seconds. During this time, the
band was judged in areas such as marching style, marching drill difficulty and performance, and music. The band won First State Alternate, which is third place.
"Each year, the band’s gotten better and better. These are great kids, and they’ve been working hard. We’ve just done extremely well this year,” said Bronk.
Bronk said that only the top two bands get to go on to play at the state competition at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 6. She said the students could tell by the reaction of the audience
that they played well, and they were a little disappointed to find out they missed out on getting to go to the next level.
"There was disappointment and excitement. They were disappointed that they don’t get to go on, but they were excited that they did so well,” said Bronk.
"The kids get really excited to see their teachers and administrators in the stands watching and supporting them. And, as always, the parental support has been great. It really gives the band a boost,” she said.
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