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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas rnNEW-ttSMtSNFELS LmJHerald-Zeitung eUTT—1—- .     ■    •     ::v:zzH**ee*zzzzzzzz Vol. 149 No. 268    18    pages    in    2    sections    November    3,    2000 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsEarly voting for general, city and school elections ends today From Staff Reports Today is the last day for early voting in Tuesday’s general election — and the last day voters can enjoy the “one stop shopping” convenience of voting in all local elections in one place. Early voting in all the school district, city and national elections runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the old county tax office at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. Early voting for the New Braunfels Independent School District election also is conducted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. Early voting in the special New Braunfels city election continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. County Clerk Joy Streater said a record- breaking 13,000 county voters have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote early and avoid the crowds on Nov. 7. The previous high mark was about 8,000. About 1,100 voters cast ballots early in Bulverde and a similar number voted in Canyon Lake, Streater said. Comal County has more than 56,000 registered voters. Streater told Commissioners’ Court Thursday she expected to see a good number of them vote early today. “We’ve averaged 800 to 900 a day, and usually the last two days are wild,” Streater said. Prepared for the Wurst Dust off your lederhosen, dirndls for 10-day salute to sausage Say What? To communicate at Wurstfest, you must know how to speak the language. Here’s a primer on some of the terms you will hear: • Willkommen zum Wurstfest — Welcome to Wurstfest. • Prosit, und hah’ SpaB! — Cheers and have fun. • Wurst am Stock — Sausage on a Stick. • Wunderbar — Wonderful. • Besucher-Visitor. • Dirndl — Bavarian traditional dress. • Lederhosen — Leather pants. • Oma — Grandmother. • Opa — Grandfather. • Kartoffel Puffer — Potato pancake. • Brotchen — Bread roll. • KleineOpa — Little Opa (Opa in * training). • SpaB—Fun. • Kinder — Children. • Frau — Woman or Mrs. • Fraulein — Miss. • Herr — Mr. • Ententanz (duck dance) — Chicken Dance. • Hut —Hat. • Akkordeon — Accordion • Musik — Music • Grosse Zelt — Big Tent. • KleineZelt — Little Tent • Guten Tag — Hello. Source: Wurstfest Association RHEINLANDER CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Kurt Middelkoop, an engineer from Richardson, sets up his Pickle Factory sign on the roof of the Republican Women’s booth Thursday. The pickle factory grew from an idea his mother-in-law, Bucky Smith, had four years ago. 40th Wurstfest kicks off tonight By Betty Taylor Features Editor Lederhosen and dirndls will be the dress of the day as the 40th annual Wurstfest kicks off with opening ceremonies today on the Wurstfest grounds on the banks of the Comal River. The festival celebrates the community’s German heritage and provides gemuetlichkeit — fun and fellowship in the German tradition. Musical entertainment by the Blasorcheter der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr (the Volunteer Fire Department Brass Band from Braunfels, Germany) and the Comal Community Band of New Braunfels begins at 4 p.m. with the opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Hosts for the ceremonies will be Wurstfest President David Lamon, President-Elect and Festival Chairman Everything you need to know/4A Tonight’s entertainments Welcome to Wurstfest/6A Just how do they make heart-shaped sausage?/5A Ron DeStefano and Grosse Opa Tom Purdum, along with the 240 Opas, Kleine Opas, Senior Opas and Opas Emeritus who make up the Wurstfest Association. After the official “biting of the sausage” to open Wurstfest 2000, a laser show extravaganza will begin about 5:45 p.m. Admission to the grounds will be free until 7 p.m. tonight. Regular admission to the 10-day festival is $6. Children 12 and younger are admitted free at all times. Group rates, advance discounts and special weekday promotions are available. Wurstfest Executive Director Suzanne Herbelin said the sausage festival normally drew about 100,000 people each year. See COUNTY/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Smokehouse prepared these heart-shaped links of sausage for today’s opening ceremonies. Comal County redrafts water availability . regulations By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County is revisiting proposed subdivision rules that would force developers of large properties to prove there is enough water available to serve their projects. County Counsel Nathan Rheinlander told commissioners’ court Thursday that staff was working on a fourth draft of the pending rules. “We’re making some real progress working on some of the concerns of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Co. and New Braunfels Utilities,” Rheinlander said. Rheinlander said he and County Engineer Tom Homseth had begun work on a new draft of the regulations to be presented to the county’s Waterwise Growth Study Committee. Both are members of the waterwise committee, which next meets on Nov. 13. Commissioners court conducted a two-hour public hearing on the proposed rules. About 50 people attended, and a number of them criticized the guidelines. Roger Biggers, assistant general manager for New Braunfels Utilities, told commissioners the rules as written were not workable and put undue burdens on water customers. At issue was a requirement that a water provider certify it could provide water for a full build out of its service area in connection with a proposed subdivision. For NBU, that requirement would mean the utility must certify it now has the water to serve the greater New Braunfels area for the next 50 years. To ensure that the water and the infrastructure supporting it existed would cost $1 million a year. Biggers said those costs for future customers would be unfairly borne by NBU’s current customers. The Canyon Lake Water Supply Co. also attended the meeting but made no presentation. The new subdivision rules will, when adopted, make certifying the availability of water a condition of plat approval. Under Senate Bill I, the state’s omnibus water bill passed in 1997, counties in Priority Groundwater Management Areas can require developers to certify that enough water is available to serve proposed subdivisions. The Trinity Aquifer in western Comal County is such an area. Commissioners appointed a 13-member water-wise committee to examine water and other growth- See COUNTY/5AMock Vote A sampling of voting in local schools. Lamar Primary Kindergarten students vote on Monday during “Music and Movement” class. Seele Elementary The entire school votes today between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Poll results are computerized. Only registered voters are allowed to participate. Canyon High School On Nov. 7, four students will be sworn in as Precinct 20 clerks for the real election. Bulverde Elementary Students vote on Nov. 7. Early polls show Bush ahead 93 percent to 7 percent for Gore. Memorial pupils learn vote process By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Last week in a classroom at Memorial Elementary, a group of second- and third-grade students talked like seasoned political pundits about the presidential election. As teachers across Comal County have done, Carolyn Wollack has taken advantage of the presidential election to teach students about the American system of government. Educators in the New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts have created a variety of hands-on activities to teach their students something that statistics show their elders seem to have forgotten: how to vote, and why. “It’s important that people vote, so other people don’t make their decision — they make their own decision,” Challenge student Brady   _ Ford    said    at a roundtable dis cussion led by the second-and third graders. His fellow Challenge students — a program for academically advanced children — have organized a mock election that mirrors the real election right down to registering to vote. The students will vote between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, and everyone who casts a ballot gets a sticker on the back of their voter registration card. “When they’re adults, they’ll know how to vote, and know what to do,” third-grader Jared Smith said. He watched the presidential debates at home, and enjoyed hearing the candidates talk about education. “We did this student election this year so it could be really fun,” he said. Brightly colored signs on campus listed voter qualifications and held registration cards. The mature content of the posters seemed at odds with the childlike writing: letters etched in shaky red, blue and black lines conveyed age restrictions and registration deadlines. To vote in the election, participants must be at least 6 years old, attend Memorial Elementary and cannot be a teacher. “The third graders decided teachers could not vote,” Wollack said. As registration cards poured in, the Challenge class checked the names against a master list to eliminate illegal, dual registration. As Smith, the third-grader, talked about See VOTE/5A Inside Abby........................... .....7 A Classifieds.................... ..5-8B Comics.......................... ...10A Crossword................... .....7 A Forum........................... .....6A Local/Metro.................. .....4A Movies.......................... .....7A Obituaries..................... .....3A Sports.......................... ..1-4B Today............................ .....2A Stocks.............................. SA Key Code 76 ;