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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYCanyon controls destiny of Rangers-Unicorns dinner tonight - See S 0 - w t. a I W J. L, K u I- IJ I ' I. J. -> n a. I 'I u 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903-    _ SO CENTS COUNTDOWN: 138 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845 New Braunfels 18 pages in two sections ■ Friday. Nov. 4,1994 Herald -Zeitung 994    Serving Comal County for more than 142 years! Home of JORDAN WALTERS ■ Vol. 142, No. 258 Inside Ifs Wurstfest time! Heritage Exhibit looks like a winner By MARK LYON Managing Editor The 1994 Heritage Exhibit was unveiled to the public last night before a crowd of approximately 300 at the Heritage Society’s 23rd annual gala held at the New Braunfels Civic Center. This year’s exhibit was dedicated by the group to David Hartmann, a member of the Heritage Society, Conservation Society and Sophienburg Museum. Nancy Johnson, president of the Heritage Society, presented Hartmann with a special plaque. Hartmann has been in the society since age 17, working on the exhibit for all 23 years of its existence He is serving as saloon exhibit chairman for this year’s exhibit. Hartmann was lauded for his service not only to the Heritage Society, Herald-Zeitung photo bv MARK LYON The annual Heritage Exhibit at the Civic Center, which rune at the came time ae Wuretfeet, wae dedicated this year to David Hartmann, third from left. Hartmann has worked with the Heritage Society since he was 17 years old. He is pictured with his father and mother, Raymond and Lorraine Hartmann, and his aunt, Tudy Stahl. but to other organizations and conservation efforts. His family has been in New Braunfels for six generations, beginning in 1844 prior to the arrival of Prince Carl of Solms. “There is no better place in the world than New Braunfels, Texas,’’ Hartmann said. This year’s exhibit, themed “Old Ideas in a New World,” depicts how the early settlers brought with them from Germany the old ways of doing things. Among the exhibits include a furniture shop, a wagon wheel shop, a tinsmith shop, and a music display, plus several others. The exhibit will be open daily through Wurstfest from IO a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is S3 for adults and 50 cents for children. Myron Floren to help open festival today Festivities begin today for the 34th annual Wurstfest celebration, the 10-day event highlighting German heritage and all the trimmings, fun, food, and oompah sounds. The festival starts with the opening ccre-monines, along the banks of the Comal River as the “Wurst Navy” sails in. The official “biting of the sausage” will take place with opening ceremonies at 5:15 p.m. Should rainfall occur, ceremonies will be I moved inside. World-famous entertainer Myron Floren and his accordion will be there, performing along with Die Froehliche Dorfmusik (Band from Germany). Tonight in the Wursthalle, the Seven Dutchman will highlight dancing from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Floren takes the stage from 9 to 10:30 p.m. The Sauerkrauts, Village Family Band and Alpen Spielers will perform in the Big Tent, and Toni Noichl, AJpenfest, Kerry Christensen and Ed Kaklecek will be in the Little Tent Saturday will feature Little Fishermen, the Cloverleaf Orchestra and, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Myron Floren, in the Wursthalle. Full line-ups will also be performing in the Big Tent and Little Tent, and other events are set all around town Friday and Saturday. NBU trustees defend meetings policy Herald Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL A hug* chunk of rock collapaad into th* Guadalupe Riv*r at Praia* H*ight* cliff* laat w**k, releasing hundred* of b**r can* from th* river bottom, and providing a now resting spot tor weary tuber*. Portion of cliff collapses at Preiss Heights the river and tres-passing on the property. When asked if people would now rest on the fallen rock area, he said, “Probably.” The impact of the rock splattered hundreds of cans, which had been resting on the river bottom, throughout the section of the river. Inman said he would try to have somebody come and clean the cans away which he WORD official* hop* to clon up th* can* this wok. should not    pockets Ilk* this hold hundred* of them. . Obituaries .......................3A Opinion.........................................4A Church Life............................6A,    7A Sports Day...................................8A Comics.......................................11A The Marketplace....................1B-7B Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; June Wostal, Tommy Gonzales, Jordan Walters, Herbert Ormond (belated), Regy Ormond (belated), Susie Williams (Saturday), Rick Montanez, Chris Dinklage (Saturday, 65 years!), Carolyn Schoenher, Cheryl Duvall. Mid-Texes Symphony rehearsals scheduled The Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus rehearsals will start on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Ayers Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. For further information, call Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420. Ducks Unlimited tickets still available Tickets are still available for the New Braunfels Chapter of Ducks Unlimited's annua! fund-raiser banquet, set for Nov. 15 at the Knights of Columbus hall. During the banquet will be an live and silent auction, a raffle and door prizes will be given away. Also, a full-course steak dinner will be served with refreshments. According to chapter president Jim Cook, ’’something very special” is also set to take place. To obtain tickets, call Mark H. Brown at 620-4668. Flu shots for seniors set for Saturday Influenza (flu) vaccine will be available free to Comal County Senior Citizens (ages 60 and older) on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Holy Family Church, 245 S. Hidalgo in New Braunfels. The free clinic will run continuously from 9 a m. to I p.m. This service is provided by the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club and the Comal County Health Department Eastern Star meets The Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 771 meets Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 1157 W. San Antonio St. Malyna Miller, deputy grand matron, will make her official visit. United Way kudos Congratulations to Librado'a Restaurant for their $1,000 donation to the Comal County United Way Unlbad Wbu campaign. Nine employees joined in their campaign. Welcome to the United Way family! Congratualtions are also in order for Wal-Mart Diatributlon Canter with their phenommal $42,176 contribution, which represents an increase of a whopping 46 percent The Wal-Mart Softball taam contributed $1,148, the Wal-Mart Dlapatchara collected $6,928, a five percent increase over last year’s campaign. Datax Corporation employees contributed $2,042 and Valaro Energy Corporation contributed $9,000, an eye-popping 199 percent increase! Special Thanks to the Wuratfast Association, which contributed $5,000. We appreciate your continuing support of United Way! This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint By TECLO J. GARCIA Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustee members say that they arc not in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act by meeting for dinner once a month. Even though business does come up, it never is in a quorum setting, said the members. The board of trustees has been under scrutiny the last few weeks because of the dccadcs-long practice of having dinner together on a monthly basis. "These are social affairs,” said the board’s legal counsel John Dicrksen. “All these allegations get printed or disseminated and people really don’t know what goes on in there Just because a quorum of NBU members meet, people assume that NBU business is discussed and that is false ” Mayor Paul Fraser, who sits on the board of Trustees, has refused to dine with the group. He said the group may be in violation of the meeting act. The Texas Freedom of Information Handbook, disseminated by the FOl Foundation, says in accordance with the aa: “Every gathering of a quorum of a governmental body, or a quorum of members and any other person—no matter how informal—to “deliberate” public business must be held in public after proper notice.” However, the handbook also states: "Members of a governmental body can gather in numbers of a quorum or more for social funaions unrelated to public business or for attendance of regional, state or national workshops, as long as no formal action is taken and any discussion of public business is incidental to the social function or workshop .” The handbook is used state-wide by media as a guide and an interpreter for the Texas Open Meeting Aa “The trustees are very careful,” said Dierksen “They know what the rules are and they scrupulously avoid discussing NBU business when there is a quorum. “The politics are very important and NBU does not want to get involved in it. We take the open meetings aa very ‘I think it is improper for them to be using rate payees money for them to dine.’ — Mayor Paul Fraser seriously at NBU. We are not in violation of the law.” Board member Guadalupe Castillo said business has incidentally come between two members. "If it did come up, we never discussed it in a quorum. Back and forth Paula (Difonzo)and I may have say something, but it has never been a discussion of the quorum members.” Castillo also said the subject of the open meetings aa, may be a sensitive one because of the recent warning by County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander to Paul Fraser coneming violating the aa. The Mayor had "polled” city council members by telephone in August on whether they would support City Attorney Barry Moore before a vote took place. Fraser said there are rate payers so desperate to pay their utility bills, it is wrong for the board to use that money to dine out with. “I think it is improper to be using rate payer’s money for them to dine and fellowship,” said Fraser. “If there is any aa in a quorum that could be construed as public business, then it must be done in a public arena and that means you have an open meeting and a posted meeting,” he said. Castillo also said the board should look at eliminating the once-a-month dinner, to “let the rate payers know that we are willing to only to ax the budget, but tighten our belt as well ” But he said he believed there is nothing illegal about the dinners and that a product of the meetings has been a better working relationship with the members. Both Dierksen and Castillo said what they do talk about is social topics and family subjeas. By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A large seaion of cliff fell into the Guadalupe River in the section referred to as Preiss Heights cliffs. A part of the cliffs, roughly 50 feet long and 15 feet high, fell into the river sometime last week according to Comal County Water Oriented Recreation General Manager Jim Inman who said he first heard of the event last Friday. This part of the cliffs was not, however, the seaion mainly used by recreationists who illegally jump off the cliffs. That posted seaion is roughly 300 yards upstream from where the rock fell. “It’s a shame it wasn’t the part where they usually jump from,” said Sheriff Jack Bremer, whose depart^ ment routinely has to arrest people who cause distubances. “There are a lot of cracks in that area. I wouldn’t be surprised if it could happen there ” Inman said the private park area lias problems with people getting out of be difficult because they are in clusters. The amount of cans reinforced opinions as to just how many cans are still at the bottom of some seaions of the river, despite the fact that clean-up efforts have concentrated on these sec tions. Divers pulled tons of cans from the river at this seaion in September. “That stuff (rock) just hit so hard it washed them (cans) out,” said Inman. “...It will take another three to four years getting the bottom cleaned up.”Plan to visit Wurstfest    ’94, Nov. 4 —    13 at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park ;