New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 308 26 pages, 4 sections
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NBISD to discuss random drug tests
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels I ligh School Assistant Principal Mike Reimer spends most of his days dealing with students in
trouble, including the few who are busted every year with drugs.
Although administrators have caught as many students in the first three months of this
school year as they caught all last year, 18, Reimer does not think his campus has a significant problem.
“The drug situation here hasn’t changed since I graduated
in 1972," he said. “The number of busts we have represents a small percentage of the entire population.”
Small percentage or not, New Braunfels Independent
School District trustees have decided to talk about instituting a program of random drug testing.
See NBISD, Page 2A
AT A GLANCE
H What: New Braunfels Independent School District trustee workshop
■ When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ Where: Education Center board room, 430 W. Mill St.
GLOBAL ATTRACTION TWC changes
I name to create single identity
Wurstfest President-elect Jeff Albrecht, left, President Doug Miller and Past President Benno Engel enjoy a good conversation and pitcher of beer in the Spass Haus or "fun house" Saturday afternoon.
Visitors from around world attend Wurstfest
WURSTFEST FINAL DAY I Today is the last day of Wurstfest. Gates open at 11 a.m., and admission is free after 3 p.m.
I Wurstfest Association President Doug Miller has declared today Archbishop Patrick Flores Day. Anyone who brings a church bulletin to the gates will get in free.
By Leigh Jones
The last Saturday of Wurstfest 2004 dawned bright, clear and cool — perfect weather for eating sausage, drinking beer and doing the chicken dance.
If Mike Culver and his group of friends from Pasadena were cramped up after a four-hour tour bus ride, their performance on the Wursthalle dance floor didn’t show it.
“We know all the German dances,’’ Culver said, after performing the chicken dance in a blue and white floppy jester hat decorated with blinking balls. “I’m of Polish decent, but my wife has a Czech-German
background. This is our first time to Wurstfest, and I love it.” When the band picked up the slower strains of a waltz, Ann and Jay Weber spun around the floor without missing too many beats.
“I grew up dancing,** Jay said. “Now I’m showing her some of the traditional German steps.” The Webers, who travel from Victoria to salute the sausage and cut a rug every year, said they were having trouble choosing between dancing and eating as their favorite festival activities.
Wurstfest visitors come to New Braunfels from around the country and around the world.
Helmut and Lilo Manzen-rieder Hew' into Austin from Munich Friday to visit daughter and son-in-law, Sabine and Robert Johnson and grandchildren, Christopher and Philip. After reading about Wurstfest in a German travel guide, they scheduled their trip for this weekend just so they could try some Texas-German sausage.
“The food is good, but we miss the rotisserie chicken you can get at Oktoberfest,” Helmut said. “We are also surprised to drink beer from plastic cups. It tastes very different.”
While the Manzenrieders enjoyed trying some Texas
See WURSTFEST, Page 8A
Spass Haus features bottle collection, history
By Ron Malonay
The best-kept secret at Wurstfest is one of its newer attractions — and a center of Gemutlichkeit built into an old warehouse.
It’s called the Spass Haus or “fun house," and it opens onto the Wurstfest biergarten beside Wursthalle. Right now, nearly no one goes there because no one knows about it.
But go in, buy a beer and languish under the extravagant air conditioning. Sit back and look around.
The decor takes you past the corrugated tin of old Texas dance hails to
DID YOU KNOW? i You can rent the Spass Haus year-round for parties or special occasions. For information, call 625-9167.
something that is decidedly Bavarian bierhalle or German Gasthaus.
Add a few opas or omas in their traditional lederhosen or dirndls, and you could be in a neighborhood pub in Munchen.
The walls and some of the windows are lined with 2,575 beer bottles — some IOO years old and older — and a collection of commemorative Wurstfest mugs. And that's only
part of the collection of more than 12,000 acquired from Jerome Nowot-ny. It's enough to make any college frat boy blush with envy.
There’s a bar with a few brands of beer on tap, and if you look, there’s a big screen television built into the balcony railing.
Wurstfest Association Executive Director Suzanne Herbelin said the Spass Jlaus, which has been a work in progress over the past four years, is essentially finished — and available year-around for events and parties.
See HAUS, Page 8A
By Scott Mahon
Before 1995, the I exas Workforce Commissini i was known as the Texas Unemployment Commission, and Friday the agency announced it has changed its name to the Texas WorkSource (Commission.
The agency provides a network of workforce development service providers through 28 regional boards throughout the state, including Alamo WorkSource formerly called
Alamo Workforce Development —which provides services to 12 counties, including Bexar and Comal counties.
Alamo WorkSource funds 16 career centers, including the career center in New Braunfels, located at 1831-35 North at Courtyard Plaza, and formerly called Alamo Workforce Career Center.
“The purpose of the name change is to create a single brand identity for all the various workforce components managed or funded by Alamo WorkSource,” said Simon Salas, board chairman. “By eliminating the confusion created by multiple names, we hope to be able to better market our services to job seekers and employers.’’
Salas said the name change followed a survey of area employers who indicated that there was confusion regarding the relationship between Alamo Workforce Development, Texas Workforce Centers at id the Texas Workforce (tom-mission.
“Alamo Workforce Development has gone through a
See NAME, Page 3A
‘Blue Santa’ drive to help children
By Ron Maloney
For nearly 400 children in IOO needy local families, the closest thing to Santa Claus they’re going to see this year will be someone wearing a blue police officer’s uniform.
Organizers announced this week they are seeking monetary donations to buy toys and clothing for the annual “Blue Santa” drive, which is sponsored by the New Braunfels Police Department and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
“Blue Santa” is a program where people buy gifts that are passed on through the association and police officers to some of the city’s neediest families.
The program was started several years ago by now-retired Chief of Police Ray Douglas and his wife, Chris, of Communities in Schools.
Cassy Jankowski, chair of this year’s
See SANTA, Page 2A
I The "Blue Santa" program needs cash donations to buy gifts for needy New Braunfels children.
Mail checks to Blue Santa, do the New Braunfels Police Department, 1488 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, 78130.
I To help, pick up a Blue Santa, buy the gift listed on it and turn it in at a Blue Santa drop box locat ed at Wal-Mart, the Sundance Golf Range, Famous Footwear,
Mr. Gatti's, First Commercial Bank or the New Braunfels Police Department.
I For information, call New Braunfels police at 608-2179.Christmas Inventory is here. Greater selection than ever.
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