New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, November 9, 1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of JEREMY WILLIAMS
Vol. 143, No. 257
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jeremy Williams, Chester Offerman, Deborah Tell is (25 years), Buddy Davison (34 years), and Larry Morales. Hap* py anniversary to Leo and Linda Hermes (49 years) and Earl and Rubie Johnson (49 years).
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Rippsteins look to put the service back in small aviation
By MELANIE GERIK
HtraU-Zertung photo by MICHAEL DM
Van and Cynthia Rlppataln bought th# Canyon Latta Airport In Juno.
Cynthia Rippstein said she always wants an adventure.
She competed in the rodeo circuit for many years in California, but now finds planes exciting, “even more so than the rodeo.”
Cynthia Rippstein bought the Canyon Lake Airport in June, and now she and her husband Van fly into work most days from their ranch nearby.
The Rippsteins, the only two airport employees, said they want to “put the service back in small aviation.”
“He’s the fueler and I’m the windshield wiper,” Cynthia Rippstein said.
The couple built a 1,200-foot brick fixed base operation building, where their customers can relax, talk about
flying or watch pilot movies. Cynthia Rippstein said favorite movies include blooper videos of plane crashes and Hollywood blockbusters Pilots can fuel up their planes, something uncommon at small airports.
Volleyball courts and picnic areas are on the grounds, and Cynthia Rippstein also serves as a shuttle driver, taking pilots and their passengers to restaurants and sometimes shopping.
“They can just do anything right there,” she said The airport offers a recreational alternative for pilots who do not want to fly into the busier San Antonio airport and for pilots who want to bnng their families with them.
“They can come out here and the kiddos can run around and play vol-
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She said “all kinds of planes” fly into the airport, including planes made during the 1940s and ’50s and World Wars I and ll military crafts.
Cynthia Rippstein said the weekends are the busiest for the airport Ten to 15 planes fly in dunng that time if the weather is good.
"The only time we get a break is when the weather’s bad," she said.
Although the sky was cloudy, Bill Speer, owner of a construction company in Baytown, flew into the airport Monday to hunt deer in the area.
Speer said he likes to fly instead of dnve because it saves time “I’m a busy man, and it’s also a safer way to travel.”
In the Alture, the Rippsteins plan to build an additional 20 hangars for long-and short-term storage of planes
River and aquifer information
Comal River -274 cubic-feet-per-sec .sameas yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 625.00 feet above sea level, up .01.
Guadalupe River — 197 c.f.s.
Today at Wurstfest Wursthalle
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm: The Litt’l Fishermen
8:30 pm -11:30 pm: Jimmy Sturr
Des Grosse Zelt (Tho Big Tent)
5:30 pm: Alpenfest 6:30 pm: Kerry Christensen 7:00 pm: Texas Lutheran College Band 7:30 pm: Seven Dutchmen 8:30 pm: Brave Combo 9:30 pm: Seven Dutchmen 10:30 pm: Brave Combo
Dos Kleine Zelt (Tho Little Tent)
5:30 pm: Tom Noichl
6:00 pm: Oma & the Oompahs
7:00 pm: Hermann Sons
8:00 pm: Hermann Sons
9:00 pm: Kerry Christensen
9:30 pm: Grapes of Wrath
10:30 pm: Alpenfest
DBT to meet at Rio Raft
The Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, will have a luncheon meeting Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 a m. in Sat-tler at the Rio Raft Meeting Room. The meeting place is located at the Fourth Crossing on River Road. John Holter-mann of San Marcos, Silver Haired Legislature of Hays County, will be the speaker.
He is a descendant of the early settlers of Comal County. Reservations — Call 625-4931.
The land purchased by the New Braunfels Independent School District is located near the intersection of Highway 46 and Loop 337, not Loop 306, as was previously reported in the Herald-Zeitung.
The Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1995, edition of the Herald-Zeitung contained an incorrect phone number. The toll-free number for Coordinator Ray Lewis at San Antonio College is 1-800-944-7575. ext. 2430Holocaust survivor recalls terror of the camps
Harvest from the Heart aims to feed 1,500
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
No one should spend Christmas Eve alone or without enough to eat — and no one in Comal County has to. Fifteen hundred places will be set in the Civic Center for the second annual Harvest from the Heart Christmas outreach.
“I think it will be a great event for the whole community to share Christmas in,” said Rita Kaufmann, entertainment co-chair.
Harvest from the Heart welcomes anyone who wants to share a Christmas Eve meal — those who are far from family, seniors, anyone who might not otherwise have plenty of good food and fellowship, said Robert Konkel, co-founder.
The menu this year will be smoked turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans, rolls dessert, tea, punch or coffee.
Each child who comes to the shared meal will go home with a fruit basket, Konkel said. “This year I ’m hoping to have a toy for the kids,” he said.
Guests will be treated to holiday entertainment, and maybe a visit from Santa Claus himself, Konkel said.
It takes a lot of volunteers and donations to make this project a reality, said Dana Overstreet, co-founder and volunteer coordinator.
“People don’t have to volunteer on Christmas Eve,” Konkel said. In fact, some of the serv er positions are already filled with people who volunteered last year and signed up then.
“We need lots of help preparing, setting it up. They can help us leading up to it,” he said.
“We had one lady in a wheelchair volunteenng last year,” Konkel said.
“I was impressed by the number of
We had one lady in a wheelchair volunteering last year.’
— Robert Konkel
young people there — high school, middle school — who helped people as they came through the line,” said Vernon Martinez, a volunteer at last year’s meal.
High school girls kept ice tea glasses full. “Nobody asked them, they just saw a need,” Overstreet said.
Many can help by making donations: toys, a turkey, decorations, dessert goods, or money. "We need 43 turkeys,” Konkel said.
Toys should be in the $10 to $15 range. They should be items both girls and boys could enjoy. Take toy donations to Mail-lt-Plus, located in the HEB shopping center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The deadline for toy donations is Dec. 20.
Harvest from the Heart still has room for entertainers to give some time and talent, Kaufmann said. "We’re looking for any group of entertainers who would come and entertain our guests on Christmas Eve,” she said. It could be a single artist, duet, group, story or poetry reader — any entertainment in the holiday spint.
People who want to make a cash contribution should make checks out to Harvest from the Heart and mail them to Harvest from the Heart, do Mail-It-Plus, 351 N. Walnut, Suite F, New Braunfels, TX 78130 or drop them off at Mail-lt-Plus.
For information about donations or volunteenng, call 608-1330 or 606-0200 and ask for Robert or leave a message.
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By DENISE DZIUK
Students at New Braunfels High School received a history lesson on the Holocaust Wednesday. However, this lesson wasn’t out of a history book. It was a speech by a Holocaust survivor, and the gravity of his words was evident by the intensity on students’ faces, and the whispered collective gasps that were sometimes heard.
Eric Haas, who was at times clearly shaken by the memories, took students through the events he lived from the time he was a student in 1933 when Hitler came into power, until the day he was able to rejoin his family members in the United States in 1945.
“Whatever I tell you is the truth because I have seen it with my eyes, and lived through it. It’s not hearsay or something I’ve read,” Haas told the students.
Haas began his presentation by telling students he and his family were native Germans. He said they considered themselves as much German as the students consider themselves American. However, when Hitler came into power in 1933, it became difficult for
him to continue to go to school in Germany, so his father sent him to Holland, he said.
“I had to fight my way in in the morning and out in the evening. All my clothes were tom off,” he said.
Haas said his father got a visa and left for the United States the day before the war broke out. However, he said he was denied a visa. Hitler’s army invaded Holland, and “I was caught in there.”
“They bombed Rotterdam, and with that, my chance to get to America,” he said.
Haas said he remained in Holland and continued to work in his bicycle shop until the Germans took it over. He also helped the resistance. After a while, Haas, his wife, his sister-in-law, and his mother and father-in-law ended up in a correction camp in Holland. He said people were taken from the camp cm a train once a week, and were never seen again.
“It was very, very bloody. I don’t have the literacy to tell you how bad it was,” he said.
After about four to six weeks, Haas said, the five of them were taken to a real concentration camp. He told the
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Erie Haas, a survivor of German concentration camps, snares his memories with New Braunfels High School students yesterday.
students of incidents he witnessed, but said these were not even the worst of them.
"It was brutal, and that was not the right word. It was brutal,” he said. “There were hundreds of incidents. Some of them I can’t describe because I’ll break down.”
After being sent back to the first camp for about five weeks, the five
were then taken to Bergen Belsen, where they stayed from Apnl 1940 until February 1945. He described the way the soldiers tned to break the Jews’ will to live, and the torture they had to endure.
“Do you know what it looked like and smelled like in those barracks? You have no idea, because ifs beyond words,” he said.
Haas said that as the war progressed, the prisoners in the camps had no idea what was going on. However, after a while it became clear that the Germans were losing, and before long, the camps were liberated.
“The longer the war went on, and the more the planes flew over, the nastier the Germans got. But that we suffered gladly because we knew the Germans were losing,” he said.
After going to North Africa for the remainder of the war, Haas was finally able to rejoin his father in the United States on the day before Thanksgiving in 1945.
Debbie Biggers, who arranged the presentation, said she worked with the Jewish Federation to get a speaker. She said the students are about to read a book centered around World War II, and the speech would be beneficial.
“I didn’t think they would quite grasp the significance of it if they didn’t know the history behind what was happening,” she said.
The speech was shown on closed circuit television in various classrooms, and an estimated 1,000 students listened to Haas’ story.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Follow the tuba player
Rennie Guenther leads a dance line around the Big Tent at Wurstfest yesterday. The festival continues through Sunday at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park. Admission is $6.
Committee to study hydrilla growth in lakes
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A committee of eight people has been set up by the Lake Management Workgroup to find ways to battle the hydnlla that has taken over lakes McQueeney and Dunlap over the past three years.
The committee is composed of residents from lakes McQueeney, Dunlap and Placid, and representatives from the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authonty and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The committee was appointed by lake residents at the workgroup meeting last Thursday at the Guadalupe County Administration Building in Seguin.
“I think the committee has the gist of the problem,” member Peggy McKanna of the Friends of Lake
Hydrilla is a non-native aquatic plant which was ongi-nally brought over from Asia for use in aquariums. It has been a major problem in lakes McQueeney and Dunlap, where it has blocked waterways, river channels, boat docks and shorelines.
“On Sept. 25. a study was done which found out that the hydnlla has quadrupled in one growing season (in Lake McQueeney),” McKanna said. “In February, the lake had 29 acres of hydnlla. The hydnlla now have grown to 130 acres. If we had not sprayed, it would have grown worse, lf it quadruples again by next summer, the whole lake (McQueeney) could be out of business because the lake is 3% acres. So, it really becomes evident that we need to find a method to control it.”
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