New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Task forces form in wake of meetings
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
The publicity, the meetings and even the television shows about “The Chemical People” are providing a means to a hoped-for end of New Braunfels chemical abuse, two coordinators of the project said Thursday.
Aired on PBS the last two Wednesday nights, the program has had an immediate impact.
"I think ifs broken down the wall of denial for a number of people," said Un Rose, project county coordinator.
He added that before the program, many parents refused to believe their child was affected in some way by drug or alcohol abuse in the area. “They’re starting to see that their child may be subjected to this, and they may be closing their eyes to that,” Rose said.
“The Chemical People,” which dealt with the nationwide problem of alcohol and drug abuse among young
people, and the meetings held in conjunction with the program, also may have spurred a long-range plan for Comal County.
“As a result of these two meetings, task forces have been formed,” said Judy Kovacs-Long, one of the area coordinators.
Each participating area school — New Braunfels High, Canyon and Smithson Valley — is setting up its own force and coordinators are using a telephone tree to contact all persons who attended either of “The Chemical People” showings.
The three groups will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Cross Lutheran Church.
“We will bring these people together at that time and identify the various goals, the various areas where we want to work,” Kovacs-Long said.
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By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writ ar
The “Chemical People” town meeting at Smithson Valley High School Wednesday night ended on a somewhat sour note. But comments from its commentator, Ray Sterling, were much more promising Thursday.
“I kept saying ‘This is the beginning, not the end,’ and I don’t think people believed me,” Sterling said.
Members of the audience had signed a list with their phone numbers, from which a task force would be formed. They seemed to want more than a “someone will call you” promise from Sterling.
Instead, some of the 40 persons in attendance, including Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian John, left the meeting with a feeling of finality.
The beginning Sterling promised came Thursday, with
the announcement of a 7 p.m. meeting Monday, Nov. 21, at Cross Lutheran Church in New Braunfels.
“I got the news from Un Rose, the project’s county coordinator. He’s also with the Uons Club,” Sterling said.
“We’re going to form a blue-ribbon panel of numerous civic leaders, and under that panel, we’ll have task forces,” Sterling added. “This won’t be a ‘let me tell you a story’ type meeting. It’s a ‘how we can solve the problem’ get-together.”
Sterling said publicity for the Nov. 21 meeting will be county-wide. “I will personally call all the people at the SVHS meeting to make sure they get the word,” he said.
Others interested in joining the task forces can contact Dennis Rhoads at 625-3477 or Bill Fetech at 625-0340.
Attendance at the SVHS town meeting was higher Wednesday night than for the first “Chemical People”See SVHS, Page 14A
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Bar owners not overjoyed with new liquor ordinance
This coming Monday, City Council will vote on the first reading of an ordinance that would eliminate late-hours alcohol permits for local bars.
Texas state law requires an alcoholic beverage establishment to stop serving at I a.m. Sunday (Saturday night), and midnight every other night, unless local law says otherwise.
Here, local law does. Under a city ordinance enacted in April 1979, a business with an on-premises license can pay $150 to $250 more each year and stay open until 2 a.m., seven days aweek.
City Council is now thinking of rescinding that ordinance, after hearing arguments from the local
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers chapter.
At least 16 establishments in the city hold late-hours permits, and would be affected by the law. The Herald Zeitung talked to the heads of some of those businesses this week Reactions ranged from neutral to strongly opposed.
Two bar owners said the question should be put to a public vote. One of them said he would try to force a referendum, if council does revoke the ordinance.
The only club owner who spoke in favor of an earlier closing was Jim Stepan, a partner in Texas Junction. Since that conversation took place, that club seems to have closed on a 24-
The neutral reaction, oddly enough, came from the Holiday Inn’s Prickly Pear Lounge, which was the first club in town to obtain a late-hours permit. In fact, city officials say it was the Holiday Inn’s owners that first asked the council to enact the 1979 ordinance.
The Prickly Pear stays open until 2 a m. every day, and is usually busiest between the hours of IO and 2. But Holiday Inn sales director Sharon Lemoine said the inn’s Houston-based owners had not taken a stand on issue. Neither has manager Leo Gardener, she said.
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DPS, Sheriff happy with 1983 festival
So far, the law enforcement community is pleased with Wurst-fest 1983.
Comal County Sheriff Walter Fellers called the festival “toned down," while Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bob Holder said Driving While Intoxicated (DWID arrests were at their lowest in the last seven years.
“This is a different Wurstfest in my seven years here,” Holder said Thursday. “It’s a more mature crowd. There’s less of a traffic problem. There haven’t been any serious accidents related to Wurstfest, so I say so far so good.”
Of the 42 DWI arrests last weekend, Holder said less than IO
were “Wurstfest-related. We know that because we ask,” he added. “So most of the DWI arrests weren’t connected with Wurstfest at all.” “It’s toned down, as far as we’re concerned,” Fellers said. “There were at least twice as many arrests total last year.”
Broken down, arrests have gone this way: 42 DWl’s through Sunday night, I Monday night and two Wednesday night; 43 Pi’s (public intoxication) through Sunday night, four Monday night, I Tuesday night and five Wednesday night.
As of Monday morning, there had also been two disorderly conduct
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Canyon and New Braunfels both have the playoff fever, but only one of the schools will be alive in the Class 4A football playoffs after Friday night’s games. Sports. Page SA.
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Goode, Kolacek win Hummel contest
By CINDY RICHARDSON Staff writer
Kyle Kolacek went home a little richer Wednesday night, when he won the boy’s division in the Hummel look-a-like contest for the second year. Eliza Goode won first place in the girl’s division
The children each received $150 gift certificates to Opa's Ha us. and vitrines to hold their favorite Hummel figurines.
Eliza, 8, posed as the “Goose Girl" and her stand featured a pair of papier-mache and feather geese. Preparing for the contest was a family effort. “We all pitched in," she said.
Her father, Jerry, made the frame and mom Sandy did the papier-mache work. The feathers came from Otto Locke. The family started getting ready for the contest at the end of September
Eliza stood frozen, gazing at her geese during the judging, imitating her grandmother’s favorite figurine “She has a natural knack for it," said her mother.
“I’m really surprised I won this year," Eliza said. “It was a close chance. I had all my friends and family here."
Kyle, 6, and his family started getting ready for the contest about a month ago. Kyle posed as the “Band Leader’ ’, his arms outstretched ready to direct an imaginary orchestra They were limited on the choice of figurines, his mother Marilyn said, because “he’s so skinny. We had to pick one with long pants."
He practiced his pose a few minutes every night for about a week. “You just stand as stiff as you can," he said.
Kyle’s sister, Mandy Maxwell, was named runner-up in the girl’s division. She imitated the “Autumn Harvest’’ figurine Runner-up in the boy’s division was Galen Constable, who portrayed the “Sensitive Hunter". They each won $75 gift certificates to Opa’s Haus and vitrines.
Each child who entered the contest received a bag of Wurstfest dollars, and specially baked cookies decorated with Hummel figures.
Syria takes shot at American jets
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — U.S and Israel jets reportedly swooped over central Lebanon today, and Syria said its air forces drove back “enemy planes." Syria did not identify the jets.
Witnesses and Lebanese radio stations had reported that U.S. F-14 jets took off from the USS Eisenhower, off the coast, and flew low over Beirut and surrounding mountains There also were radio reports that Israeli jets had flown in the area.
Lebanon’s state radio quoted reports from Damascus as saying the targets of the Syrian forces were the U.S. F-14s.The radio said Syrian ground forces fired missiles at the jets, but there was no mention of any hits.
“We are flying reconnaissance on a daily basis as needed and don’t comment on them," said Maj. Robert Jordan when asked about the Syrian report. He is the chief spokesman for the Marine peacekeeping contingent in Beirut.
The Syrian command in Damascus issued a terse communique which said: "Four enemy planes flew over our positions in Lebanon .... Our air defense system confronted them and forced them to return toward the sea."
A spokesman at the Pentagon in Washington said he knew nothing about the report.
The radio stations of the rightist Christian Phalange party said the two Israeli jets buzzed Syrian and Palestinian positions in the mountains overlooking Beirut.
In northern Lebanon, fighting between Palestine liberation Organization loyalists and Syrian-backed rebels tapered off today as each side pledged to keep a truce but blamed the other side for breaking it.
The cease-fire, promoted by several Arab nations, was “generally holding," Lebanon’s state radio reported. It began after sundown Wednesday.
The truce will only apply for four days, to give the warring factions time to discuss their disputes, said one of the cease-fire's arrangers, Sheik Ahmed Bin Saif a1 Than!, the foreign minister of Qatar.
Supporters of PIX) chairman Yasser Arafat and mutineers accused each other of violating the cease-fire during the night.
But Arafat’s force, from its besieged stronghold in the port city of Tripoli, and the rebels, in a statement from Damascus, promised to honor the truce.
'Goose Girl* Eliza Goode and 'Band Leader' Kyle Kolacek strike their poses in Wednesday's Hummel look alike contest in The Big Tent at Wurstfest
Wurstfest changes working, Purdumsays
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
So far, Tom Purdum has no complaints about this year’s Wurstfest.
Figures from the first six days brought a smile to his face, as he totted up on a pocket calculator late Wednesday.
“We’re really accomplishing what we want to accomplish,” said Purdum, executive vice president of the association that runs Wurstfest. “We’re running ahead (of last year) on attendance — not much, probably one or two percent.” Approximately 70,000 visitors have walked onto the Wurstfest grounds since the festival opened Fnday night, he said.
Two other statistics mean more to Purdum. “We’re ll or 12 percent ahead on people coming on into the Halle,” he said, referring to the giant room where Myron Floren played his last two concerts Wednesday night. Attendance at the Heritage Exhibit, downtown rn the Civic Center, is up 4-5 percent, Purdum added.
“To us, that’s an indication of a
higher-quality crowd," he said. It means a greater percentage of the visitors are trying to see everything, instead of concentrating on just one aspect of Wurstfest. They’re coming to participate in the total festival.
Only one statistic showed a drop from last year, and Purdum was happy about that, too. Consumption of beer, which is going out in smaller cups this year, is down 20 percent.
“That’s exactly what we were after,” said Purdum, getting a puzzled look from a visiting executive of a Scandinavian festival in Europe The Wurstfest Association reduced the cup size from 16 to 14 ounces, keeping the price at $1, in an attempt to reduce incidences of public intoxication at the fest
“They said it wouldn’t work — but we’ve got more people and less beer sold, so it must be working,” Purdum said.
The two-ounce difference would account for only a 12-percent decrease, even if visitors bought
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Clear and cool this afternoon. High today in upper-60s with winds out of north at 15 mph. Clear and cold tonight, with low near 40. Winds light and variable. Sunny and mild Friday with high low-708. Southeasterly winds at 5-10 mph. Sunset at 5:31 p.m. with sunrise at 6:52 a.m.
Fight of the Year
Marvelous Marvin lingier and Roberto Duran fight tonight at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for Hagler’s title. For Duran, it’s a shot at a title in a fourth weight division. For Hagler, it’s some well-deserved exposure. Sports. Page *A.
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