New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11,2004
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By Ron Maloney
attack Wednesday morning, tai Public Information Officer "The family has authorized time," Malatek said. were dispatched at 8:55 a.m.
just minutes after assisting Jennifer Malatek acknowl- us to confirm that he is a New Braunfels Fire Marshal Wednesday to the Corner
Former U.S. Senator and another citizen who needed edged late Wednesday Krueger patient, but we’re releasing no Darren Brinkkoeter said an Store at 570 South Seguin Ave.
Ambassador Robert Krueger medical help. was being heated at the hospi- other information on his diag- engine and two emergency
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TOUR OF HONOR
Hope Hospice tree lighting this evening
By Ron Maloney
Hope Hospice’s annual "Tree of Life” lighting ceremony takes place this evening in front of the New Braunfels Marketplace.
Hope Hospice is marking its 20th year in New Braunfels with the third annual ceremony, which recognizes National Hospice Month and kicks off the agency’s annual fund-raising drive.
ITee Committee Chair Stephanie Bas-con said the fund-raiser is important because Hope Hospice provides its services regardless of need or ability to pay
“Hope Hospice depends on the donations it receives,” Bascon said.
The program begins at 5:30 p.m. with
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Lorenz Bading, left, served in the Army as a member of the 133rd Field Artillery band, a part of the 36th Infantry Division Texas National Guard. Above, ribbons and honors Bading earned while serving his country
Soldier’s mother wins tickets to Germany, to visit son
By Laigh Jones
David Williams, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, will not be coming home to New Braunfels for Christmas.
After spending 15 months in the desert, the young soldier's unit was transferred to Germany where they are waiting for possible orders to return to Iraq.
Williams' mother, Susan Suchy, hoped to see her son before he went back to the battlefield, but she did not think it was possible.
One trip to Wurstfest changed all that.
During the last night of the annual sausage salute, Suchy was selected winner of two round trip tickets to Germany, courtesy of Lufthansa and a two night, three day stay in Munich.
“I filled out the entry form opening night, but I never thought I would win. I was a bit surprised when they called me Sunday night,” she said.
Suchy is a Wurstfest regular, and every year she remembers to throw her name in the hat for
the tickets. Winning them any year would have been exciting, but this year, she said it was providential.
“I had no idea when I would have seen my son again,” she said. “Now, my daughter and I are working on getting our passports.”
Herb Skoog, director of Wurst Relations, said the association was thrilled to have a local winner, especially one with someone to visit overseas.
“We’re very pleased because of the situation with her son,”
Skoog said. “A story like that is especially nice.”
Suchy has one year to use her tickets, provided by their tourism department.
The time limit should not be a problem — she wants to take her trip before Christmas, if possible.
Other than seeing her son, Suchy, who has never been out of the country, is looking forward to a little sight seeing.
“I want to see the Alps,” she said. “I've heard they're beautiful.”
Scooter Store to change sale procedures
By Ron Maloney
The Scooter Store announced Wednesday it would begin selling power wheelchairs in the Houston area on a “payment first” basis as a result of stiff government regulation.
Scooter Store President Mike Pfister said the New Braunfels firm — still the largest purveyor of mobility scooters in the United States — has been forced to take the action because Medicare has not been making reimbursements for scooters in the Houston area.
“We hung in there for 13 months to support tile disabled senior citizens of the Houston area and delivered 500 units we didn’t get paid for,” Pfister said Wednesday evening. “It got to the point where to continue to subsidize the Medicare program was fiscally irresponsible for our company.”
Houston is where local and federal investigators cracked down on illegal
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Bading at Camp Edwards, Mass., from 1942-43.
Resident remembers service during World War II as infantry band member
By Scott Mahon
When the U.S. Army’s 36th Infantry Division invaded Italy on Sept. 9, 1943, almost 500 American soldiers were killed during the first wave of landings. At noon that day, Lorenz Bading and other members of the division’s band landed on the beaches near Salerno.
The 36th invaded Italy nine months before the invasion of Normandy. It was the first invasion of continental Europe, and the division band was the first band that played in continental Europe during World War II.
Unlike Iraqi Freedom, where men and women in the armed forces have daily access to music and television, the men and women who fought World War ll
“It’s hard to believe I can still wear it after 60 years.”
— Lorenz Bading
On wearing his Army uniform
were entertained mostly by infantry bands.
Band members like Bading view their contribution to World War 11 as vital.
“In those days, there wasn’t any high-tech stuff like televisions or CD players or the Internet,” Bading said. “So the infantry bands provided entertainment to the troops. Although we were never involved in hand-to-hand combat, we were subjected to artillery fire and air strikes. We played with a lot of movies stars, like Humphrey
Bogart and Marlene Dietrich.” Bom in Comal County in 1916, Bading grew up on his father’s farm on FM HOL “My dad was a farmer and rancher,” he said. “He did row cropping and grew sugar cane.” Bading was a member of the New Braunfels municipal band in the 1930s.
“It was similar to today’s community band,” he said, “but it was all boys.”
In April 1937, the band was inducted as the 133rd Field Artillery Band, which was part of the 36th Infantry Division Texas National Guard.
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