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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas El- PASO TX 79W SPORTS CLOSE CALL The Canyon football team survives a tough bidistrict playoff game against Kerrville-Tivy. Page 8A INSIDE GOOD JOB New Braunfels Conservation Society honors to property owners for restoring homes. Page 7A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 304 18 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 I 00001' br 30% chance of rain High Low 84 66 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B ..Ai mmmTragedy strikes at New Braunfels airportPilot dies when experimental craft goes down; FAA investigating By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A prominent local architect was killed Friday afternoon at New Braunfels Municipal Airport in a crash that heavily damaged his homebuilt gyroplane. Guadalupe County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Edmundo “Cass” Castellanos said architect Ken Rehler of New Braunfels was killed on Runway 13 of the New Braunfels Municipal Airport in an accident that occurred just after 5 p.m. Friday. “I arrived at 6 p.m. and pronounced Mr. Rehler deceased,” Castellanos said. “I have ordered an autopsy.” Rehler’s remains were taken to Zoeller Funeral I lotne in New Braunfels. They were to be transferred to the TVavis County Medical Examiners Office today. Rehler was a partner in the San Antonio Firm of Rehler, Vaughn and Koone, which is known for its public buildings. In New Braunfels, Rehler designed the public library and the new Municipal Airport terminal located just yards from where he died. TWo years ago, Rehler created a visionary concept for a glass-sided civic center proposed to be built over the Comal River, just below the tube chute off San Antonio Street. While the idea was much talked about, it was abandoned in favor of renovating the existing civic center. An avid flier, Rehler hand-built a four-cylinder experimental gyroplane several years ago. It is sort of a cross between an ultralight airplane and a helicopter. The craft, which uses an unpowered, autorotating rotor much like a helicopter’s to provide lift, has a smaller propeller behind the cockpit to push it through the air. The craft has won numerous awards for its design and workmanship. Chris Kennedy of New Braunfels Aero Service was watching Rehler fly it when the accident occurred. “I saw him crash. I dialed 9-1-1 immediately,” Kennedy said. “He was flying about 25 feet above Runway 13 when the wind either blew him over See CRASH, Page 2A MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung An experimental gyroplane crashed Friday night at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, killing its only occupant, local architect Ken Rehler. Schoolchildren take a moment to thank area vets By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Their march was short and their flags were made of construction paper, but kindergartners at Memorial lYimary had no doubts about why they marched Friday. During their annual Veterans Day Freedom Parade, kindergarten students circled the campus wearing patriotic hats and waving homemade signs. I lani Khan was particularly proud of his banner, which read “Go America!” in red and blue marker. “We’re having a parade,” Khan said. “Because of people who helped us, that’s why we’re wearing these hats and why I have a sign.” Schools all over Comal County held celebrations Friday in honor and remembrance of those who have served and fought for this country. Comal Independent School District campuses decorated shirts, held concerts and hosted veterans. New Braunfels Christian Academy students held an assembly where they recited the Preamble to the Constitution, The American’s Creed and a summary of the Bill of Rights. Memorial Primary teacher Brinda Soto said it can be difficult to explain concepts such as war and freedom to young children. However, she said there are some aspects of Veterans Day that they easily can grasp. “We talk about how they are free to come to school and how it is a privilege to come and learn,” Soto said. “They can grow up to be important people. Some children in other countries aren’t free to make their own choices.” During a Veterans Day celebration at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, middle school teacher Jennifer Marg told See VETERANS, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School kindergartener Morgan Burley, left, adjusts her "Uncle Sam" hat while she and classmate, Kyle Weber, sing "You're A Grand 'Ole Flag" during a Veterans Day ceremony Friday. Bush .strongly rebukes critics of Iraq war By Deb Riechmann Associated Press Writer TGB YI 1ANNA, Pa. —President Bush strongly rebuked congressional critics of his Iraq war policy Friday, accusing them of being “deeply irresponsible” and sending the wrong signal both to America’s enemy and to U.S. troops. “T he stakes in the global war on terror are too high, and the national interest is too important, for politicians to throw out false charges,” Bush said in his most combative defense yet of his rationale for invading Iraq in March 2003. Bush’s charges brought a forceful response from senior Democrats in Congress, who accused tile president of misleading the country about the justification for war. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who ran unsuccessfully against Bush last year, accused the president of playing “the politics of fear and smear.” Bush’s s p e e c Ii was part of a coor-d i n a t e d White House effort to bolster the president’s waning credibility and dwindling support for the war, in which more than 2,000 U.S. troops have died. As casualties have climbed. Bush’s popularity has dropped. I lis approval rating now is at 37 percent in the latest AP-lpsos poll, an all-time low point for his presidency. “When I made the decision to remove Saddam I iussein from power, Congress approved it with strong See BUSH, Page 3A President George W. Bush WURSTFEST 2005 Celebration lasts IO days, but the impact never ends DID YOUKNOW? ■ Wurstfest hires 300 people each year in various capacities, including ticket sales, security, EMS and cleaning crews. needs money for a good cause, it can apply for money to the United Way. When dozens of area nonprofits or local service organizations look to raise money, they look to Wurstfest. New Braunfels’ signature heritage and sausage festival is much more than the 10-day party that’s made it famous around the world. Sausage, beer and entertainment draw the customers, but they aren’t what Wurstfest is really about. Wurstfest is this city’s biggest nonprofit and service organization fundraiser. “Wurstfest is important to the community because of all See IMPACT, Page 2A TODAY'S EVENTS Wursthalle 11:30 a m. — Seven Dutchmen Orchestra 3 p.m. — Texas Sound Check Band 6:15 p.m. — Litt'l Fishermen Orchestra 9:30 p.m. — Jimmy Sturr Orchestra Das Grosse Zelt (The Big Tent) 11:30 a m. — New Braunfels Village Brass Band 12:45 p.m. — Alpenfest 2 p.m. — Comal Community Band See EVENTS, Page 2A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer MKMKMNWNMBNRNMNWRRNMMWBRRRRNBNNNNNRWNRNRNMWWNRRBBWRWi^^ Jan Kotylo looks at an ornament sold by Sophie's Shop with Bette Spain, center, and Gretchen Gold help out Friday. When the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department shows up at a fire or car accident, it is with some of the newest, most modern fire equipment in Comal County. When a little boy or girl in the county needs a double cornea transplant, one of the local Lions Clubs can be called upon to help. When a nonprofit wants to check up on residents or ;