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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas    : . . ^ -*■■■«......   ...rf.    .1.    ■■...      1-—-  ,-   -             i_-i.    —-i Vol. 148, No. 259 20 pgs. in 2 sections November 17, 1999 Awesome lights Erika Pfeuffer, 3, is awed by the display at the annual Holiday River of Lights at Cypress Bend Parte. Erika’s parents said they brought her back this year because she was so fascinated by the display this past year. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents SVHS floor plans on board agenda By Heather Todd Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees will look at conceptual floor plans for a $16.5 million overhaul of Smithson Valley High School when they meet 6 p.m. Thursday. Pfluger Associates, the district’s design firm for the SVHS project, will present conceptual floor and site plans for additions and renovations to SVHS at the board meeting at Bill Brown Elementary School, 20410 Texas 46 West. An expansion project to increase SVHS’s Meeting WHO: Comal Independent School District trustees WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Bill Brown Elementary School, 20410 Texas 46 West student capacity to 2,000 students continues to be a high priority for the district. More than 1,900 students jam die classrooms and hallways of SVHS, which was built to accommodate 1,200 students. On Oct. 14, CISD board members approved buying 16 acres contiguous to the school’s northwest side for the expansion projects for about $272,000. The new addition includes new classroom space, kitchen, library and band hall area. Additional improvements include a new gymnasium and tennis courts. In other business, the board also will look at the 1998-99 Academic Excellence Indicator System report. Trustees also will consider approving campus and district improvement plans, the district’s crisis management plan and a stricter head lice policy. Festtage family affair Weihnachtsmarkt    yui    y volunteers run generations deep Market By Teresa Ohlrich Johnson Special to the Herald-Zeitung When the 11 th annual Weihnachtsmarkt welcomes shoppers this Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, it will be a family affair for two New Braunfels households. For Wib and Doris Amacher, Weihnachtsmarkt is a labor of love they perform with family. Wib, a retired civil service budget director, and Doris, a homemaker, are in charge of the bank at Weihnachtsmarkt and have a long record of civic involvement. Wib is a former New Braunfels mayor and is involved with many organizations, such as Wurstfest and the Community Service Center. He has been treasurer of New Braunfels Presbyterian Church for 40 years. Doris has been a longtime Sophienburg docent and Hospital Auxiliary volunteer. Their daughter, Marilyn Kolacek, a New Braunfels Middle School teacher, has helped her parents at Weihnachtsmarkt for five years. This year, Marilyn’s daughter, Mandy Maxwell, a Sam Houston University senior, will work a shift in the bank for her grandparents as well. Younger daughter, Roseanne, who works in the New Braunfels Independent School District Business office, also is in her fifth volunteer year. Stanley and Louise Woodward have been involved in countless civic organizations and activities since their move to New Braunfels in the early 1950s. From the Red Cross, Hospital Weihnachtsmarkt opens Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Admission is a $5 donation to the Sophienburg Museum and is good all three days of the event. Children under 10 are admitted free. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Members of the Amacher and Woodward families get together at the New Braunfels Civic Center Tuesday. The two families are among numerous volunteers who help set up the Weinachtsmarkt every year. Both families have been supportive to the events organized by the Sophienburg Museum. Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, and Wurstfest to the Lions Club and everything in between, the Woodwards have been involved in New Braunfels. Their love, fortunately, of New Braunfels and their commitment to the preservation of its history through their volunteer work at the Sophienburg Museum has been passed down to their younger daughter, Sarah Shea. Louise, also a Sophienburg docent for more than 20 years and former museum board member, #nd Stanley, a retired physician and also a former New Braunfels mayor, become bankers during the three-day Weihnachtsmarkt event. A regular visitor to the museum as a child, Sarah said she always felt connected to the Sophienburg through her parents. When Sarah returned to her hometown of New Braunfels with children of her ow n and was offered an opportunity to become involved in the Sophienburg’s major fund raiser, is was natural for her to follow in her parent’s civic footsteps. For the past four years, Sarah has organized the gala Weihnachtsmarkt Preview Party that offers patrons early, private shopping and delicious food. The success of the Weihnachtsmarkt is largely because of the efforts of the many volunteers who sell raffle tickets, decorate and organize the three-day shopping event. The importance of passing on the love of local history and a commitment to its preservation is what motivates these folks both as Sophienburg members and Weihnachtsmarkt volunteers, they said. Both the Woodward and Amacher families said they hoped their children’s involvement with the Sophienburg and Weihnachtsmarkt would help motivate their peers to become as passionate as they are about their community. And besides, as Marilyn Kolacek says, “The shopping at Weihnachtsmarkt is great!” Festtage • Downtown Christmas Lighting takes place beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday and announces the arrival of Santa, parade, food, entertainment and Santa pictures. Call 625-2385. • Old Gruene Market Days features shops, restaurants, entertainment and 100-plus craft vendors Saturday and Sunday in Gruene Historic District. Call 629-5077.Herald-Zei Residents ask state for road projects By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer A light in front of New Braunfels High School, a widened Walnut Avenue and extensions of Loop 337 and Farm-to-Market Road 307 were just a few of the many requests made Tuesday for future state and federal funding. About 50 Comal County residents, including several city and county elected officials, attended the annual public involvement meeting sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation. About 25 percent of the requests could be chosen for future funding, TXDoT officials said, but they won’t make any announcement until their April 25 meeting. But even if a project is chosen, it could take two to 14 years to complete, TXDoT officials said. “This is the initial step here,” TXDoT resident engineer Greg Malatek said. TXDoT still has to look at all their requests, analyze the funding categories available and then pick projects, which are usually considered long-term. TXDoT already has projects slated for 2003 and beyond. Projects selected are included in the Rural Transportation Improvement Program — TXDoT’s three-year plan that guides project development. “We select projects three years out because they take a lot of work,” TXDoT transportation planning engineer Clay Smith said. Once a project is chosen, officials must develop it, draw up plans and purchase land. After all of this, construction funding is finalized. Plenty of people at Tuesday’s meeting said they hope some of their requests will make it through this process quickly. Requests for lights Gary Schlather, director of transportation for New Braunfels Independent School District, told TXDoT that a light in front of the high school on Loop 337 was really a necessity. Two NBHS students were killed recently while trying to exit the high school onto Loop 337. “How much are two lives worth?” he said. “How many more lives will be lost?” The area also is dangerous to buses trying to make left hand turns, he said. Malatek said TXDoT officials were finalizing a signal study and will meet with NBISD soon to give recommendations. The area must meet certain standards to be eligible for a light, he said. See HIGHWAYS/5 A City bond list inside! New Braunfels City Council has prepared a tentative list of projects for a $32 million bond issue. The Herald-Zeitung has a complete list nside today’s edison for city residents to review and study. See Page 5A Inside Abby.......................... ......7A Classifieds...................... 7-12 B Comics........................ ......2B Crossword................... ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies......................... ......7A Obituaries.................... .....3A Sports........................... .8-10A Today........................... ......2A Television...................... ...2B Key Code 76 Meteor shower: Maybe you’ll see it, maybe you won’t By Heather Todd Staff Writer In the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 1833, the skies above Texas rained fire, leading many early settlers to believe the end of the world was coming. In one recorded account, Julia Palmer Roberts, a teen-ager living in Shelby County, stepped outside her East Texas home to find brilliant fireballs streaking the night sky. Palmer described the spectacle as mil- Si! _ . -LL* LL. lions of stars shooting toward the ground. That night, the East Texas teen-ager prayed with her family to save them from the approaching Armageddon. Little did the Palmer family know they were witnessing a rare astronomical phenomenon called the Leonid Meteor Showers. The showers are known to be particularly intense every 33 or 34 years, often raining thousands of meteors per hour. Local residents might have the chance to See METEOOR/5A       ..... ....... WHA! i AllSI I'. I HI MI ! I OH SI toy. i + t1 ] I tll' , tlllll't lr. ill.Iii** ilf* ,*f Ii I' th •, i I i*i k Will'll It'. .<1 Ult Elk.". It i ii**. ■ ti* ttii- '.tm ttii- ii t". -.ti',im i*i11iv .ii , v v ^ I ’ i I <’..ltuH| It lf ti itll J I.Iii I v*, \ . • • St Ste- * Mi'lt'tn iii", i Un* , t •• (.III tilt Itll' I .dtti *. * I ' • rf THI INV It * •» tm'"I y i AP Graphic ES mi LL_ ;