New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JAMES STARTZ SR.
Vol. 144, No. 9
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Liz Adams, James Startz Sr., Linda Hermes, Shannon Medkh, Darren Brinkkoeter, Chloe Rose LuehUing (four years old), Joshua Stolinski (16 years), Beulah Dicus, Teo Rodriguez, and Andy Padilla (five years, belated). Happy 47th anniversary to Ira and Adeline Schmidt, and Happy 22nd anniversary to Rick and Kay Gars nett
Optimists selling trees
The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christmas tree lot at the same location as last year. The lot is on Seguin St. across from the post office. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come early for the best choice of trees. Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities.
Women’s Shelter Christmas Auction
The Women's Shelter Christmas Auction will take place at Landa Station, Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. Admission is toys, canned goods or a cash donation. There will be an auction and live blues by Monty Tyler.
lf you have something to donate for the auction, call 629-3311.
Tree lightingon the Plaza Tuesday
The Tree Lighting on the Plaza and arrival of Santa Claus, sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Association, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 on the Plaza.
The courthouse bells begin ringing at 5:30 p.m., and Santa's Parade will run from the Central Fire Station to the Main Plaza. There will also be food, drinks, musical entertainment and buggy rides.
Cheer Fund donations continue
The Heraid-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Carol Ann Avery - $50, Kenneth Frisbie - $25 and an anonymous $6 donation, bringing the fund total to $1,963 11.
To donate, come by the Heraid-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
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5,11, 18,28, 29,45
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By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Fall in New Braunfels — it’s not just Wurstfest any more. That’s according to Alison Buck of Promark Research Inc. The firm did an extensive study of the Convention & Visitors Bureau and gave the results to the chamber Tuesday.
“The thing that was surprising to me was the number of people that want to come back during the fall,” said C&VB Director Jim Scheele. “That’s a very pleasant surprise.”
Promark studied the C&VB’s “conversion rate.” That’s the rate of people who request information about New Braunfels who are converted into actual visitors.
“Even though we feel like we’re doing a good job, it’s always a good idea to get a third party opinion,” said Michael Meek, chamber president.
The C&VB conversion rate is 43 percent. Forty-three percent of the people who contact the C&VB to request information end up coming here. “This appears to be quite good,” Buck said.
Forty percent surveyed said they will definitely visit New Braunfels in the fall, Buck said. Another 45 percent said they might consider it. That’s 95 percent of the respondents.
Suggestions for improvement coming from the study —just more of the same, she said. “It’s not so much what we can do differently,” Scheele said, “but keeping New Braunfels on top of (the tourists’) minds.”
The C&VB currently publishes a coupon book, Scheele said. The study found that the book draws tourists, even if they don’t end up using the coupons.
Adding fall attractions to the coupon book is one way the C&VB hopes to increase fall tourism. “And I definitely think the Festtage is going to help draw
‘One thing we will do is develop a newsletter for people who say they want to come in the spring and summer.’
— Jim Scheele
people from Thanksgiving through the beginning of the year,” Scheele said.
“One thing we will do is develop a newsletter for people who say they want to come in the spring and summer,” Scheele said. “We’ll list all the calendar events that are going on.”
Tile Promark study gave the C&VB a profile of typical New Braunfels visitors. Most are middle income, defined for the study as $40,000 to $70,000 households.
“The bottom line is that most people travel as families or groups of adults traveling together,” Buck said.
The study found that the most visited spots in New Braunfels are the Guadalupe River, the Factory Stores, Gruene, Schlitterbahn, downtown New Braunfels, and antique stores.
Wurstfest wasn’t included in the survey because it is a one-time event.
lf Promark does another study for the chamber, a more detailed visitor profile will be helpful, Scheele said. “What do they specifically spend in the community, what do they spend on meals; what do they spend on accommodations,” he said.
Heraid-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Miranda Morales gets ready to dig into her free meal at the Civic Center Tuesday. The "Hot Meals for the Holidays" annual event is sponsored by the Adobe Cafe.
NBISD wants to expand Communities in Schools
By DENISE DZIUK
The board of directors for the New Braunfels Independent School District voted Tuesday to support the expansion of the Communities in Schools project.
CIS is a program in which social workers work with at-risk students. NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad-bcrry told board members that these social workers provide a wide array of services, including providing assistance for medical care, clothes, and
housing. NBISD currently has CIS workers at the Lamar, Lone Star, Seele, Memorial Elementary, Memorial Primary and New Braunfels Middle School campuses. Bradbcrry said that the intention of the district was to expand the program to other campuses as the need arose.
“We started at the lower level, with the idea that we would expand it up as the children moved up in age,” he said.
Bradberry asked that the board allow the CIS program apply with the state for funding for additional positions at Carl Schurz, OakRun, and New Braun
fels High School. He said the funding would provide $50,000 per site for implementation and pay the full cost for a social worker at each of the sites.
“It’s a very worthy program. We’ve supported it all along, and it costs us nothing,” Bradberry said.
Funding for the program is limited, and few districts are currently participating in it, said Bradberry. However, he said he believes more districts will be requesting funding in the future. He said he has been told that those who have already been granted funding will not lose it.
“I think it’s something we’re probably getting a jump on. I assure you it will not be a hidden fact for long," he said.
The board approved allowing Bradberry to sign the necessary applications to compete for state funding.
In other business, the board approved the purchase of the old Kraft Building at 900 W. San Antonio St. Bradberry told the board that the 2,500 sq. ft. building will be used for the alternative school, college night classes, GED classes, and maintenance facility storage.
Hie cost of the building is $265,000, which Bradberry said comes to about $10.5 per square foot. He said the building is ideal for the planned uses, and is at an incredibly low price.
“I can tell you that the last taxes paid on it were based on $495,000. It’s an incredible space for a very low price,” he said.
The board also voted to cast 1,000 votes for J.C. Reagan to serve on the Comal Appraisal District board of directors. The district gave their remaining 195 votes to the city.
Lake group prepares hydrilla battle plan
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SEGUIN — A task force of the Lake Management Workgroup announced its chaft action plans for battling hydrilla on lakes McQueeney, Dunlap and Placid during its Tuesday night meeting at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum.
“We have to start with something,” Guadalupe—Blanco River Authority (GBRA) Director of Project Development David Welsch said. “Before we take any actions on these plans, we need to discuss it with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. We are really making progress because we have a plan which is developed and supported by the people themselves.”
The nine-member task force, which was appointed at the last Lake Management Workgroup meeting carty this month, came up with the draft plan a few weeks ago. The draft plan deals with several issues: treatment, draw down of lakes, funding, education, awareness and other actions needed to curtail the growth of hydrilla.
The most talked-about issue at the meeting was treatment with herbicides Last spring, biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sprayed the EPA-approved aquatic herbicide Aquathol K on selected sites at lakes McQueeney and Dunlap. The task force is recommending that the lake residents consider another herbicide: Sonar.
Welsch said that in meetings he has had with Texas Parks and Wildlife officials, he has understood that they have expressed interest in doing multiple hetbicide treatments of selected areas in the lakes if they are reimbursed for their labor and time through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ aquatic weed program. Last spring, the herbicide spraying
“We are really making progress because we have a plan which is developed and supported ■ by the people themselves.’
— David Welsch
was funded by local sponsors from the GBRA, the Friends of Lake McQueeney and the Texas Paries and Wildlife Department “The advantage of the aquatic weed program is that it provides reimbursements to the state (Parks and Wildlife Department) which will reduce the costs of the herbicide to local residents,” Welsch said.
The cost for Aquathol is $337 per acre treated. Welsch said that under the aquatic weed program the Army Corps of Engineers would reimburse TP&W $319 per acre. GBRA and local sponsors and residents, Welsch said, would then contribute the $18 difference for every acre treated.
lf lake residents wish to use Sonar, the cost would be tremendously higher. Sonar costs $640 per acre for 40 pounds and $960 per acre for 60 pounds. According to Welscb’s figures, the Army Corps of Engineers in both instances would reimburse the state at $319.50.
GBRA Laboratory Director Debbie Magin said that Sonar’s manufacturer, SePro, wants to perform dye flow tests to determine how much of the herbicide it will have to apply to the lakes and how much tune will be needed for the Sonar to come in contact with the hydrilla.
Before the meeting adjourned, Welsch asked the lake representatives to confer with local homeowners to get their input on the draft action plan.
Kennady made a cog in GOP political machine
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
“I think it was Molly Ivins who called TFRW (Texas Federation of Republican Women) one of the greatest political machines of all time,” said City Councilwoman Brenda Freeman.
Jan Kennady, also on city council, will be second in command of that machine when the new year rolls around. Her colleagues voted her first vice president at their November meeting.
“First vice is the chief assistant to the president,” Kennady said. “I will be going with her on various trips across the state when she asks me to do that.”
Kennady will be in charge when the TFRW goes to the National Republican Women’s convention in two years. “We have a hospitality suite, and Texas is known for its wonderful hospitality suite,” she said.
The TFRW also consults Kennady in matters of parliamentary procedure. “One of her assets is that she’s a registered parliamentarian, which she uses skillfully,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Kennady’s duties as first vice include preparing the TFRW handbook, chairing special events, helping with parliamentary matters, and filling rn for the president.
“The good thing about the job is that I can do it at my convenience,” Kennady said. “I have a lot of lead time.”
Beside holding quarterly meetings, the TFRW supports Republican candidates on the local, federal and state levels. Being a major fund-raiser is only the beginning, Freeman said.
“We get out and do the grunt work that has to be done — walking precincts, stuffing envelopes,
doing phone banks and phone * . calls,” Freeman said.
The 1990 and l^4guber-atonal elections illustrate the Ti I importance of the TFRW’s
influence. Freeman said. “In 1990 Clayton Williams offended a lot of women and the ll HAV staved home and miMBj didn’t come out to work,” she said. “In 1994 they came out in droves to work for George ”
“I didn’t appreciate Jan until I ran for office,” Casteel said. lf Kennady makes a commitment to a campaign or a community cause, she’ll always give I IO percent, Casteel said.
“As county judge I value her as an example of the volunteer spirit,” she said. “I’m sure she volunteers 28 hours out of 24.”
“Jan is one of the hardest working people I know,” Freeman said “And her satisfaction is obviously not a monetary compensation but knowing that she has improved the lives of others.”
Kennady said she is certain that her new duties will not interfere with her role on the city council, in fact running for mayor is still a possibility.
“It does not close the issue of running for mayor,” she said.
If her tenure as first vice president goes well, the presidency of TFRW could be in Kennady’s future “They do traditionally nominate the first vice president,” she said.
Kennady doesn’t see the vice presidency as a springboard to state political office. “I really have no plans to run for county or statewide office,” she said.
“I haven’t decided on mayor yet.”
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