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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas ESDAY \Cougars prepare for toughest test yet —    See    Page    5. New Braunfels 50 CENTS bermann House, 543 W. Mill storic landmark ages in one section ■ Tuesday, November 28,1995 Herald 4 i. 0    1*101 6 I 0 / 2. ti / 9 9 5 0 - W E % J MIC R 0 P U h L J. S H I hi G 262.7 E YANDELL DR I El PA GO j TX 799OX-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of FREDDY FISCHER Vol. 144, No.11Inside Comics................................. 3 Editorial................................ 4 Sports................................... 5 Classified............................ 6-8 Stam mtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Freddy Fischer (84 years), Jesus Hernandez III, Annie Jones, and Alice Partida. Happy 42nd anniversary to Jim and Shirley Hays, and happy 50th anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Henk (belated). River and aquifer information Comal River -286 cubic-feet-per-sec, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 625.13 feet above sea level, down .04 Guadalupe River — 200 cfs Aggie moms selling German cookies Orders are now being accepted for the 41st annual Comal County Aggie Mom Cookie Bake. The fresh-baked selections are: Pfaffenbrot, Mandel Kranze, Weiner Zollen. Molases Platzchen, and Zimmet Sterne, at a cost of $3 per dozen. To place your order, call Karon Haas at 629-6304, Wallie Haas at 625-2832, Ann Kuehler at 625-6100, Marlena Schlather at 606-6376, Sharon Sharp at 885-7602 or Gaylynn Smith at 625-9609 The deadline for placing orders is Dec. 3 The proceeds are used for Texas A&M University scholarships for Comal County students. 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. Womsn’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. Cancer group meets The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue group meets 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 30 in the North Building of Victoria Bank, 1000 N Walnut. Cheer Fund donations continue The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy. New donations include: Paul and Elizabetn Davis -$25 and Helgard Suhr - $25, bringing the fund total to $2,013.11. To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144 Brian McClusky, of San Antonio, and Kau* Vlgnery, of Austin, taka a turn on the dance floor at Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Flschar Hall. Living History Hundreds flock to Fischer for ‘New Life in Old Fischer’ By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer On a normal day you’d probably driva by without slowing down. But people who knew w here to finds good time flocked toFWeher to spend last Saturday in the good old days. Fischer and the LBJ Heartland Network opened the Fischer Store and Post Office, Fischer Hall, and the Fischer Bowling Chib to all comers for “New Life In Old Fischer.” Visitors pulled up chairs with long-time area residents to hear how life used to be at the Fischer Store. “The Fischer Store was established in 1875,” said Postmaster Krin Byrd. “The post office was 93 years in this building.” The Fischer Store served as post office, general store, and hub of the town for many years. “The mail route was pretty much the same,” Byrd said, ‘it comes horn Austin instead of San Marcos, but essentially it’s the same.” One retired postmaster used to ask the mail earner, “How many goats did you pull out of the fence today?” Her answer might be, “Only three, but I killed five rattlesnakes.” The Fischer Post Office will soot move to a new building next store to the old Fischer Store. Residents hope to preserve the store’s building and history. Afternoon guests saw area history in song and drama in Fischer ygll with ^ob Capoahr gi, die Cultural Warriors, and ‘The Long Thanksgiving Dinner'* by the Gateway Players. The adventurous could try their hands at a few frames of free nine pin bowling at the Fischer Bowling Club. “It’s amazing how hard it is if you’ve nev er bowled nine pin,’’ said instructor Jo Schwab. ‘It’s a team game,” she said. Players on the same team take turns trying to knock down the same set of pins. ‘This is one game where you depend on your friends,” said Bill Schmidt. “It tests the love between a man and his wife.” The pins aren’t set up by machine, but by young people at the ends of the lanes dodging the balls and pins. “I used to set up pins here when I was a kid — long time ago,” Schmidt said. “The premium was on speed and the pins would go flying all over the place.” The bowling club still thrives, with all four lanes full of league play Monday through Friday, Schwab said. About a hundred sets of feet pounded the floors of Fischer Hall when the sun went down. They danced to music by Barron Schlaroeyg, Oma A the Oompah*. Adolph Hofner & the Pearl Wrangler, and Too Strange for Sisterdale, “We’re excited that we’re able to give money back to the community to enhance landscaping that ties the new post office to the old store,” said Julia Jarrell, LBJ Heartland Council director. The LBJ Heartland Council sees New Life in Old Fischer as a pilot program for similar programs throughout the Hill Country, Jarrell said. The Nature Conservancy recently designated the Hill Country, or Balcones Escarpment, as ow of the 12 “last great places” in the hemisphere because of its natural and cultural beauty. Increasing development from San Antonio and Austin is squeezing the Hill Country from both sides. The LBJ Heartland Council wants to develop long-range conservation programs that can work beside development. Lights, music, Santa — it’s all coming to the Plaza tonight The 1995 Sesquicentennial Chnstmas Tree I ighting & Festivities is expected to attract hundreds of people to the Plaza tonight. The schedule is: 5 p.m. — Streets will be closed. 5:30 p.m. — Canyon Middle School Band, Boy Scouts, Santa Horse & Buggy, Elves to be at fire station. 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. — Courthouse bells begin ringing. 5:45 p.m. — Lone Star Elementary School singers will be on the plaza and begin singing. Santa’s parade will begin from the fire station to Main Plaza. 6 p.m. — Don Ferguson will emcee from the band stand, introducing speakers and entertainers. 6:03 p.m. — Hospice Tree is lit. 6:08 p.m. — Brief remarks by Esther Headrick, Downtown Association president. 6:10 p.m. — Welcome by Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. 6:15 — Remarks on new lights by Chamber of Commerce Christmas Committee: Jan Ken nady and Anna Lee Hicks. 6:25 — Remarks by County Judge Carter Schools may start charging for use of facilities By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Casteel. 6:30 — Fraser, Kennady and Casteel flip the lights, 6:30 to 7 p.m. — Canyon Middle School performs at New Braunfels Utilities. 7 to 7:30 p.m. — Ed Kadlecek & Family perform at Plaza Diner/Texas Commerce Bank. 7:30 to 8 p.m. — Community Band performs at First State Bank. 8 to 8:30 p.m. — Rosie y bs Muchachos perform at New Braunfels Coffee. 8:30 to 9 p.m. — Barber Shop Choir will perform at Plaza Diner/Texas Commerce Bank The New Braunfels Independent School District is considering adopting a uniform procedure for charging fees for the use of facilities. The district allows groups to use its buildings free. The new policy would institute a fee schedule that would charge some groups as much as $475 to use facilities, while other groups would still be allowed to use them for free. Debbie Fitsko, administrative assistant for community, v ocational, and adult education, told the board of trustees at Tuesday’s meeting that church groups, athletic leagues, community businesses and a number of individuals continually ask to use NB1SD facilities. NB1SD does not charge a fee for the use of its facilities, w hile other entities, including the Comal Independent School District, do charge. Fitsko said costs incurred when school buildings are used by outside groups include utilities, custodians, paper products used in restrooms, and other related costs. NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said another problem is that everyone expects the buildings to be clean on Monday morning, which is understandable. Howeyer he said this is hard when no one is scheduled to work ov er the weekend He said the cost for one event may not be a lot. but it adds up. “That's a lot of money the district ends up absorbing,” said Bradberry. Ken McGuire, principal at New Braunfels Middle School, said he is constantly receiving requests for permission to use facilities. He said there are often several events going on at one time, and deciding who can use the facilities can be difficult. “It has nothing to do with us not w anting to serve the public with our public schools,” said McGuire. A few audience members addressed the board concerning the fee. They were concerned that the fee may be too high, or cause certain activ ities to no longer be held. Fitsko said that according to the policy, there are several groups that will not be charged for the use of facilities. These groups include school groups or organizations, school support organizations, such as PT A, Band Boosters, and law enforcement groups, and student-onented groups such as Scouts and 4-H. Civic groups would get a break. Bradberry said there may be w ays for the school to sponsor meetings and events, which means the fee could be waived. The fee will be based on the facility, how long it is needed, and w hat type of equipment and services are used. An example is a profit-making event could be held in the elementary gym at a cost of $275 per four-hour penod. A certificate of insurance w ill also be required. Fitsko said the proposed fee scale is consistent w ith other facilities in the district, including CISD. “It’s been real hard to determine who should be charged a fee, and how much,” she said. “We’re not vying for people to use our facilities, but we don’t want to be running people oft either. We w ant it to be in line w ith others in the area.” Fitsko said input is still being sought, and the attorneys are currently looking it over. It will be brought before the board at a later date for approval. NBU mulls where cash for projects will come from -rn—— ' *  -~t By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer To raise rates or to issue bonds or a little of both —- that was the question the city council and New Braunfels Utilities management pondered at last night’s workshop. NBU officials showed council members proposed five-year plans for utility improvements and how to fund them. It was all long-range talk and no action, but one thing both city council members and NBU officials agreed on was that money would have to come from somewhere to fund the proposed projects. “The new environment in utilities is competition,” said Paula DiFonzo, NBIJ, genera I manager. “We’re going to have to look at water and sewer rates.” NBU loses money on water and sewer as a rule, with the electric service in effect subsidizing the other two. The main five-year plan NBU presented showed no rate increases, but did include a five million dollar bond issue in 1996. If NBU asks for a bond issue, the city council would have to approve it. “If things proceed unchanged, we will be in the red by the year 1999/2000,” said JefTThompson, NBU assistant general manager for administration and finance. NBU will be getting even less revenues from water in the future. Thompson said. “We lost our two largest water customers, Green Valley and Spnng Hill. They’re now in the water supply business.” Reimbursements from the Edwards Underground Water District will end in Feb. 1997 — that will cause NBU’s water costs to go up. NBU showed the city council a second “what if’ five-year plan that uses increases in water and sewer rates instead of a bond issue to raise needed revenues. The hypothetical plan included five percent increases in water and sewer rates each year for five years. Councilman Ray Schoch wanted to increase water and sewer rates starting this fiscal year. “I see no reason to subsidize water and sewer any longer than we have to,” he said. NBU officials would like to analyze rates for six to IO more months before deciding on a rate increase, DiFonzo said.- J. > \ c um rn • m3m JTwo hurt in crash A toddler and the driver of the van were injured in a Monday afternoon wreck on the service road of Interstate 35. According to police reports, the driver of the teal Pontiac Bonneville failed to yield the right-of-way to the driver of the white Dodge van. The van was turning left onto the entrance ramp of th# highway. The toddler and van driver were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital.Supreme Court steers right path in religious speech in schools case. See Opinion, Page 4. ;