New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns stun Alamo Heights in basketball. See Sports, Page 7.
Habermann House, 543 W. Milt Historic landmark
20 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 29,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of GERARD AGUIRRE
Vol. 144, No. 12
Birthday wishes from the HeraM-Zsttung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gerard Aguirre (30 years), Alice Robbins, Belinda Soliz (17 years), Blake Haas (16 years), Tina Marie Perales, Elida Ortega, Beatrice Ramirez, Richard Daniel, and Armend Dariz (five years) Happy adversary wishes to: Julio and Maggie Soliz (28 years, belated), Raymond and Rosemary Sanchez (16 years), Mr. and Mrs. Felix Esquibel (45 years), and Raymond and Alicia Ybarra (25 years.
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By ROGER CROTEAU
A huge crowd jammed downtown New Braunfels last night to get an early taste of Christmas, as the Plaza came alive with lights.
In addition to throwing the switch to show off the new, improved Plaza lights, the event featured lighting the Hospice Tree of Lights, the arrival of Santa, musical entertainment, balai md buggy rides and food and drinks.
With the temperature dipping into the 30s, it was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas too.
The Downtown Association has held the tree lighting for several years. This year the county joined in by adding thousands of new lights that drape the courthouse, and the Chamber of Commerce pitched in by starting Festagge —a multi-phased program that will add lights and activities throughout the community during the Christmas season over a number of years.
“This is truly a county and city made up of volunteers with a will to, in a spirit of unity, do what’s right and fun and good for the community,” County Judge Carter Casteel told the crowd, “lf you like what you see tonight, there aw three people you need to dunk. What you see tonight would not be possible without the work and dedication of Anna Lee Hicks, Jan Kennedy and Marian Benson.**
Martha Rutherford and her family moved to New Braunfels two weeks ago, picking the city because it is a “family town,” so yesterday’s event on the Plaza was just the kind of thing that brought her here. “I think it is a wonderful tra
dition. We are really glad to be here,** abe said. “The courthouse is beautiful, it looks like a castle”
“If you squint your eyes at it, it looks even cooler,” added her son, Abraham.
New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommaok said the department does not do official crowd
estimates, but said, “i've been doing this for 15 years and this is the largest crowd I*ve ever seen for one of these lightings.” Twelve-year-old Dustin Baker said he aune to the Plaza with his family because Im warned to see the lights. “I love it. It puts you in the holiday spirit,” he said.
From Staff Reports
Edwards Underground Water District Chair Jerri Martin has announced her resignation from the board of directors effective December I,
Martin said she is
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state laws would allow me to remain as a member of the Edwards board while serving as Commissioner, I have never felt it is proper for a person to hold one office while seeking another.”
“Perhaps some elected officials feel they can do their job w hile running for another position, but I do not. I like to give one hundred ten percent of my efforts to everything I undertake,” she said.
The Edwards Underground Water District boundanes include portions of Bexar. Comal, and Hays counties and its affairs are governed by a 12-member board elected from single member districts.
Injuries in Monday crash were minor
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Two New Braunfels residents were treated and released from McKenna Memonal Hospital after an auto accident Monday afternoon. Neither Mary Condon of New Braunfels nor a five-year-old passenger in Jodi Left’s car were seriously injured.
Condon's w hite Dodge van was turning left onto the Interstate 35 entrance ramp from the north frontage road near the IH-35 Inn, according to New Braunfels Police records.
Left’s teal green Pontiac Bonneville failed to yield nght-of-way and the two vehicles collided. Left, of New Braunfels, and a second passenger in her car. a toddler, were unhurt.
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New Braunfels Utilities plans a dozen mqjor projects
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Nothing is written in stone, but New Braunfels Utilities officials have a wish list for 12 major improvements in NBU facilities over the next five years.
“The growth is aft over, and the projects are aft over,” said Roger Biggers, NBU assistant general manager for technical operations.
1) Hortontown substation — would increase capacity for electric distribution in an area of industnal growth. $ 1,000,000 estimated.
2) Highway 46 North water extension
— from Oak Run School to Mission Valley Road to provide water for Newk’s and T-Bar-M subdivisions. $300,000 estimated.
3) Highway 46 North elevated storage tank — gives enough water pressure and better fire protection to same area as (2). $500,000 estimated.
4) North Interstate 35 water extension
— would take service to Conrads/Kohlen-burg Road exit. $100,000 estimated.
5) Solms upgrade, phases I & 2 —
water booster station, bigger mains and elevated storage tank. $915.(KM) for phase I and $673,000 for phase 2 estimated.
6) Solms upgrade phase 3 — more lines for fire protection. $424,000 estimated.
7) Crosstown 12 inch main -— direct water route to serve Solms area. $270,000 estimated.
8) FM 1044 waler extension — provide water to FM 1044 and tie water mains together, making a loop that delivers water better to whole system. $150,(HK) estimated.
9) Rio Lift Station and Force Main Sewer — needed repair on old part of the sewer system. $850,000 estimated.
10) Interstate 35 sewer extension — from Log Cabin restaurant to Engel Road. Developers are waiting for sewer serv ice in that area. $100,000 estimated.
11) Solms sewer — extend sewer main toward Schertz. $250,000 estimate.
12) Wald Road sewer extension — would take service to mobile home parks and new development in the area. $ 140,000 estimated.
Classes prove it’s never too late to learn
By DAVID DEKUNDER
For Sandy Erlanson, a tutor for the Bulverde Adult Literacy Program, the biggest challenge is getting her students to believe they can accomplish their goals.
“The toughest thing for me to do is to convince them that they can earn their GED,” Erlanson said. “But I am real good at encouraging them, lf you can convince someone to do something, they will do it."
Erlanson is one of tw o volunteer tutors who helps 26 students who are either in GED or ESL classes held at the Bulverde Public Library. The GED classes are held on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. while the ESL classes are held on Wednesdays.
Erlanson, a senior administrative clerk for the Institute of Texan Cultures, gives her free time to the students each Tuesday night after she comes in from work. But Erlanson loves being around the students so much that she does not mind helping the students after a hard day’s work.
“It is very hard to work and give up your time at the same time,”
Erlanson said. “But I believe this a real worthw hile thing for me to do because the rewards are tremendous. It makes you feel good w hen the students accomplish something because you had a part in it.”
The adult literacy program in Bulverde is funded by the Tri— County Adult Literacy Council based in Schertz and is supported by the Comal Independent Sc hex) I District. The literacy program in Bulverde has been in existence for five years.
The ESL classes are taught under the direction of Frances Allbnght, who Erlanson calls a “wonderful lady.”
Erlanson said in her GLD classes she starts her students from the very beginning wheftier the subjects are in math, writing, reading, math, science or social studies. The GED classes are designed to prepare the students to take and pass their GED tests, which tests students in five different subject areas: literature and arts, science or social studies, reading, writing and math.
Most of the students who walk into her classes are people who dropped out of school and can read
from a fifth grade to tenth grade level, Erlanson said.
“All of these students are bright people,” Erlanson said. “When they first come in, most of these students do not have a good feeling about school because they dropped out of it. They feel they have forgotten everything But once they start getting into it, everything starts coming back to them.”
During her service as a rutor, Erlanson said she has seen many remarkable stones.
“There was one student who proved that it was never too late to accomplish their goals,” Erlanson said. “She was 65 w hen she earned her GED and she w as able to graduate with her daughter. I thought that moment was very neat. Then there was aixxher student who could not read or w rite, but held a job for a long time because he had such good memorization skills. This shows the amazing survival skills these people have when they need them.”
If anyone is interested in becoming a tutor or needs help in literacy skills, Erlanson can be contacted at her work number at (210) 558-2205.
Rivtr and aquifer information
Comd 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 Schlater 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.
Csncsr group mosts
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.
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Geo. and Cheryl Guidroz -$100 And an anonymous donor from the Landa Park Estates area gave $10 in the name of her Herald-Zeitung carriers, Pat, Matt and Mark Hansbauer, bring the fund total to $2,123.11
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.CIA runs up a bill with its psychic friends hotline, and you pay the tab. See Opinion, Page 4A.