New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Effort to revitalize downtown includes narrower roads, wider sidewalks
By Chris Cobb
As a delegation of civic leaders from New Braunfels evaluated various Ttexas downtown revitalization efibrts diis week.
Monique Vemon couldn't help but notice a central theme.
"They're all using traffic calming measures, and they're working," said Vernon, the city's downtown development coordinator on l\jesday
TVventy area ofRcials traveled to Georgetown, McKin-ney, Denton and Grapevine this week to study what those cities had done to boost economic activity downtown, and which strategies New Braun
fels could incorporate into its own revitalization effort.
What they saw were slow moving cars, heavy pedestrian traffic and busiliiig down towns.
"What was obvious was that
en'atitig a clowiitowti that was more pedestrian frienilly had greatly henefiteil the busi nesses in those (ities," said ( ity Manager Mike Morrisoti.
lorti (iailas Partners, a ron-siilting lirni hired by New Mraunleis t(» forni the <l(nvi\ town itnpletnentation plan, has snggesii'd making the
ilowntown trietHiiier to people on loot by slowing down traffic around Main Square — ideas that wert' met with skep-li( ism by some i?i the community.
The llrm had recommended a "road diet," squetv.ing the
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NATIONAL GUARD SEND-OFF
A ROYAL ANNOUNCEMENT
In a tradition that can be traced back at least 100 years, Canyon and New Braunfels high schools celebrated homecoming this weekend. The schools announced the winners of homecoming king and queen at the football games Friday night. Pictured at top are Canyon's king and queen, Madeleine Medrano and Joshua Ramon. Below are king and queen of New Braunfels, Paul Castilleja and Samie Gawlik.
Photos t}y LAURA I
National Guard troops receive promotions during Saturday's ceremony at Canyon High School.'Our thoughts and our prayers will follow you'
Community honors troops bound for Iraq
Saturtlay morning rain diti not stop hundreds of New Braunfels residents from showing up to give area National (iuard troops a proper send-off.
An oflkial departure ceremony scheduled to take place in Cougar Stadium at Canyon High School was moved inside to the campus gymnasium in the fare of
s( attered showers.
More than 250 soldiers with the 4th Battalion 133rd l ield Artillery Headquarters Battery of New Braunfels and Battery B of Seguin will deploy to Iraq by the end of the year.
Instead of standing in the rain, soldiers assembled in the gym between bleachers packed with family, friends and community members.
Fhe soldiers stood at attention for the hour-long ceremony, during which New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer and Sequin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies commemorated the event with
See GUARD, Page 10AVeteran of three wars, four military branches finally sees Washington memorials
Everyone has a list of things they would like to do in their lives, but life's journey doesn't always accommodate those wishes.
One New Braunfels man, having already accomplished much, decided recently there was one last thing he would like do.
The 2007 film "The Bucket List" starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freemen was a source of enjoyment and amusement to most moviegoers, but ended up being the
impetus for a long put-off trip for retired Lt. Col. Everett Brown, a decorated veteran of three major wars.
"I wanted to see all of the war memorials that I hadn't seen in Washington, D.C.," said Brown, who was a founding member of the Inter-American ¡Defense College in Washington,
"I was stationed up there 37 years ago, but they hadn't built any of mese memorials to the conflicts I was in," he said.
If anybody had a right to see those memorials, it was Brown. Joining the Navy pilot program in 1942, he went on
to become a pilot with the Marines, Air National Guard, Army Air Corps and Air Force. Brown served in Worid War II, Korea and Vietnam.
He was part of a flight group preparing for the invasion of the Japanese mainland during World War II before the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the war.
"IwasreUved,"hesaid. "I'd had enough experience before that."
Brown flew 29 combat missions in Korea in the F-80 fighter-bomber and piloted supply runs in Vietnam in
1968. While there, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism on April 20, 1968. The commendation says Brown flew a "combat-essential mission airlifting troops and supplies despite ground fire and hazardous flying conditions." Brown made 10 flight runs during the mission.
"They were really shooting at us that day," he said.
During his service he trained in 15 different aircraft. He said flying was like no other experience.
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Retired Lt. Col. Everett Brown finds the name of a friend on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.