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Vol. 149 No. 243 14 pages in 2 sections October 5, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Trashfest promises Comal River fun
The 25th annual Trashfest kicks off Saturday in New Braunfels.
Divers from clubs in Texas and surrounding states arrive to help clean up the Comal River, a popular diving destination.
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
The winners of the 25th annual Trashfest Saturday will leave New Braunfels with nothing but the shirts on their backs.
But what prized shirts they are, said Houston resident Chuck Boyd, co-chairman of Trashfest with Dr. Dick Zingula.
The Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs sponsors Trashfest. Divers from Texas and several surrounding states will be in New Braunfels to clean up the
Comal River between the Wurstfest grounds and the Comal’s confluence with the Guadalupe River.
Dive teams of eight people compete to win in five categories based upon the trash they pull from the river: the most weight, the most unusual, the most pop tops, the most tennis shoes and sunglasses, and the most bottles, cans and cups.
The winners take home a silver anniversary Trashfest shirt The shirts are exactly like the shirts available for sale Saturday with one exception.
The winners’ shirts include the
special label, “Super Scooper.” “These are really prized things. People hold onto them,” Boyd said.
Registration costs $12.50 and will take place from 7:30 a.m. to IO a.m. Saturday at Prince Solms Park. The competition is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and finishes with participants weighing in their trash at Prince Solms Park.
The registration fee includes a 5 p.m. barbecue dinner Saturday at the Comal County fairgrounds. Door prizes, including several international scuba diving trips, will be awarded during the dinner.
The Rev. Buckner Fanning to grace Gruene Music Fest
By Jennifer Rodriguez
The bands performing at the 14th annual Gruene Music Fest will have several fans in the crowd, but none have the rock star following of Sunday’s Gospel Brunch speaker.
Dr. Buckner Fanning has been pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio for 40 years. His Texas-twang-kissed voice has delivered 30-second-long inspirational messages on San Antonio airwaves 28 times weekly for what seems like forever.
This Sunday at the “Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist,” an event in the 14th annual Gruene Music Fest, he will tell stories from his latest book, “God Drives a Pickup Truck.”
“It is a collection of stories about how God reveals himself to us in unexpected ways through unexpected people if we (pay attention),” Fanning said.
His message should strike a chord with many attendants, because the music festival is about musicians, performers and businesses coming together to raise money for the United Way of Comal County. United Way tunnels money to 25 organizations in the county, and is trying to raise $435,704 byTickets
Get tickets for the 14th annual Gruene Music Fest at www.gruene-hall.com or call 629-5077.
“Generally people are becoming aware that it’s our responsibility to help other people — the younger people and the less fortunate especially,” Fanning said. “It’s part of a general spiritual renewal throughout the country.” Each Sunday he steers 4,000 to 5,000 atten
dants through spiritual waters with inspirational stories at his church in San Antonio. His popularity prompted Music Fest organizers to add a second brunch for the first time this year.
“He’s just so wonderful,” said Mary Jane Nalley, co-owner of Gruene Hall and a Music Fest coordinator. “It’s going to be very casual ... informal. He’s a very casual, friendly person.
Nalley heard Fanning talking about his book on the radio a few months ago.
“ ‘God Drives a Pickup Truck’ — It just sounds like Gruene, Texas,” she said. “It’s kind of a big deal in Texas, so he’s going to
“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Boyd said. “Lots and lots of people have come up to New Braunfels each year to keep the Comal River clear and pristine.” The five contest categories have not changed in the event’s 25 years, although Boyd said this was the last year that “pop tops” would be a category.
“You don’t find that many of those things lying around anymore,” he said.
The event has expanded every year, growing as more and more See TRASHFEST/8A
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West Side center faces Dec. deadline
First Presbyterian must match grant funds by end of year
By Jennifer Rodriguez
Along construction-marred Interstate 35, a 1.3-acre beauty abutting the First Presbyterian Church waits for its prince — an 8,700-square-foot community center — even as an end of the year deadline looms to raise almost tw ice as much money as they have.
The church has until the end of the year to raise $450,000 or risk losing a $250,000 grant they received last March for the construction project.
The West Side Community Center will cost $1.2 million — $700,000 will go to construction and $500,000 to support programs in the center.
Last spring a private funding group from San Antonio, the Kron-kosky Charitable Foundation of San Antonio, surprised the church with a $250,000 grant to build the facility.
In seven, months the group has collected $60,000 in donations, which leaves $390,000 more to gather by the foundation-stipulated Dec. 31 deadline.
“Our grants dollars are going to be the last dollars (put in), so they need to raise about $450,000 by the end of this year,” said Mark Carmona, Kronkosky Foundation grants manager. “Obviously we’ll need to see where they are at that point in time. We’ve had indications that they feel confident they can meet the deadline. Like we do with all of our grants, we’ll assess the situation then.”
“It is purposeful for us to goDonations
Donations can be mailed to the First Presbyterian Church, 2910 IH 35, New Braunfels, 78130
ahead and put in a deadline because we want to see people meet their (goals).”
A music festival last May brought in more than $20,000, and before this is all over, Wal-Mart will have contributed $17,700.
Those involved in the planning seem confident they will get the money in time. Donations keep trickling in from the community, and the group continually applies for other grant money.
“This is very much a faith venture for us. We’ve seen the hand of God work in this thing ... we continue to walk in faith,” the Rev. Thomas Martinez Jr. said.
If they do not scrape together the $450,000, Martinez believes community center supporters can make a good case to get more time.
“I think they just have to see the community reaction to this, and they will see how much we’re trying,” Martinez said.
Faith has carried them far. When the tiny church — it has about 80 members — started this journey, all they knew was they wanted to help their neighbors in a predominantly Hispanic, low-income community. There are few recreation options; children struggle in school, and cannot afford private tutors like some of their classmates; there is little or no access to computer technology.
“We’ve kind of identified that See CENTER/8A
Friends of The Library members had the first chance to search for bargains Wednesday evening at the annual book sale, which runs until Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, books will be $2 for all that will fit into a paper bag from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A majority of the books are priced at 75 cents for hardbacks and 25 cents for paperbacks.Buy the book
F allen volunteer fireman honored
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
At 4:30 a.m. on July 27, 1999, David Hartwick, a 15-year volunteer with the New Braunfels Fire Department, answered his final call.
It was a major house fire on Allison Drive.
Hartwick, 35, reset the pager that alerted him to the fire, but he never left his house.
This weekend, Hartwick, HARTWICK felled by a fatal heart attack more than a year ago, will be among more than IOO firefighters who died in the line of duty to be honored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg, Md.
The NFFF will carve Hartwick’s name into its memorial, located at the National Firefighters’ Academy. He will be honored in a pair of memorial services, which will be attended by New Braunfels firefighters Darren Brinkkoeter and Paul Muth.
The pair will represent the New Braunfels Fire Department and Hartwick’s family, who were unable to attend this weekend’s ceremonies in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, . Oct. 8-14.
They have spent their own money to be there — and took vacation time to do it.
“David was from our own fire department — a brother firefighter,” Brinkkoeter said. We decided we should go to represent the