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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas p VONDELL UK New FELS 2 6 2 ‘ EL. POSO IX- 79903Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 230    14    pgs.    in    2    sections    October    7,    1999 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Gruene Music Fest FRIDAY — Gruene Music Fest 13th Annual Private “Premier Party” with dinner and charitable auction. At 8:30 p.m., doors open to public with $10 cover for Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s SATURDAY — Gruene Hall; $5 — 1-7 p.m., $8 — 7 p.m.-1 a.m.; food booths SUNDAY — 10:45 am —Gruene Hall presents “Gospel Brunch,” reserved only; $17.95 adults, $8.50 children. Call (830) 629-5077; 13th Gruene Music Fest —$5 adults (children younger than 12 admitted free); biergarten (Gruene Hall); food boothsMusic lovers flock to Gruene Music FestThree-day event to help United Way of Comal County' By Heather Todd Staff Writer Just about everyone, from blues lovers to Texas honky tonk fans, will find something to tap their toes to during a two-day music festival to benefit the United Way of Comal County. The 13th annual Gruene Music Fest will run Friday through Sunday with a line-up of musical performances to please the most diverse crowd. Music will flow' from four stages at Gruene Hall during this year’s Music Fest, with featured performers such as Brett Graham. Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band, Sisters Morales and Tim DuBois. Dick Koegle, co-founder of the Gruene Music Fest, said the “Blues in Gruene” tent would return as a favorite hot spot this year. The blues tent was created this past year to cater to a more diverse audience. BLAKER “We were trying to develop more funds for the United Way, and the blues environment was a real hit. The crowd there was strong,” he said. Featured blues groups this year include the Jamaniacs, Monty “Guitar” Tyler and Friends, Jimmy Spac-ek and Heavy Traffic and Neil Black and the Healers. Performers this year also include mariachi See GRUENE/3A ERIC 281 overpass work nearing completionTxDOT making plans for more along corridor By Heather Todd Staff Writer In just two short months, Comal County drivers might have one less headache to face during the daily commute on U.S. 281. Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation said construction work on the new overpass at U.S. 281 and Farm-to-Market Road 1863 might be completed by the end of November. Michelle Kopp, assistant area engineer for TxDOT, said, “The bridge is completed and now they’re starting work to complete the roadway. It’s in the final stages, and it should be done by the end of November if the weather holds out.” TxDOT officials said the new overpass should help eliminate traffic accidents at U.S. 281 and FM 1863 by rerouting high speed traffic away from cross traffic. The project, which began in January 1998, has been a source of consternation for many Comal Cbunty drivers. Kopp said the TxDOT office in New Braunfels received complaints from local residents “pretty regularly” during the project. Some drivers said the roadwork created a traffic hazard by reducing a driver’s ability to see oncoming traffic when attempting to cross U.S. 281. “We would review all the complaints, and on occasion we would have signs moved back from the intersections. We made adjustments as we got complaints,” she said.U.S. 281Projects ■ Construction work on the new U.S. 281 overpass at Farm-to-Market Road 1863 is expected to be completed in late November. ■ Overpass at Borgfeld Road in Bexar County is funded for 2002. ■ TxDOT officials are considering overpasses at Evans Road and Stone Oak Parkway. Source: Texas Department of 7 ransportation Kopp also said many of the complaints stemmed from already existing problems with the intersection. “We had a lot of complaints about the angle of the intersection and how U.S. 281 and FM 1863 cross, but that was a problem before,” she said. Kopp also said most traffic accidents were attributed to driver error when law enforcement officials filed the accident reports. “Usually, people fail to yield or give right of way,” she said. When the $6.4 million construction project is complete, a four-way stop will be at the FM 1863 and frontage road intersection. Kopp said the existing roadway for U.S. 281 at the intersection would become a frontage road and U.S. 281 would remain two lanes in both directions. Despite recent progress on the overpass project, commuters shouldn’t feel like they are in the fast lane just yet. See 281/3 A Airport plans open house From staff reports Local residents are invited to the New Braunfels Airport on Saturday for an open house with plane rides and entertainment. ‘it’s just a chance to get to know your neighbor at the airport,” airport manager Darrell Phillips said. “It’s a social event.” He said the open house was intended partly to show the public the airport’s new aircraft storage facilities. The airport is off Farm-to-Market Road 758. Plane rides will be offered from IO a.m. to 3 p.m. Stearman rides will cost $65 per person. Rides on the smaller planes will cost $20 person. The Canyon High School Aristocats will provide entertainment at I p.m. And from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. a Federal Aviation Administration Safety Meeting will take place at Hangar 1996 at the end of old runway 22. PHILLIPS Inside Abby............................ ......5A Classifieds.................... ...2-6B Comics......................... ......8A Crossword................... ......5A Fomm.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports........................... ...1-2B Today........................... ......2A Television..................... .....8A www.herald-zeitung. com Key code 76 New Braunfels woman in serious condition following Sunday morning auto accident By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer A New Braunfels woman remained in very serious condition Wednesday following an accident Sunday that might have beer caused by a drunk driver. Leticia Perez, 51, and her husband Gonzalo Perez, 53, both were transported by helicopter to San Antonio hospitals after their vehicle was hit by a 25-year-old New Braunfels woman allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road. The accident occurred at 1:06 a.m. on Farm-To-Market Road 2722, about one mile north of New Braunfels. Leticia Perez was the most critically injured in the accident, with both of her legs and wrists broken and fractures to her hips, said her son, Jehu Perez. Jehu Perez was traveling in the car in front of his parents at the time of the accident. “My motlier is still very weak,” he said. “Her injuries are very, very serious. She has a really low blood count. Doctors are trying a new treatment to help her.” Gonzalo Perez was released from University Hospital on Tuesday after being treated See ACCIDENTS AMANDA BECK/Herald-Zeitung Above, Alyssa Sacco, left, and Mackenzie McMillan focus on their art projects during a recent class at the Hummel Museum, 199 Main Plaza. Below, Allyson Brodbeck applies glue to a creation. The classes, taught by Cristy Waymer, are offered two days a week for children ages 6 to 12.How To Participate Children ages 6 to 8 meet from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and children ages 9-12 meet from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Hummel Museum, 199 Main Plaza. Seating is limited to 12 students. Cost is $40 for one month, and children should dress in old clothes. Call 625-5636 or (800) 456-4866. the small kids, I focus on the more basic elements.” The children also are exposed to real-life artists by viewing their work and listening to them lecture and demonstrate. Special guests have included local artists as well as Maggie Gillikin, a storyteller and artist from San Antonio. The children also go outside to paint landscape paintings. “It’s an extension of learning,” Waymer, who had a studio art degree, said. “They don’t get the See HUMMEL/3A __ Creative outletAt Hummel, youth encouraged to create, get involved By Christina Minor Staff Writer For many youngsters, a trip to the museum meant warnings not to touch and admonitions against messing things up. But two days a week at the Hummel Museum, 199 Main Plaza, youngsters ages 6 to 12 are encouraged to create a little piece of art history. And no one gets upset when they mess something up. Every Wednesday and Thursday, the childrens’ creativity comes alive in a small room on the second floor of the museum. Instructor Cristy Waymer turned an old storage area into the art room. “We came in and ripped up the carpet,” she said. “The room was used to store Christmas trees and gift shop items. These items are now stored in a small closet.” Waymer said she tried to incorporate art history lessons with the artwork created in the small room. “If we are studying the Egyptians, then I will have them create something Egyptian,” she said. “Sometimes I try to play music from that time period.” The students study a different time period each week, from Ancient Greece to contemporary styles. The students then create one of the more popular pieces from that period. For example, the children were studying Egyptian art recently, so they created mummies using papier mache and gold paint. Each student embellished their mummy with sequins and glitter. The year-long program allows the children to be exposed to a little bit of everything, with Waymer teaching the program her way. “I do my own thing,” she said. “I teach about history, the technique and then we do the project. With ;