New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Band’s final toast trumpets
Bygone friends to remain
(Right) Ernest W. Norvell pours a sip of brandy for Lorenz Bading. The surviving members of the 133rd Field Artillery Regimental Band gathered in New Braunfels Sunday for their last reunion, opening the bottle of brandy that once was reserved for the last two survivors. (Below, right) Lewis Coldeway wipes away tears as those gathered at the reunion sing “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
58th reunion to be World War II band’s last
By Dylan Jimdnaz
Lewis Coldeway, 80, Clarence Simon, 82, and Lorenz Bading, 87, go way back.
They ane the last surviving original members of the first 36th Division Band — the 28-member New Braunfels Municipal Band that enlisted together in 1937.
Nine of the 16 surviving members of the 133id Held Artillery Regimental Band who served in World War II decided their 58th reunion Sunday would be their last.
The band members saw no hand-to-hand combat because they were posted behind the artillery.
But the group is proud of its contribution. They provided music for parades, presentations and rest times.
“Music is a tremendous morale builder,” Bading said. “When we were not playing, we were a lot of good bodies.”
When the war ended and the men began to be discharged, the group decided they would reunite every five years.
“We'd been living together like brothers
for over two years,” Coldeway said. “It was like we grew up in the same house being in that circumstance for that amount of time.”
From 1950 to 1990, the group met in a different member’s town every five years.
They were joined by survivors of deceased members.
One of the younger members bought a bottle of brandy about 20 years ago. The 100-year-old liquor cost $100 a liter and came in a velvet-lined box with two gold-rimmed glasses.
The last two men alive were supposed to drink the brandy — honorary members of “the last man’s club.”
But it’s been harder to get everyone together.
“People started saying In five years I’ll be dead,’” Bading said.
They decided to meet every three years, then every two. In 2001, they met in Kansas, where they decided Sunday’s meeting would be their last reunion.
“There's a lot of sentimentality involved in this,” Coldeway said. “But I realize there’s no point any more. There’s no telling how many of us will be there."
Photos by REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung
Schools help ensure chivalry’s not dead
DID YOU KNOW?
■ Middle school character education focuses on peer programs.
■ High school focuses on leadership. including activities like band and sports
■ Sunday: Faith-based programs
■ Today: Character in schools.
■ Wednesday: Community, family involvement.
By Dylan Jirtidnez
Students in Nicole Haggard’s third-grade class at Bill Brown Elementary were searching for examples of responsibility in the books they’re reading.
Responsibility is the school’s character trait for October. Students also have studied tolerance and service this year.
Elementary schools employ programs that encourage character development. Each school has a different program that attempts to capture students’ attention with fun.
At the end of the year, Bill Brown students will be picked for how they display these character traits. They will be dubbed knights by the Knights of the Guild.
Former educator Usa Reveley vis-its schools in authentic knight regalia talking to students about character.
“They are very motivated by being knighted,” Haggard said.
Schools try to build strong foundations of character traits children will use in the classroom, said Rosalyn Bratcher, New Braunfels Independent School District assistant superintendent for instructional services.
At Comal Elementary School, teachers and administrators broadcast ’Bobcat brags” throughout the school.
Children who display targeted virtues are recognized during the morning announcement.
The reward acts both as an example of good character and encour
ages others to display the same characteristics.
Last month’s virtue was integrity. Administrators recognize children at assemblies at the end of each month. The child stands up before his or her peers and is celebrated.
“We just brag on them and make them feel that that is the right way,” Principal Janice Tlibbs said.
Oak Run Sixth Grade Center also has a reward system.
Students consistently displaying the weekly character trait receive tickets for a lunchtime raffle.
Counselor Diana Cashion tries to incorporate character traits into real life situations pertinent to middle-schoolers, she said. She also teaches lessons on respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.
By Bon Maloney
A 5-month-old infant nearly died of injuries allegedly inflicted by his teenage parents, an investigator testified Monday.
Judge Charles Ramsay. 22nd Judicial District, ordered Mandy A. Gonzales, 16, to remain in the Guadalupe County juvenile detention facility. The ruling came after Comal County Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward described the baby’s injuries and their possible consequences. The baby remains in critical but stable condition in a pediatric intensive care unit at North Central Baptist I lospital in San Antonio.
The baby’s father, Salvador P. Leon, 17, is being held in Comal County Jail on an allegation of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury.
Tile charge is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Leon’s bail is $100,000.
Ward testified Monday that officials at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio contacted law enforcement officers last Tuesday after the baby was transferred from McKenna Memorial I lospital.
Under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Von Bunn, Ward said the infant had undergone extensive abdominal surgery.
“The doctor told me his intestine had separated from the colon, and portions of his intestine had died due to lack of blood to the area,” Ward said. Doctors told Ward the infant would experience complications for years and possibly for the rest of his life.
In questioning the parents, Ward said he learned
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Casteel announces bid for re-election
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
District 73 State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, announced Monday she will seek a second two-year term in office.
Casteel, former eight-year Comal County Judge, will launch her campaign at a Gruene Hall fund-raiser from 6 to IO p.m. Oct. 14.
Tickets, $25 per person, are available at 627-8820.
“Any time you can be considered a servant, I think that’s one of the highest callings you can have,” (Casteel said Monday. “I believe the position I have is one of being a public servant. I d be pleased to go back and serve again if the public will have me."
Casteel’s district includes Bandera, Comal, Gillespie and Kendall counties.
Casteel’s colleagues elected her the 2003 Outstanding Republican Freshman. She practices law in New Braunfels with her son, Barron Casteel.
AT A GLANCE
MI The filing period for the 2004 election cycle is Dec 2. 2003. to Jan 2. 2004
H The primary election will be conducted Tuesday. March 3. 2004 The general election will be Tuesday, Nov 3. 2004.
The Heraid-Zeitung’s Home Cooking series features Glenn Bishop, who serves up food and smiles at Eden Home.