New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 Pages in two sections ■ Tuesday, October 17, 1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of SARAH J. LOPEZ
Vol. 143, No. 242Inside
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sarah J. Lopez, Jessica M. Carver, Adeline Schmidt and Petra Acevedo.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -270 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.83 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 122c.f.s
Music boosters meet
Canyon Music Boosters meet Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Canyon High School Band Hall.
Seminar to focus on sexual harassment and sexual assault
The Comal County Women’s Center, Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Hill Country Counseling Center, and McKenna Hospital's Health-Link will cosponsor a presentation on Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault from 6:30 p m. to 7:30 p.m at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center on 1293 East Common Street in New Braunfels on Thursday, Oct 19 Both mothers and teen-age daughters would benefit from this presentation.
Home schoolers to take field trip
Southlake Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, home of the Home School Support Group, has set a field trip for Oct. 19. The group will meet at Southlake Baptist Church, 77 FM 3159 at 10 a m and drive to the Texas Museum of Transportation in San Antonio for a tour at 11 a m. The group meets at the church every Friday at 10 a m. For information, call Karen at 885-2224.
La Lee he League to meet
La Leche League of New Braunfels meets Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a m. in the meeting room of NBNB Center North, 1000 N Walnut St Breastfeeding mothers and babies, and mothers-to-be are welcome to attend For information, call Dana at 625-1240 or Mary at 609-2889.
Youth center planning session
A founders’ meeting for those interested in forming a youth recreation facility will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Dittlmger Memorial Library meeting room A board of directors will be chosen to try to set up a facility where youngsters, especially those at risk, can go after school to study and play Everyone invited
Descendants of Carl and Elizabeth Ackermann Schaefer are invited to attend the 15th Reunion of the Schaefer Family at the Saengerhalle Sunday, Oct. 22. Registration at 10 a rn. Lunch at 12:30 p m Bring a meat dish and one other dish of your choice Bring serving spoons.
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Rural recycling proves popular
By DENISE DZIUK
Rural recycling has been available to residents within Comal County for a little over a month, and figures are already proving it is a success, according to its organizers.
Rural recycling was implemented in the county Sept. 11. As of Oct. 5, 22.6 tons of recyclable material has been collected. This shows a 17 percent diversion from the county landfill, and already exceeds the program’s 15 percent goal set for the year.
“We did it in one month, instead of a year, like we had planned. That should indicate how well it’s working,” said County Commissioner “Moe” Schwab, who was responsible for devel
oping the program.
Schwab said the initial participation was a result of education and advertising before the program began. However, he said the biggest factor now is “word of mouth.” A few places have seen low turnout, lf there is not a continual weekly increase, Schwab said he may adjust the location schedule, by adding new locations and only going to others once a week. However, he said overall participation has been good, and it may be too soon to make adjustments.
“I couldn’t be more pleased. (Participation) is still on an upswing, and that’s positive,” he said.
Gabe Garcia, a marketing representative with Browning-Ferris Industries (BF1), said participation in the project is good, considering the fact that residents have to take their recyclable mate
rials to pick-up locations. However, he said there is little that can be done to guarantee participation remains high.
“It’s up to the residents. We can’t go out there and force people to recycle if they don’t want to. That’s the key,” he said.
Garcia said this was the first time the company had dealt with this type of program. He said this made it hard to determine what kind of participation to expect. However, Garcia said that since the program appears to be such a success, BFI is amending the contract with the county to allow the county to collect IOO percent of the proceeds from the sale of material, instead of the original 50 percent. The change was made effective Oct. I.
“We calculated it on a worst-case scenario.
We had never done anything like that before. Now we think we can break even on the haul and rental charges,” he said.
Schwab said the county has not received a check from BFI yet, so it is not clear how well the program is doing financially. He said the equipment was purchased with grants, and the only cost to the county is labor and maintenance. He said it will be more clear after the county gets the first check, and can compare it to costs. He also added that the cost of running the program would be a lot higher if it weren't for all the volunteers.
“The program would not be such a great success if it weren’t for the volunteers. They deserve to be commended...They really care about the program,” said Schwab.
Hear the Thunder
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Goalie Peter Unghamfelter snags a shot during soccer practice of "The Thunder" at HEB Field. Hundreds of kids are participating in the Youth Soccer League this fall.
Five arrested, cash and vehicles seized, in cocaine sting
New Braunfels Police officers recently participated in an undercover operation which netted five suspected cocaine dealers in California and Colorado.
The five were arrested Oct. 7 and charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
Working undercover weeks before the arrest, a NBPD officer posed as a cocaine distributor.
The officer infiltrated a large suspected cocaine operation working throughout California, Colorado and Texas.
The five arrested are suspected of smuggling cocaine into the U.S. from Mexico and distributing it throughout the three states.
Assisting in the operation were officers from the Castroville Police Department, the Schertz Police Department, the Universal City Police Department, the San Antonio District Attorney’s Office, and the San Antonio regional offices of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Officers seized $160,000 in cash, a 19% Dodge Pickup, and a 1978 Ford Taurus along with the arrests.
Further investigation is continuing in the three states, with more arrests possible.
‘It’s Not Just A Band, It’s a Brotherhood’
World War II Army Band comes back together in New Braunfels 55 years later
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
They were instrumental in the success of the Allied effort in World War ll Europe.
Their support helped thousands of American troops summon the strength to keep on fighting the hellish battles of the European theater.
Formed right here in New Braunfels, they were the core of the 36th Division Band. The band recently came together in New Braunfels to celebrate the 55th reunion of its 1940 mobilization, said band leader Lorenz Bading of New Braunfels.
“We always gave I IO percent — it’s not just a band, it’s a brotherhood,” he said.
The 133rd Field Artillery Regimental Band was organized April I, 1937, Bading said.
“Just imagine, from the time we were organized until when we were mobilized, we met every single week,” Bading said. “We were called into federal service Nov. 25, 1940,” he said, “over a year before Pearl Harbor.”
The band was attached to a combat division, and they served continuously from Nov. 1940 until June 1945, Bading said.
The band was stationed around the U.S. from 1940 to 1943 — from Camp Bowie, Texas, to Camp Blanding, Fla., to Camp Edwards, Mass.
Theirs was the first military band to play on the European continent, Bading said, Sept. 20, 1943, near Salerno.
“The invasion of Salerno was nine months before Normandy,” Bading said. “We were fighting in Italy nine months before the landing in Normandy.”
There was no high-tech equipment for soldiers’ entertainment, Bading said — no TVs, no Walkmans, no Gameboys. “The band filled that void," he said.
Their European service record reads like a map of World War ll Europe — French Algena, French Morocco in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, and Austria. As well as Salerno, the band participated in invasions into France, Germany and Austna, Bading said.
The band had to carry instruments at all times — they never knew when they would be called on for a command performance.
“We had to carry instruments on ship because we had to serve as entertainment on the ship,” Bading said.
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“We played for the first contingent of WACS as they arrived in North Africa,” he said.
Members of the band got the same training as the rest of the soldiers. "You name it, we did it,” Bading said — amphibious training, security guard duty, pnsoner and traffic control, litter bearers, vehicle driving and maintenance, civilian evacuations.
“Sometimes our duty w as just staying alive,” he said.
The band played almost constantly, it seemed. They played military training music, marching, reviews, formations, ceremonies, parades, concerts, religious services, dances, and USO functions, Bading said.
“The band didn’t go there to rest; we were a busy bunch,” Bading said. “I don’t know how many thousands of miles we spent on the back of a truck.”
“For four months of the winter in France, we never saw the ground through the snow and ice — and we lived outside,” Bading said.
When the band was formed in New Braunfels, it was one of 11 bands, Bading said. “It was streamlined to four, then to one of four," he said.
The local 133rd band was retained and designated the 36th Div. Artillery Band. “In Jan.
1944 this local band was merged with the 142nd Infantry Regimental Band out of Brownwood. Texas, to become the 36th Infantry Division Band,” Bading said.
The 36th Division, including its band, spent over 400 days in combat, Bading said. “They suffered 27,000 casualties and captured over 175,000 of the enemy,” he said.
“From Oct. 2 to 29, 1994, we played 153 separate musical performances,” Bading said, "from Dec 6, 1944, to April 1, 1945, over 600 performances.”
“The end result you have: a close-knit unit,” Bading saidx Lewis and Eleanor Coldeway organized the 1995 reunion Band members and their wives came from as far as Florida, Philadelphia, and Michigan.
Band members at the reunion still living in New Braunfels are: Lorenz Bading (clannet and saxophone), Lewis Coldeway (trumpet), Nelson Jung (trombone and vocals), Roy E. Liesman (drum major and French horn), and Clarence Simon (percussion).
Local band members now deceased are Elton Lehmann (trombone), Georgic Beisser (French horn and librarian), Ferdie Magel (trombone and trumpet), Kenneth Tolle (clarinet), and Wilton Eberhardt (French horn).Two Solms men arrested on marijuana charges
Narcotics and patrol deputies from the Comal County Sheriffs Office obtained and served two narcotics search warrants in the Solms area.
The warrants were served at 12:12 a.m. and 1:37 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 1995, in the 1800 block of Wald Road, and the 5100 block of Old Highway 81 respectively.
Arrested and charged w ith possession of marijuana, four ounces to five pounds, a state jail felony, was Timothy Ramirez, 19.
His brother, Thomas Ramirez 111, 24, of the same address, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under two ounces, a Class B misdemeanor.
Delta Ramirez, 24, wife of Thomas, was also arrested on outstanding local misdemeanor issuance of bad check w arrants
Rene Gomez, 31, is in the Comal County Jail under bonds totaling $ 10,300 for outstanding possession of marijuana and forgery warrants Based on the results of the Old Highway 81 search warrant, he was charged with possession of marijuana (0 to 2 ounces), w ith a bond of $300
The two search warrants were not related. Additional charges are not anticipated at this time.Expert to help plan holiday spending
llealthl.ink, the Wellness Club of McKenna Memorial Hospital, is sponsoring a health talk to help New Braunfels citizens plan their holiday spending.
A representative of the nonprofit Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater San Antonio will present information to help you evaluate your financial plans for the gift-giving season Giving is so much fun that you can easily spend tex) much money. You need to create and follow a budget so tliat you feel gixxl aboui the gifts you present, yet avoid credit trouble The program will be held Friday, Oct 20, 1995 at 9 a.m. at the New Braunfels Senior Citizens’ Center, 655 Landa. Call 606-9111, Ext. 442 for more information.Clinton earns rave reviews for his U.T. speech on race relations. See Page 4.