New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of tub J. Lopes
Vol. 145, No. 242
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Francisco Ortiz, Virginia (rooks (Saturday), Sarah J. vopez, Jesska M. Carver, Stephanie Schaeffer (14 years), ^(avier Tristan (Saturday), Claude Dickens (belated), Vernon Freimuth (Saturday), Sheena Broussard (14) and Santos Davila (Saturday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Scott and Michelle Voges (S years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mott—1,212 Ragweed —128
Cedar Elm —60
Rotan measured in parts per cube meter of ar. InlonTBion provtted ty Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 306 cubic feet per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.76 feet above sea level, up .03 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —181 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.22 feet above
New Braunfels Utilities
NOU reports pumping 6.355 mtaon gallons of surface waler Wednesday, and no we! waler was used.
Qood wMthtr on tap for wnktnd
Tonight — Clear and cool. Low in the upper 40s to near 50. Light and variable wind.
Saturday — Sunny and a little warmer High in the low 80s. wind becoming south at 5-10 mph.
Sunday — Mostly sunny. High in the low to mid 80s
Monday — Fair skies Highs in the tow to mid 80s. Lows in the 50s
Tuaaday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 70s to near 80 Low in the 50s.
for road work
• Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Interstate 35 between Sol ms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009 No lanes will be closed, but southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed,
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane.
• In addition to routine repairs, county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane and Livingston Road in the Whispering Hills subdivision
• City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue.
• Crews are applying a hot mix overlay to Old McQueeney Road, Morningside Drive, Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Traffic will be limited to one lane while construction is in progress
• The 600 block of Mather Street between Grant Street and Peace Avenue is closed because of street reconstruc tton
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Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late October to allow electrical contractors to prepare for the city’s Holiday River of Lights.CL firefighters search for missing woman after blaze
Response time hampered by theft of pumper trucks
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT and DAVID DEKUNOER
Firefighters are searching ashes today fen1 the remains of an 88-year old Canyon Lake woman
who has been missing since a Thursday afternoon blaze destroyed her home, fire officials said.
Her husband escaped the burning house but remains hospitalized today in stable condition, suffering from bums and smoke inhalation, according to Fire Marshal Milton Wittmann.
A Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department spokesman said response time to the fire was delayed because of the loss of two hucks dam*
aged in a theft attempt this week.
Harrel T. Scott, deputy chief of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department, said a call came in about 3:26 p.m. Thursday for a structure fire at 1037 Canyon Shores Dr.
Scott said when firefighters arrived, the house already was engulfed in flames. Willmann said the structure collapsed and officials believed the woman was trapped inside the burning home.
The names of the couple were being withheld until relatives were notified. Fire officials monitored the site during the night and resumed their search Scott said response time was delayed by four to seven minutes because the department did nm have two of its normal pumpers. The two pumpers used by station two were damaged early Thursday morning when Michael Elbel, 19, of Turn to Missing, Page 3A
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Restaurants compete for honors
Taste of Town provides funds to children’s museum
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Meats in spicy sauces and rich desserts, along with other delicacies, offered local residents a chance to sample different foods and benefit the Children’s Museum at the foundation’s annual Taste of the Town.
More than 400 people squeezed into the National Guard Armory Thursday evening to eat, browse and listen to a local acoustic band.
Blue Dog Inn won the coveted Best Taste Plaque with offerings like chicken and red pepper soup, party potato soup and homemade romano garlic bread.
“We’re delighted,” co-owner Susan Knshner said. Dion Hodge als owns the restaurant, which opened June 26.
Exhibits, often shrouded in colorful autumn decor, offered food and drink and a chance to talk with local merchants and other visitors at the event. A silent auction was conducted in an adjoining room where Hummel Club collectibles, a Lakeway getaway and other items were available for bids.
Many visitors attended because they were beckoned by their taste buds.
“My friend was going, arui I didn’t want to cook, so I said ’let’s go out’,”
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said Betsy Caldwell of New Braunfels, who favored Castle Avalon’s blackberry chicken. Her husband said he was enjoying the evening by tasting different dishes.
“b’s a good chance to see what everyone has to offer,” said Herb Caldwell.
Participating restaurants offered tastes ranging from standard Texan barbecue to more unusual combinations, like roast
pork in maple bourbon sauce. Some eateries’ names were almost synonymous with New Braunfels, while others were new and carving their own niches in the market.
New Braunfels Smokehouse, a family owned and operated business, just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Clay Collins said the restaurant’s most popular items were a variety of smoked meats including brisket and sausage, although the family’s recipe for bread pudding draws a crowd, too.
A new restaurant rn the city is Cala-han’s, an Irish-style pub also serving lunch and dinner, which just opened its doors downtown last May. Besides 109 flavors of beer from all over the w orld, food offerings include Cajun fried turkey, an item not available on the regular menu.
“This is a specialty of mine I’ve been doing for years," said owner Mike Calahan as he sliced generous chunks of turkey meat.
Besides hand-sliced meats, fresh bread is baked daily. Tastes of smoked provolone and garlic parmesan dressing are also unique to the restaurant, explained Calahan.
Others new' to the city benefited from attending Taste of the Town.
“This is familiarizing me with area restaurants,” said Darlene Anderson “Everything has been good so far.”
Taste of tire Town is the kick-off event for the Children’s Museum’s annual corporate campaign..
Students feel impact of world hunger
By DENISE DZIUK KMGHT
As part of a World Food Day project. Canyon Intermediate students got a look at how, through sharing and cooperation, the world’s population could be adequately ted.
According to a report released by the Population Institute, about 90 million people are added to the world’s population each year, with about 98 percent of the growth in developing countries that cannot
adequately meet the basic needs of their people. Eighty-six countries are unable to grow or purchase enough food to support their populations.
To bring home the message of food shortage, the World Health Organization and other agencies designated Thursday as World Food Day. Two fifth-grade social studies classes at Canyon Intermediate School learned what that day actually meant.
“You may think this is silly
today, but 20 years from now, you people will be making decisions about whether to send food to other countries and whether we help them,” teacher Denise Laudun told the group.
Laudun divided the students proportionally to represent the five major regions in die world — the United States and Canada, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Africa and Russia and Europe. The number of students ranged from
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Board paves way for Palo Alto bonds
Industrial authority OKs application
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Comal County Industrial Development Authority approved the application for industrial envelopment bonds Thursday for a California-based industrial design corporation looking to build a plant in New Braunfels.
The board’s authority gave Palo Alto Design Group, Inc., of Palo Alto, Calif., the green light to submit an application to the Texas Bond Review Board for tax free industnal development bonds.
Before the industnal development authority approved the application, Comal County Industrial Authority attorney Michael Spain said the bonds would be paid by investors and Palo Alto.
“The bonds can’t be paid with public money,” Spain said.
The application must be submitted to the review board by Monday The bond review board does not allocate the funds for the bonds but determines how much of the pnvate bonds will be tax free based on state and federal law.
Spain said Palo Alto officials want to receive between $7.5 and $8 million in tax free bonds from the bond review board.
lf applications are received by Monday, they will be put into a lottery on Oct. 29 with other applications from around the state. The applications are drawn to determine their order for receiving bonds.
Spain said the bond review board would start issuing the bond allocations in January.
Palo Alto Design Group employs 30 people at is headquarters in California and does $100 million of business a year. The company has a plant in Taiwan that manufactures plastics for computer chassis.
The corporation has an agreement with Lightning Metal Specialties, Inc., in New Braunfels, which started manufacturing its computer chassis this week.
Chris Morton, who represented Palo Aho Designs at the meeting in the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Honors Hall, said his company was looking at two possible sites in New Braunfels to build a plant producing computer plastics and other consumer electronic products.
Morton said if the plant was built in New Braunfels it would employ about 80 people.
“We are here (looking) because of Lightning Metal Specialties and because it is logistically close to Austin,” Morton said.
Morton said Palo Alto Designs had large customers in Austin that included Dell Computers.
Fire marshal: Blaze at restaurant was set
Officials find evidence of arson
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Fire Marshal Elroy Fnesenhahn confirmed that Thursday morning’s fire at the old Capparelli’s Restaurant on Interstate 35 North was deliberately set.
“We determined it was arson,” Friesenhahn said. “We had vandalism and burglary of the structure.”
The fire started in three different places in the restaurant between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Fnesenhahn said.
Firefighters with the New Braunfels Fire Department amved at the scene. One of the fires in
the restaurant spread to the attic of the building, w here flames and-smoke were seen billowing from the roof.
Firefighters put out the fire between 9:30 to IO a m, Fnesenhahn said.
"The majonty of the tire went up the wall from the serving line (near the front side entrance) and ended up in the attic space and did considerable damage to the support structure,” Fnesenhahn said.
The fire did an estimated $15,000 to $20,000 worth of damage, he said.
But the old restaurant is not lost, Fnesenhahn said.
“The structure is still salvageable,” Fnesenhahn said. “It can be restored to a reasonable condition.”
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