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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Tuesday, October 17, 2000County LOCAL State From the Dispatch Investigators with the New Braunfels Police Department have determined that an advertising and marketing business which has been conducting business in the New Braunfels area is not involved in any illegal activity or deceptive practices. DFW Marketing was one of the companies previously reported by the New Braunfels Police Department as being mentioned in information obtained by the Texas Attorney General's Office. This inquiry was seeking information from anyone doing business with several listed companies, DFW Marketing being one of the companies mentioned, and requesting people doing business with these organizations to contact an investigator from the Attorney General's Office. On Friday, officers from the NBPD responded to a business in the 10O block of W. San Antonio Street after the owner called and said that a representative from DFW Marketing was in her place of business and was seeking payment for previously contracted advertising space in a Comal County map book. Officers from the NBPD responded to the location and contacted the representative. It was found at that time that no criminal activity had taken place and that the contracted advertising space and business agreement was in accordance with the law and no violations had taken place. NBPD has determined that DFW Marketing, based in Euless, Texas, did conduct business practices in accordance with iegal requirements while dealing with this local company. NBPD would like to warn citizens and business owners that it is possible that another company who does conduct unlawful business practices utilized the name DFW Marketing to solicit business. Anyone with any doubts concerning a business deal with a company using the name DFW Marketing are encouraged to contact Detective Sean Gabbard of the New Braunfels Police Department at 608-2185, who will put callers in contact with the owners of DFW Marketing. Upcoming Meetings GUADALUPE-BLANCO RIVER AUTHORITY — board of directors’ meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, GBRA authority office, 933 East Court St., Seguin. COMAL COUNTY WATER ORIENTED RECREATION DISTRICT — regular meeting, 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Farm-to-Market Road 2673, Sattler. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Commissioners’ Courtroom, 3rd floor, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNIVERSAL CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — regular meeting; 7 p.m., Thursday, Dobie Junior High School, 395 W. Borgfeld Road, Cibolo. Finding their marbles Collectors gather for annual meeting in NB By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Edna and Weldon Eaton of Waller, Texas, have lost their marbles. So have John Tays, who lives in New Braunfels, and Bill O’Conner, of Stockton, Calif. And none of them care who knows it. They were among 40 or so marble collectors or dealers — there’s a subtle difference — who attended the Texas Marble Collectors’ annual New Braunfels show Saturday. The group met in a conference room at the Holiday Inn off Interstate 35 and Texas 46 to buy and sell, swap or homswaggle glass, agate or porcelain spheres of sizes, shades and varieties many of us remember winning, losing and finding on the playgrounds of our younger lives. That’s how it was for Weldon Eaton. “When I was a boy, I had about 20 quart jars of marbles under the house,” he remembered Saturday morning, between taking queries from potential customers. “That one’s $25 dollars, ma’am — $20 if you take two.” The lady kept looking and Weldon finished his story. "We got into collecting IO years ago. Mother died, and she had one of those quart jars of marbles. I said, ‘The only thing I want from the house is that jar of marbles.” K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Robert Olsen and Fred Wilganowki are rare finds at a marble collectors convention. Both are “new” marble makers, with their own styles and designs. Weldon had lost nearly two dozen jars of marbles through teenaged foolishness, but his mother saved one for him — for all those years. Weldon and Edna went through the jar and began learning about marbles. Then they started going to shows. “That one’s a ‘Popeye,’ sir — like Popeye the Sailor Man.” Weldon’s back to business, while Edna supervises. “Those right there, those are. the ones everybody’s interested in,” Weldon K. JESSIE SLATEN/Hsrald-Zeitung Garrett Hollis keeps himself at Saturday’s marble collectors convention. Hollis says he wins at marbles a lot, but “my dad beats me all the time.” us,” Edna said. “The shows are in the northeast, and we don’t go that far in the winter.” For eight years, the Eatons saved their old marbles, selling new ones to finance collecting old ones. As they learned more about them, and discovered the true values of some of the marbles in the quart jar, they moved them to boxes. , “We don’t have too many left in the jar,” Edna said. As time went on, the Eatons learned more and they found they could make at least enough money to not take a bath in pursuit of their hobby. How much money? Weldon nodded that it was OK, but Edna’s the one with the sharp pencil. She made a kind of shaky, rocking gesture with her hand familiar to horse traders, auto salesmen and marble collectors everywhere that said simply, “so so.” “It depends on whether you’re a collector or not,” Weldon said. “That guy” — poking O’Connor, whose round business card declares him to be a “marble maniac” — “now he’s a dealer, he makes some money. He’ll sell anything or everything.” O’Connor, squeezing by to his table beside the Eatons, laughed. “We keep them,” Edna said. O’Connor raises an eyebrow. said to someone. “What’s the price of one of these?” a kid asked. Weldon saw the dime in the kid’s hand and smiled. “That one there’s about $3, but this one right here costs...let’s see...IO cents.” Weldon makes the sale but forgets to get the dime. “We.go all over the United States,” he said. “In two weeks, we’ll be in Kansas. Then we’ll be in Missouri, then we’ll go to Florida.” “January’s a down month for "We got into collecting IO years ago. Mother died, and she had one of those quart jars of marbles. I said, ‘The only thing I want from the house is that jar of marbles.” Weldon Eaton Waller, Texas Edna allowed that lately, the last couple of years, they’ve started selling some of their old ones. But there are many, she Said, that will never be seen at any show — even on the nights before the shows, when marble collectors share their special, private collections with one another, the stuff they do not display to the public. “Everybody said, ‘You’re going to reach a point where you’re going to part with some old ones,’” Edna said. “We’d just look at each other and say, ‘No way.’ But they were right.” They looked at one another; each nodded as though their heads were locked together. And in some important ways, they are, in the way of two old friends who share a wonderful hobby. Tays, the New Braunfelser who is president of the Texas Marble Collectors, knows all about it. He has too many marbles to count, but he still goes to shows all around Texas, to yard sales, flea markets and antique stores. He has been collecting them for 40 years. “The best place to go is sales like this,” he said, stopping between giving out door prizes and a meeting of the club’s board of directors to talk a little. Marbles, Tays said, go all the way back to the days of the pyramids, but for purposes of playing marbles at school or on playgrounds, they go back to the 1850s or so. In terms of value, they run from about a nickel to thousands of dollars, and the entire range was represented at the Holiday Inn on Saturday. “Those,” he offered, pointing to a nearby table, “are called ‘Sulfides,’ with the little figures in them. The cheapest one of them starts at about $100.” Another type, crystal with gold flecks in them are called “Lutz” marbles. They go for thousands. There are the cats’ eyes, the crystals, the “aggies,” the Supermans, Green Hornets, Christmas Trees, Cub Scouts .... the list is long. “Marbles are beautiful,” Tays said. “That’s what attracted me to them in the first place.” Developer seeking bond funds for complex Apartments would replace Rosedale By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A San Antonio developer hopes to use low-interest, tax-exempt bonds to build a low-income housing complex to replace the Rosedale Apartments. On Monday, New Braunfels Housing Finance Corporation approved an application to the Texas Bond Review Board on behalf of MAGI Management in San Antonio. The application requests an allocation of $4.5 million in the low-interest, tax-exempt bonds to finance the Rosedale Community. MAGI attorney David Dawson told the housing finance corporation that the application would be delivered to the bond review board today. Then, the bond review board will use a lottery system on Oct. 27 to decide who gets reservations to issue the bonds. The bonds actually are not issued until next year, when the fiscal year for the bond program begins. “We hope it goes through because I believe we really, truly heed it here,” said Raul Muogram, member of the housing finance corp, board of directors. If the Rosedale Community is built as planned, it will replace the Rosedale Apartments at Rosedale Avenue and San Antonio Street. The apartments were originally Army barracks and date back to the 1940s or 1950s. The city ordered the immediate evacuation of all Rosedale residents earlier this year after city officials found more than 150 violations of building, fire, health and safety codes. The Rosedale Community will consist of 80 units, including 52 multi-family units and 28 town-homes. The townhomes will be “rent-to-own,” said Ron Krape, project manager and vice president for MAGI. Krape said the New Braunfels Housing Authority had not had a great deal of rent-to-own properties with which to work. “This certainly, helps their situation,” Krape said. The apartments will consist of eight one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom and 24 three-bedroom units, according to information from MAGI. The townhomes will include 14 three-bedroom and 14 four-bedroom units. The apartments also will include laundry facilities, picnic areas and possibly a pool area. “I think ifs going to help the neighborhood,” said Lucille Garcia, president of the housing finance corporation “There will be new apartments and new buildings, and the place will be cleaned up.” Garcia said the housing authori-See ROSEDALE/5A Hundreds return for TLU homecoming SEGUIN—The Texas Lutheran University campus will host hundreds of alumni and friends at this year's annual Homecoming Weekend, Thursday through Sunday. A variety of academic, athletic, worship and social events will be offered during this four-day football event, including a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the National Champion football and volleyball teams. The fun begins Thursday night, when current TLU students announce the 2000 Homecoming Court at a special coronation dance in Memorial Gymnasium. The Banquet of Champions, a celebration of the 1975 National Champion football and volleyball teams, will take place Friday. The 2000 Homecoming Football Game kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Matador Stadium with the TLU Bulldogs taking on East Texas Baptist University. ASTHMA RESEARCH Central Texas Health Research is conducting an asthma study involving an investigational medication. Qualified patients ages 12 to 85 will be compensated up to $760 for their participation. 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