New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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■NB close to formalizing disaster response
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfelsers responded instinctively when hurricane evacuees arrived in town, marshaling an army of local volunteers and services to meet their needs.
Their instincts, it turns out, were right on target.
During a community meeting
Wednesday hosted by the United Way of Comal County, represen-tatives from local agencies learned they had initiated a VOAD network — Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Although the group did not have a catchy acronym at the time, it functioned to share resources and provide relief cooperatively, just like any good VOAD is supposed to do.
Suzanne Carter of United Way of San Antonio told community leaders they should capitalize on their learning experience with Hurricane Katrina and establish a more formal network.
“VOAD is a way to communicate and work together,” she said. “We want you to either join the San Antonio-area group or set up your own here.”
Mayor Bruce Boyer character
ized Carter’s suggestion as a “no-brainer.”
“We got a great start with the Katrina evacuees,” he said. “All we need to do is formalize the process a bit. Next time, we’ll be in a much better position to cut through the red tape.”
Boyer, who was criticized for echoing the Red Cross plea to send all evacuees to San Antonio shelters during the early days
of the rush out of New Orleans, made it clear Wednesday he wanted to have a better plan to assist future victims in New Braunfels, without feeling the need to wait for any other organization’s blessing.
“Don’t tell us what we can’t do. Tell us what we can do,” he said. “We would like to get our efforts
See VOLUNTEER Page 5A
Mayor Bruce Boyer
City council to consider roadway fees
By Leigh Jones
Braunfels city council meeting
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ Where: City council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
New Braunfels City Council on Monday will consider taking the first step toward establishing a fee system to fund new roads.
If established, the Roadway Impact Fee committee will work with a consultant to study traffic patterns and figure out how much it will cost to make necessary improvements.
Planning Director Frank Robbins said the consultant would divide the city into six-mile traffic study areas and come up with a 10-year capital improvement plan.
“The committee’s job would be to help select a consultant and help determine which roads will be needed most,’’ he said.
City council has set aside $100,000 for the consultant.
See FEES Page 3A
Early voting opens Monday over 8 amendments
By Ron Maloney and Leigh Jones
FLYING HIGH OVER NB
Thousands flock to airport for return of
By Ron Maloney
It wasn’t a fair race, but then few things in life are fair.
Colson Dreibrodt, IO, who attends Canyon Intermediate School, and his buddy, Trevor Luckemeyer, 9, watched with Dreibrodt’s dad, David, as Neal Darnell lined up at the end of the New Braunfels Municipal Airport main runway for a race with Jan Collmer.
Statistically, Darnell’s Chevrolet S-10 pickup probably wouldn’t seem much of a match for Collmer’s Fina Extra 300L, a stunt plane that does loops, rolls and other aerobatic maneuvers at speeds of more than 300 mph.
But it wasn’t just any Chevy pickup. Darnell’s used wings to keep it on the ground because it was powered by a 12,000-horsepower jet engine.
When he kicked on the afterburners, the pitch of the engine’s turbine whine increased until it would have made a dog howl. The roar of the burning jet fuel and the smoke buried the crowd at Saturday's Sixth annual Moonlight Fund Airshow.
The Moonlight Fund benefits burn victims and their families.
Moonlight Fund and air show co-founder Henry Coffeen knows all about how unfair life can be. He walks with a cane and carries the scars of third-degree burns suffered in a 1998 air crash in San Antonio.
“We’re doing pretty good,” Cof-
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Wing walker Ashley Battles waves to the crowd from a Strearman biplane piloted by Greg Shelton as the two fly low at the beginning of their classic barnstorming routine at the Moonlight Fund Air Show benefiting burn survivors and their families. Below, a United States Air Force F86 Sabre jet screams by overheadat the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
feen said of the show Saturday as he took a moment out from greeting more than 400 VIPs who paid $200 a peice to watch the event from the shade of a catered tent.
Coffeen pointed to the charity auction and the crowd.
“We made about $200,000 for the Moonlight Fund before the show started,” Coffeen said. “We would love to bring this back to New Braunfels.”
Behind Coffeen, the show announcer set the stage for one of the show’s biggest attractions.
See AIR Page 12A
On the road
Local family climbs on their bikes and rides to the coast to raise money for the fight against multiple sderosis.
Early voting in this year’s constitutional amendment elections begins Monday at the Comal County Courthouse and runs through Nov. 4.
Voters will be asked to state their opinions on nine proposed amendments that ask questions ranging from whether to define marriage as only “the union of one man and one woman,” to whether to relinquish any state claim to property in Upshur and Smith counties clouded by a bad survey in the 1830s.
Comal County Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said polling hours would be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the old courthouse. There will not be branch polling locations or Saturday voting in this election.
Hinojosa said voters could save time by ensuring they bring their voter registration
See VOTE Page 8A
‘The best clay event in Texas’ opens
By Ron Maloney
jo to pass time while he sold his wares — stonewares — at Saturday’s 13th annual Texas Clay Festival, hosted at Buck Pottery. The event continues today from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes demonstrations and workshops in four tents, activities for children and sales of about any kind of ceramic craft items imaginable made by more than 50 artists and vendors.
A little way north of where Block was set up Saturday,
See CLAY Page 10A
Dominique Montoya, 9, gets a lesson in throwing pottery from Fernando Gomez at theTexas Clay Festival Saturday.
GRUENE — His paper name tag said, “The Fiddler,” but Carl Block was finger-picking a banjo Saturday, basking in the bright sunshine and savoring the cool breeze.
He knew all the fancy fin-gerpicking moves, too, dropping little hammers, bends and pull-offs all over the melody with the kind of big old, bright smile of a guy who knows he can pull them off with so little effort they’re
just plain fun.
Block was across the street from that famous Gruene music venue, using the ban-